Archive for: October, 2011

Real estate agent launches career with Grand Junction firm

Ron Walz has joined Bray Real Estate in Grand Junction. Walz was born and raised in Grand Junction, but left to attend school in Las Vegas. He developed an interest in the real estate industry and returned to Grand Junction to begin his career. Bray Real Estate operates offices at 1015 N. Seventh St. For […]

New senior VP to oversee retail banking

First National Bank of the Rockies has promoted a manager to oversee retail banking operations in Western Colorado. Todd Young has been named senior vice president of retail banking. In his new position, Young will oversee retail banking operations as well as bank managers at 10 locations throughout the region. Young previously served as manager […]

Philanthropic entrepreneur leaves behind a legacy of innovation and giving

A Grand Junction businessman and philanthropist who founded an instruments manufacturing company and supported a variety of community causes has died. Bruce Dixson leaves behind a legacy of innovation as well giving. Dixon died Oct. 24. He was 93. Dixson was founder and majority owner of a manufacturing  firm that bore his name. The company […]

County budget for 2012: Capital spending up, general fund spending down

While spending for capital projects will increase next year under a proposed budget for Mesa County, the allocation for the general fund will decrease to accommodate an expected drop in property tax revenues. The overall 2012 county budget totals nearly $145.8 million. That’s a decrease of about $1.2 million — or 0.8 percent — from […]

Decline in SBA-backed loan activity in Mesa County bucks trends

The dollar volume of loans backed by the U.S. Small Business Administration continues to decline in Mesa County even as lending levels elsewhere in Colorado and the United States climb to record heights. While SBA officials and lenders were unable to pinpoint a specific reason or reasons for the diverging trends, they say many small […]

Western Colorado still teeming with energy and opportunity

With two large projects on the cusp, plans for an Energy Epicenter and emerging technologies for shale development, the western slope has a bright outlook.  Grand Junction continues to be a desired location for the energy business,” says Diane Schwenke, President and CEO of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce (GJACC), “There are quite […]

Irrigation districts receive salinity reduction grants

A Grand Valley irrigation district has been awarded $2.8 million in federal funding to line canals and convert ditches into pipelines as part of ongoing efforts to reduce salinity in the Colorado River. Four irrigation districts in Western Colorado will receive a total of $20.1 million in cost-share awards, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced. “Salinity […]

Businesses striking out with health care reforms

 Imagine a World Series where players aren’t allowed to swing their bats and instead strike out just for stepping up to the plate. That’s how American small business owners trying to create jobs will feel in 2014 when a provision of President Barack Obama’s health care law gets underway.   The passage of the Patient Protection […]

At your service: SBA strives to assist underserved communities

The U.S. Small Business Administration remains committed to providing access and opportunity to Americans who are — or want to become — small business owners. For a variety of reasons, some communities are underserved when it comes to getting the tools they need to help grow businesses and create jobs. This includes residents of some […]

Fruita Co-op Country plans benefit pet event

Fruita Co-op Country will participate in a benefit pet vaccination and microchip event set for 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 29 at 1650 U.S. Highway 6 & 50. Veterinarian Paul Grych will conduct the vaccination and microchip clinic. Proceeds will benefit the Roice-Hurst Humane Society animal shelter in Clifton. The event also will feature pets […]


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