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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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This year confirmed that White River Electric Association fully embraced the “We Can” motto. “We Can” was coined by our power supplier, Tri-State Generation & Transmission, but it also tells the story of how we tackled the projects and challenges that came our way. First, and foremost, was the successful remodel of the White River Electric headquarters. The building, constructed in 1961, was well-kept over the years but the frozen water pipe that flooded our offices in January 2015 mandated a full remodel. With the help of our architect and input from our staff and board, we took on the task of assessing how the existing footprint could be maximized to best suit our current and future needs. We believe our efforts paid off with a building that our membership will be proud of for generations to come. Our staff endured relocation, construction dust and inconveniences. The Meeker and White River Electric “can do” attitude met every challenge thrown their way with a smile and a good sense of humor. On behalf of the board of directors, I want to commend our staff for their hard work, great attitudes and resilience during the project. We also want to thank our members for your patience and cooperation during the construction process. We were pleased so many of you could to join us for our open house celebration on July 26, 2016. Beyond the new look, the biggest changes include relocating our line crews and the White River Energy Company offices into our main building. White River Energy Company is WREA’s wholly-owned propane subsidiary, with offices now conveniently located alongside the WREA front office. The Kilowatt Korner was also updated during construction and enjoyed

a full schedule since the open house.

of factors that range from the cost of regulatory compliance to evolving energy markets. Renewable Energy: The conPurchased wholesale power is struction theme continued about 85 percent of WREA’s with the opening of the total expenses and has a direct Meeker Solar Garden. WREA impact on our retail rates. is proud of Meeker’s support WREA will continue to work for the solar garden with 100 with Tri-State and strives to percent of the panels currently Alan J. Michalewicz maintain our internal costs in being leased to members. an effort to address the overall State mandates focused efforts on local impact of rising wholesale rates. renewable generation. WREA patiently waited to engage in community solar until Finances and Audit: WREA remains financialthe financial model was cost effective ly stable even with the recent decline in our and a fit for our community. Leasing the overall sales. Electric sales are down about land from the Meeker School District in 15 percent from 2014. Even with this deexchange for the lease of panels is an added cline, WREA maintains a strong industrial bonus that directly benefits the Meeker base, making us one of the largest electric School District. cooperatives in the state based on total elecWREA also spent much of the year tric sales. Through strong leadership from analyzing opportunities for local hydroour board of directors, fiscal responsibility electric projects. Like solar, the economics and efficiencies, WREA is navigating this and efficiencies are improving, making decline and meeting its financial goals. hydroelectric projects financially viable. The independent auditing firm of Dreyer Hydroelectric generation requires a me& Kelso, P.C., P.A. completed the 2015 thodical process, but WREA is optimistic financial audit for White River Electric. that hydroelectric generation will be a part The 2015 audit report stated no irregulariof our local renewable portfolio in the com- ties or material weaknesses in the internal ing years. control structure or operations of the company. Sales revenues for the year 2015 Power Rebate and Rates: Power rebates and were $62,374,194. Operating margins were rate stability were also top priorities during $1,565,056 for 2015. Total plant utility was the year. Since 2013, our members have $38,235,174. Total equities at the end of 2015 received a rate decrease, a year-end bill were $59,974,637 with equity as a percent of credit and last December’s power rebate. assets ratio at 74 percent. WREA seizes every opportunity to share cost savings with its members. Our crystal Tri-State Generation & Transmission: Tri-State’s ball is not clear, but unfortunately, we do “We Can” campaign began as a reminder anticipate upward pressure on our wholeto folks that “we can” continue our longsale power rates in the coming years. standing support for regional coal operaThere is no single culprit for wholesale tions that supply electric generation to our rate pressure. It is a complex combination members and be responsible environmental [continued on page 8]




[White River] WREA — A Year in Review [continued from page 7]

stewards. WREA and our community worked hard to support Tri-State and Colowyo Coal Company as they fought to defend Colowyo’s existing mine operations and pursue the next phase of expansion. WREA believes that supporting all of our regional energy resources is in the best interest of our membership and local economy. WREA and System Sales, Reliability and Operations: Safe and reliable electric service is the focus of our core business. WREA is proud of the awards it received from the Colorado Rural Electric Association honoring our 2015 safety program. Our commitment to safety is a team effort that includes the board of directors and every employee. White River Electric’s system availability remains above the state and national average at 99 percent for 2015. WREA took advantage of the slowdown in growth to focus efforts on maintenance and system upgrades that are necessary to maintain reliability. Member Service and Our Community: WREA tightened its belt over the year in response to declining electric loads, but our commitment to the community has not waivered. WREA prioritized its resources so that it can continue to support the many worthy causes, events and the young people in our community. Scholarships, youth leadership programs and enhancing our developing arts and culture programs were among the many philanthropic projects for the year.

Thank You for Another Great Year: It is hard to believe that this fall marks my third year in Meeker, and we are preparing for another WREA Annual Meeting of the members on September 14, 2016. My family is happy to call Meeker home and we appreciate all that you have done to welcome us into the community. It is only when you stop to reflect on the last year that you realize all that was accomplished. “We Can” quickly became “we did,” and it is all in thanks to the amazing people who make up the White River Electric family. Our staff works tirelessly to provide our members with safe, reliable electric service at the lowest cost possible. Its more than a slogan; it is our mission. Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your general manager. Thank you to White River Electric’s management team and staff for your hard work, innovation and commitment during the last year. The foundation of our success rests with White River Electric Board. Their strong leadership, vision and commitment set the framework for all that we do. Most importantly, thank you to our member-owners. Your participation and support is what makes White River Electric Association truly great. Please join us on September 14, 2016, at the Fairfield Center for the WREA Annual Meeting, lunch and local entertainment to help celebrate our combined success.

Electrical Safety Tips for Contractors


Whether framing, roofing or working with electricity, contractors have an inherently dangerous profession. In 2014 alone, 802 contractors died from work injuries, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and exposure to electricity is rated as the fourth highest cause of death. The BLS reports that between 2011 and 2014, nearly 250 contractors died due to electricity. Safe Electricity shares tips to help contractors stay safe when working with or around electricity. When working with and around electricity, follow all safety precautions. Always maintain situational awareness and identify the location of overhead power lines before working on outdoor projects. If an object you are holding, such as a metal ladder, comes into contact with a power line, you risk injury from electrical shock or even electrocution. Always look up and out before moving tall objects near overhead lines, and keep equipment at least 10 feet away from power lines in all directions at all times. Always call 811 a few business days before beginning any project that involves digging. The project area will be surveyed and marked for public utilities within two to three days. When digging, respect the marks and keep at least 2 feet away from the utility line markings to provide a safety zone. If any digging must be done within that zone, excavate by hand with extreme caution. If using a generator for a job, always read and follow instructions in the operator’s manual before starting work. Your generator should have more output than the wattage of the equipment you will plug into it. Make sure there is nothing plugged into the generator when turning it on. Operate the generator in a well-ventilated, 8


outdoor area to avoid breathing in toxic fumes. Follow safe practices when using extension cords. Always use properly rated and laboratory certified extension cords to avoid the risk of shock and fire. Never remove the grounding pin (or third prong) from an extension cord to make it fit into a two-prong outlet, and replace any cords that are damaged. Never use power tools in wet conditions. When water and electricity mix, the result can be deadly. Whether you plan on working on a project indoors or outdoors, plug your equipment into a ground fault circuit interrupter to protect against electrical shock. A GFCI constantly monitors the flow of electricity through a circuit and will shut the circuit down if it senses a ground fault. Know and follow relevant federal and state safety regulations. When it comes to electricity, don’t take any chances. For additional electrical safety information, visit

Focus on Harvest Safety This Fall

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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. To help farmers stay out of harm’s way, Safe Electricity shares tips for a safe harvest. GPS with automatic guidance provides farmers with real-time location data about a field, which can be used for crop planning, map making, navigation assistance and machinery guidance. During harvest, this technology allows drivers to have their hands off the steering wheel as the combine maneuvers itself through the field. Thanks to this technology, farmers can more easily and efficiently maintain accuracy even during low-light conditions, which enhances productivity. “One critical part of safety around electricity is awareness,” explains Kyla Kruse, communications director of the Safe Electricity program. “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 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.

Inspect the height of farm equipment to determine clearance.

Always set extensions to the lowest setting when moving loads to prevent contact with overhead power lines. Grain augers should always be positioned horizontally before being moved.

Never attempt to move a power line out of the way or raise it for clearance.

If a power line is sagging or low, contact White River Electric Association.

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 comes 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. For more information on electrical safety, visit

Putting safety first requires alertness, focus and knowledge of potential hazards and safety steps. Varying pass-to-pass accuracy levels and potential issues, such as power poles not being correctly plotted in the system, reinforce the need for drivers to stay focused on the location of the farm equipment while in the field and to be ready to take action if necessary. Regardless the technology used on the farm, keep the following electrical safety guidelines in mind: •

Use a spotter when operating large machinery near power lines.

Keep equipment at least 10 feet from power lines at all times, in all directions.

Look up and use care when moving any equipment, such as extending augers or raising the bed of grain trucks, around power lines.


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Prepare to Stay Safe After a Natural Disaster


Each September, the Federal Emergency Management Agency sponsors National Preparedness Month to help Americans prepare for and respond to a variety of emergencies, including those Mother Nature brings to our doorsteps. From tornadoes to floods, storms can cause destruction and power outages. It is important to be prepared with needed supplies, a plan and safety knowledge. Put together an emergency preparedness kit that contains the essentials, including a first aid kit, flashlights and batteries, as well as enough food, water and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours. Keep your kit somewhere handy in case you have to evacuate your home in a hurry. Get a weather radio to stay up to date on changes in the weather. Sign up for alerts to know if storms are coming your way. It is a good idea to utilize different forms of media, including following local news stations on social media. Some stations may even have an app that can be downloaded. Make sure you are aware of the different weather terminology, such as the difference between a severe thunderstorm watch and a warning. In a 2013 survey by FEMA, only 55 percent of the respondents were familiar with local warning systems. A watch means there is the possibility of storms, and a warning means a storm was reported and you should take cover. Create a family plan for emergencies. Identify the responsibilities of each member of the family and places to meet in case you 10


are separated. Ensure everyone knows what they need to do to stay safe. Also be armed with important electrical safety knowledge should a severe storm or flooding occur: •

Do not step into a flooded basement or room if the water is covering electrical outlets, appliances or cords.

Never attempt to turn off power at the breaker box or touch an electrical appliance if you are wet or in standing water. Call your electric utility to shut off power at the meter.

If an electrical appliance was in contact with water, have a professional check it out before it is used. It may need to be repaired or replaced.

If the smell of gas is apparent or if there is a suspected leak in your house, leave immediately and call your gas utility.

If power lines are on the ground, stay far away from them and warn others to stay away. Contact White River Electric Association because the lines could still be live.

If driving, never get out of the car if there is a downed power line and never drive over one. For more safety information, visit

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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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tourists to the southern Colorado town. Patrick approached Rodney Wood, a local artist, for ideas to replace the event. “Pat didn’t want an arts and crafts festival or a beer fest or an artists' studio tour,” Wood explains. “He wanted a really fun signature event to put Trinidad on the map.” As the halfway point between Santa Fe and Denver, Trinidad is the perfect spot for tourists to lay over. Wood, who has been in the art world for a long time and has contacts all over the country, started checking around for a really “over the top” event. He wanted it to be inclusive for all community members and involve creativity and fun. In 2010, he went to the Houston Art Car Parade, the largest in the country. The parade now features more than 300 cars and draws an

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.

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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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A team of representatives from local electric co-ops will ride in the 2016 Pedal the Plains bicycle tour of southeastern Colorado. They will ride September 16-18 from Ordway to Fowler to La Junta to Ordway. If you want to ride with the team, call Cassi at 303455-4111 or email cgloe@ If you want to sponsor the team and help raise money for Energy Outreach Colorado, fill out the form here and send it with your check. Make check payable to CEEI.


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[ 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.

TAKE YOUR PHOTO WITH YOUR MAGAZINE AND WIN! It’s easy to win with Colorado Country Life. Simply take a photo of someone (or a selfie!) with the magazine and email the photo and your name and address to info@ We’ll draw one photo to win a $25 gift card each month. The next deadline is Friday, September 16. This month’s winner is Natalie Woodruff of Pagosa Springs. In the photo above, she stands with the cast of the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show.

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

We pay $15 to each person who submits a funny story that’s printed in the magazine. At the end of the year we will draw one name from those submitting funny stories and that person will receive $200. Send your 2016 stories to Colorado Country Life, 5400 Washington St., Denver, CO 80216 or email funnystories@ Don’t forget to include your mailing address, so we can send you a check.

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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

KidsConnect mobile devices allow parents to keep an eye on their children even when they’re away at school or a friend’s house. This cool security tool comes with a "geo-fencing" feature that alerts parents when their child arrives or leaves a predetermined location and an SOS button that, when pressed, calls every programmed number continuously until someone answers. With additional key features like GPS, real-time tracking, voice monitoring, parental control of incoming phone calls and four preprogrammed numbers, this device gives parents more assurance that their children are safe when out of sight. A KidsConnect unit costs $79.95; service plans start at $12.95 per month. For more information, call 848459-6860 or visit See how it works at

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Students can put a personal stamp on their notebooks with WAFF. Bedeck these fun notebooks with color, alphabet, math or emoji cubes on the outside, and keep school notes on the lined notebook paper on the inside. Notebooks with cubes start at $12.99. For more information, 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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Colorado Country Life September 2016 White River

Colorado Country Life September 2016 White River  

Colorado Country Life September 2016 White River