Friday, October 23, 2015

This week in pics

The Commissioners joined with the Grand Junction City Council Thursday afternoon for a Persigo meeting at City Hall.  

Mesa County Senior Engineer Tim Hayashi was one of several Mesa County officials who interviewed with Hoptocopter Films this week. Hoptocopter is making a video about the 2014 West Salt Creek Landslide on the Grand Mesa. 

Andy Martsolf, Mesa County's Emergency Manager, being filmed by Hoptocopter. 

Mesa County got a new District Attorney last Friday. Here, Judge Bottger swears in Dan Rubinstein.
Teresa Nees, left, thanks Erin McIntyre for her recent Daily Sentinel article about myrtle spurge and Mesa County Noxious Weed and Pest Management. Read the story here

Mesa County Sheriff's Office intern Emily found this furry friend while on a ride-along. 

Ben Miller, left, gets a plaque from Mesa County Sheriff Matt Lewis. Miller is moving on to work in the private sector after 15 years with  MCSO. He will be missed!

Check out the new Animal Services vehicle, a mobile pet educator - not funded by any county dollars!

Mesa County Health Department nurses Jillian Miller, left, DeeAnna Christensen and Heather Ligon take a break from administering flu vaccines during an adult flu vaccination clinic Thursday morning. 
Mesa County Sheriff's Deputy Chris Brooks talking safety to some local pre-K kids at Grand Junction Fire station 4. 
The following are pictures from Pink and Purple Day at the Mesa County Department of Human Services, Health Department and Workforce Center. Employees wore pink for Breast Cancer Awareness and purple for Domestic Violence Awareness:


DHS clerical staff

211 staff 
DHS Child Welfare staff

Some Health Department staff 

Workforce Center professional services

Some Workforce Center staff

Some Workforce Center staff

Thursday, October 22, 2015

County will file Statement of Reasons for appeal of travel portion of BLM plan

The Mesa County Commissioners this morning authorized County Attorney Patrick Coleman to sign and file a Statement of Reasons for the county's appeal of the Bureau of Land Management's Travel Management Plan portion of the Grand Junction Field Office Resource Management Plan Record of Decision, issued on Aug. 24.

The Statement of Reasons contains the detailed justification for the board's appeal. Read the Statement of Reasons and supporting documents here.

On Sept. 21, Mesa County filed a notice of appeal with the Interior Board of Land Appeals. The notice stated that the Mesa County Commissioners were appealing the BLM's decision to designate approximately 184 miles of routes across the BLM as either closed or administrative and not be deferred for future analysis.

The designated routes were included in the BLM's Travel Management Plan portion of the Resource Management Plan.

After filing a notice of appeal, an appellant has 30 days to file a Statement of Reasons elaborating on the reasons for the appeal. Mesa County's Statement of Reasons is due Friday.

The Interior Board of Land Appeals is comprised of nine administrative law judges with backgrounds in natural resources law. The board is principally involved in reviewing decisions of the BLM. Generally, appeals are assigned to a panel of two of the judges. If the BLM or an appellant disagrees with the IBLA's decision, the decision can be appealed to the federal district court.

At this morning's hearing, Commission Chairwoman Rose Pugliese thanked Coleman and Keith Fife, Mesa County's natural resources liaison, for their work on this issue.

She's hopeful some of the routes currently designated as closed don't have to remain that way.

"We need to have more conversations," she said. "We need to work together. Addressing it in the appeal is really good because it allows the conversation to grow."

Commissioner Scott McInnis added: "We, as the Board of County Commissioners, have an obligation to step in. The appeal is in good standing. It's done in good faith with good merit."

Monday, October 19, 2015

Ballot tabulation for the 2015 election has begun

Mesa County Elections on Oct. 19 began counting returned ballots for the 2015 Coordinated Election. Nightly figures detailing the count of ballots cast up to that point will be available at the end of each tabulation day. Those who wish to receive the nightly tabulation figures can email Mesa County’s Elections Director, Amanda Polson, at
Voters who still need to return their ballots 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.