Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Commissioners adopt Proclamations at Public Hearing September 18, 2017

Monday, August 18, 2017, Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed September 17-23, 2017, as Constitution Week in Mesa County. Constitution Week is a reflection of the many benefits of our Federal Constitution and American citizenship.

Katey Kelly, Regent of the Orchard Mesa Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, accepts the Constitution Week Proclamation from the Mesa County Board of Commissioners. 
The National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution is a non-profit service organization who's mission is the historic preservation, education, and promotion of patriotism. Read the full proclamation here.
Commissioners honor former Colorado Parks and Wildlife regional manager for the northwest region in public hearing on Monday, August 18, 2017. Ron Velarde served with integrity and distinction through June 30, 2017.

Mesa County Commissioners John Justman (left), Scott McInnis, and Rose Pugliese (far right), present Ron Velarde (center) and his daughter Megan, with a proclamation in honor of his 47 years of public service. 

Many Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff members came to public hearing in support of Ron Velarde and his admirable leadership and devotion to all who know him.  

Ron Velarde expresses his gratitude to the Board of County Commissioners for their many years of collaboration. 

Ron received a well-deserved standing ovation at public hearing from all who attended. Read the full proclamation here.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

This Week in Pics

Grand Valley Transit (GVT) has taught 36 people how to ride the bus over five travel trainings held this year. The next GVT travel training will be held on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 9:30-11:30am in the Fruita Community Center Meeting Room, located at 324 Coulson Street in Fruita. Please RSVP by calling (970) 623-8473.

Want to ride the bus, but you’re not sure exactly how? Grand Valley Transit (GVT) will take the guesswork out of it during a free how-to-ride-the-bus training on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the Fruita Community Center Meeting Room, located at 324 Coulson St. Please RSVP by calling (970) 623-8473.
Mesa County Public Health Air Quality Specialist Melissa Salter investigates a dust complaint.

Elected officials and other county officials from Delta, Mesa and Montrose meet at the Montrose County Fairgrounds, 1001 N 2nd St, for the Tri-County meeting to discuss collaboration and joint issues.

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners at the Tri-County meeting at the Montrose County Fairgrounds. From left: Commissioner Scott McInnis, Commissioner Rose Pugliese and Commissioner John Justman.

Mesa County Noxious Weed and Pest Management continues to locate and treat purple loosestrife plants that escaped from residential ornamental plantings into drainages and riparian areas.

Alan Barbee with Noxious Weed and Pest Management and Ryan Blair with Colorado Parks and Wildlife trudge through thick, tall grass and cattails in a marshy area of Letha Jean Stasson State Wildlife Area in the Redlands to treat purple loosestrife.

Here is a great volunteer opportunity to help keep the Clifton Nature park clean! For more details, visit  https://goo.gl/YQued6.
Mesa County Department of Human Services Administrative Specialists Bea Madrid, left, and Alicia Ramirez assist clients at the Workforce Center on Wednesday afternoon.

September is National Workforce Development Month, and to show their customers how much they are valued, the Mesa County Workforce Center hosted a Customer Appreciation Day.

This is what happens when you arrive late for Customer Appreciation Day.  

DHS child welfare supervisors participate in a weekly staff meeting.

DHS Administrative Specialist April Puter, left, and Fraud Investigator Matt Furphy try to remember how to use the fax feature on the copier.

Before: DHS Child Protection Community Liaisons Ashley Watkins, left, and Caitlin Donohue. 

After: DHS Child Protection Community Liaison Ashley, right. DHS Mediator Brynn Jestes holds, Ashley's newborn, Makai. Congratulations, Ashely on your new bundle of joy!

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese moderates a panel discussion on Habitat Conservation Plans for endangered species at the Club 20 fall meeting on Saturday morning.

Habitat Conservation Plans guest speakers include (from right to left) Ann Timberman, Western Slope Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Bob Broscheid, Director, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Cleave Simpson, General Manager, Rio Grande Water Conservation District and Rose Pugliese, Mesa County Commissioner. The panel discusses the roles federal, state and local governments play in the HCP for endangered species.

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese talks to KKCO about habitat conservation and how it intertwines with economic development. See the interview here: http://www.nbc11news.com/content/news/443475613.html.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Help Keep Clifton Nature Park Clean

Join us in maintaining and creating healthy landscapes!

Participate in the clean up of Clifton Nature Park Friday, Sept. 29 from 8 a.m to 12 p.m.

After pulling weeds and picking up trash, stick around for a descriptive nature walk.

Make sure you pack sunglasses, sunscreen, snacks and water. We recommend you wear a long sleeve shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. We will have some gloves available, but if you have a favorite pair— please bring them along!

Meet at the Clifton Nature Park parking lot, which is located on the south side of D Road between 32 1/4 and 32 1/2 Road, next door to the Clifton Sanitation District.

This Clifton Nature Park clean up is sponsored by Mesa County, the Tamarisk Coalition, Clifton Sanitation District, and the Grand Junction Target store.

For more information about the event please visit:
Healthy Mesa County blogColorado 4 Healthy Landscapes, or contact Teresa at (970)255-7121 or weed.pest@mesacounty.us

Monday, September 11, 2017

Expect short road delays the week of Sept. 11

This week (Monday through Friday), Elam will be paving DS Road, approximately two miles west of 16 1/2 Road.

This will impact Colorado National Monument traffic from the east entrance to the turn off for DS Road, going to Glade Park. Empty trucks will return to Grand Junction using Little Park Road.

Short delays should be expected.

Friday, September 8, 2017

This Week in Pics

The new and improved  29.5-E.63 Bridge Replacement Project in the Fruitvale area is now complete! The bridge was built in 1964, and due to functional and structural issues, it was completely replaced. Grant money funded eighty percent of the project. The concrete bridge structure is safer and wider for pedestrians and vehicles. Mesa County thanks, motorists in the Fruitvale community for their patience!
Construction at the Mesa Animal Services facility, 971A Coffman Road, got underway May 2017 and is still undergoing many renovations. Construction is expected to be complete by the end of November.

Drywall is going up at the Animal Services Building. Interior walls make a big difference in making the project look like things are finally coming together. 

Interior walls in the Animal Services building are ready for the next phase.  

The exterior contractor access point, on the south side of the Animal Services building, was re-bricked this week. 

Mesa County Noxious Weed & Pest Management and Colorado Department of Agriculture employees floated the Colorado River through Grand Junction locating and treating purple loosestrife plants that escaped from residential ornamental plantings in the Redlands area to prevent them from overtaking native plants in the riparian area.

The sun rises over the Colorado River as Mesa County Noxious Weed & Pest Management team gets ready to launch and treat the non-native plant purple loosestrife.

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese shares the latest developments on the Jordan Cove Pipeline Project with KFQX (FOX) Anchor Chelsea Helms.
Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese talks to KFQX (FOX) Anchor Chelsea Helms about her recent meeting with Takeshi Soda, an official from the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), about the progress of the Jordan Cove Pipeline Project.

Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis spotted a tiny hummingbird nest near the Old Mesa County Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave. A hummingbird can weigh anywhere between 2 and 20 grams, to put it in perspective a penny weighs 2.5 grams.

Two hummingbirds sitting in a nest. Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly both forward and backward, and can also hover in mid-air, fly sideways and even upside-down.
Mesa County Noxious Weed & Pest Management and Southwest Conservation Corps crew members trim and treat re-growth on tamarisk trees in No Thoroughfare Wash by the Lunch Loops.

Southwest Conservation Corps crew members from Durango help Mesa County and other local agencies with tamarisk removal around the valley.

Mesa County, the Tamarisk Coalition, Natural Resources Conservation Services, Mesa Land Trust and other land owners partnered for initial tamarisk and Russian olive tree removal in No Thoroughfare Wash along Monument Road in winter 2015. Re-treatment of new growth is required to prevent the invasive species from crowding out the waterway again.

Mesa County Noxious Weed & Pest Management crew members Alan Barbee and Trace Levinson trim and spray new tamarisk growth with Southwest Conservation Corps members, who also take chainsaws to the larger stumps and branches.

Trace Levinson prepares to help a Southwest Conservation Corps crew member remove a dying tamarisk stump from the side of the wash.

All male teams from across the Grand Valley slip on their fancy footwear as they compete in the 8th Annual Men in Heels Race. This entertaining and fun race benefits Hilltop’s Latimer House, which provides emergency shelter and vital services to those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. 

Many Mesa County staff members from various departments participate in the race to support and raise funds for Hilltop's Latimer House and Domestic Violence services.

The race took place at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7 at the last Downtown Farmers Market. From left: Curtis Englehart, Michael Smith, Josh Kennedy, Victor Carreras, Brian Oney.
Congratulations, DHS/Workforce Center team for taking second place!

Mesa County District Attorney Dan Rubinstein runs in heels in support for the Latimer House, which helps fight domestic violence.

Check out Mesa County District Attorney Dan Rubinstein's purse.

Taking a turn in heels can be tricky. Good job!

The race to support the Latimer House took place on Colorado Ave. between 4th and 5th Street in Grand Junction.

The District Attorney's Office team race in high heels to raise money and awareness for Hilltop's Latimer House and Domestic Violence Services.

Assistant District Attorney Rich Tuttle kicks up his heels and makes a run for it.

Because a real man would run a mile in her shoes!

Way to go, guys! You guys rocked it. Congratulations to all teams who participated, you make us proud. 
Pear Park Elementary has kicked off the school year teaching students road-safe bicycling and walking skills through the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program.  The goal of SRTS is to enable more children to walk and bike to school more often. This is the fifth year that Pear Park Elementary has taught SRTS to students-reaching over 1,500 children at this school alone. Many District 51 schools utilize the SRTS program each year. For more information about the SRTS program, please visit http://rtpo.mesacounty.us/.