The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests were notified by Montrose County Road and Bridge staff of a mudslide that recently occurred on the Uncompahgre Plateau. 90 Road (National Forest System Road 540) is closed at its intersection with the Divide Road (NFSR 402). Approximately five miles of road is closed to full-sized vehicles, but open to all terrain vehicles that are 50 inches or less in width. The road from the Power Plant to Ute remains open.
Alternate routes that are available include the Delta-Nucla Road (NFSR 503); the Sanborn Park Road (NFSR 530) to Dave Wood Road (NFSR510); and the Hauser Road (NFSR603). The slide area will remain closed until further notice.
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.