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03/30/15
BPA veteran attorney Mary Jensen named general counsel (Photo) (updated with corrected quote)
Bonneville Power Administration - 03/30/15
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PR 07 15

BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, March 30, 2015

CONTACT: Doug Johnson, 503-230-5840/503-230-5131

BPA veteran attorney Mary Jensen named general counsel

Portland, Ore. - Mary Jensen, who has worked in the Bonneville Power Administration General Counsel's office since 2002, has been named its general counsel. She takes over after managing the office for a year as acting general counsel.

"Mary stepped in and helped BPA work through a number of complex legal matters while acting as general counsel for the past year," said BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer. "She is the first BPA general counsel who reports directly to the administrator. I look forward to continuing to work with her to further enhance BPA's legal risk management and compliance."

While serving as acting general counsel, Jensen guided BPA's Office of General Counsel through a major reorganization, instituted a new office policy on legal advice, and collaborated with the Department of Energy general counsel in creating national guidelines for power marketing administrations in states where marijuana sales are lawful under state statutes. She also instituted new processes that enable faster response times to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act.

"The Bonneville Power Administration serves an incredibly important purpose in the Northwest," Jensen said. "I am honored to serve as its general counsel and lead the legal staff that supports our efforts to keep our assets delivering value to the region."

Jensen has specialized in legal issues involving the provision of transmission service at Bonneville and was promoted to manage that legal section in 2008. Before joining BPA in 2002, she worked at the U.S. Office of the Solicitor in Phoenix, Ariz., advising the Bureau of Indian Affairs regarding operations of its federally-owned electric utilities that provide service in Arizona.

Preceding her federal service, she worked as a prosecutor in Tucson, Ariz., handling felony cases including vehicular offenses, elder abuse and homicide. Jensen is a graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law. Her son is a third-generation journeyman lineman, who lives in Missouri with his wife and their five children.

The Office of General Counsel provides legal expertise that supports BPA programs through legal advice and representation, including but not limited to the general areas of transmission, natural resources, power, lands, federal resources and treaties, generation and finance, personnel, and ratemaking.

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

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03/28/15
Fatal Crash on SR Hwy 58 MP 45 near Oakridge Results in Criminal Charges (Photo)*** Update Name
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/28/15
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***Update*** Name Correction: Billroy Durham****

According to Sgt. Berland, on March 28th, 2015 at 10:26 am, Troopers from the Springfield Area Command responded to a two vehicle fatal crash on SR Highway 58 near milepost (MP) 45 east of Oakridge. The investigation revealed a gold 1999 Honda Accord was traveling westbound and for unknown reasons crossed over into the eastbound lane of travel, colliding with a white 2014 Honda Accord. After impact, the gold honda went down an embankment and came to rest on the passenger side against trees.

The white 2014 Honda Accord was occupied and driven by 73 year old Charles Kuykendall and accompanied by his spouse, 74 year old passenger, Patricia Kuykendall both from Gig Harbor, Washington. Mrs. Kuykendall was pronounced deceased at the scene by medical personnel. Mr. Kuykendall was transported to the Peacehealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend in Springfield with minor injuries.

The gold 1999 Honda Accord was occupied and driven by 36 year old Billroy Durham and accompanied by his spouse, 38 year old Tuesday Durham from Phoenix, Arizona. Mrs. Durham was transported by Lifeflight and Mr. Durham was transported via ambulance to the Peacehealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend also for serious injuries.

Mr. and Mrs. Kuykendall were restrained with seatbelts and Mr. and Mrs. Durham were both not wearing seatbelts. Airbags deployed in both vehicles. One lane of Hwy 58 was closed for approximately 2 hours.

OSP-Springfield and Oakridge Troopers were assisted by ODOT, Oakridge Fire & Rescue, Life-Flight, Lane County District Attorney's Office, and Lane County Medical Examiner's Office. Trooper Duren is the lead investigator.

Mr. Durham is being treated for his injuries; however as a result of the investigation, Mr. Durham is expected to be charged with Manslaughter in the First Degree, Assault in the Second Degree, Assault in the Third Degree, Reckless Driving, and DUII- Controlled Substances.


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03/26/15
Out of the Shadows Event
Arlington SD - 03/26/15
The Arlington Drug Awareness Coalition is sponsoring a community-wide drug and alcohol awareness event, "Out of the Shadows," on Tuesday, April 28 at 6:00 p.m. in the Byrnes Performing Arts Center. We encourage all community members, parents and youth to attend this important event. Childcare will be provided by the National Honor Society for younger children.

The presentation will open with personal stories about youth from Arlington who have struggled with addiction, followed with information about what drugs are being abused in this area, what addiction looks like and how we can fight back while supporting those who are struggling. Presenters will include school administrators, knowledgeable law enforcement, health care representatives and recovery specialists.

An information fair will also be held before and after the presentation, where families will have an opportunity to see what positive youth activities are available in our community, as well as treatment, recovery and support options for those at risk. Arlington Police will be available for the Prescription Drug Take Back Program, providing a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs.

The Arlington Drug Awareness Coalition is a committed alliance of parents, educators, city organizations, businesses and community members that are working together to bring change to the rising drug problem in Arlington through education and awareness. To learn more about this group, visit https://www.facebook.com/arlingtonaware or contact Andrea Conley, Public Information Coordinator, at 360.618.6217.


Attached Media Files: 2015-03/4291/82977/OutofShadows_Release_updated_032315.pdf
03/25/15
Washington industrial companies make exceptional progress toward improved energy efficiency (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 03/25/15
Gov. Jay Inslee honored nine Washington industrial companies for their outstanding leadership in improving energy performance.
Gov. Jay Inslee honored nine Washington industrial companies for their outstanding leadership in improving energy performance.
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Olympia, Wash. - Gov. Jay Inslee today honored nine industrial companies in Washington for their outstanding leadership in improving energy performance at the third annual Washington Industrial Energy Leaders awards ceremony in Olympia.

"Energy efficiency means an improved bottom line for industries, and I am proud of the commitment these industry leaders have demonstrated to apply innovative solutions to achieve energy savings," said Gov. Inslee. "A thriving industrial sector helps create and keep jobs in our state, support a strong economy and provide a cleaner environment for future generations."

This year's program awarded six Governor's Awards and three Sponsor's Awards.

* The Boeing Co. received the Governor's Award for Leadership by Example, with Puget Sound Energy, Seattle City Light, and Snohomish PUD as the serving utilities.
* The City of Tacoma Central Wastewater Treatment Plant received the Governor's Award for Leadership in Energy Performance, with Tacoma Power as the serving utility.
* Quincy Foods LLC received the Governor's Award for Leadership in Energy Performance, with Grant County PUD and Cascade Natural Gas as the serving utilities.
* Lineage Logistics received the Governor's Award honorable mention for Leadership in Energy Performance, with Puget Sound Energy as the serving utility.
* Shields Bag and Printing Co. received the Governor's Award for Leadership in Innovation, with Pacific Power and Cascade Natural Gas as the serving utilities.
* Inland Empire Paper Co. received the Governor's Award honorable mention for Leadership in Innovation, with Avista Utilities as the serving utility.
* North Pacific Paper Corp. received the Sponsor's award for Leadership in Energy Performance, with Cowlitz PUD as the serving utility.
* Inland Empire Paper Co. received the Sponsor's award for Leadership in Innovation, with Avista Utilities as the serving utility.
* King & Prince Seafood Corp. and UniSea, which share a facility, received a joint Sponsor's award for Leadership in Innovation, with Puget Sound Energy as the serving utility.

"Industry leaders face increasing pressure to reduce operating costs and find a more sustainable way to do business," said Jake Fey, director of the Washington State University (WSU) Energy Program. "The most innovative industry leaders realize that they can accomplish both of these goals by enhancing energy efficiency."

The Washington Industrial Energy Leaders program was designed to recognize companies that are making exceptional progress toward improved energy efficiency. The program is sponsored by the WSU Energy Program, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Washington State Department of Commerce, and Bonneville Power Administration, the program's founding sponsor.

"BPA is very proud of the energy achievements of this year's award winners," said Richard Genece, BPA's vice president of Energy Efficiency. "Their commitment to efficiency and innovative approaches are examples of why the Northwest is a national leader in energy efficiency."

A total of 20 award applications were submitted, according to Christine Love, WSU Energy Program industrial services manager. "The selection committee members agreed that each application highlighted impressive accomplishments for the nominating businesses," Love said."Each company that submitted an application can be proud of its efforts. Tonight's award winners represent the companies that ranked highest among this inspiring group."

The Washington Industrial Energy Leaders awards ceremony included Gov. Inslee, executives from industry and their serving utilities, state leaders, and representatives from energy efficiency organizations.


Attached Media Files: Gov. Jay Inslee honored nine Washington industrial companies for their outstanding leadership in improving energy performance.
Common Core and Smarter Balanced Media Roundtable today at 10 am in Renton
Puget Sound ESD - 03/25/15
Want to hear from local teachers, principals and superintendents about the assessments students in Washington are taking this spring? Join us today!

We have a panel with teachers, principals and superintendents, along with state education experts, who will be able to answer your questions on state learning standards and the new Smarter Balanced assessments.

We'll also provide an opportunity for one-on-one interviews following the workshop to better inform your stories.

Media members can attend in person or via Webinar/conference call.

Please RSVP to Nathan Olson, communications manager at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, at nathan.olson@k12.wa.us.

What: Media Roundtable
When: March 25, 10-11 a.m.
Where: Puget Sound ESD Training & Conference Center
800 Oakesdale Ave SW, Renton, WA 98057
Cedar Room, 1st Floor

Via Web/phone:

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/919971685

Conf line: 1-877-366-0711; 69308676#
03/24/15
Northshore Christian Academy Robogators Team Invited to the FIRST(R) World Competition! (Photo)
Northshore Christian Academy - 03/24/15
NCA Campus, Everett, WA
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FIRST(R) LEGO(R) League's (FLL) Robogators Team 2 from Northshore Christian Academy (NCA) in Everett, WA is pleased to announce that they have been invited to compete in the 2015 FIRST(R) World Championships in St. Louis, Missouri on April 22-25, 2015. Out of 27,000 FLL teams worldwide, there were 527 submissions from 22 countries that applied to compete for the FLL Global Innovation Award. NCA's Robogators Team 2 (also known as FLL Team #6438) was selected as one of the top 20 teams to move onto the semi-finals in St. Louis. The top 3 teams then will be chosen to move onto the World finals in Washington, DC in June 2015. The winning team will receive a cash prize of USD $20,000. The two runner-up teams will each receive a cash prize of USD $5,000. Each finalist team member will also receive a new LEGO(R) MINDSTORMS(R) Education EV3 robot set.

The FIRST(R) LEGO(R) League Global Innovation Award presented by XPRIZE is designed to encourage and assist FLL teams to further develop their innovative solutions to solve real-world problems. This year's challenge theme is 'World Class-Learning Unleashed.' The Robogators team had to come up with a way to improve upon current methods of teaching, which could be utilized in an open market to simplify learning and teaching. NCA's Robogators Team 2 application stated that, "We have come up with an innovation to give the student the advantage of leading edge technology to capture, visualize, and imagine the subject they're studying. We've found that most textbooks are expensive, heavy to carry and, most importantly, do not fit with all learning styles. Our solution incorporates technology that engages the students by utilizing various styles of learning and, when using these multiple forms of learning, the student will retain and understand the material better and earn higher grades."

NCA's Robogators Team 2 consists of 7 student members; 3 girls and 4 boys, who are currently in 6th, 7th or 8th grade. They have varying experience on the robotics team, ranging from beginners to third year members. According to their FLL application, "These students are thinkers, developers, and most of all love to create cool things. They are known as the team who stays at school the longest and who strives to create the best designs. The team honors its members by ensuring each team member has a say in all aspects of the team's overall goals. These goals consist of, but are not limited to, the robot itself (design, build and program), the project (research, interview, script and presentation) and the core (character development, encouragement and community service). The team's motto is "Never give up, even when things fail." They have inspired others by sharing their ideas with their classmates, their teachers and also with local entrepreneurs. Finally, they love to laugh, eat junk food, listen to loud music while practicing, serve others, and make their robot do cool things."

The 2014-2015 NCA Robogators Team 2 coaching team includes: Mr. Chad Abramson, Mrs. Elise Abramson, and Mr. Cori Stepan. These coaches were allowed time off work by their employers to coach, because they see this endeavor as a great investment in the future of engineering and STEM education. To learn more about NCA's STEM Education and Robotics Programs, go to this webpage: www.northshorechristianschools.org/STEM

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Northshore Christian Academy is located in Snohomish County, near the Everett Boeing Plant and the City of Mukilteo. Northshore Christian Academy provides a high quality education in a Christ-Centered environment for over 970 students in K-8th Grades and a Licensed Early Learning Center for toddlers, preschool and pre-Kindergarten children. Prospective family tours are given every Wednesday at 9:30am. Applications for 2015/2016 enrollment are currently being accepted. Please visit the NCA Website for more information at www.northshorechristianschools.org.


Attached Media Files: NCA Campus, Everett, WA , NCA Robogators Logo , NCA Robogators Team 2 Celebrates with Award from Western WA Competition , NCA Robogators Team 2 with Mascot
Media Workshop on WA Common Core Standards and Smarter Balanced Tomorrow 3/25
Puget Sound ESD - 03/24/15
Media Workshop on WA Standards & Assessments (Common Core and Smarter Balanced)
Melissa Laramie cmoran@seattletimes.com;
Caitlin,

This has been shared with others at the Times and wanted to make sure you were aware of this opportunity too. I work with Michelle Lewis as the Project Manager for our teacher leaders, helping increase awareness about learning standards and the importance of assessments is very important to us and is just one way we can support our bloggers and tweeters.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Melissa

If you cover education issues in Washington state, we've got a workshop for you! We've loaded up a panel with teachers, principals and superintendents, along with state education experts, who will be able to answer your questions on state learning standards and the new Smarter Balanced assessments.

TheReady Washington coalition invites members of the media to a briefing on March 25 from 10-11 a.m. at the Puget Sound ESD in Renton. We'll also provide an opportunity for one-on-one interviews following the workshop to better inform your stories.

We'll have all the information about the new Smarter Balanced assessments, why they're different, and the timeline for when students are taking them and when results will be returned.

Media members can attend in person or via Webinar/conference call.

Please RSVP to Nathan Olson, communications manager at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, at nathan.olson@k12.wa.us.

What: Media Roundtable
When: March 25, 10-11 a.m.
Where: Puget Sound ESD Training & Conference Center
800 Oakesdale Ave SW, Renton, WA 98057
Cedar Room, 1st Floor

Via Web/phone:

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/919971685

Conf line: 1-877-366-0711; 69308676#


Find Ready Washington on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and at www.ReadyWA.org
03/20/15
Media Roundtable on WA standards and testing
Puget Sound ESD - 03/20/15
This spring, Washington is testing its new learning standards in math and English language arts. For the first time, students in Washington will take computer-based Smarter Balanced exams in grades 3-8 and high school.

The Ready Washington coalition invites members of the media to learn more about the standards and testing on March 25 from 10-11:30 a.m. State education leaders and local educators (superintendents, principals and teachers) will available at the media workshop to answer questions.

We will cover information about the state's learning standards and the new Smarter Balanced assessments.

Media members can attend in person or via Webinar/conference call.

Please RSVP to Nathan Olson, communications manager at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, at nathan.olson@k12.wa.us.

What: Media Roundtable
When: March 25, 10-11:30 a.m.
Where: Puget Sound ESD Training & Conference Center
800 Oakesdale Ave SW, Renton, WA 98057
Cedar Room, 1st Floor

Via Web/phone:
Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/919971685
Conf line: 1-877-366-0711; 69308676#

Find Ready Washington on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and at www.ReadyWA.org
03/13/15
President of Seattle Mariners Baseball is Guest Speaker at Northshore Christian Academy (Photo)
Northshore Christian Academy - 03/13/15
NCA Sports Team Management Class in Felix Hernandez T-Shirts
NCA Sports Team Management Class in Felix Hernandez T-Shirts
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Mr. Kevin Mather, President and C.O.O. of Seattle Mariners baseball, came to speak at Northshore Christian Academy's (NCA) Middle School Team Sports Management Class on Thursday, February 19, 2015.

The Class, taught by Mr. Ben Donahue, is a behind-the-scenes look at sports, and why professional sports are multi-billion dollar businesses. Using current trends in sports and Mr. Donahue's own experience and education on the business, the class discusses administration and organization of sport teams and programs; sport issues in society; sports law; sport finance and contracts; analytics (statistics) and team building through free agency, drafting and trades. The class is for student who are sports enthusiasts, but also who want to know the specifics of how sports teams and the sports profession operate.

Mr. Mather talked about how the Mariners run their team from a financial standpoint and included topics such as: Team Revenue, Player Salaries and Contracts, Scouting Players, and the Drafting Process. He was invited to speak by an NCA class parent in the sports business, and the students were appreciative, enjoyed what he had to say, and asked a lot of questions about what the Mariners pay their players and how they scout kids in high school. The Seattle Mariners support the importance of education, as well as good health and physical education throughout the Pacific Northwest.

In addition to the Sports Team Management Class, Teacher and Athletics Director, Mr. Ben Donahue teaches History, Geography, and Business Education at NCA. He has been teaching since 2007 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management with a minor in Business from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He received his Master's degree in Sports Management from the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Alabama and also has a Bachelor's degree in Health & Human Development (K-12 teaching option) and his Master's in Educational Leadership; both degrees are from Montana State University.

In addition to Mr. Mather providing his expertise, he surprised the students with a gift of Felix Hernandez shirts with the saying 'Long Live the King' for all 22 students in the class (picture attached includes 12 students and teacher, Mr. Ben Donahue).

Northshore Christian Academy is located in Snohomish County, near the Everett Boeing Plant and the City of Mukilteo. Northshore Christian Academy provides a high quality education in a Christ-Centered environment for over 970 students in K-8th Grades and a Licensed Early Learning Center for toddlers, preschool and pre-Kindergarten children. Prospective family tours are given every Wednesday at 9:30am. Applications for 2015/2016 enrollment are currently being accepted. Please visit the NCA Website for more information at www.northshorechristianschools.org.


Attached Media Files: NCA Sports Team Management Class in Felix Hernandez T-Shirts
03/12/15
BPA seeks research partners to advance technology solutions; up to $5 million offered for new R&D (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 03/12/15
BPA is soliciting proposals for its 2016 R&D portfolio until March 27.
BPA is soliciting proposals for its 2016 R&D portfolio until March 27.
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Portland, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration is looking for partners to explore and advance technologies that could increase efficiencies, avoid costs and improve the operation of the Northwest electric power system. BPA's office of Technology Innovation is accepting proposals for its 2016 research and development portfolio through March 27. BPA expects to fund about $5 million of new research next fiscal year.

BPA collaborates with electric utilities, nonprofits, corporations, national labs, technology developers and universities across North America and even internationally in research that addresses capability gaps identified in its technology roadmaps. For fiscal year 2016, BPA is seeking proposals that advance transmission technologies, data intelligence, generation asset management, and next-generation energy efficiency and demand response technologies. A copy of each roadmap is available on BPA's Technology Innovation homepage.

BPA develops its direction with industry partners, researchers and others as a framework to help plan, coordinate and forecast technology developments.

"Our roadmaps keep us focused on research with the potential to deliver the most value to the agency and its stakeholders," said Terry Oliver, BPA's chief technology officer.

BPA's current portfolio includes 60 research projects in six main topic areas: hydropower, transmission assets, transmission operations, transmission planning, demand response and energy efficiency. Partners include the City of Port Angeles, Wash.; Snohomish County Public Utility District, Deltares, Hitachi, Primus Power, V&R Energy Systems Research, the Lighting Research Center, Oregon State University, Portland State University, Iowa State University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Washington, Washington State University, the U.S. Department of Energy, Sandia National Laboratories, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Pacific Northwest National Laboratories.

BPA uses a two-phase process to select potential research and development opportunities. For consideration, applicants and their partners must be able to provide 50 percent cost share. Concept papers are due by March 27. Applications will only be accepted through the BPA Exchange website. Those who qualify will be invited to develop their proposals for phase two and submit them by May 1. Awardees will be notified in July.

If you have questions about the submission process, see the Q&A section on the website or contact Matt DeLong at mldelong@bpa.gov or 503-230-7549. To learn more about the research topic areas, contact Sheila Adel at SAAdel@Bpa.gov or 503-230-3152.

Since 2005, BPA's office of Technology Innovation has implemented a disciplined research management approach that has led to an unprecedented level of success, including the build-out of the largest synchrophasor network in North America; the helical connector shunt innovation, a BPA-engineered technology that can up-rate and extend the life of aging transmission lines; the support of a pilot program that boosted the adoption of ductless heat pumps in the region; and an industry-leading seismic mitigation program.


Attached Media Files: BPA is soliciting proposals for its 2016 R&D portfolio until March 27.
03/09/15
Op-Ed: Washington State Needs Third Medical School
Pacific NW Univ. of Health Sciences - 03/09/15
Contact: Ryan Rodruck
Tel: 509-249-7861
Email: rrodruck@pnwu.edu

March 9, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Washington State Needs Third Medical School

By Dr. Keith Watson

The State of Washington needs another publicly funded medical school. The current law that provides for only one publicly funded medical school should be changed.

There are already two medical schools in the state - Seattle's University of Washington Medicine (publicly funded) and Yakima's Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences - College of Osteopathic Medicine (privately funded). These two institutions alone simply cannot produce enough primary care physicians to both alleviate the existing shortages and replace those physicians retiring from practice in the coming years.

Pacific Northwest University's College of Osteopathic Medicine is routinely overlooked in the discussion about the need for more medical schools in Washington State. The college was established in 2005 and graduated its first class in 2012. It has a present class size of 140 students. Almost fifty percent of these students are from Washington with the remaining predominately from surrounding Northwest states. From the first class, thirty-five graduates are establishing primary care practices in Washington this summer. The College of Osteopathic Medicine will graduate its fourth class on May 9, for a total of 285 alumni. All of this production is from a young, privately funded medical school.

The state should recognize that the UW and WWAMI model cannot supply the numbers of physicians needed to address the shortage. Our present supply of practicing physicians are predominately west of the Cascades and are a mixture of fifteen percent UW graduates and eighty-five percent imported from other medical schools. Only seventeen percent of UW graduates select family medicine for residency training. The WWAMI program has been in existence over forty years, but this training model has been unable to either alleviate the physician shortage or keep sufficient graduates in state to practice.

Funding for medical student education is critical to address this shortfall. Many state funded medical schools have large costs associated with running and maintaining an academic medical center. It is often confusing to separate the actual costs of student education from those required to maintain the trappings of a large research institution and its hospital services. On the other hand, community based education models, like Pacific Northwest University, tend to use existing hospitals and clinic structures to deliver real-world practice experiences for medical students. Most osteopathic (DO degree) and many of the newer allopathic schools (MD degree) are based on this model and consequentially have lower costs of operation.

Washington State University has proposed a medical school with this community-based model. The current statute should be changed to allow that to occur. To simply expand UW and WWAMI with its costly budgets is to add state dollars to a system whose outcomes are good but clearly insufficient. Furthermore, to deny WSU funding based on fears that another medical school will require the large budgets that UW Medicine demands is to act illogically.

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About the Author: Dr. Keith Watson is President of Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU) in Yakima, Washington. Prior to his service as President of PNWU, Dr. Watson served at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in the role of Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and was the Chief Academic Officer for the Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education - an entity overseeing 90 Graduate Medical Education programs in 26 training institutions. He has served as residency inspector for the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons and as an inspector for the AOA Council on Osteopathic College of Accreditation. Dr. Watson received his doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1975. From 1981-1982, Dr. Watson completed a fellowship in surgical oncology at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas. He has been member of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons since 1980.

About PNWU: In 2004, physicians and community leaders raised the awareness and resources to build a health sciences university where the next generation of osteopathic physicians would train. Located in Yakima, Washington, Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences welcomed its first class of 70 medical school students into the College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2008 and graduated them in 2012. Today the University houses 300 medical students who are training under the careful instruction of highly-qualified faculty. In addition to the Yakima campus, PNWU has established 18 core rotation sites in communities around the Pacific Northwest. Hospitals and clinics around the region have welcomed PNWU students, training them in the clinical settings where they will eventually practice.
03/03/15
Northshore Christian Academy Presents this Year's Middle School Musical - Annie Jr. (Photo)
Northshore Christian Academy - 03/03/15
Northshore Christian Academy Campus in Everett
Northshore Christian Academy Campus in Everett
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Northshore Christian Academy (NCA) presents its Middle School Musical, ANNIE JR., by special arrangement with Music Theatre International, on Thursday, March 19 & Friday, March 20th both at 6:30pm and a matinee on Saturday, March 21st at 11:00am. Reserved seating tickets are available online; $8 for economy level and $10 for premium seating. The Musical will take place at Northshore Christian Church's auditorium located at 5700 23rd Drive West in Everett, WA.

Join us for the irrepressible heroine and her energetic band of orphans in one of the world's best-loved musicals, ANNIE JR. Showcasing songs from the multiple Tony Award-winning musical, this stage version is from the book, music and lyrics of "Little Orphan Annie" by Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse, and Martin Charnin and the Broadway production by Mike Nichols. Directed by NCA's talented Drama teacher, Ms. Emily Swan, pre-production and rehearsals are underway with the dedicated NCA middle school student cast!

This event regularly sells out! To purchase reserved seating online, go through BrownPaperTickets.com (event #1337602), or go to the NCA Middle School Musical webpage at: http://www.northshorechristianacademy.org/middleschoolmusical

Northshore Christian Academy is located in Snohomish County, near the Everett Boeing Plant and the City of Mukilteo. Northshore Christian Academy provides a high quality education in a Christ-Centered environment for over 970 students in K-8th Grades and a Licensed Early Learning Center for toddlers, preschool and pre-Kindergarten children. Prospective family tours are given every Wednesday at 9:30am. Applications for 2015/2016 enrollment are currently being accepted. Please visit the NCA Website for more information at www.northshorechristianschools.org.


Attached Media Files: Northshore Christian Academy Campus in Everett , NCA Middle School Musical Annie Jr.