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Economy (general)

The Durango way: Work lots, still come up short

It's a predicament many Durangoans know well: multiple jobs but still not enough money to pay all the bills. Earnings too high for assistance but too low to really make it.It's hanging onto the...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

When leaving is the only choice

As a single mother with a 3-year-old boy, Diana Williams faces tough decisions every day.Like what to cut when the grocery bill is the only thing left.“I could maybe get by eating ramen noodles and...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Children squeezed, too, in poverty’s clutches

As more La Plata County parents slip from security to poverty, educators and social service providers say the hardship inevitably trickles down to their children.“The impact on these kids is almost...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Brother, can you spare a dime?

One-time help won't cut it this time.As the new reality in poverty's changing statistics takes hold, local families' financial hardships have gone from “crisis to chronic” through no fault of their...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Single father of four fights to keep roof over family's head

Butch Lawrence started over three times last year. He's lived in the woods more than once. There was a time when “home” was his car, parked at a local gas station. Lawrence has four children...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

The new face of poverty? It's your neighbor's

Poverty isn't new in La Plata County, but today it has new faces.They are the faces of people with homes, cars and histories of self-sufficiency. Many of them aren't making it here anymore.“There...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Economy spurs business

Uncertainty about the future remains for many potential small-business investors, but the still-depressed economy can be a golden opportunity for someone with a good idea and a prudent business...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

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