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April 2016 Photo contest winner – first place, summer: Stephanie Stuckman, Mancos, Empire Electric Member.

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4 Viewpoint

21 Recipes

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22 Gardening

Solar power surges throughout Colorado’s electric co-op territories

Scrumptious smoothies add great taste, nutrition to a spring day

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Co-op News

11 NewsClips 14 The Next Generation of Lineworkers

Turkey tomfoolery leads to more laughter than hunting

25 Energy Tips

Over the next five years, electric utilities expect to hire 15,000 people

29 Funny Stories

16 Focus On Our Beautiful State

A pint-size garden can still provide big results at harvest

30 Discoveries

Winning photos capture the four seasons in Colorado

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This month’s online extras ➤ FIND more events to enjoy this spring listed in the online calendar ➤ ENJOY a variety of photos of Colorado’s seasonal beauty  HECK OUT the additional smoothie ➤C recipes ➤D  ISCOVER more about what it takes to be an electric co-op lineman ➤ L EARN more about organic cleaning products from a Colorado company

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Power From the Sun

Solar power surges in Colorado’s electric co-op territories BY KENT SINGER

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How will the continuing dethat electricity. cline in the cost of solar powMany states er impact Colorado’s electric are re-evaluating co-ops and other electric how utilities are utilities? That’s an important required to comquestion and one that was pensate customers addressed at the 2016 Solar with onsite genPower Colorado conference eration, such as March 7-9, an event hosted solar panels. Some by the Colorado Solar Enutilities have sucKent Singer ergy Industries Association. cessfully argued I was there to learn about the that net-metered customers should latest developments in solar power pay a fee for the right to interconnect and network with solar advocates, to utility facilities since the utility is developers and vendors. Electric essentially acting as a battery for the co-ops are integrating a variety of customer, and there is value associsolar power projects across Coloated with that service. Other utilirado, and the Colorado Rural Electies increased their monthly service tric Association makes a concerted charges to their customers to make effort to stay on top of this dynamic up for the fact that they are no longer element of the power industry. collecting all of their fixed costs with The CoSEIA conference grew the reduction of kilowatt-hour sales. over the last several years with this Many of the folks attending the year’s attendance exceeding 500 CoSEIA conference argued against people representing all aspects of any kind of “barrier” to the installathe solar ecosphere. The conference tion of solar panels, such as the fees this year featured several speakers described in the preceding parawho addressed issues including net graph. But from the cooperative permetering policies, new utility models spective, this is a matter of fairness. and trends in community solar. We support rooftop solar installaThere was discussion during tions by our member-owners, but we the conference about net metering have an obligation to all of our memand how different states are adjustbers, including those who cannot ing their net metering policies. If afford the solar installations, to make you recall my column in January, I sure that system costs are allocated described in some detail how net me- in a fair manner. We also have an obtering works. Basically, the Colorado ligation to minimize overall systems law relating to net metering requires costs, and in many cases that means co-ops to give their member-owners that community solar arrays are more credit for the renewable power cost effective than rooftop solar. generated on the member-owners’ There is no question that the premises (usually from rooftop solar decreasing costs for solar power panels). When the electricity from generation are impacting power the member-owner offsets electricsupply decisions by all utilities, ity consumption, the member-owner including electric co-ops. One of our receives the full retail value of the members, Tri-State Generation and electricity generated; in the event Transmission Association, recently of excess electricity, the co-op has announced the addition of a secflexibility to determine the value of ond utility-scale solar project to its

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portfolio. Tri-State will purchase the entire output of the Alta Luna Solar Project, a 25-megawatt solar farm in southwestern New Mexico. This is in addition to the 30-MW Cimarron Solar facility that is already generating electricity for Tri-State. Tri-State also recently announced another power purchase agreement for the 30-MW San Isabel Solar Project to be constructed in southern Colorado. In addition to these utility-scale projects, a group of Colorado co-ops (Delta-Montrose Electric Association, Gunnison County Electric Association, Holy Cross Energy, San Miguel Power Association and Yampa Valley Electric Association) agreed to partner with the Colorado Energy Office in support of community solar arrays that will benefit low-income co-op member-owners. Following on the success of the Grand Valley Power project, a nonprofit called GRID Alternatives is working with the CEO and the co-ops to build separate community solar projects to reduce costs for customers who spend more than 4 percent of their income on utility bills. We’re glad to work with these partners on a program that will benefit those who would otherwise not be able to afford a solar installation. Rooftop, community, utilityscale: Solar generation resources are being added by Colorado’s electric co-ops at a record clip. And while our number one job is to maintain a system of power supply and delivery that serves our memberowners reliably and affordably, we are looking to the future and how we can better utilize the power from the sun as part of the co-op story.

Kent Singer, Executive Director

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[ letters] Yeah for Co-op Connections

I wish to express my gratitude for the Co-op Connections Card from Mountain View Electric Association. Over the past 18 months, Meridian Dental of Falcon and Calhan has done a lot of major dental work for me. They honor our MVEA discount card and granted me a discount of nearly 40 percent.

— Peggy Patzkowsky, Rush

Lights Out Memories

I found the article “Lights Out” (February ’16) bringing me back. I know exactly where I was in November 1965 during the blackout. We were eating supper in Ransomville, New York, when the phone rang. Dad was called back to work at the Robert Moses Power Plant in Lewiston, New York. He worked as an operator then. Later, we found out that a switch stuck at the Sir Adam Beck Power Plant on the Canadian side, which caused the blackout.

— Marsha Detter, Loveland

Looking for the Light Side

As a potato fan, I was looking forward to using the recipe that would “stimulate taste buds” presented in the March ’16 issue (Creamy Chorizo-Spiked Potato, Cheese Enchiladsa). I did not find any information on the number of servings but based on the number of baking dishes listed, I assume the recipe was for 12 servings (with two enchiladas in each serving). However, as I read through the ingredient list, I was saddened to see that a total of 12 quarter cups of oil and cheese — and that’s not counting the fat from sausage and whole milk — were key parts of the recipe. Potatoes are yummy, but I was hoping for a recipe that was tasty but won’t clog my arteries to such an extent.

— Eleen A. Baumann, Fort Collins

Send your letter to the editor by mail or email. You must include your name and address to be published. Letters may be edited.

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[April] Through June 18 Fort Collins “China’s Imperial Treasures: Art & Artifacts” Exhibit Global Village Museum 970-221-4600 • globalvillagemuseum.org April 5-16 Durango Creativity Festivity: Designing the Future Durango Arts Center 970-259-2606 • durangoarts.org April 8-9 Breckenridge Breckenridge Beer Festival 100 and 200 Blocks of Ridge Street • spring.breckenridge beerfestival.com April 8-10 Durango Four Corners Quilt Gathering First United Methodist Church 5:30 pm • 970-247-9704 April 9 Beulah Self-Renewal Yoga and Nature Day Retreat Mountain Park Environmental Center 10:30 am-4:30 pm • 719-485-4444 April 9 Fort Collins Meet the Animals Fort Collins Museum of Discovery 10 am-1 pm • 970-221-6738 April 10 Longmont 9Health Fair Longmont Front Range Community College 7 am-12 pm • 9healthfair.org April 11 Denver “The Buffalo Bill Experience” Reenactment History Colorado Center 1-2 pm • historycoloradocenter.org April 12 Buena Vista Celtic & Old Time Music Jam Creekside Gathering Place 6:30-8:30 pm • 719-395-6704 6

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April 14-16 Denver “The Tempest” Theater Performance Eugenia Rawls Courtyard Theatre 7:30 pm • ahec.edu/boxoffice April 14-15 Parker “Paquita” Ballet Performance PACE Center 303-805-6800 • parkerarts.ticketforce.com April 21 Boulder “The Tender Land” Opera CU Boulder Imig Music Theater 7:30-9:30 pm • 303-492-8008 April 21 Durango Spring Friendraiser Durango Rec Center 5:30-8 pm • 970-749-5642 April 21 Palmer Lake “Spinning in the Western Region” Presentation Palmer Lake Town Hall 7 pm • palmerdividehistory.org April 21 Pueblo Brew at the Zoo Pueblo Zoo 5-7:30 pm • pueblozoo.org April 22 Golden Colorado Rails and Cocktails: Writing on the Rails Colorado Railroad Museum 6:30-8 pm • 720-274-5147 April 23-24 Monument Pine Forest Spring Show and Sale Lewis Palmer High School tlwc.net April 23-24 Grand Valley “Barrel Into Spring” Wine Tasting Various Wineries 970-464-5867 • grandvalleywine.com April 23 Winter Park Springtopia Winter Park Resort playwinterpark.com

Sage-Grouse Viewing and Slide Show April 8-9 and 15-16 Western State Colorado University’s Hurst Hall, Gunnison

Gunnison sage-grouse.

Observe the Gunnison sage-grouse in its natural habitat at the Waunita Watchable Wildlife site, and learn more about it through a one-hour slide presentation on the ecology and conservation of this acclaimed bird. Viewing: April 9 and 16 at 4:30 am. Presentation: April 8 and 15 at 6:30 pm. Free, but reservations are required. For more information, call 970-641-3959 or write to patrickmagee90@gmail.com. April 28-May 1 Black Forest Arts and Crafts Spring Show and Sale Black Forest Community Center 719-495-3035 • bfacg.org April 28-30 Paonia Paonia Film Festival Paradise Theatre paradiseofpaonia.com April 28 Pueblo Ballet West II Sangre de Cristo Performing Arts Center’s Center Stage 7:30 pm • 719-295-7200 April 29-30 Denver “Cult Following” Improv Show Denver Center for the Performing Arts 7:30 pm • 800-641-1222 April 30 Colorado City Valley Backpacks’ Tea Event Valley Community Church 2-4 pm • 719-489-2701 April 30 Limon Bingo Hub City Senior Center 2-5 pm • joyjohnson2012@ gmail.com

[May] May 1 Grand Junction Salut Salon German Female String Quartet Grand Junction High School 7:30-9:30 pm • communityconcerts grandvalley.org

May 3 Trinidad Drop City at 50 Exhibition Reception A.R. Mitchell Museum of Western Art 1-4 pm • armitchellmuseum. com May 6-7 Denver Spring Plant Sale Denver Botanic Gardens 8 am-5 pm • botanicgardens. org May 6-7 Durango Narrow Gauge Days Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad 888-872-4607 • durangotrain. com May 7 Burlington Spring Fling Burlington Community Center 9 am-3 pm • 719-346-8918 May 7 Estes Park Duck Race Festival Various Estes Park Locations 11 am • epduckrace.org

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WHITE RIVER ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION

[White River] CRITICAL CONNECTIONS BEHIND THE POWER

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BY ALAN MICHALEWICZ | | GENER AL MANAGER | | AMICH@WREA.ORG

April 11, 2016, is National Lineman Appreciation Day, so it is appropriate that we take a moment to recognize the people who often work in brutal weather conditions to ensure we all have safe and reliable power. In fact, linemen are often first responders during storms and other catastrophic events, working to make the scene safe for other public safety officers. However, while linemen work in highly visible settings, there are many behind the scenes who also labor tirelessly to help keep the lights on. However, they do so with little or no public recognition or acknowledgement. The power behind your power The lineman out in the field works with thousands of volts of electricity high atop power lines 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to keep electricity flowing and maintain the energy infrastructure. Another “powerful” figure in the co-op is the Operations Supervisor. Similar to the head coach of a team, he ensures that all the players (employees) know their roles and perform them at a high level. He also must recruit and retain talent; this is especially challenging in today’s highly competitive hiring environment. Promoting a culture of safety The operations and engineering department ensures that the overall system is well-maintained. This team is responsible for planning ahead for future needs and continually monitoring existing equipment and resources. An equally important area of focus is safety. Working with electricity is an inherently dangerous task, and helping to foster a culture of safety for all workers is a major priority. Members can count on the operations and engineering department for everything from lighting to heating, cooling and much more. Calling for energy efficiency The member service representatives answer calls and questions about billing and energy use. They work with members to identify high-use periods and discuss ways to save on their monthly bill. The member services department is responsible for ensuring that you are treated appropriately, and it all starts at the time you sign up for membership. This department is also responsible for the co-op’s annual meeting and special outreach to community organizations, including schools, and communications, such as this newsletter. Delivering timely savings The accounting and finance department is responsible for the financial well-being of White River Electric Association. It includes billing, collections and overseeing any loans the co-op has. As you know, the co-op generates an electric bill that it sends to you either electronically or through regular mail, often on a date that you specified. It does so to ensure it can apply the latest technology, help lower your energy costs and send timely, accurate bills to you.

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While we are a member-owned cooperative and operate differently than investorowned utilities, we are still a business. As such, the accounting department ensures that revenue collected from the membership exceeds our expenses. Typical expenses include the money we pay for electric power, equipment, new technology, Alan J. Michalewicz upgrades to the infrastructure, employees and other expenditures. The human resources department is responsible for all personnel associated with our co-op. It handles the recruiting, hiring, retiring, benefits and initial orientation, as well as training for all employees. Continual learning and training for co-op employees is crucial to having a skilled workforce that helps keep the co-op operating at an optimal level. This learning element is also one of the seven cooperative principles and extends to members. For example, White River Electric sponsors youth scholarships and an educational trip to Washington, D.C., as part of the co-op’s Youth Tour program each summer. Staying in sync Many different people and departments work closely together to serve you because you, the member, are at the heart of everything we do. Unlike other types of businesses, as a cooperative, our concern for community is one principle that sets us apart. From sponsoring a local school’s baseball team to supporting new jobs and industry through our economic development efforts, we stand as a driving force in our community. The electricity we provide literally powers our communities, and it takes every person in the co-op to deliver on this promise. Across the country, White River Electric together with 900 other electric cooperatives provide safe, reliable and technologically advanced service to 40 million Americans while maintaining a unique consumerfocused approach to business.

MEEKER SOLAR GARDEN > W  hite River Electric Association is excited about the construction of the MEEKER SOLAR GARDEN at 450 School Street. > P anel leases are in the process of being awarded and applicants will be notified in the coming weeks. > Solar production is estimated to begin June 1, 2016. > Visit www.WREA.org for ongoing status updates on the progress of the MEEKER SOLAR GARDEN. For more information on leasing a solar panel, call 970-878-5041. Please visit wrea.org for more details on WREA’s latest member program. APRIL 2016

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DON’T PUT SAFETY ON AUTOPILOT

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GPS (global positioning system) devices with automatic guidance allow drivers to have their hands off the steering wheel as the tractor maneuvers itself through the field. Thanks to this technology, farmers can more easily and efficiently maintain accuracy even during poor light conditions, which enhances productivity. While a GPS device can help with driver error, it does not mean that safety can be put on autopilot. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health still consistently lists farming among the most dangerous industries and tractor incidents as the leading source of death and injury on farms. Between 2003 and 2011, farm tractors accounted for the deaths of 1,533 people. Making safety a priority requires alertness, focus and knowledge of potential hazards and appropriate safety steps. Varying pass-to-pass accuracy levels (sub-meter, decimeter or centimeter) and potential issues, such as power poles not being correctly plotted in the system, reinforce the need for drivers to stay focused on the location of the tractor and its equipment while in the field and to be ready to take action themselves if necessary. Keep the following electrical safety guidelines in mind: • It is easy for farming equipment to hit powerlines because of large size, height and extensions. Use a spotter when

operating large machinery near lines. A driver’s vantage point from the cab may not be sufficient. • Keep equipment at least 10 feet from lines at all times, in all directions. • Look up and use care when raising any equipment, such as ladders, front-end loaders or augers. • Inspect the height of the farm equipment to determine clearance. • A lways remember to lower extensions to the lowest setting when moving loads. • Never attempt to move a power line out of the way or raise it for clearance. If a power line is sagging or low, contact White River Electric. If your equipment does make contact with a power line, do not leave the cab. Immediately call 911, warn others to stay away and wait for the utility crew to cut the power. The only reason to exit equipment that comes into contact with overhead lines is if the equipment is on fire, which is rare. However, if this is the case, jump off the equipment with your feet together and without touching the ground and vehicle at the same time. Then, still keeping your feet together, hop to safety as you leave the area.

For more information on electrical safety, visit SafeElectricity.org

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STEPS to ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Identify ways to save energy when using appliances and electronics in your home. Buy ENERGY STARrated appliances when possible and turn off electronics, such as computers and gaming consoles when not in use.

DIY projects can help you save energy. Caulk around drafty windows, use LED bulbs and check insulation levels in your home.

Check with your electric co-op about energy saving programs.

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ELECTRIC CO-OPS PRACTICE FOR CATASTROPHE

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BY DAN RIEDINGER

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What if an ice storm damaged or destroyed parts of Colorado’s electric system? What if a computer hacker took out a major transmission system? How would electric co-ops recover and get the lights back on? Those were the questions when more than 3,000 people from 350 organizations convened for a two-day exercise to help utilities prepare for these sorts of disasters. Called “GridEx III,” the event simulated physical and cyber attacks on the nation’s power systems, destruction of communication systems and damage from explosive devices and shootings. A few hundred staffers from 14 electric co-op generation and transmission utilities as well as four distribution co-ops participated in this biennial exercise, which was spearheaded by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation. NERC said the exercise was designed to “enhance coordination of cyber

and physical security resources and practices within the industry, as well as communication with government partners and other stakeholders.” “Simulated exercises such as these allow co-ops to practice contingency and response plans, improve them and hone our skills to be prepared for potential future events,” said Duane Highley, one of the electric co-op CEOs involved in the exercise. “This also gives us the opportunity to improve our coordination capabilities with multiple industry sector partners at the local, state and federal levels.” Colorado’s electric co-ops understand how important reliable power is to our members. That’s why they are now reviewing and applying the lessons coming out of GridEx III. Dan Riedinger writes for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

Survey Says: Electric Co-op Members Read Colorado Country Life Last fall, randomly-selected readers of Colorado Country Life received a survey asking them about their reading habits and their use of this magazine, which is sent to you by your local electric cooperative. Thank you to everyone who filled out the survey and sent it back. The results are in. More than 80 percent of the nearly 219,000 issues of the magazine that are sent out each month are read by those receiving the magazine. And more than half of those who read the magazine pass it on to others to read. Now that the official, scientific survey is complete, we’d love to hear more about what you like and don’t like about the magazine. Send your comments to info@coloradocountrylife.org.

Thank a Lineman

This month, electric cooperatives throughout Colorado will honor their lineworkers for the work they do. Some co-ops will concentrate their appreciation on Monday, April 11, which designated as National Lineman Appreciation Day by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Board of Directors. Others will take the week or the full month of April to honor these crews who are the first responders when the lights go out. Lineworkers work around the clock on highvoltage lines. Conditions can be dangerous and the weather, whether is it hot and windy or cold and icy, can be its own challenge. But Colorado’s lineworkers power through whatever the situation is to ensure reliable service for electric co-op members. This April is a chance to say thanks. Visit the Colorado Rural Electric Association’s Facebook page at facebook.com/ColoradoREA and write a post about what you appreciate about co-op lineworkers using #thankalineman.

People who get their electricity from co-ops aren’t “customers” but “members.” They have a say in how their local utility operates. Local Lights America’s Electric Cooperatives

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The Next Generation of Lineworkers BY JUSTIN LABERGE

NATIONAL RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE ASSOCIATION

Lineworkers learn their trade at Mesa Hotline School in Grand Junction.

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Over the next five years, America’s electric cooperatives expect to hire nearly 15,000 people to fill jobs ranging from information technology specialist to lineworker. Investor-owned utilities, municipal power systems and private power line contractors will also need thousands of skilled workers to keep our nation’s energy grid running safely and reliably. Despite high demand, good pay, excellent benefits, opportunities to advance and a stable long-term outlook, America is facing a shortage of lineworkers. To address this looming shortage, energy companies, including America’s electric cooperatives, teamed up to cre-

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ate the Center for Energy Workforce Development. Even celebrities took notice. Mike Rowe, who gained fame as host of the Discovery Channel’s series “Dirty Jobs,” created a foundation to raise awareness of the great career opportunities offered by skilled trades that are too often overlooked by guidance counselors and eager parents. Trade groups and celebrities can raise awareness of an issue, but it takes more than awareness to keep the lights on. Training programs are the vital link to help motivated individuals become our nation’s next generation of lineworkers.

No “typical” student

In Colorado, we have some notable lineworker training programs, such as Mesa Hotline School and Western Colorado Community College, both in Grand Junction, and Rocky Mountain Lineman School in Trinidad. At lineworker school, students learn about safety, underground and overhead procedures, installation, repair, operation of equipment, pole climbing and more important aspects of this skilled profession. A common thread through these programs is that they attract students from all walks of life. Many are coloradocountrylife.coop


young people who recently graduated from high school. Others are older and have more experience. The older students tend to be a mix of individuals looking for a better job with advancement opportunities, workers who were laid off from manufacturing jobs and veterans who recently completed their military service. No matter their background, all students in these programs must love the outdoors and have a strong work ethic. The tuition assistance options for lineworker programs are almost as diverse as the students themselves. For apprentice lineworkers already employed by co-ops, the tuition for these programs is often paid in full by the co-op. Returning veterans can use GI Bill funds, and many states have additional programs to help veterans enter the civilian workforce. Manufacturing workers who lost their jobs to companies overseas might be eligible for job-retraining funds. In addition to these specialized types of financial assistance, lineworker training programs typically qualify for all the traditional education funding sources, including scholarships, grants and student loans. Even those who rely on loans and their own funds to pay for their lineworker education will benefit from the much lower costs of community colleges as compared to four-year schools and private, for-profit colleges.

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LINEMEN TRAINING PROGRAMS •

Northwest Lineman College – California, Idaho and Texas

Mesa Hotline School – Grand Junction, the first two weeks of May

Trinidad State Junior College – Trinidad or Colorado Springs

Western Nebraska Community College – Alliance, Nebraska

Western Colorado Community College – Grand Junction

Wyoming Electrical JATC – Casper, Wyoming

Becoming a lineman involves years of training and experience.

Genuine opportunity

In a September 26, 2015, column published by Education and Career News, Mike Rowe wrote: “Every day, millions of people looking for work fail to consider a host of genuine opportunities, in part because they don’t appear on our collective list of ‘top jobs.’ Job satisfaction is important, but ultimately, vocational happiness has less to do with what you do than with who you are. In other words, character — like opportunity — won’t be found on a list.” Few organizations value character as much as America’s not-for-profit, member-owned electric cooperatives, and lineworker is just one of the many “genuine opportunities” they offer. Justin LaBerge writes on consumer and cooperative affairs for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. coloradocountrylife.coop

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a. 3rd Place – Winter Windmill on the Plains Steve Hanchett, Colorado Springs

b. Runner-up – Summer Nellie Creek draining Uncompahgre Peak Mike Thompson, Cortez c. Runner-up – Fall Kayakers on the Animas River Rod Gardner, Bayfield

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d. Runner-up – Fall Glacier Creek in Rocky Mountain National Park David Dahms, Windsor

g. 3rd Place – Spring Lupines and La Platas David Lee Reineke, Dolores

e. 3rd Place – Summer Bear Cub Playing in Flowers George Turner, Boulder

h. Runner-up – Summer Marmot Lookout Leah Wzientek, Durango

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Photographers from throughout the state did an amazing job of focusing on Colorado’s beauty for this year’s annual Colorado Country Life photo contest. More than 550 photos of spring, summer, fall and winter in the Centennial State were entered in the contest last fall. First place winners received $150, second place received $75 and third place received $50. The winners are: Spring: First place – Logan Myers, a Sangre de Cristo Electric Association member from Buena Vista for an Easter sunrise photo of Dominguez Falls. Second place – Jerry Clark, a Gunnison County Electric Association member from Houston, Texas. Third place – David Lee Reineke, an Empire Electric member from Dolores. Summer: First place – Stephanie Stuckman, an Empire Electric Association member from Mancos for her photo of a fox on the hunt. Second place – John Mumaw, an Empire Electric member from Cortez. Third place – George Turner, a Sangre de Cristo member from Boulder. Fall: First place – Janele Husband, a Yampa Valley Electric Association member from Craig for a photo of a mystic morning. Second place – Preston Somers, a La Plata Electric Association member from Durango. Third place – Robert Kissel of Lakewood. Winter: First place – Rod Gardner, a La Plata Electric member from Bayfield for a photo of a great horned owl. Second place – Linda Cannistra, an Empire Electric member from Dolores. Third place – Steve Hanchett, a Mountain View Electric Association member from Colorado Springs. All winners and runners-up, as well as other favorites, are included on the magazine website at www.coloradocountrylife.coop.

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a. 1st Place – Winter Great Horned Owl in Blue Spruce Rod Gardner, Bayfield

b. 1st Place – Spring Easter Sunrise at Dominguez Falls Logan Myers, Buena Vista

c. 1st Place – Fall Mystic Morning Janele Husband, Craig

d. 1st Place – Summer Summer Hunt Stephanie Stuckman, Mancos

e. 2nd Place – Winter McPhee Reservoir Linda Cannistra, Dolores

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g. 2nd Place – Spring Sunset Over Paradise Divide Jerry Clark, Houston, TX

h. 2nd Place – Fall Autumn Reflections Preston Somers, Durango

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Scrumptious Sipping, Smooth-ie Sailing Smoothies offer great taste, convenience and a burst of nutrition BY AMY HIGGINS

Blissful Belly Adding yogurt to your smoothies will make your digestive tract happy. It is packed with “good bacteria” your intestines want, making digestion more comfortable.

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In a fast-paced world, it’s a relief when simplicity surfaces. Throw your fixings in a blender and you’re all set. That’s what you get with a smoothie. You can also put a little pep in your step, satisfy a sweet tooth and fulfill your hunger, depending on the ingredients you choose. Have a picky eater? Sneak in some veggies with those sweet fruits and he’ll never know the difference. Next time you need to eat on the go, try one of these simple smoothies.

Watermelon Kiwi Smoothie

2 cups seedless watermelon chunks 2 kiwis, peeled and chopped 2 cups vanilla yogurt 1 cup ice 2 liters ginger ale 3 sprigs fresh mint Blend watermelon, kiwi, yogurt, ice and ginger ale in a blender until smooth. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

TIP Blender Splendor Cleanup is a breeze when you fix food in a blender. Just fill it halfway with hot water, add dish soap and blend for about 30 seconds. Rinse and you’re done.

Source: National Watermelon Promotion Board

Butter Lettuce Papaya Smoothie

1/2 papaya, peeled (plus slices from remaining half for garnish) 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh cilantro 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger root 2 tablespoons honey 1 head butter lettuce (chopped, cleaned and root removed) 1 cup almond milk 1/4 cup water 1 lime, peeled Apple and/or pear slices for garnish (optional) Using a traditional, compact or hand blender, mix all ingredients for 30 seconds or until smooth. Garnish with slices of papaya and apple or pear, if desired.

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Chocolate Berry Blast Smoothie 1 cup low-fat chocolate milk 1 cup frozen mixed berries 1 tablespoon golden flaxseed meal

In blender, combine chocolate milk, frozen mixed berries and flaxseed meal. Blend until smooth and frothy. Source: TruMoo

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Plant a Pint-Sized Garden

Small outdoor spaces can help you harvest big results BY VICKI SPENCER

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Patio or container gardening is not a new concept. It’s always been a wonderful way to showcase flowers and enjoy their sweet fragrances while relaxing outside. But research and new plant varieties have expanded container options beyond the traditional flower box. No longer do you need to sacrifice a passion for fresh vegetables just because you don’t have a large garden area. You can transform any sunny spot in your yard into a vegetable garden, regardless of the size, as long as you have a container.

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GARDENING@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG As I get older, I find it’s much easier to plant and maintain vegetables growing in pots or raised beds than in a traditional garden plot. No more bending down or kneeling to cultivate the soil or eliminate weeds. With a container garden, I no longer have to deal with heavy clay or rocky soil. Instead, I fill my pots with exactly the right mix for the plants I am growing. Watering is so much easier, too. Having a garden close to the house also means you can easily monitor it. If there is going to be an unexpected freeze, no problem. Just step outside, cover the plants and then step out again to uncover them when it warms up. Patio gardens make pest control easier. On more than one occasion, I have glanced out the kitchen window just in time to catch a critter before it had a chance to fill its belly. Some of the best benefits of a patio or container garden come at harvest time. I love to watch my vegetables grow, and when I want some fresh salad greens, tomatoes or herbs, all I need to do is take a few steps out my door. This beats running across the yard to collect that one essential ingredient that was forgotten until I became engrossed in cooking. And anyone who has grown zucchini knows how they magically seem to double in size within moments. By growing them in containers, or along the patio border, you can catch the zucchini while they are still small and tender.

There are so many ways to get creative with your patio or container garden. You can select plants based on a variety of shapes, colors and tastes. Imagine a window box with purple basil, lemon verbena and chives. Or, you could plant a tea garden in a box. Mint, rose geranium, pineapple sage and lavender would make a beautiful container, and a delicious cup of morning tea. You can be creative choosing your container. I found all kinds of inexpensive and unusual containers for my plants at yard sales. I planted flowers and vegetables in “antique” milk cans, bushel baskets, fruit crates and ceramic frogs. An old shoe rack can hold a variety of herbs planted in small pots. If you don’t want to go to yard sales, explore your local garden center for ideas instead. Remember, you need to select containers that will fit into your space, but will also be appropriate for the plants you want to grow. I found small pots are perfect for peppers, greens, kale and herbs. For a beautiful combination of texture and color, try planting a hearty tomato variety, such as Early Girl Bush, which stands on its own, with Tumbling Tom or Tomato Mountain Magic, which will spill over the side of the container. Or you could plant a large green bell pepper surrounded by colorful smaller varieties, such as Sweet Pepper Mini Bell Mixed. With a patio or container garden, there is no end to where your imagination can take you.

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We’re Talking Turkey Tomfoolery Young jakes strutting turn into comedy show BY DENNIS SMITH

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A reader emailed me a while back asking for advice on turkey hunting in Colorado. Specifically, he wanted to know if there were any decent sized flocks of wild turkeys in the hills or farms near Fort Collins. I had to confess that I never hunted turkeys in Colorado and that, in fact, I never hunted turkeys at all until last April when the boys persuaded me to go with them to photograph their archery hunt. (Secretly, I think they just wanted me to help with the food and motel bills, but that’s another story.) They wanted to hunt the Platte River basin in eastern Colorado but failed to draw turkey tags for that area, so they hunted just across the state line in western Nebraska where there are lots of turkeys and my grandson could get an over-thecounter, nonresident, youth turkey tag for six bucks. The terrain is essentially the same in both places: fertile bottomlands thick with grasses, forbs and gobs of ground cover for nesting and feeding, and miles of giant cottonwood trees for roosting. Colorado, Nebraska: Makes no difference really, when it comes to hunting river bottom turkeys. Done right, it can be more fun than turning a wagon load of drunken monkeys loose in a day care center. Well, it was for us anyway. The primary subspecies here is the Merriam’s, though the Rio Grande and hybrids are possible. Regardless, the hunting techniques are similar for both species. Ideally, you locate roosting birds in the evening and come back early in the morning to insert yourself between them and their likely daytime strutting and feeding grounds in hopes of calling a dominant male — sometimes called gob-

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blers, toms or long beards — within bow or shotgun range. Easier said than done. Luring a lovecrazed tom turkey away from a flock of amorous hens at the height of mating season is like trying to drag a fourth-grader from an ice cream shop on an August afternoon. It can be done, but it can be hilariously exasperating, too. Early one afternoon we were hidden in a makeshift blind of brush and camouflage netting, scratching out seductive yelps of a lonesome hen on a cedar box call. We were trying to draw in a big tom. One looked our way, but was obviously more interested in staying with his harem than chasing off after some wayward floozy. Suddenly, three jakes (yearling males) came rushing in, all puffed up and pirouetting like a trio of barnyard peacocks. Acting goofier than a gang of pubescent freshman boys who sneaked into the senior prom, they fussed and strutted around our hen decoy just out of bow range, scared motherless, apparently, of getting too close to the beckoning temptress. Fifteen minutes later they finally wandered off, bragging to each other about their imaginary conquest. We collapsed on the ground laughing hysterically, then wiped our eyes, packed up our gear and headed back to the motel for an early dinner, laughing all the way.

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We’re Talking Turkey Tomfoolery Young jakes strutting turn into comedy show BY DENNIS SMITH

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Clean your clothes dryer vent regularly. The removal of lint build-up will make your dryer run more efficiently, which will save dollars on your energy bill.

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A reader emailed me a while back asking for advice on turkey hunting in Colorado. Specifically, he wanted to know if there were any decent sized flocks of wild turkeys in the hills or farms near Fort Collins. I had to confess that I never hunted turkeys in Colorado and that, in fact, I never hunted turkeys at all until last April when the boys persuaded me to go with them to photograph their archery hunt. (Secretly, I think they just wanted me to help with the food and motel bills, but that’s another story.) They wanted to hunt the Platte River basin in eastern Colorado but failed to draw turkey tags for that area, so they hunted just across the state line in western Nebraska where there are lots of turkeys and my grandson could get an over-thecounter, nonresident, youth turkey tag for six bucks. The terrain is essentially the same in both places: fertile bottomlands thick with grasses, forbs and gobs of ground cover for nesting and feeding, and miles of giant cottonwood trees for roosting. Colorado, Nebraska: Makes no difference really, when it comes to hunting river bottom turkeys. Done right, it can be more fun than turning a wagon load of drunken monkeys loose in a day care center. Well, it was for us anyway. The primary subspecies here is the Merriam’s, though the Rio Grande and hybrids are possible. Regardless, the hunting techniques are similar for both species. Ideally, you locate roosting birds in the evening and come back early in the morning to insert yourself between them and their likely daytime strutting and feeding grounds in hopes of calling a dominant male — sometimes called gob-

blers, toms or long beards — within bow or shotgun range. Easier said than done. Luring a lovecrazed tom turkey away from a flock of amorous hens at the height of mating season is like trying to drag a fourth-grader from an ice cream shop on an August afternoon. It can be done, but it can be hilariously exasperating, too. Early one afternoon we were hidden in a makeshift blind of brush and camouflage netting, scratching out seductive yelps of a lonesome hen on a cedar box call. We were trying to draw in a big tom. One looked our way, but was obviously more interested in staying with his harem than chasing off after some wayward floozy. Suddenly, three jakes (yearling males) came rushing in, all puffed up and pirouetting like a trio of barnyard peacocks. Acting goofier than a gang of pubescent freshman boys who sneaked into the senior prom, they fussed and strutted around our hen decoy just out of bow range, scared motherless, apparently, of getting too close to the beckoning temptress. Fifteen minutes later they finally wandered off, bragging to each other about their imaginary conquest. We collapsed on the ground laughing hysterically, then wiped our eyes, packed up our gear and headed back to the motel for an early dinner, laughing all the way.

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WHO RESCUED WHOM? amazing rescue pet stories

Energy auditors inspect indoor and outdoor systems.

Photo Credit: United Cooperative Services.

Home Energy Audit Lessons BY PATRICK KEEGAN AND AMY WHEELESS

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Go to COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.COOP to download an entry form Selected stories will be published in the October 2016 magazine and winners will receive a $25 gift card.

Spending a few hundred dollars on an energy audit now can save you thousands of dollars over time. A home energy audit is a detailed assessment of your home that can give you a road map for future energyrelated investments. An auditor may do some or all of the following tests: • Blower door test: Windows are often the suspected cause for air leaks in the home, but there are usually larger and less obvious sources; a blower door test measures how airtight your home is and identifies where the air leaks are. • Duct blaster: Ducts move the warm and cool air around your home; duct testing can measure whether your ducts are leaking. • Thermographic imaging: Thermographic imaging is one way to identify where more insulation is needed. Infrared images show “cold” spots in a home’s envelope. • Health and safety testing: Energy auditors are also trained to spot safety problems, such as a missing smoke detector or an appliance that could cause carbon monoxide issues. Some auditors can also test your home for radon. Your electric co-op may be able to help you get started with your energy audit. Some co-ops even offer discounted audits or a list of qualified energy auditors in the area. Be sure whomever you hire is willing to answer questions, and plan to be home during the audit. It is a great opportunity to learn what makes your home tick and how you can make it even better. Visit coloradocountrylife.coop to learn more energy-saving tips. Look under the Energy tab for Energy Tips.

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ANTLER CHANDELIERS made only from REAL antlers. We are the manufacturer and we sell all of our products at wholesale prices; save as much as 60% from store prices. Many other antler products and mounts, including 56” elk mount, giant moose paddles, and elk antlers. Showroom now open year ’round in Granby, CO. 18 years at this location, over 900 satisfied customers! Designers: We can provide you a single item or a whole houseful. Call ! (970) 627-3053. (085-09-16)

ART

HANDMADE METAL ARTS: Doors, fine art, backsplashes, bar fronts, mantles… LarsMetalArts.com 303-249-3218. (286-05-16)

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CHANT OF A CHAMPION: Auctioneering DVD from World and International Champion Auctioneer John Korrey. Let John show you how to improve all aspects of your auctioneering chant. Order online at www. chantofachampion.com (210-04-16)

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(These opportunities have not been investigated by Colorado Country Life.) HEALTH FOOD STORE & DELI: 2 turnkey businesses in one. Strong income/customer base. Colorado mountains (970-641-5175), leave name & number. (252-04-16)

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CLOCK REPAIR & RESTORATION

www.clockrepairandrestoration. com DURANGO AREA. CLOCKS of all kinds repaired. Antique and modern. Clocks bought and sold. bob.scott@usa.net Call Robert 970-247-7729. (109-04-16)

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CHILD’S JOHN DEERE riding pedal tractor with pull-behind wagon. Cast iron 1964 model. Excellent condition. $325.00 Call (970) 686-8799. (291-04-16) MAJESTIC WOODBURNING COOKSTOVE with oven. Great condition. 35”L, 51”H, 32”W. $1,000. 719-846-4600, Trinidad. (290-04-16) OXYGEN CONCENTRATORS - $380 with warranty. Also sell portable concentrators and oxygen supplies. Repair and service of equipment. Aspen Concentrator Repair Service 719-471-9895 (040-04-16) SELLING 60A & 60B (used, good condition) Hesston Stakhands and parts. Stan 719-8294425 or clineherefordfarms@ gmail.com (292-06-16)

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DEER/ELK HUNTERS – Timeshare, Avon, CO, between two National Forests. Covers any rifle season. Below market price. 970-224-4439. (287-04-16)

LOOK GREAT, lose weight, gain energy, feel better. Contact me www.advocare.com/14123779 Lifestyle Wellness Nutrition Program. Endorsed by Major League Players. 970-630-4393. (281-05-16)

LEGITIMATE WORK AT HOME opportunity. No sales, investment, risk. Training/website provided. Monthly income plus bonuses, benefits. Call Carrie 303-5794207, www.workathomeunited. com/ourabundance (932-02-17)

IMPROVEMENTS & REPAIRS

I CAN MAKE YOUR LOG HOME like new! Chinking, caulking, staining, log repairs. 30 years experience. References available. 970-389-0995 (285-06-16)

MACHINERY & PARTS

www.sawmillexchange.com SAWMILL EXCHANGE: North America’s largest source of used portable sawmills and commercial equipment for woodlot owners and sawmill operations. Over 800 listings. THE place to sell equipment. 800-459-2148. (267-09-16)

POULTRY & GAMEBIRDS

FREE COLOR CATALOG. 193 varieties, Cornish Cross, standard breeds, fancy chicks, ducks, geese, turkeys, bantams, guineas, pheasants, quail, supplies, video. 417-532-4581. PO Box 529, Lebanon, MO 65536. www. CackleHatchery.com. (876-08-16)

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40 ACRES, 15 MILES WEST of Walsenburg, CO on CR520. All fenced, prime grazing. Small 2-Bedroom recently upgraded trailer on property with tenant. 8-10 gal./min. domestic well, registered. $81,500 OBO (price reduction). Owner may carry with at least 25% down. ptapia. healthtrac@gmail.com or 719-2511131; 719-989-0850. (207-04-16)

BAYFIELD / VALLECITO – Beautiful mountain retreat, 4bd, 3ba, approx. 3436sf on 1.2 acres, well water, septic, 5 minutes from Vallecito Lake. $467,900. 970-884-9324. (163-08-16)

DUPLEX plus eleven lots in Wiggins, Co. Great investment opportunity. $382,500 or best offer. Let’s talk. Frank, 303-503-9210 or fsmith070@gmail.com. (275-04-16) OWN PROPERTY? NEED INCOME? We’ll rent exclusive hunting rights from you. Looking for antelope, goose, duck, coyote, & prairie dog habitat. Encourage young sportsmen by providing safe, private access. You make the rules. 303-460-0273 (069-04-16) READY TO RETIRE? +-13 acres near Mancos, Co. Trout-stocked canyon lake, commercial greenhouse, gardens, lots of water, passive solar timber frame home. $525,000. Jim, 970-7691391, for pictures. (282-04-16) SANTA FE FIVE STAR EASTSIDE CONDO - very private, weekly rates. 970-570-0320 (293-05-16) VERO BEACH, FLORIDA, CONDO. Incredible views. One block to beach. 970-570-0320. (293-05-16) WE BUY LAND and/or mineral rights. CO TX NM KS. 1-800-316-5337 (099-03-17)

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BAYFIELD ATTIC INN – A vacation rental in downtown Bayfield, Colorado. bayfieldatticinn.com 970-759-6957, bayfieldatticinn@gmail.com (263-09-16)

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COME STAY on SHADOW MOUNTAIN LAKE! Charming, cozy, all season cabin. VRBO. com #699584 (274-04-16)

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BUYING AUTOGRAPHS (all kinds), sports cards (pre-1980). Vintage sports and music collectibles (albums, etc.). Cash paid. Established dealer since 1986. Mike 720-334-0206, mmunns1@ hotmail.com (245-05-16) NAVAJO RUGS, old and recent, native baskets, pottery. Tribal Rugs, Salida. 719-539-5363, b_inaz@ hotmail.com (817-06-16) OLD COLORADO LIVESTOCK brand books prior to 1975. Call Wes 303-757-8553. (889-08-16) OLD COWBOY STUFF – hats, boots, spurs, chaps, Indian rugs, baskets, etc. ANYTHING OLD! Mining & railroad memorabilia, ore carts! We buy whole estates. We’ll come to you! Call 970-759-3455 or 970-565-1256. (871-05-16) OLD GAS AND OIL items: Gas pumps, advertising signs, globes, etc. Pieces, parts, etc. considered. Also 1932-34 Ford cars and trucks, parts and pieces, too. Any condition. Brandon, 719-250-5721. (519-11-16) OLD POCKET WATCHES – working or non-working and old repair material. Bob 719-859-4209. (870-12-16) WANT TO PURCHASE mineral and other oil/gas interests. Send details to: PO Box 13557, Denver, CO 80201. (402-03-17)

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My husband and I were discussing how we slept after a lightning storm in the night. “I slept good and right through it,” my husband said. “How did you sleep, Sam?” he asked our 2-year-old grandson. Matter-of-factly, Sam said, “Lying down.” Cindy Richards, Kirk

David snapped a photo while visiting one of the U.S. most visited aviation museums at the heart of Pearl Harbor!

Photo taken at Praia de Rocha, Portugal, of Shiltin Coffin, daughter of Jim Coffin and Karen Hayes. Shiltin is backpacking around Europe for three months.

My friend’s 16-year-old niece had a Friday night sleepover at her house with four of her best friends, two of whom were identical twins. Another friend and her 4-year-old granddaughter came to their house the following morning. The older girls loved the 4-year old, especially when she said, “Oh, look! She has two of the same friend!” Nancy Bowers, Fort Collins

APRIL’S WINNER IS BILL MORELAND FROM BOONE, CO. BILL IS A SOUTHEAST ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE, INC. MEMBER.

Take Your Photo with Your Magazine and Win! March was vacation month and lots of readers took their magazine when they travelled. Thank you! Check our Facebook page at facebook.com/COCountryLife to see all of the photos. The randomly drawn winner of the $25 gift card was Bill Moreland of Boone, CO. He took his magazine to the beach in Roatan, Honduras, while on a Caribbean square dance cruise in February. And, because we had so many great entries this month, here are a few more randomly selected photos of readers with their magazines. Make sure to enter this month’s contest. Take a photo of you, friends or family with the magazine at some fun place or maybe just at home. Send it and a name and address to info@coloradocountrylife.org. We’ll post it on Facebook and on April 15 we’ll draw a winner from among the submissions. The winner will receive a $25 gift card. coloradocountrylife.coop

My husband, 3-year-old son and I were going to Leadville to interview for teaching jobs. As we entered town, there were some nuns walking down the street. My son said, “Look, Dad! Leadville has penguins!” Jane Trainor, Buena Vista My 5-year-old grandson hurriedly put on his boots and headed out the door. His mother said, “Kase, you have your boots on the wrong feet.” He turned and said, “But Mom, these are the only feet I have!” Carol Shalberg, Sheridan Lake 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 2016 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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Eco Friendly Funkins As Americans we are getting more acclimated to recycling the waste that collects in our homes, but every year billions of pounds of paper towels and napkins make their way to the landfill. Funkins is addressing this issue with whimsy. Funkins are cute, reusable cloth napkins that double as place mats. They come in an assortment of patterns that parents can pick according to their child’s personality or by special occasion. Have an aspiring gymnast, football player or scientist? How about an animal lover or flower fan? Funkins can accommodate these personalities and more. Funkins cost between $3 and $10 and are available at myfunkins.com.

Good for You Goo If you’re unnerved reading the list of ingredients for skin products, Green Goo could be what you’re looking for. Using natural, organic ingredients, such as vitamin E, sage and lavender oil, Green Goo, a Lyons-based company, promises to relieve dry skin, reduce signs of aging, heal cuts and scrapes, soothe the sting of insect bites and more. Several Green Goo products target a number of needs, so you can toss those other products that aren’t delivering on their promises and are taking up much needed space. Products are available in a wide range of sizes, prices and uses. Visit the website at sierrasageherbs.com to learn more. See what Green Goo is all about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVE70akkCYI

ALTERNATIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Thames and Kosmos puts a spotlight on renewable energy with a variety of fun, educational science kits. Watch young ones light up when they create light and electricity with the company’s Hydropower kit. Your budding scientist can harness this energy from moving water by building different devices, such as a waterwheel and a giant turbine, and putting them to the test. With 12 experiments in all, these kits provide entertain-

ment and education for kids age 8 and older. The Hydropower science kit costs $49.95. For more information and to see the entire renewable energy selection, visit thamesandkosmos.com.

Clean Green

Get your home squeaky clean while being kinder to the Earth. The materials in NatureZway™ cleaning products are rayon made from bamboo — a renewable, sustainable source — so you will feel confident knowing you’re making a greener choice when scrubbing away. NatureZway™ products are durable and effective, and the perforated towels you can rinse and reuse up to 100 times. Additional products include floor wipes, sponges and all-purpose cleaning cloths. For more information, visit naturezway.com.

Enter to Win a Science Kit

Colorado Country Life is giving away three Thames and Kosmos educational science kits. Go to coloradocountrylife.coop/april-contest for instructions on how to win one of the three kits.

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