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January 31, 1980

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6 The Sun, Thursday, January 31, 1980 m III To 150,000 Customers... Thanks a Million At one time during the January, 1980 ice and snow storm, there were up to 150,000 PGE customers without electricity. You didn't have to look very far to know what caused it all. Limbs ,\\ ! draped over power and tele- \) phone lines; trees toppled through lines; and thick, heavy layers of ice on ev- erything, causing lines to sag steeply and sending poles and transformers crashing to the ground. This January's storm was. 50 percent worse than the January, 1979 storm, because this time, deep snow, in some areas, (especially East Muhnomah County) isolated many custom- ers. If you didn't see our newspaper ad- vertisements that ran earlier this month thanking customers for your patience and understanding--once again, from all of us at PGE---thanks a million--January was vicious again--all of you were great again. First Trainload of Coal Arrives at Boardman Plant With the Boardman coal-fired generating plant due to start producing 530,000 kilowatts of electricity come August, this year, the first trainload of coal--some 10,000 tons of it---arrived at the Boardman coal plant January 12. This is the first of an estimated 2,400 such shipments that will carry coal to the plant over the next 20 years. These unit-trains arrive at the plant approx- imately every 3 to 5 days and are composed of 100 newlcars which travel 1,200 miles from the mines near Gillette, Wyoming. Upon arrival at the plant, the trains pass through an unloading device that clamps each car, turns it 170 degrees, dumps the coal and returns the car to an upright posi- tion in about 21A minutes. A special device, called a rotary coupler, allows the cars to be dumped without having to be uncoupled during the unloading process. In the Wake of the Storm Prune With Prudence How discouraging it is to see your favor- ...... ite elm or maple or i flowering pink dog- wood standing there in the yard or park- ing strip (perhaps not standing there any- more) with limbs cracked and shat- tered by the snow and ice of the January storm. But you know that something must be done soon in the way of pruning and trimming. When you spruce up, PLEASE BE CAREFUL. Don't use metal ladders, metal-handled pole saws or pruners, or any other metal tools, if the tree is near power lines. If your tools come in contact with an energized line you become part of the cir- cuit- and you can be seriously injured or even killed. PGE has published a tree brochure which describes safe and correct pruning and trimming techniques as well as listing trees that are suitable for planting in our service area. If you would like one, write "Trees," PGE, 121 S.W Salmon St., Portland, OR 97204. Home Weatherization Inspec- tions Now Being Scheduled for Electric Heat Customers The first step for the owner of an electri- cally heated residence, must do to take ad- vantage of PGE's deferred payment-no interest weatherization program, is to have a PGE inspector do a weatherization audit of the home and recommend those conser- vation measures that would reduce heating energy use. Because of the heavy demand, it may take two months or more to have storm windows or insulation installed in your home, but PGE is doing home inspections in most of our service area in less than three weeks. You may call your nearest PGE office to schedule your inspection. "Take Five," Save Much Energy The Oregon Department of Energy, in cooperation with utilities and fuel suppliers, has recently published a folder, titled "Take Five" that lists five easy, low cost, do-it-yourself steps to conserve and cut home heating bills. All PGE offices have quantities on hand and they are free for the asking. Or you can write "Take Five," PGE, 121 S.W. Salmon St., Portland, OR 97204. Thought for the Day "Every man has a right to his opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts." Bernard M. Baruch Fbrtland General Electric rJm I -- I ALPENROSE COTTEGE COUNTRY FAIR PINT SAVE 1 8c II | NALLEYS TAKE AD SPECIALS. AL THE STORE WIT 320Z SAVE 46c FRESH NEW CROP 3 FALV R FLAV R pAI pl NAVEL ._FRESH CRISP HEADS II GOLDEN RIP DOLE RU BY RED FOR LI FOR US NO2 20LB BAGS FOR 19 FOR FOR CORNET FACIAL 200 2 ply SAVE 17' I IIU I BUMBLE BEE LITE II W ATER PACK SAVE 23 RAGUE SPAGETTI 151/2 OZ REG, MEAT, HORMEL MUSH, REG 95 CHUNG KING 7OZ CAN VAN CAMP t CHUNG KING 7.75 GE LIGHT SO BETTY CROCKER cAKE 1 8 0Z ,L