Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Mesa County Policy Prohibiting Threats, Violence and Intimidating Behaviors

Imagining violence in any public place is chilling. Yet occurrence of workplace tragedies throughout the country makes it abundantly clear a community could face such a reality.

Proactively, the Mesa County Commissioners engaged in creating a policy that focuses on the importance of providing a safe working environment for employees and for citizens who frequent Mesa County facilities.

Revisions to the policy allow County leaders to design workplace safety programs and to act in ways to “strive to maintain an environment free from intimidation, threats or violent acts”. Although originally adopted in early 2014, on July 21, 2014 Mesa County Board of Commissioners amended policy to add some clarity where the original might have left some questions. The revised policy still focuses on the ongoing County-wide effort to provide a safe working environment for employees and the citizens who frequent Mesa County facilities.

The policy states Mesa County employees and members of the public “are not permitted to behave in intimidating, threatening or hostile manners, determined in the sole and absolute discretion of Mesa County, in any Mesa County public building or programs. Persons displaying these behaviors will be asked to leave the building….”

Additionally, a notice may be posted in county buildings:
To maintain a fair, safe environment - Intimidating, Threatening or Violent Behaviors are PROHIBITED in this building.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Kudos to the Museum of Western Colorado

'It was a giant among giants. The huge 6 foot/7 inch Apatosaurus femur weighed in at 2,800 pounds and clearly might be a record,' says Peter Booth, Museum of Western Colorado.

See this amazing story at the following links:

Photo by Free Press

Overlay, Chip Seal and Other Road Projects for Week of July 21st

Mesa County Department of Public Works scheduled overlay, concrete replacement, and chip seal work for the week of July 21st.  Expect delays and use alternate routes as necessary.

Concrete Replacement in Moorland Subdivision

Overlay work
Whitewater area
  • Martin Lane 
  • Dyer Road
  • Los Broncos Rd
  • Antelope Lane
Gateway area
  • Foy Road
  • 4.70 Road
  • Gateway Community Center Parking Lot
  • 4.20 Road
  • 4.10 Road
  • John Brown Road
Reconstruction of 5.75 Road from 30 Road to 30.50 Road

Chip Seal
  • S Road
  • 12.00 Road
  • 15.00 Road
  • 17.50 Road
For more details, please see the attached Notice.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Mesa County Clerk & Recorder: Open House

July 23, 2014 from 2:30 - 5:30 p.m. ~ Clerk & Recorder Open House and Welcome for the new Chief Deputy Clerk & Recorder, Donna Ross.

For further information, please visit

Mesa County Clerk & Recorder: Fruita Motor Vehicle Office Closed Tuesday, July 29th

In an effort to provide additional training to the Title and Registration team, the Fruita Motor Vehicle Office will be closed on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.

For further information, please visit

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The 2014 Mesa County Fair is in full force!

Don't miss the exciting new events, as well as the treasured ones of old! The fair runs until Saturday, July 19th and promises 'so much fun, you'll have a cow.' To view a video of the first day of the fair visit, along with a schedule of events and ticket information. Did we mention the 127th year of the Mesa County Fair also includes a Carnival? Join us for this exciting event.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Mesa County Clerk & Recorder - Announcement concerning Marriage Licenses

The following announcement is provided on behalf of Sheila Reiner, Mesa County Clerk & Recorder:

"I am receiving many questions and comments on the topic of the issuance of same sex marriage licenses in Mesa County. I would like to update the citizens of Mesa County on my intent.

On June 25th the US 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage was a violation of the United States constitution and violates Due Process and Equal Protection. The Court then immediately stayed (put on hold) their decision pending a ruling from the Supreme Court.

Immediately following the order that was issued by the US 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, Boulder County began to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

On July 1st a federal lawsuit was filed in Jefferson County to require the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses. That case hasn't been scheduled yet.

On July 9th an Adams County judge found similarly with the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals and also immediately stayed their decision pending the higher court's ruling. This case only has jurisdiction in that judicial district.

On July 10th a Boulder County judge denied the Attorney General’s petition to stop the Boulder County Clerk from issuing licenses. Subsequently Denver and Pueblo Counties are now issuing them.

The wishes of our community weigh heavily on my mind and so does the oath I took when I was sworn into office here in Mesa County. I believe that legalized issuance of same-sex marriage licenses in Colorado is imminent. When it is legally clear Mesa County will issue them. In the mean time, I have taken an oath to follow the laws of the state of Colorado, not to interpret them.

I appreciate the comments I have received as well as your continued understanding and patience with my office and me as the legal landscape on this issue continues to develop."

Sheila Reiner, Mesa County Clerk & Recorder
O: (970)244-1714
C: 970-210-0117
For questions related to this release, please contact Ms. Reiner. Thank you.