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 By Washington State Department Of Transportation - News    News    December 30, 2011

Construction begins next week on US 2 roundabout near Sultan

SULTAN – Another round of construction is coming to US 2 – in this case quite literally. Work will begin Jan. 3, to build a roundabout at the Rice Road intersection near Sultan. The Washington State Department of Transportation awarded th...

 
 By Washington News Service    News    December 30, 2011

Cleaner Water: A New Year's Resolution for Clark County?

Intro: Salmon – and anything else swimming in waterways around Vancouver – could have a better new year after a court decision this week. On Wednesday, a District Court judge ruled that Clark County has to comply with federal clean water...

 
 By Press Staff    Granite Falls    December 30, 2011

Two students from GFMS to perform in Yakima

Cassie Collinge Raelene Mock Granite Falls Middle School students Cassie Collinge and Raelene Mock have been selected to participate in the 2012 Washington Music Educators Association’s (WMEA)...

 
 By Press Staff    Granite Falls    December 30, 2011

Granite Falls High School’s Jackson to participate in state concert

GFHS senior Andrew Jackson. Granite Falls High School senior Andrew Jackson has been selected to participate in the 2012 Washington Music Educators Association’s (WMEA) concert February 16 in...

 
 By Press Staff    Granite Falls    December 30, 2011

School Board sets levy election

Students at Granite Falls School District need levies to provide basic programs. The Granite Falls School District Board of Directors will run two levies on the February 14 ballot. The cost will be...

 
 By Press Staff    Granite Falls    December 30, 2011

Relay for Life team member meeting coming soon

The January 2012 Relay for Life of Lake Stevens team member meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 10 at 6 p.m. On the second Tuesday of each month, local teams and their members are invited to Lake Stevens High School to get inspired and find out...

 
 By Press Staff    Granite Falls    December 30, 2011

Learn to download free library eBooks

“Now that they have implemented an eBook check-out system to include the Kindle, we are using the library more than ever without leaving home,” commented 67-year-old Jerry Kovacich, who moved with his wife to Coupeville, Wash., after...

 
 By Press Staff    Granite Falls    December 30, 2011

Kari Hanson BECU Member Volunteer of the Year

Each year BECU recognizes a member who exemplifies the credit union spirit of “People Helping People” by lending their time and talents to activities that make a lasting difference in our communities. This year, Kari Hanson has been...

 
 By Press Staff    Granite Falls    December 30, 2011

Howell selected as VFW Teacher of the Year

Debra Howell Monte Cristo Elementary multiage teacher Debra Howell has been selected as the Washington State Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Elementary Teacher of the Year. First selected as one of nin...

 
 By Press Staff    Granite Falls    December 30, 2011

Granite Falls resident Hunt completes basic training

Navy Seaman Cody D. Hunt, son of Heidi L. and Bryan L. Hunt of Granite Falls, Wash., recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, During the eight-week program. The capstone event of boot camp is "Battle...

 
 By Press Staff    Granite Falls    December 30, 2011

Granite Falls High School accepting nominations for Alumni Hall of Fame

Nominations are now being accepted for the annual Granite Falls High School Alumni Hall of Fame inductees. The Alumni Hall of Fame was established in 1994 to honor past graduates that were active in school activities that have gone on to become posit...

 
 By Pam Stevens    Granite Falls    December 30, 2011

GFHS decked the halls with food for those in need

Walking through the halls of Granite Falls High School on Monday, Dec. 12 was like walking through a well-organized grocery store. Donated food items literally decked the halls of the large school as...

 
 By Journal Staff    Granite Falls    December 30, 2011

GF School District Administration moves to new location

The Granite Falls School District Administration Office, which houses the Superintendent, Communications Office, Business and Operations, and the Special Services Department moved to its new location at 205 N. Alder Ave. on December 15. The Granite...

 
 By Press Staff    Granite Falls    December 30, 2011

Get to know Chapel on the Hill in G.F.

Chapel on The Hill has come a long way since its conception. The congregation is an orthodox church that serves the Granite Falls area. Chapel on The Hill in Granite Falls was started in the eighties in a little brown house on Galena Street. In 2004...

 
 By Pam Stevens    Granite Falls    December 30, 2011

Firefighters, community provide local families with special Christmas

Each year Granite Falls Firefighters and their wives collect donations for their annual Christmas House, which provides local families who need help providing Christmas gifts for their kids. In 2010...

 
 By Press Staff    Granite Falls    December 30, 2011

Clothing donations needed at Sanctuary Ministries

Sanctuary Care Ministries is looking for donations of gently used clothing, shoes and bedding for men, women and children as their stock is in short supply. Every week 45-65 people visit the Care Center at Sanctuary Ministries "shopping"...

 
 By Press Staff    Granite Falls    December 30, 2011

Clint Johnson earns prestigious title of National Board Certified Teacher

Granite Falls High School teacher Clint Johnson. Clint Johnson, a math teacher at Granite Falls High School in the Granite Falls School District, has earned the highest credential available to America...

 
 By Fred Cruger    Granite Falls    December 30, 2011

What's in a name?

No wonder fish can’t get mail! Even if they live and spawn in a single lake, people keep changing the name(s) of the lake! Sometimes, it’s a little hard to know when and why. Early in the...

 
 By Press Staff    Granite Falls    December 30, 2011

City announce monthly Economic Summit

Each month the City of Granite Falls, local businesses and community members get together to discuss how to help the city grow. January’s Economic Summit will be held on Thursday, January 19 at 7 p.m. The Summit will be held at Granite Falls...

 
 By Daris Howard    Granite Falls    December 30, 2011

Liffe's Outtakes

My wife, Donna, was new to the orchestra she was playing in and wanted to make friends with everyone. She introduced herself to each person, and most were friendly and chatted with her. But the bassoonist didn’t so much as smile when Donna...

 
 Granite Falls    December 30, 2011

YOUR LETTERS|JANUARY 2012

Initiatives give voters a fair shake Dear Editor, This is in response to Alisa DeFalco's letter to the editor entitled “Legalizing marijuana is not the right choice.” I too have been approached by initiative signature gatherers throughout...

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Granite Falls    December 30, 2011

Stories of hope shine all around us

With a bad economy, political bickering in our nation’s capital and daily news coverage of raucous protests here at home, it may seem harder to get into the Christmas spirit this year. But if you look closely, you will see countless examples of...

 
 By Pam Stevens    Granite Falls    December 30, 2011

A new year brings on new resolutions

Why does it take the turn of the calendar to get us to make new goals and to get motivated for a better year than the last? Starting fresh becomes almost obsessive for some, especially those of us...