Archive for: June, 2011

Housing authority joins in emergency loan program

The Grand Junction Housing Authority has been selected to participate in a program offering interest-free loans to homeowners at risk of foreclosure. The Emergency Homeowner Loan Program (EHLP) will provide nearly 1,000 Colorado homeowners an opportunity to apply for loans to help pay their monthly mortgage payments for up to two years or $50,000, whichever […]

Grand Junction health insurance executive appointed to new exchange board

A Grand Junction health insurance executive is among nine people appointed to a board that will oversee a new health benefits exchange in Colorado. Steve ErkenBrack, president and chief executive officer of Rocky Mountain Health Plans, will serve on the Colorado Health Benefits Exchange Board of Directors. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper announced the appointments. “The […]

North Dakota boom town draws interest from local workers and businesses

Here’s a preview of a story that will appear in the July 14-27 print issue of the Business Times. Read the paper or check back online for more details. For people who’ve lived through the booms and busts of energy development in Western Colorado, the scenario sounds all too familiar. A small city experiences a […]

Employer survey: Health care costs increase 8 percent on Western Slope

Western Colorado employers pay an average of 8 percent more for health care insurance compared to last year, according to the latest results of an annual survey. While employers continue to pick up most of the cost of health benefits and insurance premiums constitute a growing proportion of payrolls, employees are paying more for benefits, […]

Sales tax collections keep increasing, but for how long?

Sales and use tax collections for the City of Grand Junction continue to follow a pattern the city manager forecast last fall for the first half of 2011. Whether or not a dire prediction for the second half of 2011 comes to fruition remains up for speculation. According to the city report for May, sales […]

Another Grand Valley firm acquired

A Grand Junction firm with more than 50 years of operation in the Grand Valley has been acquired by a Washington, D.C. based company. Grand Junction Pipe and Supply now works under the umbrella of Summit Materials, which also acquired Elam Construction in Grand Junction earlier this year. Ron and Marie Tipping, owners of Grand […]

Home builder plans Star effort

Darin Carei draws a distinction between the home construction techniques required by building codes and the techniques required to meet Energy Star standards for energy efficiency. “The code is the way we can build and Energy Star is the way we should build,” says Carei, owner of a Senergy Builders in Grand Junction. Carei expects […]

Consumer confidence declines

A monthly statistical snapshot of consumer confidence shows less upbeat assessments of not only current conditions, but also short-term expectations. The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) dropped more than three points in June to 58.5, the lowest reading this year. Lynn Franco, director of the Conference Board Consumer Research Center, said a two-month decline […]

Summer tourism swings into high gear, lodging tax reports mixed bag

As the summer tourism season swings into high gear, lodging tax reports reflect something of a mixed bag for the hospitality industry in the Grand Valley so far this year. Lodging tax revenues reported in May were down from the same month last year. But total collections reported for January through May remain up slightly […]

Real estate firm announces new agents and mortgage office

Six real estate agents have joined Real Estate West in Grand Junction. The new agents are: Jonilyn Berry, Rob Burnett, Heidi Jo Elder, Lori Dearth, Esther Piper and Terry Ruckman. In addition, Universal Mortgage has opened a location at Real Estate West. Jo Dee Pace and Karen Cordoba specialize in Federal Housing Administration 203B and […]

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