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The Heart of Downtown

Sigman’s Flowers and Gifts has been a landmark in The Dalles for decades Story and photos by Rodger Nichols Businesses have come and gone on the southwest corner of Second and Court streets, but none so durable as Sigman’s Flowers and Gifts. The structure in The Dalles was built in 1890 by Albert V. Bettingen—an […]

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Manager’s Message – February 2021

Monitoring for Legislative Changes Greetings, Northern Wasco County PUD continues to strive to ensure affordability of the near-zero carbon-based electric service it provides. Your locally elected board of directors, staff, and I attentively monitor the actions in Salem and Washington, D.C., to see how any proposed legislative action may impact us and the provision of […]

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Learning on the River

Sea Scouts welcomes all teens aboard By Lea Mathieu “Every time we go out on the water, we learn something new, and we discover things as a team,” says Megan Lenardson. “Sea Scouts is a great learning opportunity where it’s OK to make mistakes and grow and learn from them.” Megan is a founding crew […]

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Manager’s Report — January 2021

Neighbors Helping Neighbors Greetings, As we begin this new year, I remind you that cold weather tends to increase your electrical consumption—and your PUD bills. We have friends and neighbors who could use our help. The cost per unit of measurement—kilowatt-hours—is only one aspect of your bill. The amount of energy used via energy consumption […]

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Balancing the Budget

By Rodger Nichols The beginning of the new calendar year is also the beginning of the fiscal year for Northern Wasco County PUD. Chief Financial Officer Harvey Hall handles the utility’s budgeting process. Creating a budget with the responsibility to serve 25,000 people and businesses around the clock and around the year takes careful planning. […]

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Don’t Stop the Presses

Journalism rebounds in the Gorge By Rodger Nichols “COVID-19 claimed three more businesses in the Columbia River Gorge.” That’s what a joint press release from the Northwest Newspaper Association might have said last year. “The first is a 130-year-old daily from The Dalles, the second is a 117-year-old weekly from White Salmon and the third […]

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Station Still Spry at 80

KODL has covered the Gorge through changes in frequency and ownership By Rodger Nichols The oldest radio station in the Columbia River Gorge recently celebrated its 80th anniversary. When KODL signed on the air in October 1940, it was the only station between Portland and La Grande. In the eight decades since, it’s been on […]