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Manager’s Report — January 2019

New Year Means New Technology Offerings The start of 2019 means the beginning of some new technology choices for you, our customer-owners. We will soon have Interactive Voice Response (IVR) available when you call our offices. You will be able to pay your PUD bill, review your account information and eventually report an outage once […]

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New Energy Program Has Rental Incentives

Landlords will also benefit from Energy Efficiency Upgrade Programs By Travis Hardy Since the early 1980’s, Northern Wasco County People’s Utility District has attempted to help reduce power bills and curb excess energy consumption for our customers by providing energy efficiency rebates for various sectors of the community. From day one, our Energy Management Team […]

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Expanding Opportunities

Marta Yera Cronin works to extend the reach of Columbia Gorge Community College By Kathy Ursprung For the new president of Columbia Gorge Community College, access is a priority: access for remote communities, career seekers and diverse populations, and access to community education classes and financial aid. Marta Yera Cronin has lived and worked in urban settings most […]

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Manager’s Report — December 2018

Take the Opportunity to Save Did you know that our community tends to use more electrical energy than the state and national average for our homes? It’s true. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration in 2017; “the average annual electricity consumption for a U.S. residential utility customer was 10,399 kilowatt hours (kWh), an average […]

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A Century of Artistry

A love of art helps keep Laura Ashbrenner lively By Kathy Ursprung Though Laura Ashbrenner’s hands have weathered 104 autumns, they are light and sure as the faint lines of a barn and a mountain take shape on her sketch pad. Art has been Laura’s constant companion throughout most of those 104 years. “My cousins […]

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Utilities Share Priorities in Capitol

Power costs will play a key role in looming decisions Representatives of the Public Power Council and consumer-owned utilities from around the Pacific Northwest traveled to Washington, D.C. in October to share their concerns about the industry with members of Congress. Roger Kline, General Manager of Northern Wasco County PUD, was part of the delegation. […]

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PUD Organizes Food Drive for Family in Medical Crisis

Northern Wasco County PUD is collecting donations of cash and food (perishable and nonperishable) at its office at 2345 River Road in The Dalles through Dec. 15 to benefit the family of 9-year-old Osmi Moreno, a student at Chenowith Elementary School. On Nov. 6, Osmi was diagnosed with Febrile Infection-Related Epilepsy Syndrome (FIRES), a catastrophic […]

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Manager’s Report – November 2018

Refining Our Path to the Future I have just returned from our Nation’s Capital, where along with other delegates from the Public Power Council (PPC) (www.ppcpdx.org), we met with our Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana House and Senate Members and key staff members, to share our perspectives on the cost-competitiveness of Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), […]

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Someone You Know is Hungry

Columbia Gorge Food Bank works to meet widespread food insecurity in Wasco County By Kathy Ursprung Your child’s playground friend, the elderly person sitting next to you in church, the clerk at your favorite store. Someone you know is affected by food insecurity. “We serve about 3,500 people a month through the various pantry sites,” […]

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Apprentice McCabe Takes a Hot Step

High-voltage work is a big advancement on the way to journeyman status Tucker McCabe took a big leap in his lineman apprenticeship in August—graduating from working with no more than 600 volts up to 7,200 volts. He reached the “hot apprentice” phase of his training at Northern Wasco County PUD a little faster than he […]