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 By Washington News Service    News    October 1, 2012

WA Candidates On Hotseat in Senior Forums

OLYMPIA, Wash. - It's being called the "Silver Tsunami," and advocates for Washington's over-50 crowd say the state had better be planning for a spike in the senior population, because it's already under way. Today in Mercer Island, the...

 
 By Press Staff    Granite Falls    October 1, 2012

Cheetah girls kicked it in Oregon

The players and coaches are: (bottom), Coach Lowell Zenk, Kacey LaBoda , Drew Johnson, Kailyn Schueller, Makenna Carter, Cassie Collinge, Emilee Kyle, Patsy Kirschenbaum, Coach Walter LaBoda. (top)...

 
 By Pam Stevens    Granite Falls    October 1, 2012

Trailer fire in Granite Falls

On Thursday, Sept. 20 at approximately 4:30 a.m. a 911 call came into the Granite Falls Fire Department regarding a house fire off of Highway 92 and 85th St. NE. It took firefighters less than 15...

 
 By Press Staff    Granite Falls    October 1, 2012

Some driver and vehicle fees increasing in October at Department of Licensing

Several fees related to driver and vehicle licensing charged by the Department of Licensing will increase on October 1. These fee increases, passed by the 2012 State Legislature, are required to continue to fund the operation and maintenance of the...

 
 By Press Staff    Granite Falls    October 1, 2012

Sno-Isle Libraries celebrates 50 years of service to Granite Falls

On September 5, 2012, the City Council of Granite Falls adopted a resolution recognizing and honoring the many contributions made by Sno-Isle Libraries for the past 50 years. This resolution supports Sno-Isle Libraries’ 50th Anniversary...

 
 By Contributed    Granite Falls    October 1, 2012

Revised budget plan and citizen help may save GFPD

The Granite Falls City Council discussed revised budget projections and heard about a citizen pledge drive to keep the city’s police force intact, at a special meeting Wednesday, Sept. 26. The Council is considering dismantling the local...

 
 By Press Staff    Granite Falls    October 1, 2012

Railroad Days 2012

Come & enjoy the 44th annual Railroad Days! Great food & fun for the whole family. Alumni breakfast to be held during Railroad Days The Granite Falls Alumni's Annual Breakfast and Membership Meeting will be held at the Railroad Days...

 
 By Press Staff    Granite Falls    October 1, 2012

PUD holds bulb exchange events for energy savings

Visit Snohomish County Public Utility offices on select days this fall for free energy efficient light bulbs and other resources to help you save money on your energy bills. PUD staff will be on hand to offer energy saving ideas and answer...

 
 By Pam Stevens    Granite Falls    October 1, 2012

Mountain Loop Tourism Bureau marketing the great outdoors

Just east of Granite Falls lies the beautiful Mountain Loop Highway with forests thick with trees and wildlife and mile upon mile of hiking trails for everyone from the beginner to the most advanced...

 
 By Pam Stevens    Granite Falls    October 1, 2012

Monte Cristo students, teacher purchase P.O.W. flags

Monte Cristo Elementary teacher Debra Howell was named the National VFW winner last year and was awarded $2,000 for her service to the military. Howell got to keep half of the money for herself and...

 
 By Press Staff    Granite Falls    October 1, 2012

GF youth writes book review for The Comet’s Curse

Josiah Mace submitted the staff pick for the best teen book review in Granite Falls. Mace won a $25 punch card for Happy’s Coffee. The prize was provided by the Friends of the Granite Falls...

 
 By Press Staff    Granite Falls    October 1, 2012

G.F. Firefighter visits to local school a success

During the 2011-12 school year, Granite Falls firefighters visited Mountain Way Elementary School to help kindergarteners with improving their reading skills. Firefighters visited twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, to read aloud and recite...

 
 By Press Staff    Granite Falls    October 1, 2012

County needs new members for housing committee

Snohomish County is seeking residents to serve on its Housing and Community Development Technical Advisory Committee, which helps determine how federal, state and local funding should be used to increase housing opportunities for those in need....

 
 By Pam Stevens    Granite Falls    October 1, 2012

Community members provide hours of service to new Granite Falls Outreach Center

On the warm and sunny morning of Saturday, September 8, dozens of members of the Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-Days Saints Granite Falls Ward showed up to the new Granite Falls Outreach Center on...

 
 By Press Staff    Granite Falls    October 1, 2012

Be an informed voter on state ballot measures

For voters who want to make informed decisions when they cast their vote in November, learning about state ballot measures now will help. Sno-Isle Libraries’ election Web page, www.sno-isle.org/explore/elections, provides links for voters to...

 
 By Press Staff    Granite Falls    October 1, 2012

Ballot measures that will be on November’s ballot

Several ballot measures are coming for you to vote on in November. Here is an accurate, plain-English summary of each one. 2012 Ballot Measures Initiatives – ballot initiatives allow voters, rather than the Legislature, to enact new laws by a...

 
 By Fred Cruger    Granite Falls    October 1, 2012

A Look Back

Many readers may have already seen the blog posting created by Paul Dorpat, featuring Granite Falls, at www.pauldorpat.com. We've had a lot of fun tracing the history of our downtown, and gained a...

 
 By Daris Howard    Granite Falls    October 1, 2012

Life's Outtakes

My older children were in the marching band, so it was only natural that we should attend the homecoming game to watch them perform at half time. None of my sons played football. Nor did any of my daughters, in case you wondered. All of my children...

 
 Granite Falls    October 1, 2012

YOUR LETTERS FOR OCTOBER 2012

This country needs a change for hard working Americans Dear Editor, There is something that bothers me, since I am old enough to have lived in the period of the Great Depression. President Roosevelt formed what was called the CCC, which at the time...

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Granite Falls    October 1, 2012

For manufacturers, action speaks louder than words

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney tell voters they want manufacturers to stay in America and create new jobs. The president even promised an audience in New Hampshire that he’d create 4.5 million new jobs, half of those in manufacturing. Why all the...

 
 By Press Staff    Granite Falls    October 1, 2012

Railroad Days 2012

Alumni breakfast to be held during Railroad Days The Granite Falls Alumni's Annual Breakfast and Membership Meeting will be held at the Railroad Days Celebration, October 6, at The Father's House at 402 S. Granite Avenue again this year. Bring your s...

 
 By Press Staff    Granite Falls    October 1, 2012

Firefighters to wait tables to help local kids

The Granite Falls Firefighter Association is holding their fifth annual Fiesta Fundraiser at La Playa Bonita Restaurant in Granite Falls on November 3 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Local firefighters will be...