Friday, August 30, 2019

This Week in Pics

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners selected Peter Baier as the new Mesa County Administrator in public hearing on Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. From left to right: Commissioner Scott McInnis, Commissioner Rose Pugliese, County Administrator Peter Baier, and Commissioner John Justman. Read more at
The Board of Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed Aug. 29 – Sept. 2, 2019, as Fill the Boot Days in Mesa County. Learn more about the annual Fill the Boot campaign at Pictured: Kendall Montagriff from the Western Colorado Muscular Dystrophy Association and Connor Charlesworth with the Grand Junction Fire Department accept the Fill the Boot Days proclamation.
Mesa County Commissioners congratulate resident Bruce Lohmiller on the recognition he received from the White House for his work in helping local veterans. 

 Join us on Sept. 4, 2019, from 9 to 11 a.m. for the Clifton Nature Park Clean-Up with Colorado Baby. This event is specially designed for families and children to participate.

Regional Transportation Planning Office (RTPO) displays project boards at the Market on Main for the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan (2045 RTP) to encourage residents to learn about the plan and participate by taking a survey Help shape the future of transportation in the Grand Valley take the survey —

RTPO Senior Engineer Dean Bressler speaks to people about the 2045 RTP, and the importance of getting community input at the Market on Main.

A group of Colorado Mesa University (CMU) students gives feedback by placing dots on the map to identify areas they feel need most improvements are needed. Students commented that they thought 12th Street by the campus needs to become more pedestrian and bicycle-friendly. Let us know what you think, take the survey at

A CMU student gives feedback by placing dots on the map to identify areas they feel need most improvements. There are two ways to provide input— 1) Take the project survey 2) Pin the interactive map, which allows individuals to drag and drop pins or draw lines in areas that need improvement. Community participation is critical for this long-range plan because feedback will help the county and the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to prioritize where to spend the funding as it becomes available.

Mesa County Weed and Pest hosted a volunteer event to scout and remove yellow star-thistle, a List A noxious weed species found in a few parts of Colorado. 

Yellow star-thistle spreads by seed and can be fatal to horses. Local residents and personnel from Colorado National Monument and RiversEdge West joined Mesa County Weed and Pest to remove the invasive species.
Progress continues on the Palisade Plunge Trail, to date 1.6 miles of trail have been completed, which included a major creek crossing. Additionally, 2.2 miles have been cleared and rough cut.

Palisade Plunge Trail crews hike an hour each way daily to get to their current worksite.

Work continues on the Palisade Plunge, 32-mile, single-track trail. The $4 million project is scheduled to be completed by 2021.
Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) employees engage in a tabletop exercise to talk about response and readiness.
Did you know WIC provides healthy food for families with children up to age five?  Program Manager, Karla Klemm, interviews on the Everyday Families program about the importance of healthy foods in young one's lives. 
Idea to action.  Each of these sticky notes represents an idea from someone in the Healthy Mesa County group. MCPH is working with our community partners to implement them.
As a follow up to an Emerging Issue sent out from MCPH informing residents about the more than 100 cases of severe lung illness linked to vaping across the country, Health Promotion Specialist Kelsey Fife,  informs our community on some of the data we see in Mesa County with Vaping.  
Approximately 70 Public Works employees participated in a two-day safety training seminar, which included lunch for all attendees. 
After a morning of learning and discussing new safety topics, county personnel enjoys lunch prepared in-house. 
Thank you, Mike Doyhenard (pictured here) and Matt Nichols for grilling for the entire team!

Road and bridge family: although Otis Darnell said goodbye to Mesa County after his 39-tenure he periodically stops by when the crew gets together.
Public Works personnel waits for class to resume after the luncheon. The two-day seminar focuses on panel discussions and demonstration surrounding safety topics.
Traffic Technician Tina Dugger is ready for class!

Public Works personnel help put tables and chairs away after lunch before class gets underway. Go teamwork!

Administrative Assistant Heather Conder, MCSO Deputy Casey Dodson, and Risk Manager Jean Boothe get ready to present safety issues for Public Works staffers.

Help shape the future of transportation in the Grand Valley take the survey —
For more information on the DASH, visit
This week, Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese participated in a panel discussion regarding local control in relation to oil and gas development at the Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA) Energy Summit in Denver. 

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese congratulates former Mesa County Commissioner Craig Meis for receiving the Colorado Oil and Gas Association’s Industry Advocate award.

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