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Moffat County High School FFA students reap range of benefits from state event

About 40 Moffat County High School Students participate in state FFA events

When 37 Moffat County High School students participated in Future Farmers of America Career Development Events on May 1 and 2, they practiced skills they may draw upon heavily if they enter an agricultural field — and even if they don’t.

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From Pipi's Pasture: Days that are a little less than great

Sometimes things happen here at Pipi’s Pasture that make the days a little hectic. I’m not fond of negatives so I’d prefer to refer to those days as “a little less than great.” To illustrate, I offer the following examples, some of which actually happened this past week.

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Ag Day brings Moffat County students in touch with area history, economy

Fourth graders see, hear, touch examples of concepts they study in school

The long-running annual event taught, or reminded, children about all sorts of issues related to agriculture.

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From Pipi's Pasture: April 2016

I was recently visiting with someone who hasn’t lived in Craig very long. When I mentioned that a big storm — according to today’s forecast — is headed our way, possibly bringing snow, she made a face. I know that she was thinking, “But it’s April!”

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From Pipi's Pasture: Favorite kitten nests

Part of the spring ritual here at Pipi’s Pasture is the birth of kittens, all from mama cats that came here as strays, settled down and stayed — some for years now. This week Lyle told me that he had found a batch of newborn kittens belonging to a one-eyed black mama cat. She has them hidden in a small opening in one side of our wood shed.

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From Pipi's Pasture: Hidden under the snow

The snow is slowly melting here at Pipi’s Pasture, including the mountain-like piles of drifted and plowed snow. In fact, the ground is mostly bare. Here and there we find a sprig or two of green grass, but right now the dominant color is brown.

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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.