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Extension Update – November 7, 2018   arrow

On behalf of CJ Mucklow:

Opioid Update

There are several projects going on related to rural Colorado and opioid abuse and mental health. I know this is NOT our forte but we do have great connections and we can learn. See attached flyer from Bob Fetsch as an opportunity to learn more.  Doug Coatsworth also has a grant for work in eastern and southern Colorado. Ashley Stokes, CEAC member Don Nease and myself have had numerous discussions on this crisis. Please feel free to give your input.


It was good to see so many of you at Forum a couple of weeks ago.  I always enjoy the conversations, even with JD in the elevator!!!  Thanks for all you do for CSU and Extension.

Forum Post-Conference Survey – Darrin Goodman

Thank you to all who have completed the Forum Post-Conference Survey – the results are really helpful to the Forum Planning Committee.

If you haven’t submitted the short survey yet, please take a moment to do so:

The survey will close at the end of the day on Friday November 16, so please submit before then if you have not already done so.  Thank you!

Fun-Run Recap – Tracy Trumper

The Fun-Run had 32 participants on the morning of Wednesday, Oct 22nd.  The 1mile- 5k run-walk started outside of the Alumni Center at Canvas Stadium beneath a full moon and crisp, but pleasant, fall weather.  Ashley Stokes, Dani Bash and Dessa Watson finished the 5k by “touching the ram” outside of the stadium together at 24 minutes and 50 seconds. WOW- way to go! Great job everyone for your efforts!

CEAFCS really appreciates the opportunity to engage with all of the professionals within Extension on and off campus and for the time to see all of the new sites on the beautiful CSU campus.  Thank you all for your support with your donations and enthusiasm!

We are hoping for many more opportunities to be together for the sake of health and fun- maybe a “Where’s Cam the Ram” Run-walk, “Donut and Dash”, Poker Run, Color Run, Rockin’ to the 60’s and more!  If you were not able to join us this year, we hope you will next year!

If you still would like to donate to our association you can send a check to: Joy Akey at Yuma County Extension, 310 Ash St, Wray, CO. 80758.  Checks can be made out to CEAFCS.

Thank you again!

Fun Run participants

Congratulations to 2018 Extension Distinguished Service Awardees

FA Anderson – Mike Bartolo
Alton Scofield – Sheila Gains
Diversity – Isaac Munoz


Director of Outreach and Engagement – The search committee met Tuesday of this week and it was declared a failed search. We have revised the position description and title to attract more people, and to attract those who applied but were not in the final go around. Reapply!

Professional Development Opportunity on the Front Range!

Everyone, program and support staff alike, are invited to participate on December 11. The cost to attend is free, except for those registering for the ‘Introduction to Cheese Making’ workshop which carries a $15 fee to participate. Space in this workshop is limited to the first 25 cheese-making enthusiasts.  A light breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks will be provided to keep you fortified throughout the day.  Meeting attire will be Friday-casual. Chris Crouse, Alison O’Connor, and Rusty Collins served on this year’s planning committee, in addition to Sonjia Graham and JoAnn Powell.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Please go to: to register.

Combined CAD/Support Staff Training in 2019

The Regional Directors decided not to have the annual County/Area Directors (CAD) Meeting this winter. Instead we are going to combine our Support Staff Meeting with CAD and host it on campus sometime in the fall of 2019. Dates to be determined.

Western Region Positions

Program Assistant for Western Region, Grand Junction Colorado. Long time Program Assistant, Kellie Clark has announced her retirement, effective December 31st 2018.

Rio Blanco County Director. Director, Bill Ekstrom retired in September. The position is under review and will be advertised soon.

Eagle Horticulture/Small Acreage Agent – Denyse Schrenker has accepted this position and will start December 3rd .

Tri River Area 4-H Agent – Interviews will be held next Friday, November 16th. Good luck to Trent Hollister in his new position at the State 4-H office.

Tri River Area Master Gardener Coordinator – Susan Honea retired and the position as being reviewed.

Tri River Area Small Acreage Agent (1/2 time) –  Isaac Munoz has announced his retirement effective December 2018.  The position is being reviewed by staff and commissioners and looks to become a full time ag agent again with an emphasis on ag marketing and general ag presence in Montrose County.

CSU Agriculture Communications for western Colorado. While just being developed, we have initial approval to hire a communications and marketing person to serve CSU Extension and AES in western Colorado. Look for more information soon.

La Plata FCS – Wendy Rice has announced her retirement effective February 2019. She will go to part time this winter and continue to help with food safety training after she retires until we get a new person hired. Thanks Wendy for all you have done for the San Juan Basin and La Plata County over your career.  The position is being reviewed and plan to see an announcement soon.

aspen tree

The last of fall

I hope you enjoy the fall picture of the upper Elk River Valley.