Colorado ranks 20th in state business tax comparison

Colorado ranks 20th among the 50 states in the latest comparison of how tax systems affect businesses. Colorado fared well in the comparison for lower corporate and individual income taxes, but less so for property and sales taxes and unemployment insurance. The Tax Foundation — a nonprofit, nonpartisan tax research organization based in Washington, D.C. […]

Grants to fund conservation projects in Mesa County

A total of nearly $133,000 in grants have been awarded to fund four conservation projects in Mesa County. The Great Outdoors Colorado board of directors approved the grants as part of a partnership with the Colorado Youth Corps Association (CYCA). The program funds the employment of conservation corps for natural resource and outdoor recreation projects. […]

Small Business Optimism Index edges up despite lower expectations

A measure of optimism among small business owners has edged up, but also reflects record-low expectations for improving conditions. “As the end of the year nears, the outlook for business conditions is not encouraging to small business owners as lawmakers propose additional mandates and tax increases,” said Bill Dunkelberg, chief economist of the National Federation […]

West Star Aviation announces expansion plans

West Star Aviation has announced plans to expand its facilities in Grand Junction to keep pace with its growing aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul business. The plans include a new 40,000-square-foot hangar with an additional 35,000 square feet of shop and office space. West Star also plans to expand its facilities in Illinois and Tennessee. […]

Search under way for new leader of health network

Applications will be accepted through Dec. 31 as part of a nationwide search under way to find the next leader of the Quality Health Network based in Grand Junction. A seven-person search committee was formed with two QHN board members and five Western Colorado leaders representing health care, health insurance and community services industries in […]

Mesa Mall plans holiday activities

Mesa Mall in Grand Junction has scheduled a variety of activities for the holiday season. “The holidays are an important time for our community to gather, celebrate our loved ones and share gratitude,” said Jay Greenberg, general manager at Mesa Mall. “We are proud to offer events and activities that bring people together to ignite […]

Retired CMU president wins citizenship medal

Tim Foster, former president of Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, is among the latest winners of the Governor’s Citizenship Medals. The eight recipients of the medals will be honored in January as part of Colorado Leadership Month. CiviCo, a nonprofit that cultivates civic-minded leaders, bestows the medals to honor individuals and organizations for their […]

Applications sought for Pinnacol Foundation scholarships

Applications will be accepted through Feb. 15 for college scholarships awarded to children whose parents have been injured or killed in work-related accidents in Colorado. Established by the Pinnacol Assurance workers’ compensation insurance provider in Colorado, the Pinnacol Foundation awards the scholarships. “The young people that are awarded the Pinnacol Foundation scholarship are some of […]

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