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

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

Same scene of Grandchildren as viewed through telescope glasses.

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

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


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

For more information and to schedule an appointment today, call:

Robert Stamm, O.D. Low Vision Optometrist Member IALVS

Toll Free:

(877) 393-0025

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JUNE 2017 Volume 48, Number 06

“Mountain Light” by John Mumaw, a member of Empire Electric from Cortez.



[cover] Wild Horse’s Johnson sisters hang out with country music’s Loretta Lynn. Illustration by Cassi Gloe. Photos courtesy of Kay Johnson.

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


Mathew Willams shared this photo of his favorite Colorado camping spot in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Michael Nutting caught this squirrel drinking from a hummingbird feeder at his favorite camping spot at the Buena Vista KOA.


Colorado Country Life posted: David Cannone captured this beautiful shot of a butterfly in motion at Quail Lake in Colorado Springs.

Ashley Girodo won our State Parks Pass contest on Facebook last month by sharing this photo of her family’s favorite Colorado camping spot in Vallecito.


Colorado Country Life pinned: We all scream for ice cream! Check out more ice cream delights on Pinterest, including this Caramel Pecan Ice Cream Crumble Cake.

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Electric co-op directors, managers take concerns to Washington BY KENT SINGER CREA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KSINGER@COLORADOREA.ORG


Every spring, right after the cherry blossoms bloom, electric buildings in Washington and the cooperative representatives from all over the country converge Members’ Room includes the marble on Washington, D.C., for the National Rural Electric Cooperative columns, stunning paintings and Association Legislative Conference. They review what Congress is ornate tapestries seen throughout doing and how it will affect electric co-ops and their members. They the building. It was a treat to visit also meet with senators and representatives and talk about legislation with our representatives in this that is needed. This year, about 60 directors and staff members from setting. We especially appreciated Colorado co-ops were there to share concerns from back home with Congressman Tipton’s story about the Centennial State’s congressional delegation. his grandparents’ home being For the first time in three years, both houses of Congress were energized for the first time by the Kent Singer in session during our stay. We met with Sens. Michael Bennet (D) REA and how grateful they were to and Cory Gardner (R), as well as Reps. Mike Coffman (R) and Scott turn on the light switch for the first time. Tipton (R). And we met with staff members from the rest of the In addition to meeting with our representatives, the Colorado state’s congressional offices. We had productive discussions with co-op directors, managers and staff heard from Rick Perry, the our elected officials and with the staff members of those who were new Secretary of Energy, as well as other experts on a variety of unavailable. We let them know our issues including regulatory position on a few federal actions reform, the Farm Bill and co-op that could help us keep electricity communications. affordable for our co-op memberSecretary Perry encouraged owners. electric co-ops to continue We asked for support for to be involved in the energy continued funding for the electric conversation going forward. And co-op loan program administered he pushed for an all-inclusive by the Rural Utilities discussion. Service (formerly the Rural “We need to stop having an Electrification Administration either/or debate about renewable or REA). We reminded them of energy and fossil fuels,” he said, the importance of this funding adding that President Donald since the electric utility business Trump is committed to an allrequires significant capital of-the-above energy strategy investments to keep the lights for America. U.S. Department Colorado electric co-op directors and managers stand in the Members’ on. The interest paid on the loans Room in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. of Energy research will be to finance those projects is one conducted in areas that are most of the largest expenses for most co-ops. But since co-ops repay promising, Perry said. That could be wind energy, which Perry’s those loans at an interest rate higher than what the government home state of Texas introduced in record amounts during his time as makes on treasury bonds, this program actually makes the U.S. governor, or it could be changes in how we use fossil fuels. government about $300 million a year. “We want energy that is made in America, that is good for We were pleased that this year every member of the Colorado America and good for American jobs,” he said. delegation supports continued funding of the RUS loan program. After additional stops at agency offices and visits to Capitol Hill, Another issue that we raised with our members of Congress was Colorado’s electric co-op representatives came home from the East the co-ops’ need to clear utility rights-of-way that traverse federal Coast knowing they shared their co-ops’ concerns in D.C. And lands. We had trouble obtaining the necessary permits to gain access they were better prepared to continue providing a secure, reliable, to these areas in recent years. In a couple of cases, fires resulted affordable energy foundation for rural Colorado. that destroyed not only co-op facilities but also private property. We asked our delegation to support pending legislation that gives utility personnel more leeway in clearing brush and trees that could interfere with lines and electrical facilities. Kent Singer, Executive Director It was a highlight to discuss these concerns with Congressmen Coffman and Tipton in the Members’ Room of the Library of Congress. The Library of Congress is one of the most beautiful


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Embrace the Future

I read the letter “Co-ops Should Stick to Basics” (May ’17). Is it the advance of technology and progress, or just change in general that we are frightened of? If this kind of thinking were to prevail, we would still be reading by oil lamps and candles. Yes, basic infrastructure and equipment must be properly maintained, but I commend those efforts to explore new sources of clean energy as well as the other technologies and services. R.W. Jones, Hinsdale County member Gunnison County Electric Association


Changes in the Utility Business

I have been impressed that our power provider, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, has been following the changes in the basics of the electric utility business. The United States has reliable electric power at good costs. Nonetheless, things are changing and reaping the benefits of lower cost energy from wind (and soon from solar) can’t be ignored. To maintain reliability of the grid while getting the benefits of lower prices, the basic concepts of how we run our business are changing. Don Morris, Fort Collins member of Poudre Valley REA

A Plug for the Right Plug

I believe we have a problem with the ad on the back page of the May ’17 issue. I’m sure the folks at Tri-State Generation and Transmission are trying to tell us to be safe when plugging a device into an electrical source. However, we are in the United States and do not use European-type plugs in this country. Joe Novak, Loveland member Poudre Valley REA

Got something to say? We welcome letters to the editor. Send your letter to Editor Mona Neeley at 5400 Washington St., Denver, CO 80216 or at Letters may be edited for length.

What you need to know: A downed line does NOT have to be arcing or sparking to be energized — and dangerous.

Even if you do not touch lines or equipment, you can still be killed or seriously injured. The danger exists beyond the point where the downed line is making direct contact with a vehicle or the ground.

Electricity can flow 3600 around it. What is step potential? If a person connects two different points of this gradually decreasing voltage by walking away, stepping out of a vehicle, or touching the vehicle and ground at the same time — electricity flows through the individual (path to ground). Stay safe. If you’re in a car accident that involves downed lines, stay in the car. If you come upon a scene with a downed line, stay far away and call 911 to have the utility notified. Learn more at

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[community events] [June] June 9-11 Buena Vista Collegiate Peaks Stampede Rodeo Rodeo Grounds 719-539-8345 June 9-11 Colorado Springs World War II B-17 Tours and Flights Colorado Springs Jet Center 719-591-2288 June 9 Grand Lake Opening Night Gala Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre 7 pm • 970-627-3421 June 10 Colorado Springs Native American Powwow Mortgage Solutions Financial Expo Center 10 am-6 pm June 10 Erie Brewfest Briggs Street 12-4 pm • 303-828-3440 June 10 Westcliffe Wet Mountain Valley Rotary Scholarship Golf Tournament St. Andrews Golf Course 719-269-8608 June 14-15 Meeker Meeker Days Downtown Meeker June 16-17 Trinidad “[title of show]” Theater Performance Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre 7:30 pm • 719-846-4765 June 17 Berthoud “Sunfest” Outdoor Quilt Show Fickel Park 10 am-4 pm • 970-532-4200


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June 17 Durango Durango Motor Expo Historic Main Avenue June 17 Granby Pet Pals “Doggie Dash” Granby Trails 9 am-12 pm • 970-887-2988 June 17 Kremmling Redneck Mud Shuffle Middle Park Fairgrounds 4 pm • June 20 Cortez Ventriloquist Performance Cortez Public Library 2 pm • 970-564-4073 June 22-25 Salida Salida Art Walk Silver Celebration Downtown Salida June 23-25 Estes Park Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Bond Park 303-449-9596 June 23-24 Hugo Colorado Championship Ranch Rodeo Lincoln County Fairgrounds 719-743-2201 coloradochampionship June 23 La Veta Fourth Friday Art Walk and Art Reception La Veta Gallery on Main 5-7 pm • June 24-25 Black Forest, Colorado Springs and Monument Purely Ponds Parade of Ponds Various Locations 719-896-0038 • June 24-25 Castle Rock “Capturing the Beauty of Open Land” Plein Air Event White Pavilion 10 am

Alpine Artists Holiday Juried Art Show and Call for Entries

June 26 entry deadline Art Show July 27 – August 5 Ouray Community Center, Ouray The 57th annual Artists’ Alpine Holiday Art Show is coming to Ouray July 27 through August 5. This event is one of the oldest art exhibits in Colorado and attracts sundry visitors while generating substantial sales for exhibitors. Artists who enter this juried exhibit get a shot at winning $100-$500 For more information, for their artwork. The deadline to visit enter is June 26.

June 24 Colorado City Golf Fundraiser Hollydot Golf Course 9 am

July 3-4 Westcliffe “All Aboard Westcliffe” Flea Market Rosita Avenue 9 am-3 pm • 719-783-0945

June 24-25 Durango “Celebration of Quilts” Show and Sale Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall

July 4 Buena Vista All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast Fundraiser Columbine Park 7-9:30 am • 719-395-2432

June 24 Durango Gardens on Tour Various Durango Locations 970-749-5642

July 4 Durango 4th of July All American Gourmet Breakfast Rotary Park 7:30-10:30 am • 970-946-4856

June 24 Mancos Mancos Cowboy Half Marathon, 5k and Fun Run Mancos Public Library 970-533-7600

July 4 Kiowa Pioneer 4th Celebration Elbert County Museum 10 am-3 pm

June 24 Pagosa Springs Wolfwood Refuge Visit Wolfe Brewery 11 am-4 pm •

[July] July 2 Estes Park A Day in the Field Photographing Wildlife Rocky Mountain National Park 6:30 am-7:30 pm • 970-586-3262



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Cooperatives: Built to Serve BY TOM WALCH || CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER


We seek to find new and better ways to serve our members and communities. This is one of the guiding principles recently identified and adopted by our Grand Valley Power team. Our cooperative business model is designed to help us follow through on this pledge. Our core purpose and mission is to provide safe, reliable and affordable power to our members. As a cooperative, we are motivated by more than just profits. Earnings above our annual expenses are Tom Walch invested into the cooperative and the wider community. We depend on the guidance and perspective of our members and board to help set priorities for our business and guide governance decisions. Our board of directors is comprised of members who live and work in our service area. This puts them in position to know where investments are most needed. Grand Valley Power’s board believes that the best thing that we can do for our community is to support the education of future generations of our cooperative’s members. That’s why we participate in the Washington, D.C., Youth Tour and take local high school students to the nation’s capital to meet with lawmakers, enabling students to learn firsthand how our democracy works. We provide valuable leadership lessons closer to home as well, with our sponsorship of Colorado’s Cooperative Youth Camp held every summer near Steamboat Springs. We understand the importance of education. We support local elementary and middle school students with contributions to the expansion of the John McConnell Math and Science Center. Our linemen host one of the most popular exhibits at the annual Mesa County Safety Fair. Our robust scholarship programs boost graduating high school seniors in our service territory. And our financial support of Western Colorado Community College and Colorado Mesa University help these local institutions of higher learning thrive. The support that we provide for these programs is funded by unclaimed capital credits. It’s difficult to picture a better use of this money. We are putting it to work here at home, where it can benefit all our members. Our efforts in the field of education help us with the challenging task of passing on our rural roots and values to our children and grandchildren. These efforts will help ensure that our area enjoys a bright future. The way I see it, that’s a great way to serve our members and communities.

COMMENTS TO THE CEO You are a member of a cooperative and your opinion does count. If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please let me know by writing to Ask the CEO, P.O. Box 190, Grand Junction, CO 81502, or send an email to me at Check out our website at

Board of Directors Petitions Due June 19, 2017 There are three director seats up for election at Grand Valley Power’s annual meeting in August. Nominating petitions are available at the Grand Valley Power office, and the petitions must be signed and returned no later than close of business on June 19, 2017. A couple of reminders for those running for the board: 1. T  o be eligible to become or remain a director, a person must be a Grand Valley Power member for at least twelve (12) consecutive months prior to the election and receive electric service from Grand Valley Power at the member’s primary residence. 2. 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 and the cooperative’s bylaws and election policy. These documents can be accessed on the internet, with the bylaws and election policy found on GVP’s website at Upon request, these documents can be picked up at GVP’s headquarters or mailed to you. As a cooperative member, each Grand Valley Power eligible account holder or spouse has the right to vote for up to three directors to be elected. Members have only one ballot per election, regardless of the number of accounts with Grand Valley Power. The Annual Meeting of Grand Valley Power and the election of directors will be held on August 3, 2017 at Colorado Mesa University.

BOARD MEETING NOTICE Grand Valley Power board meetings are open to the members, consumers and public. Regularly scheduled board meetings are held at 9 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the headquarters building located at 845 22 Road, Grand Junction, Colorado. The monthly agenda is posted in the lobby of the headquarters building 10 days before each meeting and posted on the GVP website. If anyone desires to address the board of directors, please let us know in advance and you will be placed on the agenda.

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Be in Control of Your Electric Bill More Than Ever Grand Valley Power members can manage their electric account 24 /7 by computer or smartphone with SmartHub, a free online billing and payment portal.

What is SmartHub?

SmartHub is an online portal that lets you manage all aspects of your electric account with GVP. Creating a SmartHub account takes less than 3 minutes and can be accessed online or through the mobile app that you can download from the Android or iTunes marketplace.

What are the benefits?

SmartHub lets you see detailed usage on a single account or multiple accounts and can allow you to track your usage, make payments or report outages quicker than ever. In addition, you can: • store payment options • view your electric usage history • select paperless billing and recurring payments • notify member services of account issues • communicate directly with the cooperative • find payment locations and main office directions More features will be added soon.

Is the app secure?

Yes. All critical information is encrypted in every transaction and no personal information is stored on your mobile device. Mobile devices do offer you the ability to store your login information if installed on the device. If you choose to store your login information, any person who has access to your mobile device can access your account.

How do I get the app for my phone?

Simply look for SmartHub in the Apple Store® or in the Android® Market. The app is free. Search for SmartHub (not case sensitive but must be all one word); if duplicates appear, the correct app is provided by our partner, National Information Solutions Cooperative and will have the icon shown to the left. Do you need further assistance or are you having issues with the app? You can email with your questions. Please include your contact information so that they can assist you.



In Colorado, motorists who fail to move over a lane for emergency crews, tow trucks and public utility vehicles could soon face stiffer penalties under a new bill passed by the Colorado Senate and House this spring. Currently in Colorado, motorists are required by law to “proceed with due care and caution and yield the right-of-way by moving into a lane at least one moving lane apart” when approaching stationary emergency vehicles with flashing lights. The bill, which was passed by the House May 11, adds public utility vehicles to the list and stiffer penalties for motorists who do not adhere. The Senate bill titled “Move Over for Cody Act” came after Colorado Highway Patrol Troopers Cody Donahue and Jaimie Jursevics were hit and killed by drivers in separate incidents. The legislation will make careless driving near emergency responders, tow trucks and public utility vehicles that results in an injury a class 1 misdemeanor punishable by 12 to 18 months in jail and a $5,000 fine. If the actions result in a death, it will increase to a class 6 felony. Under current law, it is a class 1 misdemeanor traffic offense that carries a lesser punishment ranging from 10 days to 12 months in jail and a maximum $1,000 fine. The bill is awaiting Governor John Hickenlooper’s signature before it takes effect September 1. 8

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If you see police, firefighters, utility crews or other emergency personnel on the side of the road, please slow down and move over. Together, we can keep our crews safe.




Grand Valley Power and the St. Baldrick’s Foundation are working together again to host a 2nd Annual Head Shaving event on June 22 at GVP’s main office and we need your help. In 2016, with 15 participants, GVP raised over $8,000 for childhood cancer research. This year, we enlisted our next-door neighbors, Ute Water, to participate in a friendly competition to see who can raise the most funds for the cause. This is where YOU can help and make a difference. We’re asking our members to donate to Team Grand Valley Power to not only win against utility friends, but also (and most importantly) to help cure childhood cancers that affect over 300,000 children a year. According to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, more children are lost to cancer than any other disease, and, worldwide, a child is diagnosed with cancer every 2 minutes. Only about 4 percent of U.S. federal cancer research funding is dedicated to childhood cancer research, which is why we’re trying to fill the gap. This particularly hits close to home for Grand Valley Power. Our culture is very family-oriented and we care about one another. David Clements, grandfather to Delaney Clements and a former employee at GVP, was forever changed when he received the news about his young granddaughter. You might recall the story of the fun-loving, energetic, dancing queen that wanted to meet Taylor Swift. She was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma, but continued to keep her spirits high and became a worldwide spokesperson for childhood cancer awareness. Delaney passed away when she was 13 years of age and in memoriam of Delaney, David continues to support childhood cancer research.

Grand Valley Power employees Mike Birch and Robbie Barela have their heads shaved at the St. Baldrick’s Foundation event last year.

All of us at GVP would be honored if you supported our team with a donation to help us exceed our fundraising goal of $10,000 this year. Also, GVP will do a company match of up to $3,000 this year. Your investment supports the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the largest non-government funder of childhood cancer research grants. Please visit our team page at to donate, see our team members and learn more about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Every cent counts!

Grand Junction High School Wins the Matchwits Championship


For the eighth time, the Grand Junction High School Tigers claimed the “Matchwits” trophy for the Grand Valley. Matchwits is a weekly statewide academic quiz program presented by Rocky Mountain PBS for high schoolers. Matchwits is in its 32nd season of its Jeopardy-like tournaments. You can watch this year’s finalists from schools across the state and the 2017 championship match at Students from competing schools are quizzed on different subjects, such as science, math, history and English. Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, a national network for electric cooperatives like Grand Valley Power, supports and sponsors educational programs such as Matchwits for Colorado.

Pictured above is this year’s team of Josh Foutz, Sean Palmer, Noah Schmidt, Matt Chambers and Anij Magill. Photo courtesy of Rocky Mountain PBS. JUNE 2017





In 2016, the United States reached 1 million solar installations, 942,000 of which were residential, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. With this solar influx, the Safe Electricity program encourages you to keep safety in mind whether you already own or plan to install solar panels.

Roof-mounted photovoltaic systems save space and easily access the sun. Make sure the roof’s structure is strong enough to hold the additional weight of the solar panels. Additionally, provide easy and

safe access to the roof in order to allow for effective inspection, maintenance and repair of the PV system. A professional contractor should always do the installation. Improper installation increases the chance of a faulty unit, which could cause shock or fire. According to the Fire Protection Research Foundation, heavy wind can stress the panel, hail can cause cracking and snow and debris can affect the energy performance. Perform periodic maintenance on your solar panels. The FPRF suggests the following maintenance procedures to help prevent fire or damage: • Visually inspect the equipment and connections for signs of damage or degradation. • Visually inspect electrical junction boxes to see if conductors are damaged and need to be repaired or replaced. • Visually inspect string conductors to identify physical damage that is in need of repair. Note that all these tips involve visual inspections only. Never attempt to work on or repair a PV system yourself. This could do more harm than good, and it exposes you to electrical currents. If a solar panel needs service, call a certified professional.

Other tips include: • Never step on, set items on or drop anything on the solar panels or wiring. • If you have a roof-mounted solar panel, do not go onto your roof unless absolutely necessary. If you must, watch out for overhead power lines, solar panels and other wiring. • Read the manual to know how to shut down the PV system in case of an emergency, such as a fire. Remember to call 911 and turn off the system only if you can do so safely. In case of a fire, roof-mounted panels could cause additional issues for first responders. The FPRF explains that solar panels may not shut down easily, so electric shock is a concern, especially during the day when sunlight is powering the system. A PV system damaged during a night fire could begin to generate electricity and create a shock hazard or rekindle the fire once exposed to sunlight. If you are interested in renewable energy, visit pdf for a guide to help research renewable systems. For more electrical safety information, visit


Thunderstorms can produce deadly lightning capable of striking up to 10 miles away from a storm. Even if you don’t see rain, you could be in harm’s way. Identify where the nearest shelter is located, and if the skies turn threatening, head inside immediately. Read more about severe thunderstorm safety at


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Theft From the Co-op Hurts All Members

Tampering with an electric meter, illegally hooking into a power supply and stealing copper from a substation may initially seem like victimless crimes. However, power and copper thieves are committing crimes that not only endanger their lives, but also create hazards for utility personnel, first responders and innocent co-op members. When people try to steal power, they create electrocution hazards that may not be apparent until emergency personnel show up. Then, in an emergency situation when power must be shut off to protect firefighters or others entering a building, there are problems. Lines that are interfered with illegally could still be energized, endangering the lives of these first responders. Your local co-op and ultimately its members also pay for the financial cost of such theft. Apply for a legal connection if you do not already have one. If you know of or suspect that someone may be stealing electricity or illegally tampering with electrical equipment, notify your local authorities and your electric co-op. Copper theft can also endanger lives. Electric co-op properties, including substations and power poles, are common targets for copper thieves. Copper theft also costs utility consumers and can even cause fires and explosions. You can help prevent copper theft: • If you notice anything unusual with electric facilities, such as an open substation gate, hanging wires or open equipment, contact your electric co-op immediately. • If you see suspicious activities near electric facilities, call emergency services or your local co-op. Do not intervene. Allow officials to handle the situation. • If you work in construction, store copper securely, especially overnight or anytime the site is vacant. • Install motion-sensor lights and/or a security system to deter possible thieves. Taking preventive measures and reporting suspicious activity are the best methods to help reduce power and copper theft.


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Test Your Knowledge of Power Plants Take a minute and learn about facilities generating electricity in the United States with a fun, easy, short quiz at The data used doesn’t include every power plant in the United States, but it does show all facilities with a combined capacity of more than 1 megawatt. Click through the quiz, see what you know and learn as you go.

Colorado Country Life: Connecting You to Your Co-op For more than 60 years, Colorado’s electric co-ops have connected with you, their member-owners, through this statewide publication, now called Colorado Country Life. Why? It is the most effective and economical way to share information to all members each month. Your power provider is an electric co-op, which means you are a member, not simply a ratepayer. You have a say in who sits on your co-op’s board of directors when you vote at annual meeting time; you have the opportunity to vote for board members who represent you. That makes it important for you to know and understand what is happening at the co-op. And that makes Colorado

Country Life an important magazine to read. Besides the general consumer information and recipes, the magazine also contains meeting announcements, safety tips, energy efficiency information, board candidate N MISSIO CY OF MER biographies, sign-up forms for co-op programs and more. Read it each month and get the latest news from your electric co-op.

Fish Fry Leads to Outage in NW

This fish story comes from the Northwest but sounds a little familiar to co-op linemen in Colorado who have seen all kinds of animals, snakes and fish cause similar problems. There was an outage and a crew was dispatched. What they found, high atop an electric structure in southern Oregon, was a fish that fell into the circuit and caused a transformer to blow out. It happens. Birds of prey dropped their dinner into power lines or other structures before. What surprised the linemen was that this fish was a sculpin, a fish from the bottom of the ocean. It lives deep below the surface of the water so it’s unclear how an osprey or some other bird got it in the first place. It’s not surprising that the bird dropped it, since it was a sizable catch, measuring 10-12 inches in length and 5.5 inches wide at its head.

[ news clips] More Electric Vehicles Needed to Spur Electric Vehicle Development It’s a conundrum. Getting more electric vehicles into consumers’ hands is the key to increasing demand for the technology. “Clearly, an essential step is pushing utilities and private companies to build charging infrastructure so EV drivers are assured they will have a spot to plug in,” said Timotej Gavrilovic, a The Tesla charging station in Limon. consultant with GTM Research. “Putting more EVs on the road will Plata Electric Association are among the be necessary for innovation and markets other co-ops that also either recently into evolve, and to allow the transportation stalled charging stations in their territory sector’s power potential to be harnessed as or are planning to in the near future. a revenue-generation resource.” But even with this local support, EV In Colorado, several electric co-ops are sales are not taking off quickly. They working with their local communities to peaked in 2014 at 0.72 percent of total new install charging stations to encourage EV automobile and light-duty truck purchasuse. Gunnison County Electric Associaes. Last summer almost 500,000 EVs were tion installed a charging station outside on the road — just a drop compared with its office and worked with Crested Butte, the more than 250 million vehicles in the Lake City and Gunnison on charging United States. stations in those communities. Mountain “All of this creates significant financial Parks Electric, Holy Cross Energy and La hurdles to EV infrastructure expansion,”

Gavrilovic said. “Entrepreneurship is very difficult in the energy industry because it requires significant capital investment. [Right now] consumers are skeptical of EV battery life, and that will limit scale.” Longer-range and more affordable EVs may help encourage use, primarily in urban areas. Some Colorado co-ops are also working with local car dealers to promote the purchase of electric cars. As more residences become charging stations, the co-ops are working with homeowners to make sure their household transformers are sufficient for the new electric load. Some also offer time-of-use rates to encourage members to charge their cars at night when electricity is available and less expensive. All of this is expected to become easier to manage as energy storage options become available — and as more electric vehicles take to the roads. — CFC Solutions

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New patterns of power mean a new job for a utility workhorse BY PAUL WESSLUND


Solar panels, electric cars, computer hackers, vandals and thieves might not seem to have much in common, but they’re all making big changes in your electric service. Those changes have electric utilities talking about “the substation of the future.” If everything goes according to plan, you may never even know about those changes, says Tom Lovas, a technical liaison and consultant with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. “The traditional model of generation, transmission and distribution is kind of being turned on its head,” Lovas says. “In the past, power flowed to a substation and then flowed out to the consumer. …[T]he substation has now become a point of information and interconnection, and it’s coordinated in a different way.” Before making sense of what Lovas means by a substation becoming a point of information, it helps to understand what a substation does. HOW SUBSTATIONS WORK That mass of wires and equipment you see behind chain-link fences as you drive along freeways or side roads basically turns high-voltage electricity into lower voltage electricity that can be used in your home. Electricity generated at a power plant gets “stepped up” to a high voltage at a substation because that’s a more efficient way for power to make the long-distance journey through transmission lines. When the current gets close to where it will be used, another substation steps the voltage down, for distribution to you and your neighbors. 14

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But that straight-line path for electricity is changing, says an international industry group planning for how the substation of the future will fit in with the power lines and power plants that make up the electric grid. “Rather than continually getting bigger, the grid is now increasing in intelligence,” according to a 2016 strategic plan of the Centre for Energy Advancement through Technological Innovation (CEATI International). “Customers are increasingly looking for ways to manage their own energy, customizing how they use it and serving as suppliers of energy.” One example of customers serving as suppliers of energy is the fast-growing number of homeowners installing rooftop solar panels. Now, electricity doesn’t just flow from a power plant through a substation to a house. Instead, electricity also flows in the opposite direction, from the house, then back onto the grid as homeowners sell excess solar power back to their utility. When power flows in both directions, running a utility gets a lot more complicated. First, there’s safety. Lineworkers need to be sure they know which wires are energized and which are not. Electricity traveling in a different direction could put new stresses on old equipment, and utilities need new ways to monitor electric current so they can keep track of new patterns of electricity use and generation. Lovas cites an increase in electric cars as another new addition that could change electricity use as people charge their vehicles at a variety of times and places.

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PREDICTING POWER OUTAGES Electric utilities are analyzing information about where the electricity is coming from and where it’s going. This information can be used to improve operations in the utility network and can make the substation of the future an important part of “the smart grid” Information collected at a substation could keep track of how transformers are performing so they could be replaced before they fail or even recognize power use patterns that could predict an outage. “We collect zillions of data points of information. What we’re trying to do is make sense of what that information is telling us,” Lovas says. Figuring out how to analyze and use all that data, he says, could improve safety, reduce outages, reduce outage duration and reduce maintenance Could this be a substation of the future? costs. These days, we know that information can also be Underground substations could offer better security, as well as stolen or misused by cyber criminals, so the substation of the avoid complaints about the appearance of the collection of wires future needs stronger security. And not just cyber security. Lovas and equipment. says that substation planning needs protection against more When will we see the substation of the future? Maybe never, if old-fashioned attackers like vandals and copper wire thieves. it’s hidden behind a grove of trees. Or, since improvements and CEATI International wrote in its strategic plan on the substation advancements are already being installed, maybe it’s already here. of the future, “In the new environment, station facilities have to “I don’t think there’s any defined date when the substation of be protected from physical tampering, sabotage or theft and also the future takes over,” Lovas says. “It’s just a natural progression from malicious threats to data and/or control systems connected of things.” to cyber networks.” Lovas also expects the substation of the future will respond to Paul Wesslund writes on cooperative issues for the National Rural concerns about what substations look like, with utilities lookElectric Cooperative Association. ing for more remote locations or planting trees around them.

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Who would guess that Wild Horse, Colorado, is the birthplace to country music fan clubs as we know them today?


Country music fan clubs all trace their roots back to the 1960s and three sisters: Loudilla, Loretta and Kay Johnson. Those three changed the course for country music artists and their fan clubs from their daddy’s wheat farm on the eastern plains of Colorado. Wild Horse sits along Highway 287 between Limon and Lamar in K.C. Electric Association’s territory. There are a few houses along the blacktop — some lived in, some not — and the only active business today is the U.S. post office, open until 2 o’clock in the afternoon. But that sleepy prairie town played a huge role in country music. It was once the headquarters of the International Loretta Lynn Fan

Club and the International Fan Club Organization, which started the IFCO dinner and show in Nashville, Tennessee. That show was the forerunner of Fan Fair, which is now known as the CMA Music Festival and is coming up June 8-11. The Johnson sisters loved country music and its stars, but Kay Johnson, the youngest and only surviving Johnson sister, bristles a bit if someone calls her a “groupie.” “A groupie follows an artist everywhere, follows their bus and goes to every concert,” she says. “But a fan club president doesn’t have time for that. The fan club president is busy getting out the news to the fans on concerts and record releases, encouraging fans to buy records and calling the radio stations to request songs or writing to television shows to have country music stars on their shows.”

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Right: Kay Johnson looks back over old country music newsletters and photos at her home in Fort Morgan.

Left: Loudilla, Kay and Loretta Johnson pose with Loretta Lynn (second from left) after they started and ran her fan club. Right: The International Fan Club Organization was run from this farm outside Wild Horse, Colorado.


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Each of the Johnson sisters, who never married, brought their own distinct personality and abilities to their fan club work. Loudilla, the oldest, had business savvy. “The three of us were co-presidents,” Kay says. “But I called Loudilla ‘the head co-president.’ She knew how to lead and how to run things.” Loretta, almost three years younger than Loudilla, loved people and having fun. “Loretta never met a stranger,” Kay says. And Kay, the tallest sister with brown hair, was known as the “quiet one.” With two dynamic sisters who talked a mile a minute, Kay was happy to let them talk and lead. She was the listener of the trio and the one to step up and do what needed to be done. “I am a helper,” she says, “not a leader.” The Loretta Lynn Fan Club In 1960, high school senior Loretta Johnson wrote a fan letter to a new girl singer named Loretta Lynn. “Loretta thought it would be fun to write to a singer who had the same name as her,” Kay says. “She wanted it to look nice, so she used her script typewriter. Well, it was the first fan letter Loretta Lynn ever received. Her husband, Mooney, told her she needed to write back, but Loretta said she couldn’t write to someone with such beautiful handwriting. She didn’t realize it was done on a typewriter.” Loretta Johnson sent another letter written in longhand when she didn’t get

a response. This time Lynn wrote back to her and they started corresponding. According to Kay, the first time they met was at a concert at the Municipal Auditorium in Colorado Springs. “After the concert, the DJ from the KPIK radio station came down and got us and he took us backstage to meet her and the Wilburn Brothers. She wanted to come out to the farm, but she had a show the next day and couldn’t.” In her book, Loretta Lynn: Coal Miner’s Daughter, Lynn wrote, “You could have sworn we knew each other all our lives. … They adopted me as a sister in that first meeting.” Loretta Lynn and Mooney did get to visit the farm in Wild Horse. Lynn stayed a few days while Mooney went on. Kay tells of her sister Loretta teaching Lynn how to bake bread and make cinnamon rolls. They also drove around the farm in the truck, riding in the back. They saw some pronghorn antelope, and the girls told Lynn they’d go through the fence and not over it. She didn’t believe them and then had the last laugh when those antelope jumped the fence like deer. Lynn asked the Johnson girls to start an official fan club for her in 1963. According to Kay, dues were $1.50, which didn’t bring in enough income to cover the expenses at the beginning. Their daddy, Mack Johnson, bought a typewriter and $450 mimeograph machine for them to

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Below: Kay, Loretta and Loudilla Johnson appear on the “Hee Haw” television show with Loretta Lynn.

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[feature] produce a monthly newsletter. They created journals that were mailed four times a year in addition to the newsletter. Over time, the Loretta Lynn Fan Club grew to have a membership of 4,000 fans, including members from Canada, England, Japan, Switzerland and Czechoslovakia. Tri-Son News and the International Fan Club Organization Always looking for ways to promote Lynn, the Johnsons started Tri-Son News under their new corporation, Tri-Son (standing for three Johnsons). They requested press releases from other country artists and put them together with Lynn’s as a news service to radio stations and magazines. By 1967, the success of the Loretta Lynn Fan Club had other country artists asking the Johnsons advice for their fan clubs. The sisters held a meeting with Dorothy Owens (Buck Owens’ sister), Lynn, and music promoter Little Richie Johnson and then created the International Fan Club Organization. Through IFCO, the Johnsons offered helpful advice in newsletters on fan club details like writing newsletters, handling merchandise and running the finances. But, more importantly, IFCO promoted the idea that fan clubs were like a grassroots political organization with the purpose of promoting and supporting a country artist. With a membership of 75 fan clubs, the Johnsons held the first IFCO dinner and concert, in conjunction with the Disc Jockey Convention, in 1968. It featured Lynn, Charley Pride, Skeeter Davis and an unknown talent at that time, Barbara Mandrell. The dinner and concert became an annual event with the country artists donating their performances (two songs each), and the money raised was donated to various charities. Loudilla produced the shows and Joe Bob Barnhill was the music producer. When the Country Music Association started Fan Fair in June 1974, the Johnsons moved the IFCO dinner and show to the Fri-


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day night before Fan Fair to help support it. Starting in 1994, the show was held in the Ryman Auditorium where memories were invoked of past performances and young artists were thrilled to stand on the hallowed stage. IFCO grew to a membership of more than 350 fan clubs, and the Johnsons helped organize and participated in other fan-related expos and shows over the years, including the Wembley Festival in London, Fan Jam in Dallas, the Las Vegas Country Music Fan Festival and a fan festival in Los Angeles. As with their IFCO shows, many of the festivals benefitted charities. Wild Horse to Nashville Loudilla, Loretta and Kay Johnson based their country music businesses in Wild Horse for 28 years — an amazing feat, considering they didn’t even have a telephone at the house until 1972. “We went to the neighbor’s house half a mile down the road when we needed to make a telephone call,” Kay says with a smile. Their businesses also had a big impact on the Wild Horse post office. When the Johnsons started the Loretta Lynn Fan Club, the post office was in the postmaster’s house. The U.S. Postal Service decided to close the Wild Horse post office when the postmaster retired. Of course, this did not set well with the Johnson sisters. They started a letter-writing campaign to save the post office, asking Lynn’s fans and others to write to their congressmen. Not only did they save the post office, but the U.S. Postal Service also moved in a new modular trailer for it. By the 1980s, the Johnson sisters were as well-known as the country stars they promoted. Lynn wrote a chapter about her fan club and the Johnson sisters in her 1976 book, Coal Miner’s Daughter. The Johnsons even appeared in a “Hee Haw” segment in the cornfield with Lynn in 1987. But their lives took a sad turn in November 1987 when their daddy died in a head-on collision near Kit Carson at the age of 74. Sixty-five days later, the family

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grieved once again with the death of their oldest brother, Olin, who ran the family wheat farm with his father. Olin and their other brother, Everett (who owned a nearby farm), took care of the farming when Mack traveled with the girls to IFCO shows and Fan Fair. Loudilla, Loretta and Kay came to a crossroads after their father’s death. Kay explains: “Daddy had said if anything ever happened to him, to move to Nashville because it is where our work was. So we put the farm ground into CRP [Conservation Reserve Program] and moved to Brentwood in 1991.” Living in Nashville gave the Johnsons opportunities they didn’t have in Wild Horse. “We met with fan club presidents over lunch and guided them in running their fan clubs.” They also became more involved in organizing fan shows across the country. In 1995, Lynn disbanded her fan club when her husband was ill and near death. The Johnson sisters and Lynn lost contact with each other, but the Johnsons continued their work with IFCO and Tri-Son.

Accolades and Heartache Three awards the Johnsons received after the year 2000 sum up their contributions to country music and its fans. In 2002, R.O.P.E. (Reunion of Professional Entertainers) gave the Johnsons the Ernest Tubb Humanitarian Award for their years of raising money for charities through the IFCO shows. The Country Music Association honored them in 2003 with plaques for their contributions to making Fan Fair a success over the years. And, finally, the professionalism and success the Johnsons demonstrated through their work as women in the country music industry was honored in 2004 when they received the SOURCE Award. Loretta Johnson fought a long battle with multiple myeloma (the same cancer their mother, Audrey Johnson, died from in 1999) and passed away April 13, 2009, at the age of 67. IFCO didn’t hold a show at Fan Fair that year, but country music artists came together for a benefit memorial concert for Loretta Johnson to help with medical bills. Loudilla and Kay continued their work with IFCO and Tri-Son until Loudilla was stricken with pancreatic cancer and died on May 7, 2014. After Loudilla passed away, Kay met with lawyers and disbanded IFCO and Tri-Son and moved to Fort Morgan, Colorado, to be near her brother, Everett, and his family. Looking back on their adventures and accomplishments, Kay (who fought her own battle with cancer and survived) says, “We all enjoyed what we did. We got to go places we’d never been and met so many different people — country music stars, movie stars and just regular people who were fans. Reminiscing is still a pleasure.” Writer Gayle Gresham lives in Elbert where she loves to play guitar and sing her own country music songs. For more information on the legendary Johnson sisters, visit

Far left: The Johnson sisters received the Ernest Tubb Humanitarian Award for their work raising money for charities. Left: Kay Johnson displays the CMA Fan Fair Award that was presented to the Johnson sisters. Right: The girls’ dad, Mack Johnson, carries some of their Fan Fair awards.

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Mint Chip Ice Cream Brownie Squares 1 box brownie mix designed for 9- by 9-inch pan 1.5-quart of mint chip ice cream 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream 2-3 cups semisweet mini chocolate chips, divided 8-ounce tub whipped topping Line a 9- by 13-inch pan with parchment paper. (Note: Even though the recipe calls for a brownie mix designed for a 9- by 9-inch pan, use a 9- by 13-inch pan to bake with.) Mix brownies according to the directions on the box. Spread brownie mixture evenly over the parchment paper and bake 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs, but no wet batter. Remove ice cream from freezer and let stand at room temperature until soft. Once brownies are cool, spread ice cream evenly over the brownies and then place the pan in the freezer to allow the ice cream to refreeze. Heat heavy whipping cream in the microwave for 1-2 minutes until hot, but not boiling. Pour 1 cup semisweet mini chocolate chips in cream and set aside. Wait 3 minutes and then stir until completely blended. Set aside and let cool until it reaches room temperature. Remove pan from freezer and spread the chocolate cream evenly over the ice cream. Return pan to freezer for 30 minutes. Thaw whipped topping until it becomes spreadable. Remove pan from freezer and spread whipped topping over the chocolate layer. Sprinkle 1-2 cups semisweet mini chocolate chips over the whipped topping layer. Return pan to freezer for 3 hours before serving.

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Discouraging Deer From Your Gardens Tips to help keep your garden sheltered from beastly ruin BY VICKI SPENCER MASTER GARDENER GARDENING@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG


Several years ago when I ran an Audubon nature education center in Wyoming, I often received phone calls from gardeners desperately seeking solutions to their “deer problem.” If deer discover your garden, you know how discouraging it is to have them plow through your beautifully blooming flower beds or decimate your vegetable crops just before they are ready to harvest. Unfortunately, I did not have any foolproof solutions for these gardeners, but experience taught me a few lessons that I can pass on to you. The first lesson in discouraging deer and other critters from invading your garden is to remember that wildlife know no boundaries when hunger strikes. Deer typically consume 6 to 10 pounds of food a day and when open spaces don’t provide enough sustenance, your garden becomes an enticing smorgasbord. Sadly, once deer discover your garden, they won’t forget boxwood it. This is why it is better to design your garden to deter deer from the beginning. This strategy worked well for me in Gunnison where I watched deer wander through my neighbors’ gardens, filling their bellies, but never venturing into my yard. Deer must know when hunting season begins because that is just about the time they start walking the city streets. In the fall when I went for an early morning jog, I often startled deer sleeping in my neighbor’s yard. How did I know they didn’t sleep in my yard or eat my plants when I wasn’t looking? Well, I didn’t find any signs. First, I didn’t see any hoofprints (shaped like upside down hearts) or droppings (small, pebble-like bits) in my yard. Second, I could not see any damage to my plants. Deer do not have front incisors, so they bite plants and then jerk their heads around to pull them out. The damage is

pretty evident. But I didn’t see any trampled or torn plants. Maybe I was just lucky. Or maybe I found the deer-proof solution. Deer typically inhabit edges of forests bordered by grass and shrubs. They prefer open spaces to small, confined areas. Consequently, some experts suggest building barriers, such as 6- or 7-foot fences (preferably ones you can’t see through) around your garden. Others suggest double fencing, spaced about


2 to 5 feet apart, because deer have difficulty jumping high and wide at the same time. My front yard was bordered on the south by a 6-foot fence as well as on the east and north by the house and garage. Even though not completely enclosed, the only escape if something frightened the deer was the street to the west, and that’s where the perceived danger (people or cars) was likely to be. Although it is recommended that you completely enclose your garden, the barriers in my yard may have been enough to make the deer feel more insecure than they felt in my neighbors’ yards where they could freely

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dry flies to the lake’s callibaetis hatches, or try to replicate the deep-water emergence of chironomids by drifting midge pupae on long leaders beneath a strike indicator. Some prefer to stalk the shorelines casting scuds or damselfly nymphs to cruising fish. All of these methods work, but none of them work all the time. One thing everybody seems to agree on is that the lake fishes best early and late in the year, and early and late in the day. Iceout is reputed to offer the best chance to “stick a real pig,” as they say, but we never did well the few times we made the trip in late April. We prefer to fish the lake in late summer during those quickly fleeting hours after sunset when the outline of Sheep Mountain carves a jagged, black silhouette against the fading pastel of purple-gray and salmonpainted clouds. In the spooky stillness, you become acutely aware of the waves lapping softly against your waders, the barely perceptible flutter of bats overhead and the distant muttering of a mallard hen. Suddenly a coyote yip-howls, freaking you out just as your line draws tight and your rod bows deeply. Somewhere out there in the night, a big fish rolls on the silver-black surface of North Delaney Buttes Lake and, for just a minute, you think you finally broke the code.

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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

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Windows are an important contributor to the efficiency and comfort of your home. In last month’s column, we talked about replacing windows, but doing so is costly and could take 20 years of energy savings to recover the investment. Luckily, you can make significant improvements to your existing windows without investing a large amount of money or time. Weather stripping can be used for areas where a window’s movable parts meet the window frame. Retailers offer a variety of weather stripping for different types of windows. These materials are low cost, easy to apply and can pay for themselves in energy savings in as little as one year. The seam between the window frame and the wall is another common source of air leakage. For anything less than 1/4inch wide, fill it with caulk; for anything larger, use expanding foam and paint over it. If the window pane is loose or the glass is cracked or missing, it’s probably costing you There are many different kinds weather stripping designed additional of for different types of windows money. and applications. If you’re handy, it is possible to reglaze a window yourself, or there may be a local shop in your area that will do it. Another strategy to consider is window coverings. There are many types, including interior roller shades, cellular shades or draperies. Recent laboratory tests showed that cellular shades could cut heating or cooling expenses by 10 to 16 percent. Cellular shades can be purchased with a lighter reflective side and a darker, heatabsorbing side. Some can even be reversed with the change of seasons. Pat Keegan and Brad Thiessen are with Collaborative Efficiency, which partners with electric co-ops on efficiency projects.

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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.

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Please type or print your ad on a separate paper. Indicate how many months you would like your ad to run and which month to start. There is a minimum of 12 words at $1.63 per word/month. Be sure to include your full name and address for our records. Check MUST accompany this order or call to pay by credit card. Send your ad to: mail: Colorado Country Life 5400 Washington St., Denver, CO 80216 phone: 303-902-7276 fax: 303-455-2807 email:

ANTIQUE RESTORATION CHAIR CANING -- Hand caning, machine caning, fiber rush caning. Pueblo West, 719-547-0723. (858-10-17)


ANTLER CHANDELIERS made only from REAL antlers. We are the manufacturer and we sell all of our products at wholesale prices; save as much as 60% from store prices. Many other antler products and mounts, including 56” elk mount, giant moose paddles, and elk antlers. Showroom now open year ’round in Granby, CO. 18 years at this location, over 900 satisfied customers! Designers: We can provide you a single item or a whole houseful. Call ! (970) 627-3053. (085-09-17)


www.clockrepairandrestoration. com DURANGO AREA. CLOCKS of all kinds repaired. Antique and modern. Clocks bought and sold. Call Robert 970-247-7729. (109-06-17)


SOLAR WATER SYSTEMS -- livestock or any remote location. 3-10 gpm. Variable speed. Call Peterson High Reach for free quote, 719-688-0081. Windmills available. (316-09-17)



DYNAMIC GUIDED TOURS, interactive exhibits, educational events at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry. Check us out, 225 N. Gate Blvd., Colorado Springs, 80921, 719-488-0880 (346-09-17)

HEALTH FOOD STORE & DELI: 2 turnkey businesses in one.Strong income/customer base. Colorado mountains (970-641-5175), leave name & number. (252-08-17)

POLKA LOVERS Klub of America -- Dance to a live band Sundays, 3-7pm. Denver Kickers Sport Club, 16776 W. 50th Ave., Golden, CO. $5.00/members, $10.00/ non-members. for information / band schedule. Leo, 720-232-0953 (345-09-17)

(These opportunities have not been investigated by Colorado Country Life.)

Find hidden treasure in the CLASSIFIEDS Read through the ads and FIND the CCL classified explaining how to WIN a $25 gift card. It’s easy. You could WIN.

The classified ads May contest winner is Rebecca Blanchard of Colorado Springs. She correctly counted 28 classified ads.


OXYGEN CONCENTRATORS -- $400 with warranty. Also sell portable concentrators and oxygen supplies. Repair and service of equipment. Aspen Concentrator Repair Service 719-471-9895 (040-08-17) WALDEN ALPACA YARN -- 200 yd skeins in many different weights. Lovely shades of brown, black, tan,and white. All skeins at least 80% alpaca. Hypoallergenic and very warm. Becky 970-222-3219 (341-07-17)


SOON CHURCH AND GOVERNMENT UNITING will suppress “Religious Liberty,” enforcing a “National Sunday Law,”leading to the “Mark of the Beast.” Be informed / Be forewarned! Need mailing address for FREE materials. TBSM,Box 99, Lenoir City, TN 37771. thebiblesaystruth@yahoo. com 1-888-211-1715. (814-08-17)


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LEGITIMATE WORK AT HOME opportunity. No sales, investment, risk. Training/website provided. Monthly income plus bonuses, benefits. Call Carrie 303-5794207, www.livetotalwellness. com/livehealthy (932-02-18)


FREE COLOR CATALOG. 193 varieties, Cornish Cross, standard breeds, fancy chicks, ducks, geese, turkeys, bantams, guineas, pheasants, quail, supplies, video. 417-532-4581. PO Box 529, Lebanon, MO 65536. www. (876-08-17)


READY TO RETIRE? +-13 acres near Mancos, CO. Trout-stocked canyon lake, commercial greenhouse, gardens, lots of water, passive solar timber frame home. $525,000. Jim, 970-769-1391, for pictures. (282-06-17) SOUTHEAST COLORADO FARM, 80 acres irrigated, 80 acres riverbottom. Nice large home. $190,000. muffinindustries@gmail. com 757-356-9300 (339-06-17) TIN CUP, COLORADO -- 1600sf log home, attached 30x90 workshed, 3 car building for storage. Willow Creek runs through adjacent BLM land. Seasonal access or snowmobile. Matt, Monarch Realty, 970-641-1900 (340-06-17) WE BUY LAND and/or mineral rights. CO TX NM KS. 1-800316-5337 (099-04-18)


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OLD COLORADO LIVESTOCK brand books prior to 1975. Call Wes 303-757-8553. (889-08-17) OLD GAS AND OIL items: Gas pumps, advertising signs, globes, etc. Pieces, parts, etc. considered. Also 1932-34 Ford cars and trucks, parts and pieces, too. Any condition. Brandon, 719-250-5721. (519-11-17) OLD POCKET WATCHES -- working or non-working and old repair material. Bob 719-859-4209. (870-06-18) WANT TO PURCHASE mineral and other oil/gas interests. Send details to: PO Box 13557, Denver, CO 80201. (402-03-18) WANT TO WIN $25? Mail the number of classified ads to classifieds@coloradocountrylife. org for your chance to win. Put WIN $25 in the subject line. Include name/address/phone number. Deadline NOON June 16. WANTED: JEEP CJ OR WRANGLER. Reasonably priced. No rust buckets. 888-735-5337 (099-04-18) WE PAY CASH for mineral and oil/gas interests, producing and nonproducing. 800733-8122 (099-02-18)


3BDR, 2BA, HOT TUB, open year around, pet friendly, 970286-9028, $195/nt (344-09-17)


CAST-IRON COOKWARE (Wagner & Griswold). Pyrex. Old toys in good condition. Vintage signs. Anything cowboy and Indian – hats, boots, spurs, rugs, etc. After family gets what they want, we’ll buy the rest. Antiques, collectibles, furniture, glassware, etc. We come to you! 970759-3455 or 970-565-1256. (871-08-17)

June 14 National Flag Day

NAVAJO RUGS, old and recent, native baskets, pottery. Tribal Rugs, Salida. 719-539-5363, (817-06-17)


Lodge Manufacturing Cookware Sweepstakes Winner Teresa Bradfield of Cortez, a San Isabel Electric Association member from Pueblo West

The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide Winner Rob Kramer of Fairplay

Congratualations to our May contest winners. 28

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[ funny stories]


Lisa and Dave Knox visit Turks and Caicos. Lisa is a Mountain View Electric Association employee.

My son and his two children were working in their front yard. He asked my 10-year-old granddaughter Lexi to go in the back and pick up dog poop (they have two miniature dachshunds). About 15 minutes later she came to the front yard complaining and frustrated, saying she couldn’t pick up all that dog poop by herself. It then dawned on my son he had the yard aerated the day before, and she thought all those plugs were from the dogs. William Ritter, Berthoud

Grace Konzier, a Grand Valley Electric member, takes her copy of Colorado Country Life to the Gamboa Rainforest Resort in Panama.

Jessie and Bob Formwalt of La Plata Electic Catie and Juli Eichler take Colorado Country Life send a photo from Komodo Island, Indonesia. to Prague. WINNER: Carlene Peters takes her copy of CCL to the Greek island of Santorini.

I was talking with a buddy of mine about my approaching 36-year wedding anniversary. He asked me, “What’s your secret to a long, happy marriage?” “It’s simple. Twice a week we go out to a candlelit dinner with soft music and dancing,” I said. “She goes on Mondays and I go on Thursdays.” Cliff Wetherill, Arvada Making buns for dinner, I set them on the counter to rise. I turned my attention to my granddaughters and we got busy playing, forgetting about the rolls. Later that afternoon, I noticed my husband standing in the kitchen peering at something. I excused myself from our granddaughters and went to the kitchen to see what he was so interested in. To my dismay, I saw the rolls were overflowing the pan. I looked at my husband accusingly and said, “Why didn’t you tell me my buns were getting too big?” He looked at me, smiled sweetly and replied, “Am I really supposed to answer that?” To this day our granddaughters call dinner rolls “Nana’s Big Buns!” Debbie Moore, Pagosa Springs My 4-year-old grandson was standing and watching his dad unplug the toilet. He said to his dad, “Wouldn’t it be easier if you just bought me another ball?” Bella Lovato, Grand Junction

Gary and Karen LaBonte of White River Electric pose with CCL in Zambia.

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 Friday, June 16. This month’s winner is Carlene Peters of Colorado Springs. She visited the Greek island of Santorini.

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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Buckle Up

Dad can accent his favorite outfit with a Johnson & Held belt buckle. For more than 30 years, the Englewood-based company has hand made eye-catching belt buckles that any dad would dig. Choose from a variety of designs like guitars, fish, wolves, patriotic or Colorado-inspired, or customize you own creations. Prices start at $200. For more information, call 800-525-3470 or visit

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Pick a gift that will please Pop when packing his work lunch. Just plug it in and the Hot Logic Mini will keep his food hot for hours. It can even cook meals from scratch. As long as there is an outlet nearby, Dad’s meal will be toasty and ready to eat. Cost is $39.95. It also comes in a 9- by 13-inch option for $89.95.

SATISFY THE NEED FOR SPEED Think Dad might like a Lamborghini, Ferrari or McLaren this Father’s Day? While Dad is the most important man on the planet, splurging on an exotic car — or any car for that matter — is probably out of the question. Right? Wrong. Dream Drive Exotics offers autocross driving experiences starting at $199 and allows the driver to man any of the aforementioned vehicles. If that’s still too rich for your wallet, try booking a ride along for $119. Dream Drive Exotics is taking reservations now for a September 9 drive at FlatIron Crossing in Broomfield or a September 10 drive at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain. For more information and to book, call 855-227-8789 or visit

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BAG IT UP This Father’s Day give dad a gift that’s “Repurposed for a Purpose.” Denver-based Sword & Plough sells upcycled bags, backpacks, jewelry and accessories using military surplus. This Camo Duffle Bag is one of several travel bags Dad can get plenty of use from. Featuring approximately 35 liters of interior space with a zip closure, this bag can hold an overabundance of gear for any outing. Cost is $199, plus $34 for the optional shoulder strap. For more information, visit


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