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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 […]

Subscription-based farm a growing venture

Mark Beckner and Shauna Rhyne are surrounded by lettuce, herbs and other crops growing inside a greenhouse at Rooted Gypsy Farms in Grand Junction. Mark and Sara Becker own the operation, while Rhyne serves as a manager. The subscription-based farm delivers boxes of vegetables, eggs and meats to Grand Valley customers each week.

Phil Castle, The Business Times Mark Beckner wanted to find out whether or not he could develop a viable business out of a small farm. The answer, it appears, is yes. Taking advantage of both the growing demand for locally sourced foods and growing popularity of food delivery services, Beckner and his wife, Sara, have […]

Prescription for change: Health summit planned

Efforts by President Donald Trump and Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act could bring
more changes to health insurance. A summit in Grand Junction will offer information about what those changes might look like. (Business Times photo illustration by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Diane Schwenke says health insurance comes up in almost every conversation she has with business owners and managers, whether it’s at networking events, committee meetings or other functions of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce. While employers want to provide insurance, many can’t afford the rising premiums. Meanwhile, plans […]

Tourist attraction: Travel business big in Mesa County

Scenic sunsets are among the reasons the Colorado National Monument remains the most popular tourism attraction in Mesa County. Wineries, restaurants and shopping outlets rank among the top activities, too, according to the results of the latest analysis of the travel industry in Mesa County. (Photo courtesy Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau)

Phil Castle, The Business Times       More than 5,500 jobs and nearly $140 million in annual wages can be attributed to tourism in Mesa County, according to t he latest analysis of the economic effects of the travel industry. Those are important numbers in an area that’s yet to fully rebound from the recession, […]

The game’s afoot: Firm finds niche in competitive environment

The father-and-son team of Stephen, left, and Robert Madsen operate SynapticSwitch. The Grand Junction company provides a range of game development services and also creates its own games. SynapticSwitch recently moved its offices to ProStar Geocorp to help the firm offer its geospatial information software and services in three dimensions. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Robert and Stephen Madsen live the dream of avid game developers in creating their own products and bringing them to market. But the father-and-son team also take a practical approach to their Grand Junction studio and have remained in business by providing services to clients to help them create games as […]

Peek performance: Business leaders share outlook for 2017

While they don’t rely on a crystal ball, Grand Valley business leaders base their optimistic outlook for 2017 on what they expect will be generally improving business and labor conditions and prospects for new and expanding operations. (Business Times photo illustration by Phil Castle/crystal ball courtesy Crystal Books and Gifts)

Phil Castle, The Business Times      The outlook for the year ahead depends on who you ask. But if there’s a consensus among business leaders in the Grand Valley, it’s that they’re optimistic. Moreover, they’re ready to drop the cautiously part of their assessment. “I’m really optimistic,” says Dale Beede, a broker associate with Coldwell […]

Hurd mentality: give back

Jeffrey Hurd, a partner in the Grand Junction law firm of Beckner & Hurd, continues his involvement with the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce in a new role as chairman of the chamber board. Before going to law school, Hurd worked for the Grand Junction chamber for two years running its government affairs program. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times        Jeffrey Hurd expects to draw upon a lot of his experiences during his upcoming term as chairman of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, including his work as a lawyer. But Hurd brings another perspective to the role: He worked for the chamber […]

Page brings end to success story in closing jewelry store

Peggy Page, owner of Page-Parsons Jewelers, plans to soon close the downtown Grand Junction store. Page says she’s anxious to spend more time with family after working for more than 50 years in the business her parents, Mancel and Anna Page, purchased in 1964. While long retail hours have taken a toll, Page says she’ll miss her customers. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Peggy Page expects she’ll most miss her customers and time spent not only helping them select jewelry for special occasions and celebrating with them the best of times, but also commiserating with and even praying for them during the worst of times. “We just really care about them,” says Page, […]

High hopes for high tech: Award spotlights efforts to promote industry

Page Tucker, president and chief executive officer of ProStar Geocorp in Grand Junction, speaks at a ceremony hosted by the Colorado Technology Association in Denver where Tucker won the Apex Award for entrepreneur excellence. (Photo courtesy Colorado Technology Association)

Phil Castle, The Business Times As much as Page Tucker appreciates the recognition he’s received from a statewide award, he’s just as pleased about the opportunity to draw attention to what he expects to become a growing role for technology companies in the Grand Valley and Western Colorado. “It’s definitely shined a spotlight on the […]

One wild kingdom: Nature center caters to the curious

Janet Gardner, executive director of the Children’s Nature Center, leads an impromptu tour at the new location for the center in the Mesa Mall in Grand Junction. The center features nearly 30 exhibits and more than 150 exotic animals, including this pig-nosed turtle. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Janet Gardner traces her natural curiosity to a childhood growing up in the Grand Valley and time spent outdoors camping, hiking and exploring. “I was always the kid who was flipping over the rocks to see what was there.” Further inspired by the National Geographic and Jacques Cousteau specials she […]


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