The Center for American Progress, a nonprofit public policy research and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., released a special report today (April 11) that showcases the North Fork Valley as "an example of a rural community that is moving beyond reliance on boom-and-bust extractive industries towards a more economically and environmentally sustainable future."
The report was developed by the organization's public lands team which visited the North Fork last year. It outlines what was learned as the team spoke with farmers, business owners, former miners, activists and residents. It offers solutions that will help other communities transition to a more diversified economy.
The 28-page report is available online at https://www.americanprogress.org/?p-449287.
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.