Lifelong Delta resident Dora Valdez is facing a liver transplant after being diagnosed with an illness called NASH. NASH stands for Non-Alcoholic Steato Hepatitis and is a form of liver cirrhosis which develops from a fatty liver. Dora also suffers from diabetes and high blood pressure.
As a member of the Delta Emblem Club, Dora has helped raise funds for many worthy causes. She is a member of the Spanish Choir at St. Michael's Church, has been active in TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), and served on the board of Delta County Memorial Hospital.
A wife and mother, she entered the workforce when her children reached school age. After various short-term jobs, she began a 36-year career in the Delta County clerk and recorder's office.
After she retired, her health began to change. The most recent development is NASH, which is marked by inflammation and a damaged liver.
Liver transplants can be very costly. Dora's family is working together closely to host various fundraisers in an attempt to overcome the unexpected medical expenses. The family has also established a donation account at Wells Fargo Bank. Donations can be made at any Wells Fargo branch to the account, which is titled "Donations for Dora Valdez."
If you have any questions or ideas, or if you would like to help, contact Dora's daughter, Angela, at 970-270-0702 or Dora's husband, Tommy, at 970-773-8155.
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.