Friday, April 29, 2016

This week in pics, April 29

Department of Human Services' ARDC & 211 Departments show off their neon dance moves at the Annual Hilltop Talent Show.
ADRC & 211 dancers when the lights come up. They won Best Departmental Team. 
Monthly Values Champ Nominees from DHS/WFC: Jill Pinedo, Kali Roundy, Andy Pittman, Jacque Berry, Brooke VanOrden, Tracey Garchar.
Criminal Justice Services Department's quarterly employee meeting. Employee of the Quarter was Don Norris.
Sheriff Matt Lewis, left, helps light the torch at the Special Olympics ceremony at Colorado Mesa University.
Sheriff Matt Lewis playing bocce ball with athletes from STRIVE.
Pete Baier, Mesa County Operations Director, speaks to Inside Mesa County participants Monday evening. They learned about Public Works and the Landfill this week. 
Cameron Garcia leads a tour of Mesa County Solid Waste Wednesday. The attendees were part of the Inside Mesa County class. 
Cameron Garcia explains how paint is recycled at the Hazardous Waste collection facility.
Eric Brown, an assistant fleet supervisor, celebrated his 30th wedding anniversary this week. 
Flowers and balloons from Eric's wife of 30 years, Denise. The two got together in junior high and have two sons, Ethan and Justin.
Teresa Nees from Mesa County Weed and Pest joined many other local partners in Utah to hear about weed management and restoration techniques with the Cross Watershed Network hosted by the Tamarisk Coalition.
Teresa Nees, left, of Mesa County Noxious Weed and Pest Management, gave a presentation at the Debeque-Plateau Valley Landowners Association meeting on Tuesday in DeBeque. 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Commissioners formally oppose Amendment 69

The Mesa County Commissioners this morning voted to formally oppose Amendment 69.

Amendment 69 would form the Colorado State Health Care System Initiative, which the Commissioners believe would be detrimental to Mesa County's economy.

Amendment  69 will appear on the ballot this fall. If passed, it would become an amendment to the state Constitution.

The amendment would create ColoradoCare, a health payment system that would finance health care for all Colorado residents.

The estimated cost of ColoradoCare is $25 billion.

"ColoradoCare ... would require the doubling of the state budget and give Colorado the highest state taxes in the nation," the resolution reads. "(It) will hurt working families, retirees, and small businesses because it calls for a 10 percent tax on payroll in Colorado."

Click here for the full text of the resolution.

County officials talked to constituents at DeBeque community coffee

The Mesa County Commissioners were joined by the Mesa County Clerk, Treasurer, Assessor and other officials Friday morning in DeBeque for a Community Coffee. The informal gathering was a chance for constituents to share their concerns or interests with the county officials. Below are some photos of the event. 

Commissioners Rose Pugliese and Scott McInnis

Treasurer Janice Rich

Clerk & Recorder Sheila Reiner, right. 

Commissioner Scott McInnis with a constituent

The Town of DeBeque provided treats and coffee.

Commissioner Rose Pugliese, left, about to join the group at the table.

A constituent

Assessor Ken Brownlee

Rudy Bevan, Mesa County's Roads Supervisor

Commissioner Rose Pugliese and Jeff Kuhr, director of the Mesa County Health Department

A  constituent

Commissioner John Justman, right

Three women who have coffee at the DeBeque Community Center every morning. 

Friday, April 22, 2016

This week in pics, April 22

Mesa County government is a busy and varied place. Here are a few photos from the past week.
Employees at the Mesa County Department of Human Services planted pinwheels in honor of April being Child Abuse Prevention Month.
The Mesa County Landfill received 307 tons of waste from 637 residents Saturday during the annual Free Day event at the Landfill. 
Citizens on Patrol, volunteering with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, direct traffic near 15th Street and Ute Avenue recently. 
The Mesa County Commissioners on Monday proclaimed April 23 and 24 Sharefest Weekend. More than 30 churches have joined together to serve the community this weekend. 
Mesa County's newly completed I-70 Business and F 1/2 Road project. 
A heartfelt congratulations to Andy Rubalcaba, who retired this week after 41 years serving Mesa County. He was honored at the Mesa County Commisisoners administrative hearing Monday morning. The following six pictures are from his tribute at the hearing.
From left, Commissioners Rose Pugliese and John Justman, Andy Rubalcaba and Commissioner Scott McInnis. 
Andy Rubalcaba, center, with his family and co-workers. He spent 41 years working for Mesa County. 
Roads supervisor Rudy Bevan, left, with Commissioner Scott McInnis
Emotional, Andy Rubalcaba says goodbye to Mesa County. He worked for the county for 41 years.
Pete Baier, Public Works director, exults the exiting Andy Rubalcaba and his years of service. 
Commissioner Scott McInnis, left, with fellow Commissioner Rose Pugliese, bidding a fond farewell to Andy Rubalcaba.
Barb Cutunilli, a Mesa County Animal Services kennel technician, working hard. 
Barb Cutunilli at Animal Services. 
Barb Cutunilli at Animal Services. 
On Tuesday, Teresa Nees of Mesa County Noxious Weed and Pest Management worked with BLM employees to spray a large patch of the noxious weed White Top south of Gateway. The work was part of the Dolores River Restoration Partnership. 
Another shot of the weed spraying.
Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner, left, with Scott Stewart, Chief Financial Officer, at a Community Coffee in Mesa earlier this week.
Commissioner John Justman, right, talks to a resident at the Mesa Community Coffee Monday. 
Commissioner Rose Pugliese
County Assessor Ken Brownlee, left, talks with County Treasurer Janice Rich.
Doug Frye of Mesa County Animal Services gives a presentation to Inside Mesa County participants Monday night.
Dennis Berry, director of Mesa County's Justice Services, talks to the Inside Mesa County class Monday evening about Criminal Justice Services.
Inside Mesa County participants had lunch and took a tour of CJSD Wednesday. Joel Bishop gave a presentation during lunch.

Mesa County Health Department hosted an Assuring Better Child Health & Development (ABCD) and Partnership for Children and Families (PCF) training for 35 home and center child care providers. ABCD Community Outreach Coordinator Ashleigh Kirk gave a presentation about social emotional development in early childhood to providers. MCHD partners with ABCD and PCF twice a year to offer these trainings.