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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…

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

It is a fact that we all love our homes which is why we tend to find the best locks for it and hire the best restoration company to make it…