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Biz Buzz, Dec. 20, 2009

By Staff

Starting any business in this down economy is no lock for success, but former Grand Junction police officer Steve Menzies says there’s always a need for security. The 56-year-old recently opened J Lock & Key, a full-service ...

Living with the new normal, redefining success in recession

By Amy Hamilton

For many people, the recession is undeniably taking its toll with its cruel rounds of job losses, spiking foreclosure rates and plummeting stock values. While the outlook looks grim for many, a recession or a crisis of this sort may be just ...

Recession over in Colorado, economist tells legislators

By Staff

The recession in Colorado is over, but the recovery is just beginning, the Legislature’s chief economist declared Friday. Natalie Mullis told state legislators in Denver that while all signs indicate the worst recession to hit the state ...

Mesa County jobless rate slips; is still state’s highest

By Emily Shockley

Mesa County’s unemployment rate has decreased each month since peaking in July. But new in November was an increase in the number of people employed in the county. The local seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased from 8.5 ...

Shoppers at the Mall 12-16

Merchants hope for big retail weekend

By Emily Shockley

Stores are gearing up for the biggest sales day of the year at Mesa Mall. The Saturday before Christmas is the biggest revenue-gathering day at the mall, according to spokeswoman Jammie McCloud. The mall hasn’t been as full as usual ...

Community Hospital forced to lay off staff

By Amy Hamilton

Community Hospital on Thursday announced it would have to lay off some staff members starting in January. The numbers of layoffs haven’t been announced, but positions will be eliminated in areas that do not include patient care, ...

Goodies and Gifts auctioned for less than $7K

By Emily Shockley

Everything inside Goodies and Gifts, 484 28 Road, went piecemeal at auction Wednesday for a total of $6,919. The state seized the food and novelty store and its contents two weeks ago. The business failed to forward $2,897.95 in sales tax to ...

Telluride snowboarding event jolt ski-season economy

By Dave Buchanan

The economic ripples from the 2009 Snowboardcross World Cup races this weekend at Telluride aren’t confined to businesses lining the narrow San Miguel River valley. As businesses in Telluride count the reasons they are happy to host ...

Staying afloat if your home has negative equity

By Emily Shockley

As with most economic trends, Grand Junction is a bit behind when it comes to negative equity. Having negative equity on a property, also known as being underwater or upside down, occurs when a property is worth less than it was when a person ...

Biz Buzz, Dec. 13, 2009

By Staff

The Green Burrito and Carl’s Jr. opened a dual-branded restaurant Friday at 2842 North Ave. Burger chain Carl’s Jr. has a store at the location but has added on a restaurant section for The Green Burrito, which offers a fresh salsa ...

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