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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
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K.C. Electric Association has always been a leader in safety. In fact, we have been recognized by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association's Rural Electric Safety Achievement Program and the Colorado Rural Electric Association’s Loss Control Department for many years. As part of our commitment to employee safety, employees who work in the office and those who work in the field undergo extensive safety training on a regular basis. Once a year, outside crews review and hone their skills by simulating assisting a co-worker who is injured on a pole or in a bucket truck. One by one, the linemen and apprentices test their skills on how quickly they can initiate a Mayday call, strap on their climbing gear, climb a 35-foot pole, safely rig and lower a 175-pound dummy to the ground with the use of a rope and then climb back down the pole to provide emergency first aid and care until medical service professionals arrive on the scene to take over. The complete pole top rescue, beginning with the Mayday call and ending with emergency first aid and care, must be completed by each lineman and apprentice in under 4 minutes. K.C. linemen also train to rescue a co-worker who is injured while working in a bucket truck. In this scenario, the lineman or apprentice must safely and quickly lower the bucket to the ground by utilizing lower controls mounted on the turret of the truck. Once the bucket truck is lowered to the ground, they then remove the injured
co-worker from the bucket and begin administering emergency first aid and care. This annual training David Churchwell doesn’t only involve the outside crews. The office employees also participate by practicing responding to the mock Mayday call received from the field crews. The office employees must respond to the Mayday call, determine the exact location of the injured worker and then go through the steps of notifying local emergency responders so they can be dispatched to the scene of the incident. K.C. employees are among the best-trained, most dedicated and hardest-working folks you will ever meet. They must work in and around high-voltage power lines in the toughest weather conditions and often in the dark to restore power to their neighbors’ homes. Hurt-man rescue is an essential part of the training required by K.C. employees. Rescuing a fellow co-worker safely and quickly can mean the difference between life and death. Hurt-man rescue training and other safety training ensures that our employees are constantly reminded of the dangers of their job and the importance of using their equipment in the safest manner possible.
STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES Washington, D.C., Youth Tour June 8-15, 2017 Each year, as many as 1,700 high school students from across the country spend a week in the nation's capital as part of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Youth Tour. The students are sponsored by electric cooperatives with the help of the Colorado Rural Electric Association and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. This all-expense-paid trip is a wonderful opportunity for local students to see our Capitol and other attractions, broaden their education and have some fun. The trip is valued at more than $2,300.
Youth Leadership Camp at Glen Eden Resort July 15-20, 2017 Students, ambassadors and camp counselors (100 strong) meet for a fun-filled week learning about electric cooperatives near Steamboat Springs. Students stay at the Glen Eden Resort located in Clark, Colorado, which is 24 miles north of Steamboat Springs near Steamboat Lake. Students are chosen and sponsored by rural electric cooperatives from all over Colorado, Kansas, Wyoming and Oklahoma. The camp is designed to provide a better understanding of cooperatives, legislative processes, energy prices, power generation and the rural electric cooperative program. The camp also concentrates on developing leadership skills to handle the challenges of the future. Attendees form a cooperative and elect a board of directors. They are involved in co-op activities, serving on one of the camp activity committees. This provides an excellent learning experience. Field trips include touring Trapper Coal Mine and Craig Station power plant, as well as visiting the top of Mount Warner and Steamboat Springs and taking a raft trip on the Colorado River. Various committees are responsible for planning a hot springs swimming party, a dance, a banquet and other evening entertainment. Although much of camp is dedicated to learning, fun is also on the agenda. Participants have the opportunity to participate in activities like beach volleyball, swimming, tennis and dancing. K.C. Electric will select two winners. Students will be asked to write an essay, and it will be judged by a panel of experts. One essay and one application will be sufficient for both trips. The first place winner will select between the Washington, D.C., trip and Glen Eden. The second place winner will be offered the remaining trip. Both are excellent learning opportunities. Either of them will look great on a resumé or scholarship application. If you are interested in either opportunity next summer, please contact your school counselor, call George Ehlers at 719-743-2431 or download an application from www.kcelectric.coop. The submission deadline is December 31, 2016. The contest is open to all sophomore, junior or senior students whose parents or legal guardians are K.C. Electric members.
TRI-STATE NEWS K.C. Electric Association's power supplier, Tri-State Generation and Transmission, recently announced that it will be closing the Nucla Station, New Horizon Mine and Unit 1 at the Craig Station. The Nucla Station is a 100-megawatt coal-fired unit and is located in Montrose County about 3 miles southeast of the town of Nucla. The New Horizon Mine was established by Tri-State to provide a fuel source for the Nucla plant and is located about 5 miles from Nucla. The Nucla station will be closed by the end of 2022.
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The owners of Craig Station Unit 1 reached an agreement with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, WildEarth Guardians and the National Parks Conservation Association to revise the Colorado Visibility and Regional Haze State Implementation Plan. Under the proposed agreement, the 427-megawatt Unit 1 at Craig Station will be retired by the end of 2025. Craig Station consists of three coal-fired units; Unit 2 and Unit 3
will continue to operate under this agreement. The owners include Tri-State Generation and Transmission, PacifiCorp, Platte River Power Authority, Salt River Project and Public Service Company of Colorado. The retirement of these plants will not affect the ability of K.C. Electric to continue to receive and deliver reliable and cost-effective power to its consumers.
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Sparks From the Outlet This column might be compared to a spark that results when you plug in an appliance.
Some of the power that runs through the circuits in your home moves into the appliance creating a little spark. It is normal and may be compared to static electricity. When you plug into Colorado Country Life, we want you to get information that captures your attention. If you learn something new, then we sparked a valuable thing. If you aren't impressed, then perhaps we will spark your imagination to come up with something better. We always love to hear from our readers. In September, we asked what two electrical costs made up nearly half of an average U.S. home's total energy bill. The correct answer was heating and cooling. Sadly, there were no correct calls for this question. Financing your child's education can be a struggle. Are you aware that we offer scholarships, which are available to high school seniors who reside in K.C. Electric’s service territory? We offer and/or administer the following: • Two $1,000 scholarships from K.C. Electric Association • One $1,000 scholarship from Basin Electric Power Cooperative • Two $500 scholarships from Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association Letters and application forms go out to high school counselors in November each year. You may get application forms by contacting your school counselor, calling member services or downloading the application found on our website, www.kcelectric.coop. Your application must be received no later than January 9, 2017.
How does flipping a switch turn a light on? • It steps up the voltage. • It generates an electromagnetic field. • It opens the circuit. • It closes the circuit.
The first two callers with the correct answer will receive $10. Please call the Hugo office at 719-743-2431 with your answers.
Claim Your Savings — $$!! Each month, members have a chance to claim a $10 credit on their next electric bill. All you have to 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). Rod Thompson 924850001 Greg Talbert 1105800008 Eric and Tandi Moore 532300001 Marion Brouwer 1132070002 In September, we had just one caller, Ernest Hammer of Wild Horse who claimed his savings.
"How Can I Be Any Happier?"
By Dee Ann Blevins
Don Malone gave up his job with Kit Carson County to work for K.C. Electric in June 1979. He was out of high school for four years and was a neighbor of Jim Shulda, who was working at K.C. since 1966. Jim suggested he submit an application, but there was not an opening at the time. Forrest Holgate later submitted his resignation in order to be an instructor for the electric lineman's program at Mesa State College in Grand Junction. Don, a Stratton native, knew that K.C. would be a good place to work. Don's first day was on a Monday, but when a tornado caused some damage north of Arapahoe, Don was called in on Sunday, which happened to be Father's Day. His first day included 14 hours of overtime. He admits that he knew nothing about electricity when he was hired and that he was afraid of heights. Those were minor obstacles. With on-the-job training, Don advanced to journeyman lineman after four years, continued working as a lineman for 19 years and then switched to meter technician, a job he has managed for the past 14 years. Now, he is one of the "old-timers," having spent 37 years with K.C. Electric. I asked Don how he stays motivated after all these years. He replied, "I'm not motivated. It's just a fun job. When you're having fun, that makes it easy to come to work. Working with young guys keeps me feeling young, too." Don enjoyed working as a lineman with the crew. Friendships developed. "We had a lot of fun," Don added, "but I enjoy working alone, too." In the early days, maintenance on the line was done while the lines were de-energized. With the dependence on electricity, the trend now is to do maintenance while the lines are energized. Safety is just as important today as ever. Taking after-hours duty was also part of the job. Don was on call the night his first daughter was born. His second daughter came along and when
the girls were older, Don wouldn't tell them he had to go to work (when he was called out after hours), but he said, "I get to go to work." When meter technician Bill Maynard retired in 2003, Don knew that working outdoors in the winter climbing poles might not be an easy task to handle in his later years, so he decided that he would apply for the job. He had another obstacle to overcome. He had to pass the meter certification test, which required a lot of math skills. Don received training from Bill, but he also sought information on his days off from a couple of meter technicians at other co-ops. His daughter, Staci, majoring in math at college, also helped him prepare for the test and new position, for which he was grateful. He took and passed the test at Rocky Mountain Meter School in Fort Collins. When Don started as meter technician, the meters were electromechanical with dials that had to be calibrated and read manually. Later, K.C. Electric purchased some programmable meters that used analog-to-digital technology to measure polyphase energy and demand. This allowed K.C. to use the same meter for different types of services. Finally in 2011, K.C. installed advanced metering infrastructure or AMI, an integrated system of smart meters, a communication network and a data management system. This enabled two-way communication between K.C. and its consumers.
This was a huge project that involved a lot of teamwork. The new meters can supply so much more information than the old ones, such as voltage, amps, outages, blinks, alarms and usage. Don never dreamed that the tools he kept in his pickup would eventually include two laptops, an iPad and a smartphone. Troubleshooting is a little more complicated these days, but the latest technology is a positive thing for both K.C. and its members. Don and his wife, Joyce, have been married for 39 years. They have two daughters, Staci and Keri, and five grandchildren. In his spare time, Don enjoys taking the grandkids for rides on the all-terrain vehicle or the motorcycle. He imagines that he will probably retire about the time the grandkids get into middle school, and he will have more time to support them in their sporting and school events. Don loves old cars, hunting both small and big game and the outdoors. He enjoys his career and is happy. Don feels thankful that Sam Crocker hired him and that Sam, John Huppert, Jim Shulda, Andy Flageolle, Larry Shutte, Curt Graham, Darrin Laverenz and Paul Norris all helped provide Don with education and training, shaping him into a fine employee. When he started in 1979 the cell phone was just invented. Like technology, Don has come a long way.
It's Important to Care for Your Home’s Electrical System as it Ages To help prevent injury and illness, there are things we know we have to do to care for ourselves — especially as we get older. Our homes also have to be maintained to stay in good shape, and an important part of that maintenance includes a home’s electrical system. Older homes are more likely to have an electrical fire than newer homes. An electrical system’s insulation can eventually wear out from a variety of factors including age, animal damage and overloaded circuits. Also, older homes were not designed for today’s electronics and appliances. Increased electrical demands can have an impact on the household wiring in older homes. If you have an older home, you may find that you need an upgraded electric service. Be aware of the signs of electrical wiring problems, which include dim or flickering lights as well as a burning smell, smoke or shocks, when using an electrical outlet or switch. Also look out for discoloration, frayed wires, breakers that trip or blow and signs of potential rodent damage that may affect insulation. If you suspect a problem, shut the outlet or switch off at the circuit breaker, and contact an electrician to make repairs. 10
To check on the status of your home’s electrical system, contact a qualified electrician to perform an electrical inspection of your home. The U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission suggests the following time frames for inspections: • If the last electrical inspection of your home was 40 or more years ago, an inspection is overdue. • If the last inspection was 10 to 40 years ago, an inspection is recommended, especially if your electrical demands increased significantly or you noticed any of the warning signs of electrical problem. • If the last inspection was less than 10 years ago, an inspection should not be needed unless you noticed any of the warning signs of an electrical problem or any temporary wiring was added. The CPSC further suggests that if you are not sure when the last time your home had an electrical inspection, you might be able to find a label or tag with that information on your electrical panel door or cover. If there is no label or tag, then use the age of the house as a guide to the probable need for an inspection. To learn more about home electrical safety, visit SafeElectricity.org.
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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 bit.ly/CEOenergysavings. To inquire directly, contact program manager Susan Blythe at 970-207-0058 ext. 310 or email at ESS@BrendleGroup.com. 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 www.veteransinenergy.org.
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 vote.coop.
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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 http://nrecainternational.coop. 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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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 coloradocountrylife.coop
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.
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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 www.cmhof.org.
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 www.cmhof.org. coloradocountrylife.coop
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 coloradocountrylife.coop
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 Amazon.com. 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.
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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 coloradocountrylife.coop
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 investigatcoloradocountrylife.coop
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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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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 woman.com/ 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.
Well, old memories grow the sweeter with each telling, so they say, but the gravy-boat Thanksgiving still remains my special holiday. That gravy-boat Thanksgiving was a gift to me that day. Poem by Marvin Hass, former member of Sangre de Cristo Electric in Buena Vista
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You installed a new heat pump and efficient water heater, increased the amount of insulation in your home and enlisted the help of a home energy auditor to identify and repair air leakage, but your energy bills still seem high. Are there areas of your home or business you might be overlooking?
Leaks in your irrigation system can greatly increase your pump’s electricity use; a malfunctioning well pump may run continuously to try and maintain proper water pressure; and garden fountains use about as much energy as a small lamp.
Plugging in a block heater overnight uses far more electricity than needed — use a timer to start the block heater just a few hours before you need your vehicle. If you have a second refrigerator, consolidate its contents into your kitchen refrigerator, and pull the plug on your backup refrigerator to save energy. Using space heaters or portable air conditioners in uninsulated spaces can definitely lead to higher bills.
If you run a business out of your home, there could be a large energy user contributing to your electric bill. For example, regularly using welding equipment, ceramic kilns or power carpentry tools can contribute significantly to your Home businesses can electric bill, as can equipment that sup- contribute significantly to your energy use if they ports home farming involve heavy power users, such as arc welders. operations. Look for energy hogs around your home and try to limit their use if possible. Find more ways to be energy efficient by contacting your local electric co-op. This column was co-written by Pat Keegan and Amy Wheeless of Collaborative Efficiency.
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READERS PHOTOS Elise and Jay Gebhardt of Steamboat Springs pose at Ravello on the Amalfi Coast of Italy.
Grace Gaubatz and Warren Randall of Steamboat Springs visit Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
WINNER: Gavyn Montoya, 7, from Pagosa Elementary School, reads the magazine for his homework reading log.
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My son Eric has difficulty understanding weight loss from people he sees on television. “Dad, where does the weight go?” “Son, fat leaves the body in the form of a gas. This fat gas drifts up high into the atmosphere where it joins a large cloud of fat gas, and from there it causes earthquakes and global warming.” “Dad, I’m going to stay skinny.” Archie Ferrarini, Clifton An elderly couple returns to a Mercedes dealership where the salesman just sold the car they were interested in to a beautiful, leggy blond. “You said you would hold that car for us until we raised the $75,000 asking price,” the man said. “Yet, I just heard you closed the deal to that lovely young lady for $65,000. You also insisted there could be no discount on this model.” “Well, what can I say? She had the cash ready and, well, just look at her,” the grinning salesman said. Just then, the beautiful young girl approached the elderly couple and gave them the keys. “There you go,” she said. “I told you I could get you a better deal. See you later, Grandpa.” Lila Taylor, Stratton
Maryln A. Elrick and other members of Y-W Electric visit the Giant Redwoods while on a 10-day vacation to the Pacific Coast.
Addison Kramer in X'ian, China, stands in front of the Terra Cotta Warriors.
Our family just finished eating Thanksgiving dinner and everyone left the dining room. Six-year-old Jonas wanted to help with the cleanup by clearing the table. From the kitchen, his mother, aunt and grandmother all called back at once, “Be careful with the china!” After a long pause we heard Jonas yell back from the dining room, “What makes these plates Chinese?” Nancy Helton (Grandmom), Colorado Springs
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Kids Corner ROCKIN' READS FOR KIDS
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OVER ON THE FARM
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.
THE LIFE OF TY: FRIENDS OF A FEATHER
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 magpieacresstudio.com, 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. coloradocountrylife.coop
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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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