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July 11th 2019

Omak student attends Hydro STEM Academy

Omak senior Steven Zandell was one of 22 area high school students to attend the Hydropower STEM Academy at Rocky Reach Dam June 24-28. The academy is designed to show various options for careers in hydropower for students interested in pursuing science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and vocational careers. The event is sponsored by the Foundation for Water and Energy Education (FWEE), of which Okanogan County PUD is a member. Zandell was the only Okanogan County student at the… more

July 3rd 2019

District to conduct rate study

The Okanogan County PUD is undergoing a rate study over the next several months to plan for the future financial needs of the district while keeping rates affordable and equitable. FCS Group, a consulting company, will conduct the study, which will likely run through January 2020. Representative Sergey Tarasov presented to the PUD board on June 24. The study involves three main elements. First, the equity management plan will determine the amount of annual revenue necessary to fund all… more

June 28th 2019

PUD board approves broadband tech, other updates

Okanogan County commissioners met June 24, hearing updates from staff and discussing the possibility of hiring a third broadband technician to keep up with demand. Director of Power Resources and Broadband Services Ron Gadeberg said the position was filled before, but was left unfilled during staff transition in the district. However, the broadband department has enough revenue to cover the expense. Currently, two staff members are spread thin to cover 500 miles of fiber, with upgrades and… more