I-70 is closed both directons from mile marker 62 to mile marker 32 due to the Pine Ridge fire near Debeque.

Per a message from the Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority, as of 6:26 PM, June 28th, I-70 was closed both directons from mile marker 62 to mile marker 32 due to the Pine Ridge fire near Debeque. 

Pine Ridge Fire Update

The smoke that is in the air in and around Battlement Mesa is from the Pine Ridge Fire West/Southwest of Debeque.  For more information about the fire go to

Governor Hickenlooper signs Executive order banning open burning in the State of Colorado

Governor Hickenlooper, Governor of the State of Colorado orders ban on open burning. To read the Executive order go to

Note that the executive order is intended to establish uniform fire restrictions across the state. Local jurisdictions are free to adopt more restrictive fire bans as local conditions warrant. County sheriffs also have the authority to grant exemptions to the open burning restrictions in the order if the proposed burn is deemed by the sheriff to be safe and subject to mitigation. The order also permits commercial, professional and municipal fireworks displays and certain limited types of agricultural burns subject to county sheriff approvals.

Garfield County Sheriff, Lou Vallario is asking all citizens to put away any fireworks they may have purchased with the intentions of celebrating Independence day this year, enjoy them when conditions are safe to do so.  Maybe during a New Years Eve celebration, “The cost to our communities and life is just too risky in these dry conditions.”

For more information on this go to

Community Yard Sale, Saturday, June 9th

The Battlement Mesa Activity Center sponsored Community Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 8 AM.  List your yard sale FREE.  Listings must be submitted by Friday, June 1, 2012 on the BMAC Community Yard Sale form.  Forms are also available at the Activity Center.  To receive a free e-catalog of yard sales with a listing of items for sale, email  Printed catalogs are availabe for $2.  For more information call 970.285.9480.

Jerry Barlow, Celtic Fingerstyle Guitarist will play at the Parachute Branch Library on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 7 p.m.

Jerry Barlow, Celtic Fingerstyle Guitarist will play at the Parachute Branch Library on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 7 p.m.  Barlow's CD, Fields and Fences was nominated for the Independent Music Awards Instrumental Album of the Year.  Tickets are $5.00 at the door or in advance.  To order tickets or for more information, call 970.285.9870.

Meet the Author, Debby Arthur Warner, Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at the Parachute Branch Library, 2 p.m.

Grand Junction author, Debby Arthur Warner, will discuss her first novel, "Only by Chance in Cripple Creek" on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at the Parachute Branch Library from 2 to 3:30 p.m.  This mystery is set in the Colorado National Monument.  Books will be available for purchase and signing.  For more information call 970.285.9870.  Ms. Warner's appearance is sponsored by the Friends of the Parachute Library.

Robert Silbernagel, author of Troubled Tales, will speak on April 14, 2012.

Robert Silbernagel, author of Troubled Times, will trace the events that led up to what's been called the Meeker Massacre and the subsequent expulsion of the Utes from Colorado at the April 14, 2012 annual spring meeting of the Grand Valley Historical Society.  The presentation will begin following a short business meeting at 2 p.m. at the Battlement Mesa Schoolhouse and is free to GVHS members.  Non-members are asked for a donation and everyone is invited to attend.  Mike Perry, director of the Museum of Western Colorado has described "Troubled Tales' as a powerful and provocative story that draws us into the time and mind of western Colorado during the 1870s and 1880s."

Floyd McDaniel, Laurel Koning, Alpine Bank and Meals on Wheels Win Chamber Awards

At the Parachute Battlement Mesa Chamber of Commerce Dinner and Auction on March 17, 2012, Floyd McDaniel received the Person of the Year Award, Laurel Koning received the Volunteer of the Year Award, Alpine Bank Received the Business of the Year Award and Meals on Wheels received the Service Organization of the Year AwardCongratulations!  For photos of the event from the Home page visit Explore Battlement Mesa then Slide Shows.

Congratulations to the Garfield County All Hazards Response Team

On January 12, 2012, six members of the Garfield County All Hazards Response Team competed in the 22nd Annual Crisis Negotiation Competition at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.  The Garfield County All Hazards Crisis Negotiations Team brought home the 2nd place trophy overall, tying with the Travis County Crisis Negotiations Team from Texas.  The competition included 17 crisis negotiations from across the United States.  Police services in Battlement Mesa are provided by the Garfield County Sheriff's office.

Parachute/Battlement Mesa Annual Chamber Dinner and Auction, March 17th

Don't miss the Annual Chamber dinner and auction on March 17th at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center.  Kick off a fun night of St. Patrick's themed activities with the 5 p.m. social hour.  Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. which will be followed by silent and live auctions.  Everyone is invited to participate in this important fund raising event even if you are not a chamber member.  Funds from this event help pay of the fall fireworks display.  Tickets are only $35 and are available at Alpine Bank, Wells Fargo and Old Mountain Gifts and Jewelry.


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