The harvest and removal of trees out of the Sheep Flats Timber Sale area is slated to continue through December 31, 2015. The Sheep Flats Timber Sale, designed to treat spruce beetle infestation and improve the health of the forest in that area, is located on the Grand Mesa National Forest approximately 10 miles southeast of the town of Collbran. To facilitate the removal of harvested timber, authorization to plow roads from the timber sale area to the Forest Boundary has been granted. The authorized roads include the western portions of National Forest System Roads (NFSR) #279 and #260 and the northern 4 miles of the Trickle Park Road, NFSR #121 from its intersection with NFSR #260 to the Forest Boundary.
The Trickle Park Road is part of the Bonham Snowmobile Trail during the winter months and parking normally occurs at the Forest Boundary. Since the road will be plowed and used for log hauling, arrangements have been made to plow NFSR #121 up to the Bonham parking area to facilitate visitors' winter parking and snowmobile use. The Bonham parking area is located approximately 4.2 miles from the Forest Boundary. Plowing will not occur during weekends or holidays.
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.