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McClave Students Win LUB/ARPA Scholarships

Blake Brubaker

Blake Brubaker

Two McClave High School students, James Steerman, who will be attending Western State Colorado University where he plans to study Business Finance and Administration and Blake Brubacher who will be attending Colorado State University where he plans to study Construction Management, were announced as the Lamar Utility Board/ARPA scholarship winners during the board’s regular meeting, Tuesday, May 9th.

Each student will receive $1,000 to apply to their college career.  The scholarships are open to students who reside in an area which receives their electric power from ARPA and Lamar Light and Power and each student must submit a composition which is judged by a committee.   There were no submissions from Lamar or Wiley high schools.

James Steerman

James Steerman

Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, noted that 41 poles were destroyed in the recent spring snowstorm that knocked out power to several sections of Prowers County in the late April storm. Two pole mount transformers as well as line hardware equipment was also damaged.  “We’ll turn the losses in to the insurance company,” he told the board members.  Asked if some of the poles could be re-used in some fashion or sold, the board was told that because only the base of the poles are treated, they wouldn’t last for very long.  Most damage took place in the southern and eastern sections of the LUB service area, along Highway 196 from CR 13 to Bristol, CR JJ and 29, CR LL, between Rd 17 and 19 and CR CC to the Central Plant and the water wells circuit.  Holly used its town generator and back fed Bristol and Hartman for 24 hours until power was fully restored.

The utility board financial statements showed cash is up $241,868 from December 2016 and accounts receivable decreased by $325,662. Total operating revenue for March is $969,705 and total operating costs were $1,011,117 for a gross operating loss of $41,412.  When the non-operating revenues and expenses are taken into consideration there is a net loss for the month of $195,433.

By Russ Baldwin

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