business and finance

Farmers had their best year in decades

ST. LOUIS – An Illinois farmer made so much money this year he made loan payments on one tractor a year in advance and exchanged some older ones for newer models. An Iowa farmer upgraded his...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

Holidays challenge nonprofits

Besides a season of shopping and food, local economic-development and business professionals say the holiday season’s history of charitable giving holds critical cues for the local economy.That’s...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

Politicians bicker and wages stall – happy New Year

Well, hasn’t it been an interesting year? There has been some decent news, but nothing to write home about.For those not keeping track, let me peruse some indicators of economic health.The national...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2011 | COLUMN: Our Economy

Some reject retirement, keep working even into 90s

DALLAS – At 91, Maxine Bennett still works six days a week at her jewelry store: keeping the books, helping customers and occasionally going on buying trips.Retirement’s not for her. “At 65, I was...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

Girl’s cards capture outdoors

BOULDER (AP) Hannah Isenhart has gotten up close and personal with black bears, photographing several roaming around Yellowstone National Park.She has captured images of moose exploring the Teton...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

Groups, events help Durango’s slow season

In the heart of shoulder season, out-of-state license plates dwindle, and we actively court groups and events to occupy the quieter periods.Other than holidays, from November through April the...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2011 | COLUMN: Destination Durango

Business tax credit could get ax

State tax credits for businesses in areas of the region designated as economically distressed could be in jeopardy next year. And in the meantime, businesses that take advantage of the credits will...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

Be sure to know when you have reached success

I recently finished reading Fortune & Freedom: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Success by Jim Hirshfield. I not only enjoyed the book, I thought it was spot on in discussing an entrepreneur’s life from...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2011 | COLUMN: Bottom Line

Protesters move in

SEATTLE – The Occupy Wall Street protests are moving into the neighborhood.Finding it increasingly difficult to camp in public spaces, Occupy protesters across the country are reclaiming foreclosed...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

A new welcoming for our visitors?

After years of initial talks between the college, downtown and tourism officials about a downtown visitors center to advertise Durango’s and Fort Lewis College’s offerings, plans are in the works...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

S&P begins exercising power in Europe

NEW YORK – Until this week, the fate of Europe seemed to hang on the decisions of three power brokers – the president of France, the chancellor of Germany and the head of the European Central...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

Dow ends up 52 on hopes for wider bailout powers

NEW YORK – The Dow Jones industrial average closed up 52 points after a report that European leaders are considering more aggressive programs to bail out weaker countries in the region.Broader...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

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