Friday, September 20, 2019

This Week in Pics

We need your input to help plan for the future of transportation in Mesa County.  If you haven't taken the 2045 Regional Transportation survey, please take it now at! The survey closes on Sept. 22, 2019.

The Board of County Commissioners proclaimed Sept. 17-23, 2019, as Constitution Week in Mesa County. The Board encourages all residents to reflect during the week on the many benefits of our Federal Constitution and American citizenship and to join in ceremonies and activities commemorating Constitution Week. Deana Znamenacek (center left) from the Mount Garfield Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution receives the Constitution Week proclamation presented by the Board.
Deana Znamenacek from the Mount Garfield Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution accepted the proclamation in public hearing Monday, Sept. 16. Read more at

Calling all senior citizens! Join Mesa County and Fruita Parks and Rec for a fun-filled day of art and buses. Learn to ride the Grand Valley Transit (GVT) and enjoy a Downtown art tour on Wed, Oct. 2. Meet at the Fruita Community Center at 9:15 a.m. and plan for a full day of activity. The class is free and includes a field trip. To register, contact Fruita Parks & Rec.
Mesa County donated a 2009 Dodge Ram 2500 truck to the Clifton Fire Protection District on Monday, Sept. 16, at the old Mesa County Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave. From left to right: Clifton Fire Chief Charles Balke, Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese, Mesa County Commissioner John Justman, and Clifton Fire Deputy Chief Joe White. 
The Clifton Fire Protection District encompasses approximately 15 square miles, which boundaries from 30 Road east to 35 Road and the Colorado River north to I-70. “We are confident that this vehicle would positively improve our operational capabilities for both emergent and non-emergent activities. As we currently do not have a pickup as part our fleet this would allow us the opportunity to overcome what we consider a service gap within our fleet,” Clifton Fire Protection District Chief Charles Balke wrote in a letter to Mesa County.

Heather Jones, Director of Mesa County Department of Human Services’ Area Agency on Aging, taping an episode of Everyday Families at KKCO 11 News promoting Senior Law Day on Oct. 25, at Two Rivers Convention Center.  

School District 51, 11th-grade students got hands-on construction experience Tuesday at the first annual Western Colorado Construction Career Day hosted at the Mesa County Fairgrounds, 2758 U.S. Highway 50.

Nearly 200 students participated in hands-on presentations and interacted with professionals about careers and opportunities in the construction industry at the Mesa County Fairgrounds. The event aimed to connect students considering trades and on-the-job training, after graduation, to help close the gap of the workforce in the construction labor market.
On Thursday, Laura Page, Public Works Construction Group Manager, took a group of homeschooled youth on a 4.5-mile round-trip hike along the Lands End side of the Palisade Plunge Trail so they could see and learn how the trail is being constructed. The trek also earned them physical education (PE) credits.

A homeschooled youth has fun running down a portion of the Palisade Plunge Trail. As part of the field trip, kids had the opportunity to learn how to read maps and project plans.

Palisade Plunge Update: Crews continue to clear thick brush on the trail. To date, a total of 2.9 miles of trail has been completed, and an additional 2.4 miles have been cleared and roughed in.
Mesa County is a wonderful place to live, visit, recreate, raise a family, and watch beautiful sunsets. 
Colors are starting to change on the Grand Mesa! The first day of fall this year is on Monday, Sept. 23, which is just around the corner. Don't forget Color Sunday on the Grand Mesa is Sept. 29.
Walk & Roll to School Day is just around the corner! Join us on Oct. 2 and encourage your kids to walk, roll or bike to school. Contact your school for more information on designated routes or meet up locations.

Take the DASH downtown, then hop on the special event shuttle to Las Colonias Amphitheater (AMP). The DASH to AMP service will begin 30 minutes before gates open, and 30 minutes after the show ends. For more details, visit
As part of the MesaTac 2019, a tactical operations school for SWAT teams, law enforcement agencies from across Colorado spent the week at the Colorado Law Enforcement Training Center in Whitewater learning how to keep people safe.

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