July real estate numbers offer encouragement

Phil Castle, The Business Times While the pace of real estate sales in Mesa County so far this year continues to lag behind last year, industry observers say the latest numbers offer encouragement. “July felt good,” said Robert Bray, chief executive officer of Bray Real Estate in Grand Junction. While lower inventories and higher prices […]

Vintage effort nears end

Vintage effort nears end

Phil Castle, The Business Times Stephen Smith has demonstrated for more than 30 years that while oil and water don’t mix, oil and wine definitely do. Even as Smith managed his energy development business, he grew his vineyards and winery into one of the largest operations in Colorado. Sitting in a second-floor office at Grande […]

Retail to coworking conversion planned

Retail to coworking conversion planned

Phil Castle, The Business Times Jonathan Kamins looks around the vacant space inside a Grand Junction building and sees desks. He sees conference rooms and comfortable furnishings for people to relax and talk. More than anything, Kamins said he sees the potential for a coworking space to accommodate entrepreneurs and startups. “We have a great opportunity.” […]

State attorney general: Office can play a role in addressing issues

Phil Castle, The Business Times Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser believes his office can play a role in helping businesses, promoting economic development and addressing problems. “I’m a big believer in what we can do in Colorado,” Weiser said during a wide-ranging discussion with local government officials and business leaders at the offices of the […]

So what’s your story? I bet it’s a telling one

I’m perfectly content, honored even, with my title as editor of the Business Times. Although editor of a one-man news staff isn’t nearly as impressive as it sounds and necessarily requires a lot more than editing. Like reporting, writing and hauling out the trash. But I’ll admit it. I’ve long aspired to something my beloved […]

June jobless rate jumps again in Mesa County

Phil Castle, The Business Times The June jobless rate jumped again in Mesa County — a seasonal increase that reflects in part the high school and college graduates who’ve joined the labor force, but haven’t yet landed jobs. But even as the monthly unemployment rate increased, so did the overall labor force in topping 78,000 […]

BLM move hailed for long-term benefits

Phil Castle, The Business Times Diane Schwenke and Robin Brown welcome the 27 jobs coming to the Grand Valley as part of a reorganization of the Bureau of Land Management. What’s even more important in terms of the long-term implications, Schwenke and Brown said, is what’s coming with them, and that’s the headquarters of the […]

At halfway point of 2019, cautious optimism prevails

At halfway point of 2019, cautious optimism prevails

Phil Castle, The Business Times While C.J. Rhyne follows the usual metrics in tracking how the Grand Valley economy performs, he pays more attention to what he hears from the business owners with which he talks. “I want to get it straight from them.” As director of business retention and expansion at the Grand Junction […]