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Volume 51

Number 08

August 2020 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 | 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 mneeley@coloradocountrylife.org | 303-455-4111 coloradocountrylife.coop | facebook.com/COCountryLife Pinterest.com/COCountryLife | Instagram.com/cocountrylife Twitter.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

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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Electric co-ops continually work to mitigate risks along lines BY KENT SINGER



mong the many challenges facing Colorado’s electric co-ops this summer, the threat of wildfires is near the top of the list. Over the last several years, several thousand acres of co-op service territory have been blackened by wildfires. This problem, of course, is not limited to Colorado. The fires in northern California in recent years led to the loss of many lives, the destruction of billions of dollars of property and the bankruptcy of one of California’s major electric utilities. Thankfully, in Colorado there has been no loss of life, but the fires have caused extensive property damage and resulted in lengthy interruptions of electric service. In the case of the 2018 Lake Christine fire near Basalt, only the quick thinking of a utility lineworker prevented the burning of facilities that would have caused a days-long power outage in the Roaring Fork Valley. Electric co-ops spend a great deal of time and money taking steps to mitigate the risk of wildfires in their service territories. While it’s impossible to limit the lightning strikes that sometimes ignite fires, co-ops do as much as they can to clear the trees near power lines

to prevent them from falling into the lines during storms. They also clear the brush and other vegetation under power lines to limit the fuel sources in the case of a downed power line. Co-ops spend millions of dollars annually to clear trees and vegetation to mitigate the risk of wildfires. This task of “vegetation management” is one that is complicated by many competing interests. Some landowners aren’t excited about the prospect of the co-op cutting down trees on or near their property. While this is understandable, the alternative is drastically worse: the possibility of a “danger tree” falling into power lines and starting a fire. Co-ops work with landowners every day and appreciate the cooperation of their members in mitigating wildfire risks. Another challenge for electric co-ops is working with federal, state and local government agencies to gain access to co-op rights-of-way across government-owned property. Although most agencies understand that the co-ops must have access to their facilities to clear trees and brush, some have policies that make it difficult for the co-ops to adequately mitigate the risk.

A view of the High Park fire in northern Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.




Thankfully, at least in the case of the U.S. Forest Service, some new rules have been adopted by the agency that will hopefully streamline the process for gaining access. Some states have adopted legislation to protect electric utilities in the event that a wildfire causes property damage and the utility is sued. In Colorado, as in most states, the standard of care for electric utilities as it relates to the maintenance of their facilities is not clear. In other words, electric utilities, such as electric co-ops, don’t have clear guidelines to follow with respect to their vegetation management practices. For that reason, CREA will work with the Colorado legislature during the 2021 legislative session to establish some guidelines, which, if followed, would enable co-ops to better defend themselves in the event of a lawsuit. This is an approach that the state of Utah adopted in 2018 and CREA thinks it has merit for consideration in Colorado. Regardless of whether new legislation is passed, Colorado’s electric co-ops will continue to do what they have done for many years: take all prudent steps to mitigate the risk of wildfires. The good news is that you can play a part as an electric co-op consumer-member. Working with your co-op, you can help mitigate the risks of wildfires by taking steps to protect your property and allowing the co-op access to protect its power lines bringing electricity to you and your neighbors. Kent Singer is the executive director of the Colorado Rural Electric Association and offers a statewide perspective on issues affecting electric cooperatives. CREA is the trade association for your electric co-op, the 21 other electric co-ops in Colorado and its power supply co-op.



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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SDCEA’S BUSINESS STRUCTURE Governance Sangre de Cristo Electric Association is a cooperative, a form of business owned and controlled by the people who use it— members, who are consumer account holders. As it is not possible for members to directly make all cooperative decisions, SDCEA is governed by a board of directors, elected by you, the member. Acting as a group, directors employ the cooperative’s CEO, establish guiding policies and direct the cooperative’s overall business operating goals. Seven board members govern SDCEA’s business operations and represent geographic areas in SDCEA’s service territory. • Two board members represent the service territory at-large • Two board members represent Rural Chaffee/Lake counties • One board member represents the town of Buena Vista • One board member represents Fremont County • One board member represents Custer County All of the board members, like you, receive electric service within SDCEA’s service territory and are charged with representing the interests of members of their service territory while serving on the board. SDCEA’s cooperative bylaws and policies, posted online at myelectric.coop, contain the exact details about director qualifications and the nomination and election process. Elections to three-year terms are held during SDCEA’s annual meeting in June. Directors are elected on a rotation basis so that there will always be members on the board who are knowledgeable of SDCEA’s operations and ongoing projects. It takes a lot of effort to prepare, stay involved and do the job well. Training and educational programs in the areas of governance responsibilities, utility operations

and management oversight are necessary for a director to function most effectively in his or her responsibilities.

7 Cooperative Principles Cooperatives like SDCEA have seven principles that help guide operations: 1. Voluntary and Open Membership. Cooperatives are open to anyone able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership. There is no discrimination based on gender, social status, race, political affiliation or religion. 2. Democratic Member Control. Cooperatives are controlled directly by their members. Elected representatives are accountable to the cooperative’s membership, and members are expected to participate actively. 3. Members’ Economic Participation. Members control the capital of their cooperative and the co-op is expected to operate as a not-for-profit organization. If there is a surplus in capital, it is credited to members in the form of capital credits. 4. Autonomy and Independence. Cooperatives are autonomous, democratic and always controlled by members. 5. Education, Training and Information. Cooperatives educate and train their members so they will continue to grow and improve. They also inform legislators and the public about the benefits and nature of cooperatives. 6. Cooperation Among Cooperatives. The cooperative movement is strengthened by collaboration between cooperative organizations. This can happen at the local, national and international levels. 7. Concern for Community. Cooperatives work towards sustainable development in their communities through policies agreed upon by their members. COLOR ADO COUNTRY LIFE AUGUST 2020




Joseph Redetzke – Chair At-Large representative

Dan C. Daly – Vice Chair At-Large representative

Tom Flower – Director Custer County representative

NEW PHONE/EMAIL If you’ve changed your phone number or email address since beginning service with SDCEA, please update your information with us. Without a current phone number or email address, we cannot get in touch with you to let you know about planned outages, to confirm power has been restored in the event of an unplanned outage or to let you know about possible issues with your billing, such as expired credit cards on auto pay accounts. You can go to our website, myelectric. coop, to the login box to create an account with updated information, or you can update information online if you already have an account. Would you like to check in with us instead? Call us 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday at 719-395-2412 or toll-free 844-395-2412.



Charles A. Abel II – Secretary Rural Chaffee/Lake County representative

Suzanne Kelly – Director Rural Chaffee/Lake County representative

Geoffrey S. Gerk – Treasurer Fremont County representative

David A. Volpe – Director Town of Buena Vista representative

SOCIAL MEDIA • Sangre de Cristo Electric is on Facebook and Twitter. Check in with us! • Facebook: Sangre de Cristo Electric Assn., Inc @Sdcea.inc • Twitter: Sangredecristoelec@Sdcea_inc • Website: myelectric.coop

MEMBERS ONLY SDCEA posts rates, policies, board meeting information, annual reports, board contacts and more for our members to access online at any time. To view these items, create an account on our website at myelectric.coop. Sign in and find this information on the SmartHub landing page under the drop-down menus, MyProfile>Documents. The Members Only section and 2020 Legislative Directory links are on the left side of the page. Questions about how to access this information? Please call 719-395-2412 or toll-free 844-395-2412.

REBATES SDCEA and our power supplier, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc., have teamed up to bring you rebates for installing Energy Star-rated water tanks and Energy Star-rated appliances. Want to learn more? Go to our website, myelectric.coop, click on Save Energy & Money and head to the Rebates tab.

OUTAGES Do you have an outage to report? Don’t hesitate to call 719-395-2412 or toll-free 844-395-2412. DO NOT email your outage information or post your outage information on social media. SDCEA cannot monitor that information effectively, especially after hours. The only way to be sure we know you have an outage is to phone it in.



Paul A. Erickson Chief Executive Officer

Sarah McMahon Chief Administrative Officer

Donald Schell Chief Financial Officer

Bryon Stilley Chief Operations Officer

Hired by the board of directors, the chief executive officer is responsible for the overall management of all business and service operations of the cooperative. The chief executive officer represents SDCEA’s interests in economic development and in state and national governance and policy-making.

The chief administrative officer is responsible for the oversight of employee, consumer and community relations, key accounts and energy use advisory services, communications, technology, metering programs, human resources, board relations, charitable giving, strategic business planning and business development.

The chief financial officer is responsible for the oversight of the cooperative’s finances, including income and expenses; federal reporting requirements; and loan, debt and income management. Consumer service representatives, to whom many of you speak when you call the cooperative, are also based out of this department.

The chief operations officer is responsible for lineworkers, inventory, project work, engineering, equipment, staking, system capacity, new construction, line maintenance and system repair. Thisdepartment, which represents the ‘front line’ of the cooperative, also manages mapping of equipment on the electrical system, processing service upgrades, upgrading services, work orders, developing work plans and outage response.

The management team at SDCEA is charged with day-to-day responsibilities for managing the cooperative.



angre de Cristo Electric Association is a distribution cooperative, purchasing wholesale power from Tri-State to deliver along our lines. SDCEA is a rural electric cooperative; a member-owned utility that was established to provide reliable and affordable electricity by purchasing electric power at wholesale and delivering it directly to the consumer. SDCEA, as well as a network of cooperatives throughout the country, are primarily located in rural areas where the return on expensive infrastructure investment was not high enough to attract investor-owned utilities, such as Xcel Energy and Black Hills Energy. Although electric cooperatives are not the dominant providers of electricity nationwide, they are the primary providers in most of the country’s rural areas.

To ensure an adequate supply of the cost-effective, reliable power, distribution cooperatives formed generation and transmission (G&T) cooperatives to pool their purchasing power for wholesale electricity. The G&T cooperatives provide wholesale power to their member-owners either by purchasing and delivering power from public or investor-owned power plants, or by generating electricity themselves. In SDCEA’s case, that G&T is Tri-State Generation and Transmission, which is based in Westminster, Colorado. SDCEA has a long-term electric power contract with Tri-State, which obligates Tri-State to meet all of our power needs, while requiring us to purchase a minimum of 95% of our power exclusively from them.




Vegetation management efforts underway

Sangre de Cristo Electric Association’s vegetation management efforts, focused on the Cotopaxi and Howard areas in Fremont County earlier this year, have now been shifted to Chaffee and Lake counties. Work began in June to clear the main power line from the Buena Vista substation north to the Twin Lakes substation. The clearing effort is in advance of a 2020 project to rebuild the line between the two substations, which will allow SDCEA to feed power between both substations. This will help improve the reliability and safety of electricity to consumers Integrity Tree Services has been contracted by SDCEA to perform this work. While plans are in place for crews to return to Fremont County in 2021, the vegetation management program is an ongoing project planned for the next several years throughout SDCEA’s service territory in Chaffee, Fremont, Lake and Custer counties. Threat of wildfire Locally, the threat of wildfire is high in our region. Electric lines in contact with vegetation can reach a temperature of 32,000



degrees — a temperature high enough to ignite any tree, house, shed, grass or anything else near the line. Winds that blow in our area could then spread that fire very quickly. The impacts of a wildfire are far-reaching, threatening human life, wildlife, our ecosystem and our economy. Safety As your community electric cooperative, we at SDCEA feel the most important aspect of the vegetation management project is to protect lives. Lives are threatened and have been lost during wildfires. SDCEA is committed to doing what we can to keep our residents safe. We never want to endanger anyone in our communities. That is why we are devoting our resources to vegetation management and taking the ongoing work of this program very seriously. We value your life. We encourage you to visit our website, myelectric.coop. Under the Safety tab, click on Vegetation Management to view two links to videos we have posted documenting the tragedy of the recent Camp Fire in California. Eighty-eight people lost their lives during that wildfire, which was sparked by a power line. We must work together to avoid a similar devastating event from happening in our communities. Reliability Many of the outages on SDCEA’s system are due to trees coming into contact with power lines. Clearing lines eliminates the potential for contact and helps maintain consistent, reliable and safe power. Clearing lines of vegetation creates a safer work environment for our lineworkers and gives our crews the ability to quickly look down the right-of-way to find the cause of an outage. A downed power line takes much longer to restore when crews cannot reasonably access the line or must detangle, clear or work around obstacles caused by trees, brush and other vegetation. To ensure reliability, SDCEA has a yearly work plan that includes upgrading and rebuilding line. Some of the vegetation on our system prevents crews from accessing lines due for an upgrade, so the vegetation must be removed.

How will this plan impact my property? A common question we receive in the office is how to determine which trees and other vegetation will be removed by SDCEA’s contractor. Any tree trunk that is within 20 feet of the center of a power pole or line could be cut down. If you measure that distance from side to side in total, that’s 40 feet, with the pole being in the center, 20 feet on either side. The canopy from a tree outside the 20 feet will be trimmed back to the 20 feet, but not taken out unless it is a danger tree. Danger trees are trees that are dead or alive that are leaning toward the line and that can reach the line if they fall; these trees will be removed in order to eliminate this hazard. Crews are instructed to grind wood into mulch and spread the mulch around the site where vegetation is cut. If a homeowner prefers, crews will leave the wood in lengths for firewood. Property owners must make a firewood request to the crew before work begins on their property. SDCEA acknowledges that our vegetation management program and the removal of trees can be very upsetting to property owners, some of whom may not support this project. We do hope there is an understanding that the goal of the project is to save lives and property. It is critically important for SDCEA to do our part to mitigate the risks of a catastrophic wildfire or other incident from occurring on one of our lines by taking these steps. Improving access to the lines also creates a safer work environment for our line crews and enhances the provision of reliable electric service to your property. Combined with the efforts of other regional emergency managers, public land agencies and private property owners, we also hope to preserve our region’s natural beauty for years to come. If you have any questions, please contact our office in Buena Vista, 719-3952412 or toll-free 844-395-2412 or email: communications@myelectric.coop. Consumers along the main power line from Buena Vista to Twin Lakes may also have contracted crews working on pole and line replacement near their property.


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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.


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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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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, https://www.adn.com/culture/ 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

Eastern (top) and Western versions of the Ausable Wulff, an excellent high-country dry fly.

hair caddis; a couple of ants, beetles, hoppers; and some midge patterns for the lakes, and you’ll have most of the bases covered. On second thought, you ought to carry an Adams or two. The standard version is fine, but the parachute version with the white, calf tail post wing is a lot easier to see. A few years back I discovered a size 14 partridge and yellow soft hackle was an effective match for the little yellow stone flies and pale morning duns that hatch on my favorite headwater creek this time of year. Now, for obvious reasons, I never leave home without some of those. The same goes for a lightweight rain jacket. It’s not a fly pattern, I know, but it is indispensable for fly fishing the high country because, well, you know. Dennis Smith is a freelance outdoors writer and photographer whose work appears nationally. He lives in Loveland.

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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

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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.

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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 amazon.com.

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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 rockymountainwingcaf.org.

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 • grandcountyhistory.org 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 • worldwariiaviation.org 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 pwam.org

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 • spiritofflight.com 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 • wingsmuseum.org



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