At the Montrose Speech Tournament Feb. 5 and 6, the Delta High School speech team did an exceptional job. In congressional debate, Hannah Owens received first place. Lydia Stalcup and Claire Corbasson served as presiding officers. Cidney Fisk came in first in her congressional house, as did Anthony Streich. In duo interpretation, Lucy Streich and Devon Murdock placed fourth. In original oratory, Cidney Fisk placed third, Nectaria Hanning fourth, and Hannah Owens fifth. In extemporaneous debate, Anthony Streich came in second overall. In the field of poetry, Anha Richards placed fifth. And finally, in Lincoln Douglass debate, Lydia Stalcup got first and Cidney Fisk got second.
The weekend of Feb. 12 and 13 a select group of students from the DHS team will be competing for spots at nationals in congressional debate. This national qualification meet is being hosted at Paonia High School. If you would like to judge at this event, please contact Danielle Lopez at Delta High School (874-8031).
Don't forget about state qualifications hosted by Delta High School the weekend of Feb. 22. Judges are also needed for that meet. Come support your local team or judge other students from around the Western Slope! Tune in for next week's results on Delta's very own national qualifiers!
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.