A motorcycle traveling eastbound on Highway 50 collided with a deer at about 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1. The motorcycle was carrying two people and was just east of 1600 Road at the time of the accident. The deer entered the roadway from the south and caused the motorcycle to crash. The Delta Police Department reports that both riders were transported to Delta County Memorial Hospital with injuries. The deer died on scene. Both eastbound lanes were closed for about two hours. The Delta Fire Department and Delta County Sheriff's Office assisted with traffic control.
The motorcycle riders were not identified by the DPD, but are from Colorado. Both were wearing full protective gear, including helmets. Their riding companions, two other people on another motorcycle, made arrangements for the wrecked motorcycle and personal belongings.
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.