Construction at a residence on Cedar Avenue in Crawford unearthed a gruesome discovery -- a human foot wrapped in plastic. Sheriff's deputies and the county coroner responded to the home on Sept. 29. The deputy coroner recalled visiting that home about two years ago, to pick up a male who had died there. The man had a prosthetic leg but had retained his amputated limb. After his death, according to Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee, his widow buried the leg on the property and there it remained until it was dug up last week. "Fortunately, the deputy coroner remembered all the background," McKee said.
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.