“Cowboy oasis” added to collection of luxury accommodations

Kessler Canyon, a ranch-style retreat located east of Grand Junction, has been added to the Autograph Collection, a Marriott International brand featuring unique luxury accommodations. Located on 23,000 acres north of DeBeque, Kessler Canyon offers what’s billed as a “cowboy oasis” that combines upscale accommodations and services with such activities as big game hunting, fishing, […]

The states of taxation: Latest index reveals the best and the worst

During the recession and subsequent recovery, the general move on taxes in the states has been in a distinctly negative direction. That is, faced with budget deficits, states have reacted by raising taxes. This past July, for example, the National Conference of State Legislatures reported: “The impact of the severe economic recession that began in […]

Restaurant hotel reopens with buffet format

The owners of a Grand Junction hotel have reopened a restaurant operation, but with a self-serve buffet format. Good Pastures Buffet in the Quality Inn at 733 Horizon Drive now offers both breakfast and dinner buffets. “You might say this is by popular demand because we’ve had a pretty constant barrage of inquiries ever since […]

Redistricting should keep the Western Slope whole

The General Assembly’s redistricting committee recently released proposed maps outlining Colorado’s new congressional boundaries. The maps offered by the Democrats and Republican members of the committee are as different as night and day. The Republican maps start from the fact Colorado has the same number of congressional districts in 2011 as we did in 2001. […]

A chance to reconsider economic development

Economic development is in one sense an evolutionary process. The business of attracting new businesses and jobs constantly changes, in large part because of changing markets and economic circumstances. The situation has been no different for the Grand Junction Economic Partnership and its predecessor organization. Formed in 1980s in the aftermath of the oil shale […]

Colorado business index dips, but still forecasts growth

A monthly measure of business conditions in Colorado has declined on mixed reports of activity, but still forecasts growth in coming months. The Business Conditions Index fell nearly six points in April, but at 53.8 continues to signal an expanding economy. “Durable goods producers continue to report expanding business activity, especially that linked to international […]