Friday, May 30, 2014

Memorial Service to honor the missing from the West Salt Creek Mudslide

Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. - Memorial service to honor the missing from the West Salt Creek Mudslide. The service will be held at the Plateau Valley School gymnasium. Please join us to honor and remember the life of these men and support their families.

Honored are:

Clarence (Clancy) Allen Nichols
Daniel Allen Nichols
Wesley Melvin Hawkins

As an expression of support and sympathy, contributions can be made in lieu of flowers to the Nichols Family and/or the Hawkins Family at Grand Valley Bank, PO Box 130, Collbran, CO 81624. For questions regarding this donation, please contact Jennifer at Grand Valley Bank at 970-487-0202.

Primary Elections Ballots Mailed June 2, 2014

The 2014 Primary Election is June 24, 2014. If you are affiliated with a major political party, watch the mail for your ballot.

Colorado is now an all mail ballot state. Voters no longer have to apply for a mail ballot to receive one. 

Your Mail-in Ballot packets will contain five pieces:
  • An outgoing envelope (the white envelope in which your ballot packet was mailed to you). 
  • A return envelope (the colored envelope you will return your ballot in. Please remember to sign the affidavit found beneath the envelope flap). 
  • A secrecy sleeve (the folded sleeve to place your ballot in to protect your voting privacy). 
  • A drop slip (this contains voting information such as ballot box locations and return postage information). 
  • The Ballot. 
If you require a ballot be mailed to an address other than your regular registered mailing address, you must apply for an absentee ballot at or download, print, and complete a mail-in ballot application form and mail it to: 
Mesa County Elections
PO Box 20,000
Grand Junction, CO 81502-5009

Voted ballots may be returned by mail or by dropping off at a ballot box. For more information, including ballot box locations, how to register online, voter eligibility, and more, please visit the Mesa County Clerk & Recorder's Elections link: Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Link.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Collbran Community Information Meeting regarding West Salt Creek Landslide

Today, Thursday, May 29th at 6:30 p.m. the Town of Collbran in conjunction with Mesa County Sheriff’s Department and other agencies will hold an informational meeting on the West Salt Creek Landslide at the Collbran Auditorium.

This is an opportunity for you to find out about the current status of the West Salt Creek Landslide and efforts being undertaken to analyze the current situation, monitoring, hazard assessment and other information. The meeting is open to all area residents. Please feel free to invite your friends and neighbors. Light refreshments will be provided.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

CDOT Statewide Transit Plan Open House - May 28th

Please join us at this important event this evening, May 28th from 5-7pm at the Grand Valley Transit Operations Building. (We are located at 525 South 6th Street, 2nd Floor.) 

The Colorado Dept. of Transportation and Grand Valley Transit will host an open house to gather ideas and input from transit riders and residents on the future of public transportation in the region. CDOT's Statewide Transit Plan addresses the local and regional transit and human service transportation needs in the region and across the state.

If you cannot make the meeting, please view materials and provide comments at our project website:
Comments can also be made using the CDOT PinTool at:

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Mesa County declares Emergency - West Salt Creek Mudslide

In light of Sunday evening’s massive mudslide in remote Western Colorado, Mesa County declared a local emergency. The Mesa County Commissioners are expected to ratify the declaration of emergency at their regularly scheduled meeting, Monday, June 2, 2014.

Following a noon press conference, where the Mesa County Sheriff announced the agency will stop search and rescue efforts due to the high risk of further movement of the mudslide and a large body of water that is building up behind and underneath the Mesa, Tom Fisher, County Administrator, directed the preparation of a Declaration of Emergency.

“The Declaration of Emergency is being done so that the proper resources can be gathered from the State of Colorado and the federal government. It will allow Mesa County, the local residents and Forest Service to properly assess the ongoing risk to life and property in the area. This Declaration is largely being done to assess risk, since we don't have the expertise or the jurisdiction to fully support the assessment,” states Tom Fisher.

A copy of the Declaration of Emergency is shown below.

Missing County Employee Clancy Nichols

At the noon press conference today, Sheriff Stan Hilkey announced that the search and rescue operation for the Salt Creek Mudslide has now moved to a search and recovery operation. Simply, this means that the Sheriff does not expect the three victims of this mudslide to be alive.

Mesa County Sheriff’s Office has been working with the families of the missing men and will continue to do so as this situation develops. Commissioner Rose Pugliese, County Administrator Tom Fisher, Deputy County Administrator for Operations Pete Baier and Road and Bridge Director Rudy Bevan, have spent time with the families of the missing men, and will continue to be available as the families’ needs require.

“For almost three days now, I watched and talked with people from the small town of Collbran, the family and friends of the missing and the first responders who are working to help find the missing,” says County Commissioner Rose Pugliese. “Everyone has shown great support. Thank you to all who have worked with the families affected by this tragic event.” 

Clancy Nichols worked for Mesa County since November 1990 and was a well respected member of the Collbran Road & Bridge division, where he was one of six employees. 

For Mesa County employees affected by the loss of a fellow employee, Mesa County has made fully available our Employee Assistance Program and will offer additional services, as needed, to support our employees.

The loss of Clancy, his son Danny, and Wes Hawkins is a tragic loss to Mesa County. We appreciate the support of the Collbran community and our Mesa County government family for the victims and their families during this time.

Mudslide Near Collbran: Information Update

News Conference on Collbran Mudslide

Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey, and Jonathan White, Senior Engineer Geologist at Colorado School of Mines, offered updates and answers at today's news conference.

News conference videos on YouTube:

For current information updates, please visit the Sheriff's agency news blog at

Monday, May 26, 2014

Mudslide near Collbran: information update

For most current information updates, please visit the Sheriff's agency news blog:

Three individuals are missing. Search and rescue efforts will continue this morning. The Sheriff's Office, the Plateau Valley Fire Department and other County and State agencies are on scene in a unified effort in to search.

The area is remote and without cellular communication. We ask that everyone avoid the area to keep the area clear of any further hazards.

For any media in Mesa County, Sheriff Hilkey will hold an informal news conference at the roadblock at noon today, May 26, 2014. The roadblock is at Salt Creek Road and Highway 330, past the town of Collbram, about 2 miles. Media note: Cell service, data service, etc. is sporadic at best in that area.

Continue to follow updates on Twitter @SheriffMesaColo using#MCMudslide and on Facebook: Mesa County Sheriff's Office