Friday, October 7, 2016

This Week in Pics

Mesa County Department of Human Services hosted a Community Resource Fair. The event gave over 20 community agencies the opportunity to share information and network on ways to better serve struggling families in Mesa County.
Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Educator Ashley Hamilton chats with a WIC family about the eWIC card, which will speed up the shopping process for WIC families. KKCO 11 News Reporter Carly Moore captured it all on camera.
Environmental Health Specialist Michelle Colon runs water analysis for private water systems. 
Health Administrative Specialist Sarah Debrucque helps a customer with birth and death record requests. The cabinet next her contains documents from the early 1900s.

Mel Bamford of Noxious Weed Management cuts down a young Russian olive tree along Hunter Wash at 22 and K Road where large-scale invasive tree removal occurred in 2013. The weed crew treats new weeds annually to prevent over-growth and protect wetland habitat.
Before and after: Noxious Weed Management cut and treated some unsightly tamarisk on Coffman Road near the Animal Services building. 
Clerks to the Board Lorie Westermire, left, and Deydra Bassett, attend, record and maintain official documents of the Board of County Commissioners' public meetings. 

Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner along with staff members hosted the Inside Mesa County (IMC) class and gave participants an up-close look at the internal operations of the Clerk to the Board, Elections, Motor Vehicle, and Recording.

From left to right: Elections Manager Patti Inscho, Clerk & Recorder Sheila Reiner, Elections Director Amanda Polson, and Motor Vehicle Manager Bobbie Gross.

Clerk & Recorder Sheila Reiner visits with the IMC class before getting started with her presentation. 

Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner shares that she has been appointed to the Electronic Recording Technology Board. Some of the board's core goals are to standardize the recording process across Colorado. 

Elections Manager Patti Inscho demonstrates how Agilis, a mail sorter with specialized software, opens and sorts ballots.

Agilis can image, count, sort, and compare signatures accurately and quickly.

Elections Director Amanda Polson explains how in-person ballots are printed and processed.
Commissioner Rose Pugliese congratulates Timberline Bank, award winner of a 2016 Colorado Companies to Watch.

Public Works hosted an appreciation breakfast to recognize staff for a job well done. The Road and Bridge Department was highlighted for completing a successful chip seal and overlay season. Public works services are of vital significance for the safety and well-being of our community.

Brady Startain (Traffic) smiles at the camera while he pours hot sauce on his burrito.

Gabe Hardies (R&B), center, and Mike Grundy (R&B), center right, scramble enough eggs to feed an army. 

Brandon Bruton (R&B), left, warms up tortillas while Rudy Bevan (R&B) drinks his coffee.
Carrie Gudorff (Engineering) sprinkles toppings on her breakfast. 
Heather Conder (R&B) runs around coordinating and making sure everything runs smoothly. 
Jared Houck (R&B) looks into the camera.
Commissioner John Justman and Todd Reed (R&B) look for a place to sit.
From left, Keith Hatch and Dave Livingston (R&B)
Kent Almond and Mike Doyhenard (R&B) engaged in conversation. 
Kevin Meininger (R&B) scoops some green chili.
Louie Dorlac (Engineering) and Terry Nash (R&B).
Maintenance District Manager Otis Darnell is ready to warm up more tortillas.
Paul Popish (Fleet) pouring salsa.
Road Supervisor Rudy Bevan making sure everyone gets something to eat.
Scott Mai (Engineering), left, adds onions to his burrito.
Commissioner Scott McInnis compliments the chefs for preparing the delicious breakfast burritos.
After breakfast, the guys talk shop and catch up.
Tony Fuoco and Gary Greenough (Fleet) fix their plates.
Travis Cole (R&B) goes through the breakfast line.
Mel Bamford (W&P) chatting with Carrie Gudorff.
From left, Brian Schroeder, and Dale Silzell (R&B).
John Justman and Rose Pugliese with two MPact Girls from the Church on the Rock who came by for a tour.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Residents invited to upcoming 2017 proposed budget town halls

Preliminary budget proposal will be presented in public hearing on Oct. 10

The community is invited to learn more about Mesa County’s proposed 2017 budget at three upcoming town hall meetings hosted by the Board of County Commissioners.

Town hall meeting dates include:
  • Wednesday, Oct. 26, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Starvin Arvin’s, 3247 F Road in Clifton
  • Thursday, Nov. 3, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Old Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave., public hearing room on the second floor
  • Monday, Nov. 14, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Fruita Community Center, 324 N. Coulson Ave.
Comments on the proposed budget are also encouraged through the following venues:
  • Facebook:
  • E-mail:
  • Board of County Commissioner Hearings
    • Hearings are typically held every Monday morning at 9 a.m. at 544 Rood Ave. The hearings include an unscheduled business portion of the agenda. Community members are welcome to provide feedback on the proposed 2017 budget at that time. For upcoming Commissioner hearing agendas, visit
Final adoption of the budget is planned for the Dec. 5 public hearing at 9 a.m.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

County Commissioner Pugliese tours Jordan Cove site

Mesa County Commissioner Pugliese along with other leaders who are in support of the Jordan Cove Liquefaction and Pacific Connector Pipeline Projects, traveled to the Pacific coast to continue to voice their strong support.

Commissioner Pugliese toured the Jordan Cove facility, in Coos Bay, Oregon, and met with Coos County Commissioner Melissa Cribbins, State Representative Caddy McKeown and officials of the Port of Coos Bay. Much of their discussions were centered around economic recovery for rural Coos County and western Colorado counties that have been struggling financially for quite some time.

Other topics included the potential opportunity that the pipeline would have in stabilizing our economy from the boom and bust cycles, and the benefits to Japan, both from a geopolitical stabilization perspective and from an environmental standpoint.

If approved, the project would allow exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from northwestern Colorado to the Asian market.

An invitation was extended to the Coos Bay community to come to western Colorado to see firsthand the "other side of the pipeline."

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Public Works Employee Appreciation Breakfast

Public Works managers hosted and cooked breakfast to recognize their dedicated staff.

The breakfast is held a few times a year to show appreciation.

Part of the celebration was the end of a very successful chip seal and overlay season. Up next is snow plowing season!

Public works services are of vital significance for the safety and well-being of our community.