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 By press release    News    July 23, 2014

Thunderstorms cause Internet outage in many eastern Washington communities

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. Due to severe thunderstorms in the Spokane area, a fiber cable located near Fish Lake in eastern Washington was severed by a fallen tree. As a result, customers in the following communities and surrounding areas may be...

 
 By Press release    News    July 23, 2014

Mansfield evacuates for fire

State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the Road C Fire, in Douglas County. Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste...

 
 By press release    News    July 16, 2014

Emergency declared in 20 counties due to multiple wildfires, extreme fire conditions

OLYMPIA -- A state of emergency was declared late Tuesday, July 14, in 20 Eastern Washington counties in response to multiple wildfires threatening homes, businesses, public infrastructure, and...

 
 By press release    News    June 25, 2014

Coleman Smith named Grand Coulee Dam power manager

GRAND COULEE, Wash. – Lorri Lee, Regional Director for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Pacific Northwest Region, announced today that Coleman Smith is returning to the Pacific Northwest Region to serve as the Grand Coulee Power Manager. Smith replace...

 
 By press release    News    June 25, 2014

Tribes removing walleye and bass from Sanpoil River

A crew of six tribal fisheries staffers are working on the Sanpoil River from mid-May to July to catch as many walleye and smallmouth bass as they can in hoping to improve redband rainbow trout and...

 
 By press release    News    May 21, 2014

Keller Ferry north shore terminal relocation scheduled for Thursday, May 22

KELLER FERRY – Due to rising river levels, the Keller Ferry north shore terminal will be moved from the low water ramp to the regular ramp on Thursday, May 22, 2014. The process will begin at about 9 a.m. and can take up to 5 hours to complete....

 
 By press release    News    May 14, 2014

Keller Ferry back in service

The Keller Ferry is back in service as of 12:30 p.m. today (Friday, May 16). An elusive issue with the computerized steering system on the Keller Ferry vessel, M/V Sanpoil, disrupted regular service on the Columbia River route for the past seven...

 
 By press release    News    April 23, 2014

Old grenade found in Columbia River bed

Grant PUD security personnel found an old pineapple-style hand grenade below the high water mark of the drawn-down Columbia River near the Old Vantage boat launch in Grant County about 6 p.m....

 
 By press release    News    April 23, 2014

Drawdown exposes explosives along Lake Roosevelt

Explosive material has been found in the bed of the drawn down Lake Roosevelt at the north end of the reservoir behind Grand Coulee Dam, and authorities think more may exist. The National Park Service was notified April 22 that explosive material had...

 
 By Press release    News    March 26, 2014

Reclamation awards security and law enforcement contract to the Colville Tribes

GRAND COULEE, Wash. - The Bureau of Reclamation awarded a $697,000 contract March 10 to the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation to provide security and law enforcement services on Reclamation lands and at Reclamation facilities located...

 
 By press release    News    March 5, 2014

Marchand expelled from business council

[Note: This story contains corrected copy after the CCT administration issued a corrected press release correcting an error in the vote count and adding additional facts about the referenced ethics...

 
 By press release    News    January 22, 2014

Sheriff: Moses Lake raid yields over $100K in stolen property

MOSES LAKE, Wash. (Jan. 27, 2014) – Four men are jailed today after Grant County law enforcement officers in search of stolen property raided a home east of Moses Lake, the county sheriff said in a...

 
 By press release    News    January 8, 2014

Sheriff: Property owner interrupts theft, suspects jailed

The Grant County sheriff says an attempted theft of metal was interrupted Friday when a vigilant property owner saw a suspicious car parked near a trailer on his land. Around 9 a.m. Jan. 10, deputies were called to 15390 Stratford Road Northeast for...

 
 By press release    News    December 23, 2013

USBR employee dies after fall at Pinto Dam

SPOKANE, Wash. – A Bureau of Reclamation employee died Wednesday night as a result of injuries sustained from a fall on Monday at a construction site at Pinto Dam located about 18 miles east of Ephrata, Wash. Holger “Hal” Jensen, 62, passed awa...

 
 By press release    News    November 27, 2013

Burning banned on reservation until Dec. 1

(Seattle–Nov. 27, 2013) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is continuing burn bans on several reservations in Washington, Oregon and Idaho because of continuing stagnant air conditions and air monitor readings indicating diminished air...

 
 By press release    News    October 16, 2013

Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area is open again

The National Park Service (NPS) has reopened all 401 national parks, including Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, LRNA announced Thursday. Visitor facilities normally open during this time of year including campgrounds, boat launches, and the...

 
 By press release    News    September 11, 2013

Before you take US 2 this weekend …

LEAVENWORTH – Unstable soil and other construction challenges have pushed the week-long closure of Tumwater Canyon, west of Leavenworth to a week and a day. Instead of Fri. at noon, US 2 will...

 
 By press release    News    September 4, 2013

Sheriff: Mind your driving habits in Coulee City

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office will conduct emphasis traffic enforcement patrols in the Coulee City area in the coming days. Coulee City Mayor Rick Heiberg is concerned with the growing number of traffic violations he is seeing in town. Since...

 
 By press release    News    August 7, 2013

Dye test to be conducted at Grand Coulee Dam Thursday

The Bureau of Reclamation will conduct a dye test Aug. 8 at Grand Coulee Dam, the bureau announced in a press release Wednesday. The pool below the dam may be slightly discolored as engineers inject the upstream face of Grand Coulee Dam with...

 
 By press release    News    July 31, 2013

McMorris Rodgers and DeGette applaud Senate's unanimous passage of bipartisan Hydropower Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), authors of H.R. 267, the _Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act_, applauded the unanimous approval of their bill in the U.S. Senate today. Their legislation will...

 
 By press release    News    July 24, 2013

Colville Tribal Headquarters Building Lost To Fire

NESPELEM, WA—Fire claimed the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation’s Headquarters located at the Colville Indian Agency early Monday morning, Colville Tribal Chairman Michael O. Finley...

 
 By press release    News    July 17, 2013

Vehicle theft victim spots his property while flying over Grand Coulee

GRAND COULEE, Wash. -- A Quincy-area farmer alerted deputies to the location of his stolen vehicles after he spotted them while flying his private plane. Kevin Weber of Weber Farms reported his 1997 Peterbilt dump truck and Beall pup trailer missing...

 
 By press release    News    July 17, 2013

Alleged heroin trafficker arrested

MOSES LAKE -- A Moses Lake man is in custody after detectives from Grant County’s Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team and officers from the Moses Lake Police Department arrested him for suspicion of several drug-related crimes. Juan Quintana, 25...

 
 By press release    News    April 24, 2013

Damage to main canal causes temporary shutoff of irrigation water in the Columbia Basin Project

EPHRATA, Wash. - The Bureau of Reclamation will temporarily reduce water deliveries today (Tuesday, April 30) to irrigation districts in the Columbia Basin Project while engineers assess damage to the Main Canal just below Pinto Dam located in...

 
 By press release    News    December 5, 2012

$1 million arrest warrant issued for Moses Lake murder suspect

A $1 million arrest warrant was issued Friday for the man suspected of the Oct. 17 killing of Tracy Fullbright. Adrian Rodriguez, 28, of Moses Lake, was identified in the arrest warrant charging first-degree kidnapping and first-degree murder....

 
 By press release    News    November 28, 2012

Traffic safety documentary filmed on Colville Reservation wins award

A documentary video, about a concerted cross-reservation effort to reduce traffic deaths from a high of about one every other week to two last year, has won an award. “Traffic Safety Successes on th...

 
 By press release    News    September 12, 2012

“Everything looks pretty good” at the Barker Canyon Complex

With mop-up objectives nearly met in the South Branch (Barker Canyon) and approaching 80 percent complete in the North Branch (Leahy Fire), the Washington Interagency Incident Management Team #4...

 
 By press release    News    September 12, 2012

Club moves spaghetti feed fund raiser to Nazarene Church

With North Dam Park hosting fire crews this week, the Rotary Club has moved their Spaghetti Feed fundraiser to the Church of the Nazarene. The church is located just 1/4 mile E of Grand Coulee on Hwy...

 
 By Press release    News    August 15, 2012

Fire should burn out within two days

Here's the latest update just in. Most of the Buffalo Lake Road Fire was quiet yesterday, giving firefighters the opportunity to continue improving containment lines and mopping up throughout its perimeter. In the southeast section, near Swawilla...

 
 By Press release    News    August 8, 2012

NRCS offers emergency assistance to land owners for storm damage

SPOKANE, WA, (Aug 9, 2012) –Today, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced the availability of emergeng for damage to forested lands resulting from a microburst storm of emergency funding for damage to forested lands...

 
 By press release    News    July 18, 2012

Honor guard to hold special ceremony at Spring Canyon

The Washington Army National Guard Honor Guard will hold a “Veterans Memorial Tribute” ceremony on Tuesday, July 24, at the Spring Canyon Cemetery at 1 p.m. “The Veterans Memorial Tribute is a tribute to those veterans of the area who never...

 
 By press release    News    July 18, 2012

Unsafe toxin detected in algae blooms on Rufus Woods Lake near Bridgeport

An unsafe level of a naturally occurring toxin was detected in algae blooms at Rufus Woods Lake near Bridgeport, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Friday afternoon. Officials posted Washington State Department of Health warnings against swimming,...

 
 By Press release    News    July 11, 2012

Fire Mobilization Authorized for the Douglas County Complex Fire

State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the Douglas County Complex Fire located near Mansfield in Douglas County.  Washington St...

 
 By press release    News    July 4, 2012

Grant PUD Commission terminates general manager

EPHRATA, Wash. – After a three week personnel review, Grant PUD commissioners today agreed to terminate General Manager Tim Culbertson. “In our judgment, Mr. Culbertson’s decision to maintain a relationship with another utility employee makes...

 
 By press release    News    June 20, 2012

Grant PUD general manager placed on administrative leave

EPHRATA, Wash. – Grant PUD Commissioners Tuesday placed utility General Manager Tim Culbertson on a two week administrative leave pending the review of personnel related issues. “The issues under review are personnel in nature and unrelated to...

 
 By press release    Community    June 20, 2012

Foundation awards grant to Hartline nonprofit

The Paul Lauzier Charitable Foundation recently awarded a $15,000 grant to the Hartline Betterment Organization, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The vital funds will help support the completion of capital improvements for the Historic Hartline...

 
 By press release    News    June 13, 2012

CCT leaders call for resignation of council member

NESPELEM, WA-The Executive Committee of the Colville Business Council, with the unanimous concurrence of the CBC Law and Justice Committee, today announced that it has requested the resignation of CBC member Ferdinand Louie, the Tribes said in a...

 
 By press release    News    June 6, 2012

Former USBR area manager to come out of retirement

Former CCAO Manager Exits Retirement to Return to Reclamation BOISE, Idaho  – Regional Director Lorri Lee announced today that Gerald (“Jerry”) Kelso is exiting retirement to return to the Bureau of Reclamation in his former position as...

 
 By Press release    News    May 16, 2012

Federal Judge Approves Colville Tribes’ $193 million settlement

A federal judge has approved a $193 million settlement agreement between the United States and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, and the funds should be transferred to the Colville Tribes within the next two months, Colville...

 
 By Press release    News    April 18, 2012

Two Grand Coulee residents injured motorcycle crash

Advisory: TWO INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH HARTLINE, Wash. (22APR2012) – Two people were injured Saturday evening during a motorcycle crash eight miles north of Hartline. Around 5:30 p.m. April 21, Grant County Sheriff’s Deputies, Grant County...

 
 By press release    News    April 11, 2012

Tribes: Ruling against Teck Cominco welcome news in landmark case

The Colville Tribes and the State of Washington have won a significant victory in the pre-trial stage of their suit against mining giant Teck Cominco, Colville Business Council Chairman Michael O. Finley said today. The tribes and the state are in...