Friday, June 23, 2017

Beginning July 3, get to the Motor Vehicle Office by 4 p.m.

Starting July 3, the Mesa County Motor Vehicle office will be fully staffed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, service tickets will not be issued after 4 p.m.

The Clerk and Recorder’s office encourages the public to continue to use the alternative methods for renewing their license plates such as by mail or online to save them time and avoid congested lines at the Motor Vehicle office.

For more information, visit

Thursday, June 22, 2017

I-70 Beavertail Tunnel Lighting Project

For more information or to be added to the project update list, please call 970-456-1481 or email

Expect short road delays the week of June 26

Here is the list of construction work planned for the week of June 26, road delays should be expected. The schedule is subject to change due to weather conditions.

Chip Seal

  • June 26-27: Whitewater Creek Road from Reeder Mesa Road NE 3 miles
  • June 29: 52 1/2 Road from KE Road to end of pavement

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Closure of eastbound I-70B at US 6 from June 21-22

Detours will be in place for 24-hour closure

Beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21, construction crews will close I-70B eastbound at the US 6 interchange in Grand Junction, from Rimrock Avenue to American Way.

Motorists can connect back to eastbound I-70B by following posted detours along Rimrock Avenue and American Way.

An alternate detour involves taking 25 Road south to Riverside Parkway, which will lead motorists into downtown Grand Junction.

This configuration will be in place until 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 22. I-70B eastbound will reopen that evening.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

I-70 North Avenue Interchange
Public Information Team
PI Phone: 970-822-7172

For additional information about this project, call the project information line at 970-822-7172, email the team at Information updated weekly regarding these restrictions and any safety critical traffic impacts can be found in CDOT’s weekly lane closure reports: For information on travel conditions visit, sign up for GovDelivery, or call 511. Updates are also available via Twitter @coloradodot and CDOT’s Facebook page at

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

County officials attend Colorado Counties Inc. conference

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese, left, and Delta County Commissioner Mark Roeber and CCI Executive Director Chip Taylor at the Colorado Counties Inc. annual summer conference.

Mesa County Commissioners John Justman and Rose Pugliese, along with County Administrator Frank Whidden and others, joined over 300 commissioners and other county officials from across the state in Keystone, Colo., June 5-7 for the Colorado Counties Inc. annual summer conference.

The three-day conference featured meetings on a variety of issues affecting Colorado counties. Those sessions included funding of local and state transportation needs, expanding broadband service to rural areas, enhancing forest health, and making housing more affordable.

CCI is a non-profit association that brings all 64 Colorado counties together to work on shared issues, and whose purpose is to provide assistance to county commissioners and to encourage counties to work together on issues.

CCI’s focus is on information, education and legislative representation. CCI strives to keep members up-to-date on issues that directly impact county operations. At the same time, CCI works to present a united voice to the Colorado General Assembly and other government and regulatory bodies to help shape a bright future for Colorado and its citizens.

Monday, June 19, 2017

St. Baldrick's Day is June 24 in the Grand Valley

Childhood cancer is the number one cause of death by disease of children in the United States. Worldwide, over 160,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year.

Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners Scott McInnis, left, Jim Hamlin, Robyn Carmine, Commissioner Rose Pugliese, Commissioner John Justman, and Harriet Carmine.

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed Saturday, June 24 as St. Baldrick's Day.

The St. Baldrick's Foundation is the largest volunteer-driven charity to funding research to find cures for childhood cancers.
St. Baldrick's Foundation members Jim Hamlin, Robyn Carmine and Harriet Carmine. accept the St. Baldrick's Day proclamation in public hearing.

Read the full proclamation here.

Mesa County calls upon residents to recognize the seriousness of childhood cancers and the exemplary work of the St. Baldrick's Foundation.

Join us at the 6th Annual Grand Junction Head Shaving Event on June 24, at the Lincoln Park Barn, 910 N 12th St.

Grand Valley Transit Strategic Planning Effort Begins

Project Team Seeks Public Input to Inform Community Transit Vision

As Mesa County grows and changes, Grand Valley Transit wants to make sure that our bus system is
reflective of the values, needs, and vision of our residents, employees, students, and visitors. To help achieve this, Mesa County recently initiated the process to develop a Strategic Plan for Grand Valley Transit to help guide the agency’s operations and investments over the next 10 years.

Throughout the development of Grand Valley Transit’s Strategic Plan, there will be opportunities for the community to identify issues and opportunities and to help identify the most appropriate strategic path that will meet community-supported vision and goals. The project began in April 2017 and is planned for completion by February 2018. During this time, the project team will inventory and analyze the existing transit system conditions, solicit input from the public, create a strategic vision and associated goals, and objectives based on community input, develop system route scenarios, and identify action steps to implement the Strategic Plan over time.

Tell us what you think about Grand Valley Transit and the future of transit in Mesa County.

The first public outreach effort will be held on June 22nd at each of the Transfer Facilities from 8 am to 4 pm and on June 23rd on Main Street in Grand Junction from 9am-12pm. The project team will share information about Grand Valley Transit and provide opportunities for the public to share ideas about the current and future transit system. We are looking to hear from both current riders and those that aren’t familiar with Grand Valley Transit. Please stop by to give us your ideas and input about our transit system and let us know what you value as a community member!

Can’t attend in person? Visit our website.

To further public participation in the process, a project website has been developed that provides project updates, an interactive public commenting map, and documents and plans for public review. Visit to stay involved and tell us what you think!

For more information, visit
You may also call Biz Collins at (970) 683-4339.

Friday, June 16, 2017

This Week in Pics

Mesa County Public Health participated in a statewide CDPHE exercise this week. Staff members responded to a fictional emergency in order to test their response procedures.

Managers each took a role in the response to better prepare for a real-life emergency.
Mesa County Commissioners proclaim June Bike to Work Month and June 28 Bike to Work Day. Representatives from Mesa County Public Health, Regional Transportation Planning Office, Grand Valley Bikes, and many others were present at the commissioner's public hearing to accept the proclamation.

Mesa County Transportation Planner Biz Collins and Mesa County Public Health Information & Communication Manager Katie Goddeyne talk to the commissioners about the importance of alternative transportation.

Mesa County Solid Waste Management Director Barrett Jensen, right, and staff member Beau Schmalz, celebrate Flag Day. FlagDay is celebrated marking the adoption of the American flag by the Continental Congress in the First Flag Act on June 14, 1777. The Act declared that the new flag would have "13 stripes alternate red and white: that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation."
Mesa County Solid Waste Management is grateful to the Mesa County Road and Bridge Department for letting them use their motor grader for this week's road maintenance at the landfill.

Members of the landfill crew perform road maintenance. Maintaining a path that is built on top of old landfill waste that decomposes and shifts requires lots of upkeep. Not to mention an average of 350 vehicles per day drive over it. It is not an easy task, but Site Manager Brandon Hoskin and his crew are on it. ( Brandon Hoskin is in the motor grader, and Carl Ives is on the roller).

Earlier this week speeds of more than 50 mph blew trash that was caught by the 30-foot fence out at the Mesa County landfill. The Mesa County Solid Waste Campus had to close due to the high winds.

On Monday, June 12, 2017, the Board of Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed June 2017, as Toastmasters Month in Mesa County. From left, Commissioner Scott McInnis, Jason Poitras, Commissioner John Justman, Debra Kemp, Bobbie Daniels and Commissioner Rose Pugliese.

Adult Protection Awareness Month gathering at DHS -June is National Adult Protection Month. 

Adult Protection Supervisor Candace McGuire thanks staff, and community members for their help in keeping the elderly and disabled safe in Mesa County. 

Celina Kirnberger, Workforce Center Business Services Supervisor,
is interviewed by KJCT TV about Summer Youth Employment Opportunities.

Packed house for the Values Champion Presentation for DHS & WFC
Amanda Beck (Center) reads her nomination of Marla Montoya for Values Champion.
Mesa County Solid Waste Management Director Barrett Jensen, left, runs to the door to greet residents attending the 31 Road Intersection Improvement Project.  The purpose of the project is to improve sight distances on 31 Road at the intersection with the entrance of Mesa County Composting Facility by increasing the length of the vertical curve on 31 Road.

Values Winner Ranliegh McClelland, Child Welfare, Tracey Garchar, Executive Director, Rhonda Johnson Workforce Center Nominee.   

Mesa County Attorney Patrick Coleman talks to the Inside Mesa County class on Wednesday evening about the functions of his office. 

Mesa County Department of Human Services Director Tracey Garchar discusses the various sources of funding that are used to operate his department, which includes 26 different programs.
Electricians reroute power to the distribution panels at the Mesa County Animal Services facility, 971 Coffman Road. 

Sixty-two micropiles were placed in the main part of the Mesa County Animal Services building to support the new floor. Micropile is a type of ground treatment, which acts as a supporting structure to transfer the load from the building to the ground.
Beginning June 19, the Mesa County Road and Bridge Department will start working on road improvements at the north end of 27 ¼ Road, north of H Road. The improvement site is located near the entrance of the Book Cliffs pistol range. See more at

Mesa County Road and Bridge Construction Manager Pete Mathes talks about how the 72-inch corrugated metal pipe, under the road near the entrance to the pistol range, has begun to deteriorate, which will be replaced with a new concrete reinforced pipe.

Access to the pistol range will be interrupted during the culvert replacement, but the rifle range will still be accessible.

Mesa County Public Works staff members gathered at the intersection of 25 Road and H Road to assess roadwork and come up with a solution.  

Stacy Wilson of Mesa County Noxious Weed & Pest Management and Wayne Crabbe with the City of Grand Junction search for the noxious weed yellow flag iris in Leech Creek. 

The pretty yellow iris is a popular ornamental plant near landscaped ponds but the seeds spread and grow outside of the desired boundaries and unwanted plants can obstruct stream flow and crowd out native plant populations.

Western Colorado traffic jam! 

Watch out for the cattle on the road in Collbran, Colorado.

Can you spot the seven blue herons in the cottonwood trees at Clifton Nature Park?!

Join Mesa County in keeping Clifton Nature Park a clean safe place to play and enjoy, for fishermen, rafters, cyclists, walkers, bird watchers and all of the wildlife that call this place home.

The Mesa County Employee Association (MCEA) hosted their annual Ice Cream Social for employees on Wednesday at the old Mesa County Courthouse lawn, 544 Rood Ave. MCEA President Lori Seeley, right, hands out ice cream.

Mesa County Assessor's Office Administrative Assistant Laurie Kunze, left, Public Works Office Administrator Pam Hawkins, and  Assessor's Office Appraiser Susan Andrews enjoy a treat at the MCEA ice cream social.

Mesa County employees enjoyed a bit of ice cream and good conversations, compliments of the MCEA.

The MCEA works very hard to support employees. They host an annual employee appreciation ice cream social paid by the association through fundraisers. 

Mesa County Assessor's Office staff members Matthew Kramer, left, Steve Henderson, David Metzger enjoy their sweet treats under the shade. 

Mesa County Technical Support Specialist Paul Mitts, right, causing trouble. 

The MCEA ice cream social was well attended.

Mesa County supports fundraising for childhood cancer.

Mesa County Assessor Ken Brownlee stops by the MCEA social to show support and eat some ice cream for lunch.

Mesa County Building Department Coordinator Rhiannon Foreman and Public Works Administrative Assistant Jennifer Caldwell having fun at the employee social.

Mesa County Human Resources Cindy Barnett and Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner visit at the MCEA ice cream social.

Mesa County Finance Payroll Administrator Lynn Zubek , center, chats with fellow MCEA members.

Mesa County Surveyor Patrick Green enjoying his ice cream.

The MCEA ice cream social was a big hit!

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese and Public Works Office Administrator Pam Hawkins catch up at the ice cream social. 

Mesa County Transportation Planner Biz Collins, center, is very excited about the ice cream choices!

Mesa Count Park and Facilities staff keep the gardening around county buildings looking immaculate.

The West Salt Creek Landslide struck the Grand Mesa three years ago, and it continues to be monitored by Mesa County and several other agencies.

Spring runoff at the West Salt Creek Landslide is actively monitored by Mesa County and several other agencies.

Mesa County, in conjunction with the U.S. Geological Survey, Colorado Geological Survey, U.S. Forest Service, Department of Parks and Wildlife and state officials continue to monitor the situation. Cameras, monitors and other devices are in place to alert officials of any movement.

Mesa County Public Works Surveyors Frank Kochevar and Trent Howell monitor the West Salt Creek Landslide.
Happy birthday, Cindy!