business and finance

How does DATO plan its marketing, operations?

As a non-profit, business-type organization, the Durango Area Tourism Office is contracted by both the city and county to provide tourism marketing services. These services are paid from receipts...

DATE: Sept. 30, 2017 | COLUMN: The Tourism Effect

Your dog is big business, and Uber-like apps want it

Long before the term “gig economy” became common lingo, pet owners were slipping neighbor kids a few bucks to walk their dogs. Years before apps, they were calling the local, mom-and-pop doggy day...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Why neighborhood toy stores are thriving while Toys R Us goes bankrupt

Ella Wiesenfelder has been coming to Barstons Child’s Play her whole life, so naturally it’s where she wanted to be on the afternoon of her 8th birthday. She had already picked out a Lego spaceship...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Forest Service, Idaho work to boost logging on federal land

BOISE, Idaho – The U.S. Forest Service and Idaho have forged 10 agreements for logging and restoration projects on federal land in what officials say could become a template for other Western...

DATE: Sept. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

First Southwest Bank receives grant funding

First Southwest Bank was recently granted more than $227,000 in Bank Enterprise Awards by the U.S. Department of the Treasury Community Development Financial Institution Fund. A portion of the...

DATE: Sept. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Ignacio to host October economic summit

La Plata County Economic Development Alliance will hold its economic summit conference, “Leadership: The Power of Us,” from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Sky Ute Casino Resort, 14324 Highway 172,...

DATE: Sept. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Bee Bare Waxing now open

Amelia Hanna of Durango opened Bee Bare Waxing, a full-body waxing service, on Sept. 7, and will hold a grand-opening event from noon to 3 p.m. at the salon, located inside CryoMedSpa, at 1800 East...

DATE: Sept. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Consumers loved ‘all-natural’ – until Trix cereal lost its neon-bright glow

The latest development in the Trix cereal saga conclusively proves at least one thing: Consumers remain deeply divided on the definition, and the importance, of eating healthfully. Cereal-maker...

DATE: Sept. 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

College towns feel pinch from rental sites like Airbnb

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Time was when renting an apartment in one of this college town’s funky triple-deckers or two-family homes wouldn’t cost an arm and a leg. Now, renting in Cambridge can feel like...

DATE: Sept. 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Baker’s Bridge Vet relocates to old Appaloosa building

After months of remodel work, Baker’s Bridge Veterinary recently announced that its new clinic, located in the old Appaloosa Trading Co. building on County Road 203, is now open. Owner Michael...

DATE: Sept. 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Thirty-year fixed mortgage rate rises to 3.83 percent

WASHINGTON – Long-term mortgage rates rose this week, lifting the 30-year fixed mortgage from the lowest levels of 2017. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the 30-year fixed mortgage rate was...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Disasters increase home prices

It’s been a bad few weeks for natural disasters. A series of hurricanes ripped through Texas, Florida and the Caribbean, killing hundreds and racking up hundreds of billions of dollars in damage....

DATE: Sept. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business