Blogs

Our bloggers are fitness instructors, runners, bikers, professors, therapists, recreationists, psychologists, nutritionists, parents and, overall, members of our community. Check back often for new posts and leave a comment to engage in the conversation.

August 29, 2019

The library’s community garden, where we can all grow

By Nicole Fitzgerald Going into my third year of working for Mesa County Libraries, I find myself just as excited and amazed at the resources we provide to our community as I did on day one.  I want to shout from the rooftops, “Do you know we have a digital […]
July 24, 2019

10 tips for new or young job hunters

by Rhonda Johnson Becoming an adult is exciting, but it can also be challenging when you think of all that it encompasses! One big challenge for young adults is finding a job. It’s a task that can seem overwhelming. Here are my top 10 tips to help you get you […]
July 17, 2019

Peaks and Valleys: Getting Well and Staying Well

By Keira Lusby During the summer of 2016, I spent several weeks struggling with overwhelming anxiety and depression. It took months to admit to myself that I needed help, but once I did, the grueling journey of seeking wellness began. My counselor was stern but patient and knowledgeable. We discussed […]
June 24, 2019

Take the Bus! Let Grand Valley Transit do the driving for you

by Sarah Brooks Grand Valley Transit (GVT) is the local bus system in Mesa County, serving Grand Junction, Fruita, Clifton, and Palisade.  GVT operates 11 routes in Mesa County with service Monday-Saturday, except on holidays. Though buses run on a schedule, the SPOT app also shows the real-time location of […]
May 28, 2019

Got plans to enjoy the river?  Beware of hidden dangers

by Deputy Derrick Strauch We are lucky to live in such a beautiful area with access to several local rivers.  One of my favorite things to do in the summer is go rafting with a group of friends. But rivers can also be very dangerous, especially this year.    As […]
April 30, 2019

Pump up your tires – Bike Month is here!

by Gary Stubler May is Bike Month in the Grand Valley. This active observance is organized by Mesa County Public Health and includes a variety of events—like FREE breakfast for those who bike to work on May 8th, a mountain bike film festival on May 16th, and a Bike Month […]
April 23, 2019

Bikes, books and kids

by Devon Balet There is a little known fact surrounding books and children in our country. In the United States, in low-income areas, there is ONE age appropriate book in the home for every THREE HUNDRED children. One in every 300. That number can be hard to grasp, especially if […]
April 9, 2019

Prescription Drug Safety Starts with You

by Cassidy Foster Many times, people are prescribed medication and are unsure of what to do once the medication is no longer needed. A lot of people hang on to the medication with the thought, “I may need this later,” whether it is a painkiller, an antibiotic, or maybe even […]
April 2, 2019

Invest in what matters to you: Volunteer!

by Abby Landmeier April is host to National Volunteer Month. Across Mesa County, hundreds of hours are given each day, thousands a year. Each hour leads us to having a stronger community and keeping access to essential services going. Volunteering helps an organization and empowers individuals. Lending thought to the […]
March 19, 2019

Colorado National Monument’s best spring hikes

by Johanna van Waveren Spring is my favorite time of the year to hike in Colorado National Monument. Picture waterfalls and streams flowing through red rock canyons that normally are as dry as, well, a desert. Keep your eyes peeled for the baby bighorn sheep shadowing their protective mothers. Bright […]
March 6, 2019

Recreation is Connection

by Troy Ward Recreation: noun 1. Refreshment by means of some pastime, agreeable exercise, or the like. 2. A pastime, diversion, exercise, or other resource affording relaxation and enjoyment. Recreation is about experiencing connection. When we participate in recreation, our bodies are able to connect with something and disconnect from […]
February 5, 2019

Escaping Negative Love Cycles and Finding a Love that Nurtures

by Marti Montoya Only now, in mid-life and with scrappy knees from the relationship missteps, tumbles and crashes, do I count myself lucky in love.  With age can come wisdom … but I’m also a counselor, privileged to be a student of human behavior.  The tools of the trade are […]
January 10, 2019
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Financial wellness in the New Year

by Amy Weitzel More than 40% of all Americans live paycheck-to-paycheck and have difficulty meeting their household expenses each month, according to a recent PricewaterhouseCoopers study. The same study says more than 72% of American workers are highly impacted by student loans and 24% have pulled money out of their […]
December 18, 2018

Winter Wellness… How to stay active and healthy year round

by Callie Berkson There are several moments in a year, where as a parent you find yourself struggling with how to keep your kids active, healthy, engaged, and just plain… happy. When the weather outside is bleak, it’s hard to stay focused on ways to achieve this without breaking the […]
December 4, 2018

Surrender and shed, tips on surviving change

by Lindsay Maurer Some changes in life are forced on us. Aging is one.  Other changes are the result of choices we make to better our lives or accomplish goals we have set. Either way, change is challenging, and we always have a choice about how we will handle the […]