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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.

 

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:

Grant County Sheriff's Office needs donations to build a K9 Patrol Program

Grant County Sheriff's Office needs donations to build a K9 Patrol Program

 

The Grant County Sheriff's Office says their in need of Patrol K9s now more than ever. Because of this, the Sheriff's Office is asking citizens of Grant County to help with the funding of this Patrol K9 Program.

 

It's been over 20 years since the Sheriff's Office has had Patrol K9s. According to the Sheriff's Office changes in criminal activity throughout Grant County means added skills of trained K9 teams are needed to track down criminals, find explosives, rescue lost or missing persons, locate contraband in correctional facilities, and serve as a deterrent to those who may want to assault a deputy.

 

Each of the four K9 teams will cost approximately $30,500. The Sheriff's Office said that cost will cover the following:

State Senate votes to extend ban on cell phone use while driving

State Senate votes to extend ban on cell phone use while driving

The Washington Senate has voted to extend the state's ban on cell phone use while driving to cover the range of functions a smartphone can now serve.

In a 35-14 vote Tuesday, Senators sent to the House a bill that would update legislation written in 2008 that bans hand-held phone calls and texting while driving. Since then, mobile platforms for Facebook, Twitter and a plethora of other social networking and video game uses have gained millions of users. Under existing law, they're legal for drivers to use while behind the wheel, despite being distracting.

Warden High School shooting threat unfounded according to police

Warden High School shooting threat unfounded according to police

 

A shooting threat at Warden High School on Wednesday was determined to be unfounded by the Warden Police.

 

At approximately 9:00 a.m. Wednesday Warden High School Principal, Chris Rust, was told by some students that a classmate was going to "shoot up the school today."

 

The school was placed on lockdown, and the Warden Police Department was notified. The student of interest was not at school, so Warden Police responded to the student's home, and contacted both the students and his mother.

 

Police say they confirmed the threat was just a rumor, and the school district released the building from the lockdown. School proceeded for the rest of the day.

Washington State Department of Health warns of Salmonella illness tied to baby birds

Washington State Department of Health warns of Salmonella illness tied to baby birds

 

At least 39 Washingtonians have reported getting ill from Salmonella bacteria after coming in contact with live poultry in the past three years, according to reports reviewed by disease investigators at the state’s Department of Health. These 39 cases were associated with three separate national Salmonella outbreaks that caused more than 1,200 people to get sick. Contact with live poultry may also have contributed to more than 100 other cases of salmonellosis in our state in the past three years that weren’t associated with any known outbreak.

 

Spring is the season when many people who have chickens or ducks in backyard flocks buy baby birds. From the time the baby birds arrive at home, children should be supervised carefully to make sure they wash their hands immediately after touching the animals or their environments. Another prevention step is to make sure children don’t snuggle or kiss the young poultry.