Looking back for April 13, 1934 | SteamboatToday.com

Looking back for April 13, 1934

Ground moist but snow below average

— Forest Ranger M.K. Klemme says he thinks the ground has an average level of moisture this spring but most of the snow has gone into the ground instead of running off, as has been the case in years past.

The Yampa and Snake rivers are at lower levels this spring than at any time in the history of the inhabitants. Last fall, the season was started with the ground fairly well-saturated with moisture because of several early snows.

This condition existed in Western Routt and Moffat counties particularly. Mr. Klemme said the conditions for dry farming and the range appear better than at this time last year. Conditions are not so good, however, for the irrigated lands, because of the absence of the large snow drifts held back up in the heavy timber. It is the gradual melting of these huge drifts during the summer months which furnishes most of the water supply for irrigation purposes.

PWA receives applications from farmers for loans

Applications for production loans to farmers in Routt, Moffat, Rio Blanco, Mesa, Garfield, Eagle, Pitkin and Lake counties now are being received by Robert Macintosh, secretary-treasurer of the Rifle Production Credit Association at Rifle. According to Mr. Macintosh, all loans will be made on a business basis in line with the security furnished by the applicant.

“The loans that will be made in this county and in the other seven counties served by the Rifle association must be good loans and loans that are collectable if the association is to continue as a permanent service to farmers in this and other communities, as intended,” Mr. Macintosh said.

“Fortunately, not all farmers in this county need credit,” he continued, “but for those who do, the association stands as a business organization – not as a charity institution.”