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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 […]

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 […]

Journey to recovery: Surgeon gains new perspectives from adversity

Dr. Kennan Vance has returned to his orthopedic surgery and sports medicine practice at Community Hospital in Grand Junction following a lengthy recovery from injuries he sustained in an accident on the Colorado National Monument. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Kennan Vance understands why his patients sometimes grow discouraged when their progress slows. Vance feels their pain because he’s endured pain of his own following a horrific bicycle accident, a succession of surgeries and more than a year of rehabilitation. While Vance reassures his patients they’ll eventually feel better, he […]

Bigger glass: Improving conditions encourage a more upbeat outlook

Economic indicators as well as anecdotal accounts have Grand Valley business leaders seeing the proverbial glass as not only half full, but also getting bigger. Moreover, their expectations for the second half of 2018 are for more of the same. (Business Times illustration by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Diane Schwenke considers a lot of factors in tracking business conditions in the Grand Valley, among them labor estimates, tax collections and housing starts. But Schwenke also considers the anecdotal information she gathers from the business owners and managers with which she talks nearly every day and what she hears […]

Young entrepreneur makes the case for a better pillowcase

Nick Silzell, a 12-year-old student at East Middle School in Grand Junction, also serves as chief executive officer of Sleepy Sheepy. His business makes pillowcases fabricated from bamboo fiber that offer hot and cold sides. Silzell is the first participant in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy in Grand Junction to qualify for the finals of the national YEA competition. He won the people’s choice award and $20,000 in college scholarships for his efforts. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle

Phil Castle, The Business Times Nick Silzell was frustrated — nearly to the point of giving up on his ambitions to create a new product and launch a business, not to mention continue participating in an instructional program for young entrepreneurs. The 12-year-old Grand Junction boy says he learned a lesson in the process about […]

A place to work: Fruita co-working space seen an attraction

Jon Maraschin, executive director of the Business Incubator Center in Grand Junction, expects the F-Works co-working space in the Fruita Civic Center to help promote business
startups and economic development as well as tourism. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Within minutes of ceremonially opening F-Works, Jon Maraschin was already talking to someone about signing up for dedicated desk space in the co-working facility in Fruita. It’s a response that reflects what’s expected will be strong demand to use the space in the Fruita Civic Center. “Fruita needs a place […]

Life in the serial aisle: Starting ventures an adventure for entrepreneur

Andy Kelley oversees Terra Surface Logging Systems, a Grand Junction company that supplies gas detection and recording equipment used in drilling natural gas and oil wells. Kelley, a serial entrepreneur who’s operated a succession of ventures, was recognized for his efforts in receiving the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Andy Kelley initially aspired to become a television repairman. But in his first job out of college, he went to work instead in the energy services industry. It was a path that led Kelley to a career as a serial entrepreneur. He bought the first company for which he worked. […]

Tracking trends: Economics anything but dismal to professor monitoring local indicators

Nathan Perry works as an associate professor of economics at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. Perry not only teaches a variety of courses, but also writes quarterly economic newsletters tracking indicators in Mesa and Montrose counties. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Nathan Perry takes into account a lot of information in putting together his quarterly economic newsletters — everything from drilling permits to labor estimates to real estate sales to tax collections. In connecting all those data points, an encouraging picture emerges, Perry says. “I think as a whole, the news […]

A nice place to visit and live: New tourism director advocates for both

Elizabeth Fogarty oversees the operations of Visit Grand Junction, including the Grand Junction Visitor Center on Horizon Drive, as the new executive director of the organization. Fogarty says she wants to make sure the Grand Valley remains not only a nice place to visit, but also a nice place to live. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Elizabeth Fogarty views her new role as not only involving efforts to market the Grand Valley as an attractive destination, but also managing that destination in a way that promotes quality of life — in other words, making sure it’s a nice place to visit and you’d want to live […]

High-flying director: Airport executive excited about possibilities

Angela Padalecki oversees the operation of the Grand Junction Regional Airport as executive director. Padalecki started in the position Jan. 8 and brings to her duties experience in aviation as well as economics. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Angela Padalecki remembers well a trip to Grand Junction and the exhilaration she felt about a new phase in her life and all the possibilities the future held. She recently returned under far different circumstances, but says she felt the same way. “It was the same sense of excitement.” Padalecki […]


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