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Spring is upon us and in Southwest Colorado that means forthcoming elections for the La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) Board of Directors. Each year, the member-owners of LPEA  (anyone with an electric meter account) choose the directors to manage the electric cooperative.

Ballots arrive mid-May, and SJCA is encouraging support for incumbent Tim Wheeler in District 4 (northern La Plata County); Ted Compton in District 3 (city of Durango); and Mark Walser in District 2 (southern La Plata County). These three director candidates will continue momentum at LPEA for cheaper, cleaner, local renewable energy sources than what’s available from our wholesale electric supplier, Tri-State.

Meanwhile, Tri-State is caught between the proverbial rock and hard place. The company is all-in on coal, much to the consternation of Colorado consumers but to the hurrahs of Wyoming coal producers.

Spring also brings renewal and opportunities for outdoor activities. Our first-ever BioBlitz in the HD Mountains will document the remarkable botanical and wildlife values of this remote area southeast of Bayfield.

Join us for an update on the BioBlitz and other public land topics by Jimbo Buickerood, our public lands and forest protection manager, at our upcoming May Monthly Scoop meeting.

As vaccination levels increase and warm weather abounds, we’re hopeful for a return to normal sooner rather than later. We hope to see you at in-person events later this summer!

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