– “County energy fight takes shape”
“Proposition 1: Groups organize for and against effort to allow the Thurston PUD to offer customers power”
“Voter approval in November of Proposition 1 would give the Thurston Public Utility District, currently a water utility, the authority to pursue public power. If the initiative fails, the states largest utility, Bellevue-based Puget Sound Energy, will continue to provide power in the county and to its 120,000 customers here. The Thurston PUD has 3,200 customers.
The march toward November has ramped up the public-power debate among PSE, the PUD, the Thurston Public Power Initiative and a group that opposes the initiative, the Alliance to Protect Thurston Power. The latter group is headed by former Olympia Mayor Doug Mah, former Secretary of State Ralph Munro and former County Commissioner Diane Oberquell.
Business consultant John Pearce leads the Thurston Public Power Initiative,” quoting Rolf Boone in The Olympian.
Ed. Note: Yelm is included in this proposal.
– “Centralia Pays $45,000 for Yelm Hydro Plant Canal Study”
“The Centralia City Council approved a $45,000 contract on Tuesday night with CF Malm Engineering LLC, a Seattle-based engineering firm, to do a feasibility study on the Yelm Hydro Plant canal following the sinkhole last month,” quoting the Centralia Chronicle.