Thursday, March 5, 2015

Commissioners to Denver Air: Offer earlier morning flight to Denver

Mesa County Commissioners are asking Denver Air Connection to modify its flight from Grand Junction to Denver.

In a letter dated Feb. 23, 2015, the Commissioners urge the company to add or modify the flight to Denver so that it arrives in time for passengers to attend 9 a.m. meetings.

"We all must frequently take a night flight and pay for a hotel in Denver just to attend a morning meeting in Denver, which is not only inconvenient but costly to our businesses and constituents," the Commissioners wrote.

Currently, Denver Air Connection offers one morning flight from Grand Junction to Denver. It leaves at 8:15 a.m. and arrives in Denver at 9:45 a.m. An evening flight leaves at 6:30 p.m. and arrives at 7:30 p.m.

To read the full letter, go here.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Commissioners comment on black bear management options

The Mesa County Commissioners today sent a letter to Colorado Parks and Wildlife with their comments on the Bookcliffs Area Bear Management Plan.

Parks and Wildlife is currently taking comments on options for managing the black bear population.

The Commissioners wrote:

"After reviewing the background information and recognizing the important economic contributions of hunting and wildlife management to Mesa County, we support any management alternative that will significantly:

  1. Reduce human/bear conflicts and costs for damages incurred to private property
  2. Decrease CPW staff time for relocations and other 'hands-on' management
  3. Increase hunting licenses and hunting opportunities."

To read the entire letter, go here.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Mesa County makes plans to fix reoccurring landslide on 58 1/2 Road near Collbran

Plans are underway to repair a portion of 58 ½ Road just south of Collbran that is unsafe because of a reoccurring landslide.

Mesa County officials last fall closed a portion of the road from Highway 330 to the intersection of OE Road. The road will be closed until sometime in 2016 when repairs are made and the road is once again safe to use.

“Over the years, this road has always slid and sloughed,” said Julie Constan, a Mesa County senior engineer in charge of the project. “Last fall, it sloughed 3 to 4 feet, and it’s continuing to slough.”

The road is sliding both horizontally and vertically.

The Mesa County Commissioners this morning approved a $271,215 contract with local firm SGM Consultants to help determine how best to fix the issue.

Mesa County officials understand the road closure is inconvenient for residents, but the closure is necessary to ensure public safety.

A number of open houses will be held to gather input from the community on design alternatives and provide information as the project progresses. Dates for those have not yet been set.

Residents may contact Julie Constan at or (970) 255-5045 for more information.

Members of the media: Please call Veronica Daehn Harvey at (970) 248-6927 or (970) 628-6866.