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4 Viewpoint

16 Recommended Reads

23 Gardening

5 Letters 6 Calendar 7 Co-op News 12 NewsClips 14 Future Generations

22 Recipes Tweak your turkey day traditions

24 Outdoors

SB 252-13 Advisory Committee wraps up with no recommendations

17 great books by Colorado authors make great reads and great gifts

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Learn to create a beautiful landscape without using plants Capture those private fleeting moments while hunting ducks

25 Energy Tips

Size up your storm door and size up some savings

29 Funny Stories 30 Discoveries

Colorado’s electric cooperatives support kids in a variety of ways



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The official publication of the Colorado Rural Electric Association || Volume 44, Number 11

OFFICERS: Bob Bledsoe [Tri-State] President; Bill Midcap [Fort Morgan] Vice President; Don Kaufman [Sangre de Cristo] Secretary; Jack Schneider [Poudre Valley] Treasurer; Kent Singer [CREA] Executive Director BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Bill Patterson [Delta-Montrose]; John Porter [Empire]; Don McClaskey [Grand Valley]; John Vader [Gunnison]; Jim Lueck [Highline]; Megan Gilman [Holy Cross]; Dan Mills, Tim Power [K.C.]; Jeff Burman [La Plata]; Stan Cazier [Mountain Parks]; B.D. Paddock [Mountain View]; Debbie Rose [San Isabel]; Eleanor Valdez [San Luis Valley]; Dave Alexander, Kevin Ritter [San Miguel]; Randy Phillips [Southeast]; Jim Jaeger, Ron Asche [United Power]; Bill Jordan [White River]; Stuart Travis [Y-W]; Scott McGill [Yampa Valley]; Basin Electric, CoBank, Moon Lake Electric, Wheatland Electric [Associate Members]

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Missed Opportunity? SB 13-252 Advisory Committee wraps up, but offers no recommendations BY KENT SINGER || CREA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR || KSINGER@COLORADOREA.ORG


There’s been a lot of discussion the last several months about SB 13-252, the bill that doubled the renewable energy requirements for Colorado’s electric co-ops. The discussion continued when Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) signed Senate Bill 13-252 into law earlier this year and also established the Advisory Committee to the Director of the Colorado Energy Office on the effectiveness of SB 13-252. This committee was comprised of a broad cross section of rural Colorado energy producers and consumers, including agricultural interests, renewable energy developers, environmental advocates and electric co-op representatives. The Executive Order creating the advisory committee created three distinct duties for the committee. The first duty was: to advise the Colorado Energy Office CEO director as to whether it was feasible for the co-ops to comply with the 20 percent renewable energy standard by 2020. According to the final report, which was issued September 30: “Advisory committee members reached consensus agreement that it is feasible to achieve the 20 percent renewable energy standard by the year 2020 assuming the use of Renewable Energy Credits or RECs as part of the resource portfolio for meeting the standard.” What this means is that all of the stakeholders agreed the new RES could be met by electric co-ops if they simply purchase renewable energy credits. But compliance through the purchase of RECs won’t result in the supposed benefits of SB 13-252 that the proponents touted during the legislative session, i.e., more green jobs, more local renewable energy development, etc. This statement demonstrates what we said all during the legislative session: SB 13-252 adds costs to the bottom lines of co-ops with little corresponding benefit to the Colorado economy. Second, the committee was to advise the CEO director on what sorts of administrative and legal questions will arise in the context of the 2 percent consumer rate cap. The advisory committee found that there are many administrative and legal considerations related to the enforcement of the 2 percent rate cap, but it declined to advise the CEO director on how the rate cap would impact the ability of the utilities to comply with the 20 percent RES. The committee generally took the position that the affected electric co-ops would implement the requirements of SB 13-252 in good faith, and that it was not necessary to clarify some of the complicated questions that surround this part of the bill. While we appreciate the nod by the advisory committee to the good faith of the electric co-ops, we remain concerned that the

language of the statute is unclear and may be challenged by folks who disagree with our interpretation. As we testified many times during the legislative hearings, the interpretation of the 2 percent retail rate cap for investor-owned utilities has been the single most litigated RES issue since Kent Singer that rate cap was enacted for the investorowned utilities. All of this leads to the last duty, which was to advise the CEO director on any related legislation necessary in the 2014 legislative session. While the committee did not reach consensus on any legislative changes (which would have required a unanimous vote), the report clearly shows that a large majority of the committee members favored some kind of mitigation to SB 13-252. In response to the question of whether additional eligible resources, such as large hydropower, should be counted toward the RES, eight members voted in favor and four members opposed. Eight members of the committee also supported including energy efficiency as an eligible resource under the RES. Clearly, all of the ag producers and utilities on the panel supported measures to lessen the costs of SB 13-252. It’s a shame that a panel like the SB 13-252 advisory committee was not appointed during the summer of 2012, prior to the start of the 2013 session. If it had been, the co-ops could have worked with those promoting more renewables to see what kind of sensible compromise could have been forged. Looking ahead, it will also be interesting to see what happens during the 2014 legislative session. While I do not think a bill to completely repeal SB 13-252 should pass, many of our member co-ops would like to see a middle ground where some of these significant issues could be resolved for a number of years. That would allow the electric co-ops to bring on more renewable resources in a reasonable manner while also allowing us in to turn our attention to what we do best: providing reliable, lowcost electric service to rural Colorado.

Kent Singer, Executive Director


[letters] The Aesthetics of Power Poles

I grew up in a rural environment. I have always had power lines, substations and transformer boxes around me. To me, that’s what keeps the lights on. The first six years of my life were without electricity. I’m happy for power lines and the ancillary accessories to deliver reasonably priced power to me and my neighbors.

Newt Burkhalter, Grand Junction

We would say aesthetics rule when there is a view involved. We are becoming increasingly concerned about taller power poles being erected in Park, Custer and Chaffee counties. We would like to see the utility companies be considerate of where they put power poles. We are wondering if the technology of transporting power will soon eliminate having to use aboveground poles at all. What is a common problem or challenge of utility companies in the West is a lack of planning for transporting energy from the source to the users. Such a plan would direct where energy is developed so it is close to those who will use it.

Bob and Katy Grether, Salida/Westcliffe

Looking at Actual Energy Costs

Everyone is talking about the increase in electricity costs in dollars due to the renewable energy requirements. Shouldn’t we be talking about the cost in terms of energy? When I was a physics professor at New Mexico State in 1975-77, a colleague analyzed the energy efficiency of coal and nuclear power plants. That is, the total energy output over the life of the plant was divided by the amount of energy required to design, build, maintain, fuel and run the plant. Coal came in at a whopping 30 while nuclear was a paltry 2.5. (Note that anything less than 1 represents an energy sink, not a source; anything not significantly more than 1 is a waste of time.) Has anyone analyzed the energy efficiency of coal, natural gas, wind and solar power plants lately?

Charles Stoyer, Grand Lake

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[Country News] [what’s inside] n Goat Milk Soap Maker n Scholarships Available n Prepare for Winter Storms n Country Kitchen

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] [web] 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] STAFF Tim Power [general manager] Chance Briscoe [office manager] Ben Orrell [member services specialist] Darrin Laverenz [operations manager] Paul Norris [operations superintendent]

Member Satisfaction Survey Results BY TIMOTHY J. POWER || GENERAL MANAGER


In August we mailed roughly 1,100 surveys to our members. By early September, we had received more than 350 completed surveys. If you were a member who received and completed a survey, thank you. We truly appreciate the feedback. Tim Power Now on to the results. 1. How much more would members be willing to spend to support renewable energy? • J ust over half of the respondents said they did not want to spend any additional money on renewables. • 3 7 percent said they would be willing to spend 1-5 percent more. 2. How much more would members be willing to spend to support a home energy efficiency program from K.C. Electric Association? • V irtually half of the respondents said they would be willing to spend 1-5 percent more. • 3 9 percent said they would not be willing to spend any additional money on such a program. 3. Have you called K.C. Electric after hours? • 54 percent said they had called after hours. • 46 percent had not. For those who had called, the next question asked how satisfied they were with the service. The choices ranged from 1 (very dissatisfied) to 10 (very satisfied). • The average score came in at 7.5.

The next four questions were the same four questions we sent out in 2010. These are the same American Customer Satisfaction Index questions used by companies across the world for various industries. 1. How satisfied is the respondent with K.C. Electric in general? The choices ranged from 1 (very dissatisfied)

to 10 (very satisfied). • The average came in at 8.5. 2. How well is K.C. Electric meeting respondents’ expectations? The choices ranged from 1 (falls short of expectations) to 10 (exceeds expectations). • The average response was 7.9. 3. H  ow does K.C. Electric compare to an ideal electric company? The choices ranged from 1 (not very close to ideal) to 10 (very close to ideal). • The average score was 8.0. 4. Would respondents choose K.C. Electric as their utility company, assuming they could choose utility companies? The choices ranged from 1 (very unlikely) to 10 (very likely). • The average response was 8.3.

So, what does all this mean to K.C. Electric? Well, let me say that this type of survey means a lot to us. The satisfaction scores tell us we are doing a good job. We are proud that we are meeting and exceeding expectations for our members, but we know we can still get better. While we would love to have every member score us a “10” on these surveys, we realize that is unrealistic. But it is good to know that, for the most part, we are providing the services our members value. We will continue to do that, while also looking for new ways to make your experience with K.C. Electric even better. (Win* Tom Ridnour 1003800002) But please realize that you do not need to wait until another member survey is mailed to voice your comments (good or bad). You can drop us an email at, send us a letter, give us a call or stop by one of our offices. Whether it is regarding a payment issue, an outage, a new service hookup or something else, we will work with you to address your concerns.

Thanks again to all survey participants. November 2013 7



When I heard that one of our K.C. Electric Association members was making goat milk soap. I was interested but, like most interviews, I had no idea where it would lead. Bobbie Brent agreed to meet with me and give me the finer points of soap making. She, her husband and three children live 5 miles north of Arriba. Bobbie met me at the door, and within seconds I realized that she has a real passion for her product but it didn’t come easily. She pointed out that three years ago she was given a bar of a similar product and really didn’t want to try it. The idea of using the product simply didn’t appeal to her. Finally she talked herself into trying it. She said she noticed a dramatic difference in her skin after just one use. After a few uses she was hooked, totally hooked. She began to research the whole soap business. Bobbie was quick to point out that she never envisioned herself as an entrepreneur and most assuredly did not see herself in the soap business. What changed her was this terrific product. It was so good that she wanted it for her family and also to share it with others. She made her first batch a little over a year ago and began selling in October of 2012. I wondered aloud if Bobbie got her first recipes from the Internet. “No,” she said, “I read some books on the subject and then came up with my own recipe.” She had a couple of goats at the time and used the milk from them. They are gone now and she uses powdered goat milk. She insisted that making soap is not a complicated process, but as we talked I realized that there is a lot of chemistry involved in the process. I even questioned if she was chemistry major. She laughed and assured me she had learned all this on her own. She tossed around words like caprylic acids, sodium hydroxide, potassium hydroxide and saponification. More on those later. Bobbie’s soap contains coconut oil, pomace, olive oil, lard and castor oil. Those are mixed together and heated to 110 degrees. That is mixed together with 8 Novezmber 2013

powdered goat milk then mixed with lye. (The amount of lye can be found using an online lye calculator). A chemical process occurs and breaks down the lye. The final soap product has no lye in it. The coconut oil serves as an excellent cleanser, the lard is a conditioner and the castor oil adds bubbles to increase the cleaning process. Without the olive oil and castor oil, the soap would be slimy rather than the pleasing product that is possible with those

the pH of the soap. Potassium hydroxide is used to make soft soap or liquid soap because of its You can order Bobbie’s wonderful goat milk soap at greater solubility, and sodium hydroxide is used to make bar soap. OK, enough of that techniingredients. Why goat milk, I asked. Why cal stuff. Soap making is supposed to be not cow’s milk? Goat milk has a higher fun. (Camilla Hoyda 303130017) amount of caprylic acids and that lowers Spending a few minutes with Bobbie the pH of the final product. highlighted the fun side. She loves this Bobbie makes 30 bars at a time. After process and she loves the final product. the batch is thoroughly mixed, it is She wants to keep the price down so more poured into a brick mold. It then sets for people will use it. She has chosen to not 24 hours. After that, it is removed and sets make her craft artsy because that would for another 4-6 hours before being cut increase the price. She wants a basic into individual bars. Once cut, it is placed product that is affordable. She knows that into an old dresser drawer (with space if people try it they will also love it. between each bar) to cure for 6-8 weeks. At present Bobbie makes only solid During that curing process it loses 90 per- soap bars. She has soap for women as well cent of the water that had been added. It is as men. She hopes to someday branch then ready to be wrapped and labeled. out into liquid soap, candles and possibly Now as promised, some discussion of a blog about skin care. Since Christmas the terms listed earlier. The word sais coming I asked Bobbie if she needed ponification literally means soap making. advance notice from people wanting to Saponification is the name given to the buy in quantity for gifts. “No,” she said, chemical reaction that occurs when a “I always have 60 or more bars ready vegetable oil or animal fat is mixed with with more curing.” If you want a unique a strong alkali. The products of the reacChristmas gift from the eastern plains tion are two: soap and glycerin. Water of Colorado, this would be a good start. is also present, but it does not enter into Bobbie’s website is the chemical reaction. The water is only a Clean, not harsh, good for the skin and vehicle for the alkali, which is otherwise affordable. That is what Bobbie strives for. a dry powder. Caprylic acids are natuWho knew? I always thought goat milk ral components of goat milk and lower was for drinking and making cheese.

[Country News] Scholarship Program Requirements

Scholarships Available K.C. Electric Association would like to make you aware of scholarships that are available to high school seniors who are served by K.C. Electric: • Two $1,000 scholarships from K.C. Electric Association • One $1,000 scholarship from Basin Electric Power Cooperative • Two $500 scholarships from Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association One application makes the student eligible for all of the above scholarships. Application forms and copies of rules and procedures for the scholarships are available online at Additional copies are available by calling Ben Orrell at K.C. Electric at 800-700-3123. Applications must be received at K.C. Electric by January 9, 2014, which is the second Thursday in January. Mail your application to: K.C. Electric Association, Inc. Attn.: Ben Orrell PO Box 8 Hugo, CO 80821

Scholarships may be used at any college, university or trade school. • Complete the application, attaching additional sheets if needed. • Applicant must be a high school senior with a minimum grade point average of 2.5. • Enclose student’s most recent high school academic transcript. • Enclose a copy of student’s college entrance examination scores (ACT and/or SAT). • Enclose an essay written by the student (details of essay are in the application). • Enclose one letter of reference from a teacher, counselor or employer. • Parents or legal guardian(s) must be consumers or persons receiving electric service from K.C. Electric Association. • Please enclose a recent photo of student. (Alvin Kisner 610900026) Please make sure that every senior gets this information. Note: Applications have changed.

“Thanksgiving dinners take 18 hours to prepare. They are consumed in 12 minutes. Halftime takes 12 minutes. This is not coincidence.” Erma Bombeck

CLAIM YOUR CREDIT ON YOUR BILL 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 September, Jerry Schulte of Stratton called to win a prize and Margie Schiferl of Flagler, Larry Mangus of Burlington, Mirian Hart of Arriba and George Stahlecker of Bethune 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).

Quick Tips During a Winter Power Outage • Dress warmly. Several layers of clothing provide better insulation than a single layer of heavier clothing. • Move to a single room, preferably one with few windows. Ideally, this room should be on the south side of the home for maximum heat gain in the daytime. The room should also be shut off from the rest of the house. • If you use an alternate heat source, be sure to follow operating instructions. • Leave a small stream of water on to prevent your water pipes from freezing. November 2013 9

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Preparing for Power Outages from Winter Storms


Winter can be a beautiful time of the year with white snow and sparkling ice, but that same winter weather can also wreak havoc on communities. It can cause roads to be treacherous, schools to be closed and sometimes your power to go out. Making plans now for a potential power outage can make riding out a prolonged power outage safer and more comfortable. A good way to help keep your family safe and comfortable during a winter storm is to put an emergency kit together. Safe Electricity offers the following list of items to help you prepare your kit: d Water: Stock up on bottled water for consumption d Food: Have at least enough for three to seven days that includes non-perishable packaged or canned foods, juices, foods for infants or the elderly, and snack foods d Utensils: include a non-electric can opener, cooking tools, paper plates and plastic utensils d Blankets: Have pillows and warm clothing items handy d First aid kit, medicine and prescription drugs d Toiletries: Include hygiene items and moist towelettes d Flashlights and batteries — be sure to include extra batteries d Radio and clock: Use battery-operated radios and clocks; also consider purchasing a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radio d Telephone: Keep cell phone chargers (wall, car and/or solar) or a traditional (not cordless) telephone set on hand d Emergency numbers: Keep a list of emergency telephone numbers, including the local utility company d Cash and credit cards d Important documents d Tools: Include duct tape, screwdrivers, pliers, wrench, work gloves, safety goggles, etc. d Toys, books and games d Pet care items d Supplies for any alternate heating methods your home may have, such as a fireplace or wood-burning stove For more information on how to prepare for a winter storm and how to keep your family safe during and after a winter storm, visit

THE COUNTRY KITCHEN EASY BLENDER HOLLANDAISE SAUCE 3 egg yolks 2 tablespoons boiling water ½ pound melted butter 1 tablespoon lemon juice Dash of cayenne pepper Salt to taste Put egg yolks in blender. Turn to low speed. Slowly add the boiling water and then add the butter very slowly in a thin stream. Add the lemon juice. Stir in cayenne and salt. Taste and correct seasoning. Store in refrigerator. Reheat slowly. Makes 1 ¼ cups of smooth, buttery, tart sauce. Good with fish, eggs and vegetables, such as broccoli and asparagus. Can make using only 1/4 cup butter and it comes out beautifully and reduces the calories but only yields 1 cup. Donna Smethers, Hugo

TURKEY CASSEROLE Make the night before. A good way to use leftover turkey. 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni 2 cups turkey or chicken, cooked and diced 1 can cream of chicken soup 3 cups milk ½ pound cheddar cheese, shredded Place all ingredients into 9- by 13-inch pan. Stir until well blended. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Uncover and bake 1 hour at 350 degrees. Serves six. Lila Taylor, Stratton

If you’re expecting guests for holiday festivities, consider giving your heating unit a break. With the oven cranked up and the house packed with people, the temperature will rise on its own. Also make sure it has a clean filter so it can work as efficiently as possible all winter long. Find more ways to save at 10 November 2013 September 2012 11


Co-op Bikers Raise Money for Heating Bills


Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives bike team raised nearly $3,500 for Energy Outreach Colorado as its members rode 174 miles September 21-22 during Pedal the Plains. The team, which included riders, friends and members from the Colorado Rural Electric Association, Colorado Country Life, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Morgan Country REA, San Isabel Electric and United Power, rode with more than 750 bicyclists from Eads to Lamar to La Junta and back to Eads in southeastern Colorado. The second annual tour is a celebration of Colorado’s rural plains, bringing urban riders to electric co-op territory, often to places they’ve never visited. Special thanks to those riding for the co-ops this year: Rose Cronk, Dave Frick, Kyle Frick, Gregg Goodrich, Kimber Hansen, Jeffrey Lines, Brenden Long, Larry Modesitt, Tamra Rudolph, Kent Singer, Donna Wallin and Howard Wallin.


Output at Tri-State wind farm upped 36 percent


The expansion of Colorado’s newest renewable energy facility is complete, with the Colorado Highlands Wind project now capable of generating 91 megawatts of electricity for Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, which supplies power to 18 of Colorado’s 22 electric co-ops. The facility originally came online in December of 2012, with 42 1.6-megawatt turbines able to produce 67 megawatts of power. The expansion — which was announced in April and began construction in July — consists of an additional 14 1.7-megawatt turbines, increasing the facility’s total current capacity by 36 percent. Tri-State has a 20-year power purchase agreement to receive all the electricity and environmental attributes from the wind farm, located on 6,640 acres in northeastern Colorado’s Logan County — in the service territory of Tri-State member co-op Highline Electric Association.

Colorado Highlands Wind Project is now capable of generating 91 megawatts of electricity.

The Colorado Touchstone Energy Team 2013 (top) gets ready to start the tour in Eads. Teammate Rose Cronk (left), a member Morgan County Rural Electric, models the team’s jersey.

Americans Favor Co-ops


Of the one-third of Americans who are members of cooperatives, including electric co-ops, nearly 80 percent feel co-ops can be counted on to meet their needs. Only 67 percent feel the same way about forprofit businesses, according to results from a survey by the National Cooperative Business Association and the Consumer Federation of America. “At a time when the entire business community is focused on demonstrating shared value and social responsibility, it’s gratifying to know that Americans continue to place their trust in memberowned, democratically governed cooperative business enterprises,” said NCBA CEO Liz Bailey. More information on the survey is available at — Solutions News Bulletin 12 November 2013 November 2013 13



Empire Electric Association offers bucket rides and a safety demonstration to Dolores Elementary students on Career Day.


Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association gets involved with kids and their families at several functions throughout its territory including local events (left, Splash Dogs) and at safety demonstrations.

MCREA Member Services Representative, Bill Annan leads an electrical safety presentation to students at Wiggins Elementary. The co-op also hosts an annual invitational golf tournament to raise money for its electrical line worker scholarship program.

Empowering Future Generations

Colorado’s electric cooperatives support kids in a variety of ways BY AMY HIGGINS || EDITORIAL ASSISTANT/WRITER || AHIGGINS@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG

For more than 75 years, generations of kids have grown up in electric cooperative territories.


Colorado youth were important in the electric co-op community then, and they will continue to be over the next 75 years and beyond; they are the individuals who will one day make decisions for their co-ops as member-owners. So, electric co-ops teach and preach electrical safety to keep them out of harm’s way. This wonderful commodity keeps the lights on but it can also be dangerous and must be treated with care. To educate youth about the benefits of electricity and how to stay safe near it, electric co-ops provide electrical safety demonstrations at local schools and events. One example is Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association’s Legendary Electrical Safety Demonstration that teaches children basic electric safety measures using props and electricity. This demonstration can

be found at schools and events throughout northern Colorado several times a year. K.C. Electric Association, Mountain View Electric Association and Tri-State Generation and Transmission work together to provide a similar safety demonstration in a program called Farm Safety 4 Just Kids. Staying on topic in promoting safety, K.C. Electric’s board of directors recently approved the purchase of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for every high school in the K.C. Electric service area. All of Colorado’s electric co-ops are involved with the kids in our communities in a variety of ways. Here are other examples of how they support our youth: [continued on page 26] 14 November 2013

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Legends, love stories, history, murder mysteries. Each of these themes and others can be found on this year’s list of intriguing Colorado books featured in our 17th annual book review issue. This November we’ve put the spotlight on several first-time novelists as well as other authors you may not be familiar with. Pick your favorites and settle in for a good read. 16 November 2013

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Legends Lost

By Charlie Mac (Filter Press, $24.95)

Everyone thinks that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid died in Bolivia after years of running from the law. But what if they didn’t? First-time Colorado author Charlie Mac explores what might have happened if Cassidy and the Kid had managed to escape after that gunfight in South America. His story sees them living off the profits of their wild youth, though now as law-abiding business owners and family men, one in New York City and one in the American West. Their past, however, comes back to haunt them. Among the relics of their heyday is a journal with evidence incriminating some powerful people in the assassination of President Lincoln, and those powerful people will do anything to keep the journal’s contents secret. Cassidy and the Kid have to dredge up the outlaw days in order to fight back, but the stakes are higher than they were the last time. This time, they have family and loved ones to keep out of the line of fire. Complex and creative, Legends Lost represents a significant achievement for a first-time novelist, who has since written three additional novels. Find out more about Legends Lost at

Mariano’s Crossing

High Grade

By David M. Jessup Lena is Mariano (Pronghorn Press, $22.95)

By D. Lincoln Jones (David Lincoln Jones, $14.99)

Medina’s pride and joy. The white men might hate his wealth and mock his broken English, but they could not deny the beauty and talent of his daughter. He might be kept down by his Hispanic heritage, but she would rise above, even if it means sacrificing everything. Mariano’s wife, Takansky, however, despises her husband’s hopes for their daughter. Lena should be riding bareback with the wind, like she herself once did, back before she met Mariano, when she was free to live the ways of her tribe. But nobody asks what Lena wants. Does she even know? Desiring to please both father and mother, as well as her young love John Alexander, leaves no place for her own voice to speak up. Mariano’s Crossing is a tale of family and tragedy in the early days of Colorado. Look up this book by first-time Colorado novelist David M. Jessup at

A bloody battle leaves Union Army Captain Benjamin Jones nearly dead, his memory wiped away by a horrible head wound. He sets out for High Grade, Colorado, to make a new life for himself, all the while trying to remember any loved ones he might have left behind. But as he starts to connect to his new home and the beautiful Molly, his returning memories begin to complicate matters. Should he settle into his new identity and allow himself to love Molly, or should he remain faithful to a wife and a family he can barely remember, who may not even be alive? Meanwhile, Ben’s adult son Matt searches for his lost father, struggling to understand why his father would abandon him. How could such a loving father run away to the West? A creative tale of love, faith and family, High Grade is surprisingly well-written for a debut novel from a self-published author. For a heartwarming read, find this book at or

fiction One More Dance

Journey to Sand Castle

By Kay Francis (Xlibris, $19.99)

By Leslee Breene (CreateSpace, $15.00)

Beth has just put her life together after losing her husband in a plane crash three years ago. When it first happened she didn’t know if she could go on, but she found a way to fill the void with friends, horseback riding and a newfound freedom. So when an old sweetheart literally comes knocking on her door, the decision is difficult: Should she sacrifice her hard-fought peace for the chance of a new romance? When she is faced with the reality that loving again means the possibility of losing again, will Beth be able to open up her heart all the way? A heartwarming, inspiring story of widowhood and love in middle age, One More Dance is Colorado author Kay Francis’ first novel and comes out of her own experience of spousal death and remarriage. To learn more, find this book on

murder mysteries

When Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans, Tess goes from being a divorced schoolteacher to homeless refugee and sudden caretaker of a young girl. With nowhere to go and everything in chaos, her only option is to travel to Sand Castle, Colorado, to see if she can find her young charge’s only living relative, her estranged grandfather. Finding work as a cook for a single rancher, Tess has no choice in what she sees as a temporary situation and longs for the day when she can be free and independent once again. But as things only get more complicated, she finds herself tied all the more closely to the girl and her new employer, the kind and handsome rancher. Tess resists, reminding herself of the pain and crippling responsibility that comes along when you open your heart. A tender tale of love, family and healing, Journey to Sand Castle is a wonderful addition to Colorado author Leslee Breene’s previous romance novel publications. Look up this book and more about the author at

Moonshine Murder

The Missings

Fatal Descent

By Erin S. Gray (Whooodoo Mysteries, $12.99)

By Peg Brantley (Bark Publishing LLC, $13.99)

By Beth Groundwater (Midnight Ink Books, $14.99)

Leona Giovanni is told that her father died from drinking tainted moonshine. But how could this be possible, since he never drank? Questions lead her to Durango, Colorado, into the secret life she finds her papa led. Though she first joins with a government agent in order to bring down the bootleggers who made the poisoned moonshine, she finds her loyalties divided. These people were her father’s friends, and the dynamic Irishman Rusty is handsome enough to turn her head. How can she both protect her new friends and her new love from arrest and still bring her papa’s killers to justice? Look up Moonshine Murder at for a short yet riveting read by this southwestern Colorado author.

The scenes are grisly beyond anything Detective Chase Waters has seen before, and he’s seen a lot. Corpses tossed in dumpsters or on hiking trails. No identification, no missing person reports and, more disturbingly, no organs. And nobody is talking. Since all of the victims are Hispanic, Detective Waters tries to penetrate the close-knit community of illegal Mexican immigrants in Aspen Falls, Colorado, only to face the silence of their warranted suspicion of government authority. Fast-paced and frighteningly suspenseful, The Missings is a classic whodunit crime novel by a Colorado native. Though the ending is a bit predictable, it’s still an entertaining read for mystery lovers and can be easily purchased from major online retailers.

Mandy Tanner is ready to lead a rafting and climbing trip on the Colorado River. Four days away from civilization in the beautiful canyons of Utah should be nothing but fun … right? But when one of the clients ends up dead on their first night out, apparently from a bear attack, Mandy and the other guides must search desperately for a way to get help. It looks like their only option will be what they originally planned: four days down the river. But what if the client wasn’t killed by a bear? What if it was one of the other expedition members … and what if the killing isn’t finished? Yet another heart-pounding rafting murder mystery by Colorado author Beth Groundwater, Fatal Descent lives up to the excitement of the previous books in the RM Mountain Adventures series. This gripping installment to the series can be found online, at major bookstores or at www.midnight [continued on page 18] November 2013 17

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murder mysteries The Bride Collector

He chooses them for their beauty. He loves them as his special ones, special to him, special to God. He selects them and sends them on their way to eternity … by drilling holes in their heels to let the blood drain out and leaving them hung up as perfect, death-pale brides. Colorado FBI Special Agent Brad Raines just can’t seem to get ahead of this killer. He can only inch along small clue by small clue, while the Bride Collector has already selected his next victim. Brad is running out of options. Then he meets Paradise, a psychotically disturbed woman in a mental institution who has a unique insight into the murderer. But tormented by her own innumerable demons, will she be able to help Brad catch the monster he’s chasing? In The Bride Collector, former Coloradan Ted Dekker offers yet another nail-biting, heart-pounding horror thriller of spiritual proportions. Find this riveting read online at major retailers or

By Ted Dekker (Center Street, $24.99)

nonfiction Dead Run

By Dan Schultz (St. Martin’s Press, $25.99)

On a sunny May morning in 1998, Police Officer Dale Claxton of Cortez pulled over a water truck that had been reported stolen. His subsequent brutal murder led to what is called the greatest manhunt in the history of the American West. Three young men took their paramilitary hobbies seriously enough to create their master plan, a plan disrupted by the intrusion of Officer Claxton. After mowing him down with automatic weapons, they disappeared into the wilderness, able to avoid the collective resources of police departments from three states and numerous counties, the FBI and the Colorado National Guard. Writer and historian Dan Schultz pieces together conflicting accounts, innumerable interviews and reports, and scraps of evidence to attempt a clearer picture of what exactly happened on that day in May and in the following days, months and years of searching for the suspects. What emerges is a true story of epic and tragic proportions, a story that seems to belong more in the days of the Old West than in the 20st century. Well-researched and intelligently written, Dead Run can be found at major bookstores or 18 November 2013

The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels By Ree Drummond (William Morrow, $25.99)

Ree Drummond had no intention of staying in Oklahoma, much less settling down with a cowboy. On a ranch. In the middle of nowhere. But when the steamy, dreamy, deep-voiced Marlboro Man walks into her life, Ree’s dreams of living in the big city just don’t seem that glamorous anymore. The true story could have taken place anywhere in the American West and Ree’s hilarious, whirlwind romance with the rancher, now her husband, will prove laugh-out-loud entertaining for any Colorado ranch wife. Better known today as popular food blogger The Pioneer Woman, Ree writes with self-deprecating, wisdom-filled insights about her massive life change from insecure city girl to woman growing in selfless love for a man and his wild, dirty, beautiful life in the country. From making steak instead of linguine to getting bucked off a horse and learning that high heels are not practical ranch attire, this relatable true love story will keep you giggling, oohing, aahing, and crying sympathetically until the end. Look up this fun, real-life read in major bookstores or online.

Heroes, Villains, Dames & Disasters: 150 Years of Front-Page Stories from the Rocky Mountain News By Michael Madigan (MadIdeas, $29.95)

From floods to fire, wars to women’s voting rights, Colorado has seen it all. And from 1859 to 2009, the Rocky Mountain News recorded it all in historic news stories for 150 years with award-winning journalism. This compilation of famous headlines has been put together by former Rocky editor Michael Madigan and is a fascinating read for just about anyone. Pictures and copies of original articles are interspersed with Madigan’s commentary on Colorado and journalism history. Selections in chronological order range from worldwide events like the beginning of World War I and the sinking of the Titanic to more local items, such as the opening of the Eisenhower Tunnel, the tragedy of the Storm King Mountain fire and the winning of the Broncos’ first Super Bowl. The result is a wealth of interesting facts on the history of the nation, the rise of the state of Colorado, and the development of the art of the newspaper. Heroes, Villains, Dames & Disasters is a perfect read or coffee-table book for anyone who loves the real-life excitement of history, recorded by people who lived when history was happening. Find out more about this great book at michaelmadigan

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nonfiction Best Hikes with Kids: Colorado

How the Hot Dog Found Its Bun

By Maureen Keilty (The Mountaineers Books, $19.95)

By Josh Chetwynd Illustrations by David Cole Wheeler (Lyons Press, $14.95)

Hiking in Colorado is always fun, but it can be difficult to figure out which hikes are best for family day trips into the mountains. Maureen Keilty has eliminated the guesswork by creating a book just for parents to help them find the most fun, educational and easy trails for kids. With maps, pictures and detailed descriptions, this guide also includes tips for hiking with children and teaching them about the wilderness. The 100 listed trails are easily accessible from the urban centers of Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Grand Junction and Durango, covering some of the best outdoor areas of the state. The book even includes lists of things to do close to the trails like campgrounds and additional outdoor activities. For family hiking fun, find this book at

49 Trout Streams of Southern Colorado

From the Animas River to Willow Creek, avid fishermen Mark Williams and Chad McPhail traveled southern Colorado to find the best tips and tricks for catching beautiful trout. This resulting guide includes detailed color photographs, maps and suggested fishing techniques and flies, as well as the occasional fun fact about nearby towns and attractions. Find this helpful, and beautiful, book at

By Mark D. Williams and W. Chad McPhail (University of New Mexico Press, $27.95)

Have you ever wondered who invented the iconic taste of CocaCola? Or why graham crackers are called graham crackers? Maybe you’ve wondered who first came up with the idea of Twinkies. If so, then this book is definitely for you. Colorado journalist and author Josh Chetwynd tracks down the truth of crazy food accidents that led to the creation of some of America’s most famous eats. While some stories include as much legend as fact, the tall tales still reveal a lot about commercial food products, how they are marketed and how sometimes, just sometimes, luck can bless an unknowing home cook who just happens to mix up the next best thing to hit the shelves. For laughs and facts all about food, look up this little book at

Best Tent Camping: Colorado, 5th Edition

Colorado has a ton of great places to camp, but sometimes it can be hard to know where to go. Look no further than Best Tent Camping: Colorado. With maps of 50 campgrounds all over the state, this comprehensive guide also includes helpful information on fees, rules and amenities, as well as ratings on privacy, cleanness, quiet and beauty. Each entry also has GPS coordinates and navigation information to make each campground easy to find. To start planning your next camping trip today, find this book at By Kim Lipker and Johnny Molloy (Menasha Ridge Press, $15.95)

Tasting Colorado: Favorite Recipes from the Centennial State By Michele Morris (Far Country Press, $29.95)

Anyone who has lived in or visited Colorado for long knows that the state provides a treat for the palate as well as the eyes. Super-sweet peaches, green chili, buffalo meat and fresh produce are just a few of the mouthwatering Colorado ingredients featured in this statespecific cookbook that includes everything from breakfast to dessert, appetizers to main entrees. Each recipe was specially selected from the menus of iconic eateries from around the state, including famous locations like Hotel Boulderado and The Buckhorn Exchange. For a tasty bite of Colorado cuisine in your own kitchen, find this book at farcountrypress. com.

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Tweak Your Turkey Day Traditions

This year, don’t be afraid to cook up a new dish for the holidays BY AMY HIGGINS || AHIGGINS@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG Cool Before Carving

The intense heat from the oven pushes the juices to the center of the turkey, so take a 30-minute break before cutting the first slice. During that time the juices will spread through the entire turkey, giving you more moist slices.

A Trusty Crust

To ensure your holiday pies have a flaky crust, use ice-cold butter. Warm butter mixes too thoroughly with flour, which creates a crumbly crust.

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When you think of Thanksgiving, chances are you already have the menu memorized because people tend to stick to the standard fare. Green bean casserole, creamy mashed potatoes and piping hot biscuits come to mind. But if you’re looking for a change or want to add something to your existing arrangement, try one of these goodies. Just a taste could convince you to rewrite your traditional Thanksgiving menu.

Barbecue Roast Turkey 1 10- to 12-pound turkey 1/4 cup butter, softened 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 3 lemons 2 small onions, quartered 3 cups prepared barbecue sauce 2 teaspoons soy sauce 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1 bay leaf Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Rinse turkey inside and out. Pat dry. In small bowl, combine butter, minced garlic, salt and pepper. Loosen skin of turkey and rub butter between skin and meat. Place lemons and onion inside cavity of turkey. Tie legs with kitchen string. Combine barbecue sauce, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and bay leaf in saucepan. Simmer 30 minutes to blend flavors. Discard bay leaf. Set aside 2 cups for basting and 1 cup for serving. Place turkey on rack in heavy, large roasting pan. Roast 1 hour, then reduce heat to 325 degrees. Brush turkey using the 2 cups of barbecue sauce mixture. Roast 20 minutes. Brush with barbecue sauce every 20 minutes, about 1 hour 10 minutes longer, for a total of 2 1/2 hours or until meat thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh registers 175 degrees. If turkey gets too brown, cover with foil while roasting. Transfer turkey to platter. Cover loosely with foil and let rest 30 minutes before slicing. Serve immediately with remaining cup of barbecue sauce mixture. Source: The Association of Dressings and Sauces 22 November 2013

Butternut Squash and Linguine

1/2 box linguine 2 teaspoons olive oil 1 tablespoon minced garlic 4 cups butternut squash, cut into 1-inch pieces 1/2 cup dry white wine or reduced-sodium, fat free chicken broth 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup chopped fresh sage or 4 teaspoons dried sage 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese, blue cheese or shredded Parmesan cheese Crumbled cooked prosciutto or bacon, optional Additional cheese, optional Toasted chopped walnuts, optional Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and return to pan; cover and keep warm. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add garlic; cook and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in squash, wine and salt. Simmer 12 to 15 minutes just until squash is tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in sage. Toss squash with pasta and cheese. Sprinkle with prosciutto, additional cheese and walnuts, if desired. Source: Dreamfields Pasta


Setting the Scenery Sans Flora

Creating a beautiful landscape doesn’t require using foliage BY EVA ROSE MONTANE || ABUNDANTEARTHGARDENS.COM || GARDENING@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG


Wintertime is looming, and while the Colorado weather will allow us moments to work in the yard, most of our outdoor efforts will be enjoyed in the upcoming spring. But it’s not too soon to get your thinking cap on and develop a blueprint of your ideal yard when the weather warms up. For some folks, foliage just isn’t a fit. Believe it or not, I’ve had several clients in the last year ask for landscape designs without any plants. At first I thought, “You’re kidding, right?” But it turns out it has been fun to stretch my creativity and professional know-how to give them what they’ve asked for. There are many attractive materials with which we can cover the ground other than lava rock, cement and gray gravel, which I really wouldn’t put in the “attractive” category anyway. A wide diversity of stone products exist including natural sandstones, flagstone, boulders, cobble, crusher fines and pea gravel as well as manufactured stone pavers, which are sturdy and can be made to look natural. The art comes in combining the right ones in the right quantities to make an area inviting, comfortable and interesting. What we choose to cover the ground with in our outdoor living area can help to differentiate between outdoor “rooms” and different purposes for which they are used: entertaining, a quiet escape, playing games or preparing or eating food. Making use of the vertical and overhead planes also goes a long way to make a space feel cozy and desirable. Placing an arbor over a main entry path or at the point where a path turns can add interest, allowing a moment for the person on that path to take in the view framed by the arbor. Likewise, an arbor over a patio can define a space, welcoming guests to sit and relax. Shade sails are another plant-free way to create a comfortable space and make use of the overhead plane. The added bonus is you can remove them in the winter to take advantage of the sunlight. Sculptures are also a great use of the vertical

plane. They add a focal point that can be enjoyed all year long, as opposed to the fleeting beauty of flowers. My current favorite variety is referred to as wind sculptures. They are made of metal, are poised on the top of a post and have parts that move as the wind blows. They come in many attractive varieties including organic shapes that look like flowers. The metal can be weathered or shiny and vary from simple to complex. As a devout plant lover, I do not encourage omitting plants; rather I want to make known the vast array of possibilities that exist and that plenty of enjoyment can still be had in your home’s outdoors even if you are not a lover of flora. Think outside the box. Look at what other people are doing. Peek in home and garden type magazines and websites, such as or I can’t keep my integrity intact and tell you that there is any such thing as a landscape with no maintenance. However, it is true that weeds, dust and dirt can be dramatically reduced depending on how you choose to lay out your landscape in the absence of plant material. Stone, rock and metal do require less maintenance than biological organisms, so maintenance will be greatly minimized. Keep in mind that it’s not all or nothing. You can plant a few large shrubs or small trees to soften the edges and create shade, or add some large planters to make a statement. Whether your aversion to planting flora is your lack of experience as a gardener or you have plant allergies, you still deserve to spend time relaxing in your beautiful yard.

This landscape demonstrates what can be done using an arbor at the entrance and elevation changes to create a welcoming sitting space with very little plant material.

Shade sails add color and graceful shade to a landscape, and are easy to remove when it’s time to enjoy the winter sun.

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What You’re Really Hunting For It’s not just the ducks that are anticipated at the pond BY DENNIS SMITH


Team member Kent Singer at the finish.

Colorado Touchstone Energy Co-ops Team

Electric Co-ops in Action We did it again. Pedal the Plains was a big success. The team was able to collect $3,500 in donations for Energy Outreach Colorado. “It’s a wonderful ride, meeting new friends and seeing the wide open spaces,” says Donna Wallin, team captain. “We have such a great group of riders.”

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I’ve always found it a pleasant mystery that, while sitting in a duck blind at dawn, you can be positively feverish with nerve-wracking anticipation one minute only to be so distracted by the unfolding beauty of the waking marsh that you almost forget what you came for. I know; it sounds corny. After all, you didn’t get up at 3 a.m., bolt two cups of coffee, drive for an hour-and-a-half through fog and gloom, pull on heavy coats and waders, then hump a back-breaking load of decoys, shotguns and gear across foot-sucking muck and meadow bog in the dark to sit on your butt and wax poetic about sunrise in a swamp. You came to bag a brace of mallards, teals or redheads. You came so you could marvel at their aerial acrobatics and striking plumage, or maybe collect a gorgeous wood duck drake for the wall in your den. And later in the day, to marinate finger-thick slices of plump duck medallions in whiskey and apricot jam, bundle them together with strips of red bell pepper, portobello mushrooms and sweet green leek, wrap them all up in bacon and pop them on a sizzling hot grill. You came for the gratifying accomplishment of sharing this exotic fare with family and friends. You came for the harvest. But mainly, you came to shoot some ducks, to watch your dog crash fearlessly into the swamp, returning with sparkling eyes and wagging tail to deliver the prize. You came to laugh and spend a day afield with the boys. You came for the chills, thrills and adrenaline rush that culminate from the slightest hint of a duck in the sky. You came for the adventure. You’ll have it all soon enough if the autumn winds blow favorably and the birds come winging in with the dawn. But then, just for a bit, after the decoys have all been set, after the dog has run off its nervous energy and the guns are racked and ready, you sit back to relax, pass around the thermos and wait for legal shooting light. In those quiet, fleeting moments between dark and full dawn, the magic happens: The black of night fades to steel blue, the stars melt away and a billowy blanket of gray creeps across the eastern horizon, turning pastel pink, then scarlet. Suddenly, the decoys appear to be floating on an upside-down sky of salmon, pink and orange clouds streaked with gold and cobalt blue. Behind you in the cattails, voles and meadow mice begin to rustle, a pheasant crows in the distance, a flock of geese lifts from a roost nearby raising a cacophony of honks and yelps on the way to distant crop fields. The air is cool, damp and heavy with the scent of mud, marsh grass and swamp water. There’s not a duck in sight but you almost don’t care, and you find yourself thinking: This is what you really came for. And it really is.

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Even though a door is a relatively small area as compared to the entire wall area of a house, just one door can lose a significant amount of energy. Even insulated doors typically have some glass, which has lower insulation value, and inadequate weather stripping will allow air to leak through. Make sure your primary doors are as airtight as possible before buying a storm door. Adding storm doors can certainly improve the energy efficiency of almost any house, but they are not designed to correct efficiency problems of an old, warped primary door. If possible, purchase replacement weather stripping for your existing doors from the original manufacturer. If you can’t find it, most home improvement stores sell many styles of generic weather stripping that should fit. Pry off the old door molding, fill any gaps around the framing with foam insulation that does not expand and caulk around the door frame. Buying an aluminum storm door and installing it yourself is the typical low-cost option. They’re lightweight and made to fit standardsized openings, so installing one is a simple do-it-yourself project. A quality storm This white aluminum storm door features door can increase decorative glass and energy efficiency. The a contemporary storm door construcdeco-style handle. tion is important for a nice appearance, long life and security. It must withstand a lot of abuse, so don’t just pick the cheapest one. From strictly an energy efficiency standpoint, though, the most important factors are the dead air space between the storm and primary doors and how well wind is blocked. For more information on storm doors, visit Click on Energy Tips. November 2013 25

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• Y-W Electric Association donates time and truck hours to repair ball field lights and money to 4-H and FFA organizations. • W hite River Electric Association provides and cooks fresh fish for the annual school district “Welcome Back Faculty and Staff” family picnic, which helps start the school year for the school district’s employees and their families. It also hosts an annual golf tournament to raise money for the Meeker High School athletic department. • San Isabel Electric Association often sells popcorn, snow cones and cotton candy to raise money for local schools. • K.C. regularly purchases advertising in support of local, regional and state youth sports including baseball, track, basketball, volleyball and football. In addition, this year 31 electric co-ops, Tri-State Generation and Transmission, the Colorado Rural Electric Association and Colorado Country Life will help sponsor the Rocky Mountain PBS television program “Matchwits,” a statewide high school academic contest. “We are excited to celebrate scholastic excellence under Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives banner,” said San Isabel Electric Association’s Communications Manager Ashley Valdez. “This program, like the (Colorado State Fair) Livestock Sale, will leave a lasting legacy in the communities we serve in developing future leaders.”



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[funny stories] While attending a marriage seminar dealing with communication, Tom and his wife, Grace, listened to the speaker. “It’s essential that husbands and wives know each other’s likes and dislikes,” the speaker said. He turned to Tom and asked, “Can you name your wife’s favorite flower?” Tom leaned over, gently touched his wife’s arm and whispered, “It’s Pillsbury, isn’t it?”

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An elderly woman decided to prepare her will. She told her preacher that she had two requests. First, she wanted to be cremated. Second, she wanted her ashes scattered all over Walmart. “Walmart?” the preacher exclaimed. “Why Walmart?” The elderly woman replied, “Then I’ll be sure my daughter visits me twice a week.” Loreta Dressel, Nathrop

A father of five won a toy at a church raffle. He called his kids together to decide which one should have the prize. “Who never talks back to Mommy?” he asked. “Who does everything she says?” In unison, five small voices replied, “OK, Daddy. You get the toy.” Taylor Hudnall, Fort Collins

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A skydiving instructor was giving instructions to a very nervous rookie sky diver. “When you jump from the plane, count to 10 and pull the red rip cord,” he said. “If that parachute doesn’t work, pull the other rip cord immediately. There will be a truck at your landing site to take you back to the airfield.” Soon, the rookie sky diver mustered up the courage and jumped. He counted to 10 and pulled the red rip cord. Nothing happened. He pulled the other rip cord and still nothing happened. As he was hurtling through the sky, he shouted, “I suppose that darn truck won’t be there either!” Bonnie Cronin, Colorado Springs 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 2013 stories to Colorado Country Life, 5400 Washington St., Denver, CO 80216 or email Don’t forget to include your mailing address, so we can send you a check. November 2013 29



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World War II Hits Home Eleven-year-old Diana might not know as much about the war as the adults, but she knows her favorite cousin is fighting somewhere in Europe; her friend Snuffy’s brother is gone, too. And a Japanese-American boy named Kenji has come to live with her family. The young protagonist of this novel gives a funny and childlike yet insightful view into the realities of prejudice during World War II. Though she has written many books on education, this is Betty Jane Wagner’s first novel and includes some of her own poignant memories of what it was like to grow up in Sterling during the war. For an informative story with an important message, find World War II Hits Home at

Dreaming of Colorado: A Bedtime Story Illustrated by Stephanie Lowman Text and Photography by Grant Collier (Collier Publishing, $12.95) Cosmo the Cougar learns about Colorado as he and his animal friends travel through the past in their magical time-traveling canoe. Find this book by first-time illustrator Stephanie Lowman and author Grant Collier at

C is for Colorado:

By Betty Jane Wagner (Friesen Press, $20.99)

Written by Kids, for Kids (WestWinds Press, $13.95) Learn about Colorado and the alphabet in this book all about everything that makes our state unique. Find this book at

Colorful Dreamer: The Story of Artist Henri Matisse

The Marble Queen

The Marble Queen By Stephanie J. Blake (Amazon Children’s Publishing, $16.99)

Freedom Jane McKenzie has a problem: She loves playing marbles, but everyone says that marbles are only for boys. She doesn’t care. She’s good at winning, and she’s not going to let the boys, her mother or anyone else keep her from doing what she loves. Daddy likes it that she plays. In fact, he’s the one who gave her the marbles in the first place. But Daddy likes beer too much, so Mama is always mad at him, which means he can’t convince her to let Freedom join the Autumn Jubilee marble competition. This wonderfully written “tween” novel is the first by Colorado author Stephanie J. Blake. Hilarious and heartwarming, this growing-up story set in the 1960s is a great read for anyone 10 and up. Find it at major online retailers.

The Quilt Walk

Emmy Blue has never liked stitching, but when her grandma gives her quilt pieces as a goodbye present, Ma insists that Emmy must learn to put them together. What starts out as a chore becomes Emmy’s only way to entertain herself on the long, dusty trip from Ohio to Colorado as a part of a wagon train. Sandra Dallas’ first children’s book is a delight for adolescent and adult readers alike. Both heartwarming and intelligent, this book is sure to be entertaining and educational for anyone 9 and up. Find it online and in major bookstores. See page 2 for instructions on how to enhance your reading experience. 30 November 2013

Written by Marjorie Blaine Parker Illustrated by Holly Berry (Dial Books for Young Readers, $16.99) This Colorado author provides kids with the inspiring story of one the world’s best loved artists in a colorful picture book. Find it at major retailers.

Hanging Off Jefferson’s Nose: Growing Up on Mount Rushmore Written by Tina Nichols Coury Illustrated by Sally Wern Comport (Dial Books for Young Readers, $16.99) Designed for young readers, this book is a fun look at the story of Mount Rushmore, one of our nation’s treasured monuments in nearby South Dakota. Look for the book at major bookstores or online.

The Camping Trip That Changed America: Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir and our National Parks

By Sandra Dallas (Sleeping Bear Press, $15.95)

Written by Barb Rosenstock Illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein (Dial Books for Young Readers, $16.99) Kids can learn a slice of American history with this kids book filled with colorful pictures and the story of how our national parks came to be. Find this book at major bookstores and online.

Colorado Country Life KC November 2013  

Colorado Country Life KC November 2013