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4 Viewpoint

16 Photographic Journey

5 Letters 6 Calendar 7 Co-op News 12 NewsClips 14 Harnessing Hot Water

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CREA represents its member co-ops, their members at the state capitol

22 Gardening

The Pikes Peak Guy photographs 365 day of America’s mountain

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Use an ancient crop-growing method to make gardening fun and fruitful

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25 Energy Tips

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29 Funny Stories 30 Discoveries

Electric co-ops harness water heaters as energy-conserving batteries



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2014 Legislative Session

CREA represents its member co-ops, their members at the state capitol BY KENT SINGER || CREA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR || KSINGER@COLORADOREA.ORG


One of the many functions of the Colorado Rural Electric Association is to represent the interests of Colorado’s electric co-ops before the Colorado General Assembly. The legislature meets for 120 days each year and considers approximately 600 bills. CREA reviewed all of those bills to see if they will have any impact on the operations and activities of Colorado’s 22 electric distribution co-ops and one generation and transmission co-op. We ask two critical questions when we determine whether or not CREA will weigh in on any piece of legislation. First, we ask: “Will the bill increase the costs of electricity to rural consumers?” The second question is: “Will the bill impact the ability of locally elected co-op boards to make decisions for the co-op?” If the answer to either of these questions is yes, it’s likely that we will get engaged in the political process as it relates to that piece of legislation. But the way we get involved varies from bill to bill. Sometimes a bill is so important that we pull out all the stops to have an impact on the outcome of the legislation. That was the case last year with Senate Bill 13-252, the bill that was introduced late in the 2013 legislative session that doubled the renewable energy requirements for electric co-ops. The CREA board voted to oppose the bill, and we used every tool at our disposal to defeat it. While the bill passed, we at least made the legislature aware of our concerns and the challenges we now face in implementing some parts of SB 13-252. Our efforts in relation to SB 13-252, though, were unusual because we normally work with individual legislators and other stakeholders to develop amendments to bills and work out win-win solutions on legislation. Our activities during the 2014 legislative session are much more typical of the work CREA does in the legislative arena. For example, a bill introduced this year by Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg (HB 14-1216) requires owners of certain types of tall towers to mark those towers so they will be more visible to low-flying aircraft. Given some recent accidents involv- 4 May 2014

ing crop-dusting pilots, Rep. Sonnenberg introduced the bill to enhance public safety. Although the bill as originally introduced applied to a wide variety of utility structures, we worked with Rep. Sonnenberg on an amendment that narrowed its scope but still applied to the towers that are most likely to cause problems. Another example of a bill we worked on this legislative session is HB 14-1030, a bill that streamlined the permitting requirements for small hydroelectric facilities in Colorado. Electric co-ops So far in 2014 have long been supporters of both large and small hydropower as a carbon-free energy source, and while we supported most of the provisions in the bill, we have been did not support a proposed amendment introduced that would have required co-ops to net by Colorado’s meter remote hydropower facilities. General CREA worked with Conservation ColoAssembly rado and other stakeholders to delete this requirement from the bill. It would have meant co-ops would have to pay the retail rate for power from small hydropower facilities that are not being used to offset the consumption of a co-op member-owner. The concept of net metering means that individuals can generate their own power to offset their consumption of electricity from their utility. When electricity is being produced from a facility that is not offsetting the load of a consumer, that is not net metering; we oppose that kind of interference with our exclusive rights to serve our member-owners. These are just two examples of bills that we worked on during the 2014 legislative session to protect the electric co-op business model and develop solutions that work for both the legislature and our members. The CREA lobbying team works tirelessly to protect the interests of Colorado’s electric co-ops, and I am proud to say that our team is highly respected by both parties in the legislature. We will continue to work on your behalf with the Colorado General Assembly.

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Kent Singer, Executive Director

[letters] Work With Students Appreciated It was a pleasant surprise to see my students featured in the news section (of the Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association version). These students have been researching how we can be prepared for when natural disasters strike. Teams met with emergency responders and other companies to problem solve issues they encountered while doing their work. Thank you, Ben Ledington and PVREA for hosting a group of amazing students, providing them with an excellent learning experience and giving me another reason to be proud of my REA.

Jan Nimlo, Zach Elementary, Fort Collins

Tale of Two Views I am fortunate to have two homes, one in Christian County, Missouri, and one in Grand County, which means I am a member of two rural electric cooperatives. Reading the periodicals from each cooperative reveals an interesting dichotomy. While both offer social and cultural articles, each cooperative editorializes as well. The political differences are dramatic and revealing. Colorado Country Life consistently features opinions that promote alternative forms of energy, while Rural Missouri is fixated on one drumbeat advocating for coal. For example, the January 2014 lead editorial in Colorado’s periodical was “Harness the Sun to Benefit All” by Kent Singer, executive director. In contrast, the January 2014 lead editorial in Missouri’s periodical was “Tell the EPA, You Can’t Raise Our Rates!” The next generation will need to cultivate renewable, sustainable, inexhaustible sources of energy that are clean and that leave the environment uncontaminated. To those members of the cooperatives with the vision to promote the next generation of fuels, it is important to know the leadership’s bias. Refusing to reject the 20th century carbon infrastructure we inherited is shortsighted. Embracing our transition to the 21st century smart grid infrastructure circulating renewable energy is the real challenge.

Gary Casalo, Ozark, Missouri

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[Country News] [what’s inside] n Life and Time’s of Alice Bledsoe n Welcome New Employee 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] Ron Baxa [office manager] Ben Orrell [member services specialist] Darrin Laverenz [operations manager] Paul Norris [operations superintendent]

Why Climate Regulations Matter TIM POWER || GENERAL MANAGER


I am joining electric co-ops across our country in letting you know that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently released regulations to limit carbon dioxide emissions at new power plants that will lead to more expensive electricity for members of electric cooperatives Tim Power in Colorado. That’s why we’re asking everyone to send comments to the EPA through Action. coop. This easy-to-use online tool directly sends your thoughts to Washington, D.C., so regulators understand the potential harm of these rules. We’re concerned because the EPA has chosen to write regulations that rely on technology for reducing CO2 emissions that has not been proven at commercial power plants. This “carbon capture and storage” method might look good on paper or in the lab, but unlike Washington, D.C., we’re not willing to take the risk with your electric bills. (Sandra Weber, 1100070003) In case you’re wondering whether the EPA actually will read these comments, consider this: By law the EPA is required to ask the American public how a proposed rule would affect costs to consumers, the quality of life and the economic future of their communities. That’s why electric cooperatives are leading the charge with the 42 million members nationwide to raise our voices collectively so we’ll be heard loud and clear. Already, tens of thousands of folks from across the country have shared their concerns. The country has not yet climbed out of the recession; many Americans are

hurting financially. We need to tell the EPA that cost matters. Anyone can send a comment at ­— even if they don’t live on co-op lines — so please encourage your family and friends, regardless of where they live, to join us. No matter where our energy comes from, we all have a responsibility to keep electricity reliable and affordable. Like energy policy itself, the regulations proposed by the EPA are technical, but an increase in your electric bill is personal. That’s why we need you to speak up. Jobs across Colorado and the future prosperity of our communities are threatened by electric bills going up. That’s why we must stick together. We care about the price of electricity because we’re a cooperative and we look out for you, our members. We think about our members with every decision we make. And we’re concerned that the EPA is making a decision that will force an increase in what we have to pay for power. That’s why we need to take a stand and urge our families and friends to join us. Please visit Just as important, get out and talk to people about what we’re doing and why we care about electricity prices. Your electric cooperatives in Colorado are powering the future, driving economic growth and fostering innovation. And we oppose ill-considered regulations written without regard to your economic wellbeing. Please join us in this important fight today. May 2014 7

[Country News] The Life and Time’s of Alice Bledsoe BEN ORRELL || MEMBER SERVICES SPECIALIST


If you have followed Colorado politics, even casually, you likely know that Carl “Bev” Bledsoe of Cheyenne County served as a member of the Colorado House of Representatives from 1972 to 1991. He was elected Speaker of the House in 1981 and continued to serve in that position until his retirement in 1991. He occupied the House Speaker’s office longer than anyone in Colorado history. Bev passed away on June 5, 2012. On March 24, 2014, the Colorado General Assembly honored his memory and service with a bronze bust of the speaker. His wife, Alice, was on hand to receive the honor on his behalf. I decided to do an interview with Alice to get a feel for the whirlwind life they lived. First question I asked was where and how Alice and Bev meet. A lot of things had to fall in place to make that happen. Bev’s mother grew up in Texas and went to Virginia to college. Alice’s mother went to the same school and they were roommates. Bev joined the army and was sent to Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. Alice said in those days everyone did whatever they could to support the GIs. Bev was invited over for a home-cooked meal. That was the first time they met. Alice was only 16. Bev was then sent to Camp Pendleton in California and then shipped out to Australia and the South Pacific. Alice’s dad was a World War I vet and told her that if she wanted to do something to support the war effort, she could write Bev and keep him current on things back home. She did. Three years later while Alice was in Randolph- Macon Woman’s College, Bev came back from the service and paid her to a visit. Shortly after, they were engaged. She had six more months of school to finish so they didn’t marry until she finished. She did come out to Colorado to visit during the summer (with her mom as a chaperone). She said she always had a spirit of adventure and this was right down her alley. When she and her mom arrived in Hugo (on the City of St. Louis train) it was 4 in the morning. Alice said she was all dressed up and walked over to the Greymont Hotel 8 May 2014

to make a phone call. She said the train crew was there eating and looked at her like she was from Mars. She tried to make a phone call but the operator (a Mrs. Moreland) said it was too early in the morning to call unless it was an emergency. Alice walked back over to the depot to report to her mom, who decided that it was an emergency. She walked back over, and when Mrs. Moreland answered she preempted Alice and said, “He is on the way.” Obviously, she had made the contact for Alice. Alice and Bev were married in the Ridgewood, New Jersey, church she had always attended. She said the nation had not yet recovered from the war and cars were hard to come by, but her dad was a banker and somehow found one. Due to

“Most of all, I love the people. Back East you never make eye contact, you never speak to people on the street and you don’t have the community support you have here.” the scarcity of vehicles, he had to pay a $300 bonus to get it. I asked Alice if she had any inkling that Bev would go into politics “Heavens, no,” she said, “I thought he would be a rancher.” “What got him into politics?” I asked. Alice said that she had been the secretary-treasurer of the school at Aroya. When that school closed and they moved their kids to Kit Carson School, there was a gentleman who wanted to be on the board and they disagreed with his philosophy.

Alice Bledsoe

“I didn’t want to run so I urged Bev to run,” she said. He did. He won. He began his career supporting rural education and that commitment never faded. Bev was in a variety of organizations, but as a member of the Cattlemen’s Association he was asked to be a lobbyist for them. He served in that capacity for four years. In those days it was an unpaid position but he learned a tremendous amount about how government runs. In 1972, he was appointed to fill out the term of Robert Schafer in the Colorado House of Representatives. I asked Alice if she was able to go with Bev when he was gone so much. “Not at first,” she said. “When he became a lobbyist we still had kids at home so I stayed at the ranch.” In 1974, when Chris graduated from high school, she went to Denver with Bev. They kept an apartment there. I asked Alice what drives her, what makes her tick. She said that she loves a challenge and loves an adventure. For instance, in 1946 when a massive snow hit Colorado and there was 3 feet of snow on the level, she and Bev were able to get home by being towed by other vehicles.

[Country News] The Life and Time’s of Alice Bledsoe For the next two weeks they fed cattle with horses, moved feed for the next day, put in incredibly long hours, had no Christmas tree or presents. She loved every minute of it. “I had a ball,” she said. “We got to have a hayride every day.” I wondered what it was like to be the wife of such a famous person. Alice said that she loved campaigning with Bev. She loves to visit and apparently never met a stranger. She said that in college she was urged to make a name for herself. She said they told her to be the authority and to be the driver of the agenda. “But that just wasn’t me, I don’t need to be in the spotlight. My successes are Bev, Bob, Tom and Chris.” (Gary Borns, 614700003) Alice loves to play bridge, do crossword puzzles and care for her house and yard. She showed me a picture on her wall of the Colorado Capitol. It was wonderful. She painted it. She claims to not be an artist, but I disagree. I had to ask how a girl from New Jersey was able to leave that lush environment and come to the plains. She said that many of her friends from the city also wonder what she does out here. “First of all I love the prairie,” she said. “I love the openness and the freedom. Out here I have no one looking over my shoulder. Out here I have something new to do every day. In the city I have to work at finding something to do. Most of all, \I love the people. Back East you never make eye contact, you never speak to people on the street and you don’t have the community support you have here.” She gave two examples. Recently, while visiting the hospital, she had a flat tire on her vehicle. Parmer’s Automotive came right up and changed the tire, fixed the flat and in no time put her back on the road. “Try to get that done in the city,” she said. In addition, she loves the people at the grocery store. “They are fun, friendly and more than happy to help you with finding things and carrying out your purchases to the car. You just can’t get that anywhere else but in rural America.” (Craig Quint 403560000) While the state of Colorado honors the Speaker of the House (who never forgot to serve the people who elected him), I feel it is equally important to honor the remarkable lady who was by his side during all those years. Alice was always there, always supporting her Bev and always supporting rural Colorado. (Raymond McKinnon 713400012 ) Thank you, Alice, for all you did and for what you are still doing.

Welcome Ron to Our Co-op K.C. Electric Association welcomes its newest employee, Ron Baxa. Ron is the new chief financial officer and replaces Chance Briscoe, who left to Ron Baxa become a general manager at a public power district in western Nebraska. Ron comes to us with over 20 years of electric co-op experience and is highly qualified as a registered certified public accountant. We look forward to Ron playing a vital role at K.C. Electric.


It’s busy on farms this time of year, but don’t overlook safety while in a rush. Dozens of farm workers are killed by electrocution each year when farm machines make contact with overhead power lines. Take note of electrical lines when moving equipment, like portable grain augers and combines. Make sure everyone who works on the farm knows the location of power lines and keeps farm equipment at least 10 feet away. For more information, visit


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 March, Vinnette Cockreham of Seibert, Mike Griebel of Burlington and Sylvia Palmer claimed 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). May 2014 9

[Country News] THE COUNTRY KITCHEN Pasta Shells With Herbed Lentil Sauce 1 teaspoon olive oil 1/2 pound mild Italian sausage 1 large onion, finely chopped 2 (or more) garlic cloves, minced 1 large bell pepper, diced 1 large carrot, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced 3/4 cup lentils, rinsed and picked over (soak in warm water for a few hours beforehand if you can) 1 1/4 cups chicken broth (or 1 1/4 cups water with a bouillon cube dissolved) 1/2 cup water 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 1 tablespoon butter 10 ounces medium pasta shells 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (I also add a couple handfuls of dehydrated tomatoes that I soak in the broth until soft. Canned tomatoes would probably work, too.) In a large nonstick saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the sausage and brown it, then add the onion and garlic and sauté till the onion is softened. Add the bell pepper and carrot to the pan and cook, stirring frequently, until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the lentils, broth, water and seasonings (and tomatoes) and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook till the lentils are tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed. If the lentils have been soaked, this will take 30-40 minutes, otherwise it will take longer. 10 May 2014

Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling water, cook the shells until just tender. Drain well. When the lentils are tender, add the shells, Parmesan and butter and toss everything together. Serve with Parmesan sprinkled over the top, if desired. Lian Emmerling, Hugo

Pretzel Dessert 3/4 cup butter (melted) 2 tablespoons sugar 2 cups crushed pretzels Mix all ingredients thoroughly. Put pretzel mixture into 9- by 13inch pan and bake for 8 minutes at 350. Cool. (WIN* Tom Rhule 1120530000) Topping 6 ounces package of strawberry-raspberry Jell-O 1 quart of frozen strawberries 8 ounces cream cheese, softened 1/4 cup sugar 8 ounces Cool Whip For topping, dissolve Jell-O in 2 cups of hot water. Then add frozen strawberries. Mix cream cheese with sugar and Cool Whip. Pour over cooled pretzel base. When Jell-O begins to set, pour over cream cheese mixture. Refrigerate 1/2 hour to 6 hours. Judy Bontrager Beeson, Stratton

“There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America.” William J. Clinton May 2014 11


How Much Electricity Does it Take to Keep Us Mobile?


More and more people are buying additional mobile electronics today. Just about everyone has a cell phone. Now many people have added an MP3 player or iPod and maybe a Kindle or an electronic tablet of some kind. Each of these devices consume a relatively small amount of electricity when it is charging. In fact, it takes less than $1.50 a year to provide the estimated 11.9 kilowatt-hours of electricity an iPad 3 needs on an annual basis, according to the Electric Power Research Institute. It takes less than 50¢ a year to keep an iPhone charged. But when you multiply these amounts times the tens of millions of these devices that are now being used, it adds up. According to an EPRI study, the 67 million iPads alone that had been sold worldwide at the time of the study use an estimated 590 gigawatt-hours of electricity a year. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Annual Energy Outlook for 2011 projected about a 0.7 percent increase in electricity consump-

tion by various household devices each year. It also projected that, by 2035, mobile devices would consume more electricity collectively than major appliances, such as clothes washers and refrigerators. Supporting this prediction is the EPRI study that showed that in March 2012, the annual energy consumption of the three iPad models on the market was comparable to the energy used by 3,000 U.S. homes. So, while some people are conserving electricity at home, using more efficient lightbulbs, adding insulation and buying more energy-efficient appliances, their efforts to cut electricity use are being counterbalanced by more and more mobile devices that must be charged with electricity to keep everyone mobile. EPRI is an independent, nonprofit organization that conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity.

Cooperatives Seek to Honor Rural Electrification Leader


It is quite likely that electricity enjoyed today throughout rural Colorado and the rural United States would not have happened as quickly as it did without the leadership of Sen. George W. Norris. The electric co-ops he helped make possible are now working to honor Sen. Norris’ contribution to rural America. Born in 1861 in rural Nebraska, Norris served in the U.S. Senate for 30 years. One of his greatest accomplishments was the planning of the Tennessee Valley Authority, which provided flood control and created electricity in the region of the Tennessee River. The TVA became a forerunner of the Rural Electrification Act, which was also championed by Norris. “Electrification of rural America was one of the most important moments in America’s history. George Norris worked across party lines to change the lives of rural residents and improve their quality of life,” said National Rural Electric Cooperative Association CEO Jo Sen. George Norris (R-Neb.) Ann Emerson. NRECA donated $10,000 to start the campaign to fund a memorial for Sen. Norris in McCook, Nebraska, where he got his start. For information on how to donate to the Rural Electrification Act – Norris Eternal Light display, visit or contact Kristin Gottschalk at 12 May 2014

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Lighting Lessons for 2014:

Efficiency Standards Changing Bulbs We Buy


New lighting laws took effect January 1, 2014. According to the Clean Energy Act of 2007, all 40-watt to 100-watt lightbulbs manufactured after January 1 must be at least 20 percent more efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs. Have you noticed a difference yet? Probably not. Traditional lightbulbs, manufactured before the deadline, are still being sold. Many of them are still burning in fixtures in homes and businesses. But change is happening. New types of more efficient lightbulbs are lighting spaces across the state. Compact fluorescent lamps, better known as CFLs, have long been championed by Colorado’s electric co-ops. Now the next wave of replacement bulbs are coming as lightbulb manufacturers look toward 2020 when new bulbs will have to be 70 percent more efficient than incandescents. Buying a new lightbulb has gotten complicated. The new Lighting Facts label is helpful. Like nutrition labels on the back of food packages, this new label shows the bulb’s brightness, appearance, life span and estimated yearly cost. Check it before you buy. These new, efficient, long-lasting bulbs will be lighting your spaces for a long time. May 2014 13



HOT Water

Electric co-ops turn water heaters into batteries BY CATHY CASH AND MEGAN MCKOY-NOE


Hot water’s great for early morning showers and washing dishes at night. It also transforms into a powerful energy storage device when connected to a utility’s demand-response program. All it takes is a little cooperation. Members at more than 250 co-ops in 33 states volunteer to help their utility store and save energy through electric resistance water heaters. At least half a million water heaters stand ready to answer the call, helping utilities lower system peaks, storing wind and hydropower energy during the night and enhancing grid efficiency. Mountain View Electric Association, with offices in Limon and Falcon, has been controlling electric resistance water heaters for its member-owners since 1998. Today, the electric co-op has more than 1,600 water heaters in the program. “Through our water heater demand-response programs, co-ops reduce demand for expensive peak energy and more easily store power generated from renewable sources to help meet that evening peak demand,” says Kirk Johnson, senior vice president for government relations at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. “As a result, it helps electric co-ops provide the most reliable and affordable electricity to their members.” When co-ops launched pioneering load management efforts in the late 1970s, electric resistance water heaters quickly became the “peak shift” device of choice. Water could be heated and stored during periods of low power consumption, such as late night and early morning hours. Thanks to big tanks (commonly 80 gallons or more), the units could be turned off

for long stretches without a household being inconvenienced by running out of hot water. Water heaters aren’t the only resource co-ops tap when energy demand spikes. Demand response programs also use air conditioners, electric thermal storage heating cabinets and furnaces and other specialized equipment in the homes of volunteers. In 2012, local electric co-ops cut 2,400 megawatts of load, the electric use equivalent of 1.2 million average-sized homes, saving members about $100 million in generation fuel costs and 14 May 2014

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Source: Palmetto Electric Cooperative, Inc.

An electric co-op technician installs a load control switch on an electric water heater, at a member’s home for its load control program. The co-op can turn off the appliance during times of peak electricity consumption to lower its power bill.

Using load control receivers attached to appliances such as electric water heaters, utilities can interrupt electric service to specific appliances in the homes of volunteer consumers.

offsetting more than 2,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

Water fight

“Through our water heater demand- response programs, co-ops

can contribute significantly to the overall efficiency of the nation’s power grid in addition to providing affordable hot water to consumers.” The proposal would have limited water heaters for new construction to a heat pump water heater, a solar water heating system, an instantaneous water heater or a storage gas water heater with a specific energy rating. Heat pump water heaters can’t be cycled like electric resistance models and can’t heat water as quickly. The price tag for these appliances is also higher than electric resistance water heaters, putting them out of reach for many co-op members.

reduce demand for expensive The success of volunteer demandresponse programs was threatened last peak energy and more easily store year. The Natural Resources Defense power generated from renewable Council recommended water heater limits to the International Code sources to help meet that evening Council, a standards organization peak demand,” says Kirk Johnson, responsible for the International Energy Conservation Code. The code is revised senior vice president for governevery three years. ment relations at the National NRECA warned the proposal could harm utility demand response, load Rural Electric Cooperative Associamanagement and energy storage programs. Hundreds of co-op leaders echoed NRECA’s stance, petitioning the U.S. Department of Energy. In October 2013, For tips on how to save with your water heater, the council ruled against the change. visit “Water heater programs have saved co-op members hundreds of millions of dollars and eliminated the need to build new Megan McKoy-Noe and Cathy Cash write on consumer and cooperative affairs electric generation,” explains Keith Dennis, NRECA senior principal for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the Arlington, Virginiafor end-use solutions and standards. “This victory represents an based service arm of the nation’s 900-plus consumer-owned, not-for-profit understanding of the building code community that water heaters electric cooperatives. Rob Holt contributed to this article. May 2014 15


The Pikes Peak Guy knew

A Photograp

odds were that he’d eventually meet a bear as he wandered the roads, main trails, back routes and dead-end deer paths around Pikes Peak. The rendezvous appropriately took place on Friday the 13th in August 2010. He was 10 weeks into a year of shooting photos of Pikes Peak and publishing his best image every day on The Pikes Peak Guy’s Facebook page, a project that eventually became a 4.6-pound book, 365 Days of Pikes Peak: The Journey, and would change his life. But on that Friday, The Pikes Peak Guy was out by himself with just his camera for backup. The sun had set; the photo for the day would be a time-lapsed image of the night sky over “America’s mountain,” the stars looking like dozens of delicate incisions in the dark violet canopy. “The smell of something foul hit me,” The Pikes Peak Guy wrote in the day’s Facebook entry. The hairs on the back of his neck stood on end as he shone his light over his shoulder and saw a bear staring back at him. A bracing jolt of panic came with thoughts of which body parts to protect first, but then he remembered to shout, not run. The bear turned and walked away. The Pikes Peak Guy then began carrying a gun as well as his camera on those daily shoots. As summer turned to autumn, and then blew into winter, more people in Woodland Park discovered The Pikes Peak Guy was their neighbor Shaun Daggett, 16 May 2014

who was by day the mild-mannered executive director of corporate development for an international translation firm for businesses. Daggett’s path to shooting 365 Days of Pikes Peak: The Journey was as winding as that trail where he’d met the bear. In fact, his trajectory goes against much of what we all know makes for success. “It worked because I didn’t plan it,” Daggett says. “I think that’s right,” says Daggett’s longtime friend Damon Williams. “Had he put a lot of planning into it, he would have talked himself out of it. He says, ‘I love the book, but I would not do that again.’” On the other hand, Daggett likes the saying that “luck is where preparation and opportunity meet.” And while he might not have thought through what it would take to post a first-rate photo of Pikes Peak online every day, he did have the photographic chops to make it work, and he had the business know-how to sell his art. Daggett left home at age 18 to attend photography school. An early marriage and


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four children pushed him onto a corporate track instead. Since the 1990s he held a number of challenging positions that came with a solid salary and the perks of international travel. Then, in 2000, he, his wife and four children moved to Colorado after he received a job offer. They fell in love with Woodland Park, a town 19 miles northwest of Colorado Springs. Woodland Park, not coincidentally, is known for its spectacular views of Pikes Peak. But Daggett wasn’t happy. He hesitates to admit that because he knows how fortunate he was. But he wasn’t doing what he dreamt about while growing up. By spring 2010, Daggett was single again and he had his son, Jared, a high school junior, living with him. It was the right time

to take a shot at his first love: photography. He would go at it not just with a camera but with all the canny smarts he learned in his corporate career. It would be, as he says, “landscape photography on steroids,” a published photo per day from June 1, 2010, to May 31, 2011. “He’s super ambitious; once he gets his mind set, nothing will stop him,” says Jared. Other than the bear, August 13 wasn’t unusual for Daggett’s year. The day began with grabbing a cup of coffee at 4:30 a.m., driving out to a remote site, setting up his tripod and waiting for the sun to rise. It wasn’t a remarkable sunrise, and so, after putting in a morning at his day job, Daggett drove out again at lunchtime to check out the midday light. Those photos didn’t [continued on page 18] May 2014 17


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satisfy him either. And so, after Pikes Peak Guy work he set out again that Shaun Daggett evening. “I went out there happy, dumb and lucky,” Daggett confesses. “Nobody knew where I was. I would have been in real trouble if I’d gotten stranded.” He typically got back home after dark and headed to his computer to review and edit his shots from the day, usually a couple hundred but sometimes as many as 500 digital images in a single day. It took hours to sort through them all. After choosing the day’s best shot, Daggett wrote about how he took the shot, including the technical specifications, then posted it to Facebook by midnight. That was a hard deadline. “I was publishing the picture of the day — not the day before — every day,” he says. “There were no breaks, no vacations, no holidays, no Christmas. I was a single parent, engaged at the time. I held a full-time job, had all the responsibilities of life. It didn’t matter if the dog got sick or the truck broke down, I had to make it work. I couldn’t do a halfhearted project on America’s mountain.” It was, by all reckoning, an insane project, one that put 33,000 miles on Daggett’s old truck. Yes, the dog, Mac, did get sick a couple times and the truck had problems more than once. Son Jared put it into a ditch several times. “I’d just gotten my license,” Jared explains. 18 May 2014

Daggett says Jared, a hiker and mountain biker, was his greatest help along the way. Jared scouted for locations, hauled equipment and framed shots for his dad. “He took care of a lot of things at home and helped me, especially when I was sick,” Daggett says. “He was like my Sherpa. I’d say, ‘Hey scurry up those rocks. Is there an interesting view up there?’” If there was, Daggett would scramble up with the equipment to shoot some photos. “I don’t think I could do it again,” Daggett says. “By the time it was all said and done, I was drained physically and emotionally. I slept for a couple weeks afterwards.” And then? “Then we had to start doing all the work for the book,” says Jared. That had already actually begun with the decision to selfpublish an expensive prospect. Daggett launched a Kickstarter campaign, an online appeal to donors interested in funding creative projects, before he finished his year of shooting. He raised $17,864 from 150 backers, the fundraising ending on May 31, 2011, his last day of shooting. That campaign was the third highest fundraiser on Kickstarter at the time in the photography category. Daggett produced a coffee-table book priced at more than

$100. He had an enthusiastic following of thousands at his Facebook page who assured him they’d buy the book, and managers at many tourist venues around Pikes Peak also agreed to stock it. After the book’s release in October 2011, Daggett sold so many copies on Amazon that the book shot up into Amazon’s “hot new releases” list. It’s well-reviewed there, with 64 out of 67 reviews giving it the maximum five-star rating. Daggett sold enough books that he quit his job in 2012. He’s had setbacks. The fires and floods around Colorado Springs in recent years have affected his earnings. But Daggett has 70,000 photos, many of which could have made it into the book. He’s come out with a softcover version of 365 Days and calendars. The books don’t just sell to tourists; locals also buy them, as do people, mostly military, who used to be locals. “He gets a kick out of people who’ve moved away to Florida or Missouri, and who contact him to say what the photos mean to them,” says Williams. “Maybe they were depressed and they look at Shaun’s pictures and it reminds them about what’s beautiful, what they love.” The book’s success meant that Daggett could do more charitable work. He helped the Wounded Warrior Project in 2012, and in 2013 he helped his friend Williams, a U.S. Army veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan. Williams came home with a permanent disability, a back injury, and hopes for the kind of stem cell treatment Peyton Manning received. The Veterans Administration, however, doesn’t cover that procedure, which would cost $9,000. Daggett helped Williams videotape his own online appeal. “I would have never have known how to go this route,” says Williams. “Every day we were brainstorming on how to get the money to make it happen.” Williams now has the money for his treatment. Daggett also gives time to others who hope to bring their own creative projects alive. “They tend to focus on how to make money,” Daggett says. “I tell them to stop worrying about that. Share your passion with the world; do it very publically. If it’s good, people will pull your ropes. They’ll grab hold and pull you across. If it’s not good — well, failure isn’t the end of the world.”





A Colorado native, freelance writer Kristen Hannum no longer brings Southern relatives to the 14,115-foot summit of Pikes Peak. Too many of them faint.

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Backpack Snacks Delicious, healthy options for on-the-trail sustenance BY AMY HIGGINS || AHIGGINS@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG Safe and Simple Food processors are great companions in the kitchen, but they can be difficult, and sometimes dangerous, to clean. Instead of scrubbing, fill the processor about one-third full with water, squirt in dishwashing soap and turn it on for a few seconds. The food processor should be clean and all that’s left is rinsing and air-drying.

Nix the Stick

Use small squares or rectangles of parchment paper between each energy bar to prevent sticking when stored. Another idea: Wrap a few bars like small presents in parchment and tie with string. This way you can put them in your pocket or backpack without making a mess.


Journey to the Pikes Peak area and enjoy loads of invigorating activities. Be sure to pack comfortable shoes, a jacket, sunscreen and plenty of water. In addition, stave off grumbling bellies and stay fueled with a variety of simple snacks. Pocket-sized, preservative free and substantial enough to curb your appetite, these snacks can be prepared in advance and are perfect travel companions.

Morning Energy Mocha Balls 1 1/4 cups Honey Bunches of Oats Morning Energy Chocolatey Almond Crunch cereal 1/2 cup walnut halves 1 teaspoon chia seeds 1 teaspoon flax seeds 1 teaspoon sesame seeds 4 tablespoons almond butter 2 tablespoons honey 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup 2 tablespoons dried cranberries 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 teaspoons espresso powder 1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt 1/4 cup toasted unsweetened coconut for rolling (optional) Place cereal in a food processor. Process until finely ground. Add walnut halves, chia seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds, almond butter, honey, maple syrup, cranberries, vanilla, espresso powder and sea salt to bowl. Process until well blended and mixture forms stiff dough. Remove dough and form into compact ball with hands. Form dough into 1-inch balls and roll in toasted coconut, if desired. Place balls on wax paper-lined tray and let stand for about one hour. Transfer to tin or container with tight lid. Balls will keep for at least a week at room temperature, or they can be chilled. 20 May 2014

Source: Honey Bunches of Oats

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Trail Bars 3/4 cup natural creamy peanut butter, stirred 1/4 cup honey 6 tablespoons water 1 cup chocolate whey protein powdered drink mix 2 cups granola cereal with raisins 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips Line an 8-by-8-inch pan with foil, extending foil up sides of pan. Place peanut butter and honey in microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir. Microwave an additional 30 seconds. Stir again until mixture is smooth. Whisk water and powdered drink mix until blended. Add to peanut butter mixture. Stir until smooth. Stir in granola and chocolate chips until evenly moistened. Press evenly in prepared pan. Chill 1 hour. Cut into bars. Store in refrigerator in an airtight container. Source: Smucker’s

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Three Sisters Gardening

Use an ancient crop-growing method to make gardening fun and fruitful BY KRISTEN HANNUM || GARDENING@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG


I confess. I made my kids weed dandelions until they hated it. My grandchildren, in contrast, have never pulled a single dandelion. They think gardening is full of fun projects, such as landscaping miniature cities out of shells, twigs and rocks; taste-testing their berry crops; and, yes, sometimes viciously annihilating invasive weeds and voracious tomato worms. One of the most rewarding projects for kids of all ages is the three sisters garden, the Native American staples of corn, beans and squash. The three were the backbone of Native American farming across the continent, from the shores of Gichigami (Lake Superior in Ojibwe) to high Anasazi desert gardens here in Colorado. “This is ancient stuff,” says Penn Parmenter, who gardens at 8,120 feet in Westcliffe and leads classes in highaltitude gardening at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Just like families, the three sisters grow better together than on their own. Corn, the oldest sister, provides a sturdy stalk for the bean or pea tendrils to grab onto and grow up into the sun. The beans, in turn, fertilize the corn, fixing nitrogen into the soil where the corn’s roots can use it. “And then you plant a rambling squash, maybe a pumpkin, that will vine through the corn,” Parmenter says. The squash does the job of mulching, keeping the soil from drying out. Additionally, the squash’s prickly fur guards the beans and corn from pests. The garden begins with the fun of getting dirty, because your dirt must be amended with plenty of compost and aged manure. Shape it into circular mounds, 2 to 3 feet across and about a foot high. Give each mound a lip so that it will hold water better. Mold enough mounds to make the equivalent of 10 square feet of growing space. That’s a lot of dirt! Plant the corn after the last frost, midMay along the Front Range. Parmenter recommends Candy Mountain corn, a high-altitude seed. 22 May 2014

Her number one secret, though, for growing corn or any crop is to save seeds. “That’s because they learn how to adapt to your particular place,” she says. “Saving seed works much better than buying seeds.”

Plant the corn after the last frost, mid-May along the Front Range. Parmenter recommends Candy Mountain corn, a high-altitude seed.

Plant five corn seeds at least 6 inches apart at the center of each mound. Try planting them one for each compass direction and then one in the center. Eventually, you’ll thin them to where you only have three or four stalks. Then, when the corn is 5 inches tall, plant six bean or pea seeds in a circle around the corn in the mound. You’ll thin to end up with three or four plants. Parmenter’s family plants purple beans, yellow wax beans

and asparagus beans. Plant four squash seeds outside of each mound, again knowing that you’ll eventually pull out all but the strongest one. The Parmenters love the curvaceous Tromboncino summer squashes, shaped like eccentric question marks. Even little fingers can help the tendrils of beans find their way to where they can grab onto cornstalks. It’s even easier to herd the squash vines into the labyrinth of corn and beans. Since this is heirloom gardening, it’s worth getting heirloom seeds. Good sources include Seeds Trust in Littleton ( Farm Direct Organic Seed at offers a $9 packet called Three Sisters Seed Share, with heirloom adapted seeds. Native Seed/SEARCH ( out of Tucson, Arizona, is another great source. Whatever seeds you plant, thank the ancients for them. They were the people who once danced and sang to encourage the three sisters. Kristen Hannum is a native Coloradan gardener. Email or write her with wisdom or comments at May 2014 23



Twenty Years of Outdoor Writing

Columnist looks back at two decades of hunting, fishing, family adventure BY DENNIS SMITH || OUTDOORS@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG


My editors called a few weeks ago to ask if I was aware that it has been 20 years since I started writing this column for Colorado Country Life. They and wondered if I might comment on some of the changes I’ve seen take place over the years. They’re assuming I can remember that far back, I guess. God bless them. Truth is, so much water has gone under the proverbial bridge since then that it’s difficult to know where to start or what to include. I vaguely remember the early stories seemed to revolve around my childhood fishing and camping adventures with my father, brother and crazy cousin Al, all of whom are gone now. I miss them dearly. The original column was titled “Up the Creek” and focused largely on fishing with family and friends, but it evolved over the years to include essays on bigand small-game hunting, bird-watching, environmental pieces and occasional op-ed essays on controversial outdoor issues. This is why Mona Neeley and Donna Wallin wisely renamed it “Outdoors.” If you asked exactly when that happened, I couldn’t tell you. I also recall that I used to type the original manuscripts out on a big, clunky desktop computer, print the pages on a dot matrix printer, stuff them into a 9by 12-inch manila envelope along with a sleeve of 35 mm color slides and an itemized delivery memo. Next, I’d drive two miles to the post office where I had it weighed; paid for postage, insurance and return delivery fees; and sent it off by snail mail to the Denver office. Assuming all went well, it would arrive within three days. Today, it is composed on a tiny laptop, attached to an email along with digitized photo files and sent directly to Donna’s desktop with a click of a button, arriving in the blink of an eye. Today we’re in the midst of a full blown technological epidemic of electronic gadgetry and social media software that would have given Buck Rogers, Dick

Tracy and Mr. Spock terminal migraines had they lived long enough to experience it. Same goes for outdoor gear and equipment. Everything, it seems, is newer, faster and smarter. I, on the other hand, have gotten older, slower and … well, I’m not going to claim I’ve gotten any smarter, but I will say I’ve been incredibly blessed. I now have two grown sons and four grandchildren ranging in ages from 7 to 18, all of whom love the outdoors as much, if not more, than I do. Twenty years ago, I used to take them hunting and fishing; now they take me. I used to do all the planning, pack the grub, load the truck with rifles, tents, fishing

rods, sleeping bags and supplies, then set up camp and teach them how to find fish or game and convert them to dinner. Now they pretty much do it all, and bring me along as a guest. I no longer hike the hills; I ride up on the back of my grandson’s allterrain vehicle. He drops me off at trail’s end and I hunt on foot from there. I come back down the same way. I no longer drag my own deer out of the woods either, because my kids and grandkids do that for me. I used to be the camp cook, too. Now, while the kids rustle up grub, I sit back, sip a sundowner by the fire and marvel at how incredibly fortunate I am. And then I get to tell you about it.

Happy Anniversary, Dennis (And how BIG

was that fish?)


This year marks Dennis Smith’s 20th anniversary of writing Colorado Country Life’s Outdoors column. During that time, readers have come to know Dennis — a transplanted “Catskill Mountains redneck,” as he puts it — and his family. That recognition hit home in January when one of his sons and a grandson went hunting. Each shot an elk and the game warden came to check their paperwork. “Are you related to Dennis Smith, the Colorado Country Life Dennis Smith writer?” the warden asked. After Derek and Dawson Smith admitted they were, the warden beamed at them. “I know you two,” he told them. “I’ve read about you.” Dennis began writing for this magazine after Hewlett-Packard downsized his job in 1994. Dennis decided to pursue a new career, writing about what he loved: hunting and fishing. Colorado Country Life gave his columns a try and stuck with it. “I thought I’d be writing for hunters and fishermen; that it would be a ‘where to’ and ‘how to,’” Dennis says. “But I’ve learned that everyone gets a kick out of the column because it turned out to be more focused on adventures I’ve had with my kids and grandkids.” Dennis writes for the ranchers and farmers he meets when he’s knocking on doors to ask permission to hunt on their land. “I’ve learned to respect what they go through,” he says. The soft-spoken Dennis isn’t running out of stories; he makes the most of new ones he garners every weekend. As for whether he tells fishermen’s stories, Dennis is fast with an answer. “Look, fishermen are born honest,” he says. “But they get over it real quick. And I’m as guilty as the next guy.” After all, do you want a good story or the exact length of the trout? Colorado Country Life readers crave the good story.

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INSTALLING RADIANT BARRIERS BY JAMES DULLEY The savings from installing a radiant barrier in the attic vary considerably depending on your specific house, climate, orientation to the sun and so on. But proper installation in a specific house can yield a reasonable payback and better comfort. Radiant barriers require an air gap to prevent them from touching the hot roof; otherwise, they become a conductor. Reinforced aluminum foil was typically used as the radiant barrier, but now many barriers use plastic films with reflective surfaces. In addition to reflectivity, emittance is a property of radiant barriers. It should be lower than 25 percent (0.25) To install radiant barriers, you in order to be an will need a hand construction effective barrier. stapler, a utility knife and a long straightedge. Aluminum foil is well below the 25 percent level. There also are reflective paints that can be sprayed underneath the roof sheathing. To get a good payback from the energy savings, it makes sense to install the radiant barrier yourself. Several companies sell double-sided reflective foil for about $130 for a 4-by-250-foot roll. Invest in a hand construction stapler, a utility knife and a long straightedge and you are ready to install. The easiest method to install the radiant barrier is to cut it into lengths and staple it underneath the roof rafters. It is not important how neatly it is installed, but it is important to have adequate attic ventilation, preferably a combination of soffit and ridge vents. When installing single-sided foil, face the reflective side down to take advantage its low emittance.



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VINTAGE FISHING TACKLE. I buy rods, reels, lures, creels, etc. Gary, 970-222-2181 (170-10-14)

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

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for photos of readers and their copy of Colorado Country Life. Got a great

Archie Ferrarini, Clifton

My 4-year-old grandson, Charlie, was excited about

Spring into Action

We’re Looking …

Late one night a police officer stopped a car for speeding. The officer asked the driver for his driver’s license and examined it. “Your license has a restriction; you must wear eyeglasses when driving,” the officer said to the driver. “I know I don’t have eyeglasses on, but I don’t need them because I have contacts,” the driver replied. The officer responded, “ I don’t care who your contacts are. I’m writing you a ticket!”

my upcoming visit. Before I arrived, he had a warning for his mother who is a police officer and has been known to use colorful language at times. He said, “Mom, no cussing, because when Nana comes to town, Jesus comes to town.” Rena Peña, Pagosa Springs

One day, a class was on a field trip to a police station. Students were walking down a hallway filled with pictures when one of the smaller students raised his hand. “Who are the people in all the pictures?” he asked. “Those are the criminals we are still looking for,” the tour guide responded. The little boy looked confused then shot his hand back up in the air and asked, “Why didn’t they just keep them when they took their pictures?” Brooklynn Norris, Colorado Springs

pic of you or your family

My 5-year-old nephew was visiting his grandparents’

member with the maga-

farm along with his family. While they were there he had to have a tooth pulled. It was quite an ordeal for my little nephew as the tooth was difficult to remove. His grandma felt sorry for him, so she asked the Tooth Fairy to leave a little extra. The next morning, to his surprise, he found a $10 bill waiting for him. They returned to their home in the city and a few days later another tooth came out. He exclaimed to his mom, “Mom, we have to get this tooth out to Grandma’s farm! The Tooth Fairy pays really good out there!”

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

Congratulations Congratulations to Loel Sirony of Windsor, who won a $25 gift certificate for submitting the photo to the right.

Marilynn Van Well, Akron

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

Make it


It’s a tough road to graduation, so make a big deal out it! Order personalized products for graduation parties that are not only fun to look at, but excellent to consume. Jones Soda will specially make party favors to your liking, and your guests will love to imbibe. Visit and select “Custom


Make these chocolatey graduation caps on a stick for your graduate in a few easy steps. Collect the following: small chocolate peanut butter cups, 2- to 2.5-inch flat chocolate squares, chocolate candy melt, pull and peel cherry licorice, M&M’s Minis, lollipop sticks. 1. U  nwrap and chill the chocolate beforehand to make it easier to work with. While it chills, pull the licorice apart into strings, decide on the length needed and snip the ends to form “tassels.” (Other similar candy in other colors may be used to match school colors.) 2. Melt the candy melt, following directions. 3. Remove chocolates from fridge or freezer. Warm a pointed utensil such as an ice pick in warm water, then use it to melt a hole in the center of the top of the peanut butter cup. Next, dip a lollipop stick in the candy melt before pushing it into the peanut butter cup. 4. H  old the stick and “frost” the bottom of the cup with the candy melt. Place the peanut butter cup frosted side down in the center of a chocolate square. Let it set while you repeat with the rest of your treats. 5. O  nce the chocolate has set, stick all of the treats, stickside down, into a piece of Styrofoam. Use the candy melt to stick a M&M’s Mini in the center of the top side of the chocolate square. Use a toothpick to create a line of candy melt and place the candy “tassel” up against the M&M Mini along the line of candy melt. Let the treats rest until the candy melt has hardened. Scan this page to watch our video for help on working with the lollipop sticks without breaking the cups or view it at 30 May 2014

for the front of the bottle and provide text for the back. Finally, choose from a variety of flavors such as cream soda, cola and strawberry lime, and your personalized soda is ready to ship.


Graduation Cap

Labels.” Choose and upload a photo

Put your favorite graduate’s face here!


Bib It and

FORGET IT Drink dispensers drip, which not

only creates a mess but can be a slipping liability. Snap it Up beverage bibs, made by Otis resident Jennifer Willeke, collect drips as they drop, before they can hit the ground. The bibs are made of vinyl and have a unique snapping system that creates a cup to catch drips.

Snap it Up bibs cost $14 each and


EVERYTHING You don’t need to spend a lot to decorate a graduation party. Simply visit your local craft store and put a little elbow grease into it. We discovered this creative design that is sure to impress guests, especially the guest of honor. What you’ll need:

o Spray mount adhesive o Photocopies of favorite photos, long enough to go around your vase o Vases or jars

come in a variety of colors, from

o Ribbon or twine

black to bright spring colors. To or-

o Fresh or imitation flowers

der your beverage bibs, call 970-6302849 or write to snapitup4@gmail.

$ com.

Snap it Up beverage bib


Surveys say cash and gift cards are the most requested graduation gifts. But handing over a $20 bill can seem a bit impersonal and a gift card limits where the recipient can shop. This year, take a few minutes to make your cash gift stand out from the others. Here’s what you’ll need:

Apply spray mount adhesive to the back of photo. Wrap photo around vase carefully. Tie ribbon or twine around the vase and place flowers in vase. Finally, enjoy your guests’ reactions to your beautiful, yet creative, décor.

o A small resealable container, available at most craft stores

o Stickers (if you have the right computer software, you can personalize them) o Dollar bills

o Ribbon to match your graduate’s school colors Decorate the resealable container with stickers. Mimic the appearance of a diploma by rolling the dollar bills with ribbons, place them in the decorated container and then seal. This gift may be short in stature, but it’ll make a big impression on the graduate.

Have You Made a “Discovery?” Colorado is filled with great places to visit, artists, cool products and more. Colorado Country Life editors are always looking for new discoveries to feature on this page. Share your discovery with us at or at 5400 Washington St., Denver, CO 80216. If we use your idea in the magazine, we’ll send you $50 for your help. May 2014 31

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