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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


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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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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



[community events] [August] Through October 22 Fort Collins “Global Travelers & Grand Memories” Exhibit Global Village Museum 11 am-5 pm August 6-14 Hotchkiss Delta County Fair Delta County Fairgrounds August 6 Imperial, Nebraska Smokin’ on Broadway 7th and Broadway 308-882-4363 • smokinonbroadway/ August 10-14 Kremmling Centennial Celebration Middle Park Fairgrounds

August 10-14 Steamboat Springs Steamboat Wine Festival Various Steamboat Springs Locations August 11 Durango “Weaving in the Pueblo Southwest” Presentation Center for Southwest Studies 7 pm • August 13 Fort Collins Open House Water Works 10 am-3 pm • 970-221-0533 August 13 Fraser High Country Stampede Rodeo 1741 County Road 73 3-9:30 pm • 970-449-9040 August 13-14 Frisco Main Street to the Rockies Art Festival Main Street 10 am-5 pm • 561-746-6615 August 13 Hugo Dutch Oven Cooking Competition Lincoln County Fairgrounds frontrangedutchovencookoffs@

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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


TWO MONTHS IN ADVANCE TO: Calendar, Colorado Country Life, 5400 Washington St., Denver, CO 80216; fax to 303455-2807; or email calendar@ For more information on these activities, visit Click on Community Events and discover what’s happening.


[White River] Save with the Co-op Connections Card BY ALAN MICHALEWICZ || GENERAL MANAGER || AMICH@WREA.ORG


Summer is quickly coming ance, the card will help you to an end, but that doesn’t save up to 85 percent on your mean the fun has to. Did you medications at more than know White River Electric 60,000 pharmacies across the Association has a program country. in place to help you save on a We know how important variety of goods and services, it is to save and we want from hotel discounts to fitto make sure that you are ness club memberships? The taking full advantage of Co-op Connections Card the programs we offer. The Alan J. Michalewicz is a free program that saves Co-op Connections card WREA members money on everyday exis an easy way to see the value of being penses. The card also gives you access to an electric cooperative member and it Cash Back Mall where you can get money doesn’t cost members a dime. So don’t let back for shopping online at over 3,000 the end-of-summer blues get you down. leading online retailers. Plan a trip for the family, get discounts at Your Co-op Connections Card gives many restaurants and take advantage of you access to discounts from tens of other deals available to you. It really is a thousands of retailers because it taps into discount card that does it all. a national business community. But it Co-op Connections offers members doesn’t just help you save at big box stores access to a mobile application for your and chains. The card can also provide phone that will notify you of specific discounts for businesses right here in discounts that may be of use to you. You our regional area. In fact, it was created can learn more about the discounts we ofspecifically to help small businesses on fer by visiting or our nation’s Main streets. When making Members can also contact purchases, ask the retailer if they offer a WREA at 970-878-5041 to discuss how to Co-op Connections discount. And, even get your Co-op Connections card today. if the retailer does not accept the card, manufacture coupons for groceries and other items can be found on www.connections. coop. There’s a little something for everyone when it comes to savings. The program consistently adds new retailers to help improve our members’ experience. One of the most popular features is the prescription discount benefit. Even if you don’t have insur-




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Handy Energy Use Apps BY ANNE PRINCE


Tracking your steps, tracking your children, monitoring your banking activity or locating your parked car — these days, it seems there is an app for everything. If you are efficiency-savvy and want to manage your energy use, there may be an app that works for you. While there are several energy use apps to choose from, some can be difficult to use, particularly those aimed at general efficiency. There are no clear standouts, so try a few and choose the app that works best for you. Purchasing a smart thermostat for your home is a great way to begin managing your energy use, but if you are looking for a more granular way to obtain information about your energy use, an app can provide useful insight into how specific actions impact your utility bill. The following is a snapshot of a few energy efficiency mobile apps. All of the apps mentioned in this article are available for Apple and Android systems. Nest Owned by Google, created by Nest Labs and linked only to the Nest thermostat, this free app has several useful features. You can adjust your home thermostat by simply using your smartphone, iPad or iTouch, whether in your car or on your couch. App users can view and edit a thermostat schedule and keep an eye on how much energy is being used. You can also opt to receive extreme temperature alerts before your pet overheats or your pipes freeze. In addition, there is an option for smoke and carbon monoxide alerts, among others.

Together We Save Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives offers the Together We Save app, which enables users to calculate the energy use of many household appliances based on national averages. This free app includes roughly 100 calculators that determine the projected energy use and cost of particular appliances and activities. The app also offers 100 practical energy-saving tips. For Touchstone Energy® Cooperative members, the Together We Save app calculates energy costs based on your actual utility rates for even greater accuracy. In addition, the app links to White River’s website for timely updates and information. Lennox iComfort The Lennox iComfort app is only compatible with Lennox products — in this case, the Wi-Fi thermostat. It has similar features to the Nest, in that users can remotely control their home thermostat and other settings. In addition, the app allows users to program the system to an energy-saving away mode when no one is home. For example, you can select the settings you wish to run, then cancel the “away mode” as you return home to ensure a comfortable temperature awaits you. Your trusted energy resource While these apps employ the latest technology to maximize your ability to manage your energy use, the next generation of energy apps will likely integrate across multiple platforms: managing your thermostat, appliances, water heater, home electronics and other devices from the convenience of your smartphone. In the meantime, while app technology continues to evolve, your best resource for saving energy and money is your local electric co-op. White River Electric can provide guidance on energy savings based on your account information, local energy use and weather patterns for your region and other factors unique to your location. Contact White River Electric’s energy experts at 970-8785041 or visit to learn more. Anne Prince writes on cooperative issues for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.



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EQUIPMENT CHECK Examine the cords of your power tools before you use them. If they are damaged, do not use them or try to repair them yourself. Tag all damaged tools as damaged so that everyone else knows not to use them as well.

Added Danger in Car Wrecks with Power Poles


A car accident can happen so quickly, yet the final seconds may seem to slow down just before the car and its passengers jolt on contact. Such an accident can inflict serious injury and damage, and when the car wreck involves power poles, there is an added danger. Safe Electricity shares tips to help keep you safe when there is a car accident involving power poles and lines. In February 2016, a vehicle crashed into a utility pole in Lawrence, Kansas. The power pole snapped and lines were in contact with the car and with a nearby wooden fence. In fact, the fence caught fire from the incident. The Lawrence Journal-World reported that, fortunately, law enforcement officials told the driver to stay in the car for his safety. Once the utility personnel arrived on scene and cut the power, the driver was able to safely exit the vehicle. Knowing what actions to take to stay safe can make the difference between life and death. The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that, on average, auto accidents with power poles result in 1,000 deaths each year. Should you be involved in an automobile wreck with a power pole, Safe Electricity provides the following safety information: • Stay in the car. Call 911 to have the utility notified.

• Do not leave the vehicle until utility professionals have de-energized the line and they advise you that it is safe to do so. • If you must exit the vehicle because it is on fire, jump clear of it with your feet together and without touching the vehicle and ground at the same time. Keeping your feet together, “bunny hop” to safety. Doing this will ensure that you will not have different strengths of electric current running from one foot to another. • Be aware that, after an accident with a pole, wires can fall at any time. • Downed lines can sometimes show they are live by arcing and sparking with electricity, but this is not always the case. Treat all

downed wires as though they are energized. • Remember, most power lines are not insulated. The coating on the lines is for weather proofing and will not offer any protection from the electrical current. • The tires of the vehicle do not insulate it from electrical dangers. Follow the above safety precautions even if the car rolls and is upside down or on its side. The vehicle is the path to ground for the electrical current, so while you remain in the car, you are safe. If you step out of the car, you are in danger of becoming the path to ground. For more information on electrical safety, visit 4



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Illegally hooking into a power supply, stealing copper from a substation and tampering with an electric meter may initially seem like victimless crimes. However, these power and copper thieves are committing crimes that not only endanger their lives, but also create hazards for innocent consumers, first responders and utility personnel. Safe Electricity shares information and tips to help you prevent, recognize and catch those responsible for power and copper theft. It is never safe to tamper with your meter for any reason. When people try to steal power, they create fire, shock and electrocution hazards. In emergency situations such as fires, power must be shut off to help firefighters and emergency medical personnel enter a building safely. If lines are interfered with illegally, they could still be energized, endangering the lives of these first responders. Power and copper thefts are also illegal. The utility and its consumers ultimately pay for the financial cost of such theft. Apply for a legal connection if you do not already have one. If you know of or suspect that someone may be stealing electricity or illegally tampering with electrical equipment, notify your local authorities and your electric utility. In addition to power thieves, the increasing value of copper resulted in an epidemic of copper theft across the country. Common targets for copper thieves are farm equipment, air conditioners,



vacant buildings, construction sites and electric utility properties, including substations and power poles. Copper theft also costs utility consumers and can even cause fires and explosions. Safe Electricity provides ways you can help prevent copper theft: • If you notice anything unusual with electric facilities, such as an open substation gate, hanging wires or open equipment, contact your electric utility immediately. • If you see suspicious activities near electric facilities, call emergency services or your local utility. Do not intervene. Allow officials to handle the situation. • If you work in construction, store copper securely, especially overnight or anytime the site is vacant. • Store tools and wire cutters in a secure location and never leave them out while away. • Lock all entrances of unoccupied buildings and remove or block any easy access points. • Install motion-sensor lights and/or a security system to deter possible thieves. Taking preventive measures and reporting suspicious activity are the best methods to help reduce power and copper theft. For more electrical safety tips, visit

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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.

Cheesy Heat Keeps English Homes Warm Thousands of English homes in the Cumbria region of Great Britain had a warm winter thanks to the local cheese operation. A pioneering energy firm developed a method of turning the waste products of cheese making into gas. The process works by pumping liquid whey residues and excess water from the cheese making into an airtight anaerobic digestion tank where bacteria feed on the fats and sugars for seven weeks. The digestion process that follows emits a biogas — mostly methane — that can then be used to generate electricity on site, or it can be modified to remove the carbon before feeding it on to the gas grid. The creamery uses the electricity generated on site. The remaining gas is able to provide heat and cooking gas for about 1,600 homes in Cumbria.

[ news clips] Big Solar Reflects Record Year After a record-setting 7,286 megawatts of new photovoltaic systems coming online in 2015, solar power is on pace in 2016 to contribute more new electricity to the grid than any other form of energy. Total U.S. installed solar PV now stands at more than 25,000 MW, according to GTM Research. The uptick in solar, or PV, power is thanks to the increase in utility-scale PV installations. These multimegawatt systems that sell directly to the utilities are leading the industry. More than 70 percent of all new solar in 2016 is expected to come from utilityscale projects. Electricity from these large solar installations is now comparable in cost to natural gas-fired electricity at about $50 to $70 per megawatt-hour (or 5 to 7 cents a kilowatt-hour), according to Reuters reporter Nichola Groom. That compares favorably with efficient gas plants, which generate electricity at about $52 to $78 per MWh. The cost of rooftop solar, while it has dropped significantly in recent years, is still far more expensive. According to industry research firm GTM Research, it ranges from $184 to $300 per MWh

(before subsidies). Simply moving the solar unit from the rooftop to a field with other units immediately drops the price. This has led to questions about the wisdom of continuing subsidies for the rooftop solar units. Organizations and utilities are beginning to look at this question. In the last year, more than 20 states reviewed the value of rooftop solar, according to the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center.

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.

Co-op's Pedal the Plains to Support Energy Outreach Colorado Electric co-op bicyclists will be pedaling and raising money for Coloradans struggling to pay their heating bills September 16-18 during the Pedal the Plains bike tour. For the fifth year, Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives’ will help sponsor this annual three-day ride on the eastern plains of Colorado. The co-ops will also sponsor the Powering the Plains bike team that will raise money for Energy Outreach Colorado, which provides home energy assistance for low-income Coloradans. Starting Friday and continuing through Sunday, riders will go from Ordway to Fowler to La Junta and back to Ordway, enjoying southeastern Colorado and learning about life on the plains. The co-ops will also sponsor an educational booth in each community, giving away a $100 gift card in a drawing each day. You can help the bike team raise funds for EOC by visiting to find out how to donate to the team via check or PayPal. You are also welcome to ride with the team. Contact Cassi Gloe at for information on how to become a team member.

10% Squirrels! Anything making contact between a wire and transformers or the ground becomes an electricity conduit. Animals, often squirrels, cause 10 percent of electric co-op power interruptions.





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

[ industry] cally stays fixed over the life of a home, and it is a characteristic that is expensive, even impractical to alter to reduce energy consumption.” According to the Department of Energy, appliances account for about 13 percent of the average household’s energy use. Clothes dryers, refrigerators/freezers, computers, microwave ovens, dishwashers and washing machines tend to use the most energy in a typical American home. Every appliance you purchase has an operating cost (i.e., the cost of the energy needed to power that appliance). To facilitate more informed shopping, the federal government requires many appliances to include an EnergyGuide label stating the approximate energy consumption and operating cost of the appliance. Appliances with an ENERGY STAR label use 10 to 50 percent less energy than standard appliances. Many owners of new homes are interested in solar energy. If you are considering solar, make sure your home is as energy efficient as possible. This

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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.

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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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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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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


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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.”



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Colorado Country Life August 2016 White River  

Colorado Country Life August 2016 White River

Colorado Country Life August 2016 White River  

Colorado Country Life August 2016 White River