Archive for: February, 2015

Leading index forecasts growth, but also risk

A monthly index forecasting economic conditions in the United States continues to rise, but at a slower pace that  could signal less growth in the months ahead. The Conference Board reported that its Leading  Economic Indicator edged up two-tenths of a percent to 121.1. Separate indexes tracking current and past economic performance also increased. Considered […]

Lodging tax collections trend upward

A monthly measure of hotel and motel stays in Grand Junction continues to trend upward. According to the Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau report for January, $64,253 in lodging taxes were collected. That’s a 5.3 percent increase over the $61,014 in collections reported for the same month in 2014. Since lodging tax reports lag […]

Tax numbers reflect stronger holiday sales

Phil Castle, The Business Times If  tax collections are any indicator — and they usually are — Grand Valley businesses enjoyed slightly higher holiday sales this year. The City of Grand Junction and Mesa County both reported year-over-year gains in January sales tax collections based on December sales. The numbers are doubly important not only […]

Photographers among winners of ag contest

James Cox of Palisade and Elena Drazev of Grand Junction are among the photographers who received honorable mention awards in the latest contest showcasing the Colorado agriculture industry. “This year was the first time the contest accepted only digital entries. We were excited to see so many high-quality images in this year’s contest,” said Wendy […]

Engineer joins health care organization board

Blaine Buck, a consulting engineer who operates Bighorn Consulting Engineers, has joined the board of directors of Family Health West in Fruita. “We are so fortunate to have Blaine as a member of our board. Blaine has a sincere interest in the well-being of our community and will certainly be an asset to the organization,” […]

Accountant earns CPA license

Peri Ann Unfred, an accountant at Grand Mesa CPAs in Grand Junction, has earned her license as a certified public accountant. Unfred works in a public accounting role managing business and individual client relationships in all areas served by the firm. Ed Branson, managing partner of Grand Mesa CPAs, said he’s excited about Unfred’s continued […]

Broker associated earns residential specialist designation

Vonnie Folkers, a broker associate with Bray Real Estate in Grand Junction, has earned the Certified Residential Specialist designation. The Council of Residential Specialists, an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors, bestows the designation on professionals who’ve completed training and demonstrated achievement in residential real estate sales. “Having learned the latest tactics and technologies […]

Bank names vice president of trust and asset management office

Gena Cooper has returned to the Alpine Bank trust and asset management office in Grand Junction as vice president. “I am very fortunate to have this opportunity,” Cooper said. “The diverse group of clients represented in our markets makes my job so interesting and refreshing. I also look forward to reconnecting with past relationships and […]

Real estate agent joins Grand Junction firm

Carol Cross has joined Heiden Homes Realty and Associates in Grand Junction as a broker. Cross brings to her new position 14 years of experience as a real estate agent, but traces her roots in the industry even further. “I’ve been in real estate since I was 17, when I bought my first house,” she […]

Brokers awarded at annual meeting

Hal Heath and Janell Gear, both broker owners and members of Metro Brokers Grand Junction, received awards during a recent annual meeting for Metro Brokers Inc. in Denver. Heath, broker and owner of Heath & Co. Realtors, was named top producer in residential sales for the Western Slope for 2014. Heath was among the original […]


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