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Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 11:58 am | Updated: 9:55 am, Wed Nov 21, 2012.

EAC athletes in the dark

Runners, swimmers and weight-lifters at Eastern Arizona College were left in the dark Sunday afternoon — literally.

One of three power lines that provide energy to EAC's gymnasium and swimming pool suffered a malfunction, likely due to age and moisture damage, leaving those areas without electricity for nearly 24 hours.

Rather than wasting valuable time figuring out which cable had the flaw, EAC decided instead to simply replace all three. The job was estimated to be finished some time Tuesday, according to Marketing Director for the college, Todd Haynie.

“We hope to get the problem fixed as quickly as possible, so everyone can get back to business as usual,” Haynie said.

Century Link customers reconnected

Local Century Link subscribers were unable to make or receive calls or access Internet services for two hours yesterday after a backhoe outside Benson accidentally disconnected the Valley's fiber optic network.

Technicians were able to minimize Gila Valley's time in the technological dark by rerouting service lines, so after approximately two hours, modem lights came back on. Century Link made sure that the outage was temporary by immediately replacing and resplicing the damaged lines.

Valley residents are advised to call the company's corporate number if problems persist: 1-800-244-1111.

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