Skamania County is served by two major east-west highways;
State Highway 14 along the northern bank of the Columbia River and Interstate
84 along the southern bank in the State of Oregon. The Hood River Bridge, the
Bridge of the Gods (two miles west of Stevenson) and Interstate 205 link the two
highways. State Highway 14 also links Skamania County with the tri-cities in eastern
Washington and the Yakima Valley in central Washington. The distance from mid-Skamania
County to Interstate 5, which runs north-south from Canada to Mexico is approximately
45 miles west.
Burlington Northern Railroad provides freight service
in Skamania County. Industrial team track and reload facilities for the Union
Pacific Railroad are located in Cascade Locks, Oregon less than 15 miles from
most industrial property in the County.
Portland International Airport, serving fourteen major commercial air carriers,
three regional airlines and 18 all-cargo carriers, is located less
than 45 minutes from most of Skamania County. There are a total of 44 gates to accommodate scheduled passenger
air carriers serving the region. Cargo carriers are based at modern facilities
surrounding the terminal building.
Skamania County is located within one hour of two full-service
international ports; the Port of Vancouver, Washington and the Port of Portland,
Oregon. The ports are located on the Columbia River’s deep draft channel.
The shipping channel is maintained at a minimum depth of 40 feet. The marine terminal
of each Port is capable of handling diverse cargoes including bulk concentrates,
wood products, agricultural commodities, steel and containers. A full complement
of freight forwarders, custom brokers and container-stuffing operations are located
in the metropolitan area.
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Electrical costs in Skamania County are among the
lowest in the United States. Skamania County Public Utility District #1 serves
residential, commercial and industrial power consumers in Skamania County.
The utility’s status as a public utility district and a preference
customer of the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) provides for a virtually
unlimited supply of low cost hydroelectric power. In the event of a shortage,
the utility will be supplied out of the federally-based resource system.
In return, the utility district must make efficient use of its electric
power through conservation and use of renewable resources.
Most of Skamania County receives telecommunications
service from CenturyLink (formerly Embarq & Sprint-United Telephone Northwest). The entire County is served
with advanced, digital switching, which allows for a broad range of business
products and services such as digital PBX and key systems, wireless key
systems and centrex services as well as high speed private line data transmission,
video conferencing and LAN installation and management.
The City of Stevenson has fiber optic throughout
the downtown, which is owned and operated by local internet service provider, SawNet. SawNet was the first provider in Skamania County, starting in 1995, and now provides wireless service to most of the County.
The City of Stevenson also sponsors free Wi-Fi access to anyone visiting the
city. The EDC continues to work with the County, Cities and the Port of
Skamania County to provide fiber optic and satellite service through the Northwest Open Access Network (NoaNet). This ongoing project will bring
economical access to high-speed telecommunications to the County and create
new opportunities for education, social and health services and economic
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Two natural gas suppliers serve Skamania County.
Northwest Natural Gas serves the community of Carson and the city of North
Bonneville. Avista (formerly the Washington Water Power Company) serves the City of Stevenson.
Northwest Natural Gas obtains 50 percent of its
supply from Canada with the remainder provided by domestic sources. Washington
Water Power obtains its supply from Canada through Northwest Pipeline and
Pacific Gas Transmission.
In 2003, Residential Gas Bills in Skamania County
averaged $89.00 per usage of 100 therms/month (excludes state and/or local
taxes). This is considerably lower than major Northwest cities.
In 2003, Industrial Gas Bills in Skamania County
average $1720.00 per usage of 2000 therms/month (excludes state and/or local
taxes). This compares favorably to major Northwest cities.
Source: Northwest Natural Gas
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