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Meet the People of Your Local PUD October 2021

Lucy Mondragon Lucy Mondragon joined Northern Wasco County PUD in August as an accounting analyst. She grew up in The Dalles and attended Wahtonka High School, where she ran track and served as captain for the girls’ cross-country team in her junior and senior years. She received her associate degree in accounting from Columbia Gorge […]

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Small Act, Big Music

Little Music City Hall of Fame awards vintage trio By Rodger Nichols A group of local musicians headed by guitarist Al Hare has formed an association called Little Music City. The group’s vision is to promote live music performances in The Dalles and surrounding area, making their hometown the best place in the Gorge for […]

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Meet the New Faces at Your Local PUD

Beth Schroder They say if you want to get something done, give it to a busy person. One of those busy people is Beth Schroder, who joined Northern Wasco County PUD as senior financial analyst June 28. Beth was born and raised in Goldendale. She brings a varied background to her job, including work at […]

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Meet the People of Your Local PUD

Otesha Haynes Northern Wasco County PUD’s senior risk analyst Otesha Haynes has seen a bit of the world, including Thailand. “I went to the elephant sanctuary all day,” she says. “I was petting elephants, feeding them, and bathing them in the river. I also experienced a lot of the rich culture. It was just an […]

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Cracking the Call-Letter Code

Letters identifying a radio or TV transmitting station can have a variety of meanings By Rodger Nichols One thing overlooked last year in the commotion around COVID-19 was the centennial of radio in the United States. Pittsburgh’s KDKA—America’s first commercial AM radio station—went on the air November 2, 1920. That evening, they broadcasted returns in […]

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Opportunities for Success

Organization’s executive director seeks ways to help those in need By Rodger Nichols Kenny LaPoint has spent his career finding ways to help people. His latest post is as executive director of the Mid-Columbia Community Action Council—a nonprofit that offers programs and services to ensure vulnerable community members have access to healthy, safe, stable, and […]

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Meet the People of Your Local PUD

By Rodger Nichols Kara Salazar Many career paths lead people to Northern Wasco County PUD. Kara Salazar’s path came through health care. A Hood River native, Kara started working at a medical office when she was 18. That was followed by 13 years at Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles, primarily in human resources, and […]

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Meet Your PUD Board

Roger Howe and Connie Karp are two of Northern Wasco County PUD’s five directors By Rodger Nichols Roger Howe Sometimes a simple suggestion at the right time can change a person’s life. That’s what happened to Northern Wasco County PUD board member Roger Howe. Born and raised locally, Roger started his career as a counselor […]

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Guess Who Came to Dinner?

The Dalles has warmly welcomed its share of famous visitors By Rodger Nichols The Dalles has a long and distinguished history as part of America’s political stage. At one time, it was larger than Portland, Seattle or Spokane, Washington, so it’s not surprising that some famous people have passed through town. Three U.S. presidents visited […]

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It’s Electrical Safety Month: Generate Safely

During a power outage, the only options used to be lighting a candle or finding a flashlight and patiently waiting by the fireplace. Today, homeowners unwilling to wait out an outage are installing backup power generators. A generator converts energy from fuel—usually gasoline—into electricity. Provided the generator is large enough, it can run a few […]