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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.

The secret to AloeCure’s “health adjusting” formula is scientifically tested Acemannan, a polysaccharide extracted from Aloe Vera. But not the same aloe vera that mom used to apply to your cuts, scrapes and burns. This is a perfect strain of aloe that is organically grown under very strict conditions. AloeCure is so powerful it begins to benefit your health the instant you take it. It soothes intestinal discomfort and you can avoid the possibility of bone and health damage caused by overuse of digestion drugs. We all know how well aloe works externally on cuts, scrapes and burns. But did you know Acemannan has many of other health benefits?...

HELPS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM TO CALM INFLAMMATION According to a leading aloe research, when correctly processed for digesting, the Aloe plant has a powerful component for regulating your immune system called Acemannan. So whether it’s damage that is physical, bacterial, chemical or autoimmune; the natural plant helps the body stay healthy. RAPID ACID AND HEARTBURN NEUTRALIZER Aloe has proved to have an astonishing effect on users who suffer with digestion problems like bouts of acid reflux, heartburn, cramping, gas and constipation because it acts as a natural acid buffer and soothes the digestive system. But new studies prove it does a whole lot more. SIDE-STEP HEART CONCERNS So you’ve been taking proton pump inhibitors (PPI’s) for years and you feel just fine. In June of 2015 a major study shows that chronic PPI use increases the risk of heart attack in general population. UNLEASH YOUR MEMORY Studies show that your brain needs the healthy bacteria from your gut in order function at its best. Both low and high dosages of digestion drugs are proven to destroy that healthy bacteria and get in the way of brain function. So you’re left with a sluggish, slowto-react brain without a lot of room to store information. The acemannan used in AloeCure actually makes your gut healthier, so healthy bacteria flows freely to your brain so you think better, faster and with a larger capacity for memory. Doctors call it “The greatest health discovery in decades!”

body’s ability to break down and absorb calcium. Aloe delivers calcium as it aids in balancing your stomach acidity. The result? Thicker, healthier looking hair…more youthful looking skin… And nails so strong they may never break again. SAVE YOUR KIDNEY National and local news outlets are reporting Kidney Failure linked to PPI’s. Your Kidney extracts waste from blood, balance body fluids, form urine, and aid in other important functions of the body. Without it your body would be overrun by deadly toxins. Aloe helps your kidney function properly. Studies suggest, if you started taking aloe today; you’d see a big difference in the way you feel. GUARANTEED RESULTS OR DOUBLE YOUR MONEY BACK Due to the incredible results people are reporting, AloeCure is being sold with an equally incredible guarantee. “We can only offer this incredible guarantee because we are 100% certain this product will work for those who use it,” Says Dr. Leal. Here’s how it works: Take the pill exactly as directed. You must see and feel remarkable improvements in your digestive health, your mental health, in your physical appearance, the amount inflammation you have throughout your body – even in your ability to fall asleep at night! Otherwise, simply return the empty bottles with a short note about how you took the pills and followed the simple instructions and the company will send you...Double your money back!

HOW TO GET ALOECURE This is the official nationwide release of the new AloeCure pill in the United States. And SLEEP LIKE A BABY A night without sleep really damages your so, the company is offering our readers up to 3 body. And continued lost sleep can lead to all FREE bottles with their order. sorts of health problems. But what you may not This special give-away is available for readers realize is the reason why you’re not sleeping. of this publication only. All you have to do is Some call it “Ghost Reflux”. A low-intensity call TOLL-FREE 1-800-748-3311 1-800-808-4214 and provide form of acid reflux discomfort that quietly keeps the operator with the Free Bottle Approval you awake in the background. AloeCure helps Code: JC025. The company will do the rest. digestion so you may find yourself sleeping Important: Due to AloeCure’s recent media through the night. exposure, phone lines are often busy. If you CELEBRITY HAIR, SKIN & NAILS call and do not immediately get through, Certain antacids may greatly reduce your please be patient and call back.


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







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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

[letters] Heat Pump Performance

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 November 9-11 Grand Junction “Our Town” Theater Performance Moss Performing Arts Center Robinson Theatre 970-248-1604 November 10-December 22 Craig “Primitive Nativities of Native Americans” Exhibit Museum of Northwest Colorado 970-824-6360 • musnwco@ November 10-12 Denver Colorado Ski and Snowboard Expo Colorado Convention Center 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 November 11 Colorado Springs Christmas Craft Fair Rocky Mountain Classical Academy 9 am-3 pm November 11 Georgetown and Silver Plume Bighorn Sheep Festival Devil’s Gate and Silver Plume Depots 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 • 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 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 • November 18 Pueblo “Nutcracker in a Nutshell” Theater Performance Sangre de Cristo Performing Arts Center Children’s Theater 1 pm • 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 November 25 Kit Carson Small Business Saturday Various Kit Carson Locations November 25 Longmont Leftover Turkey Trot 5K Roger’s Grove Park 10 am •

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 November 25 Loveland Vi Wickam and Friends Christmas Show Rialto Theater 7-9:30 pm •

[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 • 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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I love the feeling of being able to walk into my favorite locally-owned shop, restaurant or store knowing that the profit, product and labor can make positive impacts on my community. The spirit of Main Street is embodied in these local businesses, just like it is in K.C. Electric Association. Electric cooperatives are as local and community centered as they come. Founded as a way to bring electricity to communities that didn’t interest investorowned utilities, electric cooperatives have been a cornerstone of community and economic development in rural America and beyond for decades. That feeling I get when I frequent local businesses in our community is the same feeling I get when I walk into work at the co-op every day. It is a feeling of pride. I am proud to be a part of an organization that serves the community in which we live, instead of a group of shareholders who may never have set foot in our service territory. Living on co-op lines is more than just knowing there are people out there working to bring you safe, reliable and affordable electric service. Living on co-op lines is an investment in our community and its members.

WHEN A VEHICLE CRASHES INTO A UTILITY POLE Would you know what to do if your vehicle crashed into an electric utility pole? Knowing what to do could mean the difference between life and death. Visit to watch a safety video on what to do in this situation.

You see, K.C. Electric Association is a not-for-profit business. When we make more money than we need to keep the lights on safely, affordably and reliably, we return it back to you, our members, in the form of capital credits. This means after all co-op expenses are paid, any additional money we earn goes back into our community, instead of going into a shareholder’s pocket, which is pretty great. Since our beginning in 1946, we returned over $16 million back to our members, and much of this is spent in our communities to support local businesses. And because we are owned by you, our members, we have a vested interest in making sure our community is prosperous. I hope that you view K.C. Electric Association not just as your electric utility provider, but also as a local business that brings pride and prosperity to our community. If you are interested in learning more about how we keep the lights on and beyond, please stop by the co-op or give us a call. We love being a part of this community, and we hope you feel the same way, too!

Energy Efficiency Tip of the Month Spending more time in the kitchen during the holiday season? Here’s one way to be more energy efficient: Unplug small kitchen appliances, like toaster ovens and microwave ovens, when not in use. You could save $10 to $20 per year. Source: U.S. Dept. of Energy





Austin Talbert can claim Cheyenne Wells, Flagler and Stratton as his home. Each place taught him different life lessons. He was raised in Cheyenne Wells, where there were more formative experiences than at other places, but on the job, he learned how to follow instructions as part of the K.C. Electric Cheyenne Wells crew. He got a taste of supervising when at Flagler, he became a journeyman at Stratton and now he is a lead lineman, where he covers for the foreman in his absence. He is always part of the team effort, no matter which crew he works with. Austin thinks his work ethic is his strongest personal quality. I don’t think many of his co-workers would argue that statement. Responsibility is second nature to Austin. Austin began thinking about line work when he was still in high school. He became friends with Curtis Berg, a K.C. Electric lineman at the time. He then made the decision to pursue this important field. Linemen receive regular training covering many on-the-job safety topics, including first aid, CPR and pole-top rescue. “It’s good to learn new things and bring up things you haven’t thought about for a while,” Austin said. Work tasks vary each day, breaking up any monotony, but he maintains, “the dayto-day experience is still great fun.” His climbing gear is his favorite tool, and he



enjoys the variety involved with all aspects of his job, from underground to transmission work. Austin has been involved with line work for 10 years now. How would he describe those years at K.C. Electric? “They have gone extremely fast with lots of change,” he answered. Austin is married to Robin, whom he has known since childhood. They have three children, all wonderful in Austin’s opinion: Kamryn, 9, Kourtney, 6, and Kollin, 4. “Robin was a good friend of my cousin, so we always knew each other growing up,” Austin explained about meeting his future wife. “After high school we Lineman Austin Talbert works on K.C. lines. became friends, and when I moved back vehicles anymore.” from college we started dating.” Naturally, Speaking of vehicles, I asked Austin to with such great kids, family time is extremely important to Austin. He especially describe himself as a vehicle. He decided it would be a 1992 red, Chevy pickup.” I am enjoys trips to the lake for recreation and not sure why — it just fits me,” he said. He fun. You will also find Austin on the golf got the real thing when he was 16 and still course in his spare time. Rumor has it that drives it. I suspect that it is dependable, has he is “pretty decent” with the clubs. enough power to haul a load and will last a As a father, Austin is not as carefree long time with proper care. as he used to be. “I worry about my kids Austin is another fine example of the more than myself, but I think that is the great work force we have here at K.C. Eleccase with most parents,” he said. Austin tric. He is tough, durable and gets the job is involved in his community, serving as a done efficiently and safely. If Austin could trustee of his church. It appears that Aushave an opportunity for a “do-over” in his tin makes time for the important things in his life. If he were to win the lottery, he told life, what would he do differently? “I don’t need one of those,” he said. “Life’s been me, “I would still work as a lineman, but good to me.” maybe not have to work on my house and


I K.C. Electric offices will be closed Thursday, November 9 for Veterans Day and November 23 for Thanksgiving. We thank and honor our veterans for their services to our country. May your Thanksgiving celebration be filled with gratitude for a plentiful harvest, for loved ones and for the freedoms we enjoy in the United States of America.

If you want to make a payment on your bill over the phone using a credit or debit card or check, you must call 1-844-425-4317. K.C. Electric will no longer take credit card payments over the phone or in person at the Stratton and Hugo offices. In addition, K.C. will no longer take check payments over the phone. K.C. will utilize a full featured integrated voice response system called Secure Payments. This change comes from increased security requirements brought forth by the major credit card companies. K.C. Electric is required to be compliant with the Payment Cardholder Industry Security Standard. These worldwide requirements are designed to prevent credit card fraud through increased data controls. Basically, the new PCI compliant system limits your credit or debit card information’s exposure to people with an intent to steal that information. Paying your bill without talking to a customer service representative can be done in a few different ways: •P  ay-By-Phone — You can call toll-free 1-844-425-4317 and interact with the voice response system by using the keypad to enter information to make a payment. You will need your K.C. Electric account number to access your account information.  martHub Self-Service Portal — SmartHub is a free app that allows you to access your •S K.C. Electric account information through almost any mobile device, including iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. With SmartHub, you can pay your bill and view your energy use in almost real-time.  re-Pay — With a prepay metering account, you pay what you want and when you •P want. When your account runs low on funds, you simply pay more on your account: no deposit, no late fees and easier budgeting for your wallet.

When you plug into Colorado Country Life, we want you to get information that captures your attention, much like a spark when you plug in an appliance. If you learn something new, then we sparked a valuable thing.

Sparks From the Outlet $ Money Matters $ There is scholarship money looking for you! Did you know that K.C. Electric offers scholarships to high school graduates in its service territory? Letters and application forms will be sent to high school counselors this month. You may contact George Ehlers, member services specialist, at the Hugo office (719-743-2431) for more information.

Test Your Smart Meter Knowledge Most Americans constantly use electricity every day. Smart meters provide a more accurate and efficient way of keeping track of that energy use — for both utilities and consumers. A smart meter is an electrical meter that records the consumption of electricity and sends that information back to the utility. Smart meters differ from traditional meters because they allow for two-way communication between the meter and the smart grid, making it a more efficient system.

The electric grid is becoming more computerized, using data designed to make our energy sources more reliable. This means restoration times will be shorter and outages will be less frequent. The smart grid can also help consumers identify the cheapest times to use electricity to help them save money, and it will also help utilities use renewable energy, such as wind and solar. Because this system is fairly new, there is some conflicting information out there. Do you know the difference between what is accurate and what is a myth? • Smart meters cause cancer. • Smart meters create jobs. • Smart meters may be used to violate my privacy. • Smart meters will raise electricity costs. The first two callers to report which of these four statements is correct will receive a check for $10.






When I think about my adult children, I feel so blessed. When a person chooses to become a parent, genes, environment and freedom of choice all have a part in the growth and outcome of that child. It takes a number of years for a parent to breathe a sigh of relief when her children prove to be a credit to the human race. An example of an ideal son would be Caleb Brent. He was raised in Arriba, the youngest son of Balyn and Linda Brent. He has four brothers and one sister. I doubt that he ever gave his parents concern because of his behavior or attitude. Arriba was a great environment for Caleb and he enjoyed small-town life. He now lives Caleb Brent in Stratton, another small town. “Everyone knows your business, but usually people want the best for you,” he said about small towns in general. That is not a problem unless a person is engaging in the wrong kind of activities. Caleb is grateful that his parents raised him in church and according to God’s Word. “It is an integral part of my life now, and life wouldn’t make a lot of sense to me without my faith,” he said. Another life lesson Caleb learned from his dad was to be a realist and not an idealist. “That’s very broad, but it has helped me greatly,” he added. My interpretation of Caleb would be that he is not going to be blind or stubborn when reality calls for action or a change of plan. He is smart enough to be guided by facts when necessary. Caleb became acquainted with lineman David Williams through church. David worked at K.C. Electric before transferring to Mountain View Electric. Caleb was interested in line work and David encouraged him to look into the Rocky Mountain Lineman School. Caleb wasted no time enrolling in the school. He continues improving his skills as a lineman. A skill he wants to learn involves wood and metal working. “I’d like to make signs, furniture and other home designs and actually sell my work one day,” Caleb said. “My dad owned a welding shop, Brent Welding and Machine, and was very good at building things.” Caleb enjoys building things, too. Caleb explained how he met his wife, Winnie: “The story is kind of funny because I never intended to meet my wife online. My friend suggested that I set up a ChristianMingle account after we saw a television commercial for it. I’m really happy I took his advice! I met my beautiful, amazing wife, Winnie Barrett of Houston, Texas, the day after I joined. After we talked from January to March of 2012, I decided to go see her over spring break and that’s when we became official. We will be married five years in March.” Caleb is most proud of his happy marriage. “It’s not always easy, but it’s rewarding,” he said. He believes that marriage is a reflection of the two individuals who have united. Caleb truly enjoys spending time with his wife and family or helping out at his church. “They are both very important to me,” he said. It



comes as no surprise, then, that Caleb most admires Jesus Christ. He founded a faith with billions of followers, and he stood for righteousness. “I believe true Christians obey the two commands to love God and to love others, and they live them out according to God’s Word,” he said. Caleb enjoys watching a good football game, especially the Broncos. A love of books has been a good education for Caleb. He tends to collect books, a hobby that gets under Winnie’s skin because he doesn’t always read them. “I do plan to read them all,” he promised. If he could witness any event of the past, present or future, what would it be? He picked the American Revolutionary War. “The essence of the Revolutionary War was men acting on their convictions, with a willingness to die for what they believed,” he said. Caleb thinks that is a trait that is lost these days. Caleb has a couple of fears, one of which is public speaking. He hopes to conquer that eventually, but the other might be a challenge. “My greatest fear would be to not be in the right place at the right time to help someone in need,” he said. This young lineman was born with the right genes and had the best upbringing in the best possible environment to be a decent human being. Caleb knows life is hard and it takes work. “It takes motivation, it takes all I can give and I have to keep giving; and through it all, it’s rewarding and good,” he summed up. I believe this thoughtful, bighearted man has all the necessary tools for happiness.

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). Kit Carson Windpower, LLC . . . . Matthew Thelen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Paula Eaton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Paul Loutzenhiser . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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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.

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 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 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 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

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.

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 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

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


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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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, 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 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.

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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


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 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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We often choose fixtures and bulbs without thinking through some of the more important issues, such as specific lighting needs of the room, how fixtures work together and how to save money on energy bills. Installing dimmers instead of on and off light switches is a good way to save energy while giving you greater control of the amount of light in the room. Not all bulbs are dimmable, so be sure to check the label on the bulb. Different types of light fixtures have different functions. Ambient lights, such as sconces and glass-covered fixtures, provide gentler overall lighting, while directional fixtures, such as pendants, desk lamps and track lighting, provide task lighting that focuses on areas where work is done. Make sure the fixture you choose can provide the correct level of brightness with an appropriate size and number of bulbs. It can be disappointing to install a ceiling light with the style you love only to realize it doesn’t provide enough light for the room — or the opposite, that your room is flooded with too much light. It’s not a good idea to mix bulb types in a fixture, as the excess heat from an incandescent or a halogen light can diminish the performance of an LED. Check with your electric co-op as it may offer energy audits or lighting product rebates. With a little planning, you can have a well-lit, energy-efficient home you’ll enjoy for years to come. This column was co-written by Pat Keegan and Brad Thiessen of Collaborative Efficiency.

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• Photographer must be a member of a Colorado electric co-op. • Photographer may enter up to 2 photos per category. • A completed entry form must accompany each photo. The form is available at under Contests or may be requested at Form may be duplicated. • Photos may be in a printed or digital format. • Printed photos must be 8X10 inches and may NOT be printed on a home printer. Prints will not be returned. • Digital photos must be at least 8X10 inches in size at least 300 dpi. • Photographer may win only one first-place prize. • By entering the contest, photographers give Colorado Country Life permission to publish the image in print and online. • Find a full list of official rules online at

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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.

TAKE YOUR PHOTO WITH YOUR MAGAZINE AND WIN! It’s easy to win with Colorado Country Life. Simply take a photo of someone (or a selfie!) with the magazine and email the photo and your name and address to We’ll draw one photo to win $25 each month. The next deadline is Wednesday, November 15. This month’s winner is Roger and Elaine Schager. Roger and Elaine are Poudre Valley REA members. NAME AND ADDRESS MUST ACCOMPANY PHOTO.

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@ 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

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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 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

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


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


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


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Colorado Country Life November 2017 KC  
Colorado Country Life November 2017 KC  

Colorado Country Life November 2017 KC