grand-junction1Grand Junction, Colorado, will be the location for a  2-Day TapRooT® Incident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis on February 9-10, 2010. In just two days you will learn the basics of the TapRooT® System for finding the root causes of incidents, accidents, quality problems, near-misses, operational errors, hospital sentinel events, and other types of problems. Once you find the real root causes using this systematic process, learn to develop effective fixes that will keep problems from happening again.

For more information and to register for the course in Grand Junction, visit: http://www.taproot.com/courses.php?d=851&l=1.

Grand Junction is located along the Colorado River, where it receives the Gunnison River from the south. The name “Grand” refers to the historical upper Colorado River until renamed in 1921, and the word “Junction” is from the joining of the Colorado and Gunnison rivers. Hence, Grand Junction has been given the nickname “River City.” The city sits near the mid-point of a 30-mile arcing valley, known as the Grand Valley, a major fruit-growing region. In recent years, several wineries have been established in the area as well. The Colorado National Monument, a series of canyons and mesas similar to the Grand Canyon, overlooks the city on the west, while the Book Cliffs are a prominent series of cliffs that define the northern side of the Grand Valley. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Junction,_Colorado)

Things to Do in Grand Junction:

Adventure Bound River Expeditions will take you down the Colorado River for the experience of a lifetime. Whether you enjoy riding in an oar raft, a large pontoon boat, an inflatable kayak, or you want a combination of options, they have the appropriate trip for you. Their professional crew will handle the rafts, pack and unpack gear, and prepare all meals.

Museum of Western Colorado is the largest multi-disciplinary museum between Salt Lake City and Denver. Over the past 40 years, they have grown to incorporate many facilities. You can visit Museum of the West, Cross Orchards Historic Site, Dinosaur Journey Museum, Loyd Files Research Library, and Whitman Educational Center.

The Western Colorado Botanical Gardens
hosts classes, concerts, butterfly releases, and other exciting events. Their mission is to promote responsible conservation of precious natural resources in Western Colorado by providing educational and recreational opportunities for visitors of all ages.

Colorado National Monument offers 23,000 acres of rock formations, arches, canyons, and exposed layers of earth. Hikers can enjoy more than 20 miles of trails, where they will experience sheer-walled, red rock canyons, as well as an abundance of wildlife.

Surrounded by spectacular scenery, The Grand Valley region produces wonderful, wine-with-grapeshigh-quality wines. There are many charming vineyards and wineries to choose from, and a tour through the heart of Colorado Wine Country is perfect for any level of enthusiast:

Carlson Vineyards

Colorado Cellars Winery

Garfield Estates

Plum Creek Winery

Dining in Grand Junction:

Il Bistro Italiano offers a combination of traditional and modern Italian dishes. The pastas, breads, sauces, and desserts are all made at the restaurant from fresh, local ingredients. Try a traditional favorite like Lasagna or something a bit more unique like Crespelle: parmesan flavored crepes folded and baked with oven-roasted rosemary ham, provolone cheese, and sautéed mushrooms.

Rockslide Restaurant & Brewery is located in the heart of downtown Grand Junction. Enjoy their award-winning handcrafted micro brews while you try to decide on something from their spectacular menu. Their eclectic menu has everything from burgers, pasta, and pizza to chicken fried steak, meatloaf, mahi-mahi, ribs, steaks, quesadillas, and so much more!

meal-1626 on Rood — Modern American Cuisine & Wine Bar features Mediterranean and Latin dishes with a decidedly modern American twist. The chef uses local suppliers and growers for many of the organic and natural ingredients used in the 626 kitchen. Also known for premium seafood, their fish is only sourced from Honolulu Fish Company, over-nighted directly from the Honolulu docks. Enjoy a selection from 56 wines by the glass from around the world on their garden patio.

Fly’n Roosters has an atmosphere that is as spicy as their wings. But they are more than just wings! Have a cold brew on their patio while enjoying great sandwiches, burgers, ribs, fish n’ chips and more.

Rib City Grill has won numerous awards for their Southern-style barbecue. In addition to pork and beef BBQ, you will find smoked turkey, chicken and fish sandwiches, burgers, shrimp, steak and, of course, their famous baby back ribs.

For more information and to register for the course in Grand Junction, visit: http://www.taproot.com/courses.php?d=851&l=1.