On March 8, Taco Time held its first corporate meeting of 2018. Annually, this meeting is when franchise recognition awards are presented for the previous year.
Delta Taco Time received the Golden Cactus Award, presented to qualifying restaurants that earned an average of at least 95 percent on the two store inspections of the year. Delta's average was 97.7 percent.
Joyce Ulrich received the Manager of the Year award. Ulrich has managed Delta Taco Time since August 2005.
"I remember very well the day she walked in looking for a job," said owner Orval Proctor. "This was back in the day when I worked the front cash register during lunch every day. I sat down with her on the stools just inside the front door and hired her on the spot. Thirty years later, we still make a great team."
Ashley Lopez was named Crew Member of the Year. Lopez started working at Taco Time 10 years ago as a high school student. For the past eight years she has been assistant manager.
"Joyce, Ashley and their crew work very hard and take a lot of pride in our Delta Taco Time," Proctor said.
The Delta franchise is currently working on a fundraising project, selling paper shamrocks to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).
Since teaming up with MDA in February, Taco Time and its customers have raised more than $2,090 to help MDA provide the families it serves with summer camp.
"Every shamrock sold is a symbol of strength, independence and life for kids and adults with life-threatening diseases especially now that we're seeing the impact of MDA's investment in research resulting in treatments," said Joyce Urich. "Thanks to the generosity of Taco Time employees and customers, we can help MDA invest in lifesaving research and support programs for these individuals to free kids and adults from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases that severely weaken muscle strength and mobility. This fundraiser is very special, as I had a nephew who lived with muscular dystrophy."
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.