Friday, May 24, 2019

This Week in Pics

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners declares May 19-25, 2019, as Emergency Medical Services Week in Mesa County, which recognizes the value and accomplishments of EMS providers. EMS teams consist of emergency medical technicians, paramedics, firefighters, emergency physicians, emergency nurses, administrators, dispatchers, and others.

 Fire Chiefs and EMS personnel from all over Mesa County accepted the proclamation, including Clifton Fire Protection District, Grand Junction Police Department, Orchard Mesa Fire Department, De Beque Fire Department and the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) System Coordinator who is a part of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.
The Board of Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed June 2019, as Toastmasters Month in Mesa County and encouraged citizens to join in this observance by attending and participating in a Toastmasters Club meeting during June. Pictured here: Reed Orr, center left, from the Mesa County Assessor’s Office and members of local Toastmasters’ Clubs in the Grand Valley accept the Toastmasters Month proclamation in public hearing Monday morning.
The Board of Mesa County Commissioners declared May 20, 2019, as Clinical Trials Awareness Day in Mesa County to help foster education and awareness surrounding the safe and ethical pursuit of new knowledge necessary for the development of treatments and cures. Jonathan King, MD, medical oncologist with Community Hospital’s Grand Valley Oncology, and staff members accepted the proclamation.

Ken Brownlee, Mesa County Assessor, and Jeremy Caudle, Mesa County Budget Manager, brief the County Commissioners regarding the implications of The Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) and possible refunds for Mesa County residents. Watch the briefing at https://bit.ly/2JCbFUV.
On Tuesday morning, the Board of Mesa County Commissioners approved a conditional use permit for Strutt Your Mutt, a new dog-training facility on Orchard Mesa. Watch the hearing at https://bit.ly/2VK19N7.
The Board of Mesa County Commissioners approved of a lease agreement between Mesa County and Peachtree Center, LLC for $14,280.00 annually, for a term of three years, to open the Clifton Satellite DMV Office. Pictured here: Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters, Chief Deputy Heather Benjamin and Motor Vehicle Manager Melissa Herek. “We are one step away from continuing my plan to expand much-needed motor vehicle services to Mesa County citizens,” Peters said. “The feedback from citizens has been steady about their desire for Mesa County to have more than one DMV office.”

Senator Ray Scott and Representative Janice Rich gave Mesa County residents an overview of the outcome of this legislative session and the effects it will have on the Grand Valley. Mesa County Commissioners worked closely with the state Legislature throughout the session to represent Western Slope interests.
Carrie Gudorf, Mesa County Regulatory Programs Manager, had a blast teaching fifth-grade students about stormwater runoff at Ute Water Conservancy District's Western Colorado Children's Water Festival at Colorado Mesa University.

Mesa County personnel participated in the 26th Annual Western Colorado Children's Water Festival! The festival is the largest in the State of Colorado and the second largest in the nation. This year 2,600 fifth-grade students from four counties learned about the importance of water in Colorado and were exposed to water-related careers and industries.
Animal Services Officer Kevin Bozarth accepts donations from Mount Garfield seventh graders Brittany Wieberg and Faith Alvarado. As a school project, the students collected and donated an assortment of supplies that can be used in the shelter.
Chelsea Stacey, Mesa County Public Health Epidemiologist, prepares a test bacteria culture at an applied outbreak training hosted by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Regina Clark, Mesa County Public Health’s Program Supervisor for the Retail Food Program, educates our community on summer food safety issues during an interview with KREX 5 News.

Governor Jared Polis walks with Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese, Mesa County Public Health Executive Director Jeff Kuhr and Rep. Janice Rich through the hallways of Mesa County Public Health at a bill signing and roundtable discussion on healthcare.

Governor Jared Polis and Rep. Janice Rich, high-five at a bill signing at Mesa County Public Health.

Animal Services Manager Doug Frye talks to residents, participating in the Inside Mesa County course, about the importance of keeping people and pets safe. Mesa County Animal Services provides enforcement of animal control and rabies prevention ordinances for Mesa County and the City of Grand Junction. In 2018, Animal Services received, initiated or responded to 11,095 calls, violations, and requests for service and issued over 1,500 animal violation summons.

Matt Sullivan, Criminal Justice Services Department (CJSD) Director, discusses the importance of reducing recidivism by giving clients tools to help them integrate back into the community.

CJSD Manager Steve Chin talks to class participants about risk factor analysis and how people are accepted into the community corrections program and the rules and guidelines that must be followed.

CJSD Clinical Director Jason Talley talks about the variety of on-site services, treatment, and education programs that clients are required to attend while they complete their sentence.

Thursday afternoon, Inside Mesa County class participants, attended a tour of the community corrections facilities.
For road safety reasons, the Uncompahgre National Forest is closed at the Forest Service gate at the top of Divide Road due to continued periods of freeze and melt, which have caused contraction and expansion of the ground which is not suitable for motorists. Travel in muddy conditions creates deep ruts that damage roads and trails. Please respect gates and closed areas and find alternate locations to recreate to allow muddy roads and trails time to dry out. Read more at https://bit.ly/2HzZTIv


6.3 Road, also known as the Niche Road, is closed due to multiple rock slides. The road is not expected to reopen until mid to late July. Mesa County’s priority is to protect residents and road infrastructure during our prolonged period of snow and melt. Travel on wet, muddy, or snow-covered roads can cause serious resource damage and safety concerns. Even a few inches of snow can obscure icy roads and soft shoulders where vehicles can become stuck.
Don't forget the Mesa County Fair is just around the corner—free gate admission and events for the entire family. Visit mesacountyfair.com for more information!
Grand Valley Transit will be extending service hours for the Dash Shuttle during JUCO week. For those that are unfamiliar with the Dash, it is a free local shuttle that is an extension of Route 1 and typically runs free service every Thursday-Saturday from 4:15 PM-12:15 AM from the downtown transfer, up Main Street, along 12th Street, over to Horizon Drive, and the airport. The Dash also runs every 30 minutes. See more details at https://bit.ly/2wajHvC.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Uncompahgre closed at Forest Service gate



For road safety reasons, the Uncompahgre National Forest is closed at the Forest Service gate at the top of Divide Road due to continued periods of freeze and melt, which have caused contraction and expansion of the ground which is not suitable for motorists. Travel in muddy conditions creates deep ruts that damage roads and trails. Please respect gates and closed areas and find alternate locations to recreate to allow muddy roads and trails time to dry out.

Divide Forks Campground is still under snow as is Uranium Road.

Additionally, 6.3 Road, also known as the Niche Road, is closed due to multiple rock slides. The road is not expected to reopen until mid to late July.

Mesa County’s priority is to protect residents and road infrastructure during our prolonged period of snow and melt. Travel on wet, muddy, or snow-covered roads can cause serious resource damage and safety concerns. Even a few inches of snow can obscure icy roads and soft shoulders where vehicles can become stuck.



Like everywhere in Colorado, there is a lot of snow accumulation in the high country.  While we experience less moisture and warmer temperatures in the Grand Valley, it is still winter in the high country.  Please know that we will reopen the roads as soon as we can. Thank you for your patience.


Be prepared if you venture in the high country—do you have a CORSAR Card? If you ever need Search and Rescue to assist you, it helps pay for the cost! By purchasing a Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue (CORSAR) card you are contributing to the Search and Rescue Fund, which will reimburse these teams for costs incurred in search and rescues across the State of Colorado. The CORSAR card is available for $3 for a one-year card and $12 for a five-year card. Click here to get yours today!

Monday, May 20, 2019

County Commissioners Adopt Proclamations

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners this morning adopted proclamations for, Clinical Trials Awareness Day, Emergency Medical Services Week and Toastmasters Month.

Jonathan King, MD, medical oncologist with Community Hospital’s Grand Valley Oncology, and staff members accepted a proclamation from the Board of Mesa County Commissioners for National Clinical Trials Awareness Day.
The Board of Mesa County Commissioners declared May 20, 2019, as Clinical Trials Awareness Day in Mesa County to help foster education and awareness surrounding the safe and ethical pursuit of new knowledge necessary for the development of treatments and cures.

Mesa County Commissioners officially declare this week as Emergency Medical Services Week. Fire Chiefs and EMS personnel from all over Mesa County accepted the proclamation, including Clifton Fire Protection District, Grand Junction Police Department, Orchard Mesa Fire Department, Debeque Fire Department and the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) System Coordinator who is a part of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.
The Board of Mesa County Commissioners declares May 19-25, 2019, as Emergency Medical Services Week in Mesa County, which recognizes the value and accomplishments of EMS providers. EMS teams consist of emergency medical technicians, paramedics, firefighters, emergency physicians, emergency nurses, administrators, dispatchers, and others. 

Reed Orr, center left, from the Mesa County Assessor’s Office and members of local Toastmasters’ Clubs in the Grand Valley accept the Toastmasters Month proclamation in public hearing Monday morning.
The Board of Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed June 2019, as Toastmasters Month in Mesa County and encouraged citizens to join in this observance by attending and participating in a Toastmasters Club meeting during June.

County Offices Closed on Memorial Day


Many Mesa County offices will be closed Monday, May 27, 2019, in observance of Memorial Day.

This closure includes:
Administration, Assessor, County Commissioners, County Attorney, Financial Services, Human Resources, IT, Surveyor, Treasurer (544 Rood Ave.)
Clerk & Recorder: Motor Vehicle, Recording, Elections, Clerk to the Board (200 S. Spruce St.)
District Attorney's Office and the Justice Center (125 N. Spruce St.)
Department of Human Services (510 29 1/2 Road)
Facilities and Fairgrounds (2785 U.S. Hwy. 50)
Public Health (510 29 1/2 Road)
Public Works, Building, and Planning (971 Coffman Road & 200 S. Spruce St.)
Regional Transportation Planning Office (525 S. Sixth St.)
Sheriff’s Office: Records and Civil Divisions (215 Rice St.)
Solid Waste Campus: Composting, Hazardous Waste, Landfill and Transfer Stations (3071 U.S. Hwy. 50)
Tri-River Area CSU Extension (2775 U.S. Hwy. 50)
Workforce Center (512 29 1/2 Road)

Alternate Hours:
Animal Services (971A Coffman Road) will be open from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

This closure does NOT include:
Coroner's Office
Criminal Justice Services (all locations)
Sheriff's Office - Jail, Patrol, Emergency Services (215 Rice St.)

GRAND VALLEY TRANSIT OFFERS EXTENDED DASH SERVICE

Extended Dash Shuttle Service during JUCO Week


Take the Dash Shuttle to JUCO

Grand Valley Transit will be extending service hours for the Dash Shuttle during JUCO week. For those that are unfamiliar with the Dash, it is a free local shuttle that is an extension of Route 1 and typically runs free service every Thursday-Saturday from 4:15 PM-12:15 AM from the downtown transfer, up Main Street, along 12th Street, over to Horizon Drive, and the airport. The Dash also runs every 30 minutes.

During JUCO week, Dash will have extended hours and will continue to be free to the public May 25-June 1 with a bus schedule catered to each day of games. Dash service will begin one hour and 45 minutes prior to the first game and extending into the evening, with service after the last game. See below for the complete schedule of service.

Baseball fans can get to the games without the hassle of finding parking and they can easily visit the downtown area in between games.  Dash service includes stops near JUCO affiliated hotels including Clarion Inn, Courtyard by Mariott, DoubleTree by Hilton, Grand Vista Hotel, Holiday Inn & Suites(nearest stop on Horizon Drive), and Spring Hill Suites.

In addition to the Dash Service, JUCO ticket holders can also ride all other GVT routes, during regular service times, for free when they show their JUCO ticket to the bus driver at the time of boarding. Dash service will be the only bus service operating on May 26 & 27. For real-time bus info, download Spot Mobile Ap.


Friday, May 17, 2019

This Week in Pics


The Board of County Commissioners honors law enforcement by declaring May 12-18, 2019, as Police Week in Mesa County in public hearing Monday morning. The Board publicly salutes the service of law enforcement officers in our community and in communities across the nation.
There are more than 900,000 law enforcement officers serving in communities across the United States, including the dedicated members of our local law enforcement agencies: Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, the Grand Junction Police Department, the Palisade Police Department, the Fruita Police Department, and the Colorado State Patrol. Pictured above: the Mesa County Sheriff's Office and Grand Junction Police Combined Honor Guard perform the Presentation of Colors.
Mesa County honors the sacrifices local law enforcement make every day to make Mesa County a safer place to live. Sheriff Matt Lewis, accompanied by members of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Grand Junction Police Department, and the Colorado State Patrol, accept the proclamation on behalf of all the men and women that serve Mesa County.
On Saturday, Jennifer Richardson, from Mesa County's Solid Waste Management Campus, taught families attending Kite Day how to plant with compost.
Solid Waste Management's booth at the Kite Day event was a hit. Attendees planted over 300 petunias, snapdragons, and dianthus just in time for Mother's Day.
Jennifer's daughter, Kairi, (left) got in on the act and sported her green thumb at the fun booth.
Solid Waste & Sustainability Division Director Jennifer Richardson and daughter, Kairi, teach residents how to plant with compost at the Kite Day event.

As flood waters rise because of melting snow in the high country, free sandbags will be available for residents in the Plateau Valley area at the Mesa County Collbran Road and Bridge shop, 15757 57.5 Road. Pictured above: Inmates fill sandbags for residents in flood zone areas.

Additional "self-serve” sandbagging locations include the main Mesa County Road and Bridge shop, 971 Coffman Road and the Appleton shop, 905 23 Road.

On Thursday afternoon, Public Works personnel hosted a farewell celebration for retiring Construction Project Manager David Wolff.
Public Works sends David Wolff off with all the best wishes on all his future endeavors.

David Wolff, Engineering Department construction project manager, retired Thursday, May 12, 2019, after working for Mesa County Public Works for 12 years. David is ready to "hit the streets" during his retirement. Congratulations and happy retirement, David!

Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters and Deputy Clerk Heather Benjamin host a class for liquor licensing Wednesday afternoon. Over 30 people from counties and cities across western Colorado attended the course.
Robert W. Darrow, Agent In Charge, Licensing and Complex Investigations, facilitates the Liquor Enforcement Division class for Colorado Clerk & Recorders, and Liquor License Clerks.
Mesa County Criminal Justice Services (CJSD) staff enjoy freshly grilled burgers and hotdogs to benefit Mesa County Partners, a program that helps youth develop a positive self-image and acceptance of responsibility for their actions. 
CJSD Shift Supervisor James Bruner, left, grills burgers and hotdogs while Supervisor Shawn McNamara, right, keeps track of donations and raffle tickets to help raise funds for the CJSD's Partners Superstars Team.

Mesa County employees enjoy food and refreshments at CJSD's fundraising BBQ luncheon. Tickets for the meal were priced at $10 to raise money for Partners, a local youth program.   
Since Dave Wetheral was absent, Nick Brutosky, CJSD case manager, filled in for him and posed while eating.

Clockwise: Terri Norris, Trevor Heffner, Kimberly Fuoco, and Angela Morgan enjoy lunch at CJSD's fundraising BBQ.

Connie Robbins, with CJSD, fixes herself a plate for lunch after donating funds to help staff raise money for CJSD's Partners Superstar Team Wednesday afternoon. In the background, James Bruner is flexing, and Michael Perry is wondering why.  

Malia, victim advocate canine companion, stopped by the luncheon to say hello. The Labrador is a facility dog with a calm, sweet demeanor. Everyone wanted to pet Malia at the luncheon.

CJSD Supervisor Shawn McNamara gives Malia treats. Malia is a professionally-trained dog to provide emotional support for vulnerable individuals in legal settings.

Eileen Wygant, CJSD quality assurance coordinator, asks Malia to shake and high-five. Malia is among a few facility dogs in Colorado that are part of a growing trend toward having facility dogs in courtrooms nationwide.
CJSD staff members Jose Campas and Diane Fox play cornhole Wednesday afternoon at CJSD's fundraising BBQ.

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) Epidemiologist Andrew Tyler presents at the Epidemiology and Laboratory Conference in Colorado Springs.

MCPH Epidemiologist Chelsea Stacy presents at the Epidemiology and Laboratory Conference in Colorado Springs.

MCPH Executive Director, Jeff Kuhr, sits down with Townsquare Media for an in-depth interview on the Mesa County Community Health Needs Assessment.

As part of Bike Month, Healthy Mesa County helped host the Mountain Bike Film Fest at the Avalon on May 16.
Chairwoman of the Board of Mesa County Commissioners, Rose Pugliese, kicks off the Inside Mesa County course Wednesday evening in the public hearing room inside the old Mesa County Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave. Read more at https://bit.ly/2w0OwCH.

Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis talks to Inside Mesa County participants about the responsibilities and core functions of county government. If you are interested in attending our next class, please submit your application online at http://www.mesacounty.us/insidemesacounty/.

Mesa County Administrator Frank Whidden explains that the majority of Mesa County’s revenue comes from intergovernmental grants, property tax, sales and use tax. Total budgeted revenues for 2019 are $169,804,586, a 5% increase from the 2018 Adopted Budget.
Mesa County Regional Transportation & Planning Office (RTPO) staff attend the ground-breaking event for the new Monument Road, which is part of the Lunch Loop connector trail.
Dean Bressler, Dana Brosig, and Pete Baier represented Mesa County at the Lunch Loop Connector Trail ground-breaking event and have been involved in the process of this expansion project to connect the trail to the downtown area.