Friday, February 15, 2019

This Week in Pics

A Mesa County snow plow clears the road in Collbran Tuesday afternoon. While conditions are clear in the Grand Valley, the high country is covered in snow. The Road and Bridge Department is always busy working in a variety of terrain and weather.
24 Road, south of I Road has been closed for a bridge replacement over the Grand Valley Irrigation Canal. 

Improvements continue on the 24-H.96 Bridge Replacement Project, which includes the construction of a new bridge over the Grand Valley Irrigation Canal, irrigation modifications, and road profile improvements. 

Road reconstruction to improve sight distance is underway at the intersection at 24 Road and I Road.

The anticipated completion date for the 24-H.96 Bridge Replacement Project is May 2019. Mesa County received a grant from the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) for this project.

The road profile is being raised at the intersection between 24 Road and I Road to improve visibility.

Public Works Operations Manager Connie Hahn and Regulatory Programs Manager Carrie Gudorf look around at the progress being made at the Bosely Wash project site Wednesday morning. Mesa County received a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for this project which covers a significant portion of the cost.

The Bosley Wash Detention Pond Project is located on 34 Road, north of I-70. The project consists of the excavation and embankment of a dam and privacy berm, construction of concrete spillway, block drop structures, stilling basin, and realignment of the 34 Road right-of-way.

The Bosley Wash Detention Pond Project sits near the base of Mt. Garfield. Bosley Wash extends from the rim of the Book Cliffs south to the Colorado River. Development within the wash is limited to the portion of the watershed south downstream of I-70. Last spring, Mesa County hosted an open house to share information on the intentions of the project and to gather citizen input from residents that live in the area.

Construction of the spillway for the Bosley Wash Project is well underway.

Mesa County applied for a FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program grant in 2014 and was awarded the grant in December 2015. Mesa County has been working with an engineering firm since spring 2016 to develop plans to construct this detention basin, which is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Flooding from Bosley Wash occurs both upstream of I-70 overtopping or nearly overtopping the freeway, and downstream in developed residential and agricultural properties. The project focuses on reducing the potential for losses in the community by reducing the flood risk and loss of life that is presented with the current drainage system. The Bosley Wash Detention Pond project is a high hazard dam, which will be 62.8 acre-feet.

Mesa County Planning Commission reviews and discusses two subdivision proposals and changes to the Mesa County Land Development Code during their monthly workshop on Thursday, Feb. 14.

Construction Group Manager Laura Page attends a Qualified Stormwater Manager training that was put on by the 5-2-1 Drainage Authority to learn how to properly implement and manage stormwater sediment and erosion controls on construction sites in accordance with the Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment Water Quality permit.

Qualified Stormwater Manager training attendees tour construction sites to learn about stormwater sediment and erosion controls.

Fleet Management Techs Dustin Smith and Clay Modrick check the brake pad wear on a vehicle during a preventive maintenance (PM) service.

Fleet staff installed radios and lighting on a new road broom for the Road and Bridge, Maintenance Division.

Lead Shop Tech Steve Bell helps Shop Tech Dustin Smith diagnose an electrical issue.

Fleet set up a new plow truck and sander for the Road and Bridge Department.

Parts Manager Darla Krummel orders parts to keep the Fleet trucking on!

Fleet Tech Paul Popish keeps the heavy equipment in ship shape condition!

Parts Assistant Rick Winkelmann keeps things balanced in the shop!

Shop Tech Dave Wolny is at it again building a new patrol SUV for the Mesa County Sheriff's Office. He is in there somewhere!

Shop Techs Jake Cooper and Kaleb Horn replace the engine in unit #16 plow truck. It's a Cummins!

Welcome, Fleet Tech Ignacio Negrete to the Fleet Mangement Team!

Mesa County Deputy Assessor Brent Goff, left, and Administrative Coordinator Jessica Sander assist residents Wednesday afternoon at the Assessor's Office customer service counter.

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners approved an amended conditional use permit for the Deer Creek Facility, 5180 Highway 50, in Whitewater. Review the details at

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese and Public Health Director Jeff Kuhr testify before the Colorado State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee in favor of the Regional Center bill (HB19-1067), which was referred to the Committee of the Whole on a four to one vote  Wednesday afternoon. Mesa County thanks Senator Ray Scott and Representative Janice Rich for their leadership on behalf of our community and all those who testified and sent letters of support for the bill.
Many Clerk and Recorder's Office personnel members wore red on Thursday for Valentine's Day. Pictured above from left to right:  Belinda Knisely, Micaela Gaytan, Bonnie Maikoetter, Emily Salas.

Motor Vehicle personnel and Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters celebrate Chief Deputy Clerk Heather Benjamin's birthday Thursday morning. Happy birthday, Heather!

 The Clerk and Recorder's Office hosted a farewell celebration for Bobbie Gross who will be joining the Mesa County Treasurer's Office. 
Bobbie Gross is excited to start on a new adventure with the Treasurer's Office.

The 2019 Mesa County Safety Fair will be next week on Thursday and Friday (Feb. 21-22).

Orchard Mesa residents, the East Lynwood Street Drainage Improvement Project will be starting on Feb. 25.

The Mesa County Workforce Center is celebrating five years at the 512 29 1/2 Road location. 

Workforce Center Employment Specialist Victor Carreras celebrates the anniversary with a bowl of ice cream.

DHS and WFC personnel Neil Morris, Amanda Beck and Erica Castillo dish their banana splits. Yum!

WFC staff members Jeff Stoddart, Jennifer Burke, Jennifer Vargas, and Sarah Mills enjoy an afternoon treat in honor of the  Workforce Center's fifth anniversary. 

Monday, February 11, 2019

Offices Closed for Presidents Day

Many Mesa County offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, in observance of Presidents Day.

This closure includes:
Administration, Assessor, County Commissioners, County Attorney, Financial Services, Human Resources, IT, Surveyor, Treasurer (544 Rood Ave.)
Clerk & Recorder: Motor Vehicle, Recording, Elections, Clerk to the Board (200 S. Spruce St.)
District Attorney's Office and the Justice Center (125 N. Spruce St.)
Department of Human Services (510 29 1/2 Road)
Facilities and Fairgrounds (2785 U.S. Hwy. 50)
Public Health (510 29 1/2 Road)
Public Works, Building, and Planning (971 Coffman Road & 200 S. Spruce St.)
Regional Transportation Planning Office (525 S. Sixth St.)
Sheriff’s Office: Records and Civil Divisions (215 Rice St.)
Solid Waste Campus: Composting, Hazardous Waste and Transfer Stations (3071 U.S. Hwy. 50)
Tri-River Area CSU Extension (2775 U.S. Hwy. 50)
Workforce Center (512 29 1/2 Road)

Alternate Hours:
Animal Services (971A Coffman Road) will be open from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

This closure does NOT include:
Coroner's Office
Criminal Justice Services (all locations)
Grand Valley Transit fixed and paratransit services (525 S. 6th St.)
Mesa County Landfill (3071 U.S. Hwy. 50)
Sheriff's Office emergency services (215 Rice St.)

Study of a New 29 Road Interchange at I-70 Underway

Mesa County and the City of Grand Junction are partnering to conduct a Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) Study for a new interchange on I-70 at 29 Road. This interchange has long been identified as one of the final elements of the internal beltway around the city to enhance local and regional connectivity.

The PEL Study will develop a thorough understanding of the existing and future transportation conditions and economic development opportunities within the project area to define the overall vision for the future interchange. The process will be coordinated with stakeholders and members of the public to identify issues and opportunities associated with the new interchange.

The study’s first public meeting is planned to be held on February 28th at Faith Heights Church, 600 28 1/4 Road, Grand Junction, Colorado 81506. The meeting will be conducted in an open house format from 4:00 – 6:00 PM. There will be no formal presentation, so guests are welcome to attend any time during the meeting to view exhibits and provide comments to project team members.

Additional information can be found on the study’s web page, and comments can be submitted online at:

Friday, February 8, 2019

This Week in Pics

On February 8, 2016, Deputy Derek Geer was killed in the line of duty after responding to a report of a man with a gun. Deputy Geer, a Navy veteran, loving husband and father of two, served 15 years with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office. He was honored with the Lifesaving Award in 2012 for helping revive a woman in cardiac arrest. As a final act of service and selflessness, Deputy Geer remained on life support until his organs could be donated to four different people. In December of 2016, he was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously. He is the second Mesa County law enforcement officer to be killed in the line of duty. Today we remember and honor his sacrifice and service to the community.
Mesa County Administrator Frank Whidden has hired Matt Sullivan (pictured above), as the new director for the county’s Criminal Justice Services Department (CJSD). Sullivan has been acting as Interim Director for the past few months and was recently offered the position permanently. Sullivan has over 34 years of experience in the criminal justice system. Read more at

Students from Mesa County Valley School District 51 pose for a picture taken by the Mesa County Sheriff's Office Drone.

Mesa County Sheriff Matt Lewis talks to Mesa County Valley School District 51 students from high schools all over the valley about career opportunities in the criminal justice system.

About 60 D51 highschool students got a tour of the Sheriff's Office and Criminal Justice Center and learned about becoming a deputy on patrol and much more.

Students enjoyed a tour of the MCSO and a demonstration of training programs and even got to see a drone. Learn more about a career in law enforcement at

MCSO patrol deputies had lunch with Loma elementary students. Looks like they had a blast!

Mesa County Treasurer Sheila Reiner was a guest speaker at Redlands Middle School. She spoke to 8th graders about what it takes to run for office. 

Treasurer Sheila Reiner visited Redlands Middle School 8th graders on career day and gave them an overview of what Mesa County elected officials are charged with and what a career in local government looks like.  

Treasurer Sheila Reiner encouraged youth to learn more about county government and urged them to get involved. A few of the students said they would like to pursue a career in politics.
It has been almost three years since the historical marker at the state line between Colorado and Utah was restored. The marker had unfortunately become a canvas for graffiti, gunshots and other abuse, but thanks to the efforts of Mesa County, May's Construction Specialties, Inc., Garry Brewer, the Museum of Western Colorado and the Mesa County Historical Society - led by Commissioner Scott McInnis - the marker was restored to its original glory.
Commissioner Scott McInnis personally visits the historical marker a few times a month to make sure this important piece of history isn't tampered with. A fence was recently installed around the statue to deter vandals.  

Charles with the Mesa County Landfill pours a drum of reused latex paint into the spraying equipment. This paint is collected by the Hazardous Waste Collection Facility, combined into the drums and used as an alternative cover for dust control and to prevent trash from blowing out of the landfill. 

Matt Younger, Ryan Kyle and Jay McLarty with Hazardous Waste Collections test out the aerosol can ventilator after performing some minor repairs. This device punctures, drains and vents contents of aerosol cans safely so the contents and cans can be disposed of properly.

A Mesa County resident "shops" at the Hazardous Waste Collection Facility for used household products such as paints, varnishes, cleaners, and pesticides. This free service is provided to the public with the purposes of keeping hazardous materials out of the landfill and reducing overall waste by reusing product that is still good. 

Teresa Nees has transferred from Mesa County Noxious Weed & Pest Management and is now an employee at the Hazardous Waste Collection Facility located at the Mesa County Solid Waste Campus. Stop by to check out the facility and say hello!
Mesa County Clerk and Recorder's Office is sharing more historical details from the Recording office on their Facebook page. This week, they shared details about spittoons and lace curtains, circa 1896. 

Customer Service Specialist Adriana Murrieta-Barcelo is answering the DMV phones this month. You can renew your license plates by phone or ask questions in advance before going in at 970.244.1664.

Don Clement was recently promoted to Customer Service Specialist - LEAD and will continue to serve DMV customers and fellow employees with his radiant smile! Congratulations, Don!

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There was a lot of snow on the Grand Mesa Wednesday afternoon! These photos were taken near 59 Road and ME Road in Collbran by one of the MCSO rural area deputies. For the latest road conditions visit

Loma residents, a culvert replacement is happening at 1678 14 1/2 Road starting today. A detour will be in effect until the end of March. Thank you for your patience! 

Hey, Mack residents! There will be a detour on 10 Road for the next few weeks (Jan. 7 through Feb. 22) due to a culvert replacement. Thank you for your patience.
The Fairgrounds team wore blue today in honor of Deputy Geer. Pictured here from left to right: Stacy Pinnt, Linda Robinson and Donna Redd.

 The Mesa County Child Welfare Case Managers and Supervisors (pictured here) that are part of the After Hours Team provided a meal to honor the MCSO and feed the deputies and employees that sacrifice so much to keep Mesa County safe.

MCSO deputies and staff enjoy a meal provided by the After Hours Team. Mesa County staff takes care of one another.