Friday, February 14, 2020

This Week in Pics

Kindness is Contagious! It’s KIC week, and students from Fruita 8/9 are spreading kindness all over Mesa County!
Fruita 8/9 students stopped by the Sheriff’s Office and wrote positive messages on patrol vehicles as part of Kindness is Contagious Week. Look for them around town and help spread the love!
It was Career Day at R-5 High School on Wednesday, and Mesa County Sheriff's Office deputies got to talk to students about what it takes to have a career in law enforcement. Students wanting to learn more about the Sheriff's Office can become a Youth Explorer! Learn more at…/youth-explorer-program/
The Board of Mesa County Commissioners and Administrator Pete Baier delivered the State of the County address on Monday, Feb. 10, during the Commissioner's administrative public hearing. The latest economic indicators presented in the address show a slight improvement in the local economy. Read more at
Mesa County Commissioners discuss the slowdown in the energy industry and the trickle-down effect it might have on grants the county receives from oil and gas severance taxes from the state Department of Local Affairs.

Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis talks to KREX News Reporter Ivan Fisher about the economic trends that have an effect on county operations. Watch the interview at

County Administrator Pete Baier talks to media about the State of the County. View more details at
Mesa County Assessor Ken Brownlee (left) and Deputy Assessor Brent Goff (right) teach a class at Colorado Mesa University on real estate investments, particularly on the tax implications and policy.
Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters hosted a media roundtable regarding the upcoming elections. For more information on the Presidential Primary, visit
Election Coordinator Shana Martin (center) explains ballot processing and election security to media members.
Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters talks to KKCO News Reporter Goldene Brown about the Presidential Primary, which is March 3, 2020, and the various methods available to citizens to cast their votes. Watch the interview at
Presidential Primary ballots are in the mail! The United States Postal Service received eight pallets of ballots from Mesa County Elections, which will be delivered to voters in Mesa County today (Feb. 14).
Mesa County Engineering is currently working with a consultant, Wood Environment and Infrastructure (Wood), to investigate local flooding issues within the Melody Estates residential area along 30 Road, between C 3/4 Road and C 1/2 Road. An open house will be held for residents interested in this project from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at the Mesa County Central Services Building — Conference Room 40, 200 S. Spruce Street, in Grand Junction. Learn more at
Learn about flooding issues along Reed Mesa Drive in the Redlands, at an upcoming open house. Residents interested in this project will have a chance to give input from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at the Mesa County Central Services Building — Conference Room 40, 200 S. Spruce Street, in Grand Junction. The purpose of the meeting is for County staff and the design team to receive comments, concerns, and information from residents regarding the local drainage issues. Collected data will be used by the design team to refine design solutions and to address further concerns. Learn more at
Chad Lovlin, Facilities' newest member, changes out a lightbulb outside the Mesa County Elections Office. Welcome aboard, Chad!
Have you seen the new digital sign near the entrance of the Mesa County Landfill? The sign will help share information with residents about closures and other critical messaging. Per Colorado regulation, the Mesa County Landfill is required to close during periods of high winds. High wind notices will be posted on the message board.
Last year, the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility assisted 7,930 Mesa County residents and 347 area businesses with the proper disposal of nearly 250,000 lbs of hazardous material.
Shay Starr, with the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility, explains that working around hazardous material is dangerous, and having an emergency shower and eyewash station accessible is crucial in case of exposure to fluids.
Hazardous Material Manager Teresa Nees fills out a log sheet and checklist to report the mileage and condition of a county vehicle before she drives it.

Birds flock the Mesa County Landfill looking for food Wednesday afternoon as staffers work to compact and spread garbage. In 2019, the Mesa County Landfill managed about 186,000 tons of trash, which is a 3% increase over the previous year.
A Mesa County Landfill staffer directs traffic as a truck empties its load Tuesday. A bulldozer nearby gets ready to spread trash to then be flattened.
A compactor drives over newly deposited trash at the Mesa County Landfill. 

A stockpile of tire waste is used as a retention wall at the Mesa County Landfill. 
A horizontal grinder processes compost material Wednesday afternoon. Last year, the Organic Materials Composting Facility partnered with local nurseries to sell 7,210 bags of compost, 9,150 cubic yards (CY) of compost, and 1,127 CY of mulch in 2019. Learn more about the different types of compost available at
Steam billows off a pile of compost as a heavy equipment operator works at the Organic Materials Composting Facility.
A view of the Grand Mesa from the Organic Materials Composting Facility. Did you know that outreach and education are the cornerstones of all Mesa County Solid Waste Management activities? Without an educated public, the system and associated programs designed at the landfill will not be successful. Mesa County Solid Waste Management has an outreach and education program to provide the venue for teaching Mesa County residents how to utilize public and private sector integrated solid waste management services within the community. Take a tour! For more information, visit
The Mesa County Sheriff's Office has taken on the broom challenge to another level. Here is their caption: "If you think this is is locking your car! Did you know you can prevent people stealing stuff from your car 99.99999999% of of the time by simply....wait for it.....🔒 LOCKING🔒 your car 🚗?!! Now That's Amazing! #LockitorLoseIt #‎broomstickchallenge‬."

 Jeff Kuhr, Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) Executive Director, updates and inspires the staff on the One Community concept, working across sectors to improve the overall quality of life for all Mesa County residents.

MCPH employees during a team-building activity as part of their 'Healthy Hearts' monthlong challenge for employee wellness.
Here’s your daily dose of cuteness: Students from New Emerson Elementary School at Columbus Pre-K delivered handmade valentines to the Mesa County Sheriff's Office! It was so sweet! Happy Valentine's Day!

Don't forget, many Mesa offices will be closed Monday, in observance of Presidents Day. This one-day office closure does not include the Coroner’s Office, Criminal Justice Services, Grand Valley Transit, the Mesa County Landfill, or the emergency functions of the Sheriff’s Office. Animal Services will be open from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. For a list of closures, visit

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