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Advanced Technology Allows Macular Degeneration Patients To See Again And Allows Many Low Vision Patients To Drive Again

A scene as it might be viewed by a person with age-related macular degeneration

Same scene of Grandchildren as viewed through telescope glasses.

For many patients with macular degeneration and other visionrelated conditions, the loss of central visual detail also signals the end to one of the last bastions of independence driving. Colorado optometrist, Dr. Robert Stamm is using miniaturized telescopes which are mounted in glasses to help people who have lost vision from macular degeneration and other eye conditions. “Some of my patients consider me their last chance or people who have vision loss” said Dr. Stamm, one of only a few doctors in the world who specializes in fitting bioptic

telescopes to help those who have lost vision due to macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and other eye diseases. Imagine a pair of glasses that can improve your vision enough to change your life. Bioptic telescopes may be the breakthrough in optical technology that will give you back your independence. Patients with vision in the 20/200 range can many times be improved to 20/50. Bioptic telescopes treat both dry and wet forms of macular degeneration as well as other vision limiting conditions.


While there is currently no cure, promising research is being done on many fronts. “My job is to figure out everything and anything possible to keep a person functioning” says Dr. Stamm “Even if it’s driving”. “The major benefit of the bioptic telescope is that the lens automatically focuses on whatever you’re looking at,” said Dr. Stamm. “It’s like a self-focusing camera, but much more precise.”

For more information and to schedule an appointment today, call:

Robert Stamm, O.D. Low Vision Optometrist Member IALVS

Toll Free:

(877) 393-0025


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AUGUST 2017 Volume 48, Number 08

“White Fence” by Rhonda Dale Terry of Grand Junction, a member of Grand Valley Power..




[cover] Delicious chokecherry jelly adds summer flavor to a simple snack. Photo by Mona Neeley.

THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE COLORADO RURAL ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION COMMUNICATIONS STAFF: Mona Neeley, CCC, Publisher/Editor; mneeley@coloradocountrylife.org Cassi Gloe, Designer; cgloe@coloradocountrylife.org Kylee Coleman, Editorial/Admin. Assistant; kcoleman@coloradocountrylife.org ADVERTISING: Kris Wendtland, Ad Rep; advertising@coloradocountrylife.org 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 | mneeley@coloradocountrylife.org |  coloradocountrylife.coop | facebook.com/COCountryLife | Twitter.com/ COCountryLife | Pinterest.com/COCountryLife |  YouTube.com/COCountryLife1 Advertising: advertising@coloradocountrylife.org | 303-902-7276 National Advertising Representative: National Country Market  |  611 S. Congress Street, Suite 504  |  Austin, TX 78704  |  800-626-1181


COCountryLife posted: Youth Leadership Campers from Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Oklahoma and Utah enjoy a week in the mountains courtesy of their co-op.


Colorado Country Life posted: Happy to see that Harrison Walter, the subject of our April issue, got the poster we sent of his cover shot. Love his smile.


Colorado Country Life pinned: Add a little spice to your day, try this lemon pepper jelly.

MONTHLY CONTEST Enter for your chance to win a H.E.C. Studio hat. To enter our contest, agree to the contest rules and complete the online form at www.coloradocountrylife.coop under the Contests tab.



CREA takes a hit, but keeps on rocking through a “Summer of Flying Dust” BY KENT SINGER CREA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KSINGER@COLORADOREA.ORG


The hailstorm that hammered the The entire staff had to work around a variety of work crews and north Denver metro area this past temporary obstacles as they continued to provide the services your May 8 caused more property damage co-op depends on. Nobody complained about the inconveniences than any previous hailstorm in and everyone showed great patience and flexibility in dealing with Colorado history. The Colorado Rural these unusual circumstances. Despite the last three months of Electric Association, the statewide employees being displaced, repair crews filling our hallways and the service organization that provides constant sound of construction, CREA staff continued to provide communication, legislative, educational the support services your co-op and the other 21 distribution co-ops and safety support for your local throughout the state depend on. electric cooperative, got hit hard. Those To make things even more interesting, we have a new Kent Singer of us in the office that day watched construction crew in the office remodeling the kitchen. Originally, as the ominous clouds rolled in, and the storm predicted on the this was the only construction project planned for this summer, but weather apps on our phones became a reality. But we still had no the project was pushed back once the hailstorm hit. Now we are idea what we were in for. When the hail started falling, it came back on track and have a couple hard and fast and we wondered if more weeks of hammering and the relentless pounding of golf ballequipment noise. But we’re excited sized hailstones would ever stop. about the improved functionality When it did stop, it was that will result from the updated immediately apparent that our kitchen and serving area. These building had sustained significant improvements will allow CREA damage. Water started dripping staff to better serve the ongoing through ceiling tiles with some employee and director classes that panels collapsing as they soaked up we provide for our member co-ops the runoff. Staff members reacted throughout the year, as well as quickly, using plastic sheets and facilitate the multiple meetings that large garbage bags to protect our are hosted in the building. computers and other equipment. Thankfully, the construction Every waste can and recycling is almost done. Those of us who bin was commandeered to catch work for your trade association will leaks. remember the summer of 2017 as It was obvious our roof was the “Summer of Flying Dust.” a problem. Further inspection For most of our members, our showed that our heating and crazy summer will not be noticed cooling system, our signage at all. The services we provide and outdoor lighting and the continued throughout the summer. employee and company vehicles Education classes went on as in the parking lot had also been scheduled, our legislative team damaged. continued to meet with legislators I’m happy to report that now, and policymakers and our safety a little more than three months and loss control team kept up later, we have a new roof on the with its visits to the co-ops. And CREA building and the ruined Colorado Country Life showed ceiling tiles and soaked carpets up in your mailbox, on time, were also replaced. The painters went through the building and the each month like clockwork. The mantra of CREA’s employees this CREA staff moved back into their offices. summer reminds me of a line from the movie “Ghostbusters”: “We The most important take-away from this whole event has been ain’t afraid of no dust!” the attitude and can-do spirit of everyone on the CREA staff. The communications department needed to move its entire operation into another part of our building because of the number of leaks overhead, but the staff did not skip a beat in continuing to publish Kent Singer, Executive Director this magazine and produce the other communication products it is responsible for. 4




Climate Change

An important issue that is missing from discussion in Colorado Country Life is climate change. Recent polls show Americans are concerned about global warming. It’s difficult to solve a problem if you don’t bring it to the table. [As co-ops members,] we all have a carbon footprint from our use of electricity from Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association [the co-op power supplier]. Susan Atkinson, Durango member of La Plata Electric Association

A Look Back at Country Fans

Thank you for wanting to do a story on me and my sisters (June ’17). I do appreciate your wanting to know about us. It really pleases me to know that your readers are enjoying reading about us and some of the history of fan clubs. Kay Johnson, Fort Morgan


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Editor’s Note: In response to Colorado Country Life asking Facebook followers for photos of how they are spending their summer, we got the following: I’m watching sunsets this summer over Kuwait City, Kuwait. Casey Warner member of Empire Electric Association

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[community events] [August] Through August Colorado Springs “Expressions of Colorado” Art Exhibit Arati Artists Gallery 719-323-3935 August 9 Berthoud Summer Concert Series Featuring The Great Scotts Pioneer Courtyard at the Little Thompson Valley Pioneer Museum 5:30 pm • 970-532-2147 August 9 Brush People’s Market East Morgan County Library 4-7 pm • 970-842-2666 August 12 Calhan St. Paul’s Beer & Brat Festival 1450 5th St. 1-8 pm • 719-347-2798 August 12 Copper Acoustic Kids at the Guitar Town Festival Copper Mountain andymay.com/acoustic-kids August 12 Grand Lake Spirit of the Lake Regatta Brews & Crews 1117 Lake Ave. 7 am-5 pm • 970-531-6054 August 12 Hugo Front Range Dutch Oven Cooking Competition Lincoln County Fairgrounds 719-648-8260 August 12-13 La Veta Huajatolla Heritage Festival La Veta Town Park 10 am • 719-742-3307 August 16 Fort Collins “Understanding Social Security Options” Lecture Harmony Library 6:30-7:30 pm • poudrelibraries. org/events August 17 Buena Vista Optimist Charity Golf Tournament Collegiate Peaks Golf Course 8:30 am • 719-966-4002 6


August 18-20 Vernon Vernon Olde Tyme Saturday Various Vernon Locations 970-332-4241 oldetymesaturday.com August 19 Colorado Springs National Honeybee Day Celebration Bear Creek Nature Center 9-10:30 am • 719-520-6387 August 19 Durango “Summerfest” Fundraiser Smiley Building 3-8 pm • alternativehorizons.org August 19-20 Grand Junction Gypsy Fest Horse Show Mesa County Fairgrounds 269-209-3784 • gypsyshow.horse August 19 Littleton Denver NF Walk Clement Park 1 pm • nfwalk.org/denver August 20 Dolores Night with the Ancients Astronomy Program Anasazi Heritage Center 8 pm • 970-882-5635 August 20 Loveland Sportsman and Outdoor Gear Yard Sale Grace Yoga 9 am-1 pm • 970-646-2022 August 25-26 Clifton “Peach Promenade” Square and Round Dance Mount Garfield Middle School 7:15-10 pm • 970-424-3543 August 25-27 Colorado Springs Comic Con Colorado Springs Event Center cscomiccon.com August 25 La Veta 4th Friday Art Walk and Art Reception Opening Night La Veta Gallery on Main lavetagalleryonmain.com August 25-27 Longmont Yesteryear Farm Show Dougherty Museum yesteryearfarmshow.org

Yampa Valley Crane Festival and Wild West Air Fest

August 31-September 3 At various Yampa Valley locations, Steamboat Springs The Yampa Valley Crane Festival features guided crane viewings, nature and bird walks, expert speakers, films, crane and bird art, workshops, children’s activities, live raptors presented by HawkQuest, ranch tours, a community barbecue at The Nature Conservancy’s Carpenter Ranch and more. Festival keynote speaker is George Archibald, co-founder of the International Crane Foundation. On September 2, the Wild West Air Fest will feature pilots performing aerobatic and formation flying, as well as static aircraft displays, food, exhibits, vendors and children’s activities. For more information, visit coloradocranes.org or steamboat.com. August 26 Fort Collins Garden A’Fare Beer Tour Gardens on Spring Creek 5-9 pm • 970-416-2486 August 27 Walsenburg Marathon of the Legends Team Relay Race & 20K Walk Miner’s Plaza 7:30 am-12:30 pm • 303-746-3092 August 31-September 3 Westcliffe Quilt Show and Boutique Westcliffe Schoolhouse 10 am-5 pm September 2 Buena Vista Free Kids Fishing Derby Town Lake 9 am-12 pm collegiatepeakstu.org/fishingderbies September 2 Durango Durango Brew Train Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad durangotrain.com September 2 Kit Carson Kit Carson Day Various Kit Carson Locations jamielconaway@gmail.com

[September] September 3 Bellvue Rist Canyon Mountain Festival Across From RCVFD Fire Station 1 10 am-4 pm • rcvfd.org September 4-10 Boulder Doctors Without Borders Traveling Outdoor Exhibit Courthouse Plaza forcedfromhome.com September 8-9 Canon City Italian Festival Sons of Italy Royal Gorge Lodge 2866 e7a@juno.com (Use “Italian Festival” in Subject Line)



Calendar, Colorado Country Life, 5400 Washington St., Denver, CO 80216; fax to 303455-2807; or email calendar@ coloradocountrylife.org. Please send name of event, date, time, venue, brief description, phone number, a photo, if you have one, and email and/or website for more information. coloradocountrylife.coop


Electrification in the Valley: 81 Years of Hometown Service BY TOM WALCH || CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER


Every day we wake up, turn off the alarm, make a pot of coffee and turn on the morning news. We don’t give it much thought, but each of these tasks require electricity. As we go through the day, we mindlessly tap into this invisible, ubiquitous resource that transforms our lives. Electricity pumps water to keep us clean and healthy. It keeps us cool, charges our cell phones and makes night life possible. Without electricity, life-saving equipment for hospitals would be useless. Commutes Tom Walch to and from work without traffic lights would be dangerous. Our business community would be crippled without the use of computers and systems that rely on electricity. The roots of rural electrification can be traced back to the 1930s. Nine out of 10 rural homes were without electric service, and investor-owned utilities would not construct power lines to rural America because it wasn’t economically feasible or profitable. Rural residents at that time came together and began working toward a common goal: to bring Empowering Lives with Hometown Service affordable, reliable electricity to rural America. As electricity Mission Statement gained attention, so did the importance of We are committed to the safety of our workforce and the general public. providing it to rural America. On May 11, 1935, President Franklin We strive to do the right thing, holding true to our values and principles. D. Roosevelt created the Rural Electrification We seek to find new and better ways to Administration by serve our members and communities. signing Executive Order 7037. “That necessity We are dedicated to delivering value to [electricity] ought to be all we serve. found in every village, in every home and on every farm in every part of the wide United States,” said Roosevelt in 1938. This turning point of Roosevelt’s administration provided loans and other assistance to rural cooperatives — basically groups of farmers — so that they could fund their own distribution systems as we know them today.

COMMENTS TO THE CEO You are a member of a cooperative and your opinion does count. If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please let CEO Tom Walch know by writing to Ask the CEO, P.O. Box 190, Grand Junction, CO 81502, or send an email to twalch@gvp.org. Check out our website at gvp.org. coloradocountrylife.coop

One of those groups of farmers was right here in the lower valley. If they were going to get electricity, hometown service was their only option. Thanks to the foresight and cooperative spirit of these pioneers, Grand Valley Power celebrates 81 years of service this month, on August 12. This anniversary serves as a great reminder of the importance of our mission. Our humble beginnings also provide an important guide for our future. For more than eight decades, our cooperative found success because of its focus on hometown service. In everything we do, the employees and directors continue to build on Grand Valley Power’s history and tradition of great service.

BOARD MEETING NOTICE Grand Valley Power board meetings are open to the members, consumers and public. Regularly scheduled board meetings are held at 9 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the headquarters building located at 845 22 Road, Grand Junction. The monthly agenda is posted in the lobby of the headquarters building 10 days before each meeting and posted on the GVP website. If anyone desires to address the board of directors, please let us know in advance and you will be placed on the agenda.

Stay Connected by Updating Your Contact Information In the utility business, we know rough weather will occur, and sometimes power outages simply can’t be avoided. But did you know there are steps you can take to ensure your electricity is restored as quickly and safely as possible? Updating your contact information is helpful because with the correct information, our outage management system can predict the location and the possible cause of an outage, making it easier for our crews to correct the problem. Additionally, if you have any changes with your medical needs that require electricity (such as oxygen concentrators), please notify us of this so that we can notate your account. This information is critical to us to ensure we communicate to you about any planned outages and when electricity will be back on for your needs. Not only is updating your account information important for outages, it also helps with communications regarding your account, capital credit checks, board of director elections and pertinent membership information. You can update your account information using your SmartHub account or by calling our member services department at 970-2420040. AUGUST 2017



August 11 is “Call 811 Before You Dig” Day


There are nearly 20 million miles of underground utility lines in the United States. These buried facilities, including gas, water, sewer, cable television, high-speed internet, landline telephone and electric, provide the services Americans depend on for their basic everyday needs. If you are planning a job that requires digging, even if you plan to hire a professional, a call to 811 is required before you begin working. The 811 call is free, and the call center will then alert the appropriate underground facility owners so they can dispatch locators to mark the approximate location of their lines with paint or flags. Every 6 minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811. Also, according to a recent Common Ground Alliance survey, 45 percent of people who plan to dig this year will not call 811 first, despite there being 100 billion feet of utility lines buried underground in the United States. Unintentionally striking a line can result in inconvenient outages for entire neighborhoods, harm to yourself or your neighbors and repair costs. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, warrants a call to 811. Installing a mailbox, building a deck and planting a tree or garden are all examples of digging projects that should only begin a few days after making a call to 811.

Here’s how it works: 1. One free, simple phone call to 811 makes it easy for your local one-call center to notify all appropriate utility companies of your intent to dig. 2. Call two days prior to digging to ensure enough time for utility lines to be properly marked (not including the day of notice). 3. When you call 811, a representative from your local 811 center will ask for the location and description of your digging project. 4. Your local 811 center will notify affected utility companies, which will then each send a professional locator to the proposed dig site to mark the approximate location of your lines. 5. Once lines are properly marked, roll up those sleeves and carefully dig around the marked areas. To find out more information about Call 811 in your area, visit www.call811.com.

Watch Clearances With Large Equipment


When working with large equipment there are hazards that come with the job. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, of the 4,379 work fatalities in 2015, 8.6 percent were electrocutions. Safe Electricity encourages large equipment operators to look up, look out and follow all safety procedures around overhead power lines. In September 2016, two construction workers were injured in an electrical accident. The workers were touching a crane’s cable when the crane made contact with an overhead line. The two men received electrical shocks, leaving one man in critical condition and the other in serious condition. While most large equipment requires a 10-foot clearance from overhead power lines, cranes and derricks require an even greater distance for safe operation where overhead power lines are present. In such situations, OSHA requires that individu-



als, their tools and their equipment stay a minimum 20-foot distance away from power lines. The total distance increases as the voltage of the power line increases. Visit OSHA.gov for a full list of regulations, voltages and distances. When working with large equipment, it is important to follow all OSHA regulations. Conduct a site survey to identify the location of overhead power lines, and take measures to prevent incidents with lines. Make sure you know the maximum height of your machinery’s extensions. Never work with large equipment without first having the proper training. Even experienced large equipment operators must always take protective measures against electrical hazards. Before using large machinery, also make sure that the equipment is mechanically sound. Always use the equipment as intended. Remember to lower extensions while moving large equipment. When possible,

use a spotter. To help reduce the likelihood of an accident, never store machinery directly under a power line. If your equipment makes contact with an overhead power line, the safest option is almost always to stay in the cab. Immediately call 911, warn others to stay away and wait for utility crews to arrive on the scene and de-energize the lines. Never assume a line is de-energized. The only time you should leave the cab is in the rare case that the equipment is on fire. If this is the case, jump off the equipment with your feet together and without coming into contact with the equipment and the ground at the same time. Then, still keeping your feet together, bunny hop away. For more information on electrical safety, go to SafeElectricity.org.



KEEP COOL AND SAVE IN THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER Don’t let the warmer weather turn into summertime blues when the monthly electric bill arrives. Here are some tips on keeping your electric bill in check. Adjust the thermostat. As TogetherWe Save.com demonstrates, lowering a thermostat in the winter can save as much as $85 a year. During warmer months, raising the thermostat a few degrees can save money, too. Set the temperature between 78-80 degrees Fahrenheit and you could save up to 8 percent on monthly cooling bills. Consider installing or using your programmable thermostat, which makes it easy to save by offering preprogrammed settings to regulate a home’s temperature throughout the year. Be a “fan-atic.” While they don’t replace an air conditioner or a heat pump, fans move the air so everyone feels more comfortable. On

milder days, fans can save as much as 60 percent on electric bills. Fans cool people, not rooms, so turn them off when you leave. Regular maintenance is essential. Remember to check your filter every month, especially during heavy use months (winter and summer). If the filter looks dirty after a month, change it. At a minimum, change the filter every three months. A dirty filter will slow airflow and make the system work harder to keep you warm or cool, wasting energy. A clean filter will also prevent dust and dirt from building up in the system, leading to expensive maintenance and/or early system failure. Look for Energy Star equipment. When it’s time to replace that cooling system, TogetherWeSave.com recommends replacing it with an Energy Star-qualified model. This could reduce energy costs by as much as 30 percent. Tax credits and rebates on qualifying Energy Star models may be available, so check with DSIREUSA.org for more information and current incentives. Instead of getting burned this summer with high energy bills, check Grand Valley Power’s energy-saving tips page at gvp.org/content/ Energy-Saving-Tips.

GVP Announces the WCCC Lineworker Scholarship


Grand Valley Power is pleased to announce that Cody Littlefield was selected as the recipient of the $2,000 Western Colorado Community College electric lineworker scholarship. This scholarship was created to promote the educational pursuits of students in Grand Valley Power’s service territory specifically for the purpose of obtaining an electric lineworker certificate from Western Colorado Community College. Scholarship winners may use the funds to cover tuition costs, on-campus room and board and/or books and fees. All of our scholarship recipients are selected by a committee comprised of members of the board of directors and community, and decisions are based on a number of factors, such as a written essay, past experiences with school and community involvements, letters of recommendation and academics. Congratulations, Cody. We wish you luck with your endeavors. Cody Littlefield will pursue an Associate of Applied Science degree to become an electric lineworker this fall.







For millions of students nationwide, the school day begins and ends with a trip on a school bus. Unfortunately, many children are injured and several are killed each year in school bus incidents. Although drivers of all vehicles are required to stop for a school bus when it is stopped to load or unload passengers, children should not rely on them to do so. The National Safety Council and SafeElectricity.org encourage parents to teach their children these rules for getting on and off the school bus, and what to do if a bus crosses the path of a downed power line. Getting on the school bus: • When waiting for the bus, stay away from traffic. • Do not stray into streets, alleys or private property. • Line up away from the street or road as the school bus approaches. • Wait until the bus stops and the door opens before stepping onto the roadway. • Use the handrail when stepping onto the bus. Getting off the school bus: • If you have to cross the street in front of the bus, walk at least 10 feet ahead of the bus along the side of the road until you can turn around and see the driver. • Make sure that the driver can see you. • Wait for a signal from the driver before beginning to cross. • When the driver signals, walk across the road, keeping an eye out for sudden traffic changes. • Do not cross the center line of the road until the driver has signals that it is safe for you to begin walking. • Stay away from the wheels of the bus at all times. Crossing the street: • Children should always stop at the curb or the edge of the road and look left, then right and then left again before crossing. They should continue looking in this manner until they are safely across the street.

Safety when a bus crosses paths with a downed powerline: • Call 911. • Stay calm and stay inside the vehicle and/or bus. • Warn others to stay away from the vehicle. • Stay seated and do not exit the vehicle until utility personnel say it is OK 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, shuffle or “bunny hop” to safety. For more resources, tips, checklists and teaching guides, visit NSC.org or SafeElectricity.org. Have a safe and healthy school year!


Ensure your children are protected from the electrical service connection to your home. Keep ladders or long poles stowed and away from youngsters who might be tempted to use them to reach the wires connected to your house. If you added a room addition or deck, make sure the service connection remains well out of reach. Contact Grand Valley Power if you are unsure the distance is safe. 10




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[news clips] Bicyclists Ride, Raise $ for Those Struggling With Bills When Colorado electric cooperatives ride in the annual Pedal the Plains three-day bike tour of eastern Colorado September 15-17, they will be raising money for Energy Outreach Colorado. EOC helps low-income Coloradans afford home energy and stay safe and warm in their homes. The co-ops invite you to join them. You can register to ride the three days as a member of our Powering the Plains bike team or you can donate money to the team, which will go directly to Energy Outreach Colorado. Visit poweringtheplains.coop for information on how to donate to the Powering the Plains bike team.

Average Prices for Residential Electricity 2015 figures, in cents per kWh U.S. Average: 12.65¢ per kWh WA 9.1¢ OR 10.7¢

NV 12.8¢ CA 17¢

MT 10.9¢ ID 9.9¢

UT 10.7¢

AZ 11.9¢

WY 11¢ CO 12.1¢ NM 12.5¢

ND 9.6¢ SD 11.1¢

MN 12.1¢

NE 10.6¢ KS 12.3¢ OK 10.1¢ TX 11.6¢

WI 14.1¢

IA 11.6¢ MO 10.2¢ AR 9.8¢ LA 9.3¢

MI 14.4¢

VT: 17.1¢ NH: 18.5¢ MA: 19.8¢ RI: 19.3¢ NY CT: 20.9¢ 18.5¢

PA 13.6¢ IN OH IL 12.5¢ 11.6¢ 12.8¢ WV VA KY 10.1¢ 11.4¢ 10.2¢ NC TN 11.3¢ 10.3¢ SC 12.6¢ GA AL MS 11.7¢ 11.5¢ 11.3¢

ME 15.6¢

NJ: 15.8¢ DE: 13.4¢ MD: 13.8¢ DC: 13¢

FL 11.6¢

AK 19.8¢ HI 29.6¢

Residential Average Price (cents per kilowatt-hour) Over 12.5¢ Under 10 ¢ 10¢ to 12.5¢ Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration Numbers rounded to nearest tenth of a cent

Co-ops Provide Camp Experience

The grand champion sheep is sold at last year’s Touchstone Energy Junior Livestock Sale.

More than 100 students and chaperones recently returned from the electric co-ops’ Leadership Camp in Glen Eden, Colorado. Sponsored by the Colorado Rural Electric Association and Colorado’s electric co-ops, the camp offers high school students leadership training; a look at our congressional process; a visit to a power plant, a coal mine and a solar facility; and more.

Co-ops Support Ag Kids at Colorado State Fair Prize-winning beef cattle, hogs, goats, lambs, rabbits and chickens will be sold for top dollar at the Tuesday, August 29, Colorado State Fair annual Junior Livestock Sale, sponsored by Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives. Future Farmers of America members and 4-H’ers from around the state spent the last year raising animals in hopes of reaching this premier sale in Pueblo. All grand 12


champion, reserve grand champion, champion, reserve champion and first, second and third place animals will be sold at the auction. Bids will come from buyers and buying groups and are expected to raise more than 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 top-rated stock sold at the sale is raised,

have sponsored the Junior Livestock Sale since 2006. This year, Colorado Country Life, the Colorado Rural Electric Association and Tri-State Generation and Transmission continue their support, along with 17 of the state’s 22 electric co-ops, all under the shared Touchstone Energy Cooperatives brand.



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“It was one of those wrong place at the wrong time type of deals,” Clint Shults says. On a snowy morning in April 2016, Shults loaded a school bus with FFA students from Meeker High School. The group was heading to a competition at Colorado Northwest Community College, about 65 miles away. A heavy, wet snow was accumulating. Shults, a longtime volunteer for FFA, drove the school bus. The FFA team’s horse judging coach, Silvia Otabachian-Smith, followed the bus in her car. The caravan traveled just 7 miles when disaster struck. Out of the corner of his eye, Shults saw a flash of snow falling off a power line and then heard the sound of a wire coiling. From behind the bus, Otabachian-Smith witnessed several bursts of fire. The bus snagged a power line just as it was falling to the ground under the weight of the snow. “There’s an unmistakable sound, if you’ve ever heard wire unraveling from a roll,” Shults says. “The noise of us dragging the wire across the highway and just through the air ... and then the strain 14


of the wire as it became unraveled.” Rather than throwing on the brakes, Shults took his foot off the accelerator and let the bus coast to a stop. Behind the bus, Otabachian-Smith’s first thought was to get out of her car and check that the students were unharmed. Luckily, a phone call from a student kept her safe. “They all started yelling at me on the phone,” she explains. “At that point, I knew we were in pretty big trouble.” Amidst the chaos, Shults and his wife, who was also on the bus, kept the students calm and called 911 to notify dispatchers of the accident. Once Shults assessed the situation, his next concern was whether oncoming traffic could see them and stop in time, seeing as the bus signals shorted out. John Purkey, line superintendent at White River Electric Association, and Sherriff Anthony Mazzola soon arrived on the scene. Sheriff Mazzola says, “John Purkey got out first. He needed to secure the scene.” He ensured that the lines were de-energized and untangled from the bus and that the scene was safe before first coloradocountrylife.coop

responders moved in. White River Electric regularly provides training to local first responders. “We knew from this training that you don’t approach a scene because there is such a thing as step voltage, that even though the wire is on the ground as you walk into that scene, you could be stepping into different voltage variations and injure yourself,” Sheriff Mazzola explains. The rescue took less Frank Sampson of White River Electric than 20 minutes and emphasizes the importance of treating every everyone remained safe be- downed power line as if it is live. cause they knew the right steps to take. “Everybody did everything right,” Sheriff Mazzola says. “The dispatcher told them not to leave the bus. Clint and his wife told everybody not to leave the bus.” “In my opinion, a very dangerous situation was avoided because the correct steps were taken,” Otabachian-Smith says. “People were patient. People communicated. Luckily, we had cell phones and help was there almost immediately.” Afterward, the students and adult volunteers continued according to schedule. “We were told to get back on the bus, went on to CNCC and competed,” Shults says. “Some of the kids got their


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Make Chokecherries a Part of Your Summer

Preserving summer’s goodness now means delicious treats come winter STORY AND PHOTOS BY RACHEL TURIEL Chokecherry preserves are a southwestern delicacy. The jellies, jams and syrups have a deep berry sweetness with a whisper of wild earth tang. The flavors are layered — sweet, then spiced, then nutty, then grassy — like geological strata or a fine wine. If the berries had a spokesperson, it would be a cultured debutante who ran off to the mountains to learn the crazy wisdom of the Earth. Capturing that illusive, delicious taste is worth the effort. If you’ve ever made pints of chokecherry jelly, gleaming with a magenta shine, you know the feeling of pride that blooms when you line up your finished jars on your pantry shelf. However, making chokecherry jelly is so time consuming that after you squeeze the last drop of bright fruit juice from your jelly bag, you begin to regard other popular jelly-making fruits — raspberries, blackberries, blueberries — as obscenely rudimentary. You cannot buy chokecherries at the store. You must roam the hillsides like a hungry black bear before landing under a 16


chokecherry tree laden with accommodating fruit. But, those tiny purple orbs contain as much seed as flesh, and separating the two is like sneaking a lovey out from under a sleeping toddler. Case in point: 26 cups of berries equals 9 cups of finished jelly. Nine extremely precious cups. But not to take part in the historical gathering of chokecherries that beckons every which way in Colorado’s late summer would be like attending a wedding and not jumping to your feet when the cover band thumps the first chords of The Rolling Stones’ “Satisfaction.” IDENTIFICATION AND NATURAL HISTORY Chokecherries (Prunus virginiana) are in the rose family, along with apples, cherries, apricots, pears and many other cherished, cultivated fruit trees. Chokecherries often have multiple trunks and their bark ranges from grey to red, marked with lenticels coloradocountrylife.coop

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Clusters of chokecherries are ready for picking.

(horizontal pores through which gases are exchanged). The leaves are uniformly and mildly serrated, and oval with a pointed tip. They bloom in early spring in profuse racemes or clusters of tight white flowers, and then brighten Colorado slopes from August through September with drooping berries. The berries are ripe when the color is so dark purple they’re almost black. Fresh off the tree, their flavor is sweet with a hint of cotton balls inserted between your lips and gums. Astringent is the technical term. My children, whose taste buds are mysterious, confounding organs, eat them raw by the handful. Chokecherries are typically considered shrubs, but if said shrub is lucky enough to grow along a waterway, it can become a 15-foot-tall tree, providing welcoming shade for a bedded deer or picnicking family. In Colorado, chokecherries grow at elevations of 5,000 to 10,000 feet, interspersed most commonly with scrub oak, ponderosa pine, piñon pine, juniper, cottonwoods and aspens. They are especially abundant along waterways and can be found in 47 out of our 64 Colorado counties. Chokecherries grow all over North America, except the far north and south, but, lucky us, the western berries are thought to be sweetest.

The writer’s kids run through blooming chokecherries. Photo by Rick Scibelli Jr. coloradocountrylife.coop

CHOKECHERRY NUTRITION Chokecherries were the most important fruit crop in the diet of many Western Native American tribes, who pounded and dried the berries (including the protein- and fat-rich seed), making it with meat to make pemmican, a dried, portable and indispensable snack. It was such a valuable plant for the Ute tribe, they called it, simply, “berry.” According to Native American Ethnobotany by Daniel E. Moerman, chokecherry juice was given as a special drink to husbands and favored children of the Blackfoot tribe. Chokecherries have high amounts of anthocyanins, a group of phytochemicals or flavonoids responsible for the purple color of the fruit. Anthocyanins have antioxidant and free-radical scavenging properties, and are also anti-inflammatory. Including anthocyanins in one’s diet decreases capillary permeability, protects the integrity of blood vessel walls, is membranestrengthening and alters development of hormone-dependent disease (such as breast or ovarian cancer). Research trials have shown anthocyanins to markedly reduce tumor formation and cancer cell proliferation, and to improve night vision. JAMS, JELLIES AND SYRUPS There’s no doubt that a pantry stocked with chokecherry preserves contributed to the food security of Colorado pioneer families. However, if you want to avoid muddling through what Katie O’Hara Barrett of O’Hara’s Jams and Jellies calls the most labor intensive jam in her repertoire of commercial fruit preserves, there are plenty of options to procure authentic Colorado chokecherry preserves. These preserves are intrinsically special because companies can’t order a flat of domestically grown chokecherries to be shipped to their commercial kitchen any time of year. Just like the wild animals that rely on chokecherries, you must scour ditches and hillsides, creeks and alleys to procure this fruit that ripens in elevational succession. O’Hara’s Jams and Jellies, in business for 24 years in Durango, purchases between 1,400 and 2,000 pounds of fresh, hand-picked chokecherries each season. “The berries come to us in bags, buckets, boxes,” Katie says. “One season we put an ad in the paper seeking berries, and now people just bring them to us every year. Our best picker is in his 70s.” Katie, who owns the business with her husband Jim O’Hara Barrett, explains that despite having to “boil, boil, boil, then smush, smush, smush [the berries] all by hand,” it’s worth it. “It’s a local favorite and one of our top sellers. Plus, when we’re making chokecherry jelly and syrup, our kitchen just reeks of chokecherries.” And that, she maintains, is a good thing. WHO ELSE EATS CHOKECHERRIES? In autumn, Colorado black bears must consume 20,000 calories a day to achieve denning weight. Because

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Women spread chokecherry-apple mixture on parchment paper to make chokecherry-apple fruit leather.

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of their abundance and close proximity to acorns, chokecherries are an ideal source of food for bears, who may eat 20 to 30 pounds of berries and acorns daily in the fall. According to Bryan Peterson of Bear Smart Durango, an organization that helps people and bears coexist, it takes 1,500 chokecherries to make a pound. That’s a whole lot of chokecherries. Additional partakers of the chokecherry fruit are wild turkeys, grouse, raccoons, chipmunks, squirrels, skunks, foxes, coyotes and deer. Many birds seek the seed in fall, some of them spitting out the fruit flesh for the reward of the fat- and protein-rich seed. Nabbing the high berries that the rest of us can’t reach are evening grosbeaks, robins, thrushes, jays and woodpeckers. MEDICINE It seems that every Native American tribe had its preferred medicinal use for the chokecherry. The Navajo made an infusion of fresh berries for stomachaches. The Blackfoot tribe drank berry juice for diarrhea and sore throats. Arikara women drank berry juice to stop postpartum hemorrhage. The Sioux placed poultices of dried roots in open wounds to stop bleeding. The chokecherry was listed in the U.S. Pharmacopeia National Formulary from 1820–1970. And, in their journals, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark recorded that, while camped on the upper Missouri River, Captain Lewis developed abdominal cramps and fever. He made a tea from chokecherry twigs and fully recovered by the next day. 18


Debra Reuben, clinical herbalist and proprietor for 26 years at Durango’s Dancing Willow Herbs, relies on chokecherry for respiratory care. Reuben uses the inner bark as a cough suppressant, noting that not only does chokecherry help to loosen mucus so that it’s easier to expectorate, but it also calms coughs by soothing spasms of the smooth muscles involved in coughing. Furthermore, because chokecherry supports the nervous system, while quieting coughs it can also address anxiety caused by uncontrollable coughing. Reuben makes chokecherry tinctures (plant constituents extracted in grain alcohol) for adults, and for children, syrups. Reuben points out that there is no need to cut a central tree trunk for medicine; small diameter branches or newly downed branches are useful. And even twigs contain the same bark medicine. And finally, because in spring the bark contains high levels of cyanide, which as summer progresses migrates into the pit, the optimal time to harvest chokecherry limbs is fall after the cherries become ripe. TOXICITY Seeds and wilted leaves contain hydrocyanic acid. When the seeds are ground or pulverized an enzyme is released that breaks down the hydrocyanic acid making it toxic. The hydrocyanic acid is supposedly poisonous, although it’s indisputable that Native American tribes ate many seeds, as they would grind the berry whole to mix with meat and dry in “sun cakes” or pemmican. Wilted leaves have killed livestock, though deer, elk, bighorn sheep, coloradocountrylife.coop

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Chokecherry recipes start with juice.

Start all chokecherry recipes with juice. Create the juice by separating flesh from seeds, as outlined in steps 1-4 below. 1. Pick a mess of chokecherries. If you’re making multiple gathering trips, chokecherries can be stored in fridge or freezer until you’re ready to work with them. 2. Wash and remove big central stems and leaves. 3. In a large pot, add 4 parts chokecherries to 1 part water. Turn on heat and wait for any insects to float to top; remove. Simmer vigorously for 30-40 minutes with lid on, periodically crushing berries with a potato masher. 4. Let cool a few minutes. Strain juice by squeezing through cheesecloth, cotton shirt, jelly bag or strainer. Be aggressive; you want to get all the juice possible. Typically, you can extract 4 cups juice for every 10 cups berries. Now you have your chokecherry juice. You are ready to start. CHOKECHERRY JELLY

The writer’s daughter squeezes the juice from chokecherries, a messy job.

moose and other ungulates eat the leaves with no problem. OTHER USES According to the exhaustive tome Native American Ethnobotany, out of all native plants, the chokecherry tree rates second in having the greatest number of uses. This category of “other uses” is my favorite, as it begs the question: What was chokecherry not used for? There is a certain poetry to the practical: For the Okanagan tribe, ripe berries indicated that salmon were coming up river to spawn. Also, the leaves were used as a green dye, the berries as a purplish dye. The branches were used for arrow shafts, and the trunks for bows. The sap was used to fasten arrowheads to shafts, the leaves as a poultice for cuts. Branches were used as digging sticks and as tipi stakes. And the berries were mixed with bear fat for painting pictographs. My son’s godmother once told him that the letters he sent her were more valuable than gold. “Then if I give you letters, will you give me gold?” the 6-year old wondered. “No, honey,” she said, “They’re so valuable you can’t put a price on them.” This is exactly how I feel about the jars in my pantry packed with thick, magenta oceans of chokecherry jelly. Rachel Turiel is a professional writer who has lived in La Plata County for the past 17 years. She shares her experiences on her blog http://6512andgrowing.com. coloradocountrylife.coop

Mix juice with desired amount of sweetener, typically 1/3–1/2 cup sweetener to 1 cup chokecherry juice. Heat to a low simmer. Add the proper amount of pectin (follow directions on pectin box), bring to a hard boil for 2 minutes, stirring all the while. Remove from heat, ladle into jars. Can be safely waterbath canned. You can test the “set” by putting a spoonful of the jelly in the fridge. When it cools it will represent the jelly’s final consistency. CHOKECHERRY SYRUP Mix juice with desired amount of sweetener. (See previous chokecherry jelly recipe.) Pour into jars. Can be frozen or water-bath canned. May separate when cool, but perfectly good. CHOKECHERRY-APPLE FRUIT LEATHER Mix juice with wellblended applesauce, about 1:1. Spread about 1/8-inch thick on parchment paper on cookie trays and bring outside into the sun for two to four days. Leather should peel off easily.

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Use the Proper Pans Be sure to use nonreactive pans when cooking jams, jellies and marmalades. Bullwinkel explains, “Thin metal pans are poor preserving pans because they are vulnerable to burning the fragile fruit and sugar contents over the hot flame required for fruit preserving.”

Is it Done Yet? When your candy thermometer reaches 216 degrees, you hit the jell point. If you’re still unsure you’re there, keep boiling the mixture for another minute or two.

By now your garden harvest is abundant, keeping your produce drawer stocked. One great way to let the fruits of your labors last through winter is by canning jams, jellies and marmalades. When we found the recipe book Artisanal Preserves: Small-Batch Jams, Jellies, Marmalades, and More, we couldn’t help but salivate. Author Madelaine Bullwinkel does a superb job at explaining the cooking and canning process, offers great tips for techniques and testing and even includes some additional lip-smacking recipes to spread your creations atop. Try these recipes the next time you want some spreadable delights in your kitchen.

Lemon Lime Marmalade with Cinnamon 2 large lemons 2 limes water sugar 1 cinnamon stick The Night Before Scrub the fruits and trim the outer peel from lemons and limes into thin strips with a vegetable peeler. Cut off the inner white peel from all fruits. Reserve the inner white lemon peels in a cheesecloth bag and discard the inner white lime peels. Thinly slice the fruits and combine with the zest (outer peels). Measure the fruit and peel and add it with an equal volume of water to a heavy, nonreactive 5-quart pan. Add the cinnamon stick and cheesecloth bag of lemon peels. Cover and bring to a boil. Uncover and simmer for 15 minutes. Let the mixture cool to room temperature, cover and let stand overnight at room temperature.

The Next Day Remove the cheesecloth bag and squeeze out juice into the marmalade base before discarding bag. Measure fruit 1 1/4 pounds whole peaches and liquid and set aside an equal volume of sugar. Bring 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided mixture to a boil and add sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, waiting 3/4 pound peeled and cored fresh pineapple for the liquid to return to a boil each time before adding 1 1/2 cups sugar more. Cook until marmalade reaches the jell point, which is 8 degrees above the boiling temperature measured on Dip the peaches in boiling water for 30 seconds, then your thermometer. This will take 5 to 10 minutes. move them to an iced water bath. When cool enough to Pour the marmalade into a 1-quart measure cup or pan handle, peel, halve and pit them. Coarsely chop peaches and let sit for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove cinand place them in a heavy, nonreactive 5-quart pan. Stir in namon stick. Stir down the fruit pieces. 1 tablespoon lemon juice to prevent discoloration. Ladle mixture into hot, sterilized jars to within 1/4 Coarsely chop the pineapple before combining it with inch of the rims. Wipe the rims clean, attach new lids and the peaches in the saucepan. Cover and bring fruits to a screw caps on tightly. Invert jars briefly to vacuum seal or boil. Uncover and simmer 10 minutes, stirring regularly. process in a boiling water bath, submerged by 1 inch, for After most of the fruit juices evaporate, stir in remaining 10 minutes. lemon juice and begin adding the sugar 1/2 cup at a time. Allow jam to return to the simmer between additions. Cook another 5 minutes over medium heat or until the candy thermometer reads 210 degrees. Fill hot, sterilized jars to within 1/4 inch of lips. Wipe the rims clean, attach new lids and screw the caps on tightly. Invert the jars briefly for a quick vacuum seal, or process in a boiling water bath, submerged by 1 inch, for 10 minutes.

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Groom Your Garden When the Heat is On Gussy up your garden to further your enjoyment

BY VICKI SPENCER MASTER GARDENER GARDENING@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG By August, when summer is in full force, leaves on some plants start wilting in the intense heat. Flower blossoms are beginning to die and lawns are taking on a brownish hue. You might feel like the gardening season is coming to an end, but there is still a lot to enjoy and plenty of work to do before winter. Hot daytime temperatures may discourage you from doing much of anything, especially any gardening that involves hard labor. But this is a good time to take advantage of longer daylight in the mornings and evenings to groom and weed your gardens. If you are a night owl, you might balk at the thought of getting up early, but you might be surprised how gratifying it is to look over your garden just after sunrise with a cup of coffee in hand. It’s one of the most peaceful times of the day; the perfect time to relax, listen to bird songs and enjoy cool breezes while planning the day ahead. It’s also a good time to water your garden. Although plants may look thirsty, most plants only need about an inch of water per week. Avoid watering in the middle of the day when most of the water evaporates before hitting the ground. Also avoid light surface watering, which also wastes water. It evaporates quickly from the top of the warm soil, so it never reaches the roots where it is needed. Watering less frequently and practicing deep watering encourages roots to grow deeper and plants are less

likely to dry out. Deeper roots also help anchor the plants into the ground. If you are not sure how much water your garden needs, use a trowel to dig down into the soil a few inches. Ideally the soil will be moist about 3 to 4 inches down. For hanging baskets or patio containers, push a finger deep into the planters to see if you feel any moisture. If not, it’s time to water thoroughly. Annuals that look leggy and worn out should be cut back and fertilized to encourage new growth. Mums and other fall-blooming perennials especially benefit from one more feeding before fall. Most roses should receive nitrogen fertilizer after midmonth. Deadheading both annuals and perennials gives flower gardens a fresh look, and pinching off side shoots of dahlias encourages bigger flowers. In mid-August, start dividing springflowering perennials, such as lilies, bearded iris, bleeding heart and bloodroot, to fill in bare spots. Plan to work in the coolest part of the day, dig up as much root as possible and discard old center sections and borer-damaged parts. While moving plants around, identify bare spots where you want to fill with more bulbs, then start ordering bulbs for fall planting. During extended dry spells, soak shrubs instead of just sprinkling their leaves. Again, get the water down to the roots where it will do some good. While watering

shrubs, look them over and decide if they need pruning to improve their shape. If you have summer-blooming shrubs, just do some light pruning and wait until they finish flowering to clean them up for fall. Pruning hybrid roses encourages fall blossoms. Remove about one-third of the vigorous growth, any stems that cross each other, as well as any canes that were damaged by black spot fungus. This is also a good time to transplant any evergreens you want moved. By August you have the pleasure of enjoying the harvest from your vegetable garden, but it too needs some tending. For example, it’s a good time to pinch the tops of tomato bushes to concentrate growth into the established fruit. It’s also a good time to plant another crop of green onions, lettuce, spinach, beets and radishes. If you want to enjoy herbs later in the year, take cuttings now, place them in moist, welldrained potting compost and put them in a cold frame. This works particularly well with rosemary, sage and mint. Gardening is something you can enjoy throughout the summer and well into the fall. It’s especially fun when you can eat your vegetables and bring cut flowers into the house. So even though things may slow down in the dog days of summer, there is still plenty to do.

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Few things in this world are as physically overpowering as a full on, in-your-face dose of good old-fashioned, gag-you-to-tears skunk musk. The stuff has been likened to tear gas because it can cause temporary blindness, coughing and vomiting and, in high concentrations, can actually be fatal to humans. Who knew Pepé Le Pew could kill you? So, where was I? Oh yeah, bolting in panic from a cagetrapped skunk that just discharged enough vile-smelling spray to gag a committee of buzzards, never mind stink up the whole neighborhood. All because I wanted to remove an ill-mannered raccoon that was making a real nuisance of himself for a couple of weeks. Thankfully, the home-brewed plastic tarp I held in front of me prevented the noxious spray from reaching me, though I didn’t realize it at the time. I tossed it at the cage in sheer panic and dove through the rear door into the garage coughing and gagging, certain that I took a direct hit of the toxic juice. Amazingly, though, I didn’t get so much as a drop on me. Whew, no pew. Perhaps even more amazingly, the tarp drifted over the entire cage, covering it and the skunk completely. What luck. All we had to do now was release the skunk. The plan called for me to sneak up on the covered cage, quietly open the locked door and let him walk out. We decided to wait a while for the “air to clear” before venturing back out into the yard, but it became evident after a couple of hours that wasn’t going to happen anytime soon. So, holding my breath, I crept up to the cage, lifted the front of the tarp, carefully opened the cage door and shot back into the garage, fully expecting Mr. Skunk to dash from his stinky prison, free at last. But, no. Instead, he retreated to the rear of the cage and hid in the darkness. Now what? I tried to lure him out by hiding behind the cage and dangling a slice of raw bacon from one of my fishing rods at the

front door, but he couldn’t care less. Then we threw marshmallows in front of the cage to tempt his sweet tooth. When it occurred to us that sitting in that stinky cage might have ruined his appetite, I tried inching the tarp

farther and farther back, depriving him of his security and thinking the smell of fresh air would appeal to him. No luck. We tried waiting him out, thinking if we left him alone he’d surely leave. He didn’t. It was now after 6 in the evening, the skunk had been in the cage since the night before and, despite our best efforts all day long, he wouldn’t leave. The cage was almost completely uncovered and the door was open. Bacon, marshmallows, pieces of bologna, and freedom were at his disposal and still he refused to leave. We were desperate. Suddenly my wife’s eyes lit up. “I’ve got it!” she said, reaching for the cord to the old air compressor sitting near the back door. This thing makes the most god-awful noise you ever heard and is guaranteed to make your ears bleed if you stand too close to it. When she pushed it on to the patio and fired it up, the skunk shot out of the cage like a scalded cat, never to be seen again. The ’coon was back the next night. It’s funny now, but it wasn’t then.

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Electric vehicles are vehicles that plug into the electric grid for some or all of their power. There are two primary types of EVs. All-electric EVs, such Nissan LEAF is the world’s as the Nissan LEAF, best-selling EV. Photo are powered entirely Credit: Nissan with electricity. Plug-in hybrid EVs, such as the Chevrolet Volt, are dual-fuel cars, meaning both the electric motor and the internal combustion engine can propel the car. There are good reasons why EVs are becoming more popular, but there are also a few potential drawbacks. BENEFITS • Trips to the gas station are either vastly reduced or eliminated altogether. • Charging with electricity is nearly always cheaper than fueling with gasoline. • Because of cost reductions and technology improvements, EVs are hitting some major performance and affordability milestones. • EVs are well-suited for many commercial applications. One of the primary draws of EVs for commercial use is their minimal maintenance requirements. • More and more public charging stations are popping up across the United States. DRAWBACKS • In lieu of gas refueling, EVs need to be recharged. • Most models currently have a range of less than 100 miles per charge. • Because charging stations aren’t as abundant as gas stations, “range anxiety” is a concern for many potential buyers. If you are interested in learning more about EVs, contact a local car dealer to schedule a test drive. Your electric co-op can also be a great resource. More and more co-ops own EVs as part of their fleets and may offer “ride and drive” events. This column was written by Pat Keegan and Christine Grant of Collaborative Efficiency. Visit coloradocountrylife.coop to learn more about electric vehicles. Look under the Energy tab.




2018 Photo Contest 4 categories • 4 chances to win 1st, 2nd or 3rd

Categories are: • Classic Colorado Photos that convey the feel, the look that is Colorado • Cute Critters Animals of all kinds • Seasonal Salute Capture spring, summer, fall or winter • Water Wonders Water in all of its wonderful forms: creeks, rivers, waterfalls, water sports, fountains, etc.

Deadline: December 15, 2017

Winners will be published in March 2018

Contest rules:

• Photographer must be a member of a Colorado electric co-op. • Photographer may enter up to 2 photos per category. • A completed entry form must accompany each photo. The form is available at coloradocountrylife.coop under Contests or may be requested at info@coloradocountrylife.org. Form may be duplicated. • Photos may be in a printed or digital format. • Printed photos must be 8X10 inches and may NOT be printed on a home printer. Prints will not be returned. • Digital photos must be at least 8X10 inches in size at least 300 dpi. • Photographer may win only one first-place prize. • By entering the contest, photographers give Colorado Country Life permission to publish the image in print and online. • Find a full list of official rules online at coloradocountrylife.coop

Send entries to: Photo Contest, Colorado Country Life, 5400 Washington St., Denver, CO 80216 or info@coloradocountrylife.org.

Prizes: 1st place – $175, 2nd place – $75, 3rd place – $50


A team of representatives from local electric co-ops will ride in the 2017 Pedal the Plains bicycle tour of the eastern plains of Colorado. This three-day tour will take riders on a 177mile adventure highlighting three unique and quaint communities in Weld and Morgan counties: Kersey, Keenesburg and Brush. If you want to sponsor the team and help raise money for Energy Outreach Colorado, fill out the form here and send it with your check. Make check payable to CEEI.

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Our 5-year-old great-granddaughter was asked by her dad, “What is one of the only fruits that grow their seeds on the outside of the fruit?” She thought for a minute and said, “Strawberries and hamburger buns.” Judy Stauffer, Buena Vista

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I explained to my 4-year-old cousin that our mothers are sisters. “So that means she’s your mom but she’s my aunt,” I said. “No, she’s not!” she yelled. Her little eyes filled with tears. Thinking she didn’t want to share her mom, I tried to do damage control. “She’s still your mom,” I said. “She’s just my aunt.” Crying harder she declared, “My mom is not a bug!” Brooke Everett, Wiggins A few years ago I was wearing my cutoff jeans that are all frayed but extremely comfortable. My young grandson said, “Grandpa, you can buy jean shorts now and don’t need to cut them off.” Frank Niehus, Elbert

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Each year we add a few baby chicks to our chicken yard. Last year two of them grew into roosters. We named them Rodger and Randy. All was well until they started picking on the girls. When they refused to stop, we took them to a remote corner of our property and let them go. A week later, Rodger appeared in the backyard socializing with our dogs. A few days after that, he moved back into the chicken yard and has been exhibiting perfect behavior ever since. Kay Robinson, Loveland 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 2017 stories to Colorado Country Life, 5400 Washington St., Denver, CO 80216 or email funnystories@ coloradocountrylife.org. Don’t forget to include your mailing address, so we can send you a check.

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Tailored to Inspire Denver-based Colorado Threads demonstrates Colorado pride on its active wear with creative designs decorated with Centennialstate inspiration. Check out Threads’ collections for cute clothing adorned with the much-loved Colorado “C” as well as prints decorated with iconic Colorado locations. For more information, visit coloradothreads.com.

What the H.E.C.?

Top your noggin with a one-of-a-kind hat made by Buena Vista resident Sarah Haske. Actually, Haske was born and raised in Buena Vista, but since purchasing and remodeling a 40-foot 1996 International Genesis school bus, her home is wherever her heart takes her. It’s also where her company, H.E.C. Studio, is headquartered. Using fabrics from all over the country, Haske hand-makes each hat with different patterns, several of which are emblazoned with the Colorado “C.” Hats cost $40. For more information, visit hecstudio.com. See the transformation of Haske’s bus-turned-tiny-home on season three, episode 12 of HGTV’s “Tiny House, Big Living” on Amazon or at http://www. hgtv.com/shows/tiny-house-big-living/ episodes/tiny-bus-workshop. 30


GREAT GLASS GOODS Take a look at Hudson-based Copperline Glass’s stunning collection of stained glass art, including Colorado “C” plates that are sure to be conversation pieces at any gettogether. In addition, with a variety of animal- and nature-inspired works of art, these handmade pieces also make great gift ideas. For more information, call 303-670-3636 or visit copperlineartglass.com.

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RepYourWater co-founders and Boulder natives Corrine and Garrison Doctor have the fishing bug and their merchandise demonstrates it beautifully. The Doctors started their Eriebased business about six years ago where they sell apparel such as hats, belts, socks, shirts and even dog accessories. They show their love of fishing and Colorado with dapper designs, intertwining the Colorado flag within fishing gear, flies and more. Performance T-shirts and sun hoodies block up to 96 percent of ultraviolet radiation, an important feature for the avid fisherman and fisherwoman. For more information, call 303-717-0267 or visit repyourwater.com. coloradocountrylife.coop




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