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[March [June 2011]

Derby Rolls Across Colorado Extremely entertaining Highly competitive


May 2011 [features] 14 Keeping Costs Down

How changes outside the control of co-ops will impact electric bills

15 Roller Derby

Competitive women are starting

derby leagues all over Colorado.



19 Tasty Summer Spears

Add tender shoots of delicious

asparagus to your table


20 Sounds Like Latin

A plant’s proper name may eliminate

confusion with gardeners

24 Outdoors

 hen it’s “ice out” on lakes, the W fish are biting




25 Energy Tips

Electric co-op representatives go to Washington, D.C., to meet with to meet with Congress.

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Letters Calendar Co-op News NewsClips Education Discoveries

Outdoor living can help with energy efficiency




[cover] Pueblo Derby Devil Dollz (red and black uniforms) vs. the Greeley Slaughterhouse Derby Girls — April 16, 2011. Photo by Mike Rosso, COMMUNICATIONS STAFF: Mona Neeley, CCC, Publisher/Editor; Donna Norris, Associate Editor ADVERTISING: Kris Wendtland@303-902-7276; NCM@800-626-1181

The official publication of the Colorado Rural Electric Association Volume 42, Number 06

OFFICERS: Chris Morgan [Gunnison] President; Bob Bledsoe [Tri-State] Vice President; Bill Midcap [Fort Morgan] Secretary; Don Kaufman [Sangre De Cristo] Treasurer; Kent Singer [CREA] Executive Director BOARD OF DIRECTORS: John Porter [Empire]; Sylvia Spangler [Grand Valley]; Jim Lueck [Highline]; Michael Glass [Holy Cross]; Dan Mills [K.C.]; Tom Compton [LaPlata]; Stan Cazier [Mountain Parks]; B.D. Paddock [Mountain View]; Jack Schneider [Poudre Valley]; Joseph Costa, Reg Rudolph [San Isabel]; Mike Rierson, John Villyard [San Luis Valley]; Paul Erickson [Sangre De Cristo]; Mark Grasmick [Southeast]; Jim Jaeger [United Power]; Bill Jordan [White River]; Stuart Travis [Y-W]; Sam Haslem [Yampa Valley]; Basin Electric, Co-Bank, 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.


Looking Out for You Your co-op meets with Congressional delegates in Washington, D.C. BY KENT SINGER CREA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KSINGER@COLORADOREA.ORG


Issues that concern Colorado’s electric co-ops are at the forefront each May when about 2,500 electric co-op representatives from all over the country descend on Washington, D.C., to meet with their congressional delegations. This year, Colorado’s co-ops sent about 70 directors and managers to meet with our two United States senators and seven representatives. Representatives of Colorado’s electric co-ops discuss During our meetings with electric issues with Sen. Michael Bennet (D) during a the Colorado delegation, we recent trip to Washington, D.C. discussed four main issues. First, we asked our delegation to support continued funding for the Rural Utilities Service, the agency gram that has been used by co-ops all but it was just as interesting to get a in the U.S. Department of Agriculture over the country to fund renewable englimpse into the day-to-day logistithat oversees the loan program utilized ergy projects. The Obama administracal challenges our representatives in by electric co-ops. The money approtion’s budget proposal does not include Congress face by virtue of living in priated for the loan program is not a continued funding for these projects. both Washington, D.C., and Colorado. drain on the federal treasury. In fact, Finally, we also addressed the rail Both of our new representatives for the 2012 fiscal year the program is competition issue. And by “rail com(like the rest of our delegation) have to projected to benefit the federal treasury petition” I really mean the lack thereof. juggle their responsibilities as members by about $100 million. This is due to When co-ops and other electric utiliof Congress with their responsibilities the fact that the co-ops pay back the ties pay to ship coal from the Powder to their families. Rep. Gardner has a loans on time and at an interest rate River Basin in Wyoming to their power new baby on the way and Rep. Tipton that is higher than what it costs the fed- plants, they typically have to pay rates also is married and has two daughters. eral government to borrow the money. that are set by railroads that have no It’s not easy for anyone to spend The second issue we discussed was competition for that service. The utilimost of their time in the halls of the possibility that the U.S. Envities are at the mercy of the railroads Congress and then hit the road when ronmental Protection Agency will with no recourse because the railthey are back in Colorado. Serving decide to regulate coal ash as a hazroads are currently exempt from U.S. in Congress is an important, timeardous substance. We are opposed to antitrust laws. The co-ops asked that consuming, heavy responsibility and this since it is already regulated, and Congress repeal this exemption, and a we appreciate these two congressmen on at least three prior occasions the bill has been introduced to do just that. and the rest of the Colorado delegaEPA found that it is not a hazardous Although the discussions we had tion taking time to meet with us. material. And the new designation with our delegation on all of these The issues we face are enormous. would stop coal ash from power plants issues were important and the priThe consequences of legislation will be from being recycled into everyday mary reason for our trip, we also felt by all of us as our electric bills rise. products such as wallboard, roofhad the opportunity to spend time But we’re working with our legislators ing shingles and asphalt. There is with our newest elected representato find ways to provide the electricity no scientifically sound reason that tives, Rep. Cory Gardner from the our country needs in reliable, affordthe nonhazardous designation that 4th Congressional District and Rep. able and environmentally sound exists today should be changed. Scott Tipton from the 3rd Congresways. We are looking out for you. We also asked our delegation to sional District. These dinner meetings continue funding for the Clean Renew- gave us a chance to get to know these able Energy Bonds program known as two men who represent a large porCREBs. When the Energy Policy Act tion of “co-op country” in Colorado. of 2005 was passed, it created this proWe talked about energy policy, 4 June 2011

[letters] Thanks for the books

Thanks to you and Mountain View Electric for the box of books you donated to the High Prairie Library in Falcon. The variety of books you provided offers something of interest to both children and adults. They are already in use.

Becky Campbell, librarian

Climate change discussion

After reading “Red Tape Overload” (February 2011), I would think there is no problem with climate change. If one would read the science, one would realize that our planet is changing and will only get worse unless we do something. The longer we wait, the worse it gets. I think it’s time for everyone to start conserving and using less electricity.

Michael L. Parsons Aguilar

Audit helps efficiency

We recently purchased an all-electric home and had an energy audit done before we closed on the home. The auditor was excellent and gave us many ways to reduce our electricity usage. Many people don’t realize that the costs of improvements recommended by the energy auditor may be rolled into FHA and VA mortgages. This can make the improvements more affordable and help immediately reduce energy costs.

Karrin Hopper, Colorado Springs

Need more streetlights

Some subdivisions in Grand Junction have few streetlights. This situation can make it attractive for “persons of the night” to walk around looking for risky opportunities due to the darkened environment. This lack of light can create hazards for driving into the driveway, exiting a vehicle and entering one’s home. Poles with security lights can illuminate a larger area than a porch light for less money. More poles with lights can reduce crime as outdoor lighting can discourage break-ins and prowlers.

Mary Ann Bradshaw, Grand Junction

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[ June] Through August 6 Limon Between Fences Smithsonian exhibit Limon Museum Mon-Sat 1-8 pm 719-775-8605 • 719-740-0212 June 7-25 Palmer Lake Art Show and Sale Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts Hwy 105 719-229-6623 June 8-11 Cortez Ute Mountain Roundup Rodeo BBQ, rodeo, carnival, parade, dance • 970-822-3341 www.utemountainroundup. org June 10-11 Hot Sulphur Springs Annual Hot Sulphur Days Pie contest, carnival, silent auction, parade Town Hall and Town Park 970-725-3933 June 11 Silver Cliff Cemetery Tour Costumed characters tell historical tales Silver Cliff Town Park • 12 pm 719-371-7076

June 12 Monument Tri-Lakes Cruisers Car Club Annual Show 35 classes of cars, trucks 7 am-3 pm • 719-488-2852 June 13-16 Colorado Springs Cooking Classes for Young Chefs Garden of the Gods Gourmet 2528 W. Cucharras 1:30-3 pm • 719-471-2799 June 17-19 Durango Day Out With ThomasTM The little blue engine means fun for kids • Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad • 479 Main Ave 970-385-8801 June 17-19 Breckenridge Kingdom Days June 18 Near Idalia Dutch Oven Cook-Off Bonny Lake State Park 970-354-7306 June 18-19 Eaton National Versatility Ranch Horse Clinic and Competition Spicer Arena • 970-231-6773

June 19-21 Beulah June 11 Healthy Women Retreat Virginia Dale Mountain Park Environmental Community Club Open House Center Quilt raffle, silent auction, art, 719-485-4444 crafts sale • Hwy 287 north of adminmpec@ Livermore • 9 am-4 pm 970-495-1828 June 24-25 Hugo June 11-12 Colorado Championship Rye Ranch Rodeo American Indian Festival Rodeo, trade show, open bronc Native American musicians riding, dancing and artists www.coloradochampion 719-489-2779

June 24-26 Colorado Springs Rock Fair Vendor displays, demos, rocktalks • Western Museum of Mining and Industry Fri & Sat • 9 am-4 pm Sun 9 am-3 pm 719-488-0880 June 24-26 Pagosa Springs Western Heritage Days Music, food, crafts, petting zoo • Fred Harman Museum grounds • 970-731-8877 June 25 Durango Meet the Trucks Touch, crawl inside, honk the horns of over 40 vehicles La Plata County Fairgrounds 10 am-3 pm • 970-884-3259 June 25 Grand Lake Tops of the Rockies Grand Lake Yacht Club 5:30-8 pm

[ July] July 1-5 Buena Vista Chaffee County Quilt, Textile Show Buena Vista Community Center • 10 am-4 pm daily 719-395-8780 July 2 Fort Collins Play in the Gardens Fun outdoor games for the whole family • Gardens on Spring Creek • 970-416-2486 July 2-3 La Veta Scrappy Ladies Quilt Guild Show Quilts, wall hangings, boutique • Community Center 10 am-4 pm • 719-250-5692

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July 2-3 Frisco Downtown Green Art Festival Main St and 3rd • 10 am-5 pm 954-472-3755 July 3 Lake City Community Picnic, Craft Show Craft show: Memorial Park 10 am • Picnic: the Armory 2 pm • 970-944-2050 July 4 Durango Independence Day Train Durango/Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad 479 Main Ave • 970-385-8801 July 4 Ouray Independence Day Jeep Parade, Fireworks Parade at dusk, fireworks at dark • 970-325-4746 July 9 Lake City Hinsdale Museum “Branding Iron” Demonstration Hinsdale Museum • 11:30 am 970-944-2050 July 9-10 Colorado City Greenhorn Valley Arts and Music Festival Greenhorn Meadows Park Sat 10 am-10 pm; Sun 10 am6 pm • 719-676-2106 www.greenhornvalley July 9-10 Buena Vista Collegiate Peaks Stampede Rodeo Sat 6 pm; Sun 1 pm 719-395-2775

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EV and Electric Industries Need to Cooperate BY JIM HERRON GENERAL MANAGER

During President Obama’s State of the Union address in January, he reiterated his goal to see 1 million plug-in and electric vehicles on the road by 2015. The president went on to explain how these vehicles can enhance competitiveness, boost exports and provide jobs while cutting our dependence on oil. He has said many times he wants to see EVs and advanced batteries “made right here in America, by American businesses and American workers.” While this is a lofty goal, there is an issue as to whether our grid can handle the additional draw from recharging all these vehicle batteries. I have concerns with respect to the impact EVs will have on the electric generation, transmission and distribution system. This is also referred to as the “power grid” or just the “grid.” The number one job of Mountain View Electric Association is to keep the lights on. EVs may not have much of an impact at a system-wide level, but for a given circuit or transformer, a few electric vehicles charging at the same time may lead to an overloading of the system in a neighborhood causing an increase in localized outages. Considering that adoption of EVs will be concentrated in certain neighborhoods, we are concerned that the increased load could have an impact on the level of reliability in that neighborhood. This would be caused by the increased load on the neighborhood system designed for typical household usage. One EV added to the MVEA system would be the equivalent of adding a residential house to the neighborhood load. We design a neighborhood for one transformer to serve four to six houses. If two or three homes served by this transformer purchase EVs this could cause severe damage to the transformer causing an outage needing repair. The demand on the electric grid is largely determined by the time of day. Morning and evening are the highest usage time. The majority of people get up in the morning and get ready for the day, and return in the evening and cook dinner, turn on lights and do household chores. The greatest demand for electricity is while the majority of the people are awake. The seasons also affect

usage. The summers are As for clean and green, especially high in demand the use of an electric car will due to the use of air definitely help the environconditioners. So there ment in terms of reducing is a question as to when emissions from gas engines; consumers will recharge however, there is still a matter their EVs. of generating enough electricObviously, most EV ity to charge the batteries. The Jim Herron, General Manager owners will charge them majority of our electricity is still at home at night during produced by coal-fired plants. off-peak hours; but as with any new electriIt is the cheapest and most abundant source cal device, a person is just not sure how long of power, but it is getting more and more that charge will really last. So many owners difficult to build any new plants. The trend will likely also charge their vehicles duris to retire the existing plants for natural gas ing the day while at work. Companies and units. Natural gas is more expensive than governments are already working on that. A coal and another finite power source. Nuclecharging infrastructure designed by Better ar power plants produce less emissions, but Place, has announced plans to build in Israel, getting a permit is becoming almost imposDenmark, Portugal and California. These sible. The next obvious choice is renewable charging spots will be the size of a parking energy. There is currently development of meter, deliver about 3,000 watts per car and solar panels to help charge vehicles during handle two cars at a time. This compares to the day; however, solar energy is nonexthe energy output of 10 plasma televisions istent at night when most of the EVs will of 300 watts each to charge a car. This is not be charged. This brings us to wind. It just too much of an impact after 10 p.m. in the happens that wind energy is most producevening, but when you look at over 1,000 of tive at night when people are not using a these charging stations during the day just lot energy. So much of this electricity goes in one city, we could have a problem. That is to waste since there is no real storage for a lot of electricity for just one to two hours electricity. Having all those electric vehicles of actual driving time. In addition, batteries plugged into the grid at night with their with faster charging time add even more batteries soaking up the excess energy on demand on the grid to charge. the grid might be a good thing. Charged batThe energy industry needs to prepare teries may even be able to put energy back itself if a fully electric car becomes the on the grid during peak times. Then utilizing wave of the near future. Electric trains and solar energy during the day, as long as the streetcars do not have the same problems sun is shining, could help the grid handle all because they do not have a battery. Their the demand. energy consumption is spread evenly over It will be interesting in the next few years their operation time. The issue with electric to see if fully electric cars become the norm vehicles is not the total energy consumption and how the electric industry will handle but the peak load or demand required durthe demand. As always, it may be a flash ing battery charging. Infrastructure planners in the pan or the best thing since sliced need to focus on how a flood of plug-in cars bread. All we can do is prepare for what may would overload the power grid at the most come to pass. There will definitely need local level. Taxing of the residential distributo be cooperation among the EV industry, tion transformers by power-hungry vehicles charging station companies, EV owners, and is definitely a concern. Charging off-peak, as the electric industry to make sure our grid we mentioned before, would help the situaremains stable so we can continue to supply tion. But if everyone plugs in their car at 5:30 power to homes and businesses. p.m. when they arrive home, there could definitely be trouble. June 2011 7


2011 MVEA Scholarships Awarded Tyler Butler

Caitlin Hinton

Mountain View Electric Association is pleased to announce its 2011 scholarship winners. The winners were chosen through a computer-generated lottery system. More than 120 students applied this year. Tri-State Generation and Transmission and Basin Electric Power Cooperative also donated two $1,000 scholarships to be awarded to dependents of MVEA members.

Congratulations to our winners, and we wish them the best for their future. The following students were all awarded $1,000 MVEA scholarships:

Kaitlyn Kimble

Tyler Butler is a graduate of Limon High School and the son of Greg and Susan Butler of Limon. He plans to attend the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs and major in chemistry. While in high school, Tyler was a member of the National Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Scouting National Honor Society and Volunteers of the Year. He earned the Eagle Scout award and lettered in academics his sophomore and junior year. He was a Bonfils blood donor and participated in the 21 Hour Volunteer project. Caitlin Hinton is a graduate of Air Academy High School and the daughter of Jack and Linda Hinton of Colorado Springs. At the college of her choice, she plans to major in premed. Her activities in high school included soccer, Spanish honor society, French club, National Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars and Air Academy Volunteer Organization. She was a volunteer for San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society and was a People to People student ambassador.

Erin Mihlbachler

Kaitlyn Kimble is the daughter of Scott and Robin Kimble of Limon and a graduate of Limon High School. Kaitlyn plans to attend the University of Colorado in Boulder and major in premed. During high school, Kaitlyn was a member of the National Honor Society, dance team, cheer team, L-Club, Friends of Rachel, 1-on-Health, speech team, choir and band. She was student council president, and made the superintendent’s honor roll. She was named CU outstanding junior and worked in the church nursery. Erin Mihlbachler is a graduate of Palmer Ridge High School and the daughter of Brian and Cathryn Mihlbachler of Monument. She plans to attend Colorado State University. While attending high school, she was a key club member for four years and board member for three years. She was the Lewis-Palmer boys lacrosse manager, served on both the Lewis-Palmer and Palmer Ridge High School spirit clubs and volunteered at Bear Creek Elementary as a second-grade teacher’s assistant.

Gabrielle Perkins

Lisa Powers

Gabrielle Perkins is the daughter of Sean and Tiffin Perkins of Peyton and a home school graduate. Gabrielle plans to major in worship arts at Colorado Christian University. She served two summers working relief aid in Uganda in East Africa, took two trips to assist with hurricane relief in Texas and Mexico, volunteered three summers at a camp for military families and led many community service and youth development projects. She received most improved player award on her volleyball team. With over five years of experience playing keyboard and harp at church and retirement and nursing facilities, she started a small business playing harp at weddings. Lisa Powers is a graduate of Palmer Ridge High School and the daughter of Stephen and Joan Powers of Monument. She plans to attend the University of Colorado in Boulder and major in linguistics. Lisa was the National Honor Society peer tutor coordinator and the 2010 advanced placement scholar. She lettered in academics and was a LINK board member, boy’s basketball manager, oboist in the Palmer Ridge wind ensemble, a Boettcher Foundation scholarship semifinalist. She volunteered for the Colorado Pug Rescue Foster Home. Casey Schafer is the daughter of Ronald and Sara Schafer of Colorado Springs and a graduate of Pine Creek High School. She plans to attend the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs and major in engineering. While attending high school, she was a member of the National Honor Society, Project Green, Eyes Wide Open and principal’s honor roll. She participated in competitive and recreational dance and received multiple dance awards.

Casey Schafer 8 June 2011


2011 MVEA Scholarships Awarded Ashton Taylor is a graduate of Limon High School and the daughter of Robert Taylor and Denice Evans of Limon. She plans to major in biology and premed at the University of North Texas. Ashton participated in softball, basketball, track, dance and the summer health careers institute. She was a member of the National Honor Society, L-Club, student council, Friends of Rachel, 1-on-Health, Phi Theta Kappa and the superintendent’s honor roll and she received the School of Mines math and science award Breanna Tracey is the daughter of Michael and Deborah Tracey of Colorado Springs and a graduate of Pikes Peak Christian School. Her top choice is to attend Baylor University and major in engineering. While attending high school, she participated on the varsity cheerleading team and was student council vice president and National Honor Society vice president. She participated in church and youth group activities, worked in the church nursery, volunteered for many organizations and received a presidential award for educational excellence for three years in a row.

Ashton Taylor

Breanna Tracey

Bethany Wallace

Bethany Wallace is a graduate of Lewis-Palmer High School and the daughter of Brent and Cindy Wallace of Monument. She plans to major in business at either Colorado State University or the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. Her activities in high school included ballet, church youth group and student prayer group. She received a varsity letter for her participation in forensics and was team captain. She was a member of National Honor Society, Community Service Craft Club and AWANA. She also was a cubbie leader and LINK Crew LINK leader. The $1,000 MVEA vocational and technical scholarship winner is Hannah Wills of Kiowa High School. She is the daughter of Scott and Maryrobin Wills of Kiowa. Hannah plans to attend Otero Junior College and major in cosmetology. She was president of the student council and was yearbook editor and a patriotic essay winner. She received a varsity letter for cheerleading and was on the honor roll. She was academy all-state and active in drama, FBLA, science club, Matchwits, and state HOBY Leadership. She attended world mission trips in Guatemala and Mexico and was a state guide for National Student Council. She received perfect attendance award for 3.5 years. The $1,000 Tri-State Generation and Transmission scholarship winner is Ha-Mi Nauyen. She is a graduate of Pine Creek High School and the daughter of Quan and Hang Nauyen pre-professional health. She was a member of the National Honor Society and Merit Honor Roll, was a counselor for vacation Bible school and active in high school basketball, club and high school soccer. She was the Next Level Soccer Academy coach and made the principal’s honor roll and the Leadership Today and Tomorrow team. The $1,000 Basin Electric Power Cooperative scholarship winner is Brianne Dayley, a graduate of Calhan High School and the daughter of Glenn and Tamara Dayley of Calhan. Brianne plans to attend Southern Virginia University and major in English and visual arts. She was president of many clubs and groups, including Leo Club, Future Business Leaders of America, church youth group, student council and the senior class. Brianne was also a member of the National Honor Society, received an academic letter and was a tutor for the Calhan High School writing center.

Hannah Wills

Ha-Mi Nauyen

Brianne Dayley

The $1,000 E.A. “Mick” Geesen Memorial Scholarship winner is Ashley Feil, the daughter of Todd and Cindy Feil of Monument and a graduate of Palmer Ridge High School. Ashley plans to attend Colorado State University and major in health and exercise science. During high school, she received an academic letter all four years and was a member of the National Honor Society and LINK. She participated in club soccer, served as manager of the high school men’s soccer and was the team captain for the women’s high school soccer team and was named to academy all-state first team and first and second team all-conference defenders.

Ashley Feil June 2011 9


THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES BY DEBORAH SKILLICORN For nearly 20 years, I have had the privilege of serving the members of MVEA. On April 28, I retired from my position of member services specialist and am in the process of moving to Brussels, Belgium. For the past 14 years, my job duties have included writing the four pages of Colorado Country Life magazine concerning MVEA news. I have thoroughly enjoyed writing about our members and the organizations and businesses in our service area. It has given me the opportunity to meet some wonderful people and at the same time, introduce our members to businesses and people in our service territory. I will miss working for MVEA and my great co-workers and definitely miss writing for this magazine. Thank you for all your support and good comments about Colorado Country Life magazine. My replacement, Sarah Schaefer, will continue to keep you updated with all the great things going on at MVEA and in our communities. Best wishes to you all.

SHUTTERBUGS Last chance to enter MVEA photo contest

Time’s running out. The deadline for MVEA’s annual calendar photo contest is July 1, 2011. We are looking for great photos from our members taken within MVEA’s territory and reflecting the seasons and the people, lifestyle or landscape of our area. For guidelines, entry forms and more information, check out our website at or give Sarah Schaefer a call 800-388-9881. 10 June 2011

Limon Heritage Museum


Smithsonian exhibit explores both sides of the fence BY VIVIAN LOWE


“Do good fences make good neighbors?” The Limon Heritage Museum, in cooperation with Colorado Humanities, will explore this and other aspects of the cultural history of fences and land use as it hosts the area showing of “Between Fences,” a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition. This stellar exhibit “Between Fences” will be on view through August 6 at the Museum Exhibit Building, 701 First St. in Limon. The Limon Heritage Society and the surrounding community have been expressly chosen by Colorado Humanities to host “Between Fences” as part of a Museum on Main Street (MOMS) project, a national and state partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations. Through a selection of artifacts, photographs and illustrations, “Between Fences” will surprise audiences with its exploration of the multiple meanings behind this everyday icon. Whether made of split rails, decorative white pickets or tall chain link, a fence conveys information about the people who built it, how they view and use their property and how we view our communities and country as well. “Between Fences” explores the implications of fences in Colonial America, around gated communities and at our country’s borders with Canada and Mexico. The exhibit allows easy access to the Smithsonian and the cultural resources of our nation’s premier museum. In conjunction with the exhibit, the museum is planning a number of free activities including a festive reception on Sunday, June 5, 2-4 p.m., as part of annual Limon Railroad Days and a celebratory open house on July 4 as part of Limon Chamber of Commerce activities, plus fascinating demonstrations and tours during the 20th annual Limon Heritage Festival on the last day of the exhibit, Saturday, August 6. Through its mission of promoting and preserving area heritage, the Limon Museum is honored to host this spectacular exhibit and invites the public to make a special trip to take advantage of an extraordinary family opportunity. The museum opened Memorial Day and the exhibit is featured through August 6. Admission is free and hours are 1-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. In addition to a wide variety of displays in the Museum Exhibit Building, the museum complex, located in historic Limon, also features five railcars, a recently restored 1910 Rock Island and Union Pacific Depot and a charming Railroad Park. A warm welcome awaits all ages. Call 719-775-8605 for information.

MVEA RATE INCREASE The Board of Directors of Mountain View Electric Association, Inc. has authorized the following changes in rates to become effective on bills calculated after July 1, 2011. As a member you can be assured that a rate adjustment is absolutely necessary to keep the cooperative financially stable and continue to provide safe, reliable electric power. The Grid Access is a monthly component of your bill used to cover a part of the fixed expenses incurred to provide access to the electric transmission grid to deliver energy to your home or business, regardless of how much electricity you use. • Residential Rate 16.01 — The monthly Grid Access component will be increased from $13.95 to $19.95 per month per meter, with no increase in the energy charge per kWh. • Residential Time-of-Day Rate 16.05 — The monthly Grid Access component will be increased from $20.00 to $26.00 per month per meter, with increases in the kWh energy component. Members on this rate will be contacted. • Irrigation Rates 17.30 and 17.31 — The monthly Horsepower component will be increased from $2.65 to $2.79 per horsepower per month; the minimum annual horsepower charge will be increased from $159.00 to $167.40 (5 horsepower); the energy charge per kWh will be increased from $0.08722 to $0.09193. • Wholesale Energy Primary Metering Rate 20.66 — The monthly Demand component will be increased from $18.22 to $21.50 per monthly kVA demand, with no increase in the energy charge per kWh. 719-495-2283 • • 719-775-2861 • 800-388-9881 June 2011 11




Excessive regulation and budgetary sleights-of-hand could undermine the availability of low-cost hydropower for Colorado’s electric co-ops, according to testimony given before a U.S. House panel in Washington, D.C., in early May. Colorado Rural Electric Association President Chris Morgan was among the utility representatives explaining to the Water and Power Subcommittee how the continually changing regulations and additional new rules push up the cost of hydropower, which is the nation’s least CREA Board President Chris Morgan (center) testifies before the U.S. House expensive source of clean energy. Water and Power Subcommittee. “No major hydroelectric facility has been built in many years, and our existing facilities are being bled dry by endless litigation and board, told the subcommittee, “As the economy struggles regulatory obstacles that result in major increases in electo make its way out of the ‘Great Recession,’ Colorado’s tricity prices and chronic shortages of electricity,” agreed electric cooperative consumers cannot afford increased Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.), the subcommittee chair. electricity rates.” Morgan, who also serves on the Gunnison County Electric

Power Plants Provide More Than Electricity


The economies of northwestern Colorado and southwestern Colorado benefit from the electric co-ops’ power plants that operate in those areas. Craig Station and Nucla Station both run 24/7 to keep the lights on for Tri-State Generation and Transmission’s 44 member systems that serve 1.5 million consumers throughout Colorado and neighboring states. But the stations do more than generate electricity. The economic and fiscal impacts of these power plants and affiliated mines were the subject of a recent study, conducted by Development Research Partners on behalf of Tri-State. The study focused on the direct and indirect impacts of the Colorado power plants and one in Prewitt, New Mexico, related to the gross output of the regions, which envelop three communities and eight counties. Combined, the facilities provide $594 million annually in direct and indirect value to the communities and counties in which they are located. Additionally, more than 1,240 individuals are employed (directly and indirectly) by the facilities. 12 June 2011


Co-ops Stay On Top of Training

Safety while connecting transformers, troubleshooting problems, installing underground cable and doing other line work was the emphasis during the Mesa Hotline School in Grand Junction in early May. The two-week school offered utility line workers from throughout the nation an opportunity to brush up on skills and learn more about their jobs in the electric industry. June 2011 13


Keeping Costs Down Actions outside the control of your co-op will likely impact your electric bills in years to come BY MAGEN HOWARD


After two years of declines, the price tag for building power plants and purchasing utility equipment has begun climbing once again. These higher prices likely will affect electric bills over the long term. “Electric co-ops have an obligation to keep the lights on and electric bills affordable at a time when costs for components needed to construct generation, upgrade existing power plants, expand transmission facilities and modernize distribution systems are steadily rising,” acknowledges Glenn English, chief executive officer of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. “Combined with the costs of complying with new regulations, these pressures will affect electric bills in years to come — all of which are largely beyond the control of local co-ops.”

Keeping the lights on

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation estimates the U.S. will need to build 135,000 megawatts of new generation by 2017 to meet demand. Facilities on the drawing board, however, will only deliver 77,000 MW. Electric co-ops — experiencing average annual load growth well above levels of other electric utilities — estimate they will need to bring approximately 12,000 MW of new generation on-line over the next decade. “However, this generation will be the most expensive in history, coming at a time when the prices for construction materials like steel, copper, and concrete are shooting upward,” English remarks. After a brief downturn due to the global recession, worldwide commodity prices have rebounded — steel soared 42 percent between 2009 and 2010, while copper topped record highs earlier this year. The costs of building new coal-fired, nuclear 14 June 2011

The final turbine for the Crow Lake Wind Project is topped out on February 9, 2011. At 150 megawatts, the project, owned by Basin Electric subsidiary PrairieWinds SD 1, is the largest wind project owned solely by a cooperative in the United States.

and geothermal plants, as well as wind generation facilities, have all risen by an average 40 percent. For most local electric co-ops, the biggest expense involves buying power. Wholesale power purchases can account for as much as 75 percent of your co-op’s budget, meaning pressures on generation costs impact electric rates as well. Then there’s basic operations, everything from replacing poles and wire to maintaining rights-of-way and fueling line trucks. Costs for these activities continue to escalate

Regulations on a roll

Looming government regulations also pose a threat. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering four major rules on cooling water intake, coal ash disposal, interstate transport of air pollutants and using the best available technology to curb emissions from power plants that could become “game changers” for electric utilities. In addition, the agency has begun regulating greenhouse gases from new and modified large stationary sources, including coal and natural gas power plants, under the federal Clean Air Act. The bulk of these EPA regulations are due to court-

(Left to right) Doug Rothe, Basin Electric project engineer, and Matt Chalcraft, project manager for Cogen Cleaning Tech, inspect the gate value during air blows at Basin Electric’s Dry Fork Station, under construction near Gillette, Wyoming.

imposed decisions and deadlines. “It’s entirely possible tighter emissions standards and other rules will have a multibillion dollar impact on the cost of doing business for electric co-ops,” says Kirk Johnson, NRECA senior vice president of government relations.

Combating rising costs

In May, thousands of co-op leaders traveled to Washington, D.C., to call for more certainty on how electricity generation will be regulated. “Co-ops need Congress help to break out of the planning gridlock and set the rules for power generation today and in decades to come,” stresses English. “Not knowing the rules is costing us valuable time and delaying critical decisions.” Rest assured, local electric co-ops are working together to keep your electric bills affordable. We’re controlling costs through innovation. No matter what government mandates come our way, we’ll continue to put you, our members, first. Magen Howard writes on consumer and cooperative affairs for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

Roller Derby

“It’s not your grandma’s roller derby.” BY SHARON FRICKEY



If roller derby isn’t the game of skate-and-scratch choreographed, movie mayhem shown in the 1972 movie Kansas City Bomber, then what is it? How about a family-tight organization of women who want to compete in an intensely competitive contact sport described by team supporters as “an extreme race on eight wheels.” Roller derby is the fastest growing sanctioned amateur sport in the U.S. and a dozen other countries. The count changes quickly, but I counted 109 full member leagues (53 apprentice leagues) sanctioned by the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association in the U.S., 32 in the western division alone.

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Seven of those league members are in Colorado, including teams in Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Greeley, Pueblo and, of course, Denver. There are at least another 12 flat track teams in the state, skating in places like Cañon City, Durango, Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction and working toward league membership. I’d done my homework; I’d Googled, Wikied, and watched Whip It! (Be Your Own Hero), Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut film starring Ellen Page. I’d read skaters Jennifer Kasey Bomber Barbee and Alex Axles of Evil Cohen’s smash-mouth book, Down and Derby. It was time to find out more. My problem was which league to watch first. I decided on the one closest to where I live, the Denver Roller Dolls. I thought I was ready for the real thing. With my Rockies-Nuggets-BroncoBuffs sports-fan husband in tow, we headed out to experience roller derby in living color. As we merged into the concourse crowd at 1st Bank Center in Broomfield (6,500 capacity), a line out of a YouTube trailer for Kansas City Bomber popped into my mind: “This is the world of roller sports where the only thing more dangerous than the competition is the fans.” Not! This was an eclectic crowd with the emphasis on youth and those young at heart. Families with toddlers, teens in tutus and glitter eye shadow, hand-holding senior couples and the casual handsin-pockets guys scoping out the sideways-glancing gals, while preteen girls orbited the fantastically uniformed star skaters, who made eye contact like they’d just spotted their favorite fan. I had the same feeling I get on opening day at Coors Field — regardless of who wins, this is going to be fun. A uniformed skater tipped to a stop on her wheels and handed me the evening’s program:


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I’d seen the tatts and fishnets; read players’ unique derby names like Bria Fraid, Angela Death, To Infinity and Yvonne, and Fonda Payne; and realized that not only do the colorful names and creative costume scream “watch me,” they also include a steady, reassuring hum of understated strength from skilled, agile, speedskating team players with hearts that take over when the endurance runs out. Upbeat music pounded out from the flat track arena as we filed in to find our seats. One section was reserved at $25, all other seats were $15 general admission. We sat high in row 16. Prime seats in the lst Bank Center filled quickly, and Brad Example, the voice of the Denver Roller Dolls, boomed out a welcome and started a quick rundown of rules for newbie fans like us. The Denver Roller Dolls, a league sanctioned by Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, skates, scores and gives and takes its hits under WFTDA’s (“wuf-da”) rules. Derby’s popularity drew so many new skaters for the Roller Dolls that it required reshuffling seasoned players with newcomers to add a fourth team to the league’s roster. The Electrocuties will take on the 2010 champs, the Bad Apples, for the ’Cuties maiden bout, and these teams are ready to rumble. The two stripe-helmeted pivots out front, the four-pack on hair-trigger behind them, the star-helmeted jammers, afterburners warmed up, wait for the ref’s whistle to send them all into orbit. The next 30 minutes went by like five. My eyes couldn’t record one image before another formed. My eyes and brain seemed to function on separate circuits. By the time I thought “that’s a point” the jammer called off the jam and it all started over. The Electrocuties skated fast and hit hard, but the Bad Apples turned out to be the spoilers in the first bout. Finally, near the end of the second 30-minute period, I began to see patterns and strategies, could follow one jammer through a jam and sometimes recognize a point had been scored before it made it onto the score clock. I realized the Swiss Missile was a formidable jammer, and the Bad Apples soured the victory for the Electrocuties. Jump to the second half of the main event: the Shotgun Betties versus the Green Barrettes. Fatigue green versus hot pink and chocolate. By the second 30-minute period of the bout, I was so absorbed in the hard hits, the falls and recoveries, the pack plays, the agility of the jammer to get though holes that weren’t there, the 1 to 3-4 point spread back and forth between the teams that I had to make myself relax and breathe. The intensity was contagious. The clock showed 2:07 left with The Shotgun Betties at 70, the Green Barrettes at 73. Two jammers dominated the track: Ajax for the Barrettes and Juska for the Betties. Juska blasted out for a 25-point jam ending at 0:00 on the clock just as the Barrettes called for a time-out, extending the period. With Juska skating under a power jam call — Ajax on the penalty bench — the Betties took the second period 109 to 73. A spectacular finish; I was hooked. I watched the fans move onto the track to get autographs. All the skaters were engaged but I noticed one Shotgun Betty close to my side of the track strike up a conversation with each fan as she signed the requested autograph. A striking bird tattoo across one shoulder that extended down her arm contrasted with the Bijou Blacnbleu blazoned on her shirt. That name rang a bell. I needed to talk to her. “There’s more than black and blue to this skater,” I remarked to my husband. I wrote a note that I’d like to interview her, took it down to the track, and handed it to her when there was a break in the fans. That interview is a whole other story.

THIS IS DERBY And here’s how it goes.

The Bout: The big game. It all happens in two chaotic “jam-packed” 30-minute periods. The Jam: The action can last up to two minutes. Five players from each team line up for battle on the oval flat track that is about 12 feet wide; it laps at 60 feet. One player from the five allowed on the track skates as pivot, identified by a striped helmet cover. She leads the three blockers from her team, who take off in a pack at the head ref’s single whistle. A jammer, identified by stars on a helmet cover, is a lightning fast skater who can score the points. She lines up 33 feet behind the pivots and blasts off at the shrill of the second whistle. The Score: When the jammer passes or laps the pack the second time, scoring begins with one point accrued as she legally passes an opposing team skater. Blockers play offense and defense simultaneously with hip checks, hard hits and agility, putting their bodies in the line of attack with every move meant to block the opposing jammer while aiding their own jammer in scoring. Lead Jammer: When the first jammer legally passes the pack, the ref’s whistle and pointing finger dubs her lead jammer—she now has the power to score and/or call off the jam (the time when points are scored) by placing her hands on her hips at least twice. Watch this closely. The strategy of this timing is critical both for offensive and defensive plays. No-nos, it’s illegal to: • Block with elbows, forearms, hands or head • Engage a skater more than 20 feet in front of or behind the pack • Intentionally trip another skater hit, push or block from behind. • Hold, grab, scratch, clothes-line or display other unsportsmanlike conduct


It’s totally legal to: • Hit from the side • Use the arm above the elbow to block • Apply torso or hip checks • Whip or push a teammate.

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I met with Bijou Blacnbleu, number 75 of the Shotgun Betties in the Denver Roller Dolls roller derby league; (She’s the captain of the travel team, Bruising Altitude), at the Yak and Yeti in Olde Town Arvada for the interview. Here’s a piece of it. You’ll find the full interview online at PHOTO BY MIKE ROSSO

Roller Derby in Colorado This includes most of the flat track teams in Colorado. Some have achieved league status; some are working on it. Ark Valley High Rollers • Chaffee County Castle Rock n’ Rollers • Castle Rock Choice City Rebels • Fort Collins Denver Roller Dolls • Denver Durango Roller Girls • Durango FoCo Girls Gone Derby • Fort Collins Grand Junction Roller Girls • Grand Junction High City Derby Divas • Aurora Old Mountain Town Roller Derby • Evergreen Pikes Peak Derby Dames • Colorado Springs Pueblo Derby Devil Dollz • Pueblo Mesa Undergound Derby Dames • Grand Junction!/MUDD.infotoskate Roaring Fork Roller Derby • Glenwood Springs Rocky Mountain Rollergirls • Denver


Interview with Bijou Blacnbleu

SF: I got your name from someone as good source of information about roller derby. BB: That was probably the skater who started Detour Derby, a way for skaters who did derby but for some reason had to give it up to keep skating. Detour’s a fun thing for us to do. She has the biggest heart. SF: A big heart seems to be a prerequisite for what you gals do I had no idea. Your league’s all nonprofit. It’s voluntary. You take no money? BB: Yeah, we actually pay to play—it’s like belonging to a gym, we have dues every month. Every dollar we make goes back into the league. We pay for our own equipment and maintenance like changing out wheels on our quad skates and replacing helmets after a concussive blow. I’m on Bruising Altitude, one of the traveling teams, and we get a small stipend when we’re on the road, but we have to pick up things that it doesn’t cover. We do fundraisers for charity. We’re work closely with Project Angel Heart. It’s one of the charities we work with. Angel Heart gets meals to people with life-threatening illnesses who don’t have a way to get a hot meal. SF: Do different skaters have different charities? BB: They do. For myself, since I’ve been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, I’ve really tried to raise awareness for MS, get information out. Before I was diagnosed, I hadn’t heard about MS, didn’t know anything about it, didn’t know anyone who had it. Now I constantly meet people with MS. I can’t speak in generalities, but MS seems a life-altering disease for many. Before my diagnosis, my doctor and my neurologist told me I’d have to gradually give up derby and stop the extreme skating. I’d been seeing them for years, going in for different issues. The office actually ran a pool as to when I’d come in again and what kind of injury I’d have. Then I found my MS specialist, who said absolutely don’t give up, you have to have your passion in life. Derby will keep you exercising, which is extremely important. Bijou Blacnblue has continued, and is among the amazing women, who skate derby in teams from Grand Junction to Aurora and from Durango to Greeley. These are women who are real, strong, athletic and revolutionary while also being heart-centered, passionate, charitable and courageous.

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Sharon Frickey, is a retired teacher and fiesty grandmother, who lives in Arvada. She has written six features for Colorado Country Life.

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Tasty Summer Spears

Add tender shoots of delicious asparagus to your table BY LINH TRUONG Storage Asparagus may be stored for longer periods of time simply by placing bundled stalks upright in a bowl or dish with an inch of water (or just enough to keep the stalks moist).

Vitamin rich

This highly prized vegetable contains lots of vitamins and nutrients. Besides vitamin K, asparagus contains folate, vitamins C; vitamin B and A; tryptophan; potein and calcium. Asparagus are good for pregnant woman and those on a diet.


Summer is a season full of deliciously fresh fruits and vegetables available from local farmers markets or from your own garden. One veggie that is always fun when it is in season is asparagus. Here are a few delicious ways to serve it.

Warm Potato and Asparagus Salad 1½ pounds baby new potatoes (cut in half if more than 2 inches) 3 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 teaspoons runny honey (or 2 scant teaspoons apple concentrate) 2 teaspoons whole grain mustard 1 ounce walnuts, roughly chopped 16-24 asparagus spears (at least 6 spears per person if thin or 4 spears if asparagus is thicker) 3 ounces young spinach leaves 3.5 ounces soft vegetarian goat cheese log, thinly sliced 6 large radishes, sliced Season to taste Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Parboil the potatoes for 15 minutes until slightly tender. Drain and cool for 5 minutes before placing in a roasting pan. Mix the lemon juice, honey and mustard, seasoning with salt and pepper if desired, and pour half over the potatoes, mixing well. Roast for approximately 25 minutes until soft on the inside and crisp on the outside. Sprinkle the walnuts on a separate baking tray and dry roast for 3-4 minutes to intensify their flavor. Do not let them burn. Trim the woody ends off the asparagus spears and discard. Steam the asparagus for 5-7 minutes (depending on size) until tender. Place in a dish and pour the remaining dressing over the spears. To assemble the salad: Cover the base of a large, wide salad bowl with spinach leaves; place the potatoes on top, followed by the sliced goat cheese (which will melt slightly) and then by the asparagus. Finally, sprinkle with the roasted walnuts and garnish with the radish slices.

Salmon-Asparagus Salad with Chive Vinaigrette 8 cups mixed salad greens, in small pieces 1 pound salmon fillet, poached 1 ½ cups fresh asparagus, par-boiled or steamed, sliced diagonally into 1-inch pieces 1 cup fresh blueberries ½ cup almonds or walnuts, chopped and toasted Lemon zest to garnish Vinaigrette 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice ½ cup olive oil 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar Salt and pepper to taste 1 tablespoon fresh chives Spread salad greens in large salad bowl. Tear salmon into medium pieces and arrange on greens. Sprinkle asparagus, blueberries and chopped nuts throughout the bowl. Top with lemon zest In a jar with a lid, add all vinaigrette ingredients. Shake well. Stir 1/2 to 3/4 of the dressing into the bowl. Plate individual salads chilled with the remaining dressing alongside. Love cooking? For more tasty, asparagus recipes, visit Click on Recipes. June 2011 19


Botanical Speak

A plant’s Latin name may bypass confusion with gardeners BY EVE GILMORE WWW.XERISCAPEGARDENS.COM


I feel lucky to have studied botany in school and that binomial nomenclature makes sense to me. Bi-what? you might be asking. Binomial nomenclature is the two (bi) name (nomial) classification system that Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus is credited with putting into place in the 1700s. You likely caught wind of this back in high school biology class. So why would you, a gardener in Colorado, care now? In my opinion, the biggest reason is because it’s fun. (This won’t be the first time I’ve been called a plant geek, so don’t worry; I’m used to it.) Try one of my favorites, Liquidambar styraciflua (American sweet gum), Metasequoia glyptostroboides (dawn redwood) or Verbascum thapsus (mullein). Although often referred to as “Latin names,” botanical names are of Latin and Greek origin. Since Latin is a dead language, many claim there is no officially correct way to pronounce it. I’ve heard many times that however you choose to say a plant name, say it with confidence and you may have others

Mahonia repens shows its cheerful yellow flowers. This shade-loving plant grows well in dry conditions and brightens the forest floor with its spring flowers and brilliant red and purple fall and winter leaves. 20 June 2011



• L earn the translation of botanical names at Glossary_of_Botanical_Names#R.

questioning their pronunciations. But truly, the best reason to become familiar with the botanical names of the plants you love is for effective communication. A lot of confusion is bypassed when botanical names are used. Take Galium for example. Species of this genus are found in places all around the globe. And in each of those different cultures there is a different common name for the plant. In the U.S., I have heard it has 60 common names including bedstraw, cleavers and sweet woodruff. However, worldwide there is only one botanical name for the genus, Galium. If you travel and talk gardens with anyone who knows botanical names, it is remarkable what can be communicated when you also know the botanical names of your favorite genera (plural form of “genus”). Just like making friends with neighbors by sharing seeds over the fence, knowing a language for plants we have in common with others and talking gardening with people who seem so different from us can help bridge the gap and bring us together. One more great reason for learning botanical names is that they can tell you things about the plant, some of which will help you better care for it. Plant species can look different and still be

part of the same genus (a broader designation than species). Often plant species that are in the same genus share the same cultivation requirements, as is the case with Mahonia aquifolium and Mahonia repens. Both go by the common name Oregon grape, so the botanical names are helpful to tell the nursery which one you’ve come to purchase. Mahonia aquifolium grows 3 to 6 feet tall (aquifolium means “holly-like leaves”). Our native broadleaf evergreen, Mahonia repens, grows a foot or two high (repens means “creeping”). So, this summer and fall as you go to the nursery, enjoy your own gardens and talk with friends about your prize plants and garden successes, do yourself a favor and start to notice, think about and ask about the foreign-looking botanical names. After a while the feeling of foreignness will fade, and they will become as familiar and comfortable as the names of your best friends. Eve Gilmore is a garden coach, consultant and designer with Gardens by Eve, LLC, in Durango. Follow her blog at

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Smart Money

Make the right money moves to help pay for college BY DIANNA TROYER

Unlike most undergraduate students in the United States, Channing Francis has no worries about how to pay for college. He attends Berea College in Kentucky, where each of the 1,500 students receives a full-tuition scholarship for four years. The amount students are required to pay for room, board and books varies, depending on family income, and is paid for with grants, loans, personal savings and on-campus jobs. “It’s amazing and wonderful that I’ll be graduating with minimal debt,” said Francis, a sophomore business administration major from the small town of Salyersville, Kentucky. “I can’t imagine going anywhere else.” A handful of other colleges and U.S. military academies offer full tuition scholarships. A few years ago, several Ivy League universities started offering free tuition to qualified students from families with annual incomes of $60,000 or less. But for most high school seniors, paying for college can be a daunting financial dilemma. The average annual price for tuition, room, board and books at public institutions was estimated at $11,578 and $29,915 at private institutions for the 2007–08 academic year, according to the U.S. Department of Education. To pay for that, 66 percent of all undergraduates received some type of financial aid in 2007–08.

While college is expensive, it still can be affordable with grants, loans and scholarships. The first step in applying for financial aid is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which can be found on the Internet at, and to talk to a financial aid officer. “The greatest asset in saving for college is time,” said Mark Kantrowitz, an author and national expert who has testified before Congress about financial aid issues. “The earlier the better.” While some parents contribute to a 529 College Savings Plan or Coverdell Education Savings Account, which provide tax-deferred earnings to pay for college, Kantrowitz advises students to supplement a parental contribution and personal savings by applying for scholarships. “When applying for scholarships, you must be persistent, thorough and organized,” he emphasized. In addition to his books, Kantrowitz publishes two websites, and, which maintain a large scholarship database and answer financial aid questions. He suggests keeping information in folders or a notebook, knowing the deadlines and focusing on the detailed requirements of each scholarship. “Don’t become discouraged, either,” he [continued on page 22]

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said. “it’s a numbers game, and you’re often competing against equally qualified peers, so the more often you apply, the greater your chances of winning a scholarship.” Unusual scholarships also are available. For example, a $3,000 scholarship is awarded to a student who designs the best prom outfit made of duct tape ( Other scholarships are awarded to students surviving cancer ( or who have other health issues. Electric cooperatives often award scholarships, too. When it comes to loans, Kantrowitz suggests borrowing from federal loan programs because the terms are better than private loans. He also suggests parttime work-study during college years, 15 hours a week or less, to pay out-of-pocket expenses. Summer internships are an additional potential source of income and can lead to a full-time job after graduation. 22 June 2011

Bottom line: There are many ways to pay for a college education, ways that don’t have to mean crippling debt for decades after graduation. Savings, scholarships, smart loans and forward-thinking can make education financing an easier burden to bear.

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Drew Voos holds a typical “ice out” Delaney Buttes rainbow trout.

A Fisherman’s Pilgrimage

When it’s “ice out” on lakes, the fish are biting BY DENNIS SMITH


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Fly-fishing “ice out” on the sagebrush lakes of northern Colorado is a ritual considered by some to be the angler’s equivalent of a pilgrimage to the promised land. In other words, it’s a big deal. At no other time of year are you as likely to see pods of monster trout cruising the shallows of Lake John or the three Delaney Buttes Lakes as you are in the days immediately surrounding the weeklong recession of ice from their frozen shores. Weather permitting, that is. Stories of slab-sided trout weighing up to 8 or 10 pounds abound, and occasionally some are even caught. Catching one is no walk in the park — this is North Park we’re talking about, a region that’s as notorious for its nasty weather as it is famous for its big, fat trout. On any given spring day you could be subjected to balmy blue skies and blinding sun or heavy, black overcast skies, rain, sleet, snow, howling winds, and temperature swings that bounce up and down like a ping-pong ball. If you fish North Park at ice out, you hope for the best, prepare for the worst and wisely expect both. You carry sunscreen in one pocket of your wading jacket and a couple of those nifty little chemical hand warmers in the other. The operative theory here is that as the ice cap pulls back from the shorelines, sunlight warms the exposed shallows, stirring dormant insects, crustaceans and other aquatic organisms to life, and the trout move in

to feed on the new spring menu. Conventional wisdom calls for anglers to stalk the banks quietly, offering a variety of possible goodies including fly patterns that mimic midge pupae, scuds, crawfish, caddis larvae, leeches or small minnows. The trout are hungry, but they’re no fools; pattern and presentation have to be spot on. Luck helps immensely. Earlier this year, my friends Steve Armstrong and Drew Voos made the pilgrimage again for the third straight year, arriving on East Delaney Buttes Lake at about 9:30 a.m. to find 20 yards of open water around the perimeter of the lake, clear blue skies and relatively warm, 40-degree temperatures. Surprisingly, there were few other anglers. They stalked the shoreline and seeing no fish, resigned themselves to working the ice shelf, casting small leech patterns, midge pupae and other standard spring fare. Eventually, a fish grabbed Voos’s leech and after a hectic struggle, he had one of Delaney’s mythical big, fat rainbows in his net. It looks like an easy 6-, or maybe even a 7-pounder in the picture, but I’m just guessing. Voos didn’t include any details. When he sent me the photo, he just said, “Finally.”

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Outdoor living can help efficiencies BY JAMES DULLEY


How can a deck be built to be an energy efficient and environmentally friendly addition to a home? Adding a deck to a house increases the home’s resale value and can be energy efficient in several ways. If having a deck allows your family to spend more time outdoors in summer months, then you should be able to set your thermostat higher during the time you’re outside. Also, if you are outdoors more often, you will become accustomed to the heat and will be more comfortable indoors without as much air-conditioning. A properly designed deck with a pergola or tall side wall facing south can also provide shade for a home, reducing heat absorbed from the sun. Building a vertical wall on the southwest side of the deck fosters effective shading and provides privacy. The simplest design uses standard posts covered by lattice. Planting climbing vines along the lattice enhances the cooling effect by natural transpiration. To block the sun from a more overhead direction, also install a pergola over the deck. In addition to saving energy, deck materials can include environmentally friendly choices. For the framing, engineered lumber can be used instead of standard solid 2 by 4 lumber. Pressure-treated wood is abundant and the least expensive material you can use. It also has the nicest appearance and feel on bare feet. Composite decking and polyvinyl chloride or PVC decking are two non-wood environmentally friendly options that resist stains and mildew. If a deck is exposed to the direct afternoon sun, light-colored composite decking should be selected to reduce the heat buildup and the heat radiated to house walls and windows.

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LEGITIMATE WORK AT HOME opportunity. No sales. No investment. No risk. Training/website provided. Weekly/monthly income plus bonuses and benefits. Call Carrie at 303-579-4207 or fill out form at ourabundance (932-07-11) PIANO TUNING PAYS. Learn with American School home-study course. Tools included. Call for info. 800-497-9793. (158-01-12) SUCCESSFUL 28-YEAR familyowned outfitting business. Trail rides, sleigh rides, guided hunts. Durango, CO, 970-749-0858. (973-07-11)


1985 CADILLAC ELDORADO Barritz Conv., mint condition, collector’s dream, $15K, 970-522-4600 (899-06-11) 2005 40 FT. ALFA GOLD motorhome, diesel, loaded, 2 slides, non-smokers, new $400K, now $145K, 970-522-4600 (899-06-11)


50 SUBARUS! (1995-2010) Outbacks, Foresters, Imprezas, Tribecas & more! Great prices! One-year warranty! Dealer: www.MonumentMotors. com 719-481-9900 (57-408-12)


DURANGO AREA. CLOCKS of all kinds repaired. Antique and modern. Call Robert 970-247-7729. (109-07-11)


QUALITY. Close to Seagate, AMGEN, IBM, Lyons. Six miles N of Boulder. Very experienced, 303444-7115. (974-06-11)


DISCOUNT DIET FOOD. Highest quality, lowest prices. Our plan or yours. (763-06-11)


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GRAND LAKE, CO., ARTS ON PARK AVE., 1117 Park Ave. Art classes. Kids $20, ceramics $10 ea., paint & frame $10. Adults: watercolor $40, oil $75, acrylic $65, pastels $65, drawing $55, includes supplies. 970-531-0139 Karen Norberg (892-08-11)



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While writing out end-of-the-year teacher thank-you cards, I transcribed what my grandson wanted to write so that he could copy the words onto each card. I then asked him if he wanted to sign the card with “love” or just Toby. He said he wanted to write just Toby. Imagine my surprise when I went to put the cards in their envelopes and saw that he’d signed each card “Just Toby.” Rhonda Conner, Hillrose • Is it true that they call the street where three psychiatrists live the mental block? •N  ow there’s a list of the 10 most neurotic people. It’s called the Best-Stressed List. Patty Spellman, Yuma My grandson Rylan and I were visiting the mall when we saw some kiddie rides that cost $1 each to ride. Rylan begged, “Grannie, can I ride one of those?” “No, I’m sorry, but I don’t have a dollar to spend on that,” I replied. Rylan looked disappointed and shuffled over to a mother and child and said, “Excuse me, do you have a dollar?” Horrified, I corrected him, telling him it was impolite to ask other people for money. With a surprised and confused look he said, “But Grannie, I said, excuse me.” Ann Clark, Durango

My grandson liked to sit on my lap and have stories read to him. One day after reading the story of Noah’s ark and how Noah led pairs of animals to safety in the ark before the world flooded he looked up at me and asked, “Grandpa, you look pretty old. Were you in Noah’s ark?” Surprised, I said, “No, I wasn’t on the ark.” And then he asked, “Then how come you didn’t drown when the flood came?” Anonymous

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 2011 stories to Colorado Country Life, 5400 N. Washington St., Denver, CO 80216 or email June 2011 29



“Flora” by sculptor Jo Hess

Enjoy a sunny Colorado day surrounded by art at the Benson Sculpture Garden at 2908 Aspen Drive in Loveland. Stroll along the meandering pathways of this unique outdoor setting and happen upon 131 pieces of sculpture permanently on display. You’ll find comical frogs, prancing horses, mischievous children, wizened old men, abstract shapes and so much more. For more information or a park guide featuring images of each sculpture, call 970-663-2940. You’ll also find information at


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Among the best kept secrets of experiencing Colorado’s rugged outdoors in comfort are the yurts in State Forest State Park west of Fort Collins. The State Forest encompasses 71,000 Among thejagged best kept oflakes experiencing Colorado’s outdoors acres of forest, peakssecrets and alpine along the west side of therugged Medicine Bow in comfort are the yurts in State Forest State Park west of Fort Collins. The Mountains and on the north end of the Never Summer Range. State Forest encompasses 71,000 acres Hidden in those vast acres are cozy yurts for of forest, jagged alpine overnight stays. These peaks tent-likeand canvas and lakes. wood Located along the west side of thesecure, Medistructures built high on a wood deck offer cine Bow Mountains and on the north private refuge. of theaNever Range,visit thewww. park end To reserve yurt forSummer your adventure, is home to moose and other wildlife and or call 970-723-4070. crisscrossed with miles of trails.

[The Pull of Wool] For those who love the texture of fine fiber, whether it is sheep, alpaca, llama or rabbit, the Estes Park Wool Market will be the place to be June 9-12. Home to one of the largest all-natural fiber markets in North America, the fairgrounds at Stanley Park in Estes Park will be teeming with activity. There will be two days of workshops leading up to the market. The public is welcome to view the competitions and exhibits, including the children’s activities, Saturday and Sunday, June 11-12. For information, visit www.estesnet. com/events or call 970-586-6104. 30 June 2011

[Mountain Theater] Ready for some engaging, live theater in a beautiful mountain setting? Then discover the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre in Grand Lake and enjoy your time in Colorado’s high country. This new, state-of-the-art, 297-seat theater opens June 10 with the first of three musicals that will fill the stage through August. “Beauty and the Beast” is the opening performance. “Guys and Dolls” follows the next weekend and “Chess The Musical” opens July 1. (“Almost Heaven: The Songs of John Denver” opens in the fall.) These productions are the latest in a long list of stage performances in Grand Lake. Today’s gorgeous, new facility traces its beginnings to 1966 when The Troupe of American College Players launched its first summer season in the tiny historic tourist town of less than 1,000 at the west entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. The troupe stayed through 1979 before it moved on to more populated climes. But the town was hooked on musical theater and The Grand County Theatre Association was formed. Performances continued with various groups and in 1989 the town convinced the original company to return. Up until this year, the performances continued in the picturesque log cabin theatre on the main street in Grand Lake. This June the company moves to its larger $5 million log facility, paid for through local supporters and fundraising efforts. For tickets or information, visit www. or call 970-627-3421.

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