Friday, May 23, 2014

County Office Closed Monday May 26, 2014 to honor Memorial Day

Mesa County Administrative Offices will be closed on Monday, May 26th in honor of Memorial Day.

This one-day closure includes the Health Department and Department of Human Services (510 29 1/2 Road); Clerk and Recorder, Public Works and Planning (200 S. Spruce Street); Regional Transportation Planning Office (525 S. Sixth Street); and all the offices at the Old Courthouse (544 Rood Avenue) such as the Treasurer and Assessor. This applies to all Clerk and Recorder branch offices as well.

The closure also includes the Sheriff’s Office Records and Civil Divisions. The closure does NOT include the Sheriff's Office Jail or Patrol Divisions, Criminal Justice Services or Mesa County Animal Services.

Please visit us again when these offices re-open to the public on Tuesday, May 27th.

Notice of Road Closure

Neighbors in the area of 38 Rd & F ¼ Rd will be affected

GRAND JUNCTION, COLO May. 23, 2014 — Please note, F ¼ Road will be closed at the bridge starting Wednesday, May 28, 2014 and ending Friday, May 30, 2014. The Mesa Department of Public Works will be repairing the bridge at the top of 38 Road Hill, and will collaborate with Mesa Irrigation District to insure canal is not drained during bridge repair.

Road closure in effect: Wednesday, May 28, 5:00 a.m. through Friday, May 30, 5:00 p.m.

To all the affected by this road closure, thank you for your patience and understanding.

For more information, please call 970-244-1765.

Commissioners to Governor - Comments on Oil & Gas Local Control Bill

The Mesa County Commissioners learned that Governor Hickenlooper is considering taking action relative to proposed oil and gas ballot measures, and that negotiations may be occurring relative to a draft bill for a legislative special session.

In response, the Commissioners prepared a formal comment letter.

“We do not support any legislation that takes rule making away from COGCC. Furthermore, we do not support the imposition of any additional fees on the oil and gas industry.”

COGCC (Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission) is a division of the Colorado Division of Natural Resources.

Steve Acquafresca states: “Our county board supports uniform statewide regulatory standards for the oil and gas industry.”

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Regional Transportation Plan Launched

Get Involved in Connecting our Communities

All interested persons in Mesa County are invited to help set future transportation priorities as part of the Grand Valley 2040 Regional Transportation Plan ("2040 RTP"). The 2040 RTP will help guide investments in the region's transportation system to reduce congestion, ease commutes, improve roadway safety, enhance sidewalks, bike, and multi-use trails, and maintain an efficient and effective transportation system that supports the regional economy. 

According to Mesa County Commissioner Steve Acquafresca, “Transportation affects everyone, every day in many ways. Our transportation system also has a large impact on our regional economy. To make fair and efficient choices with limited resources, we need people throughout the region to let us know what works well and what needs improvement.”

To participate:
  • Share your comments and learn more on our website:
  • Like us on Facebook at
  • Visit our display at the CDOT Statewide Transit Plan and GV Transit open house on May 28th from 
  • 5 - 7 p.m. at the Grand Valley Transit Operations Center, 525 South 6th St, 2nd Floor in Grand Junction.
  • Participate in CDOT’s Telephone Town Hall on June 26th.
  • Stop by, say hello at the 2040 RTP booth during farmer’s markets and community events around the     region this summer.
  • Email us at 
This 2040 RTP is the long-range transportation plan for the Grand Valley region and, although it covers all of Mesa County, it is not a county process or document. The 2040 RTP includes all communities and areas of Mesa County and is a product of the Grand Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization. The Regional Transportation Plan is required by federal regulations and is critical for the region to assess, prioritize, and fund transportation improvements.

For more information, please call Ken Simms, Project Manager, at 244-1830 or visit the plan website at

Commissioners to BLM - Do not modify previously issued oil & gas leases

Last week, Mesa County Commissioners submitted formal comments to the BLM Field Office in Silt, Colorado, concerning 65 leases that the BLM has indicated it plans to review, approximately half of which are in Mesa County. 

“The Commissioners believe it is wrong for the BLM to consider modifying and/or canceling leases, on the basis of a technicality, in Northwest Colorado -- many of which were executed over a decade ago. We ask the BLM to halt this process and avoid legal action that will inevitably follow if even one of these 65 leases is canceled or modified in this process that many consider to be unlawful.”

“We support the BLM simply reaffirming the existing leases by adopting the 1993 Oil and Gas EIS (economic impact study) for leasing on the White River National Forest, an option suggested in 2007 by the Interior Board of Land Appeals.”

The Commissioners explain: “socioeconomic impacts of canceling or modifying any of these leases will negatively impact northwest Colorado’s fragile economy,” and “at a 7.9% unemployment rate, we cannot afford to lose even one job in Mesa County.”

In the event the BLM elects to move forward on the process, Mesa County requested “cooperating agency status”, a formal relationship whereby Mesa County is better able to monitor BLM action.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Dedication of Veterans Memorial Solar Light

Friday, May 23rd at 9:30 a.m., Commissioner Steve Acquafresca and Commissioner John Justman will dedicate a very unique light. The light, donated by Randall Ohm, symbolizes a soldier standing alone on guard duty.

Randall Ohm, a Vietnam Veteran and Grand Valley resident, created a street light that is solar powered and off the grid. He donated this unique light as a memorial to our servicemen and women - those who have served, and those who continue to serve. With some help from Mesa County Parks and Bud Signs, the light is now shining on the Riverfront Trail near Clifton Nature Park.

Please join us for a short dedication ceremony
Friday, May 23, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.
Clifton Nature Park
Trail head of the Riverfront Trail at 32 3/8 and D Roads
(just east of 32 Road on D Road)

Color Ceremony at 9:30 a.m. by High School ROTC - Dedication follows

Housing Resources of Western Colorado NeighborWorks Week June 7-15, 2014

A Proclamation was presented by Mesa County Commissioners designating June 7-15, 2014 as NeighborWorks® Week, urging all citizens to participate in the activities planned by Housing Resources of Western Colorado. 

Check out for further information.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

US Airways Press Conference Videos

Proclamation presented for Emergency Medical Services Week - May 18-24, 2014

Mesa County Commissioners presented a Proclamation designating May 18 - 24, 2014 as Emergency Medical Services Week, recognizing the value, accomplishments, knowledge and skills of Emergency Medical Services providers that benefit the citizens of Mesa County.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Grand Valley Transit (GVT) West Facility Approved

Today during an Administrative Public Hearing, Mesa County Commissioners approved a $2.2 million dollar contract with Ford Construction Company for construction of the Grand Valley Transit (GVT) West Transfer Facility at 612 24 1/2 Road in Grand Junction. This facility will include a Park and Ride lot and bus transfer facility connecting people and services to places outside the region along with making north-south/east-west connections within the Grand Valley.

Construction will start in the spring of 2014 and scheduled to open January 2015.

Funding for this project included: FTA - $2,1213,431; CDOT's 'FASTER' - $800,000; GVT Local Intergovernmental Agreement - $200,000.

For further information, please visit / click 'Grand Valley Transit (GVT) West Transfer Facility.'

I-70 Bridge Repair Begins Monday, May 19th

The Colorado Department of Transportation will begin a repair project on eight bridges in Mesa and Garfield counties beginning Monday, May 19th. Crews will begin with two bridges on the east end of Grand Junction, near Clifton at mile marker 12.83, following with work on the bridge at mile marker 10.08 near the I.70 Business Loop.

Nighttime hours will be Sunday through Thursday from 7PM to 7AM and daytime hours will be Monday through Friday from 7AM to 5PM.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane on the side of the bridge that is being worked and the speed limit will be reduced throughout the project.