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Manager’s Report — May 2019

Current technology and new infrastructure I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for working hard to conserve energy over this very cold, and late winter season. Now that we’re well into warmer weather, your PUD team is supporting all of your new construction projects, remodels, and doing our work to keep […]

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An Aria in Her Heart

Anna Viemeister combines song and service for results in the Gorge and in Manhattan By Kathy Ursprung As a teenager planning to be a band teacher, Anna Viemeister couldn’t have imagined that a key piece of her future would be determined while singing opera at a karaoke sushi bar in New York City. “You sing […]

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Diverse Grant Projects Benefit Economy

PUD grants take broad approach to development Economic development covers a lot of territory. Last year’s PUD grants helped spur economic development by: training Wasco County’s future workforce, making communities safer, improving mass-transportation opportunities, and providing more active recreational space. Solar 4 R Schools Dufur School received $10,170.45 in match funding to add a demonstration-scale […]

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PUD Needs Your Photos

Another calendar page has turned and it’s already time to start planning the PUD’s 2020 calendar. We are inviting the public to submit photos for the calendar. They should be of high resolution and good quality. Please email photos to kathy-mcbride@nwascopud.org.

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Empathy is Key in Customer Service

Customer Service Rep role goes beyond power needs The Customer Service staff members at Northern Wasco County PUD don’t use the “S-word” or the “Q-word.” They know that if they say a day is “slow” or “quiet” the situation will rapidly change. As the faces and voices of the PUD, Haley Red Cloud Windsor, Laurie […]

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Ordeal in the Andes

Memories of people and peril loom large from Sam Woolsey’s life-changing trip to Peru By Kathy Ursprung Sam Woolsey looked out the window of the Blue Bird bus he shared with descendants of the ancient Incans— along with chickens and sheep—at the crumbling cliffs that had fallen in and blocked their path. “It felt like […]

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Manager’s Report — April 2019

Neighbors Helping Neighbors By the time you read this I am hopeful that the snow has melted and that we are in fact well on our way to Spring. Given that my weather predictions are likely worse than a certain shadow-seeking rodent, let’s just assume I’m wrong and you’re still bundled up inside your home […]

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Manager’s Report — March 2019

Greenhouse Gas Bill Centers on Cap-and-Trade Lawmakers in Salem are in the midst of passing a bill that would make Oregon the second state after California to adopt an economy-wide cap-and-trade system to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. The bill has support from Gov. Kate Brown and the statehouse’s other top Democrats, but even its champions […]

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No More Overhead Wires for Marina

PUD is replacing the power distribution system at The Dalles Marina By Kathy Ursprung Reconstruction of the electrical system at The Dalles Marina will mean improved appearance and safer, more robust service that better reflects the activities and power needs of the tenants. The existing power distribution system at the marina was installed in the […]

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Angling’s Hot Topic

Warming trends on the Columbia River prompt fisheries’ remedies By Kathy Ursprung Some mid-Columbia sports anglers and guides are concerned about the impact a proposed thermal angling sanctuary for steelhead at the mouth of the Deschutes River will have on the fishery. Salmon and steelhead require cold rivers and streams to support their life cycle, […]