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Montezuma County Offices
109 W. Main St., Room 102
Cortez, CO  80321-3155
(970) 565-3123
(970) 564-8615 (fax)



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Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. MST
Closed holidays

County Extension Director, Agriculture,
4-H, Natural Resources
Tom Hooten

4-H Program Coordinator
Andrea Jeter

Administrative Assistant
Cheryl Young


Family & Consumer Sciences

Our Programs


Strong Women, Strong Bones

Osteoporosis is of great concern to many pre and post menopausal women. Women and men start to lose bone in their late thirties or early forties. Women typically loose .5 to 1 percent of their bone each year, where as men lose about .3 percent. The Strong Women, Strong Bones program helps individuals learn how they can slow bone loss through strength training, and good nutrition. To find out when a class is scheduled, contact Montezuma County Extension at 565-3123.

Second Time Around, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

A growing social trend across the United States and in our very own community is grandparents taking over the responsibility of raising their grandchildren. "The Second Time Around, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren" series of workshops provides grandparents information and materials on the grandparent in role of parent, promoting personal well-being, refining parenting skills, building relationships, working with school and community, managing finances, exploring legal issues and plans for the future. To find out when a class is scheduled, contact Montezuma County Extension at 565-3123.

Canner Gauge Test

When using a pressure canner, it is very important that the gauge is reading accurately to ensure food safety. At sea level non-acid foods (vegetables and meats) are pressured at 10 pounds of pressure. For high altitudes the pressure must be increased by ½ pound per 1,000 feet above sea level in order to reach an internal temperature of 240 degrees Fahrenheit. This is the temperature that kills harmful bacteria. Pressure canner gauges can be tested by phoning Montezuma County Extension at 565-3123 to set up an appointment. This is a free service.

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