A drug interdiction conducted in late September with the assistance of Delta Police Department, Montrose Sheriff's Office K-9 unit and Colorado Bureau of Investigation resulted in the seizure of approximately 29 grams of methamphetamine and the arrest of the driver transporting the illegal controlled substance.
In addition, a search warrant was obtained for a house in Austin, where deputies located approximately five pounds of suspected methamphetamine and approximately $21,000 cash allegedly associated with the distribution of the controlled substance.
The Delta County patrol deputies and the investigators who worked the case -- Norm Dishaw, Jason Warth, Quinn Archibeque and Kris Stewart -- were recognized during a department meeting Feb. 2.
Also recognized were Kris Stewart and Priscilla Macfarlane, who are involved in the labor-intensive process of moving and auditing thousands of pieces of evidence; Theresa Garcia, for error-free and timely crime reporting; Harry Shiles, who is retiring after 10 years on the courthouse security detail; Bea Wolfe, who handles prisoner transports for the sheriff's office; and Norm Dishaw, a rotational investigator for the sheriff's office.
The meeting began with a prayer for the families of fallen officers Zackari Parish, a Douglas County deputy, and Heath Gumm, an Adams County deputy. Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee asked for bravery, courage and compassion for the dispatchers, deputies and detention officers gathered for the department meeting.
This is McKee's final year in office, and the upcoming election/transition was among the items addressed during the meeting. So far, only Undersheriff Mark Taylor has declared candidacy in the November election.
New employees were introduced, 2017 statistics were reviewed, policies concerning social media were discussed, and the department's mission statement was reiterated: "Delta County Sheriff's Office is committed to providing the citizens of Delta County with effective and efficient public safety services, while adhering to the principles of the constitutions of the United States and the State of Colorado."
The sheriff's department employs 64 men and women in dispatch, jail, patrol and administration.
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.