Thursday, September 3, 2015

Short road work delays, week of Sept. 7

Chip & Seal and Overlay will continue next week, including paving and bringing manholes above the asphalt to the road surface.

Short delays should be expected on these roads during this time.

Chip & Seal

  • First Street in Clifton - Front Street north to Asphalt 
  • N. Iowa in Palisade - W. First St. to Barricade
  • South Iowa in Palisade - from 2014 chip to V-Pan
Paving – Kannah Creek Area

  • Purdy Mesa Road - 6800 Purdy Mesa Road west to Divide Road
  • Divide Road - Purdy Mesa Road to Lands End Road
Concrete Work

  • E. Lynwood Street between 2782 and 274 E. Lynnwood
  • 2874 B 1/2 Road

Both lanes soon to be open on 38 Road Hill

County officials celebrate the opening of 38 Road Hill earlier last month.
Mesa County officials this afternoon plan to reopen 38 Road in both directions.

Some small lane closures will remain today and Friday as work continues, but it should be open completely for Labor Day weekend.

Officials two weeks ago noticed that portions of the recently rebuilt highway between Palisade and East Orchard Mesa had begun shifting, creating several large cracks in the road. Since then, the road has been down to one lane as contractors work around the clock to repair the road damage and rebuild the sinking retaining wall.

Repairs are 100 percent complete on the road and about 80 percent complete below. That work should be finished in about a week.

The road was dedicated earlier last month, several days before work began on the repairs.

Friday, August 28, 2015

This week in pictures, Aug. 28, 2015

Check out some of what's been happening around Mesa County this week.

Mesa County Health Department childcare licensing specialist Audriana Osgood and Health Promotions Specialist Karen Melott take a quick break for a picture. 
Andrea Miklos was the Values Champion this week at the Department of Human Services/Mesa County Workforce Center. Here she is with Tracey Garchar. 

DHS/WFC employees gather for the Values Champion celebration. 

DHS/WFC employees gather for the Values Champion celebration. 
DHS/WFC employees gather for the Values Champion celebration.
This is a picture of the noxious weed Dalmation toadflax. Though the flowers look like snapdragons, the plant is a weed. 

Mesa County Road and Bridge crews patch Land's End Road.

Mesa County Road and Bridge crews patch Land's End Road.
Mesa County Road and Bridge crews patch Land's End Road.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office sent these pics for National Dog Day. 

Mesa County Sheriff's Deputy Seth Parker patrols the Colorado River.

Mesa County Noxious Weed and Pest Management is offering assistance with giant reed grass removal and treatment in September and October. Homeowners can contact them at 255-7121 for assistance.

This is another picture of Dalmation toadflax, with one of the biocontrol agents raised at the Palisade Insectary.
The Mesa County Fairgrounds was host to the USA BMX Olympic qualifying event last weekend. 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Commissioners congratulate GJ High Knowledge Bowl team

The Mesa County Commissioners this morning awarded a certificate of recognition to the Grand Junction High School Knowledge Bowl team for their success. 

Here are a couple pictures of the team (congrats!): 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Ceremony for Lyla Blackwood

The "How are the Children?" initiative held a vigil in memory of Lyla Blackwood Friday on the lawn of the Old Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave.

Following a brief ceremony, pink balloons were released in Lyla's memory.

Here are some photos of the event:

For more information on "How are the Children?"visit the Mesa County Partnership for Children and Families here

This week in pictures, Aug. 21

Mesa County government is wide in its services and scope. From Administration to Public Works to the County Attorney to Human Resources to the Fairgrounds to Solid Waste Management to the Commissioners and beyond, Mesa County is a varied and diverse operation.

Check out some photos from around Mesa County government this week:

Mesa County Public Works Director Pete Baier talks about the 29 Road interchange at the City of Grand Junction/Mesa County joint meeting Thursday afternoon. Commissioners Rose Pugliese, left, and Scott McInnis listen.

Ryan Zinke of Mesa County Noxious Weed Management pulls puncturevine at the Tri-River Extension Office. They hate goatheads, too! Check out their puncturevine mat invention: a piece of Styrofoam to pick up the seeds so they don't get on their shoes! Nice.  

Don't be deceived by purple loosestrife's beauty. It's a noxious weed. 

Noxious Weed management and workers from Grand County (Utah) get ready to paddle the Colorado River to treat purple loosestrife.
The Mesa County Breastfeeding Task Force held an event at the Grand Junction Farmers Market last week to raise awareness of World Breastfeeding Week. This year focused on breastfeeding in the workplace, so the event highlighted how employers can work with breastfeeding moms to make expressing milk at work easy and comfortable. From left are Task Force Members Karla Klemm, Carmen West and Patty Kandiko.

Out at the Mesa County Landfill, a couple from Las Vegas visits every summer while on their annual trip to see family in Grand Junction. Every time they visit, they take home pallets of bagged Mesa Magic compost. This is their truck - and their dog in the window. The Landfill staff think it's pretty awesome that the couple hauls their product all the way back home!

This was one of the events at the Equipment Rodeo.

Taking a short break at the Equipment Rodeo.

At the Equipment Rodeo.

Competing in the Equipment Rodeo.

One of the events. Could you do this?

Doing some judging of the rodeo - and some observing. 

These are some of the door prizes given out at the Safety Fair and Equipment Rodeo.