Archive for: November, 2017

Consumer Confidence Index remains at 17-year high

A monthly measure of consumer confidence remains at its highest level in 17 years on more upbeat assessments of business and labor conditions that bode well for the holiday shopping season and coming new year. The Conference Board reported its Consumer Confidence Index climbed 3.3 points to 129.5 in November. With gains in each of […]

Solving problems: Teacher recognizing for STEM efforts

Phil Johnston — a teacher who coordinates the science, technology, engineering and math program at Central High School — demonstrates a three-dimensional printer students use for various projects. The Colorado Technology Association selected Johnston as its 2017 Educator of the Year. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times While Phil Johnston works hard to prepare high school students for careers in science, technology, engineering and math, he says the so-called STEM program he coordinates involves something more basic. That’s teaching students to apply what they learn to solve problems. It’s an approach for which Johnston has become a […]

Firm earns funding for smart city efforts

Phil Castle, The Business Times A business executive expects to use a $250,000 grant to further efforts to make Grand Junction a model for more precisely locating and managing underground utilities. “At the end of the day, it’s about developing better information so people can make better decisions,” said Page Tucker, president and chief executive […]

Workforce center warns against possible scams

The Mesa County Workforce Center in Grand Junction warns people looking for jobs to look out for possible scams. The center discovered a fraudulent employer had been using the Connecting Colorado database to scam job seekers. Scams can happen on platforms outside of Connecting Colorado, and job seekers should remain alert for the potential signs […]

Community Hospital awarded for workplace wellness efforts

Community Hospital in Grand Junction has earned recognition for its efforts to promote workplace wellness. The hospital received the Gold Well Workplace Award from the Workplace Council of America. The hospital is the only business in Mesa County to have received the award. “We are extremely proud of this award. Our employees are our greatest […]

Propaganda all wrong: Lower tax rates will help economy and workers

Politics drives the war against tax relief and reform for U.S. businesses, certainly not sound economic thinking. The political battle over big changes to our tax code has been engaged for months. With Republicans in both the U.S. House and Senate each laying out their versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the intensity […]

Latest indicators offer reason for thanksgiving

There’s a natural tendency to view economic indicators from all sides. That’s because indicators seldom offer news that’s either all good or entirely bad. The glass really can be half full and half empty at the same time. Economists similarly parse their pronouncements. While they might not say it in so many words, they use […]

No matter your year, there’s always a lot for which to be thankful

Have you had one of those years? I have. Probably the most difficult year I’ve ever survived. On the personal side, losing my Mom last October began a series of difficult times and decisions I never dreamed I’d be making, let alone doing. Were some of them good? Sure, but none were easy. Family decisions […]

Follow these timely tips to keep fit for fall

Fall can be a season when exercise routines waiver. It’s no longer summer, but not yet winter. It’s too cold to continue with many of the summer activities you enjoy. You could even become a little blue with the realization summer has ended and your favorite activities are over for a while. Still, fall brings […]

Grand Junction a great place in which to invest

The word is out. The Grand Junction economy has rebounded, and real estate investments are flying off the shelf.  It appears nearly every real estate investment type — including commercial service properties, hotels, industrial buildings, multi-family buildings and office buildings — is either fully leased or selling. It’s a great time to be a buyer […]


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