Friday, March 8, 2019

Community Corrections Program Receives Recognition of Achievement

Mesa County Pretrial Services is the first program in the state to receive formal recognition of achievement and adherence to the Colorado Association of Pretrial Services Professional Standards for their proficiency in the documentation of policies and procedures, as well as day-to-day business interaction with system stakeholders.

“The Colorado Association of Pretrial Services implemented professional standards for Pretrial Service Agencies a few years ago,” Criminal Justice Services Manager Steve Chin said. “These standards closely mirror best practices and standards set forth by the National Association of Pretrial Services with the added benefit of being specific to the laws of the State of Colorado.”

Pretrial Services underwent an inspection and evaluation of documentation of policies and procedures and completed a series of 56 questions on how the program runs and interacts with system stakeholders (Judges, Prosecutors, Defense Attorneys, Law Enforcement, etc.).  A team from the state association conducted an on-site review of 17 areas observing the programs day-to-day business and interactions with stakeholders and awarded the program with formal recognition of achievement and adherence to state standards.

“Mesa County Pretrial Services is fortunate to have employees who are dedicated to their work as well as leaders from various stakeholder groups who work in the Criminal Justice field who support Mesa County Pretrial Services and strive to promote a pretrial justice system that is reliable, objective, impartial, responsive, and collaborative,” Chin added.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Open House to Discuss Douglas Wash Areas

Residents are invited to an informal open house Wednesday, March 20, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at the Clifton Community Center, 126 2nd St., to talk about the plans to address flooding issues in the Douglas Wash areas.

The open house aims to share information regarding the project and gather citizen input.

Road Closure on 24 Road and I Road

Mesa 24-H.96 Bridge Replacement Project:

Starting Monday, March 11, 24 Road and I Road will be closed. Milling begins on Monday and construction will continue until the paving is complete.

Traffic on I Road between 23 Road and 24-1/2 Road will be detoured down to H Road. Traffic on 24 Road between H Road and J Road will be detoured to 23 Road.

Additional project details may be found, here.

Mesa County and the City of Grand Junction Take Formal Position Against SB19-181 (Oil and Gas Bill)

The City of Grand Junction and Mesa County jointly authored a letter formally indicating opposition to Colorado SB19-181. The Senate Bill is sometimes referred to as the “Oil and Gas Bill.”

You can read the letter in its entirety here: 2019 03 05 Letter of Opposition to SB19-181 from Mesa County and GJ City Council.

Attachment: Enclosure – Mesa County’s Oil and Gas Navigation Guide

More information on the Bill can be found here:

Additional Information: In case you missed it, here is a statement of opposition by former U.S. Secretary of Interior, U.S. Senator and Colorado General Attorney General Ken Salazar.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Local Veterinarians Join Forces With Animal Services to Provide Subsidized Spay/Neuter Vouchers

Mesa County Animal Services is partnering with local area veterinarians to offer spay and neuter vouchers for Mesa County pet owners. With these vouchers, the cost of the procedure will be $25 to the pet owner. The Animal Assistance Foundation has provided generous funding for over 385 sterilization procedures, and local veterinarians have agreed to offer the procedures to Mesa County citizens at a substantially reduced rate. Pet owners will be required to provide proof of current rabies vaccination at the time of the procedure. If the animal does not have a current rabies vaccination, the owner will be required to pay for that service. The cost of the rabies vaccination is NOT covered by the $25.00 co-pay.

The veterinarians listed below have been issued a limited number of vouchers for 2019. Issuance of the vouchers is entirely at the discretion of each participating veterinarian office. The veterinarians may ask individuals to provide proof of financial need or be able to communicate why they have a unique circumstance that results in a need for the voucher.

The vouchers are intended to help people with financial need and will be given out on a first-come, first served basis starting March 1, 2019. The vouchers are valid through Sept. 30, 2019.

The case for sterilization is strong. Spaying or neutering helps pets live longer, healthier lives. And by managing overpopulation in the community, we ensure that all pets have access to the five freedoms - freedom from hunger and thirst, discomfort, pain, injury or disease, fear and distress and freedom to express normal behavior.

To obtain a voucher, interested pet owners should contact one of these veterinarians:

All Pets Center 970-241-1976

Animal Birth Control 970-523-5487

Amigo Animal Clinic 970-245-0210

Arrowhead Veterinary Hospital 970-858-8881

Canyon Country Animal Hospital 970-812-5233

Cottonwood Veterinary Hospital 970-245-0135

Dr. Jean Fromm, DVM 970-434-0811

Footprints Animal Hospital 970-241-4247

Grand View Animal Hospital 970-523-2060

Orchard Mesa Veterinary Hospital 970-241-9866

Plateau Valley Animal Hospital 970-487-3099

Redlands Pet Clinic 970-245-4060

Tiara Rado Animal Hospital 970-243-4007