Tuesday, June 19, 2018

This Week in Pics

The first Unaffiliated ballot batch opened in Mesa County was processed by Election Judges Marilyn Dent, Barbara Brewer, KC Anderson and Julia Marston on June 11.
Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner explains to a voter, over the phone, how ballot order is determined. 
Bipartisan teams of election judges open ballot envelopes and verify the correct ballot style was completed and that only one ballot has been returned.
Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis tells KKCO Channel 11 News Reporter Megan McNeil that residents who paid a fee to the Grand Valley Drainage District should get their money back after a judged ruled that the fees collected were unconstitutional and violated the taxpayer bill of rights. Watch the interview, here.

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed June 2018, as Toastmasters Month in Mesa County and encouraged citizens to join in this observance by attending and participating in a Toastmasters Club meeting during June.
Debra Kemp, left, and other members of Talk of the Town Toastmasters accept the proclamation. Toastmasters Clubs jointly present communication and leadership workshops for the community to become competent speakers and leaders.

After going for a walk, Rhino lays in front of the fan to cool off.

Animal Services Officer Kevin Bozarth socializes with one of the shelter dogs.
Mesa County Sheriff's deputies assist in the 416 Fire north of Durango.

Several emergency agencies, including the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, attend the 416 Fire morning briefing. At one point the fire had spread over 32,959 acres.

An officer directs traffic at the North Hwy 550 checkpoint. The 416 Fire started at about 10 a.m. on June 1, 2018, about 10 miles north of Durango. The fire is burning on the west side of State Highway 550 on private land and on the San Juan National Forest.

Mesa County Sheriff's deputies help direct traffic at the South Hwy 550 checkpoint due to road closures caused by the 416 Fire.

Chief Deputy Coroner Victor Yahn presented at a Lunch N Learn at Mesa County Workforce Center, last week. Staff members used their lunch hour to learn about the Mesa County Coroner's Office and their responsibilities.


Health Promotion Specialist Kelsey Fife shared information about tobacco cessation at the WELLTalks event at Mesa County Workforce Center, last week.
Mesa County Attorney Patrick Coleman presents to the Inside Mesa County (IMC) class Wednesday evening. The Mesa County Attorney is appointed by the Mesa County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) and supervises the County Attorney's Office. The County Attorney's Office provides legal advice to the BOCC and, upon approval of the BOCC, represents Mesa County, all elected Mesa County officials, boards, commissions and various Mesa County departments.

Chief Deputy County Attorney Jeremy Savage talks to the IMC class about his duties, responsibilities and the cases he works on. 

Mesa County Chief Deputy Coroner Victor Yahn gave the IMC class an overview about what the Office of the Coroner is tasked with. The Coroner's Office is mandated by Colorado Revised Statute and is a separate and independent organization, which conducts investigations into the cause and manner of a person’s death.
Many Mesa County Department of Human Services (DHS) employees took a tour of the Mesa County Solid Waste Campus to learn more about the services that they provide to the community. 

DHS employees tour the Mesa County Landfill.  

Mesa County Solid Waste Director Barrett Jensen welcomes DHS employees to the Solid Waste Campus, 3071 U.S. Highway 50, Tuesday morning.

Several DHS employees took a tour of the Mesa County Solid Waste Campus and learned about why keeping green waste out of the landfill and diverting it to a compost facility is important.

DHS Services Operations Supervisor Albin Escamilla tours the solid waste campus.

DHS Accounting Technician Dalys Otberg spends her birthday with her coworkers touring the Mesa County Landfill. Otberg coordinated the tour because she believes sharing knowledge and awareness within agencies is important.
Teresa Nees with Noxious Weed & Pest Management spraying for the invasive weed Dalmatian Toadflax on a roadside near a pasture in Collbran.

Alan Barbee with Noxious Weed & Pest Management setting up a road work sign to alert drivers of weed spraying. The noxious weed crew walked several miles of roadside scouting for and treating the aggressive but rare noxious weed Dalmatian Toadflax in Molina and Collbran.

A view from above Plateau Valley on the Grand Mesa.
In honor of National Garbage Man Day, Mesa County Employee Association (MCEA) stopped by the Mesa County Solid Waste Campus to recognize staff for their hard work and dedication.

MCEA provided cupcakes for the Mesa County Solid Waste staff Friday morning in honor of National Garbage Man Day.

Left to right: Hope Petrie, Beau Schmalz, Jason Mclarty, Barrett Jensen, Jennifer Richardson, and Matthew Younger. 

 MCEA representatives and Solid Waste Management staff pause for a picture. From left to right: Beau Schmalz, Jason Mclarty, Donna Redd, Matthew Younger, Amy Joy, Jennifer Richardson, Barrett Jensen, Lisa Petty, Rene Romero and Hope Petrie. 
Mesa County Elections Director Tim Long measures the height of staff members Jesse and Jacob in a standoff on Friday after setting up the Voter Service and Polling Center. Jacob Worth, left, won towering over his competition at 6-feet and 3 3/4 inches. 

Tim wins third place. Enough said.

It's not the 4th of July yet, but it was Flag Day on Thursday, June 14. Staff at both DHS and WFC got into Flag Day spirit by dressing in red, white and blue to celebrate! Pictured here is Adult Protection & SEP Ongoing Team (from left to right): Matthew Allen, Jillian Wilson, Heather Jones, ReAnna Hickman, April Durham, Dyann Walt, Cheryl Brown, Justin Arnold, John Moran.

211 Call Specialists show their Flag Day spirit (from left to right): Andrew Escamilla, Dana Weseman, Shonte Felker.

Flag Day spirit (from left to right):  Kathleen Gerlok, Misty Ulibarri, Manny Tarango, and Alicia Ramirez.

Child Support Specialist Jenifer Shultz dresses for Flag Day.

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese speaks at a luncheon on Friday to give updates on the Jordan Cove Project and her recent trip to Washington D.C.

Mesa County Commissioner John Justman speaks regarding the Jordan Cove Project.

The Elections Crew said goodbye to Jesse Redmond! He will thankfully see them through Election Day part-time. From left to right: Rebecca White, Karen Reiher, Tim Long, Vince Cordova, Jacob Worth, Jesse Redmond, Jackie Campbell and Sheila Reiner.

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