The Western Slope No-Fee Coalition reports that new legislation will eliminate the National Park Service's $10 lifetime Senior Pass (formerly Golden Age Pass) and replace it with a pass costing $80. Parks can begin charging the new price as soon as their internal systems are updated. The coalition urges those close to turning 62 to act as quickly as possible to take advantage of the $10 pass, which allows entrance to all national parks that charge admission. A new "Senior Annual" pass has been added at a price of $20, good for one year from the date of purchase.
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.