The Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association announces the completion of the Drop 5 hydroelectric plant. Contractors started testing the plant the week of Aug. 8 and commercial generation started Aug. 12.
Mountain States Construction Company started the project in November 2012. The firm completed the project eight weeks ahead of schedule. UVWUA manager Steve Anderson said the association is very appreciative of the firm's efforts. Mountain States constructed the other four hydro projects on the Uncompahgre Project and the facility on the Ridgway Dam. "We salute Mountain States' efforts and their contractors, Riverside Construction, Rapid Energy and Bat Electric Inc.," Anderson said.
The Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association financed this project with a loan from the Colorado Water Conservation Board and a WaterSMART grant from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
Delta-Montrose Electric Association purchased the power, which will be utilized locally. The Drop 5 facility is capable of producing 2,200 Kw.
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.