Friday, November 13, 2015

This week in pictures

Check out these pictures from around Mesa County government this week. The first five are from the quarterly Road and Bridge breakfast this morning. 

Ricardo, left, and Craig were sworn in as new Alternative Sentencing Unit employees by Sheriff Matt Lewis. They prefer to keep their last names private.
Commissioners Scott McInnis, left, Rose Pugliese and John Justman stand with Terri Jones of the March of Dimes Western Colorado chapter at Monday's Administrative Hearing. The Commissioners declared November Prematurity Awareness Month. 
Terri Jones of the March of Dimes Western Colorado Chapter.
A citizen, Benita Phillips, speaks during public comment period at the Commissioners' Monday morning hearing. 
The Commissioners, along with County Administrator Frank Whidden, listen to public comments. 
Mesa County Health Department Executive Director Jeff Kuhr briefs the Commissioners on MCHD's Healthy Mesa County initiative. 
What do weed sprayers do when summer is over? File papers! Here is Ryan Zinke with Mesa County Weed and Pest. 
Courtney Campbell from Code Compliance, center, and Teresa Nees from Weed and Pest, right, completed some job training at Western Colorado Community College. Here they are with their instructor. 
Animal Services Director Penny McCarty with Daisy, one of seven dogs picked up about a month ago who was unsocial and scared. Animal Services staff have been giving the dogs lots of TLC, however, and they'll be ready for homes soon. 

This picture was part of the Veterans Day Series put together by the Mesa County Sheriff's Office: Deputy Vernon Crary served 10 years in the Army and six years in the National Guard, from 1991 to 2006. He was an M1 tank driver and gunner, serving in South Korea, Germany and a number of Forts across the U.S. During 9-11, his unit provided base security.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

24-hour ballot box will be open on Veterans Day

Due to Mesa County Elections being closed Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, the 24-hour ballot drop box located at 200 S. Spruce St. will be open for voters who need to return an affidavit form for a missing signature from the Coordinated Election.
The ballot box will be closed the following morning and the Elections office will reopen at 8 a.m. for the Nov. 12 deadline for the forms.
For further information or if you have any questions, email or call (970) 244-1662.

Commissioners proclaim November Prematurity Awareness Month

The Mesa County Commissioners on Monday proclaimed November 2015 Prematurity Awareness Month.

Terri Jones of the March of Dimes Western Colorado Chapter was there to receive the proclamation.

The proclamation read, in part:

"Whereas, the March of Dimes Foundation is a pioneer in improving the health of infants and women of childbearing age by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality; and...

"Whereas, 5,516 babies were born preterm in the state of Colorado, representing 8.4 percent of all 2014 state births; and

"Whereas, the March of Dimes has set a national goal of reducing preterm birth to 5.5 percent in every state by 2030."

From left, Commissioners Scott McInnis, Rose Pugliese and John Justman stand with Terri Jones of the March of Dimes Western Colorado chapter. 

Terri Jones spoke briefly to the Commissioners after the proclamation was read.