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Extension Update – March 13, 2018   arrow

On behalf of JoAnn Powell:

Greetings all,

Hope your week is off to a great start. “Springing forward” one hour Sunday, left me thinking there should be one more hour to sleep this morning. Hopefully more evening daylight will be the cure. And then there are taxes; installed the software this weekend and got started, so partially check that box. That got me thinking about all the other things I need to get done with home, family, community and work—all important stuff.  To help out in the work arena, here is a March checklist, hope you can check ‘em off.

March to-do:
March 1: Individual Plans to invest done
March 15: Supervisors complete approval of Plans to Invest
March 20: Consider an AmeriCorps member(s) for your county’s 4-H outreach program. Talk with Melinda by April 5th to request a member for the 2018-19 program.
March 29:  CSUnite: No Place for Hate. Join us, take a moment to reflect or create an office or local walk.
March 30: Complete one fun March-like activity with your family or friends
March 31: March is a busy programming month. Succeed by doing something for yourself.

Planning and Reporting

All Plans to Invest should have been entered by March 1; supervisors will approve them by March 15.  Everyone can enter first quarter data once the plan is approved; data must be entered no later than April 10. These dates are in the PLT calendar:

On March 23 (Friday), Jan Carroll and Cary Weiner will be available for CPRS reporting coaching. They will review outputs ( and you can ask questions so that 2018 reporting will be accurate and useful in telling our story. Please join via Zoom at PRU Leaders are especially encouraged to attend.

Conflict of Interest (COI) Disclosure

All Administrative Professional (AP) employees must complete their annual COI disclosure. Visit no later than April 1. Yvonne Bridgeman can answer any technical questions you might have. Other questions should be directed to your county or regional director.

County/Area Directors’ Meeting – January 31 – February 2, 2018

We had a great time. Thanks to all the director, agents, and staff who joined us in Denver. This year’s meeting was heavy on training with staff completing 8 hours of required supervisor training and another 4 hours of Fullpower Workplace Communication and Boundaries for Adults (4-H agents will get a chance to participate in a similar training at their Mega Meeting). Even Pokey joined us to learn some job skills. Thanks to the planning committee: Bruce Fickenscher, Michael Fisher, Irene Shonle, Thad Gourd, Glenda Wentworth and Doug Dean. Well done all.
County Area Director's Meeting


…to Keith Maxey and family on the loss of his mother, Jean Maxey, on February 23.

…to Jacki & Phil Paone and family on the loss of their daughter, Krista Moretuzzo, on March 9.

Our thoughts are with you.

Front Range Region Searches

#03-18 Jefferson 4H YD Agent. The position has been offered to Reid Sweetkind. Reid is slated to start May 14. Reid will receive her master’s in museum and field studies from University of Colorado at Boulder. She received her bachelors in biology from Oregon State University. Reid is a former AmeriCorps member in Jefferson County.

#08-18 Arapahoe Hort Agent. Interviews were conducted March 7 & 8.
#16-18 Boulder Extension Director. This position is presently being advertised and will close April 12.
Broomfield Extension Director. This position is presently under review.

Boulder County Extension’s Display at Colorado Garden and Home Show

This year the horticulture program in the Boulder County Extension office was charged with creating the educational display for the Colorado Garden and Home Show at the Colorado Convention Center. The “Wise Water Harvesting” theme was aimed to increase interest in rainwater harvesting. Their educational display included a miniature landscape with various active and passive water harvesting techniques, blue twinkle lights to simulate flowing water, a full-scale rain garden, mock-up wall with rain barrel, and PlantTalk and Plant Select displays.

Colorado Garden and Home Show

ACC Castle Rock Collaboration Campus

Arapahoe CC
Colorado State University, Arapahoe Community College, the Town of Castle Rock, the Castle Rock Economic Development Council, and the Douglas County School District have joined forces to create the Arapahoe Community College Castle Rock Collaboration Campus. The campus will bring together education, business, and the community to provide a smooth pathway from high school diploma to associate degree to bachelor’s degree, as well as workforce training. Ground breaking for the two-story, $40 million campus on the 14-acre site in The Meadows is slated for May 2018. Phase one will be complete in the fall of 2019 with initial educational offerings in the areas of business and entrepreneurship; health care; information technology/programming; general education; and workforce training.

Opioid Crisis Resource – Ashley Stokes

The opioid crisis has struck farm and ranch families much harder than the rest of rural America. Farm towns will overcome this epidemic through strong farmer-to-farmer support and the resilience of our communities. The nation’s two largest farm organizations have teamed up to bring attention to the opioid epidemic in farm country and provide information and resources to help those struggling with opioid abuse. The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Farmers Union have partnered to establish with information about the crisis as well as resources for help for anyone impacted by this epidemic.  74% of farmers and farmworkers say they have been directly impacted by the opioid epidemic. 45% of rural adults say they have been impacted by it. Add the additional staggering statistic of 174 people die every day in America from opioid abuse. Extension nationally and here in Colorado are having serious discussions about how to best assist our communities. As one resource we can share, please feel free to provide this website since many families are struggling in silence.

Directory Updates – Darrin Goodman
We are in the process of updating our Online Directory as well as the Print Directory.  Please let us know about any of the following:

  • Changes or corrections to your directory listing (please specify which directory – Print/Online/Both)
  • Let us know if someone in your office is not currently in the directory who should be.
  • Let us know if someone is currently listed who no longer works in your office (should be deleted).
  • No photo?  Please send us a digital version.

Please email any of the above requests or changes to 

Online Directory: 

Printable Directory:
Find people
Find People in Your County (should anyone be added or removed?)
An easy way to check the Online Directory to see who is in your office is to click on the “Select Category” drop-down menu and to select your county from the list. Please let us know if anyone needs to be added or removed.

Find yourself
Locate Yourself (additions or changes need to be made?)
To quickly search for yourself, you can either locate your county as described above, or type your name into the “Search” text box.  Keep in mind that the search tools work together, so if you’ve selected a category, typed in some text, and/or have selected a letter in the A-Z list, the system will query for all of the items that you have selected (which may not produce the results you are looking for).
online directory
Remember, a quick way to clear out your search criteria is to click on the Online Directory button near the upper right region of the page.

Please let me know if you have any questions and send your changes to me –  Thank you!