Generations of Blue Jackets
March 2013 [cover] FFA blue jacket illustrated by Cathy Morrison from Livermore.
4 4 Viewpoint
16 Future Generations of Blue Jackets
EnergyWise Project empowers members through energy efficiency
New training facility for FFA teachers planned at CSU
5 Letters 6 Calendar 7 Co-op News 12 NewsClips 14 Shale Shock
22 21 Gardening
A look at gardening as the new season approaches
Simply succulent sandwiches — hot alternatives to the hoagie
The botanical truth about four-leaf clovers and shamrocks
A chance encounter brings memories of bunny games
25 Energy Tips
Natural gas may edge out coal as nation’s primary power source
Choosing the best central air cleaner for your home
29 Funny Stories
80,000 2015 18,000 the world record set by a single person’s largest collection of four-leaf clovers as of 1995
the United States will overtake Russia as the world’s largest gas producer, according to studies
approximate square footage of learning space at the Center for Agricultural Education
International Energy Agency Chief Economist Faith Birol
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OFFICERS: Bob Bledsoe [Tri-State] President; Bill Midcap [Fort Morgan] Vice President; Don Kaufman [Sangre de Cristo] Secretary; Jack Schneider [Poudre Valley] Treasurer; Kent Singer [CREA] Executive Director BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Bill Patterson [Delta-Montrose]; John Porter [Empire]; Don McClaskey [Grand Valley]; John Vader [Gunnison]; Jim Lueck [Highline]; Megan Gilman [Holy Cross]; Dan Mills [K.C.]; Tom Compton [La Plata]; Stan Cazier [Mountain Parks]; B.D. Paddock [Mountain View]; Joseph Costa, Reg Rudolph [San Isabel]; Eleanor Valdez [San Luis Valley]; Marcus Wilson, Kevin Ritter [San Miguel]; Randy Phillips [Southeast]; Jim Jaeger, Ron Asche [United Power]; Bill Jordan [White River]; Stuart Travis [Y-W]; Scott McGill [Yampa Valley]; Basin Electric, CoBank, Moon Lake Electric, Wheatland Electric [Associate Members]
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Announcing the Colorado EnergyWise Project Colorado’s electric co-ops empower their members through energy efficiency BY KENT SINGER || CREA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR || KSINGER@COLORADOREA.ORG
Colorado’s electric co-ops have been proponents of the wise use of energy for decades. They regularly encourage you as members to improve the insulation in your home and to upgrade the lighting in your business with more efficient bulbs and lamps. They offer Kent Singer rebates to help you cover the costs of these improvements. And, through this and every issue of Colorado Country Life, the co-ops provide you with tips on how to be a better energy consumer. At Colorado Rural Electric Association, we have decided to add to those ongoing efforts and to shine an even brighter light on energy efficiency. As part of that focus, we recently announced the creation of the Colorado EnergyWise Project. This is a joint effort between CREA and our member co-ops to provide new opportunities to use energy more efficiently throughout the homes, schools, businesses and government facilities across co-op territory. The Colorado EnergyWise Project, which will be implemented over several months, will include numerous components. One component will be to retrofit state-owned buildings in electric co-op territory with one or more energy-saving devices or upgrades. This might include the installation of efficient lighting, weatherization of buildings or upgraded heating or cooling. We are hoping to work with Gov. John Hickenlooper’s office to help us identify projects in state-owned facilities that would lower energy costs and save taxpayer dollars. EnergyWise will also have programs for you, our co-ops’ member-owners. We are planning a new EnergyWise page on our website that will link to the Touchstone
Energy “Together We Save” web page as well as to other energy efficiency sites. The new web page will have information about EnergyWise projects that have been completed or are under way, as well as potential lenders who can assist individual electric co-op member-owners who may be interested in making an energy efficiency investment in their home or business. One of the lenders in the co-op program, CoBank, has agreed to help provide funding for students who will compete in the state science and engineering fair in the area of energy efficiency. We are working with CoBank to develop a special award for the science fair and provide judges for the April event. We are looking forward to an ongoing relationship with the state science fair and helping focus students on energy efficiency long into the future. We have also had discussions with the credit unions and community banks that do business in Colorado’s electric co-op territory. The credit unions and banks are excited to provide loans to co-op member-owners for energy efficiency improvements. And CREA is excited to help them market these loan products. We want to make sure that you as co-op memberowners are aware of the low-cost loans that could help you upgrade your home or business and lower your electricity bills.
Already there are many rebates available for energy-efficient appliances, thanks to Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, the power supplier to 18 of Colorado’s 22 electric co-ops. For years, Tri-State has supported a variety of energy efficiency programs for its member co-ops to offer to their members. This will continue with Tri-State’s financial support of rebates and programs being a key component of the Colorado EnergyWise Project. This new program will expand on the many services electric co-ops already provide for their members. Co-ops are nonprofit utilities. We do not have shareholders that require profits on electricity sales. Instead, our rates are set at a level that will enable us to make the investments necessary to provide reliable service. We don’t try to make money. Our business model allows us to be concerned about the pocketbooks of our member-owners. We believe that the purpose of electric co-ops is to empower you, our members, to improve the quality of your lives. Your local electric co-op will be participating with CREA in the Colorado EnergyWise Project to do just that.
Kent Singer, Executive Director
FOLLOW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KENT SINGER’S BLOG AT COLORADOREABLOG.WORDPRESS.COM. ColoradoCountryLife.coop 4 March 2013
[letters] Just for the Birds
On behalf of Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Area 12 staff, we would like to thank Southeast Colorado Power and its fabulous field staff for immediately responding to our request for assistance in the construction of a new artificial bald eagle nest structure east of Lamar. For the past 20-plus years, a local nest has consistently supported a breeding pair of bald eagles. Recently this nest, located in a large, dead cottonwood tree near the Arkansas River, was toppled by extremely high winds. A pair of bald eagles arrived at this historic nest site and began courtship behavior in late January. This created a sense of urgency for us to locate the necessary materials, equipment and professional help to stand a new pole, guy wires and nest platform. We cannot express enough our appreciation in your immediate and enthusiastic offer to help with a new 45-foot pole, trucks, equipment, braces, wires, related hardware and, most importantly, a willing and highly competent field crew. We would like to recognize this [commitment of money and personnel] while sharing our heartfelt appreciation for your immediate response with such a professional crew and equipment. Mike Smith, conservation biologist Colorado Parks and Wildlife We Still Need Transmission Solar and wind are great renewable sources and need to be used whenever practical. However, until a satisfactory method of storing such production for the times the sun is not shining and the wind is not blowing [is found], such production is limited. At present, storage is bulky, requires its own room and is limited in the amount of production, which is occasionally not enough to meet the demand. And wind generators do make noise that can be terribly distracting. We will continue to need transmission lines until technology develops. Anis Kelley, Collbran
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March 30 Meeker Easter Egg Hunt Barone Middle School 10-11 am • 970-878-5510
[April] April 4-13 Pueblo Southern Colorado Regional Quilt Show El Pueblo History Museum 10 am-4 pm • 719-647-0004 April 5 Burlington “Two on Tap” Song and Dance Show Burlington High School 7:30 pm • 719-346-8918 April 5 Littleton Free Admission Day Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield botanicgardens.org April 6 Calhan Rummage Sale Whittemore Hall at Fairgrounds 8:30 am-2 pm • 719-347-2328 April 6 Monarch Kayaks on Snow Monarch Mountain Ski Resort 888-996-7669 x 5050 April 6-7 Aurora Repticon Reptile Show Arapahoe County Fairgrounds repticon.com
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GRAND VALLEY POWER LINES
[Grand Valley News] [what’s inside] n GVP Outage Summary n Burning Weeds Can Be Costly n Insulate Your Home n HELP Desk n Scholarship Application Deadline n 2013 Mesa County Safety Fair n Kites and Power Lines
MAILING ADDRESS P.O. Box 190 Grand Junction, CO 81502-0190 STREET ADDRESS 845 22 Road Grand Junction, CO 81505 970-242-0040 [phone] 970-242-0612 [fax] firstname.lastname@example.org [email] www.gvp.org [web] BOARD OF DIRECTORS Dennis Haberkorn [president] Tom Benton [vice president] John Gormley [secretary/treasurer] Rod Martinez Don McClaskey S. James O’Connor Bill Rooks Robert (Bob) Saunders Sylvia Spangler Tom Walch, general manager
BY TOM WALCH || GENERAL MANAGER || TWALCH@GVP.ORG
Now that the hype of the 2012 elections has subsided, the actual business of running our country seems almost anticlimactic. After a contentious campaign, a significant segment of our population tends to tune out reports about what’s going on at our national and state Tom Walch capitals. Those of us who stay tuned in are getting a clear signal from Washington and Denver: Elections have consequences. As this column goes to press, the headline-grabbing consequences of the 2012 election are immigration reform and gun control. Almost lost in the furor swirling around these emotionally charged issues is potential legislation that could lead to significant increases in the cost of electricity for Colorado consumers. This legislation is being pushed by environmental advocates and special interest groups with a tremendous financial stake in the climate change agenda, who have been re-energized by November’s election results.
The biggest threat to Grand Valley Power ratepayers probably comes from efforts to raise Colorado’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, or RPS. The current standard was passed in 2010. It will eventually require Xcel Energy, the cooperative’s wholesale energy provider, to secure 30 percent of the electricity it produces from “eligible energy resources.” Grand Valley Power members are already feeling the effects of this action, as coal-fired generating units are being decommissioned and replaced with more costly wind, solar and biomass projects. This drives power costs up. Low natural gas prices helped keep these costs in check the past year or so; otherwise, consumers would have seen a dramatic escalation in their electric bills. Efforts are under way in Denver to raise the state’s RPS, so that Xcel would have to use renewable resources for 40 percent of its load by 2030. Many industry analysts question whether this goal is attainable. In any event, they argue, costs [continued on page 8]
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You are a member of a cooperative and your opinion does count. If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please let me know by writing to Ask the Manager, P.O. Box 190, 845 22 Road, Grand Junction, CO 81502 or send an email to me at email@example.com or visit our website at www.gvp.org.
[BOARD MEETING NOTICE]
Grand Valley Power board meetings are open to the members, consumers and public. Regularly scheduled board meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at the headquarters building located at 845 22 Road in Grand Junction, Colorado. The meetings begin at 9 a.m. The agendas are posted in the lobby of the headquarters building 10 days before each meeting and posted on the GVP website. If anyone desires to address the board of directors, please let me know in advance and you will be placed on the agenda. ColoradoCountryLife.coop March 2013 7
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could be prohibitive, pointing out: • Even with taxpayer-funded subsidies, renewable resources cost more than traditional natural gas and coalfired generation. • Most renewable resources can provide power only on an intermittent basis. Solar facilities produce only when the sun is shining; wind turbines only when the wind is blowing. This means that consumers still have to pay to build and maintain traditional power plants that can meet reliability standards when renewable resources are not producing. • Accessing renewable resources will require additional transmission infrastructure, costing hundreds of millions of dollars; these costs will be passed on to consumers. Grand Valley Power exists to provide affordable, reliable electric energy for its members. Since changes to the Colorado RPS could impact our ability to fulfill this purpose, we will join similarly situated cooperatives and utilities to petition lawmakers to examine the issues objectively. Solutions must take into account the limitations of the renewable resources that are available. Most importantly, the folks considering this legislation should keep in mind how it could impact the pocketbooks of the rate-paying public.
Grand Valley Power 5-Year Outage Summary
One of the measurements used to indicate how reliable a utility’s electric service is for its customers is through an outage report. An outage report records the outages that occur, the length of the outages and the number of customers who are affected. From this, the outage time per customer can be calculated. In 2012, the total average hours of outage time per customer for Grand Valley Power’s entire customer base was 1.674 hours per customer. Below is the outage summary for the last five years.
Outage Summary 2008...................................................... 2.396 hours/customer 2009........................................................1.422 hours/customer 2010........................................................1.608 hours/customer 2011......................................................... 1.053 hours/customer 2012..........................................................1.674 hours/customer
Burning Weeds Can Be Costly
As we approach spring and all of its activities, it is time for us again to give you a friendly reminder to watch for those weed fires. Every year, we have some poles that end up damaged or destroyed by fire as well as unhappy consumers who have to pay for the damage. It is the policy of Grand Valley Power that the person responsible for causing a pole to be damaged must pay for replacing it. This is the only fair way to handle these situations. Others should not have to pay for someone else’s carelessness. Depending on the type of pole and hardware that it carries, several thousand dollars can be involved in replacing even one pole. It is much cheaper to prevent a pole from catching fire than to pay for a new one. Grand Valley Power wants to again remind you of the following suggested procedures to follow while burning weeds: 1. Follow all rules established by the fire districts in which you reside. Most of the districts require permits.
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2. Plan your burning before you begin. If there are power poles in the area to be burned, clean the weeds and debris from around them before you start to burn. 3. If the fire does get away from you and a pole does become engulfed in flame, immediately call the fire department and Grand Valley Power. 4. Caution: Water and electricity do not mix. When putting out a burning pole, you should not spray water close to the conductors as it may cause a short circuit. You or the firemen could be in the path of that current and serious injury or death could result. 5. Remember, not reporting a fire-damaged pole may cause a serious accident to happen later. So report any fire damaged poles that you see to Grand Valley Power immediately.
Insulate Your Home When: n You have an older home and haven’t add-
ed insulation. Only 20 percent of homes built before 1980 are well-insulated. n You are uncomfortably cold in the winter or hot in the summer. Adding insulation creates a more uniform temperature and increases comfort. n You build a new home or an addition or install new siding or roofing. n You pay high energy bills. n You are bothered by noise from the outside. Insulation muffles sound.
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HELP Desk (Help Energy Loss Prevention) Brought to you by Derek Elder Energy Services Administrator Grand Valley Power
HELPing You Stay Safe This Spring With Safety Tips With the Ides of March soon approaching and the lessons learned from the Super Bowl blackout, it can be all too easy to overlook things that we see every day, such as power lines. However, failure to notice high-voltage power lines can be a deadly oversight. Grand Valley Power not only encourages everyone to use electricity wisely, but also to look up and live and call before you dig. By observing the following guidelines for indoor and outdoor activities, everyone can stay safe around electricity:
Check the wattage of lightbulbs to ensure that the total wattage of the bulbs does not exceed the rated capacity of the fixture. Fixtures usually have smaller internal wiring, which may overheat and cause fires when overloaded.
Always be aware of the location of power lines.
Be careful when working on or around your roof, installing antennas or satellite dishes, installing or cleaning gutters or doing repair work. Make sure you maintain 10 feet of separation between the power lines and yourself or any object you may be handling.
Never fly kites around power lines. If a kite is heading for the power lines, let go of the kite before it makes contact and immediately notify Grand Valley Power. GVP linemen will remove the kite from the power lines and return the kite to its rightful owner if it is still in one piece.
Never trim trees near the power lines. Call our office if you need a tree near the power lines trimmed.
Never climb trees near the power lines. Even if a tree is clear of the lines, the additional weight may cause a limb to lean into the power lines.
If an appliance repeatedly blows a fuse or trips a breaker, the appliance and the circuit should be looked at by a professional. Overloaded circuits or faulty appliances can cause fires.
Last but not least, while performing spring cleanup around the yard, don’t forget to clean out your external dryer vent hood. Lint can gather around the flap in the vent hood, which not only restricts flow thereby causing your dryer to run longer, but it is also combustible and may start a fire.
Never play on or around electrical equipment. Most electrical equipment in the yard is capable of causing severe burns and electrical shock.
Electrical outlets should be checked for loose-fitting plugs. Replace missing or broken wall plates so wiring and components are not exposed.
Make sure cords are not frayed or cracked. Do not nail
or staple them to walls, floors or other objects. Extension cords are not intended to be used as permanent household wiring.
Even if you do everything possible to prevent an electrical fire or contact, you should still have a plan that includes emergency numbers in case something does happen. Grand Valley Power encourages you to stay safe this spring. ColoradoCountryLife.coop March 2013 9
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GVP Scholarship Application 2013 Mesa County Safety Fair Deadline Fast Approaching
We want to again remind you that the deadline for Grand Valley Power’s scholarship applications is fast approaching. We encourage your college-bound students to review the scholarships available and apply. The Grand Valley Power scholarship and Jack Broughton and Colorado Mesa University scholarship applications are due on March 15, 2013. The Western Colorado Community College electric line worker scholarship is due June 1, 2013. Scholarships to be awarded are:
n Grand Valley Power scholarships This year Grand Valley Power will award six $1,000 scholarships to students in Grand Valley Power service territory. These scholarships are granted for use at accredited colleges, universities and vocational schools for undergraduate education. Applications are due for the GVP Scholarship on March 15, 2013. n Jack Broughton and Colorado Mesa University scholarship This $1,000 scholarship will not be limited to just mechanical engineering majors in the future as it has in the past. However, if students with a mechanical engineering major apply, they will be given additional consideration during the selection process. This scholarship is renewable if the student maintains a minimum 3.0 grade point average. Applications are due for this scholarship on March 15, 2013.
Western Colorado Community College electric line worker scholarship This is a $2,000 scholarship to Western Colorado Community College’s electric line worker program. This is a one-year certificate program that allows graduates to enter apprenticeship programs at electric utilities such as Grand Valley Power. Applications are due for this scholarship on June 1, 2013.
Scholarship applications can be picked up at high school counseling offices, Colorado Mesa University’s financial aid office or at Grand Valley Power. For questions, contact Bill Byers at 970-623-8577.
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Once again, Grand Valley Power was honored to participate in the Mesa County Safety Fair. The safety fair was February 21 and 22 at the Mesa Mall. More than 2,500 students from public, private and home schools attended the fair this year. The goal of the safety fair is to reduce and prevent injuries by educating local students about hazards and safety awareness. This year, more than 30 organizations participated in the fair. Topics included demonstrations involving electrical safety, water safety, bicycle safety, and motor vehicle safety, fire safety, as well as demonstrations by the Grand Junction Police Department, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, National Weather Service and numerous other safety- and health-related agencies. Grand Valley Power servicemen Scott Bradley and Brent Boyce provided an opportunity for students to learn how to remain safe around power lines. GVP’s demonstration is a scaled model of actual power lines using 7,000 volts of electricity. The demonstration teaches students how to prevent contact with overhead power lines as well as what to do in the event that a power line does fall to the ground or become a hazard. Students are taught how to safely exit a vehicle in the event that power lines are involved in a motor vehicle accident. The secondary focus of the demonstration is to show the students that GVP are here to help them and to encourage them to have their parents contact GVP when they spot hazards. By working with the students, GVP hopes to make the community a safer place.
Kites and Power Lines
We encourage you to share the information in this article with your children and grandchildren. We cannot be too careful when it comes to electrical safety issues and children. One of the greatest pasttimes for kids of all ages is flying kites during the spring season. While we want kids of all ages to enjoy this sport, we also want them to be careful not to get their kites tangled up in a power line. Every year in this country, children are electrocuted when their kite string comes in contact with a power line. Even though kite string is not a conductor of electricity, it can easily become contaminated with dirt and sweat, which will conduct the electrical current down the kite string. Electricity is always trying to find the shortest path to ground. It is not picky as to what path it uses. If that path is a kite string with conducting properties and a child, it doesn’t care. It will follow that path until the path is broken. We can not emphasize enough the danger involved with flying kites near power lines. Instruct your children not to fly their kites close to any power line. If a kite or kite string does come in contact with a power line, turn it loose. A person’s life is much more valuable than any kite. If the kite or string becomes tangled in the power line, don’t try to get it out. Call Grand Valley Power and co-op linemen will be glad to come and extricate it from the power line. Kites and power lines just don’t mix.
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ELECTRIC CO-OPS MEET AT STATE CAPITOL
Co-op Day at the Capitol was one of the highlights of the 2013 Colorado Rural Electric Association Annual Meeting. During the Monday, February 11, time at the State Capitol in Denver, electric co-op representatives heard from several legislators, including Rep. Max Tyler (D-Dist. 23), chair of the House Transportation and Energy Committee. They also visited the House and the Senate chambers. The co-op directors, managers and staff members also met with Commissioner Pam Patton of the Public Utilities Commission. Formerly a director on the La Plata Electric Association Board of Directors, Patton encouraged co-op representatives to pay more attention to the PUC and to be aware of its activities and how those activities might affect co-ops. As the meeting continued later in the day at a downtown hotel, co-op representatives heard from Roger Pielke Jr. of the Center for Science and Technology Policy and Research in Fort Collins. According to Pielke, climate change is real Electric co-op representatives gather outside the Colorado Senate chamber during a visit to the and emissions need to be lowered, but it all needs Capitol. to be done in ways that won’t adversely affect the economy. Energy runs the economy and electricity is needed by billions of people around the world who don’t have it now. What we need, he said, is innovation that provides us with more energy at a lower cost. Other sessions Monday included a panel with CREA Executive Director Kent Singer moderating a discussion between Stuart Sanderson, president of the Colorado Mining Association, and Pete Maysmith, executive director of Conservation Colorado. There was also a presentation by Alan Harrison, vice president of drilling operations for WPX Energy, on fracking in Colorado. Monday closed with a reception attended by 24 legislators. CREA officers Don Kaufman (upfront left) and Bob Bledsoe (right) listen as PUC Tuesday’s meetings included reports from Tri-State Generation Commissioner Pam Patton addresses electric co-op representatives during their visit to the State Capitol. and Transmission and various affiliated organizations.
Beware of Magazine Scam Looking for ID Info
Don’t give your information! ColoradoCountryLife.coop 12 March 2013
Thieves are attempting to get credit card information from electric co-op members in the Midwest by posing as someone renewing the co-op member’s magazine subscription. A co-op in Ohio was recently alerted by a member-owner about an unsolicited call she received stating that her subscription to Country Living magazine had expired. The unidentified caller offered to renew her subscription by phone if she provided a credit card number and other personal information. This member was aware that she receives the magazine as a benefit of her co-op membership and will always get it as long as she remains a member, so she provided no information. When she pressed the caller for a name and return telephone number, the suspected scammer hung up. Colorado Country Life has not heard that this is happening here in Colorado, but readers should know that this award-winning magazine is a benefit of membership and they don’t need to renew their subscription. Individual subscribers, who are not co-op members will receive written notice when their subscription expires.
Bob Bledsoe President Tri-State G&T
William “Bill” Midcap Vice President Morgan County REA
Donald L. Kaufman Secretary Sangre De Cristo Electric
Jack Schneider Treasurer Poudre Valley REA
CREA Board Re-Elects Officers
Colorado Rural Electric Association’s current slate of officers was re-elected at the January 25 board meeting. The officers began their second year of service in these positions following the CREA Annual Meeting February 12. Elected to one more year were Bob Bledsoe, Tri-State Generation and Transmission, president; Bill Midcap, Morgan County Rural Electric Association, vice president; Don Kaufman, Sangre de Cristo Electric Association, secretary; and Jack Schneider, Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association, treasurer.
This month we are asking:
Demand for Coal Grows Worldwide
What is the biggest barrier to improving your home’s energy efficiency? Email your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Global coal demand will rise 2.6 percent annually over the next five years and challenge oil as the world’s top energy source, according to the International Energy Agency. Coal consumption will climb to 4.32 billion tons of oil equivalent by 2017, compared with about 4.4 billion tons of oil equivalent, the IEA said in its Medium-Term Coal Market Report. Coal use will rise in all regions except the United States, where cheap natural gas has cut demand. Somewhat ironically, decreased U.S. coal use will lead to increased U.S. coal exports to Europe, due to a more favorable price comparison with European gas prices. European coal use is expected to grow, IEA said. Eventually, however, this demand will wane due to tighter European emission regulations. Read the full report at iea.org.
Share Safety Rules with Kids
Colorado’s electric co-ops have added a new tool to help members be safe around electricity: They have joined Safe Electricity. This safety-centered organization offers a robust website filled with information that can be used to share how to be safe around electricity with students and others. You’ll find the website at safeelectricity.org.
“We’ve got this immaculate conception theory of energy: It just happens … until it’s not. If it had gone out during the halftime show and cut Beyoncé off … the country would be up in arms.”
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Natural gas may edge out coal as nation’s primary power source BY ANGELA PEREZ
Over the past decade, the natural gas industry in North America has experienced a dramatic renaissance thanks to a combination of horizontal drilling and a shale fracturing technique called “hydraulic fracking.” With this technology, previously unrecoverable gas reserves located in shale formations deep underground are now flooding the market and should continue to do so for several decades. This “shale gas revolution” promises to have a major impact on our nation’s energy future, particularly in shifting reliance from burning coal for power generation. Studies show that the United States will overtake Russia as the world’s largest gas producer by 2015, according to International Energy Agency Chief Economist Faith Birol. She notes the resulting cheap domestic supply should lead electric utilities toward a heavier reliance on natural gas for generating power. Given the fact that consumption of natural gas for electricity has increased every year since 2009, Birol’s predictions appear to be well under way. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, natural gas’ share of electric power generation in the United States will increase from 25 percent today to 28 percent by 2035, with renewable energy’s share growing from 10 percent to 15 percent and coal falling from 48 percent to 38 percent. However, preliminary 2012 numbers indicate that pace of change may be accelerating. When it comes to electricity, natural gas is most commonly used to fuel peaking plants, power stations that operate for brief periods during times of high electricity demand, as well as intermediate plants, those whose output changes in response to changes in electricity demand over the course of each day. Today, gas accounts for about 15 percent of the power produced by generation and transmission cooperatives and 16 percent of all electric cooperative power requirements nationwide. Over the past two years, the relatively low price for gas combined with increasing federal and state regulation of power plant emissions have led to natural gas-fired plants being run for longer periods, while many older coal-fired baseload power plants — those that provide dependable electric power year-round at a low cost — are being shut down or converted to gas operations. In fact, last March the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed a New Source Performance Standards, or
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This map shows shale gas “plays” across the 48 lower U.S. states. The term “play” is used in the oil and gas industry to refer to a geographic area that has been targeted for exploration. Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration
NSPS, rule that aims to curb the release of carbon dioxide and six other greenhouse gases blamed for contributing to climate change from new fossil fuel-fired power plants. It also could be expanded at some point to cover existing generation. To do so, it sets an emissions cap of 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour, a nearly impossible standard for coal-fired power plants to achieve with an average in excess of 1,800 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per megawatt-hour. “The only way to meet it is with carbon capture and storage technology, which is prohibitively expensive and years away from being commercially viable,” David Hudgins, director of member and external relations at Old Dominion Electric Cooperative, a generation and transmission co-op based in Glen Allen, Virginia, told the U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment in June 2012. “No company will take the risk to invest billions of dollars in a power plant in the hopes that CCS will be developed.” NSPS, as outlined, will push power plants away from coal and toward natural gas baseload generation because most newer combined cycle
gas facilities produce emissions within range of the 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatthour limit. But natural gas prices are more volatile than coal, making the fuel a dicey option. “Historically, natural gas prices have varied widely, making reliance on gas as the sole fuel to provide affordable future baseload power risky at best,” says Rae Cronmiller, environmental counsel for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. “These risks are significantly enhanced because the cost of electricity derived from natural gas is largely driven by cost of the fuel itself. This differs from coal power, which is driven by capital costs. Also, natural gas in quantities necessary to provide year-round baseload generation is unavailable in some geographic areas.” Despite this, utility experts believe that natural gas production will continue to increase and that the “blue flame” will surpass coal as the nation’s leading source of electric energy. Angela Perez writes on technology issues for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, based in Arlington, Virginia.
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Colorado FFA members visit with Laura Spencer, host at “Good Morning America” while touring New York City.
Generations of Blue Jackets BY JOANNE LEE
The blue corduroy jackets and bright yellow emblems of the Future Farmers of America are familiar sights throughout rural Colorado. To some they signify that the wearer is a farmer, but that’s only part of what the jacket represents. Yes, the wearers of blue jackets are interested in agribusiness and the economics of agribusiness, but they are being taught more than that. They are young men and women who are the pride of their communities, learning responsibility, accountability, preparedness, organizational skills, respect, public speaking, leadership and more. Hundreds of thousands of members strong, the National Future Farmers of America Organization has provided a network for high school students across the nation since its beginning in 1928 in Kansas. Today, spread throughout all 50 states, Puerto Rico and
FFA members from New Raymer celebrate after winning the State Farm Busniness Management Career Development event in Fort Colllins. ColoradoCountryLife.coop 16 March 2013
the U.S. Virgin Islands, the National FFA Organization supports ag student education and builds on a belief in the importance of agriculture. It does this through the extracurricular organization that FFA is and through the curricular ag classes offered by the schools.
Artist’s rendering of the center for Agricultural Education at CSU.
The combination of in part thanks to Thorn and his classes and extracurricular board members’ dedication to activities is part of the threethe project. On February 14, it circle model of agricultural was announced that CoBank, education. This model overAmerican AgCredit of Greeley, laps instruction, a superFarm Credit of Southern vised agricultural experience Colorado in Colorado Springs and student leadership and Premier Farm Credit of organizations. The Colorado Sterling are donating more than FFA Foundation has helped $1 million toward the center’s FFA serve thousands of construction. students through this model, Designed with more than One way individuals can participate in the fundraising is to and it is working to expand 18,000 square feet of learning make a gift toward the project and join the Blue Jacket Sothat support. space, the center will house ciety. If you are a society member you get the opportunity Kenton Ochsner is customized laboratory, technolto put your FFA jacket in a shadowbox and it will hang in the excited about what is ahead. ogy, teaching and office spaces. new center. Here is a link: http://coloradoffafoundation. Involved in FFA since his In addition, it will include sophomore year in high school and now FFA state advisor with special exhibit space for the Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame, the Colorado Community College System, Ochsner followed a program of the CFFA Foundation. his older brother into the organization, which later became his Sadie Sayler, a former blue coat-clad member of the National career. FFA Organization, is the exuberant second-year agriculture “My dad was in FFA also,” Ochsner said. “I went to college teacher at a small high school in the southeast corner of Colofor two years and became a state officer, and that really spurred rado. A CSU graduate, Sayler bubbled with enthusiasm at this my interest in events like the [National Western] stock show. I year’s National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver. “My realized how little people really know about agriculture, and that experience as an ag teacher has been awesome,” Sayler said. is the reason I became an ag teacher: to educate people about “The training I got at CSU was amazing. It gave me everything it. I taught agriculture in Colorado for nine years and for the past nine years, my job has been to manage the state officers who are elected each year and to manage state FFA events.” It is these kinds of students that Executive Director Don Thorn is passionate about reaching. To do that, the program needs strong instructors so that ag teachers are well-prepared to teach. One way to do that is with a comprehensive teaching model at Colorado State University that includes theory and hands-on experiences, something that is difficult with the current facilities. So, in conjunction with Ochsner and Michael Womochil of the CCCS, Thorn and the CFFA Foundation are working toward a new Center for Agricultural Education at CSU in Fort Collins. “In Colorado there are right at 100 high schools that offer agricultural education classes to students,” Thorn Student teacher Elisa Sagehorn engages students in an ag science lesson. said. “That represents about 6,500 students in this state. If the school offers agricultural education then in most cases I needed to be able to come out and hit the ground running to they also offer the cocurricular student leadership organization make sure that I have an amazing FFA chapter and to be able to of FFA. This makes our delivery of education robust. It also propel my students forward.” makes us unique.” Like so many former members, Sayler spent much of her high The addition of the center will blend traditional FFA instrucschool experience involved in FFA as an officer and chapter tion and experience into a real-life classroom setting for ag president. students. CSU juniors and future ag educators Clay Miller and Shannon “The building components are intended to serve as the model Baylie have both been involved with agriculture in education agricultural education program and give our budding educators from a young age. “My mom was a past FFA advisor so I was a very realistic place to practice their instruction before their kind of expected to be in FFA,” Baylie said. “I started my FFA student teaching experience,” said Thorn. experience my freshman year of high school in 2005.” Building such a facility does not come cheap; however, Like Baylie, Miller started his formal FFA training as a fresh[continued on page 18] fundraising for the structure’s $3 million price tag is successful man in high school. “I wasn’t really sure what ColoradoCountryLife.coop March 2013 17
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FFA was until I got involved, attracts people. I believe this will be and then I really fell in love with an added attraction for students to it. Shannon and I are both state come to CSU,” Womochil said. “I FFA officers since last year, and further believe the added student we plan to continue our passion population will increase teaching with FFA in working with youth positions and staff members.” into the future.” The new facility will sit on the Graduates of the same program research farm, and across the as Sayler, Miller and Baylie will road to the south is the Agronomy bring a wealth of knowledge to Research Center. The facility will their future classrooms. try to duplicate as well as show the “What I hear about the new potential for what a high school building at CSU is that it will program would look like. As CSU have a lot of hands-on things trains instructors, they will be that we lacked when I went learning in the type of environment through the program,” Sayler that they will teach in, in the future. Left to right: Dale McCall, FFA Foundation said. “I learned the concepts that From initial thoughts to present board chairman, Dr. Kellie Enns, professor of go along with those handsconstruction, project members agricultural education and Don Thorn at the on things, but with the new have invested almost two years into “future home of” site. building, future graduates will the growth of the building and its learn concepts and the hands-on concepts. “I think it has been a fairly training that is so vital to teaching our future generations.” quick process,” Womochil said. “Don Thorn has really worked Womochil, program director for agriculture and natural hard to secure funding. Another reason the process has gone fast resources for the CCCS, agrees. “Kenton [Ochsner] and I both is that there are a number of people out there who know what we work with continuing education for teachers in the field, and the are trying to do and who really believe in an ag education. new building will most definitely bring opportunity for those “It’s a unique project because we are all raising funds and experiences,” he said. constructing a building that will educate and train future “One of the challenges we’ve had in the past was where to meet generations of high school and community college agriculture with teachers,” he continued. “Of course, we could always get a instructors.” conference room in a hotel, but there we could only do so much. Those new instructors will be ready to teach new members of Now we can get to the hands-on skills: the true representation of Future Farmers of America, keeping the legacy of the blue jacket what needs to happen in an ag class and ag programs in the high moving forward. schools. It will be a huge benefit.” Former high school English and art teacher JoAnne Lee now spends her The primary focus will be to serve the teachers of Colorado days skiing and working on the slopes in northern New Mexico. Her spare but the building could serve as a distance lab that could possibly time includes capturing photos and writing about the interesting people help serve teachers from around our region. and places she visits. “We are always looking for opportunities to collaborate with other states and if the opportunity arises, this facility will be the Go to coloradocountrylife.org to see more pictures of the opportune place for it,” Womochil added. FFA project. “Any time a university offers additional training facilities, it
Ag Lenders Donate More than $1 Million to Ag Education Center Four of Colorado’s top agricultural lenders have joined together to donate more than $1 million for construction of a modern Center for Agricultural Education at Colorado State University that will train new generations of agricultural teachers and leaders. The gift to CSU and the Colorado FFA Foundation is among the first to benefit students at ag colleges and land-grant universities nationwide as part of Denver-based CoBank’s new $5 million agricultural research and education funding initiative. Other partners supporting the Center for Agricultural Education are American AgCredit of Greeley, Farm Credit of Southern Colorado in Colorado ColoradoCountryLife.coop 18 March 2013
Springs and Premier Farm Credit of Sterling. All are members of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of lending institutions specifically chartered to serve agriculture and rural America. “The CoBank Center for Agricultural Education and the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame will represent the best of Colorado’s agricultural past, present and future,” said Ron Carli, chief executive officer of American AgCredit. “The Farm Credit System shares the same rich history and passion for preparing the next generation of agricultural educators. Their dedication and influence will help meet the challenge of feeding our
nation and the world.” According to Kellie Enns, assistant professor and program leader, graduates of the CSU agricultural education program have been in high demand, and nearly all the program’s students have been employed after graduation because they are prepared to mentor high school students and to fulfill other leadership roles.” “This gift is a testament to the partners’ commitment to agriculture, our rural communities and the development of students who will play key leadership roles in the future,” said Craig Beyrouty, dean of the CSU College of Agricultural Sciences.
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Simply Succulent Sandwiches
Try these hot alternatives to the traditional hoagie BY AMY HIGGINS || AHIGGINS@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG Other uses for a waffle maker You don’t need a panini press. Just fire up your waffle iron and cook your sandwiches. The bread comes out toasty and crisp and the heated weight of the lid presses the sandwich to gooey perfection.
Sinking your teeth into a submarine sandwich can be a divine experience until your options become more and more predictable. So when piling on the basic meats and cheeses seems mundane, try one of these delicious, easyto-make sandwich recipes.
Banana, Peanut Butter and Honey Sandwich Spiced Peanut Butter 1 cup peanut butter 1 teaspoon salt 1 3/4 teaspoons honey 1/8 teaspoon ginger powder 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until well blended. Peanut butter can be stored in an airtight container for 6 to 8 weeks.
Be creative, make colorful sandwiches Enjoy the crunch of blue corn chips on your sandwich. Why not include chopped toasted walnuts or pecans? How about dried cranberries, cherries or raisins? Make sure your sandwich is full of color. Incorporate fresh, vibrant elements, such as parsley leaves, finely diced red onions or green, yellow and red peppers.
Sandwich 12 slices enriched white bread 1 cup spiced peanut butter (above) 6 bananas, sliced 2 tablespoons honey 1 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 2 ounces butter, room temperature Lay out all 12 slices of enriched white bread on a cutting board. Spread all slices of bread with homemade peanut butter. Take 6 slices and top each with sliced bananas, then drizzle with honey. Place the reserved 6 slices on top. Combine cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl and set aside. Brush top and bottom of each sandwich with room temperature butter. Grill sandwiches in a sauté pan over medium heat on stove top for 3 1/2-4 1/2 minutes on each side. As you remove sandwiches, season liberally with cinnamon and sugar mix. Cut sandwiches in half and serve while hot. Makes 6 sandwiches.
Banana, peanut butter and honey sandwich
Pastrami Reuben 12 slices rye bread 12 slices Muenster cheese, thin 1 1/2 cups sauerkraut, prepared and drained 24 ounces sliced beef pastrami 1/2 cup Thousand Island dressing 2 ounces butter, room temperature Lay out all 12 slices of rye bread on a cutting board. Top 6 slices of bread with one slice of Muenster cheese, 2 ounces of sauerkraut, 4 ounces (or roughly three to four thin slices) of pastrami and a second slice of Muenster cheese. Set aside. Spread remaining 6 slices of bread with Thousand Island dressing, and then place each slice on top of the other halves of sandwiches. Brush top and bottom of each sandwich with butter. Grill sandwiches in a sauté pan over medium heat on stove top for 3 1/2-4 1/2 minutes on each side. Remove sandwiches, cut in half and serve hot. Makes 6 sandwiches. Source: The Grain Foods Foundation and Chef Bryan Voltaggio
Source: The Grain Foods Foundation and Chef Bryan Voltaggio Pastrami Reuben
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Trellis-Worthy Edibles BY KRIS WETHERBEE
Any vining or sprawling plant with fruits smaller than a bowling ball can be trellised as long as there is a sturdy, tall structure that is strong enough to support the weight of the mature plant and resulting fruits. Lightweight trellis structures are often adequate to support the weight of cucumbers, pole beans and peas. Those needing sturdier support include indeterminate tomatoes, non-bush varieties of summer squash and small-fruited winter squash. A heavy-duty trellis is required to support the weight of grapevines and nonbush varieties of small melons or pumpkins (bowling ball size or smaller) and winter squash. Support developing melons, pumpkins and squash with a sling made of nylon stockings or other stretchy material tied to the trellis. Place the developing fruit in the sling. The added support will ensure that the fruit stays on the vine and doesnâ€™t cause the vine to break.
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Luck Is Ellusive The botanical truth about four-leaf clovers and shamrocks BY EVA ROSE MONTANE || ABUNDANTEARTHGARDENS.COM || GARDENING@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG
As you anticipate the arrival of St. Patrick’s Day, you might have visions of leprechauns, rainbows, pots of gold, four-leaf clovers or a frothy pint of Guinness. I welcome them all, although I’ve personally come upon more rainbows and pints of Guinness than the others. But for this article I’d like to take some time to focus on the lucky four-leaf clover.
Beware of imposters If you think you’ve seen a nice shamrock plant comprised entirely of four-leaved clovers, I have disappointing news for you: It’s not the real McCoy. A small handful of plant species with clusters of three or four leaflets have been falsely marketed as shamrocks and four-leaf clovers. The most common species include plants of entirely different genera, even different families altogether. One is a water plant, commonly known as pepperwort or water clover, and is in the Marsileaceae family of aquatic plants. The other is sorrel, which is edible with a fresh lemony flavor. It is in the Oxalidaceae family and grows naturally in deep, damp forests. The true original shamrock plant is Trifolium repens, or white clover. It is none other than the common field weed. True clovers such as this are in the pea or Fabaceae family. Native to Europe, West Asia and North Africa, it has been introduced as a pasture crop worldwide and as a result can be easily found in most open, grassy areas in North America. It naturally produces just three leaflets per pedicel, with a rare occurrence producing a fourth, smaller ColoradoCountryLife.coop 22 March 2013
leaflet. In fact, your chance of finding one with four leaflets is one in 10,000. Its rarity is what earned it the reputation of lucky for the person who happened upon one.
The four leaves It is universally accepted that a four-leaf clover is good luck and it has enjoyed a long tradition of recognition. Eve is said to have brought a four-leaf clover with her from the Garden of Eden, and the Celts of Wales considered the white clover helpful in warding off evil spirits. The four leaves are symbolic of faith, hope, love and luck. St Patrick used the three leaves to represent the Christian trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The fourth represented God’s grace. If you want a true four-leaf clover this St. Patrick’s Day you best look elsewhere than your favorite florist or houseplant store. Don’t worry; it’s not impossible. The world record set by a single person’s largest collection of four-leaf clovers totaled almost 80,000 as of 1995. Just follow the little green man to the end of the rainbow and you might be lucky, too.
Four-Leaf Clover Folklore Most people have heard that it is lucky to find a four-leaf clover. It is also believed that the person who finds this lucky clover will meet his or her future lover on that same day. If the clover is given to another person immediately after finding it, the finder’s luck will double. It is also believed that each the four leaves of the lucky talisman has meaning. They are fame, wealth, a faithful lover and good health.
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A chance encounter brings memories of bunny games BY DENNIS SMITH
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One morning last winter, the thermometer on our little indoor weather station read 2 degrees below zero. There was an inch of sparkling new snow blanketing everything in sight and the air outside was so cold and sharp, my nostrils pinched shut with every breath as I picked my way cautiously down the driveway to get the morning paper. On my way back up the drive, I saw the bunny tracks. They came from the neighbor’s juniper patch across the street and led into a similar thick hedge in our yard and onto our front lawn. The bunny sat there a few feet away, hunkered down, ears laid back, legs pulled tight up under its belly, its little nose twitching nervously this way and that, contemplating, I suppose, whether it should squirt back into the tangled security of the junipers or wait out the funny looking giant in the red plaid pajamas and camouflage stocking cap. It chose the latter. Tough little bugger, I thought, to be out prancing about in this cold. It occurred to me that if I’d been 13 years old and back in the little Catskill mountain town where I grew up, I probably would have been doing a bit of prancing myself. Prancing with anticipation at the prospects of another frosty morning rabbit hunt with my brother, my dad, our two little beagle hounds, Queenie and Thor, and Belle, our mournful-voiced basset hound. Instead, I headed for the coffeepot, the fireplace and the editorial page of the local paper. But the little bunny had worked its magic, and I soon found myself recalling some of those rabbit hunts from years gone by. We’d stalk neighborhood woodlots, briar patches and slash piles in hopes of “kicking up” a rabbit. As soon as one flushed, we’d put one of our short-legged hounds on its track and then sit back and listen to the hilarity of a hare and hound escapade unfold. More
often than not, the rabbit would play for a while and then dive down a convenient hole when it tired of the game. I sometimes think the rabbits had as much fun at confounding the hounds as the dogs had chasing them in the first place. They were happy times for sure, occasionally followed by a family dinner of southernfried rabbit, mashed potatoes with country gravy and cornbread. Today I know of few people in Colorado who hunt rabbits with any degree of seriousness, and almost none of them use trailing hounds. Hunters here concentrate on big game and waterfowl. Of those who pursue small or upland game, most focus on turkeys, doves and pheasants, while a relative few hunt dusky grouse, bobwhite quail or sage grouse. Still fewer hunt rabbits. In fact, the only dedicated rabbit hunters I know in Colorado are the neighborhood foxes. And I find it especially amusing that they employ many of the same tactics we did back in the day: They stalk the tangled shrubs and field edges in hopes of flushing a bunny from protective cover, then trail it by scent until they lose the trail or capture the little bugger and either eat it on the spot or bring it home to their pups for dinner. The only part they’re missing is the mashed potatoes, gravy and cornbread.
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FREE BOOKS/DVDS. Soon the “Mark of the Beast” will be enforced as Church and State unite! Let the Bible reveal. The Bible Says, POB 99, Lenoir City, TN 37771. firstname.lastname@example.org 888-211-1715. (814-04-13)
GRAND JUNCTION HORSE FARM, 3130 A 1/2 Rd, 3550+ sq. ft. home on 14 acres. Newly remodeled, new central air, new boiler, new water heater, new roof, half brick ranch w/new vinyl siding. 5 bdrm, 3 1/2 bath, living room, dining room, large kitchen, large family room. New carpet/tile/wood floors. Full horse barn w/indoor stalls & outside runs. All steel fencing, arenas, loafing sheds on large pastures. Additional fencing around home & inground heated pool. RV building (50x28’), two large ponds, etc. $625,000. Ginny 970-260-9629, Terry 970-261-3001, Gtraudt@ edbozarth.com 3% to 6% to any REALTOR w/buyer (946-06-13)
TRUSTING JESUS CHRIST versus lies of doing duties, laws, rituals, Priestcraft, idolatry. Pastor Edwin Vrell, 303-772-8825 (995-05-13)
HELP WANTED $400 WEEKLY ASSEMBLING PRODUCTS FROM HOME. For free information, send SASE: Home Assembly – CC, Box 450, New Britain, CT 06050-0450.
HOBBIES & CRAFTS BOOKS, PATTERNS, CLASSES, knitting, felting, crocheting, weaving, spinning, natural dye extracts, Jacquard and Gaywool dyes. www. tablerockllamas.com Colorado Springs, 866-495-7747 (791-05-13)
HOUSEHOLD HELPS LOOKING TO REPLACE AMWAY PRODUCTS? Lose your distributor? I can ship to your home, no hassle, no salesman. Monika Cary 970-7242912. (982-05-13)
MACHINERY & PARTS SAWMILL EXCHANGE: North America’s largest source of used portable sawmills and commercial equipment for woodlot owners and sawmill operations. Over 800 listings. THE place to sell equipment. 800-459-2148 www.sawmill exchange.com . (267-09-13)
POULTRY/GAMEBIRDS FREE – 5 EXOTIC CHICKS or 3 ducks with 100 frypan special @ $37.50 plus shipping. Also Cornish Cross, standard breeds, fancy chicks, ducks, geese, turkeys, bantams, guineas, pheasants, quail, supplies, video. FREE COLOR CATALOG 417-532-4581. Cackle Hatchery – PO Box 529, Lebanon, MO 65536. www. cacklehatchery.com. (876-07-13)
QUILTS AWARD WINNING LONG-ARM QUILTING Services - Karen Niemi, 303-470-9309, http://creative. stitching.home.comcast.net, email@example.com (846-08-13)
HOWARD, COLORADO. Tree covered residential home site. Year round access. Owner finance. 719276-7294 (050-06-13) WANTED: PROPERTY TO LEASE for hunting, fishing. We offer landowners numerous benefits. Hunting club also looking for new members. 303-460-0273 (069-04-13)
RELIGION BECOME AN ORDAINED Minister by correspondence study. Founded in 1988. Free info. Ministers for Christ Outreach, PMB 767, 6630 W Cactus, B107, Glendale, AZ 85304. http:// www.ordination.org (441-06-13)
TICKETS NFR & PBR RODEO TICKETS – Las Vegas. All seating levels available. Call 1-888-NFR-rodeo (1-888-6377633) or www.NFR-Rodeo.com. *BBB Member; Since 1990. (912-11-13)
VACATION RENTAL KAUAI VACATION RENTAL, 2bdr, full kitchen. Minutes from beaches. $600/wk. 808-245-6500; makana crest.com; kauaiweddings.com. (756-05-13)
WANTED TO BUY NAVAJO RUGS, old and recent, native baskets, pottery. Tribal Rugs, Salida. 719-539-5363, b_inaz@ hotmail.com (817-04-13) OIL AND GAS MINERALS, royalties, overrides, and working interests. Call John at 303-704-6756 or fax details to 303-292-9226 (082-03-13) OLD COLORADO LIVESTOCK brand books prior to 1975. Call Wes 303757-8553. (889-08-13)
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OLD COWBOY STUFF–hats, boots, spurs, chaps, Indian rugs, baskets, etc. ANYTHING OLD! Mining & railroad memorabilia, ore carts! We buy whole estates. We’ll come to you! Call 970-759-3455 or 970-5651256. (871-05-13)
OLD POCKET WATCHES – working or non-working and old repair material. Bob 719-859-4209 firstname.lastname@example.org. (870-12-13)
WE PAY CASH for minerals and oil/ gas interests, producing and nonproducing. 800-733-8122 (099-02-14)
OLD GAS AND OIL items: Gas pumps, advertising signs, globes, etc. Pieces, parts, etc. considered. Also 1932-34 Ford cars and trucks, parts and pieces, too. Any condition. Brandon, 719-250-5721. (519-11-13)
VINTAGE FISHING TACKLE. I buy rods, reels, lures, creels, etc. References available. Call Gary at 970-222-2181. (960-08-13) WANTED: JEEP CJ OR WRANGLER. Reasonably priced. No rust buckets. 888-735-5337 (099-06-13)
Place an ad in the Colorado Country Life classified section. Call Kris at 303-902-7276.
Advertise in Colorado Country Life and everyone will know your business. Call Kris at 303-902-7276
Some visitors to Colorado are known for asking, “At what elevation do the deer turn into elk?” Those “in the know” find this amusing. Anyhow, we had moved out of town into the foothills where there is a large outbuilding on our property. One morning my husband saw some mule deer walking down the hill and then out of sight behind the building. A moment later, out the other side from behind the building appeared some elk. I really wish we had thought to catch it on video. We could really freak out people who ask about this “metamorphosis.” Jace and Brenda Thorpe, Loveland
One night at bedtime, my 5-year-old grandson, Joseph, was dawdling as he went up the stairs. When exhorted by his dad to go faster, he retorted, “Mom says to slow down and enjoy life, and I am!” Lynn Woodman, Monument
Ever walk into a room with some purpose in mind only to completely forget what that purpose was? Turns out, doors themselves are to blame for these strange memory lapses. Psychologists at the University of Notre Dame discovered that passing through a doorway triggers what’s known as an “event boundary” in the mind, separating one set of thoughts and memories from the next. Your brain files away the thoughts you had in the previous room and prepares a blank slate for the new locale. So it’s not aging. It’s the darn door. Whew! Thank goodness for studies. Beth Cox, Loma
My 3-year-old great-niece, Scarlett, and I came up with a kinder version of Humpty Dumpty: Humpty Dumpty sat on a chair, No one saw him sitting there. He didn’t fall. He didn’t break. He’s OK for goodness sake! Kay Robinson, Loveland We pay $15 to each person who submits a funny story that’s printed in the magazine. At the end of the year, we draw one name from those submitting jokes and that person will receive $150. Send your 2013 stories to Colorado Country Life, 5400 Washington St., Denver, CO 80216 or email email@example.com. Don’t forget to include your mailing address, so we can send you a check. ColoradoCountryLife.coop March 2013 29
The Cord Hog Cable Wrap’s simple design does a difficult task: curbing cord clutter. This clever gadget winds up cords, wires and cables keeping them tidy and out of the way. Available in blue/gray, charcoal, red and blue, the Cord Hog makes it easy to use a color-coding method to identify electronic cables. Furthermore, at merely 2 inches in diameter the Cord Hog’s compact frame fits in some of the smallest spaces. Cord Hogs are sold for $1.99 each on cableorganizer.com. For additional information, call 866-222-0030.
Doing Double Duty Keep mosquitoes at bay while lighting your way with the ThermaCELL Outdoor Insect Repellent Lantern. This cool beacon uses allethrin, a non-harmful repellent that mimics the insecticide found naturally in chrysanthemum flowers, to ward off those pesky blood-suckers within 15 feet while providing ambient lighting. Use the ThermaCELL lantern on your next camping adventure or in any other outdoor setting. The lantern is silent, odor free and portable, weighing in at 13 ounces. The butane cartridge houses the mosquito repellent and lasts up to 12 hours. Light is provided by eight LEDs and powered by four AA batteries. According to ThermaCELL, the lantern’s repellent is 98 percent effective in protecting against mosquitoes and has been tested and used by the Department of Defense and the United States Army. The ThermaCELL Outdoor Insect Repellent Lantern can be found at home improvement, sporting goods and retail stores or on several online stores for around $32. For more information, visit thermacell.com or call 866-753-3837.
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BUNDLED BENEFITS Be prepared for Mother Nature’s surprises with the Eton FRX3. This lightweight device is an AM/FM radio, USB smart phone charger, LED flashlight and alarm clock all in one little package. Other important features include: • A red flashing beacon • Seven NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) weather band stations • An “alert” function that broadcasts emergency weather alerts • An AAA battery option • A DC power option • A headphone output • A glow-in-the-dark locator • A backlit display and illuminated buttons What’s more, you can recharge your FRX3 in a jiffy with the hand turbine as well as solar power. The FRX3 comes with a mini USB cable and wrist strap and is available in red and black. The Eton FRX3 sells for $59.99 on the company’s website, etoncorp. com. For more information, call 800872-2228.