Over the past three weeks, nearly 100 Vision Charter Academy (VCA) learners, across three campuses, have participated in Test Prep Winter Carnivals hosted by the VCA staff and Vanguard Parent Association. Through the course of the event, learners rotated stations sharpening skills for the upcoming CMAS, SAT and Dibels tests this spring. Stations varied from practical online test navigation tips, to keyboarding practice for third-ninth graders, while kindergarten through second grade played spelling games and worked on reading comprehension. High school learners were educated about VCA's ongoing SAT prep sessions and college readiness resources. It wasn't all seriousness -- a cake walk, face painting and photo booth rounded out the fun event. Overall, it was a success and the families who attended gained a lot of confidence in their ability to succeed in the coming months. Vision would like to thank all of the community businesses that donated prizes to the event: Bill Heddles Rec. Center, Moca Joe's, The Coffee Barn, Cedaredge Middle School climbing wall and Coal Train Coffee.
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.