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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

LinkedIn website increases price range for IPO shares

NEW YORK – The professional networking website LinkedIn is increasing the target price for its initial public offering of stock by about 30 percent in a sign of heavy demand by investors. The...

DATE: May 17, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

Business Briefs

Hassle Free Sports announces new hire Hassle Free Sports announces its new manager, Cindy Dahlberg.Dahlberg has been a part of the Durango ski and bike industry for many years. She is a certified...

DATE: May 17, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

Pace of foreclosed homes slowed in April

LOS ANGELES – Fewer Americans had their homes repossessed by banks or were put on notice for being behind on their mortgage payments in April compared to a year ago.That would ordinarily suggest...

DATE: May 14, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

Business Briefs

Therapist receives massage certification Maxine Christopher, nationally certified massage therapist, announces her certification as the area’s first pediatric massage specialist. In addition to...

DATE: May 14, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

New Business Brief

Wine-tasting room announces opening Sutcliffe Vineyards Tasting Room announces its opening at 600 Main Ave., Suite 102.The business is owned by Nor List, Eric and Kay Keisel and Sutcliffe...

DATE: May 14, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

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