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.

Free drop-off days ahead at Mesa County Landfill and transfer stations


In support of spring cleanup efforts throughout Mesa County, the Board of County Commissioners is sponsoring a free day of garbage disposal at the Mesa County Landfill and at the Molina, Fruita, Gateway and DeBeque transfer stations.

Free day exceptions include tire disposal, electronic waste, appliances containing refrigerants and commercially hauled materials. These items will be subject to normal tipping fees. Electronic waste is accepted for $0.42 per pound at the Hazardous Waste Collection Facility.

Free days at the Mesa County Landfill and transfer stations:

  • Molina Transfer Station, March 28, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
  • Fruita Transfer Station, April 4, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
  • Mesa County Landfill, April 11, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
  • Gateway Transfer Station, April 18, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
  • DeBeque Transfer Station, April 25, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
All waste material entering the landfill or transfer stations during free days must be secured with a tarp. Untarped/unsecured loads will be turned away – no exceptions!

In the event of high wind, community members should call (970) 241-6846 to check the closure status of the landfill or transfer stations. Each facility is subject to closure during periods of high wind, as mandated by state regulation and operational procedures.

For more information, please call (970) 241-6846.

Commissioners appoint Animal Services Advisory Board members

The  Mesa County Commissioners this morning appointed the following individuals to the Mesa County Advisory Board of Animal Services for two-year terms:

  • Commissioner Scott McInnis
  • Jeff Kuhr, executive director of the Mesa County Health Department
  • Lt. Laurie Galvan, Mesa County Sheriff's Office representative
  • Lt. Paul Quimby, Grand Junction Police Department representative
  • Mark Ryan, Mesa County veterinarian
The Advisory Board of Animal Services acts in  an advisory capacity to the Board of Commissioners on matters of animal control and welfare. 

It is one of 33 advisory boards to the Commissioners.