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

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

Same scene of Grandchildren as viewed through telescope glasses.

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

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

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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.”

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JUNE 2018 Volume 49, Number 6

YOUR CO-OP NEWS NEWS CLIPS INDUSTRY COVER STORY RECIPES GARDENING OUTDOORS ENERGY TIPS CLASSIFIEDS

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THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE COLORADO RURAL ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION COMMUNICATIONS STAFF Mona Neeley, CCC, Publisher/Editor; mneeley@coloradocountrylife.org Cassi Gloe, CCC, Production Manager/Designer; cgloe@coloradocountrylife.org Kylee Coleman, Editorial/Admin. Assistant; kcoleman@coloradocountrylife.org ADVERTISING Kris Wendtland, Ad Representative; advertising@coloradocountrylife.org | advertising@coloradocountrylife.org | 303-902-7276 National Advertising Representative, American MainStreet Publications | 611 S. Congress Street, Suite 504 | Austin, TX 78704 | 800-626-1181 Advertising Standards: Publication of an advertisement in Colorado Country Life does not imply endorsement by any Colorado rural electric cooperative or the Colorado Rural Electric Association. COLORADO COUNTRY LIFE (USPS 469-400/ISSN 1090-2503) is published monthly by Colorado Rural Electric Association, 5400 Washington Street, Denver, CO 80216-1731. Periodical postage paid at Denver, Colorado. ©Copyright 2018, Colorado Rural Electric Association. Call for reprint rights. EDITORIAL Denver Corporate Office, 5400 Washington Street, Denver, CO 80216; Phone: 303-455-4111 | mneeley@coloradocountrylife.org | coloradocountrylife.coop | facebook.com/COCountryLife | Twitter.com/ COCountryLife | Pinterest.com/COCountryLife | YouTube.com/COCountryLife1 Editorial opinions published in Colorado Country Life magazine shall pertain to issues affecting rural electric cooperatives, rural communities and citizens. The opinion of CREA is not necessarily that of any particular cooperative or individual. SUBSCRIBERS Report change of address to your local cooperative. Do not send change of address to Colorado Country Life. Cost of subscription for members of participating electric cooperatives is $4.44 per year (37 cents per month), paid from equity accruing to the member. For nonmembers, a subscription is $9 per year in-state/$15 out-of-state. POSTMASTER Send address changes to Colorado Country Life, 5400 Washington Street, Denver, CO 80216

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COCountryLife pinned: Heat up the grill and try Steven Raichlen’s Black Pepper Baby Backs with Whiskey Vanilla Glaze recipe.

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ColoradoREA posted: Join the Pedal the Plains team at the CREA office (5400 Washington, Denver) on June 30 and get a great start on Pedal the Plains training. The 48-mile ride will take you along the South Platte River Trail to Barr Lake State Park. Light refreshments will be served at Barr Lake, and then we’ll head back the same way. Here is the map of the route: connect.garmin.com/modern/ course/18403807

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100% RENEWABLE ENERGY

IS IT A CAMPAIGN PROMISE FOR TODAY OR A GOAL FOR THE FUTURE? BY KENT SINGER CREA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KSINGER@COLORADOREA.ORG

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It hardly seems possible, but we are gearing up for yet another political season. In Colorado, candidates are positioning themselves for the primaries this month and the general election that will follow in November. The ads have already begun to pop up on television and social media, and I’ve heard more than one candidate promise “100 percent renewable energy” if elected. As you probably know, one of the functions of the Kent Singer Colorado Rural Electric Association is to protect the interests of Colorado’s electric cooperatives in the political arena. We keep a close eye on the elections since the winners in the state legislative races, as well as the governor’s race, will have an important role in determining the future of energy policy in Colorado. Those energy policy decisions, in turn, will likely impact how electric co-ops deliver electricity to rural Colorado and how much it will cost. Electric co-ops have a straightforward mission as local, community-focused electric utilities: We strive to provide the safest, most reliable, most affordable electricity that we can to over 70 percent of the land mass of Colorado. The cooperative business model has been extremely successful in meeting these goals for over 80 years, even though our service territories are sparsely populated. We understand that today, providing safe, reliable and affordable electricity is not enough. We also strive to generate and distribute electricity in an environmentally-responsible manner, and that objective is often included in the mission statements of co-ops around the state. To that end, co-ops have spent many millions of dollars over the last couple of decades retrofitting power plants and diversifying our power supply portfolios to reduce emissions and protect the environment. While those investments in pollution control equipment dramatically reduced the amount of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and particulates that are emitted from power plants, the plants that use coal and natural gas to generate electricity continue to emit carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Some candidates believe that electric utilities, including electric co-ops, should shut down all power plants that use fossil fuels now. They argue that the power from those plants can be replaced by “100 percent renewable energy.” Electric co-ops support adding more renewable energy to our power portfolios. We have used renewable hydropower to generate electricity for decades. As the price of electricity generated from wind and solar resources comes down, co-ops are 4

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integrating more and more of these resources into their power supply mix. There are a multitude of co-op projects around Colorado that add renewable resources each year. These projects include community solar gardens, utility-scale solar farms, net-metered rooftop solar, micro-hydro power plants, smalland large-scale wind farms, landfill and coal mine methane recovery facilities, biomass and more. Colorado’s electric co-ops are continually developing innovative ways to generate electricity with fewer carbon emissions. That said, our most important responsibility is to keep the lights on for co-op member-consumers 24/7/365. That’s right: 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, we’re balancing a complex system of power plants and distribution systems to make sure you have electricity whenever you need it. Can we accomplish this with nothing but wind and solar power? The simple answer is that we can’t today. As much as we support renewable energy, it’s still intermittent. Battery technology is moving ahead by leaps and bounds and may soon provide a cost-effective complement to intermittent renewables, but for now we have to continue to use power plant technology that provides electricity on a constant basis that is predictable and dispatchable. That means producing electricity not only from renewables, but also from power plants that run on fossil fuels. I suspect most of the candidates running on a platform of “100 percent renewable energy” say that in the context of an aspirational goal. That’s fine, but the reality is that everyone needs affordable and reliable electricity 24/7/365 and we have to use the tools we have available today to make that happen. But we’re not done. Colorado’s electric co-ops will continue to innovate and incorporate more renewable resources into our power supply mix. We’re committed to keeping the lights on in the most reliable, affordable and responsible manner possible.

Kent Singer, Executive Director

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[letters] Eclipse Affects Solar Plants! Duh!

An article on new power from renewables (February ’18) based on information provided by the U.S. Energy Information Administration said, “…the August 21 solar eclipse that darkened the sky across a significant portion of the country also dropped the output from solar power plants.” I found this statement humorous. Perhaps the U.S. Energy Information Administration should study the effect on solar power production when the sun goes down. Edmund Shenck, Lake City Gunnison County Electric Association member

Colorado Mounted Rangers

I was a member of the Colorado Mounted Rangers in the mid-1950s. I served as a colonel. Your article (January ’18) was of great interest. Nick Kneebone, Colorado Springs

Sharing the Gift of Light

It was gratifying to read that Colorado’s electric cooperatives are joining with electric co-ops from Oklahoma and NRECA International to extend electric power to two small villages northeast of Guatemala City. I am thankful that we are looking beyond our borders to bring the gift of electricity to some of the two billion people in the world who live without electricity. Thank you to the management who made this decision. Anne Bowler, Cortez Empire Electric Association member

THE TEAM IS RAISING MONEY TO HELP THOSE WHO STRUGGLE TO PAY THEIR HEATING BILLS. Colorado’s Electric Cooperatives bike team - Powering the Plains is raising money to help those who struggle to pay their energy bills. A team of representatives from local electric co-ops will ride in the Pedal the Plains bicycle tour of the eastern plains of Colorado. This three-day tour will take riders on an adventure highlighting three unique and quaint communities. To make a donation to support Energy Outreach Colorado and the team, please send payment to: CEEI, 5400 Washington Street, Denver, CO 80216.

For more information or to make a donation via PayPal, visit poweringtheplains.coop

Bird Facts

I am a birder and found the article on birding (May ’18) interesting. I do have an issue with the caption on the photo of the ruby-throated hummingbird, which says you can attract these birds to your backyard. We do have several species of hummingbirds in Colorado, but this is not one of them. Often folks who are not birders tell me they have seen rubythroated hummers here, and when I tell them that they probably saw a broad-tailed hummingbird, they insist that is not what it was. Articles with errors in a Colorado magazine perpetuate this misidentification. Linda Schmidt via email

Send to Editor Mona Neeley at 5400 Washington St., Denver, CO 80216 or at mneeley@coloradocountrylife.org. Letters may be edited. coloradocountrylife.coop

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[community events] [June] June 8-10 Grand Junction Special Olympics of Colorado Colorado Mesa University 970-248-1020 specialolympicsco.org June 8-10 Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Music Festival Riverbend Park palisademusic.com June 9-10 Buena Vista Annual Rodeo Collegiate Peaks Stampede Rodeo 719-539-8345 June 9-10 Hanover Hanover Days Kirk Hanna Park 10 am-4 pm • 719-683-2319 June 9 Fort Collins Big Splash at the Water Works Water Works 10 am-3 pm • 970-221-0533 June 9-10 Rye American Indian Festival Rye Home UMC 719-676-3741 June 9 Westcliffe Rock ’N Soul Jam Music Fest Feed Store Park 3-8 pm • rocknsouljam.org June 10 Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering/Barn Dance/Picnic Fundraiser Rotary Park 5-8 pm durangocowboygathering.org/ barndance June 14 Buena Vista Columbine Gem & Mineral Society “Antero Blue” Meeting Sangre de Cristo Electric Meeting Room 6:30 pm • rockaholics.org June 14-17 Mack Country Jam 2018 Jam Ranch countryjam.com June 15-July 8 Meeker “Plain Air Meeker” Painting Competition, Art Show and Auction Various Meeker Locations 970-878-5510 • meekerchamber.com 6

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June 15-17 Trinidad “Fly by Night” Theater Performance Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre 719-846-4765 • scrtheatre.com June 16 Berthoud Berthoud Sunfest Fickel Park 10 am-4 pm • berthoudsunfest.com June 18-24 Nationwide National Pollinator Week Nationwide pollinator.org/pollinator-week June 18-22 Pueblo Kids’ Raptor Camp Nature & Wildlife Discovery Center 9 am-3 pm • 719-485-4444 June 21-24 Salida Art Walk Downtown Salida salidaartwalk.org June 22 La Veta Art Show Opening and Reception La Veta Gallery on Main 5-8 pm • 719-742-3666 June 22-23 Salida Mini-Masterpiece Auction SteamPlant Annex 1-3 pm • salidaartwalk.org June 23-24 Colorado Springs and Surrounding Areas Purely Ponds Parade of Ponds Various Locations 9 am-5 pm • 719-896-0038 June 23 Colorado Springs Rose Show Fount of Life Lutheran Church pikespeakrosesociety.org June 23 La Veta Cowboy Day Francisco Fort Museum 10 am-4 pm • 719-742-5501 June 24 Grand Lake Spirit Polar Plunge and Pre-Party Various Grand Lake Locations 970-557-3186 mountainfamilycenter.org

Akron Elks Charity Motorcycle and Car Poker Run June 9 (bad weather date is June 10) Start and finish at the Washington County Event Center 551 West 2nd Street, Akron

Join like-minded folks on this 160-mile ride for a chance to win a cash prize. Participants will go from town to town on paved roads, gathering cards along the way. At the finish line, each person’s hand will be recorded for their chance to win a portion of the $8,200 pot (all donated by sponsors). Cost is $25 per person and includes dinner, door prizes and a dance. Proceeds go to local charities, youth, veterans and more. For more information, call 970-554-0117 or 970-380-5520, write to john2nree@gmail.com or visit coloradocountrylife.coop/community-events.

June 29-July 1 Creede “9 to 5” Theater Performance Creede Repertory Theatre creederep.org

July 6-8 Durango 4 Corners Gem & Mineral Show La Plata County Fairgrounds durangorocks.org

June 29 Sterling Manufacturing Expo Northeastern Junior College northeastcoloradomanufacturers. com/2018-expo.html

July 7 Colorado Springs Blues Under the Bridge 218 West Colorado Avenue bluesunderthebridge.com

June 30 Branson Branson-Trinchera Reunion Branson Gym 4:30-11 pm • 505-323-7098 June 30 Buena Vista Mountain Mania Car Show East Main Street 7 am-5 pm • 719-966-9143 June 30 Durango Durango Farmers Market First National Bank of Durango 8 am-12 pm durangofarmersmarket.com

[July] July 4 Kiowa “Pioneer Fourth” Celebration Elbert County Museum 10 am-3 pm • 303-621-2229

July 7-8 Simla El Paso County Wagon Train Bailey Ranch 719-740-0658 baileysaddle@aol.com

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SAFETY ABOVE ALL ELSE

S K.C. ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING NOTICE June 7, 2018 Stratton High School Stratton, Colorado Registration: 6 p.m. Meeting: 6:30 p.m. Grand Prize: $1,500 cash (Must be present to win) Musical Entertainment Climb to the top of a wind turbine with Tri-State’s Virtual Reality Experience

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“Safety” is a universal word that is mentioned often and used loosely. Communities large and small as well as companies across all industries are committed to safety. Sports leagues, at every level, take safety seriously. Unfortunately, when it really counts, steps to keep the public, workers, athletes and loved ones safe are often ignored in the interest of expediency or convenience. However, safety is a serious issue, especially when it comes to electrical safety. For K.C. Electric Association, it’s our cornerstone. This is not empty talk. Over time, K.C. Electric has created a culture of safety by putting our employees’ safety and that of the community above all else. At the end of the day, we strive to deliver affordable and reliable electricity to our member-owners, but equally important, we want to return our workers home safely to their loved ones. To do this requires ongoing focus, dedication and vigilance. Working with electricity is an inherently dangerous job, especially for lineworkers. K.C. Electric has a safety committee whose focus is keeping employees and the community safe around electricity. We established and follow safety protocols based on leading national safety practices for the utility industry. We require our lineworkers to wear specialized equipment when working next to or with power lines. There are specific protocols that our lineworkers follow when dealing with electricity. Our safety committee members have regular meetings where they discuss upcoming projects from a safety perspective. They monitor and track near-miss accidents in order to understand them, share lessons learned and improve in the future. As importantly, we encourage all of our crews to speak up and hold each other

accountable for safety. By cultivating a culture of openness and transparency, we David Churchwell promote problemsolving with regard to safety, rather than defaulting to a blame game. We examine the information and data gleaned from near-misses and accident reports to discern patterns and use safety metrics to improve in those areas where we have fallen short. Because we live and work in the community we serve, we care about our neighbors. K.C. Electric conducts electrical safety demonstrations in schools and for community events. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation, each year thousands of people in the United States are critically injured and electrocuted as a result of electrical fires, accidents and electrocution in their own homes. Many of these accidents are preventable. There is much you can do to keep yourself and your community safe around electricity. Don’t attempt electrical DIY projects or overload your outlets. Report downed power lines, unlocked substations or electrical equipment that look amiss. If you want us to provide a safety demonstration at your school or community event, please contact our Stratton or Hugo office. Be mindful when it comes to electrical safety. Pause and take the extra time to plug into safety.

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CLAIM YOUR

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Each month, members have a chance to claim a $10 credit on their next electric bill. All you must do is find your account number, call the Hugo office at 719-743-2431 and ask for your credit. The account numbers are listed below. How simple is that? You must claim your credit during the month in which your name appears in the magazine (check the date on the front cover). David Ruther — 1115790001; Bethune Wayne Pettijohn — 1109520001; Burlington Marilyn Lightsey — 205300001; Arriba Ken Hildebrandt — 1121220001; Bethune In April, only two consumers called to claim their savings: Dennis Rouse, Burlington, and Rex Salling, Stratton.

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BOB BLEDSOE

K.C. Electric board member Bob Bledsoe was recently recognized during the Tri-State Generation and Transmission’s annual meeting for serving 20 years as a Tri-State director representing K.C. Electric. Bob is currently a member of Tri-State’s finance committee and serves as Tri-State’s representative on the Colorado Rural Electric Association Board of Directors.

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It’s that time of year to pack up the car and head out on summer vacation. It takes a ton of energy to get everyone ready for your yearly excursion, so why not save some energy in your home while you are away. There are some big and small changes you can make to have lower bills greet you upon your return home. One of the biggest energy savers is changing the temperature of your home. “Turning up your thermostat to 85 degrees could lower your bill by 35 percent a week,” says energy expert Sam Adair. If no one will be in your home, another option could be to turn your unit off completely until you return. Another big cost saver is turning off the breaker to your water heater. If you won’t be home, your water heater does not need to be running. “A water heater can cost about a dollar a day, so you could save a couple bucks just by switching the breaker while you are on vacation,” Adair adds. A couple of smaller things you can do to lower your bill include shutting your blinds and curtains to keep the sun from heating up your home; turning off all power strips; and unplugging small appliances. Adair recommends buying a timer if you want to leave some lights on while you are away. The timer will ensure that the lights will be on for a short amount of time during the day versus using energy all day long. Whether you are going away for just a few days or an extended amount of time, these tips can help put money back in your pocket this summer.

Take the Proper Steps for Ladder Safety

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Many people at some point this summer will find themselves climbing up a ladder. Whether you’re a contractor doing daily work or a weekend warrior trying to complete a DIY project, K.C. Electric wants to make sure you take the proper steps to stay safe. Always take time to look up and practice safety. When using a ladder, it is never safe to touch or get near a power line. It is a common myth that power lines are insulated. Lines may be coated for weather protection but not to provide protection from the electrical current. Take these steps to stay safe when using a ladder: • Carry ladders horizontally. • Make sure the area above the ladder is clear before placing it upright. • Long ladders may be hard to carry alone, so ask for help in carrying and setting them up. • Always make sure that your ladder is on a solid, level surface before attempting to climb. • Keep yourself and your ladder far away — at least 10 feet in all directions, at all times — from power lines, including service lines. • Inspect your ladder before and after use to confirm there is no damage that could put yourself or other users in danger.

For more information on electrical safety, visit SafeElectricity.org. coloradocountrylife.coop

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Co-ops Select Team to Electrify Guatemala Seven volunteers will bring electricity to Guatemalan villages this September through Colorado’s electric cooperatives. The lineworkers from across the state were selected from who submitted applications for the Colorado Rural Electric Association international trip being planned in cooperation with electric co-ops in Oklahoma and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s International Foundation. Following a review and interview process, seven lineworkers and two alternates were chosen to begin training and preparing for the trip. Volunteers selected include: Dale Kishbaugh, CREA director of safety and loss control; Christian Baker, Holy Cross Energy, Glenwood Springs; Kris Barbee, Southeast Colorado Power Association, La Junta; Ben Ludington, Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association, Fort Collins; Kelly Snow, United Power, Brighton; Chet Stickler, Holy Cross, Glenwood Springs; and Nate Towne, Mountain Parks Electric, Granby. Alternates are Chris Stanworth, White River Electric Association, Meeker; and Baker McKonly, La Plata Electric Association, Durango. These men will join eight lineworkers from co-ops in Oklahoma in building power lines

in the village of Pie del Cerro and, potentially, in neighboring Tierra Blanca Salinas. Both communities are located near a rain forest in the Ixcan region, Dale Kishbaugh close to the Mexican border. Collectively, the communities have about 100 households, five churches, two elementary schools and two health Ben Ludington centers — all without access to reliable and affordable electricity. “We’re very excited about this inaugural CREA-sponsored project in Guatemala,” said Nate Towne CREA Executive Director Kent Singer. “Our group includes outstanding co-op linemen, who will volunteer their time and expertise to bring much needed electricity to people and communities who have never experienced it before.” A local utility, Empresa Municipal Rural de Electricidad (EMRE), based in Playa Grande, Ixcan, will maintain the power lines once they are built. The project will consist of 130 poles and two transformers on 4.34 miles of primary line and 3.86 miles of secondary line. Most

Co-op Magazine Plants Trees Colorado Country Life magazine added a green initiative, PrintReleaf, to its publishing. With the March magazine, CCL joined a program that plants trees in reforestation projects based on the magazine’s consumption of paper. PrintReleaf automatically converts our paper “footprint” into actual trees. As we print, trees will be planted in forests that need them here in the United States through a verifiable program. With the March issue, we planted 420 trees. For more than 65 years, your electric co-op has sent Colorado Country Life to you because it is the most effective and economical way to share information with you. The magazine, which is read by more than 80 percent of co-op members, provides you, as a voting member of your co-op, with information about your co-op’s services, director elections, member meetings, and staff and management decisions. And today the cost to provide all of this information is only 37 cents per copy, less than the cost of a Forever postage stamp.

NEW WEBSITE FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENT

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of the terrain will be flat, but about one mile of line will be built through dense rain forest growth. Each home will receive at least two lightbulbs and two electrical outlets. “Thanks to all of the linemen who were interested in participating in this trip,” Singer said. “It is great to see how many of our co-op families were willing to leave their homes for an extended period for such a grueling trip to help others in another country. This project will bring economic possibilities to these villages, as well as better access to education and enhanced safety and lifestyles.”

CO-OPS SUPPORT HEAT HELP FOR THOSE STRUGGLING WITH BILLS The national trade association for Colorado’s 22 electric distribution cooperatives is among the 941 signers of a letter urging Congress to protect funding for LIHEAP in fiscal 2019. “Sufficiently funded, LIHEAP serves a vital, lifesaving role, protecting millions from America’s cold winters and increasingly hot summers. Robust funding is necessary if LIHEAP is to continue to provide states and charities the resources to serve your most vulnerable constituents,” reads the letter to both the U.S. House and Senate committees overseeing the budget. The Trump administration’s budget called for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program’s elimination. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association joined trade associations, energy providers, charitable groups and others in signing the letter urging that funding for LIHEAP be a top priority. coloradocountrylife.coop


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Learning to Work the Lines at Hotline School For the first two weeks of May each year, Mesa Hotline School in Grand Junction trains lineworkers from electric co-ops and other electric utilities. This year, from April 30 to May 3 and from May 7 to 10, an estimated 700 lineworkers from throughout Colorado as well as from 15 other states gathered at the Western Slope training facility for both classroom instruction and hands-on experience in the yard. Hotline School is a cooperative program established by electric co-ops, municipal utilities, Colorado’s investor-owned utilities, utility vendors and others to provide the training necessary for lineworkers to do their jobs. The Colorado Rural Electric Association’s safety and loss control department personnel participate as instructors. Classroom training focuses on transformers, rigging techniques, troubleshooting problems with overhead and underground lines, accident investigation, job briefings, chainsaw safety, critical thinking and how to stay safe while working with electric lines. Outdoor training includes circuit reclosers, working with “hot” lines where electricity is present, transmission work, installations, locating faults, testing and more.

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Banking on Battery Storage Technology Co-ops are researching new ways to store energy for their members

BY AMY HIGGINS AHIGGINS@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG Electric cooperatives are faced with the challenge of meeting the energy needs of their member-owners while meeting legislators’ expectations of increased renewable energy options. But “going 100 percent renewable” — a common statement in recent years — is an unrealistic undertaking without the appropriate tools. One possible solution to these expectations is a new generation of large batteries that could capture energy when it’s plentiful and release that energy later when demand is high. Batteries are a hot topic for meeting those new demands, and some experts predict that utility-scale use of batteries could grow by eight times in the next three years. ZEROING IN ON BATTERY STORAGE Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association in Fort Collins is presently exploring the benefits of battery storage with a sonnenBatterie Eco Compact 10 kilowatt-hour system in its community room. The battery charges during the day from the solar array located right outside the co-op’s doors. “Using control software, we discharge that energy for use in our building,” says PVREA’s vice president of member relations, David White. “This energy is particularly beneficial to discharge at a peak time in the day — when the cost of energy is the highest.” This battery system was made possible with a Regional Center Grant PVREA received from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association to research technology that is groundbreaking. According to White, this technology could potentially offer new, beneficial products and services for co-op member-owners. 14

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“Utilizing the battery in our co-op headquarters has enabled us to start learning how battery storage technology helps us manage our energy use, thus how similar battery technology could help PVREA members manage their energy use,” White explains. “It’s another way we’re striving to be our members’ trusted energy advisor by understanding, embracing and exploring technology that is changing our industry and how members receive service from us.” PVREA is just starting its research on battery storage technology. This energy storage technology is still in its infancy and there is more to learn and develop. “The method for how battery technology integrates into the already existing local grid with the local distribution utility, and with the generation and transmission utility as well, is still being researched and determined,” White adds. THINKING BIGGER BATTERIES Another Colorado electric co-op, United Power in Brighton, is also starting to research battery storage. It is looking at a largescale battery storage system that would store excess solar energy generated during the day to be released at night. This could help solar and wind energy continue to gain ground in the renewable sector with energy generated when the sun is shining and the wind is blowing that could be utilized later when it is needed. According to United Power’s new business director, Jerry Marizza, plans are in the works to have SoCore Energy install a Tesla lithium ion battery storage system to help offset United Power’s capacity charges with its wholesale power provider, Tricoloradocountrylife.coop


State Generation and Transmission. The capacity component of a wholesale power bill recognizes peak usage over a period of time, which can increase the bill. “That’s what gives [United Power] the revenue stream to offset the cost of the battery. That’s our primary purpose for putting this battery in — it’s really to lower our wholesale power bill,” Marizza says. “Secondarily, we feel that operating and getting experience with this technology is critical in the future.” This battery storage system could be significant for a specific group of members: commercial and industrial (C&I) customers. There are 2,500 small solar systems in United Power’s territory; 10 of those systems are used by C&I customers. These customers are billed on a demand and energy rate, but their peak demand is mostly when the sun isn’t shining or it’s a cloudy day. “Even though you have a system at your commercial site or you’re participating in a community solar model, you cannot offset any portion of the demand component on your commercial and industrial bill,” Marizza explains. “That can be as high as 50 percent of your entire bill. It becomes a part of your bill the solar is not affecting at all. That’s been a problem.” Which is why many C&I members don’t participate in solar. With these members in mind, United Power is beginning to explore options. Using the community solar concept that offsets energy, United Power representatives are thinking about layering a program on top of the battery to create a “community battery” that C&I customers can buy into.

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With the push from legislators for utilities to move toward 100 percent renewable energy, United Power is investigating how — or if — it can realistically reach that goal. “Batteries are one of the technologies that are going to need to develop further to even come close to trying to get some of those goals,” Marizza says. “From an operational point of view, that can’t happen today. We need to develop some of these other technologies and get experience operating them to be able to even come close. “We feel, on a secondary level, that getting experience with battery storage and how it actually operates is very important,” Marizza continues. “We feel that ultimately that this experience is what’s going to allow us to integrate more renewables onto the grid.” United Power wants to help pioneer this new renewable energy option just as it did in 2009 with its community solar farm, which was the first electric utility solar farm in the country. The battery storage project is expected to break ground later this year. Initially, United Power will use this battery to offset the capacity component of its wholesale power bill. Once the research and understanding of the technology is determined, the community battery program could become reality. And, then, electric co-ops will have another tool to use as they continue to bring more renewable energy into their systems. Amy Higgins writes for Colorado’s electric cooperatives.

(Above) This solar garden powers the Eco Compact 10 kilowatt-hour system at PVREA. (Right) The sonnenBatterie Eco Compact 10 kilowatt-hour system is currently in Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association’s community room.

“Instead of offsetting the energy portion of their rate like solar, it offsets the demand and capacity component of their utility rate, which, up until now, nobody has been able to touch,” Marizza says. “That could have a very big benefit for our C&I customers.” Because residential customers are on a flat energy rate, they don’t need to participate in the community battery because they don’t have a demand component on their bill to offset like C&I customers. Just like community solar, a community battery program would be owned, operated and managed by United Power. C & I customers would be invited to participate and buy into the program, and then United Power would provide credit on the capacity component of their utility bills. coloradocountrylife.coop

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THE BARBECUE GURU’S BBQ U™ Food, fun and fabulous people converge for barbecue bliss

Barbecue is serious, delicious business at Colorado’s annual Barbecue University™. STORY BY AMY HIGGINS PHOTOS BY MIC GAROFOLO Once a year, Steven Raichlen, arguably one of the best grillers in the country, brings his enthusiasm for grilled foods, his barbecue wisdom and his tasty recipes to Colorado Springs for a fun-filled barbecuing event. He shares tips of the trade and helps students put that guidance into action during three days of grilling at The Broadmoor. Why Raichlen? What makes him the brains of barbecue?

Literature Leads to Food

It all goes back to a degree in French literature that landed Raichlen in the barbecue arena. While that may seem like an odd way to become a barbecue big shot, it

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makes sense when Raichlen explains that he was working on his thesis at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, when he came across a medieval cookbook. “I thought, ‘Wow, how cool is this? Eight hundred years ago people were writing cookbooks,’” Raichlen said. A lightbulb went on. After he graduated, he proposed a study of medieval cooking in Europe and received a grant to do so from the Thomas J. Watson Foundation. He was there for two years researching and working as a translator for French chefs. “I ate at restaurants in the evening and it was a total emergence of the intersection of food, culture and history,” he said. Soon, he stumbled on an idea. “The idea is that people grill everywhere, but everywhere they do it differently. So I proposed to travel around the world and write about how people grill in different cultures.” That concept

became the brainchild behind The Barbecue! Bible, which includes 500 of the best barbecue recipes out there. The cookbook became a best-seller and barbecue became Raichlen’s full-time job. He wrote dozens more books, began hosting the PBS television show “Steven Raichlen’s Project Smoke” and founded Barbecue University™, which was initially hosted at The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. In 2007, the program moved exclusively to The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, and that’s where it remains.

Get Schooled for Great Grilling

At Barbecue University™, Raichlen teaches students the particulars of grilling, smoking and roasting. This crash course caters to novices, professionals and every other capability in between and sells out every year. “It’s a topic people love,” Raichlen said. It starts with a welcome reception the night before the first class. The students mingle with fellow foodies while sampling fare from all the different food venues at The Broadmoor. The next three mornings, Barbecue University™ students gather at the five-star resort’s Cheyenne Lodge. The structure is perched on the mountainside surrounded by quaking aspens and towering pine trees, which are also viewable from indoors through the lodge’s floor-to-ceiling windows. coloradocountrylife.coop


The amphitheater seating provides students with an ideal view of what they traveled from near and far to observe: Raichlen and his culinary trappings, presented front and center where he dishes the goods — literally and figuratively. The overhead video monitors deliver a closer look while the audio system gives clear coverage of Raichlen’s teachings. I had the honor of attending day one of the second session of the 2017 Barbecue University™. While the menus change and new ideas are presented every year, the timetable remains the same. Over the three-day course, Raichlen begins the first hour with an overview of what students will create each day. At my session, Raichlen was beyond informative with his techniques and tips, and he welcomed comments and questions throughout his presentation. He also gave a history of fire, saying it was “the greatest discovery ever — barbecue begat civilization.” Raichlen shared the five cooking methods: “caveman” grilling, direct grilling, indirect grilling, smoking and spit roasting. Each approach was to be demonstrated during the three-day course. On the menu that day were chorizo grilled dates, Korean pulled pork with KB barbecue sauce, maple-Sriracha chicken wings, rosemary smoked beef tomahawk steaks, smoke-roasted Hasselback potatoes, “caveman” leeks with romesco sauce, gingerbread grilled apples with smoked whipped cream and a “limonero” smoked cocktail. As he presented each lesson, Raichlen called for volunteers to demonstrate the techniques to make their recipes. Those students carefully prepped each dish, careful to follow “Professor” Raichlen’s instructions. While the students stirred, stuffed, strung and scraped, a multitude of grills and smokers beckoned them in the “burn” area on the outdoor terrace. The terrace offered all of us a magnificent view of the mountainside while providing a panoramic view overlooking Colorado Springs under a clear blue sky. A barbecue bouquet from the smoldering pimento wood chips and charcoal wafted through the air, tempting our senses.

(Right) Korean pulled pork with KB Barbecue Sauce and (right, below) gingerbread grilled apples with smoked whipped cream. (Below) Barbecue University™ students get chummy while preparing their assigned dish.

Steven Raichlen demonstrates how to make a “limonero” smoked cocktail.

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[continued from page 17] Raichlen demonstrated the proper usage of each grill and smoker, reminding students to cook front to back and “keep it hot, keep it clean, keep it lubricated.” With Raichlen’s supervision, the students put their barbecuing smarts to the test, grilling their assigned meal.

Steven Raichlen offers students advice for their dish. Carefully turning her grilled chorizo dates, Audrey Fischer was noticeably engrossed with her dish. “I don’t usually step to the grill, my husband does, so that’s why I picked the easy one to grill with,” Fischer said with a laugh. “[But] this is complicated a little bit.” This was the first time the Midlothian, Virginia, resident attended Barbecue University™. “We have friends who were here last year and they said ‘We’d love to come again and we’d love to have you join us.’ So, we’re with [them],” she said. “I think it’s fantastic: the location, the class work and the grilling.” This was Andy Laco’s second time at Barbecue University™, having previously attended in 2009. The Las Vegas resident said what enticed him to come back was learning more techniques and getting his hands on new recipes. “I loved what I learned before and my wife wants me to continue cooking,” he said with a chuckle. “It’s all about the wife.” Cindy East of Cocoa Beach, Florida, started researching Barbecue University™ when it was

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held at The Greenbrier. It took a while, but she finally made her way to Colorado. “I’ve been wanting to come to this for 10 years,” East said. “This is like, wow! Great!” The students removed their foodstuff from the grills and smokers to return indoors. During this last half hour, they plated everything and brought it back in the dining room. “That becomes an effort of great competition,” Raichlen said. “Everybody wants to do a really amazing job.” It was fascinating to see how detailoriented and adept the students were and how expertly they presented their dishes. As Raichlen paid homage to their abilities, the students were proudly snapping photos with their smartphones. Concluding their lesson for the day, they sat down to enjoy the same dishes they created that morning and to chat with their fellow students. “It’s nice for all of us to get together and grill,” said Sharon Sanders, a repeat guest from Savannah, Georgia. “I love coming to this.” “In terms of the methodology, the menus are always different,” Raichlen said. “There are always new grills being added, there’s new foods and techniques being added. But in terms of the methodology, we kind of worked out a system that works for us that enables us to teach a relatively large number of people but make it a very personalized experience. That’s the goal of the school.”

The students are all smiles while barbecuing on the terrace. grillers sign up early. “The early bird catches the proverbial worm,” he said. Each session accommodates 50 to 60 students from all walks of life. There are repeat students, newbies, jet-setters, private chefs and average Joes and Janes, but they all come for the same purpose: barbecue. “People who come to BBQ University™ want to have a good time,” Raichlen explained. “They’re coming because they love cooking, they love grilling, they love sharing, so we very rarely get people who are difficult. They are people who are up for a good time.” And some barbecue. Amy Higgins is a freelance writer for Colorado Country Life.

I think it’s fantastic: the location, the class work and the grilling. AUDREY FISCHER

Book a Barbecue Rendezvous

The Barbecue University™ 2018 sessions ended in May, but the 2019 dates will be announced in July. Packages start at $2,400 and include luxury accommodations at The Broadmoor for three days and three nights; a welcome reception; three days of hands-on barbecue instruction; transportation to and from Cheyenne Lodge; daily breakfast and lunch; a notebook containing all the session recipes; graduation photos with Raichlen and the group; and a Barbecue University™ diploma. While they generally don’t sell out until November or December, Raichlen suggests

Steven Raichlen, the “Barbecue Guru.”

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RECIPES THAT WILL MOTIVATE YOU TO GET YOUR GRILL ON BY AMY HIGGINS RECIPES@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG

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TIP FROM THE EXPERT When salting your filets, sprinkle the salt from a height of 6 inches for even distribution.

WHY DRY-BRINE? Seasoning your filet with salt an hour before grilling creates a saline solution that partially absorbs into the meat, creating tenderness and flavor.

Barbecue University’s™ Steven Raichlen has several cookbooks under his belt. His latest cookbook, Project Fire, is his guidebook to grilling everything from entrees to salads, desserts and veggies. Each recipe includes an introduction with special notes, such as tips, alternatives and history, and is thoroughly spelled out to ensure a tasty outcome. He even gets you started with “The Seven Tips to Grilling Nirvana,” which helps grillers get going before the ingredients come out of the cupboard. Raichlen shared this recipe with Colorado Country Life for your grilling pleasure. (Excerpted from Project Fire: Cutting-Edge Techniques and Sizzling Recipes from the Caveman Porterhouse to Salt Slab Brownie S’Mores by Steven Raichlen (Workman Publishing). Copyright © 2018. Photograph by Matthew Benson.)

Dry-Brined Peppered Filets Mignons With Cutting Board Sauce 4 filet mignon steaks (each 6 to 8 ounces and at least 2 inches thick) Coarse salt (sea or kosher), to taste 1 clove garlic, peeled 1/2 cup stemmed flat-leaf parsley or other fresh herbs 2 scallions, trimmed 1 red jalapeño or serrano pepper 1/3 cup best-quality extra virgin olive oil, in a small bowl Vegetable oil for oiling the grill grate 1/2 cup cracked black peppercorns, spread out in a shallow bowl Freshly ground black pepper, to taste Arrange the filets mignons in a baking dish. Generously salt each on both sides. Dry-brine the steaks in the refrigerator for 1 hour, uncovered, turning them once. Before grilling, finely chop the garlic and parsley on a large cutting board with a well. Thinly slice the scallions (both white and green parts) and the pepper crosswise. Season generously with salt and pepper and pour half the olive oil on top. Mix with the blade of the knife. [Leave this Cutting Board Sauce on cutting board for later.]

Set up your grill for direct grilling and heat to mediumhigh. Brush or scrape the grill grate clean and oil it well. Dip each filet mignon in cracked black pepper to crust the top and bottom. Arrange the steaks on the grill grate. Grill for 1 1/2 minutes, then give each steak a quarter turn to lay on a crosshatch of grill marks. When the bottom is sizzling and browned (you may see beads of blood start to form on the top), turn the steaks and grill the other side the same way. Grill the steaks on the sides, too, to expose all surfaces to the heat. You’ll need about 3 minutes per side for rare (120 to 125 degrees); 4 minutes per side for medium-rare (130 to 135 degrees); 5 minutes per side for medium (140 to 145 degrees). Use an instant-read thermometer inserted through the side of the steak to check for doneness. Remove the hot filets mignons from the grill and lay them directly on top of the Cutting Board Sauce ingredients on the cutting board. Cut each steak with downward strokes of the knife into 1/4-inch-thick slices. (There is no need to let the meat rest.) Pour the remaining olive oil over the sliced steaks and toss on the board with a spoon and the blade of the knife: The idea is to coat the steak slices with herbs and oil and mix them with the meat juices. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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In the ’70s, I planted my first vegetable garden when a group of neighbors in northwestern Denver launched Mayor Frederico Peña’s Community Garden Program. Since none of us had large yards, we asked the Old Ladies Home if we could use their undeveloped land. After learning it was farmed without chemicals for decades, we committed to continuing the tradition. The organic gardening concepts and techniques we followed 45 years ago are still relevant today. We were blessed with a sunny location and good, rich soil. Soil is important for anchoring plants, allowing roots to breathe and providing nutrients and water. Soil composition can facilitate or hinder these functions. In Colorado, many homeowners struggle with heavy clay soils comprised of fine particles with little space in between. As the

clay absorbs water, it forms a dense, firm surface that is hard for roots to penetrate. This is why you hear so much about soil amendment. When you add organic matter, microorganisms will decompose it and produce materials that bind the soil particles into aggregates, thereby allowing roots to penetrate more easily and permitting water and air to move more freely. Since soil nurtures plant growth, the more you know about your soil, the less you need to rely on chemicals. As a general rule, most plants will do well in soil that is 45 percent minerals, 25 percent water, 25 percent air and 5 percent organic matter. A soil test from Colorado State University Extension will identify your soil composition and nutrients that need a boost. The test results can guide decisions about

watering and fertilizing throughout the summer and fall. Avoid overwatering your garden, as it makes plants more vulnerable to pests and diseases, and target fertilizer choices to meet your needs. If you amend soil with organic matter from your yard, it benefits both the environment and your pocketbook, but decomposition takes time. For faster results while avoiding chemicals, purchase fertilizer manufactured from organic compounds. Select disease resistant plant varieties. Typically, this information is provided on the tags you find when purchasing seeds or transplants. Check the stems and under leaves and turn pots over to look at roots to be sure they are healthy and pest-free. Some symptoms to look for are spots or dead areas on leaves and stems, abnormal growth or coloration and wilting. Similarly, you should be vigilant in examining existing garden plants for signs and symptoms of disease and pests. Early blight (Alternaria leaf spot), for example, is a fungus that commonly attacks tomato plants during hot summer months. It produces brown or black spots on leaves, which may then turn yellow and drop off. If the fungus becomes severe, it will also attack the stems and fruit. The best nonchemical control method is to remove all diseased plant tissue from the ground and plant your tomatoes in a different location every year. Space tomato plants far enough apart for air circulation and avoid overhead watering. If the blight infestation is heavy, you can dust with sulfur to protect new leaves. Symptoms of insect damage may include discoloration or distortion of leaves, blossoms or twigs, as well as chewing damage, cracked bark and dieback of plant parts. For example, if you see chewed leaves on your rose bushes, they might be infested with Japanese beetles. White, brown or red spots on leaves might be a sign that piercing-sucking insects are present, such as aphids or scale insects. A large hole in fruit could be an indicator that a piercing insect laid eggs inside, and the hatch created the hole while exiting. Like diseases, many pests can be eliminated with natural remedies. In early stages, aphids can be removed simply by picking off leaves or branches, spraying with a garden hose or with kitchen soap mixed with water. You can also control aphids by attracting birds, such as wrens, chickadees and titmice, to your garden. Plant hydrangeas, dense foliage shrubs or evergreens like boxwoods where birds can hide from predators. Being familiar with signs and symptoms of common pests and diseases comes with experience. Once your prized rose bush wilts from black spot disease, your tomato plant’s leaves yellow and drop from early blight or you find your ripe tomatoes half eaten by hornworms, you will not forget. For help identifying signs and symptoms, diagnosing problems and selecting natural remedies, contact your local extension agent or garden center. Gardener Vicki Spencer has an eclectic background in conservation, water, natural resources and more.

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