The Blue Sage Center for the Arts is now receiving registration for cooks interested in competing in the 2016 Chili Cook-Off which will take place on Friday, Sept. 23, from 5-7 p.m. during the Mountain Harvest Festival, in Paonia Town Park.
The cost to enter is $10 and the deadline is Friday, Sept. 16. Registration information is available online at www.bluesage.org, as well as at Paonia Farm & Home Supply on Grand Ave, Don's Market in Paonia and at City Market in Hotchkiss.
Late registration fees are $25 and the deadline is Sept. 22. This year, church, youth and sport groups are invited to challenge each other. Who will take home the coveted people's choice award of $150?
A secret panel of three culinary specialists will judge each chili in one of the five judged categories. The People's Choice award will be determined by the tasting audience. The cook with the most audience votes will receive the People's Choice award.
Cash prizes are awarded to the winner in each category as follows: Best Green Chili $75; Best Red $75; Best Meatless $75; Best Exotic $75; Best in Town Plaque (for restaurants); and People's Choice $150.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.