Annual 4-H cookie dough fundraiser returns

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It’s cookie dough time again and your favorite flavors are back. Don’t miss this opportunity to support your local 4-H program and have your favorite cookie dough ready for baking in your freezer.

Whether it’s mint chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, snickerdoodle or peanut butter, we have the flavor for you. And we are bringing back some of last year’s specialties including soft pretzels, cinnamon rolls, pumpkin rolls and cream cheese coffee cake, all for only $17 per item.

Each year, Archuleta County 4-H participates in three fundraisers: cookie dough sales in the spring, truck raffle tickets throughout the summer and the Chuckwagon BBQ at the county fair. These fundraisers support the 4-H program and its youth membership in many ways.

Each year, there are many families who can’t afford the registration fees. Money raised through these events helps provide scholarships for these families so all youth in Archuleta County can participate in 4-H regardless of their ability to pay.

In addition, 4-H youth are eligible to attend various 4-H conferences located throughout the state. Again, these fundraisers lower the cost to each family and make it possible for all youth to attend. Finally, fundraising dollars are also used to buy fair ribbons, club shirts and many other things that help make the 4-H experience enjoyable for all members.

Over the years, 4-H has provided millions of youth nationwide with opportunities to develop their leadership, citizenship and life skills that have helped them become community leaders, successful professionals, astronauts, entertainers and professional athletes — whatever they dreamed. Research findings show that compared to their peers who are not in 4-H, young people in 4-H are:

• More likely to report better grades, higher levels of academic competence and an elevated level of engagement in school.

• Less likely to engage in risk behaviors such as drinking, smoking and drug use.

• Two times more likely to plan to go to college.

• More likely to pursue careers in science, engineering and technology.

During the upcoming year and with your help, our 4-H youth will participate in leadership conferences, learn life and project skills, meet other youth throughout the state and provide community service. Thank you for supporting this important youth development program and the youth of Archuleta County.

Gardening and landscaping series continues

Winter is a great time to think, plan and learn about how to grow successfully at high altitude. Whether you are a novice gardener, new to Pagosa Country or want to plant a landscape this spring, these classes are for you. All classes are located at the Extension building at the Archuleta County Fairgrounds, run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and cost $35 per class. Preregistration is required by calling 264-5931. Class topics and dates are as follows:

• Feb. 16: “Soils, Fertilizers and Amendments,” taught by Darrin Parmenter, Extension agent in La Plata County.

• March 2: “Tree and Shrub Selection, Planting and Maintenance,” taught by Roberta Tolan, Extension agent in Archuleta County.

• March 9: “The State of our Forests,” including insect pressures and trends, and fire mitigation, taught by Kent Grant, Colorado State Forest Service and Matt Tuten, Pagosa Ranger District of the U.S. Forest Service.

• March 14: “Vegetable Gardening in the Mountains,” taught by Parmenter.

Free radon class Feb. 15

Radon is an odorless gas that can find its way into our homes and negatively affect our health. Learn how to measure its impact in your home and mitigate it if necessary.

As part of the class, each attendee will receive a free radon test kit for their home while supplies last.

The class is Wednesday, Feb. 15, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Extension building at the Archuleta County Fairgrounds. To preregister, call 264-5931.

CPR and first aid classes

CPR and first aid certification classes are now being offered monthly by the CSU Extension office on the second Monday and Wednesday of each month from 6 to 10 p.m. Anyone needing to receive or renew certification can register by calling the Extension office at 264-5931.

We will also attempt to schedule classes on additional dates with five or more registrations.

Cost for the classes is $80 for combined CPR/first aid and $55 for CPR, first aid or recertification. The type of first aid information provided will vary by the needs of the audience.