Last Saturday several dozen people and their pets showed up at the Lions pavilion in Cedaredge to take advantage of the town's low-cost vaccination clinic. Within the first half-hour, 35 dogs of all breeds, including a lot of all-breed dogs, received shots for rabies and DHPP. The owners paid $10 per shot. DHPP is a multi-vaccination that covers distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza.
Michelle Anderson, the town's animal control and enforcement officer, was on hand to issue certificates of vaccination. She reported that the clinic usually service between 50-75 dogs across Delta County. The clinics are open to any dog owner within the county. As needed, Anderson also issued 2019 town dog licenses. She estimates that she issues between 10-20 licenses during clinic time.
As with previous clinics, Jeff and Susie Hirsch, owners and operators of Surface Creek Veterinary Center, provided their services free of charge. Both are doctors of veterinary medicine. They opened the Surface Creek center in 2011.
The clinics are held semi-annually and the next one will occur in late March or early April. Anderson will announce the exact clinic dates in a future DCI article and in "Writing on the Edge," the town newsletter which is distributed with town water bill.
For questions, contact Anderson at 970-856-4301.
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.