In the race for Hotchkiss mayor, Larry Wilkening soundly defeated Thomas Wills with 75 percent of the vote. The tally was 191 for Wilkening and 61 for Wills. Wilkening will replace Wendell Koontz, who is term-limited.
While four candidates, Esther Koontz, Patricia Medina, Sheila Maki and Mary Hockenbery, will fill the four open seats, the election was held to determine which of the four will fill a two-year term.
Esther Koontz picked up the majority of votes, earning a four-year term with 186 votes, or 30.54 percent of the 609 total votes cast in the April 3 election.
Medina and Hockenbery, both incumbents, received 164 and 140 votes, respectively, or 26.93 and 22.99 percent of the total votes.
Sheila Maki, who received 119 votes (19.54 percent), will serve a two-year term.
A total of 253 ballots were cast, representing 42.38 percent of the town's 597 registered voters.
Wilkening and the four trustees will be sworn in at the April 12 council meeting, following completion of old business. There will also be a plaque presentation to say thank-you to Mayor Koontz and trustee Wills, and for trustee Lindee Cantrell, who is term-limited. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.
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.