Colorado Country Life November 2021

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UPGRADE TO ELECTRICITY AND SAVE Make the switch to cleaner electricity with more efficient household appliances and systems. From heat pumps to electric vehicles, these proven technologies can run your home cleanly, efficiently and cost-effectively. HEATING & COOLING WITH HEAT PUMPS According to the U.S. Department of Energy, when paired with proper insulation, an electric heat pump can save over 30 percent on your heating and cooling bills compared to conventional HVAC systems.

POWER UP YOUR GARDENING TOOLS Electric garden tools can last longer and are emissions-free, meaning you’ll smell the scents of summer, not the smell of exhaust. Plus, with modern technology, they are just as effective as gas-powered alternatives. Just charge the battery and go!

SAVE WITH AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE (EV) Sales of light-duty electric vehicles rose by 43% in 2020. On average, EVs have a lower cost of operation over their lifespan, and buyers are taking notice.


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Volume 52

Number 11

November 2021 THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE COLORADO RURAL ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION COMMUNICATIONS STAFF Mona Neeley, CCC, Publisher/Editor Cassi Gloe, CCC, Production Manager/Designer Kylee Coleman, Editorial/Admin. Assistant ADVERTISING National Advertising Representative, American MainStreet Publications 611 S. Congress Street, Suite 504, Austin, TX 78704 | 800-626-1181 Advertising Standards: Publication of an advertisement in Colorado Country Life does not imply endorsement by any Colorado rural electric cooperative or the Colorado Rural Electric Association. Colorado Country Life (USPS 469-400/ISSN 1090-2503) is published monthly by Colorado Rural Electric Association, 5400 Washington Street, Denver, CO 80216-1731. Periodical postage paid at Denver, Colorado. ©Copyright 2021, Colorado Rural Electric Association. Call for reprint rights. EDITORIAL Denver Corporate Office, 5400 Washington Street, Denver, CO 80216 | 303-455-4111 | | | Editorial opinions published in Colorado Country Life magazine shall pertain to issues affecting rural electric cooperatives, rural communities and citizens. The opinion of CREA is not necessarily that of any particular cooperative or individual. SUBSCRIBERS Report change of address to your local cooperative. Do not send change of address to Colorado Country Life. Cost of subscription for members of participating electric cooperatives is $4.44 per year (37 cents per month), paid from equity accruing to the member. For nonmembers, a subscription is $9 per year in-state/$15 out-of-state. POSTMASTER Send address changes to Colorado Country Life, 5400 Washington Street, Denver, CO 80216

On the Cover NOVEMBER 2021



Books by Colorado authors printed by Colorado publishers on Colorado subjects are featured in this year’s book review issue. Illustration by Annie Herzig, based in Colorado.

“Snowy Mountains” by Benjamin Schneider of Colorado Springs, a consumer-member of Mountain View Electric Association. Benjamin was a third place winner in the 2017 CCL Photo Contest. Deadline for the 2022 “Life’s Expressions” Photo Contest is December 17. To enter, visit 2022-photo-contest.









PINTEREST SNEAK PEEK COCountryLife pinned: Your family and friends will be anxious to dig in well before these slow cooker pork chops hit the plate. Try Linda Wolfe’s Colorado Pork Chops from Gooseberry Patch’s All-Time-Favorite Recipes from Colorado Cooks cookbook. Get the recipe at








FACEBOOK CHATTER Colorado Rural Electric Association posted: Thanks to CREA Energy Innovations Summit lunch speaker Tim Reeser of Lightning eMotors. His company is doing exciting things converting trucks and buses to electric vehicles.

Monthly Contest CONTEST ENDS DECEMBER 17 Have a great photo you want to share? Enter the 2022 photo contest for a chance to win cash prizes and have your photo on the cover of the magazine. For official rules and how to enter, visit 2022-photo-contest.

INSTAGRAM PIC of the month Colorado Country Life posted: Dawn Betz captured this great scene from Longmont on a frosty morning, “Down the Line.” Dawn is a consumer-member of Poudre Valley REA. COLOR ADO COUNTRY LIFE NOVEMBER 2021



COLORADO’S ELECTRIC CO-OPS Working together as leaders for a sustainable future BY KENT SINGER



olorado’s 22 electric distribution co-ops provide electricity and associated services to nearly 70% of the state’s landmass but only about 25% of the electricity consumers in the state. This is because electric co-ops serve primarily rural parts of Colorado while the larger cities and urban areas are served by either municipal utilities or investor-owned utilities. Each of Colorado’s 22 electric distribution co-ops are individual businesses that serve specific and unique parts of the state. They each have their own board of directors and staff and they each make decisions based on the specific needs and desires of the communities they serve. There is probably no group of electric co-ops in the country that is more diverse than Colorado’s electric co-ops. The state’s co-ops range in size from 2,500 consumer-members to 170,000 consumermembers. They range in customer density from 1.8 meters per mile of distribution line to 19.2 meter per mile. They serve loads (customers) that include farmers and ranchers as well as resorts and ski areas. They serve communities that range from small towns with only one stoplight (or none) to communities along the Front Range that have typical urban population densities. Colorado’s co-ops have different geographies, demographics and political views. But despite these differences, Colorado’s electric co-ops still have a lot in common. First, all 22 co-ops agree that maintaining reliable and affordable electric service will always be the primary objective of electric



co-ops throughout the state. Access to electricity at all times of the day and night is important for a modern, safe and healthy lifestyle. Electricity is a critical commodity that we can’t live without for long. It is the basis for all the comforts and conveniences we enjoy daily. Colorado’s electric co-ops provide this service day in and day out, working around the clock to keep the lights on. Second, Colorado’s co-ops are leading the way in advancing innovative solutions in today’s energy world. Co-ops have been adding renewable energy resources to their power supply mix for years and have pledged to provide at least 80% carbon-free energy to consumer-members by 2030. But, the innovations go beyond simply adding wind and solar power to the grid. Co-ops have long deployed the latest technology to serve their consumermembers. Colorado’s electric co-ops have been installing automated meters for many years because they make sense in the vast territories served by co-ops. The co-ops save the cost of meter readers traveling throughout the service area, while reducing emissions through fewer miles traveled. Co-ops were also early adopters of beneficial electrification, which is enjoying new life as the benefits of switching from other fuels to electricity are being acknowledged as another way to reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Rebates and other incentives have encouraged co-op consumer-members to take advantage of the benefits of going electric. These have included switching diesel irrigation


motors to electric motors, going from gas water heaters to electric water heaters and installing ground- and air-source heat pumps rather than using propane to heat homes. Colorado’s co-ops are leaders in promoting electric vehicles, including electric school buses and pickups, and installing vehicle chargers to promote the use of EVs in co-op territory. Lastly, Colorado’s 22 co-ops all accept their responsibility to enhance their own communities’ resilience. This means electric co-ops think outside the box to develop new ways to provide service during emergencies. Whether through the deployment of microgrids or the integration of customersited energy, Colorado’s electric co-ops do their best to keep the lights on during the storm. So, while Colorado’s electric co-ops are individual organizations, each unique in the area it serves and services it provides, they are all working in their own way at: • Maintaining reliability and affordability • Advancing innovative solutions • Enhancing community resilience By fulfilling these core principles, Colorado’s electric co-ops are truly “Leaders for a Sustainable Future.” Kent Singer is the executive director of CREA and offers a statewide perspective on issues affecting electric cooperatives. CREA is the trade association for your electric co-op, the 21 other electric co-ops in Colorado and its power supply co-op.


FROM THE EDITOR Fill November days with gratitude




ovember is here, but what does that mean for you? Fall MONA NEELEY has truly arrived? A time to honor our veterans? Time for hunting trips? The holidays will be here soon? For me, it’s all of those things and thankfulness. For the last few years, I’ve posted something I’m thankful for on my social media channels every day from November 1 through Thanksgiving. And that has made November a special month for me. Right before the hectic, happy chaos of December, November has become a chance for me to take a minute each day to pause and think about all of the good things I have in my life. I have a lot to be thankful for — a husband who loves me and lets me be me; healthy, happy, well-adjusted adult kids; amazing, brilliant grandkids; a home where I want to live; a great job with a dedicated, talented staff; and so much more. November is a month that helps me not take any of these blessings for granted. What are you thankful for this November? Mona Neeley is the statewide editor of Colorado Country Life, which is published in coordination with your local electric cooperative. Its goal is to provide information from your local electric co-op to you, its consumer-members.


2022 PHOTO CONTEST expressions THIS YEAR’S CATEGORIES: • Hometown Pride • Awestruck • Pure Enjoyment • Nostalgia Enter for a chance to win cash prizes and have your photo on the cover of the March 2022 issue of CCL. Visit for official rules and to enter.


Happy Magazine Readers

I appreciated your editorial [on the divisions among us] (From the Editor, September ’21). It needed to be said and I hope people take it to heart. Thank you for including my poem “Joy” and kudos to David Reynolds for his clever and fun poem [“Q and A”]. Carol Ehrlich, Denver Mountain Parks Electric consumer-member I really enjoyed the “Sensational September Streams” story by Dennis Smith (Outdoors ’21). Thank you from a novice fly fisherman. Paul Staggers, Fort Collins Poudre Valley REA consumer-member Your September issue was particularly enjoyable. I loved the “Bent’s Old Fort” story. I always like reading about Colorado history. Your issues frequently have something for ever yo ne’s interests. I look forward to reading the last section (Funny Stories), in which “kids say the darnedest things.” Keep up the good work. Bev Carson, via email Mountain Parks Electric consumer-member Thank you for your nice publication. We look forward to it each month. Nice stories so full of information and fun facts. You put hard work into it and we appreciate it so much. Becky S. Lang, Atwood, Kansas Poudre Valley REA consumer-member

Question on Storm Response

Seeing the hurricane damage in southern Louisiana, I couldn’t help imagining how much worse it would’ve been if they depended on wind turbines for power. If giant windmills blew down in a storm, how much longer would it take to restore power to the storm victims? Dan Sullivan, Colorado Springs Mountain View Electric consumer-member

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e’re hearing more buzz about electric vehicles in rural America, so it’s a good time to know more about EV batteries and charging options. Batteries come in different sizes that provide different mileage ranges. Most people charge their EVs at home, but if you take a cross-country trip, you can charge your EV at one of the rapidly growing number of charging stations around the country. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates there are currently 50,000 EV charging sites in the United States. EVs will tell you how many miles remain before a charge is needed, and many models offer in-car navigation to the next charger. For EVs without this feature, there are many smartphone apps available to help you navigate to the next charging site.

We often refer to three levels of EV charging: A new EV comes equipped for Level 1 charging, which simply plugs into a regular electrical outlet. This is the slowest option for charging, but if you don’t travel many miles per day or your EV is a plug-in hybrid with a small battery, L1 charging will likely meet your needs. Level 2 is the most common type of charging because it operates on 240-volt power, which nearly every home has. L2 can provide 100 miles of charge in several hours, and fully charge a large battery in eight to 10 hours. Level 3 chargers, often called DC Fast Chargers, require much more current and are not installed in homes. L3 chargers are typically seen at specific EV charging sites and some gas stations. Some new EVs can accept 250 kW or more and charge a battery from 10% to 80% in less than 20 minutes. When selecting an EV, the amount of time it takes to get a full charge can be an important factor if you regularly head out on road trips. “Vehicle to home” is an exciting new technology that enables EVs to power a home or shop during a power outage. Ford’s upcoming F-150 Lightning Pro (2022), Hyundai’s Ioniq5, Kia’s EV6 crossovers and the 2022 Volkswagens are slated to offer this option. EV charging infrastructure is currently being built across the country. You may not see them in your area yet, but they’re coming, so get charged up about EVs. Pat Keegan and Brad Thiessen of Collaborative Efficiency write on energy efficiency topics for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

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Grateful for the Plateful


Nosh on food from neighbors’ recipe boxes BY AMY HIGGINS



Delicious Colorado Cooking


here’s a feeling of comfort when you get meal ideas from your friends and neighbors, and while the cooks featured in Gooseberry Patch’s All-Time-Favorite Recipes from Colorado Cooks may not be next door, their recipe submittals bring that feeling of home. With 145 assorted recipes from all over the Centennial State, these delicious downhome ideas are bound to awaken your Colorado pride.

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Hearty Hominy Beef Stew

Recipe submitted by Rita Morgan, Pueblo 1 onion, chopped 2 pounds beef chuck roast, cubed 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 green pepper, chopped 3 carrots, peeled and sliced 3 stalks celery, sliced 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 (14.5-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes 1 cup beef broth, divided 2 tablespoons cornstarch 1 (15-ounce) can hominy, drained and rinsed Place onion in a lightly greased slow cooker; top with beef. Sprinkle with salt. Add green pepper, carrots, celery and garlic to slow cooker. Pour tomatoes with juice and 3/4 cup broth over all. Cover and cook on low setting for 8 hours. In a bowl, mix together cornstarch and remaining broth until smooth; stir into slow cooker during the last 15 minutes of cooking. Stir in hominy and heat through. Courtesy of Gooseberry Patch, All-Time-Favorite Recipes from Colorado Cooks

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NEWS CLIPS Lightning eMotors CEO Tim Reeser shares how his company is electrifying small buses and passenger vans during lunch at the CREA Energy Innovations Summit.

Co-ops Focus on Innovation


hanges in the electric industry, new technologies, beneficial electrification and more were the focus of the CREA Energy Innovations Summit, Monday, October 11. About 300 electric co-op directors, managers/CEOs and staff members gathered with other representatives from the electric industry to talk about the innovations that will affect the electric industry in the future. The day opened with Tri-State Generation and Transmission CEO Duane

Highley and Xcel Energy President Alice Jackson talking about how the industry is coping with change. Luncheon speaker Tim Reeser, CEO of Lightning eMotors in Loveland, shared how his company is electrifying small buses, passenger vans and other medium-duty vehicles. The day also included panel discussions focused on energy storage, hydrogen as vehicle fuel, carbon capture usage and storage, distributed generation, beneficial electrification and more.

Tri-State CEO Duane Highley, Xcel Energy President Alice Jackson and CREA Executive Director Kent Singer discuss how the electric industry is coping with changes during the opening panel of the CREA Energy Innovations Summit.

CREA, the trade association for Colorado’s 22 electric distribution co-ops, and its power supply co-op have presented the summit each year since 2010.

Lifelong Learning Helps Co-ops Continue to Serve Electric cooperative employees must continually learn new skills to keep pace with rapidly changing technology and satisfy consumer-members’ ever-changing needs, said National Rural Electric Cooperative Association President Chris Christensen at a recent annual co-op event. “Our members receive our services for their basic needs, but also for internet access, to run their 3D printers, and to charge their electric cars. New products and services will continue to emerge, and if we want to continue to improve the quality of life for our members and meet their expectations, we must prepare ourselves and our co-ops,” he said. Christensen, a cattle rancher from Montana, urged co-op leaders to embrace lifelong learning for themselves and their employees. The most valuable employees are the ones who never stop learning, he added. CREA, the state trade association for Colorado’s electric co-ops, provides a variety of educational opportunities, both to co-op board members and to co-op employees. In 2021, the statewide association provided 26 webinars for board members, co-op employees and youth, and 14 in-person classes. Classes included a variety of topics: hands-on instruction for outside employees, leadership training, the safety programs, IT, cybersecurity sessions, finance classes and much more. A recent NRECA poll shows 97% of co-op employees say opportunities to participate in education and training contribute to their job satisfaction. “When we focus on investing in ongoing learning and the preparation of our people, we accomplish three things,” Christensen said. “We identify and prepare future co-op leaders. We nurture a governing body that represents the best interests of the co-op. And we improve our co-op culture, creating a unified, knowledgeable and aligned organization that can effectively navigate the future.”



4 Solar Energy Trends to Watch The efficiency of solar energy is improving through innovations and advancements. Here are four trends to watch: • New materials for solar cells being developed are more efficient, durable and cost effective. • Batteries are improving to store energy from large-scale installations so it can be used more efficiently. • New business models like community solar allow participation in solar programs without the hassle of installation and maintenance. • Solar tracking makes solar panels more efficient with motorized systems that keep panels pointed toward the sun throughout the day.


Summer Heat Pushes Usage To Record High


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U.S. jumped. It soared to 720 gigawatt-hours on Thursday, August 12, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. That is the highest level of demand going back to July of 2015, the EIA said in a report. On that day, much of the country saw temperatures above 90 degrees, which meant air conditioners, fans and other cooling equipment were operating.

CCL Earns National Recognition Colorado Country Life, your local electric cooperative magazine, won three national awards in this year’s National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Statewide Editors Association’s Willie Awards. Competing with 32 other electric cooperative magazines from states across the country, CCL won an Award of Excellence and two Awards of Merit. The Award of Excellence was for a 2020 Outdoors column by CCL Outdoors columnist Dennis Smith on a special dog named Moses that was remarkably gifted. An Award of Merit was presented for having the Best Magazine Design among the magazines in 2020. Judges said: “Excellent work. Love the cover photos, especially April’s. Loved the contents page, too; very well done.” The magazine also won an Award of Merit in the Best Personality Feature category for the February feature story “Mapping a Mountain’s Magic” by freelance writer Eugene Buchanan on Colorado’s own James Niehues, who maps ski resorts around the world.







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2021 BOOK REVIEWS REVIEWED BY JULIE SIMPSON Welcome to Colorado Country Life’s annual book review issue. Here, you’ll find reviews of some of the many books we read over the past year that have taken us away to new places for new adventures. It was no surprise that many of the books pulled us into Colorado’s famed Rocky

Mountains with stories of mystery and intrigue. Other authors imagined monsters and darkness lurking beneath the beauty of our majestic mile-high surroundings. And, several writers in this year’s selection focused on memory and the idea that memory is identity, that the future is

powerfully shaped by the past, that the secrets of your hometown will always come back to haunt you. See what we found in this list of great Colorado books and visit for even more book reviews.

MOUNTAINS To the Mountain

heard stories about. Jace must grapple not only against the elements and time as he searches for Marshall, but also his demons of guilt and grief when it comes to his choices as a father. A short, well-written story about the bond between a father and son, To the Mountain also thoughtfully addresses the fierce, unconditional and often painful love of a parent for a violent special needs child. For a beautiful, heartbreaking, inspiring read, find this book online or at your local retailer.

fatalities in Colorado. Together, Susan and Tasha embark on a mission to become the best canine search team in the Rockies. The road isn’t easy, however. Training a willful puppy presents its own difficulties, in addition to the political hoops to jump through, certifications to receive and rules to follow in order to be called in for searches. But Susan refuses to give up, spurred on by her desire to save lives. In the complexities of searches and life, Susan and Tasha get lost occasionally, but they always have each other to help them “go find.” A beautifully moving and often humorous true story about the pursuit of a passion and the bond between a working dog and her human, Go Find offers a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world of mountain search and rescue. Go find this great read online or at your local retailer.

By Erik Raschke

The world looks different for 11-year-old Marshall. For one, he currently lives at a juvenile correction facility, where he is tormented by the other boys and dreams of a life he remembers with a mother and a father and a home. And his brain is different, full of rage and panic that threaten to take him outside himself beyond all control. A well-meaning staff member takes Marshall for a car ride outside the facility, but they crash on the snowy mountainside during a blizzard. The driver is found near the van, but Marshall disappeared. Marshall’s father, Jace, knows that the boy will try to make it to the top of the mountain he once



Go Find

By Susan Purvis Su s a n P u r v i s w a s searching for something: a home, a place, a family, a dream. She found Tasha the puppy, and she learned about avalanche

COVER STORY Hanging Falls

By Margaret Mizushima Timber Creek, Colorado, police officer Mattie Cobb thinks taking a hike up to Hanging Falls with her K-9 partner Robo will be a great way to unwind. But, they find a body floating in the water and Mattie is again in the middle of a dangerous murder investigation right when she is supposed to be reconnecting with her long-lost family. Mattie and Cole, her boyfriend and local veterinarian, identify the victim by his unique clothing as a member of a strict religious community living on the outskirts of town. While the group seems friendly, Mattie senses more beneath the surface. She and Robo have to use all their combined skills to solve this murder … and prevent another. But how can Mattie focus on this case when the details of her own childhood abduction are coming to the surface? Part of the Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries by Colorado author Margaret Mizushima, Hanging Falls provides an entertaining whodunnit storyline with the promise of more Mattie Cobb stories to come. Find it online or at local retailers.

The Last Hurrah: A Phoebe Korneal Mystery By Julilee Butler and GaGa Gabardi

This fun, quirky mystery story is set in Oresville, a high mountain community in Colorado. Phoebe Korneal, Green County’s newest deputy and detective (well, only detective) is leaving heartbreak and disillusionment behind and starting over close to childhood friends. Then, one morning Old Al, the mining community’s resident gold prospector, is found dead. But why? Did he die just because he was old or was it murder?

Follow Phoebe and a town full of interesting characters as they work to solve Old Al’s mysterious death. This is the first book in a three-book series for a couple of Colorado grandmas who spent last year’s quarantine time writing. The book was a finalist in the Colorado Author League awards.

MONSTERS Monsters, Movies & Mayhem Edited by Kevin J. Anderson

A zombie family watches their final movie marathon. The Toad Man sneaks up on unsuspecting theatergoers. Aliens stop by for pizza. Is this some kind of weird TV show? No, it’s Monsters, Movies & Mayhem, a short story collection curated by the creative minds of the Publishing MA students in the graduate program in creative writing at Western Colorado University in Gunnison. Whether you’re in to movies, the horror genre or just love a good story, this collection has everything it needs to make you laugh, cry and scream, sometimes all within the same piece. All the stories handpicked by the students relate to movies and monsters but, like all good literature, are really about what makes us human … even if we’re undead. For a great creepy read, find this Colorado Book Award winner at a local or online retailer.

Gone to Darkness

By Barbara Nickless After all the publicity of her previous solved cases, Sydney Parnell is promoted from railroad cop to star detective of the Denver Police Department. But the elevation of her circumstances also put a target on her back, both from other detectives looking for a mistake and from criminal elements looking to make her an example. All that has to be put aside, however, when a horribly mutilated body turns up in a refrigerated train car. As Sydney

and her K-9 partner Clyde follow the trail, they find themselves in a world of darkness they never knew existed. Will the strength of their partnership be enough to help them find their way back out into the light again? Another graphic, page-turning Parnell story from Colorado author Barbara Nickless, Gone to Darkness is hard to put down until you’ve reached the terrifying conclusion. Pick up this and other books in the series at your local retailer or online.

MEMORY Memories in the Drift By Melissa Payne

Claire Hines lost her baby girl and her shortterm memory 10 years ago … at least, that’s what her notebooks tell her. She knows some things about her “before” life, like how she lives in the remote town of Whittier, Alaska, with her father; that her mother Alice is an alcoholic who left her as a child; that her high school boyfriend Tate broke her heart. But when the details of her notebooks don’t seem to explain things that are happening — like her dad’s absence, or her mother’s return — Claire’s control of her fragile reconstructed world begins to slip. What if there were things she left out of her own notes so she wouldn’t have to remember? And how much can she trust the people around her to fill in the blanks? A beautifully crafted story about forgiveness and community, this novel by Colorado author Melissa Payne expertly weaves believable characters and their pieced-together storylines into a unique and moving book. Find this wonderful story online or at local retailers.



COVER STORY Winter Counts

By David Heska Wanbli Weiden Virgil Wounded Horse is the enforcer at the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. When the local authorities fail to enact justice, which happens often, Virgil brings the justice with his fists … and occasionally a baseball bat. But when heroin comes to the reservation and almost takes his own nephew, Virgil might be over his head in his search for those responsible. From the rez to Denver cartels and back to the rez, the conspiracy of the drug running goes deeper than even his desire for revenge might be able to go. In order to save his nephew, Virgil will need more than bloody knuckles. He has to search deep within himself for the strength of his ancestors in order to win this fight for his family and his people. A beautifully raw book, Winter Counts manages to weave together a story of identity, culture and crime-fighting — a difficult feat to accomplish. Colorado author David Heska Wanbli Weiden addresses a difficult conversation about what it means to be Native American in these modern times. Find this well-crafted, award-winning read through local or online retailers.


By Amy Rivers Kate Medina still remembers discovering the burned body of the girl in a riverbed with her best friend Roman years ago. Now a forensic psychologist and back in her hometown, Kate feels compelled to investigate when another girl disappears and another terrified silence seems to gag the entire town. How many horrible secrets can one



small town in New Mexico hide? Kate must reunite with the estranged Roman, now a police officer, to struggle against the powerful forces trying to keep the past and the present buried. But how far is Kate willing to go to protect people she doesn’t really know, especially when her search puts the people she loves at risk? A haunting story of power, secrets and exploitation, Complicit is the first installment of a series by Colorado author Amy Rivers. For a nail-biter of a thriller with an inspiring message of courage and perseverance, find this novel online or at local retailers.

OTHER NOTABLE FICTION Site Fidelity By Claire Boyles

Against the fading backdrop of a dying world, women endure. A nun decides to sabotage a fracking site in order to protect the children of her town. An ornithologist must decide between the legacy of her rancher father and an endangered grouse. A farmer hides her chicken flock from federal agents during the bird flu. Women give birth to children and new definitions of themselves. Can they make the world new again, too? A masterfully crafted and engaging collection of short stories by Colorado author Claire Boyles, Site Fidelity weaves the lives of women and the life of Earth through time and space, casting new light on an ancient narrative. For a wonderfully written and perspective-shifting read, find this book at online or local retailers.

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By M.E. Browning A little girl mysteriously disappears on her way home from the county fair, and Detective Jo Wyatt is determined to find her before it’s too late. But in the small town of Echo Valley, Colorado, investigations are complicated by the fact that everyone knows everyone — and this case hits closer to home for Jo than most. Can Jo wade through the mess of family drama, high school memories, old wounds and a web of lies in order to get to the bottom of the girl’s disappearance, or will she be forced to abandon the case because of grudges and department politics? Find this newest Jo Wyatt crime thriller online or at your local retailer.

All the Days Past, All the Days to Come By Mildred D. Taylor

The award-winning Colorado author of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry has produced yet another moving novel with All the Days Past, All the Days to Come. The story follows the Logan family across the United States and through several decades, beginning in 1944 and concluding with the fight for racial equality in the 1960s. The feisty heroine, Cassie Logan, sees her brothers go to and return from war, only to continue to be disrespected in Mississippi for being Black. Though she and her brothers seek better opportunities in Toledo, Ohio, the prejudices are the same. Can the Logan family find respect and happiness in the midst of these tumultuous times, or will they be beaten back like so many others who dared to speak up? Another important and insightful story from Mildred D. Taylor, this book is both

COVER STORY emotionally moving and historically informative. Find it online or at a local retailer.

Wild Times & True Tales from the High Plains By Matt Vincent

Army engagements, outrageous personalities, fatal misunderstandings — all are a part of Colorado author Matt Vincent’s new collection of historically-inspired short stories. Ride into battle alongside some of the last great Native American warriors. Hunker down against a surprise attack alongside other young soldiers. Chase a raiding party across the endless high plains. Whatever your Western adventure, you can find it by looking up this book at local stores or online retailers.

Undercover Outlaw By Gini Rifkin

Trinity didn’t think things could get much worse than her domestic enslavement back East. But just when she thinks she’s reached freedom in the wilds of Colorado, she’s kidnapped by a handsome rogue and brought to the attention of the gang that runs the town of Prairie Ridge. The man who takes her off the stagecoach at gunpoint is only playing the part of a coldhearted ruffian, however. Jesse is working undercover within the gang in order to find the man who shot and killed his only brother. Even when he finds himself drawn to the beautiful Trinity, he has to stay in character, for his sake and hers. If anyone finds out who they really are, they’ll both be dead. Can the budding love between Jesse and Trinity help them work together to free the

town, or will it be their undoing? Find out by getting Undercover Outlaw, the latest from Colorado author Gini Rifkin, online or from your local retailer.

Fleeing the Past

By Christopher LaGrone Layne Sheppard feels stuck in a dead-end life. With few prospects on the horizon, he hangs his hopes on his admission to the Border Patrol Academy. But with shadows from the past continuing to follow him into the present, will he be able to pass the background check? And when the stress of the academy hits, will he be able to resist the temptation of bad habits? Fleeing the Past is the first book in The Delta Tango Trilogy written by the late Christopher LaGrone and published posthumously by his mother, Sherryl LaGrone of Grand Lake. Handling difficult issues such as racism, the border conflict and alcoholism, the series presents a tragic story of an ambitious life haunted by addiction. Find this book and the rest of the trilogy online or at local retailers.


Author of one of our previously acclaimed books, Gold!, Colorado journalist Ian Neligh has once again crafted his extensive research into a book that is both informative and entertaining with Spurred West. A fascinating and factual window to the past, it details the stories of some of the rogues, treasure seekers, bounty hunters and other “colorful characters” who shaped the identity of the Wild West.



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With an interesting twist, Neligh also looks into the lives of the many interesting people in present-day Colorado and beyond who keep the spirit of the Wild West alive. History may have moved forward, but real-life rogues, bounty hunters and treasure seekers continue to find their place in our wild and wide open spaces. Find this book at your local retailer or online.

Game 163: The Epic ’07 Wild Card Tiebreaker, and the Rockies Team that Went to the World Series By Denny Dressman

Renowned sports writer and historian Denny Dressman does it again with this in-depth evaluation of the most dramatic Rockies baseball year in history. From the makeup of the team, discussions by coaches and management, and a play-by-play breakdown of everything that came together to create the Rockies’ historic journey to the World Series, this book gives baseball fans that insider, behind-the-scenes look at the elements of a compelling underdog victory. If you’re a Rockies fan or know one, be sure to pick up this book at a local retailer or online. Julie Simpson grew up reading books on the Front Range of Colorado before earning her degree and becoming an English teacher deep in the heart of Texas.



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Fueling for the Future Researchers find potential in two low-carbon options BY MARIA KENEVSKY AND MONA NEELEY


hen it’s time to fuel up your vehicle, you’re likely heading to the gas station or an electric vehicle charging station like most drivers in the U.S. But those might not be the only options in the future. Research continues into alternative vehicle fuels, including hydrogen and biodiesel. This shift away from gasoline-powered vehicles comes with several benefits, including improving the country’s energy security and lowering vehicle emissions.

Hydrogen as fuel One of the alternative ways to power a vehicle is with hydrogen in the form of a fuel cell. This form of fuel is potentially emissions-free and can be produced using domestic resources, according to a panel discussion at CREA’s October Energy Innovation Summit. Just as with all-electric vehicles, fuel cell vehicles use electricity to power an electric motor. However, they use a fuel cell powered by hydrogen to create an electrochemical process to produce electricity. The hydrogen goes through an electrochemical process to produce the electricity, which then powers your car. The only byproducts of this process are water and heat, emitted in the form of water vapor and warm air. Since the byproducts



are clean, vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells produce no tailpipe emissions and are classified as zero-emissions vehicles. Extracting the hydrogen itself can be a carbon-free process, depending on the way it’s done. One way is to perform electrolysis is using water to extract hydrogen, which requires power from another energy source. Using renewable energy, such as solar or wind energy, to power electrolysis provides a carbon-free process to extract the hydrogen. (There are other hydrogen sources that are less sustainable, such as producing it from natural gas, which emits carbon dioxide as a byproduct.) Advantages of hydrogen-powered vehicles include fast fueling, long cold-weather range and high cargo capacity. With hydrogen, drivers can refuel a vehicle in under five minutes and gain more than 300 miles of driving range. However, there are currently only a limited number of hydrogen refueling stations in the U.S., and most of these stations are in California. Colorado’s lone public hydrogen fuel station was installed at Colorado State University in Fort Collins in 2020. It is maintained by the CSU Energy Institute at the Powerhouse Energy Campus on North College Avenue. It generates hydrogen on-site and is used

Another form of alternative vehicle fuel is biofuel. Renewable biofuels are produced from biomass, which can be used in conventional gasoline- or diesel-powered vehicles. These fuels work in the same way gasoline or diesel does by fueling compression-ignition engines. Almost all diesel vehicles are capable of running on biodiesel blends, although vehicle owners should check their OEM engine warranty to ensure that higher-level blends of this alternative fuel are approved by the manufacturer. One of the most common biofuels is ethanol, which is produced from sugars in corn or other grains, like sugar cane, sugar beets or rice. Sometimes biofuels can be blended with gasoline or diesel, or they can simply be used in pure form. Almost all gasoline sold in the United States includes 10% ethanol blended into the fuel, mostly from distilled corn. Scientists are currently working to find new ways to expand ethanol production by experimenting with different plants. Biodiesel, a different form of biofuel, can be produced from vegetable oil, animal fats or recycled cooking grease, and can be used to power older cars that run on diesel. Since biodiesel is nontoxic and biodegradable, it is much safer than petroleum diesel if it’s released into the environment. The most common sources for biodiesel production in the U.S. are soybean oil, corn oil and recycled feedstocks. There are several other nonmainstream biodiesel sources that can be manufactured from algae, municipal waste and wood chips. However, these options are much less common. The most common biodiesel blend is B20, which ranges from 6% to 20% biodiesel blended with petroleum diesel.

These alternative vehicle fuel options may not be mainstream yet, but as they come on line they can help lower our reliance on gasoline and diesel. As a bonus, these clean-burning options help to improve air quality and lower greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector.

There is great potential to see these alternative fuels expand over the years, and additional research efforts may help these fuels reach more individual consumers nationwide. Maria Kanevsky writes on consumer and cooperative affairs for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Mona Neeley is the editor of Colorado Country Life magazine.

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A biodiesel vehicle has all of the components of a conventional diesel vehicle but operates on a cleaner fuel.




Join the Shrub Club Variety, beauty of shrubs will convince you to plant BY VICKI SPENCER



hrubs are the foundation of a welldesigned landscape and should not be overlooked when planning gardens. They create privacy, serve as backdrops, define garden beds and add seasonal interest. Some blossom early in the spring; others blossom all summer long. My favorites are shrubs that burst with brilliant shades of red and gold in autumn. Although many choices are available, selecting native shrubs that have adapted to our dry climate and require less water, fertilizer and pruning means less ongoing maintenance. More importantly, natives attract wildlife and contribute to our state’s biodiversity. Of course they must be sited correctly to reap these benefits. Become familiar with the different light, moisture and soil conditions in various parts of your yard and select shrubs appropriately. This will improve survival rates. Containergrown shrubs may be planted any time during the growing season, but the planting site may need to be amended with organic material. Natives that are adapted to Colorado’s high altitudes include rabbitbrush, woods’ rose, mountain mahogany, wax currant, golden currant, three-leaf sumac, sagebrush, hoptree, false indigo, Apache



plume and chokecherry. Rabbitbrush attracts butterflies with yellow flower clusters at elevations up to 9,000 feet. Woods’ rose has pink flower clusters that attract wildlife despite its reddish brown, prickly stems. Golden currant has a distinctive clove scent and bright yellow flowers that attract birds. False indigo grows at up to 6,000 feet and displays purple flowers and deep green foliage that turns bright yellow in fall. Apache plume, a showy native western shrub, grows well at elevations ranging from 3,000 to 8,000 feet. Its wheat-colored branches are lined with green lobed leaves. White spring blossoms are followed by delicate, feathery white to pink fruit clusters making it a stunning accent to colorful perennials. Fernbush is native to the Colorado Plateau, attracts pollinators and makes an excellent hedge border in difficult-to-grow dry areas. It’s an interesting shrub with aromatic leaves and naked buds, which give the appearance of the plant keeping its little leaves all winter. Viburnum (native to North America) is a classic border shrub providing an excellent habitat for small songbirds along the Front Range. Most varieties have showy, fragrant flowers. Summer snowflake provides a magnificent

display from midspring throughout the summer and develops red fruit and stunning foliage in the fall. Growing natives does not exclude planting nonnatives adapted to Colorado’s climate as long as moisture, light and soil requirements are met. For example, early amethyst (native to Asia) is a compact, rounded, deciduous shrub that tolerates most conditions and adds striking color to fall gardens. Its purple berries attract a variety of songbirds, yet deer rarely bother it. Planting in mass improves cross pollination and fruit production. While it’s tempting to collect natives while enjoying Colorado’s natural landscapes, it should be avoided. Disturbing the soil creates spaces for invasive plants to take over and interferes with biodiversity of the natural landscape. It’s best to rely on local nurseries, which carry many native species and can help you select the best plant for your site. Gardener Vicki Spencer has an eclectic background in conservation, water, natural resources and more.

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CoQ10’s Failure Leaves Millions Wanting Use this pill to supercharge your brain and think better than ever. Millions of Americans take the supplement CoQ10. It’s the “jet fuel” that supercharges your cells’ power generators, known as mitochondria.

age. In fact, the Mitochondria Research Society reports 50 million U.S. adults are suffering from health problems because of mitochondrial dysfunction.

As powerful as CoQ10 is, there is a critical thing it fails to do. It can’t create new mitochondria in your cells.

Birth of new mitochondria

As you age, your mitochondria begin to die. In fact, by age 67, you lose 80% of the mitochondria you had at age 25. But if you’re taking CoQ10, there’s something important you should know.

Common ailments often associated with aging — such as memory problems, heart issues, blood sugar concerns and vision and hearing difficulties — can all be connected to a decrease in mitochondria.

Dr. Sears and his researchers combined the most powerful form of CoQ10 available Taking CoQ10 is not enough — called ubiquinol — with a unique, “There’s a little-known NASA nutrient newly discovered natural compound called that multiplies the number of new power PQQ that has the remarkable ability to generators in your cells by up to 55%,” says grow new mitochondria. Together, the Dr. Al Sears, owner of the Sears Institute for two powerhouses are now available in a Anti-Aging Medicine in Royal Palm Beach, supplement called Ultra Accel II. Florida. “Science once thought this was Discovered by a NASA probe in space dust, impossible. But now you can make your PQQ (Pyrroloquinoline quinone) stimulates heart, brain and body young again.” something called “mitochondrial biogenesis” “I tell my patients the most important — a unique process that actually boosts the thing I can do is increase their ‘health span.’ number of healthy mitochondria in your This is the length of time you can live free of cells. disease and with all your youthful abilities In a study published in the Journal of and faculties intact.” Nutrition, mice fed PQQ grew a staggering Medical first: Multiply the “power number of new mitochondria, showing an increase of more than 55% in just eight generators” in your cells weeks. Al Sears, M.D., recently released an energyThe mice with the strongest mitochondria boosting supplement based on this NASA nutrient that has become so popular, he’s showed no signs of aging — even when they were the equivalent of 80 years old. having trouble keeping it in stock.

Science stands behind Dr. Sears is the author of over 500 scientific the power of PQQ papers on anti-aging and recently spoke at the WPBF 25 Health & Wellness Festival Biochemical Pharmacology reports that featuring Dr. Oz and special guest Suzanne PQQ is up to 5,000 times more efficient in Somers. Thousands of people listened to Dr. sustaining energy production than common Sears speak on his anti-aging breakthroughs antioxidants. and attended his book signing at the event. “Imagine 5,000 times more efficient Now, Dr. Sears has come up with what his energy,” says Dr. Sears. “PQQ has been a game peers consider his greatest contribution to changer for my patients.” anti-aging medicine yet — a newly discovered “With the PQQ in Ultra Accel II, I have nutrient that multiplies the number of tiny, energy-producing “engines” located inside energy I never thought possible,” says the body’s cells, shattering the limitations of Colleen R., one of Dr. Sears’ patients. “I am in my 70s but feel 40 again. I think clearer, traditional CoQ10 supplements. move with real energy and sleep like a baby.” Why mitochondria matter

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A single cell in your body can contain Along with an abundance of newfound between 200 to 2,000 mitochondria, with the largest number found in the most energy, users also report a sharper, more metabolically active cells, like those in your focused mind and memory, and even younger-looking skin and hair. Jerry M. from brain, heart and skeletal muscles. Wellington, Florida, used Ultra Accel II and But because of changes in cells, stress and was amazed at the effect. poor diet, most people’s power generators “I noticed a difference within a few days,” begin to malfunction and die off as they

NASA-discovered nutrient is stunning the medical world by activating more youthful energy, vitality and health than CoQ10. says Jerry. “My endurance almost doubled. But it’s not just in your body. You can feel it mentally, too,” says Jerry. “Not only do I feel a difference, but the way it protects my cells is great insurance against a health disaster as I get older.”

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The demand for this supplement is so high, Dr. Sears is having trouble keeping it in stock. “My patients tell me they feel better than they have in years. This is ideal for people who are feeling or looking older than their age… or for those who are tired or growing more forgetful.” “My favorite part of practicing anti-aging medicine is watching my patients get the joy back in their lives. Ultra Accel II sends a wake-up call to every cell in their bodies… and they actually feel young again.”

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Right now, the only way to get this potent combination of PQQ and super-powered CoQ10 is with Dr. Sears’ breakthrough Ultra Accel II formula.

To secure bottles of this hot, new supplement, buyers should contact the Sears Health Hotline at 1-800-731-4270 within the next 48 hours. “It takes time to get bottles shipped out to drug stores,” said Dr. Sears. “The Hotline allows us to ship the product directly to the customer.” Dr. Sears feels so strongly about this product, he offers a 100%, money-back guarantee on every order. “Just send me back the bottle and any unused product within 90 days, and I’ll send you your money back,” said Dr. Sears.

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Holding the Holidays Close to the Heart Fellowship and feasting create fond memories BY DENNIS SMITH



’ve been around long enough now that I’ve seen three quarters of a century’s worth of Thanksgiving holidays come and go. That, in itself, is something for which I’m enormously grateful. After all, there is no gift more precious than life itself — unless it’s a long, happy, healthy one spent in the company of loved ones. And, thanks be to God; my parents, wife, children and grandchildren; and the marvels of modern-day medicine, mine has been exactly that so far — knock on wood. When our family gathers around the Thanksgiving Day table these days, it’s traditional for all of us to name at least one thing we’re thankful for. Me? I’m just happy to be sitting at the holiday table again, surrounded by family and friends. When you consider that, from the moment we’re conceived, each of us is pitted against an unholy alliance of deadly diseases, natural disasters, freak accidents and unseen tragedies, it seems remarkable that any of us live long enough to see our teenage years. To survive for seven-plus decades seems almost miraculous. Of course, I didn’t always think that way, but



when you’re 20-something, it’s perfectly clear you’re immortal; later in life, though, it becomes equally clear you’re not. I have many warm memories of past Thanksgiving holidays. While all of them center on family gatherings and the traditional turkey feast, more than a few of them are inextricably tied to my father’s old deer camp in Mink Hollow. In our neighborhood, deer hunting and Thanksgiving went together like mashed potatoes and gravy, and it was common for the men and boys to leave for deer camp immediately following the pumpkin pie and hot apple cider. Our deer cabin was little more than a paint-worn, clapboard shack fitted with a potbelly stove, a makeshift kitchen, and two rows of double-decker bunk beds fashioned from peeled spruce logs. It sat in a meadow at the end of a logging road that climbed through 4 miles of hardwood forest. Beechnut, sugar maple, mountain ash and northern red oak dominated the flanks of the mountains, punctuated by fragrant stands of hemlock and pine. Whitetails fed on the beechnuts and acorns

and bedded in the tangles of mountain laurel that crept across the slopes like a huge, green, serpentine carpet. Much as I’d like to, I can’t take my two boys back there. The cabin is long gone and so is Mink Hollow. But we try to maintain the family tradition by planning a Thanksgiving hunting trip of some kind — if not for deer, then for ducks, geese or pheasants. And if not on Thanksgiving Day, then as close to it as everyone’s schedule allows. It may not be exactly like it was back in the day, but it’s always fun and we’re enormously grateful to be together again making more Thanksgiving memories. Dennis Smith is a freelance outdoors writer and photographer whose work appears nationally. He lives in Loveland.

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Baseboard Heat

saturated in the grey of evening my color fades with the approaching dusk like the periwinkle skies fading into indigo the scattered clouds and my eyes turn dark

The room is cold … tic … tic … tic. Click. I turn up the thermostat. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm … Warmth, I embrace the warmth. Tic … Tic … Tic … Cozy, warmth, content. Tic … tic … tic … We settle in.

the earth is turning me away pulling me away from the light from the day in muted illumination my soul slows its pace matching the whisper of twilight’s cool breath my vibrancy lost my form indefinite disguised with shades of smoke and shadow I melt into the light

Nina Naylor, Loveland Poudre Valley REA consumer-member

Winter Warning

The wind moves swiftly, crisply down the mountainside. The yellow fellas up above … they speak. And, down below, a greener group gives their reply. The message sender speeds on her way … As aspens breathe a hopeless sigh.

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Winter Birds

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Bundles of colorlessness fret on gray stems and branches A necklace of birds on an overhead wire, Like beads on a strand, Chatter and click, Wings unfurl. Feathered missiles hurl themselves from tree to fence. A quarrel erupts at a free seed meal. A squabble over one of a thousand morsels Antagonists scuffle and flutter. Bystanders discontent and grumble. Gone the soft songs of spring. Winter birds’ sound is sharp with clatter and cries, Cutting as ice.

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The wind is endless and life never ends. Wherever you come from is where you will end. And when you are there you will feel loved in many different ways. Lauralei Grondahl, age 7, Falcon Mountain View Electric consumer-member

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Colorado Country Life travels to the Port of Hannibal, Monroe City, Missouri, with Empire Electric Association consumer-members Steve and Donna Watkins.

Judy Whitmore, a Mountain Parks Electric consumer-member, sits with her copy of CCL at an outdoor cafe on the Douro River in Porto Portugal.

My 3-year-old granddaughter, Brynlee, was so excited to turn 4. Her sisters had birthdays in June, July and September, so by November she was still wondering when her birthday would come. She was riding in the backseat of my car as we were driving to my house, and I told her that it wasn’t very long until her birthday. She asked me, “Grandma, are you 5 yet?” Luretta Sharman, Cortez Empire Electric Association consumer-member One of my friends asked her grandson what he liked best for breakfast. He said his dad made him waffles. Eager to impress her grandson, she got out her waffle iron and whipped up her special waffle recipe. After her grandson finished his waffles, she asked him how he liked them. “They were okay,” he said. “Really?” she asked. “How does your dad make waffles?” Her grandson replied, “Well, first he puts them in the toaster.” T. McKinsey Morgan, Colorado Springs Mountain View Electric Association consumer-member I was shopping with my 6-year-old granddaughter when she became very irritated that we were taking too long. I explained to her that she had to be patient and it wouldn’t take much longer. I asked her, “Do you know what it means to be patient?” She said, “Sure, it’s when you are in the hospital.” Jon Herges, Prescott Valley, Arizona San Isabel Electric Association consumer-member

Nathaneil enjoys CCL while his waits for the corn to get done at Vega State Park near Collbran. Nathaneil is the grandson of Lori Goodson, a consumer-member of Grand Valley Power.

CCL visits North Pole, Alaska, with Southeast Colorado Power Association consumer-member Les Feik and his grandson Daniel Frollo.

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Cheers to Children! Colorado children’s book authors deliver fun, feelgood stories

I Will Dance

Coming Up: A Boy’s Adventures in 1940s Colorado Springs

By Nancy Bo Flood Illustrated by Julianna Swaney

By Lucy Bell

Eva is a beautiful little girl who shares the same dreams as many other little girls: a sense of belonging and to dance the day away. For Eva, however, these aspirations are more challenging. You see, little Eva has the ambition and the perfect pink tutu, but there’s one obstacle: she has cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair. But that won’t stop her. Eva discovers a place to make her dreams reality, where everyone is included. I Will Dance captures the charm of little Eva and, through delightful words and illustrations, reveals the humanity of others — with all abilities — surrounding her through inclusion, laughter and dance.

More Colorado Kids Books We Recommend 1 Cow Boy is NOT a Cowboy

4 Read Island: The Picture Book

By Gregory Barrington

By Nicole Magistro, illustrated by Alice Feagan

He’s a cow and he’s a boy, but he is NOT a cowboy. For ages 4-8.

2 God Gave Us Prayer

3 Max Goes to Town By Cynthia L. Clark

Max is a farm cat who goes on an adventure to town and surprises his family. Ages 2-8.




By Kathy Bury

A princess chicken and her horse seek out the wolf and coyote who stole a magical golden egg.

7 Hello Tree

By Kimberlee Gard Illustrated by Vivian Mineker

Mama and Papa teach Little Pup the ins and outs of prayer. For ages 3-8.

6 Ransom of the Golden Egg

A girl and her gang of animal friends search for Read Island, an island made of books.

5 Snoozapalooza

By Lisa Tawn Bergren Art by David Hohn


With the exception of the public school system, Oliver Bell lived in a segregated community growing up in Colorado Springs. Although times were difficult for the Black community, Oliver’s childhood was still a whimsical one full of adventure, laughter and shenanigans. Born in 1933, Oliver blossomed in his community as an athlete and eventually had a 30-year career teaching physical education in the Colorado Springs School District. Author Lucy Bell was married to Oliver and knows firsthand of his experiences through the stories and pictures he shared with her. Get an accurate, historic depiction of the life of one Black American through stories and historic photographs in this delightful book.

By Ana Crespo

A mouse finds the perfect naptime spot and initiates a slumber mountain of 10 animal friends. Ages 5-8.

A story of the relationships between humans and nature, told from the unique perspective of a tree. Inspired by the 2013 Black Forest Fire.


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Americans can finally grow hair so thick “It will cover up your bald spots,” says top US Doctor Clinical trials show a new hair loss breakthrough can both help men and women naturally regrow a thick, full head of hair – without drugs, surgery, or side effects


housands are rushing to get a new hair restoration method based on surprising new studies from the University of California. It is the world’s first and only hair loss solution that revives dead hair follicles. And studies confirm it helps men and women regrow a thick, full head of hair, even after years of balding. Now, with news of this breakthrough spreading like wildfire — the manufacturers are struggling to keep up with overwhelming demand. That’s because, unlike other methods, it is prescription-free, drug-free, and has no side effects. And while hair transplants can cost $4,000 or more, this new approach costs pennies on the dollar and doesn’t involve going to the doctor’s office. Instead, it leverages cutting-edge technology to prevent hair loss, fills in embarrassing bald spots, and renourishes thinning hair — with results you can see and feel in 30 days or less. As Jeanne F. from San Diego, CA reports: “When my husband began to use this product, all he had on top of his head was fuzz. His hair began to grow after 30 days and now it is about 2 to 3 inches long!”

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