Friday, September 30, 2016

This Week in Pics

To close the celebration of National Workforce Development Month, Mesa County Worforcenter hosted a breakfast for businesses, and nearly 100 business partners attended to network and learn about the benefits of being a Work Ready Community.

With over 40 employees and numerous career opportunities, the 2016 Jobfest job fair was a great success. Thanks to all the business, job seekers and staff that attended and came together to promote economic development and vitality in our community.

Celina Kirnberger and John Flanagan with the Workforce Center

The Mesa County Road and Bridge Department was busy this week excavating to put in a foundation for a new storage facility for the Traffic Department. It's all about teamwork and helping each other out!

Can we dig it? Yes, we can!
Travis Cole operating the excavator 
Inside Mesa County (IMC) class participants toured the Solid Waste Management campus and learned about the processes and internal operations of the various programs.

Mesa County Hazardous Waste Collection Facility

Recycle, reuse, reduce!

Hazardous Material Manager Hope Petrie explains how latex paint is processed 

Paint processing station

Cooking oil cannot go into the landfill

Unmarked substances must be tested and processed using this chart 

IMC class looks out into the landfill

Thousands of tires sit at the landfill

In twenty years this area will be completely filled with trash.

All loads going to the Landfill or Transfer Station MUST BE TARPED and SECURED. 

Organic Materials Composting Facility

Mesa Magic compost

The Mesa County Noxious Weed and Pest Management sampled phragmites stands to test for exotic species in Rio Blanco County.

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Teresa Nees collecting a phragmites sample is really "in the weeds" this time.
Sarah Wilson and Mel Bamford soak in the mountain view and fall colors at the top of Douglas Pass

Teresa Nees and her phragmites samples 

Mesa County Department of Human Services and Workforcenter Leadership Institute candidates share their paper results of a blindfolded listening activity.

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners, Towns and Municipalities joined the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) in a meeting to discuss transportation issues and future projects.

Members of the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife (CPW) stopped by to meet and update the Commissioners.

Commissioners Justman & Pugliese with CPW

Mesa County received a Lottery Starburst Award for utilizing Lottery funds in the creation of the Monument View Trail, a project that helps protect the Colorado River and promotes outdoor recreation.

From left, Commissioner John Justman, Commissioner Rose Pugliese and Colin Waters, Colorado Lottery media relations specialist.

Commissioners shake hands with Colin Waters 

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

Administration celebrated Linda Frasier's birthday!

From left, Commissioner Pugliese, Kristen Cole, Linda Frasier (birthday girl), Stephanie Reecy and Rene Romero

Commissioner McInnis didn't eat cake but somehow managed to get it on his shirt! 

Mesa County Elections and party representatives from the Democratic and Republican parties performed a Logic and Accuracy Test on the voting equipment that will be used in the General Election to make sure it is running properly.


Monday, September 26, 2016

Monument View Trail gets recognition

Mesa County received a Lottery Starburst Award for utilizing Lottery funds in the creation of the Monument View Trail, a project that helps protect the Colorado River and promotes outdoor recreation.

The Monument Trails, more commonly known as the Fruita Connection, is an 8.3-mile trail that ties into the larger 25-mile Colorado Riverfront Trail System which stretches from Loma to Palisade. The trail gives the public ample opportunity to experience and interact with the Colorado River.