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Community Agriculture Alliance: Stay safe in the backcountry

The fastest growing trend in snow sports involves gaining uphill access into the backcountry. The resulting experience gives you a sense of accomplishment gained from “earning your turns.”

Bed and breakfast planned for historic ranch on the Yampa River just north of Hayden town limits

Ryan and Rachel Wattles would host as many as eight people at a time in the guest house and as many as 10 special events — like wedding and family reunions — per year. No amplified music will be allowed.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Recent land purchase will positively impact Yampa Watershed health

The U.S. Forest Service has the privilege of managing public lands for multi-use, and a key indicator as to the overall condition of those lands is the health of the watersheds on National Forest. Watershed health has many public benefits, including importance for drinking water, agriculture and recreation, to name a few.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Succession planning

The statistics are frightening around the success of transitioning businesses. Today there are 12 million small businesses in America.

Community Agriculture Alliance: History in the making

Each of us is capable of making an affirmative difference in our world. Our region is proof-positive that good things happen every day because of the vision, determination and labors of our people.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Country-Of-Origin Labeling facing Congressional attack

Congress is back in session and getting back to work now that the election is over. The real work will begin again in January when the next Congress is sworn in.

Community Agriculture Alliance: My favorite things

‘Tis the season to reflect on the past year and to savor what we’ve accomplished at Historic Routt County. We are proud of our role in saving Routt County’s special places, and the year has been a whirlwind of activity with preservation projects, events, socials, awards and win-win partnerships.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Lodgepole pine, a story of resilience

Sometimes it seems that lodgepole pine doesn’t get the respect it deserves. In the wake of the recent mountain pine beetle epidemic, some people question whether it’s a good thing to plant lodgepole seedlings on their property. “Won’t the beetles just get them?” they ask.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Holiday tree care

The holidays are upon us, and for many that comes with the age-old tradition of putting up a tree. One of my favorite traditions is taking my family to a forested area and scouring the hillsides for the perfect tree, always excited to have that fresh-cut scent once again filling our home.

Community Agriculture Alliance: State of the Upper Yampa River Watershed

We drink it, we grow food with it, we play in it — the Yampa River Watershed provides for our community in a way that the early settlers recognized when they built Steamboat Springs at the confluence of the Yampa River and six tributary streams.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Environmental Literacy Program helps school districts implement objectives

Nationally, studies have shown that elementary school students spend less than 20 minutes per day in science education. Thankfully, Routt County schools are doing much better than that.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Take Charge Energy Challenge returns to Steamboat schools

This school year’s Take Charge Energy Challenge starts next week, with the five schools in the Steamboat Springs School District competing to see who can reduce their electricity use by the most kilowatt-hours during the last two weeks of November.

Community Agriculture Alliance: The how, where and why to buying local

Interested in local food and products, but not sure where to find them? Here are some easy answers.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Rethinking grazing

In the '50s and '60s, there was a real movement to remove grazing as a use for public lands here in the West because it was thought that grazing was responsible for all sorts of ecological ills such as erosion and endangering species. In the past, the solution was to remove all human activity from the land. However, the results were not what was expected.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Working toward a goal

Throughout Colorado, conversations about water continue to spark interest and debate. Colorado’s population is expected to grow by 8 million to 10 million people by 2050 and the state is searching for answers that will meet future demands.