Monday, January 23, 2017

January is National Crime Stoppers Awareness Month in Mesa County

The Mesa County Commissioners today proclaimed January 2017, as National Crime Stoppers Awareness Month and called upon residents to join Crime Stoppers of Mesa County to help prevent crime and make our community safer.

The Crime Stoppers of Mesa County program was founded in 1983 through the efforts of local law enforcement agencies and dedicated community members. The program operates as an independent organization to help fight crime in our community.

Crime Stoppers of Mesa County has received 18,550 tips, which have led to 1,720 arrests and 1,598 cases cleared. The effort has resulted in $269,000 in rewards paid to anonymous tipsters and $9,051,156 in property and drugs recovered as of December 2016

To read the proclamation, click here.

Darren Coltrinari along with other Mesa County Crime Stoppers members accepted the proclamation.

The Mesa County Commissioners today proclaimed January 2017, as National Crime Stoppers Awareness Month

Members of the Mesa County Crime Stoppers accept the proclamation

Crime Stoppers of Mesa County

January is National Crime Stoppers Awareness Month in Mesa County


New Year, New Chairman

Board of County Commissioners elects Scott McInnis as their new Chair


The Board of Mesa County Commissioners today in public hearing elected Commissioner Scott McInnis as the 2017 Chairman of the Board. Scott McInnis succeeds Commissioner Rose Pugliese, who has served as Chairwoman since 2015.

Scott McInnis is a member of a longtime, multigenerational Colorado family. McInnis served as a member of the Colorado House of Representatives for the 57th district, where he was elected House Majority Leader, and served in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Colorado's 3rd district for six terms.

“I am honored to assume the role of Chairman,” McInnis said. “I feel privileged to work with my two colleagues John Justman and Rose Pugliese.”

Mesa County Commissioners will continue their priority work on budgetary challenges while focusing on the increased demand for law enforcement services, core government services and needed infrastructure with the efficient use of resources available. In addition, the Commissioners are committed to working within their budget for additional strategies for economic growth.

Friday, January 20, 2017

This Week in Pics

This week the Western Colorado Horticultural Society and VinCO Conference was hosted in Grand Junction, Colorado. Mesa County Noxious Weed & Pest Management Coordinator Teresa Nees attended to represent the Upper Grand Valley Pest Control District.

Many local fruits growers gather to participate in discussions concerning phylloxera, an insect that feeds on the roots of grapevines.

Fruit growers and industry specialists tour several orchards to discuss pest management and planting strategies.

 Attendees of the Western Colorado Horticultural Society and VinCO Conference tour, inspect the "fruits of their labor."


Mesa County Noxious Weed & Pest Management Coordinator Teresa Nees attends a pruning demonstration at an orchard in Olathe, Colorado.

Mesa County Noxious Weed & Pest Management Coordinator Teresa Nees and CSU Western Colorado Research Center staff man the booth at the WCHS & VinCO trade show.  

Dateline host Keith Morrison interviews Mesa County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Henry Stoffel and Sgt. Wayne Weyler about their work on the Paige Birgfeld Case.

From left, Mesa County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Henry Stoffel and Sgt. Wayne Weyler talk to Dateline NBC about their work on the Paige Birgfeld Case.

Dateline host Keith Morrison interviews Grand Junction Fire Department's Robert Thompson at the Mesa County Sheriff's Office impound lot.

 Dateline's camera crews capture footage of  Paige Birgfeld's vehicle while Keith Morrison interviews Grand Junction Fire Department's Robert Thompson at the Mesa County Sheriff's Office impound lot.

The Sheriff's Office and a local film crew work together to create a recruiting video that showcases their agency and our community.

Sheriff's Office investigators set up a fake crime scene for a new recruitment video.

Showing the camera crew how the Sheriff's Office processes fingerprints.

Sgt. Henry Stoffel talks about his experience working for the Sheriff's Office.  

Deputy Tracy Fiedler talks about what it takes to work at the Mesa County Detention Facility. 

Deputy Mark Johnson shares his stories on the job. 

The film crew captures the perfect angle.

The perfect background to showcase the beautiful views in Mesa County for the new Sheriff's Office recruitment video.

The camera crew captures the security checkpoint at the Mesa County Justice Center.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Wildland Fire team posing for the camera.
Commissioner Pugliese in Washington D.C. at President Donald Trump's inauguration ceremony. 
Commissioner Pugliese, second to the left, with family and friends at the inauguration ceremony for the 45th president of the United States.

Properly dispose of your CFLs




Did you know that even the new compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs we use in our homes today have mercury in them? If mercury is released, even in small amounts, it can damage the brain and central nervous system.

Use caution when handling CFLs and if you break a bulb in your home consult the EPA’s website for recommendations for when a CFL or other mercury-containing bulb breaks.

Properly dispose of your CFLs and other household hazardous waste at the Mesa County Hazardous Waste Collection Facility, 3071 Hwy. 50. For more information visit http://www.mesacounty.us/swm/hazmat/

Friday, January 13, 2017

This Week in Pics


The Board of Mesa County Commissioners officiates the first 2017 public hearing with 13 items on the consent agenda and six items needing individual consideration.  

The Honorable Judge Flynn swears-in Mesa County District Attorney Dan Rubinstein into his first term in office. 

District Attorney Dan Rubinstein swears and affirms that he will support the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of the State of Colorado, and the laws of the State of Colorado, and faithfully discharge his duties as Mesa County's District Attorney.  

Sixteen deputy district attorneys are sworn into office by the Honorable Judge Flynn.

The Oath of Office ceremony for the District Attorney's office includes the district attorney, assistant district attorney, three chiefs, two investigators and 16 deputy district attorneys. 
Community members attend the Mesa County Commissioners' inauguration ceremony.

Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis M.C.'s the re-elected commissioners' swearing-in ceremony.

The Honorable Judge McInnis swears Mesa County Commissioner John Justman into his second term in office.

Re-elected Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese recites the oath of office officiated by the Honorable Judge McInnis.

The Honorable Grand Junction  Municipal Court Judge Care' McInnis administers the re-elected Mesa County Commissioners oaths of office.

 “Thank you for your continued support, it has been my honor to serve as your County Commissioner since 2013. I will continue to work hard on issues that Mesa County faces.” John Justman

Re-elected Mesa County Commissioners John Justman and Rose Pugliese officially start their second and final term in office. County Commissioners serve for four years for up to two terms. Their primary function is to govern by the Colorado Constitution and on behalf of the legislature to represent the interests of, and provide public services desired by the citizens of Mesa County.

Brother and sister join forces to officiate the inauguration ceremony for Mesa County Commissioners Rose Pugliese and John Justman. From left, Grand Junction Municipal Court Judge Care McInnis and Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis.

“I am honored and humbled to have the continued confidence of the Mesa County voters. Thank you for allowing me to represent you. I will continue to represent Mesa County on local, state and federal issues and fight to protect and enhance our economy.” Rose Pugliese

The 2017 Board of Mesa County Commissioners. From left, John Justman, Rose Pugliese and Scott Mcinnis

Criminal Justice Services' Employee of the Quarter, Employment Specialist Erika Rodriguez, was nominated by her peers as the outstanding employee for the 2016 fourth quarter. She is now in the running for the 2016 employee of the year that will be awarded on Jan. 28, 2017, at the employee awards banquet. Congratulations, Erika!

MCHD Executive Director Jeff Kuhr addresses staff at the first 2017 Quarterly All-Staff Meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 10.

Regional Epidemiologists gave a presentation about emergency preparedness to staff at a lunch 'n' learn event at the Health Department on Wednesday. Staff took their lunch break and learned about how to prepare for emergencies in Mesa County.

 Program Integration Manager Sarah Robinson and Health Promotion Specialist Troy Ward facilitated a Suicide Prevention Open House Forum Community Meeting at the Health Department on Tuesday night. About 145 people came to the meeting to help strategize how to prevent suicides in Mesa County.

Erin McIntyre, on her KAFM 88.1 radio show "Diggin' the Garden," interviews Mesa County Noxious Weed & Pest Management Coordinator Teresa Nees regarding upcoming events in the Upper Grand Valley Pest Control District.

Mesa County Noxious Weed & Pest Management Coordinator Teresa Nees & Mesa County Road & Bridge Administrative Assistant Heather Conder update the Weed & Pest display board for the Western Colorado Horticultural Society conference next week.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

County offices closed Jan. 16 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Many Mesa County offices will close Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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.)
  • Composting Facility, Hazardous Waste, Solid Waste Administration (3071 U.S. Hwy. 50)
  • District Attorney's Office (125 N. Spruce St.)
  • Facilities and Fairgrounds (2785 U.S. Hwy. 50)
  • Health Department & Department of Human Services (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.)
  • Tri River CSU Extension (2775 U.S. Hwy. 50)
  • Workforce Center (512 29 1/2 Road)

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

Closure does NOT include:
  • Coroner's Office
  • Criminal Justice Services (all locations)
  • Grand Valley Transit (525 S. 6th Street)
  • Mesa County Landfill (3071 U.S. Hwy. 50)
  • Sheriff's Office - Jail, Patrol, Emergency Services (215 Rice St.)

Friday, January 6, 2017

This Week in Pics



Construction on the 29.5-E.63 Bridge Replacement project kicked off this Tuesday (Jan. 3). The bridge, located in the Fruitvale area, 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.

The 29 1/2 Road bridge is located between Patterson Road and Orchard Ave., in Fruitvale. Aside from structural damages, the bridge has very narrow sidewalks, and it presents pedestrian safety issues.  

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).

Snowfall does not stop the excavators from tearing down the 29 1/2 Road bridge.

Around 5,000 vehicles cross this 53-year-old bridge daily.

Construction on the 29.5-E.63 Bridge Replacement continues without delays. The bridge is a few steps from being completely removed. The new bridge will have wider shoulders to accommodate pedestrians.

Construction on the 29.5-E.63 Bridge Replacement project.

Mesa County Road and Bridge: Plows 641 miles of paved roads. Uses 34 trucks and four 1-ton trucks to plow paved roads. Considers 589 miles of paved roads a priority, which means they need to be cleared the first day. Plows 170 miles of gravel/dirt roads. Uses 13 graders to plow the gravel/dirt roads. Considers 144 miles of gravel/dirt roads a priority.

Whether you drive, walk or bike to work the commute was challenging due to icy roads.

Mesa County staff tries to keep sidewalks clear of snow, but it was a difficult task. 

The benches outside the old Mesa County Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave., are covered in snow. 

"Bookworm" is a bronze sculpture, by Gary Price, of a young boy reading,. The avid reader is located at the old Mesa County Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave. 

Cold temperatures keep the ice and snow from melting.

Congratulations, Mesa County Treasure' s Office, for breaking the record and having a certified tax roll by Jan. 3!  The County Treasurer is responsible for collecting all real and personal property taxes for the county, school districts, municipalities, and special districts located in the county 

The 2016 Property Tax Roll (due in 2017) has been certified. Property Tax Statements may be in the mail stream by January 20, 2017. Colorado law [CRS 39-10-104.5] requires tax payments in two equal installments, the first being due on or before the last day of February, and the second installment to be paid no later than the 15th day of June. Or, if you are paying your taxes in full, a single payment is due on or before the last day of April.

CSU Extension Entomologist Bob Hammon and Mesa County Noxious Weed & Pest Management Coordinator Teresa Nees on a conference call with horticulture experts around the state discussing upcoming events and issues that are important to the Upper Grand Valley Pest Control District.