Friday, February 17, 2017

This Week in Pics

Mesa County Health Department Executive Director Jeff Kuhr went live on Fox 4 News with Chelsea Helms to talk about Crisis Text Line, this week. Healthy Mesa County is promoting Crisis Text Line throughout Mesa County, giving residents one more tool to put in their mental health toolbox. Visit for more info about Crisis Text Line or simply text "HELLO" to 741741.
The Mesa County Sheriff's Office reunites an Urn found among stolen property with its owner. 21-year-old Sarah O. said she had placed the Urn containing her father's ashes in the center console of her car while she moved last November. When she went to retrieve it, it was gone. Then, on Monday her friends saw the Mesa County Sheriff's Office post on Facebook about a found Keepsake Urn. Sarah said she couldn't believe it, she thought she would never see it again. The Keepsake Urn was found among stolen property recovered on November 3, 2016. Deputies were unable to find the rightful owner turned to the public and the power of social media. Sarah was located in a matter of hours.

News Channel 5 Reporter John Madden interviews Commissioner John Justman on his recent appointment by Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to the BLM's Southwest Resource Advisory Council. The Southwest RAC consists of members with diverse interests and backgrounds that advise the agency on public land management issues in Colorado. Mesa County Commissioner John Justman was appointed to represent Mesa County. For more information about the Southwest Resource Advisory Council, visit

Master Gardener Kathy Devine teaches a floral arrangement class just in time for Valentine's Day. The Tri River Area Master Gardener Program began in 1978 with eight volunteers and has grown to include about 150 members today. Well over 1000 people have gone through the program. 

The flower arrangement course taught by Master Gardener Kathy Devine gives students a great foundation on the technical tricks of flower arranging as well as composition, color, and design.

Master Gardener Kathy Devine demonstrates how to arrange an effortless, fresh, modern submerged silk flower centerpiece, 

Master Gardener Kathy Devine explains floral arrangement techniques. In addition to teaching citizens about flower arrangements, during an average year, Tri River Area Master Gardeners assist 10,000 members of our communities in solving their yard and garden problems and becoming better gardeners.

This course gives students a great foundation on the technical tricks of flower arranging as well as composition, color, and design.

Master Gardener Kathy Devine teaches a floral arrangement class just in time for Valentine's Day.

Master Gardener Kathy Devine's demonstrates how to arrange basic floral arrangement using red and white carnations.

Community members learn about how to essential principles and practical step-by-step techniques for floral arranging.

Master Gardener Kathy Devine demonstrates floral arrangement techniques including explaining products and finishing touches like ribbon tying.

The Colorado State University Extension Tri River Area Horticulture Program extends research-based information about plant-related concerns to home gardeners, the Green Industry (nurseries, sod farms, lawn care companies, arborists, etc.), commercial vegetable producers, government entities, and other community members and agencies in Mesa, Delta, Montrose, San Miguel and Gunnison Counties. For information about gardening and horticulture, visit

From left, CSU Extension Horticulture Coordinator Susan Honea, with Master Gardener Kathy Devine.

Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) Nurse Michelle Howland, left, looks through clothes with one of her clients at the NFP Valentine's Day Clothing Exchange Tuesday. NFP moms brought in baby clothes to exchange with one another, enjoyed snacks and took photos at the selfie booth. To learn more about NFP, visit

 CSU Extension hosted the annual Western Colorado Pest Management Workshop at Two Rivers Convention Center. Nearly 300 people attended including farmers, orchardists, workers from private pest management companies; and city, county, state and federal employees.

Hundreds of people attend the Western Colorado Pest Management Workshop at Two Rivers Convention Center.

The annual Western Colorado Pest Management Workshop was hosted this year at the Two Rivers Convention Center.

 Guest speaker, JJ McCool from Alabama, gives a talk about wildlife pest solutions. He gave some additional examples of problems he encounters in the South: alligators.

Bob Hammon, CSU Extension Entomologist (middle) talks with speakers and attendee at Western Colorado Pest Management Workshop. Topics include: how to manage weed infestations, insect identification, common diseases in lawns and turf, as well as information about bark beetles, bats, and how to control pests while keeping people and wildlife safe.
Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Intern Alyssa Collins presents during a WIC class for WIC families Wednesday. WIC is a nutrition-focused program, so Alyssa helped families prepare a healthy snack. Visit to learn more about WIC.
Department of Human Services and Workforcenter staff await the results of the monthly Values Champion presentation, a monthly recognition program that highlights employees who extraordinary exhibit the following values: humanity, balance, honesty, inclusion, and teamwork.

Department of Human Services Executive Director Tracey Garchar (left) presents a trophy to this month's Values Champs: Hilary Schwartz and Joe Gaizuts from Adult Services. Congratulations, Value Champs!
Mesa County Sheriff's Office Information & Communication Manager Megan Terlecky assembles an easel stand to display a photograph of Deputy Derek Geer in his honor and remembrance at the Mesa County Sheriff's Office lobby.  

Commissioner Rose Pugliese is in Denver at the Colorado Counties legislative meetings where she debates bills to represent Mesa County’s priorities.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office receives a surprise from a few students in Palisade High School's IB program. Hannah Pacheco, Destiny Mendenhall, and Maddie Strychalski made cookies for the S.O. as part of their Creative Action and Service (CAS) project.

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