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Health insurance enrollment climbs in Northwest Colorado, and in state

Northwest Colorado still trails rest of state in rates of enrollment

More people are carrying health insurance in Northwest Colorado — even though the rate of those uninsured remains comparatively high in this part of the state.

From Pipi's Pasture: It’s almost calving season

It’s still winter, but some ranchers are already getting ready for calving season — some may already be into the season. Here at Pipi’s Pasture, we will start calving about the first week of March. Hopefully the weather will improve.

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Moffat County animals, handlers take big honors in Arizona

Young agriculturalists next headed to Western Stock Show in Denver

A break from the chilly weather of Northwest Colorado was just what some local kids needed to end the year of 2015, and for some of them it paid off in more ways than one. It was sun, fun and some considerable profits for Moffat County youths who traveled to the Arizona National Livestock Show in late December.

Baxter Black: Cowboy Camp Christmas

A holiday poem by the cowboy poet.

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Sam Haslem, Routt County icon, dies

The Northwest Colorado community on Thursday was mourning the loss of Sam Haslem, an agriculture educator who loved people and had a unique way of telling a story.

From Pipi's Pasture: December at Pipi’s Pasture

Officially, winter doesn’t start for another week-and-a-half or so, but it’s winter to me. I have written about all of the other times of the year so I can’t help but think about December.

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Moffat County girls win national honors for woolen handiwork

Samantha Pearce and Maya Nava may be young, but the two Moffat County natives are carrying on one of the region’s oldest traditions: creating handmade products with wool.

From Pipi's Pasture: Remembering the spring calves

The cattle have been gathered, and they’re all back at Pipi’s Pasture for the winter. Once they’re home, it takes a few days for all of us, humans and cattle alike, to get into a routine again. Then we family members begin to check out the calves.

From Pipi's Pasture: Settling in

Last weekend we brought the cows, calves, and bulls home from summer pasture. Coming home to Pipi’s Pasture is always followed by a short period of adjustment for the cattle — and us, too.

From Pipi's Pasture: Waiting for daylight

The credit for this week’s “From Pipi’s Pasture” goes to my sister, Chalotte Allum, of Fort Collins. One early morning, a couple of weeks ago, Charlotte called me and said that she had an idea for my column. Charlotte gets up early, and that particular morning she was waiting for it to be daylight so that she could use the natural light to choose the colors of fabric she was using to make a quilt. One thing led to another, and pretty soon Charlotte was thinking about the time we all spend “waiting.”

From Pipi's Pasture: 2015 Colorado State Fair livestock results

Each year “From Pipi’s Pasture” salutes the junior exhibitors who competed in the Colorado State Fair events. This week’s column is devoted to livestock and dog projects; next week’s will focus on 4-H general project exhibits.

Horse show in Routt County canceled as precaution against infectious disease

Pending assurances from veterinarians and the availability of judges and volunteers, the Cayuse Classic horse show may be rescheduled later this fall.

Baxter Black: T. Tommy and Bad News

First, a little about T.Tommy; he likes Corrientes, carries a stock whip and is good help when you need a team ropin’ partner, a good hand on a gather, isn’t bad on a backhoe and is good to his dog.

From Pipi's Pasture: The canning jars

Last week when I picked green beans from our garden next to Pipi’s Pasture, I was reminded of the bushels of green beans we kids used to pick out of our huge garden at the ranch when we were growing up. And then I remembered canning season.

Biz Buzz: MJK welcomes new manager

Jenny Boyer recently joined the ranks of MJK Sales and Feed in Craig as the feed store’s new manager, but she is by no means new to the agriculture business.