Two Local Artists Chosen for Electric Art Project

Electric Art Winners Photo PSA

Congratulations are in order for two local artists, Danya Aletebi and Rainbow Byson, who have been commissioned for a new public art project. Known as Electric Art, this public art project is presented by the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture and Downtown Grand Junction. City owned traffic signal boxes, or TSB’s, located on 4th Street and Main Street as well as 5th Street and Main Street, will be transformed into beautiful murals over the Downtown Art Festival weekend.

The public is invited to watch them in action during the evening of First Friday on October 5th and during the day Saturday, October 6th at the Downtown Art Festival. Electric Art is designed to beautify city streetscapes, enhance community pride, add more public art, and provide new, paid opportunities for artists.

According to the 2017 Arts and Economic Prosperity 5 report published by the Americans for the Arts, the non-profit arts and culture sector generated $17.3 million in total economic activity in Grand Junction, proving that arts and culture play a significant role in our local economy. Public art enhances community culture and provides a richer experience for people living here and visiting our community.

Join us in Grand Junction on October 5th and 6th to share in our cultural pride and celebrate Electric Art at the Downtown Arts Festival.


Contact Lorie Gregor, Recreation Coordinator   970-254-3876 or lorieg@gjcity.org

Free Classes for Liquor Sellers & Servers, Including Hotel/Restaurant Operators

The City of Grand Junction is offering FREE training for liquor licensees (owners), their managers and employees.

BartenderThe training will cover:

  • Server responsibility
  • ID checking and enforcement
  • Recognizing signs of intoxication
  • Guarding against over service of patrons

Thursday, October 11, 2018
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

Police Service Technician Meghan Woodland, Grand Junction Police Department, has a fun and informative method of educating anyone who dispenses alcohol on how they can protect themselves and their patrons.

Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. and the class begins promptly at 1:00 p.m. Late arrivals will not be able to participate. Participants who stay for the entire class and complete the post-test and score a 70% or better on the post-test will receive certificates of completion for this State-certified class.

If you would like to participate in the class, call the City Clerk’s office at 970-244-1509 or e-mail selestinas@gjcity.org to register. Please note that no food or beverages other than water are permitted in the auditorium. Class attendees should bring their own pen and paper to take notes and the test.

Carson Lake Level Lowered – Will Not be Fully Drained This Year – Fish Bag Limits Still Lifted

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Carson Dam with lowered waterline

The City of Grand Junction had previously planned to fully drain Carson Lake on the Grand Mesa in anticipation of a City dam upgrade project. The project, which will span three years and three phases, will upgrade the dam which was constructed in 1947.

Initial analysis by the engineering consultant contracted to perform the work has determined that it is not necessary to fully drain the lake to complete initial investigation work which includes drilling six boreholes and installing water level sensors in the dam crest and along the downstream toe of the dam.

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Drilling boreholes in dam

Three boreholes were completed in the crest of the dam. After encountering rock during installation of the first boreholes, the engineering consultant recommended a second round to complete the three remaining downstream boreholes using a different type of drill rig. This work was conducted the week of September 17.

In preparation for the drilling work, staff lowered the level of the lake 10 feet as required by the State Dam Engineer for safety reasons. This water was captured in the lower Juniata Reservoir.

Given the current extreme drought conditions, deferring draining the lake has the added benefit of minimizing the amount of water loss due to evaporation since Carson Lake has a lower evaporation rate than Juniata Reservoir.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife previously lifted the bag and possession limit for all fish in Carson Lake and this remains in effect. Following conversations with City personnel and based on the City’s revised project timeline, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has determined that the continuation of the lifted bag and possession limits at Carson Lake is in the angling public’s best interest. Colorado Parks and Wildlife will re-evaluate when the appropriate time will be to reinstate bag and possession limits for Carson Lake, and the public will be notified of these changes.

All fish must be caught legally per Colorado Parks and Wildlife fishing regulations. All regulations other than bag and possession limit will still apply and all anglers must have a valid Colorado fishing license with them while fishing. No boats or flotation devices are allowed in the lake. More information about fishing, including fishing regulations, is available on the CPW website.

Carson Lake is located in the Kannah Creek Basin and is accessed from Lands End Road. Upgrade of the dam is due to the development that has taken place downstream from the reservoir. There is currently no damage to the dam nor any danger; the upgrade is a proactive measure to assure efficacy into the future.

In 2019, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is not planning to restock Carson Lake with fish, and the engineering firm will begin work on construction specifications. In 2020, the lake will be drained completely in spring/early summer for construction. In the spring of 2021, the lake will be refilled. Colorado Parks and Wildlife anticipates stocking Carson Lake sometime in 2021, but that decision will be contingent on the project being completed, and environmental conditions of the lake.

While Carson Lake is a popular fishing location on the Grand Mesa, there are hundreds of alternative lakes on the Grand Mesa that offer a variety of fishing opportunities. Anglers can find other places to fish on the Grand Mesa, and other areas of Colorado by utilizing the Fishing Atlas on the CPW website.


For general information related to the dam, contact Sam Rainguet, City of Grand Junction Communications Manager, at 970-244-1507 or samr@gjcity.org.

For general information related to fishing, contact Colorado Parks and Wildlife at 970-255-6100.

Projects Affecting Traffic for the Week of 9/24/18

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City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

7th Street Reconstruction Project, North Avenue to Orchard Avenue

  • Paving operations/preparation will occur Monday
  • Driveway and side street access will be closed along the eastern side of 7th Street access through alley way and side streets is advised.
  • Expect lane shifts, closures and delays
  • All business and resident access will remain open with intermittent closures
  • Alternate route is advised
  • Anticipated completion – early October.

Roadway Striping

  • The following streets are scheduled to be striped this week (weather dependent):
    • 29 Road from Patterson to G Road
    • 28 Road from I-70 B to Orchard Avenue
    • 28 ¼ Road from North Avenue to Orchard Avenue
    • 23rd Street from Orchard Avenue to North Avenue
  • Motorists should expect lane restrictions and delays
  • Please avoid crossing wet paint.


Non-City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

Hwy 340 Bike/Pedestrian Facility Project between Kansas Avenue and Grand Vista Drive – CDOT Project

  • Westbound shoulder closure with possible east and westbound one-lane alternating traffic
  • Please be aware of the speed limit reduction and obey construction road signs
  • Work hours will be Monday – Friday, 7:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • For additional information please email co340sidewalk@gmail.com or call 970-639-0680
  • Anticipated completion – October.

Broadway and Redlands Parkway, Roundabout Construction – CDOT Project

  • Traffic is now in the permanent configuration of the new roundabout
  • The roundabout will only be a single lane until mid-October
  • 9’ width restriction 24/7 for the duration of project (no semi-trailers allowed)
  • 35 MPH speed limit reduction leading up to the roundabout and 15 MPH going through the roundabout
  • Work hours will be Monday – Friday, 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • For additional information please email redlandsroundabout@gmail.com or call 970-456-1361
  • Anticipated completion – November.

I-70 Exit 49 Grand Mesa Ramp Improvement Project – CDOT Project

  • Westbound I-70 right lane closure and 14’ width restriction 24/7 between MP 49.5 & MP 48
  • Eastbound I-70: right lane closure and 14’ width restriction 24/7 between MP 48 & MP 49.5
  • Motorists will still have access to Exit 49
  • Westbound I-70 Exit 49 on ramp will have a 14’ width restriction 24/7
  • Westbound Exit 49 on ramp please yield before merging onto I-70
  • Westbound speed limit is 35 MPH
  • Eastbound speed limit is 50 MPH
  • Work hours will be Monday – Friday, 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • For additional information please email grandmesaexit49@gmail.com or call 970-456-1481
  • Anticipated completion – late September.

I-70 Median Guardrail Replacement Project between the Horizon Drive and Clifton Interchanges – CDOT Project

  • I-70 traffic at times will be reduced to one lane in each direction during work hours
  • Speed limit will be reduced to 55 mph through construction zone
  • Work hours will be Monday – Friday, 7am – 7 pm (weather dependent)
  • For additional information please email I70railreplacement@gmail.com or call 970-833-5264
  • Anticipated completion – December.     


Contact:  Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager   970-244-1507 or samr@gjcity.org

City Council Preview for the Week of 9/17/18

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For more detailed information on any of these items, read the full agendas and/or staff reports here:   http://grandjunctioncityco.iqm2.com/citizens/default.aspx  City Council meeting videos can also be found at the same link.

City Council will discuss the following items at this week’s workshop and meeting:

Monday, 9/17/18 – 5:30 p.m.    City Council Workshop     City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

Discussion Topics

a. Health Services Agreement with Marathon Health, LLC
b. HopeWest Expansion Project
c. Park and Open Space System

~ Next Workshop Topics
~ Other Business



Wednesday, 9/19/18 – 6:00 p.m.    City Council Meeting   City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

Regular Agenda

5a. A Resolution Regarding a 2019 Ballot Question(s) Regarding a Community Center

6ai. An Ordinance Amending Section 24.12.140, 24.12.160, 24.12.170, and 24.12.180 of the Greater Downtown Overlay (Title 24 of the Grand Junction Municipal Code) Regarding Design Guidelines and Standards in the Greater Downtown Transitional and Residential Area (Item Continued from August 15, 2018)

6bi. An Ordinance Rescinding Ordinance No. 4810 Regarding the Fossil Trace Rezone

6bii. An Ordinance Rezoning the Fossil Trace Holdings, LLC Property from RR (Residential – Rural) to R1 (Residential 1 du/ac), Located at 465 Meadows Way



Contact:  Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager       970-244-1507 or samr@gjcity.org 

Projects Affecting Traffic for the Week of 9/17/18

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City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

7th Street Reconstruction Project, North Avenue to Orchard Avenue

  • Drive with caution, one-lane traffic in each direction
  • Expect delays
  • All business and resident access will remain open with intermittent closures.
  • Access will be maintained through the alley way and adjacent side streets
  • Alternate route is advised
  • Anticipated completion – late September.

2018 Asphalt Overlay Program

Patterson Road between 24 Road and Highway 6 & 50 – Night Work (7 pm to 7 am)

  • Expect rolling lane shifts and delays
  • All business and resident access will remain open.

Roadway Striping

  • The following streets are scheduled to be striped this week (weather dependent):
    • 29 Road from North Avenue to G Road
    • 28 Road from I70-B to Orchard Avenue
  • Motorists should expect lane restrictions and delays
  • Please avoid crossing wet paint.


Non-City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

Hwy 340 Bike/Pedestrian Facility Project between Kansas Avenue and Grand Vista Drive – CDOT Project

  • Westbound shoulder closure with possible east and westbound one-lane alternating traffic
  • Please be aware of the speed limit reduction and obey construction road signs
  • Work hours will be Monday – Friday, 7:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • For additional information please email co340sidewalk@gmail.com or call 970-639-0680
  • Anticipated completion – October.

Broadway and Redlands Parkway, Roundabout Construction – CDOT Project

  • Traffic is now in the permanent configuration of the new roundabout
  • The roundabout will only be a single lane until mid-October
  • 9’ width restriction 24/7 for the duration of project (no semi-trailers allowed)
  • 35 MPH speed limit reduction leading up to the roundabout and 15 MPH going through the roundabout
  • Work hours will be Monday – Friday, 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • For additional information please email redlandsroundabout@gmail.com or call 970-456-1361
  • Anticipated completion – November.

I-70 Exit 49 Grand Mesa Ramp Improvement Project – CDOT Project

  • Westbound I-70 right lane closure and 14’ width restriction 24/7 between MP 49.5 & MP 48
  • Eastbound I-70: right lane closure and 14’ width restriction 24/7 between MP 48 & MP 49.5
  • Motorists will still have access to Exit 49
  • Westbound I-70 Exit 49 on ramp will have a 14’ width restriction 24/7
  • Westbound Exit 49 on ramp please yield before merging onto I-70
  • Westbound speed limit is 35 MPH
  • Eastbound speed limit is 50 MPH
  • Work hours will be Monday – Friday, 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • For additional information please email grandmesaexit49@gmail.com or call 970-456-1481
  • Anticipated completion – late September.

I-70 Median Guardrail Replacement Project between the Horizon Drive and Clifton Interchanges – CDOT Project

  • I-70 traffic at times will be reduced to one lane in each direction during work hours
  • Speed limit will be reduced to 55 mph through construction zone
  • Work hours will be Monday – Friday, 7am – 7 pm (weather dependent)
  • For additional information please email I70railreplacement@gmail.com or call 970-833-5264
  • Anticipated completion – December.     


Contact:  Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager   970-244-1507 or samr@gjcity.org