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Washington State Parks to offer two free days in April

Washington State Parks to offer two free days in April

 

Looking to go explore some Washington State Parks, but don't yet have a Discover Pass? Well, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will offer two free days in April.

 

Visitors will not need to display a Discover Pass for day-use visits to any of Washington's State Parks on April 4th, a springtime free Saturday, and Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22nd.

 

Free days are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This legislation provided that State Parks could designate up to 12 free days each year when the pass would not be required to visit state parks. 

 

A Discover Pass is still needed to access WDFW and DNR lands on State Park free days.

 

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Free Boater Education courses to be offered throughout Grant County

Free Boater Education courses to be offered throughout Grant County

 

Grant County residents interested in obtaining their boaters license will have the opportunity to take a free boater education course in multiple locations throughout the county. Classes are provided and instructed by the Grant County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit.

 

These courses are free to attend and no registration is required at most locations; registration is required for the Quincy class listed below. All materials and testing supplies will be provided.

 

A boater education card is required to operate motor vessels and personal watercraft with 15 horsepower or more. The minimum age to obtain a Boater Education Card is 12 years old. 

 

Information on when and where the classes will be offered are listed below:

Steelhead and whitefish fisheries to close on the upper Columbia River and tributaries

Steelhead and whitefish fisheries to close on the upper Columbia River and tributaries

 

Steelhead and whitefish fisheries will close on the upper Columbia River and its tributaries one hour after official sunset on March 21st, 2015.

 

According to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the seasonal closure was put in effect to minimize impacts to spawning steelhead.

 

Locations affected by this closure are below:

  • Mainstream Columbia River: From Rock Island Dam upstream to 400 feet below Chief Joseph Dam.
  • Wenatchee River: From the mouth to the Wenatchee River 400 feet below the Tumwater Dam. This includes the Icicle River from the mouth to 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam.
  • Entiat River: From the mouth to approximately .5 miles upstream to a point perpendicular with the intersection of the Entiat River Road and Hedding Street.
  • Methow River: From the mouth to the confluence of the Chewuch River in Winthrop
  • Okanogan River: From the mouth to the High 97 Bridge in Oroville.
  • Similkameen River: From the mouth to 400 feet below Enloe Dam.

 

 

Settlement agreement between Grant PUD and Crescent Bar residents under review

Settlement agreement between Grant PUD and Crescent Bar residents under review

 

Grant PUD Commissioners and Crescent Bar Island residents are reviewing the terms of a proposed settlement agreement in relation to their ongoing federal lawsuit.

 

According to the Grant PUD, pending approval of the agreement by U.S. District Court Judge Justin Quackenbush, the residents will be allowed to remain in their existing residential areas as long as they pay fair-market rent to the utility retroactive to 2012. The terms of the settlement restore public access to 80 percent of what was formerly under lease. Under the agreement, future lease areas will be limited to the residential footprint of the condominiums and the north and south RV parks.

 

The lease term will coincide with Grant PUD's federal license to operate on the Priest Rapids Project which will expire in 2052. However, the utility retains the right to terminate the lease as early as 2027 with five year's notice given in 2042.  Grant PUD said island residents will pay annual rent, to be determined by two independent third-part appraisals.

 

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Publishers Clearing House scam leads Chelan deputy to aide in arrest of NYC scammer

Publishers Clearing House scam leads Chelan deputy to aide in arrest of NYC scammer

On Monday, March 16th Deputy Paul Nelson of the Chelan County Sheriff's Office responded to a theft/fraud complaint where an adult female reported sending $17,500.00 in cash to a New York address, after receiving a telephone call notifying her she had won the Publishers Clearing House $1,000,000.00 prize. The caller claimed the woman needed to send $17,500.00 in cash for fees associated with the million dollar prize.

The package is initially returned by the carrier due to a problem with the delivery address. Due to the delay in delivery the woman is then instructed to send $18,000.00 in cash to claim the prize.

Hoopfest 2015 registration is now open

Hoopfest 2015 registration is now open

 

Registration for the world's largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament is now live!

 

Entry forms for Spokane Hoopfest 2015 are available online at register.spokanehoopfest.net. Hard-copy entry forms are also available at any Bruchi's Cheesesteaks and Subs or Yokes Fresh Market northwest locations. 

 

This year Hoopfest will celebrate its 26th year as a Spokane institution. Every year the tournament brings approximately 28,000 players and 225,000 spectators to the streets of downtown Spokane.

 

Registration to the tournament is guaranteed to teams that register prior to May 11th. Forms and entries to those who register late are only granted based on space availability with an additional $20 late fee through May 25th. Nonetheless, Hoopfest organizers recommend playing it safe by registering early.

 

Wanapum Reservoir begins final refill after completed repairs

Wanapum Reservoir begins final refill after completed repairs

 

The Grant PUD began refilling the reservoir behind the Wanapum Dam on Tuesday, March 16th after a year of research, construction and collaboration was completed to repair a fracture in the dam's spillway.

 

Depending on river flows, the utility expects to be at normal river levels within the next two weeks. This is the last major milestone for this project, and the reservoir is expected to be fully restored to its pre-existing conditions for public access and utilization.

 

All Grant PUD boat launches and shorelines, with the exception of those areas under construction, will reopen to the public ahead of schedule. However, the PUD urges the public to use caution when accessing the reservoir due to fluctuating water levels and heed all warning signs.

 

Over the past year the utility has done the following during the project: