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Grants Benefit Three Communities

Program centers on economic benefit Recipients of Northern Wasco County People’s Utility District’s Economic Development Grants will share $50,000 and provide benefits in education, transportation, emergency services and recreation. The PUD awarded a total of $50,000 in grants during their regular June 5 meeting. Successful projects provide either infrastructure or property within the PUD service […]

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A Lens on His Native Land

Adventure photographer takes a new look at familiar territory By Kathy Ursprung For photographer David Polehn, the spectacular Columbia River Gorge backdrop had become a little too familiar. “One of the things that got me really going recently was introduction to another location to photograph,” he says. A member of the National Guard, David spent […]

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The RARE Effect on Small Towns

AmeriCorps program makes a lasting impact By Kathy Ursprung Bayoán Ware has two deadlines to meet on this particular Friday. First, he is putting the final details on a grant application that could help new and emerging food businesses in the Columbia Gorge have a place to grow. He also has to finish his application […]

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New Employees Bring Skills to North Wasco

PUD welcomes Wilson, Bartz and Sperber Jim Wilson Jim Wilson joined Northern Wasco County PUD as a lineman in November 2016. “I was a lineman in construction for 14 years,” Jim says. “I was born in The Dalles, but I’ve lived my whole life in Dufur.” Work as a lineman means Jim’s days are quite […]

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Tree Trimming Aids Safety, Efficiency

Save trouble later; don’t plant tall trees below lines Rural tree trimming has been in full swing this spring as work crews hustle to get the job done in Cherry Heights, Mill Creek, Browns Creek and Rowena before fire season hits full swing. “Chainsaws and dry grass don’t mix well,” says Dave Taphouse, Northern Wasco […]

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New Workers Keep PUD Rolling

Many departments added new faces in 2017–18 Jay Bonogofsky and Derrick Mauritson The faces of Jay Bonogofsky and Derrick Mauritson aren’t ones that you are likely to see that often at the Northern Wasco County PUD office. They are based at the PUD’s small hydropower plant at The Dalles Dam, where the Columbia River’s waters […]

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Planning for the Worst

Wasco County Crisis Team prepares for school emergencies By Kathy Ursprung Flip books hang by the doors of school rooms in Wasco County—a physical reminder of the partnership between emergency response and education organizations designed to keep school children and employees safe in a crisis. The flip book doesn’t include a tab for oil train […]

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PUD’s Neighbor to Neighbor Program Needs a Hand

Energy Assistance need has climbed, while other sources of help have declined At the same time that the Columbia Gorge has been experiencing the lowest unemployment rates in decades, the need for helping programs like Northern Wasco County PUD’s Neighbor to Neighbor program has been growing. “There definitely has been an increase,” says Lili Narciso-Garcia, […]

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The Mystery of the Murals

Generations of the McDaniel family have lived with an artistic enigma By Kathy Ursprung A likely place to start the whodunit at 922 W. 10th St., The Dalles, is in Yellowstone Park. That’s where Wiley McDaniel, a Southern gent with a slow drawl, and his Connecticut Yankee bride, Dorothy, eloped in September 1925. “They met […]

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Community Calendar – April 2018

April 3 Northern Wasco County PUD Board Meeting 6 p.m., 2345 River Rd., The Dalles. April 3 Yarnspiration Noon-2 p.m., Salvation Army Fellowship Hall, 623 E. Third St., The Dalles. Finish up those half- nished projects in your closet. April 7, 14, 21, 28 Bingo Benefits Mid-Columbia Senior Center, 4:30 p.m. concessions and pre-game, 6 […]