Monday, May 8, 2017

This Week in Pics

Last week’s volunteer event at the Clifton Nature Park was a great success! In honor of National Volunteer Week, Alpine Bank, Clifton Sanitation, the Desert Rivers Collaborative, Mesa County and the Tamarisk Coalition along with many volunteers cleaned the Clifton Nature Park!

Volunteers undertake park cleaning with enthusiasm!

In honor of National Volunteer Week, many Mesa County residents got together to help clean the Clifton Nature Park.

Participants carry buckets full of trash they collected. 

As part of National Volunteer Week, volunteers went out to the Clifton Nature Park to remove weeds and trash.

A volunteer cuts down some Tamarisk (also known as saltcedar), which has taken the place of native trees and shrubs, like cottonwood, aspen, gamble oak, willow, and mesquite and now infests rivers, streams, and wetlands in Mesa County. For more information on Tamarisk, visit

Mesa County community members help remove Tamarisk along the Colorado River.

Volunteers remove Tamarisk at the Clifton Nature Park, which is located on the south side of D Road between 32 1/4 and 32 1/2 Road, next door to Clifton Sanitation District.

While volunteers do some clean-up at the Clifton Nature Park, they also enjoy the beautiful view of Mt. Garfield.

Volunteers help clean up tires out of the Colorado River at the Clifton Nature Park.

Tamarisk is a shrubby tree that can grow to be 20-feet tall. Tamarisk leaves are scale-like with salt-secreting glands. The flowers are small, bright pink to white, and produce up to 500,000 seeds/plant throughout a growing season, usually from April to October. For more information, visit
Thank you to all the volunteers for keeping our community and landscapes beautiful and clean!

Western Colorado Contractors Association and local builders testify at the Commissioners' hearing on May 1, 2017, and urge the Commissioners to increase building fees to help better staff the Mesa County Building Department.

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed May 2017 as Foster Parent Appreciation Month to acknowledge foster parents, volunteers, child welfare professionals, and other members of the community who help children in foster care find permanent homes.

Mesa County Commissioners declared May 1-5, 2017, as Teacher Appreciation Week in Mesa County, and called upon the community to express their appreciation for educators.

Michael Smith, Employment Specialist at the Workforce Center, facilitates a new 50+ networking group.
DHS/WFC Leadership Institute Team Building Cookie Challenge. 

DHS Childcare Lead Karen Folks and Case Manager Kari Miracle roll snickerdoodle cookies. 

Mesa County DHS Case Managers Kim Espindola and Lori Rienstra have the chocolate no-bakes handled!

Happy faces, teamwork finished, and lots of cookies!
Mesa County Department of Human Services Executive Director Tracey Garchar, left, and Mesa County Public Health Executive Director Jeff Kuhr talked about community connectedness with KREX News Channel 5's Lauren Klenda during her noon show earlier this week. Click the link to see the interview for yourself and to find out how you can get involved in bettering the overall health of our community!

Employees in the Mesa County Central Services Building take a "Verbal Judo" class to learn better tactical communication skills when dealing with aggressive people.

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