Friday, March 10, 2017

This Week in Pics

Members of Mesa County Search and Rescue and Palisade Fire carry an injured hiker near the top of Mt. Garfield on Saturday. 

A hiker was injured on Saturday near the summit of Mt. Garfield. Mesa County Search & Rescue Ground Team and Palisade Fire hiked in and carried the hiker out the backside of Mt. Garfield though Coal Canyon.

The injuries the hiker sustained were not life threatening. The search and rescue mission lasted approximately six hours.

Mesa County Sheriff's Office deputies assist the Central Orchard Mesa Fire Department with a brush fire on the 3400 block of C 1/2 Road in Palisade.

Mesa County Sheriff's Deputies assist the Central Orchard Mesa Fire Department with a brush fire that spread to surrounding trees and a barn on a property on the 3400 block of C 1/2 Road in Palisade. The homeowners and surrounding neighbors were evacuated as a precaution. The fire was contained.

Mesa County Commissioners attend the Club 20 Winter Policy Meetings.

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese listens to Department of Natural Resources Budget Analyst Bill Levine's presentation on severance tax funding at the Club 20 Winter Policy Meetings. 

Mesa County Commissioner John Justman attends the Club 20 Winter Policy Meetings and listens to an update from Ron Velarde from Colorado Parks and Wildlife. 

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese represents Mesa County's legislative priorities at the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Committee & Legislative meeting.
Health Inspectors Regina Clark and Joy Works talk about food safety during lunch 'n' learn event at the Health Department on Wednesday. Staff use their lunch hour to learn about other programs and their job duties once a month.
Mesa County Maintenance Technician Feliberto Galvan repairs a drinking fountain at the old Mesa County Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave.
Mesa County Public Information Officer Stephanie Reecy (behind the microphone—not pictured) hosts “Know Your County,” a segment of the Community Affairs Hour on KAFM Radio that discusses and informs you on what’s happening in your Mesa County government. The program airs on the third Thursday of every month at 12:30 p.m.  
From left, Mesa County DHS Case Manager Lilian Madadian, Mesa County DHS Child Support Specialist Jessie Smith and Mesa County DHS staff Derek Lofing of Team Unity (2016 DHS Leadership Institute Team). Team Unity welcome county employees and partners to the Vendor Fair they coordinated– where Mesa County staff and vendors who offer us special promotions and discounts had the chance to meet and greet and extend mutual support.

Mesa County DHS Eligibility Specialist Sierra Conlon tries on a product with some help from Tracey who represented Lilla Rose.

Jon Duncan & Sharon Pellam display their natural stone products (available at Vendors Galore) at  Mesa County DHS's Vendor Fair.

Cindy Farrington, Harmony Lane, shows off her hand-made goods at  Mesa County DHS's Vendor Fair hosted by the Team Unity (2016 DHS Leadership Institute Team). 

From left to right: Susan Honea and Susan Carter of CSU Extension, Teresa Nees of Mesa County Noxious Weed and Pest Management, Erin McIntyre from the Daily Sentinel, and "Coach", Program Director for KAFM, get ready for McIntyre's last episode as host of "Diggin' in the Garden" and announce that Honea, Carter and Nees will continue the monthly program pertaining to gardening and pest management issues.

The Mesa County Commissioners were honored with the 2017 Museum of Western Colorado Partners in Heritage Award. The honor recognizes distinguished efforts of a group or organization to the preservation of Mesa County’s heritage.

Mesa County Elections Director Amanda Polson is March's special guest on “Know Your County,” a segment of the Community Affairs Hour on KAFM Radio that discusses and informs you on what’s happening in Mesa County government. Polson talks to the show's host Mesa County Public Information Officer Stephanie Reecy and co-host Mesa County Teresa Nees Noxious Weed and Pest Management Coordinator about what the Mesa County Elections office does when there isn't an election. Tune in on March 16 at 12:30 p.m.  
The Mesa County Commissioner's land use hearing on Tuesday was well attended.

Mesa County Information Support Specialist Dave Underwood joins host Mesa County Public Information Officer Stephanie Reecy and co-host Mesa County Noxious Weed and Pest Management Coordinator Teresa Nees on “Know Your County,” a segment of the Community Affairs Hour on KAFM Radio that discusses and informs you on what’s happening in Mesa County government. Tune in on April 20 at 12:30 p.m.

Learn more about what the Mesa County Sheriff's Office does, check out their new recruitment video!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Residents vote ‘yes’ to add fruit pests to regulated species list

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners announced voters elected to add three new pests to the Upper Grand Valley Pest Control District’s list of regulated species. 

Approximately 985 ballots were mailed out asking Upper Grand Valley Pest Control District residents to vote on three particular pests to be added the district’s list of regulated species, with no added cost to taxpayers, to protect the fruit, wine and ornamental industries from outbreaks.

The ballot measures also allow the Mesa County Pest Coordinator to have infestations of these pests controlled within the district.

The three approved species include:
  1. Grape phylloxera (Daktulosphaira vitifoliae), an aphid-like insect that feeds aggressively on grape roots and ultimately kills susceptible grape vines. 
  2. Spotted wing drosophila (Drosophila suzukii), a fruit fly able to lay eggs into un-ripened fruit and whose larva feed on and damage such fruits. 
  3. Strains of cytospora (including Cytospora leucostoma, Cytospora paraleucostoma, and Cytospora cintum) a fungus which can infect fruit trees, especially peach trees and significantly reduce fruit production and shorten tree longevity. 
UGVPCD Advisory Committee will work with CSU Extension, Western Colorado Research Center, and others, to help with monitoring, research and education efforts to promote best management practices for the pests.

For more information, contact Teresa Nees at weed.pest@mesacounty.us or 255-7151.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Mesa County’s commitment to improving road safety gets a boost

Grant will aid county to enhance safety improvements that benefit everyone on the road



Mesa County will receive approximately $400,000 in grant funding for three countywide road safety projects from the Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP), a program aimed to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries on public roads.

The funds will be designated for countywide guardrail replacement, intersection improvements and safety planning projects that will enhance mobility and safety on roadways, especially high-risk road corridors and intersections where frequent collisions have occurred, particularly ones that resulted in serious injuries or fatalities.

“Strengthening vital infrastructure across Mesa County is essential to ensuring the safety of our community,” Mesa County Public Works Director Peter Baier said. “With these projects, we are providing safety improvements to make our community safer for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians.”

To qualify for funding, HSIP requires a data-driven, strategic approach to improving highway safety on all public roads with a focus on performance. Project selections were made based on Level of Service of Safety (LOSS) and Binomial Probability (BP) evaluation and then ranked on the project’s Benefit/Cost Ratio (B/C).

“We’re looking forward to using these funds to make Mesa County roads safer for all users,” Baier added.