Saturday, April 8, 2017

Expect short road delays the week of April 10


Next week, kicks off the 2017 Mesa County Overlay Program, short road delays should be expected.

Here is the list of construction work planned for the week of April 10. Please note that the schedule is tentative due to changing weather conditions.

Paving (Highline Lake Area):
R Road                     West Highline Park entrance, east to 12 Road
11 8/10 Road            Q Road, north to East Highline Park entrance
12 Road                    Q Road, north to R Road
Q 1/2 Road               12 Road to 12 1/2 Road
12 1/2 Road              Q Road, north to Q 1/2 Road

Concrete replacement work:
E View Drive
2968 Hall Ave.
2961 Hall Ave.
263 1/2 Mesa Ave.
2961 1/2 Mesa Ave.
2963 Mesa Ave.
2962 Mesa Ave.
2961 1/2 Sandra Ave.
3205 Autumn Breeze Drive

Friday, April 7, 2017

This Week in Pics

MCPH Health Promotion Specialist Katie Smith and Health Promotion Manager Mary Cornforth Cawood attended the 27th Annual Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference in Colorado Springs last week. The conference focused on improving awareness of the benefits of healthy lifestyle, enhancing motivation to form and maintain positive habits, building the skills necessary to perform new behaviors and creating opportunities that make the healthy choice the easiest choice. Katie is pictured here with wellness coordinators, coaches, educators and entrepreneurs, that attended the Wellness Culture Coach certification training.  She is the fifth person from the right in the second row.

MCPH team member Katie Panega talks with Lincoln Orchard Mesa Elementary School students about healthy eating habits on April 4 in celebration of National Public Health Week.

MCPH team members, from left, Katie Panega, Mary Cornforth Cawood, Karen Melott and Katie Smith presented to Lincoln Orchard Mesa Elementary School students about healthy eating habits on Tuesday. Team members Troy Ward, Katie Goddeyne and Jess Feilmeier also pitched in, but aren't pictured.


Mesa County Elections Director Amanda Polson (left) and Elections Coordinator Jesse Redmond adjudicate ballots.

Mesa County Elections Director Amanda Polson pulls reports for the municipal election.

Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner (right) and Elections Technician Karen Reiher duplicate damaged ballots Tuesday night.

Elections Manager Patti Inscho tabulates votes on the evening of Election Day. 

Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner and staff along with election judges open ballot envelopes on the night of April 4.

City of Grand Junction Clerk Stephanie Tuin (left) and Mesa Clerk Sheila Reiner perform the final Logic and Accuracy (L&A) Test close to 11 p.m. on Tuesday night for the municipal election. The election is the City of Grand Junction's largest ballot turnout (41 percent) since 2011.

16 Road, northwest of Fruita,  is being prepped to be paved next week, on Tuesday, April 11, as part of the Mesa County  MM-16-N.3 and MM-16-O.5 Bridge Replacement project. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of May 2017.

The Cameo Bridge was paved on Wednesday! 

The Mesa County Cameo Bridge Replacement project consists of replacing the existing bridge spanning the Government Highline Canal located on I.9 Road from the I-70 off ramp. 

Last year, Mesa County was awarded $832, 248.20 in federal funds for the replacement of the Cameo Bridge. The old  Cameo Bridge that was replaced was built in 1960. 

The Cameo Bridge is located on I.9 Road to the west of the former Cameo Plant. I.9 Road also provides access to the Little Book Cliff's Wild Horse Area, which is eight miles northeast of Grand Junction.

The Mesa County Cameo Bridge Replacement project is scheduled to be completed by the end of April 2017.
Buckskin Hill, a portion of 58 ½ Road extending south from Highway 330 in Collbran, has experienced some significant sliding and settlement. The worst of the settlement has been addressed in the first phase of the Buckskin Hill project. 


Buckskin Hill Phase II is a design-build project with the goal to address two unstable areas as well as drainage issues. Construction crew members add anchoring soil nails on Wednesday, adding structural stability to the hillside.

On Monday, April 3, 2017, Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Mesa County. From left to right: Commissioner Scott McInnis, Director of Family and Children Kari Daggett, and Commissioner John Justman

Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed April 16, 2017, as National Heath Care Decisions Day in Mesa County. From left: Commissioner Scott McInnis, Erica Eng Patient Experience Director at Community Hospital, Mary Watson, Community Project Coordinator at HopeWest, Commissioner John Justman, and Dyann Walt from Public Health

Staff participates in the annual pinwheel planting in front of DHS and WFC in recognition of National Child Abuse & Neglect Awareness Month. It takes a team effort to keep children safe and to plant pinwheels!

Child Welfare Supervisors Kari Daggett & Sarah St Martin plant pinwheels in front of the Community Services Building, 510 29 1/2 Road.

Child Welfare staff plant pinwheels in front of the Workforce Center, 512 29 1/2 Road, to spread awareness of Child Abuse Prevention month.

DHS & WFC staff wear blue in observance of National Child Abuse & Neglect Awareness Month. Call (970) 242-1211 to report abuse or neglect in Mesa County.


Rio Blanco Commissioner Shawn Bolton and Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese talk about opportunities for economic growth  in western Colorado.

From left to right, Rio Blanco Commissioner Shawn Bolton, Micheal H, and Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese.

Mesa County Commissioner John Justman (left) and Rio Blanco Commissioner Shawn Bolton talk about the passage of House Bill 1152, concerning the authority of a federal mineral lease district to manage a portion of the direct distribution of money from the local government mineral impact fund to counties for the benefit of affected areas.

On Wednesday afternoon, Mesa County hosted an open house at the Clifton Community Center to share information on the intentions of the Bosley Wash Detention Pond project and gather citizen input 

Mesa County Public Works Engineering Regulatory Programs Manager Carrie Gudorf talks to residents about the details of the Bosley Wash Detention Pond project, which will be built on the north side of I-70, just north of Clifton at 34 Road.

On Thursday, contractors began laying the concrete slab for the temporary tent where animals will be housed while the Mesa County Animal Services building gets repaired. 

Contractors spread the concrete for the slab. 


Contractors cut stress points for the new concrete slab at the Mesa County Animal Services campus, 971A Coffman Road.

The temporary office for the Mesa County Animal Services staff was delivered on Thursday. 

Animal Services' supplies will be stored temporarily in a storage trailer through the completion of the repairs to the facility. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

County Hosts Open House for Bosley Wash Detention Pond Project


 The community is invited to learn about the design to construct a detention basin for Bosley Wash, a mixed desert and agricultural watershed located east and northeast of Grand Junction.

The open house aims to share information on the intentions of the project and gather citizen input. Join us Wednesday, April 5 from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Clifton Community Center, 126 2nd Street. 

“Bosley Wash extends from the rim of the Book Cliffs south to the Colorado River. Development within the wash is limited to the portion of the watershed south downstream of I-70,” Mesa County Public Works Engineering Regulatory Programs Manager Carrie Gudorf said. “Flooding occurs both upstream of I-70 overtopping or nearly overtopping the freeway, and downstream in developed residential and agricultural property.”

Citizens are encouraged to attend the open house and share their thoughts and priorities.

“Mesa County applied for a FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program grant in 2014 and was awarded the grant in December 2015,” Gudorf added. “Mesa County has been working with an engineering firm since spring 2016 to develop plans to construct a detention basin.”

Mesa County is anticipating starting construction in summer 2017, and the detention pond is expected to be completed by summer 2018.


For more information, contact Dan Quigley at (970) 497-8852 or Carrie Gudorf at (970) 244-1811.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

April 16, 2017, is National Health Care Decisions Day

Monday morning at Public Hearing the Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed April 16, 2017, as National Heath Care Decisions Day in Mesa County.

From left: Commissioner Scott McInnis, Erica Eng Patient Experience Director at Community Hospital, Mary Watson, Community Project Coordinator at HopeWest, Commissioner John Justman, and Dyann Walt from Public Health

National Heath Care Decisions Day creates public awareness and encourages citizens to create medical advance care directives that align with each individual's personal beliefs and preferences, which will guide the individual's medical professionals during a time of medical need. Advance Care Planning is the act of making decisions about the medical care you would like to receive if you become unable to speak for yourself. 

Mary Watson presenting National Healthcare Decisions Week

The public is encouraged to attend National Healthcare Decisions Week events beginning Monday, April 17 through Thursday, April 20. For a list of events please click here.



View the Proclamation below: 


April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Monday, April 3, 2017, Mesa County Commissioners proclaim April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Mesa County. 

All citizens can become involved in efforts to support families, so that children may be raised in a safe, nurturing environment. Preventing child abuse and neglect depends on the involvement of all people in the community.


From left: Commissioner Scott McInnis, Director of Family and Children Kari Daggett, and Commissioner John Justman

The Mesa County Department of Human Services hopes to raise awareness that effective child abuse prevention succeeds because of partnerships created among social service agencies, families, neighbors, schools, religious organizations, law enforcement agencies and the business community.  Parents, families and community members can and must help reduce child abuse and neglect in Mesa County by promoting the benefits of seeking out groups, agencies and resources that can assist a parent in providing a loving, supportive and violence-free home.


Kari Daggett speaks of the impact of child abuse on our community

CASA Executive Director Janet Rowland with Kari Daggett the Mesa County Director of family and children. 

View the Proclamation here 



Mesa County Solid Waste facilities will close gates fifteen minutes prior to official closing time

To reduce overtime, Mesa County Solid Waste facilities will close fifteen minutes before the official closing time.  This means all landfill users will need to be in the gates before 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 4:15 p.m. on Saturdays. Compost facility users will need to be in the gates before 4:15 p.m. all week.

All customers are asked to be out of the gates by closing (Landfill Closing: 5:00 p.m. Monday- Friday; 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Compost Closing: 4:30 p.m. Monday- Saturday).

Beginning April 1, 2017, Solid Waste Campus hours will be as follows: 

Mesa County Landfill:
Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m.to 4:45 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Composting Facility:
Tuesday-Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Hazardous Waste Collection Facility:
Thursday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

For more information, please call 970-241-6846 or visit http://www.mesacounty.us/swm/