Friday, December 13, 2019

This Week in Pics

Mesa County Administrator Pete Baier and Budget Manager Jeremy Caudle present changes from the proposed budget to the final budget before the Board of County Commissioners in public hearing Monday morning. For more information on the 2020 budget, visit

On Monday, Dec. 9, the Board of Mesa County Commissioners adopted a $188 million budget for 2020 that prioritizes core government services and employees. Read more at
The Board of County Commissioners proclaimed Dec. 15, as Bill of Rights Day in Mesa County. From left, Commissioner John Justman, Gary Parrott of the Sons of the American Revolution, Commissioner Rose Pugliese, Garry Brewer, Sons of the American Revolution, and Commissioner Scott McInnis. Read more at

Sometimes police work involves getting to meet some pretty awesome people. Andrew is a local student who is autistic and happens to love police officers. He had a birthday party last weekend. His mom reached out to the Mesa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO), worried no one was going to show up—so, the MCSO did. Happy 16th birthday, Andrew!
Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) Regional Epidemiologist, Andy Tyler (left), and Heather Nara, Environmental Health Program Manager, inform residents about MCPH’s response to a gastrointestinal illness that impacted many of us during KAFM’s community affairs program.

Mesa County Assessor Ken Brownlee gave elementary school students a tour and presentation on the functions and responsibilities of the Assessor's Office on Wednesday morning.   

Mesa County Valley School District 51 students had an opportunity to ask Mesa County Assessor Ken Brownlee questions about what his appointment to office entails. However, a student had a burning question that she just had to ask: "How do you keep your mustache looking like that?"

Assessor Ken Brownlee teaches elementary school students about a tool that is a mechanical analog computer—the slide ruler! Computers have come a long way. Brownlee also spoke about pi (3.14) and clarified he wasn't talking about pie.

Jeff Kuhr (left), Mesa County Public Health Executive Director, explains how MCPH is working across sectors and in a collaborative way to improve the overall health of Mesa County residents to local KREX 5 reporter Adrian Thomas.  
Flu season is here! MCPH Regional Epidemiologist Andy Tyler informs residents about activity in the area so far, and the real-time tracking tool available on  Check out the Flu-Meter back for a second flu season to keep residents informed.

Members of the Finance Department Kaleb Johnson and Sara Tourney and Leah Hankins with the Treasurer's Office performed a petty cash audit on the Administration Department. They passed the inspection! 
Lincoln Staake with Facilities completes a work order in the Administration office located in the old Mesa County Courthouse.

The Orchard Avenue Construction Project will be continued when temperatures begin to warm in the spring. The project will resume completing the final lift of asphalt, traffic striping, and any remaining site restoration work.  
Good news! The main improvements to Buzzard Creek Road are now complete. Final touches will resume spring 2020.

This section of the Palisade Plunge Trail used to have a steep drop-off, it now has an armored ramp that is much more traversable. As of week 21, a total of about 10.57 miles of total finished trail has been completed.

Monday morning was foggy out at the Mesa County Fairgrounds.

Elf on the Shelf is taken to a whole other level at Public Works. It's all about friendly competition by sharing projects colleagues are working on through the eyes of the mischievous elf. Right of Way Agent Shawn Burd made this model for Project Manager Laura Page. One of Laura's projects is the Orchard Avenue Project. Since Laura was elfed, she then paid it forward to Project Manager Josh Springer.

Laura Page built this model of the Palisade Plunge Trail, one of the projects she is collaborating on with Josh Springer, so after Josh was elfed, he took the time to select the next contestant—Regulatory Programs Manager Carrie Gudorf.  
Josh Springer recreated Carrie Gudorf's office space down to the last detail. The maps on the wall are the miniature versions of plans and projects that Carrie is working on.

The Elf on the Shelf competition continues at Public Works. Stay tuned to find out who will be elfed next. 

The Mesa County Employee Association (MCEA) hosted an employee recognition night at the Parade of Lights. Employees were invited to enjoy the parade from the top of the Avalon Theater downtown with hot cocoa and snacks. 

MCEA had an excellent turnout for the Parade of Lights downtown.
The view from the top of the Avalon was spectacular, offering participants a closeup and warmer look at the parade. Pictured is Palisade High School's marching band. 
MCEA Board Members Amy Joy, Heidi Belatti, and Lisa Snyder orchestrated the event for Mesa County employees. Thank you for all your hard work!
MCSO Deputy Ralphie is starting the morning off with a patrol briefing. At the start of every patrol shift, deputies meet to discuss what happened on the prior shift, share information, and set priorities for the day ahead. Learn more about the patrol division on our website…/law-operations/patrol/.

Deputy Ralphie got in a little over his head when he stopped by to say hello to the IT Department. He had no idea so much work goes into keeping the technology side of the Sheriff's Office running! Deputy Ralphie says he is going to stick with helping MCSO's deputies and of course, Santa. He's going to leave IT to the professionals!

Deputy Ralphie is working at the Mesa County Justice Center today. Did you know the Mesa County Sheriff's Office provides security and law enforcement services for the Justice Center? Deputies also are responsible for maintaining order in the courtroom and transporting inmates from the courtroom to the detention facility. Learn more at…/support-ser…/court-services/.

Deputy Ralphie worked in the Mesa County Detention Facility this week. Detention Deputies work each and every day to ensure the safety and security for both inmates and staff in the facility. Did you know about 80% of the people housed in the Detention Facility are still awaiting trial and are presumed innocent until convicted? To learn more about the jail's population at

If you are going shopping this weekend, Deputy Ralphie wants to remind you to not leave valuables inside your car and, most importantly—remember to lock it! Deputy Ralphie doesn’t want your stuff to get stolen!

Headed to Fruita this weekend for the Holiday Craft Fair and the Parade? Ride GVT Free all day on Saturday, Dec. 14. Plan your trip using or download our mobile app ETA Spot.

Happy holidays, enjoy free transportation on Saturday, Dec. 21!
Western Implement is giving away $6,000 to a local 4-H club, vote for CSU Extension Mesa County 4-H at Your vote can impact kids in our community. Voting closes Dec. 18, 2019.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, Mesa County Libraries will stop charging overdue fines on books and other items. In addition, all accumulated fines for overdue materials will be waived as of Jan. 1. Learn more at

Mesa County administrative offices will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 25, and Wednesday, Jan. 1, in observance of the Christmas and New Year holidays.

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