Fire trucks from Delta, Cedaredge, Paonia, Hotchkiss and Olathe lined up at the entrance to the Delta City Cemetery last Friday, in tribute to Ben Martinez, a resident of Delta. Martinez retired from the Delta Volunteer Fire Department in May 2016 after 20 years of service. He died July 31, 2017, at the age of 62. At the Delta Center for Performing Arts, first responders including Martinez's fellow firefighters, stood respectfully during a celebration of life. Many wiped away tears as memories were shared. Martinez's survivors include a daughter, Emily.
Two of the four marijuana questions on the November ballot were narrowly approved by voters in the City of Delta. Measure 2F allows the establishment of medical marijuana centers. Measure 2H permits the establishment of medical marijuana cultivation, testing, research and manufacturing facilities.