• La Plata Electric Association honored for newsletter excellence


    Colorado Rural Electric Association lauds writing, content of “Watt’s Up”

    La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) has been honored for newsletter excellence by the Colorado Rural Electric Association (CREA) for its publication “Watt’s Up” included in CREA’s monthly magazine, Colorado Country Life. CREA annually organizes the newsletter competition among the rural electric cooperatives it serves throughout the state.

    For the first time in LPEA’s history, the cooperative received the top Award of Excellence among all of Colorado’s rural electric cooperatives. In addition, “Watt’s Up” editor and LPEA’s contracted marketing communications specialist Indiana Reed took two first place awards for writing excellence.

    “LPEA has won a number of writing awards in the CREA competition over the past years, but this is the first time we have won the ‘overall’ award,” said Greg Munro, LPEA CEO. “Indiana Reed is a very talented writer and a trained, award-winning journalist, so she continues to work to improve our Colorado Country Life newsletter. As a contractor, she has been a true professional and continues to be an asset, helping LPEA meet our on-going goal to keep our membership informed.”

    As part of the overall Award of Excellence, CREA purchased and donated approximately $400 worth of books to the Durango Public Library. Assistant Director Sandy Irwin recently accepted the donation from the LPEA board of directors, represented by director Bobby Lieb.

    Reed’s first place awards were in the “Safety” story category for “Remember this photo?” which covered the dangers of ice formation on meters plus winter hazards, and in the “Community” category, “Power to the Pups” covering the LPEA/Durango Mountain Resort light bulb exchange in support of Annie’s Orphans, the no-kill dog shelter in La Plata County.

    “Our ‘Watt’s Up’ newsletter, and Colorado Country Life in general, are valuable resources for our members to learn about issues in the electricity industry as well as projects and efforts here at home at LPEA,” said Mark Schwantes, manager of corporate services. “Indi’s talent has increased the depth of content in our newsletter as well as increased the ‘readability’ of articles. We really encourage our members to read CCL each month.”

    LPEA, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative established in 1939, provides to its more than 30,000 members, with in excess of 42,000 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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