Grand Valley Power specialist wins communication awards

Christmas Wharton
Dana Pogar

Dana Pogar, a communications specialist at Grand Valley Power in Grand Junction, has received national recognition for her work.

Pogar received two Gold Awards in the 2021 Spotlight on Excellence Awards program sponsored by the Council of Rural Electric Communicators and National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Grand Valley Power also received a Gold Award.

Pogar received an award in the best wild card category for her crisis communications efforts during the Pine Gulch Fire in 2020. “Our top concern during the blaze was ensuring the health and safety of first responders, line crews and community members,” she said. “Communication was vital during this time as the conditions of the fire evolved rapidly.”

Pogar received an award in the best individual ad category for her cooperative youth tour ad. 

Grand Valley Power received an award in the best event category for a Halloween safety and member appreciation event organized by Pogar and Christmas Wharton, communications manager. Grand Valley Power gave away more than 600  goodie bags in a curbside grab-and-go event.

Organized in 1936, Grand Valley Power serves more than 18,000 consumers in Mesa County and surrounding areas. For more information, log on to