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Bill Radford

Business Editor

  • The Country Life: Loading up on hay - and at a lower price

    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    If happiness is a full hay barn, we'll be quite happy very soon. We just picked up 30 bales of alfalfa for our mule and are due to get 100 bales of grass hay for our horse - a year's supply. And what we're really happy about is the price: After years of watching prices jump,...

  • The Country Life: The good and the bad are blooming on Colorado's prairie

    Updated: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    It's another stormy summer evening, and the sky is bruised with forbidding slashes of gray and black. The top of Pikes Peak, far to the west, is shrouded in clouds. But a hole has opened up in the northwest corner of the evening sky, and the last daggers of sunlight are slicing...

  • The Country Life: Finding an oasis in the grasslands near Colorado Springs

    Updated: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    I have pond envy. I grew up in the Midwest, where there was always a nearby creek, lake or river to swim in, fish in, ice skate on or simply just sit by. In my teen years, the Missouri River was a 10-minute stroll away. Bodies of water are not so common in the open grasslands of El...

  • Freedom for one bird, back with the flock for another

    Updated: Mon, Jun 23, 2014

    An update on two bird stories. On the day before Memorial Day, our daughter found a baby horned lark hopping down the middle of the road, no mom or nest in sight. We rescued it and took it to the Ellicott Wildlife Rehabilitation Center the next morning. Well, the baby has grown up in...

  • The Country Life: Dog and chicken don't have to be predator and prey

    Updated: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    The screaming and the shouting began immediately. "No! Timmy, no!" Ryan, my son, was visiting from Denver and had brought his two dogs, Timmy, a dachshund, and Harley, a border collie mix. We had let the dogs out into the side yard, along with our two big dogs. But I hadn't known...

  • The Country Life: Rescuing Colorado's orphaned and injured wildlife

    Updated: Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    "I'll go see if the mice are thawed." That's not something you hear every day. It was Phil Carberry speaking; he was headed into his house to see if a handful of frozen mice were thawed enough to provide breakfast for a couple of young great horned owls. His home is the hub of the...

  • The Country Life: You don't know jack(rabbits)

    Updated: Tue, Jun 3, 2014

    We were walking our dogs, Hank and Blue. As they tugged at their leashes, desperate to race after jackrabbits in a nearby field, my daughter made a keen observation. Jackrabbits, she said, are the squirrels of the country - at least in terms of something for the dogs to chase. It's...

  • More on jacks - rabbits, that is

    Updated: Tue, Jun 3, 2014

    My column on jackrabbits spurred some readers to share their memories. Alan Nanninga, who grew up in the 1930s on a farm in northern Kansas, said he and his brother used to kill jackrabbits and regular rabbits and sell their pelts for a dime each. They kept the rabbit meat for eating;...

  • The Country Life: Massage - it's for horses and dogs, too

    Updated: Tue, May 27, 2014

    Leslie Thomas, a massage therapist, had hit the sweet spot. She was working on Nikki's hamstrings - and Nikki was clearly loving it. "She's really enjoying this," Thomas said. "See how she's pushing into my hand." Nikki is our horse. And Thomas, who attended the Rocky Mountain...

  • All for the birds

    Updated: Tue, May 27, 2014

      Monday was all about the birds. The night before, our daughter had found a baby bird walking down the dirt road near our house. She brought it home and my wife fed it (dog food mashed up into a soup and fed through an eye dropper.) Monday morning we contacted the Ellicott...

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