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Extension Update – September 14, 2016   arrow

On behalf of CJ Mucklow.

Annual Extension Forum

Annual Forum will be held in Ft. Collins November 7th through the 11th.  Look for registration information and the agenda to come soon. Also note that Forum falls over Election Day.  Please plan to vote early so you exercise your right as a citizen.

Extension Award Nominations Due Oct. 3

A reminder that award nominations are due to Yvonne Bridgeman ( by Monday, October 3. Nomination forms are found at

New Staff Orientation

The New Staff Orientation will be held at CSU on September 26-29.  If you are a new staff member you should have received an invitation already.  If you didn’t, please contact Judy Barth.

Listserv Email Address Changes – Jan Behunek

The addresses of the Extension listservs that many of us use to send email messages to a variety of groups will change on September 28, 2016. The word “lists” will be added to our listserv addresses, so the new addresses will be of the form, and anyone who sends an email to one of these lists must use the new address beginning September 28. Senders who use the old address format will receive an autoreply telling him/her about the new address format. See the attached document for further details.

Horticulture and History!

yellow roses
The photo is of yellow roses in my yard. These roses are descendants of the yellow roses of Steamboat brought by covered wagon from Mrs. Crawford. The Crawford’s were the founders of Steamboat Springs.  Next time you are in the Capitol building you will find a story on the wall about them.  You can read it for yourself! This particular plant was transplanted from the yard of Elaine Gay, another icon in Routt County and grandmother to Todd Hagenbuch, and has other ties to Extension.  Enjoy!

Fair Season Has Come to an End

I think the last county fair in Colorado came to a close in Walden last Sunday.  These events are a great showcase of 4-H and FFA youth, as well as, community pride.  They are also a challenge for many of us in Extension. I had the chance to visit four fairs (Jackson, San Miguel, Routt and Elbert).  They are a lot more fun when you are not in a leadership role or managing one!  I want to thank all of you for enduring another year and compliment all of you on your great work at these events.

Western Region Vacancies

Archuleta County Director, Roberta Tolan, has announced her retirement effective April 2017.  Thank you Roberta for all of your great work.  Look for an announcement in a few months.

Tri River Area Entomologist, Bob Hammon, also intends to retire Effective March 2017.  The committee is in the process of revising the position description and it will be advertised yet this fall.

Montezuma County 4H Program Coordinator, Tonya Yates, has resigned her position and has moved to Arizona.  This is a county funded, county hired position.  As soon as I see the announcement to refill the position I will forward it to all of you.

4-H Director Search

The Search Committee has met once and will meet again this Thursday to refine the position announcement.  If you have specific items you think should be included in the announcement please contact me or a committee member soon. We will listen to any ideas you have.  Several ideas have come forth that are not necessarily part of the announcement but are good ideas for the future of 4-H that will be passed onto the new 4-H Director.

Plains Cottonwood Tree

See the photo of the largest or second largest living Plains Cottonwood tree in Colorado.  If you look closely you can see the tail gate of my pickup and the rest is hidden by the tree. The first person to tell me the location of this tree, i.e. town or city and county is entitled to a yuppie coffee or beer on me at Forum!

oldest cottonwood tree in Colorado

Colorado County Agents Association (CCAA) Professional Improvement Conference

On September 28-30, CCAA will host its annual conference in Pueblo.  This is always a good event to learn new things and learn from colleagues.  It is open to members and non-members alike.  If you  are interested in knowing more about the event please contact Joan Jordan in the Peaks and Plains Regional office and she can forward you details and an agenda.

County/Area Directors (CAD) Meeting

The CAD meeting is being planned for January 24 -26 in Summit County.  The agenda is currently being developed.  If you have suggestions for topics please contact me.  While the title says “County/Area Directors” it is open to others who want to learn more about this management part of Extension.  Additional details will be coming in a few months.

Let’s Talk Extension

The Western Region is currently test piloting a new way of providing information to our clientele in the form of YouTube videos.

Take a look at these and give me any feedback you may have.

The videos currently available are on this website:

Article on Horses and West Nile Virus – Joanne Littlefield

Mosquitoes infected with West Nile Virus have been identified in Colorado. With peak transmission occurring in late summer, horse owners are urged to protect their animals.

A CSU Source article has been posted online that can be sent out to your local media, if you so desire:

Please feel free to contact me or Ragan Adams about this.

Invitation to Retirement Reception for Tom Holtzer, Deputy Director of Agriculture Experiment Station
Tom Holtzer retirement