Friday, March 27, 2015

Roadside spraying for weeds begins Monday, March 30

Mesa County's Transportation Department in cooperation with Mesa County Noxious Weed and Pest Management will begin applying herbicides along roadways throughout Mesa County on Monday, March 30.

The county contracts with a licensed commercial applicator to apply the herbicides to control weeds.

Roadside and right-of-way weed treatment will be conducted several times throughout the county through September.

If property owners do not want herbicide sprayed along their property line, they can request to be added to the 'No Spray' list. Those property owners will need to clearly mark their property lines with signs or bright flags and manage the weeds in and along that area themselves.

To be added to the 'No Spray' list or for other weed identification or treatment questions, call (970) 255-7121 or e-mail weed.pest@mesacounty.us. 

For questions about roadside vegetation mowing, call (970) 244-1807.

Pedestrian bridge set in place on Redlands


Sorter Construction on Tuesday set this pedestrian bridge in place as part of the Limekiln Pedestrian Bridge Project, overseen by Mesa County.

The bridge, which spans 100 feet, is part of a sidewalk-trail system that will eventually connect Independence Valley Drive to Redlands Middle School and Broadway Elementary School on Highway 340.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Missed Weed and Pest on KAFM? Listen to the podcast.


Missed Mesa County's Noxious Weed and Pest Management team on KAFM, 88.1 FM, today?

Check out the podcast here: http://kafmradio.libsyn.com/down-to-earth-noxious-weed-management

Open house scheduled for Buckskin Hill Road Improvement Project near Collbran


Community members in and near Collbran are invited to an open house on Thursday, March 26, about the Buckskin Hill Road Improvement Project.

What: Open house and short presentation on the Buckskin Hill Road Improvement Project.
When: Thursday, March 26, 6 p.m.
Where: Collbran Auditorium, Main Street, Collbran
Who: All community members interested in hearing more about the proposed design and construction schedule for the upcoming road improvement project.

After the presentation, community members will be able to ask questions of the design team from Mesa County and local firm SGM Consultants, which was hired to help determine how best to fix the issue.

Mesa County officials last fall closed a portion of 58 1/2 Road just south of Collbran that is unsafe because of a reoccuring landslide. The road will be closed until sometime in 2016. The road is sliding both horizontally and vertically.

For more information, contact Project Manager John Boulden at (970) 245-2571 or johnb@sgm-inc.com.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Mesa County Noxious Weed and Pest staff will be on KAFM Wednesday at noon

Tune in to KAFM, 88.1 FM, Wednesday at noon to hear Teresa Nees and Courtney Campbell of Mesa County's Noxious Weed and Pest Management program.

Nees, coordinator of the program, and her colleague, Campbell, will talk to Georgia Schmunk ("The Garden Genie") about weed and pest management in the unincorporated areas of Mesa County.

The program oversees weed spraying on county-owned and county right-of-way roads. It also oversees and enforces the Upper Grand Valley Pest Control District, which is a tax district encompassing the Upper Valley fruit-growing region.

In addition, the program does public education and outreach on the danger of noxious weeds and how to control them.

Other info: 

  • Roadside spraying of weeds will begin by April 15. Property owners who do not want their road sprayed should call 255-7121 or e-mail weed.pest@mesacounty.us. Roadside spraying does not control kochia. Kochia and other roadside weeds are mowed by the Mesa County Road and Bridge Department.
  • A weed seedling ID workshop is planned for May 1 in Grand Junction. More info here
  • If you are a resident of unincorporated Mesa County, consider joining the Weed Advisory Board. 
  • Seasonal Noxious Weed Technicians are needed. Contact Weed and Pest, if interested, or Mesa County Human Resources. 
  • Volunteers are needed to scout for noxious weeds around the county. Call for more information.
  • More info: Colorado Department of Agriculture Noxious Weed Species and Colorado Weed Management Association 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Upcoming Mesa County road closure


1020 23 Road will be closed March 23-April 17, 2015, for a culvert replacement.

Be an early bird: Get your compost and mulch March 17-28


Mesa Magic compost and wood mulch is on sale March 17-28, 2015, at the Mesa County Organic Materials Composting Facility, 3071 U.S. Hwy. 50.

Hours are 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Compost is $23.83, plus tax, per cubic yard. Wood mulch is $10, plus tax, per cubic yard.

Don't miss out - these products go fast!

For more information, call (970) 263-9319.