Friday, September 21, 2018

This Week in Pics

All male teams from across the Grand Valley slip on high heels as they compete in the 9th annual Men in Heels Race. This entertaining and fun race benefits Hilltop’s Latimer House, which provides emergency shelter and vital services to those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office team at the Men in Heels race Thursday evening gets ready to race.
MCSO Deputy Troy Jones shows off his footwear before the race gets underway.
The 9th annual Men In Heels Race took place Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, during the last Downtown Farmers' Market. 

A member of the MCSO's team makes sure his heels are secured with tape. 
MCSO Deputy Nick Bouton runs in high heels to raise money and awareness for Hilltop's Latimer House and Domestic Violence Services.

The Board of County Commissioners proclaimed Sept. 17-23, 2018, as Constitution Week in Mesa County and encourage all residents to reflect during the week on the many benefits of our Federal Constitution and American citizenship and to join in ceremonies and activities commemorating Constitution Week. Katey Kelly (center left) from the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution accepted the proclamation in public hearing Monday morning.

Mesa County Commissioners reviewed and voted on land use items in public hearing Tuesday, Sept. 18. Many residents were in attendance to give their input. See how the commissioners voted at

On Tuesday morning, residents testified before the Board of Mesa County Commissioners on various land use items. One item, in particular, for a solar farm conditional use permit received a lot of public comment.
Brian Williams, elections coordinator, prepares ballots for Mesa County military and overseas voters, which are mailed 45 days prior to the election.

Ballots for Mesa County voters will go out 22 days before the election, which means they will go out on Oct. 15.

October is Walk and Wheel to School Month in Mesa County! Pear Park Elementary School taught students road-safe skills in advance of their Bike and Walk to School promotion. You can also celebrate by walking or biking with your children to school. If you live too far to walk or bike the whole way, consider parking a half-mile away and walking the rest.

The Safe Routes to School program, which enables more children to walk and bike to school more often, was taught to five new Physical Education teachers this week. As one teacher said, "Thank you so much for helping me implement this crucial program into our schools. It saves lives!"
Mesa County Employee Association (MCEA) Board Members (left to right): Amy Joy, Communications Strategist, Donna Redd, Vice President, Lisa Snyder, Secretary, Rene Romero, Treasurer, Heidi Belatti, President. The Mission of the MCEA is to create an environment that values, encourages and supports employee engagement and promotes a united organization by developing internal programs and events for Mesa County employees.

On Sept. 18, National IT Professionals Day, the MCEA recognized and thanked Information Technology personnel for their dedication and hard work.

In honor of National IT Professionals Day, MCEA hosted a get-together over cupcakes for IT personnel as a token of their appreciation. Back row: Derek Conlon, Josh Dallman, Andrew Wetzel, Joe Keene, Lhana Jordan, Terrie Smith, Frank Whidden (Mesa County Administrator), Troy Flick. Front row: Chris Kadel, David Underwood, Lori Marak, Valerie Rutter, and Ryan Davison. Not pictured here: Bill Tarlton, Eric Farslow, Kelly Leuallen, Lani Boyles, Mick Vickroy, Paul Mitts.

MCEA provided mouse cupcakes for IT because they keep us connected and running.

Commissioner Rose Pugliese participates in a conference call with state policy leaders to share some of the challenges the Western Slope faces and discuss solutions.

Personnel from Mesa County, City of Grand Junction and the Colorado Department of Transportation met this week to collaborate and discuss future road projects.

Solid Waste Director Barret Jensen welcomes the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Rocky Mountain Chapter to the Mesa County Landfill. Attendees get ready to take a 3-hour tour to learn about the operations of the landfill. On a side note: the depth in the picture creates an optical illusion making Jensen appear smaller than he really is.

Solid Waste Operations Manager Jennifer Richardson talks to tour attendees about the landfill's new phase 7 waste cell, which was completed earlier this month. 

Jennifer Richardson explains regulations surrounding stormwater, leachate and overall site controls.

Hazardous Material Manager Hope Petrie talks about the processes of the Hazardous Waste Collection Facility. 
The Mesa County TrashMasters softball team is all smiles even though they lost 14 to 2. Solid Waste Management staff gets together after hours to play softball and do some team building.  
Mike Dixon, senior director for the division of motor vehicles at the state of Colorado Department of Revenue, stopped by the Mesa County MV office to award Melissa Herek for her contributions to Driver License, Record, Identification and Vehicle Enterprise Solution (DRIVES).

Senior Director, Division of Motor Vehicles, Mike Dixon recognizes Matthew Vigil for his contributions to DRIVES.

Mike Dixon honors Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner for her dedicated service to the Colorado State Titling and Registration System (CSTARS) Committee and the new DRIVES Governance Committee!
Public Works Office Administrator Pam Hawkins is surprised by co-workers with a cake to celebrate her birthday. Happy 36th birthday, Pam!  

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Elections to perform test to verify integrity of voting equipment

Elections will be performing a Logic and Accuracy (L&A) Test Friday, Sept. 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Mesa County Elections office, 200 S. Spruce St.

The test is designed to verify that the ballot counting program for the election is properly reading and tabulating votes.

For more information, email or call (970) 244-1662.