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
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YOUR CO-OP NEWS
JUNE 2017 Volume 48, Number 06
“Mountain Light” by John Mumaw, a member of Empire Electric from Cortez.
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MEETING WITH CONGRESS
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
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
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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
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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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I should have known it wouldn’t be a typical day in March when I turned on the radio and heard that eastern Colorado was under both a red flag warning and a blizzard watch for the next 24 hours. What began as rain on Friday, March 24 turned to snow and ice, followed by high winds. When K.C. Electric Association designs and builds an overhead power line, we follow the National Electrical Safety Code guidelines. The United States is divided into three icing districts: light, medium and heavy. Since eastern Colorado is in the heavy icing district, all our overhead power lines are designed and built to withstand damage during normal winter storms. Over the years, we learned that Mother Nature sometimes delivers such a powerful punch that extensive system damage cannot be avoided. Have you ever heard of aeolian vibration? When a “smooth” stream of air passes across a cylindrical shape, such as a conductor, vortices (eddies) are formed on the back side. These vortices alternate from top and bottom surfaces, and create alternating pressures that tend to produce movement at right angles to the direction of air-flow. This is the mechanism that causes aeolian vibration. As ice builds up on the conductor and high winds ensue, aeolian vibration (the power lines violently bounce up and down) can lead to the catastrophic failure of overhead lines due to breaks of the conductor strands and/or poles. Studies show
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that it takes over 4,200 pounds of force to break a distribution pole. Typically, power lines that are routed east to west suffer most of the damage, since the wind normally blows out of the north or south. K.C. lost 665 poles during the storm on March 24. There are approximately 20 distribution poles in a mile of overhead power line, so this equates to over 33 miles of poles and wire damaged. Luckily, minimal damage occurred on our transmission system. As the storm progressed through our service territory, K.C. crews quickly began assessing the damage and restoring power to as many members as possible. Damage reports began rolling in from crews assessing the damage, and we reached a point when the decision was made to reach out to neighboring cooperatives for assistance. Each of the electric cooperatives in Colorado signed a disaster aid agreement that includes guidelines that we follow when emergency help is needed for system restoration. By Friday evening, we arranged for one four-man crew from Highline Electric Association (Holyoke), two four-man crews from Y-W Electric Association (Akron), one five-man crew from Southeast Colorado Power (La Junta) and one contract crew to assist with the restoration efforts. As Friday evening progressed, we were thankful that we had men and equipment headed our way to help in our restoration efforts, but now we had to focus on obtaining enough material to rebuild over 33 miles [continued on page 10]
K.C. Electric replaced 665 poles following March’s blizzard. JUNE 2017
TIME FOR AN ADVENTURE by Dee Ann Blevins
I traveled to the county seat of Greenwood County, Colorado, to interview a couple from Emporia, Kansas. “Where is Greenwood County?” you ask. Oops! I slipped back to the Colorado Territory in 1870 when Kit Carson was the county seat. From Hugo to Kit Carson, this trip by horse would take me about 10 hours. Fortunately, I had a much more comfortable ride and the town was not as wild as it once was! Back then, Kit Carson’s population was more than 5,000, and it was the end of the Kansas Pacific and Arkansas Valley railroads and, perhaps, the toughest town in the West. There were frequent killings, and saloons and dance halls were open all night. You would find buffalo hunters, cowboys, gamblers and bad men in Kit Carson. But you wouldn’t find a resident horologist. My plan was to meet up with an horologist in the old pool hall, which was built in 1915. Horology is the study and measurement of time or the art of making clocks or watches. Enter Pat Kluthe, owner of Time Travelers Clock Repairs, LLC, and his wife Norma. Pat is originally from Illinois and Norma is from New York. They met in Emporia, Kansas. Pat first became enamored by clocks when he was 9 years old. While watching a movie with his uncle in St. Louis, there was a power outage. The grandfather clock, however, was not affected by the outage, and Pat was curious about the timepiece. Pat loved taking things apart and discovering how they worked, but he was not allowed to touch the grandfather clock. Later, he joined the Army and worked as a multichannel communicator operator, a job requiring a sensitive touch and extensive knowledge. These skills served him in
jobs he would hold later. Eventually, Pat was concerned that horology was a dying art, so he took classes and studied for more than seven years. Pat then established a clock repair business in Emporia. He has been in business for three years. Norma helps Pat with promotions, but she owns and operates a successful paint contracting business, which takes most of her time. Two things strike me as special with
“Part of my mission is to get geardriven clocks up and running and to generate an interest and love for the old clocks, especially with the young people.” the Kluthes: their historical research and passion for educating young people about horology. “Part of my mission is to get gear-driven clocks up and running and to generate an interest and love for the old clocks, especially with the young people,” Pat says. Norma adds, “Pat realized that horology is a dying art, but horologists are dying off, as well.” When Pat opens the back of one of the clocks to show me the mechanism, he is way over my head when he begins explaining the parts and functions. Repairing a timepiece is a precise and complicated process. That working connection is missing with our younger generations, who don’t need to understand the mechanics involved. The digital age just requires a push of the button to get results. “By moving attention away from computers and digital gadgets, it provides the opportunity to enjoy the tranquility of the sounds and to experience the satisfaction that comes with the ability to maintain gear-driven
clocks,” Pat says. A surprising and interesting fact is that the Kluthes drive from Emporia to Kit Carson, a six-hour trip one way. And this is their third trip to Kit Carson because Kit Carson is a destination on one of the Time Travelers expeditions. It’s a good thing Pat and Norma don’t have to come by stagecoach! It’s a shame they can’t come by railroad. Pat explains that he likes to offer his services to areas that are underserved in clock repair services. Time Travelers Clock Repairs journeys to destinations far away from the shop several times a year on clock expeditions. “While on the expedition, we help establish a ‘clock repair cooperative’ with potential clients in need of services within a geographic region. Our expeditions also provide a truly unique form of fundraising for communities, schools or organizations that are a little ‘off the beaten path,’” Pat says. More than a year ago, when researching the geographic area of the Dust Bowl, Pat stumbled on Kit Carson and the old pool hall. He wondered if many clocks survived that period of time. Pat loved the agricultural and railroad history he discovered about Kit Carson. The annual melodrama was a bonus for the Kluthes. Pat had already worked with the Greeley County Historical Society in Tribune, Kansas. He and Norma learned about the Kit Carson Historical Society and suspected the group, like most historical societies, struggle to attract members and funds to preserve its history. If you have a clock that needs to be repaired, you can bring it to the pool hall in Kit Carson and pay a house call fee of $80. coloradocountrylife.coop
Pat will examine your clock and give you an estimate of the repair costs. The clock is carefully packed and hauled to the shop in Kansas and repaired. If additional work needs to be done, Pat will contact you. In a week or two, Pat will call you to let you know the date the clock can be picked up at Kit Carson. His work is guaranteed for one year on all services performed. Time Travelers is fully insured. Fifty dollars of that house call fee is given to the Kit Carson Historical Society. When railroads were still expanding in the 1870s, standardized times were
introduced. “Railroads used to hire horologists to ride the trains, get off at every depot and make sure the clocks were synchronized,” Pat says. “Paper clips were used to make the adjustments. If the clock was running fast, paper clips were added. Every depot had paper clips.” The oldest clock Pat ever worked on was a 200-year-old grandfather clock. From the expeditions, he worked on a clock from the 1800s. Pat believes mindset is important to work on old timepieces, but he uses modern technology and social media to reach younger people. “I encour-
age people to dig out their old clocks to repair, treasure and enjoy,” he says. Time Travelers will be at the Kit Carson pool hall on July 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The next clock expedition will be geared around the Santa Fe Trail sites. That could lead the Kluthes on a journey to southern Colorado and New Mexico. Pat really does get to time travel on these expeditions. He is transported to the past by the clocks he restores. Pat Kluthe is definitely doing his part to keep history alive, hands down.
SPECIAL AFFINITY — THE KIT CARSON HISTORICAL SOCIETY by Dee Ann Blevins
Pat and Norma Kluthe feel right at home in Kit Carson, Colorado. They have made friendships here and are quite attached to the Kit Carson Historical Society. Board members Deb Dwyer, Frank Heins, Penny McPerson, Victor Gibbs and Charles Oswald are grateful for the generous donations received from the clock expeditions. Penny and I shared our common concerns with keeping museum doors open and the time, costs and difficulties involved in saving historical structures. Volunteers are necessary to keep collections and projects visible to tourists and locals alike. However, volunteers are busy people with families, careers and other interests. Kit Carson Historical Society was first formed in the mid-to late-1950s. When a local woman purchased the abandoned Union Pacific Depot in 1969, the building was moved and donated to the society with the stipulation that it be used as a museum. At that point, the society became more formal. The museum has been open since 1970. It has always been a free museum, surviving on donations. Visitors can view the museum from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The collections on display are varied and depict homesteading, farming, ranching and other local history. The 24-foot by 64-foot depot was built in 1904. It is a Union Pacific Railroad standard plan combination depot. That means local people could bid and construct the structure according to the standard plan. It also served as the station master’s residence in addition to handling freight and passengers. There
were two bedrooms, a living room/parlor, Kit Carson Historical Society, please get kitchen and attached porch. In 1936 the involved. Most towns this size feel fortustation master made room for his family nate to have one museum or attraction. by removing a wall to expand the living Kit Carson can boast of at least three sigarea. The upstairs was converted to bednificant treasures from the past. Historic rooms for the children. There was even an preservation is definitely an adventure. indoor toilet. Are you ready to do a little time travel? In After 1970, the 24-foot by 34-foot signal Kit Carson, you won’t even need a time maintainer’s house was moved next to the machine to experience the past. freight platform. It was built in the 1930s Editor’s note: You’ll find phone numbers in the and is also a U.P. standard plan house. phone directory for the Kit Carson Historical If you aren’t wowed by all of this Society board members. And if you want to railroad stuff in Kit Carson, you will be be considered on the next expedition or want blown away to learn about the 1959 U.P. more information about clock repair, contact caboose at the museum. The caboose is Time Travelers Clock Repair at one of only three surviving Class CA-7 620-803-7570 or on the web at cabooses in Colorado. www.timetravelersclockrepair.com. The Kansas Pacific Railroad reached Kit Carson in 1870, and Kit Carson became the terminus for K.P. for about six months. Around 1872 the Union Pacific Railway Company purchased this line Each month, members have a chance to claim a $10 credit from K.P. The only known on their next electric bill. All you have to do is find your remaining K.P. presence in account number and call the Hugo office at 719-743-2431 Kit Carson is the stone pump and ask for your credit. The account numbers are listed house, which is in dire need below. How simple is that? of preservation. The land it You must claim your credit during the month in which sits on is not owned by the your name appears in the magazine (check the date on historical society, so getting the front cover). grants to restore it is virtually impossible. Steve Parker 919100004 The society is working with Justin Nelson 525600029 Time Travelers to host a memJohn Palmer 611900004 bership drive with the next Herman Martin 102265000 clock expedition. Check the website listed at the end of this In April, we had three winners: Bonnie Hilt of Burlington, article for more details. If you Dennis Rouse of Burlington and Northeast Lincoln Fire have time or money to support Protection District of Arriba. Congratulations! the preservation efforts of the
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of power lines. K.C. stocks a good supply of material at our warehouse, but to keep expenses down, we don’t stock enough material on a daily basis to rebuild 33 miles of power lines. To begin our restoration efforts, we needed poles and pole hardware. K.C. Electric is a member-owner of Western United Electric Supply Corporation based out of Brighton. After evaluating the amount of material we had in stock and estimating how much additional material we needed, we called WUESCO and placed an order. WUESCO gathered its warehouse employees and truck drivers and delivered much-needed material to our Stratton office on Saturday afternoon. WUESCO supplied us with pole hardware, but they don’t stock poles in Brighton. Poles are typically shipped directly to us from the manufacturer after treatment. We had 300 poles in stock, but we knew from the damage assessment that more poles were needed. K.C. employees quickly began calling vendors that supply poles to us and found a couple of loads of poles (each truck can haul approximately 50 poles). Additional poles were needed, so the manufacturer made the decision to open the plant so more poles could be treated and trucked to us. We received our first truckload of poles on Sunday morning, and they came from Mississippi. With the goal of restoring power as quickly as possible, but keeping in mind that safety is always our number one priority, all crews arrived and were dispatched to begin setting poles
so power could be restored. As I mentioned earlier, this storm began as rain and then changed to snow and ice. The immense amount of moisture hampered restoration efforts as our trucks struggled to navigate the muddy roads and fields. Thankfully, several K.C. members provided tractors to help pull equipment from pole to pole. We would not have been able to rebuild our system without their assistance. In all, we used 11 tractors that logged over 375 hours assisting our crews. K.C. crews, along with the cooperative and contract crews mentioned above, worked 16-hour days in treacherous conditions until the last service was connected. The storm came and went Mud and snow make pole replacement challenging. but debris cleanup will continue during this storm for their patience, and the for several weeks. K.C. has an members who provided tractors during the emergency action plan in place that includes restoration process. guidelines to follow when a storm of this magnitude impacts our electrical system. Having a plan in place greatly increased the efficiency of the restoration process when this disaster hit. I’m extremely happy to report that all this work was completed without any lost-time accidents or close calls. I want to thank the members who lost power
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Sparks From the Outlet Severe Weather Lightning is a giant spark of electricity in the atmosphere between clouds and the air, or clouds and the ground. Lightning can strike from the sky down as well as from the ground up. Energy from lightning heats the air anywhere from 18,000 to 60,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The odds of being struck in your lifetime (estimated at 80 years) are one in 3,000. Lightning can strike the same place twice. There is a local story about a Bovina man who was struck by lightning and killed in 1891. Around 1930, his tombstone was struck by lightning. That’s not exactly the same thing as being struck twice, but it is an anomaly.
In April, we asked what was the safest thing to do if a live electric line falls on your car. The correct answer was stay in your car. The winners were Linda Stevens of Flagler and Linda Blevins of Hugo. Good job, gals! Question: All of the following statements about lightning are true except one. 1. Lightning helps the Earth maintain electrical balance. 2. It is possible to have thunder without lightning. 3. Haze, dust, moisture, raindrops and any other particles in the atmosphere will affect the color of lightning. The first and third caller to call with the correct false statement will win $10!
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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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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. coloradocountrylife.coop
[ 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
THE SUBSTATION OF THE FUTURE
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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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.”
Photo by Gayle Gresham
BY GAYLE GRESHAM
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.
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
“You could have sworn we knew each other all our lives. … They adopted me as a sister in that first meeting.” COMING UP
CMA Music Festival, June 8-11 Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN
Below: Kay, Loretta and Loudilla Johnson appear on the “Hee Haw” television show with Loretta Lynn.
[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-
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 coloradocountrylife.coop.
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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In June 2012, Colorado Country Life wrote about “one of the latest content-sharing services to explode across the internet.” Who would have known Pinterest would grow from 3,000 registered accounts in 2010 to more than 150 million users in 2017? From fashion to home projects, good reads and cute puppy pics, we continue to find “Pinteresting” inspiration on this social site. But it’s these fun ice cream recipes that caught our attention this month. Some needed a little tweaking while others were delicious as is. While these recipes are simple, they are time consuming, but entirely worth it.
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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. glorioustreats.com
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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
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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
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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 jandhbuckles.com.
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