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Beware: Workers Ahead

Rather: work is ahead. February is all but past and soon farmers will be coming out of the proverbial woodwork—burning ditches, fertilizing, and spraying, as necessary. But will there be water? The heaviest snowfall month is ahead but the mountains are looking bare from below. Sitting on water rights is of no use if there […]

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Caught with our Pants Down

I speak for myself and Texas here, but both parties were ill prepared for the Artic blast we have just experienced. In my case it was on account of pure slothfulness that had a pipe freeze, but fortunately we caught it before anything burst. Our sympathies go out to other souls who were less fortunate. […]

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Valuation of Rural Properties

First-time rural-property buyers are often unaware of the complexities that determine a property’s value. There are three basic methods. The Broker Opinion. This is an opinion of value under current market conditions developed by the broker using all the tools available, not least being experience in the field.  It is not intended for lending purposes. […]

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After the Storm

Mid January already and while the weather storms have been passing us by and leaving us dry, the political equivalent has dumped on us.  Rural activity in the real estate market stalled around the time of the vote counting shenanigans but true to form, people bounce back quickly.  Buyers are like bees in a honey […]

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Planning For The Future

Some things are inevitable. One is that human population pressure on the planet is inexorable and we are feeling it along the front range. Some authorities are beginning to adjust to the circumstances, but a notable exception is Boulder County where the regulations are constantly being revised without any input from the taxpayers. While we […]

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Restaurant Re-invention

Sadly, the Level Red public health order may have a serious impact on restaurants, especially if it becomes a drawn-out process. What, then, can restaurants do to re-invent themselves? While alcohol sales contribute much to the bottom line, perhaps the focus needs to be placed elsewhere in the short term. How about high-quality take outs, […]

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Bedrooms are for People

This movement is getting attention in the City of Boulder, and perhaps in time it will spill over to the county. Boulder County is definitely a place of privilege as a domicile—largely thanks to the long-term vision of the senior Parks and Open Space planning staff over the years. The county certainly is a pleasant […]

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Dog Distractions

Our dogs never cease to amaze us and make us laugh a lot. There is no such thing as a transition from sleep to wake. It is instantaneous.  The younger one greets every day with boundless joy but the elder sage knows we do mundane things like ablute and brush teeth before anything exciting may […]

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By the Stroke of a Pen

2013 brought a calamitous flood, certainly. For many areas it was a one-in-five-hundred-year event. For others it may have been bigger. Since then the creeks and canyons have been cleared of obstacles and re-engineered, presumably now better able to cope with an equivalent event. But on top of that the flood maps have been revised, […]

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Changing of the Guard

Our principle in the office has been selling farms for longer than we would care to admit, and the farmers of yesteryear have all but moved on. The seasoned farmers in the game are now younger than we are but there is a fresh wave of protagonists in the business with new views, techniques and […]

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