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A Voice for Justice

By Drew Myron Martha Verduzco rallies for change Even without a megaphone, Martha Verduzco commands a crowd—not because she is loud, but because she is driven, energized, and working hard for change. A leader in Hood River’s Latino community, Martha has been called a true force in the Gorge. “Martha is fire, and she is […]

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Manager’s Message — September 2020

Dear Members, On August 12, a wildfire in the Mosier area threatened the Bonneville Power Administration transmission line that serves our Odell, Pine Grove, and Eastside Road-area members. BPA de-energized the power line to protect firefighters, causing an outage that lasted several hours. We appreciate your patience during the outage, and want to remind you […]

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Pour Girls Success

In tough times, an outdoor diner finds its niche Story and photos by Drew Myron Never made coffee. Nearly no food experience. A global health crisis. This is not the recipe for success. Against all odds and timing, Pour Girls is experiencing unexpected achievement. What began as a coffee cart on a struggling corner lot […]

Lisa Perry standing next to a full box of pears.
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Coping With COVID-19

Hood River Valley growers work through new rules By Drew Myron Maija Yasui is searching for toilets. At the peak of harvest, her family farm employs 140 workers, and she is working hard to keep them safe. “We need more port-a-potties,” she says, calculating the sweeping changes a pandemic brings. “They must be no more […]

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Manager’s Message — June 2020

Dear Members, I wish to express my heartfelt gratitude to our employees for their dedicated service and to you, our members, for your patience and flexibility during this challenging time. The COVID-19 pandemic has required us to change how we do things, but our commitment to serving you safely, affordably, and reliably remains unwavering. As […]

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Lights On and Energized

General Manager Libby Calnon highlights the co-op’s accomplishments By Drew Myron The lights stay on. In every hour of every day, through fire and storm and even amid a global health crisis, Hood River Electric Cooperative keeps its members energized. It’s a fact HREC General Manager Libby Calnon believes in now more than ever. “Our […]

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Manager’s Message — May 2020

Dear Members, Spring has arrived and the valley is in bloom, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, few other things are business as usual. Rest assured, although our office is closed to walk-in visitors and many of our staff are working remotely, we remain committed to providing you the safe, reliable service you’ve come to […]