Archive for: February, 2011

Oil shale touted as “tremendous resource”

Tony Dammer expects his company to soon begin extracting oil from oil shale formations in Utah, a small part of what he deems a “tremendous resource” that offers the potential to wean the United States off imported supplies. With an estimated 1.5 trillion barrels of oil locked in shale deposits in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming […]

United Way: Collections down, but participation up

United Way of Mesa County fell short of its latest fund-raising goal, but still collected more than $1 million and involved more employees in workplace campaigns in the process. United Way announced at its 2010-2011 campaign celebration on Feb. 24 that it had raised $1,081,035. That total is about 90 percent of the $1.2 million […]

Bank of Colorado announces change of leadership in Grand Junction

Jeff Franklin soon will become president of two Bank of Colorado branches in Grand Junction, suceeding Chris Launer, who’s retiring. Launer expects to retire effective March 31. His retirement will end a 38-year career in banking, 18 of that with Bank of Colorado. In addition to his role with the bank,  Launer has served with […]

St. Mary’s new marathon man: Hospital CEO takes long-term view

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Michael McBride frequently finds himself on the run — whether its keeping pace with a hectic schedule as a hospital administrator or training to compete in his next marathon. One thing has everything to do with the other. Outside of work, McBride runs to relieve stress and stay fit. But there’s also some perspective to […]

If not new, at least renewed: New construction down, but remodeling up

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These are trying times in the construction industry. Just as people encounter difficulty in selling their homes, so do people who make a living building new homes. With a glut of homes on the Mesa County market with listing prices below levels of three years ago, there’s little incentive to build. “I’m involved in 83 […]

Flooring: Local preferences don’t always follow national trends

Like any other business, the carpet and flooring business requires owners to stay abreast of current national trends while also realizing local trends might not follow suit. Such is the case in Grand Junction, where Mark Ledebur, owner of Carpetime, keeps an eye on national trends, but also strives to meet the needs of his […]

Bathroom remodeling: The price is right and timing could be, too

While many homeowners focus on remodeling jobs instead of searching for a newer home, they might be reticent to take on an expensive project — like redoing a kitchen. For such people, it might be a good time to consider a less expensive job, such as remodeling a bathroom. “It’s the right price point,” said […]

Solar systems increasingly popular

“Spring is a good time,” said Andy Whipple, sales and design representative for Atlasta Solar in Grand Junction. Indeed, the season can be a good time for the solar business for many reasons. As daylight hours increase, so does the potential to generate electricity from the sun. People can also be more aware of the […]

What’s hot and what’s not: “Green” systems help

The green energy wave is helpful for businesses and homeowners looking for tax incentives as a means to offset the costs of heating and cooling their buildings. One of the more popular items these days is the geothermal heat pump. “There’s a big push on a commercial level, and we’re getting several residential inquiries,” said […]

Group exercise classes latest step in evolution of fun fitness

In 1980, aerobics was introduced into health clubs in a class style format. It’s best remembered by the dress code: leotards, brightly colored tights and leg warmers. This fashion statement was complimented by feathered hair styles and high-top tennis shoes. More specialized aerobics classes made their way into the scene by 1990, including step aerobics, […]


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