Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Monday, June 29, 2015
(Pasco, WA) -- Because of the ongoing extreme heat, Franklin PUD is seeing power use higher than normal. To help ease the strain on the electric system, customers are encouraged to conserve energy and use appliances during non-peak times. Peak times are 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
- Set the air conditioning thermostat at 78 degrees or your highest comfortable setting. Higher settings cost less; lower settings cost more.
- Don’t try to speed-cool at a very low temperature setting when you return home from work or a day away. Your AC won’t cool any faster set at 68 degrees than it does at 78 degrees.
- Don’t use dishwashers, clothes washers and other appliances at peak times. Use the delay start and set for late at night.
- If you have ceiling fans, run the fans and the air conditioner at the same time when you’re home, but set the air conditioner thermostat a few degrees higher. A fan’s breeze on your skin increases evaporative cooling. You’ll feel cool at a higher room temperature, which can save on your energy bill.
- Use a microwave oven instead of a conventional electric range or oven. Avoid using appliances that generate heat such as ovens or use during the late evening when temperatures have dropped.
- Close curtains during the day to keep rooms from warming up from the sun.
- Clean or replace furnace filters. Dirty filters slow airflow through your HVAC system making it work harder and costing you more money.
- Replace incandescent bulbs with LED lightbulbs. Not only do they use less energy, they generate much less heat.
- When TVs, computers and lights are not in use, turn them off.
For more energy tips, visit www.franklinpud.com.
Saturday, June 27, 2015
- Write short, clear sentences, using short, easy words.
- Write in the present tense. If you MUST use a time phrase, don’t put it at the end of the sentence.
- Leave out superfluous words. Especially beware of clichés, un-named sources and unnecessary attributions.
- Pursue actuality. Follow up a news release, a newspaper article or breaking story and ask questions that take the subject further. Seek an opposing viewpoint.
- Rewrite copy as often as possible. The aim should be to have everything fresh for every bulletin. In any case, no copy should be used unchanged more than three times.
- Don’t write anything you don’t understand or could be defamatory. If in doubt, ASK. You will never be told off for ringing the news director or news editor at home.
- Be wary of news releases. 90 percent are crap. In the other ten percent, the best angle is usually in the last paragraph.
- No actuality should be longer than 30 seconds. No voice report should be longer than 45 seconds. The ideal story has a one paragraph intro and a 40 second wrap containing two cuts of actuality, both under ten seconds.
- Actuality must be clearly understood, even coming out of a $2.99 transistor radio.
- Do not report suicides of bomb hoaxes, unless they have clear news value.
- If any piece of equipment fails to work properly, report it to a technician or leave a message for them right away. If you postpone it for five minutes you’ll forget.
- It’s good to be first, but it’s better to be right.
Friday, June 26, 2015
(CHEHALIS, WA) -- After largely negative community response, adopting the proposed new W.F. West High School Bearcat mascot logo has been put on hold. The logo, which came about as part of a two-year long project by students at the school, was designed with the help of an alumnus with a graphics background. The uproar happened after students and staff began summer break. A letter from W.F. West High School on Thursday says, “..we don't feel like we can move forward until we have everyone back for a full discussion. The plan is to revisit the logo and gain additional input from the faithful Chehalis community in the fall.”
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
(Pasco, WA) -- Franklin PUD recently hired Holly Dohrman as the new Power Manager for the utility. Dohrman will be responsible for the management of power resource acquisitions including load forecasts and purchased power requirements.
The position provides input and oversight setting the strategic direction of the utility’s power supply and projected load growth. She will also manage power supply contracts and participate in the administration of large commercial and industrial power sales contracts.
Dohrman has a Business Administration degree from Washington State University and has worked in engineering, GIS, and formerly as the Energy Services Manager for Klickitat PUD. Most recently she has worked as the Power Manager for over four years at Klickitat. Franklin PUD extends a warm welcome to her.