Thursday, June 4, 2020

Work Continues on the Palisade Plunge Trail

Palisade Plunge Trail crews complete another 2,415 feet of new trail.

It was a short work week due to the Memorial Day Holiday, but with hot temperatures, bedrock, and bug bites, Palisade Plunge Trail crews persevered and managed to construct another 2,415 feet of new trail.

On Friday, May 29, local biologists conducted a migratory bird survey from milepost (MP) 26.0 to 27.2. They didn’t find any nests, which will allow crews to finish clearing vegetation from where the lower crew left off, up to where the upper crews are now. The only remaining area on Phase 1 that will still need to be cleared lies within the already established raptor buffer areas from approximately MP 24.6 – MP 21.5.

Palisade Plunge Trail crews receive a surprise visit from the CEO of Singletrack Trails, Greg Mazu.

The last remaining buffer area may have to wait until August to be cleared to satisfy the wildlife restrictions.

On Thursday, the construction crew received a surprise visit from the CEO of Singletrack Trails, Greg Mazu.

Greg Mazu and Mesa County Project Manager Josh Springer inspected about 18 miles and climbed 3,500 feet in elevation. The six-hour bike ride provided first-hand experience on how the trail will ride.

Update from Mesa County Animal Services

Mesa County Animal Services (MCAS) staff continues to provide critical services to residents and the animals in our community. Shelter and community enforcement operations continue while operating under COVID-19 guidelines.

Animal Services is responding to calls for service on a priority basis, as we had before the pandemic. Our officers are wearing face masks when responding to in-person service calls.

We ask residents to please wear masks when visiting the Animal Services Facility, 971A Coffman Road in Whitewater. We highly encourage masks to help keep our staff and those visiting the shelter healthy.

Additionally, Animal Services recommends adoption visits to be scheduled by appointment. Animals currently available for adoption can be viewed on our website at

Please help us keep our staff safe and healthy so they can continue to provide critical services to the community and to our shelter animals.

In other news, on Monday, June 1, we began our Leash Your Pet Education and Enforcement Month. Our officers will be traveling through our community parks with a new emphasis on Canyon View and Las Colonias Parks. Please remember dogs at city or county parks are required to be on a leash (10 feet in length or less).

As a reminder, dry dog food, canned dog and cat food, and non-clumping cat litter donations can be made during shelter hours and are VERY much appreciated!

MCAS staff is available by phone at 970-242-4646 and by email during the days and hours listed below. For frequently asked questions, visit our website ( services).

Customer Service Hours for Phone and Email Communication:
Monday - Friday - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Shelter Hours (Essential and Emergency Business Only):
Monday - Friday - 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Agency assists for Emergencies with Law Enforcement:
24 hours

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Primary Election Logic & Accuracy Test

Elections Coordinator Sandra Brown (center) and Democratic and Republican representatives run votes to check the Logic and Accuracy of the tabulation equipment.

This morning the Mesa County Elections Team performed a Logic and Accuracy Test (LAT) for the 2020 Primary Election.

The event was open to the public at the Mesa County Elections Office, 200 South Spruce Street, in Grand Junction.

Elections Specialist Deydra Bassett (right) and Democratic and Republican representatives run votes to check the Logic and Accuracy of the tabulation equipment.

The Logic and Accuracy Test allows the Mesa County Elections Office, the party representatives, and the public to be confident that the equipment is running efficiently for the June 30, 2020, Primary Election. 

Elections Coordinator Sandra Brown (right) watches as political party representatives adjudicate ballots.
To obtain information about the LAT, please email or call (970) 244-1662.

Monday, June 1, 2020

Grant Awarded for Sidewalk Project near Rocky Mountain Elementary

Mesa County applied for and was awarded a $285,200 grant match to help address pedestrian connectivity to Rocky Mountain Elementary.
The Board of Mesa County Commissioners today in public hearing approved a grant match agreement between Mesa County Government and the State of Colorado, Department of Transportation, for $285,200.00.

The grant agreement aims to improve pedestrian connectivity for Rocky Mountain Elementary students living in the Candlewood Park and nearby neighborhoods. The proposed improvements will complete the remaining half mile of sidewalk along D 1/4 Road, between 32 and 32 1/2 roads.

The project will include a 10' wide attached concrete sidewalk, curb and gutters, stripped sidewalks, as well as upgrading curb ramps at the intersection of D 1/2 and 32 1/2 roads, which is directly adjacent to Rocky Mountain Elementary.

The construction of this project will most likely start early next year.
The sidewalk project area is on the south side of D 1/4 Road from 32 Road to 32 1/2 Road, along the Candlewood Park.

This project will improve transportation and security by eliminating safety and mobility issues due to the lack of sidewalk along D 1/4 Road, between 32 Road and 32 1/2 Road, for students traveling to Rocky Mountain Elementary.

Access issues often include muddy and uneven shoulder surface, strewn with utility markers, and exposed water valves. 

Dash Local Shuttle Service Suspended

With a decrease in ridership due to the impacts of COVID-19 in the Grand Valley, DASH service will be suspended starting June 4, 2020, until further notice.

Route 1 will continue to operate with regular fares and service hours.

For more information about the DASH or GVT services, contact Andrew Gingerich at 970-683-4339 or by email