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A Civic Centennial

Story and photos by Rodger Nichols The new year is sure to have its highs and lows, but one of the high points will be a centennial celebration for The Dalles Civic Auditorium. On April 8, 1920, The Dalles Chamber of Commerce asked The Dalles City Council to consider putting development of a civic theater […]

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An Unexpected Conflict

A dispute known as The Pineapple War arrived in The Dalles in the late 1940s By Rodger Nichols How did a strike by longshoremen in Hawaii lead to a riot in The Dalles more than 70 years ago? As with many things, it began with money. In 1949, International Longshore and Warehouse Union members in […]

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Manager’s Message – December 2021

Happy Holidays From Your PUD As I reflect on the past year, I am appreciative of the people I have the pleasure of working with and serving each and every day. It’s the people we serve who keep the power flowing. Northern Wasco County PUD is governed by a dedicated and compassionate board of directors. […]

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A Light That Saves

By Rodger Nichols Sometimes it’s the little things that mean a lot. And a lot of little things can add up to a huge thing. LED lightbulbs are a great example. There are lots of advantages to this technology. They come to full brightness immediately with no warm-up delay. Frequent switching on and off does […]

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The End of an Era

Steam-powered sternwheelers departed The Dalles 73 years ago By Rodger Nichols The age of steam-powered ships on the Willamette and Columbia rivers began with the launch of the Lot Whitcomb in Milwaukie in 1850 and ended 98 years later in The Dalles. The demise of the sternwheeler Georgie Burton brought the age to its close. […]

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Meet the People of Your Local PUD November 2021

Melinda Evans Melinda Evans’ family moved to The Dalles when she was 15, and she considers The Dalles her home. She has found a new home at Northern Wasco County PUD, too. “I’ve been in health care most of my life until just recently,” she says. “I was ready to make the switch to a […]

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Manager’s Message – November 2021

Continued Excellence In 2018, your board of directors accepted my recommendation to adopt a new strategic plan for Northern Wasco County PUD. It is time to consider refreshing this plan. The board has been reviewing the plan’s contents—as well as the performance of the organization—to ensure we all agree with the direction in which we […]

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Meet the People of Your Local PUD October 2021

Lucy Mondragon Lucy Mondragon joined Northern Wasco County PUD in August as an accounting analyst. She grew up in The Dalles and attended Wahtonka High School, where she ran track and served as captain for the girls’ cross-country team in her junior and senior years. She received her associate degree in accounting from Columbia Gorge […]