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Positive Chelan PUD Reports: Snowpack, 2017 Performance Plan

Chelan PUD had a substantial “to do” list for 2017. Board President Dennis Bolz joins Dan Langager in the KOHO studio to review progress on the PUD’s 232-item 2017 Performance Plan. Many of the uncompleted 2017 projects are multi-year projects, ongoing efforts or required schedule changes into 2018 to respond to competing priorities. Chelan County PUD…

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Improvements Coming To Several Chelan PUD Parks In 2018

Chelan County PUD Parks Manager Ryan Baker swings by the KOHO studio to talk about a number of improvements for PUD parks this year. From shoreline improvements in Walla Walla Point Park, to new picnic tables and boat launches, to keeping Canada geese off grass fields, Baker gives a preview of what park visitors can expect to…

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What’s The Future Of Bitcoin In North Central Washington?

Bitcoins went on a meteoric rise in 2017, partly thanks to server operators using cheap electricity from public utility districts for their cryptocurrency data mining. The Chelan County PUD has reported a recent surge in inquires about new large load power services from bitcoin and blockchain operations. John Stoll, Managing Director of Customer Utilities, said…

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Winter-Time Home Energy Efficiency Tips From Chelan PUD

Tomorrow, Dec. 21, is the Winter Solstice. Snow fell yesterday across the region and highs in the 20s are coming this weekend. This time of year, Chelan PUD home energy expert Josh Mitchell has some tips – some surprising new ones, others time-tested – for saving energy as winter settles in. You can find these tips…

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Sage Hills, Horse Lake Trail Closure Starts Friday, Dec. 1

Enjoy Sage Hills and Horse Lake trails today and tomorrow, because on Friday the popular hiking and biking areas close for the winter. Each year from December 1 to April 1, the closure area includes all lands owned by Chelan PUD and Chelan-Douglas Land Trust located between Number 1 Canyon and Horse Lake Road, including…

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Chelan PUD Planning Rock Island Dam Turbine Rebuilds with $313 Million Price Tag

Analysis is underway at the Chelan County PUD for how to refurbish turbines at Rock Island Powerhouse 2. The dam was built in 1933, with the second powerhouse added in 1974. Now that equipment is aging and in need of replacement in the next 10 years, said Project Manager John Sagerser. Commissioners on Monday reviewed the business case for…

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Chelan PUD Gauging Public Input On Orondo River Park Ownership

Orondo River Park – 5 acres along the Columbia River north of Orondo, across from Entiat – is operated for the Chelan PUD by the Port of Douglas County. It features camp sites for tents and RVs, swimming, boating, picnic shelters and more. The Port has asked the PUD to take over ownership and operation…

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