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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 […]

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PUD Upgrades to Smart Tech

New technology will offer improved customer service and grid management Most of the residential customers in Northern Wasco County PUD’s system will soon get new meters as part of a “smart grid” upgrade. The new meters will be able to send information back and forth along the grid that will help PUD staff more efficiently […]

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Manager’s Report – March 2018

“Future-proofing” and infrastructure investments Northern Wasco County PUD has always embraced its history and traditions, but that hasn’t kept us from looking forward. The reason is simple: serving you, our customer-owners requires constant adjusting to meet your changing needs. Today’s interconnected and increasingly complex world, where customers have more choices than ever, is driving organizations […]

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In Pursuit of Rural Prosperity

Lessons learned in the Oregon Legislature are a benefit in John Huffman’s new role By Kathy Ursprung John Huffman strolls through the Oregon Veterans’ Home, a site that exists today because of the committee he served on in the 1990s to get a construction bond passed in Wasco County. The home was a glimpse of […]

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Manager’s Report – February 2018

Save a salmon, drive an electric vehicle Did that get your attention? Being provocative isn’t my strong suit, but it seems to be the preferred tactic for use in media today, so I thought I’d give it a try. What do I mean by this? Well, your utility district and our regional partners have been […]

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Stories to Tell

One of Oregon’s oldest museums is changing its approach to history By Kathy Ursprung The 1856 Seth Thomas clock on the mantel chimes 2 p.m. as Cal McDermid settles into a sturdy yet comfortable Umatilla House hotel chair to talk about the transformation of Fort Dalles Museum. The homelike atmosphere is the kitchen of the […]