After considerable delay, 2,951 delegates of the 4,201 possible state delegates were confirmed to the Republican State Convention on April 14. Delta was well represented and got front row seating. The State Republican Convention is the grassroots platform for candidates' selection to the primary ballot in June 2018. The results of the convention were:
State treasurer -- Justin Everett.
Governor -- Greg Lopez and Walker Stapleton.
Attorney general -- George Brauchler.
CU Regents -- Ken Montera (at large) and Glenn Gallegos (Third Congressional District).
Secretary of state -- Wayne Williams.
Third Congressional District representative -- Scott Tipton.
State representative, District 61 -- Mike Mason.
State Senate, District 5 -- Olen Lund.
Roger Bentley, Delta County Republican chair, noted, "This is the first year that unaffiliated voters may vote in the primaries of their choice. As things progress all voters are encouraged to study the candidates, as June will be here soon. Several Republican candidates have petitioned onto the primary ballot as well."
During a preliminary hearing in Delta District Court on Tuesday, Jan. 15, Judge Steven Schultz found probable cause for second degree murder charges against Heather Jones.
Jones previously faced three counts in the shooting of Ryan Redifer in Paonia on Jan. 12, 2018 -- assault in the first degree, assault in the second degree and violation of a protection order.