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Confidence index climbs to highest level since 2000

A measure of consumer confidence has climbed to its highest level in more than 16 years on more upbeat assessments of present business and labor conditions as well as expectations for further improvement. The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index rose 9.5 points to 125.6 in March. That’s the highest reading since the index stood at […]

Analysis: Proposed health care law could cut Medicaid funding and enrollment

Proposed health care legislation to replace so-called Obamacare reforms would cut funding for Medicaid and the number of people receiving benefits in Colorado, according to analysis tracking the effects of federal policy in the state. The American Health Care Act (AHCA) under consideration in Congress would cut funding for Colorado by $14 billion during the […]

Community hospital joins in effort to offer health plan

Community Hospital in Grand Junction has joined with University of Utah Health Plans to offer a new health insurance plan for employers in the Grand Valley. Community Hospital was the first health care organization in the Grand Valley to launch a preferred network product for employer groups. Community Hospital launched the Community Health Partnership (CHP) […]

West Star acquires Falcon jet supplier

West Star Aviation, an aviation maintenance and repair company with operations in Grand Junction, has acquired a parts and equipment supplier to add to its services. West Star announced the deal with Avant Aerospace, a supplier of  Dassault Falcon jet parts and equipment based in Grapevine, Texas. “There is a synergy between our two companies, […]

Freddy’s opens first of two Grand Junction locations

A fast-food franchise known for its frozen custards, steakburgers and shoestring fries has opened the first of two locations in Grand Junction. Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers has opened in a newly constructed building at 739 Horizon Drive. A second location under construction at 2489 U.S. Highway 6 & 50 is expected to open in […]

Trade group: Ski business up for January and February

Colorado ski resorts reported increased business during January and February, according to the latest numbers from a trade association. Colorado Ski Country USA reported that skier visits to its 22 member resorts edged up 1 percent for January and February compared to the same two-month span last year. One skier visit represents a person participating […]

Chef promises benefit feast “fit for the gods”

Wayne Smith promises a feast “fit for the gods” at an annual benefit showcasing food, wine and spirits. Smith will lead a team of culinary instructors who will prepare a VIP luncheon at Edesia, set for April 2 at the Wine Country Inn, located at 777 Grande River Drive in Palisade. The VIP luncheon is […]

Go Code Colorado competition set for Grand Junction

Grand Junction will serve as one of five cities in Colorado hosting an annual business startup competition. In Grand Junction, the Go Code Colorado event is set for April 7 to 9 at the Factory, a new co-working space located at 750 Main St. The Factory, Launch West CO and Business Incubator Center will host […]

VP and loan officer marks 20 years with mortgage firm

Rick Hamm, vice president and loan officer at Unifirst Mortgage, has passed the 20-year milestone in his career with the Grand Junction company. Hamm has worked in lending and finance since 1984 and joined Unifirst Mortgage in 1997. He’s also been named a top producing loan officer through the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority. Unifirst […]

West Slope bank executive announces retirement

Kris Gardner, a Western Colorado banking executive who’s worked in the region for more than 40 years, plans to retire on April 30. Gardner, chief administration officer of Alpine Bank, will end a 42-year career with the bank that’s included work as a teller, bookkeeper, cashier, loan officer, manager, vice president and president. She was […]


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