Friday, May 11, 2018

This Week in Pics

Mesa County Sheriff Matt Lewis attends the Board of County Commissioners' public hearing Monday morning to accept a proclamation to honor and recognize correctional officers. Local jails, like the Mesa County Detention Facility, are complex organizations. On a basic level, a jail must provide its inmate population a number of services, including three meals a day, medical and mental health care, clothing and linens, visitation,  recreation, religious programs, as well as access to courts and attorneys. Complicating this task is the diversity of needs within the increasing inmate population while maintaining the safety and security of the 24-hour facility. In 2017, the Mesa County Detention Facility processed 6,465 people and provided more than 630,000 meals. On March 18, 2018, the Mesa County Detention Facility housed a record high 604 inmates. Learn more about Correctional Officer's Week at
The Board of County Commissioners proclaimed the week of May 6-12 as Correctional Officers Week in Mesa County. Sheriff Matt Lewis and Captain Art Smith joined the board in recognizing the professionalism and dedication of our detention deputies and staff.
 The Joint Color Guard of the Grand Junction Police Department and Mesa County Sheriff's Office presented the colors before the hearing began in honor of Correctional Officers Week.“Our detention deputies and staff play a critical role in keeping the detention facility and our community safe,” said Capt. Art Smith. “They do a difficult job that not a lot of people want to do nor have the compassion to do. That’s why it’s important for us to stop and say ‘Thank You.’”
For Correctional Officers Week, May 6-12, 2018, the Joint Color Guard of the Grand Junction Police Department and Mesa County Sheriff's Office presents the colors. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan created National Correctional Officers Week to honor the work of correctional officers and correctional personnel nationwide. In Mesa County, these professionals are known as detention deputies. Please join us in thanking all detentions professionals for not only what they do, but more importantly the personal sacrifices they make to ensure our community remains a safe place to live, work and play. 

On Monday morning, Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed May 7-11 Teacher Appreciation Week in the county. Thanks to the 2,800 School District 51 teachers for all you do! 

Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed May 2018 as Foster Parent Appreciation Month to acknowledge foster parents, volunteers, child welfare professionals, and other members of the community who help children in foster care find permanent homes. In Mesa County, nearly 300 children and youth are in safe, secure and stable foster homes. More than 180 foster and kinship families in Mesa County provide those homes. Foster parents take part in helping children and families heal and reconnect, to launch children into successful adulthood.

The Board of County Commissioners convened on Tuesday to vote on land-use items. To see what they voted on, visit

This week, Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis celebrated his birthday. Happy birthday, Commissioner McInnis!  
The Mesa County Employees' Association hosted a roadside cleanup. Many staff members and their families volunteered on Saturday morning to pick up trash along B 1/2 Road between 29 and 31 roads. Pictured here: Eli Jordan (IT), Michael, Greyson & Natalie Flynn (CJSD), Gene Huges (Assessor), Paul Mitts (IT), Patrick Green & Kacey Conway (Surveyor), Andy Tyler (Health), Lucy and Raven Finegan (DHS).  Not pictured: Barrett, Maranda and Piper Jensen (Solid Waste Management).

Barrett, Maranda and Piper Jensen (Solid Waste Management) made sure everyone had gloves to pick up trash. Thank you, Jensen Family! 

Jesse Redmond of Elections speaks at the Center for Independence Voter Registration event on Tuesday. Jesse fielded questions about registration and voting in the upcoming Primary. 

Olivia Pilcher from Disability Law Colorado presented on the laws around voter registration and voting rights.
Matt Vigil, Melissa Herrik and Jackie Campbell are working in Denver on DRIVES, the statewide motor vehicle software. Melissa is a subject matter expert who is assigned to work there for 18 months. Matt has been testing the system for six weeks and Jackie is there this week for managers training. Mesa County is well represented!
Sharp eyes would've received a friendly compliment from this rock that was left outside the Mesa County Central Services Building.
Administrative Specialist Alicia Ramiez helps a job seeker at the Mesa County Workforce Center.

Express Employment hosted a hiring event at the Workforce Center this week. 

 Employment Specialist Michael Smith is all smiles as he checks in job seekers during Colorado Economic Development Week activities. 

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Kathleen Larson presenting the benefits of WIC to MCPH staff at a lunch and learn this week.

Teresa Baca, WIC Educator, informing MCPH staff of the three available WIC locations.

Karla Klemm, WIC Program Manager, discussing the WICshopper app at MCPH's WIC lunch and learn.
Joe Kellerby, Child Welfare Manager, serves food during a Foster Appreciation dinner, this week. 
Animal Services Officer Barb Cutunilli plays with a stray puppy that came into the shelter.

Residents stop by the Animal Services Facility with donations for the pets at the shelter. Animal Services Officer Joe Cruz thanks them for their generous donations. 
TRAXXAS Monster Truck Tour invades the Mesa County Fairgrounds for two shows on May 12. These 10,000-pound, car crushing giants compete in racing, wheelie contests, and then rock the house with amazing freestyle action!
Paving is underway at the Mesa County Fairgrounds.

This week, the paving project at the Mesa County Fairgrounds got underway.
Mesa County Administrator Frank Whidden, left, and Commissioner Scott McInnis, right, were some of the key leaders that provided insight on important issues and progress of Mesa County's economic state at the State of the Valley panel discussion hosted by the Grand Junction Chamber. Jeff Hurd, center, moderated the event.
As part of Economic Development Week, the Grand Junction Chamber hosted the first-ever, State of the Valley. Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis talks about the future of the county.

Mesa County Administrator Frank Whidden talks about the importance of Mesa County being an attractive place to live, work, and raise a family for economic development.

Mesa County Workforce Center Director Curtis Englehart attended the State of the Valley presentation this week.

Information & Communications Coordinator Angeline Roles, Mesa County Department of Human Services Director Tracey Garchar and Solid Waste Director Barrett Jensen at the State of the Valley.

Mesa County Commissioner John Justman listens as local government officials give updates on economic indicators in the Grand Valley.

Commissioner John Justman visits with Ken Haptonstall, School Superintendent MCVSD 51, after the State of the Valley panel discussion ends.

Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis and Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Diane Schwenke.
Solid Waste Director Barrett Jensen collects all recycle items left behind at the State of the Valley. He takes his job seriously!
Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese meets with a resident to discuss his vision for the future of Mesa County.

Teresa Nees with Noxious Weed & Pest Management hosted a noxious weed information booth at the Gateway Dynamite Shoot. Alan Barbee with Noxious Weed & Pest Management talks with residents at the Gateway Dynamite Shoot about preventing the spread of invasive species by remembering to Play Clean Go.
Participants had a blast at the Gateway Dynamite Shoot raising funds for the fire department.

MCPH Operations Division Director Diana Williams was part of the government leadership panel at Grand Valley Leadership Academy, this morning.

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