Monday, April 24, 2017

April 29-30, 2017, is ShareFest Weekend in Mesa County

Over 25 churches from different denominations in the Grand Valley have chosen to work together to cooperatively serve our community for one weekend, 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.

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese, left, presents the ShareFest proclamation to ShareFest Steering Committee Chair Debe Colby.

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 Commissioners this morning proclaimed April 29-30, 2017, ShareFest Weekend.
View the proclamation here.

Animal Services Transitions to Temporary Facility

The Mesa County Animal Services temporary facility is underway.
Today, Mesa County Animal Services will start moving into a temporary facility and office trailer, where they will operate out of until late November 2017 while the repairs to the Mesa County Animal Services facility are completed.  Animal Services is making every effort to make this transition as smooth as possible, some of the following services to the public will be impacted.

During the transition from the current facility to the temporary facility the following services will be affected:
  • From April 24-30, 2017, Animal Services will be unable to accept any owner released animals, unless the animal presents an imminent risk to the public due to aggressive behavior. 

  • Animal Services will be closed to the general public on Thursday, April 27 and Friday, April 28.  

The temporary Animal Services tent facility is under construction.
During the seven month period of construction while Animal Services is in the temporary facility, the following services will be impacted due to safety concerns to the public:

  • The temporary facility will not be open to the general public. Citizens looking for their lost animals will be directed to our website for animal identification and retrieval. Citizens will also be able to obtain additional details including locating lost animals at our website
  • Owner release dogs held in the temporary facility will be kept to a limited number.  Animal Services will have very limited space in the temporary facility and will need to closely monitor the animal numbers during this period. Animal Services will be working with dog owners based on individual circumstance to be able to accept owner release dogs as soon as possible.
 The following services will NOT be impacted by this temporary situation:
  • Regular calls for service through the Animal Services answering service.
  • After hours emergency calls.
Animal Services recognizes the impact these changes may have on the community during this period and asks for the public’s patience during this time. We are working diligently to try and minimize the impact to the public. Once the current facility is repaired, we will invite the public to our grand opening.

Additional information and details are available at 

Commissioners proclaim April 23-30, 2017, as Days of Remembrance Week

The Mesa County Commissioners this morning proclaimed April 23-30, 2017, Days of Remembrance Week in honor of the Holocaust during World War II.

To read the proclamation, click here.

David Eisner, center left, of the Congregation Ohr Shalom accepts the Days of Remembrance Week proclamation from the Board of Mesa County Commissioners.

Friday, April 21, 2017

This Week in Pics

Mesa County Public Health Child Care Licensing Specialist Audrey Osgood visits DeBeque District 49's new preschool expected to open in August.
MCPH Intern Katie Panega, left, and Health Promotion Specialist Katie Smith talk nutrition with Clifton Elementary School third graders on Thursday.

  MCPH Program Integration Manager Sarah Robinson talks to staff about suicide warning signs at an all staff meeting this week.

On April 12, 2017, Mesa County Criminal Justice Services Director Dennis Berry, left, presented Mesa County Criminal Justice Services Manager Joel Bishop with a plaque in recognition of his 21 years of service.

 The Mesa County Criminal Justice Services Department hosted a farewell celebration for Joel Bishop, who will depart from Mesa County to join El Paso, Texas where he will oversee a similar, but much larger criminal justice department. Congratulations. Joel!

CJSD Manager Joel Bishop's farewell was well attended. Many of his colleagues took the time to talk about the what a positive influence Bishop has been to our community on many different levels. Bishop has been influential in the success of the implementation of reforms to the pre-trial justice system which have gained national recognition. His integrity, years of experience and expertise will be missed.
11 8/10 Road to Highline Lake gets pavement overlay, which is an application of a layer of hot bituminous paving to an existing paved road deteriorated by years of wear from traffic and the environment.

This week the bridge deck work continues on the 29.5-E.63 Bridge Replacement Project.  The bridge, located between Patterson Road and Orchard Ave., will be completed summer 2017.

Construction crews work on paving 16 Road.

As part of the Mesa County  MM-16-N.3 and MM-16-O.5 Bridge Replacement project, 16 Road was paved last week. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of May 2017.

Mesa County Facilities and Parks Accounting Specialist Ginny Koerner celebrates her retirement. 

Mesa County Facilities and Parks Accounting Specialist Ginny Koerner receives a special calculator cake in recognition of her 12 years of service and dedication to the Facilities and Parks Department. 
Mesa County Facilities Director Greg Linza recognizes and praises Mesa County Facilities and Parks Accounting Specialist Ginny Koerner at her retirement party. Ginny and her husband, look forward to traveling, volunteering in our community, and enjoying time spent in their garden.

Congratulations, Ginny!
Mesa County Administrator Frank Whidden joins the staff at the Mesa County Fairgrounds campus to celebrate Ginny Koerner's years of service. Koerner has been with Mesa County since August of 2005.

Mesa County Fairgrounds and Facilities and Parks staff members grill brats at Ginny Koerner's retirement party on Thursday. Mesa County Facilities and Parks Maintenance Technician Paul Hamer, right, was also celebrating his retirement after 7 years of service.
Happy retirement, Paul!

Depart of Human Services and Workforce Center staff rock cartoon t-shirts for April's Child Abuse Awareness Month. 

DHS/WFC Values Champion Traci Weaver (right) is presented with a certificate and trophy by DHS Manager Jessica Marler.

Expect road delays the week of April 24

Here is the list of construction work planned for the week of April 17, road delays should be expected. The schedule is tentative due to changing weather conditions.

Paving (Fruita Area):
14 Road, from O Road to Q Road
17 1/4 Road, from Fruita City limits to K 3/4 Road
K 3/4 Road, from 17 Road to 17 1/2 Road
K 6/10 Road, from 17 1/2 Road to 18 Road
12 Road, from Q Road to R Road

Paving (Loma Area):
12 1/2 Road, south of M Road—Closed Monday, April 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
M Road, from12 Road to SH. 139 (Douglass Pass Road)

18 1/2 Road, from M Road to M 3/4 Road
L Road, from 18 Road to 20 Road
K 6/10 Road, from 17 1/2 Road to 18 Road
K Road, from 21 1/2 Road to 22 1/2 Road
25 Road, from Grand Junction City limits to I-70 Overpass

Friday, April 14, 2017

This Week in Pics

Construction on the 29.5-E.63 Bridge Replacement Project continues, on Wednesday new girders were installed. The bridge, located between Patterson Road and Orchard Ave., in Fruitvale, was built in 1964, and due to functional and structural issues, it will be completely replaced. Eighty percent of the project is funded by grant money. Road closure for the 29 1/2 Road Bridge will last until the beginning of summer 2017. Alternate routes are a half mile in either direction (29 Road or 30 Road).

A stormwater detention area was recently added to the Veterans Memorial Park, which will help alleviate flooding in downstream areas of Orchard Mesa.

Mesa County Facilities Director Greg Linza inspects the new stormwater detention pond at the Veterans Memorial Park to make sure it is operating properly.

After two and a half days of being in operation, the pond is holding one million gallons of water.

The Mesa County Animal Services temporary facility is underway. 

The temporary tent facility where animals will be housed while the Mesa County Animal Services building gets repaired is adjacent to the building.

Mesa County Surveyor Patrick Green maintains, perpetuates and interprets legal records and public information which control land boundaries, property ownership, and associated interests for the citizens of Mesa County in order to safeguard real property and promote public welfare. 

On Monday, Mesa County Public Works hosted an appreciation breakfast to recognize staff.

Public Works staff go through the breakfast line.

Mesa County Public Works managers cook breakfast to show their staff appreciation.

All the Public Works managers are busy cooking at the Employee Appreciation Breakfast.

Mesa County Public Works Office Administrator Pam Hawkins (left) prepares her breakfast burrito. 

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners presents Doug Sorter of STRiVE with the Autism Awareness Month proclamation. From left, Commissioner Scott McInnis, Doug Sorter, Commissioner Rose Pugliese, Commissioner John Justman.

Grand Junction Regional Communication Center Manager Monica Million, center, accepts the National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week from the Mesa County Commissioners.

DHS Finance, Operations and Quality Assurance Teams attend a meeting and participate in some Easter fun.

A little team building, DHS staff members Aimee Wride and Kim Manzanares try a little jump roping

Jump, Albin, jump! DHS Operations Supervisor Albin  Escamilla succeeds at team building jump rope.

DHS Administrative Specialist Julie Jones doesn't leave empty handed. 

DHS Operations assistant Jessica Branson scores several eggs from the team building egg hunt activity.

Staff members from the Department of Humans Services & Workforce Center attend a free workshop called Laughaceuticals. The workshop provides a unique and fun way to cultivate well-being in the workplace. Presenter Betty Hart, gets the staff prepared to start laughing.

DHS and Workforce Center staff members try out their “angel halos,” or in Bethany Hall's case “devil horns.”

Mary Espinoza and Milinda Stumbaugh from the Workforce Center practice their psychic ability.

Jen Hume (left) and Dyann Walt (right) face off for the Rock, Paper, Scissors Championship
Team members Bryan Conklin and Jane Hart cheer their team members on.

Mesa County Administrator Frank Whidden and Grand Junction City Manager Greg Caton present to the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class about the differences and similarities between the agencies on Thursday morning.

On Thursday, Mesa County, in collaboration with the City of Grand Junction hosted a series of presentations about local government to the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class. Mesa County Elected Officials and Grand Junction City Council participated in a lunch and panel Q&A.

Mesa County Public Health Director of Operations Diana Williams talks to the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class about the importance of shaping a healthy community.

Mesa County Workforce Center Director Curtis Englehart gives the Grand Junction Chamber Leadership Class a tour of the Mesa County Workforce Center.

Grand Junction Leadership Class attendees review the Workforcenter's measurable goals and success stories.

Mesa County Workforce Center Youth Career Development Supervisor Garrett Morrison celebrates his birthday.
County road supervisors and employees gathered at Mesa County Road and Bridge for the North West Regional Road Supervisors meeting. Attendees represented Mesa, Rio Blanco, Summit, Garfield, Eagle, Moffatt, Grand, Routt, Pitkin, counties and Colorado State Patrol.

Colorado State Patrol attended the North West Regional Road Supervisors meeting to give info on Commercial Driver License (CDL) updates.

Mesa County Road and Bridge hosted a lunch break during the day-long meeting. Topics discussed included issues each county battles and collaborating to find solutions.

This week the Grand Junction Fire Department put on a fire extinguisher training for staff at the Mesa County Central Services Building, 200 S. Spruce St. Staff members pictured include Arna Hoffman (far left), Ginny Baughman (center) and Rose Tafoya.

Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Division Director Jackie Campbell participates in the fire extinguisher training on Thursday.

Mesa County Clerk to the Board Lori Westermire sprays the fire extinguisher.

Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner participated in a fire extinguisher training to continue the Mesa County Central Services building's efforts to improve safety. The training was hosted by the Grand Junction Fire Department. 

Happy Easter!