Several features highlighted rural communities and the unique relationship several have with land and agriculture. For Columbia Basin in Oregon, Jody Foss reported on landowners and conservationists joining forces for the future. For Surprise Valley Electric, Jean Bilodeaux profiled a brand inspector protecting cattle owners against theft in California. Craig Reed shared the story of rancher who loves her job for Blachly-Lane Electric in Oregon. For Wells Rural Electric, Dianna Troyer profiled a veterinarian who makes house calls throughout Northern Nevada.
This month, several utilities shared co-op news with their readers. In Arizona, Anza Electric informed members about long-term upgrades to their grid. Matt Bergan shared the completion of Kotzebue Electric’s solar project in Alaska. Graham County Electric updated members on pole maintenance and other system improvements. Oregon Trail Electric shared their commitment to their members by sharing projects and events in their community.
The manager’s message is a powerful communication tool for cooperatives. In Louisiana, Jeff Davis Electric general manager Michael Heinen updated members on annual meeting changes. Jeff Brewington, CEO of Glades Electric in Florida, shared how they are helping members cope with COVID-19 as things return to normal. In Oregon, General Manager and CEO Brent Bischoff shared Coos-Curry Electric’s energy portfolio with readers. Klickitat PUD General Manager Jim Smith updated members about local facilities and fire season preparation.
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