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Serving the towns of Nucla, Naturita, Redvale, Paradox, Bedrock and Norwood

April 2012

Pieces of our Past Book Nook Calendar of Events Nonprofit Listing


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In Memory

Garrett Wayne Carothers February 2, 1994 - March 3, 2012 “People living deeply have no fear of death.” — Anaïs Nin

Child care facility in Naturita


Environmental Adventures for Students

Are you interested in hands on learning about the environment? Do you like to spend time outdoors? Want to meet new people from all over the State?

If so, Camp Rocky may be the perfect summer camp for you! Camp Rocky is a week long residential camp designed for students 14-19 years old who enjoy the outdoors and are interested in natural resources.

This year camp will be held: July 8-14, 2012 Each year, new and returning students choose a resource field for their area of focus: NEW! Recreation Management | Forest Management Rangeland Science | Soil and Water Conservation Fish and Wildlife Management Contact Marty Warner for more info 859-7207, email

Hoof and Paw needs volunteers and board members to help carry on their mission of caring for and placing abandoned or unwanted pets. Please call Jan 859-7411 or Joanne 428-4663 or email

A Native American Story: The Creator gathered all the animals together and says:

“How about the bottom of the ocean?” asks the Salmon.

“I want to hide something from humans until they are READY for it.”

“No, they will find it there too.” He replied.

“What is it?” Asked all the animals

“I will bury it in the Great Plains,” says the Buffalo.

“It is the knowledge and realization that THEY CREATE THEIR OWN REALITY, ” said the Creator.

“They will soon dig and find it there.” He said.

“Give it to me. I'll fly it to the moon,” says the Eagle.

“Put it INSIDE THEM,”says the wise Grandmother Mole.

“No, one day soon they will go there and find it.” The Creator answered.

“Done,” says the Creator. “It is the LAST PLACE they will look.”

Stepping Stones LLC is a licensed child facility in care Naturita, Colorado, providing licensed child care for children ages two through twelve years. Full day and half day Preschool is provided targeting toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners through a combination of established curriculums to meet each child’s unique learning ability. Special Classes and Events encouraging the children to let their talents blossom are held on Fridays. Some of the classes that have been held are Cookie Decorating, Puppet Making, and Scrapbooking. With the only licensed child care center closing down last summer, Stepping Stones moved forward to fill the need for the community. The facility is located in the New Hope Church. Together, Stepping Stones and New Hope Church, share a vision to help families in need of assistance with child care. “Monies are limited in our county; the criteria to receive child care assistance is not meeting the needs of West End families. Children deserve quality child care regardless of their parent’s ability to receive funds from the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP); that’s why we offer scholarships to families in need of assistance.” says Director Emily Davis. A typical day at the center consists of Circle Times, Math, Science, Language and Literacy, Creative Expression, Music, and Outdoor Play. “Hands on learning is important.” says Davis. “When we were learning about Trucks and Big Machines, we played with real life tires, nuts, bolts, and washers and we learned truck driver jargon. A truck driver came and gave us a tour of his truck

and the children wrote letters to a mechanic. A fireman came to the classroom and did a Show and Tell with his gear. We visited the Post Office and learned about the mail truck that brings our mail. The kids benefit so much and they are like sponges soaking in all the information. A recent tour of Los Jilbertos, during the Community Professions unit, gave the children a glimpse of the work of a chef which was culturally enriching. They enhanced what they saw at Los Jilbertos and have been including it in the meals here at the center; meals and snacks are served family style and the children sometimes have the option to make their own; such as adding their own fillings to tacos or toppings to pizzas.” “We are looking to fulfill a need in the community, but our vision is more than that; we want to provide children with a “home away from home” setting filled with love, nurture, respect, in a fun, safe, and educational environment. Children Are Our Tomorrow: Fill Them With Interaction, Stability,And Love. Emily Davis has been a licensed child care provider since 1997, and is pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education. Enrollment is open year around; you can contact Stepping Stones at 970.865.2361 or Stepping Stones website can be viewed at

"There are good men everywhere. I only wish they had louder voices." — Louis L' Amour t

Pieces of our Past: Civilian Conservation Corp #3884 Marie Templeton and the Rimrocker Historical Society The information about the camp was taken from a CCC book donated to the Society by Phyllis Golden. The book had belonged to (Red) Lawrence Elliot who had worked at the camp. A couple of weeks ago I received a call from a lady in Durango who worked for the San Juan Mountain Association, a nonprofit organization in Durango, Colorado. The association, in partnership with the BLM, had received a grant to do an archaeological survey of the CCC Camp at Indian Springs in Dry Creek Basin. She wanted to know if our society had any information on the camp. There are two copies of books about the CCC Camps in Colorado in the museum in Naturita. One belonged to Red Elliott and the other one belonged to Carl Katie, Jean Zatterstrom’s father. One was published in 1936 and one in 1938. The lady, Ruth Lambert, invited the Rimrockers out to see what they were doing and also invited

Redvale, Colorado, located at Indian Springs in Dry Creek Basin our group to have lunch with them. Six members met at the Senior Building in Nucla and went to Indian Springs to watch part of the archaeology survey. The group included Erlene Antonelli, Carol Legge, Lynn Black, Duane and Sharon Johannsen & myself, Marie Templeton. When we arrived we were met by a group of dedicated people who had red flags everywhere. The red flags marked pathways. Not so visible were little yellow flags that markets other features of the camp. The CCC Camp was organized in 1935. Mr. W. A. Rupea, Regional Inspector for the Division of Grazing met with business and livestock men from Norwood, Nucla, and Naturita for the purpose of establishing a Division of Grazing District. At that meeting it was decided to establish a camp for the purpose of range conservation and development in San


Miguel and the West End of Montrose Counties. The Indian Springs site was chosen because it was near a good water supply and its proximity to work projects. The spring has an output of 35,000 gallons a day, 600 feet of pipe brought the water directly to the camp. (Locals still use the spring for domestic uses, and hunters have camped there for at least fifty years.) Despite this use many features of the camp were still visible. The commander of most of these camps was an army officer, however the commander of this camp was a navy officer, H. E. LeBarron. One of the most interesting features of the camp were the rock outlines, that still exist, of two anchors in front of the administration building. They were filled with grass and flowers . Join the Rimrockers in a guided tour of Indian Springs Saturday, April 28th. For more information, visit


‘33 in Kansas A poem by Victor Brown Accomplishments of the Civilian Conservation Corps President Roosevelt promised if granted emergency powers he would have 250,000 men in camps by the end of July, 1933. The speed with which the plan moved through proposal, authorization, implementation and operation was a miracle of cooperation among all branches and agencies of the federal government. It was a mobilization of men, material and transportation on a scale never before known in time of peace. From FDR’s inauguration on March 4, 1933, to the induction of the first enrollee on April 7, only 37 days had elapsed. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) boys worked every day except Sunday from 7:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Although the U.S. Army ran the CCC camps, it didn’t usually handle the work projects. Once the boys arrived on the work site, another organization, such as the U.S. Forest Service, administered the project. Here’s a rundown of some of the CCC’s major accomplishments: Approximately 125,000 miles (201,168 kilometers) of roads built 46,854 bridges constructed More than 3,000 lookout fire towers built 318,076 check dams built for erosion control More than 8 million hours of fighting fires 33,087 miles (53,248.4 kilometers) of terracing implemented Upwards of 3 billion trees planted About 89,000 miles (143,232 kilometers) of telephone wire strung

In addition, CCC boys built thousands of miles of hiking trails and improved wildlife habitats. They also laid pipe and performed excavation work on canals and ditches. The CCC Legacy Web site credits the program with advancing certain fire-fighting techniques. In addition to fire fighting, the CCC performed other emergency response work after floods, hurricanes and blizzards. As many as 47 CCC members died while fighting forest fires, and hundreds of veterans died when a hurricane struck their camps in the Florida Keys. Although Congress once considered making the CCC permanent, this never happened. World War II ushered in its end in 1942. In all, almost 3 million young men enrolled in the CCC, and as many as 500,000 were actively serving at its peak in the Great Depression. Aside from its more tangible accomplishments, the CCC helped improve local economies when working men and their families finally had cash to spend. Many former CCC boys claim that the regimented structure taught them the discipline they needed for serving in World War II. Most of all, former CCC men claim to have learned skills and fostered the kind of work ethic that helped them throughout the rest of their lives. One CCC graduate, Harry Dallas, admits being irked when he sees the CCC commemorative postage stamp that depicts a figure holding a pickax improperly — the CCC taught the boys not to hold it the way it’s depicted.

In response to February's article on the Dust Bowl, local resident Victor Brown, formerly of Kansas, shares this poem about his experience. My Dad and I would walk all day, When I was just a lad, Behind a team of unmatched bays, ‘cause that was all we had.

The dry land farm was extra dry, Lord, how the wind would blow. And winter came on grey and cold With very little snow.

The dust storms blew and Dad Would say, “We’ll make a crop next year.” And Mom would smile and turn away And try to hide her tears. Spring came on in ‘34 And things looked ‘bout the same, Dad would scan the western sky In search of clouds and rain.

But wind would come and dust blew high And dirt would boil and roll, The corn would die and Dad would sigh— Depression gripped his soul!

The trek to town was sad to see A “way” was left behind, A shattered dream for Dad and Mom, For me a sorrowed time.

A shackie house below the tracks— A new life was begun Some folks called us “Mex Town” trash, Others called us “scum” Dad would work at hauling junk And odd jobs here and there. And Mom began to sink away, Confined to bed and chair.

She kept a smile in grey-blue eyes And tried to make things go, On twisted legs that couldn’t walk And hands the couldn’t sew. Mom and Dad have gone away, They’ve left things here below, In time to come they’ll farm a land Where corn and roses grow.

But I’m still here and time to time, When things look ‘kinda bad’ I journey back to ‘33 And live with Mom and Dad.

Farmers and ranchers were wiped out in the big blizzard of March 1932—and most of the smaller ones lost anything they might have saved in the years of the “big drought” from 1933 to 1937. Hence the move to the towns for some, and the big exodus of “Okies” to California. For Mom and Dad who had courage, belief and faith.


Hoof & Paw : Public Information concerning Heartworm in Dogs Several cases of heartworm are showing up in local area dogs. We would like to encourage you to have your dog tested at your vet’s office. Heartworms are transferred through mosquito bites that carry the heartworm larvae, from one infected dog to another. •If the test comes back negative, the prevention is fairly inexpensive, by giving your pet one pill a month. •If the test comes back positive, the treatment options are very


expensive, can take several months and can cause problems for the dog afterwards. •If left untreated it can be a very painful way for a dog to die, but the dog will die. Hoof & Paw currently has a dog in their care that tested positive and we are learning first hand how costly it is to treat. For more information on Heartworms or to have your dog tested, please contact San Miguel Vet Clinic at 327-4279 or your vet.

Montrose is known all over the world as a gateway to adventure, the epicenter of limitless recreational opportunities. WHM believes that most of these activities could be adapted to the capabilities of the returning veterans. The natural beauty and the recreational possibilities could restore the sense of adventure to the returning veterans. Opening avenues for skiing, mountaineering, snowmobiling, off-roading, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, biking, kayaking, climbing for these veterans could renew their zest for life’s possibilities. Montrose could not only service its resident population of veterans but also become a destination for veterans all over the U.S. who wanted to experience adventure tourism geared to their capabilities.

Health & Human Services offers services at West End office

Montrose, CO—Montrose County Health and Human Services would like to remind citizens that live in the West End about the services offered at the Nucla office and how to make appointments for each program. Public Health includes: Immunizations Reproductive Health Services WIC- Woman, Infant & Children Homemaker

Human Services includes: Eligibility applications for all benefit programs (SNAP, LEAP, CHP+, TANF, etc.) Employment First Colorado Works Veterans Administration Child protective services Adult protective services Options for long term care To make appointments please call the following numbers: Immunizations - (970) 252-5000 Family Planning - (970) 2527052 Refill Line - (970) 252-7055 Human Services, WIC and general information - (970) 864-7319 Office Hours for both Human Services and Public Health are: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closed for lunch (noon to 1:00 p.m.)

Is there something the West End of Montrose could offer? Let’s get involved, let’s help make a difference.

CONTACT: Melanie Kline Welcome Home Montrose 1561 Oxbow Drive, Montrose CO81401 970-417-0927

Naturita Community Library offers Universal Class Educational Program Online The Naturita Community Library now offers a brand new service for library patrons. Recorded Books' Universal Class is an educational service providing the highest quality online courses for patrons interested in the lifelong pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons. Lifelong learning not only enhances social inclusion, active citizenship and personal development, but also competitiveness and employability. To date, over 300,000 students have benefited from Universal Class stateof-the-art online courses!

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This program offers real instructors engaging video based lessons collaborative learning environment certificates of achievement continuing education units that meet IACET standards over 500 courses

You can access this database from your home computer using your library card number, or from your library. Please visit the Naturita Community Library for more information and a sample class list. Naturita Community Library offers Universal Class Educational Program Online. This program is made available through Colorado Workforce center's Virtual Workforce @ Your Library initiative

• The Book Nook • By dallas holmes 1n 1999, the United States began celebrating National Poetry Month in April, spearheaded by the Academy of American Poets to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry. I think April is an especially lovely time to celebrate poetry. Here are some book selections for all ages to help you celebrate this most lyrical month. Life Doesn’t Frighten Me by Maya Angelou is a great poem for kids. More often than not, picture books are written in some form of rhyme, but this book is a poem for children, boldly illustrated by Jean-Michel Basquiat., and written with Angelou’s formidable spirit. Emily Dickinson is one of my favorite poets, and I love her collection of poems, A Murmer in the Trees. This collection focuses on her nature poems, and is lovingly illustrated with simple sketches. Local poet Ellen Metrick will be presenting and signing her new poetry collection, Teasing out the Divine, at the library on April 11th at 6pm. I highly recommend Ellen’s unique voice and biblio talent, she’s especially impressive in person. And I will leave you with my absolute favorite poem. It’s from Stephen Crane’s little known collection, The Complete Poems of Stephen Crane. Crane was much more well known for his novels and short stories, such as The Red Badge of Courage, but I think his poetry is outstanding.

Doing the Right Thing: Abundant Life Food Bank


Helping people get through tough times by providing food is what the Abundant Life Church food bank is all about. Under the guidance of Pastors Skitter and Mark Jones, it takes an hour and half per person to prepare all the boxes, but the unloading, stocking the shelves, taking inventory, checking expiration dates and sorting the food is all done by some pretty incredible volunteers and equals 30 hours of work spread out among the volunteers. These are friendly, caring people that help every week to make it possible to feed 180 households which amounts to approximately 800 individuals. Another 40 households are served under the TFAP (Temporary Emergency Food Assistance) program, which means nearly 1000 people in this region being helped. They also deliver food to 57 senior homes. Much of the food comes from grocery suppliers that have extra supplies. The Department of Wildlife and Kinikin Processing in Montrose donate wild game in season. Angel Baskets donates money to help buy

"Think as I think," said a man, "Or you are abominably wicked; You are a toad."

food, and Abundant Life donates space, time and volunteers to a hugely successful food bank. So to these extraordinary people we say “Thank You” for making other people’s lives better. Medie Greager Linda Merritt Karen Love Joleene Elder Connie Mauro Jennifer Rock Linda Dowder Wendy Price Chad Antonson Stephanie Crownover Cade Aldrich The following items are needed for the food bank: donations to help with utilities, stainless steel shelving, gorilla shelving, a large refrigerator and a laptop computer would go a long way to making things more efficient. If you want to help, sign up, volunteer or donate money call 209-6356. The hours for food distribution are every Thursday from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

Food Bank Locations

And after I had thought of it, I said, "I will, then, be a toad."

Norwood Abundant Life Church Every Thursday 1:30 – 3:00 1450 Grand Avenue Naturita West End Community Church Third Friday of Every Month 4:00 – 5:00 440 West Main


April 2012 Calendar of Events Monday

Tuesday 26

Wednesday 27

Thursday 28

Friday 29

Saturday 30

Sunday 31


April Fools Day!


Norwood and WEPS Spring Break


Creative SpACE

April 2-6th- School resumes as normal on the 9th


National Day of Hope

3:30-4:30 The Livery in Norwood


National Fun at Work Day Food Bank 1:00 – 3:00 pm

livestream from Wilkinson Public Library 6pm 5:00pm – 7:00pm Naturita Community Library Naturita Community Library

Ladies Night Out


Creative SpACE




Woman's Afternoon Book Club

3:30-4:30 The Livery in Norwood

11:30 am Naturita Community Library

"The Ties That Bind" 2:00pm – 3:00pm Naturita Community Library

Town of Naturita Board Meeting

Book Signing

7:00pm – 9:00pm 222 E.Main St. • Naturita

"Teasing out the Divine" by Ellen Metrick, 6-7pm Naturita Community Library

Norwood Water Commission 7pm

Town of Norwood Board Meeting 7pm



Creative SpACE


Norwood Sanitation Meeting 7pm 1670 Naturita St. • Norwood








Free Friday Movie 7:00pm – 9:00pm The Livery in Norwood

WEPSNo School PLC Meeting


Nucla Naturita Area Food Bank Hand-outs Card Class with Ginger 4:00pm Chamber of Commerce 1-3pm TLC Building Meeting Naturita Community Library Drama at the Library 7-8pm 3:30-5:30pm Outdoor Story Concert 425 Main St • Naturita

P &Z Commission Meeting

WEPS Board Meeting

Naturita Community Library

7:30-10:30pm Nucla High School Library

Writers Workshop

Abundant Life

Poetry Month with Ruth Duffy 6:30-8pm Naturita Community Library

Food Bank 1:00 – 3:00 pm


Creative SpACE 3:30-4:30 The Livery in Norwood

Town of Naturita Board Meeting

25 Storytime in the Park

Free Friday Movie 7:00pm – 9:00pm The Livery in Norwood


Abundant Life Food Bank 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Drama at the Library

Crafters Coop

Town of Nucla Board Meeting 7-9:00pm

10am – 6pm Sweet Pea Bldg. 475 Main St. • Nucla


Poetry Slam




6:30pm – 9:00pm Naturita Community Library

7-10:00pm The Livery in Norwood

Free Friday Movie

Crafters Coop


7:00pm – 9:00pm The Livery in Norwood

10am – 6pm Sweet Pea Bldg. 475 Main St. • Nucla

Crafters Coop

Rimrocker Historical Society

10am – 6pm Sweet Pea Bldg. 475 Main St. • Nucla

320 E. Main • Nucla 1

Earth Day!

5-7pm Naturita Community Library

(bring sack lunch) 11:00 am Naturita Community Library 3:30-5:30pm Naturita Community Library

7:00pm – 9:00pm 222 E.Main St. • Naturita


Full Moon

11:30 am Naturita Community Library

3:30-4:30 The Livery in Norwood


Idea Cafe 6:30pm – 8:30pm The Livery in Norwood

Food Bank 1:00 – 3:00 pm

5:00pm – 7:00pm Naturita Community Library

7:00pm 1670 Naturita St. • Norwood


Easter Sunday

7:00pm – 9:00pm The Livery in Norwood


make handmade books 3:30pm Naturita Community Library

Abundant Life

1670 Naturita St. • Norwood 1670 Naturita St. • Norwood

Ladies Night Out

Crafty Teens


Free Friday Movie

Abundant Life

Talking Gourd



Crafters Coop

10am – 6pm Sweet Pea Bldg. 475 Main St. • Nucla

hosts a guided tour of Dry Creek Basin 4


To include your calendar item in this free listing, email your information to: or call 970 859-7207. Deadline is the 16th of every month.



Nonprofit Directory - Serving the West End Montrose, CO 81401 970-240-8655 Provides a safe non-threatening child friendly environment for interviewing child victims, assessments and referrals.

Family Link Center

Ace of Norwood Located in the Livery Playhouse Norwood, CO 970-327-4016 Furthering opportunity for the arts and education to the communities of the west ends of San Miguel and Montrose counties.

All Points Transit 100 Tessitore Court, Suite D Montrose, CO 81401 970-249-6204

PO Box 602 165 W. 10th Ave Nucla, CO 81424 970-864-2245 Our mission is to give the people of our community a helping hand by providing resources, tools and strategies to strengthen families and individuals.

Montrose County HHS 851 Main Street Nucla, CO 81424 970-864-7319 Child Care Assistance, Medicaid, food stamps, general assistance, Child Protective Services, and many other public services.

Montrose County Housing Authority Alpine Hospice 924 Spring Creek Rd. Ste C. Montrose CO 81403 249-2500

222 Hap Court Olathe, CO 81425 970-323-5445 Assisting with housing for eligible individuals, families and seniors meeting income guidelines.

Area Agency on Aging 300 N. Cascade Avenue, Suite 1 Montrose, CO 81401 970-249-2436 Providing valuable services and information for senior populations.

Basin Clinic 421 Adams Street Naturita, CO 81424 970-865-2665 Division of Montrose Memorial Hospital. Offers general practice medical treatment.

Montrose County Veterans Services 1845 South Townsend Avenue Montrose, CO 81401 970-249-2115 Health Care, Compensation or Pension, Education or Training. Home Loan Guaranty, Life Insurance, Burial and Memorial Benefits, Service Connected Disability, Copies of DD214

Montrose West Recreation, Inc PO Box 281 Nucla, CO 81424 970-428-7880

Center for Independence 1-800-613-2271 Helping people with disabilities.

Center for Mental Health 1350 Aspen Street #B Norwood, CO 81423 970-327-4449 Offering comprehensive mental health services 8 am to 5 pm Monday - Friday.

Dolphin House - 7th Judicial Child Advocacy Center 735 South 1st Street

Naturita Community Library 107 West 1st Avenue Naturita, CO 81422 970-865-2848 2011 Best Small Library in America Thousands of pieces of reference materials, public computers and community programming.

Norwood Chamber of Commerce PO Box 116 Norwood, CO 81423 800-282-5988 Education and assistance for businesses and organizations.

Norwood Public Library

San Miguel Resource Center

1110 Lucerne Street Norwood, CO 81423 970-327-4833 Open 11 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday.

Free and Confidential Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Safe Housing Crisis Center - 24 hour Hotlines: 970-864-2275 - 970-327-0566 - 970-728-5660

Nucla Naturita Area Chamber of Commerce 230 West Main Street Naturita, CO 81422 970-865-2350 Serving the Bedrock, Naturita, Nucla, Paradox and Redvale communities.

Nucla Naturita Food Bank PO Box 163 Nucla, CO 81424 970-864-7680 Providing Food Box hand outs every 3rd Friday of every month from 4-5pm at the TLC Bldg 440 W. Main St. Naturita

Nucla Public Library 544 Main Street Nucla, CO 81422 970-864-2166 Thousands of pieces of reference materials, public computers and community programming.

One-to-One Mentoring (970)-327-4410 Matching youth with mentors in the Norwood area. Accepting new mentors. Call the above number for more details.

PASCO/SW, Inc. 45 S. Washington Cortez, CO 81321 970-565-6833

Rimrocker Historical Society PO Box 913 Nucla, CO 81424 Charged with collecting and preserving artifacts concerning the cultural and natural history of the West End of Montrose County. Dedicated to promoting awareness, understanding appreciation of the past and present.

San Miguel County HHS 1120 Summit Street Norwood, CO 81423 (970) 327-4885 Family Planning, Immunizations, Food Benefits, Medicaid, Child Care Assistance, County Wellness Program, Heat bill payment assistance (LEAP). All services are confidential and provided on a sliding scale base.

Small Business Development Center Western State College of Colorado 600 North Adams Street Taylor Hall 112 970-943-3159 Providing free, confidential business consulting services including legal formation, loan applications, marketing, business planning and access to capital.

Spruce and Columbine Garden Club PO Box 912 Nucla, Colorado 81424 970-864-7422 Promoting and organizing beautifications projects in our area as well as other community projects in the West End.

Uncompahgre Medical Center 1350 Aspen Street Norwood, CO 81423 970-327-4233 Committed to providing quality, cost effective, accessible healthcare. Services include general healthcare, dental care and special programs with a focus on prevention.

West Montrose Economic & Community Development Organization Encouraging community collaboration for the betterment of our region.

Volunteers of America - Senior CommUnity Meals 11407 Highway 65 Eckert, CO 81418 970-874-7662

Wright Stuff Community Foundation 1215 Summit Street Norwood, CO 81423 970-327-0555 Providing early and continuing educational opportunities to rural youth and families in southwest Colorado.

To include your nonprofit or organization in this free listing, email your information to: or call 970 859-7207. Deadline is the 16th of every month.

Spring Gardening Checklist Yvette Henson • Colorado State University Cooperative Extension • • Reprinted with permission • All rights reserved

General • Plan any new beds, what you want to plant and when • Order Seeds- the earlier you order seeds the better your selection will be • Build new beds and structures • Put plastic on greenhouses and cold frames before the winds arrive in full force! • Organize and inventory supplies and tools • Clean and sharpen tools • Check any old chemicals you might have. Before you discard, check with your county or city waste management office for guidance on recycling or disposing of any hazardous chemicals • Have soil tested • Weed out any annual and perennial weeds as soon as you see them! • Clean garden beds when soil thaws and danger of hard frosts are over (light frosts are okay) • Deep-water new plantings • Resist the tendency to over-water established plantings in spring. Water only if the soil is dry at a depth of 8-12” • Clean out gutters, last year’s outdoor containers, etc. • Turn on and inspect irrigation system. Make any necessary repairs and adjustments • Turn compost pile! • Clean birdhouses, feeders and birdbaths or add new ones

Trees and Shrubs • Prune fruit trees before bud break • Prune summerflowering shrubs

but wait till after bloom to prune spring-flowering shrubs • Apply horticultural oil sprays to deciduous trees before bud break to control aphids, scale insects and mites • Plant deciduous trees (especially bare-root) before bud break and as soon as soil can be worked • Remove trunk wrap and/or hardware cloth that was applied last fall to prevent sunscald or vole damage

Perennials, Annuals and Bulbs • Divide and transplant perennials as soon as soil can be worked • After threat of hard frost is over, cut back any of last year’s perennial growth that you left as winter protection • Start flower plants from seed. • Grow out under lights or in a sunny window (southern exposure) or cold frame • Harden off seedlings before planting outside • After your last frost, plant newly purchased perennials, annuals and summer and fall blooming bulbs • Once your bulbs come up, make a list or map of any bare or boring areas. In the fall, you can refer to your notes and order the bulbs that you need.

Vegetables • Start vegetable plants from seed • Grow out under lights or in a sunny window (southern

exposure) or cold frame • Incorporate fall planted cover crop into soil 2 weeks to 1 month prior to planting • Plant spring and summer cover crops • Incorporate any manure added to the top of the soil last fall or newly added vegetable compost • Do NOT apply fresh manure this spring! • Avoid tilling soil unless absolutely necessary to prevent break down of soil structure • Add any needed trellising or plant supports to the garden • Harden off seedlings before planting outside on recommended dates • 2-6 weeks (depending on vegetable) before last frost, plant and mulch hardened-off cool season vegetable seedlings • Provide any necessary frost protection on nights with late frosts • After your last frost, plant and mulch warm season vegetables

Lawn • Aerate (1”-3” deep core holes) • Fertilize with a combo of fast and slow release nitrogen • Over-seed any bare areas with grass seed • Apply pre-emergent herbicide to prevent annual grassy weeds from germinating (don’t do this if you over-seed) • Mow to 2” as soon as needed. (Don’t remove more than 1/3 This Informational Handout was written by Yvette Henson, Extension Director and Agriculture, Natural Resources and Horticulture Agent for San Miguel Basin. For other Fact Sheets or information on growing at high altitude, come by our office at 1120 Summit Street (across from the Fair Grounds) in Norwood, call 327-4393, email or or visit our website at Colorado State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Colorado counties cooperating. Extension programs are available to all without discrimination.

The Community Catalyst April 2012  

The Community Catalyst April 2012 edition. A publication for the west end of Montrose County in Colorado.