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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...

The Dalles Dam

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...

bees standing on top of honeycomb

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....

Woman smiling, sitting at her desk.

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...

Transformer on a power pole.

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...

Truck with someone working on power lines

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...