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Ranger cabins sit buried in snow in Rocky Mountain National Park’s Kawuneeche Valley. Photo by Bob Ferguson.



4 Viewpoint

20 Recipes

5 Letters

22 Gardening

Co-op innovation, ingenuity around the state caught on tape

Egg-ceptional recipes that you can make with nature’s perfect little package

6 Calendar


24 Outdoors

Co-op News

12 NewsClips 14 Tiny Houses

More than the size of a house affects your energy usage

16 Rocky Mountain National Park

100 years of wilderness, wildlife and wonder on Rocky’s west side


Take a gardening quiz to sharpen your skills for the next growing season Bamboo makes a come back as fly fishing equipment comes full circle

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29 Funny Stories

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75 million

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CO-OP INNOVATION, INGENUITY CAUGHT ON TAPE New video showcases a variety of electric cooperative projects around the state BY KENT SINGER || CREA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR || KSINGER@COLORADOREA.ORG


In last November’s column, I mentioned that one of the highlights of CREA’s 2014 Energy Innovations Summit was the premier of a video that we produced here at the Colorado Rural Electric Association. Titled “Colorado’s Electric Co-ops: Energy and Innovation,” the video features many of the exciting projects that our state’s co-ops developed over the last few years including our collective deployment of renewable power projects, energy efficiency programs and advanced metering technology. We showed the video for the first time to all of the Summit attendees and, to my surprise, the 250 or so attendees applauded loudly at the end; clearly, a lot of our members are proud of the efforts their co-ops are making to diversify their power supply mix with renewables, help their member-owners with energy efficiency and improve the reliability of their service with advanced metering. The video demonstrates that Colorado’s electric co-ops are at the forefront of new technology and that we are responsive to the wishes of our member-owners. We worked on the production of the video for about a year, and that included the work of a videographer who went out to co-op service territories and documented the great work achieved by CREA’s members. All of the electric co-ops in Colorado are involved with new technology to help serve their member-owners, and one of the challenges in producing the video was selecting only a few of those projects for the final product. The innovation displayed by our members in the video is truly amazing, and I am writing about it in hopes that you will give it a watch. You can find the video on YouTube at COCountryLife1. Scroll to the bottom and you’ll see we posted two versions: the original 8-minute version ( and a shorter 4-minute version ( that focuses on co-op renewable energy projects. Both versions give you a sampling of the incredible work accomplished in Colorado co-op territories to meet the challenges of the evolving energy paradigm. I would like to thank a number of people for making the

“Energy and Innovation” video a reality. Mona Neeley, publisher/editor of Colorado Country Life, was instrumental in developing the creative concept, assimilating several of the still photos used in the video, and helping edit the narrative language. Stefan Brodsky, our videographer, spent several days on the road meeting with Colorado co-op em- Kent Singer ployees and shooting footage of their projects and service territories. Jim Van Someren, our creative consultant, provided a huge assist in refining our message and keeping the project moving forward. Most importantly, I want to thank all of the folks at Colorado’s electric co-ops who helped us with the video, including those who ended up on camera: Steve Casey at Holy Cross Energy, Steve Metheny and Jim Hennegan at Delta-Montrose Electric Association, Jeff Wadsworth at Poudre Valley REA, Bill Annan at Morgan County REA, Susan Hunter at Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, and Jerry Marizza and Ron Asche at United Power. If you ever worked on a project like this, you know the logistics are complicated and require the cooperation of a lot of people. This video, “Colorado’s Electric Co-ops: Energy and Innovation,” demonstrates that Colorado’s electric co-ops are fulfilling our long-standing mission to provide safe, affordable and reliable electric service, and we are also integrating renewable resources and new technology to better serve our memberowners. The projects shown in this video are just a sample, and I have no doubt that somewhere down the road you will be able to watch “Energy and Innovation: The Sequel.”

Kent Singer, Executive Director

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[ letters] Celebrating Hunting I just read Dennis Smith’s article on hunting as a valid sport. (Outdoors, October ’14) I agree with his take on it 100 percent. I have been hunting since I can remember. Hunting is one of those things that you either understand or you don’t. I think that it is sad that more people do not expose their minds to the possibilities that are out there. Norm Benson, Fraser

No Laughing Matter Must we stoop so low as to applaud inappropriate “jokes”? (October ’14) A few years back, Art Linkletter had a television show called “Kids Say the Darndest Things” and he had the good sense to skip the inappropriate things. When I was a young lady, the saying “got knocked up” was a degrading saying and, as far as I know, it still is. There is nothing funny or nice about it. Shirley A. Mikita, Colorado Springs

The article on monsters (October ’14) was gruesome. Please ask Dennis Smith to stick with stories about hunting and animals — anything except monsters. Lila Taylor, Stratton

Value of Renewable Energy In all the years I have been reading Colorado Country Life, I cannot recall an editorial position suggesting we work toward renewable energy sources and that, while it might cost more now, it is worth the cost. I hear only about how much it would cost, regulations, inconvenience to customers, etc. Just because renewable energy may cost a bit more now, doesn’t mean that we aren’t getting value for that extra cost. A cleaner environment, a hedge against climate change and jobs right here in the USA that can’t be outsourced are all benefits we gain from renewable energy. Phillip Palise, Peyton & Long Beach, CA

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January 28-February 1 Durango Steampunk Snowdown Various Durango Locations January 30 Alamosa Ice Festival Downtown Alamosa 719-589-2105 January 31 Steamboat Springs “Writing a Book That Sells” Seminar Colorado Mountain College 10 am-3 pm • 970-870-4444


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[Country News] [what’s inside] n Capital Credit Retired n Did You Know? n Fight the Winter Chills n The Country Kitchen

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 Tim Power [general manager] Ron Baxa [office manager] Ben Orrell [member services specialist] Paul Norris [operations manager]



It’s that time of the year where I ment for K.C. Electric and give my recap of what happened helps us set our budgets on a at K.C. Electric Association duryearly basis. As part of that ing the past year. So let’s start by work plan, we completed work going back to the early part of on an 8-mile stretch of line 2014. in the Flagler area in 2014. In In February, we finished work 2015, we will do similar work on infrastructure to complete the in the Kit Carson area. territory swap with Mountain June brought another anView Electric Association on the Timothy Power nual meeting and election of west side of our service territory. directors. The meeting was As part of that swap, we welcomed nearly held in Cheyenne Wells at the fairgrounds. 100 former Mountain View members to Dan Mills and Kevin Penny were again K.C. Electric. (Susan Eden, #938900005) elected to represent Kit Carson County for The territory swap was made official in the next three years, defeating candidate January by the Colorado Public Utilities Dan Miltenberger. Bob Bledsoe ran unopCommission, and members were switched posed in Cheyenne County and was also in the spring. re-elected to a three-year term. Once again Also in February, K.C. Electric was we want to thank all involved in Cheyenne recognized with a Certificate of AchieveWells who helped with our meeting. Next ment for posting a strong score on its safety year’s annual meeting is planned for High inspection, called RESAP. This is somePlains High School in Siebert on June 4. thing we are proud of. Safety is an area that June also brought some stormy weather receives top priority at K.C. Electric. to the east side of our territory, near BurMarch saw another change at K.C. Eleclington. High winds tore down a number tric. The board of directors passed a new of Tri-State Generation and Transmission’s line extension policy, which changed how power line structures coming into the Burline extensions are paid for. In the past, lington substation from both the north and we used a variety of methods to determine the west. As a result, the area in and around what portion of line extensions were paid Burlington was without power for about by K.C. Electric. With the new line extena day. It took Tri-State about three weeks sion policy, one methodology is used for all to get all its structures rebuilt and restore line extensions and applied to all members things to normal. We were proud that our wanting a line extension. This simplifies linemen worked with Tri-State throughout the application and administration of line the outage and helped get power back to the extensions for members and employees. area as soon as possible. A month later, the board of directors In October, three of our directors were approved the work plan for 2014-2017. recognized by National Rural Electric CoThis work plan outlines the projects K.C. operative Association (our national trade Electric anticipates it will begin during that association) for their continuing director time period. It is used as a planning docueducation. Marvin Thaller, [continued on page 8] JANUARY 2015


[Country News] Another Year of Strong Capital Credit Retirements BY KEVIN PENNY || BOARD PRESIDENT


I am pleased to announce that the board of directors of K.C. Electric is retiring capital credits back to its member in the amount of $1.25 million for 2014. This does not include those capital credit retirements that have already been paid during the year for deceased patrons. Kevin Penny Besides those payments made for the beneficiaries of deceased patrons, the general retirements are made on a first-in, first-out basis. It is the belief of the directors that paying those capital credits to members this year would not adversely affect the financial integrity of the cooperative. It is our hope to continue to retire large segments of capital credits in the future; however, we have a lot of line building projects ahead of us that will require a large capital outlay. We will monitor our financial position next year on the amount of borrowing that will be required to make those financial obligations, which may have an effect on future

capital credit distributions. K.C. Electric is set apart from many business structures in that it is a cooperative, owned by its members. Yearly its margins are allocated to our members’ capital credit accounts in proportion to the amount of electricity they used. As you may recall, you receive a statement from K.C. Electric showing the amount of capital credits allocated to you for that year and the total amount that remains unpaid. Members receive an indirect benefit by K.C. Electric’s use of the retained margins, as that requires K.C. Electric to borrow less money, but the biggest benefit is when K.C. Electric pays back the capital credits. Should you have any questions, please contact a director or the office of K.C. Electric. We are happy to be able to return this amount of capital credit to you, members, and continue to show the benefits of being a part of this cooperative.

Did You Know? Space heaters are responsible for 32 percent of house fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Place your space heater on a level, nonflammable surface. n Make sure your space heater has an auto shutoff function. n Never pair your space heater with an extension cord. n Never leave a space heater unattended when it is in use. n Purchase space heaters that are cool to the touch. n




Energy Efficiency Tip of the Month They’re out of sight, but don’t forget about your air ducts. Taking care of them can save money and energy. Check ducts for air leaks. Take care of minor sealing jobs with heatapproved tape, especially in attics and in vented crawl spaces. Call the pros for major ductwork repairs.

2014 Year in Review [continued from page 7]

Jim Michal and Terry Tagtmeyer all received their Credential Cooperative Directors certification and Tagtmeyer also received his Board Leadership Certificate. Congratulations to all of you and thanks for your service. In November, the board of directors approved to return to our members about $1.25 million in capital credits. Checks were mailed to members in December. (See article from Board President Kevin Penny at left.) K.C. Electric continues to be in a strong financial position with its lenders. 2014 also brought a number of changes in our personnel. We saw the departure of Tim Ehrlich (lineman), Lance Smith (lineman), Darrin Laverenz (operations manager) and Bob Wilkins (line foreman). We appreciated their service to our members. With their departure, we welcomed Riley Shaffer (apprentice lineman) and Jacob Smith (apprentice lineman). Austin Talbert became the new line foreman at Flagler, replacing Wilkins. And Paul Norris became the new operations manager, replacing Laverenz. (*WIN, John Wilkins, #1111115200) We are currently in the process of hiring a couple more linemen. 2014 was definitely an eventful year. We had our share of ups and downs, but overall, it was a good year for the co-op. On behalf of everyone at K.C. Electric, I want to wish all our members a Happy New Year!

[Country News]



Another colder-than-normal winter is predicted for much of the country this year. Frigid temperatures cause heating systems to work overtime, and since heating and cooling can make up nearly half of your electric bill, you may experience sticker shock when you open that bill. Instead of waiting until after a potentially high bill is in your mailbox, be proactive. There are things you can do now to help ensure you are managing your energy use and spending less. When temperatures fall this winter, take these steps to help manage your use: t Wrap exposed pipes and water heaters that are in unheated spaces. t Make sure to change your furnace air filter once a month. (David Corliss, #1112240000) t Keep drapes closed at night as well as those on windows that don’t get direct sunlight during the day. t Caulk around the fireplace hearth, and caulk or weather-strip around doors and windows. t Log on to your K.C. Electric account to keep up with your use. If we have a few days of frigid temperatures, see how you can try to save on days that are milder. t Dress for the weather, even if you are inside. Wearing proper clothing, such as long sleeves and pants, or wrapping up in a cozy blanket will help combat the temptation of bumping up the thermostat. Using the tips above can certainly help you manage your energy use, but your bill may still be higher than normal in winter months. Why?

t Keep the fireplace damper closed when it is not in use. Leaving it open can bring cold air into the room. The weather makes a big impact on electric bills, accounting for nearly half of your bill. Even those with the most efficient heating systems will see more use in extreme weather. When extremely cold temperatures hit, our heaters work overtime. For example, even if you set your thermostat to our recommended 68 degrees in the winter, when it is 19 degrees outside, your system has to work hard to make up that 49-degree difference. Your heater works harder and cycles on and off more often, making your use much higher. Remember, there is value in comfort. For us to be comfortable in our homes, our heaters are will work harder, but it may be worth the additional cost to you. Call us at K.C. Electric and see what options might be right for you. Or speak to one of our energy efficiency experts. (Rogene Colby, #810100004) They can help you understand how weather and your use patterns affect your bill.



[Country News] THE COUNTRY KITCHEN PUMPKIN PECAN MUFFINS ¾ cup brown sugar plus extra for topping ¼ cup molasses ½ cup butter 1 egg beaten 1 cup smashed pumpkin 1 ¾ cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda ¼ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon ginger ½ teaspoon allspice ½ teaspoon cloves ¾ cup coarsely chopped pecans

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Oil and flour muffin cups or use cooking spray or cup liners. Cream brown sugar, molasses and butter. Add egg and pumpkin, blend well. Combine flour, baking soda, salt and spices. Add to pumpkin mixture. Fold in pecans. Fill cups 2/3 full. Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick in center comes out clean. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Makes 1 dozen. Lew Smethers, Hugo, CO


1 tablespoon vanilla 1 cup powdered sugar ½ cup plus 3 tablespoons margarine ¼ cup evaporated milk 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 ¾ cups flour 2 tablespoons cocoa ½ cup powdered sugar 1 cup finely chopped walnuts Mix 1 tablespoon vanilla with 1 cup powdered sugar. Mix well. Press through sieve and set aside to dry. Beat margarine until creamy. Beat in milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Sift flour, cocoa and ½ cup powdered sugar together. (Stanley Davis, #1109710000) Gradually stir into creamed mixture. Mix in walnuts. Chill. Roll dough into small balls (about 1 tablespoonful). Place 2 inches apart on baking sheet. Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes. Roll in vanilla-sugar mixture. Vanilla-sugar mixture may be tinted with food coloring if you wish. Lila Taylor, Stratton, CO 10



STATEMENT OF NONDISCRIMINATION This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer. If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the U.S. Department of Agriculture Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at www.ascr.usda. gov/complaint_filing_cust.html or at any USDA office or call 866-632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter by mail to U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C. 202509410 or fax to 202-690-7442 or email to program.

Grill Safety Never use a charcoal grill inside your home to cook with or heat the home. Burning charcoal gives off deadly carbon monoxide gas. Charcoal grills should only be used outdoors.


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 November Curtis Sayles of Seibert called to claim his prize and Darrell Roths of Arapahoe and Richard Pyle of Vona 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).




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Have you viewed the video of beautiful outdoor images with this month’s feature story on Rocky Mountain National Park’s 100th anniversary? Did you check out the advertisers’ websites by scanning their ads with your smartphone or tablet? You can do all that and more with Colorado Country Life’s new, improved app. For the past several months, Colorado Country Life offered these additional features through an app called Layar. With this January issue, our augmented features switched to a new and improved app. To access the new app, search for “Colorado Country Life Extras” in the Apple Store or Google Play and download it on your smartphone or tablet. Then keep that device handy as you read the magazine. When you see the little, black, phone-shaped icon in the magazine, you’ll find something additional when you scan that page. It may be a video or a link to a web-

site. It may be more photos or an extra recipe. For more information on exactly how the new app works, turn to page 2. We’re also offering a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 through this month’s extras. You must scan the pages to find the entry form. Using that form you can enter the drawing. The contest will be repeated in the February and March issues with the tablet giveaway on March 16 drawing. No mobile device? Then check the printed magazine for a second contest especially designed for those who are not currently connected to the Internet via mobile device. This contest will be for an iPad Mini. You may only enter this contest through the U.S. mail. You may to enter in January, February and March, with that drawing taking place March 16. So read the magazine, keep your mobile device handy and enjoy Colorado Country Life with a few “extras.”

Coal Consumption Expected to Drop

Gigi Dennis

Megan Gilman

Co-op Women Honored for Their Leadership


Two leaders in Colorado’s electric co-op community were recently honored as “Top Women in Energy” by the Denver Business Journal and Women in Energy, Inc. Gigi Dennis, senior manager of external affairs at Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc., and Megan Gilman, Holy Cross Energy board member, were included in the 2014 inaugural class of “Top Women in Energy.” Dennis, a former state senator who served as Colorado Secretary of State from 2005 to 2007, has worked in the electric co-op community since 2007. She is also a board member of Food Bank of the Rockies, the Foundation for Community Colleges and the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry. Gilman, who represents Holy Cross Energy on the Colorado Rural Electric Association Board of Directors, is president of Active Energies of Minturn. She also served on Colorado’s Energy Key Industry Network steering committee and currently sits on the board for Walking Mountains Science School. The electric co-ops are proud to see members of the co-op community recognized for their expertise.





Coal is still king when it comes to energy generation, providing about 39 percent of the total electricity generated in the United States and more than 60 percent of the electricity generated in Colorado. But the U.S. Energy Information Administration projects that those percentages will begin to slide in the coming year. EIA expects to find that coal usage increased 1.2 percent in 2014, but is predicting a drop of 0.4 percent in demand in 2015. More than 12,800 megawatts of capacity are expected to be shut down in 2015.

Did You Know?

Co-ops Serve Those Living in Poverty


Electric cooperatives serve in 327 of the nation’s 353 “persistent poverty counties.” Of the 42 million Americans served by cooperatives, an estimated 4 million live in counties where poverty is persistent. That means these co-op members live in counties where more than 20 percent of the population have lived at the poverty rate for the last 30 years. In Colorado, that includes Alamosa (24.4 percent); Costilla (27.4 percent); and Saguache (32.5 percent). Visit and see where these poverty counties are in the United States and where they intersect with electric co-op service territories.



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Did you know that this magazine is provided to you by your local electric cooperative? You get a copy of Colorado Country Life each month because it is the most convenient and economical way for your co-op to share information with its members. Cooperatives are founded on seven co-op principles with the fifth principle being “education, training and information.” To live up to this principle, Colorado’s electric co-ops use Colorado Country Life to educate and inform their members. Each month, the co-ops publish information about co-op services, director elections, member meetings, rate changes, energysaving options and more. Sending all of that information in individual mailings would increase costs and add to your electric bill. Many co-op members have a tendency to simply toss flyers and newsletters that only contain electric news. By weaving the electric information you need to know throughout an interesting magazine that covers a wide variety of interests, readership increases. And you learn more about your electric co-op. By working with other Colorado electric coops to publish part of the magazine, your local co-op can send all of this information to you for only a little more than 37 cents a month. The magazine has proven to be an efficient, costeffective way for your electric co-op to stay in touch with you and its other members. You will also find information on Colorado’s electric co-ops at and colorado Or follow the Colorado Touchstone Energy Co-ops on Facebook at REA or Face or on Twitter at Twitter. com/ColoradoREA or CountryLife.



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Does nuclear power play a role in the move to more environmentally friendly energy resources? Maybe, maybe not. Many green groups continue to call for a full shutdown of those power plants. At the same time five new nuclear power plants are scheduled to come online within a few years. A December poll by Morning Consult, a digital media company covering energy and Washington, shows cautious support for expanding nuclear power. As the graph above shows, a majority of Americans support nuclear power. That support drops when the question is about expanding nuclear power, although supporters remain in the majority.

Growing Your Own Heat


Imagine a building sided with hollow panels filled with water and algae that use photosynthesis to absorb carbon dioxide and generate heat that is fed into the building, heating the facility with a truly renewable resource. A company called Arup Deutschland recently won the applied innovations category of the Zumtobel Group Award with that kind of a system. Arup introduced its “Solarleaf” facade on a building in Hamburg, Germany. The micro algae are cultivated in flat panel “photo bioreactors” (right) on the side of the building, which generate the solar thermal heat. The algae is then harvested as biomass for energetic use or as a resource for food and pharmaceuticals. The bioreactors capture solar thermal heat with an efficiency of approximately 50 percent. Learn more about this project and see photos at




Do You Need to Build a Tiny House to Save Energy? More than size has an effect on energy usage BY THOMAS KIRK

A tiny house “movement” gained attention nationally as a reaction to the increased size of larger homes. Popularized by the television documentary “Tiny” and other media coverage, tiny homes typically measure less than 1,000 square feet — a far cry from the typical American home. In 1973, the average U.S. home measured 1,660 square feet. Since then, U.S. homes grew by more than 60 percent to reach an average size of 2,598 square feet in 2013 (with a slight dip in 2008 through 2010). But do smaller homes actually use less energy? What are the factors that determine how much energy a house consumes? As the size of homes increase, so do their energy demands. Examining only a home’s size shows a strong positive correlation between the square footage of a home and its energy consumption. In extreme cases, homes that measure more than 6,400 square feet (the top 1 percent of homes) use two-and-a-half times as much electricity as a 1,600-square-foot home. There’s additional space to be heated or cooled, more lighting is required and it’s likely that the number of appliances will increase. But, today’s home is also more energy efficient. Other factors, such as the age of the home, climate, income and behavior, influence energy consumption as well. U.S. Energy Information Administration data shows that homes built after the year 2000 use only 2 percent more energy than homes built before 2000, even though the newer homes are 30 percent larger on average and contain more electronic appliances. There are several reasons for this equilibrium in energy use




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despite the greater building size. First, homes are becoming more energy efficient. They are lit with compact fluorescent bulbs and LEDs instead of incandescents and use more efficient appliances. For example, an older refrigerator can use twice the amount of energy as a newer model of similar capacity. Second, homes today are built with more energy-efficient features. This includes better building shells, modern windows and more insulation. Larger homes in particular are more likely to include these types of energy-saving features. These changes are due to technological advances as well as policy changes that tightened building codes and raised the minimum energy efficiency standards for appliances. Programs such as Energy Star are educating consumers about the efficiency and cost savings of their products. Finally, more Americans are moving south to more moderate climates. This means less energy is used on space heating, and although the southern migration resulted in a 56 percent

increase in energy used for air-conditioning, it’s not enough to offset the space heating reduction. What this ultimately means is that the amount of energy a home uses is not predetermined by its size. While moving into a tiny home may not be practical or possible — they are often not allowed under current zoning regulations and only make up around 1 percent of homes — realize both large and small homes have the potential to be efficient. Rather than moving into a tiny home to save energy, consider looking into energy-efficient retrofits. For more ways to save, visit together Thomas Kirk is a technical research analyst specializing in energy efficiency and renewable energy for the Cooperative Research Network.

WiseSavers Check the condition of your cookware. According to U.S. Department of Energy, if a pan is warped it could use 50 percent more energy to boil water than a pan with a completely flat bottom. The flatter bottomed the cookware, the more contact with the heating element. Also, remember to use lids when bringing the contents of your pan to a boil. It will heat faster.




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Wilderness, Wildlife and Wonder on Rocky’s West Side BY M A RY P E C K


Smoke from smoldering sage wafted through the still evening air as the setting sun cast a glow on Grand Lake. It was September 2014, and a group of visitors and locals was gathered in a circle on the lake’s north shore as part of a special blessing of the sacred lake performed by Calvin StandingBear, a Lakota tribal elder. The blessing ceremony was among the first of many unique events planned for the coming year on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park in celebration of the park’s 100th birthday. The character of Rocky Mountain National Park’s west side is something that the majority of park visitors never experience. Of the estimated 3.5 million people who travel to the park each year, about 300,000 see the west side. The east entrance through Estes Park is an easy 90-minute drive from Denver International Airport, and although the west side entrance through Grand Lake is only an hour farther, it does require a higher altitude trek over the Continental Divide by way of Berthoud Pass or Trail Ridge Road. The park’s centennial, which kicked off September 3 and 4, 2014, and will culminate with rededication ceremonies on the same days in 2015, is an excellent opportunity to discover some of the lesser known treasures and history of a world famous national park, fondly nicknamed “Rocky,” in our own great state. One of those treasures is Rocky’s west side.




Author Mary Taylor Young taught nature writing courses in the park for 25 years and was selected to write Rocky Mountain National Park: The First 100 Years (Far Country Press, available at Taylor Young spent her childhood summers at her grandparents’ cabin near the upper west boundary of the park. “In general, the west side is much less visited and the trails are not that heavily hiked,” she noted. “And I would bet a lot of people don’t know there’s a mining ghost town there called Lulu City. There’s almost nothing left there any more.” A 3.7-mile hike starting at the Colorado River Trailhead will take you to the site of the once booming mining town. Many of the west side’s hiking trails begin within the Kawuneeche Valley, a lush 20-mile-long valley carved by the Colorado River at the base of the Never Summer Mountain Range. Its Arapaho name means “Valley of the Coyote,” and, along with the occasional coyote, moose, deer, elk and quantities of other wildlife are likely seen by visitors throughout the valley. Because it straddles the Continental Divide, the climate on the park’s west side is noticeably different than the more arid east side. Parts of the Kawuneeche Valley can get up to 20 feet of snow in the winter. “There’s a distinct difference in the weather,” said Rebecca Roland, a Rocky Mountain National Park ranger based on the

residents in winter and about 3,000 in summer.

Granby and the Alva B. Adams Tunnel. The Adams Tunnel runs 13 miles under the park, connecting the west and east sides. Snowmelt enters the tunnel from Grand Lake and, after traveling for about two hours, exits the east portal just outside of Estes Park. As it descends, the water powers several hydroelectric plants before it reaches Horsetooth Reservoir, Carter Lake and Boulder Reservoir. The immense snowfall makes for a beautiful and fruitful, albeit short, growing season. Homesteaders on the west side largely found ranching difficult if not impossible. Transitioning ranching properties to dude ranches was not uncommon in the early turn of the century. Holzwarth Historic Site was one of the first dude ranches in the area and was acquired by Rocky Mountain National Park in 1974. It was restored to its 1920s appearance and is home to a number of west side events. Visitors can see cabins filled with furnishings and artifacts from the era. While there are still private residences within the park, many of them, as well as private land, were acquired for the park in the past 100 years. Trail River Ranch, just 4 miles inside the park’s west entrance, is one of the few remaining ranches in the park. “It was homesteaded in 1914 and started as a cattle ranch, like many did,” said Dave Lively, local historian and centennial speaker series volunteer. “But it eventually became a resort property for the family.” The volunteer group Friends of Trail River Ranch* is now working to preserve and restore the property for use as a public learning and activity center that will provide in-depth educational experiences on the park’s west side. Buildings that serve a variety of Photograph by Mary Peck

west side. “A lot of the precip drops on this side. It’s a lot wetter climate.” All that moisture makes the park’s fertile west side a haven for moose, which became somewhat of a signature for the town of Grand Lake. “They were introduced to North Park in 1978, and two dozen animals have become almost 2,600 in the state,” Roland said. With an estimated 90 percent of the west side’s adult lodgepole pines lost to the mountain pine beetle, more sunlight is now hitting the aspen and the forest floor. That creates more ground cover for food, and Roland expects moose, elk, mountain lions, bobcats and coyotes to continue to thrive. Water, in all its forms, is a frequent and fascinating subject across the area. Roland believes it’s the most important part of Rocky Mountain National Park’s west side. “We preserve the headwaters of a major U.S. water source,” said Roland. “It’s unique that we have the Colorado River headwaters, and the Colorado gives water to 36 million people. It goes through seven states and two Mexican states, four national parks and five national monuments.” Front Range dwellers may not wholly realize that the majority of their water comes to them from the west side of the Continental Divide. “Sixty percent of Denver’s water comes from here,” said Roland. The idea of bringing Colorado River water to the thirsty, populous eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains began in the 1880s. Today there are a total of 19 waterdiversion projects on the west side, all created to harness this valuable The town of Grand Lake is considered the gateway to resource and push it east. They the western entrance of include the hand-dug, 14-mile-long Rocky Mountain National Grand Ditch as well as Grand Lake, Park. It is home to Shadow Mountain Reservoir, Lake approximately 400-500



Trail River Ranch sits at the confluence of the Bowen and Baker streams and the Colorado River. Preservation efforts are being made so that the property can serve as an educational and activity center on the park¹s west side.

Photograph by Mary Peck

town Granby on July 4. “It’s really about the people who come here and the communities around the park,” said Roland. “It’s much more of their celebration than it is just ours, so we decided that would be a good way to celebrate, to let the communities hold events.” The theme of the yearlong celebration of centennial events is “Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder: Honor the Past, Celebrate the Present, Inspire the Future.” With its rich, distinct history, honoring Rocky’s past means honoring the past of a place unlike any on earth. “If you think about writing the history of any park with the words Rocky Mountain in its name, you’re just going to have to start with the beginning of the mountains, so essentially the dawn of time,” said Taylor Young. “There are rocks in the park visible from Trail Ridge Road that are a billion years old.” Ten thousand years ago humans lived intermittently in the mountains in areas that now fall within the park’s boundary. The Ute people lived there 6,000 years ago, and the Cheyenne and Arapaho occasionally made excursions to the mountains but mostly lived on the plains. Fur trappers and traders arrived in the early 1800s. A half century later, the gold rush was in full force and tourism increased as word spread about the beauty of Estes Park and Grand Lake. “It’s interesting how people managed to get here,” said Kathy Means, park volunteer and vice president of the Grand Lake Area Historical Society. “And then when they came, they stayed, because it was hot in the city. The lake was the attraction here.” Rocky Mountain National Park was dedicated on September 4, 1915, thanks to the efforts of naturalist Enos Mills, businessman

purposes are scattered across Rocky’s west side, and all receive electric power from Mountain Parks Electric Association, Inc., headquartered in Granby. Operations Superintendent Bruce Van Bockern said that power lines run about 10 miles into the park and were originally constructed in the 1950s. But with frequent outages due to trees falling on the lines, the decision was made to bury the nearly 48,000 feet of line. The project was completed in 2008. “It’s unique in itself that we’re able to work with the park service,” said Van Bockern. “They know, as we know, how important it is to maintain the lines.” While the inefficiency of tending to power outages roughly twice a week on the west side is now gone, Van Bockern said the Mountain Parks linemen would make haste getting out of the office to check out issues and take in the stunning beauty of the park while they worked. “It’s a blessing to be up here,” he said. “Every day seems like a vacation.” Mountain Parks Electric is a key player in the area’s west side centennial celebrations throughout the year, and a main sponsor of the park’s 100th anniversary signature parade event in down-

The theme of the yearlong celebration of centennial events is “Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder: Honor the Past, Celebrate the Present, Inspire the Future.”




Photograph by Bob Ferguson

The Little Buckaroo barn is one of the most widely photographed barns in Colorado. Built in 1942 by ranchers from Louisiana, the barn is on the National Register of Historic Places as an excellent example of Cajun Mountain style architecture.

F.O. Stanley, Rocky Mountain News editor William Byers, Colorado Mountain Club president James Grafton Rogers and other advocates. Members of the Colorado Mountain Club played important and interesting roles in driving the legislation that created the park. In 1914, at the suggestion of the U.S. Geological Survey to have the peaks within the proposed park named, two young women within the club ventured to Wyoming’s Wind River Indian Reservation and arranged for Arapaho elders and an interpreter to travel into Estes Valley on an expedition to name many of the peaks and other geographic locations. During the two-week excursion, the Arapaho men named 24 peaks and the Kawuneeche Valley. The Colorado Mountain Club is celebrating the centennial by leading climbs of 100 peaks in five different regions of the park, which will total 100 miles. If that sounds overly ambitious, Trail Ridge Road, the ”highway to the sky,” is an unforgettable option for viewing the highest elevations of the park, ascending to just over 12,000 feet. Drivers can tour Rocky for 48 miles between Grand Lake and Estes Park along the highest continuous paved road in the country. Mother Nature decides its travel season, but it’s generally open from late May through October. However you see it, whenever you see it, one thing is certain: You will be changed by the spectacular year-round wonder of the west side. “It’s a year of celebration,” said Roland. “It’s a big deal.” Whether it’s to be part of a profound lake blessing, join ranger-led snowshoe walks and ski tours, visit a museum, ice fish, attend a historic re-enactment or to enjoy a wealth of other memorable experiences, plan a visit to wish Rocky a happy birthday this year. You’re the one who will go home with a gift. Mary Peck is a freelance writer who enjoys the wealth of experiences and learning opportunities that every story offers. She lives with her family in Northern Colorado.

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Try these options, which are delicious any time of the day BY AMY HIGGINS || AHIGGINS@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG

Everything in Moderation If you’re watching your cholesterol, keep your egg intake at a minimum or opt for egg whites only. Egg yolks are high in cholesterol — about 185 milligrams per yolk, according to the Mayo Clinic — a leading cause of heart disease.

Eggs, Eggs Everywhere Did you know that there are more chickens in the world than humans? Also, chickens will lay approximately one egg per day. That’s a lot of eggs.


Eggs are loaded with vitamins and minerals your body craves. They are a great source of protein, which builds stronger muscles and keeps you feeling fuller longer. But most of all, eggs are scrumptious … any time of day. Although these recipes call for sausage, you can use any other breakfast meat or increase the veggie and cheese portions for a delicious vegetarian meal.

Cornbread With Spicy Sausage 1 12-ounce package spicy breakfast sausage 1 cup yellow cornmeal 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 eggs 1 cup milk 1/4 cup butter, melted 3/4 cup chopped red bell pepper 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Slice sausage with knife, and then peel and remove casings. In a skillet, cook and crumble sausage until no longer pink; drain and set aside. In a bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, combine eggs, milk and butter; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in sausage, red bell pepper and cheese. Pour into a greased 8-inch square baking pan. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm. Source: Johnsonville Foods

Olé Tortilla Cups 1 12-ounce package breakfast sausage 9 6-inch flour tortillas, at room temperature 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Mexican blend cheese 6 eggs 1/2 cup milk 1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper 1/4 cup chopped cilantro 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper Salsa, optional Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook sausage according to package directions; cut into small pieces and set aside. Coat muffin pan and both sides of tortillas with cooking spray. Cut tortillas into quarters. Arrange three tortilla pieces in each muffin cup, overlapping to fit. Press tortillas gently and firmly into muffin pan. (Tortillas should stick up higher than muffin cup sides.) Arrange half of the cheese in tortilla-lined muffin cups. Top with sausage and remaining cheese. In a medium bowl, mix together eggs, milk, bell pepper, cilantro, salt and pepper. Carefully pour into cups. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until eggs are set. Serve with salsa, if desired. Source: Johnsonville Foods










What’s a gardener to do during these short days of winter? This really isn’t much of a hardship as gardeners are typically imaginative people who love to plan and learn. Isn’t that the reason for the proliferation of books, catalogs and websites focused on gardening? All are wonderful companions for a frigid, snowy evening. To test your knowledge, here’s a brief quiz for Colorado gardeners. Good luck! 1. When green-thumbed gardeners from Oregon or Pennsylvania move to Colorado, they’re often shocked that the plants they stick in the ground here don’t take off they way they did back home. That’s because: a. Colorado’s average elevation is 6,800 feet above sea level. That means intense sunlight mixed with low humidity. b. A lot of Colorado’s dirt is made up of alkaline clay soils. It needs patient and persistent amending. c. Colorado’s winds and changeable weather are hard on plants, which must be protected and carefully chosen for their hardiness. d. All of the above. 2. It’s best to plant the same kind of vegetables in the same place every year. a. Yes. The nematodes in the soil become accustomed to various specific

plants growing there, meaning you have to start the soil-building process over again every time you switch. b. Yes. You know where the sun is best for tomatoes, sweet peas and other plants, and so it’s ideal to plant them in that best spot every year. c. No. Who wants to grow the same thing every year? d. No. Different plants deplete the soil of different nutrients, and so it’s best to rotate.

4. It’s a good idea to save seeds because: a. You are playing a part in preserving genetic variety and biodiversity. b. You are preserving varietal characteristics you want. c. You are creating varieties specifically adapted to your particular microclimate and soils. The seeds from the best plants of each generation will give you increasingly better plants. d. All of the above.

3. Who uses the most pesticides per acre of land? a. Farmers, who must use more pesticides than they’d like because their crops feed the world, and pests become resistant. b. Homeowners, who use pesticide on their lawns and gardens. c. Pot farmers, who use chemicals meant for lawns. d. Apartment dwellers, who want to use up the bottles of pesticide they buy and have only a couple of planters to put the stuff on.

5. The best Xeriscape means: a. A mix of plants that take little or no irrigation beyond the natural rainfall. b. Rocks. Lots of rocks. c. Letting nature reclaim your yard so there is zero landscaping. That’s what the word means. d. Wooden decks and some geraniums in terracotta planters. 6. Invasive species to avoid planting in Colorado include: a. Oregon grape. b. Rabbitbrush.

2. d. Rotating your crops will also reduce pest problems and diseases harbored in the soil while maintaining soil structure. Even if you have only one place in your garden that’s sunny enough for tomatoes, it’s best not to plant them there every year. 3. b. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, homeowners use up to 10 times more chemical pesticide per acre keeping up their lawns. That’s to the great detriment of pollinators, frogs and other beneficial species. However, if you answered c., give yourself a pat on the back. The studies aren’t in yet, but medical marijuana samples in California showed up to 1,600 times the legal amount of pesticide residue.




7. Colorado gardeners can grow luscious, huge rhododendrons if they: a. Move, preferably to a coastal area with acidic soil. b. Only use well water on them. c. Grow them in the full sun. d. Grow them in containers with acidic soil.

HOW TO SCORE Give yourself 20 points for every right answer. • 120 to 140: You know your stuff! Time to start advising the neighbors. • 60 to 100: Spend a little more time at the Colorado State

ANSWERS 1. d. The Colorado State University Extension has a wealth of information for Colorado gardeners, both new and native, with suggestions to outwit Colorado conditions.

c. Oxeye daisies. d. All of the above.

University Extension website, 4. d. But remember that hybrids will not reproduce true to type.

at a class or with those gar-

5. a. Xeriscape is derived from the Greek word xeros, meaning dry. It means landscaping in a way that reduces the need to irrigate beyond the natural rainfall.

• 40 or below: Apartment liv-

6. c. Oxeye daisies readily naturalize in Colorado, crowding out native species. The Colorado State University Extension names them, along with yellow and Dalmatian toadflax, as the three most problematic, invasive herbaceous plants in the state. 7. a. Sorry, Colorado’s alkaline soil and water kills “rhodies,” as does the harsh sunshine and cold. You may find success with dwarf rhododendrons in big containers with acidic soil in dappled shade. Keep them carefully watered, not too much and not too little.

dening books. You’ll get there.

ing actually has a lot going for it. No lawns to mow, no pesky house maintenance and lots of neighbors close by. On the other hand, every gardener begins as a beginning gardener.


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

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In With the Old, Out With the New Fly-fishing gear is coming full circle BY DENNIS SMITH

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It’s a new year! And that means you most likely resolved to eat healthier and exercise more, right? This year, while you’re making resolutions, consider resolving to boost the energy efficiency of your home.




I know I say this every January, but I can’t believe the year is over already and we’re celebrating the next one. But now that it’s here, I also can’t help but wonder what radical, new earth-shaking developments the tackle manufacturers will try to lay on us in the coming year. I’ve been fly-fishing long enough now to recognize that, rod, reel and line makers like to promote their latest and greatest inventions as “ingenious, revolutionary state-of-the-art products capable of delivering unheard of performance and outstanding value.” Most, in fact, are merely extraordinarily overpriced evolutionary enhancements to the same old equipment we used for a hundred years. I mean, regardless of whether they’re made from spiral wound fiberglass, vertically aligned carbon filaments boron with titaniumdampened strips of magnesium oxide, fly rods are still fishing poles, right? Long, skinny sticks with line guides and cork handles we use to catch fish. And all that scientific sounding mumbo jumbo about state-of-the-art performance usually has more to do with the manufacturer’s shop-floor technique and marketing strategy than it does with actual product performance. Even if it’s true some new-age fly rods are capable of slinging a line 100 feet or more, not one in 100 fly fishermen can cast that much line, no matter what kind of “thunder stick” they use. And fewer still are capable

of controlling even half that much line on a moving river (where, by the way, more than 90 percent of us conduct our fly-fishing efforts). And, if we’re perfectly honest with ourselves, most of us probably catch the majority of our fish within 10 to 20 feet of the river bank. Ironically it seems, the longer one fly fishes, the more likely one is to grow weary of acquiring the latest in razzledazzle, high-performance rods and peripheral equipment and to revert to familiar old gear. This may explain, in part, why we’re seeing a lot more bamboo rods on the streams again. And you may have noticed that fiberglass fly rods are making a comeback too. Manufacturers like Russ Peak and the Scott Rod Company are telling us their new fiberglass rods cast just like the best bamboo rods ever made and may be the ultimate in fly-casting instruments. So we’re back to bamboo again. Hmmm. The majority of guys that I fly fish with now all fish with bamboo, and it didn’t take much arm twisting to get me to join their ranks. Of course, most of us are old guys who started out with bamboo back in the day. So it might just be we were lured by the subtle tug of nostalgia and a suppressed desire to relive old memories. But it also seems weirdly prophetic that, after having tried all the “latest and greatest” stuff for decades, we mysteriously came back to our roots. Happy New Year.

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Most people think of a kitchen faucet as a simple valve to turn water on or off and to set the water temperature. But the proper selection of a kitchen faucet has a significant impact on water and energy savings, not to mention convenience, health and kitchen decor. The most recent, convenient and efficient kitchen faucet is controlled when it detects the user. Without the need to turn on or off the water via the handle, the water flow is controlled with the wave or touch of a hand. This provides significant water and energy savings, particularly when rinsing during food preparation and washing dishes by hand. For most people, using a standard faucet consumes more water and energy when washing dishes by hand than when running a properly loaded, efficient dishwasher. With these new faucet features, hand-washing dishes can be more efficient than the The wave of a hand over dishwasher. the proximity sensor turns water on and off. Another advantage of these innovative faucets is the handle is touched less often, so the attractive finish lasts longer. Also, with all the health concerns today about diseases from cross contamination of foods, touching the handle less is a real plus; few people wash the handle each time they touch it. There are two no-hands technologies. One type detects the slight electrical charge from your touch to open or close a special valve. This way, you can hold several plates in each hand while doing dishes and tap anywhere on the faucet fixture with your elbow or forearm to start the water flow and stop it when rinsing dishes. The other technology has a proximity sensor on the top and in the front of the faucet neck. Waving a hand over the top sensor triggers the solenoid. This requires one free hand. The sensor on the front of the neck senses hands when they are in a typical hand-washing position. Learn more about new faucet technologies at Look under the Energy tab for Energy Tips.








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VACATION RENTAL KONA, HAWAII, Paradise Villa condo located on the 18th fairway of Kona Country Club with sweeping ocean views; 3bdr, 2ba specials. (503) 369-2638; www. (116-03-15) VAIL DUPLEX – 3bd, 2.5ba, garage; on bus route; 3 night minimum. $250/night, $1700/week. 303-4432607 (212-01-15)

WANTED TO BUY MOSS ROCK, Colorado or Wyoming Moss Rock -– I will buy your moss rock or sell it for you. All types, colors, and sizes considered; the more moss the better, the more unusual, the better. Call Tim for details, 303-588-5021 (208-02-15) NAVAJO RUGS, old and recent, native baskets, pottery. Tribal Rugs, Salida. 719-539-5363, (817-06-15) OLD COLORADO LIVESTOCK brand books prior to 1975. Call Wes 303-757-8553. (889-02-15)

FIND HIDDEN TREASURES IN THE CLASSIFIEDS? Read through the ads and FIND the CCL classified explaining how to win a $25 gift card.

It’s easy. You could WIN.

[funny stories] WANTED TO BUY



OLD COWBOY STUFF–hats, boots, spurs, chaps, Indian rugs, baskets, etc. ANYTHING OLD! Mining & railroad memorabilia, ore carts! We buy whole estates. We’ll come to you! Call 970-759-3455 or 970-5651256. (871-03-15)

OLD POCKET WATCHES – working or non-working and old repair material. Bob 719-859-4209 (87006-15)

WANTED: JEEP CJ OR WRANGLER. Reasonably priced. No rust buckets. 888-735-5337 (099-04-15)

OLD GAS AND OIL items: Gas pumps, advertising signs, globes, etc. Pieces, parts, etc. considered. Also 1932-34 Ford cars and trucks, parts and pieces, too. Any condition. Brandon, 719-250-5721. (519-11-15)

WANT TO PURCHASE minerals and other oil/gas interests. Send details to: PO Box 13557, Denver, CO 80201. (402-03-15)

WE PAY CASH for minerals and oil/gas interests, producing and nonproducing. 800-733-8122 (09902-15)

WANT TO PURCHASE rear axle for Gibson Model D tractor or complete rear end assembly. Bob, 719-598-2310. (217-01-15)

Send us photos of you with Colorado Country Life

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 January 15 we’ll draw a winner from the submissions and send that winner a $25 gift card.

On New Year’s Day, Kelton’s dad insisted he eat at least one black-eyed pea. After much crying and fussing, the 4-yearold finally put one in his mouth and started chewing. Kelton grimaced, shivered, shook, gagged and gagged some more. His mother told him to take a drink and wash it down. After taking a big drink he said, “Umm, that was good!” Terry Wallace, Springfield One very cold, snowy winter day, only the pastor and one farmer arrived at the country church. The pastor said, “Well, I guess we won’t have a service today.” The farmer replied, “Heck, even if only one cow shows up at feeding time, I feed it.” The pastor obliged and did the entire service. As the farmer was leaving, the pastor shook his hand and asked, “How did I do?” “It was OK,” the farmer replied. “But if only one cow shows up at feeding time, I don’t drop the full load on it.” Bonnie Stafford, Loveland

On Sunday morning, as my 7-year-old niece and I were leaving church, I stopped to chat with the priest. Upon walking away, I said to the priest, “Thank you, Father.” With a shocked expression, my niece asked, “He’s your dad?” Charlotte Medina, Denver

Because I am an older pregnant mother, my doctor is constantly referring to the complications that may arise because of my age. So at the end of my last appointment, he said, “I’ll see you in four weeks.” I replied dryly, “Yes, you can tell me all about how old I am again.” To which he responded, “Oh, no. At that appointment we’ll talk about your weight.” Rebecca Blanchard, Colorado Springs


This month’s winning photo with the magazine shows professional skydivers Stanton (Dink) Snyder (left) and Rusty Bobby Wardlow (right) sharing a story and a joke with pilot Nick Sharan (behind skydivers) and skydiving student Ralph Novak (not pictured) on their way to altitude over the Fremont County Airport near Penrose.

We pay $15 to each person who submits a funny story that’s printed in the magazine. 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.

$15 JANUARY 2015



Wrapped in Comfort

Boost the bond with your baby comfortably and cutely with a Boba Wrap, made by Boba in Boulder. Simply tie the Boba Wrap around your body, tuck baby safely inside and enjoy holding your little one without surrendering the use of your hands. The Boba Wrap is made with soft cotton interweaved with spandex that holds its form throughout the day. The wrap is designed without fasteners, so there is no need to worry that hardware will dig into you or baby. In addition, the stretchy fabric is convenient for mothers who are breastfeeding. The Boba Wrap holds babies 7 to 35 pounds. It comes in a range of colors including black, bamboo and sangria and are available in solid colors and patterned designs. Prices range from $37.95 to $49.95. For more information and to order, call 888567-9727 or visit

Dandy Diaper Bags Fashion Meets Function

Your friends will never guess you’re carrying a diaper bag if it’s a JP Lizzy. These bags carry all the essentials you and your baby need when you’re out and about, but with a fashionable flair. Whether your style calls for punches of color, pretty prints or simple and sophisticated, the Centennialbased company has a diaper bag you’ll be proud to wear on your shoulder. JP Lizzy bag prices range from $47 to $98. Visit to order yours. 30



Daddy’s Diaper Bag

A man doesn’t have to lug around a frilly diaper bag just because he’s on an outing with his little one. He should carry a bag that suits his style yet accommodates all of baby’s supplies. The DadGear Original Messenger bag sells from $89 to $110 and is available in 73 colors and patterns, many of which mom will marvel over as well. For more information and to order from the Colorado company, call 303-221-1511 or visit

A Book of Dreams


Imagine Childhood is a business based in Castle Rock that aspires to inspire children to tune in to their imaginations. So it’s no wonder the store’s owner, Sarah Olmsted, wrote the book Imagine Childhood: Exploring the World Through Nature, Imagination and Play, featuring an assortment of activities children can enjoy to foster their imaginations. Inside Imagine Childhood you’ll find projects such as creating a paint can banjo, a magic lantern projector or a bird of paradise mask. Olmsted’s own imagination translates beautifully into the pages of Imagine Childhood; she brings to life excitability, adventure and inspiration with her vivid narration. Enter our January contest for a chance to win a copy of Imagine Childhood by emailing your name, address and phone number to contests@coloradocountrylife. org. Be sure to include “Imagine Childhood” in the subject line. We will choose a winner on January 21. Find out more about the book and shop the store by visiting







Colorado Country Life January 2015 KC  

Colorado Country Life January 2015 KC

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