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Concealed energy has the power to harm
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EPA’S CLEAN POWER PLAN
Legislature looks at who should oversee implementation within Colorado
BY KENT SINGER || CREA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR || KSINGER@COLORADOREA.ORG
“What do you think we should do about climate change?” Plan. One key question is: what state If you want to break up a fun cocktail party or interrupt a agency should be in charge of this pleasant family get-together, ask that question. Everyone has process? Traditionally the Colorado an opinion on this topic. I bet if we surveyed the readers of Department of Public Health and Colorado Country Life, we would be hard pressed to find a Environment develops state impleconsensus on the right answer. I suspect the responses would mentation plans to regulate power fall generally into three categories: plant emissions like sulfur dioxide t “We don’t need to do anything. The climate has natural and nitrogen oxide. The Clean Power Kent Singer cycle and emissions of carbon dioxide from power plants Plan however, has more far reaching affects on power supply. and automobiles don’t cause climate change.” Further, it would seem logical that the agency that is tasked t “Climate change is an imminent crisis and we need to with keeping electricity reliable and affordable in Colorado, quickly and dramatically reduce our use of fossil fuels to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, should also have avoid an environmental and public health catastrophe.” an important role. t “Even if climate change is caused by human activity, we To that end, the Colorado General Assembly is considershould not wreck the U.S. economy by imposing costly ing a bill that would provide a framework for development carbon dioxide reduction rules since the developing of a state plan and submission of the plan to the EPA. Senworld will continue to use fossil fuels.” ate Bill 15-258 gives authority to CDPHE to develop a state Regardless of where you stand on this issue, the U.S. plan for carbon dioxide reduction, but it also requires that Environmental Protection Agency the plan be approved by the PUC and the proposed a set of regulations called the state legislature. We at CREA support SB Clean Power Plan that would require a 15-258 because we believe it is appropriate 30 percent reduction of carbon dioxide for the PUC, the agency that has the best emissions in the United States by the understanding of Colorado’s electric grid, year 2030. The Clean Power Plan estabto weigh in on a plan that will impact the lishes specific levels of carbon dioxide reliability and affordability of electricity in reductions in individual states based on Colorado. the EPA’s analysis of each state’s existing Some suggest that SB 15-258 is intended power generation portfolio and access to to slow down or interfere with the develalternative sources of energy. For Coloopment of a state plan for carbon dioxide The U.S. Environmental Protection rado, the EPA has set a carbon reduction reductions, but that is not the objective of Agency proposed a set of goal of 35 percent by the year 2030. the bill. The objective is to create an open regulations called the Clean Power The EPA proposal sets forth four and transparent process and to involve the Plan that would require a 30% “building blocks,” or strategies, for states appropriate experts, as well as our elected reduction of carbon dioxide to use to meet this target: 1) increased representatives. We believe that a thorough emissions in the United States power plant efficiency; 2) switching from process is necessary and appropriate given by the year 2030. coal-fired generation to natural gas; 3) the potentially costly requirements of the increasing the use of more renewable Clean Power Plan. resources, such as wind, solar and biomass; and 4) encouragAs I write this column, SB 12-258 passed through its first ing more energy efficiency by en-use consumers. Senate committee hearing with bipartisan support, and is The Clean Power Plan requires each state (except Vermont) awaiting action by the full Senate. By the time you read this, it to submit plans for achieving the required carbon dioxide is likely the outcome of the bill will have been decided; howemission reductions within one year of the issuance of the ever, even if the bill does not survive the legislative process final rules. Even though it is a certainty that the Clean Power this year, it will have sparked an important discussion on how Plan will be challenged in court (former Harvard law profesbest to regulate carbon dioxide under the Clean Power Plan in sor Laurence Tribe says the EPA has overstepped its legal Colorado. authority), states still face the daunting task of figuring out how to significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the meantime. There are many questions about how states are supposed Kent Singer, Executive Director to regulate carbon dioxide emissions under the Clean Power
[ letters] Remembering Tough Men Thank you for running the article “Tough Men in Hard Places.” (February ’15). I work for Xcel Energy as a hydropower plant specialist out of Salida. This article was a reminder of the strong minds, bodies and souls that these “tough men” possessed.
Don McPhee, Salida
Adding to the Bookshelves Thank you to Colorado Country Life magazine and K.C. Electric Association for the generous donation of books to the Kit Carson School library. These books are welcome additions to our small school library.
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In Favor of Hunting, Fishing I personally love all things hunting and fishing and, in my opinion, feel that including these articles enhances your publication immensely. Dennis Smith and the rest of your staff publish a fine magazine with a country feel.
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Featured Event Mike the Headless Chicken Festival May 14-16 in downtown Fruita In 1945, Lloyd Olsen headed to the chicken coop to gather the evening’s dinner, but after he beheaded Mike, a young rooster, the bird kept going. Impressed by Mike’s will to live, Olsen fed and watered the bird for another 18 months. In celebration of Mike the Headless Chicken, a gaggle of folks will head to Fruita to enjoy music, contests, food and fun. Find out more about Mike and the festival by visiting miketheheadlesschicken.org.
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[Country News] Reasons to Attend Our Annual Meeting BY DAVID CHURCHWELL | | GENERAL MANAGER
Once again, it’s annual meeting time. On behalf of K.C. Electric Association, we want to personally invite you to join us on Thursday, June 4 at the Hi-Plains School in Seibert. We look forward to gathering with you, the members of our co-op community, to catch up, hear what you have to say and enjoy some good food and fellowship. (Kathryn Myers, Acct. #813400001) This event is not only a chance to visit with members of our co-op community, it’s also a great opportunity to learn about programs offered by K.C. Electric and get to know your co-op staff. Our annual meeting makes it possible for us to gather feedback from you by providing a forum where you can let us know how we can better serve you. This is an occasion to discuss and learn more about the issues affecting our local communities. It’s also an opportunity for you to exercise one of the greatest benefits of being a member of an electric co-op: voting for the upcoming year’s board of directors. K.C. Electric is not owned by faraway investors and it is not run by an appointed board of directors. It is run by a democratically elected board of directors — a board that has the privilege of serving because of your vote.
Our directors are members of your community. They are concerned with the issues you face every day because they face them, too. And don’t forget that all members of K.C. Electric are eligible to David Churchwell run for the board, including you. A democratic and open election is one of the many elements that make our electric cooperative stand out from other utilities. Having a voice in who makes the major decisions that directly affect your life and your family is a right we all share as Americans. We all vote for our state and federal congressional representatives, but not every American has the right to vote for those who will represent community interests within their electric utility. You have that right, so why not exercise it? Rest assured, no matter what happens, we remain dedicated to providing you with safe, reliable and affordable electric service, but we encourage you to take part in helping us improve how we deliver that service. So make it a point to join us on June 4 at our annual meeting. We promise we will make it worth your while.
K.C. Electric Association
CELEBRATING YEARS OF SERVICE
Annual Meeting • June 4, 2015
The 2015 Annual Meeting of the members of K.C. Electric Association will be held in Seibert at the Hi-Plains School on Thursday, June 4, 2015. Registration will start at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7 p.m. Three directors will be elected to K.C. Electric’s board of directors this year: two from Kit Carson County and one from Cheyenne County. Each year K.C. Electric Association honors directors and employees who have reached numerical milestones for years of service. This year we will be honoring Directors Jim Michal and Terry Tagtmeyer for 15 years of service. Sue Dutro, who is K.C. Electric’s accountant, has been with the company for 35 years. Casey Hyle is a lineman working out of Cheyenne Wells, and he completed five years of service. Congratulations to each of the honorees.
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Jim Michal — director, 15 years
Terry Tagtmeyer — director, 15 years
Sue Dutro — accountant, 35 years
Casey Hyle — lineman, 5 years
[Country News] PUTTING SAFETY FIRST THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
It’s May and K.C. Electric Association is celebrating National Electrical Safety Month. While safety for members is top priority year-round, Electrical Safety Month is a time to acknowledge the importance of safety excellence. This year, we’re focusing on electrical safety in the home. Electricity is the cause of more than 140,000 fires each year, resulting in more than 500 deaths, 4,000 injuries and $1.6 billion in property damage, according to Electrical Safety Foundation International. There are many measures you can take to ensure the safety of your loved ones. Use these helpful tips from ESFI to safeguard your home. In the kitchen • Vacuum refrigerator coils every three months to eliminate dirt buildup that can reduce efficiency and create fire hazards. • Ensure all countertop appliances are located away from the sink. (Sharla Anderson, Acct. #43530000210) • A ll appliance cords should be placed away from hot surfaces. Pay particular attention to cords around toasters, ovens and ranges. Cords can be damaged by excess heat. • The stove top and the area above the cooking range should be free of combustibles, such as pot holders and plastic utensils. Storing these items on or near the range may result in fires or burns. Light the way to safety • The wattage of the bulbs you use in your home should match the wattage indicated on the light fixture. Overheated fixtures can lead to a fire. • Check lamp cords to make sure they are in good condition. Do not attempt to repair damaged cords yourself. Take any item with a damaged or cracked power cord to an authorized repair center.
• Extension cords should not be used to provide power on a long-term or permanent basis. Have additional receptacles installed by a professional to provide power where needed. Be prepared • Nearly two-thirds of fire deaths result from fires in homes without working smoke alarms. Smoke alarms should be located on every level of your home, inside each bedroom and outside each sleeping area. • Test smoke alarms every month. Batteries should be replaced at least once a year, or sooner if indicated in the manufacturers’ instructions. All smoke alarms should be replaced at least every 10 years. • Talk to your family about an emergency plan in the event of a fire. If you have small children, include them in planning an emergency escape route; they are more likely to remember the plan if they’re involved in creating it. Electrical safety awareness and education saves lives. For more tips and information about electrical safety, visit SafeElectricity. org.
Introducing K.C.’s New CFO
K.C. Electric’s newest employee is Bo Randolph. He joined K.C. Electric as the chief financial officer. He came to the co-op from Mountain View Electric. Bo is married to Heather, and they have three children: Avery, 4 years; Alexis 2 years; and Max, 3 months. Bo has a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Metropolitan State University of Denver. He just finished his master’s degree in business administration from Fort Hays State University. Bo grew up in Limon and lived here most of his life. He is a family man and says his greatest joy in life is spending time with them. Bo Randolph For those of you who haven’t met Bo, he will be at the annual meeting in Seibert on June 4. Drop by and meet Bo.
NO TOOLING AROUND Always use proper safety equipment when handling power tools. Get those tools inspected regularly to ensure they are still in good working order.
Cultivating Safety in Agricultural Practices
One of the most dangerous jobs in the United States is farming. Among the hazards faced by farmers, farm workers and their family members is contact with electrical equipment. However, with proper planning and safety procedures, the risk of having an accident involving electricity can be greatly reduced: • Keep a 10-foot minimum distance around power lines — above, below and to the side. (James T. Hogan, Acct. #1124050002) • Use a spotter when moving machinery around the farm. It can be difficult to judge how close a piece of machinery is from the driver’s seat. • Use caution when handling long items, such as irrigation pipe, ladders and rods. Coming too close to a power line can cause electricity to arc, or “jump,” to conducting material or objects. • Be aware of increased height when loading and transporting tractors on trailer beds. Many tractors are now equipped with radios and communications systems with tall antennas that could make contact with power lines. • Avoid raising the arms of planters, cultivators or truck beds near power lines. • Never attempt to raise or move a power line to clear a path. • Remember, even nonmetallic materials, such as lumber, tree limbs, tires, ropes and hay, will conduct electricity depending on dampness, dust and dirt contamination. Overhead electric wires are not the only source of electrical contact that can result in a serious incident. Pole guy wires, used to stabilize utility poles, are grounded. However, when one of the guy wires is broken it can cause an electric current disruption. This can make those neutral wires anything but harmless. If you hit a guy wire and break it, call K.C. Electric to fix it. Do not do it yourself. If your equipment does come into contact with power lines, stay in the cab and call for help; K.C. Electric needs to be notified. If a line lands on the ground, there is still potential for the area to be energized. Warn others who may be nearby to stay away and wait until a K.C. Electric representative arrives. If leaving the cab is necessary, as in the case of fire, the proper action is to jump — not step — with both feet hitting the ground at the same time. Do not allow any part of your body to touch the equipment and the ground at the same time. Hop to safety, keeping both feet together as you leave the area. Once you get away from the equipment, never attempt to get back on or even touch the equipment before the power is shut off. (Win* R & S Rudzek, Acct. #1152040000)
[Country News] THE COUNTRY KITCHEN COUNTRY BARBECUE POTATOES
2 pounds small red potatoes 2 tablespoons butter 1 teaspoon honey 3 teaspoons seasoned salt (garlic and onion) ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon garlic powder pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Coat 9- by 13-inch baking pan with nonstick spray. Cut potatoes in small to medium sizes and put in pan. Melt butter and honey and drizzle over potatoes. Sprinkle with seasoned salt, salt, garlic powder and pepper. Toss well to coat. Bake uncovered for 25 to 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender and golden brown. Stir potatoes at least once. Serves 4 to 6 Ethel Ferris, Haswell
TEACH YOUR CHILDREN WELL Explain to children that they should never play around pad-mounted transformers, solar panels, wind turbines or electrical substations. If a ball or other toy goes over a substation fence, call K.C. Electric Association for help.
CLAIM YOUR CREDIT ON YOUR BILL
BEST BLUEBERRY PIE 9-inch single crust pie pastry ¾ cup sugar 3 teaspoons cornstarch 1/ teaspoon salt 8 ¼ cup water 4 cups blueberries 1 teaspoon butter 1 teaspoon lemon juice Whipped cream (optional) Prepare pie crust and bake shell. Cool. (Grace Tucker, Acct. #529800005) Combine sugar, cornstarch and salt in saucepan. Add water and 2 cups blueberries. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture comes to a boil and is thickened and clear. (Mixture will be quite thick.) Remove from heat and stir in butter and lemon juice. Cool. Place remaining uncooked blueberries in baked pie shell. Top with cooked berry mixture. Chill. Serve garnished with whipped cream, if desired.
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 March, Tyler McCaffrey of Flagler called to win a prize, and Larry Taylor of Seibert and JEM Farms LTD 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).
Lian Emmerling, Hugo 10
“Tying” the Electric Grid Together
Tri-State Generation and Transmission, the power supplier for 18 of Colorado’s 22 electric co-ops, plays an important role in tying together the country’s electric system. The U.S. electric grid consists of a patchwork of electric systems grew, merged and developed over time. Today, that grid settled into three distinct systems, the Western Interconnection, which includes Colorado; the Eastern Interconnection; and the Texas Interconnection. Each of these regions is an interconnection of alternating current, or AC, power systems operating at the same frequency with one another. In 1977, the first-of-its-kind facility connecting two of these areas was built by Colorado’s Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association. The David A. Hamil DC Tie was constructed in western Nebraska near the town of Stegall to connect the Eastern Interconnection to the Western Interconnection. Tri-State is now one of only a few utilities that supply electricity to members in both the eastern and western power grids of the United States. (Highline Electric Association, headquartered in Akron, Colorado, is one of only a few
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Corporation Interconnections distribution co-ops serving Eastern Interconnection in the eastern and western grid.) In order to move bulk power up to 100 megawatts Western between the Interconnection two grids, a direct current Electricity Reliability Council of Texas Interconnection (DC) bridge, or “tie,” was constructed. Power is moved across the DC tie by converting AC to DC and then converting it back to AC again. This conversion keeps the energy in sync with the AC on each side of the grid separation. Since that first DC tie was built, five additional DC ties were added between the east and west. Two ties also link the Eastern Interconnection with the Texas Interconnection.
Co-ops Join LIHEAP Day
Electric cooperative representatives were among those who converged on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., earlier this year in support of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP. Their message was that there is a continuing need to provide short-term energy assistance to the working poor in local communities. In Colorado, there were 579,321 eligible households, according to the most recent survey. Only 125,097 of those households received assistance. LIHEAP needs $4.7 billion to provide comprehensive programs that meet traditional needs and those created by extreme weather. Yet, President Barack Obama’s budget only calls for $3.39 billion for 2016. National Rural Electric Cooperative Association CEO Joann Emerson noted, the “… difficult fiscal choices Congress must make. But funding LIHEAP to at least $4.7 billion is the only way to make sure the most vulnerable have their most basic needs met.”
Hidden Danger Concealed energy has the power to HARM
Paige Koeppel is a college student with a bright future. She studies graphic design and loves weaving and photography. She is looking forward to studying abroad next year. However, one accident Paige had when she was 12 years old easily could have prevented her from doing all of this. “Turn the light on; turn the light off. Electricity was just one of those things, but I never thought anything could happen to me,” Paige says. Paige was doing something she did hundreds of times when the accident happened. She drew a bath and then grabbed the metal towel rack to steady herself as she stepped into the tub. “The second I touched the metal towel rack my vision went blurry and I could have sworn my arm was moving up and down,” Paige says. “The next thing I remember was me sitting on the floor. My vision was barely there. The only thoughts that were going through my head were, ‘What just happened? Am I alive? Can I scream? Should I scream?’ I instantly started screaming. The next thing I knew my mom was in the bathroom holding me and I was shaking very violently.” Paige’s parents found her at the end of the bathroom, opposite the tub, holding the metal towel rack. Her father immediately turned off power to the house and they took her to the hospital. Fortunately, Paige was OK. The level of electricity in the house easily could have stopped her heart or caused severe electric burns. Metal and water are some of the best conductors of electricity, making Paige even more fortunate that her accident did not end tragically. Paige’s entire body was
sore for days, and she experienced weakness in her arm for about a year. How did an accident like this happen? Paige was not using an outlet. She was not in contact with overhead power lines or power poles. When an electrician opened up the wall in the bathroom, he found the cause. A screw in the towel rack was in contact with an electrical wire. Over time, the insulation in the wire wore down and the screw and towel rack were charged with electric energy. When electricity flows out of the path set for it by wires, it is known as an arc fault. This situation can also cause fires and contributes to approximately 26,000 electrical fires in the United States every year.
Fortunately, there is a lot you can do to prevent a fire or an accident like Paige’s. The Energy Education Council’s Safe Electricity program has the following advice to help you protect yourself and your loved ones from arc faults: Check for wiring before nailing anything into the wall. Previous owners may have worked on the wiring without following electrical codes, so wires can be in unexpected places. A stud finder with an AC (alternating current) wire detector is a handy and inexpensive tool to check for live wires behind walls. Install arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs). These devices monitor the flow coloradocountrylife.coop
[industry] of electricity in your home. If they detect arcing conditions or an abnormal flow of electricity, they will shut off power before a fire starts or someone gets shocked. Consider an electrical inspection. A qualified electrician can assess the safety of your home’s electrical system and give you advice for improvements. If an electrical fire starts in your home, do not use water to extinguish it. Water conducts electricity and you could get an electric shock. Use an extinguisher that is approved for use on electrical fires. Flickering lights and warm, cracked or sparking outlets all indicate electrical problems. If circuits trip, fuses blow or someone gets a shock, your home has an electrical problem. Get an electrical inspection. Do not overload outlets, use an extension cord as a permanent wiring solution or use lightbulbs that are not rated for the socket. “It’s still scary to this day,” Paige says. Not only is Paige more cautious around electricity, she also encourages her friends to be safe around electricity. If she notices that they have an electronic item that sparks or that they are using electronics around water, she warns them of the dangers and shares her story.
For more information on electrical safety inside and outside the home, visit SafeElectricity.org.
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Plugging Into the Past
A Colorado inventor manufactures the electric automobile more than a century ago BY AMY HIGGINS PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE HISTORY COLORADO CENTER Fritchle takes in the surroundings near the Washington Monument.
It seems like an electric vehicle hit the scene only a short time ago. In reality, this modern marvel made its way back to the future from a distant past. In Colorado, it was Oliver Parker Fritchle whose showpiece graced the electric car scene in the early 1900s. Prior to that, the first successful electric vehicles started showing up around 1890.
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Fritchle and his team of car builders pose for a picture in front of The Fritchle Automobile and Battery Company in Denver.
Driving the hype
Fritchle was born on September 15, 1874, in Mount Hope, Ohio. In 1899 he moved to Colorado to work as a chemist and assayer at Excelsior Mines in Frisco, where he helped install the electrical works in a hydroelectric power plant. Soon he was in charge of the bulk of the electrical duties. But by 1900 he moved on to work as a commercial chemist in Denver. Yet, he didn’t leave his interest in electricity behind. Fritchle was enamored with cars, particularly the electrically-powered vehicles. He began repairing electric cars in the Denver area, all the while developing his own rechargeable battery. In 1906, the first Fritchle vehicles came on to the market, and in 1908, The Fritchle Automobile and Battery Company was established. Fritchle electric cars were distinctive because of their ability to travel 100 miles on one overnight charge. “No other electric cars had batteries like the Fritchles,” reported Clark Secrest, editor of Colorado Heritage magazine in a 1999 article. Fritchle was so confident that his electric vehicles lived up to the hype he touted, that he challenged other car manufacturers to a cross-country excursion. “No one took him up on it,” said Leigh Jeremias, curator of manuscripts and special collections at the History Colorado Center. So, on October 31, 1908, Fritchle set out alone in a Fritchle Victoria on a 28-day tour (20 days of drive time) from Lincoln, Nebraska, to New York City. Fritchle packed tire repair tools, one extra inner tube, a spare tire, an iron jack, a tool kit, a set of tire chains, a hand lamp “for reading sign boards,” a canvas water bucket, extra fuses, sulfuric acid and ammonia to service the batteries, a thermos, two lap robes, maps, a camera, a tripod and two suitcases with personal supplies. He was so secure in his vehicle’s power that
He was so secure in his vehicle’s power that he did not pack a spare motor or any other parts, except for the tire and tube. In all, the car weighed around 2,100 pounds, 800 of which were from the battery alone.
A behind-the-scenes photo of Fritchle electric car builders at work.
Fritchle drove day and night through the country, jerking over rocks and ruts and sometimes forging his own road when none was available. Here he slogs through dense mud up one of the many country roads he traveled.
he did not pack a spare motor or any other parts, except for the tire and tube. In all, the car weighed around 2,100 pounds, 800 of which were from the battery alone. After his first day on the road, Fritchle wrote in his journal: “It was a damp, cold morning, just about freezing and very hazy. I encountered some very bad roads, and it being my first day out, I was discouraged and doubted very much whether I would ever finish the long tour which I had planned.” Fritchle drove day and night through the country, jerking over rigid rocks, slogging through dense mud and oftentimes carving his own path because none were available. Without a windshield on his car, he had little protection from the elements. About every 100 miles, Fritchle charged his vehicle, mostly at municipal electric plants and privately owned
Heads turn as Fritchle’s car drives through Times Square in New York.
companies like his factory in Denver. Heads turned when the Fritchle car came to town. “In most of the towns which I passed through, an electric auto was a great curiosity, and very interesting, especially to the men connected with the electric plants, who were always very obliging to me,” Fritchle wrote. Horses were terrified of his peculiar machine. In one instance in Weston, Iowa, he came up on a carriage drawn by a four-horse team. Two of the horses were so spooked that they, “… wheeled suddenly, broke the tongue and ran away. I do not know whether it was on account of it being an electric and running so quietly, or on account of the uncommon Victoria top,” he surmised. Fritchle logged everything about his journey, careful not to leave anything out. “He was a very particular man,” Jeremias said. “He documented everything. Everything.” Not only did he keep track of his whereabouts and findings, he also recorded such items as his daily food intake, the amount of exercise he accomplished and how well he slept. In all, Fritchle traveled 2,140 miles. When the tour ended, Fritchle assembled the promotional book 100-Mile Fritchle Electric. In it he summarized: “The tour was undertaken to test for my own satisfaction the durability of one of my electric automobiles away from the factory on country roads, at a season of the year when the roads could not be in their best condition, and in cold weather when the battery is sluggish and does not give as high capacity as in the warmer period. Knowing that my machines are well constructed, that this was a regular stock car
After completing the promotional tour, Fritchle continued the journey in his electric car to Washington, D.C.
(not built for the occasion), it is still astonishing to me how well it withstood the rough usage.” “Twenty days is pretty impressive considering the elements and stopping to take photographs along the way,” Jeremias said. Fritchle continued his journey in his electric car to Washington, D.C., and then returned home, without any mishaps. Ranging from $2,000 to $3,600, Fritchle electric vehicles were expensive compared to the $440 to $550 it would cost for a Ford gasoline car. However, they roused the “elite and wealthy” population, particularly prominent women, because they were cleaner than gasoline cars and the inside was large enough to accommodate large hats, which were popular accessories in that era. Denver’s “Unsinkable” Molly Brown was also impressed with the stunner, so she purchased a 1910 model and drove it for several years. Denver Gas and Electric Company and Daniels & Fisher department store each owned Fritchle electric trucks. “His is a nature that could never be content with second place and he has therefore always striven for perfection, never stopping short of the successful accomplishment of his purpose,” said Wilbur Fisk Stone of Fritchle in a 1918 transcript titled History of Colorado.
The original Fritchle electric automobile frame was well-constructed.
Holding the charge
Unfortunately, electric vehicles fell victim to the affordable and popular self-starter gasoline cars and, despite his ambition, in 1917 The Fritchle Automobile and Battery Company closed. The national recognition Fritchle garnered fizzled. “The story sort of stops for him, I think in a lot of people’s minds, with the failure of the electric car, but he kept going. He
Each battery weighed a hefty 800 pounds.
was an inventor. He wasn’t just an electric car guy, he was an inventor,” Jeremias said. Nearly 100 years later, an original Fritchle electric automobile, number 283 (out of approximately 500), is sparking curiosity at the History Colorado Center. But getting the vehicle to the center wasn’t a simple endeavor. In 2012, number 283 was gifted to the History Colorado Center. The vehicle was stored in an off-site location where it would stay until its move to the museum. But disaster struck. The location suffered a water main break underneath the building. Water accumulated, damaging the foundation. An exterior wall collapsed, causing the roof to fall on top of the vehicle, compromising the frame. “It was a complete mess,” Jeremias said. The conservator repaired the frame of the car and brought it back up to its original form. The doors and windows were realigned back to their original location as well. “Shockingly, for what happened, it could have been so much worse,” Jeremias said. “I think that says something about the frame of the vehicle and how well made it was.” While the conservator restored number 283 back at the museum, a large cutout of the Fritchle automobile was on display along with its charger and a short narrative. With a lengthy restoration process and insurance dealings, it wasn’t until August 2014 that the vehicle settled into its new home at the “Denver A to Z” exhibit at the History Colorado Center in Denver. “It has always been my ambition to do something extraordinary. While my efforts have been relentless, my accomplishments have not fully gratified my ambitions. However, I am proud of my efforts and feel that no one has any reason to say I did not try to do something worthwhile,” Fritchle wrote in his autobiography. Today, the Fritchle vehicle serves as a reminder of how history tends to repeat itself. Brilliant minds are continually blazing new trails, but sometimes it just takes some time — or maybe a century — for innovation to really catch on. Amy Higgins is a freelance writer from Centennial. She’s fascinated by the things that power our lives, especially if they’re from Colorado. Have a local story idea? Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hot Diggity Dogs
Recipe book puts a twist on summer’s traditional hot dogs BY AMY HIGGINS || AHIGGINS@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG
Van Kraayenburg’s Suggestion Danger Dogs can be served with practically anything on them. Try chili, fried peppers and onions for a spicy Danger Dog; sauerkraut and mustard for a classic dog; or pickles, tomatoes, onions, relish and sport peppers for a Chicagostyle Danger Dog.
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Haute Dogs: Recipes for
Delicious Hot Dogs, Buns and Condiments by Russell Van Kraayenburg with permission from Quirk Books
Smother some ketchup, mustard and relish on a dog and you have a heavenly, classic American meal. Nonetheless, Russell Van Kraayenburg, author of Haute Dogs: Recipes for Delicious Hot Dogs, Buns and Condiments, takes this traditional treat to new heights with recipes from around the globe. With unconventional toppings such as mashed potatoes, cilantro, pepperoni and spicy aji sauce, these recipes are fascinating. You can even learn how to make your own homemade franks. Here’s a taste of what you’ll see in Kraayenburg’s book.
Danger Dogs with Chili 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 large white onion, diced 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 tablespoon ground chili powder 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper 1 pound ground beef 1 cup beef stock 8 ounces tomato paste 8 beef and pork dogs 8 slices uncooked bacon 8 classic buns 1 cup white onion, finely chopped
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Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook until soft and translucent, about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and cook for another 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add salt, black pepper, chili powder, cumin, cayenne and beef. Cook until beef is browned and no trace of pink remains. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add beef stock and tomato paste. Stir until evenly combined. Danger Dogs Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Wrap each dog with a slice of bacon, securing it with a wooden toothpick at each end. Deep-fry each bacon-wrapped hot dog for 4 to 6 minutes over medium-high heat. Remove toothpicks and place each dog on a bun and top with a heaping pile of chili and a handful of chopped onions. coloradocountrylife.coop
The Indispensable Rose
The resilient flower is a lovely gardening option BY KRISTEN HANNUM || GARDENING@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG
How could a gardener have too many roses? In my opinion, it’s a metaphysical impossibility. The rose, our national flower, can be hardy to the point of being invasive, especially if you choose a healthy plant of the right variety and take decent care of it. Actually, in my experience, roses will survive even if you don’t take care of them. Matt Douglas at High Country Roses agrees. “My own garden is a replication of the cobbler’s kid’s shoes,” he says. “It’s as abused as any in town and yet the roses survive.” He and his wife, Jennifer, treat the 15,000 roses in their greenhouses more tenderly, and yet even those roses provide proof of the genus’s toughness. “We’ve had plants lost in the mail for three weeks — that’s in a dark box, in up to 100 degree temperatures — and yet when we get them back, we water them and set them
Harison’s Yellow Rose
in a special spot. We rarely lose any.” Douglas has customers in Leadville, Buena Vista, Ridgway and other high-altitude locations who, like me, find it impossible to have too many roses. “People have a lot of luck with Louise Odier Rose roses at high altitudes,” he says. He advises visiting plantmaps.com and plugging in your ZIP code to make sure of your USDA plant hardiness zone. Douglas recommends pruning your roses in spring. The first half of May is good for most of Colorado. Autumn is for cleaning all the debris, especially rose leaves with black spot, and for cutting back branches that are clearly going to break in the winter weather. Spring is for hard pruning. Once you understand the logic behind pruning, it’s easier to do it right. Pruning will encourage new growth and blooming, so don’t let your roses talk you out of it.
Aim to cut the plant back by about onethird. Your first cuts will be to remove damage. Next, remove anyPrairie Rose thing that’s dead. Last, shape the plant. There are so many rose varieties that one of the hardest parts of growing them is choosing which to buy. I brought home my share of roses from big box stores, including one scarlet Mr. Lincoln that became a favorite. Even so, you’re safer buying from a nursery like High Country Roses, where you’re sure of the quality, you can talk with the growers and there’s a far wider variety. One of Douglas’s personal favorites is the Harison’s Yellow Rose, sometimes called the Pioneer Rose. “They’re the roses that you see practically exploding with yellow blooms in May,” he says. “It’s an amazing historical plant that I think everyone should grow.” The Harison’s Yellow is also amazingly hardy. Other historic roses close to Douglas’s heart include the Fairmount Cemetery roses, heritage roses that High Country Roses sells in partnership with Denver’s historic Fairmount Cemetery. The Prairie Rose is another great choice, not just because it’s disease resistant and beautiful but also because it’s native, meaning that it’s beneficial to wildlife in ways that exotic species aren’t. In addition, you won’t find black spot on Prairie roses so you won’t be tempted to spray. I was relieved to hear Douglas say he doesn’t advocate spraying for black spot. Black spot is a common fungus that lives on rose leaves and it is nearly impossible to get rid of. I don’t spray for it, and he tells me that’s a good attitude. I’m planting a Louise Odier Rose this month, a fragrant bourbon pink rose developed in France in 1851. It’s hardy through zone 5, so it will be fine on the Front Range. Good luck picking a new rose for your garden, too.
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Decorate Your Garden Your Way
There’s garden décor to fit all styles: classic, humorous, antique, exotic, retro and avant-garde, just for starters. When you emphasize one or two of those styles, it makes deciding on décor (and plantings) easier. The pink flamingoes, despite being humorous and retro, just aren’t going to fly (so to speak) in your exotic antique-styled garden, with its wicker and other pieces evoking colonial India. Your environment has probably already played a role in your garden’s style. It’s more difficult to get that dusty, terra-cotta tiled Mediterranean look in Maine than in Texas. Similarly, it’s harder to do English cottage style in Florida. If your garden art is going to fit with the plants in your garden, it’s usually best to coordinate climate and style. Some styles — formal or whimsical, for instance — fit all climates, just in slightly different ways. The trick is to understand your own style preference and then to see the areas around your home as outdoor rooms, needing your touch to make them your own. Do you want a romantic, old-fashioned garden? Or would you prefer one that evokes a 1950s modernist style? Although there are likely to be eclectic elements in your mix, deciding on the style that you’re aiming for is key. It will help your garden feel well planned and pleasing.
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Balm for the SOUL
Countless Colorado creeks are breeding grounds for joy BY DENNIS SMITH
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It’s quite a hike, 2-to-3 miles according to the roadside trail marker at the upper end of the Poudre Canyon, and very steep. But if you go back down the canyon and circle in from the north on Deadman Road, a chain of old logging trails, an all-terrain vehicle and a bit of bushwhacking will get you to Elk Creek with far less effort. It’s all right there on the topography map. More brook than creek at this elevation, it emerges from a forest of spruce, fir and poison-green ferns. It cuts its way through tangled thickets of alder and red-osier dogwood and then meanders for a while across broken meadows of waist-high willows, wildflowers and ground squirrel burrows. You’ll see marmots on virtually every decent rock pile. Boulders and beaver dams conspire along the way to slow its course to the big river in the valley below, but gravity pulls the little creek relentlessly past the obstacles, then it ripples over gravel bars, game crossings, miniature waterfalls, fallen trees and anything else that gets in its way. It is the iconic Rocky Mountain high-country trout stream: postcard pretty, persistent, persnickety and chock full of fish — usually brook trout, but sometimes native greenback cutthroats and, surprisingly more often these days, wild brown trout. We fish here as often as we can through the seasons. It’s always different but never disappoints. In early spring, its banks are drab with matted dead grasses and dirty patches of lingering snow. Flows are swollen, gray and cold with snowmelt. With the exception of the early brown stoneflies, few aquatic insects hatch so the fish are difficult — though not impossible — to catch on flies. A large colorful streamer might do the trick. On the other hand, this might be the best of all possible times for a bait fisherman to catch the biggest
fish in the stream by nursing a small worm through the deeper pools or under the shadowed cut banks. It will probably be a brown trout. Fly-fishing begins to pick up around late May and early June. Marsh marigolds and lush, green sedges hug the banks; in the meadows wildflowers are rampant. The air smells of pine and wild basil. A variety of mayflies, caddis flies and terrestrial insects, such as hoppers, beetles and ants, find their way into the food chain and the trout gorge on them. High summer brings superb dry fly-fishing for the brookies and cutthroats, though you
Elk Creek in Roosevelt National Forest tumbles past writer Dennis Smith’s camping spot.
might pay for the thrills with your blood; mosquitoes, biting flies and other winged vampires can be thick through July and August. Go anyway. It’s worth it. Just smear yourself with bug spray. Colorado is blessed with hundreds, if not thousands of these nameless back country creeks and they’re all balm for the soul, whether you hike them, fish them or camp beside them. They offer solitude, birdsong, spiritual rejuvenation and the musical murmuring of mountain brooks all wrapped in the incomparable beauty of the high country. There’s no time like the present to enjoy them.
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BACKUP GENERATOR FUNDAMENTALS BY JAMES DULLEY
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Most families depend on electricity for nearly every activity and purchasing a backup generator is becoming more common. If you’re considering purchasing a backup generator you must first decide how much of your home you want to power to determine the size you need. There are common necessities, such as refrigeration and lighting. Airconditioning, washing clothes and vacuuming may not be top priority during a power outage. To get a rough idea of the size of generator you need, list all electric items you want to power and total their wattages. Items and appliances with motors often require more electric current at start-up time, so round up when determining the total wattage. A contractor or installation expert can also advise you on the proper size. It should be noted that installing a whole-house backup generator is not a do-ityourself project. For convenience and safety This shows the typical (for both your electrical connection from family and your a standby generator to the house wiring. electric co-op’s emergency lineworkers), install an automatic transfer switch. This switch senses when the grid electricity goes off or the voltage drops below a critical point, also known as a brownout. It automatically disconnects your home’s wiring from the utility grid and starts the generator. Natural gas is the best fuel to power the backup generator. Natural gas engines run cleanly, require little maintenance and are relatively inexpensive to run. For more information on backup generators, contact your local electric co-op or speak with a qualified contractor.
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his 9-year-old daughter, Erin, about enforcing stricter rules. “Why?” she asked. “Because your older sister is getting away with murder,” he said. Shocked, Erin replied, “What? Krissy murdered somebody?” Ursula Hill, Colorado Springs
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Create Cañon City Balloon Classic –
May 23-25 at The Winery at the Abbey and on neighboring fields in Cañon City The Create Cañon City Balloon Classic is launching its second year of spectacular festivities. This year the agenda includes a vast selection of exciting events, including a 24-mile mountain bike ride, a fun run, a kite flying demonstration, rocket launches, skydiving demonstrations, wine tastings, arts and crafts, live music, a variety of food vendors and more. But the highlight of the Create Cañon City Balloon Classic is the hot air balloons, of course. Balloon Meister Barbara Hann will coordinate this portion of the festival with 15 hot air balloons ascending in the daytime and again with an evening balloon glow with the Abbey illuminated in the background. For more information, call 855-946-4222, write ccinfo@ createcanoncity.org or visit facebook.com/pages/ create-canon-city-balloon-classic.
Amaze’n Mazes All Summer Long Amaze’n Mazes wants you to get lost in the fun. Amaze’n Mazes aren’t your ordinary mazes. This Colorado company makes getting lost competitive and challenging. Before you run the course, you are given a passport with your start time. Once you set foot in the maze, your challenge is to locate four checkpoints where your passport gets punched. Once you spell the word “MAZE,” you exit as quickly as you can. The fastest times win prizes. This summer, be sure to visit one or more of Amaze’n Mazes’ seven mazes in Colorado: • Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, Glenwood Springs • Funputter Park, Pueblo • Summer Fun Park, Breckenridge • Winter Park Ski Resort, Winter Park • Heritage Square, Golden • Gateway Park Fun Center, Boulder • Amaze’n Steamboat Family Fun Park, Steamboat Springs For more information, call 888-909-6293 or visit amazen mazes.com.
Dolores River Festival June 6 At Joe Rowell Park, Dolores
The Dolores River Festival is an annual party with purpose. Guests of the festival attend this event not only to partake in the fun, but also to connect to the river and the environment. A portion of the proceeds goes toward enhancement projects and new initiatives in the Dolores area. This festival draws a huge crowd with its numerous elements, including a river parade where rafters and boaters dress up in costumes and float down the river. Attendees also enjoy live music by national and local bands, a dog fetch contest, food and product vendors, educational opportunities and a Kids Zone filled with acrobats, music lessons, a playground, face painting and more. Grab your boat, raft or tube — or take a guided tour — and get wet at the Dolores River Festival. Or stay dry and enjoy the exceptional entertainment with an amazing community. For more information, visit doloresriverfestival.com.
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Don’t Miss These Colorado Events May-August – Dino Digs Museum of Western Colorado Dinosaur Journey, Fruita Prices vary and include transportation, lunch, guide, instruction and tools. For more information, visit museumofwesternco.com. May 10 – Mother’s Day Grand Buffet Brunch 9 am-3 pm at Devil’s Thumb Ranch, Tabernash For more information, call 970-726-7013 or visit devilsthumbranch.com.
May 23-24 – Taste of Creede Downtown Creede Live music, children’s activities, artist demonstrations, National Small Print Show opening, bake-off, silver chef competition, quick draw competition, art auction. For more information, call 719-658-2374 or visit creede.com.
May 29-31 – Bluegrass at the Fair Colorado State Fairgrounds, Pueblo Bluegrass music and camping. For more information, visit bluegrassatthefair.com.
July 12 – Celebration of 130 Years of The Herald Times Newspaper 1 pm at the Old West Heritage Culture Center, Meeker Celebrate the 130th anniversary of the Herald Times newspaper, the oldest, continuous newspaper in Colorado. For more info, visit rioblancocounty.org.
August 1 – Art Auction and Community Picnic Anderson Ranch, Snowmass Village More than 200 items to bid on in live and silent auctions, gourmet picnic lunch, live music and children’s art activities. For more information, call 970923-3181 or visit andersonranch.org.
August 10 – Digital Artistic Photo Workshop 9 am-1:30 pm at South Park City and nearby mountains, Fairplay Flower and scenic landscape photography and artistic photography shoots. For all skill levels. For more information, visit highcountryartworks.com.
The Smartphone Road Trip Mobile technology transforms travel. BY RUSSELL A. GRAVES
I love road trips. In fact, I travel for a living.
For the past two decades, I’ve made a living as a professional writer and photographer, traveling back roads in search of great stories to tell. Planning each trip demands time and effort, so I’m always searching for the latest technology that will make me more productive and efficient. Smartphones make road trips much easier and more spontaneous. The paradigm has shifted: Instead of simply carrying a phone, I — like all “road trippers” — now carry a powerful handheld computer that just happens to make phone calls. Before the smartphone, I used a dedicated global postitioning system unit that I switched from vehicle to vehicle when I traveled. With my iPhone, I have a built-in GPS mapping program that I use to plan trips. Once on the road, the same device gives me turn-by-turn directions until I reach my destination. It not only provides the quickest route to my destination, it also recommends other routes that take me off the beaten path — perfect for the times I want to take the road less traveled. In addition to mapping, I also prepare for my trip by storing an automobile insurance card on my phone, along with a gas-tracking app (GasBuddy) that helps me identify the cheapest fuel stops and a playlist customized to play my favorite traveling songs while I’m on the open road. Along the way (while I’m stopped, of course), I check out Wikipedia on my phone’s browser. The Wikipedia mobile site is GPS enabled and will suggest articles about nearby points of interest. You can immerse yourself in local culture by learning more about the people and places nearby. For the traveler, one of the greatest tricks with a smartphone is to use it as a GPS tracker. Remember, the camera embeds GPS information in each picture. Now, instead of guessing where pictures were taken once you’re back home, you can rely on any one of several low-cost photo management software solutions to extract the GPS location from the photo and pinpoint the location on a software-generated map. These maps save the key points of a trip and help you relive and share the memories later. In addition to shooting still photos, smartphones also are equipped with high-definition video cameras. The smartphone offers the ability to shoot slow motion, use apps to record video with a vintage 8 mm look and do on-the-fly editing along with seamless posting to social sites like YouTube or Facebook. The bottom line is that the technology in your hand lets you focus less on planning and more on traveling. Smartphones are an indispensable tool for road trippers. The best tip? When you get to that cool destination, be sure to turn off your phone for a while and enjoy the trip.
Are We There Yet? Some folks travel at their children’s bedtime — they put the pajama-clad kids in their car seats and go. This works if you’re not too tired to drive late at night and if you’re reasonably sure your children will stay asleep once you arrive. This tactic really depends on your child — if it backfires, you can end up with a wide-awake toddler at midnight.