In the interest of public health and safety, CDOT removes animal carcasses from any state highway, U.S. highway, or interstate. According to Lisa Schwantes, Regional Public Relations Manager for the Western Slope, anyone wishing to report a carcass or debris on such roadways should contact CDOT's Northwest Region-3 hotline: 970-243-2368. The hotline is staffed Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. but a message can be left at any time. Callers should be prepared to provide the following information: a description of the debris or carcass, number/name of the roadway, nearest mile post marker if known, and any other familiar landmarks that will help pin-point the location.
If contacted regarding dead wildlife, the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife (DPW) will refer the public elsewhere. However DPW does respond to calls concerning sick or injured wildlife and the agency may be able to assist with issues of wildlife causing property damage or threatening public safety. The DPW Montrose office can be reached at 970-252-6000, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed for lunch 1-2:00 p.m.). For an after-hours wildlife emergency, contact the Colorado State Patrol at 970-249-4392.
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.