Friday, November 22, 2019

This Week in Pics

A highly contagious illness is spreading through our community. The main symptom is vomiting. Please share this information so we can all be informed about how illnesses like this spread—and the best way to protect you and your family from getting sick. For more info:

Mesa County Public Health Executive Director Jeff Kuhr interviews with a CBS News crew about the illness outbreak in Mesa County.

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) hosted a Facebook live Q & A session at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. They had experts on hand to answer questions on the illness outbreak in Mesa County.

Heidi Dragoo, Epidemiology Program Manager, talks to KREX after hosting a Facebook live event on Thursday about the illness that’s been impacting our community. 

Help stop the spread! Washing your hands and staying home while sick are important steps to take to keep you and your family healthy. MCPH is distributing these signs around the community as a reminder of what you can do!

The Department of Human Services 2019 graduating Leadership Institute candidates and members of Senior Leadership. (Back row, left to right: Joe Kellerby, Curtis Englehart, Katie Miller, Dyann Walt, Euziveo Muniz, Kaitie Hutton, Miguel Navarro. Middle row, left to right: Manny Tarango, Bek Fingerlin, John Moran, Alexzis McGreer, Lindsey Walt, Andrew Escamilla, Dannie Knutt, Kathy Crowhurst. Front row, left to right: Teri Jasper, Kirsten Barnard, Erica Castillo, Tracey Garchar, Michelle Trujillo, Barbara Golden. Kneeling, left to right: Terra Marshall, Shelby Brown, Lyndee Kees. Not pictured, Joe Suarez. Congratulations!

Victor Carreras, an Employment Specialist with the Workforce Center, was recently accepted into The 3rd Cohort of the Skillful Colorado Governor's Coaching Corps (SGCC). For eight months, Victor will be sharpening his leadership skills, learning new practices and technologies, and building a supportive cohort to better serve their job seekers. Congratulations, Victor!

Mesa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) Wildland Fire Team has begun fire mitigation work on the area surrounding the railroad between 32 1/2 and 33 1/2 roads in Clifton. Previously, MCSO worked with Union Pacific to remove hazardous waste in the area. 

Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with Union Pacific Railroad, began a project to provide a long-term solution to recurring crime and safety issues in an area between 32 ½ Road and 33 ½ Road adjacent to the railroad tracks south of F Road. Now, the MCSO Wildland Fire Team is doing fire mitigation work.

MCSO Wildland Fire Team is working on clearing underbrush to prevent fires in an area between 32 ½ Road and 33 ½ Road adjacent to the railroad tracks south of F Road.
A Palisade Plunge crew member is hard at work, building a portion of the trail on a steep slope. To date, a total of about 7.75 miles of trail is completed, and a total of approximately 0.61 miles of rough-cut trail is left to be hand finished.

The crew members on the Palisade side (four men) continue to work in steep and challenging terrain and have finished another 800-feet of the trail, getting them close to MP 30.8. This crew is working on getting some cargo netting to assist them in their more technical rock work. These nets will allow crews to lower rocks safely without breaking the stone.

Crews are working on very technical rock work. The photo above was taken before crews got to work. 

Here is the finished product after crews moved rocks to continue to build the Palisade Plunge Trail.
Logan Waterman, an MCSO Forensic Computer analyst, is hard at work performing electronic surgery.

MCPH, Epidemiology Program Manager, Heidi Dragoo, talks with Colorado Public Radio about the highly contagious illness impacting our community.
Clean-up buckets are lined up and ready for distribution to facilities across Mesa County In case a public incident of vomiting occurs. MCPH prepared the kits so our community can effectively clean up vomit if someone becomes sick in a public area. MCPH set up a Public Vomiting Reporting Line for community members to report public vomiting incidents that occur in public places within Mesa County. The number to call is 970-462-7074.

Many Mesa County elected officials and department heads got together to meet with County Administrator Pete Baier to discuss priorities. 
This week, Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters appointed Belinda Knisley to Chief Deputy Clerk and selected Kelly Bryant to be the Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners. Congratulations, Belinda, and Kelly!
It’s beginning to look a lot like winter on the Grand Mesa. Here’s a look at the snow on U.S. Hwy. 65 at the county line. Drive safe!
The holidays are just around the corner, Grand Valley Transit (GVT) wants to help reduce the stress of the season with Free Ride Saturdays on Nov. 30, Dec. 7, Dec. 14, and Dec. 21. Take GVT for your holiday shopping and avoid the headache of parking and traffic!
In an effort to the reduce risk of person-to-person spread related to the illness outbreak in our community, the CSB Campus, including the Department of Human Services, Workforce Center, and Mesa County Public Health, donated food intended for a staff Thanksgiving luncheon to a local homeless shelter.
Food intended for a staff Thanksgiving luncheon was donated to a local homeless shelter to reduce the risk of person-to-person spread related to the illness outbreak in Mesa County.

Vince Cordova, with the Clerk and Recorder's Office, carves a turkey during their Thanksgiving luncheon.

Most Mesa County offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28 and 29, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

County Offices Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

Most Mesa County offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28 and 29, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

This two-day closure includes:
Administration, Assessor, County Commissioners, County Attorney, Financial Services, Human Resources, IT, Surveyor, Treasurer (544 Rood Ave.)
Clerk & Recorder: Elections, Clerk to the Board, Recording (200 S. Spruce St.) Motor Vehicle (all locations)
Department of Human Services (510 29 1/2 Road)
Facilities and Fairgrounds (2785 U.S. Hwy. 50)
Public Health (510 29 1/2 Road)
Public Works, Building, and Planning (971 Coffman Road & 200 S. Spruce St.)
Regional Transportation Planning Office (525 S. 6th St.)
Sheriff’s Office: Records and Civil Divisions (215 Rice St.)
Solid Waste Campus: Compost Facility, Hazardous Waste Facility & Transfer Stations (3071 U.S. Hwy. 50)
Tri-River Area CSU Extension (2775 U.S. Hwy. 50)
Workforce Center (512 29 1/2 Road)

These offices will be closed Thursday and open Friday:
Animal Services (971A Coffman Road near Whitewater) will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
District Attorney's Office and the Justice Center (125 N. Spruce St.)
Grand Valley Transit fixed and paratransit services (525 S. 6th St.)
Mesa County Landfill (3071 U.S. Hwy. 50)

The closure does NOT include:
Coroner's Office
Criminal Justice Services (all locations)
Sheriff's Office: jail, patrol, emergency services (215 Rice St.)

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! County offices will resume regular business hours Monday, Dec. 2. 

Monday, November 18, 2019

GVT Offers Holiday Shopping Service with Free Ride Saturdays

Free Ride Saturdays: Nov. 30, Dec. 7, Dec. 14, & Dec. 21

Mesa County Regional Transportation Planning Office (RTPO) and Grand Valley Transit (GVT) would like to take some of the stress out of holiday shopping this season and encourage people to shop local by offering Free Ride Saturdays.  All Mesa County residents and visitors can ride GVT fixed-route all day Saturday for four consecutive Saturdays, starting Nov. 30 through Dec. 21.

Free Ride Saturdays will kick off on Nov. 30, which is also Small Business Saturday, encouraging shoppers to support local businesses in Fruita, Palisade, and Grand Junction.  Parking is often limited during local holiday events.

Mesa County RTPO is encouraging everyone to skip the hassle of finding parking on Dec. 7, during Olde Fashioned Christmas in Palisade, or at the Parade of Lights in Downtown Grand Junction.

GVT will also take passengers to Fruita on Dec. 14, for the annual Home Town Christmas event, which features a craft fair during the day and the parade in the evening.  Finally, for all those last-minute gifts, Free Ride Saturdays will also be available on Dec. 21.

Sometimes the weather and traffic can also make holiday shopping a challenge, with Free Ride Saturdays, GVT hopes to help the community save a little money, help those with limited transportation, and allow riders to enjoy the holidays a little more this year.

Free Ride Saturdays will be available on GVT fixed-route on Nov. 30, Dec. 7, Dec. 14, and Dec. 21. 

For more information on the Free Ride Saturdays promotion or Grand Valley Transit services, contact Sarah Brooks at 970-244-1830 or by email