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Filling in the Missing Pieces

Mediating agriculture disputes can be like finding the piece that lets people solve their own puzzle By Kathy Ursprung If the first farm cultivation started in Mesopotamia about 10,000 years ago, surely the first agricultural dispute wasn’t far behind. In the United States alone, the history of agriculture is rife with epic disputes: the cattle […]

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Manager’s Report – September 2019

Infrastructure Renewal and Future-proofing We’re modernizing our systems to better serve you and our community. As a part of this effort, we are upgrading our electric meters to advanced or “smart” meters. NWCPUD has been studying this, planning for it, and communicating about it for over a decade, and much more in earnest since 2016. […]

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PUD Builds Electric Car Expertise

Two new charging stations use clean hydropower to fuel hybrid and electric-only vehicles By Kathy Ursprung Northern Wasco County PUD is taking clean hydropower to the open road with an all electric fleet car and a couple of places where other electric car drivers can recharge. The PUD recently purchased a new Chevrolet Bolt, an […]

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PUD Bids Farewell to Smith

Late director saw utility through many changes Longtime PUD Director Clay Smith, 72, died May 8, 2019, after enjoying a hobby that he loved, auto racing. He was driving May 4 on a track in Washington when he suddenly pulled over and turned the car off. He had quit breathing, his wife Karen Smith says, […]

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Fermenting for Fun and Flavor

Leslie Sullivan gets the kombucha she wants and saves money, too By Kathy Ursprung It’s hard to find a brew pub or sandwich shop that doesn’t offer at least one flavor of kombucha on tap. Grocery stores have refrigerated sections of the beverage. But long before kombucha was the latest trend, fans of this bubbly, […]

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Manager’s Report — August 2019

Fires, infrastructure and mutual aid As many will recall, last year was a terrible year for wildfires and the multiple hazards that come with them. The tragedy experienced by some of our friends and neighbors will never be forgotten. The maintenance and improvement work conducted on your electric system infrastructure is purposeful and accomplished with […]

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Finance Intern Pairs Business With Music

Alex Hastings is the PUD’s summer intern with the Finance Department. She has been working with the PUD since May 13. “One of my main jobs this summer has been tracking down fixed assets and making sure they are recorded accurately in our computer system,” Alex says, but her duties extend to just about anything […]

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Manager’s Report — July 2019

Reinvestment in Your PUD Systems You may be noticing more and more inspection and construction work from PUD crews and contractors starting this month. Utility pole inspection, testing and treatment is critically important as much of your electrical system is transmitted and distributed via overhead lines. We are in our third cycle of inspections and […]

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A Substation to Grow On

Quenett Creek Substation will serve significant load growth in the PUD district The steel spires of Quenett Creek Substation towered high above the crowd gathered to celebrate their completion, gleaming in the late morning sun on June 13, like a promise for the future. “This project is very central to everything we would like to […]

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30 Years on the Trail

The Dalles Riverfront Trail brings a community back to its river roots By Kathy Ursprung When Dan Durow and a hardy group of fellow runners started having fun runs in The Dalles in the early 1980s, their Columbia River route meant scrambling across rugged basalt while dodging crevasses and other obstacles. The river that was the […]