Bill Radford

Business Editor

  • The Country Life: Sometimes life in the country is for the birds

    Published: Tue, Jan 6, 2015

    When we lived in the city, we had about 3/4 of an acre, much of that tree-covered. With the trees and our fish pond, we had no trouble attracting an abundance of birds; in the summer, we sometimes had to close the windows because the predawn chatter of the birds was so loud. Out in...

  • The Country Life: Time for animals to make their New Year's resolutions, too

    Updated: Tue, Dec 30, 2014

    It's just about the new year - and time for many of us to make resolutions we won't keep. This year, I thought it would be interesting to help our animals with their resolutions. Nikki the horse I resolve not to pick on Molly the mule. I miss my old horse buddies; they've all...

  • Blog: A desperate search, a Christmas miracle

    Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    So, how many Christmas miracles is one family entitled to? In my Country Life column this week, I recounted a Christmas week search from a couple of years ago for our missing goat; her return resulted in us naming her Christmas. We had another search – longer, more desperate – this...

  • The Country Life: A holiday tale of two goats and a Christmas miracle

    Published: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    Editor's note: This column originally ran last Christmas Eve; we're running it again for readers who may have missed it the first time or would like to read this holiday story anew. This is the story of how Christmas the goat got her name. But to tell the story of Christmas the...

  • The Country Life: All I want for Christmas is ... a barn, a tractor and a chicken gym

    Updated: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    My Christmas wish list has changed a lot since moving to the country. Sure, I still wish for peace on Earth, good will to men (and women), all that. But life in the country also has me dreaming of other things, most of which would require deeper pockets than I have. But that's why...

  • The Country Life: No dirt, no weeds - is aquaponics the future of farming?

    Updated: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    No dirt. No tractors. And no weeds! In a warehouse on the east side of Colorado Springs, Gavin Vitt and his wife, Marshea, have started a business focused on what they see as the future of farming: aquaponics. So I was intrigued when the first thing I saw when I entered the lobby...

  • The Country Life: Helping outside animals survive winter's icy grip

    Updated: Tue, Dec 2, 2014

    The official start of winter is still a few weeks away, but Mother Nature doesn't always pay attention to the calendar - thus the bone-chilling cold that gripped the Pikes Peak region, and much of the nation, last month. Our nighttime temperatures fell below zero, stirring...

  • The Country Life: Turkeys going from Kate's Farm in Black Forest to the dinner table

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    There's fresh - and then there's really fresh. The turkeys that customers ordered from Kate's Farm in Black Forest will be really fresh; they're being processed at a facility in Simla on Tuesday, just two days before they'll be on dinner tables. Their lives have been short - less...

  • Blog: Watching out for the horses

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    The recent case involving more than a dozen dead horses in Black Forest and charges of animal cruelty drew a lot of attention from horse lovers and others. But it’s not the only such case in the area.  A new advocacy group, Horse Advocates of Colorado, has popped up with a...

  • The Country Life: I'm dreaming of an alpaca Christmas

    Updated: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    Looking for something different for holiday gifts this year? I'm thinking of making it a largely alpaca-themed Christmas, with this weekend's ninth annual Alpaca Holiday Extravaganza in Black Forest providing one-stop shopping. There will be a variety of apparel and other products...