Middle schoolers shadow Pugliese

Students see commission in action, meet senator's staff

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese, right, hosts middle schoolers Daniel Smith, from left, Lucas Hahn and Jaden Rams at a meeting of the Mesa County commissioners Monday morning as the middle schoolers shadowed Pugliese to learn more about what county commissioners do.

Three Grand Mesa Middle School students on Monday shadowed Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese — from the regular Monday public meeting to a sit-down with a senator’s staff.

The eighth-graders — Lucas Hahn, Jaden Rams and Daniel Smith — sat with Pugliese during the commission’s regular administrative session and later met with county elected officials and department heads.

“They got to see what the commissioners see” from the dais and later toured various county offices in the Central Services Building, 200 S. Spruce St., Pugliese said.

Later they met with staffers from the Grand Junction office of U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner.

“They had a lot of questions” about subjects as wide ranging as improvements at Grand Junction Regional Airport and the Jordan Cove project to send natural gas from the Piceance Basin in northwest Colorado to buyers in the Pacific Rim, Pugliese said.

“They got a lot of information in a short day,” she said.


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