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March 2015

Picture Perfect


March 2015


The red fox photo by Stephanie Stuckman of Mancos took second in the Colorado animal category of the magazine’s photo contest.



4 Viewpoint

20 Recipes

5 Letters

21 Gardening

Colorado’s electric co-ops for bill to help them meet renewable mandates

Rice is nice with practically everything and comes in 124,000 varieties

6 Calendar


24 Outdoors

Co-op News

11 NewsClips

14 Connecting to Savings


Blustery weather wreaks havoc on March fishing, but it’s so worth it


This month’s online extras 4EXPLORE fun events under Community Events

4VIEW a video featuring electric co-ops

and renewables

Country Life photo contest entries

4TRY new recipes using rice

30 Discoveries

4GET more information on LED lightbulbs

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entries in our March photo contest

4BE WOWED by beautiful Colorado

29 Funny Stories

Colorado’s beauty, its amazing animals captured by photographers

Extra content:


24 Energy Tips

New home energy networks give homeowners control of power use

16 Picture Perfect State

Gardening calendar, tomato tips get your ready for spring planting



the odds of filling out a perfect NCAA bracket, according to Fox Sports


days, on average, it takes before tomatoes are ready to harvest

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CREA Urges Passing of SB 15-046

This bill would help Colorado’s electric co-ops meet their renewable energy mandates



When the Colorado legislature established the 20 percent renewable energy standard or RES for electric co-ops in 2013, the bill included one requirement that is virtually impossible for some co-ops to meet: the so-called “retail DG” provision. Here’s how it works: As a part of our requirement to have 20 percent Kent Singer renewable energy by the year 2020, each co-op must derive at least 1 percent of its retail sales from DG or distributed generation (power sources that are not from the regular power grid). Of this 1 percent, at least 0.5 percent must come from small renewable resources that are located on the customer’s side of the power meter. For electric co-ops with a large percentage of commercial or industrial loads (such as oil development and gas drilling) but a small number of total customers, this requirement is impossible to achieve. Why? In many cases, there are simply not enough co-op member-owners who want to install small renewable power generators (i.e., rooftop solar panels) on their premises to reach the amount of retail sales required in the law. Even when co-ops provide rebates or other subsidies for small renewable energy facilities, our member-owners must still pay the majority of the costs of those facilities. Until these facilities are more affordable (and the prices are definitely dropping), most co-op member-owners are not interested in owning their own renewable power resources behind the meter. Another problem with the retail DG requirement is that it is tied to total retail sales of electric co-ops, and not just to residential sales. So, for electric co-ops with those large commercial and industrial sales, they have to install much more behind-the-meter renewable energy compared to co-ops with mostly residential loads. Generally, these behind-the-meter sources of renewable energy are more costly than larger renewable installations. That is why the Colorado Rural Electric Association is asking the state legislature to pass a bill to change this requirement.

To address this problem, we are proposing Senate Bill 15046. We are not proposing a reduction of the 20 percent RES or a change in the 2020 deadline. We are seeking a change to the retail DG requirement that was included in SB 13-252. SB 15-046 has several components. First, SB 15-046 eliminates the distinction between wholesale and retail distributed generation. Again, this will not affect the overall 20 percent RES requirement nor will it affect the 1 percent DG requirement in current law. What it would do, however, is relieve electric co-ops of the obligation to subsidize some of the least cost-effective renewable energy facilities. If electric co-ops are required to incorporate a certain percentage of renewable power resources, we ought to be allowed to do so in the most cost-effective way possible. Second, the bill makes it clear that if the retail DG provision stays in the law, community solar gardens count toward that requirement. As of the writing of this column, we are continuing to meet with a broad group of stakeholders in an attempt to reach an agreement on our bill. There are a number of amendments being considered, and we will attempt to be responsive to the interests of other groups so long as we can still achieve our objective of the more cost-effective integration of renewable energy. Today, electric co-ops are working hard to meet the 20 percent requirement with prudent investments in a variety of renewable energy resources. We hope the legislature will recognize our unique circumstances with respect to retail DG and agree to make statutory revisions that will enable more cost-effective investments in renewable energy to continue. We are grateful to state Sen. Kevin Grantham (R-Dist. 2) for being the prime sponsor of the bill in the Colorado Senate, and to state Sen. Kerry Donovan (D-Dist. 5) for initiating the stakeholder meetings that we hope will lead to successful passage of SB 15-046.

Kent Singer, Executive Director



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[ letters] For the Love of Books “The Love of Books” (November ’14) provided a fine list of reading for fall and winter. However, I was disappointed that the article left out the works of a distinguished and award-winning author from Salida, Kent Haruf. His books, set in Colorado, have captured the hearts of readers far beyond Colorado and deserve a place in any list of recommended books.

Sig Jaastad, Buena Vista

EDITOR’S NOTE: Colorado Country Life was saddened to hear of Mr. Haruf’s passing November 30, 2014. I would like to compliment the co-ops on the article “The Love of Books” (November ’14). I enjoy learning about the works of other Colorado writers. Your magazine is a great way to inform your Colorado residents about books that are worthy of reading but perhaps not New York Times best-sellers. Did you know that Colorado has one of the largest and most active independent publishing associations in the country? The Colorado Independent Publishers Association serves to educate and assist Colorado authors in their independent publishing projects. Many authors, including myself, have found that Colorado is a perfect place to find inspiration and creativity for the writing process.

Sue Batton Leonard, Steamboat Springs

Say No to the Hunt I am disappointed that the best you can provide readers these days are hunter-kill articles. Two thumbs down to you and your staff.

Celia Canaan, Monument

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March 6-7 Longmont Quit Show and Sale First Lutheran Church

March 6 Pueblo “Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation” Exhibit Opening El Pueblo History Museum 719-583-0453 • history March 6 Pueblo “Music Voyager” Showing Memorial Hall 8 pm • 719-242-6652 March 7 Colorado Springs Founders Day Lecture Pioneers Museum March 7 Poncha Springs NWTF Top of the World Chapter Banquet and Auction Chaffee County Fairgrounds 4:30 pm • 719-942-5037

March 14 Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade 19th and Wynkoop to 27th and Blake 9:30 am • denverstpatricks March 14-15 Durango Children’s Consignment Sale Munchkin Kidz Mart 9 am • 970-749-5582 March 15 Arboles St. Patrick’s Day Dinner TARA Community Center 4:30-7 pm • 970-749-7530 March 18 Durango Soup for the Soul La Plata County Fairgrounds 970-764-2800 March 20 Littleton “Song of the Night” Concert Mission Hills Church 7:30 pm • 303-781-1892

March 13-29 Aspen Snowmass Spring Jam Various Aspen Snowmass Locations

March 20-21 Durango Library Book Sale Durango Public Library 9:30 am-5 pm • 970-375-3380

March 13-14 Cañon City Home and Garden Show Abbey Fieldhouse 719-275-9131 ∙

March 20-21 Grand Junction Quilt Show Lincoln Park Barn 9 am-5 pm • moabdeb@yahoo. com

March 13-15 Denver Rocky Mountain Horse Expo National Western Complex March 13-15 Monte Vista Monte Vista Crane Festival Various Monte Vista Locations March 14 Brush Ag Appreciation Dinner Brush High School 5:30 pm • 970-842-2666


March 14 Colorado Springs St. Patrick’s Day Parade Downtown Colorado Springs


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March 21 Beulah Wise Women Walking Day Retreat Mountain Park Environmental Center 9 am-2 pm • 719-485-4444 March 21 Pueblo “Tossed & Found” Theater Performance Children’s Playhouse Theatre 11 am and 2 pm • 719-295-7200

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CSU Ag Summit

March 18-20 at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. An array of agricultural topics will be discussed by important industry figures at the CSU Ag Summit. Topics explored include “Booming and Blooming: Colorado’s Innovation Cluster,” “Water: From Scarcity to Sustainability,” “A Healthy Food System” and more. To find out more and to register, call 303-521-2379 or visit www.csuaginnovation

March 26-April 9 Copper Mountain USASA Nationals Copper Mountain

April 5 Keystone “Schlittentag” Sledding Day Keystone Resort

March 26-29 Vail Vail Film Festival Various Vail Locations

April 7 Greeley Vocal Jazz Concert Union Colony Civic Center 7:30 pm •

March 27 Fort Collins Wine Fest Fundraiser Marriott Hotel 5 pm •

April 7 Littleton Free Admission Day Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

March 28 Littleton Bird Walk Hudson Gardens 8-11 am • 303-797-8565 x 306

April April 1 Pagosa Springs Local Appreciation Day Wolf Creek Ski Area April 3 Pueblo First Friday Art Walk Creative Corridor in Downtown Pueblo April 4 Alamosa Open Mic Night Milagros Coffeehouse 6-8 pm • 719-587-3499

April 10 La Veta 150th Civil War Commemoration La Veta Theatre 7 pm • 719-742-3737

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[Country News] [what’s inside] n New Water Heater Standards n Capital Credit Refunds n The Country Kitchen n Scholarship Winners

HUGO OFFICE P.O. Box 8 Hugo, CO 80821-0008 STRATTON OFFICE P.O. Box 285 Stratton, CO 80836-0285 HUGO ADDRESS 422 Third Avenue Hugo, CO 80821 STRATTON ADDRESS 281 Main Street Stratton, CO 80836 719-743-2431 [Hugo] 719-348-5318 [Stratton] [web] BOARD OF DIRECTORS Kevin Penny [president] Robert Bledsoe [vice president] Terry Tagtmeyer [secretary/treasurer] Danny Mills [asst. secretary/treasurer] Jim Michal [director] Luanna Naugle [director] Wayne Parrish [director] Dave Ritchey [director] Marvin Thaller [director] STAFF David Churchwell [general manager] Ben Orrell [member services specialist] Paul Norris [operations manager]



I would like to take this time to degree from Colorado State introduce myself. My name is University. I spent a couple of David Churchwell and I am the years working for an electric new general manager for K.C. cooperative in Oregon before Electric Association. I have been my wife and I moved back involved in the electric power to Colorado and settled in industry for over 27 years. For Holyoke. I’m married and the past 15 years I served as the have three school-age kids. My operations manager for Highline family and I are excited to be Electric Association in Holyoke, here and I’m honored to serve Dave Churchwell Colorado. I’m a Colorado native as the general manager of your and graduated from Limon High electric cooperative. I’m lookSchool. Early on in my career I completed a ing forward to meeting each of you and lineman apprenticeship program and then serving the members of K.C. Electric Aswent on to receive an electrical engineering sociation. (Larry Taylor Acct. #811100010)

Make Efficiency Affordable


If you purchased a new appliance recently, you probably found yourself comparing the annual energy consumption of various models. You probably also noticed that efficiency costs extra. When it comes to appliances, water heaters and heating and cooling systems, consumers face a classic dilemma: pay now or pay more later. The solution is simple: make efficiency affordable. Energy efficiency is part of K.C. Electric’s DNA. More than 95 percent of electric cooperatives nationwide offer efficiency programs. As consumer-owned, not-for-profit utilities, co-ops are constantly looking for ways to keep members’ bills low, including programs to make highefficiency appliances and equipment more accessible. Working together at the national level, electric co-ops advocate for federal policies and programs that can reduce the upfront cost of energy efficiency. Co-ops are now partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture on a new low-interest loan program targeted to rural consumers. (McCormick Excavation & Paving Acct. #943190000) At K.C. Electric, we want our members to be armed with the information they need to make cost-effective investments in efficiency. Good information will lead to smart choices, not only about appliances but also about other efficiency upgrades. A good place to start is online at, where members can conduct an interactive energy audit and gain access to a library of energy-saving, how-to videos. What qualifies as a smart efficiency investment will differ from member to member, of course. Many factors will determine whether you should put your money into insulation, replace your water heater or purchase an Energy Star-qualified appliance. There might be rebates and incentives that can help offset the cost of upgrades. At K.C. Electric, we strive to be a trusted energy partner for every one of our members.

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[Country News]

New Water Heater Standards Coming



This spring, another major change in energy efficiency standards will eventually affect all Americans. Beginning April 16, the U.S. Department of Energy will require higher energy factor ratings on most residential electric, natural gas, oil and tankless water heaters. (WIN* Tyler McCaffrey Acct. #502950001) Energy factor ratings for water heaters are based on how efficiently heat is transferred into the water. Another consideration is standby heat loss, or the amount of heat lost from the storage tank while it’s sitting idle. Generally, you can find the energy factor of your water heater on the yellow EnergyGuide tag located on the side of the unit. A rule of thumb when considering energy-efficient water heaters is that a higher energy factor rating equates to a more efficient unit. When we look at the dollars spent by residential consumers for energy, nearly two-thirds of those dollars are for space conditioning and water heating. Furthermore, the DOE determined its new water heater standards will save approximately 3.3 quads of energy and save Americans nearly $63 billion in water heating expenses over the next 30 years. To put one energy quad into perspective, it’s equivalent to more than 8 billion gallons of gasoline or more than 293 billion kilowatt-hours. Conventional water heaters require a lot of energy to do their job. Furthermore, a law of nature comes into play during and after the water is heated. Heat from the fuel source moves to the colder water and the water is heated to the desired temperature. When the unit shuts off, the heated water begins to cool. The rate of cooling is affected by the location of the water heater and the material used to insulate the storage tank. Additional energy dollars are required during colder months when water heaters are installed in garages, outside porches or any other unconditioned environment. The infrared thermal images pictured here are from water heaters located in two different homes and reveal the heat loss being targeted by the DOE. Both units are 40-gallon models. Both units reside in an unheated location with an ambient air temperature of approximately 50 degrees. The unit on the top is a 1983 natural gas model with an energy factor rating of .57, or 57 percent efficiency, and its storage tank is insulated with fiberglass. The unit on the bottom is a 2006 electric model with an energy factor rating of .92, or 92 percent efficiency, and its storage tank is insulated with foam. Both units were set with a water temperature output of 120 degrees. As you observe the images and their corresponding temperature ranges, remember that heat moves to cool. While both are experiencing heat loss,



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Natural gas-fueled water heater in standby mode: Heat loss reaching 125.1 degrees is evident.

Electric water heater in standby mode: Heat loss of 66.9 degrees is revealed by infrared camera.

the older natural gas unit (in top photo) is losing more heat than the electric model. As energy factor rating requirements increase, so will the physical and technological characteristics of most storage-type water heaters. Many will be wider and taller to accommodate improved insulation required for heat retention and to incorporate efficiency technologies. Gas units larger than 55 gallons will require an electrical connection, different venting and condensation disposal. Electrical units larger than 55 gallons will also require condensation disposal due to efficient heat pump technology. As existing retail inventory is depleted, builders, plumbers and homeowners must adapt to change — a change that could result in a small remodel job when it comes time to replace your existing unit. To learn more details about the new water heater regulations, visit standards/product.aspx/productid/27.

[Country News] Capital Credit Returns — Do You Know Where These People Are?


One of the many things that sets K.C. Electric Association apart from an investor-owned utility is the fact the members are owners and therefore are entitled to a capital credit refund if financial conditions are favorable. Capital credit checks were mailed on December 11, 2014, to all members who had electric service with K.C. Electric Association in the year 1994. (JEM Farms Acct. #1257900003) K.C. Electric is currently trying to locate members who have unclaimed capital credits. In many cases, envelopes containing the refund check were returned because of insufficient or incorrect addresses. A-1 Radiator Adame, Juan Antonio Adams, Howard and Adams, Scott Adolf, Todd Akers, Ves Annis, Jeff Arrick, William Ashley, Arlyn Banowetz, Virtus Barnes, Charles or Barnes, Tami Bart, Louis Boren, Erma Boswell, Robert or Boswell, Valerie Boyles, Cheryl Bjorkman, Ingrid Brandt, Edward and/or Brandt, Janet L. Callahan, William Clapper, Todd or Clapper, Paula Cloer, Mike Computer Data Services Cote, Thomas Crisp, Rick Crites, Lela Cure, William Davis, Renee Deselms, Brad Diekman, R.H. (Estate) Dieterich, Dale E. Dlitz, Ronald Dischner, Boyd Eli, Lloyd Epp, Frank Estep, Shane Fam Ranch Supply Inc. Fikes, Charles Flock, Daniel Gomez, Jesus

Please look through the following list of members with unclaimed capital credits. If there is anyone on this list you can help us locate, please contact Kristie Constance at the Hugo office during regular business hours, Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at 719-743-2431 or 800700-3123. Please note: The checks will be reissued as listed below unless documentation is provided in the case of a death of a member, dissolution of a company or a divorce.

Guseman, Paula Hamm, J. T. Hartley, Patsy Harvie, Glen Herrera, Andres Hinkhouse, Leile Hinz, Ron and Hinz, Shirley Homan, Christine Hurley, Bridget (Estate) Jackson, Daniel Kampf, Jr., Henry A. Touphia, Kidson M. Knode-Talamantez, Cheryl Kolvek, Diane Kopacz, Douglas Laverenz, Duane Legg, Germaine LeGrand, Dale Liebl, Leo Lujan, Georgia Lu Luttrall, Mark Mandrell, Phillip J. Marshall, Rick Miller, Karen Molinaro, Sammie C. Moncibaiz, James Mongan, Kathleen Monks, Greg E. Murrow, David C. Myers, Tammy NGC-Ltd Resources Partnership Nestor, Jason Nixon, Timothy Norin, Annette Notz, Troy and Notz, Debbie Oberhausen, Marla O’Conner, Dale and O’Connor, Susan

Pelton, Arlie Pletcher, Dan or Pletcher, Cindy Rekate, Alan Ricke, Lawrence Rodriguez, Donna Rugg, Marc Runge, Wayne Santistevan, Jerome Sayles, Edward J. Schneider, Melinda S. Schreiber, Fran Sexton, Harold L. Sparks, Robert and/or Sparks, Marilyn Spiars, Jacqueline Stark, Mark and Stark, Kay Taylor, Gary Thomas, Yvonne Tipton, Jack Verizon Wireless Vick, Russell Video USA-Robinson, Ronald Wagon Wheel Motel-Joseph T. Dechant Weaver, Brian and Weaver, Roxanne Weitzel, Robert and Weitzel, Chrys Wellman, William Wilk, Roy C. Williams, Oliver F. Wilson, John G. Wines, Bernard Wise, Kay L. Woodward, Jay York, Donnie or York, Sherry Young, Carol

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2 cup flour ¼ cup sugar 1 tsp baking powder ½ tsp baking soda ¼ tsp salt ¾ cup buttermilk ¼ cup oil 1 egg

½ cup margarine or butter 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs 1 14 oz. can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk 1 12 oz. package semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 cup peanut butter chips

Sift together dry ingredients. Add buttermilk, oil and egg. Stir until smooth. Drop by tablespoons full into hot fat (350˚) until golden brown. Cool. Drop puffs into sugar, powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar in bag and shake well. Sheryl Gerky, Cheyenne Wells

Preheat oven to 350˚ (325˚ for glass dish). In a 9- by 13-inch baking pan, melt margarine in oven. Sprinkle crumbs evenly over margarine. Pour condensed milk evenly over crumbs. Top with chocolate chips and peanut butter chips, then press down firmly. Bake 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cut into bars. Store loosely covered at room temperature. Lian Emmerling, Hugo

2015 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS K.C. Electric is pleased to announce five scholarship winners from its service territory. K.C. Electric awards two $1,000 scholarships and is the administrator for scholarships awarded by related electric utility organizations. The following scholarships were awarded: $1,000 Basin Electric Power Rebecca Kraxberger, Genoa-Hugo High School $500 Tri-State Generation and Transmission Assoc. Caitlyn Nitsch, Burlington High School $500 Tri-State Generation and Transmission Assoc. Thomas Rehfeld, Weskan High School $1,000 K.C. Electric Association Ashlyn Richie, Hi-Plains High School $1,000 K.C. Electric Association Kyle Specht, Cheyenne Wells High School

Presentation of the scholarships will be made at the K.C Electric Association Annual Meeting held at Hi-Plains High School in Seibert on June 4, 2015. Winners were selected by the scholarship committee of the K.C. Electric Board of Directors. (Derrik Dean Acct. #202900004)



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Rebecca Kraxberger

Ashlyn Richie

Caitlyn Nitsch

Kyle Specht

Congratulations Students

CLAIM YOUR CREDIT ON YOUR BILL Each month, K.C. Electric offers consumers a chance to earn a $10 credit on their next electric bill. If you recognize your 10-digit account number in this magazine, call 719-743-2431 and ask for your credit. It couldn’t be easier. In January, John Wilkins of Hugo called to WIN a prize and David Corliss of Stratton, Susan Eden of Stratton and Rogene Colby of Seibert called to claim their savings. Get acquainted with your account number, read your Colorado Country Life magazine and pick up the phone. That’s all the energy you’ll need to claim your energy bucks. You must claim your credit during the month in which your name appears in the magazine (check the date on the front cover).

Thomas Rehfeld

Energy Imports Continue to Drop


Total U.S. net imports of energy, as a share of energy consumption, fell to their lowest level in 29 years for the first six months of 2014, according to a report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Even though total energy consumption in the first six months of 2014 was 3 percent above consumption during the first six months of 2013 there was a 17 percent reduction in net imports compared with the first six months of 2013. Total energy imports in the first six months of 2014 fell 6 percent compared with the first six months of 2013, almost entirely because of decreasing petroleum and natural gas imports, which fell 6 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Total energy exports increased 8 percent compared with the first six months of 2013. The increase was almost entirely the result of a 21 percent increase in petroleum product exports.


Satisfaction Is High Among Co-op Members


If you get your electricity from an electric coop, you are more likely to be satisfied with the service provided than if you get your power from an investor-owned utility, such as Xcel Energy or a city-owned utility. That is according Touchstone Energy Cooperative to the results of the most recent survey through members are more satisfied the American Customer Satisfaction Index. with their utility than members Energy utilities overall scored a 76 on a 100-point of any other electric utility. scale, just above the overall national satisfaction level. Electric co-ops led with a score of 81. Investor-owned utilities received a score of 75 and municipal utilities scored 76. Electric co-ops that are also Touchstone Energy Cooperatives remained the topscoring utilities network, with a satisfaction score of 83. Overall, the national level of consumer satisfaction continued a gradual slide noted in 2014, falling 0.7 percent in the third quarter to 75.6. That drop indicates weak spending growth. Spending growth is usually predicated on the ability to spend and the expected satisfaction from that spending. The ability to spend has improved, but people are saying their expectation of satisfaction from that spending is deteriorating. A weak satisfaction index can lead to a sluggish rather than a healthy economy. More information on the survey and the index is available at

Source: Solutions NewsBulletin

Good News on the Carbon Front Carbon intensity in the U.S. power sector is down. That means that it takes less carbon to generate a unit of energy used. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, more use of less carbonintensive natural gas and the growth of renewable energy resources helped lower carbon intensity. In total, over a billion metric tons of carbon dioxide have been averted since 2005 by these two factors.

Renewables Set Records


Renewable energy sources hit record levels, even though total electric generation in the United States dropped in recent years, according to a government laboratory. In its annual collection of data, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden said renewable generation, including hydropower, jumped by 40 percent from 2008 to 2013. During that same time period, total generation dropped by about 1.3 percent. At 171 gigawatts, renewable energy represented 14.8 percent of all installed capacity and 13.1 percent of annual generation. Electric co-ops are part of that growth with power purchase agreements, as well as co-op owned solar, wind and biomass projects that recently came online. To learn more about how Colorado’s electric co-ops are adding renewable energy to their resource mix, watch the video at Source: Electric Co-op Today


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CONNECTING TO $AVING$ Chances are, your home is among the majority of U.S. households subscribing to broadband Internet service connected through a WiFi network. Many homes are already high-speed Internet gateways, and many of those who haven’t added highspeed connectivity yet are anxious to do so. Once Coloradans get connected, they are increasingly filling their homes with more and more connected devices, expanding the universe of products that can communicate with each other and the Internet. These growing home networks can serve a variety of uses: security, convenience, comfort, entertainment and, yes, even energy management. What exactly is a home energy network? Home networks go by a number of different names, the most familiar being LANs or local area networks. As network connections and control expand to large home product uses like appliances, heating and cooling systems, lighting and electronics, these networks can be used by the homeowner for energy monitoring, efficiency, and demand response purposes. Home energy networks connect energyusing devices to provide services related to the consumption of energy. At their most basic level, home energy networks provide information on energy use and control over connected devices. Forget to turn off the lights or turn down the thermostat before going on vacation? Need to see how much you’re spending to run the washing machine? With home energy networks, there is an app for that. Advanced home energy networks can analyze usage trends, suggest behavior changes, automate and optimize the setup of certain devices and provide mobile apps to centralize settings and controls. Co-ops are in on the action As co-ops get involved in home energy networking, members may also optimize their power usage around time-of-use pricing or join in automated demand response programs. Of course, home energy networks require a lot more than a smartphone and some software wizardry. Significant hardware investments can be required to take full advantage of home automation. Home networks are becoming bigger and more complex, as network connectivity finds its way into our everyday devices and appliances. Big box retailers are offering a variety of “connected” or “smart home” solutions in co-op territories, and co-op members are purchasing an array of networked products for their homes. Electronics giants are also developing their own proprietary “ecosystems” of communicating products, and even telecommunications companies like Verizon and Comcast are entering the arena, offering home energy management products that can be bundled with their customers’ existing services. Electric utilities are beginning to look to home energy net14


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Photo by Dennis Schroeder/NREL

New home energy networks give homeowners control of power use

National Renewable Energy Laboratory engineers Bethany Sparn and Jiucai Zhang study how smart appliances can be integrated into the grid in the Smart Power Lab at NREL in Golden.

works to help manage peaks and avoid the risk and expense of building costly new generation facilities. Challenges As home energy network devices and services become more common, two potential obstacles are worth noting: interoperability and cyber security. Home energy networks are currently a fragmented landscape with dozens of different “islands” or “ecosystems” of interoperability that are usually dominated by a single manufacturer or service provider. Until a level of standardization is developed, wireless technologies may be able to “hear” each other, but not necessarily communicate in the same “language.” A growing crop of technology startups are beginning to address the challenge by providing free or low-cost software-only services that coordinate many connected devices through a cloud-based software platform. While the solution is promising, it will take time to establish trust and market adoption. And, as with any information transmitted wirelessly and ultimately over the Internet, data from home energy networks can fall into the hands of unintended parties. Consumers who use home energy networks should be aware of the risks and take precautions to secure their information. Moving forward Big box stores are devoting prominent shelf space to a number of home energy network systems and devices, and with phone and security companies actively marketing these services, it’s becoming easier to jump on the bandwagon. The potential of home energy networks is still being discovered and their benefits are exciting. As savvy consumers research, compare and consider possible risks, it’s good to know that co-ops can be a valuable resource in helping members to navigate the quickly evolving landscape.

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First place Colorado landscape: Susan Ulrich, Boulder — MORNING FOG


Photographers from throughout Colorado captured amazing shots of the state’s beautiful contrasts during Colorado Country Life’s recent photo contest that ended December 1. There were more than 430 entries in the landscape and animal categories.


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First place, Colorado animals: Dan Taber, Longmont — SAINTS JOHN ROCKY MOUNTAIN GOATS


First place and $150 in the Colorado animals

gold aspens and others covered in snow. There

category goes to Dan Taber of Longmont

were high, dry desert landscapes and photos

for his photo of Saints John Rocky Mountain

of rollicking streams tumbling through lush

Goats. In second place, winning $75, is Stepha-

mountain meadows. Every landscape entry was

nie Stuckman of Mancos for her photo of a

spectacularly beautiful.

red fox featured on this month’s cover. In third place, winning $50, is MaryAnne Nelson of

Wild and domestic animals were all pictured

Durango for her photo of a marmot “singing in

in native surroundings, caught in mid-flight,

the rain.”

stalking prey, playing in open fields and resting

In the Colorado landscape category, the

unaware of the nearby photographer. There

first place prize of $150 goes to Susan Ulrich

were moose, deer, elk, mountain goats, bighorn

of Boulder for her photo of morning fog. In

sheep, burros, rabbits, hummingbirds, eagles

second place, winning $75, is Ron Ruhoff of

and so many more.

Limon for his photo of the Hugo Wildlife Area.

Winners, selected by the Colorado Rural

Third place and $50 goes to George Turner of

Electric Association staff members, were dif-

Boulder for aspens below the Dallas Divide.

ficult to choose. We included the oh-so-close

Photo entries included endless plains, some

It was no different in the animal category.

runners-up in this month’s magazine. Many of

with Colorado’s clear blue skies and others

these photos and more will be featured on our

under ominous clouds. There were also photos

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of towering mountains, some covered in fall’s

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 hird place Colorado animals : T MaryAnne Nelson, Durango — SINGING IN THE RAIN

S econd place Colorado animals: Stephanie Stuckman, Mancos — RED FOX 

Runner-up Colorado animals: Judy Leiweber, Johnstown — GREAT HORNED OWL

 Runner-up Colorado animals: Sonya Hutchison, Merino — EL BURRO

 unner-up Colorado animals: MaryAnne Nelson, Durango — R MOUNTAIN LION 18

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 unner-up Colorado animals: Kathy Kunce, Pueblo West — R MOUNTAIN GOAT YOUNSTERS PLAYING, MOUNT EVANS

 unner-up Colorado landscapes: Rod Gardner, R Bayfield — PARRY PRIMROSE AND SAN JUANS

S econd place Colorado landscapes: Ron Ruhoff, Limon — HUGO WILDLIFE AREA

Runner-up Colorado landscapes: Sonya Hutchison, Merino — MINER’S CHAPEL

Watch a video of the winning photos and more at

Third place Colorado landscapes: George Turner, Boulder — ASPENS, FENCE, DALLAS DIVIDE

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Enticed by Delicious Rice Dishes The popular grain adds oomph to recipes BY AMY HIGGINS || AHIGGINS@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG

More than 124,000

types of rice are held at the International Rice Genebank, maintained


Rice has multifaceted uses in recipes, which is why it’s found in kitchen pantries all over the globe. According to the U.S. Rice Producers Association, the average American consumes 25 pounds of rice per year, 4 pounds in beer consumption alone. In addition, it’s a component in merchandise most Americans use every day: paper, toothpaste, packing materials and more. But when it comes down to it, rice is delicious especially when blended with spices and other fixings. So, grab the rice out of the cupboard and get to cooking one of these satisfying and savory dishes.

by the International Rice Research Institute, headquartered in the

Brown Rice Frittata with Bacon and Edamame

Philippines. It has the largest collection of modern and traditional rice varieties in the world. Photograph courtesy of Minute Rice

A Sign of Affection Rice is said to be a sign of fertility, which is why guests traditionally throw rice at the bride and groom after their wedding ceremony. They’re wishing the newlyweds a marriage full of richness

1 cup brown rice 4 thick-cut bacon slices, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 4 scallions, thinly sliced (whites and greens divided) 1 cup frozen shelled edamame 6 eggs 3/4 cup sour cream, divided 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare rice according to package directions. While rice cooks, sauté bacon pieces in a 10-inch ovenproof skillet over medium heat until they start to crisp, about 5 minutes. Drain off all but 1 tablespoon bacon fat, then add scallion whites and edamame to the bacon in the pan and sauté 1 minute. Add cooked rice and sauté 1 minute. In a bowl, whisk together eggs, 1/2 cup sour cream and salt. Add egg mixture to pan, swirling gently to distribute mixture evenly throughout other ingredients. Cook undisturbed for 2 to 3 minutes, until edges look set. Place pan in preheated oven until set in center, about 10 minutes. Mix together scallion greens with remaining 1/4 cup sour cream. Serve frittata in wedges topped with a dollop of scallion cream.

Photograph courtesy of Minute Rice

A Slew of Rice

Sweet Potato Rice Casserole 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple in natural juice, drained (reserve juice) 1 cup white or brown rice, uncooked 1 large egg, lightly beaten 1 can (5 ounces) evaporated skim milk 1 can (15 ounces) sweet potatoes, drained 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 cups miniature marshmallows Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Measure reserved pineapple juice and add enough water to make 1 cup. Prepare rice according to package directions using juice-water mixture. In large bowl combine pineapple, rice, egg, milk, sweet potatoes and cinnamon. Mix well. Spread in 2-quart casserole dish. Top with marshmallows. Bake 20 minutes or until marshmallows begin to brown.

and offspring. Visit for more delicious rice recipes. Click on Recipes on the top bar. Also check CCL’s Pinterest page at for links to more fun recipes. 20


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Lawn & Garden Time


The To-Do (and Don’t-Do) Gardening Calendar



Month by month, as the seasons turn, we either tend or neglect our garden, our place in the world. That mighty, inescapable fact is part of why I love marking the little chores that shape that work in a down-to-earth gardening calendar. It’s a tool that gives me doable chores for the day, week or month. In my calendar, there are easy chores (January and February: pick warm days to water if it’s been dry); hopeful tasks (March: start my pepper plants); long-awaited tasks (April: plant my Louis Odier rose); endless chores (May: weeding); tasks that seem like I could put them off but I’ll regret it if I do (June: mulching); and pleasant yet easyto-forget tasks (July: getting into the habit of obsessively snipping herbs in the morning to keep them from going to seed too soon — this means you, cilantro). Following on, there are also tasks to avoid during certain times of the year. For some reason I’m always perversely tempted to prune roses in August. There’s no reasoning with

that kind of wrong-headed impulse, but my August calendar from the Colorado State Extension comes to the rescue. It says: “Don’t prune trees or shrubs unless damage makes it absolutely necessary.”

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Inspired by Gramma Kate

Plan now to produce the juiciest tomatoes with a little nurturing BY KRISTEN HANNUM || GARDENING@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG


I remember trying my Gramma Kate’s tomatoes for the first time. They were fruity and juicy and served Southern style: sliced and sprinkled with salt, pepper and sugar. She lived in the South, burying her daily coffee grounds and eggshells every morning, a composting technique that does not work in Colorado. But she also planted tomatoes with marigolds and garlic to keep the bugs away, a technique that does work in Colorado. Beyond garlic and marigolds, here are a variety of other tomato-growing tips for Colorado gardeners. t First, many gardeners swear by growing basil and tomatoes

near one another, because each improves the flavor of the other. t Tomatoes work well in containers, which is beneficial for those

with physical restraints or a lack of yard space. Laurie Reiser of Grand Junction grows tomatoes despite disabilities that confine her to a wheelchair. She puts them in accessible containers. “You just need to know what the fully mature size of the plant will be and put it in something big enough,” she says. t If you never grew an heirloom tomato before, give them a try

this year. Reiser’s tomatoes come from all over the world. t Keep track of your tomatoes. Create a visual gardening journal

that serves as a reminder of what you grew in the past, what works and what doesn’t. t Jodi Westcott, a master gardener who volunteers at Denver

Botanic Gardens, agrees that a gardening journal is a good idea, but warns that if you just write down what and where you planted without clear notes on what went right and wrong, it’s not going to help much. t Even if you have a “black thumb,” Westcott suggests growing

Super Sweet 100, a hybrid cherry tomato. They’re delicious, hardy and disease-resistant. t Wescott also urges gardeners to try red mulch film. Developed

by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Clemson University, this stuff comes in rolls, like black plastic ground cover, but it’s red and shot through with micro perforations to allow water and air to reach the soil. The red color reflects infrared light back up at the tomato plant, which then grows faster and produces more tomatoes.

tT  ry using red toma-

to trays. The reusable slotted platters close around a hole in the center for the tomato’s stem. Tomato Crater, a tomato tray dealer, claims its reusable two-piece design will “protect and greatly enhance tomatoes.” Regardless of what tips or tricks you use to grow your tomatoes, come August, September and October, I suggest you stack those slices of tomato with fresh mozzarella and drizzle them with olive oil mixed with balsamic vinegar, minced garlic, salt and pepper. Slip in a touch of sugar, too, as a nostalgic salute to my Gramma Kate.

Helpful Websites — Sells tomatoes from Russia and the Ukraine, including Caspian Pink, in Denver — Sells Black Krim (as in Crimea) heirloom tomatoes — Sells Siberian tomatoes — Sells red mulch film — Sells red tomato trays


previous gardening columns at Search for Gardening. Kristen Hannum is a native Colorado gardener. Email or write her with wisdom or comments at



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[gardening] The To-Do (and Don’t-Do) Gardening Calendar [continued on page 23]

There’s plenty to do in August other than attacking an innocent rose bush. September brings a flurry of autumnal chores, namely harvesting, which in good years are some of the most satisfying days of the year in a Colorado garden. The weather is usually fine despite the first frost usually arriving mid-month on the eastern plains. It’s time to save those tender bulbs and plant winter-hardy ones, including garlic. Good calendars also give us some leeway. For instance, my calendar tells me to harvest my green tomatoes in early to mid-September. That makes late September to mid-October gambling months for tomatoes. Last year I visited a friend a couple days after she harvested all her tomatoes in September. She’s gardened in Colorado longer than I have, and so the sight of her mountain of red, orange and green fruits made me reconsider leaving mine at the mercy of our high plains nights. But, my bet paid off in 2014, and I didn’t lose a single fruit to frost despite my tardy harvesting. By the time I got to October my most productive task is garden cleanup. November is the time to winterize the roses; and November and December weeks should begin the routine of watering every four to six weeks. All of these tasks plus many more are at the Colorado State Cooperative Extension’s Down to Earth in Denver website, at (Put Down to Earth in Denver in the little search box and the calendar pages will open.) You’ll need to adjust the tasks according to your Colorado zone, but whatever the zone and however extensive your garden, know that your calendar is your friend. It’s the closest many of us will ever come to having an assistant.

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[energy tips]



Look closely at the Big Thompson rainbow that didn’t get away. You can see the tiny midge in its upper lip.

Moving away from incandescents BY JAMES DULLEY


Photo courtesy CREE Lighting

Incandescent lightbulbs are no longer being manufactured but some people continue using the incandescents they have on hand. But as stockpiles diminish, people will be forced to switch to more efficient bulbs and there are some things to consider. Incandescent bulbs emit a yellowish light quality. This is called the “color temperature” of a bulb. Incandescent bulbs are in the 2,700 Kelvin range. The whiter “daylight” LEDs and compact fluorescent bulbs are in the 4,000 to 5,000 K range. Most people grow accustomed to the whiter light and prefer it. The color temperature is listed on the packaging. Color rendering index is another quality of the lightbulb to consider. A higher CRI makes objects in a room look more like they would look under natural sunlight. A CRI above 80 is considered adequate for homes, but 90 or above makes everything All types and styles of look better and LED bulbs are now available to replace almost doesn’t cost any incandescent bulb. much more. For effective lighting in new rooms, install several grouped circuits with dimmers to control and vary the lighting schemes. For example, choose high-CRI bulbs over a dining table to enhance the appearance of food. An overhead high color-temperature bulb above a chair would be good for reading. For existing rooms where it may not be easy to rewire or add circuits, switch to LEDs in fixtures and install dimmer wall switches. There are many new types of LEDs available to replace almost any incandescent bulb. Unlike incandescent bulbs, LEDs do not lose efficiency as they are dimmed. Learn more about converting lighting at Look under the Energy tab for Energy Tips.



MARCH 2015

Fishing in March is Madness

Blustery weather wreaks havoc along the stream BY DENNIS SMITH


March is often a blustery month along the Front Range, and the inherent wind can make casting a fly distinctly challenging if not downright annoying. Still, it’s difficult to ignore the pull of a river on a warm spring day, and if you twist my arm a bit I’ll usually give in to the urge, load up my gear and head for a creek somewhere. A few years ago, right around this time, my friend Dustin twisted my arm. “C’mon,” he said, “It’s almost 70 degrees out for cryin’ out loud. The wind’s blowing a little, but it’s not like we’re going to blow away. And besides, we might actually catch some fish.” I went. We started at the lower end of the Big Thompson about two miles west of Loveland. The river was disturbingly clear like you naturally expect this time of year, the shelf ice had receded in all but the darkest reaches of the canyon and there was a good head of open, running water coming downstream, which I didn’t expect. That was encouraging. We hiked along a faint path and found fish rising in a long, deep pool about 100 yards upstream from the truck. There were at least a half dozen trout feeding and they were coming to the surface pretty regularly. That was encouraging, too. But it also became clear quickly they were rising to midges. Not so encouraging.

Threading a wisp of leader material finer than frog hair through the eye of a hook no bigger than a bent eyelash is a pain, but it’s even more frustrating with the irksome wind. It takes patience, good eyes and a steady hand. I learned to deal with half of that problem by carrying a pair of 3.00 magnifying glasses in my vest, and the other half by using one of those little ballpoint pen-looking doodads that holds the fly while you knot it to your leader. With that done, the bigger problem now was that, although the surface of the pool appeared to be as still as death, it was actually moving downstream at a deceptively fast clip. Trying to get a tiny fly in front of those fish in the wind was one thing. Trying to mend your line without freaking them out before the current swept your fly away was another. I’m not sure how, but eventually a fish swirled under my little midge emerger. I lifted the rod and hooked the first trout of the day. It was also the last. It charged up and down the river, jumped twice and spooked the hell out of every other fish in the pool. We hiked upstream in search of more rising fish, but found none. On the way back to the truck, Dustin politely thanked me for screwing things up, and I politely reminded him he was the one who invited me.

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MACHINERY & PARTS SAWMILL EXCHANGE: North America’s largest source of used portable sawmills and commercial equipment for woodlot owners and sawmill operations. Over 800 listings. THE place to sell equipment. 800-459-2148. (26709-15)

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An elderly woman had a milk bath in her old claw foot tub on her bucket list. She called the local dairy and requested 125 gallons of milk be delivered to her home. When the dairy worker asked her if she wanted it pasteurized, the elderly woman paused for a moment and said, “No, just up to my neck will be fine.” (Past-Your-Eyes) Bill Booren, Berthoud

Gary and Sharon Greathouse, members of Poudre Valley REA visit Antartica and take along Colorado Country Life.

Watching her father working on his tractor, the little farm girl said to her mother, “What happens to old tractors when they finally stop running?” Sighing, her mother answered, “They’re sold to your father.” Lila Taylor, Stratton

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I was at my great granddaughter’s 8th birthday party and a young boy I had never met before kept staring at me. Finally, he walked over and said, “Can I ask you a question?” “Go for it,” I said. He responded, “How old do you have to be to look like you?” This young fellow just made my day. I still get a smile on my face every time I think about it. Bill Rogers, Grand Junction

We’re Looking for photos of readers and their copy of Colorado Country Life. Got a great picture of you or your family member with the magazine at some fun place? Send it and your name and address to We’ll post it on our Facebook page and on March 16 we’ll draw a winner from the submissions and send that winner a $25 gift card.

We pay $15 to each person who submits a funny story that’s printed in the magazine. At the end of the year we will draw one name form those submitting funny stories and that person will receive $200. Send your 2015 stories to Colorado Country Life, 5400 Washington St., Denver, CO 80216 or email Don’t forget to include your mailing address, so we can send you a check.

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Get Into the Action

Photo credit: isoBLOX photos

Add one more item to your shopping list when gearing up children for youth baseball and softball: the isoBLOX® Skull Cap With Impact Protection™. The isoBLOX® was designed with specialized high-impact padding to diffuse the impact of highvelocity objects and reduce head injuries. The skullcap comes in small, intermediate and young adult sizes and fits young athletes ages 6 to 17. It fits best when worn under a stretch-to-fit cap. The isoBLOX® Skull Cap costs $59.99 and is sold exclusively at Dick’s Sporting Goods retail stores. For more information, visit

Action cameras became all the rage for adventurous athletes in recent years, and as new models come on the market new accessories are introduced and prices become more competitive. Recently introduced on is ViDi, a cool, affordable action camera option. When you order a ViDi, you don’t just get a camera. Sure, it takes high-definition video and still shots as expected, but for $99, you also get a helmet attachment, bike attachment, underwater casing, “selfie” pole, car charger and more. On top of that, it is charged and ready to use right out of the box. For more information, visit or

SNAP … Picture This It’s wonderful to get a snapshot of your MVP as a memento of a great game. But do you ever feel left out of the picture? The Shutter Camera Phone Remote Control gets you in there. Just position your smartphone camera to your liking, wrap your arm around your athlete and click the remote control button. The Shutter Camera Phone Remote comes with a removable phone stand and works up to 10 feet away. Get yours for $20 at

A Sports Fan Is Born Photo courtesy of This Little Light of Mine Photography

We want our children to support our favorite sports teams, so get a jump start and dress them in something that is as one of a kind as they are. You and your baby will coo for the darling sports apparel custom made by Connie Pfost of Limon. Her little outfits are beautifully crocheted and fit ever so sweetly on babies. To order and view Pfost’s little works of art, visit or Crochet. Outfits start at $25 and take four to six weeks to complete.



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