Friday, May 16, 2014

Businesses & Communities featured in 36 page US Airways Magazine profile

'The Colorado Lifestyle - Experience Mesa County'

Join us on Monday, May 19, 2014, at 1 p.m. for a collaborative release and press conference. Community partners will share advanced copies of the US Airways June 2014 publication highlighting Mesa County, Colorado.

The magazine is not yet available to the public. According to US Airways, the planned release is June 1, 2014, when the magazine will be placed in US Airways’ seat back pockets. June 1 is also the date the magazine is available online at

The US Airways June 2014 magazine includes an in-depth destination profile of Mesa County. The stunning 36 page editorial feature focuses on the rich tourism assets, economic development opportunities, education and industry, as well as the vibrant lifestyle that makes Mesa County an amazing place to live, work and play.

Please join us at the press conference to see the advanced release of this exciting publication.
Monday, May 19, 2014, 1:00 p.m.
5th Street, in front of Downtown Alpine Bank

We are inviting all who have been part of this adventure, so that we may highlight the collaboration of our community. We hope this will provide an opportunity for all the businesses and community partners who supported this project directly or indirectly, to interact with each other and the media, and share their stories and enthusiasm for this amazing opportunity.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Mesa County State of the Rivers Meeting

Thursday, May 15th from 6 - 8 p.m., Mesa County Commissioner Steve Acquafresca will emcee this year's Mesa County 'State of the Rivers' meeting at Grand Junction City Hall Auditorium | 250 N. 5th Street. This is an opportunity to learn about and discuss the present, past and future of the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers in Mesa County. 

Agenda items include:
  • What's the outlook for water users this year?
  • A look back: The development of the Grand Valley Project & Government Highline Canal
  • The future: Colorado and Gunnison Basin Water Planning Updates
For more information, visit

Dangerous Africanized Honey Bees Discovered in Palisade

Africanized honey bees have been confirmed in Palisade. A fruit grower noticed abnormally aggressive behavior of a hive, and after testing positive by the Colorado State University Tri River Area Extension Office, this hive was destroyed.

These bees can be a threat to humans and to animals when in large numbers (hive, colony or swarm). The threat of multiple stings is the greatest danger. Africanized honey bees do not have venom that is more potent than the common European honey bee.

For more information contact Bob Hammon, area extension agent at Tri River Area Extension at 244-1834 or visit

2014 Stamp Out Hunger food drive garners 65,000 pounds of food

Thanks to you, the National Association of Letter Carriers and United Way of Mesa County collected 28% more pounds of food than last year - weighing in at 64,900 pounds! The Community Food Bank, Agape Food Basket in Fruita, Catholic Outreach Soup Kitchen, Nazarene Food Pantry in Palisade, CCC Food and Clothing Program in Clifton, the Rescue Mission and the Salvation Army are the seven organizations that received proceeds from this year's drive.

For further information, please visit

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

May 19th - 2014 Primary Election Logic & Accuracy Test

Sheila Reiner, Mesa County Clerk & Recorder, invites the press and public to be witness to the testing of the voting equipment for the 2014 Primary Election. 

Monday, May 19, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. | 200 S. Spruce Street Elections | Food Distribution Entrance | Grand Junction, CO 81501

Monday, May 12, 2014

Mesa County Commissioners to appoint Undersheriff Spiess to complete term of Sheriff

At regular scheduled public hearing on Monday, May 12, 2014, Mesa County Commissioners discussed Sheriff Stan Hilkey’s letter of resignation and received legal advice as they considered the next steps.

The Board of County Commissioners has the responsibility pursuant to Article XIV Section 9 of the Colorado Constitution to fill the office of sheriff by appointment, following a vacancy in the office of sheriff.

The Commissioners stated that they desire the transition following Sheriff Hilkey’s departure be accomplished with as little disruption as possible, and that the stability of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office be ensured to the greatest extent possible.

Unanimously, the Commissioners voted to appoint Undersheriff Rebecca Spiess to assume the office of Sheriff on June 16, 2014.

Commissioners will formalize the decision by Resolution on Monday May 19, 2014. Undersheriff Spiess will complete the term of three-time elected Sheriff Stan Hilkey, when Sheriff Hilkey departs for his new job as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety.

Sheriff Spiess will serve from June 16, 2014 to January, 2015 when an elected Sheriff will be sworn into office.

National Police & Salvation Army Week - May 11 - 17 2014

The Mesa County Commissioners presented the following Proclamations to support and salute the service of these deputies, soldiers and officers in our community and in communities across the nation:

National Police Week - May 11-17,2014

National Salvation Army Week - May 11-17,2014