On Wednesday, Jan. 25, the Delta NRCS Field Office hosted a Palisade Insectary Tour for the Delta County Conservation District board members and employees. The neighboring office in Grand Junction attended as well.
The attendees learned about the brooding program, the partnerships between the State of Colorado Insectary and the United States Department of Agriculture. Participants also learned about the history of the program, the selection protocol of beneficial insects for biological pest and weed control and the impacts of these programs in our area.
Also under discussion was the benefit this program offers for NRCS agricultural producers and how we can work together to have a greater impact in our community.
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.