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Ruralite Ruralite Magazine and Currents are read by nearly 400,000 households in the Western US, Alaska, Arizona and Kauaii, Hawaii. Each issue is a collaborative effort between the Ruralite staff and writers and communicators at each utility we serve.
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Mission: Our goal is to provide sound, well-researched information about the electric utility industry, personal energy use, and emerging trends in the energy world in an entertaining format readers can appreciate.

Blachly-Lane Electric Co-op
11/18/2019

Blachly-Lane Electric Co-op

Did you find your 2020 calendar in the center of your November Ruralite issue? Be sure to note the December photo submitted by our member, Jinger Rush, overlooking Fern Ridge Reservoir.#WeAppreciateOurMembers #2020

🤶 To succeed as Mrs. Claus in a world of more than 10,000 competitors, Pam Sattler knows she needs to stand out. https:/...
11/12/2019
Santa’s Authentic Helper

🤶 To succeed as Mrs. Claus in a world of more than 10,000 competitors, Pam Sattler knows she needs to stand out. https://buff.ly/2JmPeBy

#Christmas #Holidays

Kids of all ages hear from Old Saint Nick with the help of a North Pole business

Today we celebrate those who have answered the call to serve. #ThankYou #Veterans We salute you.
11/11/2019

Today we celebrate those who have answered the call to serve. #ThankYou #Veterans We salute you.

11/06/2019
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The latest installment in our rural health series spotlights community care coordinators who work with vulnerable populations to reduce barriers to health and wellness. Thanks to the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust for making this important reporting possible. http://bit.ly/2JVRUGl

10/31/2019
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In the Pacific Northwest, community care coordinators work with housing-challenged individuals and serve vulnerable populations by reducing barriers to health and wellness. Read the full story about this innovative health care approach. http://bit.ly/2N1GKSz

Community Care Coordinators prepare Thanksgiving meal bags and winter clothes for their vulnerable patients and those li...
10/31/2019

Community Care Coordinators prepare Thanksgiving meal bags and winter clothes for their vulnerable patients and those living at the local homeless shelter. (PHOTOGRAPH BY MCMC)

As a community care coordinator at Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles, Oregon, Blanca Flores serves vulnerable po...
10/31/2019

As a community care coordinator at Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles, Oregon, Blanca Flores serves vulnerable populations by reducing barriers to health and wellness. Amanda, right, is one of her patients.
PHOTO BY ETHAN E. ROCKE

Blachly-Lane Electric Co-op
10/29/2019
Blachly-Lane Electric Co-op

Blachly-Lane Electric Co-op

Did you catch the story on our fantastic employee Lyndee Jacobsen in the last Ruralite? She loves her quarter horse, Cole, her Australian shepherd, Oscar, and serving our consumers, so she fits right in around here!

From weigh-offs to regattas and exhilarating explosions, giant pumpkins brighten the season. Check out our story about t...
10/10/2019
A Growing Passion

From weigh-offs to regattas and exhilarating explosions, giant pumpkins brighten the season. Check out our story about this Idaho pumpkin grower and his heavyweight competition.

In Southern Idaho, giant pumpkin grower seeks heavyweight competition

Cliff’s deep orange Atlantic Giant pumpkin from 2018 weighed 763 pounds, heavy enough to place 10th at the Utah Giant Pu...
09/30/2019

Cliff’s deep orange Atlantic Giant pumpkin from 2018 weighed 763 pounds, heavy enough to place 10th at the Utah Giant Pumpkin Growers’ weigh-off.

A giant-pumpkin-turned-pirate ship was among the entries at the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta in Tualatin, Oregon, la...
09/30/2019

A giant-pumpkin-turned-pirate ship was among the entries at the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta in Tualatin, Oregon, last year. The Pacific Giant Vegetable Growers support this funfilled event, which takes place Oct. 19.
PHOTO BY SCOTT MARX

09/11/2019
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On 9/11, communities all over the United States hold special events and services to commemorate this solemn occasion. The US flag should be displayed at half-staff wherever it flies. Today, we remember and honor those who perished, and we stand united against hate.

09/04/2019
It Takes a Village

With the nearest hospital a plane ride away from their remote village just south of the Arctic Circle, the Iñupiaq people of Buckland, Alaska, rely on a unique health care model to meet the needs of their community. Read the full story: http://bit.ly/2PlPE0x

Happy Labor Day! How are you spending your holiday? #LaborDay2019
09/02/2019

Happy Labor Day! How are you spending your holiday? #LaborDay2019

Kristin Ballot is distracted by her mother’s ID badge during the exam. Karen is also a CHAP at the clinic. Treating frie...
08/30/2019

Kristin Ballot is distracted by her mother’s ID badge during the exam. Karen is also a CHAP at the clinic. Treating friends and family is common.

Karen Ballot comforts her daughter, Kristin, while going over Kristin’s symptoms during a visit with Community Health Ai...
08/30/2019

Karen Ballot comforts her daughter, Kristin, while going over Kristin’s symptoms during a visit with Community Health Aide Janice Lee in Buckland, Alaska.
Photo by Mike Teegarden

With hunting seasons already open in some areas or fast approaching in others, here are six things you can do to improve...
08/28/2019
Preparation and Practice Equal Results

With hunting seasons already open in some areas or fast approaching in others, here are six things you can do to improve your odds whether hunting with a bow, rifle or black powder. #hunting http://bit.ly/2YBySxy

What you do before the hunt can be just as important—if not more important—than what you do the day of the hunt. That’s because preparation and practice are keys for success. With hunting seasons already open in some areas or fast approaching in others, here are six things you can do to improv...

Life looks different from the air, and looking down is often the only way to see what’s really up. This month David LaBe...
08/21/2019
The Buzz About Drones

Life looks different from the air, and looking down is often the only way to see what’s really up. This month David LaBelle talks drone photography. #drones http://bit.ly/2MrBDeE

Life looks different from the air than from the ground—and often looking down is the only way to see what’s really up. As a newspaper photographer, there were numerous times I ached to get high above a scene to capture a better, more complete picture. Unless I could hitch a ride on a helicopter....

We're excited to share the winners of the 2020 Ruralite Calendar photo contest today! 📸 Which is your favorite?
08/14/2019

We're excited to share the winners of the 2020 Ruralite Calendar photo contest today! 📸 Which is your favorite?

The 2020 Ruralite calendar photo contest was a doozy! With so many wonderful photos submitted, we had to make some hard choices. Enjoy the diversity of landscape, wildlife and color presented in this year’s calendar.

People have used horses to assist in physical, mental health and other therapy for decades. But in recent years, equine-...
08/14/2019
Horse Therapy Helps Patients Heal

People have used horses to assist in physical, mental health and other therapy for decades. But in recent years, equine-assisted therapy—the use of horseback riding as a therapeutic or rehabilitative treatment—has flourished. http://bit.ly/2Ywh6vM

Life had never been exceptionally easy for Maddie Engles. Born with a mild case of cerebral palsy, she quickly learned to adapt to the physical challenges her condition presented. But in the summer before Maddie’s senior year of high school, one of her best friends died by suicide. In the nine mon...

08/09/2019
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Calling all bibliophiles! Let’s talk books for National Book Lovers Day. Comment or post a pic of your favorite book or literary passage. Hit share to spread the conversation. #NationalBookLoversDay #books #bookstagram

Rural American fashion has come a long way since Wells Fargo wagons or well-thumbed mail-order catalogs. With small-town...
08/07/2019
A Rural Fashion Statement

Rural American fashion has come a long way since Wells Fargo wagons or well-thumbed mail-order catalogs. With small-town niche boutiques and endless online options, fashion fans in rural communities can get just about anything. http://bit.ly/2MAumJB

Distance-challenged consumers go online for forward-thinking yet functional styles Rural American fashion has come a long way from the anticipated arrival of Wells Fargo wagons or well-thumbed mail-order catalogs. With small-town niche boutiques and almost limitless online options, far-flung fashion...

08/07/2019

August 7 is Purple Heart Day. Today we honor all the brave men and women who have given their lives or been wounded while serving. #PurpleHeartDay

The Leavitts—from left, Phoebe, Lucy, Tyson, Annie, Rodney and Abigail—love their rural life in Nevada, despite the chal...
07/31/2019

The Leavitts—from left, Phoebe, Lucy, Tyson, Annie, Rodney and Abigail—love their rural life in Nevada, despite the challenge of being so far removed from shopping. They depend on online options.Photo by Reyanna Jarrel/Rey of Light Photography

Maddie Engles benefited from equine-assisted therapy at Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center in Bend, Oregon, where s...
07/31/2019

Maddie Engles benefited from equine-assisted therapy at Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center in Bend, Oregon, where she now volunteers.
PHOTO BY ETHAN E. ROCKE

“Challenge yourself to do more than make a lifeless document that says you were there.” 📸 Take risks with these parade p...
07/18/2019
Salute to Parades!

“Challenge yourself to do more than make a lifeless document that says you were there.” 📸 Take risks with these parade photo tips from David LaBelle. http://bit.ly/2XATi5e

“Where are the floats and the marching bands?” the editor asked the newspaper photographer. “Readers expect to see a grand view of the parade.” The photographer had documented the parade for years. This time he ignored the predictable overall picture of the parade and instead focused on prep...

07/15/2019

From 1999 to 2017, the number of Americans killed by opioid overdoses increased nearly 600 percent, from 8,048 deaths annually to 47,600. In the latest installment of our rural health care series, survivors shine light on a national crisis. Read more at http://bit.ly/31YP7nn

Ready to soak up some sun and enjoy the outdoors? ☀ From power lines to power tools, stay safe this summer with these el...
07/10/2019
Stay Clear of Electrical Hazards

Ready to soak up some sun and enjoy the outdoors? ☀ From power lines to power tools, stay safe this summer with these electrical safety tips. http://ow.ly/cjaD50uXMh4

Whether at work or play, be aware of electrical safety risks when outdoors Warm summer weather draws people outside. Whether taking a dip in a pool, boating, playing outdoors, planting flowers or tackling home improvement projects, it is important to remember you are surrounded by electricity. Pract...

"You could say cows are sacred in Tillamook County" 🐄 Happy #CowAppreciationDay!  http://bit.ly/2YSqJ4E
07/09/2019

"You could say cows are sacred in Tillamook County" 🐄 Happy #CowAppreciationDay!
http://bit.ly/2YSqJ4E

07/04/2019
Independence Day 2019

In 1776, the United States unanimously declared “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Happy birthday, America! #independenceday #4thofJuly

07/04/2019

From 1999 to 2017, the number of Americans killed by opioid overdoses increased nearly 600 percent, from 8,048 deaths annually to 47,600. In the latest installment of our rural health care series, survivors shine light on a national crisis. Read more at http://bit.ly/31YP7nn

Survivors shine a light on the opioid epidemic.
06/28/2019

Survivors shine a light on the opioid epidemic.

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06/28/2019

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The approach of summer has many gardeners turning their attention to planting plans. If your goal is energy efficiency, ...
06/26/2019
Landscaping for Energy Efficiency

The approach of summer has many gardeners turning their attention to planting plans. If your goal is energy efficiency, landscaping can not only beautify your home, but help you control energy costs for years to come. http://ow.ly/EFL050uEghD

Proper plants in the right locations can save money for years to come The approach of summer has many gardeners turning their attention to planting plans. If your goal is energy efficiency, landscaping can not only beautify your home, but help you control future energy costs for years to come. Accor...

"Think of light as a glaze carefully applied to a ceramic piece to enhance its color and shape—just as morning light cra...
06/19/2019
Painting With Light

"Think of light as a glaze carefully applied to a ceramic piece to enhance its color and shape—just as morning light crawls across an awakening valley, painting trees, rocks and grasses in fine gold." http://ow.ly/vbM850uEgbo

Ever thought about light as a beautiful, God-given paint to be gently applied to your pictures? We can learn much about light by standing quietly and watching nature’s artistry. Think of light as a glaze carefully applied to a ceramic piece to enhance its color and shape—just as morning light cr...

Happy Father’s Day! #dads #heroes #fathersday
06/16/2019

Happy Father’s Day! #dads #heroes #fathersday

06/14/2019

On June 14, 1777, Congress established an official U.S. flag. The U.S. Army—established by Congress June 14, 1775—shares its birthday with the flag. The Army motto, “This We’ll Defend,” signifies the Army’s constant readiness to defend and preserve the United States. #FlagDay

When an economic downturn threatened its solvency, this medical clinic reinvented its care model to meet the needs of it...
06/14/2019
An Idaho Town’s Little Clinic That Could

When an economic downturn threatened its solvency, this medical clinic reinvented its care model to meet the needs of its community. Check out the inspiring story. http://ow.ly/HdRt50uEfUx

In early 2014, when the global commodities market softened, the tiny central Idaho town of Challis braced for massive layoffs at the local mine. As the largest employer in the area, the mine provided health insurance for about 400 of the town’s 1,000 residents. Kate Taylor, executive director of t...

If you've got a green thumb but lack the space outside, an indoor herb garden might be the perfect option for you. All i...
06/05/2019
A Tasty Reward

If you've got a green thumb but lack the space outside, an indoor herb garden might be the perfect option for you. All it takes is a countertop or small section of wall to get started. http://ow.ly/XE9x50uwUj0

Turn your kitchen into an herb garden Large, sprawling gardens may be a great home for a plethora of tasty greens, savory root vegetables and myriad herbs, but what if large unused space is difficult to come by? For those lacking the outdoor space but not the drive to grow, an indoor herb garden mig...

Photo credit Brandon Pomrenke.
05/31/2019

Photo credit Brandon Pomrenke.

PHOTO BY BRANDON POMRENKE
05/31/2019

PHOTO BY BRANDON POMRENKE

"Electricity can be an invisible killer." ⚡ Pam Blair shares invaluable electrical safety tips that could save your life...
05/29/2019
Look Up! Be Safe Around Electricity

"Electricity can be an invisible killer." ⚡ Pam Blair shares invaluable electrical safety tips that could save your life in a potentially deadly scenario. #electricalsafetymonth http://ow.ly/CGHB50tXbYB

Never take for granted the location of power lines—and always stay clear of people or objects who are in contact with electricity When electricity comes into contact with a person or something he or she is touching, the results can be deadly. On March 10, 2019, baseball coach Corey Crum and his wi...

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