Friday, March 18, 2016

This week in pics

Check out the photos from around Mesa County government this week.

Farewell, Sharon Johnson! And congratulations on your retirement. 
The Mesa County Workforce Investment Board meeting at the Workforce Center this week. 
The Mesa County Workforce Investment Board is comprised of prominent leaders in our local business community. 
County Administrator Frank Whidden at Inside Mesa County Monday night. The free, nine-week course teaches community members about the inner workings of Mesa County government.
Mesa County Commissioners John Justman, Rose Pugliese and Scott McInnis (front of the room) answer questions from participants at Inside Mesa County Monday evening. 
Courtney Campbell, left, and Teresa Nees of Mesa County Noxious Weed and Pest Management. The two had fun answering questions at Fruita Farm and Ranch Days last weekend. 
More fun from Fruita Farm and Ranch Days. 
Farm and Ranch Days. 
The Mesa County Clerk & Recorder's office hosted a campaign finance class put on by the State of Colorado. 
That's Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner in the front row, far right, of the campaign finance class.
Elected officials lunch this week. They were joined by Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams.
35 years of service on St. Patrick's Day: Congratulations, Sandy Sebold, case manager with the Colorado Works team at the Mesa County Workforce Center.
Jeff Kuhr, executive director of the Mesa County Health Department, with Emily Fredrick of KREX. Congrats to MCHD on accreditation!
Michael Blevins of the Mesa County Department of Human Services' child welfare team gets a bag of Hershey's Kisses for finding the leprechaun hat.  
Finding the leprechaun hat on the first floor of DHS was a team effort for Amy Vannoy and Lora Thompson. 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

March 18 celebrates bus drivers

Transit Driver Appreciation Day is Friday, March 18. To celebrate, Grand Valley Transit is asking bus riders to thank their driver.
For hours on end, GVT drivers manage to keep a schedule, check fares, give directions, announce stops, remember stop requests and more, all while safely maneuvering an extra-large vehicle through unpredictable traffic, adverse weather and tight spaces. Transit drivers don't have an easy job, but many make it look that way.
GVT strives for a high-quality, safe, effective, efficient and friendly public transportation system. This responsibility rests heavily on the shoulders of the GVT drivers.
Despite this workload, GVT drivers go above and beyond the call of duty to best serve their passengers and community. It’s not just about driving either. GVT drivers have reported signs of child abuse to authorities and advocated for route and stop improvements.

In honor of Transit Driver Appreciation Day, please share some gratitude with your bus driver – today and every day!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Inside Mesa County kicks off with info on county administration

Inside Mesa County, the nine-week course that gives community members an inside look at their county government, began Monday evening.

More than 30 people are taking the free course this spring, held  Monday evenings at the Mesa County Workforce Center.

On the opening night, attendees heard from Commissioners Rose Pugliese, John Justman and Scott McInnis, as well as County Administrator Frank Whidden.

Future sessions will feature the Sheriff, Assessor, Surveyor, Clerk and Recorder, District Attorney, County Attorney and Treasurer, as well as the Health Department, Department of Human Services, Public Works, Animal Services, Criminal Justice Services and the Coroner.

A second Inside Mesa County class will be held this fall. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@MesaCountyNews) for more information as the date gets closer.

Here are a few photos from Monday night's class.

Commissioner John Justman, far right, speaks to the Inside Mesa County class Monday night.
Commissioner Scott McInnis speaks to the Inside Mesa County class Monday night. 

At the front of the room, Commissioners John Justman, left, Rose Pugliese and Scott McInnis answer questions from the Inside Mesa County class. 
Mesa County Administrator Frank Whidden tells Inside Mesa County attendees about the workings of their county government.