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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,...

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...