Archive for: January, 2017

Analysis: Travel industry big business in Mesa County

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 the latest analysis of the economic effects of the travel industry. Those are important numbers in a county that’s yet to fully rebound from the recession, said Debbie Kovalik, […]

Confidence index retreats from 15-yaar high

A measure of consumer confidence has retreated from a 15-year high on less upbeat expectations for improving business and labor conditions as well as prospects for increased income. The Conference Board reported that its Consumer Confidence Index slipped to 111.8 in January. That’s down 1.5 points from a reading in Decenber that was the highest […]

It’s time to right wrongs of Durbin Amendment

On a cold January day in 1973, a ribbon-cutting ceremony occurred in Carbondale. The ribbon, made from 50 silver dollars attached to a string of tape later donated to Mt. Sopris Park, marked the beginning of Alpine Bank’s tradition of involvement in the community. More than 40 years later, Alpine Bank remains committed to the […]

Chamber honors businesses and business people

A brewery and metal fabrication company are among the latest winners of annual awards presented by the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce in recognition of their community service. Kannah Creek Brewing Co. was honored as business of the year. All Metals Welding and Fabrication Co. was named small  business of the year. The chamber […]

Colorado and U.S. economies expected to fare well in 2017

Colorado will continue to fare well in 2017 as more people move to the state and find jobs. The national economy is expected to grow as well, although there’s potential for  the kinds of excesses that lead to recession, an economist and investment officer predict. Patricia Silverstein, president and chief economist of Development Research Partners, […]

Leading index offers a sign: Continued growth ahead

An index forecasting economic performance in the United States has increased on more upbeat expectations for improving conditions, a sign growth likely will continue. The Conference Board Leading Economic Index rose a half a percent to 124.6 in December even as separate measures of current and past conditions also increased. The indexes suggest growth will […]

Society honors neurologist and St. Mary’s

Dr. Logan McDaneld and the neurology department at St. Mary’s Medical Center have been honored for their support of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and people living with the disease. McDaneld and St. Mary’s received the Western Slope Partnership of the Year Award from the society. Suzie Reel, director of Walk MS, said St. Mary’s […]

Grand Junction attorney appointed county judge

Grand Junction attorney Michael Grattan III has been appointed as a Mesa County judge. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper named Grattan to fill a vacancy created by the appointment of Gretchen Larson to the district court. Grattan worked as a sole practitioner, focusing on contract, corporate and real estate law. Grattan holds a law degree from […]

Real estate firm honors best-selling agents

Cynthia Castaneda, Chris Pinson and Melanie Heiden were honored as the top performing agents for December at Weichert Realtors — Heiden Homes Realty in Grand Junction. Castaneda posted the highest dollar volume for closed transactions for the month and tied with Pinson for the most new listings. Heiden posted the most closed transactions. Weichert Realtors […]

Event coordinator joins downtown district

Caitlyn Love has joined the Downtown Grand Junction Business Improvement District as event coordinator. Love oversees all aspects of event management downtown. She brings to her duties experience as a marketing manager for a medical office as well as a free-lance wedding photographer. She holds a degree from Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. The […]


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