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07/02/15
Commercial Vehicle Crash In Baker County Sends Washington Man To Hospital (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 07/02/15
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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.


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06/30/15
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.

APPLICATION:
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
opportunities?
-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!
06/29/15
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
06/24/15
Castle Rock School District to offer signing bonuses to successful teacher candidates
Castle Rock Sch. Dist. - 06/24/15
Qualified teachers are currently being sought to fill positions in grades K-5 at Castle Rock Elementary School in the Castle Rock School District. The district is offering up to $4,000 as a hiring bonus to the successful applicants.

Individuals selected for the positions will join a team of positive and student-centered education professionals. They'll also collaborate with a new assistant principal hired in May to support Principal Eric Franzen. "We've built a great team at Castle Rock Elementary," said Superintendent Susan Barker. "We're committed to recruiting elementary teachers to be part of the school's future," she added.

Castle Rock is situated along the I-5 corridor in Cowlitz County, just 58 miles from Portland and 117 miles south of Seattle. It offers an abundance of recreational opportunities and the benefits of a small town setting with a long history of community support. This year, residents approved both the Maintenance and Operations Levy and a Capital Levy to make improvements to school facilities.

Current Washington State credentials and/or endorsement are required to apply. Applicants must also meet current NCLB standards for highly qualified teachers. Successful candidates would be placed on the state's salary schedule based upon years of experience and the district offers an excellent benefits package.

Interested persons should apply at www.applitrack.com/castlerock/onlineapp.
06/22/15
Driver Involved in March 2015 Fatal Crash Issued a Citation After Criminal Case Review
Portland Police Bureau - 06/22/15
On June 16, 2015, the driver involved in a multiple-vehicle, fatal crash that occurred on March 7 on I-5 northbound at Delta Park was issued a traffic citation for Careless Driving with an Accident. The citation was issued to 24-year-old Bennett Rowe after the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office reviewed the case and found no criminal wrongdoing.

Rowe, a resident of Aberdeen, Washington, was the driver of a 2007 Chevrolet Suburban involved in the crash, which involved four other vehicles.

7-year-old Arianna Lundin, from Cathlamet, Washington, was riding in the back seat of a 2008 Dodge Caliber involved in the crash and died at a Portland hospital a few days after the crash.

Several other people were injured in the crash and were transported to Portland hospitals where they were treated and ultimately released.

The Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division's Major Crash Team conducted a thorough investigation of the crash, leading to the traffic citation.

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State Seeks Parent Focus Group Participants in Renton Area
Wash. State Dept. of Early Learning - 06/22/15
What do you look for when researching child care options for your children?
What's the most important information to have available when you are inquiring about where to choose to take your children for child care?
What are some challenges you've faced when trying to find child care in your area?
These are some questions we will be asking and more at a Parent Focus Group in Renton, WA.
Event Details:
June 29th, 2015 at Puget Sound ESD
800 Oakesdale Avenue SW
Renton, WA

Please join us to help build a better tool for parents to find quality child care!
Reimbursement for mileage is available!
To RSVP or for questions:
April Messenger @ 360-725-3517 or email april.messenger@del.wa.gov

More about this project:
Third Sector Intelligence (3SI) is working on a collaborative project between Child Care Aware of Washington and the Department of Early Learning to create a new combined search tool that will improve upon the current online childcare search tools: Child Care Check and the Child Care Aware Online Referral Module. Your feedback is helpful for us to better understand what is most important for parents when searching and making a choice about choosing a child care provider.
06/18/15
Annie Wright Becomes an Official PYP School
Annie Wright Schools - 06/18/15
Tacoma, Wash. - After a rigorous four-year process, Annie Wright Schools received full authorization as an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) school. The PYP, a transdisciplinary curriculum for students aged 3 to 12, focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and the outside world.

The IB Organization's report commended Annie Wright extensively in practices including selecting teachers who embrace inquiry-based learning, providing exemplary leadership in supporting teachers in their implementation of the program, maintaining inviting learning environments and communicating key components to the community.

"Our Lower School team has worked hard over four years to implement this fantastic program," said Head of Schools Christian G. Sullivan. "Their deep knowledge and appreciation of the Primary Years Programme have inspired children to love learning."

Originally developed for children of diplomats, IB programs, currently offered to more than one million students in nearly 150 countries, encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners. These programs also provide a framework to assess performance according to world standards. The IB Diploma Programme is already well established in Annie Wright's Upper School, and the Middle Years Programme is set to follow in the Middle School.

Founded in Tacoma in 1884, Annie Wright Schools are two schools on one campus. Annie Wright Day School serves boys and girls in Preschool through Grade 8, while Annie Wright Upper School offers all-girls day and boarding programs for Grades 9 through 12. Annie Wright is proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School. Learn more at www.aw.org.


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Washington State Seeks Parent Advisory Members
Wash. State Dept. of Early Learning - 06/18/15
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--June 18, 2015

WASHINGTON STATE SEEKS PARENT ADVISORY MEMBERS

OLYMPIA, WA -- At the Department of Early Learning (DEL), it is the view that parents are children's first and most important teachers. The DEL Parent Advisory Group (PAG) is a sounding board for decisions, ideas and questions that shape the future of DEL. Parental involvement in decision-making is the key to having policies and programs that support families' strengths and needs.

DEL is seeking up to fifteen parents and family caregivers of children, from birth through nine years old, to participate as members of the Parent Advisory Group. The PAG will meet by phone and in person. The group's first conference call will be held on August 12, 2015 and first in-person meeting will be held October 7, 2015. The location is yet to be determined.

PAG members will represent the unique experiences and perspectives of their families, including but not limited to:
Rural, remote, urban and military communities;
Access a variety of early learning services for their children or not currently connected to services;
Have diverse family structures (for example, headed by both or single parents, grandparents, kinship care, foster parents, or are blended families);
Experience with immigration and being new to a community;
Impacted by incarceration;
Cultural, linguistic and ethnic diversity;
Have children with varying developmental and special needs.
To access the PAG recruitment flyer in Spanish and English visit DEL's website at del.wa.gov and search PAG. To apply, DEL asks that parents fill out the application (located on the PAG page of the website) and return it to DEL by July 15. If you have questions, you can contact DEL via email at pag@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.
06/17/15
SB I-5 reopened at the Interstate Bridge
ODOT: PDX, Mt. Hood - 06/17/15
All southbound lanes of Interstate 5 are now open after an early-morning crash on the Interstate Bridge.
All SB lanes of I-5 closed after truck overturns on Interstate Bridge
ODOT: PDX, Mt. Hood - 06/17/15
All southbound lanes of Interstate 5 remain blocked Wednesday morning after a semi truck carrying empty wine bottles overturned on the Interstate Bridge. Traffic bound for Oregon is being directed east on SR 14 to Interstate 205. Crews are working to right the truck and clear the road of broken glass but the southbound bridge may remain closed through much of the Wednesday morning commute. The sidewalk on the southbound span is also closed but the sidewalk on the northbound span remains open to bicycle and pedestrian traffic. Traveler should expect delays and plan an alternate route.
06/10/15
Nathan Gibbs-Bowling Selected as Regional Teacher of the Year (Photo)
Puget Sound ESD - 06/10/15
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Photo courtesy of Milken Educator Awards
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Congratulations to Tacoma School District teacher Nate Gibbs-Bowling who is the Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) Regional Teacher of the Year for 2016. Mr. Bowling teaches AP Government and AP Human Geography at Lincoln High School where he is completing his ninth year in the profession. He received the Milken Foundation National Educator Award in 2014.

In addition to his stellar work in the classroom, Mr. Bowling's accomplishments include leadership in his school, district and broader community of Tacoma and Pierce County.

Patrick Erwin, principal at Lincoln High School, applauds Nate's work in the classroom, adding, "Mr. Bowling is committed to changing the lives of kids and he views the intersection of poverty and education as a life or death matter. This is evident in his passion for the outcomes of his kids."

As PSESD Regional Teacher of the Year, Mr. Bowling is now a candidate for the Washington State Teacher of the Year, which will be announced by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) in the fall.


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06/09/15
Participation in 401(k) Plans Rises as More Companies Automatically Enroll
Wells Fargo - 06/09/15
PORTLAND, June 9, 2015 - Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) announced today an uptick in the percentage of employees participating in 401(k) plans administered by the firm. The number of eligible employees participating in Wells Fargo-administered plans rose 13% between 2011 and 2015. Wells Fargo administers 401(k) plans for 3.8 million eligible participants employed by U.S. companies. The increase in participation correlates to an increase in plan sponsors opting for automatic enrollment of their participants, which now stands at 40% of Wells Fargo-administered plans versus 30% in 2011.

The data show increasing participation rates among younger employees, new hires and lower-earning workers over the past four years. Participation in the 401(k) plan among millennials has reached 55% compared to 45% in 2011. For newly hired eligible employees (meaning those who have reached the one year mark of employment), participation has increased from 36% four years ago to 48% in 2015. In addition, employees in a pay range of $20,000 to $40,000 in salary are participating at a rate of 59% versus 47% four years ago.

"This is a great set of data demonstrating some very positive behaviors from participants. I get very excited when I see the percentage of employees enrolling in plans ticking up over the last four years because it tells me people understand that participation in their workplace retirement plan is vital," said Joe Ready, head of Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement and Trust. "We know that systematic, pre-tax savings and investing works. The first critical step along that journey is to get people in the plan. In addition, to see such gains among people who are historically the hardest to get saving for retirement is also quite encouraging. People are getting the message that their 401(k) is an important key to a viable retirement."

Savings rates, company match and average balances
Although participation rates are rising, the deferral rates are relatively flat in the four-year analysis, with 38% of participants saving a minimum of 10% of their salary (which may include employer match) in their 401(k) plan - a modest increase from 34% four years ago. Twenty-eight percent of millennials currently reach a total contribution of 10% of pay, compared to 35% of Gen X and 45% of boomers.

Sixty-two percent of all active participants are taking full advantage of their employer match. When analyzed by generational groups, this breaks down to 54% of millennials, 63% of Gen X, and 70% of boomers who are contributing enough to capture their full company match.

The average 401(k) balance is $93,015 - up from $69,802 four years ago, largely due to gains in the stock market.

The number of people with a loan from their 401(k) has remained flat; 19% have at least one loan.

"Participating in the plan is the first step, but what we really need to see is a more robust increase in how much people are saving," said Ready. "The reality is that people need to save their way to retirement. This is true for all generations, and especially so for the younger population that has time on its side and can take advantage of the compounding effect of time. At the very least, we like to see people reap the full benefit of their employer match because that's a nice boost for their savings that doesn't come out of their pocket."

Roth 401(k) popular among millennials
The Roth 401(k) usage is creeping up - with 12% of participants contributing to a Roth 401(k) compared to 8% four years ago. Millennials are the most significant users of Roth, with 16% contributing to a Roth 401(k), versus 11% of Gen X and 7% of boomers. The Roth 401(k) allows participants to contribute after-tax dollars, and withdraw in retirement on a tax-free basis.

"The decision to contribute after-tax money to a Roth 401(k) is an intentional one, because people typically are not automatically enrolled into Roth 401(k) plans," said Ready. "I am encouraged that the younger participant group is putting thought into what can be a tax diversification strategy when it comes time to take money out of plans in retirement."

Millennials are the most diversified in their 401(k) investment portfolio
Roth 401(k) usage is not the only category in which millennials have Gen X and boomers beat. Millennials are still the most diversified generation, and are making the biggest gains: 82% are meeting a minimum level of diversification - a minimum of two equity funds and a fixed income fund and less than 20% in employer stock - which is up from 72% four years ago. Gen X and boomers have also seen strong gains in this category, with 78% and 75% respectively meeting the minimum level of diversification (compared to 70% and 68% four years ago).

This improved diversification is most likely due to the broader use of managed investment products, which continue to gain in popularity. Overall, 76% of participants use a managed product (such as target-date funds, which is seeing specific gains from 47% to 62% of participants who have money in target-date funds), versus 65% four years ago. When comparing by generation, 83% of millennials, 75% of Gen X and 70% of boomers use some type of managed product in their 401(k) plan.

Women participate at higher rate than men
In a review of data compiled from 2,036 companies where gender is indicated, there are also some noteworthy differences. Women participate in their 401(k) plans at a slightly higher rate than men: 65% to 62%. The number of women saving at least 10% of their salary is slightly lower: 38% of women vs. 40% of men contribute at least 10% of their salary, and 64% of men are taking full advantage of their company match, compared to 61% of women. Women use managed products more than men - 77% of women compared to 74% of men - which might explain why they are better diversified. Eighty percent of women are meeting minimum diversification criteria compared to 78% of men.
EDITORS AND REPORTERS: Retirement Savings Tips

Get started saving today
If you have the option to join your employer's 401(k) plan, enroll today and contribute up to $18,000 per year; participants age 50 and older can make up to $6,000 in additional catch-up contributions each year (unless their plan has lower limits or doesn't offer catch-up contributions). Pay yourself first and save as much of your salary as you can on a tax-advantaged basis. If you do not have access to a workplace retirement plan, you can set up an automatic savings program and make systematic contributions of up to $5,500 if you are under age 50, or $6,500 if you are age 50 or older through regular contributions to a Roth IRA (with after-tax dollars) or a traditional IRA (with pre-tax dollars) if you meet eligibility requirements.

Get the company match -- if it's offered
If you are contributing to a 401(k), find out if there's a company match. If there is, consider taking full advantage of it. Remember that the money your employer contributes on your behalf can be added to the amount you're contributing, and combining the two contributions helps give your overall savings goal a boost.

Increase your rate of savings
Research shows that the #1 factor in saving for retirement is your contribution rate, and regular contribution rate increases. Find out if your employer's plan offers the option to increase your contribution amount automatically and on a regular basis. That's one less thing to remember and it's an easy way to help you gradually save more in preparation for retirement. You can always change the increase rate or limit for your automatic retirement plan contributions.

Find out what type of investor you are
Your asset allocation is the "big picture" -- the way you divide your investments among the three basic investment categories: stocks, bonds, and stable value investments. Knowing your investor type -- conservative, moderate, or aggressive -- can provide a good starting point for determining which asset allocation makes the most sense for you. Use an online tool like www.wellsfargo.com/riskquiz to help you determine your risk tolerance.

Leave your savings alone
It may be tempting to spend your savings if you change jobs or have an unexpected expense pop up, but it is important to keep these assets growing in a tax-favored retirement account. Withdrawing money from your employer-sponsored plan can erode your retirement savings to the point where you may jeopardize your financial security in retirement. Keep your money working for you!


About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.7 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,700 locations, 12,500 ATMs, and the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 266,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 30 on Fortune's 2015 rankings of America's largest corporations. Wells Fargo's vision is to satisfy all our customers' financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.


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