Red Hat Dolls of the Valley honored Betty Portman at their June meeting June 21 at Berg Harvest in Paonia.
Betty has been the Queen Bee of this group for a number of years. Incoming Queen Bee will be Carol Jean Garner.
Carol Jean presented Betty with a floral arrangement featuring red roses and purple carnations -- colors associated with Red Hat accessories. Portman also received a delicate sugar and creamer set. Reciprocating Portman presented Carol Jean with a cookbook and Red Hat pins.
Attending the occasion were Jean Flotho, Joyce Chapdelaine, Joyce Holybee, Claudia King, Georgia Mettz, Carol White, Lisa Walker, Bobbie Selk, Garner and Portman.
King was hostess. Tables were decorated in a patriotic theme with American flags and local cherries as gifts. King also gave a brief talk about her trip to Scandinavia illustrated with snapshots from Norway, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Poland, the Soviet Union, Finland and Sweden.
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.