For wildlife, winter is a stressful season when they can lose 30 percent or more of their body weight. Consequently, people should avoid disturbing Colorado's wild critters during cold weather months.
Western Colorado is fertile ground for growing a variety of fruits, and people from all over are drawn here to start new home-grown enterprises. Even so, there are unique challenges to growing fruit trees that can take some unprepared farmers by surprise and cost them more than they need to spend.
The 3rd annual Western Slope Soil Health Conference will be held on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 24-25, at Bill Heddles Recreation Center, located at 530 Gunnison River Drive in Delta. This conference is designed to educate producers, government officials and the broad community about issues to increase organic matter in our soils through cover crops, green manure, compost, minimum tillage, and various soil amendments.
A snowy December was the perfect Christmas present for a parched Colorado, which ended November suffering from desiccated soils, depleted reservoirs and anxious ski resorts. A series of storms over the past few weeks made the state start to look like its proper winter self.
The Colorado River District commends the Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study as a thorough and detailed call to action for Colorado River stakeholders to address a gap between human and environmental demands on the river system and the amount of water it produces annually.
"The study confirms what we already understand: the Colorado River is already fully used," said Colorado River District General Manager Eric Kuhn.