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10/29/14
Washington's Highest Improving Schools Honored: 2014 School of Distinction Awards announced for 5-year improvement in Reading and Math
Puget Sound ESD - 10/29/14
Renton WA - Outstanding improvement in reading and math sustained over a five-year period is the reason that 101 schools in Washington state received the 2014 School of Distinction (SOD) award today. The Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) in partnership with the Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD), the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP), Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA), Washington State School Directors' Association (WSSDA), and Washington State Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (WSASCD) have recognized schools in the top 5% of improvement for their levels.

The 2014 School of Distinction award winners include 54 elementary schools, 22 middle / junior high schools, 17 high schools, and 8 alternative schools. This award is the eighth annual School of Distinction award in Washington State and includes nine schools who are first-time winners and multiple-year winners including Mercer International Middle School (Seattle Public Schools) which is a six time winner of the SOD award.

Describing the schools that are designated as School of Distinction award winners, Greg Lobdell, President of CEE noted, "These schools are from all regions of the state, all sizes of towns, with a range from 2.7% to 100% poverty and enrollment of English Language Learners as high as 40%. These schools demonstrate that significant improvement is occurring all across our diverse public schools."

In the Puget Sound Educational Service District (ESD) region, which serves King and Pierce counties and Bainbridge Island, 50 schools in 18 school districts are award winners. The agency plans to hold an award ceremony November 5 for the winning schools.

John Welch, Puget Sound ESD Superintendent states, "We are pleased to be a partner in honoring schools within our region that set a high standard in realizing dramatic achievement gains for students. We recognize the difficult and important work that this takes. We salute the students, families, educators, and communities for their successes and for setting a high bar for us all."

Specifics of the methodology used to determine 2014 winners are summarized below:

Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) Pilot: In spring 2014, a number of schools in Washington State participated in the pilot test of the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and, therefore, have no assessment results reported for 2014. The partners responsible for the School of Distinction award felt strongly that these schools should not be disqualified for participating in the pilot. For schools participating in the SBA pilot, their 2013 results are used (repeated) as their 2014 results.

Data Suppression: The SOD methodology depends upon publicly available data. In 2014, OSPI implemented enhanced suppression of data. While protecting students' data from being publicly identifiable, it prevents CEE from applying the methodology calculations for that school. For this reason, a small number of schools with suppressed data were ineligible for the SOD award this year.

The SOD calculations are also based upon a minimum of two years of data in the level band (elementary, middle/junior high, or high school). If there are only two grades reported in the band and one of those grades has suppressed data, it is not possible to apply the methodology for the award. As such, those schools would also be ineligible for the SOD award this year.

Specifics of the Methodology:
* Three grade bands are used for calculation: elementary schools--grades 3, 4, and 5, middle or junior high schools--grades 6, 7, and 8, and high schools--grade 10. A school must have data in two of three grades to be considered for that level. Data source is the OSPI reported data from the data downloads section of the state report card (http://reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us/DataDownload.aspx).
* For grades 3 to 8, the 2014 performance is defined as the "Reading/Math Level Index" and must meet the minimum threshold of being at or above the state median for the grade band. For 10th grade, OSPI is no longer publicly reporting the Reading/Math Level Index results. We used the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) for Reading, combined with End-of-Course Math results (including students who previously passed the EOC exam) to obtain a valid measure for 2014 10th grade performance.
* Using data from 2009 through 2014 provides six data points which identify five improvement steps.
* A school may be considered in multiple bands, e.g. a K-8 school would be eligible in both elementary and middle/junior high bands. Alternative learning environments are considered independently in each of the three grade bands (subject to the same minimum performance threshold as all schools in the grade band).
* A school must have data in at least three of six years to be considered--one of which must be 2014.
* "Improvement" is defined as the slope of linear trend over the five years.
* The number of schools comprising 5% is based on the number of schools at each grade band with valid 2014 data.

About PSESD
The Puget Sound Educational Service District (ESD 121) is one of nine regional agencies serving school districts and state-approved private schools in Washington State. Our service area includes 35 school districts and more than 200 private schools in King and Pierce counties plus Bainbridge Island. Approximately 38 percent of the state's K-12 public school students, more than 400,000, are served in the area's school districts, which range from large to small, urban to rural.

Puget Sound ESD develops and delivers a wide selection of services that provide instructional and administrative support to PreK-12 schools and post-secondary services to students and families.


Attached Media Files: 2014-10/4161/79211/2014_SOD_List_of_Winners.pdf
10/28/14
OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of 68 lbs of Marijuana, Arrest of Two Washington Men - Interstate 5 near Medford (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/28/14
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An Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop early Saturday morning near Medford led to the arrest of two Washington men after the trooper discovered approximately 68 pounds of marijuana in their rented vehicle. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On October 25, 2014 at approximately 12:53 a.m., an OSP trooper stopped a rented 2014 Hyundai Sonata displaying California license plates for a speeding violation on Interstate 5 northbound near milepost 29. The trooper identified the two occupants as driver MICHAEL EDWARD GREEN, age 46, and passenger SHAUN BOOTH, age 41, both from Buckley, Washington.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the trooper to discover approximately 68 pounds of marijuana concealed inside the vehicle. In addition, approximately 10 grams of Psilocybin mushrooms was also found. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $125,000.

Both men was arrested without incident and lodged in the Jackson County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana, and Unlawful Possession of Psilocybin Mushrooms.

Photograph Sources:
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Green & Booth Photos - Jackson County Jail

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Raymond Junior/Senior High School Recognized As 2014 School Of Distinction
Raymond SD - 10/28/14
Raymond WA - October 28, 2014 - Raymond Junior/Senior High School has been recognized as a Washington State 2014 School of Distinction. This award acknowledges outstanding improvement in reading and math sustained over a five-year period, and is limited to schools in the top 5% of improvement for their grade band. Statewide, there were 17 high schools recognized.

This is the eighth time School of Distinction award has been made in Washington State. Statewide, 54 elementary schools, 22 middle schools, 17 high schools, and 8 alternative schools received the award. Describing the schools that are designated as School of Distinction award winners, Greg Lobdell, President of the Center for Educational Effectivenes noted, "These schools are from alI regions of the state, all sizes of towns, with a range from 2.7% to 100% poverty and enrollment of English Language Learners as high as 40%. These schools demonstrate that significant improvement is occurring all across our diverse public schools."

Each regional Educational Service District throughout the state will be hosting an award ceremony to recognize the award winners within their districts. Dates will be announced in subsequent, regional press releases. Dr. Rich McBride, Superintendent of the North Central ESD in Wenatchee and leading this work for the ESDs stated, "At a time when our schools and classrooms are experiencing the pressure of reform initiatives at the state and national level, it is great to celebrate the success and hard work of our highest improving schools across the state. This celebration provides important validation and highlights our need for the continued support of improvement efforts across Washington that are making a difference for all students. Our congratulations to the staff, students, leaders, and communities for their exceptional passion and dedication."
10/24/14
NCA Briefing on Situation at MPHS Today
Northshore Christian Academy - 10/24/14
To Northshore Christian Academy Families,

We have learned today that Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville is the site of a tragic school shooting. Students at Northshore Christian Academy are safe.

Teachers and staff have all been instructed not to announce the incident to students and to be careful that students do not overhear conversations about the incident or see media about it. We believe our parents would prefer to explain the news of this tragedy to their children as they determine appropriate.

As our students learn of the Marysville incident, they will need our support and reassurance. Our staff is prepared to support each of our students and our families dealing with this news. Our school counselors are available.

Please join us in praying for the families and loved ones affected by this devastating loss.

Sincerely,

Holly Leach, Superintendent
Northshore Christian Academy, 5700 23rd Drive West, Everett, WA 98203
http://www.northshorechristianschools.org/

Our Mission: Northshore Christian Academy partners with families to provide a superior Christian education developing spiritual, academic, and personal excellence in a Christ-centered environment.
10/22/14
Northshore Christian Academy's Annual Veterans Day Celebration - Veterans Honored During Special Chapels (Photo)
Northshore Christian Academy - 10/22/14
NCA Cub Scout Pack 777 Leading Pledge of Allegiance
NCA Cub Scout Pack 777 Leading Pledge of Allegiance
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Northshore Christian Academy (NCA) honors our Veterans every year with two very special Chapel services. This year we will thank our Veterans and active duty military personnel on Wednesday, November 5th at the 8:30am Middle School Chapel and 9:45am Elementary School Chapel.

As part of our tribute, we will feature a special slide-show presentation of NCA friends and family members in uniform who have served or are currently serving in the U.S. armed forces. NCA's combined 5th-8th grades choirs and advanced orchestras will perform. Students and parents will be inspired by a special guest chapel speaker, former Marine and current pastor of Calvary Everett, Billy Wheeler. Pastor Wheeler is also currently a chaplain for the Everett Fire Department.

NCA will provide a Live Webcast during our Middle School Veterans Day Chapel at 8:30am: http://www.northshorechristianacademy.org/livewebcast

NCA's Cub Scout Pack 777 will present the Flags in a formal ceremony, lead the Pledge of Allegiance, and personally thank each veteran in the audience for their service.
Learn more about NCA's Cub Scout Pack 777 at: http://www.northshorechristianacademy.org/ncacubscouts

NCA Events Honor Families
Events honoring families, such as our Veteran's Day Chapels, Moments with Mom, and Donuts with Dad are long-standing traditions at NCA and eagerly anticipated by both families and staff. At our annual Veterans Day Chapels, families have the opportunity to submit photos of those who have served in our armed forces and all who attend are moved and humbled by the long history of service our families demonstrate. We feel it is important for our students to honor the sacrifices many people have made in order to preserve our freedoms.

Sharing Our Faith
Each of our events also provides an opportunity to share our Christian faith with family and friends and not only those who are able to attend in person, but also those who view our Live Webcasts which are enjoyed all over the world. NCA's Christmas Concerts always celebrate the true reason for celebrating Christmas, as our students clearly communicate with story and song the message of hope brought through the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ. Not only is this a chance for them to hear and communicate this story, but it is a performance opportunity. NCA students learn to be poised and confident on stage and communicate through music and song.

Northshore Christian Academy, located near the Everett Boeing Plant and the City of Mukilteo, is a private Christian school, in Snohomish County, founded in 1995, as a ministry of Northshore Christian Church. Northshore Christian Academy provides a high-quality education in a Christ Centered environment for over 970 students. NCA serves K-8th Grades, is a Licensed Early Learning Center for toddlers, preschool and pre-Kindergarten children. NCA also offers school age child care, a School of Arts Enrichment and a Summer Day Program. Prospective family tours are given every Wednesday at 9:45am. NCA is still accepting students for the current school year. Please visit the NCA Website for more information at www.northshorechristianschools.org.


Attached Media Files: NCA Cub Scout Pack 777 Leading Pledge of Allegiance , Colonal Weldon Walker, MD, US Army (NCA Grandparent) , Major Ludwig G. Baumann, US Airforce, Killed in Action in Vietnam (NCA Grandparent)
10/21/14
OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of 52 lbs of Marijuana, Arrest of Washington Man - Interstate 5 near Tualatin (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/21/14
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A Seattle, Washington man was arrested Tuesday morning after an Oregon State Police (OSP) senior trooper discovered approximately 52 pounds of marijuana inside a vehicle during a traffic stop on Interstate 5 near Tualatin. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On October 21, 2014 at approximately 2:27 a.m., an OSP senior trooper stopped a rental 2014 Toyota Camry four-door displaying California license plates for a traffic violation northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 290. The vehicle's driver was identified as SANTICHITH LA HOCHINGNAVONG, age 38, from Seattle, Washington. The passenger was identified as a 25-year old Washington man.

Subsequent investigation led the trooper to discover approximately 52 pounds of marijuana in the car's trunk. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $130,000.

HOCHINGNAVONG was arrested without incident and lodged in the Clackamas County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Distribution of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana.

The passenger was not arrested.

OSP was assisted during the traffic stop by Tualatin Police Department.

Photograph Sources:
Marijuana photo - Oregon State Police
Hochingnavong photo - Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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10/15/14
Dave Stuckey named Oregon Military Department Interagency Director upon announcement of Dave Ferre retirement
Oregon Military Department - 10/15/14
SALEM, Oregon -- Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, in coordination with the Oregon Governor's office, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dave Stuckey as the Oregon Military Department's (OMD) Interagency Director, effective Feb. 1, 2015.

Stuckey, who is currently the Director of Oregon's Office of Emergency Management (OEM), is scheduled to replace Dave Ferre, who has announced his retirement.

"Dave Ferre's vast amount of interagency experience and background as an exceptional leader was instrumental to the success of our organization," said Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson. "We thank him for a career of contributions and life-long sacrifice to his state and nation, and look forward to David Stuckey's knowledge, experience, and leadership as our new Interagency Director."

The search to fill the position of OEM Director will be an open competitive application process. The selected candidate will work directly with Stuckey through the end of 2014 to ensure a smooth transition.

Ferre has more than 30 years of collective experience as a state employee beginning as an Oregon State Trooper in 1976. He has held various positions in state government to include acting OMD State Personnel director, OMD State Financial manager/comptroller, OMD Installations director and director of Service Member and Family Support.

To complement his long state service, Ferre has had a successful parallel military career. He served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force, beginning in 1975. He transferred to the Air Reserve in 1976, and joined the Oregon Air National Guard in 1981. Ferre served as a weapons controller and disaster preparedness officer, and eventually as director of operations and the unit commander for the 104th Air Control Squadron.

After serving a number of command positions throughout the Oregon Air National Guard, to include the plans and programs officer, executive officer for the 142nd Fighter Wing, and 142nd Mission Support Group commander, Ferre was appointed as the Oregon Combat Operations Group commander. In August 2005, Ferre was appointed the United States Property and Fiscal Officer for Oregon (appointed by the Chief of National Guard Bureau). He retired from the military as a colonel in December 2011.

Stuckey has a long and established career in the military and emergency management. He served as deputy director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management from April 2010 to June 2012. During that time, he was part of three presidential declarations and multiple emergency response activation.

Stuckey was instrumental in responding to the 2011 Oregon floods and was the Governor's authorized representative and State coordinating officer in response to the tsunami resulting from the Japanese earthquake, which occurred March 11, 2011.

The mission of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management is to maintain emergency response and recovery activities with the state and local emergency services agencies and organizations.
10/14/14
Arts Impact Receives Highly Competitive U.S. Department of Education Grant (Photo)
Puget Sound ESD - 10/14/14
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Arts Impact, an arts education professional learning program for teachers, just won its 7th highly competitive U.S. Department of Education research grant. The four-year grant, called SAIL: STEM and Arts Infused Learning, offers training in Arts integrated teaching and learning in Common Core State Standards-aligned Science, Technology, Engineering and Math for the teachers of two Seattle Public elementary or K-8 schools.

Arts Impact has proven that its model of arts-infused instruction can close the opportunity gap for children at risk. SAIL builds on this important work by targeting Seattle Public Schools with high ethnic diversity, English Language Learners, and students on Free and Reduced Lunch (from low income families). Both local and national research show that students from these populations benefit even more powerfully from arts infused approaches to learning than their more advantaged peers.

SAIL will build teachers' skills in arts infusion - a way to integrate the arts with STEM subjects by teaching shared concepts, like sequence in dance, science, math and computer programming, or character development in theater, writing and video game design. The project will embed technology in all learning materials as well as explore ways to use technology to support innovative, customized learning for both teachers and students.

SAIL will break new ground in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, ARTS and Math) instruction by using project-based learning (PBL) as a primary way to engage students in learning. PBL challenges students to solve real-world problems with creative solutions, using ideas and strategies from multiple fields. Questions like, "How could we reduce the carbon footprint of our classroom?" ask children to use mathematical, artistic, and scientific ways of knowing and showing to develop and share their creative ideas. This kind of integrative, innovative thinking builds 21st century skills like creativity, critical thinking and perseverance. These skills are key to students' success in school and in life, and are proven pathways to closing the opportunity gap for all children.


More information about Puget Sound Educational Service District, Arts Impact and arts infused learning is available at www.psesd.org.


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10/06/14
BPA makes 31st consecutive annual U.S. Treasury payment on time and in full
Bonneville Power Administration - 10/06/14
Portland, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration today announced that it made its 31st consecutive annual payment, on time and in full, to the U.S. Treasury. The total payment for fiscal year 2014, which ended Sept. 30, was $991 million.

"We are proud to uphold our commitment to U.S. taxpayers by once again making our Treasury payment on time and in full," said Elliot Mainzer, BPA administrator. "This longstanding and consistent record of payments reflects our sound fiscal management and value to the region, while clearly demonstrating an enduring commitment to our financial obligations."

BPA's cumulative payments to the U.S. Treasury during these 31 consecutive years amount to over $24.8 billion.

This year's payment includes: $567 million in principal; $333 million in interest; $53
million in irrigation assistance payments; and $38 million in other payments. Of the $991
million total payment, $147 million was paid by applying Treasury credits for non-power-related fish mitigation efforts and other credits, including interest earnings.

This year, Energy Northwest and BPA began using a collaborative, integrated approach to optimize the unified debt portfolio of all debt obligations borne by BPA ratepayers. Energy Northwest develops, owns and operates a diverse mix of electricity generating resources, including the Northwest's only nuclear generating facility. BPA backs $5.36 billion of Energy Northwest debt. In this year's regional cooperation debt transaction, Energy Northwest issued BPA-supported bonds to refinance approximately $321 million of outstanding regional cooperation debt previously issued by Energy Northwest. This refinancing freed up BPA resources that are now being used instead to make an additional payment to the U.S. Treasury to extinguish $321 million of federal debt with a higher interest rate, thereby obtaining about $130 million of net present value savings.

During fiscal year 2014, BPA repaid $567 million of federal debt principal including the additional early repayment of $321 million associated with the regional cooperation debt transaction, described above. BPA also repaid $214 million of nonfederal debt principal, of which $205 million was related to Energy Northwest projects.

In addition to the U.S. Treasury payment, BPA paid operations and maintenance
expenses for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service projects directly funded by BPA. This direct funding amounted to
$358 million in fiscal year 2014.

BPA is a self-financed federal power marketing administration. BPA primarily recovers its costs through revenues from the sale of electric power and transmission services. BPA receives no annual appropriations from the U.S. Congress. BPA establishes its rates prospectively, looking forward over two years. To assure full and timely payments to the Treasury for the benefit of American taxpayers, BPA requires that its rates be established to provide at least a 95 percent certainty of making annual scheduled Treasury payments over two consecutive years. This equates to a 97.5 percent certainty of making annual scheduled payments in a single year of the rate period. BPA has not missed making a Treasury payment since 1984.

BPA markets more than one-third of the electricity consumed in the Pacific Northwest. The power produced at 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant in the Northwest is sold to more than 140 Northwest utilities, among other entities. BPA operates a high-voltage transmission grid consisting of more than 15,000 miles of lines and associated substations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana serving more than 480 customers.

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Road Map Region Race to the Top Highlights 'Big Wins" in Annual Report
Puget Sound ESD - 10/06/14
The Road Map Region Race to the Top submitted its Annual Performance Report to the U.S. Department of Education. One of only two grants awarded at the largest amount ($40 million) and an unprecedented collaboration between seven Seattle and South King county school districts, progress in the region to increase student achievement has been impressive.

"We are very excited by the outstanding progress our districts and community partners have made over the past year," commented PSESD Superintendent John Welch. "We are engaged in an historic, systems changing partnership that holds students at the heart of our decisions in order to ensure the opportunity gap is closed and our young people have a high-quality experience throughout their preschool to post-secondary educational journey."

The Puget Sound Educational Service District serves as the lead agency for the grant, and Superintendent Welch also credited the group's success to a collaborative spirit between superintendents, school boards, teacher association leadership, community groups, and government agencies. He said the significant progress is truly a credit to all involved.

The grant is organized into four main areas of focus: Start Strong, STEM Strong, Stay Strong, and Foundational Elements. Highlights of the consortium's "big wins" include:

Start Strong
* Consortium districts identified one common Kindergarten registration date in 2014 and PSESD led a regional communications campaign with kindergarten registration information translated into 12 languages
* All districts, with community partners, wrote PreK to 3rd Grade Action Plans to align preschool with elementary curricula and professional development
* Schools partnered with community-based organizations on a regional Summer Reading campaign to support all students having individual summer reading plans to combat summer learning loss
* The region increased the number of full-day kindergarten classrooms beyond the state-funded amount
* Six out of seven districts have implemented full-day kindergarten district-wide

STEM Strong
* Districts worked together to create a common, regional definition of algebra readiness aligned with Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
* Districts also created implementation plans to use and train teachers and community partners on digital STEM tools, and began to purchase and pilot these tools.
* The Consortium selected two career awareness tools to help students discover career paths aligned to their interests

Stay Strong
* 25,000 students took the SAT, PSAT and ReadiStep assessments for free during the school day, eliminating a significant barrier to college
* 18 College & Career Readiness Assistants, students from the University of Washington's Dream Project, were deployed in middle and high schools to support low-income students' readiness for college
* 83 counselors participated in professional learning opportunities to better advise students for college and careers

Foundational Projects
* A regional Data Portal was built to allow student data to be securely transferred between state and district systems, addressing the high student mobility rate throughout districts in the South King County region
* The Investment Fund for Teaching & Leading distributed more than $5 million for teacher training in personalized, culturally-relevant instructional strategies with a specific focus on math, science and English Language Learner instruction
* Community-school partnerships in White Center and Kent East Hill grew with more than 300 parents graduating from the Kent Parent Academy for Student Achievement and parent facilitators implementing Play and Learn kindergarten readiness groups in White Center

To view the complete report, please visit the Road Map Region Race to the Top website.
10/03/14
Update: Names & Added Information - Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 84 between North Powder and Baker City (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/03/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday morning's single vehicle fatal crash that occurred along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 between North Powder and Baker City. The names of the five occupants are released in this update following confirmation that the deceased's next of kin were notified.

On October 3, 2014 at approximately 5:45 a.m., a 2009 Pontiac four-door driven by BRANDON M. GOEDERS, age 20, from Port Moody, British Columbia, was traveling eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 294 when it traveled onto the left shoulder. GOEDERS, who said he fell asleep, over-corrected to the right causing the car to roll on the pavement and off the freeway lanes.

A 20-year old female rear seat passenger identified as JANELLE CECLIA LAWLER from Hope, British Columbia, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

GOEDERS and three other female passengers were transported by ambulance to St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City with non-life threatening injuries. The surviving passengers are identified as CINDY KOKOTAILO, age 24, from Langley, British Columbia; TAVIA EAKMAN, age 22, from Surrey, British Columbia; and, ALANA HITTRICH, age 24, also from Delta, British Columbia.

All five were using safety restraints and were enroute to a conference in Utah.

OSP troopers from the Baker City and La Grande offices are continuing the investigation. The driver is cooperating fully and there is no evidence that drugs or alcohol were contributing factors. No enforcement action has been taken and the completed investigation will be forwarded to the Baker County District Attorney for review before a decision is made. Senior Trooper Ed Mercado is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Baker County Sheriff's Office, Baker City-area first responders, and ODOT. One lane was blocked for several hours during the incident response and investigation.

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10/01/14
BPA Regional Science Bowl Registration Opens
Bonneville Power Administration - 10/01/14
PR 19 14
BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140/503-230-5131

BPA Regional Science Bowl Registration Opens

Portland, Ore. - Registration is now open for the nation's largest regional science bowl competition for middle and high school students. Registration is open Oct. 1 to Nov. 15 for the 2015 Bonneville Power Administration Regional Science Bowl. The events take place on consecutive weekends this winter at the University of Portland. The middle school competition is set for Jan. 31, and the high school competition kicks off Feb. 7. The event is free and open to teams from public and private schools in western Washington and western and central Oregon.

The BPA Regional Science Bowl is a fast-paced, quiz-show-style competition that invites middle and high school students to demonstrate their knowledge of science and math in a round-robin, double-elimination tournament, with winners eligible to travel to the national finals in Washington, D.C. The BPA events are the largest in the nation, and include enrichment activities for all participants, including an engineering competition and student video contest.

For details and registration instructions, go to www.bpa.gov/goto/ScienceBowl.
Registration takes only a few minutes with the online form. To register, teachers need to list contact information, school name and the number of five-student teams they'd like to register.

The boundaries for the BPA Regional Science Bowl differ slightly between middle schools and high schools. Maps with regional boundaries specific to both Oregon and Washington can be found at www.bpa.gov/goto/ScienceBowl.

Teams are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis with each entrant's first team taking priority, followed by second teams and third teams, up to each competition's 64-team limit.

The Bonneville Power Administration provides free programs, presentations and information to K-12 schools in the Pacific Northwest to help students achieve energy literacy, and to support science, technology, engineering and math education. For more information on BPA's education efforts, go to www.bpa.gov/goto/Education.

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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