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Spruce beetle continues to be Colorado’s most damaging forest insect

For the past 15 years, the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS), in partnership with the USDA Forest Service and the Colorado State University Warner College of Natural Resources, has monitored…

Soil testing important for successful gardening

The warm weather we enjoyed in February has started many gardeners thinking about spring and the gardening season ahead. It is still too early to be working the garden and…

Put that tax refund to work for you

For those of you who don’t procrastinate, you may have already submitted your tax forms and are anticipating your federal and state tax refund any day. If you haven’t already…

4-H fundraiser provides scholarships

Chocolate chunk, oatmeal raisin, white chocolate macadamia and many of your favorite cookie dough flavors are now being sold by Archuleta County 4-H members for only $15 per tub. And,…

How to care for your Valentine’s bouquet

The Extension office will be closed for Presidents Day on Feb. 15. Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest days of the year for many florists. Here in Pagosa, our…

Pollinator protection: What’s your role?

A topic that has been in the media a lot lately and is important to all of us is the protection of the organisms that help pollinate our food crops.…

Radon Awareness Month: Testing and mitigation information

January is Radon Awareness Month, and surveys show that homes in most Colorado counties have the potential for radon levels above the Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended action level. Radon has…

Choosing trees and shrubs for wildlife habitat

According to a survey conducted by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, more than 90 percent of Coloradans responding to a survey believed in the importance of having wildlife in their neighborhoods.…

Making ends meet on an irregular income

Many of the families that live in Archuleta County earn their income from the tourism industry, self-employment, ranching, commissions or retail. These can be excellent sources of income, but, because…

The scoop on shoveling snow and preventing hypothermia

The Extension office will be closed for the New Year holiday Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. The winter season is starting out with a bang; great snows and the prediction…