I want to set the record straight. The Delta County Independent misquoted me when they said that the courts had little concern for us (Appeals court upholds ruling on pesticide drift, page A3, Feb. 15). That is not true -- the courts always took into account our desire to protect our families from West Nile. It was Rosemary and Gordon who had no concern for us.
I will never know how Judge Herron came up with the ruling of contempt. Jim always followed the rulings of the courts. He kept good records, he measured the distances from the boundary lines and kept within those boundaries. No testing was done by the Department of Agriculture. We had evidence; Gordon and Rosemary had none! When it came to Jim's contempt for not following the instructions on the spray, they did not have the right instructions!
We did everything that was asked of us. We asked only one thing and Rosemary said no. We asked permission to spray over the hill in front of our house. This is a steep, rocky piece of land where their wastewater drains, causing a swamp. An ideal place for mosquitoes to live and breed. She wouldn't even let the mosquito district larvicide there. We would have been well over 150 feet from their house and yard. However, it was still their property.
They wouldn't even let our 10-year-old grandson and his friend play on their property. We got a letter from their lawyer saying, "We have been told, and we believe," that some of your things are on our property. This was still on that same steep hillside and just about as far away from their house as possible. Well we checked and sure enough, the boys had rolled some tires down the hill where they had made tunnels, forts and roads for playing with their trucks! Everything was put back on top of the hill and the boys never played there again.
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.