Archive for: January, 2012

Labor gains ahead? While pace will be slow, observers foresee job growth

As business services manager at the Mesa County Workforce Center in Grand Junction, Suzie Miller is uniquely positioned to track local labor trends. Miller foresees slow, but steady, job growth in the year ahead. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Suzie Miller cites a number of statistical trends she believes reflect improving labor conditions in Mesa County. But one sure sign of better times, she says, is the return of an annual job fair, an event that will feature 40 companies looking to fill actual openings, not just collect applications […]

Colorado National Monument superintendent appointed

A woman with 30 years of experience working for the National Park Service in locations across the United States will take over in mid-February as the new superintendent of Colorado National Monument. Lisa Eckert has been appointed to succeed Joan Anzelmo, who retired last year. Eckert twice worked at the Colorado National Monument during her […]

Surgeon plans free presentation on back pain

Michael Dohm, a doctor with Rocky Mountain Orthopaedic Associates in Grand Junction, will present a free seminar on back pain set for 11 a.m. Jan. 31 at the Fruita Community Center, 324 N. Coulson St. A board-certified orthopaedist who specializes in general orthopaedic surgery, Dohm treats patients for a variety of conditions. He performs surgery […]

Buffalo Wild Wings announces plans for Mesa Mall location

A fast-growing restaurant franchise that specializes in chicken wings has announced plans to soon open a location in Grand Junction. Buffalo Wild Wings is expected to open later this year at the Mesa Mall. “We’re always looking for opportunities to expand our brand and bring our great-tasting food and unique guest experience to new markets. […]

Airport director defends gates, other operations

Phil Castle, The Business Times Rex Tippetts defends the installation of fencing and gates at the Grand Junction Regional Airport as the best available option to comply with federal safety and security regulations. Tippetts also defends what he said is a record of improvements in airport operations and commercial airline service during his six-year tenure […]

Colorado growth forecast, but global economy uncertain

The Colorado economy should continue to slowly recover in 2012 even as uncertainty over the global economy persists. Gross domestic product, the broad measure of goods and services produced in the United States, should grow at an annual rate of about 2 percent. Payrolls nationally should increase 1 percent, according to projections at an annual […]

Rising tax collections viewed as an indicator of improving economy

Sales tax collections rose nearly 7 percent in Mesa County in 2011 compared to 2010 — an increase that’s seen as an indication not only of growing retail sales, but also improving economic conditions. “We hope this is a good sign that things are starting to look up for our local economy,” said Mesa County […]

Mesa County falls in metro ranking

Grand Junction tumbled another 60 spots in the latest ranking of how well small metropolitan areas create and sustain jobs and economic growth. The Grand Junction metropolitan statistical area, which equates to Mesa County, fell from 57th to 117th among 179 small metro areas ranked in the 2011 Milken Institute Best-Performing Cities Index. The index […]

County offices relocating to new facility

Several Mesa County offices are moving into a newly renovated central facility, a consolidation that’s expected to offer one-stop convenience as well as save  an estimated $260,000 a year. At the same time, the Grand Junction City Council has voted to enter into a contract to provide procurement services for Mesa County in a collaborative […]

Downtown Uplift awareness effort earns recognition

The City of Grand Junction and Downtown Development Authority have earned statewide recognition for a public awareness campaign conducted during a massive Main Street renovation project in 2010. The Colorado Chapter of the American Public Works Association presented the award during a luncheon in Denver. Trent Prall, engineering manager of the Grand Junction Public Works […]


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