Monday, May 22, 2017

Many Mesa County offices closed Monday

Many Mesa County offices will be closed Monday, May 29, 2017, in observance of Memorial Day.

This closure includes:
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.)
Composting Facility, Hazardous Waste, Solid Waste Administration (3071 U.S. Hwy. 50)
District Attorney's Office (125 N. Spruce St.)
Facilities and Fairgrounds (2785 U.S. Hwy. 50)
Grand Valley Transit fixed and paratransit services (525 S. 6th St.)
Department of Human Services & Public Health (510 29 1/2 Road)
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.)
Solid Waste Management Campus (3071 U.S. Hwy. 50)
Tri River CSU Extension (2775 U.S. Hwy. 50)
Workforce Center (512 29 1/2 Road)

Alternate Hours:
Animal Services (971A Coffman Road near Whitewater) will be open from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

This closure does NOT include:
Coroner's Office
Criminal Justice Services (all locations)
JUCO shuttle. See the JUCO page for more information.
Sheriff's Office - Jail, Patrol, Emergency Services (215 Rice St.)

Clerk's Office to host 2017 Campaign and Political Finance Training

The Mesa County Clerk and Recorder's Office will be hosting the Secretary of State's Campaign Finance Training on June 27, at the Mesa County Central Services building, 200 S Spruce Street. RSVP no later than June 21 at

Class information
The training is open to the public. There is no cost to attend; however, you must RSVP. The training covers information for:

  • State candidates and candidate committees (including Regional Transportation District (RTD)),
  • County candidates and candidate committees (including school board and special district),
  • State and county:
  • Issue Committee (including Small-Scale)
  • Political Party
  • Independent Expenditure Committee
  • Political Committee
  • Small Donor Committee
  • Political Organization (527)
  • Municipal committees and candidates should consult with their municipal clerk for local regulations.

If you have any questions contact Campaign Finance Support at or 303-894-2200 (dial 3 then 1).

Reservation requests
Send your reservation request to or call 303-894-2200 (dial 3 then 1).
Please include the following information:

  • Your name, phone number, and email address
  • Number of attendees
  • Name or type of committee you represent, if any

Commissioners proclaim Emergency Medical Services and Colorado Cattlemen's Association Week, and pay tribute to history

The Mesa County Commissioners this morning gave their approval to several proclamations requested by the community:

Emergency medical services professionals attend the Commissioners' public hearing to accept the Emergency Medical Services Week proclamation, which recognizes the value and accomplishments of EMS providers.

EMS professionals are honored in public hearing for their dedication in providing lifesaving care to those in need 24 hours a day.

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners declares May 21-27, 2017, as Emergency Medical Services Week in Mesa County. The EMS team consists of emergency medical technicians, paramedics, firefighters emergency physicians, emergency nurses,  administrators, dispatchers, and others.

Mesa County EMS System Coordinator Mike Hill talks to the Mesa County Commissioners and hearing attendees about the importance of emergency medical services providers and the vital role they play in our community's wellbeing. Emergency medical services providers have traditionally served as the safety net of Mesa County's health care system.

EMS Council Member Kelly Wilkinson, Grand Junction Emergency Manager Gus Hendricks. Palisade Fire Chief Richard Rupp, Grand Junction EMS Chief Sheldon Kier, EMS Council Member Dr. Joe Kupets, Clifton Fire Chief Charles Balke, Mesa County EMS System Coordinator Mike Hill, EMS Council Member Gene Dreyer and Mesa County Emergency Manager Andy Martsolf.

The Board of County Commissioners honored the Colorado Cattlemen's Association on its 150th anniversary. From left, Commissioner John Justman, Commissioner Scott McInnis, Colorado Cattlemen’s Association board member Janie Van Winkle and Commissioner Rose Pugliese.

Janie Van Winkle of Van Winkle Ranch attends the Commissioners' public hearing to accept the proclamation on behalf of the Cattlemen's Association. Van Winkle, a fourth-generation Mesa County rancher, is currently the only woman on the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association Board.

Mesa County Commissioner John Justman and Colorado Cattlemen's Association Board of Directors member Janie Van Winkle. 
Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis, left, ECV- Robert Leroy Parker Chapter No. 1889 Chapter Historian Gary Parrott, Commissioner John Justman and Commissioner Rose Pugliese.

Friday, May 19, 2017

This Week in Pics

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners declares May 15-21, 2017, as National Police Week in Mesa County. From left, Commissioner McInnis, Captain Rowell, Grand Junction Police Deputy Chief  Zen, Commissioner Pugliese, Commissioner Justman, and Captain Smith.

A joint Color Guard of the Grand Junction Police Department and Mesa County Sheriff's Office proceeds to the public hearing room to present the colors in honor of Police Week, which honors the brave men and women who work to serve and protect our community.

In celebration of Police Week, Mesa County Facilities participates in the Bearcat pull competition at the Mesa County Sheriff's campus, 215 Rice St.

Although the Mesa County Facilities did not win, they sure gave it their best effort. Proceeds from the competition were raised for the Special Olympics. 
Congratulations to the Mesa County Sheriff's Office Detentions Team for beating out all law enforcement teams and taking home the trophy for the Bearcat pull! 

Commissioners declare Mesa County as a Certified Work Ready Community and call upon all residents to recognize the Mesa County Workforce Center for their vital role in the economic development of Mesa County.
Mesa County Workforce Center Director Curtis Englehart accepts the Work Ready Community Initiative proclamation in public hearing. “This Initiative has finally given us an objective tool to map our skilled workforce. We also have 124 Mesa County businesses participating as a Work Ready Community Partner, Mesa County Workforce Center Director Curtis Englehart said. "This has been a huge community effort that should pay economic dividends in making Mesa County more attractive to businesses thinking to relocate and for current businesses that are looking to be more efficient in their hiring process.”

Health Promotion Specialist Emily Roberston, left, Environmental Health Specialist Michelle Colon, center, and Health Promotion Specialist Katie Smith take a break for a photo at the 2017 Ute Water Festival at Colorado Mesa University earlier this week. The team taught Western Slope fifth graders about healthy and safe water.

BLM PIO Chris Joyner, left, Regional Epidemiologist Andy Tyler, center, and Regional Epidemiologist Tom Orr talked about spring diseases such as tularemia, plague and hantavirus on KAFM Radio on Thursday.

On Wednesday, Mesa County Criminal Justice Service Shift Supervisor Nick Brutosky, left, and Criminal Justice Officer Chad Music grilled burgers to help raise funds for the CJSD Partners Superstars Team.  

Mesa County Criminal Justice Service Shift Supervisor Nick Brutosky, left, and Clinical Director Jason Talley help out at the CJSD Employee BBQ to benefit Mesa County Partners, a program that makes a difference in the lives of young people by helping them develop a positive self-image, a sense of belonging, and acceptance of responsibility for their actions.
Mesa County employees and Surveyor Patrick Green, right, enjoy food and refreshments at the CJSD BBQ. Tickets for the meal were priced at $10 to raise money for Partners, a local youth program. 

Criminal Justice Service Clinical Director Jason Talley, left, looks to his right in shock. What was he looking at? Perhaps he was surprised to find out CJSD raised over $1,200 for the CJSD Partners Superstars Team. Great job!

Adult Services Director Grant Jackson presents Supervisor Adult Protection Candace McGuire with the DHS/WFC Monthly Values Champion award. 

On Monday, Mesa County Road and Bridge crew members seal cracks on the roads in District C.

On Thursday, Mesa County Road and Bridge crews snow plow in District C.  

Mesa County Road and Bridge District C is prepared for whatever the weather throws at them. This week they started crack sealing on roads under sunny skies, but by the end of the week, they dealt with snow on the road.

Mesa Commissioner Scott McInnis kicks off this spring's Inside Mesa County class.

Mesa County Commissioners Pugliese and McInnis talk to the IMC class about the importance of community involvement in local government and encouraged attendees to apply to a Mesa County volunteer board. 

Mesa County Administrator Frank Whidden talks to the IMC class about the current economic state of the county.

Out with the old, in with the new! Upgrades start at the Mesa County Fairgrounds Pavilion, which are expected to be completed before the fair starts.

The lights at the Mesa County Fairgrounds Pavilion will be replaced with more efficient ones.

Progress continues on Buckskin Hill Road, 58 1/2 Road just south of Collbran. The gravel road opened for through traffic on Wednesday evening.

This September Buckskin Hill Road will be paved. A two-week closure is expected to complete the paving work.

Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Division Director Jackie Campbell speaks on marriage license issuance time at the Denver Peak Academy. 

Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner, left, at the Peak Academy in Denver. Peak Academy trains and coaches employees at all levels to improve the way government works. 
Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Division Director Jackie Campbell, left, at the Denver Peak Academy. 

The Fun Bunch at DHS/WFC and Public Health, collect sunscreen to be donated to area Child Care Centers that provide care for low-income families in Mesa County. From left, Heidi Belatti HHS, Kezia Schmidt DHS, Lisa Snyder HHS, Jane Hart DHS, Amy Joy, DHS,  Brynn Jestes, DHS, Kiira Moore, DHS.

They couldn't be the Fun Bunch without a silly photo demonstrating sunscreen use.

Volunteers and employees from CCA, BLM, Colorado Department of Agriculture, Tamarisk Coalition and Mesa County Noxious Weed & Pest Management taught lessons at various stations within the Devil's Canyon area.

Colorado Canyons Association hosted Nature Knowledge Days at Devil's Canyon in the McInnis Canyon National Conservation Area for approximately 800 D51 students in May.

Students learned about the ancient people, early settlers, wildlife, archeology, plants and more during a scavenger hunt field trip to Devil's Canyon.

Teresa Nees with Noxious Weed & Pest Management and Nina Louden with the Palisade Insectary taught students about invasive weeds and the tamarisk beetle biocontrol.

Mesa County Noxious Weed Management is on location at Valley Grown Nursery to help solve your weed worries and offer gift cards to purchase a new plant in exchange for your ornamental noxious weeds!

Eliminate noxious weeds and receive a gift card to a local nursery. Learn more here.

Mesa County Road and Bridge crew members lay a concrete pad to install a new feature at the Coffman Road facility. Stay tuned.

Mesa County Weed & Pest seasonal employees trekked to Montrose on their first day of work for the Colorado Weed Management Association regional training class to learn the beginnings of weed identification and management.

Mesa County Weed & Pest seasonal employees traveled to the Colorado Weed Management Association regional training course in Montrose, Colorado to learn more about weed identification and management. 

Expect short road delays the week of May 22

Here is the list of construction work planned for the week of May 22, road delays should be expected. The schedule is subject to change due to weather conditions.

Asphalt Paving (Fruita, Redlands Area):
K Road, from 21 1/2 Road to 22 1/2 Road
25 Road, from Grand Junction City limits to I-70 Overpass
S Easter Hill Drive, from the cul-de-sac to SE S Broadway
Easter Hill Court, from the cul-de-sac to N Easter Hill Drive
N Easter Hill Drive, from the cul-de-sac to SE S Easter Hill Drive
S Broadway, from Vista Grande to Highway 340
Vista Grande, from Highway 340 to S Broadway
E Alcove, from Highway 340 to S Broadway
23 Road, from Highway 340 to end of pavement

Shoulder Work (Fruita, Redlands Area):
14 Road, from O Road to Q Road
17 ¼ Road, from Fruita city limits to K ¾ Road
K 6/10 Road, from 17 ½ Road to 18 Road
17 ½ Road, from K 6/10 Road to N 3/10 Road
K ¾ Road, from 17 Road to 17 ½ Road
L Road, from 18 Road to 20 Road
18 ½ Road, from M Road to M ¾ Road

Concrete (Redlands Area): 
Monument Village Subdivision

Chip & Seal (Palisade Area):

Monday, May 22
Rapid Creek Road, from end of pavement to BLM turn around

Tuesday, May 23
Cherokee St., from Bower Ave. East to the end of the street
Alley, from Kluge to Peach (by C&F)
Brentwood Drive, from 2016 chip seal to end of pavement
S Granada Drive, from East Brentwood to Creekside Circle
N Granada Drive, from East Brentwood to Creekside Circle

Wednesday, May 24-25
36 1/4 Road, from Highway 6 to Riverbend Park gate
Palisade Cemetery (all streets within)