Utah Power will permanently close its Salina office Dec. 30, but officials say it won't affect services.

The change is for economic reasons, according to Paul Henry, district manager. "It will enable us to be more efficient in the operating requirements of our business while maintaining quality customer service."He said little will change as far as customers are concerned and services will not be curtailed. The Utah Independent Bank at 55 S. State Street and the Salina Utah Power office will accept customer payments through December. Payments after Jan. 1 can be made at the bank.

The Richfield office will provide customer service for new construction and reading of meters and will also accept payments, Henry said. Trouble-shooting and connections for new service will be done by a line crew stationed in Gunnison.

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Closing the Salina office will not affect equal payment plans, electric checks and home wiring. Henry said Utah Power will also continue such community-oriented programs as lighting for Christmas, school safety, grants for worthy projects, electric contests, high school scholarships and cooperative efforts in economic development.

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