Youth Tour 2019: Cindy’s Story

It’s rare to find an individual with as much passion as Cindy Nolasco-Rios. The Ulysses High School student was selected as one of the four student delegates for this year’s Youth Tour programs—thanks to her drive, dedication and desire to change the world around her. In July, she and other high school students from across Kansas journeyed to Steamboat Springs, CO for a week-long adventure. Together, the students built leadership skills, learned about the cooperative business model and formed new friendships and we’re challenged to set goals for their future.

“…If you notice that a flower is wilting you don’t just take it out…you change the environment in which it is growing,” 
 -Cindy Nolasco-Rios (2018 Youth Tour Delegate)

Youth Tour is a free leadership building opportunity sponsored by Pioneer Electric and coordinated by Kansas Electric Cooperatives. The program is open to sophomores and juniors that attend a school serviced by Pioneer Electric Cooperative. Applications and additional information can be found here.

Keep Electrical Equipment Out of Your Cross Hairs

Crisp autumn air is a sure sign that the start of hunting season is just around the corner. As you begin your preparations and start to scout out your favorite spots, we hope that you keep our electrical infrastructure in mind.

Transformers, meters and power poles have an important role and that doesn’t include acting as target practice. While seemingly harmless, damaging our electrical equipment can be devastating to those serviced by our lines.

“No trophy is worth the well-being of others,” said Mike Salsbury, safety and compliance specialist. “Damage caused by bullets can be expensive and can cause equipment to fail. This can result in outages, electrical shorts or unsafe conditions for our linemen. We want everyone to be able to enjoy the season safely, including those not out in the fields.”
If you accidentally clip a piece of equipment, it is best to report it right away.

“We understand that accidents do happen and ask that you report them as soon as you can,” Salsbury said. “Alerting us of any damages caused to electrical equipment helps ensure a quick recovery to those experiencing outages.”

The best way to avoid an accident is simply look. Before you begin walking or as you’re waiting in a stand, scan around for any potential hazards and adjust accordingly. If you’re ever worried about not having a clear area to take a shot, go somewhere else. However, always be sure to get proper permission from the landowner or organization when choosing a new spot to hunt.
Finally, if you happen to notice any damaged meters, transformers or lines while out in the brush, we ask that you please give us a call. Fallen or damaged equipment may still be energized, so it’s imperative that you keep a safe distance.

If the call of the hunt beckons to you this fall and winter, we hope that you answer it safely.

Safety Fest 2018

Mark your calendars for Pioneer Electric’s annual Safety Fest on Oct. 6 (from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.) at the Grant County Teen Center in Ulysses! The free community event is hosted in partnership with Pioneer Communications and serves as an opportunity to teach and discuss safety in a fun and interactive setting.

“It’s never too early to educate our youth on the importance of safety,” said Drew Waechter, communications specialist for Pioneer Electric. “Safety Fest is a wonderful chance for your family to begin having conversations and talking openly about safety.”

Local businesses, services and others set up various booths and activities in which families can learn about a variety of safety topics.

“Each year, we look for more businesses to add to our roster,” said Waechter. “Seeing all of the various messages that they bring to the event is exciting. It’s about making Safety Fest better and allowing our community to make connections that can benefit them for a lifetime.”

Dee Longoria energy services coordinator presents a tablet to one of prize winners at 2017's Safety Fest.
Dee Longoria energy services coordinator presents a tablet to one of prize winners at 2017’s Safety Fest.

This is not all the event has to offer. Attendees can view fire trucks, tractors and Pioneer Electric bucket trucks. Additionally, there will be a variety of free giveaway items up for grabs at the various booths. The event concludes with a free hot dog lunch at 11:30 a.m. and prize drawings at noon.  Prizes for this year’s Safety Fest include a Nintendo Switch, tablets, scooters and an outdoor camping package! Students must be in attendance in order to win.