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Drug Companies Fear Release of the New AloeCure Big Pharma stands to lose billions as doctors’ recommend drug-free “health cocktail” that adjusts and corrects your body’s health conditions. by David Waxman Seattle Washington:

Drug company execs are nervous. That’s because the greatest health advance in decades has hit the streets. And analysts expect it to put a huge crimp in “Big Pharma” profits. So what’s all the fuss about? It’s about a new ingredient that’s changing the lives of people who use it. Some call it “the greatest discovery since penicillin”! The name of the product is the AloeCure. It’s not a drug. It’s something completely different. And the product is available to anyone who wants it, at a reasonable price. But demands may force future prices to rise. TOP DOC WARNS: DIGESTION DRUGS CAN CRIPPLE YOU! Company spokesperson, Dr. Liza Leal; a leading integrative health specialist recommends AloeCure before she decides to prescribe any digestion drug. Especially after the FDA’s stern warning about long-term use of drugs classified as proton pump inhibitors like Prilosec®, Nexium®, and Prevacid®. In a nutshell, the FDA statement warned people should avoid taking these digestion drugs for longer than three 14-day treatment periods because there is an increased risk of bone fractures. Many people take them daily and for decades. Dr. Leal should know. Many patients come to her with bone and joint complaints and she does everything she can to help them. One way for digestion sufferers to help avoid possible risk of tragic joint and bone problems caused by overuse of digestion drugs is to take the AloeCure. Analysts expect the AloeCure to put a huge crimp in “Big Pharma” profits.

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“Ice Stones” by Sarah Gump, a La Plata Electric member.








Read reviews of these powerful books on pages 16-20. Photo by Dave Neligh; illustration by Chris Coleman.

THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE COLORADO RURAL ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION COMMUNICATIONS STAFF: Mona Neeley, CCC, Publisher/Editor; mneeley@coloradocountrylife.org Cassi Gloe, Designer; cgloe@coloradocountrylife.org Kylee Coleman, Editorial/Admin. Assistant; kcoleman@coloradocountrylife.org ADVERTISING: Kris Wendtland, Ad Rep; advertising@coloradocountrylife.org 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 | mneeley@coloradocountrylife.org |  coloradocountrylife.coop | facebook.com/COCountryLife | Twitter.com/ COCountryLife | Pinterest.com/COCountryLife |  YouTube.com/COCountryLife1 Advertising: advertising@coloradocountrylife.org | 303-902-7276 National Advertising Representative: National Country Market  |  611 S. Congress Street, Suite 504  |  Austin, TX 78704  |  800-626-1181


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Cooperative reps share expertise at annual energy efficiency conference BY KENT SINGER CREA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KSINGER@COLORADOREA.ORG


The efficient use of electricity and water was the focus of the 2017 Rocky Mountain Utility Efficiency Exchange conference in Aspen. The annual event provides an opportunity for utility employees to compare notes about the types of efficiency programs that are being implemented around the state and go home with new ideas and new resources. Kent Singer The theme of this year’s conference was “Initiatives Worth Imitating.” Although this was the 11th year for the conference, and although CREA is a sponsor, this was the first time I was able to attend. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but what I discovered was a multi day, comprehensive discussion platform for anyone interested in how electric and water utilities can develop and deploy energy efficiency programs. The topics at the conference included new technologies for more efficient lighting, electric vehicles, how to save energy while growing marijuana (if you read my column last month, you may see a connection) and more. While the RMUEE is open to all utilities, Colorado’s electric co-ops are key players in the success of the conference. One of the primary conference sponsors is Holy Cross Energy, the electric co-op that serves the Roaring Fork Valley and the Aspen Meadows resort where the conference was held. Holy Cross Energy has been a sponsor of this event since its inception, one of many ways that the co-op supports energy efficiency and renewable energy programs in its service territory. The co-op connection, however, extends beyond the sponsorship by Holy Cross Energy. Staff members from electric co-ops around the state made presentations or led discussions at the RMUEE. • Ray Pierotti of La Plata Electric Association in Durango helped facilitate a roundtable discussion to kick off the conference. • Mary Weiner of Holy Cross Energy facilitated the opening day panels. • Dan Harms of LPEA provided a case study of how the utility manages electric thermal storage units and water heating peak load. • Gary Myers of Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association described a heat pump project that the association developed with its member, Mountain Parks Electric near Granby. • Megan Moore-Kemp of Yampa Valley Electric Association in Steamboat Springs talked about how the co-op works with its 4


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marijuana grow operators. Sam Whelan of Holy Cross Energy gave an overview of the co-op’s program to finance energy efficiency improvements in members’ homes. Chris Hildred of Holy Cross Energy joined a panel discussion about energy efficiency in the ski industry. Alantha Garrison of Gunnison County Electric Association in Gunnison facilitated the discussion of electric vehicles and energy storage.

I was proud to see the co-op involvement in the RMUEE as it demonstrates that Colorado’s electric co-ops are leaders among their industry peers in developing and implementing cutting-edge energy efficiency programs. These presentations showed that electric co-ops are listening to their member-owners and adopting programs to integrate distributed energy resources, as well as deliver power in the most efficient manner possible. As nonprofit electric utilities, co-ops have always been the trusted energy advisor to our member-owners. Maybe it was the fresh air and beautiful Aspen scenery, or just the opportunity to spend a few days around really smart young people, but I’m convinced that our energy-related issues in Colorado are solvable. I’m also convinced that the young thinkers and doers at the electric co-ops will play a key role in helping develop those solutions.

Kent Singer, Executive Director


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I read the Energy Tips article on heat pumps (September ’17). It suggests that one might want to consider a dual fuel system in extremely cold winter areas, but my mother-inlaw installed an electric (only) heat pump two years ago for her home in Montana. I was skeptical but it has worked extremely well through all of the extreme cold. Her nephew, who installs heating systems, said heat pumps have improved their performance for cold weather applications. Sure beats hauling wood at 2 in the morning. Dusty Owens, Loma, Grand Valley Power member

Chokecherry Deliciousness

Thanks for the article on chokecherries. Because cooking reduces their valuable heatsensitive nutrients, the best and easiest way to use chokecherries is to pick them when fully ripe and just eat them, as the writer said her children do. Freezing chokecherries intact is the easy way to preserve them for delicious eating over the winter. Loita Mauer, Hayden, Yampa Valley Electric member


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Energy and the Economy

In News Clips (September ’17), it stated that the U.S. electric industry adds $800 billion annually to the economy. Often we don’t realize how important various sectors of our economy are and how much we benefit from each sector. For example, Audubon states that the economic value of the U.S. outdoor recreation industry is also estimated to be $800 billion annually, and bird watching creates another $41 billion annually. Our energy component is important, but other components, such as those related to the environment, are just as important economically. Transitioning to environmentally sustainable energy sources appears to be important to our economy. Bill Ryter, Mancos, Empire Electric member

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[community events] [November] November 8 Durango Photo Competition Awards Reception Durango Public Library 5:30-7 pm nancypeake@durango.net November 9-11 Grand Junction “Our Town” Theater Performance Moss Performing Arts Center Robinson Theatre 970-248-1604 coloradomesa.edu November 10-December 22 Craig “Primitive Nativities of Native Americans” Exhibit Museum of Northwest Colorado 970-824-6360 • musnwco@ moffatcounty.net November 10-12 Denver Colorado Ski and Snowboard Expo Colorado Convention Center skisnowexpo.com November 11 Briggsdale Library Craft Fair, Bake Sale and Dinner Green Gym on 5th Street 10 am-2 pm • 970-381-8342 November 11 Buena Vista Gingerbread House Bazaar Faith Lutheran Church 8 am-2 pm • 719-395-2039 November 11 Colorado Springs Celebrate Our Vets 5K Monument Valley Park lymevents.com November 11 Colorado Springs Christmas Craft Fair Rocky Mountain Classical Academy 9 am-3 pm rmcamarketday@yahoo.com November 11 Georgetown and Silver Plume Bighorn Sheep Festival Devil’s Gate and Silver Plume Depots georgetownlooprr.com November 15 Thornton Guy’s Night Out Cabela’s 6-8 pm • 303-828-3440 6


November 16 Salida Salida Circus Extravaganza Boys and Girls Club 6-7 pm • thesalidacircus.com November 17-18 Pueblo West Jingle Bell Boutique VFW Club 9 am-5 pm • 719-547-2302 November 17-18 Stoneham Jolly Jingle Sale Primitive Junk Market 970-522-6858 November 18-19 Black Forest Alpaca Holiday Extravaganza Black Forest Community Club 719-495-6693 secab-extravaganza.weebly.com November 18-19 Cortez Crafts Fair for All Seasons and Lunch St. Margaret Mary Church Hall 970-565-7038 November 18 Loveland Rocky Bards Benefit Concert for Wounded Warrior Project Rialto Theatre 7 pm • rockybards@gmail.com November 18 Pueblo “Nutcracker in a Nutshell” Theater Performance Sangre de Cristo Performing Arts Center Children’s Theater 1 pm • sdc-arts.org November 23 Durango Community Thanksgiving Dinner La Plata County Fairgrounds 11:30 am-2 pm • 970-259-4061 November 25-26 Durango Christmas Tree Train Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad durangotrain.com November 25 Kit Carson Small Business Saturday Various Kit Carson Locations jamielconaway@gmail.com November 25 Longmont Leftover Turkey Trot 5K Roger’s Grove Park 10 am • becauseofbecca.org

Santa’s Village at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

November 24-December 24, Fridays through Sundays Santa’s Village takes over the Gardens’ Trail of Lights to provide a more robust experience while you enjoy the beautiful, holiday-lit grounds. With admission, guests will enjoy a hayride, holiday movies, live reindeer, crafts with Mrs. Claus, pictures with Santa and craft vendors in Santa’s workshop. For more information, call 720-865-3500 or visit botanicgardens.org. November 25 Loveland Vi Wickam and Friends Christmas Show Rialto Theater 7-9:30 pm • rialtotheatercenter.org

[December] December 1-3 Durango Holiday Arts and Crafts Festival La Plata County Fairgrounds 970-247-2117 December 2 Durango Christmas Bazaar St. Mark’s Episcopal Church 8:30 am-3 pm • 970-247-1129 December 2 Las Animas Craft Show Las Animas High School 8 am-3 pm • 719-469-9219

December 3 Genoa, Hugo and Limon “Christmas Past and Present” Tour Various Locations 3:30-7 pm • 719-743-2443 December 8-9 Aspen Summit for Life Aspen Mountain 687-333-4814 • summitforlife.org December 9 Bayfield FROSTY’s Craft Fair, Fun Zone and Fun Run Bayfield High School Gym 9 am-3 pm • 970-903-4294



December 2 Timnath “A Christmas Memory Tea” Fundraiser Timnath Presbyterian Church 10 am-1 pm • 970-494-8113

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December 2 Wiggins Holiday Craft Show Wiggins Elementary School 10 am-3 pm • 970-380-1888

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At my family’s Thanksgiving dinner each year, we all take turns saying something we’re grateful for. My list is usually about the same — good health, wonderful family and friends, and a job serving the great people of Colorado’s Grand Valley. I’m thankful to be a part of Grand Valley Power. Our employees are some of the hardest workers I know. Our core mission is to provide affordable, reliable, safe electric power, but we also aim to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve. “Empowering Lives with Hometown Service” is a mission we all take seriously. It’s how we deliver value to our members. I’m thankful for Grand Valley Power because it allows employees to live alongside those we serve. The beauty of a cooperative is that it’s locally owned and operated; there are no distant shareholders pulling the strings behind the scenes. Members elect members to serve on the board of directors and govern the co-op. Each month, we meet to discuss the health of our organization, and members are in-

vited to join our monthly board meetings. We are your neighbors, your friends, your family. Each decision is carefully made with one crucial question in mind: Is this in the best interest of our membership? I’m thankful for our co-op because it serves as a vibrant force in the local economy — partly because we are local. That means Grand Valley Power is invested in the future of its communities. We provide this in part with donations that stay local. We give back to our communities in a variety of ways, but tend to support the causes that stay close to home. We are a proud supporter of the CMU 20000 project, and the John McConnell Math and Science Center, which we continue to support for its hands-on experiments in technology, science and engineering. We provide up to 10 scholarships a year to our young adults who are furthering their education. We support programs sponsored by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association to send our youth to the annual Washington, D.C. Youth Tour and the Colorado Electric Educational In-

COMMENTS TO THE CEO You are a member of a cooperative and your opinion does count. If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please let me know by writing to Ask the CEO, P.O. Box 190, Grand Junction, CO 81502, or send an email to me at twalch@gvp.org. Check out our website at gvp.org.

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stitute’s Leadership Camp to engage with our state representatives, Tom Walch learn more about electric cooperatives and have team experiences. We were the number one team this year for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, raising just under $12,000. Yearly, we are able to support our local schools, 4H and community partners on a variety of causes. I’m thankful for my co-op because we care. From coordinating an annual Adopt-a-Family during the holidays to reaching out to members with information that will help them save energy and money, we care about the people and the towns we serve. Finally, I’m thankful for you, our members and faithful readers, because without you there’d be no Grand Valley Power. You empower us each day to provide the best service we can. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Grand Valley Power.

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. The monthly agenda is posted in the lobby of the headquarters building 10 days before each meeting, and posted on the GVP website. If anyone desires to address the board of directors, please let us know in advance and you will be placed on the agenda.







Enter to Win an All-Expense-Paid Trip to Either Washington, D.C., or a Week at Leadership Camp in the Mountains

Grand Valley Power is sponsoring a major opportunity for high school juniors and seniors next year. Three select students will be chosen to attend either a Washington, D.C. Youth Tour or a Colorado Leadership Camp next summer (free of charge). If you are currently a high school junior or senior, you could be part of this tremendous opportunity.

So, what is Youth Tour?

During your all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., June 7-14, 2018, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with more than 1,800 students from around the United States. You’ll gain a personal understanding of American history and your role as a citizen by meeting Colorado’s U.S. representatives and senators and exploring the sights around the nation’s capital. Your tour is packed with visits to memorials, museums and more. Over 40,000 students from cooperatives across America, including Grand Valley Power, have participated in this unique program. You’ll walk away with an experience of a lifetime and new friends.

What about Leadership Camp?

You begin your camp experience by traveling to Clark, Colorado, located just outside of Steamboat Springs, from July 14-19, 2018.

Colorado students visit the Lincoln Memorial during the 2017 Washington, D.C. Youth Tour.



You’ll join over 100 students from Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Wyoming at a beautiful resort located along the Elk River. Your experiences start with participating in activities to improve personal goals, setting up and running your own cooperative and getting an inside view of the state and national legislatures. You’ll also get a real Colorado experience by rafting down the Colorado River, and attending barbecues, dances and a banquet during the week. Many of the attendees call this camp a “life-changing experience.”

Sign me up!

All you need to do to enter either trip is to write a short essay telling us about yourself and what you want to gain by participating in these opportunities. Drawings, photography, collage, a DVD or video, PowerPoint or other creative mediums 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, 2018. You can find this year’s application online at gvp.org. Click My Community, and then click Youth Tour and Camp. Applications must be received via email or postmarked by January 5, 2018.

Students tour the Trapper Mine in Craig, Colorado.










Taking on energy efficiency projects to reduce winter bills adds up to good dollars and cents, and the payoffs continue throughout the year. Here are 10 tips to jump-start the savings as we head into the heating, holiday, hearth and hospitality season. 1. Button up: Caulk, weather stripping and wall and attic insulation help seal gaps, keeping conditioned air (either heated or cooled) in. A radiant barrier under carpet padding or flooring felt puts comfort at your feet.

2. S witch off: Power strips are ideal for those home spaces tied to occasional use. Electronics in workshops, craft nooks, game rooms, home offices and guest rooms are great for one-touch switch off. 3. C  heck the over and under: One of your best bets for saving is adding a full ductwork inspection under floors and over ceilings to your seasonal heating system checkup. Collapsed connections, tears, animal damage and register gaps can all leak conditioned air into unused spaces. 4. Lead  with LEDs: The more use a kitchen gets, the greater the potential savings with LEDs. Replacing every bulb with new generation LEDs is a bright idea for winter that will help keep your cooking space cooler in summer. 5. Lose the legacy: The more than 60 million refrigerators in the United States that are at least 10 years old cost consumers over $4 billion a year in energy. Replacing that old family-sized extra fridge with a smaller Energy Star model will save money for years to come.



6. C  ut congestion: For Grand Valley Power, cooperative demand for electricity is highest in the morning before work and in the evening. Shifting laundry, cooking and other high-energy activities to other times can spread the usage and help the co-op save everyone money. 7. U  se countertop conservation: The small appliances available today not only add convenience options for meal preparation, they also consume far less energy than the range top or oven. Consider slow cookers, microwave ovens, convection ovens, rotisseries, induction cooktops and other devices as alternatives. 8. B  ulldog Btus: Air comfort level during heating season is a personal preference. Find comfortable settings that fit your family’s needs, set them and hold tight. Each one degree reduction can cut heating costs by as much as 5 percent. 9. W  arm water: Heating water accounts for 12 percent of the average home’s energy use. Set your water heater’s thermostat to 120 degrees or lower, a sufficient temperature for a household’s hotwater needs. Consider replacing water heaters more than 12 years old with more energy-efficient units. 10. S ee savings: Consider replacing and discarding older home entertainment equipment like televisions, cable and satellite boxes, game systems and media drives. Newer models generally use less energy. Derrill Holly writes on cooperative issues for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.



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The Co-op Industry Welcomes Vets Co-op Bike Team Raises Over $5,000 for EOC A total of $5,115.67 was raised for Energy Outreach Colorado this fall when the Colorado electric cooperatives’ Powering the Plains bike team rode in the annual Pedal the Plains bike tour of Colorado’s eastern plains. The funds were raised by the 23-member team, which rode 177 miles from Kersey to Keenesburg to Brush and back to Kersey. The team raised $3,412.17. Basin Electric, one of the

co-op power suppliers, matched $1,350 of the co-ops’ donations. Pedal the Plains also donated a percentage of the team’s registration fees to EOC, adding another $353.50 for EOC. Energy Outreach Colorado is a nonprofit organization that helps low-income Coloradans throughout the state with heating assistance, emergency furnace repair and energy efficiency improvements.

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is proud to be among the founding sponsors of Veterans in Energy. This national leadership organization was formed to provide transition, retention and professional development support to the growing population of military veterans choosing careers in energy. Electric co-ops, which always have had former military members in their workforce, launched their own similar initiative earlier. Titled Serve Our Co-ops, Serve Our Country, the program facilitated the hiring of 30 veterans in the last 18 months.

Drones Help With Hurricane Recovery in the South Electric co-op members had their power back days sooner than expected when electric co-ops in Texas and throughout the South put drones to work following hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Co-op officials said the technology passed with flying colors, helping to pinpoint outages in hardto-reach places. Co-op members near the San Marcos River in Texas experienced outages when Harvey caused the river to rise 25 feet in a single day, taking out service throughout the area. And while the waters were still receding, co-op employees launched a drone purchased just a few months earlier. The drone flew inspection missions, helping lineworkers find the problems and arrive on the scene with the right equipment and materials to get the repairs done quickly. At another co-op hit by Hurricane Harvey, the co-op drone flew 60 missions and inspected more than 1,600 poles. “The drone saved us four days,” said the line superintendent. “We had a lot of areas inaccessible because of flooding and by using the drone’s GPS capabilities, we saw exactly where the problems were. We knew exactly what we needed and where we needed it.” 12


Thanks to the drone footage, the co-op crews were able to launch flat-bottomed boats in precise locations without wading through floodwaters. “We would have had to wait to use four-wheelers,” the line superintendent said. Another co-op used its drone to carry a rope across a flooded river, where another part of the crew waited for it. Without the drone, lineworkers would have had to throw wire across the river or wait for waters to recede. The other option for co-ops in these situations is often a helicopter. But as co-op managers noted, drones are a lot less expensive and can actually be more efficient than using helicopters or even fixed-wing aircraft. In most places, damage occurs in short stretches making drones the ideal tool. “Had we not used a drone, it definitely would have taken longer to assess and repair the hurricane damage,” said one co-op communications manager. Using these new tools meant that the power was back on sooner for co-op members.


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Energy Outreach Adds Funds for Heat Season

More than $7.7 million in local energy assistance is available to help low-income Coloradans heat and light their home during this next year. Energy Outreach Colorado is dedicated to providing affordable home energy programs since 1983. Last year, it helped pay the overdue home energy bills for about 16,000 financially struggling Colorado households. This year, with nearly $2 million more, it expects to assist even more people with their bills. EOC’s executive director, Skip Arnold, has an expertise and passion for providing affordable energy that made such feats possible. With his retirement in January 2018, he will pass the torch to his successor, Jennifer Gremmert, who worked closely with Arnold as his deputy director. She will continue EOC’s affordable energy programs, maintaining the statewide network of community assistance organizations that make them possible.

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN GFCI AND AFCI It is understandable that GFCI and AFCI are commonly confused. The ground fault circuit interrupter and the arc fault circuit interrupter both prevent hazardous electrical emergencies, they both shut off power if there is a problem and they both need to be tested every month. However, the GFCI protects against ground faults, and the AFCI protects against arc faults — two very different occurrences. Ground faults create an unintentional electrical path between a power source and a grounded surface. Arc faults are an equally dangerous but different problem caused by damaged, overheated or stressed electrical wiring. In short, GFCI protects against electrical “leaks” external to a power source, and AFCI protects against electrical problems inside the power source itself. Both can be part of outlets wired into specific circuits. Test them by using the test button on the outlets. coloradocountrylife.coop

Hydropower: A Longtime Power Source Did you know that about 7 percent of the electricity generated each year in the United States comes from water? Hydroelectric generators, among the oldest power generators in the country, are responsible for an estimated 80 gigawatts of electric capacity. Half of that capacity is located in just three states: Washington, California and Oregon. Four states — Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Vermont — depend on hydroelectricity facilities for at least half of their in-state, utility-scale generating capacity. In Colorado, there are at least 60 operating hydropower facilities with a combined installed capacity of 1,150 megawatts. Colorado law doesn’t define large-scale hydropower as a renewable resource, but it does encourage small hydroelectric projects. Several of those were added recently by electric cooperatives, including a new project near Meeker. This 180-kilowatt project uses water from the Miller Creek Ditch in Rio Blanco County to generate electricity for White River Electric Association, the local electric cooperative.

SOLAR FARM GENERATES ENERGY & EDUCATION A solar farm in northern Colorado is generating electricity for an electric co-op and producing educational opportunities for a nearby high school. Late last year, United Power, an electric co-op headquartered in Brighton, energized Mavericks Solar Farm, a 6.5-megawatt solar facility near Mead that was built in cooperation with Silicon Ranch Corporation. It is just a few miles from Mead High School, home to the Mead Energy Academy. The Mead Energy Academy prepares students for college studies, technical education, certification programs and the workforce with courses such as bioengineering, technologies, conservation and sustainability, fossil fuels, hydropower and fuel cells, and solar and wind power. The new partnership between the school and the nearby solar facility is creating educational opportunities for students to learn more about the role solar energy plays in a diversified energy mix. Mavericks Solar has 75,960 panels generating enough electricity to serve more than 1,250 homes annually.




Co-op Communities Caring for Neighbors

Electric cooperatives support nonprofit’s affordable home energy programs


Did you know that nearly one in four Colorado households can’t afford to pay home energy bills without skimping on other basic necessities like food or prescriptions? Fortunately, many of Colorado’s electric cooperatives and other supporters make it possible for Energy Outreach Colorado to provide year-round energy bill payment assistance in all 64 Colorado counties for senior citizens, families with young children, veterans and individuals with special needs. This year, EOC is providing nearly $7 million to help pay overdue home energy bills for low-income Coloradans. EOC distributes the funds through its statewide network of 95 community assistance partners that include senior support agencies, county human service offices, faith-based organizations and veteran support groups. These local partners accept energy assistance applications, determine eligibility and approve direct payments to utility or fuel companies to help struggling households catch up on their energy bills. “Federally-funded programs for low-income Americans are increasingly at risk, so local nonprofits like Energy Outreach are more important than ever to support our most vulnerable neighbors and communities,” EOC Executive Director Skip Arnold said. “When we can stabilize a family by making sure they have the basic necessities of heat and light, everyone in the community benefits.”

A history of lending a hand EOC was established in 1989 by state lawmakers who wanted to ensure that Coloradans could remain warm and safe in their homes, regardless of decreasing funding for such federal programs as the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program also known as LEAP. Since then, EOC has worked with community organizations, energy companies, policymakers and individual supporters to deliver nationally-recognized programs to help low-income Coloradans afford home energy. To date, EOC has invested more than $255 million in affordable energy programs for low-income Coloradans. In addition to bill payment assistance, EOC oversees programs to repair and replace nonworking home heating systems; to manage weatherization projects to lower costs in single-family homes and apartments, affordable housing communities and nonprofit buildings; and to educate residents about smart energy usage. EOC is also an active participant at local, state and national levels in the planning and implementation of affordable and equitable energy policies. One Coloradan who was helped through EOC is disabled senior Linda D., a longtime resident of Silverton in San Juan County. Because of a severe lung condition, she needs oxygen and weekly home intravenous treatments. Last winter she was diagnosed with cancer and spent several months undergoing radiation therapy and traveling to consult with doctors in Denver and Durango. She couldn’t afford to keep Linda D. 14


up with her home energy bill and was on the brink of losing her lights and heat during a season in which snowfall totals surpassed 200 inches. She was thankful and relieved when EOC paid the balance of her energy bill. Linda has since made a full recovery from the cancer. “Without utilities I can’t live,” she said. “My biggest fear is that I won’t be self-sufficient anymore and I’ll have to move in with one of my kids and become a burden.”

Co-op communities keep program healthy To continue to do this important work and help Coloradans like Linda, EOC has a monthly donor program called HEAT HEROES, which enables caring Coloradans to easily make monthly contributions on their energy bill or credit card. The HEAT HEROES are 10,000 special supporters who provide nearly $1 million each year for neighbors facing dangerous living conditions as they struggle to afford home energy. Monthly HEAT HEROES provide consistent help to keep a neighbor in need safe at home. EOC thanks Holy Cross Energy, Intermountain Rural Electric Association and Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association for being corporate supporters. Thanks to generous matching support from IREA and Empire Electric Association, their members’ donations to EOC are doubled to help more struggling neighbors in their

The 2017 Powering the Plains bicycle team.

own communities. In addition, the Powering the Plains bicycle team sponsored by Colorado’s Electric Cooperatives pedaled thousands of miles on behalf of EOC during the past six Pedal the Plains bike tours. With continued support from rural electric association partners, Energy Outreach Colorado can help Coloradans remain warm and safe in their homes this winter. You can become a HEAT HERO by making a warmhearted monthly donation to EOC on your energy bill. For more information, go to energyoutreach.org/monthly or call 303-226-5057. EOC received 14 consecutive top ratings from Charity Navigator and is a Platinum-level participant of GuideStar. For information about energy bill payment assistance, go to energy outreach.org/get-help or call toll-free 1-866-HEAT-HELP (1-866-432-8435).



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Every once in a while, you find a book that changes you. In turning the pages, you open your eyes to a different way of thinking. Sometimes books encourage, sometimes they enlighten, sometimes they sadden or enrage, but no matter what, books like these have the power to stick with you long after you close the cover.

This year’s review issue includes many powerful stories. Whether true or fiction, these books contain the ability to inspire and inform through their brave, broken, heroic, unique and overall human characters. We hope you find your next unforgettable read among our featured books and on our website.

REVIEWER’S FAVORITES Finding Dorothy Scott: Letters of a WASP Pilot By Sarah Byrn Rickman Though they demonstrated significant talent, worked long hours and sacrificed much — some even their lives — to transfer vital equipment across the United States, the female ferry pilots of World War II were mostly unsung heroes until recent years. One of those heroes was the brave and vibrant Dorothy Scott. 16


Dorothy, obsessed with flying from a young age, joined, in 1942, what was then known as the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS), later the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). Though she and her fellow female pilots faced discrimination and doubt, she proved her talent and skill in ferrying different types of complicated war aircraft all over America. She also became an expert in instrument flying and taught other men and women the skills they needed to serve their country as pilots. Unfortunately, Dorothy was the third fatality of her squadron, losing her life in a training accident when she was only 23 years old. In Finding Dorothy Scott, author Sarah Byrn Rickman provides an interesting

and detailed history of the WAFS and WASP as well as a vivid glimpse into the amazing, tragically short life of Dorothy Scott. Through excerpted letters from Dorothy to her family during her service, readers get to know the vivacious, funny, intelligent young woman she was. Winner of a Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY book award, this inspiring true story can be found at ttupress.org or other retail and online stores.

Blood on the Tracks

By Barbara Nickless Sydney Rose Parnell is haunted. She sees the ghosts of former fellow Marines; she sees the Sir, her old commander. Her dog coloradocountrylife.coop

Clyde, also a veteran, sees them as well. And when Elise, a family friend, is found sliced up in her apartment, Sydney Rose starts seeing that young woman’s ghost everywhere, too. As a railroad cop, Sydney Rose doesn’t have much in terms of jurisdiction over the investigation, but Elise’s ghost makes it impossible for her to let it go. Everyone thinks Elise was killed by her boyfriend, Tucker Rhodes, the Burned Man, but Sydney Rose isn’t sure. She has to believe the horrible visible and invisible wounds Rhodes brought back from Iraq didn’t turn him into a monster, because if they did, what would that mean for her? And there’s the connection to a violent neo-Nazi gang of trainhoppers, who may also be responsible for the disappearance of a little girl 10 years ago. Sydney Rose will need all her skills as a soldier to track the dangerous killers. But will she have the strength to fight both her inner demons and the ones she meets face to face? Colorado author Barbara Nickless crafted a dark and riveting thriller with a tragically compelling main character whose struggle with the traumas of war is insightful and informative. Find this wellwritten read in bookstores and at online retailers.

The San Clemente Bait Shop & Telephony

By Patti Hill When Jenna’s brother Brian disappeared 17 years ago, the Archer family descended into misery. Her mother became a prisoner in her own home, refusing to leave in case Brian returns. Her father began filling their bait shop with old telephones. And Jenna became a slave to her guilt, attempting to atone by destroying any chance at normalcy and happiness that came her way. coloradocountrylife.coop

Now 34-year-old Jenna is stuck sleeping behind the bait shop and tethered to caring for a mentally unstable mother and a failing business. And there’s the telephony, her father’s room of antique telephones that magically ring with calls from the past. Jenna sees others receive calls, but never hears from the one person she most wants to talk to: Brian. That is until one night, when she gets a mysterious call from someone who claims he was the last person to see Brian before he disappeared. Spurred by the new lead and her mother’s decline, Jenna embarks on a mission to find her brother and bring him home. But will what she finds be enough to cure her mother and help Jenna finally find some peace? Colorado author Patti Hill crafts a beautiful novel with a relatable, complex main character whose long path to redemption offers hope to any reader with a less-than-healthy family history. A great story about family, forgiveness and a little bit of magic, you can find this book in bookstores and at online retailers. Visit pattihillauthor.com for more information.

Ayumi’s Violin

By Mariko Tatsumoto Being half-Caucasian means life in Japan is not easy for 12-year-old Ayumi, but at least she has her mother and her violin. But then Mother dies, and Ayumi must take her violin across the ocean to meet her American father for the first time. Her father is overjoyed to see her, only having learned of her existence in a deathbed letter from her mother. But her new stepmother and half-sister are not so happy, especially when her arrival stirs up prejudice and scandal. Ayumi manages to remain strong even through the death of her mother, the hatred of her stepmother and the bullying she receives at school. Through it all, her music continues to anchor her in the midst of pain and uncertainty. But when that music is threatened and the last thing she loves might be taken away, can Ayumi hold everything together?

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A great read for both teenagers and adults by Pagosa Springs author Mariko Tatsumoto, Ayumi’s Violin is a wonderful story of endurance and love that won the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold award, earned an honorable mention for the 2016 Paterson Prize for Books for Young People and was an award finalist for the Colorado Authors’ League. Learn more about this inspiring novel at marikotatsumoto.com.

An Uninterrupted View of the Sky

By Melanie Crowder In the city of Cochabamba, Bolivia, Francisco and his family lead a normal middle class life. That is, until his father is arrested on false drug charges and imprisoned indefinitely and his mother abandons the family. Francisco and his sister, like many Bolivian children, are forced to live in the prison with their father. Francisco always took his life for granted. His sister was annoying, his father was demanding and soccer was the most important thing in the world. But in prison, his priorities shift. Family is everything, and food and cleanliness are luxuries. And instead of focusing on soccer, Francisco must put his energy into one goal: getting his father and sister out, safe and free. A difficult book to read, An Uninterrupted View of the Sky is nevertheless an important story that needs to be told. Based on real stories heard and experienced by Colorado author Melanie Crowder during her travels to Bolivia, this book brings attention to the real violations of civil rights committed against Bolivian citizens in the name of the war on drugs. For an emotional, educational read appropriate for both adults and older teens, find this book in bookstores and at online retailers.




FICTION The Silver Baron’s Wife

By Donna Baier Stein Baby Doe Tabor is a name recognized by many Colorado residents, and author Donna Baier Stein gives readers a fictional view of what it might be like to get up close and personal with this dynamic, beautiful woman. Baby Doe began life in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, as Elizabeth Bonduel McCourt and moved to Colorado to pursue silver mining interests with her first husband, Harvey Doe. When Harvey is lost to opium and brothels, she divorces him and eventually meets the much older, wealthy and very married Horace Tabor, owner of several successful Colorado silver mining operations. His divorce and subsequent marriage to Baby Doe sends shock waves through Colorado high society. Stein writes vividly and believably in the voice of Baby Doe, breathing life into a character mostly lost to history. Find this wonderful work of historical fiction in bookstores, at online retailers or donnabaierstein.com.


By Kevin Wolf The body of a high school basketball star is found in a field outside the fictional eastern plains town of Brandon, Colorado. The timing couldn’t be worse for Chase Ford, former Brandon basketball star turned National Basketball Association player turned drug-using failure. He happens to come back to town the same night as the murder and the sheriff thinks Chase killed the boy out of jealousy. It doesn’t help that Chase stole the sheriff’s girlfriend back in high school. Chase thought he escaped his past, but he quickly realizes that just because you leave your 18


hometown doesn’t mean it forgets you. Brandon is a town wrapped up in the victories and feuds of the past, and as the murders start multiplying, the town splits between those who love Chase and those who hate him. Colorado author Kevin Wolf crafted an intricate thriller that manages to be part murder mystery, part literary fiction about the inescapable past. For a riveting read that exceeds expectations, find The Homeplace in bookstores and online.

Inherit the Bones

By Emily Littlejohn The McKenzie boys disappeared in the summer of 1985. Since then, the cold case haunted the small Colorado town of Cedar Valley. Detective Gemma Monroe was the one who found the boys’ bones in the woods a decade after their disappearance. No matter how unsolvable this case may be, she can’t seem to get it out of her head. That’s why nobody believes her when she starts seeing connections between the McKenzie boys and the presentday murder of another young man, the son of a wealthy local family. Everyone thought that Nicky Bellington fell off a cliff to his death years ago, but he turns up in town, dead again, this time brutally murdered. Why did he fake his death and run away from Cedar Valley in the first place? Could his disappearance and murder have anything to do with his research into the McKenzie boys’ case? Colorado author Emily Littlejohn’s debut novel is a true thriller full of interesting characters and page-turning plot twists. Find this great mystery in local bookstores and at online retailers.

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

By Matthew Sullivan For Lydia Smith, working at the Bright Ideas bookstore in downtown Denver feels more like a home than anywhere else she has been in many years. She enjoys helping customers find what they need, especially the BookFrogs, those lonely men who come to the store as much for some

comfort as for books. But Lydia’s peace shatters when one BookFrog, Joey Molina, hangs himself upstairs and she inherits his meager possessions. Among his belongings are books, books from which he cut hundreds of tiny rectangles to form some sort of secret message. Lydia wants to decode Joey’s last words and help fulfill his wishes, but doing so requires her to face a past she tried to escape: that bloody night hiding under the sink as the Hammerman butchered the O’Toole family. Lydia does her best to separate herself from that terrified Little Lydia and to ignore the fact that the Hammerman was never caught. But the further she unravels the mystery of Joey’s sad life, the further she must travel into the darkness of her past. Original and engaging, Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore is author Matthew Sullivan’s first novel. Learn more about this great read online and at major retailers.

Dark Matter

By Blake Crouch Jason Dessen chose his family over a prestigious scientific career, but he doesn’t regret it. His wife and son mean everything to him, and they are more than worth taking a job as a boring professor. He loves his life. But when a kidnapper takes him to an abandoned warehouse and injects him with a mystery drug, everything Jason thought he could hold onto is ripped away from him in a single night. He wakes up strapped to a gurney in an unknown facility, introduced to supposed old friends he doesn’t recognize and questioned about scientific achievements he apparently pioneered, achievements beyond his wildest dreams. In this new world he is revered and esteemed, but all Jason cares about is getting back to his family. Will his love for them be enough to guide him home through the dangerous, devastating coloradocountrylife.coop

labyrinth some other version of himself created? Dark Matter draws on fascinating scientific theories while keeping at its heart the accessible theme of unbreakable family love. Colorado author Blake Crouch’s story keeps readers on the edge of their seats until the last page. For a great sci-fi thriller, look up this book online or find at major retailers.

Zomnibus: The Cases of Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I.

By Kevin J. Anderson About 10 years ago, the Big Uneasy turned the world into a place full of monsters, and now zombies, werewolves, vampires and ghosts have learned to coexist with the living… most of the time. Dan Chambeaux was a human private investigator working to keep the peace, until he was shot in the back of the head and turned into a zombie. Now, “Shamble” works client cases while also trying to solve his own murder (and attempting to keep his body from falling apart). His investigations bring him up against werewolf hitmen, a gigantic mystery monster and the shady human CEO of a “necroceuticals” company, among other disgusting and dangerous creatures. He’ll have to work hard to get to the bottom of his cases before his enemies can put him in the grave… again. A funny and creative take on the traditional private investigator crimesolving caper, Zomnibus is actually two books in one, including the full-length novel Death Warmed Over and Working Stiff, a collection of Dan Shamble short stories. For a weird and witty read from a Colorado author, find this book online, at major retailers or at wordfirepress.com.

Broken Slate

By John A. Daly A call from the Pawleys Island, South Carolina, police department about a dead body is the first time Sean Coleman has heard about his father in over 30 years. Jack Hansen, now Jack Slate, left him, his sister and their mother when Sean was just coloradocountrylife.coop

a boy. The wounds of that abandonment turned Sean into a scarred man, though recently he has kept on the straight and narrow as a security guard and reformed alcoholic. Going from Colorado to South Carolina to retrieve his father’s body threatens to land him back in trouble, however. When Sean retrieves his father’s body, something seems fishy about Jack Slate’s death: the weapon used, the wealthy area where the body was found, and the mysterious trunk of memories he left behind. Sean can’t help but dig a little deeper; he needs to find the truth. Broken Slate is the latest installment in the Sean Coleman series by Colorado author John A. Daly. Find this book at major online retailers or at bqbpublishing. com and join the unconventional, rougharound-the-edges main character for a crime-solving, car chase and explosions adventure.

ROMANCE Raining Love in Dove Creek

By Sharon McAnear Violet Hendricks has more work than time or money as a single woman running her own farm in southwestern Colorado. She doesn’t have the luxury of wearing nice dresses or fixing her hair so she can catch some man. And she certainly has no time to wait for Jenky, a.k.a. state Rep. Jenkins Butler, her longtime crush and neighbor, to make a move. He seems interested, but the years keep passing without him stepping up and asking for her heart. Marrying Jenky could bring in the money the farm needs, but Violet is tired of waiting. Jenky is not happy when he finds out Violet took in a male boarder — a big city photographer no less — but Violet cares more about the rent money than her reputation. Yet, the longer

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Reggie is around, the less confident Violet becomes. Will she swallow her pride and soften her heart toward Jenky? And will Jenky finally get up the gumption to tell her how he feels before it’s too late? A laugh-out-loud, heartwarming romance, Raining Love in Dove Creek also provides an interesting historical glimpse into farming life in rural Colorado in 1939, after President Roosevelt’s creation of the Rural Electrification Administration, but before many farms received access to life-changing electricity. Learn more about this sweet story at sharonmcanear.com.

An Unlikely Mother

By Danica Favorite Flora Montgomery used to be the queen bee of Denver high society. She was the woman who determined who was in and who was out, until the day she committed a social sin and found herself at the bottom of the pecking order. Flora’s family and pastor send her to serve the less fortunate in the mining camps as her atonement, and she finds remorse and humility in her heart. So when an abandoned little boy is found in the camp, she takes on the task of caring for him and trying to find his missing father. It doesn’t hurt that the man helping her search, a miner named George, is handsome. Too bad her family would never allow her to marry someone so beneath her. What Flora doesn’t know is that George the miner is actually George Bellington, her old childhood nemesis whose family owns the mine. He is undercover in an attempt to figure out why the mine is losing money, and why so many fatal accidents keep occurring. Can George find out who is destroying his family name and figure out what happened to the boy’s father? And when he finally tells her who he really is, can Flora find a place in her heart for forgiveness or even love? For a light historical romance set in the mining heyday of Leadville, Colorado, find An Unlikely Mother at loveinspired.com.




NONFICTION Gold! Madness, Murder, and Mayhem in the Colorado Rockies

By Ian Neligh Most people know that gold was once mined in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, but few understand just how significant a role “gold fever” played in the creation and history of our beautiful state. Even fewer probably realize that the gold is not all gone and that many determined, perhaps foolhardy, men and women are still working hard to hit pay dirt. Journalist Ian Neligh traveled Colorado to learn more about the history and the present-day reality of gold mining. During his research, he uncovered a centurieslong story of obsession that often included murder, gun fights, deadly accidents, overnight fortunes and even cannibalism. Neligh is a practiced writer whose style mixes history and modern realities seamlessly. If you are a history buff or just enjoy a good true story, this book is for you. Find it at ianneligh.com.

Immigrant in Peril: Carl Tangeman’s Heroic Journey Across America, 1847-1848

By Cheryl D. Clay In the mid-1800s, many families from all over Europe were forced to choose between starvation and a new life in America. Carl Tangeman, his wife and his two young children were one such family, deciding to leave everything they knew and loved behind in Germany to escape hunger and another war. The Tangemans sailed for New York to find Carl’s brothers, but a terrible storm blew them off course and forced their arrival in New Orleans instead, where tragedy struck. Despite grief, not knowing the language, being 20


the focus of hostility toward immigrants, having limited money and countless other disasters, Carl Tangeman made a heroic journey from New Orleans to New York and then to Ohio. Preserved by his faith and his stubborn will to live, Carl persevered and paved the way for his descendants to find the freedom and opportunity he gave up everything to find. Bayfield author and La Plata Electric Association member Cheryl D. Clay is one of Carl Tangeman’s many existing descendants and did extensive research into her family history. Though written in a novelistic format, this story includes excepts from original letters and relies on the historical details of Carl’s epic journey. To learn more about this book, visit the author’s website at adventuresix.com.

MISCELLANEOUS Christmas in My Heart

By Leslee Breene If you want a book that makes you feel warm and cozy, look no further than Leslee Breene’s holiday short story collection, Christmas in My Heart. With four sweet, romantic and heartwarming Christmas stories, this book is sure to get you in the spirit of the season. Colorado author Leslee Breene was previously featured in our book review article for her uplifting novels, and these holiday stories demonstrate her same talent at touching readers’ hearts. Enjoy curling up next to a fire with a cup of cocoa and this book, which can be found at lesleebreene.com.

Built to Thrill: More Classic Automobiles from Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt

By Clive Cussler Though many know him as the famous author of the Dirk Pitt thrillers and a multitude other popular novels, few know that Clive Cussler also has an extensive collection of beautifully restored classic automobiles. A companion to the previously published Built for Adventure coffee-table book, Built to Thrill offers an intimate guide to Cussler’s cars from the

1940s, ’50s and ’60s, including gorgeous, detailed photographs, astonishing historical facts about each make and model, and personal anecdotes about Cussler’s discovery and restoration of each vehicle. A beautiful, fascinating book for both classic automobile and Cussler enthusiasts alike, Built to Thrill would make a wonderful holiday gift, especially when paired with a trip to Cussler’s museum in Arvada, where a selection of his car collection is displayed. For information about museum hours and location, visit cusslermuseum.com, and to learn more about Built to Thrill, visit cusslerbooks. com.

A Charming Forest

By Melanie Steen Travel to forests where you’ll find trees, wildlife and flowers to hand color in this delightful, relaxing adult coloring book by a Colorado author. Find it at amazon.com. Writer Julie Simpson, a Coloradan who started her writing career as an intern at Colorado Country Life, is now reading books at her home in Texas, with assistance on the toddler books from her 2-year-old son.

Find reviews of Colorado children’s books on page 30 and more information on all the books featured in the magazine as well as additional books at coloradocountrylife.coop.


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Oh, the aroma of turkey roasting in the oven on Thanksgiving day. We’re thankful to spend time with family and friends while enjoying a feast fit for kings. And when the dishes dry and the leftovers are stored away, it won’t be long before it’s time to mess the kitchen again. While it’s difficult to ditch a hearty sandwich with all the leftover fixings, there are other toothsome dishes you can construct with that leftover turkey. Heidi Diestel, a fourth-generation turkey farmer at the Diestel Family Turkey Ranch, shares some great ideas for that surplus sustenance with these recipes. Get more ideas at diestelturkey.com.


Heidi’s Turkey Salad with Cranberries and Almonds 2 cups leftover turkey breast, diced 3/4 cup red onion, chopped 1/2 cup celery, chopped 1/2 cup apple, chopped 1/3 cup parsley, minced 1/3 cup dried cranberries 1/3 cup sliced almonds 3/4 cup plain nonfat yogurt 2 tablespoons light mayonnaise 1/4 teaspoon salt

Courtesy of Diestal Family Turkey Ranch

Crock-Pot™ Mexican Turkey Soup

In a large bowl, combine turkey breast, red onion, celery, apple, parsley, dried cranberries and almonds. Add yogurt, mayonnaise and salt to turkey mixture and stir to combine.

Courtesy of Diestal Family Turkey Ranch

2 pounds leftover turkey, shredded 2 cups onion, diced 1 poblano pepper, seeded and diced 1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced 1 jalapeño, seeded and diced 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes 2 cups broth, turkey or chicken 4 teaspoons chili powder 2 teaspoons ground cumin 2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste Salt and pepper, to taste 1 cup black beans, cooked 1 cup whole kernel corn 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, plain 1 avocado, diced 4 tablespoons cilantro, chopped corn or flour tortillas, optional Layer ingredients (turkey through salt and pepper) as listed in a Crock-Pot™. Give a quick stir to mix in seasonings. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. Add black beans and corn 5 minutes prior to serving to heat through. Spoon into bowls and garnish with a tablespoon of yogurt, avocado and a sprinkle of cilantro. Serve with warmed tortillas, if desired.

Eliminate the stuffing so bird cooks evenly Cook your dressing separate from the turkey, but loosely fill the bird’s cavity with aromatic veggies such as garlic, onions and celery.

Wine and Dine To make a glorious gravy, Diestel suggests pouring 1 cup of white wine atop your bird halfway through the cooking process. Once the turkey is done, combine the juices with a roux until it thickens and then season with salt and pepper.

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gourds make wonderful scrubbing brushes after removing the skin and pulp and bleaching the fibers. Other gourds can make wonderful arts and crafts projects. Decorating gourds is a fun activity, but it requires several months’ advance preparation. First you must dry and clean them. You can leave gourds on the vine after they mature, but I prefer to bring them inside and hang them in onion bags to dry. Since they develop moldy brown spots, you should not keep them in your house around people and animals. The gourds I dry in my shed are usually ready by March. To test for readiness, tap the outside and listen for a hollow sound or shake the gourds to see if the seeds rattle inside. Dried gourds are much lighter than freshly picked gourds, and that is why they are perfect for so many projects. After drying, clean the gourds by placing them in a bucket of warm water with a wet towel on top. Several hours later, put on some rubber gloves and scrub with a metal scouring pad to remove the mold and the outer layer of skin. Remember to clean the stem, too. Next, place them in a dry area for a day or two. The next step is to clean the interior, which Creative ideas for pumpkins and gourds is much like preparing a jack-o’-lantern. Cut BY VICKI SPENCER MASTER GARDENER GARDENING@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG a circle around the top with a utility knife or keyhole saw, and scoop out the seeds and Pumpkins and gourds always make me think to the high fiber content, some veterinarians membrane with a scraper. Let the gourds dry of holidays with my family. What fun would recommend pumpkin as a supplement for some more, then smooth the edges with fine Halloween be without jack-o’-lanterns? And cats and dogs with digestive ailments or hair sandpaper. who can imagine Thanksgiving without balls. I remember my grandmother used to Once your gourds are prepared, the creative cornucopias, gourds and pumpkin pie? In feed raw pumpkins to her chickens. She said opportunities are endless. For instance, goosecase you didn’t know, these popular uses are it helped with decreased egg production over neck gourds are perfect for making birdhousnot the only way to have fun with pumpkins the winter. es. Drill a hole in the large part of the gourd, and gourds. During the fall, many rural communities depending on the size of the birds you want Although most of us buy carving pumpkins hold festivals, some of which are centered on to attract. (Western bluebirds like holes about and pie filling at the store, it’s more rewarding growing giant pumpkins. Last year, Colorado’s 1-1/2 inches in diameter, while house wrens to grow our own. Pumpkins and gourds grow state record was broken at Jared’s weigh-in and chickadees need smaller holes, about 1 to easily in our area and require little care. Like with a 1,685.5-pound pumpkin. While you 1-1/8 inches respectively.) Drill two or three squash, they can be planted as late as July and may not relish the idea of a 1,000-pound more small holes in the bottom for drainage. still produce a decent crop. The only problem pumpkin in your garden, your family could You can paint the gourds any color or design is the sprawling plants can take over your aim for a 100-pounder with growing instruc- and spray with clear varnish to seal. Finish by garden if you are not careful. tions found on the Rocky Mountain Giant wrapping twine or wire around the gooseneck When using pumpkins from your garden, Vegetable Growers website. to hang it from a tree. don’t make the mistake that I did 40 years ago. Like pumpkins, gourds are plants of the While there are many websites with inforI didn’t realize there were so many varieties Cucurbitaceous family, and different spemation about building gourd birdhouses, I and made a pumpkin pie out of a variety bet- cies have been used for a variety of purposes particularly like amishgourds.com where you ter suited for jack-o’-lanterns. It was horribly throughout history. Some archaeological sites can buy dried gourds if you don’t want to wait bitter and had to be thrown out. revealed gourds dating back thousands of until spring to begin decorating them. Given Edible pumpkins are not just good for years. In addition to serving as a food source, their light weight, small ones are perfect for making pies; they are also good for soups their hard shells and hollowed-out centers Christmas ornaments, and your family can and breads, and you can roast the seeds for a make them useful for water receptacles, tools have fun decorating them together. wonderfully healthy snack. Interestingly, due and musical instruments. For example, luffa

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Pheasant under glass, you say? Never had it. I have had it roasted with fruit and nut stuffing, marinated in whiskey, skewered and grilled over hickory coals, braised, broiled and sautéed. But never under glass. There are probably as many ways to prepare pheasant as there are to skin the proverbial cat, but the big deal, if you ask me, is that regardless of how it’s prepared, pheasant is a delicacy few of us ever get to enjoy. After all, it’s not as if you can wheel into the corner cholesterol joint and order one to go. Those of us who hunt may bag a pheasant every now and then, but, to be honest, we don’t bag too many of them. Pheasants do not come easy, particularly in Colorado where, with as much corn, wheat, millet and milo as we raise, you’d think we’d be swarming with the things. We’re not. Not compared to Kansas, Nebraska or the Dakotas. In South Dakota, for example, hunters harvest more pheasants on opening day of the season than Colorado has pheasants. Due to a collectivity of geographical, biological, agricultural and sociopolitical reasons, we just don’t have many of the tasty birds here in Colorado. Consider that more than half the state is mountain or desert, and pheasants can abide neither. There are your geographical reasons. Pheasants need suitable nesting and roosting habitat in the way of grassy fields and swales. They love stands of cattails and brushy creek bottomland, but for several decades our farmers learned to drain wetlands, burn the edges of their fields to prevent infestation by noxious weeds and plant every available inch of suitable ground to maximize production. Every time you see a cloud of smoke spiraling up from a roadside irrigation ditch, you can bet somebody’s cooking pheasant eggs. We raise a fabulous grain crop, but not many pheasants. There are your biological and agricultural reasons. The sociopolitical reasons center around our fascination for the native big-game animals: deer, elk, sheep and antelope. Colorado’s wildlife dollars have focused on those herds, and pheasants had to make do on their own. Until recently, that is. In the early ’90s, Colorado Parks and Wild-

life developed its Pheasant Habitat Improvement Program. Under the terms of the 1996 Farm Bill, wildlife became co-equal with soil and water use, and the Conservation Reserve Program rewarded farmers for planting marginal land and acreage with grasses for pheasants and other wildlife. The national wildlife conservation group Pheasants Forever began to kick in dollars and volunteer work shortly thereafter, and the tide is beginning to change for the big gaudy birds. The Colorado pheasant season opens Saturday, November 11, and runs until January 31, 2018, in all units east of Interstate 25, and through January 7 in units west of I-25. Get out there and give it a try. You have to work hard, walk a lot of fields and, since the best hunting is usually on private land, will probably have to knock on a lot of doors to get permission to hunt. You might be lucky enough to bag a limit of birds. If you do, bon appétit.

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My little granddaughter participated in the Veterans Day parade. When the parade was over, she said she was hungry and asked where we were going to eat. Her mom told her they would go the Vets Club. She said to her mom, “I don’t want to eat dog food!” Charlotte Inskeep, Loveland


A friend of mine took her two little girls to church one Sunday, not realizing it was daylight-saving day. There was only one other car in the parking lot and inside the church there were no congregants. My friend said to her girls, “I wonder where everyone is.” One of the girls chimed in, “Well, God’s here. His car is outside.” Jean Mar, Salida

Rod Balak a Mountain View Electric member, stands in front of the Wright Flyer at the USAF National Aviation Museum.

My dad didn’t cuss, but when things didn’t go right he would say, “Dad blame it!” His grandson, who was 3 at the time, spent the day with Grandpa and heard those words. That evening, the young grandson was asked by his mother, “What did you learn today?” He quickly responded, “Blame dad.” Lillian E. Mercer, Grand Junction My godchild, David, took his 3-year-old son Ethan shopping. “Daddy, I need a new truck,” Ethan said. David told him that he didn’t need a new truck, he just wanted one. Ethan said, “OK, Daddy. I want a new truck.” David went on to explain that in the “real world” little boys don’t always get everything they want. Ethan replied, “But, Daddy, in my world I do.” Kay Robinson, Loveland

WINNER: Roger and Elaine Schager, Poudre Valley REA members, pose with Roger’s mother Shirley in front of Mt. Rushmore while celebrating her 90th birthday. Last time Shirley was there all of the heads were not completed.

Leon Buczkowski and Carlene Peters, Mountain View Electric members visit Stonehenge prehistoric site in England.

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We pay $15 to each person who submits a funny story that’s printed in the magazine. At the end of the year we will draw one name from those submitting funny stories and that person will receive $200. Send your 2017 stories to Colorado Country Life, 5400 Washington St., Denver, CO 80216 or email funnystories@ coloradocountrylife.org. Don’t forget to include your mailing address, so we can send you a check.

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By Elyssa Pallai and Ken Nager Illustrated by Eduardo Paj

Eli and Mort the moose travel through the alphabet and the many fun things to do in Steamboat Springs in this colorful, creative book. From skiing to hot springs, hot air ballooning to skijoring, this town always offers Eli and Mort a new adventure. The backgrounds of each page were illustrated by schoolchildren in the Yampa Valley, and a portion of book sales go to the Steamboat Springs Art Council. This book is suitable for children of all ages and can be found in local bookstores and at eliandmort.com.

Space Boy and the Space Pirate

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By Marianne Berkes Illustrated by Cathy Morrison

A cute story about the power of imagination, Space Boy is written in a comic book format suitable for early readers. Author Dian Curtis Regan lives in Colorado and wrote other books that can be found at diancurtisregan.com. Find this book in bookstores and through online retailers.

Lucky to Live in Colorado By Kate B. Jerome

This beautifully illustrated book for toddlers and young readers explores how kangaroos, opossums, penguins, and even spiders get their young from one place to another. Author Marianne Berkes is a former educator, and illustrator Cathy Morrison resides in northern Colorado. Learn more about this book at dawnpub.com.

This book can help 4- to 7-year-old Coloradans learn interesting facts about their state while recording precious parts of their own stories. Find out more about this book by visiting arcadiapublishing.com.


By Penny Rafferty Hamilton, Ph.D. If you want to learn fascinating bits of Grand County history and are between the ages of 2 and 100, then this book is for you. Written by Dr. Penny Rafferty Hamilton of the Grand County Historical Association, A to Z Your Grand County History Alphabet includes pictures and facts both old and new in alphabetical order. Though the text is geared toward children between the ages of 5 and 8, readers of all ages will love learning more about this part of the state. To find this book, visit online retailers or the Pioneer Village Museum in Hot Sulphur Springs, the Fabric Nook, Ace Hardware in Granby or Fraser, or the Cozens Ranch Museum Gift Shop. 30


TROUBLE RETURNS By Nancy Oswald All Ruby wants is for things to go back to the way they were before she and Pa moved to Cripple Creek, Colorado, before Jake Hawker took her hostage during that train robbery and definitely, most certainly before Pa decided she needed Miss Sternum to be her mother. But with Pa looking to propose to Miss Sternum and the sheriff giving her a subpoena to testify against Jake in Colorado Springs, it doesn’t look like things are going to get back to normal anytime soon. At least Maude the mule and Trouble the cat will be with her through it all. The latest installment in the Ruby and Maude Adventure series by Colorado author Nancy Oswald, Trouble Returns draws on historical details about life in Colorado at the end of the 1800s. Winner of the Western Writers of America Spur award and the Colorado Authors’ League Award for best juvenile fiction, this funny, heartwarming read is perfect for 8- to 12-year-olds and can be found at filterpressbooks.com.


By “Science Bob” Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith Brother and sister Nick and Tesla Holt have applied their science, math and Google skills to defeat spies and secret agents before. But now their parents, who working on a top-secret solar power project, are missing, and only their crazy Uncle Newt seems willing to help. The latest exciting science adventure in the Nick and Tesla series, Nick and Tesla’s Solar Power Showdown combines a great story and hands-on science projects in one just-plainawesome book that brings out the inner mad scientist in young and old readers alike. Learn more about this book for 8- to 12-year olds at major and online retailers or at quirkbooks.com. coloradocountrylife.coop


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ntroducing a new safe shower that can usually be completed in as little as one day and looks amazing. It is difficult, treacherous and tiring to step over a tub and bathe yourself. It’s even more difficult and dangerous to try and get out of the tub. In fact, no room poses more threats to safety than the bathroom. But now you can reduce your fear of bathing and regain your independence, with a safe, comfortable walk-in shower. This shower was designed by experts, with you in mind, focusing on safety and convenience when it matters most. Built in America, this shower is available with barrier free entry, making it wheel chair accessible. The nearby safety grab bars provide support and help give you the strength to safely step onto the extra thick commercial grade non-slip shower floor.

Then you can stand and shower with the fixed shower head, or help remove the stress or pain from standing and ease into the sturdy chair or built in bench, allowing you to relax and enjoy the refreshing benefits of a shower again. In fact, the easy-to-reach handheld shower wand and grab bar are positioned perfectly for sitting while showering. This affordable walk in shower fits easily in your existing tub space. Installation is included and can be completed in as little as one day making it a simple process for you to transform your bathroom into a safer place. Experience incomparable service and quality and help

remove some of the dangers and fears of falling. It’s time to take your first step towards safety and help you stay in the home that you love so dearly.

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Colorado Country Life November 2017 Grand Valley  

Colorado Country Life November 2017 Grand Valley

Colorado Country Life November 2017 Grand Valley  

Colorado Country Life November 2017 Grand Valley