On June 27 at approximetly 5:30 p.m., Delta County Dispatch received a report of a possible drowning in Eggleston Lake on the Grand Mesa. Delta sheriff's deputies, Delta Search and Rescue, Cedaredge Fire, Delta Ambulance and Care Flight responded.
Witnesses reported Larry Smith, 44, of Grand Junction had fallen off a paddleboard. One witness and a female companion of the deceased had attempted to get him out of the water but were unsuccessful. With their assistance, DCSAR members were able to locate the deceased and remove him from the water. An autopsy confirmed the cause of death as accidental drowning.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.