Friday, May 22, 2015

Expect short delays May 26-27, as overlay program starts

It is once again time to start with the Mesa County overlay and chip and seal programs for 2015.  

The overlay program will start with milling operations on the roads listed below.  

Short delays should be expected on these roads on May 26 and 27:
  • 21 Road near the Hwy. 50 intersection   
  • 23 Road near the K Road intersection
  • I Road - several locations between 24 Road to 26 Road

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Many Mesa County offices closed on Memorial Day

Many Mesa County Offices will be closed on Monday, May 25, 2015, in observance of Memorial Day.

These offices will be closed:
  • Commissioners, Treasurer, Assessor, Surveyor (544 Rood Ave.)
  • Administration offices (544 Rood Ave.)
  • Attorney's Office (544 Rood Ave.)
  • Clerk & Recorder's Office - Motor Vehicle/Recording/Elections/Clerk & Recorder (200 S. Spruce St.); Motor Vehicle/Clerk & Recorder (3225 I-70 Business Loop, Clifton); Motor Vehicle/Clerk & Recorder (325 East Aspen St., Fruita
  • District Attorney's Office (125 N. Spruce St.). This includes the Justice Center.
  • Grand Valley Transit (GVT)
  • Health & Human Services (510 29 1/2 Road)
  • Mesa County Landfill (includes Hazardous Waste Collection Facility and Organic Material Composting Facility), 3071 U.S. Hwy. 50
  • Public Works and Planning (200 S. Spruce St.)
  • Regional Transportation Planning Office (525 S. Sixth St.)
  • Resource Management (544 Rood Ave.)
  • Sheriff's Office - Records and Civil Divisions (215 Rice St.)
  • Workforce Center (512 29 1/2 Road)

These offices will be open:
  • Criminal Justice Services (South Avenue)
  • Sheriff's Office - Jail, Patrol, Emergency Services (215 Rice St.)

 Alternate hours:
  •  ​Animal Services (Coffman Road)​ will be open from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Accident involving GVT bus still under investigation

Today's accident at 29 Road and North Avenue involving a Grand Valley Transit bus is still under investigation.

As such, no other information can be immediately released.

MV Transportation, which operates GVT, has issued this statement:

"As the private transportation partner to Grand Valley Transit, MV Transportation is committed to providing safe and reliable public transit services to the residents of Mesa County and the surrounding area. Today, a vehicle operated by MV Transportation was involved in a serious pedestrian accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with all involved, and we are fully cooperating with the police investigation into this incident. We are simultaneously conducting our own internal investigation as well.

"Per our company policy, the bus operator has been removed from service pending the outcome of both investigations. Due to the serious nature of this incident, we cannot release any further information or details at this time. However, the safety of our riders, our bus operators and the public remains our number one priority."

Alanco is working to address odor problem at Deer Creek

Alanco Energy officials are actively working to address the odor issue at the Deer Creek wastewater disposal facility in Whitewater, Mesa County officials said this week.

On Monday, Mesa County Commissioners received an update during Public Hearing from Mesa County Planning Division Director Linda Dannenberger, planner Randy Price and Mesa County Health Department Executive Director Jeff Kuhr.

On Friday, Alanco treated two ponds with 6,000 gallons of sodium hypochlorite solution, the same chemical as household chlorine bleach and what is used in swimming pools. The plan was to treat the ponds again today and Thursday and then assess the effectiveness of the treatment.

The county's planning division on Friday sent Alanco a letter requesting a written plan for treatment moving forward, test results sent to the county regularly, a public meeting within the next two weeks and testing by the end of May of the Deer Creek drainage water to ensure that produced water has not entered the drainage water.

The ponds are not being aerated because aeration would interfere with the chlorine treatment - and spread the odor.

GVT cooperating fully with investigation into accident

Grand Valley Transit officials are cooperating with the Grand Junction Police Department, as officials investigate an accident involving a GVT bus this afternoon.

At about 12:30 pm, Grand Junction Police and Fire units, as well as Mesa County Sheriff's deputies, responded to a report of a child being struck by a GVT bus at the intersection of 29 Road and North Avenue.

The 3-year-old was taken by ambulance to St. Mary's Hospital.

Officials have no indication that alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash.

GVT officials offered this statement: "We are cooperating fully with the investigation. Our hearts go out to the family affected by this accident."

Skip the trip: Renew license plates online to avoid the wait


Mesa County's main Motor Vehicle office has a new kiosk, helping staff track types of transactions and wait times. 

Over the last month, 38 percent of the in-person transactions were simple license plate renewals that could have been completed online - for an additional $1. 

Even citizens who wait until the last day of the month to renew can do so online. The receipt they receive will work as proof of registration until the tabs arrive in the mail. Tabs usually arrive within three days.

To renew plates online, go to

For more information, contact Jackie Campbell at 244-1691 or Sheila Reiner at 244-1714.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Commissioners proclaim May 17-23 Emergency Medical Services Week

The Mesa County Commissioners this morning proclaimed May 17-23 Emergency Medical Services Week to recognize the value and the accomplishments of Emergency Medical Services providers. 

EMS teams include emergency medical technicians, paramedics, firefighters, emergency physicians, emergency nurses, administrators and dispatchers.

These people provide lifesaving care to those in need 24 hours a day.

To read the full proclamation, click the image below. 

May is Foster Parent Appreciation Month, Commissioners proclaim

Foster parents are being recognized for their work with children in need this month.

The Mesa County Commissioners this morning proclaimed May 2015 as Foster Parent Appreciation Month.

In Mesa County, nearly 300 children and youth are in safe, secure and stable foster homes. More than 180 foster and kinship families in Mesa County provide those homes. They "play a vital role in helping children and families heal and reconnect, thus launching children into successful adulthood," the proclamation states. 

When children cannot be reunited with their families, foster parents often become adoptive parents.

Click the image below to read the full proclamation.