Friday, May 9, 2014

National Stamp Out Hunger Annual Food Drive

Help Stamp Out Hunger - Saturday, May 10, 2014. The National Association of Letter Carriers and United Way of Mesa County join forces to Stamp Out Hunger during its annual food drive. Last year letter carriers collected and distributed over 47,000 pounds of food in Mesa County alone.

Grocery bags will be delivered to nearly 50,000 homes across the valley. You are encouraged to participate in this event by filling up the provided grocery bag with non-perishable food items (canned goods, pasta, rice, cereal) and place it next to your mailbox the morning of Saturday, May 10th.

The donations will be delivered to local organizations, food banks and pantries.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Mesa County Clerk's Office Requesting Voting Location Input

The Mesa County Clerk's office is requesting input on selected voting locations for the 2014 Primary and General Election. Please see all proposed locations below and offer comments and/or suggestions for alternate locations by June 2, 2014.

Primary Election - June 16 through Election Day, June 24, 2014 (excluding Sundays)
  • Mesa County Central Services Building | Elections Office | 200 S. Spruce Street | Grand Junction
  • Fruita Civic Center | 325 E Aspen Avenue | Fruita
  • Clifton Motor Vehicle | 3225 I-70 Business Loop | Clifton
General Election
October 20th through Election Day, November 4, 2014 (excluding Sundays)
  • Mesa County Central Services Building | 200 S. Spruce Street | Grand Junction
  • Fruita Civic Center | 325 E Aspen Avenue | Grand Junction
  • Mesa County Workforce Center | 512 29 1/2 Road | Grand Junction 
  • Mesa County Fairgrounds | 2785 U.S. Highway 50 | Grand Junction
November 1st through Election Day, November 4, 2014 (excluding Sundays)
  • Goodwill Retail Center | 630 24 1/2 Road | Grand Junction
  • De Beque Community Hall | 381 Minter Avenue | De Beque
  • Lincoln Park Barn | 910 N 12th Street | Grand Junction
Please send comments via email at, or by phone at 970.244.1662. For further times and information visit

Mesa County Roadway Special Event Policies and Procedures

Mesa County would like to remind citizens that as summer arrives the return of annual events mean event holders must apply for roadway special events permits in order to hold their functions on County roads. Please prepare for a safe and enjoyable event, apply for your permit today!

Applications for Mesa County roadway special events are available from Mesa County Public Works, (970) 244-1765, at the Mesa County Combined Services, 200 S. Spruce St, Grand Junction or online at The application requires description of the event and map showing proposed county road location with suggested routes, number of participants, event history, contacts and insurance requirements. 

All items must be received 90 days prior to your event. Approval by the reviewing agencies must be received before a Special Event Permit will be issued and mailed to you. Please visit for more information.

Mesa County Commissioners congratulate Sheriff Hilkey

Sheriff Stan Hilkey will become the Executive Director of Colorado’s Department of Public Safety (CDPS) on Monday, June 16, 2014. The Mesa County Commissioners congratulate Sheriff Hilkey, and wish him well in his new role.

Elected three times to the office of Mesa County Sheriff, Stan Hilkey served the Mesa County communities with exemplary dedication and integrity. This year marks the twenty-eighth anniversary of Stan Hilkey’s public service in Mesa County Government.

“Mesa County citizens have been extremely fortunate having a Sheriff such as Stan Hilkey,” says Commissioner John Justman. Commissioner Rose Pugliese: “I know that he will do well, and the entire State will benefit from his experience, fairness and honesty.” “This is an exciting opportunity for Sheriff Hilkey,” adds Commissioner Steve Acquafresca.

The Board of County Commissioners learned of Sheriff Hilkey’s news via letter received in their office the morning of May 8, 2014.

The Commissioners will discuss the Sheriff’s letter and contemplate their next steps, during regular scheduled public hearing on Monday, May 12, 2014.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Commissioners Ask for Critical Conservation Area Designation for Colorado River Basin

On May 5, 2014, Mesa County Commissioners sent a letter requesting Senator Bennet support designation of the Colorado River Basin as one of the eight Critical Conservation Areas pursuant to the 2014 Farm Bill.

The Commissioners encourage establishment of a Colorado River Basin Critical Conservation Area (CCA), as it would:
1. Underscore the national significance of the Colorado River Basin and bring in additional investment from other sources;
2. Allow the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to focus resources on priority areas for addressing drought, soil erosion and other issues;
3. Increase the efficiency and effectiveness of NRCS programs by making system-wide investments and tailoring programs to meet regional needs;
4. Expand opportunities to improve irrigation on lands that do not rank high for salinity control.

Bloomin' Deals 2014 at the Botanical Gardens

It's time to get your lawn and garden summer-ready!

Bloomin' Deals 2014 at the Botanical Gardens - May 10th - 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, at 641 Struthers Avenue, will be hosting their annual Bloomin' Deals. Gardening suppliers and plant vendors will be selling a variety of interesting and unusual plants, including natives, xeric, herbs, annuals and veggies! Don't miss this fun fundraising event for the gardens that is perfect for the whole family! For further information call 245-3288.

Monday, May 5, 2014

River water levels rising with warmer temps

Counties in the Colorado River Basin will be experiencing 4-5 days of slightly higher than average temperatures for this time of year, resulting in above freezing temperatures in the high country. River forecasters, however, are not expecting critical river levels as temperatures look to cool off beginning Wednesday.

Certificate of Commendation - Joe Higgins

Joe Higgins awarded a Certificate of Commendation by the Mesa County Commissioners and Community Corrections Board for his 24 years of dedication and service.

National Correctional Officers Week

National Correctional Officers Week - May 4-10, 2014

Today, during our Administration Public Hearing, the Mesa County Commissioners presented a Proclamation in support of the service of these deputies and officers in our community and in communities across the nation.