The January meeting of Delta County 4-H Council was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Derek Johnson.
Pledges were led by Adam Sheldon. Minutes were dispensed. Charley Perkins gave the treasurer's report.
Discussion was held concerning the county fair. The schedule of events stayed the same as last year. For initial swine weigh-in this year the pigs have to be tagged in. Weighing them will be optional. Initial beef weigh-in will be Feb. 6 from 9 to 11 a.m. Each animal must have bill of sale and brand inspection. Enrollment deadline is Jan. 29. Discussion was held on the cost of camping for fair.
Grady, Ellison, Charley and Malykai gave a presentation on the Colorado leadership conference.
Discussion was held about the beef roast. The beef roast will be held March 6. Each 4-H member must sell five tickets, either child or adult. Whoever sells the most tickets will win a prize.
Discussion was held about Junior Market Livestock Field Days. Jackie Shea was wondering if Delta County could hold one like Montrose County.
Two Delta County 4-H members will be attending the leadership development conference, to be held in Denver Jan. 22-25.
Shooting Sports open house planning will be part of the discipline meetings.
The next Delta County Council meeting will be March 14, at the Maloney House in Hotchkiss. It will be club officer training.
Meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:55 p.m.
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.