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Composting: Reduce waste, harvest nutrients

By Dana Hayward PREVIEW Columnist Having a compost pile at home allows you to reduce landfill waste and reuse the nutrients in food and yard waste as a soil builder…

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…

Reduce your energy bills

When comparing an average house to an energy-efficient house, it is possible to reduce annual energy bills by up to 40 percent! To obtain such a reduction, it is important…

Build a winter windowsill herb garden

By Dana Hayward PREVIEW Columnist January is the month when most gardeners cozy up with a seed catalogue and begin dreaming of the beautiful garden they’ll start come spring. Of…

CSU Extension: looking back and ahead

The calendar has turned and 2015 is off to an exciting start. The new year is often a time for reviewing our accomplishments and planning how to make our programs…

Keeping our pets safe this winter

By Brandye Kiker SUN Columnist While the winter weather has been slow to arrive this year, we are finally seeing our landscape shrouded in crisp, cold, white snow. With that…

4-H program helps build strong character

By Brandye Kiker PREVIEW Columnist The CSU Extension offices will be closed Jan. 1 for the New Year’s holiday. The Five Cs of Positive Youth Development are competence, confidence, character,…

Tips to avoid holiday overeating

The eating frenzy began at Halloween and will continue through new year’s holidays. We feast until the Super Bowl is over. But it isn’t necessary to hibernate during the festivities…

Feeding wild birds in winter

Attracting and feeding bird species that stay the winter here in southwest Colorado can add liveliness, color and song to your winter landscape. Many bird species, including chickadees, juncos, downy…