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Giant pumpkins grown with pride — and some closely kept secrets

By Rachel Sauer

Lean in close to hear a secret about growing great big pumpkins, those autumnal favorites and Titans of the garden. Closer, now. Closer. It’s a really good secret. Ready? *No farmer worth his or her compost is going to divulge the ...

House District 54: Willett vs. Webb

By Charles Ashby

There are two major candidates running for House District 54, which includes most of Mesa County and the western half of Delta County. The winner is hoping to replace Rep. Jared Wright, R-Fruita, who decided not to seek a second term. Yeulin ...

Local government channel changes

By Staff

Charter cable users in Mesa County will see a change in their channel lineup this week. Channel 12, Mesa County’s government cable access channel, will transition to channel 191 on Oct. 28, when Charter goes all digital. Channel 191 ...

Weekly calendar, Oct. 26, 2014

By Staff

Oct. 26 Western Slope Huntington’s Disease Support Group free community showing of the award-nominated documentary film “Alive & Well, 2 p.m., Central Library, Mesa County Libraries, 443 N. Sixth St., to raise awareness of the ...

New Zealand offers more than hobbits and Sauvignon Blanc

By David White

Americans are fascinated by New Zealand. Thanks to “The Lord of the Rings” — and the tourism board’s “100% Pure New Zealand” marketing campaign — we envision stunning landscapes when we think of the ...


Slow Cooker Day simply a feast

By Staff

Lamenting everything about sausage, potatoes and Heather from Virginia, who had the audacity to create a five-ingredient recipe for sausage and potatoes, our co-worker Dave Haynes was morally defeated. The recipe was dumb, he said. The ...

What to do when fruit flies invade home

By Erin McIntyre

Making homemade chile ristras and hanging them over the sink to dry seemed like a good idea at the time. But when I accidentally nudged one of the strings of peppers and a cloud of flies drifted across the kitchen, I realized I’d ...

Armillaria root rot is deadly, but not all is lost

By Dennis Hill

My quaking aspen trees have a fungus/mold that a CSU Extension agent told us was Armillaria Root Rot in the ground and it is killing all plants around the trees. What do I use to get rid of it? — Deb from Colorado Springs Well, ...

One need not look far for great pet costumes

By Charlé Thibodeau

Wandering through the crowd on a beautiful warm afternoon, I was bemused and awe inspired at the creativity and intuitive understanding of people and their best friend’s unique personalities. I was attending one of the annual pet ...


Stephanie Waters brings new life to old state legends

By Laurena Mayne Davis

Stripper lightning? UFOs? Chupacabras? All play a role in the rich and entertaining folklore of Colorado. Stephanie Waters, of Manitou Springs, writes about those tales and more in “Colorado Legends & Lore: The Phantom Fiddler, Snow ...

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