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2018 CREA ANNUAL MEETING
Celebrating Colorado’s electric co-ops as we look to a powerful future BY KENT SINGER CREA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KSINGER@COLORADOREA.ORG Representatives from each of Colorado’s 22 electric distribution co-ops and their power supply co-op, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, meet in Denver every year for the Colorado Rural Electric Association Annual Meeting. We hold this meeting during the legislative session so that our members can meet with their representatives in the Colorado General Assembly, and we surround those legislative meetings with lots of educational Kent Singer opportunities, speakers and updates on the activities of our trade association. This year’s February 10-13 annual meeting was a high-energy event featuring discussions about Colorado’s energy landscape and how electric co-ops fit into that picture. In fact, the theme of this year’s Annual Meeting was “Powering Colorado’s Future,” because there is no doubt that electric co-ops will be key players in providing reliable and affordable power across Colorado for many years to come. Of course, the electricity industry is evolving and we brought in a variety of speakers to talk about some of those changes. Experts from the Colorado School of Mines and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory provided an update on battery storage technology, and we also heard from the CEOs of the state’s two largest utilities, Tri-State and Xcel Energy, with respect to their plans for future power supply.
Lunch panel with Tri-State Generation and Transmission CEO Mike S. McInnes (middle), Xcel Energy CEO David L. Eves (right) and Kent Singer, moderator (left).
At this year’s meeting, I was amazed to hear about the variety of renewable energy, energy efficiency and other projects that are under way in co-op service territories. Projects included largescale solar arrays, battery storage, small hydropower, automated metering and more. Colorado’s electric co-ops are fully engaged and aware of the new developments in the electric industry, and they are deploying these new technologies and programs at a pace that makes sense for their specific co-op. Our meetings with state legislators also went well. Almost a quarter of all the legislators in the General Assembly attended our legislative reception, and our Co-op Day at the Capitol speakers included Sen. Don Coram (R), House Majority Leader 4
K.C. Becker (D), Rep. Jeni Arndt (D), and Rep. Jim Wilson (R). We have been working hard on a bill to help provide broadband service to unserved parts of rural Colorado, and we appreciate the efforts of all the legislators who have supported that goal. One of our main messages to the legislators was that every co-op in Colorado is unique, and one-size-fits-all policies usually don’t work well for co-ops. Each year bills are introduced in the legislature that mandate our power supply choices, and we generally don’t support those bills because we believe our locally-elected boards understand our facilities and individual circumstances much better than the legislature. In addition to legislative discussions, we also heard a safety update from Phil Irwin, the CEO of Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange, along with our own Director of Safety and Loss Control Dale Kishbaugh. Although Dale has been on the job for less than a year, he has brought a new focus and energy to CREA’s safety programs that is much appreciated by our members. Dale and Phil talked about the encouraging trend of fewer accidents in the co-op family, but expressed concern that too many serious accidents are still occurring around the country. We’ll continue to do everything we can to help your coop line crews and office staff avoid on-the-job injuries. Being a director on the board of an electric co-op requires an understanding of a lot of complex issues, from power supply to accounting to legal matters. CREA provides training courses at the annual meeting that enable Colorado co-op directors to achieve various certification levels established by the national trade association, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. For the first time, 80 percent of Colorado’s electric co-op directors are now accredited as Credentialed Cooperative Directors, and many have also received their Director Leadership or Director Gold certification. By providing these courses in Colorado, CREA saves members a great deal of money on registration fees and travel expenses that they would incur if they had to travel out of state to take the training. While our annual meeting is mostly business, we also had a little fun. At our awards banquet, we were entertained by a musician and comedian by the name of Joe Stoddard. Joe is a tremendous guitar player and singer who, among other talents, does a unique impression of Bob Dylan (you’ll have to see his show to see what I mean). For me, the highlight of Joe’s show was when the co-op folks joined in on the chorus of John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” Turns out I’m not the only “singer” in the group!
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I enjoyed reading the cover article on the Colorado Mounted Rangers (January ’18). My grandfather, Harry Jarrell, was a ranger for over 30 years, retiring several years ago as Harry Jarrell the oldest ranger in the organization’s history. He was 95 years old the last time he rode a horse. He was 101 when he passed away in May 2017. The rangers will always be special to our family. Kelsey Lancaster, Durango La Plata Electric member Great article. I’ve had a lot of positive feedback from various parts of the state. Lt. Col. William A. Tolbert, Colorado Mounted Rangers Really enjoyed the article on the Colorado Mounted Rangers. Always see the rangers around town, but never knew much about them, what they do, their history, etc. Great article. Paul Matlock, Pagosa Springs La Plata Electric member
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WHITE RIVER ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION
[White River] THE VALUE OF ELECTRICITY CONTINUES TO SHINE BY ALAN J. MICHALEWICZ | GENERAL MANAGER | AMICH@WREA.ORG
How many of us remember dropping into White River Electric Association’s office with our parents and grandparents to pay the light bill? Whether you do that in person, by mail or online today, paying your monthly bill does a lot more than just keep the lights on. Electricity keeps us connected to our modern world. Consider all the Alan J. Michalewicz necessities and conveniences we enjoy in part because of the power lines running to the electric meter outside your home. Think of your televisions, desktop, laptop, tablet, printer, gaming consoles, music and video players and personal assistant devices. Whether they get used every day or just occasionally, the electricity that keeps them working comes from White River Electric. Have you looked around your kitchen lately? You probably have a coffee maker, toaster and microwave oven, and a lot of us have several other modern small appliances. If you have a craft nook or workshop, the power tools and machines you use to cut and shape your projects are either plugged in or recharged from the outlets connecting your household wiring to White River Electric. You use electricity to run all these devices and still keep the lights on, use the stove, heat and cool your home and get hot water from the tap. The good news is, even as we rely more on electricity, it’s still a bargain, especially compared to other things we pay for regularly. Since 2011, medical care, residential rental rates and education increased at rates of 3 percent or more per year. Butter, meat and egg costs go up by more than 1 to 2 percent annually, and bread costs rise better than a half point on average. Electricity costs rise around 1 percent per year, but co-ops across the country report a decline in average residential use per household since 2010. That means we’re doing more things with less energy. Kilowatt-hour use per household dropped by 8 percent between 2010 and 2016, slightly less than the 9 percent decline reported by all electric utilities nationwide. When it comes to value, electricity is a clear winner, and we’re always looking for ways to share with you how to make it
even better. That’s why we at White River Electric urge energy efficiency, encourage you to look for Energy Star appliances and promote technology designed to give members more control over their electricity use. Energy performance dashboards, smart thermostats and power strips, and appliance settings that shift most water heating, laundry and dishwashing outside of peak rate periods help reduce the co-op’s overall power demand. They also give you opportunities to control and even trim your monthly utility bills. That’s good for families, couples and individuals trying to live within their budgets. And it’s going to become even more important as digital devices and internet-connected technologies become even more important in our lives. The average home now has 10 Wi-Fi connected devices. That number is expected to explode to 50 by 2020. Technology and the gateways that keep it working use electricity, so you’ll depend on White River Electric for more than the power that keeps the lights on. That’s why your co-op is always working to provide service that’s reliable, affordable and even more valuable to our members.
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Lights that flicker, blink or dim are signs of an electrical problem. Also, if your wall plates are discolored or warm to the touch or if they are crackling or buzzing, call a professional to inspect your electrical system. MARCH 2018
[White River] GIVE YOURSELF ARC FAULT CIRCUIT PROTECTION
An arc fault circuit interrupter, also known as an AFCI, is an electrical safety device for homes that provides enhanced protection from fires resulting from unsafe home wiring conditions. Many people are familiar with a “short circuit,” which is a type of fault that occurs when two conductors of an electric circuit touch each other. The current flow caused by a short circuit is usually high and rapid and is quickly
detected and halted by conventional circuit protective devices, such as fuses or circuit breakers. An arc fault, however, is characterized by the low and erratic flow of electricity. Due to these types of characteristics, arc faults occurring in damaged electrical cords or cable can continue undetected by conventional circuit protective devices. This leads to hazardous situations, such as igniting nearby
combustible materials. If you are interested in helping protect your home by installing AFCIs, contact a qualified electrician to do so. It is important to note that AFCIs do not provide protection against all of the possible circuit faults that can cause fires, but they are a significant step forward in electrical fire safety. Learn more at SafeElectricity.org
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Ensure your children are protected from the electrical service connection to your home. Keep ladders and long poles stowed and away from youngsters who might be tempted to use them to reach the wires connected to your house. If you added a room addition or deck, make sure the service connection remains well out of reach. Contact White River Electric if you are unsure the distance is safe.
KEEP YOUR SUMP PUMP READY FOR ACTION
As you maintain your home, it’s easy to overlook the importance of the sump pump. Sitting just below the surface, the sump pump helps protect against flooding and moisture in the home. When groundwater seeps into the home, its damage can be far reaching, affecting mechanicals and structural integrity, not to mention contributing to the growth of mold and fungus. A well-maintained, properly operating sump pump helps avoid those risks. White River Electric offers these tips to keep your sump pump at the ready: • Make sure to keep the pump clean and free of debris. Check it at least once a year and more often if the pump runs frequently. • Check the float to ensure it is not tangled or jammed in one position. A sump pump with a jammed float is useless because it will not sense when it should turn on and shut off. • Test the pump by pouring water into the pit to make sure it activates and pumps out the water. Seek professional assistance if the pump does not activate. • When testing the pump, never reach into the pit. The float can be reached and moved with a household item, such as a golf club (with a rubber handle) or other nonconductive tool. • It’s recommended the sump pump have dedicated ground fault interrupter protection, an alarm that signals water buildup
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Just for Teachers: Classes to Spark Learning About Electricity Schoolteachers interested in the electric industry have the opportunity to learn more about it this summer. Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, the power supplier to 18 of Colorado’s 22 electric coops, will bring together educators who teach grades 4-12 for a threeday learning session in June. The program is open to teachers who are electric cooperative members, teach at schools that are co-op members or teach students whose parents are co-op members in Tri-State’s service area. (Educators outside of electric co-op territory are welcome to apply, and funding will be sought on their behalf.) Those attending the conference in Westminster June 19-21 receive the most up-to-date information on all aspects of energy including the science of energy, sources of energy, transportation, consumption, electricity, efficiency, and environmental and economic impacts. Participants leave with the training and about $300 in materials to implement innovative hands-on energy units for their classrooms, multidisciplinary teams and after-school programs. Thanks to the support of Tri-State’s member cooperatives, there is no cost to educators in the Tri-State service area who participate. Most expenses, including lodging, meals, transportation and conference materials, are provided. The program is sponsored in cooperation with the National Energy Education Development Project, which works with
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Electric Co-ops Applaud RUS Leader A Missouri electric cooperative general manager was appointed the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service administrator. Ken Johnson Colorado co-ops join co-ops across the country in applauding Ken Johnson’s new position. “Electric cooperatives have a storied history of working with RUS to power the rural American economy,” said National Rural Electric Cooperative Association CEO Jim Matheson. “The ongoing collaboration between RUS and electric co-ops remains essential to the success of rural communities across the nation as co-ops invest in infrastructure upgrades to modernize the grid and meet consumer expectations.” The USDA’s RUS administers government loans to electric co-ops for electric infrastructure to rural communities. RUS also administers programs for rural water and waste treatment and telecommunications services.
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Co-op Reps Gather to Learn, Network “Powering Colorado’s Future” was the theme for the 2018 annual meeting of the Colorado Rural Electric Association February 1013 in downtown Denver. The event opened with training classes for electric co-op board members and concluded with Co-op Day at the Capitol. In between there were updates on battery storage technologies, a look at what’s ahead for power suppliers, a look at the national economy with representatives of two co-op banks, a review of industry safety, discussions of legislative issues and the annual meetings for CREA and for Western United Electric Supply Corporation (the co-op materials supplier). More than 180 electric co-op directors, managers, staff members and employees attended the classes and meetings. They networked, interacted with speakers and went home with updated information and new resources to use as they work to keep the electricity flowing for their members throughout Colorado. Watch a video of the panel on battery storage on the CREA Facebook page (/ColoradoREA) under Videos.
Providing a battery storage update: (left to right) Jeff Wadsworth, president and CEO of Poudre Valley REA, moderator; Sam Jaffe, managing director, Cairn Energy Research Advisors; Wesley Cole, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; and Robert Kee, professor, Colorado School of Mines.
What Happens When the Power Goes Out? While your utility does everything it can to reduce the possibility of outages to your home or business, they do occur, especially in March as the last vestiges of winter remind us that it is not gone. Its ice and snow can take down lines just as easily as vehicles sliding out of control on icy roads.
Whatever the reason, you can rest assured that your electric co-op is working as fast as it can to get your power restored quickly and safely. The number one focus of your co-op is public safety. This means crews will clear lines and equipment that could pose safety hazards to the public first. Next,
lineworkers will turn their attention to transmission line and substation equipment repairs that feed several parts of the system and must be operational to send electricity to the local distribution lines. Then, crews will focus on those distribution lines that can serve the most members, including tap lines that provide power to 20 to 30 homes or businesses. Finally, the crews will finish with the connections to individual members, working until every member has their electricity. During this process, co-ops will generally first make repairs to facilities that are critical to public health and safety — like hospitals, police and fire stations, water treatment plants and communication systems. How long it takes to get your power restored depends on the extent of the storm’s destruction, the number of outages and when it becomes safe for utility personnel to get to the damaged areas. Whether an outage is long or short, it pays to know what to do when the power goes out. You want to keep your family safe and weather the storm. For more information, visit SafeElectricity.org.
The U.S. electric power industry creates American jobs and supports a healthy economy. BY PAUL WESSLUND If you want to work where the action is, how about a job as an electric lineworker, keeping the electricity flowing throughout your community? Or as a power use supervisor or member services representative, working with co-op members to find ways to reduce their electric bills by saving energy, utilizing renewable energy sources and making practical repairs around the home? “The electric power industry is one of the great American success stories and provides high-quality jobs that empower our nation’s economic growth. Behind every wall outlet or light switch, there is a dedicated workforce focused on powering the lives of millions of Americans who rely on electricity for nearly everything they do,” said Michael J. Bradley, president and founder of M.J. Bradley & Associates that recently conducted the study “Powering America: The Economic and Workforce Contributions of the U.S. Electric Power Industry.” The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association sponsored study along withindustry two othercreates national American utility groups The U.S.that electric power to show how electric utilities power the economy as a result of jobs and supports a healthy economy. lighting our homes and businesses.
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OVER 7 MILLION JOBS 1,415,000
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Source: Powering America: The Economic and Workforce Contributions of the U.S. Electric Power Industry, August 2017, M.J. Bradley & Associates LLC
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A HIGH INVESTMENT IN INFRASTRUCTURE “Powering America” cites the utility industry as the most capitalintensive economic sector, investing more than $100 million per year on the nation’s electricity infrastructure with advances in technology, environmental protections and other improvements. That’s in addition to money spent on regular operations and maintenance. All that adds up to supporting more than 7 million jobs. More than 2.6 million of those jobs result from direct employment, like utility employees and contractors. As all those people go to work and live their lives, they create another 4.4 million “induced jobs,” such as teachers, doctors, real estate agents and service workers. The report calculates the economic impact of the electric power industry at $880 billion, about 5 percent of the nation’s $18 trillion gross domestic product. The U.S. Department of Energy slices and dices those numbers a different way, shedding a little more light on wind turbine technicians and other renewable energy jobs. The DOE’s second annual “United States Energy and Employment Report” released in January views energy jobs more broadly than just electric utilities. It includes careers in energy efficiency, mining and transportation, and concluded, “Rebuilding our energy infrastructure and modernizing the grid, diversifying our energy mix and reducing our energy consumption in both our built environment and motor vehicles, America’s labor markets are being revitalized by our new energy and transportation technologies.” Wind power jobs may be growing rapidly, but the DOE report listed solar energy jobs as the largest share of people working on all types of electricity generation. Almost 374,000 people are working in solar power — 43 percent of the electricity generation workforce. Wind employs about 100,000 people. CO-OPS LOOK OUT FOR THE COMMUNITY Those renewable energy jobs are in addition to a raft of other careers in energy, from mining to energy efficiency, power plant coloradocountrylife.coop
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[ industry] operators and social media and cyber security specialists. Jobs at electric co-ops especially offer openings in cutting-edge careers, said Michelle Rostom, director of workforce development for NRECA. Lineworkers are always in high demand. Every year, Colorado’s electric cooperatives award scholarship opportunities to those looking into a career in linework. In 2017, a combined total of $384,000 in scholarships was awarded by several co-ops along with power suppliers Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, based in Westminster, and Basin Electric Power Cooperative, headquartered in Bismarck, North Dakota. “There are a lot of great opportunities at co-ops,” Rostom said, noting that electric co-ops expect to hire as many as 25,000 new employees in the next five years. “Electric co-ops are doing a lot of research on integrating solar power and wind with coal and other cutting-edge solutions. There are opportunities to be part of the next generation of the energy industry.” Part of the reason those jobs will be available is that the large baby boomer generation is retiring — Rostom said 6,000 co-op employees retired last year. Other parts of the energy industry went through that wave of retirements several years ago, but Rostom said it’s just catching up with electric co-ops. “People stay at the co-op for so long because they’re great jobs with interesting work, a chance to grow professionally in a lot of different areas and they have a strong connection with their local communities,” she said. Electric co-ops formally addressed that need to hire more talent when NRECA set its six strategic objectives, one of which
is to develop the “Next Generation Workforce.” In 2006, NRECA joined with other national groups to form the Center for Energy Workforce Development as a way of making sure jobs get filled with high-quality workers. NRECA sees military veterans as part of the solution and began the “Serve Our Co-ops; Serve Our Country” veterans hiring initiative, which is another part of Rostom’s job as coordinator. “Veterans have always been a core part of our co-op workforce and this program creates additional intent to hire more veterans,” she said. “Veterans are mission-oriented, disciplined and safetyfocused. They show strong leadership capabilities and they work well under pressure. “There are a lot of parallels between the military and cooperative principles, like teamwork, autonomy, independence and community,” Rostom said. Colorado’s electric cooperatives succeed because of those same standards and are always looking for ways to ensure their communities thrive as well. Paul Wesslund writes on cooperative issues for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. For more information about lineman training and career opportunities at Colorado’s electric cooperatives, visit crea. coop/what-we-do/employment-opportunities/.
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SEASONAL SALUTE - 2ND PLACE Together We Stand Submitted by Coleen Graybill Buena Vista, Sangre de Cristo Electric
Colorado Through a Photographer’s Lens By Mona Neeley, Editor
Electric co-op members across the state captured amazing photos of Colorado for this year’s annual magazine photo contest. We received 849 entries in the four categories: Classic Colorado, Cute Critters, Seasonal Salute and Water Wonders. Entries included iconic mountain scenes; endless vistas from the eastern plains; owls, moose, elk and other Colorado critters; golden aspen, snowy pine trees, spring flowers, waterfalls, mountain streams, roiling rivers and so much more. Photographers in all four corners of the state captured Colorado in all its beauty, including San Isabel Electric member Debie Foster of Trinidad,
who placed first in the Classic Colorado category with the photo below that captures our state flag’s classic “C” in a Colorado sunset. Check out the first, second and third place winners in each of the four categories printed here. Then check our website at www.coloradocountrylife. coop to see these photos and the runners-up. You’ll also find a video of the winners and runners-up on YouTube at /COCountryLife1. Enjoy more of the stunning entries all year on our Facebook (/COCountryLife) and Instagram pages (@COCountryLife).
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Give your cast-iron skillet a workout with scrumptious recipes from Will It Skillet? Author Daniel Shumski assembled 53 recipes that require a cast-iron skillet and create an enticing, eye-catching cookbook you’re sure to get a lot of use from. From main courses to snacks, dips and desserts, you’ll have a tough time deciding what to cook first. Shumski’s cooking instructions and variations are detailed, leaving little room for second guessing, and the additional tips will help keep your skillet in tip-top shape.
Potato-Crusted Ham Quiche 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 1⁄4 cups diced white or yellow onion (about 1 mediumsize onion) 8 ounces white mushrooms, sliced 1 teaspoon salt 5 ounces baby spinach 1⁄2 cup diced cooked ham 2 medium-size russet potatoes (about 1 pound total) 1⁄2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 6 large eggs 1⁄2 cup milk 1⁄2 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 cup shredded mild cheese (such as fontina, Gruyère or Swiss) Preheat the oven to 450 degrees with one rack in the middle. Add 2 teaspoons oil to the skillet and heat over medium heat until the oil is hot, about 2 minutes. Add the onion, mushrooms and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are softened and the mushrooms are cooked through, about 10 minutes. Add the spinach in two batches, cooking and stirring each time until the spinach wilts, about 30 seconds. The spinach will barely fit in the skillet at first, but will cook down quickly when stirred. Remove the skillet from the heat. Drain off as much liquid as possible and scrape the vegetables into a large bowl. Add the ham and set aside. Wipe the skillet clean. Use a paper towel to rub 1 teaspoon oil into the skillet. Using the coarse side of a box grater or a food processor, shred the potatoes. (You should have about 3 1/2 cups.) Squeeze the shreds in a clean kitchen towel until they’re as dry as you can manage. (The potato might discolor the towel. Remove the discoloration by immediately rinsing the towel under cold running water.)
In a medium-size bowl, toss the potatoes with the remaining 2 tablespoons oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Press the potatoes into the skillet in an even layer across the bottom and all the way up the sides. Bake until the potatoes are golden brown at the edges, about 30 minutes. Remove the skillet from the oven and set the oven temperature to 325 degrees. In a medium-size bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, mustard and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. The ham and vegetables may have given off liquid as they sat. If so, drain it off. Distribute the cheese evenly atop the potato. Spread the ham and vegetables in an even layer over the cheese. Pour in the egg mixture. Bake until the eggs are set at the edges (the center may still jiggle a bit), about 30 minutes. An instant-read thermometer should read 170 degrees in the center. Remove the skillet from the oven and transfer it to a rack to cool slightly, about 10 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature. Leftovers can be refrigerated in a covered container for up to 2 days. Excerpted from Will It Skillet? by Daniel Shumski (Workman Publishing). Copyright © 2017.
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Take the Time to Love Your Landscape Be patient and particular when starting from scratch BY VICKI SPENCER MASTER GARDENER GARDENING@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG
This past year when I moved back into an old house, I was faced with a new challenge. Not only did the interior of the house need a complete makeover, so did the yard. Everything — trees, lawn, flowers — was dead. I bought old houses before and was accustomed to reviving aging lawns and gardens. But for the first time, I was working with a blank slate. Since money was tight, I didn’t hire a landscape designer. In retrospect, I wish I did a few things differently. If you want to avoid landscape design mistakes and can’t hire an expert, it’s important to take time to develop a plan. First, think about how you want to use your yard. Some things to consider are whether you want a play area for kids or pets, whether you want a patio gathering place and whether you want a flower or vegetable garden. Sit outside and imagine your family and friends interacting in the spaces around your house. Consider local weather patterns. For instance, how will sun and wind patterns impact a deck area? If your future gathering spot will be located on the west side of the house, it will get lots of afternoon sun. How will you be able to provide enough shade to make it enjoyable? Can you build a pergola, add an awning or plant some trees? If you’re relying solely on trees, avoid future maintenance nightmares by consulting with a garden specialist about fast-growing varieties that don’t produce excessive seeds or berries. Think twice about building a patio on a windy corner. You may need to make an additional investment to be comfortable at that location. Building a wall for shelter will add additional costs, so perhaps some tall
bushes or a trellis would be sufficient to block the wind. One mistake I made when building my new patio was investing in an expensive project without considering how the climate along the Front Range is so different from the mountains. All the time I lived in Gunnison, I dreamt of evening gatherings with friends around a fire pit. So while my contractor was reconstructing my backyard patio, I asked him to add a second patio with a fire pit. I didn’t consider the milder winters here. Consequently, I haven’t used the fire pit nearly as often as I imagined. It’s something I could easily have done without. If your house is new and you are anxious to lay sod to prevent dust from blowing around, take some time to think how you might minimize the lawn area with ground cover, shrubbery and border gardens. This is particularly important in our semiarid climate where we are continually under pressure to limit water use. Once you settle on a basic design that delineates recreation and gathering areas, as well as lawn and garden borders, you are ready to think about what to plant. One important aspect of attractive garden design is to determine what will be the focal point in your yard. In the front, do you want to draw attention to a compelling entranceway? In the back, do you want to entice visitors to wander along a garden path ending in a secluded area where they can rest on a bench surrounded by fragrant flowers? The trees, shrubs, flowers and sculptures you select will be instrumental in drawing one’s eye to the focal point. Next you should consider scale and color
when placing plants. Typically we put large plants in the back of the bed or against the building, but this is not a hard and fast rule. For example, scale and placement may be different in an island garden where larger plants can be placed in the center. Or, you may have an unsightly view that you need to block with some large and dense vegetation. Repetition of color is important because it creates cohesion and provides a dramatic impact, but you may want to use more than one color so as to avoid monotony. You may also want to include plants with varying leaf patterns to provide additional interest. Although the internet is full of landscaping ideas, I always prefer to wander the neighborhood to see how similar houses are landscaped. Not only do I get good design ideas, but I can also see what plants grow well in the area. Since I take my cell phone with me when going on daily walks, I take pictures of yards and plants that are particularly attractive. At first I worried that people might not like me photographing their houses, but I found it’s a great conversation starter. In addition to meeting new neighbors, it opens the door for sharing plants when we need to thin our gardens. When beginning a landscaping project, take your time and be patient and flexible. Don’t rush into a project until you get to know both your climate and your yard. Building structures aside, if some garden areas do not turn out as expected, you can always transplant when the season is right. Gardener Vicki Spencer has an eclectic background in conservation, water, natural resources and more.
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More years ago than I care to remember, my youngest son, Derek, and I were invited to hunt snow geese with Jeff Colwell and Scott Sheldon, both extremely wise in the ways of the “winged white devils,” as Sheldon calls them. Colwell and Sheldon have hunted and fished northern Colorado together since they were little kids, which is also more years ago than they care to remember. Today, Sheldon would rather hunt snow geese than breathe. Each year he chases the great flocks across Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska clear into Manitoba and Saskatchewan on both legs of their northern and southern migration cycles. Colwell became so consumed by hunting waterfowl he made it his life’s work and founded Front Range Guide Service, just so he could hunt ducks and geese or do something related to it every day of his life. So, to call these guys snow goose loonies would be putting it mildly. Anyway, they took Derek and me on one of the first extended spring-season snow goose hunts authorized under the then new Light Goose Conservation Order (LGCO) issued in 1999 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Snow goose populations exploded to the point where they were destroying the delicate tundra that serves as their traditional breeding and nesting grounds and spreading into previously untouched sections of the Hudson Bay coastline, inviting not only a massive die-off of snow geese, but also other migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, and arctic wildlife dependent on that tundra for food and reproduction. The LGCO was enacted to dramatically reduce the snow goose population in an effort to stave off the impending destruction of that critical habitat. It required extending the regular light goose-hunting season into March, extending daily shooting hours, removing daily bag and possession limits, removing shotgun magazine restric-
tions and allowing the use of electronic calls. It’s been in effect every year since, seemingly with little result. I think our hunt took place in the spring of 2001, but, like I said, it was longer ago than I care to remember. What I do remember is seeing the most phenomenal collection of waterfowl in southeastern Colorado that I ever saw in my life. There were snow geese by the hundreds of thousands as Colwell and Sheldon promised, but there were also massive flocks of migrating mallards, pintails, blue- and green-winged teal, widgeons, gadwalls and mergansers. There were also goldeneyes and buffleheads, greater and lesser scaup and canvasbacks. There were endless skeins of lesser and greater snow geese, Canada geese, Ross’s geese, white-fronted geese and more, all wheeling, whirling, cackling, quacking, honking and squawking as they descended on the grain fields from every direction. I remember being stunned by the enormity of it all. I also recall retiring to an old, stuccocoated motel on the outskirts of Eads at day’s end with a truckload of geese to clean. I remember what it was like trying to sleep in a tiny room with four guys and three dogs after they just devoured a cooler full of bologna and onion sandwiches, bags of spicy tortilla chips, cheap takeout pizza and warm beer. Actually, I’d like to forget that part. Dennis is a freelance outdoors writer and photographer whose work appears nationally. He lives in Loveland.
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Aloha to Susan Ingraham of Colorado City. She and friends visit Punalu’u Beach on Hawai’i with Colorado Country Life. Susan and friends are all members of San Isabel Electric.
I recently bought my 3-year-old grandson a small plastic golf set. I laid a hoola hoop on the ground as a big hole and explained to him that if you got the ball into the hoop with one shot, it was called a “hole in one.” Finally he got his ball into the hoop with one shot and proudly exclaimed, “Grandma, I got a holy one!” Kelly O’Donnell, Masonville
Empire Electric member Carol Hitti takes Colorado Country Life to the beach in Paraparaumu, New Zealand. Carol lives in Cortez.
Mel and Rosanne Fahrenbruch of Falcon live long and prosper on a Star Trek cruise with CCL. They cruised to Roatan and Belize. They are members of Mountain View Electric Association.
Our young son and daughter accompanied us to a dinner theater that was popular with senior citizens. After dinner our children were allowed to go to the bathroom by themselves. Our son returned and we asked where his sister was. He replied, “She got caught in a herd of grandmas.” Lynne and John Becker, Colorado Springs When my daughter was 3 years old, we lived in the city. She had only seen white store-bought eggs. My mother-in-law came to visit and brought farm-fresh brown eggs with her. When I opened the egg carton to make breakfast, my daughter looked incredulous and exclaimed excitedly, “Chocolate eggs for breakfast!” Kim Troup, Peyton I was watching my 4-year-old grandson, Enzo, doing a multi-piece puzzle. He was working away and, to my astonishment, putting all the pieces together. I said to him, “Why can’t Grandpa do puzzles as good as you do?” Very seriously he said, “That’s because you’re not good at it.” It really had us on the floor laughing. Don Asta, Yampa
WINNER: Mountain Parks Electric member Donald Frey visits the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa with CCL.
Declan and Royal (a.k.a. Grampy) Weddingfeld pose with Colorado Country Life in Trabuco Canyon, California.
TAKE YOUR PHOTO WITH YOUR MAGAZINE AND WIN! It’s easy to win with Colorado Country Life. Simply take a photo of someone (or a selfie!) with the magazine and email the photo and your name and address to email@example.com. We’ll draw one photo to win $25 each month. The next deadline is Friday, March 16. NAME, ADDRESS AND CO-OP MUST ACCOMPANY PHOTO. This month’s winner is Donald Frey, a Mountain Parks Electric member. Donald visits the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa with CCL. See all of the submitted photos on Facebook at /COCountryLife. coloradocountrylife.coop
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 from those submitting funny stories and that person will receive $200. Send your 2018 stories to Colorado Country Life, 5400 Washington St., Denver, CO 80216 or email funnystories@ coloradocountrylife.org. Don’t forget to include your mailing address, so we can send you a check.
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503 N. Lincoln Avenue, Loveland Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 am-5 pm; Saturday, 10 am-4 pm; Sunday 12-4 pm Take a tour of any three of Loveland Museum’s art galleries and get inspired. The museum swaps art exhibits every eight to 12 weeks, so guests get a new experience throughout the year. Be sure to check the Governor’s Art Show May 12 through June 17 and see a stunning collection of sculptures, mixed media, and oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings from 56 artists who reside in areas throughout Colorado. “The Colorado Governor’s Art Show’s first purpose is to honor this state’s artistic talent. There is no better place to do this than Loveland,” said John Kinkade, a Governor’s Art Show committee member and coowner of The Columbine Gallery. For more information about the Loveland Museum, call 970-962-2410 or visit lovelandmuseumgallery.org. For more information about the Governor’s Art Show, call 970-670-0335 or visit governorsartshow.org.
Gore Range Artisans Group Gallery
110 W. Park Avenue, Kremmling Open Wednesday through Monday, 10 am-4 pm, during the winter; 9 am-5 pm during the summer. The Gore Range Artisans Group Gallery is an art cooperative in Kremmling and sits in a charming structure that was once a historic motel. Founded five years ago, the gallery is home to a wide range of artworks created by local talents including paintings, jewelry, fused glass, sculptures, photography, pottery and more. The gallery member-owners support arts in the community, offering classes in the gallery and at the senior center, providing art experiences for children at the community library, sponsoring art activities, and supporting the visual and performing arts at the local schools. To celebrate its fifth anniversary, the gallery will host various events this spring. For more information, call 970-724-4197 or visit gorerangeartisans.com.
La Veta Gallery on Main 210 S. Main Street, La Veta Hours of operation vary. Visit the website at lavetagalleryonmain.com for updates.
While the La Veta Gallery on Main changed ownership a handful of times, many of the artisans who display their works there remain the same and so does the appeal. Visit La Veta Gallery on Main for an eyeful of beautiful works including paintings, woodworks, fiber art, photography, ceramics, scratchboard, jewelry and more. For more information, visit the website or call 719-742-3666. 30
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CUTS WATER BILLS AND MOWING BY AS MUCH AS 2/3 Would you believe a lawn could look perfect when watered just once? In Iowa, the state’s biggest Men’s Garden club picked a Zoysia lawn as “top lawn – nearly perfect.” Yet, this lawn had been watered only once all summer to August! In PA, Mrs. M.R. Mitter wrote, “I’ve never watered it, only when I put the plugs in...Last summer we had it mowed 2 times...When everybody’s lawns here are brown from drought, ours stays as green as ever.” That’s how Amazoy Zoysia lawns cut water bills and mowing! Now read on!
IT STAYS GREEN IN SPITE OF HEAT AND DROUGHT “The hotter it gets, the better it grows!” Plug-in Zoysia thrives in blistering heat, yet it won’t winter-kill to 30° below zero. It just goes off its green color after killing frosts, and begins regaining its green color as temperatures in the spring are consistently warm.
NO NEED TO DIG UP OLD GRASS Plant Amazoy your way in an old lawn or new ground. Set plugs into holes in the soil checkerboard style. Plugs spread to create a lush, thick lawn, driving out weeds and unwanted growth. Easy instructions included with every order.
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Thrives from partial shade to full sun.
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Guaranteed to grow new green shoots within 45-60 days or we’ll replace it FREE – for up to 1 year – just call us. We ONLY ship you living genuine Amazoy Zoysia grass harvested direct from our farms. Easy planting and watering instructions are included with each order. Every Reorder assumes success of previous orders (plantings), voiding any previous guarantees, but initiating a new one-year guarantee. ©2018 Zoysia Farm Nurseries, 3617 Old Taneytown Rd, Taneytown, MD 21787
Freestyle Plugs You decide how big to cut the plugs. Each grass
CHOKES OUT CRABGRASS AND WEEDS ALL SUMMER
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1) Freestyle plugs come in uncut sheets containing a maximum of 150 - 1” plugs that can be planted up to 1 ft. apart. Freestyle plugs allow you to make each plug bigger and plant further apart – less cutting and planting – you decide. 2) New Super Plugs come precut into individual 3”x3” plugs ready-to-plant (minimum 1 per 4 sq. ft.). They arrive in easy to handle trays of 15 Super Plugs. Save more time and get your new lawn even faster! 3) Amazoy Approved Seed-As The Zoysia Specialists for 60+ years, we ﬁnally have a Zoysia seed available that meets our standards and homeowners expectations. Learn why at zoysiafarms.com/mag or by phone at 410-756-2311.
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1000 FREESTYLE PLUGS – Dept. 5116
Plugs only shipped to Continental USA & not to WA or OR.
Super Plugs Precut plugs 3 inches by 3 inches. READY TO PLANT Packed in trays of 15 Super Plugs. Plant minimum 1 plug per 4 sq. ft.
sheet can produce up to 150-1 in. plugs. Plant minimum 1 plug per sq. ft. Free Plugs
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Max Plugs* 150
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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO START AND MAINTAIN A CAREFREE BEAUTIFUL ZOYSIA LAWN
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AMAZOY IS THE TRADEMARK REGISTERED U.S. PATENT OFFICE for our Meyer Zoysia grass.
We ship all orders the same day the plugs are packed and at the earliest planting time in your state.
Published on Feb 22, 2018