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Frequently Asked Questions

Mesa County voters approved Measure 1A, otherwise known as the Public Safety Sales Tax,  in November of 2017. The measure increased sales tax .37% throughout Mesa County effective January 1, 2018. The funds are divided  between 16 public safety agencies.  The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is allocated 67.29% of the .37% voter approved public safety sales tax.  The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is using the additional revenue to increase safety in the Detention Facility and reduce crime in Mesa County. To learn more about tax revenue in Mesa County click here. 

  • Possession  - 18-18-406(4) CRS

Any person over the age of 21 can possess and transport up to one ounce of marijuana.  Medical marijuana card holders can possess and transport up to three ounces of marijuana.

  • Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor -  18-6-701 CRS

It is illegal for any person to supply marijuana to any person under the age of 21. 

  • Hash Oil Extraction – 18-18-406.6 CRS

It is illegal to produce marijuana concentrate using any substance that is considered inherently dangerous.  (Flammable gas, noxious vapors)

  • Cultivation – 18-18-406(3)(a)

It is illegal for a resident to grow more than six marijuana plants.  It is illegal for a medical card holder to have more marijuana plants than suggested by the medical card.  Any grow must be locked and secured in a manner designed to keep occupants of the residence that are under 21 years of age and the public out.  The best practice is to build a privacy fence with a locked gate.  (This protects you and your family from crime and keeps your grow in accordance with the law.)  Plants must be grown on your property or the property of your caregiver.

  • Distribution – 18-18-406 CRS

It is legal to transfer up to one ounce of marijuana without remuneration.  (This means give marijuana away for free.  Donations and trades for marijuana is ILLEGAL DISTRIBUTION)

  • Public Consumption – 18-18-406(5)(b)(1) CRS

It is illegal for any person to openly consume or display marijuana in a public place.

  • Minor in Possession of Marijuana  - 18-13-122 CRS

It is illegal of any person under 18 years of age to possess or consume marijuana. 

  • Open Container of Marijuana in a Motor Vehicle – 42-4-1305.5 CRS

Marijuana must be in its original packaging and unopened while in a motor vehicle.  It is illegal to consume marijuana in a motor vehicle.

You can inquire in person at the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Records Office 9:00am-4:00pm Monday-Friday excluding holidays or at the Mesa County Court Clerk’s Office. Visit http://www.mesacourt.org/ for more information.

Contact the Mesa County Court Clerk’s Office at (970) 257-3640 or visit their website at http://www.mesacourt.org/ for more information.

If you would like to report a traffic issue within unincorporated Mesa County, you may use our online reporting system. If you would like to inquire about installing a stop sign please contact Mesa County at (970) 244-1675.

Contact Mesa County Animal Control at (970) 242-4646 or visit their website for more information at http://animalservices.mesacounty.us/  You may also contact non-emergency dispatch at (970) 242-6707.

Mesa County Animal Control (970) 242-4646 handles all areas of Mesa County, including the city limits of Grand Junction. Often times talking to your neighbor and notifying them of your concerns goes a long way.

Animal Control (970) 242-4646 can help with most small animals. The Colorado Division of Wildlife and Colorado Department of Transportation [both dispatched through the Colorado State Patrol at (970) 249-4392] usually handle large animals and those on the interstate and highways.

We do we receive found property and make every effort to return it to the owner. It is kept for 90 days. If you have lost something and wish to see if we may have it, send an email to  evidence@mesacounty.us with your contact information and a detailed description of the property you are looking for. Please allow at least 3 business days for processing.

  • Parks managed by the City of Grand Junction are closed from midnight to 5:00 a.m.
  • Parks managed by Mesa County are closed from dusk to dawn with the exception of Long Family Memorial Park, which is closed from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
  • Parks manage by the City of Fruita are closed from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
  • Parks managed by Palisade are closed from dusk to dawn.

There is no grace period for an expired driver's license. There is a one month grace period for an expired license plate. For example, if your plate sticker expires January then you have until the last day of February before it expires. Learn more at https://www.dmv.org/co-colorado/

No. Learn more about what the state of Colorado requires for gun ownership here.

In most circumstances, no person can fire a weapon or pellet gun within the city limits of Grand Junction, except by special permission from the Chief of Police. A weapon can be fired on private property in unincorporated Mesa County in any zone not designated a "no-shooting zone" as long as the projectiles do not leave the private property. See: No Shooting Zones in Mesa County

Yes, Colorado is an open carry state, here is a link to CBI for the Colorado gun laws.

To carry a concealed handgun, you need to possess a concealed handgun permit issued by a Colorado sheriff from the county in which you reside or own a business or from another state that has concealed carry reciprocity with Colorado. You can begin the concealed weapon process in Mesa County by clicking here.

You may transport a gun in your vehicle throughout the state without restriction.

Click here to view the current No Shoot Zone, Mesa County map per BOCC Resolution 87-18. 

Yes. Noise ordinances prohibit unnecessary, unusual, or unusually loud noises during designated hours. Law enforcement personnel are empowered to make a determination as to whether a particular noise constitutes a public nuisance. If you would like to make a report click here.

The Tri-River extension service (970) 244-1834 maintains a list of people willing to remove bees. If they are closed and you cannot wait until they open, contact dispatch at (970) 242-6707.

There are no standard size requirements for car seat fit. Even if your child looks big enough to move to the next size seat, be sure to follow all manufacturer recommendations on the car seat label. Car seats, booster seats and seat belts are developed to protect children based on their sizes, not their ages. Learn more at https://www.codot.gov/safety/seatbelts-carseats/carseats
Not sure about how to install your car seat? The Grand Junction Fire Department will help install it for you.

Vehicles parked on the street that are not properly registered and/or appear inoperable may be considered abandoned. Abandoned vehicles on private property are the responsibility of the property owner.

  • In Grand Junction, contact the Grand Junction Police Department at (970) 242-6707
  • In Fruita, contact the Fruita Police Department at (970) 858-3008
  • In Palisade, contact the Palisade Police Department at (970) 464-5601
  • In all other areas of Mesa County, contact the Colorado State Patrol's Montrose Communication Center at (970) 249-4392

If your car was towed by the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, please contact: 

Administrative Coordinator
Bernice K. Stogsdil
Phone: (970) 244-3200

  • Western Metals Recycling (970) 242-9500 Cost is $10 cash only.
  • In Grand Junction, contact code enforcement at (970) 244-1583
  • In Fruita, contact the Fruita Police Department at (970) 858-3008
  • In Palisade, contact the Palisade Police Department at (970) 464-5601
  • In all other areas of Mesa County, contact Zoning Enforcement at (970) 244-1744
  • Pharmacies such as Walgreens will dispose of unwanted prescription drugs as well as Mesa County Hazardous Waste Facility, 3071 Hwy. 50, in Grand Junction.
  • Have you looked at the free online social network called Nextdoor? It is like Facebook, but just for you and your neighbors. Many communities are using it as a digital neighborhood watch. It includes features like reporting activity to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.  Want to learn more about neighborhood watch? Click here

The term "Sanctuary County” implies that the Mesa County Sheriff's Office does not share information with or allow Immigration Customs Enforcement or ICE to house arrestee’s in our facility. Both of these assertions are false.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office revised our policy in response to a 2014 federal court opinion out of Oregon. The case is Maria Miranda-Olivares v. Clackamas County (Case No. 3:12-cv-02317-ST) and involved an inmate being held on an ICE issued detainer beyond the time she should have been released from jail on the criminal charges she had been booked on. The court in this case ruled holding the inmate in custody was a violation of the inmate’s 4th Amendment Rights because the detainer was not signed by a judge.

This case prompted many Sheriff’s around the country to change their procedures and hold ICE to the same constitutional standard that every other state and federal agency is required to meet. This change would necessitate ICE to have their detainers be reviewed and approved by a judge.

In Mesa County we work very hard to ensure there is good communication between ICE and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office. Our policy requires notification to ICE when a person is booked into our jail if they were foreign born and provides a system of notification prior to release from jail that enables ICE to conduct an investigation if they choose.

This policy does not establish Mesa County as a sanctuary at all but provides specific instruction on how the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office has and will continue to work with ICE. We have and would accept any arrestee brought with an order signed by a judge.

Have more questions?

Call (970) 244-3500 during regular business hours.  Emergencies call 911.

 

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