At about 9:45 p.m. the night of July 27, a Colorado State Patrol trooper attempted to stop a 2007 Toyota Camry near Delta. The vehicle took off and crashed within one minute at 2000 Road and G Road. The sole occupant and driver, Devin Jaimez, 26, of Helper, Utah, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not using a seat belt at the time of the crash. The Colorado State Patrol's initial investigation indicates that the vehicle, going a high rate of speed, went into a skid and off the left side of the roadway, rolling and ejecting Jaimez. Driving under the influence is also considered a possible contributing factor. No other parties were injured.
It was later determined the Toyota Camry had been reported stolen out of Spanish Fork, Utah.
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.