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Two ordinances regulating livestock and other non-domestic animals in the town of Mancos are headed for a public hearing before the municipal Planning and Zoning Commission in September. Town Administrator Andrea Phillips says the town board on Wednesday approved sending the latest version of the much-discussed ordinances to P&Z.

Consumers influencing food production

Jun 12, 2016

On Wednesday this week, Jeff and I reported that Whole Foods, and Starbucks were two of many high end restaurants and natural food retailers that were in the market for slow-growing chickens to fill the perceived demand of their customers.


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The Ute Mountain Roundup Rodeo starts today, and will bring a carnival and rodeo events to the Montezuma County Fairgrounds each evening from Thursday until Saturday, plus a parade through Cortez on Saturday afternoon. The treasurer of the Rodeo’s executive board, Chuck Forth, tells KSJD that a total of about 6,000 spectators are expected at the rodeo events, plus more at the carnival and parade. He said he and the four other people on the rodeo’s executive board spend all year preparing the event’s logistics including ticket sales, sponsorship, traffic control, and arena preparation.

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The Colorado Water Plan seeks to address the growing population of Colorado and the ever-increasing demands on our water supply. Big Fat Farm Show host Kellie Pettyjohn talks with Kate Greenberg from the National Young Farmers Coalition about the implementation of the Colorado Water Plan and its implications for agriculture in our part of the state.

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The same five students from Kemper Elementary School in Cortez who traveled to the White House in April for a spring planting returned Monday to reap the fruits of their labor.

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A young bear that had been snooping around homes and killing chickens northeast of Cortez was euthanized Friday by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The Journal reports the bear entered a dog kennel in Arriola and swiped at a homeowner who tried to pull the dogs out of the pen, causing a minor scratch. Wildlife officers then tracked and shot the animal. The Journal reports the bear had been visiting the same two or three homes in recent days and officers had tried unsuccessfully to trap it.

Local Students Tackle The Food Waste Problem

May 19, 2016
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Food waste is a growing problem across the country and Montezuma County is no exception. In this episode of the Fish Bowl, KSJD's monthly program that features the voices, thoughts, and opinions of youth in our communities, Tom Yoder talks with Clare Vass, a sophomore at Dolores High School, about how her and her fellow students with the High School Leadership program found a solution for dealing with food waste from local restaurants.

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  • Local ranchers want to hire their own rangeland technician to analyze the condition of grazing allotments rather than relying on public-lands agencies’ studies.
  • Voters in the sprawling Cortez Fire District will have to go to the polls literally Tuesday if they want to have a say in choosing board members.

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In this episode of the Big Fat Farm Show, host Kellie Pettyjohn talks with Candice Wood about her involvement in a farm incubator program at the Old Fort Lewis for beginning farmers in the Four Corners region that provides support services and helps new farmers develop the skills necessary to succeed.

What's New At The Four States Ag Expo

Mar 15, 2016
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In this episode of the Big Fat Farm Show, host Kellie Pettyjohn talks with Radiance Beals and Shay Allred from the Four States Ag Expo about what visitors can expect at the event this year, and also Christine Foote of the Montezuma School To Farm Project about their C.A.L.F. education program that will be featured at the Ag Expo this year.