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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...

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Recent Hires Bring Advanced Skills

Finance, Power Purchase, Business, Computer Science, Joint Use and Electrician are among their specialties By Kathy Ursprung Suzanne Haworth Suzanne Haworth has been...

Steve holds a copy of the anthology that features Eastern Oregon writers and includes his first story.

A Man of Many Talents

Veteran and former lawyer, volunteer and mayor settles on role as author By Rodger Nichols F. Scott Fitzgerald’s observation, “There are no second...

Marti Kantola Dane

Filling in the Missing Pieces

Mediating agriculture disputes can be like finding the piece that lets people solve their own puzzle By Kathy Ursprung If the first farm...

Kurt Conger and Justin Brock with Chevy Bolt

PUD Builds Electric Car Expertise

Two new charging stations use clean hydropower to fuel hybrid and electric-only vehicles By Kathy Ursprung Northern Wasco County PUD is taking clean...

Clay Smith, Northern Wasco County PUD Director since 2003, died May 5.

PUD Bids Farewell to Smith

Late director saw utility through many changes Longtime PUD Director Clay Smith, 72, died May 8, 2019, after enjoying a hobby that he...

Leslie Sullivan holding a bottle of kombucha

Fermenting for Fun and Flavor

Leslie Sullivan gets the kombucha she wants and saves money, too By Kathy Ursprung It’s hard to find a brew pub or sandwich...