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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

As temperatures drop, many of us are warming our homes by burning wood in wood stoves and fireplaces. To make it easier to start that fire first thing in the…

Let’s talk turkey preparation and safety

Turkey is often the main dish at holiday meals, but if it is not prepared correctly and safely, it can cause foodborne illness. Follow these food safety guidelines prepared by…

Clean birdhouses in the fall to increase spring nesting

Archuleta County enjoys many species of migrating birds each spring, and many of us construct birdhouses to encourage their nesting. To help prevent disease and predators, cleaning birdhouses is recommended…

Pumpkins: A staple of the fall season

By Dana Hayward PREVIEW Columnist Pumpkins are a symbol of the fall harvest season and are an important part of many seasonal holidays and traditions. These winter squash, native to…