Friday, December 15, 2017

This Week in Pics

Executive Director of Mesa County Public Health Jeff Kuhr, right, was presented the Rocky Mountain Health Plans Annual Bruce Wilson, M.D. Memorial Award by Steve ErkenBrack, left, on Friday. Bruce Wilson, M.D. Memorial Award recognizes those who have made meaningful differences in the lives of our members and others in the Colorado communities we serve through partnership with Rocky Mountain Health Plans. In remembrance of Dr. Wilson’s unfailing spirit and commitment to service, Rocky Mountain Health Plans recognizes Jeff Kuhr for his exemplary accomplishments through collaboration with our community partners.

Mesa County Commissioners held a Land Use hearing on Tuesday to vote on four items needing individual consideration and a resolution. To see what they voted on, visit

After public testimony and in-depth review of the appeal of the administrative decision to approve the Open Range III subdivision concept plan for property located at 1592 Cattle Drive in Loma, the Board of County Commissioners gets ready for deliberation.

Mesa County Workforce Center Director Curtis Englehart teaches the Mesa County Leadership Class 2017-2018 the critical role the Workforce Center plays in economic development and the services available for job seekers and businesses. Learn more about the Mesa County Workforce Center at

A 2017 John Deere 850K bulldozer with a waste handler package was delivered to the Mesa County Solid Waste Campus last week. The new piece of equipment replaces a bulldozer from the 1990s used by the Solid Waste Management Division.

New and improved scales are being installed near the entrance of the Mesa County Landfill, to replace deteriorated scales used to weigh vehicles when entering and exiting the campus. 

A crane gets ready to remove the old 40-foot-long scale on the outbound (exit) lane of the Mesa County Landfill. A longer-lasting scale with about 30-feet of additional coverage will replace the old scale.

The project at the landfill is expected to be completed mid-January, the schedule is subject to change due to weather conditions.
Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese, center, and Rio Blanco Commissioner Shawn Bolton, right, welcome Andy Mueller aboard, left. Mueller is the new general manager for the Colorado River District.

Mesa County Fairgrounds Administrative Assistant Stacy Pinnt, left and Fairgrounds Administrative Coordinator Linda Robinson, right, pose for a picture in front of the Christmas tree in the fairgrounds' lobby.

'Tis the season to be merry! Mesa County Animal Services decked their halls with holiday decor.

Mesa County Animal Services has a couple of kittens available for adoption. Aren't they cute? Only safe, loving, permanent homes are sought for pet adoption. If you are considering a new pet for life, please consider the homeless animals at Animal Services. 

Learn how you can adopt a pet at Animal Services, visit

Mesa County Animal Services Officer Ron Markley stands alongside the presents pets will be receiving this holiday season.
Folks from Ariel Clinical Services came bearing glad tidings, cookies and carols for the Department of Human Services staff on Tuesday.

'Tis the season for giving! The Moose Lodge donated toys for children in foster care in Mesa County. DHS Case Managers Courtney Thompson, left, Kylie Mayfield, right, accept the donations from Barbara Case with the Moose Lodge, center. 

Mesa County Sheriff's Office deputies are honored to participate in Grand Junction Police Department's 25th Shop with a Cop event. This year, was the first year in the history of the program that the GJPD was able to invite a fifth-grader from every elementary school in Mesa County Valley School District 51.

MCSO Sergeant Marco Montez shops with a fifth-grader at Mesa Mall. 

MCSO deputies help spread holiday cheer by shopping with kids in the Grand Valley who are in need. 

Mesa County Sheriff's Office, the Fruita Police Department, and the Colorado State Patrol join the GJPD's annual Shop with a Cop event to help kids in need this holiday season. Teamwork at its best!

Once again, Mesa County Sheriff's Office put on aprons to serve and raise money for Special Olympics Colorado at a Tip-A-Cop event hosted at the Texas Roadhouse in Grand Junction. 
Within a few hours, deputies raised over $3,700 at the Tip-A-Cop event at Texas Roadhouse. A big thank you to everyone who donated their time and money for this wonderful cause!

Mesa County Sheriff's Office deputies alongside Grand Junction Police Department officers raise funds to provide sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Teresa Nees with Noxious Weed & Pest Management and Kacey Conway, a member of the Weed Advisory Board, attended the Colorado Weed Management Association annual conference last week in Colorado Springs to learn about new research and earn continuing education credits.

Teresa Nees presented Kacey Conway, a member of the Mesa County Weed Advisory Board, with the CWMA Lifetime Achievement award for 2017.  Kacey has spent 20 plus years in various organizations helping grow their noxious weed management programs.

Kacey Conway was awarded the Lifetime Achievement award at the Colorado Weed Management Association conference.  Her work includes helping found the Tamarisk Coalition in the late 1990s, helping start the project of managing purple loosestrife in wetlands and the Colorado River in the early 2000s, working as a weed manager for the BLM, serving on the Mesa County Weed Advisory Board and more. 

Christmas lights welcomed weed managers from across the state to Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs for the annual Colorado Weed Management Association conference.  
Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese, left, and Mesa County Administrator Frank Whidden, right, attend Colorado Mesa Universities Fall Commencement Ceremony. One of this fall's graduates is Mesa County employee Dannon Bolton, center. Congratulations, Dannon! Watch the ceremony here.
During the Clerk and Recorder’s year-end meeting/party Mesa County Motor Vehicle Customer Service Specialist Matthew Vigil models the women’s robe he just scored.

Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Administrative Assistant Janika Harris sports some cool shades during the Clerk and Recorder’s year-end meeting/party!

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