Way out here in the nether regions of Lawson Valley, we had a telephone outage yesterday. We didn't find out what the cause was until Debbie stopped and talked with the repair crew. It seems that some thieves, night before last, climbed ladders up the utility poles, cut through the phone cable between several poles, and made off with the wire to sell as scrap copper. The chart at right shows the motivation: the price of copper is roughly four times what it was in 2000, though in the past few days copper prices (like those of nearly all commodities) has been plunging.
Gophers aren't bad enough? We have to have copper thieves, too??
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