Bill Radford

Country Life columnist and production editor

Bill Radford and his wife live in eastern El Paso County with a menagerie that includes a horse, mule, goats, rabbits and chickens.
  • The Country Life: County parks offer watery reminder of Midwest

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    I was raised in the Midwest - a land of lakes, rivers and creeks - so I'm always excited to find an oasis on the Colorado prairie. At times, those discoveries have come courtesy of El Paso County's parks system. Last summer, I stumbled upon Homestead Ranch Regional Park, a 450-acre...

  • The Country Life: Why 'city folks just don't get it'

    Updated: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    When I first saw commercials for, I had two questions: Was this a joke? And, if not, could there possibly be enough lonely farmers to make it work? It's not a joke. And as celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, its membership has grown to more than...

  • The Country Life: A case of canine sibling rivalry

    Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    Blue and Hank, our ranch dogs, were best buddies - wrestling each other, chasing the ball together, cuddling up on the couch. Then something changed. The first fight came in the middle of the night; my wife, Margaret, and I, awakened by a cacophony of barking and growling, ran to...

  • Blog: Looking for romance from the seat of a tractor

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    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...

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