Community Service

Bert, the great-horned owl, entertains kids at Archaeology Days. The annual, two-day event is a celebration of community, culture and history. It drew 488 kids, teachers and chaperons from all over Eastern Washington Oct. 25. “Adult Day,” Oct. 26, drew 236 grown-ups for a series of historical lectures by regional experts. 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 handler Steve Siebert. This was Siebert’s first appearance at Archaeology Days, a celebration at the Wanapum Heritage Center to showcase the rich cultural and archaeological history of the Columbia Basin. “They fly and hunt for jackrabbits,” Elian Guerrero, a second grader at Mountain View Elementary School in Quincy explained, after hearing Siebert describe how he uses Bert and other birds in his collection...
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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 others to raise the money and materials to put together all the fixings – including big turkeys – for Chuck Allen (from left), of Grant PUD, presents money donated by Grant PUD employees to the Chief Moses Middle School leadership class for Thanksgiving meal gift boxes. Pictured are Vivianne Bautista, Myah Cruz, Principal Vicki Swisher, and Ashley Butler. Thanksgiving feasts for at least 23 families. The leadership class students were put in charge of organizing, advertising and following up to ensure that the donations for the baskets were raised and then assembled. When determining who else to invite to help with the project, the students chose to reach out to the employees of Grant...
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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 to be served with affordable and reliable energy. Along with paying for the daily costs to operate the PUD’s electric and telecommunications system, the budget includes funds for the rehabilitation of generators and turbines at Priest Rapids Dam, which are now almost 60 years old. Funding is also included for upgrades to substations and additional electric system improvements attributed to the needs of our growing county, and new recreation amenities at Crescent Bar to enhance public access. “Our 2017 budget reflects a commitment to long-term value creation for all customers,” said General Manager Kevin Nordt. “Our customers have been very clear in what they seek – safe, reliable energy at a stable...
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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 College in Moses Lake. Students prepared for the races by constructing their own solar-powered vehicle with kits provided by REC Silicon and Grant PUD in class before attending the event. They brought their cars to race on specially-designed tracks against their classmates. Along with the races, the students also visited a variety of stations where they learned about renewable energy in the region. Grant PUD gave a presentation about hydropower and taught the students about windpower and REC Silicon Inc., demonstrated how it creates silicon for solar panels at its Moses Lake plant. There were also other hands-on stations that gave the students an opportunity to learn how humans harness and...
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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 sponsored by the Foundation for Water and Energy Education (FWEE) and host partner Chelan County PUD, focuses on hydropower careers that require science, technology, engineering and mathematic skills (STEM). “Nationally, one-third of utility employees will retire in the next 10 years,” said Debbie Gallaher, Rocky Reach Visitor Center Supervisor, “We’d like to show local students the high quality, good paying jobs that could be part of their future.” Those attending the academy will learn how hydropower is generated at dams on the Columbia River and distributed throughout the region. During the academy, hydropower professionals, including engineers, divers, plant mechanics, operators and linemen, will conduct tours and hands-on activities to highlight the importance of...
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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 wildfire threatening his neighbors this past summer. In the early hours of July 5, Schaapman, who is farmer in the Quincy Valley, saw that a fast-moving wildfire, whipped by strong winds, was threatening homes and property of his neighbors. Schaapman quickly hooked up a disc implement to one of his tractors parked near his home and began plowing a fire break to help successfully contain the flames. His quick thinking and determination was credited by firefighters for helping to protect the lives and property of his neighbors. Schaapman’s award was presented to him during WPUDA’s annual meeting in SeaTac on Dec. 3. The Good Samaritan Award is given annually to PUD officials and...
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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 wearing my life jacket” shirts and footballs to hand out to children who are wearing their life jackets. This campaign is Grant PUD’s way of congratulating children and parents who stay safe while recreating. “This is all part of our Strategic Plan. Our number one goal is to promote public safety on the water” said Jerri Mickle, Parks and Recreation Supervisor at Grant PUD. In year’s past, Grant PUD has done a “Wear it” campaign, “Kids don’t float” campaign and even worked with local businesses to raise money to purchase life jackets to have at recreation sites for the public to use. Today, they continue to work to keep the river drown-free by...
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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 to your home. There will also be plenty of fun, hands-on activites. See the schedule below: Moses Lake Public Library – July 13, 11:30 a.m. George Public Library – July 13, 1:30 p.m. Grand Coulee Public Library – July 15, 10:30 a.m. Coulee City Public Library – July 15, 1 p.m. Ephrata Public Library – July 16, 10:30 a.m. Soap Lake Public Library – July 16, 1 p.m. Warden Public Library – July 20, 2 p.m. Mattawa Public Library – July 21, 10:30 a.m. Royal City Public Library – July 21, 1 p.m. Quincy Public Library – July 23, 10:30 a.m.
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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 wireless network. It joins hubs in Quincy and Ephrata that are now providing continuous 7 megabit network service to subscribers in those locations. Customers can subscribe to the service by contacting one of nine participating Internet service providers and asking to be connected to Grant PUD’s wireless network. A list of the service providers is found at grantpud.org. Grant PUD is building out wireless service to fulfill the demands of customers in rural locations who have asked for the rapid deployment of a reliable and fast network. By expanding its wireless network, Grant PUD’s goal is to provide network services that will cover 98 percent of the county’s population by 2018. The utility...
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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 have been active in school or the community providing awareness to prevent impaired or distracted driving caused by influences such as drug, alcohol, marijuana use or texting while driving. Applicants must be accepted into an accredited college, university or trade school. Preference is given to applicants who are active members of IBEW Local 77 or a child or grandchild of an active IBEW Local 77 member with verifiable documentation. Financial need is not considered. To learn how to apply for the scholarship, visit http://www.cfncw.org/scholarships/.
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