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Election 2018

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.

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BLM defers sale of North Fork parcels

The Bureau of Land Management announced last week the deferral of 58 parcels, including 74,516 acres in the North Fork, from the Dec. 13 oil and gas sale.

A statement issued by BLM Colorado Nov. 2 explains, "BLM Colorado is deferring parcels that contain big game habitat in cooperation with a request from the State of Colorado to delay leasing to allow consideration of further habitat protections.

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Demand for new homes is growing across the county
Demand for new homes is growing across the county

The City of Delta has issued 16 building permits for new single family homes this year, outpacing the combined total of permits issued in 2017 (six) and 2016 (seven).

Delta County is seeing a similar increase, although new homes in unincorporated Delta County are measured not by building permits, but by septic permits.

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Innovative product is a win for ag, environment
Innovative product is a win for ag, environment

Sediment from the Muddy River has piled up in the Paonia Reservoir, reducing active storage capacity and the amount of irrigation water available for agricultural producers in the North Fork Valley.

At the same time, industry leaders and environmentalists are looking for ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from coal mines through the recovery and use of methane.

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Veterans have a plan to pay homage to fallen comrades
Veterans have a plan to pay homage to fallen comrades

While Nov. 11 is officially recognized as Veterans Day, two Delta residents have a plan to honor veterans every day of the year through beautification of the Garnet Mesa Trail.

Jim Ball, a veteran of World War II, lives just above the trail that he's walked "hundreds" of times.

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StoryWalk installed at Sweitzer Lake

Delta County Libraries, The Nature Connection (TNC), and Colorado Parks and Wildlife proudly present the StoryWalk® at Sweitzer Lake State Park in Delta. The installation of the StoryWalk® was made possible by funding provided by a Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Inspire Initiative grant, awarded to TNC in December 2017.

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Kris Stewart to replace Jeff Wright as emergency manager

Jeffrey Wright will be leaving his post as head of the Delta County Office of Emergency Management, effective Dec. 1.

Wright moved to Delta County with his wife and their four children in 2013.

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Sign up for Parade of Lights

Delta's Kickoff to Christmas, scheduled Saturday, Nov. 24, includes Small Business Saturday and the Parade of Lights. Contact the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce, 874-8616, for a parade application.

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Law enforcement blotter Nov. 7, 2018

At 3:57 a.m., officers responded to a single vehicle crash on Highway 50 (South) near mile marker 77 to assist Colorado State Patrol.

Officers responded to Alta Vista de la Montana apartments, 7110 Highway 50, on a report of child abduction.

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Library closures

Delta County Libraries will be closed Monday, Nov. 12, in observance of Veterans Day and Thursday, Nov. 22, in observance of Thanksgiving.

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LEAP launches online application for heating assistance program

Colorado's Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP), will kick-off the 2018-19 season with a new online application process for individuals and families needing heating assistance. Enrollment for the 2018-2019 program starts Nov. 1 and continues through April 30.

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Colorado River District representative discusses drought contingency planning

Tom Alvey, representing the Colorado River District, met with Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Don Suppes and Mark Roeber at their Nov. 5 meeting to give them an update regarding water availability from Lake Powell and Lake Mead to water users in the Upper Basin states and the Lower Basin states.

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Delta woman dedicates her life to libraries
Delta woman dedicates her life to libraries

Alice Lister loves libraries, plain and simple. She loves the people. She loves the books. She loves the opportunities.

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Draft hazard mitigation plan enters public comment phase

Following more than a year of meetings between Delta County staff and key stakeholders, Delta County's draft 2018 Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan is now available for public review and comment.

Delta County, the City of Delta, Orchard City, Cedaredge, Paonia, Crawford and Hotchkiss as well as five fire protection districts and the Delta County School District participated in the process of drafting the plan.

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Parks admission is free for veterans, active military

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will honor all veterans and active-duty members of the U.S. military, military reserve and National Guard on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, with free admission to any of Colorado's 41 state parks.

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Tractor Supply raises funds for 4-H'ers

Colorado​ 4-H youth will experience valuable hands-on learning opportunities as a result of Tractor Supply's 2018 paper clover campaign, a biannual fundraiser held in partnership with National 4-H Council. Colorado​ Tractor Supply stores collectively raised $18,889 in 2018 through donations made with purchases in store and online.

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Technical College of the Rockies student places in design contest
Technical College of the Rockies student places in design contest

Paul Pyles has been a student at Technical College of the Rockies for 1 1/2 years and is working his way through the technical CAD program, with both the technical CAD crafting and the architectural CAD drafting program under his belt. To say that Paul is a dedicated student is an understatement as he drives from Telluride every day; dedication is something near and dear to Paul's heart as he is a disabled Army veteran.

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Fill a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child
Fill a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child

Calvary Baptist Church in Delta will serve as a drop-off site for the Samaritan's Purse project, Operation Christmas Child, joining nearly 5,000 U.S. locations collecting gift-filled shoeboxes for children in need around the world.

During the project's National Collection Week, Nov. 12-19, Delta residents will transform empty shoeboxes into gifts of hope filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys.

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Ballots mailed for FSA county committee election

Colorado Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Clarice Navarro announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) began mailing ballots to eligible agricultural producers for the 2018 FSA county committee elections on Monday, Nov. 5. Producers must return ballots to their local FSA offices by Dec. 3, to ensure their vote is counted.

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Public asked to weigh in on hazard mitigation

As part of a community-wide natural hazard risk reduction effort, Delta County, City of Delta, Town of Cedaredge, Town of Hotchkiss, Town of Paonia, Town of Crawford, Town of Orchard City, the School District, and each Fire Protection District are seeking public input on the draft Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan.

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County supports seismic operations

On Tuesday, Oct. 23, Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Don Suppes and Mark Roeber met in work session with representatives from Gunnison Energy in regard to Gunnison Energy's proposed Iron Point Seismic Project.

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City budget discussion focuses on marketing, law enforcement, DCED

The Delta City Council has held a series of work sessions to discuss the city's budget for 2019. Council members have heard presentations from all department heads and city manager David Torgler as they tweak expenditures for the coming year.

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Voter turnout is strong

The Delta County clerk and recorder's office reports strong voter turnout for the Nov. 6 election. As of Tuesday morning, over 6,000 ballots had been cast, including 3,092 by Republicans, 1,688 unaffiliated and 1,278 by Democrats.

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Shelter opens Nov. 1

Abraham Connection Homeless Shelter opens for its 11th season Thursday, Nov. 1. Last winter, the shelter provided 1,940 bed nights to 120 different individuals with the help of 300-plus volunteers.

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CDBG grant supports businesses in Region 10

At their Oct. 15 meeting, Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Don Suppes and Mark Roeber supported a grant request presented by Elyse Casselberry, county community and economic development director, and Robbie LeValley, county administrator.

The applicant for the Community Development Block Grant is Montrose County for Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties.

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