I-70 West Bound is Closed at Mile Marker 91

I-70 West bound is closed at mile marker 91.  No estimated time of reopening has been determined.  The suggested alternative route is U.S. Hwy 6 at the Silt exit.

I-70 at Mile Marker 126 has now reopened in both directions

I-70 at mile marker 126 is now open in both directions.

I-70 is closed in both directions at mile marker 126.8

I-70 is closed at mm126.8 in both directions due to a multi vehicle accident. Unknown time of opening.


The smoke in the air is from a prescribed burn between Rulison and Colbran

Garfield County authorities have advised that the smoke in the air is from a prescribed BLM burn between Rulison and Colbran.

GarCo Sheriff's Office Announces Pinwheels for Prevention

Garfield County Sheriff's Office Supports Pinwheels for Prevention

GARFIELD COUNTY, Colo. – During the month of April, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office is teaming up with Prevent Child Abuse America’s Pinwheels for Prevention, as well as, members of the community to spread awareness of child abuse and neglect by displaying pinwheels throughout Garfield County. The pinwheel is reflective of the bright futures that all children deserve and serves as the new symbol for child abuse and neglect prevention nationwide.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to invite the community to join in preventing the abuse and neglect of our nation's children by participating in a Pinwheels for Prevention ceremony on Tuesday, April 30, 2013. The ceremony will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office – Annex, which is located at 106 County Road 333A in Rifle, Colorado.

The pinwheel represents Prevent Child Abuse America's efforts to change the way our nation thinks about prevention, focusing on community activities and public policies that prioritize prevention right from the start to make sure child abuse and neglect never occur.

For more information, please contact the Garfield County Sheriff Office at (970) 665-0200 or visit


Palisade Prescribed Burn, Friday, April 26, 2013

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Federal fire officials from the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit anticipate conditions will be ideal Friday to ignite a 646-acre prescribed fire designed to improve environmental conditions in the Town of Palisade Watershed.

Smoke will be very visible on the slopes of the Grand Mesa from Grand Valley, Plateau Valley and I-70. The fire will be about seven miles southeast of the Town of Palisade.

“We will only ignite this prescribed fire if conditions are ideal for a safe, effective burn, as well as for good smoke dispersal away from area communities,” said Lathan Johnson, Fuels Specialist for the BLM Grand Junction Field Office. “We will make the final call Friday morning after reviewing the weather and vegetation moisture. Smoke should be visible by late morning and last until late afternoon.”

Twitter updates for the Palisade Watershed Prescribed Fire #palisadeburn will be available by following @ucrfirecenter. An information line will be staffed at 970 456-3623.

Fire officials ask the public to stay clear of this area during the burn, both for their own safety and that of firefighters.

The burn is the result of an agreement among the BLM, the Town of Palisade and City of Grand Junction. A large amount of debris and other fuel for wildfires has built-up in this area because there hasn’t been a wildfire in a number of years. This prescribed burn will decrease that fuel load, helping reduce the risk of a much larger wildfire. A prescribed fire will burn much less intensely than a wildfire, but it will still be effective at reducing fuel loads in the area. The planned burn will also improve wildlife habitat by stimulating new, more nutritious plant production in the burned area.

 “The 2009 Palisade Watershed Fire Mitigation Plan identifies this area as needing treatment to reduce the chance of a large, intense wildfire that could severely impact the watershed,” said Frank Watt, Public Works Director for the Town of Palisade. 

The prescribed fire is planned in oak brush and other shrubs on 588 acres owned by the Town of Palisade and 58 acres of BLM. A detailed prescribed fire plan has been developed, and appropriate smoke permits have been obtained from the State of Colorado.

KSUN Community Radio Annual Meeting/Fundraiser, Thursday, April 11th

Don't miss the KSUN Community Radio Annual Meeting and Fundraiser featuring Cecil Lammey, ESPN NFL Insider and Fantasy Football Expert.  Thursday, April 11th, 6 PM.  Tickets for the event are only $15 and are available at Alpine Bank and at the GVRC.  Cash Bar/Lasagna Dinner prepared by Alain Senac, former owner of Easy Cuisine.  Bring your football questions!  CLICK HERE for more information about the guest speaker.

BMSA Notice of Intent to Consider Resolutions

Notice is hereby given that the Board of Directors of the Battlement Mesa Service Association, of the County of Garfield, State of Colorado will consider the adoption of Resolution to Document Retention and Destruction Policy and Resolution regarding Policy and Procedure for Inspection and Copying of Association Reords at its regular meeting on the below-listed date and time at the Grand Valley Recreation Center, 398 Arroyo Drive, Battlement Mesa, Colorado, for the purpose of conducting such regular business as may properly come before the Board:

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 9:00 AM.

This meeting is open to the public.

By Order of the Board of Directors
Battlement Mesa Service Association
John Shepherd, Secretary



Battlement Mesa - Parachute Health Fair, March 2, 2013, 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM, GVRC

The Battlement Mesa and Parachute Health Fair will be held at the Grand Valley Recreation Center, Saturday, March 2, 2013 from 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM.  For more information about this Health Fair call Grand River Hospital District at 970.625.6433.  Click HERE for full details.

Battlement Mesa Winter Fest, Saturday, January 26, 2013, 4 - 7 PM.

You're invited to the First Annual Battlement Mesa Winter Fest, Saturday, January 26, 2013, 4 - 7 PM at the Battlement Mesa Golf Course.  Join your friends and neighbors for an all-ages seasonal celebration featuring: Hay Rides, Bonfire, Hot Chocolate, Cider, S'mores...and More!  Mulled wine will be available for purchase to help keep moms and dads warm too!  The Winter Fest is FREE...courtesy of Battlement Mesa Company.  Call 970.285.9740 for more information.


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