Southwest Life

La Plata County Extension Office can house livestock affected by 416 Fire

The La Plata County Fairgrounds is an evacuation site for residents with livestock animals that have been affected by the 416 Fire. Our facilities are also equipped to house horses. We have two...

DATE: June 13, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 13 hours ago | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Don’t let fear of carbohydrates cut into vegetable consumption

It is the season for corn, fresh vegetables and wonderful fruits. When I hear someone say, “Corn isn’t a vegetable! It’s all starch, I don’t eat it” or “I don’t eat anything white – it’s bad,” it...

DATE: June 7, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Relentless winds can parch plants, pull moisture from soil

I am sick of this wind, and I don’t even have hair. It’s not uncommon to have blustery days in April, but as we enter June, I always thought they would start to die down. But not this year – the...

DATE: June 4, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Incidents of racial bias are common and must be stopped

Recently, Colorado State University has been in the news for an unfortunate incident that occurred on the Fort Collins campus. On April 30, two Native American prospective teen students were...

DATE: May 18, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Nutrient-dense asparagus can be prepared in many ways

Oh yes, spring is my favorite season. Calves, lambs, fawns appearing across the fields and, best of all, the asparagus! It starts appearing mid-April and ends in June. As one of the few perennial...

DATE: May 10, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Dry year creates challenging conditions for farmers, ranchers in Southwest Colorado

I write this as the rain is finally coming down in the valley, wet snow in the high country. In Durango, moisture in two of the last five days has been a rarity, albeit welcome. Unfortunately, the...

DATE: May 7, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

4-H invites community to Mental Health Mardi Gras

La Plata County 4-H’s CODY project would like to invite the community to a Mental Health Mardi Gras. This special event will take place at 6 p.m. May 2 in the Exhibit Hall at the La Plata County...

DATE: April 19, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Real food powers your health, not vitamin supplements

Being raised on whole-grain homemade bread, farm fresh eggs, fresh yogurt, garden produce and, of course, raw milk was a matter of logic to my progressive mother who followed 20th-century author...

DATE: April 13, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Each landscape presents its own demands to gardeners

A couple of weeks ago, I traveled across the Western Slope of Colorado, giving talks to multiple Master Gardener classes about backyard vegetable production. Same talk with 270 PowerPoint slides,...

DATE: April 9, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Young people must learn the basics of financial literacy

Recently, I enjoyed working with and learning from seventh-graders at Miller Middle School as we discussed financial literacy. Know Your Dough provided the curriculum – which is designed for...

DATE: March 15, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Suicide survivor to share his story; 4-H to promote prevention program

La Plata County 4-H will co-sponsor a powerful community event at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 19. “Cracked, Not Broken: The Kevin Hines Story” will be held at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis...

DATE: March 12, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Workshop to address managing water needs in a dry year

Last month was all about soil, and yes, soil is where everything starts. If you build it, plants, flowers and fruit will come. If you ask a farmer or rancher – and if they’re worth their weight in...

DATE: March 5, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office