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SEPTEMBER 2016 Volume 47, Number 09

“Shavano Sunflowers” by Logan Myers of Buena Vista.




[cover] Rodney Wood is in the driver's seat of “Skeletoons,” a car created last summer by Mini Maker Faire visitors at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Photographs by Dave Neligh. THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE COLORADO RURAL ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION

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SAFETY SUPPORT CREA is here to help electric co-ops with the safe delivery of electricity in Colorado BY KENT SINGER CREA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


For most co-op members across Colorado, the only time you think about your electricity provider is on those infrequent occasions when the lights flicker or go out. This is because the quality of service provided by Colorado’s electric co-ops has improved to the point where you have service at least an average of 99 percent of the time. This is due to the work of a lot of people. First, each co-op has a board of directors elected from members of the co-op who meet each month to direct the management of the co-op. Then there are all the employees at the co-op. Not all co-ops have the same positions, but most have a general manager or CEO, an operations manager, a chief financial officer, a member services manager and, perhaps, a chief technology officer, as well as the customer service representatives, line superintendents and line crews that keep the lights on every day. Even though it takes a lot of people to run the co-op, it’s the line crews that are out in the field every day to make sure that the coop's substations, transformers and lines are in good working order and providing you power. This requires the line crews to work around high-voltage electricity on a daily basis. One of Colorado Rural Electric Association’s functions is to help every co-op keep safety as a top priority for these crews. To do that, CREA employs several former journeyman linemen who have decades of experience in the field. The CREA staff provides training to support the day-to-day safety practices of all the co-ops. Our loss control team spends one week each quarter at every electric co-op in the state to make sure each co-op has the latest information relating to safe workplace practices. We are also working with our national trade association, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, to see that each member of our safety team has the highest level of safety training available. To become a NRECA certified loss control professional and add CLCP after their name, co-op employees must complete a rigorous training program along with a final training project that is submitted to a team of reviewers appointed by NRECA. Randy Westberg, CREA’s director of safety training and loss control, along with Dan Whitesides, a CREA job safety and training instructor, already completed this training. The rest of the team is in the process of doing the same. Before long, the entire CREA safety team will have obtained CLCP status.

I learned a lot more about what it takes to achieve CLCP status since being asked to join the CLCP task force and certification panel. This panel reviews proposed training presentations from co-op linemen and others who are seeking CLCP certification. A group of co-op folks from around the country volunteer their time to sit on this panel that meets twice each year Kent Singer to review and evaluate the training presentations. I recently spent two days in Madison, Wisconsin, evaluating the final projects of many candidates for the CLCP designation. The subjects of the presentations ranged from cardiopulmonary resuscitation to avoiding power lines. All were well done. The evaluation team did make some suggestions on a few of them, making them even better. Now, these final presentations will be added to a digital library and can be accessed by anyone who has obtained the CLCP status. This library is another resource for the electric co-ops as they strive for safety for their employees who are working in what can be a dangerous industry. This focus on safety is supported by the CREA board of directors. The directors met for a planning session in May to talk about the issues that are most important to all of us. That list included, among others items, local control of co-op decisions, the integrity of our service territory and, last but definitely not least, the safe delivery of electricity — the safety of our communities and the safety of our employees. CREA’s involvement in the CLCP program is just one way we work to support our member electric co-ops as they provide the safe delivery of dependable electricity to your home or business.

Kent Singer, Executive Director

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[letters] Every month when Colorado Country Life appears in my mailbox, I flip to the back and look for the recipes. I am usually delighted with seasonal treats. I hate to say it, but June was disappointing. While I did find two recipes that look delicious, they seem more fitting for a cold winter’s day. I guess I was hoping for refreshing combinations of this season’s produce, not frozen and canned ingredients. Seana Brandon, Durango

Priceless Memories

Dennis Smith (Outdoors, June ’16) wrote some priceless memories of his strong and determined grandmother. They were wonderful and bless him for sharing them. I am a genealogist and I am always asking clients to include stories of their ancestors — write down memories of the traits and characteristics of those ancestors with whom they have interacted. Janice Geist, Carr

Leadership at Gettysburg

Just read your column about the Civil War and the importance of clear communication (Viewpoint, July ’16). A former manager I worked for had this phrase posted prominently on his wall: “The only problem with communication is the illusion that it has been achieved.” Al Schaffer, via email [During] 20 years in the Army, I often modeled my actions after the great Robert E. Lee. Lee habitually asked, “Who is in command there?” whenever the Army of Northern Virginia made contact with Union troops. The lesson: Know your subordinates and their capabilities and limitations. I have often thought that the “gods of war” must have decided that Lee has enjoyed enough success on the battlefield by the end of June 1863. I find it hard to believe that Lee did not know that Ewell was no Stonewall Jackson. But Lee gave Ewell the same freedom he was accustomed to giving Jackson, and the northern end of the Union line was not turned. Great writing in Viewpoint. Vince Forepaugh, via email



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Jeffco Open Space Lands and Golden September 19 and October 4-9 From October 4-8, artists from Colorado and other U.S. states will capture their impressions of the Jeffco Open Space scenic vistas as they create watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings from dawn to dusk. On September 19, the event opens with a kickoff exhibition featuring a free, public display of artwork that illustrates the different seasons of the year. October 8-9, a display of the paintings created throughout the week will be featured at the Golden Community Center in Golden. For more information and a detailed list of events, visit

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The pulse of K.C. happenings

Letter From the GM

It’s hard to believe that we are already on the downhill side of 2016. Although this year went quickly, there is still a lot of work to be completed before year’s end for both you and K.C. Electric Association. WE BEGAN 2016 with a revenue neutral rate change that moved some of our rate classes to a demand energy rate. This rate change was necessary because our power supplier, Tri-State Generation and Transmission, changed its rate structure from an all energy rate to a demand energy rate. Tri-State recently notified us that there will need to be a rate increase in 2017 so that it can continue to meet financial obligations. At this time, I don’t know how much this rate increase will be, but I will receive additional information in the near future, and I will be sure to let you know how it will affect K.C. Electric and our financial stability.

increase reliability, but will also decrease system losses.

If you drove north of Stratton the past few months, you may have noticed a contractor rebuilding some power lines for us. These system upgrades were necessary so that we can deliver energy to a new compressor station. This project consisted of rebuilding more than 11 miles of three-phase overhead line with larger poles and conductors.

I want to thank you for your patience during these storms and remind you to be sure to call us any time your power goes out to ensure we are aware of your outage. Our automated metering infrastructure alerts us anytime you lose power, but if the outage is caused by something beyond the meter we may not know that you are out of power. So be sure to call us any time of the day or night to report an outage or system abnormality.

Within the past couple years, K.C. developed a construction work plan to identify projects within our service territory that not only enhance our reliability, but also increase back-feeding capabilities between substations and improve system aging. One of these projects consisted of rebuilding 16 miles of threephase overhead power line east of Kit Carson. K.C. crews completed the first phase in 2015 and recently completed the second 8 miles of this project. Another project that was identified in our construction work plan was the conversion of our 2,400 volt delta system to a 25,000 volt wye system in the town of Stratton. K.C. crews worked on this conversion project for the past two years and are nearing completion. This conversion will not only

Did you know that Colorado averages 500,000 cloudto-ground lightning strikes per year? We certainly experienced our share of strikes this year along with a number of wind and rain storms that caused an unusually high number of outages. During the Memorial Day weekend alone, we lost more than 70 poles throughout our service territory to storms. K.C. spends a great deal of time and money to maintain our expansive electrical system, but sometimes Mother Nature wins.

Recently, a couple of K.C. operation employees attended the Colorado Rural Electric Association’s annual Loss Control Seminar and received an award for no lost-time accidents in 2015. This is quite an achievement considering the number of hours our employees worked in 2015 and the harsh conditions they are required to work in to ensure the power keeps flowing. During harvest season, many farmers reap the benefits of advancements in agricultural technology. With the help of global positioning system automatic steering devices, farmers can decrease driver error and maximize productivity. Yet despite these

advances, safety risks remain. It’s important to remember that farm machinery is vulnerable to hitting power lines because of its large size, height and extensions. Being aware of the location of overhead power lines and planning a safe equipment route David W. Churchwell can help reduce accidents. In equipment with automatic guidance systems, less focus is needed on steering, which may lead some drivers to think that they do not need to be as aware of navigation issues. However, even while using a GPS with automatic steering, farm workers need to keep safety in mind and stay focused on their surroundings. Regardless of the technology used on the farm, keep the following electrical safety guidelines in mind: If your equipment does make contact with a power line, do not leave the cab. Immediately call 911, warn others to stay away and wait for the utility crew to cut the power. The only reason to exit equipment that has come into contact with overhead lines is if the equipment is on fire, which is rare. However, if this is the case, jump off the equipment with your feet together and without touching the ground and machinery at the same time. Then, still keeping your feet together, hop to safety as you leave the area.



They View the World From the Top

By Dee Ann Blevins

I was thrilled that the linemen in our Cheyenne Wells outpost office agreed to talk to me about their jobs. Among the four of them, there are 66 years experience! Their perspective often comes from being overhead, sometimes 40 to 50 feet high, weighed down with protective equipment near buzzing lines, facing all kinds of weather.

George “Judge” Unruh George “Judge” Unruh was hired as a teenager in 1979 with no training. In those days, there was no certification program. He worked the past 18 months on an oil rig and had just purchased a house with his wife, Pam, who was expecting their first child. George Smalley approached Judge about working for the cooperative, but Judge wasn’t sure he wanted to work for K.C. Electric. He had two brothers already in the electric utility industry and he thought he might want to do something different. After a month of weighing the pros and cons, and because the oil company wanted to transfer him to Pueblo, Judge decided to give K.C. Electric a try. Jim Weiand was area foreman at the time. When Jim retired in 2001, Judge was promoted to area foreman. Jason Scheler was raised on a farm in Idalia. His plan was to continue farming as a career. He heard about line work from Y-W Electric Association linemen, who encouraged him to get training right out of high school. Jason was farming during a drought and while he was pretty busy in the summer, there wasn’t enough work to do through the winter. He decided to enroll in Mesa Hotline School in Grand Junction. This was a nine-month program. He was hired in 2004 as an apprentice lineman and now calls Arapahoe his home. Jason completed his journeyman classification after three years and two months. He and his wife, Lisa, have six children, 18 months to 11 years of age. I always thought being a lineman was such a challenging job because of safety issues, weather, unpredictable hours and the physical demands on the body, but raising six children as well is beyond my comprehension. I asked Jason what he does in his spare time and he said, “Chase kids!” He does try to get in a little roping four times a year, and he helps neighbors with their farming on weekends when he can. Casey Hyle was employed his senior year at Cheyenne Wells High School by John Deere as a set-up technician through work-study. He has agricultural experience working for his uncle, Troy Pelton, driving tractor and helping with harvest. Judge allowed Casey to job shadow the Cheyenne Wells crew to help him decide if line work was right for him. Hired by K.C. Electric in 2010, Casey said it was hard at first, because it required 8,000 hours of experience and 48 tests in four years. K.C. Electric utilizes an apprenticeship program called the 8


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Merchant Job Training and Safety Program. It involves on-the-job training, and skills and knowledge are tested throughout the four-year course. Casey and his wife, Sarah, have four children. Ethan Miner was attending school to be a meteorologist. He was in his third year with just two semesters to go when he realized he didn’t want to be sitting behind a desk tied to a computer all day. Ethan worked with his father in construction, but he decided to enroll in Hotline School in Colorado Springs. In 2015 he was living in Lamar when his wife, Jonessa, heard about a job opening at K.C. Electric. He made a phone call and had an interview the next day. He was hired before school started and has been in the Merchant apprentice program for one year. “I have two years to go, and there is a lot of pressure to do well,” Ethan said. He and Jonessa are expecting their first child any time. Judge saw a lot of changes in the way K.C. Electric operates the cooperative. Equipment changed dramatically over the years. The first new bucket truck for the Cheyenne Wells crew arrived in 1981. It was a single-man, squirt boom truck. What that means is that there is an extending boom within the boom to give a longer reach. It was replaced in 1994 with a new version. The first digger truck used in Cheyenne Wells was a 1946 model on a 1966 series truck. It was an army surplus highway digger. About all it could do was dig a hole. The pole had to be placed and tamped by hand. Today, the crew has a 2016 digger. It will do most of the work setting a pole, hydraulically, except shoveling the dirt. “The most important tool a cooperative can have is a good digger truck,” Judge said. This had the greatest impact, resulting in an improved workforce, according to Judge. The newest tool the linemen use is an iPad. The bugs are nearly worked out, and all of the men agree the iPads are good additions, real time-savers and a great help with troubleshooting and communication. “The computer has helped with outages," Jason added. "There is no guesswork now.” K.C.’s after-hours dispatch service, SRS, which is located in Basin Electric Power headquarters in Bismarck, North Dakota, is also a tremendous help during outages. The new meter technology also improved working conditions for the linemen. K.C. Electric converted its old

Ethan Miner meters to advanced metering infrastructure also known as AMI with remote connect and disconnect technology. These meters are automated to send meter readings and can be connected or disconnected with a flip of a switch from the office. They save time, vehicle wear and tear and fuel, while improving efficiency as well as ensuring safety. Judge has two grown children and five grandchildren. All are in Sterling, Colorado, or in Iowa. If he were to retire, he wouldn’t mind moving closer to these kids. He would have to live in a rural area, though, because living in a city, “with all its restrictions, and being just 6 feet from your neighbor, would not be ideal,” Judge said. After 37 years at K.C., Judge doesn’t think about retiring, but possibly changing professions. If his body would cooperate, he would love to be involved in construction. He enjoys the challenge of figuring out what to do with tasks, from mechanical to construction to electrical. If something needs to be fixed, he’s game to try. His brother used to tell him, “A man built it, so it can’t be too hard to fix!” Judge found that it takes longer to recover from those midnight-to-4 a.m. outages. If there are any regrets, Judge says it is all the overtime he worked that prevented him from attending a lot of family events. Because of his experience, he tries to help his crew stay connected with family by rearranging schedules. This crew seems more like brothers than co-workers. They rely on one another and place a lot of trust in the safety procedures established at K.C. They are good people and enjoy the camaraderie of their fellow linemen at Flagler and Stratton. All of the men enjoy working outdoors. There are days when Judge is mesmerized by the view from the top of a pole, marveling that he is actually getting paid to do this. The benefits they receive from K.C. Electric and the four-day, 10-hour workweek, make these guys happy to be right where they are, able to provide a good life for their growing families. Thank you, Judge, Jason, Casey and Ethan, for your skills, dedication and commitment to ongoing training. You work hard to keep us energized.

Putting Out a Fire — Be Prepared! BECAUSE A KITCHEN FIRE HAPPENS SO RARELY, it is scary and people may feel less prepared to stay calm and handle the situation properly. So invest a few minutes to learn the proper techniques for dealing with kitchen fires. Grease fires can escalate quickly, so call 911 as soon as you suspect you can’t control the fire. Otherwise, to put out a grease fire remove the oxygen that is feeding it. It doesn’t matter if the flames are in an electric or gas oven, if they happen on the stove top or in the oven, or if they are triggered by excess grease or oven self-cleaning, you must remove the oxygen to put out the fire. Step 1: Turn off the burner and get everybody out of the kitchen. If possible, have somebody ready to call 911 if necessary. Step 2: Stay clear of water. Pouring water on burning grease will instantly evaporate the water, causing tiny oil droplets to disperse throughout your kitchen, creating a giant fireball that spreads the fire everywhere. Don’t carry a burning pan or pot outside, because you’ll likely spill burning grease and spread the fire. Remember, everybody is scared with a fire in their kitchen, so your hands won’t be steady. The trick is to stay focused and use one of the techniques below to stop the flames in their tracks. Step 3: Remove the oxygen. Here are three ways, depending on where the fire happens to be and what tools you have on hand:

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(or porcelain plate), as the flames could superheat and shatter the glass. • Use sea salt or baking soda for oven fires. Depending on how big the fire is. You may need quite a bit. Don’t use flour or baking powder. They aren’t heavy enough to smother the flames and could even cause an explosion. • Use a dry chemical fire extinguisher for stove top or oven fires. Store a Class B kitchen fire extinguisher within easy reach, ideally between the kitchen and your nearest exit. Unlike waterbased fire extinguishers, these dry chemical extinguishers have a red color, come in several weights and are available for $15 on up. Step 4: If you can’t get the flames extinguished, call 911 immediately and get out of the house.

• Cover the pan with a metal lid or metal baking sheet. The fire will quickly consume the remaining oxygen and then fizzle out. You could also use a metal salad bowl or a large wooden cutting board (if it’s not wet) — but don’t use anything plastic that could melt or burn. Also, don’t use a glass lid

Claim Your Savings — $$ Each month, consumers have a chance to claim a $10 credit on their next electric bill. All you have to do is find your account number, call the Hugo office at 719-743-2431 and ask for your credit. The account numbers are listed below. How simple is that? You must claim your credit during the month in which your name appears in the magazine (check the date on the front cover). Russell Ball 423570001 1108940004 Ernest W. Hammer Christopher Monahan 1113590001 McCormick Excavation & Paving 300210000 In July, winners who claimed their savings were Jim and Lisa Thelen from Hugo and Howard Craig from Bethune. Congratulations, winners!

THIS NEW COLUMN might be compared to a spark that results when you plug in an appliance. The power that runs through the circuits in your home is fast and hot because it must flow easily from your home back out to the main grid. When you plug in an appliance, some of that power moves into the appliance, creating a little spark. It is normal and may be compared to static electricity. When you plug into Colorado Country Life, we want you to get information that captures your attention. Information needs to flow easily and rather quickly. If you learn something new, then we have sparked a valuable thing. If you aren’t impressed, then perhaps we sparked your imagination to come up with something better. We always love to hear from our readers. Here are some interesting facts about energy: •O  nly 10 percent of energy in an incandescent lightbulb is used to create light. Ninety percent of a lightbulb’s energy creates heat. • T he average lifespan of an incandescent bulb is 1,200 hours; a compact fluorescent bulb is 8,000 hours; an LED bulb is 50,000 hours. • R eplacing your conventional power strips with advanced power strips can help reduce the electricity wasted when electronics are idle, without having to change the way you normally use the devices. There are several different types on the market, but they all work to shut off the power supply to devices not in use. •M  any electronics use power even when they are switched off. This is known as a vampire load, which can add up to $200 a year in energy costs for an average home. The first two callers with the correct answer to the following statement will receive $10. Please call the Hugo office at 719-743-2431 with your answers. ____________ and __________ costs make up nearly half of an average U.S. home’s total energy bill.



Watch for Animals on the Road and Stay Safe FALL IS A POTENTIALLY DEADLY TIME OF YEAR FOR DEER AND ANTELOPE, so drivers should be extra cautious. In rural areas, cattle can often wander out of their pastures. Animals can dart onto the road, requiring instant maneuvering on your part. Wild animals are most active during dawn and dusk, between 4 to 6 a.m. and from 6 to 11 p.m. This is mealtime for these animals. Follow these tips to help prevent a collision: • Stay alert. Scan down the road and off to each side. Be especially watchful in areas near trees and water. If you see one deer or antelope, there are probably several others nearby. Don’t drive distracted. Keep your eyes on the road. • Be especially vigilant during peak season. Though collisions can happen any time of year, fall is the peak time for deer-car crashes because it is both hunting and mating seasons, forcing deer to roam outside their normal territory.

• Use headlights smartly. At night, use high beams when possible to illuminate the road’s edges. If you see a deer far ahead, flick the brights on and off multiple times. Deer tend to fixate on headlights, so flashing them may cause the animal to scurry away. • Brake as necessary. If you think you have time to avoid hitting the animal, reduce speed, tap the brakes to warn drivers behind you and sound your horn. If there’s no vehicle close behind you, brake hard. •D  on’t swerve. If a collision seems inevitable, don’t veer off to avoid the animal. Your risk of injury may be greater if you do. Maintain control of the vehicle. Report the accident to the police and your insurance company.

• Always obey speed limits and wear seat belts.

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Get the Latest Info on Tomorrow’s Energy this September 12 A natural gas power plant that generates low-cost electricity with zero emissions: Sounds too good to be true? Learn more about this first-of-its-kind power plant being built in Texas from Walter Dimmig of NET Power, the company building the plant. He is one of two dozen experts participating in Colorado Rural Electric Association's Energy Innovations Summit Monday, September 12 at the Downtown Denver Westin. NET Power broke ground on its new demonstration plant in March. The plant is being built to use carbon dioxide as a

No at Substations! It’s been nearly two months since smartphone-based augmented reality game Pokémon Go released, and it is still as popular as ever. But as some players get more desperate for elusive characters, Colorado’s electric co-ops remind everyone not to catch Pokémon near high-voltage electric equipment. Pokémon can turn up everywhere, including inside a co-op’s substation or along a high-voltage tower. That’s a dangerous situation. Players should catch any of these Pokémon from a safe distance or just let them go. “Climbing a utility pole or a fence around a substation is not only trespassing, it’s also just plain dangerous,” said Kent Singer, executive director of the Colorado Rural Electric Association. “Another capture is not worth the risk of serious injury.” Play safe and stay safe.

working fluid to drive a combustion turbine. This would eliminate atmospheric emissions without requiring expensive, efficiency-reducing carbon capture and storage equipment.

This new technology, as well as a look at breakthroughs in solar technology, a review of micro grids and the Smart City concept, new information on energy storage, a look at the XPrize project and more are all on the agenda for the daylong event. It is sponsored annually by the Colorado Rural Electric Association, the trade association for Colorado’s electric cooperatives. Register today at CREASummit. The summit is open to anyone interested in the electric industry.

Help Support Colorado’s Co-ops Ride to Raise Money for Energy Outreach Representatives of Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives will pedal the eastern plains of the state September 16-18, raising money for Energy Outreach Colorado. For the fifth year, the electric co-ops will help sponsor Pedal the Plains, an annual three-day ride on the eastern plains of Colorado. The co-ops’ Powering the Plains bike team is riding for EOC, which provides home energy assistance for low-income Coloradans. Fourteen riders will pedal the 151 miles from Ordway to Fowler to La Junta and back to Ordway in Southeast Colorado Power’s Association's territory. To support the team with a donation, visit Click through to a donation form. You may send a check with the form or use PayPal to send your support. If you are pedaling the plains or visiting the entertainment site in one of the host towns, make sure to stop by the Powering the Plains booth. There will be giveaways and a chance to register for a $100 Walmart gift card.

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Developing countries up energy use with standard of living BY PAUL WESSLUND

People are using more energy than ever, says the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s International Energy Outlook 2016, a report that projects worldwide energy trends out to 2040. The majority of the increased energy use comes from developing countries. Coal, oil and natural gas generate most of the world’s energy, but renewable energy is growing fast. According to EIA’s Outlook, that pace in renewables comes at the expense of coal, which leveled off in response to concerns about the effect of its greenhouse gas emissions that have been linked to climate change. The report foresees a 48 percent jump in energy consumption during the 28 years from its base year of 2012, to 2040. If there’s one theme throughout the 290-page analysis, it’s the huge difference between developed and developing countries. The breakdown of that rise in energy use is 18 percent for developed countries, and a stunning 71 percent for developing countries. “As countries develop and living standards improve, energy demand grows rapidly,” the report states. “In nations experiencing fast-paced economic growth, the share of the populace demanding improved housing — which requires more energy to construct and maintain — often increases. Increased demand for appliances and transportation equipment, and growing capacity to produce goods and services for both domestic and foreign markets, also lead to higher energy consumption. “Electricity is the world’s fastest-growing form of end-use energy consumption, as it has been for many decades,” says

the Outlook as it projects world electricity generation will rise 69 percent by 2040. “Power systems have continued to evolve from isolated small grids to integrated national markets and even international markets.” Coal generates the biggest share of that electricity, 40 percent in 2012, but that’s projected to fall to 29 percent by 2040, when renewable energy, like wind, solar and hydroelectricity, could match or even exceed coal’s share. Renewables are predicted to increase at a rate averaging 2.9 percent a year through 2040. Paul Wesslund writes on cooperative issues for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

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THE POLITICS OF RURAL AMERICA The Co-ops Vote initiative is devoted to rural issues BY JUSTIN LABERGE

In two months, Americans will go to the polls and cast votes for a president, 34 senators, 435 members of Congress, 12 governors, 5,920 state legislators and countless other local races. While the presidential race is at the top of most voters’ minds, it is the state and local races that have a more direct and immediate impact on the “kitchen table” issues that matter most to families. For rural America, the stakes in this election are especially high. An annual snapshot prepared by U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service reported, “rural employment in mid-2015 was still 3.2 percent below its prerecession peak in 2007.” That same report found that rural America continues to experience population decline driven by migration of residents to larger urban areas. The trends underlying much of this migration — issues such as globalization, technology advances and the shift from a manufacturing-based economy to a serviceand knowledge-based economy — are largely beyond the control of any community, state or even country. If rural America is to enjoy a prosperous future, it will be thanks to the ingenuity, selfreliance and determination of its people. The rural electrification movement is a 14


prime example of this. When for-profit utilities based in urban areas declined to build electric lines in sparsely populated rural areas, the residents of those communities banded together to form cooperatives and build their own systems with the help of government loans. Today, America’s electric cooperatives are finding new ways to support and promote the interests of the communities they serve. CO-OPS VOTE One program that is particularly relevant today is the Co-ops Vote initiative. This nonpartisan, nationwide program is designed to promote civic engagement and voter participation in communities served by electric cooperatives. Co-op members can go to to gather information on the voter registration process in their state, dates of elections, information on the candidates running in those elections and explanations of key issues affecting rural America. Visitors to the website can also take a pledge to be a co-op voter. By taking this pledge, they can send a message to candidates at all levels of government that electric cooperative members will be showing up at the polls in force and are paying close attention to the issues that impact the quality of life in their communities.

GROWING OUR OWN LEADERS Mil Duncan, a noted scholar on rural economic development issues, said in a recent essay, “Far and away the biggest challenge rural development practitioners face is the need for greater human capital — for more leaders, more entrepreneurs… .” To answer the call for more rural leaders, America’s electric cooperatives created the Washington, D.C., Youth Tour program. Each year, approximately 1,700 high school students representing electric cooperatives from across the nation converge in Washington, D.C., for a weeklong, allexpense paid leadership development experience. Several previous Youth Tour participants became university presidents, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and members of Congress. Many more returned home to serve in the many underappreciated leadership roles — coaches, small-business owners, church deacons, county commissioners — that form the backbone of our communities. MAKING THE MOST OF NATURAL STRENGTHS Members of cooperatives are empowered to explore different approaches to solving problems and figure out what solutions are best for their community. This applies to the energy sources they use to generate electricity, the technologies they use to operate the

[ industry] system and the policies and procedures they adopt. What works for co-op members in Colorado might not be right for co-op members in Oregon. The same holds true for rural economic development, according to Harvard Business School’s Institute for Strategy & Competitiveness. In its list of six key steps for boosting rural economies, Harvard researchers said, “Rural economic development should focus on the unique strengths of each area rather than concentrating on ameliorating generic weaknesses.” While many rural communities face similar challenges driven by similar factors, the best way to address those issues can vary widely from community to community. FOSTERING CONNECTIVITY When electric cooperatives brought electricity to rural America, the playing field leveled and small towns experienced a renaissance. A similar trend is unfolding as broadband access makes its way to more rural communities. One recent high-profile example involves Christopher Ingraham, a data journalist at The Washington Post.

In 2015, he wrote a short article based on a data set from the USDA that ranked American communities on qualities that are often indicators of desirable places to live. The community with the lowest score in the USDA ranking was Red Lake County in Minnesota. His story generated a lot of comments, including many from the people of Red Lake County who encouraged him to come out for a visit. He did, and was struck by the kindness of the residents and beauty of the landscape. As a journalist who writes about data, Ingraham isn’t tied to any particular location. As long as he has a reliable high-speed internet connection, he can download the government data sets he needs to do his job and email his editor the finished stories. In March of this year, he announced in another story that Red Lake County won him over, and he planned to move there with his wife and young children. He can make this move because of highspeed broadband. The shift to a knowledge-based economy might be hurting some traditional rural industries, but as more and more companies

embrace "teleworking," employees who were forced to move to large cities to work in certain industries can keep their jobs while working remotely from rural communities. Expanding access to broadband in rural areas is one of the key issues addressed by the Co-ops Vote program, and Ingraham’s story is just one example why. TAKING ACTION FOR THE FUTURE The challenges facing rural America will not be solved by one person, one idea or one action. But on November 8, we will determine which leaders we trust to enact policies that will help small communities help themselves. Study the issues that are critical to the future of your community, look at the positions and backgrounds of every candidate running for every race from president to county road commissioner, decide which ones are best qualified to address these issues and then join millions of fellow electric cooperative members at the polls. Justin LaBerge writes on consumer and cooperative affairs for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

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Down the street they come: Unrecognizable vehicles covered in shiny beads, colorful crocheted doilies, wild paint, plastic kids toys, quilted fabrics and murals, toting fighter jets, giant grasshoppers, Albert Einstein likenesses, a fire-breathing dragon and other art objects. And that’s just a few of the improbable entries in Trinidad’s ArtoCade. In only the fourth year of its existence, Trinidad’s ArtoCade is now the second largest art car parade in the country. The “cartists” and admiring art car enthusiasts, who come from all over the country, are amazed at how this small town rose to notoriety in the art car world. About 80 cars, decorated with the craziest and most diverse items you can imagine, will drive down Main Street and back up Elm in Trinidad on Saturday, September 10 at noon. Each entry must be driven. “If you can’t drive it, it’s a float,” proclaims Pat Patrick, former president of the Trinidad Tourism Board. And no floats are allowed in this parade. Many of the cars parade watchers will see were saved from the junkyard and are on their last legs, but they get lots of tender loving care so they make it through the annual parade. “People often start with junkers to create art cars,” explains Mark Moffett of Lafayette, who created a few of his own cars and contributed to others. “(They) then embellish them and realize it’s now their most prized possession, and it’s a piece of junk.” Any vehicle that can be driven and decorated is game. This includes golf carts, tractors, trucks, all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles. Since one of the founding principles is that the event is for the whole family and the whole community, kids get to decorate and ride bikes. Costumes are mandatory; and anyone who wants to join the fun can dress up themselves and walk alongside the moving vehicles. In the true spirit of inclusion, one year there was even a wheelchair decorated like a kissing booth, with the passenger charging for kisses. ArtoCade and all its fun has roots in the discontinuation of an annual big summer event in Trinidad that was designed to draw

“If you can’t drive it, it’s a float audience of about 350,000. He brought photos back to Patrick and said, “What do you think?” Patrick grew up in Houston and knew of the parade but never attended. This looked like just the event he wanted — one that everyone could participate in, be proud of and rally around. It took Wood a year of educating the Trinidad community and networking in Houston to get its Texas car owners to come to Trinidad and generate some excitement about the event. Apparently, Wood is also a fabulous salesperson. His goal the first year was to have 20 to 25 cars in the parade. They were amazed to have 52. The creativity that materialized from the residents of Trinidad and others from throughout the region couldn’t have been anticipated. Each year, there are cars decorated with such things as traffic cones (on the Cona Lisa entry) and cigarette butts (collected from hiking trails, city parks and streets and meticulously placed in beautiful mosaic patterns on Stink Bug, a Volkswagen Beetle). There aren’t many rules about designing cars for the parade, but Wood is adamant that they not be used for commercialization or politics… unless it’s done with humor. Then he might make an SEPTEMBER 2016




exception. A local pizza parlor, Bella Luna, decorated an old truck and made it look like a boat with a mast and called it Bella Luna Sea (Bella Lunacy). Most of the cars have names with puns intended. Archie Taylor from Salida drove a giant inflatable pig as a statement against the 1 percent who never have enough. The pig “pooped out” big garbage bags that said such things as Bank Fraud, Corporate Greed and Entitlement. “This parade is about fun and humor," Wood explains. "It’s not about the sale of anything or drinking alcohol.” Jeannie Galbraith, art teacher at Amazing Grace Christian School in Trinidad, is also grateful for Wood's view on inclusion. Her students in grades 7 through 11 are currently working on a van for this year’s parade. It will have a huge eagle on top made of papier-mâché and have a giant 4-foot-wide Bible with the words "Amazing Grace" on it with the logo of the school. “I’m grateful to be able to include a positive message in the parade and prove that total free expression applies,” she says. Galbraith, a veteran of art car parades, also expresses her fun side. The first year, she rode the Ultimate Banana bike with a huge banana seat and bananas all over the bike. She dressed up like a monkey and enjoyed the laughter from the crowd. Her daughter, Star, rode a bike that looked like a bird and as she pedaled the bird flapped its wings. The second year, Star’s bike was covered in fabric and looked like a fish. It represented both the card game Go Fish and the Dr. Seuss book, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. Large scales were made out of playing cards, a large fishing pole stuck out of the front, pie plates created huge eyeballs and as the head of the fish turned one way, the tail moved in the opposite direction propelled by Star turning her own head. Their creativity proves Galbraith's belief that creating vehicles for the parade opens up your imagination in a really big way. Although Rebecca Bass lives in Houston, she came to the Trinidad parade every year so far. Bass, a legend in the art car world, just finished her 35th car. The self-proclaimed “art car addict” confesses 18


that what is most fun for her in building the cars is the kids. Bass works with inner-city middle and high school students to create her cars. “When it’s done and we’re in the parade and all these people are watching and cheering, seeing the looks on the kids’ faces is priceless,” she says. Bass often uses her own money to buy the cars and the materials and wants to give the inner city kids a fun experience. "It’s really about stretching their creativity and working together as a team,” she says. She also keeps her ear to the ground, collecting materials that are being discarded that she can get for free. Moffett, a friend of Wood's and fellow classically trained artist, likes the freedom of expression provided by creating art cars. He was trained as a metal caster and got tired of the lengthy process of metal fabrication. In graduate school at Bowling Green University in Ohio, he took a class in art car building from legendary David Best. “Art cars remove the stigma of the gallery and let us bring the gallery to the people,” he says.” There is so much more spontaneity.” He took a VW Rabbit and welded on ductwork that sticks out like giant chimneys. He collected items donated from thrift stores and colorful plastic toys and stuck them all over the car. Stacks of old CDs were layered tightly to look like fish scales. “When you put them with the silver side out, they shimmer,” Moffett explains. Uncle Benny's, a store in Loveland, donated giant vapor lights — the kind you see hanging from the ceiling in The Home Depot — and he welded them on the back to create the taillights. Moffett enjoys offering art car workshops to people who work with their hands, such as welders, pipe fitters and heating and airconditioning fabricators. “These guys don’t consider themselves artists. They have been doing this for years and don’t realize they have a skill that is a creative art form.” Wood's partner in all this zany creativity is Susan Palmer. As Moffett explains, “Rodney and Susan have this infectious energy and are excellent at organizing.” Palmer estimates that parade attendance is at about 5,000 people, which is impressive since the population of the town is only 8,500. The parade already won the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Best Event for a Small Town category.


This year, taking some responsibility off the shoulders of Wood and Palmer, a board and a committee were formed to help with the festivities and their preparation. Palmer is helping with preparations for Cardango, the variety show on Saturday night. Described as a “dance party circus,” Cardango is all about presenting the interesting, unusual and entertaining oddities to keep people entertained. Additionally, Palmer, a quilter, gathered 27 community members to decorate a car for last year’s parade called Dia de los Muertos. Fabric artists, a tattoo artist (who painted on fiber) and others created patches with pockets in the back for strong magnets that keep the fabric on the car. Since there is only one driver, the other artists wore white outfits with flowers in their hair and walked alongside the car. “Having everyone participate and being inclusive is very important,” Palmer says. The spirit of inclusion is taken to a new level by drivers of about 15 to 20 cars who take them to those who can’t make the parade. The Friday before the parade, these volunteers take the cars to

schools, nursing homes, the hospital and the local Trinidad Correctional Facility. (See website for more information on TCF’s involvement.) “The cars have such amazing details,” Wood says.” You really have to see them up close. You also have to see the characters who drive the cars. Normal people don’t do this. We want to tell everyone about the quirky little world we have going on here.” That’s why, after the parade, the cars park along Main Street. That gives everyone an opportunity to get up close to these works of art and admire them and their fun-loving drivers from every angle. Malia Durbano is a freelance writer who taught and worked in many places before finding a new home base in Durango where she works.

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Captivating, Appetizing American Indian Cuisine Flavorful food for the culturally curious and beyond BY AMY HIGGINS RECIPES@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG

Did You Know? American Indian cuisine is often inspired by the Three Sisters: corn, beans and squash. These were the main crops grown by Native Americans in North America.


In 2008, Matt Chandra and Ben Jacobs opened the door to their new restaurant, Tocabe, the only American Indian-owned and -operated restaurant in the Denver metro area and one of only a handful of American In-

dian restaurants nationwide. Inspired by recipes passed down from Jacobs' family members and their restaurant, Grayhorse (now closed, but not for lack of success), as well as from their Osage heritage, Jacobs and Chandra established their first American Indian eatery in the Highlands and last year opened a second restaurant in Greenwood Village. The owners pride themselves on using only the freshest quality ingredients that will tantalize your taste buds. So, if you’re in the Denver area, be sure to stop at either Tocabe location and see for yourself. In the meantime, try your hand at this delicious and hearty recipe provided by the owners themselves.

Matt Chandra (left) and Ben Jacobs (right) take a break for a photo in their restaurant.


Bring on the Fry Bread Do visions of fry bread cause you to drool? Believe it or not, this delicious bread requires few ingredients: flour, salt, baking powder and oil for frying. Serve with honey or jam for an extra boost of flavor.



1 large potato 8 ounces fresh ground beef kosher salt, to taste freshly ground black pepper, to taste 2 teaspoons green chili powder (optional) 4 cups cold water 1⁄3 cup flour (might need more, depending on how much fat is in the meat) 3⁄4 cup mild green chili, preferably fresh 1⁄2 cup hot green chili, preferably fresh 1 1⁄2 cups corn, preferably cut off cob grated cheese (optional) sour cream (optional) Peel and cube the potato into 1/2 inch diameter pieces and set aside. In a sauté pan on medium heat, cook the ground beef and lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper. Break into serving sized pieces. Cook the green chili powder, if you are using it, into the beef. While beef cooks, place 4 cups water in a stock pot with the potatoes and bring to a boil. Cook the potatoes until fork tender; do not cook until the potatoes mash. When all the rawness is cooked out of the beef, turn off the heat. Slowly add the flour while mixing into the beef in order to make a roux. Mix the flour into the beef completely until no dry flour remains. Once your roux is complete, add to the stock pot with the cooked potatoes. Add the green chiles, corn, 2 teaspoons salt and 2 teaspoons black pepper. Fully mix all the ingredients and place the stock pot back on the stove top. Bring up to temperature on medium heat, stirring occasionally, for approximately 30 minutes. Add cheese or sour cream, if desired.





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The Frenzy for Fall’s Bulbs

Plant plentiful bulbs in the fall for an eye-catching spring garden BY VICKI SPENCER MASTER GARDENER GARDENING@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG


If you are an experienced gardener, you probably discovered that the secret to cultivating a beautiful garden involves time, hard work and patience. Weekend gardeners face a greater challenge with all the chores that come with gardening. Patience is important because you can’t do everything at once; but patience pays off. You can continue adding to your garden design for years to come, and that is half the fun. By the time fall arrives, you had some time to observe gaps that you want to fill in. If you think back, you can recall how anxious you were to start gardening in the springtime after a few warm days tempted you. But the soil was probably too cool to cultivate and nighttime temperatures were too unpredictable to guarantee new plants would survive. Now is the time to get a jump start on the season by filling in those bare spots with spring-blooming bulbs. Bulbs are living buds whose embryos contain all the nutrients needed to produce the first year’s blossoms. When you plant bulbs in the fall, you are allowing them to “winter over” and focus their energy on root growth. This leads to more abundant blossoms compared to waiting until spring to plant. (Note that not all the bulbs discussed in this article are true bulbs. Some are corms, rhizomes and tubers, but it is common practice to refer to all of them as bulbs.) Most Colorado gardeners begin planning spring bulb plantings in August or September, with the goal of putting bulbs in the ground by mid to late September — a month before the first frost — or when nighttime temperatures range from 40 to 60 degrees. This, of course, is hard to predict, but Mother Nature is forgiving if we have an early frost. On the Front Range, I often wait until mid to late October before getting around to separating and transplanting bulbs, and they do just fine in the spring. If you cannot plant your mail-order bulbs when they first arrive, open the package to 22


make sure they are healthy, then leave them in the bag (preferably mesh) and store for up to month in a cool, dry place. Bulbs can be planted almost anywhere as long as the soil drains well. To prepare your bed, loosen the soil about 8 inches deep. If it is not an established bed and you have not tested your soil, now would be a good time. The optimum pH is 6 to 7. For new beds in Colorado’s clay soils, you'll want to add organic matter, such as compost or peat. You should also consider light requirements. Since early spring bulbs bloom before most trees leaf out, you can plant

them along the borders under shade trees. Also, if you want your flowers to bloom throughout the spring, you should consider planting some on southern slopes for early blooming and some along northern slopes and in valleys for later blooming. The rule of thumb for planting is two to three times as deep as the bulb is tall, but I recommend following the planting instructions when provided. (Note that this rule does not apply to all bulbs, including summer bulbs, so you may want to ask your garden supplier or county Extension office for advice.) • Generally, big bulbs should be planted 8 inches deep and smaller ones 5 inches deep.

• Plant the pointed side up and the root side down. If the distinction is not obvious, place sideways in the soil. • Bulbs are more striking when grown in clusters, so dig a hole wide enough to plant several bulbs of the same color and variety a few inches apart from one another. • Once the bulbs are in place, gently press the soil around the bulbs to keep them secure. • Water and cover with garden soil and mulch. When people ask what bulbs to plant, I suggest hardy bulbs that can survive Colorado’s lower winter temperatures. They can be left in the ground year-round and are low maintenance. If you are looking for a deer or rabbit resistant flower and like to experiment with unusual blossoms, try planting butterfly daffodil bulbs. The American Meadows website features an elegant “Apricot Whirl” whose double white blooms are accented with apricot-peach centers. Reaching 14 to 26 inches at maturity, these daffodils provide a lovely contrast when planted in front of purple Dutch irises. You can view a splendid variety of Dutch irises at hollandbulbfarms. com. Although this article focuses on springblooming bulbs, you can plant some summer- and fall-blooming bulbs in the fall, too. For a garden that blooms all season, plant early blooming snowdrops, crocus and scilla, followed by daffodils, tulips and hyacinths, which have a wide-ranging bloom time. Finally, add alliums, dahlias, cannas and gladiolas for flowers that will take you through the season. All these bulbs should be considered a staple in any Colorado garden because they grow so easily. To get some ideas for starting your fall plantings, visit

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Nothing quite gets the outdoor blood pumping like the month of September, especially here in Colorado. The chilled morning air is heavy with the heady scent of autumn, stirring hunters, anglers, hikers, bird-watchers, leaf-peepers and outdoor lovers of all types. They have visions of fiery-gold aspens blanketing the flanks of our snow-dusted peaks, bull moose feeding in the willows on Cameron Pass and mule deer bucks chasing does on the sage flats near Craig and Meeker, and listen for the primal call of rutting bull elk bugling from high-mountain meadows all across the state. Brook and brown trout in their blazing fall colors rise eagerly to dry flies on cooling backcountry creeks or chase big, garishlycolored streamers across the spawning shoals of the Delaney Buttes Lakes in North Park and other high-mountain reservoirs. Dusky grouse hunters and their bird dogs will work the wildflower meadows and grassy glades in the transition zones between aspen groves and spruce forests where these upland birds forage for grasshoppers and beetles or peck the dried seed heads of frost-killed wildflowers. September is a magical time in the wild. But the action isn’t just in the mountains — up and down the Front Range, Canada geese and their young, now fully fledged, wing their way to harvested crop fields to feed on freshly spilled wheat and corn, and sandhill cranes begin staging in great migrating flocks along the Yampa and San Luis valleys in preparation for the long flight south. Whitetail deer mingle with gathering flocks of Rio Grande turkeys on the river bottoms of the North and South Platte, and the Arkansas and Republican rivers. Green- and

blue-winged teal congregate on farm ponds and random prairie potholes — almost anywhere they can find shallow water, water weeds and solitude. Kettles (or large flocks) of Swainson's hawks, turkey vultures, broadwinged hawks and Mississippi kites form flocks numbering in the thousands, creating a virtual river of migrating birds. Rufous hummingbirds and cinnamon teal add to the magic of Colorado’s fall migrations. The Colorado dove season opens September 1 and the majority of hunters will concentrate their efforts on farmsteads, back road sunflower patches, abandoned gravel pits and watering holes bordering prairie grain fields. Archery deer, elk and antelope seasons are already open in some game management units; rifle seasons will soon follow. Maybe, though, nothing says September in Colorado like the annual high-country spectacle of the elk rut and the unusual opportunity to observe this iconic event up close — sometimes for weeks on end — in Rocky Mountain National Park. While many of us dearly love to hunt them with rifle or bow in the appropriate seasons, I can’t imagine a September that didn’t include several trips to Rocky with a camera for the chance to photograph the great herds and maybe even capture the image of a truly large trophy bull. I suspect I’m not the only one.

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In most areas of the United States, space heating and cooling account for a large percentage of overall home energy use, so upgrading to a more efficient system is a great way to reduce your monthly energy bill. A geothermal heat pump, also known as a ground source heat pump, is among the most efficient types of heating and cooling systems you can consider installing for your home. Even when it is extremely hot or cold outside, the temperature a few feet below the surface of the ground remains relatively constant and moderate. A geothermal heat pump system uses this constant ground temperature to help heat and cool your home. As a result, geothermal heat pumps are quite efficient. For example, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, geothermal heat pumps use up to 44 percent less energy than traditional air source heat pumps, and up to 72 percent less energy than electric resistance heaters combined with standard air conditioners. A geothermal heat pump system is made up of your home’s heat pump and duct system, combined with a collector, or loop field, which is in the ground and cycles a liquid, like antifreeze, through dense plastic tubing. During the winter, the collector absorbs the heat stored in the ground, and the liquid carries that heat to the heat pump, which concentrates it and blows it into the ductwork, warming your home. In the summer, the heat pump extracts heat from the home and transfers it to the cooler ground. This column was co-written by Pat Keegan and Amy Wheeless of Collaborative Efficiency.

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[ funny stories] Left: Jake, Danielle, Kolbren and Kettrick Pelton of Cheyenne Wells stand with Mater from the Disney movie "Cars" while on vacation at the While visiting my daughter’s family in Celebrity Car Museum in California, my 7-year-old grandson, Brayden, Branson, Missouri. came home from school extremely excited. Below: Maki Wada of Monument visits the Kokura castle in Japan.

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Natalie Woodruff of Pagosa Springs stands with the cast of the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show.

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Apparently, his class listened to this “really cool singing group from the olden days.” Recognizing me as “older,” he asked if I knew the name of their band. From his description I guessed The Beatles. He pondered for a moment, looked up at me oddly and said, “No, Granny. It was people singing!” Ann Clark, Durango I'm a school nurse at an elementary school where children regularly get muddy on the playground. One day a little kindergartner and I searched for a clean shirt that fit to replace her muddy one. She asked, "Do you have anything frozen?” I turned around and immediately wondered if I had a larger problem in caring for this child. I connected the dots when I remembered the popular movie and said, "No, sweetie, sorry. Nothing ‘Frozen.’" I guess you have to be in the mindset of a kid to care for a kid. Teresa Wright, Steamboat Springs An old man went to the doctor complaining about his wife’s hearing. The doctor suggested a test to find out the extent of the problem. “Stand far behind her and ask her a question. Then slowly move up and see how far away you are when she first responds.” The old man, excited to finally find a solution to the problem, arrived at home and saw his wife preparing supper. Standing 20 feet away, the man asked, “Honey, what’s for supper?” When she didn’t respond, he tried again at 15 feet and then 10 feet. Again, no response. When he asked yet again at 5 feet, she responded, “For the fourth time, I’m making lasagna!” Anonymous

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Eating Ecologically Education doesn’t stop when class dismisses. Young minds are perpetually impressionable, so instill in them every school day the importance of making Earth-friendly choices with an "eco friendly" lunchbox. The stainless steel Three-in-One ECOlunchbox can hold three food items, is plastic free and is dishwasher safe. It also comes in a larger size so you can load up on sustenance if need be. Furthermore, because of its simplistic design, it’s great for moms and dads, too. The Classic Three-in-One ECOlunchbox costs $26; the Giant costs $45. For more information, call 925-298-9220 or visit

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Studies show that dehydration can result in poor concentration, an obstacle no child should withstand at school. So it makes sense to send kids to school with a full water bottle. Boulderbased EcoVessel manufactures BPA-free, stainless steel water bottles that keep water cold up to 36 hours. Their Frost line has easy-to-use flip spouts, carrying handles and cute illustrations. Cost is $22.95. For more information, call 800-969-2962 or visit


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