In the zone: Officials see opportunities in program

Phil Castle, The Business Times Two government officials see a lot of opportunities for so-called opportunity zones to not only promote economic development in Western Colorado, but also address housing shortages and other needs. The collaboration among federal and state agencies also will help businesses and communities take advantage of the zones, said Dan Nordberg, […]

Even if they’re not broke, most things need fixing

I’ve been living a lie, although I suspect everyone knew the truth anyway. I’m talking, of course, about the photograph that accompanies this column. What were you thinking about? Alert readers, and even those less observant, will notice the image is different. Really different. That’s because I’m 60, not 43. And unlike those seemingly ageless […]

Mesa County jobless rate retreats

Phil Castle, The Business Times The monthly unemployment rate has dropped in Mesa County along with the number of peopled counted among those unsuccessfully looking for work. A lower jobless rate, strong labor demand and growth over the last year in the labor force all point to improving conditions expected to continue through 2019, said […]

At the center of care: Fruita facility opens

At the center of care: Fruita facility opens

Phil Castle, The Business Times The opening of a 20,000-square foot addition finally adds the medical center to what’s long been called the Colorado Canyons Hospital and Medical Center. The decade-long wait to construct the center was worth it, though, says Lori Randall, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer of Family Health West, which […]

Airport director extols progress

Phil Castle, The Business Times Angela Padalecki is responsible for keeping a lot of things in the air, among them the airplanes and passengers that use the Grand Junction Regional Airport. At the same time, the executive director of the airport has a lot of proverbial balls to keep in the air as well — […]

Job fair to offer connections between employers and potential employees

Phil Castle, The Business Times As a work force matchmaker, Curtis Englehart looks forward to events connecting businesses looking for employees with people looking for jobs. Englehart said he’s especially excited about the upcoming JobFest Job Fair at the Mesa County Workforce Center, where he works as director. He expects the job fair to include […]

I’m a big fan of gratitude, thank you very much

Thank you. Thank you very much. In case I haven’t expressed my gratitude lately to the readers, advertisers and contributing columnists who make possible the publication of the Business Times, please let me to do so now. I’m a big fan of gratitude. Of saying thank you. Of acknowledging jobs well done and those who […]

Climate unchanging at new storage facility

Climate unchanging at new storage facility

Phil Castle, The Business Times Dave Brach knows what fluctuating temperatures and humidity can do to the things people keep in storage units. The deteriorating documents and photographs. The cracked furniture. And in his case, a pair of leather boots that turned green with mildew. That’s why Dave and Ann Brach said they’re excited about […]