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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

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YOUR CO-OP NEWS

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NEWS CLIPS

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INDUSTRY

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COVER STORY

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RECIPES

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GARDENING

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OUTDOORS

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ENERGY TIPS

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FUNNY STORIES

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Volume 47, Number 12

“Frozen Waves at Great Sand Dunes” by Jerry Clark of Houston, Texas.

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CREA Youth Tour Director Liz Fiddes spent Veterans Day in Washington, D.C., where she met Colonel Bill Weber at the Korean War Memorial. Colonel Weber served in Korea and his likeness is one of the 19 statues that is part of the memorial.

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Who Powers You?

A look back at influential mentors who made a difference BY KENT SINGER

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CREA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Colorado’s electric cooperatives have been gathering stories about “Who Powers You” for a national Touchstone Energy Cooperatives contest. It’s a great way to help each of us pause and think about those who helped us along the way. It made me think about all of the people in our Colorado electric co-op family who inspired and “powered” Kent Singer me over the 20 years I have been involved in this program. There are actually hundreds of people whom I learned from and drew inspiration from, but there are a few who stand out. I want to recognize them in the spirit of Touchstone Energy and this contest. Without question, the first person I think of in terms of someone who powered me in this job is my predecessor, Ray Clifton. Ray was the executive director of the Colorado Rural Electric Association for nearly 25 years. Prior to that he worked another 25 years for the Georgia Electric Membership Corporation, the Georgia equivalent of CREA. Ray retired in 2010, and I have been doing my best to follow in his footsteps and provide the same kind of principled leadership that he exemplified during his tenure at the helm of CREA. I could fill pages with stories demonstrating Ray’s dedication to Colorado’s electric co-ops, but I think his finest work probably occurred during the 1997 session of the Colorado legislature. A bill was introduced to allow retail competition among electric utilities in Colorado. The electric co-ops opposed the bill because we were convinced (and I remain convinced) that it would result in higher rates for our members. Ray worked tirelessly to lead a coalition of consumer advocates to defeat the legislation, even though it was sponsored by legislators we usually supported. His efforts were successful, and to this day there is no retail competition in the electric sector in Colorado. Some may argue that the notion of a regulated monopoly is an outdated regulatory structure for electric utilities, but in most states where retail competition is implemented it resulted in higher rates for consumers. In the end, Ray’s success was due largely to the

high level of credibility and respect that he earned during his long career advocating on behalf of rural Colorado electricity consumers. When faced with difficult decisions, I always ask myself: What would Ray do? I also had the pleasure of working with a couple of ranchers named Tom who powered and inspired my work for the co-ops. The first, Tom Turnbull, is a rancher from the Carbondale area who was the board president of Holy Cross Energy for many years. As general counsel for Holy Cross for about five years before taking this job, I had the opportunity to observe Tom as he used his gentle touch and great sense of humor to navigate challenging board discussions. Nobody ever cared more for his community and his co-op than Tom, and his legacy is the vibrant and innovative co-op that continues to thrive in the Roaring Fork Valley. Another Tom, Tom Compton, is the now-retired former board president of La Plata Electric Association. He was board president of CREA when I was hired. If you are familiar with the Code of the West (from the book Cowboy Ethics), you know all you need to know about Tom Compton: Live each day with courage. Take pride in your work. When you make a promise, keep it. Remember that some things aren’t for sale. And my favorite: Ride for the brand. At one of our CREA annual meetings, I remember Tom encouraging all those in attendance to promote the co-op program and advocate for our issues at every opportunity — in other words, to ride for the brand. Tom understood the importance of our cooperative movement and that it would not survive without passionate torchbearers. That spirit lives on in CREA. It’s always dangerous to make lists of who powers you since there isn’t enough space to list everyone who had an impact on me. I could go on about the many co-op CEOs, directors and others who motivate me every day; this is especially true of the incredible staff here at CREA. I hope you, too, have favorite “power-givers” in your life. This is a great time of the year to tell them so. You can read other stories of “Who Powers You” at www.whopowersyou.com and vote for the best stories. The winner will be announced after December 18.

Kent Singer, Executive Director

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Gettysburg Ruling

I read your column on your visit to the battlefield at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. (Viewpoint, July ’16). I thought you might be interested in another [perspective]. There are those who oppose federal land ownership because they claim that the U.S. Constitution does not say national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and public lands can exist. [Gettysburg is a unit of the National Park System.] That argument was rejected in 1896 by a conservative U.S. Supreme Court in the case of the United States v. Gettysburg Electric Railway Company. Congress appropriated money to purchase the Gettysburg battlefield, either from willing sellers or by condemnation. The Gettysburg Electric Railway filed suit alleging that such purchases were unconstitutional since a commemorative park was not a “public use” as described in the Constitution. The court found that the combination of the property clause and the general welfare clause of the Constitution enable federal land ownership. Gettysburg National Military Park is slightly over 5,000 acres of federal lands and it has been found by the Supreme Court to be a valid “public use.” The same holds true for other federal lands managed in Western states such as Colorado. Scot McElveen, Cortez Retired National Park Service employee

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I enjoyed the stories about the rescued animals (October ’16), but what are we doing to help stop people from throwing away animals that die cruel deaths from having no food or water or being hit by cars? Is there information that can be shared with others to help stop these problems? In over 50 years, we have provided homes for many animals. Only two were animals we were looking for to share our home. All the rest came when they were dumped or when someone was leaving and just going to leave the animal on its own. Gwenda May Burk Black Forest Got something to say? We welcome letters to the editor. Not all may be printed and all will be edited for length. Send your letter to Editor Mona Neeley at 5400 Washington St., Denver, CO 80216 or at mneeley@coloradocountrylife.org. coloradocountrylife.coop

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[community events] [December] Through January 1 Denver Blossoms of Light Denver Botanic Gardens 5:30-9 pm • botanicgardens.org Through January 1 Littleton Trail of Lights Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield 5:30-9 pm • botanicgardens.org December 3 Bellvue Winter Festival Stove Prairie Elementary 10 am-4 pm • 970-488-6585 December 3 Fort Collins Holiday Market With a Mission Everyday Joe’s Coffee House 9 am-3 pm marketwithmission@gmail.com December 5-9 Copper U.S. Rev Tour Copper Mountain coppercolorado.com December 8-10 Fort Collins Holiday Tea Gathering Avery Carriage House poudrelandmarks.org December 9-January 1 Colorado Springs Electric Safari Cheyenne Mountain Zoo cmzoo.org December 8-10 Golden “A Christmas Carol” Theater Performance Miners Alley Playhouse 7:30 pm • minersalley.com December 9-10 Buena Vista Bethlehem Marketplace Valley Fellowship Church 6-8 pm • jdavidholt@gmail.com December 9-10 Mancos Mancos Valley Chorus Concert Mancos United Methodist Church 970-564-9727

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December 10 Bayfield Breakfast With Santa Bayfield Early Education Programs 8-11 am • 970-884-7137 December 10 Bayfield FROSTY’S Craft Fair and Farmers Market Bayfield High School 9 am-3 pm • 970-903-4294 December 10 Las Animas Christmas at Boggsville Boggsville Historic Site 2-7 pm • 719-456-6066 December 11 Beulah Snowshoe Hike Mountain Park Environmental Center 10 am • 719-485-4444 December 13 Denver Olin Hotel Christmas Party Olin Hotel 6-8 pm • 303-886-0211 December 13 Lakewood Holidays With the Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra Lakewood Cultural Center 7:30 pm • lakewood.showare.com December 16-18 Aspen World Snow Polo Championships Various Aspen Locations 970-710-1663 aspenvalleypoloclub.com December 16-17 Durango Elf the Musical Jr. Durango Arts Center 7 pm • 970-259-2606 x 13 December 16 Grand Lake “Home for the Holidays” Free Community Night Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre 6 pm • 970-627-3421 December 16-17 Grand Lake Secret Santa Shop Grand Lake Community House 970-627-3510 x 315 grandangels.net

Vi Wickam and Friends Christmas Show December 10, 8-10 pm at Avogadro’s Number, Fort Collins December 18, 6-8:30 pm at Unity Church of Fort Collins, Fort Collins Get out for a festive evening with local Loveland resident and nationally-recognized fiddle player and vocalist Vi Wickam as he joins his band of merry music makers for an evening of Christmas jingles. For more information, visit vithefiddler.com.

December 16-18 Montrose Garden of Lights Montrose Botanic Gardens 5:30-8:30 pm montrosegardens.org December 17 Collbran Cowboy Christmas Ball and Festival Various Collbran Locations 970-487-3751 December 17-18 Dolores Create a Holiday Centerpiece Four Seasons Greenhouse 970-565-8274 fourseasonsgreenhouse.com December 17 Ignacio Holiday Showcase Elhi Community Center 2 and 7 pm • 970-903-4294 December 17 Wiggins Holiday Craft Show Wiggins Elementary Gym 10 am-3 pm • 970-483-7784 December 20-31 Aspen 12 Days of Aspen Various Aspen Locations aspenchamber.org December 24 Manitou Springs Pictures at Town Clock With Santa Downtown Manitou Springs 6-7 pm • 719-685-1444

December 31 Grand Lake New Year’s Eve Fireworks Kauffman House Museum 10 pm-12 am • 970-627-8324

[January] January 1 Evergreen Evergreen Lake Plunge Evergreen Lake 12-1 pm • evergreenchamber.org January 8 Pagosa Springs Local Appreciation Day Wolf Creek Ski Area 800-754-9653 • wolfcreekski.com January 10 Denver “Fun Home” Theater Performance Denver Theatre 7:30 pm • 800-641-1222

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[Grand ] ] [Grand Valley News Valley News GVP PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR LOCAL MATH AND SCIENCE PROGRAM

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For more than 25 years, young students in the Grand Valley have been fascinated and inspired by an innovative, hands-on science program started by a retiree who wanted to do his part to improve our community. The retiree, John McConnell, was a retired physicist from the Los Tom Walch Alamos National Laboratory, who initially volunteered to help a small group of students at an elementary school near his home. As teachers continued asking him for assistance with greater frequency, McConnell recognized that young students across the Western Slope needed help with math, science and critical thinking. To address this need, he designed lessons, experiments and interactive presentations that he could take on the road in the trunk of his car. McConnell’s program was so popular that it reached more than 5,000 students every year. Fast forward 25 years and the program, which is now known as the John McConnell Math & Science Center, provides math and science education for more than 15,000 children a year. The success of McConnell’s program is emblematic of the way our community addresses problems and needs: We tackle problems head-on, without waiting for a government program to fund a solution or a bureaucrat to tell us how to implement it. Unfortunately, the program reached the point that it is hampered by its success, as the space School District 51 has available cannot accommodate its ever-growing popularity. Enter Colorado Mesa University, which offered to house the McConnell Center in its new engineering building. But to take advantage of this offer, the center must come up with capital to fund its share of the completion of the space. In response to a

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request from the center, the Grand Valley Power Board of Directors voted to join other community leaders in a five-year pledge to provide financial support for the endeavor. The pledge makes sense. It provides much-needed support for a local, homegrown program that will strengthen our community by providing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) based education for young students. GVP’s pledge will have no material impact on electric rates, as it will be funded by unclaimed capital credits, putting these funds to work here in the Grand Valley. It is consistent with our support for the CMU and University of Colorado Engineering program, our support of area youth and our commitment to economic development. It is fitting that this announcement comes as the Christmas season approaches, the time of year when we are reminded of the rewards of helping those less fortunate. We recall how Charles Dickens’ Ebenezer Scrooge responded to the apparitions that visited him at Christmas with a pledge of his own: “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” It’s a pledge I try to make personally as well, with varying and limited success. Others around me here at GVP do a great job, from donating blood, to shaving their heads to support the fight against childhood cancer, to pitching in on the construction of our low-income community solar array. It is heartwarming to see the way everyone in our Grand Valley Power organization — members, directors and employees — keeps the Christmas fires kindled with a sincere generosity of spirit.

COMMENTS TO THE MANAGER You are a member of a cooperative and your opinion does count. If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please let us know by writing to: Ask the Manager P.O. Box 190 845 22 Road Grand Junction, CO 81502 Or send an email to me at twalch@gvp.org. Also, there is our website at www.gvp.org.

BOARD MEETING NOTICE Grand Valley Power board meetings are open to the members, consumers and public. December’s meeting will be at 9 am held on December 14, at the headquarters building located at 845 22 Road, Grand Junction, Colorado. The agendas are posted in the lobby of the headquarters building 10 days before each meeting as well as on our web site at gvp.org. If anyone desires to address the board of directors, please let me know in advance and you will be placed on the agenda.

HOLIDAY CLOSURE

Grand Valley Power’s office will be closed December 26-27 and January 2.

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Cut Your Heating Bill in Half!

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Did this headline catch your attention? That is what space heater retailers are hoping to do with phrases and headlines similar to this one. While these claims do have some truth to them, they are also misleading. The truth in the statement is not based on the quality of the heater, but rather the use of the heater in combination with a home heating system. Small space heaters are typically used when the main heating system is inadequate or too expensive to operate. They are also used to boost room temperatures for individuals who are sensitive to cold. While these are the intended and practical uses for portable heaters, they should not be used to heat your whole house. Most space heaters rely on convection — the circulation of air in a room — to heat a room, while some rely on radiant heating; that is, they emit infrared radiation that directly heats objects and people that are within line of sight. Radiant heaters are a more efficient choice when occu-

pying a room for only a couple of hours. A convection heater may be used efficiently for smaller rooms that can be sealed off from the rest of the house — bathrooms, back bedrooms, etc. It is helpful to understand the facts behind any claims to savings, before purchasing or using portable heaters. • First, any appliance — like a portable heater — that is plugged in will increase your electric bill. The claim made by most retailers is that it will cost you as little as $1 a day. While this claim may be partially true, the fine print reveals the true cost. Generally these advertisements use a lower cost per kWh — usually around 7 cents. Grand Valley Power’s cost per kilowatt-hour is 10.2 cents. • Second, the hours per day that the unit is running will greatly influence the cost that is added to your electric bill. If your house is not well-insulated or has large open rooms, chances

are that the portable heater will run more often, which will dramatically increase your bill. In the advertisements, the low cost is usually based on a run time of two hours per day when in reality, the run time for portable heaters using a thermostat is usually around 10 hours per day. •F  inally, the claim states that you can lower your heating bill. This can only be accomplished if you lower the setting on your thermostat for your whole house heating system. If you don’t lower your thermostat and use a portable heater, you are actually doubling your heating bill. If you are planning to use or purchase a portable heater this year, please keep these tips in mind. As your hometown electric company, Grand Valley Power seeks to provide safe, reliable and affordable electricity as members prepare for another winter season in the Grand Valley.

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A number of Grand Valley Power members received sophisticated scam phone calls from individuals posing as Grand Valley Power employees. The scammers go so far as to display a GVP phone number on caller ID systems and provide fake names with ID numbers and supervisor names. They demand immediate payment and threaten a disconnection of service if payment is not received over the phone. Grand Valley Power’s practice is to give a written disconnect notice on the member’s bill and then to give a courtesy telephone call of impending disconnect to give members time to make a payment.

Grand Valley Power does not take credit card information over the telephone or give a specific time of a disconnect. If Grand Valley Power members receive a telephone call that they believe to be a scam, please hang up and contact Grand Valley Power’s office to verify your account status. Telephone payments are only accepted by calling 877-760-7435, and your account status can be verified by calling the office at 970-242-0040.

Toys for Tots Grand Valley Power is supporting the Toys for Tots efforts in Mesa County this year by being a collection point for the program. If you want to donate a toy to make a less fortunate child’s Christmas a little brighter, drop it off at Grand Valley Power’s office in the Toys for Tots collection box in the lobby. Toys for Tots is a national program sponsored by the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation and is supported by many individuals and businesses around the country. This effort provides toys to children for Christmas whose families are economically disadvantaged.

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2015 CAPITAL CREDIT RETIREMENT TO BE DISTRIBUTED IN DECEMBER The Grand Valley Power Board of Directors authorized the retirement of more than $1,600,000 of capital credits to be paid out in December.

This is the largest retirement of capital credits in Grand Valley Power’s history. Checks are expected to be mailed December 9.

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Win an all-expense-paid trip to either Washington, D.C., or a week at Leadership Camp near Steamboat Springs

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

During your all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., June 8-15, 2017, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with over 1,700 high school juniors from around the United States. Students gain a personal understanding of American history and their role as a citizen by meeting their representatives and senators and exploring the sights around the nation’s capital. Don’t be surprised if you run into a former Youth Tour participant who is a congressional aide on Capitol Hill. More than 40,000 students from cooperatives across America, like Grand Valley Power, have participated in this unique program. It is an opportunity for an experience of a lifetime and to make some great new friends. Or you could win an all-expense-paid trip to Clark, Colorado, located just outside of Steamboat Springs July 15-20, 2017. High school juniors from Colorado, Kansas,

Oklahoma and Wyoming will gather at a beautiful resort located along the Elk River and spend the week at an outstanding Leadership Camp. You’ll participate in activities to improve personal goals, set up and run your own cooperative and get an inside view of the state and national legislatures. There is plenty of time for swim parties, barbecues, dances and a banquet during the week. Many of the attendees call this camp a life-changing experience. All you have to do to enter either contest is to write a short essay telling us about yourself and what you want to gain by participating in these opportunities. Drawings, photography, collage, a DVD or video, PowerPoint or another creative medium may be used in addition to your essay. You must also meet the following qualifications: Your parents or guardians must receive electric service from GVP, you must currently be a high school junior or senior and you must be at least 16 years old on or before January 1, 2017. Entries must be received or postmarked by January 16, 2017. Attach or scan the entry form, located on GVP’s website (www.GVP.org), along with your essay and send them to Grand Valley Power, Attn.: Bill Byers, 845 22 Road, Grand Junction, CO 81505 or email it to wbyers@gvp.org.

Don’t miss out on these two great trips. Call Bill Byers at 970-623-8577 or go online to GVP.org, select My Community and then Youth Tour and Camp for more information.

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GRAND VALLEY POWER SCHOLARSHIPS

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Time is fast approaching for awarding scholarships for 2017. The board of directors determined that the scholarships awarded will again be funded from unclaimed capital credits. Each year there are capital credits that are never claimed by former customers, and these funds can be used for education and charitable causes.

Grand Valley Power Scholarships Grand Valley Power will award six $1,500 scholarships to students in the Grand Valley Power service territory. These scholarships are granted for use at accredited colleges, universities and vocational schools for undergraduate education. Applications are due for the GVP scholarships on March 1, 2017.

Jack Broughton and Colorado Mesa University Scholarship The Jack Broughton and CMU scholarship awarded by Grand Valley Power was named to honor the former general manager of Grand Valley Power, Jack Broughton. Jack was instrumental in helping to develop the mechanical engineering program at CMU in cooperation with the University of Coloardo Boulder. A CMU student would receive a four-year CU mechanical engineering degree all delivered at CMU. This $2,000 scholarship is not just limited to mechanical engineering majors. However, if a mechanical engineering major applies, he or she will be given additional consideration during the selection process. This scholarship is renewable if the student maintains a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applications are due for the Jack Broughton and CMU scholarship on March 1, 2017.

Western Colorado Community College Electric Lineworker Scholarship This is a $2,000 scholarship to Western Colorado Community College’s electric lineworker program. This program prepares graduates to enter apprenticeship programs at electric utilities, such as Grand Valley Power. The electric utility industry is facing a shortage of lineworkers as the workforce ages. While this career can be dangerous due to the nature of the job, it is also one of high pay, good benefits and job stability. Grand Valley Power encourages high school graduates to look at this career path and would be happy to visit with any potential electric lineworkers. Applications are due for the WCCC electric lineworker scholarship on June 1, 2017.

Selection Process After applications are received by March 1 for the GVP scholarships, the Jack Broughton and CMU scholarship and the Western Colorado Community College scholarship, a committee of educators appointed by the board of directors will review the applications and determine the winners. Winners will be notified in writing by April 1, 2017. The same process will take place for the electric lineworker scholarship applications after the June 1 deadline. Scholarship applications can be picked up at high school counseling offices, CMU’s financial aid office, Grand Valley Power’s website at gvp.org or at Grand Valley Power. For questions, contact Bill Byers at 970-242-0040.

Western Colorado Community College Scholarship Grand Valley Power also awards a $1,500 scholarship for students attending Western Colorado Community College. This scholarship is for use by any student who lives in GVP’s service territory and will be enrolled in any of WCCC’s program offerings. Applications for this scholarship are due March 1, 2017.

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Co-op Power Suppliers Named to Co-op 100

Co-op Bike Team Raises More Than $15,000 A total of $15,365 was raised for Energy Outreach Colorado this fall when the Touchstone Energy Powering the Plains bicycle team rode 151 miles in the annual Pedal the Plains bike tour of eastern Colorado. The funds were raised by the 19 bike riders on the team, their supporters, those who donated through Colorado Country Life and CoBank, which donated $10,000 of the fund. Basin Electric, one of the co-op power suppliers, also matched $2,500 of the electric co-ops’ donations to the fund. The bike team rode from Ordway to Fowler to La Junta and back to Ordway September 16-18. Pedal the Plains donated a percentage of the riders’ registration fees, sending an additional $361 to 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. Find out more at www.energyoutreach.org.

“Who Powers You” Celebrates Power of Connections Electric co-op members across the country have been sharing stories of mentors and others who inspired them as part of a contest at whopowersyou.com. These nominations, along with photos of the nominees, were collected on the website as part of an electric co-op campaign to celebrate the power of human connections. Your local co-op is part of a network of electric co-ops across the country under the Touchstone Energy brand that values human energy and appreciates the people who make our co-op communities better. This contest is a way to honor the inspirational people in our co-op communities, the people who power our lives. Now it is time to vote for the best stories. Visit whopowersyou.com and vote for your favorite entry through December 18. Winners will be announced in early 2017 based on the quantity of votes and the quality of the submissions. 12

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Two suppliers of electricity for Colorado electric cooperatives were among the National Cooperative Bank Co-op 100 announced in October during National Cooperative Month. Both Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, which supplies electricity to 18 of Colorado’s electric co-ops, and Basin Electric Power Cooperative, which supplies a portion of Tri-State’s electric supply, made the list. Basin was ranked number 19 and Tri-State was ranked number 36. The list includes the nation’s top 100 revenue-earning cooperative businesses. Electric co-ops provide 75,000 jobs in the United States. Also making the list was CoBank at number 17. CoBank is a national cooperative bank serving rural industries across America. It is headquartered in Denver and is an associate member of the Colorado Rural Electric Association.

BUYING LIGHTBULBS TODAY

Coal Declines as Energy Source in Mountain West Coal was once the dominant source of electricity generation in the eight mountain states of the western United States. However, coal-fired power generation, while still the dominant source, has dropped from 63 percent of the region’s total generation 10 years ago to only 50 percent, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

In Colorado, coal dropped by nearly 5 percent between 2005 and 2015, but still makes up about 59 percent of the total electric generation in the state. Natural gas accounts for about 26 percent and wind accounts for about 8 percent, with hydropower, solar and other miscellaneous sources making up the remainder of the generation. coloradocountrylife.coop


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Co-ops Join Other Utilities to Fight Scammers With scammers taking Americans for untold billions of dollars every year, the nation’s utilities, including electric co-ops, are banding together to participate in Utilities United Against Scams, or UUAS. The joint effort traces its beginning to a utility conference last spring where the subject of customers being scammed was discussed. Jared Lawrence, vice president of revenue services at Duke Energy noted that Duke started tracking attempts to scam its customers in 2015. “What we saw was that scammers would ramp up their activity in one of our regions,” Lawrence said. When Duke would blitz conventional and social media with warnings, he said, “the activity would die down, only to flare up again after a few months. It became apparent that the scammers were targeting one utility’s territory for a period, then moving on to another utility’s territory once the first utility sounded the alarm.”

It became clear that there needed to be coordinated communication and prevention strategies across all utilities. As a way to increase awareness of this problem, a congressional resolution was introduced in November making the third Wednesday of every November Utilities United Against Scammers Day. Following that day, the utilities continue to work together to make customers aware of the scams. They will also be pooling their knowledge of where and how scammers are operating in order to assist law enforcement efforts. Anyone who has a question about the legitimacy of a request for payment of a bill should always contact their local electric co-op directly. Those answering the phone will be happy to answer questions and verify information.

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How an electric utility’s transformers work By Tom Tate If you were asked to describe your electric cooperative’s system, you might say, “Poles, wires and those round gray things.” Round gray things? That is often the description given for transformers, the pieces of equipment crucial in converting electricity to a voltage that is safe for use in homes and businesses. So, how do they work? First, transformers are nothing like those creations of the silver screen. They don’t transform from vehicles to incredible combat robots. Instead, they transform the voltage of the electricity that passes through them. Here’s how they work: Electricity loses voltage as it is transmitted due to the resistance in wires and other components. As a result, higher voltages are used to offset these “line losses,” as electric utilities call them. It all starts at the power plant. There,

generators produce electricity at high voltages and use transformers to step up this voltage. For example, in Colorado, Tri-State Generation and Transmission — the power supplier for 43 not-for-profit electric cooperatives and public power districts in Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming — sometimes steps electricity it generates up to 345,000 volts. Since the power plants are far away, these voltages are necessary to survive the trip over the system to where it is needed. Transmission lines connect to substations full of transformers and other control gear. Here is where the transformers step down the voltage to safer, more manageable levels. Depending upon the 14

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distance involved to the farthest member and the amount of load served, distribution voltages can range from 7,200 to 24,900 volts. A couple more step-downs and the electricity arrives at your home at 120/240 volts. This is quite different from the original voltage. Regardless of the shape and size of the transformer, they all work in the same manner. Transformers have two sides, a highvoltage side and a low-voltage side. In normal operation, electricity flows into the transformer on the high-voltage side where it goes into a coil of wire, usually wound around an iron core. As the electricity flows through this coil, it creates a magnetic field that “induces” a voltage in the other coil. Here is where the magic (aka physics) of transformation takes place. Each coil has a different number of turns. The greater the number of turns, the higher the voltage. The coil on the high side will have more turns than the one on the low side. As a result, the voltage induced on the low side is less. Then transformation occurs. Transformers aren’t just limited to utility use. They can be found everywhere in our daily lives, even if not so obvious as those on your electric cooperative’s system. The best example is the charger that all cell phones and many other electrical devices come with. These small cousins of utility transformers basically perform the same function. Charging your cell phone with 120 volts will fry it instantly. So, the charger converts the voltage to a more tolerable direct current. Take a moment to look around your home and see just how many of these miniature transformers you have. You might be surprised. It is important to note that transformers work in both directions. Electricity flowing in on the low side is stepped up to the voltage of the high side. This is why electric co-ops educate members on proper connection of home generators. A generator feeding 240 volts into a residential transformer will produce whatever voltage the transformer is rated for on the other side, creating a deadly risk for line crews and your neighbors, which is why your co-op asks you to connect your generators according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. It’s always best to be safe. Tom Tate writes on cooperative issues for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. coloradocountrylife.coop


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We are all familiar with the fashion icon known as Barbie and her bright smile and killer figure. In fact, she has been part of girls’ lives since the late 1950s. It’s claimed that 92 percent of American girls ages 3 to 12 have owned a Barbie. But few know about Barbie’s background; specifically, who was Barbie’s mom? She was Denver native Ruth Mosko, who was born November 4, 1916, to Jacob Joseph Mosko (née Moskowicz), a blacksmith, and Ida Rubinstein, a housewife. Ruth was the youngest of 10 children. Her father arrived at Ellis Island in 1907. After telling immigration officials that he was a blacksmith, he was sent to Denver, the center of the railroad industry. In 1908, his wife, Ida, arrived in America with their six children and joined her husband in Colorado. When Ruth was 6 months old, her mother became ill and Ruth was sent to live with her older sister, Sarah, and Sarah’s husband. It was in Sarah’s drugstore and soda fountain that Ruth first developed her enthusiasm for business. Ruth preferred work to play and grew up in a family where the idea of women working outside of the home was not unusual, although it was not a common belief of that era. Ruth attended public school in Denver and graduated from East High School. At age 16, she fell in love with a poor art student named Izzy Handler after meeting him at a high school dance.

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During her sophomore year at the University of Denver, Ruth vacationed in Los Angeles and landed a job at Paramount Studios. Izzy soon joined Ruth in California, and in 1938 the two returned to Denver and got married. The Handlers went back to California, where Izzy, (now going by Elliot after Ruth convinced him to use his middle name), studied at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. In 1941 Ruth left her secretarial job at Paramount to work with her husband, who was designing and making furniture and household accessories out of the new acrylic materials, Lucite and Plexiglas. Her husband produced the pieces and she did the selling. After a few years, the Handlers tired of the business and sold their share of it. In 1945, they started another, making picture frames with the scraps of plastic and wood left from their earlier business. They and Harold “Matt” Matson started Mattel Creations, joining elements of Matt’s and Elliot’s names. Under the Mattel moniker, the two partners began fabricating dollhouse furniture. Ruth continued to run the marketing department. Due to his poor health, Matt soon sold his share to Elliot. The company had its first hit toy in 1947 with a ukulele called Uke-ADoodle. That proved such a success that Mattel switched to making nothing but toys. Ruth drove Mattel’s business decisions, while her husband nurtured new toys. These facts are only part of her story. What may be more important is the impact Ruth made on the toy industry through her vision and creativity. In fact,

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Ruth and Elliot Handler (left photo), both raised in Colorado, pose with an early version of Barbie.

she changed the face of the toy industry.

The birth of Barbie

After watching her daughter, Barbara, ignore her baby dolls to play make-believe with paper dolls representing adult women, Ruth realized there may be a niche for a three-dimensional doll that encouraged girls to imagine the future. When visiting Germany in 1956, Ruth saw a doll that looked like a teenager, and this doll inspired her to follow her dream. Mattel’s designers spent several years creating Ruth’s doll using the German doll as an inspiration. Barbie Millicent Roberts debuted at the American Toy Fair in New York City in 1959. Ruth named the blond 11-and-a-half-inch doll for her daughter, who was a 17-year-old attending a local Los Angeles high school. Dressed in a black and white striped swimsuit with the necessary accessories of sunglasses, high-heeled shoes and gold-colored hoop earrings, Barbie’s body was not only shapely but also had a movable head, arms and legs. Barbie had a chic wardrobe that had to be purchased separately and updated regularly. Barbie was a marketing sensation. Within a year of her introduction in 1959, Barbie became the biggest selling fashion doll of all

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time. Sales increased with the introduction of different Barbie dolls and accessories. Barbie became a staple in the toy chests of little girls everywhere. It was Ruth’s marketing genius that changed toy marketing when she acquired the rights to produce the popular “Mickey Mouse Club” products in 1955. The cross-marketing promotion became common practice for future companies. Barbie made her first television appearance on the “The Mickey Mouse Club.” This marketing technique helped sell 351,000 Barbie dolls in the first year at $3 each. Barbie quickly became an icon, with her ever-changing wardrobe and career options that mirrored women’s changing aspirations. It is admirable that Ruth foresaw a modern world where a girl could grow up to be whatever she wanted. Over the years, Barbie changed jobs more than 75 times, becoming a dentist, a paleontologist, an Air Force fighter pilot, a World Cup soccer competitor, a firefighter and a candidate for president. Even in demanding positions, though, Barbie retained her fashion sense. She was joined by friends and family over the years, including Ken, Midge, Skipper and Christie. Barbie kept up with current trends in hairstyles, makeup and clothing. She is a reflection of the history of fashion since her introduction to the toy market.

Life after Barbie’s debut

Due her marketing and business success, Ruth became president of Mattel, Inc., in 1967. Barbie and later Ken, introduced in 1961 and named for Ruth’s son, became the best-selling toys in the world. In the early 1970s, Ruth was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy. Because of her illness, she spent less time at Mattel and resigned as president of Mattel in 1973. Not surprisingly, she then used her business acumen and started working on a new product: a comfortable breast prosthesis. The result was the Nearly Me line, which still produces and distributes breast replacements and post mastectomy swimwear. However, in 1975 the Handlers were forced out of the company they started due to a conflict with the board over perceived mismanagement. Over the years, Ruth received numerous awards for her accomplishments. Some of her honors include Woman of the Year in Business (Los Angeles Times), Toy Industry Hall of Fame inductee, Volunteer Achievement Award from the American Cancer Society, one of 75 Outstanding Women in America (Ladies' Home Journal) and the first Woman of Distinction from the United Jewish Appeal.

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Gabby Douglas with the 2016 Gabby Douglas doll. Photo courtesy of barbiemedia.com.

Ruth was known as an entrepreneur, inventor and businesswoman. She died April 27, 2002, in Los Angeles.

Barbie today

Barbie’s world is more than a doll and accessories. Kids today can use their high-tech gadgets and interactive smartphones and apps to personalize their Barbie doll experience. Other licensed products include books, apparel, home furnishings and home electronics. She even has a YouTube site and a Facebook page.

But Barbie’s popularity doesn’t stop there. The Musée des Arts Décoratifs, which is affiliated with the Louvre in Paris, held a Barbie exhibit in 2016. The exhibit featured 700 Barbie dolls displayed on two floors, as well as works by contemporary artists and documents (newspapers, photos, video) representing Barbie. Barbie has become a popular collectible among adults. Collectors prize early numbered Barbie dolls from 1969 and the 1990s, as well as a range of rare and special editions of the iconic toy. Over the past few years, Mattel transformed Barbie, and she now may look a bit more like those who play with her, curves and all. The new 2016 Barbie Fashionistas doll line includes four body types (the original and three new bodies), seven skin tones, 22 eye colors, 24 hairstyles and countless on-trend fashions and accessories. With these changes, Barbie added diversity and more variety in styles, fashions, shoes and accessories. Mattel claims girls everywhere will now have infinitely more ways to spark their imagination and play out their stories. “For more than 55 years, Barbie has been a global, cultural icon and a source of inspiration and imagination to millions of girls around the world,” Richard Dickson, president and chief operating officer of Mattel stated in a recent press release. “Barbie reflects the world girls see around them. Her ability to evolve and grow with the times, while staying true to her spirit, is central to why Barbie is the number one fashion doll in the world.” Cyndy Thomas Klepinger is a freelance writer in the Denver area who remembers spending hours playing dolls as a youngster. Photos of Barbie from 1962, 1971, 1977, 1980 and 2016 courtesy of barbiemedia.com

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When I was a little girl, all my friends had Barbie dolls. However, I had to be different, and I had a Tressy, an American fashion teenaged 11-and-a-half-inch doll with a feature that allowed me to adjust the length of her hair. I just had to push a button on Tressy’s tummy and I could “grow” the hair out. If I wanted my doll to have short hair, I used a key that went into her back that, when turned, wound the hair back in. I could style her hair. I remember many happy hours playing with my doll and imagining adventures for her. However, I was curious what other women thought about Barbie herself, so on the recent Pedal the Plains (a three-day bike event in eastern Colorado), I chatted with others about Barbie. When asked if she played with the fashion doll, Comanche National Grassland Park Ranger Barbara Timoch smiled widely and said, “Absolutely my name is Barbara. I had a Barbie, Ken and Midge (Barbie's best friend).” She shared that she also had one of the first Dreamhouses, as well as the iconic pink Corvette. Since Barbie wore glamorous evening wear as well as casual outfits, athletic wear and swimsuits, usually accompanied by her trademark high heels, Barbara and her girlfriends regularly exchanged clothes and gave new outfits as gifts.

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Donna Huff, a 4-H leader who lives south of Swink in southeastern Colorado, emphatically said no. “I didn’t play with Barbie, she added.” I’m a farm girl. We played with trucks and tractors and made mud pies.” She added that her grown daughter hated dolls, too. Ordway Town Clerk Cindee Crough grew up playing with Barbies. But she said her 9-year-old and 12-year-old daughters prefer playing with today’s electronics. Cindee shared that she had more than 20 dolls, including Ken and Midge. A favorite one was the Barbie that was sculpted in the likeness of Marilyn Monroe and wore a long evening gown and white faux fur stole. Littleton resident Betsey Major, who’s a baby boomer, said she didn’t like dolls, so she didn’t have a Barbie. She explained she stimulated her imagination by being outside. She grew up in cities from the Canadian border to the Gulf Coast as her father was in the oil and gas business. Jayne Thompson, a millennial who grew up on a ranch in the Pinedale, Wyoming, area, played with the Barbie dolls that she got from her aunt. She shared that she liked to play with Barbie because it allowed her to be creative and reinforced that she could do whatever she wanted to do as Barbie held so many diverse jobs, including architect, astronaut, McDonald's cashier, NASCAR driver and veterinarian. However, two “tween” cowgirls, Solie and Shayla, both said that there has never been a Rodeo Queen Barbie nor a farmer or rancher one. Solie shared that she got rid of her Barbie after a month or so as she decided she was a tomboy. Shayla said her Barbie didn’t have a long life because she lost it shortly after getting it (she thinks she lost it in the horse corral). Read about the Barbies pictured on these pages and owned by Colorado Country Life staff members and their family members at coloradocountrylife.coop

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A Kernel of Joy

Festive, flavorful holiday recipes that pop BY AMY HIGGINS RECIPES@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG A Pop of Piquancy

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Coconut Popcorn Snowballs 2 cups shredded or flaked sweetened coconut 3 quarts popped, unflavored white popcorn 4 tablespoons butter or margarine 3 cups miniature marshmallows 1 teaspoon coconut or vanilla extract 8 candy canes or candy cane sticks, about 3-4 inches long

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Popcorn is a baker’s delight. It mixes well with brownie and cookie recipes, and tastes great topped on soups and salads.

Popcorn pops up everywhere during the holidays. From crafting festive garlands to receiving giant gift tins, people love getting their hands on the savory kernels. Whether you’re entertaining, looking for a practical gift idea or wanting a tasty snack while watching your favorite holiday classic, you can easily find creative, delicious popcorn recipes, many that have a punch of holiday pizazz. The Popcorn Board, for one, has a slew of ideas on how to get creative with these bite-sized bits of joy. This holiday season, get popping and try one of these festive recipes.

Grab a Handful When snack cravings kick in, pop some popcorn. With only 30 calories per cup, popcorn is a healthy snack choice.

Festive Popcorn Trees

10 cups air-popped, unflavored white popcorn 1 10-ounce bag miniature marshmallows 2 tablespoons butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Decorating sugar, holiday colors 1 tube of white frosting (with decorating tip) Assorted small colorful candies, such as sprinkles and miniature silver dragées Spray a large mixing bowl lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Place popcorn in bowl. Place marshmallows and butter in medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir until marshmallows are melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla extract. Pour mixture over popcorn. Toss well to coat popcorn evenly. Line a baking sheet with foil. Spray hands with nonstick cooking spray, then scoop up about 1 cup of popcorn mixture. Shape mixture into a cone shape, keeping the base flat. This forms the tree. Sprinkle tree with decorating sugar; place tree on baking sheet. Repeat to make the rest of the trees. Pipe frosting on trees to make a garland, then decorate them with colorful candies. Serving suggestion: Place each tree on a sugar or gingersnap cookie and decorate your serving tray with shredded coconut to resemble snow.

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Place a large sheet of parchment paper over a work surface. Spread coconut onto paper. Spray a large mixing bowl lightly with nonstick cooking spray and place popcorn inside. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Stir in marshmallows and extract, then stir until marshmallows are melted and mixture is smooth. Pour over popcorn and mix well until coated. Spray hands with nonstick cooking spray, scoop up a handful of popcorn mixture and press firmly to form into a ball. Place ball on coconut and roll and press coconut to coat. While holding popcorn ball, gently press a candy cane into the ball. Repeat to make the rest of the snowballs. Serve immediately or wrap individually in plastic wrap for storage.

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can keep cutting off roots and replanting throughout the year.

Ginger root and garlic Ginger root and garlic are also easy to grow. Once you get started, you can keep a full supply of each throughout the year. Place a spare piece of ginger root in potting soil with the buds facing up. New shoots and roots will appear in about a week. When this happens, you can pull it up and use it. Just remember to save a piece of the rhizome to replant. Similarly, you can place the garlic root down in a pot of soil and place the pot in a warm spot with lots of direct sunlight. It roots easily and will produce new shoots. Once the new plant is well-established, cut back the shoots so that the plant focuses on growing large garlic bulbs. Just remember for both ginger and garlic, you need to keep a BY VICKI SPENCER MASTER GARDENER GARDENING@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG small piece to replant each time you harvest. Lettuce, bok choy and cabbage During the holidays when the kids were home Potatoes Surprisingly, lettuce, bok choy and cabbage Most of us have had a potato that we kept from school, I always looked for projects to are also relatively easy to grow from scraps. keep them busy. One of their favorite projects around so long it began to sprout. If you Instead of throwing leftover leaves out, simcatch it in time, it can also be used to grow a ply place them in a bowl with a little water was to grow plants from kitchen scraps. new potato. Just cut the potato into secAlmost 40 years later, we still have an in the bottom. Set the bowl in a place that tions, making sure each one has one to two avocado tree that grew from a seed that gets good sunlight and spray the leaves with eyes. Then, let the pieces sit on the counter they planted with my father. When I sold water a couple times a week. After three or at room temperature to dry for a few days. my house in Gunnison, I was worried that four days, you will notice roots beginning to Once they are dry to the touch, you can I couldn’t care for the tree in my new small appear along with new leaves. You can plant plant them, but make sure you use a large, apartment. So I drove it cross-country for these leaves in soil to grow. deep pot that will hold enough soil for the my daughter to plant sit. Although it had Carrots potatoes to grow. to adapt to a new climate in Arkansas, my You can grow sweet potatoes the same way, Growing carrot tops is fun because they daughter is keeping it alive with tender loving care. In fact, it looks much healthier than but you might have more success starting the grow so quickly. They also make pretty houseplants with their fern-like foliage. To roots in water. Cut the sweet potato in half, it did in my mountain home. Although my grow the carrot tops, you will need about 1 put toothpicks in the sides and suspend the daughter’s children never got to meet their great-grandfather, they are now living with a potato above a container of shallow water. The inch of carrot attached to the tops. Stick a toothpick into either side of the carrot stump roots will appear in a few days, and sprouts tree that he planted. and balance it on top of a small glass with will show up on top of the potato as well. To grow avocado plants, you should first water that barely touches the bottom of the Once the sprouts are about 4 inches long, wash the seed, then gently poke toothpicks stump. Place the glass in a window, but not twist them off and place them in a container into alternate sides to suspend it over a in direct sunlight. Monitor the glass daily of water. When the roots from this container bowl of water. The water should cover the to be sure it has enough water. Eventually, bottom inch of the seed. Keep the container are about an inch long, you can plant the white lacy flowers will bloom. sprouts and the rooted sections in soil. in a warm place, but not in direct sunlight. Remember to check the water every day and Celery and onions Some plants grow more easily from scraps add more as needed. It can take up to six Celery and onions are two of the easiest foods than others, but it is fun to try different ones. weeks for the stem and roots to appear. Once to grow from leftover scraps. Cut off the botIn the process, you might create a living the stem reaches about 6 inches, cut it to 3 tom of your celery and lay it in a bowl with a legacy like my father did when he showed inches. When leaves begin to appear, you can little warm water. Place the bowl in a spot that his grandkids how to grow an avocado tree plant the seed in soil, remembering to leave gets as much direct sunlight as possible. After from a seed. about half of it exposed. a week, you should begin to see the leaves When we planted the avocado seed, I nev- thickening and growing along the base. Then er imagined it would take this journey, but I you can transplant this new celery in soil and did believe I could grow avocados. While it wait for it to grow to full length. has not produced fruit, it succeeded in getOnions can be grown in the same way as More Online ting me interested in gardening. Since then, I celery, except you can plant them directly Read previous gardening columns learned there are many more plants you can in a pot of soil. Cut the end of the onion off at coloradocountrylife.coop. grow indoors from scraps and transplant to about one-half inch above the root line. The Click on Gardening. your outdoor garden come springtime. onion roots will grow new onions, and you

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We have a love/hate relationship with the pine trees in our backyard. There are only three of them, but they’re nearly 40 feet tall and over the years have grown together so tightly you can’t tell where the branches of one end and the others begin. Every spring, they release obnoxious clouds of sulphur-colored pollen that make our eyes water and our noses run and it coats everything in sight with a film of sticky, yellow dust for weeks on end. Yuck. The pines bury the yard, deck and patio under an ugly brown blanket of dead needles. They clog the gutters with their never-ending barrage of pine cones, needles and worm-like flower pods that decompose into clots of fetid unless I physically remove them every few weeks. It’s a horribly messy job at best and potentially dangerous. Running up and down the ladder with a hose in my hand at my age is no joy, that’s for sure. I despise cleaning the gutters and, consequently, curse those trees several times a year. On the other hand, their tightly woven branches make an effective shelter belt. They block snow in the winter, provide much appreciated shade in summer and attract a variety of wildlife throughout the year. The critters love them. Nuthatches, northern flickers and downy woodpeckers flit and feed through them all year long. Chickadees nest in them. So do mourning doves and robins. Blue jays, juncos, sparrows and finches glean the forest duff beneath their branches for insects, seeds and other bird groceries. Great horned owls nest in them occasionally. A red fox bedded under them for a couple of winters. Squirrels, of course, are daily visitors all year long. In recent years, though, increasing numbers of Eurasian collared doves began to hang out

in our pines. Not good. About half as large as mourning doves, Eurasians have a pinkish buff-colored body, white underwings, banded fan tails and that namesake black collar across the back of their necks. They’re not unattractive looking birds, but they have arrogantly aggressive dispositions and a harsh, offensive call that sounds more like a growling raccoon than any bird you ever heard. They drove off our mourning doves, bully all the other birds at our feeders and festoon our lawn furniture with their nasty droppings. We’re not the only ones who don’t like them. Accidently introduced to the continental United States in 1980, their numbers exploded to the point where they threaten our native populations of mourning doves and white-winged doves. Wildlife agencies across the country declared them an invasive species and moved to reduce their numbers by any means available. Colorado Parks and Wildlife encourages hunting them all year long with no restrictions on bag limits. If Eurasian doves have any redeeming value, it’s that they taste pretty good stuffed with jalapeno cream cheese, wrapped in bacon and grilled over mesquite coals. Oh, and they might just drive me to replace those blasted pine trees with some nice shrubs.

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Sealing air leaks is one of the best energy efficiency investments a home owner can make. However, it is possible to seal so tightly that the home has little ventilation, which can contribute to indoor air quality problems. The challenge is to achieve the best home performance and energy savings while maintaining air quality. Mechanical ventilation systems allow for controlled air movement and a proper rate of ventilation in your home while helping to ensure good indoor air quality. There are two primary categories of mechanical ventilation: spot ventilation and whole-house ventilation. Spot ventilation systems are the fans you find above your oven range, in your laundry room and in your bathroom. They focus on removing moist air and indoor air pollutants at the source. Whole-house ventilation circulates air throughout the home and introduces the right amount of outside air. There are four categories of whole-house ventilation systems: • Exhaust ventilation systems: Fans pull air out of your home, which increases infiltration from the outside, either through air leaks or vents. • Supply ventilation systems: Fans bring outside air into your home. • Balanced ventilation systems: Both supply and exhaust fans circulate air in and out of the home. Spot ventilation, like bathroom fans, • Energy recovery on removing ventilation systems: focuses moisture and indoor Fans, combined with air pollutants at their source. heat exchangers, modulate the temperature and humidity of incoming air into your home. Talk with your energy auditor or electric cooperative about whether you need additional mechanical ventilation and, if so, which system will work best for your living space. This column was co-written by Pat Keegan and Amy Wheeless of Collaborative Efficiency.

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I wrote a letter to my friend in New York City telling her about the marvelous rustic cabin dinner my husband and I were invited to on New Year’s Eve. To get to the cabin, we rode up the snow-covered mountain in Kelli Nothem visits her parents and sister in beautiful Alaska. a sleigh pulled by four Clydesdale horses. I told my friend about the wonderful dinner and how elegant it all was and that the only ones that probably didn’t enjoy it were the Clydesdales. She wrote back and said, “Oh! I wouldn’t invite them again!” Norma Harman, Pagosa Springs

Christine Rachlin with a reindeer in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Sue Wilson and Tim Mahony visit Matera, Italy.

A young family with three children got a late start putting up their holiday decorations. The parents discussed the option of not putting up a Christmas tree, which the children vetoed. The parents suggested buying just a small tree. The 6-year-old child burst into tears. Daddy asked, “What’s the matter? We are putting up a tree.” The child wailed and replied, “But if it’s only a small tree, we will only get small presents!” Carol Stark, Loveland Recently, while I babysat my 4-year-old granddaughter Julie, we sat at the table to eat our dinner. My husband and I were enjoying her cute conversation. After Julie finished eating, she started to get off of her chair so she could go play with some toys. I asked, “Could you please stay at the table while we finish our dinner because we are enjoying your presence.” She sat there silently, thinking, with a puzzled look on her face and then sheepishly explained, “But Grandma, I didn’t bring you any presents.” Kelly O’Donnell, Masonville

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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 info@coloradocountrylife.org. We’ll draw one photo to win a $25 gift card each month. The next deadline is Thursday, December 15. This month’s winner is K.C. Electric member Gary Pautler. He and friends visited the Hotel Del in San Diego, California. coloradocountrylife.coop

We pay $15 to each person who submits a funny story that’s printed in the magazine. The 2016 year-end funny stories winner is Carol Shalberg of Sheridan Lake. Next year we will draw one name from those submitting funny stories throughout the year and that person will receive $200. Send your 2017 stories to Colorado Country Life, 5400 Washington St., Denver, CO 80216 or email funnystories@coloradocountrylife.org. Include your mailing address, so we can send you a check.

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[discoveries] OH, CHRISTMAS TREE CONVENIENCE Some Colorado resort areas will bring your Christmas tree and all the trimmings to you. That’s right, you don’t have to strap your Christmas tree atop your vehicle and squeeze boxes of decorations between you and the family dog. Imagine this: after a long road trip on a Rocky Mountain highway, you arrive at your destination and are welcomed by a twinkling tree, totally decorated to the nines. Summit Home Services offers such a service in the Breckenridge area. After you leave, Summit returns to the property to collect and recycle the tree. See for yourself at summit-home-services.com.

A CHRISTMAS TRADITION Gathering up the family and heading to a forest or tree farm to cut down a Christmas tree is a tradition for many Colorado households. The process can be a fun challenge that not only provides that fragrant holiday scent to homes, but helps manage certain areas of our national forests. The Rocky Mountain Region Forest Service’s primary Christmas tree cutting dates are December 3-11. You can obtain a tree cutting permit from most Forest Services offices in Colorado. For more information, call the Public Lands Information Center at 303-239-3838 or visit fs.usds.gov.

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December 3-4 and 10-11 at the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad The Cascade Wye area of the San Juan National Forest needs hazardous fuels reduction through thinning, according to the D&SNGR. So bundle up and head to Durango where you can take a train trip through the forest on a steam train to cut down your own Christmas tree. A San Juan Mountains Association representative will be on board to sell guests National Forest Christmas tree

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permits. The D&SNGR will provide handsaws and guidance in choosing and cutting the proper tree, with the help of Firewise of Southwest Colorado, SJMA and other volunteers. Arrange your trip by calling 888872-4607. For more information, visit durangotrain.com. See how it works at vimeo.com/185723979.

Recycle Your Tree Your Christmas tree provided weeks of fragrant bliss and holiday cheer, so don’t just toss it on the curb with the trash. Recycle it. Several organizations throughout Colorado will recycle your tree through curbside pickup or at drop-off recycling centers. If your areas does not provide such services, there are still ways to make use of your Christmas tree. If you have the means and equipment, grind up your tree and use the shreds as mulch in your garden. The National Christmas Tree Association says the trees can create soil erosion barriers and walking path boundaries, and are great refuge for fish when sunk into a private pond. The NCTA also suggests placing your tree somewhere out of the way on your property to provide birds sanctuary, shelter and a feeding ground. Just remove all decorations and occasionally sprinkle the tree with fruit slices and other bird-friendly foods. When the tree becomes brittle, put it in a chipper for mulch or break it apart and dispose in your yard waste container. Visit realchristmastrees.org for more ideas. coloradocountrylife.coop


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LIMIT 8 - Good at our stores or HarborFreight.com or by calling 800-423-2567. Cannot be used with other discount or coupon or prior purchases after 30 days from original purchase with original receipt. Offer good while supplies last. Non-transferable. Original coupon must be presented. Valid through 4/1/17. Limit one coupon per customer per day.

WOW SUPER COUPON

• 580 lb. capacity

$319.01

99 SAVE $219 comp at

15999

$99 $

Customer Rating

LIMIT 5 - Good at our stores or HarborFreight.com or by calling 800-423-2567. Cannot be used with other discount or coupon or prior purchases after 30 days from original purchase with original receipt. Offer good while supplies last. Non-transferable. Original coupon must be presented. Valid through 4/1/17. Limit one coupon per customer per day.

comp at

LIMIT 5 - Good at our stores or HarborFreight.com or by calling 800-423-2567. Cannot be used with other discount or coupon or prior purchases after 30 days from original purchase with original receipt. Offer good while supplies last. Non-transferable. Original coupon must be presented. Valid through 4/1/17. Limit one coupon per customer per day.

At Harbor Freight Tools, the “comp at” price means that the same item or a similar functioning item was advertised for sale at or above the "comp at" price by another retailer in the U.S. within the past 180 days. Prices advertised by others may vary by location. No other meaning of "comp at" should be implied. For more information, go to HarborFreight.com or see store associate.

800-423-2567. Cannot or HarborFreight.com or by calling LIMIT 3 - Good at our stores or coupon or prior purchases after 30 days from original be used with other discount Offer good while supplies last. Non-transferable. Original purchase with original receipt. through 4/1/17. Limit one coupon per customer per day. coupon must be presented. Valid

• HarborFreight.com • 800-423-2567

LIMIT 4 - Good at our stores or HarborFreight.com or by calling 800-423-2567. Cannot be used with other discount or coupon or prior purchases after 30 days from original purchase with original receipt. Offer good while supplies last. Non-transferable. Original coupon must be presented. Valid through 4/1/17. Limit one coupon per customer per day.

ITEM 95659 shown 61634/61952

26", 4 DRAWER TOOL CART

SAVE 60

Customer Rating

$

R RAPID PUMP® 1.5 TON PE ON SU UP ALUMINUM RACING JACK CO ITEM 69252 62160/62496 62516/68053

$

Customer Rating

R PE ON SU UP CO • 600 lb. capacity

Limit 1 coupon per customer per day. Save 20% on any 1 item purchased. *Cannot be used with other discount, coupon or any of the following items or brands: Inside Track Club membership, Extended Service Plan, gift card, open box item, 3 day Parking Lot Sale item, automotive lifts, compressors, floor jacks, saw mills, storage cabinets, chests or carts, trailers, trenchers, welders, Admiral, Badland, Bremen, CoverPro, Creekstone, Daytona, Diablo, Doyle, Drummond, Earthquake, Franklin, Hercules, Holt, Jupiter, Lynxx, Maddox, Portland, Predator, Quinn, StormCat, Union, Viking. Not valid on prior purchases. Nontransferable. Original coupon must be presented. Valid through 4/1/17.

SAVE 347 $497

$

WOW SUPER COUPON

2.5 HP, 21 GALLON 125 PSI VERTICAL AIR COMPRESSOR ITEM 69091/61454 61693/62803/67847 shown

comp at

17999

$14999

$

12" SLIDING COMPOUND DOUBLE-BEVEL MITER SAW WITH LASER GUIDE

800-423-2567. Cannot or HarborFreight.com or by calling LIMIT 3 - Good at our stores or coupon or prior purchases after 30 days from original be used with other discount Offer good while supplies last. Non-transferable. Original purchase with original receipt. through 4/1/17. Limit one coupon per customer per day. coupon must be presented. Valid

SAVE $259

R PE ON SU UP CO

ITEM 61969/61970 60569 shown 69684 shown • 3-1/2 Pumps Lifts Most Vehicles • Weighs 34 lbs.

comp at

$8999 19999 $399 $5999 $119 .99

$13999

Customer Rating

$

On All Hand Tools

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LIMIT 5 - Good at our stores or HarborFreight.com or by calling 800-423-2567. Cannot be used with other discount or coupon or prior purchases after 30 days from original purchase with original receipt. Offer good while supplies last. Non-transferable. Original coupon must be presented. Valid through 4/1/17. Limit one coupon per customer per day.

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