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Position: La Plata County Extension Office

Email: parmenterdm@co.laplata.co.us

Exercise, health measured in nation's counties

Two weeks ago, two fascinating reports gave a snapshot for the health of Colorado.The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for the first time provided ranking of counties in each state based on...

DATE: March 4, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Study includes look at 'food shed'

Local food. To some, the concept entails what you grow - your backyard, your fields, your animals. To others, “localfood" is what you buy at your neighborhood grocery store.Then there exists the...

DATE: Feb. 25, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Storing water is a good idea in case of emergency

As we experience snowstorms, broken water pipes, loss of electricity, contaminated wells and, soon to come, springfloods, we are reminded to be prepared. One basic item is water.Experts advise a...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

There is a link between snow fleas and groundhogs

I had two phone calls today that started “My snow has fleas."“Excuse me?" I replied, assuming that “Snow" was the name of their cat or dog.However, in both cases the descriptions were the same....

DATE: Feb. 11, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Hard work just a part of life on the family farm

I am the oldest of four children who all work and live on the family farm. I have grown up tending animals since I canremember. I love the smell of work - the animals, fresh air and the freshly cut...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

It's a good idea to test your home for harmful radon gas

With snow comes the opportunity for you to find out if your home is harboring the No. 2 cause of lung cancer: radongas.Do you know the level of radon in your home? Is it below 4 picocuries per...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Five vegetables to grow and eat

I feel like I am risking what little journalism credentials I have - I majored in journalism for one semester at theUniversity of Northern Colorado - because this will be the second article in a...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Divorce has unconsidered emotional, financial impacts

The unspoken big D - Divorce! Divorce is one of the most damaging events in the lives of individuals and families (andfriends) who go through it - both financially and emotionally.It is hard to...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

No resolutions, just a list for 2010

New Year's Resolutions - I don't typically make them, so this year I decided to try something different: a New Year'sList.I figured that this way, there would be at least a one-in-five shot that I...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Some advice pertaining to debit and credit cards

More and more it seems, businesses no longer accept checks (unless, perhaps, with a pint of blood or my firstborn). Itis becoming a cash, debit or credit-card system.According to Visa, debit cards...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

The most valuable present of all

The Christmas tree, in the chronicles of the Parmenter family, seems to have an illustrious past that is worthy ofdocumentation.Similar to the Griswold family (from the movie “Christmas Vacation"),...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

It's best to keep your ID information to yourself

Yes, this is a time of peace, humanity and generosity, but only what and when we choose to give.This is a time to protect yourself and your family members. Again, I want to suggest you minimize...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

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