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Drug Companies Fear Release of the New AloeCure Big Pharma stands to lose billions as doctors’ recommend drug-free “health cocktail” that adjusts and corrects your body’s health conditions. by David Waxman Seattle Washington:

Drug company execs are nervous. That’s because the greatest health advance in decades has hit the streets. And analysts expect it to put a huge crimp in “Big Pharma” profits. So what’s all the fuss about? It’s about a new ingredient that’s changing the lives of people who use it. Some call it “the greatest discovery since penicillin”! The name of the product is the AloeCure. It’s not a drug. It’s something completely different. And the product is available to anyone who wants it, at a reasonable price. But demands may force future prices to rise. TOP DOC WARNS: DIGESTION DRUGS CAN CRIPPLE YOU! Company spokesperson, Dr. Liza Leal; a leading integrative health specialist recommends AloeCure before she decides to prescribe any digestion drug. Especially after the FDA’s stern warning about long-term use of drugs classified as proton pump inhibitors like Prilosec®, Nexium®, and Prevacid®. In a nutshell, the FDA statement warned people should avoid taking these digestion drugs for longer than three 14-day treatment periods because there is an increased risk of bone fractures. Many people take them daily and for decades. Dr. Leal should know. Many patients come to her with bone and joint complaints and she does everything she can to help them. One way for digestion sufferers to help avoid possible risk of tragic joint and bone problems caused by overuse of digestion drugs is to take the AloeCure. Analysts expect the AloeCure to put a huge crimp in “Big Pharma” profits.

The secret to AloeCure’s “health adjusting” formula is scientifically tested Acemannan, a polysaccharide extracted from Aloe Vera. But not the same aloe vera that mom used to apply to your cuts, scrapes and burns. This is a perfect strain of aloe that is organically grown under very strict conditions. AloeCure is so powerful it begins to benefit your health the instant you take it. It soothes intestinal discomfort and you can avoid the possibility of bone and health damage caused by overuse of digestion drugs. We all know how well aloe works externally on cuts, scrapes and burns. But did you know Acemannan has many of other health benefits?...

HELPS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM TO CALM INFLAMMATION According to a leading aloe research, when correctly processed for digesting, the Aloe plant has a powerful component for regulating your immune system called Acemannan. So whether it’s damage that is physical, bacterial, chemical or autoimmune; the natural plant helps the body stay healthy. RAPID ACID AND HEARTBURN NEUTRALIZER Aloe has proved to have an astonishing effect on users who suffer with digestion problems like bouts of acid reflux, heartburn, cramping, gas and constipation because it acts as a natural acid buffer and soothes the digestive system. But new studies prove it does a whole lot more. SIDE-STEP HEART CONCERNS So you’ve been taking proton pump inhibitors (PPI’s) for years and you feel just fine. In June of 2015 a major study shows that chronic PPI use increases the risk of heart attack in general population. UNLEASH YOUR MEMORY Studies show that your brain needs the healthy bacteria from your gut in order function at its best. Both low and high dosages of digestion drugs are proven to destroy that healthy bacteria and get in the way of brain function. So you’re left with a sluggish, slowto-react brain without a lot of room to store information. The acemannan used in AloeCure actually makes your gut healthier, so healthy bacteria flows freely to your brain so you think better, faster and with a larger capacity for memory. Doctors call it “The greatest health discovery in decades!”

body’s ability to break down and absorb calcium. Aloe delivers calcium as it aids in balancing your stomach acidity. The result? Thicker, healthier looking hair…more youthful looking skin… And nails so strong they may never break again. SAVE YOUR KIDNEY National and local news outlets are reporting Kidney Failure linked to PPI’s. Your Kidney extracts waste from blood, balance body fluids, form urine, and aid in other important functions of the body. Without it your body would be overrun by deadly toxins. Aloe helps your kidney function properly. Studies suggest, if you started taking aloe today; you’d see a big difference in the way you feel. GUARANTEED RESULTS OR DOUBLE YOUR MONEY BACK Due to the incredible results people are reporting, AloeCure is being sold with an equally incredible guarantee. “We can only offer this incredible guarantee because we are 100% certain this product will work for those who use it,” Says Dr. Leal. Here’s how it works: Take the pill exactly as directed. You must see and feel remarkable improvements in your digestive health, your mental health, in your physical appearance, the amount inflammation you have throughout your body – even in your ability to fall asleep at night! Otherwise, simply return the empty bottles with a short note about how you took the pills and followed the simple instructions and the company will send you...Double your money back!

HOW TO GET ALOECURE This is the official nationwide release of the new AloeCure pill in the United States. And SLEEP LIKE A BABY A night without sleep really damages your so, the company is offering our readers up to 3 body. And continued lost sleep can lead to all FREE bottles with their order. sorts of health problems. But what you may not This special give-away is available for readers realize is the reason why you’re not sleeping. of this publication only. All you have to do is Some call it “Ghost Reflux”. A low-intensity call TOLL-FREE 1-800-748-3311 and provide form of acid reflux discomfort that quietly keeps the operator with the Free Bottle Approval you awake in the background. AloeCure helps Code: JC025. The company will do the rest. digestion so you may find yourself sleeping Important: Due to AloeCure’s recent media through the night. exposure, phone lines are often busy. If you CELEBRITY HAIR, SKIN & NAILS call and do not immediately get through, Certain antacids may greatly reduce your please be patient and call back.


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MAY 2017 Volume 48, Number 05

“Sunset Over Pikes Peak” by Mountain View Electric member Dennis Roesler from Colorado Springs.




[cover] Camping is a great adventure for all ages. Read more about camping in Colorado on pages 16-19.

THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE COLORADO RURAL ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION COMMUNICATIONS STAFF: Mona Neeley, CCC, Publisher/Editor; Cassi Gloe, Designer; Kylee Coleman, Editorial/Admin. Assistant; ADVERTISING: Kris Wendtland, Ad Rep; Colorado Country Life (USPS 469-400/ISSN 1090-2503) is published monthly by Colorado Rural Electric Association, 5400 Washington Street, Denver, CO 80216-1731. Individual subscription rate: $9 per year for Colorado residents or $15 per year for out-of-state residents, taxes and postage included. Periodical postage paid at Denver, Colorado. © Copyright 2016, Colorado Rural Electric Association. Call for reprint rights. Subscribers: Report change of address to your local cooperative. Do not send change of address to Colorado Country Life. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Colorado Country Life, 5400 Washington Street, Denver, CO 80216 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. 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. EDITORIAL: Denver Corporate Office, 5400 Washington Street, Denver, CO 80216; Phone: 303-455-4111 | | | | COCountryLife | | Advertising: | 303-902-7276 National Advertising Representative: National Country Market  |  611 S. Congress Street, Suite 504  |  Austin, TX 78704  |  800-626-1181


Posted on @COCountryLife: Read about Colorado’s own Southeast Colorado Power Association, headquartered in La Junta, in the April issue of RE Magazine:

@ColoradoREA: March 28 — Shout-out to K-C Electric Association linemen who went out to fix stormdamaged poles.



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Littleton resident, Karen Harris, placed 2nd in the National Cornbread Festival for her Chipotle Shrimp Salad with Cornbread.

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Annual meetings offer face time with your co-op management BY KENT SINGER CREA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KSINGER@COLORADOREA.ORG


It’s annual meeting season for Colorado’s electric cooperatives. Starting earlier this spring and continuing through the summer, every one of Colorado’s 22 distribution co-ops and one generation and transmission co-op hold annual meetings of their membership. These meetings give co-op member-owners a chance to hear about the latest co-op news, say hello and maybe share a meal with friends and neighbors, and, yes, take home a door prize. As of the middle of April, I attended six annual meetings this year and by the end of the summer I will have attended about 10 more. I try to get to as many annual meetings as possible each year because they are great opportunities to find out what’s on the minds of not only the co-op boards and management, but also the folks at the end of the line. Ultimately, everything the Colorado Rural Electric Association does is geared toward helping our members keep electricity affordable and reliable for their memberowners — that is, for you. These co-op gettogethers come in all shapes and sizes, from festival-like extravaganzas to buttoned-up business meetings. The number of folks in attendance ranges from less than 100 to more than 1,000. Some co-op annual meetings are so large that they Face-to-face discussions are an important use the local high part of co-op annual meetings. school auditorium or a nearby convention center to host the attendees; others use the co-op maintenance facility or garage. Sometimes a full meal is served; sometimes it’s a beverage and snack. No matter how different each co-op annual meeting may be, there is one constant: you. You get to attend and let your co-op board and management know what’s on your mind. The CEO of the co-op and the entire board of directors are there to hear from you. After all, in the cooperative business model, you own the electric company. I wish I was an owner of my electric company, but as an Xcel Energy customer in Denver I’m just a ratepayer. Part of my monthly bill goes to out-of-state investors. But not so for you; your nonprofit co-op provides service at cost. At the annual meetings I attended this year, the issues facing co-ops vary depending on the local economy and business climate. In some cases, sales of electricity are lower than anticipated and cost-cutting measures are being implemented. In others, the co-op is adding customers and building new facilities to serve the additional electric load. Regardless of the type of challenges, each coop’s approach to addressing these situations is remarkably similar: 4

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Communicate with your members to find out what they want and then work like crazy to achieve those objectives. Electric co-ops use a multitude of tools to communicate with their member-owners (including Colorado Country Life), but one of the best tools is the annual meeting. There aren’t too many companies where Kent Singer customers get to talk one-on-one with the top management or board of directors, but that’s exactly what happens with your electric co-op. Just as you speak directly to a co-op employee when you have a service question, you can also speak directly to the CEO or the board directors of the co-op at the annual meeting. One of the seven cooperative principles — democratic owner control — is also exemplified by the co-op annual meeting. You, the owner of the co-op, have a chance to vote for the board of directors and have a direct say in how the co-op is operated. Colorado’s electric co-ops take these principles seriously and live them every day in their approach to business decisions. From taking on the complexities of providing broadband service to deploying automated meters to integrating new renewable

CREA Executive Director Kent Singer (right) talks with a Mountain Parks Electric board member at Tri-State’s annual meeting.

power supplies, Colorado’s electric co-ops are constantly working to serve you, the owners of the electric company. We’ve done if for over 75 years and plan to do it for many more with your continuing support. If your co-op annual meeting is coming up, I hope you take the time to attend and learn about your electricity provider. Who knows, you might also win a door prize!

Kent Singer, Executive Director



Ship Story Inspires

Thank you so much for you cover story “Mission of Mercy” (March ’17). It was inspiring, gratifying and, of course, most enjoyable reading. The world is thankful for the generosity of people like Karalee Sutterlin for donating so much of her life to help so many, most of them strangers. Vanda Nohinek, Steamboat Springs member of Yampa Valley Electric

Co-ops Should Stick to Basics

Are we to believe that local electric cooperatives are now experts in “[s]olar, wind, biomass, hydropower, energy efficiency, energy storage, automated meters [and] broadband” as Colorado Rural Electric Association Executive Director Kent Singer would have us believe (Viewpoint, March ’17)? America has the most reliable and the most affordable electricity in the world. Why should any of us be happy with the diversification of electric companies from their prime business of keeping America number one in reliability and affordability? I am not pleased with the movement toward “new technologies” at the expense of one’s prime business. I say, start paying attention to replacing rotted poles so that we are not without electricity for 36 hours over Christmas like we were this past holiday season. For the record, “new technologies” like solar, wind, biomass and energy storage still aren’t financially practical without enormous amounts of federal financial support originating from hardworking taxpayers. I would like to see a serious public debate about this new direction. Joe Cascarelli, Fremont County member of Sangre de Cristo Electric



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In Favor of Retail Choice

The article on retail choice by Kent Singer (April ’17) was a thousand big words that only ask one thing: Help us continue to maintain our socialistic monopoly in the utility business. The content of Colorado Country Life moves more to the left every month. Bruce Carlock, Nashville, Tennessee member of Yampa Valley Electric

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[community events] [May] May 7 Durango Bar D Wranglers Concert Fort Lewis College Ballroom 7 pm • 970-385-8451 May 7 Loveland Community Plant Swap Grace Yoga Studio 12 pm • 970-646-2022 May 7 Pueblo Homeward Bound Dinner and Silent Auction Union Depot 5:30 pm • May 12-14 Colorado Springs Pikes Peak Antique Machinery Days Western Museum of Mining & Industry 10 am-4 pm • 719-488-0880

May 19-20 Elizabeth Strolling Tea Outdoor Market The Carriage Shoppes 10 am-5 pm • 303-646-4672 May 19-21 Grand Junction Grand Junction Off-Road Downtown Grand Junction May 20 Dove Creek Junior Rodeo Series Dolores County Fairgrounds 9 am • 970-677-2283 May 20 Erie Town Fair and Balloon Festival Downtown Erie and Coal Creek Park 10 am-9 pm • 303-828-3440 May 20 Grand Junction Llama and Alpaca Show Mesa County Fairgrounds 9 am-4 pm •

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Every Saturday May 27-September 2 at 11 a.m. at the National Museum of World War II Aviation, Colorado Springs Children ages 6 to 13 and their adult chaperones will learn about the history of World War II, aviation fundamentals and how planes are restored on these two-hour tours. All participants receive a certificate that shows they completed the airmen familiarization tour, general aviation materials and an aviation nautical chart of Colorado. Prepay online for a discount. For more information, call 719-637-7559 or visit

[June] June 2 Meeker Cowboy Poetry Gathering Meeker High School Auditorium 6:30-9 pm •

June 4 Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Barn Dance and Picnic Fundraiser River Bend Ranch 5-8 pm • 512-517-5619 June 10 Akron Charity Poker Run and Motorcycle/Car Run Various Morgan County, Highline and Y-W Electric Cooperative Areas 970-554-0117

May 13 Colorado Springs Spring Birding Photography Workshop Register by May 6 Fountain Creek Nature Center 11 am-1 pm • 719-520-6387

May 20 Longmont “Frank’s Ride for Children” Charity Bike Ride Longmont Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 8 am •

May 13 Cortez 12 Hours of Mesa Mountain Bike Race Phil’s World Trail System 7 am • 970-799-4525

May 24 Fort Collins “Understanding the Constitution” Presentation Old Town Library 6:30-8 pm • 970-221-6740

June 3 Cortez Consignment Tack Sale Montezuma County Fairgrounds 9 am-3 pm • 970-882-4255

June 10-11 Hanover Hanover Days and Antique Tractor Pull Hanover School Grounds 8 am-4 pm • 719-683-2319

May 13 Fort Collins Open House Water Works 10 am-3 pm • 970-221-0533

May 26-29 Buena Vista Paddlefest Arkansas River Valley Region

June 3 Meeker Meekerpalooza Arts and Music Festival Ute Park 12 pm •

June 10 Peyton Country Market Front Street 9 am-3 pm • 719-686-4947

May 13-14 Fort Collins Spring Plant Sale Gardens on Spring Creek 970-416-2486 •

May 27 La Veta “Take a Peak” Reception La Veta Gallery on Main 5-7 pm

June 3 Pueblo Xeriscape Tour Various Pueblo Locations 9 am-3 pm •

May 29 Howard Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast Howard Fire Station 7:30-10:30 am • 719-942-4213

June 4 Drake All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast Big Thompson Canyon Association Building 8 am-2 pm • 970-669-5640

May 13 Loveland Plant Sale, Antique and Artisan Market All Saints Episcopal Church 9 am-2 pm • May 19-20 Denver Primal Colorado Bike Expo Sports Authority Field at Mile High 6

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[Grand ] ] [Grand Valley News Valley News COMMITTING TO A CULTURE OF SAFETY



Eighteen months ago I assumed a new and important role: I became “grandfather,” or as he calls me, “Pop-Pop,” to Anthony, my first grandson. As I watch him grow and see all the potential trouble he can get himself into, I have a renewed appreciation for how important it is for us to teach our children about safety from an early age. It is natural and instinctive for us to protect ourselves and those we care about. Unfortunately, when it comes to safety issues, it is also natural for complacency to creep in. It requires a conscious effort and commitment to stay safe. We need to reinforce this commitment from time to time. That’s why each May we commemorate National Electrical Safety Month, to raise awareness about critical electric safety. To combat increasing accidents, the vast majority of electric co-ops nationwide instituted a campaign called “Culture of Safety” designed by our cooperative-owned insurance company, Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange. The campaign was created to foster a greater awareness about safety issues at all electric co-ops. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 26 fatal work injuries reported in 2015 for electric power line installers and repair personnel. In addition, about 7,500 nonfatal injuries were reported in that year for electric power generation and electric power transmission, control and distribution workers. It’s easy to see that linework can be very dangerous. Outside of linework, there are many other tasks performed by Grand Valley Power team members that impose significant occupational risk. We drive thousands of miles every year, often in adverse weather conditions. We work around dangerous chemicals. We use heavy equipment and do a lot of heavy lifting. There is always the prospect


for repetitive You are a member of a cooperative and stress injuries, your opinion does count. as well as slips, If you have any questions, concerns or trips and falls comments, please let me in the field know by writing to: and in the office. Ask the CEO When P.O. Box 190 GVP team Anthony and Tom “Pop-Pop” Walch Grand Junction, CO 81502 members sat down a few months ago to identify the or send an email to me at fundamental principles that guide our orgaAlso check out our website at nization, safety was at the top of the list. Our board of directors, management team and front line employees all embraced the statement that “We are dedicated to the safety BOARD MEETING NOTICE of our workforce and the general public.” But we have to do more than say it. We have Grand Valley Power board meetings to live it. That’s what a culture of safety is. are open to the members, consumers We must provide the tools and resources and public. Regularly scheduled board that enable our team members to get the job meetings are held at 9 a.m. on the done safely. We must train each other and third Wednesday of each month at the communicate constantly about all safety headquarters building, 845 22 Road, Grand issues. We all have a role. Whether we’re Junction, Colorado. budgeting, planning or working to restore a power outage, we cannot cut corners. The success of the “Culture of Safety” proThe monthly agenda is posted in the lobby gram demonstrates an important point. If of the headquarters building 10 days before we are intentional about our actions, we can each meeting and on the GVP website. If indeed change the culture in our organizaanyone desires to address the Board of tions. The same is true for our families, our Directors, please let us know in advance teams and any groups to which we belong. and you will be placed on As members, we all have a role. Anyone who the agenda. sees a potentially dangerous situation or practice relating to Grand Valley Power and its electric distribution system should report it to us as soon as possible. Just pick up the HOLIDAY CLOSURES phone and call us at 970-242-0040, and we’ll Grand Valley Power’s office will be closed on make sure the concern is addressed. As I see it, this is part of the “hometown service” Monday, May 29, 2017, for Memorial Day. that makes Grand Valley Power special.

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[Grand Valley News]

2016 Capital Credit Allocation Notices Mailed to Members


Each member who purchased electricity from Grand Valley Power in 2016 will receive a capital credit allocation notice in the mail this month. One of the benefits of being a member-owner of an electric cooperative is sharing in the financial prosperity of the cooperative. Capital credits are the margins (revenue in excess of expenses) that are allocated using a proportional ratio (the dollar amount of electric service that each member purchases in a year compared to total electric service purchased by all members). Capital credits are allocated for each member and continue to accumulate until they are “retired,” or paid out. Every year the cooperative’s board of directors considers the amount of these accumulated capital credits that can be retired. When capital credits are retired (usually in December), members will receive a check for their share of the capital credits.

Unclaimed Capital Credit Checks Listed on Website


Grand Valley Power is attempting to issue capital credit checks to members who failed to cash them or claim them in past years. If you were a customer prior to December 31, 2015, and did not receive or cash a capital credit check, you may be entitled to unclaimed funds. GVP seeks out current and former members who are due capital credits, even if they are no longer on the system. If the member does not claim them and the capital credits remain unclaimed for six years or more, Colorado law allows GVP to use the funds for charitable and educational purposes. These funds help pay for GVP’s scholarship program, the Washington, D.C., Youth tour and make contributions to local organizations like the John McConnell Math and Science Center. You can find the posting of the 2015 listing of consumers with unclaimed capital credits on under “My Coop.” Click on “Capital Credits” to find the current list on the right-hand menu. If you cannot access our posting online, please contact our office at 970-242-0040 and we will mail the list to you.

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The election for the board of directors is approaching. While the election is held in August, the nominating procedure starts in May. There are three director positions up for election every year. The directors whose positions are up for election are John Gormley, Don McClaskey and Bob Saunders. To be eligible to become or remain a director, a person must be a Grand Valley Power member and receive electric service from Grand Valley Power at the member’s primary residence. A director cannot be engaged in a competing enterprise or in other businesses involving a conflict of interest. Grand Valley Power’s bylaws provide in-depth information on director qualifications, terms, elections, meetings and officers. Election procedures for the board of directors are governed by Colorado statute, which is reflected in the cooperative’s bylaws and election policies. These documents can be accessed on the internet, with the bylaws and election policy found on GVP’s website at Upon request, these written documents can be picked up at GVP’s headquarters or mailed to you upon request. Nominating petitions will be available to be picked up beginning May 15, 2017, at the Grand Valley Power office. Petitions must be signed and returned no later than by the close of business on June 19, 2017. If no more than three petitions are returned to fill the three positions that are open for this year’s election, there will be no mail ballot and the election of directors will take place at GVP’s annual meeting on August 3, 2017.

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[Grand Valley News]

GVP ANNOUNCES SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS After much time and deliberation, Grand Valley Power proudly announces the 2017 Grand Valley Power scholarship recipients.

JACK BROUGHTON AND CMU SCHOLARSHIP This is a $2,000 scholarship that is renewable for up to four years. This scholarship is awarded to a student who will be attending Colorado Mesa University. Brent Metzler — Brent will graduate from Palisade High School. He will attend Colorado Mesa University, majoring in civil engineering, with the intent of becoming an environmental engineer. Academically, Brent is enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program. Brent has been active in 4-H and his church. You can find Brent running cross-country or with his family in the De Beque area during his free time.

GRAND VALLEY POWER SCHOLARSHIPS Six $1,500 one-time scholarships are awarded to students who will be attending an accredited institution of higher education. Torin Johnson — Torin will graduate from Fruita Monument High School. He will attend Colorado School of Mines in the fall, majoring in mechanical engineering. Torin showed exemplary academic achievement, and is active in extracurricular activities such as Future Business Leaders of America, Interact Club (a Rotary club) and the National Honor Society. Torin can also be seen on the soccer field, helping coach a middle school team. Briana Chin — Briana will graduate from Central High School this spring and attend the University of Colorado, majoring in chemical engineering. Briana not only excelled in school but also spends her time volunteering in the community, in addition to holding a part-time job. Emily Bricker — Emily will graduate from Central High School and attend Colorado Mesa University’s pre-nursing program and pursue a career as a neonatal nurse. Emily, volunteers for the soup kitchen, Holiday Heroes, Lions Club and more. Emily spends additional time playing on the golf team and as senior class president of Central High School.

Blair Rentie — Blair will graduate from Grand Junction High School. He will attend Colorado State University this fall, majoring in chemistry, with the intent to find a career in the medical field. Within the community, Blair has been actively involved with fundraisers like the March of Dimes and Relay for Life and he volunteers at several institutions including St. Mary’s Hospital and Mesa County libraries. Dean VanWinkle — Dean is graduating from Fruita Monument High School and will attend Fort Scott Community College in Fort Scott, Kansas, later this fall. Dean will pursue an associate degree first, with the intent to obtain a bachelor’s degree in agriculture business. He will be a fifth-generation rancher in the Grand Valley area and will continue a family tradition of producing high-quality beef from their ranch. Dean acquired many accolades on a local and national level through 4-H, Junior Colorado Cattlemen’s Association and livestock judging. Caitlyn Nichols — Caitlyn will graduate from Plateau Valley High School and attend college in the fall. She will pursue a degree in secondary physical education. Caitlyn is extremely active in her community, at school and abroad through Student Council, National Honor Society, extracurricular sports and service projects. Additionally, Caitlyn was awarded Mesa County Student of the Week this past January 2017.

WESTERN COLORADO COMMUNITY COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP One $1,500 scholarship is awarded to a student attending WCCC and enrolled in an accredited program. Austin Walck — Austin will graduate from Grand Valley High School and attend Western Colorado Community College pursuing an associate of applied science electric lineworker degree. Austin is an accomplished athlete in multiple sports including football, basketball and track. Scholastically, he received an Honors Diploma. Austin spends his time volunteering and working as a ranch hand.

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[Grand Valley News] Bill Byers Retires: Grand Valley Power Was In His Blood


Many know him by his name, and others remember Bill Byers as the face of Grand Valley Power. More times than not, visitors to the cooperative were greeted by Bill with a smile and a jovial demeanor. After 27 years as GVP’s public relations manager, his last day on the job was March 31, 2017. A fifth-generation native of Fruita, Bill has a long family lineage at Grand Valley Power. His father, William A. Byers, served on the GVP board for 20 years and on the board of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (the national trade organization for electric cooperatives). Bill remembers visiting the cooperative’s office with his father as a young boy, when it was still in downtown Grand Junction, where the Blue Moon Bar and Grille is now located. Following in his father’s footsteps, Bill also served on the GVP board for nine years before being approached by then General Manager Jack Broughton about assuming the public relations role. “I remember the

day Jack asked me to lunch, and I thought to myself there must be something he really wants to talk about,” Byers recalls happily. “The rest is history.” During his years at GVP, Bill acquired many accolades and was an integral part of the community. “I admire Bill’s dedication to his colleagues, Grand Valley Power and Bill Byers (second from left) is this community,” Derek surrounded by family at his retirement party. Elder, member service manager camping and working on his hot sauce of GVP, states. “It’s impossible to recipes. His family consists of his wife of measure what Bill has meant to GVP all these years, but I can say that he has had a 43 years, Retha, and their children: Billy and his wife, Rachel; Bryce and his wife, transformative impact on the person that Nina; and Lindsay and her husband, Cliff. I have become.” Bill and Retha have four grandchildren. Bill had a full schedule communicatAlthough he’ll spend his free time ing the happenings at GVP. “One memodoing projects around the house, spendrable moment back in ’92 was on Thanksing time with his four grandchildren giving Day around 10 a.m. when all the and helping his nephew with cattle and turkey and food is being prepared,” farming, Bill will miss his co-workers, the he says. “The whole system dropped loyal members of GVP and the opportupower, which ended up not being our nity to serve the community. Tom Walch, fault, but we had to deal with all the CEO of GVP offered these comments phone calls! I drove to the office and during Bill’s retirement gathering: “Bill there were people banging on our has Grand Valley Power in his blood. doors telling us they need to cook GVP is viewed as one of the pillars of this their turkeys!” Byers says laughing. community, and Bill is largely respon“It was fairly early in my career and sible for that. I don’t know anybody who we ended up getting service back up embodies the values of rural electric by the afternoon, but that memory cooperatives more than Bill Byers. We’ll seems to stick with me.” For now, Bill’s plan is spending as miss his presence at GVP.” much time as he can being a grandpa, and he might do a little golfing,

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Electric Co-ops Reward Science Students Colorado’s electric co-ops again honored two top projects at the Colorado Science and Engineering Fair thanks to the financial support of CoBank. The 62nd annual statewide science fair held April 6-8 at Colorado State University in Fort Collins included more than 300 projects created by students in grades six through 12 from across the state. As a sponsor of the EnergyWise Award, the Colorado Rural Electric Association was represented by Stuart Travis, a member of the CREA board from Y-W Electric in Akron, who served as the judge for the EnergyWise Award. Travis, a former state science fair exhibitor himself, enjoyed quizzing the students exhibiting at this year’s fair and learning about their projects. This year’s winners are middle schooler Tate Schrock, a seventh-grader at Arickaree School in Anton and high school students Michelle Ren and Julianna O’Clair, 10th graders at Brush High School in Brush. Tate’s project, titled “H2 and O2 Generator Fabrication and PEM Fuel Cell Efficiency,” was a successfully built H2 and O2 generator that split water molecules to be used in a fuel cell as another way to create renewable energy. Michelle and Julianna titled their project “Energy Production of Microbial Fuel Cells” and studied the use of microbes from the soil or wastewater to generate electricity. They showed that adding a salt or sugar solution to the process increases output. Each of these projects was awarded a special certificate and a $250 prize. The students will also be invited to exhibit their projects at the CREA Energy Innovations Summit this coming October.

Michelle Ren and Julianna O’Clair find ways to increase the power output from microbial fuel cells.

Colorado Leopold Conservation Award Recipient Announced Rancho Largo, co-owned and managed by Grady Grissom, was selected as the recipient of the 2017 Colorado Leopold Conservation Award®. The prestigious award is presented annually by Tri-State Generation and Transmission, which provides electricity to 18 of Colorado’s electric cooperatives, and Sand County Foundation, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust and American AgCredit. Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the Leopold Conservation Award recognizes extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation. Located near Fowler, Rancho Largo is a cow/calf operation that emphasizes adaptive grazing and biodiversity. The adaptive grazing practices on the ranch led to increased abundance of plants, such as western wheatgrass and New Mexico feathergrass. The increased plant diversity also led to improved water retention and reduced soil erosion. “Tri-State and its member electric cooperatives and public power districts are proud to support the Leopold Conservation Award,” said Mike McInnes, chief executive officer of Tri-State. “The award’s recognition of environmental stewardship in the protection of our rural landscapes reflects the strong conservation ethic of rural communities and their electric cooperatives.”

Tate Schrock explains using electrolysis to split H2 and O2 and create a carbon free energy source.

Electric Co-ops Still on Top Grand Junction High School is the winner in the annual ‘Matchwits’ knowledge tournament sponsored by Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives through Rocky Mountain PBS. The competition, filmed last November, was televised Sundays at 5 p.m. on PBS stations throughout the state. 12

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The results of the 2017 energy utilities customer satisfaction survey are in, and electric cooperatives are still the favored utility with a score of 78. This marks the seventh year in a row that Touchstone Energy Cooperatives earned the honor of being the highest-rated electric utility group. (All but one of Colorado’s electric co-ops are Touchstone Energy Cooperatives.) The survey was conducted by the American Customer Satisfaction Index.

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How to Master the “Internet of Things”

By taking control of your smart devices to make them work for you BY PAUL WESSLUND


If you ever want to see one of the biggest changes going on in the world today, look around your home. Your smartphone, video gaming system, security camera, fitness bracelet, thermostat and even your television could be part of a vast, interconnected group of devices that goes by the clunky name of the “internet of things.” The term refers to anything connected to the internet, which covers a lot of gadgets and will soon cover even more. Today, you can purchase lightbulbs that dim with the sound of your voice or from the press of a button on your smartphone. A 2014 report by the investment firm Goldman Sachs predicted the number of internet-connected devices could grow 10 times by 2020, to as many as 28 billion “things.” While this growth may seem like the latest trend, it was recognized more than 30 years ago. Credit for naming it goes to Peter T. Lewis, cofounder of Cellular One. In a 1985 speech he said, “The internet of things, or IoT, is the integration of people, processes and technology with connectable devices and sensors to enable remote monitoring status, manipulation and evaluation of trends of such devices.”


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Low prices versus security In other words, the rapid rise in the number of internet-connected devices has been building for decades, says Tim Heidel, deputy chief scientist with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. “The ‘internet of things’ is the latest buzzword that reflects a long-term trend,” Heidel says. “Ten years ago, you may have had six or eight or 10 devices on the wireless router in your home. Now, that number can go as high as 25 or 30 devices.” Heidel credits lower costs for ramping up this high-tech revolution, which can make life more convenient and fun, and even increase energy efficiency with new ways to control heating, cooling, lighting and other electricity users. “The cost of including communications in the devices has come down dramatically. Twenty years ago, you could only afford an ethernet port or Wi-Fi in a computer,” Heidel says. “Now, we’re getting to the point where it costs literally only pennies to include that capability in any device imaginable. “So what’s changing here is the number of devices. Once you have a critical mass of all the places that are capable of communicating, they can then start communicating with each other.

[ industry] All of this promises convenience and services, but in the pursuit of extremely low costs, sometimes there’s the opportunity to cut corners on security,” Heidel adds. A stunning example of security problems with the “internet of things” happened last October when hackers crashed dozens of websites in the United States for most of a day, including wellknown names like Netflix and Twitter. Incredible as it seems, that attack may have been aided by a device in your own home. Here’s what happened Friday, October 21: Hackers already scanned the world for devices vulnerable to infection by malicious software that allowed them to take control of hundreds of thousands of home routers, baby monitors, printers and networkenabled cameras. Using that “botnet,” the hackers flooded websites with so many messages the sites shut down for several hours in what is called a “denial of service” attack. Cyber safety tips There are ways you can reduce your risk from hackers hijacking your internet-connected devices, says Cynthia Hsu, cyber security program manager with NRECA. “Understand what you’re buying,” Hsu says. “If you have a choice between two vendors who are producing a product and one takes security seriously and the other doesn’t, use your money to buy a product that takes security seriously. If consumers are not willing to pay for security, the manufacturers have no incentive to build it. “The criminal element is rapidly escalating the innovation of new ways of attack.” If you have a router for wireless internet in your home, Hsu says, “make sure you patch your router’s soft-

ware whenever security updates are available so it’s protected as new vulnerabilities are discovered.” Other security steps Hsu recommends: • Install firewalls in your home network. • Change the default passwords regularly in devices you purchase. • Disconnect gadgets when they’re not being used. “Not everything needs to be plugged into the internet all the time,” she says. Keep in mind that the electronics in your home can not be accessed from outside without you allowing it. For example, your electric utility cannot access your refrigerator’s energy usage unless it is a smart refrigerator that you allow access to and it is connected to one or more online applications. The folks at your local electric co-op can offer expertise in managing the promise and the problems of what is called the “internet of things,” and they can answer questions about efficient energy usage. NRECA, your co-op’s national association, is researching some of the newest devices to understand how they can be used for energy efficiency. “NRECA does a lot of research to help guide, deploy and test these devices,” says Venkat Banunarayanan, NRECA’s senior product development manager. “These projects are looking at how to use these devices in the ‘internet of things’ to bring value to the co-op and its members.” Paul Wesslund writes on cooperative issues for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

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Camping Adventures Colorado-Style Plan now for a summer of outdoor fun under the stars BY DEBRA GIBSON ISAACS


Do you think food tastes better when cooked over a campfire? Is a star-filled sky your perfect night light? Maybe the twitter of birds sounds like a concert to you. That is because the great outdoors beckons you, as it does many of us. If you want the tranquility of a solitary hike through the forest followed by a night around the fire or the thrill of a raft splashing through the rapids of a Colorado river before pitching your tent along the riverbank, now is the time to start planning those summer adventures. Dust off your outdoor gear, air out the sleeping bags and reserve your summer camping spots now. Get ready to hike, fish, camp, canoe, raft, bike, rock climb and have fun. SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE Some 45.5 million people went camping in North America in the spring of 2016, according to But, it’s a little more difficult to quantify their favorite way to camp or where their favorite camping spots are. For Colorado, everyone seems to have a different list of favorite places. lists Jellystone Park™ Larkspur as one of the top 10 best family-friendly campgrounds where you can park your RV, pitch your tent or rent a teepee, yurt, cabin, lodge or cottage. The Yogi Bear™ focused park offers themed weekends throughout the year including Mother’s Day Weekend, PJ Party Weekend and Christmas in July Weekends., an online travel guide that offers suggestions for things to do in Colorado, created a top 10 list of the best places to camp in the Centennial State. That list includes Twin Lakes (next to Mount Elbert and Mount Massive between Leadville and Buena Vista), Cottonwood Pass (near Buena Vista) and Silver Thread Scenic Byway (near Gunnison). Campers can enjoy activities such as fishing, boating, horseback riding, biking and all-terrain vehicle recreational activities at all three of these spots. Few could argue with any of these choices, but perhaps you want to find “your” spot — a place that uniquely suits your needs, desires and interests. Where do you turn? Karen Brost, avid camper and frequent blogger for, says that while it’s good to get recommendations from others, she encourages people to develop their own lists of favorite campgrounds, because we all have different needs and interests. [continued on page 18]

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Mountain Adventure Center in Estes Park now offers cliff camping. You and your guide will set up a wall camp using a “portaledge” on a sheer rock face hundreds of feet off the ground. Looking for comfort rather than adrenaline? Try ‘glamping’ where camping is combined with resort-like amenities. You can experience the great outdoors and then settle in to a plush home away from home with a soft bed and lots of extras. Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins in Cascade offers such niceties and also comes with cable television, fully-equipped kitchens and stunning mountain views.

A young camper gets ready to hike Mt. Bierstadt.

[continued from page 17] “Some campers want to have easy access to great hiking trails while others may want to participate in water-based activities, such as canoeing, kayaking and rafting,” Brost says. “On the other hand, families with young children may be interested in campgrounds that offer organized activities for kids or amenities like a pool or splash pad. Or they might want to search for a campground that is conveniently located near a theme park or other attraction.” Want to get away from it all but want the prospect to get back to it at a moment’s notice? Many Colorado campgrounds are just outside of towns with modern amenities. Maroon Bells, for example, is located near downtown Aspen where you can grab a bite to eat and do a little shopping. If the weather turns or you simply miss the comforts of home, you can be well taken care of. “Once people start searching for a campground, they might be surprised by the diversity that they’ll find,” Brost adds. For example, the Starlite Classic Campground outside of Cañon City bills itself as a classic campground complete with beautifully restored vintage campers. You can choose to stay in one of these (or a cozy cabin) or bring your own camper and join one of the vintage trailer rallies held during the camping season. Another unique Colorado campground is the UFO Watch Tower campground near Hooper in the heart of the San Luis Valley. The campground includes an observation platform, dark night skies and lots of stories of local unexplained occurrences. There are also campgrounds, such as Jacks Gulch northwest of Fort Collins, that offer equestrian sites complete with horse stalls or Mancos State Park in southwestern Colorado, which welcomes horses. Looking for extreme adventures with your camping? Kent

FIND IT ONLINE The one commonality in all of these options and others is that they can be found using online resources. “Searchable online directories enable campers to really tailor their searches based on the geographic location, amenities and services that are most important to them and their families,” Brost says. offers one of the largest online databases of privately-owned campgrounds. Campers can pinpoint their exact needs or compare parks along their route by searching in broader terms. The National Park Service has a variety of locations available for camping, with many of those in Colorado’s national parks and monuments. Go to camping. Or, reserve a spot in a Colorado state park at cpw.state. Another Colorado resource is The Colorado Vacation Directory at Find even more options by searching the internet for other camping databases. FULFILL YOUR CAMPING NEEDS Before beginning your search, Brost says it can help to take a few minutes to define what’s really important to you. Ask yourself these questions: • Is there a certain geographic area you’re interested in? • Do you want to be in the mountains, by a river, or near a reservoir, historic site or another attraction? • What type of site, hookups and services will you need? • Are you looking for a kid-friendly campground or one that caters more to adults? • Will you need a campground that’s pet friendly? • Are you interested in organized activities or recreational perks, such as pools, water parks, canoeing, kayaking or fishing? If you are new to camping, you may want to “test drive” the camping experience before investing in a lot of equipment. “One option is to consider renting an RV,” Brost says. “Many campgrounds also offer furnished accommodations, such as cabins or park models. Some even rent yurts, teepees, vintage Airstream trailers and covered wagons!” Do some exploring, find a campground or RV park that matches what you are looking for and go have an adventure this summer. Debra Gibson Isaacs is based in Lexington, Kentucky, where she is an avid adventurer.


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As a Colorado camper, should you be afraid of running into a black bear? Bears have been known to attack campers in Colorado, but, for the most part the black bears in Colorado are not naturally aggressive, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Their normal response to any perceived danger is to run away or climb so they can often be easily scared away. Most often campers see bears when they have not properly stored their food, including snacks. If you are camping west of Interstate 25, you can avoid problems by storing food, beverages and toiletries in air tight containers locked in your trunk. Also double bag your trash and deposit it in bear-proof containers at the campsite or lock it in your trunk or RV. Always make sure the campsite is clean with all leftovers put away and trash stowed appropriately. If you are out for the day and think you might run into a bear on the trail, carry some pepper spray. After studying bears for nearly 50 years and pioneering much of the research done on black bears, biologist Lynn Rogers recommends Halt! pepper spray, which is one-sixth the potency of Counter Assault (a harsher brand), but Halt! comes out like a squirt gun rather than a fog. That minimizes the chances of the pepper spray blowing back on you. “A black bear coming closer than you want is probably just curious and not a problem, but if it gets that close, teach it some manners with a little squirt in an eyeball,” Rogers says. “There is only one black bear in a million that would kill someone in a predatory attack,” he says. “They come at you cautiously, wondering if they could take the food without any problem, but a little pepper spray can fix that.”

Despite being in close contact with black bears for 50 years, Rogers has never been attacked. “Even when I was holding a tiny cub I had pulled from a den and that was screaming for its mom, I did not even get touched.” But, if they do attack, should you run from a bear? “I hear that question frequently,” Rogers says, “and people have reacted and done everything across the board. Mostly what I hear when people talk about encountering a bear is that they ran one way and the bear ran another.” But Colorado’s black bears aren’t the only wildlife to be concerned with while camping. Here are a few other bits of advice on other wildlife from Colorado Parks and Wildlife: • Never feed any wildlife. • With coyotes and mountain lions, do not run or turn your back; be as big and loud as possible. • If a mountain lion attacks, fight back with rocks, sticks or whatever is available. • Give any moose plenty of space and avoid any confrontation. If a moose does charge, run and get behind something solid, such as a tree, as quickly as possible. • Don’t allow small pets to roam in red fox or coyote territory; use loud noises to scare off a fox. • Keep a safe distance when watching wildlife in their natural surroundings; never walk up to them to get a great photograph. Remember, when you go camping you are staying where the bears, coyotes, lions and all the other wildlife live. Be prepared and respect their home. The conflicts are usually minimal, and it’s a great opportunity to enjoy adventures in the great outdoors.

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■ TRYING TO KEEP UP: Rapid shipments of packages containing Vault Bricks loaded with valuable .999 solid U.S. State Silver Bars are flowing around the clock from the private vaults of the Lincoln Treasury to U.S. State residents who call 1-888-282-6742 Ext.FMS2146 to beat the 7-day deadline.

U.S. State Silver Bars go to residents in 8 states

U.S. residents who find their state listed below in bold get first dibs at just the $ 59 minimum set for state residents while all non state residents must pay $134 AL GA ME NV OR VA


NATIONWIDE – The phone lines are ringing off the hook. That’s because U.S. State Silver Bars sealed away in State Vault Bricks are being handed over to CO, UT, WY, NE, KS, OK, NM and AZ residents at just the state minimum set by the Lincoln Treasury for the next 7 days. This is not a misprint. For the next 7 days residents who find their state on the Distribution List above in bold are getting individual State Silver Bars at just the state minimum of $59 set by the Lincoln Treasury. That’s why everyone should be taking full Vault Bricks loaded with five U.S. State Silver Bars before the deadline ends. And here’s the best part. Every CO, UT, WY, NE, KS, OK, NM and AZ resident (Continued on next page) 20

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who gets at least two Vault Bricks is also getting free shipping and free handling. That’s a real steal because all other state residents must pay over six hundred dollars for each State Vault Brick. Not long ago, nobody knew that the only U.S. State Silver Bars locked away in the private vaults of the Lincoln Treasury would be allocated to the Federated Mint for a limited release to residents in 8 states. Every single one of the 50 U.S. State Silver Bars are date numbered in the order they ratified the Constitution and were admitted into the Union beginning in the late 1700s. “As Executive Advisor to the Lincoln Treasury I get paid to deliver breaking news. So, for anyone who hasn’t heard yet, highly collectable U.S. State Silver Bars are now being handed over at just the state minimum set by the Lincoln Treasury to residents in 8 states who beat the offer deadline, which is why I pushed for this announcement to be widely advertised,” said Mary Ellen Withrow, the emeritus 40th Treasurer of the United States of America. “These bars are solid .999 pure fine silver and will always be a valuable precious metal which is why everyone is snapping up as many as they can before they’re all gone,” Withrow said. There’s one thing Withrow wants to make very clear. State residents only have

seven days to call the Toll Free Order Hotlines to get the U.S. State Silver Bars. “These valuable U.S. State Silver Bars are impossible to get at banks, credit unions or the U.S. Mint. In fact, they’re only being handed over at state minimum set by the Lincoln Treasury to CO, UT, WY, NE, KS, OK, NM and AZ residents who call the Toll Free Hotline before the deadline ends seven days from today’s publication date”, said Timothy J. Shissler, Executive Director of Vault Operations at the private Lincoln Treasury. To make it fair, special Toll Free Overflow Hotlines have been set up to ensure all residents have an equal chance to get them. Rapid shipments to state residents are scheduled to begin with the first calls being accepted at precisely 8:30am today. “We’re bracing for all the calls and doing everything we can to make sure no one gets left out, but the U.S. State Silver Bars are only being handed over at just the state resident minimum set by the Lincoln Treasury for the next seven days. For now, residents can get the U.S. State Silver Bars at just the state minimum set by the Lincoln Treasury as long as they call before the order deadline ends,” confirmed Shissler. “With so many state residents trying to get these U.S. State Silver Bars, lines are busy so keep trying. All calls will be answered,” Shissler said. ■



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If all lines are busy call this special toll free overflow hotline: 1-888-414-3758 Ext.FMS2146 residents who find their state on the Distribution List to the left in bold and beat the deadline are authorized to get individual State Silver Bars at just state minimum of $59 set by the Lincoln Treasury. That’s why everyone should be taking full Vault Bricks loaded with five State Silver Bars before they’re all gone. And here’s the best part. Every CO, UT, WY, NE, KS, OK, NM and AZ resident who gets at least two Vault Bricks is also getting free shipping and free handling. that's a real steal because all other state residents must pay over six hundred dollars for each State Vault Brick.


MUST REMIT $134 PER STATE SILVER BAR 1. No State Silver Bars will be issued to any resident living outside of CO, UT, WY, NE, KS, OK, NM or AZ at state resident minimum set by the Lincoln Treasury. 2. Call the Non-Resident Toll Free Hotline beginning at 11:00am at: 1-888-414-3761 Ext.FMS2146 3. If you are a u.s. resident living outside of the states of CO, UT, WY, NE, KS, OK, NM or AZ you are required to pay $134 for each State Silver Bar for a total of six hundred seventy dollars plus shipping and handling for each sealed State Vault Brick loaded with five u.s. State Silver Bars. This same offer may be made at a later date or in a different geographic location.


■ A SNEAK PEAK INSIDE SILVER VAULT BRICKS: Pictured left reveals the valuable .999 pure fine silver bars inside each State Silver Vault Brick. Pictured right are the State Silver Vault Bricks containing the only U.S. State Silver Bars known to exist with the double forged state proclamation. CO, UT, WY, NE, KS, OK, NM and AZ residents are authorized to get individual State Silver Bars at just $59 state resident minimum set by the Lincoln Treasury. That’s why everyone should be taking full Vault Bricks loaded with five State Silver Bars before they’re all gone. And here’s the best part. Every resident who gets at least two Vault Bricks is also getting free shipping and free handling. That’s a real steal because all other state residents must pay over six hundred dollars for each State Vault Brick.

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Cook-off contestants cook up appetizing dishes with cast-iron cookware BY AMY HIGGINS RECIPES@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG


TIPS Win a CastIron Cookware Package Enter our May contest for a chance to win a package of goodies from Lodge® Manufacturing. For information and instructions to enter see page 25 or visit colorado then click on “Contests.” Seasoning Secret Cast-iron needs to be seasoned before you cook with it. All your cookware needs is to have oil baked into it, which creates a nonstick surface.

Cast-iron skillets are durable and chemical free and can be used at home or even in the great outdoors. They can go from a campfire to a cooktop to an oven without the risk of damage. Cooks love cast-iron skillets for their longevity, reliability and nonstick surface. Every year, Lodge® Manufacturing sponsors the National Cornbread Cook-Off where contestants cook with at least one Martha White® Cornbread Mix in Lodge® castiron cookware. This month, here and on our website, we feature the 2016 winners, one of whom resides in Littleton. Think you’re up for next year’s challenge? Try these recipes to find out what you’re up against.

Bayou Smoky Shrimp and Fried Corn Bread Green Tomato Arepas Naylet LaRochelle – Miami, Florida, 2016 Third Prize Winner REMOULADE: 1/2 cup mayonnaise 2 tablespoons ketchup 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard 2 tablespoons diced pimiento 2 tablespoons lemon juice 3 to 4 dashes hot sauce, to taste AREPAS: 1 (7-ounce) bag Martha White® Sweet Yellow Cornbread and Muffin Mix 2∕3 cup milk 1 egg 1/2 cup crumbled cotija cheese

GREEN TOMATOES: 1 cup panko 1 1/4 teaspoons Cajun seasoning 1/2 cup Martha White® Sweet Yellow Cornbread and Muffin Mix (from a 7-ounce bag) 1 egg 1/4 cup milk 8 slices firm, green tomatoes Vegetable oil, for frying SHRIMP: 1 pound shelled, deveined shrimp, thawed if frozen 2 tablespoons lemon juice Kosher salt, to taste 1 tablespoon paprika 1∕8 teaspoon coarse black pepper 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 1/4 cup chopped cilantro Lemon wedges, if desired Hot sauce, if desired Mix all remoulade ingredients in a small bowl and set aside. In a large bowl, mix all the arepa ingredients except cheese until well combined. Heat a 10 1/4-inch Lodge® cast-iron skillet over medium heat until hot. Spray with non-stick cooking spray. Pour about a 1∕3 cup of batter into the hot skillet (dividing to make 4 arepas). Cook until the top has a bubbly surface and flip. Sprinkle the top with about 2 tablespoons of cheese; cook until light brown on the bottom. Fold the arepa over to make to make a half moon. Repeat to make a total of 4 arepas. Transfer to a plate and cover to keep warm. In a shallow pan, combine the panko and Cajun seasoning. Place the corn bread mix in a second shallow pan. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and milk. Dip a tomato slice in the corn bread mix, then the egg mixture and finally in the panko mixture. Repeat to bread all 8 tomato slices. In the cast-iron skillet, over medium-high heat, add enough oil to cover the bottom and about 1/2 inch up the sides. Fry the tomatoes, flipping once, until browned on both sides. Transfer to a paper-lined plate. In a bowl, toss the shrimp with lemon juice, salt, paprika and pepper. Add oil to the cast-iron skillet, over mediumhigh heat. When hot, add the shrimp. Cook, flipping once, 3 to 4 minutes, or until the shrimp turns opaque and is just slightly browned around the edges. Transfer to a plate. Arrange the arepas on a platter. Top each with 2 tomatoes and shrimp, dividing equally. Drizzle with the remoulade. Sprinkle with cilantro. If desired, serve with lemon wedges and hot pepper sauce.

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A Rose by Any Name

Anticipate beauty, fragrance regardless of rose selection BY VICKI SPENCER MASTER GARDENER GARDENING@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG


Roses and rose gardens have been cherished for their beauty and fragrance for centuries. Some gardeners may be surprised to find that these beloved plants grow quite well in our semiarid climate. When I bought my first house at the age of 25, my mother started the tradition of giving me a new rose bush every spring. I was lucky to have her help me plant the new additions and prune them properly. Before long, they flourished in my garden. I had quite a collection by the time I sold my home, but my roses never seemed to blossom as much as my mother’s. She had, as they say, a real green thumb. Rose bushes lined the walls along my parent’s property line, and the flowers bloomed from late spring into the fall. Even after moving to a patio home, my mother continued to maintain a beautiful rose garden. If you want to try growing roses, you should consider whether you prefer heirloom varieties or modern hybrids; or maybe you want to grow both. Heirlooms roses are available today largely because of “rose rustlers” who rescued them from neglected cemeteries and abandoned homesteads. These dedicated individuals resurrected plants that were passed down through generations of gardeners, though some of the names have been forgotten. Hybrids, on the other hand, are newer varieties that are popular because they offer desirable characteristics, such as repeat blooming, compact growth, disease resistance and perfectly shaped flowers. Noisettes are among the first class of roses originating in the United States. They boast tall, graceful flowers in yellow, white or pink and bloom from summer to fall. Their fragrance is rather musky. Among the heirlooms, I prefer the deep fragrance of damask roses, which date back to Biblical times. There are two groups of damasks. Summer damasks bloom early in the summer and the other, autumn damasks, repeat blooms in the late summer or fall. Both groups do well in full or partial sun and need room to sprawl. Another beautiful heirloom I have grown is White Rose of York. It is a tough rose that

produces large, extremely fragrant white blooms with golden stamens. It grows best in full sun. A large variety of heirloom tea roses come from China. They often grow as climbers, producing large, fragrant flowers with few thorns and require little pruning. They should be planted in well-drained, fertile soil in a sunny location. Hybrids, such as floribunda, are more disease resistant than most heirlooms. They require little care and bloom profusely all summer. The flowers are in clusters and their compact growth makes them good for your garden edges. Another popular hybrid is grandiflora. This variety displays hardiness, continuous flowering and clustered blooms. Grandiflora

but looking for new ideas, you could visit some of the rose gardens on the Front Range. The town of Littleton has been the site of the War Memorial Rose Garden for over half a century. The garden was developed to honor veterans of World Wars I and II. Located near the Littleton Museum and Bemis Public Library, you can wander through the garden and view over 1,800 roses. The garden is recognized by local and national rose societies and is often rented for weddings and other special events. Another unique site for viewing roses is the garden developed by the Jefferson County Sheriff ’s Office. It is located at the northeast corner of the Jefferson County Complex in Golden and is thought to be the only public rose garden in the United States

typically grow 6 feet tall, with one long stem erupting in a large bouquet of flowers. They are good as background flowers in your garden and make wonderful cut flowers for the house. Regardless of whether you choose heirlooms or hybrids, you will enjoy growing roses. When buying your roses, look for the date of introduction as well as the plant’s description. This way, you can find varieties that are consistent with the vintage of your house and are suited to your garden space and landscape style. If you never grew roses or are experienced

planted at a jail and maintained by inmates. Detainees who go through background checks can reduce their sentences by working in the garden. They receive horticultural training with a focus on the planting and care of roses. As a result of their efforts, more than 400 varieties of roses bloom all summer. You can see hybrid tea, grandiflora, floribunda, miniature, hardy shrub, old garden, climbing varieties and much more. It’s the perfect place to learn about the different rose varieties, how they look and how well they grow in our climate.

More Online Read previous gardening columns at Click on Gardening.

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Mother’s Day Safety Check On Mother’s Day, kids sometimes sneak into the kitchen to whip up a surprise breakfast for Mom. It’s always a treat to wake up to the smell of breakfast cooking — eggs, bacon, and, of course, toast. The smiles more than make up for the disaster zone normally left in the wake. It’s great to see how excited kids are about cooking something special and, as a parent, you can rest easy if you know you made the kitchen as safe as possible for the experiments (and mountain of dishes) to come. Every month it’s a good idea to check all of the appliance cords. Make sure to check the one on the toaster since an average of 3,600 home fires each year start with toasters and toaster ovens. You may also want to install special outlets in the kitchen and bathrooms (anywhere near water) called ground fault circuit interrupters, or GFCIs. If a problem occurs — an appliance overheating or a wayward coffee maker tipping into the sink — power is shut off. A red test button reminds you to check these outlets monthly. They can be your first line of defense. Even cold appliances pose a safety risk — refrigerators are responsible for about a thousand fires annually. Every three months take off the small panel at the base of your fridge and vacuum away dust and debris. Not only does this prevent a fire, it makes your fridge more efficient. A third of all home fires start in the kitchen, but every room could hold potential danger. May isn’t only a time to honor mothers, it’s also National Electrical Safety Month. Please take the time this month to check your home for electrical hazards. Spending a few minutes to check for problems can make all the difference when you’re faced with a potentially unsafe situation. To learn more, take a home safety tour at There’s also a wealth of safety knowledge available at 24

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A Love for Old School Rods, Bows

Some prefer elegance that comes with handcrafting BY DENNIS SMITH OUTDOORS@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG


A few years ago I interviewed a Colorado bowhunter for our city newspaper. He was being honored for winning just about every state and national title an archer could possibly win during his career. He took more than 14 different species of big game animals over the years, 10 of which are listed in the Pope and Young Club’s Bowhunting Big Game Records of North America. All of this is amazing enough, but the intriguing thing is that he did it all shooting handmade wooden recurve and long bows. He makes his own arrows and weaves custom Flemish bow strings as well. He uses no sights or other mechanical devices on his equipment — just a straight-up stick and string. Cool. When I asked him why he chose to hunt with a handmade stick bow, as they are often called, instead of a modern, more efficient high-tech compound bow, he said, “I don’t know. Maybe for the same reason some guys prefer to fly-fish with handcrafted bamboo rods. I just like them. They’re simple, elegant and a pure a joy to use.” He had a point. Modern compound bows are a metallurgical collision of aluminum alloys, steel cables and elliptical cams, manufactured on computer-controlled machines and festooned with all kinds of after-market technological gimmickry: fiber optic sights shock-absorbing torque stabilizers, springloaded arrow rests, and so on. They shoot extremely well, but they’re uglier than homemade sin — in my opinion, anyway.

A handcrafted longbow by comparison is a sleek, slender, graceful work of functional art. So is a handmade split cane fly rod. Both ooze understated elegance, historical romance and the kind of ageless beauty that only organic materials and exemplary artistic talent can create. The fly fishermen I know who fish bamboo will tell you there’s nothing like it. Not that it’s any better functionally than graphite or fiberglass, but it just feels good in the hand — a quality that is admittedly hard to define. It has the distinct heft of real wood and an organic, tactile feel that almost makes it seem alive, which, of course, it once was. Some will get downright spiritual about it and tell you how fishing with bamboo rods can connect us to our angling predecessors and lead us to a deeper understanding and respect for the origin of the sport. Others will tell you that fishing with a rod they know was lovingly and meticulously crafted by a dedicated artisan takes on a kind of mystical quality that has to be experienced to be appreciated. I know that sounds more than a little syrupy, but having fished with bamboo rods for quite a few years now, I have to say they’re right.

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Don’t let a safety hazard dampen your summer fun. Water and electricity are a dangerous mix. NEVER touch any electrical appliances or outlets when you are wet or standing in water.

Window buyers have a number of choices to make. Double-pane windows are necessary to meet code for most applications, but the additional cost for triple-pane windows are worth the investment in areas with extreme temperatures. Choosing argon or krypton gas between the panes adds a little more efficiency. Having a low-emissivity coating added to the glass is a worthwhile investment. The most important benefit of this “low-e” coating is its ability to reflect heat back into the interior space, which reduces heating bills and increases comfort. These coatings reduce solar heat gain as well, which helps with airconditioning costs. Fortunately, windows are rated for energy efficiency, so you don’t need to know all the details about their construction. The most important indicator of a window’s energy efficiency is the U-factor, which measures the rate in which the entire window loses heat; lower U-factors are more efficient. The window framing material, the number of layers of glass and the special coatings on the glass all contribute to the overall U-factor. Working Installing replacement winwith a dows and new siding at the professional same time opens up additional is important opportunities. Here, an inch because poor of rigid foam-board insulation installation can was added while replacing result in long- windows. term damage, such as moisture problems, which can create mold, mildew and rot in the wall. This can prevent the window from operating properly or cause the paint to peel. As you look into window replacement, think about your goals. If reducing your energy costs is important, weigh an investment in new windows against other energy efficiency opportunities you may have.

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For the sixth year in a row, Colorado’s Electric Cooperatives will ride in the Pedal the Plains bike tour to raise money for Energy Outreach Colorado and to share information about your local electric cooperative. Pedal the Plains is a three-day ride on the plains of eastern Colorado. The 2017 tour will highlight the Animal Sanctuary, family-owned farms and education stops. Visit for more information.


REGISTRATION FOR THE CO-OPS’ POWERING THE PLAINS BIKE TEAM IS NOW OPEN When registering for the electric co-op team: 1. Go to 2. Select Registration. 3. Click on the Register Now Button. 4. Click Join an Existing Team. 5. Select Colorado’s Electric Cooperatives from the drop-down menu and follow the prompts.

Have you had a close encounter with a celebrity? Do you have a story to tell? WE WANT TO HEAR IT! Colorado Country Life is looking for short stories (and a photo if you’ve got one) of your brushes with celebrities. We will pay $50 for any submitted story that we publish on our website and in the October issue. We will pay $25 for entries published on the website only. Deadline to share your story (and maybe a photo) is July 17 at 3 p.m. Send entries to or 5400 Washington Street, Denver, CO 80216

RULES FOR ENTERING: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

250 word maximum. Each entry must be accompanied by an entry form provided on our website. Send only digital or copy of any original photos. Photos will not be returned. Entrants must be a member of an electric cooperative. Stories and photos submitted may be published in the magazine and/ or on Colorado Country Life’s social media channels.

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ROCKIES TICKET WINNERS KATHY HABAN OF FALCON, A MOUNTAIN VIEW ELECTRIC MEMBER Winner of four Colorado Rockies tickets in the autism section during Autism Awareness Night, April 22. LAURIE HALLENBECK OF HAYDEN, A YAMPA VALLEY ELECTRIC MEMBER Winner of four Colorado Rockies tickets in the general seating during Autism Awareness Night, April 22.

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Don and Mary Sue Akin of Empire Electric make a new friend on a farm in “up country” Maui, Hawaii.

My 4-year-old granddaughter came up to me one day and happily said, “Nana, close your eyes.” “OK. They’re closed,” I said. “Can you see me?” she asked. “No,” I said. “That’s because I’m camouflaged!” she exclaimed. (She heard this word earlier in a children’s book about how animals adapt and blend into their surroundings.) Marlene Spangler, Colorado Springs

Kathleen Rutter of Grand Lake takes her copy of Colorado Country Life to the Towers in Torres del Paine National Park in southern Chile.

Pam Jacobs and Jane Stuart hold Colorado Country Life is in Vegas with Elvis thanks to Snappy, a baby alligator, during their Kathleen Jackson, a Mountain View Electric member from visit to Everglades National Park. Monument.

One day while walking with my 3-year-old son, we passed a new house under construction. A truck in front was blowing insulation into the attic. I explained to my son that this was one of the last things the builders do. A week later we passed another new house with a truck out in front. Eager to demonstrate his newly acquired knowledge, my son announced, “See, Mom. They’re putting inflation into the house.” Barbara Alger, Pagosa Springs When my son Josiah was 4 years old, he was sitting on my mother’s lap and rubbing the top of her hands with his fingers when he noticed the bluish colored veins slightly protruding. After a few minutes he looked up at her and quietly said, “Grandma Judy, did you know you have worms growing under your skin?” Tracy Hegarty, Fort Collins As my granddaughter and I walked and talked on our way to the park, I said, “You are 3 years old and you are 3 feet tall.” She thought for a moment, looked up at me and said, “No, Grandma. I only have two feet.” Opal Stalker, Mancos

WINNER: Leslie Doran, a La Plata Electric member from Durango, visits Belvedere Castle in New York’s Central Park.

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 We’ll draw one photo to win a $25 gift card each month. The next deadline is Monday, May 15. This month’s winner is Leslie Doran of Durango. She visited New York’s Central Park during spring break 2017.

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 2017 stories to Colorado Country Life, 5400 Washington St., Denver, CO 80216 or email Don’t forget to include your mailing address, so we can send you a check.

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Neat Knickknacks for Noshing After a great day exploring the outdoors, a meal by the campfire is sure to hit the spot. Sure, you can craft yet another sandwich. Better yet, you could grill up all kinds of good stuff with a portable outdoor grill. Colorado Springs-based Camerons Products has just the right tools to grill grub easily and expediently with its portable outdoor grill. This 12.5-inch nonstick grill holds up to 8 pounds of food, folds down to 4 inches thick and comes with a handy carrying bag. Cost is $34.99. In addition, Camerons sells marshmallow forks that can roast two marshmallows at once ($19.99), corn grilling baskets that hold up to four ears of corn ($12.99) and a tailgating table that conveniently holds beverages and snacks ($54.99). For more information, visit

The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide Long-distance hiker Andrew Skurka shares tips on planning and packing for the ultimate hike and offers suggestions on the best gear to get you there in The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide: Tools & Techniques to Hit the Trail. In addition, Skurka, who resides in the Boulder area, offers advice on campsite selection, shelter and sleep systems, tips on foot care and more. Visit andrewskurka. com for more information and ordering details. WIN YOUR OWN COPY! Head over to, click on Contests and find out how to get your name in the drawing.

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Experience a unique fly fishing adventure with Zen Fly Fishing Gear’s tenkara supplies. If you haven’t heard, tenkara is a Japanese method of fly fishing style where the angler uses only a rod, line and fly to fetch fish — no reel. The Loveland-based company also manufactures a variety of flies and beautiful handcrafted spool boxes. Get all you need for a tenkara fly fishing outing with a Grab-n-Go Pack for $229.99. For more information on Zen Fly Fishing Gear products, call 844-836-5272 or visit 30

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Camping will drain you if you don’t get a restful night’s sleep, so it’s important to have a shelter where you can get plenty of shuteye. Try a cozy tepee from Grand Junctionbased Seek Outside. These sturdy dwellings will keep you covered and, when constructed with a stove jack, you’ll be toasty warm throughout the night. The company offers tents that suit singles all the way up to 24 people. For more information, call 970-2088108 or visit

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Do not overload electrical outlets. Never use electrical cords that are frayed or damaged. Never use electrical equipment near water and other liquids. Never use light bulbs that exceed the recommended wattage for any lighting unit or fixture.


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