Friday, July 14, 2017

This Week in Pics

Mesa County Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Wade Pacheco with a Special Olympics athlete during Tip-a-Cop Sunday at Chili's. They raised more than $4,500 for the Special Olympics, the most of all the Tip-a-Cop events in the state!
Commissioner John Justman stopped by Mesa County Public Health on Wednesday during the Nurse-Family Partnership annual staff photo and smiled for the camera. Nurse-Family Partnership is a parenting support program for first-time moms. Visit health.mesacounty.us for more info!


The Board of County Commissioners proclaimed July as Smart Irrigation Month in Mesa County and members of Munro Companies, Inc., Ute Water Conservancy District, City of Grand Junction, Clifton Water District, Redlands Water and Power, Orchard Mesa Irrigation, Grand Valley Water Users’ Association, CSU Extension, Drought Response Information Project (DRIP) celebrate Smart Irrigation Month by helping customers learn how to use water more efficiently. From left, Commissioner Scott McInnis, Andrea Lopez, Dave Reinersten, Katie Powell, Commissioner John Justman, Commissioner Rose Pugliese, Joe Burtard.
Joseph Sanchez, Director of the Mesa County Libraries, briefs the Board of County Commissioners on featured events, resources and services available to residents. 

Multiple teams came together for a tabletop exercise on Wednesday at Mesa County Public Health. The group tested a foodborne illness scenario.

Get ready for a new way to skip the wait! On July 17, Mesa County will be the 2nd county in Colorado with a self-service renewal kiosk!

Commissioner John Justman stops by to visit with the 2017 Inside Mesa County class on their last day of the course. 

Mesa County Treasurer Janice Rich gave Inside Mesa County (IMC) class participants an up-close look at the internal operations and responsibilities of her offices on Wednesday night. 

Mesa County Surveyor Patrick Green talks to the IMC class about the GIS system and the information and services it provides in respect to property boundary descriptions.

Inside Mesa County offers participants an opportunity to learn more about county government and department functions. The free course includes weekly evening sessions, as well as optional noon-hour tours of county buildings including the Mesa County Jail. To apply for next spring's class, visit www.mesacounty.us/insidemesacounty and fill out the online application.

Mesa County Fairgrounds crew members load up wood, which will be used by the Bear Hollow Wood Carvers for their shows at the Mesa County Fair.

The Mesa County Fairgrounds crew helps keep the landscaping and grounds looking beautiful. Their efforts allow members of the community to visit, enjoy, and play in a pleasant, engaging environment.
A truck load of gravel was delivered to the fairgrounds on Monday in the preparation of the Mesa County Fair. Visit http://mesacountyfair.com/ for Fair information.

The gravel will be used to enhance the entrance to the fair and the Grandstands Plaza. The staff's hard work and dedication, help make our campus a welcoming, approachable and inviting space for the community.
Culvert replacement work continues near Book Cliffs pistol range.

Mesa County Road and Bridge Department crews continue to work diligently to minimize interrupted access to the pistol range.

Mesa County Road and Bridge Equipment Operator Mike Hoyhenard explains that at first glance the deteriorated 72-inch corrugated metal pipe under the road to the pistol range looked fine, but upon closer inspection, the pipe had rusted and had started to fall apart at the bottom. 

The deteriorated 72-inch corrugated metal pipe under the road to the pistol range has been removed.
Steady progress continues with the much-needed road improvement project at the north end of 27 ¼ Road, north of H Road.

Sections of the new concrete pipe have been installed.

The culvert replacement project is well underway and is expected to be completed in the next few weeks.

Shooting aficionados are able to access the pistol range during the culvert replacement project. For more information on the culvert replacement project, click here.
The Mesa County Sheriff's Office is encouraging you to get to know your neighbors! The social media network Nextdoor is making it easier than ever before. Learn more at http://www.mcsonews.com/2017/07/are-you-on-nextdoor.html.

Residents use Nextdoor to discuss community issues, crime and safety, ask for recommendations, advertise events, or to sell those items collecting dust you've meant to get rid of. The Mesa County Sheriff's Office has found the safest neighborhoods are the ones where you know and engage with your neighbors. In this digital age, Nextdoor allows you to do that from the convenience of your phone or home computer.

Teresa Nees with Noxious Weed & Pest Management attended the Desert Rovers Collaborative meeting in Delta to discuss invasive species management and restoration efforts on the Gunnison River and its tributaries.

Shannon Hatch with the Tamarisk Coalition hosted the Desert Rivers Collaborative meeting. Topics included past restoration work, strategizing new projects, funding opportunities, and collaborative projects.  Partners in the DRC include Colorado Parks and Wildlife, BLM, Bureau of Reclamation, Mesa County, City of Grand Junction, Tamarisk Coalition and more. For additional information about the DRC projects and members visit http://www.tamariskcoalition.org
Purple loosestrife season is officially underway! Teresa Nees (above) and Trace Levinson of Noxious Weed & Pest Management carefully navigate an embankment to reach and treat this non-native invasive wetlands plant in a drainage ditch in the Redlands.
A Rural Area Deputy patrols Gateway, he drives a RAD truck.

Looking down at Gateway. The Sheriff's Office serves all 3300 square miles of Mesa County! 
We got rocked by GJ Rocks at the Mesa County Fairgrounds!
GJ Rocks is a group of community members that spread cheer and positivity by painting rocks and placing them around the Grand Valley. The ways it works is if you are out and about and find a painted rock, you can either keep the rock or re-hide it for somebody else to find.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Culvert replacement work continues near Book Cliffs pistol range

Steady progress continues with the much-needed road improvement project at the north end of 27 ¼ Road, north of H Road. Mesa County Road and Bridge Department crews continue to work diligently to minimize interrupted access to the pistol range.

The replacement of the deteriorated 72-inch corrugated metal pipe under the road has been removed, and sections of the new concrete pipe have been installed. The culvert replacement project is well underway and is expected to be completed in the next few weeks.

Shooting aficionados can still access the range during the remainder of the project completion. The Road and Bridge Department has made it a priority to maintain road access to the pistol range.

For more information on the culvert replacement project, click here.
















Shooting aficionados are able to access the pistol range during the culvert replacement project.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

National Disability Voter Registration Week July 17-21


Next week is National Disability Voter Registration Week. Disability Law Colorado will be hosting an informational booth on July 19 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Mesa County Central Library, 443 N 6th St., in the Monument Community Room.

“We are glad to have the assistance of organizations like Disability Law Colorado in educating the public,” Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner said. “Ensuring disabled voters can register and vote with ease is one of our office’s primary goals.”

For information on Disability Law Colorado and its work in civil rights and discrimination issues, visit https://disabilitylawco.org. For any additional information or questions, you may also contact the Elections office at voter.info@mesacounty.us or (970) 244-1662.

Monday, July 10, 2017

July is Smart Irrigation Month

Water is a finite resource that is vital to all life.

To bring awareness to the many benefits of irrigation practices that improve water use efficiency, Mesa County Commissioners today proclaimed July 2017 as Smart Irrigation Month.

The Board of County Commissioners proclaims July as Smart Irrigation Month in Mesa County and members of Munro Companies, Inc., Ute Water Conservancy District, City of Grand Junction, Clifton Water District, Redlands Water and Power, Orchard Mesa Irrigation, Grand Valley Water Users’ Association, CSU Extension, Drought Response Information Project (DRIP) celebrate Smart Irrigation Month by helping customers learn how to use water more efficiently. From left, Commissioner Scott McInnis, Andrea Lopez, Dave Reinersten, Katie Powell, Commissioner John Justman, Commissioner Rose Pugliese, Joe Burtard.

Ute Water External Affairs Manager Joe Burtard shares with the Mesa County Commissioners the importance of irrigation technology that can be utilized for substantial water savings. 

Smart Irrigation Month is an Irrigation Association initiative to promote the social, economic and environmental benefits of efficient irrigation technologies, products and services in landscape, turf and agricultural irrigation.


Ute Water Representative Andrea Lopez, Clifton Water Representative Dave Reinersten, Munro Companies Representative Katie Powell, and Ute Water External Affairs Manager Joe Burtard join forces to share Smart Irrigation awareness.

Learn more about Smart Irrigation, here.

Munro Companies, Inc., Ute Water Conservancy District, City of Grand Junction, Clifton Water District, Redlands Water and Power, Orchard Mesa Irrigation, Grand Valley Water Users’ Association, CSU Extension, Drought Response Information Project (DRIP), and Mesa County celebrate Smart Irrigation Month by helping customers learn how to save water and see better results.