The generosity of Delta citizenry was remarkable in Saturday's annual postal food drive. During these trying economic times, the Delta community contributed over 4,000 pounds of nonperishable food for those in need. That's two tons of food! Delta Food Pantry volunteers, youth from the Delta High School ASTRA service club and U.S. Postal Service carriers joined together to gather and sort the food that will keep the Delta Food Pantry stocked and serving those in need. Year to date, nearly 15,000 meals have been provided.
The food drive is one way to help those in Delta who need assistance. Volunteers are also needed. Or, a financial contribution may be mailed to The Delta Food Pantry, 1140 Howard Street, Delta, CO 81416. The pantry is open weekdays 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the alley behind 6th and Meeker.
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.