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Oh, What a Year It’s Been

Greetings, Last year at this time, I updated you on the district’s capital investment plan and the commencement of the advanced meter infrastructure project. Everyone was gracious and understanding as we upgraded the various systems to current technology. We’ve been able to be more responsive to your needs because of these investments. Little did we […]

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A Buzzing Enthusiasm

A half-million bees keep Jerry Frazier on his toes Story and photos by Rodger Nichols Bees might as well be Jerry Frazier’s mascot. He is just as busy as a member of the hive. Jerry sold his successful Oregon Trail Insurance business eight years ago, but he has not slowed down one bit. He serves […]

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Service with a Smile

Northern Wasco County PUD readily adapts to unusual times By Rodger Nichols Customer service is all about building and maintaining good relationships, quick response times, and satisfactory results. Keeping that up during pandemic conditions offers a new challenge, but Northern Wasco County PUD has stepped up to the demand. Justin Brock, customer service and key […]

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Manager’s Report — August 2020

Neighbors Helping Neighbors—Especially Now As our community continues to live through the various hardships associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, I want to reassure our customer-owners that Northern Wasco County PUD is here to help where we can, when we can, and for as long as we are able. We suspended disconnects for non-payment in March, […]

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The Ins and Outs of Power Poles

Story and photos by Rodger Nichols Have you ever wondered what the strange shapes on and near power poles are? Even though Northern Wasco County PUD owns and maintains the poles, not everything on a pole belongs to the PUD. Some items belong to phone and internet providers. The first poles to sprout in The […]

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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 […]