Monday, February 8, 2016

Commissioners approve grant that will fund Bosley Wash detention pond

The Mesa County Commissioners this morning unanimously approved a grant agreement that will fund construction of a detention pond in Bosley Wash.

The grant agreement is between Mesa County and the State of Colorado Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

Today's approval was for $287,391, the first of three phases of the grant over the next several years. Total, the project will cost $2.8 million.

"Detaining storm water will help protect lives and property," said Carrie Gudorf of Mesa County. "We've been watching Bosley Wash for years, and it's continually a problem."

Storm water runoff has caused problematic flooding in Bosley Wash, over the years. Commissioners agreed a fix was needed and accepted the grant money because there isn't money in the county budget to fund such a project.

Pugliese chosen as chair of General Government Committee of Colorado Counties Inc.

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese was unanimously elected chairwoman of the General Government Committee of Colorado Counties, Inc., at last week's CCI meeting in Denver.

Commissioners from more than 40 of Colorado’s 64 counties gathered at CCI on Thursday and Friday to elect steering committee officers to new two-year terms and to review legislation being considered by the General Assembly.

Pugliese was unopposed with bi-partisan support. Commissioners from across Colorado elected Pugliese to this highly influential board in part to give smaller, more rural Colorado communities a louder voice.

“I am honored to receive the confidence of my fellow commissioners to serve as chair of CCI’s General Government steering committee," Pugliese said. "It is important to effectively communicate the positions of our diverse counties to the Legislature and insure that rural and Western Slope counties have a strong voice in legislative issues."

CCI is a non-profit membership association whose purpose is to offer assistance to county commissioners, mayors and councilmembers and to encourage counties to work together on common issues.

Friday, February 5, 2016

This week in pics, Feb. 5, 2016

Mesa County Treasurer Janice Rich's staff showing their Bronco love. 
Department of Human Services clerical employees, from left: Paula Trujillo, Bea Madrid and Holly Peterson. Go, Broncos! 

Sheriff Matt Lewis, left, with former Sheriff Riecke Claussen, COP Volunteer Tom Arthur and former Sheriff Rebecca Spiess. Arthur retired from the COP program after 13 years volunteering.

Shirley Beall and Pete Baier get ready for the Public Works' pre-Super Bowl potluck today. 

Shirley Beall and Julie Constan say, "Go, Broncos!"

Mesa County Sheriff's Office Sgt. John Coleman, left, and his son Seth Coleman. Seth was sworn in on Thursday and is working in the Alternative Sentencing Unit. His father, John, has been employed for more than 15 years with MCSO.

The four photos below are of girder placement for the bridge at 14 and M 3/10 Roads. 

Petey, Sherman and Winston keeping an eye on things in the county's Code Compliance Department. Teresa Nees says they are a permanent fixture there. 

Mesa County  Health Department employees take a break to do push-ups together. They are participating in February's Healthy Heart Challenge by using break time to do push-ups and core work together. 

Colorado Code Consultants held a continuing education class Thursday and Friday at the Old Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave., for building departments and local contractors to review code changes. 

Mesa County Animal Services' newest employee Joe Cruz works, while also helping socialize a shy dog. 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Mesa County announces spring Inside Mesa County class

Mesa County is now accepting applications for its spring 2016 Inside Mesa County course.

Inside Mesa County gives participants an up-close look at county government, its departments and functions. The free course includes weekly evening sessions, as well as noon-hour tours of county buildings including the Mesa County Jail.

Inside Mesa County will be held this spring on Mondays from March 14 - May 9 from 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the Mesa County Workforce Center, 512 29 1/2 Road.

Officials plan to offer another class in the fall.

To apply for this spring's class, visit and fill out the online application.

Class size is limited; those interested should apply without delay.

Questions? Call 244-1854 or e-mail

Monday, February 1, 2016

County offices closed today, Feb. 1, 2016

Because of the snow accumulation overnight, all non-public safety Mesa County offices are closed today.

The Commissioners hearing scheduled for 9 a.m. has been canceled.

Friday, January 29, 2016

This week in pics, Jan. 29, 2016

Mesa County is a busy place. Here are some pictures from around the county government this week.

Teresa Nees, left, and Courtney Campbell of Mesa County Noxious Weed and Pest, at the Palisade Insectary for the Upper Grand Valley Pest Control District board meeting Wednesday.
Business analysts Janette Haynie, left, and Beverly Salazar, take a break from balancing the books at the Mesa County Health Department on Wednesday.
Michelle Trujillo, left, director of economic assistance at the Mesa County Department of Human Services, presents the "da' bomb" award to Joanne Hine of Food Assistance. 
 The two photos below are of the Jump Start Job Fair at the Mesa County Workforce Center. The fair featured more than 40 employers and nearly 1,000 job-seekers.

Officer Grundy with Sherman at Mesa County Animal Services.
Mesa County Animal Services Officer Grundy, left, and Officer Patterson  planning for the day. Aggie is "helping."
And ... sometimes life happens. Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner locked out of her office. 
Albin Escamilla, left, and Tracey Garchar, DHS executive director. Escamilla was the December Values Champion. 
Commissioner John Justman celebrated a birthday this week. Happy birthday, John! With him are administrative assistant Linda Frasier, left, and Commissioner Rose Pugliese.
Commissioners Rose Pugliese and Scott McInnis with Beverly Lyne, a community health nurse involved with Western Slope Against Human Trafficking. 
The Mesa County Commissioners with former Commissioner Janet Rowland and others involved with Western Slope Against Human Trafficking. The Commissioner recognized the issue at Monday's administrative hearing.
Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner presented to the Board of Commissioners on Monday about subscription prices for records. 
The next three photos are from Thursday's farewell celebration for Heather Benjamin, outgoing Public Information Officer for the Mesa County Sheriff's Office. Today is her last day.
The one and only, Heather Benjamin

County Administrator Frank Whidden

Thursday, January 28, 2016

County says goodbye to Heather Benjamin

Mesa County officials, Public Information Officers and others gathered today in the training room at the Mesa County Sheriff's Office to bid farewell to Heather Benjamin.

Benjamin, who has been the Public Information Officer for the Sheriff's Office since June 2007, is leaving her position to pursue an opportunity in the private sector. Her last day is Friday.

A slide show at the ceremony chronicled Benjamin's years at the Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Matt Lewis spoke, as did Benjamin and several others. Cake and punch, hugs and gifts, humor and recollections were all on hand.