Wednesday, February 26, 2020

This Week in Pics

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) Honor Guard partnered with the Redlands Lion's Club to teach local elementary students about the American Flag. On Wednesday, first-graders at Broadway Elementary School saw the Presentation of the Colors, said the Pledge of Allegiance, and learned about the meaning of the 13 folds during the flag-folding ceremony. 

MCSO Honor Guard teaches elementary school students how to correctly fold the United States Flag. Learn the steps at

It is the MCSO Honor Guard's privilege to share the flag-folding ceremony with the students and will be visiting more elementary schools this week.
On Thursday, a "chain-breaking" ceremony was hosted to celebrate the completion of the new Monument Trail that connects the Lunch Loop Trailhead to the Riverfront Trail. The event was open to the public.

Mesa County Administrator Pete Baier spoke at the Monument Trail "chain-breaking" ceremony Thursday afternoon.
Mesa County Administrator Pete Baier and Colorado West Land Trust Executive Director Rob Bleiberg cut the chain at the grand opening of the Monument Trail. 

Mesa County Administrator Pete Baier (right) stands alongside Great Outdoors Colorado and Colorado West Land Trust officials celebrating the grand opening of the Monument Corridor Trail, connecting the Colorado River Trail with the Lunch Loops Trailhead.

As of Monday, Feb. 17, construction crews returned to work on the Palisade Plunge. 
Last week, a crew began transporting hand tools and supplies from the Town of Palisade up to the canyon where trail construction was left off in December 2019.

To date, 11 miles of total finished trail have been completed on the Palisade Plunge.
Found it! Thank you to the person who painted this beautiful rock and took the time to leave it where MCSO deputies would find it! It made their day! Check out GJ Rocks & Art Treasures Abandonment for more painted rocks in the community.

Steve Acquafresca, Mesa County Colorado River District Representative, and Andy Muller, Colorado River District General Manager, gave the Board of Mesa County Commissioners an agency update on Monday morning. Watch what happened at

If you plan on paying property taxes in two installments, the first one-half is due on or before Feb. 29, 2020. Because Feb. 29 falls on a Saturday, you have until Monday, March 2, 2020, to pay your first one-half installment. Learn more at

Mesa County Community Development held an OnBase Planning project review training for external review partners.

Courtney Patch, a Mesa County Planner, walks through the OnBase plan review steps with attendees.
Terrie Smith, Information Technology Business Systems Analyst, resets passwords during the training as Rose Tafoya looks on for attendees needing assistance.
Have you seen the 2020 Census display at the Grand Valley Transit West Transfer Facility? When you respond to the census, you help your community get its fair share of federal funds spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works, and other vital programs. Businesses use census data to decide where to build factories, offices, and stores, and this creates jobs. Developers use the census to build new homes and revitalize old neighborhoods. Local governments use the census for public safety and emergency preparedness. Learn more at

Check out Mobile Mesa County's monthly radio show on KAFM. This month they had special guests from the Grand Junction Regional Airport. Listen to the podcast at
Work on the completion of the Orchard Avenue Project will resume on March 2, 2020. The remaining work will include paving, concrete island, utility adjustments, striping, and landscaping. Orchard Avenue will be closed from Normandy Drive to 29 Road during paving, which is scheduled for the week of March 30, 2020.

Progress continues with the elevator replacement project at the old Mesa County Courthouse. The project is near completion. Accommodations are still in place to address accessibility issues.
Apply for an AmeriCorps Member position with Mesa County 4-H. Call 970-244-1837 for more information.
Check out the Teen Travel Training program on March 12. Youth can register at

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