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Under the Wire

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” I’ve heard that rule spoken for years. Like all rules, they’re easier to follow if they agree with what you were going to do anyway. “If it ain’t...

 
 By Ken Frantz    Opinion    September 16, 2020 

Fearless Faith

We’ve had our share of backyard birdfeeders over the years, some good, some bad. Invariably, the styles, shapes, capacity, and mount were based on what we thought was best to attract birds. The...

 
 By RF Meyer    Opinion    September 16, 2020 

Extension Spotlight

Virus infections can not only occur in people, but plants as well. However, people and plant viruses are not the same nor do they cross infect. In other words, viruses that infect plants will not infect people. Additionally, most virus diseases need...

 

Under the Wire

Comedian Dean Martin once said, “I feel sorry for people who don’t drink. When they get up in the morning that’s as good as they’re going to feel all day!” With the exception of a couple of...

 

Fearless Faith

It is a rare thing to declare something perfected, an apex moment when nothing more could be improved upon. Such moments are more readily acknowledged in the world of art, individual performances or...

 

Son Up to Son Down

As a mother of young children (three boys, for that matter), I am no stranger to the smelliness that accompanies their little bodies. Dirty diapers, vomit, stinky shoes, farts, sweaty clothes,...

 

Extension Spotlight

Integrated pest management is a commonly used term in agronomy. IPM implies the use of multiple tools to control pests in your fields. While the name lends itself to control of unwanted animals, IPM is used as a strategy to control any unwanted...

 

Under the Wire

Without going into great detail, I must admit my office is a bit messy. OK, so it is really messy. It is the way I like it because I know where everything is laying or what it is laying under. Sort...

 

Fearless Faith

Part of getting older (and hopefully wiser) is the ability to recognize when to turn away from chaos in the moment in order to refocus on that which is life-sustaining. It is more than taking a 10...

 

Extension Spotlight

There is no hiding that the final days of summer has brought more grueling temperatures and limited rain. And, along with these patterns, comes more concern about the current drought in Colorado. As...

 
 By Ken Frantz    Opinion    August 26, 2020

Fearless Faith

Out of the flow of disheartening news these days come moments of insight, wonder, and amazement. Such moments don’t usually occur with great fanfare. They simply find us when it is time and impress...

 

Under the Wire

The best explanation I’ve ever heard regarding the relationship of a man to his horse is, “The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man.” In the spirit of being socially and...

 

Extension Spotlight

Personal safety guidelines that were put into place during COVID-19 have been successful in many regards. The number of new cases within our State is steadily declining and becoming much more...

 

Under the Wire

It is not popular to be my relative. Actually, being my friend isn’t too popular either. Truth be known, my wife and kids could be added to the list, also. In my own defense may I say I am not a...

 
 By Ken Frantz    Opinion    August 19, 2020

Fearless Faith

The myth of the super parent or super family is alive and well these days. How do you handle the stress of change? Don’t believe everything you hear or see, particularly online. The perfect happy...

 

Son Up to Son Down

My kids haven’t asked about school. It’s not even a blip on their radar at this point, when usually we’re gearing up for it with some back-to-school shopping, talking about their new teachers...

 

Extension Spotlight

With the national weather shifting from the El Nino to a La Nina pattern, over 80 percent of Colorado finds itself in some form of a drought situation. This triggered the State Drought Mitigation and Response Plan phase two to be activated. This...

 
 By Ken Frantz    Opinion    August 12, 2020

Fearless Faith

“Return to Sender” was emblazoned across the front of a personal letter that found its way back to my mailbox. I verified the information and came to the conclusion that everything on my end was...

 

Under the Wire

As the Corona Virus hangs around, most of us find ourselves hanging around in some way or another at home. Needless to say, that can get more than a little boring. One email I received pointed out thi...

 

Son Up to Son Down

The day you become a parent, you are given this enormous responsibility and privilege to raise a child. A responsibility and privilege so great that everything else falls by the wayside. Everything we...

 
 By Ken Frantz    Opinion    August 5, 2020

Fearless Faith

It’s a timely question these days, made even more critical by the fact that every person’s setting is unique. COVID-19 is not anything to pass off or take lightly, something confirmed by the...

 
 By Gary Hodgson    Opinion    August 5, 2020

Under the Wire

Years ago, a wonderfully cranky old lady, Clara Petter, became famous for asking the question, “Where’s the Beef?” After years of well-known TV and movie stars proclaiming the virtues of my...

 
 By Dean Michael    Opinion    August 5, 2020

Strokes from other Pens

COVID-19 is sowing hate and discontent throughout the country. Even in Haxtun. It is not so much the disease as it is the surrounding politics, misinformation and fear mongering that have divided us. This was evident at last week's meeting of the...

 
 By Gary Hodgson    Opinion    July 29, 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...

 
 By Ken Frantz    Opinion    July 29, 2020

Fearless Faith

The digital divide that so many have found challenging has become less divide and more of a mere rift in the valley floor of our lives. As we move further into the unknown of the pandemic, how we do...

 

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