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It’s a Bright Idea to Be a Co-op Member

Wells Rural Electric Company shares 2021 financial highlights By Garrett Hylton Wells Rural Electric Company (WREC)’s mission is to improve the quality of life in the communities it serves and provide safe, reliable, affordable, and environmentally responsible electricity to its members. One of the key functions in accomplishing that mission is making sure the cooperative […]

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Artisans Collaborate on Wells Presbyterian Church’s New Sign

By Dianna Troyer A new eye-catching wood and metal sign at the historic Community Presbyterian Church in Wells has a collaborative backstory. Three area artisans created it. Guidelines were intentionally minimal to allow for artistic vision, says Elaine Swanson, a church member who helped coordinate the project. The sign at 339 Sixth St. needed to […]

Condensation, precipitation, power generation, evaporation
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Hydropower: The Northwest’s Most Abundant Clean-Energy Resource

By Joseph Hathaway The Northwest’s hydroelectric dams deliver carbon-free, low-cost power to people across the region. First constructed as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, the dams brought fair access to electricity to the rural Northwest and paved the way for cooperatives and other not-for-profit utilities. Since then, the dams have improved the […]

Robert Johnson and his daughters, Carolina, left, and Deseret, hike near Moab, Utah. Robert donated a kidney to enable a friend to feel the joy of nature, family and friends.
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A Kidney Donor’s Joy

By Dianna Troyer Starr Valley native Richard Jaynes celebrates two birthdays every year. Besides his biological birthday, he celebrates November 28— the day he received a donated kidney from Starr Valley resident Robert Johnson, his niece’s husband. “It’s truly a rebirth, a big day in our family,” says Richard, 67, who lives in Suncrest, Utah. […]

plant trees safely. low tree zone: avoid planting within 20 feet of power lines. If planting is unavoidable, only plant shrubs and small trees that reach a mature height of 15 feet or less. Medium tree zone: plant medium trees under 40 feet when mature, at least 25 feet away from power lines. Large tree zone: plant large trees over 40 feet when mature at least 50 feet away from power lines. Keep shrubs at least 10 feet away from transformer doors and 4 feet away from the sides.
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Tree Trimming Improves Service for All

By Garrett Hylton One of the things I love most about our community is the natural beauty of the high desert that surrounds us. At Wells Rural Electric Company, we strive to balance maintaining those beautiful surroundings and ensuring a reliable power supply by keeping power lines clear in rights-of-way. While we recognize and appreciate […]

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Great Basin Beverage

Local company distributes the latest brands to thirsty northern Nevadans By Dianna Troyer Great Basin Beverage in Wells is ensuring the town—named for pools of water relied on by California Trail travelers—lives up to its namesake and heritage, remaining a source for quenching thirsts. Headquartered in a spacious warehouse in Wells, Great Basin Beverage’s 30 […]

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Winter Storm Preparedness

By Garrett Hylton Wells Rural Electric Company’s (WREC’s) core function is providing members with safe, reliable, affordable, and environmentally responsible electricity. Maintaining 1,400 miles of energized line stretching through 10,000 square miles of service territory is a big task, but one the cooperative’s operations personnel take pride in. WREC’s line crews execute a year-round work […]

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Confronting Calamities With a Can-Do Attitude

Retired city manager reflects on Wells’ growth and how natural disasters bring out the best in residents By Dianna Troyer Since retiring as Wells’ city manager, Jolene Supp jokes she might leave town in February—the month she faced once-in-a-century catastrophes three different years. She has dealt with the coronavirus pandemic, a flood, and an earthquake. […]