Opening move: Mesa County commissioners request local coordination

Phil Castle, The Business Times Mesa County commissioners have asked for a waiver from statewide orders to allow for local coordination over efforts to ease restrictions imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The plan calls for a three-phase approach that would change if coronavirus hospitalizations increased. Commissioner Rose Pugliese said a local effort makes more […]

New Grand Junction clinic offers hormone replacement therapy

Phil Castle, The Business Times Trey Graves knows from personal experience the potential benefits of hormone replacement therapy. Graves said his mother and father receive treatments — and so does he. The results have been dramatic, he said, in improving physical vitality and mental clarity. “I just feel a whole lot better.” Graves now makes […]

In the midst of tragedy, focus on those who are helping

In a previous incarnation as editor of a daily newspaper in Northwest Colorado, I worked with a talented photojournalist. He told me once about the questions he fielded from readers who wondered what it was like to have to photograph sometimes horrific events — house fires and car wrecks. Wasn’t it awful? More than 30 […]

Lending help: Loan programs offer aid to small businesses

Lending help: Loan programs offer aid to small businesses

Phil Castle, The Business Times Jon Maraschin has straightforward advice for business owners and managers considering whether or not to apply for federal loans intended to offer financial relief in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak. “If you’re in business and need the money, apply,” says Maraschin, executive director of the Business Incubator Center in […]

News on doorstep has seldom been this bad

The lyrics from a Don McLean song fester in my mind, but I can’t think of a more succinct summary: bad news on the doorstep. I can recall only a few times over the course of a more than 40-year career in newspaper journalism when so much news has turned so bad. The terrorist attacks […]

Chamber surveys track outbreak effects.

Phil Castle, The Business Times Half of Grand Valley business owners and managers responding to a survey reported revenues have dropped anywhere from 25 percent to 50 percent or more as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Diane Schwenke, president and chief executive officer of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce, said she expects […]

Despite school closures, foster grandparents will receive stipends

Phil Castle, The Business Times Barbara Reynolds misses interacting with students at Nisley Elementary School in Grand Junction and time spent reading and offering encouragement to them. Reynolds remains grateful she won’t miss the stipend she receives for her work with the Foster Grandparent Program operated in Mesa County by St. Mary’s Medical Center. “It’ll […]