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AUGUST 2016 Volume 47, Number 08

"Marmot Lookout," a runner-up CCL photo contest winner. Photographed by Leah Wzientek of Durango.




[cover] This stock art image of alpacas is just one of the many animals you can discover on your Colorado [ag]venture. 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


Colorado Country Life Posted:

While linemen are used to dealing with dangerous situations on a daily basis, this isn't always what they expect to find when rolling up to an outage. One New Mexico co-op’s crews encountered this mountain lion when responding to an outage call south of Alamogordo. Photo courtesy of Weston Fralie.

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Finally got to see the Grand Junction Rockies!



Watermelon Lemonade — Get the recipe on our Pinterest page — COCountryLife

If you missed our behind-the-scenes video of a dinosaur lab, watch it at CODinoPix

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your chance to win a sample pack of hot sauces by Yampa Valley Sauce Company, which is featured on page 30. Go to and click on the Contests tab for entry information.



And helping candidates learn how their decisions as elected officials affect life in co-op territory BY KENT SINGER CREA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


There is an old political maxim that goes something like this: If you are not at the table, you may end up on the menu. This means, when it comes to politics and lawmaking, only those who bother to show up and make their case will have any chance of influencing the Kent Singer outcome of any legislative process. That is one of our key functions at the Colorado Rural Electric Association. We make sure Colorado’s electric cooperatives are at the table in Denver and Washington, D.C., when it comes to energy policy and other issues that impact the business operations and success of our co-op members. To do this effectively, we enlist the help of our board of directors, our members’ boards, our co-op managers and employees and many others. We also work with legislators from the time they are candidates, sometimes offering financial support to state legislative candidates through the co-ops’ political action committee, Colorado Advocates for Rural Electrification. CARE, a bipartisan entity, operates independently from CREA with a separate governing board made up of electric co-op directors and employees elected from across the state. (Funding for CARE comes from voluntary donations.) Every two years, when Colorado has its state House and Senate elections, the CARE board interviews candidates running for the state legislature. With term limits in



place in Colorado, there is significant turnover in both the Colorado House of Representatives and the Colorado Senate every election cycle. This year, the CARE committee met with 22 candidates (equal numbers of Republicans and Democrats) to learn a little about them and their reasons for running for office. It was also an opportunity to share who the co-ops are and what their concerns are. We were extremely impressed with the candidates running for the Colorado General Assembly this year. Without exception, the candidates were smart, articulate and well-versed in the issues they will deal with at the state Capitol. That said, it was also clear that we have work to do to make sure they understand the co-op business model and how state legislative decisions can impact our co-op communities across the state. Although electric co-ops serve primarily rural parts of the state, the CARE board interviewed many candidates from the Denver metro area to give them some sense of why rural electric co-ops were created and the challenges we face today from burdensome regulations and government overreach. While those future members of the legislature may not have rural interests at the top of their agendas, we hope the information we gave them will provide them with some basic background once the election is over and the lawmaking begins in January. Several of the candidates we met with expressed common themes from the campaign trail. People are telling them they are

tired of the political gridlock in Washington. They are also telling them that they are concerned about the stagnant economy and the price of housing. We made the case for a couple of basic principles that our organization advocated for many years that connect with these themes: local control and affordable electricity. I believe these new legislators have great potential to be co-op supporters and to understand the concerns we have on a variety of energy issues. We’re hopeful that they will be able to express their individual judgment on bills and not be bound to their caucus’ position for every vote. Many candidates told us they would be independent-minded once elected to the General Assembly, and we hope they follow through on that promise. There is no doubt that the presidential election this year will reach new lows when it comes to personal attacks and character assassination on both sides. The airwaves will be full of ads alleging that each candidate is a liar and scoundrel. So, it would be easy to conclude that the democratic process doesn’t work and that we are wasting our time by voting and getting involved in the political process. That cynical outlook is not justified, in my opinion. There are many smart, articulate, caring people running for the Colorado General Assembly who are genuinely committed to addressing a variety of issues that we face in Colorado. We may not always agree with them on an issue, but we appreciate their willingness to get in the ring and fight for their beliefs. We at CREA intend to do the same.

Kent Singer, Executive Director


Picturing Colorado Mountains

The photo above by Jerry Clark was listed as Sunset Over Paradise Divide (April ’16). Paradise Divide is to the right of the picture approximately 10-12 miles out of sight. Behind the mountain in the center is the Raggeds Wilderness. To the left, just out of the picture, is Gunsite Pass. The river in the center is the Slate River, which is usually three to four times wider in the spring. John Yankowich Jr., Crested Butte EDITOR’S NOTE: The misidentification was ours. Jerry Clark identified it as Slate River at Sunset and we confused the identification with that of a different photo. We apologize for the mistake.

Support for Renewables?

Earlier this year, I installed solar panels through a program sponsored in part by La Plata Electric Association. LPEA gave a rebate for doing so, and LPEA staff were knowledgeable and encouraging. LPEA’s board president now sounds angry at members like me. I was surprised at his comment that systems like mine have “caused new challenges and added to our engineering expenses, among other physical issues.” I assumed, when I signed up for a program LPEA was directly involved in, that LPEA was managing the technical challenges. I understand the need to cover infrastructure costs, and I still purchase electricity from LPEA “when the sun doesn’t shine.” Perhaps LPEA would prefer not to have members like me. I chose a system tied to LPEA’s infrastructure based on recommendations from my contractor and LPEA. Perhaps I should have chosen to disconnect from LPEA by installing a stand-alone system. Lisa Jensen, Pagosa Springs Make sure to include name and address when sending letters to



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Spirit of the Lake Regatta Fundraiser Grand Lake in Grand Lake August 13, 7 am-5 pm

Watch rowers, kayakers, canoeists and SUPers (stand up paddle racers) race to raise money for Colorado River Headwaters Conservation. Afterward, head to Gene Stover Lakefront Park for live music with HunkerDown and sip on craft beers. For more information, call 970-531-6054 or visit August 20 Monticello, Utah Grand Opening Canyon Country Discovery Center 10 am • 435-587-2156 August 20-21 Savery, Wyoming Jim Baker Tribute The Little Snake River Museum 307-383-7262 August 20-21 Steamboat Springs Yampa River Fine Art Stroll Yampa Avenue 10 am-5 pm • 561-746-6615 August 21 Loveland Farmers Market Fairgrounds Park 9 am-1:30 pm • cityofloveland. org/farmersmarket August 25 La Junta 100 Year Celebration Bent’s Old Fort 719-383-5010 August 26-27 Grand Junction Peach Promenade Square Dance Mount Garfield Middle School 970-434-0868 August 26-28 Longmont Yesteryear Farm Show Dougherty Museum August 27-28 Denver Rocky Mountain Balloon Fest Chatfield State Park • 303-862-2869 August 27 Rifle Moto Mayhem Garfield County Fairgrounds

[September] September 1-4 Westcliffe Quilt & Fiber Art Events Westcliffe Schoolhouse 10 am-5 pm • 719-783-3575 September 2 Buena Vista 1st Friday Wine Share Casa del Rio Clubhouse September 2 Pueblo “An Observation of Nature” Exhibit Steel City Art Works 5-8 pm • September 7-11 Meeker Meeker Classic Championship Sheepdog Trials Ute Park 7 am-4 pm • 970-878-0111 September 8-11 Hayden and Steamboat Springs Yampa Valley Crane Festival Various Locations


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The pulse of K.C. happenings

Women and Cooperatives August 26 is Women’s Equality Day. The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment of the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. In the formative years of the cooperative world, women became members, giving them the power to voice their opinions and to vote for their board members. This was the case for K.C. Electric Association in 1946.


In a Paraguay sugar cane cooperative, several co-op leaders believe that female members are generally more likely to apply what they learn in training and adopt new farming techniques compared to their male counterparts. That South American co-op sees more women in leadership roles as well, contributing to a stronger and more stable cooperative. Globally, more women join savings and credit cooperatives, giving them increased access to financial resources. Here at K.C. Electric, we had just two women serve on the board of directors. Maye Gene Lee, of Hugo, served on the board from 1983 to 1986. Also, she was an employee during the 1950s. Asked if it was difficult being the only woman on the board, she replied, “I felt that I was accepted very graciously.” Luanna Naugle, of Wild Horse, has been on the board since 2009. She noted, “Cooperatives are of vital importance in keeping local control in our rural areas for the services that we all need and use. I realize how important this link is in the continued viability of the rural and residential economy in the three counties K.C. Electric serves. A balance between staying ahead for the future, taking care of all current

responsibilities, while being accountable to your members should be assessed on a continued basis.” Raised on a farm, Luanna brings thoughtful consideration to rates, reliability and safety. HERE ARE THOUGHTS FROM OUR FEMALE WORK FORCE: Jacque Schmidt, operations clerk/receptionist in Stratton since 1989 A woman’s strength to a cooperative:  omen see opportunity in everything 1. W and everyone. They give their ideas life and inspire others to do the same. Women are much more strategic, focused on keeping their eye on the prize. 2. Women are masters of navigation, and putting their ideas to the test is their gift. They do this through networking. They follow up and make sure they sow the seeds of their ideas in the most fertile networking ground. 3. Women are masters at facilitating connection points between people, resources and relationships. Women don’t waste time and can quickly identify areas to consolidate, organize and strengthen business outcomes. 4. Women seek to give to others but

also to their communities. Women enjoy living their lives through a cause that serves the advancement and acceleration of societal needs. Sue Dutro, accountant in Hugo since 1980 Women are referred to as “gatherers” of a family. I think that is true of the women who work in a cooperative setting. The women of K.C. Electric gather information that is necessary to provide the consumers’ billing for the electrical services they use monthly. They receive and analyze previous facts and figures that contribute to the financial stability and well-being of the co-op. Women gather outage information from consumers and dispatch the service crews to restore electricity in a timely manner when it is possible. Women process the payment of bills that are necessary to ensure that there is material on hand for the linemen to do the building and repairing of the lines and services for the consumers. Women also gather the information from their peers and fellow workers that makes this cooperative the family that it is. [continued on page 9]



2016 Youth Tour


Being close to history, meeting wonderful people, learning, and discovering amazing careers are some of the sentiments shared by teenagers who attended the 2016 Youth Tour in Washington, D.C., June 9-16. Each year, students are sponsored by the local cooperatives and hosted by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Students experienced government from the inside, visited historic sites and learned about the electric utility industry at a national level. Prior to the tour, students gathered in Denver where a safety demonstration was presented by three United Power linemen. The group also learned about the electric grid from Michelle Pastor of Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association before touring the state Capitol. Colorado Rural Electric Association was represented by Heather Williams, who explained the legislative process. One of the highlights for the students was a presentation by the Blue Star Mothers, a group of women who have children serving in the military. K.C. Electric’s representative was Katherine Liptrap from Hugo. Katherine will be a senior this year at the Genoa-Hugo School. She is involved with some outstanding volunteer projects, such as reading to the residents at the Lincoln Community Care Center and helping at the Hugo Public Library. Katherine is a good student and is active in extracurricular activities, including the stop bullying program, sports and speech.

Stinky Water Heaters

By Dee Ann Blevins

Recently, employees in the Hugo office noticed

smelly water coming from the hot water faucet in the bathroom. It continued for a long time. It was to the point where we didn’t want to wash our hands because they would smell like rotten eggs. When we checked the water heater, we realized that it was an extremely old, conventional-type water heater. We replaced the water heater unit with a 40-gallon Marathon unit, and the smelly water problem disappeared. Marathon is the only line of water heaters that K.C. Electric sells. According to the internet, the most common cause of smelly water is anaerobic bacteria, which react with the magnesium and aluminum sacrificial anodes that come with most water heaters, producing hydrogen sulfide gas. This gas is the classic rotten egg odor. Marathon water heaters do not have anodes.



If you have smelly water coming from your hot water faucet, you may need to replace the anode rod in a conventional water heater with an aluminum-zinc alloy anode. For better performance and to extend the life of your water heater, each year you should test the pressure relief valve and clean out the sediment build up. If you are looking to replace a worn out water heater, you might want to explore the highly efficient Marathon water heaters. At this time we have 40-, 50- and 85-gallon units, but when the 85-gallon units are gone, we cannot re-order them. Water heaters are available at our offices in Cheyenne Wells, Hugo and Stratton. Stop in and look at their unique design.


Meet George Ehlers

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By Dee Ann Blevins

Kristie Constance, data supervisor in Hugo since 2002 Our biggest role in the cooperative is to be a team member. Although we each have our individual jobs and duties, everyone has to work together for the cooperative to operate effectively and efficiently. A team doesn’t have to be 50 percent women and 50 percent men for it to be balanced, but how each person’s talents and knowledge are represented and utilized, that is the basis of balance. Without it, nothing is accomplished.

The new member services and information technology manager understands the big picture but also sees the value of taking care of the details. George Ehlers has been on a journey of discovery and growth his entire life. He spent 20 years in Denver and 12 years in Wyoming, in addition to his formative years in Colorado. George grew up in Hugo, the fourth of five children of Jerry and Leota Ehlers. His parents have been an inspiration to him, teaching him a strong work ethic by example. His father was involved with telecommunications and ranching, but possibly his greatest achievement was the well-known business with his wife, the J & L Cafe in Hugo. George tries to reflect the good qualities he learned, based on the way his parents lived their lives. George lost his father in 2012, but when he had the opportunity to move back to Hugo in 2014, it brought him closer to his family, especially his mother who lives in Pueblo. This was one decision, based on selfishness, that he has not regretted. George was involved in the telecommunication business for more than 30 years. He experienced the time of analog through the digital age, along with wireless. Information technology is a familiar aspect of George’s history that will serve K.C. Electric well. He can troubleshoot, clean up and fix IT issues that otherwise would make the day-to-day operation a nightmare. Member services is all about community relations and good communication with members. George is excited to learn more about the electric utility business and how it applies to the members. He wants to help consumers with improving efficiency and get K.C. Electric more involved in community. For George, his community is eastern Colorado. He is at home in this region and already knows many people. He is outgoing and will enjoy meeting and visiting with members in this service territory. From George’s viewpoint, the political pressures surrounding the regulation and shutdown of coal mines will have a huge impact on utilities. Other changes affecting the industry are wind and solar power. Once again, he will be part of tremendous change during his new career. He is up to the challenge. As to his personal life, George has a few loves: golf, hunting, studying World War II history, working on his house and baseball. George values giving back to his family and community. He loves coaching high school baseball and hopes to keep students actively involved with the sport. George enjoys watching the kids learn, grow and win. If it seems that George is high energy, that’s exactly what a power company wants. He welcomes any opportunities to help or to just get to know members. George's co-workers extend a warm welcome to our newest employee and team member.

Jodi Withington, cashier/receptionist in Hugo since 2012 I believe women bring a nurturing component to the work place. The natural instinct is to care for all those around them — not only co-workers, but the people they serve as well. Working in customer service allows me the opportunity to assist people on a daily basis. My goal is to ensure each member receives the best possible service, and that their concerns are given the utmost courtesy. Providing a caring and positive environment is crucial to the success of any company, especially a cooperative. Dee Ann Blevins, work order clerk in Hugo since 1987 I have seen a lot of technological changes over time. Each change requires adaptation and often problem solving to get the information or outcome we need. I love the challenge and am very proud to be the flexible person I am. I enjoy working with the operation side. We have a great group of linemen and specialists who are very helpful. Poor communication will always remain the biggest obstacle to efficiency, no matter what happens with technology or what gender is involved. Women may bring different skills and strengths to the cooperative, but it takes all of us working together to be successful. While men outnumber the women at K.C. Electric, each person is valued and is necessary to keep the cooperative functioning in a competent manner. In some ways, jobs have become more specialized, requiring stronger interdependence upon one another. The cooperative model is still viable today.

Claim Your Savings Each month, consumers have a chance to claim a $10 credit on their next electric bill. All you have to do is find your account number and call the Hugo office at 719-743-2431 and ask for your credit. The account numbers are listed below. How simple is that? You must claim your credit during the month in which your name appears in the magazine (check the date on the front cover). Mary Ann Hays—622300001, Joyce Colvin—1110480001 Laura Stone—533200001, Geoffrey Tomes—205100001 In June, winners who claimed their savings were Edna Fross of Bethune, Orin Jacobson of Burlington, and Ruby Gibbs of Kit Carson. Congratulations, winners!



Country Kitchen's recipes will be discontinued following this month. We appreciate all the contributions over the years. As we work through the transition of changes with job duties, we appreciate your understanding and patience. Change often creates more change, so perhaps a new feature will surface within the shuffle. —Dee Ann Blevins

Forgotten Cookies Ida Mae Davis, Kit Carson 1 large egg white 1/3 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 cup chocolate chips 1/2 cup chopped nuts 1/2 cup sweet coconut, shredded Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with foil. Beat egg white until stiff. Fold in sugar, vanilla and remaining ingredients. Spoon equal-sized portions 2 inches apart onto cookie sheet. Place in oven. Turn off heat. Let sit for 8 hours without peeking. Do not open oven until time is up.

Barbecue Dry Rub Creighton Osborne, Hugo 1 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup salt 2 tablespoons ground celery powder 2 tablespoons ground cumin 2 tablespoons paprika 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper Combine all ingredients and mix well. Store in air-tight container in a cool place or in the freezer. Rub on beef, chicken or pork and let meat sit for at least one hour or leave overnight before baking or grilling.

Products to Avoid

By David Churchwell, general manager,

When it comes to saving energy, "buyer beware" is alive and well. We are all bombarded by claims that border on outright falsehoods, so it pays to view savings claims from third parties cautiously. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it generally is. Electric space heaters drain energy savings from your home if used incorrectly. Some companies make elaborate claims about the amount of money you can save, and charge exorbitant sums for their products. The advertisements frequently target those on a fixed income, presenting false hope while extracting precious dollars from their customers. I have seen a number of these space heaters and admit they appear to be well-made, but they typically offer no better economy than any other 1,500-watt electric heater. Bottom line: Electric space heaters should only be used to heat small spaces — not your entire home. Black boxes that claim to clean up power, protect appliances and reduce energy use come and go. These often require an electrician to install and claim to improve power quality, smooth out power fluctuations and store energy so you can reduce your bills. Save your money. The concepts they present are already in use by K.C. Electric and require utility-size equipment to deliver them. Something that can fit in a shoebox is not going to deliver any value, at least not in the areas promised. If you are concerned about protecting your sensitive appliances and electronics, give us a call to discuss surge protection options. When you see the ad that reads, “The power companies don’t want you to know,” skip it. These are generally claims around building your own renewable energy source from parts easily obtained at the local hardware store or a motor that produces limitless “free” electricity. I would equate these with the emails I get from foreign countries telling me I can receive millions of dollars by simply sending all my banking information. At least in the case of the homemade renewables and the limitless motor, you get some cool plans and parts lists. You decide if it’s worth $50-$200. I’d give it a pass. I will close with a warning unrelated to technology. Scammers love to call, mail or stop by claiming they represent the local power company. Never give anyone who claims to be a K.C employee personal or financial information without first confirming their identity. Ask for a call back number from the caller, then call one of our offices to confirm the call originated from K.C. Electric. If someone comes to your door claiming to be a K.C. employee, simply look for the co-ops logo on their vehicle or clothing. If they really are a co-op employee, they’ll easily be able to prove it. Recently, companies have begun mailing information to cooperative consumers in Colorado indicating that they can provide you with 100 percent pollution-free wind energy for 1.5 cents per kilowatt-hour. These companies don’t control any power lines in Colorado and they don’t control the flow of electrons to your house. What they are really trying to sell is renewable energy credits. Renewable energy credits (RECs) are tradable, nontangible energy commodities that represent proof that electricity was generated from an eligible renewable energy source. If you are interested in purchasing RECs, K.C. has been offering these for many years, and currently you can purchase RECs in 100 kilowatt-hour blocks from K.C. for 9 cents. Most of us want to save energy and keep our bills manageable. Technology can help do this, but be careful. Call K.C. Electric before making any investments in technology that seem too good to be true. You’ll be glad you did.

Do You Have Our Website Address? By Dee Ann Blevins

Do you know that K.C. Electric has a website? Have you ever been to www. When you are looking for information, such as the next meeting of the board of directors or when scholarship applications are due, or if you need to pay your bill or report an outage, the website is the place to go. The home page contains current news. There are tabs that will give you information about other topics, such as rebates for appliances or policies that may affect you. There is an outage map that will show you the number of consumers who are without power in a given area. Many members use their smartphones to access this address, but you can peruse the pages from your computer at home. If you haven’t ever visited, please check out our website.



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Co-ops Support 4-H, FFA at State Fair Young people from throughout Colorado will bring home prize money Tuesday, August 30 after the Colorado State Fair’s annual Junior Livestock Sale, sponsored by Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives. Future Farmers of America members and 4-H’ers will show their award-winning livestock during the sale in the event center on the state fairgrounds in Pueblo. Buyers and buying groups will bid on these beef cattle, hogs, goats, lambs, rabbits and chickens. The sale is expected to raise more than a half a million dollars for more than 130 student participants. The local electric co-ops, which serve most of the farms and ranches where the prize-winning stock sold at the sale is raised, have sponsored the Junior

Livestock Sale for 10 years. Statewide, the co-ops connected with the sale through San Isabel Electric, headquartered in Pueblo West, and Mountain View Electric, headquartered in Limon and Falcon. Those two co-ops, working with their power supplier, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, first sponsored the event in 2006.

However, since the 4-H and FFA students were from throughout the state, the initial group invited the rest of the electric co-ops in the state to join the sponsorship. This year, Colorado Country Life, the Colorado Rural Electric Association and Tri-State continue their support, along with 17 of the state’s 22 electric co-ops.

Co-ops Support Electrification in Africa The nation’s electric co-ops’ international foundation recently announced it is working to bring electricity and light to more of the African nation of Kenya.

NRECA International is participating in the Kenya Electricity Modernization Project, funded by the World Bank, to bring electrification coverage to the entire country. Working with key Kenyan agencies, NRECA International will conduct an analysis of the current electrification program and prepare a strategy to support rapid increase in electricity access to all regions of Kenya. Roughly one half of Kenyan households (about 23 million 12


people) do not have access to electric service. “Access to electricity in Kenya has doubled in the last five years, but the government aims to reach full coverage by 2020, a goal that is needed for Kenya to reach its full potential as the largest economy in East Africa,” said Dan Waddle, NRECA International vice president. “Our experience over the last five decades shows the importance and direct benefits of reliable and affordable electricity in developing countries. We look forward to working with our partners in Kenya to prepare a strategic plan for providing access to millions more people living in periurban and rural areas.” The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national trade organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, including the 22 electric co-ops in Colorado and Tri-State Generation and Transmission, the Colorado co-op power supplier. NRECA’s international affiliate — NRECA International — has worked in developing countries since 1962. Its global commitment has provided electricity to more than 110 million people in 43 countries.

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REGISTER NOW FOR ENERGY INNOVATIONS SUMMIT IN SEPTEMBER What’s up with micro grids? Is there anything new in energy storage technology? What is the latest news on the solar front? What’s the future of electric utilities? Will they exist in the future or will everyone supply their own power? Attend the Colorado Rural Electric Association’s daylong Energy Innovations Summit Monday, September 12 at the Downtown Denver Westin and find out. Listen as industry experts review the latest breakthroughs in hydropower, discuss innovations by local electric co-ops and look at solar power today. There will also be opportunities to visit with vendors offering a variety of new products and services. Register at The event is open to anyone interested in Colorado’s electric industry.

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Save energy, save money by making efficient choices BY BRIAN SLOBODA

Purchasing a newly constructed home is an exciting process and a major milestone. Whether you are building a custom home or buying a spec home, you will make dozens of important decisions before moving in, from purchasing the perfect kitchen countertops to selecting a home financing package. 14


The decisions you make about the energy efficiency of your new home will have lasting consequences. These energyrelated decisions, such as how you heat, cool, light and insulate your home, are often overlooked. The first step to maximizing energy efficiency is to select a properly sized home that meets your family’s needs. America is known for its sizeable homes, but after

hitting a peak of 2,268 square feet in 2006, the median size of new single-family homes started to trend down. The U.S. Energy Information Administration recently reported that, “as square footage increases, the burden on heating and cooling equipment rises, lighting requirements increase and the likelihood that the household uses more than one refrigerator increases. Square footage

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will enable a smaller, less expensive solar system to provide a substantial portion of your energy needs. Prices for solar panels dropped considerably over the last decade, and there are many financing models and incentives available to residential customers. Another efficient option is a residential geothermal system. While they do not generate electricity, geothermal systems save energy by using heat from the earth to replace conventional heating and cooling systems. Throughout the year, the earth remains a constant, moderate temperature — around 50 degrees Fahrenheit — just below the ground. Geothermal heating and cooling systems, also known as ground source systems, make use of this constant underground temperature by circulating water in a loop to exchange heat between your home, the ground source heat pump and the earth, providing highly efficient heating, cooling and hot water.


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Installing an easy-to-use programmable thermostat is also a great way to efficiently operate your home. ENERGY STAR estimates a typical household can save $180 annually by properly using a programmable thermostat. Regardless of the number of energy efficiency features in your home, occupant behavior is still a major factor in how much energy your household consumes. Unplugging appliances you rarely use, properly disposing a mostly empty second refrigerator, making sure you only run full loads in the washing machine, dryer and dishwasher, and turning out the lights — it all adds up in energy savings. Brian Sloboda is a technical research analyst specializing in energy efficiency and renewable energy for the Business Technology Strategies.

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gritourism, that intersection of agriculture and tourism, has existed in pockets of Colorado for many years. Delta County and the Grand Valley on the Western Slope are examples of where the world of agriculture and tourism have intermingled for years in the form of winery tours and a farm-to-fork culture. Today, Coloradans can experience agritourism in nearly every corner of the state, and there are a variety of activities available. Delta County, a farming region south of Grand Junction, offers many ways to incorporate agritourism into a vacation plan. Located in Paonia, The Living Farm is a four generational family-run business that has participated in agritourism for nearly two decades. The farm raises a variety of animals and has five greenhouses brimming with vegetables year-round. The family also runs The Living Farm Cafe in downtown Paonia, which features vegetables and meat from the farm and five cozy inn rooms upstairs. Visitors to the farm can participate in self-guided or guided tours. Guests get a behind-the-scenes look at a flourishing organic farm in one of Colorado’s most bountiful regions. They learn about organic sustainable farming, meet the animals and explore the greenhouses. The Living Farm charges a fee for tours, but there is one activity that owner Lynn Gillespie keeps free. Lamb Loving takes place Wednesday to Saturday throughout lambing season, which occurs in the spring. From 7 to 8 p.m. guests spend supervised time in the barn cuddling with sweet, fuzzy newborn lambs. This activity helps socialize the lambs. Additionally, many people who visit during Lamb Loving report that it provides them with an overall sense of calm and well-being. A local Paonia woman, who suffers from severe migraine headaches, visits the farm frequently during Lamb Loving season, because holding a lamb gives her temporary migraine relief. While lists more than 50 farm stays (including dude ranches) available in Colorado, there are many more properties participating in agritourism that aren’t in this directory. One such property is the Horse & Hen in Hayden, 25 minutes west of Steamboat Springs. A family-run operation, owners Ryan and Rachel Wattles allow their guests to participate a lot, a little or not at all in farm activities. The Wattles especially enjoy hosting families in the farm’s beautiful, four-room farmhouse. With children of their



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own, including brand new twins, educating little ones about the farm is one of their favorite ways to connect with people. After all, Ryan’s grandfather bought the ranch in 1935, and the property and lifestyle are close to the Wattles’ hearts. This is a running theme throughout agritourism businesses in Colorado; the owners have a deep connection to their land and their trade. And this is one of the rewards of incorporating agritourism into a vacation plan — meeting amazing people. In Laporte, just north of Fort Collins, Gaia’s Farm & Gardens is just such a place. Owner





Kathleen Miller has a palpable love of her farm, and genuinely wants to impart her knowledge and appreciation of the natural world to others. Twenty years ago, Miller started gardening using "permaculture" principles and techniques, which involves working with nature instead of against it and advocates designing human systems based on natural ecosystems. “Everyone thought I was crazy,” she says. Miller wasn’t crazy, but she was ahead of her time. Today, people flock to her speaking engagements to learn about permaculture gardening. Three years ago, in addition to llamas, goats, a

Owners of small farms and ranches may be wondering what it would take to add an agritourism component to their business, and whether it would be a wise move. Before implementing anything, it’s important to have one’s ducks, cows, pigs and goats in a row. It’s easy to make mistakes when adding tourism to an agricultural business, and early missteps can lead to major complications in the future. This is why it’s vitally important to do research before remodeling, erecting new structures or spending any money at all. According to Peggy Leff,

agritourism coordinator at the University of California Small Farm Program, a farmer’s neighbors should be the first stop during the agritourism research phase. Leff, who has decades of experience working in the agritourism business, says: “Talk to your neighbors first and make sure that everyone understands what you intend to do and how it may impact them. Work out any difference you may have with your neighbors before you apply for permits or begin talking to the county.” After meeting with their

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pony and chickens, Miller added a bedand-breakfast component to her farm. Shangra-la Inn is a bohemian cottage where guests are treated to home style breakfasts, quality farm time and a number of spa treatments at Miller’s onsite spa. As the number of agritoursim destinations grows in Colorado, so do visitors’ options. For those who like to travel with their horses, there are several Colorado farm stay properties that allow guests to bring along their pony. From West Pawnee Ranch Bed

bors, farmers need to schedule a meeting with the county. Leff, and others, tell stories of farmers who spent thousands of dollars in tourism-related remodel projects only to discover that their property zoning didn’t allow for these activities on their land. Once an agritourism plan is cleared with the county, farmers should start small and find a mentor. “I’d recommend starting small to see if you like it,” says Gina Marcell, owner of the Mountain Goat Lodge in Salida. “Join some organizations and talk to people

and Breakfast in Grover to Oleo Ranch, an off-grid property in the wilds of Hinsdale County, horse lovers have a variety of choices. Another popular pastime at farm stay properties is participating in interactive classes; farms are offering soap-making workshops, fly-fishing courses and more. For instance, the Claremont Inn & Winery in eastern Colorado offers Cooking Class Weekends. Presented in the spring and fall, the classes include a full menu and, of course, wine pairings to match the food selections. Zapata Ranch, a nature conservancy preserve just 12 minutes south of Great Sand Dunes National Park in the San Luis Valley, offers various weekend

about what you’re doing. There are forums, Facebook pages and associations you can join like the Colorado Agritourism Association. You can get a lot of help from people who are already involved in agritourism.” Whether an agricultural business owner has started down the agritourism road or is just considered it, the Colorado Agritourism Association is a good resource. Its website provides informative articles, such as “Top 10 Ways to Limit Your Liability When Visitors Come to Your Farm.” CAA also runs the Cultural, Heri-

themed classes, such as butchery, baking, ice cream making and more. The Mountain Goat Lodge in Salida, a goat farm and bed-and-breakfast, offers yoga retreats as well as classes in goat and chicken husbandry and cheese making. Whether travelers are looking for a romantic escape or a memorable family getaway, they may want to consider incorporating agritourism into their next trip, because when it comes to an agritourism vacation, the possibilities are endless. Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer is a freelance writer and founder of, the place for Colorado festival and travel stories.

tage/Agritourism Mentor Program known as CHAMP, a peer-assistance training program for farms, ranches, businesses, museums, attractions and organizations that want to improve or expand their cultural, heritage and tourism or agritourism attractions. Learn more about CAA and CHAMP at www. Lynn Gillespie, owner of The Living Farm in Paonia, has prudent advice for farmers who may be new to agritourism. Gillespie’s family farm has been involved in agritourism for several decades. “You’ve got to greet visitors with

a smile,” she says. “Tourism is a service industry; it’s not growing vegetables. If you’re doing farm tours they need to be well thought-out, your place has to look nice and you have to be nice.” While agritourism isn’t making small farmers wealthy, it is providing a secondary source of income for many agricultural businesses across Colorado. In 2012, the latest numbers available, 2.4 percent of Colorado’s 36,000 farms claimed an average of $33,000 per farm in added income from agritourism. That’s 33,000 reasons to start researching agritourism today. AUGUST 2016



Working With Mouthwatering Watermelon It’s a snack! It’s a meal! It’s watermelon! BY AMY HIGGINS RECIPES@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG

Fun With Melons Get creative with watermelons. They’re great for carving and decorating. Just take a look online and you’ll find a slew of ideas. Send a photo of your creations to us at info@ coloradocountry and we'll post them on our Pinterest page.



There’s something about watermelon that screams summertime. Perhaps it’s the pink chroma. Maybe it’s because it’s a great thirst quencher. Or it’s possible it’s because of its prominence in every produce department and farmers market all summer long. There’s nothing like sinking your teeth into a whopping wedge of watermelon on a hot summer day. You can also take the tantalizing fruit to another level with one of these heavenly recipes.

Greek Pita Flatbread 4 wedges seedless watermelon (cut into bite-size pieces) 1 cup diced cooked chicken 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt dash cayenne pepper 2 whole pita breads, halved, or whole grain flatbreads 1/4 cup prepared spreadable herb cheese 4 large lettuce leaves Place watermelon on paper towels to remove excess liquid. Mix chicken, cilantro, yogurt, garlic salt and cayenne. Spread inside surfaces of pita bread halves with herbed cheese and fill each with about 1/4 cup chicken mixture. Arrange watermelon and lettuce in pita bread. Courtesy of the National Watermelon Promotion Board

Test for Taste When choosing a watermelon, pick a firm one that is free of major cracks and dents. If one side is lighter in color than the other, don’t worry. That’s where it rested while growing on the vine.

Watermelon and Peaches Dessert 1 tablespoon butter 1 cup slivered almonds 2 lemons 2 peaches, thinly sliced 4 cups watermelon cubes 1/8 cup raw or organic white sugar 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 cups vanilla yogurt In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and then add almonds to the pan. Stir the almonds until they are toasted and golden. Remove almonds from pan to aluminum foil or heatproof plate to cool. Squeeze juice from lemons into a bowl. Add peach slices and watermelon cubes to the bowl and toss together. Mix together the sugar, cinnamon and yogurt and pour over watermelon and peaches. Sprinkle almonds over the top. Serve immediately. Courtesy of the National Watermelon Promotion Board

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Create a Rockin’ Rock Garden

Carefully placed stones and foliage make for an eye-catching oasis BY VICKI SPENCER MASTER GARDENER GARDENING@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG


If you are looking for a new project as summer winds down, consider transforming your yard into a beautiful, natural landscape by building a rock garden. Inspiration for rock gardens can be found all around us, whether it be in high alpine regions or semiarid deserts. The next time you visit a state or national park, go on a hike or drive in the countryside, take note of the wildflowers and how they pop up between rocks and imagine how you can imitate this same rugged beauty in your own yard. The first step in planning your rock garden is to decide on the best location. Since rock gardens typically include native plants, the perfect spot might be a sunny area where the grass dries out faster than other areas, where you struggle to keep it green. Or maybe you want to locate your rock garden along your driveway or sidewalk to provide an interesting border that needs little watering. Once you know where you want the garden, you need to define the boundaries. Since I am a visual person (I need to see something to know if I like it), I mark 22


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a 6- to 8-inch layer of soil. This will make it easier to insert plants and rocks. In selecting plants, consider growing requirements (sunlight, drainage, water needs) as well as a color scheme, height, width and leaf variation. Don’t be tempted to buy a huge variety of plants; your garden will have a more unified look and make a greater impression with repetition of a few varieties of each color selected in your design. Begin by planting three of the same variety of plants in a large triangle, then add a plant nearby with contrasting foliage and scatter rocks randomly around the plants. Repeat this pattern throughout the garden. If you feel you need help deciding where to place the plants, turn to the internet. Just search Google for “rock gardens” and you will find a wealth of ideas. You don’t need to fill all the space with plants and rocks. As your garden matures, the plants will fill in gaps. When it starts to look cluttered, you can divide the plants and share them with friends and neighbors who will be happy to diversify their own gardens. Foliage and rocks are the foundation of your rock garden. Therefore, I cannot overemphasize the importance of paying attention to their color and texture when choosing them. This provides contrast even when flowers are not in bloom.

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I don’t know if it rises to the seriousness of a genuine medical affliction or not, but I have this almost helpless predisposition for old, Catskill-style dry fly patterns. Nostalgia, no doubt, plays a part — the logical result of having been born and raised in those ancient, fabled mountains at a time when fly-fishing and fly tying were just coming of age in America. I am blessed to have actually known a few of the old Catskill flytiers and even fished with a couple of them. At the time, though, I don’t think any of us knew they would one day be celebrated as some of the most famous fly-tying anglers in the world. I mean, who knew you could become a legend for making fake bugs out of feathers and fur? Classic Catskill dry fly patterns tend to be straightforward, minimalist constructions: tail, body, with a few turns of fine cock’s hackle and often wisps of wood duck, teal or mallard flank for wings. They are light, airy, delicate and as mysteriously fascinating as a flaxen-haired beauty in a black velvet dress. Noted for their understated elegance, they are simple, suggestive patterns, unlike some of today’s modern creations that sport elbows, knee joints, eyeballs and other anatomical appendages. The majority of Catskill classics are tied with natural, organic materials too, from wild game birds and animals: mallard and wood duck; red fox, beaver and muskrat fur. They drip of tradition and an undeniable nostalgic charm.

I can think of at least a half-dozen old Catskill patterns I never leave home without. Not so much because they catch a ton of fish — although they often do — but rather because they drum up a lot of memories, which, at this stage of my life, are as gratifying to me as a creel full of 18-inchers. That might also suggest that I passed through those four theoretical stages in the evolution of a fly fisherman where one supposedly progresses from absolutely having to catch a fish — any fish — on a fly, to the point where one is just happy to be fishing regardless of whether one catches a fish or not. I’m not certain that theory is entirely true. Most of us are usually happy just to be fishing and we would rather catch fish than not. Eventually, though, we come to understand that getting skunked occasionally is inevitable, and, if we’re smart, we accept it gracefully. For my part, I’m happy to be on the water casting the old Catskill classics and catching trout on them, if for no other reason than it seems to confirm that some things in life — even old fly patterns — are enduring.

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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)


NEW HOLLAND - discbine mower & conditioner model H7320. Like new. Only used 8hrs. $17,000 303-772-5952(310-09-16) 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) 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)


Durango/Bayfield 3 IRRIGATED beautiful acres with excellent STEEL BUILDING. Hurricane rated 1800sf, designed for 600sf loft addition. Many inclusions. Building and/ or land ok for residential/business/farm. Prime well location. Multiple possibilities. 970-7590763. 970-759-3833(311-08-16) 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) 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) READY TO RETIRE? +-13 acres near Mancos, CO. Trout-stocked canyon lake, commercial greenhouse, gardens, lots of water, passive solar timber frame home. $499,999. Jim, 970-769-1391, for pictures. (282-08-16) WE BUY LAND and/or mineral rights. CO TX NM KS. 1-800-316-5337 (099-03-17) 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)


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)


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) LOOKING FOR A WINNER. WIN $25 by mailing the number of classified ads to classifieds@ with WIN $25 as the subject. Include name/ address. Deadline 8/15/16. 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 POCKET WATCHES – working or non-working and old repair material. Bob 719-859-4209. (870-12-16) 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 July contest winner is Tabatha Friedman of Livermore. She correctly counted 42 ads. 28


[ funny stories]

Left: Kari Tatinski sent in this photo from the 4th of July parade in Pueblo West. Below: Pagosa Springs Middle School students discover Paris.

When my son Josiah was 4 years old, we were watching the Summer Olympics on television. As the winners stood on the platform, the flags were raised and the national anthem of the gold medalist began to play. The gold medalist burst into tears as she heard "The Star-Spangled Banner" begin to fill the stadium and the American flag flew high. As my son watched the tears roll down her face for a few moments, he sympathetically proclaimed, "She really hates that song!" Tracy Hegarty, Fort Collins I'm in my 60s and I work as a secretary in the nurse's office of an elementary school. One day, a first-grade boy sat in my office waiting for his parents. Our school nurse was away at the time, so this little boy watched as I took care of other children. When the last child left, the little boy said to me, "You should become a nurse when you grow up!" Margi Puls, Cortez

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My husband and I had our two grandsons over and we were eating pork chops for dinner. The younger of the two started to complain that he was full. Since he was 6 years old, I cut six pieces of the meat and told him that’s all he needed to eat. After a while, he said he was full, not quite finishing the six pieces. My husband told him, “Oh, baloney.” Immediately, our grandson exclaimed, “Baloney? I thought this was chicken!” Sharen Vigil, Pueblo West Performing Mozart should have been the highlight of the year for the middle school chorus class I directed. But after a few uninspired attempts, an exasperated student raised his hand and said, “Mrs. Anderson, we want to sing music from our generation, not yours.” Mrs. Anderson

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 We’ll draw one photo to win a $25 gift card each month. The next deadline is Monday, August 15. This month’s winner is Ross McDaniel and Kelly McCarty of Grand Junction. In the photo above, they are standing in front of the Hotel Lenhart on Lake Chataqua, Bemus Point, New York.

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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Tabasco and Cholula have some stiff competition: Yampa Valley Sauce Company.

A TASTE OF YUM One spoonful of noosa yoghurt and you will be hooked. The Bellvue-based company makes creamy, dreamy flavors your taste buds will go crazy for. With classic choices such as blueberry, peach and raspberry and more uncommon varieties, such as salted caramel, blood orange and strawberry rhubarb, noosa has something for everyone. This year, noosa created a Colorado-only flavor: blackberry serrano. It might sound a bit bizarre for a yogurt flavor, but the combination of sweet and heat is a surprisingly beautiful partnership. More of these “sweet heat” varieties are starting to hit the shelves, so keep a lookout. The suggested retail price for an 8-ounce noosa is $2.49. It is found at grocery stores everywhere. To learn more about noosa, visit

The Steamboat Springs-based company has mad skills mixing up the hot stuff. Using a habanero base, owners Tami and Clay Meers developed a line that includes Habacado (habanero and avocado), Strabeñero (habanero and strawberry), Purple Blaze (habanero and blueberry) and Broja (habanero, carrot and tomato). These hot sauces were a hit for Colorado Country Life staff, including a heat-sensitive individual who says Habacado is awesome with eggs. For more information, call 720-457-8006 or visit

The Art of Pasta Making Pappardelle’s pasta has delighted families for more than 30 years. Over those years, the Denverbased company went from delivering fresh pasta store to store, to catering dinners and developing dried, fresh-frozen and gluten-free pasta for markets throughout the country. They even have their own line of sauces, oils, vinegars and marinades.

Unlike other manufacturers that use bleached flour in their pastas, Pappardelle’s only uses pure durum semolina flour, found in the northern United States. This special flour gives Pappardelle’s pasta its firmness and unique, nutty flavor. Look for Pappardelle’s at grocery stores throughout Colorado and beyond. Go to to peruse products and to read more about the history of this Colorado staple.

Nosh on Nature’s Ingredients


Made in Nature’s organic snacks are a healthier way to munch. The Boulderbased company uses wholesome ingredients such as figs, mangoes, kale, nuts and coconut chips, and leaves out the refined sugar. If you’re looking for “better for you” snack options, give this Colorado company’s Supersnacks™ a try. For more information, call 800-906-7426 or visit

Now you can find fresh food for sale in Colorado any day of the week. Find a farmers market near you (or far) by visiting and clicking on “Farmer’s Market App.”



How Does Harbor Freight Sell GREAT QUALITY Tools at the LOWEST Prices? We have invested millions of dollars in our own state-of-the-art quality test labs and millions more in our factories, so our tools will go toe-to-toe with the top professional brands. And we can sell them for a fraction of the price because we cut out the middle man and pass the savings on to you. It’s just that simple! Come visit one of our 650+ Stores Nationwide. ER



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POWERING YOUR PLAINS AND PEAKS Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association energizes the utilities that support resorts in Telluride, Durango and Crested Butte. We’re also tied to co-ops that power your farms and ranches across most of the eastern Colorado plains. Together, we deliver reliable and affordable energy to you.


Colorado Country Life August 2016 KC  

Colorado Country Life August 2016 KC

Colorado Country Life August 2016 KC  

Colorado Country Life August 2016 KC