EXOTIC WOOD IMPORTER Colorado business benefits from energy efficient technologies
The official publication of the Colorado Rural Electric Association • Volume 42, Number 04
Publisher/Editor Associate Editor
Mona Neeley, CCC Donna Norris
OFFICERS President Vice President Secretary Treasurer Executive Director
Chris Morgan, Gunnison Bob Bledsoe, Tri-State Bill Midcap, Fort Morgan Don Kaufman, Sangre De Cristo Kent Singer, CREA
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Empire John Porter Grand Valley Sylvia Spangler Highline Jim Lueck Holy Cross Michael Glass K.C. Dan Mills LaPlata Tom Compton Mountain Parks Stan Cazier Mountain View B.D. Paddock Poudre Valley Jack Schneider San Isabel Joseph Costa, Reg Rudolph San Luis Valley Mike Rierson, John Villyard San Miquel Power Marcus Wilson Sangre De Cristo Paul Erickson Southeast Mark Grasmick United Power Jim Jaeger White River Bill Jordan Y-W Stuart Travis Yampa Valley Sam Haslem Associate Members Basin Electric Co-Bank Moon Lake Electric Wheatland Electric EDITORIAL Denver Corporate Office 5400 N. Washington • Denver, CO 80216 Phone: 303-455-4111 Email: MNeeley@coloradocountrylife.org Website: coloradocountrylife.coop Facebook: COCountryLife Twitter: @COCountryLife ADVERTISING Kris Wendtland NCM
16 FEATURE Exotic Wood Importer Business benefits from energy
efficient technology BY CYNTHIA BECKER
Prune your roses now and reap the benefits all season BY EVE GILMORE
Beef up the spice and sizzle for your family dinner BY LINH TRUONG
Developing digital camera skills from the living room window BY DENNIS SMITH
Plug in to lower gardening costs with electric yard tools BY JAMES DULLEY
Training and proper practices protects line workers BY KENT SINGER
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COLORADO COUNTRY LIFE (USPS 469-400/ISSN 1090-2503) is published monthly for $9/$15 per year by Colorado Rural Electric Association, 5400 N. Washington Street, Denver, CO 80216 Periodical postage paid at Denver, Colorado. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Colorado Country Life, 5400 N. Washington Street, Denver, CO 80216. 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.
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COVER: Business owner Kent Mace found a niche in the wood industry that prospered in an unlikely valley near Gardner, Photo courtesy of C.S. Woods.
Safety on the Line Training, proper practices protect line workers as they keep our electric system reliable BY KENT SINGER, CRE A E XECUTIVE DIRECTOR
o you ever think about shorts out in our house. what’s happening behind But line workers have to the scenes when your think about the dangers lights go out? A few days ago, of electricity with every the power went out at my house move they make. for about 45 minutes. There Just a few months ago was no television, no lights, a lineman doing mainteno Internet, no hair dryer as nance work on the lines my wife tried to get ready for for one of the Colorado an appointment. electric co-ops was seriOur power outage was Kent Singer ously injured when he short, but it reminded me of came in contact with a how we depend on reliable electricity and hot wire. Thankfully, he will live, but he how important the men and women are was burned so severely that he lost both who keep our lights on. While my wife of his hands. This is what can happen in and I dealt with the inconvenience of an instant even when the most prudent having no electricity, a line worker for safety practices are followed. the power company was also greatly inThat is why the Colorado Rural Elecconvenienced. He had to leave his family tric Association pushes safety training so on a Saturday night and go to work to hard. As a statewide service organization, find the problem and make the repairs. CREA provides assistance, classes and The weather was cold, but not awful guidance for the local electric co-ops’ during this recent outage. Often that is safety programs through its Safety and not the case and the weather is bad when Loss Control Department. It is one of the lights go out. It may be a blizzard CREA’s most important functions. with freezing snow and wind and ice. And, with a recently enhanced proOr it may be a chilly, rainy night with gram from our national trade associalightning and a driving wind. But the tion, we are working with our member line workers still go out. co-ops to expand their safety programs They head out to do dangerous work to include what is now called the Rural in poor circumstances. But they do it well Electric Safety Achievement Program or prepared for the challenges they face, RESAP. The new emphasis is a broader because good training, safety training, approach to safety within the co-op. is their best defense in these less than There are continual evaluations of safety optimal circumstances. practices rather than scheduled cyclical Most of us don’t often think about evaluations. And each electric co-op is the dangers of electricity. We know we developing its own customized safety shouldn’t mess with it and we do stay plan rather than incorporating a general, away from downed lines and we call one-size-fits-all program. an electrician when a lamp or switch Safety has always been important to
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our co-ops and they are now taking it a step further. They are proud of their safety records and they are making sure that will continue. They are also sharing this safety expertise with others. In mid-March, linemen from an electric co-op in India visited three of our Colorado co-ops as part of an exchange program established by the U.S. Agency for International Development. Right now, the number of linemen who are killed or injured in India and other developing countries is horrifying by our standards. But these individuals are often working with no safety equipment and with little training in safety practices. That changed a little in March when some of our Colorado linemen were able to explain safe procedures for working on lines to the visiting linemen. The best safety practices are beneficial, no matter where a lineman is working on a line, whether it’s in India or down the street from my house. Yes, I want my lights to come back on. But it’s good to know that the dedicated line worker making the repair is going to be able to go home when the job is done. I’m glad that CREA and its safety training can help make your electricity reliable, but beyond that, I’m happy that CREA can help keep line workers safe.
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Letter Rebuttal, Support I take issue with a February letter writer regarding your supposed “overly rightleaning commentary” (Letters, February 2011). I have not found you have a political agenda and I find your publication informative and helpful. Perhaps the letter writer could simply skip articles he finds offensive. Sue Wunderlin, Westcliffe
I agree with the February letter writer regarding partisan behavior. Because you are an electric co-op, your magazine should not be used for political views. It’s OK to write about upcoming laws and regulations, but leave out your personal views about them. Let the readers form their own views. Toni Crismon, Hugo
Anyone who calls (CREA Executive Director) Kent Singer’s attempts to educate us about the costs that regulations will add to our electricity bills “overly right-leaning commentary” has not bothered to do his homework. I am heartened by your organization’s efforts to maintain a factual discussion in the face of the obstacles that electricity generators are forced to deal with in the current regulatory environment. Given the challenges facing our struggling economy, there is an enormous need to pursue deregulation to keep energy costs at affordable levels. Affordable energy will do much to help generate employment opportunities, as well as allow those suffering economically to keep the heat on. Brigitte Dempsey, Bellvue
Thanks for printing the letter (regarding the continued attack) on legislation designed to protect our environment. Few CREA members would disagree with efforts to bring us power at low cost. However, the constant appeal to financial self-interest is wearing thin. Among our values are our desire to leave our grandchildren a world with cleaner air. This will involve some increased cost for our energy. Nigel Renton, Longmont
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C A L EN D A R April 9 in Arvada
April 16-17 in Fort Collins
April 23 in Durango
April 30-May 1 in Monument
Native American Spring Contest Pow Wow and Art Market
Peanuts™ Easter Beagle Express
Pine Forest Antiques and Garden Show
Robby Ferrufino Park 74th Ave. and Carr Dr. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 720-898-7400 www.arvadafestivals.com
B.W. Pickett Equine Center 701 S. Overland Trail 970-498-0290 email@example.com
Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad 479 Main Avenue www.durangotrain.com April 28-May 1 in Denver
Lewis-Palmer High School 1300 Higby Rd. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. www.tlwc.net ‘ April 30-May 1 in Grand Junction
April 9 in Boulder
April 16-24 at your National Park
Denver National Quilt Festival
Story Journal by Sound Circle Eurythmy
Fee Free Days www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/ feesandreservations.htm
Denver Merchandise Mart 451 E. 58th Ave. 215-862-5828
April 16 and May 7 in Pueblo
April 29-May 1 in Larkspur
National Versatility Ranch Horse
The Buell Children’s Museum In the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center Button arts, crafts and games for kids Noon to 2 p.m. 719-260-7261 www.coloradobuttons.com
Intro to versatility ranch horse clinic 303-646-9855 http://nvrha.org
May 1, 6 and 7 in Mancos
April 29-May 1 in Karval
Mancos United Methodist Church May 1 and 7 at 3:30 p.m., May 6 at 7 p.m. 970-882-0120 firstname.lastname@example.org
Nomad Theatre Puppets, music, poetry, stories for kids 303-484-5559 www.soundcircleeurythmy.org April 9 in Calhan
Spring Rummage Sale Whittemore Hall at the fairgrounds 719-347-2328 April 10 in Salida
Walden Chamber Music Concert
April 21 in Salida
3 p.m, SteamPlant Theater 719-395-2097 www.waldenchambermusic.org
Youth of the Year Breakfast
April 14-17 in Palisade
Art Lovers Peach Blossom Art Show 970-255-1553 www.palisadeartlovers.org April 16 in Colorado Springs
Gold and Gemstone Panning The Western Museum of Mining and Industry Tours at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Learn mining techniques of the 1800s 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. www.wmmi.org April 16-17 in Larkspur
National Versatility Ranch Horse Clinic and Competition 303-646-9855 nvrha.org
Boys and Girls Club 340 E. 5th St. 719-395-8949 www.bgachaffee.org April 21 in Estes Park
Springtime Birds of Prey Watching RMNA Field Seminars Center 1895 Fall River Rd. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 970-586-3262 email@example.com April 22 and 23 in Grand Lake
Easter Egg Coloring and Hunt Town Fire Station Friday, April 22: egg coloring at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 23: egg hunt at 11 a.m. Grand Lake Town Park 970-627-8428 www.grandlakechamber.com/ calendar.html
Send calendar items two months in advance to Calendar, Colorado Country Life, 5400 N. Washington St., Denver CO 80216; fax to 303-455-2807; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Karval Mountain Plover Festival See these rare birds on private tours 719-446-5354 email@example.com
ShareFest Churches serving the community 970-244-1845 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mancos Valley Chorus Spring Concerts
May 6 in Bayfield
April 30 in Durango
Good News Jail and Prison Ministry Fundraiser
Animas Museum, 3065 W. 2nd Ave. 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 970-259-2402 www.animasmuseum.org
Pine Valley Church Banquet and concert featuring the Bar D Wranglers 970-884-0273 email@example.com
Civil War 150th Anniversary
April 30-May 1 in Castle Rock
Colorado Classic Mule and Donkey Days Douglas County Fairgrounds Classes, clinics and fun family events 719-748-2207 www.pikespeaklongears.org April 30-May 1 in Livermore
Livermore Spring Art and Craft Fair Livermore Community Hall 1956 Red Feather Lakes Rd. 970-493-9262 firstname.lastname@example.org
more information on these For activities, visit www.colorado countrylife.coop. Click on Events.
May 6-8 in Cañon City
Music and Blossom Festival School concert, jazz, parade and orchestra bands competition email@example.com May 7 in Poncha Springs
Trout Unlimited’s Caddis Festival Auctions, raffle and dinner. 719-539-5236 www.collegiatepeaksanglerstu.org May 7 in Loveland
Loveland Garden Club Plant Sale Fundraiser All Saints Episcopal Church 3448 N. Taft Ave. 970-223-2265 • 970-222-3322 WWW.COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.COOP
K.C. ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION
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MAILING ADDRESS 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 719-743-2431 Hugo 719-348-5318 Stratton www.kcelectric.coop Web
Board of Directors Kevin Penny, president Robert Bledsoe, vice president Terry Tagtmeyer, secretary/treasurer Danny Mills, asst. secretary/treasurer James Lewis, director Jim Michal, director Luanna Naugle, director Dave Ritchey, director Marvin Thaller, director Staff Tim Power, general manager Chance Briscoe, office manager Ben Orrell, member services specialist Larry Shutte, operations manager Paul Norris, line superintendent
had a conversation with another electric utility manager about a service we both provide. As the conversation continued, other product and service ideas were discussed. I was proud to say that K.C. Electric Association already offers many of the services we discussed. I thought this might Tim Power be a good opportunity to remind members about those products and services. On the energy side, we loan out a neat device called a Kill-A-Watt. This is a device, about the size of a remote control, and measures how much energy an appliance actually uses. The device also projects the cost of using the appliance by hour, day, week, month or year. You simply plug it into any regular home outlet, then plug the appliance into the device. For example, letâ€™s say I want to see how much energy my new television is using. I unplug the television, plug in the Kill-AWatt, then plug the television into the KillA-Watt. Then I let it run for a week or so to account for various usage on the different days of the week. While the unit is plugged in, I can look at the Kill-A-Watt and see the energy usage and the estimated cost for the television. This is a great tool to use to find out where electricity dollars are going. For more information on the Kill-A-Watt, contact Ben Orrell at our office. Another product or service K.C. Electric
offers is online bill pay, called QuickPay. By registering your account on the website www. kcelectric.coop, you can pay your bill online from the convenience of your home. This is a convenient tool, as you can use your bank account or a credit card to pay. It can especially come in handy if you donâ€™t have the funds to pay your bill until right near the electric bill due date. Instead of mailing your payment and hoping it arrives in time to avoid a late charge, you can use the QuickPay service. In addition to convenient bill paying, the QuickPay service also offers you a look at your account(s) and electrical usage over many months. Many members do not realize that, when you register for QuickPay, you do not have to use it to pay your bill. Many choose to register for the service just to see past bills and payments and to look at the graphs of how their electrical usage has changed from month to month and year to year. QuickPay is a terrific service and I highly recommend it. For more information on QuickPay, contact Chance Briscoe. (Win* Ray Kahler 637550000) The Kill-A-Watt product and QuickPay service are just a couple examples of the many products and services K.C. Electric offers. Check out our website or call 719-743-2431 to get more information on other products and services.
VENT FANS NEED CLEANING
ent fans, if not left on too long, can help cut the load of air-conditioning systems during warm weather months by eliminating steam above the stove and humidity in the bathroom. A clean vent always works best. Use a vacuum cleaner wand and brush to thoroughly clean the fan housing. If you have a fan and light combination, remove the lightbulb before you start cleaning to lessen the chance of breaking it. APRIL 2011 Colorado
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An Outstanding Citizen — Agnes Otteman BY BEN ORRELL, MEMBER SERVICES SPECIALIST
hen you meet someone who grew up in the “Dirty ’30s” you know that you are likely in the presence of someone who is physically and mentally tough. Agnes Otteman of Flagler is that and more. Agnes was raised 15 miles northeast of Flagler and attended her first six years of school at Liberty. The school was 2.5 miles from home, and she either walked, rode horse or occasionally used a horse and buggy. She had two brothers and a sister and they made the trip together. That was during the Dust Bowl days, and when a dust storm rolled in they weren’t allowed to leave the building until a parent arrived. It was simply too dangerous. Agnes recalls that you could tell where the dirt came Agnes Otteman from by the color. Texas dirt was dark and Oklahoma dirt was red. Her dad came down with a bad case of dust pneumonia and had to be hospitalized in Denver. He was a 6-foot guy and lost weight until he only weighed 135 pounds. When he came home he couldn’t do much for a long time. Agnes’ mother would take a small shovel and clean the dirt from the dust storms off the range so she could cook. Agnes was able to complete the remainder of her schooling in Flagler. In those days if you wanted to go to town to school you boarded with someone. Your parents dropped you off on Monday morning and came for you on Friday evening. She had to pay tuition because she did not live in the Flagler school district. Room and board was $10 per month. Her noon meal consisted of walking to the Beanery and having a glass of milk and a bowl of soup. The cost of that meal was 5 cents. Agnes’ grandparents moved to Flagler when Agnes was a junior, and she was able to board with them for her last two years of school. Even though they were poor, they ate well because they raised their own beef, chickens, eggs, milk and pork. Each year they raised 500 chicks. They ate the roosters and sold eggs. They sold 60 dozen eggs every week. Those were shipped to Denver. Hard work was just a part of growing up. They milked 21 cows (by hand) twice a day. They also raised wheat. They had one combine and two three-quarter ton pickups. During harvest Agnes and her mother drove to town with the wheat. If they weren’t fast enough, the combine would dump into a grain wagon and then they had to shovel it into the pickup. Because it was during the war, the tires were terrible and blowouts were common. (Virginia Corliss 1113020001) Part of the toughness that an individual possesses is learned and some of it may be inherited. Grandfathers on both sides of Agnes’ family homesteaded north of Arriba. Some of her relatives walked out here from Kansas. One lived the first winter in a dugout covered by the box on his wagon. Tough? You bet. 8 Colorado Country Life APRIL 2011
Agnes and her husband, Fred, were high school sweethearts. At age 17 he volunteered for the Navy and served in Halsey’s 6th Fleet, in the Pacific. Agnes went to the St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing and received her degree in nursing. It only took three years because she went year-round with a two-week break once a year. She had great “real world” experience because of the war there were shortages of nurses, and she and the other students worked the wards regularly. While she was finishing school Fred got out of the Navy and returned to Flagler. He needed a job and went to work for her father on the farm. Agnes and Fred married and they stayed on the farm for five years. Agnes and Fred had four children so Agnes didn’t use her nursing degree until later in her life. In 1950 they bought the grocery and locker that Fred had worked in while in high school. Their son, Mark, came back to help in the business shortly before Fred passed away. Mark took over the business, but Agnes helped with the books for a number of years. Agnes worked as the county nurse for Kit Carson County for 13 years. That job entailed school health programs and home health. She is proud that she was able to put together the first emergency medical technician training in eastern Colorado. She still proudly displays a plaque honoring her achievements. It was signed by the speaker of the house of representatives, Bev Bledsoe. She said that at that time ambulances consisted of station wagons and the EMTs had only first aid training. Once she got the program rolling she was going to try to get the EMTs some pay, but they flatly refused. They wanted to do this for their community. Next she worked for 11 year with Centennial Mental Health, which consisted of Cheyenne, Kit Carson, Lincoln and Elbert counties. She was a patient advocate or ombudsman. She retired in 1990. Agnes was in the original group that raised the funds for the Flagler Clinic. She has been on the board of directors and was the treasurer of that organization from 1964 until a couple of years ago. An interesting note about that building is that it is a Sears clinic. Basically it came in a box and was assembled on site. They added brick to the outside. She is still the building manager for that facility. (Mike Mason 1111380005) Agnes is an incredibly active woman. She drives for anyone who is unable to drive if they need to go to a doctor’s appointments and other appointments. Believe me, I have only mentioned a few of the things in and around Flagler that feel the touch of her hand. She is proud to be a Lutheran and still attends Bible study two days a week. She has been the treasurer of her church for 28 years. She also really enjoys the Red Hat Society. [continued on page 9] WWW.COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.COOP
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February Outages Explained BY LARRY SHUTTE, OPERATIONS MANAGER
She thoroughly embraces their rules. The rules are that there are no rules; just have a good time. Through the Red Hat Society she has renewed old friendships and made many new ones. She is proud of her four kids, nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. They are scattered throughout Washington state, Arizona, Minnesota and Colorado. At the end of the interview we visited about our mutual love of the prairie and the beauty of the skies at night. “I guess when you were a kid there weren’t any lights to block out the sky,” I said. “Oh, we had electricity long before there was an REA,” she said. First we had a 6-volt battery and wind charger. We had one lightbulb in every outbuilding. Next we had a 32-volt system.” She bought an electric Singer sewing machine and had it rewired to work on the 32-volt system. Later when they moved to town they had it converted back to 110 volts. That special and beautiful machine still has a place of honor in her home. As I left, Agnes said that she recently saw a motto that she likes. It is “talk less and mean more.” She smiled and said “I am still working on that one.”
IRRIGATION METER READING Irrigation meters will be read on: April 28 None in May June 1 and 30
CLAIM YOUR CREDIT ON YOUR BILL
ach 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 February, Leonard Robinson of Wild Horse, Betty Jean Schweers of Arapahoe and Edwina Perkins of Seibert called to claim their savings. You must claim your credit during the month in which your name appears in the magazine (check the date on the front cover).
ther than some major storm-related outages, we have not experienced such a string of outages like we did on February 24 and 25. The outages began late in the night on February 24. A major outage at our Smokey Hill substation turned out the lights in Bethune, Cheyenne Wells, Seibert, Stratton, Vona and surrounding areas. K.C. Electric crews were dispatched and were not able to find any problems, so they reenergized the equipment and restored power to all by 12:45 a.m. (William Tarin 516600002) The next night, at nearly the same time as the previous night, power went out again. Just like the night before, we did not find any blown fuses or obvious problems. Instead of just reenergizing like we did the night before, we bypassed the affected substation and reenergized our transmission lines from our Limon source around 1:30 a.m. We later found the source of the problem. One week earlier, our power testing firm did some work on the substation and inadvertently changed the relay settings so they were no longer in line with Tri-State Generation and Transmission’s settings. This has now been corrected. Unfortunately, our outage problems didn’t end there. A few hours later that same morning, we started having outages in the Seibert area. Ice had built up on the lines and we found a couple of spans of wire that were slapping together and causing the protective devices to operate in a lockout position. We were able to beat some of the ice off wires and get the lights back on in the town of Seibert. The final outages in this string of outages came around 9 a.m. on February 25. Again, ice was to blame. As ice melted off the lines it caused the wires to slap together, causing numerous outages south of Seibert, Kit Carson and Cheyenne Wells rural areas. All power was restored by 2 p.m. When things like this happen, it is frustrating for all. But our guys did a great job of responding in a timely manner and restoring power as soon as possible. Also, other than the issue at the Smokey Hill substation (where we rerouted power), all our protective equipment worked as it was supposed to and shut down the power before we had even bigger issues. Nevertheless, we apologize for any inconvenience the outages may have caused you.
CIRCLE CHECK ADDS TO SAFETY BY PAUL NORRIS, LINE SUPERINTENDENT
pring’s alarm clock, in the form of Canadian geese flying over, is announcing it is time to wake up. To those looking for the snooze button, hoping for a few more weeks, the geese say, “No dice, let’s get moving.” As things are starting to thaw, outdoor activity is on the rise. Equipment that has been parked all winter is being moved, getting ready for the upcoming season. Trucks that have been idle are moving grain and fertilizer. Traffic, in general, is increasing. This leads me to my point about traffic safety. The most common slow speed property damage and injury accidents occur while backing up. A solution to this costly problem is the “circle check.” Before backing up, walk around the equipment or vehicle to make sure you are clear and see how much room you have, even if you just parked there. After getting back in the vehicle, check in the mirrors twice again and honk twice before making a move. Allow a little time for those who may be in the way to get clear. Making a habit of this may save someone and your wallet.
“Better a thousand times careful than once dead.” — Proverb
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We Need Help Finding These People
ne of the many things that sets K.C. Electric Association apart from an investor-owned utility is the fact that members are owners and therefore are entitled to a capital credit refund if financial conditions are favorable. (Katherine Smith 303970006) K.C. Electric is trying to locate members who have unclaimed capital credits. In many cases, envelopes contain-
ing refunds were returned because of insufficient or incorrect addresses. Please look through the following list of members with unclaimed capital credits. If there is anyone on this list you can help us locate, please contact Kristie Constance at the Hugo office during regular business hours, Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at 719-743-2431 or 800-700-3123.
Fauson, Norman or Edith
Lafferty, James Jr.
MNC American Corp.
T & S Tank Lease Service
Federal Land Bank of
Hoel, William Jr.
Lang, Charles Jr.
Addams, J. S.
Chong C Chi & Co. Inc.
Agway Farms Inc.
Cities Service Oil and Gas
Thompson, David G.
Flageolle, R. S.
Flagler Farmers Coop
Colo-Kansas Grain Co.
Hugo Baptist Fellowship
Colorado National Bank/
Hugo Pentecostal Church
Trindle Custom Harvest
Legg, James Sr.
Vantage Cable Assoc. LP
Connelley, William P.
Rocking B Enterprises
Lewis & Clark
B & F Automotive/
Wade, M.L., Jr.
Janitell Grain and Cattle
JDK Developers Inc.
Jones, Angela & Betty
Davis, Vivian Ins Agency
Hanley, Morris Jr.
Perry, Nellie Estate
Dennis, Kenneth Sr.
Mangus, Mary Lou
Sorrento Energy Inc.
Bovaird Supply Company
Willow Creek Cattle
McClay, M. O.
Pizel, Wilfred Estate
Klusman, Norma Jean
Brockway, C. R.
Pool Well Servicing
Burlington Ind. Bank
Koch Gathering Systems
Medallion Petroleum Inc.
Pool Well Servicing
Burlington Storage Inc.
Meridan Oil Inc.
Fager, John Ray
Miller, James C.
Stover, Viola Anderson
Castle Rock Construction
High Plains Builders
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Nuclear Power Provides Energy Around the World
ttention has been focused on Japan’s nuclear power plants since the earthquake and tsunami hit the island country March 11. At magazine deadline, three nuclear reactors in northern Japan were experiencing major problems. As the world watched, plans for new nuclear plants were put on hold in other countries. Nuclear power plants provide 14 percent of the world’s electricity and 20 percent of the electricity in the United States. There are 16 countries that rely on nuclear energy to supply at least one-fourth of their total electricity. France depends on nuclear power for 75.2 percent of its electricity, Slovakia 53.5 percent, Belgium 51.7 percent, Ukraine 48.6 percent and Armenia 45. Japan depends on nuclear power for about 30 percent of its energy. Resource: Nuclear Energy Institute
Red dots indicate nuclear power plants; 29 countries generate electricity using 442 nuclear reactors. The red dot in Colorado marks where Fort St. Vrain was located. It has been decommissioned.
Get a Home Energy Score and Compare Your Home to Others
pilot program from the federal government is underway that is auditing selected homes in 10 test communities. Each audit includes a brief walk-through of the home where 45 data points are collected. The assessor then uses the Home Energy Scoring Tool — an online free software program — to rate the home’s energy performance and provide a score of 1 through 10. The resulting report shows how the home compares to others in the same region and makes suggestions for ways to increase the home’s’ energy efficiency and upgrade its score. A score of 10 represents a home with excellent energy performance, while a ranking of 1 signifies a home that will benefit from major energy upgrades. Improvements that are suggested will come with an estimate of costs, an estimate of utility bill savings and an expected payback period. This pilot program is concluding in 10 communities across the country, and the underlying rating scale varies from region to region to account for the difference in climate. The study is looking at how home owners respond to the program. Is the information helpful? Do they actually follow through and make suggested home improvements? The U.S. Department of Energy is expected to launch the Home Energy Score nationwide later this year. More information is available at www.homeenergyscore.gov.
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ELECTRIC CO-OPS STILL DEALING WITH GROWTH
he U.S. Census Bureau recently released 2010 census data, which includes population growth trends. Since the last census in 2000, the nation’s population rose to 309 million with the percentage of growth varying in each sector of the country. However, in all but two states, growth in electric cooperative territories outpaced that of their state. That statistic comes from the Cooperative Finance Corporation, which analyzed the census data and that of individual electric co-ops across the country. CFC found that cooperative growth exceeded population growth in every state (including Colorado) with a co-op presence, except in Maine and New Mexico.
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T GROWING PAINS INDUSTRY
Building an affordable, reliable energy future BY MAGEN HOWARD Natural gas power plants, like this unit operated by Golden Spread Electric Cooperative in Texas, are likely to fulfill our electricity needs in the short term.
Tighter government regulations — and the high cost to comply with new rules — may signal lights-out for many of the nation’s older coal-fired power plants at a time when forecasters predict energy demand will eventually outpace supply. “Americans could see power shortages by the end of the decade if new generation sources don’t materialize,” cautions Glenn English, CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the Virginia-based service organization of the nation’s more than 900 electric cooperatives. To meet the challenge, electric co-ops are using energy efficiency measures and innovative technology to reduce electric demand. But these measures will only go so far. Eventually, the need to build new generation to “keep the lights on” will take center stage.
An investment of time, money
The North American Electric Reliability Corporation, the bulk power grid watchdog for the United States and most of Canada, estimates the country will need to build 135,000 megawatts of new generation by 2017 to meet demand. Facilities on the drawing board, though, will only deliver 77,000 MW — leaving an energy gap. Planning, building and launching a baseload power plant is no small feat. Even if the permitting process is non-controversial — meaning there are no significant objections to a facility — a coal-fired generating station takes six to seven years from start to finish and a combined cycle natural gas plant three to four years, while a nuclear plant requires 10 years at minimum, notes John Holt, NRECA senior manager for generation and fuels. Wind farms and large solar projects, in many cases, need a shorter amount of time to complete — about two years total — but they are handicapped by intermittency issues. Even with good location and plenty of breezes, wind generation is available at most 40 percent of the time and seldom operates (due to a lack of wind) during periods of peak consumption on hot, humid summer weekday afternoons or cold weather below minus 22 degrees Fahrenheit. Solar power systems operate only during daylight hours and are affected by cloud cover. Wind and solar resources must have backup, or firming, generation, such as natural gas plants, ready to come on-line when the wind stops blowing or the sun stops shining, and that adds extra expense.
Federal rules impact energy prices
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules will impact electric bills and put affordability and reliability at risk. According to the report, “Potential Resource Adequacy Impacts of U.S. Environmental Regulations,” commissioned by NERC, four pending EPA rules would place new and costly hurdles on power generators. In fact, regulations impacting cooling water intake, coal ash disposal and interWWW.COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.COOP
watches Japan deal with the meltdown of its nuclear reactors damaged by the tsunami. Natural gas at present seems like an attractive option to satisfy our nation’s energy appetite because the fuel is relatively cheap, power plants that use it can be brought on-line more quickly and burning gas produces less carbon dioxide than coal. “But right now, we’re in a natural gas price bubble,” Holt cautions. “While economics today favor natural gas, my concern is just two or three years ago natural gas was three times as expensive. So it could easily and rapidly go up in cost. Over the long term, I expect nuclear power — since it only emits water vapor into the atmosphere — will make a comeback. But there are a lot of ifs.”
Working to keep electric bills affordable
To reduce the need for new power plants, electric co-ops are fashioning a variety of innovative solutions to reduce load during times of peak demand — the electric utility industry’s equivalent of rush-hour traffic when wholesale power costs skyrocket. These include direct control of electric water heaters, air conditioners, electric thermal storage units and other appliances in the homes of volunteer consumers; interruptible contracts with commercial and industrial accounts, such as irrigation pumps, large
retailers and factories, that are able to temporarily shut down or run emergency generators; calling on consumer-owned (distributed) generation to start up; and the new kid on the block, personal energy management. Personal management is dependent on in-home displays, web portals and smart thermostats that inform consumers, in real time, when load peaks are happening. This allows people to voluntarily decide when and how to curtail electric use to save money. Most co-ops are also expanding energy efficiency programs. According to NRECA Market Research Services, nearly all electric co-ops offer efficiency educational resources, and 77 percent offer residential energy audits. To find out about energy efficiency programs in Colorado, visit www.crea.coop and then click on Colorado Co-ops and click through to your local electric co-op. You’ll find a variety of energy efficiency programs available to you. Magen Howard writes on consumer and cooperative affairs for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the Virginia-based service organization for the nation’s 900-plus consumer-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives. Megan McKoy-Noe contributed to this article.
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state transport of air pollutants and using Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) to curb emissions from power plants could force electric utilities to retire or retrofit 33,000 MW to 70,000 MW of generating capacity by 2015. A fifth hurdle, reducing power plant emissions of carbon dioxide, presents an even greater challenge since no viable, commercially tested solution exists. The Electric Power Research Institute, an electric utility research consortium that includes electric co-ops as members, contends if the EPA designates coal ash, a residue produced by coal-fired power plants that is used as a portland cement substitute, as hazardous, it could cost utilities — and consumer electric bills — between $5.32 billion and $7.62 billion annually. “Because of these new rules, we’re expecting a number of existing coal plants be shut down,” asserts Kirk Johnson, NRECA vice president of energy and environmental policy. “The cost of compliance will simply be too much.” Only two alternate baseload generation options are currently available to meet America’s demand for safe, reliable and affordable electric energy: natural gas, which is priced in volatile commodities markets; or nuclear power, which has always requires a long lead time for construction now faces even more opposition as the world
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, based in Colorado, buys the power from the Cimarron Solar Facility in New Mexico, one of the largest solar projects in the nation. Solar-powered generation is a part of our energy future, but still requires backup generation.
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(Clockwise from top left) Rare, exotic wood sits in a warehouse in southern Colorado; beautiful wood grain shows on a finished piece of furniture; office unit created by entrepreneur and wood worker Kent Mace displays the beauty of the wood imported by C.S. Woods; (center) burlgrain, cross cut section of a log is one of the pieces for sale at C.S. Woods.
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“Off the beaten path” aptly describes the location of Collector’s Specialty Woods. The company’s unassuming buildings nestle along the Huerfano River in the sprawling grassland valley of the same name.
ocated west of the small town of Gardner in southern Colorado, the area boasts spectacular views. The Wet Mountains and San Isabel National Forest lie to the north, the Sangre de Cristos to the west and the Culebra Range to the south. A good portion of surrounding land belongs to the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. No one would expect to find a collection of rare, exotic lumber in such a remote location, but C. S. Woods carries products from all over the world, buying logs internationally, drying and cutting locally and delivering in Colorado, northern New Mexico, southern Wyoming and many other parts of the country. “A big part of our market is providing unique woods for counter and table tops and serving the small woodworker,” says owner Kent Mace. Custom home builders seek his products for exterior siding, interior paneling, decorative trims and made-to-order cabinetry. The C.S. Woods offices are not fancy. Mace shares The warehouse and shop for C.S. Woods sits in a beautiful valley. a small room with two employees. The staff totals 10 people and all are eager to talk about wood. The show piece of the office is a massive, irregularly a plastic spray bottle of citrus thinner and roams through storeshaped coffee table that dominates the entryway. While most rooms, tapping stacks of wood and tossing out the names as he similar tables are made from a slab of wood mounted on legs, passes. The names are intriguing — bubinga, cocobolo, vertical this one is half of an entire burl (a bulging, cancer-like growth grain Englemann spruce. He tips a slab from a stack. It appears on a tree). The knots and gnarls of the burl’s exterior form the dull as prairie dirt. With a quick squirt from his spray bottle, the table’s natural base. Mace acquired a large supply of burls when surface glows with the rich color and pattern of finished wood. he hired two loggers to find, cut and haul burls from the big leaf Mace beams. “Imagine that as a tabletop,” he says. maple forests along the Canadian border. Recently, the company began supplying reclaimed materials, “My dad was a wood collector,” Mace says. “I grew up moving such as white oak from a demolished warehouse in Ohio and his wood.” Later his father ran a gallery in Aspen selling custom Wyoming snow fencing weathered to a blue grey patina. Other furniture from Mace’s shop. Moving into specialty lumber supply, woods come from sustainable forestry programs like the Douglas Mace personally supervised a 25-person wood shop and instal- fir cut for fire mitigation in New Mexico. lation crew. “I was on the road a lot,” he says. Among the unique products is some old growth Douglas fir When his wife pointed out how much time he spent away from from Vancouver, British Columbia. When a floating bunkhouse the family, Mace changed his business model. With a childhood in a logging camp was torn down, four logs were uncovered. Mace friend as business partner, he settled into his current business bought these heavy logs for the beauty such underwater curing eight years ago. brings to the wood. Today, Mace likes to buy from small loggers and send the logs Drying wood to equalize the moisture content to the climate to a mill near where the trees are cut. He often goes to the site to where it is used takes up a large amount of time in the specialty supervise milling. An on-site sawmill equipped with a conveyor- wood business, in particular for C.S. Woods. In the Rocky Mounfed helical planer also allows C.S. Woods to custom cut lumber. tain area, wood must be dryer than in other parts of the United “Let’s take a tour and look at some wood,” Mace says. He grabs States. To prevent warping and cracking, the [continued on page 18] WWW.COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.COOP
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One of three kilns speed the drying process for wood at C.S. Woods, but it can still take up to six years to dry some wood properly.
interior core wood must dry at the same rate as the outer shell wood, Mace explains. West African bubinga, for example, takes six years to cure to sale condition. The slabs are coated with beeswax oil and allowed to dry very slowly to match the Colorado climate. Used for tabletops, a slab of this wood may cost $10,000 by the time it comes to market. Three kilns speed the drying process for many types of wood. A venting kiln cures small projects like one log. A state-of-theart, computer-controlled AirVac kiln creates a vacuum to flatten lumber under steam and 10,000 pounds of pressure. The third kiln is a story of innovation. In 2009, Mace met with staff from his local electric cooperative, San Isabel Electric Association, to discuss his high electric bills and challenges in getting wood properly dried. The San Isabel staff suggested an unusual application of the energy-saving electric thermal storage program. Eventually, Mace signed on. After much consultation with engineers from Steffis, the manufacturer of the ETS equipment, installation was completed in January 2010 and the first kiln run took place on February 16, 2010. A large solar kiln was converted to a dehumidification kiln and connected to three customized ETS units. At night, special high-density ceramic bricks in the ETS units store heat using electric energy purchased at a low cost during “off peak” hours. During the day, this stored heat raises the kiln temperature to 140 degrees, causing the lumber to release its moisture.
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Most kilns vent the hot moist air outside. In this kiln, however, the hot, moistureladen air circulates over refrigeration coils. The moisture condenses to liquid and drains away while the hot air continues to circulate inside the kiln. Stepping into this room-size kiln stacked top to bottom with lumber is like entering a sauna. The humidity is 98 percent. It is hard to imagine the wood is being dried. “I don’t think anyone else in the United States is using ETS in this way,” Mace says of his operation. “It’s phenomenal to have monstrous quantities of inexpensive heat.” The ETS system at C.S. Woods has capacity to store over 1 million Btu (British thermal units) of heat. Mace says his off-peak cost is less than half his normal electric rate. This is not Mace’s first unique venture. Internet service in the valley was limited to slow dial-up systems that could not support a website for C.S. Woods. Mace approached the Huerfano County commissioners for permission to place a tower on a mountaintop to bring in high speed service. The commissioners said he should provide service for the whole valley. So, Mace and some business partners started DD-Wireless. Today the company has 20 towers and serves some 600 people in Huerfano and Custer counties. Access to high-speed Internet has allowed a number of his customers to operate businesses from their homes. Mace hopes to expand service to other rural areas in the future. “Internet access kept us alive when the lumber business crashed in the recent economy,” says Mace. From the C.S. Woods
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bout 750 San Isabel Electric Association accounts currently use Electric Thermal Storage or ETS units, according to Robin O’Day, key accounts manager for the Pueblo West electric co-op. “C.S. Woods is unique among San Isabel customers,” O’Day says. “Most customers use ETS to heat their homes or small businesses. C. S. Woods uses the energy for processing its product. And it has three very large ETS units. It is a great model for other businesses.” In a 24-hour period, electric customers typically use the greatest amount of eletricity during the day and evening. Usage is much lower after midnight when most people have turned off lights, TVs, computers, and other power gobblers before going to sleep. The rural electric co-op buys power from a generation and transmission source and sells it to customers. The co-op pays a lower rate for power purchased during those nighttime “off peak” hours and offers it to customers at a reduced rate. ETS systems in a customer’s home or business produce and store heat during low-cost, off peak hours. This stored heat then warms the home or business during peak hours. The customer draws less daytime energy from the co-op at the higher “peak time” rate, thus reducing the customer’s electric bill.
website (www.cswoods.com) a customer can view photos of the current inventory. Each piece of wood is bar coded and photographed (both sides and the ends) when it is ready for sale. Clicking on a photo brings up available sizes, quantities and prices. An email inquiry results in a consultation with a staff member to be sure the particular wood fits the intended use. “We have a very low rate of return because we do lots of presale work with customers,” says Mace. “The customer can choose the exact boards he wants from the website.” Mace’s daughter, Alana, designed and manages the company’s website and computer systems, working remotely from her home in Broomfield. The website offers a wealth of information about the company and its products. It also showcases finished work by customers, including furniture, sculptures, musical instruments and handcrafted sleds. The site includes a section of helpful charts, tables and tips for woodworkers. In addition to ready-to-use lumber, C.S. Woods also offers a full custom wood shop producing fine furniture, cabinetry and flooring. One recent project, featured on the website with start-to-finish photos, is a 29-foot irregularly shaped bar top built from horse chestnut and delivered to a Denver customer. Collector’s Specialty Woods proves that, with a bit of creative thinking, off the beaten path can be a innovative, productive and beautiful place to do business. This is Cynthia Becker’s fifth feature for Colorado Country Life. She is a freelance writer from Pueblo, and her newest novel is a middle grade biography, Chepita: The Peacemaker.
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Make It a Green Remodel in the Kitchen BY JOHN BRUCE
aking a kitchen “green” often sculpted, molded and textured. It’s brings to mind a supera material that a do-it-yourselfer extravagant remodeling job, can easily use to create original but that’s not necessary. An earthcounters while saving money. friendly strategy can work wonders Concrete kitchen countertops without breaking the household can be sustainable as long as the budget. aggregate is made from recycled An eco-friendly kitchen can mean stone, crushed glass or other recya healthier kitchen. Eliminating cled materials. Counters can even or reducing invisible and odorless be made from a mixture of cement toxins in cabinets and countertops and recycled newspaper pulp. A are giant steps toward going green concrete counter should be coated in the kitchen. with a natural oil-based sealant Most kitchen cabinets are made of Concrete countertops give a modern, clean look to a kitchen once dry. particleboard. The material is made and offer a green alternative. A strikingly vast world of comwith urea formaldehyde resin — a mercially available, sustainable known carcinogen — which can emit the fumes can be harmful and are classified countertop surfaces makes for a challenging toxin for the life of the cabinet. as greenhouse gases. Fumes from today’s selection process. To get started, consider A cost-effective remedy is to make the paint contain fewer cancer-causing chemi- requesting samples of surface materials particleboard airtight by applying a seal- cals, such as benzene, formaldehyde and to test for staining and durability. See ant to all surfaces of the cabinet. Remov- methylene-chloride, than they did during for yourself if a sample will hold up as a ing doors, handles and hinges is a must the 1990s. Measured in grams per liter, VOC food preparation surface. Keep it in your and offers the opportunity to update the content of conventional paint has dropped kitchen a while. hardware for a fresh new look. from almost 1,000 g/l back then to 250 g/l The sample should be able to handle Water-based polyurethane sealants are today, thanks to federal regulations. common staining ingredients such as balfairly nontoxic and render clear finishes. For new wooden cabinets, one green samic vinegar, ketchup, coffee, oil and They can be applied to the particleboard option is bamboo. Its fast-growing prop- lemon juice without staining and should be in multiple coats, primed and painted. erties make it one of today’s most popular tough enough to withstand a sharp knife. Paints and sealants do emit chemicals, and sustainable choices. There are several brands of renewable called volatile organic compounds or VOCs, Sustainable and safe resources abound commercially available countertop surfaces. even years after they dry. The good news for new countertops. Green choices include Find a few listed at www.coloradocounis that there are paints that pose far fewer recyclable stainless steel, concrete and many trylife.coop. Click on Energy Tips and hazards than others. All of them are safer other commercially available eco-friendly scroll down. than they were 20 years ago. surface materials. VOCs in paints and sealants allow for The advantage of concrete counters over John Bruce is a professional writer who lives durability and easy application, but the marble or granite is that concrete can be and cooks in Columbia, South Carolina.
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Love Your Roses Prune your roses now and reap the benefits all season
oses benefit from being pruned every year, and in Colorado this is the best month to prune your roses. With a little know-how, pruning roses is not as scary as some folks make it out to be. The scariest part, in my opinion, has to do more with the threat of the thorns than the pruning of the plant. If you are careful and wear sturdy leather or thick rubber gloves you should get away with minimal pokes and scratches. With regular pruning of your roses you will enjoy: • Healthy plants • Larger blooms • Longer lived plants • More flowers • Your neighbors’ oohs and aahs Your roses will show signs you can look for to determine the right time for pruning in your specific location. Pruning should be done when buds are present and swelling and before new growth emerges from those buds. Notice that some canes
BY EVE GILMORE
have healthy looking buds and others on the same plant do not. This is an easy way to identify dead or unhealthy canes that should be removed to ground level. Another indication of unhealthy canes is irregularities in the appearance; they may appear shriveled and/or have black spots, fissures or discoloration. The older a particular cane gets, the more susceptible it is to disease. By routinely removing the oldest canes to ground level, new healthy growth is encouraged, keeping the plant rejuvenated, healthy and resilient. I’ve had the privilege over several springs now to prune well-tended, 80-year-old roses. They are evidence of how roses, with proper care, can survive and thrive for many, many years. For more information on caring for your roses, I recommend Colorado State University’s extension website. This link will take you directly to its concise and informative page on rose basics: www.ext. colostate.edu/ptlk/1725.html. Eve Gilmore is a garden coach, consultant and designer with Gardens by Eve, LLC, in Durango. Read her blog at www.xeriscapegardens.com.
I love the regular blue palmed Atlas gloves for my routine garden duties, but the thermal variety are tough enough to provide good protection against rose thorns.
PRUNING GUIDELINES • Use bypass pruners and make sure they are sharp. • Sterilize with alcohol or bleach wipes between plants. • A lways cut with blade toward the center of the plant for clean cuts to avoid unnecessary risk of infection. • First look for dead, damaged, diseased and crossing branches or canes and remove them just above a healthy bud or joining branch, or when the problem spans the length, at the base of the plant. Also remove wimpy, spindly canes that wouldn’t be able to support the weight of a flower. • When cutting to a bud, know that you are directing the energy of the plant to grow in the direction the bud is facing.
Make your cuts at a 45-degree angle as to shed-water and avoid water borne disease. Cut one- quarter inch above your chosen branch or bud, sloping downward away from it.
• Cut to favor buds facing away from the center of the plant to result in fewer crossing branches and a more open, simplified structure where more sunlight can reach the center of the plant. This will result in more flowers. Another way to keep roses blooming all year is to deadhead. This simply means trimming off spent roses to encourage the bush to produce more. While some roses bloom only in one big flush in June, others are bred to keep producing off and on all season long.
• Make your cuts at a 45-degree angle so they shed water and avoid waterborne disease. Cut one-quarter inch above your chosen bud, sloping downward away from the bud.
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Beef Up on Flavor Add some sizzle and spice to tonight’s family dinner BY LINH TRUONG
urn traditional, boring beef into a mouthwatering masterpiece. Try one of these creative recipes, courtesy of www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com.
Beefy Potato Salad with Green Beans •F or even juicier burgers, mix in a few tablespoons of tomato juice or beef broth for every pound of meat.
1 pound beef top sirloin, cut 3/4- to -inch thick 1/2 cup prepared vinaigrette dressing with Parmesan cheese, divided 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided 3 cups frozen cut green beans 1 package (1-1/4 pounds) refrigerated prepared potato wedges Cut beef steak lengthwise in half, then crosswise into 1/8- to 1/4-inch thick strips. Combine 1/4 cup dressing and beef in medium bowl. Cover and marinate in refrigerator 30 minutes to 2 hours. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add green beans; stir-fry 5 minutes. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil and potatoes; continue stir-frying 4 to 6 minutes or until potatoes and green beans are heated through and starting to brown. Remove from skillet; keep warm. Heat same skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add 1/2 of beef; stir-fry 1 to 3 minutes or until outside surface of beef is no longer pink. (Do not overcook.) Remove from skillet; add to vegetable mixture. Repeat with remaining beef. Add remaining 1/4 cup dressing to beef and vegetables; toss to coat thoroughly. Season with salt and pepper, as desired. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Pepper Herb-Crusted Beef Tenderloin 1 whole beef tenderloin roast (4 to 5 pounds) Salt 2 teaspoons cracked mixed peppercorns 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Combine seasoning ingredients; press evenly onto all surfaces of beef roast. Place roast on rack in shallow roasting pan. Insert ovenproof meat thermometer so tip is centered in thickest part of beef, not resting in fat. Do not add water or cover. Roast in 425°F oven 50 to 60 minutes for medium rare, 60 to 70 minutes for medium doneness. Remove roast when meat thermometer registers 135 degrees F for medium rare, 150 degrees F for medium. Transfer roast to carving board; tent loosely with aluminum foil. Let stand 15 to 20 minutes. (Temperature will continue to rise about 10 degrees F to reach 145 degrees F for medium rare, 160 degrees F for medium.) Carve roast into thick slices; season with salt, as desired. 22 Colorado Country Life APRIL 2011
•H ave you noticed that your burgers tend to form rounded tops when cooking, causing the condiments to slide off? So did the folks at America’s Test Kitchen. They found that pushing down slightly in the center, creating a round area about 1/4 inch lower than the surrounding meat, made the burger come out flat.
Spicy Cheeseburger Slider 1 pound ground beef (96% lean) 9 small whole wheat hamburger buns, split, divided 1 clove garlic, minced 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chili powder 2 slices pepper Jack cheese, cut in quarters Barbecue sauce, lettuce, tomato slices, pickles (optional) Tear one hamburger bun into pieces. Place in food processor or blender container. Cover; pulse on and off, to form fine crumbs. Combine bread crumbs, beef, garlic and chili powder in medium bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Lightly shape into eight 1/2inch thick mini patties. Place patties on grill over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, covered, 8 to 9 minutes (over medium heat on preheated electric grill, 9 to 10 minutes) until instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into center registers 160 degrees F, turning occasionally. Evenly top with cheese during last minute of grilling. Place burgers on bottoms of remaining eight buns. Top with desired toppings. Close sandwiches and serve.
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Flickers From Every Angle Developing digital camera skills from my living room BY DENNIS SMITH
spent an extravagant amount of time shooting flicker photos through my living room window earlier this year. It wasn’t because I wanted to but I had no choice. I’d been resisting the digital camera revolution for years — out of curmudgeonly stubbornness I guess — but also because I had a closet full of conventional 35 mm cameras, lenses and gizmos, and the idea of giving them all up for a little point-and-shoot box was positively traumatizing. Sure, I could have bought a digital single-lens ref lex body that would use some of my old lenses, but I was neither willing nor able to cough up 2,500 bucks for that luxury. Eventually the prices dropped and I sprang for one, pretty much choking back tears while I wrote the check. That was January 3. I spent the next three weeks wading through inch-thick manuals, familiarizing myself with the camera’s myriad programs, menus, submenus, presets and customizable configurations, not to mention the associated photo editing and file management software. Whew. Didn’t see that coming. Anyway, I was finally ready to burn some film, light up some pixels or whatever they call it, but I couldn’t get out of the driveway for blizzards, windstorms, bone-cracking cold fronts and — well, you name it. So I started shooting pictures of the birds in our backyard, right through the living room window. I was desperate. Over the next couple of weeks I shot exactly 458 bird photos. I know this because the camera tracks every shot on
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the computer. I shot birds landing and departing; eating, fighting, sitting, standing and hanging upside down. I shot them in manual and full-auto modes, portrait and landscape modes. I shot them in horizontal and vertical formats, with and without f lash, hand held and from a tripod, with telephoto and wide angle lenses, with and without motor drive, and at all times of the day — 458 of them. Mostly flickers. I learned to operate the camera but I found out more about flickers than I ever imagined. I discovered that they’re called by bizarre names — hairy-wicket, heigh-ho, yellowhammer and nearly a hundred others. And that, as woodpeckers go, they spend more time on the ground probing for ants than they do banging their beaks against trees like the rest of their kin. They not only eat ants, they rub them through their plumage using the formic acid emitted by them to supplement their preen oil and as a kind of pesticide to kill body mites. (How do birds know this stuff?) I also learned that they can dart their tongues out far beyond their beaks to snatch prey like frogs do, or to lick snowflakes out of midair so they won’t have to make a trip to the birdbath for a drink. I’m not kidding you; I got a photo of one doing exactly that. It’s number 374. I call it “Flicker-Lickin’ Good.”
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PLAN FOR SUMMER FUN
OUTDOOR TOOLS Plug in to lower gardening costs BY JAMES DULLEY
ill using electric trimmers and mowers in the yard, instead of gas-powered tools, increase my electric bills much? Which rechargeable batteries are best?
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Electric or cordless tools cost much less to use than gasoline tools. A cordless lawn mower can cut a one-third acre lot for about 10 cents’ worth of electricity needed to charge the battery — usually an overnight charge at a rate of 45 to 90 watts depending upon the battery voltage. There are differences in the life, weight, cost and effectiveness of various types of rechargeable batteries for cordless tools. The four basic types of batteries used are lead-acid, nickel-cadmium, nickel-metalhydride and lithium-ion. Don’t look for the highest voltage tool with the most power. Higher voltage means more battery weight. If you primarily do light shrub trimming or drill small holes in soft wood, lower-voltage is your best choice. Of your outdoor power tools, you’ll use a lawn mower most often. Most of the newer rechargeable cordless lawn mowers are designed to have enough electric charge to cut the typical one-third acre lot. This is assuming a medium length grass — perhaps one week of growth maximum. With little maintenance, cordless mowers are easy and quick to use. The only drawback is they are somewhat heavier than a gasoline-powered mower. For convenience, select a model with a removable battery so the mower can be stored in a shed while keeping the battery in the garage for charging and wintertime storage. Black and Decker has introduced a selfpropelled, 36-volt cordless mower. It has a variable-speed motor to drive the wheels so you can set a comfortable walking speed. The electric motor that drives the wheels is a soft-start design, so it will not jerk the mower each time you start.
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MAY 21 — CELEBRATE Armed Forces Day Fly-In at the Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum (next to the Pueblo Memorial Airport). Honor Guard and Flag Raising at 8 a.m.; open ’til 5:30 p.m. No admission fee this date. Donations gratefully accepted. Five aircraft with open cockpit including B-29. Military vehicle show and displays; pancake breakfast and lunch on site; many military artifacts and uniforms in addition to 28 aircraft on display; aviation history; PlayPort for the children. Private pilots encouraged to fly in. Short walk from ramp to museum. Visit us at www.pwam.org call 719-948-9219 for details, or email at milnedel@ yahoo.com (953-05-11) TRI-LAKES WOMEN’S CLUB presents Pine Forest Antiques & Garden Show & Sale, April 30, 10-5; May 1, 10-4, Lewis Palmer HS, 1300 Higby Rd., Monument, CO. Antiques, garden demonstrations, appraisers, glass repair, framing, clock repair, jewelry, Bistro dining, quilt raffle, geraniums, bake sale. Visit www.tlwc.net (963-04-11)
ANTLERS ANTLER CHANDELIERS made only from REAL antlers. We are the manufacturer and we sell all of our products at wholesale prices; save as much as 60% from store prices. Many other antler products and mounts, including 5’ Moose Mount, 56” Elk Mount and giant Moose Paddles. Showroom open May 15 through October 15 in Granby, CO. 15 years at this location, over 900 satisfied customers! 970-627-3053. (105-12-11)
WE ARE ANNORA: A True Story of Surviving Multiple Personality Disorder, local author P.S. Marrow’s new release – Visit us at WeAre Annora.com (956-04-11)
BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES (These opportunities have not been investigated by Colorado Country Life.) AVON sells — you earn money. Generous profits. Flexible hours. $10 start up. ISR. 719-550-0242. (133-07-11)
K-LAWN – LAWN FERTILIZING business opportunity. Part-time seasonal work. Be your own boss. NOT a franchise. It’s YOUR business! Training by turf professionals. Superior quality products. Protected territory. Low startup costs. www.k-lawn.com 800-4459116 (914-07-11) LEGITIMATE WORK AT HOME opportunity. No sales. No investment. No risk. Training/website provided. Weekly/monthly income plus bonuses and benefits. Call Carrie at 303-579-4207 or fill out form at www.workathomeunited.com/ ourabundance (932-07-11) MAKE MONEY PLAYING THE LOTTERY. Guaranteed system. FREE report. Call toll-free 1-877-526-6957 ID# S4465 or visit our website – www.flalottomagic.net/?S4465 (911-04-11) PIANO TUNING PAYS. Learn with American School home-study course. Tools included. Call for info. 800-497-9793. (158-01-12) START YOUR OWN business! Mia Bella Candles/Gifts/Beauty. Try the best! www.naturesbest.scent-team. com Free weekly drawing. Wonderful income potential. (831-04-11)
BECOME A MORTGAGE BROKER. Earn up to $200,000 a year. www.easymoneyathome.com/ ad?pin=7507 or call toll free 800-242-0363 Ext. 1405 (911-07-11)
BUSY, FULL SERVICE, AUTO REPAIR workshop in SW Colorado. Est. 35 yrs. Owner retiring and may carry. 6 bays, paint booth, and offices. Little competition. 1-970563-4500. Please ask for Joyce. (942-05-11)
2005 40 FT. ALFA GOLD motorhome, diesel, loaded, 2 slides, non-smokers, new $400K, now $145K, 970-522-4600 (899-06-11)
INDOOR SHOOTING RANGE and gun store. Cortez. Owner has health issues. 970-565-2474 (948-06-11) INSTANTLY RENEW METAL, rubber, flat roofs. Saves replacement. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org 573489-9346. (856-08-11)
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1985 CADILLAC ELDORADO Barritz Conv., mint condition, collector’s dream, $15K, 970-522-4600 (89906-11)
50 SUBARUS! (1995-2010) Outbacks, Foresters, Imprezas, Tribecas & more! Great prices! One-year warranty! Dealer: www. MonumentMotors.com 719-4819900 (574-08-12)
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CLOCK REPAIR & RESTORATION DURANGO AREA. CLOCKS of all kinds repaired. Antique and modern. Call Robert 970-247-7729. (109-07-11)
DIET FOOD DISCOUNT DIET FOOD. Highest quality, lowest prices. Our plan or yours. Diethighprotein.com (76306-11) [continued on page 28]
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EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES
COMMERCIAL WEED AND FIRE spray equipment. 307660-8563 or visit us at www. oldwyomingbrandcompany. com (949-08-11)
WORK CLOTHES – Good clean rental type, 6 pants and 6 shirts $44.95. Lined work jackets $10.95. Denim jeans $6.00. Call 1-800-233-1853. www.usedworkclothing.com 100% satisfaction guaranteed. (610-04-11)
FARM 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.saw millexchange.com (267-09-11)
FREE FREE BOOKS/DVDS. Soon the “Mark of the Beast” will be enforced as Church and State unite! Let the Bible reveal. The Bible Says, POB 99, Lenoir City, TN 37771. thebiblesaystruth@ yahoo.com 888-211-1715. (814-04-11)
GREAT RATES on mobile/ modular home insurance, auto, motorcycle. Colorado licensed agent. Dennis 719-641-6713 (905-05-11)
HEAVY DUTY CATTLEPENS portable or permanent; 32x45 working pen w/16’ crowding tub, $3,015. Call Kenneth 580876-3699, www.cccattle equipment.com (882-05-11)
RADICAL NEW direction in weight loss. Introducing Thermogenic-V3. Increases energy. Enhances mood. Suppresses appetite. NEW! Natural Dietary Supplement. www.voyage2weightloss. com Associate opportunities. firstname.lastname@example.org (952-04-11)
JACK ROBERTS Original Oil Paintings. Collection of 10 large oils. Trappers and Indians motif. Grand Junction area. email@example.com (962-07-11) REMOTE POWER, 120 volts AC -- Includes battery box, controller, 300-watt inverter and 60-watt solar panel. $389. For specs, email to blhn2010@ yahoo.com (961-04-11)
OLATHE SWEET CORN seed. Discount to co-op members. 970-323-5708, olathehardware @qwestoffice.net (877-05-11)
WHY ARE THOUSANDS of Japanese over the age of 100 still healthy? How’s your health? Call Bill at 970-264-0430 (964-04-11)
HELP WANTED $400 WEEKLY ASSEMBLING PRODUCTS FROM HOME. For free information, send SASE: Home Assembly – CC, PO Box 450, New Britain, CT 060500450.
EARN $60,000/yr PART-TIME in the livestock or equipment appraisal business. Agricultural background required. Classroom or home study courses available. 800-488-7570. www.amagappraisers.com (935-05-11)
COMMERCIAL LAND I-25 Exit 106, north of Pueblo. 17.5 acres, 1/4 mile frontage on west side of I-25. Great location. Some owner financing. Additional properties available. Call Fran @ ERA Herman Group Real Estate 719-251-4038. (945-04-11)
SAFE HAVEN! 35 acres, newer 900 sq. ft. modular, barn, shed, 12 gpm well, off the grid, mountain reservoirs nearby, $158,000. Serious, qualified buyers only. Owner 303-2102818. (950-04-11)
HOBBIES & CRAFTS
FT. COLLINS EQUESTRIAN ESTATE. 8720 sq. ft. home on 35 acres with lakefront, mtn. views, trees, barns, steel fencing, arena… www. obeo.com/637253 or call John Stegner 970-412-1657 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (937-04-11)
BECOME AN ORDAINED Minister by correspondence study. Founded in 1988. Free info. Ministers for Christ Outreach, PMB 207, 7549 W Cactus, #104, Peoria, AZ 85381. http://www. ordination.org (441-06-11)
AWARD WINNING LONG-ARM QUILTING — reasonable rates, quick turnaround. Karen Niemi, 303-470-9309, http://creative. stitching.home.comcast.net, email@example.com (846-08-12)
IMPROVEMENTS & REPAIRS HAVE HOME improvements? Finance your projects with a HELOC or home improvement loan from Members Federal Credit Union. Contact a Loan Officer today at loans@mbrcu. com (965-05-11)
MISCELLANEOUS PUT YOUR OLD HOME MOVIES, slides or photos on DVD. 888609-9778 or www.transferguy. com (465-12-11a)
PERSONALS TRUE LOVE CAN be yours! Enjoy Rodeo Roots to ModernDay Cowboys. This is a book about the Wild West. It can delight Western families as well as visitors to the West for only $25. Call 303-455-4111 to order one today. (106-12-11)
POULTRY/GAMEBIRDS FREE – 5 EXOTIC CHICKS or 3 ducks with 100 frypan special @ $35.95 plus shipping. Also Cornish Cross, standard breeds, fancy chicks, ducks, geese, turkeys, bantams, guineas, pheasants, quail, supplies, video. FREE COLOR CATALOG 417-532-4581. Cackle Hatchery – PO Box 529, Lebanon, MO 65536. www.cacklehatchery. com (876-07-11)
GRAND JUNCTION HORSE FARM, 3130 A 1/2 Rd, 3550+ sq. ft. home on 14 acres. Newly remodeled, new central air, new boiler, new water heater, new roof, half brick ranch w/new vinyl siding. 5 bdrm, 3 1/2 bath, living room, dining room, large kitchen, large family room. New carpet/tile/wood floors. Full horse barn w/indoor stalls & outside runs. All steel fencing, arenas, loafing sheds on large pastures. Additional fencing around home & inground heated pool. RV building (50x28’), two large ponds, etc. Ginny 970-260-9629, Terry 970-261-3001, Gin.5@NetZero. net (946-06-11) LAND WANTED — cash buyer looking to purchase 500-20,000 acres in Colorado. Will consider bail outs, foreclosures, joint ventures, condo/commercial projects. Will close quickly. Call Joe @ Red Creek Land 719-543-6663. (648-08-11) MOUNTAIN PROPERTY — Quiet, cool, comfortable alpine living. Choice properties small to large. Exclusive listings. 4-season mountain playground around Lake Isabel. www.sanisabelrealty.com 719-485-3543 (966-04-11)
LAKE OR POND? Aeration is your 1st step toward improved water quality. Complete systems $199 to $369!! Waterfall? 7,000 gph super hi-efficiency waterfall pump, just 3 amps! $399.99! www.fishpondaerator. com, 608-254-2735. (87912-11) THE VALLECITO EVENT CENTER is perfect for your wedding, reunion, retreat or other group activity. Located 26 miles NE of Durango, our beautiful handicapped-accessible facility is lakeside and offers 30’x60’ multipurpose room, tables, chairs to seat 160, fully equipped kitchen, restrooms, covered decks and 40’x80’ outdoor cement patio. See photos at www.vallecitolakechamber. com or call 970-884-6080 for information, availability. (957-05-11)
TICKETS NFR & PBR RODEO TICKETS – Las Vegas. All seating levels available. Call 1-888-NFR-rodeo (1-888-637-7633) or www. NFR-Rodeo.com *BBB Member; Since 1990. (912-11-11)
VACATIONS CANADA AND NEW ENGLAND cruise, 10-night beginning Sept. 24. Call for pricing and details. Bon Voyage Cruise and Travel, 719-596-7447 (968-06-11)
35-ACRE PARCELS, overlooking North Sterling Reservoir, ideal for custom home, exc. hunting, 970-522-4600. (899-06-11)
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An elderly couple lived in a nursing home. The
DON’T BE CRABBY – BE WARM! Visit our rental in St. Croix, USVI, no passport needed, directly on the beach. Call 970-482-8999 or check out our website for pictures & info, www.stcroixsugarbeach.com (951-07-11)
OLD COLO. LIVESTOCK brand books prior to 1950. Call Wes 303757-8553. (889-04-11)
VINTAGE FISHING TACKLE. I buy rods, reels, lures, creels, etc. Call Gary at 970-674-9596 (960-07-11)
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. (871-05-11)
WANT TO PURCHASE mineral and other oil/gas interests. Send details to: PO Box 13557, Denver, CO 80201. (402-02-12)
old woman had suspicions that the old man went out drinking in the afternoons, but she didn’t have any real proof. Then one day, he came home and went straight to bed, sleeping through a phone call the woman received. When she woke him, he claimed he hadn’t been drinking. “Then why did the bartender just call to tell me you left your wheelchair in the bar?” Lewis Armbrust, Evergreen
KAUAI VACATION RENTAL, 2bdr, full kitchen. Minutes from beaches. $600/wk. 808-245-6500; makanacrest.com kauaiweddings.com (756-05-11)
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. (519-11-11)
WANTED TO BUY I WILL BUY YOUR German daggers, helmets and other military items. Don Simmons, PO Box 4734, Springfield, MO 65808, 417-8815645. DSimmons@corpranet.net (470-06-11)
OLD MODEL AIRPLANE engines and parts. American, foreign. Call Don at 970-669-3418 (866-06-11)
MOTORCYCLE OR DIRT BIKE — running or needing work okay — and blacksmith tools. 970-5541627 (959-04-11)
OLD POCKET WATCHES – working or non-working and old repair material. Bob 719-859-4209 watch firstname.lastname@example.org. (870-06-12)
NAVAJO RUGS, old and recent, native baskets, pottery. Tribal Rugs, Salida. 719-539-5363, b_inaz@ hotmail.com (817-04-11)
WANTED: JEEP CJ OR WRANGLER. Reasonably priced. No rust buckets. 888-735-5337. (227-09-11) WE PAY CASH FOR minerals and oil/gas interests, producing and nonproducing. 800-733-8122. (227-09-11)
WEDDINGS DO YOU WANT TO CREATE a magical, romantic, unforgettable wedding on the beach? The NEW Beach Wedding Planning Guide and Workbook shows you how. Download now at www.Beach WeddingMagic.com. (106-12-11)
OLD TRACTORS that don’t run. Jerry Browne, 2707 Weld Co. Rd. 19, Fort Lupton, CO 80621. 303-6597026. (220-04-11)
Get your cowboy a book about Colorado’s Wild West
One afternoon, my 2 year old grandson came to our house. He was carrying his super hero underwear that his mom promised him he could wear as soon as he successfully used the potty rather than his diaper. As he began to play he put the underwear down next to where I was sitting. I put the undies on my head like a hat and said “Look at me, Justin.” My grandson turned and with a look of surprise snatched the underwear and said with his most indignant voice, “Granddad, these go on your bottom.” Dan Hetrick, Cotopaxi
When the waitress brought our luncheon menus to the table, our 2-year-old grandson, Jason, picked one up and studied it in a very grown up manner. Then he handed it to his grandfather and said, “Talk it to me, Grandpa, I can’t talk it.” Palma Romero, Cotopaxi
When the doctor called in a patient who had waited hours for his appointment, the physician apologized profusely. “I really don’t mind,” said the patient. “But I had hoped you would be able to treat my ailment during the earliest stages.” Andy Taylor, Fort Collins
The teacher asked, “Can anyone give me a good example of how heat expands things and cold contracts them?” “Well,” one alert student answered. “Days are longer in the summer.” Andy Taylor, Fort Collins
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A Window on Efficiency
hey’re thin and unobtrusive, but window films can make all the difference when it comes to making your home or business more energy efficient. These films can keep the sun’s heating rays out in the summer yet help retain heat during the winter, plus they offer a variety of other benefits. SunGlo Window Films is a Colorado company offering a variety of these specialized window films for different situations. With branches in Denver, Fort Collins and Durango, SunGlo can provide a consultant to help you find exactly what you need. For more information, visit http://sunglowf.com or call 303-279-5884.
ove a cozy fire in the fireplace? A Durango company has designed a clean burning fireplace grate that makes those fires less polluting. Earth’s Flame’s green design is available for all fireplaces. It uses a gas-enhanced starter system and a patented design to burn hot and clean to reduce emissions by 77 percent. For information, visit www.earthsflame.com or call 888-201-8805.
Dressing Up Concrete
cid stained concrete floors are popular in many homes and businesses. But it can be expensive to hire a professional to do the staining. If you’re interested in doing it yourself, a leading expert, Gaye Goodman, has a set of instructional DVDs and materials to help you do the job right. You’ll find more information at www.gayegood manstore.com. The DVDs will teach you the seven steps to cleaning a floor before you begin; how to repair cracks; how to apply the stain; insider techniques for replicating specific kinds of stone; how to cover up mistakes; how to maintain the finished floor and more.
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FLUSHED WITH WATER SAVINGS
educe the water used by your toilet by 30 percent by installing a HydroRight Dual-Flush Converter. Press the upper button for less water and the lower button for more power. It is easy to install. However, you will want to install this on a toilet where everyone understands the system to maximize your water savings. For information on the converter, visit www.gomjsi.com. You’ll also find them at Walmart, Ace and Home Depot.
I nterested in a stained concrete floor? Willing to do it yourself? This month, Colorado Country Life will give away “The Acid Staining Secrets of the Pros” DVD and two notebooks of materials (Fundamentals of Acid Stained Concrete and Artistic Acid Staining) valued at $189. Visit Contest at www.colorado countrylife.coop for information on how to enter to win.