Friday, May 31, 2019

This Week in Pics

George Henderson, District Attorney's Office Diversion Coordinator, receives recognition for his 25 years of service at his retirement celebration. Congratulations, George!

The District Attorney’s Office held a retirement celebration on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, to honor George Henderson’s 25 years of service in the District Attorney’s Office; and his 49-year career in law enforcement.

Mesa County District Attorney Dan Rubinstein recognizes Diversion Coordinator George Henderson for his invaluable years of service and for the many children whose lives he improved through his hard work and dedication.

Assistant District Attorney Rich Tuttle says a few words at George Henderson’s retirement celebration.

Curtis Flemming, left, with the DA's office wishes George Henderson a very happy retirement.

DA's staff celebrate Goerge Henderson on retirement. From left to right: Trish Mahre, George Henderson, Gina Telinde, Tammy Krug and Lora Moore.

Commissioner Rose Pugliese (third to the left) is honored to represent Mesa County in a historic collaboration among Mesa County, Utah, Wyoming, Ute Indian Tribe, Garfield, Rio Blanco, and Moffat counties to collectively market natural gas resources to Asia and other countries. Read more at

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese signs a Memorandum of Understanding at the ceremonial signing at the Utah Governor’s Energy Summit to strengthen the region’s commitment to developing Western energy resources for global markets.

"On behalf of our four western Colorado counties, we welcome the growing collaboration with the Utah Governor's Office of Energy Development, the Ute Indian Tribe and the Wyoming Pipeline Authority. Marketing our natural gas resources collectively to countries in Asia and other viable markets will aid in the geo-political stabilization of our political allies overseas as well as strengthen our rural energy economies,” said Rose Pugliese, County Commissioner from Mesa County, Colorado. Pictured above: members of the Western States and Tribal Nations gather as the Wyoming Pipeline Authority signs the group's Memorandum of Understanding.
Mesa County Assessor Ken Brownlee tells Inside Mesa County participants that real estate values are increasing in Mesa County, which means taxes are likely to increase. Brownlee encouraged individuals to review the estimated market value on their Notices of Value and if they disagree they have until June 3 to file a protest.
Mesa County Treasurer Sheila Reiner talks about the collection of property taxes, and all the various monies that come through her office and her goal to streamline processes and efficiencies. 
Mesa County Commissioner John Justman took a tour of St. Mary's Hospital's helipad.

Mesa County Assessor Ken Brownlee stops by a lemonade stand to support young entrepreneurs on his way back to the office.

On Thursday morning, Mesa County Commissioner John Justman took a tour of the Bosely Wash Detention Pond, which is near the base of Mt. Garfield. Carrie Gudorf, Mesa County Regulatory Programs Manager, lead the tour.

The total cost of the Bosley Wash Detention Pond is $2.3 million. Bosley Wash is located north of I-70 and east of the Clifton interchange around 34 Road, west of Mt. Garfield. Bosley Wash is a mixed desert and agricultural watershed located east and northeast of Grand Junction.

Public Works Director Pete Baier and Regulatory Programs Manager Carrie Gudorf talk to Commissioner John Justman about the purpose and cost of the Bosley Wash project. Flooding had been relatively frequent, occurring both upstream and downstream of I-70—overtopping or nearly overtopping the freeway, resulting in a fatality in 2006.

Carrie Gudorf, Pete Baier and Commissioner John Justman walk down a slope and into a newly installed box culvert.  

Mesa County personnel walk through a box culvert which is part of the Bosley Wash Detention Pond project. 

The abundance of rain this season has been a great way to test if the new structures are working correctly, and they are. Previously, stormwater originating from Bosley Wash would flow through residential, commercial, and agricultural areas, which caused flooding and severe property damage.

Bosley Wash extends from the rim of the Book Cliffs south to the Colorado River. Development within the wash is limited to the portion of the watershed south downstream of I-70. The sole purpose of the detention pond project is for flood control to protect the downstream development from flooding through up to the 100-year flood.

Regulatory Programs Manager Carrie Gudorf, Public Works Director Pete Baier and Commissioner John Justman walk through a box culvert under I-70.

Regulatory Programs Manager Carrie Gudorf shows Commissioner John Justman artwork, inside one of the box culverts for the BoselyWash, that measures the height of the water from several storms over the years.

The Bosley Wash Detention Pond project that sits near the base of Mt. Garfield is now complete.
The Divide Road and Uranium Road intersection in the Uncompahgre National Forest is still very muddy. Travel in muddy conditions creates deep ruts that damage roads and trails.

Please respect gates and closed areas and find alternate locations to recreate to allow muddy roads and trails time to dry out.
While we experience less moisture and warmer temperatures in the Grand Valley, it is still winter in the high country. For road safety reasons, the Uncompahgre National Forest remains closed at the Forest Service gate at the top of Divide Road. We will reopen the roads as soon as we can. Thank you for your patience.

A portion of Big Creek has been washed out due to prolonged periods of snow, melt and rain.
County Attorney Patrick Coleman and Department of Human Services Executive Director Tracey Garchar participate in a legislative update webinar to learn more about the laws enacted during the 2019 legislative session of the Colorado General Assembly.
Weed and Pest Management Technician Ryan Surad pulls Dame's Rocket.  Dame's Rocket is an escaped ornamental, still being sold in nurseries in the United States.  It is listed as a B List Noxious Weed in the State of Colorado.  Dame's Rocket forms monocultures that replace native plants in natural areas, which in turn reduces critical food resources for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife.

Heather Nara, Environmental Health Program Manager, is providing backflow preventers on a hose bib at a licensed child care camp to protect the water supply from contamination.  

Greg Rajnowski, Emergency Preparedness and Response Program Manager, talks to KJOL radio about preparations underway for flooding in many parts of western Colorado.

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese took a tour of District 3 to see what is happening around her district.

River levels are rising, and life jackets are a must if you are headed out on the river this weekend. Learn more about the potentially dangerous river conditions on the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office website:
A banner hangs above the old Mesa County Courthouse's front doors to let residents know that admission is free to the Mesa County Fair this year.