Solar Energy International's (SEI) Solar In the Schools (SIS) outreach program hosted its fourth Solar Lab Days for eighth grade students from Delta Middle, Cedaredge Middle, Hotchkiss K-8 and Paonia Jr. High schools on November 2-3 and 6-7. In the span of four days, over 300 students spent the day at SEI's lab facility in Paonia to participate in introductory solar energy activities and energy presentations.
SEI-SIS partnered with Delta Montrose Electric Association and Colorado Parks & Wildlife to deliver hands-on energy labs which included lessons and activities in energy efficiency, measuring energy, solar orientation, solar site analysis, testing properties of a photovoltaic cell, solar art, solar survival skills, and high voltage safety demonstrations.
SEI's Solar In the Schools outreach program reaches out to K-12 students through classroom presentations, teacher trainings, solar lab days, a high school online course paired with five days of lab instruction, a lending library of energy-teaching equipment and a free online renewable energy course. Solar In the Schools has now reached more than 15,000 students and teachers in western Colorado. For more information about SEI's Solar In The Schools please visit www.solarenergy.org or contact email@example.com.
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.