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Latest job numbers buoy Mesa County outlook

Phil Castle, The Business Times The unemployment rate in Mesa County has retreated. Combined with increases in payrolls, the labor force and  job orders, the latest numbers portend improving conditions. Curtis Englehart, director of the Mesa County Workforce Center in Grand Junction called the trends “refreshing.” “I think we’re off to a really good start,” […]

Just add water: Fun park to make big splash with new attraction

This image shows what the new Coconut Cove water attraction at Bananas Fun Park in Grand Junction will look like. The attraction will tower 50-feet tall and include more than 50 features, including a 10,000-gallon tipping bucket. (Photo courtesy Bananas Fun Park)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Chris Burns believes he’s come up with a cool way to turn hot weather into a competitive advantage at his Grand Junction entertainment center: just add water. In fact, Burns expects to make a big splash — figuratively and literally — in opening the largest water attraction in the region […]

E Day to feature Telluride developer

Phil Castle, The Business Times A former Grand Junction man who helped turn Telluride from a mining town into a destination resort will share his experiences during an event celebrating entrepreneurship. Ron Allred is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at Entrepreneurship Day luncheons in Montrose and Grand Junction. The Montrose event is set for […]

Grand Valley tax collections decline

Phil Castle, The Business Times Sales and use tax collections have declined again in the Grand Valley, although part of the latest downturn reflects large year-over-year drops in collections from the telecommunications industry. The City of Grand Junction reported a 2.1 percent decline in combined sales and use tax collections in February compared to the […]

State economic development chief offers support to local efforts

Phil Castle, The Business Times The new state director of economic development says she’s impressed by efforts in the Grand Valley and Western Colorado to bring businesses and jobs to the region. But the state can help in improving access to financing, offering tax incentives and making it easier to participate in programs, said Stephanie […]

Grand Junction council candidates talk issues

Phil Castle, The Business Times Six candidates for the Grand Junction City Council agreed more than they disagreed in answering questions about a range of issues posed during a chamber of commerce forum. The candidates voiced support to varying degrees for continued financial support for Colorado Mesa University, revitalization along North Avenue and a preference […]

St. Mary’s president welcomes resources insurer brings to network

Phil Castle, The Business Times United Healthcare will bring expertise and analytical resources to a health care network in Mesa County that will help in efforts to provide better services at lower costs, according to the president of St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction. “We’re pretty excited about it,” said Dr. Brian Davidson. In […]

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, […]

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