Manager’s Messages

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Lineworker Appreciation Month – April 2021

Dear Members, If you were asked to associate a person with Benton REA, I bet you would picture a lineworker. Some of the most visible employees of the co-op, lineworkers work tirelessly to ensure that you—our members—receive uninterrupted power 24/7. Lineworker is listed as one of the 10 most dangerous jobs in the U.S. This…

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Idaho: Another Threat to the Lower Snake River Dams – March 2021

Dear Members, We’re about to enter another battle between hydropower and fish. Sadly, there doesn’t need to be a war. Fish and dams are coexisting. Yet, some disagree. In an attempt to avoid the continuation of court battles over the lower Snake River dams, U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho has a plan to breach…

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Look Up and Live – February 2021

Dear Members, Electrical safety is immensely important to me and to Benton REA, especially as we look forward to the spring planting season. Whether you are working in your back yard or responsible for a large agriculture operation, it is important to be aware of power lines near you—both above and underground. Taking a few…

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New Year, New Projects – Manager’s Message – January 2021

Dear Members, 2021 is going to be a year for growth. Benton REA will be working on some very significant projects in 2021 that will enhance our electrical distribution system. The improvements will help us add new members to our lines and enhance the reliability of electric service to our current members in these project…

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Giving Back to Our Community – Manager’s Message – December 2020

Dear Members, Over the years, you have probably heard or read about Benton REA’s concern for our community. This is one of the core principles that sets cooperatives apart from other types of utilities. We take this mission and responsibility to heart. It’s who we are as a co-op. Throughout the past year, like so…

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Manager’s Message – November 2020, A Bright Future Thanks to Our Veterans and Youth

Dear Members, I agree with the adage, “freedom is not free.” Generations of American men and women risked, and gave their lives over the years serving in the U.S. military so that friends, family and complete strangers could remain free and safe. These amazing patriots gave up their time and energy, and postponed their personal…

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Manager’s Message – October 2020, Dam Support, Annual Meeting Invitation

Dear Members, In April, many of you chose to stand up for our lower Snake River hydroelectric dams. We received 173 letters from Benton REA members which we mailed to the federal agencies drafting the Columbia River system Operations (CRSO) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). They received more than 56,000 comments and released a final EIS…

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Manager’s Message – September 2020, Recognizing Our Nation’s Workforce

Dear Members, Labor Day is Monday, September 7. We typically celebrate with family backyard barbecues, but the holiday’s history was not as relaxing. The recognition of our nation’s workforce was created by the labor movement in the 19th century. Labor Day became a federal holiday when signed into law by President Grover Cleveland on June…

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Manager’s Message – August 2020, Worth the Cost

Dear Members, This year has been mentally, emotionally and, for some, financially draining. In these uncertain times, Benton REA is still here for you, providing necessary electricity and internet service. In a cooperative, your financial investment in Benton REA not only pays for the electricity you use, but helps keep costs down for all of…

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Manager’s Message – July 2020, Summer Electrical Safety

Dear Members, Electrical safety is immensely important to me and to Benton REA. As you enjoy the beautiful summer weather, please remember and follow these simple, life-saving tips: Look up and live! Be aware of overhead power lines—especially when carrying long items like ladders or irrigation pipes. Stay away from downed power lines. Always assume…