Friday, July 12, 2019

This Week in Pics

Photo by: Christopher Tomlinson, posted July 6, 2019, The Daily Sentinel. "Scott and Lori McInnis talk about the Storm King fire." Read the article at https://bit.ly/32nCbrp. "When Scott McInnis was a young U.S. congressman 25 years ago, he remembers taking flights over his sprawling western Colorado district in early July 1994 to look at a rash of wildfires burning at the time."
The Board of Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed July as Smart Irrigation Month in the Grand Valley to bring awareness to the many benefits of irrigation practices that improve water use efficiency. From left, Commissioner Scott McInnis, Katie Powell, Commissioner Rose Pugliese, and Commissioner John Justman.
Smart Irrigation Month is an Irrigation Association initiative to promote the social, economic and environmental benefits of efficient irrigation technologies, products and services in landscape, turf and agricultural irrigation. Munro Companies, Inc., Ute Water Conservancy District, City of Grand Junction, Clifton Water District, Redlands Water and Power, Orchard Mesa Irrigation, Grand Valley Water Users’ Association, CSU Extension, Drought Response Information Project (DRIP), and Mesa County celebrate Smart Irrigation Month by helping customers learn how to save water and see better results. From left, Katie Powell, Vice President for Munro Companies, Ashlee Pond, Marketing Associate for Munro Companies, Jackie Fisher with Orchard Mesa Irrigation and Andrea Lopez, Ute Water Conservancy District External Affairs Manager.

Mesa County District Attorney (DA) Dan Rubinstein talks to Inside Mesa County (IMC) class participants about his office's mission to increase victim services. Learn more about victim's rights at https://bit.ly/2LpCWuX.
DA Dan Rubinstein talks about the Special Prosecutions and High Risk Offenders (SPAHRO) Unit, a program that uses dedicated prosecution resources to cripple the ability of individuals and groups to engage in pervasive and continuing criminal activity.
Mesa County Sheriff Matt Lewis talks about the collaboration with other law enforcement organizations, community groups, schools, and businesses in order to identify and provide public safety solutions for residents and visitors. The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for public safety in the 3,300 square miles of Mesa County. Not only do they respond to 911 calls and conduct criminal investigations, their other duties include operating the Mesa County Detention Facility, providing security at the Mesa County Justice Center, search and rescue operations, emergency management, and wildland firefighting. These services are provided by approximately 250 dedicated employees and over 350 committed volunteers.
Sheriff Matt Lewis and DA Dan Rubinstein talk to IMC attendees about volunteer opportunities. Learn more about volunteer programs and opportunities at https://bit.ly/2JvcJZB and https://bit.ly/2XNrc6W.

DA Dan Rubinstein asks IMC participants to take out their iPhones for an exercise to show them how much phones track what a person is doing throughout the day. 
Mesa County Public Health Executive Director Jeff Kuhr with United States Surgeon General Jerome Adams while attending the National City and County Health Officials (NACCHO) conference in Orlando as part of Jeff’s PHRASES fellowship with the Aspen Institute.

Jeff Kuhr, Mesa County Public Health Executive Director, with Lori Tremmel, Executive Director of the National Association of County and City Health Officials, while attending the National City and County Health Officials (NACCHO) conference in Orlando as part of Jeff’s PHRASES fellowship with the Aspen Institute.
Meet newly deputized Deputy Reggie and his friend 11-year-old Aveleen! Mesa County Sheriff's Office patrol deputies had the pleasure of meeting them at Chick-fil-A in Grand Junction, Tuesday morning while grabbing breakfast before their shift. This is Reggie's first day on the job and our deputies were so impressed with his service to the community they promoted him to Deputy! Keep up the good work Deputy Reggie and Aveleen! 
Mesa County personnel, from various agencies, attended a two-day training: Intermediate Incident Command System for Expanding Incidents, ICS 300, at the Mesa County Sheriff's Office. 
IMC class participants tour the jail Thursday afternoon. Currently, the Mesa County Detention Facility has 611 beds with additional temporary bed space in our booking area. It was originally designed with the capacity to house 392 inmates. 

Doug Frye, Mesa County Animal Services Manager, talks to IMC class attendees about shelter services and how they manage displaced pets that are often in need of veterinary care or first aid.
IMC class attendees visit the puppy room in the Animal Services Facility, 971A Coffman Road. Mesa County Animal Services provides educational information about pet ownership, which includes information regarding owner requested euthanasia, pet licensing and Project PUPs-spay neuter assistance.
Mesa County Fair staffers Robert Salazar, Tanner Carroll, and Dustin Larsen are making sure all the final details and touches are ready to go in preparation of the Mesa County Fair, which is only a few days away — July 17-20! 

Emergency Preparedness Specialist Vincent Burkhard (center) checks water quality at the Mesa County Fairgrounds. The check provides bacterial testing for drinking water.  

From left, Regina Clark, Vincent Burkhard, and Ryan Sears do a check on the drinking water available at the Mesa County Fairgrounds.  It's almost time for the Mesa County Fair and it's going to be hot out there! Please drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty.

Teresa Nees with the Hazardous Materials Collection Facility spoke at the Western Colorado Area Health Education Center (WCAHEC) during their annual Babysitter Training about how to identify and properly store, use, and protect themselves when encountering household hazardous materials in their homes and the homes of their clients.

Students with the WCAHEC Babysitter Training practice reading labels of common household chemicals like pesticides, cleaners, and paints to identify potential health hazards and what to do if they come across these items while babysitting.

Students at the WCAHEC Babysitter Training learned that Mesa County Hazardous Materials Collection Facility accepts common household chemicals like pesticides, cleaners, oil, paint, as well as batteries and mercury-containing light bulbs to keep these items out of the landfill and our water sources.
The HazMat crew from Station 3 of the Grand Junction Fire Department toured the Hazardous Waste Collection Facility at the landfill so they could get an idea the layout and potential situations that they may be called to assist with.
Mesa County Noxious Weed and Pest crew dig up Spotted Knapweed, an invasive plant, along Highway 141 near Gateway on Wednesday. 
A crewmember with Mesa County removes Spotted Knapweed along Highway 141. See a list of common Broadleaf Weeds found in Mesa County at https://bit.ly/2xH5Cqj.
Mesa County Road and Bridge Construction crewmembers Todd, John, Rory and Scott pause briefly in the hot sun for a photo! The crew is working on guardrail installation work at the Clifton Grand Valley Transit (GVT) Transfer Facility.

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forest in partnership with Mesa County co-hosted an open house to provide opportunities for residents to preview the working draft and maps and interact with forest leadership and subject matter experts. The open house was held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. July 10 at the Palisade Community Center, 120 West 8th Street.

The working draft of the Forest’s Land Management Plan is available online for preview. Feedback is due by July 29, 2019, and can be submitted at https://bit.ly/2LEzrjN.
An open house for the proposed 22 Road I to J Road Improvement Project will be hosted at Ute Water, 2190 H 1/24 Road, Thursday, July 18, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Residents are invited to review final plans for the proposed improvements and a chance to share comments and discuss ideas.
Palisade Plunge stakeholders including representatives from Mesa County, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forest, Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), local business representatives and other federal agencies stopped by Powderhorn Mountain Resort to talk about the project and tour the site.
Grand Valley Transit will offer a DASH circular bus to the Las Colonias Amphitheater (AMP) for eight select event dates. The AMP circular will run on a 20-minute loop from downtown, along Main Street to the AMP and back; start and end times of the circular will correlate with the showtimes of the select AMP dates. This circular will operate in addition to the regular DASH route, which operates along Route 1 on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 4:15 PM-12:15 AM. Learn more at https://bit.ly/2YP1XT3.
Tip A Cop at Chili's Sunday. Be there!
The Clifton Motor Vehicle office has a new sign to make it easier for residents to find the office. They are located in the Peach Tree Shopping Center, 3225 I-70 Business Loop, Unit A2, Clifton.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Smart Irrigation Month

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed July as Smart Irrigation Month in the Grand Valley to bring awareness to the many benefits of irrigation practices that improve water use efficiency. 

From left, Commissioner Scott McInnis, Katie Powell, Commissioner Rose Pugliese, and Commissioner John Justman share awareness about Smart Irrigation Month.

Smart Irrigation Month is an Irrigation Association initiative to promote the social, economic and environmental benefits of efficient irrigation technologies, products and services in landscape, turf and agricultural irrigation. Munro Companies, Inc., Ute Water Conservancy District, City of Grand Junction, Clifton Water District, Redlands Water and Power, Orchard Mesa Irrigation, Grand Valley Water Users’ Association, CSU Extension, Drought Response Information Project (DRIP), and Mesa County celebrate Smart Irrigation Month by helping customers learn how to save water and see better results.

From left, Katie Powell, Vice President for Munro Companies, Ashlee Pond, Marketing Associate for Munro Companies, Jackie Fisher with Orchard Mesa Irrigation and Andrea Lopez, Ute Water Conservancy District External Affairs Manager.

Dash Service to Las Colonias


GVT OFFERS DASH CIRCULAR TO LAS COLONIAS

Take the DASH to the AMP


Ride the Dash for free to Amphitheater at Las Colonias Park

Grand Valley Transit will offer a DASH circular bus to the Las Colonias Amphitheater (AMP) for eight select event dates. The AMP circular will run on a 20-minute loop from downtown, along Main Street to the AMP and back; start and end times of the circular will correlate with the show times of the select AMP dates. This circular will operate in addition to the regular DASH route, which operates along
Route 1 on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 4:15 PM-12:15 AM.   

Parking downtown Grand Junction is free after 4:00 PM; ticket holders are encouraged to park and dine downtown, then pick up the AMP shuttle at the Downtown Transfer Facility or at any of the bus stops along Main Street. Public parking is available at the Parking Garage on Rood (between 4th and 5th), the parking lot behind Rockslide on Colorado (between 4th and 5th), and in the dirt lot on 7th and Ute. Downtown parking maps and info for shopping, dining, and the DASH can be found at https://downtowngj.org/.

Concert attendees can also ride the DASH from 12th Street or Horizon Drive to downtown, but they will have to transfer to the AMP circular to get to Las Colonias. Those waiting for the AMP circular downtown, will want to look for the bus labeled SPECIAL EVENT on the head sign.

Ride the DASH to the AMP for the select dates listed below; riders are encouraged to share their experience on social media with #dashgj #mobilemesacounty and #discoverdowntowngj