In Delta County, voter turnout topped just 34 percent for the June 28 primary election. In the only local contest, Republican commissioner candidate Mark Roeber edged out Roger Bentley 1,809 to 1,627. Roeber will face Democratic challenger Jere Lowe for the District 3 seat in November's general election. A third candidate, Mark Eckhart, is awaiting verification of his petition as an unaffiliated candidate. Don Suppes (R) and Travis Mills (D) will face off for the District 2 commissioner seat.
In other GOP races, Delta County aligned itself with voters statewide in selecting Darryl Glenn to oppose Michael Bennet in the U.S. Senate race, Scott Tipton to face Gail Schwartz for U.S. Representative, District 3, and Joyce Rankin to oppose Christine Pacheco-Koveleski for the State Board of Education, District 3.
During a preliminary hearing in Delta District Court on Tuesday, Jan. 15, Judge Steven Schultz found probable cause for second degree murder charges against Heather Jones.
Jones previously faced three counts in the shooting of Ryan Redifer in Paonia on Jan. 12, 2018 -- assault in the first degree, assault in the second degree and violation of a protection order.