James "Jim" A. Norris died at his home in Cory Jan. 11, 2016. He was 73.
He was born in Paonia Dec. 18, 1942, to Ed and Dorothy Norris. He and his brother John were raised on a cattle ranch on Kebler Pass. He graduated from Paonia High School in 1960.
Mr. Norris was a member of the Rod and Gun Club, was a benefactor member of the NRA, a 4-H leader, a Delta County Fair Board member, a North Fork Water Association District consultant and the Paonia Mosquito District president. He enjoyed being a father and grandfather, ranching, fishing, operating heavy equipment and his dog, Little Bit.
Mr. Norris is survived by his wife of 54 years, Carolyn; three daughters, Pam, Kim and Diane; grandchildren, Katrisha, Felisha, Victoria, Michael and Austyn; four stepgrandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
No funeral service is planned. A "coffee with Jim" will be held Monday, Feb. 1, from 8-10 a.m., at The Diner in Paonia.
Memorial contributions may be sent to HopeWest, P.O. Box 24, Delta, CO 81416.
Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory handled the arrangements.
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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.