House commends electric co-ops

MEEKER I In recognition of the International Year of Cooperatives, the Colorado House of Representatives presented a tribute to Colorado’s electric co-ops during Co-op Day at the state capitol Monday, Feb. 27. Electric cooperative leaders from across the state visited our state’s capitol to talk with elected lawmakers and their staff about current legislative issues.
The tribute states: “Colorado’s first electric cooperative association was incorporated over 75 years ago. These nonprofit associations provide reliable, affordable, and environmentally responsible electric service to nearly three-quarters of our state, employing over 2,000 Coloradans. Electric co-ops are not only leaders in energy efficiency and innovation, but are also cloesly tied to the communities they serve, and are regulated by locally elected boards of directors. Their work is of tremendous importance across the state, particularly in our rural communities. The members of the Colorado House of Representatives commend the efforts and contributions of electric cooperative associations, and are proud to honor them with this tribute.”
In attendance from White River Electric were Richard Welle, general manager; Gary Dunham, WREA board president; Bill Jordan, WREA vice president; Anthony Mazzola, WREA secretary; J.H. Sheridan WREA treasurer; Rich Parr, director; Ron Hilkey, director; Hal Pearce, director.