Archive for: March, 2013

Destructive roles: Firms help clients comply with information security regulations

Ken Burns, owner of E-Waste Recyclers of Colorado, runs computer hard drives through a machine that shreds the components into so much metal confetti. In addition to recycling electronic components, E-Waste Recyclers offers electronic data destruction services. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Scott Fasken tells horror stories about what happens to businesses when they don’t protect confidential medical and financial information. Thieves break into an office and steal computers. A thumb drive is lost. Bins full of documents headed to a shredder tumble off the back of a truck and wallpaper a busy city street. Endings are […]

Plan ahead to smooth retirement income and taxes

The January 2013 tax hikes make tax planning more important than ever.  Two strategies we’ve identified are of particular interest to retirees trying to make their savings last as long as possible. Perhaps some of these strategies will help you think about your income and expenses during your retirement years. Planning is the key to […]

Real estate transactions occur when all parties benefit

It’s a common question I frequently hear from friends and acquaintances: What’s moving in the real estate business? After explaining I don’t sell houses, I usually say the last quarter saw a big increase in industrial leases — or retail leases, investor purchases or whatever the trends were for the last several months. That’s the […]

Lagging recovery affirms a need for helpful efforts

Two disconcerting indicators continue to reflect the lag in economic recovery in Mesa County compared to other areas of Colorado. While the unemployment rate remains stubbornly high, sales tax collections trend downward. And if you surmise there’s a connection between the two, you’re likely right. The circumstances lead to a second point, and that’s the […]

And now, a ban on telecommuting?

Rather than governing with his business experience in mind, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg uses government to impose an intrusive regulatory agenda. There’s his ban on selling beverages with sugar in containers larger than 16 ounces in New York City restaurants, movie theaters and food carts. This follows a 2006 ban on trans fat […]

Randstanding renews an important argument

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s filibuster was not only enormously fun to watch, but demonstrated a piece of political genius to boot. If nothing else, the filibuster was a symbolic victory for conservatives sorely in need of a public show of resistance against an increasingly engorged leviathan. On the merits of Sen. Paul’s arguments, we enter […]

Republicans more likely to let the poor suffer to help the rich

To the editor: Sloan’s moans continue to beset me. Now he wants to bestow a corollary statement on Democrats that says “If a crisis does not cooperate and presents itself, invent one.” I believe it fits Republicans better. Are they not the ones wishing that Ayn Rand’s prognostications would become reality? Are they not the […]

Mortgage company hires loan officer

Laurinda Conrad has joined Guild Mortgage in Grand Junction as a loan officer. Conrad has worked in the financial industry since 1987 and the mortgage industry for nearly 16 years. She started out as a loan processor and subsequently became a loan officer. Guild Mortgage operates offices at 501 Main St. For more information, call […]

Real estate firm staff attends conference

A dozen members of the staff at Bray Real Estate in Grand Junction attended the annual conference of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. A total of 2,000 associates from independent real estate firms in 17 countries participated in the conference in Las Vegas. Sessions covered such topics as marketing, networking, sales skills […]

Public works manager receives river society award

Greg Trainor, public works, utilities and planning manager for the City of Grand Junction, has received the River Manager of the Year Award from the River Management Society. The society supports professionals who manage, study and protect North American rivers. The group presents the award to those who exhibit leadership in  promoting and protecting natural, […]

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