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Classic Cussler Cars Museum houses incredible cars from adventure books BY JULIE SIMMONS COLUMNS


Recipes Get the skinny on cooking savory asparagus dishes BY LINH TRUONG

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Gardening Repellent sprays may be only answer for hungry deer BY EVE GILMORE


Outdoors Don’t let your fishing vest get the best of you BY DENNIS SMITH D E PA R T M E N T S


Viewpoint EPA regulation of carbon dioxide promises “glorious mess” BY KENT SINGER



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Congress Needs to Act EPA regulation of greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide promises to be a “glorious mess” BY KENT L. SINGER, CREA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

here has been a lot of talk recently about climate change: Is it occurring? If so, at what pace is it occurring? Is it caused by human activity, or is it primarily attributable to natural phenomena over which we have little control? If it is caused by human activities, are there viable solutions? If there are viable solutions, who will pay for them? I certainly don’t have the answers to these questions. What I do know, however, is that this is an issue that Congress should resolve and not the Environmental Protection Agency. This issue is relevant to you because allowing the EPA to use the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gases on a regional level will raise electric rates and affect reliability while not having much affect on CO2 in our global atmosphere. Your electric distribution co-op purchases its power from wholesale power suppliers and then distributes that power to you on lower voltage distribution lines. The majority of the electricity that you use comes from either Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association (a nonprofit co-op) or Public Service Company of Colorado (an investor-owned subsidiary of Xcel Energy). Tri-State and Xcel both operate a variety of power plants to generate electricity. Some power plants use conventional fuels, such as natural gas and coal, while others use renewable resources, such as wind and solar. The power plants that use natural gas or coal as a fuel to produce electric power also emit carbon dioxide. The effect of carbon dioxide emissions on the earth’s climate is at the center of an ongoing debate in Congress and across the country. While many scientists are convinced that recent trends in climate change are directly attributable to increased CO2 emissions, others are not as certain. Given the complexity of the matter, it is probably not a surprise that the U. S. Senate has not yet reached a consensus on the appropriate approach to the


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Urge Congress to Act Send your U.S. Senators and Representatives a message that says: I urge you to support any legislation keeping the EPA from using the Clean Air Act to regulate carbon dioxide from power plants. The Act was never intended to regulate greenhouse gases. Even its author recognizes it as the wrong tool for the job, observing that its use would result in a “glorious mess” of regulation and litigation. You can send your message at Some editions of this magazine offer you postcards that can be used to send your message. I encourage you send them.

regulation of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Work in the Senate continues, however, and by the time you read this it is possible that a bill sponsored by Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), will have been introduced to regulate the emission of carbon dioxide. Despite the likelihood of this bill being introduced and debated in Congress, the EPA is moving ahead with the adoption of regulations that would require utilities to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. The issue of carbon dioxide emissions should be addressed by your elected representatives in Congress and not by an administrative agency that is not directly accountable to the public. Congress has been debating this issue for several years, and the difficulty in coming to a consensus demonstrates that this is an extremely complicated and sensitive issue. Further, the EPA is proposing to act under authority that was granted by Congress under the Clean Air Act, a piece of legislation that was originally adopted by Congress in 1972. Of course, back in 1972 Congress was not concerned about carbon dioxide emissions, and the Clean Air Act makes no mention of carbon dioxide. The CAA was enacted to control pollutants that directly affect public health on a local and regional scale. It was not designed to address worldwide carbon

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dioxide emissions. It is simply not the appropriate tool to regulate greenhouse gases and if Congress believes such regulations should be implemented, it should pass legislation that gives the EPA clear guidance on the substance of those regulations. One of the principal authors of the CAA, Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), recently said that using the CAA to regulate greenhouse gases would result in a “glorious mess.” The Colorado Rural Electric Association and its member electric co-ops do not oppose the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions so long as the regulations result in achievable standards that do not impair the affordability and reliability of electric power for Colorado consumers. Congress should be guided by these principles in developing any regulatory program. The EPA should not venture out on its own without congressional direction. I urge you to contact your senators representatives in Congress and ask them to support legislation that would stop the EPA from moving further down this path of regulating greenhouse gases without direction from Congress.



Tilting Trains The article on the Pueblo Transportation Technology Center, Inc., was quite good (March ’10) but contained one inaccuracy. The author indicates that the Acela was the first tilting train design, but the facts are that tilting trains go back some years before the start of the Acela service in 2000. Spanish tilting trains ran in the 1950s. The first tilting train in North America in commercial service was the TurboTrain that entered Canadian service in 1969 followed by Amtrak use along the East Coast in the early 1970s (or maybe as early as 1968). Lots of other tilting trains are in commercial service around the world. Bruce Golden, Westcliffe

Comments on CO2 What surprised me most in the article on our changing energy future (March ’10) is that the author seems to accept the premise that carbon dioxide is a pollutant that needs to be reduced. Every mammal on earth exhales CO2 and every growing piece of vegetation consumes CO2 as food and releases pure oxygen. I wonder, after learning that the major purveyors of this now failed theory have been “fudging” the data, silencing and discrediting critics and manipulating the peer review process, how anyone can still believe in “man caused global warming.” Joseph Cascarelli, Westcliffe

Great Boat Story The feature article for the January/February 2010 issue of WoodenBoat magazine is about the same rescue by Coast Guard boat CG36500 that you featured in February. It has many photos, including one of Andrew Fitzgerald and the rest of the crew. I hail originally from Massachusetts and spend summers ocean sailing on my own 36-footer. Thanks for sharing your great article. Carl Forsberg, Tabernash

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MAY CALENDAR May 7-8 in Durango

May 15 in Grand Junction

May 22 in Denver

June 4-6 in Telluride

Twenty-Four Pounds of Bullets & Steel: A Cowgirl Opera

Walk From Obesity

Create a Pet-Friendly Yard

Balloon Rally

Durango Arts Center, 7 p.m.

Pepsi Bottling Company, 11 a.m. 140 Power Road

Botanic Gardens, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. 720-865-3500


May 8 in Loveland

May 15 in Loveland

May 22 in Georgetown

First Friday ArtWalk

Student Film Festival

Bells of the Rockies

Railroad & Mining Days

Rialto Theater, 6 p.m. 970-962-2410

Handbell ensemble concert Rialto Theater, 7 p.m.

Pack Burro Race Georgetown to Empire and back, 11 a.m.

Bring nonperishable food Old Colorado City 719-520-9494

June 5 in Colorado Springs

May 13 in Fort Collins

May 15 in Pueblo West

New Horizons Band Spring Concert

Trash & Treasure Fundraiser

May 22-23 in Gateway

Wine Festival

St. John’s Lutheran Church, 7 p.m. 305 E. Elizabeth 970-226-0436

Pueblo West Women’s League 719-547-8461

Vintage Motorcycle Show

Memorial Park, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

May 13-16 in Cortez

May 15-29 near Fraser

May 26 in Colorado Springs

Kids Fishing Derby

Ute Mountain Mesa Verde Birding Festival

Quilt Show


Cozens Ranch Museum 970-725-3939

Watch Air Force Thunderbirds fly over AFA graduation Western Museum of Mining & Industry, noon

Palmer Lake, 8 a.m.–noon 719-481-3282

June 5 in Manitou Springs

Gateway Canyons Resort

June 5 in Palmer Lake

Cortez Cultural Center 970-565-1151

May 16 in Durango

Taste of Durango May 14-15 in Erie

Town Fair Balloon Festival Launches from Vista Ridge Golf Club

Food and beer tasting Downtown, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. May 16 in Loveland

May 14-16 in Rye

Farm Day at 3 Alpaca Farms

Huckleberry Finn

Deer Valley Alpacas, Spittin’ G Alpacas, Prairie Moon Alpacas, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 970-663-3122; 970-669-1664; 970-613-1077

Musical production by Greenhorn Valley Players, 3 performances 719-251-3396

May 28-29 in Gunnison

Rage in the Sage Races for bikers, runners, rock climbers Hartman Rocks Multi-Use Recreation Area

Swap Meet & Car Show Activities for entire family, 8 a.m.–2 p.m. 970-848-2704 June 5-6 in Howard

Chili Cook-Off Town festival at fire station 719-942-4213 or 719-942-3353 June 6 in Littleton

May 31 in Howard

Concert: The Fab 4 Hudson Gardens & Event Center 303-797-8565, ext. 321

May 14-15 in Silt

May 21-23in Salida

Pancake Breakfast


Wade in the Water Artposium

Silt Historical Park opens season with demonstrations 970-876-5801

Speakers, workshops on water Steamplant Event Center 303-279-5198

Howard Fire Station on Highway 50, 7:30–11:30 a.m. 719-942-4213

May 15 near Fraser

June 5 in Yuma

For more information on these activities and for more activities, visit Click on Events and discover what’s happening.

Mother’s Day Tea Cozens Ranch Museum, 2 p.m. 970-725-3939

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Energy Star Improvements Promised More testing, better enforcement of requirements ensure products will save energy BY M E G A N M C KOY

ou’ve probably seen the headlines in the last few months: “The Problems with Energy Star,” “Energy Star Doesn’t Always Mean Green” and others. Problems were found in the government’s Energy Star program. The Government Accountability Office, a nonpartisan congressional watchdog agency that audits federal programs, completed a nine-month investigation of the Energy Star program in March. Energy Star, a voluntary, international standard for rating energy-efficient consumer products created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992, covers more than 60 categories of appliances and electronic equipment. As part of its study, the GAO submitted fake products, such as a gasolinepowered alarm clock, to Energy Star and listed nonexistent companies for evaluation. In the end, GAO found Energy Star to be primarily a self-certification program “vulnerable to fraud and abuse.” Those in charge of the Energy Star program reacted quickly. “We take this report very seriously,” says the EPA. “We welcome all efforts, internal or external, to improve the (Energy Star) program. That’s why we have started an enhanced testing program and have already taken enforcement actions against companies that violated the rules.” An earlier 2009 EPA review found 98 percent of products tested met or exceeded Energy Star requirements. Devices


carrying the Energy Star logo, such as computers and electronics, kitchen and household appliances, residential lighting and windows, deliver the same or better performance and use 20 percent to 30 percent less energy on average than comparable models. “Energy Star uses a series of checks to ensure consumers are getting products that cut energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions,” explains a joint statement from EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy, a partner with EPA on the Energy Star program. “One of the reasons the system has worked … is that manufacturers have a market incentive to test competitors’ products and report violations, which supports the program’s own independent testing, verification and enforcement initiatives.” The GAO review adds to other Ener-

gy Star concerns. The New York Times revealed last October that some manufacturers of household appliances were testing products for Energy Star certification internally instead of using independent laboratories. In response, Energy Star ramped up oversight of product ratings and by the end of 2009 revoked the Energy Star label for some refrigerators while raising the bar for efficiency expected from televisions. Starting this year, Energy Star is expanding third-party evaluations and implementing a two-step internal testing process to broaden the evaluation of Energy Star-qualified products. “Consumers can continue to trust Energy Star to save energy and money and protect the environment,” say DOE and EPA. Consumers have largely embraced the 18-year-old energy efficiency program. A survey by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency — a group including members like the quasi-governmental Tennessee Valley Authority and Bonneville Power Administration, a federal power marketing administration in the Northwest — discovered 76 percent of American households recognize the Energy Star brand. Of these consumers, 73 percent purchased an Energy Star-labeled product within the last year. Federal energy efficiency tax credits for appliances and home heating and air-conditioning systems typically require qualifying products to be Energy Star rated. It’s an important rating to look for. That bright yellow label provides good information to help you decide what to buy. So, check the label, do the research, think about your specific usage and needs and then buy what is most efficient for you. The Energy Star label can still help you make the decision. Megan McKoy writes on consumer and cooperative affairs for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the Arlington, Virginiabased service arm of the nation’s 900-plus consumer-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives.


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1928 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 AS with Lalique mascot

Classic Cussler Cars BY JULIE SIMMONS

Museum houses incredible cars from famous adventure books

1936 Avions Voisin C 28 Ambassade

Experience all that the Cussler Museum has to offer Mondays and Tuesdays only May through September 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The museum is located at 69th and Indiana in Arvada Admission is $7 for adults $5 for seniors $3 for children under 12 The museum is also available for rent throughout the year. For more information, visit

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hat was the last bullet. Swinging the empty rifle over his shoulder, the hero grabs the girl and runs to the closest car he can find. But it’s not just any car. The two will get away free and clear … in style. The author wouldn’t have it any other way. Clive Cussler has been recognized for his achievements as a novelist all over the world, his books have been published in more than 40 languages in 100 countries. A household name to everyone who loves action and adventure novels, his story lines have blasted their way into Hollywood and readers’ hearts. The best-known of Cussler’s books feature his famous hero, the fearless Dirk Pitt. Pitt’s work with the National Underwater and Marine Agency, for all practical purposes a marine treasure-hunting organization, leads him into many adventures against villainous smugglers, terrorists and other unwholesome figures. The reader should never fear for Pitt’s safety, however. Using his trained skills as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Pitt always finds a way to bring himself and his loved ones to safety despite the odds. Many people have heard of Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt, but most remain unaware of the life led by the man behind the books. The author doesn’t just write about cool getaway cars. He owns them, and he gives the public a chance to see them at the Cussler Museum in Arvada. Along with all the edge-of-your-seat action, each of the Dirk Pitt novels features a rare WWW.COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.COOP

car that exists in reality as a part of Cussler’s collection. For fans of Cussler’s books, a visit to the museum represents a chance to get closer to the characters of their favorite stories, most notably the famous Pitt. Keith Lowden has been the man in charge of the restoration of the museum’s cars for almost as long as Clive Cussler has been collecting. “People find out about the museum from his website and want to see the cars his heroes drive. It’s almost like seeing Dirk Pitt by getting to see the cars,” Lowden says. Cars were always an interest of Cussler’s, a former Colorado resident and long-time author. After returning from service in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, Cussler moved to Colorado to work in advertising while raising his family. When one of his first novels, Raise the Titanic, put him on the charts as a famous writer, he put the money to good use, beginning his dream of a car collection. A warehouse in Arvada, now the museum, was bought to hold his growing accumulation of unique vehicles. The

museum now displays 70 of Cussler’s more than 100 custom cars at a time and rotates them every year, giving patrons a reason to come back again and again. Cussler found his first acquisition while driving through the Colorado countryside. He tells the story on the museum’s website: “My wife, Barbara, said, ‘Look! There’s a 1946 Ford Club Coupe like I had in high school.’ The car was sitting in front of a farm with a For Sale sign on it. I paid $400 for it and drove it home, where my son and I restored it in the street. This was the first car of my collection. It still sits among the more exceptional additions that came through the years.” “Exceptional” is an understatement when describing the cars in the collection. Every vehicle represents hours of research, purchasing and restoration work on the part of Cussler and the crew at the museum. Though some cars were acquired by coincidental discovery on one of the author’s many trips, most have required extensive effort to search out. Over the years he has acquired cars from private owners and auc-

tions all over the world. “The restoration work happens in house here at the museum,” explains Lowden. “Most of the procedure is done in the complex. I’ve been working with Mr. Cussler 26 years and as he’s given us cars, we’ve done them to his standards, what he likes. He has pretty high standards.” Though the collection began 30 years ago, the museum was created to make the cars available for public viewing only five years ago. “We had a lot of requests from people wanting to see the collection,” Lowden says. “Before, only car clubs could schedule appointments to see the cars. We got to thinking about opening the collection to fans and so pursued the idea of the museum.” The first room of the large warehouse museum is the 50s room. Brightly colored convertibles and cruisers are lined up as if they’re still parked at a drive-in movie. A plaque on a stand in front of each car gives the model, make and year, along with information about the paint job, the custom work and the history of the car. Cussler collected the cars in this first [continued on page 14]

1948 Talbot-Lago Grand Sport coupe


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1921 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost Touring

1925 Minerva Town Car Landaulette

1936 Duesenberg Landaulet J-577

1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham

1946 Ford Coupe

1936 Lincoln V12 Town Car

[continued from page 13] room after discovering that many limited-make convertibles were made in the 1950s. Each of the cars is one of only a few of its kind still existing in workable condition. Lowden has restored the cars to their original shine and performance, giving the visitor a precious glimpse into the past of car design. The next room features the remainder of the cars shown at the museum, consisting of extremely rare models from the early 1900s. In addition to the intriguing glimpse the vehicles provide into the history of the automobile industry, many of the cars also hold interest as examples of innovations in engineering and as representations of a society now passing from the memory of all but a few. Cussler started with a long list of rare and limited-make cars and has ended with a museum of astounding significance to the world of car collecting. He has been invited to show a few cars at the most prestigious car shows in the world, such as his 1936 Duesenberg Limousine Landaulet J 577 at the Pebble Beach Concours. The Duesenberg was celebrated at the show as the most original model still in existence, meaning that very few of the original parts had been replaced during restoration. Another famous show car, the 1928 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8AS Boattail Speedster, is only one of two such models left in existence. Even those models uninvited to prestigious shows inspire fascination in collectors and noncollectors alike for various

reasons besides their rare nature. The 1957 Cadillac Eldorado, for instance, was the most technologically advanced car of its time. It cost $400 more than a Rolls Royce, a huge sum when one considers that an expensive car cost $7,000 straight from the factory. The cars’ connections to fame also add to their intrigue. The museum has on display a 1921 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost, the model that the Queen of England requested be manufactured in all silver for her personal use. King Farouk of Egypt actually owned the 1951 Talbot Lago T.26 Grand Sport that sits on the museum floor. The 1925 Minerva Town Car Landaulette, or the “Rolls Royce of Belgium,” was also the model of choice for several European kings and queens. Even without celebrity to give them mystique, the cars have plenty to offer in and of themselves. The 1957 Chrysler 300C has an innovative design and a stunning look. It was the first car ever to perform at 300 horsepower and has been restored with the original, beautiful and extremely rare green metallic paint. The museum also has a 1906 Stanley Steamer, the steampowered vehicle that was the predecessor of the gasoline-run car. The steamer could perform at a maximum horsepower, a stunning technological innovation in the days of horse-drawn carriages. The atmosphere of the museum, beyond that of the cars, has the ability to transport visitors to another time. Old gasoline and other product signs add

color and nostalgia to the warehouse. At the end of the first row in the ’50s room, Elvis Presley stands next to a classic Harley Davidson motorcycle. Elvis is, of course, made of cardboard, but the rest of the place gives you the feeling that he might just come alive. Dirk Pitt cars include the car driven in the book Sahara, which was adapted as a movie a few years back. Though the actual car was much too valuable to risk being damaged during filming, the producers used a model of the car in the movie as the heroes escaped across the African desert. Other Dirk Pitt cars include those featured in the novels Atlantis Found, Black Wind, Inca Gold, Dragon, Trojan Odyssey, Valhalla Rising, Treasure of Khan and Cyclops. Even at age 78, Cussler continues to collect cars and influence the world of adventure novels. His most recent books have been written with coauthors to help new writers launch their own careers as novelists. The cars, like the novels, just keep on coming. Cussler, now an Arizona resident, has handed over management of the Dirk Pitt series to his son, Dirk. The museum has also stayed in the family, run by Cussler’s daughter Teri. However, Cussler still reigns as the grand master of adventure. And, with the help of the tangible excitement embodied in the cars that fill the Cussler Museum, his legacy is likely to last a long time into the future.

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Extraordinary Spears of Taste Get the skinny on cooking savory asparagus dishes


id you know asparagus is so popular that it has its own month (May), a national festival in Michigan and an Asparagus Queen? Such tributes to this cancer-fighting* vegetable are well-deserved, considering its health benefits and the ways it complements many meals. You can find these recipes and more at *According to the National Cancer Institute, asparagus is the highest tested food containing glutathione, one of the body's most potent cancer fighters.

Baked Asparagus With Goat Cheese and Bread Crumbs 1-1/2 pounds jumbo or extra-large asparagus, trimmed 2-1/4 tablespoons butter, melted, divided salt 2 ounces fresh white goat cheese, crumbled into bits (about 1/2 cup) 1/2 cup fresh, white bread crumbs Coat asparagus spears with 1-1/2 tablespoons melted butter, then salt lightly. Arrange in an oven-to-table shallow baking dish large enough to hold the asparagus in one layer. Evenly distribute cheese bits over asparagus, sprinkle with bread crumbs. Drizzle remaining 1 tablespoon melted butter over bread crumbs. Bake at 400 degrees F. until asparagus is tender-crisp and the bread crumbs are lightly browned, about 10 minutes.

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Asparagus Frittata With Red Bell Peppers 1 pound asparagus, trimmed and blanched salt, as needed 1 red bell pepper, julienned 1/2 cup onion, chopped 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons Italian parsley, chopped 1/4 teaspoon salt 1-4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 8 eggs, beaten 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled (about 1 cup) 1-1/2 tablespoon butter, softened lemon wedges and sprigs of Italian parsley for garnish Reserve 6 asparagus spears. Cut remaining asparagus at an angle into 1-inch pieces and reserve. Sauté bell pepper in 2 tablespoons olive oil until soft, but not browned, about 7 minutes. Stir in onion and reserved asparagus pieces; sauté for 1 minute. With a slotted spoon remove vegetables to drain on paper toweling and reserve. Whisk chopped parsley, salt and pepper into beaten eggs. Stir in cheese and reserved sautéd vegetables. Coat the inside of a heavy, nonstick 12-inch frying pan (with a cover) with softened butter. Pour egg mixture into pan. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven, covered, until eggs are just firm, about 35 minutes. Remove cover; bake until top is lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Loosen the frittata, then cover the pan with a large, warmed serving platter. Flip frying pan over onto platter. Cut frittata into six wedges; garnish each with one reserved asparagus spear. Divide wedges among six serving plates, then put a lemon wedge and a sprig of parsley on each plate. Serves 6.

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Oh Deer! Where Did My Garden Go? Repellent sprays may be only alternative at some points in time BY


’ll never forget last spring when some clients called me to tell me the deer, infamously rampant in their neighborhood, had totally devoured the new plants we had planted the season before. Knowing the reputation of these gangs of voracious deer, I had been careful to select only plants known for their resistance to deer. I had also made sure to spell out the difference between “deer resistant” plants and “deer proof ” plants to my clients, as I always do. Deer resistant plants are plants that are not generally fancied by deer and found to be completely undesirable to some populations. However, deer are known for being rather adventurous eaters, tasting just about anything green if they are hungry enough, which is why no plant should ever be deemed deer proof. These folks detailed how the deer had munched down the crocus and even the lilacs. I felt terrible for them and felt helpless as their hired professional. But ultimately, the experience led me to reflect on the realities of living in the country or mountains. No matter how deer resistant the plants are that you choose to plant, it is helpful to keep in mind the lifestyle of the plants at the nursery. A nursery’s main endeavor is to sell plants. In order to do that, it is important it has great-looking plants. It generally accomplishes this by using frequent applications of fertilizer combined

with awesome soil. Now consider how different the plants’ new digs will be. In most cases in Colorado, the soil will not be awesome, even if it is ideal for that particular (maybe native) plant. And generally, adapted, native or xeric plants do not require much in the way of fertilizer. Plants living happily in this type of environment tend to be less desirable to deer. When they are watered less and largely left to their own devices, they become rather tough and not so tasty. However, coming straight from the nursery into this more native environment, they may as well be wearing a sign in “deer” that says, “Eat me.” It will take a while — sometimes a couple of years — for all the nursery-supplied nutrients to move through a plant’s system. Until then they are tender, juicy and irresistible to our wild animal friends. What to do, you ask, since you strategically planned this extensive deer resistant landscape as to avoid the unattractive 7-foot-high fence? I know it’s laborious, and often unpleasant, but I recommend investing in your investment, sucking it up and applying one of the many deer repellent sprays on the market. I find them to be significantly more effective when used properly than all the folk methods I’ve heard of and tried. And make an effort not to replicate the nursery conditions at your home. This means choosing native, xeric and adapted


plants that don’t require regular applications of fertilizer, richly amended soils or high doses of water. When living with nature, as most of us rural Coloradans do to one degree or another, I’d also urge you to decrease your stress by adjusting your expectations. Know that, especially at this time of year, the deer are hungry. They were here first; and they may well choose to sample the smorgasbord you’ve planted in your yard. As long as they don’t uproot the plant, give it time; chances are good that it will come back stronger and more beautiful. That is what my clients discovered. A couple of months after that first phone call, I crossed paths with them. They had not held me responsible for the deer’s behavior and to my relief, they said that their plants had fully recovered and looked healthier than ever. They had heard that grazing by deer can make the plant denser with more flowers and they now believed it to be true. Hallelujah. I was off the hook. Eve Gilmore is a landscape designer and garden coach and owner of Gardens by Eve in Durango. You can reach Eve at www.gardens or by calling 970-769-3319.

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Don’t Let Your Vest Get the Best of You Filling all those pockets can lead to uncomfortable hikes to your favorite stream BY DENNIS SMITH f any accessory in the modern fly fisherman’s inventory is the subject of more marketing hype than the angler’s vest, I don’t know what it is. They’re rigged with enough D-rings, snaps, straps, zingers, pockets and secret compartments to send fly-fishing gadget lovers into fits of euphoria. But if you fly fish small, backcountry streams often enough, you’ll find yourself wondering if the trusty old fishing vest is a blessing or a curse. At some point — usually after you’ve accumulated enough gear to fill all of the pockets and compartments — you’ll notice the doggone thing’s about as comfortable to wear as a 30-pound sack of potatoes. One day, about two-thirds of the way up the trail to old Bust-a-Gut Lake, you’ll wonder: What is in this pack? Then



you’ll remember you’re not even wearing a pack. It’s your vest. The “go light” malady eventually strikes everyone who fishes the long rod, but small stream anglers in particular (and a lot of us old guys) are more likely to consider the minimalist approach. Let’s assume for the moment, though, that you consider carrying a small day pack on your backcountry fishing expeditions. That would be smart. After all, you could fall and break a leg or some such and it’s best to be prepared. There’s weather to consider, too — particularly in the Rockies where you could encounter anything from intense solar radiation and wild temperature swings to hail, torrential rain, spitting snow, high winds and killer electrical storms (all in the same day). So you carry sunblock, a small first

aid/survival kit, rain gear and some form of lightweight jacket or vest. You see where this all is going, right? We haven’t even started with the fishing gear. Naturally there’s a rod, reel, some kind of wading “system” and, of course, the inevitable fishing vest with all doohickeys in it. The trick is to eliminate most of the doohickeys, pare the essentials to a bare minimum and leave the vest in the truck to be used on those days when the stream is less than a 5-minute walk from the truck. Otherwise you’ll feel like you’re hauling a 30-pound sack of potatoes up the trail.

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WEDDINGS OLD COWBOY STUFF–hats, boots, spurs, chaps, Indian rugs, baskets. ANYTHING OLD! Don’t throw it away until you call us! We’ll buy whole estates before you have yard sales. We’ll come to you! Call 970-7593455 or 970-585-1256. (871-7-10)

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Zachary, my precious and extremely honest firstgrader, came running to the van after school let out with a little pot of flowers. Zachary presented me with the cute little flowerpot that he and his fellow firstgraders had planted for Mother’s Day. Grinning from ear-to-ear he said, “Mommy, these flowers are just like you. They’re Impatiens.” Michele Prater, Black Forest

Years ago, when I was still working, there was a lady in my office who had a little girl about 4 or 5 years old. She was naughty one day and her mother told her to go sit in her time out chair. The girl folded her arms in front of herself and sat down with a heavy thump in her chair. Then she told her mother, “I may look like I’m sitting down, but in my head I’m standing up.” D.M. Steven, Dolores

My 4-year-old granddaughter Katie and I were watching the Shirley Temple movie, “The Little Princess,” the story about a little girl whose father had to go off to war and left her behind at a school for girls. Because he would not be there for her birthday, he asked his little girl to close her eyes and send him a kiss at 2 o’clock on her birthday. He promised to do the same. When the little girl’s birthday arrived, in the midst of her party she went off by herself, closed her eyes and tearfully said, “Oh Daddy, I’m thinking of you and I know wherever you are, you’re thinking of me.” My granddaughter, totally engrossed in the story, turned to me perplexed and asked, “Grandma, is that how people used to talk to each other before they had cell phones?” Sharon Crites, Dolores

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