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Let’s talk turkey preparation and safety

Turkey is often the main dish at holiday meals, but if it is not prepared correctly and safely, it can cause foodborne illness. Follow these food safety guidelines prepared by…

Clean birdhouses in the fall to increase spring nesting

Archuleta County enjoys many species of migrating birds each spring, and many of us construct birdhouses to encourage their nesting. To help prevent disease and predators, cleaning birdhouses is recommended…

Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

As the weather turns colder and heating systems are turned on, some for the first time of the season, the potential for carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning increases. Understand how to…

Youth to celebrate National 4-H Week

More than 6 million young people across the country will celebrate National 4-H Week, an annual celebration of 4-H during the first full week of October. During this week, Archuleta…

Shred personal documents today 3-5 p.m.

Don’t miss this opportunity to unload all of those boxes and bags of financial documents that have been taking up prime storage space in your garage, attic and file cabinets.…

Fall pasture weed inventory: a start to improving production

Fall is a good time to assess your pasture condition as we go into the winter season. This is especially important when it comes to your weed management strategies. Identifying…

Take in the color of autumn

Fall is my favorite time of year. The nights are cold, but the days are warm and the color, well, it’s just spectacular. Where does this color come from? The…

Plant bulbs and corms now for early spring blooms

The days are getting noticeably shorter, the sun’s light is lower in the sky and the official start of fall is only days away. It might be difficult to think…

Back-to-school tips for parents and students

For families in Archuleta County, the start of school can be an exciting and sometimes stressful time. But there are many things that parents can do to ease the anxiety…

Growing tomatoes in Colorado is rewarding, challenging

Nothing can beat the taste and juiciness of a home-grown tomato. And in spite of our short season, backyard growers can be successful. If you have a greenhouse of some…

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