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Grant PUD joins the region to support Snake River dams

A press conference was held to allow local stakeholders the chance to respond to the federal Environmental Impact Statement released on Friday. Agencies represented at Tuesday's event included Grant PUD, Benton PUD, Franklin PUD, Port of Pasco, Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce, Benton Clean Air Agency and Benton Rural Electric Cooperative."Tod...
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Grant PUD supports 'Math is Cool'

Young mathematicians test their knowledge  More than 350 competitors from 27 schools from Grant County and the rest of North Central Washington competed in this sort-of math Olympics Feb. 28 at Clovis Point Intermediate School in East Wenatchee.Grant PUD staffers, management — and a management spouse — take a leading role in making Math is Coo...
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Miss the GM Forum? Here's a recap and Q&A

Our safety culture journey: five years of progress Then Grant PUD GM Tony Webb had just begun to question in 2015 whether we were putting enough emphasis on safety when an arc-flash explosion at Priest Rapids Dam injured six coworkers and kicked off an investigation that left little room for doubt – our Safety Culture needed some work from upp...
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Systemwide Coronavirus Update for March 5, 2020

All Grant PUD employees should follow normal precautions to prevent the spread of infectious disease, including the COVID-19 Coronavirus.One of the best ways to protect yourself is by following credible sources of information. Sources that Grant PUD management are following to learn the latest about Coronavirus include:• Centers for Disease Control...
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Stop the Spread of Germs

Universal healthcare methods to stop the spread of germs: Stay away. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.Cover your cough with a tissue, NOT your hand. Throw the tissue in the trash.Don't touch your face. Make a conscious effort not to touch your face with your unwashed hands. Wash your hands often, with soap and hot water for at least 20 ...
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Coronavirus - What you need to know

All Grant PUD employees should follow normal precautions to prevent the spread of infectious disease, including the COVID-19 Coronavirus.We urge employees to follow the instructions from these sources, which includes:Avoid close contact with people who are sick.Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.Stay home when you are sick.Cover your cough o...
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Systemwide Coronavirus Update for March 2, 2020

The Coronavirus Disease is present in Washington State and several deaths have been reported in the Seattle area. All victims were already infirm. This new virus will likely spread. The situation statewide will likely become worse before it gets better, but we agree with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control that now is the time for preparation, not...
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Be sure to vote! But read this Q&A first

We Washingtonians proudly defend our state election system, which generally allows any voter to vote for any candidate regardless of political party in both the primary and general elections. This is different than most other states, which require voters to register their party preference and vote only for their particular party's candidates in the...
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Spot Recognition on hiatus for overhaul

Public Affairs is working on simplifying and streamlining the employee spot recognition process and has temporarily suspended the program until a new process for nomination and ordering has been established. Until the change is made, please just track your coworkers who would be deserving of spot recognition and when the program is back online, sim...
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Revamped Spot Recognition is now online

The updated, simplified Spot Recognition process is now up and running. The new webpage – grantpud.org/recognition - accessible from anywhere with an internet connection, includes a nomination form, answers to frequently asked questions, and a list of the newest award options. If you have any questions, please contact Cindy McClure at (509) 793-159...
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CI Team #5 to focus on active work zone awareness

I want to take a moment and share a brief update on the safety front. The Safety Steering Team (SST) met recently to consider our next continuous improvement (CI) topic and CI team members. The SST selected "Active Work Zone Hazard Awareness" as the next continuous improvement topic. As I'm sure you can appreciate, it seems there's always work goin...
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Commission Recap 02-25-2020 Smaller rate increase forecast for evolving industries -- unless demand again spikes

Cryptocurrency mining operations in Grant County will get a far smaller rate increase April 1 than originally forecast, if commissioners approve the staff recommendation, announced Tuesday.Connection requests from this high-energy-use group has declined from 402 average megawatts of electricity to just under 90 average megawatts since the first of ...
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Get paid to live healthy with KrowdFit

Use your Fitbit, smart phone or other device to track your health progress and earn dollars through the new KrowdFit program, offered to Grant PUD employees for free through our Premera medical plan. Grant PUD Business Systems Analyst Shelly Irvine does, and she's already won $125 for tracking her meals and getting active."This is, literally, the r...
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Look for IRS form 1095-C in your home mailbox

The 2019 IRS form 1095-C has been sent to your home mailing address. The form 1095-C provides you with information about the health coverage offered to you and your dependents. Keep your 1095-C for your records with your other important tax documents. While you will not need to attach your 1095-C to your tax return or send it to the IRS, you m...
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Biologists' salmon research published in industry journal

Data sharingWhy do salmon sometimes break with ancestral tradition and return from the ocean to spawn in a stream other than their "birth" stream? Are they rebels? Rugged individualists? Troublemakers? Two Grant PUD fisheries scientists, Todd Pearsons and Rod O'Conner, recently had an article on our experiences with "straying salmon" published in t...
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‘Risk ownership’ and mitigation are key to safety culture

A fire broke out in the Wanapum Dam powerhouse in 2007. It burned through the roof, damaged concrete walls and caused extensive smoke damage. All had to be cleaned and repaired. The roof was temporarily patched and is being permanently repaired this year. The cause of the fire was never determined. Insurance reimbursed Grant PUD $3.8 million for th...
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Grant PUD block of C Street to close Feb. 28 for crane work

EPHRATA — The portion of C Street SW, between Division Avenue and First Avenue SW will be closed the morning of Friday, Feb. 28 for crane work to remove an old piece of air-conditioning equipment from the roof of Grant PUD headquarters.That portion of C Street and the sidewalk along its east side by the headquarters building will close at 6 a.m. Pa...
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Office 365 Updates

OneDrive  Imagine a computing environment where your files and documents are always up to date, always available through the Internet and always in your control. That vision is here, and it is OneDrive. As part of the Office 365 transformation, we will be putting the OneDrive application on all district computers on March 25 and moving employe...
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Why a Project Management Office? Julie explains

 Updating the equipment that generates more than 2,100 megawatts of clean, renewable, reliable energy and bringing high-speed, fiber-optic network services to thousands of customers throughout Grant County doesn't just happen. These achievements require a steady flow of capital projects that ensure Grant PUD consistently delivers the products ...
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Kevin urges attendance at upcoming training sessions

Editor's note: Tom Stredwick's Working@Grant training program referenced in this column is not related to the Working@Grant newsletter, even though both have identical names.Good afternoon, We are about to embark on an initiative that the executive team and I believe will positively impact the health of Grant PUD's culture well into the future. One...
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