Clinton Childs working on a welding project in a shop
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Beyond Shop Class

From fabrication to aviation, technical education is on the rise Story by Drew Myron With a careful eye, Clinton Child sizes up a handrail that will line a flight of stairs. From his shop in Parkdale, he measures, calculates, designs, mocks, tacks, welds, sands, refines and, finally, installs. Metal fabrication is precise and painstaking work, […]

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Understanding Net Metering

By Paul Wesslund A controversial and misunderstood energy issue is net metering. At its most basic, net metering is a way of measuring and valuing the electricity output of privately owned resources. It requires utilities to buy excess electricity from consumers who generate electricity themselves. States and electric utilities have established net-metering programs to encourage […]

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Fruits of Labor

Colorful mural honors orchard workers By Drew Myron A mural in Odell stretching 200 feet tells local history that spans 200 years. Against an industrial backdrop, the colorful mural is a vivid thank you to the fruit workers of the Hood River Valley, says Maija Yasui, the area’s longtime historian and project organizer. “The mural […]

Lucy Medina cleans and touches up parts in the assembly process
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When a Window Opens

Cardinal Glass in Odell expands opportunities By Drew Myron Some strive for money. Others for fame. At a factory in Odell, the prize is admiration. “We are the world’s most admired glass company,” Dave Windsor, plant manager at Cardinal Glass IG, says again and again. Peppered in conversation, the statement turns to mantra among employees. […]