Delta County's emergency manager, Jeff Wright, was recently awarded with the Colorado Emergency Manager "Rookie of the Year" award.
Wright took over his duties as the county's emergency manager in February of last year.
The award was officially recognized in a courthouse ceremony March 21 with the county commissioners and sheriff's personnel present.
Wright was nominated for the award by his colleagues of Colorado Emergency Management Association West Region.
In making the nomination, a number of Wright's activities and accomplishments were cited. They included establishing and equipping a new emergency management operations center for Delta County, organizing and staging an active shooter exercise here, and setting up a number of trainings and exercises on the regional level.
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.