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Mon. 05/02/16
BLM Extends Deadline for Nominations for Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 05/02/16 12:02 PM
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has extended to May 31, 2016 the deadline for submitting nominations for the 2016 Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards. The prior deadline was April 12.

These non-monetary awards highlight some of the finest examples of responsible mineral resource development and illustrate the principles of sustainable development without compromising the needs of future generations. The awards program also helps to promote successful ideas and practices that may be implemented at various locations throughout the nation.

"These awards honor achievements in environmental health, social responsibility, and economic security," said Michael Nedd, BLM Assistant Director for Energy, Minerals and Realty Management. "They also highlight mineral development that protects and restores the environment while meeting modern needs for these raw materials."
The awards fall under five categories: the Hardrock Mineral Environmental Award, the Hardrock Mineral Community Outreach and Economic Security Award, the Hardrock Mineral Small Operator Award, the Hardrock Mineral Directors Award, and the "Fix A Shaft Today!" Award.
The Hardrock Mineral Environmental Award recognizes efforts in environmental stewardship. This category recognizes achievements demonstrating continuous or repeated efforts to successfully meet or exceed Federal, State, or local reclamation requirements with minimal oversight.
The Hardrock Mineral Community Outreach and Economic Security Award recognizes projects that show concern for community responsibilities and the economic benefits of mineral development. This award recognizes successful coordination of projects with local and regional stakeholders. Projects that contribute to quality of life or show concern for a community's long-term health are also eligible.

The Hardrock Mineral Small Operator Award recognizes efforts in environmental stewardship of operators with fewer than 15 employees. Similar to the Hardrock Mineral Environmental Award, this award recognizes achievements demonstrating continuous or repeated efforts to successfully meet or exceed Federal, State, or local reclamation requirements with minimal oversight.
The Hardrock Mineral Director's Award recognizes outstanding achievement in a particular area of sustainable development. The award will recognize an operator whose dedication and commitment to excellence has resulted in the use of a new or innovative design or technique that allows or enhances successful operations in technically challenging conditions or in critical environmental settings.
The Fix A Shaft Today!"("FAST!") Award recognizes active participation in the FAST! Campaign, which is a partnership initiative aimed at eradicating unsafe abandoned mine land features, especially open mine shafts.
Nominations are to be submitted to the BLM State Office (Attention: Solid Minerals) that has jurisdiction in the State where the operation is located. It is anticipated that the presentation of the awards will take place in Las Vegas in the fall of 2016 in conjunction with MINExpo.

Mining companies, regulatory authorities, geologists, and members of the public may nominate operators or organizations in the non-coal solid minerals industries for an award. Nominations need not be limited to operations on land managed by the BLM. For detailed information on the nomination and selection processes, including the required format for nominations CLICK HERE: http://www.blm.gov/style/medialib/blm/wo/Communications_Directorate/public_affairs/news_release_attachments.Par.92208.File.dat/2016%20Sustain%20Final.pdf
Wed. 04/27/16
Road Map Region Race to the Top Executive Committee Issues Preliminary Awards of $711,00 for School-Community Partnerships
Puget Sound ESD - 04/27/16 5:35 PM
The Executive Committee for the Road Map Region Race to the Top grant issued preliminary awards of $711,000 in Investment Funds for School-Community Partnerships (Deep Dive 3) as part of the third and final round of awards to community partners and districts participating in the consortium.

The Investment Fund for Community-School Partnerships, one of the Race to the Top projects, invests in innovative and replicable partnerships between schools and community-based organizations (CBOs). The goal of this investment fund is for schools and CBOs to partner to provide intensive student-level interventions that bridge in-school and out-of-school time, in specific geographic areas.

This is the third round of investments for Community-School Partnerships supported by the region's four-year Race to the Top grant. So far, Race to the Top has invested $3,842,457 in six Community?School Partnerships.

In response to community input, PSESD made changes to the application process for this last round of investments. CBOs and other youth and family serving organizations were allowed be lead applicants to the investment fund in partnership with districts (previously, only districts could be lead applicants). Also, CBOs may now contract directly with Puget Sound Educational Service District to receive RTT funds for approved projects. Technical assistance was also provided to prospective community-school partner applicants to build intentional partnerships fostering stronger relationship-building between partners.

The three projects awarded include:

Kent Education and Equity Partnership (Kent) - $250,000
Partners: St. Vincent de Paul (Lead), Community Network Council, Coalition for Refugees of Burma, Somali Youth and Family Club, Iraqi Community Center of Washington, Communities in Schools, King County Housing Authority, City of Kent
Schools: East Hill Elementary, Kent Elementary, Park Orchard Elementary

Techbridge (Highline) - $250,000
Partners: Somali Youth and Family Club
Schools: Bow Lake Elementary, Hilltop Elementary, Madrona Elementary

Vietnamese Friendship Association (Seattle) - $211,010
Partners: Coyote Central, Jack Straw Cultural Center
Schools: Seattle World School

"Creating authentic community-school partnerships takes a great deal of trust, effort, creativity, and commitment," said PSESD Community Partnerships Director, Matthew Gulbranson. "These projects represent that effort and it is exciting to see how partners think and operate together. This kind of learning and growth was a primary focus of the investment process, and is a win for this work as we bring communities, schools, and districts together to serve our students and families."

An independent panel was assembled to review the proposals and make recommendations to the Executive Committee. Following preliminary award decisions, PSESD will finalize the terms of each award with districts through a contracting process.

A 2016 Community Partnerships Report was also produced to take a deeper look at partnerships occurring under Race to the Top, building on the last evaluation report, which highlighted general trends and challenges that affect community-school partnerships, and including a focus on district-to-district partnerships.



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About the Road Map Region Race to the Top Grant
The Auburn, Federal Way, Highline, Kent, Renton, Seattle and Tukwila school districts competed together for $40 million in Race to the Top federal funding as the Road Map District Consortium. The districts' grant was among 16 winners picked from nearly 400 applications by the U.S. Department of Education. The Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) is responsible for managing the grant's implementation and functions as the fiscal agent. For more information visit www.roadmapracetothetop.org
Annie Wright Schools Appoint New Director of Athletics (Photo)
Annie Wright Schools - 04/27/16 4:32 PM
Mike Finch, Director of Athletics at Annie Wright Schools
Mike Finch, Director of Athletics at Annie Wright Schools
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Annie Wright Schools are pleased to announce the appointment of Tacoma athlete and educator Mike Finch to the position as Director of Athletics. Mr. Finch, who graduated from Wilson High School in 2002 and Harvard University in 2006 with a BA in statistical psychology, has worked in finance and was formerly head football and track coach and a math teacher at Charles Wright Academy.
 
Appointing Mr. Finch to this position addresses a key strategic goal: to elevate the schools' athletic and physical education programs to a standard akin to academics and arts.
 
"Mike Finch is an exceptional educator, a dedicated coach and a passionate and ambitious leader who puts students at the center of everything he does," said Head of Schools Christian Sullivan. "He is a perfect fit for our mission and culture."
 
Annie Wright Day School (Preschool-Grade 8) already has daily physical education classes, including swim instruction in the on-site indoor pool, and team offerings in a variety of sports. The Upper School (Grades 9-12) also offers a range of team sports, including a particularly strong volleyball team which, during the past ten years, had three undefeated seasons and went to state finals seven times.
 
Mr. Finch, who excelled at track & field and football at Wilson and football at Harvard, has already begun to build on these strengths. He is creating, for example, after-school sports offerings for Lower Schoolers. "Families should not have to drive 15-45 minutes to another facility for their child to play on another sport team," he said. "We want Annie Wright students participating in Annie Wright athletics on the Annie Wright campus."
 
Mr. Finch is also recruiting top coaches to work with students throughout the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools to grow elite athletes within the school. He recently hired renowned club volleyball coach Jeff Grosshans, for example, to lead both the Lower School and Upper School Varsity volleyball teams.
 
Building on this momentum and adding to their signature offerings, Annie Wright Schools are starting a tennis program that will offer intense training for elite players in tandem with their rigorous and globally-focused International Baccalaureate curriculum.
 
"In today's college admissions world, top colleges are turning away applicants who have perfect SAT scores and perfect GPAs," said Mr. Finch. "These colleges are opting for students who participate in the full educational experience including athletics. With a stronger athletics program at Annie Wright Schools, we are helping students both learn life lessons that cannot be learned in a classroom setting alone and develop a resume for college applications that will help them compete for their top college choices."

Founded in Tacoma in 1884, Annie Wright Schools are two schools on one campus. Annie Wright Day School serves boys and girls in Preschool through Grade 8, while Annie Wright Upper School offers all-girls day and boarding programs for Grades 9 through 12. Annie Wright is proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School. Learn more at www.aw.org.
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Attached Media Files: AWS press release - New Dir of Athletics , Mike Finch, Director of Athletics at Annie Wright Schools
DEA's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday
DEA Seattle - 04/27/16 12:20 PM
April 27, 2016 - (Seattle, Washington) -- After collecting and destroying 5.5 million pounds--2,762 tons--of unused prescription drugs in the past 5 years, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is continuing its efforts to take back unused, unwanted and expired prescription medications. The DEA invites the public to bring their potentially dangerous, unwanted medicines to one of over 5,000 collection sites around the country that are manned by more than 3,800 of DEA's tribal and local law enforcement partners. This service is free of charge, with no questions asked.

On Saturday, April 30, 2016, there will be 89 collection sites throughout the state of Washington open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time. The public can find a nearby collection site by visiting www.dea.gov, clicking on the "Got Drugs?" icon, and entering their zip code into the search window, or they can call 800-882-9539. Only pills and other solids, like patches, will be accepted--the public should not bring liquids, needles or other sharps to take back sites.

When the results of the ten DEA Take Back Days for the Pacific Northwest are combined, the DEA and its state, local, and tribal law-enforcement and community partners have removed over 268,456 pounds (134.2 tons) of medication from circulation. Combined results for the previous ten Take-Back events in Washington State (2010-2015) resulted in 127,719 pounds (63.8 tons) of drugs removed from circulation.

America is presently experiencing an epidemic of addiction, overdose and death due to abuse of prescription drugs, particularly opioid painkillers. 6.5 million Americans abuse prescription drugs, according to the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than abuse cocaine, heroin, and hallucinogens combined.

"Most prescription drug abusers get their pills from friends and family, including from the household medicine cabinet," said DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg. "Please remove unwanted prescription drugs from your homes and help prevent substance abuse fueled by our medicine cabinets."

Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of injury-related death in the United States, eclipsing deaths from motor vehicle crashes or firearms. The removal from homes of unwanted prescription pills that can be abused, stolen or resold is an easy way to help fight the epidemic of substance abuse and addiction.
Tue. 04/26/16
BPA seeks innovative solutions for peak congestion in southwest Washington and northwest Oregon
Bonneville Power Administration - 04/26/16 3:47 PM
PR 12 16 BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, April 26, 2016
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140/5131

BPA seeks innovative solutions for peak congestion in southwest Washington and northwest Oregon

The pilot program would test solutions that may defer the need to build the proposed I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project

Portland, Ore. -- The Bonneville Power Administration is releasing a request for offers on products or measures from third parties that might assist in alleviating transmission congestion in southwestern Washington and northwestern Oregon.

The request for offers, or RFO, would establish a pilot program to address congestion in the near term as well as inform BPA on whether cost-effective options exist that could potentially defer the need to build the proposed I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project by five or more years.

In February of 2016, BPA released a final environmental impact statement on the I-5 project, a major step in the siting of a proposed line that would resolve congestion for BPA's transmission service in southwestern Washington and northwestern Oregon. However, the document does not represent a decision to build the transmission line.

The final EIS explains that BPA has previously explored non-wires solutions but to date has not found any combination that address the issue in the long term and are operationally, commercially, and economically feasible. However, BPA recognizes that technologies are continuously evolving and new advancements or strategies for their use could provide a solution that pushes out the need to build, reducing upward pressure on BPA electric rates.

"We want to make sure that we make the right investment at the right time for BPA and the people of the Northwest," said Jeff Cook, the vice president of Planning and Asset Management for Transmission. "While construction of a physical line would resolve capacity limitations along this corridor for the foreseeable future, it is a costly undertaking. It also would introduce new infrastructure in this vicinity that we recognize is of intense concern to local communities.

"By testing new advances in congestion management on our system, we may be able to uncover a solution that helps us defer the need to build in the immediate future."

In order to maintain system reliability, BPA must operate its bulk electric system to continually balance the supply, or generation, of power with the demand, or use, of that power. That balancing act is subject to both the physical limitations of the lines transmitting the power as well as the geographic location of the power's generation and the path the electricity must travel to reach an end user.

With southwest Washington and northwest Oregon, the generation used to meet the demand for electricity mainly comes from remote locations to the north or east, where the abundant sources of hydroelectric and wind power lie. Much of that power must travel along a transmission corridor known as South of Allston that has not been reinforced with additional capacity since the 1970s. Since then, the population around that corridor has more than doubled. During the most acute periods of high electric demand, the amount of power traveling on those lines can approach or exceed safe operating limits.

Currently, BPA's ability to manage the generation or demand along this path is more limited in the summer. These conditions create a reliability risk. With the increasing population in southwest Washington and northwest Oregon, and the corresponding increase in demand over time, that reliability risk grows as more electricity moves on the existing lines South of Allston.

"The response to this RFO will help us to see if there are adequate resources in the region to sufficiently manage that congestion and shift the electric load elsewhere," Cook said.

About BPA

The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 142 electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA delivers power via more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and 261 substations to 475 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity consumed in the Northwest and operates three-quarters of the region's high-voltage transmission grid. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and carbon-free electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov

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Interior Department Takes Next Step in Comprehensive Review of Federal Coal Program
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 04/26/16 9:43 AM
WASHINGTON -- As the next step in the Department of the Interior's comprehensive review of the federal coal program, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today announced the dates and locations for a series of public meetings in May and June to solicit public input. These meetings will provide the public with opportunities to help the BLM identify and evaluate potential reforms to the federal coal program. Today's announcement follows last month's publication of a Notice of Intent to conduct a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) that began a formal, comprehensive review of the federal coal program.
"As we begin this review, we are looking forward to hearing from the public about a wide range of issues about the federal coal program," said BLM Director Neil Kornze. "The information we gather will help shape future decisions about this public resource."

The BLM is particularly interested in gathering public input on the issues and policies that should be outlined in the PEIS, including topics such as whether Americans are receiving a fair return for federal coal, how market conditions affect coal, how federal coal affects the environment, and how these and other factors impact coal-dependent communities. Public feedback obtained during these meetings will help inform the size and scope of the review conducted in the PEIS.

In January, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced a comprehensive review that will examine a broad array of concerns about the federal coal program following critical reports issued by the Government Accountability Office and Interior's Office of the Inspector General; concerns raised by members of Congress and other interested stakeholders; and feedback received from a series of public listening sessions last year in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico and Washington, D.C.

Each public scoping meeting is scheduled from 10:00 a.m. -- 4:00 p.m. local time in the following six locations:

May 17, 2016 Casper Events Center
1 Events Center Drive
Casper, WY 82601

May 19, 2016 Salt Palace Convention Center
100 West Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

May 26, 2016 Tennessee Theatre
604 S. Gay St.
Knoxville, TN 37902

June 16, 2016 Pittsburgh Convention Center
1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

June, 2016 Seattle
To be announced

June 23, 2016 Two Rivers Convention Center
159 Main St.
Grand Junction, CO 81501

The meetings in Casper, Seattle and Pittsburgh will be live-streamed at www.blm.gov/live, and all six meetings will have a listen-only audio link via telephone. Those who attend the meetings in person and who wish to speak will be asked to sign-in. Speakers will be called upon on a first-come, first-served basis and will be accommodated to the fullest extent possible given the space and time available. Those interested in attending should check the BLM Coal PEIS website prior to the meeting for additional information.

Written comments may be submitted until July 23, 2016, using one of the following methods:

Email: BLM_WO_Coal_Program_PEIS_Comments@blm.gov

Mail: Coal Programmatic EIS Scoping
Bureau of Land Management
20 M St. SE, Room 2134 LM
Washington, D.C. 20003

The Interior Department will release an interim report on the PEIS by the end of 2016. The interim report will contain a summary of substantive comments received during the public scoping period and conclusions from the scoping process about potential planning alternatives results. The comprehensive review is expected to take approximately three years to complete.

Additional information on the PEIS can be found here, and additional information on the federal coal program can be found here.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Attached Media Files: Interior Department Takes Next Step in Comprehensive Review of Federal Coal Program BLM To Gather Public Input at Scoping Meetings Across Nation
Mon. 04/25/16
Efficiency Exchange conference highlights energy efficiency innovations and trends (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 04/25/16 8:30 AM
Now in its fourth year, Efficiency Exchange is the biggest energy efficiency event in the Northwest.
Now in its fourth year, Efficiency Exchange is the biggest energy efficiency event in the Northwest.
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Northwest connects on the latest energy efficiency programs and strategies

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho -- April 25, 2016 -- The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), in partnership with the Northwest Power and Conservation Council and utilities throughout the Northwest, are hosting the fourth annual Efficiency Exchange conference.

The region wide event focuses on promoting technical innovation and new ideas in utility energy efficiency programs. This year's event will be at the Coeur d'Alene Conference Center in Idaho on April 26-27, with tours on April 28.

"This is the biggest utility energy efficiency event in the Northwest," said Richard Genece, vice president of Energy Efficiency for BPA. "It's where utilities, implementers, contractors and policy-makers share ideas, best practices and strategies so that we can continue to drive the Northwest's energy efficiency powerhouse."

Attendees will build new relationships, gain a better understanding of emerging trends in the industry, and learn about new products, programs and practices to consider in their own organizations.

This year's conference kicks off with a general session on energy efficiency in the Seventh Power Plan, which the Council adopted in February. The plan concludes that energy efficiency is the key to meeting our region's future demand for electricity.

"The Council's analysis found that energy efficiency can meet all of the Northwest's anticipated load growth through 2035," Council Chair Henry Lorenzen said. "It also provides a significant contribution to the region's newly identified need for capacity resources which can help meet spikes in system demand. The Council is pleased to help sponsor the 2016 Energy Efficiency Exchange and to continue work with BPA, NEEA and other regional partners to promote this important resource."

In addition to this topic, experts from around the Northwest will present on a range of issues, such as electric vehicle infrastructure, lighting and new methods of driving energy efficiency through data and behavior.

Attendees will also get an insider's look at how energy-efficient technologies are tested, refined and applied to a number of local industries. The final day of the conference includes tours of the Fighting Creek Landfill Gas Project, Rohinni Lighting, and the Post Falls Hydroelectric Development, among other sites.

"The Northwest has been an established leader in collaborating on energy efficiency for the last two decades," said NEEA's executive director, Susan E. Stratton. "Efficiency Exchange brings together thought leaders and program experts to share new ideas and insights that benefit the whole region. Together, we are shaping our energy future."

Between sessions, attendees can visit the Conduit Lounge and register, post and share information on Conduit [conduitnw.org], an online community that facilitates collaboration and coordination among energy efficiency professionals in the Northwest.

View the full agenda of the conference at www.efficiencyexchangenw.com.


Attached Media Files: Now in its fourth year, Efficiency Exchange is the biggest energy efficiency event in the Northwest.
Fri. 04/22/16
BLM Oregon Unveils Vintage-Style Commemorative Poster of Steens Mountain (Photo)
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 04/22/16 11:09 AM
Steens Mountain Poster
Steens Mountain Poster
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Portland, Ore. -- The Bureau of Land Management's Oregon/Washington State Office released a new vintage-style poster and postcards of Steens Mountain for Earth Day 2016. The posters and postcards will be available to the public at no cost from all BLM offices and public rooms throughout Oregon and Washington.

"An area as special as southeast Oregon's Steens Mountain deserves an equally special commemoration like this beautiful vintage poster. The Steens Mountain and its high desert surroundings is one of the crown jewels of Oregon wildlands. Conservation efforts here are an example of successful cooperative conservation efforts." said acting Oregon/Washington BLM State Director Jamie Connell.

The Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area (CMPA) contains 428,156 acres of public land offering diverse scenic and recreational experiences. The CMPA encompasses an extraordinary landscape with deep glacier carved gorges, stunning scenery, wilderness, wild rivers, a rich diversity of plant and animal species, and a way of life for all who live there. The 52-mile Steens Mountain Backcountry Byway provides access to four campgrounds and the views from Kiger Gorge, East Rim, Big Indian Gorge, Wildhorse and Little Blitzen Gorge overlooks are spectacular!

The United States Congress designated the Steens Mountain Wilderness in 2000 and it now has over 170,200 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Oregon and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. "The high Steens landscape reveals the dramatic effects of contrasting geologic forces -- tectonic uplift and glaciation. The vintage Steens poster depicts the massive backdrop that compels us to play an active part in something much bigger than ourselves," said Jerry Magee, Oregon/Washington BLM State Wilderness Lead.

The Act also designated three new Wild and Scenic Rivers --- Wildhorse Creek, Little Wildhorse Creek and Kiger Creek --- and adds two new segments --- Ankle Creek and Mud Creek --- to the existing Donner und Blitzen Wild and Scenic River. Also, the first ever Redband Trout Reserve has been created to improve stream health and fish habitat.

The BLM's National Conservation Lands encompass some of the most scenic, culturally rich and scientifically important public land in America. These lands include approximately 875 areas (more than 32 million acres) of National Monuments, National Conservation Areas, Wilderness Areas, Wild and Scenic Rivers, and other federally-designated special places.

The vintage poster and postcard series is being produced to raise awareness and encourage greater stewardship of our National Conservation Lands. Since 2014, the BLM has published 13 vintage posters. All the posters can be viewed at: www.flickr.com/photos/mypubliclands/sets/72157644226090865

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.


Attached Media Files: Steens Mountain Poster Press Release , Steens Mountain Poster
Wed. 04/20/16
Demand response demonstration project concludes with high success rate, national award (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 04/20/16 4:43 PM
During the demonstration project, participants, including the North Pacific Paper Corporation's pulp and paper manufacturing facility in Longview, Wash., reduced their electricity use within 10 minutes.
During the demonstration project, participants, including the North Pacific Paper Corporation's pulp and paper manufacturing facility in Longview, Wash., reduced their electricity use within 10 minutes.
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Richland, Wash. - Energy Northwest, its public utility partners, City of Richland, Cowlitz County Public Utility District, Pend Oreille County PUD together with the Bonneville Power Administration, successfully concluded an aggregated demand response demonstration project.

"The success of this pilot demonstrates the reliability and potential value of demand response to the region and our public power members," said EN CEO Mark Reddemann. "This technology furthers our mission to provide regional ratepayers responsible energy solutions."

Conceptually, demand response builds on the idea that while individual electrical loads are relatively small compared to the scale of a regional transmission grid, the coordinated decrease or increase of many loads at once may serve as a cost-effective alternative to building or purchasing the output of additional electric generating stations or transmission infrastructure, resulting in overall cost savings for Northwest ratepayers. During the trial project, participants successfully reduced energy usage in nearly 80 separate events.

For BPA, growing demands on the federal hydropower system, along with the increase of wind and other intermittent renewable generation in the region, has increased demand on BPA's finite ability to provide balancing reserves to meet industry reliability standards.

"This was a groundbreaking project for demand response as a flexible, reliable resource that can support the federal power system," said Mark Gendron, BPA's senior vice president for Power Services. "Energy Northwest has been a tremendous partner and its infrastructure as a DR aggregator has proven out."

This month, the Peak Load Management Alliance, a national community of experts and practitioners who advance demand response, recognized the demonstration project as one of the nation's best demand response programs, initiatives and achievements from 2015.

BPA and EN placed a pilot-scale 18-megawatt demand response resource in service last February. Pend Oreille County PUD and its customer Ponderay Newsprint Company joined in April, bringing the resource to its fully-subscribed 35-megawatt capacity.

During each test event, BPA, using AutoGrid's Demand Response Optimization and Management System platform, sent a signal to EN's Demand Response Aggregated Control System, which forwarded the signal to participants, such as Cowlitz County PUD, which serves North Pacific Paper Corporation, a large pulp and paper manufacturing facility in Longview, Wash.

After receiving the signal, each participant reduced electric power usage. To be considered a successful event, the load change had to be completed within 10 minutes and sustained for a given period of time. EN's aggregated control system collected detailed metering information from each asset and reported total capacity response, or electricity use reduction, to BPA. At the end of an event, DRACS sent a terminating signal for the asset to resume normal operations. DRACS is hosted within Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Electricity Infrastructure Operations Center, a U.S. Department of Energy-funded incubator facility built and operated for such roles.

Energy Northwest and its public utility partners continue to look for diverse electric loads from customers willing and able to reduce their electric demand on short notice. The participating public utilities that provide the customer loads for ongoing demand response resources are expected to include utility participants in Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

Energy Northwest and BPA will continue to evaluate the results from this project and, potentially, identify opportunities for further use of the pilot resources.


Attached Media Files: During the demonstration project, participants, including the North Pacific Paper Corporation's pulp and paper manufacturing facility in Longview, Wash., reduced their electricity use within 10 minutes.
BPA expecting normal water year operations (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 04/20/16 1:43 PM
After a dry year, the Columbia River basin is back to normal water conditions.
After a dry year, the Columbia River basin is back to normal water conditions.
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PR 11 16 BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 20, 2016
CONTACT: Sarah Burczak, 503-230-3264 or 503-230-5131

BPA expecting normal water year operations

Portland, Ore. -- The Bonneville Power Administration is looking at a normal water year after implementing dry-year operations in 2015. Record-setting precipitation in December and a wet March have helped boost this year's water supply forecast.

The April 19 water supply forecast for January through July is 105.7 million acre-feet, or 104 percent of normal. The report is produced by the Northwest River Forecast Center, based on water volume measured at The Dalles Dam.

"One major difference we see this year is a more normal and evenly distributed snowpack in the Columbia Basin compared to last year," said Erik Pytlak, manager of the Weather and Streamflow Forecasting group in BPA Power Services. "Snowpack is what feeds the system's spring and summer runoff, so it's important to BPA to have good snowpack by this time of year."

With the approaching runoff, there's a chance BPA might need to use its oversupply management protocol this year should oversupply conditions arise. This protocol was last used in 2012. Oversupply occurs when a rare combination of factors comes together: low energy demand; an abundance of water; high hydroelectric generation; and operational limitations on the amount of water that can be spilled, or passed through the dams, to protect fish.

The oversupply protocol can be triggered any time of year, but is most likely during spring runoff, even in an average water year. BPA recently received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to use the OMP indefinitely, although BPA must still file the rate with FERC every two years. The protocol places the associated costs largely on the participating customers.

The El Niño weather pattern that the region has been experiencing since March 2015 is finally weakening, but because it was so strong, the region can expect the effects to linger for a few more months.

"El Niño events typically tilt toward warmer and drier conditions in the Pacific Northwest," said Pytlak. "However, strong events like we had this past winter can bring significant precipitation to the region and result in a healthy snowpack. That has indeed played out so far this year."

It has also been a rather warm winter, not only in the Pacific Northwest but across the United States. The warmer weather has been linked to lower demand for natural gas and this year's decline in natural gas prices. These lower prices have driven down the price of BPA's surplus power in the electricity market. That has reduced BPA's surplus power sales outlook this year. Surplus power sales are used to keep BPA rates lower than they would have been otherwise.

On the bright side, the amount of water in Columbia River Treaty storage dams, including those in Canada, is recovering from the additional water releases made last spring and summer to offset low streamflow conditions.

"Using current forecasts, there is a good chance of refilling the composite Canadian Treaty content to near normal levels by the end of the operating year, which was much lower than normal last year due to the dry conditions in the U.S.," said Trevor Downen, Canadian Treaty operations lead in Power Services' Operations Planning group.

About BPA
The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 142 electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA delivers power via more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and 261 substations to 475 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity consumed in the Northwest and operates three-quarters of the region's high-voltage transmission grid. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and carbon-free electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov
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College Place Elementary PTA is hosting a clothing drive
Clothes for the Cause - 04/20/16 1:02 PM
Lynnwood, WA -- College Place Elementary PTA partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for events throughout the year

Clothes for the Cause makes it easy for everyone in our community to contribute by not asking for money or for someone to buy something. Instead they partner with fundraising groups to collect items that our friends, family and neighbors already have in their houses such as clothes, shoes, purses, belts and household linens.

You can drop off your donations to this clothing drive at: College Place Elementary at 20401 76th Ave West. Lynnwood, WA 98036. They will be collecting donations between NOW and April 24th, 2016.

For more information, contact your local Event Planner, Susan Hovey at
(206) 455 4573, Facebook at Clothes for the Cause, Twitter @Clothes4_Cause, Instagram Clothes4_Cause or online at www.clothesforthecausefundraising.com.

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Arlington Youth Cheer is turning OLD CLOTHES into NW UNIFORMS
Clothes for the Cause - 04/20/16 12:55 PM
Arlington, WA -- Arlington Youth Cheer partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for new uniforms and travel expenses throughout the year.

Clothes for the Cause makes it easy for everyone in our community to contribute by not asking for money or for someone to buy something. Instead they partner with fundraising groups to collect items that our friends, family and neighbors already have in their houses such as clothes, shoes, purses, belts and household linens.

You can arrange drop off or pick up of your donations to this clothing drive with: Natalie Reed at 619 274 7361. They will be collecting donations between NOW and April 24th, 2016.

For more information, contact your local Event Planner, Susan Hovey
at 206 455 4573 or susan@clothesforthecausefundraising.com Facebook at Clothes for the Cause, Twitter @Clothes4_Cause, Instagram Clothes4_Cause or online at www.clothesforthecausefundraising.com.

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Miss Oak Harbor Dejsha Lollar is hosting a clothing drive to raise money for tutition at Hillsong Leadership College.
Clothes for the Cause - 04/20/16 12:53 PM
Oak Harbor, WA Miss Oak Harbor Dejsha Lollar partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for Hillsong Leadership College in Astrailia.

Clothes for the Cause makes it easy for everyone in our community to contribute by not asking for money or for someone to buy something. Instead they partner with fundraising groups to collect items that our friends, family and neighbors already have in their houses such as clothes, shoes, purses, belts and household linens.

You can make pick up or drop off arrangements with Dejsha Lollar at 360 720 6341. Dejsha will be collecting donations between NOW and January 14th, 2016.

For more information, contact your local Event Planner, Susan Hovey at
206-455-4573. Facebook at Clothes for the Cause, Twitter @Clothes4_Cause, Instagram Clothes4_Cause or online at www.clothesforthecausefundraising.com.

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Greenlake Crew is turning unwanted Clothes into a Trip to London (Photo)
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Greenlake, WA -- Greenlake Crew partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for a crew trip to compete in London.

Clothes for the Cause makes it easy for everyone in our community to contribute by not asking for money or for someone to buy something. Instead they partner with fundraising groups to collect items that our friends, family and neighbors already have in their houses such as clothes, shoes, purses, belts and household linens.

You can drop off your donations to this clothing drive at: Real Property Associates 7500 Roosevelet WA SE, Seattle 98115. The truck will be at this address from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

For more information, contact your local Event Planner, Laura Lamborn at 425-283-3880 Facebook at Clothes for the Cause, Twitter @Clothes4_Cause, Instagram Clothes4_Cause or online at www.clothesforthecausefundraising.com.

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Families Inspiring Leaders Academy hosting a clothing drive to raise money for an education trip to the East Coast for senior students. (Photo)
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Tacoma/WA -- Families Inspiring Leaders Academy partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for an education trip to the East Coast for senior students.

Families Inspiring Leaders Academy is raising money for an education trip to the East Coast for their high school students. They will be visiting historical sites which they've been studying about for the past year.

Clothes for the Cause makes it easy for everyone in our community to contribute by not asking for money or for someone to buy something. Instead they partner with fundraising groups to collect items that our friends, family and neighbors already have in their houses such as clothes, shoes, purses, belts and household linens.

You can drop off your donations to this clothing drive at: Families Inspiring Leaders Academy, located at 3415 Pacific Ave. Tacoma, WA 98418 They will be collecting donations between now and day of event on April 23, 2016.

For more information, contact your local Event Planner, Becci Eismann at 509.714.3778, Facebook at Clothes for the Cause, Twitter @Clothes4_Cause, Instagram Clothes4_Cause or online at www.clothesforthecausefundraising.com.

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Canyon Creek Elementary is hosting a clothing drive (Photo)
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Bothell, WA-- Canyon Creek Elementary partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for the PTA.

Clothes for the Cause makes it easy for everyone in our community to contribute by not asking for money or for someone to buy something. Instead they partner with fundraising groups to collect items that our friends, family and neighbors already have in their houses such as clothes, shoes, purses, belts and household linens.

You can drop off your donations to this clothing drive at: Canyon Creek Elementary located at 21400 35th Ave SE, Bothell, WA. They will be collecting donations between 1pm and 2:30 pm on April 23, 2016.

For more information, contact your local Event Planner, Rebecca Eismann at 509.714.3778, Facebook at Clothes for the Cause, Twitter @Clothes4_Cause, Instagram Clothes4_Cause or online at www.clothesforthecausefundraising.com.

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Generations Credit Union to Host "Live" Budgeting Game for River Ridge High Students in Lacey Thursday
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 04/20/16 11:45 AM
Your reporter is invited to take the challenge!
Olympia, WA - Even students who graduate with straight "A's" may not be ready for the real
world when it comes to living within their financial means. Generations Credit Union and River
Ridge High School are working to change all that. On Thursday, April 21st, 50+ students will
participate in an interactive fast-paced life-like budgeting exercise called a "Financial Reality Fair." They will be assigned an entry level career and salary, and then work their way through a maze of spending temptations from necessities to luxuries such as entertainment and tattoos. Credit union volunteers serving as mock merchants will put the "hard sell" on the students, who will need to balance their budgets by the end of the hour. Look for lots of excited buzz and a-ha moments.

Generations Credit Union is one of eleven credit unions across the Northwest to participate
simultaneously in the Financial Reality Fair Extravaganza Thursday. The event is sponsored
by the Northwest Credit Union Foundation (NWCUF). The NWCUF received an experiential
learning grant from the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) to fund the Extravaganza.
Additional support was received from MindBlown Labs, which is granting free access to their
"Thrive 'n Shine" mobile application, a cutting edge digital tool for teaching personal finance
management.

"One of the best gifts we can provide the youth of today is a solid foundation of financial
knowledge," said Jamie Dedmon, Managing Director of the Northwest Credit Union Foundation.
"Financial literacy empowers people to make great choices that lead to financial freedom. It's
an honor to be a part of this monumental event that is changing students' lives, one financial
precept at a time."

"We are proud to be working with the Foundation to produce this year's Financial Reality Fair,"
said Bill Paulen, CEO of Generations Credit Union. "Many of us can remember when we came
face to face with our first "financial realities" -- and we remember there were some surprises!
We hope that this event is both enjoyable and valuable when students start to think about
managing their future financial matters."

MEDIA EVENT: Financial Reality Fair
WHEN: Thursday, April 21, 2016, from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM.
WHERE: 350 River Ridge Dr SE, Lacey, WA 98513
Follow the NWCUF Financial Reality Fair Extravaganza on Twitter: #FRFExtravaganza

The Northwest Credit Union Foundation (NWCUF) is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to
identifying and nurturing partnerships that bring together Northwest credit unions, community
organizations and nonprofits to improve and grow the regional economy. We provide credit
unions and community partners with support that promotes asset-building, economic
empowerment and cooperative development. Learn more at http://www.nwcuf.org.


Attached Media Files: 2016-04/4992/93710/Generations_Reality_Fair.pdf
Tue. 04/19/16
Secretary Jewell Offers Vision for Next 100 Years of Conservation in America
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 04/19/16 2:25 PM
In remarks at the National Geographic Society and released early on Medium, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today laid out a vision for actions the nation can take to build upon America's rich conservation legacy and pass on healthy public lands and waters to the next generation.

The Secretary delivered the remarks during National Park Week to help mark the 100th birthday of the National Park Service. During the speech, Jewell called for a "course correction" for conservation that includes inspiring all Americans from all backgrounds to connect with public lands; implementing smart, landscape-level planning to support healthy ecosystems and sustainable development; and greater investments in national parks and public lands to prepare for the next century of conservation.

During her remarks, Jewell also announced that the federal government will undertake a first-of-its-kind study to analyze the impact outdoor recreation has on the nation's economy. The Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis feasibility study will present detailed and defensible data on the importance of outdoor recreation as a distinct component of the economy that can help inform decision making and management of public lands and waters.

"By producing credible data on the tangible economic benefits of public lands, we can help the public and Members of Congress better understand the benefits of investing in them," Jewell said. "Industry estimates show that consumer spending for outdoor recreation is greater than household utilities and pharmaceuticals combined -- and yet the federal government has never fully recognized or quantified these benefits. This project is the start of a multi-year effort to count these contributions in a comprehensive and impartial way."

For more on the outdoor recreation economic report, click here.

To view the speech online, visit doi.gov/parksforall.


Attached Media Files: 2016-04/5514/93674/Jewell_Conservation_in_America_4-16.pdf
Mon. 04/18/16
Faith Church MOPS is hosting a clothing drive to raise money for kids programs throughout the year.
Clothes for the Cause - 04/18/16 9:30 AM
Kent, WA -- Faith Church MOPS partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for kids programs throughout the year.

Clothes for the Cause makes it easy for everyone in our community to contribute by not asking for money or for someone to buy something. Instead they partner with fundraising groups to collect items that our friends, family and neighbors already have in their houses such as clothes, shoes, purses, belts and household linens.

You can arrange pick up or drop off of your donations to this clothing drive with: Noell Marks noell_erin@yahoo.com or 206-818-6589. They will be collecting donations between NOW and April 17th 2016.

For more information, contact your local Event Planner, Susan Hovey
206 455 4573 or susan@clothesforthecausefundraising.com, Facebook at Clothes for the Cause, Twitter @Clothes4_Cause, Instagram Clothes4_Cause or online at www.clothesforthecausefundraising.com.
Sun. 04/17/16
Families Inspiring Leaders Academy hosting a clothing drive to raise money for an education trip to the East Coast for senior students. (Photo)
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Tacoma, WA -- Families Inspiring Leaders Academy partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for an education trip to the East Coast for senior students.

Families Inspiring Leaders Academy is raising money for an education trip to the East Coast for their high school students. They will be visiting historical sites which they've been studying about for the past year.

Clothes for the Cause makes it easy for everyone in our community to contribute by not asking for money or for someone to buy something. Instead they partner with fundraising groups to collect items that our friends, family and neighbors already have in their houses such as clothes, shoes, purses, belts and household linens.

You can drop off your donations to this clothing drive at: Families Inspiring Leaders Academy, located at 3415 Pacific Ave. Tacoma, WA 98418 They will be collecting donations between now and day of event on April 23, 2016.

For more information, contact your local Event Planner, Becci Eismann at 509.714.3778, Facebook at Clothes for the Cause, Twitter @Clothes4_Cause, Instagram Clothes4_Cause or online at www.clothesforthecausefundraising.com.


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Issaquah Middle School National Honor Society hosting a clothing drive to raise money for Free the Children
Clothes for the Cause - 04/15/16 9:00 AM
Issaquah WA -- IMS National Honor Society partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for Free the Children.

Free the Children is a non-profit organization that believes in a world where all young people are free to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change.

Clothes for the Cause makes it easy for everyone in our community to contribute by not asking for money or for someone to buy something. Instead they partner with fundraising groups to collect items that our friends, family and neighbors already have in their houses such as clothes, shoes, purses, belts and household linens.

You can drop off your donations to this clothing drive at: Issaquah Middle School, located at 400 2nd Ave SE. They will be collecting donations between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on April 18th - April 22nd.

For more information, contact your local Event Planner, Cindy Spencer at 425-922-2493, Facebook at Clothes for the Cause, Twitter @Clothes4_Cause, Instagram Clothes4_Cause or online at www.clothesforthecausefundraising.com.
Wed. 04/13/16
BLM Extends Comment Period on Proposed Land-Use Planning Rule
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 04/13/16 3:24 PM
WASHINGTON --In response to requests from the public, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will extend the comment period on a proposed land-use planning rule by 30 days. The proposed rule aims to improve the planning process by making it more collaborative, transparent, and effective.


Attached Media Files: 2016-04/5514/93525/BLM_Planning_Comment_Extension_PR_Final_41316.pdf
Tue. 04/12/16
BLM Releases Proposed Plan to Increase Timber Harvest and Environmental Protections in Western Oregon Forests
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 04/12/16 1:00 PM
Portland, Ore. -- Today the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposed a path forward for local communities in Western Oregon with a plan that will increase job growth, tourism and recreation, and timber harvest, while offering strong protections for the northern spotted owl, listed fish species, and water resources.

Once the proposed Resource Management Plan (RMP) is fully implemented, the BLM estimates that it will be able to provide 278 million board feet (mmbf) per year in total timber harvest. Out of 2.5 million acres in the planning area, 75 percent will be protected in reserves for fish, water, wildlife, and other resource values.

Throughout the course of the planning process, the BLM held 41 public meetings, workshops, and forums in Western Oregon. The agency received more than 7,000 comments, 4,500 of which were sent in during the formal comment period in 2015. The BLM also worked closely with agencies, including the National Marine Fisheries Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to develop strategies to protect fish, water, and threatened and endangered species.

The BLM will create harvest timber opportunities using the principles of ecological forestry, which incorporates principles of natural forest development, including the role of natural disturbances, in the initiation, development, and maintenance of stands and landscape mosaics. In the reserves, the BLM would only allow timber harvest to help meet management objectives such as increasing fire resiliency, developing habitat for northern spotted owl, or protecting listed fish species and water resources.

In the reserves, the BLM would protect stands of older, structurally complex forests. These stands include nearly 100 percent of all older forests, which protect high quality habitat for spotted owl.

"We've achieved an extraordinary balance between protecting threatened and endangered species, and creating timber harvest opportunities to support local communities," Acting State Director Jamie Connell said. "We're so thankful to all the members of the public and our partners who have been collaborating with us for the last few years. This is a big step forward for BLM-managed lands in Western Oregon--one that would create predictability and sustainability in land management and conservation."

Under the proposed RMP, the estimated annual harvest value would increase from $23 million in 2012 to $51 million. The estimated value of recreation would increase from $223 million to $271 million in 2023. The estimated contributions to jobs would increase from 7,900 in 2012 to 8,500.

The public will have 30 days beginning April 8, 2016, to review the proposed RMP. Protests must meet the requirements described in the regulations and mailed to one of the following addresses:

Regular Mail:
BLM Director (210)
Attention: Protest Coordinator
P.O. Box 71383
Washington, D.C. 20024-1383

Overnight Delivery:
BLM Director (210)
Attention: Protest Coordinator
20 M Street SE, Room 2134LM
Washington, D.C. 20003

Copies of this document are available at the BLM's Coos Bay, Eugene, Medford, Roseburg, and Salem Districts and the Lakeview District's Klamath Falls Field Office. The document is also available online at:

www.blm.gov/or/plans/rmpswesternoregon/feis

Following the close of the Protest Period, a BLM strike team will provide a review of the protests. Protest decisions will be made by the director of BLM.

After all protests have been resolved, the BLM anticipates issuing two Records of Decision (ROD) for the Resource Management Plans in Western Oregon. The RODs will each contain a Rationale for the Decision, provide an Allowable Sale Quantity Declaration, describe how the BLM will transition to the new plan, and outline direction for mitigation, plan monitoring, and evaluation. The BLM expects to issue the RODs during the summer of 2016.

The RODs and RMPs (ROD/RMP) for the six Western Oregon BLM districts were last approved in 1995. In 2011, the BLM conducted plan evaluations of the 1995 RMPs, and concluded that a plan revision was needed to address necessary changes to timber and wildlife programs, and minor changes to most other programs as a result of new scientific information.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.

--BLM--


Attached Media Files: 2016-04/5514/93475/OR_16__05_RMPsWesternOregonPressRelease.pdf
State Agencies Partner to Recognize Week of the Young Child
Wash. State Dept. of Early Learning - 04/12/16 8:48 AM
OLYMPIA, WA -- The second week of April is an exciting time for early learning communities in Washington State, as April 10-16 is honored nation-wide as the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) "Week of the Young Child(TM)."

"Today, we know more than ever about the importance of a child's first years. For this reason, we are excited to celebrate the significant impact that early learning has on our state's youth," said DEL Director, Ross Hunter. "The recognition week also gives us the opportunity to highlight the critical need for state agencies to work together so that all children are ready for Kindergarten, regardless of their zip code."

The purpose of the Week of the Young Child is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. In Washington State, the Department of Early Learning (DEL), the Department of Health (Health) and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) partner to encourage healthy development from birth and beyond.

Partners have recently set out to achieve the goals that:
All children are Kindergarten-ready by 2020
Race is no longer a predictor of Kindergarten readiness and academic success

These ambitious objectives come after data was released in DEL's Early Start Act Report which determined that in the 2013-2014 school year, only 41 percent of children were Kindergarten-ready.

Another partner initiative is the Healthiest Next Generation--a Governor-launched program that helps children maintain a healthy weight, enjoy active lives and eat and drink healthfully by making changes in early learning settings, schools and communities.

"We are most effective in serving children when we work together," said Hunter. "There is not one solution to improving child outcomes, but many solutions, by many people, in the places where children spend their time--in early learning settings, schools, and communities. Our partnerships are key in achieving progress for all these kids."

The Week of the Young Child is celebrated by partner programs throughout the state. State agencies will be promoting the recognition week on social media, blogs and agency heads from Health and DEL are set to tour a Washington child care program dedicated to child health and development.

For more information about Washington services dedicated to children and families, check out DEL's social media, blogs and website, especially during The Week of the Young Child.


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Mon. 04/11/16
Media Advisory: Press Conference on BLM Proposed Plan to Increase Timber Harvest and Environmental Protections in Western Oregon Forests
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 04/11/16 4:32 PM
Portland, Ore. -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will be holding a press conference on Tuesday, April 12, at 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., to discuss the release of the Proposed Resource Management Plan (RMP) for western Oregon. The BLM is proposing a path forward for local communities in western Oregon with a plan that will increase job growth, tourism and recreation, and timber harvest, while offering strong protections for the northern spotted owl, listed fish species, and water resources.

Call in information:
Phone number: (888) 843-6168
Passcode: 8715228

The BLM will be releasing the Proposed RMP, an interactive map, and additional information online at 1:00 p.m.:
www.blm.gov/or/plans/rmpswesternoregon/index

Copies of this document will also be available at the BLM's Coos Bay, Eugene, Medford, Roseburg, and Salem Districts and the Lakeview District's Klamath Falls Field Office.


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.


Attached Media Files: 2016-04/5514/93453/MediaAdvisory.4.11.2016.pdf
New customer management program partners with family of companies, creates firewall against health care fraud, waste and abuse (Photo)
Woloshin Communications - 04/11/16 4:19 PM
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Last year AREScms officially offered Medicare and Medicaid technology software solutions to the health insurance industry. New partnerships now offer multiple compliance solutions and easy, intuitive use for health plans, brokers, FMOs and others.

Insurance brokers and general agents were the first and unexpected customers to use AREScms(R), a SaaS product that provides operational efficiencies, agent management and cost saving solutions. Insurance sales and marketing professionals realized the value to their businesses for reliable, failsafe protection from the massive health care fraud, waste and abuse issues that plague America's health care system. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) release of its 2015 Improper Payment Report shows that the improper payments rate for 2015 was 12.1 percent, costing taxpayers $43.3 billion. With health plan reimbursements expected to be impacted the need for cost savings and efficiency are a must to survive in the increasingly competitive health insurance industry.

Just last year veteran health care software designer Daryl Price of West Linn, Oregon, believed there was a better way to address the needs of the hundreds of health plans relying on expensive "big box" customer relationship management (CRM) systems. His team created a CRM-like product initially for Medicare and Medicaid plans. Price thought it would be snapped up by health plans struggling to achieve positive ROI in the new Affordable Care Act (ACA) economy. So AREScms, www.AREScms.com, an affordable and comprehensive health plan information system was born.

"We hit our sales goal for 2015, but it was the customers of AREScms that surprised us," said Price. "Brokers, insurance professionals and their agencies created an unexpected demand, buying our cloud-based SaaS application almost immediately after we demonstrated the product."

AREScms is now available for all health plan products, and the product is far more flexible and less costly than any other CRM on the market. According to Price, AREScms is at about half the cost of other products and does not charge a per-user fee. This gives health plans of all sizes, small insurance brokerage firms and FMO's a highly functional, affordable and compliant tool for unlimited users.

The first clients for 2016 Annual Enrollment Period, (AEP) were UnityAdvisors and its sister company Keystone Medicare Advisors in western Pennsylvania. The Insurance Store in Lake Oswego, Oregon and its subsidiary The Insurance Store NW bought the AREScms system in March and will implement it in its existing and new stores and affiliate agents in the Pacific Northwest.

"AREScms is core to our strategic growth plan and we believe it will become the industry standard for compliance, the product is far superior to anything else available in the insurance industry," says Victoria Bramley, president of The Insurance Store. "AREScms keeps the multitude of agents affiliated with my agency compliant, tracks their leads and streamlines the sales cycle. I am able to monitor all of our costs, improve efficiencies in the sales process and greatly reduce waste, all in real time." Bramley plans to use AREScms this year for a major expansion of her brick and mortar stores throughout Oregon and into Washington State.

While Bramley calls AREScms the perfect solution for an agency that sells a variety of health products, including Medicare and Medicaid, major health plans are now also taking a hard look at AREScms. Price and his team have received multiple requests for demonstrations across the country.

"Platform adopters are thrilled to learn that there is no company core-system software installation required. The end-user only needs a compatible browser and we can support them," Price says. "Assistance from the technology department is virtually unnecessary. Installation can be completed quickly and efficiently."

Another feature built into AREScms is a unique software development life cycle process not seen previously in health plan customer management technology environments. AREScms applies new functionality into the application for better end-user support and security, while operating seamlessly under the workflows and tasks for complete two-way government-compliant sales, marketing and enrollment.

Based in Vancouver, Washington, AREScms is an acquisition, retention and enrollment solution--Customer Management System. For more information or product demonstrations, go to AREScms.com or contact Paul Leffler, AREScms operations at (877) 880-5737 or PLeffler@AREScms.com.


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Join us for the Greatest CO-OPATOPIA on Earth!
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 04/11/16 8:35 AM
Olympia, WA -- A cooperative ("coop") or co-operative ("co-op") is an association of persons who voluntarily cooperate for their mutual benefit. So it should come as little surprise that co-ops like to cooperate!

Now in its fourth year, CO-OPatopia is the only FREE regional event specifically to promote cooperatives, their products and services to consumers, and to other co-ops.

CO-OPatopia celebrates cooperative businesses and all they contribute to our communities and the local economy.

The Purpose of CO-OPatopia:
1. Celebrate the community of co-ops.
2. Help current co-op members identify other co-ops in the area.
3. Educate non co-op users about the benefits of co-ops and how they can get involved.

Saturday, April 23, 2016
2 PM -- 7 PM
"Co-op Street", 5th & Adams (The Pet Works Parking Lot) in Olympia
(Part of the Spring Arts Walk)

"This is our annual opportunity to bring together a variety of co-ops from across many sectors to not only show people the benefit of belonging to a co-op, but to encourage greater 'cooperation among cooperatives'--one of the core cooperative principles and something very unique to the co-op movement" stated Mary Beth Spuck, Chief Administrative Officer with TwinStar Credit Union.


Attached Media Files: 2016-04/4992/93422/COOPatopia_Press_Release.doc
Wed. 04/06/16
Washington State Recognizes Child Abuse Prevention Month (Photo)
Wash. State Dept. of Early Learning - 04/06/16 12:13 PM
One of Washington’s littlest learners helps plant pinwheels in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month at the Capital in Olympia.
One of Washington’s littlest learners helps plant pinwheels in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month at the Capital in Olympia.
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OLYMPIA, WA -- April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, the Washington State Department of Early Learning (DEL) and partners encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Washington communities better places for children and families.

Protective Factors
"We can help prevent child abuse and neglect by making meaningful connections with children, youth and families in our communities," said DEL Director, Ross Hunter. "Research shows that protective factors are critical in healthy families. Promoting and practicing these factors are among the most effective ways to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect."

The protective factors include:
Nurturing and attachment
Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development
Parental resilience
Social connections
Concrete supports for parents
Social and emotional competence of children

Pinwheels
To honor Child Abuse Prevention month, look for pinwheels "planted" throughout communities across Washington--including at the Washington State Capital in Olympia. The pinwheel serves a symbol of child abuse and neglect prevention awareness.

Wear Blue Day
DEL encourages children's advocates and supporters of this cause to wear blue in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month on Friday, April 8. Submit photos of how you raise awareness during the entire month of April (wearing blue, planting pinwheels, etc.) to communications@del.wa.gov or on DEL's Facebook page.


More about Strengthening Families and Prevent Child Abuse Washington
DEL's Prevent Child Abuse Washington program (implemented by Strengthening Families Washington) is a chapter of the national organization Prevent Child Abuse America. The program works to shift existing national policy and support children and families to prevent abuse and neglect from ever occurring. Strengthening Families Washington administers the Children's Trust Fund of Washington, which accepts public and private donations to support child abuse and neglect prevention.

Strengthening Families Washington also offers resources and information for parents, families and community members that may encounter child abuse or neglect. For more information about what to do if you experience or know someone who is experiencing abuse, go here: Report Child Abuse.

Photo Caption 1: Pinwheels planted at the Capital in Olympia on March 31 in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Photo Caption 2: One of Washington's littlest learners helps plant pinwheels in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month at the Capital in Olympia.


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PBF MOPS is hosting a clothing drive to raise money for our growing group and childcare. (Photo)
Clothes for the Cause - 04/06/16 12:09 PM
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Bremerton, WA-- PBF MOPS partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for our growing group and childcare.

PBF MOPS is an organization that provides friendly fellowship and encouraging support to mothers of preschoolers in the central Kitsap area. We are raising funds to help cover the costs of our ever growing group, especially childcare! This allows us to provide kid free time to the moms in our community to have breakfast, participate in crafts or special events, and gain insights from qualified speakers in topics from kids and relationships to health or finances.

You can drop off your donations to this clothing drive at: Peninsula Bible Church located at 9590 Radcliff Ave NE, Bremerton WA 98311. They will be collecting donations between 10am and 11:30am on April 22, 2016 .

For more information, contact your local Event Planner, Becci Eismann at 509.714.3778, Facebook at Clothes for the Cause, Twitter @Clothes4_Cause, Instagram Clothes4_Cause or online at www.clothesforthecausefundraising.com.


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Panther Lake Elementary PTA is hosting a clothing drive to raise money for the PTA general fund.
Clothes for the Cause - 04/06/16 12:05 PM
Federal Way -- Panther Lake Elementary PTA partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for school activities and expenses paid by their PTA.

PTA funded activities enhance childrens learning experiences that the school could otherwise not provide.

Clothes for the Cause makes it easy for everyone in our community to contribute by not asking for money or for someone to buy something. Instead they partner with fundraising groups to collect items that our friends, family and neighbors already have in their houses such as clothes, shoes, purses, belts and household linens.

You can drop off your donations to this clothing drive at: Panther Lake Elementary, located at 34424 1st Ave S. Federal Way. They will be collecting donations between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on April 13th -- April 15th.

For more information, contact your local Event Planner, Cindy Spencer at 425-922-2493, Facebook at Clothes for the Cause, Twitter @Clothes4_Cause, Instagram Clothes4_Cause or online at www.clothesforthecausefundraising.com.
Mon. 04/04/16
BPA celebrates Administrator's Excellence Awards honorees (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 04/04/16 1:27 PM
Judy Rush receives BPA's Meritorious Service Award for positively influencing policy, workplace initiatives, training, diversity and organizational culture during her career.
Judy Rush receives BPA's Meritorious Service Award for positively influencing policy, workplace initiatives, training, diversity and organizational culture during her career.
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The Bonneville Power Administration recently recognized 25 individuals and four teams that through their initiative, innovation, superior service or courageous acts, have made exceptional contributions to BPA's mission, the electric power industry, the Pacific Northwest and their local communities.

"It's an honor to recognize the outstanding efforts and the many people who make Bonneville great," Administrator Elliot Mainzer said at the awards ceremony, March 17 at BPA's headquarters in Portland, Ore. "These recipients have made a difference through their tremendous contributions to BPA's public service mission."

Since the annual awards program began in 2001, BPA has recognized 435 employees, retirees, members of the public and teams. Recipients were nominated by their peers and evaluated on numerous criteria such as excellence in their chosen field, technical achievement, community outreach and service. Nominations for the 14 categories are accepted year-round.

For more about the 2016 Administrator's Excellence Awards winners, go to: https://www.bpa.gov/news/newsroom/Documents/AEA-2016-Print-Program.pdf. For photos, visit: https://flic.kr/s/aHsku93CTa.

BPA Meritorious Service Award: Raymond Bliven (retired), Jack Callahan and Judy Rush (retired)

BPA Exceptional Service Award: Stuart Hugill, Eric King, Stacy Mason,Brian Scott and Nancy Wittpenn

BPA Unsung Hero Award: Jose (Tony) Koch, Rodney Ross, Randy Russell, Mary Wooldridge (retired) and Barry Wooley

BPA Award for Exemplary or Courageous Act: I-5 Accident Team (Troy Anderson, Gregory Ekwall, Donald Griswold and Joshua McEllrath)

BPA Award for Safety Excellence: Ross Warehouse Safety Meetings Team and Grounding Policy Awareness Team

BPA Award for Employee Development: Rita Coppernoll and Jacilyn Margeson (retired)

BPA Award for Community Outreach: Cristi Sawtell

BPA Award for Special Service: Kathleen DeLance, Janis Phelan, Candy Steele and John Stroud

BPA Award for Exceptional Public Service: Brent Ridge

Extraordinary Team Accomplishment: American Indian/Alaskan Native Council "Let's Talk Culture" Initiative and Tacoma-Covington No. 2 Spacer Damper Replacement Project


Attached Media Files: Judy Rush receives BPA's Meritorious Service Award for positively influencing policy, workplace initiatives, training, diversity and organizational culture during her career. , Jack Callahan accepts BPA's Meritorious Service Award for exploring and supporting the development of energy-saving technologies for over 30 years. , Ray Bliven receives BPA's Meritorious Service Award after performing key leadership and technical roles in rate cases for more than three decades. , BPA honors 25 individuals and four teams for their service, safety advancements, courageous acts and exceptional contributions to Bonneville, the Northwest and the electric power industry. , Administrator Elliot Mainzer opens the 2016 Administrator's Excellence Awards ceremony, March 17 at BPA's headquarters in Portland, Ore.