Climate unchanging at new storage facility

Climate unchanging at new storage facility

Phil Castle, The Business Times Dave Brach knows what fluctuating temperatures and humidity can do to the things people keep in storage units. The deteriorating documents and photographs. The cracked furniture. And in his case, a pair of leather boots that turned green with mildew. That’s why Dave and Ann Brach said they’re excited about […]

The curse of bad language: A pedantic journalist share his advice

With the possible exception of beer tasters and luxury bed testers, every job comes with pros and cons. Newspaper journalism offers no exception. Pros: You meet interesting people and write about the interesting things they do. You learn about all sorts of cool subjects, often from experts. In that respect, it’s like getting paid to […]

Mesa County jobless rate slips

Phil Castle, The Business Times The monthly unemployment rate has edged down in Mesa County after a seasonal increase that reflects in part an influx of high school and college graduates joining the work force. According to the latest estimates from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate slipped a […]

Service and convenience a family tradition at spirited business

Service and convenience a family tradition at spirited business

Phil Castle, The Business Times Brandi Pollock still loves crunching numbers in her upstairs office — going over sales and budgets. But she loves, even more, the opportunity to slip downstairs and interact with customers. “That’s my favorite part,” says Pollock, owner of Fisher’s Discount Liquor Barn in Grand Junction. That part has kept Pollock […]

Business goes to the dogs with second location

Business goes to the dogs with second location

Phil Castle, The Business Times Peggy Barron believes every dog is different and deserves care that takes into account unique characteristics. That includes dogs that might constitute proverbial square pegs that don’t fit into the usual round holes at boarding facilities — extra large breeds like great Danes and mastiffs as well as dogs that […]

Cancer center earns national accreditation

Cancer center earns national accreditation

Phil Castle, The Business Times Dr. Jonathan King would like nothing more than to have to find another line of work. That would mean cancer no longer poses a threat and his expertise as a medical oncologist is no longer needed. While there’s not a yet a cure, progress continues on treating various types of […]

Information exchange hailed as a way to meet needs

Phil Castle, The Business Times Dick Thompson tells stories that illustrate why the cost of health care isn’t just about doctors, hospitals or drugs. There’s the story about the woman who can’t bring her diabetes under control. The reason? She doesn’t stick to her treatment regimen because she has no refrigerator to chill her insulin. […]

Lawyers: Vacation pay ruling affords more flexibility

Phil Castle, The Business Times If allowed to stand, a court ruling will give Colorado employers more freedom in setting policies for vacation time, according to two partners at a Grand Junction law firm involved in the case. “They have a lot of flexibility now,” said Alicia Severn, a partner at Bechtel, Santo & Severn. […]

Business owner: Contracting playing field not always level

Phil Castle, The Business Times Scott Fasken hopes plans to relocate the headquarters of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to Grand Junction will result in more opportunities for small businesses to compete for government contracts. But as the owner of a Grand Valley operation who said he’s had both good and bad experiences with […]

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 […]