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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 […]

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Building Opportunity

Nick Nelson is Oregon’s 2017 high school principal of the year By Kathy Ursprung Nick Nelson, principal of The Dalles High School, may understand the value of a good education better than most. “We were raised that education is the most important thing you can have, that nobody can take it away from you,” Nick […]

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Manager’s Report – September 2017

Staying Cool with Cool People Greetings, What a summer it has been! Hopefully by the time this reaches your mailboxes the extended summer heat wave and the solar eclipse are but fond memories to reflect on for each of us. While we reminisce, let’s take a moment to appreciate the value received of safe and […]

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Manager’s Report – August 2017

Salem and Washington, DC A special thank you to regional legislators on a bipartisan proposal to support the 2014 Biological Opinion governing the Federal Columbia River Power System (FCRPS). Specifically, the legislators include Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), with Representatives Greg Walden (R-OR), Dan Newhouse (R-WA), Jaime Herrera-Beutler (R-WA), and Kurt Schrader (D-OR). This legislative […]

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‘Housekeeping’ Helps in Fire Protection

Take precautions to protect yourself and your home from risks of wildfire For every day of moisture-sucking wind and heat that passes in The Dalles, the risk of wildfire grows. For residents in the Northern Wasco County PUD service area, “housekeeping” is the biggest key to reducing the risk from wildfire. And that goes for […]

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A Garden Full of Memories

Mary Gale’s garden is a testament to family and friends By Kathy Ursprung For Mary Gale, weeding is a labor of love and a journey into the past. She loves time spent kneeling in garden beds, grimy nails and knuckles, tugging at the tiny invaders. “I just love the dirt,” Mary says. “I’ve always gravitated […]

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Three Grants Help Local Museums

Tourism takes center stage in economic grants Providing features that attract visitors and improve the livability of a community have long been recognized as a key part of economic development strategy— a strategy that Northern Wasco County PUD recognized in its May 23 selection of three museums as recipients of their economic development grants. Columbia […]