Author Archives: Tom Stredwick

Wanapum Heritage Center Presents Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces

Traveling Exhibition from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian features the contributions of Native Veterans  MATTAWA, Wash. – Native Americans have served in every major U.S. military encounter from the Revolutionary War to today’s conflicts in the Middle … Continue reading

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Public Meeting on Future Grant PUD Rates is Jan. 23

Meeting 2 p.m. at Ephrata Headquarters building EPHRATA, Wash. – Grant PUD will hold a public meeting as part of its annual review of electrical rates on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. in the Commission Room at the PUD’s … Continue reading

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Recap of the Jan. 9 commission meeting

Grant PUD to hire manager for fiber network Grant PUD Commissioners learned at their first board meeting of the year Tuesday of plans in the works to hire a manager to oversee operation, enhancement and expansion of Grant PUD’s soon-High Speed Network. General Manger … Continue reading

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Grant PUD’s $77 million refinance hits budget goal, improves customer fairness

EPHRATA, Wash. – Grant PUD has refinanced $77 million in outstanding debt to reduce finance costs, help hold a planned 2018 rate-revenue increase to 2 percent, and more equitably align debt burden to the life of the assets it finances … Continue reading

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Grant PUD signs one-year ‘wheeling-charge’ agreement for Basin irrigators

Grant PUD entered into a new one-year agreement Dec. 8 with the Federal Bureau of Reclamation to transport over Grant PUD power lines electricity generated at federal dams for the local irrigation districts who use federally supplied water and power. … Continue reading

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Recap of the Dec. 12 commission meeting

Satisfaction of residential customers at a five-year high Commissioners learned Tuesday — their final commission meeting of 2017 — that 90 percent of residential customers who responded to an October phone survey reported they were satisfied or very satisfied with … Continue reading

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Grant PUD commissioners set budget for 2018

Budget advances financial targets, ensures stability for customers EPHRATA, Wash. –Grant PUD commissioners unanimously adopted a $274.3 million budget for 2018 that reflects a $33 million decrease in net expenditures from 2017. The budget anticipates a positive bottom line of … Continue reading

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‘Experience Speed’ video earns national award

By Christine Pratt Grant PUD Public Affairs Born to be wi-ii-ii-ii-ld… about Grant PUD’s High-Speed Network. Thanks to this tough bunch of bikers — all PUD employees, including Leroy Boyd, Mason Utter, Randy Weisheit, Ken Holsten, David Cranson and Raymond … Continue reading

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Approval appears close for fiber expansion, new wholesale fiber rates

Commissioners Tuesday appeared ready for a Dec. 12 vote on both their own directive to add $7 million to the 2018 budget to expand the fiber network and a staff proposal that would increase the wholesale fees the internet service … Continue reading

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Recap of the Nov. 14 commission meeting

Commissioners back continued funding for fiber build out After months of study and deliberations, receiving feedback from customers and recommendations from staff, Grant PUD’s board of commissioners came to a preliminary consensus on how to fund fiber expansion for 2018. Chief … Continue reading

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Mattawa students get a close-up look at spawning

MATTAWA — A smattering of small, bright-orange orbs lay on the dark asphalt of the Priest Rapids Hatchery spawning area like pearls suddenly set free from a broken necklace. They attracted fifth graders like a magnet. “What is that?” Asked one … Continue reading

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Past, present merge at Archaeology Days

MATTAWA — Don’t try to stare down a great-horned owl. They’re experts. Hundreds of grade school kids from all over Eastern Washington discovered that Oct. 25 when they came face-to-face with Bert, who perched calmly on the leather glove of … Continue reading

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High bills giving you the chills? Grant PUD has some tips for the season.

As winter draws near these tips will help to ease the strain on your bill EPHRATA, Wash. – Ready or not winter is coming. Even though we can’t control what the weather will bring, there are steps you can take … Continue reading

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Commission meeting recap – Oct. 24, 2017

Load Growth With the help of Grant PUD’s affordable rates and trusted reliability, the county continues to be an attractive location for business of all types. Recent expansion over a 10-year period ending in 2015, saw Grant PUD’s load grow … Continue reading

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Grant PUD and Wanapum to host archaeology days

One day will be dedicated to youth and a second day will be tailored for adults. EPHRATA, Wash. – In recognition of Archaeology Month, Grant PUD and the Wanapum invite members of the public and media to Archaeology Days 2017. … Continue reading

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Budget hearing and commission meeting recap – Oct. 12, 2017

Fiber build-out supporters flock to 2018 budget hearing The first of three public hearings on the PUD’s proposed 2018 budget drew a crowd to commissioners’ Ephrata board room Tuesday to speak out in favor of continued build-out of the fiber-optic … Continue reading

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Public Power Week – Op-Ed

Grant Public Utility District (PUD) will be celebrating Public Power Week Oct. 1-7. Public Power Week is an annual celebration throughout the nation recognizing the contribution not-for-profit electric utilities make to customers.  Grant PUD started in 1938 with a vision … Continue reading

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The City of Grand Coulee to accept Grant PUD payments for local customers.

Grant PUD’s Grand Coulee office to temporarily reduce business hours. EPHRATA, Wash. – Beginning in September and lasting through November, Grant PUD’s local Grand Coulee Office will only open on Wednesdays. The office will be open during its normal business … Continue reading

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Keep your cool this summer with these energy saving tips

Use less energy and lower monthly bills with these simple suggestions. EPHRATA, Wash. – With the heat of the summer settling into the region, making smart energy-use choices can help save energy and keep bills low. The following tips from … Continue reading

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Learn at local libraries how Grant PUD delivers power to its customers

Grant PUD will participate in North Central Regional Library’s Summer Reading Program  EPHRATA, Wash. – This July, be sure to visit your local library to learn the cool true story about how power companies like Grant PUD use the naturally-occurring … Continue reading

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Grant PUD reduces costs for voluntary purchase of alternative energy resources

Commissioners lower cost for customers wanting to purchase qualified energy attributes  EPHRATA, Wash. – Grant PUD commissioners voted Tuesday, June 27 to lower the price for customers wanting to buy qualified renewable energy resource attributes on top of their regular … Continue reading

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New transmission line enhances electric system reliability for customers

Construction slated to finish by the end of the year and begin delivering energy by 2018. EPHRATA, Wash. – Throughout the upcoming weeks, travelers on State Route 17 (SR 17) between Moses Lake and Ephrata will see crews working on … Continue reading

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May 18, 2017 Ephrata local office hours change in June

EPHRATA, Wash. – In response to changes in customer preferences, and technological advances in customer service, Grant PUD office hours will change to 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. June 1. The changes align with Grant PUD’s … Continue reading

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Grant PUD offers free, outdoor recreation opportunities along the Columbia

New boat launch at Crescent Bar, with limited parking, opens May 26 EPHRATA, Wash. – Local residents and visitors will have a number of outdoor opportunities along the Columbia River this summer recreation season. Grant PUD operates 19 recreation sites … Continue reading

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Customers to help shape direction of High Speed Network

Grant PUD requesting participation through online and phone surveys EPHRATA, Wash. – Grant County residents have an opportunity to help shape possible expansion of Grant PUD’s High Speed Fiber Optic Network. On the heels of focus groups and public outreach … Continue reading

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Customer opportunity to weigh in on future of Fiber Optic Network

Grant PUD plans two public meetings to comment on scenarios for potential expansion to unserved areas  EPHRATA, Wash. – Grant PUD is hosting two public meetings in April to provide customers an opportunity to learn and comment on possible expansion … Continue reading

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03/28/17 Grant PUD commissioners set electric prices for 2017

Typical residential bill to increase $1.41 a month. EPHRATA, Wash. – Grant PUD Commissioners at their March 28th business meeting, adopted 2017 retail electric price increases across all customer classifications. The adopted 2017 budget called for price increases designed to … Continue reading

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Public meetings planned on future Grant PUD electric prices

Pair of meetings set for March 6 EPHRATA, Wash. – Grant PUD will hold two public meetings on Monday, March 6 to present projections for future electric prices. The first meeting is at 2 p.m. in the Grant PUD Ephrata … Continue reading

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Power restored to all customers in Soap Lake, Quincy and Ephrata communities

Power crews restore all customers following outage that affected 8,000 customers EPHRATA, Wash. – Grant PUD crews working throughout the night and through the morning have restored power to all customers affected by an outage that began at 7 p.m. … Continue reading

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Feb. 16: Large outage impacts customers in Soap Lake, Quincy and Ephrata Communities

Large outage impacts customers in Soap Lake, Quincy and Ephrata Communities Portions of Ephrata still without power as crews work through the night and morning. EPHRATA, Wash. – At approximately 7 p.m. Feb. 15 customers in Soap Lake, Ephrata and … Continue reading

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