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during a large outage, members no longer get a busy signal. Sometimes members may get a message that the call cannot be completed or the call may get disconnected. This has been frustrating for some of our mem- bers during outages wondering if their outage has been reported. When we have a large outage af- fecting a few hundred to several thousand members and they are all trying to call, it is very easy to tie up 46 lines.


Reporting when a large outage


will be restored is largely a guess in most cases. When Mother Na- ture creates havoc with our lines, it is very difficult to estimate the time it will take to restore power.


RECIPE


Sideline Chicken Chili Serves 8


• 3 bone-in chicken breasts • 6 cups water • 1 large onion, sliced lengthwise • 2 tablespoons cilantro • 2 cups chicken broth • 4 corn tortillas, cut into 1-inch- wide strips


• 4-ounce can diced green chilies • 15-ounce can corn, drained • 2 15-ounce white beans such as Great Northern or cannellini • 1 cup green tomatoes or tomatil- los, chopped into 1-inch pieces • 1 tablespoon fajita seasoning • 1⁄4 teaspoon garlic salt • 1 tablespoon lime juice


Remove the skin from the chicken breasts. Bring the chicken, water, onion and cilantro to a boil in a large stockpot. Reduce the heat and simmer 20 minutes. Remove the chicken and cool. Meanwhile,


4 January 2017 VVEC Power Circuit


In more cases than not, when a storm does damage to a line it does it in several places. It is dif- ficult to know how long each re- pair will take. We try to let mem- bers know when we know. We hate to publish that an outage will be restored in 30 minutes only to find when we tried to re- energize the line there were more problems we had not uncovered. One thing we can tell VVEC members is our crews and staff do everything we can to keep the power on and restore the power when it does go out as quickly and safely as possible.


Randy Riddle serves as VVEC operations manager.


Congratulations to VVEC member


Jenny Omondi for her winning submission in Oklahoma Living’s Take 10 Photo Contest. Her photo, which won in the Route 66 category, along with nine other winners can be viewed in Oklahoma Living’s December 2016 edition or online at http://tinyurl.com/ jkg5shu


Sideline Chicken Chili. Recipe courtesy NRECA. Photo by Laura Araujo


in a small saucepan, bring chicken broth to a boil, stir in tortillas and turn off heat. Pull chicken off the bone and cut into bite-sized pieces. Return to stockpot. Add


chilies, corn, beans, tomatoes, fa- jita seasoning and garlic salt. Add tortilla/broth mixture to stockpot and simmer 15 minutes. Add lime juice to chili and serve.


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