4-H Afterschool Programs! Yay! Starting in February- we will have monthly afterschool 4-H
programs focused on different topics each month!
If you have an idea you would like to see turned into a 4-H
Program let us know!
Sign up will be limited to the first 8 4-H’ers!
Call now to reserve your space! The cost is $5.00 per class!
Meeker- Wednesday, February 13th 2:30-4:30pm
Rangely- Friday, February 15h 2:30-4:30pm
Meeker- Wednesday, February 27th 2:30-4:30pm
Rangely- Friday, February 22nd 2:30-4:30pm
Break Your Own Geodes Meeker- Wednesday, March 13th 2:30-4:30pm
Rangely- Friday, March 8th 2:30-4:30pm
Oceans, Sharks, & Whales Meeker- Wednesday, March 27th 2:30-4:30pm
Rangely- Friday, March 22nd 2:30-4:30pm
Engineering Roller Coasters Meeker- Wednesday, April 3rd 2:30-4:30pm
Rangely- Friday, April 12th 2:30-4:30pm
Toys in Space
Meeker- Wednesday, April 17th 2:30-4:30pm
Rangely- Friday, April 26th 2:30-4:30pm
Colorado State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Rio Blanco County cooperating. Cooperative Extension programs are available to all without discrimination.
Butter Braids & Boomerangs! Sales will begin February 19th and run through March 6th! We will have
sales information ready for you in the next week! Stop by and start
selling! Every Butter Braid or Boomerang you sell earns you $5.00 towards
your personal 4-H Credits!
Council Meetings Each and every 4-H member is a Council Member, all you need to do is attend Council
Meetings to join in on the fun!
Rangely is first Tuesday of the month
Meeker Council is the first Wednesday of the Month **unless noted otherwise!
Upcoming Council Meeting Dates: Rangely Council ~ Tuesday, February 5th @ 5:30pm
Council Sledding Party February 8th from 1:00-3:00pm
Meeker Council ~ Wednesday February 6th @ 5:30pm
2:45pm - Meeker Sledding Party followed by
3:45pm - Chili Dinner &Valentines Crafting with Derek
5:30pm - Council Meeting
**FYI- 4-H’s insurance carrier, American Life Insurance, does not cover injuries sustained
New Member Orientations
Rangely- Tuesday, March 5th @ 5:00pm (runs concurrently with First Year Livestock
Meeker- Tuesday, March 12th @ 5:30pm (runs concurrently with First Year Livestock
Scholarships available for High school Senior 4-H’ers!
High School Seniors- consider applying for the RBC 4-H Foundation Scholarship and
the RBC 4-H Scholarship. For more information on other scholarships, stop by the
Office and we will get you what you need! **The 4-H Foundation & RBC Extension
Office Scholarships are due March 1st, 2013.
Weigh-In & Feeder Shows
The Rio Blanco County Fair Board has voted to have all market animals participate in Fair animal
nominations in order to be eligible for the County Fair. If you are not able to attend on the dates
listed, please call Bill to discuss an alternative date.
Meeker Beef Weigh-In & Feeder Show
Sunday, February 24th at 10:00am
Rangely Beef Weigh-In
Tuesday, February 26th from 4:00-7:00pm
Meeker Swine Weigh-In
Tuesday, May 7th from 4:00-7:00pm
Meeker Sheep/Goat Weigh-In
Wednesday, May 8th from 4:00-7:00pm
Rangely All Animal Weigh-In
Thursday, May 9th from 4:00-7:00pm
Rangely Swine/Sheep/Goat Weigh-In & Feeder Show
Saturday, May 11th from 9:00am-11:00am, Feeder Show will follow directly after lunch
First/Second Year Livestock Parent Orientation
Rangely- Tuesday, March 5th @ 5:00pm (runs with New Member Orientation Meeting)
Meeker- Tuesday, March 12th @ 5:30pm (runs with New Member Orientation Meeting)
Bill Ekstrom will be conducting an orientation for all new Livestock parents in March/April. The purpose
of this meeting will be to discuss the purpose and values of youth raising livestock projects, create
balanced rations and nutrition programs, answer questions and help parents get off on the right start!
1st Meat Quality Assurance Trainings
Meeker- Wednesday, February 6th @ 6:30pm (following the Council Meeting)
Rangely- Tuesday, February 5th @ 6:30pm (following the Council Meeting)
You Must Attend A MQA Workshop:
1. First year in a livestock project
2. All first year as Senior Members
Public confidence in our meat products is extremely important to the success of the livestock
industry. Youth livestock projects play an important role in building or losing the trust of our
consumers. It is important that youth livestock exhibitors exceed the standard in producing
quality, defect-free livestock for our consumers.
As the new 4-H year begins, you need to be re-enrolled in 4-H to be considered a member in good
standing before you can participate in ANY 4-H activity (meetings, trips, events, ect.).
New Enrollees: If this will be your first year in 4-H and you have never been in 4-H before, you
will need to go to Colorado.4honline.com and select “I need to setup a profile” and follow the
Re-Enrollees: If you have participated in the Rio Blanco County 4-H program prior to this year,
you will need to go to Colorado.4honline.com:
Select “I forgot my password”
Enter the email address you provided the Extension Office for enrollment last year.
Check your e-mail, a password from 4honlione will be sent to that email address.
Enter the password provided to you by 4HOnline, where you will be prompted to create a
**If you have forgotten the email address you used, please call the Extension Office at
Input Your Family and Members Information:
Once you are in the Colorado.4honline.com program, you will then follow the step-by-step
Please make sure all required information and electronic signature fields are completed.
There may be certain circumstances where the system will ask you to print out, complete,
and send/bring the form in to the Extension Office.
Literature: If you are new to the 4-H program, you will most likely need to request the required
literature for your project(s), unless you have another sibling or family member that has been
involved in the same project(s) prior to you and already has the literature.
If you are not new to the 4-H program, and are signing up for the same project(s) as prior
year(s), you have already received the required literature for your project(s), excl. cake
Enrollment is not complete and youth, leaders, and volunteers are not active until all forms
are signed, received, reviewed, and accepted. Enrollment for youth is also not complete and
they are not active until the $20 Enrollment Fee + Curriculum Cost has been received in the
Extension Office. Please send/bring your enrollment fee in as soon as possible to be an active 4-
Please don’t hesitate to call or e-mail if you have any questions on enrollment.
Call us at 970-878-9490!
Colorado State University Extension 4-H programs are available to all without
We All Scream, “Ice Cream!”
What are states of matter? What does ice cream have to do with
states of matter?
1 gallon zip-lock bag
2, 1-quart zip-lock bags
Half & Half
Crushed ice (or snow!)
Add your favorite flavors like mint extract and mini-chocolate chips or fresh strawberries
Throw away the bags
freeze: changing state of
matter from a liquid to a solid
gas: matter’s atoms moving so
quickly that they will spread apart and fill the entire
liquid: matter’s atoms moving
faster than solid matter but slower than gas matter and will
fill the bottom of the container.
melt: changing state of matter
from a solid to a liquid
solid: matter’s atoms moving
slower than liquid and
maintains a definite shape
within a container.
Connecting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math concepts to our everyday lives.
How does it work and what does the salt do?
Solids, liquids and gases are the three most common states of
matter on Earth. Matter is made from atoms. The faster the atoms
vibrate, solid matter melts to a liquid, and as the atoms vibrate more,
evaporates to a gas. As the atoms slow down, the gas matter
condenses to a liquid, and as they slow down even more, freeze to a
Water is very common on Earth, and we know that it freezes at
32°F and boils (and also evaporates in to water vapor) at 212°F.
During winter, we can sprinkle salt on our sidewalks, and the snow
and ice will melt—unless it is really cold. That happens because salt
changes the temperature that water freezes to below 32°F. For
example, out in the open ocean, the salt water will freeze at 28°F, or 4
degrees colder than freezing point of water.
When we use salty ice to make ice cream, some of the ice melts,
and it gets the heat to melt from the cream, making the cream colder
until it freezes.
1. Fill the gallon zip-lock bag half full with crushed ice.
2. Add 1/2 cup of rock salt to the ice. Seal the plastic bag and wrap it
in a towel. Shake the ice and salt for five minutes. The
temperature of the rock salt and ice mixture gets down to about
14 degrees F (-10 degrees C)!
3. Add the following ingredients to the 1 quart-zip-lock bag and shake
1/2 cup of half & half
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4. Zip the lock closed, and just before you finish the seal, try to
squeeze out as much of the air in the bag as you can. Double
check that your 1 quart zip-lock bag is completely sealed. Seal
tightly, allowing as little air to remain in the bag as possible.
5. Place this bag inside the other quart zip-lock bag, and as you zip the
second bag closed, remove as much air as you can. Double check
6. Place the two bags inside the gallon zip-locked bag with the ice and
seal the bag. Wrap the bag in the towel again. Shake, rock, roll,
and mix that can! Your ice cream should be ready after about 15-
Meet Extension Agent
Deb Alpe, the Extension
Agent and County Director in
Jackson County offers a variety
of programs in natural
resources, ag, family consumer
science and especially 4-H! She
has a B.S. and M.A. in Sociology
from Northern Arizona
University in Flagstaff, AZ where
her academic emphasis was
natural resources and rural
sociology. Sociologists love to
observe people and groups in
different environments to
understand how they work
together to make a society tick.
After college, Deb did a stint
with AmeriCorps and became
the Executive Director of the
YWCA of the Palouse in
Moscow, Idaho, operating a
homeless shelter, food bank,
and a hugely successful thrift
store to support the program.
Deb’s passion is and always
has been working with people
to improve the quality of life in
their communities. Early on,
Deb and her husband Mike lived
in Jackson County where they
horse logged and worked in a
small lumber mill. They raised
three kids…now adults…Alyssa,
Aaron and Jared and enjoy
living and playing in the remote
mountain community of
Deb began her Extension
career in 1996 as the Family and
Consumer Science/4-H Youth
Development agent in Routt
County where she worked for 8
years before moving over the
mountain and back to Jackson
County in 2004. Deb especially
enjoys expanding the horizons
of her 4-H members by
encouraging them to participate
in District, State and National 4-
H events. She believes 4-Hers
learn more if they are having
fun with friends!
EXPLORE IT - DESIGN IT - DO IT
Did You Know?
In 1846, Nancy Johnson invented
the hand-cranked ice cream churn
and ice cream surged in
popularity. Then, in 1904, ice
cream cones were invented at the
St. Louis World Exposition. An
ice cream vendor ran out of dishes
and improvised by rolling up
some waffles to make cones!!
This activity is used with permission by the
author, Steve Spangler http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/experi
Contact us at:
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Meeker, CO 81641 Rangely, CO 81648
Phone: 878-9490 Phone: 878-9495
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MEEKER, CO 81641-0270
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