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
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
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

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 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

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