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Grant PUD loses appeal to arbitrate island dispute

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SAN FRANCISCO — If the Grant County PUD wanted to settle a federal lawsuit filed by the property owners of Crescent Bar Island, the utility should have insisted on doing before battling the case in court for 11 months.

That was the opinion, released Monday, of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which rejected a PUD effort to have the lawsuit thrown out by invoking a clause in a contract with the islanders that requires disputes be settled through arbitration.

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