Friday, September 18, 2015

Mesa County Commissioners oppose Colorado Wilderness Act

The Mesa County Commissioners on Monday are expected to adopt a resolution opposing the Colorado Wilderness Act of 2015 and calling on Congress to release all Wilderness Study Areas in Mesa County.

The resolution says this is "the latest annual attempt to create Wilderness Areas without the participation or endorsement of the communities in which the areas are located."

It also points that the Congressional representative who introduced the Wilderness Act does not live in or represent the congressional districts that would be most impacted by this legislation.

The Commissioners are concerned that motorized or mechanized recreation is prohibited in Wilderness Areas. The Wilderness Act would close off approximately 715,000 acres across the state to all mechanized use such as mountain bikes, chainsaws, ATVs, snowmobiles and motorcycles.

See the proposed resolution in full below:

This week in pics, Sept. 18

A team from Mesa County Department of Human Services is running the Men in Heels race Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. to support the Latimer House. Support them by donating here:

Residents came out to the Mesa County Fairgrounds last weekend for the Jurassic Quest exhibit. 

More from the Jurassic Quest exhibit at the Mesa County Fairgrounds last weekend.

Sherman brushes up on his Google skills with Google Apps trainer Victoria Patsantaras. 

Sherman the dog. 

Secretary of State Wayne Williams, left, visited Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner and Elections Director Amanda Polson this week. They showed him their new voting equipment.

Summer Igo of Mesa County Noxious Weed and Pest still on the trail of purple loosestrife in the jungles of Mesa County. 

Purple loosestrife. Mission: Search and destroy.

Teresa Nees of Noxious Weed and Pest Management is in full swamping attire. 

Mesa County Health Department staff show their favorite team colors. From left, back row, Karla Klemm, Marcela Lucas, Audriana Osgood and Diane Banta; front row, Angela Leija, Kandis Fuller and Kristy Emerson. 

A view of Serpent's Trail on the Colorado National Monument this week. 

Mesa County Sheriff's Deputy Love has a little fun at Dinosaur Quest last weekend.

Mesa County Sheriff's Deputy Bunch assists a domestic violence victim with her personal belongings as he takes her to the Latimer House.

This was the view Tuesday morning from the Mesa County District Attorney's office. 
Mesa County Road and Bridge crews prepping for overlay work on 54 7/10 Road.

The Mesa County Health Department had a powerful display at Thursday's Grand Junction Farmer's Market about suicide prevention. 

Each of these empty chairs represents a person who has completed suicide in Mesa County over the past five years. 
It was a full house at Monday's Commissioners public hearing.

From left, County Attorney Patrick Coleman, Commission Chairwoman Rose Pugliese, County Administrator Frank Whidden and Commissioner John Justman immediately after Monday's vote on employee health benefits for 2016.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Mesa County Finance Department recognized

Scott McInnis, left, with Eleanor Thomas and Scott Stewart
The Government Finance Officers Association has given Mesa County's Finance Department the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the current budget.

The award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting and represents a significant achievement by the county.

Mesa County Chief Financial Officer Scott Stewart and Budget Manager Eleanor Thomas accepted the award from Commissioner Scott McInnis on Monday. They are pictured above.

Happy Constitution Week! Sept. 17-23

The Mesa County Commissioners on Monday proclaimed Sept. 17-23 Constitution Week.

The proclamation read, in part:

" is of the greatest importance that all citizens fully understand the provisions and principles contained in the Constitution in order to support, preserve and defend it against all enemies; and

"...celebrating the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution provides an opportunity for all Americans to realize the achievements of the Farmers of the Constitution and the rights, privileges and responsibilities it affords; and

"...the independence guaranteed to American citizens ... should be celebrated during Constitution Week, Sept. 17-23..."

A representative of the Daughters of the American Revolution accepted the proclamation. She is pictured above with Commissioner John Justman.

Expect road delays next week, as chip and seal, overlay work continues

Chip & Seal and Overlay will continue next week.  

Drivers should expect short delays during this time.

Seal Coating (over previously chipped roads): 

Collbran area - 
High Street - Grove Creek Bridge east to Main Street
Main Street - High Street north to 330 East
59 Road - ME Road to NE Road
NE Road - 59 Road to 58 1/2 Road
58 1/2 Road - NE Road to OE Road

Town of Palisade - 
N. Iowa Avenue - W. First Street north to end
S. Iowa Avenue - from 2014 chip seal north to V-Pan

Fruitvale area - 
E 1/2 Road - 30 Road east to overlay
Orchard Avenue - 2865 E to 29 Road


Divide Road (Kannah Creek Area) - Purdy Mesa Road to Lands End Road
54 7/10 Road (Molina) - KK Road to Molina Fire Station
KE Road (Mesa) - 48 1/2 Road to gravel
KE Road (Mesa) - Gravel to Y in road. Lathe placed says End Paving


Bean Ranch Road
Purdy Mesa Road
Divide Road

Concrete Work:

E. Lynwood Street - area between 2782 and 274 E. Lynwood
2874 B 1/2 Road

Bonito Court

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

BLM dismisses Mesa County's protest of plan

The national office of the Bureau of Land Management last week sent a letter to the Mesa County Board of Commissioners dismissing the county's protest of the BLM's Grand Junction Proposed Resource Management Plan/Final Environmental Impact Statement.

That letter is below (please note that Commissioner Rose Pugliese is chairwoman of the Mesa County Board of Commissioners).

At public hearing on Monday, Sept. 21, at 9 a.m. in the Old Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave., the Commissioners will discuss an appeal of the Travel Management portion of the Resource Management Plan. Public comments will be heard.