Colorado Country Life December 2021

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Advanced Technology Allows Macular Degeneration Patients To See Again And Allows Many Low Vision Patients To Drive Again While there is currently no cure, promising research is being done on many fronts. everything and anything possible to keep a person functioning,” says Dr. Stamm, “Even if it’s driving.” A scene as it might be viewed by a person with age-related macular degeneration

For many patients with macular degeneration and other visionrelated conditions, the loss of central visual detail also signals the end to one of the last bastions of independence driving. Colorado optometrist, Dr. Robert Stamm is using miniaturized telescopes which are mounted in glasses to help people who have lost vision from macular degeneration and other eye conditions. “Some of my patients consider me their last chance for people who have vision loss,” said Dr. Stamm, one of only a few doctors in the world who specializes in fitting bioptic

Same scene of rancher as viewed by a person without macular degeneration

telescopes to help those who have lost vision due to macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and other eye diseases. Imagine a pair of glasses that can improve your vision enough to change your life. Bioptic telescopes may be the breakthrough in optical technology that will give you back your independence. Patients with vision in the 20/200 range can many times be improved to 20/50. Bioptic telescopes treat both dry and wet forms of macular degeneration as well as other vision limiting conditions.

bioptic telescope is that the lens automatically focuses on whatever you’re looking at,” said Dr. Stamm. “It’s like a self-focusing camera, but much more precise.”

For more information and to schedule an appointment today, call:

Robert Stamm, O.D. Low Vision Optometrist Member IALVS Offices Throughout South Dakota, Colorado and Nebraska

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Volume 52

Number 12

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

On the Cover DECEMBER 2021

Christmas Rails on the

Dave Naples sits in front of the Christmas train display at the Moffat Road Railroad Museum in Granby. Photo by Dave Neligh.

“Father and Son Having Fun” by Craig Harbaugh, a consumer-member of Sangre de Cristo Electric Association. Craig entered the 2019 CCL Photo Contest. Deadline for the 2022 “Life’s Expressions” Photo Contest is December 17. To enter, visit








PINTEREST SNEAK PEEK COCountryLife pinned: Make the holidays sweeter with this Dreamy Chocolate Mousse recipe. Get this and other great holiday recipes on our Pinterest page at









FACEBOOK CHATTER Colorado Rural Electric Association posted: Headed out into the woods to hunt your favorite game? Whether you’re in a tree stand, hunched in a blind, or nestled up against a tree, stay safe using these safety tips:

Monthly Contest The perfect gift for the gardener in your life. Enter our December contest for a chance to win a Roo Apron. This cotton smock is great for collecting vegetables or weeds and features a rope tie that you can empty the apron from the bottom. Visit and click on the Contests tab to find out how to enter.

FACEBOOK CHATTER Colorado Country Life posted: You deserve to celebrate #NationalCupcakeDay and CCL has you covered with a recipe that is sure to please even the most discerning cupcake lover in your life. Make some tonight! Get the recipe at coloradocountrylife. coop/recipe/white-cupcakes/ COLOR ADO COUNTRY LIFE DECEMBER 2021




Don’t let the Supply Chain Grinch steal this season’s joy BY KENT SINGER



here have been many stories in the news recently describing how the U.S. supply chain for consumer goods is broken: ports jammed, ships parked at sea, trucks idled for lack of drivers. The supply chain problems are not only interfering with everyday commerce, but they’re also causing folks to be concerned about how the Christmas holidays will be impacted. Some recent headlines tell the story:

“Christmas At Risk as Supply Chain Disaster Only Gets Worse” “How the Global Supply Chain Might Ruin Christmas” “Christmas Lights Need a Supply Chain Miracle” Now, I enjoy giving and receiving Christmas gifts as much as anyone, but perhaps we need to adjust our expectations this holiday season. Maybe we should embrace this supply chain hiccup as an opportunity, not a problem. Maybe, just maybe, we should rethink how we celebrate Christmas (or any other holiday you celebrate this time of year).

Guys You know you’re going to procrastinate this year just like every year and start looking for a present for your wife or significant other on December 24. Remember, there’s a supply chain problem and the pickings that have always been slim on December 24 will be nonexistent this year.



Here’s a suggestion. Instead of a gift, tell your wife/SO that you’re taking care of Christmas dinner this year. Yes, that means the menu planning, the shopping, the cooking (including the figgy pudding), the serving, the cleanup — the whole enchilada. Hopefully, you’ll be hosting 10 or fewer people, but you’re in no matter what: the only role your wife will play is to refill your wine glass and be your gravy consultant. And before you even go there, reservations at The Olive Garden do not count. I guarantee this will be a better gift than that talking reindeer Christmas sweater you bought at Home Depot last year.

Gals If your husband/SO follows through on the gift described above well, first, it should restore your faith in Christmas miracles. Second, your part of the bargain is this: He gets to spend the afternoon of Christmas Day in front of the TV watching not one but two NFL games. The Broncos aren’t playing that day, but some actual playoff contenders will be featured (apologies, Broncos fans): the Cleveland Browns against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field and the Indianapolis Colts against the Arizona Cardinals. (I pray for a snowstorm at Lambeau; really, is there anything more entertaining than watching those cheddarhelmeted Packers fans root for their boys fighting it out on the frozen tundra while you enjoy a hot cocoa on the couch?) Kudos to you if you are a little more ambitious on Christmas Day and plan to do a little ice climbing or skijoring (gotta love Colorado), but it’s just fine if you want to


limit your aerobic activity to yelling at Terry Bradshaw. Ladies, you might even interrupt his nap, er, the game, with a turkey sandwich around 3 p.m. Best. Christmas. Ever.

Kids Try to keep your wish list to a minimum this year. Honestly, you have enough stuff already. Your parents also don’t need much from you other than your promise to put away the screens for one 12-hour period. There’s nothing on Instagram that won’t wait a day and there are no text messages from friends that are as important as talking to your siblings and parents. You also might think about whether you have a neighbor who needs to have their walk shoveled or someone to take them to the grocery store. Or maybe you could spend a few hours serving meals at a local church or homeless shelter. Doing something for someone else will be the best gift you give yourself. So, there’s no reason to let the Supply Chain Grinch steal your Christmas this year. After all, Christmas is not about the latest iPhone — it’s about getting together with friends and family and celebrating the simple joys of the season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at CREA and your local electric cooperative! Kent Singer is the executive director of CREA and offers a statewide perspective on issues affecting electric cooperatives. CREA is the trade association for your electric co-op, the 21 other electric co-ops in Colorado and its power supply co-op.




Tracking Disappointment

Serendipitous discoveries beyond the tracks




hat is it about model train displays? I’ve been MONA NEELEY fascinated by them since my brother got his first HO-sized train set; he and Dad spent hours setting up the tracks on a 4-by-8foot sheet of plywood in his bedroom. There is something about those little trains moving around the tracks, but I’m also drawn to the miniature villages and landscapes that are built in and around model train tracks. The Christmas train display featured in this month’s cover story is no exception. It’s a huge layout with lots of tiny stories happening throughout. It’s fun to take the time to look at each of them; you never know what surprises you’ll find. I remember another model train layout that I was slowly surveying when I saw it: a miniature BMW Isetta 300, the same car I learned to drive in. Kind of a predecessor to today’s smart car, this German import had one bench seat and the front of the car opened as the car’s only door. I never see these cars anymore, so it was a surprise to find one tucked in along one of the miniature streets in the train display. It made me smile and brought back great memories. And that’s what I wish for you: a holiday season filled with serendipitous surprises. Mona Neeley is the statewide editor of Colorado Country Life, which is published in coordination with your local electric cooperative. Its goal is to provide information from your local electric co-op to you, its consumer-members.

*Custom Ponderosa Pictured

When I received my September issue on September 2 and saw a highlight about the Big Boy train in Colorado, it really got my attention, being a fan of the old steam engines. I was looking forward to seeing the world’s largest operational steam engine. Then I read the story. Imagine my disappointment to find out that it was only going to be in Denver over Labor Day weekend and departing at 8 a.m. Tuesday, September 7. Maybe this is enough notice for Denver residents to make plans, but it is not enough time for the rest of the state to make travel plans. I think somebody dropped the ball. Thanks for the story to remind me of what I missed. Gary King, Dolores Empire Electric consumer-member

Missing Trench Safety

I was looking over the latest edition (October ’21) and saw a disturbing sight on page 6 (Ask the Energy Expert). While it is hard to tell exactly how deep the trench is in the photo, it does appear that the person is crouched down below the surface. While a trench box may not have been needed given the exact circumstances, it would probably be better to ensure that all photos show the highest levels of safety for workers. Digging a bit more and sloping the sides isn’t a lot of fun because of the extra work, but the potential consequences of a collapse can be dire. Leif Bothun, Platteville EDITOR’S NOTE: It is always good to remind readers of safety procedures. When trenching, the sides of the trench should be cut back 1.5 times wider than the depth of the trench. This photo shows no slope at all.



Editor Mona Neeley, 5400 Washington St., Denver, CO 80216 or mneeley@ Include name and address. Letters may be edited for length.




Where to Find the Most Home Energy Savings BY PAT KEEGAN AND BR AD THIESSEN


Congrats to the November contest winners! Danielle Pelton Karen Skipp Barbara Boltjes Beverly Shelden Tracy Morgan Jacob Pelton Julie Sauter Anthony Lochmandy Jennifer Birdsall Deb Mahlberg Sheryl Ziegler Mike O’Donnell Sandy Rinks Daniel Boone Judy Reeve Diane Dea Thomas Tracey Cheryl Sims Roger France Christy Kopp


Joan Koman Sandie Biggs Penny Skinner Constadina Vasiliades Teresa Dower Tara Weller Julie Brockett Patti Clarke Marc Darby Vicki Vafeades-St.Croix Andrew Miller Timothy Wilhelm Linda Young Karen Bonney Ramona Olszewski Sue Keefer Julie Susemihl Christy Smith Kay Kenfield Karen Yokomizo-Burton


here are many products and services that claim to provide maximum energy efficiency, so it can be challenging to know where to start identifying areas of your home to save energy and money. Fortunately, our monthly bills can help identify these areas. For the vast majority of homes, the months that require the most energy use are in the winter and summer when temperatures are most extreme. Total your average energy use for the months when you use the most energy, then subtract the average amount you use during “shoulder months,” when you’re barely using your heating or cooling system, typically during fall and spring. The most likely reason for the difference in energy use is heating and cooling your home. If someone says switching to a new heating or cooling system could save you 20%, they likely mean you can save 20% on heating or cooling costs, which are a portion of your overall energy costs. Every home is different. For example, there’s a small percentage of homes that include uncommon energy uses like a well pump, swimming pool or a home business that requires more energy than heating or cooling. But typically, heating and cooling your home are by far the largest energy uses. Sealing air leaks is often the least expensive energy-saving measure that delivers the most bang for your buck. The second most cost-effective way to cut heating and cooling costs depends on your situation. If you have an older propane or oil furnace, replacing it with an energy-efficient heat pump might be your best investment. If you already have a relatively efficient furnace or air conditioning unit, insulating your attic could be the next most cost-effective measure, followed by insulating exterior walls or the crawl space or basement. Replacing windows can be a costly project, making it difficult to justify solely based on potential energy savings. If your windows are old and leaky, it could be worth the investment. Do your research up-front so you fully understand the costs of the project. We hope this information will help you start to identify areas to save energy at home. Consider enlisting the help of an energy LEARN auditor who can provide an overall assessMORE ONLINE ment of your home’s efficiency. Visit to learn more Pat Keegan and Brad Thiessen of Collaborative Efficiency about ways to save on home energy. Click on write on energy efficiency topics for the National Rural Energy Tips under the Energy tab. Electric Cooperative Association.


Fa-La-La-La Fudge!

Make the holidays sweeter with delightful desserts BY AMY HIGGINS

DO YOU HAVE A GREAT RECIPE? If you have a recipe you want us to try, send it to


Beloved Holiday Treats


n our May 2021 magazine, we featured tempting Taco Tuesday recipes from Highlands Ranch’s Lea Ann Brown, the brainchild behind the blog “Cooking on the Ranch.” This month, the chef shows off her dessert skills with delectable fudge, a favorite in her family for generations. In fact, her mother boxed the beloved treat for the holidays as a gift offering for all her loved ones, and Brown won a division sweepstakes with this recipe at the Kansas State Fair. But don’t take our word for it — give this recipe a go and perhaps your great-grandchildren will one day look back at the holidays with you in mind.

Award-Winning Old-Fashioned Fudge 8 tablespoons butter (1 stick) 4 1/2 cups sugar 12 ounces evaporated milk 2 teaspoons vanilla 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips 12 ounces milk chocolate chips 14 ounces marshmallow creme 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional) Mix butter, sugar and milk in saucepan. Turn heat on high. Continually stir and bring to rolling boil. Continue stirring for about 5 minutes or until it gets to a “soft ball” stage (234 to 242 degrees on a candy thermometer). Remove from heat; stir in the vanilla, chocolate chips, and marshmallow creme. Mix until well-blended, then add nuts. Pour into a buttered 9-by-13-inch pan. Cool and cut into squares. Note: “Soft ball” stage means that when you drop a small amount of the candy liquid into a cold cup of water, it will form into soft ball. Recipe provided by Lea Ann Brown,

Try this mouthwatering

A Family Tradition “The recipe has been passed down from my greatgreat-grandmother to my grandmother and to my aunts. Now it’s up to us kids to keep this recipe alive and well. It’s an old-fashioned fudge with evaporated milk and marshmallow creme. It’s easy to make and always a crowd pleaser.”

Peanut Butter Saltine Candy this

holiday season. Get the recipe at



UPGRADE TO ELECTRICITY AND SAVE IN YOUR HOME At Tri-State, we’re doing our part so that electricity benefits you. By 2030, 70% of the electricity our members consume will come from low-cost renewable energy, and you can take advantage by switching from fuel-powered technologies in your home. Switching to electricity can save you money with these home electrification ideas.

LEARN MORE AT WWW.TRISTATE.COOP/BE Tri-State is a not-for-profit power supplier to cooperatives and public power districts in Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming.





YOUR HOME, ELECTRIFIED HEATING & COOLING WITH HEAT PUMPS According to the U.S. Department of Energy, when paired with proper insulation, an electric heat pump can save over 30 percent on your heating and cooling bills compared to conventional HVAC systems. Here are some advantages of a heat pump: • One system to heat your home (even in sub-zero temperatures) and cool during warmer months • Eliminate potential carbon monoxide exposure from combustion byproducts • Costs substantially less to heat your home than propane or electric baseboard heat

POWER UP YOUR GARDENING TOOLS Electric garden tools can last longer and are emissions-free, meaning you’ll smell the scents of summer, not the smell of exhaust. Plus, with modern technology, they are just as effective as gas-powered alternatives. Just charge the battery and go! • Low maintenance – no oil changes or need to treat fuel, change spark plugs or filters. • No need to purchase and store gasoline • Electric models are lightweight and easy to handle

SAVE WITH AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE (EV) Sales of light-duty electric vehicles rose by 43% in 2020. On average, EVs have a lower cost of operation over their lifespan, and buyers are taking notice. • Less maintenance • Increased savings compared to gasoline • Fun to drive because of torque

REBATES FOR YOUR HOME Contact your local electric co-op or public power district to find out more on available rebates and incentives




Electric Co-ops Add More Wind Project achieved commercial operation in late October, adding 200 megawatts of clean, renewable energy resources


total of 200 megawatts of new wind resources were added to electric cooperatives’ power supply in October. The addition of these renewable resources was celebrated November 4 with a dedication ceremony at the Niyol Wind Energy Center near Fleming. The 74 wind turbines are owned by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, and the electricity generated is being purchased by Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc., and distributed to Tri-State’s 43 member cooperatives throughout Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming and New Mexico. “It is particularly gratifying for Tri-State and its members to see our Responsible Energy Plan projects come to fruition.

Wind catches the blades of some of the 74 new wind turbines now powering electric co-op consumermembers from the eastern plains of Colorado.

Completion of Niyol Wind is another significant step in our energy transformation,” said Duane Highley, Tri-State CEO. “NextEra Energy Resources brought a wealth of renewable energy development knowledge and experience to Colorado to help us make this effort a reality.” “This is a great day for our state as we work toward a more sustainable future that provides Coloradans with access to low-cost, clean, renewable energy, generated by our own wind resources,” Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera said. “I am pleased that

Co-op Debuts Hybrid Bucket Truck A Colorado electric cooperative, United Power in Brighton, debuted a hybrid bucket truck earlier this year. The truck, which uses battery power to raise and lower the bucket, is the first model nationwide to use battery power for both the bucket and the bucket jib (the small crane attached to the bucket that allows line crews to lift heavy materials to the height of the bucket). Operating an electric boom and jib rather than using a traditional diesel-powered boom provides cleaner, quieter idle time for crews, improves safety conditions, reduces idle time on the truck engine and saves diesel fuel.



this project also includes Colorado state lands and, along with the clean energy, will generate additional revenue to support our schools and children.” One-third of the Niyol Wind Energy Center’s turbines are located on trust land governed by the Colorado State Land Board. The new wind project represents the second of eight new wind and solar projects to be constructed by Tri-State by 2024 under its Responsible Energy Plan.

CO-OP BOARD DIRECTORS CONTINUE TO LEARN Board members from co-ops across the state were recognized at an October regional co-op meeting for recently completing educational courses; nine board members earned their Credentialed Cooperative Director certificates and seven received their Board Leadership certificates. As of November, Colorado co-ops have 132 board members serving co-ops who have earned their CCDs and 85 who have earned their BLs. Another 61 have taken their education another step and earned Director Gold.


Monitoring the Line for Reliability

Electric co-ops use a variety of monitoring and automation technologies that improve power reliability, shorten outage times and reduce labor time for crews. Here are four technologies we use to improve reliability.


Drones may be used to inspect the power lines we maintain. Drones can provide infrared evaluation to locate hot spots on power lines and vegetation assessment to locate trees and other vegetation that can cause outages.

Power Sensors

Power sensors typically clamp on or connect to the power line and provide near real-time reporting on power, voltage, current and more – all of which helps to provide more reliable energy to consumer-members.


Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) provides real-time data to the co-op. In addition to meter reading, this data helps us detect faults and other potential problems on the electrical system, resulting in increased power reliability for consumer-members.



A recloser acts like a circuit breaker for power lines. When a problem occurs, the recloser temporarily shuts off power. If the problem is temporary, the recloser restores power. (This is why you sometimes see the power blink.) If the problem persists, the recloser will shut off power until a crew can make repairs. The recloser’s antenna provides wireless, real-time data back to the co-op.



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“Model trains in general, especially at Christmas, are a very magical thing. Kids just go crazy over it, and so do parents. It’s not just about toys, it’s about Christmas, and it’s about the magic of the holiday season.” — Dave Naples




love of railroads started more than six decades ago when Dave Naples was only 8 years old and his dad gave him a Lionel model train set for Christmas. In his 40s, Naples began collecting everything model trains. Through the years, the Grand County resident amassed two storage units stuffed full of model trains and memorabilia. For a decade, Naples and members of the Grand Country Model Railroad Club set up a Christmas train display each holiday season for the delight of the community in the small town of Granby in Mountain Parks Electric’s service territory. Jump forward to today, where a 1,100-square-foot, O-gauge Christmas train display is the calling card of the nonprofit Moffat Road Railroad Museum


that sits on the site of a former railroad stockyard just south of downtown Granby. Naples, ever decked out in his denim overalls and railroad ball cap, is the enthusiastic, multi-talented executive director. “Model trains in general, especially at Christmas, are a very magical thing. Kids just go crazy over them, and so do parents. It’s not just about toys; it’s about Christmas, and it’s about the magic of the holiday season,” Naples said. The museum’s model train showroom features a display of 450 pieces that originally took Naples and volunteers four months to build. The entrancing display

COVER STORY includes five to six working trains and other moving miniatures such as carnival rides, a ski lift and ski gondola, planes and a hot air balloon. The colorful O scale display, which is 1/48th of real size, has plenty of action, sound effects, train tunnels, a four-level helix, and even buttons to push for children of all ages to bring pieces, such as miniature wind turbines, to life. On a high shelf, a G scale model train at 1/22nd of real size comes to life and buzzes around the showroom, which is filled with other memorabilia such as train stamps and photographs. Adjacent to the showroom is a well-organized model train repair workshop where Naples fixes pieces in delicate detail, perhaps having inherited skills from his businessman father whose side business was watch and jewelry repair. Naples will spend two months turning the summer season model train layout into a Christmas scene for the museum’s holiday season from Thanksgiving to January 9, 2022. Even Santa, with two live reindeer and sometimes Mrs. Claus, visits the museum during a weekend before Christmas. The burgeoning nonprofit museum sits just 100 feet from an active railroad line where at least 10 freight, coal and passenger trains pass by daily. A short walk away across the tracks is the current Granby train depot where Amtrak service stops regularly and passengers can walk over to view the displays. The railroad museum has been steadily growing in exhibits and in visitors since its official opening in June 2020. Naples estimates he has dedicated at least 20,000 hours since 2006 helping to dream, build and grow the museum. Museum board members and friends credit Naples’ persistence, commitment, determination and enthusiasm for keeping the project moving forward. “It’s his dream come true. You have to hand it to him for sticking with it all these years,” said Marv Dewey, one of the museum’s carpenters, who has bonded with

Naples over their shared love for the restoration of old cars. “We try to save old things for the future of kids so that they can look back and see how old things worked,” said Dewey, who once designed wooden bridges for the Illinois Central Railroad. On a sunny autumn day when the museum was closed to the public but staff was working on renovations, Naples couldn’t turn down a visiting family with a 4-year-old girl who loves trains. He showed the family

around anyway, just as he had shown visitors around for years by appointment. In December 2019, a fellow Colorado train lover stopped by, and that day became “the key” to the future of the museum, Naples said. The unassuming man told Naples he was impressed and wanted to know, “What can I do to help?” “Well, I need resources,” Naples said. “I’ll see what I can do. I’ve been following you for a while. I really like what you are doing,” the man said. It turns out, the

Dave Naples spends two months turning the summer season model train layout into a Christmas scene for the museum’s holiday season. The Christmas scene is on display from Thanksgiving to January 9, 2022.

The entrance display is made up of five to six working trains and other moving miniatures such as carnival rides, a ski lift and ski gondola, planes and a hot air balloon. COLOR ADO COUNTRY LIFE DECEMBER 2021


This rendering by Dave Naples and Terry Barnhart represents their vision of what the completed museum complex will look like by the summer of 2023.

man is a noted philanthropist and soon became a significant patron of the museum, allowing the site to blossom with a master plan for construction and renovations through 2023. The museum now employs 10 individuals, including five carpenters working on restorations. The museum’s marketing director, Diane Ehlert, a Winter Park consultant who specializes in helping nonprofits, noted the anonymous benefactor “is very passionate about the project.” Museum board members Wally and Susie Baird explained that the mission of the project is to “provide Grand County residents and visitors significant opportunities to learn about the history of railroading in the area.” They said visitors have come from across Colorado; from 45 states of the U.S.; and from countries such as Great Britain, Switzerland and France. Wally Baird said visitors often ask questions such as: How far did the railroad go? How did they get over the mountain? When and how did they build the tunnel? What happened to the Moffat Railroad after David Moffat died? “It is about preserving what the Moffat Road Railroad meant to Grand County,”



“There is a broad interest in what we are doing here. It’s not just a model train display; it is preserving the history of the railroad.” — Wally Baird said Wally Baird, a retired town manager for Granby who remembers playing with a Lionel model train with his two brothers during elementary school . “There is a broad interest in what we are doing here. It’s not just a model train display; it is preserving the history of the railroad.” Naples explained that the museum collection focuses on four railroad companies — Denver, Northwestern & Pacific; Denver & Salt Lake; Denver & Rio Grande; and Union Pacific — that traveled the Moffat Road Railroad, which eventually reached the mainline from Denver to Salt Lake City. Naples took a visitor to lunch at a grill in downtown Granby, zipping speedily around town in a bright red Ranger UTV. Over meatloaf and mashed potatoes and gravy, Naples talked more about his broad

background with past jobs ranging from Christian camp counselor (he earned a Master of Divinity degree) to ski area chef to landscape company owner. His current side gigs include piano tuner and member of an Irish band where he plays piano, guitar, and Irish Bodhran drums and sings. “I’m a Moffat man,” Naples said, which means he’s a railroad enthusiast who loves the interesting engineering feat and history of the Moffat Road Railroad that follows a geographically difficult path. The museum name comes from the route called Moffat Road, also known as the Denver, Northwestern & Pacific Railway Hill Route, that was constructed beginning in 1904. Susie Baird explained that the Moffat Road Railroad is famous as the highest standard gauge railroad ever built in the U.S., running through many tunnels and crossing the Continental Divide, cresting at Rollins Pass at 11,660 feet east of Winter Park. The high-elevation, 23-mile section of railroad served for 24 years before the Moffat Tunnel was completed in 1928. The 6.2-mile Moffat Tunnel, built for rail and water lines, is three times longer than the current Eisenhower Tunnel on Interstate 70.

COVER STORY The railway was instrumental in the development of Grand County and in Granby’s becoming a shipping hub for cattle, sheep, produce and lumber, Wally Baird said. Famous railroad financier David Halliday Moffat, who lived from 1839 to 1911, was one of Denver’s key industrialists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Moffat moved to Denver in 1860 and was president of the First National Bank of Denver, the Denver Tramway, and the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad. At one time he owned about 100 gold and silver mines, built multiple railroads and owned banks in mining towns. Moffat Tunnel and Moffat County are named after him. Pieces of the Moffat Road Railroad Museum collection are donated, purchased, traded, bartered, found online, acquired by Naples at model train shows or found through connections in the railroad lover community. The museum has acquired three cabooses originally manufactured from 1905 to 1936; a 1905 passenger coach; and a rare 120-ton, two-hook, 1913 steam derrick which was used to handle train wrecks for the Denver & Salt Lake Railway. The museum team is renovating the steam derrick in hopes of demonstrating the machine in action several times a year.

Susie Baird said part of the charm of the small-town museum is that huge train pieces that are often sitting in junk piles at railroad yards slated for destruction can be moved to Granby to be transformed from wrecks into educational showpieces. The museum team completed restoration in May 2021 of a 1923 wooden CA-1 class caboose that had been in very poor shape. The meticulously restored caboose now includes some 100 curated items to transport visitors to the 1923 life of a brakeman or conductor. Naples believes the wooden caboose is one of only five restored in the U.S. Naples is proud that the interactive caboose display allows young guests to touch and to climb up in the Crow’s Nest. Some of those young train enthusiasts include his two grandsons, ages 3 and 4. “They are nuts about trains, and they blame me for that,” Naples said with a big grin. Last year, the museum added a large restoration workshop. Work also is underway to double the size of the model train showroom space. The additional space will be dedicated to smaller S scale model trains that are 1/64th of actual size. The museum staff invites the participation of others in the region in helping build the new S gauge display, including modelers, artists, carpenters and electricians.


“It will take a small army to get that done,” Naples said. Next up for the museum’s collection is a 1922 steam locomotive, or a WestSide Lumber #8 Shay, scheduled for a move from the Royal Gorge Route Railroad in Cañon City. The addition will help highlight the timber industry history in Grand County. The intensive process of bringing each huge railroad piece to Granby can cost more than $40,000, Naples said. Some of the pieces arrive via truck or railroad on a 90-foot flatbed rail car and are then moved by crane from the close-by railroad line to a new piece of perpendicular track built at the museum. The museum team is anxiously awaiting the arrival of a circa 1910 steam train replica, or as Naples detailed, a reproduction of a #300 Moffat Railroad 4-6-0 that will become a kid’s ride on the museum grounds next summer. Susie Baird, who has worked in economic development, believes the museum is valuable for preserving pieces from the Moffat Road Railroad history that would otherwise be lost and as an economic development asset for the small town. “I could see this was going to be a really good thing for not only the town but for the county. Once you hear about Dave’s vision, it’s hard not to be a part of it,” she said. Suzie Romig, a seasoned and degreed journalist living in Steamboat Springs, has been exploring Colorado for 30 years.

More information about the museum, including both its Christmas season and its June 1 through Labor Day summer season, can be found at or The museum team completed the restoration of a 1923 wooden CA-1 class Union Pacific caboose in May.



Enabling the Future Grid New devices change one-way grid to multi-directional network



t wasn’t long ago that the U.S. power grid resembled a relatively simple one-way street, with power flowing from central generating plants through transmission lines to distribution systems and, finally, to the customer. But this is no longer the case. Central-station power continues to play a vital role, but it’s increasingly complemented by distributed energy resources (DER). DER refers to often-smaller generation units that are located on the consumer’s side of the meter. Some examples of DER are: rooftop solar photovoltaic units, wind-generating units and home battery banks. It is these types of DERs that are turning the grid into not just a two-way street, but more of a neighborhood of two-way streets, with electricity moving in and out from locations big and small throughout the day. And let’s not stop there. Microgrids, capable of operating independently, are also part of the mix too. “It’s all leading to a grid that’s a mesh rather than a single hierarchal entity,” says Craig Miller, former National Rural Electric Cooperative Association chief scientist. The unstoppable evolution of the U.S. power grid is compelling electric cooperatives to examine which technologies and strategies will help ensure that their systems keep pace. Most experts agree that central-station generation—fueled by coal, natural gas, hydro, nuclear or utility-scale solar and wind—will remain the core of the system for the foreseeable future. However, DER is expanding rapidly. Whether it’s behind-the-meter or utility-scale solar and wind, renewable energy is the fastest growing segment of the United



States’ electric portfolio. The Energy Information Administration foresees it trailing only natural gas in total electricity output by 2026. Demand response and energy storage technologies are expected to play a significant role. Energy storage deployments in the U.S. grew by 232% from 2018 to 2019 alone, according to an analysis by Wood Mackenzie, with nearly half coming from the energy user’s side of the meter, including business and home battery systems and electric vehicles. “As the grid has evolved, our generation is moving to small chunks, and so the grid itself isn’t as inherently stable,” Miller says. “It has to be increasingly actively managed.” Managing the grid, both at the transmission and the distribution level, in the midst of this change requires rapid two-way communication, a massive increase in data analytical capability, and sophisticated solid-state control technology. “The challenge is now to pull all of the information together: what the state of the grid is, what controls we can implement, what decisions are optimum,” Miller says. “It’s about deriving value from the new control technology. It’s the synchronization, utilization and coordination of everything that’s happening to get the best of this new agile grid.” There are several new technologies that will enable this future grid. Here are seven of them available now that will be important in expanding a multi-directional grid and in helping electric co-ops meet shifting consumer expectations in this future energy landscape.


“As the grid has evolved, our generation is moving to small chunks, and so the grid itself isn’t as inherently stable. It has to be increasingly actively managed.” — Craig Miller, former National Rural Electric Cooperative Association chief scientist 1. Advanced Inverters

5. Power Electronics

If any DER is to feed electricity to a home, business or the grid, that power must first be converted from DC to AC. This is the task of standard inverters, which are relatively simple devices that for decades have been used to integrate solar arrays and batteries. “Advanced” inverters, which are included on most new DER installations, go even further by providing benefits such as communication capabilities, sophisticated monitoring and control functions, and autonomous operation.

Power electronics, which can include silicon-chip microprocessors with advanced control capabilities, are already improving the reliability and stability of transmission and distribution systems. “I like to say that silicon is the new copper,” Miller says. “It’s becoming that important. There’s a lot of silicon out there making decisions on the grid.”

2. Broadband Electric cooperatives recognize that two-way communications are fundamental to making use of smart grid technologies. Faster and higher-capacity backbone networks will be needed more than ever in the future. Higher-bandwidth, lower-latency communications systems allow broader and deeper use of existing smart-grid components, enabling both the movement of large amounts of data and more precise control over downline devices. New grid functions will also be increasingly dependent on the highest-quality communication platforms.

3. Data Analytics Electric co-ops have used analytical tools for years, but those tools are growing in capability and are spreading, notes David Pinney, NRECA analytics program manager. Data analytics can help utilities manage DER, forecast and curb peak load, improve power flow planning and reduce line loss, among other functions.

4. Sensors A new generation of sensors is also transforming the ability of electric cooperatives to detect what is happening on their systems. Intelligent line sensors that can pinpoint faults and provide information on circuit performance can present a more granular view of the distribution grid. Combined with substation sensors and advanced metering infrastructure systems, these ubiquitous devices are adding to the data revolution that’s transforming utility operations.

6. Interoperability The diversity of DER — from solar arrays and gas-fired peaking plants to aggregated water heaters and home battery banks — means an increasing number of resources need to be integrated with utility operations, which cannot happen without seamless communication. “Having diverse generation sources is a desirable thing, but without the ability to communicate and manage those resources, their value to the grid will be minimal,” says Venkat Banunarayanan, NRECA’s senior director for the integrated grid. “Interoperability is the key that unlocks all the potential of these DER technologies.” For electric cooperatives, data about an energy resource, which could be located beyond the meter inside a home, and its operation must be readable and actionable by a supervisory control and data acquisition system (SCADA) at the distribution co-op. For behindthe-meter resources, interoperability details will be specified by the electric co-op in an interconnection agreement.

7. Interconnection Standards Revised standards that the power industry is adopting to help deal with the growth of distributed energy resources on the grid marks a change in outlook and approach to integrating DER into the nation’s grid. The changes will impact the interconnection of solar, wind and other distributed generation. Some of the most significant changes come in the “minimum trip” settings for DER, which have been loosened to allow a much greater variance in voltage and frequency. Reed Karaim writes for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Mona Neeley is the editor of Colorado Country Life magazine.




Holiday Gifts from the Garden This year, take a close look at the endless gifting possibilities BY VICKI SPENCER



’ve been downsizing for almost a year and it’s taking much longer than anticipated. Occasionally sorting through boxes that have been packed away for decades is full of surprises — like a scavenger hunt. But the thrill is fading during the holidays when I’d rather be decorating than deciding what to do with memorabilia. For years our family enjoyed annual outings to the mountains to harvest our Christmas trees, but now we are spread across the country from Hawaii to Colorado and Arkansas. However, I found a substitute for the scent of a freshly cut pine tree: I collect fresh boughs from tree lots to make wreaths, centerpieces and door hangers. Another way I bring holiday fragrances into my home is with potpourris. I make my own with an orange slice, cup of cranberries, sprig of rosemary, a few cinnamon sticks, and a tablespoon of cloves and nutmeg. I place the mixture in a pan on the stove, and the aroma fills the room. (If you try this idea, just watch that the water doesn’t boil away. Otherwise, the delightful fragrance will turn to an unpleasant burnt odor.) After creating the right mood, I like to make gifts from the garden for friends and family. You may not have had the holidays in mind when you were scrambling to



preserve your fall harvest before the first freeze. Maybe you canned jars of tomatoes, soups and jellies. These canned goods make delightful gifts alone or assembled into holiday baskets. If you have empty canning jars, it’s easy to turn them into festive gifts too. Pick a theme and let your imagination run wild. Fill the jars with candy, cocoa or other dry goods. Place holiday stickers on the sides and tops, wrap with ribbon, and attach a bow. If you have colored cloth, wrap the lid before tying with the ribbon. Place in baskets with candy, nuts, baked goods or cheese, crackers and wine. Add pinecones, pine sprigs and ornaments for a holiday flair. I was reminded of another gift idea while downsizing. I found a photo of my grandmother with the smock apron she always wore over her dress. It was filled with pockets for garden tools and could be pulled up to make a handy pouch for harvesting vegetables. Roo Apron offers a cotton smock with an interesting twist. It’s designed for putting vegetables or weeds in a pouch like my grandmother did, but has a rope that you can untie to release everything out the bottom. There are many apron designs to sew or buy. Serious gardeners might like Grommet’s easy-to-clean waxed canvas

apron. It features padded shoulder straps, loops for tools, and more than a dozen pockets, including a zippered pocket to keep your phone safe and handy. This is something I could use since I’ve dropped my phone countless times while gardening. Gifts from your garden or gift ideas for gardeners are unlimited. Since I’m learning how to be a minimalist living in a small space, I’m drawn to simple ideas like these for the holidays. Gardener Vicki Spencer has an eclectic background in conservation, water, natural resources and more.


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

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

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

Birth of new mitochondria

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where to find Ultra Accel Il

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

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

The Hotline will be taking orders for the next 48 hours. After that, the phone number will be shut down to allow them to restock. Call 1-800-731-4270 to secure your limited supply of Ultra Accel II. You don’t need a prescription, and those who call in the first 24 hours qualify for a significant discount. To take advantage of this great offer use Promo Code UACO1221 when you call in.




“Teal” We Eat Again Substitute your turkey (or goose) with “the king of wild fowl” BY DENNIS SMITH



olks used to talk about cooking “the Christmas goose” back in the day, but I never met anyone who actually did that. Everyone I knew cooked a turkey for Christmas — maybe a ham, or sometimes a big rib roast, but never a goose. So, just to be contrary, this year the boys and I thought we’d roast a duck for Christmas. But not just any duck. No sir, this has to be a wild duck, and not just any wild duck; this has to be a teal. And because they’re small, we’ll have to have more than one. Probably eight or 10. We want teal, specifically for its highly sapid, full-flavored meat. Many aficionados rank teal as the ultimate in waterfowl, but having said that, I should also point out that wild duck is an acquired taste — like fine wine or good scotch. It’s not something everyone comes to readily, but a person exposed to it often enough is likely to think it one of the most delicious of all wild birds. Ernest Hemingway, for example,

considered teal the king of wild fowl when it came to taste. My sons and I agree. Before you pop your duckies in the oven, there are a few things to keep in mind. It should go without saying that how you care for a duck in the field will dictate how it tastes on your plate. A freshly shot duck should be drawn and cleaned immediately and put on ice as soon as the hunt is over. You should dry pluck and serve teal whole, but do not — repeat, do not — overcook them. Wild duck should be served as rare as you can stand it, or as one of my old, wild-game cookbooks puts it: “When carving wild duck, blood should follow the knife.” You can, of course, cook them more; just don’t mummify the thing. Medium rare is a good compromise. Teal weigh only about 6 or 8 ounces, so they cook very quickly. We typically salt and pepper the birds inside and out, stuff each with half an apple and wrap them with a couple strips of bacon secured with

toothpicks. We arrange them in a roasting pan and start them in a 450-degree oven. Heat half a cup of port wine and a tablespoon of lemon juice in a small skillet, then add a cup of plum jelly and blend. Ladle this over the teal and roast them for 10 to 12 minutes, depending on how rare you like them. When they’re done to your liking, remove them to a warm platter. Skim the bacon fat from the pan drippings and then thicken with about a half tablespoon of flour dissolved in a bit of water. Simmer this until thickened, pour it over the ducks and serve. But first, get some ducks. Preferably teal. Dennis Smith is a freelance outdoors writer and photographer whose work appears nationally. He lives in Loveland.

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Garden of the Gods The name “Garden of the Gods” dates back to the mid-19th century when two Denver surveyors proclaimed that the area was a place “…fit for the Gods to assemble.” Twenty years later, in 1879, Charles Elliott Perkins bought the land to establish a summer home. However, Perkins instead opted to leave the land in its natural state and allow the public to witness the sensational sandstone formations just as nature had built them. He hoped the land would become an official public park but died in 1907 before his hopes came to fruition. Knowing their father’s love of the land, Perkins’ children gifted the 480 acres to the city of Colorado Springs on Christmas Day 1909, and it has since become a fascinating tourist destination for folks near and far.

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


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

Surprising Truth About Hair Loss It is commonly believed that hair loss is hereditary. Unfortunately, most people think there is nothing they can do to stop it. However, while many doctors will tell you that thinning hair, a receding hairline, and bald spots are due to your genetics, this is not the whole story. “While genetics play a role, it’s not the main reason you lose hair,” says Dr. Al Sears, the nation’s top anti-aging doctor. “And surprisingly it’s not just your age, thyroid, hormones, stress, or a vitamin deficiency, either.” The latest scientific research reveals that hair loss is primarily caused by the stem cells in your hair follicles dying. “This discovery is a true breakthrough because by reviving these stem cells on your scalp, you can stop hair loss dead in its tracks and trigger new hair growth, even in

areas that have been thinning for years,” explains Dr. Sears. Now, at his world-famous clinic, the Sears Institute for Anti-Aging Medicine in Palm Beach, Florida, Dr. Sears and his team have used this game-changing discovery to develop a brand-new hair restoration formula that is taking the country by storm. Sold under the name Re-Nourish, it is flying off the shelves with men and women of all ages raving about the results it delivers. “I have seen a significant improvement in hair growth. Previously, you could see thinning areas at the back of my head and now hair has grown over it,” says Peter W. from Ontario, Canada. And Susan D. from Fort Pierce, Florida reports, “My hair was thinning. So, I began to use Re-Nourish every day on the front part of my scalp. Now I have thicker hair.”

Regrows Hair In Just 30 Days Scientists now know that stem cells are the lifeblood of your hair follicles. Research from the University of California shows they’re the reason you’re able to grow hair. However, these stem cells aren’t always active. In fact, studies reveal they’re only active during certain phases of the hair growth cycle. “Your hair grows in three phases,” explains Dr. Sears. “First, you have the anagen phase, the hair growing phase. Then the catagen phase, when hair gets ready to shed. And finally, the telogen phase, where your hair is pushed from the follicle and falls out.” As you get older it becomes harder for your hair follicles to complete this three-phase cycle. The results? Your hairs get stuck in the telogen phase. This is when they start falling out and stop regrowing, no matter what you try. This process doesn’t happen overnight, says Dr. Sears. “At first, your hair dries out, becoming brittle, thin, and harder to style. Then, you start finding hairs on your pillow and down the drain. Finally, you’re left with bald spots that age you prematurely.” Fortunately, Re-Nourish puts a

Breakthrough research proves this discovery helps fill-in bald spots, renournishes thinning hair, and leads to noticeable growth in as little as 30 days. stop to this. It revives the dead stem cells in your hair follicles and reactivates your hair’s three-phase cycle, triggering new growth in as little as 30 days — even in areas that’ve been balding for years.

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For years, scientists couldn’t figure out why hair follicle stem cells died. However, a study from the University of California finally found the answer. It has to do with T-cells — an important immune cell in your body. The researchers discovered these Tcells are the only way to command hair follicles to grow new hair. More importantly, they showed that T-cells helped revive the stem cells in your hair follicles — spurring new growth, filling in bald spots and natural hairline. Re-Nourish uses a unique blend of all-natural ingredients. By spraying it on your hair once per day, scientific studies show you can revive dead stem cells and improve the appearance of thicker, fuller hair. For example, the key nutrient of Re-Nourish was tested on a group of severely balding women. After 6 months, nearly 70% of the women saw significant improvement in hair growth. Their hair was noticeably fuller, thicker, and healthier looking. Most exciting of all, they grew new hair on parts of their scalp that had been bald for years. In another study, Italian re-

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FUNNY STORIES I was reading a text I received from my husband. My 4-year-old grandson was listening to me read it. The text said, “Don’t forget our Christmas party on December 10. In addition, don’t forget to bring your white elephant gift.” My grandson’s eyes grew wide with concern. He touched my arm and said, “But Grandma, you don’t own a white elephant.” Linda K. Roskap, Kersey Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association consumer-member

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Leaving with my teen heading out to a movie it’s December in Colorado 31 degrees snow on the ground she’s wearing shorts do I need anything she asks how about pants I respond do I NEED to wear them she implores I spin a grownup worry what if the car breaks down and we have to walk she doesn’t hesitate her response… someone will stop and help us faster if they see I’m wearing shorts parental speechlessness.


Snow falling gently, softly White, pure Flakes, no two alike beautifully shaped Bountifully covering the ground. Trees brushed white, ivory Fields overtaken by alabaster The wind hearkens the cold beckoning the clouds for moisture. Dark, gray, dreary sky Silencing sound Inside, warm, glowing fireplace Beverages steaming Eyes gazing out windows Watching Nature’s wonderment. Shadowing our lives with newness, brightness and elegance of fresh fallen snow. Hildy J Marzan, Colorado Springs Mountain View Electric Association consumer-member

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One Christmas I opened a present from my sister that confused me. I made southwest fringed collars for gifts for my husband’s five daughters the Christmas before. My sister went to one of my husband’s daughter’s garage sales and as she picked up a collar she said, “Oh, this looks like something my sister would like.” She bought it and the following Christmas gave it to me as a present. When I opened the box with the collar in it, I was confused and said, “I made this.” My sister retorted back, “No, you didn’t. I bought it.” We looked over at my husband who was laughing hysterically because he knew what happened. He received a phone call from his daughter the day of the sale explaining that my sister bought the collar for me, the one who made it. Margaret Butler, Cotopaxi Sangre de Cristo Electric Association consumer-member Our 5-year-old grandson travels through Nebraska to visit us in Colorado. He passes several feed lots and has been told they smell so bad because of all the cows tooting. While in Colorado, he saw some cows and asked, “Grandma, how come your black cows’ toots don’t smell?” Susan Cassel, Kremmling Mountain Parks Electric consumer-member Winner: This year’s $200 winner is Linda Allen of Kiowa, a consumer-member of Mountain View Electric Association.

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Give to Great Causes Colorado-based organizations to add to your holiday gift list photo credit: Abby Jensen

Safeguarding Sandhills

Every year flocks of Greater Sandhill Cranes descend on Colorado to rest and feed along their migration route — a sight for visitors to behold. The Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition in Hayden was created in 2012 in response to concerns of decline of the species and has since partnered with communities to ensure the cranes can rely on Colorado to provide the provisions they need to build strength and continue their migration. Learn about and donate to this cause at

Mission resident wolf Ydun (pronounced Eden)

Part of the Pack A 3-acre sustainably run rescue is nestled in Westcliffe where the public can learn why wolves and wolf-dog crosses do not make good pets but are essential for a healthy ecosystem. Mission: Wolf provides a sanctuary for rescued wolves — and horses — and teaches the community about these compelling creatures, from their behavior to body language and more. The organization also provides face-to-face interactions with the animals, if circumstances allow. To learn more and to donate to this critical cause, visit

Humane Horse Resource

Rush-based Colorado Horse Rescue Network takes in and rehabilitates horses in danger, regardless of background, and adopts them to interested persons deemed capable of safe ownership. The rescue also helps horses by ending their suffering through euthanasia if the animal’s quality of life is irrecoverable. Folks can adopt or surrender — no horse is turned away — at CHRN and help a horse receive needed care and affection. Donations are always needed and appreciated. For more information, visit

Pooches in Public Safety

Dolores-based K-9 Search and Rescue Team Inc. meticulously trains canines to locate missing persons in Colorado and several surrounding states. Guided by their trusty handlers, these furry heroes’ zealous sniffers and intensive training provide resolution for local, state and federal agencies as well as for the loved ones of the missing. Whether the weather is wintry or sweltering, the K-9 SAR Team comes to the rescue when called upon. Donate to and read more about this organization at