Archive for: December, 2012

Palisade hotel to host another TV game show winner

The Wine Country Inn in Palisade will host another winning contestant from “The Price is Right” television game show. CBS, the television network that broadcasts “The Price is Right,” asked the Wine Country Inn to participate in the program after the hotel offered a six-night stay package as a prize in 2012. The episode featuring […]

Denver water resolutions aside, West Slope controls its own future

Like many Western Slope residents, I was disappointed at the decision by the Denver City Council to weigh in on a Western Slope economic development issue in the manner in which the council did. As the Denver Post reported, a council resolution centered on fears of the “possibility that future oil shale development could use […]

City saves green by going green

Phil Castle, The Business Times Terry Franklin envisions a day when solar panels fully power the wastewater treatment plant that serves much of the Grand Valley. What’s more, natural gas created at the plant will become a source of energy as well. That day hasn’t yet arrived. In the meantime, the City of Grand Junction […]

As fiscal cliff looms, consumer confidence drops

A monthly measure of consumer confidence has dropped — along with expectations for improving business and labor conditions. The Conference Board reported that its Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) retreated six points to 65.1 in December. While a component of the index tracking consumer assessments of current conditions rose more than five points, a component tracking […]

Mesa County jobless rate edges up

Phil Castle, The Business Times The monthly unemployment rate in Mesa County has increased even as payrolls and the overall labor force have decreased. Employers seem a little more hesitant to hire and some of those looking for work have given up on job hunts for now, said Suzie Miller, business services manager at the […]

Will End of World Happen on Dec 21 or Jan 1?

The following is a paid advertiser contribution to The Business Times BY CRAIG A. SEVERANCE, CPA For quite some time we have heard the ancient Mayan calendar predicted the End of the World on Dec. 21st, 2012. However, if you have listened to the media lately, it seems this dire event has now been moved […]

Index signals slowing recovery

A monthly index forecasting economic performance in the United States has edged down, signaling slowing in an already slow recovery. The Conference Board reported that its Leading Economic Index (LEI) slipped two-tenths of a percent in November to 95.8. Separate measures of current and past performance increased, however. “The indicators reflect an economy that remains […]

Incubation period: Business center passes 25-year milestone

Katie Peffer, left, and Kara Abney package reusable plastic canning lids and rubber ring gaskets at the S&S Innovations operation at the Business Incubator Center in Grand Junction. The fast-growing manufacturer is one of 64 tenants of the incubator program at the center.Since the center opened in 1987, more than 260 businesses have completed the program.

Phil Castle, The Business Times When Jon Maraschin envisions what the Business Incubator Center in Grand Junction might look like 25 years from now, he talks about the possibilities for a research park or perhaps additional facilities in nearby communities. That’s not to mention the addition of a space port, he jokes. But what Maraschin […]

BLM plan scheduled for review

Phil Castle, The Business Times  A preliminary version of a plan that will guide the management of nearly 1 million acres of federal land in Mesa County is expected to soon be ready for public review. Meanwhile, though, work continues on a separate environmental analysis of a proposed coal mine north of Mack.  A 90-day […]

$158 million in energy funds distributed to Colorado

Nearly $158 million has been distributed to Colorado as part of revenues collected from energy and mineral production on federal lands during the 2012 fiscal year. A total of more than $2.1 billion was distributed to 36 states as their share of revenues collected from oil, natural gas and mineral production on federal lands within […]


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