The evening of July 15 at about 11:45 I was outside and in the distance I saw a fluctuating red light. Examining closer, there were sparks and glowing wires. There are acres of dried grass and plants below so I immediately called DMEA. The message was to call 911.
Within 15 minutes there were probably 12 emergency vehicles and twice as many personnel. Problem -- a cracked cable probably by lightning. The firemen put the fire out and DMEA replaced the equipment.
Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. Your professional, polite, dedicated service possibly prevented a disaster. We in Delta County are blessed to have exceptional emergency response and great people like Doug Fritz, chief.
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.