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Local Power Supply

Northern Wasco County PUD’s power sources continue to evolve By Rodger Nichols Wasco County’s first power plant was a wood-fired steam generator built...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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...

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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...

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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...

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PUD Welcomes New Financial Analyst

Story and photo by Rodger Nichols One of Northern Wasco County PUD’s newest employees is Senior Financial Analyst James Ruoff. The native Midwesterner...

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Coping With COVID-19

The PUD’s careful preparations have been invaluable By Rodger Nichols Since mid-March, Northern Wasco PUD has put some of its risk management preparations...

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PUD Welcomes a New Team Player

Former college volleyball player joined the Northern Wasco PUD staff in October By Rodger Nichols Neticia Fanene, who joined Northern Wasco County PUD...

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Careful Planning Reduces Risk

Story and photo by Rodger Nichols Risk is not just a board game. It’s a process managers must deal with. In the past,...