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Volume 47, Number 12

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




[cover] 2016 Holiday Barbie photo by Dave Neligh.

THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE COLORADO RURAL ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION COMMUNICATIONS STAFF: Mona Neeley, CCC, Publisher/Editor; Cassi Gloe, Designer; ADVERTISING: Kris Wendtland, Ad Rep; Colorado Country Life (USPS 469-400/ISSN 1090-2503) is published monthly by Colorado Rural Electric Association, 5400 Washington Street, Denver, CO 80216-1731. Individual subscription rate: $9 per year for Colorado residents or $15 per year for out-of-state residents, taxes and postage included. Periodical postage paid at Denver, Colorado. © Copyright 2016, Colorado Rural Electric Association. Call for reprint rights. Subscribers: Report change of address to your local cooperative. Do not send change of address to Colorado Country Life. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Colorado Country Life, 5400 Washington Street, Denver, CO 80216 Advertising Standards: Publication of an advertisement in Colorado Country Life does not imply endorsement by any Colorado rural electric cooperative or the Colorado Rural Electric Association. Editorial opinions published in Colorado Country Life magazine shall pertain to issues affecting rural electric cooperatives, rural communities and citizens. The opinion of CREA is not necessarily that of any particular cooperative or individual. EDITORIAL: Denver Corporate Office, 5400 Washington Street, Denver, CO 80216; Phone: 303-455-4111 | | | | Twitter. com/COCountryLife | | COCountryLife1 Advertising: | 303-902-7276 National Advertising Representative: National Country Market  |  611 S. Congress Street, Suite 504  |  Austin, TX 78704  |  800-626-1181


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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.

Linemen find all kinds of challenges on the job!


Colorado Country Life posted: Holiday Popcorn Party Mix.


CREA posted: It’s all about the training for electric line crews.

MONTHLY CONTEST Win our 2016 Holiday Barbie. To enter, post a photo at COCountryLife of you and Barbie and send an email with your name and address to We will choose a winner on Thursday, December 15. Find more complete contest information at under Contests.


Who Powers You?

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




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 and vote for the best stories. The winner will be announced after December 18.

Kent Singer, Executive Director




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

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[community events] [December] Through January 1 Denver Blossoms of Light Denver Botanic Gardens 5:30-9 pm • Through January 1 Littleton Trail of Lights Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield 5:30-9 pm • 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 December 5-9 Copper U.S. Rev Tour Copper Mountain December 8-10 Fort Collins Holiday Tea Gathering Avery Carriage House December 9-January 1 Colorado Springs Electric Safari Cheyenne Mountain Zoo December 8-10 Golden “A Christmas Carol” Theater Performance Miners Alley Playhouse 7:30 pm • December 9-10 Buena Vista Bethlehem Marketplace Valley Fellowship Church 6-8 pm • December 9-10 Mancos Mancos Valley Chorus Concert Mancos United Methodist Church 970-564-9727



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 • December 16-18 Aspen World Snow Polo Championships Various Aspen Locations 970-710-1663 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

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

December 16-18 Montrose Garden of Lights Montrose Botanic Gardens 5:30-8:30 pm 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 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 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 • January 8 Pagosa Springs Local Appreciation Day Wolf Creek Ski Area 800-754-9653 • January 10 Denver “Fun Home” Theater Performance Denver Theatre 7:30 pm • 800-641-1222


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The Cooperative Difference Spotlight: Giving Back Is The Co-op Way. BY JIM HERRON || CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER || HERRONJC@MVEA.ORG In December 1940, over 150 individuals that were interested in forming an electric cooperative to serve the rural communities outside of Colorado Springs met in the Black Forest Community Center. Seventysix years passed, yet, the dedication of the people in that meeting to bring the power of electricity to homes and businesses throughout eastern Colorado is a gift that has not faded with the passage of time. Jim Herron It was that meeting that paved the way for the incorporation of Mountain View Electric Association, Inc. (MVEA) on January 21, 1941. As we enter this season of giving and thanks, our thoughts turn to those founding members that gifted future generations with the power of electricity as well as the “cooperative difference” of being a member-owner rather than a customer. Doing Business With Those We Serve: Keeping our memberowner dollars in the community is a priority. MVEA is committed to seeking out and working directly with the businesses in our service territory. In addition to our efforts to keep our business relationships local, MVEA’s Co-op Connections Card is a moneysaving tool we’re proud to offer our members to help them do the same. Offered for free, the card connects members with over 120 local businesses in our service territory. (The list keeps growing.) We hope local businesses participating in the Co-op Connections program benefit from increased traffic from MVEA members while members benefit from local savings. Providing Additional Value to MVEA’s Member-Owners: MVEA is always looking for ways to provide value to our memberowners. We may not always have control over the variables that impact electric rates, but we can actively look for ways to help our members save money. One example is the Co-op Cares Energy Efficiency Rebate Program. The purpose is simple: to help members save on their monthly electric bills by upgrading to newer and more efficient lightbulbs and appliances. On average, MVEA processes over $120,000 worth of rebates per year. The program has been a success and will continue to grow as our promotional efforts expand. Supporting Community & Local Youth Programs: Reliable and affordable electricity is a critical need, but it takes more than poles, wires and kilowatt-hours to make a community. From supporting local youth sport programs to county fairs, MVEA helps sponsor many community events and programs that help enrich the communities that we serve. Our education programs include an annual essay contest that sends three local high school award recipients to youth leadership events every summer, in addition to awarding $14,000 in scholarships every year to local seniors.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Pennies add up to great things at MVEA. Through the generosity of members who round up their electric bill to the nearest dollar, Operation Round Up® is able to give approximately $150,000 back to the community each year. The Operation Round Up® program was formed to assist nonprofit organizations, community special needs, and MVEA members who suffered from loss, personal disaster or medical emergencies. In total, the program has distributed over $2.1 million back into the community since 2000. While MVEA does not require members to participate in Operation Round Up®, it is the hope that they will. The extra change – an average of 50 cents a month or $6 a year – is your contribution to the program and is tax deductible. Currently, 56 percent of MVEA members participate in the program. Throughout 2016, our Colorado Country Life magazine articles were dedicated to topics that highlighted what being a memberowner of an electric cooperative means to those we serve. From programs unique to MVEA to the “Seven Cooperative Principles” that are recognized industry-wide, there is a common thread that binds them together: giving back is the co-op way. Please visit our website,, to learn more about the programs highlighted in this article.

Happy Holidays from your Mountain View Electric Association, Inc. Board of Directors, Executive Team and Employees.

Happy Little Holidays Art Contest Congratulations! MVEA member, Patty Anderson, of Colorado Springs, is the winner of our holiday art contest for her watercolor “Snow Laden Branch.” She will receive a $100 Visa® gift card. Visit to view additional submissions.

•••Both MVEA of fices will be closed December 26, 2016.•••





The Check Is In the Mail! MVEA Retires $3.1 Million in Capital Credits. allocation from the 2015 fiscal year. The 2015 allocation is not yet scheduled for retirement to be paid to MVEA members. A retirement is the amount you receive back as capital credits paid to you. It is a percentage of your total allocated capital credits balance. The amount retired is decided annually by the MVEA Board of Directors. This operating capital reduces the amount of money that MVEA may need to borrow through loans, which helps keep costs down. After a number of years, if financial conditions permit and MVEA’s mortgage requirements and bylaw provisions are met, the Board may decide to retire a set amount of capital credits to its member-owners. With the addition of the amount approved at the October 2016 Board Meeting, MVEA was able to retire over $36.4 million in capital credits to our member-owners in the last 10 years due to fiscally responsible planning and business practices. If we don’t have your current address, we cannot get your capital credits check to you…where it belongs. If you move outside of MVEA’s service territory, please be sure to provide us with your new mailing address every time you move. Don’t miss out on your share of the cooperative! If you have any questions about your capital credits allocation or retirement, please call 800-388-9881.

How Do Capital Credits Work? Mountain View Electric Association, Inc. (MVEA)

*Contact MVEA for more capital credits retirement information.

Last month, Mountain View Electric Association, Inc.’s (MVEA) CEO column was dedicated to the topic of capital credits and the difference between an allocation and a retirement. This month, many MVEA member-owners will experience the cooperative difference firsthand as over 38,800 checks will be issued to active and inactive members with a capital credits balance over $10. In October, the Board of Directors voted to retire (which means pay) capital credits in the amount of $3,125,455 for the years 1999 and a portion of 2000, 2001 and 2014. If you were a MVEA member in any of these years, you should receive a check in mid-December. The minimum check amount will be $10. Any amounts under the $10 minimum will be held in the individual’s name and added to a future refund. A capital credits allocation is made annually for you, as a member-owner, based on the revenue you contribute to MVEA. An allocation is your share of the net margins MVEA sets aside into a separate account with your name on it to be used as operating capital for reliability improvements and maintenance over a period of years. Allocation notices are provided on your billing statement annually. This year’s allocation notice was provided in the upper right hand corner of your November MVEA bill and shows the capital credits

At the end of the year, MVEA settles all financial matters and determines whether there are excess revenues, called net margins. You get the credit as an electric co-op member-owner! When MVEA’s Board of Directors retire capital credits, checks are mailed to members with a capital credits balance over $10.*

MVEA has retired

MVEA allocates the net margins to members as capital credits based upon revenue contributions during the year.

$36,483,508 to members since 2006.

When MVEA’s financial conditions permit, the Board of Directors may decide to retire (which means pay) capital credits to members. Figure as of November 1, 2016.

Because electric co-ops operate at cost, any excess revenues, called net margins, are returned to members in the form of capital credits. Proof positive that cooperative membership has its benefits.

MVEA Scholarship Applications

Holiday Lighting Contest MVEA will provide credit on electric bills as prizes for organizations wishing to organize home lighting contests over the holidays. The organization must be a nonprofit to qualify. Homeowner organizations are also eligible for the sponsorship. For more information on sponsoring a contest, contact Nikki Ricciardi at 719-494-2657 or email ricciardi-n@ mvea. org. Decorate with LEDs and save money. Old traditions die hard, but changing from those old incandescent holiday lights you had for years to LED lights can save you money. Traditional incandescent holiday lights consume 80 percent (mini lights) to 99 percent (C9) more electricity than LED holiday lights. LED lights will also last for more than 50,000 8


hours versus only 2,000 for incandescent lights. Not only will you save money on your electricity bill, but you will also save money on replacement lights. LED holiday lights also operate at only 1 degree above ambient temperature so they do not heat up and become a fire hazard like most incandescent lights. Finally, LED lights are encased in a nearly indestructible epoxy plastic bulb, which can withstand abuse unlike fragile glass bulbs. LED lights are available in nearly all the same shapes, colors and styles as incandescent lights. This year, save money and energy with LED lights. Turn to page 10 to learn how you can earn up to a $50 credit on your electric bill during MVEA’s Christmas Light Round Up!

Are you or someone you know a high school senior and planning to attend college in the fall of 2017? Mountain View Electric Association, Inc. is offering scholarships totaling $14,000. Don’t miss out on the cash!

14 Scholarships Will Be Awarded 10 $1,000 MVEA Scholarships 1 $1,000 MVEA Vocational & Technical Scholarship 1 $1,000 Tri-State Generation & Transmission Scholarship 1 $1,000 Basin Electric Scholarship 1 $1,000 E.A. “Mick” Geesen Memorial Scholarship

Applications must be received by January 17, 2017. Applications are available at, at either MVEA office or by calling Megan Morse at (719) 494-2622.


For more information, visit the LEAP website at or call 866-432-8435.

Energy Assistance Need help paying your utility bill? LEAP may be the answer! The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) is a federally-funded program that helps eligible hard-working Colorado households pay a portion of their winter home heating costs. It is not intended to pay the entire cost of home heating, but rather to help alleviate some of the burden associated with the colder months. Following are phone numbers for your county LEAP offices. Applications are accepted at these county offices from November 1 through April 30.

LEAP warmth in every home

El Paso: 866-432-8435 Elbert: 866-432-8435 Douglas: 303-688-4825 – option 8 Lincoln: 719-743-2404 x 150 Washington: 970-345-2238 Pueblo: 866-432-8435 Crowley: 719-267-3546 Arapahoe: 303-636-1130 – option 2

More Emergency Assistance Agencies Pikes Peak United Way Health & Human Service Information & Referral: Call 2-1-1 • Or call 866-488-9742 •

Give the Gift of Light

Give the gift that can be used and appreciated this holiday by everyone on your list — the gift of electricity. Mountain View Electric Association, Inc.’s (MVEA) gift certificate program makes it easy for you to provide a credit on a friend or relative’s MVEA electric account. Simply fill out the form and return it, along with your check, to either MVEA office or in a MVEA drop box. A gift certificate can be given anytime throughout the year! The recipient’s electric account will be credited in the amount of your gift. The recipient will receive a certificate listing your name and the amount of the account credit that is gifted (you can also remain anonymous). For more information, call 719-495-2283 or 800-388-9881. I would like to provide the following person(s) a credit of $____ on their MVEA electric account. Recipient’s Name:________________________________________________________________ Account Number (if available):______________________________________________________

Reach Pikes Peak Eastern El Paso County: M-T-W 9 a.m. - 5 p.m Calhan Office: 719-347-2976 Toll Free: 866-347-2976 • Fax: 719-347-3106 Fountain Area: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Fountain Office: 719-382-8515 • Fax: 719-382-7509 Mercy’s Gate Eastern Colorado Springs: 719-277-7470 Fax: 719-599-4261 • Hours: Call for hours Tri-Lakes Cares Tri-Lakes area: 719-481-4864 Hours: Monday & Thursday 12 - 3 & 6 - 8 p.m. by appointment & Monday-Thurs. by phone Salvation Army 719-382-1182

Property Address:________________________________________________________________

Silver Key Persons over 60 (El Paso County): 719-632-1521

City, State, ZIP:__________________________________________________________________

Douglas/Elbert County Task Force 303-688-1114

Your Name:_____________________________ Phone Number: ___________________________ Address: _______________________________________________________________________

Colorado East Community Action Agency Lincoln & Elbert Counties: 719-775-8586

City, State, ZIP:__________________________________________________________________

Black Forest Cares 719-495-2221

☐ Enclosed is a check for $___________. (Please make gifts in $5 increments, i.e. $5, $10, $15, etc.) ☐ Please check the box if you wish to remain anonymous.

Ecumenical Social Ministries 719-636-1916 Elbert County Coalition for Outreach (ECCO) Elbert County: 303-621-2599 Hours: Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 4p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. • 719-495-2283 719-775-2861 • 800-388-9881 Stay Connected: Like. Follow. Share.





Country Kitchen Gourmet

A Quick & Easy Holiday Brunch

The holidays are a time meant to be spent with family and friends—not starting your day with hours of food prep, cooking, and cleaning. This simple recipe is great as it is, or as a base recipe for additional ingredients (onions, mushrooms, sausage, asparagus). Thank you to MVEA member Jacquelyn Massey of Colorado Springs for submitting December’s featured recipe. “I have been using this recipe for many years. It is good for brunch, as an appetizer or breakfast for company,” she shared. Remember: featured recipes submitted by members earn a $10 MVEA account credit.

Chili Puffed Eggs 10 eggs 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon of baking powder 1 stick of butter, 1/2 cup melted 1/2 teaspoon of salt 2 cups small curd cottage cheese 4 cups of Monterey Jack cheese, grated 2 4-ounce cans of hot or mild diced green chilies, drained Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, beat eggs on medium-high speed for 3 minutes or until light. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, melted butter and salt; gradually add to eggs and mix well. Stir in the cheeses and chilies. Pour into a buttered 9 inch x 13 inch baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 3540 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Don’t waste that Christmas tree — MULCH IT! Free Tree Recycling Take off the decorations and bring your tree to Mountain View Electric Association’s Falcon Operations Center at 11140 E. Woodmen Road in Falcon. We’ll take that tree off your hands and turn it into mulch. Mulch is free to anyone who needs it. Take the first entrance into the side parking lot and go to the back of the lot. You will see a sign to recycle your tree. But please be sure to remove all your decorations. Questions? Please call us at 719-495-2283. 10



Recipe Submissions Wanted! Can you put Emeril Lagasse to shame? Can you throw-down with Bobby Flay? Or, are you the master of the 30-minute meal like the self-taught cook Rachel Ray? Submit your recipe and save $10 if your recipe is published! If you have a recipe that you want to share, submit it via email at or mail to MVEA, Attn: Nikki Ricciardi, 11140 E. Woodmen Rd., Falcon, CO 80831. If your recipe is selected, you will receive a $10 credit on your electric bill the month your recipe appears in Colorado Country Life magazine.

Christmas Light Round Up C7 & C9 = SEE $AVINGS! Upgrade and Save BIG this Holiday Season! Drop off your incandescent C7 & C9 light strands at either Mountain View Electric Association, Inc. (MVEA) location, and receive a $5 credit per strand on your next electric bill. We’ll take up to 10 strands per MVEA member. You could earn up to a $50 credit on your next utility bill. Tis the season to save! Program Dates: November 1, 2016 - January 31, 2017 Offer limited to C7 & C9 incandescent light strands. Offer limited to 10 strands per member. Limon Headquarters 1655 5th Street Limon, CO 80828

Falcon Operations Center 11140 E. Woodmen Rd Falcon, CO 80831

Questions? Call (800) 388-9881.

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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

“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 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 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


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.


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.

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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


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.

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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.





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


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.




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

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





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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.


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




A Kernel of Joy

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


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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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. 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Drug Companies Nervous as Doctors and Patients Demand the AloeCure

Big Pharma execs stand to lose billions as doctors and their patients abandon drugs like Nexium® and Prilosec®. Drug free remedy could put Big Pharma out of the digestion business. By David Waxman Seattle Washington: Drug company execs are nervous. That’s because the greatest health advance in decades has hit the streets. And analysts expect it to put a huge crimp in “Big Pharma” profits. So what’s all the fuss about? It’s about a new ingredient that’s changing the lives of people who use it. Some call it “the greatest discovery since penicillin”! And others call it “a miracle!” The name of the product is the AloeCure. It’s not a drug. It’s something completely different. And the product is available to anyone who wants it, at a reasonable price. But demands may force future prices to rise.

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Company spokesperson, Dr. Liza Leal, a leading integrative health specialist out of Texas recommends Aloecure before she decides to prescribe any digestion drug. Especially after the FDA’s stem warning about long-term use of drugs classified as proton pump inhibitors like Prilosec®, Nexium®, and Prevacid®. In a nutshell, the FDA statement warned people should avoid taking these digestion drugs for longer than three 14-day treatment periods because there is an increased risk of bone fractures. Many people take them daily and for decades. Dr. Leal should know. Many patients come to her with bone and joint complaints and she does everything she can to help them. One way for digestion sufferers to help avoid possible risk of tragic joint and bone problems caused by overuse of digestion drugs is to take the AloeCure. The secret to AloeCure’s “health adjusting” formula is scientifically tested Acemannan, a polysaccharide extracted from Aloe Vera. But not the same aloe vera that mom used to apply to your cuts, scrapes and burns. This is a perfect strain of aloe that is organically grown in special Asian soil under very strict conditions. AloeCure is so powerful it begins to benefit your health the instant you take it. It soothes intestinal discomfort and you can

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Helps Calm Down Painful Inflammation

According to a leading aloe research scientist, the amazing Aloe plant has a powerful antiinflammatory effect. Aloe Vera calms the fire in your belly like it does the sunburn on your skin and in many ways helps heal damaged cells. Inflammation is your body’s first reaction to damage. So whether it’s damage that is physical, bacterial, chemical or autoimmune, the natural plant helps soothe inflammation - rapidly reducing redness, heat and swelling.

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Aloe has proved to have an astonishing effect on users who suffer with digestion problems like bouts of acid reflux, heartburn, cramping, gas and constipation because it acts as a natural acid buffer and soothes the digestive system. But new studies prove it does a whole lot more.

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So you’ve been taking proton pump inhibitors (PPI’s) for years and you feel just fine. In June of 2015, a major study shows that chronic PPI use increases the risk of heart attack in general population. Debilitating brain disorders are on the rise. New studies show PPI’s are linked to an increased risk of dementia. Cutting edge research shows that the health of your brain is closely linked by the state of healthy bacteria that comes from your gut. The things happening in your belly today might be deciding your risk for any number of brain conditions. Studies have been ongoing since the 1990’s. New studies suggest that taking PPI’s at both low and high dosage also disrupts a healthy human gut!

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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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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

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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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[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

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


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



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 See how it works at

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 for more ideas.

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