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From Teeth to Tracking Trojans

Cybersecurity specialist helps keep the PUD safe from viruses By Rodger Nichols Northern Wasco County PUD’s newest employee is proud to have a local background. Jonathan Alvarez was born and raised in Hood River, and graduated from Hood River Valley High School in 2011. He and his family have lived in The Dalles the past […]

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Hunger, Help, Hope

Columbia Gorge Food Bank expands to feed increasing need By Drew Myron Responding to a dramatic increase in need, Columbia Gorge Food Bank has initiated a $3 million construction project that will more than triple its headquarters in The Dalles. A branch of the Oregon Food Bank, the Columbia Gorge Food Bank supports more than […]

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Four Generation of Service

Through a variety of changes and challenges, local store owners stay true to their customers By Rodger Nichols On May 1, 1940, Jared Sawyer’s great-grandfather, Shirley Sawyer, took over ownership and management of a modest-sized grocery store on Ninth Street in The Dalles. This month, the family-owned store— expanded, relocated, and refocused several times in […]

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Get to Know the People of Your PUD

By Rodger Nichols Laurie Layton has lived in The Dalles since she was 9 years old. “Before that, my dad was in the Air Force, and we lived all over,” she says. “He retired in The Dalles.” Whether that early exposure to different places and people played a part in it, Laurie says she has […]

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A Sense of Purpose

Behind-the-scenes team keeps Northern Wasco County PUD running By Rodger Nichols While utility lineworkers are often known as the face of Northern Wasco County PUD (NWCPUD), it takes many people in many roles to make the power flow smoothly. Chris Allen An unexpected benefit of the pandemic has been the expansion of the available labor […]

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The Music Man

Music aficionado has been bringing tunes to The Dalles since 1989 By Rodger Nichols Record store owner Mark Thomas may not be the biggest Beatles fan in the world, but he could be in the top 10. The first record he owned was “Meet the Beatles,” gifted to him on his 10th birthday, just three […]

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Spudnut Survivor

A trip to Richland can take doughnut lovers back in time Story and photos by Rodger Nichols Before Colonel Sanders discovered his 11 herbs and spices or McDonalds raised its first golden arch, Spudnuts were food franchise superstars. In the post-World War II era, former soldiers were eager to open their own stores selling doughnuts […]

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Removing Snake River Dams Deemed a Bad Idea

By Rodger Nichols The Columbia River and its tributaries— including the Snake River—impact nearly every resident of the Northwest in some way, providing hydroelectric power, recreation, navigation, water supply, flood risk management, and more. To meet the many river uses requires managing a complex operation that includes storing and releasing water at just the right […]

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Manager’s Message – March 2022

Infrastructure, Dam Battle Rages On Greetings, The interplay between weather patterns— rainfall, snowpack, wind, sunshine—and electrical energy production in our region cannot be overstated. Especially when it ultimately affects our personal finances. Even though we had some record-setting snowfall and cold snaps earlier this winter, conditions as we look toward spring and into summer aren’t […]

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Every Customer Is Key

Northern Wasco County PUD’s customer service and key accounts manager emphasizes everyone’s value By Rodger Nichols Although Justin Brock was born on the Oregon Coast, he is a mid-Columbia success story. Justin graduated from Goldendale High School in 1996 and has lived in the Gorge most of his life. After high school, he attended Clark […]