Friday, March 9, 2018

This Week in Pics

Mesa County Elections Director Amanda Polson performs the Logic & Accuracy Test with Margaret Sell and Debra Woods from the Fruita City Clerk's office. Ballots for Fruita's Regular Municipal Election will be mailed out next week and must be returned by 7 p.m. on April 3, 2018.

Mesa County Public Works Regulatory Programs Manager Carrie Gudorf and Engineering Director Scott Mai stop by KAFM Radio to talk about the Engineering Department. Their mission is to design, construct, and administer all public infrastructure projects within Mesa County to assure a safe and reliable system for the benefit of visitors and residents.
Mesa County Road and Bridge staff member Kevin Mininger inspects a hole on the road up close in the Collbran area.
Noxious weed managers and restoration coordinators from western Colorado and eastern Utah gathered in Mesa County for the Desert Rivers Collaborative meeting to discuss large-scale projects and give updates about each organizations success and challenges from the past year.

 Public Works Regulatory Programs Manager Carrie Gudorf discusses the steps taken to convert a Mesa County parcel along the Riverfront Trail that was an old gravel pit into a healthy wetland.

Jim Free with Western Colorado Landscapes Collaborative presented updates about tamarisk and Russian olive removal along the Gunnison River.  
Teresa Nees with Noxious Weed and Pest Management spoke at the Grand Junction Lions Club luncheon. Members learned about what the program does, how it upholds state laws, serves the community, and about opportunities to volunteer in noxious weed management projects.
Invasive trees, tamarisk and Russian olive are extracted along a drainage that leads to the Colorado River. Removal of these noxious weeds will allow room and resources for a variety of native shrubs, grasses, and trees to grow and provide better habitat for wildlife, and reduce the spread of weeds.

Stan Young with I&E Contracting removes the invasive trees, tamarisk and Russian olive with the help of his pooch.  This project in the Redlands is funded in part by a grant from the Colorado Water Conservation board to reduce the amount of non-native, invasive, water-loving plants to create healthier wetlands and riparian areas.
Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) presents a snapshot of Mesa County to Aspen Institute Ascend Fellows. The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C., that promotes leadership and offers a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues.

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese participates in a panel discussion regarding the Child Care 8,000 initiative to the Aspen Institute Ascend Fellows. Jeff Kuhr, executive director of Mesa County Public Health, is a member of the Aspen Institute Colorado Children and Families Health and Human Services Fellowship, which focuses on making Colorado a better place to have a child and sustain families.
On Thursday, community leaders from various sectors come together to discuss childcare in Mesa County.

Commissioner Pugliese shares with the audience how proud she is of the vision of county staff and community partners that have come together to work on the Child Care 8,000 initiative. 

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese and many other Colorado county commissioners traveled to Washington, D.C. for the National Association of Counties legislative conference to discuss federal legislative priorities for counties nationwide.

Department of Human Services (DHS) Core Service's team, clockwise, Ashley Walsh, Kiira Moore, Joni Bedell, Holly Nisley, Katie Klegar, Chris Dunn, Bryan Conklin met for a huddle.
The Fun Bunch sponsored a painting project during the lunch hour for staff members at the Community Services Building (CSB), 510 29 1/2 Road.

DHS staff member Brynn Wright teaches a lunchtime painting class to CSB staff.

Class painting participants.
Spring is just around the corner, so go outside and enjoy your parks and trails. Daylight Saving Time starts Sunday, March 11. 

A duck swims at the pond at Long Memorial Park. Remember to spring forward this weekend!

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