Friday, October 16, 2015

Mesa County swears in Rubinstein as District Attorney

Dan Rubinstein, right, is sworn in today as Mesa County's District Attorney. Judge David Bottger is on the left. 

Dan Rubinstein was sworn in today as Mesa County's District Attorney.

He takes over for Pete Hautzinger, who resigned to lead the Grand Junction branch of the U.S. Attorney's office.

Rubinstein, who has been Mesa County's Chief Deputy District Attorney, was appointed by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to fill the remainder of Hautzinger's term, which goes until January 2017. Rubinstein has said he will run for the office in November 2016.

Judge David Bottger in his courtroom today officially swore in Rubinstein, who was on lunch recess from an all-day motions hearing.

Rubinstein started working in the District Attorney's Office in 1996, leaving for private practice in 2002 but returning to work for Hautziner in 2005.

He has wanted to be District Attorney since then.

"I have been mentoring, teaching, advising, drafting legislation and working with others around the state and country to find better ways to do what we do," he said. "In this job, every day I have the opportunity to help a victim, put a defendant back on the right track and show the community that we embody what they elected us to be - the lawyer who represents the People of the State of Colorado."

This week in pictures

The Mesa County Health Department and Marillac Clinic celebrated their partnership with a ribbon-cutting and open house on Wednesday. MCHD Executive Director Jeff Kuhr shares the scissors with Marillac Clinic Executive Director Kay Ramachandran, center.

Dennis Berry, right, congratulates Criminal Justice officer Tony Worrel for being named  CJSD employee of the quarter. 

Tabatha Kissner of Criminal Justice Services won the department's chili contest.

The Mesa County Commissioners on Monday declared October Oil and Gas Awareness Month. Here, Commissioner John Justman is pictured with members of Piceance Energy. 

Commissioner Scott McInnis at Monday's Commissioner Administrative Hearing. 

The Commissioners declared October Walk to School Month. Here, Commissioner Rose Pugliese is with Biz Collins of the county's Regional Transportation Planning Office, Katie Goddeyne of the Mesa County Health Department and representatives from Mesa County Valley School District 51. 

The Commissioners on Monday declared Oct. 24 Museums of Western Colorado Day. Here, Commissioner Scott McInnis presents the proclamation.

Giant reed grass BEFORE Mesa County Noxious Weed and Pest tackled it ...

Giant reed grass AFTER Mesa County Noxious Weed and Pest tackled it. 

Judging the Mesa County Central Services chili cook-off... someone's got to do it.

Patrick Green. 

Frank Whidden

Jesse Redmond

Federico Vargas

Janika Harris coordinated the Mesa County Central Services chili contest.

First in line - Conrad Cole. 


Walk and bike to school day was Wednesday. This family is headed to Tope Elementary. 

Walking to school! Tope Elementary. 

A panorama shot of Walk to School Day Wednesday at Tope Elementary.

MCCS Chili Cook-off winners. From left, Sheila Reiner, Jackie Campbell and Amanda Polson.

Even seasoned deputies have to look up laws from time to time. This is Mesa County Sheriff's Office Deputy Jerry Gray, who is on the Traffic Safety Unit and also volunteers with the Lower Valley Fire Department during his off-time. 

A lost hunter was found this week, thanks to a combined effort between the Mesa County Sheriff's Office and Mesa County Search and Rescue, an all-volunteer group. 

Sheriff Matt Lewis, right, makes good on a bet. For losing the Men in Heels race to the Department of Human Services team, the Sheriff's Office donated $100 to Hilltop's Latimer House. 

Students, parents, teachers and Mesa County Health Department officials walked from Chipeta Golf Course to Mesa View Elementary on Wednesday, which was Walk to School Day. 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Mail-in ballots will be sent this week

Vote-by-mail ballots for the 2015 Coordinated Election will be sent to all registered voters in Mesa County this week.
"Voters can look forward to receiving and voting their ballots within the next week,” said County Clerk Sheila Reiner. “We’d like to remind everyone that it is against the law to sign a ballot for another person. After voting your ballot, please take a moment to ensure you are signing the ballot envelope that was sent to you and not a spouse’s or family member’s.”
Once their ballot has been received, voters have three options to vote:
·         By mail:
o   Use proper First-Class postage and drop the ballot in the mailbox, leave it for your carrier or take to a Post Office. We recommend that voters mail their ballots early enough for it to be returned to the Elections office by Nov. 3. Postmarks do not count.
·         Drop box:
o   Deposit your mail ballot into one of the 24-hour drop-off boxes by 7 p.m. on Nov. 3.
·         In person:
o   Visit one of the Voter Service and Polling Centers from Oct. 26 until 7 p.m. on Nov. 3.

For additional information, including the locations of the Polling Centers and ballot drop-off boxes, visit, email or call (970) 244-1662.

Monday, October 12, 2015

County presents 2016 proposed budget

Mesa County Administrator Frank Whidden presented the proposed 2016 budget to the Mesa County Commissioners this morning.

View his presentation and other budget documents here.

In the proposed budget, the general fund is balanced at $58,310,996 proposed revenue and $58,310,996 proposed expenditures.

An open comment period is now underway.

In November, county staff will finalize the budget. In late November, the board will give staff final direction.

Final adoption of the 2016 budget is planned for Dec. 7, 2015.