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HERMISTON — Two Umatilla Electric Cooperative linemen answered the co-op’s farthest call-out yet when they volunteered with the Oregon Empowers Foundation in March to bring power for the first time to a rural village in Guatemala.

Matt Ellis and Travis Deming joined seven other Oregon linemen, a project engineer and three translators on the 3,500-mile trip to the village of Ventura near Jalapa in the mountainous southeastern part of the country.

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