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Northern Wasco PUD team outside in front of bucket truck

PUD Plans for the Future

The board of directors voted to postpone the 3.8% rate increase scheduled to take place the following month.

Tales From the Vault

The Dalles welcomed its first state-chartered bank more than 150 years ago.

The Heart of Downtown

Sigman’s Flowers and Gifts has been a landmark in The Dalles for decades Story and photos by Rodger Nichols Businesses have come and...

Learning on the River

Sea Scouts welcomes all teens aboard By Lea Mathieu “Every time we go out on the water, we learn something new, and we...


Balancing the Budget

By Rodger Nichols The beginning of the new calendar year is also the beginning of the fiscal year for Northern Wasco County PUD....

Don’t Stop the Presses

Journalism rebounds in the Gorge By Rodger Nichols “COVID-19 claimed three more businesses in the Columbia River Gorge.” That’s what a joint press...

Radio personality Al Wynn hosts the Coffee Break show from his familiar spot at Cousins’ Restaurant in The Dalles.

Station Still Spry at 80

KODL has covered the Gorge through changes in frequency and ownership By Rodger Nichols The oldest radio station in the Columbia River Gorge...

Restoring Habitat Favors Fish

By Rodger Nichols Just like the mighty Columbia River, Northern Wasco County PUD has far more going on behind the scenes than immediately...

Erik Gardipee standing next to the Northern Wasco County PUD sign

Going Up: From Diver to Lineman

Navy diver finds second career in utility industry By Rodger Nichols Erik Gardipee will finish 20 years in the U.S. Navy in January...

A Fugio cent

Two Cents’ Worth — on Two-Cent Pieces

By Rodger Nichols Many people think what Americans consider standard U.S. coinage—the penny, nickel, dime, quarter, half-dollar, and dollar—are all Americans have ever...