Outage Map & Status

If you are without power, please call us at 541-484-1151.

Current Large Scale Outage Information

There are no large scale outages at this time.

Planned Power Outages

There are no planned outages at this time.

Holiday Farm Fire Information

Please see our Holiday Farm Fire page for updates on our progress up the McKenzie River.

Stay safe and please do not approach downed lines. Always assume that they are energized!

General Outage Information

On any given day, electric utilities experience small power outages across their service areas. For example, a tree in the line, a vehicle crash into a pole, or even a squirrel on a transformer can affect a single home or small pockets of members in a specific area. As such, when you look at our outage map, regardless of time of day, you might see outages appearing on the map and in the table to the right of the map, even if there are no “large-scale” outages. Our outage map displays real-time activities that are occurring, 24-7-365.

Lane Electric’s mission is to provide members with safe, reliable electric service – day and night. Despite our best efforts, severe weather and unusual circumstances can wreak havoc and cause a power outage that can last for hours or days. For more information, please review our Power Outage Tips.

Lane Electric also communicates outage information to the following media outlets:

Television: KMTR-16, KEZI-9, KVAL-13, FOX
Radio: KLCC (89.7), KUGN (590AM), KZEL (96.1), KKNX (84), KPNW (1120AM), KNND (1400AM), KMGE (94.5), KKNU (93), KRVM (91.9)
Newspaper: Cottage Grove Sentinel, The Creswell Chronicle, Fern Ridge Review, Highway 58 Herald, McKenzie River Reflections, Oakridge Dead Mountain Echo, The Register-Guard

Planned Power Outages

Every so often planned power outages are necessary because of needed repairs or upgrades to our system. These dramatically reduce the likelihood of unexpected outages in the future and help improve reliability. We know outages are very inconvenient and we try to minimize the number of them we have each year. We appreciate your understanding and patience with us.

Members in affected areas should receive a call about upcoming outages. We also plan to send a reminder call closer to the actual outage. Please call our office if you feel you need to update your contact information.

For all members using medical equipment requiring electrical power, you will need to make provisions for these power outages.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who is BPA/Bonneville Power Administration?

Bonneville Power Administration, also referred to as BPA, provides the transmission lines to Lane Electric’s distribution lines. Lane Electric purchases wholesale power from BPA; they market wholesale electrical power from 31 federal hydroelectric projects in the Northwest, one non-federal nuclear plant and several small non-federal power plants. They operate and maintain about three-fourths of the high-voltage transmission in their service territory. BPA’s territory includes Idaho, Oregon, Washington, western Montana and small parts of eastern Montana, California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming.

2. Why is this outage necessary?

BPA operates and owns one of the nation’s largest high voltage systems. Created in 1937, major construction of their high voltage transmission system happened between 1940-1960. Fast forward a few years, this is an aging system that we depend on for reliable service. Without proper maintenance of their equipment, Lane Electric customers could experience unplanned outages with unknown durations. When BPA’s system is more reliable, ours is too!

3. Why during the night?

Lane Electric and BPA work together to try and find a time that is least disruptive. We know this is not necessarily convenient for everyone, as we are a diverse community, but we do our best to balance the impacts of a planned outage. Crews will be working during the night, hoping this is least disruptive to our members when most people are asleep.

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2021 LEC Scholarships

By Craig Reed

Lane Electric Cooperative has again recognized students in its service territory for their past work and their future goals. Five students are receiving Lane Electric scholarships to help with their tuition and fees. The following are profiles of the 2021 scholarship recipients and their future goals.

Melony Burnett

  • “Dave D’Avanzo Memorial” Community Membership-at-Large
  • $4,500 Scholarship to Lane Community College
Melony Burnett

After working the past 17 years in real estate, Melony Burnett decided it was time for a change.

She began her career transition earlier this year by enrolling at Lane Community College for winter term. She is working on a two-year transfer degree in general counseling for adults.

“There are a lot of different reasons for me making this change, but it’s important for me to do something where I feel like I can give back to the community,” says Melony, a Lowell resident. “I want a career that will allow me to continue making a positive impact in the community. I think there is a continuous need for counselors who are skilled in helping adults.”

Melony plans to transfer to an Oregon university to earn a four-year degree after completing her studies at LCC.

Melony graduated from Springfield High School in 1999 and moved to the San Francisco area, where she began her real estate career. She moved back to Lane County in 2014 and continued as a full-time real estate agent until deciding to make a change.

“This is very meaningful to me,” she says. “Although I’m extremely motivated right now, I’m even more motivated knowing this scholarship represents such an amazing person as Dave
D’Avanzo. Thank you so much, Lane Electric, for believing in me and for choosing me as one of your scholarship recipients.”

Emily Andrews

  • Graduating Senior
  • $4,500 Scholarship to Lane Community College
Emily Andrews

Two major fire events are behind Emily Andrews’ plans for her future.

The Blue River resident and high school senior plans to attend Lane Community College and pursue a career in firefighting paramedicine. She will begin her college studies this fall.

Emily previously wanted to be a veterinarian, but after last September’s Holiday Farm Fire that forced her family to evacuate their Blue River home, she changed her mind.

“I wanted to help people in a bigger way,” she says.

The other event that helped shape Emily’s career path was a fire near her grandmother’s house.

Neither fire destroyed the properties of Emily’s family, but they left a lasting impression.

“They definitely had a very big impact on me,” says Emily, who is a graduate of Frontier Charter Academy, an online school. “I like to have control, to solve problems. If I can become a firefighter paramedic, I can help people in situations similar to ours and help them get through those events.

“I’d like to thank Lane Electric for helping me get through the LCC classes to reach my goal.”

Carter Cunningham

  • College of Your Choice
  • $3,000 Scholarship
Carter Cunningham

Carter Cunningham is following in his dad’s footsteps. Jason Cunningham is an accountant and according to Carter, “Dad’s been pretty successful at it.”

Carter plans to use his Lane Electric Cooperative scholarship to help with his expenses as a student at the University of Oregon.

“I’m pretty good with numbers, I like doing math, so it makes sense for me to pursue accounting,” Carter says.

The recent Creswell High School graduate was a busy student. He was student body president in his final year and was a member and then president of both the school’s National Honor Society chapter and Future Business Leaders of America club. He also played basketball and golf during his four high school years.

“One of my favorite things about Creswell was the community feel,” Carter says. “At school, all the teachers know you, and they do their best to help you.

“I’m super appreciative of Lane Electric’s support. The scholarship will go toward my goal to graduate debt-free.”

Jac Johnson

  • College of Your Choice
  • $3,000 Scholarship
Jac Johnson

After beginning to play musical instruments in grade school and continuing in high school, Jac Johnson
is ready to take his music to the next level.

The recent Churchill High School graduate plans to use his Lane Electric Cooperative scholarship to help with expenses while attending the University of Oregon this fall. He plans to major in popular music studies and minor in audio production.

“The University of Oregon is supposed to be the best school for music production north of Los Angeles,” Jac says, “and I’ll still be close to family.”

Jac began playing music in second grade while attending Rock Band—an after-school program. He first learned to play guitar and drums. In the sixth grade, he learned to play the upright bass. A year later, he began playing the saxophone. In high school, he played in the concert and jazz bands and got involved in theater productions as a sound technician.

“I like all these different instruments and expanding my knowledge of them all,” he says.

Jac says he also enjoyed studying about electric cooperatives before submitting his scholarship application.

“It was fun researching what a cooperative does, the power service it provides to a community as well as supporting local groups,” he says. “I’m very grateful for its support of me.”

Audra Chapman

  • College of Your Choice
  • $3,500 Special Scholarship
Audra Chapman

COVID-19 ruined Audra Chapman’s travel plans in 2020. She had been selected as Lane Electric Cooperative’s representative on the annual National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Youth Tour, but the trip to Washington, D.C., was canceled by the pandemic.

To recognize Audra and to help ease her disappointment in not being able to make the trip, the cooperative presented her with a scholarship of $3,500—the amount that would have been spent if the trip had been made.

“A huge thank you to Lane Electric,” Audra says. “They could have just easily said, ‘COVID, too bad,’ but they made up for it and I’m really appreciative of that.”

Audra, a recent graduate of Lowell High School, plans to attend Oregon State University and major in mechanical engineering. She has been accepted into Navy ROTC at OSU.

“I want to be a naval aviator,” she says.

Audra has had one flying lesson. During her time in the air with an instructor, she was able to take over the controls and fly the plane for a short time.

“I loved it,” she says.

Audra says she is ready to study and work toward earning more flying time.

Manager's Message

Manager’s Message — July 2021

2021 Annual Meeting Update

Dear Co-op Community Members:

Debi WilsonIt is hard to believe it’s July and we are halfway through this unusual year. I am excited to see the progress we have made in our community toward reopening.

On May 24, Lane Electric held its annual meeting virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions. Directors, staff, and members met via Zoom to get updates on the happenings at Lane Electric. Did you miss this year’s meeting? While it would be difficult to cover all aspects, I want to share some highlights and topics covered.

Financial Status

We are financially healthy, despite many obstacles: the 2019 snowstorm, the pandemic, the wind, and the wildfires.

Our Federal Emergency Management Agency grants of about $3.7 million were approved. This allows us to pay down debt incurred to repair snowstorm damage. A huge thank you to Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley for their continued support of FEMA grants.

So far this year, we are meeting our financial objectives!

McKenzie River Area Fire & Rebuilding

On September 7, 2020, the McKenzie River area was devastated by a wildfire. We were recently named in a lawsuit and are providing our full cooperation as the investigation continues.

The U.S. Forest Service and Oregon Department of Forestry are conducting the investigation, and a timeline has not been set for its completion.

We want to rebuild a system stronger than before. We are developing plans to submit to FEMA for grants that would allow us to put overhead lines underground. We hope we can coordinate with phone and internet providers to bury their facilities as well.

System Resilience & Reliability

While we work to underground more areas of our system, we are proud of our progress. Right now, 52.9% of our distribution system is underground. This is uncommon for a rural utility.

This year, our board of directors authorized $5.7 million to put overhead lines underground. The total cost without grant funding is $16.5 million. We are thankful for how much we can accomplish on a quicker timeline with these grants!

Safety

Safety is key. Employees reached another milestone: We have had two calendar years without a lost-time accident. This is a wonderful achievement, and I am very proud of our employees.

If we missed you at the annual meeting this year, we hope to see you next year! If you were able to attend our virtual meeting, thank you. I am proud of our employees for their service to our community and would like to thank our board of directors for providing the resources needed to provide the best service possible. Stay safe and have a wonderful summer!

Sincerely,
Debi Wilson

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Farm-to-Table Options Abound

By Craig Reed

Draft horses do much of the work at Ruby and Amber’s Organic Oasis. Photo courtesy of Farm

Scattered around Lane Electric Cooperative’s service area are small farms that produce a variety of food items for the dinner table. Some also grow flowers for colorful bouquets.

Following are short profiles on those farms, their owners, and the food they produce— from apples to onions to pork chops.

Fox Springs Farm

After careers in the corporate world, Marilyn and Dave Yordy wanted to keep themselves busy on a smaller scale. They chose farming and agritourism.

“We always had this dream of having a farm,” Dave says.

The couple bought property along Fox Hollow Road in 2014. They have been farming an acre of it in vegetables and three-fourths of an acre in flowers since 2016. The farm offers vegetables, fresh-cut flowers, eggs, seasonal fruit, nursery/bedding plants, baked goods, pasture-raised chicken, honey, jams, and pickled products.

“We want to provide access to healthy, locally grown food to our community,” Dave says. “Our goal is to take a sustainable and practical approach to microfarming. We leverage organic practices and believe soil health is essential to farming.”

The farm’s products are available through its Community Supported Agriculture program and at its farm stand, which is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The Yordys also take products to Creswell Farmers Market on Saturdays.

Gillespie Farm

Dana and Julie Gillespie started out raising a pig for their own dinner table and evolved into raising pork chops for others.

Gillespie Farm specializes in red wattle pigs for both meat and breeding stock.

“Julie started researching pigs and the pork industry,” Dana says, noting the farm now has six sows and three boars. “We thought we could raise a better animal than the industry. We have such a demand we’re selling pretty much everything we can produce.”

The farm sells its pork to both retail and local markets or directly to customers.

To better use their 65 acres, the Gillespies recently added Highland cattle. The calves are sold as breeding stock.

The pigs and cattle are rotated on 2- to 4-acre pastures.

“We always have wanted to make use of our land, make the land pay for itself,” Dana says. “It’s a lifestyle. We enjoy what we’re doing. It’s very fulfilling to do the work we do with the animals. Our pigs are free-range, free-roaming their whole life. The best pork comes from animals that enjoy exercise, a healthy diet, and are managed sustainably.”

Good Food Easy

After 20 years of experience working for Sweetwater Farm, Erica Trappe became an owner of Good Food Easy in 2012.

She and her business partners, Tom Karakalos and her son, Isaac Kratzer, lease acreage from Sweetwater Farm.

Their focus is on Good Food Easy’s Community Supported Agriculture program that has about 100 members.

Food shares are delivered 49 weeks a year to members in the Creswell, Eugene, and Springfield areas.

Some produce is also sold on consignment in partnership with Fox Springs Farm at Creswell Community Market and a few Creswell restaurants.

In addition to outside farmland, Good Food Easy has 11 greenhouses, allowing the farmers to grow produce year-round for their CSA members.

“I like the variety of tasks,” Erica says. “It’s always different day to day, season to season, year to year. Farming has its challenges, but then there’s always next year.”

Erica says Good Food Easy came by its name because it is a month-to-month program, not an annual program. With advance notice, members can skip a share at no cost. Members can also customize their shares.

“We’re trying to be more flexible and accommodating with our CSA program,” Erica says.

Oak Song Farm

Christina Del Campo worked as a farm employee in California, Washington, and Oregon and was a Peace Corps volunteer in a farming environment before starting her own farm operation in 2017.

Under a mother-daughter partnership, Christina farms land owned by her mother, June Del Campo. June’s son, Matthew Ody, is also part of the farm’s crew.

Christina started her farm from scratch, cultivating 1 acre of former sheep and cattle pasture into a field of vegetables and flowers. Three acres for goats, chickens, and turkeys were added to the operation.
The farm sells produce, herbs, flowers, goat milk, goat milk soap, goat milk fudge, chicken eggs, chicken, turkey, and baked goods.

Twenty young fruit trees will soon provide additional food.

The Del Campos are committed to growing food without chemicals because they believe it is best for people’s health, the land, and the animals in their care.

Christina studied environmental studies at UC-Santa Cruz, took classes at the school’s organic farm, and worked at organic farms before coming to Lane County.

“I am a farmer because I enjoy the lifestyle,” Christina says. “I get to be outside every day experiencing all the weather, moving my body, and breathing fresh air. As a small business owner, I can be home with my kids while they are young, teaching them about the different plants we grow. They are being raised experiencing fresh food. We use organic practices because that is what we believe is best for the environment, as well as ourselves.”

The Oak Song Farm stand is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily from April to December. The farm also sells at Spencer Creek Growers Market.

Ruby And Amber’s Organic Oasis

Ruby and Amber were the first team of draft horses to work this farm so they earned the honor of having the business named after them.

They pulled plows and other equipment through the fields to prepare the soil for planting and growing produce.

Ruby and Amber have since retired after helping Walt Bernard and Kris Woolhouse establish the farm in 1999, leaving the work to eight draft horses now on the property in the Row River Valley near Dorena. Tractor and people power also work the 10 acres of production on the 70-acre farm.

The mission of the farm is to grow fruits and vegetables, and for its chickens to produce eggs for the community. Grain is grown for the animals who also enjoy leftover fruits and vegetables, turning that food into compost and fertilizer for the farm.

Walt and Kris say the key to producing nutrient-dense food on their farm is nurturing the soil. They view the soil as a living, breathing organism that supports healthy plants, animals, and people.

The livestock within their farm system is their main source of fertilizer, and acts as the backbone to their on-farm composting system.

The farm has its own online market and sells its products at Lane County Farmers Market in Eugene on Saturdays.

In addition, Walt holds horse-driving workshops throughout the year, attracting students from around the world.

Sherman Family Farm

When Chris and Marie Sherman married in the early 1980s, they had a dream of living in the country and raising their own food.

They first achieved that goal in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas just outside Yosemite National Park. They had a garden, chickens, and a milk cow.

In 2011, the couple moved north to 20 acres off Fox Hollow Road and eventually began growing produce on a larger scale. Now in their fifth year of sales, the farm offers fruits and vegetables, garden starts, flowers, and chicken and quail eggs. The Shermans also raise Icelandic sheep and sell the lambs.

“We decided to put our property to work,” Chris says. “We’re now full-time farming.”

Chris says the farm follows organic and sustainable standards, including organic soil amendments and fertilizers, diverse crop rotations, and cover crops. The farm is a member of the Worldwide Organization of Organic Farming.

“We’re not certified, but we do everything as if we were,” Chris says.

The farm’s stand is open Monday through Friday, May through October. The Shermans also have a booth
at Spencer Creek Community Growers Market on Saturdays during the summer and offer online sales.

“We get great satisfaction in putting seed in the ground, harvesting the food, making it available to the community, then hearing about people’s enjoyment of the produce,” Chris says.

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Lane Electric Board of Directors Retain their Seats

 

Following Lane Electric’s Annual Membership Meeting held on May 24, 2021, Paula J. Brown and Chris Seubert retained their seats on Lane Electric’s board of directors for three more years.

Brown ran unopposed, while Seubert ran against two qualified candidates. With Brown’s reelection, Lane Electric’s board remains majority female. She will continue to serve as an Oakridge District Director. Seubert has served 18 years on the board and will continue to represent the Central District.

“Thank you to the membership for actively participating in this year’s board of directors election,” said Debi Wilson. “I am thrilled to have Paula and Chris back as directors. They both offer unique perspectives and put their membership at the forefront of their priorities.”

As a cooperative, Lane Electric is owned by its members who exercise their control by electing a total of seven board members by residential district. The board of directors determine the strategic plans, the general operating policies, the electric rates and the annual operating budget for the cooperative. The seven board members are elected from four board districts to each serve a three-year term. The four board member districts are the Central District, the McKenzie District, the Row River District and the Oakridge District.

Already this year, the board voted not to raise rates in 2021 for members. With the acute impact of the ongoing pandemic and devastation from the wildfires still prevalent, it was important to provide members with value in a time of need. The board of directors are committed to helping the community come back stronger than before.

Lane Electric’s board of directors are as follows:

Susan Knudsen Obermeyer | Board President | Oakridge District

Kathy Keable | Vice President | McKenzie District

Chris Seubert | Secretary | Central District

Hugh Buermann | Treasurer | Row River District

Jack A. Billings | Director | Central District

J. Ingrid Kessler | Director | Central District

Paula J. Brown | Director | Oakridge District

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Members Helping Members — MAP & MAP Plus

Round Up Your Bill For LEC’s Member Assistance PLUS Program

A little change can make a lot of difference!

MAP Plus logoYou Can Help — For just pennies a month, pocket change that won’t be missed, you have a unique opportunity to provide emergency aid to families experiencing a financial crisis. Your small change can make a BIG difference.

It’s Easy — By signing up for the Member Assistance Plus Program (MAP Plus), we round up your electric bill to the next whole dollar. The extra change, which averages 50 cents a month, or $8 a year, is your contribution to the program.

How MAP Plus Works — If your electric bill is $148.85, it will automatically be rounded up to $149 and the difference of 15 cents is contributed to MAP Plus. A few cents go a long way!

The Goal of MAP Plus — To offer assistance to members who don’t qualify for other types of relief. Because of deep cuts in government assistance programs, a growing number of people can’t get help due to limited funding. It is these families, who fall between the cracks, that MAP Plus is intended to help.

Our Member Assistance Program Helps And So Can You!

Give Some Thought To Participating, Please

For many years, Lane Electric has provided an opportunity for members who wish to contribute to the MAP, to designate an amount on their electric bill for the MAP Program. These donations are used to help our less fortunate members who are unable to pay their electric bills during the winter. Thanks to the caring spirit of several hundred Lane Electric members, almost $10,000 is raised annually for MAP. Every dollar you contribute provides emergency assistance to families who are experiencing a financial crisis by paying part of their electricity bill.

Please help make this winter more comfortable for a needy family, fixed-income senior, or person with a disability by making a voluntary contribution to MAP. You may make either a single (one-time) contribution, or pledge an amount you want to give each month. Your pledge will be added to your bill.

It’s easy to help. Simply fill out the form below and return it to Lane Electric with your electric bill. You may also call the office to add your pledge to your bill. Lane Electric pays all administrative costs for the program so all donations go directly to help our members in need. Donations are tax-deductible.

The goal of MAP is to help members who don’t qualify for other types of relief because of deep cuts in government assistance programs. A growing number of people can’t get help due to limited funding and it is these families, that MAP is intended to help. If you would like to help, please complete and return the section below to Lane Electric. Your donation to MAP is truly appreciated by all of those it helps. Thank you.

Member Assistance Program Form (PDF)

Manager's Message

Manager’s Message — June 2021

Is Your Home Prepared?

Dear Co-op Community Members:

Debi Wilson

Last year, Oregon communities suffered devastating losses due to wildfires. Forecasters are predicting another dry summer and drought conditions throughout our state.

At Lane Electric, we have been reviewing our safety and wildfire protocols and want to encourage our members to also take steps to reduce their home’s wildfire risk. These fires will continue to happen, and we want our members to know there are things our communities can do to better protect our homes and neighborhoods. Is your home prepared for wildfires?

The National Fire Protection Association recommends choosing fire-resistant building materials and limiting flammable vegetation in the three home ignition zones. The three zones are immediate (0 to 5 feet around the house), intermediate (5 to 30 feet), and extended (30 to 100 feet). Their recommendation includes a list of things you can do around your home to make it safer from embers and radiant heat. The list includes:

  • Clean roof and gutters of dead leaves, debris, and pine needles.
  • Replace or repair loose or missing shingles or roof tiles.
  • Install 1/8-inch metal mesh screening on vents in the eaves.
  • Clean debris from exterior attic vents.
  • Repair or replace damaged or loose window screens and broken windows.
  • Move any flammable material away from wall exteriors: mulch, flammable plants, leaves and needles, firewood piles anything that can burn.
  • Remove anything stored underneath decks or porches.

Many more resources are available to help you prepare. We encourage you to visit the National Fire Protection Association website or their Firewise USA Resources page to learn what you can do in all three zones to help mitigate your risk.

At Lane Electric, we will continue our tree-trimming programs and safety inspections to help mitigate risks. As weather conditions warrant, we will make changes to our system to help reduce risks, yet those changes could result in increased outages.

The extra time it takes to patrol the lines will increase the length of some outages. We know outages are frustrating, but we feel it is important for us to help keep our communities safe and green.

We hope you will join us in preparing and mitigating risks to our beautiful communities.

Sincerely,
Debi Wilson

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Hard Work, Tail-Wagging Fun

Dog training finesse and enjoyment run in the Fulks family

Story and photos by Craig Reed

Kenny and 2-year old Waylon.

The verbal commands are simple: Sit. Heel. Here. Fetch. Over. Back.

Hand signals, pointing left or right, are also used.

Jim Fulks and his son, Kenny, have emphasized these words and motions over and over in their training with a variety of dog breeds. The trainers teach dogs obedience, but also specialize in training dogs to participate in waterfowl and upland bird hunting as pointers and retrievers.

“Dogs want to please,” Kenny says. “You just have to figure out how to communicate with them. Every dog is different, but basically, you use the same commands. You just keep it as basic as possible.”

Jim first learned to communicate with horses, training them for competitive shows in the 1970s in California.

When he began training dogs, he moved away from training horses.

Jim eventually moved to Oregon and bought a 68-acre sheep ranch in the Lorane area. He cleared the property of blackberry vines and other brush, remodeled a pond into a technical training site and, in 1990, established Coyote Creek Retrievers—a boarding and gun dog training facility. Coyote Creek flows through the property.

Three generations of Fulks have trained dogs: Kenny, left; his father, Jim, who started the training; and Kenny’s son, Nick.

After working as a heavy equipment operator in California, Kenny joined his dad in the dog business 12 years ago. The father and son worked together for 10 years before health issues sidelined Jim, who is now 84.

Kenny, 57, is now the trainer. His wife, Sarinya Reabroy, cares for the kennels. Nick Fulks, Kenny’s son, works at nearby King Estate Winery, and helps his parents with dog training and kennel care in his spare time.

Kenny says his dad would figure out the traits of each dog and train them through patience, repetition and attrition rather than applying pressure.

“I think what my father taught me the most was how to be patient with the dogs,” Kenny says. “It’s important to be consistent with the dogs, to know the steps and details to their training, and to work with every dog every day.”

Jim and Kenny have trained up to 15 dogs at a time. That many makes for a long day because each dog gets a daily individual training session. Kenny says a maximum of 10 dogs at a time is best.

Waylon and Ivie train regularly with the Fulks to keep their skills sharp.

Training steps for gun hunting dogs include obedience, collar conditioning, handling, fetching and retention, and fetching across water. Formal gun dog training starts when the dog is 6 months old. It is a four- to six-month process.

“If you want a hunting dog, get the bestpedigree you can,” Kenny says. “It’s all about proven genetics.”

Kenny also finds time to give obedience lessons to non-hunting dogs boarded at Coyote Creek kennels.

“We don’t train dogs to be robots,” Kenny says. “They must really enjoy the work. If their tail is down rather than wagging, then it’s too much pressure and you need to back off.”

Kim Gennarelli’s 7-month-old yellow Labrador retriever, Max, spent two months in obedience training with Kenny earlier this year. Kim attended one training session each week to stay in touch with Max and see his progress.

Waylon and Ivie train regularly with the Fulks to keep their skills sharp.

“Kenny’s approach is so kind and really patient,” Kim says. “Every week, Kenny and Max had something new to show off.”

Kim says Max walks well on a leash. Off-leash, if he ranges out, he either returns on his own or comes back when he hears the one-word command, “Here.”

“He’s really good at wanting to be where we are,” Kim says.

While Labradors are a favored breed by hunters for retrieving birds, Kenny says he and his father have worked with all breeds and “there is a breed to suit all.”

Although most of their hunting training has been with Labradors and pointers, they did work with a 20-pound klein poodle.

Kenny enjoys taking his yellow labs upland bird hunting for pheasants.

Kenny Fulks runs drills with Waylon, his 2 year-old yellow Labrador retriever, on his property near Loraine.

He hunted with Torque for 14 years before the dog died of old age. He now hunts with Waylon, a 2-year-old Labrador retriever.

Kenny says he enjoys handling the dog, leaving Nick to do the shooting.

“I find a lot of satisfaction in working with the dogs and seeing them be successful in finding the birds and retrieving them,” Kenny says.

“Dad is a very patient man,” Kenny says. “He was the very best dog trainer. He had a touch with dogs. I learned a lot from him in our 10 years of working together. Hopefully, I’ve figured it out, and I have that touch now. Dad taught me very well.”

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LEC Has Many Payment/Billing Options

The choice is yours, but we have a convenient option for everyone

Lane Electric Cooperative offers a variety of options to make paying your electric bill easier each month.

Easy Payment Options for Members

  • Lane Electric dropbox
  • Lowell City Hall dropbox
  • Banner Bank in Oakridge (dropbox inside)
  • MoneyGram. Participant number is 15197
  • Call (877) 562-5503 (available 24 hours, seven days a week, 365 days a year). Account number required.
  • Online with SmartHub or SmartHub app

AutoPay

Electronic Fund Transfer

With electronic fund transfers, members can save a check each month by having their electric bills deducted from their checking or savings accounts. It’s quick and convenient. Visit SmartHub to set up this option.

VISA/MasterCard/Debit

Paying with a credit card is a convenient way for members to pay and leverage the power of their rewards programs, accruing points toward travel or reductions on other purchases.

If you are interested in paying by VISA, MasterCard, or debit card, set this up through SmartHub.

SmartHub

Enjoy the convenience of viewing and paying your bill online with Lane Electric’s innovative SmartHub. Key features include 13-month use and cost graphs, the ability to inquire on payments, current balance, and SmartHub history. Print your bill anytime and no longer receive a paper bill in the mail. Lane Electric’s SmartHub uses secure socket technology to protect your transactions. Please note, SmartHub is a tool for monitoring your energy use. It is not part of our billing system.

It is easy to sign up. Download the app from your app store or register online at our website.

Once you are signed up, you will receive an email every month when your bill is ready to view.


Billing Options

Pay As You Go (Prepaid)

  • No “surprise” monthly billing
  • No due date
  • No late fees
  • Payments to fit your budget

How Prepaid Works

You must maintain a credit balance on your prepaid account. Charges are deducted daily from your available credit. If your credit balance falls below $20, you are notified by phone, text, or email.

Our member service department can give you historical use information so you can plan for both summer and winter energy use. You can check your balance by phone or through the SmartHub app.

Once enrolled, you can access this information in the comfort of your home or on the go with your smartphone or iPad. You have access to your prepaid balance 24/7. Through SmartHub, you can review your daily consumption quickly and easily, helping you manage your energy use for maximum benefit.

Call our member service representatives for more information about the program.

Even Pay

Even Pay gives members the opportunity to avoid the ups and downs of their electric bills. Participating members pay an identical amount each month based on electricity use during the past 12 months. The 12th month, members receive a bill that balances their account.

Depending on actual electricity use, the bill makes up the difference between actual use and the average bill amount. If a balance is owed, it must be paid in full. If a credit has accumulated, it can be credited to your account. If the amount is more than $25, you can request a refund by check.

You are eligible for Even Pay if you have lived at the same address for at least 12 months and meet credit criteria. The Even Pay sign-up option runs from February through September.

Round Up Your Bill for MAP PLUS

Sign up today to have your monthly bill rounded up to the next whole dollar. For just pennies a month—pocket change that won’t be missed—you have a unique opportunity to provide emergency aid to families experiencing a financial crisis.

The extra 50 cents a month, on average—or $8 a year—is your contribution. Lane Electric pays all administrative costs for the program.

Manager's Message

Manager’s Message — May 2021

2021 Virtual Annual Meeting

Dear Co-op Community Members:

Debi Wilson

Mark your calendars! This month is Lane Electric’s annual meeting. We can’t wait to see you online. As our community continues to make progress in reducing our COVID-19 cases, unfortunately, we are unable to meet in person again this year for our annual meeting. While we can’t meet in person, we do have all the same important information and updates to share with our members. You can join us from the comfort of your home or office.

Soon, you will receive your official invitation and ballot in the mail. Your packet will include information on how to register for this year’s virtual meeting.

During the virtual meeting, members will have an opportunity to meet with the cooperative’s directors, hear important messages, and learn about co-op happenings from your board president, me, and our legal counsel. You will hear about the financial condition of the co-op and future plans.

This year’s format will be similar to the 2020 annual meeting. We will provide updates, reports, business information and close with a question-and-answer period.

This meeting with our members is important to me and the co-op. This is why, as your general manager, I want to personally invite you to this year’s virtual annual meeting. The meeting will be held on Zoom, Monday, May 24, at 4:30 pm.

If you were unable to attend our annual meeting last year, I encourage you to join us this year. As you receive your voting packet, please review the information, mark your calendar and come see us. Your participation and vote matter. We hope to see you on May 24.

Sincerely,
Debi Wilson

Carousel, Inside Ruralite

Retired Judge Sits on the Board

Jack Billings’ legal experience benefits Lane Electric Cooperative members

By Craig Reed

Jack Billings on the beach
As a board member for Lane Electric, Jack leans on his legal background as an attorney and judge. Photos Courtesy of Jack Billings

Jack Billings had experience as a school board member and as a transit board member. He also had experience as a judge.

When a friend suggested he run for the Lane Electric Cooperative Board of Directors, he remembers saying, “I felt like I could be a reasonable board member who could learn and contribute.”

He also had ample time, having retired from the Circuit Court bench in 2011 after 18 years.

Jack, 74, won the 2013 election. He has represented Lane Electric’s Central District since then.

“I figured if I could further contribute to the community, I was all in,” he says.

Jack had no background in the electric co-op industry. To familiarize himself with the cooperative before the 2013 election, he attended monthly board meetings.

“I hope my experience and background brings something of value to the Lane Electric board,” Jack says. “It’s not just a matter of keeping myself occupied. I want to be of value to others. Otherwise, I think I would be so bored I’d be miserable.”

Jack admits it was a steep learning curve in his initial years as a board member. He learned about the Bonneville Power Administration being a source of power for Lane Electric, contract negotiations with BPA for future power, and alternative sources of power.

“There are all these energy demands and renewal concepts that have to be met,” Jack says. “It’s a constant challenge on how we are going to manage and maintain the cooperative and continue to provide reliable and affordable power to the members into the future. That was the steepest learning curve for me.”

Jack and the other members of the seven-person board most recently helped the co-op respond to the snow and ice storm of 2019 and the wildfires of 2020. The board made budget decisions to support the co-op’s inside staff and outside crews, and to help members impacted by the natural events and unable to pay their power bills.

“Lane Electric has employees who are very professional, very dedicated to their work and to their safety,” Jack says. “It’s a solid administrative group and a solid line crew.”

Jack is complimentary of the board, too. He says the members’ different backgrounds are a benefit. He says the group gets along and works together on behalf of the members in a vital industry.

Jack Billings enjoys spending time on the water now that he is retired.

A native of Iowa and a 1971 graduate of the University of Iowa Law School, Jack has a background in community government and community service.

He joined the Iowa National Guard in 1968 during law school and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1970. After graduation, he moved to Montgomery, Alabama, and clerked for a federal judge. He transferred to the Army Reserve and served another year before being honorably discharged.

“My claim to fame (in Alabama) was that I drafted the opinion that desegregated the Alabama Highway Patrol,” Jack says. “The judge approved the draft.”

After a year in Alabama, Jack moved to Oregon. He was briefly in private practice before taking a job as assistant district attorney for Lane County. He served in that position for 2 1/2 years before becoming a partner in a private law firm.

After 18 years with that firm, he accepted an appointment as a state Circuit Court judge and dealt with cases ranging from speeding tickets to death penalty crimes.

Jack retired from the bench after 18 years, then worked for 3 1/2 years as a post-conviction relief judge. He now works part-time as a mediator for the Arbitration Service of Portland.

Jack’s community service included eight years on the Eugene School District 4J Board, president of the Oregon School Board Association, six years on the Lane Education Service District Board, two years on the Lane Transit District Board, and six years on the Looking Glass Youth & Family Services Board.

He has been a member of Stove Team International since 2009 and was appointed to the Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council in 2015.

As a Lane Electric board member, Jack has chaired the Annual and District Meeting Planning Committee, Facilities Planning Committee, Member Committee Appointments Committee (appoints members to serve on the Nominating and Elections and Credentials committees), Policy Review and Development Committee, and Conservation Committee. As board treasurer, he now chairs the Audit Committee.

“Because of his legal background, Jack can view issues through the lens of risk and risk management, which adds to the diverse make up of Lane Electric’s board,” says Lane Electric General Manager Debi Wilson.

Jack, who is married to Linda DeSpain, enjoys rafting and drift boating, woodworking, and writing short stories. He recently self-published a crime detective book.

His most recent outdoor hobby is operating his 22-foot inboard boat and learning to fish.

Jack says it is a big responsibility to be a Lane Electric board member and to make decisions on behalf of the membership.

“We can’t survive without electricity,” he says. “I’m pleased to have the responsibility in helping to maintain the flow of power to our members.”