Chelan PUD GM Discusses Looming Budget Challenges

Chelan County PUD General Manager discusses budget for 2018 and fiber-optic expansion.


WENATCHEE, WA- Chelan County PUD General Manager, Steve Wright sat down with NCWLIFE News Director, Steve Hair earlier this week. Wright addressed several issues including the District’s budget for next year and how the District is planning for possible revenue shortfalls in the future.

He also discussed the status of the District’s digital technology including expansion of the fiber-optic network and the plans for adding Smart Metering in the future. Wright also addresses the ongoing negotiations with Canada over the Columbia River Treaty.

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Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.