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The Fighting What?

Some mascots make it challenging to root, root, root for the home team By Rodger Nichols With the Super Bowl coming up February 12, and the National Basketball Association and National Hockey League seasons in full swing, there are lots of team mascots in the news. While there are plenty of lions and tigers and […]

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Lining Up History

Local archaeologists try to connect the present to the past By Rodger Nichols The Dalles is rich in history. Since moving to town in 1989, archeologist Eric Gleason and his partner, Jacqui Cheung, have been gathering forgotten information locally and at other sites in the Northwest. Eric’s latest project involves matching accurate hand-drawn maps of […]

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The Variety of Life

From welding to government affairs, PUD director has taken a diverse path to public power By Roger Nichols “You never know where your next decision will take you,” says Cyndi Gentry, corporate services director at Northern Wasco PUD. “I left retail work to become a welder at age 25 because my dad and brother were […]

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Give a Helping Hand

The PUD’s Neighbor to Neighbor program assists community members in need By Rodger Nichols With the holidays upon us, many feel the calling of peace on Earth and goodwill toward men. It is a time of happy memories and generous giving, and a time to reach out and help others in need. Those needs can […]

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Keeping the Faith

Calvary Baptist Church celebrates 150 years preaching the gospel By Rodger Nichols A milestone for a church that has been a part of the spiritual history of The Dalles came as a bit of a revelation for its leader, Pastor David Odell. Calvary Baptist Church hosted a block party in September to commemorate its 150th […]

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Prepare Now for Winter Temps

Winter is on its way, and with it comes the start of using your heating system. Typically, Northern Wasco County People’s Utility District (NWCPUD) customers should expect to see higher electric bills throughout the winter due to heating their living spaces. NWCPUD encourages everyone to take control of their power bills by becoming more efficient […]

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Tony’s Tunes & Turtles

New PUD warehouseman has a musical background By Rodger Nichols Photos courtesy of Tony Gonzales Antonio “Tony” Gonzalez started his interview process with Northern Wasco County PUD in April. He joined the utility August 1 as the company warehouseman. His new job was part of coming home. Tony was born and raised in The Dalles. […]

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A Matter of Scale

Hobby requires creativity and focus Story and photos by Rodger Nichols By day, Fred Davis was Wasco County’s facilities manager for 22 years, sharing responsibility for more than a dozen buildings spread throughout the county, handling a 6-figure maintenance and repair budget, and helping manage a staff of 6 employees. By night, he preferred challenges […]

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Money, Marriage & Mergers

By Rodger Nichols Sometimes, simple objects come with complex backstories. A frame matted with 2 photos and two $5 bills is one of those objects. The top photo shows John C. Ainsworth. John and his wife donated 40 acres in the western Columbia Gorge, which became the basis for what is now the 180-acre Ainsworth […]

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Supporting our Neighbors in Need

Northern Wasco County PUD would like to thank everyone who has rounded up or donated to the district’s Neighbor to Neighbor program this year. With colder temperatures and the holiday season just around the corner, we would like to challenge our customer owners to contribute to the program by rounding up their electric bills to […]