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 By Ken Frantz    Opinion    November 18, 2020 

Fearless Faith

One of the most persistent refrains of the past few years in regard to work has been the personal skills toolbox. According to many, if you hope to succeed in your field then it is a given that you...

 
 By Gary Hodgson    Opinion    November 18, 2020 

Under the Wire

Sooner or later everybody gets one. A little card arrives in the mail informing you your pickup or car is the subject of a manufacturer’s recall. I used to be very concerned when they arrived. Not...

 

Extension Spotlight

Cold weather and snowstorms make us want to stay inside during the winter months, but this can create a real problem with workout and eating schedules. Also, holiday spending can make people feel...

 

Under the Wire

I have spent most of my free time since 14 years old in the pursuit of a gold buckle. Along with many of my friends, this pursuit of rodeo greatness consumed much of my thoughts and actions. When coup...

 

Fearless Faith

There is an intriguing year-round acquaintance of ours that is silent most days, sharing no malice or contempt. It is patient and forbearing, taking its best days in stride. It is called a crown of...

 

Extension Spotlight

Crop production management can mean any aspect of farming from the rotation order to the investment level within a year. Corn is often referred to as management sensitive. Implying that corn yields are highly correlated with what you put into the...

 

Under the Wire

If you are lucky you will have a “Bob” in your life. If you are very lucky, having a “Bob” in your life won’t get you killed or seriously injured. I met Bob many years ago. This means we...

 
 By Ken Frantz    Opinion    November 4, 2020

Fearless Faith

We could all use a break this week, one that’s timely and well-deserved, but we can’t engage it haphazardly. It needs to be done with intent and purpose so that we will appreciate that something...

 

Extension Column

Crop production management can mean any aspect of farming from the rotation order to the investment level within a year. Corn is often referred to as management sensitive. Implying that corn yields are highly correlated with what you put into the...

 

Under the Wire

A lot of my days have been spent either with a rope in my hand or thinking about having a rope in my hand. During countless hours in the practice pen and on the rodeo road, I have acquired a...

 
 By Ken Frantz    Opinion    October 28, 2020

Fearless Faith

If trees could talk: part one. A small scrubby oak tree less than waist high was given sporadic, sometimes grudging, attention this past year. It is not in a convenient place for watering because of...

 

Extension Spotlight

Safety is always a major concern on farms. In high school, my power mechanics teacher asked the class one day “what is the most dangerous profession in the U.S?” His answer was farming. I don’t know if he had data to back up his statement, but...

 

Under the Wire

I have discovered one of life’s best kept secrets. When it hit me like a ton of bricks, I felt the need to share it with you. My discovery? If you really, really enjoy what you are working at, don...

 
 By Ken Frantz    Opinion    October 21, 2020

Fearless Faith

In the hurries of the everyday, it is easy to miss out on fun moments that entertain by their humor and timing, things that catch us unaware and ripe for the picking. They include small ironies,...

 

Extension Spotlight

As temperatures begin to cool off and corn begins to ripen, combines, grain carts and trucks are pulling into and out of fields which is a clear sign that this year’s corn harvest is underway. And...

 
 By Jack Falk    Opinion    October 21, 2020

Strokes from other Pens

Letter to the Editor, This May was the 75th anniversary of the Class of 1945 that graduated from Haxtun High School. Five members of that class live in the area: Edith (Harms) Evans, Sterling, Eloise (Lundberg) Harms and her husband, Virgil Harms,...

 

Strokes from other Pens

Letter to the Editor, Colorado is a vibrant, diverse state — whether describing our residents or our terrain. As your Colorado State Patrol, we provide many services and programs in an effort to make our communities a safe place to live, work, play...

 
 By Mike Ralph    Opinion    October 21, 2020

Strokes from other Pens

Letter to the editor, I see a parallel to what is happening in our country. We have become Nineveh of book of Jonah fame. Our political system has moved from both sides selling us what their interpretation of center is and we should buy into it....

 

Under the Wire

It’s called reading between the lines. You know what I’m referring to. Someone says one thing, but means another. I don’t know about you but it bugs the heck out of me. If you’ve got...

 
 By Ken Frantz    Opinion    October 14, 2020

Fearless Faith

It is a constant ever-present mantra these days that 2020 has been a particularly challenging year. Mental and physical trials of broad scope and impact are present in the lives of us all. Unease as...

 

Extension Spotlight

Dry weather damages even the most established perennials. The roots are what will be damaged. When do you water? And what perennials to cut back this fall and then next spring? Deeply watering your perennials before the ground freezes goes a long...

 

Son Up to Son Down

We were preparing for school pictures last week and my middle child was adamant on having “rock and roll hair” for his. I tried and tried to talk him out of it, but he kept insisting that he has...

 
 By Ken Frantz    Opinion    October 7, 2020

Fearless Faith

Why is the last of the season’s produce the best? It’s not because it is perfect in form or yield. In fact much of it constitutes the roughest looking goods the garden offers, buggy and imperfect....

 

Under the Wire

Sue stood silently by as I paced back and forth in front of our jointly shared clothes closet. I may have never written a sentence as full of exaggerations as the one you have just finished reading....

 

Extension Spotlight

Alternative crops bring both benefits and challenges that are not present in the major crops of our region. Growing an uncommon crop means pest pressure will likely be lower. It also means finding a market can be unreliable. Several alternative...

 

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