• La Plata Electric Association Annual Meeting set for May 14


    All member-consumers invited; results of director elections to be announced

    DURANGO, Colo. – Results of director elections in three of four districts of La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) are slated to be announced at the electric cooperative’s Annual Meeting, Saturday, May 14, 2011, at Sky Ute Casino and Resort, Ignacio.

    Annual Meeting registration begins at 9 a.m., with the business meeting commencing at 10:30 a.m. A complimentary luncheon, catered by Sky Ute, follows the meeting. The Annual Meeting is free and open to all member-consumers who pay their electric bill to LPEA.

    In addition to a review of the business of the cooperative and director and bylaw amendment election results, the meeting will feature Barbara Walz, senior vice president of external affairs/member services for Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc., LPEA’s primary power supplier.

    “With the forecast of a rise in the cost of electricity production, as well as the difficulty in bringing on new, needed generation, we are all interested to hear Tri-state’s plans to meet the challenges,” said Terry Alley, LPEA board president. “Barbara is well-positioned to provide us with this information as she has been with Tri-State for 14 years, and worked in the environmental field for 23. She is responsible for supporting corporate policies and initiatives that relate to energy and environmental issues, while interfacing with state and federal elected officials, representatives from Tri-State’s member co-ops, and other key policymakers from organizations and businesses in Tri-State’s service territory.”

    During the meeting LPEA will also bid farewell to Director Harry Cole, retiring from the seat he has held in District 1 for some 27 years. Though born in Dulce, N.M., Cole is essentially a life-long Archuleta County resident. Following his education in the Pagosa Springs schools, he worked as an independent businessman, operating his own grocery store for 12 years. He also served eight years as a vice president for Citizens State Bank, and 10 years as a contractor for the Archuleta School District 50. He is a past master of the Pagosa Springs Masonic Lodge, and a past president of the Pagosa Springs Lions Club. During his tenure with the LPEA board, Cole received the Credentialed Cooperative Director certificate.

    “We truly appreciate Harry’s service to the LPEA board and to our communities,” said Greg Munro, LPEA CEO. “Over the years Harry has seen a lot of changes in the industry, but he has always looked out for our members’ best interests when making decisions for the cooperative.”

    With the retirement of Cole, LPEA members in Archuleta County will elect a new representative in District 1 from a field of three: Brad Carey, Ken Fox and J.B. (James B.) Smith. District 1 contains approximately 7,500 eligible voters.

    In District 3, which is essentially the City of Durango, new candidates Andrew Klotz and John David (Dave) Nulton are challenging incumbent Jeff Berman for his seat. District 3 includes approximately 7,200 eligible voters.

    District 4 incumbent Joe Wheeling faces challengers Dave Ganevsky, Padraig Lynch and Paul Stuart. Approximately 7,500 eligible voters are in District 4, which covers north and east La Plata County, including Bayfield.

    In District 2 (south and west La Plata County, including Ignacio), incumbent board member Davin Montoya had no challengers. Pursuant to Article III, Section 5 of the LPEA bylaws, Montoya was reappointed to his seat for the next three years during the regular April 20, 2011, meeting of the LPEA board.

    “The Annual Meeting is a terrific opportunity to learn first-hand about the successes of and challenges facing La Plata Electric, as well as visit with the board members in person. We represent the members, and we are interested in everyone’s input,” said Alley.

    LPEA member-consumers who attend the Annual Meeting will receive a variety of complimentary energy efficiency items, including a LED nightlight and flashlight, electric extension cord and more. Members also receive a $5 credit on their electric bill, and are eligible for door prizes.

    Sky Ute Casino and Resort is located at 14324 US Hwy 172 N., Ignacio. The LPEA Annual Meeting will be held in the event center to the rear of the resort, and volunteer parking attendants will direct members to the most convenient parking. Additionally, golf carts will be available to assist those who have difficulty walking. The Sky Ute telephone number is 970.563.7777.

    LPEA, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative established in 1939, provides to its more than 30,000 members, with in excess of 40,000 meters, safe, reliable electricity at the lowest reasonable cost, while being environmentally responsible. For additional information, contact LPEA at 970.247.5786 or visit www.lpea.coop.

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