Kristopher Urbin was sworn in as an officer of the Paonia Police Department at the April 10 town board meeting. Urbin grew up in the Grand Junction area and is a graduate of Palisade High School. He attended the Western Colorado Community College Peace Officer and Police Academy in Grand Junction and graduated in December. Urbin said he's happy to be in Paonia.
Urbin is currently undergoing Field Training Officer certification. Police Chief Neil Ferguson said he is expected to complete training quickly, since he already has a good working knowledge of the town, the reporting system and his duties. "We're excited to have him," said Ferguson. "He's going to be a good fit for the area."
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.