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Community forum on governor’s economic development plan

Governor Hickenlooper understands that the No. 1 priority of the residents of the state of Colorado is to rebuild the economy and create jobs.

To do this, the Governor’s Office and the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade has partnered with Colorado State University’s Office of Engagement and Extension to engage Coloradans in a statewide conversation about economic development. Governor Hickenlooper is asking for residents across the state, county by county, to share their stories, challenges and strengths by developing a strategic economic development plan for their county.

Why has Gov. Hickenlooper launched a bottom-up initiative?

• To identify economic development priorities for each county.

• To reach the widest range of interests and assure the greatest amount of input possible.

• To assure that the Statewide Economic Development Strategy is truly representative of all 64 counties.

• To develop a real and sustainable partnership between all 64 counties and the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT); and to develop Colorado’s statewide economic development strategy, a framework that will show us how we will work together, find new solutions, address our very real challenges and rebuild our economy.

We invite you to actively participate in your county’s economic development planning processes. Provide input and ideas and ask friends, family, neighbors and others to participate as well. Attend planning meetings, take the online survey (www.advancecolorado.com), or send us an e-mail at input@state.co.us.

Join the conversation. A community forum will be held in Pagosa Springs, Tuesday, March 29, at 6 p.m. at the Ross Aragon Community Center. We are excited to hear what you have to say, and thank you for participating. www.advancecolorado.com/bottomup.

Visit the Archuleta County Extension website, www.archuleta.colostate.edu, to learn more or stop by the office, 344 U.S. 84, fairgrounds, for a hard copy of the survey.

Master Food Safety and Preservation Advisor

Learn the art and science of food preservation by attending Master Food Safety and Preservation.

Classes will be May 9, 11 and 17, 9:30-4:30 p.m. at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. Completed applications are due April 15, and should be sent to the Extension office. The $75 fee is to be used for cost of training materials and supplies for Master Food Safety Advisor; the fee is due with application. Download an application at www.archuleta.colostate.edu or call the Extension office at 264-5931 for more information.

Managing tough times

Colorado State University Extension will host an educational workshop where agricultural producers can learn about practices their families can use to reduce financial, production and human risks during tough and good economic times. Though grain and livestock prices are at a high dollar, producers know that highs and lows are cyclical. Making adjustments can make the variability less.

The workshop will be presented on Monday, March 21, at the La Plata County Extension Office at the Durango Fairgrounds, 2500 N. Main. The workshop will be held from 5-8 p.m. For more information about these upcoming “Managing Tough Times” workshops, contact the Extension office at 264-5931.

Weed symposium

The 19th annual Four Corners Weed Symposium will be held March 30, 7 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Lewis-Arriola Community Center. Early Registration on or before March 21, $40, registration after March 21 and at the door, $50. Lunch is included. Why attend Colorado and New Mexico pesticide applicator continuing education credits are available. Get the most updated information from experts in the Rocky Mountain Region. Local and regional vendors will be available to answer your questions on products, equipment and weed management techniques. Learn about weed identification, application control and safety, state and federal laws, re-vegetation and much more.

Tree and seedling sale

The San Juan Conservation District is offering local landowners the opportunity to purchase high-quality, reasonably priced seedling trees and shrubs for different conservation uses, shelter belts, reforestation and wildlife habitat enhancement. Orders are being taken through March 25 and will be available for pick up on April 13. For more information, call the San Juan Conservation District at 731-3615.

Calendar

March 17 — 9 a.m., Water Wise Landscape Design.

March 17 — 5 p.m., 4-H Lamb Project meeting.

March 17 — 6 p.m., 4-H Goat Project meeting.

March 17 — 7 p.m., 4-H Swine Project meeting.

March 18 — 1:45 p.m., Clover buds meeting.

March 18 — 2 p.m., 4-H Dog Agility Project meeting.

March 18 — 3 p.m., 4-H Rabbit Project meeting.

March 18 — 4 p.m., 4-H Turkey Project meeting.

March 21 — 10 a.m., Painting class.

March 21 — 6 p.m., Back Country Horsemen.

March 23 — 3:30 p.m., Shooting Sports.

March 23 — 4 p.m., Sports Fishing.

March 24 — 9 a.m., Colorado Master Gardener.

March 24 — 5 p.m., 4-H Cake Decorating.

March 25 — 5:30 p.m., Pagosa Pathfinders.

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

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