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Heavy Metal

College Skill Center Offers State-of-the-Art Training Story and photos by Rodger Nichols Robert Wells-Clark is the director of technology and trades at Columbia Gorge Community College in The Dalles. Every day, he works with machines that were the very stuff of science fiction and fantasy in his youth. The college’s skill center is home to […]

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Stay Warm; Use Space Heaters Wisely

Stay Warm; Use Space Heaters Wisely As winter’s icy grip tightens, many turn to space heaters for a quick burst of warmth. These appliances can be lifesavers but pose potential safety hazards if not used properly. To ensure a cozy and fire-free season, follow these essential space heater safety tips. Location, Location, Location Maintain a […]

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Starry, Starry Night

Goldendale Observatory Celebrates 50 Years By Rodger Nichols The Mid-Columbia has a unique attraction in its backyard that is often overlooked in its list of wonders: the Goldendale Observatory. The observatory boasts 1 of the largest telescopes available for public viewing in the nation. It also has an interesting backstory. In 1963, 4 members of […]

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Consider Supporting the Neighbor to Neighbor Program

By Rodger Nichols While the holiday season is full of joy, it also comes with chilly weather. With the cold comes higher heating bills, which can be a struggle on top of the other many demands of the season. For decades, Northern Wasco County PUD has encouraged its customers to be part of the solution […]

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Bridging the Digital Divide in Rural Oregon

Take Q-Life’s Survey For Equitable Internet Access In Wasco County By Rodger Nichols 1 of the hallmarks of a public electric utility is that it works cooperatively with other agencies and entities—cities, counties, port districts, parks departments, school districts and community colleges. 1 of these partners—QualityLife Intergovernmental Agency—needs PUD customers’ help. Known informally as Q-Life, […]

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Working For a Bright Future

World-Traveler Brings His Talents to The Dalles By Rodger Nichols Matthew Klebes was hired as city manager of The Dalles last year. At 36, he was the youngest person to hold the office since the city was founded in 1857. He brings a wealth of experience to the job, including having seen a good part […]

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Happy Homecoming

A Recent Addition to the PUD Staff Returns to His Mid-Columbia Roots By Rodger Nichols It’s been a full-circle journey for 1 of Northern Wasco County PUD’s (NWCPUD) newest employees, Geoffrey Lacefield. Geoffrey grew up in Dufur, where his parents— Leon and Maretha—still live. Leon was a log scaler for SDS Lumber and plays banjo […]

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Good Insect, Bad Insect

Local Extension Office Helps Differentiate Between Native & Invasive Species By Rodger Nichols Invasive species have been a problem since travel across oceans became possible. Some arrived as stowaways. Others were purposely introduced by well-meaning people but resulted in unexpected consequences, such as rabbits and cane toads in Australia, giant African snails in Florida and […]

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Meet the New Faces at the PUD

Northern Wasco County PUD’s IT department welcomes 2 workers Kelsey Fork grew up in The Dalles and graduated from what was then The Dalles Wahtonka High School. “I’ve done a lot of administrative professional jobs for the last 10 years or so,” she says. “But a couple of years ago, I started going back to […]

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The Loan Arrangers

Development district helps businesses in the mid-Columbia find their footing They don’t ride into town on white horses, but that’s the way many area business owners think of the Mid-Columbia Economic Development District, a regionally focused agency that supports local businesses. The district straddles the Columbia River and includes Wasco, Sherman and Hood River counties […]