Monday, April 23, 2018

Full Payment Property Taxes due April 30

Mesa County Treasurer Janice Rich

This will serve as a reminder to Mesa County taxpayers.

If you are planning to pay your property taxes in full, they are due on or before  April 30, 2018.

Colorado law gives property taxpayers two options: two equal installments (first one-half payment on or before the last day of February, and second one-half payment no later than June 15), or payment in full on or before April 30, to avoid statutory interest.

We invite all taxpayers to utilize our 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 2017, due in 2018.

As always, please call the Mesa County Treasurer’s office (970-244-1824) with any questions.

ShareFest Weekend is April 28-29

Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed April 28-29, 2018, as ShareFest Weekend in Mesa County. The ShareFest proclamation was presented to members of the ShareFest Steering Committee.

Over 30 churches from different denominations in the Grand Valley have chosen to work together to cooperatively serve our community for ShareFest Weekend.

People of all ages will work on projects including cleaning yards, sewing lap quilts for care center residents, walking through neighborhoods picking up trash, painting mobile homes, and making care packages for college students.

The first Mesa County ShareFest Weekend was in April 2008 with 23 churches and over 3,000 people involved in over 600 projects.

Mesa County encourages all residents to participate by finding helpful ways to serve the community on ShareFest Weekend and throughout the year. 

Friday, April 20, 2018

This Week in Pics

MCPH Child Care Nurse Consultant put together visibility kits for Mesa County child care facilities, this week. The kids include supplies to keep kiddos safe and visible in the event of an evacuation. 

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed Monday, April 16, 2018, as National Healthcare Decisions Day in Mesa County. National Health Care Decisions Day aims to create public awareness and encourages citizens to create medical advance care directives that align with each individual's personal beliefs and preferences, which will guide the individual's medical professionals during a time of medical need. From left, Commissioner John Justman, Mary Watson, Community Project Coordinator at HopeWest, Commissioner Rose Pugliese, Brian Whitmore, Community Relations Director at Hopewest, Dyann Walt, Supervisor at DHS, and Commissioner Scott McInnis.

Mesa County Clerk to the Board Janika Harris briefs the Board of Mesa County Commissioners on a new special events application needing their consideration for an event sponsored by the Redlands Community Center Foundation.  

Jim Hamlin with Grand Junction St. Baldrick's Foundation shares with the Mesa County Employee Associaton why he got involved in fundraising and sharing childhood cancer awareness. Childhood cancer is the number one cause of death by disease in children in the United States. Worldwide, over 160,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. 

Jim Hamlin with Grand Junction St. Baldrick's Foundation speaks at an MCEA meeting about their upcoming 7th Annual Head Shaving event for childhood cancer research. For more information, visit https://www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/7594/2018.
Mesa County resident Eric N. stopped by yesterday to get a couple of travel vaccinations for an upcoming trip. Public Health Nurse Ashley Adams helped Eric research which vaccinations he needed, and he was able to get his vaccine schedule started the same day. If you need travel vaccinations or have a vacation planned, call our clinic at 970-248-6900.

Mesa County Facilities Senior Tech Steve Medina gets ready to replace light bulbs at the old Mesa County Courthouse. 

The fluorescent light bulbs flicker right before Facilities Senior Tech Steve Medina changes replaces them with new bulbs.
Mesa County Information Technology Business Systems Analyst Elizabeth McDowell receives a farewell cake from her fellow co-workers who will miss her. Good luck in all your future endeavors, Elizabeth!

Business Systems Analyst Elizabeth McDowell trains IT staff members on her job duties and responsibilities for a seamless transition. 

Mesa County IT hosted a farewell luncheon for Elizabeth McDowell.

Mesa County GIS Senior Administrator Chris Kadel, left, and Technical Support Specialist Paul Mitts at the farewell event.

IT Network Specialist Josh Dallman and IT Manager Troy Flick enjoying lunch.

IT Web Administrator Joe Keene.

IT Senior Business Systems Analyst Lori Marak, left, and Business Systems Analyst Elizabeth McDowell.

IT Customer Interaction Manager Lhana Jordan plates her lunch at the farewell event.

Information Technology Senior Support Specialist Eric Farslow, left, and Senior Support Coordinator David Underwood.

Mesa County IT staff break for lunch together.

Elizabeth McDowell cuts her farewell cake.

Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis helps speed up the lunch line at an event.

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese listens to a presentation by Minds Springs Hospital Director Frank Lotrich, MD, right, and Executive Vice President Kim Boe, center, regarding the expansion of the hospital in Grand Junction.

Mesa County Administrator Frank Whidden talks to local and state leaders about his experience in volunteering at Mind Springs hospital.

Western Slope leaders pause for a picture before they commence a tour of the Mind Springs hospital, 515 28 ¾ Road in Grand Junction.

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese listens as Mind Springs Executive Vice President Kim Boe talks about overcrowding issues they are experiencing at the hospital. 

Mind Springs Executive Vice President Kim Boe tells leaders that the new hospital was designed carefully with incorporated feedback from former patients and their families, law enforcement, staff and national design experts in psychiatric hospitals.

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese takes a look inside what will be the new West Springs Hospital.

Mind Springs Health & West Springs Hospital Board Chairwoman Carol Skubic and Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese talk about the mental health needs on the Western Slope.

Mind Springs Health & West Springs Hospital Board Chairwoman Carol Skubic shows the tour participants sketches of what the new facility will look like upon completion.
Mesa County Sheriff Matt Lewis gives an update on the Skipper Island Fire. The fire has burned 220 acres since it started on Wednesday. For more information, visit https://www.mcsonews.com/2018/04/update-skipper-island-fire-day-3.html.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

April 16, 2018, is National Healthcare Decisions Day

In public hearing, the Board of Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed Monday, April 16, 2018, as National Healthcare Decisions Day in Mesa County.

Advance Care Planning is the act of making decisions about the medical care you would like to receive if you become unable to speak for yourself.

From left, Commissioner John Justman, Mary Watson, Community Project Coordinator at Hopewest, Commissioner Rose Pugliese, Brian Whitmore, Community Relations Director at Hopewest, Dyann Walt, Supervisor at DHS, and Commissioner Scott McInnis.

National Health Care Decisions Day aims to create public awareness and encourages citizens to create medical advance care directives that align with each individual's personal beliefs and preferences, which will guide the individual's medical professionals during a time of medical need.

To learn more about National Healthcare Decisions Day, click here.

View the proclamation below:




Mesa County Elections Director is Moving to a New Position in the Sheriff’s Office

Mesa County Elections Director Amanda Polson

Mesa County Elections Director, Amanda Polson, accepted a position with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office yesterday.  Her last day with the Clerk & Recorder will be Thursday, May 3, 2018.

“Amanda has served the Clerk & Recorder’s office well, and we will miss her,” said Sheila Reiner, Mesa County Clerk and Recorder.  “When you are the Elections Director you won’t win any mother of the year awards; I know this first hand, so I understand and support Amanda’s choice to find a work-life balance and yet remain in public service for the citizens of Mesa County.”

“It has truly been a privilege to work with the Election's Division serving Mesa County.  I am extremely proud of everything we have accomplished in my years with the office. Sheila's knowledge and know-how have created an environment where we were able to innovate and be successful when trust in 'the system' may be shrinking.  I have complete faith in her and the amazing staff I leave behind to continue the tradition of excellence in serving the citizens of Mesa County,” said Mesa County Elections Director Amanda Polson.

“I could not be more excited For Amanda to continue her service to the residents of Mesa County with the Sheriff’s Office.  Her dedication, integrity, and attention to detail will be an amazing fit in her new position of Evidence Technician at the Sheriff’s Office.  We are very lucky to have so many immensely talented people working within Mesa County, and I am grateful to be able to draw from Amanda’s talents in this new chapter in her career,”  said Mesa County Sheriff Matt Lewis.

“The open position will post soon, and we will recruit a new leader in Elections.  Mesa County is fortunate to have a savvy staff who will adjust and overcome the challenges of this busy election year,” said Divisions Director Jackie Campbell.

Friday, April 13, 2018

This Week in Pics

MCPH Regional Epidemiologist Andy Tyler interviewed about spring diseases at KAFM this week, informing residents about precautions they can take to stay healthy.

MCPH Child Care Licensing Specialist Ashley Watkins gave a training on Mandatory Reporting to MCPH staff earlier his week. 
MCPH team members discuss emergency operations during a training activity at an all staff meeting, this week.
Mesa County Bike and Walk to School Day is Wednesday, May 9. Many D51 schools are teaching road-safe skills to students who are planning to participate in walking school buses and bicycling trains and will be giving away prizes for those who participate. Plan your route to school using maps available at rtpo.mesacounty.us. Biking and walking to school are healthy ways for kids and families to make their school commute!
Thousands of honeybees were relocated from a shelter's pillar at Mesa County's Long Family Memorial Park, 3117 F Road. To learn more, click here.

Mesa County Facilities team members (left to right) Fed, Chris and Tim repair sump-pump plumbing at the Justice Center, 125 North Spruce. 

Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed April as Autism Awareness Month and encourage all employees and residents to participate in our municipality's activities and become better educated about autism. Autism is a pervasive developmental disorder that affects social, communication, and behavioral skills. With early treatment, individuals with autism can lead significantly improved lives.

On Wednesday, Qmatic, a new queuing system, was installed at the Motor Vehicle Division. The team received training, and this week they went live with the new system!  
No more yelling out numbers, this system has an announcer!
Mesa County Elections Director Amanda Polson, back row left, and Elections Manager Patti Inscho, right, attend a training on risk-limiting audits in Glenwood Springs at the Western Region Clerks Conference held this week. The Elections team went (some Tuesday and some Wednesday) to receive valuable insights into effective practices and communication from the Secretary of State's office.
Mesa County Clerk and Recorder staff members attended the Western Region Clerks Conference in Glenwood Springs.

At Western Region Clerks Conference, on Motor Vehicle Day, Motor Vehicle Customer Service Specialist Katie Conner and Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner get hands-on practice! 

Motor Vehicle Customer Service Specialist Katie Conner and Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner pause for a selfie at Western Region Clerks Conference.
Mesa County Commissioner John Justman talks to KREX Reporter Tyler Young about a conditional use permit for Camp Catalpa, which was unanimously approved by the Board of County Commissioners Tuesday morning. Watch the interview, here
Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis participates in a discussion at the Meeting of the Board of County Commissioners Tuesday afternoon.
Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese, right, proudly presented a Blue Banner to Mesa County Sheriff Matt Lewis at a luncheon.
MCDHS Fun Bunch is sponsoring April Showers of Gratitude events, and this week’s theme was Rocks of Kindness.  Staff took lunch and breaks to relax and create reminders to be kind. Connie Aguilar from the Economic Assistance's Green Team decorates a rock at the event.
Veronika Howard and Vivian Hermosillo both from the Economic Assistance's Green Team participate in the Rocks of Kindness event.
The Rockin' Creations!

Mesa County Administrator Frank Whidden discusses how the county is organized to the Mesa County Leadership Class and centers his presentation around core government services. 

Mesa County Administrator Frank Whidden, right, and City of Grand Junction Manager Greg Caton, left, discuss the differences between the internal operations of county and city services Thursday morning.

Administrator Frank Whidden presents to a Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class the different funding sources the county operates on. Intergovernmental grants make up 42 percent of Mesa County's sources of revenue, which means staff is extremely successful at applying for grant money.
Mesa County GIS Administrators Chris Kadel and Ryan Davidson share with the Mesa County Leadership Class participants how Mesa County develops and maintains its geographic information system. 

Mesa County elected officials and Grand Junction City Council members participate in a Q&A panel to share their knowledge and experiences with local community members that are interested in public service.

Mesa County Treasurer Janice Rich describes to the class members what her office is tasked with by Colorado law and the importance of property tax collection.  

Mesa County Assessor Ken Brownlee, right, talks to the Mesa County Leadership Class about his role as an elected official.

Mesa County Commissioner John Justman talks about his journey while in office.

Mesa County Surveyor Patrick Green shares with the class what his office is charged with.

Mesa County District Attorney Dan Rubinstein offers his advice to the Mesa County Leadership Class and shares that one of the most important things as an elected official is to listen to the needs of the community and address them.

MCPH Executive Director Jeff Kuhr presents to the GJ Chamber Leadership Class on Thursday. Jeff spoke about MCPH services and current initiatives.

Mesa County Workforce Center Director Curtis Englehart welcomes the Mesa County Leadership Class to the Workforce Center located at 512 29 1/2 Road.
Mesa County Workforce Center Director Curtis Englehart presents to the class while giving them a tour of the facility.

Mesa County Solid Waste Director Barrett Jensen welcomes the Mesa County Leadership Class to the Solid Waste Campus, 3071 U.S. Highway 50, Thursday afternoon. 

The Mesa County Landfill's working face is temporarily fenced due to high winds Thursday afternoon.

The Mesa County Landfill was closed all day Thursday due to high winds as required per Colorado regulation.

The wind fence around the Mesa County Landfill catches trash blown from the working face.  

Customers drop off and unload yard waste at the Mesa County Organic Materials Composting Facility, 3071 Highway 50. Trees and yard waste are processed for compost production on-site. For more information, please call (970) 263-9319.

The Mesa County Organic Materials Composting Facility offers an easy, free way to dispose of your yard waste, which then is turned into Mesa Magic compost. 
Residents along Tierra Creek drainage in the Redlands cut down a large Russian olive tree. Alan Barbee with Noxious Weed and Pest Management assists and treats the fresh cut with herbicide to kill the tree.
A golden eagle perched on a tree near Mesa.

Staff en route to Collbran spots a turkey.
Mesa County Noxious Weed & Pest Management and volunteers with Colorado Canyons Association hike to various sites along the Colorado River to monitor the variety of weeds and native plants growing before and after the invasive species tamarisk is removed.  To learn more about Colorado Canyons Association and the work they do to support our National Conservation Areas visit: https://www.coloradocanyonsassociation.org/