Oil shale outlook: Challenges hamper commercial development

Phil Castle, The Business Times Glenn Vawter recalls a college field trip to Western Colorado during which a professor pointed out a rock formation and said oil shale development could solve the nation’s energy problems. More than 50 years later, Vawter remains convinced it’ll happen. “I’m still optimistic we’ll use this large resource someday.” The […]

Index: Consumer confidence climbs to highest level since 2008

A monthly measure of consumer confidence has climbed to its highest level in nearly five years on increasingly upbeat expectations for improving business and labor conditions. The Conference Board reported that its Consumer Confidence Index advanced another six-tenths of a point in November to 73.7. That’s the highest reading since the CCI stood at 76.4 […]

Solar-powered lamps turn sunlight into night light

Phil Castle, The Business Times Newly installed outdoor lights tap the power of the sun during the day to illuminate an automobile dealership through the night. The lights constitute a first for the Grand Junction company that installed them and also represent the increasingly diverse ways in which solar power can be used. Simplicity Solar […]

Leading index signals modest growth in U.S.

An index forecasting economic performance in the United States has edged up, signaling modest growth in the months ahead. A number of factors could change the outlook, though, including the effects of Hurricane Sandy and a looming “fiscal cliff” of federal tax increases and spending cuts. The Conference Board reported that its Leading Economic Indicator […]

‘ Tis the season: Retail rush under way

‘ Tis the season: Retail rush under way

Phil Castle, The Business Times Holiday shoppers eager to bag Black Friday bargains will find an accommodating venue at the Mesa Mall in Grand Junction. Most of the merchants at the mall are scheduled to open at the stroke of midnight on Nov. 23. But Black Friday starts on a Thursday this year when Sears […]

Sales tax collections decline

Phil Castle, The Business Times Mesa County officials have revised downward their projection for sales tax revenue after collections dropped on a year-over-year basis for a fourth consecutive month. Combined sales and use tax collections for the City of Grand Junction have declined for three straight months. Year-to-date tax collections for the county and city […]

Nominations due Dec. 14 for landowner award

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking nominations for its Wildlife Landowner of the Year Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions made by private landowners to conserving wildlife, enhancing wildlife habitat and providing public access for hunting and fishing. The winner will be honored at a banquet and an awards ceremony during the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association […]

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