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Volume 47, Number 07

Special thanks to this crew from Mountain Parks Electric for assisting Colorado Country Life with this month's cover photoshoot.




[cover] Greg Gallavan stands in his Winter Park maze. Photo by Dave Neligh,

THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE COLORADO RURAL ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION COMMUNICATIONS STAFF: Mona Neeley, CCC, Publisher/Editor; Cassi Gloe, Designer; ADVERTISING: Kris Wendtland, Ad Rep; Colorado Country Life (USPS 469-400/ISSN 1090-2503) is published monthly by Colorado Rural Electric Association, 5400 Washington Street, Denver, CO 80216-1731. Individual subscription rate: $9 per year for Colorado residents or $15 per year for out-of-state residents, taxes and postage included. Periodical postage paid at Denver, Colorado. © Copyright 2016, Colorado Rural Electric Association. Call for reprint rights. Subscribers: Report change of address to your local cooperative. Do not send change of address to Colorado Country Life. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Colorado Country Life, 5400 Washington Street, Denver, CO 80216 Advertising Standards: Publication of an advertisement in Colorado Country Life does not imply endorsement by any Colorado rural electric cooperative or the Colorado Rural Electric Association. Editorial opinions published in Colorado Country Life magazine shall pertain to issues affecting rural electric cooperatives, rural communities and citizens. The opinion of CREA is not necessarily that of any particular cooperative or individual. EDITORIAL: Denver Corporate Office, 5400 Washington Street, Denver, CO 80216; Phone: 303-455-4111 | | | | Twitter. com/COCountryLife | | COCountryLife1 Advertising: | 303-902-7276 National Advertising Representative: National Country Market  |  611 S. Congress Street, Suite 504  |  Austin, TX 78704  |  800-626-1181


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Communication proves pivotal for reaching goals in a changing environment BY KENT SINGER CREA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


I’ll admit it right up front: I’m a Civil War geek. I have an endless fascination with that period of U.S. history — the politics, the battles, the incredible turmoil that was likely unavoidable given the flaws in our original Constitution. So to be able to spend a Kent Singer few days recently in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, studying the famous battle in depth at the elbow of some of the preeminent historians on this subject, well, I was in hog heaven. My full immersion in the Battle of Gettysburg occurred during a three-day leadership program sponsored by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and CoBank, one of the co-op banking partners and an associate member of the Colorado Rural Electric Association. The purpose was to provide leadership training for electric co-op employees and directors against the backdrop of the most significant battle on U.S. soil. The events of July 1 through July 3, 1863, in southern Pennsylvania shaped not only the geographic boundaries of the United States but also our moral and legal foundations. You may recall from your history classes that in the months leading up to the Battle of Gettysburg, the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, under the command of Robert E. Lee, racked up a string of victories over the Union Army of the Potomac. Although in many cases outmanned and outgunned, Lee and his subordinate generals, including Stonewall Jackson, found a way to outmaneuver the Union army in a series of bloody battles. But Lee and the president of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis, believed that the Confederacy needed to strike a blow in the North that would lead to a negotiated peace agreement. Lee moved the 50,000 or so men of the Army of Northern Virginia up through Maryland and into Pennsylvania to threaten Harrisburg and ultimately Philadelphia, Baltimore and even Washington, D.C. The Union army responded by moving 80,000 soldiers north to provide a shield for 4

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Washington and Baltimore. The two armies collided at Gettysburg, and the battles they fought over a three-day period were some of the most brutal and significant of the war. It is impossible in a short space to recap all of the individual battles and acts of heroism that took place at Gettysburg. If you watched the movie “Gettysburg” or saw the Ken Burns documentary some years ago, you are familiar with some of the iconic geographic landmarks on the battlefield, such as Cemetery Hill, Seminary Ridge, the Peach Orchard

and Devil’s Den. You may also be familiar with the heroics of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain at Little Round Top or the crushing defeat of the Army of Northern Virginia at Pickett’s Charge on the final day of the battle. But you may not realize that the outcome at Gettysburg may have been different if a direction given by General Lee to one of his commanders on the first day of the battle were more precise. With the Union army in retreat and falling back to Cemetery Hill in the late afternoon on July 1, Lee directed

Richard Ewell to press on and take the Hill “if practicable.” Ewell interpreted this to mean that he should only move forward if he was certain of success. He was not and did not attack. The Union army was able to dig in and fortify its position on Cemetery Hill. As one of our battlefield guides explained, had Stonewall Jackson received the same order from Lee, the Army of Northern Virginia may very well have prevailed at Gettysburg. One of the key lessons from Gettysburg is that the clarity of communication is extremely important, not only for commanders of armies but also for electric co-op leaders and supervisors. There is no doubt that the communication tools available today are superior to the written notes from couriers on horseback that were used at Gettysburg. Nonetheless, successful communication still depends on precise language and a common understanding of an organization’s goals and objectives. CREA recognizes this and is working with Colorado’s electric co-ops to help them provide communication and other skills co-op employees will need as they face a projected turnover in the industry’s leadership and supervisory ranks. Among the resources is a new leadership training course initiated by CREA to help employees develop leadership skills. Co-op employees also have access to the Gettysburg Leadership Experience through our national trade association. It is yet another opportunity for co-op leaders to work with their peers from around the country to help them prepare for the challenges of an evolving industry. But back to brutal challenges faced by both sides at Gettysburg. My recent visit to that hallowed ground also reminded me of the sacrifices made by thousands of soldiers to establish “a new birth of freedom” for all Americans — sacrifices we are still thankful for today.

Kent Singer, Executive Director

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So many people think the garden has to be prim and proper. Your article (Gardening, May ’16) spells out all of the wonderful habitats for insects, butterflies, birds, etc. [I also liked] the article next to it, about habitat for bees; yes, let Mother Nature do its job. Bring a diverse life to one’s gardens. Pam Morrow, Pagosa Springs

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[Big box stores] have taken steps to sell more pollinator-friendly plants. As stated in the article (Gardening, May ’16), native plants are extremely important. Look for “certified organic.” Margi Durrum, Walsenburg

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I cannot express enough gratitude for the opportunity you have given me. This scholarship is a most appreciated gift. It is wonderful that there are people like Y-W Electric who are willing to help students like me reach for our dreams. Once again, thanks for the support. Jeff Rebis, Wray

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As electric costs and rates skyrocket, members would like to see comparable rates from other Colorado electric co-ops. This would give members great insight as to how their co-op is being managed. Steve Erickson, Twin Lakes Editor’s Note: lists the average rate for each state. However, rates are not a good measure of how well an electric co-op is being managed as each co-op faces different challenges. In Colorado, one co-op may have 1.8 members per mile of power line while another has 13 members per mile, which means the second co-op has more members to share the basic infrastructure costs. Other co-ops have more commercial facilities that use large amounts of electricity and share more of the cost while neighboring co-ops may have few commercial members and more second homeowners who use little electricity. Those are the types of situations that affect the rate an electric co-op must charge to remain viable.


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[community events] [July] July 7 Colorado Springs Juni Fisher Concert Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame July 8-9 Durango Art on the Animas Arts & Crafts Fair Santa Rita Park River Walk 8 am-5 pm • 970-247-2117

July 16 Colorado Springs Native American Intertribal Powwow Mortgage Solutions Financial Expo Center 10 am-6 pm • 719-559-0525 July 16-17 Grand Lake Buffalo Barbecue Weekend Town Park

“Dawn to Dusk” Early Settlers & Native American Art & History July 1-August 27 Fremont Center for the Arts Cañon City

“Dawn to Dusk” is a family event where guests will learn the history of Colorado Native Americans and early settlers through demonstrations, tours, arts and crafts, storytelling, roping, Indian and folkloric dancing and additional live entertainment. Arts and crafts depicting this era will be for sale. For more information, call 719275-2790 or visit

July 8-9 Tin Cup Art Show and Sale Town Hall 10 am-7 pm • 970-641-4082

July 16-17 Grand Lake Peaks n’ Pines Quilt Show Community Building in Town Park 970-531-3382

July 9 Fort Collins Open House Water Works 10 am-3 pm • 970-221-0533

July 16 Rye Mountain Aire Festival Brush Canyon Ranch 4 pm • 719-489-3478

July 30-31 Colorado Springs Ranch Horse Round Up Kit Carson Riding Club 719-313-0523 •

July 9 Fraser High Country Stampede Rodeo 1741 CR 73 3-9:30 pm • 970-449-9040

July 16 Westcliffe Rotary Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser Custer County School 7-10 am

July 30 Grand Mesa Moose Day U.S. Forest Service Visitor Center 9 am-3 pm • 970-255-6191

July 10 Loveland Farmers Market Fairgrounds Park 9 am-1:30 pm July 11-23 Crested Butte Wildflower Festival Crested Butte Community School 970-349-2571 • crestedbuttewild July 12-19 Grand Junction Mesa County Fair Mesa County Fairgrounds July 14-17 Meeker Wagon Wheel OHV Rendezvous RBC Fairgrounds 6:30 am-5:30 pm July 16-17 Calhan and Simla El Paso County Wagon Train Various Locations 719-740-0658


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July 22-24 La Veta Jewelry and Accessories Sale The Gallery 719-738-2810 x 133 July 22-23 Monticello, Utah Pioneer Days Veterans Memorial Park July 23 Calhan Dutch Oven Cooking Competition El Paso County Fair frontrangedutchovencookoffs@ July 23 Pueblo African Painted Dog Conservation Day Pueblo Zoo 9 am-5 pm • July 23-24 Winter Park Alpine ArtAffair Hideaway Park

July 28-30 Fort Morgan Glenn Miller Swing Fest Various Fort Morgan Locations

July 30-31 Keystone Keystone River Run Village Art Festival River Run Village 10 am-5 pm • July 30 Yampa “Call of the Wild” Auction Next to the Antlers Bar and Cafe 970-638-1055

[August] August 3-13 Steamboat Springs Opera Performances Emerald City Opera August 4-7 Del Norte Covered Wagon Days Various Del Norte Locations 520-481-2628

August 4 La Veta Veronika String Quartet Performance Francisco Crossing 7 pm • August 5 Buena Vista 1st Friday Wine Share Casa Del Rio Clubhouse August 5 Pueblo “Architectural Still Life” Exhibit Steel City Art Works Gallery 5-8 pm • August 6 Florissant WMA “Branded Western” Showcase Florissant Grange 1-4 pm • August 11-13 Florissant LaJunta Summer Musical 2: Ordinary Days Picketwire Center • 7:30 pm


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I want to thank all of our members who attended our 70th Annual Meeting on June 2 at Stratton High School. I know this is a busy time of year for our membership and I’m grateful for the members who were able to attend the meeting. It was a pleasure to see everyone as we presented an update of 2015 and the business of the association was conducted. This year we had one uncontested election and two contested elections for the board of directors. Incumbent directors elected to serve another David Churchwell three year-term were Dave Ritchey from Cheyenne County, Wayne Parrish from Kit Carson County and Marvin Thaller from Lincoln County. Employees and directors who were recognized with years of service awards included:

• Chris Notter, Stratton maintenance foreman, 20-year award • Kevin Penny, Kit Carson County director, 35-year award Once again, I want to thank these two men for the many hours they dedicated to the success of K.C. Electric Association. As many of you know, the amount of energy that we sell during any given year is driven by weather and the economy. In 2015 we received above average precipitation and the oil and gas industry slowed a bit, which resulted in lower than expected revenues. Fortunately, we kept expenses down, which resulted in another successful year for K.C., with positive margins. In 2015, total revenue from electric sales was $21,635,739, which was 9.5 percent lower than 2014 revenues. Commercial customers accounted for 43.7 percent of sales followed by irrigation customers at 31.8 percent, residential customers at 23.5 percent and all other classes accounted for the other 1 percent of sales.

Church of God members preparing refreshments for the annual meeting members.

Director Jim Michal presents the Basin scholarship to Elizabeth Grimes of Flagler.

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General Manager David Churchwell presents a 35-year recognition to Board President Kevin Penny. 4

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Total cost of electric service in 2015 was $21,054,130, which was lower than 2014. As usual, cost of power was our largest single operating expense at 72.5 percent of the total. Operations and maintenance expense was next at 11.1 percent, followed by depreciation at 6.7 percent, administration and general at 5.1 percent, consumer accounting and sales at 2.4 percent and interest and other deductions at 1.5 percent. Operating margins for 2015 were $581,609, which was significantly lower than 2015 due to weather conditions and changes in the oil and gas industries. Total margins for 2015 were $1,544,448, which was lower than in 2014. As you can see, K.C. Electric continues to remain in sound financial condition, and in 2015 we were able to return $1,377,045 in capital credits to you, our member-owners. Receiving capital credits is one of the many benefits of being a member of an electric cooperative. (Howard Craig 1117350000) During the meeting, K.C. Board President Kevin Penny announced our 2015 scholarship recipients: • Elizabeth Grimes of Arriba-Flagler High School – $1,000 from Basin Electric Power • Jansen Penny of Burlington High School – $500 from Tri-State G&T • Torri Thompson of Stratton High School – $1,000 from K.C. Electric

• Justin McCaffrey of Arickaree High School – $1,000 from K.C. Electric Congratulations to each of these scholarship winners, and I wish them good luck in their future endeavors. Robert Adams, from our power supplier Tri-State Generation and Transmission, spent a few minutes discussing energy efficiency options with our members. If you have any questions about energy efficiency or energy efficiency products, please give us a call and we will be happy to discuss your options. As usual, we gave away a lot of door prizes throughout the meeting. Once again, the grand prize of $1,500 went unclaimed since the person whose name was drawn was not in attendance. Instead, five members in attendance each walked away with $100. As the meeting wound down, President Penny informed the members that the 2017 Annual Meeting will take place on June 1, 2017, in Flagler at Flagler High School. After the meeting, all members in attendance sat down and ate some delicious desserts prepared and served by members of the Church of God. Thanks again to all of those who attended the meeting. I want to also thank Ben Orrell and all of the K.C. employees who assisted in putting the meeting together. We couldn’t do it without their help. I hope to see you next year in Flagler! (Jim Thelen 641945000)

David Churchwell speaks to the members.

George Ehlers, K.C.’s new member services specialist, attends the annual meeting.

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Information on energy efficiency was presented by Tri-State G&T prior to the meeting.

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New K.C. lineman Caleb Brent and his wife Winnie listen to presentations.

Dee Ann Blevins, K.C. work order clerk, photographs the event.

Director Dan Mills gives the K.C. Electric scholarship to Torri Thompson of Stratton.

Robert Adams, Tri-State relationship manager, speaks to the annual meeting attendees.

Dave Ritchey presents  the K.C. Electric scholarship to Justin McCaffrey of Arickaree.

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STATEMENT OF NONDISCRIMINATION K.C. Electric Association is the recipient of federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USDA prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, veteran status and any other status protected by law, reprisal or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD). This association is an equal opportunity provider and employer. If you wish to file a Civil Rights complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form found online at html, or at any USDA office, or call 866-632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter by mail to U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax to 202-690-7442 or by email to program.intake@usda. gov. (Harvey Kibel 518300012).

CLAIM YOUR CREDIT ON YOUR BILL Each month, K.C. Electric offers consumers a chance to earn a $10 credit on their next electric bill. If you recognize your 10-digit account number in this magazine, call 719-743-2431 and ask for your credit. It couldn’t be easier. In May, Dallas Vaughn of Stratton called to win a prize and Ethel McCaffrey of Seibert and Annette Weber of Kit Carson called to claim their savings. Get acquainted with your account number, read your Colorado Country Life magazine and pick up the phone. That’s all the energy you’ll need to claim your energy bucks. You must claim your credit during the month in which your name appears in the magazine (check the date on the front cover).


Nebraska Eye Doctor Helps Legally Blind To See High Technology For Low Vision Patients Allows Many To Drive Again

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Board Explores Hydroelectric Generation Board members learned how dams on the Gunnison River help add wind and solar resources to the electric grid during a recent tour of the Morrow Point Dam in central Colorado. Colorado Rural Electric Association directors visited the dam and its powerhouse in late May as part of their annual field trip to an electric co-op in the state. This year’s host was Gunnison County Electric Association in Gunnison. What board members learned is that Morrow Point is the middle dam of three on the Gunnison River, all of which generate electricity. Upstream, Blue Mesa Dam stores the water in its reservoir until it is called for by downstream water users. Once Blue Mesa releases the water, Morrow Point Dam holds the water until it can be released during peak electricity demand times when prices paid for the electricity it generates during the water release are highest. Timing this water release also allows it to provide support for wind and solar generation that may stop suddenly when the wind stops or sunlight is blocked. Morrow Dam’s hydropower turbines can be brought

online within 20 to 40 seconds. Downstream, Crystal Dam helps stabilize the river below the dams, satisfying water demands in a way that maintains water flow without flooding. Top: Board members get a close-up look at the outer face of the Morrow Point Dam during their field trip. Bottom: CREA board members listen as dam personnel talk about the giant transformers in the dam’s powerhouse.

Co-ops’ Carbon Research Center Breaks Ground An industrial-scale laboratory is under construction in Wyoming that will test innovative methods for removing and utilizing carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. Colorado’s Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, which supplies electricity to 18 of the state’s 22 electric co-ops; Basin Electric Power Cooperative, which supplies electricity to Tri-State; and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, which includes all of Colorado’s electric co-ops as members, are all helping finance this test lab. At the Wyoming Integrated Test Center, researchers will test the capture, utilization and sequestration of carbon. The center will use flue gas from the Dry Fork Station, a 422-megawatt generation facility owned by Basin Electric 12

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Power Cooperative. “The Integrated Test Center is a shining example of how America’s electric cooperatives are pushing the boundaries of innovation,” said Jim Spiers, NRECA’s vice president of business and technology strategies. Also joining the ITC partnership are the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE and the state of Wyoming, which contributed $15 million to the project. (Tri-State contributed $5 million to the ITC.) “With our partners, we’ve worked tirelessly to spur a new path for entrepreneurship and innovation in carbon management,” said Mike McInnes, TriState’s CEO. XPRIZE will use the facility for the final phase of its $10 million carbon competition. It will award prize money to the developer of the most successful new technology for transforming coal-based flue gas into a commercial product.

[ news clips] Electric utility line work is one of the nation’s top 10 most hazardous professions, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ most recent census. Electric line technicians recorded a 19.2 fatality rate per 100,000 workers, ninth on the list. Colorado’s electric co-ops have focused on making sure there is a culture of safety throughout the entire organization, with renewed safety efforts within the last few years. That may be part of the reason the number of fatalities has declined since 1994. Leading the list of those with the most dangerous jobs were loggers, fishermen, aircraft pilots and flight engineers.

Members Appreciate Their Electric Co-ops Despite a tough year for electric utilities overall, Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives once again lead that sector in the latest American Customer Satisfaction Index. Touchstone Energy co-ops, which include 21 of Colorado’s electric co-ops, had an overall score of 77 in the ACSI released in May. That’s a 4 percent decline from 2015, but as the report noted, “cooperatives still do better than investor-owned and municipal utilities,” which had overall scores of 72 and 68 respectively. “It’s a true reflection on the cooperative difference and how it’s related to member satisfaction,” said Kent Singer, executive director of the Colorado Rural Electric Association. “Colorado’s electric co-ops remain best in class among their peers.” Claes Fornell, ACSI founder and chairman, noted that “utilities customers are sensitive to two things: price and disruption. “Demand for energy is inelastic and nondiscretionary, meaning consumers have little choice but to pay regardless of price,” Fornell said. “Consumers expect the lights to turn on and the A/C to work when they flip the switch. ACSI data suggests that consumers have reduced confidence in utilities’ ability to respond and recover from outages.” As a basis of comparison with Touchstone Energy’s score of 77, FedEx is the highest ranked shipper at 82 and Hilton tops the hotels list with an 81.


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How co-ops keep hackers away from the electric grid BY PAUL WESSLUND


About 3:30 in the afternoon last December 23, operators at three electric utilities halfway around the world in western Ukraine found themselves not solely in control of their computer terminals. Someone from outside the utilities had taken over the controls and started opening circuit breakers at more than 27 substations, cutting power to more than 200,000 customers. Thousands of fake calls clogged utility switchboards, preventing people from phoning in to get information about the outage. Utility workers switched to manual operations, and it took three hours to restore power. That’s not a movie plot. And if you missed or forgot about that news report from last year, people who run electric utilities have not. Attention to cyber security at electric utilities has grown fast in the past few years, and the Ukraine attack pushed that trend into overdrive. “It’s garnered a lot of attention from the federal government and throughout the industry,” says Barry Lawson, associate director of power delivery and reliability 14

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for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. A big part of Lawson’s job is helping the nearly 1,000 electric co-ops in the country understand digital-age dangers and ensuring that they know how to protect and secure the power supply, electric grid and co-op members and employees from internet mischief. Electric co-ops show they do understand the importance of cyber security, says Cynthia Hsu, cyber security program manager for business and technology strategies at NRECA. “Electric co-ops were the first utilities to test and use the U.S. Department of Energy’s cyber security self-assessment tool,” Hsu says. “They are often on the cutting edge of implementing best practices to improve their cyber security capabilities.” While the Ukraine cyber attack has been studied in-depth by U.S. utilities and the federal Department of Homeland Security, most analysts see a large-scale attack by hackers as unlikely to succeed in this coun-

try. The reports characterize the Ukraine attack as extremely well planned and coordinated, but not technically sophisticated. The Ukraine incident actually started as early as March of last year when utility workers received emails with Microsoft Office documents, such as an Excel spreadsheet, from the Ukrainian parliament. But the emails were not from the Ukrainian parliament. When workers followed the email instructions asking them to click on a link to “enable macros,” malicious malware embedded in the documents, called BlackEnergy 3, secretly infected the system. Among other capabilities, BlackEnergy 3 can enable an adversary to observe and copy all the keystrokes made on the infected computers, giving hackers passwords and other login information needed to access the utility’s operations control systems. Defenses against that kind of attack are pretty basic, and you probably even heard the warnings yourself: Don’t click on any links or attachments unless you were expecting the message to be sent to

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Amaze'n mazes A Colorado man's life work defined by twists and turns BY KRISTEN HANNUM Surely everyone — at least once in their lives — has considered the terror of being lost in a cave, wandering through dark, endlessly winding, mazelike tunnels, hopelessly unable to find the way out. No wonder people doubted Greg Gallavan when he decided to launch a business premised on the idea that if you replaced darkness and desperation with blue skies and the promise of getting out alive, mazes would be fun. “Don’t forget the prizes, the competition to see who can get through the fastest,” he adds. Indeed, visitors aren’t just racing through to the end; rather, like geocaching where participants find a hidden object Greg Gallavan by means of coordinates, they have to find checkpoints along the way in order to register their times. The idea proved laughably workable, and Colorado’s own maze kingdom, Amaze’n Mazes, founded as Amaze’n Ventures in 1988 in Winter Park, is now going stronger than ever. Visit a maze and you’ll still hear people sighing, although not all that unhappily, “I’m lost.” Or you might hear the woman in pink sneakers and jeans laughingly telling her hapless guy, “I’m not following you anymore!” “Go, go, go!” is also a frequent phrase with all the sprints for prizes and the chance to post the fastest time out of the maze. But even with the mazes’ appeal to the competitive side of visitors, giggles and all-out belly laughs are just as common. The mazes post the fastest time of the day on a painter’s board outside, and sometimes kids go through enough times that they shave minutes off their time each run, getting down from about 12 minutes (the average at many of the mazes) to three or four minutes. Gallavan’s creations are a definite threat to mazes’ age-old aura of mystery and dread. But even fun mazes, according to Gallavan, have a checkered past. “They’ve come and gone,” he says. Amaze’n Mazes is so far an exception. These days Gallavan flies to one construction site after another. During the first week of May he oversaw getting a new Amaze’n Maze up in Hyland Hills, in the Westminster area northwest of Denver. He is the point man to answer questions while checking on safety items and ensuring the engineering is done right for the plastic walls, as well as giving lastminute instructions for the crew. In mid-May he did the same thing in South Korea. “I’ve had one day off in four or five weeks,” he says. 16

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The work has paid off. There are now 55 Amaze'n Mazes around the world, most of them in the United States but also in Asia, the Caribbean, Australia, Canada and Europe. They’re made of plastic panels that, like Lego® pieces, can be taken apart and put back together differently. The mazes are an oddity in this GPS era where all the driver has to do is follow a disembodied voice’s gentle instructions on which way to turn. The mazes also demand effort, unlike destination amusement park rides where all the customer has to do is stand in line and then sit still in a spinning cup. At Amaze’n Mazes people pay good money in order to get lost and do all the work themselves to find their way out. “It’s an active game,” Gallavan says. “And if they do it in good time, they win prizes. It’s really good for families.” In 2012, the company began adding water elements to some of the mazes in hot climates, and then in 2015, two parks opened with ropes courses in place over the maze itself. Pardon the expression, but Gallavan seems slightly amazed by it all. He never planned to be in the maze business. His father, Pat Gallavan, a Durango native, worked for the city of Denver for more than 30 years as director of Denver Mountain Parks, manager of the Denver Zoo and then deputy manager of parks. Greg Gallavan also loves the outdoors. “I just wanted to be outside,” he says. So he went to Colorado State University and studied forestry. He hadn’t put it together until after he graduated that the only thing his degree prepared him to do was to work for the government, which was not one of his goals. “I wanted to work in campgrounds,” he says, still sounding slightly surprised, 40 years later, that he missed that government part of his career path. It was about 1976 and Gallavan took Colorado’s classic path toward the ski industry instead. He became food and beverage manager for Winter Park, helping earn the Lodge at Sunspot a five-star rating. Meanwhile, mazes built with wooden walls became popular in Japan, and a Japanese businessman opened one, the Wooz, in Vacaville, California. Gallavan went to see it Photo Credit: Adventure Cove Waterpark, Resorts World Sentosa

Left: the Wet Maze located in Singapore features an elevated ropes course. Above: Some mazes include a high ropes course built above the ground-level human maze. Top: the Amaze'n Ranch Roundup at Natural Bridge Caverns is a one-of-a-kind maze experience and was built to honor five generations of ranch ownership history in the Natural Bridge Caverns family. Middle: Amaze’n Mazes may be built from wood, plastic or other materials. Mazes are usually installed on asphalt or concrete. They are built for easy setup and tear down with changeable pathways that are simple to rearrange.


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There are now 55 Amaze’n Mazes around the world, most of them in the United States but also in Asia, the Caribbean, Australia, Canada and Europe. For a complete list of all the Colorado Amaze’n Mazes, visit for himself and when he returned home he launched Amaze’n Ventures and opened Amaze’n Burger in Fraser in 1988, thinking it might be a prototype for restaurant mazes. “We found out inside mazes aren’t the best, because you can always place yourself to the ceiling,” he says. And besides, he was ready to say goodbye to working in restaurants. In 1990, Amaze’n Breckenridge opened. Gallavan found his life’s work: building outdoor mazes. His first mazes were built of wood, but the company soon began using plastic panels, which were durable and easier to work with. The new water elements and ropes courses are transforming the mazes. In Singapore, a maze that opened in 2015 atop a six-story building incorporated both water and ropes. Instead of standing in line waiting their turn to get harnessed for the ropes course, families can run the mazes below wobbly ropewalkers above. After the ropes were added to the maze in Golden*, the course’s business more than doubled. “We were surprised,” Gallavan admits. But the ropes courses also bring in school districts and police departments, which use the ropes courses for team-building exercises. Gallavan’s own favorite maze is the Fort Where-Am-I Maze, which opened in Glenwood Springs in 2008. It’s a “cave and maze combo” that’s part of the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. Despite recent hectic weeks of building mazes, Gallavan, now 64, is giving himself more days off. At one time he owned four of the nine Colorado mazes. He’s now down to one, the maze at Steamboat Springs. “I act like I have to go to work there, but really Steamboat is one of my favorite places in the summer,” he says. “You can find me camping.” And in the winter? “I live in Winter Park, so I’m totally spoiled,” Gallavan says. “I’ve got a lifetime season pass [to Winter Park Resort]. I love that panoramic view from 13,000 feet, any day I want to see it.” In other words, Gallavan is enjoying an amaze’n last laugh on all his doubters. Kristen Hannum is a Colorado native who makes her living writing and editing for magazines and newspapers, although she enjoys the thought of getting out and getting lost in a maze of fun.

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Let Lavender Bloom in Your Kitchen The herb adds a tantalizing taste to recipes BY AMY HIGGINS RECIPES@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG

An Herb that Cures? Keep lavender close at hand. Studies show that this fragrant herb can help reduce anxiety, decrease healing time for abrasions and aid in the treatment of fungal infections.


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It’s peak season for lavender, so get to clipping and see what you can mix up in the kitchen. Fresh or dried, lavender adds a distinct punch of piquancy to dishes and brings out the flavor of your other key ingredients. But don’t overdo: You will clobber your taste buds with a flowery punch. If you’re not growing lavender in your garden, there are several reputable shops that sell only the freshest herbs and spices, such as the Savory Spice Shop, with markets in Aurora, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver, Fort Collins and Littleton. Savory Spice shared some of its favorite lavender recipes to Colorado Country Life. Give them a try.

Melt-in-Your-Mouth Lavender Shortbread 1 cup unsalted butter, softened 3/4 teaspoon lavender extract 1/4 cup powdered sugar 1/4 cup cornstarch 1 1/2 cups flour 1 1/2 teaspoons dried lavender flowers Whip butter with an electric mixer until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Stir in lavender extract, powdered sugar, cornstarch and flour, and beat on low for 1 minute, then on high for 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in lavender flowers. Drop cookies by heaping teaspoons about 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 13 minutes, watching that the edges don't brown too much. Cool cookies on wire racks. Source: Savory Spice Shop

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Lavender Lemonade 2 cups water 1/2 cup lavender vanilla bean sugar 1/2 cup white granulated sugar 1 tablespoon dried lavender 1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice 2 cups ice-cold water Ice for serving Thin lemon slices for garnish Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add both sugars and dried lavender and stir until sugars are dissolved. Remove from heat and let steep for 5 to 15 minutes, depending on how strong you want the lavender flavor to be. Strain the infused simple syrup into a serving pitcher. Stir in lemon juice and ice-cold water. Taste and adjust for tartness; add more lemon juice if too sweet, or more sugar if too tart. Add ice and serve. Garnish with lemon slices. Source: Savory Spice Shop

Lavender Coconut Rice 1 cup medium grain sushi rice 1 1/2 cups water 1/4 cup coconut milk 1 tablespoon butter 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon dried lavender Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and keep covered for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve. Should have a sticky consistency. Serve with seared ahi tuna and fresh avocado. Source: Savory Spice Shop

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Lovely, Alluring Lavender

The eye-catching herb attracts pollinators, festival-goers and tea lovers BY VICKI SPENCER MASTER GARDENER GARDENING@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG


When I was a child, my mother grew lavender and mint along the fence in the back of her rock garden. I thought lavender was just another flower that attracted a lot of bees, but on hot summer days we picked the leaves to garnish our glasses of iced tea or lemonade. I didn’t know that lavender is an herb. I just thought it was fun to put a leaf in my cold drink. Since then, I learned there are many different uses for this species of the mint family. For centuries, lavender has been an essential ingredient in perfumes. For me, it was the most recognizable scent at the local Woolworth’s. I also remember the lavender sachets that my aunt would give me for my dresser drawers. Today we recognize lavender as a fragrance to spray on our pillows to relax at night or an essential oil to make our massage more enjoyable. But its uses are becoming more diverse and creative. Although we typically think of the English varieties that are used in fragrances, there are many varieties you could try growing in your garden, depending on your personal preferences. I particularly enjoy Spanish lavender with its dark purple, pineapple-shaped flowers and dark green leaves. French lavender is the more traditional plant with gray leaves and serrated edges. You can propagate lavender by seed, but 22

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it germinates slowly. It is most easily grown from a cutting or division. Once planted, lavender is a fast-growing shrub and can take over your garden if you don’t watch out. It flourishes when kept 3 feet high, so all you need to do is trim it occasionally and decorate your house with fresh floral bouquets. Besides its beauty and fragrance, lavender is an ideal plant for Colorado’s extensive sunlight and droughty soil. Perhaps more importantly, lavender is known to be deer resistant, so I recommend rural gardeners find a place for it in their gardens. At the same time, bees and butterflies love lavender, which benefits our at-risk pollinator populations. Although not native to North America, lavender is easy to grow, and communities all across the country hold festivals to celebrate its beauty and restorative character. If you are in the Front Range July 16, you should join the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield for the Lavender Festival. Local growers and artisans will have lavender products for sale and lavender educational programs. In addition, festival-goers will enjoy hay rides, barrel train rides, face painting, live music and food vendors. Earlier in the month (July 8-10), if you are in the Western Slope, you can enjoy the

Lavender Festival in Palisade; it’s a short four-hour drive from Denver. Kick off the weekend with motor coach tours of various farms on Friday night. Then spend Saturday and Sunday enjoying demonstrations, seminars, workshops, music and cooking demos. Not only do the festivals provide funfilled activities for the whole family, but there is also so much to learn about lavender that it will surprise you.

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A Simple Method for Incredible, Edible Venison

Grilling unbelievably delicious wild game is a snap BY DENNIS SMITH OUTDOORS@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG


It’s summertime. The grill is fired up, and in our clan that often means wild game is on the coals. It also means we’ll likely hear, “You’re kidding, right? No way is this deer meat. Good grief, this stuff is incredible.” We get that kind of reaction from almost everyone who samples our grilled venison steaks or burgers. And I do mean everyone. Even some big game hunters who have been eating venison for years think we’re pulling some kind of prank on them. We’re not. Many chefs will tell you venison is exquisite cuisine, but then go to uncommon lengths to “enhance” its unique flavor by drowning it in complex marinades or serving it dressed in some fancy fruit or wine reduction. Some of these concoctions are actually pretty good, and you can do that sort of thing if you have the time, but the boys and I found that where most wild game — venison in particular — is concerned, simpler is often better. If there is any secret to incredibly delicious venison, though, it lies in properly dressing, cooling, butchering and caring for the meat from the minute the animal is dispatched in the field until it arrives on your guest’s plate. Most commercial game processors do an excellent job of this, but doing our own butchering and wrapping allows us to custom cut steaks and chops to our liking and create our own burger and sausage recipes. We’re also ridiculously meticulous about removing every bit of hair, silver skin and sinew from every cut because it makes a decidedly big difference in the taste of the finished product. Commercial processors can’t afford to pay

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(These opportunities have not been investigated by Colorado Country Life.) HEALTH FOOD STORE & DELI: 2 turnkey businesses in one. Strong income/customer base. Colorado mountains (970-641-5175), leave name & number. (252-08-16) PIANO TUNING PAYS. Learn with American School home-study course. Tools included. Call for info. 800-497-9793. (158-11-16)


www.clockrepairandrestoration. com DURANGO AREA. CLOCKS of all kinds repaired. Antique and modern. Clocks bought and sold. Call Robert 970-247-7729. (109-10-16)


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DOLORES, COLORADO – July 9, Navajo Taco Lunch, 11:00–1:30, Dolores Methodist Church, 105 N 8th St., 970-882-2363 (303-07-16)


OXYGEN CONCENTRATORS - $380 with warranty. Also sell portable concentrators and oxygen supplies. Repair and service of equipment. Aspen Concentrator Repair Service 719-471-9895 (040-08-16) POLAR BEAR & ARCTIC SEAL. Full live mounts on 4’x6’ block of ice. Kodiak brown bear standing. Wonderful for Great Room or business 970-627-0074 (306-08-16) WIN $25 by emailing the number of classified ads to classifieds@ with WIN $25 as the subject. Include name/address. Deadline: 7/15/16


FREE BOOKS/DVDS. Soon the “Mark of the Beast” will be enforced as Church and State unite! Let the Bible reveal. The Bible Says, POB99, Lenoir City, TN 37771. thebiblesaystruth@ 888-211-1715. (814-08-16)


LEGITIMATE WORK AT HOME opportunity. No sales, investment, risk. Training/website provided. Monthly income plus bonuses, benefits. Call Carrie 303-5794207, www.workathomeunited. com/ourabundance (932-02-17)


I CAN MAKE YOUR LOG HOME like new! Chinking, caulking, staining, log repairs. 30 years experience. References available. 970-389-0995 (285-10-16)

MACHINERY & PARTS SAWMILL EXCHANGE: North America’s largest source of used portable sawmills and commercial equipment for woodlot owners and sawmill operations. Over 800 listings. THE place to sell equipment. 800-459-2148. (267-09-16)


I PAINT PETS, capturing the essence of your treasured pals & creating family keepsakes. Julie 719-539-4260 (300-09-16)


FREE COLOR CATALOG. 193 varieties, Cornish Cross, standard breeds, fancy chicks, ducks, geese, turkeys, bantams, guineas, pheasants, quail, supplies, video. 417-532-4581. PO Box 529, Lebanon, MO 65536. www. (876-08-16)


DOLORES, CO – August 26-27, Dolores Mountain Quilters Guild Quilt Show. 100+ quilts exhibited. Dolores Community Center. DoloresMountainQuilters. org 970-560-4426 (309-08-16)


BAYFIELD / PAGOSA – 2300sf, 4bd, 3ba, mountain home. 5.5 acres, heavily wooded. Well water, 1200sf warehouse, 400sf shop. ½ mile from national forest. $245,000. 505-804-2814 (307-08-16)


READY TO RETIRE? +-13 acres near Mancos, CO. Trout-stocked canyon lake, commercial greenhouse, gardens, lots of water, passive solar timber frame home. $509,000. Jim, 970-769-1391, for pictures. (282-07-16) WE BUY LAND and/or mineral rights. CO TX NM KS. 1-800-316-5337 (099-03-17) WESTON -- CABIN near large elk herd, 6.5 fenced acres with stable. Garage, great access. Rancho la Garita, Colorado. brianangevine@ (305-07-16) YEAR ROUND LOG HOME, 32759 W Hwy 14, Poudre Canyon, Colorado. Roomy living area, 2bd, 1.5ba. Beautiful 17’ ceiling in living area, stairs to open loft & out of sight storage. Full walk-out basement, appliances, cabinets, 2 furnaces (propane & wood). Outside porches N & W. Concrete pad, storage shed, 30amp RV hookups, riding mower for ½ acre property, 300 yds to Cache la Poudre River. Good fishing. 970-881-2476. (296-08-16)

BAYFIELD / VALLECITO – Beautiful mountain retreat, 4bd, 3ba, approx. 3436sf on 1.2 acres, well water, septic, 5 minutes from Vallecito Lake. $467,900. 970-884-9324. (163-08-16)


CHEYENNE, WYOMING DUPLEX – 2, 1 bedrooms. $1175 monthly income, tenants pay utilities. Great downtown location. $139,000. Dave 303-881-2411. (297-08-16)


GUNNISON / MONTROSE – Level, heavily wooded, ¾ round lot. ALL utilities installed. 2 sheds. Many Arrowhead activities. Reduced to $49,900. Carol, 970-497-9740. (109-09-16)

NFR & PBR RODEO TICKETS – Las Vegas. Call 1-888-NFR-Rodeo (1-888637-7633). A+ rated BBB Member. (912-04-17) BAYFIELD ATTIC INN – A vacation rental in downtown Bayfield, Colorado. 970-749-3247, bayfieldatticinn@ (263-09-16) KAUAI VACATION RENTAL, 2bdr, full kitchen. Minutes from beaches. $600/wk. 808-2456500;; (756-05-17)

MOUNTAIN GETAWAY – Spectacular piece of property. 60 acres. Magnificent views of Pikes Peak, Green Horn Mt. & canyons. House like new! Complete with NEW kitchen & appliances. 1bd, 1ba, 3-car garage. 719485-0560, 719-582-0560 (301-08-16) OWN PROPERTY? NEED INCOME? We’ll rent exclusive hunting rights from you. Looking for antelope, goose, duck, coyote, & prairie dog habitat. Encourage young sportsmen by providing safe, private access. You make the rules. 303-460-0273 (069-08-16) RARE OPPORTUNITY! 6 river lots, each 150’ x 125’ with utilities installed, on Lake Fork of Gunnison River with chocolate-box views of surrounding mountains. Can buy from two (2) to six (6) lots. Total of lots being 0.43 acres. 301-311 Lake Street, Lake City, CO. lfitzgerald@iliosresources. com 318-458-3183 (308-07-16)


CAST-IRON COOKWARE (Wagner & Griswold). Pyrex. Old toys in good condition. Vintage signs. Anything cowboy and Indian – hats, boots, rugs, etc. Before the yard sale and after family gets what they want, we’ll buy the rest. Antiques, collectibles, furniture, glassware, etc. We come to you! 970-7593455 or 970-565-1256. (871-08-16) NAVAJO RUGS, old and recent, native baskets, pottery. Tribal Rugs, Salida. 719-539-5363, b_inaz@ (817-12-16) OLD COLORADO LIVESTOCK brand books prior to 1975. Call Wes 303-757-8553. (889-08-16) OLD GAS AND OIL items: Gas pumps, advertising signs, globes, etc. Pieces, parts, etc. considered. Also 1932-34 Ford cars and trucks, parts and pieces, too. Any condition. Brandon, 719-250-5721. (519-11-16) OLD MODEL AIRPLANE ENGINES, unbuilt flying model airplane kits. Will pick up or pay shipping. Don, 970-599-3810. (233-07-16) OLD POCKET WATCHES – working or non-working and old repair material. Bob 719-859-4209. (870-12-16) SMALL OLDER CAMP TRAILER about 15’ long. 970-739-5050 (299-07-16) VINTAGE FISHING TACKLE. I buy rods, reels, lures, creels, etc. Gary, 970-222-2181 (170-10-16) WANT TO PURCHASE mineral and other oil/gas interests. Send details to: PO Box 13557, Denver, CO 80201. (402-03-17) WANTED: JEEP CJ OR WRANGLER. Reasonably priced. No rust buckets. 888-735-5337 (099-04-17) WE PAY CASH for minerals and oil/ gas interests, producing and nonproducing. 800-733-8122 (099-02-17)

Find hidden treasure in the classifieds Read through the ads and FIND the CCL classified explaining how to WIN a $25 gift card. It’s easy. You could WIN. The classified ads June contest winner is Barbara Brazes of Durango. She correctly counted 40 ads.

[ funny stories] My friend John purchased a new boat and took his 5-year-old son out on a lake, trolling. Once they were on their way, the son asked his dad what they were doing. “Trolling,” John said. After a long silence, the son asked his dad, “Do we have to eat a troll if we catch one?” John almost fell out of his boat! Patrick Hasenbuhler, Pagosa Springs


Mountain Parks Electric member Jocile Quick shares her Colorado Country Life magazine with an Emily Warner Field Aviation Museum visitor from the Bahamas.

Ann and Rob Fetter of Monument stand with their CCL in front of the mausoleum of the great traveler Ibn Battuta located in Tangier, Morocco.

During my time at the university, I sometimes worked for my uncle, who was a builder. One day, going to the job site, I was driving his old truck. Since the speedometer did not work, I asked him how to tell our speed. His answer was typical: “When we are going 25 miles per hour, there is one rattle. Where there are two rattles, we are going 35. And when we’re going 45, it plays ‘Nearer, My God, to Thee.’” Wayne Kleinman, Pagosa Springs We were driving in Weld County one day when we noticed several antennas with wire tie-downs in a field. My wife asked me what I thought they were for. I didn’t know, so I told her to ask our 5-year-old grandson, who was riding in the back seat. He looked out the window, took a moment to think and said, “Granny, don’t you know that I’m only smart half the time?” Craig and Kathy Miller, Bellvue During the summer of 2015, my greatgranddaughter Shelly was staying with me. She was going to be in the first grade in the fall. One afternoon she was working on a folder of arithmetic problems and was completing them quickly and correctly. I asked her how she got to be so smart. “I just came that way,” she said. Darlene Godat, Buena Vista

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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 to win a $25 gift card each month. The next deadline is Friday, July 15. This month’s winner is Jocile Quick, a Mountain Parks Electric member with the Grand County Historical Association.

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 2016 stories to Colorado Country Life, 5400 Washington St., Denver, CO 80216 or email funnystories@ Don’t forget to include your mailing address, so we can send you a check.

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Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival September 8-11 Events Center Complex & Fairgrounds Arena, Estes Park

GET IN ON THE DYRT The Dyrt is a new website that helps campers find the best places to camp using crowd-sourced photos, videos and reviews of campgrounds throughout America. Check it out at thedyrt. com and be sure to enter the company’s Great Camping Giveaway. Winners of the Colorado contest — chosen every month through September — win a pair of Xero Shoes sport sandals.

Get out your Highland attire, gather your friends and family and head to Estes Park for the Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival. Celebrating 40 years of fun-filled cultural festivities, this is an event you won’t want to miss. The festival started as a park gathering of four families 40 years ago and grew to more than 80,000 anticipated guests this year. This four-day festival features jousting competitions, Highland games, musical acts, dance performances, dog show contests and Scottish and Irish food, drink and crafts. Visit

Jim Baker Tribute at Little Snake River Museum About 1 1/2 hours north of Steamboat Springs sits the Little Snake River Museum, teeming with historic artifacts, photographs and stories. Located in Savery, Wyoming, the building housed students until 1972. Now the museum recounts the days when trappers, Native Americans, outlaws and more pioneered this valley. Jim Baker, a frontiersman with Colorado, Utah and Wyoming connections, was one of those pioneers. Baker was a trapper, fur trader and mountain man who used creative methods to survive. He was also a soldier and was involved in the last known battle in the Savery area 175 years ago. August 20-21, Little Snake River Museum will host a tribute to Baker where guests can learn interesting details about him and his survival skills. This event will also feature tours, exhibits, demonstrations, old-time music, storytelling, crafts, food, drinks and several children’s activities. For more information about the Jim Baker Tribute or the museum, call 307-3837262 or visit

Powderhorn Mountain Resort The Powderhorn Mountain Resort in Mesa isn’t just about sensational snow-filled slopes. This retreat hosts gobs of great events including Gears & Beers (July 30-31), Western Slope Uncorked (August 13) and Color Weekend (September 24-25). New this year is lift-access mountain biking. On weekends, guests can get lifted up the mountain and blaze the bike trails on their mountain bikes. Die-hard mountain bikers can even compete against other athletes in the Sunday Scramble. Find out more at 30

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Win a Copy of Royal Gorge For July, enter our contest for your chance to win a copy of Royal Gorge, a photographic book by Eva Nagode that takes readers through the restoration of the Royal Gorge after the 2013 fire that left it in ruins. To enter, send your name, address and phone number to Be sure to enter “Royal Gorge” in the subject line.

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