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. https://bit.ly/2EJOt3m
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 https://bit.ly/2EIM5c1

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.

Soon Mesa County's 29 Road parking lot will be open to the public. This project provides better access to the river trail from 29 Road.


Mesa County Road and Bridge Department construction team has been working hard to reclaim the site.
A view of the Grand Mesa from the Mesa County's 29 Road parking lot.

Mesa County Regulatory Programs Manager Carrie Gudorf points at the tamarisk removal done at the 29 Road parking lot by Western Colorado Conservation Corps in collaboration of RiversEdge West.
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 http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1062. 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.

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