Friday, June 28, 2019

This Week in Pics

Mesa County Engineering staff, Laura Page and Wesley Thomas, check out parts of the Palisade Plunge Trail with Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Outdoor Recreation Planner Chris Pipkin, and Single Track Trails LLC Project Manager James Flatten and Logistics Manager Shannon Harness. 
Phase I of the Palisade Plunge will be getting underway in a few weeks, the first phase consists of 13.5 miles of trail from Highway 6 to Lands End Road. Mesa County Engineering staff, a BLM planner, and Single Track Trails LLC staff visited the site before construction gets underway. 
This photo shows the west part of the Palisade Plunge Trail that will be above the Palisade Rim Trail system. 
Construction on the Palisade Plunge Trail is scheduled to start on July 8, 2019, from the upper eastern portion of the trail off of Lands End Road.
Todd Hollenbeck, Community Development Director, received appreciation from Dave Karisny, Fruita City Council Member and Chairman of the Grand Valley Regional Transportation Committee, for his dedication and service as director of the Regional Transportation Planning Office from 2007 to 2019. Congratulations, Todd!

Help eliminate noxious weeds and receive a gift card to a local nursery in exchange! For details, visit Pictured above is a noxious weed: Dame’s Rocket (Hesperis matronalis), which can outcompete native grasses and flowers and decrease diversity for wildlife forage.

Mesa County Coroner Victor Yahn and Colorado Mesa University Forensic Investigation Research interns worked together on a case at CMU's Forensic Investigation Research Station (FIRS). 
A gravesite was disturbed by rodents and CMU's FIRS interns assisted the Coroner's Office with getting it taken care of appropriately. 
On Thursday afternoon, Danny Manzanares, Senior Maintenance Technician, replaces batteries on thermostats in the old Mesa County Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave., to ensure they work correctly. This process is done every six months.
A contingent of elected officials alongside staff and supporters of the Jordan Cove Project from northwest Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming testified at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's hearing Wednesday afternoon in  Medford, Oregon. Rose Pugliese, County Commissioner for Mesa County, Colorado, said: “The Jordan Cove project is a great economic driver for our northwest Colorado communities and will help stabilize our economies from fluctuations in the oil and gas market for over 20 years. It also helps us to then continue to diversify our economies and make our counties fiscally stronger.” Read more at

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese testified before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Wednesday in Medford, Oregon in favor of the Jordan Cove project. It is important to her to represent counties in northwest Colorado, along with other commissioners, to express the desire to export our natural gas resources. Read more at

Mesa County Commissioner John Justman (right) testified at a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's hearing Wednesday afternoon in  Medford, Oregon.
Mesa County Surveyor Scott Thompson maintains, perpetuates, and interprets legal records and public information which control land boundaries, property ownership, and associated interests for the citizens of Mesa County in order to safeguard real property and promote public welfare. Surveyor Thompson discusses issues associated with property fence lines and easements with Inside Mesa County Class participants.
Mesa County Public Works Director Pete Baier talks to the Inside Mesa County class about the 29 Road PEL study. To learn more about the study, visit

Mesa County Road and Bridge Manager Rudy Bevan explains current road work and projects to Inside Mesa County attendees. See a list of projects at
From left to right: Mesa County Fairgrounds Manager Donna Redd, Fair Board Member Andrew Weber, Fair Marketing Expert Mackenzie Dodge, and Fair Sponsor Cody Davis ​promote the 2019 Mesa County Fair​ at the ​Grand Junction Lions Club​'s​ meeting​.​​

Many Mesa County offices will be closed Thursday, July 4, in honor of Independence Day. For a detailed list of closures, visit

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