Friday, January 25, 2019

This Week in Pics

Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters stands alongside Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold (right), the youngest state elected official in Colorado, at a Colorado County Clerks Association (CCCA) conference in Colorado Springs.  The integrity of elections is so important, regardless of political party affiliation, it’s critical that county clerks have a good working relationship with the Secretary of State and vice versa.

Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters asks former Secretary of State Bernie Buescher a question on the last day of the Colorado Municipal Clerks Association conference. Buescher is also a Mesa County resident.

Public Works Equipment Operator Jarrod Houck taught fellow Mesa County personnel first aid and CPR this week. 
With thousands of public visitors in Mesa County facilities every day, county staff is grateful to have life-saving skills to help those in need.

People must ask...what’s with all the mustaches at the Criminal Justice Services Department?" From right to left: Dave Wetherald, Shawn McNamara, Matt Schultheis, Joe Hemmer, and Eli Stemrich.

Mesa County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Cathy Tate organized the delivery of 265 goodie bags to local nursing homes. Pictured above from left to right: Jan Moss, Cindy Clark, Cathy Tate, Steve White, Di White, Donna Draper, Denise Pemberton, and Donna LaGrange. Here is what Sergeant Tate said: "We had a wonderful time, the seniors are such a joy to visit.  We delivered 265 goody bags, this could not have been done without you. Thank you for your donations and your time." Thank you to all of those who donated items, and a special thanks to Sergeant Tate for collecting items year-round to organize the event. 

Donna Draper with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office delivers goodie bags to nursing homes in the Grand Valley. 

MCSO Deputy Denise Pemberton visits seniors and helps Sergeant Tate deliver goodie bags. 

Public information officials from Mesa County and Montrose County took a tour of the Mesa County Jail Thursday afternoon. Lieutenant. Brenda Apolinar lead the tour, which focused on the proposed expansion of the facility. If you are interested in learning more about the jail expansion visit

Elections Technician Karen Reiher (left) receives a pin for her completion of the 2018 Secretary of State Training. Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters proudly places the pin on Reiher. 

Elections Technician Karen Reiher was honored with a 2018 Secretary of State Training completion pin. Every spring the Secretary of State’s office holds a regional training for Western Slope counties to gather and discuss processes and procedures or anything new coming up. The training Reiher completed covered the Risk Limiting Audit (RLA), which is the audit at the end of the election to make sure the ballots were tabulated accurately. The training also included new ways to communicate with co-workers and the public.
Part of the 2018 Secretary of State Training revolved around discussing the Primary Election and the changes and impact unaffiliated voters were was going to have on the election. Congratulations, Karen!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Nees honored with 'Weed Manager of the Year' Award

Pictured above from left: Shannon Hatch RiversEdge West, Teresa Nees, Sarah Wilson RiversEdge West. Teresa Nees was awarded Colorado Weed Management Association's "Weed Manager of the Year" at a recent CWMA annual conference in Grand Junction. Shannon Hatch with RiversEdge West nominated Teresa because of her work with REW and other organizations in the area to bolster invasive species management and awareness in our community.

Mesa County Noxious Weed & Pest Management Coordinator Teresa Nees was recently honored by the Colorado Weed Management Association (CWMA) as the "Weed Manager of the Year" for extensive work with RiversEdgeWest (formerly the Tamarisk Coalition) and other organizations in the area to bolster invasive species management and awareness in our community.

"I am honored and humbled to be given the CWMA Weed Manager of the Year award for 2018, but I would not be here without my fellow weed managers who work together to transform our valley, and landscapes around our state," said Nees.

The Colorado Weed Management Association is a professional, member-based organization comprised of noxious weed managers from commercial, non-profit, and government sectors with the purpose of increasing awareness to provide education regarding invasive plant species through professional improvement and regulatory direction.

"Thank you, especially to the folks close to home that submitted the nomination; Shannon Hatch with RiversEdgeWest; Melissa Werkmeister with the Bureau of Reclamation; Brian Woods with Clifton Sanitation District; Pete Firmin with Colorado Parks and Wildlife; and Travis Haldeman with Mesa County Facilities and Parks," Nees said.

"These folks and others with them are unsung heroes, working diligently behind the scenes to improve the quality of life for all of us in the Grand Valley.  Over the years, one can observe steady progress that their organizations have made by opening up the river corridor to allow native plant populations to re-establish and thrive, increasing plant and wildlife habitat, enhancing outdoor recreational opportunities around the valley, and cultivating a sense of ownership in our rivers and public land health," Nees added.