Monday, October 14, 2019

National Nuclear Science Week is Oct. 14-18, 2019

Shawn Montgomery (center) from the United States Department of Energy, along with Ken Kreie, Richie Ashcraft, and Luke Carleo, receive the National Nuclear Science Week proclamation presented by the Board of Mesa County Commissioners in public hearing Monday, Oct 14.

The Board of County Commissioners proclaimed Oct. 14-18, 2019, as Nuclear Science Week in Mesa County.

The proclamation states:

"Whereas, nuclear science professionals throughout the history of Colorado have been dedicated to service and progress in national defense, teaching communities, nuclear medicine, and all areas of power generation, as well as research and development in the communities in which they live and work; and

Whereas, Mesa County and the surrounding areas have a rich history in the mining and processing of uranium and the development of nuclear energy; and

Whereas, nuclear medicine is used in thousands of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures every day to improve the health and lives of individuals living in Mesa County; and

Whereas, nuclear space propulsion systems are being used safely and reliably in robotic missions and science experiments beyond our state, nation, and solar system; and

Whereas, nuclear marine propulsion is essential to the safe and effective operation of our national naval fleet and the health and welfare of those who serve in our naval fleet; and

Whereas, nuclear energy in the nation is helping to reduce carbon emissions and plays a vital part in the country’s diverse mix of environmentally-responsible generating resources; and

Whereas, Mesa County educational institutions are preparing students to enter rewarding careers in nuclear science, technology, and many related pursuits through their science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs."


Saturday, October 12, 2019

This Week in Pics

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) SWAT team took part in some unique training on Tuesday. It was all aboard!  
MCSO SWAT team members train for all different types of scenarios in just as many kinds of places to help keep Mesa County safe. 
MCSO Citizens on Patrol (COP) volunteers were busy this week! They served over 200 Distraint Warrants issued by the Mesa County Treasurer's Office. To learn more about the COP program, visit A distraint warrant is a document that is served on a manufactured home before the tax sale, indicating the amount due and date to be paid by.
Have you ever wanted to travel across Colorado, but wanted to avoid the traffic? Join Mesa County Regional Transportation Planning Office (RTPO) staff member Sarah Brooks, for Travel Colorado by Bus, a free program at the Mesa County Central Branch Library on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. Learn about Bustang and Outrider services and how they connect with various transit agencies throughout the state. The program will also offer trip planning ideas and sample trip itineraries.
Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) Executive Director, Jeff Kuhr, and Community Network Coordinator, Sarah Johnson inform residents about the importance of community connectedness during a KAFM radio special.
MCPH Health Inspector David Wang gets his flu shot at a Flu clinic offered at MCPH.  Hundreds of residents were vaccinated by MCPH nurses this week. If you still need a flu vaccine, walk-ins are welcome at our clinic (510 29 1/2/ Road).  MCPH will host another clinic on Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon.

From left to right, Mesa County Coroner's Office personnel Nina Strayhorn, Morgan Hart, and Stacie Dix, attended the Colorado Coroners Association Training this week. The Colorado Coroners Association provides service and support through the sponsorship of training and educational activities for all Colorado Coroners and Deputies.

Mesa County Coroner Victor Yahn presents at the Coroner’s Association training this week at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Grand Junction.

Nina Strayhorn gives a presentation on Registry Examination at the Coroner’s Association training. The attending coroners and their deputies received up to 20 hours of continuing education credits and learned a variety of subjects related to their work in the community.
This week, many community partners and Mesa County departments came together to improve social connectedness in a neighborhood near Rocky Mountain Elementary School through a pilot clean up project. Learn more about the project at Thank you to everyone involved!
 Trash was hauled off in one Mesa County neighborhood as part of a unique pilot project developed in response to community members wanting to transform their neighborhood. For more information and pictures of the work in action, visit.
More than 140 tons of trash was collected during the pilot clean up project in Clifton this week. 
The Mesa County Sheriff's Office provided traffic control assistance while crews, including Mesa County Public Works employees, picked up trash in a neighborhood near Rocky Mountain Elementary School. 
This pilot project would not have been possible without the help of everyone who participated. More information is available at
Code Compliance Officer Greg St. Martin talks to KREX News 5 about the project along with other participants. Watch the interview at
Many agencies came together to make the pilot project a success. Crews removed a total of 140.24 tons (40, 40-yard roll-offs), which is a total of 280,480 lbs of trash.
On Friday, over 60 Colorado commissioners, including Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese, got together at Colorado Counties, Inc. to discuss proposed 2020 legislation.
We have lost one of our employees and their spouse. Please keep the Grossnickle family in your thoughts as they go through this difficult time.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Neighborhood Clean-up Pilot Project Helps Transform Community

Yard waste, piles of unwanted furniture, and years of trash were hauled away in one Mesa County neighborhood leaving behind a community ready to be revitalized. It’s all part of a unique pilot project developed in response to community members wanting to transform their neighborhood.

The pilot project plan was developed by Mesa County Code Enforcement, The Colorado Trust and the Community Transformation initiative. Together, they established a plan, hosted several community meetings, and secured funding from The Colorado Trust and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office. Which lead to the kick-off the first cleanup pilot program — Neighborhood Clean-up on Monday, October 7, 2019.
Clifton is the first area of action, primarily in the neighborhoods surrounding Rocky Mountain Elementary School and Kimwood Park. By joining the energy and insights of people in the neighborhood with the resources and commitment of individuals and organizations across Mesa County, we’re making transformation happen.

As a member of the Community Transformation initiative, Mesa County Code Compliance kicked off a cleanup pilot program — Neighborhood Clean-up on Monday, October 7, 2019.

The first Neighborhood Clean-up project area tackled a one-square-mile area from 32 Road to 33 Road and D Road to E Road. This area encompasses Rocky Mountain Elementary School and about 22-hundred households. It’s also the highest Code Compliance Services caseload location. The code violation saturation in the area can contribute to many issues, including pest infestation, fire hazards, air quality, and other public health issues.

The Neighborhood Clean-up pilot project aims to empower residents to take pride and ownership of their neighborhood by creating a positive ripple effect across Mesa County neighborhoods.

The cleanup was a three-day sweep going block by block with loaders and dump trucks, much like the City of Grand Junction's spring cleanup, to help residents take action and get motivated.

Many agencies came together to make the pilot project a success. Crews removed a total of 140.24 tons (40, 40-yard roll-offs), which is a total of 280,480 lbs of trash.

This project would not have been possible without the help of our amazing employees, volunteers, and community partners.

A special thank you to all involved, including Jose Chavez and Tera Wick, with The Colorado Trust for proving funding, organizing community meetings, and assisting with program planning. Undersheriff Todd Rowell and the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, who, in addition to providing funding for the project, provided planning and outreach assistance, lunch for the crew, and traffic control assistance. FCI Constructors, M.A. Concrete Construction Inc., and Sorter Construction, who provided skid steers, dump trucks, and employees for the cleanup. Brian Woods and his staff at Clifton Sanitation District who provided the secure lot for the "transfer station," a front-end loader and operators, Loren and Lisa Mullen with Rocky Mountain Sanitation for providing roll-off dumpsters and Loren’s assistance at the transfer station, the staff of Candlewood Park for providing use of their community building, and resident volunteers, namely, Brenda Amado, who not only worked hard all three days, but also provided a pulled pork lunch for the crew on Tuesday. And also, Mesa County Code Compliance Officers Greg St. Martin and Sid Montez, Mesa County Solid Waste Management for providing several employees to help identify and remove unacceptable materials.

Great work to everyone involved!

To get involved with this project or learn more about the Community Transformation initiative, click here.

Here are pictures from the Neighborhood Clean-up Pilot Project: