business and finance

Drought vs. tourism

River rafting is difficult to do in a dry riverbed.Drought can have devastating impacts on Southwest Colorado’s recreational tourism industry. So state officials want to know more about how the...

DATE: May 21, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

Fuming over gas prices?

ALBANY, N.Y. – How would you like a 33-cent drop in the price of a gallon of gas?“Hell, yes!” says Su Ramgoolam, a 34-year-old mechanic from Schenectady, N.Y.Not so fast.When gas prices get near a...

DATE: May 21, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

Business Briefs

Waste Corporation announces sales rep Susan Wright has joined Waste Corporation of Colorado/New Mexico as the sales representative for the Four Corners.WCA offers residential, commercial and...

DATE: May 21, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

New Business Briefs

Olive oil company will open May 27 Rob and Kristine Carll announce the grand opening of the Durango Olive Oil Company at 5 p.m. May 27 at 640 Main Ave.There will be a ribbon cutting, reception and...

DATE: May 21, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

Home sales fall, despite uptick in first-time buyers

WASHINGTON – Fewer people purchased previously occupied homes in April, a troubling sign that the weak housing market remains a drag on the economy.Sales fell 0.8 percent in April to a seasonally...

DATE: May 21, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

Free programs can make you or break you

The best things in life are free. Unfortunately, some of the worst things on the Web are free.Many of the free programs on the Web aren’t worth the time it takes to download them; they’re...

DATE: May 21, 2011 | COLUMN: Techno Buddy

Retailer slide sends stocks lower

NEW YORK – Stocks closed broadly lower for a third consecutive week on signs that U.S. consumer demand may be weakening.Retailers Gap Inc. and Aeropostale each lost more than 14 percent Friday...

DATE: May 20, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

A boost from Uncle Sam

Two years ago, John Wickman’s Native Roots Garden Center needed to move to a bigger space, but the financial prospects of the endeavor weren’t promising.The costs of buying new property for the...

DATE: May 17, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

Is Ronald McDonald having a midlife crisis?

NEW YORK – Ronald McDonald is having a midlife crisis.His floppy shoes, painted-on smile and flaming-red hair may be a harder sell to today’s kids who are trading in their dolls and trucks for...

DATE: May 17, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

In downtown, who’s out is what’s up

As Durango’s bears have come out from their dens, so has that other rare species. Durangoans have gotten out and are showing up everywhere in great numbers. Here’s the proof.Citywide sales tax is...

DATE: May 17, 2011 | COLUMN: What's Up Downtown

Jockeying heating up to replace IMF head

WASHINGTON – The jockeying to succeed Dominique Strauss-Kahn as head of the International Monetary Fund stepped up Tuesday along with pressure on him to resign and avoid undermining the IMF, a key...

DATE: May 17, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

Dow sinks on lower H-P outlook and concerns about economy

NEW YORK – A lower earnings forecast by tech giant Hewlett-Packard and concerns about the economy’s strength dragged the Dow Jones industrial average down nearly 70 points Tuesday. Gains in bank...

DATE: May 17, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

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