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No end in Millersburg power battle

Written May 12th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

The fight over Millersburg’s proposed forced takeover of Pacific Power’s electric business in town will continue for at least the next several months. Council members Darrin Lane, Jim Lepin and Clayton Wood, the longtime mayor, on Tuesday voted to put the power takeover before the voters.


Hush-hush in Millersburg

Written June 30th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Oregon law allows city councils to talk about some things behind closed doors in order to further the public interest. I think the proceedings in Millersburg’s proposed electric power grab go far beyond the intent of the law and disrespect rather than advance the interests of the town’s residents.


Millersburg power vote looks likely

Written June 19th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

If public sentiment expressed at a hearing Thursday carries any weight, voters in Millersburg are likely to get an election on the question of whether the town should expel Pacific Power and take over the electric system within the city limits. Speakers demanding an election (I counted seven of them, including the lead spokesman for […]


Pacific pushing back harder

Written June 19th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

The fight over electric power in Millersburg is about to enter another round. The Millersburg City Council will hold a second public hearing tonight (June 19) on its proposal to kick Pacific Power out, take over the town’s electric system, by condemnation if necessary, and run it as a municipal utility. Pacific Power is expected to use the hearing […]


Millersburg, this is for you

Written May 9th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

The exploration of forming a municipal electric utility in the city of Millersburg started in the spring of 2013 with a confidentiality agreement between ATI Wah Chang and the city government. Some of the talk after that was in executive sessions closed to the public, but on Monday the public gets a chance to speak up and ask questions.


 
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