North Fork Ambulance (NFA) sponsored a Holiday Marketplace Saturday, Nov. 18, with the proceeds from lunch and a basket drawing going toward the district's automated external defibrillator (AED) project.
The purpose of the project is to increase the chances of survival for people who experience a sudden cardiac arrest emergency in the North Fork Valley. Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the U.S. and an AED is the only effective treatment for restoring a regular heart rhythm during this emergency. There are 20 AEDs in the community requiring updated batteries and defibrillation pads. These AEDs were donated to the North Fork Ambulance after the 2005 Salt Lake Olympics and were placed in ambulances, law enforcement vehicles and public locations throughout the North Fork Valley. A number of local grants have helped boost the project, with around $7,000 donated. The last $2,000 required to place new AEDs in the valley and bring the current AEDs up-to-date was raised at the Holiday Marketplace.
Friends of the North Fork Ambulance served a lunch of homemade chili, homemade pie, and a taco bar with all the fixins. They also put together eight fantastic baskets filled with locally donated goodies. Proceeds from both the lunch and the basket were applied to the AED project.
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.