"Perfect timing - a great moment to capture" the judges said about a Tamie Meck photo that earned first place in the Colorado Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest. The awards were presented during the CPA's annual convention in Denver May 13-14.
The photo of rodeo action titled "Head over heels over Cherry Days" was submitted in the sports category for newspapers of similar circulation across Colorado, including The Aspen Times, The Villager (Greenwood Village) and Canyon Courier (Evergreen).
Meck placed second for the news story, "Audit shines light on Paonia's financial woes." The judges commented, "This writer's use of vocabulary and writing style pulled this story to the top immediately. Her ability to get facts into the story without readers feeling overwhelmed was a plus."
Pat Sunderland, managing editor, placed second for a health feature about the school district's concussion protocol.
The top spots for "Best Agriculture Story" in Class 4 both went to the Delta County Independent. Tamie Meck placed first with "Head, heart, hands, health guide Clock triplets," and Sunderland took second with "Local growers cash in on hemp."
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.