Anglers can vie for $5,000 in cash prizes and actively participate in an important wildlife-management activity at this year's smallmouth bass tournament at Ridgway State Park, July 7-28. The tournament is sponsored by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
The purpose of the annual tournament is to protect native fish and water users downstream of the reservoir. Smallmouth bass, introduced illegally at Ridgway Reservoir more than a decade ago, are predator fish than can survive in Western Slope rivers, including the Uncompahgre River which flows from the reservoir.
"By participating in the tournament and removing smallmouth bass, anglers will be actively helping with wildlife management in Colorado," said Eric Gardunio, aquatic biologist for CPW in Montrose. "Anglers are far more efficient at removing these fish than any type of mechanical method that we could use."
Participants have a chance to win cash prizes ranging from $250 to $1,500 with categories for most caught, largest and smallest. There are also prizes for kids 12 and under. All anglers are encouraged to enter.
If you've never fished for smallmouth bass, or if you want to improve your chances of catching them, visit http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/Ridgway/Pages/Smallmouth-Bass.aspx.
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.