Lavender conference to focus on a growing opportunity

Phil Castle, The Business Times:  Western Colorado growers already know how to cultivate lavender. In fact, the fragrant and colorful herb is particularly well-suited to the arid climate and alkaline soils in the region. Now, it’s a matter of helping growers market the many products that can be made with lavender, including essential oils and […]

City planning division services available online

The City of Grand Junction has revamped its development review and permitting processes to offer more services online. The changes offer around-the-clock access to city planning division online services as well as the ability to apply for certain permits through the city Web site at “This is a huge step in streamlining our development […]

Colorado ag exports on the rise

The value of Colorado agricultural exports continues to increase with large gains in meats, dairy products and beans. The value of ag exports during the first half of 2012 totaled more than $710 million. That’s an increase of 18 percent over the same span in 2011 and 38 percent over the same span in 2010, […]

Consumer Confidence Index retreats to nine-month low

A monthly measure of consumer confidence has dropped to its lowest level in nine months on less upbeat expectations for business and labor conditions. The Conference Board reported that its Consumer Confidence Index retreated nearly five points to 60.5 in August. The loss pulls the CCI down to its lowest level since dropping to 55.2 […]

Accounting firm announces promotions

Dalby, Wendland & Co. has announced the promotions of eight people working in the Grand Junction office of the public accounting and business consulting firm. Steven Hovland, a certified public and forensic accountant, has been promoted to associate principal. He brings to his latest duties 12 years of experience in audit and accounting services as […]

HR professional earns statewide recognition

Lisa Martin, vice president of human resources for Hilltop Community Resources based in Grand Junction, has earned statewide recognition for her contributions to the HR profession. The Society for Human Resource Management Colorado State Council presented Martin with its Summit Award. The award recognizes the contributions of HR professionals to the field. The state council […]

Loan originator joins mortgage firm

Ken Henry has joined the staff of the Cherry Creek Mortgage Co. branch office in Grand Junction. Henry brings to his latest duties more than 26 years of experience. He managed the Countrywide Mortgage office in Western Colorado as well as four satellite offices. He’s a licensed loan originator with experience in a variety of […]

Executive administrator joins franchise development company

Silvia Bowersox has joined JAC Development Corp. in Grand Junction as an executive administrator. Bowersox will take on a variety of duties in her new position with the company, which operates Einstein Bros Bagels franchises. She will respond to requests for information, schedule meetings and other events and handle issues related to financial and franchise […]

Operations manager hired at luxury guest ranch

James McKenzie has joined Kessler Canyon as the new operations manager of the 23,000-acre luxury guest ranch near DeBeque. McKenzie will oversee ranch logistics, prepare budgets and implement programs. He brings to his duties experience as a wildlife guide and outfitter for a private hunting lodge in Florida as well as a gunsmith and certified […]

Volunteers serve on MDS Foundation board

Thirteen people have volunteered to serve as directors of a newly formed foundation to raise money to support Mesa Developmental Services based in Grand Junction. Bill Graham will serve as chairman of the MDS Foundation board. The other board members are: Betty Bechtel, Eula Boekle, Che Bou-Matar, Bernie Buescher, Rod Christ, Jeff Parker, Erle Reid, […]

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