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U.S. Entity recognizes 50th Anniversary of the Columbia River Treaty with Canada
Bonneville Power Administration - 09/16/14
Portland, Ore. - Today marks the 50th anniversary of the ratification of the Columbia River Treaty, an international agreement between Canada and the United States for the cooperative development and operation of the water resources of the Columbia River Basin for the benefit of both countries.

The Columbia River Treaty has been a significant driver behind diverse economic, public safety and ecological uses of the Columbia River. As a direct result of the Treaty, four storage dams were built: Mica, Arrow and Duncan dams in British Columbia, Canada; and Libby Dam in Montana. These four projects more than doubled the storage capacity of the Columbia River system, increased control of the river flow, thereby decreasing the risk of major flooding events downstream, and provided opportunities for releasing water at times needed for power generation and other downstream benefits such as fisheries and water supply. For the past 50 years, Treaty operations have helped prevent major flood damages and provide for economic development across the basin.

The U.S. Entity, which consists of the Administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division Engineer, is charged with formulating and carrying out the operating arrangements necessary to implement the Columbia River Treaty in concert with the Canadian Entity.

"We appreciate the extensive coordination and collaboration we've enjoyed with BPA and the Canadian Entity on this important treaty over the past 50 years," said Brigadier General John Kem, Commander of the Corps' Northwestern Division, "This extensive cooperation with Canada and U.S. regional interests has allowed us to achieve common Treaty goals and also to respond to the changing needs in the Columbia River Basin," added Elliot Mainzer, BPA Administrator.

Looking to build on the past success of the Treaty, the U.S. Entity led a three-year review process that culminated in a regional recommendation regarding the future of the Treaty. That recommendation, available at www.crt2014-2024review.gov, was delivered to the U.S. Department of State Dec. 13, 2013, and is undergoing a formal review by the U.S. Government.

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Seeking Public's Help with a 1996 Cold Case Homicide (Photo)
Polk Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/11/14
The Polk County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office are requesting the public's help in identifying the skeletal remains of a female that was found in the hills overlooking the Mill Creek area of rural Polk County on September 1, 1996.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office has determined that the bones are of a Caucasian female, middle age or older. The following are likely descriptors of the female:

Caucasian female, 45 years of age or older at the time of her disappearance, between 5'0 and 5'6" in height, with a slight build and possible curvature of the spine;

Most likely having a complete upper denture;

Black and gray hair;

The skull shows a crescent shaped surgical incision in the forehead area and has been determined to be a sinus related surgery that appeared to have occurred years before her death. This procedure may or may not have left a visible scar.

The decedent's body may have been in the Mill Creek area for as little as a few months up to one year making the time of disappearance from the fall of 1995 to the summer of 1996.

After extensive searching of missing person's reports from 1995 and 1996 in Polk County and throughout Oregon brought little in the way of leads to the decedent's identity, it is possible the decedent may have been from another state.

Due to the suspicious circumstances found at the scene, the Polk County Sheriff's Office investigated this incident as a homicide. Earlier this year, this case was turned over to the Polk County Sheriff's Office Cold Case Team who has worked with OHSU and the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office to develop medical information regarding the surgical scar as well as receiving an updated profile sketch, which was completed by personnel from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

The updated sketch is included with this release of information. Additional details can be found on www.Namus.gov under the Unidentified Persons Database, Case #9457, where additional sketches, photos, and case information can be found.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office requests that anyone who may have information regarding this incident or any missing person that fits the above description and estimated time of disappearance, please contact the Polk County Sheriff's Office tip line at 503-623-1878 or contact Det. Sgt. Mark Garton or Det. John Williams at 503-623-9251.

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Adult fall chinook returns shatter single-day record set just one year ago
Bonneville Power Administration - 09/10/14
PR 17-14
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Bonneville Power Administration
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
CONTACT: Michael Coffey, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 503-808-3722
Kevin Wingert, BPA, 503-230-4140 or 503-230-5131

Adult fall chinook returns shatter single-day record set just one year ago
Historic fish returns predicated on a combination of work to improve fish conditions at all life stages in the Columbia River Basin and favorable ocean conditions

Portland, Ore. - Since Sunday, more than 180,354 adult fall chinook have climbed the fish ladders at Bonneville Lock and Dam on their annual migration into the Columbia River Basin.

Sunday's count of 67,024 chinook was soon surpassed by Monday's return of 67,521 - marking the largest, single-day return since counting began with the construction of the dam in 1938. The previous record of 63,870 had been set less than a year ago on Sept. 9, 2013. On Tuesday, the numbers held strong with 45,809 chinook swimming past the fish counting windows at the dam.

The fish are among the 359,258 fall chinook seen thus far at Bonneville Dam. These numbers are only a fraction of the predicted 1.5 million adult fall chinook returning by the end of 2014.
These returns are the result of a host of federal, tribal, state and non-profit organizations in the region working together over the past decade to improve conditions in the tributaries and main stem river using an "all H" approach - harvest, habitat, hydro and hatcheries - as well as favorable ocean conditions.

"With our many partners, we work to balance the needs and interests of the region with large-scale improvements for fish," said David Ponganis, Northwestern Division Programs Director for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. "These record-breaking numbers show that the structural and operational improvements made at the dams have resulted in safer passage conditions for juvenile and adult fish."

These efforts represent one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the nation, largely paid for by the region's electric ratepayers along with funding from federal taxpayers.

"The results we are seeing reflect a tremendous collaborative effort within the Columbia River Basin," said BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer. "We look forward to working with our existing and future partners towards a common vision of continuing to bring back more fish to the rivers."

New app puts power to help save lives in hands of blood donors
American Red Cross Blood Services - 09/09/14
[New Red Cross Blood Donor App offers features that make it simple, convenient and even more rewarding to give blood]

PORTLAND, Ore. (Sept. 9, 2014) -- The American Red Cross is launching a first-of-its kind Blood Donor App today that puts the power to save lives in the palm of your hand.

The Blood Donor App allows users to schedule blood donations, track their total donations, earn rewards and invite friends to join them on a lifesaving team. The new app is free and available for download now in app stores.

"The Red Cross Blood Donor App is a new way to help meet the constant need for blood," said Jeff Allen, CEO of Red Cross Blood Services in the Pacific Northwest Region. "The app makes it easier, faster and more convenient for users to schedule and manage their donation appointments, track the lifetime impact of their donations, and recruit friends and family to roll up a sleeve with them."

As the nation's single largest supplier of blood and blood products, the Red Cross is uniquely positioned to bring this cutting edge technology to blood and platelet donors. In addition to scheduling and managing blood donation appointments, other features of the app include:
* A blood drive or blood donation locator;
* The ability to sync a blood donation appointment with the user's calendar;
* Personalized "selfies" donors can use as they share their donation experience through social media;
* Special badges donors can unlock as they interact with the app, make donations and spread the word;
* A chance for donors to come together to form teams, tracking their cumulative impact and viewing standings on the Blood Donor Teams Leaderboard;
* Exclusive offers and discounts from some of America's best brands, including Shari's Berries, ProFlowers and 1A Auto, with new rewards added regularly; and
* Uplifting donor and blood recipient stories that show the power of rolling up a sleeve to help save lives.

The Red Cross has become a leader in putting vital safety information in the hands of people who need it during emergencies, with its award-winning disaster and preparedness apps downloaded more than 5 million times over the past two years. The new Blood Donor App takes it one step further by helping people save lives through blood donations.

The Blood Donor App, along with the others, can be found in app stores by searching for American Red Cross, visiting redcross.org/apps or redcrossblood.org/bloodapp, or by texting BLOODAPP to 90999 for a direct link to download. Message and data rates for texting may apply.

Eligible blood donors do not need a smartphone to schedule an appointment to give blood. Appointments can always be made by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or by visiting redcrossblood.org.

How to donate blood
A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Help the Red Cross prepare for emergencies by donating blood
American Red Cross Blood Services - 09/04/14
(see downloadable file for a list of upcoming blood donation opportunities in the area)

PORTLAND, Ore. (Sept. 4, 2014) -- Disasters can strike at any time, and the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help their communities prepare for emergencies by giving blood during National Preparedness Month.

The mission of the Red Cross is to help the public prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. During National Preparedness Month, the Red Cross reminds Americans to take simple steps to get ready for emergencies in their homes, workplaces and communities. One way to support this mission is to become a regular blood donor.

A stable blood supply is central to ensuring patient needs are met in emergencies. Blood can take up to three days to be tested, processed and made available for patients. It's the blood already on the shelves that can help save lives when disaster strikes.

Appointments to donate and help the Red Cross prepare for patient needs across the country can be made at redcrossblood.org. Information about other ways to help prepare for emergencies is available at redcross.org.

How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.


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The Oregon National Guard wraps up a busy week, busy summer (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 08/29/14
SALEM, Oregon -- The Oregon National Guard finished out a busy summer with accolades and a high-profile visit from representatives of the Vietnam National Committee for Search and Rescue (VINASARCOM).

A delegation from the Vietnam National Committee for Search and Rescue (VINASARCOM), visited Oregon National Guard facilities throughout the state, with a focus on the state's domestic emergency response mission. Monday kicked off with a visit to the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing in Portland, Oregon, and concluded with a visit to Camp Rilea, where delegates observed a domestic response evaluation exercise by the Oregon National Guard's CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP). The delegates would go on to visit the Joint Operations Center and Oregon Office of Emergency Management in Salem, Oregon, and the Portland Office of Emergency Management in Portland, Oregon. The visit was in conjunction with the Oregon National Guard's ongoing State Partnership Program. Oregon is also partnered with the country of Bangladesh.

The last week of August saw Oregon Citizen-Soldiers and Citizen Airmen of the CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) participating in an evaluation exercise, Aug. 25-28, at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore. Inspectors from the National Guard Bureau, subject matter experts, and Joint Interagency Training and Education Center (JITEC), rated the Oregon National Guard's CERFP unit one of "the best in the nation," following a week-long exercise which culminated in an inspection on Aug. 28. Results from the inspection are due out later this fall.

An Oregon National Guard team participated in the annual 197-mile Hood to Coast relay race, which starts at Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood, and ends on the beach at Seaside, Ore. The annual event draws competitive teams from across the country. Proceeds from this year's event went to the Providence Cancer Research Center.

Oregon Symphony concert-goers at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland, Oregon, were given a special treat when the Oregon Symphony concluded Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture with real cannons! Citizen-Soldiers of the 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion fired 105mm Howitzers as the grand finale to the concert. The free event, in its 18th year, also hosted classical music selections played by the Oregon National Guard's 234 Army Band, the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Hillsboro Mariachi Una Voz, BRAVO Youth Orchestra, Portland Youth Philharmonic, the Portland Taiko Drum troop, and the Oregon Symphony, featuring performances by the Portland Opera and Oregon Ballet Theater. The event also featured a live fireworks display.

Earlier this summer, the Oregon National Guard wished Citizen-Soldiers a farewell, as they mobilized for duty in Afghanistan. Members of units from the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team held separate mobilization ceremonies throughout the state, as family, friends, community members and Oregon National Guard leadership attended the events. The 234th Engineer Company also mobilized for duty in Kuwait.

Citizen Soldiers from various Oregon Army National Guard units participated in their annual training event, held in June, at the Yakima Training Center in Yakima, Washington. Soldiers from the 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion, 162nd Engineer Company, 141st Brigade Support Battalion and other elements within the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team and 1249th Engineer Battalion converged on the training site to conduct live-fire exercises, and practice what Command Sergeant Major Michael R. Polley, 1249th Engineer Battalion Command Sergeant Major, called a "culmination of a year's worth of training."

In two separate large-scale fires in Oregon, aviation assets including CH-47 Chinook, HH-60 Blackhawk, and UH-72 Lakota helicopters, were brought to the fight during what forest fire managers called one of the worst fire seasons in Oregon in recent history. Some of the more serious fires occurred near Grants Pass and Ashland, Oregon.

Once again, Citizen-Soldiers and Citizen-Airmen of the Oregon National Guard served and sacrificed in their communities, state, nation, and around the globe - proving once again the National Guard mantra, "When we are needed, We are there!"

Photo Captions:

Oregon Army National Guard Capt. Thanh Vo (far left), Search and Extraction Commander for Oregon's CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP), briefs a delegation from Vietnam's National Committee for Search and Rescue (VINASARCOM) during a tour of the unit's annual certification training exercise, Aug. 25, at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore. The delegation visited Oregon National Guard facilities throughout the state to gain an understanding of Oregon's emergency and disaster response preparedness in conjunction with the State Partnership Program. The Oregon National Guard is partnered with both Bangladesh and Vietnam's VINASARCOM through its State Partnership Program. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

A search and extraction team carries a victim away from a five-story tower in the state's newest "rubble pile" during a week-long evaluation exercise for the Oregon National Guard's CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP), held at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore., Aug. 27. Approximately 200 Oregon Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen participated in the exercise, practicing incident site search and rescue, medical triage, and decontamination. Earlier this year, the unit worked alongside the Hawaii National Guard CERFP during the Vigilant Guard Exercise held in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

The Oregon National Guard Hood to Coast team finishes the 197-mile course at Seaside, Ore., the last week of August, 2014. Proceeds from the annual race, which starts at Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood, and ends at the Broadway Avenue turnaround in Seaside, go to various charities in the region. Photo courtesy of the Oregon National Guard.

Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with the 2-218 Field Artillery Battalion, fire a volley using 105mm Howitzer cannons, during the playing of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, during the Oregon Symphony's Waterfront Concert, held Aug. 28 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland, Ore. The annual event also featured the Oregon National Guard's 234 Army Band, and several other local classical performers. Photo by Spc. Matthew Burnett, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry, of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, stand in formation during the unit's mobilization ceremony, held July 18, at the McNeal Pavilion, Southern Oregon University, in Ashland, Ore. The unit is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan to provide security missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The unit is commanded by Lt. Col. Noel Hoback and Command Sgt. Maj. Brad Huppunen. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

Oregon Army National Guard Spc. Cody Shepherd (left), and Private 1st Class Jordan Pena (right), both of Alpha Battery, 2-218 Field Artillery, fire a 105mm round during their unit's annual training at Yakima Training Center, Wash., June 23. Shepherd, from Milwaukie, Ore. Shepherd, who is from Milwaukie, Ore., and Pena, of Portland, Ore., are joined on their gun crew by Gun Crew Section Chief Staff Sgt. Jonathan Stocker; Ammunition Team Chief, Sgt. David Tully of Gresham, Ore.; Assistant Gunner, Private 1st Class Jordan Pena of Portland, Ore.; and Gunner Spc. William McKnight. McKnight completed the Oregon National Guard's Air Assault Course--an intensive week-long competition which challenges Oregon's best of the best in air assault operations, sling-load operations, and rappelling, enabling participants to perform skills required to make maximum use of helicopter assets in training and in combat to support their unit operations. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office.

An Oregon Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter drops water on a fire in support of fire suppression efforts at the Logging Unit fire west of Madras, Ore., July 20. The "Bambi" bucket used on the Chinook helicopters can carry up to 1,500 gallons of water. Two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters of the Oregon Army National Guard arrived at the Madras Airport, July 19, to assist local authorities in suppressing the wildfire west of Madras, Ore. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Road Map Region Race to the Top Executive Committee Issues Preliminary Awards of $1.5 Million for Second Round of PreK-3rd Grade Systems Investment Fund
Puget Sound ESD - 08/28/14
The Executive Committee for the Road Map Region Race to the Top grant issued preliminary awards of $1.6 million in Investment Funds for Project 3B (PreK-3rd Grade Systems) as part of the second round of awards to districts participating in the consortium. Five of the proposals were continuing or expanding from the first award process and two proposals were new.

The consortium's Race to the Top grant includes 12 funded projects spanning from "cradle to career." Four of the 12 projects were specified in the grant as Investment Funds, whereby districts apply through a process to use the funds in ways that advance student achievement and help the Road Map Project reach its goal of doubling the number of students prepared to graduate from college or earn a career credential. These four projects, Teaching and Leading, PreK-3rd Grade Systems, College & Career Readiness and Community-School Partnerships, represent nearly half of the consortium's total grant, $18 million out of $40 million.

A total of $3.9 million will be awarded through Project 3B (PreK-3rd Grade Systems) in three disbursements. The first distribution of these funds totaled $1.2 million and the second distribution totaled $1.6 million, which included the following preliminary awards:
* Auburn School District: Furthering Alignment of PreK through Third Grade, $276,150
* Federal Way Public Schools: Development of Comprehensive PreK-3rd Grade Plan, $67,780
* Highline Public Schools: Expand Early Access to Culturally Relevant, High Quality Early Learning Programs and Parent Education, $286,756
* Kent School District: Kent Kids: Ready to Go!, $151,463
* Renton School District: Strengthening Preparation of At-risk Students for School through Cross-Sector Work and Engaged Families, $250,000
* Seattle Public Schools: Strengthening P3 Systems in Seattle Public Schools, $417,129
* Tukwila School District: Start Strong: Kindergarten Readiness, $120,840

Project 3B supports and leverages district PreK-3rd grade action plans as developed through Project 3A, specifically with high-needs schools. The main goal is to significantly improve students' kindergarten readiness, early literacy, and math skills, resulting in successful students and the reduction of achievement gaps through: 1. building leadership capacity; 2. improving the instructional core; and 3. expanding the use of data and formative assessments to drive improvement.

"The proposals put forth in Round 2 will help move our region forward in supporting students PreK through 3rd grade" said Project 3B Lead Matthew Gulbranson. "Creating and sustaining Prek-3rd Grade systems is incredibly important for the Road Map region, ensuring that students enter Kindergarten with the skills they need to succeed and continue through grades K-3. The impact of Prek-3rd grade systems that support teachers, students, and families along the P-3 continuum will have lasting effects for student success throughout their educational journey."

One of the successful projects implemented through these investment funds is Seattle Public Schools' Jump Start program. Jump Start is a way to help children and their families begin school ready - and excited - about learning. It is a weeklong experience for new kindergarteners and their families to learn about their new school. Children become familiar with the school building, staff, and typical school-day activities and practices.

This summer, over 50 elementary and K-8 schools across the city of Seattle offered Jump Start the week of August 18-22. Jump Start ran for five consecutive half-days (usually 9 a.m. to noon). Parents/guardians met with the school principal during the week. Interpreters were also available for children who are English-language learners.

Highline Public Schools offered a new preschool program to families called Pre-K Play and Learn. The program is an early education program for incoming kindergarten students who have not had access to high-quality preschool programs.

"We recognize the importance of high-quality early learning in the success of our students in school and beyond," said Early Learning PreK-3 Specialist Lindsey Durant. "Pre-K Play and Learn provides incoming Highline children with an opportunity to become more school-ready and will foster strong partnerships between families and school."

"The program brings equity to our system by providing as much access to high-quality education as possible," said Midway Principal Rebekah Kim. "In addition to preparing our future students for school, it also helps parents and families who may have anxiety or stress about sending their child to school for the first time."

An independent panel was assembled to score the proposals and make recommendations to the Executive Committee. Award recommendations were made based on points received as well as other factors that impact the region such as return on investment and scalability. Following preliminary award decisions, PSESD will finalize the terms of each award with districts through a contracting process.

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
Raymond School District Saves Taxpayers Money
Raymond SD - 08/28/14
Raymond, WA - August 28, Raymond School District took advantage of historically low interest rates in the municipal bond market and completed the refinancing of its 2004 Unlimited Tax General Obligation Refunding Bonds. The original 2004 bond proceeds had been used to refinance the District's 1999 and 1994 prior voted debt (which financed the construction of the new high school, renovated the elementary school and added classrooms and a gymnasium).

The refinancing will reduce debt repayment costs by approximately by a total of $170,000 over the next four years, when the debt will be retired. Working with Martin Nelson and Company, the District was able to replace the 3.87% average interest rate currently paid on its outstanding 2004 debt with a new rate of 1.22%.

The District was able to secure such low interest rates through the use of an inaugural credit rating from Standard and Poor's and the utilization of a guarantee from Washington State to pay the District's debt service in the event of default. The District's first effort to acquire its own credit rating yielded a strong result. Standard and Poor's awarded the District an "A+" ranking as a result of its highly stable finances, strong liquidity and modest debt load.The S&P rating award also reflected the District's financial success from prior e-learning programs.

"We continue to seek ways to be effective and efficient with taxpayer funds" said Superintendent Dr. Steve Holland. We know our residents are concerned about the economy and we felt these cost reduction efforts were important. The District chose to enter the bond market now so that taxpayer savings could be achieved while interest rates are still at generational lows".

"The refinancing opportunity surfaced in June of this year and we felt it was important to complete the project now before interest rates turned volatile and we found ourselves missing an opportunity to reduce interest costs by 2.65% per year," said Fiscal Officer, Tera Stephens.
Highway 35 crash injures three people - Photos (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/22/14
According to Lieutenant Patrick Shortt, on August 21, 2014 three people were injured in a two vehicle crash that occurred approximately 8 miles south of Hood River at the intersection of Highway 35 and Booth Hill Road. According to Lieutenant Shortt, a black 1989 Chevrolet pick-up driven by WESLEY BAKER, age 36, from Parkdale, Oregon was southbound on Highway 35. A red Toyota Corolla with three occupants operated by SHARYE STRUIKSMA, age 33, of Lynden, Washington had been traveling eastbound on Booth Hill Road. As the black Chevrolet pick-up reached the intersection of Booth Hill Road, the red Toyota Corolla entered the highway in front of the pick-up. The two vehicles collided. The collision forced the red Toyota Corolla off of roadway with it coming to rest on the east side of Highway 35. The black Chevrolet pick-up came to a rest in the southbound lane of Highway 35.

STRUIKSMA, was transported to Emmanuel Hospital in Portland via Life Flight for treatment of critical injuries. JUDITH STRUIKSMA, age 63, from Lynden, Washington who had been seated in the right front passenger seat of the red Toyota Corolla, was transported to Providence Hospital in Hood River for treatment of serious injuries. LUKE STRUIKSMA, age 10, from Lynden, Washington was also transported to Providence Hospital in Hood River for treatment of minor injuries. The operator of the black Chevrolet pick-up, WESLEY BAKER, was not transported for treatment. All occupants of the red Toyota Corolla, as well as WESLEY BAKER, were wearing safety restraints.

Highway 35 was partially blocked for approximately 2 ?1/2 hours while emergency crews investigated the crash and cleared the scene. Troopers from The Dalles Area Command are continuing the investigation into the crash. Recruit Jason Walters is the lead investigator.
The Hood River County Sheriff's Office, Westside Fire Department, WyEast Fire Department, Hood River Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation assisted at the scene of the crash.

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