Friday, August 21, 2015

Ceremony for Lyla Blackwood

The "How are the Children?" initiative held a vigil in memory of Lyla Blackwood Friday on the lawn of the Old Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave.

Following a brief ceremony, pink balloons were released in Lyla's memory.

Here are some photos of the event:

For more information on "How are the Children?"visit the Mesa County Partnership for Children and Families here

This week in pictures, Aug. 21

Mesa County government is wide in its services and scope. From Administration to Public Works to the County Attorney to Human Resources to the Fairgrounds to Solid Waste Management to the Commissioners and beyond, Mesa County is a varied and diverse operation.

Check out some photos from around Mesa County government this week:

Mesa County Public Works Director Pete Baier talks about the 29 Road interchange at the City of Grand Junction/Mesa County joint meeting Thursday afternoon. Commissioners Rose Pugliese, left, and Scott McInnis listen.

Ryan Zinke of Mesa County Noxious Weed Management pulls puncturevine at the Tri-River Extension Office. They hate goatheads, too! Check out their puncturevine mat invention: a piece of Styrofoam to pick up the seeds so they don't get on their shoes! Nice.  

Don't be deceived by purple loosestrife's beauty. It's a noxious weed. 

Noxious Weed management and workers from Grand County (Utah) get ready to paddle the Colorado River to treat purple loosestrife.
The Mesa County Breastfeeding Task Force held an event at the Grand Junction Farmers Market last week to raise awareness of World Breastfeeding Week. This year focused on breastfeeding in the workplace, so the event highlighted how employers can work with breastfeeding moms to make expressing milk at work easy and comfortable. From left are Task Force Members Karla Klemm, Carmen West and Patty Kandiko.

Out at the Mesa County Landfill, a couple from Las Vegas visits every summer while on their annual trip to see family in Grand Junction. Every time they visit, they take home pallets of bagged Mesa Magic compost. This is their truck - and their dog in the window. The Landfill staff think it's pretty awesome that the couple hauls their product all the way back home!

This was one of the events at the Equipment Rodeo.

Taking a short break at the Equipment Rodeo.

At the Equipment Rodeo.

Competing in the Equipment Rodeo.

One of the events. Could you do this?

Doing some judging of the rodeo - and some observing. 

These are some of the door prizes given out at the Safety Fair and Equipment Rodeo.

Road delays for chip and seal and overlay next week

Next week, Chip & Seal returns but only to finish seal coating in the Granite Springs Subdivision.  Overlay will include paving and bringing manholes above the asphalt to the road surface.  Shouldering is tentative and will depend on crew availability.

Short delays should be expected on these roads during this time:

The Week of August 24:
Chip & Seal
Seal coat in Granite Springs Subdivisions - Orchard Mesa

B Road South - 16 1/2 Road to end of pavement - Glade Park
Bean Ranch Road- Hwy. 50 to end of pavement - Whitewater

Raise/Adjust Manholes
Front Street - 2nd Street NE 33 Road
C Road  (Unaweep Ave.) - Mountain View Street east to 28 1/2 Road
B Road - Clymer Drive east to 28 1/2 Road

Shouldering (Tentative)
20 Road J to K Road
K Road 23 Road to 24 Road
DS Road 16 1/2 Road West 2 miles

B Road South 16 1/2 Road west to end of chip seal

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Check out photos from the safety fair and equipment rodeo

Mesa County’s Transportation Safety Committee, which includes employees from the Transportation, Traffic and Fleet Departments, each year organizes a two-day Safety Fair and Rodeo.

Local road departments participate in safety training classes, as well as an equipment rodeo to increase their knowledge of safety issues and improve their skills using the equipment.

Each employee has the opportunity to compete in five rodeo events (track hoe, backhoe, truck, skid steer and loader).

Through this event, employees are enhancing their knowledge and abilities in order to provide the public with quality roads and road maintenance.

Of course, the training/rodeo is followed by lunch.

Here are some pictures from the event Wednesday morning: