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Home Is the Hunter

After Seeing the World, Oregonian Is Happy in Hermiston By Rodger Nichols Tyler Hoffert, 1 of Northern Wasco County PUD’s (NWCPUD) newest employees, grew up in Eastern Oregon and is a 2010 graduate of Hermiston High School. Although his childhood was rural, Tyler’s adulthood has been anything but. After school, he joined the Marines for […]

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Standing Tall

Local Billboard Company Is the Largest in the State By Rodger Nichols For many years, eastbound travelers on I-84 were greeted by a billboard for Ray Schultens Motors as they came around Crate’s Point and saw the city lights of The Dalles. The billboard, which featured a picture of the latest model Ford car or […]

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How Can SmartHub Help You Control Your Account?

Our SmartHub mobile app and web portal will keep you informed and will show you where to save time and money on your bills. Billing & Payments: No more waiting for your bill to arrive in the mail, access your bill at any time from anywhere. Save time with easy payment options to avoid late fees […]

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A Place of Their Own

Local real estate agent retires after dedicating 51 years to finding homes By Rodger Nichols Mike Fowler takes the phrase “location, location, location” to heart. For more than half a century as a Realtor and broker, he has helped people find just the right location for their new home, business or farm. As he hangs […]

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Home Is Where the Heart Is

By Rodger Nichols 1 of Northern Wasco County PUD’s newest employees has a familiar last name. Tiffany Gardipee started December 4 as part of the corporate services department, specializing as a payroll clerk. Her name is familiar because her husband, Erik, joined the PUD in 2020 as a lineworker apprentice. The couple have been married […]

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Cost-of-Service Study Results

Rising Costs of Goods and Services Impact the PUD’s Ability to Supply Reliable Electricity By Justin Brock Where the Columbia River takes a distinctive curve lies the community of The Dalles, often described as “the bend in the river” or “the hub of the Gorge.” Residents of The Dalles, along with others throughout Wasco County, […]

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No Man Is an Island

But Some of Them Come Close By Rodger Nichols The official name on government maps is 18 Mile Island, but for more than a century, the land has been known to mid-Columbia residents as Chicken Charlie’s Island. The official name derives from its location 18 nautical miles west of Big Eddy and the historic narrows […]

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Heavy Metal

College Skill Center Offers State-of-the-Art Training Story and photos by Rodger Nichols Robert Wells-Clark is the director of technology and trades at Columbia Gorge Community College in The Dalles. Every day, he works with machines that were the very stuff of science fiction and fantasy in his youth. The college’s skill center is home to […]

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Stay Warm; Use Space Heaters Wisely

Stay Warm; Use Space Heaters Wisely As winter’s icy grip tightens, many turn to space heaters for a quick burst of warmth. These appliances can be lifesavers but pose potential safety hazards if not used properly. To ensure a cozy and fire-free season, follow these essential space heater safety tips. Location, Location, Location Maintain a […]

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Starry, Starry Night

Goldendale Observatory Celebrates 50 Years By Rodger Nichols The Mid-Columbia has a unique attraction in its backyard that is often overlooked in its list of wonders: the Goldendale Observatory. The observatory boasts 1 of the largest telescopes available for public viewing in the nation. It also has an interesting backstory. In 1963, 4 members of […]