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Outage Map & Status

If you are without power, please call us at 541-484-1151.

Current Outage Information

There are no large scale outages at this time.

Planned Power Outages

There are no planned outages at this time.

Holiday Farm Fire Information

Please see our Holiday Farm Fire page for updates on our progress up the McKenzie River.

Stay safe and please do not approach downed lines. Always assume that they are energized!

General Outage Information

On any given day, electric utilities experience small power outages across their service areas. For example, a tree in the line, a vehicle crash into a pole, or even a squirrel on a transformer can affect a single home or small pockets of members in a specific area. As such, when you look at our outage map, regardless of time of day, you might see outages appearing on the map and in the table to the right of the map, even if there are no “large-scale” outages. Our outage map displays real-time activities that are occurring, 24-7-365.

Lane Electric’s mission is to provide members with safe, reliable electric service – day and night. Despite our best efforts, severe weather and unusual circumstances can wreak havoc and cause a power outage that can last for hours or days. For more information, please review our Power Outage Tips.

Lane Electric also communicates outage information to the following media outlets:

Television: KMTR-16, KEZI-9, KVAL-13, FOX
Radio: KLCC (89.7), KUGN (590AM), KZEL (96.1), KKNX (84), KPNW (1120AM), KNND (1400AM), KMGE (94.5), KKNU (93), KRVM (91.9)
Newspaper: Cottage Grove Sentinel, The Creswell Chronicle, Fern Ridge Review, Highway 58 Herald, McKenzie River Reflections, Oakridge Dead Mountain Echo, The Register-Guard

Planned Power Outages

Every so often planned power outages are necessary because of needed repairs or upgrades to our system. These dramatically reduce the likelihood of unexpected outages in the future and help improve reliability. We know outages are very inconvenient and we try to minimize the number of them we have each year. We appreciate your understanding and patience with us.

Members in affected areas should receive a call about upcoming outages. We also plan to send a reminder call closer to the actual outage. Please call our office if you feel you need to update your contact information.

For all members using medical equipment requiring electrical power, you will need to make provisions for these power outages.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who is BPA/Bonneville Power Administration?

Bonneville Power Administration, also referred to as BPA, provides the transmission lines to Lane Electric’s distribution lines. Lane Electric purchases wholesale power from BPA; they market wholesale electrical power from 31 federal hydroelectric projects in the Northwest, one non-federal nuclear plant and several small non-federal power plants. They operate and maintain about three-fourths of the high-voltage transmission in their service territory. BPA’s territory includes Idaho, Oregon, Washington, western Montana and small parts of eastern Montana, California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming.

2. Why is this outage necessary?

BPA operates and owns one of the nation’s largest high voltage systems. Created in 1937, major construction of their high voltage transmission system happened between 1940-1960. Fast forward a few years, this is an aging system that we depend on for reliable service. Without proper maintenance of their equipment, Lane Electric customers could experience unplanned outages with unknown durations. When BPA’s system is more reliable, ours is too!

3. Why during the night?

Lane Electric and BPA work together to try and find a time that is least disruptive. We know this is not necessarily convenient for everyone, as we are a diverse community, but we do our best to balance the impacts of a planned outage. Crews will be working during the night, hoping this is least disruptive to our members when most people are asleep.

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Manager's Message

Governor Brown, Please Stop Damaging Litigation

Dear Co-op Community Members:

Debi Wilson Last November, Northwest utilities received news Oregon Gov. Kate Brown intended to sue the federal government over management of the Federal Columbia River System. At that time, I, along with other stakeholders, pleaded with the governor to come to the table and collaborate, as she previously agreed to do. On July 16, utilities were extremely disappointed to learn Gov. Brown’s administration filed a preliminary injunction with the U.S. District Court.

If approved by the court, the preliminary injunction would require spill across the lower Snake River dams and the main stem Columbia dams, which will significantly impact public power’s hydroelectric system. This would most likely supersede the flex spill arrangement previously negotiated with Oregon requiring spill 24/7 year-round.

Oregon’s motion for a preliminary injunction is misdirected in terms of recovering salmon. If the court orders anything remotely close to what Oregon demands, it will have extremely negative and dire consequences for everyone. First, spill will potentially cost more than $100 million a year. That equates to about a 5% increase in rates charged to us by the Bonneville Power Administration.

Second, spill will result in substantial increases in greenhouse gas emissions. Lane Electric receives clean, renewable energy from BPA. Ironically, the loss of available power would need to be offset by energy sources with higher carbon content. This undermines the governor’s long-term carbon reduction goals, which goes against the policy direction of Oregon and electric utilities.

Finally, and extremely concerning, spill of this magnitude increases the risk of blackouts.

All these impacts are well documented in the federal government’s environmental impact statement, along with mounting empirical and physical evidence. Furthermore, these impacts hit lower-income and underserved communities the hardest.

Along with several other utility stakeholders, I signed a letter to Governor Brown asking her to withdraw or end these proceedings. We do not agree you can simultaneously litigate and negotiate. Governor Brown needs to remain committed to the Columbia Basin Collaborative she agreed to and help end the never-ending litigation surrounding salmon issues. Oregonians, our neighboring states, and other stakeholders deserve a collaborative effort.

Sincerely,

Sincerely,
Debi Wilson

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Lane Electric invites new members to its three member-led committees

By Craig Reed

lots of hands coloring a lightbulb on paperThere is more to Lane Electric Cooperative than just being a member, flipping on the light switch, and paying the power bill.

Interested members can be active participants on one of three co-op committees: Election and Credentials Committee, Nominating Committee, or the Scholarship Committee.

Being a committee member offers additional insight to cooperative concepts—whether it is checking elections and voting procedures, considering nominees for board positions, or evaluating student scholarship applications.

Lane Electric Cooperative encourages members to check the details of each of these committees and, if interested, apply for a position by contacting the co-op at by emailing Lane Electric.

Following are summaries of each committee and comments from committee members.

Elections & Credentials Committee

This committee must have a minimum of three members, but no more than seven. Current members are Jon Lundquist of the Row River District, John Dubin of the Central District, Deanna Hadley of the Oakridge District, and Ron and Judy England of the McKenzie District.

Members are appointed by the co-op’s board of directors and serve three-year terms.

According to the co-op’s bylaws, “The Committee shall establish or approve the manner of conducting member registration and voting, count ballots, announce winners and pass on all questions which may arise with respect to member eligibility to vote or run for the board, the effect of any ballots irregularly or indecisively marked, and election conduct by candidates and advocates.”

John, a six-year member of the committee, says the basic mission is to oversee the voting process during board of director elections, typically in May.

“It’s grassroots democracy at its very, very best,” John says. “To have input to the co-op’s democratic process, to see how the process works, to make sure it’s correct is worth it.”

The committee oversees collection of ballots and hand counts them twice. Elections are usually just for board positions, but sometimes there is an issue on the ballot.

The election averages 700 to 800 ballots annually from a possible 10,500.

Nominating Committee

This committee must have a minimum of five members, but no more than 11. Currently, there are six members: Mike Galvin of the Row River District; Amanda Deedon, Leslie Poole, Sarah MacArthur, and Gary Foster of the Central District; and Bev McCulley of the Oakridge District.

Members are appointed by the co-op’s board of directors and serve three-year terms.

According to the co-op’s bylaws, “The Committee must nominate one or more qualified members for election as a director for each vacancy that is to be filled by election at the annual meeting. The Committee shall provide candidates with information on general director duties, continuing qualification and education requirements, and time commitment. There is no pre-determined process for the Committee to follow when deciding on a slate of candidates, which may or may not include any incumbent.”

Sarah, a four-year committee member, says she enjoys finding and identifying people who can help the cooperative.

“You’re involved in making sure good people are participating in making policy decisions at the board level,” she says. “You have a say in getting good people in those decision-making positions.”

The committee makes sure correct procedures are followed for recruiting potential board members, including sending out notices about upcoming elections and reviewing applications from candidates. If there are concerns about a candidate and the application, the committee can call the person in for an interview.

“I think it is important for all of us who are part of a society to honestly assess how we can contribute based on our knowledge and what we enjoy,” Sarah says. “How we fit into the world around us and become an active member in creating or improving the system around us is important.”

Sarah says becoming a member of the Nominating Committee has been an educational experience. She has learned how a co-op works, issues involved in running an electric co-op, the history of electric co-ops, and the sources of electricity.

“From the education to being able to watch how this co-op functions, I’m delighted to be a part of the committee and the co-op,” she says.

Scholarship Committee

This committee currently has eight members: Kathy Keable and Margaret Beilharz of the McKenzie District; Ingrid Kessler, Meredith Clark and Linda DeSpain of the Central District; Faye Stewart and Jennifer Violet of the Row River District; and Judy Hampton of the Oakridge District. Kathy and Ingrid are also members of the Lane Electric Board of Directors.

Members are appointed by the board of directors and serve three-year terms. This committee extends invitations to schools and students to submit applications for any of five Lane Electric scholarships, reviews the applications, and selects recipients.

Each year, the co-op offers $20,000 in scholarships to help its members begin their college journey or return to school to seek a new career.

The five scholarships are $4,500 to a high school graduate to attend Lane Community College; the $4,500 Dave D’Avanzo Memorial Community Scholarship to attend LCC with the goal of starting a new career; $5,500 to attend a trade school for those interested in line construction and the electric utility industry; and two $3,000 college-of-your-choice scholarships to two- or four-year accredited colleges.

Applicants must be LEC members or dependents of qualifying members.

“I really want to see the kids in any area succeed,” says Judy, a 15-year member of the committee. “I want those rural kids to have the same opportunity any other kids have. Any money I can give them or get for them is well worth any time it might take me being on the committee. There are great kids everywhere trying to go forward, and it’s a pleasure to help them.”

Kathy says the co-op wants to encourage students to further their educations.

“This is a great way to support our members or their students,” Kathy says. “The co-op gives back to the community. This is just one way it does it.”

Ingrid says the scholarships are a good way to recognize the talents and achievements of applicants. Applications must include a letter of introduction describing one’s self and personal goals, a student’s school transcript, a work history, two letters of recommendation, and a short essay explaining, “What is an electric co-op?”

“Serving on this committee is a great way to provide for the future—not just for these individuals, but also to help shape the future of our community at large,” Ingrid says. “These same people will be tomorrow’s leaders. We can help them along their ways.”

She says being on the committee and reviewing the scholarship applications is “a very important investment for our future.”

“It’s part of our commitment to our community,” she adds. “We would love to welcome new members to this great committee.

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September 28, 2021, 11:16 AM

Harvesting the Queen’s Bounty

Couple combine their skill sets to create local honey business

By Craig Reed

By combining their individual skill sets, Jessica Jones and Scott Perkins figured they could create a sweet business operation.

Scott had three years of experience as a beekeeper and a handful of his own beehives. Jessica had marketing and sales experience from working in the beverage and food industry.

The couple established their own family business, Queen’s Bounty Honey, in 2016 on rural property off Territorial Highway.

Now in their fifth business year, Jessica and Scott have a successful operation with around 600 beehives, an annual harvest of hundreds of pounds of honey and honeycomb, and a market for those two products in numerous stores and gift shops around Oregon and at a couple of airports.

“Scott suggested Queen’s Bounty and I loved it,” Jessica says of the business name.

A queen bee is most important to a hive and the making of honey.

“We’ve put in a ton of work,” Scott says. “I’m happy with where we have ended up. Hard work just pays off.”

Scott, 38, got into beekeeping for a couple reasons: He loves to eat honey and he was fascinated as a kid by the queen bee that his uncle ordered through the mail to launch a beekeeping hobby. With a big smile, Scott says there’s nothing like honey on cornbread.

“When the opportunity to be a beekeeper came available as an adult, I jumped at it,” says Scott, a Michigan State University graduate whose degree has an emphasis in biology, entomology, and understanding how organisms work together.

He completed the yearlong Oregon State University Extension Service’s Master Beekeeper Apprentice Program. He then worked as a beekeeping employee for three years and at the same time established several hives of his own on a hobby basis.

Jessica, 37, earned a master’s in business administration from Stanford University. Her education covered marketing, sales, human resources, information technology, permits, and licenses.

The two met while living in San Luis Obispo, California, and married in 2013 after moving to Lane County.

Jessica was using her business skills while working for a family-owned brewery when the couple decided to turn their focus to a bee and honey business.

“We thought we had complementary skill sets,” Jessica says. “Scott knew he could answer the bee questions, ‘Are they queenless, do they need to be fed, are there mites?’ I felt like I could do the packaging and selling.”

Jessica and Scott appreciate the skills each bring in making their business a success.

“It’s pretty amazing to see how Scott reads what the bees need,” Jessica says. “It takes years to get to that point where you know what you’re doing, and he’s nine years in.

“I don’t envy him out there in January in the sleet moving hives. They’re heavy and it’s hard.”

Scott is quick to say he would rather do 10 hours of production with the bees than five hours of selling.

“Jessica’s doing a great job selling,” he says. “You have to be on all the time as a salesperson, and she’s able to do that.”

Scott drives a load of hives to almond orchards in California for the month of February and then takes hives to different locations in rural areas around Eugene during Oregon’s honey-making season of March through July, when plants and trees are in bloom. The hives are placed in agricultural settings, but also in home yards.

Scott says people can be bee-friendly by planting pollinator-friendly plants. One resource for those interested in helping the bee population is the Pollinator Partnership.

When Scott brings the hives back to his home property, he harvests surplus honey, but leaves enough in each hive for the bees to feed on during the winter.

Honey from the different hives is not blended together but is kept separate and packaged according to where it was produced. That allows there to be different varieties, such as blackberry, wildflower, and forest flower.

After the honey is bottled and the honeycomb is packaged, Jessica makes deliveries to retail sites and individuals who have made purchases through Queen’s Bounty Honey’s website.

Queens Bounty raw honey“Nothing is guaranteed,” Jessica says of the business. “You have to work at it constantly. Anybody who does farming knows you’re at the mercy of the weather. Things can happen with the bees. You always have to be looking ahead to deal with any issues.”

The couple say they have enjoyed growing with the business in a rural setting.

“It’s been a wonderful experience,” Jessica says. “Do I want to wake up, go to an office, and trade stocks all day? No. It’s wonderful working with my spouse, working on the property in a beautiful setting, controlling my own schedule.”

“A rewarding part of this,” Scott says, “is you see something completely through the process, from farm to jar.”

Jessica and Scott are pleased their decision to turn honey into a home business has resulted in a sweet deal.

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September 1, 2021, 12:51 PM

Rebuilding Blue River

The community is rebounding after the Holiday Farm Fire

By Craig Reed

One year after a fire torched the McKenzie River drainage and destroyed the Blue River community, the recovery process is slowly progressing.

Many residents have rebounded from the initial shock of the devastation left by the 173,393-acre Holiday Farm Fire last September and are doing their best to move forward. A few have decided they cannot deal with the blackened landscape and have made plans to settle elsewhere.

“Recovery is a marathon, not a sprint,” says Matt McRae, the long-term disaster recovery manager for Lane County. “Building a home from scratch is a long-term endeavor. Most of us buy a home already built. Most people don’t build from scratch. It can be a yearlong process.”

Kathy Keable, a Blue River area resident and a member of the Lane Electric Cooperative Board of Directors, agrees that recovery takes time.

A lot of the cleanup work is complete, with residents thanking the Cascade Relief Team, Reach Out Worldwide, and Love First for their major contributions to that effort. But those same residents say the permit process to rebuild structures has been slow and has delayed construction.

Melanie Stanley-Brite, who lost both her Blue River grocery/liquor store and her nearby house to the fire, says rebuilding the community has been hindered by several challenges, including the permit process, high lumber costs, zoning, codes, and finding contractors.

“There’s a lot of significant challenges, but overall, I think people are trying to move forward as quickly as they can,” Melanie says. “If you have everything else in place, but don’t already have a contractor nailed down, it’ll be almost impossible to get one for at least several months.”

Jane Glen, a Blue River resident since 2003 and a U.S. Postal Service rural route carrier since 2006, agrees the permit process has been slow. As of late July, she has seen a few houses under construction. She says most people she has talked to remain positive as they deal with issues.

“Most people realize the community is not going to be what it was—at least not in the short term—but they’re pretty optimistic,” Jane says.

Blue River resident Ginny Budd says more construction in the area is needed to help raise people’s spirits.

Matt says the county has added staff to help with the permit process. He says he has fielded questions on permits and directed people to the appropriate county office and staff. He has also helped coordinate and connect nonprofit organizations that are helping to fund some of the recovery projects.

“We’re working to get people back on their feet,” Matt says. “It’s amazing the amount of motivation, determination, and creativity of those who have been affected. Many of those people just won’t take no for an answer.”

The Blue River Tool Library was established by the Timber Unity group last fall, soon after the fire had cooled down and people were allowed to return to the area. A variety of tools— from shovels to wheelbarrows to chainsaws—were donated and are loaned out to help residents with their projects.

Anthony Abel, an eight-year resident of Blue River, manages the tool library.

“The response has been great, with both tool and monetary donations,” he says.

Anthony says library tools were heavily used during cleanup, and he expects residents to use it again when they are able to begin construction projects.

“It’s been a difficult process for people,” he says of the rebuilding effort. “People have good days, people have bad days, but lately I’m seeing more good days. Hopefully that trend continues. I’ve been impressed with how the community and even beyond has come forward to support the fire survivors.”

Kathy says each Blue River Area resident’s situation is unique.

“We really miss our friends who have moved away but are so happy a few are finally conquering the permit process and are starting to rebuild,” she says. “Dealing with the trauma and change has been very difficult, especially during the COVID restrictions. It definitely helps that we can now meet in person and catch up with our neighbors. I think people are looking out for and helping each other more now than before the fire.”

There are a few more “for sale” signs on properties that were blackened by the fire. Those residents made the decision not to return because they didn’t want to deal with the permit process, or they didn’t have the energy for the rebuilding process.

Jane says properties are selling for more than their appraised values, so the area that features the nearby McKenzie River is still popular.

“Some of the community members are going to be different,” Jane says. “But the ones who are staying are very optimistic about it.”

Melanie, who hoped to have her permit to build a new house by the end of August, says she understands there are different reasons people have decided not to stay.

Her permit to build a new store is still in the application process.

“I’m glad there are still familiar faces here,” she says. “To those staying, I say ‘Thank you!’”

The community affected by the 2020 Holiday Farm Fire will gather on the McKenzie Community Track and Field on Monday, September 6, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in remembrance of the catastrophic event.

Art From the Ruins

art sculptures of human forms from cedar trees

Margaret Godfrey commissioned artist Chris Foltz to sculpt two dead 70-year-old cedar trees in front of her home into abstract human forms representing her and her husband, Mike, and the roots they put down at their family home. The trees were casualties of the Holiday Farm Fire.

“About all we agreed upon was there should be 2 heads that represented a male and female figures. I had no idea how he would, or could, somehow connect these 2 stumps, since they had a yard or 2 separation. They certainly would not be holding hands.”

Visit the Margaret Godfrey Art page to see more photos of the completed work.

Manager's Message

Hot Days of Summer

Dear Co-op Community Members:

Debi WilsonLabor Day is Monday, September 6. While we typically relax with family and friends and have parties and backyard barbecues, the holiday’s history was not so relaxing.

The labor movement created recognition of our nation’s workforce in the 19th century. When signed into law by President Grover Cleveland, Labor Day became a federal holiday June 28, 1894. The holiday pays tribute to the achievements of all American workers and their contributions to the success of our great nation.

This year has been incredibly busy for Lane Electric employees. Crews are recovering from the Holiday Farm Fire from one year ago. I want to thank the Lane Electric workforce for its hard work and contribution to the success of your electric cooperative.

Lane Electric employees—and many of you—will be taking Labor Day off to celebrate this important holiday.

For any business owners out there, giving your workers a day off is a nice way to say thank you and acknowledge the hard work they put in every day. Of course, the entire American workforce cannot take the day off.

Whether you and your crews are still working, if your power goes out and our linemen must restore it, or if you need to just run to the grocery store for another bag of buns, let’s make sure to thank and honor workers’ dedication.

This Labor Day, let’s go the extra mile to make sure American workers know how vital they are to the community and the country as a whole.

Remember, Labor Day isn’t just another day off: It’s a deeply rooted historical holiday honoring American workers and everything they have done to make our lives what they are today.

Thank you to all the American workers out there working hard to build our structures, fix our problems and make our lives livable. Happy Labor Day!

Sincerely,
Debi Wilson

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Willamette Fish Hatchery has history of partnering to stock local waters with a variety of species

Story and photos by Craig Reed

For more than 100 years, the fish hatchery on the east side of Oakridge has reared several types of water-loving creatures, resulting in millions of fingerlings and smolts being released into lakes, reservoirs, ponds, rivers, and streams in the Cascade Mountains and Willamette Valley.

Today, production at Willamette Fish Hatchery averages 5 million fish, but it has reached 7 million when conditions are perfect and there is a need to increase the state’s fish production.

“This is a very smooth-running facility,” says Dan Peck, manager of the hatchery the past 14 years. “There is pride when releasing smolts in the best condition they can be. You’ve done your part. You hope the fish do their thing in the ocean and then return. We’re producing the best product we can for the public to enjoy.”

Salmon Creek—which flows through the 35-acre property—provides the hatchery and its fish operation with the constant water needed for success.

Under the guidance of Dan and nine fish technicians, the facility incubates eggs, hatches them, and rears spring chinook, summer steelhead, and rainbow trout into salmon and trout fingerlings, salmon and steelhead smolts, and legal-sized rainbows before release. Fingerlings are 3 to 4 inches in length. Smolts are 6 to 8 inches, and the legal rainbows are 8 to 12 inches.

“We have a good crew here,” Dan says, noting the technicians live on the property, making them immediately available if a situation threatens the health of the fish. “Everybody is in it for the right reasons. We work together with the purpose of putting fish out there for people to catch and put on their table or to catch and release.”

The hatchery was first built in 1912.

At that time, it focused on salmon egg production and was under management of the state’s Fish Commission, which dealt with fish that went to the ocean.

In 1922, a hatchery for trout was built on the property. It was under management of the Game Commission.

The two hatcheries were side by side but worked separately—each with its own staff. In 1955, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers upgraded the dirt ponds for the salmon hatchery, and the site began rearing of fish. When the fish and game commissions merged into the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in the early 1970s, the two hatcheries soon were operated by one manager and a larger staff.

The hatchery raises more spring chinook than any other species, at 3.5 million a year. The broodstock is collected at the hatchery’s satellite facility at Dexter Dam. The fish are transported to the Oakridge facility and held until they are spawned in September. The young fish are reared, have their fins clipped, are shipped back to Dexter to acclimation ponds, and then are released as smolts.

The Willamette Fish Hatchery also partners with the South Santiam Hatchery to produce another 1 million spring chinook for South Santiam, which does not have incubation and rearing ponds. It ships eyed eggs—developed to the point where the eyes are visible—to Willamette, where they are hatched and reared before being returned as fingerlings.

The two hatcheries also partner on summer steelhead. South Santiam sends 300,000 eyed eggs to Willamette, where they are hatched and reared. Some are acclimated in the Dexter ponds and released as smolts into the Middle Fork of the Willamette River below Dexter Dam. Others are transferred to the Leaburg and McKenzie hatcheries as fingerlings and released into the McKenzie drainage as smolts.

For its rainbow trout program, Willamette receives 1 million eyed eggs from the Roaring River Fish Hatchery at Scio. The eggs are hatched. After the fish reach 8 to 12 inches in length, they are released into waters from the mountains to the valleys. Trout are also sent to the Leaburg hatchery, where they are released in central Lane County and the McKenzie River drainage.

Staff hopes for a smooth operation during the annual rearing of these millions of fish at the Willamette hatchery, but Dan says problems can pop up along the way.

He says the Salmon Creek water is almost pathogen-free, but there can be “a little bit of a parasite problem, mainly for the rainbows and steelhead.” A chemical can be added to the water to treat external parasites.

A cold-water disease can also impact the trout and steelhead, but that can be treated with antibiotics added to the fish feed.

Welcome to Willamette Fish Hatchery signUnder normal circumstances, these treatments take place a year before fish are released from the hatchery.

“We want to make sure the operation is done properly in order to create the best fish product, but we can’t control Mother Nature,” Dan says. “She can throw a monkey wrench into the best of plans, and you have to react.”

Last December, the Willamette hatchery began using its recently installed recirculation aqua system—the first such production facility in Oregon. The system raises fish on recycled water in a controlled environment with no diseases, predation, or outside influences.

Rainbow trout now swim in that system.

“It’s designed for rainbows, but you can raise anything in it,” Dan says. “It’s just that every species will be different in how you manage the system. It’s a learning curve—a whole new way of looking at fish culture.”

About the Hatchery Manager

Dan Peck grew up on a cattle ranch in the Reedsport area. He was attracted to working with fish when visiting the hatchery at Lincoln City, where a friend’s father was the manager.

“I liked it,” Dan says. “I loved the outdoors, and I wanted to do something in natural resources.”

Dan earned a two-year degree in fisheries technology at Mount Hood Community College in 1989. He has worked for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for 31 years—the last 28 years at the Willamette Fish Hatchery.

Manager's Message

Hot Days of Summer

Dear Co-op Community Members:

Debi WilsonI hope you are enjoying the beautiful days of summer. Whether you like to garden or spend time at a nearby lake or river, our community offers many outdoor activities during these summer months.

While summer brings joy to many, it also brings challenges, particularly this year. Summer weather started early in Oregon. While we enjoy these sunny days, there is also great concern across our state as we experience extreme drought conditions. There are worries about lakes drying up and high wildfire activity.

We want our members to be prepared as we continue to have warm, dry days in the upcoming weeks. Here are some things you can do around your home:

  • Clear needles, leaves, and other debris from roofs, gutters, porches, and decks.
  • Keep firewood piles at least 30 feet away from buildings.
  • Keep lawns mowed and hydrated. Dry grass and shrubs are easily ignited by wildfire.
  • Install metal mesh screening in attic and crawl space vents.
  • Remove all flammable outdoor items from decks and porches, such as cushions, doormats, and portable propane tanks.
  • Dispose of debris and lawn cuttings to reduce fuel for a wildfire.
  • Make a plan. Come up with two ways out if a wildfire threatens your area, and plan for pets and livestock.

There are more resources to help you prepare and learn to mitigate your risk. Visit the Firewise page and the National Fire Protection Association website.

What can you expect from Lane Electric? Crews will continue tree trimming and safety inspections and, if necessary, implementation of Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS).

A PSPS would occur in response to severe weather. Power to your area would be turned off to reduce the risk of wildfire and keep our community safe.

Discontinuing service is not taken lightly. Our goal would be to impact as few members as possible. We would make the decision to discontinue electric service based on a red-flag warning, extremely low humidity, high winds, or extremely dangerous conditions observed by a Lane Electric crew. We would notify members as soon as possible via phone, email, text, social media, and local media should this need to happen.

If you have questions, you can visit our Public Safety Power Shutoff page.

At Lane Electric we want to keep our members and communities safe. Please join us in making fire prevention a priority by following the rules and regulations meant to protect our state’s many treasures.

I hope you enjoy the last weeks of summer.

Sincerely,
Debi Wilson

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2021 LEC Scholarships

By Craig Reed

Lane Electric Cooperative has again recognized students in its service territory for their past work and their future goals. Five students are receiving Lane Electric scholarships to help with their tuition and fees. The following are profiles of the 2021 scholarship recipients and their future goals.

Melony Burnett

  • “Dave D’Avanzo Memorial” Community Membership-at-Large
  • $4,500 Scholarship to Lane Community College

After working the past 17 years in real estate, Melony Burnett decided it was time for a change.

She began her career transition earlier this year by enrolling at Lane Community College for winter term. She is working on a two-year transfer degree in general counseling for adults.

“There are a lot of different reasons for me making this change, but it’s important for me to do something where I feel like I can give back to the community,” says Melony, a Lowell resident. “I want a career that will allow me to continue making a positive impact in the community. I think there is a continuous need for counselors who are skilled in helping adults.”

Melony plans to transfer to an Oregon university to earn a four-year degree after completing her studies at LCC.

Melony graduated from Springfield High School in 1999 and moved to the San Francisco area, where she began her real estate career. She moved back to Lane County in 2014 and continued as a full-time real estate agent until deciding to make a change.

“This is very meaningful to me,” she says. “Although I’m extremely motivated right now, I’m even more motivated knowing this scholarship represents such an amazing person as Dave
D’Avanzo. Thank you so much, Lane Electric, for believing in me and for choosing me as one of your scholarship recipients.”

Emily Andrews

  • Graduating Senior
  • $4,500 Scholarship to Lane Community College

Two major fire events are behind Emily Andrews’ plans for her future.

The Blue River resident and high school senior plans to attend Lane Community College and pursue a career in firefighting paramedicine. She will begin her college studies this fall.

Emily previously wanted to be a veterinarian, but after last September’s Holiday Farm Fire that forced her family to evacuate their Blue River home, she changed her mind.

“I wanted to help people in a bigger way,” she says.

The other event that helped shape Emily’s career path was a fire near her grandmother’s house.

Neither fire destroyed the properties of Emily’s family, but they left a lasting impression.

“They definitely had a very big impact on me,” says Emily, who is a graduate of Frontier Charter Academy, an online school. “I like to have control, to solve problems. If I can become a firefighter paramedic, I can help people in situations similar to ours and help them get through those events.

“I’d like to thank Lane Electric for helping me get through the LCC classes to reach my goal.”

Carter Cunningham

  • College of Your Choice
  • $3,000 Scholarship

Carter Cunningham is following in his dad’s footsteps. Jason Cunningham is an accountant and according to Carter, “Dad’s been pretty successful at it.”

Carter plans to use his Lane Electric Cooperative scholarship to help with his expenses as a student at the University of Oregon.

“I’m pretty good with numbers, I like doing math, so it makes sense for me to pursue accounting,” Carter says.

The recent Creswell High School graduate was a busy student. He was student body president in his final year and was a member and then president of both the school’s National Honor Society chapter and Future Business Leaders of America club. He also played basketball and golf during his four high school years.

“One of my favorite things about Creswell was the community feel,” Carter says. “At school, all the teachers know you, and they do their best to help you.

“I’m super appreciative of Lane Electric’s support. The scholarship will go toward my goal to graduate debt-free.”

Jac Johnson

  • College of Your Choice
  • $3,000 Scholarship

After beginning to play musical instruments in grade school and continuing in high school, Jac Johnson
is ready to take his music to the next level.

The recent Churchill High School graduate plans to use his Lane Electric Cooperative scholarship to help with expenses while attending the University of Oregon this fall. He plans to major in popular music studies and minor in audio production.

“The University of Oregon is supposed to be the best school for music production north of Los Angeles,” Jac says, “and I’ll still be close to family.”

Jac began playing music in second grade while attending Rock Band—an after-school program. He first learned to play guitar and drums. In the sixth grade, he learned to play the upright bass. A year later, he began playing the saxophone. In high school, he played in the concert and jazz bands and got involved in theater productions as a sound technician.

“I like all these different instruments and expanding my knowledge of them all,” he says.

Jac says he also enjoyed studying about electric cooperatives before submitting his scholarship application.

“It was fun researching what a cooperative does, the power service it provides to a community as well as supporting local groups,” he says. “I’m very grateful for its support of me.”

Audra Chapman

  • College of Your Choice
  • $3,500 Special Scholarship

COVID-19 ruined Audra Chapman’s travel plans in 2020. She had been selected as Lane Electric Cooperative’s representative on the annual National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Youth Tour, but the trip to Washington, D.C., was canceled by the pandemic.

To recognize Audra and to help ease her disappointment in not being able to make the trip, the cooperative presented her with a scholarship of $3,500—the amount that would have been spent if the trip had been made.

“A huge thank you to Lane Electric,” Audra says. “They could have just easily said, ‘COVID, too bad,’ but they made up for it and I’m really appreciative of that.”

Audra, a recent graduate of Lowell High School, plans to attend Oregon State University and major in mechanical engineering. She has been accepted into Navy ROTC at OSU.

“I want to be a naval aviator,” she says.

Audra has had one flying lesson. During her time in the air with an instructor, she was able to take over the controls and fly the plane for a short time.

“I loved it,” she says.

Audra says she is ready to study and work toward earning more flying time.

Manager's Message

2021 Annual Meeting Update

Dear Co-op Community Members:

Debi WilsonIt is hard to believe it’s July and we are halfway through this unusual year. I am excited to see the progress we have made in our community toward reopening.

On May 24, Lane Electric held its annual meeting virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions. Directors, staff, and members met via Zoom to get updates on the happenings at Lane Electric. Did you miss this year’s meeting? While it would be difficult to cover all aspects, I want to share some highlights and topics covered.

Financial Status

We are financially healthy, despite many obstacles: the 2019 snowstorm, the pandemic, the wind, and the wildfires.

Our Federal Emergency Management Agency grants of about $3.7 million were approved. This allows us to pay down debt incurred to repair snowstorm damage. A huge thank you to Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley for their continued support of FEMA grants.

So far this year, we are meeting our financial objectives!

McKenzie River Area Fire & Rebuilding

On September 7, 2020, the McKenzie River area was devastated by a wildfire. We were recently named in a lawsuit and are providing our full cooperation as the investigation continues.

The U.S. Forest Service and Oregon Department of Forestry are conducting the investigation, and a timeline has not been set for its completion.

We want to rebuild a system stronger than before. We are developing plans to submit to FEMA for grants that would allow us to put overhead lines underground. We hope we can coordinate with phone and internet providers to bury their facilities as well.

System Resilience & Reliability

While we work to underground more areas of our system, we are proud of our progress. Right now, 52.9% of our distribution system is underground. This is uncommon for a rural utility.

This year, our board of directors authorized $5.7 million to put overhead lines underground. The total cost without grant funding is $16.5 million. We are thankful for how much we can accomplish on a quicker timeline with these grants!

Safety

Safety is key. Employees reached another milestone: We have had two calendar years without a lost-time accident. This is a wonderful achievement, and I am very proud of our employees.

If we missed you at the annual meeting this year, we hope to see you next year! If you were able to attend our virtual meeting, thank you. I am proud of our employees for their service to our community and would like to thank our board of directors for providing the resources needed to provide the best service possible. Stay safe and have a wonderful summer!

Sincerely,
Debi Wilson

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By Craig Reed

Scattered around Lane Electric Cooperative’s service area are small farms that produce a variety of food items for the dinner table. Some also grow flowers for colorful bouquets.

Following are short profiles on those farms, their owners, and the food they produce— from apples to onions to pork chops.

Fox Springs Farm

After careers in the corporate world, Marilyn and Dave Yordy wanted to keep themselves busy on a smaller scale. They chose farming and agritourism.

“We always had this dream of having a farm,” Dave says.

The couple bought property along Fox Hollow Road in 2014. They have been farming an acre of it in vegetables and three-fourths of an acre in flowers since 2016. The farm offers vegetables, fresh-cut flowers, eggs, seasonal fruit, nursery/bedding plants, baked goods, pasture-raised chicken, honey, jams, and pickled products.

“We want to provide access to healthy, locally grown food to our community,” Dave says. “Our goal is to take a sustainable and practical approach to microfarming. We leverage organic practices and believe soil health is essential to farming.”

The farm’s products are available through its Community Supported Agriculture program and at its farm stand, which is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The Yordys also take products to Creswell Farmers Market on Saturdays.

Gillespie Farm

Dana and Julie Gillespie started out raising a pig for their own dinner table and evolved into raising pork chops for others.

Gillespie Farm specializes in red wattle pigs for both meat and breeding stock.

“Julie started researching pigs and the pork industry,” Dana says, noting the farm now has six sows and three boars. “We thought we could raise a better animal than the industry. We have such a demand we’re selling pretty much everything we can produce.”

The farm sells its pork to both retail and local markets or directly to customers.

To better use their 65 acres, the Gillespies recently added Highland cattle. The calves are sold as breeding stock.

The pigs and cattle are rotated on 2- to 4-acre pastures.

“We always have wanted to make use of our land, make the land pay for itself,” Dana says. “It’s a lifestyle. We enjoy what we’re doing. It’s very fulfilling to do the work we do with the animals. Our pigs are free-range, free-roaming their whole life. The best pork comes from animals that enjoy exercise, a healthy diet, and are managed sustainably.”

Good Food Easy

After 20 years of experience working for Sweetwater Farm, Erica Trappe became an owner of Good Food Easy in 2012.

She and her business partners, Tom Karakalos and her son, Isaac Kratzer, lease acreage from Sweetwater Farm.

Their focus is on Good Food Easy’s Community Supported Agriculture program that has about 100 members.

Food shares are delivered 49 weeks a year to members in the Creswell, Eugene, and Springfield areas.

Some produce is also sold on consignment in partnership with Fox Springs Farm at Creswell Community Market and a few Creswell restaurants.

In addition to outside farmland, Good Food Easy has 11 greenhouses, allowing the farmers to grow produce year-round for their CSA members.

“I like the variety of tasks,” Erica says. “It’s always different day to day, season to season, year to year. Farming has its challenges, but then there’s always next year.”

Erica says Good Food Easy came by its name because it is a month-to-month program, not an annual program. With advance notice, members can skip a share at no cost. Members can also customize their shares.

“We’re trying to be more flexible and accommodating with our CSA program,” Erica says.

Oak Song Farm

Christina Del Campo worked as a farm employee in California, Washington, and Oregon and was a Peace Corps volunteer in a farming environment before starting her own farm operation in 2017.

Under a mother-daughter partnership, Christina farms land owned by her mother, June Del Campo. June’s son, Matthew Ody, is also part of the farm’s crew.

Christina started her farm from scratch, cultivating 1 acre of former sheep and cattle pasture into a field of vegetables and flowers. Three acres for goats, chickens, and turkeys were added to the operation.
The farm sells produce, herbs, flowers, goat milk, goat milk soap, goat milk fudge, chicken eggs, chicken, turkey, and baked goods.

Twenty young fruit trees will soon provide additional food.

The Del Campos are committed to growing food without chemicals because they believe it is best for people’s health, the land, and the animals in their care.

Christina studied environmental studies at UC-Santa Cruz, took classes at the school’s organic farm, and worked at organic farms before coming to Lane County.

“I am a farmer because I enjoy the lifestyle,” Christina says. “I get to be outside every day experiencing all the weather, moving my body, and breathing fresh air. As a small business owner, I can be home with my kids while they are young, teaching them about the different plants we grow. They are being raised experiencing fresh food. We use organic practices because that is what we believe is best for the environment, as well as ourselves.”

The Oak Song Farm stand is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily from April to December. The farm also sells at Spencer Creek Growers Market.

Ruby And Amber’s Organic Oasis

Ruby and Amber were the first team of draft horses to work this farm so they earned the honor of having the business named after them.

They pulled plows and other equipment through the fields to prepare the soil for planting and growing produce.

Ruby and Amber have since retired after helping Walt Bernard and Kris Woolhouse establish the farm in 1999, leaving the work to eight draft horses now on the property in the Row River Valley near Dorena. Tractor and people power also work the 10 acres of production on the 70-acre farm.

The mission of the farm is to grow fruits and vegetables, and for its chickens to produce eggs for the community. Grain is grown for the animals who also enjoy leftover fruits and vegetables, turning that food into compost and fertilizer for the farm.

Walt and Kris say the key to producing nutrient-dense food on their farm is nurturing the soil. They view the soil as a living, breathing organism that supports healthy plants, animals, and people.

The livestock within their farm system is their main source of fertilizer, and acts as the backbone to their on-farm composting system.

The farm has its own online market and sells its products at Lane County Farmers Market in Eugene on Saturdays.

In addition, Walt holds horse-driving workshops throughout the year, attracting students from around the world.

Sherman Family Farm

When Chris and Marie Sherman married in the early 1980s, they had a dream of living in the country and raising their own food.

They first achieved that goal in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas just outside Yosemite National Park. They had a garden, chickens, and a milk cow.

In 2011, the couple moved north to 20 acres off Fox Hollow Road and eventually began growing produce on a larger scale. Now in their fifth year of sales, the farm offers fruits and vegetables, garden starts, flowers, and chicken and quail eggs. The Shermans also raise Icelandic sheep and sell the lambs.

“We decided to put our property to work,” Chris says. “We’re now full-time farming.”

Chris says the farm follows organic and sustainable standards, including organic soil amendments and fertilizers, diverse crop rotations, and cover crops. The farm is a member of the Worldwide Organization of Organic Farming.

“We’re not certified, but we do everything as if we were,” Chris says.

The farm’s stand is open Monday through Friday, May through October. The Shermans also have a booth
at Spencer Creek Community Growers Market on Saturdays during the summer and offer online sales.

“We get great satisfaction in putting seed in the ground, harvesting the food, making it available to the community, then hearing about people’s enjoyment of the produce,” Chris says.

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