Craig briefs for Nov. 17 |

Craig briefs for Nov. 17

Steve Sharp Transportation, of Cokeville, Wyo., is scheduled to bring an oversized/overweight load through the area today, the company announced in a news release.

The load is a compressor for the Williams Gas Compressor Station in Parachute.

It is 23 feet wide, about 18 feet tall, 13 feet long and weighs about 300,000 pounds.

The company will leave about 7 a.m. today from the Wyoming/Colorado state line on Colorado Highway 13 with a Colorado State Patrol escort.

Village Inn celebrates 50th anniversary today

Village Inn Restaurant, operated by Family Restaurants, a franchisee of Vicorp Restaurants, of Denver, announces a celebration of its first 50 years of operation.

On Nov. 17, 1958, the first Village Inn Pancake House opened in Denver.

“To commemorate this golden anniversary milestone, Village Inn invites the community to come in and join in our celebration,” Village Inn announced in a news release. “We will have 50th anniversary balloons and special coloring pages for the kids. And, during the week of Nov. 17, each member of our wait staff will award one Golden Anniversary Ticket to a personally selected family of their choice. This ‘random act of gratitude’ is our way of allowing each member of our service team to say thank you to our loyal customers. We will also be arming some members of the local community with Golden Tickets to issue to deserving families of their choice outside of the restaurant. Each Golden Ticket will earn a free meal for that family up to a one-time value of $50.”

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Village Inn has been in Craig for 29 of its 50 years. The company, the news release states, is “grateful for the friendships that we have formed in that time.”

Xcel Energy files for electric rate increase

Xcel Energy proposed Friday a $174.7 million electricity rate increase for Colorado, expected to become effective next summer.

“The increase is the result of the company’s efforts to meet state energy needs through power generation expansion, continued emission reductions work and system reliability improvements,” Xcel reported in a news release.

The filing today with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission would increase electricity bills for typical residential customers by $5.13 a month to $66.31, or 8.4 percent, based on use of 625 kilowatt-hours. Small-business customers would see an increase of $7.84 a month to $105.83, or 8 percent, based on use of 1,025 kilowatt-hours.

“Xcel Energy has made significant investments in recent years in our generation, transmission and distribution systems, to ensure that we have adequate, reliable, cost-effective and environmentally sound resources to meet the energy needs of Colorado,” Tim Taylor, president and CEO of Public Service Co. of Colorado, an Xcel Energy company, said in the news release.

The implementation of the new rates most likely will not occur until next summer, as Xcel Energy has noted, to allow for extensive hearings on the request.

Xcel Energy filed its last electric rate case in April 2006. Before that time, Xcel Energy had not filed an electric rate case since 2001. The 2006 electric rate case resulted in a 7.7 percent increase for typical residential and small-business customers.

Taylor noted that the company has invested or will invest nearly $1.7 billion in major new electricity infrastructure since the last rate case and through 2009.

He noted that continued investment in utility infrastructure is critical, even during difficult financial times, to ensure the state will be poised for economic recovery.

“We know our customers’ budgets are stretched, but we also know they count on us for the electricity they need in their homes and businesses. We would not ask for an increase unless it was truly needed,” Taylor said.