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Volume 47, Number 11

“Slugabed's Lament” photo by Eric Hothan of Peyton.




[cover] Two books by G. Brown lead this month's book reviews. Photo by Dave Neligh. THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE COLORADO RURAL ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION COMMUNICATIONS STAFF: Mona Neeley, CCC, Publisher/Editor; Cassi Gloe, Designer; ADVERTISING: Kris Wendtland, Ad Rep; Colorado Country Life (USPS 469-400/ISSN 1090-2503) is published monthly by Colorado Rural Electric Association, 5400 Washington Street, Denver, CO 80216-1731. Individual subscription rate: $9 per year for Colorado residents or $15 per year for out-of-state residents, taxes and postage included. Periodical postage paid at Denver, Colorado. © Copyright 2016, Colorado Rural Electric Association. Call for reprint rights. Subscribers: Report change of address to your local cooperative. Do not send change of address to Colorado Country Life. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Colorado Country Life, 5400 Washington Street, Denver, CO 80216 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. 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. EDITORIAL: Denver Corporate Office, 5400 Washington Street, Denver, CO 80216; Phone: 303-455-4111 | | | | Twitter. com/COCountryLife | | COCountryLife1 Advertising: | 303-902-7276 National Advertising Representative: National Country Market  |  611 S. Congress Street, Suite 504  |  Austin, TX 78704  |  800-626-1181


Colorado Country Life posted: The electric co-ops' Powering the Plains bike team raised more than $12,000 for Energy Outreach Colorado during September's Pedal the Plains bike tour of eastern Colorado.


Try Mix & Match Momma's Pumpkin Marshmallow Frozen Pie. Get the recipe on our Pinterest page.


Enter to win one of the books we are giving away this month. Visit and click on Contests for information on how to enter. We will choose winners on Tuesday, November 15.


CREA Retweeted NRECA International @NRECAintl Oct 5 Washed out bridges won’t stop our @NRECAIntl team from making the journey from Port au Prince-Coteaux to assess #HurricaneMatthew damage.



In this year of volatile politics, which candidate do you want to vote for? BY KENT SINGER CREA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KSINGER@COLORADOREA.ORG


The first presidential election in which I was old enough to vote was in 1980, the year Ronald Reagan defeated Jimmy Carter. Many of you probably remember the circumstances: Carter beat Gerald Ford in 1976 (Ford became president in 1974 when Richard Nixon Kent Singer resigned as a result of the Watergate scandal, but then lost to Carter in the 1976 election), but lost to Reagan largely due to a struggling economy and the failure to resolve the Iranian hostage crisis. I was a political science major in college that fall, and I decided to cast my first vote for president for the independent candidate, John Anderson. I remember thinking at the time that Carter had not distinguished himself in managing the economy or foreign affairs, and that Ronald Reagan was, well, basically an actor from Hollywood. (Turned out that skill set was pretty valuable in the White House.) Although Anderson only received 6.6 percent of the popular vote and no Electoral College votes, and although Reagan became probably the single most influential Republican president of the 20th century, I never regretted my vote for Anderson. He seemed like a rational alternative to the other two candidates that, through my 21-year-old lens, I perceived to be too far left and too far right. (By the way, if any of you can name Anderson’s running mate without referring to Google, you win the “CREA Political Geek Award.”) Since 1980, I have happily exercised my franchise right in each of the succeeding presidential elections. My chosen candidates won sometimes and lost sometimes (I ain’t sayin’ who), but I was usually able to make a choice with some conviction 4


that the candidate is a good person who understands how our government works and will do what’s in the best interest of most Americans. And then comes 2016. Let’s see. In one corner we have the nominee of the Democratic party who barely avoided criminal prosecution after an FBI investigation concluded that her handling of confidential information when she was secretary of state was “extremely careless.” In the other corner, we have the Republican nominee, a New York real estate developer who seems mostly concerned with promoting his own name and businesses. (I could

go on and on about the weaknesses of both candidates but we have space limitations, folks.) You would think that in a country of 315 million people that perhaps we could have come up with stronger candidates. On the Democratic side, the political machine seems to have simply decided that Hillary Clinton served her time (no pun intended) and it’s her turn for a run at the White House. On the Republican side, the Donald Trump phenomenon completely blew up the existing political machine and he triumphed over a covey of more experienced, traditional politicians. In some respects,

the Trump phenomenon mirrors the Bernie Sanders phenomenon: Many people are dissatisfied with the current political structure and economic outcomes, and they want radical change. The end result is that we have two nominees with the highest "unfavorable" ratings of any two candidates in U.S. history. Why are Clinton and Trump the last two standing? My theory is that no sane person would want the job. Who among us could withstand the kind of 24/7 media coverage and intense public scrutiny that goes along with being a candidate for president? Everything you ever said or done is fair game for negative advertising. We certainly need to vet the candidates, but few people can withstand the kind of hypercritical background check required by today’s political culture and news cycle. So does this mean our system of nominating presidential candidates is broken and we ought to chuck it and start over? Maybe. But I’m more inclined to believe that 2016 is something of an anomaly and we’ll return to some semblance of “normal” in 2020. On the other hand, as technology changes the means of communication and potential voting access, we may be at the tip of the iceberg of a more dramatic political evolution. Which still means I have to decide who to vote for. I believe John Anderson is 96 years old now. Wonder what he’s up to?

Kent Singer, Executive Director


Memories of Royal Gorge

I was surprised that my name was drawn for the Royal Gorge book (July contest). So beautiful and well-done. I am 70 now and my parents took me and my little sister to see the Royal Gorge in the mid-1950s. We went on a summer day. As we stood under the metal sunshade waiting to get onto the cog train down to the river, a freak and intense hail and rain storm occurred. It was horrific, so we waited for the storm to end enough that we could leave. The cog personnel brought people back up the incline, and we were aghast that these poor tourists were wet up to their waists in brown muddy clothes. The storm had come from the west and dumped so much rain in the mountains that the Arkansas River filled extremely fast. Mother Nature does rule, as she did again with the terrible fire. Donna Holle, Berthoud

“Car-gantuan” Appreciation

The (September ’16) “Mobile Madness” article about [Trinidad’s ArtoCade art car event] was absolutely “carvelous!” The response was overwhelming, in a good way, and it continues as I travel the state. People come up to me and ask if I’m “that guy” on the cover. I’ve heard from so many people who saw the article, with many inquiring about the event so that they could attend. I heard from long lost friends, business acquaintances, city and state officials and an array of curiousity seekers from near and far. Based on the response we received, your publication reaches a wide audience. Having Colorado Country Life spread the word about ArtoCade was a privilege and honor. The value of such publicity is incalculable and so is our gratitude.



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November 5 Walsenburg Quilt and Craft Show United Church of Walsenburg 9 am-2 pm • 719-738-3023 November 5 Yuma Bethesda Craft Fair Saint John’s Lutheran Church 10 am-1 pm • 970-848-2210 November 6 Salida Dia de los Muertos Art Show Closing The Brodeur Gallery 12-4 pm • 719-221-1272 November 11 Granby Aviation Heroes Family Event Emily Warner Field Aviation Museum • 11 am-2 pm November 12 Bayfield Fall Bazaar Pine River Senior Center 9 am-2 pm • 970-884-5415 November 12 Briggsdale Craft Fair, Bake Sale and Turkey Dinner Green Gym 10 am-2 pm • 970-381-8342 November 12 Longmont Turkey Trot Altona Middle School 9 am • 303-651-8406 November 12 Trinidad Quilt Show Trinidad Fairgrounds 9 am-2 pm • 719-846-3561 November 12 Woodland Park Woodland Park Anniversary Celebration Woodland Park Public Library 2 pm • 719-687-9281 November 14 Monument Holiday Craft Fair Family of Christ Lutheran Church 9 am-3 pm • November 17-19 Wiggins Arts and Crafts Show 717 East Third Ave.

Alpaca Holiday Extravaganza November 19-20 at the Black Forest Community Club, Black Forest

This free, educational event will showcase the entire cycle of products made from alpaca fiber. Fleece, roving, batting and yarn will be available for purchase. In addition, alpacas will be present for guests to discover how soft their fleece is and to enjoy their gentle, unique nature. For more information, call 719-495-6693 or visit November 18-19 Pueblo West Jingle Bell Boutique VFW Club 9 am-5 pm • 719-547-2302 November 18-19 Stoneham Junk Jingle Sale Primitive Junk Market 970-522-6858 November 19 Dolores Winter Farmers Market Four Seasons Greenhouse and Nursery 10 am-1 pm November 20 Colorado Springs Tran-Siberian Orchestra’s “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” Performance World Arena 3 and 7:30 pm • November 25-26 Grand Lake Tours and Treats Kauffman House Museum 1-4 pm • 970-627-8324

[December] December 2-3 Aspen “Summit for Life” Fundraiser Aspen Mountain 970-274-8111 • December 2-4 Durango Holiday Arts and Crafts Festival La Plata County Fairgrounds 970-247-2117 • fairandphoto@

December 3 Bayfield Winter Book and Bake Sale and Art Silent Auction Pine River Library Community Room 9 am-3 pm • 970-884-2222 December 3-4 Cortez Bazaar and Lunch St. Margaret Mary Church Hall 8 am-4 pm • 970-565-8741 December 3 Durango Christmas Bazaar 910 E. Third Ave. 8:30 am-3 pm • 970-247-1129 December 3 Las Animas Craft Show Las Animas High School Cafeteria 8 am-3 pm • turner.marylou@ December 3 Loveland Jingle Bell Run The Ranch Events Complex 8 am-12 pm • northerncolorado


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[Grand Valley Valley News News]] MANAGER’S CORNER


Ownership of the company matters

COMMENTS TO THE MANAGER You are a member of a cooperative and your opinion does count. If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please let us know by writing to:



Studies show that communities where owners occupy the majority of homes are more successful academically, are more physically fit and have a stronger sense of community. While owning a home may not be possible or desirable for everyone, ownership does matter. It just seems to make sense that we treat things we Tom Walch own with greater care. Chances are you probably don’t think too often about your ownership role with your electric cooperative. Every member of Grand Valley Power can take pride in the fact that you are an owner of your electric co-op. While at times it may seem easy to take the provision of electricity for granted, we are working 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to make sure you, the member-owners of the co-op, are well taken care of when it comes to your electricity needs. Locally-based cooperatives believe in this special bond and obligation to be an integral part of the community. Grand Valley Power understands that you can’t sell electricity to a business that closed its doors, or to people who left the community because there are not enough

local opportunities. Electricity is a critical need, but it takes more than poles, wires and kilowatt-hours to make a community. We are owners of our co-op, and in a real sense, we are owners of our community. Our community is strong even during these hard economic times. Think about how much greater it can be when we work cooperatively to tackle our future challenges. If we act like owners on a consistent basis, we will put even more care and attention into our community, and we will look locally for solutions. Finding local solutions can help keep money — and people — right here in our community. We all have a role to play. As your local electric cooperative, we promise to do our part for the community. If you have thoughts about how we can do a better job, please contact me at 970-242-0040 or at You are the owners of the co-op and we welcome your active participation.

Ask the Manager P.O. Box 190 Grand Junction, CO 81502 or send an email to me at Also, check out our website at

BOARD MEETING NOTICE Grand Valley Power board meetings are open to the members, consumers and public. Regularly scheduled board meetings are held at 9 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the headquarters building located at 845 22 Road, Grand Junction, Colorado. The agendas are posted in the lobby of the headquarters building 10 days before each meeting and on the GVP website. If anyone desires to address the board of directors, please let me know in advance and you will be placed on the agenda.



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Win an all-expense-paid trip to either Washington, D.C., or Leadership Camp in the mountains

For over 50 years, electric cooperatives have sponsored high school students from across America to visit the nation’s capital and meet their members of Congress. This year, Grand Valley Power wants to sponsor you. If you are currently a high school junior or senior, you could be part of this tremendous Youth Tour opportunity.

During your all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., June 8-15, 2017, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with over 1,700 high school juniors from around the United States. Students gain a personal understanding of American history and their role as a citizen by meeting their representatives and senators and exploring the sights around the nation’s capital. Don’t be surprised if you run into a former Youth Tour participant who is a congressional aide on Capitol Hill. More than 40,000 students from cooperatives across America, like Grand Valley Power, have participated

in this unique program. It is an opportunity for an experience of a lifetime and to make some great new friends. Or you could win an all-expense-paid trip to Clark, Colorado, located just outside of Steamboat Springs, July 15-20, 2017. High school juniors from Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Wyoming will gather at a beautiful resort located along the Elk River and spend the week at an outstanding Leadership Camp. You’ll participate in activities to improve personal goals, set up and run your own cooperative and get an inside view of the state and national legislatures. There is plenty of time for swim parties, barbecues, dances and a banquet during the week. Many of the attendees call this camp a life-changing experience. This year, Sanford Ford, a Palisade High School graduate, was GVP’s attendee at the camp. “It was a great opportunity for kids from small towns and communities with different backgrounds to attend a quality leadership camp,” Ford said. Ford shared how the tour of the Craig power plant was an educational opportunity that reinforced the nation’s reliance on electricity and created a lasting image of the size of the machinery that it takes to provide reliable electricity. All you have to do to enter either contest is write a short essay telling us about yourself and what you want to gain by participating in these opportunities.

Drawings, photography, a collage, a DVD or video, Power Point presentation or another creative medium may be used in addition to your essay. You must also meet the following qualifications: Your parents or guardians must receive electric service from GVP, you must currently be a high school junior or senior and you must be at least 16 years old on or before January 1, 2017. Entries must be received or postmarked by January 9, 2017. Attach or scan the entry form, located on GVP’s website (, along with your essay and send them to Grand Valley Power, Attn.: Bill Byers, 845 22 Road, Grand Junction, CO 81505 or email them to Don’t miss out on these two great trips. Call Bill Byers at 970-623-8577 or go online to, select My Community and then Youth Tour and Camp for more information.

Warm Up for Winter Storms

Maintaining warmth is a priority during a winter storm. Loss of body heat or hypothermia can be life threatening. • Stay inside and dress warmly in layered clothing.

• Close off unneeded rooms. • When using an alternate heat source, follow operating instructions, use fire safeguards and be sure to properly ventilate. • Stuff towels and rags underneath doors to keep the heat in. • Cover windows at night. • Keep a close eye on the temperature in your home. Infants and people over the age of 65 are more susceptible to the cold. You may want to stay with friends or relatives or go to a shelter if you cannot keep your home warm. 8


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Thanksgiving is a time for gathering, giving thanks and eating. While Grand Valley Power may not be able to help you become a better cook, it can help increase the value of every dollar that is spent for electricity. As you gather around the table during this holiday, be thankful that your electric cooperative is looking out for you. Thanksgiving may not be the only time to focus on energy efficiency, but with more people in your home the increase in electricity demand doesn’t have to correlate with an increase on your electric bill. By following these eight tips, you will not only control electric costs, but be on your way to creating habits that can be passed down from generation to generation. Lower your home’s thermostat setting a degree or two. As more guests begin to arrive and more food is prepared, the house will become too warm, which is a waste of electricity and natural gas or propane. Preheat the oven for only the time that it takes to reach cooking temperatures. Do not preheat the oven for 30 minutes when it has reached its cooking

temperature in 5 minutes. There is no need to preheat the oven for broiling or roasting. Electric ovens cost an average of 60 cents for every hour of operation. Once the oven reaches cooking temperature, cook as much of the meal in it at one time as possible. Foods with similar cooking temperature can be cooked at the same time due to variations in oven temperatures of 25 degrees in either direction. An additional 10 minutes of cooking time for a casserole at a lower temperature will only add 10 cents in electric costs while waiting to cook it separately for an additional 30 minutes will add 30 cents to your electric bill. Use microwave ovens whenever possible. Microwave ovens draw less than half of the energy compared to a conventional oven. Microwave ovens also reduce the amount of time required for cooking, which reduces electrical consumption. When using the stove top, always cook on the highest heat until the liquid begins to boil. Once the liquid begins to boil, reduce the heat setting and allow the

food to simmer until fully cooked. Use lids whenever possible. This will contain the heat within the pot or pan, thereby reducing the amount of time required for cooking. Check the condition of your refrigerator and freezer gaskets to ensure a
proper seal. This can be done by placing a dollar bill on the gasket and
closing the door. Then tug on the bill and gauge the amount of tension
required to pull it out. If the bill comes out easily or even falls out, then the gasket should be replaced. Finally, after the meal is served and the company leaves, don’t use the oven’s self-cleaning cycle unless a major spill occurred. Using the self-cleaning cycle for a couple of minor spills will require the oven to operate for 3-4 hours, increasing electric costs by as much as $3. Before taking the time to give thanks, have a plan in place to save energy.

“I need help with my utility bills. Who do I contact?” If you find yourself asking this question, you are not alone. Energy is a basic necessity of modern life. The heat and electricity that we pump through our homes keep us safe, healthy and comfortable. Heat and electricity allow us to cook, bathe, learn, sleep and grow. Without them, we are unable to safely store food, wash our clothes, heat our homes and perform dozens of other essential daily tasks we take for granted. Energy is the lifeblood of our economy, and some families are making decisions between paying for their energy and paying for their food. This is why Grand Valley Power is putting together this information to help members when they need it most. The following is a brief overview of agencies that offer help and services. • L EAP (Low Income Energy Assistance Program) LEAP is a federally-funded program administered by Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado and is designed to assist with the monthly utility bill for your primary heating source, which is generally natural gas or propane in this area. The LEAP eligibility period runs from November 1 through April 30. To pick up an application, stop by the Mesa County Department of Human Services, 510 29 ½ Road,Grand Junction, or call 719- 6339098. Applications should not be returned to Mesa County as this will delay their processing. Applications should be mailed to LEAP, P.O. Box 39200, Colorado Springs, CO 80949 or emailed to

•G  rand Valley Catholic Outreach – Grand Valley Catholic Outreach offers financial aid for utility bills to those who are denied assistance by LEAP. The program is primarily funded by the Energy Outreach Colorado Foundation. Assistance is awarded on a case-by-case basis in accordance with Grand Valley Catholic Outreach policies and guidelines. For more information on this program, please stop by Catholic Outreach’s central location at 245 S. First St. in Grand Junction and apply in person between the hours of 9 and 11 a.m., Monday through Friday. Or visit • Housing Resources of Western Colorado Housing Resources of Western Colorado is a private nonprofit corporation providing affordable housing and promoting the wise and sustainable use of resources. For people who are struggling with their energy costs, Housing Resources offers the weatherization program. This program works with the Colorado Energy Office to improve the energy efficiency of all residential structures. The weatherization program provides energy upgrades for income-qualified residents to help keep energy costs low. For more information on this program, stop by Housing Resources of Western Colorado’s office located at 524 30 Road, Suite 3 in Grand Junction, call 970-241-2871 or visit

•U  .S. Department of Agriculture The USDA has a Single Family Housing Repair Loans and Grants program, which provides funding to extremely

low-income families who need to make repairs or improvements to their existing house. These funds can be used to bring the home up to minimum standards and/or remove health and safety hazards. Eligible applicants for this program must reside in unincorporated rural areas with populations of 10,000 or less. The rates and terms (subject to change) for the loans are as low as 1 percent for up to 20 years. Loan assistance may not exceed $20,000, grants are available to those who are 62 years or older with a limited income and the maximum lifetime grant amount is $7,500. For more information, contact the regional USDA office in Delta at 970-874-5735, ext. 4., or visit

Please contact the organizations listed above if you have any questions about the programs. If you find yourself on the other side of this article, please feel free to make a tax-deductible donation to Energy Outreach Colorado. This donation can be made through Grand Valley Power at the bottom of your monthly bill. Just select what amount you want to donate monthly and this amount will be automatically added to your monthly bill until you choose to discontinue your donation by calling the office at 970-242-0040. You may also donate to those less fortunate through Grand Valley Catholic Outreach. You may contact the executive director of Grand Valley Catholic Outreach at 970-241-3658.



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Grand Valley Power has successfully controlled its costs over the last several years, thanks in large part to technology. Technology allowed GVP to provide quality service to a growing member base without the need to add additional employees. Technology allows GVP to provide members with more options in paying their bills, keeping track of their usage and following outages. Technology allows GVP’s linemen and service planners current account and mapping information while they are in the field, leading to more efficient use of their time. And the list goes on. Over the last 25 years, there was a technological explosion in this country that affected all facets of our lives and economy. Grand Valley Power members have benefitted from the advancements in technology. An example of the technological changes is how we communicate. It used to be through a telephone call or postal mail. Then faxes were the cutting edge option to provide speedy transmission of documents. Now we have email and text messaging as examples of current day communication technology. And who knows what tomorrow will bring. Grand Valley Power’s information technology, or IT, department is responsible for supporting and maintaining the infrastructure and software that works behind the scenes to support other departments. GVP utilizes programming from a national rural electric information technology cooperative that provides the programs that are used for accounting, billing, mapping and outage management. Because of the quality of the GVP IT department, the national cooperative regularly uses GVP as a beta site to try out new programs. As a result, GVP utilizes cutting edge programming that translates to better service for our members. This department not only works with the programing and software side of technology, but also maintains the hardware and keeps it in sound operating condition and working order, be it desktop and laptop computers or mobile



devices that most employees utilize to perform their duties. One of the most important responsibilities that the department has in today’s world of hacking is that of cyber security. So who is GVP’s IT team? Longtime GVP employee Sherry Fix is manager of the information technology department. Her right hand helpers are Karen Allen, network administrator, and Mark Tucker, IT technician. Sherry, a Central High School graduate, went to GVPs IT department members are (left to right): Mark Tucker, work for Grand Valley IT technician; Sherry Fix, department manager; and Karen Allen, network administrator. Power in 1982 as a billing clerk. Over the years she She and her husband, Mark, have two began helping the IT department part of grown sons. Karen loves her family, but the time. In 2002 she went to work full also loves horses and dogs. She is a pastime in the department. sionate tennis player and also runs, hikes Sherry went to Colorado Mesa Uniand skis. versity while at the same time working Mark is the newest member of GVP’s full time for GVP. In 2004, she received IT department, joining the team in Aua bachelor’s degree in computer inforgust of 2015 as IT technician. Mark was mation systems. She was promoted to in the health care industry for 13 years manager of the department in 2005. at Community Hospital where he was Sherry and her husband, Bob, have one network administrator. son, two daughters and two grandchilMark is also a Grand Valley native and dren. They spend much of their free time graduated from Palisade High School. on the Uncompahgre Plateau where they He attended Colorado Mesa University, have property. They love camping, fourearning a computer information systems wheeling and spending time with their degree. His specialty is in the equipment kids and grandkids. Sherry and Bob also side of the IT department. run a small business, which takes up the Mark and his wife, Vicki, have three remainder of her free time. young children who take up most of their Karen has been GVP’s network adtime. His interests besides his family are ministrator for the past nine years. As a anything that has to do with the outGrand Valley native, she graduated from doors: hiking, camping and mountain Grand Junction High School. She then biking. attended Colorado State University, earnSherry, Karen and Mark keep GVP’s IT ing a degree in business administration. systems running smoothly and respond After graduation, she worked in the to an occasional crisis when a computer Denver area. She worked for Digital or server crashes. Because of the nature Equipment Corporation for five years of today’s technological world and our and in semiconductor manufacturing heavy reliance on it, they are on call for 17 years. She worked as network and 24/ 7. Good job, IT team. systems administrator for over 30 years, specializing in cyber security.

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Electric Co-ops Show Support for Military Veterans Working in Energy Careers

Schools Can Save on Energy Costs Through Special State Program Inefficient use of energy in buildings is costing Colorado schools, and schools across the country, dollars that could be better put toward educating kids. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, K-12 schools waste, on average, 30 percent of the energy they pay for. The Colorado Energy Office developed the Energy Savings for Schools program to help rural and low-income schools combat the utility drain on their budgets. More than 20 schools are currently enrolled in the ESS program, and the Colorado Rural Electric Association is helping CEO get the word out to schools. There is room to serve 18 more schools this year. Through the program, schools receive: •

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With the election deadline quickly approaching, your local electric cooperative is encouraging all of Colorado’s rural voters to send in their ballots and cast their votes. Using a bipartisan program called “Co-ops Vote,” co-ops have worked to increase voter turnout this November. In the 2012 elections, rural voter turnout dropped by 18 percent. That is twice the decline seen across the country as a whole. That decline raised an alarm. A continuation of that downward trend

This is an opportunity to improve the learning environment of rural Colorado schools. To download a flyer or review frequently asked questions about the program, visit To inquire directly, contact program manager Susan Blythe at 970-207-0058 ext. 310 or email at 12

Career support for returning military veterans is the focus of the newly formed Veterans in Energy group. The Colorado Rural Electric Association joined electric co-ops across the country in helping sponsor the group that launched in July. It is designed to provide transition, retention and professional development support to the growing population of military veterans who choose energy careers. “The men and women of the armed services possess many of the attributes highly valued by America’s electric co-ops, including dedication, ingenuity and an uncompromising work ethic,” said National Rural Electric Cooperative Association CEO Jim Matheson. “It’s a great privilege to work alongside our veterans, and it’s critical that we support them in what we hope will be lasting and gratifying energy careers.” Veterans in Energy aims to recruit a leadership team made up of energy industry military veterans, establish brand identity and incorporate the group as a 501(c)(3) organization during the coming year. Veterans in Energy is an outgrowth of the Utility Industry Workforce Initiative, a working group that brought together six utility industry trade associations (Nuclear Energy Institute, Edison Electric Institute, American Gas Association, American Public Power Association, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and Center for Energy Workforce Development), four federal agencies (U.S. Departments of Energy, Labor, Defense and Veterans Affairs) and two labor groups (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and Utility Workers Union of America) to identify new initiatives the energy industry can undertake to support veterans working in energy jobs. More information available at


could diminish the voice of rural Colorado and rural America in this current election. So America’s electric cooperatives banded together to promote voter engagement. Through advertisements, social media, targeted emails, newspaper stories and local registration drives, coops have encouraged everyone to get out and vote. Anyone still looking for 2016 voter information can find resources online at

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Co-op Volunteers Stand to Return to Haiti to Rebuild By Zuraidah Hoffman

As Hurricane Matthew barreled through Haiti in early October with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph, lineworkers from electric cooperatives across the country paid extra attention to the news reports. While Matthew was making landfall in the southwestern tip of the island, news was not coming in fast enough for those who wanted to know the status of Coopérative Electrique de l’Arrondissement des Côteaux or CEAC, an electric co-op they helped build from the ground up. Established in 2013, CEAC turned the lights on in September 2015. For 14 months, 38 lineworkers from 20 electric co-ops in the United States, organized by NRECA International, traveled to Haiti to help build this co-op’s infrastructure. Until Hurricane Matthew slammed into its territory, that co-op served 1,200 registered members in the towns of Côteaux, Port-à-Piment and Roche-à-Bateaux. Once Hurricane Matthew devastated the island nation, NRECA International received a multitude of emails from the volunteers who not only worked to bring electricity to these communities, but also made strong connections with the people who live there.

On the morning after Hurricane Matthew hit, the CEAC co-op general manager and NRECA International staff journeyed back to CÔteaux. Crossing washed-out bridges by truck and eventually finishing the journey by motorcycle and on foot, the team arrived in CÔteaux at 2 a.m. the morning of October 6, about 48 hours after the storm hit. The team reported that all three towns were almost totally destroyed. While all CEAC employees are safe, homes were destroyed and the distribution lines and poles were damaged or destroyed. The power plant also suffered major damage. NRECA International quickly established a relief fund to aid the devastated electric cooperative it helped set up. All funds will be used for power restoration efforts, as well as to help rebuild the community. If you want to contribute, please visit Plans are also being made for U.S. lineworkers to return and help rebuild this co-op. Zuraidah Hoffman writes on consumer and cooperative affairs for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

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Energy Savings for Schools Improve your school’s learning environment with better lighting, heating, and cooling. Energy and water services customized for the needs of rural schools from a team of experts Evaluation of renewable energy opportunities Technical support and energy coaching Implementation support and help identifying existing funding and financing options Recognition for your school’s efforts and opportunities to engage students

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America’s electric cooperatives have a long, strong relationship with the nation’s armed forces Most military bases are located in rural areas, and the power systems at some bases are operated by electric cooperatives. A disproportionately large percentage of our nation’s troops — some estimates suggest as high as 40 percent — come from rural America. Even the organization responsible for representing electric cooperatives in Washington, D.C., the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, was once led by a retired Army general. Last year, America’s electric cooperatives began a new chapter in their long history of support for the military with the launch of Serve Our Co-ops, Serve Our Country, a nationwide initiative to honor and hire military veterans and their spouses. The program was developed to help electric cooperatives address a generational turnover in their workforce. Over the next five years, NRECA estimates electric co-ops will need to hire approximately

Brian Duncan, CEO of Craighead Electric in Arkansas, hired the first veteran at the nation's co-ops.



15,000 new employees to replace retiring baby boomers. Those new workers will fill roles in every department, from lineworkers climbing poles to member service representatives answering questions to engineering and industrial technology experts designing and managing a smarter electric grid. In addition to the technical skills these jobs require, electric cooperative employees must be hard working, disciplined, loyal, safety conscious and team oriented — qualities that are common among military veterans. This summer, Serve Our Co-ops, Serve Our Country celebrated a major milestone when former Air Force Capt. Jeremiah Sloan became the first veteran officially hired through the program. The story of how Sloan landed his new

job as an electrical engineer at Craighead Electric Cooperative in Jonesboro, Arkansas, reads like the plot of a Hollywood movie. For several months, Craighead Electric CEO Brian Duncan worked to fill the position. Duncan advertised the opening in local papers and national job sites and attracted a number of highly qualified candidates. Sloan’s application was among those strong candidates, but he wouldn’t be available to start for six months when his Air Force service ended. Duncan, hoping to fill the position sooner than that, made offers to two other well-qualified applicants, but was unable to come to terms with either. Shortly after the second candidate fell through, Duncan attended a national conference for electric cooperative CEOs.

Former Air Force Capt. Jeremiah Sloan is the newest engineer on the Craighead Electric Cooperative team. “Sloan brings more than a strong resumé and professional demeanor to his new position, " CEO Brian Duncan said." He also brings a love for the community and a desire to return to his roots.”

[ industry] working at the cooperative’s warehouse in Stillwater, Oklahoma. In August, Russ Dilley and Eric Creekmore were presented the Patriot Award for giving AECI truck driver Michael Henderson the workplace flexibility he needs to serve in the Marine Corps Reserves. Serve Our Co-ops, Serve Our Country is another way America’s electric cooperatives can show concern for community while building a next generation workforce that will deliver the exceptional service co-op members expect and deserve. To learn more about the program and career opportunities for veterans at electric cooperatives, visit www.ServeVets. coop.

This summer, Serve Our Co-ops, Serve Our Country, a nationwide initiative to honor and hire military veterans and their spouses, celebrated a major milestone when former Air Force Capt. Jeremiah Sloan (above) became the first veteran officially hired through program.

One of the sessions featured two fellow co-op CEOs, one of whom was a 25-year Air Force veteran, discussing the newly launched veteran hiring initiative. “The whole time they’re talking I’m thinking about Jeremiah; we probably need to look at this guy. For these guys coming out of the military, what better way to say ‘thank you’ than to give them a job,” Duncan said. They scheduled an interview and it didn’t take long for Duncan to realize the co-op found its next engineer in Sloan. “He was extremely professional. It was straight down the line. ‘Yes, sir.’ ‘No, sir.’ Very detailed in his answers to all of the questions. Very thoughtful in his answers. It was the perfect interview, you might say,” Duncan said. Sloan brings more than a strong resumé and professional demeanor to his new position at Craighead Electric. He also brings a love for the community and a desire to return to his roots. “I grew up in northeast Arkansas,” Sloan said. “My family is a long line of farmers, and they’re actually on Craighead Electric’s lines. The whole reason my wife and I decided to separate from the Air Force was to return home and be close to family.” Though Sloan is the first veteran hired through the initiative, he won’t be the last; several other veterans have already been hired through the program. In addition to

nationwide outreach through NRECA, approximately 50 electric cooperatives across the country already took the pledge to join the effort on the local level. The support of veterans and reservists extends far beyond the scope of the formal Serve Our Co-ops, Serve Our Country program into the routine operation of many electric cooperatives. Two managers at AECI, a wholesale supplier of electric equipment owned by the electric cooperatives of Arkansas, were recently honored by the U.S. Marine Corps for their support of a Marine reservist

Cathy Cash and Denny Gainer contributed to this report. Justin LaBerge writes on consumer and cooperative affairs for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

America’s Cooperatives Working Together to Empower Veterans and Military Spouses

Jeremiah Sloan on the job.





BY JENNIFER NELSON Music and books: Each have the ability to transport you to another time, another place. And when the two are combined, as author G. Brown did in two recent volumes on Colorado’s rock and roll history, it brings together a unique, intriguing look into our recent musical past. Brown’s Colorado’s Rock Chronicles and Red Rocks: The Concert Years, both published by and benefitting the Colorado Music Hall of Fame, offer a wealth of knowledge and a collection of photographs that include some of the most notable musicians in rock music, playing at one of the most iconic amphitheaters. And these are just two of the long list of books reviewed in this year’s 20th annual book review issue. Read on. We’re sure these books will rock your reading list.

FEATURED BOOKS Colorado’s Rock Chronicles by G. Brown The music from the 1950s to the present includes such an amazing array of styles, talent and culture that shaped our nation and the world in numerous ways. And Colorado and its residents played an important role in many of the artists and bands that led each era. In Colorado’s Rock Chronicles, G. Brown has gifted readers with a beautiful, revealing collection of how the Centennial State inspired and informed the rock and roll genre in the past 50 years, and how that genre in turn, shaped the state. Within the book’s 250-plus pages, Brown explores a behind-the-scenes look at nearly 150 musicians and bands using photos and text that bring each vignette alive. Detailed interviews and up-close, rare photos were gleaned and compiled to create the book. Brown also drew on his extensive career with The Denver Post, magazines such as Rolling Stone and as a radio personality. Purchase your copy through the Colorado Music Hall of Fame in Morrison and at



Red Rocks: The Concert Years by G. Brown “It doesn’t matter who’s on stage. Red Rocks is the star,” says author G. Brown about the impressive red stones that soar into the sky just outside of Denver. Now known as Red Rocks Amphitheatre, it is truly a legendary outdoor venue. In the hefty coffeetable book Red Rocks: The Concert Years, Brown gathered the history of the locale, behind-the-scenes stories from artists and concertgoers, and gorgeous photos of Red Rocks. The publication opens with a foreword by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Carlos Santana, then launches into the journey of how this one-of-a-kind setting became what it is today. Beginning in 1870 when a Jefferson County judge tried to get the name Garden of the Angels to stick, the story continues to 1906 — when the first recorded concert was played by a brass ensemble — and then beyond to reveal a fascinating history of the area. Brown, who is the Colorado Music Hall of Fame director, crafted a fabulous read about a place everyone, including The Beatles, Dave Matthews, Steve Martin, John Tesh and so many more, sought to perform at. Visit the Colorado Music Hall of Fame at the Trading Post at Red Rocks Amphitheatre to purchase the book or visit

PASSION FOR FICTION Jane and the Waterloo Map by Stephanie Barron Jane Austen was thinking of nothing else except completing her latest work — Emma — when she was summoned to the palace of His Royal Highness, the Prince Regent. Assuming her visit would strictly consist of the required pleasantries and socially acceptable conversation, Jane is taken aback when she stumbles on a war hero who dies in her arms. To add even more complexity to the strange event, the notable Waterloo colonel chokes out mysterious last words to her before dying. Being the inquisitive and independentthinking woman she is, Jane then determines to uncover the truth of why the man died and what he was trying to reveal to her. An intriguing, historically based mystery, Jane and the Waterloo Map immediately warms the heart of any Jane Austen fan. But don’t worry — others who enjoy the Regency period or prefer a good whodunnit will not be disappointed. Author Stephanie Barron, a Denver resident and former CIA intelligence analyst, did her research. The historical references, language use similar to Austen’s and overall tone of the book lend credibility to her writing. This quality period mystery is one of 13 novels in the Being a Jane Austen Mystery series, and can be purchased from local bookstores or online retailers. Anchor in the Wind by Greta Hemstrom Kate knew there was something different in the atmosphere that morning, but she

couldn’t place her finger on it. By the time she realized what was happening, it was too late for her husband and almost too late for herself. Somehow she survived, and was left to rear seven children by herself. As she struggled to control her own emotions, work the homestead and take care of her kids, Kate began to find out what she was really made of — and saw over and over what a strong community she lived in. Written as historical fiction, Anchor in the Wind is based on author Greta Hemstrom’s mother’s life in the ’30s in Kansas, as well as from Hemstrom's own experiences on the prairie and other research. It’s an inspiring story of perseverance in the midst of unthinkable tragedy and hardship. Hemstrom, a graduate of what is now Colorado Mesa University, has written for The Olathe Messenger and resides in Montrose. Step back in time with Kate after obtaining the book from Shotgun Marriage by Danica Favorite When Emma Jane walked down the aisle in her wedding dress in Leadville in 1881, she was heartbroken and fighting tears. This was not what she envisioned her life or marriage would look like. But she and her new husband — wealthy and most eligible bachelor Jasper Jackson — had no choice. Their virtue and reputations were at stake after they were trapped in a mine overnight by themselves. Jasper wasn’t thrilled with the situation, either. He dreamed of a happy marriage,

one where he was joined with the love of his life, not someone who he believed tricked him into getting married. This is just the beginning of what the newlyweds must face. Amidst it all, they often wonder if the fight to stay and work on their marriage is worth it. Shotgun Marriage is a charming tale of what can happen if two people surrender their hurt, anger, resentment and feelings of unworthiness and in turn trust God to fill and direct their lives. Follow this story by Denver author Danica Favorite, found at bookstores online, to see if true love can blossom from the most unwanted circumstances. Murder on the Horizon by M.L. Rowland Gracie Kinkaid is one of those people who loves and dedicates herself to her job as a camp manager and her volunteer position with the mountain search and rescue team in Timber Creek, California. In fact, she rarely has time for anything else, that is until one of her searches results in a friendship with an 11-year-old runaway whose family is not quite what one would call loving and endearing. Gracie’s natural curiosity leads her to try to help the runaway, but she finds herself further and further down a path that turns more dangerous at each step. Struggling to connect all the dots and figure

out what really happened, Gracie becomes entangled with the runaway’s gunenthusiast, antigovernment, hate-filled family. The fast-paced, exciting storyline of Murder on the Horizon makes for a great weekend or vacation read. Author M.L. Rowland, who wrote two other novels in this Search and Rescue Mystery series, resides by the Arkansas River in Colorado. Available at local retailers and online, this novel was a finalist in the 2016 Colorado Book Awards’ mystery category. What We Find by Robyn Carr It takes a strong push from her best friend for Maggie Sullivan to realize she needs to get away. The stress that she was under began to wear on her, and she was now sitting in a hospital stairwell sobbing. Her neurosurgery practice was closed, her hours in the emergency room were terrible, she was being sued, she miscarried her baby and, to top it off, she and her boyfriend broke up. So where should she go to figure out her next steps? The only place she could imagine: Sullivan’s Crossing. Her father’s family built and operated the campground and country store, and the peaceful retreat welcomed camping families and hikers, many who were traversing part of the Continental Divide Trail. Not long after Maggie’s arrival, though, her quiet retreat turns into a near-tragedy when her father has a heart attack. And as if she doesn’t have enough to handle, Maggie and mysterious hiker Cal Jones strike a connection. NOVEMBER 2016


The New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr’s heartwarming tale, What We Find, gives readers a beautiful glimpse into one woman’s journey to find what truly brings her joy. The fictional story is rich with details and wonderful character development, making Maggie and those surrounding her come to life. Find it at local bookstores and online. Fat Chance by Steven R. Berger Freelance journalist Sebastian Wren’s day starts like any other workday. But when he arrives at Judge Aaron Meckler’s home in Cherry Creek to discover the public official just committed suicide, Sebastian’s day takes a complete 180-degree turn. When the judge’s daughter, Adrianne, arrives at the residence quite distraught, Sebastian keeps a close eye on her and ends up helping her get her art gallery ready for its inaugural participation — only one week away — during First Friday, when galleries, shops and restaurants on Santa Fe Drive stay open late. Despite the lack of evidence of foul play, Adrianne is convinced her father did not commit suicide. And the more time Sebastian spends with Adrianne, the more he begins to suspect something bigger is going on, too. Follow the leads in Fat Chance as each page of this slim book feels like the intriguing diary of an investigative journalist. Author Steven R. Berger is well-acquainted with Denver and he weaves specific references to familiar places throughout this captivating novel. Fat Chance is his fourth book and is available online.



WANT MORE OPTIONS? Read expanded versions of these book reviews and reviews of additional books online at Breaking Wild by Diane Les Becquets Both Pru Hathaway and Amy Raye Latour love the beauty of Colorado’s mountains and spend much of their free time there. They also know the dangers inherent in the wilderness, but end up facing those challenges when the last weekend of elk hunting season takes an unexpected turn. As the book opens, Amy Raye is enjoying the solitude and thrill of the hunt with two of her buddies when she decides to venture out on her own. When she doesn’t return to camp, Amy Raye’s friends call for a search and rescue team. As Pru, her dog Kona and the search team quickly organize and look for Amy Raye’s trail, they begin to sense that the search will not be easy. The weather does not cooperate, and the longer Amy Raye is missing, the more concerned Pru becomes. As everyone else’s hope fades, Pru cannot forget about Amy Raye and becomes driven to find what really happened to the young mother of two. Author Diane Les Becquets spent 14 years in Meeker (on which she based Rio Mesa, the central town in the novel). This and her own adventures in the wilderness enhance the depth of the story. Purchase the book at local bookstores and online retailers.

Dark Waters by Chris Goff Peace within Israel’s borders is always hanging by a thin thread. Rae Jordan knew that when she agreed to transfer there as a U.S. Diplomatic Security Service agent. But she didn’t expect to be caught in the middle of a multinational and multiagency conflict. And she certainly didn’t anticipate it happening within a day of her arrival. But that’s what happened when her predecessor was murdered and an American judge and his teenage daughter were nearly killed in Tel Aviv. In many ways, Dark Waters feels like the dramatic retelling of actual events, because the people, places, motivations and political agendas within author Chris Goff’s novel are wellresearched and realistic. With fictional plot lines that follow not only Rae and her investigation, but also the judge and his daughter as well as a Palestinian father just trying to keep his family safe, every page of the story is packed with action and suspense. Check out this thriller finalist in the 2016 Colorado Book Awards by grabbing it from a local bookstore or ordering it online. And the Wind Whispered by Dan Jorgensen When American journalist Nellie Bly walked up to Bat Masterson’s table in the train’s dining car, neither knew the train was about to be robbed by Doc McCarty’s gang. But it was and the situation became interesting fast, and the resulting adventure across the Wild West was something Nellie and Bat wouldn’t soon forget. At the same time as the train robbery was happening near Hot Springs, South Dakota,

three teenage newspaper reporters were finding trouble of their own in a newly developed tourist stop called The Wonderful Wind Cave. Sisters Minnie and Laura and friend Alvin stumble on a body in a yetunexplored portion of the cave, and are immediately hooked into investigating who it is and how the man ended up there. Their digging soon leads them into a partnership with Nellie Bly and Bat Masterson, along with Buffalo Bill Cody, Annie Oakley, a young Will Rogers and John Philip Sousa. A creative combination of murder mystery, western novel and historical fiction, And the Wind Whispered offers a captivating and imaginative look into the famed Wild West. The 392 pages fly by as the action never ceases. The author is seasoned writer Dan Jorgensen, who now resides in Broomfield, Colorado, where he continues to write. Available online, And the Wind Whispered, his seventh book, is a 2016 finalist in the Colorado Book Awards’ historical fiction category. The Comfort of Black by Carter Wilson Hannah Parks thought she finally had the life she dreamt of: a loving husband, plenty of money, a plan to start a family, a safe home — one that was far removed from the life of fear and rage she knew as a child. Then everything changes in an instant. When her husband, Dallin, mumbles unexpected words in his sleep, Hannah begins to dig for the truth of her and Dallin’s lives. Then she is nearly abducted by order of

her supposedly loving husband and rescued by a man named Black, whom she reluctantly trusts. Every step of this heartpounding thriller, The Comfort of Black, brings surprises and twists, until the paranoia of Hannah and Black seems real and necessary. Author Carter Wilson, who writes from his home near Boulder, has two additional books under his belt, and a fourth due out in December. Find the thriller at local bookstores and online. Killing Trail by Margaret Mizushima Deputy Mattie Lu Cobb called the small town of Timber Creek, Colorado, home since childhood, and she’s proud to now serve as a police officer, especially as the first K-9 handler in her department. Her training with German shepherd Robo was extensive, and Mattie is ready to go to work with her partner, cracking down on the drug trafficking that was the catalyst for a K-9 unit. What Mattie didn’t anticipate was being immediately called to a scene where she finds a young girl murdered, no real leads and danger for herself. A gripping read made even more interesting by the use of an intelligent, loyal dog as a main character, Killing Trail is much more than a simple whodunnit. Author Margaret Mizushima, who resides in a small northern Colorado town, brilliantly uses her experiences gleaned from ranch life and her husband’s veterinary clinic in this first novel in the Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series. (The second in the series, Stalking Ground, was released in September.) Start

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TASTE FOR NONFICTION Speed Kings by Andy Bull The drama that unfolded during the 1932 Winter Olympics bobsled races in Lake Placid, New York, was extraordinary. But the story of how the four fastest men in the world came together for this famous occasion proves just as dramatic. The four bobsledders include passionate and speed-driven Billy Fiske, movie star Clifford “Tippy” Gray, heavyweight boxing champion Eddie Eagan and gambler Jay O’Brien. Not a single person could have predicted this group, let alone the outcome. And yet the results were spectacular. To fully understand the drama, the book takes readers back to the beginning of the sport in 1888 and then through the lives of the four men. Combined, their tales, which wind their way through Colorado and the early days of Aspen, create a fascinating back story for the history-making bobsled race in 1932. Author Andy Bull leaves no stone unturned in the history of Billy’s life and the third Winter Olympics. This senior sportswriter for The Guardian took a couple of bobsled runs and breathes life into the story, unearthing tales of gambling, immoral activities, fierce competition, a boxing match with renowned Jack Dempsey (who was featured in CCL’s October 2005 issue), heavy politics, family rivalries and much more. Fulfill your need for speed by purchasing Speed Kings online and at local bookstores.

My Triple Mastectomy by Kari L. Ward Like many people who hear the “C” word from their doctors, author Kari L. Ward never expected to receive a breast cancer diagnosis, especially since she just had a clear mammogram three months before. But there it was, an aggressive form of cancer. Kari, her husband and four children tried to take the news in stride by leaning on their strong faith that God would carry them through the ordeal. And He certainly did. But Kari’s journey was not easy. In fact, what seemed to be a routine treatment plan quickly turned into some of the darkest times of Kari’s life. Through six surgeries in one year, which included not the expected two, but three mastectomies, six chemo rounds and an infection by an extremely rare bacterium, not to mention challenging emotional turmoil, Kari walked a difficult road. But every step of the way she saw and experienced God’s presence and His love helping her along. Available for purchase online, My Triple Mastectomy was written by Ward using journal entries she began the day of her diagnosis. She honestly and, sometimes humorously, opens up about her medical diagnosis and treatments, as well as her emotional and spiritual journeys. Ward is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and an Air Force veteran, and lives with her family in Colorado Springs.

Amazing Paper Airplanes: The Craft and Science of Flight by Kyong Hwa Lee If there’s one thing that can bring people of all ages together, it’s paper airplanes. It seems that no matter what age, gender or personality, everyone loves to build and fly them. The talent each of us has can be an entirely different story, but thanks to Amazing Paper Airplanes, the sky is literally the limit on what can be built. The nearly 200-page book combines the art of origami and the science of flight in a fascinating step-by-step instructional. Author Kyong Hwa Lee offers clear, easy-to-follow instructions. Fly on over to your local bookstore or online retailer to begin crafting the airplanes. Jennifer Nelson is a freelance writer-editor in Dallas, Texas. Her first post-college job was at CCL, which is one reason Colorado holds a special place in her heart. Jennifer loves curling up with a good novel, as well as reading with her 4-year-old daughter, who enjoyed sharing her own expert opinion about the children’s books reviewed on page 30.

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Pump Up Recipes With Pumpkin & Sweet Potatoes Whip up seasonal dishes year-round from a new cookbook BY AMY HIGGINS RECIPES@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG

Enter to Win Get your hands on a copy of Shay Shull’s Mix & Match Mama Eats cookbook by entering our November contest. Send your name, address and phone number to contests@ colorado countrylife. org and enter “Mix & Match Mama Eats” in the subject line. We’ll choose a winner on November 15.

TIP Make Your Own Pumpkin Puree Instead of using canned pumpkin, try your hand at making fresh pumpkin puree. Chop the top of the pumpkin, cut into chunks, clean out the seeds (and save them!), bake, skin and whip. Check out the charming Pioneer Woman’s technique at thepioneer cooking/makeyour-ownpumpkin-puree.


When Mix & Match Mama Eats landed on our desks, we knew we had to share it. Shay Shull wrote this cookbook to get people in the kitchen and families at the dinner table all year long. Shull divides these recipes into the months of the year, using seasonal ingredients you’re sure to find at the grocery store or local farmers market that time of year. With Halloween still fresh on our minds and Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, it’s the season for pumpkin and sweet potatoes. Mamas, papas and anyone else who loves to be in the kitchen will surely appreciate one of these Mix & Match Mama Eats recipes this November.

Pumpkin Rigatoni 1 pound rigatoni 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 12 slices bacon 2 garlic cloves, chopped 1 red onion, chopped 1 cup chicken stock 1 cup pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) 3 tablespoons half-and-half, cream or milk Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, to taste Chopped basil, to taste Bring one large pot of water up to a boil. Drop in pasta and cook 5 to 7 minutes, until al dente. In another large skillet, heat a tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Place bacon in pan and crisp up on both sides. Once crispy, remove bacon to a paper towel to drain. Add garlic and onion to your bacon drippings in the skillet and sauté 4 to 5 minutes. Once onion is sautéed, pour in chicken stock to deglaze your pan. Lower heat to low and let chicken stock simmer 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in pumpkin and heat through, about 3 minutes. Meanwhile, break bacon into bite-sized pieces. Set aside. Drain pasta and add to pumpkin mixture. Stir in half-and-half and Parmesan. Finally, add crispy bacon pieces and basil. Remove from skillet, ladle pasta into bowls and serve with a little more Parmesan and basil. Source: Mix & Match Mama Eats

Streusel-Topped Sweet Potato Pie 1 1/2 cups mashed sweet potatoes 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk 3 eggs 1/2 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice 1 uncooked pie shell (either homemade or from the refrigerator section) For the streusel: 1/4 cup brown sugar 2 tablespoons flour 2 tablespoons butter, slightly softened and cut into pieces 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 cup pecan pieces Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, beat with an electric mixer the first 5 ingredients until smooth. Pour mixture into pie shell and bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake another 20 minutes. While pie bakes, combine all of the streusel ingredients in a small bowl. The consistency will be crumbly. When it’s time, sprinkle the topping over the top of the pie and continue baking for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool at least 30 minutes before slicing and serving. Source: Mix & Match Mama Eats

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Create alluring flower arrangements to enjoy in the winter BY VICKI SPENCER MASTER GARDENER GARDENING@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG I am a collector and come from a family of collectors. For as long as I can remember, when I take a walk outside — through a forest or along a beach — I start collecting. In the fall, when I stroll around my neighborhood or through the local park, I pick up beautiful leaves, different seeds and unusually shaped branches. When I get home, I empty my pockets, purse or backpack and wonder what I’m doing with my bounty. Sometimes the items will sit on a bookshelf or the kitchen counter for a day or two and then end up in the trash. Other times, they are just too beautiful to throw out and I start thinking of creative ways to save them. It used to be that I would turn to magazine photos collected throughout the year for ideas. Now that I have the internet, I have a wealth of ideas right at my fingertips. For Thanksgiving centerpieces, I usually choose a color scheme of traditional fall colors — orange, red, yellow and gold — but there are many modern palettes you can choose for the holiday season. An example of a simple fall arrangement begins with an earth-toned basket. First, scatter brown nuts and autumn-colored kitchen vegetables around the bottom of the basket. Squash, shallots, onions and any nuts in shells provide a good foundation. Then sprinkle a few of the autumn leaves you gathered on top of the nuts and vegetables. 22


For a little added color, cut the stems off some of your garden mums (spider, pompom, anemone and thistle mums provide interest with their varied petal shapes) and arrange

the mums in clusters for a dramatic effect. If you don’t have mums in your garden, pick up a small bouquet at your grocery store. This type of arrangement mimics the randomness of leaves and seeds that fall on the forest floor, and you don’t require a degree in creative design to produce a lovely effect. If you have time to plan ahead, collect your favorite flowers when they are in full bloom during the summer and dry them for arrangements in the fall. Pick the flowers in the

morning or evening when they are at their best. To retain the color of the flowers, remove them from sunlight as soon as they are cut and hang them upside down, individually or in a bouquet. Some flowers retain color better than others, and white flowers often turn brown. You just need to experiment to see which colors you like the best. I tie the flowers together with a piece of twine wrapped around the stems and use the twine to hang them from a closet rod. Flowers with hearty stalks are the best for dried bouquets because they won’t droop when you arrange them right side up. Some good examples are hydrangeas, baby’s breath, marigolds, zinnias, goldenrod and yarrow. Larger flowers like peonies and hydrangeas dry best if you tie them up separately rather than in a bunch. You can also dry decorative seed heads collected from your garden in the fall. Beautiful seeds, grasses, branches with berries and wildflowers can be found along roadsides or in vacant lots. I found that the basement or a little-used closet with good circulation works best for drying flowers. It takes two to three weeks for the flowers to dry completely. When they are dry, spray them with hair spray for protection. You can also microwave flowers to dry them, but this takes practice because the drying time varies by microwave oven and flower. (And never leave the microwave unattended when drying flowers.) There are many ways to arrange your flowers. Put them in glass containers with beans or nuts in the base to keep them upright, or arrange in a special vase just as you would arrange fresh flowers. The important thing is to remember to pick your flowers and dry them when they are at their peak, then you can enjoy your garden throughout the winter.

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If you have hunted ducks or geese in Colorado for a while, you know waterfowling on the Front Range recently became an expensive proposition. Relax — there are alternatives for hunters who can’t afford to pay expensive day rates for commercial outfitters, invest thousands of dollars in private leases or buy pricey memberships in exclusive duckhunting clubs. They revolve around learning some new skills and perfecting the old ones. Simply stated, they are scouting, researching and timing. Research and preseason scouting are critical to success, but a lot of duck and goose hunters seem to ignore it. They pick their spots at random, throw out a bunch of decoys and hope the birds will find them. That doesn’t work very often. Scout all year long if you can, but concentrate your efforts as the waterfowl season approaches. Birds may change their summer feeding routines to take advantage of newly-harvested crop fields. The point is — and you heard it a million times — you need to be where the birds want to be. Even when you can’t get permission to hunt a specific private pond or field, if you’re familiar with the birds’ daily flight paths, you may be able to set up somewhere between the roost and feeding area. With a realistic spread and some decent calling, you should be able to pull a few birds out of passing flocks. Preseason scouting will help you find those places. And while we’re on the subject of hunting private property, knocking on doors is still the best way to gain permission. Do it before the season starts, not after. Early summer

isn’t too soon to start. Nothing aggravates a farmer or landowner more than a dumb duck hunter knocking on his door at sunup on opening day. Combine “permission trips” with preseason scouting and your chances of a good hunt increase by orders of magnitude. Everyone knows ducks and geese are early risers, but it’s positively amazing how many guys will wander into a marsh and start pitching decoys right at sunup only to get caught red-handed by a flock of circling birds. Arrive at your pond or field with plenty of time left to set your decoys, load your gun, have a cup of coffee and get settled in your blind long before the first flights take wing. Timing is critical, but often ignored. You should also time your hunts to coincide with weather patterns. Most waterfowlers pay attention to the local weather, but the smartest ones watch the weather in states and provinces far to the north. When you hear Canadian cold fronts are sweeping into Montana and Wyoming, make it a point to be in your blind a day or two later. New flocks of northern birds move ahead of those storms. They’re usually a bit more gullible and more likely to fall for your spread than decoy-shy local flocks. This old duck hunter’s axiom is as valid today as it was 100 years ago: “Time your hunts to the weather fronts.”

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A GRAVY-BOAT THANKSGIVING When I’m thumbing through my memories, a certain Thanksgiving comes alive when our family all was gathered; Think I was six or maybe five.

It was flowing like hot lava on my mama’s favorite Sunday dress. My Uncle Andrew’s tie caught some; it surely was a holy mess.

The table was all dressed out with Grandma’s special tableware, Great-Grandma’s cross-stitch table cloth and all my favorite foods were there.

Folks were pulling back and rising Daddy’s buckle snagged to his surprise; an avalanche began to move right before our very eyes.

Mashed potatoes, turkey stuffing, candied yams so good they made you cry, Aunt Ida’s garlic pickles and cranberries and even pumpkin pie.

Two aunts went down to meet the floor; turkey gravy greased their fall. My cousins started laughing Grandpa shook his head and watched it all.

The gravy-boat sat near me with that pan-roasted turkey delight, Grandma’s special recipe, pure gold when it caught the light.

Well, this crazy ride was soon made right with paper plates and plastic dinnerware. More food and turkey filled the board. Again, we bowed our heads in prayer.

The moment came, as moments do. There were smiles from ear to ear. When Grandma brought the turkey out we let out with a yell and cheer.

“Lord, thank you for food and family.” Grandpa Ben, again began to pray, “and thank you for a certain grandson on this unique Thanksgiving Day.”

It took place when Grandpa Ben bowed his head to say the prayer. I reached for a garlic pickle when something happened in mid-air.

Then my Uncle Rueben caught my eye; he winked and gave a side-ways grin. My Aunt Ida kissed my rumpled hair; I felt my family’s love so deep within.

It seems I hooked that gravy-boat, which then tilted to one side. It rocked and rolled then toppled, sending golden gravy for a ride.

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by Marianne Berkes, illustrated by Cathy Morrison The farm is a busy, exhilarating place where all kinds of animal mamas and their babies can be found. Take a journey to discover what the animals are called, how many there are and what sounds they make in Over on the Farm. Presented as an energetic rhyme that can be either spoken or sung to the traditional tune “Over in the Meadow,” the tale is a fun look at 10 different animals for children ages 3 to 8. Author Marianne Berkes, who has experience as an early childhood educator, gives parents and educators six additional pages of information and hints to facilitate more discussion, songs and activities about animals on the farm. Over on the Farm, available at local bookstores and online, is another beautiful book enhanced by award-winning Colorado illustrator Cathy Morrison, who has been included in previous CCL book review issues.


by Lauren Myracle, illustrated by Jed Henry Seven-year-old Ty Perry is excited to have his best friend back at school. Joseph was absent for a few months while he received leukemia treatment. Now Ty is ready for things to get back to normal — exactly as they were before Joseph left. But as soon as Ty walks into school and sees all the attention Joseph is getting from their classmates, Ty realizes everything is not same. As Ty struggles to understand this new situation and to decipher his own emotions, he relies on his mom and older sisters to help him navigate this unwelcome change. Great for boys and girls ages 6-9, The Life of Ty: Friends of a Feather — available online — is a fabulous chapter book that is a fun and interesting read but also a perfect starting point for talking about how to handle change, especially when it involves a friendship. Best-selling Colorado author Lauren Myracle also wrote two additional books in this series, as well as other young readers and teen fiction. 30


NINJA, NINJA, NEVER STOP! by Todd Tuell, illustrated by Tad Carpenter

Ninja, Ninja, Never Stop! is a charming picture book with a humorous rhyming story that preschoolers will enjoy chanting along with parents, who won’t tire of the clever tale. The bright, bold colors and fast action of the illustrations — created by wellknown artist Tad Carpenter — make each page a fun experience. Author Todd Tuell lives in Broomfield and is the co-regional advisor for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Rocky Mountain chapter. Pick up this book, found online, for your little ninja.


written and illustrated by Marikay Shellman Every year, a great horned owl named Gulliver sits on her eggs in her nest at the Wild Bird Center. Without a mate, though, her eggs never hatch. When two owl eggs are found without a mama, that changes. Gulliver’s eggs are switched with the live eggs, and she continues her daily routine of sitting on the eggs until out pop two owlets. In the children’s hardback Gulliver’s Babies, kids and adults will enjoy following Gulliver’s journey as a foster mama. The educational, fascinating story is not only beautiful but also true. Gulliver lives at the Avian Reconditioning Center in Florida and has raised more than 250 owlets. Author and illustrator Marikay Shellman, whose sister, Carol, is caretaker and founder of ARC, has lived in southwestern Colorado for nearly 45 years. Purchase Gulliver’s Babies via Marikay’s studio website at, and at select retailers in Durango, including Maria’s Bookshop, White Rabbit Books & Curiosities, Dietz Market and the Durango Arts Center. A portion of the sales will be donated to ARC.


HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE Fractiles Magnetic Tiling Toy

Light & Life on the Plains of Colorado

Made in Colorado, Fractiles is a unique art and design toy for ages 6 to 106. In the classroom, on the road, or at the kitchen table, award winning Fractiles is a relaxing group or solo activity. Use these wonderful little tiles to create an endless variety of beautiful patterns and designs. Includes brightly colored precision-cut magnetic tiles, a sturdy steel activity board and record album style folder package. 303.541.0930

Rural living captured in more than 200 beautiful images by two Colorado photographers. A book ideal for anyone whose heart lies EAST of the mountains.




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Colorado Country Life November 2016 Grand Valley  

Colorado Country Life November 2016 Grand Valley

Colorado Country Life November 2016 Grand Valley  

Colorado Country Life November 2016 Grand Valley