Consumer Confidence Index edges up

A measure of consumer confidence has edged up as business re-openings buoy expectations for improving economic conditions in the United States. Consumers remain wary, nonetheless, about the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, said Lynn Franco, senior director of economic indicators at the Conference Board. “While the decline in confidence appears to have stopped for the […]

Mesa County jobless rate spikes

Phil Castle, The Business Times The monthly unemployment rate has spiked to one its highest levels ever in Mesa County as the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and related restrictions play out in the labor market. The low number of positive coronavirus cases and efforts to reopen businesses in the county offer encouragement, though, the […]

Economic indexes suggest U.S. now in recession territory

A monthly index forecasting economic conditions in the United States continues to slide, suggesting the coronavirus pandemic and related restrictions have triggered a recession. The Conference Board reported its Leading Economic Index (LEI) fell 4.4 percent to 98.8 in April. That decline follows a 7.4 percent decrease in March, the largest monthly decline in the […]

Coronavirus guidelines frustrate fun park owner

Phil Castle, The Business Times Chris Burns remains committed to ensuring the safety of the guests at his Grand Junction fun park. But he’s also frustrated over what he considers the unfair application of rules intended to slow the spread of coronavirus. While Burns closed the arcade at Bananas Fun Park to follow state guidelines, […]

As clients seek security, financial firm gets busy

Phil Castle, The Business Times While Ron Harrison uses various metrics to track the performance of his financial services firm, he considers one metric more significant than the others. “We’ve been able to help more people. That’s the most important thing,” said Harrison, executive vice president of Five Rings Financial. In fact, Harrison said his […]

TechStars Startup Week coming in virtual formatting

An event promoting entrepreneurial endeavors in Western Colorado will switch to a virtual format in offering a series of free presentations in July. Programs and events will be offered online every Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon starting July 7 and running throughout the month as part of Techstars Startup Week West Slope. “We know that […]

Read her lips: Clear masks help hearing impaired

Jennifer Bebee noticed yet another result of the coronavirus pandemic, this one affecting her hearing impaired patients. “With the coronavirus pandemic, we’re all wearing masks. If you already struggle to hear, the masks not only muffle one’s voice, but it makes it impossible to read lips,” Bebee said. “I knew I needed to help come […]

CMU planning to resume in-person instruction

Colorado Mesa University has begun planning to offer in-person instruction for the fall semester. CMU President Tim Foster said the Safe Together, Strong Together initiative  will involve  Mesa County Public Health as well as Community Hospital and St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. “Combining their expertise with the knowledge base of our faculty experts should result […]

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