New Board Members Elected & Bylaw Changes Approved

Fall River Electric’s annual meeting of members was conducted on a beautiful Saturday, June 15th at North Fremont High School in Ashton, ID where nearly one thousand owner-members joined the Cooperative for breakfast.  Owner-members cast their votes via online, mail-in and in-person to select representatives for three board positions from a total of ten candidates. A record of over 2,100 ballots were cast this year, which represents over sixteen percent of the total number of eligible voters.

Anna Lindstedt was elected from a field of five candidates from District 4, northeast Driggs, replacing Debbie Smith, who after eight years on the board made the decision not to run for re-election.  Lindstedt received 673 votes followed by Kyle Cook with 648, Mark Hansen 450, Delwyn Jensen 214 and Kelly Circle collected 134 votes.

In District 7, south Island Park, Jodi Stiehl was declared the winner with 716 votes followed by Bruce Ard with 669, Mark Gerber 406 and Allan Webb rounding out the field of four with 238 votes. Stiehl replaces Ron Dye who reached his term limits after serving for fifteen years on Fall River’s board.

Doug Schmier running unopposed from District 9, the West Yellowstone area, received 1,767 votes in support of his re-election campaign.

Members also approved, by large margins, two bylaw changes. One change to prohibit Co-op employees from running to be a Fall River board member during employment and for three years after leaving Fall River employment and Directors being prohibited from being eligible for employment until three years after serving on the board was approved by 1,823 votes in favor to 148 votes opposed. The second bylaw change adding a one term extension of three years for board members that are serving on a regional or national board at the time they reach their term limits was approved by 1,589 in favor to 365 in opposition. An extension under this change also requires the board member to be re-elected by the members of Fall River to his or her board position.

All three elected board members will each fill a three-year term extending into mid 2022 and will join the other six members that comprise the board charged with overseeing the business affairs of the Cooperative and ensuring it remains financially sound.

Cash Back Payments Total Over $1M

More than one million dollars, $1,019,000 to be exact, has been distributed to more than 6,000 owner-members of Fall River Electric Cooperative as part of the Co-op’s Patronage Capital program. Members that received power in 1997 and a portion of 1998 received these cash back payments. The amount of each check was based on theContinue Reading

School Solar & Wind Projects Funded

Fall River Electric owner-members in conjunction with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, a nonprofit organization funded by generous contributions from philanthropic organizations, Helping Hands, a local nonprofit and Fall River Electric; the fundraising necessary to construct small scale distributed generation solar panels and wind turbines at three of our local high schools was achieved. Construction bidsContinue Reading

Jeff Keay Selected to Board

Fall River Electric’s Board of Directors has selected Jeff Keay of Island Park to fill the remaining 2 years of board member Ralph Burton’s term, which expires in June of 2020. Burton moved from the area which, according to the Co-op’s by-laws, forces a vacancy which the board is required to fill via appointment. AContinue Reading

Coop Offers First-Ever Rebate

All owner-members (customers) of Fall River Electric who received power in 2017 have been issued a first-ever rebate! As a nonprofit cooperative, Fall River manages the amount of revenue they need to operate the Cooperative very closely. Fall River Electric had a great financial year in 2017 and the Coop’s elected Board of Directors decided to rebate aContinue Reading

Fall River Electric Pays Out Over $1M to Customers

Fall River Electric Cooperative has mailed checks to over 6,000 of its owner-members (customers) totaling $1,023,143 under its patronage capital program. Because Fall River Electric operates as a nonprofit cooperative, it is in fact owned by the customers it serves which the co-op refers to as owner-members. When revenues collected by the co-op exceed operatingContinue Reading

No Rate Increase for 2018

Fall River Rural Electric Cooperative’s primary power supplier, the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), announced earlier this year their intention to increase both wholesale power rates and transmission rates. Following several months of review, BPA issued their Final Record of Decision that it would be raising rates by 6.1 percent effective October 1, 2017. BPA saidContinue Reading

Hanson, Behrens & Burton Elected to Board of Directors

Fall River Electric’s annual meeting of members was conducted Saturday, June 24th at North Fremont High School in Ashton, ID and over one thousand members joined the Cooperative staff for breakfast and a record breaking number of members, nearly 2,000, cast ballots for board candidates. Jay Hanson and Ralph Burton were re-elected to their board positions from theContinue Reading

Consolidation With Lower Valley Placed On Hold

On Monday, October 17th, Fall River Electric’s Board of Directors met to continue discussions regarding a possible consolidation with Lower Valley Energy based in Wyoming. As has been previously reported, Fall River and Lower Valley Energy commissioned two consolidation studies, one done by CFC and another prepared by EES. Lower Valley authorized E3 to conductContinue Reading