Labor demand picking up in Mesa County

Phil Castle Business Times While the unemployment rate edges downward in Mesa County, David Porfirio remains more interested in other statistics that reflect increasing labor demand. “We’ve had some positive developments in the last month in our local database,” said Porfirio, manager of business services at the Mesa County Workforce Center in Grand Junction. The […]

Mesa State unveils sign of support from energy industry

Phil Castle Business Times A sign of the support Mesa State College receives from the energy industry now hangs outside a lecture hall on the Grand Junction campus. A new plaque designates Room 104 in the Academic Classroom Building as the Williams Lecture Hall in recognition of a program in which the company has pledged […]

Mesa County real estate market slows

Phil Castle Business Times Real estate activity in Mesa County slowed further in August, dragging sales and dollar volume levels so far this year to below those of last year. Given that the real estate market typically heats up in the summer and cools in the fall and winter, the prospects don’t appear good for […]

Volunteers sought for educational initiative

Phil Castle Business Times As a participant in a group researching public education and educational reform, Diane Schwenke said she experienced two “aha” moments. One moment occurred when she discovered the differences in the amount of instructional time students in the United States receive compared to students in other countries with far longer school years. […]

To hire or not to hire? Businesses have options

Phil Castle Business Times Even as thousands of people look for work in Mesa County, employers still face challenges in finding the right person for the job. Sometimes, other options offer advantages over direct hiring, according to a panel presentation at the Business Incubator Center in Grand Junction. Virtual assistants, contractors and staffing services all […]

Apartment vacancy rates decline

Phil Castle Business Times Apartment vacancy rates continue to decline in Grand Junction as hiring in the energy and health care sectors as well as home foreclosures bring more people to the rental market. According to the latest results of a quarterly survey conducted for the Colorado Division of Housing, the average apartment vacancy rate […]

Mesa State unveils sign of support for nursing programs

Phil Castle Business Times One of the busiest lecture halls for nursing students at Mesa State College now bears the name of a Grand Junction-based organization that long has supported the college and its nursing programs. A new plaque designates the large classroom in the Maverick Center as the Rocky Mountain Health Plans Lecture Hall. […]

Grand Valley retailer joins state wine board

Phil Castle Business Times Monty Haltiner stocks the shelves of the Grand Junction liquor store he manages with more than 1,000 wines from around the world. But right next to vintages from far-flung European and California producers sit products bottled at wineries mere miles from the store. Haltiner believes Grand Valley and Colorado wines deserve […]

Grand Junction apartment vacancy rates on the decline

Apartment vacancy rates continue to decline in Grand Junction as hiring in the energy and health care sectors as well as home foreclosures bring more people to the rental market. According to the latest results of a quarterly survey conducted for the Colorado Division of Housing, the average apartment vacancy rate for the Grand Junction […]

Wonder watt’s watt? Check out a meter

Ever wonder how much electricity that aging refrigerator consumes? What about the computer? And how much savings could be realized by replacing old appliances with new, more efficient models? A program offered through the Mesa County Libraries encourages people to literally check out a meter to find out the answers to those and other questions. […]