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Honoring Sacrifice


January 2012 [features] 14 The Year of Living Cooperatively Electric co-ops join global celebrations 16 Dignified Farewell

Lorrane Melgosa honors sacrifice with her Wellington Carriage Company.



20 Colorado’s Best Plants Get ideas for your garden from


the Plant Select Garden

22 Cookbook Concoctions

Delicious fare for every season of

the year

24 Outdoors


Electric co-ops focus on power availability

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Letters Calendar Co-op News NewsClips Funny Stories Discoveries


25 Energy Tips


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Regenerating family ties in Colorado’s great outdoors


Boost efficiency, cut cost with a heat pump



Lorraine Melgosa stands quietly with her horse during a funeral. Photo by Jason Claypool, COMMUNICATIONS STAFF: M  ona Neeley, CCC, Publisher/Editor@303-455-4111; Donna Norris, Associate Editor • Amy Higgins, Administrative Assistant/Writer ADVERTISING: Kris Wendtland@303-902-7276; NCM@800-626-1181

The official publication of the Colorado Rural Electric Association Volume 43, Number 01

OFFICERS: Chris Morgan [Gunnison] President; Bob Bledsoe [Tri-State] Vice President; Bill Midcap [Fort Morgan] Secretary; Don Kaufman [Sangre de Cristo] Treasurer; Kent Singer [CREA] Executive Director BOARD OF DIRECTORS: John Porter [Empire]; Don McClaskey [Grand Valley]; Jim Lueck [Highline]; Michael Glass [Holy Cross]; Dan Mills [K.C.]; Tom Compton [La Plata]; Stan Cazier [Mountain Parks]; B.D. Paddock [Mountain View]; Jack Schneider [Poudre Valley]; Joseph Costa, Reg Rudolph [San Isabel]; Mike Rierson, John Villyard [San Luis Valley]; Marcus Wilson, Kevin Ritter [San Miguel]; Mark Grasmick [Southeast]; Jim Jaeger, Ron Asche [United Power]; Bill Jordan [White River]; Stuart Travis [Y-W]; Charles Perry [Yampa Valley]; Basin Electric, CoBank, Moon Lake Electric, Wheatland Electric [Associate Members]

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Reliability Is Job One

Electric co-ops focus on making sure power is available BY KENT SINGER || CREA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR || KSINGER@COLORADOREA.ORG

“Quality Is Job One.” Do you remember that tag line for the Ford Motor Company advertising campaign of the early 1980s? The company was trying to position itself to compete with foreign automakers, and the slogan was intended to revitalize the brand with the message that Ford was focused on the quality of its product. It was a particularly effective campaign because it was easy to understand and conveyed a message that any auto buyer could relate to. With apologies to Ford, Colorado’s electric co-ops believe that “Reliability Is Job One.” In other words, while we strive to provide an affordable product in an environmentally responsible manner, our most important job is to have the power ready when you flip the switch. This means that we have to synchronize an incredibly complex system of power plants, transmission lines, distribution lines, substations, transformers, service drops and meters in order to light and heat your home or business at the exact moment you require the power. This is becoming increasingly difficult in the hyper regulated world in which we find ourselves. As I have discussed in prior columns, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a sweeping set of new regulations that will cost the electric power sector billions of dollars as utilities strive to comply with the new rules. Utilities will be required to install incredibly expensive equipment to reduce the emissions of mercury, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and other pollutants from power plants. If the regulations are implemented as proposed, some electric utilities will have to make a choice. They can invest millions of dollars to keep coal-fired generating stations in service or they 4 January 2012

can close those power plants and invest millions in new generation plants fired with natural gas. Some utilities have already announced that they will retire coal-fired generating stations if the proposed EPA rules Kent Singer are implemented. (An anticipated 25 gigawatts of capacity will be lost.) The North American Electric Reliability Corporation estimates an additional 37 gigawatts of electricity will be lost when, due to the EPA rules, utilities close generating plants before they are scheduled to be closed. To put this in perspective, the total capacity of coal-fired electric generating stations in the United States today is about 340 gigawatts. These retirements amount to about 18 percent of the U.S. fleet. In a recent report, NERC estimated that these retirements will cause electric reliability problems in Texas and the New England states. And even though NERC concluded that other states, including Colorado, should be able to manage through the retirements, it expressed concerns that if hundreds of generating units must be retrofitted with new pollution control equipment at the same time, there could be unforeseen reliability problems in other areas of the country. There simply is not enough equipment, contractors and engineers to achieve the required retrofits in the time allotted by the EPA. Further, as some units are taken offline to be retrofitted, it may be difficult for the replacement power to be obtained since all electric utilities are facing the same compliance deadlines. This may lead to inflated wholesale electricity market prices that would translate to higher rates for you, the

end-use consumer. Does this mean that the co-ops are opposed to efforts to further clean up the air in Colorado and across the country? Absolutely not. We have already spent hundreds of millions of dollars to install SO2 scrubbers, low-NOx burners, baghouses to control particulates and other pollution control devices in our power plants. These investments have resulted in dramatically reduced emissions at Colorado power plants over the last decade. All Colorado electric utilities, including the electric co-ops, are committed to clean air and environmental stewardship. We comply with all environmental regulations that are in place today and will comply with any new regulations that are implemented in the future. However, the electric co-ops are advocating that the regulators keep in mind that we need to balance environmental concerns with the economic and practical realities of operating utility systems. Everyone believes in clean air, but we also believe that access to affordable and reliable electricity is an equally essential component of public health and safety as well as economic vitality. Achieving a reasonable balance of these objectives will require the involvement of many stakeholders. You can be assured that the electric co-ops will make sure your voice, that of the consumer, is heard in this debate. For Colorado’s electric co-ops, affordable and reliable electric service continues to be “Job One.”

Executive Director

[letters] Controversy on Hunting Regs I enjoyed your December Outdoors. As usual you are spot on. The micro-management coming from Colorado Division of Wildlife is oppressive. Imagine a state run by anti-gun, anti-hunting politicians who appoint an unelected and unaccountable group. This gang could choke off hunting by making it so difficult, expensive and uncomfortable for the hunter that many of them just give up. Welcome to Colorado today; the “anti’s” are winning this war of oppression. As I write this, I am preparing to leave for a hunt in a neighboring state where hunters are welcomed.

Ken Motta, Monument

I’ve been following the Outdoors column and I and my hunting partners all agree with you 100 percent. So the question is, what, if anything, can one individually do or collectively with others do to have the policies reviewed?

Gregory S. Todd, Aurora

Having read Outdoors (Dec. ’11), I have to agree with most of what you said. It seems as though one needs to hire an attorney before submitting any limited license applications to be sure that the proper hoops have been jumped through. In regard to the landowner vouchers, I have a different attitude. These ranchers are feeding and bearing the cost of putting up with the animals, and they should be compensated for these costs in some way.

Frank Grant, Ordway

Yes, Colorado does have strict hunting and fishing regulations and it can seem hard to obtain a tag. But Colorado has one of the best elk herds in North America and the mule deer herd is up there as well. Thousands of people from out of state flock to Colorado each fall in hopes of bagging one of these animals. Out-ofstate elk and deer tags can cost up to $500 and the other costs associated with the hunt can stimulate our local economy. The Colorado Division of Wildlife has done a good job of managing our elk and deer herds with the draw system.

Nate Towne, Winter Park

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[ January] Through January 22 Longmont Graffiti art exhibit Longmont Museum & Cultural Center January 14-16 Durango Winterfest Durango Mountain Resort durangomountainresort. com/events January 15 Salida Chamber music concert SteamPlant Theater 3 pm • waldenchamber January 16 Denver Free admission day Denver Botanic Gardens All day • January 16 Montrose Bridal Expo Montrose Pavilion 10 am-2 pm • 970-252-4880

January 21 Montrose “Gotta Be Girls” concert Cobble Creek Club House 7:30-10 pm • 970-497-3230 January 21 Tabernash Governor’s Cup Ski Racing Devil’s Thumb Ranch 9:30 am • 970-726-8231 January 22 Crested Butte Photography Workshop Crested Butte Nordic Center 3-6 pm • 970-349-7487 x 6 January 22 Lone Tree “Wee Noteables: Where Music Meets Play!” Lone Tree Arts Center 3 pm • January 23 Grand Junction Taste of the Grand Valley Two Rivers Convention Center 4-7 pm • visitgrandjunction. com/events January 23 Pueblo “Pilobolus” theater performance Sangre de Cristo Arts Center 7:30 pm • sangredecristoarts. org

January 17-February 7 Old Colorado City Vegetarian cooking classes January 24 Garden of the Gods’ Gourmet Cortez 6 pm • 719-471-2799 Celtic guitar performance Cortez Public Library January 20-22 7-8:30 pm • www.cityof Golden Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering January 25 American Mountaineering Denver Center Gardening class coloradocowboygathering Denver Botanic Gardens .com 6-8 pm • January 20 Loveland “The Kitchen Witches” play Rialto Theater 7:30-9:30 pm • 970-962-2120 January 20 Pueblo Festival Fridays Jackson Conference Center 5:30-9:30 pm • sangredecristo 6 January 2012

January 26 Durango The Official Blues Brothers Revue Fort Lewis College Concert Hall 7 pm •

January 27 Fort Collins Alfred Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps” Lincoln Center 8 pm • 970-221-6730

February 7 Cortez Independent film showing Cortez Public Library 7 pm •

January 28 Fort Collins Gardening presentation Drake Centre 8 am-12:30 pm • 970-416-2486

February 9 Durango Blues Pilgrims concert Fort Lewis College Community Concert Hall 7 pm •

January 28 Fort Collins Winter farmers market Opera Galleria 10 am-2 pm · downtown

February 11-19 Denver Colorado Garden & Home Show Colorado Convention Center

January 28 Monument Ice fishing tournament Monument Lake 9 am-2 pm • wounded

February 11 Denver Valentine’s dinner cooking class Denver Botanic Gardens 1-4 pm •

January 30 Winter Park Mountain Moon Monday Yoga Winter Park Station 9:15-10:30 am • mtmoon

February 11 Elizabeth Genealogy workshop Elbert Library 1-2 pm • 303-648-3533

January 31 Pueblo Pueblo History Game Night El Pueblo History Museum 7 pm • 719-583-0453

[February] February 4 Granby Kids Totally Insane Winter Blast SolVista Basin 5-8 pm • February 5 Tabernash Ski With Your Dog Devil’s Thumb Ranch 10 am-12 pm • 970-726-5632

February 11 Granby Night skiing/tubing SolVista Basin 5-8 pm • February 12 Crested Butte Greensky Bluegrass Concert Center for the Arts Crested Butte 8 pm • February 12 Greeley “Mamma Mia! The Musical” Union Colony Civic Center 3 and 7 pm • 970-356-5000 February 13 Fort Collins “Diavolo” theatric performance Lincoln Center Performance Hall 7:30 pm • 970-221-6730


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[Country News] [what’s inside] n Bernie Koch: A Story of Faith and Healing n The Country Kitchen n Be Safe if You Are Going Solo n Claim Your Credit on Your Bill n Irrigation Meter Reading 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]



Beginning January 1, 2012, Finally, Jill will provide you K.C. Electric Association will with a detailed report showing offer rebates on home and small your home’s or business’s encommercial energy audits. We ergy performance and a list of are partnering with East Central recommended improvements Colorado RC&D, Inc., to offer that will pay for themselves this valuable service. Jill Ball, a with energy savings. certified building analyst with As the colder weather sets in, Timothy J. Power East Central, will check your we strongly recommend you home or business for opportunitake advantage of this program. ties to improve its energy usage. (Richard You will know exactly where to make imJones, #412500007) provements to save money on your heating The audit is extremely thorough and and cooling bills. covers a range of energy issues. Jill has the K.C. Electric is offering a $200 rebate equipment to determine how airtight your per audit (limit one per member) until home or business is. She will also check program funds are exhausted. We have carbon monoxide levels from your composted more information on this program bustion appliances to make sure there is on our website at no imminent danger. In addition, she can Info/EEC_rebates.cfm. To schedule an use an infrared camera to visually show audit, simply contact Jill at 719-760-2800 you where your heat loss is occurring. or 719-743-2542 or [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]



Many members in K.C. Electric’s area are experiencing difficult times due to the economy. If you or someone you know is having difficulty with the costs of heating a home or paying an electric bill, there are programs available to help. These programs typically have limited resources, so contact them soon if you are in need of assistance. One such program is a federally funded, state-supervised fund that is administered through the county offices. This program is called LEAP (Low-income Energy Assistance Program). This program may assist in paying for gas or electric heat if you meet certain income requirements, such as a household of four with a monthly income less than $2,794. Another option is through the Colorado East Community Action Agency. It provides emergency utility assistance through Energy Outreach Colorado. Colorado East may be able to assist with paying a past due utility bill to avoid a disconnection or assist with payment of a deposit to establish service to a new residence. (*WIN, Tim Ridnour, #1121660008) If you or someone you know is in need of these services, please contact your local county office or other agency for assistance. If you are unable to locate the offices on your own, please contact the K.C. Electric office and the member service representatives will be able to guide you. January 2012 7



“Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous. But to an even greater degree than the sea, it is terribly unforgiving.” — Captain A.G. Lamplugh, British Aviation Insurance Group, London, circa early 1930s

In November of 2010 I did a story about an aerial crop sprayer in Cheyenne Wells. He said he had learned to fly from his brother, Bernie Koch of Arriba. In May of 2011, Bernie was involved in a horrific aircraft crash while returning home after an aerial spraying job. Two of Bernie’s best friends were less than a mile away and were there in seconds. They were there so quickly that a plume of jet fuel from the wet wings was still hanging in the air and one of the wheels that had blown up through the wing was also still in the air. With no regard for their own safety and disregarding the likelihood of a fire, they ran to the aircraft (or what remained of it). Bernie was alive and was trying to crawl out of the wreckage. Both of his legs were broken, both knees as well. His ribs were broken and he had serious face and head injuries. They dragged him to safety, called 911 and did for him what they could until help arrived. (Julie Joffe, #621900003) A medevac helicopter was launched and was going to come directly to the crash but was turned back to get more blood because Bernie was losing so much blood that he was in need of a transfusion. The paramedics got him stable enough to load into the ambulance and took him to Hugo, where he was put on the helo and taken to Denver. His injuries consisted of three broken ribs, a cracked sternum, T12 spinal compression fracture, a fractured eye socket, loss of his right eye, a crushed maxillary sinus, a skull fracture, a concussion and hematoma on the brain. To date he has had eight surgeries with more to come. He has 50 screws and seven plates in his body. When I decided to request a story from Bernie, I doubted that he wanted to relive this and I fully understood. I was wrong; he was more than willing to talk to me. When I arrived at his home I expected to see him sitting in a wheelchair at best or, more than likely, lying in a hospital bed. Wrong again. He met me at 8 January 2012

the door and walked me to the living room, and we sat down for a wonderful visit. (Trading Post, #717200004) The first thing that struck me was that Bernie and his wife, Ruthanne, were as positive as anyone I have ever met. We began the interview with me wanting to know how Bernie got started in the flying business. He loved to hunt and fish and when he was a young man he had the opportunity to fly to Canada with Richard Petersen of Flagler to do just that. I assumed he must have loved it. No, he was terribly airsick both going and coming back. In fact, once home he said he didn’t care if he ever flew again.

[Bernie] said life is constantly teaching us lessons. Once when he was in serious pain he complained to a nurse. She said that six months ago she had been working in a military hospital in Germany with soldiers with no legs and no arms, and they were complaining less than him. He said that really hit him hard, and he complained no more.

Bernie went into the windmill repair business, and after freezing and going through the rigors of repairing windmills in all kinds of weather he wondered if maybe he should reconsider flying. He enrolled in a flight school in Greeley, and although he was sick every flight for two weeks he beat the problem and 10 months later he graduated as a flight instructor. He had visions of flying off to Canada and fishing but needed a job. He started giving flying lessons in a rented aircraft in Burlington. Brother Scott was his first customer. A crop duster was managing the airstrip and asked Bernie if he would like to work for him. You bet he did. Bernie started out making 25 cents per acre. He felt he had hit the big time. In retrospect he said the aircraft was really not much and clearly not well-maintained. In fact, he said that he wouldn’t even ferry it to a repair facility today because it was really junk, but it was work. About that time he met a cute young woman who was home from college for the summer. She was working as a flagger. Bernie said he was mildly amused with her and she thought he was the most obnoxious pilot she had ever met. Six weeks later they were engaged. “What changed your mind?” I asked

A grim picture of the devastating plane crash wreckage that Bernie Koch survived. The aircraft is an Air Tractor 402. Wreckage photo taken by Ken Hildebrandt from Bethune.

[Country News] up in the hospital with lots of people working on him and asking him questions. When he was fully conscious the doctors told him that he didn’t look as bad in person as he did on paper. He was home in a month but had to go back. Bernie said he kept hearing noises that sounded like the whale noises you hear on the Animal Planet channel. The doctors finally figured out that he had spinal (brain) fluid leaking into his sinus cavity and that created a noise that only he could hear. That eventually healed on its own. This story can’t be told without talking briefly A recent picture of Bernie Koch and his wife, Ruthanne. As you can about the faith of Bernie see, Bernie is healing nicely after a near fatal plane crash. He credits his recovery to the healing power of prayer — prayers that were and Ruthanne. Bernie said lifted up by literally thousands of people. he had literally thousands Ruthanne. She said, “He made me laugh, still of people praying for him, does.” Ruthanne is also a pilot. Her folks are most of whom he didn’t even know. One of Albert and Alice Draht. Both were immigrants the Jewish doctors told him that they had put from Germany. Albert worked on the Parker the word out and at synagogues all over the ranch and flew the ranch airplane checking world people were also praying for him. As cattle, fences and water tanks. Ruthanne his body healed, they found out that insurlearned to fly from him but later took formal ance wasn’t going to pay for the hospital bills. lessons. Bernie said that Ruthanne is his VolkBernie had hit bottom. He knew they would swagen Jetta: She is a product of German enhave to sell everything they had worked for gineering with German parts but assembled all of their lives. A friend of his said, “Have you in the United States. I really think he thought tried letting God work this out?” Bernie had to that was funnier than she did. confess that he hadn’t. Shortly after that he One Easter the family got together and met with the insurance company representasomeone asked if he wanted to hear sometive who said that he and his wife had felt a thing funny. Bernie said yes. The person said, strong need to pray for someone in need but “We hear that you and Ruthanne are going to they didn’t know who. When the insurance buy an airplane and start a spraying business claim came across his desk he suddenly knew. using dad’s runway.” Everyone laughed but He told Bernie that the claim would be paid the idea stuck. Bernie and Ruthanne said, and not to worry any more. “You know, we could make that work.” They Bernie also has used this experience to unborrowed $50,000. With that they bought a derstand life. He said life is constantly teach$30,000 airplane, $4,000 pickup and $3,000 ing us lessons. Once when he was in serious trailer with tank and that left a few dollars for pain he complained to a nurse. She said that licensing fees, etc. They were in business. In six months ago she had been working in a milthose days they were allowed to land on dirt itary hospital in Germany with soldiers with roads to refuel and take on spray chemicals. no legs and no arms, and they were complainAt this point in the interview I asked if it ing less than him. He said that really hit him was OK to talk about the accident. “Sure,” hard, and he complained no more. Another Bernie said. “However I don’t know what time he was trying to find a particular room happened.” The events were erased from his in the hospital and was having a hard time. mind by the injuries. He remembers waking He met a young man who offered to help. He

said that he had spent a lot of time there and knew his way around well. Bernie asked him for his story and the young man said he had terminal cancer. Bernie expressed his sorrow and the young man said, “Don’t feel sorry for me, I didn’t know the Lord very well and now we have a close relationship. I wouldn’t trade that for anything.” To wrap up the interview I asked if he had any final thoughts. His answers were funny and serious. First he stood up to show me the back of his T-shirt. It said “Scars are just tattoos with better stories.” Bernie also said that “overconfidence is just a temporary state of mind before reality sets in.” He said, “Don’t feel sorry for yourself. If there is a blessing in all of this it, it would be how many people are willing to help and pray and provide assistance in any way they could.” He and Ruthanne were emergency medical technicians at one time but still marvel at those volunteers who leave their paying jobs and come to the aid of those in need. Bernie said he hadn’t been able to thank all those who helped him from the moment of the crash to the present but hoped this article might be a conduit for that. So many things had to happen at the right moment for him to survive. Friends were there to pull him from the wreckage and after that the system worked. Volunteers and paid professionals saved his life. Bernie knows that miracles were involved in this and he doesn’t take that lightly. Bernie and Ruthanne are strong, resilient people. I asked Bernie if he ever thought he was going to die. He relayed one more amusing but frightening story. He had been sedated for surgery and when he was waking up he still had a breathing tube. It needed to come out and he felt he was drowning. He was doing everything he could to tell them to take the tube out and in desperation took a pencil and notepad and wrote a note to his wife saying “They killed me.” He said that gave him peace and he was ready to go. Seconds later they pulled the tube. This is an amazing couple who have dealt with an extremely difficult set of injuries and setbacks but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Bernie is adamant that he will fly again. “Why?” I asked. “We have dedicated 30 years to perfecting this, it is what we do,” he said. “I will fly again.” I believe he will. January 2012 9


1 cup ranch salad dressing ½ cup chopped seeded and peeled cucumber 1 pound boneless beef sirloin steak, cut into thin strips 2 tablespoon olive oil 5 whole gyro-style pitas (6 inches) 1 medium tomato, chopped 1 can (2 1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained ½ small onion, thinly sliced 1 carton (4 oz.) crumbled feta cheese 2 ½ cups shredded lettuce In small bowl, combine salad dressing and cucumber. Set aside. In large skillet, brown beef in oil over medium heat. Layer half of each pita with steak, tomato, olives, onion, feta cheese, lettuce and cucumber dressing mixture. Bring edges of each pita over filling and secure with a toothpick. Serves five. Ethel Ferris, Haswell, CO

IDAHO BAKED POTATO SOUP /3 cup butter or margarine /3 cup all purpose flour

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7 cups milk 4 large potatoes, baked, peeled and cubed (about 4 cups) 4 green onions, sliced 12 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled 1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream 3/4 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon pepper Melt butter in a large soup kettle or Dutch oven. Stir in flour. Heat and stir until smooth and thick. Gradually stir in milk, stirring constantly until thickened. Add potatoes and onions. Bring to boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Add remaining ingredients. Stir until cheese is melted. Serve immediately. Makes 8-10 servings. (Ina Lou Trahern, #528900003) Lila Taylor, Stratton, CO

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 November Mary Erker of Cheyenne Wells, Anna Gunderson of Kit Carson and Rana Epperly 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). 10 January 2012

Be Safe if You Are Going Solo


Electricity deserves your respect. If you are planning a home project, it is recommended that you contact a qualified, licensed electrician to do the work. But if you decide to undertake a basic home electrical project yourself, consider the following important safety tips: • Always turn off the power to the circuit that you plan to work on by switching off the circuit breaker in the main service panel. • Be sure to test wires before you touch them to make sure that the power has been turned off. Test from the black wires to both the grounded box and the white wires, and test from the white wires to the grounded box. • Never touch plumbing or gas pipes when performing a do-it-yourself electrical project. • Make sure that you are not standing on a damp floor. • Be sure to unplug any lamp or appliance before working on it. • Take an active role in understanding the condition of your current electrical system: its capacity, limitations and potential hazards.

IRRIGATION METER READING Irrigation meters will be read on the following dates: January 30-31, February 28-29, and April 2-3. December 2011 11


National Western Stock Show Goers to Learn Importance of Affordable Electricity


The “Keep Electricity AffordThe economic impacts really begin able” campaign — ­ a joint effort to add up when you consider how rising being spearheaded by Tri-State electric bills affect larger consumers Generation and Transmission, its like businesses and schools. The article member co-ops and the region’s says that, due to the new regulations, statewide associations — is goby 2014 “costs are expected to add aping to be a part of a century-old proximately $2.7 million over the previwestern tradition when the 2012 ous year to electricity bills in Chicago National Western Stock Show, Public Schools.” Rodeo and Horse Show kicks While this article is specifically about off in Denver this January. The how federal regulations will impact 106th annual event runs January Illinois, the economic impact for west7-22 with an expected attendance National Western Stock Show crowds will find information on ern states such as Colorado would be affordable electricity in the Expo Hall. exceeding 640,000 visitors. similar. Electric co-ops do understand When attending the Stock that environmental regulation is necesShow, electric co-op members should watch for the orange-clad sary. Their power plants have spent billions of dollars in the last “KEA” canvassers in a trade show area booth in the Expo Hall. decade to cut emissions and improve air quality. They will be sharing information with thousands of Stock Show However, new regulations seem to be pushing for even more visitors about the threats to affordable electricity. cuts in a shortened time frame that is not possible in some situ“Consumers could see their electricity bills jump an estimated ations and unreasonable in others. If nothing is changed, many 40 to 60 percent in the next few years,” says a recent article in the coal-fired plants will be forced to close, electricity costs will go Chicago Tribune. “The reason: Pending environmental regulaup and shortages will be possibility. That is why the KEA cantions will make coal-fired generating plants, which produce vassers will be letting Stock Show visitors know that a balanced, about half the nation’s electricity, more expensive to operate.” thoughtful approach to energy is necessary.

READERS SUPPORT TAX INCENTIVES FOR RENEWABLES Eighty percent of Colorado Country Life readers emailing their opinions on extending tax incentives for renewable energy projects supported the extension. The question was printed in the December issue and readers had a chance to share their thoughts on the tax incentives.

This month, tell us which is more important to you when it comes to your electricity:

D That the electricity is affordable the electricity is generated usD That ing renewable resources Email your answer to info@colorado 12 January 2012


Landfill gas is the renewable fuel for a new generation plant on the United Power co-op distribution system 25 miles north of Denver. The system opened with a ribbon cutting late last year. With the help of an incentive program offered by United Power’s power supplier, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, the landfill gas-generation plant was added to the electric co-ops’ growing renewable resource portfolio. The 3.2-megawatt landfill project is a renewable source of generation under Colorado’s Renewable Portfolio Standards. Simply put, it takes a naturally occurring byproduct of waste decomposition — methane — and gathers this gas to run a generator to produce electricity. “Unlike some forms of renewable energy that can be intermittent in their output, the landfill gas plant is considered a baseload facility because it can produce energy on a consistent around-the-clock

United Power’s Jerry Marizza stands in front of the two methane-fueled generators at the Erie Landfill plant.

basis,” said Jerry Marizza, new energy program coordinator for United Power. “This makes it a very valuable resource to United Power.” The Erie Landfill Gas to Energy Project draws methane from three adjacent landfill sites. — Powering The West



T Co-op Power Supplier Recognized for Support of Employees in the Military Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, which supplies electricity to 18 of Colorado’s 22 electric co-ops, was honored in December for its support of employees who serve in various branches of the military’s guard and reserve. The prestigious Patriot Award was presented by an organization that is part of the U.S. Department of Defense.

The Colorado Rural Electric Association recently offered a one-day session to help future candidates learn the ins and outs of campaigning for office. Running for office, any office from county commissioner to state senator, requires more than knowing the issues. A candidate must know when to file financial paperwork with the secretary of state, how to organize volunteers and more. Nearly 20 prospective candidates, campaign managers and finance directors attended the nonpartisan educational program Saturday, December 10. Presenting information were Gabe Snow of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Ben Schler of the Colorado Secretary of State’s office and Sen. Mary Hodge (D-Brighton), who is an alumnus of the electric cooperative training program. The candidates who attended were mostly people seeking local offices around the state, such as that of county commissioner, metro district representative and city council. Candidates had the opportunity to ask questions and get feedback on their strategy, election literature and messaging. January 2012 13

The Year of Living Cooperatively

Electric co-ops join global celebrations of member-owned businesses BY MEGAN MCKOY-NOE, CCC

Is it possible to change the way people eat a fruit? Could cheese unite communities? Can electricity transform the future of a country? It’s possible ... with a little cooperation. The United Nations General Assembly designated 2012 as International Year of Cooperatives under the banner “Cooperative Enterprises Build a Better World.” The resolution recognizes the vital role cooperatives — democratically governed businesses that operate on an at-cost, not-for-profit basis — play in the economic and social well-being of nations around the globe. It also encourages countries to promote cooperative development to generate local wealth, employment, and marketplace competition. “At a time when folks are losing faith in big corporations, International Year of Cooperatives 2012 offers us a great opportunity to showcase the many ways the local, consumer-owned and membercontrolled cooperative form of business benefits communities all over the world,” declares National Rural Electric Cooperative Association CEO Glenn English.

Co-ops are everywhere

If variety is the spice of life, co-ops are a zesty bunch. Every day, more than 29,200 cooperatives supply essential products and services to American consumers, touching our lives in almost every way. Tomorrow at breakfast your meal may include freshly squeezed Sunkist orange juice. Sunkist is a cooperative 14 January 2012

formed by California and Arizona citrus growers. The butter on your toast may come from Land O’Lakes. You may have Ocean Spray cranberry juice, Sun-Maid raisins or Welch’s grape jelly on the table. They all come from co-ops. The list continues: Nationwide Insurance, Blue Diamond almonds, Ace Hardware, REI outdoor gear. One out of every four Americans claims membership in some type of cooperative, including 91 million served by credit unions and 42 million connected to more than 900 electric cooperatives in 47 states. Cooperatives differ from typical businesses in one big way: They are organized for the benefit of their members, not single owners or stockholders. “Co-ops are established when the forprofit, investor-owned commercial sector fails to meet a need, either due to price or availability of goods and services,” explains Martin Lowery, NRECA executive vice president, external affairs, and chairman of the Washington, D.C.-based National Cooperative Business Association Board of Directors. “The co-op business model works in housing, utilities and in both rural and urban settings. Co-ops empower people to take control over their own economic destinies.” Dallas Tonsager, under secretary for rural development with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, points out that “wellmanaged, democratically run co-ops have proven time and time again that when people unite to achieve a common goal, they can accomplish anything.”

On the cutting edge

Think about that orange juice just mentioned. Before a 1916 advertising campaign by Sunkist, oranges were only eaten by the slice. By the end of World War I, however, Sunkist’s “Drink an Orange” push had increased the average per capita serving size from one-half an orange to almost three. This pioneering co-op tradition of change continues in many ways today: •C  redit unions fought off the destructive cycle of payday loans by creating salary advance loans with low rates that placed part of the borrowing into a savings account — helping members

escape a cycle of debt • Marketing cooperatives added food nutrition labels to products long before it was required by federal law • Electric cooperatives lead the way in smart grid implementation — close to half have installed advanced metering infrastructure, with 30 percent integrating AMI or automated meter reading devices with various software applications, such as outage management and geographic information systems “Co-ops have made these investments because it makes sense for them and their members,” stresses English. “It’s an outgrowth of the co-op commitment to innovation — the same spirit that allowed co-ops to overcome seemingly insurmountable technical, engineering, legal, political and financial hurdles in the late 1930s to bring central station electricity to all corners of America.”

Building a better world

The IYC 2012 theme, “Cooperative Enterprises Build a Better World,” embodies NRECA International Programs, a division of NRECA that celebrates its golden anniversary this year. Since its creation in November 1962, NRECA International Programs has assisted with electrification endeavors that have resulted in increased agricultural output and millions of new jobs, as well as an enhanced quality of life for more than 100 million people in 40plus nations. NRECA International Programs projects are under way in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. “More than 2 billion people worldwide still lack electricity and millions more must depend on unreliable and unsafe power,” emphasizes Ingrid Hunsicker, manager of international program development for the NRECA International Foundation, a charitable organization that has partnered with more than 300 electric cooperatives in the United States to bring power and economic development to rural villages overseas. Because circumstances vary so widely,

NRECA International Programs has adopted the slogan, “Electrifying the world, one village at a time.” Outreach relies on the time-tested cooperative approach —giving individuals, many for the first time, practical experience in democratic decision-making and entrepreneurship so they can launch their own local cooperative.

Spreading the cheese

“Cooperation among cooperatives,” one of the seven cooperative principles, delivers great results in the International program, as well as here in the U.S. One example is Cabot Creamery Cooperative. “Twenty years ago, as a new brand, we had absolutely nothing — we relied on electric cooperatives and credit unions to let us piggyback on their annual meetings for advertising purposes,” attests Roberta MacDonald, senior vice president of marketing with Montpelier, Vermont-based Cabot Creamery Cooperative. Flash forward to today and the farmerowned dairy co-op sold 8 million pounds of cheddar in addition to a host of other merchandise in 2011 — enough cheese, butter, whipped cream, and other items to crisscross the nation more than three times. “By working with electric co-ops and others we were able to remind co-op members that when they bought Cabot products, they were supporting another co-op,” MacDonald comments. Cooperation among cooperatives paid off for this small dairy co-op. Other coops throughout the county and the world are also working together to make life better for their members because improving life for members is the ultimate goal for every cooperative. “It’s in every co-op’s DNA to serve members in the best way possible,” concludes Lowery. “That’s why co-ops remain the best type of business around.” To find a cooperative near you, visit Megan McKoy-Noe writes on consumer and cooperative affairs for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the Arlington, Virginia-based service arm of the nation’s electric cooperatives. January 2012 15



Lorraine Melgosa 16 January 2012

The regal Percheron horse carries himself with decorum as he methodically plods up the small road between rows of headstones. His harness polished, the horse carefully pulls a beautiful, old-fashioned carriage hearse as a woman, dressed in a black mourning coat, leads him to a graveside. With ceremony and respect, the coffin in the hearse is lifted out and carried to the grave. Family and friends follow. Another person is laid to rest with dignity and honor.

It is all thanks to Lorraine Melgosa, a woman with a mission from Manzanola, a small Colorado farming town of 500 in southeastern Colorado. She is the owner of Wellington Carriage Company and she and her horses have provided horse-drawn hearse services for more than 700 funerals for over 17 years. Since the start of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, her hearse has carried the bodies of more than 45 service people to their final resting place at no cost for the families. It is her personal mission to bring respect back to funerals, to slow life down and give grieving family members a few more minutes with their loved one. Her family, friends and community have all sacrificed with her to make this dream come true.

Beginning of a business

The idea for a horse-drawn hearse carriage business came from Lorraine’s brother, Barney Clancy. When their father died, they wanted a funeral befitting his aristocratic nature. He wasn’t from royalty, but he always carried himself with an air of dignity. When he passed away, Lorraine and Barney believed the best way to show their respect was with a horse-drawn hearse. To them, a horse-drawn hearse represented dignity and tradition. However, no funeral home offered this service and they couldn’t find anyone locally who offered horse-drawn hearse services. Because of their frustration and inability to provide their father with a last ride, Barney was inspired to start a new business. Lorraine became a partner with Barney in Wellington Carriage Company, named after their father, Wellington Joseph Clancy. The hearse, an 1867 James Cunningham & Sons hearse, was purchased at an auction in Pennsylvania. It was pulled by their first horse, Mike, a dapple gray Percheron. As you can expect, people weren’t knocking their door down for funerals. Barney ran the business for about a year before he lost interest and decided to sell it. Lorraine didn’t want him to sell the business they had named after their father, and she had grown quite fond of Mike. She took over the business from Barney in 1993. Lorraine now had a horse and a hearse, and no truck with which to haul either. She was also a farmer’s wife with two small children at home. But she was dedicated to this business and she added on. She bought a surrey so she could offer horse-drawn carriage services for weddings in addition to funerals. “I discovered real quick, weddings are depressing,” she says. Brides would call and say they only needed her for 15 minutes, gripe about paying and want her to take the horse and carriage places she wouldn’t take her own truck. Lorraine started stressing over wedding commitments and how she would handle it if a funeral came up suddenly. She never wanted to turn a funeral down so she could do someone’s fourth wedding. “Funerals are a once-in-a-lifetime thing,” says Lorraine. “Just like my dad was special; it’s an honor for me that they would include us in that special time. That’s what you live your whole life for, and your funeral should reflect on your life. So I just do

funerals.” From the early days of the business, Lorraine never charged for the funerals of veterans, service personnel, children, murder victims or family or friends within the state. That meant 90 percent of all her services were free. “It’s a labor of love,” she said. “You can’t be in it for the paycheck. You have to do it because you love it. I believe in it and I get a lot of satisfaction from doing it.” When the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan started in 2001 she was going through a pretty tough time in her life. Then Staff Sgt. Justin Vasquez, who grew up in Manzanola, was killed while serving in Iraq. Lorraine had known Justin since he was born. She knew she had to do Justin’s funeral. She immediately called his family. A thousand people attended Justin’s funeral, twice the population of Manzanola. That’s when Lorraine says it hit her: “What problem do I have that’s bigger than this?”

Commitment to those who served

Two weeks later Lorraine received a phone call from a funeral home in Denver requesting her services for Marine Lance Cpl. Chad Maynard. At the funeral for Cpl. Maynard she had someone stay with Mike so she could go into the church and hear the service. It was her first real exposure to the sacrifices being made by our military servicemen and women. After the funeral, as she was pulling out of the cemetery grounds holding up rush hour traffic, she encountered several impatient drivers. She realized at that moment this kid didn’t know any of us. “This kid died for us,” she says. “People can be mad and honk at me because of this inconvenience. These people don’t care, but I have to care and I have to bring awareness to the public. Every day, these kids are dying for us.” The Maynard funeral was a turning point in Lorraine’s life. The Denver Post carried a story about Lorraine, the funerals and her aging and injured horse, Mike. After reading the article, Phyllis Patterson contacted Lorraine about helping her with the purchase of another horse. Lorraine had previously met Phyllis when she and Mike carried the body of Phyllis’s nephew, Navy Seal Danny Dietz, to his burial at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver. Phyllis explained that the Dietz family wanted to buy her another horse for all she had done for them. Lorraine instantly refused,” she told Phyllis. “Number one, your [continued on page 18] January 2012 17

Lorrain Melgosa drives the hearse carriage in one of the many military funerals she has assisted gratis. [continued from page 17]

family has already given so much. I can’t take anything from you. I can’t take a cup of coffee from anyone, let alone have a family that’s lost a soldier buy me a horse.” Lorraine says she lovingly argued with Phyllis over a period of time. However the family was so persistent that Lorraine eventually accepted the offer. The generosity of the Dietz family resulted in Lorraine purchasing Lady, a black Percheron mare. Life went on for three years with Lady. Lorraine and Lady provided horse-drawn hearse services at more than 80 funerals, 21 of which were for active military personnel. Then Lady died suddenly of colic in November of 2009. She was just 14 years old. She is buried in Lorraine’s yard next to Mike. Near the time of Lady’s death, the motor in Lorraine’s truck died. Suddenly, two-thirds of her funeral business assests were gone. No horse, no truck. Lorraine almost quit the day Lady died. What was God telling her? She felt like she’d given enough. There was no shame in quitting. After crying all day and night, the thought came to her, “Soldiers can’t quit when their guys die. They have to keep going into battle. Why should I be able to quit?” A good friend came to Lorraine with an idea for a fundraiser she wanted to organize to buy Lorraine another horse and truck. Lorraine balked at the idea of accepting the help and money of others. “I don’t feel right about this. I can find another horse. I don’t need this,” she recalls saying. She discussed her concerns over the fund-raising event with another friend, whose advice was, that Lorraine can’t deny people the blessing of helping her. She wants to do all this for other people but part of God’s test is seeing what she can accept, too.” Realizing that in order to give, one must learn to receive, Lorraine attended the benefit. The event was wildly successful and with the help of her local community she was able to purchase 18 January 2012

her next horse. She felt that God was telling her to come back stronger and better than before. She bought her next horse, sight unseen. When Lorraine saw the horse for the first time she wasn’t sure she had done the right thing. The horse was just off the truck and still had his winter coat and his name was Bill. That was the first thing she changed and he became Duke because he was just not a “Bill” to her. Her father’s nickname had been Duke, so she felt it was a fitting name for her new horse. Back at home, she lit firecrackers to simulate the guns that are fired during military funerals and she walked him beside the trains tracks near her farm. Nothing she did fazed him. Duke has proven to be a superb horse. Today, Lorraine believes that Duke will be her best horse yet.

Mission to honor others

Since the first military funerals Lorraine did with Mike, her mission in life has become clear to her. All she had been through prior to the wars was preparing her for what she’s now doing. Lorraine and her horses have provided horse-drawn hearse services at 45 military funerals. She vividly remembers them all. When asked if one funeral in particular touched her the most, she says. “They all do, they all have a story,” she says. Lorraine has attracted the attention of the national media. She has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, The Denver Post, and as well as on the “NBC Nightly News,” during the Making a Difference segment. She does not like the attention for herself but sees it as a means to an end, to bring attention to the servicemen and women and their stories. She’s been called a hero and she immediately says she’s not. To her the soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines are the heroes. “They risk their lives every day and what do I do?” she says. “I put on a tux and go to work. There’s a lot of other people

doing more than I’m doing. It’s not a big deal.” Because of the media attention, people from all over the country contact Lorraine and new friendships are made. Through her new friends, family and community, she is able to deal with the constant grief felt at each funeral. The effect each person has on her is evident as she recounts them for this interview. She remembers each and every funeral vividly, not just the military funerals. There have been funerals for children and complete strangers; she can recall something about every one. “Yes, I have the hurt.” she says. “I lose a piece of my heart each time, but look what I’ve gained. That’s how I deal with it.” Lorraine feels we all have a gift and this is why God put her here and why she didn’t quit after Lady died. She feels stronger for all she’s been through and for what she can do. “Not everyone can do what I do, but everyone can do something to help,” she says. The families of the fallen deeply appreciate Lorraine’s efforts. It means a lot to them that a stranger would do this for them — that she would pick up the phone and call them and do this for their loved one. “Just like I am humbled that a stranger would die for me, they are humbled that a stranger would drive 400 miles and do this funeral for them,” she says. She wants the families to know she cares, that a stranger ap-

To get in touch with Lorraine at Wellington Carriage Company 719-469-9876 email

preciates the sacrifice and what they’ve been through. While Follow Lorraine on Facebook at the ceremony of a search Duke the horse-drawn procesfuneral horse. sion is common for burials in Arlington National Cemetery, it isn’t generally seen otherwise. For Lorraine, it is important to add this extra measure of honor and dignity to a veteran’s funeral. With her horse and her hearse Lorraine is saying, “I recognize the sacrifice you gave, and you’re going to receive the highest honor that I can give.” Audra Daugherty is a freelance writer from Arizona. This is her second feature for Colorado Country Life.

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The Best Plants for Your Garden

Get ideas at the Anasazi Heritage Center Plant Select Garden BY EVE GILMORE MONTANE WWW.XERISCAPEGARDENS.COM


At 7,100 feet in elevation outside of Dolores sits the first Plant Select demonstration garden in the southwestern corner of the state. It is couched between the piñon-juniper and pine-oak ecological zones and exhibits characteristics of both. “With Plant Select plants and other hardy perennials integrated into the native landscape, native and adapted plant varieties can be compared almost side by side,” boasts the garden’s complimentary plant guide. There are nearly 90 Plant Select public gardens in Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado. Plant

Select’s goal is to showcase new plants to the public so gardeners can find out how the plants perform in a real garden setting. Plants look fabulous at the nursery. They bloom nicely and almost seem to be smiling, winking and waving at us, wooing us to buy them. But many times they look much less fantastic once we plant them in the garden at home. Maybe it’s because after their bloom period ends, their foliage is unattractive. Or perhaps they don’t tolerate our real-life Colorado soil and conditions. On the other hand, some plants don’t fare well in nursery conditions, being stuffed into a little pot and schlepped around season after season. In order to look good, some plants need the wide open spaces and natural splendor they are normally accustomed to calling home. So, before you choose the plants you want to reside in your home garden, you can get a firsthand account of how they adjust in a garden atmosphere by visiting the Plant Select demonstration garden at the Anasazi Heritage Center. Plant Select is a collaboraPlant Select: tive program between Denver Botanic Gardens, Colorado State University, and green inAnasazi Heritage Center: dustry professionals from the Rocky Mountains and beyond. ahc.html Its mission is to seek out and Denver Botanic Gardens: distribute “the very best plants for gardens from the High Plains to the intermountain Colorado State University: region.” These are primarily plants deemed underused in Southern Ute Cultural Center spite of their great attributes and hardy constitutions. and Museum: It’s January and this public

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The Anasazi Heritage Center in Dolores

garden is probably covered by snow and the plants are still dormant, but it’s not too early to start thinking about your garden or to mark your calendar for a spring excursion to Dolores. The Anasazi Heritage Center is a top-notch facility with many other impressive exhibits, and it is in a beautiful rural setting. While you’re in the area I would recommend visiting the new Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum in Ignacio. It’s about an hour and a half southeast from Dolores, but if you’re interested in learning about native culture I would recommend the trip. The Anazi Heritage Center’s Plant Select garden was started in 2010 and each year more Plant Select plants are incorporated into its informal and hardy landscape. Plant Select has named several worthy plants as new participants in its program every year since 1996 and will have more in the coming year. Check out this beautiful corner of the state, see the new year’s Plant Select introductions in action and get better acquainted with native culture while you’re at it.

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Cookbook Concoctions

Recipes include delicious fare for every season of the year BY AMY HIGGINS || AHIGGINS@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG COMMUNITY COMRADES Durango Friends of the Arts has given over $350,000 to the Durango community during the last 20 years. The organization offers grants to help bring art into the community. To order your copy of this fund-raising cookbook, contact Kris Ryall at

A DASH MORE … Not only does Taste the Seasons of Durango feature more than 400 tasty recipes, but it also offers several helpful tips such as hints for baking breads, quick food fixes and pantry musthaves.


There are lots of flavorful recipes in the Durango Friends of the Arts’ 270-page cookbook. This nonprofit, all-volunteer organization has put together a delicious book that features appetizers, soups, main dishes, desserts and more. Recipes presented in Taste the Seasons of Durango are fitting for any day in the year, but the book groups tasty recipe suggestions by season. This season, when the winter weather closes in, try one of these yummy cold-weather concoctions:

Mini Cinnis

2 (8-ounce) cans refrigerated crescent rolls 6 tablespoons butter, softened 1/3 cup brown sugar, firmly packed 1/4 cup pecans, finely chopped 1 tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Unroll crescent rolls and separate each dough portion along center perforation to form four rectangles; press diagonal perforations to seal. Stir together butter, brown sugar, pecans, sugar and cinnamon; spread evenly over one side of each rectangle. A small offset spatula works really well to spread the filling. Roll up jelly roll fashion, starting at the long end. Gently cut each log into six 1-inch thick slices, using a serrated knife. Place rolls 1/4-inch apart onto two greased 8-inch cake pans. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 5 to 10 minutes then glaze. NOTE: To make slicing easier, place unbaked logs on a baking sheet and freeze for 10 minutes. Glaze: 2/3 cup powdered sugar 1 tablespoon milk or half and half 1/4 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract 1/8 teaspoon salt Stir together all ingredients. Drizzle over warm rolls. For more delicious recipes from this cookbook, visit www. Click on Recipes. 22 January 2012

Wild Rice Soup 1 cup wild rice 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, divided 1 cup flour 1/2 cup diced onion 1/2 cup diced celery 4 cups chicken broth 1 quart whipping cream salt and pepper Soak rice in water for 4 hours, then drain. In a heavy pan combine 1 cup of butter and flour. Whisk until golden brown to make a roux. Set aside. Melt the 2 tablespoons butter in a large pot. Sauté onion and celery until the onion is translucent. Add the broth and drained rice and bring to a boil. Lower heat to a simmer. Cook 2 hours or until rice has started to open up. Add cream. Bring back to a boil and thicken with the reserved roux. Stir well until roux is completely blended into the soup. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serves 6 to 8. January 2012 23


Family Matters

Regenerating relationships in Colorado’s great outdoors BY DENNIS SMITH|| OUTDOORS@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG


Maybe because I’ve experienced similar intensely reflective moments while hunting or fishing with my own sons, I understood exactly what Joe Reko meant when he said, “It wasn’t so much the moose; it was my boys that made this hunt so rewarding.” This was a few weeks after he bagged a big bull moose in the Medicine Bow Mountains on the fringe of the ColoradoWyoming border. He was recounting the story to my wife and me over platters of moose burgundy with roasted veggies, a nice red wine and an old family concoction his wife, Wendy, simply called “fried bread.” It was gourmet fare for sure. But while Joe was delighted to have finally fulfilled a childhood dream, he was profoundly gratified with the realization that, at this point in his life, he could never have pulled off such a monumental challenge without the brute strength and dedication of his two sons. Joe and his boys had hunted pheasants and antelope together when the kids were young, but the passing of time — and life in general — pulled them in different directions. By the time he finally drew a Colorado moose tag, the boys were grown, married and living away from home with families of their own. Finding time to hunt or get together outdoors had become an increasingly difficult confusion of conflicting job schedules, hunting seasons and family matters. When he invited the boys to accompany him on his moose hunt, Joe’s goal was simply to get together with Ben and Jesse. He had no clue just how instrumental they would be to the outcome of the hunt. Months before the opener, Joe did the initial footwork by consulting maps, researching statistics, talking with area wildlife officers and scouting his assigned hunting unit. Yet, it was the combined efforts of Ben and Jesse in the field that brought the whole thing to its amazingly successful conclusion. Jesse and his dad set up camp the day before the season opened, but Ben’s job 24 January 2012

Joe Reko (right) with his son Ben and the big bull moose that brought father and sons together for an incredible outdoor adventure.

prevented him from joining them until later that evening. The plan for opening day was to split up, go in three different directions and reassemble later in the day to report their findings. All three found game, but Ben scouted four big bulls in the area and captured it on video. He ran back to find his father and Jesse, showed them the footage and then guided them back to the bulls. Joe was about to take the first bull when Ben reminded him that a bigger one lurked somewhere nearby. Joe wisely took his son’s counsel, held off and eventually crept up on a much bigger bull deeper in the drainage. Ben caught it all on video. After giving thanks for their good fortune, they began the arduous task of quartering and packing the 1,200-pound behemoth off the mountain. It was a job

made all the more urgent by the surprisingly unseasonable 70-degree heat. Five hours later the meat had been bundled into game bags. The mammoth cape and antlers muscled onto Ben’s back, the three set out for a grueling mile-and-a-half hike back to the truck. That night in camp they dined on moose tenderloins and relived the excitement of the day into the wee hours. Weeks later Joe confided to me that even if he and his boys never get to hunt together again, they can say they shared an incredible outdoor experience that will last the rest of their lives. Joe may have made the shot, but the time spent with his boys “made the hunt.” That’s a fact for which Joe will be forever grateful.

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife Responds




Department notes work to get hunters in the field

EDITOR’S NOTE: In the December issue of Colorado Country Life, our Outdoor columnist, Dennis Smith, took issue with some of the state of Colorado’s hunting policies. Here, Colorado Parks and Wildlife answers those criticisms.


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Colorado has a long and proud history of conserving its wildlife for future generations. From the reintroduction of elk in Rocky Mountain National Park at the turn of the century to the thriving moose populations reestablished since 1978, the biological and geographic diversity of our state has enticed outdoor enthusiasts nationwide. More elk inhabit Colorado than in any state or province in North America. As a result we have the ability to offer diverse hunting opportunities to our many hunting constituents. We offer true trophy hunting opportunities that are once-in-alifetime events, and also offer the ability to hunt elk every year with licenses that can be bought virtually the night before the hunt. The cost of offering such diverse opportunities is a complex regulatory system for issuing big-game hunting licenses. However, our customer service staff, officers and education coordinators provide help with big-game application year-round, with hands-on assistance to walk hunters through every step and opportunity available. Much of Colorado’s wildlife rely heavily on habitat provided by private lands. This Landowner Voucher program plays an important role in the management of Colorado’s big-game. The program allows a small percentage of hunting licenses for some big-game species to be set aside for landowners. Concerns raised about how the program currently operates are being addressed by a review committee of landowners, sportsmen, outfitters and wildlife managers. The group is considering requiring the collection of information about how landowner vouchers are used, enhancing enforcement of program violations and making changes to the eligibility requirements for landowners. The group’s recommendations for improvements may include legislative or regulatory changes, policy statements and better reporting of program operations.  Hunting is the primary tool in managing wildlife. How hunting is managed in Colorado is an extremely complex matter that requires gathering critical data related to the herds’ composition, distribution and numbers and includes significant public input before final decisions are made.

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[funny stories] RELIGION

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woman, tells him that it is an amazing radio invented by her deceased husband but cautioned him to never use the third button. Excited about his purchase, Bob takes the contraption home and plugs it in. The first button he tries says AM radio. But it’s not just local radio, it’s crystal clear AM radio from all over the world. The second button he tries says FM. Not only is it worldwide FM radio, it’s two-way radio and he’s talking to disc jockeys in Kuala Lampur and Shanghai. Unable to resist, Bob tries the third button. All of the sudden the skies darken, a tremendous wind shrieks through the window and electricity starts sparking out of the radio. Bob jumps back in fear and shouts, “ Dear God!” An angry voice comes through the speaker: “WHAT?” Joe Fetter, Denver Taking a rest room break at a stop in Fairplay, my friend Judie


overheard a grandmother and granddaughter talking after a small sound had resonated through the bathroom. “Did you let a ‘windy’?” asked the grandmother.

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“No,” the small girl answered. “That was the Toot Fairy.” Bonnie White, Colorado Springs Mildred and Alice, two elderly women, were out on a drive. They were cruising along when they came to an intersection with a red stoplight. Mildred drove right through. Alice thought to herself, “Am I losing it? I could have sworn we just went through a red light.” The next intersection they came to also had a red stoplight and, again, Mildred drove right through. Alice could have sworn that the light had been red but at the same time she was concerned she was seeing things. She was getting nervous. At the next intersection Alice paid close attention to the stoplight. It was red yet Mildred drove on through. Now certain she wasn’t seeing things, Alice turned to her friend and said, “Mildred, we just ran through three red lights in a row! You could have killed us both!” Mildred turned to her and said, “Good Lord! Am I driving?” Anonymous

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[Winter Wonderlands]

A Touchy Topic


Using touch screen devices while wearing winter gloves is virtually impossible, unless you own a pair of Agloves. The silver-nylon threading incorporated throughout a pair of Agloves makes using a touch screen device simple. Evidently, touch screens are not heat sensitive. “They are capacitive, meaning the screens work as tiny amounts of moisture, salts and oils in the skin allow electrons to flow between you and your device,” according to the Boulder-based company’s website. “With Agloves, the body’s natural bioelectricity flows through the glove to your touch screen device and maintains near-perfect connection.” Ranging between $17.99 and $23.99, Agloves are warm, machine washable and a great solution for those wanting to keep their digits warm while operating their touch screen gadgets. For more information, visit



The TracBall Snowball launcher makes it simpler to pummel your rival in a snowball fight. Just use the TracBall to scoop snow and it will form the perfect ammo. Next, fling the launcher forward and revel in the moment as you watch your opponent scramble. Enthusiasts of the ever-popular snowball fight will have a blast with this fun winter toy, and for a going rate of around $10 it’s affordable. For ages 6 and older. For more information, visit

[Frozen in Time]


Colorado native Karla Jean Booth closely captures the beauty and complex nature of snowflakes through a camera lens. One might presume on first glance that her photographs are staged, but under close inspection that assumption quickly goes out the window. Visit realsnowflake and see for yourself. Call Karla at 970-509-0433 to order a print of an up-close, amazing snowflake. 30 January 2012


Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you should hole up at home. Get out and see some of the amazing things happening in the Centennial State. Try one of these on for size: January 24-February 4 22nd Annual Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships Watch as snow sculptors create beyondamazing masterpieces in Breckenridge and find out whose creation is worthiest of the 2012 first-place title. Snow sculptures will remain standing for the entire week following the awards ceremony, weather permitting. Visit for the full schedule. February 1-5 34th Annual Snowdown In 1979 Durango began its “A Winter Celebration,” and in 1983 Snowdown was born with annually changing themes. “Once Upon a Snowdown” is this year’s theme and the town promises this cabin fever reliever will be tons of fun with a costume party, parade, musical entertainment and more. Dress in your favorite fairy-tale attire and join in the celebration. For more information, visit February 11-12 and 18-19 5th Annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival Relish intricate ice sculptures being created by über talented artists wielding chain saws and carving tools at this festival dubbed a “military salute carved in ice.” In the past, this two-weekend event featured ice mazes, an ice slide and martini bar. What cool elements will be brought to this year’s event? Visit for details.

Download CREA’s NEW 2012 Legislative Directory app for your iPad or iPhone Visit to download the app The Colorado Rural Electric Association has published its 2012 Legislative Directory. Paper copies are available for $1 each by calling 303-455-4111. Or, starting January 6, you can download the Legislative Directory as an app on your Apple device for $9.99 Have legislators’ names, phone numbers, email addresses, websites and more at your fingertips.

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