Friday, December 6, 2019

This Week in Pics

Apparently, turkeys were not the only animals trying to escape the dinner table last week. On Thanksgiving Day, Mesa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) deputies responded to several reports of a potbelly pig on the road near 33 and D 1/2 roads. The pig was trying to cross the road, but not doing a very good job of it, several cars had to swerve out of the way. Turns out, this cute pet pig was not running away from being dinner, she was just lost. Deputies found her owners and gave her a ride home. This brings an entirely new meaning to the phrase bringing home the bacon. P.S. deputies still have yet to learn why the pig was trying to cross the road. Maybe to get to the market?
Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) encourages the community to help Stop the Spread as a highly contagious illness impacts our area over the Thanksgiving holiday. The marquee outside the CSB campus on 29 ½ Road encourages residents to get the latest updates on the agency’s Facebook page.
Working with our partners at District 51, MCPH designed and distributed information to families getting ready to return to classrooms after the holiday break with information to ensure that the illness was not reintroduced to local schools after the closure and clean up.  The guidance included important information to keep kids home if they show any signs of illness.
Your local public health agency, MCPH, is equipped and ready to respond. When a gastrointestinal illness outbreak first began impacting our community, we did. Here’s a picture from one of what have been nearly daily updates to track and identify the illness. Regional Epidemiologist, Andy Tyler, pictured standing here, uses a timeline to explain how this illness spread through our community. With regular consultation with our community and state partners, we’ve worked to Stop the Spread.

MCPH Executive Director, Jeff Kuhr, listens and answers questions from a local reporter about the illness outbreak.  This was one of more than a dozen interviews from local, regional, national, and international media coverage this incident received.  
Jane White, with Mesa County Motor Vehicle, helps a customer renew license plates tags Monday afternoon at the Clifton MV office. Did you know you can Skip the Trip and renew tags online? Visit for more information.
Mesa County Commissioner John Justman attended a press conference by the US National Forest Service where it was announced that the 2020 United States Capitol Christmas Tree will be harvested from the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison national forests.
Headed to the Grand Junction Parade of Lights? Skip the hassle of finding parking, take Grand Valley Transit. Ride GVT Fixed Routes for FREE all day on Saturday, Dec. 7.
Plan to use GVT?  Check out the trip planner or download the mobile app ETA SPOT to determine which route is best to take and see the bus arrival times.

The holiday season is here! Save money and ride the GVT for FREE on Saturday, Dec. 7. Shop local and ride the bus to Olde Fashioned Christmas in Palisade.

Over 400 commissioners and other county officials from across the state met in Colorado Springs, Colo., Dec. 2-4 for Colorado Counties Inc. (CCI) Foundation's annual winter conference, including Mesa County Commissioners John Justman and Scott McInnis, County Administrator Peter Baier, and other Mesa County leaders. Keynote speakers included Colorado Governor Jared Polis, who outlined the state's priorities for 2020.
Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis asked Governor Polis about the effects, and unintended consequences the Family Medical Leave Insurance Program (FAMLI) will have on small businesses across the state. A recent study shows that the program would cost Colorado approximately $2 billion.
Mesa County Commissioner John Justman talks to Governor Polis about the plan to be carbon-free by 2050. Commissioner Justman highlighted the effects the plan would have on farmers.
Palisade Plunge Trail Week 20 Update: a total of 8.15 miles of total finished trail has been completed. The photograph above captures crews as they pull a boulder onto the trail.

Mesa County Workforce Center hosted a hiring event for the MCSO this week. Learn more about the career opportunities available with MCSO at
In addition to distribution in Mesa County buildings, businesses and other facilities across Mesa County requested clean up kits to be prepared to clean up if there were to be a public vomiting event. The MCPH team has provided the supplies, along with education on resources to ensure these incidents are cleaned up quickly and with the right chemicals.  It’s imperative to stop the spread of viruses like the norovirus-like one that has been impacting Mesa County.  The public vomit reporting line also remains open and is accepting reports, so far more than 20 verified incidents have been recorded. If you witness or experience a public vomiting event, please call 970-462-7074.  You can also report the incident online. Click here for a reporting form in English or here to submit in Spanish.

Emergency Preparedness and Response specialists, Carmen Pipe (left) and Vincent Burkhardt help plan and execute and exercise for the Mesa County Communications Officer’s Association (MCCOA).
Deputy Ralphie reporting for duty! After spending the year at the North Pole, he's back in uniform and ready to help the Mesa County Sheriff's Office. Keep an eye on the MCSO Facebook page and Instagram to follow Deputy Ralphie's adventures! 

Back on patrol. Deputy Ralphie is spending the day answering 911 calls with our Rural Area Deputies. Did you know the Mesa County Sheriff's Office provides services to unincorporated Mesa County? That's 3,300 square miles! They have deputies who specialize in helping areas like the Grand Mesa, Glade Park, and Gateway. Learn more about the Rural Area Deputy program at…/law-oper…/rural-area-deputy/

Deputy Ralphie learned what it takes to be on the Wildland Fire Team. The team was helping to mitigate the fire danger in one Clifton neighborhood by clearing dry brush and overgrown bushes and trees. Thanks for the help, Deputy Ralphie! You can learn more about the MCSO Wildland Fire Team at…/special…/wildland-fire-team/

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