Archive for: March, 2014

U.S. risks repeating mistakes of history

Looking back on the events of the last few weeks, I found myself wondering if there’s a Russian word for Lebensraum. For those who have an appreciation of the history of World War II — I’m not sure how modern progressive high school history texts might refer to it, if at all — the parallels […]

Cooperative effort encouraged in developing a state water plan

Kelly Sloan , The Business Times Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper continues to advocate for a cooperative approach, including efforts to develop a statewide water plan. Describing his role as that of a facilitator, Hickenlooper said the goal is to bring various parties and stakeholders together to hash out their differences and come up with a compromise. […]

Governor talks issues with chamber

Kelly Sloan, The Business Times Representatives from Halliburton had no sooner thanked John Hickenlooper for touring a drill bit refurbishing operation in Grand Junction than the Colorado governor returned the courtesy. “It is us who need to thank you,” Hickenlooper said, referring to the more than 100,00 jobs and $30 billion in economic contributions the energy sector […]

Public input sought for monumental deliberations

Kelly Sloan, The Business Times U.S. Sen Mark Udall vowed to take into consideration local concerns in legislation that would change the Colorado National Monument into a national park. During a recent meeting at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Udall was flanked by members of a committee formed to draft language for proposed legislation even as he encouraged  public participation […]

Mesa County jobless rate slips

Phil Castle, The Business Times The monthly unemployment rate in Mesa County has slipped from what’s usually the highest level of the year as labor conditions gradually improve. “I think we’re going to see continued, but very slow, improvement,” said Sue Tuffin, director of the Mesa County Workforce Center n Grand Junciton. Accrording to the latest statistical […]

Index: Consumer confidence rebounds

A monthly measure of consumer confidence has rebounded on more optimistic expectations for improving business and labor conditions. The Conference Board reported that its Consumer Confidence Index jumped four points to 82.3 in March. The increase more than makes up for a 1.1 point decrease the month before. A component of the index tracking current […]

Leading index signals growth

A monthly index forecasting economic performance in the United States continues to rise, signaling growth ahead. The Conference Board reported that its Leading Economic Index climbed to 99.8 in February, up a half of a percent. The LEI has increased 2.7 percent over the past six months. Separate measures of current and lagging performance also […]

CMU students earn seed money for best business pitches

Two students who hope to bring to market a new medical device designed to improve mobility for the disabled were the latest winners of an annual elevator pitch competition at Colorado Mesa University. Marshall Anderson and Ryan Bengford placed first in the event, conducted as part of Entrepreneurship Day at CMU. Three finalists had 90 […]

Mercy Ships founder: Answers to basic questions offer direction

Phil Castle, The Business Times Answering three questions offered Don Stephens some of the direction that changed his life and, subsequently, the lives of millions of others. For Stephens, that meant founding Mercy Ships, an international charity that over the past 36 years has delivered an estimated $1 billion in medical services to more than 2.4 […]

Workers pass safety milestone on tailings cleanup

Workers involved in a project to clean up a massive uranium mill tailings pile near Moab, Utah, passed a safety milestone: 2 million hours without a lost-time injury or illness. “We have a great work force that is dedicated to the strong safety culture that has been developed on this project,” said Jeff Biagini, a […]

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