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Talking Electric Issues with Congress

Representatives of your electric co-op take concerns to Washington, D.C., on your behalf BY KENT SINGER || CREA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR || KSINGER@COLORADOREA.ORG


All of Colorado’s electric co-ops, including the Colorado is warranted. The co-ops have been working hard to let the Rural Electric Association, are members of our national trade EPA know that a large portion of our power supply relies on association, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Associafossil fuels, and the rules for existing plants have to be worktion. Each spring, NRECA hosts a national legislative conferable from both a technological and cost standpoint. ence in Washington, D.C., to bring representatives from As for suggested reforms to the Endangered Species Act, we co-ops across the country in to meet with their members of asked our delegation to support a set of four bills that limit Congress to talk about issues affecting co-ops. attorney fees and provide more transparency in how this act Unfortunately, in 2012 and 2013 Congress was in recess is implemented. We are not asking for significant changes to during NRECA’s legislative conference and our Colorado the ESA, but rather a more open decision-making process. group was not able to meet with our delegation. This year, The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be considering the however, Congress was in session and we had a chance to chat listing of many additional species as threatened or endanwith nearly every member about issues of importance to the gered in the near future, and we believe the public should co-op program. have access to the data USFWS relies on to make those deciNRECA asked us to focus on five issues during the legislasions. tive conference: greenhouse gas regulations, reforms to the We also asked our delegation to support a bill in Congress Endangered Species Act, oversight of the Federal Emergency called the Electrify Africa Act. The electric co-op program Management Agency, a pending energy efficiency bill and the has long been a supporter of making people’s lives better Electrify Africa Act. Since some of not only in the United States, but also these issues are more relevant to in many countries around the globe. CREA focused on five issues Colorado co-ops than others, we Nearly 600 million people in Africa do during the legislative conference: focused on the issues that would not have access to electricity, and the most likely impact the costs of Electrify Africa Act creates a public-prigreenhouse gas regulations, reforms to the electricity for our co-op membervate partnership that is designed to bring Endangered Species Act, oversight of the owners. light to some of the poorest parts of the Federal Emergency Management On the greenhouse gas issue, we world. The program works much like the Administration, a pending energy are anticipating a new set of regulacurrent lending program for co-ops in efficiency bill and the Electrify Africa Act. tions to be promulgated by the U.S. that the U.S. government would provide Environmental Protection Agency financial guarantees to banks in African this month limiting the emissions countries, enabling them to make loans of carbon dioxide at existing power to startup utilities that would repay the plants. (Proposed rules for new loans with interest. We believe strongly power plants were issued last year.) in the electric co-op mission and busiSince these rules will be some of the ness model and hope to see it flourish in most complicated rules ever issued, Africa. we asked our delegation to sign on The meetings with our delegation to a letter to the EPA administrator clearly demonstrate the political diverasking for an extended period of sity of Colorado, a diversity that is also time to submit our comments on reflected in the attitudes and opinions the proposed rules. While the typical comment period is 60 of co-op member-owners. We have many challenges ahead, days, we are asking the EPA to give us 120 days to review the but working together with our elected representatives we can proposed rules and comment on them. help create a bright future for electric co-ops and our rural We received positive feedback from all of our members of communities. Congress in response to this request for an extended comment period. While the members of our delegation have different views on the necessity and likely efficacy of the proKent Singer, Executive Director posed rules, they all agreed that an extended comment period Scan this page or go to for video highlights from last year’s Legislative Conference. 4 June 2014

[letters] Books for Local Libraries What a wonderful surprise to have someone from Colorado Country Life and La Plata Electric Association arrive at the library with an armful of books. I have often wondered how libraries were fortunate enough to receive books from you. Now I know. If you wait patiently, some nice people will show up at your library with smiles and a stack of books for your patrons. On behalf of the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library, thank you for the wonderful selection of books. Julie Welch, director, Pagosa Springs

Support for Mother Jones Thank you for the moving and powerful article by Cynthia Becker about the Ludlow Massacre (April ’14) with its stark description of the terrible events and the heartrending pictures of the children, armed thugs and tent city. But I take exception to your calling Mother Jones a “rabble rouser” in the cutline under the picture of her leading a demonstration by the mine workers. Mother Jones was a courageous labor and union organizer and doesn’t deserve that negative description. She spent most of her life helping workers rise against the cruel and unfair treatment that was so aptly described in Becker’s article. Judith Powers, Fort Collins

While the story of Ludlow is a story that is important to our history, I was disturbed by the term “rabble-rouser” used to describe Mother Jones. The term is a derogatory term used to describe someone as a troublemaker. Mother Jones was a staunch supporter of, and fighter for, all workers’ rights. Rachel Killinen, Durango

Local Book Adds to Story Thank you so much for spotlighting Lois Ruby’s book, STRIKE! Mother Jones and the Colorado Coal Field War on Facebook and as a contest prize in the April issue. The Ludlow article by Cynthia Becker was excellent. Doris Baker, Filter Press, Palmer Lake Editor’s Note: Listen to an excerpt from this book at Got a comment? Send your letter to the editor by mail to Colorado Country Life, 5400 Washington St., Denver, CO 80216 or email June 2014 5


[June] June 6-8 Colorado Springs Gem and Mineral Show Western Museum of Mining & Industry 719-488-0880 • June 7 Longmont “Home on the Grange” Fundraiser The Altona Grange 10 am-7 pm • 303-709-0334 June 7 Weston Fishing Tournament Monument Lake Resort 7 am-3 pm • 719-868-2249 June 8 Monument Car Show Downtown Monument 10 am-3 pm • 719-488-2852 June 13 Beulah Full Moon Music Hike Mountain Park Environmental Center 7 pm • 719-485-4444 June 13-15 Snowmass Mammoth Fest Snowmass Village June 14 Akron Car/Motorcycle Poker Run 551 W 2nd St 970-554-0117 • johnnree@ June 14 Beulah Taste of Beulah Songbird Cellars 12-3 pm • 719-485-7664 June 14 Durango Durango Motor Expo Main Avenue 9 am-3 pm • 970-247-8761 June 14 Holyoke Dandelion Daze Courthouse Lawn 970-854-3517 • holyoke 6 June 2014

June 14 Kremmling Redneck Mud Shuffle Middle Park Fairgrounds 5:30 pm • kremmling June 15 Durango “Honoring Our Fathers” Benefit Durango Arts Center 3 pm • June 20-21 Cañon City Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival Centennial Park royalgorgewhitewater June 20-22 Glenwood Springs Strawberry Days Sayre Park 970-945-6589 June 20-22 Palmer Lake Fine Art Show & Sale Mountain Community Church 719-495-1857 • palmerlake June 21 Bayfield Bayberry Jam Eagle Park 12-6 pm • June 21 Berthoud Open House McCarty-Fickel Home Museum 12-3 pm • 970-532-1144 June 21 Durango Garden Tour Durango Historic Avenues 10 am-3 pm • 970-749-5642 June 21 Golden Wild West Day Colorado Railroad Museum 10 am-4 pm • 303-279-4591 June 21 Monument Warriors Top Water Tourney Monument Lake 8 am-1 pm • wounded

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[Country News] [what’s inside] n Farm and Ranch Electrical Safety n Solar Energy Takes Off n Murphy n The Country Kitchen n Protect Yourself During a


Honoring Directors and Employees BY TIMOTHY J. POWER || GENERAL MANAGER


The directors and employees shown below will be formally recognized for their years of service to K.C. Electric Association at the annual meeting on June 5 in Cheyenne Wells. (Amy Kelley, #414908005) Please join us in thanking them for being such a vital part of our cooperative.


DIRECTORS HUGO OFFICE P.O. Box 8 Hugo, CO 80821-0008 STRATTON OFFICE P.O. Box 285 Stratton, CO 80836-0285 HUGO ADDRESS 422 Third Avenue Hugo, CO 80821 STRATTON ADDRESS 281 Main Street Stratton, CO 80836

Robert Bledsoe 30-Year Award

Luanna Naugle 5-Year Award

Don Malone 35-Year Award

Robert Rueb 35-Year Award

719-743-2431 [Hugo] 719-348-5318 [Stratton]

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Kevin Penny [president] Robert Bledsoe [vice president] Terry Tagtmeyer [secretary/treasurer] Danny Mills [asst. secretary/treasurer] Jim Michal [director] Luanna Naugle [director] Wayne Parrish [director] Dave Ritchey [director] Marvin Thaller [director]

George Unruh 35-Year Award

STAFF Tim Power [general manager] Ron Baxa [office manager] Ben Orrell [member services specialist] Darrin Laverenz [operations manager] Paul Norris [operations superintendent]

Ron Wolfrum 35-Year Award

Jacquelyn Schmidt 25-Year Award


Jason Sheler 10-Year Award June 2014 7

[Country News]



Most farmers and ranchers operate equipment daily and many times it is in close proximity to power lines. There is a constant need for vigilance in order to stay safe. There is also a need to educate family, employees and even those who are experienced. Being tired can create complacency and that can lead to an accident. Many of you may be aware that K.C. Electric Association supports and participates in safety programs for co-op youth. You may not know that K.C. Electric now offers a safety program for all ages. It is called Farm and Ranch Electric Safety. It is provided by the Rural Electricity Resource Council and covers much more than just electrical safety. It is geared toward making the operations we all do on the farm and ranch safer. The great thing about this program is that it consists of an 18-minute CD that can be presented in either English or Spanish. If you would like to use this product on your farm, ranch or feedlot, simply contact me at 719-743-2431. I will mail the CD to you, and when you are finished I ask that it be sent back to K.C. Electric so that others may use it. To help you stay safe, K.C. Electric is dedicated to assuring uniformity of power line heights for all suppliers and distributors of electricity. K.C. Electric complies with the federal government published National Electrical Safety Code. K.C. Electric meets or exceeds those requirements. For example, the requirement for power lines in K.C. territory is 18.5 feet above the ground. K.C. will always meet that requirement and make an effort to provide higher clearance if possible. Equipment moving down the road should not plan to have more clearance than 18.5 feet. When looking at specifications of some of the new drills, we find that a three-section piece of equipment is between 15.88 to 19.66 feet tall. A five-section piece will go as high as 16.31 to 18.76 feet. These create a hazard if they have to go under a power line. To get under the lines, some operators have been lowering the sections to ground level or near ground level and going under the lines. While that will prevent contact with the power line, it creates a huge traffic hazard unless flaggers are present. Everyone who works on the farm or moves large equipment needs to know the location 8 June 2014

of power lines and keep farm equipment at least 10 feet away from them. Harvest season always seems to bring an increased number of accidents involving power lines. Combines are huge, trucks hauling them are also large and the entire package barely clears the lines under the best of conditions. Grain carts are also large enough to come close to power lines. Even vehicles that may clear the wires may often have an antenna on top. If that touches the wire, the results can be serious. Grain augers are nearly always tall enough to contact power lines. Always lower an auger before moving it. Don’t take a chance. Extreme caution must be used when moving these. Moving portable grain augers poses the greatest risk because those who are on the ground moving the equipment would provide a direct path for electricity if there’s a contact with overhead wires. Front-end loaders and dump trucks working in feedlots have been a common cause of accidents. If the driver attempts to go under a power line with the bed in the dump position, it will likely contact the power line. If you must move large equipment under a power line, you need to employ a spotter and if it is going to be close, you need to contact K.C. Electric. Never attempt to raise or move a power line to clear a path K.C. Electric is part of a farm safety program for youth. It is called Farm Safety for Just Kids (FS4JK). K.C. teaches kids what to do if they are in a vehicle or a piece of equipment and are in contact with a power line. It is almost always best to stay in the cab and call for help. Warn others who may be nearby to stay away and wait until the electric utility arrives to make sure power to the line is cut off. These same safety tips apply to adults. If the power line is energized and you step outside, you will be grounded and the electricity will pass through you. Just because a power line is lying on the ground doesn’t mean it is dead. (R.C. Herod, #609300002)

Stay away from a downed power line. Your body becomes the path and electrocution is the result. Even if a power line has landed on the ground, the potential for the area nearby to be energized still exists. Stay inside the vehicle unless there’s fire or imminent risk of fire. In that case, the proper action is to jump — not step — with both feet hitting the ground at the same time. Do not allow any part of your body to touch the equipment and the ground at the same time. Continue to hop or shuffle to safety, keeping both feet together as you leave the area. Once you get away from the equipment, never attempt to get back on or even touch the equipment. Many electrocutions occur when the operator dismounts and, realizing nothing has happened, tries to get back on the equipment. As in any outdoor work, be careful not to raise any equipment, such as ladders, poles or rods, into power lines. Remember, nonmetallic materials, such as lumber, tree limbs, tires, ropes and hay, can conduct electricity depending on dampness and dust and dirt contamination. It is important that all farm workers and seasonal employees are informed of electrical hazards and trained in proper procedures to avoid injury. If you would like us at K.C. Electric to come to your farm or business and talk about electrical safety, we would be glad to do that. If you need bilingual safety training we have the CD for you. Call member services at 719-743-2431 or 800-700-3123 and ask for me. Let’s stay safe.

[Country News] From the Sun Belt to the Snow Belt: Solar Energy Takes Off


When it comes to harnessing and delivering resident-owned solar power, the market for this renewable energy source is growing in popularity and becoming more affordable; even residents beyond the Sun Belt are taking advantage. Since the 1800s, people have been tapping into the sun’s power, harnessing it to do everything from cooking food and running handheld calculators to fueling rockets and supplying the power grid. Today, photovoltaic systems use solar cells and panels to capture and convert sunlight to electric power. When a PV system absorbs sunlight, energy passes on to electrons. Those flowing, energized electrons then break free and, in the right conditions, join an electric current that brings power to your home. Despite conventional wisdom, co-op members living in Arizona and elsewhere in the Southwest where sunshine is constant aren’t the only ones benefitting from solar energy installations. It’s time to debunk a common misconception, says Andrew Cotter, Cooperative Research Network’s senior program management advisor. (*WIN Rod Thompson, #924850001) Sun-drenched regions are not necessary to produce electricity. Tapping solar energy in cold climates is possible, even in places where there is 12 percent less solar energy available, Cotter says. Think Bismarck, North Dakota: A solar energy system with a 1 megawatt array, for example, would produce approximately 1,590 megawatt-hours per year, while the same system would produce 1,580 MWh per year in Jacksonville, Florida. How can some place so cold generate as much solar power as a sun-drenched locale? “While Bismarck has less sunshine, the cooler weather allows the PV modules to take better advantage of what sun is available,” Cotter explains. “PV panels lose efficiency when they get too hot.” (Ross Waterman, #1003765003) The fact that PV panels work better in cooler weather and gain from reflected sunlight off the Bismarck snow helps make up for the smaller amounts of sunshine.

For both co-ops and members, the solar energy market is growing exponentially as the costs of PV system equipment and installation decrease. From a utility perspective, the cost of solar in 2012 was $2,340 per kilowatt-peak, a drop of more than 40 percent from 2010. Homeowners installing rooftop solar systems also saw a cost savings; in 2012, the price was less then $2,000 per kWp, substantially less than the price of $5,710 kWp in 2010. But as co-ops look ahead at the shifting solar market, there are challenges, Cotter says. “Dealing with increasing amounts of resident-owned solar is something that co-ops have found to be no more challenging than other obstacles they have faced,” Cotter notes. “As long as member-owners communicate their interest in residential solar, the co-ops have the skill set to maintain a safe, reliable grid. It’s something they are very good at.” June 2014 9

[Country News] THE COUNTRY KITCHEN MINI SAUSAGE QUICHE 1 package pork sausage roll 1 cup chopped fresh mushrooms ½ cup chopped green pepper 10 eggs ¼ cup milk ¼ teaspoon black pepper salt to taste 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese ½ cup sliced green onions

Protect Yourself During a Thunderstorm

Preheat oven to 350. Cook sausage, mushrooms and green pepper in medium skillet over medium high heat stirring frequently. Drain. Beat eggs, milk, pepper and salt together until well blended. Stir in sausage mixture, cheese and green onions. Line 16-cup cupcake pans with baking liners. Spoon mixture evenly into baking liners. Bake 18-22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Tip: Recipe suggests using squares of parchment paper instead of baking liners. Lila Taylor, Stratton, CO


1 16-ounce package whole wheat pasta ¼ cup peanut butter 1 /3 cup warm water ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce 2 tablespoons cider vinegar 4 teaspoons sugar 1 bag frozen chopped broccoli 1/2 cup water Cook pasta using package directions. Make sauce and broccoli while pasta cooks. In a medium bowl, combine peanut butter and warm water — stir until it becomes a smooth, thin sauce. Add soy sauce, vinegar and sugar. Mix until sugar dissolves. In a microwave-safe bowl, add thawed frozen broccoli and ½ cup water. Steam in microwave for 3-5 minutes. Drain any excess water. Pour peanut sauce and steamed veggies over cooked, drained pasta. Toss to combine. Serve warm. Prep time: 10 minutes. Cooking time: 10 minutes. Serves 8. Mrs. Judy Beeson, Stratton, CO 10 June 2014

Getting caught outside in a thunderstorm could be deadly. Remember: If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning. If possible, get inside a hardtop vehicle, not a convertible. (Eric Loutzenhiser, #522100020) If one is not available, find a low spot away from trees, fences and poles. If you are inside when a storm hits, stay away from windows and go to the lowest level of your home. Unplug unnecessary appliances and do not use corded phones.


Each month, K.C. Electric offers consumers a chance to earn a $10 credit on their next electric bill. If you recognize your 10-digit account number in this magazine, call 719-743-2431 and ask for your credit. It couldn’t be easier. In April, R.B. Smith of Burlington called to WIN a prize. John Husler of Stratton, Sharon Hevner of Cheyenne Wells and Carol Levin of Seibert called to Claim their savings. Get acquainted with your account number, read your Colorado Country Life magazine and pick up the phone. That’s all the energy you’ll need to claim your energy bucks. You must claim your credit during the month in which your name appears in the magazine (check the date on the front cover). June 2014 11


Metal Theft Now a Felony


Colorado has significantly raised the ante for thieves who would steal metals from us and other Colorado utilities by declaring this theft to be a felony. As prices for copper and other metals have risen, so has the number of thefts of these metals. When metal parts are stolen from electrical facilities, rail lines, water lines and fuel pipelines, the results can include major disruptions in service, as well as injuries and even death for the thieves. Senate Bill 14-049, Endangering Utility Transmission, sponsored by Sen. Rollie Heath (D-Boulder) and Rep. Kevin Priola (R-Adams/Arapahoe), passed the Colorado Senate and House and was awaiting Gov. John Hickenlooper’s signature at press time. The bill was developed by the Commodity Metals Theft Task Force chartered in 2011 by the Colorado legislature in response to rising concerns about the increased incidence of metals thefts.

Co-ops Connect With Congress A discussion between Sen. Michael Bennet (D) and representatives of Colorado’s electric co-ops (above) was one of several meetings on Capitol Hill the week of May 5 during the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s 2014 Legislative Conference. Nearly 100 electric co-op directors, managers and employees visited Washington, D.C., May 5-7 to share co-op concerns with Colorado’s senators and representatives. Specific issues included a need for consistency from the Federal Emergency Management Agency; a request for a 120-day comment period when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposes regulations to limit greenhouse gases from existing sources; asking that access to large electric water heaters be preserved so they can be used by co-ops for load management; a request for small changes in the Endangered Species Act; and a request for support of the Electrify Africa Act.

Pedal the Plains With Colorado’s Electric Co-ops

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Gov. John Hickenlooper and Dean Singleton, former publisher of The Denver Post, recently announced that this year’s Pedal the Plains bike tour will ride from Wiggins to Fort Morgan to Sterling and back to Wiggins. Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives are excited to be among the sponsors of the three-day event September 19-21. Held in the southeast corner of the state last year, the bike tour has moved north for 2014, its third year. It is expected to bring 1,000 riders and their support teams to northeastern Colorado. They will participate in the bike ride, as well as Fort Morgan’s Fall Harvest Car Show and Sterling’s Sugar Beet Days and ride past Pawnee National Grasslands and Jackson Reservoir, as well as the working farms and ranches of that part of the state. The Touchstone Energy co-ops will sponsor a bike team that will ride the 173-mile tour to raise money for Energy Outreach Colorado. Anyone interested in riding or in sponsoring a rider should contact Colorado Country Life Associate Editor Donna Wallin at dwallin@colorado


CREA’s EnergyWise Rewards Top Science Students


One way Colorado’s electric co-ops’ EnergyWise Project promotes innovation in energy research is through its support of the Colorado Science and Engineering Fair. With the financial support of rural lender CoBank, Colorado Rural Electric Association and Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives sponsor the Colorado EnergyWise award during this annual spring science fair. This April, there were 250 projects created by students in grades 6 through 12 on display at the fair in Fort Collins. Among the judges were Students explain science Colorado Rural Electric Association Executive projects to judges during the Colorado Science and Director Kent Singer and CREA board member Engineering Fair. Stuart Travis of Y-W Electric Association in Akron. Both judges were impressed by the quality of the displays and the knowledge that the students exhibited. titled “Eliminating Standby Power.” Kelsey’s was “Fueling the This year’s award winners are eighth-grader Diego Olaya of Future Phase 3: Decreasing Internal Resistance With a Microbial Peak to Peak Charter School in Lafayette and 10th grader Kelsey Fuel Cell.” Each of these students received a special certificate Lindbloom of Salida High School in Salida. Diego’s project was and a $250 prize.

White House Solar Summit Shines Light on Co-ops


Electric cooperatives are embracing solar energy, and the White House is taking notice. During a Solar Summit hosted by the White House in April, seven co-ops, including Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association in Fort Collins, had an opportunity to share how co-ops are leading the nation in community solar activities. Poudre Valley REA CEO Jeff Wadsworth explained how co-ops in Colorado have been developing community solar Jeff Wadsworth projects for several years with more being planned. These community projects allow all consumers to participate in renewable energy, including renters and those with property not ideally suited for solar panels. His co-op recently partnered with Clean Energy Collective to build northern Colorado’s first community solar development. The first array proved so popular that the co-op is planning to break ground on a new array that will offer four times as many solar panels. Electric co-ops from California to Wisconsin, Georgia, Kentucky and Maryland also shared their experiences working with community organizations on costeffective solar projects. These projects are being steadily added while balancing reliability and affordability, noted one speaker from Wisconsin. Federal officials said that the amount of solar power installed nationwide now stands at an estimated 13 gigawatts, which is enough electricity to power more than two million homes. Several Colorado co-ops, as well as other co-ops across the country, have projects in the works that will add to that number.

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1 99 cooperatives are planning projects in 27 states and American Samoa totaling over 150 megawatts of solar.


Cooperatives have developed or are planning nearly 50 community solar projects across the country, including several in Colorado.


Cooperatives are partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Defense on a wide array of renewable projects.


Four cooperatives are partnering with the DOD on solar projects.


Through the Cooperative Research Network, cooperatives are partnering with the DOE on research to bring down the price of solar and make utility-scale solar projects accessible to not-forprofit co-ops.


CRN is working with five universities to help train utility staff on integrating renewable energy to the electric grid. June 2014 13


Washington, D.C., Youth Tour Life-changing summer trip made possible by electric co-ops BY MAGEN HOWARD, CCC


The Electric Co-op Youth Tour is turning 50 this June. And oh, what a tour it’s been. “I love this trip. Every year is a new adventure,” says Liz Fiddes, director of member services and education at the Colorado Rural Electric Association. For 2014, 20 electric cooperatives in Colorado will send a total of 30 students to our nation’s capital June 12-19. Anyone who’s looked after a group of 16- and 17-year-olds in Washington, D.C., for Youth Tour knows how challenging and physically exhausting it is, not to mention how hot and humid the nation’s capital can be in the middle of June. But there’s a reason the program has not just endured but thrived for half a century, and why people like Fiddes stick with it year after year: the students. “It’s been an honor and a pleasure to work with new groups of students each year,” Fiddes says. “It’s so rewarding to see each student grow through this program and discover how they can significantly impact their community. This program truly is changing lives.” Youth Tour brings together some 1,600 teens from 43 states for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity culminating in Washington, D.C. Students tour the memorials and see firsthand the roots of American history. They learn about electric co-ops and grassroots political advocacy. They live in close quarters for up to a week and are given a small taste of freedom and independence. They sleep a little and talk a lot. These students become college roommates, professional colleagues and lifelong friends. For some, it’s a fun trip that later brings fond memories. To others, Youth Tour inspires

them to discover the adults they’re going to be. For those accepted into the Youth Leadership Council, the experience is even richer. These students — one representative from each participating state — work the congressional action center at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s annual meeting. They also participate in a special meeting one month after Youth Tour to delve deeper into leadership and cooperative grassroots issues. Much has changed during the past 50 years since the dawn of Youth Tour, but the one constant has been the students, who never fail to be amazed, inspired, humbled and grateful, according to the faithful electric co-op employees who bring new groups back to Washington, D.C., every year. For the chaperones and state coordinators, Youth Tour is an enormous amount of work culminating in just a handful of hectic days each year. Flexibility and the ability to roll with the punches are must-haves. But it’s a labor of love for most. “You have to be ready for any change that might happen and deal with any problems that come up, no matter what, for the safety of the students,” Fiddes says. “You have to be ready to take on responsibility for these students.” “Rewarding” is a common buzzword from those involved in the program, from administrators and coordinators to parents and participants, and even the bus drivers who return to the job year after year. “I’ve had parents come up to me after the program and say, ‘I don’t know what you did, but you brought back a different kid than you took.’ And for parents to say that is gratifying and humbling,” Fiddes says.

Youth Tour students from Colorado pose at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. 14 June 2014

Youth Leadership Council member Ginny Creager of United Power represents Colorado this year.

Rooted in politics

Youth Tour was born from a speech at the 1957 NRECA Annual Meeting by Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson. The future U.S. president was a longtime advocate of electric co-ops, having lobbied for the creation of Pedernales Electric Cooperative in 1937 as a young politician in Texas. “If one thing comes out of this meeting, it will be sending youngsters to the national capital where they can actually see what the flag stands for and represents,” Johnson said. With that encouragement, Texas electric co-ops began sending summer interns to work in the senator’s Washington, D.C., office. In 1958, an electric co-op in Iowa sponsored the first group of 34 young people on a weeklong study tour of the nation’s capital. Later that same year, another busload came to Washington, D.C., from Illinois. The idea grew, and other states sent busloads of students throughout the summer. By 1959, Youth Tour had grown to 130 participants. In 1964, NRECA began to coordinate joint activities among the state delegations and suggested that co-op representatives from each state arrange to be in Washington, D.C., during Youth Tour week. The first year of the coordinated tour included about 400 teens from 12 states. As word spread, the program grew and grew until no hotel was large enough to house all of its participants. Karen Bailey, NRECA’s longtime Youth Tour coordinator, said it was a relief when the Hyatt in Crystal City, Virginia, was built in the late 1990s. Most states’ participants stay there and some bunk down the street at the Hilton. “Now we have 500 rooms at the Hyatt, 200 at the Hilton, and it works out perfectly,” she says. The prospect of contracting 700 hotel rooms years in advance doesn’t seem to faze Bailey, who has worked on the Youth Tour program for 25 years and has been the main coordinator for the past 15. Since 1999, she’s watched the number of participating states rise from 32 to 43 and the number of students from around 1,000 to surpassing 1,600 last year. “Even through economic changes in the past few years, Youth Tour numbers never went down,” Bailey says. “Many states bring at least two or three more kids each year. Our

numbers have always gone up.” In fact, the Hyatt’s ballroom, where Youth Day is held each year, is bursting at the seams. Already, chaperones are left to stand or watch the presentation in an overflow room — only students get a place to sit. But it’s a good challenge to have. Youth Day, generally on the Monday of Youth Tour, is when all the state contingents converge to learn about grassroots politics and hear from inspirational speakers. The students share their state pins, often vying to get the most pins or those that are rare, like those from Alaska’s small group. “Youth Day is sort of our general session,” Bailey says. “And all the energy that comes with everything is amazing to see. It’s like I’m seeing it for the first time every year.”

Are we there yet?

Olivia Velasquez is preparing to make her mark at the 2014 Youth Tour. Sponsored by Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative in North Baltimore, Ohio, Velasquez was the 2014 spokesperson for the YLC and spoke during a general session at the March 2014 NRECA Annual Meeting in Nashville. Velasquez says she expects to have lifelong friends, thanks to Youth Tour and the Youth Leadership Council. And what makes the program so special and enduring is the investment in the students who participate. “There are a lot of trips you can take and they favor people with money,” she says. “They don’t focus on the kids.” Youth Tour is on the opposite end of that spectrum, and not just because the trip is free. “Everyone who’s helped us, whether in the state or nationally, they’re all very passionate about it, and they realize if they invest their time in the students, the students will invest their time in it themselves later,” Velasquez says. That’s something unique about electric co-ops in general. “They’re saying, ‘I want you to go as far as you can in your life, and I really do care about you,’” she says. It’s clear to see the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour’s first 50 years impacted the lives of many. “We’re excited to see what our future leaders accomplish,” Fiddes says. “And knowing that we played a small part of that is truly something special.”

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Rafters approaching the uplift of Split Mountain on the Green River in northwestern Colorado.



While observing nature from the front of a blue raft in the wild remoteness of northwestern Colorado, it occurs to me that this is what my son has come to know as summer vacation. He was inducted into the River Rat Clan before his second birthday, floating a wide, slow stretch of the Colorado River with his parents and grandpa. The following summer he floated an eightday trip with a group of 20 boaters, including his other grandpa.

A mother and son paddleboard on the calm stretches of the river. 16 June 2014

River running can be the most extraordinary experiential learning experience for children. After three summers, 30 river days and 11 successful trips around the Four Corners, I am no longer a novice and have learned how to adapt our family adventures for everyone’s safety and enjoyment. Last summer, we floated the lower stretch of the Green River through the Desolation and Gray canyons. Our trip had superb wildlife, shady beach camps and day hikes that made for a memorable voyage with my father, husband and son. This sum-

“Lodore: a word full of dolorous long O sounds, a heavily romantic name that matches a sonorous canyon.” — Ann Zwinger

A junior oarsman tests his strength at the helm

mer, we ran the upper stretch beginning at the Gates of Lodore. This region contains prehistoric evidence that arouses any budding paleontologist. It has a storied cultural history to titillate any history buff, including Wild West chases by Butch Cassidy running from the law among the canyons. It has a unicorn quality to it: rarely seen, difficult to imagine.

River running can be the most extraordinary experiential learning experience for children. We lucked out and won a permit through the tight lottery system and started canvassing people and setting plans during the dead of winter. We assembled a crew of eight adults and five kids (ages 4-10), three rafts, two “duckies” (which seat one to two people) and a stand-up paddleboard. When the time came, our faithful crew drove from coastal California and flew from the Midwest to the put-in campsites beneath the looming Gates of Lodore in remote Dinosaur National Monument. At the outset of his journey along a similar route in 1869, John Wesley Powell noted, “This morning we are ready to enter the mysterious cañon and start with some anxiety.” Indeed, his anxiety was manifest at the Disaster Falls rapid when his group’s boat, the No Name, split on a rock tossing three men and a third of their supplies including barometers, downstream. In 1825, Disaster Falls capsized Gen. William H. Ashley’s boat. We hoped to avoid the same fate, yet our anxiety rivaled these men

of history. But I am getting ahead of myself. Let’s get in the water first.


The put-in of any river trip is an equally exciting and drudging time. The adults loaded gear for hours while the children enjoyed the cool, wet sand along the shoreline. The trip leader, stewing in anxiety, fell back on his military training and medical provider skills while preparing, stocking and organizing. The ranger checked the required stash and lined the children up in a row to swear them in. “Repeat after me: I will observe wildlife from a distance, listen to the adults, carry my trash out, pee in the river and have a blast!” We had a gentle but auspicious beginning. Within the first mile, we saw a juvenile black bear lapping up water along the edge while momma bear watched over us from across the river’s edge. We enjoyed slow, rolling water and wide beaches for breaks. Setting up camp was uneventful. Everyone divided the tasks of gear, tents, kids and cooking in a natural and egalitarian way. Although the fire ban restricted us from having a campfire, we gathered around the coals cooking carne asada wearing sandy clothes and smiles. The kids were well on their way to becoming true river rats. As the sun fell behind the walls, we relaxed to the sounds of the rushing river vibrating off the canyon walls.


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enjoying themselves for the rest of the trip. The children learned how to read the river, where to look for bighorn sheep and petroglyphs, how to paddle duckies and how to lie still on the bow of the paddleboard through light ripples. Most of the group was not familiar with the July afternoon monsoons but were soon to experience their full wrath. At day’s end, not 20 minutes after we reached the campsite, the children heard thunder behind the high walls. They saw the flashes of light and the worry in our faces. We quickly unloaded the gear Grandpa and his 4-year-old grandkids win a round of water fights from the and set up tents in loose sand. The winds picked up, “ducky.” and the adults raced down the beach catching rolling The winds died tents and chairs. A runaway ducky down and we headed upstream with a frantic came together to The third day’s stretch through the canyon held many chalpaddler fast on its tail. lenges for adults and kids alike. Some of the rapids required The winds were fierce enough to tell stories, cook scouting and encouraged the little ones and mothers to pull out the raft stake and untether dinner and find walk the river’s edge rather than chance the float. My father all the boats. Thankfully, it moved comfort in the endured a humbling, rapid tumble that separated him from slow enough for us to catch them his “fits like a glove” ducky. Alongside this rapid, people before the floating barge reached calm after the were scattered on the shoreline with rescue throw bags at deep water. Meanwhile, back on storm. the ready. He was safely pulled to the beach having only lost land two of the kids were curled his shoes, a moment’s breath and a bit of his confidence. up on the sand wrapped tightly in On another rapid, our raft lost the main channel and tarps to keep them from blowing away. We herded the kids wound up stranded against an island with fierce currents into one tent and switched off holding it down while rescupushing us farther and farther from a safe passage. We ing the other little ones from all corners of the campsite. quickly unloaded the little ones and sent them to the lower They were scared and frantic but also slightly exhilarated at end of the island over slippery rocks with one adult, and the adventure of it all. Finally, the winds died down and we two of us managed to pull the thousand-pound raft against came together to tell stories, cook dinner and find comfort the raging current to meet them there. The courage and in the calm after the storm. strength of our group tested yet again. The monsoons were not done with us yet. We made it to camp with nary a moment’s pause before the dark sky glowered. We threw gear under low trees and fashioned sleeping pads into a respectable kid bunker. With tarp overhead, they waited out this storm giggling. They were already learning how to navigate this wilderness with confidence. During all of our river trips, we plan a dress-up night for the last night of the trip. It’s a way to celebrate the success of the trip and party under the stars. The kids never need an excuse to dress up, but it’s always interesting to see how flamboyant the adults will get. We ended up with a team of lucha libres wrestlers, a hippie, a superheroine and even Julius Caesar that night along the banks of the Green River. The other planned event of the evening was the induction ceremony. As dusk came, the adults lined up along the riverbank with glow sticks in hand. In a procession of costumes and with anticipation, the children walked down to the river’s edge and received a river nickname and a river rat patch. They became the newest members of our clan. Then, they went on a proper star walk to learn about the constellations under the deep, black night sky. The children A young scout directs from the bow of were floating on air as they went to bed that night. This was the raft while his father and brother ride the rapids an adventure that would stay with them always.

DAY THREE 18 June 2014


As morning came, we awoke slowly, feeling sad and excited to begin the last day of our trip. The river allowed us to wander in a daydream state for the first hour through the wide-open flatlands. Approaching Split Mountain the river started to pick up speed and we could see that rapids were upon us. The kids were now confident with what to expect. You could see the anticipation in their eyes as we hit rapid after rapid with barely time to glance at the map to see what we were approaching next. This is one of the steepest stretches of the Green River dropping 20 feet per mile. It had rapids big enough to be exciting and small enough to feel safe. We rounded a corner and saw a juvenile bald eagle hop off a cliff on river right, swoop down to the water’s crest, pick up lunch with his talons and soar up to the low cliff on river left. We slowly coasted by watching the fish flopping over his branch while he ripped it apart — immersive education at its finest. We couldn’t seem to orient ourselves on the map for the last few miles of the winding goosenecks but we knew there was no way to go but down river, so we relaxed and swam alongside the boat on the calm stretches. The striated canyon walls leading up to the Echo Park takeout were spectacular. It was clear that dinosaur country was upon us. Here, the rocky slopes look like the backs of ancient, spiny reptiles. I imagine when Earl Douglass and his fellow paleontologists entered this region they were not surprised to find the eight tail bones of the Apatosaurus, nor the 350-ton fossil quarry now housed within a new building at the visitor’s center of the Dinosaur National Monument. We approached the takeout with sad but satisfied hearts and minds. All of us.

The trip leader inducts the next generation into the River Rat Clan

It is so important to share wilderness like this with our children. They bring home stories of conquering wild danger, yes, but they also bring home a stronger sense of our world and why we need to protect it. We are doing our part to cultivate ecologists, biologists and environmentalists, one child, one trip at a time. We refuse to allow nature deficit disorder to spread within our community. Our children need to experience this. They need us to guide them with confidence and knowledge, but also with an exhibited sense of wonder and curiosity. My son will indeed learn some things in school, but he will learn how to investigate, explore, understand and ask questions about the natural world from these experiences. On the river he will learn the art of navigation and negotiation. He will succeed in life not because he is a good test taker but because he has developed a curious mind, a confidence in solving problems and a sense of peace and preservation of our world.

Amron Gravett is a freelance indexer and librarian in Durango. Her recent publications include a book titled Chimney Rock National Monument (ISBN 978-1467131612) and A Literary Map of Colorado (ISBN 978-0983671107).

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The Buzz About Bees Are gardening habits hurting them?



Birdbaths and shallow bowls have always izing they’re participating unknowingly been a staple at my home, but through in the problem,” says Niwot beekeeper the years I came to realize that bees and Tom Theobald. “Homeowners need to wasps were the main customers at our ask.” humble water features, not birds and It adds up. Theobald says that 242 milsquirrels. I found out another important lion acres of agricultural land is planted fact: Bees and wasps can’t swim. It was with neonicotinoid-treated seed. An equal easy enough to save their little pollinating acreage of urban and suburban land is lives by putting rocks in the wide metal also exposed through a range of prodbowl they liked best, the one that sat like ucts, including my bee balm in their little a wide bee lake next to the lavender, sage biodegradable containers. and thyme that flowered all summer long. I’ll not only be buying organic vegetable But, bees need even more help these starters from now on but organic flower days. They are seeds and starters dying because of too, because I do colony collapse discare about the bees, order, a condition as well as the health in which bees are of the groundwater unable to find their and soil. way back to their I’m relieved hives. In addition, that I did many wild bumblebee things right for the species are nearing bees, that organic extinction in North thyme and sage, for America. instance. The old Since I already crabapple tree that I Today, the bad news about the shunned pesticides fed with aged comworld’s bees is difficult to ignore. and herbicides and post now and then Bees are dying because of colony planted bee-friendly was another bee collapse disorder, a condition in flowers, I figured I plus. And I always which bees are unable to find their was doing as much knew that the bees way back to their hives. as could be done to thanked me for the help the little guys. dandelions. Every I was only partly right. Gardeners do help time I saw a bee on one of their irrepressstruggling bee populations by providibly cheerful, never-say-die flowers, I ing bees and all those little aphid-eating knew I was doing the right thing by not wasps safe water and vegetation. What I poisoning them. didn’t realize was those innocent-looking “Dandelions are the end of winter for trays of starter geraniums, marigolds, the bees,” says Theobald, who pulls his bee balm and foxglove I bought may have dandelions by hand as well. “Bees get an been pretreated with neonicotinoids, the enormous surge from a good dandelion new “systemic” pesticides that scientists bloom.” and beekeepers suspect is the main culprit Theobald also advises leaving a corner in the collapse of bee populations. Not of your property wild. Wild bees often only are they likely to be tainted by neonest on or in the ground; some bumblenicotinoids, but the seedlings and plants bees prefer old mouse nests. sold in nurseries are often dosed with For more information, check help those pesticides at far higher levels than or or closer to what farmers use. home, visit “A lot of retail outlets are just now 22 June 2014

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Genetically Pure Colorado Greenbacks Contemplating climbing the hill for the real deal BY DENNIS SMITH || OUTDOORS@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG


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Nearly 14 years have passed since I last hiked to Zimmerman Reservoir, but I remember it as if it were yesterday. My sons picked me up just before dawn on what turned out to be a classic summer day in the Colorado high country. By the time we reached the trailhead a few miles east of Cameron Pass, poofy white clouds were drifting lazily across a sky so gloriously blue it almost hurt my eyes to look at it. The air was delightfully still and there was just enough chill in the air that we had to pull on light fleece sweaters before soldiering up the hill with belly boats, waders, fishing gear, lunch and water in our packs. The trail is barely a mile long, but it starts at 10,030 feet and tops out at 10,480. Though short, it’s steep, and unless you’re acclimated to hiking at that elevation, humping a 20-pound pack up that trail will give your legs and lungs a workout you’re sure to remember. Five years previously, in 1995, the Colorado Division of Wildlife (now Colorado Parks & Wildlife) purged the lake of its population of exotic arctic grayling and restocked it with what it believed at the time to be a genetically pure strain of Colorado greenback cutthroat trout. We caught a bunch of them that day and took immense satisfaction in having caught real, honest-to-God, Colorado native greenbacks. Only it turned out they really weren’t pure strain greenbacks as originally thought, so CPW reclaimed the lake again in 2005, this time stocking with the Roaring Creek and Hunter Creek strain of greenbacks, which at the time it again believed was the real deal. Shortly after we heard about the second reclamation and restocking at Zimmerman, we made tentative plans to get back up there to catch the “true” natives, but time and circumstances prevented us from making the trip. In the meantime, we caught incredibly pretty greenbacks in a few backcountry creeks in Rocky Moun-

Roaring Creek Greenback

tain National Park and the upper Poudre River drainage, one of which was called Roaring Creek. Not having the foggiest idea what strain they were, we simply called them Roaring Creek greenbacks and began to wonder if they were, in fact, the same strain of greenbacks CPW introduced in Zimmerman and therefore were authentic, pure strain Colorado greenbacks as everyone up to that time had also believed. Then, in 2012, a novel mitochondrial genetic study — led by University of Colorado Boulder postdoctoral researcher Jessica Metcalf in conjunction with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service fisheries biologist and co-author Chris Kennedy — determined that the authentic greenback cutthroat trout native to the South Platte River drainage appeared to survive only in a small stream in the Arkansas River drainage. Along with a number of other fascinating surprises, they discovered that a local hotelier removed them from the South Platte in the 1800s and stocked them in the headwaters of Bear Creek to promote tourism. CPW subsequently announced in the fall of 2013 that it would again reclaim Zimmerman and this time restock with feral brood stock from what has finally been scientifically confirmed to be legitimate, pure strain, Bear Creek, Colorado greenback cutthroats. Now, I’m looking forward to trying again to catch a genetically pure Colorado greenback, but at this point I don’t know if I can climb that hill.

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HEALTH A WAR IS GOING ON inside your body! Do you have what you need most to survive this battle? Take the free QUIZ at www.Health (800) 959-5343 (176-09-14) MACHINERY & PARTS SAWMILL EXCHANGE: North America’s largest source of used portable sawmills and commercial equipment for woodlot owners and sawmill operations. Over 800 listings. THE place to sell equipment. 800-459-2148 www.sawmill . (267-09-14)

POULTRY & GAMEBIRDS 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. (876-07-14)

REAL ESTATE 35.38 ACRE LOT IN Eagle’s Ridge, gated subdivision, paved road, electricity already to the lot, seller will provide a well with accepted contract. $259,000. Linda Crowther, Keller Williams Realty 970-7492088, (107-06-14)

REAL ESTATE ARROWHEAD, CIMARRON, CO, level, treed lot. ALL utilities in place (underground). 2 sheds, graveled driveway/parking, much more. Community has many amenities. Evenings 512-229-7826 (169-06-14)

COKEDALE COTTAGE – 2bd, 1ba. Seven miles from Trinidad. Minutes from fishing, boating, hiking at Trinidad Lake State Park. Darling outdoor enthusiast getaway. Danielle Rollo, Southern Colorado Realty 719-859-7653. (162-06-14) COZY CABIN 10 MILES EAST on Flat Top Scenic By-Way from Meeker, CO. Cabin overlooks Oak Ridge & White River, is 4 miles from national forest. Access forest from house by ATV, 4x4, walking, skiing or snow machine. 3bd, 2ba, 1568sf, on 1.4 acres, great well water, septic tank, furniture negotiable. Details on Western Exposures Realty website. $287,500, 970-878-5877 (175-06-14) CUCHARA, COLORADO CONDO. Southern front range 9000+ elevation. 2bd, 1ba, 2 decks, $65,000. Great view, hiking, fishing, hunting. for photos, details (171-06-14) GRAND LAKE – 1/4th acre with 32’ 1995 Prowler trailer, well, sewer, electric, deck, shed, $60,000. 970379-7358 (173-06-14)

RELIGION BECOME AN ORDAINED Minister by correspondence study. Founded in 1988. Free info. Ministers for Christ Outreach, 7558 West Thunderbird Rd, Ste 1 - #114, Peoria, AZ 85381. (441-12-14)

SEEDS/PLANTS/TREES OLATHE SWEET CORN SEED. Discount to co-op members. 970323-5708, paul_otv@qwestoffice. net Olathe Hardware (172-06-14)

TECHNOLOGY UNLIMITED RURAL INTERNET – Get unlimited 3G/4G high speed internet today. Faster than satellite. No data cap! 10 day free trial, $119 monthly for unlimited bandwidth. Visit us: www.evdodepotusa. com 888-508-3389 – Ask for Patti (177-06-14)


JUST FOR YOU! Nice home in historic Cokedale, CO. 2bd, 1ba, single garage, screened porch. Hunting, fishing, boating. 1 mile from Trinidad Lake. 303-941-6572, 719-324-5628. (164-07-14)

NFR & PBR RODEO TICKETS – Las Vegas. All seating levels available. Call 1-888-NFR-rodeo (1-888-6377633) or *BBB Member; Since 1990. (912-11-14)

OWN PROPERTY? NEED INCOME? We’ll rent exclusive hunting/fishing rights from you. Encourage young sportsmen by providing safe, private access. You make the rules. 303-460-0273 (069-08-14)

BRING YOUR HORSES: Rent our 4br log home, near Red Feather Lakes. Ride Roosevelt National Forest: 5 nights or weekend. 765-438-6488, (159-06-14)

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HISTORIC WALDEN Rock House, 413 Lafever, Walden, CO. One day/ short stay. 970-723-4736 www. (138-06-14) KAUAI VACATION RENTAL, 2bdr, full kitchen. Minutes from beaches. $600/wk. 808-245-6500; makana; (756-05-15) KONA, HAWAII, Paradise Villa condo located on the 18th fairway of Kona Country Club with sweeping ocean views; 3bdr, 2ba specials. (503) 369-2638; www.konacondo. info (116-11-14)

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FOX RUN BED & BREAKFAST — spacious inside and out. Family friendly. Minutes from AF Academy. 719-481-9520 or www.foxrunbnb. com (178-06-14)

OLD COLORADO LIVESTOCK brand books prior to 1975. Call Wes 303757-8553. (889-08-14)

OLD POCKET WATCHES – working or non-working and old repair material. Bob 719-859-4209 watch (870-06-15)

WANTED TO BUY AMERICAN FLYER MODEL TRAINS manufactured 1950s to present. Interested in locomotives, freight/ passenger cars, etc. Monument area, 719-337-8861, agin55553@ (117-06-14) NAVAJO RUGS, old and recent, native baskets, pottery. Tribal Rugs, Salida. 719-539-5363, b_inaz@ (817-06-14)

OLD COWBOY STUFF–hats, boots, spurs, chaps, Indian rugs, baskets, etc. ANYTHING OLD! Mining & railroad memorabilia, ore carts! We buy whole estates. We’ll come to you! Call 970-759-3455 or 970-5651256. (871-11-14) 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. (519-11-14)

VINTAGE FISHING TACKLE. I buy rods, reels, lures, creels, etc. Gary, 970-222-2181 (170-10-14) WANT TO PURCHASE minerals and other oil/gas interests. Send details to: PO Box 13557, Denver, CO 80201. (402-03-15) WANTED: JEEP CJ OR WRANGLER. Reasonably priced. No rust buckets. 888-735-5337 (099-04-15) WE PAY CASH for minerals and oil/ gas interests, producing and nonproducing. 800-733-8122 (099-02-15)

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Last summer, we had all five grandkids over for a cookout. As usual, it was total chaos: kids hollering, remote-controlled cars going everywhere and younger kids crying. One of the highlights was roasting s’mores. Of course, most marshmallows ended up in flames rather than roasted. One grandson, looking quite concerned, came running over with a marshmallow blazing on his straightened coat hanger. “Grandma,” he said. “could you help me put this on a graham crapper?” Judy Whichard, Windsor

The other night, my husband was talking to our 3-yearold daughter, Bettie, during a storm. The lightning entranced Bettie. “Dad, what’s lightning?” she asked. “Electricity,” he answered. She pondered for a moment and then asked, “Really? Then why doesn’t the sky have plugs?” Aimee Markwardt, Berthoud

Martin Smith was on his deathbed, knowing the end was near. His wife, daughter, two sons and nurse were with him. “Bernie, I want you to take the Beverly Hills houses. Ernie, take the offices in Center City,” he told his sons. “Ethel, take over the apartments in Los Angeles Plaza,” he told his daughter. “Martha, my dear wife, please take all the residential buildings downtown,” he said and then slipped away. “I’m so sorry for your loss,” the nurse said to the family. “Mr. Smith must have been such a hardworking, successful man to own all that property.” “Own? Property?” Martha said. “He had a paper route.” Phillip Esler at the top of Pikes Peak.

We’re Looking … for photos of readers and their copy of Colorado Country Life. Got a great pic of you or your family member with the magazine

Lila Taylor, Stratton

Five-year-old Dara was walking with her dad and her sister, Stormie. Dara said something silly and Stormie said, “She is so blond!” Dara shot back, “I’m not blond, I can see just fine!” Anonymous

at some fun place? Send it and your name and address to info@ We’ll post it on our Facebook page. And on June 20 we’ll draw a winner from the submissions and send that winner a $25 gift card.

Congratulations Congratulations to Phillip Esler of Limon, who won a $25 gift certificate for submitting the photo above at the top of Pikes Peak.

We pay $15 to each person who submits a funny story that’s printed in the magazine. At the end of the year, we draw one name from those submitting jokes and that person will receive $150. Send your 2014 stories to Colorado Country Life, 5400 Washington St., Denver, CO 80216 or email funnystories@ Don’t forget to include your mailing address, so we can send you a check. June 2014 29


Fractiles Figure in the FUN


Magnetic, portable and beautifully colored, Travel Fractiles-7 makes for awesome on-theroad entertainment. The Parents’ Choice awardwinning activity board comes with 96 flexible

magnetic tiles, offers endless design options and suggestions and even teaches children about different types of symmetry they can use in their creations.

The Boulder-based company mission

is “to help bring the beauty of geometry into the mainstream” and “support the USA economy and USA jobs by manufacturing entirely in the USA.”

on the GO

Junior Van Gogh


Don’t let a road trip impede your child’s imagination. The Artist On The Go! art kit includes supplies your little artist needs to be creative in the car: a recycled paper

Travel Fractiles-7 costs $29.95 and can be ordered by calling 303-541-

notepad, 12 colored pencils, five drawing

0930 or visiting

stencils and wood pencils, all in a cotton


carry case with built-in handles.

Kiddos can listen to their favorite music and

ventors, sportsters and heroes. The Artist

audiobooks without damaging their eardrums.

On The Go! art kit is $20. For more infor-

The volume control in Kidz Gear Safe Headphones

mation and to order, call 970-372-0522 or

doesn’t exceed 90 decibels, a level that researchers


have determined is safe.



Kidz Gear Safe Headphones come in gray, blue, orange, purple, green, pink and white, making them as cool looking as they are great sounding. Kidz Gear Safe Headphones cost $19.99. For more information and to order, call 800-828-4514 or visit



Kids require a slew of necessities on a long road trip. The One Step Ahead® Kids Travel Organizer keeps those things in order. Sturdy and steady, the Kids Travel Organizer has nine compartments to hold books, toys, snacks, drinks and more. The Kids Travel Organizer costs $14.95. Visit to find out more and to order.

BeginAgain, a Fort Collins-based toy company, creates several additional kits geared toward young artists, writers, in-



Me Vs. You makes a great traveling

companion for families who like to play together. The Klutz Company assembled a variety of word searches, jumbles, puzzles and more in these handheld padand-pencil sets that will keep kids engaged during the ride. Me Vs. You is intended for children ages 8 and older and sells for $10.99. For more

Enter to win The On Step Ahead® Travel Organizer. Just visit colorado and click on Contests. Good luck. 30 June 2014

information and to order, call 866-6955889 or visit

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Colorado Country Life KC June 2014  

Colorado Country Life KC June 2014