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Range Management School to be held in Mancos

The Mancos Conservation District will conduct a Range Management School on Monday, Dec. 14, in Mancos. It will be held at the Mancos Public Library from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The cost will be $30 per person and will include a resource notebook and lunch. Two individuals from the same ranch who need only one notebook can register for $50 per ranch.

Topics for the day include: Plant Growth; Timing and Duration of Grazing; Range Nutrition and Animal Behavior; Designing the Grazing Strategy and Riparian Management; Fencing Techniques; Grazing Management Tools and Techniques; Monitoring and the Grazing Response Index; and Tying It All Together.

The Range Management School provides the best available science and information about on-the-ground application for the care and management of rangelands.

Pre-registration is required. Contact the Archuleta County Extension Office at 264-5931 for the registration form or download it online at www.archuleta.colostate.edu.

Long-term radon tests

Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas emitted from uranium, a naturally occurring mineral in rocks and soil. Normally, radon rises up through the soil and dissipates in the air outside. Radon becomes a concern when it seeps through openings such as cracks, loose fitting pipes, sump pits, dirt floors, slab joints or block walls and accumulates in the home. Air pressure inside the home is usually lower than pressure in the soil around the house’s foundation. Because of this difference, the house acts like a vacuum, drawing radon in through foundation cracks and other openings.

Radon has been identified as a risk factor in developing lung cancer because it decays into radioactive particles that can get trapped in the lungs. These particles release bursts of energy that damages lung tissue. It is estimated that radon may be associated with 3,000 to 32,000 lung cancer deaths per year in the United States, second only to smoking. All homes in Colorado should be tested for radon. Only individual testing can determine which houses may have a radon problem. You cannot base your radon level on a neighbor’s test result. Every house is different.

If you would like to test your home for the presence of Radon, we have roughly a dozen long-term radon kits available on a first-come, first-served basis as well as one per household for free.

Research indicates some homeowners get kits and then never send the samples in for the results. When you pick up one of our kits make the commitment to obtain the results, because they expire in January 2010.

Test kits are available at the County Extension Office at 344 U.S. 84.

For more information concerning radon give us a call at 264-5931.

Become a Master Gardener

The Colorado Master Gardener program in Pagosa Springs will finish taking applications for the 2010 course on Dec. 4.

CMG classes are held in conjunction with the La Plata County Extension Office. Class sessions are held Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Those accepted to the program receive 10 or so weeks of training in plant care and have the opportunity to work with other gardeners from Pagosa Springs to volunteer in the community.

If gaining knowledge and helping others through horticulture is of interest to you, contact the CSU Extension office in Pagosa Springs at 264-5931 for more information. Applications and information are available online.

Calendar

Dec. 1 — 6:30 p.m., Colorado Kids Club.

Dec. 3 — 6:30 p.m., Shady Pine Club.

Dec. 4 — 1:45 p.m., Cloverbuds.

Dec. 4 — 2:15 p.m., Colorado Mountaineers Club.

Dec. 4-5 — TBA, 4-H Cake Decorating, Unit 7.

Check out our Web page at www.archuleta.colostate.edu for calendar events and information.