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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…

Paper shredding event supports 4-H program

Identity theft is becoming more and more common in these times of Internet purchasing, sharing on social media sites and electronic communication. Don’t let your private papers get into the…

Oxeye daisy: Attractive and highly invasive

Many plants that are now on our Colorado Noxious Weed List are plants introduced for their ornamental features. Oxeye daisy (leucanthemum vulgare lam.) is a perennial forb introduced to North…

Learn about delving into agriculture at Good Stewardship Workshop

If you are a small acreage owner in Archuleta County and interested in finding out more about potential agricultural pursuits, plan on attending the Good Stewardship Workshop on April 30…

Preventing vole damage to lawns; CPR, first aid classes offered

Now that the snow has receded and our lawns and landscapes are being revealed, the winter work of a small mouse-like animal is creating quite a stir. Damage to landscapes…

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