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Manager’s Message – September 2021

Higher Temperatures & Higher Bills Greetings, Let’s revisit March’s manager message, where I shared what extremely low temperatures meant to energy consumption and bills. Average ambient temperatures dropped during the weather system of February 10. Even though I did not adjust my thermostat, my heating system required more energy to accomplish the same task as […]

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Meet the New Faces at Your Local PUD

Beth Schroder They say if you want to get something done, give it to a busy person. One of those busy people is Beth Schroder, who joined Northern Wasco County PUD as senior financial analyst June 28. Beth was born and raised in Goldendale. She brings a varied background to her job, including work at […]

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Meet the People of Your Local PUD

Otesha Haynes Northern Wasco County PUD’s senior risk analyst Otesha Haynes has seen a bit of the world, including Thailand. “I went to the elephant sanctuary all day,” she says. “I was petting elephants, feeding them, and bathing them in the river. I also experienced a lot of the rich culture. It was just an […]

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Manager’s Message – August 2021

Greetings, Since its formation in 1939, Northern Wasco County People’s Utility District (NWCPUD) has had a strong public power ethic. Its five-member elected board of directors, nearly 60 employees, and the community expect a high level of electric service reliability, low electric rates, environmentally responsible power supply, and the kind of friendly, personal, and caring […]

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Cracking the Call-Letter Code

Letters identifying a radio or TV transmitting station can have a variety of meanings By Rodger Nichols One thing overlooked last year in the commotion around COVID-19 was the centennial of radio in the United States. Pittsburgh’s KDKA—America’s first commercial AM radio station—went on the air November 2, 1920. That evening, they broadcasted returns in […]

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Manager’s Message – July 2021

Wildfire Mitigation Efforts Greetings, Occasionally—and especially during wildfire mitigation efforts—the isolation or turning off of electric circuits may be necessary. Northern Wasco County PUD’s practice is to only do so when other options have been eliminated and in close coordination with appropriate emergency personnel and agencies. We intend to always provide the same 99.99% reliability […]

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Opportunities for Success

Organization’s executive director seeks ways to help those in need By Rodger Nichols Kenny LaPoint has spent his career finding ways to help people. His latest post is as executive director of the Mid-Columbia Community Action Council—a nonprofit that offers programs and services to ensure vulnerable community members have access to healthy, safe, stable, and […]

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Meet the People of Your Local PUD

By Rodger Nichols Kara Salazar Many career paths lead people to Northern Wasco County PUD. Kara Salazar’s path came through health care. A Hood River native, Kara started working at a medical office when she was 18. That was followed by 13 years at Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles, primarily in human resources, and […]

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Meet Your PUD Board

Roger Howe and Connie Karp are two of Northern Wasco County PUD’s five directors By Rodger Nichols Roger Howe Sometimes a simple suggestion at the right time can change a person’s life. That’s what happened to Northern Wasco County PUD board member Roger Howe. Born and raised locally, Roger started his career as a counselor […]

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Guess Who Came to Dinner?

The Dalles has warmly welcomed its share of famous visitors By Rodger Nichols The Dalles has a long and distinguished history as part of America’s political stage. At one time, it was larger than Portland, Seattle or Spokane, Washington, so it’s not surprising that some famous people have passed through town. Three U.S. presidents visited […]