January is National Mentoring Month. The One-to-One program at Mesa County Partners pairs adult role models with at-risk youth while providing a variety of structured activities and support. The commitment is minimal. Three hours a week for one year. However after that year you are welcome and encouraged to continue your commitment to your "junior" partner.
I have been a senior partner in the program now for over 4 years. Over that time I have worked with my partner to teach him how to run a "Down and Out" (football lingo), how to swim, we have climbed Mount Garfield, gone backpacking in Canyonlands and hiked the Grand Canyon. We play Xbox, I help him with his homework and am a sounding board when he has problems at home or questions about girls. I wanted to make the commitment because I knew that I easily waste three hours a week of my time catching up on Mad Men or Breaking Bad... I could rather invest that time into the life of a kid and teach him how to be a man. It is the way I chose to give back for all that I have been given.
There are close to 100 kids, mostly boys, on the Partners waiting list. These boys need positive, committed men to influence their life and show them that they matter. I want to personally encourage you to step up and make that commitment in the life of a child.
Call Blake at Partners to find out more, 970-245-5555 or http://www.mesapartners.org/
-Ryan Cook, Mesa County Communications and Josto's Senior Partner
County Awarded $1.43 Million Dollar in Grants
Fund Major Construction Improvement Project
MESA COUNTY, COLO
Jan. 7, 2014— The Department
of Local Affairs’ Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Program in December
awarded Mesa County nearly $1.43 million dollars for two phases of construction
improvements on the 45.5 Road corridor. 45.5 Road, also known as the De Beque
Cut-off Road, is a highly used road in eastern Mesa County. The road is largely
used for energy production related traffic however recreational, agricultural
and even two school district routes contribute to traffic on 45.5 Road. There
are several areas of needed improvements, however this grant will fund work
between mile post 2 to 2.6.
Connie Hahn, Assistant to the
Director of Public Works who secured these grants says “This section of the
Debeque Cut-off is made up of several sever switch-backs which cannot be
maneuvered through by large vehicles without rolling road closures. Since a
majority of large vehicles come from the energy industry it is important widen
and improve this stretch of road which will benefit all traffic.”
addition, 45.5 Road is the only detour route for 1-70 when the freeway must be
closed in the DeBeque Canyon area. Without having this detour of just 25 miles
available, traffic would be rerouted several hundred miles. By straightening
out these switch-backs, traffic can more readily move through the area without
Construction is expected to begin on this project
in late spring of 2014.