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September is Emergency Preparedness Month

Here in Wasco County, we know a bad winter storm or a wildfire can knock out power and make travel incredibly difficult. It’s important to prepare for these events, and make sure your entire family knows the plan. According to Ready.gov’s Plan page, the best way to start is to answer these questions with the […]

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Avoiding Surprises

It is wise to be prepared for emergencies and power outages Story and photo by Rodger Nichols “The more you are prepared to help yourself and your neighbors in an emergency, the more that frees up emergency personnel to help people who didn’t prepare.” Just before the pandemic hit in 2020, the above statement was […]

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A Pipe Dream No Longer

Story and photos by Rodger Nichols One of the biggest projects the city of The Dalles has ever tackled began in mid-July. Water from Dog River on the eastern foothills of Mount Hood provides more than half of the city’s freshwater supply. The city of The Dalles has water right from the stream that dates […]

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Take an EV for a Spin

PUD partners in car share program that gives customers a chance to test drive an electric car for free By Rodger Nichols A big difference between utilities that are investor-owned versus customer-owned is where their loyalty lies. Investor-owned utilities have obligations to stockholders. Utilities owned by the people they serve— such as Northern Wasco County […]

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A Frozen Delight

Unsung hero sweetened the Northwest By Rodger Nichols Although July was National Ice Cream Month, a case can be made in Oregon for the cool treat in August. The highest temperature officially recorded in the state came at 119 F on August 10, 1898, in Pendleton. What may surprise Oregonians is that the state has […]

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An Eye for Detail

By Rodger Nichols Life happens behind the keyboard and behind the lens Eduardo Garcia recently joined Northern Wasco County PUD in the information technology department. Eduardo grew up in Hood River and graduated from Hood River Valley High School in 2014. He wasn’t sure where his career path would take him, so he enrolled in […]

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Worthy of His Name

Story and photos by Rodger Nichols The Dalles chief of police brings local experience to the job When Tom Worthy applied for the position of chief of The Dalles Police Department last year, he had a decided advantage. He had been with the Oregon State Police and stationed in The Dalles office for five years. […]

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From Teeth to Tracking Trojans

Cybersecurity specialist helps keep the PUD safe from viruses By Rodger Nichols Northern Wasco County PUD’s newest employee is proud to have a local background. Jonathan Alvarez was born and raised in Hood River, and graduated from Hood River Valley High School in 2011. He and his family have lived in The Dalles the past […]

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Hunger, Help, Hope

Columbia Gorge Food Bank expands to feed increasing need By Drew Myron Responding to a dramatic increase in need, Columbia Gorge Food Bank has initiated a $3 million construction project that will more than triple its headquarters in The Dalles. A branch of the Oregon Food Bank, the Columbia Gorge Food Bank supports more than […]

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Four Generation of Service

Through a variety of changes and challenges, local store owners stay true to their customers By Rodger Nichols On May 1, 1940, Jared Sawyer’s great-grandfather, Shirley Sawyer, took over ownership and management of a modest-sized grocery store on Ninth Street in The Dalles. This month, the family-owned store— expanded, relocated, and refocused several times in […]