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Manager’s Report – November 2018

Refining Our Path to the Future I have just returned from our Nation’s Capital, where along with other delegates from the Public Power Council (PPC) (www.ppcpdx.org), we met with our Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana House and Senate Members and key staff members, to share our perspectives on the cost-competitiveness of Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), […]

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Someone You Know is Hungry

Columbia Gorge Food Bank works to meet widespread food insecurity in Wasco County By Kathy Ursprung Your child’s playground friend, the elderly person sitting next to you in church, the clerk at your favorite store. Someone you know is affected by food insecurity. “We serve about 3,500 people a month through the various pantry sites,” […]

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Apprentice McCabe Takes a Hot Step

High-voltage work is a big advancement on the way to journeyman status Tucker McCabe took a big leap in his lineman apprenticeship in August—graduating from working with no more than 600 volts up to 7,200 volts. He reached the “hot apprentice” phase of his training at Northern Wasco County PUD a little faster than he […]

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Manager’s Report – October 2018

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 Builds Trailhead/Parking Lot

Project is part of agreement with Port of The Dalles Take a stroll or a bike ride on the Riverfront trail and you’ll notice something new just north of the bridge at Chenoweth Creek. A new parking lot and trailhead at the entrance of the Columbia Gorge Industrial Center is the work of Northern Wasco […]

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A Need for Speed

Nitro funny cars are a five-decade passion for Twig Ziegler By Kathy Ursprung What kind of man straps himself to a bomb, steps on the fuse and sends himself hurtling through space? A man with a 60-year love affair with speed. Twig Ziegler grew up in The Dalles in the 1960s, drag racing with friends […]

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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 […]