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With the help of a grant from Northern Wasco County PUD, the National Neon Sign Museum completed electrical upgrades to a former Elks Lodge built in 1910.

A Mission to Give Back

Story and photos by Rodger Nichols Northern Wasco County PUD’s mission is to “provide reliable, competitively priced energy and related services that benefit...

A promotional poster for the show mentions the role power played in small print on the right. Courtesy Library of Congress

Bigger Than the Circus

Buffalo Bill brought the Wild West to The Dalles in 1902 By Rodger Nichols Electricity first came to The Dalles in July 1888...

For the Good of All

In today’s political climate, society often seems fractured and divided. That’s not always the case for local governments. Photos and story by Rodger...

A Facility for the Future

By Rodger Nichols A proposed new project near the John Day Dam could offer the Columbia Gorge and beyond a tremendous long-term economic...

Rodney Taylor, a member of the janitorial crew at The Springs at Mill Creek, received an Above and Beyond Award from the Oregon Health Care Association. PHOTOS BY RODGER NICHOLS

Exceptional Service

Three from The Dalles win state awards By Rodger Nichols There are a lot of caring people in The Dalles. That was confirmed...

Cherish inspects locations throughout The Dalles Dam as part of her job.

The Best Job Ever

Trainee finds a warm welcome at PUD By Rodger Nichols Cherish Southard loves her job. The 30-year-old is an electrical technician trainee at...

A 160-Year-Old History Lesson

Three courthouse buildings tell the story of The Dalles and Wasco County By Rodger Nichols Not every county is as thrifty as Wasco...

The Detailed Price of Power

Determining the need for increased rates is both a science and an art for the PUD By Rodger Nichols Calculating the price of...

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...

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...