Bill Radford

Country Life columnist

Bill Radford and his wife live in eastern El Paso County with a menagerie that includes a horse, mule, goats, rabbits and chickens.
  • Blog: Looking for romance from the seat of a tractor

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    I talked this week with Jerry Miller, founder of; the dating website is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. He started the site after hearing the plight of a divorced woman and others who,living in their small communities and working long hours on their farms,...

  • The Country Life: Washed-out road a reminder of record rains

    Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Hey, remember May? You know, Colorado Springs' wettest month on record? With summer blazing, last month is a soggy memory for many. But for residents along a stretch of Jones Road in eastern El Paso County, a gaping wound in the roadway is an ongoing reminder of Mother Nature's fury....

  • The Country Life: Can Colorado avoid outbreak of avian flu?

    Published: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    Are you keeping your chickens safe? An outbreak of avian flu that started in December has spread to poultry flocks in 15 states. The impact has been devastating: More than 46 million chickens and turkeys in the U.S. have been killed by the virus or destroyed to prevent its spread. As...

  • The Country Life: Where there's a well, there's a way to get water - hopefully

    Published: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    When a well was drilled for a neighbor's new home recently, it was another "straw" dipping into the water beneath our feet. There's a lot of such straws in the area. An estimated 27,000 homes - about 67,500 residents - are served by private water wells in El Paso County. That's about...

  • The Country Life: Passion for flying means living at the airport

    Updated: Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    Dave Elliott recently retired from Frontier Airlines, ending 13 years as an airline pilot. During 40 years of flying, he also served in the Coast Guard, flew corporate planes and taught at the Air Force Academy. So what's he looking forward to in his retirement? More flying, of...

  • The Country Life: In the egg business

    Updated: Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    We're in the egg business! With the long days, our six hens have been very productive, resulting in more eggs than we can eat. (Unless we want to have eggs every meal.) So my wife took in a few cartons to her workplace to give away or sell and was stopped by a curious co-worker who...

  • The Country Life: Springtime is shearing time at Colorado Springs-area alpaca farm

    Updated: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    Her morning included a pedicure, but for Zadie it was no day at the spa. Zadie is one of about 100 alpacas at Wild Hair Alpacas in Black Forest; the owners, Peter and Barbara Ziek, have been raising alpacas for about 15 years. Alpacas are native to South America and are, along with...

  • The Country Life: Treating horses and cows and emus, oh my!

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    Variety is the name of the game at Airway Veterinary Hospital on the east side of Colorado Springs. There are vets who treat cats and dogs, along with other smaller pets. There are vets whose practices center on cattle, horses and other livestock. And there are vets who focus on...

  • The Country Life: Remembering 70-plus years down on the farm

    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    I've lived the country life for only a couple of years. Bernice Steinmetz has me beat by seven decades. Steinmetz grew up on a farm - two farms actually - in Colorado. She then spent more than 50 years on farms in western Kansas, married to a farmer/rancher. These days,...

  • Blog: Chicken coop tour is this weekend

    Updated: Fri, May 15, 2015

    The sixth annual Take a Peak Chicken Coop Tour is Saturday and Sunday. So if you’re thinking of raising chickens, or have chickens but want to see what other owners are doing, here’s a chance to combine some fun with education. For details, go to Printed...

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