Observations all along the line - Kimball & the Southern Panhandle First

More Than 150 Utility Poles Damaged

Most High West Customers Back On Power; Some Could Wait

As of Monday afternoon, High West Energy said its line crews had restored power to all but about 700 members in the wake of a brutal winter storm.

Some members, however, were expected to be without power until later in the week.

High West line crews were working 16-hour days as a combination of snow, ice and 50 mph winds took a toll on power lines throughout Wyoming, Nebraska and Colorado.

High West has confirmed that the wind broke or damaged more than 150 power poles throughout the cooperative's territory, and it's possible that number could be closer to 200 when employees have completed the...