Delta resident Warren R. Anderson died Oct. 21, 2017, at Horizons Care Center after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Graveside services were held Oct. 24 at the Delta City Cemetery.
Mr. Anderson was born and grew up in the Denver area. He served in the U. S. Army in both World War II and Korea. He returned to Colorado and joined the Sheet Metal Workers Union in 1948. In 1971, he moved with his family to Delta, where he established and served as the instructor for the sheet metal program at Delta-Montrose Technical School in the 1980s. Mr. Anderson also owned and operated his own business for 20 years, manufacturing irrigation flumes and ditch dams for farmers.
Mr. Anderson was a member of the Delta VFW and was a lifetime member of the Delta Elks Lodge. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, collecting tools, equipment and firearms, and traveling with his wife.
He is survived by his children, Pamela (Gary) Simpson of Austin and Mike (Susan) Anderson of Delta; three grandchildren, Josh (Cara) Helmick of Eckert, Ian Anderson and Emily Anderson, both of Delta.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Allene Anderson; and one daughter, Nancy Anderson.
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.