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Milberger Farms Gears Up for Chile Chili Festival - Page 3 Eating Red Chile Makes You Healthier - Page 4 Spice Up Your Immune System - Page 4 Where Can I Eat REAL Food - Page 6 Where Can I Recycle in Southern Colorado - Page 7 Trans-Fats, Fake Sugars, and GMO’s - Page 9

The New Face of American Agriculture Based in the desert foothills, on the western slope of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, Palisade Produce specializes in bringing their customers the sweetest, ripest, most delicious produce possible. Palisade Produce was founded in January of 2007 by David and Jamie Cox. David grew up on his parents’ peach farm, Rocky Mountain Peach Company, and has been operating on his own ground, full-time, since May of 2005. Jaime has been managing the local farmers markets for the last few years and will now be the sales manager for the wholesale operation. Their guarantee to

customers is to deliver fruit of exceptional quality at low prices in the most convenient way possible. David and Jamie both grew up in Palisade and began dating their junior year at Palisade High School. David returned to the area to pursue farming after obtaining his bachelors degree in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado (CU). Jaime studied architecture at CU and went on to earn her masters degree in architecture from Syracuse University. She now practices architecture at Chamberlin Architects, in Grand Junction when she’s not selling peaches.

Celebrating Our Sixth Year

David & Jamie Cox, Owners of Palisade Produce

Farming Practices Palisade Produce is on the forefront of farming technological advances, particularly to increase efficiency and ecological balance. Many of the technologies they integrate reduce work and are environmentally friendly at the same time. Thanks in part to grants from the National Resource Conservation Service, they have installed sprinklers in most of their orchards. Sprinkler systems reduce work and solve water problems at the same time. The system lowers farm water consumption through the elimination of Continued on Page 4

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Milberger Farms, the official green chile roaster of the Chile Chili Festival, has a great line of products available for sale at the event, as well as at their retail location in Southern Colorado. Pictured above is Shane Milberger, and his son Dalton, both who are integral parts of the farming community and supplying our local community with food.

From Western Farms to Colorado Forks - The Chile Chili Festival 2012 It’s all about the chile pepper. The second annual Chile Chili Festival at the Douglas County Events Center is preparing for an event of a lifetime. The celebration of the culinary aspects of the chile pepper brings the opportunity for people around Colorado (and beyond) to enjoy some of the finest boutique vendors from around the region.

Milberger Farms, the official chile roaster of the Chile Chili Festival will be showing off its one-of-a-kind chile roaster. Shane Milberger, along with his son Dalton, are a part of the family-owned and operated organization who will be selling bags and bushels of freshly-roasted hot green chile. Complimenting his product, one can

find Dragon Sauces with a full line of unique hot sauces (some of which have Milberger’s chiles), and Hacienda Maize Fire-Roasted Chile Jammin’ Jellies which offer an amazing depth of sweet and hot and also use Milberger’s chiles. This is just the beginning of the diverse and delicious chile-related products that are a part of the festival, including products from: Sauce Goddess, Rocky Mountain Orchards, and Pine Lane Nursery. Enhancing the hot roasted chile will be Sunflower Valley’s gourmet chevre goat milk cheeses (with such varieties as ‘Candied Fire’ (habanero chiles), ‘Roasted Jalapeno’, ‘Creamy Chocolate’, and ‘Palisade’s Peaches & Cream’. Also coming back for the second year, with

a perfect combination of sweet and hot, NunDunBetter was at the event sampling their delicious mustard sauce. The fabulous gourmet Denver food trucks will also be back again to tempt our guests with eclectic cuisine that will keep your mouth watering. Fine ingredients and attention to depth of flavor will be on each of the menus, including the addition of chile products for the Chile Chili Fest. Various performing artists will heat-up the event throughout the day. The Hometown Circus Clowns – Silly Lilly and R.J. – will be keeping kids of all ages entertained with hoola hoops, juggling, face-painting, Continued on Page 5

“Chili is not so much food as a state of mind. Addictions to it are formed early in life and the victims never recover. On blue days in October, I get this passionate yearning for a bowl of chili, and I nearly lose my mind.” - Margaret Cousins Page 4

Eating Red Chile Makes You Healthier Jane Butel

With fall’s arrival, green chiles ripen to become red. The amazing phenomenon is that the nutrition also changes. In green chiles the flesh is very rich with Vitamin C, whereas when the slant of the sun signals Fall—the flesh becomes very rich with Vitamin A, the sight vitamin. Eating chiles—any type, red or green arms oneself with myriads of healthful properties. Studies have shown that if people eat chiles 24 out of every 30 or so days in a month—they are much healthier. Jin Y. Kang, MD of the National University of Singapore, studied the effects of chiles on digestion. “Kang discovered that ulcer-free patients ate 2.6 times more chile than those with ulcers. The ulcer-free patients ate chile more often—24 times per month, compared with 8 times per month for those with ulcers.” Another report in the Nutrition Reporter by

Jack Challem said, “People suffering from ulcers are usually warned to avoid spicy foods. But new research suggests that capsaicin is the opposite—that capsaicin might actually protect against peptic ulcers.” The seasonal cold and flu season brings another reason to enjoy indulging in chiles. Chiles cure colds—even the ancients knew this. John Heinerman’s book, The Healing Benefits of Cayenne, published in 1997, reflects that a Mayan Curandera or Medicine Woman recommended a combination of the local sour orange juice combined with a pinch of cayenne. This was drunk and gargled and cured the flu symptoms in 24 hours. In New Mexico, a major chile growing state, the red chiles are dried for future use. Traditionally they were dried in space-saving strings or ristras. These allowed the sun to evenly reach all of the chiles. Once dried, they are best kept cool or even refrigerated or frozen

for later cooking. Grinding the chiles has become a popular and space-saving method for storing chiles. They are then best stored chilled in the refrigerator or freezer. If it is hard to remember the healthful properties of eating chiles—try keeping a small bowl of crushed or ground chiles on the dinner table. Sprinkle on foods instead of black pepper or in addition—a little bit goes a long way towards better health and they are an amazing flavor accent. Crushed chiles coupled with fresh lime wedges are great on nearly anything. Another way to add chiles to your diet is to create a chile tea or tisane for days when you are not eating chiles. Steep ground red chiles in hot water until the color of the water is a deep red hue, then strain and reserve the chile water. Serve hot or cold - add honey and lemon, lime or vinegar to taste.

Spice Up Your Immune System Jo Schrubbe - BS, BCN

For centuries, herbs and spices have been utilized to heal the body, mind and spirit. They provide anti-inflammatory benefits, act as antioxidants, balance blood sugars, and improve circulation and cardiovascular health. Herbs and spices are also known as “super immunity foods” because they are able to boost the immune system, thus helping protect the body. • Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices known. In Biblical times it was used as anointing oil. It can lower blood sugar, triglycerides, LDL, and total cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes. Decreases inflammation. Aim for one-half teaspoon of cinnamon twice a day. Sprinkle cinnamon on toast, fruit, yogurt, coffee, etc. • Pepper is the most popular of all spices. It catalyzed the spice trade and exploration of various lands. It is good for digestion. It stimulates taste buds, signals the stomach to produce HCL, and decreases intestinal gas. Pepper has antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties. It raises the metabolism, and stimulates the burning of fat cells. Hide the salt shaker and shake on the black pepper. Add chili pepper strips to sandwiches and soups. • Turmeric is called Indian saffron because of its deep yellow color. Historically used as a condiment, healing remedy and textile dye.

It contains curcumin, which can inhibit the growth of cancer cells. Turmeric is also help for inflammatory bowel disease, and rheumatoid arthritis. For an Indian flavor, add 1/4 teaspoon turmeric to water when cooking 1 cup rice, add to scrambled eggs, order curry dishes in restaurants. • Garlic destroys cancer cells and may disrupt the metabolism of tumor cells. Studies suggest that one or two cloves daily provide cancerprotective benefits. Let garlic sit for 10 to 15 minutes after chopping and before cooking so the active form of the protective phytochemicals develops. Sauté fresh garlic over low heat and mix with pasta, red pepper flakes, and Parmesan cheese. • Ginger can decrease motion sickness and nausea; may also relieve pain and swelling associated with arthritis. Doses used in clinical trials range from 500 to 2,000 mg of powdered ginger. (A quarter-size piece of fresh root contains about 1,000 mg.) For motion sickness, try having one or two pieces of crystallized, or candied, ginger. You can also add 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger to vegetables like carrots and sweet potatoes, as well as fresh fruit (especially peaches). • Oregano: A USDA study found that, gram

for gram, oregano has the highest antioxidant activity of 27 fresh culinary herbs, as much as 42X apples, 30X potatoes, 12X oranges, 4X blueberries. To spice up tomato soup, add 3/4 teaspoon oregano; add 1/2 teaspoon to 2 cups pasta or pizza sauce. Substitute 1 teaspoon dried oregano for 2 teaspoons fresh oregano.

Recipe For Health Oven Fried Chicken Thighs

4 Servings Better than Shake and Bake! • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 1 teaspoon ground cumin • 1 teaspoon paprika • 1 teaspoon chili powder • 1 teaspoon curry powder • 1/4 teaspoon pepper • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs

In a large re-sealable plastic bag, combine the first seven ingredients. Add chicken, a few pieces at a time, and shake to coat. Place on a baking sheet coated with nonstick cooking spray. Bake, uncovered, at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Tip: See if your health food store carries bulk herbs and spices. It’s so much cheaper than the little jars at the grocery store. Jo Schrubbe, BS, BCN - Certified Nutritionist and Lifestyle Educator (719-485-3236)

Palisade Produce, Continued Continued from Page 1 furrow irrigation while at the same time lowering saline levels in the Colorado River that traditional irrigation eventually precipitates. Palisade Produce strives to incorporate as many natural methods as possible in the struggle against fruit tree pests and the elements. Whenever possible they avoid the use of synthetic sprays in favor of natural solutions. In their conventionally produced fruit, they still have to use synthetic sprays to stop a problem that isn’t currently addressed with natural methods or to quell an unusually bad infestation of pests. By pursuing feasible organic methods, however, they attempt to create naturally balanced orchards that promote health through reducing or eliminating synthetic chemicals. Palisade Produce also recycles as much of their waste as possible and encourages all of their customers to recycle the cardboard that contains their peaches.

Palisade Produce has gone Solar! Palisade Produce reached a net zero en-

ergy use status for the 2010 season. They have installed 25kw of solar panels on the roof of their shipping facility and 10kw of solar panels producing energy for their orchard pump stations. Wholesale Opportunities If you are interested in selling their peaches as fundraising for your group or organization please contact Jamie for more information. They currently ship approximately 35,000 boxes of peaches to Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin for church organizations, Kiwanis and Lions Clubs to raise money for their organizations. Chile Chili Festival Are you ready to pre-order peaches now and pick them up at the Chile Chili Festival? Call or email Palisade Produce today and make they we have your peaches reserved and ready to pick up at the event September 1st! From Farmer to Consumer, now That’s Natural! Contact:

Chile Chili Fest 2012 Continued from Page 3 and glitter tattoos. That’s Natural! is dedicated to events and projects that do great things for local economies and communities – with this one-of-a-kind event focused on Farm-to-Fork initiatives. You can find the event on Facebook, updates on the website (, and contact That’s Natural! directly at 719-210-8273 or

The Origin of the Chile Pepper Mexico? No. Spain? No. Brazil? Yes! According to the Chile Pepper Institute at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces ( - “Chile Peppers originated in the lowlands of Brazil as small red, round, “berry-like” fruit.

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Where Can I Eat REAL Food?

Delicious, Natural, Organic, and Local Food along the Front Range Tested and Approved by the Team Members of That’s Natural! These delicious picks have real food that is good for your body, the planet, and your local economy. Vostram Cenam Gustate! (Okay, so it is Latin, not French, but hey!) 1515 Resturant 1515 Market St Denver, CO 80202

Conscious Table 26 E. Kiowa St. Colorado Springs, CO 80942 719-636-3276

Adam’s Mountain Café 934 Manitou Ave. Manitou Springs, CO 719-685-1430

Duo Resturant 2413 W 32nd Ave Denver, CO 80211 303-477-4141

Bingo Burger 101 Central Plaza Pueblo, CO 719-225-8363

Marczyk Fine Foods 770 E 17th Ave Denver, CO 80203 303-894-9499

Black Pearl Restaurant 1529 S Pearl St Denver, CO 80210 303-777-0500

Naturally’s Market & Cafe 110 Canon Ave. Manitou Springs, CO 80829 719-685-0555

The Broadmoor 1 Lake Ave. Colorado Springs, CO Summit: 719-577-5896 Penrose Room: 719-577-5773 Charles Court: 719-577-5774

Pizzeria Rustica 2527 W. Colorado Ave. Colorado Springs, CO 719-632-8121

Ranch Foods Direct 2901 N. El Paso Colorado Springs, CO 719-473-2306 Rocky Mountain Chili Bowl in Stapleton

7305 E 35th Ave, Suite 130 (In Stapleton’s Quebec Square) 303-322-3009 TAPAteria 2607 W. Colorado Ave. Colorado Springs, CO 719-471-8272 Trinity Brewing Company 1466 Garden of the Gods Rd, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80907 (at Centennial Blvd) 719-634-0029 The Warehouse 25 West Cimarron St. Colorado Springs, CO 719-475-8880

American Wiping Rags That’s Natural! Staff Reports

Shelley McPherson is also known as the “Rag Diva”. An entrepreneur with Navajo blood, this small-business owner is building an American company that recycles, promotes capitalism, and provides valuable products to the marketplace. Just what are these products? American Wiping Rags (AWR) manufactures ten different types of disposable cotton wiping rags and all of these come from 100% recycled cotton material. AWR also has a microfiber cleaning line including microfiber cloths, mops, and dusters. If you are unfamiliar with microfiber cleaning products, they have a unique ability to attract dust, lint, dirt, and grease and trap these particles within the microfiber; the microfibers are also extremely absorbent and can absorb several times their weight in liquid (and can be washed at least 200 times and are biodegradable). In 2009, AWR added another product made of paper, wool, and cotton that can be used to contain oil-based spills as well as hazardous liquids. AWR is a 100% minority woman-owned business. McPherson has three part-time employees that assist in the manufacturing and shipping of these product lines to customers around the country. Being a small-business owner is no small task, and McPherson is familiar and trained in all aspects of a business including sales, delivering, bookkeeping, and marketing. The “RagPeople News”, a seasonal newsletter from AWR, is one of McPherson’s marketing mechanisms in addition to working with several chambers of commerce, business

networks, leads groups, and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to name just a few.

learn more about AWR from the website,, and you can call McPherson if you would like to learn more about her products and services (719-671-7604).

McPherson’s dedication to people, her community, and her country, is commendable. Although seeing some effects from the economic Why Rags? downturn, the Rag Diva’s will “I wanted to make a difference in the world. I was raised to recycle and decided to start my own to prosper, to work even harder, business where I could make a difference and keep lots of extra stuff out of the landfills. I buy and to grow and expand during materials for the rags that can be recycled or reused before they end up in the landfills.” this crucial period is wielding great results for American Wiping Rags. Just this year, McPherson, with the assistance of Diamond Autocraft, created her newest marketing endeavor – the AWR van (pictured here). This ’82 Chevy C-20 has an all-custom body and paint job that reflects the American spirit and even wins McPherson salutes as she drives by. An interesting mix of sustainability, recycling, conserving, and entrepreneurship is what makes AWR a truly unique company that is thriving because of its sustainable value chain and McPherson’s dedication to the customer through her product offerings. You can

Shelley McPherson, owner of American Wiping Rags with her custom delivery van. PHOTO CREDIT: Small Business Development Center & Steve Bigley - APS Page 7

Where Can I Recycle along the Southern Front Range? Pay a Small Fee for these Recycling Services – CALL BEFORE FOR OPERATING HOURS & COST *Be sure to ask what they recycle: Paper, Plastic, Cardboard, Glass, Aluminum

Colorado City Metro District

Fee per bag - Old Community Center, 4705 Santa Fe Dr. (Colorado City) Jim Montabalno: 719-240-3116

Do The Right Thing Recycling

Fee per bag - Stompin’ Grounds, 8913 Grand Ave. (Beulah) 719-485-0858


American Iron & Metal – 1801 S. La Crosse Ave. 719-542-5865 Dionision Metal & Iron – 700 S. Portland Ave. 719544-3488 Pueblo West Recycling Center – 49 Precision Dr. 719-647-0211 Speken Metal – 310 S. Santa Fe Ave. 719-544-4837 WISE Recycling – 529 N. Greenwood Ave. 719-544-8430


(limits may apply) Ark Auto – 12 N. Research Dr. (Pueblo West) 719-547-8100 Grease Monkey – 421 29th St. 719-545-3389 Mueller’s Auto – 1509 E. 19th St. 719-543-8833


ELECTRONICS (Computers, Cell Phones,

Televisions, Appliances) (fees apply) Southern Colorado Recycling Services 1731 Erie Ave. 719-542-6910


Lowe’s (compact fluorescent only), 1225 Hwy 50 West, 719-543-3339, and 2900 W. Pueblo Blvd. 719-289-9110 Southern Colorado Recycling Services (linear bulbs only)– 1731 Erie Ave. 719-542-6910

PAINT (fees apply)

Southern Colorado Recycling Services – 1731 Erie Ave. 719-542-6910


Pueblo West Library – 298 S. Joe Martinez Blvd.


Fee per bag - 2313 S. Prairie Ave. (Pueblo) 719-543-0702

(Rechargeable) Batteries Plus – 1408 Hwy 50 West, 719-583-8766 (Non-rechargeable/Alkaline) Habitat for Humanity ReStore – 2313 S. Prairie Ave. 719-543-0702 (Vehicle) Ken’s Auto Service – 202 Cleveland Ave. 719-542-3623

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Colorado Tire Inc. – 306 E. 40th Lane 719-542-3270 Southside Tire & Auto – 3031 W. Northern Ave. 719561-1392 Larsen’s Automotive & Tire – 701 W. 4th St. 719543-0218 Mike’s Top Spot Tire – 2011 E. 4th St. 719-544-1501 Re-Tire Inc. – 331 N. Grand Ave. 719-544-8430 Superior Tire & Muffler Center – 1315 Berkley Ave. 719-545-8592

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Fee per month – 226 N. Main St. (Downtown Pueblo) 719-544-2008

WeRecycle Co-op

Fee per quarter – 24 N. Research Dr. (Pueblo West) 719-542-6327

(No magazines and MUST be in reusable condition) Books Again – 622 S. Union Ave. 719-543-4688 Tumbleweed Books – 687 S. Union Ave. 719-544-3420

COOKING OIL (Fat, Grease, Vegetable Oil) Eco Village – 1595 Stockyard Rd. 719-320-5080, 719-543-5238 Southern Colorado Recycling Services 1731 Erie Ave. 719-542-6910

Rapid Refill Ink – 965 Hwy 50 West, Suite 120 – 719-542-1916 Toner Rechargers – 503 N. Main St. 719-542-6688

TIRES (fees apply)

“The first wealth is health.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson Page 8

Job Creation Through Recycling in Southern Colorado That’s Natural! Reports

The VERN Project (Vocational Electronics Recycling Network) is a partnership between the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and Blue Star Recyclers of Colorado Springs. Blue Star Recyclers’ program in Colorado Springs demonstrated that some individuals with developmental disabilities excel at the type of manual disassembly and separation activity required to responsibly recycle electronic components. The VERN Project, through a grant from CDPHE, will allow the program to be replicated in smaller communities across the state. “Our new program will allow us to turn old electronic junk into economic fuel for the Pueblo community,” commented Jack Pendleton, with Southern Colorado Services

and Recycling. “The impact will be especially beneficial when you consider that we will be creating jobs for a segment of the population that is currently facing nearly 90% unemployment in southern Colorado.“ Taxpayers also benefit from creating jobs for people with disabilities because it reduces dependence on SSI and other government funded services. Once disassembled and separated in Pueblo, the electronic material will go to Blue Star Recyclers to ensure that it is processed in the most environmentally ethical manner possible. “Most electronics contain potentially hazardous heavy metals that could contaminate the soil and groundwater if they are not handled responsibly,” stated Bill Morris, President of Blue Star Recyclers.” He added, “But the good news is that up to 98% of everything that goes into electronics can be fully recycled.” The program’s benefits are truly multi-faceted. Pendleton explained, “With support for this program from our local community, we can work together to safeguard our local environment, make more efficient use of our local resources, and provide a vocational pathway for individuals with disabilities.” Southern Colorado Services and Recycling collects electronics Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm at their facility at 1731 Erie Avenue, Pueblo Colorado. For information regarding recycling fees and accepted items, please call 719-542-6910. For additional information about Southern Colorado Services and Recycling visit

Be a Label-Checker and Invest in Your Health! Five Chemicals to Avoid

All of these have toxicity levels that can cause harm to your health and/or cause cancer. You may not know where these are in products- check labels and do your own research! 1. Bisphenol A (BPA) – BPA is in plastics. Bisphenol A is an endocrine disruptor, which can mimic the body’s own hormones and may lead to negative health effects. BPA in children’s products (e.g. baby bottles and toys) is especially concerning. 2. Phthalates – coatings of pharmaceutical pills and nutritional supplements, personal-care products, children’s toys 3. Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) – in Teflon, among other consumer products 4. Formaldehyde - Formaldehyde is a carcinogenic impurity released by a number of cosmetic preservatives, including diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin, quaternium-15, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol, and sodium hydroxylmethylglycinate.

Acupuncture & Reflexology Wendie Stauffer

There are those that consider Acupuncture and Reflexology “alternative or complimentary” medicine. With evidence going back thousands of years, we are fortunate to live in a time that allows access to such ancient healing practices. Practices that respect that there is a “healing force within” our bodies. A force that knows how to correct imbalances of spirit-mind and body. Acupuncture and Reflexology are among countless traditions that help our bodies remove blockages, stimulating the healing force within. Does that sound “alternative” or “complimentary” to you? In a nation where the number of uninsured consumers keeps rising, preventative medicine is not only more accessible and cost effective, it can be enjoyable. We can pay now for organic food and healthy meals or we can pay later with symptoms, prescriptions and surgeries. We can prioritize treatments and daily living activities that

1. Brown Rice Tea (powerful antioxidants) 2. Apple Cider Vinegar (all-around good for you) 3. Cod Liver Oil (your brain needs it) 4. Green Drink (Kyo-Green is a great brand) 5. Kombucha (good bacteria for your gut) 6. Raw Honey (delicious and good for your skin!) 7. Sea Salt (full of additional micro-nutriens) 8. Kelp (good to protect you from exposure to radiation) 9. Raw Milk (from a source you trust – full of essential amino acids, and healthy fats) 10. Organic Garlic (all natural product that is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal as well as an antioxidant).

In a nonemergency situation, surrendering decisions about our body to an external source is often disempowering. When we take the time to consider ALL options available and yes, that includes doing our homework, we are empowered to make more informed conscious choices. The Pueblo office of the GOLDEN FLOWER HEALTH CLINIC opened in 1990, having relocated from Alamosa. Don Skonieczka, Dipl Ac, LAc, has more than 40 years’ experience in environments of healing and Wendie Stauffer, Reflexologist, over 25 years’ experience. Located at 251 South Santa Fe Avenue, you can reach them by calling 719-542-9210.

Linda Weiner



Ten Food Ingredients to Avoid

Ten Good Things to Try

allow the spirit-mind-body to relieve the effects of stress in our lives or we can ignore them and see how long it takes for the body to get our attention, sounding the alarm with symptoms.

Community Spotlight

5. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PDBEs) – PDBEs are found in a wide array of products, including building materials, electronics, furnishings, motor vehicles, airplanes, plastics, polyurethane foams, and textiles The health hazards of these chemicals have attracted increasing scrutiny, and they have been shown to reduce fertility in humans at levels found in households

1. Aspartame (artificially-created sugar) 2. Hydrogenated/Partially Hydrogenated Oils (preservatives in many foods) 3. Nitrates/Nitrites (preservatives in meat) 4. High Fructose Corn Syrup – HFCS 5. Monosodium Glutamate – MSG (flavor-enhancer) 6. Butylated hydroxyanisole – BHA (food preservative) 7. Butylated hydroxytoluene – BHT (food additive) 8. Sodium Benzoate (food preservative) 9. Phenylketonurics (artificial sugar compounds)


Southern Colorado Services and Recycling, a locally owned and operated paint recycler, will soon be one of the first organizations in Colorado to create jobs for people with disabilities by recycling electronics. Southern Colorado Services and Recycling has been collecting electronic waste in the Pueblo area for over two years, but, historically, it has always sent materials to Colorado Springs for processing. Unfortunately, when the material left town, so did the jobs created through the recycling of the electronics. However, that dynamic will soon change. Through its selection to take part in the VERN Project, Southern Colorado Services and Recycling will soon begin de-manufacturing and separating old computer components right in Pueblo using a work team comprised of individuals with autism and other types of disabilities.

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PUEBLO HOLISTIC HEALTH & LIVING FAIR Linda Weiner is a community leader with the goal of increasing public awareness by educating others about many alternative options to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. She assists others to live their dream with her work as an Intuitive Counselor and Life Coach, Holistic Healer, Reiki Master Teacher and Past Life Regression Therapist. Her love for the community is an integral part of helping us all connect, find peace, and prosper. In 2005, Linda founded Pueblo Light Connection for southern Colorado and holds meetings on the 2nd Sunday of each month from 2:00 to 4:30 at the Rawlings Library in Pueblo. Each gathering offers an enlightening topic and the opportunity to connect with friendly people. There are no fees, and everyone is welcome. You can read more at Linda is also the co-producer of the Pueblo Holistic Health & Living Fair, which takes place twice a

year at Colorado State University in Pueblo. You can visit for details. In addition, Linda is the publisher of the Pueblo Holistic Directory, which lists experienced holistic health care practitioners from around southern Colorado. Linda believes that when we work together, we can have a positive impact in the world. She was active in the prevention of a proposed nuclear power plant in Pueblo. Some of her future projects include establishing food sovereignty for Pueblo and creating a non-GMO zone for the area. If you care to be involved with public projects or would like additional information, feel free to email Linda at Page 9

Trans-Fats, Fake Sugars, and GMO’s That’s Natural! Team Reports & Opinion Trans-fats, artificial chemical sugars, and genetically modified foods are three of our least favorite components of our food supply. The reason is that, in our opinion, they are not real food and are therefore subject to special labeling requirements so as to warn consumers that they are a part of what one is consuming. By special, we mean that there should be some indication that they are actually there. Trans-fats are now required to be labeled, however, they allow “.5 grams or less” per serving to be equivalent to “zero grams per serving”. This is incredibly deceptive – and should not be allowed. If there are “.5 grams” or “.47 grams”, then, tell people that. Is that asking too much?

food supply. Oh, wait, you didn’t want that? Well, too late – the people “watching out for us” have already allowed copious amounts of these products into the food supply and into agricultural lands. I am confidant that the majority of people would not want to consume food where its genetic structure has been altered or spliced with genetic components of other foods, animals, even bacteria. But, how about we put this to the test – how about we allow people TO CHOOSE for themselves? How about we label products that have genetically-modified components? Then if people wanted to eat them they could, and if they didn’t want to, they could CHOOSE NOT TO.

Artificial chemical sugars are continually touted as “safe” by various lobbying groups and governmental agencies. We believe that other evidence begs to differ, and it seems like slowly but surely more people, scientists, and medical professionals are starting to see an unfortunate correlation between diet sodas and severe health problems. Thankfully, at least we can see these sugars on most labels. Sans various bubble gum brands (WHICH OUR KIDS EAT), that now have “Phenylketonurics” in them – but you would never think that. Take a look – this substance is labeled as being in there, but would you ever think to look in the first place? Again, this is incredibly deceptive to the consumer.

We don’t want to stop these industries and lobbying organizations from doing business and continuing to create products that harm or potentially harm the nation’s food supply – let them try. What we do want is for people to have the ability to choose for themselves what they are putting into their bodies – and that means labeling and truth in labeling. Isn’t that a win-win? Let the big businesses continue to create these awful things, and let people choose whether they want it or not – that is the whole theory of a free market – where the consumer has information to decide for himself or herself what they put into their body, can make their purchase, and can show the market what they like or don’t like. Or perhaps better yet, show which companies they like or don’t like.

Lastly, and this is the real kicker – genetically modified substances have been and will continue to be a part of our

It’s the American way – all we are asking for is a little bit of that thing called “the truth”. Page 10




hen you enter Pine Lane Nursery, you are always greeted with a ine Lane is a wholesale and retail nursery, carrying a large variety of plant material including large trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals, at competitive friendly staff ,eager to assist with your landscape material and design prices. Staff members are needs. Pine Lane is a family owned business that exudes a fun and experienced and knowledgeable, assisting friendly atmosphere that is sure to make customers with landscaping questions and your visit enjoyable. It is a motto around concerns, as well as design. Pine Lane also Pine Lane that “the pleasure is reciprocal employs a professional planting crew with over between the staff and customers.” 20 years of experience. Their services include plant removal and plant installation of small or large caliper trees. shrubs, ornamental As stated by owner, Angie Hughes, grasses, perennials, and annuals. Services at Pine Lane extend year round ”We love our product and we love our customers. Typically nobody as well. Early spring Pine Lane will design and plant customer’s comes in to buy our type of merchandise in a bad mood. We are containers, holding them in their greenhouse until the danger of constantly learning something new about our products and it Pine Lane Nursery boasts frost has passed. Come fall, an assortment of pumpkins and is gratifying to share our knowledge with our customers.” Milberger Farms as their exclusive gourds are offered, and both live and cut Christmas trees are available during the holidays. Outdoor or indoor supplies are distributor of Fresh Green Chilies Angie and Kurt Hughes have owned Pine Lane since 2009. sold year round as well at Pine Lane -- mulch, soils, When the business was up for sale in 2008, they made the and Organic Vegetables. fertilizers, landscape fabric, stakes, straps, and insecticides. ambitious decision to buy Pine Lane. Another factor was Last, but certainly not least by any means, the varied and that their oldest son (the first of four children) is a sophomore unique assortment of garden items and gifts is always horticulture student at Colorado State University with hopes to changing and worth a trip to Pine Lane Nursery. seize the reigns of the company after graduation. It made sense for them to build for their family’s future. Finally, it is with great pride that the Pine Lane staff has become Chili connoisseurs. They are proud to boast Milberger Farms as their exclusive distributor of fresh chilies and organic vegetables available in season. When the chili harvest comes to an end, and Pine Lanes’ tree, shrubs, and perennial stock go dormant; the frozen chili sales continue year round. For Visit our website for product, pricing, more information call Pine Lane Nursery at and store hours at: 303-841-3009 or visit our website at


“Sean McCarthy, a local businessman, told council to slow down the process — that the city could investigate cheaper options, even if it means condemning Black Hills property as the first step toward starting either a city utility or in cooperation with another utility. McCarthy said the Black Hills rate increases would be a “regressive” tax increase on lower-income people who rent their homes. McCarthy owns rental property and said utility costs are closing in on rental prices. He said major employers, such as Pueblo City Schools or St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center would be looking at rate increases of $500,000 or more. McCarthy said council failed in 2005 in negotiating its agreement

with Xcel Energy over the construction of Comanche 3, and should have forced Xcel to guarantee to provide electricity to the city through a long-term power contract.” (The Pueblo Chieftain, May 25, 2010) The 20-year franchise contract for Black Hills was approved and rate increases have already started – causing home-owners, renters, commercial-property-owners, and any entities that use electricity, to have to figure out how they are going to be able to pay for their energy.

Since it is difficult for people to fight the Public Utilities Commission and large companies like Black Hills Energy – the most positive and proactive approach that we can take is to decrease our energy use through applications like energy audits that determine where we are losing energy. Inexpensive and simple changes are often at the core of losing hundreds and thousands of dollars throughout a year. FREE NRG is dedicated to helping you find these simple changes that can be made so that you can save money and combat the ever-increasing energy rateincreases from energy companies.

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