Friday, February 24, 2017

This Week in Pics


Mesa County is replacing the two bridges on 16 Road that cross the Grand Valley Canal. The two structures are separated by 1.2 miles and are currently being removed and rebuilt to be able to sustain the transport of current legal limit loads. The work also includes rebuilding approximately 855 linear feet of 16 Road including slopes, shoulders, drainage upgrades, and safety enhancements to the adjoining Grand Valley Irrigation Company service road.

The structures will be widened to allow for future 16 Road corridor improvements and growth. The project is partially funded by a Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) grant.

Mesa County O.5 bridge is located on 16 Road northwest of Fruita. The old structure has been removed and a
 74 ft. long by 14 ft. wide by 5 ft. tall concrete box culvert has been poured.

Mesa County N.3 bridge has been demolished and the new, 85 ft. long by 12 ft. wide by 5 ft. tall, concrete box culvert is in place. The project is running on schedule, and it is expected to be completed by early summer.

Mesa County Senior Maintenance Technician Jule Cantrell prunes the flower beds at the old Mesa County Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave. 

Before 8 a.m. on a sunny Wednesday morning, Mesa County Senior Maintenance Technician Jule Cantrell is already hard at work maintaining the grounds around the old Mesa County Courthouse.
 Mesa County Community Corrections and Work Release inmates arrive at the old Mesa County Courthouse to help  Mesa County Senior Maintenance Technician Jule Cantrell with pruning and clean up. 

Mesa County Elections wraps up their day by tabulating ballots for the Upper Grand Valley Pest Control District.

Mesa County Elections works on the ballots submitted by Upper Grand Valley Pest Control District residents for the addition of three fruit pests to the UGVPCD's list of regulated species.
Auction Starts at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb.  25 at the Mesa County Fairgrounds 

Inventory arrives at the Mesa County Fairgrounds for the charity auction. Proceeds benefit FFA & 4-H programs of Mesa County

Left to right: Mesa County Assistant County Attorney John Rhoads and Mesa County Attorney Patrick Coleman have a discussion in the hallway. 

Commissioner John Justman stops by the Mesa County Attorney's Office to chat with the new Chief Deputy County Attorney Jeremy Savage and County Attorney Patrick Coleman.

Roughly 75 percent of what goes into landfills is recyclable, reusable or compostable, but the current recycling rate in Colorado is only 12 percent, while the rest of the country is at 34 percent. A major portion of our waste can be recycled or reused. Mesa County has several drop-offs and curbside options for recyclables and a drop-off facility for green waste, hazardous waste and more. Visit http://www.mesacounty.us/swm/recycle/options.aspx and learn what you can do to minimize waste.


Each year Mesa County Road and Bridge, Traffic, Hazardous Waste, and the Sheriff's Office, as part of the Mesa County Safety Council, participate in the Mesa County Safety Fair held at Mesa Mall in Grand Junction, Colorado. The Safety Fairs are typically held for two consecutive days in the last two weeks of February through first two weeks of March on an annual basis. The timing of fair dates varies year to year to accommodate attendee, participant, and Mall schedules.

Mesa County Traffic Technicians Brady Sartain and Nicole Frazier participate in the annual Safety Fair at Mesa Mall this Thursday and Friday.
Left to right: Mesa County Road and Bridge Matthew Nichols and Aaron Salazar at the 2017 Annual Safety Fair.

Mesa County Road and Bridge Jarrod Houck talks to community member about equipment safety.

Each year over a thousand kids attend the Safety Fair at Mesa Mall and go to the different stations to get some helpful safety tips from organizations throughout the community.

Mesa County Road and Bridge Administrative Assistant Heather Conder mans a booth at the 2017 Mesa County Safety Fair.

Mesa County Solid Waste Operations Manager Amber Swasey talks to community members about properly disposing of hazardous waste.  

Left to right: Mesa County Road and Bridge staff Jarrod Houck and Heather Conder talk to children about equipment and traffic safety. 

The Mesa County Safety Council has been promoting safety awareness among the public, students, organizations, and companies for many years. 

Mesa County Sheriff's Office Lt. Todd Sorenson at the Safety Fair.  

Mesa County Sheriff's Office Lt. Todd Sorenson talks to kids about safety.  

The Mesa County Safety Fair is an annual event held at Mesa Mall that targets second through fourth grade students and teaches them how to protect themselves at home, school, and play.

The Safety Fair sees a wide variety of visitors from the very young to the elderly and all are encouraged to participate in the fun, exciting and safety themed packed activities our fair has to offer.

Children at the Mesa County Safety Fair check out the Sheriff's Office patrol vehicles.

Cub Scout Pack 388 on a tour of the Sheriff's Office station.

The Western Slope VFW Post 3981 surprised Deputy Marsheila Hope with a certificate of appreciation and a gift certificate for her 18 years of service with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office. Well deserved! 

Congratulations, Deputy Marsheila Hope, on your milestone and ongoing hard work. The Western Slope VFW Post 3981 recognized Deputy Marsheila Hope with a certificate of appreciation for her 18 years of service with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office.

Our "Home Town Hero" Sergeant Cathy Tate was the Grand Marshal of the Lions Club parade Saturday!

Left to right: Health Promotion Manager Mary Cornforth Cawood and Information & Communication Manager Katie Goddeyne helped to inform Go Red for Women Dinner event-goers about how much sugar women actually need versus how much sugar is found in common foods.

Left to right: Health Promotion Manager Mary Cornforth Cawood, Health Promotion Specialist Emily Robertson and Information & Communication Manager Katie Goddeyne stop for a smile at the St. Mary's Go Red for Women Dinner at Colorado Mesa University, 1100 North Ave., Friday night. The group chatted with event-goers about healthy alternatives to sugary foods and drinks.

Left to right: Health promotion specialists Troy Ward, Karen Melott and Katie Smith talked to families about their sugar intake at the Sweet Heart 5k Health Expo on Saturday.

Representatives from the GPS mapping Software Company ESRI met with Mesa County staff from various departments about incorporating new applications.

Approximately 40 people have been attending the CSU Master Gardener training course. This week's topic included fruit growing and fruit pest management.

Susan Carter, CSU Extension Horticulture Agent, presents on small fruit growing at the Master Gardener training.

Teresa Nees of Noxious Weed and Pest Management, Susan Honea and Susan Carter with CSU Extension at the Master Gardener training.

County to receive Federal Lands Coordination Grant for Palisade Plunge Trail Project

Mesa County has been selected to receive $200,000 in grant funding from the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) as part of the Federal Lands Coordination Program, which is designed to support more effective local government coordination and engagement in federal land management decision-making processes.  

This grant will help fund the planning and design of the Palisade Plunge Trail Project, specifically the North River Road portion. The Palisade Plunge is a proposed route connecting the top of the Grand Mesa to the valley floor in the Town of Palisade via high quality non-motorized single-track.

“This is one of many steps in a multi-community effort to accomplish what will become a world-class must do experience,” said Chair of the Board of County Commissioners Scott McInnis.

The working group behind the project consists of representatives from the Bureau of Land Management, City of Grand Junction, Colorado Park and Wildlife, Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association, Mesa County, Powderhorn Mountain Resort, Town of Palisade, U.S. Forest Service and others.  

“This project shows the Board of Mesa County Commissioners is supportive of outdoor recreation and growing economic development on the east end of Mesa County,” added Commissioner Rose Pugliese.

In 2015, the trail was designated to the State’s “16 in 2016” Trails program, as part of the Governor’s “Colorado the Beautiful Initiative,” identifying the 16 highest priority trails in the state for implementation.

For information on Federal Lands Coordination grants, visit https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dola/federal-lands-coordination

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Minimize waste: recycling drop-off is free to Mesa County residents


Roughly 75 percent of what goes into landfills is recyclable, reusable or compostable, but the current recycling rate in Colorado is only 12 percent, while the rest of the country is at 34 percent. A major portion of our waste can be recycled or reused.

Mesa County has several drop-offs and curbside options for recyclables and a drop-off facility for green waste, hazardous waste and more.

Visit http://www.mesacounty.us/swm/recycle/options.aspx and see what you can do to minimize waste.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

When are property tax payments due?

Colorado law requires property tax payments in two equal installments, the first being due on or before the last day of February, and the second installment to be paid no later than the 15th day of June. If you are planning to pay your property taxes in full, they are due no later than April 30th.

The Mesa County Treasurer's office invite all taxpayers to utilize their website http://treasurer.mesacounty.us to check out property taxes owing. It is very easy to click on Pay/View Property Taxes. Follow the directions from there to see taxes owing for 2016, due in 2017.

Please call the Mesa County Treasurer’s office (970-244-1824) with any questions.

Friday, February 17, 2017

This Week in Pics


Mesa County Health Department Executive Director Jeff Kuhr went live on Fox 4 News with Chelsea Helms to talk about Crisis Text Line, this week. Healthy Mesa County is promoting Crisis Text Line throughout Mesa County, giving residents one more tool to put in their mental health toolbox. Visit healthymesacounty.org for more info about Crisis Text Line or simply text "HELLO" to 741741.
The Mesa County Sheriff's Office reunites an Urn found among stolen property with its owner. 21-year-old Sarah O. said she had placed the Urn containing her father's ashes in the center console of her car while she moved last November. When she went to retrieve it, it was gone. Then, on Monday her friends saw the Mesa County Sheriff's Office post on Facebook about a found Keepsake Urn. Sarah said she couldn't believe it, she thought she would never see it again. The Keepsake Urn was found among stolen property recovered on November 3, 2016. Deputies were unable to find the rightful owner turned to the public and the power of social media. Sarah was located in a matter of hours.

News Channel 5 Reporter John Madden interviews Commissioner John Justman on his recent appointment by Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to the BLM's Southwest Resource Advisory Council. The Southwest RAC consists of members with diverse interests and backgrounds that advise the agency on public land management issues in Colorado. Mesa County Commissioner John Justman was appointed to represent Mesa County. For more information about the Southwest Resource Advisory Council, visit https://www.blm.gov/get-involved/resource-advisory-council/near-you/colorado/southwest-rac

Master Gardener Kathy Devine teaches a floral arrangement class just in time for Valentine's Day. The Tri River Area Master Gardener Program began in 1978 with eight volunteers and has grown to include about 150 members today. Well over 1000 people have gone through the program. 

The flower arrangement course taught by Master Gardener Kathy Devine gives students a great foundation on the technical tricks of flower arranging as well as composition, color, and design.

Master Gardener Kathy Devine demonstrates how to arrange an effortless, fresh, modern submerged silk flower centerpiece, 

Master Gardener Kathy Devine explains floral arrangement techniques. In addition to teaching citizens about flower arrangements, during an average year, Tri River Area Master Gardeners assist 10,000 members of our communities in solving their yard and garden problems and becoming better gardeners.

This course gives students a great foundation on the technical tricks of flower arranging as well as composition, color, and design.

Master Gardener Kathy Devine teaches a floral arrangement class just in time for Valentine's Day.

Master Gardener Kathy Devine's demonstrates how to arrange basic floral arrangement using red and white carnations.

Community members learn about how to essential principles and practical step-by-step techniques for floral arranging.

Master Gardener Kathy Devine demonstrates floral arrangement techniques including explaining products and finishing touches like ribbon tying.

The Colorado State University Extension Tri River Area Horticulture Program extends research-based information about plant-related concerns to home gardeners, the Green Industry (nurseries, sod farms, lawn care companies, arborists, etc.), commercial vegetable producers, government entities, and other community members and agencies in Mesa, Delta, Montrose, San Miguel and Gunnison Counties. For information about gardening and horticulture, visit http://tra.extension.colostate.edu/program-areas/gardening-hort/.

From left, CSU Extension Horticulture Coordinator Susan Honea, with Master Gardener Kathy Devine.

Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) Nurse Michelle Howland, left, looks through clothes with one of her clients at the NFP Valentine's Day Clothing Exchange Tuesday. NFP moms brought in baby clothes to exchange with one another, enjoyed snacks and took photos at the selfie booth. To learn more about NFP, visit health.mesacounty.us.

 CSU Extension hosted the annual Western Colorado Pest Management Workshop at Two Rivers Convention Center. Nearly 300 people attended including farmers, orchardists, workers from private pest management companies; and city, county, state and federal employees.

Hundreds of people attend the Western Colorado Pest Management Workshop at Two Rivers Convention Center.

The annual Western Colorado Pest Management Workshop was hosted this year at the Two Rivers Convention Center.

 Guest speaker, JJ McCool from Alabama, gives a talk about wildlife pest solutions. He gave some additional examples of problems he encounters in the South: alligators.

Bob Hammon, CSU Extension Entomologist (middle) talks with speakers and attendee at Western Colorado Pest Management Workshop. Topics include: how to manage weed infestations, insect identification, common diseases in lawns and turf, as well as information about bark beetles, bats, and how to control pests while keeping people and wildlife safe.
Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Intern Alyssa Collins presents during a WIC class for WIC families Wednesday. WIC is a nutrition-focused program, so Alyssa helped families prepare a healthy snack. Visit health.mesacounty.us to learn more about WIC.
Department of Human Services and Workforcenter staff await the results of the monthly Values Champion presentation, a monthly recognition program that highlights employees who extraordinary exhibit the following values: humanity, balance, honesty, inclusion, and teamwork.

Department of Human Services Executive Director Tracey Garchar (left) presents a trophy to this month's Values Champs: Hilary Schwartz and Joe Gaizuts from Adult Services. Congratulations, Value Champs!
Mesa County Sheriff's Office Information & Communication Manager Megan Terlecky assembles an easel stand to display a photograph of Deputy Derek Geer in his honor and remembrance at the Mesa County Sheriff's Office lobby.  

Commissioner Rose Pugliese is in Denver at the Colorado Counties legislative meetings where she debates bills to represent Mesa County’s priorities.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office receives a surprise from a few students in Palisade High School's IB program. Hannah Pacheco, Destiny Mendenhall, and Maddie Strychalski made cookies for the S.O. as part of their Creative Action and Service (CAS) project.