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Angela Fountain
Position: Staff reporter

People, projects, learning define the 4-H experience

4-H is the largest youth organization in the world, and it is no wonder when you have the opportunity to experience it for yourself. 4-H provides members the opportunity to grow ...

This holiday season, give the gifts that keep on giving

Are you at a loss for ideas of gifts to give this holiday season? Remember that gifts can take shape in many forms. And the greatest gifts come from the heart. Sometimes, a meanin...

Hey, neighbors: We will be cooking holiday meals for you

If you’ve read my articles over the years, you probably have a good sense of my upbringing. My grandpa, my dad, my sister and I were either born in Durango or nearby (my grandpa ...

4-H County Council, clubs elect new officers for year ahead

The month of November is a wonderful time to reflect on things we have to be thankful for. This year, I am so thankful for our La Plata County 4-H members, volunteers and parents and all the...

Celebrate Thanksgiving with a simple meal full of tradition

Normally, meal planning is a strategy to make life easier, save money and choose healthier food. Love it or hate it, there are a handful of meals a year that even the most resist...

Our many programs educate, serve county’s residents in crucial ways

In 1914, the U.S. Congress formalized what is now called “Extension” through the Smith-Lever Act. It established the U.S. Department of Agriculture partnership with land-grant un...

4-H launches new year with many opportunities ahead

October is exciting as it kicks off our new 4-H year! We are working hard on planning new virtual and in-person events for our 4-H members and community members. In November, we ...

How an apple seed sprouts joy in the kitchen and out

It starts with a little love and caring. One small apple seed, water, sun and time. A minimalist formula, but it covers the basics of pomology. Fortunately, this isn’t a column about growing...

Pandemic dashes Apple Days, but fruit, cider abundant

Who would have guessed that in a year when the area hit the jackpot in terms of fruit tree production, we couldn’t celebrate it like we have in the past? 2020 has been defined by...

Challenging 4-H year ends with much to celebrate

September wraps up our 2019-20 4-H year, and I think I can speak for everyone when I say it was quite the memorable year! We had a lot of ups and downs, but we made it through to...

If you plan to can, use a trusted and tested recipe

I’ll venture to guess there are some newbies to food preservation this year. It would be tough to argue the pandemic did not bring a heightened awareness to our reliance on large-scale food ...

Tips to ripen those finicky tomatoes as autumn approaches

An email came across my desk this past week, and it pretty much exemplified 2020: “The NOAA Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a moderate to high risk of much-below normal temperatures...