Farmers in the Midwest battle it out with activists

MONROE CITY, Mo. – A 2010 ballot initiative to toughen oversight of dog breeders highlighted the rift between Missouri farmers and national animal-rights activists. Two years later, the divide has...

DATE: March 20, 2012 | CATEGORY: Business

Donate to those in need, and take a vacation

DENVER – Denver entrepreneur Ric Harshman had never heard of Inspirato when the destination travel club put its vacations up for bid at a fundraiser for his granddaughters’ school.After looking at...

DATE: March 17, 2012 | CATEGORY: Business

Teacher pensions short on funds

WASHINGTON – As a new generation of teachers replaces retiring baby boomers, financially strapped states face a quandary – what to do about teacher pensions.A majority of states’ teacher retirement...

DATE: March 17, 2012 | CATEGORY: Business

‘Take this job and shove it’

NEW YORKSometimes, giving two weeks’ notice just isn’t enough.The Goldman Sachs muppet manifesto – a departing executive’s lengthy and very public screed against the company’s blind pursuit of...

DATE: March 17, 2012 | CATEGORY: Business

Growing La Plata County’s economy

Durango-based Rural Planning Institute, or RPI, has been working with rural counties for 13 years, examining the resource strain new subdivisions or strip malls put on county government versus the...

DATE: March 17, 2012 | CATEGORY: Business

Business Briefs

Builder commits to energy standards Mantell-Hecathorn Builders announces it is committing to build and label its homes to meet new Energy Star requirements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection...

DATE: March 17, 2012 | CATEGORY: Business

Stocks soar on best day of year

NEW YORK – Bank stocks turbocharged a rally across the financial markets Tuesday, and all three major stock indexes posted their biggest gains of the year. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 218...

DATE: March 13, 2012 | CATEGORY: Business

Edible packaging

GREEN ISLAND, N.Y. Turns out that mushrooms – great in soups and salads – also make decent packaging material.Mushrooms are a key ingredient in the pale, soft blocks produced by the thousands in an...

DATE: March 13, 2012 | CATEGORY: Business

Mergers help Colo. hospitals achieve profits

There really isn’t a middle ground for the hospital business in Colorado. Hospitals are either reporting strong profit margins or struggling to scrape by, according to a recently released report.To...

DATE: March 13, 2012 | CATEGORY: Business

Business Briefs

RE/MAX Pinnacle announces new agent Linda Buzzalini has joined RE/MAX Pinnacle in Durango.Formerly of The Wells Group, Buzzalini offers personalized realty services and consultation to buyers and...

DATE: March 13, 2012 | CATEGORY: Business

Average rate on 30-year mortgage dips to 3.88%

WASHINGTON – Fixed-rate mortgages remain a bargain at the start of the spring-buying season: The average rate on the 30-year mortgage dipped this week, while the 15-year loan fell to a new record...

DATE: March 10, 2012 | CATEGORY: Business

Navajos look to invest in grid project

ALBUQUERQUE – A $1.5 billion effort to link the United States’ three major electricity grids has caught the attention of one of the country’s largest Native American tribes as it looks to enter the...

DATE: March 10, 2012 | CATEGORY: Business

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