Scorpius’ stars put sting in summer sky

Greetings, stargazers. The late afternoon monsoon clouds finally parted and made for a few good observing evenings recently. Unfortunately for me, a couple of those nights were interrupted by...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2015 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

From the Extension: The aphids are coming: Act now

Sometimes I assume that, given our dry and cool environment, I have seen the vast majority of pest and disease issues in the area. I seem to know when the questions about aspens will arrive: Early...

DATE: July 2, 2015 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Stewards of the Land Do spring rains mean no wildfires? Think again.

The recent spring rains may lull you into thinking there won’t be much of a fire season. And there may not be – this summer. But fast forward to next June and think about how much more fuel is on...

DATE: June 29, 2015 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Choose pollinator plants, and they will help you

Editor’s note: Get Growing, written by the La Plata County Extension Office’s Master Gardener Program, appears during the growing season. It features timely tips and suggestions for your garden and...

DATE: June 25, 2015 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Center provides readjustment counseling services

The Vet Center Program was established by Congress in 1979 out of recognition that a significant number of Vietnam-era veterans were experiencing readjustment problems after returning to civilian...

DATE: June 25, 2015 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Welcome the recent rain, now monitor soil moisture

With all the recent moisture (2.5 inches since the first of April), it’s easy to get excited about gardening. After a relatively dry and warm winter, pessimism abounded, and it was easy to cast a...

DATE: June 4, 2015 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Don’t let fears diminish strengths of aging brain

The research and articles about the aging brain are daunting. There are so many focuses: memory with dementia and Alzheimer’s, emotional and physical changes, agility, learning, etc., and all of...

DATE: June 4, 2015 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Looking for something new? Try Mud Springs

The Bureau of Land Management Special Recreation Management Areas offer a unique combination of terrain scenery and climate that allows for nearly year-round recreation close to town and are...

DATE: April 30, 2015 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

There’s no ‘perfect’ tree

This is National Arbor Day. Really, it should be a recognized holiday – no school, no postal deliveries. The day has a pretty simple premise: planting trees in public spaces. First observed in...

DATE: April 23, 2015 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

How you can help prevent food poisoning

“From farm to plate, make food safe” was the theme of this year’s World Health Day. On Tuesday, the World Health Organization highlighted the importance of food safety. Because that is a key focus...

DATE: April 9, 2015 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Leave them alone: Helping baby wildlife can kill

By Maureen Keilty Living with Wildlife Advisory Board You see big eyes, a thin coat of shivering feathers, and your heart tells you, “Help me, I’ve been abandoned!” However, your brain should...

DATE: April 2, 2015 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Early delights: Asparagus, garlic

With the (early) arrival of spring so comes the flowering shrubs and trees – forsythia, plums, apricots and crabapples – as well as the initial vegetable growth from asparagus and garlic. A...

DATE: April 2, 2015 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

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