Friday, December 1, 2017

This Week in Pics

Mesa County Animal Services staff members say goodbye to their temporary office trailer after seven months, as they move into the renovated facility. The newly remodeled Animal Services facility is now open to the public!

Pets at Animal Services were moved out of the temporary tent facility and into the renovated facility. The tent facility, which resembles the Denver International Airport (DIA), is in the process of being taken down.

The temporary tent facility that pets were kept in for seven months while the building was remodeled is looking more like a tent as the layers come off. 

The tent is down! 

No more DIA, what remains is a concrete slab.
Prowers County Commissioner Wendy Buxton-Andrade, left, El Paso County Commissioner Sallie Clark, Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer, and Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese, right, attend the 2017 Colorado Counties Inc, (CCI) Winter Conference in Colorado Springs. Commissioner Pugliese was elected by commissioners statewide to become the 2018 Commissioner Co-Chair of the Child Welfare Allocations Committee.

Commissioner Rose Pugliese poses with El Paso County Commissioner Mark Waller after Waller received Freshman Commissioner of the Year Award. Commissioner Waller is an attorney in Colorado Springs and has served on many committees through his term as House Representative for District 15. Waller served in the United States Air Force on active duty from 1993 – 2000 and in the Air Force Reserves from 2001 – 2009. In 2006, he was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Commissioner Rose Pugliese poses with Montezuma County Commissioner Larry Don Suckla. Commissioner Suckla received the 2017 Commissioner of the Year Award. Commissioner Suckla is Colorado's Public Lands Steering Committee Vice Chair. Public Lands is involved in all matters relating to local, state and federal owned public lands, this includes federal land management programs, natural resource revenue sharing payments, payments in lieu of taxes, and property tax immunity concerns.

2016 Commissioner of the Year Rose Pugliese presents this year's Commissioner of the Year Award to Montezuma County Commissioner Larry Don Suckla.
On Monday, Nov. 27, Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese was elected by commissioners statewide as the Commissioner Co-chair of the Child Welfare Allocations Committee at Colorado Counties, Inc. (CCI) Foundation Winter Conference in Colorado Springs.
Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer and outgoing Child Welfare Allocations Committee Chair stands alongside Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese who was is the incoming Child Welfare Allocations Committee Co-chair.

Words cannot express our thanks to Buzz Moore for over 20 years of volunteer service to the Mesa County Workforce Center (WFC). Pictured above from left to right: WFC Director Curtis Englehart, Buzz Moore, WFC Board Chairman Tim Fry.

2017 Leadership Institute Graduates. Congratulations team for a year's worth of hard work and dedication! 

Mesa County Public Information Officer Stephanie Reecy attends the Water in the West class lead by Ute Water External Affairs Manager Joe Burtard. The class covered watershed history, stormwater management, cloud seeding, water in the Grand Valley, the Colorado River Compact and tours of the Roller Dam and the Ute Water Treatment Plan.
Grand Valley Transit is sprucing up for the Parade of Lights this Saturday. All winter our buses are toasty warm, and you don't have to scrape frost from your windshield. Come ride with us!

Commissioner John Justman and Teresa Nees with the Upper Grand Valley Pest Control District attended the Mesa Conservation District end-of-year dinner with local orchardists, growers, and other agricultural industry experts.

Local author and historian Steve Hight gave a presentation about the history of agriculture in the Grand Valley and how it shaped the town to members of Mesa Conservation District.

Steve Hight showed pictures of early town founders including William Pabor and discussed the economic downturn and shift from fruit to other forms of agriculture due to an early coddling moth infestation.

In 1884, William E. Pabor, who formed the Fruita Town and Land Company to sell town lots. He believed in the fruit growing potential of the area.

This drawing of coddling moth and "the worm in the apple," which influenced a shift from fruit to ranching and other types of food production in the Grand Valley. 

Ian Burke with Dark Matter Organic and Living Soil Company explained how soil is full of living organisms that ultimately contribute to the health of any crop or vegetation growing on the land.  He talked about the importance of tending to not only the crops but the soil it is grown in and told attendees to make sure to "Stop treating your soil like dirt." 
Mesa County Facilities and Fairgrounds hosted a holiday luncheon for staff Thursday afternoon. From left to right: Melissa Foley, Donna Reed, Commissioner Justman, and Ryan Sears.

Mesa County Commissioners John Justman, left, and Scott McInnis, right, say a few words of gratitude at the holiday luncheon.

Homemade dessert!

Thursday night, Mesa County Planning Division hosted the Grand Valley Planning Commissions training. Andy Hill of the Department of Local Affairs presented information to members of the Mesa County, City of Grand Junction, Town of Fruita and Town of Palisade Planning Commissions.

The two-and-a-half-hour Grand Valley Planning Commissions training covered a wide range of topics including the legal basis for planning, master plans, conflicts of interest, ethics and public meetings and hearings.
This week, construction got underway on the ramps on the inbound commercial scale at the Mesa County Solid Waste Campus.
Much-needed work on the Mesa County Landfill scales began this week. Construction crews removed old asphalt on the north and south ends of the commercial scale ramps at the landfill.  

Next week new, more durable concrete will be poured to replace the old, crumbling asphalt. The next phase of construction will include removal of the outbound scale which will be replaced by a new above-ground 70' scale. 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Hundreds of county leaders gather in Colorado Springs

Commissioners John Justman and Rose Pugliese, along with County Administrator Frank Whidden and other Mesa County leaders, joined over 350 commissioners and other county officials from across the state in Colorado Springs, Colo., Nov. 27-29 for the Colorado Counties Inc. (CCI) annual winter conference.

The three-day conference featured meetings on a variety of issues affecting Colorado counties. Those sessions included educational programs on alternative agricultural water transfer methods, cybersecurity training for elected officials, emergency management, funding public safety in counties, urban renewal authorities, and much more.

Keynote speakers at the winter conference included Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and economist Dr. Richard Wobbekind of the Leeds School of Business a college of the University of Colorado Boulder.

CCI is a non-profit association that brings all 64 Colorado counties together to work on shared issues, and whose purpose is to provide assistance to county commissioners and to encourage counties to work together on issues.

Four CCI-affiliated associations also held meetings and workshops during the conference, including the Association of Colorado County Administrators (ACCA), the Colorado Association of Public Health Officials (CALPHO), the Colorado Association of Road Supervisors & Engineers (CARSE), and the Colorado Human Services Directors Association (CHSDA).

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Commissioner gets appointed to the Child Welfare Allocations Committee

On Monday, Nov. 27, Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese was elected by commissioners statewide as the Commissioner Co-chair of the Child Welfare Allocations Committee at Colorado Counties, Inc. (CCI) Foundation Winter Conference in Colorado Springs.

"The Child Welfare Allocations Committee (CWAC) was created by the General Assembly of the State of Colorado to provide input to the Executive Director of Human Services relative to the development of an equitable model for allocation of the Child Welfare Service Block Allocation to the counties. In addition, the CWAC is obliged to annually review and revise the allocation formula as necessary to reflect the changes in cost of delivery of services, caseload and population, and any other county or state dynamics and make recommendations to the Executive Director," according to the Colorado Department of Human Services website.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Reconstruction on K Road

Today, Nov. 27, Dirtworks Construction, LLC will start road reconstruction on Mesa County's K Road, Adobe Creek to 20.9 Road project. For project updates, visit

Here is a copy of the mailers Dirtworks Construction, LLC sent out to residents affected by the reconstruction of Mesa County's K Road, Adobe Creek to 20.9 Road project.

Road work notification mailer.