Friday, March 22, 2019

This Week in Pics

Criminal Justice Services Supervisor Shawn McNamara recognized CJSD Manager Steve Chin on behalf of the Colorado Pretrial Association. Steve Chin was recognized for his work as President of the Colorado Association of Pretrial Services (CAPS) from 2014-2018. During his time as president, the committee worked on statewide validation of the Colorado Pretrial Assessment Tool (CPAT) with the collaboration of the University of Northern Colorado. Steve was also involved in the development and implementation of statewide standards for Pretrial. These efforts in Colorado have been recognized nationally. Steve Chin's leadership and service are greatly appreciated. Congratulations, Steve!

CJSD Case Manager Dave Wetherald is immersed in caseload review to assess clients' progress and needs. Is that a Stormtrooper on his desk? Yes. Yes, it is.
CJSD Shift Supervisor Eli Stemrich fills out forms and gets ready to collect a urinalysis (UA) sample for drug testing. 
Department of Human Services Case Manager Sandy Sebold celebrates her 38th work anniversary with DHS. Sandy will be retiring on April 1, 2019. Congratulations, Sandy!
On the re-opening day of the Fruita satellite office for the Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV), Beth Lillie sits at her desk with a big smile and is ready to help customers. 
Don Clement, Customer Service Specialist - LEAD, is one of the friendly faces at the Fruita DMV.
The ribbon cutting ceremony hasn't even begun, and Fruita DMV staff members are already busy helping customers. Before the ribbon cutting got underway, the staff had already served four customers.
The public and media attended a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday, March 12, 2019, for the re-opening of the satellite office for the DMV in Fruita City Hall, 325 E. Aspen. Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters stated during the ceremony: “Thanks to the support of the City of Fruita, I’m excited to be able to open the Fruita office in the first quarter of 2019. The feedback from citizens has been steady about their desire for Mesa County to have more than one DMV office.”

Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters excitedly cut the ribbon to officially open the Fruita DMV. The office is located inside Fruita City Hall at 325 E. Aspen and is open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mesa County Engineering Department is working on a drainage improvement project on E. Lynwood St. The stormwater pipe is old and deteriorated. A new storm drain will be installed. 

Let Solid Waste Management get you summer ready! With warming temperatures, you might be thinking about clearing out the garage or getting your yard ready for summer. Did you know that Mesa County Solid Waste Management Campus offers many services to help you tackle that to-do list? Learn more at
Mesa County Treasurer Sheila Reiner, and former Mesa County Clerk and Recorder, speaks about the election reform over the past twenty years at Ted X Grand Junction on Saturday, March 9.

On the afternoon of Pi Day, Mesa County Information Technology (IT) personnel got together over the lunch hour to share project updates and pie.
Mesa County IT staff enjoys pie on Pi Day (3.14).
On Tuesday morning, Mesa County Elections conducted a ‘Logic and Accuracy’ test to confirm voting equipment being used in the current City of Grand Junction Municipal Election is functioning properly.

Mesa County Coroner Victor Yahn gives a presentation to new nurses at St. Mary's Hospital to educate them about what is involved when a death needs to be reported to the Coroner's Office. 

Coroner Victor Yahn talks to nurses on how to accurately report a death to his office.

Mesa County County Commissioner Rose Pugliese (left) and President of the Grand Junction Area Chamber Diane Schwenke (right), patiently wait for their turn to testify remotely before the Colorado State Legislature in opposition to Senate Bill 181, concerning oil and gas operations.
After a seven-hour wait, Commissioner Rose Pugliese (center) is finally able to give her testimony on Senate Bill 181 on behalf of the hard-working energy workers in Mesa County and their families who live in the Grand Valley.
On Monday, March 18, 2019, the Board of Mesa County Commissioners sent a letter to President Trump urging him to appoint David Bernhardt to the position of United States Secretary of the Interior. Read more at

Mesa County Commissioner John Justman attended the Mesa County Fair Board meeting Thursday evening to discuss the upcoming county fair, which will be held July 17-20, 2019.

Department of Human Services had Twin Day on Wednesday as part of their spring break activities. Pictured here are Kiira Moore and Frances Hicks from the Child Welfare division.

Maintenance Technician Christopher Trujillo (left) and Lead Maintenance Technician Dan Adams (right) hosted a ribbon cutting for the new front doors at the Justice Center, 125 North Spruce St. The entrance had been closed off for many months. 
The wait is over, new doors finally arrived and were installed at the Justice Center. Mesa County Sheriff 's Office Deputy Melissa Barney did the honors and cut the ribbon.
Start the growing season off with a bang by visiting the Mesa County Organic Materials Composting Facility's Annual Spring Sale. Now through March 30 receive $10 off every cubic yard of Mesa Magic compost and $5 off of each purchase of a cubic yard of dark wood mulch. Give your lawn and garden the care they deserve!

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Let Solid Waste Management get you summer ready!

With warming temperatures, you might be thinking about clearing out the garage or getting your yard ready for summer. Did you know that Mesa County Solid Waste Management Campus offers many services to help you tackle that to-do list?

The Hazardous Waste Collection Facility, located at the Mesa County Solid Waste Management Campus, offers free disposal of all household chemicals to Mesa County residents. Items accepted include old fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, paint, motor oil, batteries, light bulbs, and more.

 The Organic Materials Compost Facility, located on the Mesa County Solid Waste Management Campus, offers free disposal of leaves, lawn clippings, and tree trimmings to Mesa County residents. While you are there be sure to pick up some Mesa Magic Compost or Dark Wood Mulch for your garden and lawn; fees apply.

Did you know each household in Mesa County receives one free disposal at the Mesa County Landfill each year? Bring your ID and a piece of mail showing your physical address to the Landfill Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., to pick up your Landfill Pass. The Landfill Pass grants you one free visit to the Mesa County Landfill. The Landfill Pass does not apply to tires or electronics and must be used within two weeks of issue. All loads coming into the Landfill must be tarped.

Let the folks at Mesa County’s Solid Waste Management Campus help you get your summer off to a great start!

Visit the website for a complete list of materials accepted at each facility and the hours of operation at or call 970-241-6846 for more information.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Commissioners Urge President Trump to appoint David Bernhardt to the position of United States Secretary of the Interior

On Monday, March 18, 2019, the Board of Mesa County Commissioners sent a letter to President Trump urging him to appoint David Bernhardt to the position of United States Secretary of the Interior.

The letter states: "The Board admires the dedication and professionalism Mr. Bernhardt has shown in his previous efforts in dealing with public land management issues that affect state and local governments with substantial amounts of public lands. Mr. Bernhardt is a Colorado native who understands the role the federal government has with respect to public lands and its impact on state and local governments and their economies.

Mr. Bernhardt recently helped western Colorado counties obtain reimbursement of the oil and gas lease revenue held by the Department of Interior that was owed to rural communities from the Anvil Points Naval Oil Shale Reserve. The federal government had withheld all mineral lease funds, royalties and bonus payments from 1997 to 2008, from Garfield, Mesa, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties. Additionally, the withholding created a surplus in the trust fund, and when the site cleanup was completed in 2011, the funds were not released. This year, thanks to Mr. Bernhardt, the affected counties finally received reimbursement of their funds.

With his extensive background in both the private and public sectors dealing with public lands issues, Mr. Bernhardt is undoubtedly experienced and qualified for the position. We are grateful for Mr. Bernhardt’s leadership and ability to find effective advocacy within complex issues for the benefit of our counties. We consider his level-headedness and focus on what is best for our Colorado communities and the nation as a whole a great asset.

Mr. Bernhardt’s extensive knowledge of public lands and energy issues make him an avid leader with skills to see issues from multiple perspectives to maintain and improve partnerships among federal, state, and local governments.

Without reservation, the Board of County Commissioners highly recommends David Bernhardt for the position of United States Secretary of the Interior. Thank you for the opportunity to comment."

To view the full letter, click here.

Friday, March 15, 2019


Mesa County Clerk & Recorder Press Release

Media Contact
Tina Peters
(970) 812.2610

For immediate release
MARCH 15, 2019


Mesa County, Colo. – Mesa County Elections, a division of the Mesa County Clerk and Recorder’s Office, will perform a ‘Logic and Accuracy’ test between 10 a.m. and 11a.m., on Monday, March 18, 2019. This test is conducted on voting equipment being used in the current City of Grand Junction Municipal Election.

The test will be performed at the Mesa County Elections office by staff. The test is open to the public and media, as space allows. The Election office is accessed through the west doors, at 200 S. Spruce St., Grand Junction.

The equipment, which has been provided by the Denver-based company Dominion Voting Systems, was adopted by counties in 2016 after the Colorado Secretary of State’s office selected it as the statewide uniform voting system. 

The Logic and Accuracy test allows the Elections staff, the political party representatives and the public to be confident the equipment is operating properly and efficiently.

For further information or if you have any questions, call the Election office, at (970) 244-1662.


Commissioner Rose Pugliese honored as a Top Woman in Energy for 2019

Denver Business Journal honors commissioner for being “an effective leader in what traditionally has been a male-centric workplace.”

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese will be honored as one of 40 Top Women in Energy for 2019 by the Denver Business Journal at their Top Women in Energy awards celebration in Denver April 23.

Commissioner Pugliese was selected from over 130 nominees for this prestigious honor. The Denver Businesses Journal wrote in a letter to Pugliese, “Our esteemed judging committee selected you from over 130 nominations received, not only for dedication to making an impact on the Colorado energy industry but also for your unfailing willingness to give back to the communities where you work and live. The Denver Business Journal is proud to recognize you among this elite group of women!”

Commissioner Pugliese is the only western Colorado resident to be honored with this award.

“I am humbled and honored to have received this award. We have so many incredibly strong female leaders all across the state, and we do great work for our communities,” Pugliese said. “I am so fortunate to be able to advocate for Mesa County on a federal and statewide level and be a strong voice for our county’s energy issues.”

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

This Week in Pics

This week, commissioners from across the state gathered in Washington D.C. to hear from Acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt and discuss issues important to Colorado’s counties. Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese and John Justman (right) attended the event.

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese (center) stands alongside Acting Interior Secretary Bernhardt (right), Garfield County Commissioners Samson and Martin, Moffat County Commissioner Cook, and Rio Blanco Commissioner Rector after discussing important issues for western Colorado including the potential move of the BLM headquarters to the West.
Mesa County and the City of Grand Junction jointly authored a letter formally indicating opposition to Colorado Senate Bill 19-181. Mesa County officials, as well as Grand Junction City Council members, testified remotely before the Senate Transportation & Energy Committee from Colorado Mesa University.
Mesa County Administrator Frank Whidden testifies against SB19-181 before the Colorado Senate Transportation & Energy Committee on Tuesday evening. The hearing lasted 12 hours.

Mesa County Administrator Frank Whidden and Assessor Ken Brownlee participate in a hearing for SB19-181 hosted at Colorado Mesa University on Tuesday. Brownlee wrote in an email to the Colorado Senate Transportation & Energy Committee: "I am the County Assessor in Mesa County and I know the impact of the oil and gas industry here. It’s over $153,000,000 in assessed value which is nearly $400,000,000 in actual value and far more in overall economic impact. If we had to replace the tax revenue Mesa County gets from Oil & Gas it would require 11,000 new construction houses at $200,000 each. That’s not happening. I do not believe these bills are providing clarity and assurance to the industry. Further complicating Oil & Gas rules and regulations, and make no mistake that is what this would do, does nothing for me, my family or neighbors, but it will harm investment and good paying jobs in our County. This bill does appear to provide constant pressure to slow roll the industry into oblivion."

Join the Mesa County Clerk and Recorder's Office, along with the City of Fruita and Mayor Kincaid, as well as the Fruita Chamber of Commerce as they re-open the Fruita DMV satellite office.

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.
Criminal Justice Services Department (CJSD) Steve Chin takes a phone call.  
Recently, Mesa County Pretrial Services received formal recognition of achievement and adherence to the Colorado Association of Pretrial Services Professional Standards for their proficiency in the documentation of policies and procedures, as well as day-to-day business interaction with system stakeholders. Read more at

Criminal Justice Office Amanda Bambino quickly pauses for a picture as she moves on to her next task. CJSD is a busy place.
Criminal Justice Officer Taylor Korbe prepares for a meeting.

CJSD Lab Technician Kristine Beck runs analysis Monday morning. 

CJSD Case Manager Christina Sullivan reviews a client's file. 
CJSD Case Manager Angelica Manjarrez reviews a client's progress.
CJSD Case Manager Joe Hemmer councils a client Monday morning. 
Residents are invited to an informal open house Wednesday, March 20, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at the Clifton Community Center, 126 2nd St., to talk about the plans to address flooding issues in the Douglas Wash areas. The open house aims to share information regarding the project and gather citizen input.

Starting Monday, March 11, 24 Road and I Road will be closed. Milling begins on Monday and construction will continue until the paving is complete. Traffic on I Road between 23 Road and 24-1/2 Road will be detoured down to H Road. Traffic on 24 Road between H Road and J Road will be detoured to 23 Road. Additional project details may be found, here.

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Great news! HB19-1062, which will give Mesa County the option to purchase the Grand Junction Regional Center was signed by Governor Polis Thursday afternoon. Learn more about the bill at Representative Janice Rich (left), and Senator Ray Scott (center) and Senator Rachel Zenzinger (right) were the prime sponsors on the bill.

Human Resources staff, from left to right, Mari Hood, Kira Goodwin, Brenda Moore, Shelley Vehik, Jean Boothe and Cindy Barnett pause for a picture after a meeting. Staff members have been taking a monthly picture of Brenda's baby bump.