Author Archives: Tom Stredwick

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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Chief Moses students and Grant PUD employees team up to help needy families

MOSES LAKE, Wash. – Students in the Chief Moses Middle School leadership class wanted to do something to help their classmates’ families in need this Thanksgiving. So the class decided that they would reach out to their classmates, teachers and … Continue reading

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Grant PUD Recognizes Nov. 16 as Utilities United Against Scams Day

EPHRATA, Wash. – Grant PUD will join more than 80 other utilities in the United States to observe the inaugural Utilities United Against Scams Day (UUASD) on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, to raise awareness about utility scams. Most utility scams … Continue reading

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Grant PUD commissioners set budget for 2017

Commission to review price increases early next year EPHRATA, Wash. – Grant PUD Commissioners adopted a $307.3 million budget for 2017 during their meeting on Nov. 8. The budget gives an outline of funding so Grant PUD’s 47,000 customers will … Continue reading

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Temporary Columbia River closures planned above Vernita Bridge for Sept. 28 and 29 and Oct. 3 and 4

A portion of the Columbia River above Vernita Bridge will be temporarily closed to boating traffic on Sept. 28 and 29 and Oct. 3 and 4 while a contractor for Grant PUD performs maintenance to power lines that cross over … Continue reading

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Grant PUD and Wanapum to host Archaeology Days on Oct. 5 and 6

Grant PUD and Wanapum to host Archaeology Day on Oct. 5 and 6 In recognition of Archaeology Month, Grant PUD and the Wanapum invite members of the public and media to Archaeology Days 2016 on Wednesday, Oct. 5 and Thursday, … Continue reading

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Learn about Public Power in Grant County during Oct. 3 presentation

Grant PUD will be celebrating Public Power Week with a presentation for the public about the formation of Grant PUD on Monday, Oct. 3, in the Grant PUD Commission Room at 30 C St. SW in Ephrata at 6 p.m. … Continue reading

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Grant PUD to hold open house at Crescent Bar on Sept. 9

Grant PUD to hold open house at Crescent Bar on Sept. 9 Crescent Bar’s past, present and future will be celebrated during a special public open house on Friday, Sept. 9 from 4 to 7 p.m., at Crescent Bar Island … Continue reading

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Grant PUD’s dam tour video recognized with National Hydro Association award

The National Hydro Association recently presented its Outstanding Stewards of America’s Waters Award to Grant PUD for its video tour of Wanapum Dam. The NHA stated that Grant PUD received the award for its educational value. “Grant County PUD crafted … Continue reading

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Fifth-grade students learn at Solar Car Races & Energy Fair

Fifth-grade students from schools in Moses Lake, Ephrata, Quincy, Coulee City and Warden learned about renewable energy as they participated with in the annual Solar Car Races & Energy Fair held on May 25 and 26 at Big Bend Community … Continue reading

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Hydropower STEM Career Academy in June at Rocky Reach Dam

Students who will be entering grades 9 through 12 are invited to register for a week of fun and learning June 20 to 24 at the FWEE Hydropower and STEM Career Academy at Rocky Reach Dam. The academy, which is … Continue reading

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March 3, 2016 Grant County PUD and Sheriff urge locals to report suspicious activity

Grant County PUD and Sheriff urge locals to report suspicious activity Grant PUD and the Grant County Sheriff’s Office remind residents to report suspicious activity related to electric system facilities immediately EPHRATA, Wash. – Grant PUD’s main objective is to … Continue reading

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02/09/16 Grant PUD Commissioners welcome Nordt as new general manager

EPHRATA, Wash.— Grant PUD Commissioners announced the appointment of former Chief Financial Officer Kevin Nordt as the new general manager effective June 3, 2016 during their normal business meeting today. Nordt joined Grant PUD in 2004 and brings more than … Continue reading

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No ifs, ands or nuts – squirrels are a growing cause of Grant PUD outages

By Laine Barth, Grant PUD intern That cute, little squirrel running around the neighborhood might seem harmless, but increasingly these invasive animals are the cause of two mayor annoyances in Grant County, power and fiber-optic outages. Squirrels love to gnaw … Continue reading

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Grant PUD announces potential leadership changes

January 12, 2016  Grant PUD announces potential leadership changes General manager outlines transition plan for new leader EPHRATA, Wash.— On January 12, Tony Webb announced a succession plan to Grant PUD commissioners which outlines his transition out of the General … Continue reading

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Grant PUD wireless network expands to two locations

Network service now available to more than 400 customers EPHRATA, Wash.— Customers in the McConihe Flats area northwest of Moses Lake near Highway 17 and near Priest Rapids Dam can now subscribe to Grant PUD’s High Speed Wireless Network. Customers … Continue reading

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Commissioner Larry Schaapman recognized as WPUDA Good Samaritan

For action preventing spread of July 5 wildfire EPHRATA, Wash.— Grant PUD Commissioner Larry Schaapman, of Quincy, was presented on Dec. 3 the Washington PUD Association’s Good Samaritan Award for his actions in helping to prevent the spread of a … Continue reading

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Grant PUD commissioners set budget and electric prices for 2016

Average residential bill to increase $1.50 a month EPHRATA, Wash. – Grant PUD Commissioners have adopted a $257.5 million budget and also set electric prices for all customer groups in 2016. The 2016 budget, adopted on Nov. 10, allows Grant … Continue reading

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New Grant PUD visitor center to open Dec. 1

Grand opening for facility, located near Wanapum Dam, is Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. BEVERLY, Wash. — The grand opening for The Power of the Columbia River, Grant PUD’s new visitor center is Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. Following … Continue reading

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Three PUD employees remain at Harborview Medical Center

October 12, 2015 Three PUD employees remain at Harborview Medical Center EPHRATA, Wash. —   Three employees remain at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle following last week’s accident at Grant PUD’s Priest Rapids Dam which hospitalized six power-plant electricians and operators. … Continue reading

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Support Fund Established at Granco Credit Union

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 9, 2015 Support Fund Established at Granco Credit Union EPHRATA, Wash. —   A support fund has been established at Granco in Ephrata, Washington for injured employees and their families resulting from recent events at Priest Rapids … Continue reading

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Update on Priest Rapids Dam Electrical Equipment Failure

EPHRATA, Wash. —   On Thursday Oct. 8, an electrical equipment failure was reported in the powerhouse at Grant PUD’s Priest Rapids Dam. As a result of the equipment failure, six employees sustained various levels of injury. As of 8 a.m. … Continue reading

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Employees injured during explosion at Priest Rapids Dam

October 8, 2015 EPHRATA, Wash. —  (Updated with new information at 7:00 p.m.) At approximately 4:15 p.m. today an explosion was reported at Priest Rapids Dam along the Columbia River. At this point there are six confirmed employees with various … Continue reading

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