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Advanced Technology Allows Macular Degeneration Patients To See Again And Allows Many Low Vision Patients To Drive Again

A scene as it might be viewed by a person with age-related macular degeneration

Same scene of Grandchildren as viewed through telescope glasses.

For many patients with macular degeneration and other visionrelated conditions, the loss of central visual detail also signals the end to one of the last bastions of independence driving. Colorado optometrist, Dr. Robert Stamm is using miniaturized telescopes which are mounted in glasses to help people who have lost vision from macular degeneration and other eye conditions. “Some of my patients consider me their last chance or people who have vision loss” said Dr. Stamm, one of only a few doctors in the world who specializes in fitting bioptic

telescopes to help those who have lost vision due to macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and other eye diseases. Imagine a pair of glasses that can improve your vision enough to change your life. Bioptic telescopes may be the breakthrough in optical technology that will give you back your independence. Patients with vision in the 20/200 range can many times be improved to 20/50. Bioptic telescopes treat both dry and wet forms of macular degeneration as well as other vision limiting conditions.

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While there is currently no cure, promising research is being done on many fronts. “My job is to figure out everything and anything possible to keep a person functioning” says Dr. Stamm “Even if it’s driving”. “The major benefit of the bioptic telescope is that the lens automatically focuses on whatever you’re looking at,” said Dr. Stamm. “It’s like a self-focusing camera, but much more precise.”

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BRING ON THE BATTERIES

Electric co-ops test new technologies needed to add more renewable resources BY KENT SINGER CREA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KSINGER@COLORADOREA.ORG

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It’s been said that if Alexander Graham Bell were to pick up one of the devices that we all use today to make phone calls, he would not know how to use it. On the other hand, if Thomas Edison examined a typical 21st century central station power plant, he would be completely familiar with its operation. That’s because, while the 21st century brought a revolution in telephones, the remaking of the power industry is taking more time. Kent Singer The tried-and-true power plant model — a large central station power generator produces electricity, the electrons are transmitted over high-voltage lines to local communities and the power is then distributed to homes and businesses — has worked extremely well for decades. We are so used to having ondemand electricity that it’s easy to forget that our electric grid is an amazingly complicated machine. Back in 2008, the National Academy of Engineering concluded that the electricity grid was the most significant engineering achievement of the 20th century.

batteries. While none of these technologies is perfect, recent developments in battery chemistry and production scale resulted in the emergence of the lithium-ion battery as the current favorite for both automotive and utility applications. Electric co-ops are at the forefront of exploring how batteries can be deployed to provide benefits for co-op member-owners. United Power, a member of the Colorado Rural Electric Association headquartered in Brighton, will soon be testing a utility-scale battery system. The co-op is partnering with SoCore Energy and Tesla to install a 4-megawatt, 4-hour lithium-ion battery as part of its electric distribution system. This means that once the battery is fully charged, it can be discharged to provide electricity at a time chosen by United Power, and it can produce up to 16 megawatt-hours of energy with one charge. The battery will enable United Power to reduce its demand from its power supplier for short periods of time, potentially avoiding system peaks and saving money for its members. However, this “peak shaving” is only one of many potential benefits of a battery system. In other situations, co-ops and other electric utilities may use batteries for voltage support in parts of their distribution systems that need reliability improvements. Batteries may also be paired with renewable generation sources, such as wind generators or solar arrays, to firm up the intermittent renewable energy. As Colorado’s electric co-ops continue to innovate in the fast-changing world of electricity production, the United Power battery project is just one example of co-op ingenuity. The project will The enegry storage image above represents what United Power’s battery storage project may provide an interesting case study and co-ops across look like. the state will have access to the data collected from The grid consists of many individual elements synchronized by United Power’s pioneering effort. a lot of people, such as the staff at your electric co-op, who work This is one more way co-ops look toward the future, around the clock to provide electricity at the precise moment you exploring the possibilities of new, cost-efficient technologies. need it. Since electricity, for the most part, cannot be stored, the But remember, while planning for the future and changes to grid has to provide a perfect balance of supply and demand every come, electric co-ops must also provide affordable power to you hour of the day. today. Some may want us to move faster, but we take our duty to But in the words of the Greek philosopher Heraclitus, “The distribute reliable, affordable electricity seriously, just as seriously only thing that is constant is change.” Just as technology as we take our responsibility to be innovative and to utilize the is transforming traditional modes of communication, latest technologies that work for our members. transportation, computing and other essential elements of our While we keep the lights on today, we are also working toward modern world, it is also changing how electricity is generated, the day when we can “bring on the batteries.” distributed and, yes, stored. The notion of storing electricity has been the Holy Grail of the electric utility industry for a long time. Many different methods were tried including compressed air, pumped hydropower Kent Singer, Executive Director (pumping water uphill at off-peak times and releasing it through a turbine to create energy during peak periods), flywheels and 4

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[White River] THE POWER BEHIND YOUR POWER BY ALAN J. MICHALEWICZ | GENERAL MANAGER | AMICH@WREA.ORG

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As April arrives, it brings with it the showers that produce spring flowers. It also heralds the beginning of a potentially stormy season that can inherently include power outages. While White River Electric Association strives to provide reliable electricity to members, there are times when Mother Nature has other plans. Most of us can ride out a storm from the comfort and convenience of our homes. However, there is a group of professionals that spring into action when the weather takes a turn for the worst: co-op lineworkers. Braving stormy weather and other challenging conditions, lineworkers often must climb 40 or more feet in the air, carrying heavy equipment to restore power. Listed as one of the 10 most dangerous jobs in the United States, lineworkers must perform detailed tasks next to high-voltage power lines. To help keep them safe, lineworkers wear specialized protective clothing and equipment at all times when on the job. This includes special

fire-resistant clothing that of the weather, holidays or will self-extinguish, limiting personal considerations. potential injuries from While some of the burns and sparks. Insulated tools that lineworkers use and rubber gloves are have changed over the worn in tandem to protect years, namely the use of them from electrical shock. technology, the dedication While the gear performs to the job has not. Being a critical function, it also a lineworker is not a adds additional weight and Alan J. Michalewicz glamorous profession. At bulk, making the job more its essence, it is inherently complex. dangerous, requiring them to work In addition to the highly visible tasks near high voltage lines in the worst of lineworkers perform, their job today conditions, at any time of the day or goes far beyond climbing to the top of night. During hurricanes, wildfires or a pole to repair a wire. They are also storms, crews often work around the information experts who can pinpoint clock to restore power. While April is an outage from miles away and restore known for spring showers, there is also a power remotely. Line crews use their day set aside to “thank a lineworker.� laptops and cell phones to map outages, Lineworker Appreciation Day is April 9. take pictures of the work they have So during the month of April, if you see done and troubleshoot problems. In a lineworker, please pause to say thank our community, White River Electric you to the power behind your power. lineworkers are responsible for keeping Let them know you appreciate the hard over 1,000 miles of lines working in work they do to keep the lights on, order to bring power to your home and regardless of the conditions. our local community 24/7, regardless

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[White River] A (CAREFUL) DAY IN THE LIFE OF A LINEWORKER BY PAUL WESSLUND

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Larry’s typical day as an electric co-op lineworker actually started the night before. He was getting ready for bed when a woman reported her power outage. It was Larry’s weekly overnight to be on call, so the coop truck was already in his driveway. He drove it to the woman’s house, identified a problem in the base of the meter, installed a temporary fix until an electrician could get out the next day and returned home two hours later. He would report for work at the co-op office by 7:30 the next morning. “I like hunting down problems,” Larry says. “I know I’m doing something the members can’t do themselves. They depend on us.” Larry’s like a lot of electric utility lineworkers, said John Dvorak, director of safety and loss control for the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives. “There are more people who can’t do this work than can do it,” Dvorak says. “It takes specific skills and intestinal fortitude. They’re a ‘get it done’ type of personality.” Larry isn’t like a lot of lineworkers, he is a lot of lineworkers. He’s actually not a real person, but a combination of the real people I interviewed for this story about a typical day for a lineworker. Following procedure Most lineworkers start each work day in a room with the rest of the crew, leafing through stacks of paper — checklists, maps, work orders — and planning the day’s work. They compare notes, ask who is familiar with the area they are headed to and analyze last night’s college ball game. In addition to taking time to coordinate the plans and paperwork, these guys (there are a few women among the more than 15,000 co-op lineworkers around the country) need to keep track of a lot of equipment. Neatly organized shelves in the warehouse hold saws, drills, climbing hooks, insulated work poles, trash cans and binoculars. They need to wear safety gear or have it close at hand, including a hard hat, safety glasses, fire-retardant uniforms, steel-toed shoes, regular work gloves and hot-line safety gloves. One more delay keeps the crews from driving off to their first jobs, and it is prob-

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ably the most important reason of all — the weekly safety meeting. The co-op’s safety coordinator opens the meeting. She notes that while catastrophic contact with electric current is always a top concern, today’s meeting is focusd on avoiding “slips, trips and falls that can cause very big issues.” A safety specialist from the state co-op association tells the group that he disagrees with the common idea that a lineworker’s job is dangerous: “It’s hazardous and unforgiving, but it doesn’t have to be dangerous if you follow the right procedures. We have the tools, the rules and the knowledge that can keep it from being dangerous.” By midmorning, the convoy is ready. Three lineworkers drive three trucks: a service truck, a bucket truck pulling a trailer with a large spool of wire and a digger truck with a huge auger on top pulling a trailer carrying a backhoe. They head across the county for the day’s job — moving a ground-mounted transformer 500 feet up a hill, closer to an underground connection to a new barn. “It’s going to be muddy out there after the rain we’ve had,” Larry says. “When you’re working on underground connections, mud is not your friend.” They near the site by late morning. To avoid interrupting the fieldwork, the team stops for an early lunch at a truck-stop McDonald’s. Over burgers, I ask Larry about his training and his typical day. We don’t say, “Hurry up” “There’s nothing routine,” he says. A work plan might get changed because someone crashed their car into a utility pole. Tomorrow he is presenting a safety demonstration to a group of elementary school students. He tells about the satisfaction of traveling out of state to help repair hurricane damage. When the caravan arrives at the work site, the trucks drive up the packed, crushedrock driveway, avoiding the soft ground on either side.

The three lineworkers gather near the front of one of the trucks for what a lot of co-ops call a “tailgate meeting” and this co-op calls a “job briefing.” They read through forms, noting the address, cross streets, job and account number. All three men sign the form. They break their huddle and de-energize the lines they will be working on, calling to let the office know the power has been cut. The next step is to use the backhoe to dig around the new connection pipes sticking out of the ground, making room for a ground-mounted transformer. When the backhoe driver finishes digging around the new transformer location, the lineworker drives down to the old transformer site. The crew unhooks the electric connections, then chains the transformer to the backhoe’s loader bucket to be carried up the hill. But to keep the backhoe from getting stuck in the mud on the trip up the hill, the trucks are backed down the driveway to clear the way for the backhoe to be driven on firmer ground. Two of the crew pull new wire underground, then cut and splice the 2-inch diameter wires into the transformer box. They secure the connections before cleaning up the work site. On the return trip, the convoy visits the truck stop to top off the gas tanks. Back at the co-op, they check the paperwork for the next day’s jobs, then stock the trucks with the equipment they need for an early start. Before we say goodbye, I ask Larry what he thinks of the time it took to follow all the procedures of their work day. “We don’t think, ‘This is taking a long time,’” he said. “We just think, ‘This is how you do it.’ We don’t say, ‘Hurry up.’ We look out for each other.” Paul Wesslund writes on cooperative issues for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. coloradocountrylife.coop


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Plan to Call Ahead Before You Dig

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Spring is in the air and yard projects are on our minds, but before you put a shovel in the ground, make sure you are taking all the steps to be safe. Digging without locating underground utilities, even for the smallest projects, could leave neighborhoods in the dark, cause thousands of dollars in damages or cause severe electrical shock, even death. There were more than 24,000 home digging incidents involving underground utilities in 2016, according to the Common Ground Alliance. To help stay safe, make use of the free underground utility locating service by calling 811. Make sure to plan ahead and call in advance. The 811 “Call Before You Dig” number will route you to the locating service serving your area. Tell the operator where and when you plan to dig and what type of work you will be doing. From there, it takes a few business days for a professional to come and mark the public utilities with flags or spray paint. There are different colors of paint and flags that mark the underground utilities, and each color is universal to what utility type is buried. • Red – Electric • Orange – Communications, telephone/CATV • Blue – Potable water • Green – Sewer/drainage • Yellow – Gas/petroleum pipe line • Purple – Reclaimed water • White – Marked site of intended excavation Even if you previously had utilities located by calling 811, you should call before every digging project. Underground utilities can shift, and it is important to be certain of where they are before you dig.

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Keep in mind, 811 locators do not locate privately installed facilities. If you have any private utilities, you need to hire a private utility locator. Some examples of private utilities include underground sprinkler systems, invisible fences, data communication systems, private water systems or gas piping to a garage. Once all of the underground utilities are located, you can start your digging project. Be sure to wear all of the proper protective gear before putting the shovel into the earth. For more information about 811 and digging safety, visit Call811.com and SafeElectricity.org. APRIL 2018

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Sitting at the desk in my home office the first part of February — it was a warm day — I thought I saw a butterfly locomoting across our front lawn. I jumped up expecting that it was just a brown leaf, but I watched it circle back, then up and down, as it moved across our drive and out of sight. Crazy? Or is it possible that I saw a butterfly? Jeff Wright, Windsor, Poudre Valley REA member EDITOR’S NOTE: Gardening writer Vicki Spencer answered Jeff as follows: “Although I am not an entomologist, I don’t think you’re “crazy.” Butterflies have been known to emerge early from their pupae during warm winters like the one we are experiencing. Sadly, the cold front and snow that followed probably meant this early butterfly met its demise. I am glad you could enjoy it for a fleeting moment.”

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I was not aware of the duties or history of the Colorado Mounted Rangers (January ’18). It is good to know that such a worthwhile organization exists in Colorado. I was glad to learn that they have chosen to advance their training and certification efforts. I’ll be sure to watch for them at the next big event and thank them for their volunteer service. Kathleen Spring, Lyons, Poudre Valley REA member

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The article on avy dogs (February ’18) reminded me of the avy dogs that were part of the ski patrol at Berthoud Pass Ski Area. Sunshine and Callie were “rescued dogs” who, with love and patience, became rescue dogs. They rescued several people and Sunshine rescued Callie when she got buried in an avalanche. Anyone who skied Berthoud Pass from 1978 to 1989 will remember the avy dogs with much affection. Linda Wilson, Tabernash, Mountain Parks Electric member

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[community events] [April] April 7 Bellvue Chili Cook-Off Upper Poudre Canyon Fire Station 6 pm • 970-881-2929 April 7-8 Monument Pine Forest Spring Show and Sale Lewis-Palmer High School tlwc.net April 8 Aspen Schneetag Daredevil Event Aspen Highlands 970-923-1227 • aspenchamber.org April 11 Boulder Wildfire Book Discussion Chautauqua Community House 6:30 pm • chautauqua.com April 12-14 Denver “The Caucasian Chalk Circle” Theater Performance MSU Denver Studio Theatre’s King Center 7:30 pm • 303-556-2296 April 12-15 Johnstown “Kiss Me Kate” Theater Performance Candlelight Dinner Playhouse 970-744-3747 coloradocandlelight.com April 12 Salida Columbine Gem & Mineral Society Field Trip Discussion Mount Shavano Manor Meeting Room 6:30 pm • rockaholics.org April 13-15 Aurora “The Audience” Theater Performance Vintage Theatre 303-856-7830 • vintagetheatre.org April 13 Lakewood “Garry Krinsky: Toying with Science” Show Lakewood Cultural Center 6:30 pm • lakewood.showare.com April 14-15 Denver Denver Independent Comics & Art Expo McNichols Civic Center dinkdenver.com

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April 14 Fountain Free Rose Pruning Demonstration Spencer’s Nursery 9 am-1 pm pikespeakrosesociety.org April 16 Denver “The Utes: Colorado’s Forgotten People” Lecture History Colorado Center 1-2 pm and 7-8 pm • 303-866-2394 April 19-29 Greeley Baby Animal Days Centennial Village Museum 10 am-3 pm • greeleymuseums.com April 19-21 Greeley Greeley Jazz Festival Union Colony Civic Center 970-351-2394 • ucstars.com April 21 Cotopaxi Lions Club Spaghetti Dinner Cotopaxi School Cafeteria 5-7 pm • 719-942-3679 April 21-22 Grand Junction Renaissance Faire Watson Island gjrenfaire.org April 21 Longmont Raptor Run 5K/Walk Silver Creek High School 9 am • raptorrun5k.com April 21 Pagosa Springs Earth Day Fair Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association 1-4 pm • 970-946-0037 April 21 Pueblo “Tall Stories of London’s the Gruffalo” Theater Performance Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center 1 pm • 719-295-7200 April 22 Alamosa CROP Hunger Walk Cole Park 1 pm • 719-587-3499 April 27 Fort Lupton Crafting With Photos Lecture Fort Lupton City Museum 12-1 pm • fortlupton.org

Palisade International Honeybee Festival April 14, 11 am-4 pm, Palisade Town Plaza, Palisade

Gather your friends and family and head to the Palisade International Honeybee Festival to celebrate these vital pollinators and bring attention to their threatened population. The festival will include a variety of local honey products, entertainment, educational opportunities, vendors, food and more. For more information visit palisadehoneybeefest.org. April 27-29 Karval Mountain Plover Festival Various Karval Locations 719-892-0786 mountainploverfestival.com April 28-September 23 Denver “Pixelated: Sculpture by Mike Whiting” Outdoor Exhibition Denver Botanic Gardens botanicgardens.org April 28-29 Grand Junction “Barrel Into Spring” Wine Tours and Tastings Various Grand Junction Locations grandvalleywine.com

[May] May 2 Bayfield Good Days, Bad Days — A Collection of Short Stories Author Book Reading Bayfield Public Library 6-7 pm • prlibrary.org May 2 Durango Landscaping for Fire Protection Presentation Durango Recreation Center 5:30-8:30 pm • 970-799-4817 May 3-6 Colorado Springs Arts and Crafts Spring Show and Sale Black Forest Community Center bfacg.org

May 4 Pueblo First Friday Art Walk Pueblo Creative Corridor 855-853-2430 May 5 Colorado Springs Mother’s Day High Tea 6650 Omaha Boulevard 11 am-1 pm originalsbydiana42@verizon.net May 5 Westcliffe Sangres Art Guild Calendar Competition Opening Reception 3rd Street Gallery 4-6 pm • sangresartguild.org

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Co-op Project Spreads Light

Colorado’s electric cooperatives are joining with electric co-ops from Oklahoma and NRECA International to extend electric power to two small villages seven hours northeast of Guatemala City this fall. The project, a first for the Colorado Rural Electric Association, the co-ops’ trade association, is in the planning stage. This month, a team is meeting with officials from the local utility in Guatemala to outline exactly what the project will entail. They are looking at how many power poles and how much line will be needed to extend the reach of the current electric grid to the communities of San Marta and Las Brisas and the 75 households in those two villages. Then, the number of lineworkers needed to complete this project and the time needed will be determined. Next September or October, selected lineworkers from CREA’s member cooperatives throughout the state will join lineworkers from Oklahoma and spend two to three weeks in Guatemala completing the project. When they leave to return to the United States, it is expected that the 75 households in San Marta and Las Brisas and their community facilities will have electricity, thanks to this international project.

Co-op Conventioneers Lend a Hand in Hosting City More than 120 volunteers from across the country joined forces in Smyrna, Tennessee, prior to the February National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Annual Meeting on a Touchstone Energy Community Service Project. This time the team made improvements throughout a housing co-op neighborhood in Smyrna, southeast of Nashville, where the NRECA Annual Meeting was held. The team did landscaping and demolition, retrofitted lighting, organized clothing donations, distributed food and

completed painting projects for community and learning centers. This was the 10th community service project organized in conjunction with the national annual meeting attended by electric cooperative directors, managers and staff members. In the last 10 years, more than 1,000 volunteers have put in 8,000 hours. The volunteer teams have worked with United Way, local schools, Habitat for Humanity and other charitable organizations in the communities where the annual meeting is being conducted. Touchstone Energy is the umbrella brand that connects local electric cooperatives nationwide.

Co-op Trade Association Elects Officers A new president is leading the board of the Colorado Rural Electric Association, the statewide trade association for Colorado’s 22 electric cooperatives and the state’s generation and transmission association. Jim Lueck of Highline Electric Association was elected president of the board in late January and took office at the February 22-23 meeting in Denver. Lueck represents Highline Electric Association, which serves northeastern Colorado and southwestern Nebraska. He began as a CREA board officer in 2014 when he was elected treasurer. Lueck worked for the Colorado Department of Corrections before retiring. He has also served on the boards for the Lower South Platte Water Conservancy, the Farm Service Agency and Northeast Colorado Cattlemen’s Association. He has also served on the Highline Electric Association board for about coloradocountrylife.coop

25 years and on the CREA board for nine years. Other officers elected for the coming year include: • Vice President Jeff Hauck of Mountain Parks Electric, which serves Grand, Jackson, Summit, Routt and Larimer counties; • Secretary Ginny Buczek of United Power, which serves Adams, Broomfield, Weld, Jefferson, Boulder and Gilpin counties; and • Treasurer Joe Redetzke of Sangre de Cristo Electric Association, which serves Chaffee, Custer, Fremont, Lake and Saguache counties in central Colorado. These officers will serve through February 2019 with the option of being elected to a second term. Outgoing CREA Board President Jack Schneider of Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association, headquartered in Fort Collins, served two years as

president following terms as vice president, secretary and treasurer. He will continue to serve on the CREA board’s executive committee.

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Co-op Managers Meet With Legislators

Fifteen Colorado senators and representatives met with electric co-op CEOs and general managers Monday, March 12, in Denver. There was discussion on the broadband legislation that was before the Colorado House, on the 811 bill in Senate CREA Executive Director Kent appropriations and on other co-op Singer welcomes Colorado senalegislative issues at this March tors and representatives to the meeting of the Colorado Rural annual CREA Managers Association luncheon at the Warwick in Electric Association Managers downtown Denver. Association. In a presentation to the legislators, Southeast Colorado Power Association CEO Jack Johnston reviewed his La Junta co-op’s successful high-speed internet subsidiary, SECOM. He noted how the co-op stepped up years ago to meet members’ interconnectivity needs in the sparsely populated southeastern part of the state and the vital role that decision plays today.

United Power CEO John Parker announced to legislators that his Brighton co-op is adding a pilot battery storage project. At 4 megawatts, this project will be the largest battery storage project in Colorado and will help all of Colorado’s electric co-ops learn more about battery storage. It will store energy generated overnight, when costs are low, and be ready to deploy that electricity during peak daytime hours. In discussions prior to and after the meeting with legislators, co-op managers discussed the use of drones for power line inspections, what solar panel tariffs might mean for solar projects and why Colorado’s co-ops may need to update their avian protection plans. There was also discussion of working with other cooperatives in the state on educating the public on what co-ops are, on-bill financing for members and issues that the Public Utilities Commission is dealing with that may affect electric co-ops. The managers also took time to talk about individual co-op concerns and share possible solutions.

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Schoolteachers interested in the electric industry have the opportunity to learn more about it this summer. Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, the power supplier to 18 of Colorado’s 22 electric co-ops, will bring together educators who teach grades 4-12 for a three-day learning session in June. The June 19-21 program is open to teachers who are electric cooperative members, teach at schools that are co-op members or teach students whose parents are co-op members in Tri-State’s service area. (Educators outside of electric co-op territory are welcome to apply and funding will be sought on their behalf.) The program is sponsored in cooperation with the National Energy Education Development Project, which works with the education community to promote an energy conscious and educated society by helping deliver multisided energy education programs. This conference will show teachers how to integrate energy curriculum materials into classrooms at every grade level, for any group of students and for those with all learning styles. It will also focus on the successful achievement of state education goals in math and language. Apply at www.regonline.com/needtristate2018 or contact Michelle Pastor at mpastor@tristategt.org for more information. 14

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When the power goes out, so do the local electric cooperative’s line crews. Lineworkers are the first to respond after an outage occurs and work tirelessly to restore power to the communities we serve. If you’re traveling and see one of these crews on the side of the road, please move over if possible and give them a little extra space to work. We deeply care about the safety of all and this extra precaution ensures just that. If you approach a crew while traveling on a two-lane road, moving over to the next lane might not be an option. In this case, simply slow down when approaching roadside crews. If you approach a crew while traveling on a four-lane road, and safety and traffic conditions allow, you must move over into the far lane. The penalty for not moving over if someone is injured is a Class 1 misdemeanor. If someone is struck and killed, it is a Class 6 felony, as of last September. Utility crews aren’t the only ones who need the extra space. Follow the same procedures for emergency responders, such as police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians, who often find themselves responding to emergency situations near busy roadways. There’s plenty of room for all. Let’s work together to keep everyone safe on our local roadways. coloradocountrylife.coop


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TESTING THE TOOLS OF THE TRADE Colorado’s new co-op test lab makes sure lineworker equipment is safe BY MARY PECK

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Mike Prom and a Western United employee examine a glove in the test center.

[continued from page 16] RAISING THE BAR Western United’s development phase included visits to the highly regarded Cooperative Electric Energy Utility Supply test lab in South Carolina and the Colorado Springs Utilities test lab. It was important to Prom to look carefully at best practices and learn what does and doesn’t work, setting Western United’s lab up for success. The lab sits in an enclosed area inside Western United’s facility with its own air and humidity control. A full-time lab coordinator and rotating shifts of employees keep testing operations running nine hours a day, five days a week. Shipments of lineworkers’ gloves, sleeves and tools arrive daily. With a total of 80 customer utilities currently, that adds up to approximately 70,000 pieces of protective equipment tested per year in the lab. Prom says a commitment to customer service is key. “People like our two- to threeweek turnaround — we focus heavily on this,” he said. Maintaining the highest possible level of testing efficiency and service requires specific processes and immense attention to detail, including a running track record for each glove tested in the lab. The glove owner’s name, testing dates and condition are all individually documented and the data is stored on Western United’s servers.

“We test at a higher level than what is required,” Prom said. “That’s your life, that’s your family. It’s critical.” A test lab employee inspects a hole in a glove (circled in yellow to the left).

The journey of a lineworker’s set of gloves through Western United’s safety testing is a multistep process. After being washed, disinfected and dried using customized machines and cleaning agents, specially-built AC/DC electric machines with an energized water tank run a series of safety tests. Lab technicians then visually inspect the gloves by hand and place them on inflators to ensure no defects of any kind are present. Finally, the gloves are packaged in heat-sealed plastic for return to the lineworker. Included in that return package is a strong sense of pride from Western United’s lab staff for the work they do. “We test at a higher level than what is required,” Prom said. “That’s your life, that’s your family. It’s critical.” In cases where a piece of equipment is found to be defective, replacement items can be easily provided from Western United’s extensive stock. “A lot of trust and faith is put in these labs,” Kishbaugh said. “If there’s any question at all, they’ll take that stuff out of service.”

The Western United Electric Supply Corporation test lab is located inside its corporate office in Brighton.

A RESPECTED, GROWING REPUTATION The Western United test lab recently received the highly respected accreditation certificate from the North America Independent Laboratories (NAIL) for Protective Equipment Testing. A test lab must be in operation for at least two years and meet rigorous onsite testing standards in order to achieve NAIL accreditation. “We got a very strong recommendation from them,” Prom said. With Western United’s Colorado test lab now being the only NAIL accredited lab in an 11-state region, it’s certain to attract even more co-ops and municipalities. With such tremendous growth in its short time of operation, WUE is in the process of adding duplicates for each machine in the lab, so operations will not be affected should one ever need to be taken out of service. WUE is also adding lab technicians to keep up with demand. In creating a respected regional safety test lab for its members, Western United’s goal of upholding cooperative principle six, “cooperation among cooperatives,” has been quickly realized and thousands of electrical lineworkers across the West are reaping the benefits. “It’s work and care and effort,” Prom said. “We love showing it off.” To schedule a tour of WUE’s test lab, contact Greg Mordini at gmordini@wue.coop or 720-880-7051. Mary Peck is a Colorado freelance writer with an extensive background in the electric cooperative industry.

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MUSIC FROM FARAWAY PLACES BY MALIA DURBANO

AFRICAN DRUMBEATS OFTEN ECHO through a tiny southern Colorado town with melodies from West African stringed instruments. These seem like unlikely sounds to hear in Jaroso (pronounced hu- ROH-soh), a San Luis Valley town of 42 only a few miles from the New Mexico border. But these days they are common sounds, thanks to the skills of the multitalented Schraud family, which is connecting southern Colorado to the world via their artistic talent.

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Michael Schraud, the father, made a name for himself in the international music world crafting the West African drums known as ashikos and djembes, as well as the harp-like stringed instrument called a kora. Sarah, wife and mother, crafts beautiful and functional pottery that she sells through galleries, summer craft fairs and online portals. Their sons help in both workshops and play music. It was a long road from the small town where Michael grew up in upper Austria. But that is where he learned woodworking from his grandfather, who hand-crafted beer barrels for a monastery brewery that is still in operation. “Wood seems to be in my DNA,” he says. “I come from a long line of woodworkers, many generations of master coopers [barrel makers].” As a teenager, Michael had a summer job working in the cabinet shop on the monastery property, perpetuating his family’s woodworking tradition. Later, after moving to Vienna, he trained as a wood turner in a traditional master shop. Wood turning began in the Middle Ages when there were guilds for wood turners and ivory carvers. “Austria holds their craftspeople to very high standards and the level of craftsmanship is exceptional,” he notes. Apprenticing with experienced masters, Michael learned to craft stair balusters; columns; patterns for mold makers; bowls, table legs and bed posts; musical instruments, such as bagpipes, clarinets and violin pegs; and more. Little did he realize how these skills would contribute to his future. During that time, his wife, Sarah, apprenticed with master potters and then they moved on, from Vienna to Greece and then to Monterey, California. From there they headed to Colorado, where Sarah earned a fine arts degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Michael worked as a building and remodeling contractor, starting Renaissance Builders and setting up his own wood shop. He also pursued his interest in music and percussion.

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“I believe at a very deep level that rhythm is the very foundation of music and that music is one of the universally true things that we can access,” Michael says. “People feel it and connect to it. Drumming is part of every indigenous culture and it brings people together.” He loved African and Indian percussion, but realized he wasn’t a great drummer or guitar player, for that matter. Instead, in about 1997, he combined his love for music with his woodworking skills and started making drums. He changed the name of his company to Renaissance Builders Instruments and RBI Drums was born. He began marketing the African ashiko and djembe drums in music stores, at craft fairs and drum circles in the area. The drum shells are built using stave construction, or cooperage, the way he made the barrels in Austria years before. Michael utilizes some of the old methods and incorporates Instrument builder Abdoulaye Diop (left) and Michael Schraud inspect fresh skins at the them into his drum building. The shells are handstockyard in Dakar, Senegal. turned on a late 1800s industrial lathe that he saved from a Denver scrap yard. The drums are finished in the traditional West African method with rope, skins, rings and Mali weave, which secures the head of the drum with a rope in an intricate pattern that allows it to be tuned. As Michael began crafting drums, the African drumming movement was taking off in America. Groups all over the country were gathering to jam in drum circles or to study the West African polyrhythms traditionally played for weddings, births, deaths and other ceremonies. Drumming also gained credibility as a useful tool in music therapy and for patients with dementia. As demand for the drums increased, Michael moved to a larger workshop and partnered with Michael Schraud (right) and Senegalese master These African-style hand drums are made by a guitar maker. A natural curiosity and constant carver Matar Lam collaborate on a new drum RBI Drums in Jaroso. model. desire to improve his skills led him to a study of lutherie, which is the making of wooden, stringed Coincidentally, while searching for where they would settle, they musical instruments. Boubakar Diabate, a traveling singer and happened to be in Jaroso for the Rio Costilla Studio Tours. “We met musician from Senegal, West Africa, living in Boulder, introduced all these talented artists and craftspeople who made their homes Michael to the kora. Ten years later, Michael felt the time was right to there and it felt right. We sold our home in Longmont, bought a start building koras himself and he needed a place to expand. 100-year-old small farmhouse and have not regretted it since,” MiIt was 2001, “We wanted to start a family,” he says, “We were lookchael says with a smile. ing for a place that was tranquil and inexpensive.” The couple decided Utilizing his construction skills, Michael built a large shop on the they wanted to make a living from their crafts and knew initially they property for building drums, a ceramic studio for Sarah and a music might not make lots of money. “We wanted to spend the money we studio. Son Darian was born in 2001, followed by Lukas in 2003. did make on things we valued and needed and not on high rent or a Sarah started Sarah Welch Pottery, and sales of RBI drums continmortgage and high overhead,” he says. ued to grow.

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[feature] This 21-string kora has an African gourd body covered in cowhide, a maple neck with walnut marquetry inlay and walnut burl veneer, handturned walnut bars, and a rosewood bridge.

It was time to build another African instrument. It had been 10 years since Michael’s introduction to the kora, and drum sales decreased somewhat. “Building koras is the logical culmination of all my woodworking skills. I feel as though after gaining so much woodworking experience I was literally called to create koras. The griots [musicians] who play them are also called to the profession — it works like that somehow.” Michael realized his life is pretty much a history of acquiring all the different skills needed to build koras. “Wood turning, construction, building drums, studying lutherie and being involved with African music for over 20 years — all that strikes me as just stations to gather the exact skill set for building koras,” he says. The kora is a harp-like instrument fashioned from a large gourd and has multiple strings. It is played while the griot (pronounced jali or jeli) composes and sings songs about current events happening in the African villages. The griot is a storyteller who is a descendent of generations of storytellers and historians. The Schrauds sell their instruments and pottery in the United States at regular festivals like the Oregon County Fair. “We have been going for over 20 years and like seeing our friends,” Michael says. They go to ¡Globalquerque! in Albuquerque and have been regulars for 15 years at the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival. At the festivals, Darian, 16, and Lukas, 14, earn pocket money by “busking” — playing music on an old upright piano they mounted on a cart and passing the hat. Darian also sings and Lukas is learning to play the kora. Selling African instruments is definitely a small niche market, even with Michael now one of the senior makers of koras worldwide, outside of Africa. But he also found a way to give back to this community he enjoys. Top photo below: Lukas Schraud (center) works in the Maliks, Senegal, shop with other young apprentices. Bottom photo: Darian Schraud (left) and Lukas Schraud assist with final kora assemby in the Colorado shop.

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Michael Schraud works on a kora under the watchful eyes of Alieu Lam (center) and Abdoulaye Diop (right).

BRIDGING SENEGAL, WEST AFRICA, WITH JAROSO, COLORADO Currently, Michael is involved in a program sharing his Western woodworking skills with some drum makers in Senegal. Hardwood lumber is being depleted and looting of the tropical rain forests has resulted in a shortage of the lumber typically used to make drums. “The problem for woodworkers in northern Senegal, West Africa, is that the logs that are available are too small and not of good quality. But the demand is for large, flawless drums,” Michael says. Michael is working with a nonprofit, AYWA, African Innovation, recycling materials and teaching skills to create a sustainable future for the Senegalese. “My particular contribution is that I set them up to build drums using stave construction, the way I do it in the U.S.,” he says. “Stave construction uses about one-sixth of the material needed to carve a log drum. The pieces of lumber needed are smaller, so given the situation it makes a lot of sense.” After the shells are built, they are sent to the workers who carve the outside to decorate and finish the drum. “We are joining the

two traditions: the Western cooperage and traditional African carving style,” he says. The skills the kids are learning in the AYWA woodshop will be valuable for generations. The group is also trying to set up a forest preservation project to protect some sacred forests and chimp habitats. They are talking with government officials to establish lands that would be sustainably managed with forestry management and reforestation. “Then,” Michael says, “we could control the entire supply chain from tree to final product and we’ll have a ‘fair trade’ brand of drums and other products that would be the first of its kind.” RBI Drums and AYWA are also working on an exchange program where apprentices from Senegal would come to Michael’s shop in Jaroso for a few months to gain experience. The wood crafting skills as well as exposure to a Western run business would position them well to start a successful business back in Senegal. “I am honored to be part of this collaborative effort and add another tool to their repertoire. By helping these young men expand their skill set, we are contributing to their future success.” Michael adds, “Plus I get to visit my friends in Africa once a year and combine it with my kora business, so everyone benefits.” Some days, that music from faraway places doesn’t seem so far away. Malia Durbano is a freelance writer from Durango. Last year, she moved to Pokhara, Nepal, exchanging her view of the Rockies for one of the Himalayas. A prior interest in African drumming and dance made her the perfect choice to write this article.

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FRENCH TOAST WITH A TWIST RECIPES THAT WILL SPUR YOU TO ASK FOR SECONDS

BY AMY HIGGINS RECIPES@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG

SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE While you will revel in these recipes as is, you can add an extra dose of delight by drizzling maple syrup atop the baked dishes or by sprinkling on a smidge of powdered sugar. Or both.

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Mornings can be hectic and adding the task of cooking a satisfying breakfast could put you into a frenzy. The American Egg Board’s website, IncredibleEgg.org, offers a variety of enticing, atypical French toast recipes, some that you can make ahead and simply throw in the oven the following day — no frying pan required. We’re sure you’ll gobble up these dishes and, if there are any, eat the leftovers for lunch.

Plum Upside-Down Baked French Toast 6 eggs 1/4 cup milk 1/2 teaspoon almond extract 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 6 (1-inch) slices French bread 2 cups thinly sliced, ripe fresh plums 2 tablespoons water 1/3 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated lemon peel

DID YOU KNOW? Eggs are gluten free, packed with protein and contain zero confusing ingredients. They’re purely eggs: deliciously simple yet sophisticated.

Make Ahead Stuffed French Toast 30-36 slices (1/2-inch thick) French bread or baguette 4 ounces cream cheese, softened 1 cup strawberry preserves 8 eggs 1-1/2 cups milk 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained 1/4 cup orange juice 2 teaspoons freshly grated orange peel 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon salt

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Beat eggs, milk, almond extract and vanilla in medium bowl until blended. Pour half of the egg mixture into 9-inch square baking dish. Place bread slices in mixture; pour remaining egg mixture over bread. Let stand, turning occasionally, until liquid is absorbed, about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, combine plums and water in medium saucepan; cook, covered, over medium heat until tender. Add brown sugar and lemon peel; mix. Spread in 8-inch square baking dish. Place soaked bread on top of plums. Bake in 375 degree oven until lightly browned and no visible liquid egg remains, 20 to 30 minutes. Photo credit: IncredibleEgg.org

Spread half of the bread slices with cream cheese and strawberry preserves and top with remaining bread slices to make little sandwiches. Arrange sandwiches in greased 13- by 9- by 2-inch glass baking dish. Whisk eggs in medium bowl until foamy. Stir in milk, pineapple, orange juice, orange peel, vanilla and salt. Slowly pour egg mixture over bread; press bread into egg mixture. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour or overnight. Bake in center of 350 degree oven until puffed and golden and knife inserted near center comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Photo credit: IncredibleEgg.org

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Take a garden from a haphazard mess to defined beauty with patterns BY VICKI SPENCER MASTER GARDENER GARDENING@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG

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Do you plan for repeating patterns in your garden and landscaping each spring? You may do it without realizing it just because it is pleasing to the eye. Think about it. Do you line your plants against a repeating picket fence? Or perhaps you place garden art or bird houses among your plantings in a pattern. What about that path of brickwork along the garden? Does it follow a pattern? Your patterns might even be in your garden plants. Have you noticed how one leaf shape can repeat in another plant? Can you see how breaking that pattern of leaf shapes by adding tall, slender grasses makes for a pleasing overall design? Gardens need form and definition to look like all those plants and pieces of garden art belong together. Without form or patterns, it just looks like a bunch of haphazard plants. Patterns in the landscaping can start with physical structures. Use arbors, trellises, footpaths, gates and, as I mentioned earlier, fences, to create your pattern. And then go further. Think about the patterns in the plants themselves. In botany, the patterns in plants are used for plant identification. At the family level of classification, plants in the same group have similar characteristics. Familiarity with branching patterns, leaf shapes and the number of petals on a flower can help us identify plants and know whether they are edible, poisonous or have medicinal uses. It can also help us identify where plants fit in the pattern of our garden. Look for the patterns in leaves themselves. Since most plants don’t blossom year round, the leaves themselves can provide added interest to the landscape. The Plant Select website is a handy resource for identifying plants with different leaf shapes, sizes, textures and colors that do well in

Colorado. Each year plantselect.org lists newly introduced plants that were tested by Denver Botanic Gardens and Colorado State University. For example, Thin Man Indian grass is a slender grass with “stunning blue foliage.” It grows about 72 inches high and blooms in late summer. In contrast, Snowmass blue-eyed veronica is a beautiful ground cover that grows just 1 to 2 inches high. It has rounded leaves and small white flowers with a blue eye. You could combine these two leaf patterns in your garden by planting the veronica at the base of the grass. Plant Select’s website also features downloadable designs based on various patterns you may want. For instance, Shalene Hiller’s Rock Garden juxtaposes low growing Colorado Blue Gamma grass with Red Rocks Penstemon and Parry’s Century plant. The cold-hardy century plant has broad silver-gray leaves that grow into a rosette when mature while the penstemon has glossy green foliage and rose pink flowers, and the bunch grass has narrow stalks that are generally flat. In viewing the different designs, you can see how professionals utilize a diversity of leaf patterns to create gardens that are beautiful throughout the year. Study others’ designs for gardens. Visit botanical gardens and arboretums and really look at how they structured their gardens. Does a water feature define an area? Is there a clipped hedge that adds a border or is it a row of potted plants? Once you start looking, you will see patterns in gardens all around you and they all pique your interest. Gardener Vicki Spencer has an eclectic background in conservation, water, natural resources and more.

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Gardening + Literacy = A Fun Way to Learn BY PAMELA A. KEENE

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As educators search for ways to make reading more interactive and fun, some communities are building Literacy Gardens. These are interactive environments that encourage children to read while introducing them to nature and gardening. There are places for youngsters to read aloud to garden characters, to listen to storytellers and to take part in interactive and craft activities. At a Literacy Garden in Georgia, two master gardeners and former educators brought the concept to their north Georgia community after attending a workshop hosted by the American Horticultural Society a couple of years ago. “We’re very much aware of the crucial need to develop ‘pre-reading’ skills and of the positive effects that nature experiences can make in a child’s life,” says Master Gardner Lee Lovett, also deputy superintendent of the Hall County School

System. “Giving students experiences in the garden can help them learn about health and teach them healthy eating habits, but it is also helping them with reading readiness.” Activities include a section where children can compose sentences from words painted on stones. They can flip through a book of children’s stories to read out loud. A library of popular preschool books is available on site for kids and parents to read together.

“We’ve already seen increased participation from the students who visit here, whether on class trips or with their parents,” Kathy Lovett says. “It’s an amazing thing to watch children become engaged in learning while having fun.” Journalist Pamela A. Keene is a photographer and an avid lifelong gardener. Two master gardeners share their nature experiences with local youth.

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Stop: Save those potato peelings and other kitchen scraps. Instead use them to create the best and least-expensive garden compost simply by following the right techniques and using the right combination of ingredients. “The secret to successful gardening is the quality of the soil you plant in, and when you amend your soil with compost, you’re improving your chances for a more productive garden,” says Joe Lamp’l, founder of joegardener.com and the television program “Growing a Greener World” (broadcast on PBS and on the internet at www.growing agreenerworld.com/episodes or through podcasts at joegardner.com). Without getting too technical, compost is made from biodegraded organic matter. In the right proportions and conditions, bacteria, fungi, protozoa, earthworms and arthropods (such as beetles and springtails) break down the materials. There are four basic ingredients to make compost: carbon (brown waste), nitrogen (green waste), air and water. “You don’t need any fancy equipment or tools to start a compost heap,” Lamp’l says. “Just select an out-of-the-way spot — behind some shrubs or a far corner of your yard — and you can just begin putting the ingredients into a pile. Find an easy-to-access place with water nearby and you’re all set. “Start with woody materials, branches or sticks that will aid in ventilation, then layer brown, then green materials, using a formula of roughly two-thirds brown and one-third green,” he says. Examples of green materials, which have a higher nitrogen content, include fresh grass clippings, pulled weeds and nonmeat, nonfat kitchen scraps, such as vegetable and fruit peelings and cores, coffee grounds and used tea leaves. Brown ingredients include dried leaves, shredded cardboard or paper, small wood chips and dried grass clippings. You can add a shovelful of garden soil or a handful of fertilizer, such as 10-10-10 or Milorganite slow-acting fertilizer, to speed up the process a bit. A garden thermometer is a good investment for helping you maintain the temperature at around 130 degrees. You should periodically spray the pile with a garden hose to keep it moist; be careful not to overwater. The moisture consistency of a damp sponge is a good gauge. Composting can take two months to a year or more, depending on the ratio of brown to green ingredients, how often the pile is turned or aerated, how much heat is generated during the process, the size of the pile and other conditions. Once it is ready, add it to your garden soil and increase the nutrients and improve your soil’s texture.

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When it comes to ways of repurposing in the garden, wood pallets can be the stars of the show. From creating vertical herb gardens for smaller spaces to creating weed free planting areas between rows, the versatility of wood pallets is limited only by the imagination. The national website instructables.com created more than a decade ago by two Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduates, offers detailed instructions and ideas for all types of do-it-yourself, or DIY projects. The section about pallets is extensive and includes information about how to make everything from wall-mounted flowerpot hangers and vertical planters to garden seating and furniture. “In the past several years, with the growing trends in ‘upcycling,’ recycling and reuse, people have discovered that pallets

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are a versatile, free source of wood,” says Joe Lamp’l, founder of joegardener.com and the television program “Growing a Greener World” broadcast on PBS and the internet. “Whether you’re using them for gardening projects or building furniture, pallet wood has a lot of character and is a great resource for DIY projects.” Pallet protocol, preparation and safety Many gardening projects make use of pallets just the way they are, without disassembling. “For a vertical herb garden or a plant hanger, there’s no need to take the pallets apart,” Lamp’l says. “However, if you’re using them to grow food products, find out about the original use, making sure they haven’t been pretreated with methyl bromide, a broad-spectrum pesticide that has been used to treat soil for pests, weeds and pathogens

Creating a vertical garden Build a one-sided vertical kitchen garden for greens or herbs by standing a clean pallet on end. Decide which side you want to plant in. The slats on the front side are a bit closer together than those on the back. Once you decide which way it will face, stretch landscape fabric across the inside of the back and along the bottom to keep the soil in place. Then, “You can either mount it on a wall or add two-by-four braces to make it free-standing,” Lamp’l explains. Next, fill it with good-quality potting or container soil and plant seedlings between the slats. He suggests planting garden herbs, such as basil, dill, oregano, chives, parsley and thyme, along with salad greens, lettuce, spinach and leafy crops. “Don’t be afraid to pack the soil tightly, he advises. “You’ll also want to put your seedlings a bit closer together than if they were planted in an open garden bed.” Once it’s planted, water your vertical garden well. Monitor to keep it from becoming too dry and feed it with liquid fertilizer according to the package instructions. Once you discover the versatility of wood pallets in your garden, you’re only limited by your imagination. Journalist Pamela A. Keene is a photographer and an avid lifelong gardener.

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It’s mid-April and nearly dawn when you and the boys nurse your truck along the dusty two-track that separates miles of rolling sage and arid sand hills from the narrow, fertile strip of marsh and woodland bordering the banks of the South Platte River in eastern Colorado. You slow the truck to a quiet stop, roll down the driver’s side window and blow into an owl hooter, mimicking the stuttering call of a great horned owl. You call twice, then listen. You hear nothing but the whisper of spring breezes through the creaking cottonwood boughs. Like gargantuan, arthritically-deformed hands, the knotted limbs of giant plains cottonwoods stretch grotesque, bony fingers into the moonlit sky. River mist and ground fog drift through an understory of braided river channels, marshy pocket meadows and impossibly tangled thickets of salt cedar, juniper and thorny Russian olive. Lighteningburnt stumps and piles of leg-breaking deadfalls litter the ground underfoot like the remains of a bombed-out medieval forest. Stagnant, poison-green ponds and warm-water sloughs lie hidden from view in ancient cattail bogs. If ever there was a place for Hattie the Swamp Witch to build a shack, this would be it. It’s also where Rio Grande turkeys like to hang out. You hoot again on the owl call and this time the shrill gobble of a tom turkey shatters the predawn silence. Then another, and another. It’s a well-known peculiarity of roosting tom turkeys that they’ll reflexively gobble back

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WINNER: Gary and Mary Harper visit Yap, an island in the Federated States of Micronesia. The Harpers are members of Mountain View Electric Association.

I was preparing lunch while babysitting our grandsons. After seating them at the table, the 4-year-old accidentally spilled his glass of orange juice. As I cleaned up the mess under the table he asked, “Nana, do you smell my feet?” Thinking he was concerned for me I said, “No, I don’t.” He then pushed his little bare feet closer to my nose and said, “Now do you smell them?” Neal and Lois McDonald, Wellington

The Kemp brothers, La Plata Electric members, hang out with CCL in their backyard fort in Durango. Photo submitted by mom, Melissa Kemp. Gina Jones of Cuchara takes Colorado Country Life to Jerusalem, Israel. She is a member of San Isabel Electric.

Mountain View Electric member Dan Cuvala of Monument feeds a kangaroo at the Billabong Zoo in Australia.

Mary Parnell, a La Plata Electric member, visits Paga Crocodile Pond in Ghana, Africa.

La Plata Electric members Charlotte Klein and her husband take CCL to Kona, Hawaii, where they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

TAKE YOUR PHOTO WITH YOUR MAGAZINE AND WIN! It’s easy to win with Colorado Country Life. Simply take a photo of someone (or a selfie!) with the magazine and email the photo and your name and address to info@coloradocountrylife.org. We’ll draw one photo to win $25 each month. The next deadline is Monday, April 16. NAME, ADDRESS AND CO-OP MUST ACCOMPANY PHOTO. This month’s winners are Gary and Mary Harper, Mountain View Electric members. They visited Yap, an island in the Federated States of Micronesia, with CCL. See all of the submitted photos on Facebook at /COCountryLife. coloradocountrylife.coop

One day, a young man told me my hair was so shiny. I chuckled and told him it was probably all the gray hair. He said, “It’s silver!” I got a good laugh. Bonnie Stafford, Loveland On his first visit to California, Cousin Leroy was curious about the variety of plants in the area. He was especially impressed by the tall, fragrant eucalyptus trees that bordered the highway as it entered the city of Morro Bay. Struggling to remember the odd-sounding name, Cousin Leroy kept asking Aunt Ethel the name of the giant trees. At the end of the day, Aunt Ethel asked Cousin Leroy what impressed him the most. “I liked the IRS trees,” he said. “IRS trees?” Aunt Ethel asked. “Yeah, you know, the IRS. The tax people who clip you by taking your money,” Cousin Leroy said. “The you-clipped-us trees.” Marybel Lill Patrick, formerly of Durango We pay $15 to each person who submits a funny story that’s printed in the magazine. At the end of the year we will draw one name from those submitting funny stories and that person will receive $200. Send your 2018 stories to Colorado Country Life, 5400 Washington St., Denver, CO 80216 or email funnystories@ coloradocountrylife.org. Don’t forget to include your mailing address, so we can send you a check.

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For about 14 years, Jeff Bamburg has built custom guitars. About a year ago he opened his brick-and-mortar store, Rocky Mountain Guitar Co., in Salida. There he teaches others the ins and outs of the lutherie field with guitar building workshops. Classes include a “Ready to Assemble Guitar Building Class” for the first-time builder, and a “Contemporary Steel String Guitar Building Class” for those who want a more individualized end product. Take a twoweek intensive course or weekly sessions to complete your project. Once you’re done, Bamburg can apply the finish and send the completed guitar to you, or you can do the finishing yourself. Costs range from $2,900 to $3,900 and include all materials. If building your own guitar doesn’t interest you, commission Bamburg to do it for you. He’ll customize your guitar to fit your size and playing style. He analogizes: “Just like you’d buy a suit and have it tailored.” For more information, call 719-221-4262 or visit rockymtnguitar.com or bamburgguitars.com.

After 9/11, Edward Victor Dick’s custom guitar building business “dropped like a stone.” A client suggested that Dick teach guitar building classes. “I did, initially just as a stopgap measure, to get me through the 9/11 downturn in the economy, but it was so successful and popular that I just continued it ever since,” Dick says. He opened the Colorado School of Lutherie in Denver, starting the first class in January 2002 and business kept growing. “[The clients] get themselves all full of sawdust and glue and have lots of fun,” he says. Guitar building courses cost around $3,500 and fill up quickly. Call 303-777-7411 or visit coloradoschooloflutherie.com to learn more.

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