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April 2021 THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE COLORADO RURAL ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION COMMUNICATIONS STAFF Mona Neeley, CCC, Publisher/Editor firstname.lastname@example.org Cassi Gloe, CCC, Production Manager/Designer email@example.com Kylee Coleman, Editorial/Admin. Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org ADVERTISING Kris Wendtland, Ad Representative email@example.com | 303-902-7276 National Advertising Representative, American MainStreet Publications 611 S. Congress Street, Suite 504, Austin, TX 78704 | 800-626-1181 Advertising Standards: Publication of an advertisement in Colorado Country Life does not imply endorsement by any Colorado rural electric cooperative or the Colorado Rural Electric Association. Colorado Country Life (USPS 469-400/ISSN 1090-2503) is published monthly by Colorado Rural Electric Association, 5400 Washington Street, Denver, CO 80216-1731. Periodical postage paid at Denver, Colorado. ©Copyright 2021, Colorado Rural Electric Association. Call for reprint rights. EDITORIAL Denver Corporate Office, 5400 Washington Street, Denver, CO 80216 firstname.lastname@example.org | 303-455-4111 coloradocountrylife.coop | facebook.com/COCountryLife Pinterest.com/COCountryLife | Instagram.com/cocountrylife Twitter.com/COCountryLife | YouTube.com/COCountryLife1 Editorial opinions published in Colorado Country Life magazine shall pertain to issues affecting rural electric cooperatives, rural communities and citizens. The opinion of CREA is not necessarily that of any particular cooperative or individual. SUBSCRIBERS Report change of address to your local cooperative. Do not send change of address to Colorado Country Life. Cost of subscription for members of participating electric cooperatives is $4.44 per year (37 cents per month), paid from equity accruing to the member. For nonmembers, a subscription is $9 per year in-state/$15 out-of-state.
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WEATHERING THE COLD SNAP
Colorado’s electric cooperatives were not lucky, but prepared BY KENT SINGER
he mid-February power outages in Texas and other states caused widespread human suffering and even loss of life. Millions of Texans were without power, heat or water for several days in one of the worst power outages in U.S. history. There are many investigations underway and lots of finger-pointing, but the basic problem was that when the demand for electricity spiked during extremely cold weather, there was simply not enough to go around. Although hearings and investigations regarding the causes of the blackouts are ongoing, it seems apparent that the primary causes of the outages were the result of power supply failures: frozen coal piles, inoperable wind turbines, inadequate natural gas supplies and a nuclear power plant that went off line. The blackouts were not caused by problems with the transmission or distribution systems as sometimes happens in wind or ice storms, but by lack of power supply of all varieties. It wasn’t a failure of renewable or nonrenewable energy, it was a failure of the entire power supply system. As an association of electric co-ops whose job it is to keep the lights on in rural Colorado, the events in Texas of course bring a sobering question to mind: Could it happen here? Colorado’s electric co-ops take great pride in maintaining a system of generating plants and transmission and distribution lines that provide incredibly reliable electric service to over 70% of Colorado’s landmass. The safety and success of rural Colorado communities depend on the availability of reliable and affordable electricity; Colorado’s
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electric co-ops provide that power. The same cold snap that impacted Texas resulted in a close call in Colorado. While the grid held up and there were no significant power outages, this was not a matter of luck. Instead, it was a matter of planning, thinking ahead and taking the steps necessary to protect the power delivery system. The power stayed on due to the smart and hard work done by dispatchers, power plant operators, maintenance staff and other electric utility workers from many utilities across the state. In the co-op family, Tri-State Generation and Transmission, the power supplier to 17 of Colorado’s 22 electric co-ops, was able to use fuel oil instead of natural gas in some of its dual-fuel capable units, thus avoiding the temporary spikes in natural gas prices. The weather reduced the availability of Tri-State’s wind and solar capacity, but all of its coalfired units remained on line; clearly, as Tri-State retires these coal units in the coming years, it will need to solve the need for capacity with new technology. Even though Tri-State incurred higher costs for the natural gas it did use during the cold snap, it was able to minimize those costs and there will be no increase in Tri-State’s wholesale rates to its members as a result of the weather. The same cannot be said for Colorado’s electric co-ops that purchase their power from Xcel Energy: Grand Valley Power,
Holy Cross Energy, Intermountain REA and Yampa Valley Electric. These co-ops were hit with huge “fuel cost adjustment” charges from Xcel Energy. During the cold snap, the price of natural gas skyrocketed due to the demand across the country and Xcel spent an additional $650 million to keep its gas-fired power plants running. Xcel is now seeking to recover those costs not only from its retail customers, but also from the four electric co-ops in Colorado that purchase their wholesale power supply from Xcel. The easy answer to the question of “Could it happen here?” is “Of course not.” But that’s not the right answer. The right answer is that while a blackout the scope of the Texas blackout is highly unlikely, more localized interruptions are possible. The power grid is comprised of mechanical devices that may sometimes fail or be overwhelmed by severe weather. Colorado’s electric co-ops are doing everything in their power to anticipate all sorts of conditions, be it weather, fire or cyber threats, and if our performance in the latest cold snap is any indication, we’re up to the challenge. There’s an old saying that “luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” While we don’t wish for challenging opportunities, Colorado’s electric co-ops are always preparing to be lucky. Kent Singer is the executive director of CREA and offers a statewide perspective on issues affecting electric cooperatives. CREA is the trade association for your electric co-op, the 21 other electric co-ops in Colorado and one power supply co-op.
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BY MONA NEELEY
Questions About Renewables
’ve missed our face-to-face. A reminder popped up on my social media just a couple weeks ago that it was one year ago that I flew to Durango to visit La Plata Electric. That would turn out to be my last visit to one of Colorado’s local electric co-ops until just a month ago when I got to go to Mountain Parks Electric to help present assistance funds, raised by the co-op family, to those affected by the East Troublesome Fire. That’s too long. I’ve missed the opportunity to visit electric co-op territory and interact with magazine readers. For the last year, there’s been no meeting readers at Mount Princeton Hot Springs in Nathrop on my way to a nearby Sangre de Cristo Electric annual meeting. No chance to visit with them in the lobby of Grand Lake’s Rocky Mountain
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A January letter on the urgency of switching to renewable energy mentions wildfires, snowstorms, drought and windstorms creating crises for co-op managers and crews. I’ve enjoyed the services of Mountain View Electric for the last 42 years. There have been times when the power goes out due to wind and snow dropping trees on power lines. My pastures turned to dust in the 2002 drought. My house burned in the Black Forest fire. But I’m not sure how renewable energy would have prevented any of those problems. Carolyn Brown, Black Forest Mountain View Electric consumer-member
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Three Options for Home Cooling
BY PAT KEEGAN AND BR AD THIESSEN
ow’s the time to think about how to stay cool this summer. There are a few low- and no-cost cooling strategies, like using ceiling fans, turning off unused electrical devices and appliances, and blocking direct sunlight with window coverings. If that’s not enough, you can install air conditioning. Below are three common options for home cooling. Included are approximate costs for each, but please be aware that prices are highly variable.
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Window AC units or portable AC units are the lowest cost approach. Portable units can be moved from room to room and come equipped with a length of duct to exhaust hot air out a nearby window. Window units are mounted in a window opening and cool one room. Those living in hot, dry climates could consider an evaporative cooler, sometimes referred to as a swamp cooler. Window units have been around for a while, but now there are portable options available. Evaporative cooling units can be less expensive than traditional AC, but don’t buy one until you do the research to determine how well evaporative cooling works in your local area. Whatever you choose, make sure it is rated for the size of the space you are cooling.
If your home has forced air heating ductwork, it can be used for an AC or heat pump unit. This is a good option if the ductwork is sized properly and doesn’t leak, and if ducts are in unheated attics or crawl spaces that are insulated.
Cost: $149 to $1,000 per new unit (depending on your climate and how many square feet you’re trying to cool)
A ductless mini split heat pump has a compressor outside the home that’s connected to air handler units in as many as four rooms. Each room’s temperature can be controlled separately. Ductless mini splits are an especially good choice for homes without forced air ducting systems or with leaky or undersized ductwork. Heat pumps can also be a supplemental source of heat in the winter. Cost: approximately $3,000 to $10,000 (including installation)
Cost: approximately $3,000 to $7,000 (not including repairs to ductwork) As always, you can save energy and money by purchasing Energy Star-rated appliances and collecting a few quotes from licensed contractors. Pat Keegan and Brad Thiessen of Collaborative Efficiency write on energy efficiency topics for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. For additional energy tips and information on Collaborative Efficiency, visit www.collaborativeefficiency.com/energytips.
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THANK A LINEWORKER Y-W ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION APRIL 2021
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Y-W Electric Association, Inc. is dedicated to providing highquality, reliable electric service and related products to our members at competitive prices. Our members deserve and shall receive quality service unexcelled in our industry. We are committed to maintaining an environment where the Board of Directors and employees can perform at maximum potential to benefit our Y-W community.
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GENER AL MANAGER
f you were asked to associate an image or a person with Y-W Electric Association, Inc., I bet you would picture a lineworker. One of the most visible employees of the co-op, lineworkers work tirelessly to ensure our community receives uninterrupted power 24/7. “Lineworker” is listed as one of the top 10 most dangerous jobs in the United States. This is understandable as they perform detailed tasks near high-voltage power lines. Regardless of the time of day and having to brave stormy weather and other challenging conditions, lineworkers must climb 40 feet in the air, often carrying heavy equipment to get the job done. Being a lineworker is not a glamorous or easy profession. It takes years of specialized training, ongoing education, dedication and, equally important, a sense of service and commitment. How else can you explain the willingness to leave the comfort of your home to tackle a challenging job in difficult conditions, when most people are sheltering comfortably at home? This dedication and sense of service to the community is truly what sets them apart. That’s why we set aside April 12 to celebrate and recognize the men and women who work around the clock to keep the lights on. While lineworkers may be the most visible employees at Y-W Electric
Association, Inc., it’s important to note that there is a team of highly skilled professionals working behind the scenes. Engineers provide ongoing expertise and guidance on the operations side of the co-op. Member service representatives are always standing by to take your calls and questions. Our information technology experts are continuously monitoring our system to help safeguard sensitive data. And these are just a few of the folks who work together to ensure we can deliver the service and reliability you expect and deserve. Without them, our lineworkers could not “bring the light” to our community. Our dedicated and beloved lineworkers are proud to represent Y-W Electric Association, Inc., and they deserve all the appreciation and accolades that come their way on Lineworker Appreciation Day. On April 12, and any time you see a lineworker, I hope you’ll join me in thanking them for their exceptional service. I also hope you’ll remember that you have a dedicated team of professionals working behind the scenes at the co-op whose commitment to service runs just as deep. [Aaron and Kay Metzler, 423402101]
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Billing Corner Irrigation Billing This is the time of year when our irrigation consumers are getting ready for the growing season. As in the past, we have reviewed how the irrigation rate is billed. Irrigation usage is based upon the calendar year, with a declining rate. The peak kilowatt (demand) is the basis for calculating the kilowatt-hour costs. Each month a kW reading is recorded and stored for comparison throughout the year. Please remember that this kW (demand) will reflect usage of all equipment turned on at one time. Multiple equipment running at the same time could increase your annual costs. An example would be grain bins connected to the same meter as the irrigation well. Please post any warnings of chemical applications for the safety of our personnel. If you have any questions about how your irrigation account is billed, please call our office at 1-800-660-2291 or in the Akron area at 970-345-2291. Have a safe summer.
Slow Down, Move Over
very state has laws that require drivers to slow down or switch lanes if possible when they pass emergency vehicles and, in many states, transportation maintenance, work trucks and other authorized vehicles as well. These are often referred to as “move over” laws. Failing to comply can result in fines and, in some states, jail time. Colorado recently strengthened its “Slow Down, Move Over” law that stipulates to what degree motorists need to slow down when passing a stationary emergency vehicle, tow vehicle or public utility vehicle working at, near or on the roadway with its lights flashing. Here, if drivers are unable to move at least one lane over from the stationary vehicle, they must slow down to at least 25 miles per hour on a roadway with a speed limit of 45 mph or less. If the speed limit exceeds 45 mph, drivers must slow down to 20 mph less than the speed limit. Failure to comply could result in a class 2 misdemeanor, jail time and up to a $300 fine. Because power lines often run along streets and highways, our crews are frequently required to work near to or on roadways. Cars that are driven too fast or get too close to a utility truck can cause the truck to move and the extended bucket holding a worker to sway. This is especially dangerous if a crew member is working on an energized power line. [Richard Mastroni, 3004007208]
Please slow down and move over for everyone who must complete their jobs on or at the side of the road, including utility crews. [Brady Baer and Sidney Kizer, 2131000201]
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Energy Efficiency Tip of the Month Some manufacturers set water heater thermostats at 140 degrees, but most households usually only require them to be set at 120 degrees. Consider lowering your water heater’s temperature to save energy and slow mineral buildup in the heater and pipes. Source: energy.gov
Claim Your Credit Each month, Y-W Electric offers consumer-members a chance to earn a $20 credit on their next electric bill. If you recognize your name and account number in this magazine, call 800-660-2291 and ask for your credit. It couldn’t be easier. Get acquainted with your account number, read your Colorado Country Life magazine and pick up the phone. That’s all the energy you’ll need to claim your energy bucks. You must claim your credit during the month in which your name appears in the magazine. (Check the date on the front cover.) Consumer-members claiming a $20 credit from February 2021 issue: • Tom Quiggle • James L. and Rita D. Idler • Peace Lutheran Church • David and Abbey Kendall • Mike Hall
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Traditional large-scale power suppliers such as coal and nuclear plants are being closed and replaced by alternatives on a much smaller scale.
Ensuring Reliability as Power Supply Tightens
ou expect reliable and affordable electricity from your electric cooperative, so how does your co-op deliver on that promise? A complex network of electricity generators and tens of thousands of miles of electrical lines work together to ensure that enough electricity is available on the coldest winter morning and during the dog days of summer. What happens when the demand for power overwhelms the ability to provide it? That’s a particularly vexing question given the transition taking place in how electricity is produced and shared across this network. The key to meeting the energy needs so essential to your quality of life is balancing electricity supply with demand. While that may sound simple, there is a complex web of facilities and organizations that work together to make it happen each day. Regional transmission organizations coordinate, control and monitor the electric grid across several states in a region.
Think of them as energy traffic managers on an interstate highway system, regulating the number of cars — in this case, electricity — and their destination. Even so, on some days there is an imbalance in that system that leads to rolling power interruptions or blackouts — so-called “max-gen” events. In those cases, supply simply can’t keep up. In the Midcontinent region comprised of 15 states, there were six max-gen events from 2006 to 2016. Since 2016, there have been over 20, including three last July and August, and the recent events in February. That’s simply because nationally, power plants that generate electricity are being closed faster than new producers are coming on line. In most cases, traditional large-scale power suppliers such as coal and nuclear plants are being closed and replaced by alternatives on a much smaller scale. In our area, our power supplier, Tri-State Generation and Transmission, Inc., is developing more generation capacity to ensure
adequate electricity as fossil fuel plants are retired. The majority of the new generation that is under construction and planned is not “dispatchable,” meaning that it cannot be “ramped up” to meet demand since these technologies rely on environmental factors such as sunshine and wind to operate. As more electric utilities pursue zero- or low-carbon initiatives by 2035 and beyond, this challenge will grow more complex. So, what’s the answer? Electric cooperatives and others in the energy sector will continue to develop renewable options and pursue new technologies. But absent new large-scale alternatives and advances in energy storage, the stalwarts of today’s energy fleet — coal and nuclear energy facilities — must continue to operate in many regions. In some, they remain the most cost-effective options for producing electricity. [Keith and Jane Lauer, 2101009015]
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Prepare and Make a Plan BY DERRILL HOLLY
amilies always need to be prepared for emergencies, and ongoing concerns triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic have prompted several new recommendations for evacuation planning, emergency supply kits and community shelter operations. “We did a lot of work in 2020 to update our guidance for hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters to include COVID-19 guidance,” said Captain Renee Funk, DVM, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the U.S. Public Health Service veterinarian, many of the precautions and revisions implemented as part of the pandemic response are expected to be among the CDC’s recommendations in place for 2021. Some are likely to remain in place permanently. Funk, who serves as the CDC’s associate director of emergency management, said personal protective gear, hygiene items and cleaning products are among the most prominent additions to every family’s emergency supply preparation lists.
“We recommended a hand sanitizer that’s at least 60% alcohol, disinfectant wipes and two masks for each person,” Funk said. “Those things should be considered permanently added to your ‘go kit,’ and you need to regularly check for expiration dates for these products.” Funk recommends that those items be included in both personal go kits and in the family’s cache of emergency supplies. She also suggests that, when you review the expiration dates of perishables, like canned goods, other foods and medications, you also replace any cleaning items or protective gear that might also be out of date. The CDC is stressing the importance of early preparation. Checking and updating supplies before they are needed can prevent the need for shopping trips during the run-up to threatening storms or other emergencies. If shopping excursions are needed, officials recommend that a limited number of people (one or two people) considered low risk be designated to make all necessary shopping runs. Fresh approaches to community shelters
implemented and refined in 2020 are also expected to remain in place indefinitely. Instead of large, centralized shelters in schools or other community buildings, the CDC, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and their state and community partners have turned to dispersed sheltering, which is more conducive to social distancing. “That means putting more people into hotel rooms, instead of into group or congregate shelters,” Funk said. “It costs a lot more money for FEMA to pay for all those hotel rooms, but the American Red Cross generally coordinates sheltering, and they shifted really well.” Last year, Red Cross developed and deployed smartphone apps that helped keep track of shelter evacuees, allowing them to advise shelter coordinators about health concerns, shelter conditions and other issues. Remember, in the event of any emergency or natural disaster, you’ll want to be prepared to shelter in place for several days if necessary. FEMA recommends having an emergency kit stocked with all important supplies in one or two containers that are easy to access. Visit ready.gov/kit for a full checklist of disaster kit items and additional recommendations. While we certainly hope disaster doesn’t strike, it’s never a bad idea to be prepared. Spring and summer often bring severe storms, so now is the time to make a kit, make a plan and stay informed. That’s the best way to care for yourself and your family. [Jerry and Renee Buchanan, 1140219502] Derrill Holly writes on consumer and cooperative affairs for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.
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COOKING WITH ODDS AND ENDS
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t’s habit, it seems, to toss out the scraps when prepping in the kitchen, but a 2018 cookbook asserts the opposite. Cooking With Scraps by Lindsay-Jean Hard demonstrates how to use the parts and parcels we tend to toss out to create culinary dishes you’ll savor. Just imagine using banana peels to bake a heavenly cake, carrot tops to cook tantalizing tartlets or coffee grounds to whip up a creamy butter. Or give this recipe a try to see how you enjoy cooking with scraps.
Dill Pickle Brine Potato Salad
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3 pounds baby potatoes, any large ones halved 1/3 cup chopped scallions 1/4 cup dill pickle brine 1/4 cup mayonnaise 1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill Fine-grain sea salt Freshly ground black pepper Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover with salted water to a depth of 1 inch. Bring to a boil. The potatoes are ready when a knife slides in easily, but the very center should still feel just a touch firm. This could take between 8 and 15 minutes depending on the size of the potatoes. If your potatoes vary in size or type, fish the individual pieces out of the water to let cool as soon as they’re ready.
Peppy Potatoes “I spent far too many of my childhood years convinced that mayonnaise was gross, in part due to soggy, overdressed potato salads. And, as a result, I was skeptical of potato salad, too. Luckily, I finally learned the error of my ways — on both accounts — and have made up for lost time with a newfound love of lightly dressed potato salads like this one, which is an amalgamation of many beloved recipes. I like this best with small, waxier potatoes, but if you want to go wild, you could try a mix of potato varieties — even sweet ones.” — Lindsay-Jean Hard
Drain the potatoes and transfer them to a medium-size bowl. Add the scallions, then immediately drizzle the pickle brine over them. Let the potatoes cool slightly. As they cool, toss them in the bowl a couple times to help distribute the pickle brine and encourage it to soak in. Place the mayonnaise, mustard, horseradish and dill in a small bowl along with a healthy pinch of salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Whisk to combine. Once the potatoes have cooled, drizzle them with the dressing, toss to coat and adjust the seasonings to taste. Serve immediately or place the potato salad in the refrigerator overnight, covered, to let the flavors meld even more. Will keep for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator. A new spin on dessert:
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Advanced Technology Allows Macular Degeneration Patients To See Again And Allows Many Low Vision Patients To Drive Again While there is currently no cure, promising research is being done on many fronts. everything and anything possible to keep a person functioning,” says Dr. Stamm, “Even if it’s driving.” A scene as it might be viewed by a person with age-related macular degeneration
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 for people who have vision loss,” said Dr. Stamm, one of only a few doctors in the world who specializes in fitting bioptic
Same scene of rancher as viewed by a person without macular degeneration
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.
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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Geothermal Tax Credit Extended The federal tax credit for geothermal installations was extended for two more years at the end of 2020. The extension keeps the tax credit at 26% for residential geothermal for 2021 and 2022. The credit then steps down to 22% in 2023 and expires January 1, 2024. Commercial credits remain at 10% through 2023.
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The four officers for the CREA Board of Directors were reelected at the board’s February 26 virtual board meeting. The officers serve on their respective electric cooperative boards and represent those individual co-ops on the statewide board, which represents all 22 of the state’s electric co-ops and power supplier Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association. For the second year, CREA’s board will be led by President Jeff Hauck, president of Mountain Parks Electric Board of Directors. Mountain Parks Electric serves Grand, Jackson, Summit, Routt and Larimer counties. Reelected as vice president, Ginny Buzcek of Firestone represents United Power, which serves Adams, Broomfield, Weld, Jefferson, Boulder and Gilpin counties. Secretary Joe Redetzke of Buena Vista represents Sangre de Cristo Electric Association, which serves all or parts of Chaffee, Custer, Fremont, Lake and Saguache counties. Treasurer Rod Martinez represents Grand Valley Power in Grand Junction, which serves Mesa County and parts of Delta and Garfield counties. The mission of CREA is to enhance and advance the interests of its member electric cooperatives through a united effort.
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to be distributed to other victims. Another $8,000 was given to the Grand Lake Fire Protection District. Funds raised included $50,000 from the CREA board, which was matched by Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association. Additional funds were donated by individual electric co-ops, their directors and employees, as well as readers of Colorado Country Life.
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APRIL IS AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH
Colorado-based organization teaches trade skills to the autism community BY JOANNE PALMER
t started with an orange 1975 Jeep Cherokee that had been sitting in a field for decades with a burned-out engine. To most people it would look like an eyesore destined for the junkyard. But Danny Combs saw it as treasure — the very thing he needed for his new nonprofit, TACT (Teaching the Autism Community Trades). Danny was inspired to start TACT in 2016 by his son Dylan who was then 8 and had been diagnosed with autism at age 3.
Danny had grown tired of going to therapists’ offices and listening to what was wrong with Dylan. Delayed speech. Issues with fine and gross motor skills. Toe walking. Dylan was defined by what he couldn’t do, but his dad saw more possibilities than problems in his son. He saw a bright, imaginative child. “I never heard what he could do. I only heard what he needed to be doing,” he says. “For my own sanity, I had to do something.” Danny didn’t just do something; he did
everything. At the time, Danny, 35, was living his dream. He’d succeeded in the competitive music industry in Nashville. His day-to-day was working alongside Grammy- and Oscar-winning artists. It was heady stuff. He’d won a Grammy Signature Schools Enterprise Award for the music education program he developed. His future was bright. Assured. But for Dylan the exact opposite was true. According to a 2020 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 out of 54 children are diagnosed each year on the autism spectrum. The report also showed that people with autism have the highest unemployment rate in the country; 90% of them can’t find or hold a job in the best of times. The odds were Dylan would grow up and never get a job. There was no road map for his son, no future. That was unacceptable
AUTISM IN THE UNITED STATES The autism community is the highest unemployment sector in the United States, currently at 90%. TACT’s programs lead to employable jobs and lasting careers that are personally fulfilling and suited to each individual’s strengths.
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Student Chris “Scoop” Cooper takes a measurement while working on a carpentry project at TACT.
to Danny. He was determined to map out a different future, not just for his son but also for others with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). He decided to move from Nashville back home to Colorado to be closer to family and an environment more supportive for Dylan. Danny refused to let the statistics stop him. As he read and researched, the numbers showed something else. Hope. Individuals with autism were ideal employees. Once they got jobs, they were incredibly loyal. They never left. They never called in sick. Perhaps the most startling statistic of all was this: The average U.S. worker is on task 48% of the time; an individual with ASD, 98%. People with autism were twice as productive, always on task, most likely not distracted by their cellphones and co-workers. Then Danny asked himself, why were people with ASD unable to get jobs? As he continued to read and do research he discovered the answer: The issue was a slow learning curve. Individuals on the spectrum took longer to learn a job — an issue that was a deterrent for employers. Again, rather than seeing a problem, Danny
saw possibility. What if he could offer the missing piece? What if he could train students on the front end to give students the tools they needed to be a success and to hit the ground running? Danny decided to teach what he knew: skilled trades. He knew there was a demand and knew that, due to budget cuts, many schools had cut shop classes that taught essential skills like welding and carpentry. Associated jobs were lucrative and in demand. Danny grew up working on cars and building things. His father and grandfather taught him to work hard and problem solve. Together they worked on building houses, cars and furniture. He can still remember the satisfaction he got from keeping his own car running — a 1979 Volkswagen Beetle convertible. Danny had no background in starting or running a nonprofit — no background in starting or running a hands-on vocational training center. Plus, there was no template to follow — if his idea worked, it would be the first program of its kind. What Danny did have was a can-do attitude, a master’s degree in education, a background as a
fourth-generation tradesman and a relentless desire to help his son. TACT was founded in Denver with the mission statement: “To encourage and empower the full spectrum of individuals with autism through education and employment in skilled trades.” In the beginning, the dream was big but the budget was small — $25,000 from a GoFundMe campaign. There was no staff, no headquarters or office space, just Danny and his dream. He and his then-wife, Claire, “rolled up our sleeves and went to work. We read a lot, talked to consultants and nonprofit experts, and asked people who were smarter than us,” he says. The first project was fun: a ukulele building class in partnership with Stapleton Music Lab. Then came the infamous orange Jeep Cherokee. A friend graciously allowed Danny to turn his driveway into a classroom and conduct his first class there. For Paul and Cindy, the parents of another boy with ASD who asked that we not use their last name, that Jeep Cherokee was a lifeline for their car-loving, mechanically-inclined son, Noah. As Paul recalls, “One day an email popped into my inbox with the words auto, autism and class and I thought, ‘We have to be there.’” Noah didn’t just love cars; he was obsessed with them and had an encyclopedic knowledge of them. He could identify COLOR ADO COUNTRY LIFE APRIL 2021
Mason Ferrick and Geoffrey Simpson discuss a project with teacher Emiley Logan (center).
a Mini Cooper or Hummer from his car seat at age 2. As he grew older, he could look at a car and tell his parents the factory it was made in and what issues caused a recall of a part. Prior to TACT, Noah’s parents had spent countless hours attending car shows and visiting Denver’s Forney Museum of Transportation to indulge his passion.
So, with regard to the class, “I can still picture that orange Jeep Cherokee in the driveway of a beautiful home in Cherry Hills,” Paul says. “It was TACT’s first auto class. There were about six kids there. Danny had this presence about him. He was calm. He just seemed to understand what our kids needed. Noah is a little uneasy in new social situations. Danny came up, talked to him and put him at ease. Each child could participate in a way that was best for them. The class bent to the kids instead of the other way around.” TACT moved into a warehouse near Brighton Boulevard in north Denver and Noah continued to participate two Saturdays a month. Like many people, “Noah has a hesitancy to do something that he might fail at,” Paul says. “While working
Students Ellie Combs and Cora Hansen concentrate on their project.
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Welding student Rollin Pearson is adding new skills through programs at TACT.
on a Jeep, Danny asked Noah to get the jack. Noah said, ‘I’ve got this.’ That encapsulates the whole experience. There was a confidence that continues to this day through being a part of TACT.” Another TACT parent, Jennifer Alabiso, agrees. Her 10-year-old son has been attending TACT for three years — on school breaks, during summer and on weekends. “In school he is behind grade level in reading, but at TACT he can read blueprints and instructions,” she says. “Give that kid a power tool and something to build and he’s fine. TACT warms my heart and sometimes makes me tear up. It gives us a lot of hope.” Paul agrees. “TACT has always instilled hope for Noah’s future.”
COVER STORY Noah graduated from high school in August 2020 and is now enrolled in the auto mechanic career program through TACT. “It meets a huge need in setting up Noah for success in the world of cars and mechanics,” Paul says. “It combines the technical skills of working on cars plus the social skills of interacting with others to keep a job and be a valued employee. There is nothing else like it in Colorado or the country. TACT works with a student until they are ready for success with a combination of technical and social skills to find a work location that appreciates what Noah can bring.” Danny agrees. “A lot of organizations who work with individuals who have intellectual or developmental disabilities are deficit based,” he says. “In other words, they are trying to fill a quota. They try to get someone hired because of their disability. To us, that seems backward. Their talent gets them their job, not their disability. We showcase what our students can do, develop a portfolio and train them to do the job.” In addition to teaching auto mechanics, TACT offers career tracks in carpentry, welding, computer science and electronics. TACT offers workshops and summer camps for students of all ages with classes in everything from photography to fiber arts, musical instrument building, auto mechanics, carpentry and more. While students have fun building an electric guitar or a box drum, they also learn math, problem solving and how to safely operate power tools. Best of all, they can take their projects home. TACT can also go on the road. Literally. TACT will partner with schools, church groups and other community organizations to bring classes to other communities in a green 1958 Chevrolet.
TACT founder Danny Combs works with student Jason Stowbridge.
The program is so unique that Peter Machnik, 20, moved from Chicago to Denver to participate. “I like the program and working with my hands,” he says. “I hope to find a job in carpentry.” Not only does Danny offer these one-ofa-kind programs and opportunities to students with ASD, he makes it affordable. As Paul puts it, “As if this program can’t get any better, they help with the financial piece as well. They are aware of the financial burden of raising a kid on the spectrum.” “We want it to be attainable for everyone. We work hard to find sponsors, fund raise and write grants to make it affordable for families,” Danny says. Today, TACT is headquartered near the Broncos football stadium in Denver, has 12 staff members and has trained 750 students with an impressive 83% job placement rate. Graduates are working on the new Amazon. com headquarters in Colorado Springs and the Interstate 70 lighting project in Denver.
According to Paul, “Danny is on the forefront of a huge movement. He is a visionary. He looks at ASD as highly prized employees, not charity work. Our world needs these young people and their amazing skills and knowledge.” The program is so successful that employers like Blue Star Recyclers are now calling Danny to hire his students, not the other way around. Danny hopes one day he can expand TACT across the country to empower more individuals on the spectrum. What ever happened to that Jeep Cherokee? TACT students rebuilt the engine, rewired it, redid the suspension and brakes and entered it in the Castle Rock Car Club annual show where it won first place in the 4x4 category. As Paul remembers, “Noah got to accept the award and was beaming. It was a great day.” Joanne Palmer is an award-winning freelance writer from Colorado’s Western Slope.
SPRING CLASSES STARTING SOON “We want it to be attainable for everyone. We work hard to find sponsors, fund raise and write grants to make it affordable for families.” — Danny Combs
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IS CONNECTING TRANSMISSION GRIDS THE WAY TO SHARE THE WEALTH ON RENEWABLES? BY REED KAR AIM
oly Cross Energy has an ambitious goal: 100% renewable energy sources by 2030. It’s a tall order, complicated by the central Colorado co-op’s mountainous service territory, which isn’t well-suited to wind or solar power generation. But just 100 miles or so to the east of the co-op’s Glenwood Springs headquarters, the Front Range and eastern plains offer ample wind resources. And the states to its south are among the nation’s solar power leaders. It’s the lack of transmission that keeps the region’s renewable power from reaching the Western Slope, says Bryan Hannegan, Holy Cross Energy president and CEO. “Our transmission access is our biggest worry” for meeting the 100% goal, he says. Hannegan, who served as associate director at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory before joining Holy Cross, sees a solution in the creation of a “super grid.” The concept, also known as the macro grid, entails uniting the nation’s regional
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transmission systems with high-voltage, direct current (DC) interties. In particular, it would bridge the seam that runs along the eastern borders of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico between the western and eastern grids and would also tie ERCOT, the wind-rich Texas grid, into a national system. While at NREL, Hannegan oversaw a study that found a super grid could help reduce costs for consumers by allowing a “balancing of power supply over much larger regions,” he says, “allowing us to harness the resource diversity we have in this country.” In particular, it would enable greater use of wind and solar power, says Tracy Warren, director of the Macro Grid Initiative at the American Council on Renewable Energy. “Much of our vast renewable resources are located in remote regions far away from where the power is needed in populationdense areas,” she says. Being able to move solar and wind power to those areas could increase the
utility of renewable generation. One scenario outlined in a study showed a hypothetical heat wave in August causing air conditioners to drive up demand. As the sun moved across the United States, solar plants in the West sent power eastward, limiting the need for expensive peak-load, fossil fuel generation. As the sun moved west and began to set, midwestern wind farms — today in the eastern grid — sent power westward to relieve pressure on the coast’s coal- and gas-fired generation.
Worth the cost? The price tag for building the DC transmission necessary to create a coast-tocoast super grid would be eye-popping: The NREL study estimated it could cost at least $80 billion, but it could return economic benefits of twice that amount. “By every measure, a more interconnected grid delivered better outcomes — lower carbon emissions, lower cost to consumers, better reliability,” says Hannegan, along with job creation and other economic benefits
ENERGY CONNECTIONS in the parts of the country where more renewable energy generation would be built. But a super grid would also face significant challenges. “Any transmission beyond a local, minimal addition to an existing line is going to be met with huge amounts of opposition,” says National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Chief Engineer Paul McCurley. “Not just technical, geographic, economic and environmental challenges but many not-in-my-backyard battles.” Patti Metro, senior grid operations and reliability director at NRECA, says DC interties and converter stations for the three alternating current (AC) grids, which are not synchronous, would be complicated and expensive but would not require new technology. Much of the recent focus in the industry has been on reducing, not expanding, the distance power travels, turning to more localized, distributed generation that integrates renewables sources like solar and tends to reduce the need for new transmission facilities, Metro says. Another issue is the allocation of costs. Basin Electric Power Cooperative, a co-op power supplier based in North Dakota, operates coal, gas and wind generation to serve 140 member systems,
including Colorado’s Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, which serves 17 of the state’s 22 electric co-ops. As the demand for power grows, “new transmission development is probably going to be essential, and if there’s a transition to more renewable energy, that’s only going to add to the demand,” says Tom Christensen, Basin’s senior vice president for transmission. But, he adds, the construction cost of a super grid raises concerns, even if it eventually saves money. “Regardless of who funds it — banks, utilities, whoever — the point would be that, ultimately, some set of retail customers will have to pay. It will show up in customer bills,” he says. Rural, sparsely populated areas like the Great Plains, where wind generation is expanding, should not be asked to bear costs that exceed the benefits to their region if the transmission is largely carrying the power elsewhere, Christensen says. He notes the super grid would require unprecedented coordination on a national scale to make sure the connections were cost effective, a task that’s generally handled by regional transmission organizations (RTOs). “In general, when it’s transmission planned by an RTO, you really get a
cost-effective solution, and you hopefully get an equitable distribution of cost to consumers,” he says, but a macro grid would cross RTOs, complicating planning. He could see starting a buildout of regional grid interties on a smaller scale: “a more measured approach, going through the RTOs, trying to be very careful determining what’s economically justified.” Warren acknowledges the macro grid will require large-scale planning but reiterates that transmission investments will pay dividends. She points to a study that shows increased transmission development at the “seams” between regions could save consumers up to $47 billion annually and return more than $2.50 for every dollar invested. She sees the macro grid working in concert with more localized generation to help the country reach the ambitious clean energy goals states are setting and the Biden administration has promised at the national level. To meet goals like those, “it’s all hands on deck,” Warren says. “It’s a large-scale challenge that demands a large-scale solution.” This article was reprinted with permission from the April issue of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s RE Magazine.
“It’s a large-scale challenge that demands a large-scale solution.” — Tracy Warren, director of the Macro Grid Initiative at the American Council on Renewable Energy
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LIGHT UP YOUR GARDEN WITH LILIES BY VICKI SPENCER
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very Easter our church was adorned with hundreds of lilies and, every once in a while, their subtle fragrance would float gently through the air. It created an indelible memory and an enduring love of lilies. Lilies, with their grand blossoms, add elegance to indoor bouquets and outdoor gardens alike. I used to think when I received a lily plant that I would have to wait until fall to plant it outdoors. This was because we typically plant bulbs in the autumn so they can establish roots before spring. But container lilies, which have roots, can be planted anytime during early summer. Since they are a perennial, they will continue to bloom year after year with the proper care.
Lilies are a great option for variety in perennial gardens to add a splash of color.
When purchasing lily bulbs, the Farmers’ Almanac advises planting them soon afterward. This is because they tend to deteriorate over time. If you live in an area with harsh winters, it’s best to order and plant the bulbs in the spring after the threat
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of frost has passed. Lilies typically bloom from late spring to fall, depending on the type and where you live. By carefully blending early, mid-season and late varieties in your garden, you will enjoy magnificent blooms for months. Asiatic lilies are the first to bloom in May or June and their blossoms last about five weeks. They come in many colors and usually stand 2 to 3 feet tall with upwardfacing flowers. Although not fragrant, they are easy to care for and make perfect cutting flowers. While there are many varieties to choose from, you might try Yellow Carpet Border Lily™ or the new Regent’s Park Asiatic Lily from Breck’s® for a brilliant splash of color. Other popular Asiatic varieties include the brilliant orange Brunello, tricolored Starlette, dark-red Black Out and maroon Dimension. As Asiatics begin to fade around August, Orientals burst onto the scene. They grow much larger at 3 to 6 feet and are incredibly fragrant. This spring, Burpee® is offering Garden Party, whose flowers provide a “carnival of color” in deep yellow and red. Other Orientals include Josephine with deep pink petals and the white Stargazer hybrid typically found in floral bouquets. Orientals prefer lots of sunshine and cannot tolerate soggy soil, which makes them perfect for Colorado’s drier climate. Other lily types include trumpet lilies and tiger lilies. Trumpet lilies tend to have
smaller flowers than other lilies but produce a nice scent. Tiger lilies provide a brilliant display admired by all but can spread out of control if not managed. They can grow above 5 feet tall, so it’s best to plant them toward the back of your garden.
You can plant lilies practically anywhere you choose, since their tall stems with narrow lance-shaped leaves take little space.
You can insert lilies into almost any area since their tall, erect stems with narrow, lance-shaped leaves take little space. They provide variety to perennial gardens, add a splash of color in front of bushes or brighten patios with container arrangements. Since they are easy to grow, you can enjoy them almost anywhere as long as there is ample sunlight and drainage. Gardener Vicki Spencer has an eclectic background in conservation, water, natural resources and more.
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In 2013, scientists announced a pill that facilitates weight loss in the abdomen. It contains a combination of ingredients shown to enhance the metabolism’s ability to burn belly fat. Since then, it has become a popular diet pill in France and Germany. Sales continue to climb as new people discover how well the product works. Michael Kenneth, President of the Applied Scientific Research Center is not surprised by the popularity. He says, “The pill is safe. It’s effective. It works fast. Plus, it costs less than a cup of coffee per day.” “And now, we’re making it available in America under the new brand name OxiTrim. We can’t wait to receive feedback from first time users. We know dieters are going to love this pill,” he added.
The findings were then published in the Journal of Medicinal Food... and... the Obesity Journal. Participants were given either a placebo... or else... OxiTrim’s active ingredients twice per day for 8 weeks. They then ate a normal 2,000 calorie diet and walked for 30 minutes, 5 days a week. The results were stunning. Those who took the active ingredients lost almost 4 times more weight than the placebo group. Even more exciting was the quantity of inches they lost from their waistline. The group taking OxiTrim’s active ingredients lost almost 5 inches of belly fat. That’s equal to 2 pants sizes for men... and... 4 to 6 dress sizes for women. The pill even helped maintain healthy cholesterol and blood sugar levels. This is especially good news for anyone who is overweight, given the health risks they often face.
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The active ingredients in OxiTrim trigger weight loss in a way scientists have not seen before. Research shows they activate a protein in the body that breaks down fatty acids found in abdominal fat. “You can think of OxiTrim as a match that lights the fuse in belly fat,” said Kenneth. “This fuse effects metabolic rate which results in enhanced fat loss around the mid section and other parts of the body, too.” Kenneth also said, “Dieters should know OxiTrim is made from natural plant extracts. It is not a drug. It does not contain any stimulants or dangerous chemicals either.” “Plus, unlike a lot of other diet pills, OxiTrim won’t increase your heart rate or make you anxious. In fact, you won’t even know you’re taking it until you begin to see a slimmer waistline,” he added.
Sales Frenzy: The newly released OxiTrim pill from France is set to break sales records nationwide this week. In clinical studies, users taking the pill’s active ingredients lost up to 5 inches from their waistline in 8 weeks without strict dieting.
breakthrough in natural weight loss to date. It’s a proven pill for men and women who want to cut pounds of belly fat.” — Dr. M. Usman, M.D. “I have reviewed the research and have decided to recommend OxiTrim to overweight people. That’s because OxiTrim doesn’t just reduce weight, it helps maintain healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels, too.” — Dr. Ahmad Alsayes.
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Amazing feedback from users of OxiTrim has generated a wave of confidence at the company. So much so that they now offer OxiTrim with a 110% money back guarantee. The company’s president, Michael Kenneth says, “We’ve seen how well it works. Now we want to remove any risk for those who might think OxiTrim sounds too good to be true.” Simply take the pill exactly as directed. You must enjoy fast and impressive weight loss. Otherwise, return the product as directed and you’ll receive 100% of your money back plus an extra 10%.
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Today marks the official nationwide release of OxiTrim in America. And so, the company is offering a special discount supply to every person who calls before inventory runs out. A Regional Order Hotline has been setup for local readers to call. This gives everyone an equal chance to try OxiTrim. The Order Hotline is now open. All you have to do is call TOLL FREE Approved By Top Doctors 1-888-308-0193 Then provide the operator “The advanced ingredients found in with the special discount approval code: Double Blind Clinical Results A double blind clinical study was OxiTrim have been used successfully in OTN21 The company will do the rest. Initial supplies of OxiTrim are limited. conducted on OxiTrim’s active ingredients. France for years. The clinical trials show The study was reviewed and analyzed by they can burn fat fast for those with a few Those who don’t call soon may have to scientists from the University of California, extra pounds to lose.” — Dr. Ana Jovanovic. wait until more inventory is produced. This Davis. “OxiTrim is the most exciting could take as long as 6 six weeks. THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION. THIS PRODUCT IS NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT, CURE OR PREVENT ANY DISEASE. ALL DOCTORS MENTIONED ARE REMUNERATED FOR THEIR SERVICES. ALL CLINICAL STUDIES ON OXITRIM’S ACTIVE INGREDIENT WERE INDEPENDENTLY CONDUCTED AND WERE NOT SPONSORED BY THE MAKERS OF OXITRIM. COLOR ADO COUNTRY LIFE APRIL 2021
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Gone Yet Not Forgotten Cottonwoods The ups and downs of removing two towering trees
BY DENNIS SMITH
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he two big cottonwood trees next to our house were taken down a few years ago and we miss them dearly. They were giants: The trunk of one was thicker through the middle than a circus elephant and the other had multiple trunks clustered around a circular base more than 6 feet in diameter. They must have reached 60 feet into the sky, and the massive veil of leaves shaded two entire homesteads from the searing rays of summer sun. Together they created what amounted to a small urban oasis. The arborists who took them down told us they probably cooled our homes by more than 10 degrees during the summer. We definitely miss that. Robins nested in their lower branches each spring and mourning doves cooed from their spiky snags on summer evenings. Chickadees, flickers, yellow warblers, blue jays, white-crowned sparrows and finches flitted through their branches for as long as I can remember. Red-winged blackbirds and grackles staged migration flights from them every autumn and, in winter, flocks of starlings screeched and whistled from their naked branches. A great horned owl roosted in the taller of the two, and I once watched a Cooper’s hawk snatch a dove from our bird feeders and take it back into the cottonwoods for dinner. The neighborhood squirrels probably miss them too. They were as vital a link in their overhead roadway as Interstate 25 is to motorists on the Front Range.
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Unfortunately, these were not “cottonless” cottonwoods, and each spring they would rain down truckloads of fluffy white catkins in numbers so great that, on a windy day, you’d swear it was snowing. Their seedpods plugged our gutters, clogged our little frog pond, covered the lawns with a layer of dingy fluff and collected in corners of the garage like monstrous, swirling dust bunnies. They got into everything. Annoying as this could be, there was some good to be found in it too. You knew, for instance, that when those seeds began to fall, it usually meant ice-off on high mountain lakes and the beginning of dry fly fishing for still water trout. Coincidentally, it also marked the beginning of the smallmouth bass and bluegill spawn, which is generally considered the best time of year to fish for both. Carp feed on the seed heads when they land on the surface of lakes and ponds, and fly fishermen can catch them on dry flies tied to mimic the pods. By the time the cottonwoods have finished dropping their seeds, damselfly nymphs are stirring on the sagebrush lakes and about to trigger one of the most productive still water insect hatches of summer and some of the season’s best fishing. Our trees grew old, weak and dangerous, but while they were healthy, they cooled our homes, sheltered the birds, gave the squirrels a place to play and told us when to go fishing. We miss them. Dennis Smith is a freelance outdoors writer and photographer whose work appears nationally. He lives in Loveland.
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Get out or stay at home for an afternoon with Alice, the Cheshire Cat, Queen of Hearts and more at Canyon Concert Ballet’s production of “Alice in Wonderland.” April 24-25 at The Lincoln Center and online. For more information, call 970-4724156 or visit ccballet.org.
Arts and Crafts Spring Show and Sale, Black Forest
Come see why this Black Forest tradition is a local favorite. Here, guild members sell fine art, decorative arts and crafts and many culinary delights. Find unique Mother’s Day gifts and lots of new things to brighten up your home for spring. April 29-May 2 at the Black Forest Community Center. For more information, visit bfacg.org or facebook.com/BFACG.
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From the Chocolate Bunny Egg Hunt to the History Stroll and the Earth Day Recycling Workshop, this nature center has all kinds of activities your whole family will enjoy this month. For more information, visit communityservices.elpasoco.com/ nature-centers/nature-center-programs.
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Now in its 23rd year, the GAC resumes its endeavor to make an impact on the overall health of our waterways with events throughout the country. On April 24, El Paso County is hosting 20 sites for volunteers to help the cause. For more information, visit gacppp.com.
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Mother sits just where I left her before the visits stopped — at the jigsaw table. She puzzles over small shapes scattered like shards before her. The big picture, propped, offers clues — color, pattern, the comfort of familiar objects, a connection to the past. She’s trying to piece it all together. That’s the game. That’s always been the game and at 96, her game is persistence, not dwelling on how it all comes apart. Harriet Stratton, Larkspur Intermountain Rural Electric consumer-member
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What kind of world will we leave behind what kind of world will my great grandchild find the way it is going now it is not looking great there is too much violence there is too much hate I miss the days of peace and good will but we as Americans can achieve that still. it will take everyone come one and come all for “united we stand and divided we fall” so what kind of world will it be what kind of world will she see. William Lee, Clifton Grand Valley Power consumer-member
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A SPOTLIGHT ON SMALL BUSINESSES Colorado companies take CCL’s center stage Genius Jewelry Inconspicuous in design, no one will know you’re breathing in your favorite fragrances with a piece of Lucky Tree Studio jewelry. Your most beloved essential oils can go wherever you do when your jewelry has a built-in diffuser. This small business recently opened Mosaic, a brick-and-mortar DIY studio in Montrose, to get its products — and those of dozens of other Colorado-based makers and artists — to the public when go-to shows were canceled due to COVID-19. For more information, visit luckytree.studio or mosaicmontrose.com.
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When a Morgan County REA consumer-member praised Bennett-based Huberd’s Shoe Grease — a 100-year-old small business — we had to bring it to our readers’ attention. “We put it on our boots first,” the member said. “Then we shared it with our co-workers. They loved it so much that they began to use it on their saddles and tack as well. One old rancher even used it on his antique gate straps and loved it.” With kudos like this, Huberd’s seems like a no-brainer. For more information, call 800-366-5723 or visit huberds.com.
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