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By Lou Marzeles
Editor 

City gets update on KPUD, slammed on Festival of Wheels cancellation

 


The Goldendale City Council meeting Monday night featured an optimistic overview of the KPUD from Commissioner Dan Gunkel and a frustrated venting about the collapse of Festival of Wheels from Terry Campbell of Carquest.

Gunkel appeared with KPUD General Manager Jim Smith, though Gunkel did almost all the talking. He delivered a big-picture presentation of the economic health of the utility, describing it as strong even in the face of continual rate hikes from the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), the recession and its impact on overall KPUD budgeting and staffing, and two lawsuits from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) accusing it of negligence in the starting of two differe...



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