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Angela Fountain
Position: Staff reporter

Remember that we are a community – be kind to each other

It would be pretty easy to write another article about the drought. As someone who deals with plants on a daily basis, I have seen the effects of this drought on trees, shrubs, lawns, weeds,...

La Plata County Extension Office can house livestock affected by 416 Fire

The La Plata County Fairgrounds is an evacuation site for residents with livestock animals that have been affected by the 416 Fire. Our facilities are also equipped to house horse...

Don’t let fear of carbohydrates cut into vegetable consumption

It is the season for corn, fresh vegetables and wonderful fruits. When I hear someone say, “Corn isn’t a vegetable! It’s all starch, I don’t eat it” or “I don’t eat anything white – it’s bad...

Relentless winds can parch plants, pull moisture from soil

I am sick of this wind, and I don’t even have hair. It’s not uncommon to have blustery days in April, but as we enter June, I always thought they would start to die down. But not this year –...

Incidents of racial bias are common and must be stopped

Recently, Colorado State University has been in the news for an unfortunate incident that occurred on the Fort Collins campus. On April 30, two Native American prospective teen st...

Nutrient-dense asparagus can be prepared in many ways

Oh yes, spring is my favorite season. Calves, lambs, fawns appearing across the fields and, best of all, the asparagus! It starts appearing mid-April and ends in June. As one of the few pere...

Dry year creates challenging conditions for farmers, ranchers in Southwest Colorado

I write this as the rain is finally coming down in the valley, wet snow in the high country. In Durango, moisture in two of the last five days has been a rarity, albeit welcome. ...

4-H invites community to Mental Health Mardi Gras

La Plata County 4-H’s CODY project would like to invite the community to a Mental Health Mardi Gras. This special event will take place at 6 p.m. May 2 in the Exhibit Hall at the La Plata Co...

Real food powers your health, not vitamin supplements

Being raised on whole-grain homemade bread, farm fresh eggs, fresh yogurt, garden produce and, of course, raw milk was a matter of logic to my progressive mother who followed 20th-century au...

Each landscape presents its own demands to gardeners

A couple of weeks ago, I traveled across the Western Slope of Colorado, giving talks to multiple Master Gardener classes about backyard vegetable production. Same talk with 270 P...

Young people must learn the basics of financial literacy

Recently, I enjoyed working with and learning from seventh-graders at Miller Middle School as we discussed financial literacy. Know Your Dough provided the curriculum – which is ...

Suicide survivor to share his story; 4-H to promote prevention program

La Plata County 4-H will co-sponsor a powerful community event at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 19. “Cracked, Not Broken: The Kevin Hines Story” will be held at the Community Concert H...