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THE NAPA GROUP — As more arms get vaccinated and society creaks open its doors to a semblance of normalcy, workers and organizations are considering how, when and if they should return to their shuttered offices and classrooms. Read more

In this month’s issue of Western Energy, I interview Northwest Power and Conservation Council Chair Jennifer Anders and Clark Public Utilities CEO Lena Wittler on the Northwest’s changing energy landscape. See the latest issue here.

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Nokes wrote a feature on golf entrepreneur Brett Allen for Golf Today Northwest Read more

PORTLAND FAMILY – The Northwest Children’s Theater & School (NWCT) is putting its own stamp on a venerable classic: Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book,” which opens January 31 and runs through March 1. Read more

One Local Young Lady Lights Up OBT’s “The Nutcracker”

Portland Family – December 2014

Eleven-year-old Zaida Johnson knows all about pressure and poise. Last September, Zaida (pronounced “Zay-da”) gathered with her School of Oregon Ballet Theatre classmates to audition for the plum parts in George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker,” to be performed December 13–27 at Portland’s Keller Auditorium. Read more

Every weekend between Thanksgiving and Christmas, you’ll find Santa at McMenamins

PORTLAND FAMILY MAGAZINE — I’ll let you in on a little secret: Santa has a hideaway in Astoria. It’s true. He called me from his coastal home, taking a break from polishing his boots and petting his reindeer to preview his upcoming Christmas season activities — notably his upcoming appearances at the popular McMenamins’ Breakfast with Santa events, November 29–December 21. Read more

PORTLAND FAMILY – Growing up, life presents so many twists and turns that can derail a teenager’s path. That’s why an adult’s guidance is critical — having someone to help a teen develop a moral code that will keep them from making poor decisions.

But what if that person is suddenly taken away?

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AUGUST 2014 — Written for IEE Smart Grid Newsletter by Vickie A. VanZandt and Deston Nokes

The Western Interconnection Synchrophasor Program (WISP), the largest of the Smart Grid Investment Grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy in the Electric Transmission category, deployed massive synchrophasor system infrastructure to improve bulk electric system reliability.

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PORTLAND FAMILY — We’ve seen the ads: from pills that bestow the libido of a jack rabbit, to television spots shaming you into wondering if you have low testosterone, there’s clearly a pharmaceutical industry–driven campaign to get men thinking about their vitality. Read more