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Manager’s Report — July 2020

Respecting Each Other I have had many conversations as of late with community members and district staff. Those conversations centered around our community, as well as the country and the world. Clearly, there are differing opinions on what a public organization such as Northern Wasco County PUD’s responsibility is during times of struggle and strife. […]

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From Publisher to Priest

By Rodger Nichols “There are no second acts in American lives,” F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote in his notes on “The Last Tycoon.” But what may have passed for conventional wisdom in the 1930s is hardly true today. Marilyn Roth is a perfect example. Born and raised in The Dalles, Marilyn was one of three children […]

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Working on the Line

By Rodger Nichols Two recent hires in Northern Wasco County’s line crew department—Robert Rising and Anthony Lozano—bring a wealth of experience. Robert, whose home has always been Goldendale, says he got his start mowing lawns and washing cars for Klickitat PUD while in high school. That gave him some exposure to line crews. “I started […]

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Who, Watt, Where, Why and When

Four European men are behind some of today’s common electrical terms By Rodger Nichols The discovery of electricity and the development of terms to describe its aspects came late in the game scientifically. Many of those terms are named after early scientists and experimenters in the field. Other, older units of measurement are not named […]

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Stay Safe at Home

Each year, electrical malfunctions account for thousands of home fires, injuries, death, and property damage. The average American home was built in 1977, and many existing homes simply can’t handle the demands of today’s electrical appliances and devices. Keep safety in mind with these helpful tips from the Electrical Safety Foundation International. Learn the warning […]

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PUD Welcomes New Financial Analyst

Story and photo by Rodger Nichols One of Northern Wasco County PUD’s newest employees is Senior Financial Analyst James Ruoff. The native Midwesterner is from southern Michigan, near Ann Arbor. He attended Northern Michigan University in Marquette and received a bachelor’s degree in accounting. “After I graduated, I was looking for jobs in areas that […]

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Coping With COVID-19

The PUD’s careful preparations have been invaluable By Rodger Nichols Since mid-March, Northern Wasco PUD has put some of its risk management preparations into practice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Among other duties, Harvey Hall is involved with the PUD’s risk management program. “It’s all about keeping lights on and people safe,” Harvey says. “That’s […]

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PUD Welcomes a New Team Player

Former college volleyball player joined the Northern Wasco PUD staff in October By Rodger Nichols Neticia Fanene, who joined Northern Wasco County PUD as a financial analyst in October, knows all about teamwork. During her student days—when she was Neticia Enesi at The Dalles-Wahtonka High School—she set school records in swimming, track and volleyball. Volleyball […]

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Manager’s Report — May 2020

Stay Safe “Stay safe” is one of the core values in the utility and energy sector. It is integral to our work and a tenet stitched into the fabric of what we do. Today, that message means so much more than it may have for any of us in recent memory. More than 90% of […]

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Celebrate Lineworker Appreciation Day on April 18

No matter what Mother Nature has in store, Northern Wasco County PUD lineworkers are ready to answer the call, ensuring you have the safe, reliable power you depend on. Our local communities are brighter, safer and stronger because of the selfless sacrifices of these unsung heroes. Remember: When you find yourself in the dark, we’ve […]