Friday, June 17, 2016

This Week in Pics

Mesa County Elections Director Amanda Polson and Bobbie Gross tabulate the first returned ballots for the Primary Election.

Noxious weed management crew spent a day in Collbran and 'painted the town blue.'

Mesa County sunrise from the Road & Bridge Department building in Whitewater

Thursday, June 16th, was 'Dump the Pump' day, encouraging all citizens to ride the bus!

Colorado Bike Month and Bike to Work Day Proclamation presented to Mesa County Health Department's Jeff Kuhr and Diana Williams by Commissioners John Justman, Rose Pugliese and Scott McInnis  

Jacquie Chapell-Reid and Miffie Blozvich receive Legends of the Grand Valley Proclamation, presented by the Commissioners

John Justman, Rose Pugliese, Penny Alleman, Jason Poitras and Scott McInnis gather for presentation of Toastmasters Month Proclamation

Commissioner Scott McInnis joined a panel at the Colorado Mortgage Lenders Association luncheon.  Joining him at the table:  Glen Davis, Montrose County Commissioner and Tom Jankovsky, Garfield County Commissioner

The folks at the Mesa County Landfill hosted a bake sale on Friday in an effort to raise funding for St. Baldrick's childhood cancer research.

Cameron Garcia, Landfill Director

The MCEA ice cream social was a big hit

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Refurbished state-line marker will be placed June 25

Historic marker will find new home along I-70

Work is nearing completion on the restoration of a historical marker that was once celebrated at the state line between Colorado and Utah.

On June 25, the marker, which had become a canvas for graffiti, gunshots and other abuse, will be placed in its new home near the Colorado-Utah state line sign on the south, or eastbound, side of Interstate 70.

“I am so excited to see the restored marker back out at the state line,” said Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis. “It was a ceremonial state marker for decades. It’s not an exaggeration to say that over the decades, many memorable photos were taken with people standing by it, marking their entrance into both Colorado and Utah. Those memories should be preserved. Had Mesa County, along with others, not taken affirmative action, the monument would be a pile of rubble, as chunks of concrete had fallen off, and the marker's top had been obliterated by a gunshot.”

That’s why on Jan. 29, 2015, McInnis – with support from his fellow Commissioners – brought a team of county officials and road crew staff out to the marker, which stood on county right-of-way along old Hwy. 6 on the Colorado/Utah state line.

County officials, engineers and historical experts spent hours at the site, carefully removing the marker and transporting it to Grand Junction's Mays Construction Specialties. Mays has donated extensive employee time to restore the marker to its original state.

Originally designed by the Public Service Company and paid for by the City of Grand Junction, the marker was dedicated on Sept. 24 and 25, 1931. An estimated 10,000 people attended the two-day celebration, which marked the completion of the route on U.S. Hwys. 50 (in Colorado) and 40 (in Utah) that joined the two states together.

The state-line monument dedication included:
  • Appearances by Colorado Gov. William Adams and other top officials. 
  • An air show that featured a parachute jump and stunt exhibitions. 
  • An “Air Circus” with six planes that gave attendees rides.
  • Local residents renting rooms to out-of-town visitors. It was deemed “the biggest crowd the city had ever seen.”
  • A midnight showing of “Monkey Business” at The Avalon Theatre.
  • A governor’s banquet, a barbecue, fireworks and a dance at Lincoln Park.
  • A football game between Grand Junction and Fruita High Schools.
  • A carnival with more than 40 booths.
  • A parade on Main Street with the crowning of the Queen of the Rockies.

"This is such an important piece of Mesa County history," McInnis said. "We're really excited to see it properly restored.”

Other partners in the project include the Colorado Department of Transportation, the Bureau of Land Management and the Museums of Western Colorado.

Community members are invited to the June 25 ceremony at 10:00 a.m. Because the ceremony will be conducted at the marker’s new home on the shoulder of I-70, attendees are discouraged from parking their cars at the site. Grand Valley Transit buses will be available to take attendees from the Rabbit Valley parking lot (off of I-70) to and from the state line for the ceremony.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Mesa County Employee Association Ice Cream Social

Mesa County employees enjoyed a bit of ice cream and a lot of fun today, compliments of the Mesa County Employee Association.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

UPDATE: Landslide Response downgraded to Level 1

UPDATE: Landslide Response downgraded to Level I

PLATEAU VALLEY, Colo -Recent warm temperatures and lower creek levels have prompted Mesa County to lower the Response Level from Two to One.

The amount of snow left above the West Salt Creek Landslide is no longer at a level where experts feel it necessary for residents to remain on heighten alert.

Plateau Creek is through peak runoff and the level is forecast to continue to drop. It has reached a point experts feel would be able to better absorb a surge of water should one come from the landslide area like it did on May 27, 2016, thus minimizing the impact to surrounding communities.

As of Tuesday, June 14, 2016, GPS monitoring continues to show no movement of the landmass.   

This does NOT mean that the area is safe for people to venture out there and explore. We are encouraging everyone to continue to STAY OUT of the immediate area.

The Landslide itself is on private property and property owned by U.S. Forest Service. It is closed to public because of the DANGER it poses. Trespassing on private property is prohibited.

Salt Creek Road, still remains closed to the public. It is open to local traffic only.

What this means for residents: At Level Two, we asked residents to PREPARE to evacuate should the need arise. At Level One that is no longer necessary. 

Mesa County and all of it's partner agencies will however, continue to stay vigilant and actively monitor conditions.

If conditions change, we will let residents know and upgrade the Response Level accordingly.  

RESPONSE LEVEL I definition: Level I is the least serious level. This level is to direct organizations that have a role in managing incidents related to the landslide to “Get Ready”. At this level technical experts and response organizations will increase vigilance and begin preparing for an emergency response. This response level will not likely be visible to residents.

RESPONSE LEVEL II definition: Level II is more serious than Level I but not as serious as Level III. Level II signifies that water-related and/or landslide events have occurred that may become life threatening. At this level, response organizations will “Get Set” to respond and residents should prepare or “Get Set” to leave. At this response level, residents should expect:
  • Prepositioning of emergency response equipment
  • Notification via reverse 911 directing you to STAND BY AND PREPARE TO LEAVE.
  • Flash Flood Watch issued by the National Weather Service 
  • News Coverage of emergency conditions 
  • Resources (i.e. sandbags) available to community 
RESPONSE LEVEL III definition: Level III indicates that an extremely serious situation exists. Major life-threatening releases from the lake formed by the landslide are occurring and/or the physical condition of the landslide deposit has deteriorated to such a point that failure is likely or occurring. At this level, - 2 - response agencies will be responding (“GO!!). At this response level, residents should expect:
  • Direction to evacuate and move to higher ground 
  • Flash Flood Warning issued by the National Weather Service 
  • Notification to evacuate via reverse 911
  • Activation of NOAA weather radios 
  • Television and radio override with Flash Flood Warning