Friday, August 19, 2016

This Week in Pics

See what happened this week around your Mesa County government 

From left, Dan Adams and Mike Dale from the Facilities Department muscle around large file cabinets in the Assessor's office

Meet the two newest members of the Animal Services team! Welcome aboard, Robyn and Vicky.

Robyn  Wiesgerber 

Vicky Stieb

The Noxious Weed Department met with Colorado Parks and Wildlife to treat purple loosestrife at the Letha Jean Stasson State Wildlife Area.

Letha Jean Stasson State Wildlife Area

Purple loosestrife

Members of the CSU Extension, Mesa County Weed & Pest, and the Tamarisk Coalition scouting for yellow starthistle in the Coon Creek Estates area above Mesa.

Scouting for yellow starthistle

Spring Creek 2 wildfire

Sheriff Lewis and two deputies talking with the Red Cross after notifying all the residents of the evacuation notice.

Incident Command strategizing how to fight the growing wildfire.

Mesa County Safety Fair and Rodeo luncheon 

From left, Patrick Coleman, Julie Constan, and Scott McInnis

Scott Mai, Mesa County Public Works

Travis Cole and Jarrod Houck, Mesa County Public Works

Pete Mathes and his cookies!

From left, Jarrod Houck and Kevin Holderness, Mesa County Public Works

Connie Hahn and Julie Constan, Mesa County Public Works

Scott McInnis and Daran Mahoney

After training and learning a good meal is the way to go!

Ribs, corn, beans, and rolls for lunch

State Trooper, Dan Chermock, shows the crowd the effects of being impaired with stimulation goggles. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

2016 Safety Fair and Rodeo

Mesa County’s Transportation Safety Committee, which includes employees from the Transportation, Traffic, and Fleet Departments, each year organizes a two-day Safety Fair and Rodeo.

Local road departments participate in safety training classes and equipment rodeo to increase their knowledge of safety issues and improve their skills using the equipment.

Each employee has the opportunity to compete in five rodeo events: track hoe, backhoe, snow plow, skid steer and loader.

Through this event, employees are enhancing their knowledge and abilities to provide the public with quality roads and road maintenance.

News Release from Mesa County Elections Department

24-hour ballot box moves from Fairgrounds to Grand Valley Transit 

August 17, 2016 – The 24-hour drop box located at Mesa County Fairgrounds has been moved to the Grand Valley Transit building at 612 24 ½ Rd in Grand Junction (pictured below). The relocation was done in an effort to fulfill the need of voter traffic in the northwest portion of the city and increase the usage of the box, which was underutilized at its old location. 

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Voters who are used to dropping off their ballot at the Fairgrounds will still be able to vote at the location in the future as it will continue to serve as a voter service and polling center for Mesa County Elections.

 For any additional information or to share comments, you may contact the Elections office by email at or by phone at (970) 244-1662.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

County Administrator Announces Temporary Hiring Freeze

Effective immediately the Mesa County Board of County Commissioners has implemented a temporary hiring freeze.

“Only positions that have a critical or emergency need will be filled until the end of this year,” said Frank Whidden, Mesa County Administrator. “We need to continue to find additional savings and efficiencies in every possible way.”

Entering the final quarter of the year, the Mesa County budget officer is projecting that 99% of appropriations will be spent by the end of the year, along with a projected $400,000 shortfall in the countywide vacancy savings budget. The hiring freeze is the first step in resolving the County’s financial challenges.

Mesa County is facing a financial predicament partly because 8 out of 10 of the largest taxpayers in Mesa County are from the oil and gas industry. Last year, 76 wells were drilled, this year so far the count is zero to the best of our knowledge. The assessed valuation of oil and gas production has fallen 68% this year, which contributes to a 1.4% decrease in the tax base for the upcoming year. Based on 2015 mill levies this translates into a reduction of $323,000 tax revenue to the County’s budget.

All Mesa County Departments have been advised to closely monitor revenues and expenditures for all possible savings.

Inside Mesa County opens with Criminal Justice Services and Animal Services

Inside Mesa County, the ten-week course that gives community members an inside look at their county government began Monday evening at the Workforce Center, 512 29 ½ Road.

On the opening night, attendees heard from Dennis Berry, Justice Services Director and Doug Frye, Animal Services Manager.

Future sessions will feature the Commissioners, Sheriff, Assessor, Surveyor, Clerk and Recorder, District Attorney, County Attorney, Coroner and Treasurer, as well as the Health Department, Department of Human Services, Public Works, Finance, Administration, Fairgrounds and Facilities & Parks.

Stay tuned for next year’s Inside Mesa County class. Follow us on 
Facebook or Twitter (@MesaCountyNews) for more information as the date gets closer.

Monday, August 15, 2016

News Release from Mesa County Elections Department

Notice of Candidate Public Lot Drawing

August 16, 2016 – A public lot drawing will be held at the Elections office tomorrow, August 16, at 8 a.m. to determine the order of the 2016 General Election candidates on the ballot. The races and candidates to be determined are as follows:

1) Commissioner District 1: John Justman and Mel Mulder (Unaffiliated candidateJim Doody will appear 3rd)

2) Commissioner District 3: Rose Pugliese and Dave Edwards

“The lot drawing is a process that both educates and entertains those in attendance,” Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner said. “It’s designed to determine ballot order in an impartial and fair way and by statute the order is chosen by lot.  Mesa County chooses to roll dice. Anyone who’s interested in seeing the event should stop by, but should be on time because it goes quickly!”

The drawing is a process required by Colorado State Statute to determine the order of candidates [Section 1-5-404, C.R.S.]. For more information or for any other questions email the Elections office at or call at (970) 244-1662.