At the well-attended annual meeting of the Delta Conservation District (DCD), Chann Fogg of Cedaredge was honored as the Farmer of the Year and Dan Sullivan of Crawford was named Rancher of the Year. Both received a framed certificate and gift card to Ace Hardware.
The meeting, held at the Orchard City Town Hall, began with president Tom Kay introducing DCD staff and personages present. The meeting proceeded with presentations from Elyse Casselberry, Delta community and economic development director and Seth Urbanowitz, CSU Extension agronomist. Both presenters highlighted what is happening in each area and what plans are coming in 2018.
Board member Ralph D'Alessandro presented the district's annual report. The district is now celebrating its 66th year. D'Alessandro highlighted the DCD's community outreach projects that include student and producer educational presentations, staff support for the NRCS, irrigation management education and agricultural economic development. He thanked Delta County for its financial support of the district conservation technician program and its support of the demonstration pasture plot at the Delta County Fairgrounds in Hotchkiss.
After a tasty dinner prepared by Davetos of Delta, guest speaker Frank Stonaker, CSU Rogers Mesa scientist and manager, informed the attendees of the status of the research station as well as what lies ahead in operation, educational programs and planned projects. He noted that Rogers Mesa will be an organic research station. Bringing the station back to full operation is going to be a challenging but very worthwhile project.
DCD would like to thank all those who helped with the meeting and those who attended. The district is looking forward to a busy and successful 2018.
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.