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Volume 48, Number 12


“Solitude” by Rebecca Pagnotta, a San Isabel Electric member.







A young member of a Guatemalan village wears a lineman’s hardhat. Photo by Daniel Afcha.

THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE COLORADO RURAL ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION COMMUNICATIONS STAFF: Mona Neeley, CCC, Publisher/Editor; Cassi Gloe, Designer; Kylee Coleman, Editorial/Admin. Assistant; 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 | | | | COCountryLife | | 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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Colorado Rural Electric Association posted: Andrew Littlefield accepted the $500 student scholarship Colorado’s Youth Tour students competed for. Andrew was sponsored by Morgan County Rural Electric Association.

Colorado Country Life posted: Trista takes her copy of Colorado Country Life to the top of Vail Mountain!


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Started in the Great Depression, co-ops continue to serve communities BY KENT SINGER CREA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KSINGER@COLORADOREA.ORG


Colorado Country Life is delivered each month to over 229,000 households and businesses in Colorado electric cooperative service territory. If you receive the magazine, you’re probably a consumer-member of one of Colorado’s 22 electric distribution co-ops that serve 70 percent of the geography of Colorado. You may not realize it, but by virtue of being a consumermember of an electric co-op, you’re not just a customer of a utility, you’re part of a movement. That’s right, the electric co-op program was a social experiment initiated by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1935. (Congress passed enabling legislation in 1936.) FDR created the Rural Electrification Administration, commonly known as the REA, not only to provide jobs during the Great Depression, but also because he believed that the quality of life in rural America would be greatly improved if people in rural areas had access to electricity in the same way as those who lived in cities.

Statue of Franklin D. Roosevelt at the Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C.

I was reminded of the beginnings of the REA program on a recent trip to the town of Hyde Park in upstate New York. As you may know, FDR was born in Hyde Park on an estate called Springwood; he returned there frequently over the course of his eventful life, and he and Eleanor Roosevelt are buried on the grounds of the estate. Today, you can tour the Roosevelt home at Springwood and visit the FDR Presidential Library & Museum. (For anyone interested in U.S. history, particularly World War II, the museum is a must-see.) In addition to being a wartime president, Roosevelt had the overwhelming challenge of trying to jump-start the U.S. economy in the throes of the Great Depression. The REA program was just one of many “New Deal” programs he initiated. While the



museum includes exhibits about each of these programs, I took special note of the exhibit titled “Powering Rural America.” The introduction to the exhibit reminds us of the reasons FDR started the REA program: “Imagine a world without electricity. In 1933, 90 percent of America’s farmers lived in such a world. Ignored by private power Kent Singer companies, who could not make a profit wiring rural areas, farm families passed their nights in darkened homes. Their days were filled with time-consuming manual labor. Electricity could transform farm life with pumps to supply running water, refrigerators, washing machines and other labor-saving devices. A longtime advocate of public power, FDR was determined to bring affordable electricity to rural Americans.” As the result of FDR’s vision and the hard work of co-op line crews over the last 80 years, America’s farms and small towns enjoy the benefits of electricity. Today, your co-op provides more than electricity; it’s an integral part of your community. That is part of the “co-op difference.” Your local electric cooperative pays taxes; it employs your neighbors; it lights your kids’ ball field; it sponsors local youth programs; it offers college and trade school scholarships to local students; and so much more. Co-ops also help those who struggle to pay their power bills by supporting Energy Outreach Colorado and other organizations that help those less fortunate. No other type of electric utility has this kind of connection with its consumers. When I visited Hyde Park this fall, I paid homage to FDR at his grave in the rose garden at the Springwood estate. With the REA, he started something big: a movement that has grown and flourished and now includes over 900 cooperatives serving more than 42 million Americans in 47 states. That’s something to be proud of, just as all of Colorado’s electric co-ops are proud to serve their members and their communities. With your support, Colorado’s electric cooperatives will continue to live the co-op difference in 2019 and beyond. I wish you a happy holiday season and a healthy new year.

Kent Singer, Executive Director

[letters] Soft Spot for Guatemala

I have a personal interest in the needs of small rural villages in Guatemala. It was 1973 when I was employed by Mountain View Electric Association while I had the opportunity to take a trip to Guatemala with my brother Lee and a group of young people, including my daughter Nancy. We had the opportunity to travel through much of the rural areas, and I recall comparing the needs of some of the povertystricken rural areas with the highly developed rural areas of eastern Colorado served by MVEA. When I returned I wrote an article for Colorado Country Life titled “Land of Eternal Spring” telling about this beautiful country and the friendly people we encountered during this marvelous adventure. It has been over 40 years and the people are still lacking the basics of life that we take for granted. What a great opportunity it is for the people in our area to play a part in bringing electricity and clean water to that country. Helen Morrison, Limon Mountain View Electric member

Delightful Ducks

Thank you to Dennis Smith for your many articles, especially the one about the duck decoys (September ’18). I grew up in Sheridan, Wyoming, fortunate to have a father who thought girls could do the same things as boys, so my twin sister and I tied our own flies to fish the high lakes in the Big Horn Mountains reached on our own horses. How wonderful to read about the love you have for the outdoors, too. Ann Garbutt Ryan, Fort Collins Poudre Valley REA member Got something to say? We welcome letters to the editor via mail or email. They must include the writer’s name and full address. Send your letter to Editor Mona Neeley at 5400 Washington St., Denver, CO 80216 or to mneeley@ Letters may be edited for length.



[community events] [December] December Weekend Nights Colorado Springs Electric Safari Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Weekend Nights through December 23 Littleton Santa’s Village Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield 4:30-8:30 pm • Wednesday-Sunday Through December 20 Montrose Christmas Activities at the Covered Bridge Covered Bridge Ranch 10 am-4:30 pm Various Dates through December 30 Pueblo ElectriCritters Pueblo Zoo 5:30-8:30 pm • December 7 Colorado Springs Bear Creek by Candlelight Bear Creek Nature Center 5-8 pm • 719-520-6388 December 7-8 Durango Festival of Trees Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Grange Hall 1-6 pm • 970-385-3453 December 7 Durango “Noel Night With Lawrence Baca” Artist Reception Sorrel Sky Gallery 5-7 pm •

December 8-9 Loveland “Loveland Lights” Holiday Event Loveland Public Library 970-962-2401 December 8 Montrose Ornament Painting Class for Families Ute Indian Museum 6:30 pm • 970-249-3098 December 8 Timnath “A Victorian Christmas Tea” Event Timnath Presbyterian Church 10 am-1 pm • 970-484-8113 December 10 Colorado Springs Visiting Writers Series With Stanley Crawford Colorado College 7 pm • December 12-15 Berthoud Berthoud Snowfest Fickel Park West Side December 13 Salida Columbine Gem & Mineral Society Holiday Party Mt Shavano Manor 5:30 pm • December 14-16 Greeley The Stampede Troupe Presents: A Christmas Story Union Colony Civic Center 970-356-5000 • December 15-16 Grand Junction Grand Valley Model Railroad Christmas Train Show Cross Orchards 10 am-4 pm • 970-242-0971

December 7 Mancos “In December” Concert Mancos United Methodist Church 7 pm • 970-533-9165

December 16 Pueblo Pueblo Municipal Band Holiday Concert Sangre de Cristo Arts Center 2 pm • 719-295-7200

December 7 Pueblo Ethnic Christmas Open House El Pueblo History Museum 5-7 pm • 719-583-0453

December 21 Glenwood Springs Demo Days and Skiing With Santa Sunlight Mountain Resort 970-945-7491 •

December 8 Durango Durango Farmers Holiday Market La Plata County Fairgrounds 9 am-2 pm • 970-749-1653

December 22-23 Granby Ski With Santa Granby Ranch 11 am-2 pm •



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Fun Race Series

December 15, January 6 and 27, February 10 and 24, March 23 and 30 Wolf Creek Ski Area, Pagosa Springs Skiers and snowboarders ages 3 and older are invited to participate in one, some or all of the 2018-2019 Fun Race Series. Racers will be divided into the appropriate age bracket and then attempt to race their fastest time on the course for their chance to win a gold, silver or bronze medal. For more information, visit December 25 Boulder Christmas Buffet Hotel Boulderado 303-442-4344 • December 28-29 Frisco Meadow Mountain Concert 10 Mile Music Hall December 29 Rifle The Boys of Summer: The Music of The Eagles Ute Events Center 8 pm • December 30-31 Denver Devotchka Concert The Bluebird Theater December 31 Durango New Year’s Eve: Night Rail Jam Purgatory Resort 3-8 pm • 970-247-9000

January 3 Loveland Outdoor Divas Women’s Demo Day Loveland Ski Area 9 am-3 pm • 303-571-5580 January 4 Pueblo First Friday Art Walk Pueblo Creative Corridor 5 pm • January 4 Winter Park Mini Rail Jam Winter Park Resort 4-5 pm •



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January 1 Durango New Year’s Day Brunch Train Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

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This time of year I can’t help but watch those classic holiday films like “Miracle on 34th Street,” “A Christmas Carol” and, yes, that hilarious 1940s tale about a boy named Ralphie who, despite the countless warnings about shooting his eye out, wants nothing more for Christmas than an “official Red Ryder, carbine action, 200-shot, range model air rifle with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time.” But the movie that always tugs at my heartstrings during the holidays has to be “It’s a Wonderful Life.” This tale about despairing businessman George Bailey from Bedford Falls and the guardian angel who shows him what life would be like if George had never been born imparts to me an immense feeling of gratitude. It’s a gratitude for family, friends, community and the forefathers whom I never met. I never had the privilege of shaking their hands to thank them for their part in helping to shape the powered-up world we all experience today, and oftentimes take for granted. Think about it: Prior to 1945, the good folks in Washington and Yuma counties used washboards and a bar of soap to clean laundry, a wood-burning cookstove

WRAPPED IN SAFETY After you pull out that electric blanket for its first use of the season, give it a good inspection. Be sure the wiring is snug and free of damage and discoloration. If you’re unsure of its safety, discard your electric blanket and snuggle up to a new, ULcertified one you’ll love for winters to come.

to make their meals and candles and oil lamps to light their homes. And that whole time they knew that those in the nearby towns and cities were enjoying the luxuries of electricity. Our rural folks wanted the Terry Hall amenities electricity had to offer, but the bigwigs providing the electricity didn’t find it profitable to send their men to erect the poles and string the cable through the vast country where homes and businesses were spread far from each other. That’s when Y-W Electric Association, Inc. came to be. In 1945, the people of Washington and Yuma counties pulled together their resources and came up with a game plan to bring this valuable thing called electricity to our area. Through the power of community, they took on the difficult task of doing what no one else would. Fast-forward to 2018 and Y-W Electric’s linemen can erect poles and string power lines at rapid, yet ultrasafe, speed. When the power does go out, our community rarely experiences significant inconveniences. In the rare instances in which power does go out for

an extended period of time, those same linemen battle the same conditions in which the outage occurred to begin with: snow, ice, rain or fire. Today, it’s difficult to imagine what life would be like without this valuable resource — how many times today alone did you flip the lights on and off, surf the internet, cook something hot or watch your favorite holiday shows? And when it comes to your holiday shopping list, how many of those items need an electric outlet to be enjoyed? Had George Bailey never been born, his little brother Harry may have succumbed to a different fate. Had the people in our rural community not been around in 1945 with the same desire and willpower for an electrified life, would our community have had a different destiny? In the movie, Harry toasted his brother as “the richest man in town.” Knowing my family, friends and community will stay warm and enjoy all the gifts of electricity, I have to say I feel pretty fortunate, too. After all, it truly is a wonderful life full of light. Have a safe and happy holiday season. [Glen L. Trute, 740300400]




New Year’s Day




2018 Year-End Information The year 2018 will soon be coming to a close and many of our consumers are reviewing their power consumption and costs for the past year. Because of the billing cycle, the December 2018 usage is not billed until the second week of January 2019. Since the usage for the calendar year is not billed in the calendar year (December billed in January), what you have paid for usage at a certain location during the calendar year is not necessarily the 2018 usage. We can help you with any questions concerning your usage or energy charges. When requesting yearly information, please specify whether you need the yearly usage or the total amount paid during the year, or both. If you have any questions or need information about your accounts, please contact our billing department at 1-800660-2291 or come into the Akron office. We can easily give you the kilowatt-hour and energy charge figures for 2018. If you require more information than this, please allow us a few days to get it accumulated. Please keep this in mind when requesting yearly information. All of us at Y-W Electric sincerely wish you a prosperous 2019.


ON THE COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE THROUGH Y-W ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION FOR 2019 Get your applications in prior to the deadline to compete for the following scholarships: • Y-W Electric* $1,000/year scholarships, renewable up to $4,000 • Y-W Electric* $1,000 scholarships • Basin Electric Power $1,000 scholarships • Y-W Electric* $500 scholarships • Y-W Electric* $500 continuing education scholarship • Tri-State Generation and Transmission $500 scholarships • Y-W Electric* $1,000 line technician training scholarship * Y-W Electric scholarships are funded by unclaimed capital credits account

To qualify for these scholarships: • Your parents or guardians must receive electric service from Y-W Electric • You must be a graduating student from a local high school or approved home schooling program or be a continuing college student • You must maintain full-time resident student status • Semesters must be continuous, excluding summer • You must provide copy of grade transcript to Y-W at the end of each semester to receive renewable funding for specific scholarships • You must maintain minimum GPA requirements • Applications were made available on our website,, beginning in October 2018 • Applications must be delivered to Y-W prior to 5 p.m. February 1, 2019 • Applications received after February 1, 2019, WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED, regardless of postmark! For more information, please see your guidance counselor or call Andy Molt at Y-W Electric 970-345-2291. He will be happy to answer any questions.


Fireplace Fundamentals It’s nice to nestle by a fire during the cold holiday season. After your fire is completely out, be sure to close the damper. This prevents heat from escaping and cold from entering through your chimney.



Each month, Y-W Electric offers members a chance to earn a $20 credit on their next electric bill. If you recognize your name and account number in this magazine, call 800660-2291 and ask for your credit. It couldn’t be easier. Get acquainted with your account number, read your Colorado Country Life magazine and pick up the phone. That’s all the energy you’ll need to claim your energy bucks. You must claim your credit during the month in which your name appears in the magazine. (Check the date on the front cover.) Winners claiming $20 from the October 2018 issue: John F Greene Dale Deinert Peggy Prescott

[Y-W News] Energy Efficiency Tip of the Month Heading out of town for the holidays? Remember to unplug electronics that draw a phantom energy load. Some gadgets like televisions, gaming consoles, chargers and DVD players use energy when plugged into an outlet, even when they’re not in use. Source:

Harold Blackham Retirement


Harold Blackham started working for Y-W Electric right after the blizzard of 1977. He hung up his hooks on November 30 having served 41½ years at the co-op. During that time, he spent 28 years as construction foreman/lineman in the Wray area, two years as Eckley area lineman, eight and a half years as staking technician and the last three years as line superintendent. Many changes occurred during these 41 years. Harold didn’t go to lineman school; instead he learned his trade by watching experienced linemen, paying attention and asking questions. Harold Blackham When he started there was only one bucket truck in the system. There were no electronics in the field — just paper, pencil and truck radios. Crescent wrenches were replaced by hydraulic tools, and linemen can use bucket trucks instead of always climbing poles. Harold never asked a crew member to do something he wouldn’t do himself and tried to always lead by example. Keeping the consumers’ power on has always been paramount in his career. Friendly, conscientious and ready to talk to everyone, he made scores of lifelong friends in the Y-W family, Y-W area and at other electric co-ops. Harold’s vocation impacted the Blackham household as well. Vacations included “patrolling line,” looking at pole structures and maybe noticing scenery — an occasional bear or moose — or visiting a museum. During storms and power outages the Blackham house became telephone central. Son Jason even had his own pole to learn to climb. Volunteering and community involvement have always been an important part of life for Harold. He was fire chief in Eckley, Exalted Ruler for Wray Elks Lodge and scoutmaster for Wray Boy Scouts. He is currently serving, and has been for 24 years, on the Yuma County Fair Board. He and his wife, Sharon, are coheads of the Rainbow Explorers 4-H Club in Wray. He enjoys helping kids with woodworking and livestock projects, always striving to encourage them to aim high and reach their goals. After retirement you will find Harold spending more time in Washington, D.C., with Jason and his daughter-in-law, Christy, traveling, woodworking and turning pens, riding the Harley as much as possible and probably stopping by Y-W to visit. “Thank you to the Y-W family through the years!” Harold said. “It’s been great.” [Assembly of God Cope, 5131004000] DECEMBER 2018


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If you are interested in an intriguing, all-expense-paid experience this summer, please obtain and fill out an application for the Leadership Camp and the Washington D.C. Youth Tour. The application deadline is January 4, 2019. WASHINGTON D.C. YOUTH TOUR


The winner will join other students from Colorado co-ops and co-ops across the United States June 13-18, 2019. This week of activities begins in Denver on June 13. Students will visit our state capitol building before heading to Washington, D.C. Once in Washington, D.C., the youth will meet many of our Colorado congressional members and learn about electric cooperatives and the issues facing the electric industry today. There will plenty of time for fun and touring. The lucky students will visit Mount Vernon, the National Cathedral, the Holocaust museum, Arlington National Cemetery and the Library of Congress. Students will stroll through the Smithsonian museums, visit the monuments and memorials and much more. There will be an opportunity to learn about electricity generation, transmission and distribution, while having the time of their life with over 1,800 other students. An evening at the theater, a cruise on the Potomac River, dancing and mingling are all a part of this once-in-a-lifetime experience with many memories to share.


On July 13-18, 2019, a total of about 100 students will be sponsored by rural electric cooperatives from all over Colorado, Kansas, Wyoming and Oklahoma to attend the Leadership Camp. [Michael Anderson, 3026001801]. The camp is designed to provide a better understanding of cooperatives, legislative processes, energy prices, power generation and the rural electric cooperative program. It also focuses on developing leadership skills to handle the challenges of the future. The camp, run by the students, is a lot of fun, but also provides an excellent learning experience. Field trips are planned to tour a large open-pit coal mine and an electric generation power plant. There is also time for fun and sightseeing. Free time is taken up with volleyball, swimming, whitewater rafting, dancing, a banquet and meeting many new friends.

• All expenses for these experiences are covered by Y-W Electric. The parent or guardian of an applicant must be a member of Y-W and/or directly receive electric power from Y-W Electric Association. The selection process is conducted similar to a job interview, so you will gain experience in that area. [Edward J. Baker, 1140219303] • Applications are available on our website, • For more information, please see your guidance counselor or call Andy Molt at Y-W Electric at 970-345-2291. He will be happy to answer any questions.




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Kevin Yang

Two amazing students were among the exhibitors at the Colorado Rural Electric Association Energy Innovations Summit Monday, October 29 in downtown Denver. They were the winners of the Colorado Touchstone Energy Cooperatives award at the 2018 Colorado Science & Engineering Fair at Colorado State University in Fort Collins last April. Kevin Yang (left) explained his design of an energy-saving radiative cooling bilayer paint that could be used to keep buildings cooler. Kevin was a 10th grader at Fairview High School in Boulder when his project won the co-op award. Nikhila Narayana (right) explained how altering the wavelength of bioluminescent

Nikhila Narayana

light could power a photovoltaic cell. Nikhila was an 8th grader at Rocky Heights Middle School in Highlands Ranch when she won the co-op energy award. Both students talked with summit attendees and attended sessions during the day.

Co-op Business Model Shines at CU Boulder Event

(Left to right) CREA Executive Director Kent Singer, Jason Frisbie of Platte River Power Authority, Alice Jackson of Xcel and Mike McInnis of Tri-State talk about an electric industry in transition during the CREA Energy Innovations Summit.

Electric Cooperatives Focus on Innovation “What’s new, what’s coming, what’s changing” was the theme when the Colorado Rural Electric Association hosted its 9th annual Energy Innovations Summit October 29 in downtown Denver. More than 350 people from all parts of the electric industry attended the one-day event that opened with industry leaders talking about today’s turbulent times and what affect the changes in the industry are having on their companies. CREA Executive Director Kent Singer directed the opening conversation among Alice Jackson, president of Xcel Energy; Jason Frisbie, CEO of Platte River Power Authority; and Mike McInnis, CEO of Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association. 12


Breakout sessions followed, with panels discussing energy efficiency and demand response: forecasting renewable energy; alternatives to lithium ion storage technology; how blockchains might assist the power industry; electric vehicle charging technology; and co-op battery storage projects. Steve Collier, director of smart grid strategies for Milsoft Utility Solutions spoke to the group about changes, threats and opportunities in the electric industry. The day closed out with a panel of experts from California talking about community choice aggregation in California and how it might translate to Colorado. The event also included vendors displaying new products and time for various industry leaders to meet and share information.

The cooperative business model and the advantages of being a co-op in today’s world were the focus of the Colorado Shared Ownership Summit that was part of the Conscious Capitalism Conference at the University of Colorado Boulder Tuesday, November 6. The Colorado Rural Electric Association and CoBank were among the five sponsors for the day. The event brought together cooperative leaders from around the country. It also connected leaders from different kinds of co-ops in Colorado. There were representatives from the state’s electric cooperatives, community wealthbuilding co-ops, housing co-ops, food co-ops, credit unions, investment coops, farmland co-ops, child care co-ops, employee-owned businesses and more. Those in attendance talked about what they had in common and how they can work together. The event opened the day after the election, with a previously prepared video from Gov.-elect Jared Polis. He noted his support for co-ops with past legislation and added that cooperatives “…are all an important part of the economy.”


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Spark Your Knowledge of Electricity Schoolteachers interested in the electric industry have the opportunity next summer to learn more about energy, how it is generated and how it is supplied to all of us who use it. Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, the power supplier to 18 of Colorado’s 22 electric co-ops, will bring together educators who teach grades 4-12 for a three-day learning session in Westminster June 18-20. The program is open and free to all teachers who are electric cooperative members, teach at schools that are co-op members or teach students whose parents are co-op members in Tri-State’s service area. (Educators outside of electric co-op territory are welcome to apply, and funding will be sought on their behalf.)

Thanks to the support of Tri-State’s member cooperatives, there is no cost to educators in the Tri-State service area who participate. Most expenses, including lodging, meals, transportation and conference materials, are provided. The program is sponsored in cooperation with the National Energy Education Development Project, which works with the education community to promote an energy-conscious and educated society by helping deliver multisided energy education programs. For more information or to apply, contact Wendi Moss at the NEED Project,, or Michelle Pastor at

You may not realize it, but if you are reading this magazine, you are probably a member of an electric cooperative. Colorado Country Life is mailed to electric cooperative members as a service from your local electric co-op. It is the co-op’s way of keeping its consumer-members up to date on events at the co-op, new programs and rebates, board of directors elections, rate changes and more. If you like doing business with a cooperative and are interested in connecting with co-ops, visit colorado. coop online. This new website lists all kinds of cooperatives located in Colorado. You’ll find your local electric co-op, ag co-ops, credit unions and more. There are 65,000 coops in the United States and hundreds here in Colorado. Engage with these various co-ops and live out the sixth cooperative principle: cooperation among cooperatives.

Carbon Dioxide Emissions From Power Sector Decline Changes in the mix of fuels used to generate electricity, along with a slowdown in the growth of demand for power, have contributed to a 28 percent decline in carbon dioxide emissions since 2005, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. EIA calculated that CO2 emissions from the United States’ electric power sector totaled 1,744 million metric tons (MMt) in 2017, the lowest level since 1987. (CO2 emissions from outside the power sector only fell by 5 percent in that same time period.) U.S. electricity demand decreased in six of the past 10 years as industrial demand declined and residential and commercial demand remained relatively flat. If electricity demand continued to

increase at the rate it did for the 10 years prior to 2005 and if the mix of fuels used to generate electricity stayed the same, CO2 emissions would have been 645 MMt higher in 2017. But, instead, in

2017, “noncarbon” resources, including renewable resources, accounted for 38 percent of the resources, up from 28 percent in 2005.




ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS AN EV How economics could affect your decision to purchase an electric vehicle



Wondering if an electric vehicle is a good gift idea for you or your significant other this Christmas? The answer could depend on where you live. Electric vehicles account for just 1.2 percent of the U.S. vehicle market, but sales are booming, growing 25 percent last year. And they’re getting better and cheaper as researchers improve the batteries that power them. Here’s a guide to help you decide if an electric car is for you — or if you just want to be smarter about one of the next big things in energy. The first thing to realize about electric cars is they can drive more than enough miles for you on a single charge, even if you live out in the wide-open countryside. LOCATION ISSUE 1: THE DISTANCE MYTH Try keeping track of your actual daily use, advises Brian Sloboda, a program and product manager at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. “If you’re an insurance salesman, you’re logging a lot of miles, so an electric car’s not going to be for you,” he says, noting that a typical range for an electric car today is more than 100 miles, and ranges of 150 to 250 miles are becoming common. “But if you look at how many miles you drive in a day, for most people in the United States, even in rural areas, that number is under 40 miles per day. So if your car has a range of 14


120 miles, that’s a lot of wiggle room.” According to the Federal Highway Administration, the average American drives 25 miles per day, and for rural areas that average is 34 miles a day. Sloboda says another reason it’s worth thinking realistically about your daily mileage comes from the most likely way an electric car would be refueled. When an electric car is done driving for the day, you can plug it in to recharge overnight. Essentially, you’re topping off the gas tank while you sleep, giving you a fully-charged battery every morning. There are three ways to charge an electric car: Level 1 — The simplest charging technique is to plug the car into a standard home outlet. That will charge the battery at a rate that will add 2 to 5 miles to its range each hour. That’s pretty slow, but Sloboda notes the battery might start the charging session already partly charged, depending on how far it is driven that day. Level 2 — Faster charging will require a professional installer to upgrade the home’s voltage for a unit that will add between 10 and 25 miles of range for each hour of charging — a rate that would fully charge the battery overnight. Sloboda says installing a Level 2 charger in a house or garage would run $500 to $800 for the equipment, plus at least that much for the labor. Timers can also be used to charge the vehicle in the

middle of the night when electric consumption is typically lower. Level 3 — DC (direct current) fast charge requires specialized equipment more suited to public charging stations and will bring a car battery up to 80 percent of capacity in 30 minutes. Sloboda warns this high-speed technique should only be used for special long-distance driving, since it can degrade the battery over time. That’s also why DC chargers shouldn’t be used to bring the battery up to 100 percent. LOCATION ISSUE 2: OFF-PEAK ELECTRIC RATES What you pay to charge your electric car could also depend on where you live, Sloboda says. He advises checking to see whether your local electric co-op offers a lower rate to charge an electric vehicle overnight, when the utility has a lower demand for electricity. “It’s different depending on where you are in the country,” Sloboda says. Some local co-ops have fairly stable electric demand throughout a typical day, so they may not offer a special electric vehicle rate. He says there are areas of the country where the on-peak, off-peak difference in price is extreme, so it might make financial sense for the utility to offer an overnight charging rate. Another factor affecting the economics of an electric car is, of course, the cost of the vehicle.

[ industry] “These cars are really in the luxury and performance car categories,” Sloboda says. As electric cars improve, projections put their cost coming down to match conventional vehicles by about the year 2025. But today, the average electric car costs close to $40,000, compared with less than $30,000 for several internal combustion engine vehicles. LOCATION ISSUES 3 AND 4: ENVIRONMENT AND GEOGRAPHY For many people, one of the biggest selling points for electric cars is their effect on the environment, and that can also depend on where you live. The sources of electricity for a local utility vary across the country — some areas depend heavily on coal-fired power plants, others use larger shares of solar or wind energy. One major environmental group analyzed all those local electric utility fuel mixes and determined that, for most of the country, electric vehicles have much less of an effect on the environment than conventional vehicles. That study by the Union of Concerned Scientists shows that in the middle part of the country, driving an electric vehicle has the equivalent environmental benefits of driving a gasoline-powered car that gets 41 to 50 miles per gallon. For much of the rest of the country, it’s like driving a car that gets well over 50 miles per gallon. “Seventy-five percent of people now live in places where driving on electricity is cleaner than a 50 mpg gasoline car,” the report from the Union of Concerned Scientists states. Other local factors that will affect an electric car’s performance include climate and geography, Sloboda says. The range of the vehicle will be affected by whether you regularly drive up and down mountains or make a lot of use of the heater or air conditioner. Sloboda concedes that electric vehicles are not for everybody. One limit to their growth is that no major carmaker currently offers an especially popular choice: a pickup truck. Although, the development of electric pickups is under way at Atlis Motor Vehicles and Workhorse group, and discussions show Tesla is considering developing an electric pickup as well. Sloboda suggests possible advantages of an electric pickup: a heavy battery in the bottom would lower the center of gravity for better handling, and at a remote work site the battery could run power tools. Paul Wesslund writes on consumer and cooperative affairs for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

Easing Electric Vehicle Range Anxiety Range anxiety—fear of the battery running out before you’re able to recharge—is a roadblock to wider use of electric vehicles. But statistics show this fear is overblown, even if you live in a rural area. While extra planning may be needed for vacations or longer trips, nearly everyone’s daily driving needs can be met with one charge.






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And when you’re done driving your electric vehicle for the day, you can plug it in to recharge overnight, “topping off the tank” while you sleep! Sources: Dept. of Energy, Energy Information Administration, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. DECEMBER 2018



A Brighter Tomorrow BY MONA NEELEY The lights are on in Pie del Cerro and Tierra Blanca Salinas, two remote, primitive villages in north central Guatemala, thanks to 15 Colorado and Oklahama lineworkers. Seven men from Colorado electric co-ops and eight from Oklahoma co-ops spent 19 grueling days in late September and early October bringing electricity to more than 50 homes in each of these two villages in the middle of a rain forest. Now there is electricity to grind the corn that is so much a part of the villagers’ daily lives and to provide refrigeration for improved diets. There is also hope for an even brighter tomorrow and a better life, especially for the kids who will now grow up with lights that allow them to do their homework after the sun goes down and who will have access to a computer to expand their horizons. That hope comes thanks to the electric cooperatives across the United States that have partnered with NRECA International, the philanthropic arm of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the national trade association for electric co-ops. For this particular project, the Colorado Rural Electric Association partnered with the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives and Empressa Municipal Rural de Electricidad, or EMRE, a small municipal utility serving more than 5,000 meters in the Ixcan region of Guatemala. Linemen from EMRE and student apprentices participating in a vocational-type school worked with the crews from the United States to string the power lines and wire the houses.





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Pulling line.

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It was no easy task. EMRE cleared the right-of-way needed to bring the electricity from a nearby village prior to the team arriving. Then, once the Americans arrived, the team put up 4.34 miles of primary line and 3.72 miles of secondary line along 130 power poles through the two villages. The volunteers connected the power lines to 104 homes, two schools, two health centers and five churches. The linemen worked tirelessly in heat and humidity that nearly kicked their fortitude. Temperatures were in the 90s, as was the humidity, almost every day of the project. After getting up at 6:30 a.m. and preparing for the day, the guys were usually drenched in sweat by 9 a.m. as they drove unpaved, pothole-filled roads to the villages. But neither the heat and humidity nor the primitive working conditions stopped the work. And it certainly didn’t stop the Guatemalans who were working alongside them. The people of Pie de Cerro and Tierra Blanca Salinas were excited at the prospect of electricity for their homes. Most houses are built of rough-sawed wood with thatched roofs. Some are built with handmade concrete blocks. Some have tin roofs. Most have dirt floors and no doors or 18


Manpower to move a transformer.

Building line through a jungle.

windows. Gaps in the siding and between the top of the walls and the roof provide ventilation for the indoor cooking fires, as well as letting in the hot, humid outdoor air and a little light. In anticipation of the linemen arriving, the families in each of these homes, anxious for electricity, hand dug a deep hole and planted something that would act as a power pole for their home. Some poles were the tree trunks that were cut from the rightof-way where the power came through the rain forest and into the village. Some were odd, square poles that seem to be common in Guatemala. Others were freshly poured concrete — some with rebar; some without. They were ready for the “gringos” to wire their villages, villages that have never had much of anything. Don Pedro Tut, a grandfather of 14 in Pie del Cerro, recalled in a written history that he shared with the team that the villages were established in 1984 and 1985. (This was after a brutal civil war during which people fled Guatemala. When they returned, the government allowed them to settle in the rain forest area, but there was no infrastructure, no water, no electricity.) “Settlers began to farm in the foothill of

Making friends.

the mountain,” Don Pedro Tut wrote. “They began to grow a lot of corn but couldn’t grow anything else because there was not enough shade. They suffered a lot.” The international team was there during the corn harvest and saw how hard the villagers work in the sweltering heat, from young, barefoot children to older adults. The team ran wire alongside hilly, handplanted corn fields and watched as villagers picked corn by hand and used a diesel generator to power a corn sheller to get the corn ready for drying. The corn was then spread on black tarps across the village soccer field to dry in the sun before crews of men bagged it and loaded it on trucks to be hauled to market. Everyone was involved. “Everyone is in survival mode,” noted Dale Kishbaugh, director of safety and loss control for CREA and the Colorado team leader. “That’s all they focus on: living until tomorrow.” And, yet, the team also noticed that the villagers were happy, with a lot of pride in what they did have. That truly came through when the villages got together to celebrate the lights coming on.

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Ben Ludington and a new friend.

Line coming into the villages.

The schoolhouse.

On the day of the event, the international team was greeted at the edge of Pie del Cerro with a palm-frond gateway and the beginning of a special celebration. It started with a procession that included icons from the local church, women carrying incense burners and flowers, a percussion section followed by girls stepping to the beat and the entire village walking alongside the international team and EMRE employees to the village school. An impressive and touching ceremony followed with the national anthems of the United States and Guatemala being played and speeches from the village leaders and EMRE expressing thanks to the team that brought electricity to the villages. And, as everyone gathered for lunch in the school and yard, there was one last chance for the village kids to connect with the linemen. These were men they had come to know and admire over the last three weeks — men who made a difference in these villages that will last for generations and yet were changed, themselves, by their time in a faraway place. Mona Neeley, editor of Colorado Country Life, was privileged to be in the villages of Pie del Cerro and Tierra Blanca Salinas when the lights came on for the first time.

Christian Baker and the ever-present kids.

Everyone celebrates the lights coming on. DECEMBER 2018



SERVE UP SMILES This isn’t your grandma’s gingerbread. These soft cookies are cute as a button and have a deep, rich flavor from chocolate, molasses, ginger and many other spices. After they’re baked, press on a chocolate star or chocolate kiss for the perfect finishing touch.

Sweet Sustenance for Santa Beautiful baked goods make the holidays more joyful BY AMY HIGGINS RECIPES@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG


Put a smile on everyone’s face — including Santa’s — with sweet and snazzy holiday baked goods. SugarHero! blogger Elizabeth LaBau recently put her baking savvy to work and shared some fun holiday baking ideas for Colorado Country Life readers. These recipes will not only please palates, but they will tantalize anyone who sets their sights on them as well. Get baking these holiday treats and post it on your Pinterest board — we will!

Soft Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies Yield: 60 small cookies Ingredients 2 3/4 cups (12 1/3 ounces) all-purpose flour 1/4 cup (3/4 ounce) unsweetened cocoa powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 teaspoons ground ginger 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice 1/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup (6 ounces) butter, at room temperature 3/4 cup (5 2/3 ounces) packed brown sugar 1/4 cup (1 3/4 ounces) granulated sugar, plus extra for rolling 20


1 /3 cup (4 1/2 ounces) unsulfured molasses 1 egg, at room temperature 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 teaspoon packed orange zest (from 1/2 large orange) 60 milk chocolate stars or chocolate kisses Directions In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice and salt, then set aside for a moment. Place the butter and both sugars in the large bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat them together on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Add the molasses, egg, vanilla extract and orange zest, and beat until well mixed. The mixture might look a little broken at this point. Stop the mixer and add the dry ingredients. Mix on low speed until just a few streaks of flour remain. Finish

mixing by hand, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl well with a spatula. Turn the dough out onto a piece of cling wrap and wrap it well. Chill for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Pour some granulated sugar into a shallow bowl. Roll the chilled cookie dough into small 1-inch balls, roll the balls in granulated sugar and place them 2 inches apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 7-8 minutes until puffed and dry in the center, but still soft. Remove baking sheet from the oven and immediately press a chocolate star or unwrapped chocolate kiss into the center of each cookie. Let cookies cool completely on the baking sheet. These cookies keep amazingly well and, if stored in an airtight container at room temperature, will be soft and moist for up to a week after baking.

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Decorating for the holidays is always something I looked forward to doing. When my kids were young, we would go to the mountains to cut down our Christmas trees. It was a fun family outing and guaranteed plenty of fresh pine boughs for draping over the fireplace mantle, along the staircase and for making wreaths. I savored the fresh forest scent and loved the contrast of bright red bows against the greenery, but our decorations were not complete without poinsettias. I used to think poinsettias had to be discarded after the holidays when the red bracts dropped. Then I discovered my mother’s poinsettias thriving well into spring. As it turns out, poinsettias are as easy to maintain as any houseplant; it just takes some effort to get them to bloom a second time. You can keep poinsettias indoors or place them outside in bright, indirect light once night temperatures are consistently above 50 degrees. By midsummer, if they grow considerably, prune them down to about half size, repot in potting soil and apply commercial houseplant fertilizer. When nighttime temperatures dip below 50 degrees again, bring the pots indoors. To encourage new flowers and red bracts, poinsettias need to be kept in total darkness for 15 hours per day from September 21 to the end of October. I placed mine in a basement closet at 5 p.m. and took them out the next day at 8 a.m. This worked for me because no one used the basement. If you don’t have a room that will remain absolutely dark, you can cover the plants with a black cloth. Follow this routine religiously and your poinsettias should begin developing color by early November. There are many other winter blooming houseplants to fulfill your craving for color

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Brady Jim and Gwen LPEA membersbreak with CCL in take a reading ka. Ketchikan, Alas

Our grandson, Matthew, was in preschool and they were having their Christmas program. My husband and I came down with the flu the night of the program and were unable to attend. The next morning I called our son’s house and Matthew answered. I told him we were sorry we didn’t make it. I asked him what his part was in the program. He was quiet for a moment, then hemmed and hawed and finally said, “Oh, I was a people bird.” Our son, Del, walked into our house about that time and I told him I talked to Matt about being a people bird. Del grimaced and said, “He was an angel.” Pat Bernhardt, Milliken ’Twas the season and my 5-year-old daughter was cheerily singing Christmas carols while I brushed out her hair — that is, until the brush caught a snag. “Ow!” she yelled, “it’s not ‘comfort and joy’ anymore!” Kelsey Gilbert, Monument Years ago, my friend had to sing “All I Want for Christmas” in a school play. He told me that while he sang, without thinking, he started singing, “I got a brother for Christmas, but I really wanted a dog.” Judith A. Cain, Cortez

Friends and Mountain Parks Electric members bring CCL while hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc.

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@ We’ll draw one photo to win a $25 gift card each month. The next deadline is Friday, December 14. This month’s winner is Toni Leuthold of Winter Park. She sent a photo from Europe with Bailey Smith of Sacramento, California; Sharon Smith of Tabernash; Jenny Krieg of Granby; Hannah Foley of Fraser; and Karen Branch of Centennial.

My 3-year-old great-granddaughter, Logan, was watching me put on my makeup. She studied my moves and the wrinkles on my face, then asked, “Grammy, how did you break your face?” Pat Berridge, Grand Junction We pay $15 to each person who submits a funny story that’s printed in the magazine. The 2018 year-end funny stories winner is Roslyn Swofford of Elbert. Next year we will draw one name from those submitting funny stories and that person will receive $200. Send your 2019 stories to Colorado Country Life, 5400 Washington St., Denver, CO 80216 or email Don’t forget to include your mailing address, so we can send you a check.

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Claremont Inn

Claremont Inn In eastern Colorado sits a charming country mansion that beckons guests to “Relax. Refresh. Reconnect.” Stratton-based Claremont Inn & Winery features 10 unique rooms, fully equipped to keep you comfy during your stay. Make it an interactive experience by taking a cooking class with a professional chef, channeling your inner sleuth at a murder mystery dinner party, connecting with your artistic side at a Paint & Taste party or finessing your way through the Winery Escape Room where you have an hour to make your great escape. Or simply enjoy good food, wine and relaxation with a country flair. For more information, call 888-291-8910 or visit


Beaumont Hotel

Beaumont Hotel & Spa In southwestern Colorado sits a lovely, long-standing landmark called the Beaumont Hotel. Built in 1886, abandoned from 1967 to 1998 and restored from 1998 to 2003, this hotel in Ouray has enjoyed the company of many famous guests, such as President Theodore Roosevelt, Angie Dickenson and Oprah Winfrey. Each room is unique and has historic charm that harmonizes with modern touches, such as wireless internet access, flatpanel televisions and luxurious bathrobes. For more information, call 970325-7000 or visit

Royal Gorge Cabins

Royal Gorge Cabins Take a family outing to the Royal Gorge Cabins in Cañon City this holiday season and ease back in a modern mountain getaway you won’t want to leave. Each cabin is roomy, beautifully decorated and fully equipped to make your stay feel like a home away from home. Snuggle up with a mug of hot chocolate next to a gas fireplace after a trip to the Royal Gorge Route Railroad’s Santa Express, visit one of the many Royal Gorge attractions or simply stay in and take in the stunning Sangre de Cristo Mountains in luxury. Are your winter holidays booked up? Mark your calendar in the summer months and reserve a cabin or a glamping tent at Royal Gorge Cabins. For more information, call 800-748-2953 or visit







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May your season be bright As a power supplier to electric cooperatives in Colorado, we generate electricity for your everyday life and your celebrations. May you and your loved ones have a wonderful holiday season.


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