Stories written by Mike Moran

Mike Moran has worked as a news and sports reporter, and news manager for the past 30 years, in markets that include Rochester, New York; Colorado Springs; Panama City, Florida and Monroe, Louisiana. He also teaches Speechmaking at Mesa State College and assists his wife, Toni Heiden, in managing her real estate company in downtown Grand Junction. Mike is active in Kiwanis Club of Grand Junction, the Mesa State MBA Alumni Committee, Habitat for Humanity, the United Way and the Botanical Gardens of Western Colorado.

Lawyer pens novels that offer inside look at legal system

Mike Moran,  The Business Times: Carroll Multz writes legal thrillers designed not only to entertain, but also offer an inside look at the judicial system. “I kiddingly refer to my novels as textbooks disguised as novels,” says Multz, a retired Grand Junction trial lawyer who also works as an adjunct professor at Colorado Mesa University. […]

Most tax collections on the rise

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Mike Moran, The Business Times The City of Grand Junction and Mesa County continue to report increased sales tax collections over last year, although lodging tax collections still lag behind. The city reported $4.42 million in sales and use tax collections in July, while the county reported $3.26 million in sales tax collections. Lodging tax […]

Opportunistic market: Vacancies, lower prices make commercial purchases attractive

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Commercial real estate avoided the fate many economists predicted in the wake of the Great Recession. With bond payments coming due for shopping malls and other major commercial properties — along with tighter lending regulations —owners of commercial properties were expected to file for foreclosure in massive numbers. So went the hypothesis. While it’s true […]

Projects proceed, but future uncertain

In the midst of dire predictions for large-scale commercial construction projects, the Grand Valley has been home to several landmark efforts. Some were recently completed. Others are scheduled for completion within the next 12 months. Beyond that, though, few are willing to predict how much activity will occur. “We are a long way from much […]

Recovery in construction sector likely years away

As large commercial construction projects wind down in the Grand Valley, people working on the front lines nervously join real estate agents, bankers and mortgage brokers in hoping that more large projects come on line beyond the middle of next year. Employment remains a concern across all industries, but the construction sector has been hit […]

Fed plan buoys hopes for affordable financing

If the marketplace hates the uncertainty of an up-and-down stock market, the marketplace might love an announcement from the Federal Reserve that short-term interest rates will remain low for at least another two years. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke announced earlier in August the Federal Open Market Committee expects to keep the benchmark federal funds rate […]

Airport fence project raises business concerns

The installation of a security fence around Grand Junction Regional Airport has some businesses concerned about access to their operations. The project also has members of the Grand Junction Regional Airport Authority Board at odds over whether or not work should move forward as planned. At least one board member has raised concerns that fencing […]

University in the making Construction activity transforms campus

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While the construction industry in Mesa County has been an up-and-down proposition over the past five years, an island bordered by Orchard and North avenues and 12th and 7th streets in Grand Junction has been the scene of nearly non-stop activity. From new dormitories to a new college center and from an expanded fieldhouse to […]

Charter school to soon move into new quarters

A new school year already is underway at Caprock Academy, a Grand Junction charter school that instructs students from kindergarten through 11th grade. With the planned addition of 12th grade in 2012, Caprock soon will provide the only K-12 campus in the Grand Valley. Students showed up July 25 for the first day of classes, […]

Name change reflects new degree programs

Mesa State College made a big splash when it announced a name change designed to better reflect the location of the largest college in Western Colorado. Starting Aug. 10, Mesa State College officially will become Colorado Mesa University. While not all signs and logos will be in place by that time, the college had already […]

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