Monday, October 15, 2018

County Administrator presents 2019 proposed budget

Today, Oct. 15, 2018, Mesa County Administrator Frank Whidden presented the proposed 2019 budget to the Mesa County Commissioners in public hearing.

In the proposed budget, the general fund is balanced at $61,553,199 proposed revenue and $60,966,171 proposed expenditures. Review more detailed information, here.

View the presentation here:

The public comment period is now underway. Comments are encouraged through the following methods:

  • E-mail:
  • Board of County Commissioner Hearings:
    • Hearings are typically held every Monday morning at 9 a.m. at 544 Rood Ave. The hearings include an unscheduled business portion of the agenda. Community members are welcome to provide feedback on the proposed 2019 budget at that time. For upcoming Commissioner hearing agendas, visit
    • Facebook:
    In November, county staff will finalize the budget, and in late November, the board will give staff final direction.

    Final adoption of the 2019 budget is planned for the Dec. 10 public hearing at 9:00 a.m.

    Friday, October 12, 2018

    This Week in Pics

    Roxane White (pictured) and MCPH Executive Director Jeff Kuhr went over Child Care 8,000 at the Oct. 10 Quarterly All Staff Meeting. Visit to learn about this project that's underway in our community!

    Sarah Shrader of Bonsai Design gave a Lunch 'N' Learn to MCPH staff this week. Sarah told us about the changes coming to Las Colonias Park. Visit to learn about this incredible project happening in our community!

    Looking for fall foliage? The Grand Mesa is just bursting with color right now. Thanks to our Mesa County Sheriff's Office rural area deputy for this spectacular photos! 

    The Mesa County Sheriff's Office hosted a Coffee with a Cop event Oct. 3. They met with community members and had meaningful conversations.

    MCSO deputies have conversations with residents at a Coffee with a Cop event hosted at the Clifton Starbuck's.

    This picture was taken on Oct. 4 of the storm moving into the Grand Valley. A MCSO deputy captured this image while in the 25 Road desert area.

    Snow anyone?! This photo was taken Oct. 8 on Lands End Road near Carson Lake, on the Grand Mesa. A MCSO deputy reported about 8-10 inches of snow was on the ground!

    On Oct. 11 there was about 2-feet of snow on top of the Grand Mesa. These pictures were taken Thursday near Skyway by a MSCO deputy.
    Scott Forsgren (second to the left), retired fleet supervisor, stopped by the Mesa County Road and bridge shop to say hello. 
    Office Administrator Heather Conder, left, always makes sure everyone has enough to eat.

    Road Supervisor Rudy Bevan gave an update while public works crews enjoyed biscuits and gravy at an appreciation breakfast Wednesday morning. 

    Mesa County Employee Association (MCEA) Board Members (left to right): Lisa Snyder, Secretary; Donna Redd, Vice President; Heidi Belatti, President; and Rene Romero, Treasurer. MCEA attended Public Work's Appreciation Breakfast to thank all personnel for their dedication and hard work.

    MCEA recognized public work staff with a wonderful road construction cake. 

    Fleet Supervisor Eric Brown reminds staff that after breakfast an equipment training opportunity would be available.   

    Public works personnel gets a refresher course on heavy equipment Wednesday morning.
    Animal Services Officer Jason Lemaster prepares to clean kennels.

    Mitchel Guzikowski, Animal Services Officer, disinfects cages in the puppy room.

    Animal Services Officer Sarah Rahm prepares the morning meds for sick or injured animals at Animal Services, 971 Coffman Road in Whitewater.

    A cute kitten at Animal Services snuggles its cozy, blue bunny.

    The first day of election judge training begins.  It’s Karen’s first time as the Mail Ballot Room leader! 

    Karen Reiher is busy sharing information!

    The Department of Human Services (DHS) hosted it's Annual Community Resource Fair Tuesday. Area Health & Human Services Agencies got together to share info on their various programs with each other to help better serve the residents of Mesa County. Kylie Mayfield from DHS's Foster Care Program seems to be enjoying the morning.

    Mesa County Library was one of 30 vendors at the Community Resource Fair.

    At this week's Land Use hearing the Mesa County Commissioners approved a permit to allow a self-storage, mini-warehouse to be built on O Road and U.S. Highway 6 and 50 in Mack. Review the item and votes at
    Teresa Nees, Weed and Pest Management, took this pic of foggy conditions Thursday morning (Oct. 11), on Highway 141 near Gateway.

    This morning, Friday, Oct. 12, Clerk to the Board, Lori Westermire, took this picture from Little Park Road of Grand Junction covered in a blanket of fog. The radio tower lights flash above the fog. 

    Today at the Mesa County Sheriff's Office those not in uniform wore red to Remember Everyone Deployed (RED). Records Dept. Specialists stand alongside Sheriff Matt Lewis.

    Left to Right: Undersheriff Todd Rowell, Captain Todd Sorenson, Sheriff Matt Lewis, Administrator Wendy Likes and Captain Don Hendricks were just a few of the many deputies and staff at MCSO who wore red in support of the RED Veterans Encompass, Inc.'s challenge. Many of those at MCSO are veterans and/or have family members who serve(d) in the military, which is why they participated in RED.
    MCSO personnel wore red today to show honor and respect for all those that are deployed. Records, Investigators and Professional Standards are pictured here.

    MSCO Information and Communications Manager Megan Terlecky, and deputy Brian Prunty, wear read to honor deployed service members and their families.

    Tim Long conducts Voter Service and Polling Center Training. There will be six teams of Election Judges deployed by Election Day November 6th!

    Vicki Fought, with Elections, is opening the 24-hour ballot boxes today! There are five located across the valley floor. 

    Monday, October 8, 2018

    Walk to School Day promotes health, safe walking and biking

    D51 students will walk, roll or bike to school on Oct. 10

    Mesa County residents should be extra cautious during their commutes Wednesday, October 10
    because thousands of students will be walking, rolling or biking their way to school for Walk to
    School Day.

    Walk to School Day promotes an active lifestyle and finding safe routes to school. Children who walk
    or bike to school will see improvements in more than just their health.
    Walking, rolling and bicycling to school helps students:
    • Reach the recommended goal of 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
    • Arrive at school energized and ready to learn.
    • Gain a sense of independence.
    • Learn and practice road-safe pedestrian and bicycling skills.
    • Leave the car behind and improve air quality.
    • Take an active role in their well-being.
    Walk to School Day events build connections between families, schools and the community. Take
    the time to walk and bike to school with your child and talk about the benefits of using different
    modes of transportation.

    Students attending Chatfield, Chipeta, Lincoln Orchard Mesa, Mesa View, Pear Park, Pomona,
    Rocky Mountain, Scenic, and Taylor elementary schools, and West middle school, will bike and walk
    to school on Wednesday. Encourage your children to bike and walk, as well.

    Friday, October 5, 2018

    This Week in Pics

    Workforce Center Employment Services Supervisor Celina Kirnberger is all smiles during the job fair at the Workforce Center, 512 29 1/2 Road. The job fair aims to connect multiple employers with numerous career opportunities with job-seekers all under one roof. 

    The job fair event gives job-seekers and employers a chance to meet one another, establish professional relationships, and discuss potential career opportunities. 
     Many employers from a variety of industries attended this year's job fair, which created an overflow where many employers had to set up in the hallway. The event gave employers a venue to meet and interview prospective candidates. 

    Over 50 employers spent the day looking for their next best employee. 

    This week, MCSO Investigator Lissah Norcross was honored with the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award in Colorado Springs by the Rocky Mountain Women in Law Enforcement organization. Congratulations, Lissah! The award is given to a law enforcement officer who has made significant contributions to the profession as well as serves as a role model for other policewomen.

    The Mesa County Sheriff's Office is showing their support in recognition of Breast Cancer awareness month by placing Cops for a Cure ribbons on their patrol cars. 

    Well, the Broncos lost Monday night, and Sheriff Matt Lewis is a man of his word. A bet is a bet. We are lucky to have such great law enforcement partners in our community.

    The Board of Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed Oct. 4, 2018, as Wayne Aspinall Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse Day to recognize that over 100 years ago, Mesa County and Grand Junction’s first permanent Federal Building was completed in 1918, providing much needed federal services such as the Post Office and court facilities. 

    Assessor Ken Brownlee presents a map that shows the areas affected by Colorado Proposition 112 in Mesa County during the Commissioner's Administrative Hearing Monday morning. Learn more about statewide ballot questions, here.
    The Board of Mesa County Commissioners unanimously voted to oppose Colorado Proposition 112, Minimum Distance Requirements for New Oil, Gas, and Fracking Projects Initiative, which would change the statewide minimum distance requirement for new oil and gas development be located at least 2,500 feet from any structure intended for occupancy. Read more, here.

    U.S. Magistrate Judge Gordon Gallagher was the keynote speaker at an event celebrating the 100th-anniversary of The Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building on Fourth Street and Rood Avenue Thursday afternoon. 

    A representative from the Museums of Western Colorado shares and talks about the contents of a time capsule that was placed in the building 100 years ago at the celebration event.  

    Commissioner John Justman read the proclamation the Board of Mesa County Commissioners adopted Monday morning in public hearing declaring Oct. 4, 2018, as Wayne Aspinall Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse Day.

    Commissioner John Justman looks through the items preserved in a time capsule that was placed in the Wayne Aspinall Federal Building 100 years ago.

    The 100-year-old items retrieved from the time capsule included newspaper clippings and other well-preserved documents. 

    A local government annual report from Dec. 31, 1915, was included as part of the documents in the time capsule. 

    One of the items in the time capsule is a report from School District No. 1 from 1918.

    Commissioner John Justman looks over documents at an event celebrating the 100th-anniversary of The Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building. 

    Many Mesa County families volunteered at the Clifton Nature Park cleanup event with Colorado Baby Wednesday morning.

    Thank you to Colorado Baby and the many families that participated in joining us in maintaining and creating healthy landscapes. 

    Park stewards had the opportunity to plant native grasses to create better habitat for insects, wildlife and the community. 

    After cleaning up the Clifton Nature Park area and helping plant native grasses, volunteers took a nature walk to enjoy the beautiful views.

    Solid Waste Director Barrett Jensen gave Girl Scouts a tour of the Mesa County Landfill.

    Hazardous Materials Manager Hope Petrie gives a group of Girl Scouts an overview of what hazardous materials are and why they should not be thrown away or placed in the landfill.

    A rock with a special message was found by the Elections and Recording office entrance Monday morning. 
    Road Supervisor Rudy Bevan gives County Attorney Patrick Coleman a tour of county roads on Friday afternoon - on Z2 4/10 Road off of John Brown Road near Gateway.