Outage Map & Status

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

Weather Alerts

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for wind and low relative humidity, which is in effect from 11am to 10pm Friday. Please be prepared for possible outages. They may last longer because our linemen will need to patrol all the power lines as they re-energize. We are monitoring the situation carefully and will keep members informed.

Planned Power Outages

There are no planned outages at this time.

Current Large Scale Outage Information

There are no outages at this time.

Holiday Farm Fire Information

Please see our Holiday Farm Fire page for weekly 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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Notice of Director Vacancies

Elections for Board of Directors (Central & Oakridge Districts)

The term of office for one director in the Central District and one from the Oakridge District on Lane Electric’s Board of Directors will expire on May 24, 2021. The Nominating Committee’s application process is now complete and will be forwarding a strong slate of candidates that will be presented to the members in an election in May.

The Nominating Committee encourages members still interested in running for the Central or Oakridge Districts to participate via the Petition Filing Process (PDF).

Directors are elected to three-year terms and must live in the district in which they apply. The incumbent directors will be seeking re-election.

Because Lane Electric Cooperative is a corporation, the directors have the same basic duties and responsibilities as a director or officer of any other public or private corporation during their three-year term. Primary duties include setting policy, approving budgets, contractual considerations, working with the General Manager, and monitoring the operations of the cooperative.

How to Run for Election

Interested members may still participate in the Board elections via the Petition Filing Process (PDF). Petitions must include 30 valid signatures and be received by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday March 25, 2021.

Resources

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A House of Learning & Support

By Craig Reed

Jonathan Symons, left, and Brian Miller enjoy interacting with the donkeys owned by D.J. Holbrook. Photo by D.J. Holbrook

D.J. Holbrook says he has learned his profession through “the school of hard knocks.”

His learning experiences came from working with the Oregon National Guard Youth Challenge Program, working at an Oregon Youth Authority juvenile prison, and spending a year with the state-operated community program that provides housing for people who aren’t deemed safe enough to live in regular residential homes. With that background, in 2007 D.J. opened the Holbrook House in Springfield, where he has hosted and mentored developmentally disabled men.

“I’ve had 15 to 20 clients in those 13 years,” says the 57-year-old, whose residence is outside Creswell. He shares that property with his wife, Hiedi, and their donkeys, chickens, and dogs.

The men who have lived at the Holbrook House have ranged in age from 18 to 42. Most of those D.J. has hosted have autistic health issues.

“Our guys don’t have physical problems,” he says. “Intellectual disability and autism are their main issues.”

D.J.’s house has individual rooms for five clients, but since early in 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic became prevalent, he’s only hosted three. D.J. has employees so at least two staff members are in the house when the clients are there.

Brian and D.J. Holbrook hang out with one of D.J.’s dogs. Animals are an integral part of working with the men at Holbrook House. Photo by Craig Reed

“We’re trying to teach the guys to be responsible,” D.J. says. “It’s a career that is enjoyable, but keeps me on my toes because at times you’re dealing with child-like minds. The guys are young at heart. It feels good to be helping them.”

The house is certified and licensed by the state of Oregon through Lane County. The clients are vetted and come from juvenile houses they have aged out of, juvenile corrections facilities, mental hospitals, or jail. Each client has a state caseworker.

“Officials want to keep developmentally disabled people out of prison where they would be eaten alive,” says D.J. “It’s all state-regulated.”

Two of the three men currently at the house have part-time jobs. Staff members drive the men to their janitorial jobs in the Eugene-Springfield area, where those companies take responsibility for the men.

“Those companies serve the developmental disability population specifically,” D.J. says. “They go through a process to be approved. The company then supplies the right staff at the worksite to monitor the worker until we pick them up at the end of the workday.”

When all the clients are at the house, D.J. keeps them busy with chores posted on a chart. During their spare time at home, the clients might help staff prepare meals, play video games, work on remote control planes or put together jigsaw puzzles. When the weather allows, there are camping, fishing, and hiking trips, outings to play with the remote-control cars and planes, metal detecting excursions, visits to Creswell to spend time with the farm animals, and shopping trips. Before the COVID-19 pandemic shut some facilities down, there was a monthly bowling outing.

“The donkeys are cool,” says Brian Miller, a Holbrook House client for the past seven years. “The donkeys lay their heads on my arms. I love all the animals.”

Brian says his probation officer introduced him to D.J.

“That helped save my life,” Brian says. “I’d probably be out in the gutter or maybe in prison if I wasn’t here. D.J. is a caring, considerate person who loves to help people who are in need of extreme help.”

D.J. says the goal is to teach the skills necessary to be responsible men in community settings. The trips to different environments are for fun, but also to show the men how to behave in different situations.

“We lead by example,” D.J. says. “We correct negative behavior when it happens. We offer positive support, positive options. We show them the skills they need so they can act properly around other people.”

The men of Holbrook House keep busy with many activities, including flying remote control planes. Photos by Craig Reed

D.J. says most of the men he has mentored have come from horrendous parental backgrounds. One example he gave was of a young man who was locked up in a rabbit cage as a boy while his parents were out partying. He admits that helping clients deal with such past experiences can be difficult.

“I’ve had men we couldn’t handle and we had to turn them back to the system,” he says. “I don’t like to give up on them, but when they disrupt the house in a major way, I have to.”

D.J. has been assaulted, including having his head shoved through drywall and a pencil stuck in his arm. But he’s had many more positive experiences, including one man who was introverted until meeting the donkeys at D.J.’s home.

“Those donkeys broke him wide open,” D.J. says. “He said they were biblical. His face just lit up like I had never seen before. Boysenberry (one of the donkeys) just melted him. He talked about the donkeys for weeks. Whenever he was in a crappy mood, all you had to do was suggest a trip to the donkeys and he was ready to go.”

Hiedi says her husband has the patience to deal with these men and their issues.

“Patience is something you need with that type of business,” she says. “You have to talk the guys through the issues that cause negative behavior. He has the advantage of anticipation because of his experience. I’m proud of the fact D.J. goes the extra mile with the guys. He takes them into the community on a regular basis. It’s good for them to have those experiences.”

“It’s just a matter of trying to make a positive difference for these guys,” D.J. says.

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Need Money for College? College & Trade School Scholarships

Each year Lane Electric offers nearly $20,000 in scholarships to help our members begin their college journey or return to seek a new career. You could be rewarded with money to help attend Lane Community College, VOLTA, or a college of your choice. Scholarship applications are due by Thursday, April 8. Applications can be emailed to brenda@laneelectric.com or mailed/dropped off in the drop box at Lane Electric Cooperative, 787 Bailey Hill Rd, Eugene OR 97402.

Scholarships Offered

  • $4,500 to a 2021 high school graduate (whose parents or guardians are a qualifying Lane Electric Member) to attend Lane Community College
  • $4,500 to a “Dave D’Avanzo Memorial Community Scholarship” to attend Lane Community College (This was previously our “Member-at-Large scholarship and continues to be for any member looking to start a new career)
  • $5,500 to attend VOLTA – a trade school for those interested in line construction and the electric utility industry
  • Two – $3,000 scholarships to a 2- or 4-year accredited college of your choice

Requirements: You must be a Lane Electric Member or a dependent of a qualifying Lane Electric Member. Ready for more information? Visit our website for more information about each scholarship or contact our office at (541) 484-1151. You can also visit with your local high school counselor.

Due Date

Applications Due Thursday, April 8, 2021, by 1:00 pm. Applications and more information can be found on our Scholarships page.

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$500 Residential Charger Rebate

As part of Lane Electric’s efforts to promote electric vehicle (EV) ownership in our service territory, Lane Electric is offering a $500 Electric Vehicle Residential Charger Rebate for our members. Lane Electric wants it to be convenient for our members to charge at home using the cleanest, off-peak energy and our $500 rebate can help you do that.

How It Works

  • Choose from a variety of eligible charger brands and options.
  • Install your charger and take a photo of the completed install.
  • Submit an online application and receive your rebate by mail.

Learn more on our Electric Vehicles Promos page.

Manager's Message

Manager’s Message — March 2021

LEC Board: Dedication to Service

Dear Co-op Community Members:

Debi Wilson

Every three years, Lane Electric members have an opportunity to vote for a board member to serve their district. These board members represent you and the unique needs of your district and community. Lane Electric has a seven-member board that serves our four diverse districts. They are dedicated to serving you and their community. If you look at their resumes, you will notice they serve beyond the board of Lane Electric.

Being a board member at Lane Electric requires monthly meetings, staying up to date on issues facing the industry, setting rates, and attending industry meetings. The time required to be a board member is more than the time given attending a monthly meeting. Yet, you will also see these dedicated people serving your communities through youth and senior citizen programs, food banks, school boards, as classroom volunteers, education foundations, Rotary, chambers of commerce, and many more. We are thankful to the current and past members who give so much of their time.

Some of our board members are dedicated to Lane Electric and our members beyond a single term.

I would like to take a moment to appreciate a former board member, Jim Hill, who served on the Lane Electric Board from 1974 to 2013, dedicating 39 years to the board of directors. Jim recently died at the age of 96. He served in every official capacity on the Lane Electric Board. Jim was often appointed to these positions by his colleagues because of his experience and wisdom. He was one of the first directors to complete the comprehensive education necessary to earn board certification credentials from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. In 2013, he was honored with a Life Membership Award from the Northwest Public Power Association. Jim was dedicated to serving Lane Electric and our members.

Just like our current board members, Jim was not only dedicated to his service at Lane Electric. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946. He also was a lifelong resident of Oakridge, where he and his wife, Dorothy, raised their three children. He devoted time to his community as well, serving youth and senior citizen programs. Jim dedicated 39 years, making our employees and members his utmost priority.

It is people like Jim and all of our Lane Electric board members who help make our communities better. Their time and dedication to service is appreciated by many. I want to thank not only current and past board members, but also their families, who give of their time to serve our members. You are all appreciated!

Sincerely,
Debi Wilson

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Honoring Former Board Member Jim Hill

 

Lane Electric Cooperative is saddened to share that Jim Hill, who served on the board of directors from 1974-2013, passed away on Saturday at the age of 96.

Jim Hill, Lane Electric board member from 1974-2013

Debi Wilson, General Manager of Lane Electric, said, “It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of former board member, Jim Hill. As one of Lane Electric’s veteran directors, Jim shared his experience, wisdom, and loyalty to Lane Electric and its members. He gave 39 years of dedicated service to Lane Electric, making our employees and members his utmost priority.”

During his time as a director, Jim served in every official leadership capacity. His colleagues appointed him as Treasurer, Secretary, Vice President, and President. Because of his experience and wisdom, Jim was truly considered the board’s “Elder Statesman.”

Jim was one of the first directors to complete the comprehensive education necessary to earn special credentials from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, acknowledging his exceptional qualifications as an electric utility director. He never stopped learning and kept himself informed on electric industry issues. In 2013, Jim received the Life Membership award from NWPPA.

The act of serving was nothing new for Jim. Not only a veteran in the board room, but Jim was also a WWII veteran and proudly served in the United States Navy from 1943-1946. He was a life-long resident of Oakridge, where he and his wife Dorothy raised their three children. Beyond his service to Lane Electric and the United States, Jim was committed to his community – devoting his civic service to youth and senior citizen programs.

Due to COVID-19, there is not a planned service. To honor Jim’s legacy, his family suggests making a charitable donation in his name to any charity of choice

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Meeting Members is a Highlight

LEC Board Member Kathy Keable has served the co-op since 2014

By Craig Reed

As a Lane Electric Board Member, Kathy Keable gets to present scholarships such as this one to Tayler Forsman. (Photo made before COVID)

Having enjoyed a professional career working in several jobs, Kathy Keable has always been willing to tackle a new learning opportunity.

When the McKenzie River area position on the Lane Electric Cooperative board came open, Kathy was ready for a new challenge. She was elected to replace Pat Dymock, who retired in 2014, and was reelected in 2017 and 2020 to three-year terms.

“From what I could tell, it’s a nice combination of learning and traveling to meetings,” the 71-year-old says of her initial study of the co-op board. “I thought I’d give it a try. The challenge is fun.”

As a member of a citizen review panel for relicensing of small dams on the McKenzie River in the Leaburg and Walterville areas, Kathy had a background in dam information and fish studies. She also was a member of the McKenzie School District board. But she admits she had little experience with electric cooperatives.

“Policy and budget are all part of the learning curve for the board,” Kathy says. “The electrical part of it and how to manage a co-op was really challenging and still is.”

Steve, Kathy’s husband of 34 years, says his wife has an excellent reputation in the McKenzie community for studying issues and helping in decision making.

“When people ask who you can trust, I think Kathy is one of the names that comes up as one of the trusted citizens of our community,” Steve says. “Kathy is one of the best people I know.”

Kathy says highlights of her time on the Lane Electric board include meeting co-op members from different districts at the annual district meetings; talking to board members and staff of other cooperatives about different ways of managing a co-op; hiring General Manager Debi Wilson; interviewing students as a member of the co-op’s scholarship committee; dealing with a major snow event early in 2019; and most recently recovering from the Holiday Farm Fire.

Kathy and her husband, Steve, enjoy traveling together. They traveled down the Colorado River.

“I believe Lane Electric has done a great job of taking care of its members,” Kathy says. “I think the co-op’s employees have helped ease people through some of the hard times, especially during and after the ice storm and snowstorm and the Holiday Farm Fire and dealing with COVID-19.”

Kathy is an advocate for being prepared in emergency situations, speaking about it at co-op board meetings and in the community.

“Each director on the Lane Electric board seems to have a passion that complements their role as director,” says LEC General Manager Debi, Wilson. “For Kathy, it’s disaster preparedness. She has encouraged our members to be prepared. She does more than talk about it, though. Kathy has gone through Community Emergency Response Team program training and has even passed her ham radio technician test. She leads by example.”

Hard times hit many members in early September when the 173,000-acre Holiday Farm Fire destroyed communities in the McKenzie River Valley. The fire leveled 430 homes.

The first report of the fire was issued to area residents at 8 p.m. Kathy and Steve evacuated their home about four hours later. When they left, their neighbor’s lot and the mountainside across from Highway 126 were on fire. Big embers were falling from the sky.

Kathy says she had been talking about situations such as this at Lane Electric board
meetings, but now she and Steve were experiencing it. She says the wind was blowing through in big gusts. Trees could be heard falling into the nearby McKenzie River.

The couple eventually got a report that their property and that of many of their neighbors had burned. But a few days later, a Lane Electric lineman working in the area took a photo of the Keable home, showing it had survived despite the devastation on all sides.

“We haven’t found a word for it,” Kathy says of still having her home. “It’s amazing that we’re still here. It’s so hard to understand when so many of our neighbors’ homes are gone. We realize how fortunate we are.”

Kathy says having power lines underground would help prevent power outages during fire and snow events. She says putting those lines underground, if financially feasible, continues to be a goal for the Lane Electric board and staff. She hopes funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency could help cover that expense.

Kathy is also hopeful the cooperative can partner with a company to provide broadband service to more co-op members. A feasibility study is underway.

“The board is a good group that makes good decisions,” Kathy says. “Everybody doesn’t always agree, but we have good discussion and I believe we keep the members in mind when making decisions.”

Visiting ruins in South America. Photos Courtesy of Kathy

Kathy came to Oregon after growing up in Southern California and earning a teaching degree from the University of Pacific in Stockton. She earned her master’s degree at Southern Oregon College, now Southern Oregon University, in Ashland and taught a couple years at Riddle before teaching for 13 years at McKenzie Elementary School.

While teaching at McKenzie, Kathy started an outdoor school, which led her to working in fire prevention in the summer. She ended her teaching career to take a job at the McKenzie River Ranger Station as the special-uses manager. She held that job for 13 years before becoming site manager for the Andrews Experimental Forest, working that job for another 13 years before retiring in 2017.

Kathy says she has enjoyed each of the jobs—just as she has the Lane Electric board position.

“It’s been a good experience,” she says. “I’ve always believed in giving back to your community. This is a good way to do that.”

Kathy encourages others to consider running for a board position when one in their area becomes available.

“I think people would find it really rewarding,” she says.

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Big D Has Left the Building

The death of Dave D’Avanzo, a beloved friend, is felt by many – April 1955 to November 2020

Dave D’Avanzo was known for his collection of Hawaiian shirts.
Photos courtesy of Susan D’Avanzo

Dave D’Avanzo was a big, broad-shouldered man with a wide smile, an outgoing personality, and a grizzly bear paw handshake.

Dave’s characteristics were well-known in the Pacific Northwest electric cooperative and energy world, and even beyond. It was easy to remember Big D— not just because of his physical stature, but because of his caring and loving nature and his willingness to help and serve others.

As is written in his obituary, “He knew no stranger.”

Dave died November 9 at age 65 of health-related causes after a determined five-year battle to live to the next day and enjoy it with grace, humor, and strength.

Dave began his career in the electric cooperative industry in 1980. He served members at Umatilla Electric in Hermiston, Oregon; Claverack Rural Electric in Wysox, Pennsylvania; Midstate Electric in La Pine, Oregon; and, most recently, Lane Electric in Eugene. He retired in 2018.

Following are memories and stories from many of the people Dave met, befriended, worked with, joked with, and laughed with through the years.

Compiled by Craig Reed


Dave D’AvanzoI knew early on, even before we were married, that I would be sharing Dave with all who knew him. To know Dave was to love (and be loved by) him. His kind and caring heart was always big enough for us all. That’s just who he was.

Dave was an amazing husband, father, and friend whose daily routine included, but was not limited to, writing a “to-do” list on paper or the back of his hand, helping out wherever needed, and always taking time to call and check-in. His goal, above all else, was to serve and connect with each and every one of us.

I am forever grateful for my life with Dave. He taught me so much about how to live life to the very fullest and how to love unconditionally—gifts that our family will continue to share with others for years to come.

—Susan D’Avanzo, Dave’s Wife


Dave loved life.

He was a genuine person. What you see is what you get. He was always willing to help and always had time to talk.

Dave was very involved in the community. He worked closely with the 4-H kids, taking time to talk to each one at the annual livestock auction. He was part of and very involved in the local chambers of commerce. He always wore a smile and was ready with a joke.

The Elvis collection in his office was more of an homage made up of gifts people gave him because they knew he was a big fan.

Dave was one of a kind. He will be greatly missed.

—Debi Wilson, Lane Electric General Manager


I was blessed with the opportunity to visit with Dave in early November before we lost him. At the end of our visit, he asked me to help him up off the couch. As I was beginning to try, Susan asked him why he needed to get up and he replied, “So I can walk Todd to the door.” That’s really all you need to know about this incredible man. There will never be another like him.

—Todd Munsey, Douglas Electric Cooperative Member Services Manager


I cherish the memories and conversations that Dave and I had on our many road trips, traveling to meetings and conferences together. Whether it was a two-hour ride to Portland or a longer trip to Hermiston, there was never a silent or dull moment.

This lack of silence could be considered annoying, but never with Dave. His stories, jokes, and selfless camaraderie were second to none. He would listen and truly care about the good, bad, or ugly things that may be on your mind.

One of my favorites was a one-day trip from Eugene to Brookings and back, with a six-hour meeting included. We thought that we had solved all the world’s problems that day, but I guess it was not to be.

—John Murray, Lane Electric Energy Services Representative


Dave D’Avanzo was truly one of a kind. His heart was so huge that he loved every person he met. He had a way to make every person feel they were important and that they mattered.

Dave was so much more than a boss and a co-worker. He was my friend, my counselor, and my mentor. He had a way of making you want to be a better person and to treat people like Dave treated people.

I would like to think I am a better person because of him. I treasured my friendship with Dave and miss him every day.

—Brenda Everts, Lane Electric Executive Assistant


Dave was a rare good man. He was the best boss I ever had, and I told him so.

He was caring and understanding. He always checked in to make sure things were OK, and if they weren’t, he’d offer to do whatever he could to help.

Dave didn’t just hand out tasks, he offered to work on things together, and when doing so would share his knowledge, experience, and great stories. He knew the value of bringing a jovial spirit to the job; he was a master at it. He made people laugh.

One year he made beautiful spiral whirligigs out of small pieces of cedar that he had cut himself. He gave the whirligigs as Christmas gifts. I don’t know how many he made, but it must have been tedious work. I was lucky enough to receive one. It’s still flying to this day, over 10 years later. Every time I look at it, I think of the big, smiling, generous, and unwavering man that made it.

—Zechariah English, Lane Electric Energy Services Representative


I have never known another person with a presence like Dave. I can picture him sauntering into a room, eyes scanning for someone in need of one of his patented handshakes or hugs. Intimidating to meet and a lifelong friend from every moment forward.

Always giving. Always positive. And never afraid to try something new. He had so many talents and happily shared them with anyone with a need. Beloved and respected in the electric co-op community, Dave knew everyone and could get things done. You couldn’t say no to Dave. I’m so grateful to have worked with him for so many years and honored to be called his friend.

—Mike Teegarden, Pioneer Utility Resources Editor


When people recall Dave D’Avanzo (Big D), they immediately think of him as friendly, outgoing, and positive—a person that never met a stranger.

However, there is another quality he embodied that also stands out to me. On a number of occasions, people’s first visual impression of Big D was summarized in the statement, “I sure would not want to meet him in a dark alley.”

Of course, this was before they actually had the opportunity to meet him. In addition to Dave’s positive nature, he was a person of exceptional loyalty to all of his family, friends, and colleagues, of which there were many.

Without hesitation, you could count on Big D to always have your back, and leaving no man or woman behind. Thus, Dave was exactly the person you wanted with you in that dark alley. I miss him.

—Rick Crinklaw, Retired Lane Electric General Manager


When the name Dave D’Avanzo is mentioned, a person that cares comes to mind. He could make friends with anyone. That is why his time at LEC impacted so many people, especially the 4-H kids. Dave would talk and take pictures of the kids after LEC had purchased their animals. It made them feel like a person, not just a number.

Dave always gave 150% on any task he was given, no matter how large or how small.

He will be greatly missed. Rest in peace, my friend.

—Gary Foster, Retired Lane Electric Lineman


The first thing you noticed about Dave was his smile. The next was his big grip. Dave was a good family man, a good employee, and a good friend.

It didn’t take long to find out that he liked Elvis, as his office was a gallery of Elvis mementos.

Dave was a people person, so he was a perfect fit to be the face of the co-op. He had the ability to help members work through problems by his outgoing and caring personality.

He will be missed by all of us who knew him.

—Ed Bangle, Former Lane Electric Board Member


Dave was a master of many things.

I worked with Dave on the Lane Electric Scholarship Committee, but I also saw him involved in many activities around the Oakridge/Westfir area. I can’t tell you how many times he would listen to presentations by our community organizations. When the presentations were over, he would lean over to me and say, “I could probably find some funding for that.”

He always came through. He was a citizen of all the communities in the cooperative. He was always happy to see everyone. I will certainly miss his presence, his humor, and his compassion.

But now maybe he is up in heaven having a sing-off with Elvis. “Dave has left the building.”

—Judy Hampton, Oakridge


Co-op guys, we met in 1984, visiting several manufactured housing plants in Hermiston with Dave as guide. His enduring quality of hospitality and willingness to go out of his way to help was evident.

There didn’t seem to be anyone Dave didn’t know. Everywhere we went was old- home week!

Dave was gregarious, yet always a straight shooter. He always had a project, yet always had time for people.

Physically and mentally tough, Dave had the heart of a lion, loved his work, and loved Elvis—but loved his wife and family above all.

My brother, my brother— welcome home.

—Jim Su’euga, Retired Co-Op Lifer


Dave came to midstate electric in 1991 and left in 1999. I am grateful for both his mentorship and friendship.

As a mentor, Dave groomed me—and recommended me— for his position upon leaving. A friendship with Dave was forever. We laughed a lot. Dave loved telling jokes.

A fond memory is listening to Roy D. Mercer tapes while carpooling. Mercer, created by disc jockeys, had a Southern drawl and made prank calls demanding money for an incident, often asking “How Big ‘a Boy Are Ya?” and threatening the recipient with an “ass-whuppin.” Makes me smile to remember Dave’s laughter.

—Teresa Lackey, Midstate Electric Marketing and Communications Manager


If you had met Dave D’Avanzo, you immediately would have recognized his friendly nature, his outgoing personality, his positive attitude and, of course, his larger than life persona—and there was his handshake, something you’d never forget.

Dave was a kind and patriotic friend who lived the cooperative way: Support the communities you serve.

I’d like to share a story about Dave. He and I, and another co-op employee, were in Oregon City … Nope, better not share that one.

Here’s one. We were in Fort Worth, Texas, at a national conference, maybe 30 years ago. The temperature hadn’t been below triple digits for weeks. That led to over-consumption of ice-cold beverages. Dave had a big presentation first thing in the morning, and we all felt the effects from the night before. As a group, we “supported” Dave by sitting in the front row of the audience of hundreds of attendees. He couldn’t look at us for fear of being distracted by our juvenile antics. He pulled it off like the pro he always was.

He was kind enough to let us take a break in his suite while he attended another presentation. We took the opportunity to rearrange all his furniture and helped ourselves to all the costly treats and beverages in his mini-bar. He told us his room was fine when he returned to it. Years later, we laughed about it when he finally admitted his surprise when he entered his suite. I never heard if he personally had to pay for everything we consumed. It would have been an expense report hard to justify to his boss.

I’ll never say that we lost Dave. I know exactly where he is. I miss my friend immensely, but I smile every time I think of him.

—Terry Kelly, Retired Salem Electric General Manager


It was back about 1978 when I first met Dave. It was at a BPA energy conservation seminar. My first thought was, “Man, that guy is built like a Sherman tank.”

Dave may have been big, but he had a heart of gold and would do anything for his friends.

Dave worked for Umatilla Electric Cooperative back then, later working for Midstate Co-op, Claverack, and, finally, Lane Electric. He had the cooperative spirit, always putting the member/owners first. It was a pleasure having Dave as a friend and working with him on different cooperative programs and tasks. One thing that many of his friends will remember is the firm handshake that some of us still have indentations from.

—Joe Mcfadden, Retired Blachly-Lane Electric Employee


Big D is truly a larger than life person.

After meeting in January 1986, we became fast friends, and nobody could ask for a better friend than Dave.

Big D was always willing to give advice, assistance, or a listening ear when needed. We had many long talks over the years and some great times. One favorite was making a music video together in Orlando. It showed his fun, musical side and true friendship to join me.

Another was listening to bands after PNGC meetings in Portland. We got Dave to go onstage with the band OoLaLa and sing an Elvis Presley song, his personal favorite.

Dave was a big hit, and I can hear Big D say to all of us today, “Thank you, thank you very much!”

And with that, Big D has left the building!

—Marc Farmer, Clatskanie People’s Utility District General Manager


Dave D’Avanzo was a longtime communications partner with Pioneer Utility Resources, the publisher of Ruralite magazine. To honor Dave’s work and friendship, we are naming our communicator of the year award after him. We are privileged to keep his legacy alive.

Manager's Message

Manager’s Message — January 2021

Lane Electric Staff Works to Serve You

Dear Co-op Community Members:

Debi WilsonHappy New Year! As we prepare for a new year and new goals, there is one thing we remain committed to: serving you, our members. While our operations have looked different the past several months, we continue to focus on providing reliable electric service to your homes and businesses.

With our doors still closed to the public, we miss the face-to-face interactions with you, but it has not stopped our dedicated staff from serving you. Lane Electric staff are devoted to our members. They are ready to answer your phone calls and questions; provide assistance to your electric service needs; and provide routine maintenance and repair to electric lines.

In the midst of the adjustments to our new—hopefully temporary—normal, we continued to prepare for 2021. In the upcoming year, we have some planned projects, continuing projects, and hope to receive grants that offset costs and increase safety to our members.

Staff will continue to focus a significant amount of time on the repairs and rebuilding of the McKenzie River area after the summer wildfires. These fires were devastating to our community and to the electrical infrastructure that services the area. To mitigate disasters like this in the future, Lane Electric has applied and is awaiting approval for two Federal Emergency Management Agency Hazard Mitigation Grants for projects in Eugene and Veneta. These grants will help implement long-term hazard mitigation planning and reduce the vulnerability of communities to the effects of disasters.

Lastly, in 2021, we have planned four overhead-to-underground projects in Creswell, Eugene, Oakridge, and Cottage Grove. Moving these lines underground increases electric service reliability for our members, especially during inclement weather.

These planned projects are part of our continued effort to make the Lane Electric electrical system more resilient. Due to COVID-19, we will continue to have limitations, but we look forward to resuming normal operations sometime in the future. Someday soon, we hope to reopen the office doors to you and meet in person at a district meeting. We miss our members, and we wish you the very best in 2021!

Sincerely,
Debi Wilson

Carousel, Inside Ruralite

Thank You!

Restoring power to our community is truly a community effort and we are beyond thankful to our amazing partners for their help to expedite the rebuilding process. Without each of you, we wouldn’t have been able to restore power to our members as quickly and help start to get our community back on its feet. Our work is far from over and we appreciate the community’s support as we work towards full power restoration. From all of us at Lane Electric, thank you, and happy holidays!

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