Fifty-seven volunteers and their guests joined the Delta Correctional Complex (DCC) for the facility's 25th annual volunteer appreciation dinner.
The Ray Hausner Award went to Brad Kolman. The Ray Hausner Award is presented, in his memory, on behalf of the most caring, devoted and compassionate volunteer who most closely reflects Ray's image and dedication to the DCC Kairos Program and the Chapel of Hope.
The Robert Storch Award was presented to volunteer pastor Greg Teel. The Robert Storch Award is presented to an outstanding clergy member who volunteers their time for the Life Learning Program at DCC.
Daniel Arreola was named Volunteer of the Year. This is a "whole package" award that recognizes volunteer service for Kairos, DCC choir, the Chapel of Hope and all faith-based programs conducted at the Chapel of Hope for the offender population.
Elaine McMillan is the recipient of the Academic Volunteer Award. This award goes to a person who provides extra support to all aspects of the general education development program. Further, the volunteer incorporates in-depth, rudimentary practices for offenders who are not yet academically capable of participating in the GED testing. This volunteer is currently working with six offenders ranging from basic English syntax and mathematical functions.
The Colorado Department of Corrections is honored to have such an amazing volunteer family. Appreciation is expressed to each and every volunteer throughout CDOC for sharing your time with Delta staff and offenders in order to continue CDOC's mission to build a safer Colorado for today and tomorrow.
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.