Friday, June 21, 2019

This Week in Pics

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed Saturday, June 22, as St. Baldrick's Day in Mesa County and calls upon residents to recognize the seriousness of childhood cancers and the exemplary work of the St. Baldrick's Foundation. The St. Baldrick's Foundation is the largest volunteer-driven charity committed to funding research to find cures for childhood cancers. The Foundation currently funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization, except the U.S. government. Read more at
Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis talks to Joshua Vorse with KJCT News Channel 8, about an important public figure and role model in the Grand Valley—Tilman Bishop. Watch the interview at Tillie Bishop was a strong voice and successful advocate for the interests of the people in Mesa County and Colorado as a whole. Tillie was elected to serve a four-year term as a Mesa County Commissioner in November 2002.
Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters stands outside the Clifton satellite office for motor vehicles on Monday morning moments before the ribbon cutting ceremony gets underway to officially reopen.

Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters cut​s​ the ribbon to open the Clifton DMV officially. The office is located in the Peach Tree shopping center​, ​3225 I-70 Business Loop, Unit A2​. KJCT News Channel 8 reports that "Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters heard from residents that they had to take time off work or get babysitters to go to the DMV when there was just one office. Reopening closed offices was a goal of hers." Watch the interview at
The Clifton office is open and ready to serve customers for all things motor vehicle-related. Find them in the Peach Tree shopping center behind Starvin' Arvin's, 3225 I-70 Business Loop, Unit A2.

Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters thanks Maintenance Supervisor Federico Vargas, right, and his crew for all their hard work and help in getting the Clifton office ready for business at the ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday morning.
Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese talks to residents about the role energy plays in Colorado, and gives a presentation on the Western States Rural Gas Initiative.

Mesa County Treasurer Sheila Reiner and staff members are celebrating because they were able to collect taxes that were past due since the 80s and were formally recognized with a letter of appreciation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. "Way to go team! Our office is very excited to have collected on these accounts and cleaned up past due balances from the 1980s!" said Treasurer Reiner. "Not often do you get recognition from a federal agency!"
The road over the Uncompahgre Plateau is now open. Here is a view from the top of the Uncompahgre Plateau on Thursday, June 20, 2019. At this time, all major roads are open across the Uncompahgre Plateau including 90 Road, Dave Wood Road, Divide Road, Transfer Road, and 25 Mesa Road.

Mesa County and the U.S. Forest Service Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests have opened Divide Road after a winter of steady snow combined with a wet spring. "Mesa County Road and Bridge crews have been working hard to reopen roads in the high country after snow accumulation, run-off, and road wash-outs from snowmelt and rain," said Road and Bridge Manager Rudy Bevan. "We urge visitors to stay off secondary roads that are still drying out." Read more at
Mesa County Department of Human Services Executive Director Tracey Garchar shares with Inside Mesa County class participants that DHS's responsibility is to ​to ​help individuals and families achieve safety, stabilization and opportunity for meaningful employment. Currently, DHS serves approximately 30 percent of the county's population, which is roughly 60,000 individuals. 

Mesa County Attorney Patrick Coleman talks to residents about the internal functions and operations of his office. The Mesa County Attorney is appointed by the Mesa County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) and supervises the County Attorney's Office. The County Attorney's Office provides legal advice to the BOCC and, upon approval of the BOCC, represents Mesa County, all elected Mesa County officials, boards, commissions, and various Mesa County government departments.

Jeremy Savage, Chief Deputy County Attorney for Human Services, represents the people of the State of Colorado in certain human services proceedings including adult protection, mental health, dependency and neglect, and in other civil matters relating to the Department of Human Services. Savage shares with Inside Mesa County attendees that he is in court almost every day.

On Thursday morning, at the hazardous waste facility, Bill Clarke preps lithium batteries for shipment by taping the terminals to reduce the risk of contact and fire.

Shay Starr helps a resident check out free items available for reuse at the hazardous waste facility.

Teresa Nees rings up a customer paying for electronic waste disposal while Jason McLarty assists a caller. Learn more about hazardous waste disposal at

Matt Younger unloads residential waste to bring to the hazardous materials collection facility on Thursday afternoon.

Mesa County Solid Waste Director Jennifer Richardson gets ready to give Mesa County residents a tour of the solid waste campus, 3071 US Highway 50.

Residents learn about how latex paint is recycled and added to a mineral slurry mix to spray on top of the trash collected at the Mesa County Landfill as a daily cover.

Mesa County Solid Waste Director Jennifer Richardson explains to residents the importance of keeping flammable, poisonous and toxic waste out of the landfill.

Hazardous Materials Manager Teresa Nees shares with Inside Mesa County class participants, touring the solid waste campus Thursday afternoon, that it is crucial to keep medical waste out of the landfill. Residents can pick up containers to recycle medical waste and sharps for free. She also reminded residents they can drop off medical waste at no charge.

Teresa Nees with Hazardous Materials talks to residents about adequately disposing of lightbulbs. Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) are energy saving light bulbs and do not belong in the landfill because they contain mercury.

Mesa County Solid Waste Director Jennifer Richardson educates residents on materials and items that can be recycled so that they don't end up in the landfill. Learn more about recycling at

A mountain of yard waste will soon be turned into compost — Mesa Magic. Learn more about compost at

Compost is a soil amendment that is a mixture of decomposed organic materials. Compost improves soil structure, texture, and aeration while increasing the ability of soil to retain water. Compost loosens clay soils, aids in erosion control, promotes soil fertility and stimulates root development. To produce rapid composting with high-quality results, Mesa County creates an environment favorable to the naturally occurring thermophilic (heat-loving) bacteria and fungi that break down organic matter.  By controlling particle size and porosity, as well as the moisture and oxygen contents of composting materials within scientifically prescribed parameters, the "microscopic bugs" do the work of mother-nature quickly and with predictable results. In a period between four and six months, green waste is converted to compost, a dark colored, nutrient-rich soil amendment.
The Western Slope Breastfeeding Coalition set up a tent at the Bluegrass Festival in Palisade last weekend.

Registered Nurse Melanie Duyvejonck with Nurse Family Partnership (NFP), attends the Palisade Bluegrass Festival as part of the Western Slope Breastfeeding Coalition, a coalition that works together to help provide support and resources for breastfeeding families in the community.

The Western Slope Breastfeeding Coalition is just getting started, and this was the first informational booth! Their mission is is to build and link resources so that every family on the Western Slope has knowledge and support.

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese talks to a group of residents about putting the National Popular Vote to a vote of the people on the November 2020 ballot. The Board of County Commissioners adopted a resolution on April 1, 2019, encouraging voters in Mesa County to sign the petition. For more information on the resolution visit,

In honor of National Selfie Day, Mesa County Department of Human Services made a collage! 

Smile! Today, Friday, June 21, 2019, is National Selfie Day!
Mesa County Fairgrounds will be hosting the ​Traxxas Monster Truck Destruction Tour​ this ​Saturday, June 22​ at​ 1:30​ p.m.​ ​and​ 7:30​ p.m. ​Information ​regarding the show ​may be found at​.​

Mesa County personnel and public safety officials perform a safety inspection in preparation of the Monster Truck show. Safety is always first.

Incredible transformers and a flaming firetruck will deliver a couple of shows this Saturday, June 22 for the entire family to see. See you at the Mesa County Fairgrounds!

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