• Spring camps to promote rural values via horsemanship

    FIRESTONE — Hope springs eternal for Donna Garnett, who is banking that the three sessions of Embracing Horses Spring Camp slated for March and April will lead more area youth to embrace equine interactions and the positive life behaviors horsemanship can help shape.

  • Residents get first look at proposed Barr Lake nature center renovations

    BRIGHTON — Work has begun on creating a master plan for renovations to be made to the nature center at Barr Lake State Park. Park Staff and officials from the Colorado Department of Wildlife held two public meetings last week to receive comments from stakeholders such as the volunteers and patrons who frequent the park.

  • Simple steps for an eco-friendly lawn

    Maintaining a lush lawn is a healthy and rewarding hobby that affords homeowners to spend some time outdoors in nature.

    Lawn enthusiasts can make their hobby even healthier by adopting several eco-friendly lawn care strategies that not only make for a healthier lawn, but a healthier planet as well.

  • Weather spotter classes begin March 26 in Carbon Valley

    FREDERICK — The Carbon Valley Emergency Planning Committee and the Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District will host a weather spotter class starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 26.

  • Fall Clean-Up Day Sept. 27 in Fort Lupton

    Fall Clean-Up Day, set for 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Public Works Shop at 800 12th Ave. in Fort Lupton, offers residents a convenient opportunity to dispose of unused household items and yard debris (No household trash, concrete, Freon based appliances, or electronics will be accepted; some items may require a fee). There is a suggested donation of $10, and there is a $5 fee for each tire dropped off.

  • Roots taking hold for Fort Lupton Community Garden

    FORT LUPTON — A collection of green-thumb volunteers has the new community garden in Fort Lupton ready to grow.

    After two work days last month, the site of the new garden — at 438 Harrison Ave. on a half lot between two houses — began to resemble a suitable spot for future planting.

    The property, owned by Crossroads Church Fort Lupton campus, was acquired earlier this year.

  • First human case of West Nile virus for 2012 confirmed in Weld County

    WELD COUNTY — Public health officials have confirmed that a 25-year-old woman is the first human case of West Nile virus of the year in Weld County.

    A release from the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment said the woman was diagnosed with fever stemming from West Nile after developing symptoms in late July. She is recovering at home and was not hospitalized.

  • Nature can be as close as the backyard

    In the spring, love blossoms. New enthusiasm for life emerges all around us. There is no greater evidence of spring’s impact on life than what we see in nature. Birds pair and nest, wildlife gives birth to new life, trees shrubs, flowers and landscape come alive with green and an assortment of beautiful colors.

  • The art of growing onions from seed

    Courtesy of the CSU Extension Office in Adams County

    Home gardeners can plant long-day onion varieties with great success in almost any region of Colorado. The length of the growing season is the only limiting factor.

  • Ties and socks? How about a day on the river for Christmas?

         If you have an outdoors type on your Christmas list, this is the year to be creative.  Avoid the tie, socks or shirt and consider wrapping the gift that is more creative, out of the ordinary and will excite the sportsman. Let me suggest a guided day on the stream, in the goose blind or canoeing one of our scenic rivers.