Airport board signs off on $950K grant

The Grand Junction Regional Airport Authority gave its approval to receive a $950,000 grant from the Department of Transportation at its virtual board meeting on Tuesday.

The grant comes from the Small Community Air Service Development Program, which aims to help regional airports subsidize and develop direct flights with airlines. The department can pull the funding if an agreement isn’t made with the airport and an airline after a year, but that is unlikely.

The money will be used to develop a direct flight to San Francisco, which was expected to be available in 2021 but will now likely be pushed into 2022.

The board also extended its partnership with the Grand Junction Air Service Alliance through Jan. 9, 2027. This partnership will help oversee the distribution of the grant funds between the two groups.

School-supply donation drive underway

The annual District 51 Stuff the Bus school supply donation drive goes until July 31.

Anyone with new school supplies to donate to local children can drop them off at the white activity bus parked in the middle of Mesa Mall before the drive ends on Friday, July 31.

All donated supplies will be distributed to local schools that will get the supplies to the families who need them most. Parents who are in need of supplies can request assistance by talking to the office staff at their child’s school on or after July 21.

Requested items: No. 2 Pencils, colored pencils, markers, crayons, notebooks and notebook paper, graph paper, glue sticks, scissors, rulers, pocket folders, 3-ring binders, erasers.

Mesa County roadwork projects to begin

The Colorado Department of Transportation is beginning work on two road improvement projects in Mesa County this month, one on Colorado Highway 340 in the Redlands and another on Colorado Highway 330 between Collbran and Colorado Highway 65 near Mesa.

The project on Highway 340, beginning Monday, in the Redlands will widen the highway between Independence Valley Drive and F½ Road, which sees a significant volume of vehicles and cyclists. The work also includes an asphalt overlay, culvert replacement, minor drainage improvements, roadside delineation and striping. CDOT is recommending cyclists use an alternate route during the road work. There will be five- to 10-minute delays for drivers.

Starting on July 20, CDOT will begin to resurface a total of 11.4 miles of Highway 330 completing the work by mid-October. At least one culvert will also be replaced. Work hours range from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Vehicles may be restricted to single-lane, alternating traffic, during the project. Drivers can expect up to 15-minute delays.

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