Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Progress Continues on the Palisade Plunge Trail

Palisade Plunge Trail crews finish the steep notch section near milepost (MP) 26.75.

Last week, Palisade Plunge Trail crews completed the steep notch section they’ve been working on near milepost (MP) 26.75. Before they began, it was hard to imagine being able to ride through that steep area. But, the crew has finished and tested out their work, and they’ve reported that it rides great!

The other half of the crew constructed 617 feet of new trail, leaving them at approximately MP 27.21.

This week, half of the crew will continue constructing the last 1.37 miles of trail for Phase 1, and the other half will join the Phase 2 team, which has begun on the 14.73 miles of trail for Phase 2.

On Phase 2, crews have about half a mile of corridor cut on the lower section. Migratory bird restrictions have made it difficult to clear the lower area of Phase 2; however, the restrictions will be lifted on July 15. Until then, crews will plan on starting trail construction near MP 11.50 and will be working east towards MP 0, the official start of the Palisade Plunge off of Highway 65.

To date, 15.79 miles of trail have been completed leaving about 1.37 miles to go before the completion of Phase 1.

Shirttail Point Parking Lot Project Gets Approval

Pictured: design view of the location of the Shirttail Point parking lot.

On July 6, Mesa County Commissioners signed a $186,937.80 agreement with K & D Construction, Inc. for the construction of the Palisade Plunge Phase 2—Shirttail Point Parking Lot Project. The contractor must complete all work within 20 working days.

The project includes the construction of a 35,350 square foot gravel parking lot and installation of a CTX precast vault toilet on U.S. Forest Service land at Shirttail Point, which is located off of National Forest System Road (NFSR) 100 near the Lands End observatory point.

The project supports the Palisade Plunge Trail Phase 2, which is funded by the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund (GOCO) grant received by Mesa County.

The Palisade Plunge Trail Phase 2 includes 14.73 miles of trail construction from route milepost (MP) 0.00 (existing parking lot off Highway 65) to MP 14.73 (Lands End Road on the side of the Grand Mesa). The majority of the trail for 11.7 miles traverses the relatively flat top of the Grand Mesa with numerous small creek crossings and boulder fields until Shirttail Point. The remaining three miles coming off the top of the Mesa down to Lands End Road crosses through remote and rough terrain, with a wide variation of foliage, surface and soil types, grade, and substantial exposure. Included within this route is the Otto Wall section requiring the creation of considerable rockwork features to reconstruct portions of the historic Otto Trail that has been damaged by rock slides. In addition to the trail construction, project tasks will include the placement of various signage elements, fence ride-over features, fence installation, and gate installations.

Monday, July 6, 2020

County Outlines Allocation and Disbursement of CARES Act Funds

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners today adopted a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding the allocation and disbursement of Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) funds.

The agreement is by and among the Board of County Commissioners of Mesa County, Colorado, and the City of Grand Junction, the City of Fruita, the Town of Palisade, the Town of Collbran, and the Town of DeBeque.

The State of Colorado is appropriating $13,200,000 of CARES Act funding (Mesa County Allocation) to be distributed to local governments within Mesa County to reimburse unbudgeted expenses due to COVID-19 and/or for reimbursement of budgeted funds that were expended for expenses substantially different than the budgeted purpose(s).

It is in the best interest of the municipalities and the county to work cooperatively to ensure that all of the Mesa County Allocation is applied to the benefit of residents of the county and the municipalities rather than allowing the funds to remain unspent and revert to the state-wide reserve fund pool for reallocation elsewhere in the State.

The Mesa County Allocation is being distributed by and through the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), the fiscal agent for the funding, which will be administered as a reimbursement program following eligibility verification performed by DOLA for the expenses.

The $13,200,000 Mesa County Allocation is to be distributed to the Municipalities and the County governments to reimburse unbudgeted expenses due to COVID-19 as follows:

To County:
Distribution Amount: $5,800.000.00

To Grand Junction:
Distribution Amount: $5,800.000.00

To Fruita:
Distribution Amount: $1,133,143.00

To Palisade:
Distribution Amount: $309,050.00

To Collbran:
Distribution Amount: $70,585.00

To DeBeque:
Distribution Amount: $87,222.00

To view the approval of this MOU and its supporting documents, CLICK HERE.

July is Smart Irrigation Month

On July 6, the Board of Mesa County Commissioners declared July as Smart Irrigation Month in Mesa County. Katie Powell from Munroe Companies and Andrea Lopez from Ute Water accepted the proclamation.

July is a peak month for the use of water for irrigation in which smart practices and technologies should be utilized for substantial water savings.

Smart Irrigation Month was established to increase public awareness of the value of water-use efficiency during summer’s peak demand.

Today, the Board of Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed July 2020, as Smart Irrigation Month in Mesa County.

The Board encourages the adoption of smart irrigation practices to improve water-use efficiency in agricultural, residential, and commercial activities because water is a finite resource that is vital to human life.

Help Initiate Recovery for Innocent Victims of Crime

To apply to serve on the Crime Victim Compensation Board, click here

The District Attorney’s Office is currently accepting applications for a volunteer member of the 21st Judicial District’s Crime Victim Compensation (CVC) Board.

Application: https://da.mesacounty.us/victimwitness-program/crime-victim-compensation/.

Deadline for application: July 24, 2020, by 5 p.m.

Term: September 1, 2020, through August 31, 2023

The CVC Board is made up of three volunteer members that are appointed by Dan Rubinstein, District Attorney. Although appointed by the District Attorney, the CVC Board is an independent board. The District Attorney does not and cannot influence any decision the Board makes.  Each judicial district has a separate board. Each Board is different and helps individuals that were victimized inside their jurisdiction. This CVC Board serves the 21st Judicial District (Mesa County).

The CVC Board strives to help innocent victims of crime initiate their recovery from the financial, physical, and emotional trauma resulting from victimization by evaluating applications for financial assistance and the judicious disbursement of monies from the Crime Victim Compensation Fund. The CVC statute, C.R.S. 24-4.1-101 et seq., limits the types of crimes and losses that are eligible for financial assistance.

Board members meet once a month to review applicant requests and make approval decisions. Board members also meet twice annually to review administrative, programmatic, and financial issues related to Crime Victim Compensation.  This position has a time commitment varying between 8 and 15 hours per month and is dependent on the number and complexity of applications received.

  • Board members must reside within the boundaries of the 21st Judicial District (Mesa County).
  • Board members may not be employed by the District Attorney or the Judicial Department within the 21st Judicial District (Mesa County).
  • Board members may not be an attorney actively practicing law in the criminal court of the 21st Judicial District (Mesa County).
  • To the extent possible, appointments shall reflect the diversity of the 21st Judicial District with regard to geographic, ethnic, and victim representation.
  • All members shall serve without compensation but may be reimbursed for actual reasonable and necessary expenses directly related to the activities of the Board.
  • The selected Board member’s term will begin on September 1, 2020, following appointment by the District Attorney and shall be for three years. Upon completion of the first term, a member may be reappointed to an additional three-year term.
  • If a Board member is absent from three consecutive meetings, the problem will be referred to the District Attorney, and a letter of resignation may be requested.

  • Experience with victim issues.
  • Ability to understand and operate in accordance with the state statute, and the Bylaws, Policies, and Procedures of the 21st Judicial District CVC Board.

Return a completed application, letter of interest explaining why you would like to be considered for the appointment and a copy of your current resume to Crime Victim Compensation Administrator, Jennifer Ballagh by email, Jennifer.ballagh@mesacounty.us, fax: 970- 256-1549, or drop off at the District Attorney’s Office, 125 N. Spruce St., 2nd Floor, Grand Junction, CO 81502.


Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Sixteen down, 16 more miles to go

Palisade Plunge crew members continue the rockwork at the steep notch around milepost (MP) 26.75.

Almost 16 miles of The Palisade Plunge, a 32-mile singletrack trail, has been completed, leaving about a mile and a half to go before the completion of Phase 1. Crews have already started clearing vegetation within areas of Phase 2.

Crews kept to their same plan of attack from last week — half of the crew cutting new trail, and the other half continuing the rockwork at the steep notch around milepost (MP) 26.75.

Nearly 16 miles of the Palisade Plunge Trail has been completed leaving about a mile and a half to go before the completion of Phase 1.

Palisade Plunge Trail crew members have yet to form a truce with the biting gnats.
The crew working on the notch, have made progress, but it’s very time-consuming work. They are still making use of hand lines and safety ropes, as they continue with the seemingly endless task of chipping away at the cliffside. However, the trail is starting to take shape through this notched area. The crew is hoping to finish this area within the next couple of weeks.

Palisade crews spot a Chinook helicopter flying below them, and they are reminded of the altitude of the trail.

Top 10 reasons to leash your dog

In Mesa County, dogs are required to be under leash control when not confined to their property. Exceptions can be granted by a property owner.
Here are the top 10 reasons to keep your dog on a leash when venturing outside your home or property, aimed at protecting the health and safety of the public and pets.
  1. It's a good neighbor policy, preventing your dog from trespassing on the neighbor's property during your walk. It also keeps your dog from jumping on people you encounter, ensuring that your dog has the chance of being properly introduced.
  2. Improved companionship. A well trained and leash-obedient dog is a pleasure to walk with.
  3. Walking your pet on a leash will prevent the spread of disease. It is less likely that your dog will be exposed to Parvo or Distemper. A leashed dog can be restrained from sniffing the droppings of other animals.
  4. A leash is commonly referred to as "Your Pet's Lifeline," protecting your pet from traffic and unrestrained animals. Accidents or animal bites are significantly reduced when responsible pet owners obey the leash law.
  5. An obedient and well-behaved dog is a positive reflection of its owner.
  6. Relocating your dog into another household is 100% easier if your dog is obedient and leash trained.
  7. It's a great way to reward your dog. Your dog will immediately respond with a wagging tail the moment it sees you holding the leash.
  8. It's an excellent identification tool, symbolizing that the dog has an owner, and enabling someone who sees the leash and identification tag attached to the dog's collar to find you if your pet should become separated.
  9. It's a great relief to wildlife, keeping your dog from chasing squirrels, deer, and other wildlife.
  10.  It's the law. The law is in place to protect other members of the public and your pet from injury.
Thank you for being a responsible pet owner!

This information is courtesy of The Bill Foundation.