To catch a thief: $4k reward offered

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun A $4,000 reward is being offered in hopes of recovering $30,000 in tools that are missing from the Route 66 Ethanol plant, said Brian Wink, project supervisor at the plant. Wink said his job trailer and tools were taken sometime between 6 p.m. April 4 and 8 a.m. April [...]

Ethanol plant to start up in April

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By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun The crowded jumble of new and used pipes and metal parts on the grounds of the Route 66 Ethanol plant are starting to find their place. Crane operators, men on aerial lifts, welders and other workers are to create, by April, a series of pipelines, cookers, fermentation tanks and [...]

January’s to-do list for gardeners

By Tom Dominguez In preparation for your spring garden, here’s a checklist for January. l The life of the flowering pot plant received as a Christmas gift can be prolonged with proper care. Keep the plant out of range of heating ducts and away from heating units. Keep in a cool room at night, preferably [...]

Yard and Garden: Taking care of your live Christmas tree

By Tom Dominguez The boughs of holly have been used to deck the halls, and sprigs of mistletoe hang over every door, but the one plant that Christmas would not be complete without has yet to be brought in — the Christmas tree. The kids are anxious; they want to decorate the tree NOW! But [...]

Yard and Garden: Pointsettias

By Tom Dominguez History of the Poinsetta Native to Mexico, the poinsettia originated in a region near the present-day city of Taxco. Joel Robert Poinsett, a Southern plantation owner and botanist, was appointed the first United States Ambassador to Mexico (1825-1829). While visiting Taxco, he was struck by the beauty of the brilliant red plants [...]

Yard and Garden: Mulch insulates soil for winter temperatures

By Tom Dominguez Mulches The single most timesaving practice for any gardener is using mulch around garden plants. Mulching goes hand in hand with planting – in fall or any other time of the year. You can buy various types of mulch or use leaves (chopped, shredded, or composted) or other garden material you already [...]

Yard and Garden: Winter check list

By Tom Dominguez Now that there are fewer garden chores, take time to browse gardening catalogs or search the Internet for those hard-to-find favorites. Place orders for seeds this month so you will have them available when you are ready to plant. By ordering early, you will be more certain of getting the varieties you [...]

Tips to keep pests away from plants

By Tom Dominguez If you don’t like bugs, weeds and other pests taking over your yard, follow these quick tips to a happier and healthier landscape. Pick the right plant The one most important decision you will ever make is to select plants that are well adapted to the area. Some plants have more pests [...]

How to prevent plant yellowing

By Tom Dominguez Yellow plants? If you have trees, shrubs, flowering plants or lawns that are persistently yellow, it could be an iron deficiency. Iron deficiencies are caused by high soil pH, too much water, root or trunk damage, poorly adapted plants or excess soil nutrients such as phosphorous. Iron deficiencies are identified by yellowing [...]

Ag/Garden Notes

A grasshopper management workshop will be offered for farmers, gardeners and others seeking information about prevention and suppression of grasshoppers. The state office of the Plant Protection and Quarantine Branch of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service will conduct the workshop. It will cover risk management and practical approaches with grasshopper outbreak prevention, intervention [...]