Friday, August 31, 2018

This Week in Pics

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners discuss the importance of exempting state grants and pass-through revenue from the spending limitations of the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights (TABOR) and opens up the discussion for the residents to weigh-in during the public hearing Monday morning.
Joe Higgins, campaign co-chair for the initiative to exempt state grant from Mesa County's TABOR cap, and former executive director for Mesa County Partners, testifies before the Board of County Commissioners from the viewpoint of a non-profit needing funding to provide the much-needed services to the community.

  Jeffrey Hurd, past board chairman of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce, speaks on behalf of the chamber, in support of the proposed ballot measure and urges residents to vote in favor in November.

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners adopted a resolution in public hearing Monday morning that approves and authorizes Ballot Question 1A for the election to be held Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, for the purpose exempting state grants and pass-through revenue from the spending limitations of the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights (TABOR).
Commissioner Rose Pugliese talks to News Channel 5 Reporter Tyler Young about the Board of County Commission unanimous vote to place Ballot Question 1A  on the November ballot. Watch the interview at
County Administrator Frank Whidden speaks about the importance of the new airport project as part of economic development at a groundbreaking ceremony for the runway on Tuesday.

Frank Whidden, county administrator, addresses the audience at a groundbreaking ceremony for the new runway at the airport.

County Administrator Frank Whidden, (third from left) and other Grand Valley leaders brake ground on a new runway at the Grand Junction Regional Airport. The $130 million project will replace an old runway built in the 50s.
Mesa County saw its first human case of West Nike virus since 2015, this week. MCPH Epidemiologist spoke with Shelby Bracho on Fox 4 News about how to protect yourself and your family against the illness.

Commissioner Rose Pugliese and Kathy Rennels, associate vice president of engagement for Colorado State University, discuss industrial hemp at a western district meeting hosted by Colorado Counties, Inc. (CCI). 

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners and County Administrator attend a meeting for counties in the western district. The meeting included several topics, including broadband access, wildfires, industrial hemp and legislative priorities for the upcoming year.

Montrose County Commissioner Keith Caddy, left, and Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis catch up at CCI's western district meeting.

Commissioner Rose Pugliese, center, CCI staff  Eric Bergman and Brandi DeLange at the western district meeting in Montrose. Commissioner Pugliese is the chairwoman for CCI's General Government Steering Committee.

Several County Commissioners and Administrators from the western district attend a meeting in Montrose, Colo. to discuss legislative priorities for 2019.
Dennis Berry's retirement celebration was well-attended by friends and family who were there to wish him the best in all his future endeavors. 

Pictures of Criminal Justice Services Director Dennis Berry were displayed at his retirement celebration. 

Staff remember Dennis Berry through the decades.

Commissioner Scott McInnis attends Dennis Berry's retirement celebration. Yes, that is "Dennis Wayne." Staff used a John Wayne cutout and pasted a picture of Berry's face over it.

Attendees took a moment to share anecdotes of Dennis Berry's and his exemplary leadership.
Criminal Justice Services Director Dennis Berry (not pictured here), is recognized by the Board of Mesa County Commissioners at his farewell celebration Wednesday afternoon.

Criminal Justice Services Director Dennis Berry receives a gift from the District Attorney's Office with a special message: "On behalf of the Twenty-First Judicial District Attorney's Office, thank you for your leadership, dedication and innovation in making this a safer community." 

Commissioner John Justman, left, and Criminal Justice Services Director Dennis Berry pose for a picture at Berry's farewell. 

Dennis Berry celebrates 43 years of service in the criminal justice system.

Happy retirement, Dennis Berry! You will be missed dearly.

Willie Wilkins and Teresa Nees with  Noxious Weed and Pest Management go to great lengths to navigate a cattail-ridden irrigation retention pond to treat the noxious weed purple loosestrife. It's dirty hard work, but there is always some fun involved!

Erik Storey with Noxious Weed and Pest Management looking stoic and serious as he slops through the swamp to scout and spray purple loosestrife. 

A view from the top of the Grand Mesa. 
Josh Ochoa and Bridgett Mancera, Colorado Works case managers at the Workforce Center, take a break from life in the cubes. 

Sandy Sebold and Alicia Griffin from Colorado Works team take a break for a photo op.

Colorado Works Supervisor Shelley Grattan believes in hydration as evidence of the three tumblers on her desk. 

Road work continues on the CO 340 Bike and Pedestrian Facility Project, motorist should expect short traffic delays.

Here is what is planned for the I-70 Exit 49 Grand Mesa Ramp Improvement project Traffic update for the week of Sept. 2-8, 2018.
In observance of Labor Day many Mesa County offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. View a detailed list of closures at

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