This month, several utility features highlight extraordinary members of their community. Jody Foss profiles a cowgirl from Condon, Oregon, who wrangles stunt-double roles. For Wells Rural Electric Cooperative, Dianna Troyer shares the story of an Oregon café owner who coordinated a reburial of Chinese residents who built the Transcontinental Railroad. Craig Reed writes about an Army veteran in Lane County, Oregon, who overcomes anxiety by helping others.
July’s issues are filled with energy-efficiency tips and industry news. Energy-efficiency expert James Dulley shares simple methods to balance room temperatures. In July’s Voice Box column, Kurt Miller, executive director of Northwest RiverPartners in Vancouver, Washington, advocates for the importance of local hydropower. Susan Parrish discusses whether or not installing a rooftop solar array is the right choice. Ethan Rocke, assistant editor of Ruralite magazine, explains how drones solve logistical challenges for many rural utilities.
The back page is the perfect place to support safety as a priority. Columbia Power Cooperative in Oregon and Nespelem Valley Electric Cooperative in Washington reminds readers to stay back, slow down and move over for lineworkers. Managers of Lane Electric Cooperative and Umatilla Electric Cooperative in Oregon brief readers on the upcoming wildfire season concerns. Scott Newberry, CEO of Florida Keys Electric Cooperative Association, stresses the importance of hurricane preparedness.
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