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OCTOBER 2018 Volume 49, Number 10


“On Track For Fall” by Riley Taft from Buena Vista. Taft is a member of Sangre de Cristo Electric Association.

[cover] Logan Thornton ‘pilots’ the X-wing starfighter while RMFF members Dale Morris, Michael Berg and Jonathan Thornton stand by. RMFF members are not official employees of Lucasfilms. This photo by Dave Neligh is not sponsored by Lucasfilms.




THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE COLORADO RURAL ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION COMMUNICATIONS STAFF Mona Neeley, CCC, Publisher/Editor; Cassi Gloe, CCC, Production Manager/Designer; Kylee Coleman, Editorial/Admin. Assistant; ADVERTISING Kris Wendtland, Ad Representative; | | 303-902-7276 National Advertising Representative, American MainStreet Publications | 611 S. Congress Street, Suite 504 | Austin, TX 78704 | 800-626-1181 Advertising Standards: Publication of an advertisement in Colorado Country Life does not imply endorsement by any Colorado rural electric cooperative or the Colorado Rural Electric Association. COLORADO COUNTRY LIFE (USPS 469-400/ISSN 1090-2503) is published monthly by Colorado Rural Electric Association, 5400 Washington Street, Denver, CO 80216-1731. Periodical postage paid at Denver, Colorado. ©Copyright 2018, Colorado Rural Electric Association. Call for reprint rights. EDITORIAL Denver Corporate Office, 5400 Washington Street, Denver, CO 80216; Phone: 303-455-4111 | | | | COCountryLife | | Editorial opinions published in Colorado Country Life magazine shall pertain to issues affecting rural electric cooperatives, rural communities and citizens. The opinion of CREA is not necessarily that of any particular cooperative or individual. SUBSCRIBERS Report change of address to your local cooperative. Do not send change of address to Colorado Country Life. Cost of subscription for members of participating electric cooperatives is $4.44 per year (37 cents per month), paid from equity accruing to the member. For nonmembers, a subscription is $9 per year in-state/$15 out-of-state. POSTMASTER Send address changes to Colorado Country Life, 5400 Washington Street, Denver, CO 80216


COCountryLife pinned: Try this delicious salmon recipe submitted by Lewis Foster, Broomfield, a United Power member. Get the recipe at


cocountrylife: @cocountrylife posted: Our team represented Colorado’s Electric Cooperatives at @pedaltheplains last weekend. They rocked their ride all while raising money for #energyoutreachcolorado. @colorado_electric_ cooperatives


Trick or Sweet!

ColoradoREA posted: Grand Champion Market Beef just sold for $65,000 at the Jr. Livestock Auction sponsored by Colorado’s Electric Co-ops. Raised by Nash Richardson of Yuma. Congrats to Nash.

Win a box of candy treats this month. Visit Contests at coloradocountrylife. coop and find out how to enter to win a sweet prize of treats from the candy makers featured in Discoveries on page 30.




The Value of Compromise

When both sides work together, everyone’s point of view is represented BY KENT SINGER CREA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KSINGER@COLORADOREA.ORG 33, 18, 1: If that sequence of numbers doesn’t strike a chord with you, don’t worry. It just means you probably have never been a state legislator, lobbyist or staffer working in the Capitol in Denver. Because if you have ever been a legislator, lobbyist or staffer, you know that it takes 33 votes in the House of Representatives, 18 votes in the Senate and one signature of the governor for a piece of legislation to become law in the state of Colorado. (The governor, of course, can also veto legislation or let it become law without his or her signature, but in most cases the governor signs bills approved by the legislature). Why does our system work this way? If you did not pay close attention during your high school civics class (they still teach civics, right?), you may have missed the day when your teacher explained the “Great Compromise.” If you are drawing a blank as to the significance of this important feature of the United States Constitution, read on for a refresher course. During the summer of 1787, the founding fathers met in Philadelphia to draw up a new set of ground rules for the American republic. (Hopefully, this is ringing a bell.) The new constitution created a stronger blueprint for the nascent government and it defined the respective roles of the three branches. The U.S. Constitution creates the basic organizational structure of the government, including the “checks and balances” among the legislative, executive and judicial branches that serve as limits on the exercise of power by any one branch. One of the hotly contested arguments among the conventioneers in 1787 was how the legislative branch would be formulated and how representatives would be selected. Not surprisingly, delegates from the large states supported the Virginia Plan, whereby representation in the new legislature would be based solely on population. Others supported the New Jersey Plan, whereby each state was entitled to one member regardless of population. After weeks of debate, the delegates settled one of the most important debates in American history. Deemed the “Great Compromise,” or sometimes the “Connecticut Compromise” (it was brokered by Rep. Roger Sherman of Connecticut), the founding fathers devised a two-house Congress where one house (the House of Representatives) would have membership based on population and the other house (the Senate) would consist of two members from each state. As a result, the legislature would be bicameral (two houses). This compromise led to the ratification of the Constitution by both large and small states and created one of the “checks” in our system that survives to this day.



How is this relevant to Colorado? When Colorado became a state in 1876, many of the same organizational principles that were embedded in the U.S. Constitution were used as a model for our state government. As a result, Colorado also has a bicameral legislature (as does every state in the union except for Nebraska). In order for legislation to become law in Kent Singer Colorado, it has to be approved by a majority of the 65-member House of Representatives (33 or more members voting yes) and a majority of the 35-member Senate (18 or more members voting yes). The bicameral structure of our legislature is an important and real check on the power of any one person or party in Colorado. Today, the Colorado Senate has a Republican majority and the Colorado House of Representatives has a Democrat majority. This means that in order for any piece of legislation to survive the legislative gauntlet and land on the governor’s desk for signature, it has to receive the approval of a bipartisan majority of legislators in both houses. This balance of power has been good for Colorado. Despite the noise and fury in the press about how our political system is broken or in crisis, our state legislature actually found a way to work together in a bipartisan way to do the state’s business. During the 2018 session, the legislature accomplished the following: • passed a balanced budget • reformed the state public employee retirement system • adopted legislation to fund highway improvements • revamped the state’s 811 “call-before-you-dig” system • dedicated funding to improve rural broadband access • referred two measures to the voters to reform the way congressional and legislative districts are drawn. Now, you may disagree about whether these “accomplishments” fit your idea of effective government, but from where I sit, this record passes the Goldilocks test: not too much government, nor too little, but just about right.

Kent Singer, Executive Director

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Pepper Pride

I was taken aback by the gardening article (August ’18) regarding the promotion of Hatch chiles and New Mexico. There is a better chile in Pueblo that is growing in popularity every day. There are a lot of Colorado farmers growing peppers and chiles that need Coloradans buying local products, supporting local businesses. John Myers, Pueblo West San Isabel Electric member

Food for Thought

Thank you for the thoughtful article “Speaking the Language of Food” (August ’18). The migrant laborers who work Colorado’s orchards and farms are critical to producing the bounty of crops harvested in our state. Working from dawn to dusk in temperatures that often exceed 100 degrees is a job not too many folks will do. Yet, these individuals and families return year after year to do just that. I appreciate their hard work every time I enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of their labor. Nansi Crom, Pierce Poudre Valley REA member

Lighting Guatemala

Thank you for your work helping people in poor villages get the benefit of electricity that impacts our lives so positively. Both my husband and I have benefited from loving care during our times across the border. People give and help even when they have little to share. When I taught English in Mexico, I lived with a family and found out firsthand how difficult it was to go without lights and power, especially in the evenings. We should follow the Golden Rule and help others in need, regardless of what negative rumors or fears are promoted about a whole society. Thanks again for your help building access to better lives and a better community for others. Kathryn Knox, Fort Collins Poudre Valley REA member

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[community events] [October] October 5 Colorado City Barn Dance Fundraiser Hatchet Ranch Events 6:30-11 pm October 5-28 Durango Plein Air Artists of Colorado Exhibit Sorrel Sky Gallery 970-247-3555 • October 6 Berthoud Berthoud’s Traditional Oktoberfest Fickel Park 11 am-6 pm October 6 Calhan COC Health and Education Fair Whittemore Hall at El Paso County Fairgrounds 9:30 am-1:30 pm • 719-347-7368 October 6 Durango Journey of Hope Family 5K Mercy Medical Center 970-764-2800 October 6 Durango Oktoberfest Purgatory Resort October 6-7 Ignacio JJ Horse Celebration Sky Ute Fairgrounds 269-209-3784 October 6 La Veta Oktoberfest 5K and Fun Run La Veta Town Park 8:30 am October 7 Denver “The Drowsy Chaperone” Theater Performance MSU Eugenia Rawls Courtyard Theatre 2:30 pm • 303-556-2296 October 8 Cortez Colorado: Black on White Author Presentation Cortez Public Library 6 pm • 970-565-8117 6


October 9 Colorado Springs Author Juan J. Morales Presentation Colorado College 7 pm • October 10 La Veta “Try-Art-Fecta” Art Classes Nicole Copel Ceramics Studio 9 am-4:15 pm • 719-742-0250 October 11 Buena Vista Columbine Gem & Mineral Society’s “Mining in Colorado With Joe Dorris” Sangre de Cristo Electric Meeting Room 6:30 pm • October 11 Dolores “Traditional Cultural Properties and the Hopi Model of Cultural Preservation” Lecture Series Canyons of the Ancients National Monument Visitor Center & Museum 7 pm • 970-882-5600 October 13 Colorado City Autumn Car Show Greenhorn Valley Park 9 am-3 pm • 719-251-6097 October 13-21 Colorado Springs Colorado Springs Cool Science Festival Various Colorado Springs locations October 13-14, 20-21, 27-28 Cortez Jones Farm PumpkinFest Jones Farm 10 am-3 pm • JonesFarmPumpkins October 13 Grand Junction Animal Care Fair Church of Nativity 11 am-3 pm • 970-462-6892 October 17-November 4 Brighton Pumpkin Nights Adams County Fair and Regional Park Complex 5:30-10:30 pm October 20-21 Beulah “Fall into Christmas” Craft Fair Beulah Community Center 10 am-4 pm • 719-485-3132

Boggsville Days October 12-14, at the Boggsville Historic Site, Las Animas

Located by the Purgatory River, surrounded by large cottonwoods and open space, the historic site of Boggsville houses a large farm and the former homes of Thomas Boggs and John Wesley Prowers. For more than 150 years, Boggsville Days has entertained guests at this historic site. This year, you can delight in cowboy music and poetry, chuck wagon dinners, re-enactments, vendors, horse teams and more. For more information, call 719-468-0904. October 20 Black Forest Family Cornhole Tournament Black Forest Regional Park 10 am-3 pm • 719-520-6977 October 20-21 Durango Peanuts™ The Great Pumpkin Patch Express Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad October 20 Roxborough International Archaeology Day Expo Roxborough Intermediate School 9 am-3 pm • 303-866-5216 October 27 Boulder Witches’ Brew Halloween Tea Hotel Boulderado October 27 Burlington Old Town Ghost Town Free • Haunted House 719-346-8404 October 27-28 Monument Fine Art & Crafts Market Lewis Palmer High School

[November] November 1-4 Black Forest Arts and Crafts Fall Show and Sale Black Forest Community Center November 2-3 Durango $10 a Bag Book Sale Durango Public Library 9:30 am-5 pm



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Our co-op’s number one priority is providing our consumer-members with safe, reliable and affordable electricity. But doing this job requires a lot more than stringing and maintaining power lines throughout our service territory. It requires political engagement. That may seem far removed from our core mission, but it’s absolutely essential to serving you, our consumer-members. That’s why we’re participating in a national program of America’s electric cooperatives called Co-ops Vote. Co-ops Vote encourages all co-op members to participate in national, state and local elections while educating political candidates and elected officials about the important role played by electric cooperatives in their communities. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the service organization representing the nation’s electric co-ops, launched Co-ops Vote in 2016. Co-ops Vote started as a national nonpartisan get-out-thevote initiative that helped drive rural voter turnout in the 2016 presidential election. Through this program, electric co-ops realized they had a unique advantage: As coops, the civic virtue of voting is in our DNA. We show concern for community — one of the seven cooperative principles — through participation in our democracy.

Co-ops have another advantage. Elected officials and decisionmakers across the political spectrum trust us because of the work the electric cooperative family David Churchwell has put into political engagement. When we all get involved, we can make things happen politically and in our local communities. Our participation in Co-ops Vote helps to ensure that rural issues remain part of the national discussion and are supported by our elected officials. But Co-ops Vote isn’t just for co-ops. It’s for co-op members just like you. The outcome of this year’s election will have a major influence on decisions that will need to be made on the future direction of K.C. Electric Association. Make sure your voice is heard. You can participate by registering to vote and committing to cast your ballot on November 6. If you’re interested in getting more involved, just give us a call or visit www. to learn more about the upcoming elections and access online tools that can help you participate. We look forward to seeing you at the polls on Election Day!





It is the 1880s on the eastern plains of Colorado. The open-range cattle industry is becoming a thing of the past. Overgrazing along with abnormally hot summers remake the landscape. The first settlers move to the plains to farm. Elbert County is a newly formed county, which includes the current Kit Carson, Lincoln and Cheyenne counties. The population of the huge county is 1,708. Towns are formed and there are plans to bring the railroad through the Great Plains. New technologies transform the eastern plains into a new place. In 1888, the change brings a real estate agent, Charles A. Creel, to Elbert County. He is just ahead of the railroad, which comes later that same year. In August 1888, the Rock Island Railroad lays tracks 70 miles past the KansasColorado state line. The new railroad requires stops for the train to fill up with water and the site of a new stop is established. It sits right along the new train track, 70 miles from the Kansas-Colorado state line. In 1889, a train depot, where church and school will be held, is built. The new, two-story depot is named Arriba, which means “high ground.” Creel plats land in the area and by 1894, 200 people live in the town. The first Arriba newspaper is The Mirror, which runs from 1889 to 1890. Grover Cleveland is elected in 1888 as the 22nd president of the United States. However, Colorado’s three electoral votes belong to Cleveland’s opponent, Republican James G. Blaine. Thirty-eight stars are found on the American flag. The Progressive Era (18901920), which is marked by great economic and social problems, begins. It would be only a few more years before Henry Ford’s automobiles are unveiled. Arriba becomes an important agriculture town on the eastern plains of Colorado. As early as 1893, many businesses have already made their way to Arriba. It becomes a booming town. By the turn of the century, many more businesses are established. A cigar manufacturer and an opera house are among the new businesses. The opera house becomes a significant part of Arriba’s history.



In 1904, land adjacent to Arriba is sold to C.C. Coleman. This is the beginning of a feud between Creel and Coleman. Coleman will sell land to saloon owners, but Creel will not. Creel wants Arriba to remain dry by keeping saloons out. Coleman decides it’s time for a new town to be established. The new town is named Frontier City. Coleman becomes the mayor and a saloon is one of the first buildings in the town. The feud does not end there. Creel steps up his efforts by establishing “no man’s land.” This is a narrow strip of Creel’s land that separates Arriba and Frontier City. It is three blocks long and one block wide. The attempts to keep Arriba dry fail. Fences and ditches are installed as a blockade, but to no avail. The residents of Arriba do not object to drinking as strongly as Creel. The residents of Arriba come together in 1918, 100 years ago. The people want to make more decisions as an incorporated town. A petition circulates in May 1918, and enough signatures are collected. On July 2, 1918, in the Arriba Opera House, 91 votes are cast to incorporate the town. Ninety are in favor and one is opposed. Frontier City becomes part of Arriba. The 1900s and 1910s bring expansion and improvements to Arriba. Arriba residents enjoy walking down new town sidewalks. A congregational church and the Immanuel Lutheran Church are built (the Congregational and Lutheran churches are still active today). The post office is a nice, long building with “Post Office Block” painted across the top. The mail carrier delivers mail on horseback during these decades. The Lincoln State Bank opens for business. Two groups, the Woodmen of America and the Royal Neighbors, begin and become successful with many members. Tractors, cars and trucks make their way to eastern Colorado, replacing horses and wagons. In the 1920s, when residents want to

travel to Colorado Springs or Denver, they can hop aboard the Rock Island Railroad with a round-trip ticket costing $2.25. Approximately five hours later they arrive at their destination. Electricity makes its way into homes, ushering in a new standard of living. Street lights are installed throughout the town. The decade ends with the Great Depression, which causes Arriba’s Lincoln State Bank to go bankrupt. Also in the 1920s, a new brick school and gymnasium are built. The first school mascot of Arriba is the Bearcats. The mascot is changed to the Aces in the 1930s, and during World War II, the mascot is changed to the Flying Aces. A 144-foot-tall concrete elevator is built in Arriba in the 1940s. It is still filled with grain every harvest and is owned by the Flagler Cooperative Association. Also, in the 1940s, the Arriba Red Cross Sewing Club is established. A new junior high and senior high school are built in 1954. In 1955, the boys basketball team wins the class C state championship. The ’50s also bring about homecoming celebrations, like the Friday night bonfire and the Saturday morning parade. In the 1960s, the baseball team wins a state championship. The high school jazz band appears on television in 1965. On June 11, 1984, the school closes and consolidates with Flagler (District 20). U.S. Highway 24 comes through Arriba in the 1930s. It starts in Minturn, Colorado, and ends in Clarkston, Michigan. It is the first paved road on the eastern plains and puts Arriba next to a busy highway. U.S. Highway 24 is the main road through Arriba until the 1970s. In the 1970s, the

new federal project split fields making way for Interstate 70. Interstate 70 goes from Cove Fort, Utah, to Baltimore, Maryland, passing through major cities like Denver, Kansas City, St. Louis, Indianapolis and Columbus. The state builds an interstate rest area in Arriba. Here are some noteworthy Arriba businesses: Audine’s, Charles C. Keliher Cigar Factory, The Arriba Trading Post, Kemp’s Filling Station, Moffett Drug Store, Judy’s Beauty Shop, Sylvester Garage, Lukow Truck Line, Shull’s Pianos and Antiques, Husky Station & Motel, Old West Campground, Bob’s Shoe Repair, Hair and Head Barber, Tri-Me Spraying Service, Sweet Tooth Shop, Copper Still Liquor, Country Cousins Band, Brent Welding & Machine, Arriba Welding, DJ Petroleum, Snell Grain, Arriba Grain, Flagler Co-op and many others. Today, DJ Petroleum is the only service station in town. One Arriba business that becomes wellknown is the Tarado Mansion, which is south of Arriba on Highway 63. At first, it is called the Adams Hotel and is located on the west side of Arriba. The Tarado Mansion moves to its current location in the 1970s and becomes a bed and breakfast, railroad museum, restaurant and personal residence. In the 1950s, Dr. H.J. Scarinzi moves to Arriba and begins working at the office that

Dr. Leo Baker built. Dr. Scarinzi becomes a local legend and is forever remembered and admired for his medical professionalism. Charles Peacock, a farmer who lived in Arriba in the 1930s, invents a summer tiller called the Universal Forkner. Two Arriba stockmen from the 1900s, Robert R. Lucore and George F. Lucore, help found the National Western Stock Show. A well-known figure, Dan Issel, star forward and guard for the Denver Nuggets, addresses the Arriba youth at their athletic banquet in 1977. Summer Arriba Days celebrations begin in the 1980s and continue through the 2000s, and the parade is even featured on Denver television station 9News. That same year, a 20- by 30-foot flag flies for the first time from the dragline at Brent Welding & Machine. In the 1990s, the Pioneer Skills Show sponsored by the Lions Club takes place. The town celebrates its 100th anniversary on June 30, 2018. It is a great day for current and former residents and school alumni. There is a parade in the morning, which features old cars, tractors, trucks and an old Arriba school bus. The afternoon is full of games, activities, concerts and a barbecue. The town hall opens the Arriba museum for visitors to explore. As the world evolves and changes, Arriba adjusts with it. The Obama administration

changes Arriba’s appearance through sustainable energy subsidies. Wind turbines and red lights blanket the Arriba skyline from the south to the west and up to the north. Corporate America makes its way to Arriba, as Prosper Farms becomes a major farm in the area. The future arrives in eastern Colorado. Arriba has changed in many ways over the last 130 years. It has evolved, and even though it’s still a small town, it is extremely different. It reminds me of that quote: “Change is inevitable, growth is optional.” Electric cars, self-driving cars, robots and artificial intelligence are all around the corner. It makes me wonder how the new technologies will change Arriba and other towns and cities. Will there be self-driving tractors and combines in fields? Will drones and robots be checking and feeding cattle? We should adapt to change, but we should always be mindful that change doesn’t always mean we’re better off. I want to thank Eunice Burge, a wellknown Arriba historian, for helping compile information used in this article. She has a booklet, Arriba, CO: 1918-2018, which can be found in the Arriba Museum.

DON’T LET MONEY GET SUCKED OUT OF YOUR WALLET Ghouls, goblins and ghosts are scary, but a high electric bill can be scarier. There may be electronics in your home sucking power out of your outlets and money out of your wallet, even when they aren’t in use. Televisions, computers, DVD players, cable boxes with DVR, cell phone chargers, printers and game consoles are just a handful of culprits that unknowingly suck energy. Over time, the cost adds up. K.C. Electric has tips to help you stop energy vampires in your home: • When possible, unplug electronics that you are not using. • Plug electronics into a power strip and turn the power strip off when items are not in use. • Purchase smart power strips for your computers and televisions. These devices sense when the computer or

television is sleeping or off. The smart strip cuts off power to related electronics, such as DVD players, video game consoles and printers. • Buy “low-standby” products. Most Energy Star-endorsed products draw smaller than average amounts of electricity when turned off. • Avoid electronics with unnecessary features as these might use more energy. For more energy efficiency tips, visit





For Brie Renfroe and her four friends, it was just a typical summer afternoon in the Midwest when clouds started rolling in. Before they knew it the winds picked up and they found themselves in a dangerous situation. “All of a sudden a domino effect of utility poles came down. We tried to reverse and they fell down behind us,” Renfroe said. “The power line was on our car, so we started freaking out a little bit.” Luckily for Renfroe and her friends, they calmed down quickly thanks to a live line demonstration performed at their school. The demo educates teen drivers about potential electrical dangers while driving. Thanks to the demo, Renfroe and her friends did just as they were taught: They contacted emergency crews and stayed in the car until linemen arrived and cleared them to exit the vehicle. The only reason you should ever evacuate your car in this type of situation is if the vehicle is on fire. If you are forced to exit your vehicle due to a fire, you should jump free and clear, land with your feet together and hop away. Remember, the ground could be energized. Separating your feet can create two points of contact with the ground and could result in shock. Safe Electricity offers these additional tips to teach new drivers about electrical safety on the road: • All downed lines should always be treated as though they are live with electric current flowing through them. • Never approach or touch a fallen line with anything. • Do not try to physically help someone else in a car that is

involved with power equipment. If you do, you will become a path for electricity. First responders will know what to do. • Never touch the vehicle and the ground at the same time. • While it is important to know the rules of the road, teaching teen drivers what to do in a situation like this can be lifesaving. For more tips on electrical safety, visit

CLAIM YOUR SAVINGS Each month, members have a chance to claim a $10 credit on their next electric bill. All you must do is find your account number and 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). Ryan Lehman, Flagler — 516000020 George Gramm, Stratton — 1116530001 Bailey Mares, Hugo — 637100013 Tony Mills, Bethune — 302960000 In August 2018, four consumers called to claim their savings: Corinne G. Rehor, Stratton; Tracy S. Akers, Cheyenne Wells; John Cathey, Burlington; Charles Rarick, Arriba.




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Magazine Honored With Awards Four awards were presented to Colorado Country Life magazine at the annual Willie Awards at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., during the recent National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Statewide Editors Association’s annual summer institute. The magazine won first place in the Best Illustration category for the illustration of famous people on the cover of the October 2017 issue. The magazine also received an Award of Merit for the second


year in a row for its website at www. Executive Director Kent Singer received an Award of Merit for a Viewpoint column in the September THIRST FOR ELECTRICITY 2017 issue. Kent wrote how choice is great for craft beers, but not for electricity consumers. And CCL received an Award of Merit for Best Cover for its November 2017 cover of a stack of books surrounded by lightning for the annual book review issue. [viewpoint]

Choice is great for craft beers, not so great for electricity consumers BY KENT SINGER CREA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KSINGER@COLORADOREA.ORG

We love Colorado for a variety of reasons: the great weather, the spectacular scenery, the friendly people, and yes, the craft beer. From our outpost here at the CREA offices in the north Denver area, we’re within a stone’s throw of small brewers offering everything from Gilpin Black Gold to Colorado Wild Sage. There’s no question that having a choice in adult Kent Singer beverages is, to quote Martha Stewart, “a good thing.” Does that mean that having a choice of electricity suppliers makes sense for Colorado’s electric co-ops? I don’t think so. I’m making this comparison because a recent article that appeared on the web page of the Independence Institute argued that Coloradans should be able to choose their electricity supplier because “we have tons of choices for craft beer.” Well, yes, but there are some pretty important differences between craft beer and electricity. Like the fact that pretty much anyone with a relatively small capital investment can start a craft brewery. Or the fact that if you’re out of craft beer your life won’t come to a screeching halt. The Independence Institute piece advocated for retail choice, that is, allowing electricity consumers to choose their power supplier. In Colorado today, we have a system of regulated monopoly. This means that electric utilities, like your local electric co-op, have exclusive service territories with both the right and the obligation to serve the customers who live in those areas. The facilities needed to do that 24/7 are incredibly expensive. Over the last 75 plus years, electric co-ops across Colorado spent billions of dollars to build networks of power plants, transmission lines, substations, distribution lines, transformers and all the associated equipment necessary to keep your lights on and your choice of beer cold. It’s frankly impossible to duplicate this system (deemed the greatest engineering achievement of the 20th century by the National Academy of Engineering) in any kind of cost-effective way. So, Colorado policy-makers decided over the years that electric utilities should be designated as monopolies and have the exclusive right to serve specific parts of the state. For electric co-op memberowners, this means that your locally-elected co-op board makes sure that you have affordable, reliable service. The investments made in the development of the electric grid were made by hardworking people across the state who have an interest in seeing these systems maintained and upgraded. If a third party sells power to you, the end use customer, those third parties will take advantage of a power grid that you paid for and it will diminish the ability of your electric co-op to keep that system up and



running. Your co-op may be able to recover “wheeling” charges from the new power supplier, but those charges will not make up for the lost revenues from reduced sales of electricity. Under a retail choice scenario, third-party power suppliers will be able to “cherry pick” the biggest and best loads of an electric co-op or other utility, leaving the rest of the system’s customers to pay the fixed costs of operating the utility. Historically, the most vocal advocates of retail choice were the large commercial and industrial users of electricity. We appreciate those customers and we don’t want to see them exit our systems and leave our rural, small business and residential customers with higher electricity rates. The Independence Institute writer argues that Colorado is “one of 21 states across the country stuck in a regulated market dominated by monopoly utilities.” This statement implies that the other 29 states have retail choice. That’s not true. The fact is that only 13 states have some form of a retail choice market for electricity, and the remaining 37 states rejected retail choice in favor of traditional monopoly service. In several cases, states repealed their retail choice experiments because they turned out to be a bad deal for consumers. We’ve been down this road before in Colorado. As I mentioned in a column earlier this year, our legislature considered several retail choice proposals back in the late 1990s. When those bills failed, a study panel evaluated the pros and cons of retail choice. The panel concluded that retail choice was not in the best interests of Colorado ratepayers. There is no doubt that the electric industry is changing as the result of advances in technology and consumer interest in solar panels, electric cars, smart buildings and other innovative approaches to power generation and consumption. Colorado’s electric co-ops are at the forefront of innovation with our deployment of automated meters, community solar farms, small hydropower plants and other forward-looking solutions. None of this innovation can continue, however, unless co-ops continue to operate on a sound financial footing. Retail choice threatens that footing and that’s why we’re opposed to it. After all, while Colorado is a great place for a cold craft beer, it is also a place where we in the electric co-ops are doing our best to slake rural Colorado’s thirst for electricity as well.

Kent Singer, Executive Director

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Blockchains, energy storage, electric vehicles — the CREA Energy Innovations Summit on October 29 will look at these and a variety of other topics during the daylong look at the future. Register now at for the event at the Westin Denver Downtown hotel on Lawrence Street. The Monday agenda includes: energy efficiency and demand response; blockchains and the power industry; forecasting renewable energy availability; energy storage technology; Colorado energy innovators; electric vehicle fast-charging technology; community choice aggregation and more. Vendors will also share their innovative technologies at a simultaneous trade show.


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Electric Co-ops Add to Cyber Preparedness Rural electric cooperatives power more than 19 million businesses, homes, schools and farms in the United States. They own and maintain 42 percent of the power lines in the country and serve 42 million people through mostly small and mid-sized companies. These co-ops need to band together to tackle big challenges such as cybersecurity. With that in mind, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, which represents nearly 900 co-ops across the country, is working with the American Public Power Association and the U.S. Department of Energy on a $15 million, three-year program to improve both physical security and cybersecurity for local electric co-ops and similar city-owned utilities. Improvements will help the co-ops and other small utilities as they get hit by millions of attempted cyber intrusions every day. While a cyberattack hasn’t taken down the U.S. power grid yet, the number of attempts to turn off power sources remotely is increasing.

Large, investor-owned utilities can combat these attacks by investing millions of dollars in cyber improvement. That’s not true for smaller, nonprofit organizations such as electric co-ops, which are owned by those they serve and don’t have as much funding to use for cybersecurity upgrades. That is where the DOE’s grant program comes in.

NRECA and the American Public Power Association, which represents cityowned utilities, each received $7.5 million beginning in 2016. The grants are broken into $2.5 million annual increments to be used to help smaller member utilities guard against cyberattacks. The funding is going to 150 specific co-ops. NRECA is also creating a self-assessment program that will allow its member co-ops to prioritize mitigation actions and develop a cybersecurity action plan for each organization. Co-ops that have deployed some of the new technology made possible through the grants say they feel more informed and aware of what is happening within their systems. They are, also, continuing to see daily attempts to access their system. That is why NRECA has used this program to develop a culture of cybersecurity rather than pursuing just one technology that will solve all problems. Cybersecurity is an ongoing process that will be assisted through 2019 with these DOE grants.


It takes little effort to save electricity: flip off the light switch when you exit a room, unplug chargers that aren’t in use and seal air leaks. These small steps will also help reduce your electric bill.




THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MODERN ELECTRICITY DOE study describes how coal plants and solar cells can share the same power lines and more BY PAUL WESSLUND Today’s energy landscape is dynamic. October is Co-op Month and this year’s theme is “Cooperatives See the Future.” Colorado’s electric co-ops are a diverse group, but our overall focus boils down to our biggest concern: achieving our memberconsumer’s energy needs, now and in the years to come. Coal-fired power plants are closing. Homeowners with rooftop solar panels are selling unused electricity back to their utility. Wind farms are springing up across Colorado’s eastern plains. Fracking and other drilling techniques have cut the cost of natural gas by more than half since 2002, and doubled the amount of electricity generated by natural gas. What does all this mean for the nation’s network of wires and power plants, otherwise known as the electric grid? The answer lies within a recent report from the U.S. Department of Energy, says Pam Silberstein, senior director of power supply for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. “It’s incredibly well-written, wellresearched, very thorough, very comprehensive,” Silberstein says. “It’s a well-put-together compilation of the state of the grid.” DOE’s August 2017 Staff Report to the Secretary on Electric Markets and Reliability describes the complex state of the electric grid and goes into great detail on how utility trends might affect the price and availability of electricity. It highlights the importance of retraining coal and nuclear power workers, and the effects that renewable energy has on the stability and reliability of the existing electric utility system. Better reliability Another way to describe the report: If someone decided that every high school student should understand how the nation’s 14


system of electric wires and power plants works, this study would make a good textbook. Silberstein sees the grid study as a report that puts in one place all the changes affecting utilities and what those changes might mean. She says, “We’re asking our utility systems to meet a lot of demands they haven’t been asked to do before.” The study was a quick-turnaround response to an earlier memo from DOE Secretary Rick Perry to DOE’s chief of staff to “explore critical issues central to protecting the long-term reliability of the electric grid.” Many things changed for electric utilities over the past 20 years, and this DOE study describes that new landscape with enough detail to satisfy the most hard-core energy nerd: • About 15 percent of the nation’s power plants have been retired since 2002, mainly coal and nuclear plants. That trend is expected to continue due to low natural gas prices, slower growth in demand for electricity, environmental regulations and more solar and wind power. While new generating capacity from sources including natural gas and renewable energy, has amounted to about three times the plant retirements, that radical change in the energy mix requires new ways of managing the flow of electricity from the power plants where it is made to the homes and businesses where it is used. • People are demanding better reliability in their electricity, enough that utilities have supplemented their goals of reliability with a newer term, “resilience.” Basically this means getting the lights back on faster after a natural disaster. That has utilities experimenting with things like utilityscale storage batteries and more precise

targeting of which customers should get power restored first. A lot of states are passing renewable portfolio standards that mandate levels of green energy, creating a patchwork of requirements in the national grid. New and growing additions to the electric grid are changing the way it needs to be managed. Those new power sources include rooftop solar panels that sell electricity back to the utility; natural gas plants that require new pipelines; solar and wind farms in remote areas that need to be connected with new transmission lines; and “demand response programs” in which utilities can turn off home water heaters and air conditioners for short periods during times of peak demand.

Recommendations from the study include: • Updating the pricing arrangements that govern the buying and selling of electricity. • Improving disaster preparedness. • Reviewing regulations that limit the growth of power generation, especially for coal, nuclear and hydroelectricity. • Focusing on workforce development as energy workers face a changing energy marketplace. • Modernizing the software that manages electricity transmission. • Coordinating with Canada and Mexico to enhance electric reliability across all of North America. The study also notes the importance of cybersecurity to the electric grid, but reported that would be addressed in an upcoming joint report from the DOE and the Department of Homeland Security. Paul Wesslund writes on cooperative issues for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

[ industry] THE EVER-CHANGING ELECTRIC GRID A recent DOE report on the nation’s electric grid tells the story of an extreme makeover that is impacting the price and availability of electricity. Let’s take a look at some of those changes and how they impact utilities: Less Coal and Nuclear:

About 15 percent of the nation’s power plants have been retired since 2002, while new generating capacity from sources like natural gas and renewable energy has amounted to about three times the plant retirements. This radical change to our energy mix means utilities must find new ways to manage the flow of electricity.

Learn about your elected officials More Renewables:

Over the last year, renewable energy generation increased from 7 percent to 10 percent. These new and growing additions to the electric grid are changing the way it needs to be managed.

Find key voter information Register to vote

Green States:

29 states and the District of Columbia have adopted Renewable Portfolio Standards, which require a certain amount of electricity to be produced from renewable energy. This means utilities have to manage a patchwork of different requirements.

Storm Recovery:

People want electricity all the time. In addition to reliability, utilities are exploring a goal of resilience, which means faster recovery and restoration after major storms and natural disasters. SOURCE: DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE)







We all know at least one. Maybe more than one. Perhaps you’re the one. They are passionate “Star Wars” fans and — along with dressing the part(s), having fun and anxiously anticipating the saga’s next movie premier — they’re doing a tremendous amount of giving back to their local communities. That’s especially good news for Coloradans as, interestingly, the region is a bit of a hotbed for “Star Wars” fandom. That’s largely thanks to the fact that Denverite Dan Madsen headed Lucasfilm’s Official Star Wars Fan Club for nearly two decades. “‘Star Wars’ fans are amazing in that they have raised so much money for charity,” Madsen said. “I know of no other fandom that gives to the community like ‘Star Wars’ fandom does, and it’s literally all over the world.” Hundreds if not thousands of diverse, homegrown fan groups around the globe



have now taken the place of an official fan club. These groups may arguably provide more effective grassroots opportunities for fans to connect with each other and take part in local charitable causes. One well-known group, Rocky Mountain FanForce, or RMFF, has been active in the Centennial State for 17 years and counting. FanForce itself is an umbrella organization with dozens of chapters around the world, from Australia to Africa, and the United Kingdom to Latin America. The online message board forum,, serves as the group’s home base, but for members in Colorado, it’s all about being a social club that hosts and attends a multitude of community events throughout the year. RMFF takes pride in its primary focus of inclusiveness and comradery and less on costuming and reenacting. “They get together and just enjoy ‘Star Wars’ together,” Madsen said. “They have built a community in the Denver metro area that

welcomes in anyone who loves ‘Star Wars.’” “This group is about fellowship and friendship,” said Dale “he-guy” Morris. (Most members enjoy using their message board nicknames.) “We’ve always been a social group. Sometimes we don’t even talk about ‘Star Wars.”’ Autumn “AuttyBot” Goodridge joined in 2009 after a local ‘Star Wars’ club, the 501st Legion: Mountain Garrison, visited her young son when he was critically ill at Children’s Hospital Colorado. “It made a huge impact on us and our children,” she said. “I wanted to find a group and pay it forward. Plus, I’m a huge geek.” The group’s monthly social gatherings are strategically held at varied locations across the metro area. Careful attention is given to being accepting and welcoming of new people, members say, noting that not infrequently people who are into sci-fi fandom tend to be introverted. Jonathan “DieWompRatDie” Thornton

pointed out that while other clubs tend to have a military-type structure, “there’s no real hierarchy for us.” Members of the group become so close that they often travel together — everywhere from Anaheim to Orlando, mostly to attend “Star Wars” film premiers and conventions. Group events are family friendly, and members say visitors don’t necessarily feel out of place if they haven’t seen every “Star Wars” movie or read all the books. They admit they’re not experts in every bit of “Star Wars” but enjoy the comradery and social aspect most of all. “They’re like extended family to me,” Auttybot said. Another big differentiator of the club? Money. “We’re definitely inclusive,” said Michael “JediPicard” Berg, also a proud “Trekkie.” “Unlike other fan clubs, we don’t charge dues.” “One of the things I love about the group is money isn’t a restrictive factor,” said Linda “FanForced” (because she married into the RMFF, but is now one of the most active members) Thornton. “To participate in other groups with screen-accurate costumes can knock out a whole subset of the population. Not everyone has time or resources to do the costumes.” “I know people who have spent over $1,000 on stormtrooper outfits,” said Wes Thornton, a member of the group. RMFF members say that varying degrees of fandom attract different types of fans to different types of clubs in Colorado. From villain costume clubs, to droid builders, to a club exclusively for kids, there’s no shortage of options for area fans. “I don’t think there’s any other area in the U.S. that has this concentration of groups and such high participation,” DieWompRatDie said. Colorado’s fandom culture grew from fertile ground. In anticipation of the 1999 release of “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace,” Madsen was tapped by Lucasfilm to produce the first ever official Star Wars Celebration event. He agreed, and sold the idea to hold it at Denver’s Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, located on the former Lowry Air Force Base.

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“‘They’re like extended family to me.” “The fan club was based here in Denver, so we thought it would only be appropriate that the celebration be held here,” Madsen said. “We had a massive turnout. We had 30,000 people from all over the world come to it.” Even older than Star Wars Celebration is StarFest, an annual Denver convention started in 1977 that encompasses all facets of popular media and sci-fi, including “Star Wars,” of course. The event continues to draw thousands of pop culture fans to Denver every April for a lively weekend of socializing, games and special interest presentations. “I started with FanForce at StarFest 2010,” said Grant “Jedi Jonas” Middleton. “‘Star Wars’ goes back to my childhood. I collected lots of figures.” “‘Star Wars’ made a big impact on a lot of people and it’s stuck with us our whole lives,” he-guy said. Today’s hottest fan ticket in Denver is Comic-Con, which members of RMFF

helped kickstart. What began only five short years ago is now the third largest comic book convention in the United States. It benefits Pop Culture Classroom, a Denverbased nonprofit that creates educational programs for underserved youth by using comic books, graphic novels and other media to inspire learning. RMFF has a key presence at Denver Comic-Con, participating in panels and producing an increasingly popular Star Wars Game Show Trivia Contest. The contest packs event rooms to capacity every year, luring upwards of 300 “Star Wars” trivia lovers to compete for prizes and glory. The R2-KT Make-A-Wish Colorado Auction is one of the biggest draws at Denver Comic-Con. The auction was started a decade ago by Rocky Mountain Star Wars fans in the spirit of Katie Johnson, a young girl who had an inoperable brain tumor. R2-KT, the hand-built pink droid that mirrors R2-D2, watched over Katie during her final days. The event raises funds for children fighting serious medical conditions with 100 percent of the money raised given directly to Make-A-Wish Colorado. This year, area fan club members handcrafted and donated an amazing array of “Star Wars” treasures that included a leather Chewbacca-style bandolier, a lifesized stuffed Ewok and a one-of-a-kind Han Solo coffee table. Nearly $14,000 was raised

FanForce members (left to right) Dale Morris, Jonathan Thornton with son Logan and Michael Berg promote their fan club in front of the X-wing starfighter at Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum.



[feature] for Make-A-Wish Colorado — enough to grant two entire wishes. “Make-A-Wish and helping kids with their wishes is incredibly rewarding and very emotional for me,” Auttybot said. The spirit of cooperation is another hallmark of “Star Wars” fandom. RMFF frequently joins forces with other area “Star Wars” groups for special events, such as those at Denver Comic-Con, Denver’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Arvada Harvest Festival Parade. “I love seeing all the kids screaming for ‘Star Wars,’ giving them a high five,” AuttyBot said. “The parents love it too,” Wes said. RMFF has held clothing drives associated with movie premiers for Urban Peak, an agency serving homeless youth in Denver and Colorado Springs, and it has partnered with the Denver Public Library for Star Wars Reads Day, created to promote literacy through “Star Wars” books.

“It’s fun being at the public events out in the open,” Jedi Jonas said. Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum is yet another beneficiary of RMFF’s passion and hard work, and something of a second home for the club. Members help maintain the museum’s most popular exhibit — a 3/4-scale replica of an X-wing starfighter flown by Luke Skywalker in “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.” Madsen negotiated with Lucasfilm to keep the X-wing on permanent display at the museum following its promotional tour and the first Star Wars Celebration. “FanForce keeps it looking pristine and beautiful,” Madsen said. “Wings Over the Rockies has been very grateful to them for all the work they’ve done over the years.” RMFF hosts its Star Wars Game Show Trivia Contest at the museum on its busiest day of the year, May the 4th (aka Star Wars Day), and takes part in the kid-friendly “Hauntings at the Hangar” event every October, hosting Death Star and Jabba the Hutt themed contests and games. This year’s event is Saturday, October 27, with all proceeds benefitting the nonprofit museum. “It’s the wider community where we want to give back

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and provide some entertainment,” said DieWompRatDie. “We want people to see it’s not just a movie, it’s local and a way to share our passion.” For legions of fans everywhere with varying degrees of devotion, “Star Wars” greatest legacy may be the way it serves as a conduit for delivering The Force’s light side to the world. For RMFF, it’s certainly a catalyst for bringing people together to collaborate, create, do good in the world and simply be with one another. “‘Star Wars’ has changed the lives of so many people and communities,” Madsen said. “That the franchise has started all that is, to me, the most amazing part of it.”

Rocky Mountain FanForce prepares for the Arvada Harvest Festival parade.

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‘‘ ‘star wars’ has changed the lives of so many people and communities.” The Rocky Mountain FanForce group gathers for a photo prior to a parade appearance.

Mary Peck is a freelance writer and contributor to Colorado Country Life Magazine. She lives in northern Colorado with her husband, two teenagers and two dogs, all of whom happen to be spirited “Star Wars” fans.

The X-wing starfighter photographed for this story is owned by Lucasfilm. RMFF members are not employees of Lucasfilms and this story and photos were not sponsored by Lucasfilm. Special thanks to Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum.

Rocky Mountain FanForce members share information at this year’s Comic-Con Denver.

BE THERE, I WILL Rocky Mountain FanForce is always open to new members. Events are family friendly and accompanied kids of all ages are welcome. The group’s next open house will be: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3 AT 2 P.M. AT BOOKBAR IN DENVER LEARN MORE AT or

Find information on other Star Wars fan clubs at Rocky Mountain FanForce members gather for an event.




A MUST HAVE FOR THE RECIPE BOX Looking for a great side dish to serve? Try a cheesy, tatertot, broccoli and cauliflower casserole. Visit BandC-Casserole to get the recipe.

Super Easy Enchilada Casserole

We Welcome Readers’ Recipes! Readers share their preferences from the kitchen BY AMY HIGGINS RECIPES@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG


Unlike many publications, Colorado Country Life magazine is tremendously fortunate to have truly engaged readers, and we wanted to actually get to know some of your tastes. So, this past June, we began seeking readers’ favorite recipes. Over the next few months, we will feature some of these readers’ much loved dishes, from main courses to soups and snacks. Give them a shot and let us know what you think.


Super Easy Enchilada Casserole

Submitted by Jennifer Rivas, Lyons Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association member

1½ to 2 pounds cooked chicken, diced or shredded 6 flour tortillas, torn into bite-sized pieces 2 cups shredded cheese (cheddar or Mexican blend) 2 cups Spanish rice (the 90-second microwaveable pouch brand works great for this) 1 (16 ounce) can red or green enchilada sauce 1 (15.25 ounce) can corn kernels, drained 1 (10 ounce) can RoTel® Diced Tomatoes and Green Chiles, drained ¼ cup jalapenos (optional)

Take it easy in the kitchen and let your slow cooker do the work. This fall, try Eric’s Pork Chops submitted by Helen Williams of Walden, a Mountain Parks Electric member.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Keep ’Em Coming We always welcome your feedback and ideas. If you have a recipe you want us to try, send it our way by emailing

Pour into a lightly greased casserole dish and sprinkle with extra shredded cheese. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until casserole is heated through and cheese is melted.

Place cooked chicken, tortilla pieces, cheese, rice, enchilada sauce, corn, RoTel® and jalapenos into a large bowl. Carefully mix to combine ingredients.

Serves 6 to 8. TIP: Cooked and drained ground beef can be substituted for chicken. 20



Leading Acid Reflux Pill Becomes an AntiAging Phenomenon

Clinical studies show breakthrough acid reflux treatment also helps maintain vital health and helps protect users from the serious conditions that accompany aging such as fatigue and poor cardiovascular health

by David Waxman Seattle Washington: A clinical study on a leading acid reflux pill shows that its key ingredient relieves digestive symptoms while suppressing the inflammation that contributes to premature aging in men and women. And, if consumer sales are any indication of a product’s effectiveness, this ‘acid reflux pill turned anti-aging phenomenon’ is nothing short of a miracle. Sold under the brand name AloeCure, it was already backed by clinical data documenting its ability to provide all day and night relief from heartburn, acid reflux, constipation, irritable bowel, gas, bloating, and more. But soon doctors started reporting some incredible results… “With AloeCure, my patients started reporting less joint pain, more energy, better sleep, stronger immune systems… even less stress and better skin, hair, and nails” explains Dr. Liza Leal; a leading integrative health specialist and company spokesperson. AloeCure contains an active ingredient that helps improve digestion by acting as a natural acid-buffer that improves the pH balance of your stomach. Scientists now believe that this acid imbalance is what contributes to painful inflammation throughout the rest of the body. The daily allowance of AloeCure has shown to calm this inflammation which is why AloeCure is so effective. Relieving other stressful symptoms related to GI health like pain, bloating, fatigue, cramping, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, and nausea. Now, backed with new clinical studies, AloeCure is being recommended by doctors everywhere to help improve digestion, calm painful inflammation, soothe joint pain, and even reduce the appearance of wrinkles – helping patients to look and feel decades younger.


Since hitting the market, sales for AloeCure have taken off and there are some very good reasons why. To start, the clinical studies have been impressive. Participants taking the active ingredient in AloeCure saw a stunning 100% improvement in digestive symptoms, which includes fast and lasting relief from reflux. Users also experienced higher energy levels and endurance, relief from chronic discomfort and better sleep. Some even reported healthier looking skin, hair, and nails.

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

When your digestive system isn’t healthy, it causes unwanted stress on your immune system, which results in inflammation in the rest of the body. The recommended daily allowance of acemannan in AloeCure has been proven to support digestive health, and calm painful inflammation without side effects or drugs. This would explain why so many users are experiencing impressive results so quickly.


By buffering stomach acid and restoring gut health, AloeCure calms painful inflammation and will help improve digestion… soothe aching joints… reduce the appearance of wrinkles and help restore hair and nails … manage cholesterol and oxidative stress… and improve sleep and brain function… without side effects or expense.

To date over 5 million bottles of AloeCure have been sold, and the community seeking non-pharma therapy for their GI health continues to grow. According to Dr. Leal, her patients are absolutely thrilled with their results and are often shocked by how fast it works. “For the first time in years, they are free from concerns about their digestion and almost every other aspect of their health,” says Dr. Leal, “and I recommend it to everyone who wants to improve GI health without resorting to drugs, surgery, or OTC medications.” “I was always in ‘indigestion hell.’ Doctors put me on all sorts of antacid remedies. Nothing worked. Dr. Leal recommended I try AloeCure. And something remarkable happened… Not only were all the issues I had with my stomach gone - completely gone – but I felt less joint pain and I was able to actually sleep through the night.” With so much positive feedback, it’s easy to see why the community of believers is growing and sales for the new pill are soaring.

REVITALIZE YOUR ENTIRE BODY With daily use, AloeCure helps users look and feel decades younger and defend against some of the painful inflammation that accompanies aging and can make life hard.

Readers can now reclaim their energy, vitality, and youth regardless of age or current level of health.

One AloeCure Capsule Daily • Helps End Digestion Nightmares • Helps Calm Painful Inflammation • Soothes Stiff & Aching Joints • Reduces appearance of Wrinkles & Increases Elasticity • Manages Cholesterol & Oxidative Stress • Supports Healthy Immune System • Improves Sleep & Brain Function


This is the official nationwide release of the new AloeCure pill in the United States. And so, AloeCure is a pill that’s taken just once daily. the company is offering our readers up to 3 FREE The pill is small. Easy to swallow. There are bottles with their order. no harmful side effects and it does not require This special give-away is available for the next a prescription. 48-hours only. All you have to do is call TOLLThe active ingredient is a rare Aloe Vera com- FREE 1-800-748-5068 and provide the operator ponent known as acemannan. with the Free Bottle Approval Code: AC100. The Made from of 100% organic Aloe Vera, Aloe- company will do the rest. Cure uses a proprietary process that results in the Important: Due to AloeCure’s recent media highest quality, most bio-available levels of aceexposure, phone lines are often busy. If you call mannan known to exist. and do not immediately get through, please be According to Dr. Leal and several of her colpatient and call back. Those who miss the 48leagues, improving the pH balance of your stomach and restoring gut health is the key to revitalizing hour deadline may lose out on this free bottle offer. your entire body.




Attract Attention With Garden Art Bedeck your outdoor areas with pieces of your personality BY VICKI SPENCER GARDENING@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG


Growing up in an Italian section of northwestern Denver, I recall fondly the perfectly manicured lawns bordered by sculptures and embellished with fountains and cast stone statues of angels and Madonnas. I also remember, before crossing the viaduct on our way downtown, passing the revered Amado Statuary and admiring its concrete décor. Certainly, this is when I developed a passion for yard art. Yard art is made of varied materials and comes in many shapes and sizes. Like any art, it is limited only by one’s imagination. On a long-ago trip to a neighboring state, I walked around the neighborhood bordering the main square and was fascinated by one yard completely filled with mobiles. Enthralled by the many colors and shapes sparkling, fluttering and whistling in the wind, I knew I had to have mobiles in my garden. Another memorable experience was driving north to visit relatives. Looking east just across the Colorado border you can see a large buffalo standing majestically on a hilltop. This buffalo is distinguished from the ones grazing contentedly in the fields below because it is made of metal. Over the years, I began seeing more and more metal sculptures popping up in the West’s open spaces. My favorite sculpture is a tall cowboy with a tilted hat, leaning casually against the ranch gate post. Naturally, while working for the National Audubon Society, I developed a strong attraction to sculptured birds and birdbaths. Some sculptures are so realistic, I think they attract birds just like decoys attract ducks in the wild. Others artfully capture the birds’ essence or depict their whimsical nature. Today you can find lovely bird sculptures at farmers markets, online and in garden 22


and gift shops, like the Barn in Castle Rock or the Denver Botanic Gardens. Although art in your garden can be anything you enjoy, it’s fun to focus on a theme. My collection in Gunnison, where the moon and stars shine brilliantly in the cold, dark sky, focused on an astronomy theme. I particularly enjoyed a gift from my sister — a metal crescent moon balancing a solar-lit, blue bauble above it. For contrast, I added tall, purple and yellow solar flower stakes. It seemed as if the stars fell from the sky to light up my garden at night. Living in a log cabin, I couldn’t resist adding sun-bleached antlers and skulls, horseshoes, a wooden rain barrel and an antique bed frame found at a garage sale. These treasures blended well with vines creeping in and out of trellises and old pottery. Now that I have an urban garden, I have traded the rustic look for a more modern one. But I still enjoy wind chimes and mobiles. Remember, the art you choose for decorating your garden is as expansive as your imagination. The sky’s the limit, but you will want to choose items that are durable and will stand up to Colorado’s varying weather conditions. Gardener Vicki Spencer has an eclectic background in conservation, water, natural resources and more.

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Autumn storm clouds over the Medicine Bow Mountains. Photo by Dennis Smith



Several years ago, the boys and I were bow hunting on the western flank of the Medicine Bow Mountains in North Park. We were after elk. Storm clouds had rolled down from the north, blanketing the high peaks of the Rawahs with snow, but the crowns of aspen trees on the slopes below were still blazing with color. It was a pretty dramatic sight. The calendar said autumn, but winter was written in the wind. Dawn was creeping through the pines when we parked our four-wheelers at the end of a forest service road, shut the motors down and began uncasing our bows. Camp lay six rugged miles behind us, and we still had to hoof it about two more miles to reach the pocket meadow where we spotted elk the day before. I was shouldering my pack when Dave slapped my arm and whispered, “Listen! You hear that?” “Hear what?” “An elk. I just heard an elk bugle. Right down there.” He pointed down the mountain. “You’re kidding,” I said. “Shhhh!” He put his finger to his nose. “There it is again.” This time we all heard it. Below us and to the east, an elk was bugling, though why it’s called “bugling” is beyond me. From a distance, it sounds like an off-key circus calliope. Up close, it’s a confusion of grunts, raspy screams and guttural wheezing. Up real close, it’ll raise the hair on your neck and send chills down your spine. It’s a wild, blood-curdling, primordial call and, if I live to be a hundred, I’ll never tire of hearing it.

Another bull screamed, this one even closer. Then came crashing noises: limbs breaking, hooves pounding and cows chirping and the stampede-like rumble of an elk herd on the move. It sounded like they were headed right for us. We looked at each other bug-eyed. The hair on the back of my neck stood on end and I remember thinking this is the kind of thing elk hunters dream of. That was many years ago. The mountains have grown taller and steeper since then, and the iron has long gone from my legs, but I still go elk hunting with the boys each fall. I tag along as camp cook and to help poke the fire at night. I hike more slowly, climb far less and sit more often, and I carry a camera instead of my bow. I’m perfectly content to sit at the meadow’s edge watching storm clouds race across the peaks while the boys play cat and mouse with elk in the dark timber beyond. I’ve learned it’s much easier to haul photos out of the backcountry on a memory card than to pack an elk out on your back. And, apart from not being able to eat the pictures, it’s every bit as gratifying. Dennis Smith is a freelance outdoors writer and photographer whose work appears nationally. He lives in Loveland.

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When we talk about comfort in our homes, we usually think about where the thermostat is set. But there’s more to the picture than just the indoor temperature. An important piece of the comfort puzzle is radiant heat, which transfers heat from a warm surface to a colder one. A person sitting in a room that’s 70 degrees can still feel chilly if there’s a cold surface nearby, such as a single-pane window, a hardwood floor or an exterior wall. Covering these cold surfaces can help. Try using area rugs, wall quilts or tapestries, bookcases and heavy curtains to help prevent heat loss and make your home feel more comfortable. Keep in mind, radiant heat can really work in your favor. A dark-colored tile floor that receives several hours of direct sun can retain heat during the day and radiate it into the room during the evening.

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A fireplace can also be a major source of air leakage. If you don’t use the fireplace, seal the opening or install an inflatable chimney balloon. Before using the fireplace, consider this: Unless you have a high-efficiency insert, your fireplace will suck heated air from the room out through the chimney. Always close the fireplace flue when it’s not in use. Ideally, every room should have return air registers. If you see possible shortcomings with your forced-air system, enlist the help of a certified contractor that really knows how to improve ductwork. This column was co-written by Pat Keegan and Brad Thiessen of Collaborative Efficiency.

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COLORADO AT PLAY PHOTO CONTEST IS OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS! We want your photos that fit any of these four categories: Water at Play: Any photo (with or without people) of water.

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K.C. Electric members Francis Weatherly, Marie Hill and Winnie Fritzler travel to Yellowstone with CCL.

Morgan County REA members Kenny and Alberta Naill take their family and CCL on a B-25 flight at the Reno Air Show.

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Janice and Jim Mulvany travel to Zermatt, Switzerland, with CCL to take in a view of the Matterhorn.

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Poudre Valley REA members Kathy Machado and Leo Peterson visit the Panama Canal with CCL.

I went out trick or treating with my daughter and two grandsons. We had a lot of fun seeing all the goblins, ghosts and monsters, and the boys received a lot of treats. We decided to end our night around 8 p.m. since it was getting pretty cold out. As we drove up Grand Avenue, we passed by our church. I said, “Oh, we forgot to go by the preacher’s house.” My 5-year-old grandson in the back seat said, “Oh, I want to go to the creature’s house!” Shar Thomas, Mancos When the neighbors came by trick or treating for Halloween, we happily filled their bags with assorted candies. Their littlest daughter remembered that last year I added a penny to their bags and asked if we were going to give her a penny this year. We chuckled and then grabbed a penny to put in her bag. Her older brother said, “I would take a quarter, instead.” Without missing a beat, their father remarked, “Well, the school did tell us he should be in the gifted and talented program!” Lucy Floyd, Peyton While having breakfast and listening to traffic reports, a very fast-speaking reporter said there was a traffic problem due to a vampire on I-25 near Orchard Avenue. A few minutes later, it still sounded like the same report. About 10 minutes after that, a clearer report stated the traffic problem on I-25 was due to a van fire. Don Williams, Tabernash We pay $15 to each person who submits a funny story that’s printed in the magazine. At the end of the year we will draw one name from those submitting funny stories and that person will receive $200. Send your 2018 stories to Colorado Country Life, 5400 Washington St., Denver, CO 80216 or email funnystories@ Don’t forget to include your mailing address, so we can send you a check.

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HUNGERING FOR HAMMOND’S CANDIES For nearly a century, the Hammond’s brand of candies has remained a staple in the Denver area. From lollipops to chocolate, ribbon candy and candy stirrers, a Hammond’s candy perfectly satisfies when you crave something sweet. Head to the Hammond’s headquarters off Washington Street and take a tour to watch candy makers in action, then shop its quaint retail store to stock up on your favorites. For more information, call 303-333-5588 or visit

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In 1929, Chester K. “Chet” Enstrom and his wife, Vernie, made the move from Colorado Springs to Grand Junction where Chet and his business partner, Harry Jones, combined skill sets to unveil their new company, the JonesEnstrom Ice Cream Company. Thirty years later, Chet’s almond toffee lured in enough admirers that he founded Enstrom Candies. Today, these chocolate-covered candies continue to captivate toffee lovers in droves. If you haven’t done so yet, get your hands on some Enstrom™ almond toffee by calling 800-367-8766, ordering online at or visiting one of their retail shops in Grand Junction, Denver, Arvada or Fruita.


Sweet magic is made in Durango’s Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory where basic ingredients are transformed into delectable treats that are difficult to resist. Sink your teeth into a gourmet caramel apple, coated with wonderful toppings like peanuts, pecans, toffee or cheesecake. Or grab a truffle, fudge, caramel or any of RMCF’s concoctions and turn a humdrum day into something sweet. Available at stores throughout Colorado and beyond. For more information and to buy, call 888-5252462 or visit

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In Fort Collins, Colorado Candy Company founder John Buoniconti and his team create sweet, nostalgic candy with machinery that dates back to as early as 1886. “They just don’t make stuff like that anymore,” the candy maker explains. “I’m using stuff from the 1800s that works the same today, with very little repair along the way.” Crafting handspun ribbon candy, brittle and cotton candy, Colorado Candy Company satisfies your sweet tooth now and throughout the year. It is available at stores all over Colorado, in neighboring states and at their candy shop’s retail front. For more information, visit





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