The Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association announces the completion of the Drop 5 hydroelectric plant. Contractors started testing the plant the week of Aug. 8 and commercial generation started Aug. 12.
Mountain States Construction Company started the project in November 2012. The firm completed the project eight weeks ahead of schedule. UVWUA manager Steve Anderson said the association is very appreciative of the firm's efforts. Mountain States constructed the other four hydro projects on the Uncompahgre Project and the facility on the Ridgway Dam. "We salute Mountain States' efforts and their contractors, Riverside Construction, Rapid Energy and Bat Electric Inc.," Anderson said.
The Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association financed this project with a loan from the Colorado Water Conservation Board and a WaterSMART grant from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
Delta-Montrose Electric Association purchased the power, which will be utilized locally. The Drop 5 facility is capable of producing 2,200 Kw.
At about 9:50 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, officers of the Delta Police Department were dispatched to a robbery reported at Arby's, located at 107 Gunnison River Drive. An extensive search of the area was conducted and the suspect was not located.
The suspect was reported to have walked into Arby's and after a brief conversation with an employee, was able to leave the store with a small amount of cash and coins.