Friday, June 7, 2019

Riverfront Trail Closures

Due to flooding and safety concerns with high rising waters, there are a few closures on the Riverfront Trail. Kokopelli Section is flooded where the trail goes under I-70. Monument Section is flooded where the trail goes under Redlands Pkwy. Blue Heron Section is closed between High Country Ct. and north of Glacier Ice Rink. Be advised, there are other trail sections that may experience temporary closures as the river continues to rise.




This Week in Pics

On Tuesday night, former Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Janice Rich (right), former Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner (left) and current Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters (center) attended the 50th anniversary of the Colorado County Clerks Association’s (CCCA) banquet. CCCA is a non-governmental entity; its members consist of the 64 County Clerks of Colorado and their designee.
Former Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Janice Rich (right) and current Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters catch up at the Colorado County Clerks Association (CCCA) 50th-anniversary celebration. CCCA's mission is to, "Create an organizational structure that supports best practices, use of technology and appropriate legislation through teamwork, communication and mutual respect."
Earlier this week, Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters and staff attended the Colorado County Clerks Association Conference in Steamboat Springs. From left to right: Jessica Empson, Tina Peters, Angelica Jestrovich and Don Clement. The Clerk and Recorder's Office is responsible for issuing and recording marriage licenses, recording all real estate transactions, issuing liquor licenses, registering voters, conducting all primary, general and county elections, and, when contracted, municipal and school district elections. The Clerk and Recorder's Office also operates the Motor Vehicle Divisions in the State of Colorado for titling vehicles and issuing license plates.

Mesa County Coroner Victor Yahn is voted in as the Treasurer of the Colorado Coroner’s Association’s Board. The Board is in charge of training, as well as working to improve the Coroner’s system through Colorado legislation.
Mesa County and the City of Grand Junction are jointly working to reconstruct Orchard Avenue from Normandy Drive to 29 Road. This project is the second phase of improvements to pedestrian routes near Nisley Elementary as well as a reconstruction of the roadway. Construction began this week and will be completed in the fall. Improvements will include widening the road to three lanes, adding bike lanes, adding gutters, sidewalks, storm sewer, and streetlights through the entire stretch, on both the north and south sides of Orchard Avenue. Read more at bit.ly/2MxBvvG.

Due to road construction on Orchard Avenue, Grand Valley Transit (GVT) will have to detour, which will impact a few bus stops. GVT will offer courtesy stops on Elm throughout this construction project. For more information, visit https://gvt.mesacounty.us/alerts/.

A Mesa County truck working on road maintenance up on Big Creek sinks into the ground as muddy conditions continue in the high country. The Uncompahgre National Forest remains closed at the Forest Service gate at the top of Divide Road. We will reopen the roads as soon as we can, weather permitting. Thank you for your patience.

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese joins KREX 5 Evening Anchor Logan Wilber in episode one of KREX Cafe, an online exclusive interview segment highlighting information regarding the Western Slope. Watch the interview at https://bit.ly/2EWV1vw.
Grace Gardner, Mesa County Fair Ambassador, presents to the Grand Junction Rotary Club Wednesday afternoon and reminds members that the 2019 Mesa County Fair is July 17-20.

Did you know admission is free to the 2019 Mesa County Fair? A banner is displayed at the Mesa County Workforce Center to remind residents that admission is free to fair-goers this year.

Mesa County Public Health Epidemiology and Health Analytics Program Manager, Heidi Dragoo (center), helps educate our community about the risks of West Nile virus in an interview with Tim Moore of the Grand River Mosquito Control District on KFQX Fox 4 News.
Mesa County Public Health works with Family Health West and Community Hospital to practice using Med Sleds. They're used to evacuate patients down stairs during emergencies. Emergency Preparedness Program Specialist Carmen Pipe leads fellow Program Specialist Vince Burkhardt (pictured in the sled) safely down a steep set of stairs.
Greg Linza, Facilities Parks & Fairgrounds Director, talks to Inside Mesa County participants about the new and expanded Veterans Memorial Park, a 9.4-acre multi-purpose lawn space at the Mesa County Fairgrounds. The park is the largest green space south of the Colorado River in the Grand Valley.
Mesa County Fairgrounds Manager Donna Redd speaks to Inside Mesa County class participants about the various types of events that are hosted at the fairgrounds. A public calendar is available so that residents can keep up-to-date with events at https://www.mesacounty.us/fairgrounds/events/. Redd also reminded the class that this year's admission to the Mesa County Fair will be free. For more information regarding the fair, visit https://mesacountyfair.com/
Mesa County residents taking the Inside Mesa County course learned about the county's geographic information system (GIS), an organized collection of computer hardware, software, data and people designed to collect, update, manipulate, analyze, and display many forms of geographically referenced information. GIS is not just for building maps, it allows you to create maps that describe and analyze tabular data. Learn more at https://gis.mesacounty.us/.
Mesa County GIS Administrators Chris Kadel and Ryan Davidson share with IMC participants how Mesa County develops and maintains its geographic information system. 
Information Technology Manager Troy Flick and Network Administrator Josh Dallman maintain the server room at the old Mesa County Courthouse.

Network Administrator Andrew Wetzel does his part to keep the server room tidy and functioning properly.

From left to right: Human Resources Generalists,  Kira Goodwin and Cindy Barnett, show their support for the Mesa County Sheriff's Office National Donut Day sale to benefit the Victim Advocate Program (VAP).
This morning, Mesa County Sheriff's Office raised almost $2,000 from their donut sale to benefit the Victims Advocate Program. Happy National Donut Day, everybody! 

Update: Uncompahgre remains closed at Forest Service gate


A Mesa County truck working on road maintenance up on Big Creek sinks into the ground as muddy conditions continue in the high country.

The Uncompahgre National Forest remains closed at the Forest Service gate at the top of Divide Road. We will reopen the roads as soon as we can, weather permitting. Thank you for your patience.

Travel in muddy conditions creates deep ruts that damage roads and trails.

Please respect gates and closed areas and find alternate locations to recreate to allow muddy roads and trails time to dry out.

See the original post at http://blog.mesacounty.us/2019/05/uncompahgre-closed-at-forest-service.html.




Orchard Avenue Road Reconstruction Will Affect Bus Stops

Due to road construction on Orchard Avenue, Grand Valley Transit (GVT) will have to detour, which will impact a few bus stops. GVT will offer courtesy stops on Elm throughout this construction project.

For more information, visit https://gvt.mesacounty.us/alerts/.

Orchard Avenue from Normandy Drive to 29 Road is closed for Reconstruction


Orchard Avenue from Normandy Drive to 29 Road is closed.

Mesa County and the City of Grand Junction are jointly working to reconstruct Orchard Avenue from Normandy Drive to 29 Road. This project is the second phase of improvements to pedestrian routes near Nisley Elementary as well as a reconstruction of the roadway.

Construction began this week and will be completed in the fall. Improvements will include widening the road to three lanes, adding bike lanes, adding gutters, sidewalks, storm sewer, and streetlights through the entire stretch, on both the north and south sides of Orchard Avenue.

The $2.1 million total cost of the project is split between the City and County.

Arrow boards and signs are in place to alert motorists of the upcoming work zone and restrictions. For the safety of the construction crew, drivers should remain alert, reduce their speed, and watch for stopped traffic while passing near the work zone.

Orchard Avenue is closed to through traffic but will have one lane open eastbound for local access. Residents will enter the area off of 28 1/2 Road on the west end and exit onto 29 Road. They will not be able to enter Orchard Avenue off of 28 ¾ Road or 29 Road.



Greg LeBlanc, Assistant to the City Manager 970-244-1557 or gregoryl@gjcity.org

Stephanie Reecy, Public Information Officer   
970-244-1755 or stephanie.reecy@mesacounty.us





The below pictures illustrate the importance of this much-needed project that will allow pedestrians, cyclists, and motorist to safely travel. Orchard Avenue is a vital link to Nisley Elementary, and it needs to accommodate a wide range of vehicles and non-motorized users.