Friday, February 12, 2016

This week in pics, Feb. 12

This week in pictures is dedicated to the life of Mesa County Sheriff's Deputy Derek Geer. Your service and sacrifice will not be forgotten.

Flags flew at half mast throughout the valley in honor Deputy Geer. Marquees and other signs also showed their support.

Mesa County Department of Human Services' Child Welfare team prepared and served breakfast to the Mesa County Sheriff's Office Thursday morning. Their hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to everyone at the Sheriff's Office. 

Here are a few other pictures from around the county this week: 

Bev Gmerek of the State Heart Gallery presents at the Communications Summit Wednesday at the Mesa County Workforce Center. Child welfare staff and communications personnel from across the Western Slope were in attendance.

Randy Price, far right, briefs the Board of Commissioners Monday on the Deer Creek facility near Whitewater. 

Election Operations Manager Patti Inscho explains Mesa County's elections process to Montrose County Clerk Tressa Guynes and Montrose County elections supervisor Kim Wright. 

Mesa County Clerk & Recorder Sheila Reiner, left, with Montrose County Clerk Tressa Guynes. 

Clerk & Recorder staff showing Bronco love last Friday. 

Mesa County Health Department Director Jeff Kuhr, standing at the front, speaks at the MCHD All-Staff Meeting on Tuesday. 

Nurse-Family Partnership and Safe Care staff organized a clothing exchange for their clients. Families stopped by for snacks, pictures and clothes from 9-11 a.m. Thursday. 

Department of Human Services Core Therapy and SPT teams holding their weekly 15-minute Wildly Important Goals huddle.

The following pictures are from the Tamarisk Coalition annual conference, which included two days of presentations about restoration, management and project planning, as well as a field trip.

Teresa Nees, right, of Mesa County Noxious Weed and Pest, with Keith from Utah's Department of Natural Resources.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Many Mesa County offices closed Monday, Feb. 15

Many Mesa County offices will be closed on Monday, Feb. 15, in observance of Presidents’ Day. The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Records Division will be closed in honor of fallen Deputy Derek Geer.

These offices will be closed on Monday:
  • Commissioners, Treasurer, Assessor, Surveyor, Finance, Administration, 544 Rood Ave.
  • County Attorney, 544 Rood Ave.
  • Clerk & Recorder (Motor Vehicle/Recording/Elections), Grand Junction, Clifton and Fruita locations
  • District Attorney
  • Facilities and Fairgrounds
  • Health & Human Services, 510 29 1/2 Road
  • Public Works and Planning, 200 S. Spruce St.
  • Regional Transportation Planning, 525 S. Sixth St.
  • Resource Management, 544 Rood
  • Sheriff (Records Division), 215 Rice St.
  • Tri-River Extension, 2775 U.S. Hwy. 50
  • Workforce Center, 512 29 1/2 Road

This office has special hours on Monday:
  • Animal Services will be open from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

These offices will be open on Monday:

  • Criminal Justice Services, 636 South Ave.
  • Grand Valley Transit
  • Hazardous Waste Collection Facility and Solid Waste Administration, 3071 U.S. Hwy. 50
  • Sheriff (Jail, Patrol, Emergency Services), 215 Rice St.
  • Sheriff (Alternative Sentencing Unit), 559 Pitkin Ave.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Commissioners approve grant that will fund Bosley Wash detention pond

The Mesa County Commissioners this morning unanimously approved a grant agreement that will fund construction of a detention pond in Bosley Wash.

The grant agreement is between Mesa County and the State of Colorado Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

Today's approval was for $287,391, the first of three phases of the grant over the next several years. Total, the project will cost $2.8 million.

"Detaining storm water will help protect lives and property," said Carrie Gudorf of Mesa County. "We've been watching Bosley Wash for years, and it's continually a problem."

Storm water runoff has caused problematic flooding in Bosley Wash, over the years. Commissioners agreed a fix was needed and accepted the grant money because there isn't money in the county budget to fund such a project.

Pugliese chosen as chair of General Government Committee of Colorado Counties Inc.

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese was unanimously elected chairwoman of the General Government Committee of Colorado Counties, Inc., at last week's CCI meeting in Denver.

Commissioners from more than 40 of Colorado’s 64 counties gathered at CCI on Thursday and Friday to elect steering committee officers to new two-year terms and to review legislation being considered by the General Assembly.

Pugliese was unopposed with bi-partisan support. Commissioners from across Colorado elected Pugliese to this highly influential board in part to give smaller, more rural Colorado communities a louder voice.

“I am honored to receive the confidence of my fellow commissioners to serve as chair of CCI’s General Government steering committee," Pugliese said. "It is important to effectively communicate the positions of our diverse counties to the Legislature and insure that rural and Western Slope counties have a strong voice in legislative issues."

CCI is a non-profit membership association whose purpose is to offer assistance to county commissioners, mayors and councilmembers and to encourage counties to work together on common issues.