News

Carousel, Inside Ruralite

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 […]

Carousel, Inside Ruralite

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 […]

Carousel, Inside Ruralite

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 […]

Carousel, Inside Ruralite

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 […]

Carousel, Inside Ruralite

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 […]

Carousel, Inside Ruralite

Meet Your PUD Board

Howard Gonser and Wayne Jacobson are two of Northern Wasco County PUD’s five directors By Rodger Nichols Howard Gonser Howard Gonser has been on the Northern Wasco County PUD board for 35 years. That’s more than a third of the PUD’s 82-year history. Howard is from Longview, Washington. He was a member of Mark Morris […]

Carousel, Inside Ruralite

The Mint That Never Was

By Rodger Nichols Anyone who had cardboard coin collector boards for pennies, nickels, or dimes when they were a kid probably remembers three mints at the time: Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco. Anyone who collected Morgan silver dollars also knew about former mints in Carson City, Nevada, and New Orleans. High-end collectors of very old […]

Carousel, Inside Ruralite

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 […]