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VIEWPOINT

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

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YOUR CO-OP NEWS

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NEWS CLIPS

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INDUSTRY

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COVER STORY

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RECIPES

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GARDENING

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OUTDOORS

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FUNNY STORIES

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DISCOVERIES

JUNE 2017 Volume 48, Number 06

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

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[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; mneeley@coloradocountrylife.org Cassi Gloe, Designer; cgloe@coloradocountrylife.org Kylee Coleman, Editorial/Admin. Assistant; kcoleman@coloradocountrylife.org ADVERTISING: Kris Wendtland, Ad Rep; advertising@coloradocountrylife.org 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 | mneeley@coloradocountrylife.org |  coloradocountrylife.coop | facebook.com/COCountryLife | Twitter.com/ COCountryLife | Pinterest.com/COCountryLife |  YouTube.com/COCountryLife1 Advertising: advertising@coloradocountrylife.org | 303-902-7276 National Advertising Representative: National Country Market  |  611 S. Congress Street, Suite 504  |  Austin, TX 78704  |  800-626-1181

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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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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 buenavistacolorado.org June 9-11 Colorado Springs World War II B-17 Tours and Flights Colorado Springs Jet Center 719-591-2288 jetcentersofcolorado.com 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 coloradospringspowwow.org 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 wetmountainvalleyrotary.org June 14-15 Meeker Meeker Days Downtown Meeker meekerrecdistrict.com 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 durangomotorexpo.com 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 • kremmlingchamber.com June 20 Cortez Ventriloquist Performance Cortez Public Library 2 pm • 970-564-4073 June 22-25 Salida Salida Art Walk Silver Celebration Downtown Salida salidaartwalk.org June 23-25 Estes Park Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Bond Park 303-449-9596 estesmidsummer.com June 23-24 Hugo Colorado Championship Ranch Rodeo Lincoln County Fairgrounds 719-743-2201 coloradochampionship ranchrodeo.com June 23 La Veta Fourth Friday Art Walk and Art Reception La Veta Gallery on Main 5-7 pm • lavetagalleryonmain.com June 24-25 Black Forest, Colorado Springs and Monument Purely Ponds Parade of Ponds Various Locations 719-896-0038 • purelyponds.com June 24-25 Castle Rock “Capturing the Beauty of Open Land” Plein Air Event White Pavilion 10 am douglaslandconservancy.org

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 ourayarts.org. enter is June 26.

June 24 Colorado City Golf Fundraiser Hollydot Golf Course 9 am wetmountainvalleyrotary.org

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 robertajean@frontier.net

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 durangobotanicalsociety.com

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 mancoshalfmarathon.com

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

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

[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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[YVEA News] PEOPLE, PRIDE, POWER

BY DIANE JOHNSON || PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER || DJOHNSON@YVEA.COM

PEOPLE Seventy-five years ago, the federal government offered the rural residents of northwestern Colorado the chance to have electrical power wired directly to their homes. Loan money was available to groups of people who worked together to expand electric infrastructure across rural America. The people in that group had to contribute a small amount and commit to being a member. If there was enough interest, they could create a new business, an electric cooperative, owned by its memberowners. In northwestern Colorado, Edson Bar, who in 1940 was the Routt County extension agent, played a vital role in creating and appointing the first Yampa Valley Electric Association Board of Directors. The initial task of the board of directors was to hold a membership drive. It was an exciting time, and in five short months there was sufficient membership to obtain YVEA’s first Rural Electrification Administration loan. The new electric cooperative used the loan to build and energize our first electric line on December 6, 1941. So much hard work and dedication by members and employees alike put us on the path of who we are today. One of YVEA’s most influential people was Jim Golden. Jim served as general manager of the association for 33 years. During his tenure the membership grew from 4,000 members to 18,500. He was highly respected by the employees as well as members of the community. His contributions made a significant difference to our cooperative. PRIDE Yampa Valley Electric takes great pride in ensuring our members receive the best service possible, from our first power pole set near the R.R. Hudspeth ranch in 1941 to our first meter was installed in Strawberry Park in 2015 for coloradocountrylife.coop

deployment of our advanced meter infrastructure project. It is our goal to maintain a special and sustainable relationship with our members. We continue to stay involved in the communities we serve by supporting local chamber of commerce entities, charitable organizations, youth programs and sponsorships. POWER Today we buy the majority of our power from Xcel Energy, and we are looking to alternative energy as a resource in our future. Originally, the small McGregor power plant in Milner provided YVEA’s power. Our ability to receive bulk (wholesale) power from other parts of the state and country began when delivery points were constructed for Steamboat Springs in 1972 and Craig in 1977. This construction included the assembly of large substations in Craig, Clark, Hayden, Keystone and Steamboat. The coal mines were expanding, and power to the mines needed to come through these critical electric lines. In the late 1990s we expanded the Stagecoach substation and transmission line to enhance service to southern Routt County. New technology and industry drove change just like it does now. Our power doesn’t just come from generation stations and solar gardens; our power also comes from the innovation and resourcefulness that has always driven YVEA members to improve the quality of life for our families. Some of our most recent milestones include upgrading and improving infrastructure based on new long-range plans for construction and maintenance. Our members are seeing fewer and shorter outages. We are also on track to complete our advanced metering infrastructure project that will allow us to go even further with reducing response time and costs.

We took a cautious but optimistic approach to including renewable energy in our fuel Diane Johnson portfolio, enjoying up to 20 percent of our wholesale power from alternative energy. We partnered with a developer to offer our first community solar garden in Craig, added Stagecoach hydropower to our supply mix and constructed a YVEA-owned solar garden for income-qualified members that was made possible through grants and nonprofit partnerships. We chose to revitalize a Steamboat Springs historic asset, the TIC campus, by relocating and updating our headquarters. After going through a diligent and creative process to repurpose this campus, members can enjoy more effective service out of the new building by the end of 2017. And, as has always been our history, our association gets noticed. We received the Sustainable Business of the Year Award from Yampa Valley Sustainable Council for dedicating time and energy to advancing sustainability in our community. We were also recognized for our excellent communication with members and the public at both the state and national level when we received an award from the Colorado Rural Electric Association for newsletter content and the Spotlight on Excellence Award from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association for putting on the best education and engagement event. As we look back on our last 75 years of success, it’s easy to see that great PEOPLE, welldeserved PRIDE and positive POWER always has and will continue to be what makes this electric cooperative thrive. 4

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[YVEA News] SAVE THE DATE

MEMBER APPRECIATION DAY We are looking forward to celebrating 75 years with you on June 22. Please look for signs and balloons and enter the campus off RCR 129 Elk River Road. YVEA employees will be there to assist you with parking. Our events are taking place in our yard behind the main office. Please call us with any questions at 970-879-1160. There will be: • • • • •

Bucket truck rides Educational booths Safety demos Prizes Food and fun for the whole family!

RATE CHANGES 2017-18 Rate changes will be billed as of July 1, 2017. This adjustment will be a two-part rate change with the first adjustment July 1, 2017, and the second adjustment July 1, 2018. Class

Type

Residential

Consumer Charge

Current

Energy

07/01/2017

07/01/2018

$24.50

$27.50

$30.25

$0.08215

$0.08321

$0.0833

*Typical residential member (using 900 kWh) will see a bill increase of $3.95 per month in 2017 and $2.80 in 2018. Commercial

Consumer Charge Energy Charge

$30.00

$31.73

$33.45

$0.08617

$0.08665

$0.08554

Typical commercial member (using 5,760 kWh) will see a bill increase of $4.49 per month in 2017 and a decrease of $4.67 per month in 2018. (Last month’s issue reflected a $.018 decrease in 2018. $4.67 is the correct amount of decrease for 2018.) Irrigation

Consumer Charge Energy Charge

$256.00

$256.00

$398.00

$540.00

$0.08807

$0.09084

$0.09361

$0.09361

$6.30

$6.30

$6.30

$6.30

HP Charge

EVEN WITH RATE CHANGES,

THE VALUE OF YVEA ELECTRICITY REMAINS HIGH The association’s electricity price rose less than many other member costs. Did you know that an average day’s worth of electricity costs less than $5?

Irrigation members will see no change to the Consumer Charge in November 2017, but a $0.00277 average per month increase in the Energy Charge. In April 2018 the Consumer Charge will increase $142, and the Energy Charge will be a $0.00276 average per month increase in November 2018. (Last month’s issue reflected November 2017 Energy Charge change of $2.76 average, which has been corrected to 0.00277. November 2018 Energy Charge change of $2.76 average has been corrected to 0.00276. We apologize for the error.) In April 2019 the Consumer Charge will increase $142 and the Energy Charge will remain unchanged. The HP Charge will not change. *The above chart does not represent all rate classes. Please visit our website for all rate classes at www.yvea.com/content/rates.

Member Education Workshops: JUNE 5, 2017 Steamboat— Corporate office, 2211 Elk River Road, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. General public sessions Craig — Clarion Inn, 300 South Colorado Highway 13, 6 p.m. Irrigation members session 8

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[YVEA News] EXPLAINING YOUR BILL and HOW WE RECOVER COSTS…

RATES: HOW DO WE COMPARE?

There are two ways YVEA recovers costs. • Consumer Charge (soon to be System Access Cost) and • Electric Cost What is the System Access Cost item on my electric bill? The System Access Cost (formerly Consumer Charge) is the component of a member’s bill that recovers some of the fixed costs that come directly from serving an individual member, regardless of how much electricity is used. These costs include the cost of the meter, wire and other equipment used to deliver electricity to the home or business, as well as billing expenses, such as meter reading, bill preparation and postage. What is the electric cost item on my electric bill? The electric line item on your bill represents the energy and capacity costs, which is about 70 cents of every dollar you pay. As a distribution cooperative, YVEA does not generate power. It purchases most of it wholesale from Xcel Energy. The amount of electricity or kilowatt-hours you use in your home or business will impact how much YVEA has to buy for you, and in turn how much you have to pay YVEA. While the consumer charge is a fixed charge, the electric cost fluctuates depending on how much electricity you use. You’ll also notice on your bill in July that we are changing the rate class names to Small General Service, Medium General Service and Large General Service. These classes will better represent our membership by not who you are (residential, commercial, etc.), but how you use electricity.

2017 CEN$IBLE ENERGY REBATE CLOSING AS OF JUNE 1 The Cen$ible Energy community rebate program made possible for YVEA members through founding partners YVEA, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council, the city of Steamboat Springs and Alpine Bank is closed for 2017. As of June 1, program organizers no longer will accept rebate applications for LED lightbulbs, Energy Star appliances, energy audits or programmable thermostats. More sponsors are needed to support this well-received rebate program. Learn more at www.censibleenergy.org/contact-us. The program reopens January 1, 2018.

AMI UPDATE We will continue deployment of our advanced meter infrastructure project to the Stagecoach and Clark areas. Members will receive a phone call a few days prior to YVEA being in your area, neighborhood or subdivision.

*Data received from cooperative websites March 2017

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THINGS TO KNOW: • You do not need to be home in order for YVEA to install a new meter. • In most cases power will not be interrupted. If your power is interrupted for a few minutes, you may have to reset your electronic devices. • YVEA will leave a courtesy notice on your door when meter installation is completed. • If you have access issues, including gate codes or safety concerns that YVEA should have advanced knowledge of, please call 970-879-1160. 4

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SAFETY WITH SOLAR PANELS

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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

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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 EnergyEdCouncil.org/checklist.pdf for a guide to help research renewable systems. For more electrical safety information, visit SafeElectricity.org.

911 KNOWLEDGE Knowing when to call 911 and what to expect can help reduce fear and feelings of helplessness in an emergency. Critical elements to keep in mind are: • Teach children their address and phone number. • Know where you are. Could you tell 911 exactly where to find you? Provide the call taker with landmarks, such as cross streets and mileposts, so responders can locate you more easily. • Don’t hang up if you accidentally call 911. Stay on the line and tell the operator or dispatcher that you do not have an emergency. If you hang up, dispatchers are required to call you back. • Stay calm, stay on the line and be ready to listen. 911 is there to help you until additional assistance arrives. Visit readycolorado.com for more public safety tips. coloradocountrylife.coop


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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 https://energy.gov/articles/quiz-know-your-power-plants. 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. 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,”

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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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THE SUBSTATION OF THE FUTURE

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

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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. coloradocountrylife.coop


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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?

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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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“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.

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2016

ANNUAL REPORT PEOPLE PRIDE POWER


GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT

YVEA 2017 CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD REPORT

THE ANNUAL REPORT FOR 2016 provides statistical information showing the financial condition and operations for the year. The financial and operating results for 2016 show an increase in kilowattDIANE JOHNSON hour sales of 4.3 percent and an General Manager 8.5 percent increase in revenue. The detail of our revenue and expense report shows an operating margin of $3,179,964. The amount to be allocated to members for 2016 is $3,359,148. The report also shows other income of $1,465,699. These items include interest, gain on the sale of an asset, and capital credit allocations received from organizations in which Yampa Valley Electric Association has a membership. The amounts received, which are in cash, are allocated to the membership. The Board of Directors approved the retirement of $1.3 million which will be paid against the 2001 Patronage Margin Allocations. We are pleased to continue the refund of capital credits to our members. I thank all the members, Board of Directors, and employees for your continued support.

2016 CONTINUED TO BE A YEAR OF CHALLENGE AND CHANGE for Yampa Valley Electric Association. After completing our move into the new headquarters, we began to remodel the campus to allow our employees the tools necessary to work more efficiently. Plans DEAN BROSIOUS are continuing to be formulated for the President upgrade of our facilities in Craig, also. Last year, I reported on the final standards and guidelines that were released by the EPA, under the Clean Power Plan. The plan calls for a state by state reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. Colorado’s target is to reduce overall carbon emissions 28 percent by that date. Yampa Valley Electric Association is positioned to have 30 percent of our power coming from renewable energy resources by 2020. Even though implementation of the Clean Power Plan has been stayed by the United States Supreme Court, we are moving forward to reduce our carbon footprint. We fully expect that this plan will be back, in some form, and we must be diligent in our efforts to comply with it and Colorado’s state plan. During the last year and continuing into the current year, your co-op has been busily upgrading the transmission grid within our district. We are continually looking for ways to increase reliability, affordability, and quality of our service to you, our member/owners. As part of the reliability upgrade, we continued with the rollout of an Advanced Metering Infrastructure. The AMI system will allow us to pinpoint power outages and help us respond to problems more quickly, even if no one has called in the outage. We expect this system to be fully operational by the end of 2018. As we move forward, the YVEA Board of Directors and management team will continue to face challenges, but you should feel comfortable in knowing that your association is financially sound and fiscally responsible. I encourage you to join your fellow member/owners, your directors and the management staff of Yampa Valley Electric Association at the Annual Meeting of the Members on Thursday, June 22 at 3:30 p.m. at our Steamboat campus at 2211 Elk River Road. We look forward to sharing the results of 2016 and welcome your input as we navigate the challenging future of Yampa Valley Electric Association.

2016 YVEA RESOURCE MIX

Coal 46.00% Natural Gas 25.00% Wind 23.00% Hydro 4.00% Solar 2.00%

2016 YAMPA VALLEY ELECTRIC ANNUAL REPORT

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2015

Operating Revenue and Patronage Capital 57,639,213

52,711,367

Power Cost

Operating and Maintenance Expenses

Interest

Taxes

Other Expenses

Total Operation and Maintenance Expense

35,583,688

33,384,045

12,812,358

11,952,257

761,694

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$58,060

$41,438

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$45,973,600

Earnings Before Interest and Amortization Depreciation and Amortization

8,423,413

6,737,767

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3,179,964

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203,856

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$1,215,573

$2,782,735

$4,645,663

$5,451,423

Patronage Capital and Operating Margins Other Capital Credits and Patronage Dividends Income/Loss from Equity Investments Non-Operating Margins — Other Patronage Capital or Margins

TREASURER’S REPORT THE FINANCIAL STATEMENT for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2016, reflect the sound financial status of Yampa Valley Electric Association, Inc. The association was audited by Bolinger, Segars, Gilbert & Moss, L.L.P, certified public accountants of Lubbock, Texas. Our auditors reviewed and gave an opinion on Yampa Valley Electric Association’s balance sheet as of December 31, 2016 and 2015, and the related statements of income and patronage capital and cash flows for the years ended, and the related notes to the financial statements. YVEA management’s responsibility is to prepare and present the financial statement in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America; this includes the design, implementation and maintenance of internal control relevant to the preparation and fair presentation of financial statements that are free from material misstatements and errors. The financial statements were presented to the auditors in February 2016. Yampa Valley Electric Association’s 2016 audit was presented to the board of directors in March 2016 with a clean audit. All consolidated financial statements were presented fairly, in all material respects. The data presented in this report is from the 2016 financial statements. Copies of the audited financial statements and the annual report are available at Yampa Valley Electric Association’s headquarters.

Other 0.8%

Operation and Maintenance Expense

Industrial 25.4%

2016

Residential 40.9%

Commercial 32.8%

2016 KWH SALES BY RATE CLASS

2016 STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS

Rate Class Residential Commercial Industrial Other Total Sales

kWh % of kWh 228,687,846 40.9% 183,463,627 32.8% 141,897,284 25.4% 4,655,695 0.8% 558,704,452 100.0%

HIGHLIGHTS OF OPERATIONS NEW CONSTRUCTION AND 2016 2015 2014 2013 SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS Miles of Line Built

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OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE

2016

2015

2014

2013

Average Outage Minutes Per Month Per Consumer

30.2

16.6

13.6

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Consumers Per Employees

393

403

435

472

Meter Orders Processed 5,781 (Connects, Disconnects and Changes)

8,287

9,923

10,028

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New Services Installed Services Upgraded

Meter Read Each Month Meters Tested

950

951

1463

1,793

Miles of Distribution Line Patrolled

410

377

365

1,483

Miles of Transmission Line Patrolled

405

191

302

302

Number of Consumer Work Orders Written

521

484

413

299

Number of Poles Inspected

3,070

3799

3985

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UG Cable Locations

4,354

6547

4057

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UG Dig-Ins Repaired

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Amy Mahon Finance Manager — YVEA

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2017 YVEA Board of Directors

BACK ROW, LEFT TO RIGHT: Tom Fox - District 6; Russ Garrity - District 9; Frank Roitsch - District 5; Mike Brinks - District 3; Pat McClelland - District 7 FRONT ROW: Bryson Fredregill - Association Attorney; Levi Williamson - Association Attorney (not shown); Glynda Sheehan - District 1; Dean Brosious District 4; Larry Ellgen - District 2; Scott McGill - District 8

YVEA FINANCIAL REPORT AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2016

ASSETS 2016 2015 LIABILITIES 2016 2015 Current Assets Current Liabilities 1,201,266 1,577,668 Cash — General Fund Current Maturities of Long-Term Debt 1,345,181 1,348,150 A/R General Association 3,718,102 3,447,151 Accounts Payable 5,422,804 4,400,696 Materials — Our Stock 1,047,736 851,818 Accrued Expenses 2,409,184 3,720,763 2,517 Prepayments 16,955 Accrued Taxes 1,512,054 1,230,945 5,984,059 5,879,153 576,670 Customer Deposits 624,981 Deferred Debits $2,683,460 $3,307,593 11,314,204 11,277,224 Investments Long-Term Liabilities 20,683,890 19,029,070 Associated Organization and 1,502,861 1,723,038 Deferred Credits Other Long-Term Obligations 397,121 355,958 Special Funds 1,788,110 1,833,677 $33,856,913 Total Liabilities $32,426,453 1,565,626 1,647,396 Equity in Other Organizations EQUITY $3,353,737 $3,481,073 Utility Plan Capital Equities 153,274,075 144,262,173 Electric Plan Patronage Capital 73,763,823 70,570,060 (57,299,884) (53,598,370) Accumulated Depreciation Other Equities 374,710 335,109 Total Plant 95,974,191 90,663,803 TOTAL EQUITY 70,905,169 74,138,533 TOTAL ASSETS $107,995,447 $103,331,622 $107,995,446 TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY $103,331,622

Category kWh Purchased kWh Sold Annual Peak Demand Percent Line Loss Average Number of Members Miles of Line Members Per Mile Average Return per Kwh Sold Total Revenue Property Taxes Paid Power Cost as % of Electric Sales Principal Paid on Debt Total Utility Plant Total Margins Members Equity

COMPARATIVE OPERATING STATISTICS

2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 579,289,077 560,070,838 581,546,653 630,524,717 601,866,394 616,620,798 605,564,148 558,704,452 534,564,637 555,522,413 582,569,334 566,376,274 583,273,666 574,962,233 137,085 149,027 137,882 144,641 139,272 139,135 117,399 3.55% 4.55% 4.20% 7.58% 5.78% 5.40% 5.01% 26,718 26,630 26,531 26,456 26,350 26,274 26,292 2,868 2,865 2,863 2,860 2,856 2,847 2,842 9.32 9.30 9.27 9.25 9.23 9.23 9.25 $0.1032 $0.0986 $0.0970 $0.1025 $0.1005 $0.0975 $0.0946 $57,639,213.00 $52,711,367.00 $53,902,146.00 $59,696,762.00 $57,230,329.00 $5,723,053.00 $54,705,900.00 $1,093,874.63 $1,160,312.91 $1,547,196.00 $1,245,054.00 $1,093,667.00 $931,817.00 $964,285.00 65.9% 63.3% 65.9% 68.5% 65.6% 63.2% 62.4% $1,348,151.00 $1,643,083.18 $1,693,442.00 $1,468,600.00 $1,415,568.00 $1,407,022.00 $1,430,170.00 $153,274,075.00 $144,262,173.00 $138,045,509.00 $122,286,807.00 $11,752,087.00 $112,529,955.00 $111,072,423.00 $4,645,663.00 $5,451,424.00 $1,108,861.00 $3,159,556.00 $5,221,530.00 $6,622,635.00 $6,441,947.00 68.6% 68.6% 65.5% 73.5% 73.7% 75.1% 73.6%

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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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The U.S. Post Office is still open in Wild Horse thanks to the Johnson sisters.

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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[recipes]

BAKING BRILLIANCE WITH ICE CREAM

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TIPS Ice Cream Cutting Idea Ice cream desserts can be difficult to cut through. Heat a sharp knife under hot water then dry it off before you slice. It cuts cleanly through the dessert and, with no water on the blade, limits the smearing of the ice cream. It’s National Dairy Month Find a whole bunch of yummy dairy recipes on Pinterest to celebrate National Dairy Month. Then keep the party going in July for National Ice Cream Month.

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.

Ice Cream Cookie Cups 1 package precut sugar cookies 1 (1.5-quart) carton favorite ice cream (we used Creamsicle and cookies ’n’ cream) rainbow sprinkles Place an airtight container (or two) that can accommodate two dozen cookie cups in the freezer. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Flip a mini cupcake pan upside-down. Gently press one cookie on top of every other muffin hump. (Note: Do not simply place cookie dough on top of hump or the dough will run off in the oven. However, do not press the cookies too firmly or the dough will break apart at the top. Also, do not place two cookies next to each other or they will run together in the oven.) Bake according to the directions on the package. Once cookies are baked, remove from heat and let cool 2 to 3 minutes before removing from pan. (Note: Do not cool completely or the cookies will adhere to the pan.) Remove frozen container(s) from freezer. Once cookies are removed from pan and completely cooled, scoop a helping of ice cream with a cookie dough scooper, place inside cookie cup, roll ice cream in sprinkles, and then set ice cream cookie cup in frozen container. Repeat until all cups are filled. Seal the container and freeze until ready to serve. lemonlimeadventures.com

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

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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

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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

roam around the front, side and back. My backyard was also protected by a tall, cinder block wall and dense trees. Even though the yard was filled with flowers and vegetables, the deer must have been hesitant to jump over the wall when they could not see what was on the other side. Another suggestion for discouraging deer is to repel them with strong odors and tastes. Personally, I could not have enjoyed my garden if it smelled like sulfur (rotten eggs) or urine, which some recommend, so I resorted to less offensive solutions. For example, I planted vegetables with strong odors, like garlic and onion, in between the flowers. I also looked for plants with thorny, leathery or fuzzy leaves. Finally, I tossed a few mothballs along the garden bordering the driveway where the odor was less noticeable. When designing your deerproof garden, there are a number of trees, shrubs and perennials that experts recommend. Some trees that grow well in our area are spruce, locust and false cyprus. Some shrubs that I recommended previously are boxwood, butterfly bush, lilac, holly and spirea. Flowers with unsavory leaves include allium, coneflower, globe thistle, hens and chickens, penstemon, phlox, roses, Shasta daisy, verbena, wormwood and yarrow. I also included several varieties of sage in my garden. Vegetables that some believe are less attractive to deer include rhubarb and asparagus. Finally, herbs are always a nice addition to any garden, so you might consider growing rosemary and oregano. While these plants may not be your primary choice, you might consider including them as filler to discourage the deer from damaging your prized flowers and vegetables.

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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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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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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 dreamdriveexotics.com.

For more information, visit hotlogicmini.com.

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 swordandplough.com.

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