Southwest Life

Work of 4-H Ambassadors team builds crucial life skills

The 2018-19 La Plata County 4-H Council Ambassadors team is excited for the year ahead. This team will represent our 4-H program at local, regional and national events. The team consists of six...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Don’t let our altitude foil your favorite holiday recipe

At this time of year, many people are baking more than usual. People are often frustrated to find that a recipe that works at sea level is a disaster at this altitude. Whether you are boiling eggs,...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2018 | UPDATED: 12 hours 19 minutes ago | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Cutting your own Christmas tree offers memories for a lifetime

Over the past 10 years, I’ve written a couple of articles about Christmas trees and the role they play in the Parmenter family. Yes, there were years when we left our tree up well into late...

DATE: Dec. 2, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

4-H partnership brings gardening classes to elementary schools

Community partners are an essential factor in delivering quality programming through your local Colorado State University Extension Office. As educators, we strive to build solid relationships...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Meal planning tips for your Thanksgiving Day feast

It is again time for giving thanks and feasting. Whether you are an expert cook or a new cook, it can be stressful trying to make sure you have enough food or accommodating guests with food...

DATE: Nov. 8, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

For a healthy landscape in 2019, give yard, garden a little love now

I fully realize how stepping into the garden this time of year can be a challenge – like waking up at 6:30 a.m. with the sky pitch black, buying carrots from the grocery store and not the farmers...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Join La Plata County 4-H to learn life, leadership skills

We are now accepting enrollment for the 2018-19 4-H youth development program. La Plata County has more than 15 after-school community clubs, which develop leadership and life skills for youths to...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Prebiotics, probiotics in natural foods can benefit your gut health

Many of us spend time carefully perusing grocery shelves looking for healthier foods, particularly items advertising prebiotics and probiotics. New research is showing how important these two...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Loving baseball, even in the season of heartbreak

Former Major League Baseball Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti once wrote about America’s pastime: “It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

La Plata County 4-H members shine at Colorado State Fair

The 2018 Colorado State Fair concluded earlier this month on Labor Day. Each year, many local 4-H members enter projects, participate in contests and compete in livestock, horse and shooting sports...

DATE: Sept. 13, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Take these simple steps to avoid foodborne illness

If 49 percent of adult meals are eaten away from home, according to the National Restaurant Association, what about the other 51 percent? The majority of “stomach flu” is actually food poisoning....

DATE: Sept. 7, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

The harvest, the weather make September great

I’m a fan of September – if it had an Instagram page, I would follow it; a Facebook site, I would like it. The cool mornings, afternoons in the 80s and nights with open windows make up for the...

DATE: Sept. 3, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

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