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Cattle industry group to gather in Grand Junction

Members of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association will gather in Grand Junction for an annual convention that will include presentations, a trade show and keynote speech by a security contractor who survived an attack in Benghazi, Libya. The 150th convention of the trade association is set for June 12 to 14 at the DoubleTree by Hilton. […]

Consumer Confidence Index retreats from 16-year high

A monthly measure of consumer confidence has retreated from its highest reading in more than 16 years, but still reflects expectations the economy will continue to grow. The Conference Board reported that its Consumer Confidence Index stood at 120.3 in April, down 4.3 points from what had been the highest reading since December 2000. “Consumers […]

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 […]

Leading index signals growth ahead

An index forecasting economic performance in the United States continues to rise, signaling more growth in the months ahead. The Conference Board reported its Leading Economic Index rose four-tenths of a percent to 126.7 in March. A separate measure of current economic performance also increased. A measure of past performance held steady. The Leading Economic […]

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 […]

Companies to watch: Grand Junction firms among finalists for awards

Three Grand Junction firms are among the latests finalists for annual awards honoring fast-growing Colorado companies. Bonsai Design, Networks Unlimited and ProStar Geocorp are all finalists in the Colorado Companies to Watch Program. The 100 finalists will be considered for 50 awards scheduled for presentation at a June 23 gala in Denver. The Colorado Office […]

CMU to offer master’s degree for athletic trainers

Colorado Mesa University will offer a master’s degree in athletic training program to enable students to meet more rigorous professional standards. “We are taking the steps now to get out in front of the changes that are coming,” said CMU President Tim Foster. “This is an ever-growing and evolving industry. It is in our students’ […]

Community Hospital earns higher trauma rating

Community Hospital has been designated a Level III trauma center, meaning the Grand Junction hospital can treat patients with more severe conditions, including those transported from facilities with lower designations. The trauma division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced the designation of Community Hospital has been upgraded from Level IV to […]


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