A large crowd was on hand to celebrate the ribbon cutting as the Surface Creek Animal Shelter officially re-opened its renovated building last Saturday. Holding the ribbon were Deb Fairchild, vice president of the nonprofit shelter board and Larry Dumler, president. Aaliyah Huberd of Cedaredge did the cutting. Money to complete the work was raised through a combination of grants and individual contributions and none more touching than Aaliyah who donated her birthday money to the cause. Not pictured but also participating in the ceremony were Bruce Joss who served as master of ceremonies; Dottie Whitlock, Bruce Hovde and Cindy Starr who represented the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce; and Pastor Joe Agne, who conducted the blessing of the building and the animals.
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.