Hudson’s Bay — Clark Public Utilities earned the 2018 Tom Hougan Award for the best overall communication effort at the Northwest Public Power Association’s Northwest Communications & Energy Innovations conference Sept. 18 in Idaho.
Despite its towering presence near the southeast corner of Esther Short Park, the Salmon Run Bell Tower is a bit of a mystery to the park’s many visitors. But like the native legend the tower’s glockenspiel relates, the story of its creation exists in the memories of those who were involved in its development more than 16 years ago.
When I was a child, our family spent two weeks of summer at Rice Lake, Ontario, Canada. Along with about four other families from our neighborhood, we rented cottages without electricity or running water. Each had two tiny bedrooms, a table and four chairs, and a wood stove used for cooking and warmth (what there was of it.) An outhouse was set a tolerable distance from the cottages. After dark, we used lanterns to light the cottages and flashlights to visit neighbors or the outhouse. Water was secured by taking a bucket to a well and using a hand pump.