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November 7, 2012
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Incumbents retain seats on NID board

Two incumbents defeated two challengers for their respective seats on the board of directors of the Nevada Irrigation District.

With 95 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday, Nick Wilcox garnered 3,422 votes (or 66 percent) to defeat contender Jack Meeks, who had 34 percent, to retain the Division 5 seat.

“I am pleased to have the confidence of the people in my district,” Wilcox said. “I trust I have served them well, and I trust I will continue to do so.”

Meeks, who served on the Nevada County Board of Education, has previously made unsuccessful bids for an NID board seat.

In southern Nevada County, W. Scott Miller totaled 2,888 votes (66 percent) to defeat Guy Tortorici, who had 33 percent of the votes, to keep his Division 3 seat on the board.

Miller could not be reached by phone late Tuesday evening.

Revenue and expenditures are the major issues facing the board of directors for the Nevada Irrigation District in years ahead.

NID was formed in 1921 as an independent special district operated by and for the people who own land within its 287,000-acre boundaries.

The district supplies water for irrigation, municipal, domestic and industrial purposes and is one of the largest in the state. The district collects water on 70,000 acres of high mountain watershed and owns and operates an extensive reservoir and canal system and network of water treatment plants. It also produces hydroelectric energy and provides outdoor public recreation.

NID is finishing up a five-year process with the Federal Electrical Regulatory Commission to re-license the network of reservoirs, canals, flumes and hydroelectric plants it built in partnership with Pacific Gas and Electric Co. That system provides most of the water NID distributes to 25,000 customers in Nevada and Placer counties. Any agreements would be in place for the next 30 years, the life of the new federal license, which would begin in 2013.

The district also is in the midst of negotiating the purchase of power from PG&E, as well as a conveyance agreement and the possible purchase by NID of the South Yuba Canal and the Deer Creek Powerhouse.

To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email or call (530) 477-4236.

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The Union Updated Nov 7, 2012 04:13PM Published Nov 9, 2012 11:15AM Copyright 2012 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.