Mike Salazar, 65, of Delta died in an auto accident on Graff Road at about 7 p.m. Oct. 8.
The Colorado State Patrol reports Salazar's 1991 Pontiac Grand Prix was traveling eastbound at a high rate of speed on Graff Road when the driver lost control and the vehicle began to rotate clockwise. The vehicle then ran off the right side of the road and rolled one time before coming to rest on its wheels facing south in a drainage ditch.
Salazar was unrestrained. He died at the scene. Alcohol and/or drugs will be tested by the coroner.
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.