Friday, December 4, 2015

This week in pictures

Here are some pictures from around Mesa County government this week. Enjoy!

Andy Tyler, left, and Nanci Quintana, emergency preparedness and response specialists at the Mesa County Health Department, take a break from Incident Command System training Thursday afternoon. Tyler joined MCHD this week (after interning there in 2014), and Nanci is bringing him up to speed.  
Department of Human Services Deputy Director Scott Aker, left, and Kelly Graff, who received the DHS/WFC Values Champion Award. 
CONGRATULATIONS to the ​DHS/WFC 2015 Leadership Institute Candidate Graduation with Senior Leadership Team.
Teresa Nees spent Wednesday through Friday at the Colorado Weed Management Association annual conference at the Avalon Theatre. 
Mesa County Animal Services' very own, Sherman, is making a bid for 2016. 
Teresa Nees from Mesa County Weed and Pest speaks to local ditch managers and users at the Ditch and Reservoir Company Alliance meeting recently. 
Mesa County Planning Director Linda Dannenberger, left, and Brian Rusche, of Grand Junction City Planning, talk at the same Ditch and Reservoir Company Alliance meeting. 
The Mesa County Assessors Office is holding a Coat Drive. Donate new or gently used coats, jackets, sweaters, hats and gloves in this box in the lobby of the Old Courthouse, 544 Rood (6th Street entrance). 
The 13th annual Children's Giving Tree is also up in the lobby of the Old Courthouse. Pick up a tag, buy and wrap a gift for the child and return it to the Assessor's Office by 5 p.m. on Dec. 21. This benefits children in the Mesa County Foster Children's Program.
Another picture of the giving tree.
This is another picture from the Weed Management Association annual conference this week. 
Mesa County Sheriff's Office Deputy Chadd Searcy at the Shop With a Cop event at Mesa Mall.
Mesa County Sheriff's Office Deputy Wayne Keane at the Shop with a Cop event at Mesa Mall.

The five photos below show Mesa County Department of Human Services foster care staff filling Christmas stockings for children in foster care.  

Deputy Kandyce Stuckenshneider graduating from the police academy.
The Patriot Guard joined local law enforcement and the Grand Junction Fire Department in honoring a local hero Thursday night. Brandon Smith was recently on active duty for the U.S. Army in South Korea when he died on a helicopter during a training exercise. He was escorted under this giant American flag. Citizens lined the streets to pay their respects. 

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Colorado Counties, Inc., conference wraps up

Colorado Counties, Inc. – which represents the state’s 64 county governments – elected new leadership and honored outstanding members at its 2015 Winter Conference held in Colorado Springs Nov. 30 - Dec. 2. Mesa County Commissioners Rose Pugliese and John Justman were there, as was Mesa County Administrator Frank Whidden.

Otero County Commissioner Keith Goodwin succeeded Yuma County Commissioner Trent Bushner as CCI president, and individual honors went to Commissioner of the Year Steve Johnson of Larimer County, Freshman Commissioner of the Year David Weaver of Douglas County, and Distinguished Service Award winner David Foy of Washington County.

Sponsored by the CCI Foundation, the conference featured keynote remarks by State Demographer Elizabeth Gardner and El Paso County Commissioner and National Association of Counties (NACo) President Sallie Clark, plus a wide range of educational programs on such subjects as water, transportation, broadband, historic preservation, cybersecurity threats, erosion control, children protection, and emergency management strategies.

Bushner, a farmer serving his third term as a Yuma County commissioner, successfully worked as CCI President on state legislation to increase local control over key issues that impact Colorado’s citizens and eliminate unfunded state mandates that can force counties to raise taxes or reduce services.

Goodwin, now in his seventh year as a commissioner in Otero County, entered public service after a career in technology and education. 

"The strength of CCI is how we work together for the common good," Goodwin said. "My goal as President is for CCI to continue to speak with one clear and consistent voice on the issues that impact Colorado’s citizens.”

CCI is a non-profit, membership association whose purpose is to offer assistance to county commissioners and to encourage counties to work together on common issues. Governed by a board of directors consisting of eight commissioners from across the state, CCI’s focus is on information, education and legislative representation. CCI strives to keep members up-to-date on issues that directly impact county operations. At the same time, CCI works to present a united voice to the Colorado General Assembly and other government and regulatory bodies to help shape a bright future for Colorado and its citizens. 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Mesa County's snow removal program

Did you know? Mesa County:

  • plows 641 miles of paved roads.
  • uses 34 trucks and four 1-ton trucks to plow paved roads.
  • considers 589 miles of paved roads a priority, which means they need to be cleared the first day.
  • plows 170 miles of gravel/dirt roads.
  • uses 13 graders to plow the gravel/dirt roads.
  • considers 144 miles of gravel/dirt roads a priority.
Mesa County maintains 24-hour coverage during and after storms until near normal driving conditions are restored. 

Roads and streets within incorporated cities are not included in Mesa County's program.

For more information, go here or call 244-1807.

City, county partnering on third public meeting for wireless master plan

Mesa County and the City of Grand Junction are hosting the third Wireless Master Plan (WMP) Meeting in the Grand Junction City Hall Auditorium at 250 North 5th Street on Monday, December 7, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

This meeting is the third meeting in the WMP process that will help the City and County work toward developing a long-range plan to guide the development of wireless and cellular services in Mesa County. The first meeting in this process was held on June 30, 2015, and the second on August 26, 2015. Since that time, CityScape Consultants, a professional firm with expertise in the development of wireless master plans, has completed on-site assessments and created an inventory of tower facilities that are currently being used to provide personal wireless services or that might be used to expand those services. 

Using the personal wireless service facilities inventory, CityScape has modeled the coverage and analyzed future population growth and wireless needs to identify coverage gaps so that the community can provide input towards the development of the plan to meet those needs.  They have also reviewed the development codes for the City and County and have proposed changes that are under review by the respective Planning and Legal Departments.

Please join us on December 7th to get a firsthand look at the inventory, the analysis of future needs, and recommended strategies to meet personal wireless service needs over the next ten years.  Using input received at this meeting, CityScape will refine the draft Wireless Master Plan and work with City and County planning staff to revise Planning codes.

For those unable to attend, the session will be streamed live on the City’s website ( and will be recorded for viewing at a later time.  For more information or to review the handouts and recording of the first two meetings, please visit the City of Grand Junction website and look for the Wireless Master Plan link under City Spotlight. Questions or comments can also be emailed to   


County officials at Colorado Counties Inc. conference

Mesa County Commissioners Rose Pugliese and John Justman, as well as County Administrator Frank Whidden, are at the Colorado Counties, Inc., Foundation winter conference in Colorado Springs Monday through Wednesday this week.

CCI is a non-profit membership association whose purpose is to offer assistance to county commissioners, mayors and council members and to encourage counties to work together on common issues. The group focuses on information, education and legislative representation.

To view the conference's agenda, click here. To learn more about CCI, click here.

Dennis Berry is acting county administrator in Whidden's absence, and Commissioner Scott McInnis is acting chair of the Board of Commissioners in Pugliese's absence.