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Happy Sounds

Jamba creates bonds through marimba By Drew Myron A summer breeze carries a deep sound—mellow, gentle and earthy—and Irene Kurzweil can’t stop smiling. At 92, she’s a slight figure against a massive wooden instrument. Her body bends into every note. A classical pianist and violinist since childhood, Irene took up marimba 23 years ago. She […]

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Manager’s Message — October 2019

Dear Members, During the past few months, your board of directors has been evaluating our organizational structure. Although it may seem like Hood River Electric Cooperative provides both electric service and internet service, there are two separate, member-owned, not-for-profit cooperatives operating out of our office in Odell. Hood River Electric Cooperative provides electric service, and […]

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3-Step HVAC Test

As summer temperatures rise, so do electric bills. Follow these steps to test the efficiency of your HVAC unit. The outdoor temperature should be above 80 degrees, and you should set your thermostat well below the room temperature to ensure the system runs long enough for this test. Using a digital probe thermometer (about $12), […]

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Maintaining an Efficient HVAC System

Avoid unwelcome summer breakdowns By Abby Berry Ah, summer. Cookouts, swimming pools, camping—it’s the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends. When coming back indoors, there’s nothing better than that cool blast you feel from your home’s air conditioning unit. Your heating, ventilating and air conditioning system is essential to keeping your […]

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Beat the Heat

This time of year, consumers typically see their electric bills rise with the temperature due to increased use of air conditioning. Many consumers work their systems harder than necessary, throwing hard-earned money down the drain. Save money during the hot summer by using energy more efficiently. Use varies among households, but air conditioning systems can […]

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A Family Pride in Pears

Duckwall Fruit marks 100 years in business By Drew Myron As leader of one of the largest fruit packing companies in Hood River, Fred Duckwall has every reason to crow. But he doesn’t want to talk about his success. Instead, he shuffles quietly across the factory, talking softly and assessing pears. “The work is the […]