Delta County has designated the Delta County segments of the Old Spanish Trail as a county historic landmark.
Delta County contains some of the only undisturbed yet recognizable tracks of the trail that exist in Colorado. They are located near the Mesa-Delta county line adjacent to Highway 50 on Bureau of Land Management land.
Leigh Ann Hunt, president of the Delta County Historic Landmarks Board and member of the Old Spanish Trail Association (OSTA), forwarded the request for designation to the county commissioners and submitted the application on behalf of the OSTA North Branch Chapter of Grand Junction. The application received enthusiastic support from the Friends of Fort Uncompahgre on the Old Spanish Trail, the replica of Roubideau's trading post located at the confluence of the Uncompahgre and Gunnison rivers in Delta.
As a local landmark, the site may allow for state grant funding for research and interpretation, but will not change or restrict the BLM's management options in the trail area, which is subject to federal historic preservation laws.
This is the fifth property to be listed by the Delta County Historic Landmarks Board formed in 2013. The others are the 1906 Paonia Bross Hotel, which celebrated its 110th anniversary May 28; the Paradise Theatre in Paonia, Rogers Mesa Modern Women's Club Hurst School, and the Escalante Canyon irrigation water wheel. Anyone interested in listing additional Delta County historical sites may contact Hunt at 970-835-5228.
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.