Friday, October 26, 2018

This Week in Pics

Mesa County Commissioners adopted a proclamation in public hearing Monday to welcome judges from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals visiting the Western Slope for the first time to hear oral arguments at Colorado Mesa University on Wednesday, Oct. 24. Jeffrey Hurd, Attorney at Law, attended the public hearing to accept the proclamation on behalf of the judges. Hurd led the efforts to organize this historic event. Pictured here from left, Commissioner Scott McInnis, Jeff Hurd, Commissioner Rose Pugliese and Commissioner John Justman.
The Board of Mesa County Commissioners declared October as Manufacturing Month in Mesa County and recognized the industry for its role in economic growth in western Colorado. Manufacturing jobs make up 4.5 percent of total employment in Mesa County with a projected 8.9 percent increase for the manufacturing industry over the next five years. Additionally, manufacturing jobs in Mesa County are stable, well-paid positions. Read more at

Mesa County has a design-build contract with GeoStabilization International (GSI) for the repair of slope failure and roadway settlement on 64.6 Road up to Vega Lake. One lane of the road has been closed during installation of the new retaining wall. Work for the 64.6 Slope Stabilization Project will be completed in early November.

Guardrail is installed on the new bridge on 64.3 Road across Buzzard Creek. The bridge has been open to traffic for the past three weeks while work is being completed on additional road widening added to the project on the north end. The project is scheduled for completion in November. 

Elections Coordinator Brian Williams subtly suggests that citizens vote early this 2018 General Election.
Subtle sign: Vote early this 2018 General Election.

On Thursday, Vince Cordova, with the Mesa County Clerk and Recorder's Office, gets ready to run roughly 2,800 ballots through a machine that can image, count, sort, and compare signatures accurately and quickly.

Election judges patiently wait to open all the ballots. Did you know that Colorado is one of the safest states in America to vote? Read the article at
Up-to-date stats (Oct. 26) for the Mesa County 2018 General Election.

Erik Storey with Noxious Weed & Pest Management (right) heads out to spray Russian knapweed with Cory from the Bureau of Reclamation. The BOR parcel was part of the area that burned in May, in Debeque Canyon.

Mesa County Noxious Weed Management is working with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the Bureau of Reclamation and other partners to treat the new growth of invasive species in the burn area in Debeque Canyon to give native shrubs, grasses and trees a chance to make a come-back and improve the riparian habitat.

A view from the Debeque Canyon burn area 5 months after the fire. While the fire burned and killed many invasive trees like tamarisk, it also damaged and killed the tall, native cottonwood trees.
On Wednesday, many Mesa County elected officials attended the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals oral arguments at Colorado Mesa University.

Mesa County Commissioner John Justman, left, and 21st Judicial District Chief Judge Brian Flynn catch up during an event for the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals at Colorado Mesa University.

Mesa County Treasurer Janice Rich and Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese at an event at Colorado Mesa University to hear from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis at the ceremony welcoming the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to Grand Junction. 
Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese, left, reads a proclamation on behalf of the Board of  County Commissioners to honor and welcome the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to Mesa County.

The 10th Circuit's chief judge, Tim Tymkovich, accepts a proclamation from the Board of Mesa County Commissioners welcoming the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Bear Den Cub Scouts Pack 318 stopped by the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office this week. These bright young men learned all about how deputies process and collect evidence and work hard to keep our community safe.

Thanks for visiting, Bear Den Cub Scouts Pack 318!
It's with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to one of the most dedicated law enforcement officers this county has ever known. Retired Undersheriff Rusty Callow's life was remembered Wednesday by family, friends and law enforcement officers from all over of the state. His 37-year career as a police officer was spent with both the Grand Junction Police Department and Mesa County Sheriff's Office, always finding a way to help people who needed it most. He will forever be missed as a hero to this community and most of all as a friend.

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