Friday, November 3, 2017

Bypass the MV line

You can now make an appointment with Motor Vehicle to bypass the line!

Appointments are for processes other than simple renewals, which can instead be done by mail, drop off or online.

To make an appointment, visit

County Offices closed Friday, No​v.​ 10, in observance of Veterans Day

Many Mesa County offices will be closed Friday, Nov. 10, in observance of Veterans Day.

This one-day closure does not include the Coroner’s Office, Criminal Justice Services, Landfill or emergency functions of the Sheriff’s Office.

Animal Services will be open from 11 a.m.—1 p.m.

Please revisit us when all of our offices reopen to the public Monday, Nov. 13.

Closure includes:
Administration, Assessor, County Commissioners, County Attorney, Financial Services, Human Resources, IT, Surveyor, Treasurer (544 Rood Ave.)
Clerk & Recorder: Motor Vehicle, Recording, Elections, Clerk to the Board (200 S. Spruce St.)
District Attorney's Office (125 N. Spruce St.)
Facilities and Fairgrounds (2785 U.S. Hwy. 50)
Department of Human Services & Public Health (510 29 1/2 Road)
Public Works, Building, and Planning (971 Coffman Road & 200 S. Spruce St.)
Regional Transportation Planning Office (525 S. Sixth St.)
Sheriff’s Office: Records and Civil Divisions (215 Rice St.)
Tri River Area CSU Extension (2775 U.S. Hwy. 50)
Workforce Center (512 29 1/2 Road)

Alternate Hours:
Animal Services (971A Coffman Road) will be open from 11 a.m.—1 p.m.

The closure does not include:
Coroner's Office
Criminal Justice Services (all locations)
Grand Valley Transit fixed and paratransit services (525 S. 6th St.)
Mesa County Landfill and Solid Waste Campus (3071 U.S. Hwy. 50)
Sheriff's Office: jail, patrol, emergency services (215 Rice St.)

This Week in Pics

Mesa County Criminal Justice Services Department (CJSD) Director Dennis Berry, center, and Deputy Director Matt Sullivan, left, recognize Operations Manager Michelle Cooley for her hard work and dedication. Cooley is CJSD's Employee of the Quarter. Congratulations, Michelle!

CJSD Operations Manager and Employee of the Quarter, Michelle Cooley, received a cake to celebrate her accomplishments.

On the first day the in-person voter service center opened, at the Mesa County Central Services (MCCS) Building, 200 S. Spruce St., Mesa County Clerk and Recorder stopped by to visit with election judges.
Election judges are hard at work at MCCS, 200 S. Spruce St., As of Thursday, Nov. 2, Elections has received over 28,000 ballots. There are still a few days remaining to turn your ballot in, don’t wait until it’s too late!

Have you voted? Make sure you do by Nov. 7. Voters are encouraged to return mail ballots by drop box, see locations at
The 17th Annual Caregivers Conference hosted by the Area Agency on Aging, as well as Aging and Disability Resources for Colorado (ADRC) was held at the Mesa County Workforce Center, 512 29 1/2 Road. 

Local vendors offered advice for caring for the elderly and disabled at the 17th Annual Caregivers Conference.

Mesa County Commissioner John Justman talks to KKCO News Channel 11 Reporter Stephanie Bennett about Ordinance No. 11, which prohibits the operation of marijuana cultivation facilities, marijuana product manufacturing facilities, marijuana testing facilities or retail marijuana stores within the unincorporated boundaries of Mesa County.

Grand Valley Transit (GVT) participated in Trick-or-Treat Street in Palisade and Truck-N-Treat in Fruita. In 2016, GVT got first place for best-dressed vehicle, this year they got second place out of 36 participants.
GVT drivers are committed to safe, reliable, and friendly service to the communities we serve. Even when dressed as a kitty cat!

GVT provides over 2,300 passenger trips each day. On Halloween, GVT passengers got to see their regular drivers in costume - a real treat!
GVT passengers got to see their drivers in Halloween costumes Tuesday, Oct.31.

GVT participated in Trick-or-Treat Street in Palisade and Truck-N-Treat in Fruita, and took second place out of 36 participants!

This year a few Mesa County employees dressed up for Halloween. Mesa County Public Works Operations Manager Connie Hahn came to work as a chicken. A crazy, dangerous chicken. Beware of this chicken.

Oh, oh, this witch is fancy! Mesa County Motor Vehicle Customer Service Specialist Katy Conner strikes a pose, while MV Manager Bobbie Gross covers her desk at the frontline while the picture is taken. It's a busy place!

Mesa County Planning Office Administrator Kathy Kinsey is a patient for the day. Checkout all her props. Yes, we all hope that it is apple juice. By the way, the backside of her costume was spot on.

Motor Vehicle Customer Service Specialist Matthew Vigil is a keyboard warrior.

Motor Vehicle Customer Service Specialist Greg St. Martin is a six-foot panda. That's the tallest panda ever!

 Motor Vehicle Customer Service Specialist Don Clement is a trained service monkey. Enough said.

Mesa County Senior Human Resources Analyst Krista Ubersox is a life-size lego for Halloween. 

Get it? Iron + apron = Iron Chef. But, you already knew that, right? Motor Vehicle Customer Service Specialist Katie Conner's costume is subtle but on point.

When you are in a serious meeting with a witch and a cat. 

Mesa County Public Works Office Administrator Pam Hawkins shows off her spooktacular nail art on Halloween.

Mesa County Building Department Coordinator Rhiannon Foreman dressed up as a pirate for Halloween. ARR.

Mesa County Right-of-Way Agent Shawn Burd sits at his desk Tuesday, Oct. 31 waiting for a phone call. " Who you gonna call?" "Ghostbusters!"

Keyboard Warrior Mathew Vigil decided he wanted to be a panda, too.

Mesa County Solid Waste Management staff had fun on Halloween. From left to right: Landfill Compliance Manager Jennifer Richardson, Mechanics Assistant Gennelle Belcastro and Solid Waste Director Barrett Jensen and his leprechaun. Side note: the stein was empty.

Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner dressed up as Maleficent on Halloween.

Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner stays in character as Maleficent and spreads her wings.

It's a T-Rex. Run! Mesa County Department of Human Services Charlene Moncada is a T-Rex for a day.

That moment when Waldo finds another Waldo or is it Walda? Who is the real Waldo?

Mesa County Department of Human Service's Blue Team Eligibility coordinated their costumes to dress up as time Time Travelers and posed with a special guest. Where is Waldo?

Many Mesa County staff members participated in the Trick-or-Treat Street event on Halloween for foster children at the Mesa County Community Services Building, 510 29 1/2 Road. Can you spot Department of Human Services Executive Director Tracey Garchar.

Emojis: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 😁 😂 

Great costumes! County staff gets ready to give out candy to trick-or-treaters on Halloween.
The Workforce Center staff did up Halloween in style! 

Despicable Me crew: Employment Services Team members Celina Kirnberger, Kasey Watts, Erika Rodriquez, Rhoda Johnson, Victor Carreras

Grand Valley Transit provides travel training

Learn how to ride the bus at Nov. 11 event

Want to ride the bus, but you’re not sure exactly how?

Grand Valley Transit (GVT) will take the guesswork out of it during a free how-to-ride-the-bus training on Saturday, November 11 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the GVT Downtown Transfer Facility, 525 S. 6th Street in Grand Junction.

In an effort to help new riders feel more comfortable with the GVT service, GVT is offering a free 11-Ride fixed-route pass to any individual 12 years of age and older who successfully completes the
travel training program.

Since many citizens have never used public transit, the GVT training will include information on:

  • Riding a GVT bus for the first time
  • Learning a new route
  • GVT’s fixed routes
  • Planning a trip
  • Reading schedules
  • Transferring to other buses
  • Paying fares and pass options
  • Loading a bicycle
  • Using a lift for mobility devices

“This training will enable any individual interested in riding GVT to gain the confidence and knowledge necessary to utilize GVT services,” said Elizabeth Collins of Mesa County.

GVT has 12 fixed routes that carry passengers throughout the Grand Valley from about 5:00am to
8:00pm Monday through Saturday. All buses are equipped with a bicycle rack, as well as a lift for
mobility devices. GVT strives to make it easy to connect to other modes of transportation including aviation, rail, regional bus, walking, and bicycling.

This event will include a group ride on a GVT bus. All ages are welcome to attend, but children
younger than 12 years must have an adult present. Please RSVP at (970) 623-8473.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Mesa County’s Online Tax Lien Sale is up and running

Mesa County’s Online Tax Lien Sale is up and running. The properties are now available for review and bidding through Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.! If you plan to participate this year, please take time to review the Bidding Rules at our website:

As you review the properties and you note a property is “unavailable”, those property taxes have been paid since posting. The batches you review will continue to be updated as property taxes are paid through November 7, 2017.

Please call our office (970-244-1824) if you have questions.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Mesa County Central Services Building to open late Nov. 9

Services delayed for 30 minutes due to safety operation exercise at 200 S. Spruce St.

Mesa County staff at the Central Services Building (MCCS), 200 S. Spruce St., will participate in a safety operation simulation Thursday, Nov. 9 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. The building will be closed to the public for 30 minutes—all services will be affected by the delay.

This exercise allows Mesa County departments located at MCCS and partnering first responder agencies to test procedures and strategies that would be triggered in cases of public safety emergencies.

Departments affected by the delayed opening include:
Clerk and Recorder’s Office: Elections, Motor Vehicle, Recording
Public Works: Building, Code Enforcement, Engineering, Planning

Operations will resume business as usual at 8:30 a.m. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Voters encouraged to return mail ballots by drop box

Starting today, and for the remainder of this year’s Coordinated Election, Mesa County Elections recommends that voters return their ballots at the following drop-off locations instead of the mail:

  • Mesa County Central Services - 200 S. Spruce St. (West Entrance), Grand Junction, CO 81501
  • PeachTree Shopping Center - 3225 I-70 Business Loop, Clifton, CO 81520
  • Mesa County GVT (west) - 612 24 1/2 Rd, Grand Junction, CO 81505
  • Mesa County Department of Human Services - 510 29 1/2 Rd, Grand Junction, CO 81504
  • Fruita Civic Center - 325 E Aspen Ave, Fruita, CO 81521

Due to the amount of time it may take to mail ballots back to the Elections office, voters who have not yet returned their ballots are encouraged to turn them into any of the drop box locations through 7 p.m. on November 7.

To verify that a ballot has been received by the Elections Office, voters may call (970) 244-1662 or visit Replacement Ballots may be issued at our voter service and polling center at 200 S Spruce St during the following hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4th, or on Election Day, Nov. 7th, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

For further information or if you have any questions, email or call our (970) 244-1662.