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  • Today we continue our coverage on the shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs over the weekend. Delta Pride will host a Club Q vigil on Sunday, November 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the Delta Chamber of Commerce.
  • The LGBTQ community nationwide and in Colorado mourns another senseless shooting at a Colorado Springs night club over the weekend. A 22 year old gunman killed at least 5 patrons and wounded 25 others around midnight on Saturday. Paonia Trustees are considering three finalists for town administrator, reports the Delta County Independent. The three applicants are Guy Patterson, Evan Bolt and Melissa Fields-Allgeyer. Delta Health received its first sales tax payment in the amount of $318,000, The money was tallied nearly four months after voters approved the hospital’s 0.8% sales tax initiative. The City of Montrose saw increases in tax collections across the board during the third quarter of 2022.
  • Early-season storms have left SNOW TOTALS above average throughout much of the Western U.S. Snowpack on Colorado’s Western Slope is mostly at or above average for this time of year, but the Front Range and eastern plains are just below average. Two different populations of a common bird in our region were recently listed under the Endangered Species
  • News broke on Friday afternoon, that Democratic challenger Adam Frisch conceded the race in Colorado’s Third Congressional District to incumbent Republican Lauren Boebert. The Denver Post is reporting on the rise of RSV, COVID and FLU hospitalizations in the state. According to a recent Denver Post Newsletter, Colorado is heading into a major holiday with the three viruses putting pressure on the state's hospitals. Inflation has already put a squeeze on grocery budgets. And now, the USDA says avian flu has claimed millions of turkeys this year – pushing turkey prices higher as Thanksgiving approaches. One Lake City man may be having fish for Thanksgiving….Matt Smiley nabbed a state record Brook trout while fishing the Waterdog Lake in the Uncompahgre National Forest last month.
  • The city of Ouray is looking to boost water temperatures at the Ouray Hot Springs Pool, reports the Ouray Plaindealer. The federal government may receive the bulk of cash seized as part of evidence in the February murders of two Paonia residents, reports the Montrose Daily Press. Documents filed in federal court concerning just over $360,000 in assets from Michael Arnold’s estate were connected to marijuana Arnold grew at his Black Bridge Road property. Citizens for a Healthy Community Executive Director Natasha Leger hand delivered copies of the organization’s latest publication to Delta County Commissioners on Tuesday. The 90 page document entitled, Climate Action Plan for Delta County: Moving From Crisis to Comeback urges the county to consider the impacts of climate change and take action.
  • Former Sunset Mesa funeral home director Megan Hess has asked the U.S. District Court to delay the Jan. 3rd sentencing date by at least 90 -120 days reports the Montrose Daily Press. Search giant Google has agreed to a nearly $400 million dollar settlement with Colorado and 39 other states in connection to how the company tracked users’ locations even when they opted out, reports the Denver Post. The Police Chief told the Paonia Town Council recently that his “department is currently responding to a mental health/suicide call for service approximately every other week”. Delta County Commissioners approved an intergovernmental agreement with the town of Orchard City for police coverage.
  • State Representative Julie McCluskie from Dillon was selected by fellow Democrats on Friday to become the next Speaker of the House. Colorado House Republicans choose their top leaders on Thursday. Rep. Mike Lynch of Wellington, elected by the House GOP caucus, will serve as minority leader. Results for the tightly contested CD 3 race between incumbent Lauren Boebert and Democrat Adam Frisch are expected either Thursday or Friday. Prop 123 supporting funding for additional affordable housing in the state passed narrowly by four percentage points. Prop 122 legalizing psychedelic plants for adults age 21 and older passed six percentage points. The measure sets aside 0.1% of state income tax revenue for affordable housing programs, including aid to develop more housing and assistance for certain renters and home buyers.
  • As of Friday, incumbent Lauren Boebert pulled ahead of Democratic challenger Adam Frisch of Aspen. The tally on the Secretary of State’s website showed Boebert leading Frisch by 1,122 votes. While a mandatory recount would be triggered if the vote is .5% or less, Secretary of State Jena Griswold told a major news outlet that official results could take up to “a couple of weeks.” Safety net clinics in Colorado are working to stem the tide of opiate overdoses. City water providers from all over the mountain west put their drinking water to the test at a recent event in Colorado. Spoiler alert: the winner for best tasting water is located in the northwest edge of our listening area.
  • Representative Matt Soper defeated Democrat AliceMarie Slaven-Edmond for House District 54. Soper gained nearly 74% of the vote in the district. In House District 58 incumbent Marc Catlin of Montrose defeated Democrat Kevin Kuns by 11 percentage points. Grand Junction Republican businessman Rick Taggart soundly defeated Democrat Damon Davis for House District 55 in Mesa County by 26 percentage points. Delta County voters approved Ballot Measure 5B with nearly 55% in favor. The measure extends a bond issue for Delta County Joint School District 50J. Eligible Montrose County voters approved the measure,while eligible voters in Gunnison County turned down the bond issue.
  • As of 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 9 the Colorado Secretary of State’s office reported the following initial election results with 61 of 64 counties completed and nearly 50% of Colorado voters voting in the mid-term election. United States Senator Michael Bennet retains his seat with a 12 point win over challenger Joe O’Dea. Governor Jared Polis will return to a second term defeating Republican challenger Heidi Ganahl by 17 points. Democrats will also retain the Secretary of State; Treasure and Attorney General offices as Jenna Griswold, Dave Young and Phil Weiser turn back their respective Republican challengers.