Friday, April 6, 2018

This Week in Pics

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners along with Garfield, Moffat and Rio Blanco Commissioners attended a press conference held at Colorado Mesa University regarding Anvil Points hosted by Senator Cory Gardner, Congressman Scott Tipton and Department of Interior Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt Friday, April 6. 

Senator Cory Gardner discusses the importance of returning oil and gas lease revenues rightfully owed to rural Western Slope communities from which these funds were taken. 

Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt discusses Anvil Points with western Colorado community leaders via video conference from the White House. 


Senator Cory Gardner, Congressman Scott Tipton and Department of Interior Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt host a Western Issues Roundtable discussion to hear from local elected officials and leaders.

Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis discusses matters important to Mesa County at the Western Issues Roundtable discussion.

Mesa County Commissioners Scott McInnis and John Justman catch up with Garfield County Commissioner John Martin.

Garfield County Commissioner Mike Samson, Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese and Moffat County Commissioner Ray Beck pause for a picture at the Anvil Points press conference.

Mesa County Commissioner John Justman talks about grazing rights and permits on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land in western Colorado.
Mesa County Commissioners Rose Pugliese and Scott McInnis at Colorado Mesa Univerity.
The Board of Mesa County Commissioners adopted a proclamation at their April 2, 2018, administrative public hearing recognizing April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, encouraging those who suspect child abuse and neglect to report it immediately. The Mesa County hotline for reporting child abuse and neglect is 970-242-1211. Calls to the alternative statewide hotline, 1-844-CO-4-KIDS (1-844-264-5437) will be routed to Mesa County child protection professionals. Both phone numbers will reach someone who can help 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Everyone in our community can play a role in the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

Mesa County Child Welfare Division Director Kari Daggett accepted the proclamation and stated the following: “Preventing child abuse and neglect is a community effort. Every citizen in Mesa County can play a part in prevention efforts whether it be getting to know the children in your neighborhood, encouraging a struggling parent you see in the store, volunteering your time as a mentor, or becoming a foster parent. Child Abuse Prevention Month is an opportunity for us to recognize that we all play a role in child safety.” To learn more about child abuse prevention, visit Mesa County’s Child Protective Services page. Here you will find information that will help you understand the information needed by child protection professionals when reporting suspected child abuse and neglect.
The Partnership for Children and Families along with other local organizations in conjunction with the National Association for the Education of Young Children, are celebrating April as the Month of the Young Child. The Month of the Young Child is an opportunity to celebrate young children and the caregivers who lay the foundation for their future success. It’s a time to turn our attention to the many people, places and programs that support the healthy development of our children.
The Mesa County Commissioners recognize the Harmony Acres Equestrian Center in public hearing. Harmony Acres offers a sanctuary and healing space for animals and people. For more information, visit https://goo.gl/fGtggW.
Mesa County Animal Services Manager Doug Frye with a Macaw (a king-sized member of the parrot family) on his shoulder. The bird was surrendered to Animal Services.

Animal Services Officer Rebecca Dillon gives a dog a bath.
Workforce staff pulled an April Fools' prank on Hilltop Director Hollie VanRoosendaal (front, center with pink shirt) by wearing vets. VanRoosendaal usually wears a vest, but not that day!

Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner wraps up Peak Academy training with the Elections team.

Elections Director Amanda Polson participates in the final class led by Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner, regarding the five principles of innovation from the Denver Peak Academy.

Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner lead the last class of an in-house training with the Elections team where she shared techniques and exercises that she learned from the PEAK Academy in Denver.

Mesa County Clerk Sheila Reiner shares her knowledge with her staff by training and coaching employees at all levels to improve the way government works in her office. 

Elections Coordinator Jesse Redmond and  Elections Director Amanda Polson get ready for Municipal Election Night. 

Fruita Clerk's office staff and DeBeque Clerk's office staff work together during election night.

City of Fruita staff participates on election night.

Elections Coordinator Jesse Redmond adjudicating.

Elections Technician Karen Reiher pauses for a picture while tabulating.

Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner joins staff members on the Municipal Election night.

Meet Melissa Herek.

DHS Child Welfare staff dressed in blue in honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Child Welfare staff planting pinwheel gardens for National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Staff planting pinwheels in front of the Mesa County Workforce Center. 

Jacque Berry, Child Welfare Hotline Supervisor, being interviewed by KJCT regarding the Child Abuse & Neglect Hotline.
MCPH Health Promotion Specialist Kelsey Fife attended the 7th Annual National RX Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta, GA, this week. She learned more about the opioid crisis and the different approaches to solving it as she works on a prescription opioid overdose prevention grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Mesa County Public Works hosted a farewell celebration for Jim Nall, divisional director for engineering and traffic.

Jim Nall is recognized by Public Works staff for his hard work and dedication during his tenure. 

Good luck in all your future endeavors, Jim Nall!

Construction continues on schedule on the east hill of the Colorado National Monument.


Do you feel like you're driftin' along with the tumblin' tumbleweeds? Get a head start on your problem weeds by finding identification and management tips from Mesa County Noxious Weed and Pest Management at www.mesacounty.us/pest or CSU Extension http://tra.extension.colostate.edu.

Teresa Nees with Noxious Weed and Pest Management visited with Gateway property owners about noxious weed problems in the area and projects happening in Unaweep Canyon and along the Dolores River.
Construction continues at the Mesa County Building and Planning departments. A new enclosed conference room is being built. 

The new conference room is coming together nicely at the Mesa County Central Services Building.

Springtime looks good at the Mesa County Fairgrounds!

Notice of Herbicide Application



The Mesa County Transportation Department in cooperation with Mesa County Noxious Weed & Pest Management will begin applying herbicides along roadways throughout Mesa County on Monday, April 16, 2018.

The county contracts with a licensed commercial applicator to apply the herbicides to control weeds.

Roadside and right-of-way weed treatment (up to 10-feet on each side of the road) will be conducted countywide several times through September.

If property owners do not want herbicide sprayed along their property line, they can request to be added to the 'No Spray' list. Those property owners will need to clearly mark their property lines with signs or bright flags and manage the weeds in and along that area themselves.

Please contact Mesa County Noxious Weed & Pest Management at 970-255-7121 or weed.pest@mesacounty.us to be added to the "No Spray" list or for other weed identification and treatment questions.

For questions regarding the roadside vegetation mowing, please contact the Mesa County Transportation Department at 970-244-1807.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Clifton Nature Park Clean-Up Volunteer Day


Join us in maintaining and creating healthy landscapes to live and play on, by participating in the clean-up of Clifton Nature Park!

The event will take place from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. Friday, April 6, 2018, including the opportunity for a descriptive nature walk after pulling weeds and picking up trash.

Make sure you pack sunglasses, sunscreen, snacks and water. We recommend you wear a long sleeve shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. We will have some gloves available, but if you have a favorite pair— please bring them along!

Meet at the Clifton Nature Park parking lot, which is located on the south side of D Road between 32 1/4 and 32 1/2 roads, next door to Clifton Sanitation District.

Clifton Nature Park clean-up is sponsored by Mesa County, RiversEdge West, Clifton Sanitation District, and Collbran Job Corps

For more information contact Teresa at 970-255-7121 or weed.pest@mesacounty.us

View more information at http://healthymesacounty.org/blogs/healthy-landscapes-for-healthy-mesa-county/

Order plates by mail and select how to receive them


The Mesa County Motor Vehicle Division is now offering license plate pick up at their office, 200 S. Spruce St., for customers who have processed their plates by mail and would like to pick them up in person.

“Plate pick up has been on the Motor Vehicle Manager’s mind and because of a customer’s inquiry who didn’t want to wait for the mail; she launched plate pick up for all!” Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner said. “You just need a packet to get started.  Download a packet from our website at https://goo.gl/CVJHyE. You can also email plates@mesacounty.us or call us at (970) 244-1664, and we can send you a packet.”

When completing the packet, if customers check the box for pick up, they will receive an email that will let them know that their plates are ready to go and can be picked up at the check-in counter. A valid form of  ID must be presented at pick-up.

Watch the promotional video about our plates by mail program here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKBbRaK6jaQ

Monday, April 2, 2018

Commissioners recognize the Harmony Acres Equestrian Center

Harmony Acres offers a sanctuary and healing space for animals and people, and the Mesa County Commissioners today recognized the efforts made by over 60 volunteers to offer such a valuable service to our community. 

Animal-assisted therapy is able to reach many people in a unique way that other forms of therapy cannot, and provide help and healing to all members of the community, including veterans, children and individuals with disabilities. Therapy programs offered by Harmony Acres include: equine assisted mental health services, for children and adults who have been traumatized or abused, therapeutic riding, and equine therapy for veterans.

Harmony Acres Equestrian Center is hosting an event to raise awareness of their services and encourage the public to attend April 8th, 2018, at the Warehouse25sixy-five beginning at 5 p.m.


April is Month of the Young Child

Today in public hearing the Mesa County Commissioners adopted a proclamation that focuses attention on the needs of young children and their families and recognizes the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

The Partnership for Children and Families along with other local organizations in conjunction with the National Association for the Education of Young Children, are celebrating April as the Month of the Young Child.
The Month of the Young Child is an opportunity to celebrate young children and the caregivers who lay the foundation for their future success. It’s a time to turn our attention to the many people, places and programs that support the healthy development of our children.

Mesa County Commissioners proclaim April 2018 as Month of the Young Child and recognize and support early childhood education for children in our community. Kristie Donathan, center left, School District 51 Early Learning Assistant Coordinator accepted the proclamation.

School District 51 Assistant Early Learning Coordinator Kristie Donathan accepts the proclamation in public hearing Monday morning.

Local agencies unite against child abuse

Mesa County Commissioners proclaim April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in the Grand Valley. Melissa Lytle from the Western Slope Center for Children, Kari Daggett from the Mesa County Department of Human Services and Janet Rowland on behalf of How are the Children accepted the proclamation. 

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners today adopted a proclamation at their April 2, 2018, administrative public hearing recognizing April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, encouraging those who suspect child abuse and neglect to report it immediately.

The Mesa County hotline for reporting child abuse and neglect is 970-242-1211. Calls to the alternative statewide hotline, 1-844-CO-4-KIDS (1-844-264-5437) will be routed to Mesa County child protection professionals. Both phone numbers will reach someone who can help 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Everyone in our community can play a role in the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

Mesa County Child Welfare Division Director Kari Daggett accepted the proclamation and stated the following: “Preventing child abuse and neglect is a community effort.  Every citizen in Mesa County can play a part in prevention efforts whether it be getting to know the children in your neighborhood, encouraging a struggling parent you see in the store, volunteering your time as a mentor, or becoming a foster parent.  Child Abuse Prevention Month is an opportunity for us to recognize that we all play a role in child safety. ” 

To learn more about child abuse prevention, visit Mesa County’s Child Protective Services page. Here you will find information that will help you understand the information needed by child protection professionals when reporting suspected child abuse and neglect.

Several agencies who protect children and help promote child abuse prevention joined forces and showed their support at the Commissioner's administrative public hearing Monday morning.