Biz Buzz: May 14, 2017

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is planning to be in Grand Junction on Saturday, in conjunction with Colorado Public Lands Day, and right down the street from where he’ll be speaking at Fourth and Main street will be another event that celebrates our public lands.

The governor is scheduled to speak at noon, but at 1 p.m. at Grand Valley Books, 350 Main St., acclaimed author of local hiking trail guides Bill Haggerty will be hosting what he calls a “book dispatch gathering” for the release of his new book, “Hiking Colorado’s Western Slope.”

The book provides firsthand descriptions and detailed maps for more than 50 of the state’s finest trails west of the Great Divide — all on public land — according to Haggerty. It contains more than 160 full-color photos of “stunning geological features and awe-inspiring scenery,” according to promotional materials for the book, published by Falcon Guides.

In it, Haggerty recommends his favorite routes — from short day walks to backcountry treks, including hikes near Aspen, Vail, the Flat Tops Wilderness, Steamboat Springs, Crested Butte and Gunnison, Ouray, Durango and Grand Junction.

The guide features GPS-compatible trail maps and route profiles, mile-by-mile directional cues, difficulty ratings, average hiking times, best hiking seasons, and even canine compatibility.

Haggerty is a former Colorado Division of Wildlife information officer, and he wrote a hiking column in The Daily Sentinel for more than a decade. His previous book, “Haggerty’s Hikes In A Bottle,” is a collection of 52 hiking columns featured in the newspaper.

ARTbar, 205 Colorado Ave., the art studio and gallery that offered art classes, using a variety of techniques and mediums, announced on Facebook this past week that it was shutting its doors.

“We want to thank everyone who has been on this journey with us — all of the guests, the artists, the musicians, the friends, the family. You all mean so much to us and we are so appreciative of you! It has been so, so fun and truly fulfilling to see so much creativity. We love you Grand Junction. Thank you from our heARTS,” says a message attributed to business owners Pamela Blythe and Julia Ennis. They started the business in January 2015.

Folks, though, who still want their art fix, along with an alcoholic beverage or two, can check out The Palette, 441 Main St., which has a full schedule of upcoming classes and events at thepalettegj.com.

Mountain States Employers Council plans its annual Employment Law Conference on June 1 in Grand Junction, and with all that is changing in business today, local business owners might be intrigued by some of the planned sessions.

A morning session, for example, is called “Careful Communications: Legal Risks in the Age of Apps, Emojis and Emoticons.” Breakdowns in communication are fertile grounds for harassment and discrimination suits, a preview says.

An afternoon session similarly stays current with its subject matter: “Workplace Culture Wars: The Competing Interests of Religion, Politics and Cultural Sensitivity.”

Cost to attend the all-day event at Two Rivers Convention Center is $199, and information can be found at msec.org. Organizers promise to “simplify the legalese” associated with the complex topics.

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