Friday, January 22, 2016

This week in pics, Jan. 22, 2016

Mesa County government is a busy place. Here are a few photos from around the county this week.

A rural area deputy with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office responded to a downed plane crash on Glade Park recently. This image was captured at dusk. 
Mesa County Sheriff's Office Deputy J. Gray responded to a crash near the Utah-Colorado state line on I-70. 
Mesa County Sheriff's Office Deputy T. Stuckenschneider running a driver's license and registration.

Teresa Nees of Mesa County Weed and Pest Control and CSU Extension agents on an orchard tour this week at the Western Colorado Horticultural Society Conference. 
Bob Hammon, Melissa Franklin, Susan Carter and Teresa Nees at their booth at the Western Colorado Horticultural Society trade show. 
Commissioner John Justman, left, talks with U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton Wednesday. 
From lower left, John Justman, Scott Tipton, Scott McInnis, a representative of Tipton's office, Pete Baier and Rose Pugliese. Tipton met with the Mesa County Commissioners on Wednesday afternoon.  
Nurse-Family Partnership and SafeCare staff hosted a meet and greet for other Mesa County Health Department staff. The nurses and home visitors spend much of their time off-site. The meet and greet allowed staff to ask questions about what the home visitors and nurses do for Mesa County residents.
SafeCare staff, clockwise from lower left, Joe Nichols, Juanita Trujillo and Felice Daniels talk about their roles and responsibilities with other Mesa County Health Department staff including Shirley Taylor, Travis Dorr and Mary Cornforth Cawood.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Mesa County Commissioners meet with U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton

Commissioner John Justman, left, and U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton talk Wednesday. 

Clockwise from bottom left: John Justman, Scott Tipton, Scott McInnis, a representative from Tipton's office, Pete Baier and Rose Pugliese (and Nina Atencio's hands). 

The Mesa County Commissioners today met with Rep. Scott Tipton. Some topics discussed:

  • Commissioner Rose Pugliese thanked Tipton for his comments about the Thompson Divide on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. He offered an update on the issue. "We've been really clear that we need to be looking out the windshield," Tipton said. "Perpetuity is something we need to be cautious with. We will look at legislation along the lines of what we had originally agreed to, what the counties have agreed to. I'll stand up for anybody's private property rights. We need to be incredibly cautious when looking at any permanent withdrawal." Commissioner Scott McInnis pointed out that the oil and gas crisis may lead to fewer grants and other federal and state funding.
  • Commissioner John Justman asked Tipton for an update on Waters of the United States under the Clean Water Act. Tipton said, "We've got an incredibly strong case that it's an overreach of the federal government. We passed through my 'Protecting Your Water Rights Act,' but this has some broader implications as well."
  • Commissioner Pugliese told Tipton that the U.S. Forest Service on the Grand Mesa will be doing a Travel Management Plan. She asked Tipton to keep that on his radar.
  • Commissioner McInnis told Tipton about the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado. "It's a good organization that's picked up a lot of momentum," he said. Tipton said he would attend an AGNC meeting soon. "You guys are our best resource, our best source of information," Tipton said. 
  • Pete Baier, Mesa County Deputy Administrator of Operations, said he would like to see an economic study of the value of public lands. Tipton mentioned the SCRUB Act, which the House recently passed.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Videos document emergency response to West Salt Creek Landslide

Mesa County this week released a series of videos documenting the emergency response to the May 25, 2014, landslide on the Grand Mesa.

The videos were produced to help others who may need to respond to a large-scale natural disaster.

“It is our hope that the lessons learned from the West Salt Creek Landslide response can help others when responding to disasters in their communities,” said Pete Baier, Mesa County’s Public Works Director. “We also feel one way to honor the memory of the three men who died in the West Salt Creek Landslide is to pass on the knowledge and lessons learned.”

The shortest video can be viewed on Mesa County’s YouTube channel (click here). The other three videos will be used at conferences, training seminars, and internally to teach others about the emergency response.