Friday, June 19, 2015

Upcoming events focused on noxious weeds

Hate weeds?

Come learn more about them (and how get rid of them!) at three upcoming events.

Open house for Buckskin Hill Road Improvement Project June 25

Collbran residents and others are invited to an informal open house on Thursday, June 25, at 6 p.m., to talk about the Buckskin Hill Road Improvement Project.

Discussion will center on preliminary alternatives developed for the design of the upcoming road improvement project.

Members of the design team from Mesa County and SGM will be present to discuss the project.

Community members are encouraged to attend and offer suggestions.

The open house is Thursday, June 25, at 6 p.m., at the Collbran Auditorium, on Main Street in Collbran.

For more information, contact John Boulden at (970) 245-2571 or Julie Constan at (970) 255-5045.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Vested Interest Routes: Check out the map

This map shows Mesa County's Recreational Vested Interest Routes that are proposed to be closed to the public in the Bureau of Land Management's Travel Management Plan. For a list of the routes proposed to be closed, go here.

Mesa County is seeking the public's help gathering historical or other information on these routes. A town hall meeting is planned for Wednesday, June 24, at 5:30 p.m. in the Hearing Room at the Old Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave.

Score a deal at the June 27 County-City vehicle, equipment auction

These are some of the vehicles that will be sold at auction on June 27. 

In the market for a new car or truck? 

Mark your calendar for 10 a.m. June 27. 

That's when Mesa County and the City of Grand Junction are co-hosting a joint surplus vehicle and equipment auction. It will be held at 2482 Commerce Boulevard in Grand Junction

Mesa County vehicles for sale include: 
  • A 2004 Ford E-350 passenger van
  • A 1995 GMC 3500 with utility body (4x2)
  • A 2011 Ford F-250 crew cab (4x2)
  • A1993 Ford Ranger pickup (4x2)
  • A 2011 Ford F-350 with diesel engine (4x4 cab and chassis)
  • Four 2005 Ford Crown Victoria police cruisers
  • Two 2007 Ford Crown Victoria police cruisers
  • One 1998 Chevrolet Blazer 4x4
Bicycles, office equipment and more also will be sold at the auction. Visit the Buster Cattles Auction Service website for more pictures. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Rose Pugliese elected CCI Western District president

Rose Pugliese, Mesa County Commissioner
Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese has been elected president of the Western District of Colorado Counties, Inc.

The Western District encompasses 16 counties. As president, Pugliese will facilitate meetings between the counties, among other leadership tasks.

The vote was unanimous. Pugliese, who will serve a one-year term, was honored to be chosen.

"It's a real privilege to be able to represent our fellow Western District counties in this leadership position," Pugliese said.

CCI is a non-profit membership association whose purpose is to offer assistance to county commissioners, mayors and council members and to encourage counties to work together on common issues.

County, BLM meet to discuss travel portion of plan - town hall set for June 24

Mesa County Commissioners and other county staff today met with Bureau of Land Management officials to talk about the travel management  portion of the BLM's Proposed Resource Management Plan.

The county has requested six months to review and comment on the travel portion of the proposed plan. To grant that, the BLM would have to delay implementation of the entire plan.

Today's meeting - at which John Swartout from Gov. John Hickenlooper's office also attended - was designed to try to reach a plan for moving ahead that both groups could agree with.

The Commissioners have organized a Town Hall meeting for Mesa County residents on Wednesday, June 24, at 5:30 p.m. to look at the 300-plus miles of recreational routes that the BLM proposes to be closed in its plan. That meeting, open to the public, will be held in the Hearing Room at the Old Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave.

The BLM today said it could defer action on some routes the county had concerns over, to give both groups time to reach a resolution.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Mesa County Workforce Center gains autonomy

The Mesa County Workforce Center has been officially designated by Gov. John Hickenlooper as a Local Workforce Development Area. In accordance with the Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and the Colorado Workforce Development Council, Mesa County demonstrated its ability to achieve this regional status by meeting all the criteria required by federal law and state policy. 

The designation means the Workforce Center no longer operates as part of the Colorado Rural Workforce Consortium.

“This designation will continue to allow us to quickly meet the needs of the local business community while remaining an important partner in economic development,” said Suzie Miller, Business Services Manager with the Mesa County Workforce Center.

The Mesa County Workforce Center achieved this designation due to years of impressive performance in building relationships with the business community, helping people find jobs and assisting people in addressing barriers.

            “The Mesa County Workforce Center being designated as our own region is a different opportunity to continue to do what we have done in the past," said Tracey Garchar, Mesa County Human Services director. "We will still work with the state, but we won’t be part of the Rural Consortium, which is the network of rural workforce centers. We will continue with a genuine focus and value on the success of the people in our community. As a Local Workforce Development Area, we will be able to fully build and strengthen our services with business, education and economic development efforts to meet the needs of Mesa County.”

Mesa County has effectively been operating the Mesa County Workforce Center since 1998 as an integrated one-stop-shop for business and job seekers. This designation will strengthen the collaborations with business, industry, secondary and higher education.

County can help eradicate noxious weeds

Myrtle spurge is one of the noxious weeds found in Mesa County.
Staff of Mesa County's Noxious Weed and Pest Management program spend countless hours each summer trying to eradicate noxious weeds from the Grand Valley. 
They dig up weeds and throw them away or spray them, hopefully before the weeds' seeds spread. Their focus is on three noxious weeds: myrtle spurge, giant reed grass and cypress spurge.
Homeowners can ask the county for help eradicating these weeds. 
For more information, visit Read a recent Daily Sentinel article about the program here.  For photos and more information on noxious weeds, go here.

Mesa County Clerk's office handles VIN inspections

Starting June 15, Mesa County residents who need a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) inspection should stop by the Mesa County Clerk and Recorder's office, 200 S. Spruce St., between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Under state law, VIN inspections are to be handled by the Clerk and Recorder, law enforcement or Colorado dealers. Years ago, when civilian staff manned the Mesa County Sheriff's Office 24 hours a day, they began helping with VIN inspections after regular business hours.  

The Sheriff's Office will continue doing VIN inspections on vehicles that are not drivable. To arrange an on-site inspection, call non-emergency dispatch at (970) 242-6707.

All other VIN inspections will be conducted by the Clerk and Recorder's Office during normal business hours or by Colorado dealers. Certified VIN inspections are still handled by Colorado State Patrol.

"The number of VIN inspections done by Sheriff's Office staff is minimal," Sheriff Matt Lewis, said. "We do not expect this change to increase the workload at the Clerk's Office in any significant way. This move is primarily about efficiency in practice and should cause little to no inconvenience to citizens."

For more information about VIN inspections, call the Clerk and Recorder at (970) 244-1664 or visit