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Powering the Community April 25th, 2018 by Victoria Hampton

Electric utility jobs fuel local economies and the nation Electric utilities offer much more to their communities than instant gratification at the flip of a switch. Aside from supplying the lifeblood of our nation—electricity—the industry provides an asset crucial to...


Fishing for Lifelong Memories April 25th, 2018 by Curtis Condon

Most people have vivid memories of their first fishing trip. I remember mine, even its first moments: up before dawn, a cold truck cab, and the acrid smell of a struck match and a lit Camel filling the cab as...


Staying On Track April 25th, 2018 by David LaBelle

Few things capture our imagination and connect us to the past the way the iron horses of yesteryear can. These 19th century machines trigger deep memories—either good or bad, depending on our relationship to them. For most, trains represent freedom,...


Mom’s the Word April 25th, 2018 by Brandon Pomrenke

We asked readers to share photos that show what motherhood means to them. Here are the results. Anna Jarvis organized the first Mother’s Day celebrations in 1908—the same year she petitioned the U.S. Congress to make it an official holiday....


4,000 Volts, a Dying Man, and The Kiss of Life April 6th, 2018 by Ethan E. Rocke

This April, many Americans will join energy cooperatives and utilities across the U.S. in celebrating National Lineworker Appreciation Day. Roughly 116,650 lineworkers work around the clock to keep 325 million Americans connected to energy, and there is perhaps no better...


A Second Chance at Life March 25th, 2018 by Lori Russell

Son repays his mother with the gift of a liver transplant In 2012, Chris Cooke—now of Prosser, Washington—restored life to the woman who gave him his. His mother, Liz Cooke, was in liver failure and needed a transplant. He was...


Spectator or Participant? Think Longer and Closer March 25th, 2018 by David LaBelle

Waiting a half second or taking one step closer might seem like a simple thing, but it can be the difference between static, lifeless pictures that leave viewers feeling like invested participants rather than distant spectators. Much of photography is...


Finding ‘Kidney Twins’ and Saving Lives March 25th, 2018 by Chelsea Glanz

For Kristie Lemmon, the lifesaving work of the nonprofit she runs is personal. Kristie, who lost both of her parents to kidney failure and is a kidney donor, is executive director of the Alaska Kidney Patients Association. Since 1999, the...


From High Desert to High Winter Fashion February 25th, 2018 by Kathy Ursprung

Imperial Stock Ranch provides warmth and style for Winter Olympians The 2018 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams were warmed by a little bit of Wasco County, Oregon, sunshine during their stay in chilly PyeongChang, South Korea, for the 23rd Winter...


Spring is Prime Bird-Watching Season February 25th, 2018 by Curtis Condon

The American West is famous for its picturesque scenery and wide-open spaces, but it is also one of the best places in the country to view birds—lots of them. More than three-quarters of the 900-plus species of birds in North...