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Census shows change in agricultural production

SUN Columnist Last month the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s national Agricultural Statistics Service released the final 2012 Census of Agriculture results, sharing a wide range of information about what agricultural…

Deter woodpeckers: Tips to protect property

If you have been awakened in the early morning by a loud drumming sound coming from right outside your window, you could be experiencing the mating behavior of the northern…

Memorial Day kicks off barbecue season

SUN Columnist 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 we…

Prepare plants for the great outdoors

By Dana Hayward SUN Columnist Gardening in Pagosa Springs, at elevations above 7,000 feet, can be a challenging endeavor. Due to dry winds, low humidity, extreme temperature fluctuations, varied microclimates…

4-H volunteers make a difference to youth program

Special to The PREVIEW This past Tuesday evening, youth members of the Archuleta County 4-H Council (elected members of each 4-H club) served dinner to their adult volunteers to honor…

May is the time for spring cleaning

By Roberta Tolan SUN Columnist It’s time to clean out the dust of winter and ready our homes for spring and summer. In our household when I grew up, one…

Spring workshops, events are plentiful

PREVIEW Columnist Many of us live in Archuleta County to enjoy the openness and privacy of living on multiple acres. But, with this benefit also comes responsibility for proper land…

Easter traditions: colored eggs and Easter lilies

For many, the Easter holiday is not complete without decorating hard-boiled eggs and the annual Easter egg hunt.  When I was young, eggs were usually colored Easter weekend and often…

Think FireWise landscaping this spring

SUN Columnist As planting season approaches, the nurseries and garden centers are featuring great trees, shrubs and plants for your landscape. As you ponder the many choices and create your…

Extension’s Planttalk Colorado helps gardeners

SUN Columnist Gardening season is around the corner, and home gardeners will find concise and reliable answers to frequently asked questions through a 16-year-old program called Planttalk Colorado. The educational…