September 13, 2011
Ray Wagner stands next to his chopped power pole and disconnected electrical box. Wagner says Yampa Valley Electric Association cut his service without notice in early August.
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Ray Wagner, an 87-year-old decorated World War II veteran, rounded up four of his colts on a recent day at his home in Hamilton and returned them to their pin. A few feet away stood part of a wooden pole with a disconnected electrical box. The pole, now about 4-feet high, was once taller, and was used as the routing point for a power line that fed into Wagner’s home, shop and well-house. But today, there is no power coming into Wagner’s property, and the electrical box has been stripped of its wiring. “It’s felony theft in my opinion,” said Wagner’s son, Jay. “It’s criminal trespassing. It’s on our property. We own it. They (Yampa Valley Electric Association) did not obtain permission to come here and take it.”