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Grand Valley tax collections a mixed bag

Tax collections in the Grand Valley constituted something of a mixed bag in March. The City of Grand Junction reported a 5.6 percent increase in sales and use tax collections compared to the same month last year. Mesa County reported a 6.6 percent decrease. Overall lodging tax collections in Grand Junction increased, but only because […]

Montrose chamber announces plans to close

The Montrose Chamber of Commerce has announced plans to soon close, bringing an end to an organization that’s operated for 130 years. The chamber announced in a news release it will close May 24. Members will receive a refund for any unused portion of their annual membership by the end of May unless they direct […]

Tailings removal project marks 10 years of shipments

A project to move and store a massive pile of uranium mill tailings along the Colorado River near Moab, Utah, has passed a milestone with 10 years of shipments. On April 20, 2009, the first trainload carrying mill tailings departed from the Moab site. Ten years later, more than 9.5 million tons of the estimated […]

Mesa County jobless rate drops

Phil Castle, The Business Times The Mesa County labor market has heated up along with springtime weather as seasonal hiring helps increase payrolls and pull down the unemployment rate. “Springtime things tend to always pick up,” said Celina Kirnberger, business services supervisor at the Mesa County Workforce Center in Grand Junction. According to the latest […]

Leading index increases, but still signals slowing growth

A monthly index forecasting economic conditions in the United States has increased, but continues to signal slowing growth. The Conference Board reported its Leading Economic Index (LEI) rose four-tenths of a percent to 111.9 in March. Separate measures of current and past performance also increased. “The U.S. LEI picked up in March with labor markets, […]

Drainage district: Refund checks will soon be in the mail

Phil Castle, The Business Times The checks will soon be in the mail. But if property owners want to send those checks back, the Grand Valley Drainage District ultimately will use the money to improve stormwater and irrigation drainage and in turn reduce the risk of flooding. District Manager Tim Ryan said checks will start […]

Business on wheels: Couple hits the road, but keeps on working

Marc and Alowetta Terrien operate Thin Air out of a 40-foot long motorhome. The Terriens provide website design, software development and other services to more than 200 clients. The couple says the motorhome allows them to combine their passion for their business with their desires to travel and visit family. (Photo courtesy Joe Hendricks Photography)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Marc and Alowetta Terrien are like a lot of married couples who run a business together. They get up, grab some breakfast and head to work. Here’s what’s different. They measure their commute in steps, not miles, and the view outside their office windows keeps changing. For nearly three years, […]

Efforts under way to support couple-preneurs

xMarc and Alowetta Terrien lead a presentation on Married to Business, their effort to develop a community to provide support and share strategies with  couples who run businesses together. (Photo courtesy Joe Hendricks Photography)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Marc and Alowetta Terrien have worked together for 13 of their 35 years of marriage. Life as what the Terriens call couple-preneurs requires commitment to not only their business, but also their relationship, Marc says. “That’s a lot of all in.” The Terriens say business is better and their lives […]

Business taps technology to offer a breath of fresh air

Phil Castle, The Business Times Randy Schwark ticks off what he considers alarming statistics. About 35 percent of people carry infectious staph bacteria on their skin and in their nose. People shed nearly 1 million skin cells a day. People spend 90 percent of their time indoors and breath 11,000 liters of air a day. […]

New building planned as part of downtown project

Two buildings are planned for Grand Junction, a project financed in part by a loan from a downtown development organization. The Downtown Grand Junction board authorized a $500,000 loan to Kaart Group to develop vacant lots at 702 and 734 Main St. Kaart Group plans to construct a six- to eight-story building at 702 Main […]


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