Stories written by Phil Castle

Phil Castle is editor of the Grand Valley Business Times, a twice-monthly business journal published in Grand Junction. Castle brings to his duties nearly 30 years of experience in editorial management positions with Western Colorado newspapers. In addition, his free-lance work has appeared in a variety of publications, including the Washington Post. He holds a bachelor's degree in technical journalism from Colorado State University.

Mesa County jobless rate drops to lowest level since 2008

Phil Castle, The Business Times The monthly unemployment rate in Mesa Country has dropped to its lowest level in more than eight years on a combination of an increase in payrolls and decrease in the ranks of the unemployed. While it’s too early to tell if the local labor market has begun to recover in […]

Entrepreneurial dream comes true

Jack Hays runs Resource West, a Grand Junction company that manufactures and sells a line of water evaporators Hays developed. The operation also includes such diverse products as above-ground storage tanks and industrial fans. Hays recently was recognized for his efforts in his selection for the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times      Jack Hays knew he wanted to run his own business when he was still in grade school and selling stuff to his classmates. While it took a lot of time and hard work, Hays eventually realized his entrepreneurial dreams. These days, Hays operates a venture selling wastewater evaporators […]

Together by design: Free-lancers enjoy new offices

Phil Castle, The Business Times Kitty Nicholason and Jeff Steele seldom work together on the same project, at least in the traditional sense. But the freelance graphic designers often collaborate in sharing their ideas — along with their unabashed opinions about what works and what doesn’t. That’s why Nicholason and Steele said they’re excited about […]

Executive: Energetic outlook justifiable

Phil Castle, The Business Times The prospects of rising natural gas prices, more exports and ample pipeline capacity bode well for increased energy development on the Western Slope, according to an industry executive. While nothing’s certain, John Harpole said he’s confident nonetheless in his mostly upbeat outlook. “I hope I’m back here in a year […]

Grand Valley tax reports reflect gains and pains

Phil Castle, The Business Times Sales and use tax collections have increased in Mesa County for the first time in four months on more purchases of automobiles and home improvement supplies. While the gain is encouraging, one month doesn’t constitute a trend, said Eleanor Thomas, county budget manager. “I think we need to wait and […]

2017 off to fast start for Mesa County real estate market

Phil Castle, The Business Times Increasing real estate activity during the first quarter constitutes a fast start for what could end as the best year for the Mesa County market in nearly a decade. “This is going to be a banner year,” said Robert Bray, chief executive officer of Bray Real Estate in Grand Junction. Annette […]

Owner on a role: Customer service her priority

Phil Castle, The Business Times Robin Stevens wants her customers to not only have choices in the services and products they purchase, but also the information they need to make those decisions and the assurance that comes from good warranties. It’s all part of what Stevens said is the commitment to customer service she’s brought […]

Just add water: Aquaponics firm meets growing demand

Phil Castle, The Business Times Rick Kenagy believes he offers a better way to grow produce — just add water. Using aquaponic systems, that is. Kenagy operates GroFresh Farms 365, a Grand Valley company that designs, installs and helps customers operate systems in which waste produced by farmed fish supply nutrients for plants grown in […]

40 years of fare effort pays off at Dos Hombres

Spike Howard, one of three founders of Dos Hombres, continues to oversee the operations of the Mexican restaurant in Clifton. Even after 40 years, Howard still works nearly every day. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Spike Howard recalls his first year in the restaurant business and how his family started out with no money or experience, but lots of energy. More than 40 years later, Howard still works nearly every day. While he’s got more money and savvy, he still brings lots of energy to […]

Old and new combine as owner builds on legacy

Jake Sigle oversees the Dos Hombres location in the Redlands. He purchased the restaurant in 2015 after working there for more than a decade. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Jake Sigle finds himself in what he considers an enviable position in operating a restaurant that not only caters to a loyal following in serving their favorite foods, but also offers new dishes to entice new customers. Sigle expects that combination of something old and something new to work well […]


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