Officers and parent leaders of the Delta County 4-H Council met with the county commissioners Monday for an annual exchange of appreciation in conjunction with National 4-H Week.
The 4-H County Council officers, accompanied by Jackie Shea, Tri-River youth extension agent, thanked the commissioners for the county's support of 4-H programs and facilities through the year. They also held a reception with refreshments where commissioners Doug Atchley and Don Suppes visited with the 4-H'ers about their activities and plans. (Commissioner Mark Roeber was not present for the event.)
Shea told the county commissioners,
"This is National 4-H Week and we will be having our awards banquet in Hotchkiss on Friday. We want to say thanks and that we appreciate everything Delta County does for the 4-H program. These youth bring good things to Delta County. "
County administrator Robbie LeValley noted that the annual economic impact of 4-H programs here once again exceeded $1 million. "Not only are these great kids," she said, "but they provide great diversification to the economy as well."
Commissioner Doug Atchley said, "We are great believers in the 4-H as well." Commissioner Don Suppes noted that "Delta County is one of the highest performing 4-H programs in the state."
The two commissioners also extended a special thanks to the parent advisors who contribute many volunteer hours to county 4-H programs.
County Council officers, 4-H members and parent advisors present for the occasion were Grady Simpson, president; Charley Perkins, vice president; Trey Caywood, secretary; Ellison Black, treasurer; Drew Harris, reporter; Kaylee Simpson, historian; Jessica Black; and parent leaders Jodi Black, Amy Perkins and Heidi Simpson.
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.