Monday, November 23, 2015

Many county offices closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 26-27

Many Mesa County offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 26 and 27, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

These offices will be closed both days:
  • Commissioners, Treasurer, Assessor, Surveyor, Administration, 544 Rood Ave.
  • County Attorney, 544 Rood Ave.
  • Clerk & Recorder (Motor Vehicle/Recording/Elections), Grand Junction, Clifton and Fruita locations
  • Health & Human Services, 510 29 1/2 Road
  • Hazardous Waste Collection Facility and Solid Waste Administration, 3071 U.S. Hwy. 50
  • Public Works and Planning, 200 S. Spruce St.
  • Regional Transportation Planning, 525 S. Sixth St.
  • Resource Management, 544 Rood
  • Sheriff (Records and Civil Divisions), 215 Rice St.
  • Tri-River Extension, 2775 Hwy. 50
  • Workforce Center, 512 29 1/2 Road

These offices will be closed Thursday and open Friday:
  • District Attorney and the Justice Center, 125 N. Spruce St.
  • Mesa County Landfill and Composting, 3071 U.S. Hwy. 50
  • Grand Valley Transit
  • Animal Services, 971A Coffman Road near Whitewater

These offices will be open both days:
  • Criminal Justice Services, 636 South Ave.
  • Sheriff (Jail, Patrol, Emergency Services), 215 Rice St.
  • Sheriff (Alternative Sentencing Unit), 559 Pitkin Ave.

Friday, November 20, 2015

This week in pictures

Check out some of the happenings around Mesa County this week! Enjoy your holiday next week - many county offices will be closed Thursday and Friday. 

The Mesa County Commissioners (from left, Scott McInnis, Rose Pugliese and John Justman) with County Administrator Frank Whidden, far right,and County Attorney Patrick Coleman, far left, at Monday's Administrative hearing. 
Accepting the Diabetes Awareness Month proclamation at Monday's Administrative hearing of the Commissioners. Pictured with the Commissioners are Katie Goddeyne, Chelsea Wells, Fran Parker and Sarah Robinson of the Mesa County Health Department and Matt, Janiel and Brody Swenson, a local family. 
Chelsea Wells, a health promotions specialist at the Mesa County Health Department, shares her story of living with diabetes at Monday's Commissioners' hearing. 
JoCarole Haxel of the Mesa County Fairgrounds speaks during Monday's Administrative hearing of the Commissioners. 
Happy birthday, Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner! 
And happy birthday, Treasurer Janice Rich! Janice's staff surprised her with a cupcake bouquet (and wine) to help her celebrate. Here are Chris Horner, Amy Bosse, Arna Hoffman and Deydra Bassett.
Noxious weed managers from Mesa County, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Colorado Department of  Transportation, U.S. Forest Service, Grand County Utah, Arches National Park, Utah Department of Transportation and other agencies met in Grand Junction for the end of year Middle Colorado River Watershed Cooperative Weed Management Area meeting. 
Teresa Nees, left, and Courtney Campbell of Mesa County Noxious Weed take a webinar selfie. The webinar was on wetland restoration and management.
Happy Thanksgiving from the Mesa County Health Department. MCHD joined with the Department of Human Services and the Workforce Center for an employee potluck for Thanksgiving. From left: Rene Landry, Heidi Dragoo, Heather Nara, Chris Bukala, Tom Orr and Monique Mull.
The next four pictures show Mesa County Road and Bridge employees working on patching Kannah Creek Road.

Local law enforcement honored the family of fallen Trooper Jurvesics as they drove into Colorado from Utah earlier this week.
Collbran road block.
The Grand Mesa as a winter wonderland! Photo by MCSO Deputy Ben Lawrence.
Sheriff Matt Lewis after changing into his clothes for the Polar Plunge.  He bailed into Kenney Reservoir in Rangely to raise money for Special Olympics Colorado. 

A view of the sunset from the Grand Mesa. Photo taken by MCSO Deputy Ben Lawrence.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Commissioners recognize Diabetes Awareness Month

At Monday's Administrative Hearing, the Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed November 2015 as Diabetes Awareness Month.

There to accept the proclamation were Chelsea Wells, Fran Parker, Sarah Robinson and Katie Goddeyne of the Mesa County Health Department and Janiel, Matt and Brody Swenson, a family affected by diabetes.

The Mesa County Health Department is implementing a Diabetes prevention program to reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes in Mesa County adults.

To learn more about diabetes, visit the American Diabetes Association.

Friday, November 13, 2015

This week in pictures

Check out these pictures from around Mesa County government this week. The first five are from the quarterly Road and Bridge breakfast this morning. 

Ricardo, left, and Craig were sworn in as new Alternative Sentencing Unit employees by Sheriff Matt Lewis. They prefer to keep their last names private.
Commissioners Scott McInnis, left, Rose Pugliese and John Justman stand with Terri Jones of the March of Dimes Western Colorado chapter at Monday's Administrative Hearing. The Commissioners declared November Prematurity Awareness Month. 
Terri Jones of the March of Dimes Western Colorado Chapter.
A citizen, Benita Phillips, speaks during public comment period at the Commissioners' Monday morning hearing. 
The Commissioners, along with County Administrator Frank Whidden, listen to public comments. 
Mesa County Health Department Executive Director Jeff Kuhr briefs the Commissioners on MCHD's Healthy Mesa County initiative. 
What do weed sprayers do when summer is over? File papers! Here is Ryan Zinke with Mesa County Weed and Pest. 
Courtney Campbell from Code Compliance, center, and Teresa Nees from Weed and Pest, right, completed some job training at Western Colorado Community College. Here they are with their instructor. 
Animal Services Director Penny McCarty with Daisy, one of seven dogs picked up about a month ago who was unsocial and scared. Animal Services staff have been giving the dogs lots of TLC, however, and they'll be ready for homes soon. 

This picture was part of the Veterans Day Series put together by the Mesa County Sheriff's Office: Deputy Vernon Crary served 10 years in the Army and six years in the National Guard, from 1991 to 2006. He was an M1 tank driver and gunner, serving in South Korea, Germany and a number of Forts across the U.S. During 9-11, his unit provided base security.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

24-hour ballot box will be open on Veterans Day

Due to Mesa County Elections being closed Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, the 24-hour ballot drop box located at 200 S. Spruce St. will be open for voters who need to return an affidavit form for a missing signature from the Coordinated Election.
The ballot box will be closed the following morning and the Elections office will reopen at 8 a.m. for the Nov. 12 deadline for the forms.
For further information or if you have any questions, email or call (970) 244-1662.

Commissioners proclaim November Prematurity Awareness Month

The Mesa County Commissioners on Monday proclaimed November 2015 Prematurity Awareness Month.

Terri Jones of the March of Dimes Western Colorado Chapter was there to receive the proclamation.

The proclamation read, in part:

"Whereas, the March of Dimes Foundation is a pioneer in improving the health of infants and women of childbearing age by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality; and...

"Whereas, 5,516 babies were born preterm in the state of Colorado, representing 8.4 percent of all 2014 state births; and

"Whereas, the March of Dimes has set a national goal of reducing preterm birth to 5.5 percent in every state by 2030."

From left, Commissioners Scott McInnis, Rose Pugliese and John Justman stand with Terri Jones of the March of Dimes Western Colorado chapter. 

Terri Jones spoke briefly to the Commissioners after the proclamation was read. 

Friday, November 6, 2015

This week in pictures

The Commissioners, along with the County Administrator, County Attorney and Clerk to the Board at their Monday morning administrative hearing. 

Commissioner Rose Pugliese being interviewed by Julia Maguire of KREX.

DHS's Adult Services Department was recognized as the quarterly Department of  Human Services' WIG (Wildly Important Goals) winner. Congrats!

Commissioner John Justman received a packet of thank you letters from third-graders at Pomona Elementary. This is one of them. 
Commissioners Scott McInnis and Rose Pugliese at the first of three Town  Hall meetings about the 2016 proposed budget.  See when the next two are here

This wasn't exactly taken this week ... but check out the first Mesa County Courthouse, 6th and Main Streets, in 1883. Who knows what business occupies this building now?  

MCSO Deputies Huisjen and Sandell at the Orchard Mesa Trunk 'n' Treat event.  
Mesa County Sheriff's Office Deputy Stuck with a, um, friend on Halloween night. Boo!

DHS Blue Team Family Med Scooby Doo.

Listening in at the Department of Human Services / Workforce Center all-staff meeting. 

DHS / WFC clerical team on Halloween. 

Mesa County Health Department Health Promotions specialist Fran Parker shows off a sign listing sponsors of two November community meetings. The Great Outdoors Colorado meetings will give residents a chance to show where youth outdoor programs and facilities are needed in Mesa County. For more info, visit  

MCSO Seargents Lee and Peck with Deputies Puckett and Walker at the local Special Olympics fall harvest party.