CSU gets gardener growing in Southwest Colorado

By Suzan Ringer Gardening in Southwest Colorado is always tricky, especially if you are trying to be successful at high elevation. This year made it even more challenging. To help me start this...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Permit system on the way to control crowds on Ice Lakes Trail

It appears the time has finally come to put in place a permit system to visit the popular Ice Lakes Trail outside Silverton. After a year of incredible use, which resulted in significant damage to...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Gyms, yoga studios face restrictions despite lack of outbreaks

As new limits on gyms and fitness studios in Colorado’s most populous areas take effect, owners of these facilities are trying to assess what it will mean. Many have already been struggling...

DATE: Nov. 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Tribal nations, Forest Service partner to revive oak population

A project to restore the most important traditional food for the Yavapai Apache Nation sprang to life this month. In Arizona, an intergovernmental, public-private...

DATE: Nov. 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

How to get your Christmas cactus to bloom

By Ann Bauer-Lasiewicz The best and most fun part of caring for a Christmas cactus is getting it to rebloom. Now is the time to take some necessary steps. Triggering dormancy is the vital step to...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Caring for your garden bed now will pay off next year

By Clint Kearns Ah, fall. The time when our thoughts and garden labors turn to putting beds to rest, stuffing the compost bin with the leftover vegetation and draining our irrigation lines. But it...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Fuel moisture key for predicting wildfire

San Juan National Forest Fuels Crew Supervisor Vince Mowery is deep in the forest above Dolores clipping Gambel oak and snowberry bushes, pulling off pine needles, grabbing a handful of forest duff...

DATE: Nov. 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Tough to be a tree: Southwest Colorado’s forests are stressed

Drought, wildfires, beetle infestation – forests across the San Juan Mountains seemingly can’t catch a break in recent years. “It’s a tough time to be a tree right now,” said Dan West, an...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Get Growing: 10 tips to winterize your garden

By Ann Bauer-Lasiewicz Here are 10 simple things you can do to get your garden ready for winter: Weed the garden: Yep. One more time to help eliminate those overwintering seeds. Remove debris:...

DATE: Nov. 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Native American ruin northeast of Cortez gets permanent protections

A Native American ruin northeast of Cortez is set to be placed in a conservation easement, ensuring its protection for years to come. “This is a really important place,” said Susan Ryan,...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Feds propose protection for rare plant in Mesa Verde National Park

A rare legume plant found only at Mesa Verde National Park and in the Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Park is being considered for federal protection and recovery. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Parks and Wildlife tests for chronic wasting disease in deer

A technician cuts out the lymph nodes from the neck of a decapitated mule deer, but this is not a wildlife Halloween story. Rather, Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff member Chad Johnston is...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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