Thursday, October 24, 2019

This Week in Pics

Progress continues on the construction of the Palisade Plunge Trail. As of last week, crews have completed a total of approximately 5.58 miles of finished trail, along with a total of about 1.86 miles of rough-cut trail. 

On Friday, Oct. 18, after a brief snow shower, Mesa County, along with the United States Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Colorado Parks and Wildlife Office (CPW), Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association (COPMOBA), and SingleTrack Trails, conducted an inspection of the Palisade Plunge Trail. Crews walked through and inspected from the beginning of the existing Lands End trail at milepost (MP) 14.73 to around MP 18.43, where the crews had left off on Thursday, Oct. 17. The location is about 1,000 feet past the Forest Service / BLM boundary. The inspection was to allow partners to look at the trail building progress, and voice any concerns, as well as establish a preliminary punch list.

The Palisade Plunge Trail has three different crews dedicated to building the trail from different directions. The crew on the Grand Junction side consists of five members and two excavators, the crew on the Lands End side consists of five members and two excavators. A third crew has started working from Highway 6 in Palisade, and are working their way up the hill. 

Federal, local and state partners involved in designing, planning, and funding the Palisade Plunge, a 6,000-foot trail descent for mountain bikes and non-motorized recreation uses, conducted an inspection on the progress of the project on Oct. 18.
Mesa County Treasurer Sheila Reiner (left) stands next to Accounting Administrator Amy Bosse (right) on her last day with the Treasure's Office. Amy has been serving Mesa County for almost seven years. 
The Mesa County Treasurer's Office hosted a farewell celebration for Accounting Administrator Amy Bosse, who is relocating to the Front Range to be closer to family. Amy received gifts and well-wishes from her colleagues.  

Monday, Oct. 21, was Amy's last day in the Mesa County Treasurer's Office. The office wishes her the very best in all her future endeavors. Rose Liddiard (right), with the Mesa County Assessor's Office, embraces Amy and sends her off with warm regards.

Dave Wolny, Mesa County Fleet Maintenance Technician, and Adjunct Professor at Colorado Mesa University (CMU) is part of the Colorado Mesa University Seismic Network (CMUSN), an ongoing research project of the Geosciences Program. "The primary goals of the project are to collect and disseminate data related to possible small seismic events in the general area of Western Colorado and Eastern Utah."

Dave Wolny, alumnus and current Adjunct Professor at CMU, talks to class attendees about primary and secondary wave propagation. Dave teaches about Colorado earthquakes and works for Mesa County Fleet upfitting patrol units.
Mesa County Treasurer Sheila Reiner stands next to a list of properties that may be going through the Tax Lien Sale. By state statutes, all real property tax not paid by Sept. 29, of the current year, has to be advertised as delinquent for public auction. In general, tax liens are placed on delinquent tax accounts.  The public can purchase the tax lien (pay the taxes), then for three years after that, the tax lien holder can endorse it (pay it again). On the fourth year, if the owner has not redeemed the account, the tax lien holder can apply for a Treasurer's deed.  If the owner does redeem the account prior to a tax deed being issued, the investor gets their money back plus a 1% interest per month. Learn more at
Barb Cutunilli, with Mesa County Animal Services (MCAS), holds Pepe one last time before he leaves to go to his new forever home. Pepe has been a long-term resident of MCAS.

MCAS personnel sends "Super Pepe" off with all their love and best wishes, and while they will miss him, everyone is happy that he now has a forever home. Pepe was under the care of MCAS for a few years due to a long-term court case. Front row, from left to right: Rebecca Dillon, Barb Cutunilli, Lisa Armour. Back row, from left to right: Vicky Stieb, Kevin Bozarth, Doug Frye, Jason Lemaster.
Sarah Brooks, Mobility Manager for the Regional Transportation Planning Office (RTPO), poses with the Colorado Mesa University (CMU) Nursing students, who volunteered all day to help run the Bike Rodeo at the Community Streets event.

Many people attended the Third Annual Community Streets event on Oct. 19, to play in the street. 10th Street was blocked off between Main Street and Belford Avenue to encourage locals to bike and walk along the streets and participate in a variety of free activities. The event was put on by a committee comprised of members from the City of Grand Junction, Mesa County RTPO, Mesa County Public Health, the Urban Trails Committee, RiverFront Commission, and many other groups that promote bike safety.

A family plays corn hole at the Block Party booth at the Community Streets event on Saturday.

Dana Brosig, RTPO Director, speaks with kids about transportation and mobility with an interactive game.

Bike Rodeo coordinators and CMU Nursing Students working hard to promote bike safety.

During the Community Streets event, many agencies came together to promote bike safety and outdoor recreation.

CMU Outdoor Program had a booth at the Community Streets event to promote outdoor recreation opportunities in the Grand Valley.

Pickleball players take over the street, working to recruit new players to the sport.

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