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Lights out

Some without power Christmas morning

Paul Shockley

Christmas began in the dark for about 15 homes in the area of Villaview Drive and Ninth Street.

An unknown stretch of electrical feeder wire failed at about 6:30 a.m. and stayed down for two hours until crews re-routed and restored service at about 8:30 a.m., according to Ben Dunning, dispatcher with Yampa Valley Electric Association.

Some of the original wiring dates back 20 years, said Dunning, calling the outage an “uncontrollable act of God.”

“It just goes bad sometimes,” he said.

Yampa Valley crews were able to isolate the failure within a 20 to 30 foot area of wire on Villaview Drive.

Dunning said work scheduled for Thursday should fix the problem.

“They have to be able to pinpoint the failure within three inches before digging,” he said.

Paul Shockley can be reached at 824-7031 or at

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