The purpose of the Hotchkiss FFA Alumni affiliate is to support and promote FFA, FFA activities and agricultural education on local, state and national levels; to provide engagement opportunities to former FFA members and supporters of FFA and agricultural education; to promote greater knowledge of agriculture and support education in agriculture; to cooperate with the local FFA chapter, and FFA at the state and national level; to promote and maintain an appreciation of the American free enterprise system; and to promote the personal development aspect of FFA.
Hotchkiss FFA members are celebrating National FFA Week the week of Feb. 26-March 2. The Hotchkiss FFA Alumni will be joining the chapter members March 21 at Hotchkiss High School for the annual alumni Oyster Fry and Member Auction. Tickets are available from FFA members and FFA Alumni for $16 for adults and $7 for children. Money from the dinner is used by the Hotchkiss FFA Alumni for leadership and scholarship opportunities.
There will be many opportunities to support our local chapter this spring, summer and fall. Please consider joining the Hotchkiss FFA Alumni in our support of Mr. Wondra and the FFA Students at Hotchkiss High School. To be a member of the alumni you only need to have a desire to follow our purpose; you are not required to have been a member in the past. Contact alumni president Nancy Carlson at 970-640-1163 or email@example.com for more details.
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.