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4 Viewpoint

16 The Colorado Grand

5 Letters 6 Calendar 7 Co-op News 12 NewsClips 14 Home, SMART Home

24 Outdoors 20 Recipes Signs of fall’s bird season surface as Ramen 101 adds taste, variety to a college 

Electric co-ops are concerned when legislation is not based on all the facts

A look at 25 years of beautiful, exotic cars winding through the mountains

22 Gardening

students menu

Sow seeds in the fall to get wildflowers to grow, thrive in your garden

summer dwindles

25 Energy Tips

Wise landscaping can lower utility bills, dress up property

29 Funny Stories 30 Discoveries

Intelligent appliances could herald the home of the future



the number of ramen recipes you will receive if you win the September contest


the number of miles the cars will complete in the Colorado Grand


the number of years Bouré has been creating quality cycling clothing

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The official publication of the Colorado Rural Electric Association || Volume 44, Number 09

OFFICERS: Bob Bledsoe [Tri-State] President; Bill Midcap [Fort Morgan] Vice President; Don Kaufman [Sangre de Cristo] Secretary; Jack Schneider [Poudre Valley] Treasurer; Kent Singer [CREA] Executive Director BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Bill Patterson [Delta-Montrose]; John Porter [Empire]; Don McClaskey [Grand Valley]; John Vader [Gunnison]; Jim Lueck [Highline]; Megan Gilman [Holy Cross]; Dan Mills, Tim Power [K.C.]; Jeff Burman [La Plata]; Stan Cazier [Mountain Parks]; B.D. Paddock [Mountain View]; Debbie Rose [San Isabel]; Eleanor Valdez [San Luis Valley]; Dave Alexander, Kevin Ritter [San Miguel]; Randy Phillips [Southeast]; Jim Jaeger, Ron Asche [United Power]; Bill Jordan [White River]; Stuart Travis [Y-W]; Scott McGill [Yampa Valley]; Basin Electric, CoBank, Moon Lake Electric, Wheatland Electric [Associate Members]

EDITORIAL: Denver Corporate Office, 5400 Washington Street, Denver, CO 80216; Phone: 303-455-4111 • Email: • Website: • Facebook: • 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.


Facing the Facts

Electric co-ops are concerned when legislation is not based on complete information BY KENT SINGER || CREA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR || KSINGER@COLORADOREA.ORG


On August 13, Gov. John Hickenlooper visited the headquarters of Y-W Electric Association in Akron, as part of a multi-day swing through eastern and southern Colorado. I can’t remember the last time a sitting Colorado governor visited the offices of one of Colorado Rural Electric Association’s members, so we were pleased that Gov. Hickenlooper took the time to meet with electric co-op folks on our home turf. The governor spoke about a number of different topics and explained how he makes decisions. He emphasized that he and his team try to understand the facts and talk to the experts before reaching a conclusion. He then opened up the floor to questions. Of course, given the location of the meeting, it is not surprising that the first item of discussion was Senate Bill 13-252. In case you have forgotten, SB 13-252 is the bill that the Colorado General Assembly passed this year that doubled the renewable energy standard for electric co-ops from 10 percent to 20 percent, without extending the 2020 compliance deadline. We opposed the bill because it was introduced without any input from the electric co-ops, and because we believed it would be extremely difficult and costly to implement the requirements of the bill by 2020. Gov. Hickenlooper gave basically two reasons for supporting the bill. First, he said that while he is not absolutely convinced that climate change is occurring, if it is occurring it will impact Colorado’s snowpack and our water resources. Therefore, he said, it makes sense to have an “insurance policy” to mitigate the impacts of climate change. One component of the insurance policy is to move from fossil-fuel power generation sources to renewables. While we can quibble about the extent to which the bill will have any impact on carbon dioxide emissions in Colorado and thus climate change, we do understand the insurance policy argument. It is the governor’s second reason for supporting the bill, that it will result in lower electricity bills for co-op member-owners, that is simply incorrect and runs counter to his desire to “get the facts” before making a decision. The governor maintained that his staff had checked the electric bills of co-op member-owners over the last seven or eight years and found they have gone up “somewhere between 30 and 50 percent.” The governor attributed this increase to the rising cost of coal, implying that if we reduced our reliance on coalfired generation and increased the amount of wind and solar in our portfolio, co-op member-owners would have lower electric bills. That simply does not square with the facts. First, the electric bills of electric utility consumers vary by season and year

depending on power usage. Power usage varies depending on weather conditions and fluctuating consumer behavior, among other factors. The total electricity bill reflects numerous cost components, and you can’t simply conclude that if the bill goes up, it was caused by increased commodity cost. Certainly, the cost of wholesale power Kent Singer from the co-ops’ power provider is a significant portion of the retail bill, but the commodity (i.e., coal or natural gas) cost represents only about 20 percent of the overall wholesale power cost. So even if coal prices have gone up over the last several years the commodity price has not been a significant factor in end-use retail bills. Second, the power suppliers for the electric co-ops, both Tri-State Generation and Transmission and Xcel Energy, have choices when determining which resources to dispatch on an hourly basis. Utilities dispatch their resources according to a least-cost regime, and if hydropower or natural gas facilities are available and lower cost than a coal unit, those resources are used first. So even if one commodity price goes up, the overall generation mix may change to mitigate that cost increase. Third, in most cases renewable resources are more costly today than conventional resources. This is often true where more natural gas generation is required to balance additional renewable generation. Also, the need for more transmission can increase costs. It is true that the cost of renewable power is coming down, and if you attribute certain environmental impacts to conventional resources the comparison is even more favorable for renewable resources. However, electric co-ops have to deal with the facts as they find them, and right now we have to rely primarily on conventional resources for the most affordable and reliable power generation. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the late United States Senator from New York, once said, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.” In this complex industry, there are a lot of facts to consider and an analysis of too few facts can lead to faulty conclusions.

Kent Singer, Executive Director


[letters] Two Sides to an Issue

Thanks for printing the letter concerning other costs caused by the extraction and burning of fossil fuels. While we appreciate the efforts of [CREA staff and co-op managers] alerting us to the costs of legislation and regulations on our energy supplies, it is refreshing to see a balanced approach in Colorado Country Life.

Nigel A. Renton, Longmont

Answers to Questions

In response to your question [regarding whether cost or aesthetics is more important when it comes to infrastructure], I would definitely say that aesthetics is more important than cost. Additionally, I would have responded to the prior month’s survey that asked about being willing to pay more for our electricity in order to invest more in energy alternatives, [by saying] I would easily pay an extra $25 a month on my energy bill to put it toward that purpose.

Barb Lang, Cortez

Surprised by Familiar Face

I was pleased to see the article about Dave Roever (May ’13). I saw Mr. Roever 25 to 30 years ago in Indiana giving his testimony about how God spared his life and the trauma associated with his recovery. He is an impressive speaker. Thanks for sharing the impact his life is making on wounded warriors.

Suzanne Shideler, Pagosa Springs


Editor’s Note: We wrongly identified a photo on page 18 of the August issue. The caption should have identified Freddie Steinmark and Candy Kesner, Wheat Ridge High School homecoming royalty. Our apologies.

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[September] September 12 Pagosa Springs Homemakers Club 50-Year Celebration Extension Building on Fairgrounds 11 am-2 pm • 970-946-0696 September 12, 19, 26 Mancos Farmers Market Boyle Park 4:30-6:30 pm • 970-533-7434 September 13-14 Durango 10-Minute Play Festival Durango Arts Center 7:30 pm • September 13 Durango WolfWood Refuge Art Auction Durango Discovery Museum 5:30-9 pm • 970-946-9606 September 13-October 27 Littleton Corn Maze Botanic Gardens at Chatfield September 13-15 Telluride Blues & Brews Festival Town of Telluride 866-515-6166 • tellurideblues. com September 14 Calhan Community Outreach Coalition Health & Education Fair El Paso County Fairgrounds 10 am-2 pm • September 14-15 Golden Day Out With Thomas the Tank Engine Colorado Railroad Museum 9 am-5 pm • coloradorail September 14 Grand Lake Panchot Lefty’s Charity Golf Tournament Grand Lake Golf Course 10 am • 970-627-8773 6 September 2013

September 14 Sterling Sugar Beet Days Arts and Crafts Festival Logan County Courthouse 970-580-6098 • sugarbeetdays. com

September 21-22 Wellington Buckeye Fabric Arts Festival Buckeye Elementary School 10 am-4 pm • 970-568-3401

September 15 Fraser BowWowMeowPowWow & Chow Wild Horse Inn 4-8 pm •

September 22 Pagosa Springs Autumnal Equinox Sunrise Program Chimney Rock National Monument 970-883-5359 • chimney

September 15 Tabernash Run the Ranches Devil’s Thumb Ranch 970-726-1013 • runtheranches. com

September 27-29 Bayfield Heritage Days Various Bayfield Locations 970-884-2331 • bayfield

September 19-22 Palisade Colorado Mountain Winefest Riverbend Park 970-464-0111 • winecolorado. org

September 27-28 Brush Oktoberfest Downtown Brush 970-842-2666 • brush@

September 20-21 Golden Doll Sale Jefferson County Fairgrounds 303-988-8591

September 27-29 Durango Parade of Homes Various Durango Locations 970-382-0082 • durangopoh. com

September 20-22 Pueblo Chile & Frijoles Festival Downtown Along Union Ave September 21 Denver Colorado Symphony 5K Run/Walk Sloan’s Lake September 21-22 Durango Autumn Arts Festival Historic Downtown Durango 10 am • 970-422-8229 September 21-22 Durango Munchkin Kidz Mart Children’s Consignment Sale La Plata County Fairgrounds 970-749-5582 • munchkin September 21 Fort Collins Harvest Festival The Gardens on Spring Creek 10 am-3 pm • gardens

September 27-28 Longmont Quilt-A-Fair Boulder County Fairgrounds 9 am-5 pm • 303-838-5122 September 28 Granby National Public Lands Day Cleanup Camp Chief Ouray/YMCA 7 am • 970-887-4120 September 28 Pagosa Springs Oktoberfest Quality Resort 4:30-8:30 pm • 970-946-1895

September 28 Red Feather Lakes Colorado Dog Festival Beaver Meadows Resort 10 am-4 pm • k9massage September 29 Grand Lake Race for the Cure 5K Pancho & Lefty’s 10 am • 303-386-2836

[October] October 3-6 Durango Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering The Strater Hotel and Downtown Durango 970-749-2995 • durango October 4 Pueblo Animal Tales First Friday Cup & Bowl Pottery 719-404-3469 • cupandbowl. org October 4 Pueblo Anniversary Celebration Pueblo Creative Corridor 855-543-2430 October 5 Buena Vista Kids’ Health Fair Avery Parsons Elementary School 11 am-3 pm • 719-395-4589 October 5 Loveland Timber Dan Antique Toy Show Larimer County Fairgrounds 9 am-3 pm • 970-667-9655 October 5-6 Palmer Lake Christmas Arts & Crafts Fair Historic Palmer Lake Town Hall 719-487-1329




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Unique Circumstances Surround the 72nd Annual Meeting BY JIM HERRON || CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER || HERRONJC@MVEA.ORG


We had a successful 72nd Annual Meeting of Members on Saturday, August, 3, in Falcon at the Mountain View Electric Association Falcon Operations Center. Approximately 125 people attended the event. This year’s meeting was held under unique circumstances. The original Jim Herron meeting, as you know, was scheduled for June 13, and due to the Black Forest Fire and temporary closure of the Falcon High School, which was the planned site for the meeting, it became necessary to reschedule. The format this year became quite different than was previously planned in response to the fire. The board of directors voted to donate the $2,100 previously identified for door prize money at the Annual Meeting to the Black Forest Fire Relief Fund. The fund as of July 31, 2013 had a balance of $17,641, with donations from across the nation. The fund accepted donations through August 12. Due to the perishable nature of the meal that was planned for the original Annual Meeting, much of the barbecue beef, buns, beans, potato salad and coleslaw were donated to Tri-Lakes Cares, which repackaged the food in individual servings for both the Black Forest Fire shelter location in Monument and their outreach center. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended the August 3 meeting and helped make it a success. If you were not able to attend, slides from the meeting are available on the website at Members of the Falcon High School Junior ROTC assisted with serving coffee and doughnuts to attendees. After board President Joseph Martin opened the meeting, Pat Jeffrey of Grace Community Church provided the invocation. Only one candidate was nominated in

District 5. Therefore the bylaws also like to recognize all the MVEA emof MVEA allow for election ployees who helped with the meeting. by voice vote. Attorney Jack I encourage you to attend your next Wolfe conducted the unconannual meeting. It is in June every year tested election of the qualified and is an excellent opportunity to have candidate for the office of direct contact with your board of directors director. Bud Paddock from and me to ask any questions you may have District 5 received passing votes concerning your cooperative. Of course, and therefore remained on the we are always available to all the members, board of directors for another but sometimes it is nice to actually speak three-year term. with a person face to face. Watch for our Martin conducted the conads in the newspapers, in Colorado Countested board election for District 3. This try Life and on your bill insert for the date open seat replaced retiring director Allen and time of next year’s Annual Meeting. Gresham. While ballots were counted, Thanks again for supporting your co-op. the rest of the meeting continued. Three candidates competed for the open position, and ultimately Errol was elected to the seat. Errol Hertneky received 1,616 votes, Irene Brown received 1,122 votes and E. Gary Hoffman, Joseph Martin MVEA Board President, received 945 votes. (left) recognizes retiring Director Allen Please join me in Gresham for 45 years of service. welcoming Errol to the board. 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 September 2013 7


Attention High School Juniors Win an all-expense-paid trip to either Washington, D.C., or a week at Leadership Camp in the mountains


For over 50 years, electric cooperatives have sponsored high school students from across America to visit the nation’s capital and meet their members of Congress. If you are a high school junior, you could be part of this tremendous Youth Tour opportunity. During your all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., in June 2014, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with over 1,500 high school juniors from around the United States. Students gain a personal understanding of American history and their role as a citizen by meeting their representatives and senators and exploring the sights around the nation’s capital. Don’t be surprised if you run into a former Youth Tour participant who is a congressional aide on Capitol Hill. Over 40,000 students, from cooperatives across America like Mountain View Electric Association, have participated in this unique program. It is an opportunity for an experience of a lifetime and to make some great new friends. Or, you could win an all-expense-paid trip to Clark, Colorado, located just outside of Steamboat Springs in July. High school juniors from Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Wyoming will

gather at a beautiful resort located on the Elk River and spend the week at an outstanding Leadership Camp. You’ll participate in activities to improve personal goals, set up and run your own cooperative and get an inside view of the state and national legislatures. There is plenty of time for swim parties, barbecues, dances, and a banquet during the week. Many of the attendees call this camp a “life-changing experience.” All you have to do to enter is write a 500-word essay on the following topic: “What is your opinion on the War on Coal and how do you feel it may impact electric cooperatives?” You must meet the qualifications: Your parents or guardians must receive electric service from MVEA and you must be at least 16 years old by January 1, 2014. Entries must be received or postmarked by November 18, 2013. Attach or scan the entry form with your essay and send it to MVEA, Attn.: Sarah Schaefer, 11140 E. Woodmen Road, Falcon, CO 80831 or to Don’t miss out on these two great trips. Call Sarah Schaefer at 719-495-2283 or go online to, select Community and then Essay Contest for more information.


“What is your opinion on the War on Coal and how do you feel it may impact electric cooperatives?” Student’s name:____________________________________________________________________________ Address:___________________________________________________________________________________ Date of graduation:

Date of birth:


Parent or legal guardian:______________________________________________________________________

It’s MVEA Scholarship Time Don’t miss out on the 14 college scholarships available through MVEA. SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE: 10 - $1,000 MVEA scholarships 1 - $1,000 MVEA vocational and technical scholarship 1 - $1,000 Tri-State Generation and Transmission scholarship 1 - $1,000 Basin Electric scholarship 1 - $1,000 E.A. “Mick” Geesen Memorial scholarship

TO QUALIFY FOR THESE SCHOLARSHIPS: • Your parents or guardians must receive electric service from MVEA • You must be a graduating high school senior • You must meet ACT or SAT and GPA requirements (these vary according to which scholarship you apply for) • Applications must be received by January 14, 2014 Applications are currently available on our website at or at either MVEA office or by calling Sarah Schaefer at 719-775-2861 or 719-495-2283.

Don’t miss out on the cash!

Name of school:____________________________________________________________________________ Phone:____________________________________________________________________________________ MVEA account no.:___________________________________________________________________________________ 8 September 2013



To Mountain View Electric Association: The recent Black Forest fire was an event that brings out heroes of many types. After the fire, it was common, and still is, to see signs and hear cheers for all of our first responders, which is greatly appreciated. We are both members of the emergency responder community representing both fire-fighting and law enforcement. As such, we have been the recipients of a lot of this praise. But we, too, have heroes. Our heroes are our utility workers, those of the Mountain View Electric Association and Black Hills Energy. Our heroes were in the fire area on day one, shutting down power circuits and gas mains and clearing downed power lines so that we and fellow emergency responders could get into the neighborhoods to fight the fire and check on residences. These utility workers worked diligently, day in and day out, to help us, and without all of the protective equipment that our firefighters have. After the fire was contained and controlled, they contin-

Country Kitchen This recipe from Donna Rosa of Monument is a sure crowd pleaser, proven time and time again at the United States Air Force Academy. “If the cadets like it, your guests are sure to like it as well,” she writes. Donna runs a program at USAFA that teaches cadets social decorum and etiquette. Part of the program is to host cadets at senior staff homes to give them an opportunity to learn how to act in a variety of social situations. “Two years ago, the then Commandant of Cadets, Brig. Gen. Richard Clark, and his wife, Amy, an amazing hostess, had more than 50 cadet-centered events at their home,” shares Donna. “Amy Clark wanted to come up with a signature item that she offered at most of the events she hosted and this was her winning recipe. After the first time she made this for the caIf you have a recipe dets, we knew it was THE right one.  Easy you would like to and yummy!”

ued to work long hours to restore our utility infrastructure.


So our hats are off to all of you at MVEA and we want to say

1 can Mexicorn, drained 4 ounces chopped pimento, drained 1 cup mayonnaise ¼ to ½ cup chopped jalapeños, drained 1 cup fresh shredded Parmesan cheese 1 ½ cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

“thank you!” to all of our heroes.

Anita Dunning and Rick McMorran

share, 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.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together all ingredients and put into a greased ovenproof casserole dish. Bake for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Serve with Fritos Scoops or tortilla chips. Serving suggestion: I usually double this recipe and it easily serves 25. September 2013 9



Gary Adams, GIS field technician

Justin Hattaway, apprentice lineman

Holly Jackson, consumer relations representative

Scott Laitinen, apprentice lineman

Debra Millhollen, consumer relations representative



Paul Nicodin, apprentice lineman

John Truchan III, GIS data specialist

Like homes and other businesses, farms of all types can lower their electricity bills by turning off or reducing use of lights and small equipment in outbuildings. Timers and sensors can help, too. Regular cleaning, maintenance and seasonal tuneups help keep larger equipment running at top efficiency.

Mike Fields, local service representative — 42 years of service

Dorothy Mannis, accounts payable clerk — 12 years of service

Jim Murphy, meter and electronic technician team lead — 40 years of service

Congratulations and thank you for your service

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Member votes were counted at Mountain View Electric Association’s 72nd annual meeting of membership, August 3, as part of the election process that named two new members to the board of directors. Incumbent director B.D. “Bud” Paddock was reelected to District 5. Errol Hertneky was elected to District 3. The meeting was held at the association’s operations center in Falcon. Paddock has served on the board since 1971 and currently serves as vice president on the board and is member of the Executive and Wage and Salary Committees. Paddock owns and operates a ranch near Ellicott. “I will continue to strive to improve MVEA through sound policy and financial decisions,” said Paddock of his reelection. Hertneky takes the place left open by retiring director of 45 years Allen Gresham. Hertneky has a degree in Ag Business from Colorado State University and an accounting degree from CU, and for the past 20 years has run an accounting office in Limon. “I have ownership to see it survive and grow, the only agenda I have is the one we share to keep the lights on,” said Hertneky of MVEA. 10 September 2013

B.D. “Bud” Paddock

Errol Hertneky

MVEA provides electricity to approximately 40,300 members across the 5,986 square mile service territory. “Board members participate in regular meetings alternating in the Falcon and Limon offices and are charged with setting the overall direction of the organization,” said Jim Herron, MVEA’s chief executive officer. MVEA has seven members on the board of directors and each director is elected to a three year term. September 2012 11


Governor’s Task Force Continues Work on SB 13-252


Complying with the renewable mandates of Senate Bill 13-252 is technically possible since the law allows the electric co-ops to buy renewable energy credits, also known as RECs. That was one of the few points of agreement to come out of the advisory task force, which was created by executive order of the governor, when it met for the second time Wednesday, August 7. As one of the appointed members of the task force, Colorado Rural Electric Association Executive Director Kent Singer attended, along with CREA legislative staff members. Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association and Intermountain Rural Electric Association in Sedalia discussed what it will take to comply with SB 13-252. Both organizations said there are significant challenges in meeting the 20 percent requirement for renewables generation by 2020. However, they also noted that since 20 percent does not have to be met by actually building new renewable resources but can be met by simply purchasing RECs from others, compliance was possible. There was also general agreement on the need for 230 megawatts of additional wind resources to meet the standard. However, there was no agreement on whether or not the necessary transmission exists to carry those additional megawatts. Later discussion centered on the 2 percent rate cap and what the cap actually means. For instance, testimony during the hearings implied that the cap is on the electric rate increase, but the law itself says total electric bill. That could

Gov. John Hickenlooper (standing) made a quick trip through eastern and southern Colorado August 12 and 13 with stops in Sterling, Akron, Burlington, Cheyenne Wells, Lamar, Springfield, Trinidad, Alamosa, Salida, Del Norte and Pagosa Springs. Gov. Hickenlooper listens to a question from the audience at Y-W Electric in Akron after sharing his views on recent legislation.

potentially include line items, such as franchise fees, taxes and special assessments, which would inflate the impact of the cap. There is also no enforcement mechanism for the law, which means using the cap could lead to expensive litigation. The group will meet again September 4.



Did you know that there are fewer than two users per mile of power line across southeastern Colorado? That electric co-op fact and others will be evident to the more than 1,000 riders expected to join the Pedal the Plains bicycle tour from Eads to Lamar to La Junta to Eads September 20-22. Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives are among the sponsors bringing this annual tour to the plains. The electric co-ops, which have been providing electric power to these eastern reaches of the state for more than 75 years, are also sponsoring a Powering the Plains team of cyclists. Those riders will pedal to raise money for Energy Outreach Colorado, a nonprofit organization that helps struggling Colorado families pay their heat bills. We are asking you to help the co-ops and their Powering the Plains team raise money to keep Coloradans warm this 12 September 2013

winter. Visit www.poweringtheplains. coop. There you will find a link to a form you can fill out and send in with your taxdeductible donation. Included in Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives are the Colorado Rural Electric Association, Colorado Country Life, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Empire Electric Association, Highline Electric Association, Holy Cross Energy, K.C. Electric Association, Morgan Country Rural Electric Association, Mountain View Electric Association, Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association, San Isabel Electric Association, San Miguel Power Association, Southeast Colorado Power Association, United Power, White River Electric Association, Y-W Electric Association, Lewis Roca Rothgerber and Keep Electricity Affordable.



Colorado Country Life received two awards during the July national awards presentation sponsored by the national Statewide Editors Association. An award of merit was presented to Colorado Rural Electric Association Executive Director Kent Singer for his April Viewpoint column. Titled “Electric Co-ops and the Renewable Portfolio Standard,” the column explained how co-ops support renewable energy but don’t want mandates that will raise their rates unnecessarily. First place in the Best Historical Feature category also was presented to the magazine for its July 2012 cover story “Pack It Over the Pass” by Hal Walter. The awards, known as the Willie Awards, are a competition among magazines published by electric co-ops throughout the United States and are named for the beloved Willie Wiredhand, an early mascot of the co-ops.

Government Report Projects Coal’s Continued Prominence for Year’s to Come


Carbon intensity from electric generation will continue to decline significantly in coming years, according to a recently released U.S. Energy Information Administration report. However, the report also projected that electricity generation itself will nearly double between 2010 and 2040. And the report projected that the mix of fuels used to generate that electricity will remain fairly consistent during that time. The report stated that renewable energy, which is the fastest-growing energy source along with nuclear power, will continue to increase at a rate of 2.5 percent per year. Nuclear power will also increase at about 2.5 percent per year. However, fossil fuels will continue to supply almost 80 percent of world energy through 2040. Coal use is expected to grow faster than petroleum and other liquid fuels until after 2030, mostly due to increases in China’s consumption of coal. Read more at

Question for Readers

Electric co-ops play a large role in their local communities. What do you most appreciate about your local electric co-op beyond the electricity it provides? Jobs? Scholarships? Sponsorship of some local event? Send your answer to

WiseSaver If you are in the market for a new appliance, look for the blue Energy Star label. The label guarantees that the appliance uses at least 20 percent less energy than appliances that are not Energy Star approved. – Safe Electricity September 2013 13


Home, SMART Home

Intelligent appliances could herald the home of the future BY MAGEN HOWARD

idea. Post-World War II America expected computer punch cards to cook entire dinners without help from human hands. Today, Wi-Fi and smart phones can help make “smarter” homes a reality. 14 September 2013

One smart-home component with great potential to save energy and money is a remotely controlled thermostat, such as GE’s Brillion model, which allows you to program your home’s thermostat from a desktop computer or iPhone.


Communications modules inside some new appliances and wall outlets can use a home’s Wi-Fi to send and receive simple messages from a connected home energy network. Other smart home components include remotely controlled thermostats and, potentially, the capability to link to the electric grid so appliances can better take advantage of off-peak rates, when electricity is less expensive. To make this happen, more than random appliances and fancy outlets are required; you need a home energy network to tie everything together. Some home security, cable and phone companies offer such systems, usually sold as a home monitoring solution. Some allow you to unlock your front door or open your garage door from an app on your smart phone, view your home from a camera and manage and monitor electrical devices. Fees generally start at $10 a month and go up depending on the services you choose, says Brian Sloboda, a senior program manager specializing in energy efficiency for Cooperative Research Network, the research and development arm of the Arlington, Virginia-based National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. “Smart homes have a lot of potential, but whether that potential can be realized depends on so many factors, namely whether your home has high-speed Internet,” he says. “You also have talk to your electric co-op about whether it has special rate structures that will allow you to use smart appliances to their full value.” The aim of smart homes, Sloboda explains, is to increase convenience for home owners while saving energy and money for both consumers and the utility. Consumers would be able to control various devices and potentially see lower electric bills. At the same time, their electric utility could shift load from peak

Whirlpool’s smart refrigerator has an Energy Advisor to track how much electricity it uses, a Vacation Assistant with options for when you’re not home and the Filter Assistant tells you when it’s time to replace the water filter.


The home of the future is far from a new

times, which ends up saving money for everyone by avoiding the need to purchase expensive peak-time power or even build new power plants to meet growing demand. A few electric cooperatives around the country are performing studies to determine if home energy networks might benefit coop members, but all are in the early stages. Currently, the biggest bang for your buck comes from remotely controlling a home’s automated thermostat because many consumers do not program them. To see real energy savings from a home energy network, consumers should work in partnership with their local electric

HOME SMART HOME SMART HOME SMART HOME SMART HOME Whirlpool’s smart appliances work with an app that lets you remotely monitor and program all coordinated appliances.

cooperative, Sloboda says. “Some app developers have suggested that consumers could use their smart phones to preheat the oven while driving home. Is anybody really going to use that? We have to see more research before this concept gets off the ground.” Even manufacturers aren’t sure. GE’s appliance division recently launched a line of smart appliances, called Brillion, meant to link with a home energy network. GE set up a series of tests to see how the equipment would operate in a home energy network at various utilities across the nation, including Flint Energies, based in Reynolds, Georgia. But after a few months, GE refocused the undertaking to consumer convenience. “We installed GE Brillion appliances in 10 homes during our smart grid demonstration project,” explains Jimmy Autry, senior vice president of member and community relations for Flint Energies. “GE soon stopped the energy-savings emphasis of the program because not enough utilities offered incentive rates for the appliances.” EVALUATING A SMART CHOICE Before buying into the home of the future, Sloboda encourages home owners to ask themselves the following questions: • What are my goals? Do I want home security and energy savings, or do I just want the latest app?

GE’s Brillion smart oven automatically defaults to its smaller upper oven during peak times of electricity use.

• Do I have broadband in my home? Many of the systems require a high-speed Internet connection to work. • What devices do I want to control? It’s not just appliances or thermostats; apps can lock doors and turn off lights, too. • How much is it worth to me? Many services charge a monthly fee in addition to up-front equipment costs. Some systems require $100 or more of equipment to work. • What appliances need to be replaced, and does an app really make sense for that appliance? • Who owns the data collected from your appliances, and how will they use it? None of the smart home appliances that appear to be coming to market will cook dinner with just the push of a button. But some will allow you to see what is going on at home and who is home. Some even turn the air-conditioning on and off. Sloboda concludes, “The bottom line is, consumers have to decide if a smart home will aid or hinder their lifestyle and if their electric utility even offers incentives to make it worth the expense.” Magen Howard writes on consumer and cooperative affairs for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. September 2013 15



On a few special afternoons in September, Colorado mountain towns take turns hosting close to 100 sports cars the likes of which you’d usually have to book a ticket to the Riviera to see.


1960 Porsche 356B Super 16 September 2013



The cars’ drivers are often wet and muddy as they power their open roadsters through the thousandmile route of the Colorado Grand, an annual vintage sports car tour that begins and ends in Vail. This year’s lunch stops include Lake City, Paonia and Salida, meaning that a couple hundred drivers, co-drivers and mechanics will make their way to buffet or picnic tables in those locales over the course of a couple hours, stretching their legs and ambling over for the fixings that the townspeople serve up. Last year’s Grand boasted more than 20 sleek Ferraris, nearly as many Jaguars, a dozen jaunty Alfa Romeos and 10 elegant Mercedes-Benz 300 SLs. All pre-1960 vintage. Some worth in excess of $5 million. Not many American cars are in the mix, but 10 Shelby Cobras made the tour last year. There are also cars that only the most dedicated sports car aficionados are familiar with, such as the 1947 Cisitalia 202 SMM Spider Nuvolari, a head-turning aerodynamic two-seater, of which only 28 were produced. “The gear heads all show up,” says Dick Welle, retiring general manager of White River Electric Association, headquartered in Meeker, which isn’t a lunch stop this year but often hosts. “Sometimes people are standing three deep to look at the cars. It’s a big deal when they come through.” “I’m always impressed with the Ferraris,” says Meeker Sheriff Cy Woodruff. “They’re amazing.” Woodruff says much the same about the drivers. “They’re basically on-the-road mechanics,” he says. “They’re self made with a passion for cars, not just a bunch of rich guys with crews following them around. They’re really nice guys.” Sports car magazines often cover the Colorado Grand

after the tour, but the organizers purposefully don’t publicize the event beforehand. They’re after wide-open roads, not spectators. The townspeople along the way, in Paonia, Hotchkiss, Salida, Lake City, Gunnison, Ridgway, Meeker, Steamboat Springs and Walden, are in the know about the unadvertised route, but for the most part unsuspecting travelers only happen upon the event by chance. That’s 1931 Bentley Lemans despite the fact that John Waugh, a well-known winter sports and auto photographer, has been a longtime participant in the Colorado Grand. He and his crew have shot tens of thousands of photos of the event. Bugatti beginnings The Colorado Grand began back in the 1980s when lumber store entrepreneur Bob Sutherland began organizing a few friends from around the country to tour the Colorado Rockies in their antique Bugattis, celebrated French race cars. Only about 8,000 Bugattis were ever manufactured, between 1909 and 1952, making Sutherland and his buddies members of a select club. Sutherland talked with well-known Ferrari restorer Mike Dopudja and Colorado State Patrol Captain Larry Tolar about expanding his friendly little Bugatti tour. The three agreed that there should be a way for more antique sports cars to get out on public highways. Tolar suggested that Sutherland set up a nonprofit organization to run the event and donate the proceeds to charities, such as the Meeker Lions Club. The cars could get special license plates just for the tour, and the organization could hire off-duty officers to accompany the sports cars. Sutherland liked the idea: They would set up a noncompetitive [continued on page 18]

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1953 Siata 2085 [continued from page 17]

vintage sports car tour, charging participants enough to be able to offer a great experience and also fund scholarships and charities. And so, 25 years ago, beginning in 1988, up to 100 drivers with pedigreed vintage sports cars could register. Other vintage car tours launched soon after: the California Mille (mille also denoting 1,000 miles), the Copperstate 1000 in Arizona, the New England 1000 and more. Coloradans won’t be surprised to hear that the Colorado Grand, which takes place during the mountain aspens’ golden September shimmering, is always rated in the top two or three. Cars and drivers come from around the world. “We’re always oversubscribed and have to turn people away,” says Frank Barrett, who is on the board of directors. Taking more drivers, he explains, would make the volunteerfueled Grand too ponderous and change its friendly atmosphere. As it is, qualified drivers who register early enough to make the list enjoy Colorado’s spectacular scenery, the casual company of similar-minded people and great accommodations and food. “Entrants come from all walks of life,” says Barrett, who runs Toad Hall Motorbooks, selling books about cars. “There’s no common thread except to preserve old cars.” No mean people allowed Neil Jones, a Denver-area entrepreneur who has driven his cars in a dozen Colorado Grands, describes the drivers and codrivers as a casual, chatty bunch. “I don’t think I’ve met anyone in all those years who wasn’t pleasant,” he says. Jerry Seinfeld drove in the Grand one year and Jones had figured that the comedian might be the exception. Sure enough, one day Neil Jones drives a Jones watched as a lady 1958 Morgan Plus 4. asked Seinfeld if she could get a photo of herself and her husband with him. He refused. But then the next day, Jones saw Seinfeld spend 20 minutes or more with a bunch of teenage boys gawking at his classic Porsche. “The kids were giddy,” recalls 18 September 2013

Jones, “and I could hear 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spyder Seinfeld telling them sure, they could sit in the car, and agreeing to have photos with them.” That night Jones asked Seinfeld about why he’d treated the photo-seeking woman and her husband so differently. “They were grownups,” Seinfeld replied. “They should know better.” Jones decided that was a good answer, so his tally of nice people taking part in the Grand remains at 100 percent. Jones takes turns driving one of his three classic British cars in the Grand: a 1956 Austin Healey 100M, a 1957 Jaguar XK-140Mc and a 1958 Morgan. The Morgan is a good example of the kind of rare cars found at the Grand. Each Morgan is made at a little factory in England in much the same way the first Morgan was put together in 1910. They have wooden frames and, because they’re handmade, each car’s screw holes are in slightly different places. Jones jokes about their stiff suspension “If you run over a nickel in the road you don’t just feel it, you know if it was heads or tails,” he laughs. “But they’re fun to drive, very windy.” Like most of the drivers in the Grand, Jones and his co-driver, Seth Rollert, have a pact to not put up the top, no matter what the weather. “That would take 20 minutes,” he explains. Jones and Rollert kept to their agreement even the time it started hailing on them, hard, not far from Ridgway. Jones was holding the half-inch thick route guide over his own head but took pity on Rollert, who was driving. He put the book over Rollert’s head until a particularly big chunk of hail hit his own head. “I thought, ‘To heck with him!’ and put the book back over my own head,” Jones confesses, not sounding a bit sorry. [continued on page 19]

1952 Allard J2K

Where To See the Grand The best place to see the sports cars of this year’s 25th anniversary of the Colorado Grand is at the final “Concours d’non Elegance,” between 8 a.m. and noon on Saturday, September 21, at Lionshead Village in Vail. That’s the final day of the event, and all the cars will have just completed the 1,000-mile route. The event is “non elegance” because the cars don’t have the every-little-spot-cleaned-with-atoothpick and long buffings typical of Concours d’Elegance (competitions of elegance). [continued from page 18]

Car talk The annual guidebook not only has photos and descriptions of all the cars in the tour, a list of all the drivers, a history of the tour, the charities served and its sponsors, but also a mile-bymile description of the route. On mile 70.5 of the first morning of the tour last year, for instance, it reads: “Mt. Princeton, 14,197 feet. Avoid The Graybar Hotel (aka the Colorado State Penitentiary), established in 1891 and still thriving on your left. This is where your Grand license plates were made!” The route book also notes places where the Colorado Grand’s charitable works, now totaling more than $3.3 million, are visible, as at the Hotchkiss community center and the Ridgway Rodeo Association. The organization’s largest recipients are the Colorado State Patrol Family Foundation, which supports state troopers, state patrol civilian staff and their families in times of hardships; the Robert D. Sutherland Foundation, which helps people with bipolar disorder and their families; and the Pieta House in Denver, which helps people with HIV and AIDS. The organization gives special

consideration to charities working on the Western Slope, funding the structural engineering, for example, for Walden’s new North Park Medical Clinic. The Grand drivers don’t just put on a good traveling auto show in the towns where they stop for lunch, they also award a scholarship to a local young person. While the route guide is written clearly enough, readers should understand car talk to appreciate the section on the cars. For example, the description of a 1953 Osca MT4 2AD begins, “O.S.C.A.’s first automobile was the MT4, for Maserati Tipo 4 cilindri. The 71 hp, 1092cc engine had a FIAT-derived block, alloy head, and the bodywork was built as a two-seater barchetta.” Come again? Like that Osca, many of the cars driven in the Grand are retired race cars, and so the State Patrol emphasizes safety. The story of what happened to a rambunctious German driver a few years back serves as a strong cautionary tale for other drivers. This fellow attended the State Patrol’s lecture about how Colorado roads belong to its citizens and that there would be no lawbreaking during the Grand: no speeding, no passing on double yellow lines, no bad behavior whatsoever. Perhaps there was a language issue. Perhaps the guy just had poor impulse control and was behind the wheel of a powerful car. Perhaps he was just too accustomed to the autobahns’ high speed limits. Whatever the reason, an officer had to pull the fellow over the next day to warn him about his driving, a one-time warning. The next day, though, the driver was at it again, passing on a double yellow line. The motorcycle-riding trooper pulled him over again. That was it — the trooper was pulling the car’s special license and the car would not be driven another foot on Colorado roads. The driver was horrified. “How will I get it out of here?” the man asked, gesturing at the expanse of mountain wilderness around them. “Not my problem,” the officer said. In another version of what might be the same story, the officer simply insisted that the man couldn’t drive anymore. He would have to turn over the wheel to his wife for the rest of the tour. The townspeople in Meeker probably would have lobbied to give the guy another chance. Tom Allen, the local Lions Club president and a White River Electric member, is yet another fan of the Grand and its drivers. “They don’t act like rich snobs,” he says. “We just fix ’em hamburgers and they dote on ‘em.” See more amazing pictures at Kristen Hannum, a Colorado native, is a freelance writer and editor who lives in Denver. Kristen drives a 2003 Toyota Echo. 1953 Ferrari 342 America SP September 2013 19


Ramen 101 for the College Student Cooking with ramen saves scholars time and money BY AMY HIGGINS || AHIGGINS@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG


Ramen noodles are a staple food item for starving college students. It’s no surprise; they’re easy to make, filling and cheap at 40 cents to $1 per package. But with a few extra, inexpensive ingredients, you can transform your bowl of noodles into a culinary creation for any meal. Here are breakfast, lunch and dinner meals using recipes from 101 Things To Do With Ramen Noodles, by Colorado author Toni Patrick. All of these recipes cook in less than 8 minutes.

Maple & Brown Sugar Ramen Ramen Contest This month, two people will win a ramen recipe book and a case of ramen noodles. To enter, go to colorado Click on Contests for directions on how to enter to win. Winners will be selected on September 16.

Freeze If You Please Toni Patrick, author of 101 Things To Do With Ramen Noodles, suggests you freeze all leftovers. “Days will come when your pocket is empty or restaurants are closed,” she says. Great advice for college students who are strapped for cash … and have a freezer.

1 package ramen noodles, any flavor, minus the seasoning 1 cup milk 1 tablespoon maple-flavored syrup 1 tablespoon brown sugar Crumble ramen into a microwave-safe bowl. Pour on milk, syrup and sugar. Heat in the microwave on high for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Ramen Nachos 1 package beef ramen noodles, broken up, with the seasoning packet 1/2 cup cubed American processed cheese 1 cup chili 1 cup crushed corn chips sour cream green onion, chopped Cook noodles in water according to package directions. Drain. Add 1/2 of the seasoning packet. In a saucepan, stir warm noodles, cheese, chili and crushed chips together over low heat until cheese is melted. Garnish with sour cream and green onion. All recipes used with persmission from Gibbs Smith. 20 September 2013

Cheesy Tuna Ramen

1 package ramen noodles, with flavor packet 1 can (10.75 ounces each) condensed cream of mushroom soup 1/2 cup milk 1 can tuna, drained 1 cup peas 1 cup grated cheddar cheese Cook noodles in water and season according to package directions. Drain. Add soup, milk, tuna and peas. Simmer 5 minutes. Sprinkle cheese over top and serve. April 2013 21


Add a Little Lovely to Your Landscape

Sow seeds this fall to get wildflowers to grow, thrive in your garden BY EVA ROSE MONTANE || ABUNDANTEARTHGARDENS.COM || GARDENING@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG


Fresh back from my annual teaching stint at the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival, I realize that most of us gardeners and nature lovers would enjoy more of the ephemeral beauty of wildflowers in our gardens and landscapes. But how to get them going is a good question with multiple answers. First, introduce wildflowers to your piece of earth by seed. Go to your local nursery or garden center to find seeds that are native to your area and will be successful at your elevation and in your conditions. You will have the best success when you’ve removed existing vegetation from the area to be seeded. Go over the area once it’s cleared with a soil rake to create as much contact surface for the seeds as possible. Spread the seeds per the recommended amount and then go back over the area lightly with the soil rake to ensure contact and prevent the seeds from blowing away or being eaten by birds. Spread the seed in late fall just before (or even during) the first snow that sticks. This helps to seal in the seeds, protect them from wind and birds and fold them into the natural cycle. The freeze-thaw action over the winter helps pull them down into the soil, and the melting of the snow in the spring waters them at just the right time for germination. There are challenges, such as not know- 22 September 2013

ing when the first snow that sticks will be or early springs when the snow melts too quickly. But planting in the fall is going to be your best bet if you want to try seeds, which are economical given the best-case scenario results of a naturalized field of gorgeous flowers that do well year after year. Another challenge with seeding is that when all the seeds start germinating it is hard to know what’s what, and inevitably weeds will start coming up, too. Once you realize which ones are weeds, it can be difficult walking around in the area to pull the offenders while not damaging your wildflowers. If you’d rather not start by seed, go out and buy the plants you want and put them exactly where you want them. Many native wildflowers are available live at your locally-owned nursery. Some of them will reseed and become naturalized in your landscape. They will require regular watering for the first two or three seasons just like any other perennial plant, but one notable advantage is that you will know exactly what you are getting. Any way you go about it, the potential rewards of introducing wildflowers to your garden are great and offer many years of natural beauty to enhance your viewing pleasure. Eva Rose Montane is a landscape designer and hosts a cutting-edge series on gardening in Colorado. Read more gardening advice at Click on Living in Colorado and then Gardening. September 2013 23

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Set Your Sights for Hunting Fowl Signs of bird season surface as summer dwindles BY DENNIS SMITH


It’s mid-morning in late July but oddly cool at 60 degrees. The sky is the color of muted pewter, and the air is so heavy with moisture you could almost drink from it. Downy woodpeckers, blue jays, orioles and an army of finches and sparrows jockey for space at the feeders, interrupted by the frantic, snatch-and-go flights of chickadees and nuthatches. A trio of robins is fussing at the birdbath, splashing and preening. Flocks of grackles and red-winged blackbirds carpet the dew-soaked lawn, and goldfinches are hammering away at the ripening seed heads in the sunflowers behind the tomato patch. Two mourning doves peck nervously at the spilled grain beneath the feeders, flushing wildly on whistling wings at the least disturbance. A group of Canada geese flew over so low and slow I could see their blinking black eyes. The calendar says summer, but the day feels and smells like September. Autumn is on the wind today, and the birds sense it. Their telltale anxious feeding stirs up visions of September dove fields, clots of tiny teal in secluded cattail sloughs and dusky grouse chasing grasshoppers in aspen-flanked mountain meadows. If you’re an upland game hunter and you weren’t already thinking about the smallgame hunting seasons, this is precisely the sort of day that will have you rummaging through your gear for your gunning vest, taking inventory of your shot shells and wiping down the old smoothbore in dreamy anticipation. Opening day for many upland game birds — mourning doves, band-tailed pigeons, dusky (or blue) grouse, chukar partridge and others — traditionally falls on the first of September. Colorado’s fall turkey season opens the same day, but pheasant and quail hunters will have to wait until November.

Of all our upland game birds, doves get the most attention from hunters. They’re extremely prolific, sporty and a culinary delight. They are found just about everywhere, including your own backyard. But the best hunting will be near harvested crop fields and random patches of wild prairie sunflowers. Find a grain field with water nearby and you’ve found a dove hunter’s paradise. Finding doves is the easy part; bringing them to bag is another matter entirely. They are small, deceptively fast acrobatic fliers, and hunters miss far more than they hit. Doves can easily zip through a dense cloud of shotgun pellets traveling at 1,300 feet per second and never get so much as a ruffled feather. I’ve seen them do it hundreds of times. Cinnamon, blue-winged and greenwinged teal are notoriously difficult targets, too, and the first of our waterfowl to head south in autumn. The early September season is timed accordingly. These little ducks favor small ponds, backwater sloughs and hidden creeks, so focus your efforts there rather than on big rivers or lakes. Colorado’s early teal season is typically restricted to Lake and Chaffee counties and lands east of Interstate 25, but check the regulations for specifics. Dusky grouse are creatures of the mountain forests. You’ll find them near valley brooks and grassy meadows bordering aspen stands at around 7,000 or 8,000 feet in elevation, but they migrate uphill as the season progresses. By winter they’ll be in the conifers living on spruce and fir needles. Doves are easy to find and hard to hit; grouse are almost the exact opposite. They are not especially difficult targets, but locating them involves considerable hiking. No problem; September is a glorious time of year for a walk in the woods.

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EFFICIENCY LANDSCAPE Wise landscaping can lower utility bills, dress up property BY JAMES DULLEY


Where do trees need to be planted for residential property to improve energy efficiency?


OCTOBER 28, 2013 Exhibitor opportunities are available. For details and to register, go to or call 303-455-2700 ext. 700.


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Save the Date

Please join the Colorado Rural Electric Association and dozens of electric industry experts at CREA’s fourth annual Energy Innovations Summit on Monday, October 28, 2013, at the Embassy Suites Convention Center Hotel, Denver. Like past Summits, the conference will feature individual speakers and panels that will examine the latest issues and innovations in the world of power generation. Some of the topics to be featured this year include:

n The prospects for continued low-cost natural gas and its impact on the viability of

renewables and other non-gas technologies

n New developments in energy storage and whether they will enable more renewable

integration into the grid

n Community solar gardens and other solar projects in electric co-op service territory

n An examination of cutting-edge energy technology by NREL, EPRI and others

n Challenges and opportunities for small hydro projects

n An exploration of the possibilities and limitations of micro-grids

Plan to attend the summit.

Wise landscaping can do more than just create an attractive yard. It can also lower utility bills and improve a family’s comfort year-round. Trees, being one of the key components of any residential landscaping design, can have the greatest effect on utility bills. With the proper placement and selection of trees you can use less electricity to heat your home by taking advantage of passive solar heating during winter. In the summer, the evaporation of moisture from Typical efficient tree-landscaping plan the leaves on for a temperate climate with concerns trees actufor summer cooling plus winter heatally cools the ing. Notice the evergreen windbreak air temperature to the north and northwest sides. around your home, akin to how perspiration cools your skin. The primary goal of efficient landscaping with trees is to shade your home during summer, yet allow the sun to pass through during winter. Additional goals are to allow cool evening breezes to flow around your house or to provide moisture for evaporative cooling of the air near your house. A typical efficient tree-landscaping plan has deciduous trees to the south, southeast and southwest. The leaves block the sun during summer, but when the leaves fall during winter the sun shines through to heat your home. A small gap to the southwest will allow cooler evening breezes to flow through. While planting for improved energy efficiency, also be aware of fire mitigation strategies and allow for an appropriate buffer around buildings.

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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 bedroom, 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 & in-ground 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 (946-12-13) LOVELY VICTORIAN IN Ordway. Completely remodeled in recent years but flavor preserved. $110,000. 230 Colorado Ave. Call Betty 719-263-4773 or cell 719251-1554. Jake Norton Realty Inc. (25-10-13) PAGOSA SPRINGS – Vacation Home Management, “Need someone you can trust to care for your home while you’re away?” Call Pagosa Home Manager, LLC. A family owned & operated company with over 25 years property management experience. Licensed, bonded, insured. Call Rod Manning 970-946-0626 www.Pagosa (111-11-13)

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WANTED TO BUY NAVAJO RUGS, old and recent, native baskets, pottery. Tribal Rugs, Salida. 719-539-5363, b_inaz@ (817-12-13)

OLD COWBOY STUFF–hats, boots, spurs, chaps, Indian rugs, baskets, etc. ANYTHING OLD! Mining & railroad memorabilia, ore carts! We buy whole estates. We’ll come to you! Call 970-759-3455 or 970-5651256. (871-11-13) OLD GAS AND OIL items: Gas pumps, advertising signs, globes, etc. Pieces, parts, etc. considered. Also 1932-34 Ford cars and trucks, parts and pieces, too. Any condition. Brandon, 719-250-5721. (519-11-13)

VINTAGE FISHING TACKLE. I buy rods, reels, lures, creels, etc. Gary, 970-222-2181. (960-02-14) WANT TO PURCHASE minerals and other oil/gas interests. Send details to: PO Box 13557, Denver, CO 80201. (402-03-14) WE PAY CASH for minerals and oil/ gas interests, producing and nonproducing. 800-733-8122 (099-02-14)

Kids are back in school and it is time for you to concentrate on your

At age 44, I was the oldest student in an accounting class at the community college. One day, as I arrived on a test day, I realized I had forgotten my calculator and mentioned it to the much younger girl next to me. “What are you going to do?” she asked. “Guess I’ll have to use my head,” I replied. “Oh my gosh. Can you?” she asked. I did, and I received an A.

business. Advertise in classifieds and get a big bang for your buck. We go to more than 190,000 readers in Colorado. Let them know what you have to sell. Call Kris for more information 303-902-7276.

Betty A. Smith, Pueblo West

I worked as a teacher’s aide at a private school. When I told a kindergartner that she couldn’t watch the movie until she had finished all of her lunch, she was definitely not impressed. She said with a huff, “I sure didn’t sign up for this. I should’ve stayed in preschool!” Emily Baughman, Snyder

A CCL SUBSCRIPTION IS A GREAT GIFT Did you know that you could get a Colorado Country Life subscription for $9 in-state and $15 out-of-state? Just call the nice people at CCL at 303-455-4111.

Thanks, my sister is in Arizona and always wants the news from home.

I waited for my 6-year-old son as he got off the school bus. As we walked home I asked what he had learned that day in school. “I learned a new song,” he said. “You did? How does it go?” I asked. “My country ’tis a thief …” Judy Stauffer, Buena Vista

I’ll get her a subscription for her birthday.

A little girl had just finished her first week of school. “I’m just wasting my time,” she said to her mother. “I can’t read, I can’t write, and they won’t let me talk!” Berene Epp, Lakewood

We pay $15 to each person who submits a funny story that’s printed in the magazine. At the end of the year, we draw one name from those submitting jokes and that person will receive $150. Send your 2013 stories to Colorado Country Life, 5400 Washington St., Denver, CO 80216 or email Don’t forget to include your mailing address, so we can send you a check. September 2013 29


Bouré Bicycle Clothing


For 25 years, Bouré has been creating quality cycling clothing. “Designs are patterned on the position and biomechanics of cycling, then continually refined with input from a variety of cyclists, including you,” the company’s pledge touts. The Durango-based company designs and creates cycling shorts, tights, knickers, suits, jerseys, socks and more. If your physique is on the atypical side, Bouré designers will customize your clothing to ensure a proper fit. To browse the Bouré cycling clothing collection and to order, visit Donna Wallin, CCL’s designer, bought the Bouré women’s pro shorts and likes them better than her other bike shorts. “They have the best chamois! They will be my go-to shorts when I Pedal the Plains.”

Mirrycle chimes brightly


With an Incredibell bell affixed to your handlebars, you can ring-a-ling all the livelong day while riding through the great outdoors. Sold by Boulder-based Mirrycle, these delightful bicycle bells are great for alerting fellow bicyclists that you’re approaching. Incredibell bells come in several shapes, sizes, colors and sounds. The Incredibell Brass Duet Color, for example, has a brass “ding” and comes in orange, pink, blue, green or purple, whereas the Incredibell Woodpecker comes in padauk and cherry and sounds like, not surprisingly, a woodpecker. Most Incredibell bells cost less than $20; they can be custom imprinted with a logo or event for an extra charge. See and hear the different Mirrycle Incredibell bells at

BIG Wheel on Campus


A Big Shot bike wouldn’t be ideal on Pedal the Plains, but it’s excellent for cruising around campus, commuting through town or riding on tracks. Big Shot bikes are custom made in Fort Collins. You call the shots. Choose from hundreds of color combinations and then pick your components. Big Shots will use those specifications to assemble the bike to 80 percent completion and ship it to you directly. When your bike arrives, put on the enclosed front wheel, seat, pedals and handlebars and adjust the brakes. Now you’re ready to ride. Big Shot bikes cost $429 in the continental U.S. For more information, visit 30 September 2013

Get to the Point6


In Steamboat Springs, the team at Point6 is manufacturing soft, durable merino wool socks for active adults and kids. Merino wool keeps body temperatures regulated, which means your feet will stay cool in warm temperatures and vice versa. Point6 socks are breathable, easy to care for, resistant to odor-causing bacteria and, most of all, extremely comfortable, ideal characteristics for bicyclists. Adult cycling socks start at $14.95. For more information, call 877-949-9665 or visit


Staff at Colorado Country Life will be pedalling across the plains of southeastern Colorado this year. We will be raising money for Energy Outreach Colorado. To donate, go to www.

So many came together to show their support through donations to the Black Forest Fire Electric Co-op Relief Fund.

The Colorado Rural Electric Association and Mountain View Electric Association say thanks to:

David Gilmer Cooperative Care Foundation (South Carolina) Clifford Knago Ron Asche Joni Maycumber Ann Williams Phillip Deluca Mike Walsh Dave and Diane Reyher Rita Petty Mark and Lisa Schwantes Tiffanie Johnson Barry Springer Starla Hager Ed and Joni MayCumber Robert Suden

The money raised will go to the Black Forest Together fund, which has been established to coordinate relief efforts.

Charles Hanavan Joanne Katnik Gary Freund Harris Bynum Joseph Chmielewski United Power Mountain Parks Electric CoBank Thomas and Marian Griesser La Plata Electric White River Electric Northeast Rural Services, Inc. Grand Valley Power David & Florence Lewis Janet Scheevel Kent Singer Mountain View Electric

Tri-County Electric San Miguel Power Assn. Liz Fiddes Joanna Sullivan Lisa Wright Gary Myers Robert Gaskill David Peterson Poudre Valley REA Jane Eckler Nancy and Paul Rondeau George and Kay Eades Novinium Susan Caplan Mona Neeley Terry and Dianne Tigrett Larry and Gina Carneal


$20,336 was raised as of August 19, 2013

Colorado Country Life MVEA September 2013  

Colorado Country Life MVEA September 2013

Colorado Country Life MVEA September 2013  

Colorado Country Life MVEA September 2013