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Find Your Holiday Rhythm

Feeling out of step with the season? Add yourself to your gift list By Kathy Ursprung December marks the holiday season for many spiritual traditions, yet this time intended for celebration and joy can leave some people feeling exactly the opposite: overwhelmed, isolated and sad. Therapist and art coach Claire Sierra from Dufur suggests it […]

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A Day of Kindness and Service

PUD volunteer day makes a difference to five local organizations Northern Wasco County PUD workers left their work stations and service rigs behind on Oct. 9 and focused on making their community a better place. The day was dubbed “Take Stock ’17: A Day of Kindness and Service,” the PUD’s first community volunteer day. An […]

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Manager’s Report – December 2017

Another year gone by… Since its formation in 1939, Northern Wasco County People’s Utility District has had a strong public power ethic. Its five-member elected Board of Directors, the almost 50 employees and the community expect a high level of electric service reliability, low-cost, high-value electric rates, and the kind of friendly, personal and informal […]

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Manager’s Message – November 2017

Change in Season, No Change in Mission or Values As the leaves turn and the evenings begin to cool, let us take a moment to prepare our homes and businesses for the change in weather. This is a great time to change HVAC air filters, ensure batteries are fresh in your smoke detectors, carbon monoxide […]

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One Man’s Treasure

Red’s Trading Post fills a unique niche in The Dalles economy By Kathy Ursprung Some folks may not see it, but Red’s Trading Post is a bit of a tourist attraction in The Dalles. “We’ve often got people who come in with relatives or friends who are visiting from out of town,” says owner Eric […]

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PUD Financial Planning Starts Early

Executive team takes a deep dive into finances The greatest risk to a utility like Northern Wasco County PUD doesn’t come from a wildfire or a hurricane; it comes when actions fail to line up with strategic planning, says Harvey Hall. Hall, the PUD’s Chief Financial Officer, working with the executive team, is responsible for […]

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Manager’s Message – October 2017

Public Power: The Community-Owned Advantage Northern Wasco County People’s Utility District (NWCPUD) is one of more than 2,000 public power utilities that help power the lives of more than 48 million people across the country. There are many reasons why you, our customers, continue to own and operate your own electric utility. Since our founding […]

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PUD Works to be Efficient, Effective

Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part series on the finances of Northern Wasco County PUD. Current and future success demands investment Northern Wasco County PUD has developed a long-term strategy designed to assure the utility is managed for high-quality, effective and efficient results that meet its service area’s needs now and in […]

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Sisters in Medicine

Melissa Johns Amberger welcomes her sibling, Kathryn Johns, into the profession By Kathy Ursprung Two sisters from The Dalles have more in common now than their DNA. They are part of a family business—the practice of medicine. In May, surgical resident Dr. Melissa Johns Amberger welcomed her younger sister, Dr. Kathryn (Katie) Johns, into the […]

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PUD Works to Fill Future Skills Gap

PUD hopes interns will enhance skilled workforce in years to come Northern Wasco County has launched a competitive summer internship program and three young men are participating this year, helping with efforts in technology, finance and engineering. “Generally speaking, there is a growing skills gap and retiring workforce issue before us,” says Roger Kline, PUD […]