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12/19/14
Red Cross responds to a single-family fire in Redmond, Oregon.
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/19/14
A single-family fire occurred on Forest Avenue in Redmond, Oregon,
A Red Cross Disaster Assistance Team responded.
The fire displaced one adult.
Lodging, food, clothing, comfort kits and information about disaster mental health and disaster health services was provided.
12/17/14
Insulator damage endangers public, power reliability; ratepayers foot repair bill (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 12/17/14
Damaged insulators create a dangerous situation that can result in a power outage and put anyone nearby at risk of electric shock, serious injury or death. (BPA photo)
Damaged insulators create a dangerous situation that can result in a power outage and put anyone nearby at risk of electric shock, serious injury or death. (BPA photo)
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Tacoma, Wash. - The Bonneville Power Administration is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for tips about multiple incidents of insulators damaged by firearms on its high-voltage power line near Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, Wash. Damaged insulators can put people nearby at risk of electric shock, serious injury or death.

"Shooting at electrical equipment is senseless, costly and endangers the safety of anyone in the area," says Jeff Millenor, physical security manager for BPA.

Over the past 90 days, there have been four incidents of damaged insulators on BPA's Olympia-Grand Coulee transmission line between 34th Avenue East and Mountain Highway East, just southeast of Lewis-McChord, between Spanaway and Graham.

"We're asking neighbors and anyone who has seen suspicious activity near BPA's power line to contact us," says Sergeant Frank Clark with the Pierce County Sheriff's Office.

If you have information about the insulator shootings, please contact Sgt. Clark at 253-798-4963 or fclark2@co.pierce.wa.us.

Insulators are a critical component because they ensure electricity stays in the power lines and does not enter other equipment such as steel towers or poles. Damaged insulators can also cause a power line to flash over to ground, resulting in a power outage, and create a dangerous situation for electrical workers trying to keep the lights on for people during the holidays. And unfortunately, Northwest electric ratepayers will absorb the repair costs in their electric power rates.

Crime Witness Program
BPA offers up to $25,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of individuals committing crimes against BPA facilities and infrastructure. If you have information about illegal or suspicious activity on BPA property, please call BPA's 24-hour toll-free, confidential Crime Witness hotline at 800-437-2744. If you see illegal or suspicious activity happening in real time, please first contact local law enforcement. For more details about the program, go to www.bpa.gov/goto/CrimeWitness.


Attached Media Files: Damaged insulators create a dangerous situation that can result in a power outage and put anyone nearby at risk of electric shock, serious injury or death. (BPA photo)
12/12/14
Puget Sound ESD among first wave of preliminarily selected grantees of Early Head Start - Child Care Partnerships Grant
Puget Sound ESD - 12/12/14
As part of President Obama's Early Learning Initiative, $500 million has been set-aside for new Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships. These grants will allow new or existing Early Head Start programs to partner with local childcare centers and family childcare providers serving infants and toddlers from low-income families.

Luba Bezborodnikova, Puget Sound Educational Service District's Associate Superintendent of Early Learning, was beaming on Thursday when the US Department of Health and Human services (HHS) announced Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) as a grantee.

"This grant will enable us to continue to work with partners in our region to provide infants and toddlers with a healthy and engaging early learning environment that will prepare them to succeed and reach their full potential," says Bezborodnikova, "Early Head Start Program is vital for children and their families, but this grant also ensures that we are providing current, relevant, high-quality professional learning for teachers."

The initial grant amount awarded to PSESD is $2.9M, but the awards are not final and may be subject to change. Office of Head Start will continue to negotiate with PSESD and other applicants to award all grants on a rolling basis beginning January 1, 2015, with the full allocation of $500 million awarded by the end of March 2015.

However, PSESD is continuously cultivating relationships with partners in the region to provide all students with a healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenging learning environment. Partners in PSESD's Early Head Start work include King County Child Care Resources and a collaboration with the City of Seattle and Pierce County Child Care Aware. These partnerships are crucial for providing resources for families seeking child care, developing high quality learning, and collaborating with regional organizations to bring the early learning perspective to cradle to career initiatives working to support children's success in school and beyond.

While PSESD has been named as the grantee, the work is truly a partnership of many educational advocates. Letters of support for the grant application came from Community Center for Education Results, Senator Patty Murray, City of Seattle Mayor Edward Murray, Washington State Department of Early Leaning, Thrive by Five Washington, Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy, King County Housing Authority, King and Peirce County Early Learning Coalitions, and King County Executive Dow Constantine. It is because of the support of these individuals and organizations that PSESD is able to expand services in the Puget Sound region.

The beginning years of a child's life are critical for building the early foundation needed for success later in school and in life. As part of President Obama's Early Leaning Initiative, this Early Head Start Child Care Partnerships Grant enables Early Head Start grantees like PSESD to enhance partnerships with childcare centers who already provide comprehensive, full-day, full year high-quality services to infants and toddlers from low-income families, and are ready to enhance their quality by meeting Early Head Start Program Performance Standards.

PSESD Childcare Center Partners
ACAP Child Services, King Co
Bates Technical College, Pierce Co
Foothills Learning Center, King Co
Green River Montessori, King Co
Hugs, Tugs & Luvs Childcare Center, Pierce Co
Easter Seals, Angle Lake Childcare Center, King Co
Multicultural Child and Family Hope Center, Pierce Co
Pierce College Child Development Centers, Pierce Co
Pike Place Market Childcare Center, City of Seattle
Tacoma Community College Early Learning Center, Pierce Co
Wellspring, City of Seattle
YWCA , Family Village, King Co
Learning Land I & II, King Co

Though the final funding awards and decisions have not been made, the anticipated amount of funding will allow PSESD to expand services to children and families in 13 communities in King and Pierce Counties.

Superintendent John Welch adds "Being able to elevate the importance of early care and education and enhance early learning services in our region is one great example of how as a community we can come together to eliminate the opportunity gap and ensure all children do well in school, find good jobs, and succeed in their careers."
Stanwood-Camano Schools 2 hours late.
Stanwood SD - 12/12/14
No preschool.
12/11/14
Washington Tops Nation Again in New Board-Certified Teachers
Puget Sound ESD - 12/11/14
Of the 946 new certificated teachers across the state, 48% are from school districts within the Puget Sound Educational Service District region

Renton (December 10, 2014) -- For the second consecutive year, Washington has the largest group of new National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs), according to numbers released by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards this week.

A total of 946 Washington teachers achieved their certification this year, which nearly doubles last year's first-place ranking of 516 new NBCTs. That maintains the state's fourth-place, nationwide, in the total number of NBCTs (8,285).

Throughout the Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) region, Seattle, Bellevue, Kent, Issaquah, Lake Washington and Federal Way are among the top 20 districts with new NBCTs nationally. In Seattle, 77 NBCTs represent 39 schools, which is the highest number of NBCTs in the state.

"The standards for this certification are very rigorous so we are honored to share in recognizing the incredible work teachers in our region have accomplished by earning this important professional credential," said John Welch, PSESD Superintendent.
"Because these teachers have shown a strong desire to challenge themselves, thousands of students will benefit."

Of the 946 new certificated teachers across the state, 48% are from school districts within the PSESD service region, and 80% of the districts in the PSESD service region have new NBCTs according to the data released by OSPI.

"The National Board certification process promotes teacher leadership," said Randy Dorn, superintendent of public instruction. "The commitment these teachers have made to their profession is an integral part of raising the quality of teaching in Washington and making a difference students can feel in the classroom."

Mercer Middle School - a challenging school in Seattle - certified eight new NBCTs, doubling their number from last year; and all new NBCTs in Highline Public Schools are located at challenging schools, representing 14 schools throughout the district. Four out of the six schools with 30 or more NBCTs are from districts in the PSESD region, including Tahoma Senior High School (Tahoma), Interlake High School (Bellevue), Newport Senior High School (Bellevue), and Sammamish Senior High School (Bellevue).

A joint effort led by the Office of the Governor, the Washington Education Association, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession, as well as to broad bipartisan support in the state Legislature, has led to a rapid increase in NBCTs in Washington. Gov. Jay Inslee acknowledged the dedication of the new NBCTs.

"Congratulations to all of this year's newly certified teachers," Inslee said. "Washington's National Board Certified Teachers are doing outstanding work in some of our highest need schools and in STEM, and have really set the standard for what outstanding teaching looks like."
12/05/14
Troopers Seize 17 Kilograms of Cocaine in Jackson County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/05/14
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On December 5, 2014, at approximately 8:27 A.M., Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from the Central Point Office stopped a 2002 Buick Regal for seatbelt violations on the driver and passengers on Interstate 5 near milepost 17. As the contact unfolded, troopers began to suspect the three were involved in criminal activity and requested K-9 Rainey of the Jackson County Parole and Probation Department assigned to the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement (MADGE), respond to assist.

After a K-9 alert, troopers conducted a search of the vehicle and located 17 Kilograms of cocaine and $5,980.00 in currency located within the vehicle. The cocaine was found in a false compartment in the vehicle.

Troopers arrested the driver, CHRISTOPHER M. WINTERS, 26, or Mill Creek WA; passenger, TAYLOR L. THRUELSEN, 36, of Issaquah WA; and second passenger, CHRISTOPHER K. CARRIGAN, 37, also of Issaquah WA, for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance and Unlawful Manufacturing of Cocaine. All three were lodged in the Jackson County Jail.

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12/04/14
Richard Shaheen named senior vice president BPA Transmission Services
Bonneville Power Administration - 12/04/14
Richard Shaheen named senior vice president BPA Transmission Services
Shaheen's history of safety and operational success will be of great benefit to BPA

Portland, Ore. - Richard Shaheen is the Bonneville Power Administration's new senior vice president of Transmission Services. He takes over after filling the role in an acting capacity since August of this year.

"Richard has had a very positive impact on Transmission Services since joining BPA in September 2013," said BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer. "He has a resume full of safety and operational accomplishments that will serve BPA well as we continue to strengthen our safety culture, sustain our core transmission assets and modernize our electric grid."
Shaheen, who is a licensed Professional Engineer, joined BPA in September 2013 as vice president of BPA's Engineering and Technical Services organization. In that role, he oversaw Transmission Services' $500 million capital program, the transmission maintenance program and real property services. Additionally, he served as BPA's principal engineer and key policy formulator in leading the design, material specification, coordination, project management and construction of major transmission infrastructure projects necessary to sustain and improve the reliability of the existing transmission system and incorporate new generation facilities.

During his tenure as acting senior vice president of BPA Transmission Services, BPA completed the work necessary to offer 15-minute scheduling to transmission customers, continued work on two major 500-kilovolt transmission lines and initiated upgrades to Celilo Substation and the Pacific Direct Current Intertie.

"Richard is an excellent leader, and his 25-plus years of experience at a large electric utility have proven valuable to BPA," said BPA Chief Operating Officer Claudia Andrews. "Richard will ensure we do our work safely and help us meet the challenges we will encounter in the changing energy industry landscape."

"This is an exciting time to be asked to lead such an important organization with a rich history of innovating and serving the Pacific Northwest," Shaheen said. "Operational excellence is important to me. I look forward to sustaining and modernizing BPA's transmission system, which is the backbone of the region's electric grid."

As Florida Power and Light's senior director for Engineering and Technical Services, and previously as leader of Distribution and Transmission Operations, Shaheen drove critical business initiatives in engineering and project management, process and technology improvements, system reliability, smart grid, environmental services, safety and compliance. He also received FPL's highest quality award for his reliability team, and while leading Operations, he improved safety performance levels and achieved the Distribution and Transmission business units' lowest recordable accident rate by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Based on reliability performance reported to the Florida Public Service Commission, FPL was number one among Florida's investor-owned utilities for five years running.

Shaheen holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Florida and a master's in business administration from Florida Atlantic University.

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BPA is a nonprofit federal agency that markets renewable hydropower from federal Columbia Basin dams, operates three-quarters of high-voltage transmission lines in the Northwest and funds one of the largest wildlife protection and restoration programs in the world. BPA and its partners have also saved enough electricity through energy efficiency projects to power four large American cities. For more information, contact us at 503-230-5131 or visit www.bpa.gov.

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*** Ammended *** 791 Oxycodone Tabs Seized During Traffic Stop Off Passengers Lap (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/04/14
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On December 3, 2014, at approximately 8:00 A.M., OSP Troopers from the Springfield Area Command conducted a traffic stop on Interstate 5 near Goshen, of a 2013 Dodge Charger, driving 92 MPH in a 65 MPH zone. When the driver, identified as KATRINA A. SHARPE, 21, of Olympia WA, and her passenger, DOMINIQUE A. WOODS, 22, of Olympia WA , were contacted,the trooper noticed Oxycodone tablets wrapped in cellophane on the passengers lap.

K-9 "Hemi" was called to assist with the investigation and subsequently located 10 grams of marijuana and additional Oxycodone totaling 791 tablets, concealed in the vehicle.

WOODS was arrested for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance and being a Fugitive from Justice in Washington then lodged in the Lane County Jail.

Photograph is attached.

Previous releases reported Woods as the driver but he was the passenger holding the celophane tablets.

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Proposed BPA rate increase will maintain value of power and transmission systems
Bonneville Power Administration - 12/04/14
Portland, Ore. - To keep pace with needed investments in the Federal Columbia River Power System, which provides carbon-free hydropower at cost to Northwest public utilities, the Bonneville Power Administration today proposed a 6.7 percent average wholesale power rate increase for the fiscal year 2016-2017 rate period. BPA is also proposing a 5.6 percent increase in its transmission rates to sustain and expand the federal transmission system to meet regional needs, including renewable resource integration.

"During my time at BPA, I have become acutely aware of the economic impact our rates have on Northwest public utilities and the communities they serve," said Elliot Mainzer, BPA administrator and chief executive officer. "However, these rate increases are necessary to sustain the tremendous value of the federal power and transmission system and to meet the electricity needs of the Northwest in a reliable and environmentally sustainable way."

In January, BPA began a discussion with the region about its proposed program levels, future costs and potential rates for fiscal years 2016 and 2017. At the outset of those discussions, BPA forecast double-digit increases for both its power and transmission rates. Over the next nine months, BPA conducted extensive public review of its programs and budgets in a regional process called the Integrated Program Review.

The IPR process allows interested parties to see all relevant FCRPS spending level estimates in the same forum. The IPR occurs every two years, just before each rate case, providing participants with an opportunity to review and comment on BPA's program level estimates before spending levels are set for inclusion in the rate case. Program levels for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 were included in the Final IPR Close-out Report released in October of this year.

"Working closely with our customers and other regional stakeholders over the past nine months, we managed to significantly cut the forecasted rate increases," added Mainzer.

The rate proposals will be considered during a public rate-setting process beginning in early December and culminating in July 2015 decisions on final rates to take effect Oct. 1, 2015.

BPA is a nonprofit federal wholesale utility that receives no Congressional appropriations
and must recover its costs through its rates. The new rates will affect local retail utilities differently depending on the amount of power and type of services they purchase from BPA. Local utilities ultimately determine the retail impact of BPA rates on individual businesses and residents.

Power rates
Even though power-related program level increases were kept below the rate of inflation, factors besides inflation make the wholesale power rate increase necessary. About 5 percentage points of the proposed 6.7 percent increase is due to costs associated with past capital spending - an increase of about $94 million a year.

Also contributing to the rate increase are increases in operating and maintenance costs for the federal hydroelectric program ($34 million), an automatic cost escalation under the long-term 2012 Residential Exchange Program settlement ($18 million per year), the need to acquire transmission service to meet obligations to deliver power to customers who are not directly connected to BPA's transmission system ($12 million per year) and rising fish and wildlife costs.

To offset a portion of these increases, BPA has been able to take advantage of unique
opportunities, including: the repeal of the spent-fuel disposal fee that the U.S. Department of Energy charged Energy Northwest's Columbia Generating Station, saving an average of $7.4 million a year; a reduction in BPA's forecast for the joint-funded Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance budget, saving about $2.5 million a year; refinancing of Energy Northwest regional cooperation debt for 2014-17, saving about $29 million a year; a decrease in operating costs at the Columbia Generating Station, saving approximately $26 million a year; and a $20 million undistributed reduction in the power revenue requirement.

Transmission rates
Additional reviews of transmission programs presented in the IPR confirmed that BPA has reduced programs levels as much as possible while still being certain it can meet the needs of the region. Factors contributing to the rate increase include the need to sustain and expand an aging Federal Columbia River Transmission System to maintain reliability and continue the integration of renewable resources, such as wind; increased mandatory compliance and additional cyber and physical security requirements and other operational and maintenance expenses; and the purchase of property insurance for BPA transmission facilities other than transmission lines and towers.

Earlier this fall, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved BPA's Oversupply Management Protocol, a tool to manage the occasional seasonal oversupply of electricity generation, as well as an associated rate through fiscal year 2015. BPA is proposing to continue the oversupply rate for two more years using the same cost-allocation methodology and rate design.

Partial Ancillary and Control Area Services settlement
In September 2014, parties to the BP-16 rate case reached a settlement on the cost of generation inputs and transmission rates for ancillary and control area services, which include balancing for variable generators. The settlement agreement included in today's Initial Proposal is posted on the BPA website. Most of the settled rates were kept at the same level as current rates, with a slight increase for Operating Reserves. The settlement will go through the rate case process. BPA staff will propose that the BPA administrator adopt the settlement in his record of decision in July 2015.

The settlement includes use of innovative tools BPA and its customers have created to integrate new resources into BPA's system. The agreement is made possible due to advances in BPA's ability to obtain third-party balancing resources. Given this progress and work being done in market design, the settlement gives BPA time to allow these efforts to mature and become long-term, sustainable solutions for the integration of new resources into BPA's transmission system. The settlement did not address two ancillary services, Scheduling System Control and Dispatch Service and Reactive Supply and Voltage Control from Generation Sources Services.

In October, BPA also began offering its transmission customers the opportunity to schedule energy in 15-minute increments. By offering 15-minute scheduling, BPA has removed barriers to integrating variable energy resources, as provided for in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Order 764. In the upcoming rate period, Variable Energy Resource Balancing Service customers (principally wind) can enjoy a saving of up to 50 percent from their current rate if they commit to schedule every 15 minutes. In addition, BPA believes that 15-minute scheduling could significantly reduce its balancing reserve capacity requirements.

BPA markets more than one-third of the electricity consumed in the Pacific Northwest. The power produced at 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant in the Northwest is sold to more than 140 Northwest utilities, among other entities. BPA operates a high-voltage transmission grid consisting of more than 15,000 miles of lines and associated substations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana serving more than 480 customers.
11/24/14
Northwest public utilities, BPA top five-year energy savings target (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 11/24/14
Since 2010, Northwest publicly owned electric utilities and BPA have saved enough electricity to meet the power needs of more than 400,000 Northwest homes, which adds up to at least $360 million in lower electric bills.
Since 2010, Northwest publicly owned electric utilities and BPA have saved enough electricity to meet the power needs of more than 400,000 Northwest homes, which adds up to at least $360 million in lower electric bills.
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Portland, Ore. - Since 2010, Northwest publicly owned electric utilities and the Bonneville Power Administration have saved at least 560 average megawatts of electricity, greatly surpassing the five-year goal of 504 aMW set by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council's Sixth Power Plan.

"Public power and BPA continue to lead the region's energy efficiency efforts," says Richard Genece, vice president of Energy Efficiency. "And this fantastic accomplishment could only be achieved through the great collaboration that we have here in the Pacific Northwest."

Although energy savings are still being reported, BPA and Northwest publicly owned electric utilities are projecting that they will have saved more than 560 aMW of electricity between 2010 and 2014. The five years of savings is enough to meet the power needs of more than 400,000 Northwest homes and adds up to at least $360 million in lower electric bills for Northwest ratepayers. The final savings achieved will be more precisely known in early 2015.

BPA and publicly owned electric utilities in the Northwest have worked hard not only to achieve but to substantially exceed the aggressive energy efficiency target.

"Public power's investment in energy efficiency has produced impressive savings in the past five years," said Scott Corwin, executive director of the Public Power Council, which represents the interests of publicly owned utilities in the Northwest. "This would not be possible without the commitment at the local level by utilities who know the needs of their retail customers."

The region's energy-saving goals are set by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, which includes two members from each of the four Northwest states (Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Washington). BPA and Northwest publicly owned utilities administer programs that pursue cost-effective energy savings in all sectors of the economy in support of public power's share of the region's energy efficiency target. Public power utilities are responsible for roughly 42 percent of the total regional target. This includes providing incentives for energy-saving upgrades, developing and implementing cutting-edge programs, and advancing new energy-efficient technologies, codes and standards.

Since 2010, there have been a number of standouts in the region's efforts to enhance energy efficiency. Programs like BPA's award-winning Energy Smart Industrial more than doubled the savings industrial facilities achieved compared to the previous five years (from 35 to over 75 aMW). The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, an organization that furthers the adoption of energy-efficient products, services and practices, supported by BPA, worked to improve the efficiency of the television market in the Northwest and achieved over 70 aMW of regional savings.

Standouts notwithstanding, a commitment to working together has been the key to success.

"Whether it's an upgrade for a homeowner or a process improvement at an industrial plant, collaboration between utility and BPA staff and our members is essential to achieving the region's energy conservation goals," says Stan Price, executive director of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council, an industry association that promotes energy efficiency.

The region has exceeded the Northwest Power and Conservation Council's annual targets every year since 2005. Early reporting shows that BPA and Northwest publicly owned electric utilities saved 55 aMW of energy in fiscal year 2014, exceeding the target range of 48 to 56 aMW. (The fiscal year 2014 savings figure is preliminary and likely to be adjusted after all reporting from utilities is submitted and verified.)

"The region's impressive accomplishments are saving money for consumers, protecting the environment by helping to limit carbon emissions from power plants, and keeping our electricity supply the cleanest and least expensive in the nation," said Pat Smith, chair of the Council's Power Committee, which is overseeing development of the upcoming Seventh Power Plan.

Since Congress passed the Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act in 1980, over half of the region's new demand for electricity has been met through energy savings. In those 34 years, the Northwest has saved 5,600 aMW of electricity, enough energy to power four cities the size of Seattle for an entire year or about $3.5 billion in reduced electric bills for the people and businesses of the Northwest.

"Energy efficiency is our cleanest, quickest, cheapest new power source, and critical to meeting our carbon-reduction responsibilities," said Sara Patton, NW Energy Coalition executive director. "We applaud Bonneville's continuing efforts to help the region's utilities meet and exceed their savings goals, and look forward to even greater accomplishments in coming years."

According to the Council, the average cost of efficiency improvements is about $17 per megawatt-hour, about five times less than the cost of power from a new gas-fired plant. So without energy efficiency, the region would need to generate enough additional electricity to power 3.6 million Northwest homes.

"Northwesterners should be proud of the fact that energy efficiency is the second-largest power resource in the region," Genece adds. "By using energy more efficiently, we can extend the value of the federal power system and its ability to continue to provide clean, affordable, reliable energy for the region."


Attached Media Files: Since 2010, Northwest publicly owned electric utilities and BPA have saved enough electricity to meet the power needs of more than 400,000 Northwest homes, which adds up to at least $360 million in lower electric bills.
11/21/14
NCA Staff Presents on Project Lead The Way (PLTW) at Washington State Conference (Photo)
Northshore Christian Academy - 11/21/14
NCA Teacher Raine Sherwood
NCA Teacher Raine Sherwood
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Seattle University, Seattle, WA (November 13, 2014): Northshore Christian Academy's (NCA) Elementary STEM Education Program was showcased at the Washington State PLTW Counselor Conference at Seattle University this November.

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a key leader in providing up close, hands on, relevant and innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education curricular programs used across the U.S. Students have the opportunity to create, design and build things like robots and cars, applying what they are learning in math and science to the world's challenges. Students learn not only how things work, but how to make them better!

The PLTW Counselor Conference is a professional development conference designed to inform school counselors, advisors, principals, school administrators, and teachers about the PLTW program and provide them with facts they can use to encourage students to enroll in PLTW courses. PLTW is a leading provider of STEM Education curriculum. This year marks the launch of their K-5 Elementary program. Northshore was selected to present at the State Conference as a Washington State school which has launched the PLTW program. Topics at the conference included:
* PLTW program and curriculum overview
* Engineering and biomedical career options
* Presentations by PLTW engineering and biomedical affiliates in Washington State
* Student Panel and hands-on student demonstrations

NCA presented to a group of administrators, teachers and STEM professionals about the success of the use of the PLTW program at NCA. Currently 620 students from 28 classes participate in the program each week at NCA.

Superintendent Holly Leach prepared a video to show the work NCA is doing in the classroom using PLTW. NCA's presentation at the conference was well-received and the school was acknowledged for their successful launch of the program. (To see Video, go here: http://media.northshorechristian.org/sermons/nca/stem_final_1.mp4 )

To learn more about PLTW, go to NCA's STEM Education--Engineering web page: www.northshorechristianacademy.org/Engineering

Northshore Christian Academy is located in Snohomish County, near the Everett Boeing Plant and the City of Mukilteo. Northshore Christian Academy provides a high quality education in a Christ-Centered environment for over 970 students in K-8th Grades and a Licensed Early Learning Center for toddlers, preschool and pre-Kindergarten children. Prospective family tours are given every Wednesday at 9:45am. New family enrollment applications for 2015/2016 are being accepted January 1, 2015. Please visit the NCA Website for more information at www.northshorechristianschools.org.


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