Since its closing in 2011, several ideas for re-opening the Colorado State University Western Colorado Research Center at Rogers Mesa have been tossed about. Thanks to state funding and efforts by District 61 State Rep. Miller Hamner, a re-vamped center will open this spring, focusing on collaborations and community partnerships, business incubation programs, and on research and education.
Thanks to the efforts of state Rep. Millie Hamner, House District 61, Colorado State University plans to re-open the Rogers Mesa research site.
The facility was taken out of operation in 2011, due to budget cuts throughout the CSU system.
Evan Cummings, a science teacher at Delta Middle School, also sees the potential for students to gain hands-on experience in many aspects of science at the Rogers Mesa Research Station.
"In 2005, when our family moved to Delta County, one of the first things I did was contact Dr. Ron Godin at the Rogers Mesa Research Station," Cummings said.
A vision for the Rogers Mesa Research Center is taking shape as collaborators come together to revitalize a unique community resource.
Established in 1961, the CSU Rogers Mesa station engaged in research in tree crops, grapes, vegetables and alternative crops. The station was closed in June 2011 and put on the market for sale.
Since it closed in 2011, a lot of ideas have been tossed about on how best to use the former Colorado State University Extension Research Center on Rogers Mesa. After all, the 83-acre chunk of agricultural land has water rights, hay fields, fruit trees and grape vines, a three-bedroom house, and more than 4,000 square feet of laboratory and office space.
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