Club serves up interesting fare with dinner presentations

For people looking to join an organization that offers interesting programs, there’s one group that does so without asking members to join activities that cut into their spare time. While board members recruit guest speakers, everyone else in the Bookcliff Knife and Fork Club is required only to pay annual dues and for dinners they […]

New state lawmaker from Grand Junction offers entrepreneurial view

New state lawmaker from Grand Junction offers entrepreneurial view

As an entrepreneur, Ray Scott knows businesses must adapt to changing market conditions. Scott has substantially changed the operations of his own Grand Junction companies over the years. A firm that initially provided equipment to the energy industry now sells natural gas fireplaces for hotels and high-end homes. When business for his warehousing company fell […]

Budget, redistricting on agenda

Budget, redistricting on agenda

The budget and redistricting likely will take up a lot of time during the legislative session in Colorado. But two Mesa County lawmakers also hope to reduce fees and taxes that affect businesses. Laura Bradford, a Republican from Collbran serving her second term in House District 55, said she hopes the Legislature will reverse course […]

Happy new year? Economists say outlook good

Happy new year? Economists say outlook good

Ernie Goss surprises even himself with his optimistic forecast for the Colorado economy in 2011. Goss expects conditions to improve and job growth to accelerate, especially during the second half of the year. “I’m much more upbeat today than I was six months ago,” says Goss, the eponymous director of the Goss Institute for Economic […]

Restaurateur back in business

Chris Blackburn finds himself in a familiar territory of checkered tablecloths, terry cloth napkins and red glass candle holders. Framed black and white photographs cover the walls. And from somewhere in the background comes the unmistakable crooning of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. It’s no coincidence Blackburn has recreated the comfortable ambiance of a venerable […]

Good works in bad times: Nonprofits strive to meet increasing demands with decreasing funds

Nonprofit organizations in the Grand Valley face challenging times in the wake of the Great Recession. With unemployment above 9 percent in Mesa County, demand for services has increased. Meanwhile, businesses and families facing tighter budgets can be less likely to give as much as during better economic times. “It is down,” says Dan Wilson, […]

Making money saving lives: Grand Valley firm sets sights on both goals in bringing unique medical device to market

Matt Mayer foresees huge markets potentially worth billions of dollars for a unique medical device he’s helped develop. But he’s equally excited about another opportunity: reducing the risk of blood clots that kill hundreds of thousands of people in the United States each year. “When you can save lives, that’s pretty cool,” says Mayer, president […]