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America's Credit Unions Converge on Seattle for Flagship State Lawmaker Confab
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 07/27/15
Date: July 27, 2015

Contact: Lynn Heider, Vice President, Public Relations & Communications
Northwest Credit Union Association - 2015 Host City

America's Credit Unions Converge on Seattle for Flagship State Lawmaker Confab

If it appears credit union messaging is "everywhere" in Seattle next week, it's intentional. As hundreds of state legislators converge on Seattle for the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), America's Credit Unions want to make sure these elected officials understand how more than 100 million Americans are benefitting from their memberships in cooperative credit unions.

From the moment the legislators and staffers step off their planes at the SeaTac International Airport, credit unions will be greeting them across a variety of multimedia platforms.

Credit unions will have their messaging prominently displayed in the baggage claim areas, where 1.5 million travelers will be picking up luggage during the four-week period. Credit union messaging will also be prominent on the light rail transit that attendees will use to make their way to the convention hotel.

"It is important that state legislators appreciate the credit union value proposition," explained Troy Stang, president/CEO of the Northwest Credit Union Association. As a representative of this year's host-city, Seattle, Stang is leading the charge among his fellow state league and association executives to guarantee a lasting and memorable credit union presence when the lawmakers come to town.

"Our success in delivering a strong and influential message to these state lawmakers on behalf of more than 100 million credit union members can only be made possible by our own ability to collaborate and support one another in this effort months before the first visitors ever arrive," Stang said.

American Association of Credit Union Leagues' Chair Tracie Kenyon, president/CEO of the Montana Credit Union Network, said that the leagues, CUNA and CUNA Mutual Group will demonstrate a strong and impressive presence at NCSL's annual gathering, viewed by many as a bipartisan event serving the interests of both Republicans and Democrats alike.

CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle noted the impact of state legislation and policies on a national level. "State lawmakers often move on to the federal level so being able to help them understand the impact of credit unions on a local level will help us garner their support in Congress," said Nussle. "It's also common for laws and policies on the state level to be a testing ground for federal policy. Having a vibrant and innovative state legislative framework helps all credit unions, regardless of charter type."

In addition to the credit union posters and banners that will adorn SeaTac International Airport, state lawmakers can expect to see hosts of volunteers sporting green tee-shirts with America's Credit Unions emblazoned on the sleeve, along with colorful welcome pennants strung along the avenues of Seattle.

Media wishing to cover credit unions' presence at NCSL may contact Lynn Heider at the Northwest Credit Union Association.

The 2015 NCSL Legislative Summit kicks off on August 3 and runs through August 6. NCSL comes to Chicago in 2016 and Boston in 2017. America's Credit Unions will be there. For more information about Northwest credit unions, please visit http://www.nwcua.org/media-center.


Attached Media Files: 2015-07/4992/86489/Credit_Unions_Message_Legislators_media.docx
Four Representatives Elected to Race to the Top Executive Committee
Puget Sound ESD - 07/27/15
Four new individuals have been elected to representative positions for the Race to the Top Executive Committee. The Executive Committee provides oversight for the consortium's $40 million Race to the Top grant.

The new Executive Committee members are:
Hamdi Abdulle, Executive Director, Somali Youth & Family Club (entire Road Map Region)
Cindy Lewis, Past President, Tukwila Education Association
Sue McCabe, President, Highline Education Association
Ann Minckler, Assistant Director, Grants & Special Projects, Kent School District

"We are extremely fortunate to have these dedicated and talented individuals join the Executive Committee," commented Race to the Top Executive Director Jessica de Barros. "Each member has great passion for this work and understands the importance of districts and community organizations partnering together to support students in the region. I know their expertise and experience will strengthen our work."

A Call for Nominations was held this spring. Key leaders and community partners nominated eight candidates and an election was held in June. As defined in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) included in the Race to the Top Consortium grant application, signatories of the MOU voted on the nominees. Signatories include the Superintendents, Board Presidents and Education Association Presidents of the seven Consortium districts and the Puget Sound ESD. The elected candidates received a majority of all votes cast.

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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
BPA announces new wholesale power and transmission rates (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 07/23/15
BPA and the Bureau of Reclamation are refurbishing six hydroelectric turbines at Grand Coulee Dam in northeast Washington. The $275 million project is funded by BPA ratepayers.
BPA and the Bureau of Reclamation are refurbishing six hydroelectric turbines at Grand Coulee Dam in northeast Washington. The $275 million project is funded by BPA ratepayers.
Portland, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration today adopted a 7.1 percent average wholesale power rate increase and a 4.4 percent average transmission rate increase for fiscal years 2016 and 2017. The rate increases support investments in the federal hydropower system and expansion of BPA's high-voltage transmission system to meet regional needs. The new rates will take effect Oct. 1.

"BPA has spent the past two years working with our customers and other regional partners to meet the collective needs of the Northwest in the most reliable, cost-effective and environmentally sustainable way possible," said BPA Administrator and CEO Elliot Mainzer. "The rates in the final record of decision reflect that collaborative effort."

Power rates
The increase in power rates is due to the expiration of debt management actions that reduced capital costs in the current BP-14 rate case; other capital-related costs; and expense increases for hydroelectric system operations and maintenance. Additional drivers behind the increase are: expected cost increases for fish and wildlife programs; an automatic cost escalation under the long-term 2012 Residential Exchange Program settlement, which provides benefits from the low-cost federal power system to eligible Northwest residential and small farm customers; an increase in BPA's cost of acquiring energy and transmission services to meet obligations to deliver power to off-system customers; and a reduction in BPA's long-term firm power sale to Alcoa.

To avoid a greater increase, BPA significantly cut its controllable costs through additional debt management actions, interest savings on expensing energy efficiency, reductions in undistributed internal expense and a decrease in operations and maintenance expenses for the Columbia Generating Station.

Transmission rates
The transmission rate increase stems mainly from the need for new construction and replacement of existing assets that will help maintain reliability; the facilitation of renewable resource integration; and the costs of requirements for reliability, cyber and security compliance.

With his final record of decision today, the administrator also adopted the settlement agreement that customers and BPA staff reached last September on most of the rates for ancillary and control area services.

The new rates will affect local retail utilities differently depending on the amount of power and type of services they purchase from BPA. Local utilities ultimately determine the retail impact of BPA rates on businesses and residents they serve.

Rate-setting process
BPA is a self-funded federal power marketing agency under the U.S. Department of Energy. It receives no congressional appropriations and sets its rates to ensure full recovery of its costs, including obligations to repay its debt to the U.S. Treasury. BPA reviews its wholesale power and transmission rates every two years through several public processes.

In January 2014, BPA, its utility customers and other stakeholders began an extensive nine-month review of Bonneville's programs, budgets and costs. This process, called the Integrated Program Review, provided parties an opportunity to review, challenge and comment on BPA's program spending levels. Following the IPR, BPA began the formal rate case in December by presenting its proposed rates for fiscal years 2016-2017 and supporting analysis.

In June, the administrator issued a draft decision on the rates. The formal rates process concluded today with the administrator's final record of decision. BPA's final rates will be filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by the end of July to provide the required 60 days for review and interim approval. Final approval usually takes about a year. For more information about BPA's rate case process, visit: www.bpa.gov/goto/ratecase.

The decisions in this rate case set the stage for continuing regional discussions on issues that would benefit from further collaboration, including BPA's capital investments in the hydropower and transmission systems and BPA's program delivery models, including energy efficiency. It is expected that these discussions will begin this fall.

Attached Media Files: BPA and the Bureau of Reclamation are refurbishing six hydroelectric turbines at Grand Coulee Dam in northeast Washington. The $275 million project is funded by BPA ratepayers.
BPA shares new collection of historical films (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 07/21/15
BPA is sharing seven films from the 1950s, '60s,'70s and '80s that showcase the innovation and expertise behind designing, operating and maintaining the Northwest power system.
BPA is sharing seven films from the 1950s, '60s,'70s and '80s that showcase the innovation and expertise behind designing, operating and maintaining the Northwest power system.
Portland, Ore.- The Bonneville Power Administration is sharing a new collection of movies about the history of energy in the Northwest. "BPA Film Collection, Volume Two, 1950-1987," features five BPA-produced films from the 1950s, '60s,'70s and '80s, plus two bonus films.

BPA is offering a free DVD of the films. To receive a copy, contact the BPA Library and Visitor Center at 800-622-4520 or visitorcenter@bpa.gov. You can also view, share and learn more about the seven films at www.bpa.gov/goto/films.

After promoting the development of the Federal Columbia River Power System and the concept of public power in its earlier films, BPA began telling stories about the challenges and successes of operating the Northwest power grid, and educating the public about the many benefits of its low-cost electricity.

"This chapter of BPA films showcases the innovation and expertise behind designing, operating and maintaining the Northwest power system. And a lot of that equipment is still in use today," says BPA librarian Kaye Silver.

The collection is a highly-anticipated follow-up to "BPA Film Collection, Volume One, 1939-1954," the first group of films from BPA's archives. Since its release last year, BPA has distributed about 3,000 copies to electric utilities, libraries, museums and individuals throughout the Northwest, every corner of the country and beyond. Requests came from as far away as Scotland.

"The first volume was a historian's delight and volume two proves to be just as fascinating," says Laurence Cotton, who specializes in regional history and guides history-themed cruises on the Columbia and Snake Rivers.

The collection opens with "Stringing and Sagging a High-Voltage Transmission Line" (1950), a richly detailed film about power engineering that uses animation, tower models and field footage to show how Bonneville built the largest long-distance transmission system of its kind in the nation. The next BPA movie, "The World Behind Your Light Switch" (1966), explains the thousands of uses of electricity and shows crews repairing power lines in bad weather. It includes footage of the first repair of the underwater cable serving the San Juan Islands, the laying of which was depicted in a 1952 BPA film called "25,000 Volts Under the Sea," part of the first collection.

In 1963, BPA and the Bureau of Reclamation co-produced "Great River," which covers many aspects of delivering electricity and water to the people of the Northwest. A decade later, it was re-released with a new beginning and ending by Portland-area newscaster Ted Bryant. The 1973 version is included in the set.

The final two BPA-produced films in the collection won numerous awards. "Intertie" (1969) showcases the construction of the Pacific Northwest-Pacific Southwest Direct Current Intertie, a high-voltage electric superhighway that helps the two regions balance power needs in the West and share surplus electricity. It features spectacular aerial footage, bluegrass music and time-lapse construction of the Celilo Converter Station, the line's northern terminus in The Dalles, Ore.

Made for Bonneville's 50th anniversary in 1987, "River of Power" is the most comprehensive BPA film. It looks at the geology of the Columbia River Basin and the development of the river, incorporating footage from earlier BPA films. It also features alternate recordings of some of the Columbia River songs written by Woody Guthrie for BPA in 1941.

There are two bonus films in the collection. "Action on the Columbia" (1964) captures the Canadian perspective on the Columbia River Treaty, the international agreement between Canada and the United States that guides the management of water resources and helps prevent major floods. It features spectacular aerial views of the upper Columbia River in British Columbia before the dams went in. With permission of BC Hydro, this film is included in the collection in honor of the 50th anniversary of the treaty.

The collection closes with a rediscovered version of BPA's first film, "Hydro." Vice President Henry Wallace took this shorter version of the 1939 film on a goodwill visit to Russia, Mongolia and China in the spring of 1944. BPA writer-producer Stephen Kahn also screened this version for audiences in New York City. Until recently there was no copy of it in BPA's archives. But last spring, a BPA electrical engineer bought a 16-millimeter reel from an antique store in Vancouver, Wash., which turned out to be the lost international version of "Hydro."

For more information or to host a screening of the films, email BPA librarian Libby Burke at eaburke@bpa.gov. Transcripts of the films are also available.

Attached Media Files: BPA is sharing seven films from the 1950s, '60s,'70s and '80s that showcase the innovation and expertise behind designing, operating and maintaining the Northwest power system. , To receive your free DVD, contact the BPA Library and Visitor Center at 800-622-4520 or visitorcenter@bpa.gov.
Road Map Region Race to the Top Executive Committee Issues Preliminary Awards of $1.1 Million for Third Round of PreK-3rd Grade Systems Investment Fund
Puget Sound ESD - 07/14/15
The Executive Committee for the Road Map Region Race to the Top grant issued preliminary awards of $1.1 million in Investment Funds for Project 3B (PreK-3rd Grade Systems) as part of the third round of awards to districts participating in the consortium. All of the proposals were continuing or expanding from the first and second award processes.

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 has been awarded through Project 3B (PreK-3rd Grade Systems) in three disbursements. The first distribution of these funds totaled $1.1 million, the second distribution totaled $1.5 million, and the final round totaled $1.1 million, which included the following awards:
Auburn School District: Alignment of PreK-3rd Grade Instructional Practices and Resources, and $168,790
Federal Way Public Schools: Federal Way Public School Children are Ready to Learn Through Aligned Curriculum and Data Systems, Instructional Core, and Ready for K! $168,800
Highline Public Schools: Expanded Access to High Quality Early Learning and Parent Education $305,196


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Project 3B Grant - Round 3

Kent School District: Kent Kids are Ready to Go Through Access to Early Learning Programs $148,599
Seattle Public Schools: Strategies and Systems Alignment at the District and Community Level $259,668
Tukwila School District: Closing Opportunity Gaps for English Language Learners $123,093

Project 3B (PreK-3rd Grade Systems) 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 3 demonstrate how hard districts and partners are working to ensure success for every child" said Project 3B Lead Mary Waldron. "We know that success in the early years is paramount to students' success, in school and in life. The Prek-3rd Grade systems being built and sustained in the Road Map region will help ensure that students enter Kindergarten with the skills they need and continue to be successful through grades K-3."

Some of the successful projects implemented through these investment funds include Tukwila and Highline School Districts' Play and Learn groups. Play and Learn groups expand access to culturally relevant, high-quality learning experiences for preschool age children, and it is a way to help children and their families begin school ready - and excited- about learning. Play and Learn groups are provided in multiple languages, at a variety of sites throughout the year. Children engage in purposeful play that builds the skills they need to be successful in Kindergarten, while parents and caregivers gain a deeper understanding of how to support their child's learning. Play and Learn Groups can be found throughout the Road Map region.

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 sustainability. Following preliminary award decisions, PSESD will finalize the terms of each award with districts through a contracting process.

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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
Department of Early Learning to Issue Updated Safe Sleep Guidelines
Wash. State Dept. of Early Learning - 07/14/15
OLYMPIA, WA --The Washington State Department of Early Learning (DEL) is in the process of updating safe sleep guidelines, policies and procedures for licensors to use when licensing child care centers and family home providers.

"We are happy to revisit our current policy and procedures regarding safe sleep, and to consistently apply the most effective guidelines possible to our licensing work," said Mary Kay Quinlan, DEL's Early Learning & Child Care Statewide Licensing Administrator. "We want licensed care providers, parents and the public to have access to training and to continually practice safe sleep guidelines to promote the safety of children throughout Washington."

DEL's website was recently updated with safe sleep training modules (in both English and Spanish), and new Washington Administrative Code (WAC) sections regarding safe sleep in child care have been drafted and filed to reflect the most up-to-date guidelines for safe sleep. After public input, the new WAC regarding safe sleep should be approved by the end of the summer.

DEL's training explains the importance of protecting infants during a crucial time of their development, and also allows providers, parents and the public to learn about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and what you can do to reduce the risk of SIDS with recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics, focusing on a safe sleep environment. Resources to print out are included in these training modules.

The updated guidelines will state that infant safe sleep practices must be followed when infants are napping or sleeping. In child care (either at a center or at a family home setting), staff must do the following when practicing safe sleep in accordance with the updated WAC:
Place an infant to sleep on his or her back. If the infant has turned over while sleeping, the infant does not need to be returned to his or her back;
Not allow blankets, stuffed toys, pillows, crib bumpers and similar items in the infant sleeping equipment, or allow a blanket to cover or drape over the sleeping equipment;
Not cover an infant's head and face during sleep;
Take steps so infants do not get too warm during sleep with the infant's arms free; and
Not place the infant in another sleeping position other than on their back, or use a sleep positioning device unless required by a written directive or medical order from the infant's health care provider. This directive or medical order must be in the infant's file.

In the proposed WAC update, child care staff at a licensed facility who work with infants must complete annual safe sleep training and document this training annually. If a violation occurs, the provider must post notice of the violation in the licensed space and within five working days of receiving the notice, provide parents and guardians of the enrolled child with a letter describing the sleep violation and written information on safe sleep practices.

To read the full listing of current child care licensing requirements, visit del.wa.gov.

The Department of Early Learning was created in 2006 to help all Washington children reach their full potential. DEL oversees the state-funded preschool program, child care licensing and subsidies, early intervention services, and other initiatives and programs to support parents as children's first and most important teachers. For more information, go to www.del.wa.gov.

Attached Media Files: 2015-07/5169/86171/PR_Safe_Sleep_7-14-15_FINAL.docx
State Invests in Future: Early Start Act and Early Learning Budget Increase
Wash. State Dept. of Early Learning - 07/09/15
OLYMPIA, WA --With an increase of about $150 million for the state's early learning programs and the passing of the Early Start Act on July 6, lawmakers are giving an opportunity for all children to arrive at school ready to learn; for families to break the cycle of poverty; and for the state communities to reap the rewards and the return on investment we know comes from high-quality early learning.

"It is phenomenal to see the investment in early learning," said Dr. Bette Hyde, director of the Department of Early Learning. "This 32 percent increase in the early learning budget is a testament to the Legislature's and the Governor's confidence in our vision--that Washington children start kindergarten healthy, capable, and confident in their ability to learn and succeed."

The passing of the Early Start Act and the early learning budget increase means more room for early learning opportunities throughout the entire state. Additional funding and the passing of the Early Start Act will:

Expand Early Achievers. Early Achievers is the quality rating and improvement system that helps to ensure providers can get the professional development and support they need to enhance their overall quality and that parents have the information they need to make the right choices in child care. Expanding Early Achievers will help ensure that providers can respond to the needs of their communities and provide high-quality, culturally, and linguistically competent early learning experiences.

Acknowledge that an increasingly diverse state like Washington requires an equally diverse set of child care options for families and kids. By expanding Early Achievers with intentional focus on reducing barriers to success through additional incentives and supports for providers serving our communities furthest from opportunity, the act will give providers access to the resources needed to meet new quality standards. The act would also award subsidized slots to providers that demonstrate high-quality standards, thereby improving access to high-quality care for families with low incomes.

Ensure continuity of care for families receiving Working Connections Child Care Subsidies (WCCC)-Washington State's largest child care subsidy program. The Early Start Act would ensure that families could receive WCCC subsidies for 12 continuous months, improving quality of care by strengthening the relationship between children and their early learning teachers and caregivers.

Expand systems to improve access for families and targeting resources to address the opportunity gap. The Early Start Act increases access to all models of Early Childhood Education Assistance Program (ECEAP) services. This will remove barriers for families by improving access to fit parents' needs and set kids up for success in kindergarten and beyond.

Set our kids and families up for continued success. This will occur by aligning the component and the service delivery models of the state-wide mixed-delivery early learning system by increasing funding and supports to home visiting, Early Support for Infant and Toddlers (ESIT) and more.

"The Early Start Act will enhance the equity, access and high quality that is at the heart of our state's early learning system," said Dr. Hyde. "With this historic act and increased budget, we can continue building on the practices, programs and policies that have made Washington state a nationally recognized leader in early learning."

More information about the implementation of Early Start Act policies will follow in the coming weeks. The first public discussion regarding the act is scheduled to occur during a panel at the Starting Strong Conference in Tacoma, August 3-5.

The full Early Start Act and and the operating budget can be reviewed by anyone online.

The Department of Early Learning was created in 2006 to help all Washington children reach their full potential. DEL oversees the state-funded preschool program, child care licensing and subsidies, early intervention services, and other initiatives and programs to support parents as children's first and most important teachers. For more information, go to www.del.wa.gov.

Media Contact: Stephanie Liden
360.725.4392 (office)
360.515.8699 (cell)
Email: Stephanie.liden@del.wa.gov

Attached Media Files: 2015-07/5169/86060/PR_State_Invests_in_Future_Budget_and_ESA_FINAL.docx
Commercial Vehicle Crash In Baker County Sends Washington Man To Hospital (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 07/02/15
Oregon State Police is continuing it's investigation into Wednesday's commercial motor vehicle crash on I-84.

According to Sergeant Ty Duby, on July 1, 2015 at about 12:30PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a crash on I-84 near MP 340. Additionally reported was a semi-truck and trailer that had exited the highway and rolled over.

Troopers arrived to find a 2007 Volvo truck pulling a box trailer had failed to negotiate a curve. The truck damaged about 300 feet of guardrail before breaking through and exiting the roadway. The truck rolled down a 50 foot embankment.

The driver, Jose A GUZMAN, age 53, of Auburn, WA, was transported by air ambulance to a Boise area hospital for his injuries.

OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department Of Transportation Huntington Rural Fire and Rescue.

Contributing factors have not yet been determined. No further information available at the time of this release.

Attached Media Files: 2015-07/1002/85896/_20150702_113247.JPG , 2015-07/1002/85896/_20150702_113314.JPG
Two Washington Residents Arrested Following Pursuit In Umatilla County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 06/30/15
On Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 at approximately 12:40pm an OSP Trooper from the Pendleton Area Command observed a speeding 1989 Nissan 240Z on I-84 westbound near milepost 232 traveling 91 mph in a 65mph zone. As the trooper attempted to overtake the speeding vehicle it increased it's speed in excess of 120 miles per hour.

Upon the trooper activating their vehicle overhead lights, the speeding vehicle pulled into the westbound truck scales near milepost 228, turned around, and began to travel the wrong way on the Interstate in an attempt to elude the trooper. The trooper discontinued pursuit of the vehicle. Minutes later, the trooper located the vehicle again near the westbound Deadman's Pass Rest Area and the vehicle again began to flee traveling north on Kanine Ridge Road and into the Umatilla Tribal Reservation.

The fleeing vehicle traveled north on Kanine Ridge Road at slower speeds due to the rough terrain and eventually became disabled after about 8 miles. Both the male driver and a female passenger fled on foot into the hillside and down a ravine.

State Troopers from Pendleton, Hermiston, Lagrande, an OSP Aircraft from Baker City, as well as the Umatilla Tribal Police responded to the area and established a perimeter then began an air and ground search for the suspects. At approximately 2:02pm the male suspect identified as Jacob ROSS, age 25, of Des Moines, WA was taken into custody after he was located hiding and partially covered by brush. A short time later the female identified as Whitney JOHNS, age 22, of Tacoma, WA, was located and taken into custody.

ROSS was lodged at the Umatilla County Jail on the charges of Felony Attempt to Elude, Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangerment and Criminal Trespass II.

JOHNS was lodged at the Umatilla County Jail on the charge of Criminal Trespass II.
DEL Seeks Applicants for Early Learning Advisory Council
Wash. State Dept. of Early Learning - 06/30/15
Learning Advisory Council (ELAC) and is accepting applications from qualified and interested individuals. The open seats will represent the following:
1. A Family Home Child Care provider
2. A Head Start, Early Head Start, Migrant/Seasonal Head Start or Tribal Head Start Program representative.

These governor-appointed seats are two-year positions and will be effective upon appointment.

ABOUT ELAC: ELAC is an advisory body to the Department of Early Learning and was created by the Legislature in 2007. The Council plays a pivotal role in the early learning system as an advisory body to DEL and serves as a connector among the state, local communities and constituencies across Washington.

ELAC's membership reflects Washington's regional, racial, and cultural diversity and includes parents, child care providers, health/safety experts and legislators, as well as representatives of Tribal Nations, independent schools, the K-12 and higher education systems, and others interested in creating a statewide early learning system that helps all children realize their full potential.

ELAC representatives from around the state meet regularly to advise and work with DEL to implement the Washington State Early Learning Plan, so that partners can collectively ensure that all children succeed in school and life.

ELAC MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS: Members serve two-year terms that expire on June 30th of the second year. ELAC meets at least six times per year; generally from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ELAC members are expected to attend the majority of meetings and be prepared to actively participate. Participants in subcommittees or work groups should expect to meet outside of the regular meeting dates.

The open membership seat is an unpaid position, although non-governmental members may be eligible for compensation and reimbursement for travel expenses incurred while carrying out ELAC duties.

Interested individuals who can commit to the membership requirements can apply for the open ELAC seats online on the Governor's website by July 15, 2015. Along with your resume, please attach a brief statement that addresses the following:
-Why would you like to serve as a representative on ELAC?
-How did you hear about ELAC and/or who referred you?
-What is your perspective on or approach to providing equitable early learning
-What impact do you hope to see ELAC have on early learning in Washington, and how
do you want to contribute to that effort?

Please contact elac@del.wa.gov with any questions.

Thank you for your interest in contributing to our state's progress toward building an earlylearning system that meets the needs of all Washington children and families!
Puget Sound ESD Board Renews Superintendent John Welch's Three-Year Contract after Completing Evaluation
Puget Sound ESD - 06/29/15
During its June meeting, the Puget Sound Educational Service District Board of Directors agreed to continue Superintendent John Welch's contract through June 2018. The Board conducted a thorough evaluation of Superintendent Welch's work in the areas of Executive Limitations (Carver Model of governance around organizational management, health and fiscal stewardship), Organizational Culture, PSESD Ends Goals (achievement and social-emotional targets), and Superintendent 2014-15 Goals.

Board Chair Vicki Asakura said the Board was pleased with the work accomplished this year and had several areas of commendation for Superintendent Welch. She highlighted the strong fiscal stewardship, the agency culture and its progress on becoming an anti-racist, multicultural organization, and strategic engagement with partners and community groups.

"We look forward to our continued work with John. We are confident in his leadership and the work the agency is doing on behalf of students, staff and families in our region," said Asakura.

PSESD has operated with a spirit of entrepreneurialism and calculated risk-taking. The agency provided technical assistance and fiscal support to the state's first charter school. It also implemented the Literacy Design Collaborative model to implement Common Core support by engaging teacher leaders and teachers across the region through social media. Under Superintendent Welch's leadership, the agency has demonstrated educational leadership and supports research, best practices and continuous improvement. Work in these areas include career awareness and exploration, Road Map Project and Race to the Top implementation, developing the Puget Sound College & Career Network, and sustaining Educare of Greater Seattle.

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About the Puget Sound Educational Service District
Puget Sound Educational Service District is a regional educational service agency that serves 35 school districts and more than 200 private schools in King and Pierce counties and Bainbridge Island in Washington. We serve more than 400,000 students, approximately 39% of the state's K-12 public school students. In addition, we serve 5,000 children and families through our early childhood education programs. Complete information can be found on our website: www.psesd.org