Friday, July 26, 2019

This Week in Pics

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners during the administrative public hearing of July 22, 2019, recognized 2019 Inside Mesa County graduates for furthering their county government knowledge. Participants were recognized for their dedication in completing a 9-week course that helped them acquire a deeper understanding of their Mesa County government. Classes included interactive presentations from elected officials and county departments as well as tours of several Mesa County facilities. Inside Mesa County participants were awarded a Certificate of Recognition for their dedication and willingness to further their awareness of the internal operations and financial responsibilities of their county government. Certificates of Completion were issued to the following: Shane Allerheiligen, Sue Benjamin, Kelly Britton, Jessica Burford, Seth Cahalan, Michael Day, Cody Davis, Jamie George, Kelly Johnston, Daniel Jones, Belinda Knisley, Rowland Knisley, Andrea Lopez, Trisha Martinez, Randi McNulty, Joe Neuhof, Libby Olson, Hogan Peterson, Robert Prescott, Stacey Smith, Darcy Weir.
Singletrack Trails, the contractor for the Palisade Plunge Trail, started work this week on the project with a six-member crew and two mini-excavators starting at Lands End Road (MP14.73) and heading to Cliff Lake (MP17.50).

Crews cleared two miles of corridor, roughed out about 2,000 feet of trail, and hand-finished about 1,500 feet on the Palisade Plunge Trail.
A Noxious Weed and Pest staff member scouts and treats the invasive plant Purple Loosestrife. Purple Loosestrife is a damaging plant that can displace native vegetation and block water flows.
Purple Loosestrife likes to grow near water, so the Weed and Pest crew scouts small drainages around Mesa County and the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers to remove and treat the invasive plant.
Palisade Plunge partners and stakeholders on Wednesday, July 24, broke ground on the 32-mile, single-track trail at the Palisade Rim Trail parking lot, Hwy. 6 and N. River Road.
The event recognized the various federal, state and local partners involved in designing, planning and funding the Palisade Plunge, a 6,000-foot trail descent for mountain bikes and non-motorized recreation uses, from the top of the Grand Mesa to the Town of Palisade.
Laura Page, Public Work's Construction Group Manager, talks to Reporter Joshua Vorse about the details of Phase 1 of the Palisade Plunge Trail. Watch coverage at https://bit.ly/2Zmpb36.

Rose Pugliese, Chairwoman of the Board of Mesa County Commissioners, speaks at the Palisade Plunge groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday morning, and says, "I am so proud of our community coming together with local, state and federal agencies to start construction of the Palisade Plunge." Watch her interview with Fox 4 at https://bit.ly/2Mgeewq.

Speakers included Pete Baier, Mesa County Public Works Director, the Board of Mesa County Commissioners—Chairwoman Rose Pugliese, Scott McInnis and John Justman, Rick May, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior, Roger Granat, Town of Palisade Mayor, Greg Caton, City of Grand Junction Manager, Scott Winans, Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association (COPMOBA) President, Kirk Oldham, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) Area Wildlife Manager, and Jerry Krueger, Acting Forest Service Supervisor District Ranger.
Palisade Plunge Partners shovel dirt to mark the beginning of the Palisade Plunge Trail construction.

The Palisade Plunge Trail Project could contribute about $1.9 million annually into Palisade’s economy and an estimated $5 million into the Grand Valley’s economy. The Palisade Plunge will connect with miles of existing trails and offer access to stunning backcountry terrain.

The Palisade Plunge Trail, a $4 million project, is scheduled to be completed by 2021.
From left to right: Scott Winans, Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association (COPMOBA) President, Greg Caton, City of Grand Junction Manager and Commissioner Rose Pugliese celebrate the spirit of collaboration after breaking ground on the Palisade Plunge Trail.
It is Western Slope Navy Week and many agencies have hosted Navy crews at various community events to educate the community about the Navy's role in 2019.
Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis and Assessor Ken Brownlee stand alongside the USS Mesa Verde crew Thursday morning in honor of Navy Week.
Captain Fred Goldhammer of the USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) thanks Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis for his warm welcome and presents him with a picture of the "Ghost Gators" ship.
Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis thanks members of the USS Mesa Verde crew for their service and dedication.
It was an honor, and a pleasure, to have the opportunity to learn firsthand from the USS Mesa Verde crew about the role of the U.S. Navy and its functions and priorities for 2019. Thank you for coming out to Mesa County to educate and visit our community. We are grateful for your service and dedication.
In honor of Navy Week, Commissioner Scott McInnis and former U.S. Representative for 3rd District, of Colorado, shares a plaque from 2003.
Dana Brosig, Grand Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization Director, talks to kids about transportation at the June 20 Market on Main.

Growl Agency stopped into the Mobile Mesa County Booth on July 11 to spin the Mobility Wheel.

During a Travel Training on July 11, seniors learned to ride the bus with a field trip to Fruita Community Center, and they got registered for the Silver Sneakers fitness program while they were on their tour.

Mesa County Public Health staff celebrate Self-care Day by participating in a walk and light stretching on Thursday afternoon. 

Ahhh! It feels good to take care of yourself.  Members of the Mesa County Public Health team smile after stretching and a quick walk as part of self-care day.
Teresa Nees with the Hazardous Waste Collection Facility tapes the terminals of lithium batteries that are collected, sorted, and sent out for proper disposal.

Batteries, batteries, batteries! Mesa County Hazardous Waste Collection Facility will accept all kinds of batteries from Mesa County residents for proper disposal. Help us reduce the risk of fires and increase the safety of our landfill by bringing your batteries to the collection facility instead of disposing of them in your normal trash can.

The Hazardous Waste Facility, at the Mesa County Solid Waste campus, has a free drop-and-swap area so that residents can pick-up household cleaners, fertilizer, and other chemical products. Reuse of items reduces the amount of waste disposed in our landfill. 

A fox has been hanging around the Mesa County Fleet Department in Whitewater.

The fox and her babies have been spotted around the Fleet Department in Whitewater.

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