Gardening and Living in Grand Style
New Extension staff is here to help you…
by Michael Johnson
Utah State University Extension Agent, Grand County
May 16, 2013 | 3196 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Extension is a partnership of federal, state and county governments. Extension’s main offices are usually based at land grant universities in each state, with local offices in most counties throughout the states. Our role is to bring educational programs and information to our communities, but most importantly, to do so using research-based information. After all, if you just wanted an opinion you could get that anywhere – right?

Here in Grand County we always work to help everyone we can and have recently hired two new staff members and I would like to introduce them to you.

Arne Hultquist took on the position of Southeast Colorado River Watershed Coordinator on March 7. In 2011, working with the Utah Division of Water Quality, I obtained grant funds to start this position in Grand County with the expectation that this person will assist the community in better understanding our water issues and work with watershed groups, agencies and local governments, as well as individual land owners.

Arne spent much of his career working with the Utah Division of Water Quality and is well versed in the issues related to this job. As such, he will be a boon to our local watershed group and is available to help other groups and individuals in Grand and San Juan counties. Arne will assist groups and individuals by helping complete watershed management plans and also by helping any of these entities develop projects to improve water quality, as well as helping find sources for funding those projects when possible. So if anyone is looking for help with projects that will improve water quality please contact Arne at

Another new staff member is our staff assistant/4-H coordinator Allison Jarrett, who started April 8. It’s an exciting time as we again have someone with a strong youth and 4-H background to build upon the quality 4-H and youth programming accomplished in the past by Marion Holyoak and our local 4-H volunteers.

As Allison begins her work in the community I know she will be reaching out to individuals who have worked previously with 4-H and will also be looking to find others willing to help us provide positive clubs and activities for our youth. Our summer 4-H program will be starting June 10. We will be providing our local schools with flyers on this program and also placing information in the local papers to notify youth and parents of our club offerings and times to sign up. While the primary focus of Allison’s position is 4-H, she was also hired, due to her knowledge and experience, to assist in developing other programs to be offered by the Extension office in the future.

Thought for the day: “I like to call in sick to work at places where I’ve never held a job. Then when the manager tells me I don’t work there, I tell them I’d like to. But not today, as I’m sick.” —Jarod Kintz

For more information about these topics call the Utah State University Extension Grand County office at 259-7558 or email Mike Johnson at

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