Friday, March 6, 2020

This Week in Pics

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH)  launched a community resource webpage for the novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). Please share this as a source of current, reliable information for our community: MCPH will post updates on Facebook, too, so be sure to LIKE and FOLLOW their page for the latest info.
MCPH is working to keep our community informed. For up-to-date information, visit

Mesa County Animal Services is partnering with local area veterinarians to offer spay and neuter vouchers for Mesa County pet owners. With these vouchers, the cost of the procedure will be $25 to the pet owner. For details, visit
By the end of the month, herbicide application along roadways throughout Mesa County will get underway. Read more at
The Presidential Primary Election was Tuesday, March 3, but there are still more elections coming up this year. The State Primary Election is June 30, and the General Election is Nov. 3. Keep up with election information at
Election judges, affiliated with both the Republican and Democratic parties, open and extract ballots before ballots go on to the next step in the ballot counting process. Ballot's next stop: the tabulation room.

Clifton Vote Services Polling Center (VSPC): Clifton Christian Church hosted this polling center in March 2020. These election judges took just a moment of a break, long enough for this picture to be taken. The Presidential Primary had four polling locations where election judges issued ballots, updated voter registrations, and helped answer questions from voters across the county. 

Vince Cordova (third from left) can usually be found in the Motor Vehicle division of the Clerk's Office, but during an election, he moonlights in the ballot tabulation room. Vince is surrounded by valuable election judges who work tirelessly to honor each ballot cast in Mesa County.

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese participated in 'Read Across America' this week with School District 51. She says, "One of the most fun parts of my job is when I get to interact with students."

Commissioner Rose Pugliese read 'What do you do with an Idea' to a second-grade class and Dr. Seuss's 'Green Eggs and Ham' book to a Pre-K class, in the School District 51 system.
Mesa County Commissioner John Justman attended the National Association of Counties (NACo) Legislative Conference on behalf of Mesa County last weekend. The conference was held in Washington, D.C.

Commissioner John Justman (center right) stands next to the Bureau of Land Management Acting Director, William Perry Pendley (center left). Commissioner Justman was part of a Colorado delegation visiting Washington D.C. for the NACo conference.
Tina Dugger and Jake Wertz, with Mesa County Traffic, teach children about stop lights, street lights, and crosswalks during the 2020 Mesa County Safety Fair.

Mesa County Sheriff's Office volunteer, Elijah, was enjoying himself during the 2020 Mesa County Safety Fair, held at the Mesa Mall, last week.

Elijah, a Mesa County Sheriff's Office volunteer, interacts with children and their chaperones from across the county last week during the 2020 Mesa County Safety Fair.

Mesa County Search and Rescue, along with Sheriff's Office volunteers—Citizens on Patrol— handed out stickers and interacted with kids from across the County at Mesa Mall during the recent 2020 Mesa County Safety Fair. 
Commissioner Rose Pugliese was a guest speaker at Colorado Mesa University recently. She taught about local government land use authority and Mesa County's interaction with state and federal agencies.
Mesa County residents are still coming into the Treasurer's Office to pay property taxes. Melissa Herek, a Treasurer's Office Accounting Administrator, happily serves taxpayers.

Karen Reiher, Treasurer's Office Technician, processes a property tax payment on Friday, Feb. 28. The last day to pay the first half of property taxes without penalty was March 2. To avoid late fees, a full tax payment can be made by April 30.
Palisade Plunge workers are near the top of the ridge that will take the trail to the top of the Grand Mesa. To date, nearly 11.5 miles of trail has been completed.

This view from the Palisade Plunge trail, looking west, incorporates Mt. Garfield, Palisade, and I-70. Mesa County averages 242 sunny days a year. That is 71 additional sunny days compared to the national average. That's exciting for Palisade Plunge and other Mesa County trail users.

While the 4-5 trail crew members have had steady progress in their work on the Palisade Plunge trail, they have had to skip a few sections because of mud, frozen ground, and a hindrance in ground conditions. The sections skipped will be remediated by the trail crew in the near future.

The last week of February included another 1,400-feet in trail carved out by this hard-working trail crew. Starting in March, the work crew will consist of about 8-10 workers. Still to come in this project: Palisade Plunge partners continue to discuss sign design and content. Once finalized, the signs will be installed at predetermined locations along the trail.

A view from Orchard Avenue between 28 1/2 and 28 3/4 roads, looking east at the Grand Mesa. New sidewalks were installed following the extensive work to reconstruct Orchard Avenue from Normandy Drive to 29 Road.

Beautiful new sidewalks line Orchard Avenue. This section is between 28 1/2 and 28 3/4 Roads, facing west. Construction began in June 2019, improvements were made to widen the road to three lanes, add bike lanes, gutters, sidewalks, storm sewer, and streetlights through the entire stretch, on both the north and south sides of Orchard Avenue.
Mesa County Hazardous Materials Manager Teresa Nees is hosting a new show, "Going Green," on KAFM Radio. Here is a picture of the recording from the first episode. Teresa runs the sound recording, Grace Logsden, with Buy Nothing Grand Junction, assists in hosting this episode. 

Joel Dyer with Western Colorado Alliance is the first guest on the new podcast "Going Green," hosted by Mesa County Hazardous Materials Manager Teresa Nees. The topic of the first episode is the Business Sustainability Forum at Colorado Mesa University, happening on April 2. Listen to the podcast at

Heidi Dragoo, MCPH Epidemiology Program Manager, talks to local TV station KREX 5 news about COVID-19. You can find the most up-to-date information at
Pete Mathes, Mesa County Road and Bridge Construction Manager, stands alongside his wife (left) and granddaughter (right) at his retirement celebration on Friday, March 6, 2020. 

Construction Manager Pete Mathes was honored by Mesa County for his 28 years of service.

Commissioner John Justman (right) congratulates Pete Mathes (left) on his retirement.

Mesa County Road Supervisor Rudy Bevan (right) thanks Pete Mathes (left) for his 28 years of hard work and dedication and bids him farewell. 
Commissioner John Justman and Rudy Bevan share a few memories of Pete Mathes and honor him for his 28 years of commitment and dedicated service to the residents of Mesa County.

Pete Mathes (right) opens up a few gifts at his retirement party hosted at the Road and Bridge Facility in Whitewater.

Mesa County Administrator Pete Baier (right) congratulates Pete Mathes on his 28-year career with Mesa County Road and Bridge.
Throughout Pete Mathes' career, he moved around to different positions and locations within the Road and Bridge Department, so much so that they made him a sign to take wherever he moved next.

Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis (right) congratulates Pete Mathes on his well-deserved retirement after 28 years of serving our community.

Mesa County Regulatory Manager Carrie Gudorf (left) tells Pete Mathes that she is going to miss him at his farewell celebration on Friday afternoon.

Pete Mathes is ready to fly into retirement. Congratulations, Pete! 

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