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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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New Wanapum Heritage Center to open on Oct. 15

Grand opening for facility, located near Priest Rapids Dam, is Oct. 15 at 10 a.m.  MATTAWA, Wash.— The grand opening for the new Wanapum Heritage Center, located near Priest Rapids Dam, is Thursday, Oct. 15 at 10 a.m. Following a … Continue reading

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Grant PUD wireless network expands southeast of Moses Lake

Grant PUD wireless network expands southeast of Moses Lake Expansion will serve more than 350 customers EPHRATA, Wash.— More than 350 customers in a three-mile radius southeast of Moses Lake near I-90 and Highway 17 can now subscribe to Grant … Continue reading

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I got caught…wearing my life jacket

EPHRATA, Wash.— Grant PUD is working to promote child safety on the Columbia River this recreational season. In an attempt to prevent accidents on the water, Grant PUD is providing Grant and Kittitas County marine patrols with “I Got Caught … Continue reading

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Grant PUD to conduct wireless network survey

Utility sending mail survey to 10,000 potential wireless subscribers EPHRATA, Wash. — Grant PUD will begin conducting a survey of potential wireless network customers in Grant County this month. Those who receive the survey, which is being mailed to about … Continue reading

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Grant PUD approves settlement to end Crescent Bar legal dispute

Commissioners vote to approve final settlement agreement with leaseholders EPHRATA, Wash.— Grant PUD commissioners voted Tuesday, July 28 during their regular meeting to approve a final settlement document that will end a legal dispute with Crescent Bar leaseholders. Defendants Grant … Continue reading

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Grant PUD’s summer library tour starts July 13

Learn how Grant PUD sends energy to your home during its summer library tour. During the free presentations at Grant County’s public libraries, you’ll learn how Grant PUD takes advantage of the water cycle to generate electricity and deliver it … Continue reading

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Blue Lake and Sun Lakes areas now benefit from Grant PUD wireless network

Expansion will serve more than 150 customers EPHRATA, Wash.— The Blue Lake and Sun Lakes areas can now enjoy the benefits of Grant PUD’s High Speed Wireless Network. More than 150 Grant PUD customers in the Blue Lake/Sun Lakes region … Continue reading

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Grant PUD expands wireless network to Larson area

EPHRATA, Wash.— The Larson wireless hub, which is part of Grant PUD’s High Speed Network, became available to 438 potential subscribers northwest of Moses Lake this week. The Larson area is the third location to be served by Grant PUD’s … Continue reading

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Grant PUD ready for summer recreation on Wanapum Reservoir

Renovation work on boat launches and camp sites complete EPHRATA, Wash.— Grant PUD has completed several renovation projects to enhance public recreation on the Wanapum Reservoir. The work includes extending boat launches, improving campsites, enhancing day-use facilities, and increasing amenities … Continue reading

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Grant PUD Commissioners approve Crescent Bar settlement

Public asked to provide comment on public recreation plans for Crescent Bar Island. EPHRATA, Wash.— Grant PUD’s Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday, April 14 to approve an agreement that would settle a federal lawsuit with Crescent Bar Island residents. Under … Continue reading

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Grant PUD and Crescent Bar residents reviewing terms of proposed settlement

EPHRATA, Wash.— Grant PUD Commissioners and Crescent Bar Island residents are reviewing the terms of a proposed settlement agreement in relation to their ongoing federal lawsuit. Pending approval of the agreement by U.S. District Court Judge Justin Quackenbush, the residents … Continue reading

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Grant PUD to expand wireless broadband network to rural customers

Program will bring High Speed Network to rural areas of county EPHRATA, Wash.— Grant PUD’s High Speed Network is bringing Internet access to rural areas of Grant County this year. Using proven wireless broadband technology, the utility will now deploy … Continue reading

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Andrew York Memorial Scholarship taking applications

Graduating seniors from any high school in Washington state in 2015 are encouraged to apply for the Andrew York Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship program will distribute a total of $4,500 in scholarships. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must … Continue reading

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Wanapum Reservoir to reopen at noon on Jan. 7

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 7, 2015 Wanapum Reservoir to reopen at noon on Jan. 7 Public access restored to most areas of the shoreline EPHRATA, Wash.— After Grant PUD raised the Wanapum reservoir by 17 feet in December, the utility, … Continue reading

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Grant PUD commissioners set budget & rates for 2015

EPHRATA, Wash. – Following three public hearings, Grant PUD Commissioners adopted a $254.6 million budget and rate schedules for 2015 during their regular meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 12. The 2015 budget allows Grant PUD to continue providing low-cost, reliable electricity … Continue reading

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09/22/2014 New Sockeye hatchery construction complete in Penticton, British Columbia

At full production is capable of producing up to 5 million fry annually, helping Grant PUD meet sockeye fry requirements EPHRATA, Wash.— After breaking ground over a year ago, construction is complete on a new Sockeye Hatchery on Shingle Creek … Continue reading

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