Monday, April 6, 2020

Clean Hands Count, Says Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The CDC (Centers For Disease Control and Prevention)
recommends hand washing first and hand sanitizing second, in
CDC campaign graphic
place of washing if that is not possible.

According to the CDC, washing your hands is the first line of defense against preventing disease. Clean Hands Count is a campaign kicked off by the CDC and is critical now during the COVID-19 pandemic.

CDC has posted some hand hygiene research and other informative data. One website posted a homemade recipe for hand sanitizer, here.

While this information can help, it should not be used alone or as a sole means of defense against the COVID-19 virus. Instead, in conjunction with staying home, limiting trips to run essential errands, and other local, state, and federal guidelines and recommendations.

For local COVID-19 information, visit

For state COVID-19 information, visit

Criminal Justice Services Department Pandemic Response

The Criminal Justice Services Department (CJSD), which includes Residential Community Corrections, Pretrial Services and Summit View Treatment Programs, update their Pandemic Response Plan each fall. The plan consists of inventorying supplies, screening all client intakes for symptoms, educating program clients and staff, updating a staff contingency plan, and assessing emergency response for any serious increase during flu season or our current situation with the COVID-19 virus.

CJSD is working closely with Mesa County Public Health and the Colorado Department of Public Safety to implement our pandemic plans in accordance with the best information and practices that are currently available. Though most criminal justice employees are considered essential, many are working from home whenever possible. Fortunately, both client and employee seasonal illnesses have been minimal. At this time, neither clients or employees have reported symptoms related to COVID-19.

In order to protect clients and staff, we have made the following operational changes to include:

Limiting unnecessary physical contact and utilizing social distancing by allowing clients that live in the community to complete required check-ins or appointments with staff by phone or email. Critical mental health or substance abuse counselors continue to be available by phone, email or in-person if needed.

Staff and clients have been educated on social distancing. Changes have been made to staff meetings, client treatment and education class sizes, and physical layouts to adhere to recommended guidelines.

Public access to program facilities has been limited in compliance with new rules regarding the COVID-19 response. Individuals that are ill or showing symptoms related to the virus or the flu are asked to refrain from entering the campus. Keeping our residential clients and staff as safe as possible from the virus is of utmost importance in a residential facility where people are living and working.

Program clients that are employed as essential staff continue to work. Clients who are unemployed as a result of COVID-19 have been provided financial waivers and assistance with applying for unemployment benefits. 

In an effort to prevent COVID-19, CJSD has increased cleaning crews and continues to provide “wipe-down” strategies multiple times a day throughout the campus, including public entrance areas, client living quarters, staff areas and food service areas.

In response to Mesa County Public Health’s recommendations for Detention Facilities, we have begun screening staff for symptoms daily, prior to client contact, as well as any outside contractors that arrive for essential services.

A review of client emergency release plans, completed in accordance with our Pandemic Response Plan, has begun. CJSD is now reviewing clients who may be placed in community settings on an emergency basis. This is in compliance with the order by Governor Polis to reduce inmate populations to allow for greater social distancing practices within the facility and to create space for isolation and quarantine areas that are needed.   

We continue to work with the Colorado Department of Public Safety and the Mesa County Community Corrections Board to review standards related to client contact and supervision.  Adjustments are being made that increase client and staff safety by reducing practices that do not align with social distancing and personal protective recommendations.

CJSD continues to monitor new recommendations daily as information continues to evolve. Updates to our practices will continue to be made with the health and safety of our staff, clients and community in mind. We are committed to continuing our focus on public safety during this unprecedented time.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Animal Services functions and practices during COVID-19

Mesa County Animal Services (MCAS) staff continue to provide critical services to Mesa County residents and the animals in our community. Shelter and community enforcement operations proceed while we abide by guidelines set forth to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Due to COVID-19 guidelines, MCAS is asking residents to only come to the shelter for essential business or animal-related emergencies. Only one family member is allowed to attend.

Due to travel restrictions, out-of-county or out-of-state animal adoptions are suspended until further notice. Local adoptions will be done by appointment only.

Field officers will only be responding to emergency situations that include agency assistance requests, animal bites, reports of aggressive animals, certain animal welfare checks, and certain injured animals.

MCAS has worked hard in the past two weeks to transfer or adopt as many animals as possible to have kennel space available during the pandemic crisis.

Please help us keep our staff safe and healthy so they can continue to provide critical services to our community and to our shelter animals.

MCAS staff is available both by phone 970-242-4646 and by email each day during the hours listed below. Additionally, our website ( services) can be beneficial before your call for frequently asked questions.

Customer Service Hours for Phone and Email Communication:
Monday - Friday - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Shelter Hours (Essential and Emergency Business Only):
Monday - Friday - 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Agency assists for Emergencies with Law Enforcement:
24 hours

Monday, March 30, 2020

Property Tax Late Interest Waived Until April 20

The Mesa County Treasurer's Office continues to operate services online. Team members remain available to answer phone calls and make special arrangements, as needed.

At this time, Treasurer Sheila Reiner is waiving late interest on the first half of the 2019 property taxes due in 2020. The first half was due on the last day of February; however, late payment interest has been waived until April 20, 2020.

Property tax payments are still being accepted, and payments can be made online, by mail or at the drop box located just outside the 6th Street entrance of the old Mesa County Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave.

Contact information for the Treasurer's Office:
Mailing Address: Department 5027; P.O. Box 20,000; Grand Junction, CO 81502-5001
Phone: 970-244-1824

Friday, March 27, 2020

Update: Mesa County Composting and Hazardous Waste Collection Facilities Close to the Public

The Organic Materials Composting Facility (Composting) and the Hazardous Waste Collection Facility (HHW) are temporarily closed to the public until further notice.

Mesa County businesses who rely on the services provided by Composting and HHW will continue to have access to services.

The closures aim to protect our most vulnerable residents and to ensure the long-term availability of landfill services.

If you have questions on how to dispose of your waste correctly, please call the Mesa County Landfill at 970-241-6846.

Thank you for your patience as we work through this together. For more information, visit

Thursday, March 26, 2020

County Administrator Declares Local Disaster Emergency for COVID-19 Pandemic

Mesa County today declared a Local Disaster Emergency in the unincorporated area of Mesa County, Colorado, due to the presence and impact of COVID-19.

The declaration activates the response and recovery aspects of all County emergency plans. It temporarily authorizes the suspension of necessary standard County policies to ensure timely and adequate resource allocation to meet emergency response needs.

“The purpose of this Local Disaster Emergency declaration is to allow the County to cut all the red tape,” Mesa County Administrator Pete Baier said. “We want to clear the way and prioritize all economic and emergency response efforts aimed at protecting our community.”

The Mesa County Board of County Commissioners will ratify the declaration within the next seven days.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit

Palisade Plunge Made Significant Progress

In the past two weeks, significant progress has been made on the Palisade Plunge Trail. The work occurs outside, allowing workers to maintain safe social distancing.

However, other challenges for the work crew include Mother Nature.
In recent weeks they have battled rainy weather, steep terrain, and lengthy commutes, but isn't that what we love about living in Western Colorado? Despite the recent conditions, trail crews have managed to complete 3,220-feet of new trail.
If you've been keeping track of the mile markers, the work crew is now at trail milepost 28.7. Hearing from the work crew members, they report the terrain to create the Palisade Plunge Trail continues to get steeper and is becoming rockier and more vegetated. Work requires a lot of excavation and handwork on steep slopes to build a bench large enough to accommodate a safe width of the trail.
The daily hike for the trail crew has become over an hour and a half in each direction. To mitigate this, the trail crew has begun making use of the very activity this trail is meant to promote—mountain biking. These trail crew workers are passionate about the creation of this outdoor recreation entity, why not test it out themselves? By bringing their own mountain bikes, the crew has shortened their trail commute. Riding the trail has also allowed the crew to test it out and make any necessary adjustments to ensure it's an enjoyable ride once it opens to the public. We call this a win-win.
To date, a total of just over 12 miles of finished trail is complete, and a total of about 0.19 miles of rough-cut trail remains to be hand finished. This leaves just short of 5 miles to go before completion of Phase 1 of the Palisade Plunge Trail. Phase 2 of the trail will begin this year as weather permits.

Mesa County and other agency partners are working with Mesa County Search & Rescue (MCSAR) to craft a plan for emergency situations, including identifying helicopter landing zones and roadway access points. This has been challenging due to the remoteness of the trail and limited access points. However, this is a challenge MCSAR has managed before.

All Palisade Plunge agency partners continue to discuss sign design and content for both phases of the project. Once finalized, these signs will be installed at the predetermined locations along the trail.

Community Development Departments Modify Hours

Mesa County Community Development Departments (Building, Code Compliance, OWTS, and Planning) are operating with modified services to reduce in-person contact and to provide a safe working environment for both our customers and staff.

Note: The following are the most efficient ways to connect with our staff in a timely manner.
  • To reduce wait times, email communication is encouraged for all divisions at
  • Building & OWTS Inspections are operational - Activate the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system by dialing 970-256-1564.
  • MCCS Lobby – The Community Development front counter is available by appointment only. Email to schedule your appointment.
    • Drop offs are available from 8a.m. to 5p.m., Monday through Friday, through the first counter window - please slide your paperwork through.
    • Traditional over the counter permits can be emailed or dropped off, then simply schedule an appointment for pick-up.

Please call us at (970) 244-1636 or visit our online services for more information. Our website is Other resources can be found on the County’s website, to include information on modified department hours and services across the County. 

Your patience and understanding are appreciated.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Updated Information: Mesa County Parks Remain Open for Walking or Exercising

Mesa County parks remain open for walking or exercising in with appropriate social distancing.

Updated Information on April 1, 2020:

Mesa County Facilities and Parks are following the guidance and recommendations of Mesa County Health Public (MCPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by implementing closure of sports fields, pavilions, playgrounds, volleyball and basketball courts, skate and inline facilities at all Mesa County parks through April 30, 2020.

County parks remain open for walking or exercising with appropriate social distancing.

"We closed recreational amenities only, through April 30, based on the recommendations of Public Health and the CDC," Parks and Fairground Director Greg Linza said. "The park sidewalks and trails remain open for people to use for exercise."

"Mesa County requests that you respect social distancing guidelines while enjoying the parks," Linza added.

Closures can be extended and are subject to change based on the recommendation of MCPH and the CDC.

Pavilions / Restrooms / Playgrounds / Courts & Skate Facility Closures:
  • Long Family Memorial Park areas listed above
    • Mt. Garfield restroom facility will remain open to the public.
  • Lions Park pavilions and playgrounds
  • Lions Park seasonal restrooms
  • Lynwood Park playground
  • Village Nine Park playground

Park Field Closures:
All Mesa County Park Fields to any sports play, practice, or groups 10 or more.

  • Long Family Memorial Park
  • Veterans Memorial Park
  • Lion Park
  • Lynwood Park
  • Village Nine Park
  • Kimwood Park
  • Rocky Mountain Elementary Park

The City of Grand Junction Parks & Recreation office will issue refunds of pavilion rentals for Long Family Memorial Park. Please click on the attached link for further information or visit

Published on March 24, 2020.

Mesa County Facilities and Parks are following the guidance and recommendations of Mesa County Health Public and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by closing recreational facilities for the next 30 days.

Closures could be extended and are subject to change based on the recommendation of those official agencies.

Facility Closures for Mesa County include:
  • Long Family Memorial Park Pavilions
  • Long Family Memorial Park Grand Mesa Restroom Facility
  • Lions Park Pavilions
  • Lions Park Seasonal Restrooms
The Mt. Garfield restroom at Long Family Memorial Park will remain open to the public at this time.

Park Closures for Mesa County include:
  • All Mesa County Parks/Fields to any sports, play, practice or groups (10 or more)
  • Long Family Memorial Park
  • Veterans Memorial Park
  • Lion Park
  • Lynwood Park
  • Village Nine Park
  • Kimwood Park
  • Rocky Mountain Elementary School Park

The City of Grand Junction Parks and Recreation office will issue refunds of pavilion rentals for Long Family Memorial Park.

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) 

Mesa County Solid Waste Management Campus Adjusts Public Hours

Effective Wednesday, March 25, 2020, the Mesa County Solid Waste Management Campus will make the following changes to the services offered:

The Hazardous Waste Collection Facility hours have been reduced, and the Reuse Program will be suspended until further notice. The facility is open for residential drop-off on Saturdays only from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.  The facility will continue to take appointments for businesses that are Very Small Quantity Generators (VSQGs). As a reminder, e-waste cannot be disposed of in the landfill. However, companies such as Waste Management and CORRecycling accept e-waste.

The Organic Materials Composting Facility hours have been reduced. The facility is open for residential drop-off on Saturdays only from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Businesses may bring green waste to the landfill for free. Bulk purchases of Mesa Magic Compost can be made at the landfill. Bagged Mesa Magic Compost is available at Chelsea’s Nursery, Bookcliff Gardens, Valley Grown Nursery, Mt. Garfield Greenhouse, Orchard Mesa True Value, Peach Tree True Value, Fruita True Value, the Fruita Co-Op, and the Palisade Co-Op. Many of these businesses are offering drive-through and curbside sales.

The Mesa County Landfill and transfer stations will remain open to the public. However, it is strongly recommended that residents limit their visits and utilize commercial waste haulers whenever possible.

All Solid Waste Management Campus tours have been suspended. If you have a tour scheduled before April 30, please call 970-241-6846 to reschedule.

The Mesa County Solid Waste Management team is actively following the advice of our public health officials, and we will respond to escalated situations as needed. Hours and services can change at any time.

Friday, March 20, 2020

To Reduce COVID-19 Transmission County Closes Facilities to The Public

In compliance with guidelines issued by the federal, local and state government agencies, Mesa County has temporarily closed most County buildings.

Mesa County encourages residents to use online services at

County departments and offices will remain staffed to support ongoing essential operations during this closure, which will be in place until further notice.

Mesa County’s priority is to continue to provide as many services as possible while protecting the health and safety of our employees and community.

Visit Mesa County Offices Virtually for additional information, and for up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit

Watch Public Hearings Online

In response to the COVID-19 social distancing requirements, residents wishing to view public hearings need to use the webcast option. At this time, there is no safe option to allow citizens into the public hearing room during a public hearing.

For public commenting or to listen only to public hearing, please follow the instructions below.

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (571) 317-3122

Access Code: 493-550-045

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Compassionate Shoppers Support Animals Up For Adoption

Today when a county employee went to a local store to stock up on supplies for the office, it started out not much different than any other. For one Mesa County Animal Services (MCAS) officer, buying dog food for the shelter animals is just another part of his job duties even with the COVID-19 public health crisis.

The officer initially connected with the store manager about the current dog food shortage they are experiencing. The shortage has limited shoppers to purchasing one bag of dog food; however, the manager granted the officer an additional bag for purchase because of the shelter status.

Photo Courtesy of MCAS of Kevin Bozarth, MCAS Officer 
While the Animal Services officer was talking to the store manager, multiple store employees and customers overheard the request to purchase dog food. The employees and customers then took it upon themselves to buy bags of dog food and donate those bags onsite to the officer as donations to shelter dogs. The compassion and generosity of these people made it possible for the officer to return to the Mesa County Animal Control shelter with an additional eight bags of dog food, for a total of 10 bags.

And yet this amazing story isn't over. After the shift of another store employee ended, one more bag of dog food was delivered to the shelter, and now our daily donation of dog food is up to nine bags.

From the MCAS staff:  "Thank you to the extremely generous people for coming to the aid of shelter dogs during these hard times."

If you would like to donate dog or cat food to MCAS, they are located at 971A Coffman Road in Whitewater. You can also call them at (970) 242-4646 or email them at

In addition to food donations, they are in pressing need of non-clumping cat litter, and can always use towels (used is great) and treats for both dogs and cats.

DASH Buses Reduce Service

DASH service will transition to one bus operating per hour, beginning Thursday, March 19, at 4:15 p.m. 

The Regional Transportation Planning Office (RTPO), who manages the DASH service, will review ridership numbers after this weekend and may further reduce service.

If you are a DASH rider and have questions about this change, please contact the RTPO office directly at (970) 255-7188.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Visit Mesa County Offices Virtually

Many Mesa County offices have adjusted operating hours and have implemented limited access to facilities aimed at minimizing in-person interaction to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Please click on each agency's link for more detailed information. All schedules are subject to change.

Mesa County will continue taking appropriate steps to keep COVID-19 from spreading and will make adjustments as needed in the best interest of our community.

We appreciate your understanding as we navigate this unprecedented situation.

In-person closures include:
Clerk & Recorder: Motor Vehicle (all locations - 200 S. Spruce St., Fruita and Clifton)
Department of Human Services (510 29 1/2 Road)
District Attorney's Office and the Justice Center (125 N. Spruce St.) *Opening March 19, with minimal public access
Human Resources (544 Rood Ave.)
Surveyor (544 Rood Ave.)
Treasurer (544 Rood Ave.)
Tri-River Area CSU Extension (2775 U.S. Hwy. 50)
Workforce Center (512 29 1/2 Road)

Limited public closures include:
Administration, County Commissioners, County Attorney, Financial Services, and Information Technology (544 Rood Ave.)
Assessor (544 Rood Ave.)
Clerk & Recorder: Recording, Elections, and Clerk to the Board (200 S. Spruce St.)
Facilities & Parks (across the County)
Fairgrounds (2785 U.S. Hwy. 50)
Regional Transportation Planning Office (525 S. 6th St.)
Sheriff's Office Records, Civil Divisions and Emergency Services (215 Rice St.)

Fully open and operational, at this time:
Animal Services (971A Coffman Road) will be open from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. (weekdays)
Coroner's Office (544 Rood Ave.)
Criminal Justice Services (all locations)
Grand Valley Transit fixed and paratransit services (525 S. 6th St.) *Requesting only healthy riders use services for essential work only.
Mesa County Landfill (3071 U.S. Hwy. 50)
Public Works, Building, and Planning  (971 Coffman Road & 200 S. Spruce St.)
Solid Waste Campus: Composting, Hazardous Waste and Transfer Stations (3071 U.S. Hwy. 50)

For the latest recommendations and answers to frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19, visit

County Treasurer Releases Modified Schedule

Beginning at 11 a.m. today, March 18, the Mesa County Treasurer's Office is closing in-person services until further notice. Payments can be made online, by mail, or dropbox located just outside the 6th St. entrance of the old Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave.

If you are a local bank and a qualified holder, you can submit Releases and Partial Releases of Deed of Trust electronically via Simplifile to reduce delays in processing and recording.

If you have a Release of Deed of Trust with the original note, need a mobile home authentication, or need in-person assistance, please call our main line at 970-244-1824, and we will make appropriate arrangements.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Clerk and Recorder’s Offices Closed to the Public

Mesa County, Colo. – As a follow-up to an earlier Mesa County Press Release announcing limited access to their buildings and in-person services, to help reduce the rate of COVID-19 transmission; Mesa County Clerk & Recorder's Office is urging residents to use online services. Services by phone, email, or self-service kiosks are also available. Residents may also utilize the dropbox in the Central Services Building Lobby, Fruita and Clifton.

Although closed to the public, clerks will be working normal hours of operation from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (subject to change) staffing phone lines and email.

Motor Vehicle:

  • Notice: Fruita and Clifton satellite offices are closed until further notice. 
  • Most services are available online ( including vehicle registration, tag renewals, duplicate registration or title requests, address changes, disability parking, and more.
  • If you are in doubt or have any issues renewing online, call our office at 970-244-1664. Staff can help to complete a transaction over email at
  • Private party sales (person-to-person vehicle sales), please review Plates by Mail and call first to verify you have all the necessary paperwork or do it online at To continue to provide excellent customer service, for the present time the Clerk & Recorder will waive the $5.00 Plates by Mail fee. 
  • For vehicle title name/ownership changes, please call first to verify all necessary paperwork.
  • Special Mobile Machinery (SMM) registration.
  • Call first for all other services at 970-244-1664.


  • The Recording Office will only issue marriage licenses as an in-person service, by appointment only to control the gathering of the public.  This is limited to the couple only. To set up an appointment for a marriage license, visit
  • For a marriage license application, visit
  • All other recording services, such as recording a document, searching records, etc., will be handled over the phone and by email. Call our office for assistance at 970-244-1679 or visit
  • There is a dropbox on the outside of the Recording Office for documents that need to be processed. 
  • Email:


  • Please call our office for assistance with voter registration and election-related needs at 970-244-1662 or visit .
  • For petition collections, please call us to arrange an in-person visit.
  • Email:

For updates related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), go to

Statement from the Desk of Commissioner Scott McInnis, Board Chairman, and Administrator Pete Baier

Our departments will continue to provide essential services to our residents, but it is critical to limit public access to our facilities at this time. We will continue to monitor the situation and urge the public to follow the guidance of Mesa County Public Health.

The Mesa County Public Health COVID-19 Response Team, along with local, state, and national public health agencies, continue to lead efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 to protect vulnerable populations and mitigate impacts on health and medical systems.

Internal to Mesa County government, we have opened the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) to provide support and coordination for the emergency response. The EOC is operating a public health screening hotline, (970) 683-2300, that is operating from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

We are also employing a Joint Information Center (JIC) to aid public health information needs. To date, assistance has been provided by the Grand Junction Fire Department, Grand Junction Regional Airport, Grand Valley Power, Grand Junction Police Department, Community Hospital, School District 51, Colorado Mesa University, Mesa County Department of Human Services, Ute Water, and the Mesa County Radio Amateur Communications Emergency Service.

The EOC stands ready to add capacity and capability to meet the needs of this emergency response. We are working to ensure adequate resources are available to meet the demands of this rapidly evolving pandemic.

It is important for us to acknowledge that we, Mesa County, will get through this together.

Our county leadership and emergency preparedness folks train their entire careers on best practices for the health and safety of our residents. We have confidence in their abilities to handle this crisis as they work tirelessly to implement best practices.

Regarding County services, residents should know that all County departments are operating. However, many of our teams are working from home offices or the field. Our priority is to slow the transmission of COVID-19; we all must do our part by practicing common-sense transmission precautions.

Essential services from first-responders will continue, and many departments will continue to operate with modified services to reduce in-person contact.

Visit our County website for information on modified department hours and services. Your patience and understanding are appreciated. Social distancing efforts by all our Mesa County residents during this time of crisis is vital.

On behalf of all Mesa County employees, elected officials, and department heads, please know we care, we are working hard, and we are here for our community.

Our community is caring, strong, and resourceful. We will get through these difficult times.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit

Monday, March 16, 2020

County Modifies Services to Minimize In-Person Contact

Visit us online,

Taking care of our community is at the center of everything we do. As we navigate times of change, our priority remains the same—our community.

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation rapidly continues to evolve, Mesa County is focused on addressing the needs of our residents, while prioritizing the health and safety of our employees.

With the first presumptive case of COVID-19 in Mesa County, changes to departments' operating hours and services are actively being updated aimed at limiting face-to-face contact and to encourage social distancing, to help stop the transmission of the virus.

Departments will continue to provide essential services to our residents, but it is critical to limit public access to our facilities at this time. For residents who need to conduct county business, staff members are ready to assist over the phone and online.

Each department's hours of operations may vary. Hours of operation and services can be found on each of the Mesa County departments' websites.

These preventative measures are necessary, and they are consistent with guidance and recommendations from local, state and national public health agencies.

Mesa County will continue taking appropriate steps to keep COVID-19 from spreading and will make adjustments as needed in the best interest of residents.

We appreciate your understanding as we navigate this unprecedented situation.

For the latest recommendations and answers to frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19, visit

Friday, March 13, 2020

This Week in Pics

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) COVID-19 Response Team is working hard to distribute accurate and timely information to our community. For up-to-date information, visit

Mesa County Public Health's website is our community's official location for accurate information regarding COVID-19. For current, reliable information, visit

MCPH and agency leaders, including the Department of Human Services (DHS) Director Tracey Garchar (center left) and Undersheriff Todd Rowell (center), hosted Lieutenant Governor Dianne Primavera (center) to talk about community projects that are leading to healthier outcomes in Mesa County. 
Sarah Johnson, MCPH Community Network Coordinator, leads a discussion with Lt. Governor Primavera about community initiatives that are working to improve access to services for residents.
Mesa County Commissioners Scott McInnis, Rose Pugliese and John Justman, join Pete Baier, County Administrator, in taking an inaugural ride in the new elevator at the old Mesa County Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave. 

The Commissioners and County Administrator Pete Baier give the all-clear after the inaugural ride in the new elevator at the old Mesa County Courthouse. The elevator was out of service for about 8 weeks but is back in operation now.
The Board of Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed March as National Social Work Month and Director of Child Welfare Joe Kellerby (right) along with Mesa County social work professionals accepted the recognition in public hearing Monday morning.
DHS Director of Child Welfare and adult protection Joe Kellerby, and many social work professionals, accept the National Social Work Month Proclamation from the Board of Commissioners on March 9, the proclamation honors social work professionals for their hard work and dedication.

President and CEO of Strive, Grant Jackson, alongside a Strive client and Doug Sorter, Senior Vice President of Strive, join the Commissioners in proclaiming March 2020 as Developmental Disabilities Month.
During Monday's public hearing, the Commissioners received an update on the Palisade Plunge Project by Construction Group Manager Laura Page.
On Friday, March 6, Regional Transportation Planning Office (RTPO) staff took a tour of the Persigo Wastewater Treatment Plant, to learn more about how the compressed natural gas (CNG) for the buses is made. Pictured from left to right: Andrew Gingerich, Sarah Brooks and Dana Brosig.

At the Persigo Wastewater Treatment Plant, Mesa County RTPO staff learned about the water treatment process and how solids are broken down and turned into fuel for Grand Valley Transit (GVT) buses in the form of CNG. 
A DASH GVT bus gets fueled by CNG at the bus yard. Don't forget, March 18 is National Biofuel Day!
This week, a new cement walkway was poured at the Mesa County Fairgrounds, 2785 US-50. Upgrades to the facility continue as we get ready for Mesa County Fair 2020.

The gorgeous sunset highlights the newly poured sidewalk at the Mesa County Fairgrounds.

Crews continue to cut paths on the Palisade Plunge Trail. Much of the trail is through very remote back-country areas.

With more sun comes better weather, and the snow is starting to melt on many portions of Palisade Plunge.

Palisade Plunge Trail is definitely rugged, the trail goes around the rocks, or the rocks have to be moved. Either way, the rocks are integral in mitigating erosion and maintaining all the work being put into carving out this trail.

Mesa County, partner agencies and Mesa County Search and Rescue are working together to plan how to handle (future) emergency situations that may happen along the Palisade Plunge Trail. This group will be identifying helicopter landing zones and roadway access points. It's all a challenge because of the remoteness of most of the trail.

This view of the valley looking west includes the Colorado River, Mt. Garfield and Interstate 70.

Friendly reminder: even though everyone is excited to start using the Palisade Plunge, the trail isn't open to the public.
County leadership gathered to kick off the first meeting of the Mesa County Resource Management Plan (RMP) with the newly appointed Steering Committee members.

Commissioner Rose Pugliese discusses how and why the RMP Steering Committee was put together. Committee members were appointed to a term beginning Monday, March 9, 2020, and concluding December 31, 2020, or until the Mesa County Resource Management Plan has been formally adopted by the Board of County Commissioners.
Commissioner John Justman thanks staff and the RMP Steering Committee for their commitment and dedication.

Todd Hollenbeck, Mesa County Community Development Director, addresses the participants at the RMP Steering Committee meeting and talks about the expertise the individuals appointed to the committee offers. Appointees were selected based on significant knowledge of and generally long-term experience and familiarity with Mesa County’s natural resources. A balance of interest and expertise in outdoor recreation, environmental issues, agriculture, travel management and trails, energy, water, archaeology, and wildlife was a priority in making the appointments.

Commissioner Justman waits to testify against House Bill 1349, Colorado Affordable Health Care Option on Wednesday afternoon. Learn more about the bill at
County Administrator Pete Baier holds a meeting to talk to key staff on what Mesa County is doing to distribute accurate and timely information to our community. For up-to-date information, visit
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Jesse Bond, a social caseworker with DHS, received a wonderful donation of items from the Humanists Doing Good Organization. These items will help many families in need.

Donation items from the Humanists Doing Good Organization will help many Mesa County families in need. Thank you for the wonderful donations!
Euziveo Muniz and Jodi McKenna with the Economic Assistance Division share program information at the Men of Mesa Resiliency Skills Workshop, which was held Saturday, March 7, at St. Mary's Hospital.
DHS leadership served root beer floats, and creamsicle floats to personnel on Staff Appreciation Day. Brandy Bentley enjoys a float. 
Nick Ewing enjoys a float prepared by the DHS Senior Leadership Team.