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Colorado water: ‘Rain Barrel Bill’ passes state house

Last week’s Extension article was the first in a series of articles on water and highlighted the history of Colorado water law based on the Doctrine of Prior Appropriations. This…

Water: We can’t live without it

Hardly a day goes by without some mention of water. How dry it’s been, how windy it is, fear for the upcoming fire season. As we are experiencing a very…

A slice of health: A healthier way to make pizza

It might be spring break now and family life is calmer this week, but as the end of the school year draws near, family schedules amp up to high levels.…

The delicious, nutritious potato

On Friday, April 3, the Extension office will close at noon for the Easter holiday. The magnificent potato Ahhh, the potato — a wonderfully delicious and nutritious vegetable that grows…

Successful gardens start with good soil

Now that spring has officially begun, many of the gardeners among us are anxious to get digging. If you have had problems with your gardens in previous years or are…

Preventing woodpecker damage this spring

One of the most common calls that I receive at the Extension office during the spring months is how to keep woodpeckers from damaging homes and structures. Woodpeckers cause property…

The scoop on snow shoveling

Well, the snow has finally decided to show up in Pagosa, and not in moderation. Staying on top of the falling snow and digging ourselves out at the end of…

High-altitude gardening classes starting soon

With our recent abnormally warm weather, the gardener in me was getting itchy to start the season. But I know better, with winter returning the hope that spring snows will…

How to care for your Valentine bouquet

The Extension office will be closed for Presidents Day Feb. 16. Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest days of the year for many florists. Here in Pagosa, our local…

Healthy eating tips for one or two

The Archuleta County Extension office will be closed Feb. 16 for Presidents Day. Planning and cooking meals for one or even two people can be challenging and sometimes seem uninspiring…

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