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C O M M E N T S Fighting wire theft Missouri lawmakers toughen penalties for stealing metal M issouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed a metaltheft bill that adds to the documentation that recyclers must collect when buying scrap metal. Dealers are now required to photograph the seller and collect the person’s date of birth and gender, as well as the plate number of the vehicle in which they arrived. Metal recyclers already had to make a copy of a seller’s valid ID under the state’s old regulations. State Sen. David Sater of Cassville said the bill he sponsored “will help communities fight scrap metal and copper theft and will level the playing field for law-abiding metal dealers by going after those breaking the law. This is a big step in the right direction, but we need to continue looking for ways to protect property owners and businesses from metal theft.” The Electrical Safety Foundation International estimates there are more than 50,000 copper thefts from electrical utilities each year. Across Missouri, electric cooperatives, other businesses, churches and homeowners have been targeted by metal thieves hoping to make a quick buck. For the sake of a few dollars, these people put themselves in danger of electrocution. They cause damage and loss that is running into the millions of dollar. Worse, their actions put electric cooperative employees at risk by removing protective ground wires and other important safety equipment. “Legislatively, we have worked several years to strengthen those laws because of all the metal-theft issues we have had,” says David Klindt, vice president of the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives. “We appreciate Sen. Sater moving this bill forward and Gov. Nixon signing it.” One weapon used to counter theft of copper from Missouri electric co-ops is the Copper Theft Hotline and Reward Program sponsored by the state’s generation and transmission co-ops on behalf of their member systems. G 4 September 2013 Volume 65 / Number 9 Jim McCarty, editor Jason Jenkins, managing editor Heather Berry, associate editor Megan Backes, editorial assistant Mary Davis, production manager Kile Brewer, intern Alyssa Goodman, intern Angie Jones-Wheeler Dusty Weter Co-op page designers USPS 473-000 ISSN 0164-8578 Copyright 2013, Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives. Call for reprint rights. The six transmission co-ops — Central Electric Power, KAMO Power, M&A Electric Power, Northeast Missouri Electric Power and N.W. Electric Power — have joined forces with wholesale power supplier Associated Electric Cooperative to reward anyone who helps send these crooks to jail. Citizens who see suspicious activity around powerlines, substations or other cooperative facilities are encouraged to call 1-855-COPPER9 (1-855-267-7379). A reward of up to $1,000 will be given for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those who steal or vandalize equipment owned by electric cooperatives on the Associated system. You also will save yourself and others the expense of repairing the damage, since ultimately all members of the cooperative bear this burden. Copper theft in Missouri is a Class C felony. Most of those caught are sent away for a long time. However, catching them in the act remains the problem. If you see someone tampering with electric cooperative equipment, call the Theft Reward Hotline. The reward will be yours, but the money saved belongs to everyone. Ipson honored for economic development efforts ordon Ipson, manager of economic development at Northeast Missouri Electric Power Cooperative, Palmyra, was recently honored by the National Rural Economic Developers Association (NREDA) with the group’s Rural Economic Development Leadership Award. The award recognizes outstanding leadership in the field of rural economic development. NREDA seeks to honor deserving individuals across America. Gordon Nominees are those who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in an economic development project resulting in the improvement of the quality of life, creation of new jobs and opportunity for growth and development in rural America. “Devoted to the rural way of life” Ipson was chosen for this prestigious honor by a national selection committee representing electric and telephone cooperatives from across the nation. Dennis Mingyar, NREDA awards chair said, “Gordon Ipson is the epitome of a rural economic developer. His vision, leadership and guidance to the profession have made him a source of knowledge and guidance. He is committed to his members, his consumers and his communities. He brings skills Ipson that assist local communities in all aspects of succeeding in economic development. His commitment to supporting the growth and development of rural economic development extends from the local community to the national scene.” WWW.RURALMISSOURI.COOP Rural Missouri is published monthly by the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives. Barry Hart, executive vice president. Individual subscription rate: $10 per year or $22 for three years, taxes and postage included. Group rate for members of participating RECs $4.20, taxes and postage included. Delivery as specified by subscriber. If not specified, delivery will be by periodical class mail at subscriber’s expense. Periodical Class postage paid at Jefferson City, MO, and additional mailing offices. Rural Missouri P.O. Box 1645 Jefferson City, MO 65102 573-659-3423 Postmasters: Send address changes to Rural Missouri, P.O. Box 1645, Jefferson City, MO 65102. Subscribers: Report change of address to your local cooperative. Do not send change of address to Rural Missouri. Advertising standards: Advertising published in Rural Missouri is accepted on the premise that the merchandise and services offered are accurately described and sold to customers at the advertised price. Rural Missouri and Missouri’s electric cooperatives do not endorse any products or services advertised herein. Advertising that does not conform to these standards or that is deceptive or misleading is never knowingly accepted by this publication. Advertising information: 573-659-3400 National Advertising Representative: National Country Market; 611 S. Congress St., Suite 504; Austin, TX 78704 573-659-3400 Member, Missouri Association of Publications and Missouri Press Association http://WWW.RURALMISSOURI.COOP

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - September 2013

Rural Missouri - September 2013
Merchant miniatures
Scorching the border
All aboard
Blasts from the past
Out of the Way Eats
Mowing down the competition
Hearth and Home
A place for Pershing
Around Missouri

Rural Missouri - September 2013