Saturday, July 20, 2019

This Week in Pics

On Monday, July 15, 2019, the Mesa County Commissioners adopted a resolution to appoint Shawn Martinez (center) as the new Mesa County Veterans Services Officer for a term of two years, pursuant to C.R.S. §28-5-801. 

Welcome aboard, Mesa County Veterans Services Officer Shawn Martinez! Shawn was born and raised in Grand Junction, Colo. He has been married for eight years and has two children, ages three and six. He has recently moved back to Grand Junction after spending the last eight years in the United States Army as a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) Officer. He held positions as a squad leader, platoon leader, Aide-De-Camp and Executive officer. His last assignment was the Officer in charge of training over 250 soldiers in Short Range Air Defense Tactics comprising of Surface to Air weapon systems.
Scott Mai, Engineering Division Director, and Connie Hahn, Public Works Operations Manager, review an agenda item sheet as they wait for the Mesa County Commissioners to deliberate on an agreement between Mesa County and Con-Sy Inc. for the 58.9 (Buzzard Creek) Road Safety Improvement Project for $1,952,551.70. The item was approved.
Mesa County personnel meet with federal, state and local partners to work on the logistics of an upcoming groundbreaking event for the Palisade Plunge. 

Public Works personnel discuss options to remove a tree that is growing sideways and is blocking access from the Palisade Rim Trail parking lot to the trailhead. 

Public Works Director Pete Baier talks about the information that will be highlighted on the information board at the trailheads parking lot for the Palisade Plunge Trail. 

The Palisade Rim Trail parking lot will also be the parking lot for the Palisade Plunge Trail.
Community leaders from various agencies came together for a press conference Monday afternoon after Senator Gardner announced that at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will relocate its headquarters to Grand Junction. Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese spoke about the importance of the announcement for the Grand Valley. Watch Senator Gardener's remarks at

Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis stands alongside various area economic development officials at the press conference on Monday at the Grand Junction Visitor Center, 740 Horizon Drive.

Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis gave special thanks to President Donald Trump and Secretary Bernhardt for brokering the bipartisan agreement to make the BLM headquarters relocation happen. Read the Daily Sentinel's coverage of the event at

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese wrote: "We are so grateful to our Congressional delegation, economic development partners and County Commissioners across the state who supported the BLM Headquarters move to Grand Junction. But we especially thank Interior Secretary David Bernhardt for making this decision for our community. Thanks for all you do for the Western Slope!"
The Mesa County Fair kicked off Wednesday, July 17, 2019! A little locomotive helps fairgoers get around the fair for free:

How do you stay cool during hot days at the Mesa County Fair? Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated!

The Mesa County Fair is thrilled to present Robbie Pfunder at the 2019 Mesa County Fair, Wednesday, July 17 through Saturday, July 20! Dazzling, educating and entertaining audiences of all ages, Robbie Pfunder’s Trials Stunt Show takes the physics-defying technicality of parkour, and combines it with something we can all relate to the simple joy of riding a bicycle. More at

New for the 2019 Mesa County Fair, is the Robert Duck and The Great American Duck Race! Robert Duck started racing ducks in New Mexico in 1980 on a whim because, with a last name like his, he thought he should give it a try. After winning over $50,000 in prize money, he sold his farm and took his act on the road. Every year, Robert and his wife patiently train 100 new ducks. He keeps the 25 fastest of his feathered friends for co-stars, and the rest he releases back into the wild. Read more at

It's hot outside! Be sure to wear sunscreen and stay in the shade. 

4H/FFA Poultry Show at the Mesa County Fair's small animal arena, View the 4H schedule at  

4H/FFA Beef Show. For more events, visit

Great family fun at the 2019 Mesa County Fair!

InflataVille! For tickets and details, visit

Crazy Mike V is bringing magic and comedy to life at the Mesa County Fair! Learn more about him at
The Mesa County Fair is a celebration of our agriculture community. 

A variety of vendors and activities are available at the Mesa County Fair. 

Special Head is best known for his levitation performances on America’s Got Talent Season 8. Special Head reinvented the classic Indian Fakar Levitation in the U.S.  He was the first person in the world to perform the Indian Fakar Levitation while walking on and off a stage during the performance. Learn more at

This year's fair features vast activities for the entire family. 
Ryan Sears, Mesa County Fairgrounds Crew Manager, makes sure the arena's dirt is in perfect condition for the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) event.

Mesa County Commissioner John Justman talks to 4-H youth at the fair about their animals and responsibilities. 

The Mesa County Fair is an annual celebration of the county, its residents, community and history. The fair creates an environment that promotes the diversity of the area and features family-oriented entertainment, educational opportunities and is a showcase of local products and services.

Mesa County 4-H youth are involved in a wide variety of programs and activities. 4-H is based on the idea that young people should be regarded as resources to be developed. It is people sharing, learning, growing and becoming the best they can be. Learn more at

Mesa County Commissioner John Justman visits with Ansley, a 4-H youth, and her chicken at the fair. 4-H is all about helping youth develop life skills such as communication, leadership, interpersonal relations, and community awareness. 

Handwashing is fun! Just ask the kids learning about handwashing through this interactive display at the Mesa County Fair. Mesa County Public Health is proud to bring the attraction for our community.
Employees at the Community Services Building donated blood this week to help St. Mary’s regional blood bank one pint of blood can save three lives!

Mesa County Public Health Employees smile after returning to the office from doing some field inspections, and booth work out at the Mesa County Fair. Their work to ensure safety at the fair is appreciated! Pictured (from left to right): Ashley Miller, Regina Clark, Michelle Colon, Sara Rinaldo, and David Wang. 

Executive Director, Jeff Kuhr, shares some of the innovative ways Mesa County Public Health is working to make our community better and how we’re laying the foundation for healthier generations to come.
Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese was in Denver Wednesday discussing legislation with Colorado Counties’ lobbyist, Eric Bergman, on general government issues affecting counties.

Talon Yandell with Mesa County Solid Waste Management discovered several boxes, bottles and a paper shredder that had been incorrectly and illegally and dumped into the recyclable paper bin on Friday. Talon and other crew at the Solid Waste Campus work to ensure all items brought to the landfill are disposed of in a safe, legal, and correct manner. 

Teresa Nees with the Hazardous Waste Collection Facility, at the Solid Waste Campus, shows the various items that were incorrectly disposed of in paper bin at the free public recycling area.  Help keep your local landfill fees low by disposing of your waste in the proper receptacles!
Ryan Kyle, with Solid Waste Management, prepares to place a 40-pound weighted vest on a fair attendee, which demonstrates the average amount of trash generated by each resident weekly!

Jennifer Richardson and Ryan Kyle encourage folks at the Mesa County Fair to "Wear Your Waste on Your Waist" by walking around with a 40-pound weighted vest to conceptualize how much trash each person generates ever week.  

Jennifer Richardson speaks with fair attendees about services provided at the Solid Waste Campus, including composting, hazardous materials and electronic disposal, and normal landfill operations. 

Mesa County Treasurer Sheila Reiner, Jackie Campbell, Chief Deputy Treasurer, and Jeremy Caudle, Budget Manager signed up for Bond School offered by the Fixed Income Academy, this week, and they are already busy studying! The curriculum is online, and it focuses on government investor education.

Back to school! Jeremy, Sheila and Jackie will be spending the next few months studying and taking exams as they move through the Bond School offered by the Fixed Income Academy, the course is self-paced and takes anywhere from nine months to a year to complete.

Pam Noonan, Finance Director, gave Inside Mesa County class (IMC) participants an overview of the functions and responsibilities of the Finance Department.

On Wednesday evening, Budget Manager Jeremy Caudle shared with IMC participants a financial forecast model and a pro forma financial statement that summarizes revenues, expenditures and changes in fund balances.

Mesa County Clerk and Recorder, and IMC alumni talks to residents about her experience in dealing with the intricacies of county government and the branches she oversees.  

Matthew Vigil, Motor Vehicle Training Specialist, speaks to residents about the new Colorado Driver License, Record, Identification and Vehicle Enterprise Solution (Colorado DRIVES) system. The state implemented this new system statewide to replace the Colorado State Titling and Registration System (CSTARS), which was initially installed in the 1980s.

Jessica Empson, Elections and Recording Manager, talks to IMC attendees about upcoming elections, changes in legislation and election security. Learn more at

Belinda Knisley, Clerk to the Board, and current Inside Mesa County participant, talks to her fellow classmates about her duties and responsibilities during public hearings.   

Chief Deputy Clerk Heather Benjamin and Clerk to the Board Belinda Knisley give IMC attendees a tour of the Elections and Recording Facility.
The American flag waves as the national anthem plays in the background before the PBR event gets underway.

World-class bull riders at the Mesa County Fair.
The PBR event on Thursday night had the crowd on the edge of there seats.

A rider gets ejected off the bull.
The crowd cheers on the bull riders as they hang on for a few seconds.

The bull kicks its legs to throw the rider into the ground. 

The PBR was intense! This bull has all four legs off the ground.

A professional bull rider tries to conquer the 8-second challenge of staying on top of more than 2,000 pounds of the bull at the Mesa County Fair.

A rider gets on a bull and attempts to stay mounted while the bull tries to buck off the rider.

A bull leaps into the air as he tries to buck off his rider.

The PBR event on Thursday night had the crowd cheering.
The West Slope Colorado Oil and Gas Association's Bull Ride N' BBQ event raised $5,000 for the Mesa County 4-H and Fruita FFA.

Mesa County Commissioners Scott McInnis and Rose Pugliese help hold the $5,000 check to present it to the Mesa County 4-H and Fruita FFA.

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese stands alongside a professional bull rider as he gets ready to ride.
Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis watches as world-class bulls dominate the arena.
Mesa County Commissioners holds his grandkids as they climb up the fence to see the bull riders a little closer.
4-H youth are tomorrow's leaders, and through the program, youth are able to build self-esteem, develop leadership skills, make friends, and gain valuable knowledge that will help guide them through life.
A 4-H youth and her goat sit by a fan to cool off from the hot summer sun.
Fair food!

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