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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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 […]

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 […]