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[April 2012]



April 2012 [features] 14 Promoting Agriculture  Co-ops support conference to teach teachers about ag

16 Sugar Beet Leagues

 Early baseball rosters filled with

workers who loved the game


[columns] 20 Behold a Vision Spectacular floral images fill pages  of photo book


22 Sweets on a Stick Fun, delicious cake pops add color,  surprise to Easter

24 Outdoors

 Learn techniques to lure nice spring


fish to your hook

25 Energy Tips

4 Viewpoint

 Electricity powers our lives; it’s a basic necessity around the globe

 Light the night with do-it-

yourself lighting


5 Letters 6 Calendar 7 Co-op News 12 NewsClips 29 Funny Stories 30 Discoveries

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Baseball batter illustrated by Cathy Morrison from Livermore. COMMUNICATIONS STAFF: Mona Neeley, CCC, Publisher/Editor@303-455-4111; Donna Wallin, Associate Editor; • Amy Higgins, Administrative Assistant/Writer; ADVERTISING: Kris Wendtland@303-902-7276; NCM@800-626-1181

The official publication of the Colorado Rural Electric Association Volume 43, Number 04

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: John Porter [Empire]; Don McClaskey [Grand Valley]; Jim Lueck [Highline]; Michael Glass [Holy Cross]; Dan Mills [K.C.]; Tom Compton [La Plata]; Stan Cazier [Mountain Parks]; B.D. Paddock [Mountain View]; Joseph Costa, Reg Rudolph [San Isabel]; Mike Rierson, [San Luis Valley]; Marcus Wilson, Kevin Ritter [San Miguel]; Mark Grasmick [Southeast]; Jim Jaeger, Ron Asche [United Power]; Bill Jordan [White River]; Stuart Travis [Y-W]; Charles Perry [Yampa Valley]; Basin Electric, CoBank, Moon Lake Electric, Wheatland Electric [Associate Members]

EDITORIAL: Denver Corporate Office, 5400 N. Washington Street, Denver, CO 80216; Phone: 303-455-4111 • Email: • Website: • Facebook: Colorado Country Life • Twitter: @COCountryLife Colorado Country Life (USPS 469-400/ISSN 1090-2503) is published monthly for $9/$15 per year by Colorado Rural Electric Association, 5400 N. Washington Street, Denver, CO 80216. Periodical postage paid at Denver, Colorado. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Colorado Country Life, 5400 N. Washington Street, Denver, CO 80216 Publication of an advertisement in Colorado Country Life does not imply endorsement by any Colorado rural electric cooperative or the Colorado Rural Electric Association. Editorial opinions published in Colorado Country Life magazine shall pertain to issues affecting rural electric cooperatives, rural communities and citizens. The opinion of CREA is not necessarily that of any particular cooperative or individual.


Electricity Powers Our Lives

Computer guru Bill Gates notes how energy is a basic necessity BY KENT SINGER || CREA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR || KSINGER@COLORADOREA.ORG


When I recently heard Bill Gates tout cheap electricity as essential for improving the lives of poor people around the world, I was struck by how similar his opinion is to that of electric co-op leaders. Gates was speaking during the February 27-29 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit in Washington, D.C. (This should not be confused with the Colorado Rural Electric Association’s Energy Innovations Summit held in the fall.) ARPA-E, the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy, was created to bring together scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs to do transformational research in the energy field and to bridge the gap between basic energy research and the commercial application of new technologies. As part of its mission, ARPA-E has sponsored its annual summit for the last three years. I did not attend the 2012 summit, but through the miracle of YouTube I was able to see and hear the keynote presentations. Among the many prominent speakers featured at the 2012 ARPA-E summit, the one I found most compelling was Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Gates was on a panel with Secretary of Energy Steven Chu that was moderated by John Podesta, President Bill Clinton’s former chief of staff. Of course, we all know about Bill Gates the Harvard dropout, software genius, business mogul and philanthropist. He also happens to be a savvy thinker when it comes to the world’s energy issues, and his comments at the summit were instructive not only for the East Coast think tank crowd, but also for Colorado electricity consumers. Perhaps the most important comment Gates made as part of the panel was his response to the moderator’s first question about why he was interested in energy issues. As you probably know, the

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been primarily concerned with public health issues in the developing world. But Gates made the point that the vast improvement in the human condition that has occurred over the last 200 to 300 years is due to what he called Kent Singer “energy intensification.” In other words, our standard of living has dramatically improved as the result of increased energy use. He pointed out that in order to improve the lives of the “poorest one billion” people in the world, “having cheap energy” is critical to things like transportation and lighting, which are essential to basic human dignity. Gates made it clear that access to energy is just as important as access to food and health care for those in the developing world. Gates also recognized that while many people would like to see a transformation in the way we produce energy, people “underestimate how far away we are” from wide deployment of renewable sources of power. According to Gates, it will take a lot longer to transform our power supply system than the revolution we have seen in the information technology industry in the last 20 years because the power systems that are in place today that provide consistent, reliable power are expensive and complex. He noted that if power from hydrocarbons is ruled out, “you have no baseload power.” It would take more than 100 times all the batteries ever produced to store the power from renewable sources that would be needed to replace power from fossil fuel-fired plants. To that end, Gates is one of the founders of TerraPower, a startup “Generation

4” nuclear power company that is exploring a new technology that would use nuclear power more efficiently and produce less waste. Gates views this new nuclear design as the way to provide baseload energy with no carbon output. Gates also pointed out that there is no single technology on the horizon that is likely to provide the silver bullet for energy storage. He predicted that more than 90 percent of startup companies developing new technologies to integrate more renewable resources into our power mix will fail. Many of the points made by Bill Gates at the ARPA-E conference are relevant to the Colorado electric co-op program. We are strong advocates for the key role that affordable electricity plays in our lives. Affordable power is not only critical to the developing world, but it is also a fundamental building block in our world as well. Electric co-ops also support continued research into new energy technologies, but we don’t have the luxury of waiting to see which technologies lead to affordable and reliable power. We have to rely on the tried and true for now because we have the obligation to provide reliable, uninterrupted power to you, our co-op member-owners. We applaud the entrepreneurial spirit that is necessary to find the “next big thing” in energy, but it is also refreshing to hear some of our points validated by one of the smartest guys in the room.

Executive Director


[letters] True Price of Electricity Regarding the Viewpoint article “Reliability Is Job One” (January ’12), it has taken the Environmental Protection Agency over 20 years to develop and refine its final regulations on airborne mercury. Mercury has been known as a serious health and environmental problem. What I am arguing is that it is time for all electric consumers to pay the true price for the electricity that is generated with fossil fuels. When these ignored costs are finally calculated and accounted for, they will show that such fuels are truly more expensive than renewable energy and more vigorous demand-side management. Steven Schechter Director Gunnison County Electric Association

More on Tesla I enjoyed the article on Nikola Tesla (February ’12). One comment: The picture of Tesla on page 17 was taken in 1895, when he was 39 years old, not in 1938. Gerald Palecki, Durango

Nikola Tesla — 1893

EDITOR’S NOTE: Our mistake. Tesla would have been 82 years old if the photo had been taken in 1938, as we printed. Additional research claims the photo was taken in 1893 when Tesla was 37. I am compelled to correct parts of your article on Tesla. You state that he oversaw General Electric’s Niagara Falls hydropower facility. However that facility was built by George Westinghouse (not GE). Also, you made it sound like he was the only one involved in the Telluride Gold King Mine’s first commercial AC power plant. Again, he was involved, but the plant was built by George Westinghouse. I worked for Westinghouse for 42 years, and when I worked for them we were periodically reminded of this history. Ray Baranowski, Durango

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[April] April 11 Calhan Cancer Myths presentation St. Paul Lutheran Church 6-8 pm • 719-347-2662 April 12-21 Pueblo Southern Colorado Regional Quilt Show El Pueblo History Museum 719-583-0453 April 13 Denver Southeast Colorado Appreciation Day State Capitol 11 am • 719-384-6965 April 13-14 Grand Junction MOG Outdoor Fest Downtown Grand Junction April 14 Bayfield Cowboy Luau Billy Goat Saloon 6 pm-12 am • 970-884-7137 April 14 Briggsdale Briggsdale Community Library Craft Fair 9 am-3 pm • 970-656-3529 April 14 Salida Spring Fling for Boys & Girls Clubs Salida Club 6:30-9 pm • 719-539-9500 April 14 Trinidad Bowling for Art fundraiser A.R. Mitchell Museum 7-10 pm • April 15 Grand Junction Paint Horse Show Mesa County Fairgrounds 8 am • 970-255-7100 April 18 Colorado Springs Pastry cooking class Garden of the Gods Gourmet 719-471-2799 6 April 2012

April 20-22 Durango Durango Bluegrass Meltdown Strater Hotel

April 27 Ouray Colorado Children’s Chorale Wright Opera House 7-9 pm •

May 4 Granby Movie Matinee Granby Library 2 pm • 970-887-2149

April 20-22 Fort Collins Spring Contest Powwow and Indian Art Market CSU Moby Arena

April 28 Boulder Tulip Fairy and Elf Parade Pearl Street Mall 3 pm •

May 5 Burlington “Richie Lee and the Fabulous 50s” show Burlington High School Auditorium 7:30 pm • 719-346-8918

April 20-21 Pueblo “Carmen & Bolero” ballet Sangre de Cristo Arts Center April 21 Durango Durango Public Library Book Sale Durango Public Library 9:30 am-4:30 pm 970-375-3380 April 21 Grand Junction “Spring Thing” dance and fundraiser Clarion Inn 7-10 pm • April 22 Denver Free admission day Denver Botanic Gardens April 22 Durango Durango Children’s Chorale performance First United Methodist Church 2 pm • durangochoralsociety. org April 24-June 2 Durango “Textiles Today” exhibit Durango Arts Center April 26-29 Fruita Fruita Fat Tire Festival Civic Center Park April 27-29 Karval Mountain Plover Festival Karval Community Building 719-892-0020

April 28 Cotopaxi Cotopaxi Lions Club Spaghetti Dinner Cotopaxi School 5-7 pm • 719-942-4177 April 28 Denver History Colorado Center opening History Colorado Center April 28-29 Durango Home & Ranch Show La Plata County Fairgrounds April 28 Grand Junction Mayfaire Festival Sherwood Park 10 am-1 pm April 29 Loveland “Classic Broadway” music production Rialto Theater Center 2-4 pm •

[May] May 3-6 Colorado Springs Arts & Crafts Guild Spring Show & Sale Black Forest Community Center May 4-5 Cortez Home & Garden Show Montezuma County Fairgrounds 970-565-1771

May 5-6 Craig Sombrero Horse Drive Maybell Park May 5 La Junta Cinco de Mayo celebration Downtown La Junta 11 am-5 pm • 719-384-8741 x 114 May 5 Poncha Springs Caddis Festival Conservation Dinner & Auction Chaffee County Fairgrounds 5 pm • collegiatepeaks May 9-13 Cortez Birding Festival Throughout Mesa Verde Country utemountainmesaverde

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MVEA Members Encouraged to Get Involved in Elections this November BY JIM HERRON || CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER || HERRONJC@MVEA.ORG


In his Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln called democracy “government of the people, by the people and for the people.” It means that we are not here to serve our government, but that our government is here to serve us ­— and we have the Jim Herron right to decide who will represent us and how we want to be represented. It means that we have, I believe, one of the greatest rights any free people can have: the right to vote. Voting is a right that, throughout history, many have fought for and sacrificed everything to achieve. It’s a right that people continue to fight to protect. And a right that millions of people throughout the world still do not enjoy. As Americans, we have the great privilege to live in a free society and voting is the right that makes us free. Freedom comes with responsibility, and only we can be responsible for fixing things in our own government. The solution is simple: Start by getting informed. We’re introducing a new link on our website at — America’s Electric Cooperatives Vote 2012. It is an interactive link with drop down menus providing voter information, including 2012 presidential primary and caucus dates and Congressional primary dates. For Colorado the 2012 Congressional primary

date is June 26, 2012. Through this link you can register to vote, find out if you are already registered, locate your polling place and find answers to other voting questions. The link is sponsored by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. “Every vote is important and we want to make sure the voice of electric cooperatives is heard,” said NRECA CEO Glenn English. “Engaging coop member-owners in the political process is essential if we’re to maintain a competitive edge in the legislative arena.” Political clout has always been critical to the electric cooperative movement. Broadbased, bipartisan congressional support led to funding for the Rural Electrification Administration in the 1930s and continues to sustain the Rural Utilities Service today. Those agencies, along with rural development initiatives, still have important roles to play in rural and suburban areas across the nation. “Co-op member-owners need to know how important elections are to co-op programs. The votes that successful candidates make could have an impact on consumers’ bills,” said Kent Singer, CEO of the Colorado Rural Electric Association. “Adding the link gives voters an important tool that reminds them that they are part of a national program,” Singer said. “In order to have a good outcome in elections, they need to be willing to exercise their

right to vote.” With presidential primaries and caucuses already under way and 468 congressional races this year, the 42 million people served by co-ops represent a lot of votes. Your vote holds local and national leaders responsible for the decisions they make. Your vote sends a message about the issues you think are important. Your vote affirms our rights as free citizens to elect our government and take part in democracy. Without voting, there could be no democracy. Whatever your political affiliation or views, making your voice heard and ensuring you are registered to vote is the first step. At the local, state and national levels, we urge you to exercise your freedom to vote. Next month I’ll focus my column on the Mountain View Electric Association Annual Meeting of Members, which will be held June 7 in Monument at Palmer Ridge High School. As you can see from the nominating ad in this issue and in most recent issues, directors representing three districts will be elected to the Mountain View Electric Association Board of Directors. As a member of Mountain View Electric Association, you can experience being a part of a democratic organization controlled by its members and elected representatives. Members have equal voting rights — ­ one member, one vote. I urge you to attend and be engaged in your cooperative, vote and have your voice heard and learn what is happening at MVEA. April 2012 7



[ Country Kitchen ]

Here’s a twist on deviled eggs that I have never seen before — French Fried Deviled Eggs. Sandra Flores of Colorado Springs shares this recipe and says, “My mother used to make these when I was a kid. They were such a hit. Everyone loved them.” Well, it’s sure to be a conversation starter at your table for Easter or springtime brunch. If you have a recipe you would like to share, please send it to MVEA, ATTN: Sarah Schaefer, 11140 E. Woodmen Road, Falcon, CO 80831. You will receive a $10 credit on your electric bill the month your recipe appears in Colorado Country Life magazine.

FRENCH FRIED DEVILED EGGS 6-8 eggs, hard-boiled ½ teaspoon dry mustard ½ teaspoon salt Dash pepper 2 tablespoons vinegar 1 beaten egg Bread crumbs Oil for deep frying

Test a GFCI in Less Than a Minute To determine whether a ground fault circuit interrupter is functioning properly: 1. First, plug an appliance or nightlight into the GFCI and turn it on. 2. Press the “test” button on the GFCI and see if the appliance or light turns off. 3. Press the “reset” button to see if the appliance or light turns back on. If the appliance or light doesn’t turn off after pushing the “test” button, the GFCI isn’t working properly and needs to be replaced.

Cut eggs in half. Remove yolks and mash with fork. Add in mustard, salt, pepper and vinegar. (You may substitute another favorite yolk mixture you would like to use.) Blend well. Refill the whites with the mixture. Fasten halves together with 2 toothpicks. Roll in crumbs, then beaten egg, then crumbs. Deep fry in hot oil until golden brown. Drain eggs on paper towel and remove toothpicks.

Did You Know? Around 600 B.C. Thales of Miletus discovered that rubbing amber (fossilized tree sap) with wool produced a “charge.” Today we call that charge static electricity.

MVEA PHOTO CONTEST HAPPENING NOW Don’t forget to get your entries in for Mountain View Electric Association’s annual Photo Calendar Contest. We are looking for great photos taken by our members within MVEA’s service territory, reflecting the seasons and the people, lifestyle or landscape of our area. For guidelines, entry forms and more information, check our website at or give Sarah Schaefer a call at 719-494-2670. Entry deadline is July 2, 2012. Hiding Fawn by Will Sivertson of Calhan 8 April 2012


2012 MVEA Board Nominations Now Open


At Mountain View Electric Association’s Annual Meeting on June 7, 2012, at Palmer Ridge High School in Monument, three directors will be elected to the Mountain View Electric Association Board of Directors from the following districts: District 1 Limon, Karval, Genoa, and surrounding areas (Incumbent Joe Martin) District 4 Calhan, Peyton, a portion of Black Forest and surrounding areas (Incumbent Milt Mathis) District 6 Falcon, Cimarron Hills, a portion of Black Forest and surrounding areas (Incumbent Barry Springer) The procedure for director elections and member voting is available on MVEA’s website at If you are interested in being a candidate, please contact a member of the nominating committee. A candidate must be a MVEA

member and reside in the district where there is a vacancy. Before applying, please contact either MVEA office at 719-775-2861 or 719-4952283 to verify your district. A member may also petition for nomination. Petitions and procedures are available at 1655 5th St., Limon; 11140 E. Woodmen Rd., Falcon; or online at Petitions must be signed by 15 members of MVEA and returned to either MVEA office by 5:30 p.m., Monday, April 23, 2012. A candidate questionnaire must be completed for either the verbal nomination or the petition. This application can be found on MVEA’s website or you may pick one up at either office. If you have questions, please contact a member of the nominating committee. Candidate applications must be received at either office or by the nominating committee by 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, 2012, for the committee’s consideration. If you are petitioning for nomination, the can-

Five Easy Ways to Save Energy:

didate application must be submitted with your petition no later than 5:30 p.m., Monday, April 23, 2012. Nominating Committee District 1 Michael Bass PO Box 86 Limon, CO 80828 719-775-2683 District 4 Byrel Woolsey PO Box 126 Calhan, CO 80808 719-347-2750 District 6 Timothy Troxel 12015 Sylvan Meadows Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80908 719-495-2853


1. Turn off lights, computers, televisions and other electrical items when you aren’t using them. 2. Replace regular lightbulbs with energy-saving compact fluorescent lightbulbs. 3. Don’t leave the refrigerator door open. When cold air escapes, the refrigerator must work harder, using a lot of electricity in the process. 4. Opt for a short shower instead of a long bath. 5. Plant a tree. Trees create shade around your house and help keep it cool. April 2012 9


MVEA Essay Winner Goes to Leadership Camp


Mountain View Electric Association’s third place winner in its annual essay contest is Paul Costello II, a student from Colorado Springs Christian School with a 4.6 grade point average. He is the son of Paul and Kathleen Costello of Monument. Paul is active in martial arts, a member of the civil air patrol, and has achieved the highest rank attainable of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) as an Eagle Scout and is treasurer for the Order of the Arrow, the National Honor Society of the BSA, Pikes Peak Region. He looks forward to the future and plans to attend college, join the Navy and become a successful engineer. His hobbies are being a disc jockey, sound and light production, scuba diving, football, track and guitar. In July, Paul will be attending the Colorado Electric Educational Institute’s Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp near Steamboat Springs. During the week, he will participate in leadership and team-building seminars and legislative simulations and help start and run a camp cooperative. But there are also a lot of social activities during the week, in-

cluding dances, barbecues and volleyball games and exploring the beautiful Steamboat Springs area. Paul is most looking forward to “learning about being a part of the energy production business and more about energy cooperatives.” Each fall, MVEA sponsors an essay contest for high school juniors whose parents or guardians receive service from Paul Costello II is the third place winner of MVEA’s essay contest. the cooperative. First place is an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., and second and third place winners are invited to the Youth Leadership Camp. Following is Paul’s winning essay.

How the Smart Grid Would or Would Not Benefit Rural Electric Cooperatives BY PAUL COSTELLO II


So much of our world is dependent upon the distribution of energy we produce. It’s not enough to mine the coal, pump the oil or capture the power of wind and solar. Getting the energy to the consumer is equally important and sometimes more complex. Daily we suffer the consequences of vulnerable energy supplies. Energy markets take wild fluctuations based on wars, storms or hijacked tankers. Just this week, our own government decided to delay a major pipeline that could bring reliable energy from Canada to the U.S. due to environmental and other concerns. The lesson we must take from this is that “energy is precious.” We have to protect our supplies, strengthen our distribution networks and guard against waste.

A smart grid can help with all three areas. It’s hard to believe that we live with a power distribution system shaped largely on a model developed over 100 years ago. Even today, our energy cooperatives may not even know that their power is out unless they receive a call from a consumer. A smart grid can give important and instant feedback to our cooperatives on the reliability of our power, our patterns of usage and can 10 April 2012

even help consumers save money by using energy at off-peak hours. Recently Google has started testing a feature that allows consumers to monitor their energy usage on their home computers. Now a consumer can instantly see how changing their thermostat setting could lower their monthly bill. It also helps with those who own hybrid cars to pick certain times of the day to charge their vehicles in order to balance their energy usage for maximum savings. The feedback that electric cooperatives receive helps them to smartly distribute power to minimize wastage. Another feature of the smart grid is to provide another layer of defense against cyber attackers. Because our energy grid is so interconnected, a local virus attack could travel through the grid and potentially affect whole regions of our nation. A smart grid, by providing valuable and immediate feedback on power quality and reliability, could give an early warning that our distribution system is under attack. Like any new technology, a rural electric cooperative must approach the smart grid cautiously. Installing smart meters can be costly and risky. I discovered this with my cell phone. When I took it home, I found

out that there were newer and more capable phones for half the price. There are also the unexpected consequences. When the Internet became popular, everyone talked of its possibilities but not of the dangers. Now we know that the more we are connected, the more we are vulnerable. The cyber attacker can take advantage of our interdependency to spread viruses and worms across a network. While a smart grid may be more likely to recognize a cyber attack, it may also be more likely to be attacked. Finally, what will rural electric cooperatives have to give up to gain access to Smart Grid technology? I like the idea that our power cooperative is run by our neighbors. Will the government expect to be given more control over our rates and usage in exchange for smart grid technology, or will it result in more taxes now that the data on our usage patterns is available? Smart grid technology has many benefits and can make for better management of our valuable energy resources. Rural electric cooperatives must approach this technology cautiously, and adopt its changes wisely. February 2012 11


Former CREA Executive Director Honored for Service to Co-ops


The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association has awarded Ray Clifton, former executive director of the Colorado Rural Electric Association, with its 2012 President’s Award. Clifton was honored for his nearly 50-year career dedicated to advancing rural electrification and the goals of rural electric cooperatives. Clifton retired from CREA in 2009 after more than 24 years at the helm of the Colorado Rural Electric Association. He began his career half a century before as a part-time employee in the mailroom at the Georgia Electric Member Corporation, the statewide trade association for Georgia’s electric cooperatives. Clifton held many of the top jobs at the Georgia statewide association before leaving for Denver in 1986. In Colorado he built the statewide association from four employees to an organization with 16 employees. Those employees provide services for Colorado’s electric co-ops that include communication assistance, safety and loss control training, education, a complete legislative

agenda and more. During his years of service, Clifton served on multiple committees and task forces at the state and national level. At CREA, Clifton took on numerous challenges on behalf of electric cooperatives including deregulation of electric distribution cooperatives, attacks by municipalities on the electric service territory of association members and other legislative initiatives Former CREA Exeutive Director Ray Clifton (right) accepts his service award from NRECA Board President Mike Guidry. that threatened co-ops on the state and federal levels. He also served as president of the national midst of turbulent political upheaval and Rural Electric Statewide Managers Asindustry changes. Clifton’s leadership and sociation. expertise has been essential to advancing “Throughout his 49-year career, Ray the goals of rural electric cooperatives Clifton showed his determination, and and has benefitted thousands of cooperait took those qualities to build a viable tive consumers,” said NRECA CEO Glenn statewide association in Colorado in the English.



Colorado Country Life is getting ready to celebrate its 60th anniversary. Since 1952, our magazine has been bringing readers across the state interesting stories on people, places and events that make our great state unique. And it has been providing information on your local electric co-op, letting you know what is happening with your board of directors, what the co-op is offering its members and how legislation and regulations might be impacting your electric rates and service. For 60 years, we’ve been sending you information. Now we’d like to know how that information has affected you and how you’ve used the magazine. Tell us your story. Send it to Colorado Country Life, 5400 Washington St., Denver, CO 80216 or 12 April 2012



Public Utilities Commission Chairman Joshua Epel discusses the role of the PUC with electric co-op representatives during a meeting in the Old Supreme Court Chambers at the Colorado Capitol in February.

Annual Meeting Focuses on The Power of Co-ops


It was a celebration of the cooperative form of business when representatives of Colorado’s electric co-ops gathered in late February for the Colorado Rural Electric Association annual meeting. Nearly 200 board members, managers and staff members met in Denver for four days of classes, speakers, roundtable discussions and visits with legislators. The event, which fell during the International Year of Cooperatives, emphasized the importance of cooperatives to their members and their communities. Following educational sessions Saturday and Sunday, the program opened with a visit by the co-op representatives to the state Capitol. Co-op members had an opportunity to meet with Public Utilities Chairman Joshua Epel and with Rep. Frank McNulty (R), speaker of the house. (Senate President Brandon Shaffer [D] was unavailable.) Following a panel discussion on renewable energy and the grid, the group heard from Attorney General John Suthers, Mark Detsky of the Independent Energy Association and CoBank Chief Banking Officer Mary McBride. A reception with legislators followed along with several business meetings the next day. During the CREA board meeting Bob Bledsoe of Hugo, who represents Tri-State Generation and Transmission, was elected president of the CREA board. Bill Midcap of Morgan County Rural Electric Association in Fort Morgan was elected vice president; Don Kaufman of Sangre de Cristo Electric Association in Buena Vista was elected secretary; and Jack Schneider of Poudre Valley REA in Fort Collins was elected treasurer.

Co-ops Use Social Media to Connect With Members

The bulk of Colorado electric cooperatives provide power to smaller communities throughout Colorado. Every year these cooperatives contribute to the youth in these communities in a variety of ways. One example is that Colorado electric cooperatives provide scholarships to high school graduates. In the past five years, Colorado’s electric co-ops gave nearly $1.5 million to students for scholarships. It is projected that more than $310,000 in scholarships will be given statewide in 2012.

Question for Readers: People love using their electricity, but they don’t like looking at the power poles that provide it. Simply burying the lines can cost up to 10 times as much as overhead power lines. How do we resolve this conflict? Send your thoughts to info@colorado

The core of the communication program for Colorado’s electric co-ops is this magazine, Colorado Country Life. It comes to you each month full of interesting stories and important information from your local co-op. The magazine also maintains a website at where you can read magazine stories and your co-op’s newsletter. You can also follow the magazine on Facebook at or on Twitter at Looking for more electric industry news? Check out the Colorado Rural Electric Association’s website at or follow the association on Facebook at or Twitter at ColoradoREA. From the CREA website, you can click through to your local co-op’s website for more local information. And several of the electric co-ops maintain Facebook and Twitter pages that you can access through their individual websites. April 2012 13

Promoting Agriculture Culture

Teachers invited to National Agriculture in the Classroom conference in Colorado BY AMY HIGGINS || AHIGGINS@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG

Everyone who relies on stores to sell them food and fabric relies on agriculture as well, but there’s a chance they don’t know they do. Farmers and ranchers raise, cultivate, produce and sell everyday items that we all use on a regular basis; they, in fact, feed and clothe the world. That’s why it’s important that all of us learn more about agriculture. A great place to start is in the classroom, which is why Agriculture in the Classroom has been helping educate teachers about farmers and ranchers and the products they produce since 1981. Teachers from across the country will gather June 19-22 at the Embassy Suites in Loveland for the 2012 National AITC “Rendezvous in the Rockies.” Participants will learn and share ideas and resources. Attendees can then go back to their students and teach them what they learned. What’s happening? Agriculture is essential in sustaining our rural communities, therefore the residents of these areas are more likely to understand the importance of farming and ranching. However, city dwellers and urbanites transplanted in smaller communities might not realize just how many ways agriculture contributes to our society. According to the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Colorado’s diverse agricultural and food industry generates economic activity to the tune of around $20 billion every year. Information shared at the NAITC conference will enlighten and educate people from all walks of life, regardless of where they call home. From soil to history, livestock to developing healthy food choices, workshop topics at the NAITC conference will offer something for educators of students of all ages. For example, kindergarten through fifth-grade teachers can learn ways to help their students better understand farming through projects and activities in a workshop called “Being a Friendly Farmer.” And in a workshop named “Chemistry, 14 April 2012

Fertilizer and the Environment,” eighth- through 12th -grade teachers will get ideas on how to use chemistry concepts to teach fertilizer and environmental education through hands-on activities and real-life examples. Several other workshops will be offered, many of which will benefit educators of adult students as well. The “Rendezvous in the Rockies” itinerary also includes 11 Workshop-on-Wheels tours that focus on agricultural activities throughout the Loveland area. During these workshops participants can see firsthand how different agricultural entities operate. For example, participants will learn about the dairy and egg industries on the “Udderly Amazing Milk and Egg Tour” where they’ll visit Cozy Cow Dairy, Fritzler Corn Maze, Morning Fresh Farms and Bella Dairy. The “Veggies!” Workshop-on-Wheels tour will be another information-packed experience. On this outing attendees will visit Fagerbergers Farm, Petrocco Farms, Sakata Farms, and Berry Patch Farms where they will learn about produce farming while enjoying some of the freshest, most delectable fruits and vegetables grown in the Centennial State. Guests will also have the opportunity to sign up for pre-conference tours. One tour includes trips to the Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park and the allegedly haunted Stanley Hotel where Stephen King got the inspiration to write his award-winning novel The Shining. In another tour option, Poudre Wilderness Volunteers will teach participants how the Colorado wilderness is preserved after its resources are enjoyed. Guests will be taken to the Canyon Lakes to hike, identify flora and fauna and to learn about “leave no trace” principles. The “Work on a Farm or Ranch for a Day” tour is designated for teachers only. Teachers will see how farmers and ranchers operate their businesses while gaining insight on what these agricultural experts need to accomplish in the month of June to keep their businesses on track. “Rendezvous in the Rockies” will feature several speakers, scrumptious food and a silent auction. The conference will conclude with a “Beer & Barley Tour” where guests will visit the Anheuser-Busch research facility and brewery to sample and learn about the delicious beers made there. Attention to details Register for “Rendezvous in the Rockies” before April 16 and you will only pay $375 for full registration. The cost increases to $425 by May 14 and to $475 after May 14. If you are registered with the Colorado Foundation for Agriculture as a Colorado teacher, you could win a scholarship to attend the conference. Simply apply online and an application and instructions will be emailed directly to you. Educators, administrators, curriculum developers, guidance

counselors and other educational professionals will benefit greatly from this four-day conference, which has co-op power supplier Tri-State Generation and Transmission among its sponsors. With the variety of workshops and activities, the NAITC has ensured participants will enjoy learning more about U.S. agriculture. In turn, these ideas and concepts will be learned by students of all ages when they are applied to classroom curriculums. Cooperatives are longtime backers of agriculture and education, and the Colorado Rural Electric Association contributed to the Ag in the Classroom program in 2012. By blending education and agriculture, students can learn to understand the importance of agriculture and help find ways to make this important industry flourish. To register, reserve an exhibit space, apply for a scholarship or view a complete list of workshops and activities, visit regon or call 970-881-2902. See a complete schedule for the conference online at www. Click on Living in Colorado, then Education. Scroll to the end of the story. April 2012 15

It was June 1957 when Paul Villa of the semipro Greeley Grays hit the ball out of an unfenced field at Greeley’s Island Grove Park. The crowd cheered and then gasped as a speedy outfielder chased it into the traffic on 11th Avenue and was nearly hit, cars braking, drivers shouting, tires squealing. The visiting player wisely decided to surrender the ball to its fate on the street. Then he looked back and saw that Villa, who was quite a pitcher but not much of a runner, still hadn’t even reached first base. The fielder made another dash for the ball. He threw it hard back to a fielder, who relayed it to another, who threw it to yet another. Villa was at last wheezing in to home plate, his brother George waiting to congratulate him. The ball beat him in.




Paul was out by a mile,” Leo Carbajal told Jody and Gabe Lopez, who included the story in their book, From Sugar to Diamonds: Spanish/Mexican Baseball, 1925-1969. Those years included the golden age of American semipro baseball, between the world wars, when nearly every town in Colorado either had its own team or dreamed of fielding a team. They played a game profoundly different from the major league extravaganzas that people watch from the comfort of their air-conditioned living rooms today. “Today it’s win at any cost,” Gabe Lopez says. “Then they played for the love of the game.” Perhaps so, but the Grays also wanted to win, and an important part of this story is that the Greeley Grays became the team to beat. A team was important to community selfimage. And if that was true for Anglo communities, it was doubly true for Colorado’s Spanish-speaking, sugar-beet-field laborers that the Lopezes write about.

Beet field beginnings

The Greeley Grays started as the Spanish Colony team in the summer of 1925, playing other ballclubs from Greeley and the surrounding towns. The players’ wives packed picnics and everyone turned out for those games. “Whenever there was a baseball game, there was no one to be found in the

colony,” Gabe Lopez’s uncle Frank Lopez told him. Frank Lopez was one of nine Lopez brothers who played on the Greeley Grays, including Gabe Lopez’s father, Gus Lopez. The Spanish Colony team was one of several that had come together around the 13 colonies established by Great Western Sugar, a powerhouse grower of the early 20th century. The company had first employed Germans from Russia and then Japanese-Americans, but by the 1920s, 10,000 of Great Western Sugar’s 12,000 workers were Hispanic. The company recruited Spanish-speaking workers from southern Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Arizona and Mexico. Overcome by family needs back home, discrimination, and especially the lousy housing, those workers often quit their contracts before the season was over. Great Western Sugar bosses realized that decent, nearby housing would mean the farmers could retain their best workers rather than needing to chase them down every year. Great Western would offer low-cost sites and building materials to the most loyal and productive laborers. The first adobe colony was established in 1922 in Fort Morgan; there would soon be hundreds across the West. Greeley’s colony, 5 miles outside the city proper, was platted in 1924. Weld County colonies in Ault, Eaton, Gilcrest, Gill, Hudson, Johnstown, Kersey, Milliken, Wattenberg and, of course, Greeley, all fielded baseball teams, at first sponsored by Great Western Sugar. In Greeley they learned the rules from Dimas Salazar, who had played softball in Walsenburg and came to the Spanish Colony in Greeley in 1925. Another of Gabe Lopez’s uncles, Alvin Garcia, was an 11-year-old batboy for that first team. By 1930 he was a 16-year-old baseball player. Garcia is “the father of baseball for the Mexican-Americans,” according to Frank Carbajal, another player interviewed by the Lopezes. It’s Garcia’s signature that establishes the Rocky Mountain Semi-Pro League, a league popularly called the Sugar Beet League, with the National Semi-Pro Baseball Congress.

Love of the game

That’s how baseball, the national pastime, became one with the beet field colonies. It was stoop labor in the beet fields all day, working the dusty rows of the broad-leafed plants, then the relief of running flat out on a ball field in the evenings and on Sundays, the only day that the workers had free for recreation. Boys dreamed of playing for their team. It didn’t matter that the ball they were playing with was homemade, of string and socks around a hard rubber heart salvaged from a store-bought baseball long since ruined. Their fathers practiced with balls that weren’t much different. They hit with cracked or broken bats, nailed and taped back together; they caught with mitts so meager and worn that the players called them tacos. The earliest players made their own

Gus Lopez at bat in a 1937 Spanish Colony game. The Spanish Colony team reformed as the Greeley Grays in 1938. Gabe Lopez describes his father, Augustine “Gus” Lopez as the Babe Ruth of the Sugar Beet League. Photo courtesy of Robert Duran.

gloves of heavy canvas stuffed with rags. Like the other colony teams, they practiced on rocky land reclaimed from beet dumps. Home plate was a plywood square, and the bases were weighted sacks that the players would shove back in place after a slide. One of the old players, “Butter” Garcia, told Gabe Lopez that when he was junior high age in 1944, the Greeley junior high school’s team challenged the colony boys to a game and were routed. School in the colony ended at sixth grade, meaning the colony junior high-aged boys played baseball from morning to night. The next game was between the town’s high school team and the colony kids, who won again but by a more respectable 10 to 4. If it cost money, that spelled the end for a colony player, including those recruited to play for high school teams. So they dreamed instead of playing for their own Spanish Colony home team, which in 1938 took on a new name: the Greeley Grays. “As soon as a child from the sandlot team was old enough to be a Greeley Gray, he was a Gray,” write the Lopezes. “The Grays became a team to be reckoned with.”

Semipro baseball important

Larry Gerlach, former president of the Society for American Baseball Research, says that semipro baseball was an important chapter not just of baseball history, but also of American social history. “Entire towns would turn out for games — men, women, children of all ages,” he explains. “It wasn’t just a baseball game going on, but a community gathering.” Gerlach, whose ancestors were German immigrants from Russia who worked in sugar beet fields in western Nebraska, also played semipro baseball. “The leagues were terrific,” he says. “We traveled around to the various towns and met people and had a great time.” Although some of [continued on page 18] April 2012 17

This sandlot team includes one of the Carbjal brothers men- Manuel Carbjal and young Lupe in 1949, with a tioned in the story. truckload of sugar beets ready to drive to the beet dump. [continued from page 17]

the semipro players were paid (the definition of semipro is that at least one of the team’s players is paid something), the vast majority played for fun. The semipro teams were especially popular in the Midwest and West, says Gerlach, who today teaches the history of American sports at the University of Utah. “A lot of the things that would go on in these communities would be very ethnocentric — the language, the food, the religion but baseball, that was American.” Baseball became a fourth pillar of the community. It was like a church picnic, a school fair or a family reunion every Sunday all summer long. Babies slept on blankets in the sun and grandparents lounged in the cars. Families cheered and honked car horns. Kids chased each other and sometimes sisters with husbands on opposing teams would yell abuse at their own brothers-in-law, all to be forgiven after the game when everyone shared a meal. The other Weld County teams included the Milliken Caballeros, whose left fielder Ralph Solano told the Lopezes, “The only rivalry was when we were playing the game, but after the game we were friends; eating together after the game was like having a picnic with the other teams.”

From energy to history

Most of the Sugar Beet League teams had rosters with several brothers playing. There were several Carbajals playing for the Grays, for instance, along with all the Lopezes. Gabe Lopez’s father, Gus Lopez, was a star hitter. After moving to Cheyenne, he loyally drove his family back to Colorado on Sundays to play with the team. “We used to run around the parked cars on top of the hill in the parking lot of Forbes Field,” Gabe Lopez writes in From Sugar to Diamonds. “We ran after foul balls in the bleachers; the older kids got to stand and wait behind the irrigation ditch for home runs that were hit. The wives would lie out on blankets on the wooden bleachers so as not to get splinters as they jumped up and yelled at a good play or home run.” An old photo of Gabe Lopez shows up in the book; a small, serious-looking boy who is wearing a baseball cap and staring intently toward the camera. It’s easy to imagine that boy writing this book about the family team 50 years later. He already knew some of the stories — for instance, that his father had returned home from the war in Germany on a Tuesday in 1945 and played ball that following Sunday. 18 April 2012

Gus Lopez in 1937 or 1938 on the far right.

Good stories, to be sure.

But Gabe and Jody Lopez aren’t historians. How they came to write about the Sugar Beet League and become popular speakers with a traveling exhibit of approximately 185 artifacts, including uniforms, bats, balls and chalkers, has a dramatic history of its own. Gabe was a lead welder and journeyman fitter for Xcel Energy in Cheyenne, Wyoming, until 1995, when a terrible natural gas explosion at a nearby refinery left him disabled and in constant pain. The Lopezes’ children, Kimberly and Mario, worried about their dad. What could he do to fill his days? They urged him to research their family history. That good-intentioned request led to two books, the first one, White Gold, on the history of Greeley’s Spanish Colony, and the second, From Sugar to Diamonds, about baseball. “They’re an extraordinary couple,” says Peggy Ford, research coordinator for the city of Greeley History Museums. The exhibit’s displays and photos track the Sugar Beet League’s evolution over the decades. By the time Gus Lopez played his last year in 1959, family cars no longer served as stands for the fans. The teams played on well-maintained fields instead of rocky, reclaimed beet dumps and used store-bought equipment. And then came television. Gabe Lopez says there were other reasons for the end of the golden age of semipro and minor league baseball. “The interest in community baseball died,” he says. “The whole dynamic of the 1960s and the early 1970s was against it.” The Grays disbanded in 1969, but in 2005 something extraordinary happened. The Grays were reconstituted as part of the Colorado Collegiate Baseball League. Gil Carbajal, who played on the Greeley Grays from 1952 to 1967 and is a former trustee at the University of Northern Colorado, owns the team, keeping alive the tradition of one of Colorado’s most historic baseball teams. Kristen Hannum, a Colorado native, is a freelance writer and editor living in Denver. Editor’s Note: The Lopezes’ Greeley Grays exhibit, which will include a model of the Spanish Colony, can be seen at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley starting October 3 through November. April 2012 19


Behold a Vision

Spectacular floral images fill photo book BY EVA ROSE MONTANE ||


Heart. Flowers. Technology. These three components constitute Boulder author Mark S. Johnson’s beautiful and instructive book, Botanical Dreaming: Using Photoshop, Your Camera, and Your Heart to Create Inspiring Images. This book is aptly named and is a joy to flip through. The flower photos reached right out of the pages and grabbed me; perhaps that is because he is a master at capturing the heart in his work, which he teaches the reader to do through his book. It is a unique combination of coffee table book and how-to manual. Inspiring quotes from well-known characters spanning the spectrum of life add to the richness of this text. Among the names I was familiar with were Eckhart Tolle, Albert Einstein, Wayne Dyer, Jane Goodall, Kahlil Gibran and Carlos Castaneda. A couple of my favorites, which I believe encapsulate the author’s intent, include, “Notice how present a flower is, how surrendered to life,” from Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now. And “Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think is necessary and then ask yourself one question. Does this path have a heart? If it does, it’s good. If it doesn’t, it’s of no use,” from Carlos Castaneda’s The Teachings of Don Juan. Part One: Entering a creative space In this section Johnson encourages his readers to cultivate creativity and offers suggestions on how to do just that, pointing out that everyone has creativity within themselves. He compares creativity with tending to a campfire, saying it’s just a matter of choosing to nurture it, tending to it and stoking it into something bigger, claiming its potential. It largely takes giving ourselves permission to take the time to be inspired, to play and to engage both the left and right hemispheres of the brain. 20 April 2012

Part Two: Being creative with your camera Composition, aperture, focus, tripods, lenses, lighting, backgrounds and flow are all topics of the middle chapter. In keeping with his aim, Johnson addresses the topic from a more linear, methodological approach, as well as from a creative, heart-based perspective so that everyone will be able to engage with what he has to teach about wielding this powerful tool. Part Three: Photoshop possibilities — being creative after you’ve clicked the shutter Johnson is also skilled at giving simple, step-by-step instructions so that his

students can be successful. As a visual person, I really like that he includes screen shots of what we will see on the computer so we know exactly what we should look for and click on. He takes out the guesswork and he shares a lot of great ideas and tricks for stunning visual effects. Visit Mark’s website at Now is the perfect time to read Botanical Dreaming since we will have many dazzling subjects with which to experiment in the seasons of floral splendor ahead. Whether or not you end up creating your own amazing works of art, I am quite sure you will find yourself inspired and delighted with this impressive publication.

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Sweets on a Stick

Add some pop to your treats this Easter BY MONA NEELEY || MNEELEY@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG EDITOR’S CAUTION Cakes pops are fun to make. It doesn’t matter what they look like — they taste wonderful. Getting them to look great is more difficult. During the process we learned not to be too critical of the outcome. So get creative and be warned that decorating has a steep learning curve.


Sweeten this year’s egg hunt, Easter dinner or spring fling with delicious, colorful cake pops. These easyto-make, grabbable goodies on a stick add a couple of bites of sweet and a lot of fun to any gathering. While every classic cake pops recipe follows the same basic steps, there are a huge number of mixtures and tastes you can create. Some of our favorite cake pops have been devil’s food cake with chocolate frosting, chocolate cake with jalapeño jelly and spice cake with pumpkin butter. Once you have the basics down, get creative and make your own delicious cake pops to share.

Classic Cake Pops

•R  emove from fridge and roll teaspoons of mixture into ball slightly larger than 1 inch in diameter.

24 medium pops

Cake mix Can of frosting Lollipop sticks Candy melts 2x15x4-inch Styrofoam

• P lace on cookie sheet and return to fridge for another 20 minutes. • Melt candy melts in small, microwave-safe bowl. Melted candy should be deep enough to more than cover the cake balls cooling in the fridge.

• Bake the cake and allow it to cool. GET CRAZY FOR CAKE POPS There are lots of books out there to help you learn more about how to make cake pops. Send your name, address and phone number to recipes@ coloradocountry and we’ll enter your name in our drawing for one of two cake pop books: Crazy for Cake Pops by Molly Bakes and Wilton Pops! Sweets on a Stick.

• Cut away hard edges from the corner or sides of cake and crumble the rest of the cake into a large mixing bowl. (An easy way to crumble a cake is to cut out hand-sized pieces and rub them together until both pieces have crumbled into the bowl. Repeat until the entire cake is in crumbs.) • Combine the cake with just enough frosting to create a fudge-like texture. Cover the mixture with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour.

Cut out hand-sized pieces and rub together to crumble cake. 22 April 2012

• Remove the balls from the fridge. Take lollipop stick, coat about a half-inch of stick with melted candy, then push stick into cake ball. • Dip cake ball in melted candy, making sure candy reaches stick. (Do not “swish” cake ball in candy. Simply dip in and out.) Let excess candy drip off cake pop then either place cake pop, ball side down, on waxed paper or push stick into large 4-inch high piece of Styrofoam with cake pop in the air. Repeat.

Combine the crumbled cake and frosting to create a fudge-like texture.

Dip cake ball in melted candy, making sure candy reaches stick.


Suggested Cake Pop Flavors • Spice cake with pumpkin butter (available at farmers markets and nurseries) • Chocolate cake with jalapeño jelly (if the jelly makes it too hot, temper it with some cream cheese) • White cake mix with vanilla frosting, seedless raspberry jam (melted) and 2 tablespoons raspberry liqueur • Chocolate cake mix with canned dulce de leche Look for specific amounts and more variations on our website at www.colorado

Tips and Tricks for Making Cake Pops • Use as little frosting, cream cheese or jam as possible to hold cake crumbs together. It needs to be spread evenly throughout the crumbs but the mixture shouldn’t get soggy or sticky. • Cake pop mixture stores well, so you can prepare it one day and finish it later. • When melting candy for coating the cake pops, making it hotter won’t make it thinner. Candy melts work best at 100˚ F. • Melt candy melts 30 seconds at a time in the microwave oven. Remove from oven and stir each time until it reaches the desired consistency. • Vegetable shortening or vegetable oil is suggested for thinning melted candy melts, but this lead to little bubbles of oil on our cake pops. • After dipping a cake pop, don’t shake or tap it to get rid of excess candy coating. Hold it horizontally in your left hand and pat your left hand with your right hand.

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This nice spring rainbow trout was taken from the Big Thompson River in Larimer County on a tiny midge pattern.

Nice Spring Fish

Learn techniques to lure the catch of the day BY DENNIS SMITH


It’s April 1, a day that in many parts of the country is still considered “opening day” in angler speak, but Colorado fishermen and women have been prowling the banks of our trout streams all winter long, wherever open water allows. Some of them look like the Michelin Man in their swollen waders and poofy layers of insulation. But they’re catching fish — nice spring fish. Flows are seasonally low on the river near my home — about 20 cubic feet per second — and the darker reaches of the canyon are still icebound, but on those sections where the river is exposed to sun and wind, anglers are finding open water — and fish. Nice spring fish. They are browns mostly, but rainbows, too. They stage in deep wintering holes, clinging to the bottom until warming currents lure them into shallow riffles to feed on mayfly nymphs and midge larvae stirred by the afternoon sun. There’s no need to be on the water at the crack of dawn; the best fishing will be from late morning until late afternoon. Flies that imitate midge pupae, mayfly nymphs and caddis fly larvae are standard fare this time of year, with small being the operative word. And by small I mean really small, miniscule, in fact. Most effective sizes range from size 20 and 22 at the large end of the spectrum down to size 26 and 28 at the small end. While there are literally thousands of commercial midge patterns to choose from these days, they are all essentially variations of simple, thread-bodied

hooks in black, brown, red, green or olive with — or without — a bead head and wire or tinsel ribbing. A recent favorite, the Poison Blue Tung, is a small hook wrapped with electric blue wire behind a black tungsten bead and a pinch of synthetic fur at the thorax. Electric blue? Go figure. Just keep trying different flies until you find a size and color that work. That said, start with basic black and go from there. If finding the right fly seems problematic, getting it to the fish without alarming them is a whole other can of worms. Trout are agonizingly spooky in low, clear water and flush wildly at the least disturbance, so approach feeding riffles with utmost caution. Stay low, keep your shadow off the water, move slowly and keep your casting to a minimum; waving your fly rod around like a drunken symphony conductor may look good in the movies, but it does not impress the fish. Then there’s the matter of drift. Early spring trout are lethargic and will not move far for a meal, so you’ll practically have to put the flies in their mouths for them. More often than not, that becomes a matter of presenting your fly as close to the bottom as possible without hanging it up on a rock or other river detritus and drifting it precisely through the fish’s selected feeding lane. While all of this requires a bit of astute observation, concentration and finesse, it’s simpler than it sounds and once you get the hang of it, you’ll start catching fish — nice spring fish.

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What types of low-voltage lights are best for deck and landscape lighting?

The newest, most energy-efficient low-voltage landscaping lighting uses superefficient LEDs instead of standard incandescent bulbs. This type of lighting technology is becoming more common even for standard indoor lamps. LEDs are still considerably more expensive than other lighting alternatives, but they use less than one-fifth as much electricity as equivalent incandescent bulbs. They also last at least 10 times longer. The light from LEDs is more directional, so multiple LEDs are often used inside one fixture for broader lighting patterns and brightness. The light quality from LEDs is extremely white and pleasing as well. Each low-voltage LED fixture may use as little as 1 watt of Add brilliant electricity compared dimension to to about 11 watts from your garden with lighting. a typical snap-in, wedge-base, low-voltage bulb. Some of the brighter fixtures, such as the lit posts known as bollards, use a 2-watt LED. The most difficult part of installing a low-voltage lighting system is making sure the transformer does not get overloaded. If you buy a prepackaged low-voltage lighting kit, it will include the proper size transformer for the number and types of lights. If you add more or assemble your own lighting kit, be careful not to exceed the transformer’s output maximum and never go above 300 watts. If a lighting layout requires more than 300 watts, do not connect two transformers together. Set up two separate wiring layouts to stay below 300 watts on each.

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GRASSFED BISON MEAT for sale. Delicious and nutritious. Delivery available. Fourth, half, or whole. 720-256-3364 (029-07-12) HEAVY DUTY CATTLEPENS. Portable or permanent; 32x45 working pen w/16’ crowding tub, $3,325. Call Kenneth 580-876-3699, (882-04-12)


MUST SELL (Ltd.). Will deal. 24x36, 39x57, 60x100. 40-yr paint (steel bldgs). Pro-rated freight to site. Erection available. 866-609-4321 Source: 1OB (034-04-12)


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. thebiblesaystruth@yahoo. com 888-211-1715. (814-04-12) FREE SERMON: What is the world’s age? Does original sin exist? No! Does God love all? No! Is there reincarnation? No! Sacramentarian Christian Assembly, 2210 Main St, #304, Longmont, CO 80501-4946, 303-772-8825 (995-06-12) RECYCLE FOR FREE in Huerfano & Pueblo Counties. Appliances, vehicles, electronics, metal scrap, pipe & wire. FREE pickup. Schedule at 989-0439. (028-05-12)


MARK. The season’s freshest new fragrance to the hottest runway trends, it’s all here at Mark. Kay Fisher, Sales Representative, 719-547-7808. www.mymarkstore. com/kayfisher. (033-05-12)


$400 WEEKLY ASSEMBLING PRODUCTS FROM HOME. For free information, send SASE: Home Assembly – CC, Box 450, New Britain, CT 06050-0450. EARN $75,000/yr PART TIME in the livestock or equipment appraisal business. Agricultural background required. Classroom or home study courses available. 800-4887570. (935-04-12)


AWARD WINNING LONG-ARM QUILTING — reasonable rates, quick turnaround. Karen Niemi, 303-470-9309, http://creative., (846-08-12) BOOKS, PATTERNS, CLASSES, knitting, felting, crocheting, weaving, spinning, natural dye extracts, Jacquard and Gaywool dyes. www. Colorado Springs, 866-495-7747 (791-05-12)


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.saw . (267-09-12)


PUT YOUR OLD HOME MOVIES, slides or photos on DVD. 888-6099778 or (465-12-12)


LEARN TO PLAY GUITAR from the convenience of your own home. Fast, fun, and guaranteed. www. (106-12-12)


FREE – 5 EXOTIC CHICKS or 3 ducks with 100 frypan special @ $36.95 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. (876-07-12)

Chickens gone! Thank goodness.

We got together and placed an ad in CCL classifed section and we no longer have the chickens — they sold really fast. Call Kris at 303-902-7276.

[funny stories] REAL ESTATE

CHOICE VIEW, LOTS AND CABIN – Magnificent views above Blue Mesa Dam. Very unique subdivision only 37 miles from Montrose. Website at 1031FRS. com or call Realtor 970-240-0646. Owner financing possible with great terms to qualified buyers. 1031FRS, Inc. dba Fred R. Schneider. Owner/Agent on some properties. (031-04-12) 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. Ginny 970-2609629, Terry 970-261-3001, Gtraudt@ 3% to 6% to any REALTOR w/buyer (946-06-12) LAND WANTED — cash buyer looking to purchase 500-20,000 acres in Colorado. Will consider bailouts, foreclosures, joint ventures, condo/commercial projects. Will close quickly. Call Joe at Red Creek Land 719-543-6663. (648-04-12) ROCKY FORD 20 ACRE FARM, call 303-995-2005 or email dan@afinc. net for details. (027-09-12) TURN-KEY CATTLE/HORSE ranch. NM-Col. border, 5 miles to Navajo Lake. 110 acres, 80 shares water ponds, springs, home, barns, 505872-2141, (018-05-12)


VACANT LAND – within city limits Cripple Creek, 18 R-2 zoned lots, great views, all utilities available. $155,000 Call 970-247-4113 (03007-12) WANTED: Property to lease for hunting, fishing. We can offer landowners numerous benefits. 303-460-0273 (029-07-12)


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. (441-06-12)


NFR & PBR RODEO TICKETS – Las Vegas. All seating levels available. Call 1-888-NFR-rodeo (1-888637-7633) or www.NFR-Rodeo. com. *BBB Member; Since 1990. (912-11-12)


KAUAI VACATION RENTAL, 2bdr, full kitchen. Minutes from beaches. $600/wk. 808-245-6500;; kauaiweddings. com. (756-05-12)


BACKPACKER WANTS to buy working older revolver, any caliber, 719-542-9905 (032-05-12) NAVAJO RUGS, old and recent, native baskets, pottery. Tribal Rugs, Salida. 719-539-5363, b_inaz@ (817-06-12) OLD COLORADO LIVESTOCK brand books prior to 1975. Call Wes 303-757-8553. (889-08-12)


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 970-565-1256. (871-05-12) 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. (519-11-12) OLD POCKET WATCHES – working or non-working and old repair material. Bob 719-859-4209 (870-06-12) OLDER JAPANESE MOTORCYCLE worth fixing, coin counter/ sorter, several glass 5-gallon water bottles, heavy duty hammer drill, 719-542-9905 (032-05-12) VINTAGE FISHING TACKLE. I buy rods, reels, lures, creels, etc. Call Gary at 970-222-2181 (960-06-12) WANT TO PURCHASE minerals and other oil/gas interests. Send details to: PO Box 13557, Denver, CO 80201. (402-02-13) WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE – ATV’s, UTV’s, motorcycles 719-404-3144. (015-04-12)

RODEO ROOTS to Modern-Day Cowboys is a fine, fun book about rodeo. Great gift! $20. Bulk order discounts. Call 303-455-4111 to order one today.

The nice thing about senility is you can hide your own Easter eggs. Loreta Dressel, Nathrop

Our 6-year-old son was asked where his grandma lived. With a no-nonsense expression, he answered,” She lives at the airport and when we want her, we just go get her. Then, when we’re done having her visit we take her back to the airport.” Anonymous

A thief, a teacher and a lawyer die and when they get to heaven they are stopped by an angel who says, “Sorry, heaven is getting crowded so you need to answer a question correctly before you can get in.” He looks at the teacher and asks, “What was the name of the famous ocean liner that sank after hitting an iceberg?” “That’s easy,” she says. “The Titanic.” Having answered the question correctly, the angel lets her into heaven. The angel turns to the thief and asks, “How many people died on that ship?” “That’s a tough one,” the thief answers. “But I saw the movie and it was 1,517.” The angel then moves aside to let the thief into heaven. Finally, the angel turns to face the lawyer and says, “Name them.” Michael Taylor, Fort Collins

Our 4-year-old grandson was sitting at the breakfast table eating while listening to his grandpa and me discussing something. He was hanging on to every word, taking it all in. Unexpectedly he looked at me and said seriously, “Grandma, you just know too much. Maybe you should start forgetting some things.” Grandma Wanda, Buena Vista

After a full day of fishing and not getting as much as a bite, a fisherman went back to shore, loaded up his boat and started for home. On the way he decided to stop at a fish market. “Throw me six of the biggest fish you have,” he said to the man behind the counter. “Throw them? Why?” the man asked. “I’m going to catch them,” the fisherman said. “ I may be a lousy fisherman, but I’m not a liar.” Taylor Hudnall, Fort Collins

Give them something to pick from — place your products in front of 189,000 subscribers. Call Kris to advertise in Classifieds: 303-902-7276

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 2012 stories to Colorado Country Life, 5400 N. Washington St., Denver, CO 80216 or email funnystories@ April 2012 29


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Pint-sized cowpokes will look adorable dressed in these diaper covers. Made of sturdy jeans fabric, these baby backside covers come in two styles: red horseshoe print for little cowboys and pink fabric with lace and ribbon for little cowgirls. They are available in two sizes: 3-6 months and 6-12 months. Price is $25 each. Visit to order online or to see a list of stores, or call 970-779-0382.



Boulder-based Amy Michelle makes fashionable yet functional diaper bags that any parent would be pleased to tote. These bags are well-designed because they offer ample space for baby’s belongings, and they come with enough spacious compartments for mom’s keys, phone and wallet. But Amy Michelle bags aren’t just for moms — the Eco bag has a slick, black design and can be worn over the shoulder or as a backpack, which moms and dads alike can appreciate. All bags and clutches come with a concealed, washable changing pad. Amy Michelle bags cost between $55 and $135. A portion of all purchases goes to the Ronald McDonald House. Visit amy to order online or to see a list of stores, or call 303-279-0690.

[Kickin’ Up Your Heels at Meals ]


Dancing in the Kitchen: Songs That Celebrate the Joy of Food! was created to help kids understand that eating can be a delightful experience. Melanie Potock, a speech language therapist based in Boulder who specializes in feeding, and Joan Huntsberry Langford, a singer and songwriter, combined their expertise to create this CD, complete with 11 food-fun tracks. Get a free taste of each song and buy the CD ($13.95) or MP3 ($11) by visiting cdbaby. com/cd/jhlangdon. 30 April 2012

[Camps for Kids] Don’t put your kid’s summer camp plans on the back burner; sign up right away to ensure a slot. Several camps are offered throughout the Centennial State, including these exciting camps:

April 9-August 10 Camp Discovery at Durango Discovery Museum — Durango The Durango Discovery Museum has exciting camps for kids age 3 to 15. With themes such as Mad Science to MacGyverology and My Senses and Me, kids are sure to learn a lot and, most importantly, have fun. Ten sessions offered: April 9-13, May 28-31, June 11-15, June 18-22, June 25-29, July 9-13, July 16-20 (two camps available), July 23-27 and August 6-10. Price per session ranges from $175 to $250. Call 970-403-1742 or visit summer. May 30-August 17 Summer Camp at Sunflower Farm — Longmont A variety of fun activities are in store for children ages 3 to 10 at these fun half-day camps which includes caring for farm animals, gardening, art, climbing, riding the pony and horse, sprinkler play and more. Eleven three-day sessions available: May 30-June 1, June 6-8, June 13-15, June 20-22, June 27-29, July 11-13, July 18-20, July 25-27, August 1-3, August 8-10 and August 15-17. Cost is $135 per session. Call 303-774-8001 or visit June 4-August 3 Summer Horsemanship Camp at Parker Valley Farm at Swift Creek Equestrian Center — Elizabeth Children ages 6 to 15 will ride horses, learn how to properly take care of a horse, do arts and crafts and mingle with like-minded kids. Four five-day sessions available: June 4-8, June 25-29, July 9-13 and July 30-August 3. Price per session is $400. Call 303-8419884 or visit summer-camp. June 25-29 Camp Jam Kidz at Performing Arts Center at Pinnacle Charter School — Denver Beginner to skilled rock star hopefuls will rehearse, record and play on stage in a real band. KidZ Camp, ages 7-10, $359. Camp Jam, ages 11-17, $499. Call 800513-0930 or visit

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