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Helicopters move salmon fry in Columbia River

Juvenile salmon are flying over two Columbia River dams near Vantage.

The Grant County Public Utility District is using helicopters to release tagged salmon to track their movements through Wanapum and Priest Rapids dams.

Utility spokesman Chuck Allen told The Wenatchee World helicopters are being used to reduce the time it takes to transport and release the fish in the middle of the river.

The utility is required to study and mitigate juvenile salmon deaths as part of the license to operate the dams.

Grant County Sheriff announces re-election bid

Grant County Sheriff announces re-election bid

Grant County Sheriff, Tom Jones, announced Thursday that he will seek re-election for a second term. Jones was elected Sheriff in 2010.


“The input from citizens and the opportunity to solve problems together has been the highlight of being the sheriff,” said Jones.

Wanapum shoreline will remain closed for Memorial Day

Wanapum shoreline will remain closed for Memorial Day

From the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife:


With Memorial Day weekend drawing near, Grant PUD and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife remind those planning to recreate on the Columbia River that the Wanapum reservoir shoreline remains closed to the public.

 

Man proposes to girlfriend after Bloomsday

Man proposes to girlfriend after Bloomsday

Tom Curalli defines what it means to be a Bloomie.

"Today is a big day, it's my 35th Bloomsday," said Curalli.

Curalli said he would never miss a Bloomsday. He loves how the race brings the community and families together. The theme of togetherness inspired him to make this day about the most important person in his life.

"I'm going to propose to my girlfriend at the finish line in front of a lot of a lot of people," said Curalli.

Curalli has prepared for the big day since February. He chose not to share the plan with anyone, and the anticipation was starting to get the best of him.

"I'm pretty excited, a little nervous, had a bit of trouble sleeping last night,"said Curalli.

The couple have been dating for about a year, but have been close friends for nearly six.











Deadline for guaranteed Hoopfest entry Monday

Deadline for guaranteed Hoopfest entry Monday

If you want to one of the over 7,000 teams hitting the court for Hoopfest this year, you better register now. The registration deadline for guaranteed entry is Monday, May 5th.


Guaranteed registration for Hoopfest ends at midnight on May 5th. After that, teams will be accepted on a space available basis.

Cracked Columbia River dam not anchored in bedrock

A utility official says repairing the Wanapum Dam will likely require anchoring the entire spillway to bedrock, not just one section where a crack was discovered.

Grant County Public Utility District chief financial officer Kevin Nordt said Tuesday his $61 million repair estimate includes the cost of installing anchors on each of the spillway's 12 monoliths or massive concrete sections.

The Wenatchee World reports when the Columbia River dam was built in the early 1960s designers believed its mass alone would be enough to hold it in place.

The reason for the 65-foot crack that was discovered Feb. 27 has not officially been determined, but officials have said it could have been caused by water pressure. The reservoir has been lowered for repairs.