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Email: ricekw@co.laplata.co.us

Position: La Plata County Extension Office

Email: parmenterdm@co.laplata.co.us

Wrap up your outside chores and put your garden to bed

I have a tendency to be late. Not really late, but not “fashionably late” either, as I really am not that fashionable. But ask my office mates, fellow board members, my kids or even my dentist on...

DATE: Nov. 4, 2015 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Grieving for a family changed forever

Each of us has a special day that changes one’s life. Mine was 12 years ago Oct. 31 when my daughter passed away while at college. Grieving the loss of a child is a unique and lifelong process. I...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2015 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

4-H projects develop character, skills: Enroll now

La Plata County 4-H club enrollment for the 2015-16 year begins Friday. All enrollments for 4-H club members, leaders and volunteers will be done online at https://colorado.4honline.com. This is a...

DATE: Oct. 14, 2015 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Charm of Apple Days lies in its simplicity, utility

Over the years, I’ve assisted in putting on numerous outdoor events in Southwest Colorado. For eight years, I’ve worked on the Iron Horse Chef and Tour de Farms; I’ve organized countless workshops,...

DATE: Sept. 30, 2015 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

County 4-H’ers compete successfully at state fair

Last week, I had the pleasure of heading to the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo. Each year, this hard-working “steel” city impresses me. It looks rough on the outside; however, this blue-collar...

DATE: Sept. 16, 2015 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

The many joys of apple season are upon us

Apples – the autumnal fruit. They have the ability to conjure images of crisp mornings, warm afternoons and cold nights as well as dew that hangs on the grass well into the morning. Apples remind...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2015 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

‘They’ll be riding ... so look out for those beauties’

Somewhere back in the 1980s, I went through a Queen phase. No, I wasn’t infatuated with the Queen of England, nor was I into chess. It was the band out of England, and I enjoyed their take on rock...

DATE: Aug. 5, 2015 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Catch the best of 4-H program at fairgrounds

The La Plata County pre-fair events kick off Saturday and Sunday. The community is welcome to come to the fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave., on Saturday to watch the ARBA (American Rabbit Breeders...

DATE: July 29, 2015 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

4-H’ers make final preparations for county fair

The La Plata County 4-H program has had a busy summer. We have completed exchange trips, a natural resource camp, project days and the state 4-H conference. In addition, we are starting to...

DATE: July 15, 2015 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

The aphids are coming; take action to protect your plants

Sometimes I assume that, given our dry and cool environment, I have seen the vast majority of pest and disease issues in the area. I seem to know when the questions about aspens will arrive: Early...

DATE: July 1, 2015 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Exchange program provides 4-H’ers new view of Colorado

This week, some adventurous 4-H’ers are taking part in an exciting program. Building off the success of last year, we have again teamed with the Denver County Extension Office to offer a great...

DATE: June 17, 2015 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Our topsy-turvy spring yields to summer’s rituals

Seasons. Sometimes they get a little screwy. Enough that there’s this uneasiness inside me, as I seem to write about their idiosyncrasies frequently. Maybe not as much as my daughter’s disdain for...

DATE: June 3, 2015 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

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