Mandatory 4-H livestock meeting Feb. 2

Mandatory livestock meeting

4-H members, if you are planning to take a livestock project this year, you must attend the mandatory livestock meeting, Monday, Feb. 2 at 6 p.m. The meeting will last approximately an hour and a half and parents are encouraged to attend with their child. Contact Sandy with any questions at 264-5931.

Water Rights

The Ditch and Reservoir Company Alliance, DARCA, will be hosting its 7th Annual Convention Feb. 18 through 20 in Pueblo, Colo., at the Pueblo Convention Center. The convention — “Ag to Urban Transfers of Water: Can Ditch Companies Come Out Ahead?” — will deal with the pressures facing ditch companies and water owners. There are timely and innovative developments in the state in this area and the conference will feature this work, including, strategies and alternatives to buy-and-dry arrangements.

The convention will provide a wealth of information relevant to Colorado’s water providers on innovative developments in the state regarding agriculture to urban transfers of water. Don Ament, former Colorado commissioner of agriculture, will be the keynote speaker on the first day of the convention.

During the two-day conference, a wide variety of speakers will discuss transfer mechanisms for alternatives to buy-and-dry, including the on-going efforts of the Super Ditch in the Arkansas Valley. Farmers, ranchers, agricultural groups, engineers, lawyers, and municipalities will present their views on this timely subject. On the second day, Justice Greg Hobbs of the Colorado Supreme Court will deliver his presentation on how drought has shaped Colorado water law.

Additionally, the pre-convention workshop, “Owners’ Guide to Dam Safety, Operation, and Maintenance,” will be offered Wednesday, Feb. 18, also at the Pueblo Convention Center.

For a convention brochure or to learn more, check out their Web site at www.darca.org, or contact John McKenzie at (970) 412-1960.

Calendar

Jan. 23 — 1:45-3:30 p.m., Cloverbuds meeting.

Jan. 23 — 2 p.m., advanced candymaking project meeting.

Visit our Web page at www.archuleta.colostate.edu for more information on upcoming events.