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A three-year dispute over the cost of the Box Canyon Dam’s fish-friendly turbine upgrades has been resolved through arbitration.
Residents fighting a Northeast Washington silicon smelter are challenging the sale of public land to HiTest Sand, the Alberta company trying to build the smelter.
With the goal of keeping its largest customer afloat, the Pend Oreille Public Utility District has settled a 2-year-old lawsuit with Ponderay Newsprint Co. The plant employs 139 people in one of the most economically depressed corners of the state.
The owner of the Box Canyon Dam in Northeast Washington could be scrambling for new buyers for its electricity if a large newsprint plant closes or cuts back operations.
Think of the fastest Internet speed you experience. Now multiply that by 10, 50 or even 100. It’s coming … to Pend Oreille County. Most rural communities lag in the type of broadband Internet service available in urban areas. But northeast of Spokane, in Newport and the surrounding hills and valleys, around 5,000 homes and businesses have the chance to connect soon to a fiber-optic system with lightning-fast speed.
Officials at the Washington Department of Ecology have developed a plan to reduce temperatures and improve water quality in the Pend Oreille River.
An archeological “open house” is being hosted by Pend Oreille Public Utility District, Kalispel Tribe and the Colville National Forest. Visitors interested in seeing the site should meet at the Panhandle Campground on the east side of the Pend Oreille River, 15 miles northwest of Newport, Wash., at 1 p.m. on June 14. Visitors will get a short briefing about the site before following the trip leader in their vehicles to the dig site where they can expect to view food processing ovens and other ancient features.
A $27.3 million federal economic stimulus grant promises cutting-edge fiber optic Internet service for southern Pend Oreille County, if officials accept it.