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Apply now for the Colorado Master Gardener Program

By Roberta Tolan SUN Columnist Calling all gardening enthusiasts: applications are now available for the 2014 Colorado Master Gardener Program. The Colorado Master Gardener Program is a volunteer-based program that…

Fall is a good time for weed control

By Roberta Tolan SUN Columnist With all of our recent rains, we are sure to get a new, end-of–season flush of growth on many of our most bothersome weeds. So,…

Easy ways to save energy this fall and winter

By Roberta Tolan SUN Columnist The season is beginning to change, morning temperatures are falling and homeowners are stockpiling firewood. It’s time to think about heating our homes for the…

Fencing with wildlife in mind

By Roberta Tolan SUN Columnist It’s that time of year, when fawns are being weaned and large populations of deer and elk are soon to begin their fall migration. With…

The power of the volunteer

By Roberta Tolan SUN Columnist You are over 250 strong. You volunteer approximately 4,000 hours each year at an estimated value of $87,500. You are the volunteers and supporters of…

Always read and follow pesticide label directions

By Roberta Tolan SUN Columnist Pesticides, including insecticides, herbicides and fungicides, can serve a useful purpose around the home and garden by reducing some of the problems we face in…

Equine West Nile Virus case reported in Colorado

Equine West Nile Virus case reported in Colorado

By Roberta Tolan SUN Columnist The first reported equine case of West Nile Virus (WNV) has been diagnosed in Colorado as of Aug. 14, 2013. The WNV positive horse is…

Free defensible space workshop on Aug. 23

By Roberta Tolan SUN Columnist FireWise of Southwest Colorado and Colorado State University Extension Archuleta County are sponsoring a free Home Ignition Zone and Defensible Space Workshop for the public…

Resources to help create a wildfire-defensible zone

Resources  to help create a wildfire-defensible zone

By Roberta Tolan SUN Columnist In July, there were three articles highlighting the importance of creating a wildfire-defensible zone around your home and structures to maximize the chances that they…

Don’t miss these special fair events, Aug. 1-4

By Roberta Tolan SUN Columnist The Archuleta County Fair starts today and there are activities and events for all ages. We’ll have all of the fair favorites with 4-H and…