Several Western Slope car clubs were well represented at the 10th annual Mesquite Motor Mania in Mesquite, Nev., on Martin Luther King weekend, Jan. 12-14. Twelve members and their wives representing the Delta Street Rodders, Ute Trails Car Club, Ramblin' Relics and Black Canyon Classics travelled to Mesquite for a weekend of fun and sun. All were registered under the travelling club name "Western Slope Cruisers."
The travelling Western Slope Cruisers were: Mike Fox, Austin; Tom and Bev Henry, Cedaredge; Lynn and Melody Krebs, Montrose; Richard and Kay Lamons, Delta; Jim and Dianna Muller, Montrose; Slide and Trezjna Pearce, Austin; Larry Rhine and Mary Jane Place, Delta; Jerry and Betty Seale, Grand Junction; Gary and Connie Tollefson, Austin; Drake and Linda Welch, Hotchkiss; Dave and Sue Whittlesey, Hotchkiss; Mike and Sue Worthington, Delta.
At Sunday's awards ceremony, all 12 members of the Western Slope Cruisers received awards in various categories -- "Outstanding Vehicle," "Crowd Pleaser," and "Directors' Pick." Cash prizes were also received by several members.
The show is a perennial favorite for West Coast and Rocky Mountain car enthusiasts. This year there were just under 1,000 entrants displaying their "rides" at all four casino parking lots, where thousands of spectators enjoyed viewing the show cars for free.
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.