LPEA names ‘right-of-way’ agent

La Plata Electric Association recently named longtime electric utility professional Johnnie Walker as its new right-of-way agent. Walker is from Farmington and started her career in 1979 as a meter...

DATE: Aug. 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Home-buyer education offered in fall

HomesFund, a local mortgage lender, will hold home-buyer education classes Sept. 22 at Fort Lewis College in Durango and Oct. 4 at Bayfield Town Hall in Bayfield. Topics include: budgeting and...

DATE: Aug. 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Trade workers shortage hurting Fort Collins housing market

FORT COLLINS (AP) – A decade ago, L&L Acoustical averaged about 60 jobs a month. Today, the drywall company completes 35 to 40 jobs, not because the work is shriveling up – quite the opposite....

DATE: Aug. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Looking for a home contractor?

NEW YORK – One of the most challenging aspects of owning a home for many people is the need to find a reliable contractor. Whether looking for someone to fix a roof or to overhaul a kitchen,...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Tech giants still stumbling in the social world they created

NEW YORK – Who knew connecting the world could get so complicated? Perhaps some of technology’s brightest minds should have seen that coming. Social media bans of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones...

DATE: Aug. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

TJ Maxx owner’s sales soar on new customers looking for deals

TJX Cos., with its treasure-hunt shopping experience and discount prices, is proving as popular as ever with consumers – even if rising incomes mean they don’t need a deal. Comparable sales at the...

DATE: Aug. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Kroger to sell its goods to Chinese shoppers through Tmall

NEW YORK – Kroger will start to sell some of its products to Chinese shoppers through a website owned by internet giant Alibaba, the latest move by the supermarket chain to boost its digital...

DATE: Aug. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Mortgage rates continue to fall

WASHINGTON – Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week for the third consecutive week, yet they remain significantly higher than a year ago. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate on...

DATE: Aug. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Report: Weak farm economy leading to fewer farm loans

OMAHA, Neb. – More farm loan applications are being rejected in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states in reaction to weak farm commodity prices and income. The latest Rural Mainstreet survey...

DATE: Aug. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

San Juan National Forest hiring temporary positions for 2019

The San Juan National Forest seasonal hiring will begin earlier for employment next spring. Hiring for the San Juan National Forest will be combined with the hiring process across the Rocky...

DATE: Aug. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Durango First National hires three

First National Bank of Durango recently hired three new employees: Noah Wells, Bianca Sandoval and Martha Moreno. Wells was hired as a universal banker at the Bodo office. He grew up in California...

DATE: Aug. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

4TheChildren names executive director

Durango organization 4TheChildren recently announced it appointed Ashley Hein as executive director. Hein is known in the community for her work at Animas High School and the Powerhouse Science...

DATE: Aug. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business