Friday, June 19, 2020

Keep your dog on a leash

The advantages of keeping your dog on a leash far outweigh the potential consequences of not. It's also considerate of other park users and neighbors, and it's the law.

In Mesa County, dogs are required to be under leash control when not confined to their property. Exceptions can be granted by a property owner. Two other examples are:

  • The City of Grand Junction has granted permission for dogs to be off-leash at the Dog Park, located at the north end of Canyon View Park, north of the softball field complex and across the driveway.
  • The Bureau of Land Management has granted permission for dogs to be off-leash but under voice control by an owner in some areas. Please check with the Bureau of Land Management for dog rules specific to the area you are visiting.

For more information on animal services, visit

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Gov. Polis Appoints Jason Talley to the Community Corrections Advisory Council

Jason Talley, Clinical Director at Mesa County Criminal Justice Services.

Congratulations to our very own Jason Talley, Clinical Director at Mesa County Criminal Justice Services, for his appointment to the Community Corrections Advisory Council!

CCAC advises and assists the Division of Criminal Justice by analyzing, identifying, and recommending policy modifications for community corrections programs.

Read the state's press release here.

It is not too late to respond to the 2020 Census!

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, which creates jobs.

Local governments use the census for public safety and emergency preparedness.

Respond online at

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Palisade Plunge Trail After 39 Weeks

Progress continues on the Palisade Plunge Trail. Pictured here: the trail breaks out of the trees.
Palisade Plunge Trail construction remains challenging as the crew continues to encounter various bedrock sections. They have also met another notch that is extremely steep, with over 30% grades and will involve some strenuous and challenging work to create a ridable trail.

Cairns are placed on the Palisade Plunge Trail.
This week, the crew completed 2,753 feet of new trail, leaving them at milepost 26.80. The light at the end of the tunnel appears really close, but it will still take a lot of steps and patience to get there.

Carrie Gudorf, Mesa County Regulatory Programs Manager, takes a stroll on the Palisade Plunge Trail to check out the progress.

Milepost 26.80 — the end of the trail for now…

To date, 15.35 miles of trail have been completed, which leaves about 1.81 miles to go before the completion of Phase 1.

Singletrack Trails is hoping to start on Phase 2 within the next couple of weeks.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Day to Celebrate Juneteenth 2020

Mesa County Commissioners today proclaimed June 19 as a day to celebrate Juneteenth 2020 and urge all residents to become more aware of the significance of this celebration in African-American History and in the heritage of our nation and county.

On Monday, June 15, the Board of Mesa County Commissioners declared June 19 as a day to celebrate Juneteenth 2020. David Combs (right), Black Citizens and Friends Mesa County President, and members gather to accept the proclamation.

June 19, 2020, is proclaimed as the day to celebrate Juneteenth in Mesa County.

On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, setting in motion the end of slavery in the United States.

The Civil War ended with the surrender of General Lee at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865. This news reached Texas when Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston Bay with Union troops. It was on June 19, 1865, that he announced: “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of The United States, all slaves are free.”

The celebration of Juneteenth reminds each of us of the precious promises of freedom, equality, and opportunity, which are at the core of the American Dream.

Black Citizens and Friends Mesa County President David Combs talks to the Board of Mesa County Commissioners about the importance of the Juneteenth celebration in the community.

June is Adult Protection Awareness Month

Joe Kellerby and Candace McGuire from the Department of Human Services (DHS) accept the Adult Protection Awareness Month Proclamation. 

The observance of Adult Protection Awareness Month reminds us of our collective responsibility to ensure the health, safety, dignity, and well-being of all at-risk adults.

The elderly and persons with disabilities are vital members of our community. They are often vulnerable to abuse, burglary, exploitation, fraud, neglect, and other crimes since they may not be able to provide their own care and protection.

Raising awareness is a fundamental prevention strategy that involves not only teaching new information but also helping to change attitudes and behavior towards this delicate matter.

Therefore, the Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed June 2020 as Adult Protection Awareness Month in Mesa County and urge all residents to reach out with compassion and respect to at-risk adults to make a difference in their quality of life.

DHS Adult Protection Services Manager Candace McGuire talks about the importance of protection and services for at-risk adults.

June is Adult Protection Awareness Month in Mesa County.