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Welcome to the PUD

Northern Wasco County PUD has a new chief operations officer and a new board member By Rodger Nichols New Chief Operations Officer Jeff Teel Jeff Teel says he’s found the perfect job at the perfect time in his life. His background and training are well-suited to his new position as chief operations officer at Northern […]

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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 gone on the southwest corner of Second and Court streets, but none so durable as Sigman’s Flowers and Gifts. The structure in The Dalles was built in 1890 by Albert V. Bettingen—an […]

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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 discover things as a team,” says Megan Lenardson. “Sea Scouts is a great learning opportunity where it’s OK to make mistakes and grow and learn from them.” Megan is a founding crew […]

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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. Chief Financial Officer Harvey Hall handles the utility’s budgeting process. Creating a budget with the responsibility to serve 25,000 people and businesses around the clock and around the year takes careful planning. […]

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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 release from the Northwest Newspaper Association might have said last year. “The first is a 130-year-old daily from The Dalles, the second is a 117-year-old weekly from White Salmon and the third […]

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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 recently celebrated its 80th anniversary. When KODL signed on the air in October 1940, it was the only station between Portland and La Grande. In the eight decades since, it’s been on […]

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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 visible on the surface. One of those activities involves the McNary Fisheries Compensation Committee. The group many people have never heard of is looking for good ideas and is willing to pay […]

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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 2021. He is serving the last few months of that term not at sea, but with Northern Wasco County PUD. Erik is job shadowing under a Department of Defense program called SkillBridge. […]