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Ross Horner, from left, Tabitha Davis and Rey Berrones of Penasco Valley Telecommunications gather at Central Valley Electric in Artesia Friday for National Co-op Connections Day. (Mike Smith Photo)

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ARTESIA — October is National Cooperative Month and Central Valley Electric and Penasco Valley Telecommunications joined forces in Artesia Friday to honor their members.

Both companies celebrated National Co-op Connections Day at CVE.

“Different co-ops do different things,” said CVE member services representative Leah Boone. “National Cooperative Connections Day takes our local cooperative connections to the next level.”

CVE has been providing electrical power to the rural areas of southeastern New Mexico for 80 years.

Boone said there are many differences between CVE and investor owned utilities.

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“We report to our members, not investors,” Boone said. “We have a kinder way of dealing with people.”

Mike Anderson, the assistant manager of CVE, said fighting for lower rates is another difference between his electric company and others.

“You don’t get that with investor owned utilities,” Anderson said.

PVT can trace its history back to 1949, according to its website. A switchboard was in someone’s living room in Hope and acted as a communications point between the small community near Artesia and the rest of the world.

PVT’s website states that the company purchased the switchboard that belonged to the Ailman family in 1953.

Rey Berrones is with the marketing department of PVT and he said the company has expanded its base and its services since those early years.

Besides telephone service, the company also offers internet, cable and data security products.

“PVT serves Hondo, Roswell, Dexter, Lake Arthur, Artesia and into Carlsbad,” Berrones said. “(Then) cuts over to Hope and Mayhill and ends up in Cloudcroft.”

PVT’s main office is in Artesia and there’s also an office in Mayhill which serves those in the mountain areas.

Berrones and Anderson said at one time, both CVE and PVT shared offices and poles.

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