This year's Cherry Days art work was created by Paonia High School art student Elena Neirmann. She was among several students of art teacher Dave Kuta who submitted designs for the fourth annual Cherry Days art contest, sponsored by the Cherry Days Forever committee.
Her logo depicts this year's theme of "Seventy Cherry Years."
The committee awarded Niermann $50 for the winning logo. Other finalists include Macy O'Rourke, who was awarded $35 for her design, and Xavey Udy, who received $20 for her third-pace entry. Niermann's design, left, is found on the home page of the Paonia Cherry Days website (www.cherrydays.com), and printed on this year's buttons, which are available at Don's Market, Hays Drug, Paonia Farm and Home, Dependable Lumber, Ollie's Ice Cream, and at the Cherry Days booth located in the Lions Pavilion at Paonia Town Park.
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.