Saturday, September 24, 2016

Notice of Logic and Accuracy Test

Mesa County Elections will perform a Logic and Accuracy test between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on September 30 for voting equipment being used in the General Election this fall.
The test will be performed at the Mesa County Elections Office by Elections staff and party representatives from the Democratic and Republican parties.
The equipment, which has been provided by the Denver-based company Dominion Voting Systems, was adopted by counties throughout the state this spring after the Secretary of State’s office selected it as the statewide uniform voting system. 
The Logic and Accuracy test allow the Elections office, the party representatives and the public to be confident that the equipment is running efficiently.

For further information or if you have any questions, email or call  (970) 244-1662.

Friday, September 23, 2016

This Week in Pics

DHS staff gathers to recognize the success of contributions to United Way of Mesa County and the Men in Heels Fundraiser benefitting Hilltop’s Latimer House.

From left, LeeAnna Tallman, Sara Kieran, Josh Kennedy, Dalys Otberg, Karen Folks, Lilian Madadian, Kathy Gerlock, Bridgett Mancera, Amy Joy, Jessica Guajardo, Michelle Trujillo, Candice Logsdon, Kelly Graff, Susan Skyberg

Rosie Mellin was selected as the August DHS “You Brighten My Day” winner!
Tilly (DA's Victim Advocate Canine Companion) working hard at HR.

The Grand Junction Central Warriors football team has a home non-conference game vs. Fruita Monument today at 7 pm. This game is causing some friendly rivalry in the Sheriff's office because Lt. Holdren's kid plays football for Central High School, and Investigators Lissah Norcross and Danny Norris have a Fruita Monument High School football player (and band members). Sergeant Byrne, who took the picture, had no other option but to referee! 

From left, Danny Norris, David Holdren, Lissah Norcross showing team spirit

Commissioner John Justman and Gary Harmon from the Daily Sentinel 
Commissioner Pugliese gets ready for an interview

Commissioner McInnis waiting for the meeting to start
County Administrator Frank Whidden and Commissioner Pugliese meeting with the City of Grand Junction's administrator and mayor to talk about joint projects.

Commissioner Pugliese
Discussion regarding joint projects
Colorado State University President Tony Frank stopped by Mesa County to discuss extension services.

From left, Patrick Coleman, Pete Baier, Dan Caris, Scott McInnis

Colorado State University President Tony Frank

This week the Inside Mesa County class got to learn from the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the County Attorney's Office.

County Attorney Patrick Coleman and Attorney Kellie Starritt presented to the Inside Mesa County what the County Attorney's office does and how it works.
DHS Deputy Director Scott Aker talked about fiscal operations and quality assurance
DHS Executive Director Tracey Garchar talked about the services that are provided for the aging population.

The Sheriff's Office had fun participating in the Crime Stoppers Golf Tournament. Jason Haferman won the "longest drive."
Jason Haferman and Pete Dalrymple
Jason Haferman
Pete Dalrymple
 From left, Pete Dalrymple, Cathy Tate, and Jason Haferman

A class from Appleton Elementary made several "Thank You" cards for the Mesa County Sheriff's Office and Deputy Ryan Morrison was there to accepted them.

Deputy Ryan Morrison picks up "Thank You" cards from Appleton Elementary.

New truck for the RAD deputies

Patrolling the Fairgrounds
Canadian Geese fly over the Fairgrounds

Thursday, September 22, 2016

County project selected for award

Mesa County, Colo. - The Colorado Lottery announced Mesa County will receive a 2016 Starburst Award for the Monument View Trail, more commonly known as the Fruita Connection of the Colorado Riverfront Trail. The County will receive the award at the Commissioners’ Sept. 26 administrative public hearing at the Old County Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave at 9 am.

The Monument View Trail is an 8.3-mile portion of the Colorado Riverfront Trail System that connects Grand Junction to Fruita. The completion of this project further enhanced the preservation of wildlife habitat, open spaces and recreational activities.

“The Monument View Trail is one of twenty-two projects that emerged with inventiveness and inspiration,” said Colin Waters, Colorado Lottery media relations specialist.

Starburst Awards recognize the excellent use of Lottery proceeds that are passed on through Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), Conservation Trust Fund (CTF), Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW) or Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) for community and conservation projects.

Mesa County was selected as a winner based on project creativity, community economic and social impact and project goal achievement.

"The Starburst Award projects are a reflection of Colorado's commitment to the enhancement and protection of our beautiful outdoors," said Lottery Director Laura Solano. "The Lottery is proud to recognize the 2016 Starburst Award winners for their creativity and vision in their respective projects and their economic, and social impact on their communities."

Monday, September 19, 2016

Election Information is out!

Sample ballots are available and here is the link:

It's important that everyone verifies their voter registration mailing address.  This can be accomplished electronically by visiting www.govotecolorado.comand do it this week!  We provide our voter registration data for mail ballot packet prep to our vendor on Monday.  

Ballots mail out the week of October 17th!  Let us know if you have any questions! Elections direct line is 244-1662.

Constitution Week, Sept. 17-23, 2016

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners today proclaimed September 17-23, 2016, as Constitution Week and encourages residents to reflect during this week on the many benefits of our Federal Constitution.

To read the proclamation click here.

Mary McFarlin, the regent for the Mount Garfield Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, accepted the proclamation.

Commissioners proclaim the week of Sept. 17-23, as Constitution Week
Mary McFarlim, from the Daughters of the American Revolution 
The Board presents the proclamation to Mary
Celebrating the anniversary of the signing of our Constitution

Voter registration changes should be done by Sept. 25

To ensure voters receive their ballots when they are first mailed out the week of October 17, the Mesa County Elections office is recommending that any changes to a voter’s registration record should be done by Sunday, September 25.

If a voter is unsure if their information is up-to-date, or if they’d like to update their information, they may contact or visit the Elections office at 200 S Spruce St, Grand Junction or visit the Secretary of State’s voter registration website at

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