Southwest Life

La Plata County 4-H Council shapes young leaders

Each year, the La Plata County 4-H Council elects new youth officers to represent our organization. The team of officers works together throughout the year to plan, organize and implement a...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Cooking, baking at high altitude are part science, part art

Holidays are fast approaching, and we tend to spend more time baking, entertaining and making special treats and candy for gatherings. I’m starting to get more questions about tough dinner rolls,...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

I’ve enjoyed a busy 10 years and look forward to more

You know time flies when you’re daydreaming in your office (extremely momentarily) about a topic for the monthly newspaper article and you see a certificate on the wall recognizing five years of...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Come to Halloween Ball to learn about 4-H opportunities

Who’s ready to do the monster mash? La Plata County 4-H would like to invite all local youths to our inaugural Halloween Ball. This free event will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct....

DATE: Oct. 18, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Data breaches are common; protect your finances, credit

A grand total 145.5 million people were affected by the Equifax data breach. Yahoo corrected their 2013 breach of 1 billion users to all 3 billion users. The breaches hacked names, addresses,...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Plant bulbs this fall to light up your garden in the spring

The autumnal tease is here. A couple nights of frost, the changing colors and the snow up high on the mountain tops signal the changing of the guard. We all scramble to get the wood chopped and...

DATE: Oct. 6, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Bethany Quimby rises to the top at Colorado State Fair

The 2016-17 La Plata County 4-H year is coming to a close. 4-H members had a successful local county fair, and many members participated in the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo, which wrapped up on...

DATE: Sept. 16, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Skip the vitamins, focus on nutrient-dense foods

This is the time of year when we are overwhelmed with a wonderful variety of fresh produce. It is easy to fulfill the recommendation of 2½ cups daily of any combination of fruits and vegetables....

DATE: Sept. 8, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Green chile season is here, but they aren’t the hottest peppers

There are times during the year when your senses get the best of you: the sight of the first snow, the sound of coyotes while camping or the taste of fruit picked right from the tree. On a recent...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

La Plata County Fair brings out the best in our community

It’s time for the La Plata County Fair! A time to hear kids laugh, watch them focus during their time in front of a fair judge and hear the pride in their voices when they talk about their...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

My Grandpa’s garden put baseball in the dugout

As a kid, my memories of a backyard garden are somewhat vague, and honestly, none too pleasant. For me, summer was meant for baseball. Every day in June and July, the script was already written:...

DATE: Aug. 5, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

4-H members to highlight a year of work at La Plata County Fair

The 2017 La Plata County Fair is fast approaching, and this year’s theme is “A Living Legacy.” 4-H members throughout the county have been working hard all year for this event. Members will enter...

DATE: July 13, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office