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FEBRUARY 2017 Volume 48, Number 02

“Winter Sunrise” by Gary Geisick of Weldona.





[cover] This reversed photograph of an ice climber was taken by La Plata Electric Association member MaryAnne Nelson of Durango. It won first place in the blue category in the CCL photo contest. THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE COLORADO RURAL ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION COMMUNICATIONS STAFF: Mona Neeley, CCC, Publisher/Editor; mneeley@coloradocountrylife.org Cassi Gloe, Designer; cgloe@coloradocountrylife.org ADVERTISING: Kris Wendtland, Ad Rep; advertising@coloradocountrylife.org 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 | mneeley@coloradocountrylife.org |  coloradocountrylife.coop | facebook.com/COCountryLife | Twitter. com/COCountryLife | Pinterest.com/COCountryLife | YouTube.com/ COCountryLife1 Advertising: advertising@coloradocountrylife.org | 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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Dedicated co-op lineworkers fight snow, wind to get the power on for member-owners BY KENT SINGER CREA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KSINGER@COLORADOREA.ORG


Even at my age, Christmas day is still my favorite day of the year. I know it’s February and the Christmas holiday was more than a month ago, but these winter days are a good time to pause and look back. My Christmas was great. After all of December’s holiday parties and other activities, it was nice to disconnect from the outside world Kent Singer and spend the holiday celebrating the season. We got out of bed a little later than usual, fixed some hot cocoa, stoked a fire in the fireplace and spent the day with family and friends. This year we also caught a late afternoon movie and then watched some football on television. (I have to admit that the Broncos–Chiefs game did not enhance my holiday spirit.) But while most of us were enjoying the warmth and comfort of our homes, line crews from at least two of Colorado’s electric coops were out in extreme weather conditions, working long hours to restore power from outages caused by high winds. At about 9:30 a.m. on Christmas day, outage reports started to come in to Sangre de Cristo Electric Association in Buena Vista. The entire Arkansas Valley in Chaffee County was without power for about three hours before line crews could restore service. In the Wet Mountain Valley around Westcliffe, 65 mile per hour winds toppled approximately 18 power poles, leaving many families in the dark. Line crews from Sangre de Cristo Electric worked an 18-hour day on Christmas, took a four-hour break and returned to work on December 26 to finish the job and get the power restored. The same windstorm also affected facilities operated by San

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Isabel Electric Association, headquartered in Pueblo West, and Christmas was interrupted for those line crews, too. The winds not only knocked down utility poles, but also impacted communication facilities, making it extremely difficult for the lineworkers to contact each other by radio or cell phone. And in the weeks since Christmas, the line crews from several co-ops including, but not limited to, San Isabel, La Plata Electric Association, Yampa Valley Electric Association, Gunnison County Electric Association and Holy Cross Energy have dealt with outages as Colorado’s winter weather continues to bring snow, wind and ice to our state. Crews have been called out at night, during the weekend and at all hours to get the lights back on for co-op member-owners. It is part of their job; it is part of the commitment to their communities. Looking back at the holidays, San Isabel Electric Chief Operating Officer Darryl Stewart said, “It was especially important for us to restore power and Christmas festivities to our members. But the wind had other plans and we have to always think about safety for our guys. It seemed as we got one problem fixed, another followed. It was a difficult outage because progress kept coming undone, but we kept at it until every member was back in power.” That’s the dedication of Colorado co-op lineworkers. They will be out there, in the snow and the cold and the ice and the dark, working to get your lights back on. Whether it’s Christmas or the weekend or a regular Tuesday, the goal is always to keep the electricity flowing and the lights on, no matter what the weather brings.

Kent Singer, Executive Director

Gunnison County Electric Association removes large amounts of snow at the Alkali Substation. One substation had snow as deep as a fence. coloradocountrylife.coop


Veterans Deserve Support

The “Serve Our Co-ops, Serve Our Veterans” program (November ’16) is touching and necessary. It seems that our military men and women are unappreciated and taken for granted. I’m sure they appreciate this program. Margi Durrum, Walsenburg

Thankful for Lineworkers

It’s easy to take for granted that every time we flip that switch, the light comes on. As a former lineman, I know and appreciate the effort and people behind the scenes that make that happen. It’s easy to overlook a service when it works seamlessly every day. I want to say “thank you” to the crews out there trying to keep their belts high on those ice-covered poles, swaying in the air in a lift bucket and busting knuckles trying to assemble hardware in the cold. It takes a special kind of person to wake up and look forward to the day’s adventure. I always have a hot cup of coffee waiting here if you are out this way. May God bless and keep you all safe this and every season. Jeff Davis, Walsenburg









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Pesky Pines, Disruptive Doves

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[community events] [February] February 10-11 Evergreen “Epic Winter” Improv Show Evergreen Players 7:30 pm • evergreenplayers.org February 11 Brighton Guided Bird Walk Barr Lake Nature Center 9 am • 303-659-6005 February 11-19 Cripple Creek Cripple Creek Ice Festival Bennett Avenue visitcripplecreek.com February 11 Fort Collins Antiques Appraisal Roadshow Global Village Museum 970-221-4600 • globalvillagemuseum.org February 11-12 Frisco Frisco Gold Rush Nordic Event Frisco Nordic Center 970-668-9133 • townoffrisco.com February 11 Grand Lake Winter Carnival Various Grand Lake Locations 970-627-3402 • grandlakechamber.com February 12 Grand Lake Grand County Pet Pals “Romp and Stomp” Fundraiser Grand Lake Nordic Center 10 am-12 pm • 970-887-2988 February 13 Colorado Springs Pikes Peak Rose Society Meeting Colorado Springs Fire Station 19 6-8:30 pm • 951-834-2330 February 15 Durango “Ben Nighthorse Campbell: Colorado’s Renaissance Man” Exhibit Opening Reception Center of Southwest Studies 4-6 pm • swcenter.fortlewis.edu February 16-19 Johnstown “Forever Plaid” Theater Performance Candlelight Dinner Playhouse 970-744-3747 • coloradocandlelight.com 6


February 16-19 Telluride Comedy Festival Sheridan Opera House www.sheridanoperahouse.com February 17-19 Silverthorne Colorado Pond Hockey Tournament North Pond Park coloradopondhockey.com February 18 Colorado Springs Paint Mines Park Photography Workshop Bear Creek Nature Center 9-11 am • 719-520-6972 February 18-19 Estes Park Rails in the Rockies Estes Park Events Complex 970-577-9900 • visitestespark.com February 18 Kremmling Ice Fishing Contest Wolford Reservoir kremmlingchamber.com February 18-19 Lamar and Prowers, Baca, Bent and Kiowa Counties High Plains Snow Goose Festival Various Locations highplainssnowgoose.com February 18 Loveland Antique and Collectible Toy Show and Sale Larimer County Fairgrounds 9 am-3 pm • 970-667-9655 February 18 Pueblo “The Short Hello” Theater Performance Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center 2 and 7:30 pm • 719-295-7200 February 18-19 Silverton Skijoring Blair Street silvertonskijoring.com February 21 Hugo Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium Lincoln County Fairgrounds 970-378-0500 coloradolivestock.org

Loveland Fire & Ice Festival

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February 10-12 in Downtown Loveland Plan on plenty of excitement at the Loveland Fire & Ice Festival where you will see award-winning artists create amazing artwork from blocks of ice. Also on the itinerary are a family fair, live music, goods for sale, delicious food and beverages, a showcase of area heroes and nightly fireworks shows. For more information, visit lovelandfireandice.com.

February 24-26 Golden “HIR” Broadway Play Miners Alley Playhouse 303-935-3044 • minersalley.com February 25 Durango LifeGuard Banquet and Auction FLC Ballroom 5:30 pm • 970-385-8451 February 25 Fort Collins Make Your Own Musical Instruments Museum of Discovery 10 am-1 pm • 970-221-6738 February 25 Gunnison Ranger-Led Snowshoe Walk Black Canyon of the Gunnison South Rim Visitors Center 10 am-12 pm • 970-641-2337 x205 February 25 Manitou Springs Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cook-Off Soda Springs Park 10:30 am-1 pm • 719-685-5089 February 26 Beulah Winter Wildflower Hike Mountain Park Environmental Center 11 am • 719-485-4444

[March] March 2-5 Boulder Boulder International Film Festival Various Boulder Locations biff1.com

March 3 Denver “Off the Clock: Kilts and Clovers” Early St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Denver Botanic Gardens 6-9:30 pm • botanicgardens.org March 3-5 Leadville Crystal Carnival and Skijoring Harrison Avenue leadvilletwinlakes.com March 5 Copper Special Olympics Winter Games Copper Mountain coppercolorado.com March 5 Lakewood “Hearts for Hearts Sake” Charity Theater Performance Lakewood Cultural Center 3 pm • 303-987-7845



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[Grand [Grand ] ] Valley News Valley News CONSIDER A COOPERATIVE CAREER



Evolving technology is changing how energy is generated and distributed through the electric grid to homes and businesses. These changes bring new challenges and opportunities to electric co-ops working to keep pace with the evolving landscape. Within the electric cooperative workforce, new skills and experience are needed to help co-ops meet shifting market and consumer demands. This is why rural electric cooperatives are recruiting fresh talent to help provide even greater value to their members. We have a broad range of highly trained professionals working Tom Walch behind the scenes at Grand Valley Power. Lineworkers are the most visible and identifiable employees of the co-op, but their responsibilities go far beyond climbing poles and repairing lines. They are also information experts who rely on their experience and expertise to pinpoint outages and restore power quickly. Experts in information technology are increasingly important to protect data and other sensitive cyber assets. Engineers provide ongoing expertise and guidance on the operations side of the utility, particularly as system upgrades and more renewable energy choices become available. Professionals in business administration, communication and digital media help co-ops deliver messages through multiple platforms and keep members informed of critical information in today’s 24/7 media environment. But electric co-ops nationwide are looking for professionals with more than excellent technical skills. We are seeking individuals who understand the co-op difference and appreciate our mission-oriented operating principles. A career with an electric co-op is different than a job with a for-profit electric utility. Grand Valley Power is a not-for-profit organization that offers competitive wages and benefits. We have a strong commitment to the communities we serve. Important decisions are made locally with input from a democratically elected board of directors whose interest is the greater good of the community. Grand Valley Power is proud to give back to our community through employee volunteer efforts and with donations to local charities, such as United Way, HopeWest, Family Health West and others. We made a significant impact through our support of students through our scholarship program, as well as through our sponsorship of 4-H and FFA programs and the building of the new John McConnell Math and Science Center. Our partnership with GRID Alternatives to provide solar-generated power to low-income consumers shows our commitment to renewable energy and at the same time assisting our members who need help the most. GVP’s recently adopted mission statement encapsulates our commitment to community and our members — “Empowering lives with hometown service.” Simply put, we believe cooperatives build a better world. To learn more about electric co-op careers, visit electric.coop/our-organization/careers or gvp.org/content/career-opportunities.


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

BOARD MEETING NOTICE Grand Valley Power board meetings are open to the members, consumers and public. Regularly scheduled board meeting are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 9 a.m. at the headquarters building located at 845 22 Road, Grand Junction, Colorado. The agendas are posted in the lobby of the headquarters building 10 days before each meeting, and posted on the GVP website. If anyone desires to address the board of directors, please let me know in advance and you will be placed on the agenda.

OFFICE CLOSURE Grand Valley Power will be closed on Monday, February 20 in observance of President’s Day FEBRUARY 2017


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The Grand Valley Power Board of Directors adopted the 2017 budget at its December board meeting. This budget is a basic road map that management will use to guide your business in 2017. While a budget gives general direction and intention, it is not a document that is cast in stone. If situations or conditions significantly change during the year, the budget may be

amended to reflect those changes. The following is a comparison of the 2016 budget, the estimated actual operations for 2016 and the 2017 budget for the operation of your business and reflects the operating revenue and the operating costs.

2016 2016 2017 Budget Est Act Budget Operating Revenue & Patronage Capital $31,718,820 $32,050,930 $32,414,774 Purchased Power Transmission Expense Distribution Expense: Operations Distribution Expense: Maintenance Customer Accounts Expense Customer Service & Information Administrative & General

18,041,385 28,362 2,281,889 873,402 1,283,989 407,461 2,343,030

18,265,806 28,272 2,137,356 956,455 1,217,786 400,407 2,216,767

17,609,296 49,405 2,370,741 1,030,582 1,258,026 380,195 2,355,305

Total Operations & Maintenance




2,501,815 635,000 1,625,083 200 111,925

2,391,488 794,400 1,621,839 200 211,199

2,470,260 800,000 1,571,586 200 211,065

Total Cost of Electric Service




Patronage Capital & Operating Margins




50,000 12,547 80,000

50,000 13,174 120,000

50,000 13,500 125,000




Depreciation & Amortization Tax Expense: Property Interest on Long-Term Debt Interest Expense: Other Other Deductions

Nonoperating Margins: Interest Nonoperating Margins: Other Capital Credits & Patronage Dividends Total Patronage Capital or Margins

ANNUAL MEETING AND BOARD ELECTION DATE SET FOR AUGUST 3, 2017 This year’s Annual Meeting of Grand Valley Power will be at the Colorado Mesa University Center Ballroom on Thursday, August 3, 2017. Besides the annual meeting, the election for the board of directors will also take place at the Annual Meeting.



Directors whose terms expire in 2017 are John Gormley, Don McClaskey and Bob Saunders. More information on the election of directors will be forthcoming in the months ahead. Also, you can read the board of director election policy on the company’s website at gvp.org.


[Grand Valley News]



Grand Valley Power provides several convenient options for paying your electric bill. Consumers now have more options than the traditional service of receiving their bill statement in the mail and remitting a check. Thanks in part to today’s technology, many consumers can opt for other payment options. Consumers can pay electronically online, through the SmartHub mobile app or over the telephone. These options allow consumers to pay their bill with either a credit card or an electronic check, and, of course, we also still accept cash. The online bill pay option is located on GVP’s website at www.gvp.org. Just click on either “PayNow” or “Pay Bill.” PayNow is an electronic portal where the consumer does not have to register. All that is needed is the consumer’s account number and then a one-time payment, via a credit card or electronic check, can be made. Pay Bill links into the SmartHub system. Consumers, after registering, sign into their account with their email address and password. This link allows consumers to pay one time or set up automatic payments. This portal contains other consumer usage information that can be beneficial when monitoring and tracking monthly usage. Consumers can also pay via the automated secure telephone system by calling 1-877-760-7435. Consumers are directed through the system and can pay with a credit card or electronic check. A paperless option is also available and once consumers are enrolled, a paper bill will no longer be mailed. Consumers receive an email notification when their statement is available, which can be paid by the most convenient method: online, by phone, in person or automatic withdrawal from an account. This option can be selected by entering the SmartHub portal, clicking on the “My Profile” tab and going to “Update My Print Bill Settings.” Budget billing is also available to consumers who don’t like surprises and prefer the same electric bill each month. The monthly billing amount is calculated for an 11-month


payment cycle based on the average of last year’s usage. The 12th month of the year is used as a settlement month so that the annual budgeted amount equals the actual billed amount. This plan is only available to those consumers who established an active account at the same location for a year or more. As a reminder, GVP recently published warnings to consumers who use third-party websites to pay electric bills. These sites use GVP’s logo to give the appearance that a payment is being made directly to GVP, but GVP cannot guarantee when a member’s payment is received from this type of company, which could result in a late payment or even a disconnection. These sites are not affiliated with Grand Valley Power. Consumers need to make sure they are paying GVP directly by visiting the co-op website at www.gvp.org. With all the options that are available to pay your bill, we hope that one of them conveniently fits your needs. If any GVP consumer has questions about his or her bill or these options, call 970-242-0040.



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ATTENTION SENIORS! SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE The deadline for scholarship applications is fast approaching and high school seniors in GVP’s service territory are encouraged to apply. Scholarship applications are available at high school counseling offices, at GVP headquarters and on Grand Valley Power’s website at gvp.org.

GRAND VALLEY POWER SCHOLARSHIP Six $1,500 scholarships will be awarded to students in the Grand Valley Power service territory. These scholarships are granted for use at accredited colleges, universities and vocational schools for undergraduate education.

WESTERN COLORADO COMMUNITY COLLEGE ELECTRIC LINEWORKER SCHOLARSHIP This is a $2,000 scholarship to Western Colorado Community College’s electric lineworker program. This is a one-year certificate program that allows graduates to enter apprenticeship programs at electric utilities, such as Grand Valley Power.

Applications are due for the GVP scholarship by March 1, 2017.

JACK BROUGHTON/COLORADO MESA UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP The $2,000 Jack Broughton/CMU Scholarship will be awarded to a student attending Colorado Mesa University.

Applications are due for the WCCC electric lineworker scholarship by June 1, 2017.



After applications are received by March 1 for the GVP scholarships, the Jack Broughton/CMU Scholarship and the WCCC scholarship, a committee of educators appointed by the Grand Valley Power Board of Directors will review the applications and determine the winners. Winners will be notified in writing by April 1, 2017, with notification by June 30, 2017. The same process will take place for the electric lineworker scholarship applications after the June 1 deadline.

Grand Valley Power has a $1,500 scholarship for a student attending Western Colorado Community College. This scholarship is for use by any student who lives in GVP’s service territory and will be enrolled in any of WCCC’s program offerings.

Scholarship applications can be picked up at high school counseling offices, at the Grand Valley Power office and on Grand Valley Power’s website at gvp.org.

Applications for this scholarship are due March 1, 2017.

For questions, contact Bill Byers at 970-623-8577.

This scholarship is renewable up to four years if the student maintains a minimum 3.0 GPA. For those recipients, this can mean an $8,000 scholarship over a four-year period. Applications are due for the Jack Broughton/CMU Scholarship by March 1, 2017.



Grand Valley Power consumers benefit from economical federal hydroelectric power marketed by Western Area Power Administration. Grand Valley Power has an allocation of WAPA’s low-cost federal hydropower. In the six-month period ending September 2016, 2.41 percent of GVP’s electrical energy came from WAPA. Grand Valley Power purchased the balance of its wholesale power from Xcel Energy. The average wholesale rate to Grand Valley Power from WAPA power and Xcel Energy power was



7.002 cents per kilowatt-hour. That accounts for about twothirds of consumer’s electric bill. The balance covers Grand Valley Power’s cost for operating, maintaining, administering and distributing power to consumers. Federal hydroelectric power is Grand Valley Power’s lowest cost energy resource. Power purchased from WAPA during this six months cost only 3.355 cents.



Drug Companies Fear Release of the New AloeCure Big Pharma stands to lose billions as doctors’ recommend drug-free “health cocktail” that adjusts and corrects your body’s health conditions. by David Waxman Seattle Washington:

Drug company execs are nervous. That’s because the greatest health advance in decades has hit the streets. And analysts expect it to put a huge crimp in “Big Pharma” profits. So what’s all the fuss about? It’s about a new ingredient that’s changing the lives of people who use it. Some call it “the greatest discovery since penicillin”! The name of the product is the AloeCure. It’s not a drug. It’s something completely different. And the product is available to anyone who wants it, at a reasonable price. But demands may force future prices to rise. TOP DOC WARNS: DIGESTION DRUGS CAN CRIPPLE YOU! Company spokesperson, Dr. Liza Leal; a leading integrative health specialist recommends AloeCure before she decides to prescribe any digestion drug. Especially after the FDA’s stern warning about long-term use of drugs classified as proton pump inhibitors like Prilosec®, Nexium®, and Prevacid®. In a nutshell, the FDA statement warned people should avoid taking these digestion drugs for longer than three 14-day treatment periods because there is an increased risk of bone fractures. Many people take them daily and for decades. Dr. Leal should know. Many patients come to her with bone and joint complaints and she does everything she can to help them. One way for digestion sufferers to help avoid possible risk of tragic joint and bone problems caused by overuse of digestion drugs is to take the AloeCure. Analysts expect the AloeCure to put a huge crimp in “Big Pharma” profits.

The secret to AloeCure’s “health adjusting” formula is scientifically tested Acemannan, a polysaccharide extracted from Aloe Vera. But not the same aloe vera that mom used to apply to your cuts, scrapes and burns. This is a perfect strain of aloe that is organically grown under very strict conditions. AloeCure is so powerful it begins to benefit your health the instant you take it. It soothes intestinal discomfort and you can avoid the possibility of bone and health damage caused by overuse of digestion drugs. We all know how well aloe works externally on cuts, scrapes and burns. But did you know Acemannan has many of other health benefits?...

HELPS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM TO CALM INFLAMMATION According to a leading aloe research, when correctly processed for digesting, the Aloe plant has a powerful component for regulating your immune system called Acemannan. So whether it’s damage that is physical, bacterial, chemical or autoimmune; the natural plant helps the body stay healthy. RAPID ACID AND HEARTBURN NEUTRALIZER Aloe has proved to have an astonishing effect on users who suffer with digestion problems like bouts of acid reflux, heartburn, cramping, gas and constipation because it acts as a natural acid buffer and soothes the digestive system. But new studies prove it does a whole lot more. SIDE-STEP HEART CONCERNS So you’ve been taking proton pump inhibitors (PPI’s) for years and you feel just fine. In June of 2015 a major study shows that chronic PPI use increases the risk of heart attack in general population. UNLEASH YOUR MEMORY Studies show that your brain needs the healthy bacteria from your gut in order function at its best. Both low and high dosages of digestion drugs are proven to destroy that healthy bacteria and get in the way of brain function. So you’re left with a sluggish, slowto-react brain without a lot of room to store information. The acemannan used in AloeCure actually makes your gut healthier, so healthy bacteria flows freely to your brain so you think better, faster and with a larger capacity for memory. Doctors call it “The greatest health discovery in decades!”

body’s ability to break down and absorb calcium. Aloe delivers calcium as it aids in balancing your stomach acidity. The result? Thicker, healthier looking hair…more youthful looking skin… And nails so strong they may never break again. SAVE YOUR KIDNEY National and local news outlets are reporting Kidney Failure linked to PPI’s. Your Kidney extracts waste from blood, balance body fluids, form urine, and aid in other important functions of the body. Without it your body would be overrun by deadly toxins. Aloe helps your kidney function properly. Studies suggest, if you started taking aloe today; you’d see a big difference in the way you feel. GUARANTEED RESULTS OR DOUBLE YOUR MONEY BACK Due to the incredible results people are reporting, AloeCure is being sold with an equally incredible guarantee. “We can only offer this incredible guarantee because we are 100% certain this product will work for those who use it,” Says Dr. Leal. Here’s how it works: Take the pill exactly as directed. You must see and feel remarkable improvements in your digestive health, your mental health, in your physical appearance, the amount inflammation you have throughout your body – even in your ability to fall asleep at night! Otherwise, simply return the empty bottles with a short note about how you took the pills and followed the simple instructions and the company will send you...Double your money back!

HOW TO GET ALOECURE This is the official nationwide release of the new AloeCure pill in the United States. And SLEEP LIKE A BABY A night without sleep really damages your so, the company is offering our readers up to 3 body. And continued lost sleep can lead to all FREE bottles with their order. sorts of health problems. But what you may not This special give-away is available for readers realize is the reason why you’re not sleeping. of this publication only. All you have to do is Some call it “Ghost Reflux”. A low-intensity call TOLL-FREE 1-800-748-3311 and provide form of acid reflux discomfort that quietly keeps the operator with the Free Bottle Approval you awake in the background. AloeCure helps Code: JC025. The company will do the rest. digestion so you may find yourself sleeping Important: Due to AloeCure’s recent media through the night. exposure, phone lines are often busy. If you CELEBRITY HAIR, SKIN & NAILS call and do not immediately get through, Certain antacids may greatly reduce your please be patient and call back.


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Educating Teachers About Electricity Schoolteachers interested in the electric industry have an opportunity to learn more about it this summer. Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, the power supplier to 18 of Colorado’s 22 electric co-ops, will bring together educators (teaching grades 4-12) who are electric cooperative members, teach at schools that are members or teach students whose parents are co-op members in TriState’s service area. Those attending the three-day conference in Westminster July 26-29 receive the most up-to-date information on all aspects of energy including the science of energy, sources of energy, transportation, consumption, electricity, efficiency and environmental and economic impacts. Participants leave with the training and materials to implement innovative, handson energy units for their classrooms, teams and after-school programs. Thanks to the support of Tri-State’s member cooperatives, there is no cost to educators in the Tri-State service area who participate. Educators outside of the Tri-State service area are welcome to apply and funding will be sought on their behalf. 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. This conference will help teachers integrate energy curriculum materials into classrooms at any grade level, with any group of students and with all learning styles. It will also focus on the successful achievement of state education goals in math and language. Attending teachers receive a NEED Science of Energy Kit, a class set of NEED Energy Infobooks (at grade level), access to all NEED Curriculum Guides and supplemental resources. Teachers may register at http://bit. ly/2jIWix8 or contact your local electric co-op for more information. 12


Emissions Drop as Electricity Use Trends Upward While the population grew and the economy expanded between 2005 and 2015, the amount of electricity generated in the United States dropped slightly, and the amount of carbon dioxide generated by that electricity trended down significantly. According to the January 2017 U.S. Department of Energy’s Quadrennial Energy Review, changes in fuel sources and energy efficiency programs are having an effect on carbon dioxide emissions in the United States. More people were added to the population in the past 10 years, but those people are using electricity more efficiently and conserving electricity,

thanks to programs and services that were implemented. Also, more of that electricity is coming from natural gas rather than coal and from fuel sources that do not emit carbon dioxide. That meant a strong downward trend in the amount of CO2 being produced by the country’s electric utilities. In a news release, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association CEO Jim Matheson expressed appreciation for DOE’s “willingness to listen to stakeholders and take a fresh, open-minded and comprehensive look at the nation’s energy landscape.” The nearly 500-page document is available at http://bit.ly/2iowgKc.

Matchwits Tourney Continues on PBS The Touchstone Energy “Matchwits” weekly, statewide, high school academic quiz program continues through February on PBS television stations throughout Colorado. This month, competitions between teams from Denver, Alamosa, Windsor, Lake County, Joes, Lafayette and Boulder will be broadcast Sunday evenings at 5 p.m. and repeated the following Sunday at 9:30 a.m. All Colorado high schools are invited to participate in the single elimination tournament made up of four rounds of competition, including the championship game. Broadcasts will continue through April 23, when the final competition will be broadcast and the winner announced. More information is posted at rmpbs.org/ matchwits.

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[ news clips] GET QUESTIONS ANSWERED ABOUT ENERGY A new resource for those taking their energy usage seriously is now available at yourenergy.colostate.edu. Launched in late 2016 by Colorado State University Extension, the site is dedicated to helping Colorado consumers make informed energy decisions. The site brings together unbiased, research-based information from Colorado’s land grant university. With practical, down-to-earth advice, you don’t have to try to sort energy fact from fiction. A prominent feature of the site is CSU Extension’s fact sheets, which are broken into a manageable, frequently-askedquestions format, making the information easy to find and relatable. The site also has 10 energy calculators to help visitors to the site figure out whether new insulation, lighting, solar panels and other energy investments make sense financially. In addition, the website has videos and other media showing how to find air leaks, measure insulation levels and more. “We made the switch from the typical CSU Extension-oriented website to ‘Your Energy’ after careful analysis of consumer need,” says CSU Energy Specialist Cary Weiner. “We are proud of the energy programming and other resources offered by Extension, but we didn’t want to use the site for self-promotion. It is a dedicated resource for the Colorado consumer — no strings attached.”


Ag Nominees Needed for Leopold Conservation Award Applications are being accepted through February 27 for the prestigious Leopold Conservation Award® honoring Colorado agricultural landowners who demonstrate outstanding stewardship and management of natural resources. Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the $10,000 award recognizes private landowner achievement in voluntary conservation. It is presented annually by several ag groups and Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, the power supplier to 18 of Colorado’s 22 electric co-ops. Finalists and the recipient will be announced by April. For application information, visit leopoldconservationaward.org.




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Outdated lighting, heating and cooling can cost rural schools, on average, 30 percent more on their energy bills, according to a recent study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. To combat this problem, the Colorado Energy Office’s Energy Savings for Schools program is under way and able to support up to 12 more schools this year. “The ESS program builds off many years of the CEO’s programmatic work in the K-12 area,” Michael Turner, CEO’s energy efficiency programs manager, explains. Schools across Colorado saved energy and money through a variety of offerings, and now they are part of this program to bring all available resources to bear on those schools with the greatest needs.” It’s a great opportunity for schools looking to improve their learning environment through more efficient operations.” Through the program, schools receive: • On-site energy and water audits from an energy engineer • Evaluation of renewable energy opportunities • Technical support and energy coaching • Implementation support and help identifying existing fund14


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When a new school joins the program, the ESS team works with the school to collect and review building utility data (electricity, natural gas and water) before the site visit. “Reviewing utility data before a site visit gives us insight into how a building is performing and highlights potential areas of concern,” ESS energy efficiency engineer John Butler says. “Concerns expressed by school staff are used along with insights gained from the historic utility data to help focus the site visit and assessment on problem areas and to customize our approach for each unique facility.” After the site visit, the energy engineer prepares a customized report with recommendations for the school. “We understand how limited resources — especially staff and financial resources — can be for these rural schools, so we prepare our reports with the aim to help each school prioritize strategies and next steps,” Butler says. coloradocountrylife.coop

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To date, 23 schools received their energy reports and began implementing projects. The graphic to the left outlines the collective potential savings identified for these schools. Legacy Academy, a tuition free, K-8 charter school in Elizabeth, is one of these schools. “As an administrator who is not an expert in energy savings projects, it was incredibly valuable to have the support from this team when receiving project bids,” explains Legacy Academy’s principal Kurt Naber. “The comprehensive energy audit, combined with guidance and input from the ESS team, helped me to feel confident and well-informed when presenting options to Legacy’s board of directors.” Legacy Academy is poised to save $13,420 annually as a result of lighting upgrades, ceiling fans and water fixture upgrades installed this year. “We have been pleased and impressed with the knowledge and assistance that the ESS program has brought to our school,” Naber says. “The representatives from ESS have been a great resource for us as we have evaluated bids and moved forward with several energy-saving projects. Their input gave us assurance that we are making well-informed decisions.” In addition, with support from the ESS program, Legacy Academy applied for and was awarded Energy Star building certification in November as a result of its efforts to improve efficiency. Energy Star certified buildings outperform 75 percent of similar facilities across the country. Don’t let your local school miss out on ESS resources to optimize energy performance and save money. CEO is actively recruiting schools from Colorado’s rural and low-income areas to participate in the program’s second year. If you know a school that might benefit from the program, share this information with a school representative or contact the program manager, Susan Blythe, at SBlythe@BrendleGroup. com or 970-207-0058 ext. 310. More information is available at bit.ly/CEOenergysavings.






The four colors of Colorado’s iconic state flag were wellrepresented among the 503 entries in Colorado Country Life’s annual photo contest, which only asked that each photo include one of the colors of the flag. Gold led the entries with beautiful photos of aspens, black-eyed Susans and wheat fields. Photos in the white category included snow scenes, wildflowers and moonlit skies. Blue added more

snow and moon photos, as well as mountain vistas. Red entries offered the most variety including abandoned skis, rich red sunsets, bright birds, sparkling fireworks and more. The winners are printed here. See the runners-up on our website at www.coloradocountrylife.coop and enjoy more of the amazing entries year round on our Facebook and Instagram pages (@COCountryLife).






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Luscious Layers of Love

Surprise your sweetheart with lovely, layered desserts BY AMY HIGGINS RECIPES@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG


Delight your one and only with a toothsome treat, made with a lot of love and a little labor. The predictability of a heart-shaped box of candy can come off as a commonplace offering on Valentine’s Day. These recipes take time, on the other hand, and the payoff is downright delectable. This year, try making one of these recipes and show your dearest your sweet side with layers of seductive flavors.

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Nix a Meringue Mishap A handheld torch can add a pretty touch to a meringue, but be careful not to scald it. Keep the torch about 8 inches from the dessert and continuously move your hand in a circular motion until you get the browned highlights you desire.

Give it a Trim Cakes don’t come out of the oven with a flat top, but the bottoms do. To give cake an even appearance, the bottoms of the two cakes should be at the top and bottom of your layered cake. To make the center more uniform, wait until the cake cools completely and carefully slice off the domed top.



8 ounces milk chocolate, coarsely chopped, divided 2 1/4 teaspoons canola oil 30 chocolate wafer cookies salt 5 graham cracker sheets, broken into bite-size pieces 6 cups vanilla ice cream, softened 4 large egg whites 1/2 cup sugar Lightly spray 9-inch springform pan with 3-inch high sides with cooking spray. In small bowl over at pot of simmering water, stir 3 ounces chocolate and oil until melted and blended. In food processor, grind chocolate wafer cookies into fine crumbs (about 1 1/3 cups). Add chocolate mixture and pinch of salt and pulse until moistened. Press crumb mixture evenly onto bottom and 1 1/2 inches up sides of pan. Freeze for about 10 minutes, or until crust hardens. In a large chilled bowl, fold graham cracker pieces and remaining chocolate into ice cream. Pour mixture into frozen crust and smooth the top. Freeze for about 8 hours, or until ice cream hardens. Remove pie from pan and transfer to platter. Return pie to freezer. In a large bowl, using electric hand mixer on mediumhigh speed, beat egg whites until foamy. Gradually add sugar and beat for about 5 minutes or until firm glossy peaks form. Using a large spoon, dollop meringue onto pie and spread decoratively, making sure no ice cream is exposed. Using kitchen blowtorch, toast meringue until browned all over. Freeze pie for about 30 minutes, or until meringue stiffens. Slice and serve. courtesy of Breyers

Chocolate Mandarin Orange Cake 2 cans (15 ounces) mandarin oranges, divided 1 box (2 layer) devil’s food cake mix 3 eggs 1/2 cup vegetable oil grated peel from 1 orange (optional) 1 package (4-serving size) vanilla flavor instant pudding 2 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed 1 cup heavy whipping cream 1 cup semisweet chocolate Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray two 9-inch cake pans with cooking spray. Drain mandarin oranges, keeping fruit and syrup reserved separately. In large bowl, combine cake mix, juice from one can of mandarin oranges, eggs, oil and orange peel; beat 2 minutes. Pour cake mix into prepared pans. Layer mandarin oranges from one can over each cake and gently submerge them into cake batter. Bake 2530 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pan onto wire rack; cool completely. Pour 1/2 cup reserved juice from second can of oranges in bowl with pudding mix; whisk 2 minutes or until pudding mix is completely dissolved. Remove 12 orange slices from second can and dry with paper towel; set aside. Fold whipped topping and remaining mandarin oranges into pudding mixture. Spread mandarin frosting on top of first layer of cake and out to edges. Place second layer on top of first layer. In small saucepan, heat cream until just beginning to steam, but do not boil. Remove from stove and stir in chocolate. Stir until well-blended. Pour chocolate mixture over cake and garnish with reserved mandarin oranges. Refrigerate 30 minutes before serving. courtesy of Dole

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Grow your herbs indoors using pots when its cold outside BY VICKI SPENCER MASTER GARDENER GARDENING@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG


Healthy cooking calls for reduced salt and fat, but this doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice flavor. There are many herbs that can be added to recipes, and grocery stores offer a much broader selection than when I started cooking. But I usually can’t use all of the package, and the fresh

herbs spoil unless I take the time to dry what I don’t need right away. Since fresh herbs have more flavor, I enjoy growing them indoors and harvesting just what I need for each recipe. When growing herbs in containers, mix several different ones in one pot or grow them separately. If you combine herbs, it is important to select plants that are good companions. Be sure they have the same moisture and sunlight requirements. For example, you would not plant oregano and thyme, which can rot if overwatered, with sage, which needs constant moisture. Basil, rosemary and thyme are a good combination if you enjoy Mediterranean dishes, and cilantro, parsley and thyme grow well together if Middle Eastern cuisine is more to your liking. One of the benefits of planting herbs separately is that they will have plenty of room to grow and when it warms up outside, you can move them to your patio or garden. If you discover one plant is not thriving, it can be easily moved to different locations until you find just the right spot. Starting indoor plants from seed is not as difficult as it seems; herbs are actually pretty hearty plants. Since seeds contain most of the nutrients needed to germinate, plant them in starting mix, which is different from potting soil. After the plants develop two sets of true leaves, transplant them to pots with potting soil, which contains nutrients that more mature plants need. Some good choices to get your herb garden started are basil, chives, mint, parsley, rosemary, sage, sweet marjoram and thyme. Basil is a popular annual that is easy to grow from seed. It likes full sun and moderate amounts of water, but doesn’t do well in drafty areas. Don’t let it dry out. Varieties range from the fine leaves of Spicy Globe to huge leaves of Lettuce Leaf and dark burgundy of Red Rubin. Greek Miniature basil is a good choice for small pots as it only grows 6 inches tall. To stay bushy, it needs constant pruning (cutting just above the leaf node) and sets seed in the fall; pinch off

flower heads to keep it growing. Chives are also easy to grow from seeds and are easily transplanted. Chives are a perennial from the onion family, and they grow in clumps with hollow stems. They prefer full sun or partial shade. To keep your plant looking good, cut the tubular leaves about 2 inches above the base, instead of cutting the tops. Continuous trimming will weaken the bulb and result in spindly foliage. Plant several chive plants in one pot if you use them often. Mint spreads by underground runners and will choke out nearby plants in the garden, but this is not a problem when mint is grown in a pot by itself. The smaller, noninvasive Corsican mint is a good choice for container gardening. It has attractive foliage with small, pale purple or white flowers. Mint likes bright light and does well in a south window. Cut back straggly stems to promote fresh leaves. Parsley is a biennial and can be grown from seed each year, but is also widely available at garden shops in the spring. Flat leaf parsley has the best flavor and is used in most recipes. Curly parsley has a milder flavor and is popular as a garnish and in Italian dishes. Clip from the outside of the plant when harvesting. Blue Boy is a compact variety of rosemary that is good for growing indoors. It prefers full sun but doesn’t like too much heat and should not dry out completely between watering. Sage is a good companion plant to rosemary as it also prefers full sun and moist soil. Although there are hundreds of species of sage, only a few are used in cooking. Dwarf Garden sage is a good choice as it is compact and grows about 10 inches high. There are also hundreds of species of thyme, but English and lemon thyme grow well indoors and are most common for cooking. There are many more herbs that you can grow for your favorite recipes. The ones discussed here are some of the most common and are good choices if you are just beginning to grow herbs indoors.

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Nutty Wildlife Behavior

The silly actions of animals keep us entertained, stupefied BY DENNIS SMITH OUTDOORS@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG


The antics of wild critters never cease to amaze me. I recently watched a video of a sparrow trying to revive another one that flew into a window pane and knocked itself senseless. Anyone watching would have assumed the unconscious bird to be deader than yesterday’s news. But its little buddy seemed to know otherwise and kept prodding, pushing and pecking the stunned bird until it finally stood erect, wobbled around, shook itself and flew off with its partner as if nothing ever happened. I’m sure by now that half the state of Colorado (maybe the country) saw that viral YouTube video of a mule deer fawn and a cottontail rabbit bouncing and chasing each other around a yard in Estes Park, playing what could only be a mutually delightful game of tag. Not only is it hilarious, it’s fascinating. A couple years ago, we had a pair of foxes hanging around the neighborhood. They were regular year-round yard visitors for about three years. One brutally cold winter day following a weather front that dumped well over 2 feet of snow, we watched them race up and down the street in front of our house, diving into snow banks, playing a kind of peekaboo game and jumping over each other with obvious joy. When they tired of the game, they ran up our driveway and laid down on the front porch directly in front of the exhaust vent from the clothes dryer, apparently basking in the warm air from the dryer vent. How they knew to do that was beyond me.

This winter, the backyard blue jays are particularly entertaining. We usually put a handful of whole peanuts out for them every morning on a ground platform feeder under a pine tree next to the back door. I don’t know where they come from, but they appear as if by magic almost before I can get my coat off and hung up. First one, then two, then half a dozen of them, all quickly snatching peanuts and flying off with them. Not long after the peanuts are gone, they’re back, hopping around, screeching that high-pitched jeering call and generally stirring up a fuss until I put more peanuts out. I swear it’s as if they were scolding me because as soon as I replenish the nuts, they quiet right down until they eat their fill. For the longest time, I marveled that such a small bird could swallow a whole peanut shell without choking to death. Then I learned they have an expandable cheek pouch in their throats, much like chipmunks, where they can temporarily store acorns or peanuts, carry them off to a convenient limb, cough them up, place them between their feet and hammer the shell to extract the nut inside. Smart little buggers.

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SOLAR WATER SYSTEMS – livestock or any remote location. 3-10 gpm. Variable speed. Call Peterson High Reach for free quote. 719-688-0081 (316-05-17)

Find hidden treasure in the CLASSIFIEDS Read through the ads and FIND the CCL classified explaining how to WIN a $25 gift card. It’s easy. You could WIN. The classified ads January contest winner is Melissa Dairymple of Fort Collins. She correctly counted 28 ads. 28


FARM & RANCH SUPPLIES POULTRY & GAMEBIRDS REGISTERED CATTLE BRAND for sale. LR , reverse L quarter circle slash, $3500. 970-564-0764 (332-02-17)


BUILDING LEAKS WIPEOUT INSTANTLY – new renovation products – buy factory direct 573-489-9346 azteccollc@socket.net (330-05-17) OXYGEN CONCENTRATORS - $380 with warranty. Also sell portable concentrators and oxygen supplies. Repair and service of equipment. Aspen Concentrator Repair Service 719-471-9895 (040-04-17)


SOON CHURCH AND GOVERNMENT UNITING will suppress “Religious Liberty,” enforcing a “National Sunday Law,” leading to the “Mark of the Beast.” Be informed / Be forewarned! Need mailing address for FREE materials. TBSM, Box 99, Lenoir City, TN 37771. thebiblesaystruth@ yahoo.com 1-888-211-1715. (814-04-17)


STOP FEEDING PRAIRIE DOGS. We’ll rent hunting rights from you. Looking for antelope, goose, duck, coyote, & prairie dog habitat. Encourage young sportsmen by providing safe, private access. You make the rules. 303-460-0273 (069-04-17)


LEGITIMATE WORK AT HOME opportunity. No sales, investment, risk. Training/website provided. Monthly income plus bonuses, benefits. Call Carrie 303-579-4207, www.livetotal wellness.com/livehealthy (932-02-17)


I PAINT BEST FRIENDS--your pets--felines with flair, joyful canines, elegant equines, 4-H ribbon-winners, and more. Julie 719-539-4260 (300-05-17)

FREE COLOR CATALOG. 193 varieties, Cornish Cross, standard breeds, fancy chicks, ducks, geese, turkeys, bantams, guineas, pheasants, quail, supplies, video. 417-532-4581. PO Box 529, Lebanon, MO 65536. www. CackleHatchery.com. (876-08-17)


FSBO: BRIGHT, PRIVATE, 1600sf, 3/2, .5 acre, fenced, landscaped, gardens. Central HVAC, underground power, septic, storage/deck, Gisela, AZ (near Payson) 928-474-9374 (331-04-17) FSBO: OAK CREEK / STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – 3 lots with house. Scrape off & build. Centrally located above town park. Great views. $75k 719-890-4488 (323-02-17) READY TO RETIRE? +-13 acres near Mancos, CO. Trout-stocked canyon lake, commercial greenhouse, gardens, lots of water, passive solar timber frame home. $525,000. Jim, 970-769-1391, for pictures. (282-02-17) WE BUY LAND and/or mineral rights. CO TX NM KS. 1-800-316-5337 (099-03-17)


NFR & PBR RODEO TICKETS – Las Vegas. Call 1-888-NFR-Rodeo (1-888637-7633). www.NFR-rodeo.com A+ rated BBB Member. (912-04-17)


BRECKENRIDGE, COLORADO, condominium – Beautiful. Prime location! See at VRBO. com enter 891478 (317-02-17) KAUAI VACATION RENTAL, 2bdr, full kitchen. Minutes from beaches. $600/wk. 808-8220191; mokihana@hawaiian.net; kauaiweddings.com. (756-05-17)


CAST-IRON COOKWARE (Wagner & Griswold). Pyrex. Old toys in good condition. Vintage signs. Anything cowboy and Indian – hats, boots, spurs, rugs, etc. After family gets what they want, we’ll buy the rest. Antiques, collectibles, furniture, glassware, etc. We come to you! 970759-3455 or 970-565-1256. (871-02-17) LOOKING FOR A WINNER. WIN $25 by emailing the number of classified ads to classifieds@ coloradocountrylife.org with WIN $25 as the subject. Include name/ address. Deadline 2/15/16. NAVAJO RUGS, old and recent, native baskets, pottery. Tribal Rugs, Salida. 719-539-5363, b_inaz@ hotmail.com (817-06-17) OLD COLORADO LIVESTOCK brand books prior to 1975. Call Wes 303-757-8553. (889-02-17) OLD GAS AND OIL items: Gas pumps, advertising signs, globes, etc. Pieces, parts, etc. considered. Also 1932-34 Ford cars and trucks, parts and pieces, too. Any condition. Brandon, 719-250-5721. (519-11-17) OLD POCKET WATCHES – working or non-working and old repair material. Bob 719-859-4209. (870-06-18) WANT TO PURCHASE mineral and other oil/gas interests. Send details to: PO Box 13557, Denver, CO 80201. (402-03-17) WANTED: JEEP CJ OR WRANGLER. Reasonably priced. No rust buckets. 888-735-5337 (099-04-17) WE PAY CASH for minerals and oil/ gas interests, producing and nonproducing. 800-733-8122 (099-02-17)

JANUARY CONTEST WINNERS Patricia Busa of Peyton, Linda Welker of Wiggins, Guy Fernandez of Berthoud and Joseph Konzier of Grand Junction are the winners of the January contests. Patricia, Linda and Guy each won a Headsweats’ hat. Joseph is the winner of the book Clutter Free Revolution. Congratulations to all January contest winners!


[ funny stories]


Rowana, Ryan, Reid and Rockie Ernst of Wiggins enjoy a family Christmas cruise in the western Caribbean.

Our 4-year-old granddaughter, Emily, was spending the day with Papa and me. A friend and I were sitting at the kitchen table looking at some cosmetics she was selling, and Emily was running in and out of the house. After my friend left, Emily came in the house and wanted to know what my friend was doing here. I told her she was selling me some cream for my wrinkles. Off she went. Several weeks later I was riding in the back of her mother’s van sitting between Emily and her 2-year-old sister, Whitney. Emily was staring at me and shortly announced, “Grandma, I don’t think that cream is working!” Sallie McQueen, Cañon City While a woman was out to lunch, her coworker answered her phone and told the caller that she would be back in 20 minutes. The caller asked, “Is that 20 minutes Central Standard Time?” Anonymous

John Weninger of Granby poses in Miami with his magazine getting ready for a cruise to Panama.

Jayson and Tracy Shaffer from Cortez take CCL with them on their Petersburg, Alaska trip.

Several years ago I lived in Minneapolis, employed by Northwest Airlines. One miserable winter morning, I was slaving away trying to clear my driveway from a hard-packed coating of ice and snow. My next-door neighbor was across the yard doing the same thing. In a moment of frustration, knowing where I worked, he called over and asked, “Can I fly Northwest to Florida?” I replied, “Yes, you probably can, but you would get there faster if you went southeast.” Don Brooks, Monument We were driving through town when a glorious display of sunlight beams shot through the partly cloudy skies. Our young daughter noticed them and then exclaimed to her four younger brothers, “Look! That’s God sucking up the dead people!” Corinne Sandner, Cortez

WINNER: Vaughn and Karen Johnson from Durango finally go to honeymoon at Niagara Falls. They celebrated 54 years of marriage.

Kate O’Kami visits Queenstown, New Zealand. Here she is at the foot of Lake Wakatipu.

TAKE YOUR PHOTO WITH YOUR MAGAZINE AND WIN! It’s easy to win with Colorado Country Life. Simply take a photo of someone (or a selfie!) with the magazine and email the photo and your name and address to info@coloradocountrylife.org. We’ll draw one photo to win a $25 gift card each month. The next deadline is Wednesday, February 15. This month’s winners are Vaughn and Karen Johnson, La Plata Electric members from Durango. coloradocountrylife.coop

We pay $15 to each person who submits a funny story that’s printed in the magazine. At the end of the year we will draw one name from those submitting funny stories and that person will receive $200. Send your 2017 stories to Colorado Country Life, 5400 Washington St., Denver, CO 80216 or email funnystories@coloradocountrylife.org. Don’t forget to include your mailing address, so we can send you a check.

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Driving home from a Colorado Rural Electric Association meeting in 2015, Dale Dunbar, manager of finance and chief financial officer at Meeker-based White River Electric Association, and his wife, Jill, passed through Fairplay, where they spotted Coyote Creek Studio Arts. When they went inside, the women who were running the store explained that the studio is an art cooperative. “Jill and I lit up,” Dale says. “We talked about it all the way home.” Dale and Jill bounced around the idea of opening an art cooperative in Meeker with friends. They ultimately pitched the idea to the townspeople in the local newspaper, and in June 2016, Smoking River Studio Arts opened its doors. “We wanted to provide an outlet for the many creative local talents,” Dale says. “The members own it. The members work it. Not only do they paint and take pictures, but they take care of the bookwork, too.” Today, the cooperative has a board of directors and 24 artists who are member-owners. Smoking River’s selection of artwork includes paintings, photography, ceramics, fiber arts, jewelry, woodwork, metal art and more, all created by local artists. The studio also offers classes to the general public. “It doesn’t matter your skill level,” Dale says. “You are welcome.” For more information, call 970-221-0051 or visit facebook.com/smokingriverstudioarts/ app/537971032959294/.

Trimble Court Artisans 118 Trimble Court, Fort Collins A group of women opened Trimble Court Artisans in 1971 in Old Town Fort Collins after the building owner, Martha Trimble, graciously offered them the storefront. “She wanted to promote artists in the area, which is a big reason why we opened,” says General Manager Jill Popplewell. Forty years later, the art and craft cooperative continues to feature creations from local artists. “We pride ourselves on having all

pARTiculars Art Gallery and Teaching Studio 401 S. Public Road, Lafayette In 2008, pARTiculars Art Gallery and Teaching Studio opened its doors with the mission of supporting and promoting artistic passion in artists, students and the community. Today, 10 local artists run the art cooperative, where patrons can shop for a variety of artwork created by more than 40 Colorado artists or take a class where they can do the creating themselves. In addition, the co-op accepts submittals for review from artists who hope to become a consigning artist at the store. Find out more about pARTiculars classes, crafts and consigning opportunities by calling 720-890-7888 or visiting particularsart.com.

local artwork,” Popplewell says. In fact, the co-op will only feature artwork from Colorado residents. At Trimble Court Artisans, expect to find terrific treasures in a variety of mediums, including jewelry, pottery, paintings, mixed media, glass, fiber arts and more. For more information, call 970-221-0051 or visit trimblecourt.com.

Looking for a show or class to attend? Visit the Discoveries page at coloradocountrylife.coop.



Arts Alive Gallery 500 S. Main St. Breckenridge 970-453-0450 summitarts.org

Boulder Arts & Crafts Gallery 1421 Pearl St. Boulder 303-443-3683 boulderartsandcrafts.com

Gunnison Gallery 124 N. Main Street Gunnison 970-641-6111 gunnisongallery.net

ImpressionZ Inc. 105 W. Main St. Cedaredge 970-778-9663 tinyurl.com/Grand-MesaImpressionz-Inc


Commonwheel Artists Co-op 102 Canon Ave. Manitou Springs 719-685-1008 commonwheel.com

Coyote Creek Studio Arts 419 Front St. Fairplay 719-836-2040 coyotecreekarts.com

Don’t see your art cooperative in this list? Send the name, address, phone number and website to info@coloradocountrylife.org and we’ll post it on the Colorado Country Life website. coloradocountrylife.coop

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