At the request of Matt Horn, the owner of Delta's newest liquor store, the Delta City Council is considering an ordinance that would allow liquor tastings in retail establishments.
According to state statute, tastings are limited to five hours a day, no more than 104 days a year, and must be from store inventory. Sundays are excluded.
The Delta City Council had no objection to tastings in any of the city's liquor stores, and spent more time discussing permitting fees. Nelson promised to do more research and get back to council with a draft ordinance and proposed fee structure.
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.