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August 2020 THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE COLORADO RURAL ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION COMMUNICATIONS STAFF Mona Neeley, CCC, Publisher/Editor Cassi Gloe, CCC, Production Manager/Designer Kylee Coleman, Editorial/Admin. Assistant ADVERTISING Kris Wendtland, Ad Representative | 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 2020, Colorado Rural Electric Association. Call for reprint rights. EDITORIAL Denver Corporate Office, 5400 Washington Street, Denver, CO 80216 | 303-455-4111 | | | 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

On the AUGUST 2020


Cover Marvel Crosson, 19041929, held the altitude record for women aviators when she died in an August 19, 1929, crash during the National Women’s Air Derby.

“Peaceful Turks Pond” by Laura Cano, a consumer-member of Southeast Colorado Power Association.








COCountryLife pinned: Grab some garden produce and try the Mediterranean Salad with Riced Cauliflower. It is fresh, light and delicious!







FACEBOOK CHATTER Colorado Rural Electric Association posted: Mountain Parks Electric announced its new Electrify Everything program which launched July 1. It encourages consumer-members to convert “everything” to electricity and offers financial assistance through low rates for on-bill financing.


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INSTAGRAM PIC of the month cocountrylife posted: How are you dealing with the heat today? I’ve found some cooling #shavedice in Louisville that was about as close to island style as I’ve found in Colorado. What a treat! #toohotoutside #coloradosun #lazyday COLOR ADO COUNTRY LIFE AUGUST 2020







ven though I work in the energy industry, like most people, I still don’t think much about the electricity I use. I expect the lights to turn on when I flip the switch each morning. Because electricity is so abundant, we don’t think much about it. Since many of us have been spending more time at home over the past few months, we have likely been using more energy. And yet, we still, and should, expect an endless supply of power with uninterrupted service 24/7. The only time we really think about electricity is when the power goes out or perhaps when the monthly bill arrives. Given how electricity powers our modern lifestyle every day, it’s a great value, especially when compared to other common services and expenses. For example, think back to the cost of a gallon of gasoline 20 years ago. Consider the cost of groceries or a cup of your favorite specialty coffee from a few years back. In comparison, the cost of electricity has remained flat at PVREA, unlike most other consumer goods. We’ve had one small increase (1.7% in 2017) in the past 7 years and will not have an increase through 2021. Like many of you, I have a cell phone to stay connected, and I enjoy streaming music and video. Many of us consider these necessities for modern day life. We can see what we’re getting for our money, and we pay the price for those services. In contrast, when we use electricity, we don’t necessarily “see” all that we’re getting for our money. But considering what electricity does for



us, it’s a tremendous value for our quality of life as well as our budgets. The bottom line: electricity brings everyday value.

PVREA serves electricity to 45,000 homes and businesses in Boulder, Larimer, and Weld Counties. We are a member-owned co-op, led by those we serve.

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Considering that electricity is something that we all use around the clock, I’m very proud of our track record. At the same time, we are striving to increase our service reliability, reduce those brief interruptions and reduce costs. We are continually working to improve our operations to ensure a more resilient grid and actively exploring more renewable energy options. We recognize that the past few months have been challenging for many of our members and we’re here to help. If you have questions about your account or are looking for ways to save energy at home, please give us a call. PVREA is your electric co-op and our sole purpose is to serve you and the energy needs of our community. That’s everyday value.

Read more about PVREA on pages 7-10.

Poudre Valley REA PO Box 272550 Fort Collins, CO 80527

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Chair Steven Anderson Larimer County

Director Thaine Michie Larimer County

Vice Chair Rick Johnson Larimer County

Director Jan Peterson Larimer County

Secretary James Fender Larimer County

Director Jack Schneider Weld County

Director Bryan Ehrlich Larimer County

Director Ronald Sutherland Boulder County

Director Peter Hyland Weld County



A woman of many firsts leaves her mark BY MONA NEELEY



mily Howell Warner, a woman with many firsts in the aviation industry, has been on my mind this past month. I was sad to hear that Emily passed away July 3 at age 80. She was the first woman hired as a pilot by a U.S. commercial airline (Frontier) and the first woman commercial captain. She was also the first woman member of the Air Line Pilots Association and the leader of the first all-female commercial flight crew. A Denver native, she lived in Mountain Parks Electric’s service territory in Grand County for a while, and we featured Emily in a cover story in 2001. I was lucky enough to meet with Emily at the training center where she oversaw Frontier’s 737 fleet, its more than 150 planes and nearly 2,000 pilots. One of my favorite stories she shared from her early days was

about flying new MONA NEELEY small planes (whose radios hadn’t yet been installed). She picked them up in Wichita, Kansas, set her compass for 279 degrees out of Wichita and dead reckon for Denver. As she neared Colorado, she had to land and telephone the Denver control tower that she was coming in and when to expect her. When she got to the runway, she would watch for a green light that meant she was cleared to land. Before she retired, Emily and her determination to fly left their mark on Colorado’s aviation industry. Mona Neeley is the statewide editor of Colorado Country Life, which is published in coordination with your local electric cooperative. Its goal is to provide information from your local electric co-op to you, its consumermembers.

Energy Plan: Responsible or irresponsible?

Regarding Kent Singer’s Viewpoint, “A Responsible Energy Plan” (March ’20), I would change the wording to “Irresponsible Energy Plan.” Nowhere in the article does it mention what our electric rates will do, where the money to pay for all the new equipment will come from, the funds [needed] to purchase thousands of acres of land for the wind and solar [facilities], how electricity will be generated when the wind doesn’t blow or the sun doesn’t shine. We should see a cost-benefit analysis. Duane Hayes, Peyton Mountain View Electric consumer-member

Looking for different recipes

Posting the Luther Burger recipe (June ’20) was a failure in journalistic responsibility. Recent U.S. health statistics indicate more than 42% of the population is obese. Here are the nutritional estimates for one Luther Burger: 1,347 calories, 155 grams fat, 444 milligrams cholesterol and 1,082 mg sodium. Bill Christie, Westcliffe Sangre de Cristo Electric consumer-member Please include more real life people recipes that include meat and barbecue instead of yogurt and veggie recipes. Your recent recipes are for the minority, not the majority of us. James Barfoot, Dolores Empire Electric consumer-member

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I see the disgusting front of the magazine with the two boys “zombied out” on electronic gadgets. You’re contributing to the delinquency of all people and especially young people. They should not be inside. They should be outside working to be productive. Nelson Brent Y-W Electric consumer-member

Altitude versus elevation

Regarding the use of the word “altitude” on June’s Gardening page, you used “altitude” three times: “9,500 feet altitude,” “low-altitude eastern plains,” and “High-altitude gardeners.” Altitude is the distance above the ground. Elevation is the distance above sea level. You should have used “elevation.” David Selzler, Loveland Poudre Valley REA consumer-member

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ir leaks are a common problem, particularly in older homes. In many homes, about half of the conditioned air leaks to the outside every hour. The good news, especially if you don’t want to spend a lot of money or if you’re hesitant to invite contractors into your home right now, is that you can seal air leaks on your own with a little time and effort. Here are three steps to get you started. Keep in mind, there’s much more to learn about sealing your home than we can cover in this article, so consider researching trusted websites for additional tips and tutorials. Step 1: Find the leaks The first step is a thorough visual search of the interior and exterior of the home. Look for gaps and holes in exterior walls, flooring and the ceiling. These will often occur where different building materials meet, such as the top of cement foundation walls or around windows and doors. Another common source of air leaks is where pipes or wiring penetrate a wall, floor or ceiling. Ductwork located in unheated crawl spaces or attics can also contain air leaks. Exterior doors and windows that open deserve your attention. Open each door or window and place a dollar bill between the door or window sash and the frame. If you can pull the bill out easily when the door or window is closed again, the seal is not tight enough. Also, a window that rattles when it’s closed or when it’s windy probably isn’t sealed sufficiently.

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Step 2: Gather the materials you’ll need Supplies you may need are caulk; expanding spray foam; weather stripping; precut foam socket sealers; a chimney plug balloon; and/or adhesive plastic window insulation sheets. Step 3: Do it! If you are unfamiliar with how to apply any of these materials, we recommend watching online tutorial videos. Sealing air leaks is one of the best ways to boost your home’s energy efficiency. Whether you’re a DIY pro or novice, with a few simple steps (and low-cost materials), you’ll be well on your way to a sealed, more efficient home. This column was co-written by Pat Keegan and Brad Thiessen of Collaborative Efficiency.



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s your local electric cooperative, we want you to know you have a trusted partner and source that you can count on for information and resources to help you manage your energy use. The Home Energy Advisory is a useful tool that is customized to the energy use in your home. The perks that come with the Home Energy Advisor Tool: • Email Alerts: You will receive email alerts about your energy use to help you use energy more wisely. To sign up, create a PVREA online account then navigate to My Usage>Usage Management to start using this tool! • Home Energy Advisor Profile: Complete a profile of your home to see an estimated breakdown of your energy use. Plus, learn how much usage you can save in each area. • Billing Analysis: Once you’ve completed your home profile, Home Energy Advisor goes one step further and incorporates your actual PVREA bills in its calculations and shows you exactly where your dollars are going. • Energy Forecast: See the current weather’s direct impact on your energy use and costs. Based on your area’s 7-day weather, you can adjust a virtual thermostat for heating and cooling and see the daily dollar impact.

Pilot Rate Options Proposed The PVREA Board of Directors will consider adopting several pilot rate options on August 25. The optional pilot rates are designed to bring member and system benefits to services utilizing energy efficiency and usage management technologies. The rate options are also intended to facilitate adoption of technologies that will help PVREA reach our 80 by 30 carbon-free energy goal. These technologies include items such as smart appliances, thermal storage, electric vehicles, and heat pump water heaters. If approved by the Board, the proposed pilot rates will be offered beginning September 1, 2020 and the study will last until December 2022. Participation will be offered on a limited basis. To learn more about the options, please see our website at




PVREA to Host Relay For Life 2020


elay For Life of Northern Colorado has proven resilient as the planning committee faced challenges of rescheduling and redeveloping the annual Night of Hope event while prioritizing the health and safety of survivors, participants, volunteers and staff. Based on current guidance, they are not able to host the event as they have in the past but together, we are still going to celebrate our cancer survivors, remember those we have lost to this disease, and fight back against cancer. PVREA is thrilled to announce our continued sponsorship and partnership with the organization and that we are hosting the Luminaria Ceremony at our headquarters – 7649 REA Parkway, Fort Collins, CO on August 8. From 9:00pm-11:00pm, attendees will be able to drive through the route at PVREA to view the decorated Luminarias and pay tribute to those who have been touched by cancer from the safety of their own vehicles. Luminarias honor every life touched by cancer. You can dedicate them to a loved one lost, someone currently battling, or anyone who’s overcome it. If you would like to participate, we invite you to join our PVREA team, donate if you wish, and attend the event. Mark your calendars – it’s only a week away! For all the details to join our team, dedicate a luminaria, and receive any updates, visit You can also contact the Relay for Life team directly at or keep up with what is going on through their Facebook- @RFLNOCO. We hope to see you at the event!

Electric Education Goes Virtual


t PVREA, safety is our cornerstone and one of our co-op principles is “Education, Training and Information”. Cooperatives provide education and training for not only our employees, but also members, especially when it comes to electrical safety. Even in these times of distancing, we want to continue sharing knowledge with people of all ages and in all types of settings whether that is at a school for students and teachers or at a construction company for their wide variety of employee positions. That is why we are proud to offer our Power Town electric safety demonstration virtually. This presentation includes information about overhead and underground powerlines, the importance of calling 811 before digging and more. We provided this presentation virtually for a class before summer break this year and because of the success, we are continuing the offering on whichever video platform is easiest – we will work with you!



Another great presentation for teachers to incorporate into their lesson plan is Story Behind the Switch. Teachers are able to bring this interactive session to their students where they will learn about power generation, renewable vs. nonrenewable resources, energy efficiency, the path of electricity from the power plant to the home, electrical safety and electric cooperative career paths. This program is offered across the state and electric cooperative service territories and we are happy to announce that it too, can be done virtually. A great thing about both these programs? We offer them at no cost to you. If you are interested for a group, or if you know an educator that may want to add this to their curriculum, please visit or reach out to Jessica Johnson at for more details and to discuss scheduling.


Thinking About Solar? Do Your Homework!


onsidering purchasing a solar power system to help supply your home’s energy needs? Just as you would for any major home-improvement project, doing your own research and finding the right contractor is key to a successful outcome. Will the end product be high-quality and will it perform as it should? What exactly is the company promising and has it proven to be true with past clients?

Here are some important things to consider and questions to ask before committing to an investment in solar energy: • How much energy does my home use and are there ways to reduce my usage through efficiency upgrades, so a smaller and less expensive system is needed? • Is my home suitable for solar panels? Will I get the most return on my investment based on the pitch and orientation of my roof? How long will it be before I need to replace my roof? • Is the installer’s proposal and payback calculation based upon the facts of my electric service and price history or are there unsubstantiated price increase assumptions being made? • What are the true costs of financing this investment? How much is the permitting and who pays?

• How long has the installer been in business and are they licensed and insured in Colorado? How many installations has the installer completed in my area and can I get references? • Will any of the work be subcontracted? If yes, to whom? What are their qualifications? • Are there any required upgrades to my transformer or meter and if so, who pays? • How does this project quote compare to the other two quotes I received? • Who maintains the system and what are the costs?

These are only some of the details to consider. Be sure to do your homework before agreeing to any major home project, including a solar system installation. Please contact us at 1-800-432-1012 prior to signing up for a solar installation so that we can coordinate an interconnection agreement and answer any questions you may have.




4 COMMON CULPRITS OF ELECTRICAL FIRES Outdated wiring and overloaded circuits are the most common causes of electrical fires. Check the following areas of your home to ensure your home’s electrical safety is up to par.

Electrical outlets: Faulty electrical outlets are a leading cause in home fires. As outlets age, so do the wires behind them that you can’t see. Any loose, damaged or warm-to-thetouch outlets should be repaired or replaced.


Electrical wiring: Outdated wiring is another common cause of electrical fires. Frequently tripped breakers, flickering lights and burning smells are clear warning signs. If your home is more than 20 years old, it may not be able to handle today’s increased power load. If you suspect your home’s wiring is outdated, leave this one to the pros and contact a qualified electrician.


Overloaded cords and outlets: Extension cords are not permanent solutions. If your big-screen TV, home theater system and other electronics are plugged into one extension cord, it’s time to call an electrician and install additional outlets.


Old appliances: Older appliances are more likely to have loose or damaged wiring, which means they’re more likely to catch fire. Check older appliances for damage and determine if it’s time to upgrade or replace. Also check to ensure you’re using appliance-grade outlets. A qualified electrician can help with installation.


August 2020

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Installing a smart power strip is a quick and easy way to start saving money while making your home more energy efficient. Smart power strips can actually cut power off to save energy since they are able to detect when a device is in standby mode.


Leading Pill for Bouts of Reflux Becomes an AntiAging Phenomenon

Scientific studies show breakthrough acid reflux treatment also helps maintain vital health and helps protect users from the serious conditions that accompany aging such as fatigue and poor cardiovascular health Seattle, WA – A published study on a leading acid reflux ingredient shows that its key ingredient improves digestive health while maintaining health levels of inflammation that contributes to premature aging in men and women. And, if consumer sales are any indication of a product’s effectiveness, this ‘acid reflux pill turned anti-aging phenomenon’ is nothing short of a miracle. Sold under the brand name AloeCure®, its ingredient was already backed by research showing its ability to neutralize acid levels and hold them down for long lasting day and night relief from bouts of heartburn and, acid reflux, gas, bloating, and more. But soon doctors started reporting some incredible results... “With AloeCure, my patients started reporting, better sleep, more energy, stronger immune systems... even less stress and better skin, hair, and nails” explains Dr. Liza Leal; a leading integrative health specialist and company spokesperson. AloeCure contains an active ingredient that helps improve digestion by acting as a natural acid-buffer that improves the pH balance of your stomach. Scientists now believe that this acid imbalance could be a major contributing factor to painful inflammation throughout the rest of the body. The daily allowance of AloeCure has shown to calm this inflammation through immune system adjustments which is why AloeCure is so effective. Relieving other stressful symptoms related to GI health like pain, bloating, fatigue, cramping, acid overproduction, and nausea. Now, backed with new scientific studies, AloeCure is being doctor recommended to help improve digestion, and even reduce the appearance of wrinkles – helping patients look and feel decades younger.


Since hitting the market, sales for AloeCure have taken off and there are some very good reasons why. To start, the clinical studies have been impressive. Virtually all participants taking it reported stunning improvement in digestive symptoms including bouts of heartburn. Users can also experience higher energy levels and endurance, relief from chronic discomfort and better sleep, healthier looking skin, hair, and nails.

A healthy gut is the key to a reducing swelling and inflammation that can wreak havoc on the human body. Doctors say this is why AloeCure works on so many aspects of your health. AloeCure’s active ingredient is made from the famous healing compound found in Aloe Vera. It is both safe and healthy. There are also no known side effects. Scientists believe that it helps improve digestive by acting as a natural acid-buffer that improves the pH balance of your stomach and helps the immune system maintain healthy functions. Research has shown that this acid imbalance contributes to painful inflammation throughout your entire body and is why AloeCure seems to be so effective.


To date millions of bottles of AloeCure have been sold, and the community seeking non-pharma therapy for their GI health continues to grow. According to Dr. Leal, her patients are absolutely thrilled with their results and are often shocked by how fast it works. “For the first time in years, they are free from concerns about their digestion and almost every other aspect of their health,” says Dr. Leal, “and I recommend it to everyone who wants to improve GI health before considering drugs, surgery, or OTC medications.” “All the problems with my stomach are gone. Completely gone. I can say AloeCure is a miracle. It’s a miracle.” Another user turned spokesperson said, “I started to notice a difference because I was sleeping through the night and that was great. AloeCure does work for me. It’s made a huge difference.” With so much positive feedback, it’s easy to see why the community of believers is growing and sales for the new pill are soaring.


AloeCure is a pill that’s taken just once daily. The pill is small. Easy to swallow. There are no harmful side effects and it does not require a prescription. The active ingredient is a rare Aloe Vera component known as acemannan. Millions spent in developing a proprietary process for extracting acemannan resulted in the highest quality, most bio-available levels of acemannan known to exist, and it’s made from organic aloe. According to Dr. Leal and leading experts, improving the pH balance of your stomach and restoring gut health is the key to revitalizing your

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Reap the rewards of your garden with new recipes BY AMY HIGGINS




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Tasty recipes to celebrate your backyard harvest.


aying tribute to its 100th anniversary, the Junior League of Denver recently released a new cookbook, Centennial Celebrations: A Colorado Cookbook, and it’s chock-full of recipes that will surely entice your taste buds. Now that gardens are overgrowing with squash, tomatoes and peppers — to name a few — Colorado Country Life is spotlighting a handful of recipes here and on the website with these ingredients in mind to help you harvest your season’s growth and get cooking.

Summer Vegetable Ratatouille over Polenta 1 cup dried polenta 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese 5 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon plus extra, to taste, Italian seasoning 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes Salt and pepper, to taste 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 medium eggplant, thinly sliced 1 medium zucchini, thinly sliced 1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut into halves Fresh Italian parsley, chopped Shredded Parmesan cheese Cook the polenta according to the package directions until thickened. Remove from the heat. Stir in the Parmesan cheese, garlic, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.

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Sauté the onion and bell pepper in the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat for 3 minutes. Add the eggplant and zucchini. Sauté for 3 minutes. Increase the heat to medium-high; add the cherry tomatoes. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes or until the vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Season with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Serve over the Parmesan polenta and sprinkle with parsley and Parmesan cheese.


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Colorado Co-ops Recognized for Innovation


olorado’s electric cooperatives fared well in the national Power Player of the Year awards with three nominations. The Smart Electric Power Alliance recognizes individuals, utilities and projects that demonstrate leadership and innovation in the industry. Duane Highley, CEO of co-op power supplier Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, was nominated for leading Tri-State through a transformational change to cleaner resources for its member co-ops. The G&T has expanded its amount of renewable resources, reduced

emissions and increased flexibility so co-ops can develop more local renewable projects. Holy Cross Energy in Glenwood Springs was nominated for Cooperative Utility Power Player of the Year for its Seventy70Thirty Plan and its goal of attaining a 70% renewable supply by 2030. The Basalt Vista Affordable Housing Project facilitated by Holy Cross Energy was nominated for Grid Integration Power Player of the Year. This project, developed as a partnership among government

agencies, nonprofits, private businesses and Holy Cross, consists of 27 all-electric housing units outfitted with solar panels, energy storage systems, high-efficiency cold-climate heat pumps and electric vehicle charging stations. The homes will act as “microgrids” that can operate independently or be controlled in the aggregate by Holy Cross to coordinate load and generation on the grid. The Smart Electric Power Alliance is a nonprofit organization that focuses on clean energy and grid modernization.

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t’s the summer of 1917. A teenage Marvel Crosson and her young brother, Joe, stand in awe before a flying machine at the Logan County Fair in Sterling, Colorado. It isn’t much: an early model made of a flimsy frame and fabric with a rear propeller and a tiny seat barely big enough to carry the pilot. But still, for Marvel and Joe, watching that rickety contraption miraculously defy gravity was the moment that changed their lives forever. When the plane took off into the bright, high country sky, Marvel recounts her brother jumping up and down, screaming, “I’m going to be an aviator! I’m going to be an aviator!” She, too, was captivated: “I agreed with him that it was the only thing in the world, and I said I was going to be an aviator, too. This did not seem to be strange to Joe because we had always been partners and I could do anything he could.” It would be six years before the siblings could live out their dream of getting up in the air, but they never abandoned it. On a family vacation to California’s Dutch Flats airfield, they begged a bored pilot to take them up in his open cockpit two-seater aircraft, and for their combined $2.50, he agreed. The siblings returned to earth even more inspired to become pilots themselves. Originally from Indiana, the Crosson family stayed in Colorado long enough for Marvel to graduate from the Logan County

“I agreed with him that it was the only thing in the world, and I said I was going to be an aviator, too. This did not seem to be strange to Joe because we had always been partners and I could do anything he could.” — Marvel Crosson High School in Sterling before moving to San Diego, California. It was there that Marvel and Joe worked odd jobs and saved their pennies to purchase a Curtiss N-9 seaplane for $150. They repaired the plane in their backyard, slowly replacing broken and missing parts as they could afford them. An old World War I training plane, the machine had been sitting in pieces in a warehouse for years. Marvel and Joe saved more money to pay $125 for an old boat motor to make it run, as well as landing gear that could replace the original floats. They eventually also completely replaced the fuselage and covers on the wings. Marvel agreed that Joe should take his flying lessons first, then teach her after he received his license. As their younger sister, Zelma, remembers in her biography of her

sister, “Marvel worked and earned money to finance Joe’s instructions, doing more than her share in their partnership. Joe soloed in June 1924 and at the same time he and Marvel were able to purchase the unassembled parts of their aeroplane.” Marvel finally got her chance to fly a year after her brother, taking her first solo flight on June 20, 1925. When Joe turned the controls over to Marvel, he knew the men at the airport wouldn’t believe a girl was actually the pilot, so he stepped out onto the wing as she made a pass by the hangars so no one could claim they were lying. Not long after teaching Marvel to fly, Joe received an offer from a company out of Fairbanks, Alaska, to pilot passengers, mail and supplies throughout the remote Yukon territory. Joe couldn’t pass up the amazing opportunity to fly for good pay, though Marvel was sad to see him go. She spent the next year logging hundreds of flight hours and saving money by working at a camera store. Already locally famous as a rare female flyer, it was rumored in the newspapers that Marvel was itching to join her brother in Alaska. In her own letters to a former teacher, however, Marvel made clear that she didn’t want to always be known as Joe’s sister. He was making a name for himself as a long-distance pilot and, though she celebrated his success, she wanted to make a name for herself as a pilot on her own terms.

Marvel Crosson became the first female pilot to earn a commercial license in the Territory of Alaska.




The start of the Women’s Air Derby race. Photo source: San Diego Air & Space Museum.

Still, she couldn’t resist the opportunities afforded by her brother’s connections in the far north. In 1927, still in her early to mid-20s, Marvel became the first female pilot licensed by the state of Alaska. She was officially a professional flyer, one of only 70 female pilots in the entire United States and the only one with experience in the Yukon. Newspapers all over the country loved talking about the “pretty aviatrix.” Marvel became known as “Pollyanna of the North” and “Alaska’s Aviation Grocery Girl,” with pictures of her posing in her heavy fur coat next to her plane scattered across front pages throughout the lower 48 states. Alaska flying wasn’t all fame and fortune, however. Though fervor for aviation was growing and remote areas benefited, pilots were not generally welcomed by many people in the north. Planes stole much of the work formerly given to sled dog teams, and the locals resented the change and loss of jobs. Many places of business put up signs in the windows: NO DOGS NOR PILOTS ALLOWED. The freezing weather also made flying complicated. “It takes hours to get your planes warmed up and then the daylight

arvel became known M as “Pollyanna of the North” and “Alaska’s Aviation Grocery Girl.” is all gone nearly,” Marvel wrote. “Even the hangars and sheds are cold (and) you have to work in mittens or your hands would freeze fast to the metal parts.” Still, she seemed to love the freedom and beauty she found in the frozen wilderness. She was being paid to do what she loved most. But Marvel had plans to push her flying even further, and that required returning to California. In 1928, two pilot friends of the Crossons enlisted Joe’s help to complete a flight across Antarctica. Joe was tasked with picking up the expedition’s Lockheed Vega airplane from the factory in Los Angeles and flying it crosscountry to New York. He asked Marvel to

join him. Together, they took turns flying the plane to cover the over 2,700-mile journey across the country. The pair parted once they finally reached New York after the grueling trip. Joe boarded a ship headed to Antarctica, and Marvel bought a ticket for the slow train ride back to the West Coast, stopping to visit family along the way. Once in California again, Marvel had no plans to return to Alaska. Instead, she set her sights on a new challenge: beating the altitude record previously set by Louise Thaden at 20,270 feet. A sponsorship with Union Oil gave her access to an open-cockpit Beechcraft Travel airplane and a barometer to record her flight data. During her first attempts with the new equipment in February of 1929, Marvel encountered even more difficulties with cold than she had in the frozen northern states. “I tried for two hours to get higher than 20,000 feet, but finally the gasoline began to ice up in the carburetor and the motor began to lose its heat, so I had to come on back,” she wrote. Her success would require an equal measure of skill and good timing with the weather. It took her until May of that year and a new airplane to finally reach her goal, surpassing the previous record with a peak altitude of 23,996 feet. Though she had been well-known before, now she was a household name, with newspaper coverage of her achievement

Marvel Crosson in a Ryan Brougham, a small single-engine airliner produced in the United States in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Photo credit: San Diego Air & Space Museum Marvel Crosson with brother Joe. Photo credit: University of Alaska Fairbanks



COVER STORY Marvel Crosson in a Ryan Brougham days before she died on August 19, 1929, in a plane crash in the Arizona desert.

rivaling attention given to Amelia Earhart. Photos of Marvel in her flight suit covered front pages everywhere, and she was dubbed the “New Star of the Clouds.” The whole country was poised with excitement to watch Marvel perform as the first entrant in the inaugural Women’s Air Derby cross-country race. She already won the first sanctioned women’s air race between Palo Alto and Oakland, California, in April, so Marvel was excited and confident about the derby. She also had another reason to be excited: a quiet engagement to fellow pilot Emory Bronte. The two planned to be wed sometime soon after Marvel completed the derby race. Both Emory and Joe were eagerly waiting at the finish line in Cleveland, Ohio. In order to participate in the race — nicknamed the Powder Puff Derby by humorist Will Rogers — all pilots had to prove at least 100 hours of solo flying experience, including 25 hours of cross-country flying. The racers would make their way to Cleveland by way of 10 stops through Arizona, Texas, Missouri and Ohio. The first leg of the race had the pilots flying from Santa Monica to Yuma. After proving they had the proper certificates and experience, 19 female pilots including Marvel and Amelia Earhart took off on

August 18, 1929, from California, cheered on by over 100,000 spectators. Marvel flew a Travel Air Speedwing Chaparral provided by her continuing sponsor, Union Oil. Its cruising air speed of 160 miles per hour was faster than any other plane in the competition. That, in combination with her extensive flying experience, made her the pilot to beat. Though Marvel and Joe had complained of engine trouble in the new plane after transferring it from Wichita, Kansas, to California, a few repairs seemed to have done the trick. Marvel reported that the plane flew just fine between California and the first stop in Yuma. But only 20 minutes after taking off from Yuma at 11:54 a.m. on August 19, she crashed. When she didn’t appear at the next stop on the derby, alarms were raised and her probable route was traced. Her plane had been spotted flying low by a 6-year-old girl in Wellton, Arizona, before it dipped below the tree line. Searchers followed the girl’s directions and found the plane’s wreckage in a ravine. Marvel’s crumpled body was found nearby, wrapped in her partially-opened parachute. To this day, no one knows for sure what caused the crash that ended the career of such a young and promising pilot. Some surmised engine trouble, and that Marvel’s Yukon training might have led her to stay in the plane too long before trying to jump free. When other pilots reported mysterious malfunctions in their aircraft throughout the rest of the derby, rumors of sabotage swirled but were never proven.

No matter the cause, the life of the famous female flyer was cut tragically short. Still, the legacy of Marvel Crosson lives on in the memory of Coloradans. Today, the Sterling Municipal Airport is known as Crosson Field. Across town, visitors to the Overland Trail Museum can see a leather flight helmet that Marvel wore on many an aerial excursion, along with pictures that capture her bright smile, natural beauty and adventurous spirit. Maybe Marvel’s legacy will live on through some other little girl who visits the museum and is inspired to find her own wings. As we celebrate National Aviation Day on August 19, we can only wonder what Marvel might have accomplished if she lived beyond her 30th birthday, especially when you consider the unbelievable feats she achieved before it. She may have only lived here for a part of her life, but Colorado is still proud to claim the title as the state where she was inspired to take to the skies. Freelancer Julie Simpson loves writing about the amazing people and places in her home state of Colorado. Sources: Mondor, Colleen. “The short, brilliant career of Alaska’s first woman pilot.” Anchorage Daily News. June 19, 2016. Accessed Feb. 5, 2020, we-alaskans/2016/06/19/the-short-brilliant-career-ofalaskas-first-woman-pilot/. Sheinkin, Steve. Born to Fly: The First Women’s Air Race Across America, pgs. 1-30. Roaring Brook Press, 2019. Sumner, Sandi. Women Pilots of Alaska: 37 Interviews and Profiles, pgs. 11-14. McFarland, 2004.

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Electric Cooperatives Celebrate Women’s Right to Vote BY DERRILL HOLLY


he 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was approved by Congress on June 4, 1919, but it took more than a year for the measure granting women nationwide the right to vote to gain ratification by 36 states. This August 18, 2020, the nation marks the centennial of this human rights milestone. Rural America was built and owes much of its success to family-run farms and businesses, operated by men and women. While dads and husbands are often celebrated for their contributions, wives and mothers have been full partners in creating thousands of communities, especially here in the West, where the right to vote came to women years before the 19th Amendment was ratified. Wyoming, Utah, Washington and Montana territories all granted women the right to vote long before the Constitutional Amendment passed. Colorado was the first state to pass a popular vote giving women the right to vote and it was the first state to elect women to a state legislature. Western women were more than ready to put their skills to use leading their communities.

The Vast Billboard Campaign of the Woman’s Party put up a billboard in Denver in 1916. Photo source: Library of Congress



The Woman Suffrage Monument, located in Nashville, Tennessee’s Centennial Park, features five women who were actually in Nashville during the final ratification effort: Anne Dallas Dudley of Nashville; Frankie Pierce of Nashville; Sue Shelton White of Jackson; Abby Crawford Milton of Chattanooga; and Carrie Chapman Catt, the national suffrage leader who came to Nashville during the summer of 1920 to direct the pro suffrage forces and stayed at the Hermitage Hotel. Photo source: Robin Conover, The Tennessee Magazine

Power and partnership “Historically, rural wives were always isolated and only had interaction with their husbands and children, but they helped run farms and ranches, and ran their homes,” said Betsy Huber, president and CEO of the National Grange. Founded in 1867, the Grange chapters took root as fraternal community organizations committed to promoting sound agricultural concepts in the North, the South and the expanding West. “From the very beginning, women could hold any office in the Grange,” Huber said.

“We have 13 offices, including four that are only open to women.” By the early 1900s, organizations like the Grange were providing rural women with meaningful leadership opportunities and fueling passions for full engagement in public life that included political participation. With the rise of suffragist sentiments in the early 20th century, the Grange routinely included women in governance decisions, Huber said. “One of our national agriculture committees early in the last century had six members, including three men and three women, who reviewed and discussed the

INDUSTRY resolutions submitted by local Grange chapters that ultimately set policy for the National Grange.” Among the farm women embracing the suffragist cause was Febb Ensminger Burn, a widow from Tennessee’s McMinn County who ultimately played a decisive role in earning women the right to vote and forever changing U.S. history. “Suffrage has interested me for years,” Burn once told a reporter. Between running her farm and caring for her family, she followed news accounts from Nashville and was turned off by harsh opposition speeches against ratification in the summer of 1920. In August, she penned a seven-page letter to her son, Henry T. Burn, a freshman representative in the House of Representatives of the Tennessee General Assembly.

Suffragists gather outside the depot of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with a banner: “We Demand an Amendment to the United States Constitution.” Photo source: Library of Congress

Wolfe, a National Rural Electric Cooperative Association senior political advisor, who lives in Nashville. “Voting is so much more than just a right, it is a privilege,” Wolfe said. “The suffragettes fought for generations to finally win that privilege 100 years ago, and every time we cast a ballot, we honor their memories.”

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A donkey carries a sign urging a vote in favor of the 19th Amendment. Photo source: Library of Congress

“Vote for suffrage and don’t keep them in doubt,” Burn wrote to her 24-year-old son. “Don’t forget to be a good boy and help.” With the letter from his mom in his pocket, Rep. Burn broke a 48-48 deadlock by changing his vote to pass the measure, and women nationwide were guaranteed the right to participate in all national elections. “I spend a lot of my time encouraging co-op members to contact their legislators, and mother-son influence is a great example of true grassroots activism,” said Amanda

When electric cooperatives were organized years later, many of the same principles honored by rural organizations, including recognition of property rights, were among the fundamental tenets included in co-op charters. Family memberships were vested in heads of households, regardless of gender, and women were among the founding members of many electric cooperatives. When President Franklin Delano Roosevelt created the Rural Electrification Administration in 1935, farm magazines quickly published stories about the news. Maye Shaw of Quitman, Texas, was a former teacher and regular reader who knew life on the farm would be easier with electric power. She wrote Rep. Morgan G. Sanders for information on the new electric co-ops and persuaded her husband Virgil Shaw to look into it. By 1937, they both were riding through the surrounding countryside recruiting members and collecting $5 sign-up fees. Mr. Shaw eventually became the founding general manager of Wood County Electric Cooperative, which now serves nearly 36,000 meters and is still

headquartered in Quitman. In 1939, when the Rural Electrification Administration approved its first loans for electric cooperatives in South Carolina, women were actively involved in the formation of Darlingtonbased Pee Dee Electric Cooperative. Mrs. E.S.J. Evans, the home demonstration agent for the Darlington County Agricultural Extension Service Office, was an organizer, and Miss Sue Coker and Mrs. E.A. Gray were elected to the founding board.

Acting for the future America’s electric cooperatives support Co-ops Vote, a grassroots movement designed to encourage voter registration, political engagement and participation by everyone in local, state and national affairs. “We provide the information to co-op consumer-members to find out how, where and when to vote, and information on the issues that affect rural communities,” said Laura Vogel, an NRECA senior political advisor. “We do not tell people who to vote for, and we don’t endorse candidates.” Co-ops want their consumer-members to vote. They want the rural voice to be heard. Voting in the upcoming election is a great way to celebrate the passage of the 19th Amendment and honor those suffragettes who worked hard to win the right for women to vote. Derrill Holly writes on consumer and cooperative affairs for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the national trade association representing more than 900 local electric cooperatives. COLOR ADO COUNTRY LIFE AUGUST 2020






ith plants wilting in the summer heat, people often wonder how to spruce up their gardens. They ask me if it’s too late to plant. The answer is no. It’s OK as long as you give the plants some tender loving care — which basically translates into hydration. In Colorado, heat and intense high-altitude sunlight make plants work harder. With more water transpiring from leaves, there is greater demand for water, which puts greater pressure on the roots.


The advantage of planting in August is that many nurseries have sales. Dahlias are one of my favorites for late planting. They bloom from June through late fall, so there’s still lots of time to enjoy them. Dahlias come in a wide spectrum of sizes and colors with flowers that vary from 1-inch pompons to




10-inch giants. This year, Colorado nurseries boasted the usual wide variety, ranging from Caroline dahlia, which grows 8 inches tall with rich red flowers and brilliant yellow centers, to Gold Crown, which grows up to 4 feet with cactus-like golden flowers. Both do well in full sun to partial shade. As an added bonus, the more you cut dahlias the more they bloom, so you can create indoor bouquets to enjoy inside as well. Hardy hibiscus is another good way to add excitement to your garden. It has bountiful flowers that bloom continuously in red, pink or white from midsummer until frost. Although you will get more blossoms if you plant in the spring, you can still get flowers with an August transplant. Newer hybrids are smaller and more compact than older varieties, such as Lady Baltimore. Perfect Storm grows 3 feet tall with huge white flowers and a red eye radiating in veins out to pink edges. In August, most container grown plants are getting root bound and will benefit from being planted in the ground. It is better to plant early in the morning when cooler temperatures reduce the stress of transplanting. Dig a hole the same depth as your pot and twice as wide. Before planting, you want to make sure the plants are


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his is one of my favorite months to fly-fish the Colorado high country. By the time August rolls around, you can be reasonably sure if you hike into a cutthroat lake at say, 10- or 11,000 feet, you won’t have to drill a hole in it to catch a trout. You can also be fairly certain the streams up there will be in pretty good shape, too. Runoff will have been over for a while; the headwater creeks might even be a wee bit low but they’ll be martini-clear and the fish in them will be hungry. Trout in the high country are always hungry. They’re usually wild, too, if not authentic natives. Depending on the watershed you fish, you may find river-born browns and rainbows among the various populations of cutthroats: Colorado River cutts, West Slope cutts, Rio Grande or maybe even native Colorado greenbacks. For sure you’ll hook brook trout. In fact, the brookies will probably outnumber all the other species by at least three to one. They’re an introduced and extremely invasive species. Release the cutts, browns and rainbows, but Colorado Parks and Wildlife encourages taking a limit of the invading brookies when you leave. They’re delicious and you’ll be doing the other fish a favor. Dry flies rule up here this time of year and though fly selection varies from one fisherman to the next, you can bet the beer money almost every high-country angler will carry at least one Wulff pattern — probably two or three of them, in sizes 12 to16. The Royal Wulff is a universal favorite, and so is the H&L Variant or the “House and Lot” as some old-timers call it. The Western version of the Ausable Wulff tied with moose hair tails and a cream-colored fur body is popular with some Estes Park guides I know. I like the traditional Eastern version; it has woodchuck tails and a dyed, rusty-orange Australian ’possum body. Add a few light and dark elk

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This is your chance to vote for your favorite: Cross Country Ski Trail: Colorado-Made Wine (red):

Apologies to Mr. Einstein How relative - this poetry… For herein I spend energy, probe space-time and search for words to somehow… fuse pain, fission doubt, conjure faith, anneal hope, billow dreams, sputter prayer, cascade joy, and marrow love. And yet, the total mass of such when crudely strewn across the page is lesser than a pinhead or, perhaps, a mustard seed.

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Burrito: Colorado-Made Jam/Jelly:

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Country Store:

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Ballots must be submitted by September 10, 2020, either via mail or online. Only one entry per person. Nominations must be located in Colorado. Ballots nominating the “Best of” in at least four categories will be eligible to win one of three $100 gift cards. Winners will be selected by random drawing. Submit ballot online under Contests at If ballot is mailed, list your name, phone number, email address, mailing address and electric cooperative. Send to: Best of Colorado, 5400 Washington Street, Denver, CO 80216.


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A lonely heart beaten by insensitivity. He longs for someone, anyone, to grasp his hand. For someone to share his collage of memorabilia... To dance with him among his hopes. Alas, his thoughts are broken by the sound of his only companion. A clock that ticks... Moments that pass... Who will share with him his dreams? Diane M. Getzy, Durango La Plata Electric Association consumer-member

DO YOU WRITE POETRY? Send us your best work; we’d love to read it. Submission: Submit your poetry via email to: or by mail to: Colorado Country Life 5400 Washington St. Denver, CO 80216 COLOR ADO COUNTRY LIFE AUGUST 2020



August 2020 Through August 16 Golden

Weekend Train Rides Colorado Railroad Museum

August 7 Pueblo

Gaming and Pop-Culture Showcase Pueblo Arts Alliance Studios 7 pm •

August 8 Castle Rock

Front Range Maker’s Market Outlets at Castle Rock 10 am-4 pm •

August 12 Online

“Bold Women, Change History” Suffrage Presentation 6-7 pm •

September 2020

August 15-16 Savery, Wyoming

Sheepwagon: Tales and Trails Event Little Snake River Museum 307-383-7262 • littlesnakeriver

August 24-28 Online

Denver Botanic Gardens’ Fête des Fleurs Fundraiser

August 25 Nationwide

September 3 Fort Collins

Northern Colorado Astronomical Society Meeting Fort Collins Museum of Discovery 6:15-8 pm •

September 3-6 Virtual

2 MONTHS IN ADVANCE Calendar, Colorado Country Life, 5400 Washington St., Denver, CO 80216; fax to 303455-2807; or email calendar@

Yampa Valley Crane Festival

September 4 Grand Lake

Opening Night “Ring of Fire” Johnny Cash Theater Performance Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre 970-627-3421 •

Free Admission Day U.S. National Parks


Due to COVID-19, some of these events may be canceled, modified or rescheduled. Please contact the host of the events if you have any questions.

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f the words “happy little trees” and “almighty mountains” slow your pulse and bring a sense of calm, you’re probably already a fan of Bob Ross. Now you can take in the soothing sights of Ross creating his famous art for free from virtually any device you own. Ross painted more than 1,000 landscapes for the classic PBS television show “The Joy of Painting.” Now, 25 years after his passing, nearly 400 episodes are available on Tubi, a free video-on-demand service. Whether you’re a budding artist or simply enjoy getting lost in the art of creating, Ross is an icon who has inspired generations of fans. “My mother first discovered Bob more than 35 years ago, and since that time he’s become a global phenomenon,” said Joan Kowalski, president of Bob Ross Inc. “I can’t think of a better time for people to listen to Bob’s soothing voice and hear his peaceful words of wisdom. I’m really happy that everyone can watch Bob create his ‘happy little accidents’ whenever they want for free on Tubi.” The service offers more than 20,000 movies and television shows from nearly every



major Hollywood studio on virtually every platform, from smart televisions and video game consoles to mobile phones, tablets and more. Since it is ad-supported, the massive library of films and television shows is available for free without the hassle of credit cards and subscription fees.

Viewers can indulge in genres of all kinds from Hollywood blockbusters and independent films to specialty content, children’s programming and more on the growing platform. To find your own relaxing programming, visit Photo source: Bob Ross Inc. Used with permission.

Check out our list of VIRTUAL SANITY SAVERS! Since some Community Events are being canceled or rescheduled due to COVID-19, Colorado Country Life went on an online scavenger hunt to find ways to be entertained while social distancing. Find these and more at




FUNNY STORIES Each evening when I came home

La Plata Electric consumer-members Helen and Terry Gebert visit Split, Croatia, with Colorado Country Life.

Mountain View Electric consumer-members Jim and Bonnie Kennel spend the Fourth of July with CCL on the Cowboy Coaster at the Snow King Resort in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Yeehaw!

after work, our elderly nanny would first shower herself and then bathe our 2-yearold daughter. One particular evening I had just came home and heard a loud slam of the upstairs sliding closet door in our toddler’s room. I ran upstairs and heard her crying in her closet. I slid the door open and asked my wet, shivering, frantic little girl why she was crying so profusely. Her immediate reply in a loud, shaky voice was, “I WON’T take out my teeth before my bath like Lola did!” Jim Gulland, Chromo

One day I was outside playing

with my 5-year-old grandson. He wanted to play tag and I told him I could not run. Later I heard him telling his 7-year-old brother, Nathan, “If a person has a little bit of white in their hair, like Daddy, they can run, but if they have a lot of white in their hair they can’t run.” You just never know what goes through the mind of a child. Regina Jameson, Beulah

The Renova family enjoys CCL and wine at Snowy Peaks Winery in Estes Park. Cheers to these United Power consumer-members! Colorado Country Life travels to Zapier, New Zealand, with Kelli Brown (left) and Kim Threlkeld, daughters of long-time Empire Electric Association board member William (Bill) Bauer. Kelli and Kim live in Cortez and are also consumer-members of Empire Electric Association.

When my granddaughter was 3

years old, we were driving and saw a large rattlesnake in the road. I stopped so she could see it from the car. It was coiled and rattling and I explained that a rattlesnake is very dangerous and if she sees or hears one she should quickly get away. “If it bites you,” I said, “you will get very sick and could possibly die.” As she was listening and looking very intently, she very seriously stated, “And don’t put it in your mouth.” Anna Concialdi, Beulah

SHARE WITH US YOUR FUNNY STORY Mountain View Electric Association consumermembers Sam and Sandy Grivy visit the historic Beckwith Ranch in Westcliffe with CCL.

WINNER: 10-year-old Logan Tillery and duck, Vern, enjoy Colorado Country Life at home in Rye. Logan and family are consumer-members of San Isabel Electric.

Take Your Photo with Your Magazine and Win! It’s easy to win with Colorado Country Life. Simply take a photo of someone (or a selfie!) with the magazine and email the photo and your name and address to info@ We’ll draw one photo to win $25 each month. The next deadline is Monday, August 17. Name, address and co-op must accompany photo. See all of the submitted photos on Facebook at

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 2020 stories to Colorado Country Life, 5400 Washington St., Denver, CO 80216 or email funnystories@ Don’t forget to include your mailing address, so we can send you a check.




High Flying Explore the skies from the ground

Highlighting the History of Airports As an aviator, writer, speaker, founding member of the Grand County Aviation Association and a host of additional accolades, Penny Hamilton is acquainted with the aviation community, to say the least. In her book America’s Amazing Airports, Hamilton shares insight into the history, functions and construction of airports of the world that you may not have otherwise recognized. Available in paperback for $12.99 and Kindle for $3.99 on

Aviation Museums We Recommend 1


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Call or visit the aviation museums’ websites for hours of operation.



Take a Fascinating Flight Let a professional pilot fly you around the Grand Valley in a magnificent World War II airplane offered at the Commemorative Air Force’s Rocky Mountain Wing at the Grand Junction Regional Airport. You will learn about the plane’s history and perform preflight safety checks before you take to the skies for the flight of your life. For ages 13 and older. Cost is $100 for 40 minutes for a WWII trainer flight adventure; $750 for 40 minutes in a WWII TBM Avenger. For information, call 970-921-3700 or visit

1 Emily Warner Field Aviation Museum, Granby • Named after the first U.S. female airline captain, this museum is chock-full of aviation displays, photographs and artifacts. Warner passed away — or, in aviation-speak, “flew West” — on Fourth of July weekend 2020, so be sure to visit the museum to learn more about this esteemed pilot. • 970-531-1100 • 2 The National Museum of World War II Aviation, Colorado Springs • Located on a 21-acre campus at the Colorado Springs Airport, this museum features 28 fully-restored flying aircraft as well as an array of exhibits and U.S. armed forces’ vehicles. 719-637-7559 • 3 Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum, Pueblo • Located near the Pueblo Memorial Airport, PWAM has nearly 100 years of military and aviation history showcased throughout two hangars. • 719-948-9219

4 Spirit of Flight Foundation, Westminster • The Spirit of Flight’s home is moving to the Rocky Mountain Metro Airport. In the meantime, you can schedule an appointment to feast your eyes on flight artifacts and memorabilia, or you can check the museum’s website to find out where its mobile air museum will be. • 303-460-1156 • 5 Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, Denver • Wings Over the Rockies Exploration of Flight, Englewood • The popular Air & Space Museum recently opened an “interactive aviation center” at the Boeing Blue Sky Aviation Gallery in Englewood. Its interactive exhibits, flight simulators, airport tours and more will leave you inspired to take flight or possibly look into an amazing career in aviation. • 303-360-5360 •



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