Leases make solar more affordable

SAN FRANCISCO – Converting a home to solar power can seem wildly expensive, but new financing makes it possible to generate most of the electricity your household uses at low or no cost.Companies...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

Forecast sees job growth lifting housing in ’11

ORLANDO, Fla. – The housing market could gradually begin to emerge from its doldrums this year, industry experts said Wednesday, but their forecast depends on a steady ramp-up in hiring and for the...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

Falling bank profits send stocks lower

NEW YORK – Stocks sustained their largest one-day decline since November after banks reported steep drops in profits Wednesday. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. said its earnings fell 53 percent in the...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

A few sweeteners added to recession-battling tax breaks

WASHINGTON – This year’s tax season will look a lot like last year’s, with a few sweeteners added.Most of the tax changes that were put in place in 2009 to spur the economy remained in effect in...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

Durango’s airport ads revamped

The Durango-La Plata County Airport terminal is revamping its advertising space with the help of Durango Fastsigns. The locally owned sign and graphics business is a franchise center of Fastsigns...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

Apple again turns to Cook in CEO Jobs’ absence

SAN FRANCISCO – If the past is any indication, Tim Cook’s mastery of inventory management and his high expectations of employees should leave Apple Inc. in good hands while its charismatic leader,...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

Builders’ sentiment stagnant in January

LOS ANGELES – U.S. homebuilders remain discouraged over the prospects for improved home sales in the months ahead, unconvinced as yet that the economy will spur the kind of job growth needed to...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

Stocks shrug off bad earnings reports, Jobs’ Apple news

NEW YORK — Boeing Co. and Caterpillar Inc. led stocks higher Tuesday, pushing the Dow Jones industrial average to its highest close since June 2008.Boeing rose 3.4 percent after reporting that it...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

Qwest in Colorado may lead next wave of video reform

The nation’s next wave of video franchise reform could start in Colorado and sweep through other parts of Qwest’s local-phone service territory.From 2005 to 2008, 20 states enacted laws that...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

Business Briefs

Nature Studies announces new hire Durango Nature Studies has hired Karen Hickerson as its new program director.She will be in charge of overseeing and developing all DNS programs, as well as...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

Home foreclosure crisis may peak in 2011

NEW YORK – The bleakest year in the foreclosure crisis has only just begun. Lenders are poised to take back more homes this year than any other since the U.S. housing meltdown began in 2006. About...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

New credit rules affect local purchases

New worldwide requirements designed to prevent credit card fraud mean La Plata Electric Association customers will not be able to speak to a person when paying their bills by phone.“Our members...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

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