La Plata County opens new series of land-use workshops

La Plata County residents, get ready – another series of land-use code workshops is gearing up. County administration staff members will be hosting a series of workshops to present the land-use...

DATE: Feb. 24, 2020 | UPDATED: 1 hour 8 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Yale study puts Americans’ perspectives on food, environment to the test

Research from Yale University says more than half of Americans are willing to eat more plant-based foods, but 4 in 10 still don’t see how plant-based diets reduce environmental impacts. Locally,...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2020 | UPDATED: 3 days 22 hours ago | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

In wake of proposed budget cuts, House member questions USDA’s ‘lack of reliance on facts’

The U.S. Department of Agriculture conceals data that could be used to guide agricultural policy and budget decisions, like the new 2021 fiscal year budget proposed earlier this week by President...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hemp hits the commodity wall

MANCOS – Farmers who have struggled for years with falling commodity prices have some advice for the wave of newbies who jumped into hemp as the next big thing: Grow up. Hemp biomass prices reached...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Business

New orchard takes root in Dolores

The persistent blank spot on Joe Rowell Park’s east side is set to blossom into a vibrant orchard producing heritage apples. This fall, the Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project planted 70 trees...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Winter farmers market to open in Powerhouse Science Center

Farmers market junkies meeting their favorite local vendors in parking lots over the winter to buy eggs, meat and other year-round products will soon have a more formal option. The Seven Rivers...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Barn lost in New Year’s Eve fire north of Cortez

A New Year’s Eve fire north of Cortez claimed the barn of Lisa and Darrell Buchanan, but their 30 chickens and their horse, Pops, are safe thanks to passersby who opened a gate for the mare and...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Backcountry Horsemen recycling tons of hay string

Some 7 tons of polypropylene hay string have been collected by Four Corners Back Country Horsemen over the past year to be shipped Thursday to a recycling center. “The Backcountry Horsemen realized...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

USDA opens sign-up for Market Facilitation Program

Sign-up continues through Dec. 6 for the Market Facilitation Program, a U.S. Department of Agriculture program to assist farmers who suffer damages because of tariffs imposed on agricultural...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

‘Take a Boater Farming’ brings Dolores River stakeholders together

The Dolores River is the lifeblood of Montezuma County – and has a whole host of stakeholders, including boaters, farmers and recreationists. In recognition of this, the Dolores River Boating...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

James Ranch grills up a restaurant

Drive roughly 10 miles north of Durango and you’ll find the comely and sprawling James Ranch, an over 400-acre landmark founded by Kay and Dave James in 1961. Before the snow falls, its pastures...

DATE: Oct. 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Food

EsoTerra looks to boost an apple renaissance

Jared Scott and Elizabeth Philbrick have joined a regional effort to restore a vibrant economy in Southwest Colorado revolving around the apple. EsoTerra, their startup company that will produce...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

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