Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Two ways to get involved with Mesa County Noxious Weed & Pest Management Department

Event One

Be a Scout!

Mesa County Noxious Weed & Pest Management is looking for volunteers to help scout a large area at Coon Creek for yellow starthistle.

Yellow starthistle is a List 'A' Noxious Weed, which means it has been designated by the Colorado Department of Agriculture for statewide eradication. Mesa County has been coordinating work on a few areas of infestation for nearly 20 years, ridding the plants every year they are found, and patiently waiting for the seed bank to deplete and old seeds to loose viability.  For more information on this pesky thistle check out  https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/agconservation/yellow-starthistle.

If you are able to join us for a walk along the Coon Creek area to search for this invasive species, see the following:

Tuesday August 4
  • Carpool/caravan from the CSU Tri-River Extension Office/Weed & Pest Office at
    2775 Hwy 50 - West end of Mesa County Fairgrounds next to the OM Little League fields
  • Bring: Comfortable hiking shoes, sunscreen, bug repellent
  • Leave parking lot at 8:00 am
  • Arrive at Coon Creek area at approximately 8:45 am
  • ​We will break for lunch at approx 12:00 pm.  If you would like to bring a sack lunch and join us, you are welcome! Otherwise, this event ends at noon.
  • Directions to Coon Creek area/Old Grand Mesa Road available at http://mapq.st/1SJy247
Please RSVP to:

A"second round" may be scheduled at the end of August or beginning of September.  Stay tuned for an announcement.  Notify us if you are interested.


Event Two

Check us out!  

Information Booth at Orchard Mesa Farmer's Market
Mesa County Noxious Weed & Pest Management is teaming up with the Tamarisk Coalition hosting an information booth at the Orchard Mesa Farmer's Market:

Tuesday August 4 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm
  • Mesa County Fairgrounds (Near the west entrance between the Highway 50 and the Grand Stands)
  • Bring weeds or pictures of weeds for help in identifying!
  • Receive FREE weed identification and management SWAG!!!
For further information contact

Friday, July 24, 2015

On tap for the Commissioners hearing Monday, July 27


At Monday's Administrative  Hearing, the Mesa County Commissioners will consider these items:

  • Approve a change order request for $164,900 from KRW Consulting for additional work at the Mesa County Landfill.
  • Approve an application between Mesa County and the Department of Local Affairs for a $1.6 million Energy Impact grant for the Buckskin Hill Road improvement project.
  • Appoint as arbitrators to the 2015 Board of Equalization appeals: Lisa A. Roberts, John Nisley, Michael R. Durant, Charles David Pruett, James H. Stephens and George M. Fishburn. 
  • Adopt a resolution to create a sanitary sewer improvement district in a neighborhood on the Redlands.  
The Commissioners also will hear a presentation from the Museum of Western Colorado. 

To see the full agenda and supporting documents, go here

This week in pictures, July 24

Mesa County government is wide in its services and scope. From Administration to Public Works to the County Attorney to Human Resources to the Fairgrounds to Solid Waste Management to the Commissioners and beyond, Mesa County is a varied and diverse operation.

Check out some photos from around Mesa County government this week:

Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis served as chairman of the Board's administrative hearing Monday, July 20, in Rose Pugliese's absence. 

Mesa County Commissioner John Justman at Monday's Board of County Commissioners hearing.

The Commissioners heard a presentation from Mesa County Libraries Director Joseph Sanchez at Monday's administrative hearing. 

Heather Nara, of the Mesa County Health Department, took a Google Apps training class at the Workforce Center this week. 

Victoria Patsantaras of Mesa County IT, left, teaches a Google Apps training class to several students at the Mesa County Workforce Center, earlier this week.

Victoria Patsantaras, right, and her Google Apps training class.

Victoria Patsantaras helps some students during her Google Apps training class this week at the Mesa County Workforce Center.

Mesa County Sheriff's Office Deputy Chadd Searcy. He is a School Resource Officer. District 51 goes back to school Monday, August. 3!

MCSO Deputy James Cannon. He is also a School Resource Officer. 

MCSO Deputy Sal Espindola, School Resource Officer.

MCSO Deputy Wayne Kean, School Resource Officer.

Will Ekberg of Mesa County Noxious Weed and Pest Management pulls out the first batch of yellow star thistle found in Mesa County in 2015. 

Will Ekberg and Summer Igo of Mesa County Noxious Weed and Pest Management pull out yellow star thistle. 

A chip seal road project happening in Fruita.

Cleaning up the mud slide on 45 Road.

Whitewater Creek pipe replacement project.

Ginny in Recording training Elections employees. 

Jane in Motor Vehicle on the phone with a customer.

Tracey Garchar, left, with Nicci Surad, DHS/WFC values champ.
Kara Hotard of the Mesa County Health Department prepares a vaccine on the second day of MCHD's first-ever two-day immunization clinic. 

DHS/WFC You Brighten My Day winner Samantha Hays, right, with Tracey Garchar (and Good Luck Bear!)



Thursday, July 23, 2015

Road work delays expected July 27


This week, there is no Chip & Seal but other activities will continue.  

Overlay will include paving and bringing manholes above the asphalt to the road surface.  

Short delays should be expected on these roads during this time.

Paving
20 Road                     J Road to K Road
K Road                      23 Road to 24 Road

Raise/Adjust Manholes
Front Street                        Second Street NE 33 Road
E. Chukar Way                  D 3/4 Road NW Meadowlark Way
Meadowlark Way              D 3/4 Road N E Road
W Chukar Way                  D 3/4 Road NE Meadowlark Way
Pheasant Place                   Meadowlark Way E Cul-de-Sac
Grouse Place                      Meadowlark Way E Cul-de-Sac
Mountain Vista Drive        D 3/4 Road N E Road
Shadow Ridge Court         Mountain Vista E Cul-de-Sac

Misty Ridge Court             Mountain Vista E Cul-de-Sac

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Assessor's Office accepting school supply donations for kids


The Mesa County Assessor's Office is hosting a school-supply drive to benefit local children.

Donations are being accepted in the main lobby of the Old Courthouse Annex, 544 Rood, this week and next.

Items needed:

  • Binders
  • Loose-leaf paper
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Dividers
  • Backpacks for older kids (plain, no cartoon characters)
  • Calculators
  • Gift cards to Target, Wal-mart, etc., to help high school students who don't get supply lists until after school starts
For more information, call Miriam Hawkins at the Assessor's Office at 244-1635.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Business of the Commissioners, July 20

Joseph Sanchez, director of Mesa County Libraries, gives an update to the Mesa County Board of Commissioners at this morning's hearing. From left: Patrick Coleman, Scott McInnis, John Justman and Frank Whidden.
The Mesa County Commissioners this morning approved a Memorandum of Understanding between Mesa, Delta, Montrose and Ouray Counties and Colorado State University Extension to conduct and support Extension educational programs. The new MOU reflects small changes in the agreement that dates back to 1981 for CSU Extension's Tri-River Area.

The Tri-River Area Extension office offers information and programming including 4-H youth development, agriculture, gardening and horticulture, water resources management and consumer and family education.

In other business, the Commissioners: 
  • Appointed Stacey Beaugh, Claudette Konola and Gale Foster to the Riverfront Commission for three-year terms.
  • Appointed Stan Young to the Mesa County Noxious Weed Advisory Board for a five-year term.
  • Met as the Board of Equalization and ratified the receipt of the Assessor's Valuation Report presented to the Commissioners at their July 13 public hearing.
  • Heard an update from Joseph Sanchez, director of Mesa County Libraries
To see weekly schedules and upcoming meeting agendas for the Commissioners, click here.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Around Mesa County: This week in pictures, July 17

Mesa County government is wide in its services and scope. From Elections to Road and Bridge to the Department of Motor Vehicles to Health to Human Services to the Commissioners and beyond, Mesa County is a diverse operation.

Check out some photos from this week:

The Mesa County Fair started Tuesday!

From left, Sundae Montgomery, Patrick Coleman, Scott McInnis, Rose Pugliese and John Justman at Monday's Administrative Hearing. 

The view from the back at Monday's Board of County Commissioners administrative hearing.

Stephanie Reecy runs the video booth at Monday's Board of County Commissioners Administrative Hearing.

Nearly 20 volunteers and several Weed and Pest and CSU Extension staff members participated in the weed pull at the CSU Tri-River Extension office  July 13. This is the BEFORE picture.

Nearly 20 volunteers and several Weed and Pest and CSU Extension staff members participated in the weed pull at the CSU Tri-River Extension office  July 13. This is the AFTER picture!
Paving began Thursday on 38 Road Hill.

Crews work on the BMX track at the Mesa County Fairgrounds.

The BMX track at the  Mesa County Fairgrounds is well underway. 

A peek at the weekly staff meeting of clerical staff at the Mesa County Department of Human Services and Workforce Center.
Noxious Weed and Pest Management searching for purple loosestrife in the "swamps."
Mesa County Health Department Executive Director Jeff Kuhr addresses employees at the July 14 Quarterly All-Staff Meeting. During the meeting, Jeff welcomed new employees, recognized five employees for outstanding work, talked about safety and updated staff on Board of Health activities.

At the end of the Quarterly All-Staff Meeting, Shane Chatfield played host during Health Department Trivia. Teams are pretty competitive and it's a great, fun way for employees to gain an understanding of what their coworkers do everyday and what other programs are working to achieve.
Hazardous Waste Specialist Ann Opitz crushes oil-based paints while wearing a supplied air hood. 
This is the inner portion of a very old cathode ray tube television at the Mesa County Hazardous Waste Collection Facility.
Mesa County Search and Rescue bringing a dog up a 70-foot cliff near Land's End Observatory. Deputies and Search and Rescue members from the technical ropes team conducted the rescue on Monday. The dog, who was chasing chipmunks, had only mild injuries. 
Another shot of rescuers helping the dog.
Dave Norman from the Department of Human Services has been AAA director for 41 years.
Fairgrounds Manager Jo Carole Haxel at the ribbon-cutting of Mahindra Arena Tuesday. This week was also the Mesa County Fair - it ends Saturday. 
Commissioner John Justman at the ribbon-cutting of Mahindra Arena at the Mesa County Fairgrounds Tuesday.
Noxious Weed and Pest Management searching for purple loosestrife in the "swamps."
Officer Martinez has an angel on her shoulder!  Rosa (the kitten), was dumped in a box in a dumpster and near death when the officer arrived.  After several days of intensive veterinary care, Rosa has spent the last couple of weeks recovering and learning how to be a kitten all over again!