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How the Proposed PMO Could Affect Home Values

For 15 years, Art Gastelo hasn’t lived in the home he owns in Flagstaff’s Plaza Vieja neighborhood. He’s rented it for some of that time, and on several occasions, he’s tried to sell it. He’s finally found a buyer, after dropping his asking price from $150,000 to $110,000. As for profits, “I’ll be lucky if […]

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Region Embracing Renewables

In many ways, Northern Arizona – and Coconino County in particular – is poised to harvest great benefits from renewable energy potential that outpaces the potential in much of the rest of the country. But the first wave of utility-scale projects has met with some resistance – and it has sent local land use planners […]

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Searching for the Greenest Stock

Is it possible for an environmentally or socially conscious person to make money in the stock market? Several local investors say it is – but people hoping to do so should proceed with caution. Jim Schmelzle, financial advisor at Arizona State Credit Union, says a small subset of clients feel it is important to invest […]

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Fighting the Current of Consumer Spending and Debt

It appears the economic woes of recent years haven’t led to a whole lot of belt-tightening at home. According to the Federal Reserve’s latest statistics, Americans carry $2.4 trillion in unsecured debt. That includes credit cards and personal loans. By itself, the average credit card debt per cardholder is hovering around $6,000. The numbers might […]

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Customers Seeking Relief From Bank Fees

As news of new and steeper banking fees has swept the nation, so has speculation that there will be a mass exodus to credit unions, which, because of their unique missions, are more likely to hold off on such charges. So far, the movement of customers from banks to credit unions in Northern Arizona is […]

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Maintaining Internet Security at the Office

When Internet safety matters at local businesses, Internet Technology teams are the first stop: they can work diligently to maintain server-wide protections like firewalls and virus detection programs. Those technologies can go a long way. They block spyware and intercept emails with links that, when clicked, unleash malicious code meant to corrupt or co-opt individual […]

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Maintaining Internet Security at the Office

When Internet safety matters at local businesses, Internet Technology teams are the first stop: they can work diligently to maintain server-wide protections like firewalls and virus detection programs. Those technologies can go a long way. They block spyware and intercept emails with links that, when clicked, unleash malicious code meant to corrupt or co-opt individual […]

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