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Community Agriculture Alliance: Listening to the needs of our community
Last July, Yampa Valley Land Trust developed a comprehensive survey to better understand our community's evolving needs and how land conservation can continue to improve the quality of life we enjoy here. The survey was sent to more than 300 donors, landowners, partners and community […]
Published: January 17, 2019


Tales from the Tread: Taste the history of Routt County
"…the most treasured things passed down from generation to generation are the family recipes." ― Robert St. John Take a culinary journey through the past with the Tread of Pioneers Museum in the tasty three-part series, "A Taste of History." We invite you to savor the […]
Published: January 15, 2019


What is the Northwest Colorado Food Coalition?
Did you know there is a group that meets quarterly to discuss food related issues? You're welcome to join us. The Northwest Colorado Food Coalition is an open community group that meet quarterly to work on, discuss and share information about food. The group includes […]
Published: January 13, 2019


Community Agriculture Alliance: Taylor Grazing Act and Routt County Range Improvement Fund
In June 1934, Hayden area attorney, homesteader and cattleman Farrington Carpenter became instrumental in the process that changed livestock grazing in the West from a frontier free-for-all to a system of managed grazing on public lands. Carpenter and his good friend Congressman Ed Taylor, of Colorado, […]
Published: January 10, 2019


Kelly Northcutt: Pinning elk population decline on trails in narrow minded
I am writing in response to the letter to the editor regarding "Retracting the Mad Rabbit Trails project.” It is important to look at this issue from a much bigger mindset, rather than blaming trails. As Larry Desjardin’s referenced article mentioned, “We all know what […]
Published: January 10, 2019


Yampa Valley Sustainability Council awards honor achievements, old and new
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Yampa Valley Sustainability Council handed out six awards Wednesday to community members who contributed to local sustainability in 2018. Among the recipients were Marsha Daughenbaugh, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award for decades of environmental work in Routt County, as well […]
Published: January 9, 2019


Community Agriculture Alliance: Mitigation erosion on Elkhead Creek
Elkhead Creek is a large tributary to the Yampa River upstream from Craig, and its adjacent valley floor has been used for grazing and hay production since the late 19th century. Over the last several decades, due to various factors, Elkhead Creek has transitioned from a […]
Published: January 3, 2019


Community Agriculture Alliance: The climate is in our hands
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — With the release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report in October and the National Climate Assessment in November, it's been a deluge of depressing information on the impacts of climate change on the global economy, human welfare and the environment. […]
Published: December 27, 2018


Community Agricultural Alliance: Personal Water Conservation
The dry summer of 2018 alarmed many people in Northwest Colorado. Thousands of acres burned in areas all around, as fire crews gathered to fight and suppress fires. Kremmling area ranchers were evacuated several times as the Silver Creek Fire blew up. Even the Run […]
Published: December 20, 2018


Community Agriculture Alliance: All I want for Christmas
This time of year so much is focused on that special gift one desires. For many, the simple truth is that what they desire is access to good, nutritious food. Food security and justice have always been core values for me and a basic right. In […]
Published: December 13, 2018


Community Agriculture Alliance: Connection between environmental education, water
The Yampatika team has had a busy and fun time of late in teaching programs to second- and third-graders about the different land forms in the Yampa Valley through Yampatika's Environmental Literacy Program. A vital element in understanding how land forms were created and shaped, is […]
Published: December 1, 2018


Community Agriculture Alliance: Weeds in hay — a cautionary tale
The Steamboat Pilot and Today has told the tale of leafy spurge and its impact on the Yampa Valley. Now spreading from an area just west of Hayden down to the Utah state line, this invasive plant spreads quickly and is challenging, at best, to get […]
Published: November 15, 2018


Community Agriculture Alliance: Sustainable beef
Today, many of us are thinking about ways to make our lifestyle as sustainable as possible. What does it mean to be sustainable when the subject is beef and raising cattle? Can the ranching industry, a vital part of life in the Yampa Valley for […]
Published: November 8, 2018


Community Agriculture Alliance: 2014 Farm Bill expires, adding to uncertainty
The Agriculture Act of 2014 — also called the 2014 Farm Bill — expired at midnight Oct. 1, but the conference committee, made up of 57 members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, remains squarely focused on getting a bill passed before the […]
Published: November 1, 2018


Community Agriculture Alliance: Seasonal eating
It's almost November, and we've already seen the first snowfall and hard frost of the fall, meaning no more outdoor tomatoes, peas or lettuce from our high-country farms. There are, however, numerous crops that are abundant this time of year: broccoli, romanesco, kale, radicchio, winter […]
Published: October 25, 2018


Community Agriculture Alliance: Lost crop of Routt County
The next time you drive Colorado Highway 131 south from Yampa toward Toponas, imagine the valley covered in fields of neatly planted lettuce. It's difficult to picture now but nearly 100 years ago, Egeria Park — the high valley that extends from Toponas to Phippsburg […]
Published: October 19, 2018


Community Agriculture Alliance: Land conservation promotes water security in Northwest Colorado
Despite the recent surge of wet weather, Colorado is currently on track to have the fourth-driest year on record since the state began measuring water levels in the 1890s. This news likely does not come as a surprise to anyone who has seen the thirsty, […]
Published: October 11, 2018


Community Agriculture Alliance: Preparing for fall
In the Yampa Valley, the changing of the leaves and first frosts signal the time for all agriculture producers to prepare for winter. For the traditional or production agriculturists, this means taking stock of all that the summer has provided and what needs to be done […]
Published: October 4, 2018


Community Agriculture Alliance: Food talk and what is a Yampavore?
What does farm to table mean to you?  What is fresh, organic or natural food?  How far away can food come from and still be local?  All good questions and not easily answered in our global food economy.  Food marketing is a huge industry and […]
Published: September 27, 2018


Scenes of the golden Yampa Valley attract over 60 Plein Air artists to Steamboat
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Just in time for the golden hue to cast its glow on the Yampa Valley, 60 Plein Air artists from across the country will convene to capture the mesmerizing scenes. Rain or shine, the Steamboat Art Museum will host its annual Plein Air […]
Published: September 21, 2018