On Saturday, Oct. 29, hunters in the Sawmill Mesa area of the Uncompahgre Plateau west of Montrose reported finding what they believed to be human remains. Montrose County Sheriff's personnel were led to the location and confirmed the remains were human. On Oct. 30, sheriff's deputies and members of the Montrose County Sheriff's Posse returned and found several bones and items of clothing during a search of the area. The Montrose County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with the Montrose County Coroner's Office of Medical Investigations, is conducting the investigation. The identity of the remains are pending and no further information is available at this time.
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.