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Help your holiday cacti provide outstanding blooms

Their blooms are magnificent, they can be long-lived and sometimes passed down to descendants and are easy to care for once you understand their needs. The Thanksgiving cactus (schlumbergera truncata)…

Holiday baking: Gluten-free and at high altitude

For many people that are gluten-intolerant, the holidays can be a difficult time. Holiday goodies such as cookies, cakes, pies, etc., usually contain some amount of gluten that is found…

Firewood and house log insects

As temperatures drop, many of us are warming our homes by burning wood in wood stoves and fireplaces. To make it easier to start that fire first thing in the…

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…

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