Livestock farming

Woman gets deferred sentence in animal cruelty case

A Cortez resident charged with animal cruelty has pleaded guilty and has been given a deferred sentence. Daisy Stenzel was charged with 18 counts of animal cruelty after her 18 horses were seized...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Woman faces 18 charges in Cortez horse neglect case

Animal cruelty charges have been filed against Daisy Stenzel for allegedly neglecting 18 horses on County Road N, prompting a seizure by the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office in April. This week,...

DATE: July 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hay shortage in Southwest Colorado could hit ranchers hard

An extreme shortage of hay as a result of unprecedented drought in Southwest Colorado could force livestock operations struggling to survive to make tough decisions. “I’ve never seen it this dry,”...

DATE: June 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Mesa Verde National Park prefers removal of ‘trespass horses’

Mesa Verde National Park is seeking public comment on a plan to remove free-roaming horses and cattle from the park’s interior. Currently, about 80 “trespass horses” and 12 feral cattle roam the...

DATE: April 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Farmers, Ranchers looking at cuts to irrigation allocations

Ranchers and farmers dependent on irrigated water for their operations are preparing for a tough year, as they may receive just 50 percent of normal allocation. The situation is brighter for some...

DATE: March 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Three horses struck by car on U.S. Highway 550 north of Durango

Three horses owned by La Plata County rancher Ed Zink were killed earlier this week after being hit on U.S. Highway 550 in the Animas Valley, several miles north of Durango. Zink said he has...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cow blamed for spill at well site in southeast La Plata County

An oil and gas operator in Southwest Colorado says a cow is at fault for causing a spill at a well site near Ignacio – which might be a first for the state. “There is nothing new under the sun,...

DATE: Dec. 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Chinese scientists genetically engineered a low-fat pig, but for whose benefit?

In days since the paper was published, media outlets from New York to London have trumpeted the news that Chinese scientists have genetically engineered a pig that can better regulate its body...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Food

Prairie dogs aggravate ranchers across La Plata County

As the prairie dog population in La Plata County rises and wreaks havoc on landowners, the presence of the often-reviled rodent has some hoping for an unconventional solution: the plague. “They are...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Photos: Good hare day

DATE: Sept. 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

County fair wraps up events on Sunday

It’s been eight years of hard work for Keanna Smith of Ignacio, but it resulted in her steer, Mastari, winning the grand champion breeding stock prize at the La Plata County Fair. “The judge said...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado Parks and Wildlife tells livestock owners to protect hay from wildlife

Colorado Parks and Wildlife recommends that people who rely on hay to feed livestock during the winter should take measures to protect their crop from deer and elk. With deep snow during the...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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