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This June, Colorado will send 34 hand-picked delegates on the National Rural Electric Washington D.C. Youth Tour where over 1,800 students from around the country will learn about the political process, tour the nation’s capital up close and interact with their legislators. In July, 100 co-op kids will come together at a camp near Steamboat Springs to develop leadership skills, learn about the development and operation of a cooperative and have tons of fun meeting new people — all while experiencing Colorado’s great outdoors. Keep track of these adventures on our social media channels and watch for recaps from campers and delegates in future issues of Colorado Country Life magazine.


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“The High Country” by Bridget Frederick, a member of Empire Electric Association.




[cover] Get outside and discover birding in your own backyard or explore birding around the state.



THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE COLORADO RURAL ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION COMMUNICATIONS STAFF Mona Neeley, CCC, Publisher/Editor; Cassi Gloe, CCC, Production Manager/Designer; Kylee Coleman, Editorial/Admin. Assistant; ADVERTISING Kris Wendtland, Ad Representative; | | 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 2018, Colorado Rural Electric Association. Call for reprint rights. EDITORIAL Denver Corporate Office, 5400 Washington Street, Denver, CO 80216; Phone: 303-455-4111 | | | | COCountryLife | | 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. POSTMASTER Send address changes to Colorado Country Life, 5400 Washington Street, Denver, CO 80216


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ColoradoREA posted: THANK YOU Senator Michael Bennet for spending time with our member-owners addressing our priority policies this week while we were in Washington, DC! #RuralElectric #CoopsInDC #CoLeg


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Colorado co-op representatives take electric co-op message to Congress BY KENT SINGER CREA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KSINGER@COLORADOREA.ORG


It’s hard to imagine a better time to be in Washington, D.C., than during cherry blossom season. This year, the annual legislative conference hosted by our national trade group, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, brought Colorado electric co-op representatives to D.C. in time for the annual pink and white spectacle. The Yoshino cherry trees around the Tidal Basin near Kent Singer the Jefferson Memorial and on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol were in full bloom and provided a spark of hope in the midst of the contentious political atmosphere that dominates the city.

While we were in Washington, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), announced that he would not be seeking reelection to his congressional seat this fall, therefore giving up the speakership. This is one more indication that our country’s two major political parties are further apart than ever and, even within the major parties, there are factions that make legislative compromises hard to reach. But, despite the divisive political atmosphere, there are issues that receive bipartisan support. One area of agreement for a majority of those elected to Congress, including the entire Colorado delegation, is the value of the electric cooperative program and the need to support that program in various legislative proposals. When we visited Washington, we discussed a number of these issues as we met with Colorado’s senators and representatives. Our first request involved funding for the electric co-op loan program. The recent budget agreement provides adequate funding for electric co-ops and our “ask” during the legislative rally was for Congress to continue that funding through 2019. Building and maintaining the facilities needed to provide power in rural America is expensive. Since co-ops don’t have access to a tax base and can’t sell bonds like other utilities, it helps to have access to loans from the government. And electric co-op loans are beneficial to the government, since the co-ops repay these 4

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loans with interest. This is one program that adds to the government coffers. We also asked our congressional delegation to support several ongoing co-op programs as a part of a comprehensive farm bill being negotiated. The Rural Energy for America Program, the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program and the Rural Energy Savings Program are all programs that enable co-ops to assist their members and rural communities. We asked our delegation to support these programs. A second issue that we brought up with our delegation involved funding for rural broadband to assist those co-ops that want to provide broadband in their communities. We were successful in the state legislature this year in making funds available for rural broadband. Additional federal support of rural broadband could help some of these projects. Finally, we asked our delegation to oppose any plans to sell the transmission assets of the power marketing administrations, or PMAs, that currently sell their electricity to co-ops and other public power utilities. Co-ops and other “preference power” customers paid the costs of operating the federal dams and power generating stations for decades and should continue to receive the benefits of those resources. We asked that the PMAs continue to sell their power to existing customers at cost-based rates, which will help maintain stable rates for all of Colorado’s co-op members. It was good to find issues that can be solved as we all work together, no matter what our political leanings are. When I’m in Washington, I like to take a morning run around the Capitol building, past the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress, down the National Mall past the Washington Monument and the World War II Memorial and on down to the Lincoln Memorial. I always make it a point to run up the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and read the Gettysburg Address on the south wall of the memorial and Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address on the north wall. In the Second Inaugural Address, President Lincoln could see that the Civil War was finally coming to an end, and he knew there would be a postwar need for reconciliation between the north and the south. While our challenges today pale in comparison to the challenges of 1865, Lincoln’s suggestion that we act “with malice toward none and with charity for all” remains good advice for contemporary politicians. We can find ways to come together, even if it is only to agree that the cherry blossoms are spectacular.

Kent Singer, Executive Director

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I read with interest your item on selecting backup generators (February ’18). As an engineer who spent many years on the generation side of the electric utility industry, I wanted to offer a comment. The article states correctly that a wholehouse generator connected to a breaker panel needs to have a transfer switch for the safety of utility workers. I would like to add that when any generator, including a portable unit, is connected to a breaker panel, the panel must have a means of disconnecting the panel from normal utility service before the generator output can be connected to the panel. This safety feature must be installed even if the generator is connected to the panel by back feeding the panel with one or more extension cords from the generator’s receptacles. I cannot overemphasize how important it is to have this feature installed in any panel that is to be connected to a home generator. Breaker-panel manufacturers offer manual-interlock kits that can be retrofitted to existing panels. These are used in lieu of the automatic-transfer switch that would be used with a whole-house generator. I recommend that manual-interlock kits be installed by a licensed electrician or other qualified individual. Vic Lucariello, P.E., via email

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[community events] [May] May 4-29 Salida “Valley Visions” Art Exhibition SteamPlant Annex May 5 Bellvue “Open Firehouse” Wildfire Community Preparedness Day Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department 10 am-2 pm • May 5 Denver Walk MS: Denver & 5K Run Denver City Park 855-372-1331 • May 5 Loveland Community Plant Swap Grace Yoga 10 am-2 pm • 970-646-2022 May 5 Red Feather Lakes 9Health Fair The Chapel in the Pines 8 am-12 pm • 970-409-7622 May 9 Larkspur Taste of Tri-Lakes Cares Flying Horse Ranch 5:30-7:30 pm • info@tri-lakescares. org May 10 Buena Vista “History of Volcanic Activity in Chaffee County” Presentation Sangre de Cristo Electric meeting room 6:30 pm • May 11-13 Colorado Springs Pikes Peak Birding & Nature Festival Various Colorado Springs Locations pikespeakbirdingandnaturefestival. org May 11-12 Stoneham Antique Sale Primitive Junk Market May 12 Colorado Springs Fashion Show Brunch and Designer Handbag Auction Broadmoor Hotel’s West Ballroom 11 am • 719-660-1949


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May 12 Durango Durango Farmers Market First National Bank Parking Lot 8 am-12 pm May 12-June 17 Loveland Colorado Governor’s Art Show & Sale Loveland Museum/Gallery 970-670-0335 May 12 Loveland Plant Sale and Artisan Market All Saint’s Episcopal Church 9 am-2 pm • 970-412-5886 May 18 Colorado Springs Greenhouse Production Workshop 17 N. Spruce Street Preregister Before May 16 10 am-4 pm • 719-520-7676 May 18-20 Woodland Park Pike’s Predicament Adventure Race Red Rocks Group Campground May 19 Castle Rock Tomatoes 101 Class CALF’s Lowell Ranch 9-10:45 am • May 19-20 Colorado Springs Woodcarving Show 6 S. 33rd Street May 19-June 19 La Veta Ricky Tims and Justin Shults Photography Exhibit La Veta Gallery on Main

“Ride the Cog” Museum Fundraiser

May 19, 9 am-3 pm Start at Wild Goose Coffee; finish line at Hayden Heritage Center Museum, Hayden

“Ride the Cog” features three bike courses: a 30-mile gravel grinder scenic tour with a climb up the West Cog; a 26-mile mud ride with a ride up the Middle Cog then through the backcountry; and an easy family ride with activities. The museum will host an after party with lunch and live music. Sign up early for a $10 discount. For more information, call 970-276-4380 or visit

May 28 Howard Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast Howard Fire Station 7:30-10:30 am • 719-942-4213 May 28 Monument Memorial Day Ceremony Monument Cemetery 10 am • May 30-June 2 Fort Collins Opera Festival Various Fort Collins Locations 970-482-0220 •


May 19 Grand Junction Llama and Alpaca Show Mesa County Fairgrounds 9 am-4 pm •

June 1-2 Granby Airport Tours and Educational Exhibits Granby/Grand County Airport 11 am-2 pm

May 23 Colorado Springs Picnic-N-Planes Western Museum of Mining & Industry 10 am-1:30 pm • 719-488-0880

June 2 Berthoud Berthoud Day Various Berthoud Locations 11 am-9 pm •

May 25-27 Creede “Barefoot in the Park” Theater Performance Creede Repertory Theatre 719-658-2540 •

June 2 Aguilar Opening Day and Mountain Mafia Authors’ Presentation Apishapa Valley Heritage Center 719-680-1393 June 2 Meeker Meekerpalooza Downtown Meeker June 9 Walsh Walsh Art Festival Gem Theater 9 am-3 pm 719-529-9933 • 719-523-6911



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“Safety” has many different meanings; it’s used to describe a football play, it’s a device on a weapon or machine and even the name of a billiard shot. Safety is a universal term and interpreted with varying degrees of seriousness depending on the situation. Unfortunately, when it comes to keeping athletes, the public, workers and loved ones safe, steps are often ignored in the interest of haste, convenience or saving money. However, when it comes to Empire Electric Association and electricity, safety is treated seriously. For us, safety means the state of not being exposed to danger. Our safety culture is in full force and a priority at the co-op. Over many years, a culture of safety has been established that puts our employees’ safety and that of the community above all else. Our mission is to safely, responsibly and reliably meet the electrical energy needs of our member-owners. At the end of the day, we strive to deliver affordable and reliable electricity, but equally important, we want our work crews to return home safely to their loved ones. To do this requires ongoing focus, dedication and vigilance. There are precise practices our linemen follow when dealing with electricity. We have safety committees that meet regularly to discuss upcoming projects from a safety perspective. Empire’s operations department hosts monthly safety and training meetings to keep employees focused on their safety and the community’s safety. Near-miss accidents are monitored and tracked to help understand them, and the lessons learned are shared to improve future procedures.

Crew members are encouraged to speak up and hold each other accountable for safety. By cultivating a culture of openness and transparency, we promote problem-solving regarding safety, rather than defaulting to a blame game. We examine the information and data collected from near-misses and accident reports to spot patterns and use safety metrics to improve in those areas where we have fallen short. The Electrical Safety Foundation International ( created National Electrical Safety Month and promotes it each May. According to ESFI, each year thousands of people in the United States are critically injured and electrocuted re-

sulting from electrical fires, accidents and electrocution in their own homes. Many of these accidents are preventable. Because we live and work in the community we serve, we care about our neighbors and offer electrical safety information on our website at We also offer electrical safety demonstrations for the classroom, at community events and for first responders. If you would like to schedule a safety demonstration, please contact our office at 970-565-4444. There is a lot you can do to keep yourself and your community safe around electricity. Be mindful when it comes to electrical safety and remember, Empire can help you plug into electrical safety.



Safe Electricity honored two Empire Electric employees as “Safety Superstars” in March 2018 on its website at www.SafeElectricity. org. Safe Electricity provides materials to electric co-ops to help educate consumers and coworkers about electrical safety. Andy Carter, energy management advisor, and Jules Bitsilly, safety and compliance administrator, were recognized for their efforts toward utility worker safety. In July 2017, Andy wrote “Safety Makes Sense” in the “Echoes of the Empire” section of Colorado Country Life magazine. Andy shared Empire’s mission to make safety a priority, and wrote, “Emphasizing safety benefits all of us at Empire … in a variety of ways. First and foremost is the protection of our employees.” The emphasis on staff safety has carryover to Empire members, Andy said. “The

way Empire Electric employees work and the way we install our system has a direct impact on the safety of our members.” Jules shared that all employees attend a monthly safety training, specific to their jobs. “We reduce the number of outages we have,” Andy wrote. “It also makes it easier for us to repair problems when they occur.” The carry-over from internal safety to public safety isn’t the only way Empire reaches the community; public safety is also given priority throughout “Echoes of the Empire,” as demonstrated with multiple Safe Electricity graphics. Members not only benefit from a safe, well-maintained and well-operated electrical system, they also benefit from Empire’s efforts in public education. They can learn enough about electrical safety to report any unsafe conditions they may see.

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[Echoes of the Empire] CO-OP PHOTO CONTEST WINNER

CO-OP CALENDAR MAY 11, 2018 – The Empire Board of Directors meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. at its headquarters in Cortez. The agenda is posted 10 days in advance of the meeting at Members are reminded that public comment is heard at the beginning of the meeting. MAY 13, 2018 – Mother’s Day MAY 19, 2018 – Armed Forces Day MAY 28, 2018 – Memorial Day – office closed

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Ginny Johnson

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Congratulations to two employees on their recent promotions. Chris Snyder, who started, with Empire Electric on January 9, 2017, as the human resources coordinator, accepted the position of corporate operations manager and will assume his new duties on May 29, 2018. Ginny Johnson started on March 17, 2014, in a part-time position as staff secretary, moving to a full-time position as accountant and accepting the finance manager position on March 17, 2018.


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Dwayne Garchar announced his retirement after 45 years at Empire Electric. Dwayne started as a lineman on May 14, 1973, and will leave as a foreman on May 14, 2018. Dwayne is affectionately call “Garch” and holds the record for the longest continuous service of any employee in the history of Empire. We are grateful Dwayne Garchar for his many years of dedicated service to our members in the Dove Creek and Monticello service territories.

MY CO-OP ADVANTAGE Each year, Empire Electric offers scholarships to any member or dependent of a member who has been awarded a scholarship from Empire Electric. Those previous scholarship winners may reapply for this continuing education scholarship one time per year for three additional years. The deadline for this scholarship is June 15, 2018. For more information, please email the executive secretary at eea. or call 970-564-4441. Utah residents may call 800-709-3726 ext. 441.



Empire launched a new version of its website. It provides easier maneuverability and is fully responsive, adapting from your desktop, to your tablet, to a mobile device. There are several educational videos and articles to help you learn how to manage your energy and save money. Interactive tools are easy to locate and can help you use energy more wisely in your home or business. Be sure to check out the website at and take advantage of the tools and benefits available to you as a co-op member.

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In simpler times, families spent more time together in the same room even as they pursued different interests. Some members might read books or magazines under the light of a shared lamp, while others watched television or played board games. Today it’s common for everyone to retreat to separate spaces, turn on their electronics, adjust their ceiling fans or window unit air conditioners and close their doors to cocoon in their own environments. Getting control of your energy use to reduce your home’s overall demand can be really challenging when you have to consider the entire home, so bring back family time to beat the peak. LCD televisions generally use 60 percent as much electricity as comparably sized plasma models. One laptop computer uses about 20 percent as much power as a desktop computer and monitor. And today’s home assistant devices can play music using about 17 percent of the energy of a component stereo system. A video game console consumes about 200 watts of power. One system pressed into service for spirited intramural competition between family members in one room uses about a third of the power of three players engaged in online games around the house. Finish the space with energy-efficient LED fixtures for lighting, a couple sets of headphones and a few rechargeable power boosters for the family’s handheld devices. You’ll have a cool and fun place to spend a few hours with the family. Derrill Holly writes on cooperative issues for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

This month, we encourage all members to take extra time to plug into safety.

#ElectricalSafetyMonth MAY 2018


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Providing safe, reliable electricity to Empire’s members is an ongoing challenge when storm-related weather or an accident can disrupt the electricity we are so used to having. Sometimes electricity flickers momentarily and will then return, but serious damage to power lines and the electrical grid can cause outages for days or weeks. Below is some valuable information to help keep you safe and comfortable during a power outage of any length. More information regarding seasonal outages is available at in the Safety section.

SHORT-TERM POWER FAILURES Don’t panic. Check to see if your neighbors still have electricity. If they do, the problem could be inside your home. Check your main fuses or circuit breakers to see if they have blown or tripped. If the problem is not in your home, call us at Empire’s main number 970-565-4444. A crew will be dispatched as quickly as possible. We will let you know if it will be an extended outage. Unplug appliances with electronic components, such as microwaves, televisions and computers. This will help eliminate damage to your appliances from voltage surges when the electricity is restored. Wait a few minutes before turning on these appliances when the electricity is restored. This will reduce demand on the power supplier’s electrical system. LONG-TERM POWER FAILURES If you use a standby generator, be sure it has been installed and wired properly. If improperly installed, a generator could cause dangerous conditions for utility employees working to restore power. Your generator could be damaged when the power is restored if a double throw disconnect is not used and properly installed. It is also important to be sure that a fresh supply of fuel to power the generator is on hand and properly stored. To make an outage easier to cope with, keep an adequate supply of the following on hand. These should be kept in a cool, dry place and all members of the family should know where to find them. • Flashlights with fresh batteries • Battery-operated radio • Candles and matches • Extra supply of batteries for flashlights and radio • Basic first aid supplies • A small supply of drinking water and food • Baby supplies if an infant is in the home Check the basement periodically for flooding. You can use a portable, gasoline-powered pump to pump out a basement or crawl space when the power is interrupted to an electric sump pump. Never wade into a flooded basement unless electricity supplying sump pumps, freezers or other items have been disconnected. The power may be restored while you are in the flooded basement and the motors on these appliances may be submerged. Never go near downed power lines; call Empire’s main number at 970-565-4444 and let qualified people handle these situations.


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EXTENDED POWER OUTAGE Unplug everything in your home. Turn off breakers or remove fuses. If there is an extended power outage, you may want to leave one lighting circuit on so you know when the electricity comes back on. Winterize your water supply system completely. Be sure to disconnect the electrical supply to the water heater before draining. If the power is not off, there can be damage to the elements of the heater when the power returns. Drain the water system from the lowest possible point so there will be as little water as possible left in the pipes. If your hot water heating system is filled with a nonfreezing solution, call your dealer or installer for advice. The drainage system in the home also needs to be winterized. This is done by pouring antifreeze into the traps in the drains below sinks, toilets, washing machines, etc. Recreational vehicle antifreeze is recommended, because it is less toxic. Empty all food from freezers and refrigerators, and leave doors open. The food could be taken to neighbors who have electricity or to a food locker. Dry ice could also be used for a short period of time. The easiest solution may be to take the food outside if the temperature is cold enough. If your home is equipped with an electric heat pump, special care is needed when turning the unit on after an extended outage. It takes time for the lubricant in the refrigerant to warm up. This is approximately one and one-half hours per ton of cooling capacity. This could vary from brand to brand and a call to your dealer could prevent problems. During this compressor warm-up time, you should use the supplemental or emergency resistance heating elements of the heat pump to heat the home. Keep curtains closed except on south-facing windows in the winter when the sun is shining. This will supply some passive solar heat in the daytime hours. Draperies should always be closed at night. Following these suggestions will make it easier to cope with a power outage. Think ahead and be prepared for an emergency by having a plan for your household. Remember to stay calm. The electricity will be back on as quickly as possible. Empire Electric will be working around the clock to restore your service.

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Outdoor Safety Is Not Child’s Play Warmer weather is coming; on some days it’s already here. And those sunny days beckon the kids to go out and play. That makes it a good time to remind them of electrical hazards they may find as they roam yards and open spaces. Take time to point out electrical equipment such as overhead power lines and the service lines bringing electricity to your house. These are not insulated and should never be touched. Kids should stay off of trees that could possibly touch any of these lines. And, they should fly their kites far away from power lines and drop the kite string immediately if the kite gets caught on a power line. If power lines are underground and a big green metal box sits either curbside or along a back fence in the neighborhood, let the kids know that these are not places to jump and play. They contain electrical equipment. Teach them to never touch anything inside of a box if it happens to be open. For more summer safety tips, visit your local co-op’s website or

Science took another step toward removing carbon emissions from the atmosphere and utilizing them in positive ways when the final five teams in the Carbon XPRIZE competition were named during the April Future of Energy Summit in New York City. Researchers will soon begin installing these five projects at the Integrated Test Center in Wyoming. The teams will use flue gas from Basin Electric’s 422-megawatt Dry Fork Station to test the capture, utilization and sequestration of carbon. The contest is scheduled to end in 2020 with a winning technology being named. “The Integrated Test Center is a shining example of how America’s electric cooperatives are pushing the boundaries of innovation,” said Jim Spiers of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. NRECA, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Basin Electric, the state of Wyoming and the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE have all partnered in sponsoring this competition.

How Americans Use Electricity Electricity is an essential part of modern life. Last year, the use of electricity in the U.S. was 13 times greater than electricity use in 1950. The latest data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration shows the combined use of clothes washers and dryers, computers, dishwashers, small appliances and other electrical equipment accounts for 40 percent of electricity consumption in American homes.


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All other uses

Water Heating

Appliances & Electronics

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Refrigerators & Freezers

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Co-ops Keep the Heat on Congress Co-op funds in the Farm Bill, protecting the power marketing administrations that supply low-cost electricity to electric co-ops and others, and investing in rural broadband were all part of the focus of the 2018 NRECA Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. About 75 representatives of Colorado’s electric cooperatives gathered with close to 2,000 other co-op representatives at the April 8-11 conference hosted by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the co-ops’ national trade association. Led by the Colorado Rural Electric Association staff, the Colorado co-op directors, managers and employees brought their concerns to the attention of Colorado’s congressional delegation. There were meetings with Sens. Cory Gardner (R) and Michael Bennet (D), and with Reps. Jared Polis (D), Scott Tipton (R), Mike Coffman (R) and Ed Perlmutter (D). Staff members from the offices of Reps. Diana DeGette (D), Ken Buck (R) and Doug Lamborn (D) also met with co-op representatives. The co-ops appreciate that everyone in Colorado’s delegation supports the $5.5 billion in the federal farm bill for the Rural Utilities Services electric co-op loan program. Colorado’s senators and representatives are also supportive of the other loan and grant programs in the bill that will assist co-ops as economic development organizations in their rural communities. The co-op group did ask the senators and representatives to turn back the administration’s budget proposal to sell the transmission assets of the power marketing administrations, which the co-ops and other utilities paid for over the years and which provide costbased rates that help keep public power rates stable. The group also asked the delegation to support a permanent loan-grant program through RUS that will help overcome the high-cost barriers of bringing high-speed internet services to rural America. Other issues that were part of the meetings included Federal Emergency Management Agency reform that will maintain the commitment to disaster recovery while streamlining the process of accessing FEMA funds; modernization of the Public Utilities

Sen. Michael Bennet (D) talks to Colorado cooperative members in D.C.

Sen. Cory Gardner (R) takes time to discuss important issues with Colorado electric cooperative members.

Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA) to address today’s electricity market; support for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, and support for H.R. 1873, the Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act that streamlines rights-ofway reviews and timelines to ensure reliability and reduces the risk of fires and fire hazards on rights-of-way across federal lands. There were great discussions, questions and dialogue in each of the meetings during the time in D.C.

Colorado Family Ranch Recognized for Environmental Stewardship Beatty Canyon Ranch in Las Animas County was named the 2018 Colorado Leopold Conservation Award recipient. The prestigious award recognizes extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation and is presented annually by Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, supplier to 18 of the state’s 22 electric cooperatives, and other ag-related organizations. Beatty Canyon Ranch is owned and operated by Steve and Joy Wooten and Brady and Arin Burnham and has the fourth, fifth and sixth generations of family involved in day-to-day operations. The award and its $10,000 prize will be presented at the June 18 Colorado Cattlemen’s Association convention in Loveland. This year’s other finalists were the Livingston Ranch near Stratton and the Stults Ranch near Wray. The Leopold award is given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold.

Colorado Prepares to Bring Electricity to Guatemalan Villages Two Colorado co-op representatives recently returned from Guatemala where they began plans to bring electricity to the small villages of Pie de Cerro and Tierra Blanca Salinas. The project will involve a team of lineworkers from electric co-ops in Colorado and Oklahoma building power lines through a jungle to these small villages.

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Energy efficiency program cuts operating costs for local Colorado schools BY KATIE KERSHMAN

Colorado schools are saving $102,000 annually through the Colorado Energy Office’s Energy Savings for Schools (ESS) program. Energy costs are the second highest operating costs K-12 schools face today. It’s estimated that more than $2 billion could be saved nationwide by improving energy efficiency, according to a 2011 study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Thanks to CEO’s ESS program, local schools are becoming more energy efficient and accessing that savings. To date, CEO has provided 46 schools with an energy audit or technical support, and those schools are implementing priority efficiency projects. Through the program, schools receive free on-site energy and water audits from an energy engineer; technical support and energy coaching; an evaluation of renewable energy opportunities; implementation support and help identifying existing funding and financing options for completing projects; connections with peer schools and a platform for sharing ideas and

knowledge; recognition for the school’s efforts and opportunities to engage students; and (on a case-by-case basis) an energy monitoring device to measure electricity use and access to real-time data on a webbased dashboard. When a new school joins the program, the ESS team works with the school to collect and review building utility data (electricity, natural gas and water) before the site visit. “Reviewing utility data before a site visit gives us insight into how a building is performing and highlights potential areas for improved efficiency. Concerns expressed by school staff are used along with insights gained from the historic utility data to help customize our approach for each unique facility,” energy efficiency engineer John Butler said. Often, students shadow the audit and learn about recommendations for improved efficiency. They also are encouraged to get more involved in how their schools use and can conserve energy to create lasting impacts.

Energy efficiency engineer John Butler engages students during their school audit.

After the site visit, the energy engineer prepares a customized report with recommendations for the school. “We understand how limited resources — especially time and financial resources — can be for these rural and low-income schools, so we prepare our reports with the aim to help each school prioritize strategies and next steps,” Butler said. “And the report is only the first step. We work closely with school staff to identify what projects make the most sense and help navigate the process of getting projects done. Many times, this means helping schools identify funding or soliciting and reviewing bids from contractors.” To help fund recommended projects, ESS staff identifies other applicable CEO programs, local utility rebates and other state and local programs for schools to leverage. “There are no direct monetary costs for a school to participate in the ESS program. The only costs are associated with staff time to interact with the ESS team and any costs to implement after all external funding sources have been exhausted,” said Michael Turner, CEO’s energy efficiency program manager. “The ESS program supports and, in turn, is supported by a number of CEO and other related programs, including the Supplemental Environmental Projects,

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[ industry] High Performing School Program, Energy Performance Contracting and Renew Our Schools Program.” Moffat County High School in rural Craig is one of these schools. “Moffat County School District is committed to using the community’s resources in an efficient and effective manner. This includes looking for every opportunity to save on utility costs,” explained Moffat County School District Superintendent Dave Ulrich. “We found the ESS program to be a great partner in helping us identify areas within which we could save.” Through the ESS program, Moffat County High School partnered with a local Steamboat Springs firm to design a new capacitor bank to correct its electrical power factor. The project had an initial cost of $17,000 but will save the school over $3,800 annually. “The most important aspect of the program is that it gave us specific, actionable feedback that could be implemented

immediately,” Ulrich said. “We’re looking forward to reviewing the utility data once the capacitor is installed.” The school also installed an energy monitoring device (e-Gauge) that measures electricity use and provides access to realtime data. The e-Gauges are provided free of charge to eligible schools participating in the ESS program and help school staff and students better understand the real-time impacts of energy use. Local schools are invited to access ESS resources to optimize performance, save money and begin to develop a culture of conservation among students and staff. CEO is recruiting schools from Colorado’s rural and low-income areas to participate in the program. Schools interested in the program should contact program manager Susan Blythe at 970-207-0058, ext. 310 or visit

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Writer Katie Kershman is with the Brendle Group, an engineering and planning firm.

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Wild About Birding By Gayle Gresham Confession … I am not a bird-watcher or a birder. There is a difference, you ask? Think about the difference between watching a football game on television and playing in the Super Bowl. Bird-watching and birding run the gamut, including watching birds for pleasure at backyard bird feeders, or jetting back and forth across the USA to count the most bird species in a year, a Big Year. While I am not a bird-watcher or a birder, I am fascinated by this hobby that is rising in popularity in the United States and the world. Anyone can do it, whether you live in the city, the suburbs or the country. Do you love feeding the birds and watching your favorites? Set up your feeders and keep a list of the species that visit. Love to travel? Visit wilderness refuges, travel to bird festivals, take a guided tour. Do you love adventure and competition? Plan on doing a Big Day or a Big Year event. Young or old, couch potato or adventurer, techie or old-school, birdwatching or birding might be for you. BACKYARD BIRD-WATCHING The easiest way to start bird-watching is to look out your window and see the birds. Is that a bluebird? What type of bluebird? An eastern, western or mountain bluebird? You can go old school by checking a field guide like Peterson’s or Sibley’s or you can look up bluebirds on (Cornell Lab of Ornithology). Check the range map and see which is common in your region. Look at the markings and distinctive features. Many birds show enough variation to identify a bird with ease. The All About Birds website also contains recordings of each bird’s song so identification can also be made by the bird song. If you want to go more high tech, download the Merlin Bird ID app (Cornell Lab of Ornithology) to your cell phone. The app asks five questions: Where did you see the bird? When did you see the bird? What size was the bird? What were the main colors? Was the bird eating at a feeder, swimming or wading, on the ground, in trees or bushes, on a fence or wire, soaring or flying? It then pulls up bird photos matching the description that have been taken in your region. Or take a photo of the bird, upload it to Merlin and it will identify the bird for you. By setting up bird feeders, you can draw even more birds to your personal bird-watching domain. Different birds like various types of food and types of feeders. Experiment with thistle for finches; black oil sunflower seeds for grosbeaks and woodpeckers; corn 16

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Sandhill cranes photographed by CCL reader Logan Myers of Buena Vista.

and millet for sparrows and juncos; and orange halves for tanagers. A simple Google search on bird-feeding tips can make you an expert in no time. And don’t forget the hummingbird feeders. Those who catch bird-watching fever often keep a list of the birds they have seen or heard. A life list consists of all of the bird species seen in your life, while a yearly list ticks off every bird species seen in a year. A list can be kept in a simple notebook or in a special birding notebook, or it can be a simple notation of date and place beside the picture in a guide book. Computer list options include Birder’s Diary software, which also allows photos; or the eBird mobile app for cell phones, which uses global positioning system coordinates for bird species sightings. As you become familiar with the birds in your backyard, you will recognize when a bird not common to your area appears. Several years ago, Colorado birder Cherie Wyatt heard an unfamiliar bird song as she was getting ready for her day in Burlington. She looked outside and saw a northern cardinal sitting in the tree near her window. She reported it to a birding group in Denver, which sent out a rare bird sighting alert, and soon people from the Front Range of Colorado were driving a couple of hours to Burlington to see the cardinal in order to add the bird to their lists. The cardinal stayed in the area several months over the winter.

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LOCAL BIRDING Bird-watching captured your attention and your curiosity has grown beyond the birds showing up in your backyard. Now what? It’s time for birding excursions. First, call someone you know who is a bird-watcher. Don’t know anyone? Start asking around. You might be surprised by which of your friends are birders. Ask at your library about bird-watching clubs or search the internet for local and state birding clubs and chapters of the National Audubon Society and review their programs, events and field trips. You can go out on your own, but it’s helpful to have someone teach you how to locate and identify the birds. Grab your binoculars, camera and cell phone and head to the wilderness or city park. One way to learn from an experienced watcher is to join the Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count, which allows beginner birders to take part. Participants count every bird seen or heard in a 15-mile diameter designated circle over a 24-hour period of time between December 14 and January 5. The count acts as an annual census of birds across the world.

>> Attracting BACKYARD BIRDS Blue jays prefer tray feeders or hopper feeders filled with peanuts, sunflower seeds and suet.

You can attract ruby-throated hummingbirds to your backyard. Plant tubular flowers or set up a feeder with sugar water.

Gray jays visit feeders, eating almost any kind of seeds and suet.

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[feature] TRAVEL BIRDING Your interest in birds has piqued and now you want to see species of birds that are not common in your area. It’s time to travel. You can either travel to see birds in a certain locale or go on vacation and see what interesting birds are in your scheduled location. Once again, the internet can help you identify places to see birds. There are more than 562 National Wildlife Refuges and 38 wetland management districts in the United States. Visit the website for locations and information. There are also 10,234 state parks and 58 national parks, giving you plenty of opportunity to travel and find birds. At least 38 states have American Birding Association birding trails. A designated birding trail system links wildlife refuges, state parks and national parks in a state, along with noted bird habitats found along the route. The trails may be hiking trails or highways to drive. Information on state birding trails can be found on the internet. The World Birding Center in the lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas features nine locations with more than 500 species of birds at the convergence of two major migration flyways. Bird festivals, such as Lamar’s High Plains Snow Goose Festival, the Mesa Verde Birding Festival or the Yampa Valley Crane Festival, are great ways to see specific birds and take part in workshops and tours. Many festivals coincide with migration to see the greatest number of species in a set place.

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COMPETITIVE BIRDING If you learned to identify birds and enjoy the challenge, maybe you’re ready to dive into competitive birding. Once again, there are various events for all ages sponsored by bird organizations. Join The Big Sit! hosted by Bird Watcher’s Digest. It is 24 hours of sitting in a 17-foot diameter circle with a team counting every bird species you see. If a team member sees the day’s “Golden Bird,” which is a randomly selected species, the team is in the running for a $500 donation to a nonprofit of the team’s choice. Big Day events, or “birdathons,” are sponsored by bird associations and often raise pledges for their societies and conservation by counting how many species of birds can be seen in 24 hours. These events can be done individually or in teams. The Global Big Day is sponsored by eBird. A year ago, on May 13, 2017, almost 20,000 birders from 150 countries turned in 50,000 checklists with 6,564 species of birds spotted in one day. That is more than 60 percent of all of the species of birds in the world. (The Global Big Day will be May 12 this year.) The Big Year is the ultimate challenge in birding. It is a competition to see who can see the most birds in one year in a specific geographical area and can give you, as a birder, another goal to reach as you add to your life list.

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UPCOMING EVENTS THE BIGGEST WEEK IN AMERICAN BIRDING FESTIVAL MAY 4-13, 2018, OREGON, OHIO Held in the “Warbler Capital of the World,” this festival in northwestern Ohio features bird ID workshops, guided bird trips, birding by canoe and keynote presentations. A total of 235 species were seen at the 2017 festival, including 35 warbler species. Visit for more information.

UTE MOUNTAIN MESA VERDE BIRDING FESTIVAL MAY 9-13, 2018, CORTEZ, COLORADO This southwestern Colorado festival features tours, lectures, a banquet and a bird-themed art show. There have been 180 species seen during this festival. For more information, visit

INTERNATIONAL MIGRATORY BIRD DAY MAY 12-13, 2018 This is the only international education program that highlights and celebrates the migration of nearly 350 species of migratory birds between nesting habitats in North America and nonbreeding grounds in Latin America, Mexico and the Caribbean. Each year IMBD explores a different aspect of migratory birds and their conservation. Many wildlife refuges take part in IMBD celebrations. As the date approaches, check for more IMBD event listings.

THE GREAT SALT LAKE BIRD FESTIVAL MAY 17-21, 2018, FARMINGTON, UTAH Five days of workshops and tours in a variety of bird habitats from ranches to the Great Salt Lake are offered. Visit

POTHOLES AND PRAIRIE BIRDING FESTIVAL JUNE 13-17, 2018, CARRINGTON, NORTH DAKOTA Bird watchers from up to 20 states participate in tours, seminars and other activities. Highlights last year included sightings of 145 bird species including at least one life bird. For information, visit

If your interest in birding takes flight, it can give you a greater awareness of the birds around you, but it can also take you in any one of several directions. It could take you on a trip to see new birds in another locale or it might take you into photographing beautiful birds, capturing them in paints or watercolors on canvas, quilting their likenesses with fabric or copying their songs on an instrument. Whatever it is, it will be totally for the birds.

SEDONA HUMMINGBIRD FESTIVAL JULY 27-29, 2018, SEDONA, ARIZONA Enjoy three days of presentations by hummingbird experts from around the world. The festival also features guided tours of private gardens, a hummingbird banding demonstration and the Hummingbird Marketplace held in the lobby of the Sedona Performing Arts Center. Visit for more information.


Gayle Gresham writes from her electric-co-op powered home in Elbert. She now has Merlin Bird ID on her phone and is ready to go watch some birds.

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Lavender Lemon Bars For the lavender sugar: 2 tablespoons dried lavender 3 1/4 cups granulated sugar For the crust: 8 ounces unsalted butter, melted 1/2 cup lavender sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 cups all-purpose flour

To Make the Crust: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9- by 13-inch pan with foil so that it extends up the sides, and spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray. Whisk together the melted butter, lavender sugar, vanilla and salt in a large bowl. Once mixed, add the flour and stir with a spatula until it is well-combined. Scrape the dough into the pan and press it into an even layer. Bake the crust in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes until it’s golden brown on top. While the crust is baking, prepare the filling so it’s ready to go as soon as the crust is done. To Make the Filling: Whisk the eggs, lemon juice, lavender sugar and lemon zest together in a large bowl. Sift the flour on top of the egg mixture and whisk it in. When the crust is done baking, slide the rack partially out of the oven. Pour the filling over the hot crust and slide it back into the oven. Reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees and bake for 25-30 minutes, until the center barely jiggles when you tap the pan. Let the baked bars cool until they reach room temperature. For the cleanest cuts, refrigerate the bars and cut them when completely cold with a large sharp knife. Sprinkle the tops with powdered sugar before serving and garnish with a pinch of lavender if desired.

For the filling: 8 large eggs 1 1/4 cups fresh lemon juice 2 3/4 cups lavender sugar zest of 2 lemons 1/2 cup all-purpose flour For the topping: powdered sugar, to taste pinch of lavender, if desired To Make the Lavender Sugar: Place the dried lavender in the bowl of a food processor and process it for 10-15 seconds to chop it into small pieces. Add 1 cup of granulated sugar to the processor and mix for 20 seconds until the lavender is mixed into the sugar. Add the remaining 2 1/4 cups sugar and pulse briefly to combine.

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bluebird house. Although bluebirds are wellknown for nesting in man-made houses, they will not necessarily nest in every one. This is because location is extremely important. Man-made shelters need to mimic the habitat where birds naturally build their nests. Bluebirds often choose to nest in birdhouses hanging on fence posts along ranch and farmland because they prefer open spaces with perches for hunting insects. Other birds, such as tree swallows, violet-green swallows, ash-throated flycatchers and house wrens, might also build nests in the bluebird boxes. If you have a small, enclosed yard, you might want to try birdhouses designed to BY VICKI SPENCER MASTER GARDENER attract nuthatches, wrens or warblers. Some GARDENING@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG species, such as purple martins, like to nest in groups, so their houses should have at least In February, National Geographic reported bushes, trees and flowers that produce bird four rooms. Other species, like robins and that wildlife scientist John Marzluff completed food naturally. phoebes, prefer nesting shelves rather than a 12-year study that contributes to our I am particularly fond of native plants, enclosed boxes. Remember, it takes time to knowledge of how urbanization affects the which are more insect and disease resistant attract birds to new homes, sometimes up to a dispersal of songbirds. His research indicates than nonnative species and often require less year or more. that some species that avoid urbanized areas, water. Some native grasses for those living You can also provide shelter by planting such as Wilson’s warbler, are in decline. on the eastern plains are prairie coneflower trees and shrubs. In the mountains, aspen Marzluff concludes that the best way to with seed heads that attract finches; little trees provide good nesting spots for protect these avoider species is to preserve blue-stem, which is a good winter seed woodpeckers and swallows, and shrub their native habitat. His study also identifies source; and hawthorne and hackberry, which mountain spiraea provides good shelter for species that managed to adapt to living produce fruit that birds enjoy. If you live in other birds. In semidesert regions, you might with humans. Even though development is a pinon-juniper woodland area, you could plant big sagebrush for western meadowlarks inevitable, we can help adaptor species by plant Indian ricegrass, needle-and-thread and sage sparrows. creating landscapes to attract them. grass, and silvery lupine for their seeds and Because each of Colorado’s zones is If you live near a stream, open space or Oregon grape and Rocky Mountain juniper characterized by different native plants, each forest, chances are you already have a variety for their berries. Higher up in the ponderosa zone will tend to attract different bird species of songbirds that visit your yard. But you pine regions, big bluestem will provide winter that depend on the zone-specific plants for can attract even more birds in our semiarid seeds for birds, and scarlet gilia will attract food and shelter. climate simply by adding a water feature to hummingbirds after winter is over. Gardens in For more ideas on what natives to plant your garden. It’s important to keep the water semidesert areas could include Idaho fescue, in your area, contact the experts at the clean to avoid the transfer of disease and to arrowleaf balsamroot and silvery lupine for Colorado State University Extension, Bureau keep the water from freezing in the winter. their seeds. of Land Management, Natural Resources In addition to needing water, birds need Finally, birds need shelter to survive. If you Conservation Service or the Forest Service. food, such as seeds, berries, nectar or insects, live in an area without trees, you can set out to survive. As much as I want to keep feeders nest boxes or plant fast-growing shrubs. The Gardener Vicki Spencer has an eclectic in my yard, I find it difficult with so many type of shelter you provide will determine background in conservation, water, natural birds visiting. Since I prefer gardening to which species are drawn to your yard. One of resources and more. maintaining feeders, I planted a variety of the most popular commercial nest boxes is a


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Three years ago, Pat Mulligan and I were fishing dry flies on a tiny creek near Walden and catching some pretty nice brook trout when a dragonfly nymph crawled up Pat’s waders, across his arm and into the palm of his hand. “Hey,” he hollered. “Come take a look at this thing.” If you’ve ever seen one, you know dragonfly nymphs are flat-out,

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Costly Joint-Pain Injections Replaced By New $2 Pill

New pill boosts the same lubricating joint �luid as expensive and painful injections - without using a needle. Users report dramatic relief from swelling, pain and stiffness without side effects and expense. By Jack Isler, M.D. Health News Syndicate HNS—A popular needle injection for people with joint pain is now available in an inexpensive nonprescription pill. The breakthrough came when researchers discovered a way to deliver the injected “relief molecule” through the digestive system. Top US clinics have used these needle injections for years because they deliver powerful relief. Unfortunately, the shots are painful and expensive. They also only work on the joint being treated. The new pill, called Synovia, delivers the same “relief molecule” as the injections. However, it has some impressive advantages. First, it’s inexpensive and nonprescription. Also, relief is delivered to every joint in the body because it enters the bloodstream through the digestive system. This gives it the ability to reduce a much wider variety of pain. Users report greater �lexibility and less stiffness in their knees. Hands and shoulders move pain-free for the �irst time in years. Even neck and lower back pain improve dramatically. All this without spending over $600 on needle injections and taking trips to the doctor every week. The medical community is very excited about this new breakthrough. Dr. Jacob Moss says, “Synovia is a great option for those suffering from joint pain. Injections are usually a last resort because of the pain and expense. However, Synovia should be taken at the �irst sign of discomfort.”

New Discovery

The needle injection procedure has been given to hundreds of thousands of patients over the last several years. Doctors use the shots to boost a critical element of the joint called synovial �luid. This lubricating �luid is found between the cartilage and bones of every joint. According to the �irm’s head of R&D, Mike McNeill, “Researchers have been working for years to �ind a way to boost this �luid noninvasively. The problem was the molecule used in the injections was too large to absorb into the bloodstream.” Top scientists conquered this obstacle by �inding a smaller form of the same molecule. This new glucose form is easily absorbed by

your stomach and intestines! Now those who suffer from joint pain can get relief without painful injections. At less than $2 per day, early users like Steve Young are impressed. He says, “I’ve tried more pills than I can count, without any luck. Synovia is different. My knees and hands haven’t felt this good in years!”

Impressive Clinical Results

Leading clinics use injection therapy because it works. Recent clinical trials show the pill form also delivers major relief. One example is a landmark study out of Europe. In the study the active ingredient in Synovia was compared to a popular NSAID pain reliever. The goal was to see if it could reduce pain and swelling around the knee. The results were incredible! After just 30 days, more than 8 out of 10 people who took Synovia’s active ingredient had NO swelling. However, only 2 out of 10 people who took the NSAID experienced reduced swelling. The study also looked at cases of severe swelling. Amazingly, zero cases of severe swelling were detected in the group taking the active ingredient found in Synovia. This means it was 100% effective for the cases of severe swelling! In contrast, 9 out of 10 people taking the NSAID still had severe swelling. McNeill points out, “The impressive thing about this study is the active ingredient wasn’t tested against a fake pill. It was up against one of the most popular NSAIDs people use every day. It’s easy to see why people in pain are excited to get relief without an injection.”

The New Way It Delivers Relief

Getting relief without injections has big advantages. The most obvious is avoiding being stuck by a large needle every week for 5 weeks. Another downside of injections is the doctor can “miss”. The needle needs to be inserted into a precise spot in the joint to work. Otherwise, you risk the treatment being ineffective. However, boosting your lubricating joint �luid by taking a pill delivers relief to all your joints, not just one. There’s an additional reason the active ingredient in Synovia works so well – it nourishes the cartilage. McNeill says, “This is vital because cartilage does not have blood vessels. The �luid in the joint serves two very important pain-relief roles: lubrication and giving the cartilage the nutrients it needs to start re-growing.”

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The new delivery system for this molecule has caught the attention of leading medical doctors. “Needle injections for joint pain have been around for years because they work. Being

NO MORE NEEDLES: A popular needle injection pain-killer for joint pain is being replaced. The key molecule in these injections can now be delivered by taking a new low-cost pill called Synovia.

able to get the same relief molecule through a pill is amazing. Injections may be a last resort, but I’d recommend Synovia at the �irst sign of pain,” said Dr. Marie Laguna. Dr. Gerardo Pereira, a renowned surgeon from Florida says, “Injections aim to boost synovial �luid, which lubricates the joint. Those suffering from joint pain usually have very little of this �luid. Synovia helps relieve pain by boosting this key lubricant without needles.” Dr. Moss adds, “The research behind the active ingredient in Synovia is very exciting. This product is a great choice for those who haven’t had success with other joint pain treatments.”

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Amazing feedback from users of Synovia has generated a wave of con�idence at the company. So much so that they now offer Synovia 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 Synovia sounds too good to be true.” Simply take the pill exactly as directed. You must enjoy fast acting relief. 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 o�icial nation wide release of Synovia. As such, the company is offering a special discounted supply to everyone who calls within the next 48 hours. A Regional Order Hotline has been set up for local readers to call. This is the only way to try Synovia with their “110% money back” guarantee. Starting at 6:00 am today the order hotline will be open for 48 hours. All you have to do is call TOLL FREE 1-800-995-9713 and provide the operator with the special discount approval code: SYN18. The company will do the rest. Current supplies of Synovia are limited, and callers that don’t get through to the order hotline within the next 48 hours may have to pay more and wait until more inventory is produced. This could take as long as 6 weeks.




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