NEWS: Tuesday March 9, 2010

Mar 9th @ 11:40 am in News by Scott Staley

San Miguel Power Association, Inc. (SMPA) will have two board positions up for election this year. The director representatives for District 3 and 6 will be elected at the co-op’s annual meeting to be held June 5, 2010 at the San Miguel County Fairgrounds. The district areas are listed below.

District 3: Norwood Town, Rural Norwood, Rico, Elk Mountain, Placerville, Specie Mesa
District 6: Ridgway, Colona, Idlewilde Estates, East Log Hill, Elk Meadows

Members living within those districts who are interested in running for a board position must pick up a nomination packet from SMPA. For further information or questions please contact, SMPA Executive Secretary Toni Bertorello, (970) 626-5549 or

Nominees must reside within the district for which they are running and return their nomination petition, signed by 15 or more registered members from within that district, on or before 5:30 pm, April 20, 2010. SMPA will not be responsible for missed deadlines due to delays in mail service.  Nomination petitions can be mailed or dropped off in person at any of the following office locations:

Mailing Address
PO Box 1150, Ridgway, CO 81432

Physical Address
170 W. 10th Avenue, Nucla, CO 81424
720 N. Railroad Street, Ridgway, CO 81432

SMPA board members serve four year terms and have the responsibility of setting the strategic direction for the cooperative. Directors are required to represent the membership on a fair and impartial basis for the best interest of all members and attend regularly scheduled board meetings. Attendance at national, state and local meetings, where the interest of San Miguel Power is concerned, is often necessary as well.

“Directors deal with many complex issues facing the changing utility environment.  They must invest the time to learn and stay abreast of these issues to effectively represent the members in board decisions,” explained SMPA General Manager Kevin Ritter.

San Miguel Power Association, Inc. is a member owned, locally controlled rural electric cooperative with offices in Nucla and Ridgway, CO. It is the mission of San Miguel Power Association, Inc. to demonstrate corporate responsibility and community service while providing safe, reliable, cost effective and   environmentally responsible electrical service. SMPA serves approximately 9,600 members and 13,000 meters and supports local communities with $200,000 annually in property taxes.
Source: Press Release   (Posted 11:29a)

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today announced his endorsement of former Lieutenant Governor Jane Norton for the United States Senate. Before serving as Attorney General, Suthers served as District Attorney in his hometown of Colorado Springs.

“Jane Norton is a person of principle and integrity, and I am certain she will be an exceptional representative for the citizens of this state in the U.S. Senate,” commented Suthers. “She has a proven track record of experience in tackling and solving big issues, and I believe she is the right person to stand up for Colorado’s law enforcement community in our nation’s capitol.”

Suthers is a former U.S. Attorney and former member of Governor Bill Owens’ cabinet.  He currently serves on the executive committee of the National Association of Attorneys General and as chairman of the Conference of Western Attorneys General.

“Jane Norton is just what we need in the U.S. Senate: a Colorado conservative,” continued Suthers.  “She will be a strong voice for common sense solutions to the challenges we face.”

“The people of Colorado couldn’t ask for a better Attorney General than John Suthers,” said Norton. “He is a true statesman and model of how to solve law enforcement challenges through cooperation and hard work. I am proud to have his backing as we continue to work to return Colorado values to the United States Senate.”
Source: Press Release   (Posted 10:40a)