Archive for: November, 2015

Confidence index retreats on less upbeat jobs outlook

A monthly measure of consumer confidence in the United States has retreated for a second straight month on less upbeat expectations for the labor market. The Conference Board reported that its Consumer Confidence Index dropped nearly nine points to 90.4 for November. The index has retreated almost 13 points over the past two months. “The […]

DDA board ends contract with newly hired director

The Downtown Development Authority in Grand Junction will resume the search for a director after a contract with a newly hired executive was terminated after less than two months on the job. The DDA board of directors announced in a news release it ended a contract with John Schneiger effective Dec. 4. Schneiger was hired […]

Mesa County jobless rate down, but so is labor force

Phil Castle, The Business Times The monthly unemployment rate continues to slip in Mesa County as more people find seasonal work for the holidays. The local labor force continues to shrink nonetheless with slowing in the energy sector that’s followed slumping prices. Initial claims for unemployment insurance are up even as overall labor demand has […]

Leading index forecasts continues growth in U.S.

A monthly index forecasting economic performance in the United States has increased, signaling continued growth into next year. The Conference Board reported that its Leading Economic Index rose six-tenths of a percent to 124.1 in October. Separate measures of current and past economic performance also increased. “Despite lackluster third quarter growth, the economic outlook now […]

Energy industry group elects new president

Quint Shear has been elected president and chairman of the board of the Western Slope Colorado Oil & Gas Association, a Grand Junction-based trade group of energy producers, contractors and vendors. “I am proud to lead an organization representing one of the largest business segments on the West Slope and one of the largest in […]

Real estate firm honors best-selling agents

Chris Pinson, Melanie Heiden and Mary Kruse were honored as the top-performing agents for October at Heiden Homes Realty and Associates in Grand Junction. Pinson posted the highest dollar volume for sales for the month. Pinson and Heiden tied for the most transactions. Heiden and Kruse tied for the most new listings. Heiden Homes operates […]

Glaucoma specialist joins eye care practice

Dr. James Fox has joined Hoffman Eye Care by ICON in Grand Junction. An ophthalmologist and glaucoma specialist, Fox specializes in medical and surgical treatments for glaucoma, cataracts, intraocular lens complications and injuries. “We are very excited to have an experienced surgeon of Dr. Fox’s caliber with exceptional skills in the diagnosis and surgical treatment […]

Surgeon seeing patients at Fruita hospital

Dr. Christopher Wibbelsman, a surgeon with General Surgeons of Western Colorado, is seeing patients on Thursdays at Colorado Canyons Hospital and Medical Center in Fruita. “We are thrilled to be able to offer the expertise in general surgery that Dr. Wibbelsman provides,” said Mark Francis, president and chief executive officer of Family Health West, which […]

Bookstore presentation to explore dowsing

A series of free presentations featuring local authors and speakers continues at Crystal Books and Gifts, 439 Main St. in downtown Grand Junction. A presentation set for 11 a.m. Nov. 22 will feature Polly Cady, who will explore the art of dowsing to find lost items as well as improve health and answer questions about […]

Library sets up giving trees for the holidays

Mesa County Libraries has once again joined with Grand Valley Catholic Outreach to help needy families during the holidays. Through Dec. 12, “giving trees” decorated with gift requests from underprivileged Mesa County residents of all ages will be set up at the central library in Grand Junction and branch libraries in Clifton, DeBeque and Fruita. […]


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