Friday, June 13, 2014

Drawing for Country Jam tickets for Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese's St. Baldrick's Fundraising Event

Donations made by 11:59 p.m. on June 16th to St. Baldrick's Foundation for Rose Pugliese are eligible for drawing.  

Commissioner Pugliese has just upped the ante for her continued goal to raise $5,000 by June 23 in anticipation of the third annual St. Baldrick's head-shaving event on Saturday, June 28th. All donations of $100.00 or more received from June 9th - 16th will be eligible for a drawing for two General Admission 4-Day Passes to Country Jam 2014 at the Country Jam Ranch from June 16 - 19, 2014.

The tickets were donated to Rose Pugliese by Vaughn College in New York because of their support of raising awareness for childhood cancer research needs. "I really appreciate both the local and national attention that has been brought to the St. Baldrick's cause. I cannot thank Vaughn College enough for their support of this fundraiser in Mesa County," Pugliese says.

Tickets will be drawn at the Mesa County Court House at 544 Rood Ave, Grand Junction at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday June 17th in the Administration Office.

Pugliese's fundraising began June 2 and will go through the morning of June 23. All donations will go toward the Grand Junction event's total funds raised. Visit the Grand Junction St. Baldrick's event page to register, get involved or donate.

2014 Primary - Voter Service and Polling Center Locations

The 2014 Primary Election is June 24, 2014. 

Voter Service and Polling Centers are available June 16th through Primary Election Day, June 24, 2014 during the following times:
Monday, June 16th through Friday, June 20th and Monday, June 23rd - 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 21st - 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 24th - 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Voter Service and Polling Centers offer voter registration services, handicap accessible voting machines, replacement ballots and ballot drop boxes.

Mesa County Central Services Building | Elections Office | 200 S. Spruce Street | Grand Junction (map)
Clifton Motor Vehicle | 3225 I70 Business Loop | Clifton (map)
Fruita Civic Center | 325 E Aspen Avenue | Fruita (map)

For more information, including how to register online, mail ballots, voter eligibility and more, please visit the Mesa County Clerk & Recorder's Elections link: Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Link.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

West Salt Creek Landslide Update

Update - Activities as of June 9, 2014

MESA COUNTY, COLO Jun. 12, 2014- Below is a summary of the monitoring and operation activities occurring from Friday, June 6, 2014 through Monday, June 9, 2014. 

Command: Official oversight and command of the West Salt Creek landslide transitioned to Operational Command by Mesa County Public Works. Peter Baier, Mesa County’s Deputy Administrator for Operations takes lead on Friday, June 6, 2014. Mesa County Sheriffs’ Office, Mesa County Office of Emergency Management and State of Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, remain involved. 

Involved entities: Experts from the Colorado Division of Water Resources (CDWR), United States Forest Service (USFS), and United States Geological Survey (USGS) remain in the area. 

Operational status: The landslide area remains critical while snow melt continues (estimated through early July). Field work will likely continue through June 20, 2014 with sawyers (cutting fallen logs to improve ATV access for field crews) and other technical experts continuing to place and mark monitoring locations around the slide and pond areas. Additional UAV flights may be performed to continue compilation of a base survey. Advisory group of local interests impacted by the slide met June 9 and plan to continue to meet regularly, to address concerns related to irrigation, fences, access and reseeding of private property.

Monitoring devices: The last of seven monitoring devices was placed on Monday, June 9. The last device is a pressure transducer to monitor the level of the small pond at the top of the slide area.

Devices in place to monitor the area are: two cameras, two GPS, stream gauge, pressure transducer, and two rain gauges, with visual monitoring by crews in the area.

Data processing and expert review:
  • “Sag Pond”- As discussed at the Town Hall meeting on June 5, CDWR estimates that the pond at the top of the slide area is approximately 6 acre feet. CDWR continues to analyze this area. To view photo and presentation on this topic, please refer to info post #MCmudslide Update/Info from Town Hall Meeting – June 5, 2014 #MesaCounty
  • Topographic data - LiDAR data gathered from aerial flights June 1 – June 3, 2014 is in processing. Processing of this data is estimated to require 10 days from last flight, and then the digital data will be processed by Mesa County GIS for building elevation models. Current estimate for this is June 24, 2014.
Local information: The landslide area is six (6) miles from the Town of Collbran. While the slide area remains dangerous and should be avoided by those not working within the operation, the Town of Collbran is not impacted by any road closure. 

Information: Effective June 10, 2014 first point of communication will be Mesa County Administration, Victoria Patsantaras, lead public information officer, and Administration staff. Please email or call 970-244-1885. Media updates will be provided weekly, or as may be required by conditions. Please see Mesa County’s news blog and Mesa County government Facebook and twitter pages for updates. Additionally, information links relating to the landslide may be found at

Next media update is scheduled for release Wednesday, June 18, 2014.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Mesa County’s Business Personal Property Tax incentive program continues to benefit local businesses

On Monday, June 9, 2014: Mesa County Commissioners approved Business Personal Property tax incentive rebate for Edgewater Brewery. The Agreement is for ten tax years and will commence for the tax year 2014. Per the Assessor’s office calculations, first year of the tax incentive (2014) will result in rebate of $3,552.00.

Edgewater Brewery invested 1.1 million dollars and created 27 jobs. An excellent example of how tax incentives help promote economic development activities within Mesa County and generate employment opportunities for Mesa County Residents.

An invitation business to owners: this incentive is available now. Originally introduced following the passage of legislation in 2012 (C.R.S. 30-22-123) this allows Colorado counties to reimburse a company up to 100 percent of the county's share of business personal property tax revenue for up to a decade, if the business invests at least $1 million into moving into or expanding existing operations in the county.

Proclamation presented for Adult Protection Awareness Month - June 2014

Senior citizens and persons with disabilities are vital members of our families, our society, and our community. At Monday's Hearing, Mesa County Commissioners presented a Proclamation designating June, 2014 as Adult Protection Awareness Month, urging all citizens to reach out with compassion and respect to adults with a unique set of circumstances to make a difference in their quality of life.

For more information please visit or call the Adult Protection Hotline at 248-2888, Option 2. Callers can remain anonymous if they so choose.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

West Salt Creek Landslide Response Changes Command

Oversight for West Salt Creek landslide transitions to Mesa County Operations

On Friday, June 6, 2014, official oversight and command of the West Salt Creek landslide transitioned from Unified Command with Mesa county Sheriff's Office and the US Forest Service to Operational Command by Mesa County Public Works. Peter Baier, Mesa County’s Deputy Administrator for Operations, has been appointed to oversee the ongoing activity and monitoring at the West Salt Creek landslide area.

With the change in operational command, officials are transitioning point of communication. From May 26 through June 6, 2014, the Mesa County Joint Information Center and Heather Benjamin, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office lead public information officer, coordinated the communications during the emergency response. Effective June 10, first point of communication will be Mesa County Administration, Victoria Patsantaras, lead public information officer.

Media updates will be provided weekly, or as may be required by conditions. Please see this news blog and Mesa County government social media pages:,

Additionally, information links relating to the landslide may be found at Mesa County government’s web page,

Mesa County thanks many who provided response and support to the West Salt Creek Landslide

Mesa County thanks the many organizations and individuals who provided response and support to the West Salt Creek Landslide.

Specific thanks to:

Town of Collbran
Collbran Town Marshall
Plateau Valley Fire Department
United States Forest Service (USFS)
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
US Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento, CA
Century Link
Source Gas
Salvation Army
Mesa County Search and Rescue Corps
Mesa County Radio Amateur Communications Emergency Service
National Weather Service
City of Grand Junction - Police Department and Regional Communication Center (911)
Colorado Department of Public Safety
Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Northwest Incident Management Team
Colorado Division of Water Resources (CDWR)
Colorado National Guard - High Altitude Training Center
Colorado State Patrol
Colorado School of Mines
Bureau of Reclamation
Office of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper
State of Colorado Geologist
Mesa County Sheriff’s Office
Mesa County Emergency Management
Mesa County Health Department
Mesa County GIS
Mesa County Public Works
Mesa County / Colorado State University Tri-River Extension

Information links relating to the landslide may be found at Mesa County government’s web page,

Property Tax Payment Reminder

The second half of property taxes are due by close of business Monday, June 16th. Visit and click on Pay/View Property Taxes to see taxes owing for 2013, due in 2014.

Colorado law requires payments in two equal installments; the first one-half was due on or before the last day of February, and the second installment is to be paid no later than the 15th day of June (or first business day after if on weekend or holiday). Also, if you were paying your taxes in full, they were due no later than April 30, 2014.

Below follows the media release sent by Mesa County Treasurer, Janice Rich, on June 9, 2014.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Mesa County a 'Ray of Sunshine'

Wednesday, June 4th, at the Colorado Counties Foundation Summer Conference in Keystone, Weld County Commissioners presented Mesa County Commissioner John Justman a 'Counties Helping Counties' Proclamation honoring and recognizing Mesa County Commissioners and employees who gave selflessly of their time to lend a hand and restore areas devastated most hard hit by the 2013 flooding. "Mesa County's assistance brought a 'ray of sunshine' and strengthened our resolve to our citizens in a time of need" the proclamation declared.

Mesa County Clerk & Recorder appoints Chief Deputy Clerk & Recorder

Mesa County Clerk & Recorder, Sheila Reiner is excited to announce the appointment of her Chief Deputy Clerk & Recorder, Donna Ross.

Donna Ross is a previous Elections Director and has over 20 years of experience as a paralegal and administrator for Mesa County Government. Donna has a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management, a Master’s Degree in Business and is a known and respected individual in our community; I am delighted to welcome her to our team.

Mesa County is blessed with a strong Elections Director in Catherine Lenhart along with a small but mighty staff within the Division. I am very proud of their success and want to continue to fully support them. This Fall I am contested on the ballot and will be removing myself from the day to day support of the Division during the conduct of the General Election. The Elections Division is an area of the Clerk’s office that is often litigious and contentious in nature. It is imperative that Catherine and her staff have solid and knowledgeable support.

In 2015 and beyond our team will be focusing on two areas of responsibility that will require a considerable effort – upgrading our Recording and Motor Vehicle software, and engaging in the drafting of legislation in order to influence its impact on Recording and Motor Vehicle. This will be no small task and our Divisions Director, Jackie Campbell, and I are looking forward to having Donna’s support in these areas.

Please join me in congratulating her on her first day with the Clerk’s office on July 23, 2014. We will host an open house and tours of our Divisions at 200 S. Spruce Street from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

This celebration and opportunity to meet with us and learn about our office is open to the public. An additional public announcement will be distributed when we get closer to the date.” Sheila Reiner, Mesa County Clerk & Recorder.

“I am honored and excited to be joining the team of excellent employees in the Office of the Clerk and Recorder. I look forward to supporting the Clerk’s vital role as a liaison between our citizens and government, and to contributing to the Office’s efforts to preserve the integrity of our Elections process and deliver the best customer service to the residents of Mesa County.” Donna Ross, Chief Deputy Clerk & Recorder.

“The bittersweet part of transforming our Mesa County organization is that not everyone will have a spot in a new organization structure. Through our process I was disappointed that Donna was one of those people we were losing. I was disappointed because of her immense experience in our local area and our organization. Donna has been a superbly capable public servant and I just didn't have a place for her to be. The opening that has been created in the Clerk's Office is a perfect fit and will allow all of our citizens to continue to benefit from the excellent service to be provided by Donna Ross.” Tom Fisher, Mesa County Administrator.