A portion of the Crag Crest National Recreation Trail will be temporarily closed until July 21. This closure will prohibit public access from the east trailhead at the Crag Crest Campground along the lower loop to the intersection at Butts Lake. Portions of the trail will still be accessible from the west trailhead.
The closure will allow for the installation of temporary roads and a bridge for the Grand Mesa Resort timber salvage sale, an estimated two-year removal of beetle-affected and blowdown timber. The timber salvage will remove potentially hazardous fuels from an area with many summer cabins, and will improve overall forest health by opening the forest for new growth, improving species and age class diversity. When this portion of the trail is re-opened, the public is asked to provide a wide berth to timber crews and machinery.
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.