A Veterans Day tradition continued Saturday, with a breakfast hosted by S&B Quilters Guild at Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss. Twenty-five veterans and their families attended the event, the fourth held in Hotchkiss. Previously, the guild took quilts to Wounded Warriors in Snowmass.
Special music was provided by the Storehouse Gospel Quartet, and Bill Wason -- in uniform -- read a poem.
Guild member Wanda Gofforth emceed the event for her fourth year, passing the mic to the veterans, who spoke about service in World War II, Vietnam, Korea and the Gulf War. Their brief stories were shared with both tears and laughter.
Dean Kaestner, Gofforth's son and a veteran, said, "Thank you for the service," should be the beginning of the conversation, not the end. "Let the veterans talk to you; it helps," he said.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, each veteran was invited to pick a quilt from tables lined with beautiful handiwork.
The quilts are a joint effort of guild members. Some piece the tops together, while others do the quilting. The final step is the binding. Guild members want the veterans to feel like "they're wrapped in a warm hug," said Connie Hodges. "The quilts are a gift from our entire guild."
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.