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first-time electricity to two remote villages in rural Guatemala this coming fall. Beyond providing the gift of light, the volunteer linemen going on this mission would like to present each household with a 5-gallon water filter that lasts for two years. The water filters, called “Eco Filtro,” are manufactured in Guatemala; the purchase of these filters will also aid the local economy. The goal is to buy 120 water filters and deliver one to each household that receives electricity.

Will you be a part of this mission by sponsoring a water filter for $35? To give online, visit: crea.coop/community-outreach/current-causes/ To send a check: Make it payable to Colorado Electric Educational Institute (CEEI) with Clean Water Fund in the memo. Mail it to: Colorado Rural Electric Association, 5400 Washington Street, Denver, CO 80216


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VIEWPOINT LETTERS TO THE EDITOR COMMUNITY EVENTS

AUGUST 2018 Volume 49, Number 8

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

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THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE COLORADO RURAL ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION COMMUNICATIONS STAFF Mona Neeley, CCC, Publisher/Editor; mneeley@coloradocountrylife.org Cassi Gloe, CCC, Production Manager/Designer; cgloe@coloradocountrylife.org Kylee Coleman, Editorial/Admin. Assistant; kcoleman@coloradocountrylife.org ADVERTISING Kris Wendtland, Ad Representative; advertising@coloradocountrylife.org | advertising@coloradocountrylife.org | 303-902-7276 National Advertising Representative, American MainStreet Publications | 611 S. Congress Street, Suite 504 | Austin, TX 78704 | 800-626-1181 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. COLORADO COUNTRY LIFE (USPS 469-400/ISSN 1090-2503) is published monthly by Colorado Rural Electric Association, 5400 Washington Street, Denver, CO 80216-1731. Periodical postage paid at Denver, Colorado. ©Copyright 2018, Colorado Rural Electric Association. Call for reprint rights. 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 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. SUBSCRIBERS Report change of address to your local cooperative. Do not send change of address to Colorado Country Life. Cost of subscription for members of participating electric cooperatives is $4.44 per year (37 cents per month), paid from equity accruing to the member. For nonmembers, a subscription is $9 per year in-state/$15 out-of-state. POSTMASTER Send address changes to Colorado Country Life, 5400 Washington Street, Denver, CO 80216

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ColoradoREA posted: Nearly 100 students each year from electric cooperative communities in Colorado, Wyoming, Oklahoma, and Kansas attend the Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. To learn more about the program, see your high school counselor or give your local electric cooperative a call.

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Preparing for Guatemala

Colorado’s co-ops electrify villages out of concern for community BY KENT SINGER CREA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KSINGER@COLORADOREA.ORG

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Colorado’s electric co-ops are missiondriven organizations. By that, I mean that co-ops provide more than just reliable and affordable electricity to rural Colorado. Co-ops understand that they are part of the fabric of the rural communities they serve, and they are committed to improving the lives of the folks who live in those communities. Co-ops are also aware that in many parts of the world, the miracle of electricity has not yet arrived. Incredibly, over 1 billion people on this planet do not have access to electricity and the comfort, health and safety that come with abundant light and power. Our national trade association, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, has been doing its part to address this situation by funding electrification projects in dozens

of Member Services and Education Liz Fiddes traveled to Guatemala for the initial project planning. CREA folks joined their counterparts from Oklahoma to meet with local officials in Guatemala and develop the logistics for a three-week project that will Kent Singer be completed in September. The project will extend power lines into the villages of Pie del Cerro and Tierra Blanca Salinas, providing power to 200 families, as well as five churches, two schools and two health centers. In July, our group of Colorado electric co-op linemen traveled to Oklahoma City to meet with their fellow Oklahoma linemen and prepare for the Guatemala trip. The linemen met and got to know each other

Children leave one of the small schools that will soon have electricity.

of countries for decades through its international foundation. This work has improved the lives of millions of people around the world. Last fall, the board of directors of the Colorado Rural Electric Association decided that Colorado’s electric co-ops should be more directly involved in supporting the NRECA International program. The board authorized its own project in 2018. CREA will work with Oklahoma electric co-ops to provide electricity to two villages in Guatemala this fall. In April, CREA Director of Safety and Loss Control Dale Kishbaugh and Director 4

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as the beginnings of a true team were established. The crews reviewed techniques that will be used in these remote villages where there is no access to bucket trucks and other tools typically used by co-op linemen. Instead, the crews will build electric distribution facilities the oldfashioned way, using picks, shovels, ropes and pulleys; it will be backbreaking work in the heat and humidity of Central America. During the team-building trip, the guys also got a chance to eat together and talk shop. While co-op linemen have similar skills and training, it takes time for line crews to develop the type of camaraderie

that makes for a successful working relationship. The participation of the Colorado linemen is possible not only due to the support of CREA, but also due to the willingness of local electric co-ops to send their employees to Central America for three weeks. The linemen themselves are making a sacrifice, since they will be away from their families and give up luxuries like hot water and internet service. They are committed to the cause, and all of them are participating out of a desire to help those in need. You might ask why should CREA spend funds to support programs outside of Colorado, indeed, outside the United States? One of the core values of electric co-ops is “concern for community.” There’s no doubt that this principle normally refers to the coop service territory, but CREA also believes that those living without electricity around the world are part of the community that co-ops understand all too well. Co-ops believe that access to electricity is a basic human necessity, and that when we have the resources to reach beyond our borders to help others, we should act. I’ve been involved with CREA for 22 years in one capacity or another, and in my view this is the best project the statewide association has ever sponsored. We believe it will not only change the lives of those villagers who are currently without power, but it will also forever change the lives of those co-op linemen who participate. Our tremendous co-op employees will once again be fulfilling the co-op mission this fall in Guatemala.

Kent Singer, Executive Director

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[ letters] Questions on Helping Guatemala

Why are Colorado rural electric cooperatives’ lineworkers helping build power lines through a jungle to Guatemala villages? Is the Colorado Rural Electric Association familiar with the gangs that come into the United States and spread terror? I think the REA can find better ways to use its money and workforce. Shirley Miller, Drake Poudre Valley REA member

Banking on Storage

I read the article on “Banking on Battery Storage Tech” (June ’18). We installed a Sonnen Eco 6 (residential battery) last year in Mountain View Electric Association’s territory. Its only purpose is to back up several loads during a power outage. I recently installed an LG Chem RESU-10R (unit) with a Solaredge Storedge (inverter) at my home. I like to test equipment before we offer it for installs. The LG Chem RESU-10R is probably one of the better units on the market and, with the Storedge inverter, it is extremely versatile in how you want to use it. I’m testing the self-consumption mode at this time. This is great for reducing demand on the grid. This is also great for time-of-use rates. Phil Brodhagen, Peak View Solar Mountain View Electric member

Snakes on the Line

Does lightning strike twice? Last year a hawk dropped a rattlesnake on an electric pole west of our house on Road 72 in Adams County causing the lights to go out (Letters, October ’17). So, yesterday at 1:45 p.m. the lights went off and on and then stayed off. It happened again — a bull snake this time and one pole to the east of last year’s snake incident. I called Morgan County Rural Electric Association, they came out and could not believe it. Thanks to our MCREA team. Leroy and Pam Whelden, Deer Trail Morgan County REA members

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[community events] [August] August 9 Poncha Pass Columbine Gem & Mineral Society Poncha Pass Agate Field Trip 1st Forestry Road on Hwy 285 5 pm • rockaholics.org August 10-12 Kremmling Middle Park Fair and Rodeo Middle Park Fairgrounds 970-724-3436 middleparkfairandrodeo.com August 11 Hugo Dutch Oven Cooking Competition at the Lincoln County Fair Lincoln County Fairgrounds 719-648-8260 August 11 Lake City Wolves Visit Lake City Backcountry Basecamp wolfwoodrefuge.org August 11-12 Meeker Rinehart R100 3-D Shoot Meeker Sportsmans Club r100.org

August 16 Cortez “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” Tween Movie Showing Cortez Public Library 2:30 pm • 970-564-4073 August 16-19 Hayden Routt County Fair Routt County Fairgrounds 970-276-3068 • routtcountyfair.org August 18 Colorado Springs “Perennials for the Front Range” Gardening Class CALF Lowell Ranch thecalf.org August 18 Dolores “Totems, Towers and Other a-MAZE-ing Coincidences” Program Canyons of the Ancients National Monument Visitor Center & Museum 11 am • 970-882-5635 August 18-19 Westcliffe Custer County Cowboy Gathering A Painted View Ranch 719-783-9100 custercountycowboygathering.com

August 11 Ramah Ramah Days Ramah Town Park 10 am • 719-541-2163

August 21 Greeley “Christmas in August” Pieceable Friends Quilt Guild Meeting Evans Community Center 7 pm • pieceablefriends.com

August 12 Trinidad “Evita” Theater Performance Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre 2:30 pm • scrtheatre.com

August 24-25 Clifton “Peach Promenade” Square and Round Dance Mt. Garfield Middle School 970-434-0868

August 13 Berthoud Spartan Scholarship Golf Tournament TPC Colorado berthoudcolorado.com

August 24-25 Dolores Quilt Show Dolores Community Center 970-560-4426 doloresmountainquilters.org

August 15 Fountain Jazz in the Parks Featuring the 101st Army National Dixieland Band Fountain Creek Regional Park 6-8 pm • ppjass.org

August 24 La Veta “Mixed Media Painting” and “Pottery Taken Seriously” Show Openings La Veta Gallery on Main 5-8 pm • 719-742-3666

August 16 Buena Vista Optimist Charity Golf Tournament Collegiate Peaks Golf Course 8:30 am • 719-395-2432

Augusts 24-26 Longmont Yesteryear Farm Show Dougherty Museum yesteryearfarmshow.org

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Colorado Springs Intertribal Powwow August 11, 10 am-6 pm at the Norris Penrose Event Center, Colorado Springs

Celebrate Native history and culture at this Native American intertribal powwow. Bring the family and get into the spirit with native drums, dancers, artists and foods, along with Aztec dancers, live wolf and prey exhibits, kids activities and more. For more information, call 719-559-0525 or visit coloradospringspowwow.org.

August 24 Monument Monument Movie Nights Featuring “Remember the Titans” Tri-Lakes YMCA 7 pm • 719-884-8013 August 25-26 Fort Collins Fort Collins Comic Con Northside Aztlan Community Center 9 am-8 pm • fococomiccon.com August 25 Limon Hub City Classic Car Show Downtown Limon limonchamber.us August 26 Walsenburg Marathon of the Legends Various Walsenburg locations 303-746-3092 • runsignup.com August 30-September 2 Steamboat Springs Yampa Valley Crane Festival Bud Werner Memorial Library coloradocranes.org August 30-September 2 Westcliffe Quilt and Fiber Arts Events Various Westcliffe Locations 10 am-5 pm • 719-783-3575

[September] September 5-9 Meeker Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials Various Meeker Locations 970-878-0111 • meekersheepdog. com September 7-8 Cañon City Italian Festival Downtown Cañon City 719-275-4044

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ACHIEVING GRID RESILIENCY BY TOM WALCH || CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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Resiliency of the grid is one of the most popular concepts being talked about in the electric industry today. This concept made headlines in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, which caused extraordinary damage to Puerto Rico’s electric grid resulting in the longest sustained outage in U.S. history. Lack of resilience became the go-to phrase to describe Puerto Rico’s grid. Here in Colorado, what does grid resiliency mean Tom Walch for you? Resiliency is many things — it’s reliability in your electric service, it’s our ability to efficiently restore your power, it’s being able to meet the demands of new technology and it’s how we serve you with various generation sources without skipping a beat. Ultimately, resilience is how we deliver on our promise to improve the quality of life for our members. When it comes to having a resilient and secure electric grid, it begins with a system that is designed and built to withstand powerful storms, cybersecurity threats and other disruptions that could result in outages. A resilient grid is also flexible and adaptable by allowing different types of generation — such as solar and coal — to seamlessly work together to provide you with safe and reliable power. The way our systems react to advancements in technology all factor into the resilience of our grid. Resiliency is a 24/7, 365-days-a-year task. Whether it’s the power lines, substations or generation facilities on our grid, it takes proactive maintenance and investment to keep them running smoothly. More recently, as part of our system upgrades we have planned this year, we upgraded our Orchard Mesa substation that serves members in Whitewater, Gateway and surrounding Orchard Mesa service areas. The upgrade is to ensure we have the capacity we need to serve our consumer-members for years to come. Throughout the year, we regularly conduct pole and line inspections. In a similar way to how we maintain our vehicles with regular oil changes, inspections and tire rotations, a grid must also be properly maintained. Our goal is to find a problem before it becomes one. For example, if we find a weak pole that has damage from bears — yes, this is a real thing — we replace that pole. Doing so ensures that pole is as strong — or as resilient — as it can be. Living on the Western Slope, we know that significant power outages can occur, especially during the summer storm season. Whether we’re at the mercy of high winds or heavy snow, we have confidence in the resiliency of our system to recover from the situation with as little disruption as possible. In the dictionary, resilience is defined as “the ability to bounce back, recover quickly and go back into shape or position after being stretched.” When it comes to providing our members with resilient service, this is what we work toward — day in and day out!

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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 me know by writing to Ask the CEO, P.O. Box 190, Grand Junction, CO 81502, or send an email to me at twalch@ gvp.org. Check out our website at gvp.org.

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.

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Perhaps you’ve seen those green metal boxes around town. But do you know what these boxes are around for? These boxes contain pad-mounted transformers, and they step down high-voltage electricity to a lower voltage needed for the underground wires supplying power to the lights and appliances in homes. They perform just like the gray, round transformers you see on power poles connected to overhead power lines. These boxes must be recognized and respected for the electrical equipment they contain. A box knocked askew by equipment, or tampered with and missing a lock, can become a serious danger to anyone, especially children who often use them as platforms. Parents should explain to children that these boxes are potentially dangerous, and not to be played on or around. Parents also need to make sure that their utility has properly locked the box. A pad-mounted transformer that isn’t properly secured can be a serious hazard.

Grand Valley Power also has these tips for landscaping around pad-mounted transformers: • K  eep shrubs and structures 10 feet away from doors and 4 feet away from the other sides of the transformer. • C  onsider the mature height so as not to obstruct the transformer when fully grown. • M  ake sure plant roots will not grow to interfere with wires and buried cables. • Remember to call 8-1-1 a few days before planting shrubs or trees, or digging to install fence posts or sprinkler systems. Remember, these boxes provide electricity to your home. Keeping the area around the transformer in your yard or your neighbor’s yard unobstructed can speed up restoration during outages and routine maintenance checks.

ORCHARD MESA SUBSTATION UPGRADE COMPLETED

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An upgrade to Grand Valley Power’s Orchard Mesa substation has doubled the capacity to provide power to more than 4,000 members in the Orchard Mesa and Whitewater service areas. The upgrade included a new transformer that increased the substation’s capacity to 10.5 megawatts. One megawatt of energy can supply electricity to approximately 800 homes (depending on the season). The transformer was a needed upgrade to ensure adequate safe, reliable power is available to meet demand. If systematic and planned upgrades are not made, too much electricity attempts to move through the system to meet demand. This compromises equipment, causes outages and reduces the reliability of the entire GVP system. This could result in expensive equipment failures and outages. “As our communities grow, we were nearing capacity for this substation. The upgrade increases capacity and reliability and will ensure our electric distribution system is able to meet the power needs of our members now and with future growth,” said Matt Williams, staff engineer at Grand Valley Power. Vegetation management must also be considered when upgrading a substation to ensure that the animals and land around the substation are not harmed or allowed to damage equipment and impact your power delivery. The new transformer was powered up July 2018.

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Beat the Extreme Heat

During periods of extreme heat, hot weather mixed with outdoor activities can lead to dangerous situations. According to the CDC, people can suffer heat-related illness when their bodies are unable to properly cool themselves. During extreme heat, follow these guidelines to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Keep Hackers Out of Your Computer Electric cooperatives protect the private information of members and ensure hackers don’t tamper with the reliability of the electric grid, but consumers have a lot at stake, too. Cyber criminals all over the world are on the prowl through the internet, and they’re getting better at what they do, according to the team of cyber security experts at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. “The bad guys tend to be a step ahead and we’re always going to be playing catch-up, so you’re never going to be 100 percent secure,” says Barry Lawson, a senior director of regulatory affairs at NRECA. He adds, “But it’s not something to be afraid of. There are basic steps people can take to provide good layers of protection.” The first step is to make cyber hygiene a habit. Incorporate basic security steps into your daily mind-set. Start by creating a strong password, especially for your main password that allows primary internet access, such as the ones that open your computer, phone and wireless router. Make it something you can remember, like the initials to a familiar phrase or a line from a favorite poem or song. Add a memorable number to make the password more complex. You should change your password every six months, so if you’re using a poem or song, move to the next line or verse every time you update your password. And find a safe way to keep track of your passwords. There is software to help or password books that you can lock in a safe place. Also, keep your software updated. Often the updates include patches to protect against new security threats. But don’t click on any links or attached files in emails (including supposed software updates) that seem suspicious. If you’re not expecting the email, check the application’s website to make sure the update is legitimate. Make being vigilant at habit. Stay one step ahead of hackers and thieves.

HEAT ALERT

Stay informed: Check local news for extreme heat alerts. Stay cool: If you do not have access to an air-conditioned space, visit a shopping mall or public library for a few hours. Call your local health department to locate heat-relief shelters in your area. Stay hydrated: Drink (nonalcoholic) fluids regularly, regardless of your activity level. Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. Don’t leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle

Do check on elderly friends and neighbors.

Heat Stress: Who’s At Risk?

Adults over the age of 65, children under the age of four, individuals with chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, and those without access to air conditioning. Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

How Much Electricity Does a Penny Buy? BY CURTIS CONDON, RURALITE MAGAZINE

What does a penny buy these days? Not much. The government can’t even make a penny for a penny anymore. According to the U.S. Mint, it now costs 1.5 cents to produce one. About the only thing of value you can still get for a penny is electricity. You might call it “penny electricity.” Using Colorado’s average rate of a little over 12 cents per kilowatthour, you get 60 minutes of 1,000 watts of electricity for that 12 cents. That means a single penny of electricity equates to 83 watts. That is enough to power a 9-watt LED lightbulb — the equivalent of a 60-watt incandescent bulb — for 9 hours, all for only a penny. A penny’s worth of electricity allows you to fully charge your iPhone more than 15 times or once every day for a year for just over 24 cents. Or you could charge your average laptop, with its far larger screen, for only $9 a year. 12

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Not impressed? For only a penny, you can power a 1,000-watt microwave oven on high for five minutes; run a 200-watt desktop computer for 15 minutes; or watch an hour of your favorite show on a 79-watt, 42inch LED television. Unfortunately, we don’t always appreciate electricity. When our monthly electric bill comes, we open it and may complain about the cost. We don’t stop to think about the value we received for the money. Since electric co-ops first brought electricity to rural Colorado in the 1930s and ’40s, wages and the cost of living have risen substantially. However, one thing hasn’t changed that much: the value of electricity. And today, a penny still has a lot of value when it comes to buying the electricity to power your life. coloradocountrylife.coop


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U.S. Power Mix Keeps Adding Renewables In its recent Energy Infrastructure Update, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission notes that the country’s generation mix is becoming less carbon-intensive. In other words, there is more electricity from renewable resources and less from coal in the electricity being used across the United States. According to the 2018 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook, 2017 saw more than 18 percent of the country’s electricity generated by renewable resources including solar, wind and hydroelectric power plants. That’s an increase from the 15 percent reported in 2016, partially due to the end of drought in parts of the West. The share of U.S. energy coming from renewable resources has doubled since 2008. Much of the change has included

the retirement of coal plants and the construction of 2,900 megawatts of utility-scale solar and wind projects last year. Overall, FERC projects another 116,000 MW of new utility-scale renewable energy will be installed by the end of 2020. Currently, nationwide coal accounts for between 24 and 30 percent of the available electricity capacity in the United States. For 18 of Colorado’s 22 electric co-ops served by Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, the numbers are higher for renewables with about 30 percent of their electricity coming from renewables that include wind, solar, biomass and hydropower. For co-ops buying their electricity from Xcel Energy, more than 25 percent of their energy is from renewable resources, with more wind power scheduled to be added to the mix.

WHAT IS THE COOPERATIVE ADVANTAGE? Cooperatives are different from other types of power companies. It is important to know: • Electric co-ops are community-focused organizations that deliver safe, reliable and affordable energy to their consumer-members. • Each electric co-op is unique because it belongs to the community it serves. The co-op is led by its members, which gives it a unique understanding of the needs of the local communities. In fact, many co-op leaders and employees live right in the community and are members of the co-op –– just like you. • Because electric co-ops answer to local members (that’s you) rather than faraway shareholders, they’re more nimble and able to respond quickly to the changing needs of the community. They even share any excess revenue with members because they don’t pay investors. • Even though co-ops are locally-owned and operated, they do cooperate with other electric cooperatives across the country to develop new technologies, invest in equipment and infrastructure that benefits multiple co-ops in a region, and assist with major outages. This type of collaboration allows us to address complex challenges while remaining true to our local roots. • Your electric co-op was built by the community, belongs to the community and continues to be led by the community –– that’s the cooperative advantage. coloradocountrylife.coop

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The 416 Fire started June 1 about 10 miles north of Durango. Photo by LPEA member Jennifer Wheeling.

Colorado Electric cooperatives are part of communities recovering after devastating fires

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BY AMY HIGGINS || AHIGGINS@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG Fires have been burning all over Colorado this summer and, while most fires seem to be contained as of press time, several Colorado towns in electric co-op territory are still feeling the burn — environmentally and economically. Three co-op communities have particularly felt the impact of this year’s wildfires.

Helping hands through diversity In San Isabel Electric Association’s territory in southern Colorado, the Spring Creek Fire, more frequently referred to as the Spring Fire, began on June 27, 5 miles northeast of Fort Garland, according to the U.S. Forest Service Incident Information System on InciWeb. As of July 13, the Spring Fire was 91 percent contained. At 108,045 acres burned, this fire is said to be the third largest fire in Colorado history and its area was declared a disaster zone by Gov. John Hickenlooper. SIEA worked closely with the Rocky Mountain Blue and Rocky Mountain Black incident management teams, as well as the

staff at the emergency operation center in Huerfano County. During the fire, the Blue and Black teams instructed SIEA crews where and when to de-energize lines and electrical equipment for the safety of firefighters and public at large. The 416 Fire began on June 1, 13 miles north of Durango. At press time it was 50 percent contained and 54,129 acres were burned, according to InciWeb. The day-to-day operations of electric co-op crews quickly adjusted to help keep their community safe. “We are constantly shifting guys around to be on call 24/7 to assist the fire team,” said Justin Talbot, operations manager at La Plata Electric Association, based in Durango. While the wildfires raged, cooperative crews’ daily projects were slowed to ensure someone was available to assist the local incident management teams around the clock. “We also have to be very conscious of keeping our guys rested,” Talbot said. “This is an adrenaline rush to them just like any other first responder. These guys get that coloradocountrylife.coop


same feeling as the fire team — they are wanting to help and will do whatever it takes to get it done.” The Lake Christine Fire began on July 3 at approximately 6:15 p.m., just 1 mile northwest of Basalt. At press time it was 55 percent contained with 6,693 acres burned. “The Roaring Fork Valley is a pretty narrow valley with Independence Pass at the southern end. Therefore, our lines are often closer together than you typically place them if you were working to ensure redundancy of the system,” explained Jenna Weatherred, vice president of member and community relations at Holy Cross Energy, the co-op headquartered in Glenwood Springs. “We lost the transmission line from Gypsum to Basalt and were then left with one line serving Basalt, Snowmass and Aspen. Unfortunately, this line was also in the

This is all that is left at this home site devastated by the Spring Fire.

fire’s path, and we were very concerned about losing it. If we had lost this line, those communities would have been without power for up to 72 hours.” “The lineworkers really deserve a lot of credit,” said SIEA Communications Manager Paris Elliot. “They’re working 16hour days nonstop in the heat, and they love it because they know they’re making a difference in helping people.” As one of the newer employees at SIEA, Elliot was amazed by the can-do attitude of her fellow employees. “We started ordering poles and transformers as soon as the fire began and we’re ready to rebuild,” she said. “These are just pieces of equipment and they’ll be replaced. The victims of the fire, the sacrifices they’ve made don’t compare — these homes are priceless.”

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Smoke fills the air as a wildfire spreads through hard-to-reach places. Photo by LPEA member Jennifer Wheeling.

power or evacuated from their homes altogether. “The (Lake Christine) Fire, which destroyed three homes, resulted in the evacuation of 1,793 residents from 664 homes by the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, with some residents being kept from their homes for almost a week,”

The 416 Fire moves down toward the valley floor. Photo by LPEA member Jennifer Wheeling.

Weatherred explained. The U.S. Forest Service has not yet reported the exact number of evacuees and damaged structures from the Spring Fire, but news outlets recently reported more than 140 homes destroyed in the fire. The residual from these wildfires is not only ash and debris, but also job loss and tourism decline. “The area where we’re talking about (with the Spring Fire), these are some of the poorest counties in the state of Colorado; they’re already facing tremendous economic hardship,” Elliot said, pointing out that the smoke has cleared and most roads are now open, including Highway 160, the main highway through the area. “The majority of access to the area is open. There’s still tons of beautiful mountains, lakes and streams to fish and play in.” “The smoke has been horrid and our tourism economy has suffered, so everybody is doing what we can to tell folks that Durango is open for business,”

added Indiana Reed, LPEA public information officer. Fire restrictions led to tourism cancellations as well as local shopping decline, so Durango businesses are doing what they can to summon people back to the area with special events like Fab Fridays, concerts, demonstrations and tours. LPEA customer service representatives decorated a new “Power of Giving Tree” at the Durango office, encouraging the community “to give a little to help a lot, and assist their friends and neighbors economically impacted by the 416 Fire,” according to an LPEA press release. “The big takeaway for me is that there isn’t one member in Huerfano County and Costilla County who hasn’t been affected by this fire. If they weren’t evacuated themselves, they have a family member or friend who was evacuated,” Elliot said. “There was livestock that was unable to escape the fire or be evacuated. There’s land that was lost. The economy changed. There’s literally not one thing that isn’t going to be affected by this fire.” In light of the damage and economic downturn in Colorado’s burn areas, folks are mindful of the dangerous work that was — and still is — being performed by emergency crews. Locals go out of their way to show their gratitude to firefighters and the many others who put their lives on the line to keep them safe. “The first responders and firefighters that fought and are still fighting this fire are so brave and courageous,” Weatherred said. “They worked so hard to save homes, keep people safe and protect our power lines. The firefighters are the true reason we’ve been able to keep the power on during this emergency, and we are so thankful for their efforts.” Amy Higgins is a freelance writer who lived in Denver and knows these areas devastated by the fires. AUGUST 2018

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Speaking the Language of

Food

Helping the hands that harvest

By Sharon Sullivan Each spring Francisco Pacheco leaves his village and family in Sonora, Mexico, to make the two-day drive to Palisade, Colorado, where he spends six months tending cherry, peach and apricot orchards. It’s an annual trek he has made for 38 years. As an H2-A visa guest worker, Pacheco comes early in the season to prune and thin trees, then stays for the harvest and fruit packing that come later. His son, a shy 19-year-old also named Francisco, has accompanied his father for the past two years. On a warm April day, the Pachecos join other farmworkers for a meal at Child and Migrant Services (CMS) Hospitality Center in Palisade. The fare includes chicken stew with sides of beans, rice, salsa and tortillas. There’s also horchata, a 16

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traditional Mexican beverage made from rice, milk, cinnamon and vanilla. Like a lot of farmworkers, the younger Pacheco was homesick the first year he came to the United States. “I missed Mexico a lot,” he says in Spanish. He especially missed his mother and three siblings. Mindful of these circumstances, CMS helps provide these workers and others with a little bit of comfort and support while they are far away from home. A group of Palisade farmers’ wives founded CMS around a kitchen table in 1954. They wanted to provide basic services for their workers during an era when treatment of farmworkers in the United States was often dismal. The center, located in a 100-year-old Victorian house at 721 Peach Avenue, provides a welcoming place. CMS workers can find

assistance with language translation and transportation, and accessing dental and medical care. Additionally, the center serves supper three times a week to workers who’ve been working in the fields all day. Familiar foods like chicken mole, tostadas, tamales, beans, rice and tortillas are meant to show appreciation and provide a bit of home away from home. On meal days, CMS cook Maria Lopez comes to the hospitality center at 11 a.m. to begin cooking the pinto beans. The 55-year-old grandmother concocts delicious meals from whatever she has on hand. “I just see what’s available and figure out what I’m going to do with it,” she says. “I’m always inventing something.” Provisions come from the community food bank and a CMS budget that allows coloradocountrylife.coop


for buying some essential grocery items. A recent food drive by Grand Valley Interfaith Network, plus a 50-pound bag of pinto beans donated by Colorado State University Extension Service, help fill the pantry. “She cooks everything from scratch — she wouldn’t dream of opening a jar of mole sauce,” CMS Executive Director Karalyn Dorn says of Lopez. “It’s homestyle, hearty and filling. We always try and provide a balanced meal. It’s authentic Mexican food.” By 4 p.m., the beans and rice are cooked, the tortillas warmed and the meat entree is ready. Small bowls of fresh-made salsa are placed on each of the six long dining tables covered with red- or maroon-colored vinyl tablecloths. Colorful photographs taken by Palisade resident Tim Wedel during a trip to Guatemala seven years ago decorate a wall inside the dining room. The foam coremounted photographs are of handwoven textiles and various food from an outdoor market. “The intention of CMS at the time was to make it feel more like home; (the photographs) spoke to food and of home,” says Wedel, who donated the images. There’s also a flat-screen television mounted to the wall with news from Mexico — a subscription service from a donor. Though the sign on the door says meals are served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Lopez never turns away latecomers. It’s typically 8 or 9 p.m. before the dining room and kitchen are cleaned, and the food and pots put away. During the height of the growing season, more than 70 workers come for the thrice-weekly meals. “It helps get them through the part of year when there’s not a lot of work,” says Peg Martinez, a parttime community health worker. “It’s nice for the guys to get a homemade meal after a long, hard day. There is no line to get into. They get served. It’s a matter of ‘we value you and thank you for doing a good job.’” Dorn, a petite, Spanish-speaking former Peace Corps volunteer, became director of CMS in 2015 after working for several years as the nonprofit organization’s operations manager and program manager. From her tiny office adjoining the dining room, she sees and greets workers as they enter the hospitality center. “I like interacting with the workers more than anything else,” Dorn says. coloradocountrylife.coop

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CMS cook Maria Lopez, who has come from Mexico the last 10 years, cooks everything from scratch for the meals served to workers.

An unexpected donation in 2018 allowed Dorn to expand the meal program by offering dinner once a week for two months earlier in the season when workers come to prune trees. While some farmworkers will return to Mexico or Central America after completing the pruning, others, like

the Pachecos, stay for the later tasks of harvesting and packing, surviving on their savings until then. The surprise financial gift came after Grand Junction resident and longtime volunteer David Spies passed away. In the dining room, a framed photograph of Spies wearing a white apron stands

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[feature] next to two large potted geranium plants underneath the window. A disabled U.S. Marine Corps veteran who didn’t drive, Spies would ride the city transit bus 12 miles from Grand Junction to Palisade to help serve meals and practice his Spanish with the farmworkers. After his death, Spies’ family “made a really nice donation in his memory,” Dorn says. “They’re lending us a hand in building our capacity in this organization.” On a shoestring budget and with a small staff that includes herself and four part-time employees, Dorn relies heavily on volunteers. Throughout the year, 114 Grand Valley residents donate time serving meals, helping out with special events or making tamales, which is an ongoing CMS fundraiser. Bob Ricketts and his wife, Donna Schultz, of Grand Junction come weekly to help Lopez in the kitchen, particularly with cleanup after the last meal is served. Schultz has volunteered for multiple Grand Valley organizations and says CMS is her favorite. Schultz admires the farmworkers. “They’re skilled workers. I grew up on a farm. They work harder than anyone,” she says. “They come here (to the hospitality center) for camaraderie. “Here, there’s this amazing gift of family — the workers send their money home,” she adds. Many of them, like the Pachecos, also call home to Mexico every day. “Cellular phones have changed everything,” allowing farmworkers more contact with their family members, says Richard Maestas, who worked as a CMS community health worker for 12 years before retiring last year.

Kids wait excitedly during a bike giveaway at the hospitality center in April.

Several refurbished kids’ bikes were given away during a gathering called Día del Niño (Children’s Day, a national Mexican holiday celebrated April 30). Dorn says she wanted to observe the holiday in Palisade this year to “lift people’s spirits” in light of recent changes in immigration policy. Roughly 35 mostly women and children attended the event, which included a library-sponsored puppet show, a simple meal of chicken salad tostadas and a piñata full of candies for the kids.

also works in the fields. They arrive in Palisade in April and return to their home in Sonora, Mexico, in October. They send money to children and grandchildren who remain in Mexico. “For us it’s better to come here and work than to stay in Mexico where there is no work,” Lopez says. “When we go back we have our savings. We’re saving money the whole time we’re here. We use it in Mexico to pay any debts we have or buy things we need at home.”

“Here, there’s this amazing gift of family — the workers send their money home.” Donna Schultz

Another volunteer, Larry McKenna, collects broken bikes that he repairs then donates to CMS to give to the farmworkers and their kids. Dorn held a free raffle recently after a particularly nice bicycle was donated. The man who won the bike was in another room talking on his cell phone to family in Mexico when his name was drawn. His peers broke out in cheers for their friend who shares the bike with his fellow workers. 18

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“There are two main audiences that we work with: single men, including guest workers and freelance migrant workers, and then families, who came here originally as migrants and ended up settling,” Dorn says. Many of the women work in peach packing sheds and vineyards or in town as housekeepers. While Lopez cooks in the kitchen, her husband, Jorge, tends to the Palisade orchards. During the grape harvest, she

One young man is excited to receive a refurbished kids' bike given away in April during Día de Niño (Children’s Day). coloradocountrylife.coop


[ feature] A group of workers enjoy a hearty, homemade meal after a long day of work.

“They know they have us for support. We like to think of Child and Migrant Services as a home away from home.” Karalyn Dorn

A delicious, homemade supper is served to area migrant workers three times a week at the CMS Hospitality Center.

Maria Frausto takes over the cooking during the winter months when Maria Lopez returns to Mexico.

Lopez has also worked in Arizona in the citrus fields and at housekeeping jobs. She and her husband have come to Palisade, however, for the past 10 years. “I like to cook,” she says. “I cook here; I go home and cook; I cook at my son’s house on the weekend. In my husband’s village, I cook for his family. Even on the way home, I have relatives in Arizona where I spend a whole day making tamales.” Palisade peach grower Bruce Talbott, whose grandmother Margaret was one coloradocountrylife.coop

of the founders of Child and Migrant Services, says its mission changed slightly over the years as fewer families come to the United States than in the past. These days the workers are mostly men, traveling alone, spending months away from their families. CMS is unique, and the reason for Palisade’s dependable labor force for its orchards and vineyards, Talbott says. “Most of the workers are from Mexico (and) come year after year,” Dorn adds. “They know they have us for

Home-cooked meals provide a bit of comfort and support for workers far away from home.

support. We like to think of Child and Migrant Services as a home away from home.” Sharon Sullivan is a freelance writer from Grand Junction who loves to write about friends and neighbors on Colorado’s Western Slope.

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Creating Culinary Kids Get kids excited about cooking with easy recipes BY AMY HIGGINS RECIPES@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG

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The kitchen, with all its sharp utensils and bizarre gadgets, can be intimidating for young ones. It’s important for parents to point out to children the dangers of careless behavior in the kitchen when working with things like electrical outlets, sharp instruments and hot appliances. While they must take these necessary precautions, it’s also good to instill a love of cooking. Give your kids a helping hand with these recipes and watch them revel in their culinary creations.

Baked Apples

4 small apples, cored, leaving 1/2 inch of the bottom intact 1/3 cup apple cider or juice 1 teaspoon brown sugar 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon Maple or sorghum syrup for serving Place the apples in a baking dish. In a small bowl, stir together the cider or juice, sugar and cinnamon. Evenly spoon into the center of each apple. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave on high power for 4 minutes. Remove from the microwave and let stand 3 minutes before serving with a drizzle of syrup.

QUICK TIPS: FRUIT PUNCH Use this fruit sauce on pancakes, waffles, ice cream or pound cake. Tease your palate by switching out fruits as the seasons change.

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Little ones will need help with handling hot dishes and sharp instruments, but let them do the measuring and mixing. It will promote confidence in the kitchen. Let more experienced, older kids take the reins.

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Fresh Fruit Sauce

1-1/2 cups chopped fresh strawberries, peaches, raspberries or blueberries 4 teaspoons sugar 1 tablespoon lemon 1 tablespoon water Place half of the fruit in the bowl of a food processor or blender along with the sugar, lemon juice and water. Blend until smooth. Transfer to a serving bowl and stir in the remaining fruit. Cover and let stand at room temperature at least 30 minutes before using.

Looking for another great recipe? Try Baked French Fries. Get the recipe at coloradocountrylife.coop.

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PINING FOR PEPPERS AND CHILES

Pick a peck of zesty veggies this season BY VICKI SPENCER GARDENING@ COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG

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Toward the end of July and into August, roadside stands selling southern New Mexico’s Hatch green chiles start popping up everywhere. You can even find them on less traveled countryside roads. Anyone who spends much time in Colorado knows how much we look forward to this annual treat. As soon as word spreads that a chile stand has appeared in Montrose, people in the Gunnison Valley begin making plans for the scenic drive over Cerro Summit. Anyone unable to make the trip can easily place an order with friends headed that way. The most important thing is to get your Hatch chiles before supplies sell out. Granted, Hatch chile peppers may be more appealing than jalapeño peppers to those with sensitive pallets, but it is the distinctive flavor of the Hatch chile that made it so popular. When roasted, its sweetness is enhanced and the added smoky depth is unmatched. Members of Gunnison County Electric Association can certainly attest to this. By popular demand, one of our engineers brought salsa to potlucks, and when asked about his culinary secret, he indisputably replied, “Roasted Hatch green chiles.” If all this food talk doesn't make you hungry, perhaps it makes you think about the benefits of adding peppers to your vegetable garden next year. Peppers are a wonderful source of nutrition. They are rich in dietary fiber and vitamins, and provide iron, copper and potassium, which are important for overall health.

Peppers are easy to grow in Colorado. They need abundant sunlight, flourish in heat and prefer 80 degree days and 60 degree nights. While high-altitude gardeners will have more of a challenge due to lower temperatures, they can manage the problem by monitoring weather reports and covering plants when necessary. Fortunately, peppers are tolerant of different soils, although they prefer moist soil with good drainage. You can improve productivity by removing early blooms and encouraging plants to become stronger before setting fruit. Ornamental pepper plants recently became popular because they can be integrated into landscapes and flower gardens. For instance, the NuMex Twilight is a gorgeous addition to gardens with its purple peppers, highlighted with yellow that fades to red. The Purple Flash pepper is similarly spectacular. It has purplish black leaves, shiny purple fruit that ripens from black to fiery red, and additional leaves with splashes of white, green and purple. Although it is edible, it’s best to avoid planting if you have children and pets because it is so hot. With so many choices, it’s not too early to consider what to plant next year. For example, Paulino Gardens’ website lists 34 pepper varieties ranging from extremely hot habaneros to yellow sweet banana peppers. Bonnie Plants’ website, www.bonnieplants.com, is also helpful for decision making. It allows you to select pepper plants by type, heat level, fruit size and kitchen usage; or you can simply search by clicking on photos. It’s a fun way to explore options and get a head start on next year’s garden. Gardener Vicki Spencer has an eclectic background in conservation, water, natural resources and more.

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

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TRY A NEW PEPPER Loving all of the different kinds of chiles and peppers at the farmers markets and in bins at the grocery store? Does the variety make you want to add a new pepper to your own garden? How about trying the pepper Mad Hatter F1 next spring? This exotic vegetable was a winner in last year’s All-America Selections and has been tested and retested by professionals. The plant’s vigor, earliness, high yields, large size and unique taste all contributed to its winning with the AAS judges. Mad Hatter, with its novel threesided shape, is a member of the Capsicum baccatum pepper species from South America. It is commonly used in Bolivian and Peruvian cuisine. The pepper has a refreshing, citrusy floral flavor that remains sweet, according to the AAS website. Only occasionally does it produce a mild heat near the seeds. So, when planning for next year’s garden, add the pepper Mad Hatter F1 to your list, and next summer you’ll have a new favorite pepper.

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Over the last few decades, new appliances became more energy efficient, driven partly by minimum government standards. These standards, created by the U.S. Department of Energy, save consumers over $60 billion each year, the DOE reports. Appliances are required to include an EnergyGuide label that shows estimated energy use and operating cost per year. These labels help you compare different models and calculate the initial cost against the long-term savings. Some appliances will also have an Energy Star label. This indicates the appliance is substantially more efficient than the minimum standard. Your greatest energy savings opportunities can come from replacing an old appliance with an Energy Star-rated appliance. In some cases, the configuration of the appliance can also make a substantial difference. For example, a side-by-side refrigerator and freezer uses about 70 percent more energy than other configurations, with all the most efficient models having the refrigerator stacked on top of the freezer, according to Energy Star. Consider how much you use the appliance. The more you use the appliance, the greater your savings will be from choosing a more efficient model. This column was co-written by Pat Keegan and Brad Thiessen of Collaborative Efficiency.

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WINNERS: Gary and Lori Harris, Empire Electric members, take CCL on their vacation to Wiesbaden, Germany. Photo includes Mosburg castle in Biebrich Palace Park.

Dennis and Melanie Gilbert of Ramah and Keven and Sandi Turecek of Deer Trail, Mountain View Electric members, take Colorado Country Life with them to South Africa.

CCL travels to Scotland. Kevin and Linda Hotton, La Plata Electric members, visit the Island of Mull in the Hebrides.

John and Karen DeQuardo of Beulah, San Isabel Electric members, visit Athens, Greece.

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Sonia Franzel, a Yampa Valley Electric member, visits The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens.

We were in the midst of remodeling our newly purchased ranch home. One day, I met some installers at the house and needed to let them know where to turn in to the driveway. To assist them, I set the newly purchased mailbox that had our house numbers on it on the ground at the end of the driveway. At the end of the day, I picked up the mailbox and took it back to the house. A couple days later, one of our children opened the mailbox and showed me a note he found inside. It was from our new mailman and it read, “Looks like you dug the hole too deep.” Margaret Wood, Whitewater While baby-sitting my grandchildren, Tegan, 6, and Kael, 4, decided to go play outside in the yard. I needed to remain inside to keep an eye on their baby sister, Britta. As the older two ran out the door I shouted, “Be careful out there. I don’t want anyone getting hurt on Nanny’s watch.” Just before the door closed I heard my grandson ask his sister, “Where’s Nanny’s watch?” Nancy Schuster, Loveland My 4-year-old grandson’s family recently moved from a small, old apartment to a large, newer house. I asked him, “So, how do you like your new house?” “It’s not very good,” he said with a frown. I was surprised and asked him why. With a serious, disgruntled look he said, “The sinks are still too high.” Kelly O’Donnell, Masonville I’m reading a book about antigravity. I can’t put it down. Anonymous We pay $15 to each person who submits a funny story that’s printed in the magazine. At the end of the year we will draw one name from those submitting funny stories and that person will receive $200. Send your 2018 stories to Colorado Country Life, 5400 Washington St., Denver, CO 80216 or email funnystories@ coloradocountrylife.org. Don’t forget to include your mailing address, so we can send you a check.

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At Harbor Freight Tools, the “Compare to” price means that the specified comparison, which is an item with the same or similar function, was advertised for sale at or above the “Compare to” price by another national retailer in the U.S. within the past 90 days. Prices advertised by others may vary by location. No other meaning of “Compare to” should be implied. For more information, go to HarborFreight.com or see store associate.


Powering potential At Tri-State, we believe reliable power is the lifeblood of the rural West. We’ve made it our mission to supply affordable, wholesale power to the farms, ranches, and towns our members serve, because hard-working communities deserve power today, and potential for tomorrow.

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Creative U | Brighton, Colorado

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Colorado Country Life August 2018 Grand Valley  

Colorado Country Life August 2018 Grand Valley

Colorado Country Life August 2018 Grand Valley  

Colorado Country Life August 2018 Grand Valley