In the city's monthly water, sewer and trash bill, there was a notice about a new address for local utility payments.
It's a post office box in Gretna, Neb. Did City Hall secretly relocate to the Midwest? Is Durango in Nebraska now?
Should I start raising corn? - Paid In Full But Confused Given this economic climate, one could make a good case for
packing up and moving to the central time zone where land is cheap.
However, a quick examination of the horizon would allay any fears that Durango has relocated to the flats of the
Here's the scoop on your out-of-state local utility bill.
When the city negotiated with local banks to handle its business, the winning bidder was the Bank of Colorado, according to City Manager Ron LeBlanc.
The bank offered as part of its service to process payments electronically," he said. It doesn't cost anything
extra, no jobs are lost and it frees up our internal staff for other tasks."
LeBlanc explained that in the past, city receptionists would open envelopes and process stacks of checks. However, receptionists are located at City Hall's main entrance, thus they are interrupted frequently, which causes errors and
The Gretna processing center will boost accuracy and timeliness of payments, the city manager said.
In addition, as a result of belt-tightening, the city is down two positions in the finance department, so any help
doing daily deposits, especially free help, comes as welcome relief, he said.
LeBlanc also proffered a brilliant plan to ensure a fair balance of trade between Durango and Gretna, capitalizing on
They'll process our utilities checks, and in turn, we could sell them our excess backyard chickens and fill their
medical marijuana needs from our many new dispensaries," he said wryly.
Please refresh my memory. What is the origin of the term Black Friday" for the day after Thanksgiving? - Rae P.
Haynes It has to do with finance and accounting, according to Steve Swisher, long-time managing partner with Brown
The day after Thanksgiving is a huge shopping day, but it's also traditionally when some types of businesses, particularly retailers, finally go in the black. Ideally, they become profitable from that day through the Christmas
season," he said as he showed Mrs. Action Line a comfy pair of Haflinger wool slippers with a cork footbed and rubber
Mrs. Action Line really likes her new slippers.
Anyway, Black Friday isn't the only black" day of the week. Most mark economic debacles, probably because financial
people are such a cheery and trustworthy bunch.
Black Monday refers to the stock market crash of Oct. 19, 1987. Black Tuesday was the most famous market implosion, this one on Oct. 29, 1929.
Black Wednesday happened on Sept. 16, 1992, when British pound sterling collapsed and threw the European currency
system in chaos.
But the darkest day of all has nothing to do with economics.
Upon Googling Black Saturday," Action Line learned that pro wrestling fans consider Saturday, July 14, 1984, as a
historic low point.
Black Saturday refers to the day when Vince McMahon and his World Wrestling Federation took over the Saturday night
TV time slot on Superstation TBS. Until that time, TBS was home to Georgia Championship Wrestling and its weekly
Apparently, fans of the GCW preferred real" wrestling featuring the macho athleticism of oiled-up men in tights. The
WWF, however, provided garish gimmicks and soap-opera storylines for a host of cartoonish combatants and overly
tanned steroid abusers.
As luck would have it, July 14 also is Bastille Day. Therefore, we can toast the death of both professional wrestling
and the French aristocracy at the same time. Sacrebleu!
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