Thursday, December 22, 2016

This Week in Pics

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners officiates the last public hearing of the year on Monday, Dec 19. The Board enters an order on its records of proceedings—levying against the valuation for assessment of all taxable property located in the County and in the towns, cities, school districts and special districts, as of Jan. 1, 2017, for the taxes necessary for all purposes required by law.
Mesa County Planning, Colorado Old Spanish Association, and the National Park Service, National Trails Intermountain Region, earlier this year wrote the NPF Active Trails Grant Proposal to establish the "Back to the Trail" event at the Old Spanish National Historic Trail (at the Whitewater Trailhead on Coffman Road), to further develop the trail and raise community awareness and encourage residents to experience the outdoors. The NFP grant funded pedestrian signs to mark the trail.

 Emergency Preparedness & Response specialists Nanci Quintana, front right, Travis Dorr, front left and Jen Stepleton take a break for a photo at the Health Department.

Health Promotion Specialist Troy Ward, left, enjoys a cup of cocoa served by Mesa County Health Department Executive Director Jeff Kuhr and Department of Human Services and Workforce Center Executive Director Tracey Garchar on Tuesday. Staff enjoyed a break with cocoa and cookies thanks to the two directors.

 EPR Specialist Travis Dorr, left, and Regional Epidemiologist Andy Tyler were feeling festive on Holiday Hat Day at the Health Department on Tuesday. 
The Mesa County Assessor's Office hosted the Giving Tree, the tree had over 130 tags with foster children's names and ages for employees to pick from to give a gift to a child in need this holiday season.     

Mesa County employees gift hundreds of presents to children in the Mesa County Foster Care Program.  

Thank you all of those who selflessly donated gifts to children in need. 

Over 130 children will experience extra joy on Christmas thanks to the
generosity of Mesa County employees

Generous donations by County employees to spread the holiday cheer!

Helping young people in foster care through the holidays.

'Tis the season to be jolly.

The Assessor's Office was taken over by gifts going to children in foster care

Next year, a bigger tree!

Most Mesa County administrative offices will close on Monday, Dec. 26 and Monday, Jan. 2, in observance of the Christmas and New Year holidays.

 A special thanks to all of those who took the opportunity to make a difference in a child's life.

The Assessor's Office van is so full of gifts for foster kids that they ran out of room!
A truck-load of gifts!

Happy holidays from the Old Mesa County Courthouse.
From left: Sarah Kawashima, Kacey Watts and Julie Williams painting Christmas ornaments at the Mesa County Workforce Center.

From left, Kori Willis, Hayden Harrell and Nalany Lefever Painting Christmas ornaments at Mesa County Central Services Building (CSB).

From left, Doris Guajardo, Jessica Guajardo, Kristen Aragon and Roxanne Delay painting Christmas ornaments at CSB.

 Michelle Boyd from Economic Assistance showing her Christmas spirit on "Sweater Day."

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday and a very happy new year!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Commissioners appoint new members to the Grand Junction Regional Airport Authority Board

The Mesa County Commissioners, in public hearing, recently appointed Tom Benton and Robin Brown to serve on the authority to help set policies and oversee the operations of the Grand Junction Regional Airport.

Tom Benton

Robin Brown

Benton and Brown join incumbents Steve Wood, Troy Ball, David Murray, Paul Nelson and Rick Taggart on the airport board.

“The Grand Junction Regional Airport is a very important entity for the continued economic prosperity of the Grand Valley,” Benton said. “Having lived through two significant downturns, one recognizes the importance of developing new business operations, and a key to that will be convenient and competitive transportation in and out of this area.”

Benton is currently the director of Colorado Mesa University’s Maverick Innovation Center and is a former chairman of the Grand Valley Rural Power and Grand Junction Economic Partnership boards.

“I believe that the airport is an essential asset to the long-term growth and economic health of our community and that its full potential has yet to be tapped,” said Brown. “I have incredible confidence in the new airport director and would like to be a part of a board that helps him achieve what he thinks is possible.”

Brown is the owner of Brown House PR & Events and is a former US Army helicopter pilot and strategic planner and development director for the Avalon Cornerstone Project.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Many county offices will close for the holidays

Most Mesa County administrative offices will close on Monday, Dec. 26 and Monday, Jan. 2, in observance of the Christmas and New Year holidays.

 Observed holiday closures:
  • Administration, Assessor, County Commissioners, County Attorney, Financial Services, Human Resources, IT, Surveyor, Treasurer (544 Rood Ave.)
  • Clerk & Recorder: Motor Vehicle/Recording/Elections/Clerk to the Board (200 S. Spruce St.)
  • Facilities and Fairgrounds (2785 U.S. Hwy. 50)
  • Health Department & Department of Human Services (510 29 1/2 Road)
  • Solid Waste Management Campus (3071 U.S. Hwy. 50)
  • Public Works, Building, and Planning (971 Coffman Road & 200 S. Spruce St.)
  • Regional Transportation Planning Office (525 S. Sixth St.)
  • Sheriff’s Office: Records and Civil Divisions (215 Rice St.)
  • Tri River CSU Extension (2775 U.S. Hwy. 50)
  • Workforce Center (512 29 1/2 Road)

Actual holiday closures:
  • Animal Services (971A Coffman Road near Whitewater) will close on Sunday, Dec. 25 and Sunday, Jan. 1 but will be open on Monday, Dec. 26 and Monday, Jan. 2 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Grand Valley Transit ("GVT") (525 S. 6th Street) will close on Sunday, Dec. 25 and Sunday, Jan. 1 but will be open on Monday, Dec. 26 and Monday, Jan. 2.

Closures do NOT include:
  • Coroner's Office
  • Criminal Justice Services (all locations)
  • Sheriff’s Office: Jail, Patrol, Emergency Services (215 Rice St.)