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Cooperative careers

The men and women who don hard hats and climb poles to work on power lines might be the most visible employees of electric utilities, but it takes a host of other professions to keep power flowing. From accounting to communications, engineering to human resources, customer/member service to line work, the job opportunities at electric […]

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The Cowboy Co-op

By Tom Tate October is National Co-op Month, so it seems fitting for co-op members to look back to our ­beginnings and reflect on the ­reasons for the creation of electric cooperatives. This is a remarkable story that demonstrates the exceptional nature of the Americans who ­populated rural America, then and now. Nineteen hundred and […]

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Preserve the harvest for winter meals and holiday gifts

by Melinda Myers The cucumbers have filled the vegetable drawer, you’ve run out of cabbage recipes and your family is refusing to eat one more BLT. Or maybe you just couldn’t resist that ­special deal on a bushel of tomatoes, potatoes or apples at the farmer’s ­market. So what is a gardener or ­shopper to […]

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Rules drafted in Washington have local impact

Not-for-profit electric cooperatives work every day to provide affordable, reliable electricity to the more than 42 million Americans they serve. Electric co-ops steadfastly focus on ways to provide reliable and affordable energy. Our nation needs a sensible energy policy that is based on those two priorities — reliability and affordability. Simple supply and demand dictates […]

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Tips for a healthier home

Every household has its honey-do list, but ­inevitably you’re not always going to have time to cross off every project on the list. Rather than ­setting lofty goals that make it easy to procrastinate, the key to a productive and effective list is to be ­realistic. Start with the projects that will have an immediate […]

Did you know that an un-programmed thermostat can waste at least 20 percent of your heating and cooling bill? This smart thermostat from Nest is among a new generation that does the programming for you.

Get smart about making energy savings easy

By B. Denise Hawkins Stop. Look around your room. More than likely there is a programmable thermostat on the wall, a plug strip on the floor and a light bulb in your lamp. These are three of the most common products you can use to help reduce daily household energy costs. The trick is figuring […]

EPA regulations to raise bills and cost jobs

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released regulations to limit carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions at new and now existing power plants that will lead to more expensive electricity for members of electric cooperatives. As not for profit, member-owned ­cooperatives we are concerned about the impact this will have on the price of electricity and our […]

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Gifts from the land & water

I have long been fascinated with wild food foraging. Helping family members learn about wild edibles has developed into a hobby that has allowed us to experience, to a degree, how our ancestors lived off the land. Foraging for plants and hunting wild game are ancient patterns of human subsistence. For thousands of years, people […]

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Protecting animals for future generations

By definition, a zoo is a garden or park where wild animals are kept for exhibition; a collection of living animals usually for public display. And a zookeeper: one who maintains or cares for the animals in a zoo. Without a zoo there would be no zookeeper and without a zookeeper there would be no […]

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Water Recreation and Electric Shock Drowning: Lucas’ Story

Everybody who knew eight-year-old Lucas Ritz was his friend. The bright, outgoing boy was well-known to everyone in his Scappoose, Oregon marina community. He shared his parents’ passion for boating and seeing new places and dreamed of becoming a boat captain. His father and mother, Kevin and Sheryl Ritz, were very safety conscious. The kids […]