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Extension to host Ranching for Profit Webinar

The Archuleta County Extension Office will host a Ranching for Profit Webinar.

The program speaker is Dave Pratt, a fifth-generation rancher who learned ranching working for northern California cattle and sheep producers.

Dave earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from the University of California and Washington State University, respectively.

The webinar will teach each participant how to start out with no land, no livestock and no time, and show them the three things they must do to build a sustainable ranching business from scratch. Each participant will learn why most ranches show a loss; how to overcome the challenge of no working capital; and what it takes to build a sustainable ranch business and earn a healthy profit. The session will be held Thursday, Dec. 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Archuleta County fairgrounds. Cost will be $40 per person or $70 per ranch couple and includes lunch. We will only accept the first 20 persons registered due to space limitations. Please register by Monday, Dec. 5. Forms are available at the Archuleta County Extension Office or online at

Call 264-5931 for more information.

Real Colors workshop

Archuleta County CSU Extension is conducting a Real Colors® workshop on Thursday, Dec. 9, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. This workshop will be open to the public and held at the Pagosa Springs Youth Center located at 269 1/2 Pagosa Street. 

Adult couples and singles are equally invited to attend noting that this is not a program for children.  Light refreshments will be served. 

A $6 fee is requested to cover material costs.   Please R.S.V.P. to the Extension Office at 264-5931 to attend Real Colors. This workshop will be limited to the first 30 persons to register.

Deadline for Master Gardener

The CSU Extension Office in Archuleta County is accepting applications for the 2011 Colorado Master Gardener (CMG) program until Dec. 10.

The training utilizes on-site and distant education experts to teach a series of 10 classes. Classes start Jan. 27 will continue each Thursday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. until March 31. The cost is $190 if you intend to volunteer, $550 for a certificate without volunteer time. CMG volunteers are expected to complete 50 hours of volunteer time in the first year and 24 hours in subsequent years. 

If gaining knowledge and helping others through horticulture is of interest to you, the Colorado Master Gardener program is an ideal volunteer choice. Contact the office at 264-5931 for more information.


Thursday, Dec. 2 — 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Mountain View Homemakers cardmaking class.

Thursday, Dec. 2 — 6:30 p.m., Shady Pine 4-H Club.

Friday, Dec. 3 — 2 p.m., Colorado Mountaineers 4-H Club.

Monday, Dec. 6 — 4: p.m., 4-H Executive Council meeting.

Tuesday, Dec. 7 — 6:30 p.m., Colorado Kids 4-H Club.

Wednesday, Dec. 8 — 6:30 p.m., Pagosa Peaks 4-H Club.

Thursday, Dec. 9 — 9 p.m., Ranching for Profit Webinar.

Thursday, Dec. 9 — 11 p.m., Mountain View Homemakers meeting.

Thursday, Dec. 9 — 6:30 p.m., Real Colors Workshop, Pagosa Youth Center.

Friday, Dec. 10 — 8 a.m., Wolf Creek Avalanche School, Level 1.

Friday, Dec. 10 — 2 p.m., Wolf Creek Wonders 4-H Club.