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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 […]

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An Initiative to Work Safely

By Pam Blair Nearly two decades ago, Northfork Electric Cooperative’s Heath Martin survived a 7,200-volt shock on the job. He admits the accident was his fault. Heath and his co-worker, Chad Crompton, had worked all night, then were called to a routine outage. Heath says he was thinking about an upcoming fishing trip with his […]

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May Is Electrical Safety Month

Be aware of your surroundings and don’t get complacent near power lines Each year, nearly 400 people die from electrical accidents in the U.S. There are more than 51,000 home structure fires caused by electrical faults that claim another 500 lives. Electricity is important in our daily lives. Our homes and workplaces are filled with […]

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Multitalented Music Man

Mark Steighner conducts a musical culture in the Columbia Gorge by Drew Myron It’s countdown to curtain, and Mark Steighner is calm. After weeks of preparation, a snowstorm has cancelled the Brahms concert. Undaunted, he moves onto next week’s show—a collection of community choirs—then dives into rehearsals for a musical opening in two weeks. “Just […]

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73rd Annual Membership Meeting

Please Attend! Hood River Electric Cooperative 73rd Annual Membership Meeting Thursday, March 14, 7 p.m. Community Building, Hood River County Fairgrounds The agenda includes: Election of three directors Operating reports Door prizes Dessert and coffee Hope to see you there! Report of the Nominating Committee We, the Nominating Committee, appointed by the board of directors […]

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A Wander to Whiskey

Couple crafts award-winning spirits at historic Hood River Valley By Drew Myron In the Hood River Valley, in an old red barn filled with wooden barrels, Sasha Muir and Phil Downer stand at the forefront of a growing culinary movement: local, handcrafted, small-batch spirits. Headed by this husband-and-wife team, Wanderback Whiskey is making a mark […]