WREA golf tournament…

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White River Electric hosted its 30th annual golf tournament and fundraiser Friday, June 13 and had 75 players participate. The event was co-sponsored by Mountain Valley Bank and $3,000 was raised as a result of the event.

WREA safety …

Students at Meeker Elementary School were given the opportunity to meet Touchstone Energy’s newest representatives, LED Lucy and CFL Charlie, on May 27-28 as part of the MES Rodeo. White River Electric Association introduced the duo as part of its annual high-voltage safety demonstration presented to the students as an annual reminder of the dangers that exist around power lines so they are aware and informed as they approach summer vacation. WREA linemen Brett Berthelson and Jason Kracht and WREA safety coordinator Joe Foster represented the WREA at the event.

Students at Meeker Elementary School were given the opportunity to meet Touchstone Energy’s newest representatives, LED Lucy and CFL Charlie, on May 27-28 as part of the MES Rodeo.

Safety first…


White River Electric Association welcomed area contractors and employees from Rio Blanco County, the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office, the Town of Meeker and the Eastern Rio Blanco Metropolitan Recreation District to attend a high-voltage safety demonstration on Dec. 10 at the WREA crew shop.

Alan Michalewicz, new WREA manager, sees bright future


RBC I An affinity for small towns and an early interest in electricity have landed Alan Michalewicz as the new general manager of White River Electric Association, headquartered in Meeker.

WREA: No rate hike for residential, commercial customers

RBC I The White River Electric Association Board of Directors approved the 2014 Rate Schedule at its regularly scheduled November board meeting, and it was decided that there will not be an increase in residential power rates for the year.

WREA helps clean up storm branches

RBC | The early winter storm on Oct. 3 left branches laying in yards and along area streets. White River Electric Association asked Rio Blanco County to join in its clean-up of remaining downed tree limbs along Meeker’s streets on Monday and Tuesday.

White River Electric has 4 journeyman line workers

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MEEKER I Dustin Allen, an employee with White River Electric Association in Meeker, has successfully completed one of the most comprehensive training programs in the world for power line personnel. With his completed course, he joins Chris Stanworth (7-1-11), Nathan Pelloni (1-1-12), and Brett Berthelson (4-1-13) as journeyman line workers for WREA.

Open house for Dick Welle retirement

MEEKER | The public is invited to a retirement open house on Saturday in honor of retiring WREA General Manager Dick Welle.

Fall Festival 2013: Community joins to aid non-profits, have fun

MEEKER I Downtown Meeker will be buzzing from 11 a.m. to mid afternoon on Saturday as Mountain Valley Bank hosts its 10th annual Fall Festival with co-sponsors White River Electric Association (WREA) and the ERBM Recreation and Park District for the benefit of local non-profit fund-raising efforts.

WREA holds annual meeting, says goodbye to GM Richard Welle

RBC I White River Electric Association celebrated its annual stockholders’ meeting Sept. 11 at the Fairfield Community Center, also commemorating the Sept. 11 anniversary with a moment of silence and a patriotic theme.

Dick Welle to retire from WREA after 38 years

Dick Welle, the general manager of White River Electric Association officially retires on Oct. 1 after 38 years with the company and 12 years at the helm. Welle plans to remain in Meeker and enjoy a little more time fishing and relaxing, but he will also stay on with WREA/Tri-State as a consultant.

RBC I On Oct. 1, Dick Welle will no longer be standing by the window of his second-story office, overlooking the domain that has filled his life for 38 years. On that date, he is stepping down as general manager of White River Electric Association (WREA).

Electric co-ops disappointed by Hickenlooper’s approval of SB-252

MEEKER I Colorado’s not-for-profit electric cooperatives are deeply disappointed that Gov. Jon Hickenlooper chose to sign Senate Bill 13-252, which doubles cooperative renewable energy mandates with no additional time for compliance and raises electric rates for rural Coloradans when they can least afford it.