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Judge to Crescent Bar islanders and PUD: mediate

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SPOKANE — A federal judge Friday said that facts are enough to merit a jury trial in the lawsuit filed against the Grant County PUD by leaseholders fighting eviction from Crescent Bar Island.

But, U.S. District Court Judge Justin Quackenbush told the approximately 50 islanders who crowded his courtroom, their four lawyers and the half-dozen lawyers present for the PUD and Port of Quincy, that a trial would not be in the best interest of anyone.

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