Briefs for Jan. 24

Andean Show makes stop in Craig

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The next concert of the season for the Craig Concert Association's 2006-07 features Alborada -- The Batista Family Andean Show.

The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Moffat County High School Auditorium. Tickets are $15 at the door.

Milo Batista, long-time musical director of Khenany, with his family band consisting of his wife, Lourdes, and children, Johanna and Paul, play a diverse program of songs from Central and South America along with popular songs from the United States. The family plays more than 30 different instruments during the course of the show.

"Alborada" means the first light in the morning, the sun being the first deity in importance. "Alborada," to the Batista family, signals the beginning of a new day for them as they take their music throughout the world.

Often mistakenly called "Inca music," present day Andean folk music is the product of centuries of cultural and ethnic blending beginning with pre-Columbian wind and percussion instruments played in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Chile, Paraguay and Mexico.

Milo Batista was one of the founding members of Khenany and with them toured extensively throughout the United States, performing at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and in many of the nation's leading theaters and concert halls. He has traveled extensively throughout the Americas, collecting the tunes he and his family now play and sing. In addition, he is endowed with a lively sense of humor in introducing the instruments and songs to each audience.

The Batistas have performed for thousands of audiences and hundreds of thousands of adults and children throughout the United States. Each year the family travels from coast to coast presenting their infectious, lively and often humorous show for concert series, arts councils, festivals and fairs.

For more information or membership information, please contact Gail Petch at 824-6654.

Tri-State promotes CFL effort with membership

According to the national Energy Star program, if every American homeowner replaced just one light bulb with an Energy Star qualified compact fluorescent light bulb, known as CFL, consumers would save enough electricity to light more than 2.5 million homes for a year and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of nearly 800,000 cars.

The board of directors of Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association has released a statement, approving a CFL program aimed at helping electric cooperative member-consumers lower their energy bills while emphasizing the benefits of energy efficiency -- "just one of several energy efficiency initiatives sponsored by Tri-State and offered through its 44 member distribution systems," according the release.

Tri-State is making an initial purchase of 44,000 CFLs and is distributing 1,000 to each of its member cooperatives, while offering a rebate of $1 per additional bulb should individual co-ops choose to purchase them. Each of the 44 co-ops will determine how it distributes the CFLs to its member-consumers.

"By getting the ball rolling in this manner, we're hoping to further assist our member co-ops in promoting energy efficiency while saving their consumers money in such a simple, yet effective way," said Tri-State executive vice president/general manager J.M. Shafer.

While CFLs are available in different wattages, sizes and shapes to fit in almost any indoor or outdoor fixture, the bulbs that Tri-State is purchasing use 23 watts of electricity, but give the equivalent light of a 100-watt incandescent bulb -- all while using two-thirds less energy and lasting up to 10 times longer.

Tri-State supplies wholesale electricity to 18 cooperatives in Colorado, 12 in New Mexico, eight in Wyoming and six in western Nebraska -- which together serve more than 570,000 meters or a population of approximately 1.4 million consumers.

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