In the areas served by TDS Telecom, a partially cut fiber optic line disrupted phone and Internet access for several hours beginning around 8:30 p.m. Sunday night. Service was restored in the early morning hours of Monday, April 18.
Affected areas included Cedaredge, Paonia, Hotchkiss, Eckert and Somerset, Curtis McCoy, owner of Boss Celluar reported.
McCoy said TDS technicians worked to splice the fiber optic line until approximately 3 a.m. Monday. The issue was declared resolved at approximately 9 a.m.
Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee said the outage originated near Payne's Siding, east of Delta, where a similar occurrence the previous year was blamed on prairie dogs.
When service is disrupted, the county's emergency plan calls for 911 calls to be rerouted to the Hotchkiss and Cedaredge fire stations. Trained dispatchers are called in to relay emergency phone calls from those fire stations to Delta Dispatch.
According to a Facebook post from the Hotchkiss Fire District, some landlines were working locally, while others were totally out. Sprint cell phones were also affected.
"It's pretty serious business when we lose our 911 service," said Sheriff McKee. A meeting is scheduled later this week between emergency managers and TDS to discuss preventive measures.
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.