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Angela Fountain
Position: La Plata County Extension Office
Nicole Clark
Position: La Plata County Extension Office
Darrin Parmenter
Position: La Plata County Extension Office
Angela Fountain
Position: Staff reporter

Hands-on learning drives summer activities at 4-H

June is always an exciting month for our 4-H members. They are finally out of school, and we get to fill the entire month with fun activities. Last week, they participated in our Adventure D...

When eating with friends, make smart food choices

I had a dream I was dining in a restaurant, one full of people. There were large groups, all seated together. The bar was full. People were laughing, eating and hugging. Except this time, it...

For your garden vegetables, June can be the harshest month

Even though it has absolutely nothing to do with horticulture, my daughter, Elena, graduated from Durango High School on May 29 as part of the Class of 2021. Her name first popped up here i...

College scholarships go to outstanding 4-H members

It’s almost graduation season for our La Plata County high school 4-H members, which means we have the honor of awarding three $650 Higher Education Scholarships to our exceptional members w...

Trouble sleeping? Try these exercises to put you at ease

Why is it, your brain can suddenly decide, in the middle of the night that you should wake up and think about a handful of things, over and over? Just three hours ago, my brain was screamin...

As spring arrives, 4-H members dive into learning new skills

Spring is one of my favorite times of the year. It is so magical and gives a promise of new life and new beginnings. I feel it more this year than in years past; maybe it’s because I have b...

Get your gardening game plan together and dig in

For many gardeners, like myself, springtime is that opportunity to rub some sleep out of our eyes, sharpen our tools, do a couple of stretches on a mat calling it yoga and start getting our ...

An explanation for that feeling of insatiable hunger

When was the last time you asked yourself what drives your appetite? Never, that’s my guess. It’s just an automatic response we take for granted. For most, the transition from sat...

Livestock weigh-in sets course toward La Plata County Fair

Last weekend, we had our Market Beef Weigh-in at the La Plata County Fairgrounds, where 31 4-H and FFA members brought their animals to get tagged, tattooed and weighed. In total...

The chef and dietitian: Make the best of both worlds

A chef and a dietitian walk into a bar ... From the beginning of our relationship, which just so happened to start while working in a bar, Sean and I have always found a common in...

Time to sow: How to get your seeds growing indoors

I hope many of you heeded my call last month to start buying your seeds. I ended up finding some of the varieties of vegetables I like to grow through online seed vendors; I boug...

4-H Pledge provides inspiration to live by high standards

Before every 4-H meeting and event, we start by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and our 4-H Pledge. This past week, I was asked to meet with one of our local 4-H clubs and disc...