Friday, September 25, 2015

This week in pictures, Sept. 25

Teams from the Mesa County Department of Human Services and the Mesa County Sheriff's Office competed last night in the Men in Heels race at the downtown Grand Junction Farmer's Market. It was a benefit for the Latimer House. These are Joe Stroh's racin' red heels. 
DHS Coach Tracey Garchar taping on Adrian Lara's heels. Safety first!
The DHS team: From left, Coach Tracey Garchar, Curtis Englehart, Adrian Lara, Victor Carreras, Joe Stroh and Brian Oney.

Brian Oney of DHS gets to wear the pig slippers to work for raising the most money for the Men in Heels race, which benefits the Latimer House. 
The Mesa County Sheriff's Office team at the Men in Heels race Thursday night. From left, Deputy Mark Johnson, Ben Miller, Deputy Myles Shows, Deputy Chris Kiefer and Sgt. Henry Stoffel. 
The MCSO Men in Heels team shows off their footwear. 
Ben Miller, an MCSO runner, rounds the corner at Men in Heels. 
The American Kennel Club dog show is at the Mesa County Fairgrounds through Sunday.
The American Kennel Club dog show is at the Mesa County Fairgrounds through Sunday.
Mesa County Elections Director Amanda Polson verifies results during Thursday's test of the new election equipment. 
Members of the Mesa County Elections team watch as Elections Director Amanda Polson goes over results of a mock mini-election Thursday morning. With her at the table are members of the Mesa County Republican and Democratic parties. 
Our local media came to watch the Elections crew in action Thursday morning also. That's Gretel from the Sentinel and Makenzie from KKCO.
Mesa County Search and Rescue members meet in Glade Park before fanning out to look for a lost hunter. 
This is one of the photos the Mesa County Sheriff's Office posted on Facebook recently as part of their virtual ride-along feature. 
This is another photo from the Mesa County Sheriff's virtual ride-along feature. 
Happy Libraries Week! The Mesa County Commissioners made the proclamation during Public Hearing on Monday.
Members of the audience listen during testimony about the Wilderness Act of 2015 during Monday's hearing. The Commissioners voted to oppose the act and ask Congress to release all wilderness study areas in Mesa County. 
Qualistar Rater/IMIL Trainer Kim Wolfe, left, and Mesa County Health Department Health Promotions specialist Karen Melott demonstrate a dance to get kids moving to childcare providers.
Twenty-four childcare providers attended an "I'm Moving I'm Learning" class at the Mesa County Workforce Center on Wednesday. The class focused on helping teachers implement structured physical activity in the classroom. Here, providers were learning a dance to teach to their kids.

Mesa County Noxious Weed and Pest Management staff treat Chinese clematis along the bluffs in Palisade. 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

County road work planned for week of Sept. 28

Mesa County will continue road work for its chip seal and paving program next week. 

Expect short delays on these roads during this time:

Fog Seal - over previously chipped roads
  • 8 Road - R Road North to S Road
  • N Road - 12 1/2 Road East to 13 Road
  • N Road - 13 Road East to 14 Road
  • O 1/2 Road - 13 Road East to 14 Road
  • 16 Road - M Road North to O Road
  • 20 1/2 Road - I Road North to J Road
  • 21 1/2 Road - J Road North to K Road

  • 54 7/10 Road (Molina) - KK Road to Molina Fire Station
  • East Lynnwood Drive - Area between 2782 and 274 E. Lynnwood

  • 54 7/10 Road

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Clerk and Recorder will be centralized at 200 S. Spruce St.

Mesa County's Clerk and Recorder would like to announce that beginning Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, all functions of the Clerk and Recorder's Office will be located at 200 S. Spruce St. in the Mesa County Central Services Building. 

The last division to relocate to 200 S. Spruce St. is the Clerk to the Board (Liquor Licensing, Board of Equalization and all related functions).  

Visit them at the Recording Counter from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or call 970-244-1896 to schedule an appointment for Clerk to the Board Services. 

Monday, September 21, 2015

McInnis: Colorado Wilderness Act is 'very dangerous bill'

The Mesa County Commissioners today adopted a resolution opposing the Colorado Wilderness Act of 2015 and calling on Congress to release all wilderness study areas in Mesa County.

Several community members spoke on the resolution. Some urged the Commissioners to support the Wilderness Act; others agreed with the Commissioners on the act's potential harm to the Western Slope.

"At a time when we are trying to get more areas open to access, closing more areas is just not something we can support," said Commission Chairwoman Rose Pugliese.

Said Commissioner Scott McInnis: "I think it's a very dangerous bill. It has huge implications to our area, our lifestyle and our land."

All three commissioners took issue with the fact that the bill was drafted by Rep. Diana DeGette, a Democrat from Colorado's 1st Congressional district, without any input from the Western Slope.

"If we wanted a wilderness area, we'd be working with our congressional delegation to do so," said Commissioner John Justman.  

In other news, the Commissioners:

  • approved a notice of appeal to be submitted to the Bureau of Land Management's state office. This gives notice that the Commissioners plan to appeal the Travel Management Plan implementation decisions contained in the BLM's Resource Management Plan Record of Decision for the Grand Junction Field Office.
  • heard a presentation of the 2014 annual financial audit by Lisa Hemann of Chadwick, Steinkirchner, Davis and Co.
  • approved a contract between Mesa County and Pioneer Technology Group for Landmark recording software for the Clerk and Recorder's Office. The contract is for $171,275.   

Update info with Mesa County Elections by Sept. 23

With the mailing date for vote-by-mail ballots approaching, Mesa County Elections is encouraging voters to have their registration information updated by Wednesday, Sept. 23, to ensure they receive their ballots as quickly as possible. Voter registration information including party affiliation, address changes and more may be changed online at or through our office at 200 S. Spruce St. in Grand Junction.

“We want to make sure voters update their address as soon as possible if they’ve moved or changed mailing addresses,” said Elections Director Amanda Polson. “Ballots cannot be forwarded if they are routed to an old address, so it is imperative that we have a voter’s current address on file. It's as easy as going online or stopping by our office, where we rarely have a line until mid-October.”

Ballots for the Coordinated Election will be mailed out on October 16 and our office will begin tabulating received ballots starting on October 19.

For further information or if you have any questions, email us at or call our office at (970) 244-1662.