Personal finance

Find your ‘Why’ and live a life of purpose

Imagine waking up inspired, living your purpose and serving others – living what I call an engaged life. Do you know what you would be doing? What impact you would be making? How you would feel? If...

DATE: June 14, 2016 | CATEGORY: Money Savvy

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Fifth-graders practice making big bucks

Fifth-grade students from Durango School District 9-R put their financial knowledge to work in a mock town at Fort Lewis College in May. With $200 in business loans to pay back before they could...

DATE: May 24, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

High-achievers share this essential trait

Dreams set the course for our lives. How we navigate the journey toward them can determine if we succeed or fail. What does it take to accomplish our goals? What sets high-achievers apart from...

DATE: May 24, 2016 | CATEGORY: Money Savvy

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Teens need money skills before paychecks arrive

Emily Doughty, 17, works about 20 hours per week as a lifeguard at the Durango Community Recreation Center. She takes home about $400 per month – enough to pay for gas, her cellphone and certain...

DATE: May 3, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Calculate how much money you’ll need to retire

What’s your magic number for retirement? Grab a pen and write it down: $___. Have you taken all of your expenses and spending into account? Are you aiming too high or too low? Asking for a magic...

DATE: May 3, 2016 | CATEGORY: Money Savvy

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Prince’s sister says musician had no known will

MINNEAPOLIS – Prince’s sister on Tuesday said the superstar musician had no known will, and she asked a Minnesota court to appoint a special administrator to oversee his estate, though the size of...

DATE: April 26, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

Keystone habits: How to be at your best

What did you do this morning when you got up? What will you do today? Throughout the day, it may seem like you are making well-considered choices, but it’s likely you are often operating out of...

DATE: March 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Money Savvy

What it takes to make a living wage

Do you recognize these numbers: $8.31 and $12.79? I didn’t either, until I sat down with Maureen Maliszewski, director of Thrive La Plata County. The minimum wage in Colorado is $8.31 an hour, but...

DATE: March 1, 2016 | CATEGORY: Money Savvy

Affluenza: Cure yourself of this modern disease

Consumer marketing and advertising work. In the United States, they have driven household consumption to 70 percent of all spending, a record. The long-term, rampant trend of overconsumption...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2016 | CATEGORY: Money Savvy

Money not key to a meaningful life

Well, it’s not true. Money can buy happiness. What it can’t buy is a meaningful, fulfilling life. In our consumer economy, there’s always something new to buy that will make us happy. Whether it’s...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Money Savvy

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$2 gasoline not jump-starting economy

WASHINGTON – If low oil prices are a gift to U.S. consumers, why isn’t the U.S. economy growing faster? After all, cheap crude pumps money into consumers’ pockets much the same way a tax cut would....

DATE: Dec. 29, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

Success lies outside your comfort zone

Think about a leap forward you made in your life. Did it happen when you were at ease and comfortable? Probably not. To make that leap, I bet you had to step out of your comfort zone and challenge...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2015 | CATEGORY: Money Savvy