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County fair needs volunteers Aug. 4-7

This year’s county fair is going to be bigger than ever and we need your help. The full version of this story is available in the print edition and e-edition…

Celebrate 65 years of making memories at the Archuleta County Fair

It’s almost fair time — the time to don your finest cowboy hat and boots, decide what prize flower, canned good or creation to enter in the Open Class competition,…

Keeping summer camping trips safe and healthy

Camping trips and summer vacations are two of the most popular ways that families spend time together this time of year, and staying healthy and safe requires some thought and…

Growing your own salad bowl

The CSU Extension office will be closed for the Fourth of July holiday on July 4. The full version of this story is available in the print edition and e-edition…

Aphids in abundance on trees and shrubs

This spring is becoming the year of the aphid, a small insect that feeds on many woody and herbaceous plants in Colorado. The full version of this story is available…

June 20 solstice will officially welcome summer

In Pagosa, it feels like it has gone from winter to summer overnight, but officially, the first day of summer is marked by the summer solstice. This year the date…

Rainwater collection in Colorado approved

Gov. John Hickenlooper recently signed House Bill 1005 allowing rainwater collection of a maximum of two rain barrels, with a combined capacity of 110 gallons, to be collected beginning Aug.…

Memorial Day: The unofficial start of summer and the barbecue season

Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. We remember those who we have…

Proper care of trees after transplanting

Now that you have chosen the perfect tree for your yard and planted it properly, caring for it in the next couple of years could determine how long it will…

Plant trees properly for long term success

Spring is the time for planting and the local nurseries are fully stocked with a variety of trees and shrubs to beautify your landscape. To help ensure your trees get…

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