Friday, January 31, 2020

This Week in Pics

On Monday, the Board of Mesa County Commissioners devoted time to raising awareness of the signs and consequences of human trafficking by promoting opposition to human trafficking in all forms and encouraging support for the survivors. The Board presented a proclamation to Melissa Jefferson and Denise and Gilbert Rodriquez with the Western Slope Anti-Trafficking Alliance. Read more at https://bit.ly/38TPgef.

Michelle Boisvenue-Fox, Library Director, and Library Board President, Barry Blanchard, present the Mesa County Public Library annual report to the Mesa County Commissioners. Watch the presentation at https://bit.ly/2RFDezI.

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese (left) and local economic development partners and business owners get ready to testify remotely from Colorado Mesa University before the Colorado House Rural Affairs & Agriculture Committee on proposed legislation concerning modifications to the rural jump-start zone act.
Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese testifies before the Colorado House Rural Affairs & Agriculture Committee in support of House Bill 1003, Rural Jump-Start Zone Act Modifications.
Mesa County is a supporter of Rural Jump-Start because the program develops partnerships among institutions of higher education, start-up businesses, and local government to facilitate economic development. Mesa County was the first county in the state to implement the program.
Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters gets ready to testify before the Colorado Senate—State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee on Senate Bill 35, Kiosk Program Provider Vehicle And Identity Services.
Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese, City of Grand Junction and School District 51 officials discuss the future of the Orchard Mesa pool Tuesday morning at the hospitality suite at Stocker Stadium.

Residents attended the Orchard Mesa pool meeting to discuss the future of the facility. Local government officials did not reach a decision; however, they explored options and will be meeting in February to continue discussions.
A new ballot drop box was added this week in Mesa County. The new box was installed on Colorado Mesa Univerity's (CMU) campus near the Moss Performing Arts Center to make it easier for college students to vote.
Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters stands next to the newly installed ballot drop box at the entrance of the Robinson Theatre, at CMU.

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) Executive Director Jeff Kuhr informs our community on the measures MCPH takes to prevent the spread of illness in light of the novel coronavirus.

MCPH Executive Director Jeff Kuhr talks with WIC program manager, Karla Klemm, at an event at the Comunity Services Building (CSB) 'Cocoa with the Directors' a chance for employees to chat with leadership.
Mesa County personnel enjoys a cup of hot chocolate at the 'Cocoa with the Directors' event at CSB.
Staff from the Department of Human Services (DHS) and Public Health enjoy hot cocoa with their executive directors, Tracey Garchar and Jeff Kuhr.

DHS staff, Kelsey Root and Lindsay Walt, like hot cocoa with the Directors.

Kathy Boutilier and Caitlin Wicklund with the DHS partake in hot cocoa, good conversation and fun times with co-workers.

Janette Haynie, MCPH Business Analyst, smiles as she receives the Spotlight on Excellence Award. It's a recognition program at MCPH to highlight employees who go above and beyond.

On Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, and Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mesa County Elections held election judge training for the Presidential Primary Election (Mar. 3, 2020) at Mesa County Central Services, 200 S. Spruce Street, Conference Room 40, in Grand Junction. The two-day training focused on the security, integrity of the election, and rules of conduct.
Caitlen Sanders, Cyber Security Officer, teaches Election Judges about cybersecurity safety and best practices.
David Underwood, Information Technology (IT) Senior Support Coordinator, trains Election Judges on how to troubleshoot equipment at voter services polling centers on Wednesday afternoon.
IT Senior Support Coordinator David Underwood demonstrates how to troubleshoot elections equipment while keeping physical security and integrity of the machines.
Election Coordinators Cindy Nelson (center) and Shana Martin (left) go over the mail ballot room, tabulation and adjudication processes. Some of the topics covered included what is new for this year's elections, security, roles of judges, and best practices.
Mail ballots for the Presidential Primary go out Feb. 14. Update your voter record today at www.govotecolorado.com!

Valerie Rutter, IT Business Sytems Analyst, pauses for a picture in her office. Rutter supports all Mesa County public safety departments' software. On her desk (pictured) are a variety of cream cheese mints she made for sharing with colleagues.

Progress continues with the elevator replacement project at the old Mesa County Courthouse. This week, the elevator's car and shaft were removed. Construction is expected to continue for six more weeks. Accommodations are in place to address accessibility issues throughout the completion of the project.
This week, on Thursday and Friday, the Mesa County Building Department hosted the 2020 Building Department Code Training at the Mesa County Fairgrounds' Community Building. 
Nearly 100 people attended the code training that covered the 2018 IRC Structural Construction Provisions and the 2018 IBC Fire Resistive Construction.
Did you know the Presidential Primary is Mar. 3? Do not wait! Make any changes to your voter record today at www.govotecolorado.com.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Raising Awareness of Human Trafficking

Mesa County Commissioners present the proclamation to Melissa Jefferson and Denise and Gilbert Rodriquez with the Western Slope Anti-Trafficking Alliance.

In public hearing this morning, the Board of Mesa County Commissioners devoted time to raising awareness of the signs and consequences of human trafficking by promoting opposition to human trafficking in all forms and encouraging support for the survivors.

On Feb. 1, 1865, Abraham Lincoln signed the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Officially outlawing slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime. Human trafficking is modern-day slavery, a practice that is in direct opposition to the fundamental principles of liberty and human rights upon which our nation was founded.

Western Slope Anti-Trafficking (W.S.A.T) is a community initiative seeking to address the struggles in combating human trafficking. It is made up of concerned citizens, civic organizations, community leaders, churches, schools, healthcare providers, police officers, and professionals working with marginalized and vulnerable populations susceptible to exploitation. Members of W.S.A.T. are committed to protecting human rights and individual freedom by eliminating human trafficking; to take effective action to protect all residents in our community by vigorously investigating and prosecuting the exploiters, and to ensure victims have a safe and nurturing environment allowing them to thrive.

Mesa County recognizes that Colorado is a prime location for human trafficking, is known as a victim source state, and is a destination state with a high demand for human trafficking.

Mesa County Commissioners present a proclamation raising awareness of human trafficking to the Western Slope Anti-Trafficking Alliance on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020.

Election Judges Prepare for Presidential Primary


On Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, and Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mesa County Elections will hold election judge training for the Presidential Primary Election (Mar. 3, 2020) at Mesa County Central Services, 200 S. Spruce Street, Conference Room 40, in Grand Junction.

Mesa County is required by Colorado Revised Statutes to select election judges from the most recent caucus list provided by the major parties and hold an election judge training before every election.

Over 40 judges will be in attendance during the two days of training to prepare for the presidential primary - an election that hasn’t been held since 2000 and that voters approved to bring back in 2016 through Proposition 107.

Election judges are required to work in bipartisan teams during every election process. At the training, election judges will be divided into groups for specialized training which includes: working at a voter services and polling center, picking up ballots from ballot drop off locations, ballot sorting, ballot opening and extraction, signature verification, ballot tabulation, and ballot adjudication.

Election judges are an integral part of the election process and allow the community to get involved in local government. The majority of Mesa County’s returning judges are retired and come from a diverse background of professions. High school students in good standing are also encouraged to apply to become election judges.