A look back, 1996: HQ construction, power outage and co-op anniversaries top Tri-State headlines

Fifteen years ago this month, Hotmail began offering its free Internet email service, the U.S. Senate approved a 90 cent increase to the $4.25 minimum wage and the XXVI Olympic Games opened in Atlanta. A bit closer to home, Tri-State and its members were experiencing a few milestones of their own.

In 1996, construction of Tri-State's corporate offices (current headquarters location) was in full swing

“Front page” Tri-State news in July 1996 included a massive power outage on July 2  that affected nearly two million people across 15 western states and parts of Canada and Mexico. Five Tri-State member co-ops were impacted by the outage, leaving about 100,000 Colorado consumers without power for nearly four hours. The outage also tripped Nucla Station and Laramie River Station’s Unit 2 and caused a number of line faults.

Training manager, the late Dan Peck, watches Jim Pottberg operate the new simulator at Nucla Station in the summer of 1996.

Other July 1996 Tri-State headlines included:

  • Member system Delta-Montrose Electric Association was celebrating the groundbreaking of its new headquarters building in Montrose, Colo.
  • A number of linemen from Tri-State member La Plata Electric Association (Durango, Colo.) had recently taken home top honors in the Utah Power and Light Lineman’s Rodeo, competing against fellow linemen from surrounding rural, public and independent utilities in the sixth annual event.
  • A new, hands-on simulator program at Nucla Station was helping to alleviate stress for control room operators.
  • Colorado Tri-State member co-ops Mountain Parks Electric (Granby, Colo.) and K.C. Electric (Hugo) were celebrating 50 years of service to their respective memberships.
  • Construction was well underway on Tri-State’s new headquarters building in Westminster, as nearly 75 percent of the precast concrete construction had been completed.
  • Tri-State’s communications department was honored with four awards from the International Association of Business Communicators’ Colorado chapter banquet.

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