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Email: ricekw@co.laplata.co.us

Position: La Plata County Extension Office

Email: parmenterdm@co.laplata.co.us

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

'Tis the season to eat poinsettias, kiss under parasite

Finally, it feels like winter.With all this snow, it is hard not to get in the holiday spirit. Although as I write this article, the seven hours Ijust spent moving snow is making it difficult to...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Offering a food challenge to the community

I feel pretty confident in saying that, other than Arbor Day, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Of course, on Arbor Day you don't get a free pass to eat whatever you want (why do you think...

DATE: Nov. 26, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Census worthwhile, although you may have questions

Last weekend, I had occasion to discuss our upcoming census.The Census Bureau has taken great efforts to protect the confidentiality of residents. Beginning in February, advancemailouts begin; in...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Master Gardeners a reason to keep excited

November and December are my down months. Typically, this is the time of year when I can catch up on all the thingsthat got buried on my desk; the time when the phone calls regarding horticulture...

DATE: Nov. 12, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Small changes can make big differences around the house

We keep hearing about the $1,500 tax credit to help with energy savings for your home, but how about changes that costlittle or nothing and can save you more than $1,500 over the course of a year...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Local growing season keeps us guessing

As I write this article on a gloomy and cold Tuesday, waiting for the forecasted storm to come in tonight and bring 3 to 5 feet (okay, maybe 3 to 5 inches - but it never hurts to wish) of snow,...

DATE: Oct. 28, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

There's no time like now to prepare for disaster

Over the last few months, four tornado traumas have involved friends and family.Disaster preparedness has been a topic of conversation as they recount bumping around the house looking for...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Homegrown Festival provides a fruity feast this Sunday

The other day, I challenged myself – I was curious how many fruit trees I could find in my short walk to work.I started at my house and traveled the eight blocks to the office at the fairgrounds....

DATE: Oct. 15, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Durango 4-H agent 'Bob' to say goodbye Oct. 16

The other day I visited a garden space at a local health-care center.It was one of those days when my wife, Andrea, was out of town on business and I had my youngest son in tow. Asher is pretty...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Extension offers help for gardeners

By the time this article hits the Thursday edition, the first fall frost probably hit the Durango area. It is close to that typical time when temperatures usually dip below 32 degrees - near the...

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

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