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The Plants of Christmas - Mistletoe

We're entering a special time of year as Christmas approaches. Snow on the ground and a crispness in the air that seems to buzz with excitement and anticipation. The hustle and bustle of shoppers;...

 
 By Mike Heath    News    December 1, 2022 

What Has Happened to the Republican Party?

“The GOP no more. Only varying degrees of Democrats.” Chris Salcedo, Newsmax, Nov 14, 2022 The elections are over and the highly anticipated “Red Tsunami” didn’t happen. Bill Sniffen was right when he called it a “Red Trickle”....

 

We Celebrate Thanksgiving

One of the more important holidays of the year occurs this week...Thanksgiving Day. Started by a proclamation by President George Washington in 1789, this day was intended to be a national day of...

 

Storing and Preserving Potatoes

Now that the harvest is over and the potatoes have all been dug, what do you do with your bounty? This year I harvested 700 pounds of potatoes from 350 plants. When I planted last June I anticipated...

 
 By Mike Heath    News    November 10, 2022

Otto Marquart Honored by the Laramie County Republican Party

The Laramie County Republican Party held its annual Veterans' Appreciation Breakfast on Saturday, November 5th. Each year they select at least one veteran to honor for their service. One of the...

 

Planning Your 2023 Flower Beds

For the last few years nurseries ran out of seeds, shrubs, trees and nearly everything else we need to plant our gardens in the spring. Even more surprising, they ran out early in the season. It...

 

Laramie County is Losing a Gem

Catherine Wissner announced last week that she will be retiring on June 30, 2023. Not only is Laramie County losing a gem but this entire region is losing one of our best resources for horticultural...

 

The Next Great Pumpkin

Move over, Charlie Brown! There's a new great pumpkin in town. And a new state record. Andy Corbin of Cheyenne broke his own state record this year with a mammoth 1,854 pound pumpkin. In 2019, Corbin...

 

Plan Now for Next Year's Vegetables

If you haven't finished your harvest by now I'm sure you're close. I finally got the potatoes in and the garlic planted but I'm leaving the squash on the vines as long as possible. I was nearly six...

 

Hoop Houses and Green Houses

Once the harvest is finished, fall and winter brings our attention to planning for the following year. If your plans include building a hoop house or greenhouse to extend your growing season, this is...

 

That's one big watermelon

I've tried growing watermelons and didn't do well. They were tasty but very small. Really not even large enough for a serving for one person. So when I heard about the giant watermelons Tim and...

 

Foods for a Healthy Body and a Healty Mind

I think that most of us know that good nutrition is vital to our health. But did you also know that eating certain foods can reduce the risk of certain diseases and other health problems? In today's...

 

Xeriscaping Your Yard

I hope the drought we've been in for the past year has brought the importance of water and water conservation to the forefront of everyone's mind. I know farmers and ranchers are reeling from the...

 
 By Mike Heath    News    September 22, 2022

Two Constitutional Amendments on the General Ballot in November

The ballot for the General Election in November will look a little different this year. There will be two Constitutional Amendments that voters need to decide on. It always scares me when the legislature, or Congress for that matter, proposes...

 

Preserving Your Harvest

I harvested my first pinto beans yesterday to try a new baked bean recipe. It was good but not as good as my wife's recipe. That's the best way to use those vegetables you been growing all...

 

Farm to Table Vegetables

In 1985 the Air Force decided to move me from Rapid City, South Dakota to Spokane, Washington. Just a routine assignment as far as the base goes but the experiences outside of work were out of this...

 
 By Mike Heath    News    September 8, 2022

Ranked Choice Voting is Bad for Wyoming

Nobody would disagree that Wyoming is one of the more conservative states in the US. Yet our legislature, in many ways, does not reflect the values of the electorate. Ranked choice voting has been lauded by Democrats and the Left as how Wyoming...

 

Preparing for Winter

Although it's hard to believe, it's September and winter is right around the corner. Today I'm expecting another 90 plus degree day with no rain in sight and low humidity. That we're already dry is...

 

Fall is Coming and So Is Harvest Part 2

This is the first year I've tried potatoes so I'm completely unfamiliar with growing and harvesting. So far, the growing piece of the equation seems to be going well. The plants are about two and a...

 
 By Mike Heath    News    September 1, 2022

Wyoming Legislature Bullies Elected Officials...Again

The Wyoming legislature, specifically Senator Cale Case of Fremont County, is once again trying to influence elections in Wyoming. The voters spoke and Case, among others, didn’t like their choice for Secretary of State. Chuck Gray won the...

 

Fall is Coming: And So is Harvest

Where has the summer gone? It seems like I just planted a few weeks ago and now it's the end of August and harvest is just around the corner. I've been harvesting tomatoes and peppers for the last...

 
 By Mike Heath    News    August 25, 2022

True Leaders can be Divisive

Recently I had a discussion with a friend about President Trump. She commented that she didn’t like Trump because he was “too divisive”. According to her, he didn’t bring people together. Instead, he acted more like a “lightening rod” and...

 

Live Fire Farm to Table

Saturday night I had the unique opportunity to attend the Live Fire Farm to Table event presented by Visit Cheyenne and the Wyoming Department of Tourism and hosted by Rabou Farms north of Albin,...

 
 By Mike Heath    News    August 18, 2022

FBI or is it the KGB

Since the founding of the United States of America our government agencies and departments have remained largely apolitical. That means they haven’t been used by the political party currently in power as a weapon against another political party or...

 

The Sights and Sounds of the 2022 Laramie County Fair

Lowing cows, squealing pigs, bleating sheep, clucking chickens and the delighted screams of kids being squirted with water and jumping in the bounce house fill the air with a cacophony of sound only...

 

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