Real estate firm announces management changes

Dale Beede believes his Grand Junction real estate firm remains well-positioned to take advantage of what he expects will be improving commercial and residential markets in 2011. A number of changes will help, Beede said, including a new management structure. Olan Clark has become the adminstrative broker for Coldwell Banker Home Owners Realty as well […]

Wine and sunshine combine at Palisade hotel

Installation soon should be complete on a solar energy system at the Wine Country Inn. The photovoltaic system is being installed on the main guest house of the hotel complex in Palisade and is expected to reduce electricity costs as well as greenhouse gas emissions. “The owners decided that it made good economic as well […]

Small business survey reflects more upbeat expectations

The latest results of a quarterly survey of small business owners reflect improving expectations for cash flow, revenues and capital spending. Assessments of both present conditions and future expectations were more upbeat in the Wells Fargo and Gallup Small Business Index for the fourth quarter. “The improvement in optimism among small business owners appears to […]

Colorado small business index climbs to a nearly five-year high

A monthly index tracking conditions for small businesses in Colorado has climbed to its highest level in nearly five years as the slowing pace of job losses buoys prospects for recovery. The Vectra Bank Colorado Small Business Index (SBI) rose more than two points in November to 105.8. With gains in each of the last […]

Index; Colorado ranks among most business-friendly states

Colorado continues to rank among the most business-friendly states in the latest results of an annual comparison of how taxes and government policies affect small businesses and entrepreneurs. Colorado ranks 10th overall in the 2010 Small Business Survival Index with comparatively low taxes and government spending. Raymond Keating, the chief economist of the Small Business […]

Commissioners extend offer to interim county administrator

Mesa County Commissioners have extended a job offer to an interim administrator who will oversee the county while they decide how — and if — to fill the position on a permanent basis. The commissioners expect to extend a formal written offer by the end of this week to Tom Papin to serve as interim […]

No business like snow business: Powderhorn prepares for ski season

There’s no business quite like the snow business. Powderhorn has cleared its slopes of brush, installed new features in its terrain parks and introduced new pricing packages — all in an effort to bring more skiers and snowboarders to the Grand Mesa resort east of Grand Junction. The ultimate success of the ski season, though, […]

Public safety financing process questioned

Dennis Simpson supports efforts to replace aging police and fire department facilities in Grand Junction, but questions why city voters didn’t get a say in financing a $35 million public safety project. In authorizing an arrangement to lease new and remodeled buildings and pay for them through what are called certificates of participation, the Grand […]

Real estate activity still slowing

Real estate activity slowed in Mesa County during November compared to both the previous month as well as the same month last year. Nonetheless, one industry observer said some pockets of the market remain busy and he’s optimistic 2011 will be a better year. According to numbers compiled by Annette Miller, senior vice president of […]

Restaurateur back in business

Chris Blackburn finds himself in a familiar territory of checkered tablecloths, terry cloth napkins and red glass candle holders. Framed black and white photographs cover the walls. And from somewhere in the background comes the unmistakable crooning of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. It’s no coincidence Blackburn has recreated the comfortable ambiance of a venerable […]