Education

Latest round of PPP loans will help the smallest of businesses
Feb23

Latest round of PPP loans will help the smallest of businesses

Latest round of PPP loans will help the smallest of businesses By Lora Lavigne, WRAL Durham reporter DURHAM, N.C. — President Joe Biden unveiled new changes to the PayCheck Protection Program on Monday. Starting Wednesday, a two-week application period begins for businesses with fewer than 20 employees. Self-employed and independent contractors can now qualify for more money. And business owners with student loan defaults or...

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Winter Maintenance Tips
Feb23

Winter Maintenance Tips

Winter Maintenance Tips A cold front has hit the country and the winter storm is bringing some serious cold weather, unexpected ice and snow fall in places that hardly ever see weather like this. Residences in many areas of Texas woke up to a winter wonderland this week without power and many without heat. Not being prepared for winter weather can put you in a difficult situation. Below is a list of winter home maintenance tips that...

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La Plata Electric Round Up Foundation Board approves $21,400 in grants to local non-profits
Jan28

La Plata Electric Round Up Foundation Board approves $21,400 in grants to local non-profits

La Plata Electric Round Up Foundation Board approves $21,400 in grants to local non-profits DURANGO, Colo. – The La Plata Electric Round Up Foundation Board approved a total of $21,400 in grant funding to local non-profit organizations at its meetings in December 2020 and January 2021. Annie’s Orphans, the Salvation Army’s Durango office, Archuleta Seniors, Inc., Fort Lewis College Engineering and Physics students, the Be Frank...

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LPEA accepting applications for nine college scholarships
Jan13

LPEA accepting applications for nine college scholarships

LPEA accepting applications for nine college scholarships; virtual information session slated for February 4, 2021 DURANGO, Colo. – La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) is now accepting applications for nine scholarships for graduating high school seniors – including GED graduates – in its service territory. Scholarships range from $500 to $28,000 and can be used at any accredited school in the United States. Applications are due...

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Why was Stonehenge built?
Jan09

Why was Stonehenge built?

Why was Stonehenge built? Stonehenge is a massive stone monument located on a chalky plain north of the modern-day city of Salisbury, England. Research shows that the site has continuously evolved over a period of about 10,000 years. The structure that we call “Stonehenge” was built between roughly 5,000 and 4,000 years ago and was one part of a larger sacred landscape that included a massive stone monument that was 15...

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Challenges to Manufacturing in 2020

As we finish the year 2020, we have learned a lot when it comes to Manufacturing. Many manufacturers have made a pivot to adjust to COVID requests for PPE. Some have seen an opportunity and made a Pivot in a different direction. . How do you know when the time is right to pivot in manufacturing? Join us as we hear from experts around knowing when to pivot. The World Trade Center will discuss import and export matters both in and out...

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Hubble Identifies Strange Exoplanet That Behaves Like the Long-Sought “Planet Nine”
Dec12

Hubble Identifies Strange Exoplanet That Behaves Like the Long-Sought “Planet Nine”

heic2021 — Science Release Hubble Identifies Strange Exoplanet That Behaves Like the Long-Sought “Planet Nine” 10 December 2020   The exoplanet HD106906 b was discovered in 2013 with the Magellan Telescopes at the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile’s Atacama Desert. However, astronomers did not then know anything about the planet’s orbit. This required something only the Hubble Space Telescope could do: collect very accurate...

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Fauci: We ‘Could Not Be Positioned More Poorly’ On COVID-19
Nov02

Fauci: We ‘Could Not Be Positioned More Poorly’ On COVID-19

Fauci: We ‘Could Not Be Positioned More Poorly’ On COVID-19 “We’re in for a whole lot of hurt,” warned the nation’s top infectious disease expert. By Mary Papenfuss The nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, painted a grim future in a bombshell interview on COVID-19 with The Washington Post Saturday, warning that the nation “could not be positioned more poorly” to battle the pandemic. “We’re in for a whole lot of...

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‘Fireball’ meteorite
Nov02

‘Fireball’ meteorite

‘Fireball’ meteorite that crashed in Michigan holds extraterrestrial organic compounds Meteorite hunter Robert Ward with the meteorite on Strawberry Lake near Hamburg, Michigan By Mindy Weisberger – Senior Writer 5 days ago The space rock landed on a frozen lake on Jan. 16, 2018. A meteorite that landed on a frozen lake in 2018 contains thousands of organic compounds that formed billions of years ago and could hold...

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Earth’s Magnetic North Pole Has Begun Racing Towards Siberia
Oct31

Earth’s Magnetic North Pole Has Begun Racing Towards Siberia

Earth’s Magnetic North Pole Has Begun Racing Towards Siberia (Credit: Livermore et al. 2020 arXiv) The magnetic North Pole has left Canada, passed the geographic pole and is now heading towards Siberia. The Physics arXiv BlogBy The Physics arXiv BlogOctober 28, 2020 10:15 AM In 1831, the British explorer James Clark Ross determined the position of the magnetic North Pole to within a few miles for the first time. He found it on...

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Animas Museum launches online exhibits during pandemic closure
Oct19

Animas Museum launches online exhibits during pandemic closure

Old schoolhouse building remains closed to in-person visits   Courtesy of the Animas Museum The Animas Museum, a repository of everything historical in La Plata County, including its people, places and events, has been closed to in-person visits since the onset of COVID-19. In the meantime, staff members have been busy creating online exhibits, now totaling 10 with more to come, said Jeremy Foote, president of the board of...

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Register to Vote in Colorado
Sep24

Register to Vote in Colorado

New voters can can register to Vote in Colorado Right Here!If you are outside of Colorado, these 40 states allow online registration. And you can check your current registration status below Election Day is 40 days away, but voting is already underway in several states. To help you vote during this unusual year — in a country where voting is already more difficult than in most other democracies — we have put together a step-by-step...

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Region’s Only Waldorf Preschool Opens
Aug19

Region’s Only Waldorf Preschool Opens

A small, rural preschool in Weber Canyon south of Mancos offers a curriculum based on the Waldorf Method, an approach to education that allows to learn from exploring their own curiosity.

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Tips For Successful Online Learning
Jun11

Tips For Successful Online Learning

Tips For Successful Online Learning  As  a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the online learning industry – which has already been enjoying steady growth over the last decade – is now booming more than ever before. With all learning institutions across the country closed indefinitely, students of all ages have had to take their classes online, providing a glimpse of what the future could hold for education. If you’re...

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A Love for Weeds: Garden Pest Appreciation
Apr24

A Love for Weeds: Garden Pest Appreciation

Good day all! It has been a wonderfully sunny spring this year! With this fantastic weather comes the natural explosion of wide variety of weeds. This makes maintaining gardens and yards a lot more trouble than it needs to be. In this part of Colorado we see a great deal of leafy greens pop up such as Dandelions, Curly/Yellow Dock, Common Mallow, Prickly Lettuce, and so much more. The plants I’ve just listed are known to many...

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Canyon of the Ancients: Visions of the Past
Apr10

Canyon of the Ancients: Visions of the Past

Canyon of the Ancients is a desert masterpiece. It’s many abstract rock formations and caves are complimented by a spectrum of different colors and vibrant plant life. This natural wonder also happens to contain countless relics and artifacts that remain from ancient peoples you have come and gone with time. Ancient structures and evidence of many kinds are present throughout this seemingly holy landscape. As the seasons turn...

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The Magic of Mullein: Cowboy TP & More!
Apr10

The Magic of Mullein: Cowboy TP & More!

To many of us living in this beautiful little corner of Colorado Mullein is a fairly common sight. It can be recognized by its distinct towering rod-like stem that has an incredibly soft feel to its leaves and flowers. It’s no wonder it earned the name back in the old west as Cowboy Toilet Paper. This might come in handy if we keep seeing the toilet paper keep flying off our shelves! Most of the time we pass the plant by,...

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Sand dunes can ‘communicate’ with each other
Feb20

Sand dunes can ‘communicate’ with each other

Image credit: phys.org Even though they are inanimate objects, sand dunes can ‘communicate’ with each other. A team from the University of Cambridge has found that as they move, sand dunes interact with and repel their downstream neighbours. Using an experimental dune ‘racetrack’, the researchers observed that two identical dunes start out close together, but over time they get further and further apart. This...

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Do Cellphones Interfere with Learning?
Feb14

Do Cellphones Interfere with Learning?

We have laws that prohibit us from using our cellphones while driving because of the distractions they present. Durango middle schools now are considering a ban on phone use during school hours.

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Financing Options Using Assets as Income
Feb04

Financing Options Using Assets as Income

For homebuyers entering their golden years, who may not have a steady income stream from working, both Fannie and Freddie allow access to retirement-related funds and assets for use as income.   Recent changes to Freddie Mac’s (FHLC) guidelines have made this the more optimal of the two programs, but this general overview might be helpful in picking and choosing which might work best for you. Often the asset stream is used to...

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