It was a year to remember. I mean 1948, 65 years ago. That was the year of the great Columbia River flood.
And the year the Chelan PUD got into business, buying the system from Puget Power. It was the year of crisis in Europe, when Russia blockaded Berlin and the U.S. supplied it by air for almost a year.
Brownouts plagued the Northwest because of a power shortage even as private power opposed adding more federal power at Foster Creek (Chief Joseph) Dam. And a study was announced to divert Columbia River water south to California.
The Columbia Basin Project was almost ready to deliver water, and my father had a 30th reunion with Billy Clapp of the first article proposing the project.
What a year!