Friday, September 30, 2016

This Week in Pics

To close the celebration of National Workforce Development Month, Mesa County Worforcenter hosted a breakfast for businesses, and nearly 100 business partners attended to network and learn about the benefits of being a Work Ready Community.

With over 40 employees and numerous career opportunities, the 2016 Jobfest job fair was a great success. Thanks to all the business, job seekers and staff that attended and came together to promote economic development and vitality in our community.

Celina Kirnberger and John Flanagan with the Workforce Center

The Mesa County Road and Bridge Department was busy this week excavating to put in a foundation for a new storage facility for the Traffic Department. It's all about teamwork and helping each other out!

Can we dig it? Yes, we can!
Travis Cole operating the excavator 
Inside Mesa County (IMC) class participants toured the Solid Waste Management campus and learned about the processes and internal operations of the various programs.

Mesa County Hazardous Waste Collection Facility

Recycle, reuse, reduce!

Hazardous Material Manager Hope Petrie explains how latex paint is proccessed 

Paint processing station

Cooking oil cannot go into the landfill

Unmarked substances must be tested and processed using this chart 

IMC class looks out into the landfill

Thousands of tires sit at the landfill

In twenty years this area will be completely filled with trash.

All loads going to the Landfill or Transfer Station MUST BE TARPED and SECURED. 

Organic Materials Composting Facility

Mesa Magic compost

The Mesa County Noxious Weed and Pest Management sampled phragmites stands to test for exotic species in Rio Blanco County.

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Teresa Nees collecting a phragmites sample is really "in the weeds" this time.
Sarah Wilson and Mel Bamford soak in the mountain view and fall colors at the top of Douglas Pass

Teresa Nees and her phragmites samples 

Mesa County Department of Human Services and Workforcenter Leadership Institute candidates share their paper results of a blindfolded listening activity.

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners, Towns and Municipalities joined the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) in a meeting to discuss transportation issues and future projects.

Members of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) stopped by to meet and update the Commissioners.

Commissioners Justman & Pugliese with USFWS

Mesa County received a Lottery Starburst Award for utilizing Lottery funds in the creation of the Monument View Trail, a project that helps protect the Colorado River and promotes outdoor recreation.

From left, Commissioner John Justman, Commissioner Rose Pugliese and Colin Waters, Colorado Lottery media relations specialist.

Commissioners shake hands with Colin Waters 

Mesa County was selected as a winner based on project creativity, community economic and social impact and project goal achievement.

Administration celebrated Linda Frasier's birthday!

From left, Commissioner Pugliese, Kristen Cole, Linda Frasier (birthday girl), Stephanie Reecy and Rene Romero

Commissioner McInnis didn't eat cake but somehow managed to get it on his shirt! 

Mesa County Elections and party representatives from the Democratic and Republican parties performed a Logic and Accuracy Test on the voting equipment that will be used in the General Election to make sure it is running properly.


Monday, September 26, 2016

Monument View Trail gets recognition

Mesa County received a Lottery Starburst Award for utilizing Lottery funds in the creation of the Monument View Trail, a project that helps protect the Colorado River and promotes outdoor recreation.

The Monument Trails, more commonly known as the Fruita Connection, is an 8.3-mile trail that ties into the larger 25-mile Colorado Riverfront Trail System which stretches from Loma to Palisade. The trail gives the public ample opportunity to experience and interact with the Colorado River.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Notice of Logic and Accuracy Test

Mesa County Elections will perform a Logic and Accuracy test between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on September 30 for voting equipment being used in the General Election this fall.
The test will be performed at the Mesa County Elections Office by Elections staff and party representatives from the Democratic and Republican parties.
The equipment, which has been provided by the Denver-based company Dominion Voting Systems, was adopted by counties throughout the state this spring after the Secretary of State’s office selected it as the statewide uniform voting system. 
The Logic and Accuracy test allow the Elections office, the party representatives and the public to be confident that the equipment is running efficiently.

For further information or if you have any questions, email or call  (970) 244-1662.

Friday, September 23, 2016

This Week in Pics

DHS staff gathers to recognize the success of contributions to United Way of Mesa County and the Men in Heels Fundraiser benefitting Hilltop’s Latimer House.

From left, LeeAnna Tallman, Sara Kieran, Josh Kennedy, Dalys Otberg, Karen Folks, Lilian Madadian, Kathy Gerlock, Bridgett Mancera, Amy Joy, Jessica Guajardo, Michelle Trujillo, Candice Logsdon, Kelly Graff, Susan Skyberg

Rosie Mellin was selected as the August DHS “You Brighten My Day” winner!
Tilly (DA's Victim Advocate Canine Companion) working hard at HR.

The Grand Junction Central Warriors football team has a home non-conference game vs. Fruita Monument today at 7 pm. This game is causing some friendly rivalry in the Sheriff's office because Lt. Holdren's kid plays football for Central High School, and Investigators Lissah Norcross and Danny Norris have a Fruita Monument High School football player (and band members). Sergeant Byrne, who took the picture, had no other option but to referee! 

From left, Danny Norris, David Holdren, Lissah Norcross showing team spirit

Commissioner John Justman and Gary Harmon from the Daily Sentinel 
Commissioner Pugliese gets ready for an interview

Commissioner McInnis waiting for the meeting to start
County Administrator Frank Whidden and Commissioner Pugliese meeting with the City of Grand Junction's administrator and mayor to talk about joint projects.

Commissioner Pugliese
Discussion regarding joint projects
Colorado State University President Tony Frank stopped by Mesa County to discuss extension services.

From left, Patrick Coleman, Pete Baier, Dan Caris, Scott McInnis

Colorado State University President Tony Frank

This week the Inside Mesa County class got to learn from the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the County Attorney's Office.

County Attorney Patrick Coleman and Attorney Kellie Starritt presented to the Inside Mesa County what the County Attorney's office does and how it works.
DHS Deputy Director Scott Aker talked about fiscal operations and quality assurance
DHS Executive Director Tracey Garchar talked about the services that are provided for the aging population.

The Sheriff's Office had fun participating in the Crime Stoppers Golf Tournament. Jason Haferman won the "longest drive."
Jason Haferman and Pete Dalrymple
Jason Haferman
Pete Dalrymple
 From left, Pete Dalrymple, Cathy Tate, and Jason Haferman

A class from Appleton Elementary made several "Thank You" cards for the Mesa County Sheriff's Office and Deputy Ryan Morrison was there to accepted them.

Deputy Ryan Morrison picks up "Thank You" cards from Appleton Elementary.

New truck for the RAD deputies

Patrolling the Fairgrounds
Canadian Geese fly over the Fairgrounds