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The average electric vehicle can save a driver who drives 15,000 miles in a year about $850 annually on fuel. All-electric vehicles start to pay for themselves a long time before they reach the end of their expected lifespans, leading to signiďŹ cant savings over time. -Fleet Carma

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June 2019 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 | 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 2019, Colorado Rural Electric Association. Call for reprint rights. EDITORIAL Denver Corporate Office, 5400 Washington Street, Denver, CO 80216 mneeley@coloradocountrylife.org | 303-455-4111 coloradocountrylife.coop | facebook.com/COCountryLife Pinterest.com/COCountryLife | Instagram.com/cocountrylife Twitter.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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Cover Welcome to summer in Colorado. It’s time to explore the Centennial State.

“Spring in Sand Dunes” by Aric Althouse, a member of Mountain View Electric Association.

4 VIEWPOINT

5 LETTERS

6 ASK THE ENERGY EXPERTS

7 YOUR CO-OP NEWS

12 RECIPES

14 NEWS CLIPS

16 COVER STORY

COCountryLife pinned: Make Coconut Cashew Basil Curry Soup and enjoy it now or find directions to freeze it for a future meal at coloradocountrylife.coop

ROAD TRIPPIN’ 20 INDUSTRY 22 GARDENING

24 OUTDOORS

26 MARKETPLACE

27 CREATIVE CORNER

28 COMMUNITY EVENTS

29 YOUR STORIES

30 DISCOVERIES

FACEBOOK CHATTER Colorado Rural Electric Association posted: Colorado’s electric cooperatives believe there’s great value in raising the next generation of rural leaders in communities we serve. This June, 42 Youth Tour students, the state’s largest group ever, will visit our nation’s capital thanks to the support of #RuralElectric co-ops.

Monthly Contest Enter for your chance to win a copy of Seriously Good Freezer Meals. Be sure to try one of the author’s recipes on page 12 of the magazine or on our website at coloradocountrylife.coop. For official rules and how to enter, visit Contests at coloradocountrylife.coop.

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VIEWPOINT

CO-OP COOPERATION

Colorado’s electric cooperatives ready to work with legislators BY KENT SINGER

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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hortly after I graduated from law school in 1984, I moved to Denver and began my legal career as a staff attorney for the Colorado legislature. As an attorney in the legislative drafting office, my job, along with about 15 other lawyers, was to draft the hundreds of bills and amendments that are considered by the legislature each year. The legislative drafting office is now called the Office of Legislative Legal Services, one of the four nonpartisan staff agencies that support the work of the Colorado General Assembly. As a legislative attorney, I worked with members of both the Colorado House and Senate, both Republicans and Democrats, to craft pieces of legislation to accomplish their policy objectives. This work often involved consultation with not only the members of the legislature, but also with lobbyists and other stakeholders whose clients or companies would be impacted by the proposed legislation. Back in those days, it was unheard of for a member of the General Assembly to introduce a bill that would impact a particular business or company without first giving that business or company an opportunity to provide feedback on the bill. It was not at all uncommon for legislators to ask competing stakeholders to meet in a room and work out their differences. Of course, when those differences could not be settled, the legislator sponsoring the bill would make the ultimate

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decision on legislative language. Yet, it was unusual for bills to be introduced where little or no opportunity was given to those affected by the bill to provide input and feedback. Times have changed. In the just-completed 2019 legislative session, many important pieces of legislation were introduced with little or no opportunity for input from those who would be affected by the new requirements. From legislation regulating the oil and gas industry to bills mandating all sectors of the Colorado economy reduce carbon emissions, bills that will significantly impact Colorado’s energy economy were written over a period of months behind closed doors and without the input of impacted industries. This was certainly true in the case of HB 19-1261, a bill that will impact rural electricity ratepayers for many years to come. Despite our requests to be included in the discussion of rational carbon regulation for electric co-ops, a plan was formed and imposed with little input from representatives of electric co-ops. This is unfortunate; we know our systems and facilities better than anyone, and electric co-ops should have had an opportunity to help design this legislation. I’m fully aware that the majority party has the power to set policy direction in many areas; that’s how our system works. I’m also aware that some will say, “Why should we talk to you? You’ll just say no.”

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That may have been a valid criticism in the past, but I don’t think it is true anymore. As a group, electric co-ops have recognized the changing energy industry and have taken responsible steps to generate more power from carbon-free resources while maintaining reliable service and affordable rates. While we continue to believe that our locally-elected boards should be the primary regulators of electric co-ops, we also understand that the power supply choices we make impact more than co-op consumer-members. We are working extraordinarily hard to make this transition in a way that focuses on continuing the economic vitality of rural Colorado. I hope that a few legislators will read this column and consider inviting Colorado’s electric co-ops to the table the next time a major energy policy change is considered. I think you will find that we are interested in working together to find solutions to Colorado’s energy needs. Kent Singer is the executive director of the Colorado Rural Electric Association and offers a statewide perspective on issues affecting electric cooperatives. CREA is the trade association for your electric co-op, the 21 other electric co-ops in Colorado and its power supply co-op.


LETTERS LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

FROM THE EDITOR

Green Eating Machines

Time for some Colorado adventures

BY MONA NEELEY

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t’s June. Do you have weekend getaways and summer vacations MONA NEELEY planned? Since we live in Colorado, we don’t have to go far to experience amazing adventures. You’ll find some great suggestions in this month’s cover story. One of the coolest (scariest) things my husband and I did last summer in Colorado was the Skycoaster at the Royal Gorge near Cañon City. You put on a harness, then they strap you into the ride — lying down — and pull you way back. Then it’s up to you to pull the rip cord that sends you down, down, down at 50 miles per hour and out over the canyon, 1,200 feet above the Arkansas River. It’s exhilarating, heart-stopping, breathtaking and worth doing again. What Colorado adventures do you have planned for this summer? Mona Neeley is the statewide editor of Colorado Country Life, which is published in coordination with your local electric cooperative. Its goal is to provide information from your local electric co-op to you, its consumer-members.

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It was disappointing to read about yet another large area of wind turbines altering the landscape of the Great Plains (March ’19). As one who loves open vistas, wildlife and the history of the plains, it’s sad to see this environment further destroyed, ironically in the name of environmentalism. In this age when there’s so much talk about minimizing our footprint, these things hugely expand it. I understand the plains aren’t Colorado’s cup of tea in general, but that shouldn’t be reason to further trash them with these huge eyesores that make the countryside look more like some kind of industrial park. They would never be put in the mountains or a rain forest. Pierce Pritchett, Yoder Mountain View Electric consumer-member

The author of “EVs Need to Pay Fair Share” (April ’19) claims electric vehicles do not pay to maintain Colorado’s roads because they pay no gasoline tax. Being an owner of both a Chevy Bolt and Nissan LEAF, I want to correct that viewpoint. In Colorado, EV owners pay an extra, annual $50 per car “plug-in electric vehicle fee” with license renewal. Jim Gano, Fort Collins Poudre Valley REA consumer-member

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After reading the story “Pushing Efficient Ways to Mow your Lawn” (March ’19), I came to the conclusion I have found an even greener way to mow my fenced-in, four-acre, high-desert pasture. I switched from mowing to “homing” four llamas from my local animal rescue shelter that became homeless in the 2012 Black Forest wildfire. I pay for hay, feed, vet and shearer costs and keep the water supply full. In return, they keep the whole four acres cut down and it looks like green velvet all summer. To me, this is money well-spent instead of paying for gas, oil and upkeep of the riding lawn mower. Brian Lackey, Peyton Mountain View Electric consumer-member

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SMARTPHONE APPS There are several energy apps available today, but two stand out. They’re free, easy to use, effective and available for both Android and iOS devices. • JouleBug is a fun app that helps you save energy. You collect points for each energy-efficient move you make inside the home, on your daily commute and in daily life. The app helps you make changes and build ongoing energy-saving habits. It’s designed as a competition among friends and can help you and your family create an energy-efficient household together. The app also includes fun, educational videos and links to helpful articles. • There are several energy cost calculator apps that help you identify where you use the most energy in your home. You can enter how many hours per day you use each appliance or electronic device and the rate you’re paying for power, which you can find on your energy bill. The app creates a total operating cost for that specific device. SMART THERMOSTATS A smart thermostat connects to the internet and your computer and/or smartphone through your home’s Wi-Fi and could shave $50 off your energy bill every year.

Smartphones and other devices make it easier than ever to take control of home energy use. Photo Source: Karolina Grabowska

Here are some features to keep in mind if you’re considering a smart thermostat: • Learning: A learning thermostat will figure out your habits and adapt — this is probably the best way to make the most of a smart thermostat’s energy-saving potential. • “Geofencing”: This will detect when you leave home and return, and adjust the temperature up or down so energy isn’t being wasted. • Additional features: They include remote room sensors and voice control. Before you buy, learn what you can about the functionality of the smart thermostat’s app, and take a look at how easy it is to program the thermostat unit directly. Finally, consider the installation. Some models are more difficult to install and may require rewiring. Don’t forget to check with your local electric cooperative on additional programs and services designed to help you save on your energy bills. This column was co-written by Pat Keegan and Brad Thiessen of Collaborative Efficiency.

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RECIPES

AHEAD OF THE GAME Use downtime now to prepare meals for future fast-paced days BY AMY HIGGINS

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Thai Beef Stir-Fry Makes 6 servings 2 pounds beef flank steak, sliced across the grain into 1/4-inch strips 2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar 2 tablespoons water 1 tablespoon fish sauce 1 tablespoon tamari sauce 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper flakes 2 teaspoons minced garlic 1 medium onion, thinly sliced 1 1/2 red bell peppers, sliced To Serve 3 tablespoons vegetable oil Garnishes Chopped fresh cilantro, optional Sesame seeds, optional In a large bowl, combine flank steak, rice vinegar, water, fish sauce, tamari sauce, brown sugar, hot pepper flakes and garlic. Make It Now In a wok or large skillet, heat vegetable oil over high heat. Add beef and marinade; cook, stirring constantly, for 3 to 4 minutes, or until meat is no longer pink inside. Add onion and bell peppers; cook, stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes, until tender. Remove from heat and sprinkle with cilantro and sesame seeds, if using.

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Make It a Freezer Meal Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread sliced onion and bell peppers on baking sheet, separating them as much as possible. Place in freezer for 30 to 45 minutes, until onion and peppers are frozen solid. Transfer to a gallon-size freezer bag. Pour beef and marinade into another gallon-size freezer bag. Seal, removing as much air as possible, and freeze bags together as a kit. Thaw and Cook Place meat bag in refrigerator for at least 12 hours or up to 24 hours to thaw (leave vegetable bag in freezer). In a wok or large skillet, heat vegetable oil over high heat. Add beef and marinade; cook, stirring constantly, for 3 to 4 minutes, until meat is no longer pink inside. Add frozen onion and peppers; cook, stirring, for 3 minutes, until tender. Remove from heat and sprinkle with cilantro and sesame seeds, if using. If you’re looking for more great freezer meals, try

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NEWS CLIPS

New Legislative Rules Curb Greenhouse Gas

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olorado’s electric cooperatives will be reducing the amount of greenhouse gases emitted from their power supplies to meet new requirements stemming from Colorado’s 2019 legislative session. HB 19-1261 established a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions statewide from 2005 baseline levels by 26% by 2025, by 50% by 2030 and by 90% by 2050. Those are the goals. How they will be accomplished will come from the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission, which has been given the authority to oversee the process. Electric utilities with power plants and retail sales may submit a clean energy plan to the AQCC and the Public Utilities Commission designed to achieve 80% reductions in greenhouse emission by 2030. This provision allows for Xcel Energy’s already submitted clean energy plan. It could also be used by Black Hills Energy, an investor-owned utility, and electric co-ops Holy Cross Energy and Intermountain

Rural Electric Association, both of which own part of a coal-fueled power plant. The provision for submitting a clean energy plan instead of having the AQCC determine how the reduction in greenhouse gases will be accomplished is not available to co-op power supplier Tri-State Generation and Transmission or the state’s other electric distribution cooperatives. They will have to wait for the AQCC to write the rules. Electric utilities are expected to have higher percentages of required greenhouse gas reduction than other industries, according to Geoff Hier, director of governmental relations. Utilities are easier to regulate and power plant emissions are easier to measure, he noted.

Other New Bills HB 19-1314 on transitioning from a coalbased economy creates the Just Transition Office (JTO) in the state government. Electric utilities proposing to retire a coal-fueled electric generating facility

Clean Water for Guatemala Colorado’s electric cooperatives are raising money for water filters for Guatemalan families. When the Colorado-Oklahoma international team heads to Sillab, Guatemala, in August to wire the village of Sillab for electricity, CREA is hoping to send enough money with the team to purchase water filters for each of the 60 households in that mountain village. CREA’s nonprofit Colorado Electric Educational Institute is accepting donations for “Eco Filtros” manufactured in Guatemala. These 5-gallon filters last two years. The filters are $35 each plus $9 shipping. To donate any amount, visit crea.coop/community-outreach/current-causes or mail a check made out to CEEI (with Clean Water Fund on the memo line) to CREA, 5400 Washington St., Denver, CO 80216.

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must submit a workforce transition plan to the JTO at least 90 days prior to the retirement. The plan must identify the number of employees being offered other employment within the company, expected retirements and employees being laid off. The JTO coordinates grants to affected communities to diversify the local economy. The bill creates job training programs and a fund to assist displaced workers for up to three years. SB 19-236 followed the required “sunset” review process for the Public Utilities Commission and approved the continuation of the PUC’s authority to regulate public utilities with some changes, two of which affect electric co-ops directly. First, Tri-State G&T is now required to submit electric resource plans to the PUC for approval. The second item requires the PUC to investigate the costs and benefits of all Colorado electric utilities participating in either an energy imbalance market, a regional transmission organization or joint tariffs. If the PUC finds joining one of these options is in the public interest, it must, by July 1, 2022, direct utilities to participate in the best option. In other legislative action, bills regarding the oil and gas industry, taxes, employment law and other areas of business were passed before this year’s legislative session ended. These will also affect your local electric co-op.


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Summer Fun Close to Home

It’s summer — or will be soon. Everyone is looking for fun and interesting places to visit. Here are five suggestions for sites in Colorado that will make for a fun day trip or a memorable stop on a longer getaway. Find what interests you, and get out there and enjoy summer.


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Morrow Point Boat Tour in Curecanti National Recreation Area is a spectacular way to experience western Colorado’s Black Canyon of the Gunnison. It’s a monumental place, described by the National Park Service as having “some of the steepest cliffs, oldest rocks and craggiest spires in North America.” A park ranger pilots the 42-passenger pontoon boat through the stunning scenery surrounding Morrow Point Reservoir, while an interpretive ranger shares fascinating stories about the canyon’s geology, wildlife, early inhabitants and the narrow-gauge railroad built in 1881-82. “I’m a historian who loves the history of the railroad going through the canyon,” says Paul Santellan, lead guide for Curecanti and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, which shares a boundary with the national recreation area. During the 1880s, rock hounds from Denver often rode the train to look for rocks. These geologists noted the canyon’s 1.8 billion-year-old rocks, which led to the establishment of the national park. Boat tours happen throughout the summer, at 10 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m. Although reservations are required, it’s typically easy to book seats for this little-known park service gem. The tour begins at the Pine Creek boat dock, accessed from Pine Creek Trail at Highway 50, milepost 130 (35 miles east of Montrose). From the parking area, visitors descend 232 stairs — there are handrails and benches along some portions — before coming to a trail that parallels the old narrow-gauge rail bed. (The tracks and railroad ties were removed in 1949.) The trail leads three-quarters of a mile to the boat dock. Remember to bring a camera to capture the gorgeous views you’ll find on this NPS-led outing.

➵What is the cost?: $24 adults; $12 children 12 and under (children

must be 35 pounds or heavier). All passengers 13 and under must wear a personal flotation device provided. Check ahead of time: Reservations begin May 15 for Morrow Point Boat Tours that begin as early as June 1 — depending on snowpack spring runoff and upstream water releases from Blue Mesa Dam. End dates also vary, but typically run through Labor Day weekend, and sometimes beyond. Contact: 970-641-2337 ext. 205; www.nps.gov/cure/ planyourvisit/boattour.htm; or stop by the Elk Creek Visitor Center (15 miles west of Gunnison off of Highway 50).

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BY KYLEE COLEMAN South central Colorado’s Westcliffe community offers an opportunity to see something you may not have seen in a while: the night sky. The wonder of stargazing can bring even the most seasoned and, perhaps, unimpressed night sky spectator to a place of awe-inspired delight. Whether viewing the annual Perseid meteor shower in late summer, catching the tail of a single shooting star or simply introducing the seven stars of the Big Dipper to grandkids, everyone can enjoy something new at Smokey Jack Observatory in Custer County. Westcliffe and next-door Silver Cliff, together, are the home of the first Dark Skies

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What is the cost?: Free, public star parties held monthly: www.darkskiescolorado.org When to visit: Closed for winter from November 4 through March 2020. When to book: Book a private star party at www.darkskiescolorado.org/smokey-jackobservatory. Don’t miss: Best viewing of the Milky Way is as late as 10–10:30 p.m. from June to mid-August. Contact: 100 Adams Blvd., Westcliffe; 719-398-1284.

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BY GAYLE GRESHAM A stop-worthy collection of Native American art, pottery and textiles is housed in the Koshare Museum in La Junta in the southeastern corner of the state. But the real draw to this large adobe building on the Otero Junior College campus is the dancers who perform Saturdays in the summer. The adobe Koshare Kiva is home to the Koshare (pronounced ko-shaar-a) Dancers. Modeled after the kivas of the Anasazis, the museum building was built by La Junta Boy

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designation in Colorado and the highest elevation Dark Sky location internationally. Smokey Jack Observatory is a popular spot for taking in the night sights. Located at Bluff Park on the west end of Westcliffe, SJO hosts monthly, free public star parties to celebrate various astronomical events. The June 7 public star party observes the rise of Jupiter and the July 5 public star party marks Saturn’s first 2019 appearance in the night sky. You can book a private star party led by a trained Star Guide. The best months to visit the observatory are May through September, but remember your warm layers as temperatures still drop during the starviewing hours of the night.

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Scout Troop 232, which was established in 1933. The Scouts studied Native American lore and dances and began performing interpretive dances in costumes they created themselves. The tradition continues today. Using the money they were paid for performances, along with a grant from the town of La Junta, the Scouts built the Koshare Kiva in 1949. The building has the world’s largest self-supported log ceiling structure and is registered with the Colorado Historical Society as an historic state site. The Koshares (which means “clown” or “delight-maker” in the Hopi language) began purchasing artwork from the Taos Art Colony Founders and Santa Fe Art Colony Founders, along with ancient artifacts from the Plains and Pueblo tribes with proceeds collected from a pop machine and the donation basket, which became the foundation of the museum collection.

➵What is the cost?: Adults $5; students and seniors $3; children 6 and under free. ➵When to visit: Noon–5 p.m., 7 days per

week, June 1–August 30; late hours: noon– 10 p.m. Saturdays in June and July. Don’t miss: During the summer, the Koshare Dancers perform at 7 p.m. on Saturdays in June and July, beginning on June 8. Contact: 115 W. 18th St., La Junta; 719-384-4411; koshares.com.

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majestic scenery; you can take a peek at how the timber industry operated through clever replicas of a sawmill site, a town and a logging camp. A model train can take up to two hours to navigate the route from start to finish. Museum volunteers have a choice of more than 2,000 train cars and 150 locomotives to create 20-plus trains of up to 130 cars each. You can also discover more than 1,000 railroad-related items, such as timetables,

railroad lanterns, a semaphore and more. Another highlight is a red 1919 Colorado & Southern wooden caboose where you can visualize what life on the rails was like.

What is the cost?: $10 for adults; $8 for 65 and over; $5 for 12 and under; free for 3 and under. When to visit: June–August: Wednesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Sunday 1–4 p.m. Contact: 680 10th St., Greeley; 970-392-2934; cmrm.org.

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BY SHARON SULLIVAN Love old cars and motorcycles? Head to Rangely and enjoy Bud Striegel’s unexpected, out-of-the-way museum. Striegel began collecting automobiles in the 1940s at age 12, when he says you could purchase an old car for as little as $2. As he got older, his collection of cars grew to include Cadillacs, Cords, Auburns, Franklins, Packards, Stutz, Kissels, Studebakers and Brewsters. Most of the cars are classic. To be a classic, it had to be built between 1925 and 1948. Three years ago, 77-year-old Striegel built the Rangely Automotive Museum to store all his vehicles. He currently owns 11

motorcycles, 48 cars and a few vintage bicycles. “I rotate them out — so the exhibit changes periodically,” Striegel says. A rare 1948 Crocker motorcycle recently returned from another transportation exhibit in Roanoke, Virginia. While in Rangely, visit the nearby Rangely Outdoor Museum. It’s a collection of historical buildings (including a 1913 schoolhouse as well as the town’s original jail) and artifacts that provide a glimpse of the town’s Native American, pioneering and significant oil resource development history. Enjoy smalltown fun at the museum’s annual ice cream social on Labor Day weekend. Visit rangelyoutdoormuseum.org for more information.

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What is the cost?: Adult $5; free for children 12 and under, seniors 65+ and military veterans. When to visit: Open May–October: Wednesday – Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday, noon–4 p.m. Contact: 128 S. Stanolind Ave., Rangely; 970-675-8222; rangelyautomuseum.com.

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Fuel for the Road As electric vehicles surge, so do co-op charging stations BY AMY HIGGINS

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ith the proliferation of electric vehicles, it’s becoming a priority to ensure these drivers can stay “fueled” when traveling. Range anxiety is a term used to describe the concern an EV owner has about the vehicle’s battery running out of charge before reaching a charging station. A recent AAA study showed that 57% of people are unlikely to purchase an EV because of range anxiety. To lessen that unease, more states are offering incentives for local consumers, businesses and utilities to install EV charging stations. There are currently more than 21,000 EV charging stations in the United States, 701 in Colorado as of mid-May. Many more are in the works and Colorado’s electric cooperatives are in the mix.

Powering the Public With offices in Nucla and Ridgway, San Miguel Power Association has a lot of experience with EV drivers. The first EV charging station in the cooperative’s region in southwestern Colorado was powered in 2014 at the Gondola parking garage in Mountain Village above Telluride. Since then, more public and semipublic charging stations have popped up in the area, some of which SMPA helped with financially, including the Ridgway charging station.

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In November 2015, Gunnison County Electric Association installed its first EV charging station. It currently owns and operates six stations and is looking for a location to install a DC (direct current) fast charger in its territory. GCEA Member Relations Supervisor Alliy Sahagun explained, “We see that as an opportunity to decrease range anxiety even further and give EV drivers in our area an opportunity to travel longer distances, as well as encourage visitors to bring their EVs to our area when they come to enjoy all the recreation the Gunnison Valley has to offer.” Pueblo West-based San Isabel Electric Association partnered with Charge Ahead Colorado, the Pueblo City-County Library District, Pueblo County, Bank of the San Juans and the Pueblo West Metro District to install its first EV charging station in December 2018. The Pueblo County Energy Office received grant money through Charge Ahead Colorado and then all the organizations invested their time, energy and expertise to raise the additional funds. “This really wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for the community coming together to get this done,” said SIEA Communications Manager Paris Elliot. Conveniently located at the Pueblo West Library along the Highway 50 corridor, the

new charging station has both a Level 2 and Level 3 charger. Additionally, SIEA is installing two more charging stations at its office: one for public use and the other for employee use. La Plata Electric Association currently owns two Level 2 charging stations installed at the cooperative’s headquarters in Durango, and there are several private stations in the area to which the cooperative sells power, including at the Smiley Building, Mercy Medical Center and the city of Durango Transit Center. In January 2019, the Pagosa Springs Town Council approved installing a Level 2 charging station at Pagosa Springs’ Centennial Park. New DC fast chargers will be installed in Durango and Pagosa Springs within the next year. As more drivers switch from gas to electric, more electric co-ops are taking a “test drive” of EV charging stations of their own. Fort Collins-based Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association as well as Monte Vista-based San Luis Valley Rural Electric Cooperative each installed a charging station at their headquarters’ parking lots to test demand. White River Electric Association in Meeker, Sangre de Cristo Electric Association in Buena Vista and Yampa Valley Electric Association in Steamboat Springs are among


INDUSTRY recent recipients of grants awarded for EV charging station installations through Charge Ahead Colorado. SDCEA’s project went on line in April 2019; YVEA’s station will be running this July; and WREA’s is in the works. In addition, Holy Cross Energy, with offices in Glenwood Springs, Avon and Gypsum, is installing stations in Basalt, Vail and Eagle County.

Driving the Cause In 2013, a partnership between the Regional Air Quality Council and the Colorado Energy Office formed Charge Ahead Colorado to encourage EV adoption by providing grants for EV charging stations. As of January 2018, the program awarded grants to more than 600 stations across Colorado, according to the Colorado Electric Vehicle Plan. Charge Ahead Colorado funds up to $9,000 for Level 2 chargers and $30,000, or 80% of project costs, for DC fast chargers, according to Program Manager Zachary Owens. The remaining balance is the responsibility of the applicant. EV drivers pay a $50 annual registration fee for their road usage charge and gas tax; $20 of that fee goes to Charge Ahead Colorado to build charging infrastructure. “The idea of that is folks driving conventional vehicles are paying a gas tax,” Owens explained. “The registration fee was designed so that EV drivers are paying their fair share as well.”

Fueling the Economy? EVs are touted as more environmentally friendly than conventional vehicles and, depending on what type of charger you have and where it is located, could also have economic benefits for the community. If the charger is located near a shopping center, for example, EV drivers can spend time and money at the shops and restaurants while their vehicle charges.

Two of the electric co-op charging stations you can see around Colorado.

The upcoming Centennial Park Level 2 charger project in LPEA’s territory is “an optimal location for those utilizing the service to shop, walk and dine in the area,” LPEA Energy Management Advisor Nancy Andrews explained. A Level 2 charger can take up to a few hours to charge an EV, which makes an area such as this desirable to EV owners as they bide their time. While some electric co-ops do not own an EV charging station, some are helping others in their community to do so. For example, Granby-based Mountain Parks Electric’s Green Power program contributed to charger installations in its community. Also, SMPA made a donation of $2,000 for the Ridgway project; the co-op has $4,000 allocated every year for this purpose. Several Colorado co-ops offer significant rebates for EVs and/or EV chargers, including PVREA, SIEA, SMPA and LPEA. Although Cortez-based Empire Electric Association does not own any EV charging stations, its board has approved rebate opportunities and EEA will market the program as soon as the campaign is finalized.

“Another creative idea we have is to promote our EV home charger rebate with property management companies and homeowners associations to offer EV charging as an amenity for those booking stays in the short-term rentals,” Sahagun said. “This will benefit the consumer-members by taking advantage of the rebate in their efforts to draw more people to their rentals and be a point of distinction in their offerings.” The forecast shows that EVs are here to stay, and all of Colorado electric co-ops are taking notice and getting involved in whatever ways work best for each local co-op. Some co-ops don’t have the population to support a charging station. In other areas the charging stations are maintained by other entities. Each co-op is learning and moving forward in a variety of ways. All of Colorado’s electric co-ops are planning for the future and working to lessen the range anxiety for their consumer-members while meeting their electricity needs. Amy Higgins is a contract writer for Colorado Country Life magazine.

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RASCALLY RABBITS Ways to ward off the invasive garden predators BY VICKI SPENCER

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Is it really possible to build a rabbit-proof fence? Garden stores advertise rabbit fencing, but it won’t do any good unless it is installed properly. To begin, hammer fence posts 12 inches into the ground at each corner of your garden area. Place additional posts about 6 feet apart between the corner posts. Adding a horizontal strip of wood along the top and bottom of the fence will provide additional strength. Once all the posts are in place, dig a trench 6 to 12 inches deep along the garden boundary. Install vinyl-coated fencing or

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RABBIT-PROOF FENCE SHOPPING LIST ❐ Hammer ❐ Shovel ❐ Fence posts ❐ 2x4 wood for rails ❐ #8 2 1/2-inch deck screws ❐ Coated vinyl fencing or chicken wire (1-inch or smaller mesh) ❐ soil ( optional) ❐ paving stones or rocks (optional) chicken wire (1-inch or smaller mesh) between the posts so that it extends down into the trench and at least 2 feet above ground. You can attach horizontal lengths of wood along the bottom of the fence for additional protection. Next, secure the wire tightly and cover the trench with soil. It’s important to bury the chicken wire or vinyl fencing underground so that rabbits cannot burrow into your garden. If you cannot dig deep into the soil along the border, you can create a ground barrier by bending 12 inches of the fencing at a 90-degree angle. Place the 12-inch flap along the soil on the outside of the garden. Pin it down with stakes, and then tie the larger

section of wire tightly to the fence posts. Cover the chicken wire or vinyl fencing on the ground with a thick layer of soil and top with rocks or paving stones. Although the fence creates a barrier for the rabbits, it does not repel them. You can use liquid or granular animal repellent for additional deterrence. Commercial repellents commonly use putrescent egg. It is odorless to us, but smells like rotting carcasses to rabbits. Since store bought repellents are expensive, you can try making your own. Mix 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper, 2 tablespoons garlic powder and squirt of dish detergent with 20 ounces of warm water. Motion detector sprinklers are another deterrent. They provide bursts of water when movement is detected. This will startle rabbits and hopefully they will run away. But don’t forget to turn the sprinklers off before you garden or you might get an unexpected shower. Although rabbits are annoying garden pests, with a little effort, you can still protect your vegetables and have an abundant harvest this fall. Gardener Vicki Spencer has an eclectic background in conservation, water, natural resources and more.

LEARN MORE ONLINE Read previous gardening columns at coloradocountrylife.coop. Click on Gardening under Living in Colorado.


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Whittle the Wood Rendezvous Loudy Simpson Park visitmoffatcounty.com

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June 8 Denver

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Hanover Days Kirk Hanna Park 719-683-2319

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“The Mythical Realm of Agave” Lecture Canyons of the Ancients National Monument Visitor Center & Museum 2 pm • 970-560-1643

June 15 Durango

Farmers Market TBK Bank Parking Lot 8 am-12 pm • 970-749-1653

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Raptor Camp River Campus & Raptor Center 9 am-3 pm • hikeandlearn.org

June 22 Durango

Durango Botanical Society Gardens on Tour Various Durango Locations 9 am-3 pm • 970-880-4841

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Flying Heels Rodeo Flying Heels Arena 970-531-5465 • granbyrodeo.com

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San Juan Solstice 50 Mile Run Town Park 5 am-9 pm • sjs50.com

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Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering Rotary Park 5-8 pm durangocowboygathering.org

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Taking Steps for Cancer Spirit Polar Plunge Gene Stover Park 316-259-2503 mountainfamilycenter.org

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Colorado Lavender Festival Palisade Veterans Memorial Park 970-270-2294 coloradolavender.org

June 28-30 Salida

Salida Art Walk Downtown Salida salidaartwalk.org

June 29-30 Colorado Springs and Surrounding Areas

Purely Ponds Parade of Ponds Various Locations 719-896-0038 • purelyponds.com

June 29 Granby

Doggie Dash Run/Walk Snow Mountain Ranch YMCA 9 am • 970-887-2988

June 29 Sedgwick and Sterling

Poker Run and Car Show Various Locations • 970-521-9965 blueskiesriding.com

MeekerPalooza Downtown Meeker meekerpalooza.com

June 9 Dove Creek

Dolores County Junior Rodeo Dolores County Fairgrounds 8:30 am • 970-677-2283

June 9 Las Animas

Hats, Hats & More Hats Tea Party John Rawlings Heritage Center & Museum 2-4 pm • 719-456-6066

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YOUR STORIES

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FUNNY STORIES We were driving up to a farm one

day to buy some produce with our 6-year-old grandson when we saw a large sign stating, “Kids for Sale.” All of a sudden our grandson’s eyes got really big and he yelled out, “Grandpa, you’re not going to sell me, are you?” He calmed down when we told him they were selling kid goats. Richard Bongiovanni, Broomfield

One hot summer day, my wife and China gets a visit from Lyle and Shari Burton and Colorado Country Life. Lyle and Shari are consumer-members of Highline Electric Association. Sarah and Grace, daughters of Jason and Lisa Bittle, visit Lady Liberty. The Bittles are consumermembers of Grand Valley Power.

I decided to take our 3-year-old granddaughter Harper out for ice cream. While we sat there enjoying the tasty treats, I noticed that Harper’s ice cream was melting all over the cone, so I asked my wife if she would clean it up. My wife looked over at Harper, grabbed her cone and started to lick it up. Harper, watching her, suddenly blurted out, “Whoa, Nana. You must be starving!” We had a great laugh. Steve Vasquez, Akron

My 80-year-old father recently

Kim Thompson with sister and mom pose with CCL at the Grand Canyon. Kim is a consumer-member of Yampa Valley Electric Association.

Steve Jones poses with CCL and the Barbary apes (macaques) at the top of Gibraltar. Jones is a consumer-member of Gunnison County Electric Association, Inc.

called me and asked if I could help him with some tech support. I said, “Sure. What’s the problem?” “Well, I am having a problem with my Hi-Fi,” he answered. I started thinking about a record player turntable and was confused. Then, I had a good laugh when I realized he was talking about his “Wi-Fi.” Kelly O’Donnell, Masonville

My friend took her 4-year-old

grandson to Dairy Queen for a summer treat. When she told him where they were going he asked, “Is the Dairy Queen married to the Burger King?” Anonymous

White River Electric board, staff and spouses take CCL on a fun utility task vehicle ride to Cathedral Bluffs, southwest of Meeker, near Piceance Basin.

WINNER: Patrick and Danelle Disterhoft visit Ahu Tongariki on Easter Island, Chile. They are consumermembers of Poudre Valley REA.

Take Your Photo With Your Magazine and Win! It’s easy to win with Colorado Country Life. Simply take a photo of someone (or a selfie!) with the magazine and email the photo and your name and address to info@ coloradocountrylife.org. We’ll draw one photo each month to win $25. The next deadline is Monday, June 17. Name, address and co-op must accompany photo. This month’s winners are Patrick and Danelle Disterhoft. The two visited Ahu Tongariki on Easter Island, Chile. They are from Windsor and are Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association consumer-members. See all of the submitted photos on Facebook at facebook.com/COCountryLife.

We pay $15 to each person who submits a funny story that’s printed in the magazine. At the end of the year we will draw one name from those submitting funny stories and that person will receive $200. Send your 2019 stories to Colorado Country Life, 5400 Washington St., Denver, CO 80216 or email funnystories@coloradocountrylife.org. Don’t forget to include your mailing address, so we can send you a check. COLOR ADO COUNTRY LIFE JUNE 2019

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Gear Up for a Summer of Fun Impressive Colorado products for your next adventure Photo Credit: Tom Fowlks

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The Trail Less Traveled Get out of your comfort zone and discover new trails in Colorado with the free Colorado Trail Explorer (COTREX) app and website, developed by the Colorado Department of Natural Resources and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. COTREX gives hikers, bikers, horse riders and motorized riders information about 2,350 trailheads, including trail conditions, points of interest, species, historic places and more. For more information, visit trails. colorado.gov or download the app on your electronic device.

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