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Thu. 12/01/16
Parkwood Elementary Earns Top OSPI Title I Awards (Photo)
Shoreline School District - 12/01/16 8:52 PM
Parkwood staff, district administrators and school board members pose after the surprise announcement.
Parkwood staff, district administrators and school board members pose after the surprise announcement.
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The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) recognized Parkwood Elementary as one of the top schools in the state for improving math scores and closing the achievement gap at a surprise celebration held for the school's staff on Wednesday, Nov. 30.

OSPI's Title I Program Supervisor Larry Fazzari traveled from Olympia to make the presentation to the school's staff. He presented them with two of the most prestigious awards granted by the OSPI Title I Office. Parkwood earned the Title I, Part A Distinguished School Award for making significant progress in closing the achievement gap in mathematics. They were one of only five Title 1 schools in the state to earn the honor. They were also presented with the Title I, Part A Academic Achievement Award for raising student achievement in math school-wide, one of only eight schools in the state to win that award. They were one of only three schools in the state to win both awards.

Parkwood is one of 2,190 Title I schools in the state that were eligible for the awards. Title I is a federal education program that allocates additional funds and resources to schools with high rates of low-income families to support students in meeting challenging academic standards.

"The recognition is a welcome confirmation of what we already knew, we have great schools here in Shoreline, and Parkwood is a shining example of what is possible in supporting the success of all students," said Assistant Superintendent Brian Schultz.

Parkwood's English Language Learner (ELL) performance on the math Smarter Balanced Assessment exceeded the state average by 14 percent in 2015 and by 17 percent in 2016. The school's Hispanic and African American students also outperformed their subgroups in math by 21 percent in 2015 and by 25 percent in 2016.

"Our staff are committed to teamwork and truly view every child's future as their personal responsibility," said Parkwood Principal Ann Torres. "They are creative and persistent, constantly trying new things to ensure every single child maximizes their potential."

"We are incredibly proud of the amazing work the school's staff, students and families have done to earn this recognition," said Superintendent Rebecca Miner. "I am also very grateful for our supportive, student-focused community who continually go above and beyond to support student success."

Along with the awards, OPSI also presented the school with a $15,000 check for the school to use in funding programs and practices that continue to support student success. OSPI is also paying to send three of the school's staff to attend the National Title I Conference in Long Beach, CA this February.


Attached Media Files: Parkwood staff, district administrators and school board members pose after the surprise announcement. , OSPI Title One Supervisor Larry Fazzari (center) observes a Parkwood Elementary classroom.
BLM Finalizes Rule to Make Land Use Plans More Responsive to Community Needs
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 12/01/16 11:31 AM
Rule reinforces BLM's relationship with tribes, state and local governments, and the public

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today issued an updated rule that will make its land use planning more accessible to the public, more responsive to the changing conditions on the public lands, and more efficient.

The BLM developed this rule through years of work with state and local governments, cooperators, communities, stakeholders, and the public at large. The rule updates regulations that are more than 30 years old, provides additional and more robust opportunities for input into the agency's planning process, and ensures that science is a cornerstone of the BLM's planning work. The BLM launched this effort after hearing from stakeholders that the current planning process is too slow and cumbersome.

"Planning is the cornerstone of managing our nation's public lands and balancing their many uses and values," said Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Janice Schneider. "Allowing additional opportunities for public engagement will improve responsiveness at the local level and help address the challenges of managing public lands in the 21st century."

The BLM manages 10 percent of the nation's land and 30 percent of its subsurface minerals. Federal law requires the BLM to develop land use plans, which are essential tools for balancing
the many competing uses and values of the nation's public lands.

"Under the current system, it takes an average of eight years for the BLM to finish a land use plan. Too often, by the time we've completed a plan, community priorities have evolved and conditions on the ground have changed as well," said BLM Director Neil Kornze. "This update to our planning rule allows for a more streamlined process that also increases collaboration and transparency."

The final rule recognizes the vital partnerships that exist between the BLM and tribal, state, and local governments by providing special opportunities for cooperation and collaboration. The rule also enhances the consistency between the BLM's land use plans and the plans of other governments.

The rule creates a new, up front process to gather data and hear concerns from all parties, and gives the public access to early draft plans. The agency anticipates that this early engagement will help make planning efforts significantly more efficient. The rule also continues to support the use of high quality information, including the best available science. This information will be critical as the agency works to address the major challenges facing our nation's public lands, including increasingly severe droughts and wildfires, the planning and development of clean energy sources, and changing conditions for key wildlife species like sage grouse.

This year is the 40th anniversary of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, which directed the BLM to develop land use plans for all of the areas under its care. Using the critical lessons learned from those decades of planning work and close collaboration with communities and partners across the country, this rule will lead to ever-better stewardship of the places that the BLM has the privilege of managing.

The final Planning 2.0 rule can be accessed at www.blm.gov/plan2

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Attached Media Files: Planning 2.0
Local Red Cross Responds to 137 Disasters, Helps 472+ People in Oregon and Southwest Washington this Fall
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/01/16 11:08 AM
In addition to disaster response at home, 159 local volunteers deployed to help people affected by disasters across the nation in the past three months.

PORTLAND, Ore., December 1, 2016 -- This fall, volunteers and staff with local American Red Cross in the Cascades Region have worked diligently to help people affected by disasters in this region and beyond. Since September 1, 2016, the Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington has helped more than 472 people affected by 137 local disasters. Disaster responses September 1 -- November 30, 2016, included large incidents like the explosion in NW Portland and the tornadoes on the Oregon Coast as well as home fires that affect a single family.

In addition to local disaster response, 159 Red Cross volunteers from Oregon and Southwest Washington deployed to other major disasters throughout the nation to assist people affected by flooding in Louisiana, wildfires in California, flooding in Iowa and a hurricane on the East Coast.

"We have seen an unprecedented number of disasters this year," said Amy Shlossman, Chief Executive Officer for the American Red Cross Cascades Region. "From hurricanes and flooding on the East Coast to home fires and tornadoes here at home, the Red Cross has been there to help people when they need it the most. Our volunteers are among the first responders, providing shelter, meals, comfort and hope to people affected by disasters big and small."

The Red Cross responds to home fires, floods, wildfires, storms and other disasters by helping those affected address their immediate basic needs and begin their recovery. Red Cross staff and volunteers provide disaster assistance such as help with temporary housing; food; clothing; comfort kits with personal hygiene products; information about recovery services; and health and mental health services.

The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of local donors to fulfill its mission. The Red Cross has launched its holiday giving campaign, which urges people to give something that means something through a donation to the Red Cross.

A donation of $250 provides a night of emergency shelter and meals for a family of five.
A donation of $335 helps deploy an emergency response vehicle to provide assistance to a community in need.
A donation of $500 provides comfort kits for 200 armed service members.
A donation of $1,650 enables the Red Cross to deploy a volunteer to a relief operation for 11 days -- the average length of a disaster deployment.

This holiday season, people can help those who need it most through the Red Cross in four ways:
Make a financial donation to the Red Cross
Schedule an appointment to give blood
Send cards to members of the Armed Forces through the Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program
Give the gift of time by becoming a Red Cross volunteer

DISASTER SERVICES Disasters affected thousands of people this year. From home fires to wildfires, floods, tornadoes and hurricanes, every nine minutes the Red Cross responds to a disaster across the country. Financial donations can help the 70,000 people who turn to the Red Cross every year for assistance with disasters big and small.

BLOOD SERVICES As many as 44,000 blood donations are needed every day across the country to meet the needs of hospital patients. The holiday season is a particularly challenging time to maintain a stable blood supply with schools out and regular donors away. A single blood donation to the Red Cross can save up to three lives.

SERVICE TO ARMED FORCES Many members of the military will be separated from their loved ones during the holidays. By remembering them through the Holiday Mail for Heroes program, help lift their spirits with a thank you card. Visit www.redcross.org/MailforHeroes to participate.

BECOME A VOLUNTEER One of the greatest gifts someone can give is the gift of time by becoming a Red Cross volunteer. Visit the "Ways to Volunteer" information on the Red Cross web site to learn how (www.redcross.org/Volunteer).

A list of local disaster responses September 1 -- November 30 is attached.

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


Attached Media Files: Local Red Cross Responds to 137 Disasters, Helps 472+ People in Oregon and Southwest Washington this Fall , List of Local Disaster Responses
Tue. 11/29/16
BPA senior vice president Mark Gendron to retire (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 11/29/16 11:58 AM
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Portland, Ore. -- Senior Vice President of Power Services Mark Gendron announced that he will retire from the Bonneville Power Administration in March 2017.

Gendron is responsible for BPA's power scheduling functions, generation asset management, power contracts and rates, power purchases and acquisitions, energy efficiency and the business relationships with BPA's retail utility customers. Power Services produces revenues of nearly $3 billion per year from the sale of about 11,000 average megawatts of power.

"Mark has been an incredibly valuable member of the BPA executive team, blessed with an acute sensitivity to the needs of our customers and a personal style and grace that has touched all who have worked with him," said Elliot Mainzer, BPA administrator and chief executive officer. "I will miss his even keel and wise counsel and wish him and his wife Loraine many happy years of retirement."

Prior to serving in his current role, Gendron was vice president of Northwest Requirements Marketing, responsible for marketing and contracting the sale of requirements power to BPA customers.

Gendron has also served on committees and boards for a variety of public power organizations over the years including the Idaho Consumer-Owned Utilities Association, Idaho Energy Authority and Public Power Council.

"As a leader coming from public power, Mark brought important insight and talent to BPA that will be difficult to replace," said Scott Corwin, executive director of PPC. "He has taken on some of the agency's biggest challenges, but has remained a good friend and a highly respected colleague who will be missed throughout the industry when he retires."

Gendron came to BPA from Idaho Falls Power where he was the general manager for 10 years. He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado and began his career as a design engineer. He worked for various utility and engineering companies in the West before joining Idaho Falls Power in 1985 as chief engineer.

"I have been fortunate and blessed to have capped off my career at the Bonneville Power Administration, where I have had the privilege every day of working with great people committed to delivering on our mission that is so important to the people of the Northwest," said Gendron.

The lead time on Gendron's announcement will allow the agency to conduct the federal selection process and provide a brief overlap period before his departure. BPA will soon post a vacancy announcement for the next senior vice president of Power Services, a Senior Executive Service position.

About BPA
The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 142 electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA delivers power via more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and 261 substations to 475 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity consumed in the Northwest and operates three-quarters of the region's high-voltage transmission grid. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and carbon-free electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov


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Wed. 11/23/16
BPA expecting big turkey bulge in electricity use on Thanksgiving (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 11/23/16 9:10 AM
BPA has discovered an unusual bulge in energy consumption occurs every T-Day morning as millions of people across the Pacific Northwest gather to cook meals. As tryptophan sets in after the big meal, operators ramp power down to an abnormally low evening
BPA has discovered an unusual bulge in energy consumption occurs every T-Day morning as millions of people across the Pacific Northwest gather to cook meals. As tryptophan sets in after the big meal, operators ramp power down to an abnormally low evening
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Bonneville Power Administration operators are prepared for the energy anomaly that they see every Thanksgiving Day. They have planned for an unusual bulge, or peak, in the morning as millions of people across the Pacific Northwest gather to cook meals, which rely heavily on the use of ovens and other appliances. After the big meal, system operators will be on hand to ramp power down during the tryptophan drop off.

"Most of the year, electricity usage follows typical seasonal patterns but severe weather and special events can always present different, even dramatically different, realities," said Elliot Mainzer, BPA's administrator and chief executive officer.

On a typical November weekday, BPA's regional load sees two peaks -- one in the morning and one in the evening. But on Thanksgiving we see a different pattern emerge. Unlike a typical morning where the most electricity usage peaks around 7 or 8 a.m., Thanksgiving ramps up at 9 a.m. as people cook their turkeys and pies. Power consumption on Thanksgiving then tends to stay up higher throughout the morning compared to a normal day when loads drop off in the middle of the day. When Thanksgiving loads start to wane, they stay low for the rest of the day, as cooking is done and the tryptophan sets in, rather than increasing again to an evening peak as they would on normal weekdays.

BPA and other utilities around the Northwest keep watch on the electricity consumption of the region's consumers day and night, 365 days a year. They ensure that there is enough output from power plants, which BPA provides mainly from renewable hydropower, and transmission available to keep the lights on. BPA's power and transmission system experts carefully watch weather and special events that can impact electricity usage and line crews are available around the clock in case any of the over 15,000 circuit miles of high-voltage transmission lines go down.

"This is a time of year we are even more thankful for the many men and women across the Northwest, at utilities big and small, who work diligently to keep power flowing so the rest of us can enjoy our holiday traditions," said Mainzer.


Attached Media Files: BPA has discovered an unusual bulge in energy consumption occurs every T-Day morning as millions of people across the Pacific Northwest gather to cook meals. As tryptophan sets in after the big meal, operators ramp power down to an abnormally low evening
Tue. 11/22/16
Puget Sound Educational Service District Appoints New Board Member
Puget Sound ESD - 11/22/16 3:29 PM
At the November 15 meeting, the Board of Directors of the Puget Sound Educational Service District appointed Annie Laurie Armstrong to the board. Armstrong will fill the director district two position which represents Seattle, Vashon Island and Bainbridge Island. Annie Laurie serves as one of nine board members for the Puget Sound ESD.

"We are very pleased to welcome Annie to our board of directors," said PSESD Board Vice President Jill Johnson. "Annie's K12 experience and proven business leadership, as well as her past experience in child welfare, health, serving refugees, immigrants and homeless families will definitely serve the PSESD region well."

Annie Laurie Armstrong is a Seattle-based national researcher and ethnographer. She is coauthor with Roberta Iversen of Jobs Aren't Enough, a study spanning five cities that examines obstacles to economic mobility for 25 low-income families. As the owner of Business Government Community Connections (BGCC) since 1981, Annie Laurie works with local and national foundations, workforce development councils and organizations, trades associations, business and labor partners, libraries, K-12 schools, colleges, housing authorities and community based organizations. Annie Laurie has an undergraduate degree in Sociology and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington.

For more information on PSESD's board, please visit board.psesd.org.

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About PSESD
PSESD is one of nine regional educational agencies serving school districts and state-approved private schools in Washington. Educational Service Districts, created by the legislature, are an essential regional delivery system for early learning and K-12 services in the state.
Mon. 11/21/16
***Driver Dies As Result Of Injuries *** Washington Man Critically Injured In Interstate 5 Crash - Douglas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 11/21/16 3:19 PM
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OSP learned that on the evening of November 20, 2016, FLOHR died as a result of his injuries while be treated at the hospital. No further information at this time.
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Previous Release:
On November 19, 2016 at about 8:15PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash near Interstate 5 milepost 136 (Sutherlin).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1999 GMC Suburban was traveling southbound on Interstate 5 when it left the highway, crashed through a fence and into the parking lot of a trucking company. The GMC crashed into a parked truck tractor and then a semi-trailer.

The driver, Peter W FLOHR, age 47, of Peshastin, Washington was taken by air ambulance to Sacred Heart Riverbend for treatment of life threatening injuries

Fatigue and speed are being investigated as contributing factors to the crash. OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Sutherlin Fire, Sutherlin Police and Bay Cities Ambulance and the Chelan County Sheriff's Office (notification to driver's family).


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Credit, Debit Card Security Tips for Consumers
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 11/21/16 11:12 AM
TIGARD, OR & SEATAC, WA -- -- With "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday" on the horizon, the holiday shopping frenzy gets its traditional jumpstart in November. In fact, according to the National Retail Federation's annual spending survey, consumers will spend an average of $935.58 this holiday season.

Millions of shoppers will use their credit or debit cards for convenience. They can shop with confidence by following these simple security safety tips offered by Northwest credit unions:
In-store purchases:
EMV chip cards provide an extra layer of security when you buy on site (not online). Not all merchants have caught up with this technology trend. If the merchant's chip reader is not functional, you must swipe your card. This underscores the need for you to monitor your spending transactions.
Take advantage of your credit union's online account monitoring services. Report any suspicious activity to your credit union immediately.
Be sure your card is returned following each purchase and that it is indeed your card.
Wait for the card receipt. Never leave it at the checkout counter; and keep receipts with you, not in your shopping bags.
Check your statements and watch for multiple or incorrect charges. Compare receipts to your account statements, and then destroy your receipts.
Report unauthorized transactions to your credit union immediately.
Keep a list of your card account numbers and telephone numbers to call if your cards are lost or stolen. Keep that list in a secure place.
Make sure you have signed your credit and debit cards. Do not write your PIN on the card!
When entering your PIN, block the keypad from the view of the cashier or other customers.
Know that your PIN can be stolen in other ways. There is a heat signature left on non-metal keypads for several minutes after you use it. Infrared cameras installed on Smartphones can be used to measure this heat signature and obtain your PIN. Stop this fraud by resting your fingers on other keys while typing in your PIN.
Running your card as credit rather than debit is another way of protecting your PIN.


Online Shopping: Use a Secure Internet Connection.
Do not use public wireless networks for online purchases.
Shop on sites with https:// in the URL, and be sure that an icon with a lock appears to the left. The "s" stands for "secure" and indicates communication with that site is encrypted.
Type the merchant's address directly into your browser; avoid links.
Use complicated passwords with at least eight characters. Include numbers, special characters and upper and lower case numbers.
Keep the antivirus and security software updated on your computers and mobile devices.
We recommend that you don't store your payment information. Many websites or apps let you store your credit and debit card information for convenience, but this might also be too convenient for thieves.
Do not respond to pop ups, and do not share card information via email or texts.
Set up payment and purchase alerts via text and email. If you notice suspicious activity, notify your credit union immediately.


By diligently following these safety precautions, consumers can shop with confidence and enjoy a happy holiday season free from fraud and identity theft. If you suspect your account has been compromised, contact your credit union immediately for assistance.

The Northwest Credit Union Association is the not-for-profit trade association representing over 150 of Oregon and Washington's credit unions. Northwest Credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives, owned by their 5.5 million members. Credit unions help members achieve their financial goals. All earnings in excess of operating expenses and required reserves are returned to members in the form of lower loan rates, fewer fees and higher interest paid on savings. Northwest credit unions returned $528 million in direct financial benefit to members last year. Because credit unions are local and member driven, they provide financial education and invest in making their communities better. For information on how to join a credit union, please visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org.


Attached Media Files: 2016-11/4992/99417/Keep_Your_Credit_Debit_Cards_Safe_this_Holiday_Season.docx
Tue. 11/15/16
Interior Department Announces Final Rule to Reduce Methane Emissions & Wasted Gas on Public, Tribal Lands
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 11/15/16 11:28 AM
Final Rule Limits Venting, Flaring and Leaking from Oil & Gas Operations to Reduce Waste and Harmful Emissions, Provide Fair Return to Taxpayers

As part of the Interior Department's reform agenda to create a cleaner and more sustainable energy future, and in furtherance of the Obama Administration's Climate Action Plan, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced the Methane and Waste Prevention Rule -- a final rule that will reduce the wasteful release of natural gas into the atmosphere from oil and gas operations on public and Indian lands. The rule updates 30-year old regulations governing venting, flaring, and leaks of natural gas, and will help curb waste of public resources, reduce harmful methane emissions, and provide a fair return on public resources for federal taxpayers, tribes and states.

"This rule to prevent waste of our nation's natural gas supplies is good government, plain and simple," said Sally Jewell. "We are proving that we can cut harmful methane emissions that contribute to climate change, while putting in place standards that make good economic sense for the nation. Not only will we save more natural gas to power our nation, but we will modernize decades-old standards to keep pace with industry and to ensure a fair return to the American taxpayers for use of a valuable resource that belongs to all of us."

The United States is the largest natural gas producer in the world, yet the American public has not benefited from the full potential of this energy resource due to venting, flaring, and leaks of significant quantities of gas during the production process. In fact, enough natural gas was lost between 2009 and 2015 to serve more than 6 million households for a year. According to a 2010 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, that amount of wasted gas means states, tribes and federal taxpayers lose millions of dollars annually in royalty revenue for the Federal Government and the states that share it.

In addition, venting and leaks during oil and gas operations lead to significant emissions of harmful methane -- a greenhouse gas at least 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
The rule, which will be phased in over time, requires oil and gas producers to use currently available technologies and processes to cut flaring in half at oil wells on public and tribal lands. Operators also must periodically inspect their operations for leaks, and replace outdated equipment that vents large quantities of gas into the air. Other parts of the rule require operators to limit venting from storage tanks and to use best practices to limit gas losses when removing liquids from wells. To ensure a fair return to the American taxpayer, the rule also clarifies when operators owe royalties on flared gas, and restores the government's congressionally authorized flexibility to set royalty rates at or above 12.5 percent of the value of production.

The rule also protects the environment. Without government action, U.S. methane emissions are projected to increase substantially. The rule makes an important contribution to the Obama Administration's goal to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 40 -- 45 percent from 2012 levels by 2025. This rule projects cutting methane emissions by as much as 35%.
"This rule will benefit the American public and the environment," said Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Janice Schneider. "The rule responds to recommendations from several government studies, as well as stakeholder and tribal input. The result is an effective rule that not only gets more of our nation's natural gas into pipelines but also reduces pollution and cuts greenhouse gas emissions."

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) developed the final rule after robust outreach efforts. In 2014, the agency conducted initial public and tribal meetings. Publication of the draft rule was followed by a public comment period that generated hundreds of thousands of comments, and during which the BLM held additional public meetings and tribal consultation. The BLM also carefully coordinated with states and the Environmental Protection Agency to avoid inconsistency or redundancy in regulations.

The BLM's previous rules addressing venting and flaring were adopted long before new technologies unlocked vast new natural gas supplies in the United States. But recent technological advances allow operators to produce more oil and gas with less waste. About 40 percent of natural gas now vented or flared from onshore Federal leases could be economically captured with currently available technologies, according to a 2010 GAO report.

"America's natural gas helps power our economy -- it's a resource, not a waste product, and it's time we start treating it that way," said BLM Director Kornze. "With better planning and today's affordable technology, we can cut waste in half. This common-sense rule will save enough gas to supply every household in the cities of Dallas and Salt Lake City combined -- every year."

More information about the rule is available here along with Regulatory Impact Analysis and Environmental Assessment. A fact sheet on the rule is also available:
https://www.blm.gov/programs/energy-and-minerals/oil-and-gas/operations-and-production/methane-and-waste-prevention-rule

The BLM's onshore oil and gas management program is a major contributor to our nation's oil and gas production. The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of land and 700 million acres of subsurface estate, making up nearly a third of the nation's mineral estate. Domestic production from 96,000 Federal onshore oil and gas wells accounts for 11 percent of the Nation's natural gas supply and 5 percent of its oil. In Fiscal Year 2015, operators produced 183.4 million barrels of oil, 2.2 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and 3.3 billion gallons of natural gas liquids from onshore federal and Indian oil and gas leases. The production value of this oil and gas exceeded $20.9 billion and generated over $2.3 billion in royalties, which were shared with tribes, individual Indian owners, and states.
Sun. 11/13/16
71 People Arrested at Saturday Night Protest in Downtown Portland (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/13/16 12:25 PM
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71 people were arrested during Saturday night's protest in Downtown Portland after failing to obey numerous lawful orders to vacate city streets. Several times throughout the evening, projectiles such as road flares and bottles were thrown at police officers.

67 people were booked into the Multnomah County Jail, 5 people were given criminal citations. All of those arrested were additionally given a traffic citation for Failing to Obey a Police Officer (Oregon Revised Statute 811.535).

Individual booking photos are available at http://www.mcso.us

Attached are photo collages of available booking photos, in no particular order.

A large group of people was arrested at approximately 11:00 p.m. at Southwest Stark Street and Broadway. Police called for a TriMet bus to transport all of those arrested to Central Precinct (photo attached).

Early Sunday morning, a Portland Police FIU was damaged by graffiti applied by an unknown suspect (photo of vehicle attached).

Arrested:

27-year-old James Mattox -- Arrested twice for Interfering with a Peace Officer and Failing to Obey a Police Officer (cited and released the first time, booked into jail the second time)

27-year-old Anthony Alexander Hurley -- Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

32-year-old Benjamin Patrick Bolen -- Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

43-year-old Rick Henry Hofsheier - Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree and Failing to Obey a Police Officer (cited and released)

21-year-old Tyler Joseph Boyes -- Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

29-year-old Bianca Marie Ferreria -- Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

52-year-old William Jeffrey Coke - Failing to Obey a Police Officer (cited and released)

20-year-old Tyson Lee Williams -- Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

18-year-old Mario Villanueva -- Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

25-year-old Evan James Bond -- Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

26-year-old Jake Bartlett Winchester -- Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

22-year-old Justin Sean Tuli -- Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree and Interfering with a Peace Officer

22-year-old Nathaniel Prieto - Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

25-year-old Joel Samuel Brown - Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

30-year-old Noah Hochman -- Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

18-year-old Lars Timothy Linge -- Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree and Carrying a Concealed Weapon

27-year-old Carlos Andres Arias -- Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

19-year-old Taylor Thomas -- Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree and Minor in Possession of Alcohol

42-year-old Gregory Thomas Liascos -- Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

43-year-old Daniel Lee Garrett -- Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

19-year-old David Lewis -- Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree and Interfering with a Peace Officer

22-year-old Ahmed Mohemed Salah -- Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree and Interfering with a Peace Officer

22-year-old Carlene Beatrice Houk -- Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

22-year-old Alexa Nelson -- Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

24-year-old Chynna Marie Draeger - Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

24-year-old Zoe Rain Barber -- Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree and Interfering with a Peace Officer

19-year-old Seneca Cayson --Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

41-year-old Christena Marie Jones -- Interfering with a Peace Officer and Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

38-year-old Katharine Mae Moore -- Interfering with a Peace Officer and Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

18-year-old Reegan Margaret O'Keefe -- Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

18-year-old Ariyuana Robinson - Interfering with a Peace Officer and Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

21-year-old Donovan Lyle Flippo -- Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

30-year-old Kevin Grigsby - Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

29-year-old William Kerr - Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

27-year-old Grant Victor Frey - Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

37-year-old Kenneth Lee Shields - Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

24-year-old Scarlett Maddox - Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

38-year-old Randal Lee Smith -- Interfering with a Peace Officer

21-year-old Matthew McGowan - Interfering with a Peace Officer

32-year-old Robert Raymond Zerfing - Interfering with a Peace Officer

25-year-old James Adam Weinberg - Interfering with a Peace Officer

27-year-old Robert James Baker - Interfering with a Peace Officer

24-year-old Jacob Randall Snook - Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

28-year-old Daniel James Michaels - Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

18-year-old Sydney Kiane Hobbs - Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree and Interfering with a Peace Officer

27-year-old Erik David Batterson - Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree and Interfering with a Peace Officer

24-year-old Robert Scott Wilson - Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

35-year-old Andrew Bhadha Morey - Interfering with a Peace Officer (cited and released)

27-year-old Robert Alexander Quandt - Interfering with a Peace Officer

33-year-old Evan Todd Wellington - Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

22-year-old Kyle Lawson McKenzie - Interfering with a Peace Officer (cited and released)

18-year-old Michelle Ann Bach - Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

20-year-old Taylor Joan Horton - Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

33-year-old Joseph Owan Gibson - Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

25-year-old Anna Christell Ogier - Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree and Interfering with a Peace Officer

32-year-old Chris Michael Russell - Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

21-year-old Daniel Robert Vega - Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree and Interfering with a Peace Officer

18-year-old Ulizes Escobar - Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

31-year-old Jacob Walter-Lee Pegg - Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

22-year-old Eric Rivera - Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

41-year-old Eric Jason Wedeking - Interfering with a Peace Officer

20-year-old John McKay - Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree and Interfering with a Peace Officer

21-year-old Jeremiah Barquet - Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree and Interfering with a Peace Officer

27-year-old Jordan Torrey Johnson - Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

54-year-old Dennis Paul Dale - Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

25-year-old Nathan Willard Prime - Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree and Interfering with a Peace Officer

20-year-old Martin Farias - Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

35-year-old Graham Parks - Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree and Interfering with a Peace Officer

27-year-old Patrick Wayne Sottlemyre - Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

29-year-old Bao Vrong - Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

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Sat. 11/12/16
17 People Arrested During Friday Night's Protest in Portland (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/12/16 10:54 AM
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During last night's protest, 17 people were arrested for a variety of criminal acts on the streets of Portland.

Nine people were booked into the Multnomah County Jail, six people were given criminal citations and two juveniles were released to their parents.

Individual booking photos are available at http://www.mcso.us

Attached is a photo collage of the nine available booking photos (in no particular order).

The following is a list of names and charges of those arrested:

27-year-old Autumn Briggs - Assault in the Fourth Degree (criminal citation and release)

26-year-old Tyler Kristoffer McManus - Interfering with a Peace Officer (criminal citation and release)

40-year-old Steven James Bauer - Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree (criminal citation and release)

26-year-old Sarah Ruth Rascoe - Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Interfering with a Peace Officer (criminal citation and release)

26-year-old Marcos Jesus Avalos - Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Interfering with a Peace Officer (criminal citation and release)

19-year-old Willem VanRees - Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Harassment, and Resist Arrest (criminal citation and release)

17-year-old Edgar Jesus Flores - Interfering with a Peace Officer (released to parents)

17-year-old Jonathan Spiering - Attempted Assault of a Public Safety Officer, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Interfering with a Peace Officer, and Offensive Littering (released to parents)

34-year-old Ilias Ariston - Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree and Interfering with a Peace Officer

21-year-old Stephen Henderson - Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

25-year-old River Reichhoff - Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree and Interfering with a Peace Officer

23-year-old Hyatt McKinley Eshelman - Interfering with a Peace Officer

25-year-old Ashley Brooke Clifford - Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Interfering with a Peace Officer

18-year-old Thij Bowen - Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Harassment and Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree

23-year-old Shelby Brownan Haynes - Interfering with a Peace Officer

19-year-old Jose Antonio Quezada - Interfering with a Peace Officer

19-year-old Dallas Christian Bowman - Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

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Thu. 11/10/16
Department of the Interior Finalizes Rule Providing a Foundation for the Future of BLM's Renewable Energy Program
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 11/10/16 1:57 PM
Rule codifies BLM's Smart from the Start approach, establishes a robust framework for competitive leasing, and increases transparency and certainty

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Advancing the President's Climate Action Plan to create jobs, cut carbon pollution and develop clean domestic energy, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) finalized its rule governing solar and wind energy development on public lands. The rule strengthens existing policies and creates a new leasing program that will support renewable energy development through competitive leasing processes and incentives to encourage development in suitable areas.

"This new rule not only provides a strong foundation for the future of energy development on America's public lands, but is an important and exciting milestone in our ongoing efforts to tap the vast solar and wind energy resources across the country," said Secretary Jewell. "Through a landscape-level approach, we are facilitating responsible renewable energy development in the right places, creating jobs and cutting carbon pollution for the benefit of all Americans."

The rule formalizes key aspects of the BLM's existing Smart from the Start approach to renewable energy development. Notably, the rule:

Supports development in areas with the highest generation potential and fewest resource conflicts through financial incentives, awarding leases through competitive processes and streamlining the leasing process
Ensures transparency and predictability in rents and fees -- for example, gives developers the option of selecting fixed rate adjustments instead of market-based adjustments; and
Updates the BLM's current fee structure in response to market conditions, which will bring down near-term costs for solar projects.

The rule complements the Department's landscape-scale planning efforts, including the Western Solar Plan, California's Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, and Arizona's Restoration Design Energy Project, which were designed to streamline development in areas with high generation potential, while protecting important environmental, cultural, and recreational resources.

"By offering incentives for development in areas with fewer resource conflicts, the BLM's rule provides a framework to support all of the landscape scale planning we've done to better plan for and manage wind and solar development," said Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Janice Schneider. "The rule also refines the BLM's approach to fair market value, to ensure that taxpayers get a fair return from these important resources."

The President's Climate Action Plan calls on Interior to permit 20,000 megawatts of renewable power by 2020. Since 2009, Interior has approved 60 utility-scale renewable energy projects on public lands, including 35 solar, 11 wind and 13 geothermal projects and associated transmission infrastructure that could support nearly 15,500 megawatts of renewable energy capacity, or enough to power approximately 5.1 million homes.

"The BLM is incredibly proud of the work we've done over the last eight years supporting wind and solar development," added BLM Director Neil Kornze. "We went from only a handful of approved projects in 2008 to a robust program with over 15,000 MW approved, six times the amount we had approved in the 25 prior years."

The rule will support the full range of development activities anticipated by the BLM across the lands it manages. The rule's competitive leasing provisions will help renewable energy development flourish on the 700,000 acres of public lands that have been identified in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. The regulations will become effective 30 days after they are published in the Federal Register.

The rule refines the application review process and increases financial certainty by giving developers the option to lock in in fixed rate adjustments and providing for MW capacity fee phase-ins. The rule also allows the BLM to offer lands outside of DLAs competitively; however, the BLM anticipates that most projects in these areas will continue to use the application-by-application process.

Copies of the signed rule and a fact sheet explaining the key changes between the proposed and final rules are available on BLM's website. The BLM intends to schedule additional information sessions as part of the implementation process for the rule.

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BPA rate proposal focuses on cost management, maintaining value
Bonneville Power Administration - 11/10/16 10:24 AM
Portland, Ore. -- The Bonneville Power Administration today released its initial rate proposal, which will support investments in the Federal Columbia River Power System that provides renewable hydropower to 142 Northwest public utilities. The proposed rates for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 will also support investments to sustain and expand the federal transmission system. BPA is proposing a 3.5 percent average wholesale power rate increase and a 1.1 percent average increase to transmission rates for the two-year rate period.

"These rates represent months of work to reduce budgets and focus on cost-management measures to lower expected rate increases," said Elliot Mainzer, BPA's administrator and chief executive officer. "The steps we have taken so far for the 2018-2019 rate period have begun to shift BPA onto a more sustainable rate trajectory and demonstrate our commitment to remaining our customers' wholesale provider of choice."

BPA started discussions on expense and capital spending levels for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 in June during the Integrated Program Review and Capital Investment Review process. Customers, constituents and stakeholders from around the region participated in the process by taking a thorough look at BPA's proposed spending levels. BPA has used aggressive cost management, disciplined budgeting practices, operational efficiency and revenue enhancements to lower expected costs in the final spending levels released in October.

The average proposed wholesale power rate is $34.94 per megawatt hour,an increase of 3.5 percent for the rate period, or 1.7 percent annually. About half of the rate increase is due to higher program costs such as the operations and maintenance expenses BPA pays to the Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation to run the federal hydro facilities, and increased costs of the fish and wildlife program. The other half of the rate increase is due to lower forecast sales due to general regional load loss and a slight reduction in forecast system generation. In addition, many power customers will see a lower proposed rate increase of 2.3 percent due to a one-time credit that was generated from savings created from Regional Cooperation Debt transactions that were initiated in 2014.

Transmission Services was able to minimize spending increases by focusing on mission-critical work and planning investments that provide the greatest benefit to ratepayers, which is reflected in the 1.1 percent average transmission rate increase for the rate period or 0.5 percent annually. BPA believes it will still be able to provide reliable transmission service to its customers and invest in substantial capital projects during the upcoming rate period while delivering a rate increase that is less than the rate of inflation.

BPA is also proposing a new financial reserves policy in this initial rate proposal that will set targets for financial reserves levels. The proposed policy is intended to maintain and strengthen BPA's financial health, as well as support BPA's credit rating.

"BPA is committed to working with customers and other constituents to identify additional cost-management alternatives through the IPR 2 process," said Mainzer. BPA will hold an IPR 2 process in February to discuss a few unresolved cost areas where the greatest potential exists to further reduce near-term spending as BPA continues to focus on cost containment.

The rate-setting process begins in November and will culminate with final rate decisions in July 2017; the new rates will take effect on Oct. 1, 2017.

BPA is a nonprofit federal wholesale utility that receives no congressional appropriations and must recover its costs through its rates. 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 impact of BPA rates on individual businesses and residents.
No School on Friday
Boistfort SD - 11/10/16 5:38 AM
No School on Friday Nov 11, 2016 in observance of Veterans Day.
Wed. 11/09/16
***Update #2 - Suspect Vehicle Located, Police Seeking Registered Owner*** OSP Seeking Public's Assistance With Fatal Pedestrian (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 11/09/16 1:17 PM
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OSP has located a vehicle which is believed to be the one involved in Tuesday morning's hit and run crash on Interstate 5 that took the life of a 57 year old Washington man.

On November 8, 2016 at about 4am, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a person laying in the median of Interstate 5 near milepost 269 northbound (south of Woodburn). Emergency personnel arrived on scene and discovered an adult male deceased. Preliminary roadside evidence indicates the male, Delbert E COOPER, age 57, of Kent, Washington was struck by a vehicle that had been traveling northbound on Interstate 5.

OSP Troopers, Detectives and Crime Lab Personnel remained on scene for several hours investigating the incident. During this investigation they determined the suspect vehicle was an early 2000s silver Ford Focus (fragments of a headlight lens). That information was released to the public the evening of November 8th urging for the public to call with information.

On November 8 at about 11PM, OSP received a tip from a person that they believed they knew the location of a vehicle matching the description. OSP Detectives and Troopers responded to a location in Tualatin and located a 2002 Ford Focus with front driver's side damage consistent with what the investigation had revealed.

OSP has not been able to make contact with the registered owner of the vehicle, Juan Enrique GUZMAN RODRIGUEZ, age 45, of Salem. The public is urged to call 503-375-3555 if they have information on GUZMAN RODRIGUEZ's location or information on this incident.

No further information to be released at this time.


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Meet Celebrity Chef Graham Kerr at the American Diabetes Association's free Wellness Expo, Saturday, November 19
American Diabetes Association - 11/09/16 10:02 AM
Seattle, WA -- Celebrity chef and author Graham Kerr, star of The Galloping Gourmet, The Graham Kerr Show and Graham Kerr's Kitchen, will provide tips on preparing healthy and delicious meals at the American Diabetes Association Wellness Expo, Saturday, November 19, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Magnuson Park Building 30, 7400 Sand Point Way NE. Chef Kerr's workshop is at 11 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. Register at diabetes.org/seattlewalkexpo.

In addition to Chef Kerr, the American Diabetes Association Wellness Expo will feature health screenings, educational workshops, cooking demonstrations, a Kids Zone and other activities.

Prior to the Wellness Expo, hundreds of participants will raise critical funds for American Diabetes Association research and programs through the 25th annual Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes at Magnuson Park. The event starts at 9 a.m.

Every year, an estimated 450,000 people in Washington are diagnosed with diabetes. Plus, nearly 1.9 million adults in Washington are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, and most don't even know it. Diabetes is a serious disease that can lead to horrific complications, including heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, stroke and amputation. Diabetes kills more Americans every year than AIDS and breast cancer combined.

Sponsorship support for both events is provided by Premera Blue Cross, Walgreens, Swedish, Kidney Research Institute, Novo Nordisk and Nutrisystem.

For more information or to register for Step Out, the Wellness Expo or both, visit diabetes.org/seattlewalkexpo.
Veterans Day Assembly
Boistfort SD - 11/09/16 9:55 AM
Veterans Day Assembly Thursday Nov 10 2016 at 10:00 am in Boistfort School Gym
Mon. 11/07/16
Veterans Day Assembly
Boistfort SD - 11/07/16 10:56 AM
Veterans Day Assembly Thursday Nov 10 2016 at 10:00 am in Boistfort School Gym