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VIEWPOINT LETTERS TO THE EDITOR COMMUNITY EVENTS

JULY 2018 Volume 49, Number 7

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

“Fourth of July in Silverton” by Rod Gardner, a La Plata Electric Association member.

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[cover] This iconic view of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison was created by Rob Decker of Longmont.

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Fourth of July

Independence Day is a time to reflect on patriotism and the freedoms we have BY KENT SINGER CREA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KSINGER@COLORADOREA.ORG

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The Fourth of July is my favorite holiday. As a kid growing up in Topeka, Kansas, I looked forward to the annual celebration of America’s birth because it usually included all the elements of a perfect day: a baseball game in the morning, an afternoon picnic (featuring my mom’s homemade peach ice cream), and an evening band concert in the park followed by fireworks. I remember one Fourth of July in particular, the bicentennial year of 1976. The country was still recovering from the Watergate scandal that resulted in President Richard Nixon’s resignation in 1974. Vice President Gerald Ford had been sworn in as president and he was the one who presided over many of the national events that celebrated the 200th anniversary of the founding of our country. Like every day, July 4, 1976, was a great day to be an American; we had a heckuva party in Topeka. I played trumpet in the Santa Fe Band (the railroad sponsored the band) and we concluded the July 4 concert with a rousing rendition of John Philip Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever.” That march is, of course, synonymous with the Fourth of July, and I still get chills when I hear the trombones roar into the last stanza and the trumpets stand up and bring it home. If you were around for the bicentennial (and if you have read this far you probably were), you know that it was a special day in American history, a day when unabashed patriotism and love of country were on full display. American flags flew from most homes, kids marched in neighborhood parades and families took 4

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the time to count their blessings for the freedoms and privileges that come with being an American. I think many people of my generation worry that the Norman Rockwell version of patriotism Kent Singer that we experienced in our youth has gone away, never to return. It seems that the whole notion of patriotism is a little old-fashioned in this self-obsessed age of Twitter and Snapchat. Or maybe patriotism is alive and well after all. That’s the message I took home from one of the speakers at the CFC Forum, a conference I recently attended in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Forum is sponsored by a cooperative known as CFC (short for National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation), a lender to many electric co-ops. The Forum is an annual conference where speakers from around the country speak on topics ranging from new developments in the electric industry to the economy and global politics. One of the highlights of the 2018 CFC Forum was the presentation made by Gen.

John Allen, formerly the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan and currently the president of the Brookings Institution. Gen. Allen spoke about the “four plus one construct” that refers to the four countries (China, Iran, North Korea, Russia) and the extremist jihadi network that are destabilizing influences around the world. Allen explained in great detail how these states and organizations threaten the security of the United States and other countries. But despite these threats, Allen remained optimistic about the state of U.S. national security. Why? Because “of the magnificent young men and women who volunteer to serve in the armed forces.” Allen pointed out that, although today’s military is comprised of young men and women of incredibly diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds, there is one common denominator among the troops: their complete devotion to America and what it stands for. So, on this Fourth of July I hope you and yours enjoy great food, fun and fireworks. Just remember that your ability to do so is a gift from those magnificent young soldiers who are stationed around the world, defending our freedoms.

Kent Singer, Executive Director

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Where is the picture of the Colorado state bird (May ’18 feature story)? We have a pair of lark buntings that nest at our ranch every year. Why not pick a Colorado bird such as the magpie, which can be found everywhere? We have a large flock that even winters on the ranch. Roger Drotar, Longmont Poudre Valley REA member

I read in Letters (June ’18) that there are no ruby-throated hummingbirds in Colorado. I live in rural Westcliffe and wanted to share this photo I took while my husband was holding a hummingbird he had rescued when it flew into our garage while he was working under the hood of our car. Broad-tailed hummingbird or ruby-throated hummingbird? Susan Scot, Westcliffe Sangre de Cristo Electric member

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I’m sorry to disappoint but there is no such bird as a western songbird (May ’18). The correct bird species is most surely a nonbreeding western meadowlark. Also, one who is a bird-watcher can also be a birder without compiling life lists or traveling to see birds. I’m a bird-watcher, had a male rufous-sided towhee scratching in the leaves by the front door yesterday, and I’m also a birder because I notice and appreciate any bird anywhere, in any location and always have binoculars at hand. Andrew Sleeper, Gunnison Gunnison County Electric member

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[community events] [July] July 7 Granby Fly-In and Pancake Breakfast Granby County Airport KGNB 7-10:30 am • 847-571-9944 July 7 La Veta Independence Day Parade Main Street 10 am • lavetacucharachamber.com July 7 Limon “Largest Firework Display in Eastern Colorado” Limon High School 5-10 pm • 719-775-9418 July 12 Dolores “The Big Picture” Tour Canyons of the Ancients National Monument Visitor Center & Museum 11 am • 970-882-5635 July 12-14 Meeker Wagon Wheel OHV Rendezvous Various Meeker Locations 970-878-5510 wagonwheeltrails.org July 12 Salida Columbine Gem & Mineral Society Potluck Picnic Centennial Park Picnic Pavilion 5:30 pm • rockaholics.org July 13-15 Colorado City VFC Yard Sale Peaks to Prairies Activity Center volunteersforcommunity.org/events July 13-14 Durango Summertime Book Sale Durango Public Library 9:30 am-5 pm shelly.oxhandler@gmail.com July 14-21 Calhan El Paso County Fair El Paso County Fairgrounds 10 am • 719-520-7880 July 14-15 Colorado Springs Garden Tour Various Colorado Springs Locations 9 am-3 pm • extensionfriends.org

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July 14 Steamboat Springs Pockets of Paradise Kitchen and Garden Tour Various Steamboat Springs Locations 970-879-5012 stringsmusicfestival.com July 14-15 Winter Park Winter Park Alpine ArtAffair Hideaway Park winterparkalpineartaffair.com July 17 Greeley Pieceable Friends Quilt Guild Meeting Evans Community Center 7 pm • pieceablefriends.com July 18 Colorado Springs Jazz in the Parks Featuring The Swing Connection Bear Creek Regional Park 6-8 pm • ppjass.org July 18 Cortez Michael Casey’s Magic Show Cortez Public Library 2 pm • 970-564-4073 July 20-21 Monticello, Utah Monticello Pioneer Days Monticello Veterans Memorial Park 435-459-9700 • monticelloutah.org July 20 Monument Monument Movie Nights Featuring “Grease” Jackson Creek Clocktower 7 pm • townofmonument.org July 21 Colorado Springs Family Tour National Museum of World War II Aviation 10 am-12 pm worldwariiaviation.org July 25 Bayfield Music in the Mountains String Quartet Pine River Library Park 6 pm • 970-884-2222 July 25 Nathrop Mac & Cheese Bake Off/Silent Auction Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort 5:30-7:30 pm • 719-395-0482

Artists’ Alpine Holiday National Juried Fine Art Exhibit July 26-August 4 at the Ouray Community Center, 340 6th Avenue, Ouray

Take in the splendor of more than 400 works of art, including paintings, drawings, mixed media, sculpture, photography and more. Artists from Colorado and beyond will compete for awards totaling $3,900 and awards from Citizens State Bank, Alpine Bank and the Mildred M. Baker Memorial. At 58 years, this is one of the oldest juried art shows in Colorado. For more information, visit ourayarts.org. July 26-29 Westcliffe Sangre de Cristo Summer Classic National Cutting Horse Show A Painted View Ranch 8 am • 719-783-9100 July 28-29 Colorado Springs Ranch Horse Round Up Kit Carson Riding Club nvrha.org July 28 Fort Collins BBBrew for Hope Rotary Fundraiser Colorado State University Equine Center 2-5 pm • fortcollinsrotary.org/bbq July 28-29 Ignacio San Ignacio Fiesta Various Ignacio locations 970-749-6830 www.stignatiuschurch-ignacio.com

[August] August 1 Lake City Wet Your Whistle Pub Crawl Hinsdale County Museum 3 pm • 970-944-2050

August 2-10 Cortez Professional Development Program for Area Teachers Crow Canyon and Mesa Verde 970-564-4387 cmccain@crowcanyon.org August 3 Kiowa Dutch Oven Cooking Competition Elbert County Fairgrounds 719-648-8260 August 4-5 Beulah Arts and Crafts Show Beulah School of Natural Sciences 303-319-6362 • bvartcouncil.org

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[White River] PATRIOTISM IN ACTION

BY ALAN J. MICHALEWICZ | GENERAL MANAGER | AMICH@WREA.ORG

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According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, patriotism is “the love for or devotion to one’s country.” Perhaps no other day of the year evokes such a sense of patriotism as Independence Day. With flags rippling in the wind and Meeker preparing for one of its biggest events of the year — Range Call — it’s easy to feel a swell of pride for our country. Arguably, another, perhaps deeper form of patriotism is active engagement in public and civic life. Besides being enjoyable, your participation in community events, together with your friends, neighbors and coworkers, makes a difference. Simple things like supporting the county fair and 4-H sale or attending a local high school event signals to the young people in your community that you care about and support them and that the community itself is worth sustaining. In fact, there are civic engagement opportunities through White River Electric Association. You may recall that one of our most important cooperative principles is that of democratic participation. If you pay your bill, you are a member of the co-op with an opportunity to run for the Board of Directors and provide input through voting during our annual meeting. White River Electric, like other electric co-ops, originated to serve a need that was not being met by traditional for-profit electric companies. While providing reliable electricity is our top priority, we have explored other needs that might not be met otherwise, such as providing a satellite internet option, called Exede Internet, for rural homes

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and business where broadband WREA members in early is not yet an option. August. Voting, whether We make decisions based in the co-op or in local on long-term thinking, such as and national elections, analyzing what decisions will is a form of patriotism best serve the future needs of as it reflects a devotion our membership. The best ways to one’s community and to engage with your co-op are commitment to ensure through participation by that it thrives. Alan J. Michalewicz running for election, casting a Democracy is not ballot and attending the annual a spectator sport; meeting when we hold our it takes active civic engagement by director elections each year. citizens to thrive. This Independence These are folks just like you, from our Day, I hope you will embrace the local community, who provide guidance to co- celebrations and actively participate in op leadership on a number of issues and your community — and vote at every decisions, both short term and long term. opportunity! Perhaps you haven’t voted in the past because you didn’t think you were qualified to weigh in on a particular topic, or maybe you simply didn’t have time to vote. But you do have an opinion on the issues that affect White River Electric and we welcome your perspective and participation. Everyone has valuable experience that informs their decision-making process. Diverse perspectives benefit the whole community. You may have a different view than your neighbor, but, together, those perspectives provide a more balanced view of the community. Trim back foliage at least You could be bringing new information that may not have been previously 2 feet around your air considered. We seek more members conditioner, and remove participating in the process because nearby debris from greater numbers reflect a consensus on the direction of the future and the voice around the unit. This will of the membership. ensure that airflow to the The next opportunity to vote in the unit is not blocked. board election is fast approaching and election ballots will be mailed to all

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[White River] Energy Efficiency

Tip of the Month Here’s a cool tip for your fridge! Cover liquids and wrap foods stored in your refrigerator. Uncovered foods release moisture, causing the compressor to work harder.

Source: energystar.gov

WATER SAFETY

Water is a powerful conductor of electricity. It is especially important to be aware of electrical hazards around water, such as pools and lakes. Do not touch electrical equipment when wet.

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In some regions, irrigation systems are essential to deliver vital water to crops. Safe Electricity urges proper installation for new systems and regular maintenance for existing systems. Ensure everyone’s safety by taking these measures: • Do not store, handle or assemble irrigation pipes under or near overhead power lines. • Make sure everyone in the area, including children, understands the danger of moving pipes near power lines. Efforts to free animals from pipes by lifting them upright have proven deadly for young people. • Avoid moving pipes in windy conditions. People have been killed when the relatively light aluminum pipe they held blew into power lines. • Keep pipes at least 10 feet away from the lines — above, below and to the sides — at all times. If an irrigation pipe makes contact with a power line, stay far away Take extra precautions when irrigating near power lines. and warn others to stay away. Call 911 or White River Electric Association to report the location. • Make sure the system is positioned at least 15 feet away • Have a qualified electrician install your system and from power lines when operating, and position the water jet inspect the pump and wiring before the start of each streams so there is no chance they will spray power lines. irrigation season. • If lines do come in contact with water from the sprayer, • Make sure irrigation systems with electric motors are make sure no one approaches the system because the power adequately grounded with copper piping. If there’s a line can transmit electricity to the irrigation system. Ensure lightning strike or a short in the system, having the system the system is off before adjusting jets to spray away from grounded provides a safe path for a surge of electricity lines. to ground, rather than energizing the equipment or passing through a person who may come in contact with For more information on irrigation and electrical safety, visit the equipment. This also prevents energizing the ground SafeElectricity.org. around the equipment.

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There’s nothing like spending a warm day outside enjoying your favorite sports activity, whether it’s on the golf course, baseball diamond or a fishing boat. When the weather is right for outdoor sports, it can also be perfect conditions for a thunderstorm to roll in, with the potential for lightning. About 30 people are killed by lightning each year, according to the National Weather Service. Two-thirds of those fatalities are associated with outdoor recreational activities. Safe Electricity wants you to be safe this season with the following tips to protect you while participating in outdoor sports: • Organized sports activities should have a designated official who will watch for approaching dark clouds and any lightning in the area. Designated officials and anyone participating in outdoor sports should have a lightning

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safety plan with tips on when the activity should be stopped, where people should go for safety and when activities can resume. • Stop outdoor activity if you see lightning. Lightning can strike up to 10 to 15 miles away from the storm. Follow the simple phrase: When thunder roars, go indoors. No place outside is safe during a storm, including dugouts, sheds or rain shelters. If you don’t have access to a sturdy building, a hard-topped metal vehicle with the windows rolled up provides good protection from the elements. Because electrical charges can linger in clouds even after the storm passes, weather experts recommend you wait 30 minutes after the last sounds of thunder

before resuming any outdoor activity. If it is an organized sports activity, the designated official should make the call on when to return to the field. Whether it is an organized sports activity, a round of golf with friends or a game of basketball in the driveway, plan to make your outdoor sports safe this season and don’t let lightning strike you out. For more information on lightning safety, visit SafeElectricity.org.

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WIND POWER FOR CO CO-OPS

The addition of more renewable wind power for electric cooperatives buying their electricity from Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association was celebrated Wednesday, May 23 at the wind farm south of Lamar. Representatives from Avangrid Renewables, which owns the project; Tri-State, which buys the power; Southeast Colorado Power Association, which serves the project with electricity; Prowers County; and Lamar were on hand to celebrate. The project’s construction brought about $5 million into the area and the wind farm now provides 11 full-time jobs. It also benefits Colorado’s electric co-ops. According to TriState Senior Manager of Communications and Public Affairs Lee Boughey, the G&T is purchasing the power from the project for the next 25 years. That electricity will be put on Tri-State’s transmission network and supplied to its 43-member systems across Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and New Mexico. That additional wind power means that 30 percent of the electricity now utilized by consumers with Tri-State member cooperatives is from renewable resources. It also means that the electric co-ops have brought economic development to rural parts of the state. “Tri-State deserves a lot of credit for not only bringing on a clean renewable source of energy to this region, but for driving substantial investments in this part of the state,” said Paul Copleman, communications manager for Avangrid Renewables. Southeast Colorado Power Association CEO Jack Johnston noted that his co-op also welcomes more wind turbines to the area. “We’re excited that of all places, that [in] this area we can leverage the Colorado resources of sun and wind for the benefit of not only this area but the state as well,” he said. Cutting the official ribbon for the Two Buttes II wind farm are (left to right) Jack Johnston, Southeast Colorado Power Association; Mark Stacy, Avangrid Renewables; Prowers County The wind project went on line in December. Since then SECPA also added a 4-megawatt solar project just south of the wind farm. Commissioner, Ron Cook; Susan Hunter, Tri-State Generation and Transmission; and Mark Perryman, Avangrid Renewables.

Co-op Youth Visit Washington, D.C. Thirty-four Colorado students got the tour of a lifetime June 7-14 when their local electric co-ops sent them to Washington, D.C., for an all-expensepaid, close-up look at the political process and American history, as well as visits with their elected officials. The students, along with 1,800 other electric coop-sponsored kids and 210 chaperones, spent their days visiting the capital’s memorials and museums, as well as Mount Vernon, Arlington National Cemetery and the National Cathedral. They also gathered for Youth Day with delegates from the other states for leadership training and to learn more about co-ops. Visits with U.S. Reps. Scott Tipton (R) and Ed Perlmutter (D) and Rep. Ken Buck's (R) staffers rounded out the kids’ experience. 12

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Sign Up to Pedal the Plains with the Co-ops Join Colorado’s electric co-ops September 14-16 for the Pedal the Plains bicycle tour of the state’s eastern plains. Over three days, riders will bike from Kiowa in Mountain View Electric’s territory to Bennett in Intermountain REA’s territory, then through some of Morgan County REA’s service area to Limon where Mountain View is headquartered. The final day, the riders will head back to Kiowa. Colorado’s Electric Cooperatives are once again a sponsor for the event and the “Powering
the Plains” bike team. The team raises money for Energy Outreach Colorado, which provides assistance for Coloradans struggling to pay their heating bills. Co-op consumers, employees and friends are invited to join the electric co-op bike team. Register as a team member at pedaltheplains. com and choose Colorado’s Electric Cooperatives from the “Join a team” drop down menu. More information is available at www.Facebook.com/ PoweringThePlains or by contacting Cassi Gloe at 720-407-0712 or cgloe@coloradocountrylife.org. Those who register and raise at least $50 for EOC by the deadline earn a free Powering the Plains jersey, as well as a fun bag full of swag prior to the ride. Extended deadline is July 9.

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A Big-Picture View of Energy in NE Colorado Highline Electric Association, headquartered in Holyoke, serves consumer-members in Phillips, Logan, Sedgwick, Yuma, Washington, Weld and Morgan counties in Colorado, and members in Chase, Dundy, Deuel and Perkins counties in Nebraska. That’s a lot of counties, but not a lot of consumers. The co-op only has two meters per mile of line and even fewer actual members. The co-op is rural and dependent on its irrigation loads for about half of its sales. Highline General Manager Mark Farnsworth shared that information and more with the visiting Colorado Rural Electric Association board when it met in Sterling for its annual spring meeting on the road. Farnsworth also touted the unique waste-heat plant at Trailblazer Pipeline Compressor Station 601 and took the group for a tour of the station as well as the nearby NextEra Energy wind farm. Trailblazer, just south of the Nebraska state line and owned by Tallgrass Energy, compresses natural gas and pushes about 900 million cubic feet of that gas per day along its 436-mile path. Compressing that gas and raising the pressure of the gas in the pipeline takes energy and generates heat. Co-op board members learn how waste heat is captured. Originally that heat was exhausted into the sky. But Highline Electric had the idea to convert that waste heat into electricity. A partnership was established and today a heat exchanger captures that heat and, through a complicated process, turns a turbine to generate electricity. About 4.5 megawatts is generated annually. And because this electricity is generated without any fuel, it saves 27,600 tons of carbon dioxide from being pumped into the air each year. It is a unique and innovative way to generate electricity on the northeastern plains of Colorado.

CO2 EMISSIONS DROP FROM ELECTRICITY SECTOR Carbon dioxide emissions from the generation of electricity in the United States are at their lowest in 30 years, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. A recent EIA report noted that, due to a change in the fuel mix and improvements in electricity generating technology, CO2 emissions are the lowest they have been since 1987. Much of this is due to a declining use of coal and an increased use of natural gas in generating electricity. While natural gas is a fossil fuel, natural gas-powered generating plants are slightly more efficient than coal-powered plants and natural gas plants emitted about half of the CO2 that coal plants emitted in 2017. It was noted by a U.N. conference that natural gas can help smooth the transition to a low-carbon economy. coloradocountrylife.coop

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COST VS. CONNECTION The value of new appliance features depends on the buyer

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The Sloboda family needed a new refrigerator so Brian volunteered to do the shopping. After all, he’s a national expert on electric appliances. He came home frustrated. There were too many choices, even for the guy whose job title is “program and product line manager for energy utilization, delivery, and energy efficiency” at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. “Just buy whatever you want,” he told his wife.

NICE, BUT NEEDED? Sloboda finally used his in-depth knowledge when he looked over the model that his wife Sami Jo brought home. “Why didn’t you get the version that has a camera inside, so you can use your smartphone in the grocery store to see if we need more milk?” he asked. 14

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“Because it costs $500 more,” she said. That, Sloboda said, was a good reason. That’s the kind of reasoning we’re all going to be using as we grapple with the newest trend in appliances: connection to the internet. “The number one problem for homeowners is trying to determine which of the things actually present value,” Sloboda said. “There are infinite possibilities. They sound nice when you first hear about them, but you have to remember you are paying more for those features.” Web-connected appliances could also offer online diagnostics. There might not be strong, everyday reasons for a washing machine to be hooked into cyberspace, but if it broke, the manufacturer could log in to figure out what’s wrong. That could help decide the best way to repair or replace the equipment. But is it worth the extra cost? coloradocountrylife.coop


READ THE LABEL If you’re longing for lower-tech help in decision-making, look to the yellow and black U.S. Department of Energy’s EnergyGuide label on each appliance. “It’s one of the single greatest pieces of information that you can find when you buy an appliance,” Sloboda said. The most useful info is the big dollar figure right in the middle of the label, showing what it will cost to use that appliance for a year. Sloboda cautioned that the number doesn’t tell you exactly what you will pay because it doesn’t use your local utility’s kilowatt-hour rate, but it’s a perfect way to compare appliances because every appliance’s label is based on the same national average electric rate. “You can stand in that aisle looking at all the washing machines and you can scan the entire row and narrow your options down from a dozen,” he said, “down to the three or four that use the least amount of money.” Other especially useful parts of the label, he said, include the lower right corner — if you see an Energy Star logo, it means the appliance will use less energy than one without such a label. Sloboda also singles out the upper right corner that lists the manufacturer and model number, which you can use for more detailed comparisons with other models. Pay attention to the age of the major energyusing appliances you have at home. New motors added dramatic energy efficiency advances over the past several years, and older motors started degrading in refrigerators and in heating and air-conditioning systems. Consider upgrading air conditioners and heat pumps older than 10 years and refrigerators older than eight years.

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The aim of the study is to understand what the value of internet-connected devices is to the consumer. “Then the manufacturers can start to build products that the consumer wants,” he said. The study will also look for futuristic-sounding ways co-op members can sign up for optional utility programs to help them decide how they want to use electricity. “The appliances would be networked and they would talk to one another,” he said. “In a very advanced scenario, the home could actually reconfigure the way appliances are being used depending on occupancy of the home at the moment and the weather conditions.” That setup could even let homeowners decide if they want to save as much energy and money as possible or if they rather the HELP WITH DECISIONS house be warmer or cooler. The Department of Energy offers a handy “They won’t have to figure out if they Today’s smart refrigerator way to check whether it’s time to replace your want to set the thermostat back,” Sloboda refrigerator — visit the EnergyStar.gov website said. “The homeowner would tell the and in the search box type “flip your fridge calculator.” You’ll find a system whether they wanted to maximize comfort or maximize link to a page where you can enter your type of refrigerator and its savings, then the home would communicate to the utility. That age to calculate how much you could save buying a new one. way it won’t be the utility controlling the system, it won’t be the apAll these options mean more decisions for consumers, but help pliance manufacturer but it will be the occupant of the house who is on the way. Sloboda said electric co-ops are working with two is making the decisions.” national laboratories to study the most useful ways to connect It doesn’t sound like shopping for appliances is going to be any appliances with the internet and with the utilities that provide the easier in the future, so do your homework, study your options and electricity. He said over the next two years the study will report on then select what works best for you and your budget. how consumers can more easily make decisions on how to use appliances and even how to enhance cyber security for the growing Paul Wesslund writes on cooperative issues for the National Rural number of internet-connected devices in the home. Electric Cooperative Association.

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Southern Colorado’s National Grassland

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Colorado inspires images of majestic mountains as well as wide-open spaces. While there’s nothing like our mountains, you should not overlook the opportunity to spend time on the high plains where the view goes forever and is peppered with geological and man-made wonders. Now’s the time to plan a visit to explore the state’s two national grasslands even though they are far off the beaten tourist track. A visit to the grasslands provides places where you leave the noise and crowds behind. Comanche National Grassland is one of two designated national grasslands in Colorado and provides a snapshot of Colorado’s rich history. The grasslands trace their history back to the Dust Bowl of the early 1930s when many farmers and ranchers simply could not continue to raise crops and livestock against the odds of persistent drought, dust rollers and economic depression. Emergency measures were taken to save farmers and those who lost everything. The government bought out many farmers, purchasing their land and restoring it. Eventually, that lead to the establishment of 20 national grasslands across the country in 1960, with two of those in Colorado. Today, the Forest Service manages the land’s use to make sure another Dust Bowl doesn’t occur. Due to these efforts, these grasslands are now considered a national treasure. Both of Colorado’s national grasslands receive rave reviews from visitors. A hiker in Pawnee National Grassland, which is just south of the ColoradoWyoming border north of Fort Morgan, said the drive was not easy, but was so worth it, “especially if you like solitude with beautiful scenery.”

Michelle Stevens, recreation program manager for Comanche National Grassland, said the Colorado grasslands are a unique recreational niche and offer opportunities that you don’t see in other places, such as hiking through isolated canyons and alongside dinosaur tracks. “Visitors can see what the southern plains looked like in the past,” she added. “It’s big sky country with interesting resources that offers opportunities you won’t experience in other places.” Another outdoor enthusiast from Denver shared that he has been visiting the Comanche Grassland in southern Colorado for years. “It’s one of the best kept secrets, it’s so different from the rest of Colorado,” he said.

Picketwire Canyon trail drops 250 feet in elevation through the canyon.

EXPLORING COMANCHE NATIONAL GRASSLAND Comanche National Grassland is a 435,000-acre treasure located in two sections in southeastern Colorado — the Timpas Unit south and west of La Junta and the Carrizo Unit south of Springfield. It boasts historic trails to explore and dinosaur tracks and Indian rock art to find. The solitude here is pervasive. Your car may be the only one at a trailhead. [continued on page 18]

“It’s one of the best kept secrets, it’s so different from the rest of Colorado.”

Picketwire Canyon winds through Comanche National Grassland.

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Wildflower bloom throughout Comanche National Grassland.

A sign welcomes visitors arriving via U.S. Highway 160.

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Visitors check some of the brontosaurs tracks along the river.

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[feature] Signs keep visitors heading the right direction throughout Comanche National Grassland.

Fossilized brontosaur tracks found in Picketwire Canyon extend for over a quarter mile. (Below) A collared lizard greets visitors to Comanche National Grassland.

Visit us online to learn about Colorado's northern grassland, Pawnee.

Throughout the yucca- and cactus-dotted prairie, directional and interpretive signs are posted so you can explore by taking one or more of the self-guided trails covering over 22 miles. The trails vary in length, from 1 mile to 17 miles. Also available are picnic areas, camping sites and vault toilets at various sites. The dirt roads throughout Comanche are well-maintained and should be accessible to low-clearance vehicles. However, they may become muddy during rain and you could get stuck, so pack a shovel. Make sure you start your adventure with a full tank of gas and have plenty of water as there’s not any potable water at the trailheads. While gazing over the flat prairie, be sure to keep an eye out for the wildlife. You may see elk, mule deer, pronghorn and foxes as well as some of the more than 235 species of birds that call the grasslands home. There are burrowing owls, ferruginous hawks, grasshopper sparrows, American bald eagles and so many more. For an unforgettable experience in Comanche, explore Picketwire Canyon in the Timpas Unit. It is lush with cottonwoods, piùon trees and, depending on the season, wildflowers and green grass. The canyon is miles across, with fractured rock walls rising only a few hundred feet on either side. The shallow Purgatoire River meanders along the canyon floor. Deer, turkey, badgers, bobcats and pronghorn share space with grazing cattle. This primitive canyon is home to the largest known set of dinosaur tracks in North America, Native American rock art, an early cemetery and the remains of an historic ranch. Withers Canyon is the trailhead for Picketwire Canyon, which can be accessed by hiking, nonmotorized bicycles and horseback. Camping and picnic sites, along with a vault toilet, are available at the trailhead. If hiking, it’s a long one, so plan accordingly. From the trailhead you drop 250 feet in elevation into the canyon and then follow a dirt road through the canyon. Before you reach the dinosaur tracks, you will encounter the Dolores Mission and Cemetery, which was built between 1871 and 1889 by Mexican pioneers settling the valley. Partial remains include several headstones and crumbling church walls. This site is about 4 miles from the trailhead. Continue following the trail another mile and a half to the dinosaur tracks, which are believed to have been left 150 million years ago by brontosaurs and allosaurs. These footprints extend over a quarter mile, the longest dinosaur trackway in the world. To access the tracks,

Sierra Vista Overlook is part of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail where visitors can get a view of the Colorado plains.

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AN ICONIC LOOK AT OUR NATIONAL PARKS

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Besides grasslands, there are several national parks, forests, historic landmarks and recreation areas in Colorado. These areas represent the history and splendor of the Centennial State’s diverse climates and terrain. They beckon lovers of the outdoors to explore and experience their brilliance. According to the National Park Service, there were nearly 331 million recreation visits to the national parks in 2017. While it’s wonderful that people visit these landmarks, the visits degrade the land and wear out the facilities. People also leave behind litter and often damage historical artifacts. Fortunately, organizations like the National Park Foundation are educating the public about issues at national parks and helping to raise funds to protect these areas so that future generations can enjoy their beauty, too. Longmont resident Rob Decker, who at 19 years old studied under the famed Ansel Adams in Yosemite National Park, has explored and photographed the national

parks for 50 years and is working to create generation of supporters,” Decker says. iconic images of each of one with stunning Decker created several Colorado national prints. Decker supports the parks by parks posters including Black Canyon of the donating 10 percent of his annual profits to Gunnison National Park (see cover photo), organizations that support our national parks’ Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve educational programs. and Mesa Verde National Park. Each national “I think it’s important to connect people park poster is numbered, dated and signed with nature … and to protect the vibrant on 100 percent recycled paper stock with culture, rich history and awe-inspiring soy-based inks. Check out the collection at landscapes of America’s national parks. national-park-posters.com. Perhaps more importantly, we need For more information: Comanche National Grassland Office to inspire the next 1420 E. 3rd St.., La Junta, CO 81050

you will need to cross the river, so be careful as the water may be deeper than it appears. As the dinosaurs tramped along the muddy edge of a lake, they left their footprints in the mud, which were eventually buried and turned to stone. Today, more than 1,300 of these footprints are exposed. Forty percent of the tracks were left by the brontosaurs, a massive four-footed plant eater. Parallel trackways indicate that several younger brontosaurs were traveling as a group heading west along the shoreline. The remaining tracks were left by the allosaurs, two-footed, ferocious, meat-eating scavengers that left three-toed footprints behind. If you follow the trail another three or so miles, you will end up at the Rourke Ranch, a cattle and horse ranch founded by Eugene Rourke in 1871. Three generations of the Rourke family lived and worked on the ranch over a span of a hundred years. When the ranch was sold in 1971, it was one of the oldest and most successful enterprises in southeastern Colorado, expanding from Rourke's original settlement of 40 acres to well over 52,000 acres. The quality workmanship and architecture of its adobe buildings can still be seen and has earned Rourke Ranch a place on the National Register of Historic Places. It is a tribute to the hardy pioneers who helped settle the West. Total round trip for the dinosaur tracks is around 11 miles. If you plan on going all the way to Rourke Ranch, your round trip will be about 17 miles. coloradocountrylife.coop

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Easier hikes may be found at Vogel Canyon. From the trailhead with its picnic pavilions and vault toilet, four hiking trails take you to different sites along the mesa top and the canyon bottom. The trails meander through the short grass prairie, juniper trees and fractured rock walls. One hike takes you to a site where sections of a stage coach road and ruins of the station can still be found. This road was developed by the Barlow & Sanderson Mail and Stage Line during the 1870s, and was a spur off the Santa Fe Trail. Another hike descends into the canyon where you walk by spires and hoodoos to the canyon walls where American Indians who lived in the canyon 300-800 years ago left rock art. Unfortunately, modern Americans left their marks as well. If you don’t want to hike to see the treasures found in the canyon, and if you have your own four-wheel drive, guided auto tours are available from the Forest Service in May, June, September and October. Advance reservations are required and fees apply. So, get inspired, plan you trip and go explore the vast, endless skies and the panoramic prairie of Colorado’s Comanche National Grassland. Cyndy Klepinger is a Denver freelance writer who enjoyed discovering Comanche National Grassland a few years back when riding through the area during Pedal the Plains. JULY 2018

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Delicious fare doesn’t have to be dull when cooking in the great outdoors.

Colorado culinary chef and outdoorsman Graham Walker concocted The Colorado Camping Cookbook aimed at those who want to add a little adventure to their campfire cooking. Walker discusses the diverse foods found throughout Colorado, including foraged fruits and vegetables, some of the best Colorado produce and local game, then incorporates those foods in a variety of tasty recipes to cook over a campfire. Be sure to bring a copy of this cookbook on your next camping trip.

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QUICK TIP: HUNTING FOR ONIONS Wild onions have flat green leaves and a strong onion smell. They can be found all over Colorado but are especially prominent in moist meadows and hillsides.

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Hobo Packets With Foraged Wild Onions 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cubed 5 button mushrooms, sliced 1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced into strips 3 garlic cloves, minced 10 fingerling potatoes, halved 1 lemon, juiced 1/4 cup olive oil 1/4 cup foraged wild onions, chopped salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste In a large plastic baggie combine the chicken, mushrooms, bell pepper, garlic and potatoes. Pour in the lemon juice and olive oil. Shake the bag until the ingredients are well combined. Divide the mixture evenly on four sheets of aluminum foil. Wrap the aluminum foil around the mix, securing at the top to form four sealed packets. Cook the packets over hot coals in a campfire until the chicken is cooked through and the potatoes are tender, about 45 minutes. Open the packets and top with wild onions. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

If you’re looking for a great dessert for your camping trip, try Graham Walker’s Easy Roasted Marshmallow Pie. Get the recipe at coloradocountrylife.coop.

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GARDENING WITH ORNAMENTAL GRASSES

Incorporating grasses into landscapes creates splendor BY VICKI SPENCER GARDENING@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG

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on the plant to provide bird food. Like most grasses, it’s best to plant after the last spring frost, but it can be seeded into the summer as long as it has 60 to 70 days to mature. It requires full sun and moist, well-drained soil, so mulching is important. Maiden grasses (originating in Asia) also require more moisture than Colorado’s

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GIVE THESE GRASSES A TRY IN YOUR LANDSCAPES NEXT SEASON

BLUE GRAMA Light Exposure: Full sun Soil Requirements: Medium-dry, well-drained soil

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During the dog days of summer, garden plants seem thirstier than ever, yet we are constantly reminded to reduce water consumption. One way to minimize water use is to incorporate ornamental grasses into garden designs. Both natives and hybrids tend to be tolerant of different soils, grow in sun and shade and are easy to maintain. Although ornamental grasses should be planted before July, it’s still is a good time to determine where you want to add color, texture and movement to your garden next spring. If you live on Colorado’s eastern plains (including the Front Range), you can easily incorporate short prairie grasses like buffalo grass and blue grama into your garden. Blue grama — designated Colorado’s state grass to build awareness of the importance of native grasses — is a tufted, warm season grass noted for seed spikes that hang from one side of its flowering stems. It typically grows less than a foot high and wide. Although native to prairies and open rocky woodlands, it was a lovely addition to my high-altitude Gunnison garden. Aside from the natives, there are many hybrid ornamentals that are popular for the diversity they offer. Purple majesty millet, which was derived from ordinary millet, is a drought tolerant annual grass with unusually shaped purple foliage and cattail-like flower plumes that change from deep purple to gold as it matures. Its seed spikes should be left

natives, but perform well in xeric gardens. Their arching leaves and silky flower tassels provide a lovely contrast to purple majesty millet. Ravenna grass requires similar growing conditions. It is a popular ornamental because of its hardiness and height. Growing 5 to 12 feet tall, it makes a perfect screen for unsightly areas. Its gray green leaves turn to orange or purple in the fall and its silvery white flowers, clustered in plumes, make it a focal point. Although hardy, it should be sheltered from the wind to prevent breakage. Plant with caution as it is highly invasive. Feather reed grass or Karl Foerster (named for the German discoverer) is a colorful grass with feathery stalks emerging reddish brown in the spring and turning golden brown in the fall. It’s a lovely backdrop for roses and perennials and can be combined with Russian sage for contrast. As a cool season grass, it looks beautiful throughout the winter. This is just a small sampling of the many ornamental grasses popular in Colorado. Since temperatures, rainfall and soil conditions vary across the state, it’s a good idea to talk with local experts when selecting your garden plants.

PURPLE MAJESTY MILLET Light Exposure: Full sun to partial shade Soil Requirements: Moist, well-drained soil

Plant Size: Medium plant (12 to 15 inches)

Plant Size: Large plant (more than 24 inches)

Bloom Time: June to August

Bloom Time: Summer to frost

RAVENNA GRASS Light Exposure: Full sun Soil Requirements: Moist, well-drained soil Plant Size: Large plant (more than 60 inches) Bloom Time: September to October

FEATHER REED GRASS Light Exposure: Full sun Soil Requirements: Medium to wet soil Plant Size: Large plant (more than 48 inches) Bloom Time: May to February

More Online: Read previous gardening columns at coloradocountrylife.coop. Click on Gardening under Living in Colorado.

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Fishin’ in the Dark

A symphony of sounds makes fishing more memorable BY DENNIS SMITH OUTDOORS@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG

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When I was a young’un, ‘bout 10 or 12 years old I reckon, we used to make a big fuss over fishing at night for bullhead catfish. We’d stay up late, sometimes into the wee hours of the morning, watching our poles, poking the fire, telling scary stories and listening to the music of the night — though, at that age we didn’t exactly think of owls, crickets and tree frogs as making music. In fact, their “music” kind of creeped us out in that strangely exciting way that only little kids can appreciate.

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than anything else. The two look very much alike, except bullheads are smaller and darker than channel cats, and have flat, rounded tails rather than the deeply-forked tail fins of their larger cousins. Bullheads are found in most warm-water lakes, ponds and slow-moving rivers east of the Mississippi, while channel cats dominate similar waters in the West. Both are primarily nocturnal feeders; hence the success of night fishing. Both eat an endless variety of live baits ranging from common earthworms, crayfish, minnows, aquatic plants and insects to exotic and sometimes horrible-smelling man-made concoctions called stink baits. Most people just use night crawlers, but raw shrimp, chicken livers and cut baits are also good. A few years ago, We’d get ready late in the day, gathering some kids showed me pictures of 4-, 5- and up fish poles, spare hooks and such, and 6-pound catfish they caught dragging slices of then head to Sagar’s dairy farm to dig worms rolled-up Oscar Mayer lunch meat across the behind the cow barn where the soil was soft, bottom of a local pond. Like cockroaches and black and nutrient-rich, infused with decades coyotes, catfish will eat about anything. of bovine barnyard runoff. The worms loved While favorite baits and methods vary it and we could fill a tin can or pickle jar with among catfish anglers, all seem to agree that them in no time. Once dusk faded to dark fried catfish fillets dipped in egg and rolled in we’d start the fire, pull up an old log or sit on flour are ridiculously delicious. Also, the best the bare ground and wait for the action to time to catch them is after dark on a warm begin. Most nights we’d end up with a stringer summer night, right about the time you begin full of bullheads to take home for the skillet. to hear the tree frogs, crickets and coyotes They were ridiculously delicious. tuning up for the evening concert. Sixty-some years later, I still go cat fishing Dennis Smith is a freelance outdoors writer at night, albeit with my kids and grandkids and photographer whose work appears instead of my older brother and cousins. We nationally. He lives in Loveland. sit in folding camp chairs now instead of on the ground, and we light up the dark with Coleman lanterns instead of campfires, but Miss an issue? everything else about it remains remarkably Catch up at coloradocountrylife.coop. familiar. Click on Outdoors. Here in Colorado we catch channel catfish instead of bullheads, the difference between the two being more cosmetic and geographic coloradocountrylife.coop


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READERS PHOTOS Send us a selfie with the magazine!

WINNER: Viola Cook of Berthoud, a Poudre Valley REA member, volunteers with employees of Poudre Valley REA at Berthoud Habitat for Humanity “Dura” House build.

Colorado and Wyoming 2018 Youth Tour delegates take CCL to the United States Library of Congress.

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 $25 each month. The next deadline is Friday, July 13. NAME, ADDRESS AND CO-OP MUST ACCOMPANY PHOTO. This month’s winner is Viola Cook. She took her copy of Colorado Country Life to a Habitat for Humanity build in Berthoud. See all of the submitted photos on Facebook at facebook.com/COCountryLife. coloradocountrylife.coop

My sister Debbie and I were discussing our dad’s relationships with his three daughters. Debbie said that Dad loved her because she was the athletic one in the family. She went on to say that Dad loved our sister Cathy because she was the smart one. When she didn’t resume I asked, “Why do you think Dad loves me?” She hesitated, shrugged and said, “I don’t know. I guess because you’re related!” Barbara Allen, Colorado Springs While visiting the National Atomic Testing museum in Las Vegas, I went into the gift shop and found mock drivers licenses for Colorado. They were licenses for A. Leon and had all his UFO information on it with a photo of a gray alien. I bought two of them and gave one to my girlfriend when l got home. She put it in her wallet and a couple days later went to the bank to cash a check. The teller didn’t know her and asked for identification. My friend absentmindedly gave the teller the alien license by mistake. After a moment of silence, the teller looked at her and said, “I need your human one, dear.” Both of them had a good laugh. Tracy Geib, Westcliffe

Bob McMahon, husband of Sangre de Cristo Electric CAO Sarah McMahon, shares his copy of CCL at the bottom of Mt. Everest Base Camp (17,598 feet) in Nepal.

Patricia Busa, a Mountain View Electric member, takes CCL with her to Sequoia National Park in California.

Cathy Waskewicz is on vacation in Frankenmuth, Michigan, with CCL.

When a friend joined the Marines, his drill sergeant looked with disdain at the tattoo on his upper arm. “Son, does your mother know you have that tattoo?” the drill sergeant asked. The recruit replied, “Sir, yes sir! She has one just like it.” Lynne Becker, Colorado Springs 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 2018 stories to Colorado Country Life, 5400 Washington St., Denver, CO 80216 or email funnystories@ coloradocountrylife.org. Don’t forget to include your mailing address, so we can send you a check.

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An Alpine Start to Your Day Alpine Start founders Matt Segal and Alex Hanifin wanted to create a coffee that you can make anywhere you have water. So they did. Alpine Start is an instant coffee that you can drink hot or cold and it actually tastes good. The Boulder-based company makes three flavors: Original Blend, Coconut Creamer Latte and Dirty Chai Latte. Each box comes with eight servings and each serving is small enough to discreetly fit in your pocket. Costs $8.99 per box. For more information, visit alpinestartfoods.com.

Go to coloradocountrylife.coop to enter to win a “Conquering the National Parks” magnetic achievement board.

Mark the Territories Display a keepsake at home of your travels through the national parks with a “Conquering the National Parks” magnetic achievement board. Made by Littleton company Home Magnetics, these plaques and their magnetic markers serve as a token of remembrance of your travels through 54 U.S. national parks. The board comes with a natural blue pine or a black frame. Cost is $59. For more information, visit homemagnetics.com.

Walkabout With Wallaroo Colorado’s sun rays are powerful, so it makes sense to protect yourself when enjoying the great outdoors. Boulder-based Wallaroo makes comfortable, stylish hats with an Aussie flair. In addition, the hats block up to 97.5 percent of harmful rays, the company touts, and retain shape even after you pull them out of your backpack time and time again. Choose from numerous colors and styles for men, women and children. For more information, call 303-494-5949 or visit wallaroohats.com.

The Hovermaster 4000 It’s not always easy to do your business when you’re on a camping excursion. When nature calls, Grand Junction denizen Merlin Zimmet says he has the answer: the Hovermaster 4000. To see how it works before you buy, visit hovermaster.com.

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