Retired CMU president and geographic data firm awarded

The retired president of Colorado Mesa University and a geographic data company were honored for their contributions to economic development as well as their community involvement. Tim Foster received the Joseph Prinster Leadership Award. Kaart received the Charter Communication Spirit of Economic Development Award. The Grand Junction Economic Partnership presented the annual awards as part […]

Mesa County tax collections outpace 2020

Tax collections, a measure of sales activity, continue to increase in Mesa County. Mesa County reported collecting more than $3.7 million in sales tax in September, a 16.8 percent increase over the same month last year. The county also collected more than $472,000 in use taxes — nearly all of it on automobiles purchased outside […]

Grand Junction firms among companies to watch winners

Four Grand Junction-based firms are among the latest winners of awards honoring fast-growing Colorado companies. Aspen Technologies Group, Cloudrise, Growl Agency and Phoenix Haus are among the 50 winners in the 2021 Colorado Companies to Watch program. MLS Senior Care and Timberleaf Trailers were finalists. The awards will be presented in a gala scheduled for […]

Kiwanis Club inducts new officers

John Hildebrand has been inducted as the new president of the Kiwanis Club of Grand Junction. Hildebrand succeeds Toni Heiden, who now serves as past president. Club officers for 2021-2022 also include Nathan Rhodes, president-elect; Stacey Mascarenas, vice president; Leonard Silence, secretary; and Alan Watkins, treasurer. The Kiwanis Club of Grand Junction is part of […]

Pinnacol Foundation awards $350,000 in scholarships

 The Pinnacol Foundation awarded a total of nearly $350,000 in scholarships to 74 Colorado students for the 2021-2022 year. The foundation — established by Pinnacol Assurance, a workers’ compensation insurance provider — provides college scholarships to students whose parents were seriously injured or killed in work-related accidents. Since 2000, the foundation has awarded a total […]

School district schedules career fair

Mesa County School District 51 has scheduled a career fair for Oct. 16. The fair is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 16 at R-5 High School at 455 N. 22nd St. in Grand Junction. The event will offer information about job openings in teaching as well as custodial work, nursing, nutrition services […]

U.S. payrolls up, jobless rate down

Payrolls keep growing in the United States, albeit at a slower pace, and the unemployment rate continues to drop. Nonfarm payrolls increased 194,000 and the jobless rate dropped four-tenths of a point to 4.8 percent in September, according to the latest estimates from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The latest payroll increase was about […]

Colorado enjoys benefits of a competitive tax code

Coloradans will soon receive a welcome surprise in the mail — a check from their state government. The controller’s office announced enough income tax revenue was generated to issue every Colorado household a modest but meaningful $70 refund. The idea of reducing the burden on taxpayers seems almost unheard of these days, especially as debate […]

Survey says Colorado business leaders less upbeat

Colorado business leaders are less upbeat heading into the final months of the year as concerns mount over the COVID-19 pandemic, inflation and supply chain issues. The Leeds Business Confidence Index retreated 11.2 points to 56.1 for the fourth quarter. The index was lower at 47.9 for the fourth quarter of 2020. The index is […]