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(CENTRALIA, WA) -- We “spring ahead” one hour at 2 AM this Sunday morning as we begin Daylight Saving Time. Local fire department officials say when you change your clocks it’s also a good time to change the batteries in the smoke detectors in your home. Captain Casey Beck with the Chehalis Fire Department says if your smoke detector is more than five years old you should consider replacing it with a new one. He says smoke detectors now on the market have newer technology. Beck says combination smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are available that could help protect you from two silent killers.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
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(CENTRALIA, WA) It's going to cost more than originally estimated to get the Number 3 turbine generator at Centralia City Light's Yelm Hyrdo Project back producing electricity. It went down in November because of an electrical ground. City Light Manager M. L. Norton says the original estimate to repair the generator was $1.5 million. During the repairs workers discovered some unexpected problems. Norton says those problems have boosted the cost of repairs to $2.3 million. He says the additional cost will be covered using some of City Light’s reserves and by delaying other projects to 2015. It’s anticipated the generator will be back on line by late April or early May.
Monday, March 3, 2014
(RICHLAND, WA) -- Washington state joint operating agency Energy Northwest, located in Richland, Wash., recently announced Mike Paoli as its new public information officer and manager of public affairs. Paoli has been with the agency since late 2009, and served previously as the public affairs assistant manager. He brings more than 24 years of experience to the job.
“We’ve been very pleased with how his team has responded to attempts by anti-nuclear groups to spread misinformation about Columbia Generating Station,” said Brent Ridge, vice president and Energy Northwest chief financial and risk officer. “He’s speaks honestly and plainly, a style we feel is essential for maintaining public trust and support for the value Energy Northwest and public power bring to the region.”
Prior to Energy Northwest, Paoli directed the Air Force Press Desk at the Pentagon, where he was part of a team that earned the Public Relations Society of America’s Best of Silver Anvil award for the dignified transfers of service members killed in combat and returned to American soil. He also commanded a NATO support squadron in Norway; directed public affairs for the Air Force’s largest combat wing in Okinawa, Japan; and directed the Air Force’s National Media Outreach office in New York, NY.
Paoli is a graduate of New Mexico State University and holds master degrees in human relations from the University of Oklahoma, and military operational art and science from the Air Force’s Air University. He is an Air War College graduate, has served as adjunct professor at the Defense Information School, and currently volunteers as an employee communication trainer for the City of Kennewick.
Hermiston Energy Services Announces Nate Rivera to Be New Superintendent (Northwest Public Power Association)
(HERMISTON, OR) -- On February 27, City Manager Ed Brookshier announced the appointment of Nate Rivera as the City's new superintendent for its electric distribution utility, Hermiston Energy Services (Ore.). Rivera has been employed by Umatilla Electric Cooperative as its community relations representative for approximately 10 years.
Rivera will assume his new duties on March 24. He will succeed Russ Dorran, the City's first electric superintendent, who passed away in January.
In announcing Rivera's appointment, Brookshier noted that in addition to business management of the utility and the City's operational contact with Umatilla Electric, he expects Rivera will actively work on regional hydroelectric advocacy matters and water development needs affecting the City's interests, and that he will be a member of the City's economic development team.
"I've had the opportunity to work with Nate on a variety of projects and issues over the years and have gained a great deal of respect for his abilities. We are proud to have him on the City team," Brookshier said.
Commenting on his new position, Rivera said, "I'm honored and incredibly excited to serve the citizens of Hermiston in this position as we face the challenges of the future. I'm looking forward to building upon the great foundation the City and Russ Dorran have created. I'm thankful for the City's confidence in me and look forward to getting started."
Nate and his family make their home in Hermiston. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska.