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Volume 51

June 2020 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 2020, 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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These Coloradans enjoy the virtual world while sticking close to home during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Chris Coleman.

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4 VIEWPOINT

5 LETTERS

6 ASK THE ENERGY EXPERT

7 YOUR CO-OP NEWS

12 RECIPES

14 NEWS CLIPS

16 COVER STORY

COCountryLife pinned: Want to try something new in the kitchen? Check out the collection of recipes on our Kitchen Creations board for inspiration.

CHANNELING COLORADO 20 INDUSTRY 22 GARDENING

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27 CREATIVE CORNER

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29 FUNNY STORIES

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VIEWPOINT

CO-OP ANNUAL MEETINGS

Missing those great local co-op get-togethers during COVID-19 BY KENT SINGER

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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ne of the unique characteristics of the electric co-op business model is the annual meeting of the consumer-members of the co-op. Electric co-ops are controlled by the consumer-members they serve, and those consumer-members have an opportunity every year to attend the annual meeting and learn more about what’s happening with the local electric co-op. In Colorado, as in most states, annual meeting season starts in the spring and continues through the end of summer. In the world of electric utilities, only electric co-ops have a meeting every year where the consumers of the utility can meet with the management and board. These meetings are not only a celebration of your electric co-op, they’re also a celebration of the community served by the co-op. In many cases, co-op annual meetings include sharing a meal and/or some entertainment, but they always include great conversations. As the manager of the Colorado Rural Electric Association, the statewide association that represents the interests of all of Colorado’s electric co-ops, attending co-op annual meetings is one of the best parts of my job. Every year, I attend many of the annual meetings of our member co-ops all over Colorado. This year is different. With the limitations on getting together due to the COVID-19 pandemic, electric co-ops have made alternate plans. In some cases, the

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annual meetings have been conducted via telephone town halls, other co-ops have hosted video presentations and some co-ops postponed or canceled their annual meeting for 2020. Co-ops realize that the most important consideration is the health of their consumer-members and they have had to put that concern foremost. But I gotta tell you, I miss these get-togethers. I miss hearing the national anthem. I’ve heard the anthem sung by local high schoolers, by professional singers, by choirs and sometimes via audio and video recordings. Regardless of how it’s presented, when hundreds of people stand and sing the anthem, I get a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye. I miss the reports from the Youth Tour kids. In case you don’t know, every year the co-ops sponsor high school kids on a trip to Denver and then on to Washington, D.C., where they learn how our state and national governments work. At the following year’s annual meeting, the kids give a report about what they saw and learned on the trip. My favorite quote from a Youth Tour attendee: “We stood on the step outside the Colorado Capitol that marks 1 mile high, you know, 14 thousand feet.” I miss the entertainment. I’ve seen magicians, comedians, singers, bands, guitar players, scenes from plays acted out by students, you name it. “America’s Got Talent” has got nothing on Colorado’s electric co-ops.

KENT SINGER

I miss the co-op swag. Co-ops almost always provide a small gift to the members; as a guest I’m usually given the same gift. I have collected insulated bottles, hats, picnic blankets, barbecue utensils and backpacks. My favorite? An ice cream scoop from Holy Cross Energy. I also miss driving across this beautiful state to attend the meetings — from the eastern plains to the Great Sand Dunes, from the San Juan Mountains to Rocky Mountain National Park, from the Collegiate Peaks to Rabbit Ears Pass. Our electric co-ops serve the most spectacular territories anywhere in America. But mostly, I miss you, Colorado’s electric co-op consumer-members. You are the folks who make the electric co-op program work. You are the backbone of not only our electric co-ops, but also of this great state and I know that you and your communities will come roaring back from our current challenges. And when you do, your electric co-op will once again host a party, and I’ll be there to help you celebrate. 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

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Relishing variety in recipes

Baking with friends because of COVID-19

BY MONA NEELEY

EDITOR

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s the pandemic restrictions start to loosen, it feels good to get out and about more, to see friends (no closer than 6 feet), to visit with neighbors across a driveway or street, to get back to some of our routines. There are still face masks involved and we haven’t quite returned to “normal” but at least we’re not totally confined to our houses. But, as we move into this new normal, there are some things from our “stay-athome” time that I want to bring with me and one of those is Saturday baking with friends. With my church going virtual on Sunday mornings and my women’s group, like every other group across the country, canceling

its events, weekMONA NEELEY ends got long. So, a group of us decided to “zoom” together and bake. We selected a recipe, set up a video chat over the popular Zoom app and invited others. We got to peek into each other’s kitchens via our computer screens and laugh and talk as we followed that week’s recipe. It was fun and I made some new friends. It was something I would have probably never done if I hadn’t been “stuck” at home. Mona Neeley is the statewide editor of Colorado Country Life, which is published in coordination with your local electric cooperative.

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Responding to the April letter writer: People have vegetarian diets for several reasons. I am not politically correct; I work in the cattle industry. I work with nutrition research cattle that ultimately will be used to study the best nutrition for beef cattle, including making beef healthier for human consumption. I enjoy my occasional beef meal, but you or someone you love may sometimes need an alternative diet. Lynne Kesel, DVM, Fort Collins

I read with misty eyes your article about your father as a lineman. I substituted my husband’s name each time you wrote the word “father.” I remember those storms vividly. I tried hard for the children’s sake and my own when storms hit to remain calm and cool, but thanked God when my husband returned home unharmed. Doris Canavan, Arizona Former Coloradan

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I enjoyed the article about carousels, but you missed one. There’s a delightful one at the North Pole (near Colorado Springs). It has reindeer. Elisa Keesey Mountain Parks Electric consumer-member

SEND US YOUR LETTERS Editor Mona Neeley at 5400 Washington St., Denver, CO 80216 or at mneeley@coloradocountrylife.org. Letters may be edited for length. COLOR ADO COUNTRY LIFE JUNE 2020

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Attics and Ventilation Protect your home with proper attic ventilation

BY JAMES DULLEY

A Start Saving Energy Today Saving energy is saving money and can be a fun activity to engage your friends and family. Tactics to save energy come in all shapes and sizes, including steps you can take today at no cost. Energy efficiency also increases the comfortableness of your home, and makes larger projects worth the investment. Visit these two sites to learn how you can take control of your energy use and save today.

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dequate attic ventilation is extremely important to reduce utility bills and to avoid damage to the roof and attic structure. Having a vent in each side of the gable was the typical attic ventilation configuration in older houses, but today it is considered woefully inadequate for an efficient house. The ideal ventilation flow comes in low over the insulation, keeping it dry and cool. Some of it should flow up under the roof sheathing to keep it cooler and then exhaust out near the peak of the roof. This airflow out the roof peak keeps it cooler during summer and much colder during winter to minimize condensation and ice dam formation. There are various attic venting options and all of them are better than gable vents. A combination of a ridge vent and soffit vents is most effective and not difficult to install yourself. Once you install proper new attic ventilation, block off the gable vents because they will interfere with the desired airflow. A good way to accomplish this is to staple extra attic foil over the gable vents. The ridge vent is located at the roof peak where the hot attic air is least dense, so it naturally flows up and out. In addition to this, breezes over the top of the ridge vent cover create a low pressure area to draw even more air through the attic — the cool air is drawn in the soffit vents. First, calculate how much ventilation you need. This is measured by the net free vent area of the particular vent product you select. The net free vent area is marked on the packaging. It is always less than the actual area of the vent because of screening and other obstructions to the airflow inside the vent. Measure the area of the attic floor to determine what is needed. A typical rule of thumb is 1 square foot of net free vent area for each 150 square feet of attic floor area. This amount of vent area should be divided evenly between the ridge vent and the inlet soffit vents. Check inside the attic to be sure the insulation is not blocking the soffit vents. Blockage can be solved by attaching small baffles. James Dulley writes utility bill-cutting and general money-saving magazine articles and writes nationally syndicated $ensible Home and Cut Your Utility Bills columns for 200 newspapers and magazines.

LEARN MORE ONLINE Learn more about attic vents and how to install them by visiting coloradocountrylife.coop. Click on the Energy tab and then Energy Tips.

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2019 ANNUAL REPORT JUNE 2020

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In 2019, YVEA received a grant from Charge Ahead Colorado to install EV chargers at both its Craig and Steamboat offices. Pictured is the YVEA Board of Directors and management team unveiling the new EV charger at the Steamboat office on June 25, 2019.

GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT

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he Annual Report for 2019 provides statistical information showing the financial condition and STEVE JOHNSON operations for the year. The financial and operating results for 2019 show a decrease in kilowatt-hour sales of 1.54% and a 1.38% decrease in revenue. The detail of our revenue and expense report shows an operating margin of $3,500,335. The amount to be allocated to members for 2019 is $3,255,889.85. The report also shows other income of $386,968.These items include interest, loss from equity investments and capital credit allocations received from other organizations in which Yampa Valley Electric Association has a membership. The amounts received, which are in cash, are allocated to YVEA’s current membership. The board of directors approved the retirement of $1.6 million, which will be paid against the 2002 and 2003 patronage margin allocations. We are pleased to continue the refund of capital credits to our consumer-members. I thank all the members, board of directors and employees for your continued support. Sincerely,

Steve Johnson

President and General Manager

Find capital credits information online at yvea.com.

2019 YAMPA VALLEY ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION ANNUAL REPORT JUNE 2020

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YOUR CO-OP NEWS

2020 Annual Meeting Postponed The YVEA 2020 Annual Meeting has been postponed from June 23, 2020, in Baggs, Wyoming, to a tentative date of September 22, 2020. The location will be determined later. Based on state and county requirements for COVID-19 in the fall, the meeting may also be held virtually. The election process remained the same with all petitions for nominations of directors being returned to YVEA by May 8, 2020. Ballots will be now mailed out on August 21, 2020. To be valid and counted, each ballot must be signed by the member whose name is on the label and the ballot must be received at the location of the third-party ballot counter by Thursday, September 17, 2020. If the meeting is held virtually the director election will be completed by mail in ballot process only.

TREASURER’S REPORT

T

he financial statement for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2019, reflects the sound financial status of Yampa Valley Electric Association, Inc. The association was audited by Bolinger, Segars, Gilbert & Moss, L.L.P, certified public accountants of Lubbock, Texas. AMY MAHON Our auditors have reviewed and gave an opinion on Yampa Valley Electric Association’s balance sheet as of December 31, 2019, and 2018, and the related statements of income and patronage capital and cash flows for the years ended, as well as the related notes to the financial statements. YVEA management’s responsibility is to prepare and present the financial statement in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America; this includes the design, implementation and maintenance of internal control relevant to the preparation and fair presentation of financial statements that are free from material misstatements and errors. The financial statements were presented to the auditors in February 2020. Yampa Valley Electric Association’s 2019 audit was presented to the board of directors in April 2020 with a clean audit, and all consolidated financial statements have been presented fairly, in all material respects. The data presented in this report is from the 2019 financial statements. Copies of the audited financial statements and the annual report are available at Yampa Valley Electric Association’s headquarters.

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2019 YVEA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

2019 Keystone Substation upgrade. YVEA crews worked through the night to complete the project.

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DISTRICT 1

DISTRICT 2

DISTRICT 3

DISTRICT 4

DISTRICT 5

Glynda Sheehan

Larry Ellgen

Jean Stetson

Dean Brosious

Patrick Delaney

DISTRICT 6

DISTRICT 7

DISTRICT 8

DISTRICT 9

Tom Fox

Sonja Macys

Scott McGill

Ken Rogers

2019 YAMPA VALLEY ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION ANNUAL REPORT JUNE 2020


YOUR CO-OP NEWS

2019 Statement of Operations Operating Revenue and Patronage Capital Operation & Maintenance Expense Power Cost Operating and Maintenance Expenses Interest Taxes Other Expenses Total Operation & Maintenance Expense Earnings Before Interest & Amortization Depreciation & Amortization Patronage Capital & Operating Margins Other Capital Credits & Patronage Dividends Nonoperating Margins - Other Patronage Capital or Margins

2019 YVEA Resource Mix 1%

2018 $59,569,286

2017 $56,192,236

32,637,462 15,181,338 1,322,565 68,168 $49,209,533 9,458,044 (5,957,709) $3,500,335 318,764 $68,204 $3,887,303

35,206,836 13,596,264 1,197,730 60,286 $50,061,116 9,508,170 (6,041,860) $3,466,310 275,330 $1,136,180 $4,877,820

33,704,348 12,990,002 1,008,788 49,125 $47,752,263 8,439,973 (5,373,823) $3,066,150 266,492 $119,411 $3,452,053

2019 kWh Sales by Rate Class kWh

2%

300,000,000

4% 32%

Natural Gas

200,000,000

Wind

150,000,000

Nuclear Other Renewables

40% 35%

32%

30%

25%

25% 20% 15%

Highlights of Operations

10%

50,000,000 -

New Construction & System Improvements Miles of Line Built New Security Lights New Services Installed Services Upgraded Operations & Maintenance Average Outage Minutes Per Month Per Consumer Members Per Employee Meter Orders Processed (connects, disconnects & changes) Meters Tested Miles of Distribution Line Patrolled Miles of Transmission Line Patrolled Number of Consumer Work Orders Written Number of Poles Inspected UG Cable Locations UG Dig-Ins Repaired

45%

100,000,000

Solar 36%

% of kWh

42%

250,000,000

Coal 25%

2019 $58,667,577

5%

1% Small General Service

Medium General Service

Large General Service

Irrigation / Street Lights

0%

Comparative Operating Statistics 2019

2018

6.75 9 275 27

2.95 12 148 19

38.4

36.3

395

385

6,272

13,181

226 467 280 652 2,806 6,002 27

150 494 285 551 4,073 5,203 25

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

2019 576,336,895 562,944,607 120,462 2.32% 27,819 2,881 9.66 $0.1042 $58,667,577 $1,178,574 56% $1,510,849 $163,185,502 $3,887,303 59.2%

2018 590,598,932 568,356,746 116,329 3.77% 26,983 2,874 9.39 $0.1048 $59,569,286 $1,050,154 59% $2,533,970 $169,935,509 $4,877,820 68.6%

2019 YAMPA VALLEY ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION ANNUAL REPORT JUNE 2020

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YOUR CO-OP NEWS

Financial report as of December 31, 2019 Assets Current Assets Cash - General Fund A/R General Association Materials - Our Stock Prepayments Deferred Debits Investments Associated Organization and special funds Equity in Other Organizations Property Held for Sale Utility Plan Electric Plant Accumulated Depreciation Total Plant Total Assets

2019

2018

4,489,708 3,415,707 4,147,229 20,055 $12,072,699 $2,062,076

3,922,689 2,780,367 2,130,451 16,956 $8,850,463 $2,037,184

3,482,021 132,139 $3,614,160

3,305,455 205,091 $3,510,546

185,311,408 (67,396,732) 117,914,676 $135,663,611

169,935,509 (63,605,474) 106,330,035 $120,728,228

OPERATION ROUND UP

2019

In 2015, Yampa Valley Electric Association adopted Operation Round Up, which was originally started in 1989 by Palmetto Electric Co-op with the principle of “concern for community.” Today, 255 electric cooperatives across the country have adopted the ORU model. ORU is made possible by thousands of generous YVEA consumer-members who round up their electric bill each month to the next highest dollar and donate that “extra change” to the foundation. The accumulated funds then go directly back into the communities that YVEA serves. The average annual donation a member makes is $6. Through 2019, consumer-members have contributed $392,100 to ORU and nonprofit organizations have received $351,472 for community projects, programs and needs. Your small change makes a BIG difference. Choose to round up your bill and help our communities thrive. For more information visit our website at www.yvea.com/operationroundup, email Operationroundup@yvea.com or call 970-879-1160.

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Long-Term Liabilities Deferred Credits Other Long-Term Obligations Total Liabilities Equity Capital Equities Patronage Capital Other Equities Total Equity Total Liabilities and Equity

2019

2018

1,213,559 3,000,000 10,269,013 917,989 1,628,104 578,804 17,607,469 35,749,492 1,805,012 132,140 $55,294,113

1,513,512 5,733,203 686,469 1,545,845 585,178 10,064,207 30,688,750 1,207,686 205,091 $42,165,734

79,897,692 471,806 $80,369,498 $135,663,611

78,107,602 454,892 $78,562,494 $120,728,228

Operation Round Up Allocations

Operation Round Up Statement of Activity Contributions

2016

2017

2018

2019

$107,542.08

$106,531.74

$96,901.40

$82,095.91

$47,119.00

$75,361.00

$70,710.00

$30,516.00

Education

$10,320.00

$26,892.00

$20,310.00

$13,771.30

Environment Stewardship

$2,000.00

$1,000.00

$2,000.00

$1,000.00

Health Care

Revenue Expenditures Community Development

$6,210.00

$17,284.00

$9,130.00

$1,000.00

Audit

$-

$-

$-

$7,550.00

Bank Charges

$-

$60.00

$30.00

$-

Office Expenses

$146.57

$-

$-

$-

Licenses/Organization Fees

$150.00

$-

$-

$-

Total

$65,945.57

$120,597.00

$102,180.00

$53,837.30

Loss/Profit

$41,596.51 $(14,065.26)

$(5,278.60)

$28,258.61

2019 YAMPA VALLEY ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION ANNUAL REPORT JUNE 2020

Liabilities Current Liabilities Current Maturities of Long-Term Debt Line of Credit Accounts Payable Accrued Expenses Accrued Taxes Customer Deposits


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The active ingredients in OxiTrim trigger weight loss in a way scientists have not seen before. Research shows they activate a protein in the body that breaks down fatty acids found in abdominal fat. “You can think of OxiTrim as a match that lights the fuse in belly fat,” said Kenneth. “This fuse effects metabolic rate which results in enhanced fat loss around the mid section and other parts of the body, too.” Kenneth also said, “Dieters should know OxiTrim is made from natural plant extracts. It is not a drug. It does not contain any stimulants or dangerous chemicals either.” “Plus, unlike a lot of other diet pills, OxiTrim won’t increase your heart rate or make you anxious. In fact, you won’t even know you’re taking it until you begin to see a slimmer waistline,” he added.

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“The advanced ingredients found in A double blind clinical study was OxiTrim have been used successfully in conducted on OxiTrim’s active ingredients. France for years. The clinical trials show The study was reviewed and analyzed by they can burn fat fast for those with a few scientists from the University of California, extra pounds to lose.” — Dr. Ana Jovanovic. Davis. “OxiTrim is the most exciting

Sales Frenzy: The newly released OxiTrim pill from France is set to break sales records nationwide this week. In clinical studies, users taking the pill’s active ingredients lost up to 5 inches from their waistline in 8 weeks without strict dieting.

breakthrough in natural weight loss to date. It’s a proven pill for men and women who want to cut pounds of belly fat.” — Dr. M. Usman, M.D. “I have reviewed the research and have decided to recommend OxiTrim to overweight people. That’s because OxiTrim doesn’t just reduce weight, it helps maintain healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels, too.” — Dr. Ahmad Alsayes.

110% Money Back Guarantee

Amazing feedback from users of OxiTrim has generated a wave of confidence at the company. So much so that they now offer OxiTrim with a 110% money back guarantee. The company’s president, Michael Kenneth says, “We’ve seen how well it works. Now we want to remove any risk for those who might think OxiTrim sounds too good to be true.” Simply take the pill exactly as directed. You must enjoy fast and impressive weight loss. Otherwise, return the product as directed and you’ll receive 100% of your money back plus an extra 10%.

How To Get OxiTrim

Today marks the official nationwide release of OxiTrim in America. And so, the company is offering a special discount supply to every person who calls before inventory runs out. A Regional Order Hotline has been setup for local readers to call. This gives everyone an equal chance to try OxiTrim. The Order Hotline is now open. All you have to do is call TOLL FREE 1-888-3080191 Then provide the operator with the special discount approval code: OTD20. The company will do the rest. Initial supplies of OxiTrim are limited. Those who don’t call soon may have to wait until more inventory is produced. This could take as long as 6 six weeks.

THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION. THIS PRODUCT IS NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT, CURE OR PREVENT ANY DISEASE. ALL DOCTORS MENTIONED ARE REMUNERATED FOR THEIR SERVICES. ALL CLINICAL STUDIES ON OXITRIM’S ACTIVE INGREDIENT WERE INDEPENDENTLY CONDUCTED AND WERE NOT SPONSORED BY THE MAKERS OF OXITRIM.


RECIPES

GRILL A MEAL THAT’LL MAKE ’EM SQUEAL Get your loved ones worked up for a mouthwatering, meaty meal BY AMY HIGGINS

QUICK TIP FOR BEGINNERS

Jason Ganahl’s Tip for Beginner Barbecuers Buy an instant read thermometer There are a bunch of different types on the market, but the one that I like best is the one I have the most history using: the ThermoWorks Thermapen. It’s important to use an instant read thermometer because when you open up the pit to check on your food, you want to make sure that you’re not letting all the heat escape. With a thermometer like the Thermapen, you can get in, check your temperature and get back to cooking right away without throwing off your entire cooking time. The other great thing about the instant read is that you don’t have a lot of time to pull off a steak at a perfect medium rare. You have to get an accurate temperature quickly to make sure you pull the meat off of the heat at the right time.

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ummertime barbecues beckon family and friends to gather, gab and work up an appetite. And when you know you have something great on the grill, you can’t help but feel like you really could beat Bobby Flay. Jason Ganahl, owner of Colorado’s G-Que Barbeque restaurants, won his share of barbecue championships and offers up some crowd-pleasing recipes that will radiate aromas to get those stomachs growling. Check out the G-Que Barbeque website, gquebbq.com, to see what’s on the menu and to gather great advice and recipes from the “Maestro of Meat” himself. In the meantime, try one of these recipes:

“Maestro of Meat” shares barbecue secrets for backyard grilling success!

Luther Burger 6 slices bacon

Salt and pepper, to taste

Butter or ghee

2 slices cheddar cheese

2 (8 ounce) 70/30 patties

2 eggs

2 glazed donuts

Light some coals and add to one side of your barbecue and cover grill with a griddle. While the griddle heats up, start cooking your bacon in a pan over a medium high heat until it reaches your desired level of doneness. Remove from the pan, but reserve the bacon grease for later use. Once it’s piping hot, melt some butter or ghee on the griddle and lay the patties down on top of it. Press with a spatula for about 10 seconds for the best contact with the griddle and a good sear on the meat. Season with salt and pepper. Cook to your desired level of doneness, flipping once and reseasoning halfway through (about 3 minutes per side, depending on heat). Just before pulling the burgers off, top with a slice of cheese. Crack two eggs into the pan with bacon grease and cook them sunny side up over indirect heat. As the eggs cook, spoon some of the bacon grease over the top to cook them from both sides while leaving the yolk intact. Slice your donuts in half and build your burgers starting with the bottom donut, patty, egg, bacon and top donut.


RECIPES

Smoked Sloppy Joes 2 pounds 80/20 ground beef

2 cloves garlic, minced

Kosher salt, to taste

1 1/2 cups ketchup

Black pepper, to taste

2 teaspoons mild yellow mustard

1 yellow onion, diced

2 tablespoons light brown sugar

1/2 red bell pepper, diced

Water

1/2 green bell pepper, diced

Brioche buns

In a large bowl, season the ground beef with salt and pepper, then mix in the onion, peppers and garlic until all ingredients are homogenized. Put the meat mixture into a foil pan and spread an even layer across the entire pan. In a cup or bowl, mix together the ketchup, mustard and brown sugar to make the sauce. Start a basket of coals in a drum smoker, add a strip of hickory wood and let it heat to about 300 degrees. Once it’s up to temperature, add the meat mixture to the drum and let it cook to an internal temperature of 140 degrees. Drain the grease out of the pan. Add the sauce and a small splash of water to the pan, and mix well to combine. Put meat back into the pit and cook for another 20-30 minutes, stirring halfway through. When the meat is nearly finished, toast your buns and then top with a heaping scoop of meat.

Nashville Hot Grilled Chicken Wings 30-40 chicken wings Salt and pepper, to taste Your favorite dry rub (optional) 3 tablespoons cayenne pepper 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 teaspoon black pepper 3/4 teaspoon sea salt 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 4 ounces melted lard Sliced pickles Set up your grill for two-zone cooking and let it heat up to 375 to 400 degrees while you prepare the wings. Traditional Nashville Hot Wings only use salt and pepper, but this recipe also calls for a dry rub for a little bit of variety. Season the wings liberally with salt, pepper and your favorite dry rub on all sides, whichever way you like. Once it’s up to temperature, add the wings to the indirect heat side of the grill, leaving space between them for air flow. Cook to an internal temperature of 165 degrees, about 20 to 25 minutes. While the wings are grilling, prepare the sauce by combining the cayenne pepper, brown sugar, black pepper, sea salt, paprika, garlic powder and lard, then combine with a whisk until consistent.

QUICK TIP / THE “BISCUIT TEST” If you’re cooking on a new grill, be sure to give it the “biscuit test.” It’s a simple, inexpensive way to see how it distributes heat. Watch the video at gquebbq.com/ how-test-new-grill-biscuits/ to see how it’s done.

Move wings to the direct heat side of the grill and turn every 15 to 20 seconds until the skin is crispy, then remove from heat. Once all of your wings are fully cooked, toss in the Nashville Hot Sauce to coat. Serve with pickles and enjoy. COLOR ADO COUNTRY LIFE JUNE 2020

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NEWS CLIPS

ELECTRICITY KEEPS FLOWING DURING CRISIS The electric power industry, including electric cooperatives across Colorado and the nation, are facing the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to deliver electricity reliably and safely, according to a report from the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, the nation’s grid watchdog. Despite a heightened risk of disruption to the workforce and supply chains and new cybersecurity threats, the grid is operating effectively. “The electric industry in North America is rising to the challenge, coordinating effectively with government partners and taking aggressive steps to confront the threat to the reliability and security of the bulk power system,” NERC said in its report. “At this time, NERC has not identified any specific threat or degradation to the realizable operation (of the grid).” NERC attributed the industry’s preparedness in part to its longtime use of comprehensive emergency response drills, such as GridEx. Such tabletop exercises helped the power sector coordinate with key government agencies and “provided a blueprint to ensure that business continuity procedures are up to date and

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comprehensive,” the report states. The central threat to the grid is loss of critical staff needed to operate and maintain the bulk power system. Since March, Colorado’s electric cooperatives and their power suppliers have worked to ensure that their systems continue to meet the needs of consumer-members. Every local distribution co-op office moved to operating virtually so that, even with office doors closed to the general public,

No Pedal the Plains in 2020 There will be no metro area bicyclists descending on the eastern plains of Colorado this fall for the annual Pedal the Plains bike tour. It has been canceled. The annual tour, which brought about 1,000 riders and their supporters to various areas of eastern Colorado each September in each of the last 10 years, is overseen by The Denver Post Foundation through a partnership with the governor’s office. The governor’s office, focused on the pandemic situation, does not want to shift that focus to provide its previous support. There is also concern for the health and safety of the riders and the residents of the towns they would visit. Ride the Rockies, the other bike event sponsored by the foundation, is also canceled for 2020.

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consumer-members could still drop off payments, call for information and access accounts online. New protocols were put in place to keep employees safe while they continued to do their jobs. Now that co-ops are reopening their doors, new procedures are in place to maintain the health of employees and consumers — and to keep the electricity flowing as the pandemic continues.

FEDERAL GRANT ADVANCES RESEARCH ON CARBON STORAGE A carbon storage research project in Wyoming received a step forward with a $15.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory. Basin Electric Power Cooperative, which supplies electricity to Colorado co-op power supplier Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources and other partners are developing a site near Basin’s Dry Fork Station and the Wyoming Integrated Test Center to store over 50 million metric tons of carbon dioxide underground. The project is working to mitigate CO2 emission from the consumption of fossil fuels. This has been a long process, according to project manager Scott Quillinan, and has demonstrated the feasibility of safely, permanently and economically storing CO2. Now the project is moving into final testing before pursuing commercialization and construction.


NEWS CLIPS

Conservation Award Winner Named The Collins Ranch of Kit Carson is the recipient of the 2020 Colorado Leopold Conservation Award®. The Collins Ranch in K.C. Electric Association territory is owned and operated by the Toby and Amy Johnson family of Cheyenne County. The conservation practices that the Johnsons have implemented on their cattle ranch have improved the wildlife habitat, water quality, and grass and soil health. The award, given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, recognizes ranchers, farmers and foresters who inspire others with their conservation efforts on private, working lands. “The 2020 Leopold Conservation Award nominees and applicants showcase the diversity of agriculture in Colorado and the dedication farming and ranching families have to the lands they steward, their communities

Moving cattle at the Collins Ranch in Cheyenne County.

and their families,” said Erik Glenn, Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust executive director. “The Collins Ranch demonstrates what’s possible through sound conservation efforts like rotational grazing and improved water distribution systems,” said Clint Evans, Natural Resources Conservation Service state conservationist in Colorado. “The NRCS appreciates the Johnson family for their dedication to conservation and their accomplishments as

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land stewards.” Other finalists for the award included the LK Ranch of Meeker in Rio Blanco County and the May Ranch of Lamar in Prowers County. The Leopold Conservation Award in Colorado is made possible by Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, the power supplier for Colorado’s electric cooperatives and other ag-supporting organizations.

Electricity Demand Drops as Coronavirus Cuts Use by Business The demand for electricity dropped to a 16-year low the first week of April as offices shuttered and manufacturing slowed or stopped as the novel coronavirus COVID-19 spread across the country, according to the Edison Electric Institute. Mild weather throughout the country had already contributed to lower heating demands. But, as the virus spread, electricity output fell further to 64,896 gigawatt-hours, down 5.7% from the same week in April 2019. That was the lowest demand since April 2004. The U.S. Energy Information Administration projects the country’s virus-caused economic slowdown and stay-at-home orders to keep electricity consumption low for the coming months. Currently, EIA is predicting that U.S. power consumption will be down about 3% in 2020, compared to 2019.

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COLORADO YouTubers bring fun to small screens BY MALIA DURBANO

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ur biggest surprise on this journey has been the friends from around the world that we have met,” explains Denise Knowles, one-half of the YouTube channel team, Colorado Martini. “We’ve made friends with people around our age who are into the same things.” The 50-something couple, who live in Hygiene, a small Boulder County town, was looking for a creative outlet after serious day jobs — Patrick is a warranty manager for a construction company, and Denise works in information technology at the University of Colorado Boulder. Their friends were entertained at parties with Patrick’s ability to make flavored martinis — hence the name of the channel. “Our friends were also amused by how we interact with each other, so what initially was an idea for a book became live videos.” The Knowleses aren’t the only Colorado residents who enjoy contributing to this video-sharing internet platform. YouTube began on April 23, 2005, when the first video was uploaded by one of the founders, Jawed Karim. He and his partners, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, sold the startup to Google in October of 2006 for $1.65 billion. Since then, the website has skyrocketed. Currently over 2 billion users visit YouTube each month and every day people watch over a billion hours of video generated by YouTubers like the Knowleses.

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Finding a voice on YouTube It took a year for the Hygiene couple to find their voice and hone in on a few areas of interest after starting with a cocktail and lifestyles theme. Exploring new destinations, history and even the lore behind haunted buildings became their focus. Denise’s enthusiasm and passion for the topics are evident and contribute to why they were selected as a Top 30 Colorado YouTube channel by Feedspot.com. Denise, as a software engineer and geophysicist, performs the technical requirements for the channel. As an empty nester, Denise started making private videos about lifestyle to teach the world. With a graduate certificate in adult online learning, she now uses YouTube to “teach with a modern twist.” Husband Patrick assists with ghost-hunting technical gear, does all the driving and “makes us all laugh.” Their passion for travel, as well as creating community and teaching, has evolved over the past four years into the creation of 107 videos and a virtual community of friends and followers from around the world. One of their most watched segments is a walking tour of Deadwood, South Dakota, in the Black Hills. The small town was featured in an HBO movie, so Denise and Patrick went exploring. Viewers learn that Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane visited the town, which traces its roots to 1874 when Gen. George Armstrong Custer arrived to establish a fort, where gold was discovered and a gold rush followed. Another video with almost 3,000 views is her tour of the historic and elegant Brown Palace Hotel in downtown Denver. Denise invites viewers along as she enjoys afternoon tea in the atrium of the unique, triangular-shaped hotel. Their story of haunted Cheesman Park in Denver prompted a viewer to comment on what excellent storytellers they were. Inspired by the praise, they produced a video on the presumably haunted Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, and have continued conducting paranormal investigations. The Knowleses share their passion for travel in their YouTube channel Colorado Martini.

COVER STORY

Kerry Norman shares his love for the mountains in his YouTube channel Roaming 50.

Two-wheeled exploration YouTube acknowledges that its community keeps growing thanks to individuals who contribute worthwhile content for others to view. Another Colorado resident who does his part is Kerry Norman from Louisville. Of course, when many people think of Colorado, hiking and mountain biking come to mind. The Roaming 50 channel was started in 2008 by this passionate rider, who moved to Colorado from the United Kingdom. He started as a hiker, but realized a mountain bike could help him get deeper into the wild and away from more people. Norman admits that carrying cameras, batteries, a gimbal for stability and other audio and video paraphernalia on a ride can be cumbersome. And then there is the 10-plus hours of editing it takes to create a 20-minute, professionally-produced video. But mountain biking changed his outlook on life and lifted him out of a depression. He finds it therapeutic and hopes that, by presenting new riding challenges and destinations, he, in turn, is helping other riders. Since he likes to continually explore different terrain, he makes videos to expose riders to new trails. He prefers raw natural terrain over landscaped parks and provides educational content to share with new riders on what to expect when riding. He holds the audience’s attention by talking to them as if they are riding with him. His day job provides regular income so Norman produces intermittent videos to indulge in his passion and to express his creative side. His true ulterior motive is to show his kids the cool stuff their dad used to do before he got too old. COLOR ADO COUNTRY LIFE JUNE 2020

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COVER STORY They don’t have mountains like this back home, so I started documenting my climbs to share with friends, and it just took off from there.” — Chad Richardson Hiking in Colorado YouTube Channel

The Fast Lane

Chad Richardson shares a view from the top of a Colorado peak. Take a hike with him on his YouTube channel Hiking in Colorado.

Hiking in Colorado Thirty-one-year-old Chad Richardson also started making videos to share his newfound love of the beauty of Colorado with friends from his small hometown in Pennsylvania. He moved to suburban Thornton in 2014 to start a new life. To get in shape and help his recovery from Lyme disease, he started hiking. His first hike up the Flatirons in Boulder “was the hardest thing I’ve ever done.” But with the view from the top, he was hooked. “They don’t have mountains like this back home, so I started documenting my climbs to share with friends, and it just took off from there,” Richardson said. He’s since discovered that he loves creating moments in time that will be forever captured in videos. Documenting hikes for the Hiking in Colorado channel, Richardson started out using his phone, but as viewership started growing he watched “tons of tutorials” on how to make great videos and invested in better equipment. The quality that comes from his Panasonic G 85 with a Rode VideoMicro must be why his channel was voted Top Colorado YouTube Channel and Top YouTube Channel for Hikers by Feedspot.com in 2018 and it continues with that designation. The channel, which includes informative and articulate descriptions of hikes with detailed route conditions along with backpacking and camping related topics, has its 45 videos broken down into categories: tutorials, 13ers, 14ers and day hikes. With 44 Colorado 14ers and 26 13ers under his belt as well as more than 100 summits, including Mount Elbert, the highest mountain in Colorado, Richardson continues to be enthralled by the breathtaking beauty and unexpected history he learns about on his hikes. “Stumbling upon old mining equipment feels like stepping back in time and getting a glimpse into the history of Colorado,” he says.

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Boulder resident Roman Mica turned a perk from one job into a whole new career. As an on-air news reporter and member of the Press League, he had access to brand-new vehicles to review. What started out as a blog turned into a YouTube channel. His naturally curious mind and journalistic approach made him a natural reviewer for new automobiles. There are two reasons why he loves what he has been doing for the last 10 years: 1) he gets paid to drive new cars and tell stories through videos and 2) he gets to use his creative side to produce something that is meaningful to others. His TFLcar (The Fast Lane Car) channel has accumulated 423,996,077 views since March 26, 2009. Its mission: “To provide the latest automotive news, views and reviews with unflinching honesty, transparency and credibility.” Mica tries to think of everything that could possibly be important to a consumer when reviewing a car. While pushing the button to open the back door of a Kia Telluride, he counts. When someone is holding a baby or a bag of groceries, seconds become important. Knowing how strong engine torque is, how many cup holders and how many USB ports a vehicle has are all important to different potential buyers. His team of 10 produces videos full time for five channels. They


race sports cars around a track and test the latest four-wheel drives on tough roads in the mountains of Colorado. Displaying everything from how much storage space an SUV offers, to how quickly and easily rear seats go down in modern crossovers, they provide thorough, detailed reviews. The Fast Lane Truck channel has 116 videos and over 288,000 views. The team gets the latest heavy duty trucks and compares them on a famous stretch of Interstate 70 highway, known as the Ike Gauntlet. This 8-mile section with a 7% grade starts in Dillon and goes east, up and through the Eisenhower-Johnson tunnels. At over 11,000 feet, these trucks are tested for their towing capacity by pulling a 16,000-pound horse trailer. A recent video pits the 2020 Chevy Silverado HD against the 2020 Ram Cummins on the “World’s Toughest Towing Test.” Since it was posted on June 29, 2019, this video alone has 1,193,648 views, with many comments from their viewers saying they wish they could afford one of these trucks. Mica calculates that viewership with all five channels combined: TFLcar, TFLclassic, TFLtruck, TFLoffroad and TFL — they accumulate over 30 million views a month. People love educational and well-produced segments on subjects that interest them. Roman Mica and two of his team members work on a new video for TFLcar at the shop in Boulder.

Roman Mica takes a ride and films a review of a Corvette, one of many vehicles he and his team features on their YouTube channel.

Colorado Mountain Man Survival provides you with all the survival training you could want or need on their YouTube channel.

Exploring Virtually Coloradans from all over the state contribute to YouTube on numerous topics and have created many channels, such as Colorado Mountain Man Survival, AVA Rafting and Zipline, Colorado RedBeard Fishing, MoreJStu and the extremely popular LifewithMak, about teenager Makenna Kelly from Fort Collins. And let’s not forget the Coloradans who also watch the millions of YouTube channels. A Durango resident, 28-year-old Jesse Shavel, watches inspirational content to educate himself on business and finance. He and his girlfriend watch live music and cooking shows together, but he is also an avid fan of UFC – the Ultimate Fighting Championships. Another frequent viewer, Kathy Briggs, watches YouTube instead of television. After 9/11, the 61-year-old started watching conspiracy theory videos, which ended up on YouTube. Then, in anticipation of a trip to Mexico, she began watching travel videos. Kathy now enjoys watching travel accounts from places all over the world and can experience them from the comfort of her own home in Paonia. The owner of a health spa, she also watches educational videos on natural healing modalities. YouTube has launched local versions in more than 100 countries and is available in 80 different languages. With billions of segments to choose from, no matter your interests, you’re sure to find something to watch while you are safe at home. Malia Durbano started her freelance writing career in Durango, and now spends winters walking the beaches of Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, while also learning to speak Spanish.

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INDUSTRY

Assess Your Energy Situation BY DERRILL HOLLY AND AMY HIGGINS | AHIGGINS@COLOR ADOCOUNTRYLIFE .ORG

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taying at home can open your eyes to the changes that can benefit your castle — changes you may or may not have taken notice of before. Perhaps you’re noticing a draft around your windows and doors. Maybe you detected a hot spot in an area of your home that was previously overlooked. And with that, it’s conceivable that your electric bill is higher than it was last summer. Better energy efficiency at home starts with savings, not sales, and an energy assessment conducted with help from a trained energy advisor from your electric cooperative can help you get there. Some co-ops offer general assessments of the energy situation; some provide audits; all have expertise they can share. Co-ops are always there to answer questions about energy efficiency. In the past, some offered in-home assistance with energy questions. Others offered answers over the phone or via their website. As we move into our new “normal,” each Colorado co-op is finding ways to help its consumer-members answer their energy efficiency questions. “In my opinion the biggest benefit for a member having an energy [assessment] is knowing exactly where your energy is going — if you’re being the most efficient with your energy that you can possibly be,” said Andy

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Molt, director of member services at Y-W Electric Association in Akron. Co-ops provide this information because they are trusted energy advisors that are always working to help their members save energy and control their electricity costs. “I’m usually looking for whatever problem the member has indicated, which could be high bills, a cold and drafty house or to check the efficiency of appliances,” said Alantha Garrison, energy use advisor at Gunnison County Electric Association in Gunnison, who has provided 535 assessments since 2010. Members become frantic when they see a major increase on their power bill and want almost immediate answers as to why. In conjunction with experience and the ability to refer to meter data reports, the process of identifying major power consumption problems has been simplified and resolved in many instances. Problems, such as poor insulation or air leaks from windows and doors, can be identified rather quickly using a thermal camera. “I can actually look and see if there are voids in the insulation and walls with [a thermal camera],” Molt said. Interestingly, Molt said he not only finds insulation problems in older homes, but sometimes also finds “huge voids” in the insulation of newer homes.

Energy advisors are constantly receiving training, certifications and reading materials to hone their skills. During on-site assessments, energy experts use all their senses and teachings to find abnormalities, such as hot water line leaks, running well pumps or damaged power cords. Their close examination sometimes leads to identifying safety issues as well. Amy Blunck, communications director at Fort Collins-based Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association, shared that during one walk-through assessment, they found an old, metal surge strip that was malfunctioning. “It had burned a hole in the back of the strip, and it was arcing,” she explained. “This surge strip was in a barn sitting next to a pile of wood, and it could have burned the whole barn down if not discovered.”

Expert advice Many of the electric co-ops that provide energy advice support professional development for energy advisors that includes exposure to building science concepts. Training focused on both new construction techniques designed to improve energy efficiency and retrofitting options for upgraded older housing are common. Specialized training for multifamily units and manufactured housing are also common.


INDUSTRY “By providing a picture of how energy is used in the home, people can concentrate on what can save them the most energy,” said Eileen Wysocki, an energy auditor with Holy Cross Energy, headquartered in Glenwood Springs. Wysocki starts with a baseload estimate of energy use based on meter data. Talking with the consumer-member, she learns about household size and behavior patterns, and considers seasonal factors like heat tape used to prevent water lines from freezing during winter months. “We have many ‘second homes’ in our service territory,” Wysocki said, adding that even when those homes are empty, energy use continues. “Fan coil blower motors, whole house humidifiers, boiler pumps, ventilation systems, driveway snowmelt pumps, pool pumps, hot tubs, garage heaters, heated toilet seats and towel bars are using energy, regardless of occupancy.” The co-op serves Colorado’s popular ski areas around Aspen and Vail, and is currently designing a new audit form. It will stress benefits members can receive through efficiency upgrades, including comfort, said Mary Wiener, energy efficiency program administrator for Holy Cross Energy. While some co-ops provide assessments free of charge, especially when they are requested in response to high bill concerns, others may charge a small fee, offering rebates to members who implement some of the recommendations provided. An energy advisor can help a member avoid ineffective upgrades or the purchase of outsized equipment that might not improve their comfort or produce savings through recoverable costs. “For members, simply talking to us on the phone about their energy use or asking us to help them find the problem at their home or business often answers their questions, and they start to understand how much control they have over their own costs

“By providing a picture of how energy is used in the home, people can concentrate on what can save them the most energy,” — Eileen Wysocki, an energy auditor with Holy Cross Energy when it comes to their electric bill,” Blunck explained. “Understanding that something as simple as using a smart thermostat, where they can control the temperature so their kids aren’t constantly turning up the AC, or putting the donkey up in a corral, where he can’t get to the stock tank heater cord, can make a big difference in your electric bill.”

Offering solutions Most energy assessments are initiated following a request tied to high bill concerns, when members are really motivated to control their energy costs. On average, members can reduce their energy use by about 5% if they follow the low-cost or no-cost advice given after an assessment. Additional savings of up to 20% can be achieved by addressing issues with big-ticket items, such as heating and

cooling replacement, adding attic insulation or major duct damage discovered during the assessment. Improved energy efficiency not only helps the co-op control peak demand and wholesale power costs, it also provides opportunities to discuss services available to members. Those include rebates, weatherization programs and payment assistance. So, what are the biggest benefits of having an energy review? “Finding areas to air seal; learning specific habit changes that can make a difference; learning when it’s most expensive to use power; learning how much energy different items use, so you know what to expect on your energy bill; learning about new co-op programs you might not have known about,” Garrison said, adding, “also, if you have a pet, I’ll probably take an infrared image of it to send to you, which people love.” To learn more about energy assessments available to you, contact your local electric cooperative. Derrill Holly writes on consumer and cooperative affairs for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Amy Higgins has been writing for Colorado Country Life for nearly a decade focusing on the topics that make a difference in the lives of its readers.

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GARDENING

Natural Selections Be triumphant in your garden with native plants

BY VICKI SPENCER

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hen you hear people talking about native plants, they are referring to those that existed in the United States prior to European settlement. The benefit of planting natives is that they are naturally adapted to the climate, soil and environmental conditions of their original habitat. This means they require less water, less fertilizer and less maintenance. What could be better than having more time to relax and enjoy your garden? Recent interest in natives may have arisen because of the need to conserve water, but growing natives can have an even greater impact as biodiversity is being lost to increased development of open spaces. Natives help prevent the introduction and spread of noxious weeds; they provide critical habitat for native insects that have a specialized relationship with them; and they are more resistant to diseases.

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To reap the benefit of natives, plant them in areas that best approximate their natural environment, or life zone. In Colorado, there are five life zones defined by different

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plant communities. The eastern plains are dominated by grasslands and riparian cottonwood trees. The foothills are defined by Gambel oak and mountain mahogany. The Upper Sonoran zone of western Colorado and the San Luis Valley is characterized by semidesert shrub lands and piĂąon pine-juniper woodlands. At 8,000 to 9,500 feet altitude, the montane area is defined by ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, lodgepole pine and aspen woodlands. Finally, the alpine zone above 11,500 feet is mostly treeless tundra. Consequently, a tree or plant that is native to the alpine zone would not be wellsuited to the low altitude eastern plains. When selecting plants, you will want to consider microclimates in your yard. A south-facing area with strongly reflected heat might be suitable for dryland plants while a cooler, north-facing area with moist soil would be better suited for forest edge plants. Dryland or desert plants, such as Indian ricegrass, Indian blanket flower, yarrow and yucca, which require more sunshine and less water, flourish along the eastern plains and the southwest. Along the Front Range, bee balm will flower heavily in sunny areas with moist soil while pussytoes will provide a lush ground cover with pink flowers in dry, clay soil. In montane areas, Rocky Mountain columbines, lupines and gentian thrive in cool, moist soils. Rocky Mountain penstemon (30 inches) or the shorter Blue

Mist penstemon (12 inches) are just two of more than 200 species native to Colorado that are well-suited to sunny or partially sunny areas. Mountain gardeners should avoid introduced penstemon hybrids as they are not as cold hardy. Lovely accents to mountain rock gardens include showy goldeneye, tansy aster and black-eyed Susan. High-altitude gardeners may also enjoy golden coneflower with its double yellow flowers and mountain bluet flower with its striking thistle-like flower heads.

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Consult with your local nursery about plants that are native to your life zone. If natives are difficult to find, you can reap similar benefits with nonnatives that have adapted to your specific life zone landscape. Gardener Vicki Spencer has an eclectic background in conservation, water, natural resources and more.

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TAKE IT EASY IN YOUR GARDEN BY DIANNA TROYER

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hether it’s a swing, glider, rocking chair or hammock, garden design should include a place to rest and revive. Pam Penick settles in an Adirondack chair in her back garden under the shade of oak trees. As she slowly designed a series of gardens and patios on her one-quarter acre, she was inspired to write two books about gardening more sustainably: Lawn Gone! and The Water-Saving Garden. She also shares ideas at her blog “Digging.” “I created a garden with cat-like tendencies, meaning it doesn’t need my attention every day,” she explained. “It’s important to relax in the garden and not just tend to it. I love watching hummingbirds zip around, sipping from Turk’s Cap and Mexican honeysuckle.” Dave Whitinger, executive director of the National Gardening Association and an avid gardener in rural eastern Texas, sometimes writes outside. He finds a spot surrounded by greenery with the background music of chirping birds and humming insects.

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ry flies float, wet flies sink and that’s pretty much the long and short of it. Well, mostly. Either of them can be fished on or below the surface, depending on the whims of the angler — and the fish. But that’s a whole other story. For some reason, dry fly fishing has generally been seen among the fly-fishing cognoscenti as “classier” than wet fly fishing: more difficult, more sporting, more demanding, more effective, more fun … blah, blah, blah. I will say this: It is definitely more exciting to watch a fish rise to a dry fly than it is to feel one bump an unseen wet fly beneath the surface. Some anglers — dry fly purists — would rather slit their wrists than fish a sunken fly. I’m just not one of them. Don’t get me wrong: I think dry fly fishing is neat, it’s extremely effective under the right conditions and, as we mentioned, more visually gratifying, but I’ll fish wet or dry flies as the spirit moves me. I don’t really care. Fly fishing is fun however you choose to do it. That said, I learned to catch bluegills, bass and eventually trout on soft-hackled wet flies when I was a kid and I’ve never lost my affinity for them. Maybe it’s because I learned to make my own from locally available chicken feathers, and something about that just appealed to me. The special hackle feathers necessary to make dry flies come from the capes and saddles of genetically-engineered roosters, and not only were they rare in those days, they were also priced well beyond the financial realities of a 13-year-old boy whose gross annual income varied with the number of 50-cents-an-hour lawn-mowing jobs I could find in the summer. Consequently, I couldn’t afford them, but the dairy farmer down the road kept a flock of laying hens plus a bunch of exotic breeds — Silkies, Brahmas, you-name-it — and their wonderfully soft, beautifully mottled feathers perfectly mimicked the wing and leg motions of water bound insects. Better yet, they were free. “Uncle George,” as he was known locally, was a jolly, Santa Claus-like character in denim overalls who supplied the neighborhood with fresh milk, butter, eggs and cream. He also allowed us kids to rummage through his henhouse for feathers to tie our flies with if we asked politely. We also used the feathers from wild game birds and fur from the squirrels and rabbits we hunted. I don’t think we fully grasped the symbiotic implications of that then, but there was something mysteriously gratifying about tying flies from materials we scavenged ourselves from the farm or in the wild. Today, I have drawers full of commercially-purchased fly-tying materials, but I still prefer to tie with feathers from barnyard chickens and wild game birds the boys and I hunt. Dennis Smith is a freelance outdoors writer and photographer whose work appears nationally. He lives in Loveland.

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You Caught My Soul

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I sit in golden bars of light waiting for a broken angel’s song. Thoughts of Thoreau come to mind, I can now understand his trembling, insatiable urge to be lifted up toward the window, so that he may glimpse upon one, last, illuminating spring.

When I am dead I will still inhabit thee, beloved West. Maybe then I can take you inside me as I long to do, be one with you in every molecule. Be your icy clear water chuckling and cavorting down my rocky hillside. Be your lofty white clouds and your deepest blue sky in the same space.

Do you ever wonder what life is all about? Do you ever have a serious doubt? What makes the mind so complicated?

A recorder of proud solitudes amongst a myriad of diversities, he remained true to his convictions and gentle to the environs’ tempo. I walk along the border of my dream under an endless sun, traveling as if in anticipation of new symbols to be juggled in the breaking light of my imaginings. The hours pass and I sit under soft bars of moonlight, waiting for the harmonies of night to somehow, render the day’s departure.

Scatter my ashes in this land over these mountains, in the icy streams, in the deepest snows. You caught my soul from the first moment and I will never leave you. Helen Williams, Walden Mountain Parks Electric consumer-member

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VIRTUAL ACTIVITIES Since some Community Events are being canceled or rescheduled due to COVID-19, we at Colorado Country Life went on an online scavenger hunt to find ways to be entertained while social distancing. We hope you’ll enjoy our list of VIRTUAL SANITY SAVERS! (We are doing our best to keep the calendar up-to-date at coloradocountrylife.coop/community-events/)

Gardening

Online Learning with Denver Botanic Gardens botanicgardens.org/online-learning

Create a “Giving Garden”

Help feed the community by growing late-season vegetables to bring to the food pantry. gardeners.com/kitchen-garden-planner/preplannedgardens?id=Giving_Garden

Gardener’s Supply Company Online Lookbooks Thumb through the popular gardening supply company’s “Midsummer Gardening 2020” online lookbook for the coolest and newest products. gardeners.com/how-to/new-product-lookbook/9329.html

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WordFire Press Audio Books, Monument

The Colorado publisher has a variety of audio books for your listening pleasure. wordfirepress.com/wfp-books-on-audio-in-print

Storyline Online

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Create Your Biography Book

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Fort Collins Museum of Discovery’s Daily Discovery Classes

The museum features a variety of crafty activities that are both educational and fun for most ages. fcmod.org/blog/category/daily-discovery

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See clips of some of the comedy club’s best stand-up comedians. youtube.com/user/comedyworksvideo

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Studio Share, Pueblo

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Dr. Kelly Diehl, scientific advisor at Denver’s Morris Animal Foundation, discusses animal-related topics with researchers.

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cute dimples on both sides of her cheeks. One morning, I was commenting on them and how I wished that I had dimples, too. She asked me to smile so that she could see if, indeed, I did have any. So, I gave her a large grin and she closely inspected my face. She looked at me with her hands cupped on either side of my face. Seeing my smiles lines, she told me, “Grandma, you don’t have any dimples, but you have some scratches on your face!” Raylean Furnish, Franktown

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linen closet, my 4-year-old came up behind me and said, “I’m sorry I’m rude, Mom.” Without turning around, I said, “Oh, honey, you’re not rude! I love you.” He responded by shutting the door on me and turning off the lights. “See, Mom!” he said from the other side of the door. “I am rude!” He’s going to be a blast as a teenager. Jessica Fletcher, Falcon

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DISCOVERIES

MAKING FATHER’S DAY SPECIAL Shower dad with Colorado-made gifts

Reel in Dad’s Appreciation When it comes to reels and spools, Montrose-based Ross Reels manufactures real beauties. Ross Reels has won multiple awards of excellence over its nearly 50 years in the business with a team that intricately hand makes these sought-after reels and spools. The Colorado company exudes pride for its home base with models named after areas, such as San Miguel, Animas and Gunnison. Reels start at $295; spools start around $42. For more information, visit rossreels.com.

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As a 10th generation master blacksmith, Alpheus G. Rudd’s aptitude for firing up a forge and hammering out original artworks is ironclad. Although his main focus is on repair and restoration, the Buena Vista dweller can carefully craft creative and functional designs in the form of iron doors, tomahawks and harpoons, just to name a few. To say Dad’s Father’s Day gift would be unique is an understatement. Check out some of Rudd’s art for sale or send in a custom order at alfsblacksmith.com.

If Dad is a lover of the outdoors, take a look at the assortment of durable packing equipment from Peyton-based Mountain Ridge Gear. MRG products center around equine packing gear, yet any outdoor lover can find sturdy equipment that will benefit them when roaming the Rockies. From duffel bags to pommel bags, saddle panniers and pack saddles, MRG merchandise is functional, durable and proudly made in the USA by an Air Force veteran. For more information, call 719-749-2289 or visit mountainridgegear.com.

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