Friday, March 2, 2018

This Week in Pics

Mesa County staff members at the Community Services Building campus, 510 29 1/2 Road, hosted a "Giving from the Heart" food drive and collected over 1,000 food items. All items were donated to the homeless shelter. The Professional Standards Team donated the most food items, from left to right, Jerrie Julius, Holly Myers and Becca Chase.
Kathy Capps of Mind Springs addresses Mesa County Public Health Suicide Prevention Community Forum attendees Tuesday night. The group offered up ideas about suicide prevention in Mesa County during breakout sessions.

Mesa County Facilities staff supervises as a five-inch thick piece of broken glass is replaced on the third floor of the Mesa County Justice Center, 125 N. Spruce St. 

A broken window is replaced on the third floor of the Justice Center Thursday morning. 

Crews work to replace a broken window at the Justice Center. 

K Road is currently closed between 20 Road and 21 Road. Dirtworks Construction is in the process of widening the roadway to allow for four-foot paved shoulders on both sides of the road, and will then be overlaid with a new asphalt pavement surface. The roadway will be closed until this work is completed which is anticipated for the end of March depending on weather conditions and reopening of the asphalt plants by the suppliers.

Road work has K Road closed between 20 Road and 21 Road (closure started Feb. 19).  The projected is expected to be completed by the end of March.

Animal Services Officer Kate Scales returns to the office after taking a dog who wasn't feeling well to the vet.

Animal Services Officer Tracy Royce tries to get a dog out from under a table while another dog decides to use her legs as a comfortable bed.

In February, Mesa County Engineering & M.A. Concrete Construction started construction on the V.8 Road and Big Salt Wash Crossing bridge project located off 16 Road. The existing V.8 Road, shown in the photo above, crosses Big Salt Wash through the bottom of the wash, which during storm events, makes the road impassable for residents in the area.

Mesa County received a $450,000 Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) grant to assist in the construction of the bridge on V.8 Road. The project is expected to be completed early this summer.

Elections Director Amanda Polson, Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner and Elections Manager Patti Inscho go over the plan for processing unaffiliated voters’ ballots in the upcoming Primary Election. This is following the passing of Propositions 107 & 108 in 2016.

Mesa County Elections is busy formulating a plan for processing unaffiliated voters’ ballots in the upcoming Primary Election.
Mesa County Commissioners present Lori Parrott (center-right), State President of the National Society United States Daughters of 1812, with a proclamation recognizing the end of the war of 1812. The local chapter of the National Society of the United States Daughters of 1812 will be hosting a state conference and dedicating a memorial bench at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado on March 3, 2018. To learn more about the society visit:
Beginning March 5, citizens in 12 Colorado counties will have the option to renew their vehicle registration at any of 18 self-service kiosks located in participating counties. For more information, visit

Motor Vehicle staff members, from left to right, Amanda Golightly, Charlayne Higginson and Cheryl Benton discuss new developments with Driver License, Record, Identification and Vehicle Enterprise Solution (DRIVES). The project is aimed to provide an efficient, reliable, accurate and integrated solution for driver and vehicle services, as well as business licensing and revenue accounting.

Don Clement, Motor Vehicle Customer Service Specialist, is busy taking phone calls while processing titles. 
Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner talks about the changes happening in her office. The Recording Division (land records and marriage license), 200 S. Spruce St., has relocated to the Elections entrance to make room for the Motor Vehicle check-in station.

Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner talks about the move between her divisions, which is aimed to help with congestion as well as provide additional efficiencies for Motor Vehicle by having all back-office functions within the same proximity of the front line.

The Motor Vehicle check-in station helps guide residents to the services they need.

Engineering Director Scott Mai talks to KKCO Reporter Megan McNeil about the 24-H.96 Road and Bridge Replacement Project.

Engineering Director Scott Mai talks about the 24 Road Bridge, which is structurally deficient due to corrosion of the steel beams and scouring of the footings. Mesa County was awarded an Energy Impact Grant from the Department of Local Affairs that will cover 50 percent of the project's cost.

Mesa County Public Works staff members participate in a mandatory pre-bid meeting for the Highway 340 Sidewalk Project lead by Senior Engineer Kevin King.

As part of the 29 Road Pedestrian Underpass Project, northbound traffic on 29 Road over the Colorado River will be detoured to the west side of the bridge, along with southbound traffic, on Monday, March 5. This will allow for construction equipment to stage on the east side of the bridge during the placement of concrete for the pedestrian underpass below the bridge. Traffic will resume normal operations on Tuesday.

Public Works Engineer Scott Samuels provides details about the proposed location for the Kimball Creek Safety Improvement Project at an open house at the Collbran Fire Station Wednesday evening.

Landowners attend the public meeting for the Kimball Creek Safety Improvement Project at the Collbran Fire Hall.  

Road and Bridge District C Maintenance Manager Keith Hatch explains the need for safety improvements on Kimball Creek Road.

Public Works Engineer Scott Samuels discusses the Kimball Creek Safety Improvement Project with landowners at an open house in Collbran.

Mesa County Administrator Frank Whidden presented the 2018 State of the County report to the Mesa County Commissioners on Monday, Feb. 26. For information, visit

The latest economic indicators presented in the State of the County address, show a slight improvement in the local economy.

Mesa County has navigated through years of financial upheavals caused by restrictive budgetary challenges. However, 2017 has been a turnaround year, and well-planned budgeting has allowed Mesa County government to provide needed services to residents. Officials and staff continue doing what they can to improve efficiencies in service delivery by implementing innovative ideas.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Mesa County Animal Services and local veterinarians join forces to provide subsidized spay/neuter vouchers

Mesa County Animal Services is partnering with local area veterinarians to offer spay and neuter vouchers for Mesa County pet owners. With these vouchers, the cost of the procedure will be $25 to the pet owner. The Animal Assistance Foundation has provided generous funding for over 350 sterilization procedures, and local veterinarians have agreed to offer the procedures to Mesa County citizens at a substantially reduced rate. Pet owners will be required to provide proof of current rabies vaccination at the time of the procedure. If the animal does not have a current rabies vaccination, the owner will be required to pay for that service. The cost of the rabies vaccination is NOT covered by the $25.00 co-pay.

The veterinarians listed below have been issued a limited number of vouchers for 2018. Issuance of the vouchers is entirely at the discretion of each participating veterinarian office. The veterinarians may ask individuals to provide proof of financial need or be able to communicate why they have a unique circumstance that results in a need for the voucher.

The vouchers are intended to help people with financial need and will be given out on a first-come, first served basis starting Thursday, March 1. The vouchers are valid through Sept. 30.

The case for sterilization is strong. Spaying or neutering helps pets live longer, healthier lives. And by managing overpopulation in the community, we ensure that all pets have access to the five freedoms - freedom from hunger and thirst, discomfort, pain, injury or disease, fear and distress and freedom to express normal behavior.

To obtain a voucher, interested pet owners should contact one of these veterinarians:

All Pets Center 970-241-1976
Animal Birth Control 970-523-5487
Amigo Animal Clinic 970-245-0210
Arrowhead Veterinary Hospital 970-858-8881
Clifton Animal Hospital 970-523-0954
Cottonwood Veterinary Hospital 970-245-0135
Dr. Jean Fromm, DVM 970-434-0811
Footprints Animal Hospital 970-241-4247
Grand View Animal Hospital 970-523-2060
Orchard Mesa Veterinary Hospital 970-241-9866
Plateau Valley Animal Hospital 970-487-3099
Redlands Pet Clinic 970-245-4060
Tiara Rado Animal Hospital 970-243-4007

Citizens can soon renew license plates at 18 kiosks in 12 Colorado counties

Self-service technology expands on March 5 to allow cross-county transactions

Beginning March 5, citizens in 12 Colorado counties will have the option to renew their vehicle registration at any of 18 self-service kiosks located in participating counties.

“Mesa County is excited to partner with 11 other counties to accept cross-county transactions on our Colorado MVExpress kiosk,” said Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner. “Now students, visitors or workers who are in Mesa County but call one of the other 11 counties home, can use our kiosk to renew.”

The kiosks are available only to residents of Arapahoe, Adams, Boulder, Broomfield, Douglas, El Paso, Freemont, Jefferson, La Plata, Larimer, Mesa and Weld counties. However, more counties may authorize kiosk transactions for residents later this year. Find your nearest kiosk at

Mesa County was the second Colorado county to launch a Colorado MVExpress kiosk last year. This technology has made a difference by helping to reduce wait times and free up staff to assist with complex title and registration transactions.

“Citizens have renewed more than 5,500 vehicles using Mesa County's kiosk; our average wait time in the Motor Vehicle has decreased from 40 minutes in February 2017 to 27 minutes in February 2018,” Reiner added.

The kiosks are blue and yellow machines that look similar to an ATM. To use one, simply type your license plate number on the touchscreen, or scan the barcode on your renewal postcard; then pay taxes and fees by check, credit or debit card. The kiosk will instantly print your receipt, vehicle registration, and license plate tabs. Mesa County customers will pay a $3 convenience fee for every vehicle renewed at a kiosk, which directly pays for the technology. There is no budget impact or cost to other taxpayers for this convenience.

If you have recently changed or updated your auto insurance, please wait two to four business days before using a kiosk to renew. If your grace period for your renewal has ended, you will not be able to renew at a machine and must call or appear in person at your county motor vehicle office.

Residents of the following counties can use a renewal kiosk in any of these locations:

Adams County
Westminster Motor Vehicle Office, 8452 Federal Blvd., Westminster

Arapahoe County
Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder Aurora Branch, 490 S. Chambers Rd., Aurora
Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder Centennial Branch, 6954 S. Lima St., Centennial
AAA Southglenn Office, 7400 S. University Blvd., Centennial
Arapahoe County Administration Building, 5334 S. Prince St., Littleton

Boulder County
Boulder County Clerk and Recorder's Office, 1750 33rd St., Boulder

Broomfield County
Paul Derda Recreation Center, 13201 Lowell Blvd., Broomfield

Douglas County
Douglas County Wilcox Building, 301 Wilcox St., Castle Rock
Park Meadows Center, 9350 Heritage Hills Circle, Lone Tree

El Paso County
Centennial Hall, 200 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
Citizens Service Center, 1675 W. Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs
Powers Office, 5650 Industrial Pl., Colorado Springs
Union Town Center, 8830 N. Union Blvd., Colorado Springs

Freemont County
Fremont County Administration Building, 615 Macon Ave. Room 102, Canon City

Jefferson County
Lakewood Motor Vehicle Office, 2099 Wadsworth Blvd. Ste. K., Lakewood

La Plata County
Durango Motor Vehicle Office, 98 Everett St., Ste. A, Durango
Pine River Library, 395 Bayfield Center Dr., Bayfield

Larimer County
Larimer County Courthouse, 200 W. Oak St., Fort Collins

Mesa County
Mesa County Motor Vehicle Office, 200 S. Spruce St., Grand Junction

Weld County
Greeley Motor Vehicle Office, 1402 N. 17th Ave., Greeley

As another option, Coloradans can renew their license plates by mail, drop off or online at For more information about motor vehicle services in Mesa County, please call 970-244-1664 or visit

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

This Week in Pics

The Mesa County Treasurer's Office reminds taxpayers that Colorado law requires property tax payments in two equal installments, the first being due on or before the last day of February, and the second installment to be paid no later than the 15th day of June. If you are planning to pay your property taxes in full, they are due no later than April 30th.

Mesa CountyAnimal Services Officer Lisa Armour holds a stray cat that is recovering from an injury to its front paw.

Mesa County Animal Services Officer Ron Markley conducts a behavior assessment on a stray dog, Wendy, to assess if it can either be put up for adoption or sent to a rescue. 
Mesa County Commissioners reviewed and voted on land-use items in public hearing Tuesday, Feb. 20. See what they voted on at

Mesa County Commissioner John Justman talks to KKCO Reporter Crispin Havener about his support in advocating the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) headquarters to move out of Washington, D.C. and into Grand Junction.

Road and Bridge District B crew takes a refresher first aid, and CPR class offered in-house by fellow Road and Bridge employee Jarrod Houck.

Richard Martinez getting his arm splinted by Dave DeJong.

Paul Roe showing off his splinted leg. Very creative!

Lincoln Crawford, Kevin Holderness, Dave DeJong and Jim Byerly all practicing doing compressions on their CPR manikins.
Derek Smith and Brent DePriest practicing giving rescue breaths to their manikins.
Each year Mesa County Road and Bridge, Traffic, Hazardous Waste, and the Sheriff's Office, as part of the Mesa County Safety Council, participate in the Mesa County Safety Fair held at Mesa Mall in Grand Junction, Colorado. The Safety Fairs are typically held for two consecutive days in the last two weeks of February through first two weeks of March on an annual basis. The timing of fair dates varies year to year to accommodate attendee, participant, and Mall schedules. Travis Cole demonstrates to his son, Grady, that from the driver's seat of a big truck, it is difficult or impossible to see someone directly behind you.

Mesa County and City of Grand Junction traffic staff participate in the annual Safety Fair at Mesa Mall last Thursday and Friday.

Mesa County Traffic Technician, Tina Dugger, talks to community members about traffic safety. The Mesa County Safety Council has been promoting safety awareness among the public, students, organizations, and companies for many years.

Each year over a thousand kids attend the Safety Fair at Mesa Mall and go to different stations to get some helpful safety tips from community organizations.

Mesa County Solid Waste Director Barrett Jensen, at the Safety Fair, explains paint, cell phones and other electronics like laptops, should never go into the landfill. Mesa County Hazardous Waste can accept these items and properly dispose of them.

Jennifer Richardson, Mesa County Solid Waste Operations Manager, talks to children about proper disposal of hazardous materials at the safety fair.

The arena is ready. Let the games begin!

Steers line up at the Mesa County Fairgrounds to participate in the J Money Rope N Ride event. The Fairgrounds will feature this event again March 17 and 18, 2018.

The weather did not stop the roping and barrel race this weekend. Rain or snow, the show will go on!

Congrats to the 2018 Chili Cook-Off Winners! Overall Winner: Marlena Diaz with #11 Spicy Green Chili.
 1st Place: Rachel Katt #16. 2nd Place: Marlena Diaz #11. 3rd Place: Kelly Graff #17.

1st Place: Alicia Ramirez #9. 2nd Place: Shelley Grattan #8. 3rd Place: Aletha Jenkins #5.

1st Place: Kelly Graff #19. 2nd Place: Misty Ulibarri #10. 3rd Place: Jenifer Shultz #12. Thanks to all who participated! From the Fun Bunch.

A Clerk and Recorder's staff member found Flash (the fastest sloth working at Zootopia's DMV—Department of Mammal Vehicles) and brought him into Mesa County's Motor Vehicle (MV) office. His attire is MV business casual. He is bringing a lot of smiles!

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese and Rio Blanco Commissioners Shawn Bolton and Jeff Rector show their support for oil and gas at the 2018 West Slope COGA Annual Banquet.
Mesa County Elections aims to improve the process surrounding Voter Service and Polling Place signature cards using a PEAK tool. Pictured here: Jackie Campbell, Bobbie Gross, Amanda Polson, Karen Reiher, and Jesse Redmond.
Bobbie Gross participates in improving processes surrounding Voter Service and Polling Place signature cards using a PEAK tool.