Would you like to touch the life of a child subjected to abuse and/or neglect? Perhaps you could be a Court Appointed Special Advocate.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the 7th Judicial District is part of a national network of 951 community-based programs that recruit, train and support citizen-volunteers to advocate in courtrooms and communities for the best interests of abused and neglected children. Volunteer advocates -- empowered directly by the courts -- offer judges critical information that is often used to ensure that each child's rights and needs are being attended to while in foster care.
Volunteers are asked to serve the child or sibling group until they are placed in loving permanent homes. For many abused children, a CASA volunteer is the only constant adult presence in their lives. The volunteer visits with the child at least twice a month.
Carlton Mason, CASA executive director, reminds us, "It is vital that our communities come together and take care of our own, most vulnerable population -- our children."
CASA's mission is to "help break the cycle of child abuse and neglect, and to advocate for safe, permanent, nurturing homes for children, utilizing highly trained and dedicated volunteers." CASA volunteers undergo extensive training prior to working with any children. For more information about CASA, becoming a CASA volunteer, or to support the CASA program call 249-0337.
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.