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.

Work force analytics touted as way to manage human assets

Phil Castle, The Business Times Most business owners and managers keep close tabs on assets, whether that’s equipment, inventories or accounts receivable. But Craig Madsen believes owners and managers also should pay attention to another important asset: the employees who work for them. Regardless of the opportunities or problems businesses face, employees play a crucial […]

Survey: West Slope wages going up

Phil Castle, The Business Times Western Slope employers expect to increase average wages in 2019 by the largest proportional amount in more than a decade, according to the latest results of an annual compensation survey. Pay raises are projected across Colorado next year as employers compete to recruit and retain workers, said Sue Wolf, director […]

Find your passion: Good advice or bad?

Find your passion. Choose a job you love, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life. It’s advice that’s been passed down for centuries, attributed to everyone from Confucius to Mark Twain to Marc Anthony. It’s cited so frequently it’s become a commencement address cliche. It might be well-intentioned advice. But is […]

All in the family: Residency program brings doctors to West Slope

From left, Drs. Christopher Taggart, Andrew Jones and Christopher Meinzen discuss the family medicine residency program at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction. Meinzen is among the latest graduates of the program and works as a hospitalist at St. Mary’s. Since 1979, the program has brought about half of primary care physicians to Mesa County. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Christopher Meinzen applied to family medicine residency programs across the country, but was accepted to what he says was his first choice — the program offered at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction. Three years later, Meinzen has started the next phase of his career at St. Mary’s as […]

Collaborative efforts with CMU promoted

Phil Castle, The Business Times Page Tucker promotes collaborations between his company and Colorado Mesa University, hiring students as first interns and then employees. CMU graduates prefer to remain in the Grand Valley, and Tucker’s only too happy to help keep local talent local, he said. “I think there’s lots of opportunities and lots of […]

Low inventories could slow Mesa County real estate growth

Phil Castle, The Business Times The year could unfold in two halves for the Mesa County real estate market: a first half of rapid growth followed by a second half of continued growth, but at a pace slowed by low housing inventories. “My sense is we’re tapering off a bit,” said Robert Bray, chief executive […]

Peak experiences offer an instructive metaphor for the value of hard work

I’ve gained a whole new level of appreciation for the correlation between agony and ecstasy — or rather the connection between hard work, and I mean really hard work, and immensely satisfying rewards. The epiphany occurred while I trudged up a mountain trail, my legs aching, my lungs desperate to pull a breath out of […]

Chain reaction: Cycling firm plans Grand Junction facility

From left, Danie van Wyk, Brad Stieg and Dewet Marais look over a shipment of Squirt bicycle chain lubricant at a storage area at the Business Incubator Center in Grand Junction. The South Africa-based company plans to open a facility in the Grand Valley to manufacture and distribute its various cycling and endurance sports products. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times An avid mountain biker, Dewet Marais can tell the difference in the types of lubricants used on the chain of his bike — not only in the way his bike performs, but also the sound it makes. A wet lubricant that combines with dirt or sand to form a sort […]

Redlands subdivision to bring 104 home lots to Mesa County market

Phil Castle, The Business Times Construction is underway on a new subdivision in the Redlands area of Grand Junction that ultimately will bring 104 home lots to a Mesa County market in which demand exceeds supply. “I’m absolutely tickled,” said Dave Bagg, who’s developing Granite Falls and also will sell and build homes in the […]

Road to funding: CDOT exec outlines options

Phil Castle, The Business Times Voters soon could choose from among several options for increasing transportation funding and, in doing so, also address a multitude of related issues, according to the director of the Colorado Department of Transportation. “I think it’s a great opportunity,” Michael Lewis said during a presentation organized by the Grand Junction […]


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