The 2A Western Slope volleyball conference will be well-represented at this week's state tournament, but for the first time in six seasons, Paonia won't be there.
The Eagles ended the season with a 17-8 record after placing second at the Region C tournament Saturday at Meeker. They opened with a 25-21, 25-18, 26-24 loss to Meeker, marking the third loss of the season to the 22-3 Cowboys.
Paonia then won in straight sets over Ridgway. In the final game, Meeker put Ridgway away in three sets.
In looking at overall statistics, senior Mckenna Palmer was third in kills during the 2A/1A WSL regular season with 275, and fourth in serving aces with 46. Senior Randi Rapke was third in the conference in digs with 317, averaging almost five digs per set. Junior Poppy Lightfoot led the team in assists with 250, and was 11th in the conference in blocks with 51. Carly Horn completed 240 assists.
Meeker is one of two teams that will represent the Western Slope at state. In Region G finals, Rangely advanced on wins over Telluride and Dolores.
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.