At the flick of a switch, there is light, and Yampa Valley Electric Association exists solely to provide that service.
That means that anybody who pays their monthly electric bill to the nonprofit corporation is a member.
YVEA's annual meeting today is an opportunity for members to learn more about where their payment dollars go and the workings of their local electricity cooperative.
During the meeting, which starts at 10 a.m. in the Hayden High School auditorium, officers will update residents on financial and other reports. New board members also will be elected.
President and general manager Larry Covillo will review rate issues and other happenings at YVEA in the past year as well as expectations for the future, spokesman Jim Chappell said. Covillo also will talk about capital credits or any company profits allocated back to customers.
YVEA's 7,000-mile service territory includes Steamboat Springs, Yampa, Craig, Hayden and Baggs, Wyo. YVEA does not serve Oak Creek.
During the meeting, YVEA will announce the results of elections for two seats on the nine-member Board of Directors.
There were five candidates for the District 6 seat, which represents North Routt County: Wayne Adamo, John Chapman, William Haight, Tim McCarthy and Jo Semotan.
Candidates for District 2, which includes areas west of Craig, were Lynn Bower and incumbent Frank "Pud" Stetson.
Jim Simos, incumbent for the District 3 seat representing part of Craig, ran uncontested.
Almost 18,000 ballots were sent to YVEA customers at the end of May. Chappell said the association typically receives about 2,000 to 2,500 return ballots.
Customers who did not vote by mail will have the opportunity to fill in a ballot at the meeting.
Registration will start at 9 a.m., and coffee and doughnuts will be available. More than 25 door prizes will be awarded after the meeting.
A free barbecue lunch in Hayden Town Park will follow the YVEA event. Hayden Appreciation Day is sponsored by YVEA, the Hayden Chamber of Commerce and local businesses.
For the event, the Colorado Division of Wildlife will stock Dry Creek with trout. The fish were intended for Huck Finn Day, which was canceled June 4 because of high water. Children need to bring fishing poles and bait.
If there is bad weather, the lunch will be held in the Hayden Middle School cafeteria.
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