AZTEC — The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Denver Broncos 27-10 to win Super Bowl XII in 1978, but nobody in San Juan County watched their two favorite teams compete for a championship.
A county-wide power outage lasted the entire game, said Mike Sims, the director of Farmington Electric Utility System.
"As you can imagine, the public outcry was immense," Sims said.
That outcry ultimately led to the city manager and electric utility director losing their jobs. And it marked the last major overhaul and rate increase to Farmington's electric utility.
Farmington Electric Utility System is now planning its first rate increase since 1982. Sims and Farmington City Manager Rob Mayes gave San Juan County commissioners a presentation on the rate increase during Tuesday night's commission meeting.
Emergency: The commission declared an emergency because of last week's storms, which caused about $1 million in damage.
Flooding: On Thursday, police and fire dispatch fielded 280 incoming calls, said San Juan County Fire Chief Doug Hatfield.
Halvorson House: The commission gave Halvorson House, 4500 Wildflower Drive, to Farmington for after-school programs.
The Farmington City Council will vote to approve the rate increase before it is enacted.
The increase would be phased in over three years. Most homes would see $1 to $2 increases per month during the first year, Mayes said. A customer who uses 700 kilowatt hours of electricity per month would see a bill increase from $67.75 to $74.42 once the rate increase is entirely implemented, according to Tuesday's presentation.
Sims said the rate increase is needed because of infrastructure improvement projects that need to be made throughout the utility system, which stretches 1,718 miles.
The rate increase will generate $8 million of revenue, he said.
Farmington's utility system supplies power to 44,000 customers, which includes homes and business. It serves an area that is bordered by the Colorado-New Mexico border to the north, the Navajo Nation to the west, the Jicarilla Apache Nation in Rio Arriba County to the east and the checkerboard lands -- which are owned by a combination of government agencies, including the Navajo Nation -- to the south.
The utility has a 160 megawatt capacity.
Mayes said it has been 31 years since the utility increased its rates. And, he added, monthly increase to homes will not be dramatic, and the cost of electricity will remain comparatively low.
He said even after the rate increase, Farmington's rates will be 41 percent cheaper than those of Durango, Colo., 38 percent cheaper than Aztec's and 15 percent cheaper than Albuquerque's.Ryan Boetel covers crime for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644 and firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @rboetel on Twitter.