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A Tale of Two Turbines

A pair of behind-the-scenes powerhouses generate consistent, dependable power By Rodger Nichols Deep inside The Dalles Dam, a turbine— what might be thought of as a 25-ton top—spins at 200 rpm day and night, 24/7/365. Except for periods of maintenance, it has spun for more than a quarter- century, generating a steady, dependable stream of […]

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Shelter From the Cold

The Warming Place provides respite during the roughest winter weather By Rodger Nichols When the weather gets bad, there’s nothing like curling up with a good book next to the fireplace or snuggling up under a warm blanket. But what if you’re homeless? Bad weather can be miserable if you don’t have a place to […]

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Manager’s Report — November 2019

Continued Excellence One year ago, your board of directors accepted my recommendation to adopt a new strategic plan for Northern Wasco County PUD. The plan retargeted our efforts for the next 10 years, and allowed the district to continue to position itself and our community for a successful energy future. Progress is being made on […]

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Recent Hires Bring Advanced Skills

Finance, Power Purchase, Business, Computer Science, Joint Use and Electrician are among their specialties By Kathy Ursprung Suzanne Haworth Suzanne Haworth has been with the PUD since September 11, 2018. She is a Senior Financial Analyst, which involves reconciling bank statements, reviewing cash flow, preparing financial statements, approving purchases, expense coding and reviewing investments. “I […]

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A Man of Many Talents

Veteran and former lawyer, volunteer and mayor settles on role as author By Rodger Nichols F. Scott Fitzgerald’s observation, “There are no second acts in American lives,” certainly doesn’t apply to Steve Lawrence, who has enjoyed several successful careers. Among other things, this native of The Dalles is a Vietnam combat veteran, was a lawyer […]

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Manager’s Report — October 2019

Public Power: The Community-owned Advantage Northern Wasco County People’s Utility District (PUD) 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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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, […]