Utilities – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 21 Nov 2019 19:58:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 Park Avenue gas leak takes hours to repair http://www.pagosasun.com/park-avenue-gas-leak-takes-hours-to-repair/ Thu, 21 Nov 2019 22:00:41 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=191607 A main gas line on Park Avenue was accidentally struck during construction on Nov. 15, prompting a nearly four-hour repair, according to Pagosa Fire Protection District (PFPD) Deputy Chief Karn Macht.

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Public Meetings http://www.pagosasun.com/public-meetings-198/ Thu, 21 Nov 2019 22:00:22 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=191599 The following meetings are subject to change.
Thursday, Nov. 21
Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Pagosa Springs Sanitation General Improvement District meeting. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Monday, Nov. 25
Pagosa Springs Urban Renewal Authority discussion. 5 p.m., Town Hall, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Archuleta County Combined Dispatch Exploratory Subcommittee meeting. 4 p.m., Town Hall, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Tuesday, Nov. 26
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Town Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments and Design Review Board. 5:30 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Monday, Dec. 2
Combined Dispatch Executive Management board meeting. 9:30 a.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center board room, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Tuesday, Dec. 3
Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Pagosa Springs Sanitation General Improvement District meeting. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Dec. 4-8
Archuleta School District 50 Joint Board of Education Notice of Gathering. The board will be traveling to Colorado Springs to attend the annual Colorado Association of School Boards conference.
Wednesday, Dec. 4
San Juan Water Conservancy District meeting. 5 p.m., 46 Eaton Drive, Unit 5.
Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation regular board meeting. 5:30 p.m., Chamber of Commerce conference room, 105 Hot Springs Blvd.
Monday, Dec. 9
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors regular meeting. 5 p.m., 7 Parelli Way.
CSU Extension Advisory Board meeting. 11:30 a.m., CSU Extension office, 344 U.S. 84.
Tuesday, Dec. 10
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Republican Women’s meeting. Noon, Boss Hogg’s, 157 Navajo Trail Drive.
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting. 1:30 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta School District Board of Education work session and regular meeting. 5 p.m. work session, 6 p.m. regular meeting, Pagosa Springs High School auditorium, 800 S. 8th St.
Pagosa Springs Area Tourism Board meeting. 4:30 p.m., Visitor Center, 105 Hot Springs Blvd.
Pagosa Fire Protection District Board of Directors meeting and Board of Trustees of the Pagosa Fire Protection District Firemen’s Pension Fund regular meeting. 6:30 p.m., Station 1, Training Room, 191 N. Pagosa Blvd.
Public meeting information should be sent to editor@pagosasun.com with “Public Meeting” in the subject line. The deadline is noon Monday each week prior to publication for that week’s issue.

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Cooperative invests abandoned funds into community projects http://www.pagosasun.com/cooperative-invests-abandoned-funds-into-community-projects/ Thu, 21 Nov 2019 22:00:12 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=191648 By Lonnie Tucker
Special to The SUN
In an effort to make good use of idle funds left abandoned by former members of La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) as unclaimed capital credits, the cooperative’s board of directors has awarded 20 new Educational/Special Project Grants totaling $150,000 to nonprofit organizations in its service territory.

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LPEA member satisfaction survey scheduled to begin Nov. 12 http://www.pagosasun.com/lpea-member-satisfaction-survey-scheduled-to-begin-nov-12/ Thu, 14 Nov 2019 22:00:49 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=191183 By Lonnie Tucker
Special to The SUN
To help determine members’ opinions and electricity practices, plus better serve its members in the future, La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) has contracted with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Market Research Services to survey a sampling of households in Archuleta County. The telephone and online surveys are scheduled to begin Nov. 12.

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Diversion flows and water production up slightly since last week http://www.pagosasun.com/diversion-flows-and-water-production-up-slightly-since-last-week/ Thu, 14 Nov 2019 22:00:10 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=191217 Diversion flows, in total, are up by .5 cubic feet per second (cfs) from last week, coming in at 6.0 cfs for this week, according to a press release from Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District Manager Justin Ramsey.

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LPEA files complaint with Colorado Public Utilities Commission LPEA seeks reasonable exit charge from Tri-State to weigh future options http://www.pagosasun.com/lpea-files-complaint-with-colorado-public-utilities-commission-lpea-seeks-reasonable-exit-charge-from-tri-state-to-weigh-future-options/ Thu, 07 Nov 2019 11:58:58 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=190542 By Lonnie Tucker
Special to The SUN
La Plata Electric Association Inc. (LPEA) filed a complaint Tuesday with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) asking the PUC to determine a just and reasonable exit charge to allow LPEA to potentially withdraw from membership in Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association Inc.
LPEA asked Tri-State for an exit charge over four months ago, but Tri-State has yet to respond to that request. Instead, Tri-State has unilaterally declared a moratorium on any exit charge discussions with any of its members, including LPEA. At the same time, Tri-State continues efforts to become Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rate jurisdictional, which Tri-State claims will circumvent the PUC of its authority under Colorado law to determine exit charges for Tri-State members.
“We have run out of options to obtain a fair exit charge from Tri-State,” said Jessica Matlock, LPEA CEO. “Particularly in light of Tri-State’s exit charge moratorium, combined with its efforts to circumvent PUC jurisdiction over exit charges, we needed to act now. It is our responsibility to LPEA members to examine all future power supply options. We cannot adequately do this unless we have been provided an exit charge that would allow us to potentially withdraw from Tri-State on terms that are fair — both to LPEA and its members, and to Tri-State’s remaining members.”
Bob Lynch, LPEA board president, said, “It is important as a board that we work hard to keep all of our power supply options open so that our members have the most affordable, reliable and cleanest power possible. This complaint helps ensure that LPEA will have the best options to choose from in the future.”
In 2019, LPEA celebrated 80 years providing safe, reliable electricity at the lowest reasonable cost to approximately 34,000 members, located in the counties of La Plata, Archuleta, and segments of Hinsdale, Mineral and San Juan. LPEA also recently adopted the strategic goal of significantly reducing LPEA’s carbon footprint by the year 2030 while keeping its members’ cost of electricity low.
“We need to take proactive steps to position ourselves to meet these goals,” Matlock added.

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Drop in water levels reported at some local lakes http://www.pagosasun.com/drop-in-water-levels-reported-at-some-local-lakes/ Thu, 31 Oct 2019 21:00:36 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=190254 Since last week, three of the five local lakes have seen reported drops in water levels, according to a press release from Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District Manager Justin Ramsey.

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2020 draft budget outlined for PAWSD http://www.pagosasun.com/2020-draft-budget-outlined-for-pawsd/ Thu, 31 Oct 2019 21:00:15 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=190252 The 2020 draft budget for the Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District (PAWSD) was presented to its governing board on Oct. 24.

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LPEA continues support of Durango Gun Club Sight-in Days http://www.pagosasun.com/lpea-continues-support-of-durango-gun-club-sight-in-days/ Mon, 28 Oct 2019 11:00:07 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=189819 By Lonnie Tucker
Special to The SUN
In an effort to both assist hunters and protect valuable electrical equipment, La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) will continue its support of Sight-in Days at the Durango Gun Club Outdoor Range in advance of the next big game season, Thursday and Friday, Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
During Sight-in Days, the Durango Gun Club on La Posta Road is open to the general public for rifle scope sighting and hunters are encouraged to take advantage of the controlled environment to prepare their firearms for the season.
LPEA has contributed $500 to cover costs incurred by the club for the Sight-in Days events.
Durango Gun Club staff will be on hand during Sight-in Days to answer questions, provide assistance and do minor firearm repairs.
The Durango Gun Club’s outdoor range is located on CR 213 (La Posta Road). For further information, contact Joseph Perino, Durango Gun Club secretary/treasurer, at 749-3453.

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Public Meetings http://www.pagosasun.com/public-meetings-194/ Thu, 24 Oct 2019 21:00:37 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=189755 The following meetings are subject to change.
Thursday, Oct. 24
Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District regular meeting. 5 p.m., 100 Lyn Ave.
Pagosa Springs Town Council work session. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Tuesday, Oct. 29
Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation Friends Breakfast. 7:30 a.m., Visiting Angels conference room, 301 N. Pagosa Blvd., Ste. B-10.
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners special meeting — annual tour of county jail (includes travel time). 9 a.m., La Plata County Jail, 742 Turner Drive, Durango.
Town Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments and Design Review Board. 5:30 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Archuleta School District Board of Education special meeting. 6 p.m., Pagosa Springs Middle School library, 309 Lewis St.
Wednesday, Oct. 30
Archuleta County Employee Benefits and Wellness Fair. 6:30 a.m., Archuleta County Extension office, 344 U.S. 84.
Pagosa Springs Town Council budget work session. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Monday, Nov. 4
Dispatch Executive Management Board. 9:30 a.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center board room, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Tuesday, Nov. 5
Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m., Ross Aragon Community Center, 451 Hot Springs Blvd.
Wednesday, Nov. 6
Town of Pagosa Springs Historic Preservation Board special meeting. 4:30 p.m., Town Hall conference room, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Thursday, Nov. 7
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners special work session — 2020 budget departmental review. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Monday, Nov. 11
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors regular meeting. 3 p.m., 7 Parelli Way.
Tuesday, Nov. 12
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Republican Women’s meeting. Noon, Boss Hogg’s, 157 Navajo Trail Drive.
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting. 1:30 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta School District Board of Education work session and regular meeting. 5 p.m. work session, 6 p.m. regular meeting, Pagosa Springs Middle School library, 309 Lewis St.
Record of the proceedings of the Public Hearing on the Proposed 2020 Budgets of the Pagosa Fire Protection District and the Firemen’s Pension Fund and the regular meeting of the Pagosa Fire Protection District Board of Directors. 6:30 p.m., Station 1, Training Room, 191 N. Pagosa Blvd.
Wednesday, Nov. 13
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners special work session — 2020 budget departmental review. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Planning Commission regular meeting. 6 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Thursday, Nov. 14
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners special work session — 2020 budget departmental review. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Pagosa Springs Town Council budget work session. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Public meeting information should be sent to editor@pagosasun.com with “Public Meeting” in the subject line. The deadline is noon Monday each week prior to publication for that week’s issue.

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