Small Business Optimism Index up for a third straight month

A measure of confidence among small business owners has advanced for a third straight month on growing expectations for improving conditions and sales. The latest reading remains below the level reported in February, though, as well as average readings before the recession. “We should be encouraged, but cautiously so,” said Bill Dunkelberg, chief economist of […]

2012 Mesa County budget: Operational spending down, capital spending up

Mesa County will continue to cut spending for operations in 2012 to accommodate an expected decline in property tax revenues. Spending for capital projects will increase, however, along with an anticipated gain in sales tax revenues. The Mesa County commissioners approved general fund and capital budgets that total nearly $90.5 million for the coming year. […]

Four join new management team at Powderhorn resort.

Four people have joined a new management team assembled to operate Powderhorn Mountain Resort in its first season under new ownership. Sam Williams has been hired as mountain operations manager, while Dave Smith has been hired as slope operations manager. Tricia Tittle is the new sales and communications manager and Steve Gould the new food […]

Colorado Small Business Index slips

A monthly measure of economic conditions for small businesses in Colorado has slipped, although job growth has accelerated and financing costs remain low. The Vectra Bank Colorado Small Business Index (SBI) fell to 114.2 in November, down four-tenths from a revised 114.6 in October. With losses in six out of the last eight months, the […]

Domain of Cherished Theory

A “Harvard education,” no matter how small, is benefitting Habitat for Humanity of Mesa County in meeting its mission of changing lives.           When Amy Rogers went in front of Habitat for Humanity of Mesa County’s (Habitat) executive committee for her annual review in early 2011, she knew better than to ask for […]

Spirit of service

Local service clubs continue tradition of caring the year around            Few communities in Colorado are better served by their Rotary, Kiwanis and Lions’ clubs than Grand Junction. And even with the difficult economy this past year was no exception. Their donations, of which nearly all of the monies donated stays local […]

Open house kicks off work on a downtown plan

The first in a series of public meetings officially kicks off the process of developing an updated city plan for the greater downtown area of Grand Junction. The Grand Junction Public Works and Planning Department has scheduled an initial open house for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8 in the Whitman Building at 248 S. […]

Initiative seeks to curb employee misclassification

Colorado has joined in a growing federal initiative designed to curb the improper classification of employees as independent contractors. Ellen Golombek, executive director of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, and Nancy J. Leppink, a deputy administrator who leads the U.S. Labor Department wage and hour division signed a memorandum of understanding on employee […]

Workers’ comp premiums to rise

Colorado employers can expect workers’ compensation premiums to rise for a second consecutive year to cover rising medical costs to treat injured employees. The Colorado Division of Insurance announced that the so-called loss costs component of workers’ comp premiums will rise 3.7 percent in 2012. That hike follows a 3.4 percent increase for 2011. Loss […]