On Tuesday, Oct. 31, the Delta Police Department assisted the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) with the execution of a search warrant at "Slick Ricks II," 322 Main Street, in the City of Delta. Approximately 28 gaming machines were seized along with an undisclosed amount of cash and documents. No arrests have been made at this time. CBI investigated this establishment at the request of the Delta Police Department.
According to the Colorado Skill Games & Entertainment Association, skill games and arcade entertainment centers across the state have been raided over the past several months, with millions of dollars of equipment and property seized. It is the association's position that these raids are "a gross overreach by law enforcement."
"There seems to be an ongoing concerted effort to shut down small operators of these skill games entertainment centers based on a dubious interpretation of current state law," said Chris Howe, the association's executive director. Howe said law enforcement has failed to acknowledge specific exemptions for devices that involve skill, speed, strength and endurance. According to state statute, gambling is defined by a "game of chance," and the person at risk has "no control." Games of skill, Howe maintains, are protected as outside of the realm of gambling.
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.