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Building a Better Workforce

Gorge Works aims to unite local businesses with skilled workers By Kathy Ursprung Furnishings are sparse but comfortable in the city council chambers at Bingen City Hall. Utilitarian tables and padded office chairs are the kind of furnishings familiar to most office workers. But right now, all eyes are focused on the floor. That’s where […]

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Fire Puts PUD Line Crews to Test

Response to wildfire preparation is key When wildfire rages across the countryside, the day doesn’t end at closing time for the crews of Northern Wasco County PUD. Multiple wildfires have tested the resiliency and responsiveness of local power utilities during this year’s fire season. Northern Wasco has been in the thick of it, starting with […]

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Manager’s Report – September 2018

Fires, infrastructure and mutual aid Our community experienced some of the worst fires in our region’s history this year. The devastation and tragedy experienced by some of our friends and neighbors will never be forgotten. Your electric system infrastructure did not go unscathed, but through hard work, determination and much grace we were able to […]

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PUD General Manager shares his thoughts in ‘Clearing Up’

Roger Kline was recently interviewed for ‘Clearing Up’, the definitive news and information resource for electricity and natural gas in the greater Pacific Northwest.  http://www.newsdata.com/cu/index.html Bearing Down Public Power Perspective: Northern Wasco County PUD SUMMARY: This is the second in an occasional series of question-and-answer articles featuring public-power utility officials around the Northwest. This comes from General […]

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Manager’s Report – August 2018

Maintaining tradition and making strides The following is an update from my letter to you in December of 2016. We’re still working hard to provide you with the level and quality of service we all desire. Whether outwardly visible or not, much progress has been made on your behalf. Thank you for your continued trust […]

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Student Plays Support Role at PUD

Christian Cunningham heads to university this fall When Christian Cunningham graduated from Horizon Christian School earlier this year, he had not only a diploma, but almost a year of solid work experience in a skilled technical field. In July, Christian celebrated a year working with Northern Wasco County PUD, serving as their technical support specialist. […]

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Morehart has Long, Varied Utility Career

Pat Morehart is the Engineering and Operations Manager at Northern Wasco County PUD. He was hired in August 2016. “I started in the power distribution industry in November 1977 as a groundman,” Pat says. “I worked my way through the ranks to include journeyman lineman, serviceman/troubleshooter, and foreman.” While working at one publicly-owned utility, Pat […]

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Teens on Target

Coach Robert Wallace builds a competitive trap-shooting team in Dufur By Kathy Ursprung Once a week from April through June, life is a little less placid for the cattle in one pasture south of Dufur. The cows have to make way for teens with shotguns competing for Dufur High School in the Oregon State High […]

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Manager’s Report – July 2018

Court-ordered spill and your PUD bill Earlier this year, Federal Judge Michael Simon again ruled that increased spill of water (to the maximum dissolved gas amounts) over dam spillways as opposed to through electrical generators through the Columbia and Snake River Dams would be needed to aid downstream fish migrating to the ocean, although the […]

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Grants Benefit Three Communities

Program centers on economic benefit Recipients of Northern Wasco County People’s Utility District’s Economic Development Grants will share $50,000 and provide benefits in education, transportation, emergency services and recreation. The PUD awarded a total of $50,000 in grants during their regular June 5 meeting. Successful projects provide either infrastructure or property within the PUD service […]