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July 2012 [departments]


4 Viewpoint

14 Cybersecurity

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

16 Pack it Over the Pass

Annual meetings showcase electric co-ops in action

Co-ops stave off hackers with increased grid protection Colorado’s original adventure sport is pack-burro racing


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20 Recipes

Funny Stories

New ways to enjoy watermelon

22 Gardening

Spice up your garden by adding assorted savory herbs

24 Outdoors

Ego gratification of contest hunting doesn’t belong

25 Energy Tips

A reverse cycle chiller with a heat pump can save money





Pack burro racer Hal Walter runs with Laredo during the 28.6-mile World Championship Burro Race in Fairplay. Photo by Tim Van Riper. 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 07

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.


Co-op Board Members Work for You

Annual meetings showcase electric cooperatives in action BY KENT SINGER || CREA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR || KSINGER@COLORADOREA.ORG


Kit Carson. Buena Vista. Cortez. Steamboat Springs. Monte Vista. We were at each of these communities and others in June as the Colorado Rural Electric Association staff crisscrossed the state to participate in your local electric co-op annual meetings. Kent Singer One of the great parts of my job is that I get to attend these meetings and visit with you, the members of our member co-ops. These meetings also provide a chance for you as co-op member-owners to meet not only with your neighbors, but also with your local co-op directors and employees, who are often also your friends and neighbors. That’s because one of the characteristics of electric co-ops that distinguishes them from other electric utilities is the fact that you elect your board of directors from among the co-op’s membership, which comes from the local communities the coop serves. Directors care how their actions affect the local community because they are part of that community. Your co-op directors provide the direction and leadership for your local co-op, sacrificing hours of time and miles of travel on their vehicles to do so. They typically are reimbursed in some fashion for their service, but they spend hours and hours on co-op business each month, attending board meetings, reviewing balance sheets and contracts and reading an endless stream of information on a complicated and changing industry. They attend education classes and are also expected to attend state and national meetings designed to keep them updated on recent developments in the electric industry. The electric business is extremely complex, and co-op directors must understand its issues.

And they do. Colorado’s electric co-ops have had outstanding directors over the years. One of La Plata Electric Association’s board members, Pam Patton, was recently recognized for her expertise when Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) appointed her to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. The governor’s appointment is just one more way of noting the experience and knowledge of co-op board directors. But, sadly, we are also losing some of that expertise as some longtime directors retire. I’d like to recognize two of these co-op leaders: Sam Haslem and Tom Turnbull.

It’s your co-op directors who provide the direction and leadership for your local co-op. Sam served on the board of the Yampa Valley Electric Association in Steamboat Springs for 20 years and retired from the board last month. Sam also served on the CREA board for many years, and we appreciate his many contributions to both Yampa Valley and CREA. I got a chance to take a road trip last

year with Sam as we drove to a meeting with the Moon Lake co-op in northeastern Utah. It was an opportunity to learn the history of the area and the co-op program in northwestern Colorado. When Sam was recognized for his service at YVEA’s annual meeting in June, he eloquently summed up his devotion to the co-op program when he said, “The REA movement is a bright light in American history.” Another bright light in that co-op history is Tom, who retired last month after 33 years on the board of Holy Cross Energy in Glenwood Springs. Tom was instrumental in the transformation of a small rural electric co-op into the largest electric utility on the Western Slope and one of the most innovative power suppliers in Colorado. During a long presidency on the Holy Cross board, Tom, his fellow board members and the staff expertly managed Holy Cross through some challenging times. Today Holy Cross is one of the lowest-cost providers in the state and it incorporates a large amount of renewable energy into its power mix for more than 55,000 members. I’ve also had the pleasure of casting a fly or two with Tom, and he is as deft with a fly rod as he was overseeing Holy Cross. Tight lines, my friend. We will miss those who are leaving our ranks. But we look forward to working with the new, dedicated board members that you, as co-op members, have elected to represent you.

Executive Director


[letters] Questionable Claims Your article “U.S. Second in Renewable Generation” (March ’12) was misleading. You state “the U.S. consumes the most renewable energy from sources other than hydropower, twice as much as Germany and more than three times as much as Spain.” Considering we have over three times the population of Germany and seven times that of Spain, it should not be surprising. When you look at the per person installed capacity, according to the International Energy Agency, Germany has 212.5 watts and the U.S. 8.1 watts. In 2010 alone, Germany installed 7,411 megawatts of photovoltaic capacity while the U.S. installed 918 megawatts. — Ron Sheller, Salida

Renewable Energy Costs To all who are in favor of alternative energy sources: •W  ind energy generators run about one-third of the time. They kill about 30,000 birds every year. They last about 10 years, which means they have a useful operating life of 3.5 years. The blades cost $50,000 each to replace. •T  he large solar array south of Raton, New Mexico, can supply power for 8,000 households. That will about handle Raton, if the sun is shining. Otherwise, power must come from good old coal or gas, which is required for a backup. The result is two systems. •W  hen 10 percent green energy was voted in, 1 kilowatt-hour cost went from 8¢ to 15¢. — Ralph Carson, Walsenburg

Appreciation for Power Lines I enjoy overhead power lines. It only makes sense to distribute power the safest, most reliable, most cost effective way and that is by overhead lines. During an outage, it is much easier and faster and cheaper to spot a downed line than to test for a fault in an underground line. — Robert Garey, Ignacio

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[ July] Through September 28 Craig Norman Rockwell Exhibit Museum of Northwest Colorado July 8-29 Durango Music in the Mountains Various Durango locations July 10-15 Estes Park Rooftop Rodeo Rodeo Arena 5:30 pm • 970-586-6104 July 12, 19, 26 Black Forest Open house Historic Black Forest Log School 12-3 pm • 719-495-4021 July 14-15 Buena Vista Stampede Rodeo Rodeo Grounds July 14 Ovid Ovid Days Ovid City Park 12-11 pm • 970-463-0960 July 14 Winter Park Supersized Saturday Winter Park Resort 11 am-3 pm July 16-20 Pueblo “Lords, Ladies, Dragons” workshop Sangre de Cristo School of Arts education July 17-21 Grand Junction Mesa County Fair Mesa County Fairgrounds 6 July 2012

July 20-22 Gunnison Jack Russell Terrier Trials Fred R. Field Multi-Purpose Building July 21 Durango Artists Market Edgemont Picnic Grounds 10 am-4 pm July 21-22 Pagosa Springs Craft Fair Pagosa Lodge 970-731-4560 July 21 Westcliffe Wet Mtn. Valley Rotary pancake breakfast High School parking lot 7-10 am July 21-22 Winter Park Alpine ArtAffair Downtown Winter Park 970-531-1228 July 22 Calhan Dutch Oven Cook-Off El Paso County Fair 719-648-8260 July 22 Elbert All-you-can-eat breakfast Russell Gates Mercantile Community Hall 8 am-1 pm July 23-27 Beulah New Mountain Adventure Camp Mountain Park Environmental Center July 23 Crested Butte Alpenglow: Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds Center for the Arts outdoor stage 5:30 pm

July 24-28 Creede Black Light Puppetry camp Creede Repertory Theatre 10 am-1 pm •

July 30-August 7 Kiowa Elbert County Fair Various Kiowa locations

July 26-28 Burlington Library book sale Outback Park 10 am •


July 27-29 Breckenridge Main Street Art Festival Main Street and Wellington 10 am-6 pm July 27-29 Mancos Mancos Days Various Mancos locations Mancosdays.htm

August 3 Littleton Free admission day Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield August 3-5 Pagosa Springs Puebloan Pottery Workshop Chimney Rock August 4 Brighton Farms Tour for Families Bromley Farm to Berry Patch Farms 1-4 pm •

July 27-August 11 Trinidad “Fox on the Fairway” play Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre 719-846-4765 • August 4 Grand Junction July 27-29 Woodcarver’s Show Windsor Clarion Inn Fine Arts Festival 970-257-1549 Boardwalk Park August 4 Grand Lake July 28 History Day Greeley Kauffman House Fiddle Fest 1-4 pm • 970-627-9644 Island Grove Park Pavilion 10 am-6 pm August 4-5 La Veta Digital photography workshop July 28-29 La Veta School of the Arts Ignacio San Ignacio Fiesta Various Ignacio locations July 28 Sedalia Buckaroo Jamboree: Cherokee Style Cherokee Ranch 10:30 am • July 29 Fairplay Burro Days Hand Hotel



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MVEA’s 71st Annual Meeting Held in Monument Provided Information and More BY JIM HERRON || CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER || HERRONJC@MVEA.ORG


We had a successful 71st Annual Meeting of Members on Thursday, June 7, in Monument at Palmer Ridge High School. Approximately 600 people attended the event where they not only learned more about Mountain View Electric Association and elected board directors but also enjoyed a delicious meal provided by Lewis-Palmer School District 38 Nutritional Services. Entertainment was provided by musical guest Rick Stahl of Colorado Springs and the a cappella group of Sophie Capp, Lydia CarJim Herron swell, Daniel Skaggs and Ray Benton. The national anthem was sung by MVEA Accounting Supervisor Melodie Lukow and accompanied by a special flag raising ceremony video featuring MVEA linemen. I would like to take this opportunity once again to thank everyone who attended and helped make this meeting a success. There is a tremendous amount of planning required for the Annual Meeting. I want to recognize the employees of the member services group for their dedication to holding a successful meeting. I would also like to recognize all

the MVEA employees who helped with the meeting. Audience participation was encouraged through the interactive polling session. Attendees were provided a “clicker” or remote polling device to answer 16 multiple choice questions at the meeting. This gave instant feedback to our directors about how our members felt about certain pertinent issues that may affect MVEA. Following are the questions and results. It was a valuable exercise. I encourage you to attend your next annual meeting. It is in June every year and is an excellent opportunity to have direct contact with your Board of Directors and me as well as to ask any questions you may have concerning your cooperative. Of course, we are always available to all the members, but sometimes it is nice to actually speak with a person face to face. Watch for our ads in the newspapers, Colorado Country Life magazine and on your bill insert for the date and time of next year’s annual meeting. Thanks again for supporting your co-op.

2012 Annual Meeting Polling Results 4. What is your main source of information about MVEA?

(NOTE: All questions are multiple choice.) 1. What is your gender?

2012 Results Monument

Female 52% Male 48% Totals 100%

2011 Results Calhan

56% 44% 100%

2. How long have you been a member of MVEA?

2012 Results Monument

Over 50 years 7% 36 to 50 years 7% 21 to 35 years 27% 11 to 20 years 28% 6 to 10 years 14% 0 to 5 years 16% Totals 100%

2011 Results Calhan

11% 17% 16% 26% 15% 15% 100%

3. How many MVEA Annual Meetings have you attended in the past five years (including this year)?

2012 Results Monument

1 38% 2 17% 3 18% 4 15% 5 13% Totals 100%

2011 Results Calhan

26% 20% 20% 16% 18% 100%

2012 Results Monument

2011 Results Calhan

Colorado Country Life 85% 76% Newspaper 2% 3% Radio 0% 1% Television 1% 0% Internet 1% 1% Bill stuffers 9% 12% Word of mouth 2% 7% Totals 100% 100% 5. Have you visited MVEA’s website,

2012 Results Monument

Yes 47% 36% No 53% 64% Totals 100% 100%

2011 Results Calhan

6. Which of the following features of electric service is most important to you?

2012 Results Monument

Impact on environment Cost of electricity Future availability Future reliability Energy efficiency Renewable energy Totals

2011 Results Calhan

2% 2% 55% 54% 13% 14% 15% 12% 8% 10% 7% 8% 100% 100%

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2012 Annual Meeting Polling Results, continued 12. What type of Internet service do you currently have?

7. Do you believe global warming is occurring?

2012 Results Monument 2011 Results Calhan

Yes 35% No 53% Undecided 12% Totals 100%

30% 58% 12% 100%

8. In your opinion, what is the primary cause of global warming?

2012 Results Monument 2011 Results Calhan

Human impact 9% Natural occurrences 24% Both human and natural 35% I don’t know 2% I don’t believe 26% in global warming It doesn’t matter, we 3% need to take action to stop global warming Totals 100%

6% 25% 27% 5% 32% 5% 100%

9. Climate change measures have been proposed at both the state and federal levels that could increase your electric bill. Should MVEA:

2012 Results Monument 2011 Results Calhan

Support the legislative 1% measures, regardless of cost Oppose the legislative 28% measures, regardless of cost Make cost the 45% determining factor to support or oppose these legislative measures Make the environment 22% the determining factor to support or oppose these legislative measures Do nothing 3% Totals 100%




7% 100%

57% 35% 6% 1% 0% 1% 100%

2012 Results Monument 2011 Results Calhan

Yes 91% No 5% Undecided 4% Totals 100% 8 July 2012

20% 9% 41% 10% 7% 12% 1% 100%

2012 Results Monument 2011 Results Calhan

Facebook 26% Twitter 1% LinkedIn/Myspace 4% YouTube 3% None, I do not use social networking 65% Totals 100%

20% 0% 3% 5% 72% 100%

14. As a member of MVEA, how would you rate the reliability of electricity delivered to you?

2012 Results Monument 2011 Results Calhan

Very satisfied 87% Satisfied 11% Neutral 2% Dissatisfied 0% Very dissatisfied 0% Totals 100%

74% 22% 3% 1% 0% 100%

15. What is your overall opinion of MVEA?

11. Should MVEA continue to ask our members to send emails and postcards to elected officials on pertinent issues?

2012 Results Monument 2011 Results Calhan

Nothing 55% Less than $25 39% $26 - $50 4% $51 - $100 1% $101 - $200 1% $200 or more 0% Totals 100%

2012 Results Monument 2011 Results Calhan

13. If you use a social networking site, which one do you use?


10. How much are you willing to pay each month on your electric bill to help further reduce carbon emissions from power plants?

No Internet service 6% Dial-up modem 5% Telephone DSL 42% Cable TV modem 18% Satellite Internet service 8% Wireless 20% Don’t know 1% Totals 100%

72% 18% 10% 100%

2012 Results Monument 2011 Results Calhan

Very satisfied 83% Satisfied 14% Neutral 2% Dissatisfied 0% Very dissatisfied 1% Totals 100%

74% 22% 3% 1% 0% 100%

16. Do you feel this interactive polling was a useful part of the annual meeting?

2012 Results Monument 2011 Results Calhan

Yes 83% No 3% Somewhat 11% No opinion 3% Totals 100%

78% 6% 12% 4% 100%

Thank you to our members who attended the Annual Meeting and participated in the 2012 polling results.




Palmer Ridge High School in Monument was the place to be on June 7 for MVEA’s 71st Annual Meeting of Members. Prior to the meeting, attendees were offered the opportunity to view the Front Range from a different perspective by taking a ride on one of MVEA’s bucket trucks. Display booths from Tri-State Generation and Transmission, the Colorado Rural Electric Association, Novinium and MVEA also provided a place for members to ask questions and learn about new technology and energy efficiency. Dinner and refreshments were served by Lewis-Palmer School District #38 Nutritional Services and supported by the Lewis-Palmer and Palmer Ridge High School Key Club organizations and the Lewis-Palmer POMs team that also helped MVEA employees set up and break down the meeting area. Former MVEA board member and current Operation Round Up board member Duane Steinke provided the invocation. After board President Joe Martin opened the meeting and welcomed members, Mountain View Electric Association employees made a tremendous introduction to the meeting. Melodie Lukow, accounting supervisor, performed an inspirational rendition of the national anthem while a moving video featuring eight linemen performing a flag-raising ceremony appropriately served as the backdrop. Attorney Jack Wolfe conducted the uncontested election of the qualified candidates for the office of director. Only one candidate was nominated in District 1 and in District 4. Therefore the bylaws of MVEA allow for election by voice vote. Joseph Martin from District 1 and Milton Mathis from District 4 received passing votes and therefore remain on the board of directors for another three-year term. Martin conducted the contested board election for District 6. While ballots were counted, the rest of the meeting continued. Ultimately, incumbent Barry Springer retained his board seat in District 6 for another three-year term.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION RESULTS Election results for District 6 from this year’s Annual Meeting: Barry Springer — 2,081 Kelly Means — 1,852 Essay contest and scholarship winners were announced and Martin and Chief Executive Officer Jim Herron gave their reports on the state of the cooperative and legislative issues that could affect MVEA’s rates. Slides from the meeting are available on the website at www. Throughout the meeting, $2,000 in door prizes and flower arrangements were awarded from MVEA; two 40-inch televisions were provided by Foothills Energy, an MVEA construction contractor; five $50 gift cards to Walmart were provided by electrical supply cooperative Western United Supply; and two duffle bags were provided by Novinium. A list of the winners follows. Congratulations. Thank you to all who helped to make this meeting a success. We look forward to seeing you again next year.

2012 Annual Meeting Prize Winners Congratulations to All Our Winners $100 early bird prize – E. L. Konarski, Monument $500 sundowner prize – Mark Orth, Colorado Springs n $300 sundowner prize – Karen Dale, Colorado Springs n $200 sundowner prize – Katherine Froehler, Colorado Springs n 40-inch television from Foothills Energy – Ronald Flesch, Monument n 40-inch television from Foothills Energy – Robert Stewart, Colorado Springs n $50 Walmart gift card from Western United – Kathryn Wicklund, Colorado Springs n $50 Walmart gift card from Western United – Bryan McMeekin, Monument n $50 Walmart gift card from Western United – Douglas McDaniel, Colorado Springs n $50 Walmart gift card from Western United – Russell Zingelman, Monument Board President n $50 Walmart gift card from Western United Joseph Martin – William Hume, Colorado Springs n Duffle bag from Novinium – Richard Augustine, Colorado Springs n Duffle bag from Novinium – Carlyn Scarpino, Rush n Table arrangement flowers – Judy von Ahlefeldt, Colorado Springs n Podium flowers – Larry Painter, Colorado Springs n n

$30 Winners: John Balk, Colorado Springs David Blessinger, Monument n John Bradshaw, Colorado Springs n Mel Castle, Colorado Springs n Haley Chapin, Colorado Springs n Connie Clark, Peyton n Greg Damron, Peyton n James Devaney, Monument n Floyd Devitt, Peyton n Scott Donnell, Elbert n Anita Dunning, Colorado Springs n Teresa Fischer, Elbert n John Frasier, Colorado Springs n George Froemke, Peyton n Diana Gard, Colorado Springs n Gladys Givan, La Junta n Maureen Graham, Colorado Springs n Louis Green, Monument n Tobey Lang, Monument n Paul Leskinen, Monument n David Mein, Colorado Springs n Laura Mills, Monument n Ralph Moffie, Colorado Springs n Charles Nelson, Monument n William Porter, U.S. Air Force Acadey n Lidia Seebeck, Fountain n Marjorie Shuger, Colorado Springs n Carolyn Smith, Colorado Springs n Nils Trulsson, Colorado Springs n Robert Wilcox, Calhan n n

$500 winner Mark Orth of Colorado Springs

$300 winner Karen Dale of Colorado Springs

$200 winner Katherine Froehler of Colorado Springs July 2012 9




Wonderland Ranch and 97.3 KBCO present Carbon Leaf in concert, Saturday, July 28 at 6 pm. Carbon Leaf, from Richmond, Virginia, performs Indie-alternative rock, blending elements of folk, Americana, bluegrass, celtic and southern-country with classic rock. Admission is $20 for this outdoor summer concert event. Carbon Leaf began recording and touring in 1992, has nine albums and released a live CD and DVD in 2011. Carbon Leaf has scored hit singles at both AAA and Hot AC Radio with “Life Less Ordinary” and “The Boxer,” placed first in the International Songwriting Competition, won an American Music Award and recorded the music for Universal’s “Curious George II” soundtrack in 2010. Its song “The War Was in Color” was adopted by TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors in the Armed Forces). Lead singer and lyricist Barry Privett recently filmed a role in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming movie “Lincoln.” Carbon Leaf features Privett on vocals, whistles and harmonica; Terry Clark on vocals, electric and acoustic rhythm guitars; Carter Gravatt on guitars, mandolin, banjo, bouzouki, lap steel, fiddle and more; Jon Markel on electric bass, upright bass and guitars and Jason Neal on percussion. Wonderland Ranch, located at the corner of Hodgen and Vollmer roads in Black Forest, is emerging as a unique venue for live music. The rustic log and timber stage is set within a 30-acre private park. Music events at Wonderland Ranch are general admission and festival seating. Guests may bring blankets and/or lawn chairs. The Ranch features two stages, picnic pavilions and a kitchen facility, a catch and release fishing lake, horseshoe pits, volleyball, tether ball, basketball, playground and lawn and forest areas. Parking is included in the event admission. A ranch picnic buffet is offered; snacks, soft drinks, beer and wine are also sold. The park has operated as a commercial picnic ranch for over 35 years, catering to company picnics, weddings and private parties. The Wonderland Ranch Summer Music Series was developed in 2009, and the first series of music festivals were held in the summer of 2010. After two summers and five music festivals featuring all-day music with local performers, Wonderland Ranch is gaining a reputation as “something special” among artists and attendees. 2012 is a pivotal year for Wonderland Ranch Summer Music Series, shifting from local to nationally touring acts. Green Tour — Wonderland Ranch is a “green” venue and Carbon Leaf is the winner of Reverb’s Green Tour. Wonderland Ranch uses the holistic management model, featuring holistic forest management and using forested lumber and timbers and straw bale construction. The community gardens on the ranch and an adjoining property feature re-purposed materials, recycling and composting. Wonderland Ranch supports the charitable organization One Nation Walking Together, which provides humanitarian aid to the Native Americans living on America’s most impoverished reservations and in urban areas. To reduce its own carbon footprint, Carbon Leaf got rid of its tour bus and adopted a van and a trailer. Members make simple modifications like requesting coolers full of ice water that they use to refill their own water bottles rather than using disposable water bottles on stage. They encourage fans to reuse and recycle too. Carbon Leaf has been supported by KBCO since 2004, performing in Studio C on several occasions. KBCO gave an unprecedented response when it agreed to partner with Wonderland Ranch to present this concert event. The stage is set for a unique evening of live music. 10 July 2012

Carbon Leaf will be playing Wonderland Ranch on July 28.

Wonderland Ranch Public Events 2012 July 28 — Carbon Leaf sponsored by KBCO, August 11 — The Dirty Dash “The World’s Muddiest Race,” All events at Wonderland Ranch benefit One Nation Walking Together, a Colorado Springs-based humanitarian aid organization that provides food, clothing, shelter and supplies to Native Americans living on the poorest reservations and in urban areas. Visit them online at

[ Country Kitchen ] Bessie Bohannan of Ramah shares this recipe for squash and hominy that’s just bursting with flavor. Sounds good for summer barbecues. 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.

SQUASH AND HOMINY CASSEROLE 2 pounds zucchini or summer squash, sliced 1 large onion, chopped 4 tablespoons butter or margarine ½ cup water 2 cans, (16 ounces each) hominy, drained 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped 1 ½ cups sour cream 1 teaspoon salt 2 cups sharp cheese, grated Crushed corn chips, for topping Combine squash, onion, butter and water in skillet. Cook slowly until tender. Add hominy, peppers, sour cream, salt and 1 cup cheese. Pour into greased 3-quart casserole. Top with remaining 1 cup cheese and sprinkle with crushed corn chips. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour. Serves 8. July 2012 11


Electric Co-op Representative Named to PUC

G POWER FOR THE PEOPLE Affordable electricity is an indispensable resource that is essential to families, businesses, communities and the economy throughout Colorado. This graphic illustrates just how plugged in the average electricity consumer is at home. Proposed government regulations are threatening to drive up the cost of all of this power we use. Since every room at home depends on affordable electricity, even a small increase in costs could undermine our way of life. Visit to learn more.

“It’s terribly unwise … to create a regulatory regime that bans one of the nation’s most plentiful resources. We own 28 percent of the world’s coal reserves. …” — Tom Fanning, Southern Company CEO, speaking of coal

Gov. John Hickenlooper announced in June that Pam Patton, secretary on the La Plata Electric Association Board of Directors, has been appointed to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. Patton, of Bayfield, has served on the LPEA board since 2000. Prior to moving back to her home state of Colorado, she served 20 years in the U.S. Navy. She is a Credentialed Cooperative Director and has a Cooperative Board Leadership Pam Patton certificate from the Photo by Lindsay Eppich National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. She is active in her community and was awarded the Barbara Conrad Leadership Award by Leadership La Plata and the Morley Ballantine Award for business leadership by the Durango Chamber of Commerce.

Yes or No to Electric Vehicles? Electric vehicles aren’t practical for some electric co-op members. Others like them and have been driving them for several years. Whether co-op members are interested in EVs or not depends on where they need to drive and what the terrain is like. That’s what we discovered when, last month, we asked who was interested in an electric vehicle and what perks they would like in an electric vehicle. Some mentioned the problems EVs would have with their country road, while others noted they want a car that will go at least 100 miles on a charge. One member who praised EVs is Dave Hawkins of Lyons. He and his son have started an EV conversion business as they spread the word on electric vehicles. Find out more at 12 July 2012

A Question for Readers What would you like to see your local electric co-op invest your money in? • More renewable resources • Community programs • Youth programs • Assisting those who can’t pay their electric bills • None of the above; return it to members as capital credits Email your answer and why you selected it to info@

[newsclips] This Whale Rock three-phase power line burned during the High Park Fire.

Northern Colorado Electric Co-op Affected By High Park Fire


Lines went down. Poles burned. Members were without power. The High Park Fire was only 15-20 percent contained. That was life in one part of Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association’s territory in north central Colorado as this magazine went to press. At one time, PVREA had more than 1,100 homes without electricity. There were also several hundred others who had intermittent power as those directing the firefighting asked the local electric co-op to de-energize lines in areas where planes were dropping water and fire retardant. The fire broke out Saturday, June 9, northwest of Fort Collins and quickly grew to more than 52,000 acres. At deadline, PVREA estimated that it had more than 100 poles burnt or damaged and miles of line gone. One new three-phase line, which had just been rebuilt and energized about a week before the fire, was destroyed. The co-op also nearly lost its Bellvue Substation when, early in the fire, flames got within 50 feet of the substation, which has four feeds sending power out to members. Firefighters were diligent in protecting this infrastructure and turned back the fire. The co-op itself was quick to begin the rebuilding process. While firefighters were still trying to contain the fire June 13, PVREA crews set the first poles to rebuild their system. They were able to energize that new line June 14 while other lines were going down as the fire continued to spread along Highway 14 and the Poudre River.

Staying Cool Summer is here and, for parts of Colorado, it’s hot. At lower altitudes, beyond the foothills and out on the plains, air conditioning makes the hot temperatures bearable. Did you know that about 12 percent of the total U.S. electricity consumption is used each year for cooling? That’s 479 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity. — Energy Information Administration July 2012 13

Cybersecurity PATROLS Electric co-ops stave off hackers with increased grid protection so lights stay on BY MEGAN MCKOY-NOE, CCC Sandia National Laboratories computer scientists Ron Minnich (foreground) and Don Rudish have successfully run more than 1 million Linux kernels as virtual machines, an achievement that will allow cybersecurity researchers to more effectively observe behavior found in malicious botnets. They used Sandia’s Thunderbird supercomputing cluster for the demonstration.

“ There is no question that there will be some kind of legislation. It’s important that policy-makers make a distinction between what’s appropriate security for bulk power versus distribution systems. The question is whether what’s put forward makes sense, if it will be overly burdensome and if it will make electricity less affordable for our members.” — Glenn English, CEO, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association 14 July 2012


Your home probably has several security features — door locks, bolts and an alarm system. When it comes to cybersecurity, electric cooperatives follow the same principle of building and reinforcing multiple layers of protection to safeguard your personal data from attacks. Securing digital data on an electric distribution system isn’t a “once and done” job. It’s a continual process of evaluating and addressing risks, tightening measures, planning and then evaluating again. While it’s difficult to thwart a determined computer hacker, with constant vigilance electric cooperatives can significantly minimize the possibilities. “Keeping our members’ information secure is a top priority,” explains Michael Milligan, director of system engineering for Snapping Shoals Electric Membership Corporation in Covington, Georgia. “Technology constantly changes, requiring a ‘continuously improving’ approach toward cyber hazards.”

Two Idaho National Laboratory cybersecurity specialists conduct research on an electric utility Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system.


Snapping Shoals EMC represents a national trend of cooperatives bulking up cybersecurity with tools from the Cooperative Research Network, the research arm of the Arlington, Virginia-based National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. CRN’s “Guide to Developing a Risk Mitigation and Cyber Security Plan” and supporting documents, released in 2011 with funding support from the U.S. Department of Energy, help utilities of all types develop a process to shore up cyber defenses. “Electric cooperatives have made substantial progress in cybersecurity without additional regulation because they owe it to their members to protect system reliability and prevent unauthorized access to personal information,” explains Glenn English, NRECA’s CEO.

of Standards and Technology and other industry organizations, the guide focuses on procedures co-ops should adopt to continuously monitor cyber threats and enhance risk preparedness. “CRN’s cybersecurity resources are well-rounded tools that helped make our existing security plan more complete and serve as references for future projects,” Milligan says. Andy Bochman, an energy security lead for IBM’s rational division, praises CRN’s efforts. “While the [information technology] community is waiting for [practical] implementation guides from NIST, CRN’s offering breaks things down into actionable, prioritized parts. It allows co-ops to travel down a well-marked path toward better cybersecurity and risk mitigation planning in the age of the smart grid.”

Security sweep

Regulating security

Electric cooperatives have been working with the DOE, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Obama administration, and the electric utility industry to strengthen and bolster cybersecurity. An assault on a co-op, for example, could be a prelude to, or part of, a coordinated cyber strike on the country’s power grid as a whole that could impact electric reliability. Last year, NERC, the nation’s electricity reliability watchdog, conducted an exercise dubbed “GridEx” to identify cybersecurity concerns and encourage utilities and government agencies to work together to mitigate the issues uncovered. “GridEx provided a realistic environment for organizations to assess their cyber response capabilities,” says Brian Harrell, NERC manager of critical infrastructure protection standards, training and awareness. “Through the interaction, participants forged relationships across the cybersecurity community.” A report on the test indicates most utilities have adequate response plans in place, but more training and updated guidelines were suggested. Communication difficulties were also identified — a problem NERC will confront by developing outreach strategies for secure information sharing. To further pinpoint cyber vulnerabilities, a seven-year utility system security study was conducted by the DOE’s Idaho National Laboratory. Poor “patch management” was cited as the biggest utility weakness. Patches fix publicly-known security problems. To prevent would-be hackers from discovering security lapses, teams of grid guardians routinely scour electric distribution systems to find and fix weak spots. “I look for vulnerabilities in control system software,” says May Chaffin, an INL cybersecurity researcher. “I try to get them repaired before someone takes advantage.” Lessons learned from the GridEx activity and researchers like Chaffin have been incorporated into CRN’s cybersecurity toolkit. Based on best practices developed by the National Institute

The possibility of cyber mischief undermining automated digital technologies used by utilities has Congress, the White House and regulators considering the right balance of security and emergency response initiatives. “There is no question that there will be some kind of legislation,” English predicts. “It’s important that policy-makers make a distinction between what’s appropriate security for bulk power versus distribution systems. The question is whether what’s put forward makes sense, if it will be overly burdensome and if it will make electricity less affordable for our members.” In 2010, the U.S. House considered the Grid Reliability and Infrastructure Defense Act. A similar measure, the Cyber Security Act of 2012, was introduced in the U.S. Senate in February. Both bills would provide the federal government with more power to draft cybersecurity standards but would weaken the NERC and FERC partnership that allows industry stakeholders to help ensure standards are technically sound and able to be properly implemented. NRECA cybersecurity experts believe any legislation should focus on encouraging federal agencies to routinely provide actionable, timely intelligence about cyber threats and vulnerabilities to utility industry experts. “Hackers are getting smarter, and for some, much of the fun is the challenge of beating your system,” says CRN Program Manager Maurice Martin. “Co-ops understand cybersecurity isn’t a one-time thing. Improved communications about potential trouble remains key to this effort.” Electric co-ops are building cyber barricades and fashioning robust plans for addressing current and future dangers. But in a rapidly evolving cyber environment, there’s no such thing as perfect security. Megan McKoy-Noe, CCC, writes on consumer and cooperative affairs for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the Arlington, Virginia-based service organization for the nation’s 900-plus consumerowned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives. Rob Holt contributed to this article. July 2012 15

Pack-burro racer Hal Walter runs with Laredo during the 28.6-mile World Championship Burro Race in Fairplay.

Colorado’s original adventure sport isn’t


skiing or snowboarding. It’s actually the obscure and quirky sport of pack-burro racing. Recently named the state’s official “Summer Heritage Sport” by the Colorado legislature, it certainly deserves the recognition. It has a 64-year history of rough-and-tumble competition and has had myriad write-ups in national newspapers and magazines, as well as coverage by radio and cable television programs. 16 July 2012

Yet, sadly, pack-burro racing remains relatively unknown. When I ran in my first pack-burro race in Leadville back in 1980, the whole race was sort of a whimsical notion for me. I had no idea what I was getting myself into — not just for that race, but for my entire lifetime as well. I finished “Last Ass Over the Pass” in my first attempt, and even after I completed that epic 19-mile run up and down 13,187-foot Mosquito Pass with a donkey, it never occurred to me that I would write a book on the subject, be a central character in a documentary film or be a world champion in the sport six times. Pack-burro racing would also lead me on a path of a rural lifestyle that would prove to be far different than anything I could have ever imagined. In fact, after that first attempt, I couldn’t imagine I’d ever race again. But I did race again, and everything in the 33 years since that first race now serves as a testimony to a lifetime of adventure. I’ve now run up and down Mosquito Pass at least 75 times in conditions ranging from thunder blizzards to skin-scorching sunshine. As I wrote in my book Wild Burro Tales, there’s been something different and yet something the same about each trek. I’ve crossed the finish line with seven different burros, and two of these burros have now crossed into that great pasture in the sky. I’ve finished last. I’ve finished first a few times, too. But over the years the thing that has impressed me most about my trips up and down Mosquito Pass is that they have provided a stunning backdrop for a life filled with wonder, magic, change and challenges. In other words, pack-burro racing has become a metaphor for life itself. For those who don’t know what pack-burro racing is, it’s part running race, part rodeo and part mountain climb. Humans and burros race as teams over long, high-altitude distances usually on rugged mountain courses. For example, Fairplay’s 28.6-mile world championship course boasts more than 3,000 feet of vertical gain and descent; a two-mile long, above-timberline grind across an expanse of tundra known as American Flats; two crossings of icy Mosquito Creek; and a climb up a narrow path through a rock glacier to the summit of Mosquito Pass. Prizes range from $500 to $1,300 for first place. The winning team is the first burro and racer to cross the finish line as a team. In the case of close finishes, the first burro’s nose to cross the line determines the winner. There are some other quirky rules. The burro is required to carry a packsaddle weighing 33 pounds and the rig must contain a pick, pan and shovel to commemorate the mining history the

Jim Anderegg and his burro Gus in one of the Triple Crown races.

Runners and burros jockey for position on the Old Midland Trail in the Buena Vista Gold Rush Days Pack-burro Race.

sport celebrates. The lead rope may be no longer than 15 feet. Riding is not allowed. These rules have been in place since the first Rocky Mountain Pack-burro Championship Race in 1949. Legend has it that the sport was originated much earlier by miners racing back to town to file their claims at the courthouse, or it may have started from a bar bet between prospectors. While such yarns provide a nostalgic basis for the sport, the truth is the first documented pack-burro race was the brainstorm of local merchants hoping to attract tourists to Fairplay’s Gold Days celebration. At stake in the first 22.9-mile race, starting at the Lake County Courthouse in Leadville and crossing Mosquito Pass to Fairplay, was $500 cash and a trophy presented by the Rocky Mountain News. Of the 21 starters, 13 entrants finished. Melville Sutton of Como and his burro Whitey were the first to reach the finish line at the Prunes monument in Fairplay. After topping the Mosquito Pass summit in about two hours, Sutton battled it out with Fairplay’s Ed Knizely and Prunes IV over the final 15 miles for bragging rights as the sport’s first champion. [continued on page 18] July 2012 17

Hal Walter and Laredo (left) and Bobby Lewis and Wellstone reach the Mosquito Pass summit , 13,187 feet elevation, in the Leadville Boom Days International Pack-Burro Race.

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Thus a new tradition was born. Burros had carried the loads Pack-burro racing is actually a Zen sport. It’s difficult to for miners since gold and silver were found in the 1880s. Now, have everything working right for you — where both you and with mining on the wane, the job of keeping this heritage an animal not especially known for its cooperative nature are alive was resting firmly on the backs of these sturdy in tune, physically and mentally. Finding that space in animals. which I am totally in sync with the burro is how I’ve Since that original race from Leadville to managed to win at this sport. Fairplay in 1949, the sport has evolved to Back in 2000, I had led the Fairplay World include a triple crown of races each sumChampionship race with my burro Spike for mer in Fairplay, 28.6 miles in distance; almost the entire distance. In about the last Leadville, 19.3 miles; and Buena Vista, mile, I looked back and could see 11-time about 11 miles. Other shorter races winner Tom Sobal running up from are held in the Colorado towns of behind. He and his burro Bullwinkle Georgetown and Idaho Springs. quickly caught up and passed us. It was With my 32nd consecutive race like a bad dream and quite deflating to at Leadville’s Boom Days last be dropped so quickly at the end of such summer, I’ve been involved with a long race. We picked up the pace but pack-burro racing for half of the they just pulled away, trotted over the sport’s existence and well more than last hill and out of sight into town. Still, half of my own. I’ve had the good Spike and I didn’t give up. and unlikely fortune to win a few of There’s an old ghost town at the north these events over the years, including end of Fairplay, then a couple blocks of six world championships at Fairplay, pavement to the finish line. As Spike and four victories at Leadville and a couple I came down the last hill into the ghost of wins at Buena Vista. I say “unlikely” town, I saw Tom and his burro weaving back because I don’t consider myself to be any and forth on the pavement. I was surprised sort of super athlete — as some pack-burro because I’d figured they’d already finished and Shelly Hall pulls Sabina onto racers are — but have found success through won. Spike picked up the pace and as we neared the Arkansas River bridge in the Buena Vista Gold Rush Days determination, animal know-how and by the finish line, Bullwinkle veered off the street Pack-Burro Race. simply showing up enough times. and up onto the boardwalk of the Park Bar. 18 July 2012

Pack-burro racer Hal Walter has been

Spike and I coasted right on I heard footsteps and turned competing for more than 30 years. by for the win. around to see Joe and friend Jim Pack-burro racing is also Feistner. They had crossed over a gnarly and somewhat Mosquito Pass from the Leadville dangerous sport. Consider side, passed us quickly and ran the animals’ herding instinct on out of sight. A few miles later as a shotgun or pistol blast when we reached the old Veterans sends competitors racing out of Foreign Wars post, just past of town. Out on the course South Park City, we saw their there’s the combination of burros tied up out front. high-mountain environment, It was one of those clear, dry treacherous footing, and summer days when the highunpredictable equines. I’ve altitude sun reflects off the snow seen entrants taken to the and talus slopes and parches your hospital after falling, being body. Curtis and I went inside caught in ropes and dragged, and found Jim and Joe sitting at and even kicked. a table in the dim light of the bar, The natural elements also cooling down with a couple of can get your attention. Once beers. It looked pretty good to me, fellow burro racer Curtis but since we still had to run that Imrie, and I were training last few miles to Fairplay, Curtis above timberline on the and I ordered water, talked to the Fairplay course. A thunderLeadville pair about the upcomstorm rolled in over the top of ing race and then headed out. We the Mosquito Range, and we figured they were done. crouched on the balls of our We weren’t 20 minutes down feet to watch it pass. A bolt of the road, running the old twolightning shot down from the track along the Middle Fork of the black clouds and, just above South Platte River, headed toward the talus slope where the race Fairplay, when I heard a burro course winds, the lightning coming and turned. Joe caught up bolt branched into several to us and passed without so much forks and then illuminated as a word. When we reached Fairthe entire area with a purple play, his burro was tied up outside glow. We looked at each other the Park Bar. Whenever I think I in disbelief. might be taking pack-burro racing Is it worth the risk? Heck too seriously, I remember how yeah! Two weeks later I a man more than twice my age caught the figurative lightfueled by Coors passed me like I ning in a bottle and won a was standing still. fifth world championship on this same course. For me, pack-burro racing has been the adventure of a Even if danger were completely removed, pack-burro raclifetime, and that adventure seems to be lasting a lifetime ing is a tough sell to most athletes. It’s a demanding sport that as well. Now that Colorado’s original adventure sport is the almost requires an alternative, rural lifestyle in order to house, official Summer Heritage Sport it’s still all the same to me. The transport and train a burro. Plus, these big animals have a way of enduring and endearing qualities of the burros, the allure of the getting in the way of big egos. Over the years, I’ve seen some fan- backcountry and the competitive nature of both humans and tastic athletes give the sport a try with various results. Some elite animals continue to inspire me to get my ass up the pass each runners have quit in fits of frustration. The problem with many summer. Hee-haw! super athletes is that they take themselves way too seriously. Writer Hal Walter and his wife and son live on a small ranch at nearly I started racing burros when Joe Glavinick, a legend in the 9,000 feet in electric co-op territory in southern Colorado. You can read sport and nine-time world champion, was heading toward more of Hal’s adventures at retirement. But I saw enough of his act to know that fun and adventure were the only reasons to be doing this. During one of my earliest training runs on the Fairplay course, Curtis and I were running down Mosquito Gulch when

Whenever I think I might be taking pack-burro racing too seriously, I remember how a man more than twice my age fueled by Coors me like I was standing still. July 2012 19


Reinventing the Watermelon

New ways to enjoy nature’s masterpiece at a summer barbecue BY AMY HIGGINS || AHIGGINS@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG FUN WATERMELON FACTS Did you know the flesh of a watermelon isn’t always red? There are scrumptious orange, yellow and white flesh varieties as well.


Nothing beats sinking your teeth into a big slice of watermelon on a hot summer day; it’s juicy, refreshing and delicious. What’s more, it’s easy to get your hands on one this time of year. The National Watermelon Promotion Board has some cool suggestions on how to jazz up this classic fare even more. So, step away from the grill and mix up a new watermelon treat for the next barbecue.

Greek Pita Bread With Watermelon 4 wedges seeded watermelon 1 cup diced cooked chicken 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt Dash cayenne pepper 2 whole pita breads, halved or whole grain flatbreads 1/4 cup prepared spreadable herb cheese 4 large lettuce leaves

A GOOD WATERMELON Choosing a watermelon that shows no visible damage is a good start during your selection process, but the National Watermelon Promotion Board says it should also be heavy for its size and suggests you inspect its underside for a creamy yellow spot. That spot is where it sat in the garden and ripened in the sun.

Place sliced watermelon on paper towels to remove excess liquid. Mix chicken, cilantro, yogurt, garlic salt and cayenne. Spread inside surfaces of pita bread halves with herbed cheese and fill each with 1/4-cup chicken mixture. Arrange watermelon and lettuce in pita bread. Serves 4.

Breakfast Lasagna 4 cups corn flakes 2 cups minced watermelon 2 cups fresh blueberries or sliced strawberries 2 cups vanilla yogurt Place 1/3 of the corn flakes in an even layer on the bottom of an 8-by-8 serving dish. Mix together the watermelon, blueberries and yogurt and spoon half of it over the corn flakes layer evenly. Sprinkle another layer of the corn flakes over the yogurt and then layer the remaining yogurt over that. Sprinkle the remaining corn flakes evenly over the top. Serves 6. 20 July 2012

Frozen Watermelon Split 3 bananas 1 cup melted semi-sweet chocolate chips 18 ice cream scoops of seedless watermelon 1 cup puréed fresh raspberries 1 cup caramel sauce 2 cups sweetened whipped cream or whipped topping 1 cup chopped walnuts 6-12 maraschino cherries Peel bananas, cut them at the midpoint and then in half lengthwise to make 12 pieces. Dip them in the melted chocolate and place on a wax paper-lined tray. Freeze until chocolate is hard. Place 3 watermelon scoops in split or ice cream bowls and arrange banana slices on the sides. Spoon puréed raspberries over fruit. Top with caramel sauce to taste and garnish with whipped cream, nuts and cherries. Makes 6 splits. Find more juicy watermelon recipes at


Watermelon S’mores 1 cup graham cracker crumbs 1/2 cup chocolate fudge sauce 4 2-inch by 4-inch by 1-inch thick rectangles of seedless watermelon 1 cup mini marshmallows Sprinkle the graham cracker crumbs over the center of 4 plates. Drizzle 1/3 of the fudge sauce over the crumbs. Place a watermelon rectangle over the crumbs and chocolate on each plate. Drizzle 1/3 of the chocolate fudge sauce over the watermelon. Sprinkle the marshmallows over the watermelon and drizzle the remaining chocolate fudge sauce over the marshmallows. Serves 4. July 2012 21


Garnishing Your Garden

Spice up your plant variety by adding assorted savory herbs BY EVA ROSE MONTANE || ABUNDANTEARTHGARDENS.COM


Colorado offers great conditions for growing some of the tastiest culinary herbs. My favorites are the ones that come back year after year on their own because they are easy and do well in my native clayey soil (with a touch of sand, of course) with little to no supplemental water. In fact, it is widely recognized that herbs growing in poor soils with less water produce a superior flavor and aroma. Seven years ago when I planted lavender, chives, purple culinary sage and Greek oregano, I remember amending the soil with organic matter and watering the herbs to get them established. But I haven’t done much of either since then and they all are thriving. And an added perk is deer don’t care much for them. That’s my kind of plant. You can add thyme to this list of perennial herbs, but make sure you have the culinary variety. Even with neglect, ornamental oregano grows well for me, but I selected it for its floral splendor, not for its ability to produce anything desirable to add to a meal. Marjoram, tarragon and horseradish are also perennial for much of Colorado. The many varieties of mint and lemon balm are perennial, too. They enjoy richer soil and more water like many of the annual herbs. All of the above generally require full sun (six hours), although mint does well in partial shade. In addition to enjoying richer soil and more water, annual herbs tend to appreciate some afternoon shade. If they don’t get it they will bolt sooner than you’d probably like, turning the otherwise edible leaves bitter and undesirable. These include cilantro, parsley and basil. With the exception of chives, you don’t want to let your herbs flower. Chives’ flowers are actually delicious in salads and their leaves are unaffected by the flowering. Lettuce, spinach and other cool season crops bolt when they get too hot. The same goes 22 July 2012

This flat Italian parsley will flourish among annual flowers on the east side of the house where it gets water each morning.

Nepeta cataria (catmint)

Bolting is a plant’s attempt to duck out and finish its life cycle by flowering, producing seed and calling it quits. for annual herbs. Bolting is a plant’s attempt to duck out and finish its life cycle by flowering, producing seed and calling it quits. Harvesting your herbs continuously helps prevent flowering. If you catch herbs trying to bolt, you can stave off this natural process for a while by pulling off the bolts (stalks that will produce flowers) or the buds of flowers on perennials. Planting

annuals on an eastern exposure will help, too. Herbs of any variety can be freely mixed around borders and in planters with ornamentals. While waiting for your perennials to mature and fill in, try using annual herbs in place of annual flowers to fill in the space. Perennial herbs make great additions to beds since the soil doesn’t need to be minced in every year like you would need to do when replanting annuals. Herbs are versatile in the garden, and you may be surprised to know how good for you they are, too; they’re chock-full of vitamins, nutrients and healing properties. So make use of our ideal climate and start growing more herbs. Eva Rose Montane is a garden coach, consultant and designer. Send your questions for her to gardening@coloradocountrylife. org.

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Heart of the Matter

The ego gratification and titles in contest hunting don’t belong in this sport BY DENNIS SMITH


Okay, I’m going to play devil’s advocate for a minute just to give contest hunters another point of view to consider, though I suspect many will disagree with it. Before any of you go all “Bubba” on me, let me preface this whole thing by stating that I’m no PETA freak, bunny hugger, animal rights extremist or anything else of that nature. Nor am I even remotely sympathetic to their philosophies, causes or agendas. In fact, I’m vehemently opposed to them. In my opinion, they’re founded in scientific ignorance, misplaced emotion and blatant hypocrisy. I’ve been hunting and fishing since I was old enough to zip my own fly and I’m sneaking up on 70 now, but I’m no fan of hunting contests, big buck tournaments, “tape-measure” hunting or other similar, gratuitous hunting events. They create a horribly distorted and incredibly destructive image of what traditional, fair chase hunting and game conservation is all about. Killing animals for fame, fortune, celebrity status, meaningless titles, (Seriously, do you really care that Joe Blow is the Grand Master Prairie Dog Champion of the World?) bogus awards, and big cash prizes portrays hunters and what we do in the worst possible light to the millions of non-hunters who have no clue what our real purpose is or what our responsibili-

“The quickest way to double your money is to fold it and put it back in your pocket.” — Will Rogers 24 July 2012

Traditional, fair-chase hunting is essential to the conservation and preservation of our wild big game herds.

ties to our game herds and flocks are. It’s evident from the number of hunting competitions, high-dollar canned hunts and closed-fence trophy hunts these days that a lot of us have lost sight of it, too. Hunting isn’t, nor was it ever meant to be, about ego gratification, score keeping and phony, grandiose titles. Shooting animals for the heck of it on one hand and then trying to convince the rest of the world on the other that we hold our game animals in the highest regard reeks of the same kind of hypocrisy animal-rights groups practice. The primary reason sport hunting even continues to exist at all today is because hunters provide a vital service controlling and preserving our wild game populations

as established by professional fish and game biologists. Beyond that, we are of little use to society. We can’t expect anyone to respect us if we demonstrate such transparent disregard for the animals we supposedly esteem. It’s one thing to hunt for food, fur, personal challenge, or necessity; it’s quite another to kill for thrills and prize money — which is exactly how most of these contests appear to the rest of the world. Do you not remember the avalanche of outrage from the national hunting community that accompanied the financiallydriven proposal for a World Deer Hunting Championship television show a few years back? It was overwhelmingly rejected by every major national and international hunting association and conservation organization in the book, and hundreds of thousands of Joe Sixpack hunters like you and me. Prospective corporate sponsors recoiled in sheer panic. The lesson should have been obvious: If we’re not careful how we represent ourselves and our rationale for hunting, we’ll lose it to popular opinion. And we’ll have deserved it.

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AWARD WINNING LONG-ARM QUILTING — reasonable rates, quick turnaround. Karen Niemi, 303-470-9309, http://creative., (846-08-12)

START YOUR OWN BUSINESS – home/internet. Simply the highest quality candles/beauty/fundraising. Enter free drawing. www.natures (831-07-12) USED BY NASA — RESTORATION SECRETS! New instant renew roof coatings(sm). Stops leaks, works on wet surfaces, dries underwater. All roofs. Details 573-489-9346 (856-07-12)

CARS/TRUCKS/BOATS 50 SUBARUS! (1995-2011) Outbacks, Foresters, Imprezas, Tribecas & more! Great prices! Extended warranties! Dealer: www.Monument 719-481-9900 (57408-12) 2005 40’ ALFA GOLD MOTORHOME, 2 slides, loaded, nonsmokers, low mileage; 1985 Cadillac Barritz Eldorado conv., mint: 1932 Model A, 4 door, restored. 970-5224600 (047-09-12)

CLOCK REPAIR & RESTORATION DURANGO AREA. CLOCKS of all kinds repaired. Antique and modern. Clocks bought and sold. Call Robert 970-247-7729, bob.scott@ (109-09-12)

EDUCATION HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS/ PARENTS: Looking for a different approach? Want something exceptional? Biblical perspective, wilderness adventure, college prep, close Christian community, housing provided. www.emhweb. org (035-08-12)

EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES COMMERCIAL WEED AND FIRE spray equipment. 307-660-8563 or visit us at www.oldwyomingbrand (024-08-12)

EVENTS QUID NOVI 3RD ANNUAL INNOVATION CONFERENCE - October 20, 2012, 970-267-0959, QuidNovi “Where creativity meets” (994-09-12)

FOR SALE GRASSFED BISON MEAT for sale. Delicious and nutritious. Delivery available. Fourth, half, or whole. 720-256-3364 (029-07-12) HEATMOR OUTDOOR FURNACES. Heat your home with wood, coal, used oil, or pellets with a stove that is backed with Limited Lifetime Warranty. Financing available. 307-710-6264 (058-12-12)

BOOKS, PATTERNS, CLASSES, knitting, felting, crocheting, weaving, spinning, natural dye extracts, Jacquard and Gaywool dyes. www. Colorado Springs, 866-495-7747 (791-09-12)

INSURANCE TURNING 65? Learn your Medicare options. Call for information or in-person appointment. Terri Schierbeek 719-447-5104. Licensed Independent Agent. (054-10-12)

HEAVY DUTY CATTLEPENS. Portable or permanent; 32x45 working pen w/16’ crowding tub, $3,325. Call Kenneth 580-876-3699, www. (882-08-12)


OXYGEN CONCENTRATORS - $380 with warranty. Also sell portable concentrators and oxygen supplies. Repair and service of equipment. Aspen Concentrators Repair Service 719-471-9895 (040-08-12)


FREE 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. 888-211-1715. (814-08-12) JESUS’ BIBLE CURES GUILT, PTSD, and suicide. Dr. Edwin Vrell, pastor, Sacramentarian Christian Assembly. Call for appointment or cure by phone, 303-772-8825 (995-09-12)

HEALTH & BEAUTY 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. (033-07-12)

HELP WANTED $400 WEEKLY ASSEMBLING PRODUCTS FROM HOME. For free information, send SASE: Home Assembly – CC, Box 450, New Britain, CT 06050-0450.

SURI ALPACAS – Show or pets. Easy care. Cedar Mesa Alpaca Ranch 970-749-0860 (041-07-12)

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.sawmill . (267-09-12)

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

POULTRY/GAMEBIRDS 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. (876-07-12)

REAL ESTATE CABIN, 15 ACRES, CRESTED BUTTE, 1bd with sleeper bay window, septic, electric, well, hot tub, $320,000, 907-314-0315 (Alaska). (055-07-12)

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GRAND JUNCTION HORSE FARM, 3130 A 1/2 Rd, 3550+ sq. ft. home on 14 acres. Newly remodeled, new central air, new boiler, new water heater, new roof, half brick ranch w/new vinyl siding. 5 bdrm, 3 1/2 bath, living room, dining room, large kitchen, large family room. New carpet/tile/wood floors. Full horse barn w/indoor stalls & outside runs. All steel fencing, arenas, loafing sheds on large pastures. Additional fencing around home & inground heated pool. RV building (50x28’), two large ponds, etc. $625,000. Ginny 970-260-9629, Terry 970-261-3001, Gtraudt@ 3% to 6% to any REALTOR w/buyer (946-12-12)

ROCKY FORD 20 ACRE FARM, call 303-995-2005 or email dan@afinc. net for details. (027-09-12)

BACKPACKER WANTS to buy working older revolver, any caliber, 719-542-9905 (032-07-12)

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)

NAVAJO RUGS, old and recent, native baskets, pottery. Tribal Rugs, Salida. 719-539-5363, b_inaz@ (817-10-12)

HOWARD, COLORADO. Tree covered residential home site. Year round access. Owner finance. 719276-7294 (050-10-12) 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. (648-08-12) LEADVILLE/MOUNT MASSIVE LAKES. For sale, 4bd/2b winterized home (turn-key) and membership at America’s premier trout club; near major skiing, golf, hiking. 623-687-5910 (057-09-12) MONUMENT. SECLUDED 5-acre homesite. Views. Utilities available. Terms. Easy access to I-25. $189K. 719-661-2027. (060-10-12)

WANTED: Property to lease for hunting, fishing. We can offer landowners numerous benefits. 303-460-0273 (029-07-12)

RELIGION BECOME AN ORDAINED Minister by correspondence study. Founded in 1988. Free info. Ministers for Christ Outreach, PMB 767, 6630 W Cactus, B107, Glendale, AZ 85304. http:// (441-12-12)

RENTALS FOR RENT – 2BDRM CONDO, Granby Ranch Ski/Golf Resort, June-December 2012. Utilities paid, $900/month, $500 deposit, no pets. 303-525-3499 (048-07-12)

TICKETS NFR & PBR RODEO TICKETS – Las Vegas. All seating levels available. Call 1-888-NFR-rodeo (1-888-6377633) or *BBB Member; Since 1990. (912-11-12)

VACATION RENTAL KAUAI VACATION RENTAL, 2bdr, full kitchen. Minutes from beaches. $600/wk. 808-245-6500; makana; (756-05-13)

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. (871-11-12) 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 watch (870-12-13) VINTAGE FISHING TACKLE. I buy rods, reels, lures, creels, etc. Call Gary at 970-222-2181 (960-12-12) WANT TO PURCHASE minerals and other oil/gas interests. Send details to: PO Box 13557, Denver, CO 80201. (402-02-13)

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Johnny and his friends were sitting around the campfire sharing jokes and funny stories. When it was Johnny’s turn, he asked, “What do you call a big, old grizzly bear with no teeth?” “What?” his friends asked. “A Gummi Bear.” Rose Schumacher, Colorado Springs

Our family went to Branson, Missouri, to visit the Titanic exhibit. As we were browsing, I turned to my 4-year-old grandson and asked, “Why did the Titanic sink?” He paused and then said very matter-of-factly, “It hit an ice cube.” Gene Erker, Burlington

A ticket agent struggled to find the destination for a woman who called wanting a flight from Chicago to Rhino, New York. “Are you sure that’s the name of the town?” the ticket agent asked. “Yes. What flights do you have?” the woman asked. After more searching, the agent came back on the line and said, “I’m sorry, ma’am. I’ve looked up every airport code in the country and can’t find Rhino anywhere.” “Oh, don’t be silly,” the woman said. “Everyone knows where it is. Check your map again.” Scouring a map of New York, the agent finally asked, “Do you mean Buffalo?” After a long pause, the woman said, “Give me a break. I knew it was a big animal.” Anonymous

After waiting for a very long time to be seated for dinner at a popular restaurant, I pointed out to my daughter and 10-year-old grandson that it didn’t matter how long the line was because we were all looking forward to eating there. “We’re here for the duration,” I said. “Not me, Grandma,” my grandson said. “I’m here for the ham.” Susan Chermack. Salida

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Stomp Around the Northwest


Dinosaur National Monument encompasses 211,000 acres of canyons throughout northwest Colorado and northeast Utah. With dinosaur fossil exhibits, hiking trails, fishing spots, river rafting opportunities, petroglyph sightings, guided tours, stunning scenery and great campgrounds, tourist options are endless. Kids can even earn a free Junior Ranger or Junior Paleontologist badge simply by completing a booklet of age-appropriate activities. Visit the Craig County Chamber of Commerce website at http://www. for more information and to read about cool camping locales in the Dinosaur National Monument area.



Plan a trip south of La Junta to Picketwire Canyonlands and immerse yourself in ancient history. This landscape features more than 1,300 brontosaur and allosaur footprints, Native American petroglyphs, and the Dolores Mission and Cemetery, which was built in the late 1800s. Approximately 3.4 miles past the dinosaur tracks you’ll find the Rourke Ranch, a cattle and horse ranch built in 1871. Take a guided tour in your four-wheel drive or hike out on your own. Keep in mind that temperatures can exceed 100 degrees in July in the southeast, so be sure to pack plenty of water, spread on the sunblock and wear appropriate footwear. For more information, visit

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In northeastern Colorado there is a lovely location called the Pawnee National Grassland. This is a hot spot for bird-watchers and photographers, but the scenic buttes, numerous bird species and hiking opportunities make Pawnee a must-see for everyone. About an hour outside Pawnee near Briggsdale you can set up camp at Crow Valley Recreation Area. This facility features fire rings, picnic areas, multifamily campsites and lots of room to play games, explore and fit in some more bird-watching. For more information or to download the Pawnee National Grassland Bird Tour Pamphlet, visit maps-pubs. 30 July 2012

Soak It Up


No matter which corner of the state you visit, you’re sure to find some great places to get your splash on. Here’s a handful of hot spots we found: Northeast — Jackson Lake near Fort Morgan Visit this 2,700 surface-acre lake for swimming, waterskiing, boating, fishing or just relaxing on the sandy shore. With 260 campsites and 60 picnic sites, you can make a weekend of it and do it all. Southeast — Lake Henry near Ordway Fishermen will delight in Lake’s Henry’s supply of large channel catfish, bullhead catfish, wipers, trout, bass and perch. Visitors can swim, go bird-watching, enjoy a little “primitive” camping and, if they have them, take a spin on their jet skis. Water levels can get a little low at the peak of summer, so if you want to bring your boat visit or call 719-267-5555 ext. 2 beforehand to find out about any restrictions. Northwest — Elkhead Reservoir near Craig This man-made reservoir is a popular destination in the Craig area. Grab your pole and go fishing for smallmouth bass, trout and northern pike, but don’t forget your swimsuit because this is also a great place to swim, water-ski and play on the beach. Southwest — Vallecito Lake near Durango From river rafting, fishing and boating to horseback riding, hiking and camping, you get the whole shebang at Vallecito Lake. Be sure to take a drive to see the tree carvings that were created in memory of the 2002 Missionary Ridge Fire.

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