On the afternoon of Tuesday, Nov. 21, 32 headstones in the Delta City Cemetery on 3rd Street were knocked over. Tony Bohling, City of Delta parks supervisor, says the vandalism was discovered by a citizen walking through the cemetery around 4:30 p.m. City crews were on site until 3 p.m., so Bohling surmises the incident took place between 3 and 4:30 p.m. The Delta Police Department was immediately notified, and on Wednesday a monument company was contacted and asked to provide an estimate to reset and repair the headstones. Bohling said the estimate came in at $9,500. Two stones were damaged and will have to be repaired.
On Sunday, Nov. 26, the same citizen notified city staff that 13 more headstones have been knocked over. Again, the police department was contacted. One damaged stone will have to be repaired, but Bohling has not obtained an estimate on that cost.
The stones that were knocked over but not damaged were simply put back in place. The damaged stones were removed until they can be repaired.
The Delta Police Department is asking anyone with information pertaining to this incident to call the police department at 874-7676 or Crimestoppers, 874-8810.
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.