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04/23/15
BPA and EnerNOC will test demand response for non-wires and peak load shaving
Bonneville Power Administration - 04/23/15
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BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 23, 2015
CONTACT: Doug Johnson, 503-230-5840/503-230-5131

BPA and EnerNOC will test demand response for non-wires and peak load shaving
Project tied to I-5 Corridor Reinforcement and managing peak load during extreme cold events

Portland, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration is looking to learn more about the potential for demand response to help it manage transmission congestion during summer heat waves and shave peak energy demand during cold snaps. This is the first non-wires measure BPA will test in association with its I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project, which it is considering building.

BPA has selected EnerNOC to serve as its commercial aggregator, which means EnerNOC will be responsible for working through Northwest utilities to find commercial participants that are willing to decrease energy consumption when sent an electronic signal.

"This is another important step in our efforts to find flexible capacity from outside the hydro system to deliver value to our customers," said BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer. "This project is about using innovative technology to help BPA manage infrastructure costs and energy consumption to preserve system reliability."

The demand response activities EnerNOC will implement include a summer initiative to manage transmission congestion and flows in the same area the I-5 Corridor Reinforcement project is focused, and a winter initiative to shave peak energy usage during extreme cold snaps.

Summer non-wires relief

North to south energy flows into the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area during the summer can approach system operation limits and create the potential for blackouts. In January 2011, BPA commissioned a non-wires screening study that listed demand response as one of several non-wires measures that could help manage transmission congestion in advance of constructing the I-5 Corridor Reinforcement project.

BPA currently projects that it will need the I-5 Corridor Reinforcement in 2021. Under the current project schedule, BPA expects to decide whether or not to build the line in 2016. If BPA determines it could not build the line in time to meet the electrical need, non-wires measures such as this one would be necessary until the project could be built.

"We know non-wires measures cannot replace the need for the I-5 Corridor Reinforcement project," said Mark Korsness, BPA Transmission Service project manager. "We also know non-wires measures are a valuable tool we may need to employ until we can complete the project if we decide to build it. It is important to test these measures well in advance of the need, and our team has done a good job pulling this demonstration together."

EnerNOC will enlist the participation of large energy consumers that could lower their energy use within 10 minutes of receiving an electronic signal initiated by BPA. The reduction would be available up to four hours during hours of peak energy use up to five consecutive days.

EnerNOC is aiming to enlist enough participants to reduce up to 20 megawatts of energy use in summer 2015 and up to 25 megawatts in summer 2016.

Winter peak relief

The Federal Columbia River Power System can be stretched to its limit during certain periods. BPA and its federal partners that own and operate the dams need flexibility for the many important purposes the dams serve, which include fish passage and variable energy integration.

"Demand response provides us a great opportunity to help ourselves and our customers," said Mark Gendron, senior vice president of BPA Power Services. "Testing tools that provide potential system flexibility and save our ratepayers money benefits us all."

EnerNOC will enlist the participation of customers that could lower their energy use within 20 minutes of receiving a signal to do so. The reduction would be available for up to two three-hour periods up to three consecutive days. EnerNOC will begin the winter demonstration in December 2015 seeking up to 13 megawatts of relief in the first year and 25 megawatts in the second year.

Going forward

BPA continues to explore various demand response tools to defer the need for transmission projects, balance variable energy resources, relieve transmission congestion and meet other needs. Demand response is one of several areas in which BPA's Technology Innovation office is funding pilot projects.

BPA's current power contracts include a "demand charge" its public utility customers incur when their aggregate energy consumption exceeds a predetermined level. The charge sends a price signal to customers and encourages the use of tools such as demand response to shave peak energy use. These types of initiatives can be useful to our customers as they search for ways to manage their loads and minimize their demand charge.

More information on demand response and other BPA energy efficiency efforts is available on the BPA website.

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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04/22/15
Update: Oregon Air National Guard colonel appointed as Western Area Defense Sector commander (Photo) (Includes new information)
Oregon Military Department - 04/22/15
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Col. Gregor J. Leist assumes command of Western Air Defense Sector from outgoing commander Col. Peter D. Stavros who has helmed the organization since March 2011. The ceremony took place at The McChord Theater located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, McChord Field, Washington, April 21. (Washington National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Peter G. Christian, JFHQ Public Affairs Office, WANG)

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Col. Gregor J. Leist assumes command of Western Air Defense Sector from outgoing commander Col. Peter D. Stavros who has helmed the organization since March 2011. The ceremony took place at The McChord Theater located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, McChord Field, Washington, April 21. (Washington National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Peter G. Christian, JFHQ Public Affairs Office, WANG)

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(Left to right) Brig. Gen. Alain Pelletier, Col. Peter Stavros and Col. Gregor Leist stand at attention for the posting of the colors during the change of command ceremony of the Western Air Defense Sector. Col. Gregor J. Leist assumes command of WADS from outgoing commander Col. Peter D. Stavros who has helmed the organization since March 2011. The ceremony took place at The McChord Theater located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, McChord Field, Washington, April 21. (Washington National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Peter G. Christian, JFHQ Public Affairs Office, WANG)

The Western Air Defense Sector, with headquarters at McChord Field, Washington State, is the largest of three sectors responsible to the Continental U.S. North American Area Defense Region - First Air Force (CONR-1AF) and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) for peacetime air sovereignty, strategic air defense, and airborne counterdrug operations in the continental United States.

The men and women of the Western Air Defense Sector detect, identify, track and can scramble fighters to intercept unknown or threatening airborne objects as part of their mission to guard America's skies 24 hours a day, seven days a week of nearly 73% of the United States and Canada.

For more information on the Western Area Defense Sector mission, visit: http://mil.wa.gov/western-air-defense-sector

For an updated biography on Col. Gregor Leist, go to: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BwxvJq4j3PBvSXN1UlhzZXhSOF81UjZzSHZUU3dsRG9pVE5v/edit


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04/20/15
Efficiency Exchange highlights energy efficiency innovations and trends (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 04/20/15
The annual Efficiency Exchange conference, co-hosted by BPA and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, is the biggest energy efficiency event in the region. This year's conference is April 21-23 in Portland. (Photo by Jim Maddry/NEEA)
The annual Efficiency Exchange conference, co-hosted by BPA and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, is the biggest energy efficiency event in the region. This year's conference is April 21-23 in Portland. (Photo by Jim Maddry/NEEA)
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The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), in partnership with the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and electric utilities throughout the Northwest, are hosting the third annual Efficiency Exchange conference in Portland, April 21-23. The region-wide event focuses on promoting innovation and new ideas in utility energy efficiency programs. BPA and NEEA are producing and sponsoring the event, with support from the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.

"This is the pre-eminent utility energy efficiency forum in the Northwest," said Richard Genece, vice president of Energy Efficiency for the Bonneville Power Administration. "It's an opportunity for utilities, implementers and contractors to exchange ideas and best practices, and it continues our region's legacy of leadership in energy efficiency."

Attendees will build new relationships, better understand emerging trends in the industry, and gain knowledge from the conference for their own organizations.

"Energy efficiency is now the second-largest source of power in the Northwest, and we anticipate the importance of efficiency will continue to grow as reducing carbon emissions grows in importance as a public policy goal," said Pat Smith, a Montana member of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council and chair of the Council's Power Committee. "We are pleased to support this event and to work with Bonneville, NEEA and our other partners to discuss and strategize on ways to improve energy efficiency in the region."

Jeremiah Owyang is the keynote speaker at this year's conference. Owyang is the founder of Crowd Companies, which advises businesses on tapping into the collaborative economy. He will discuss the latest trends and research in this new sharing movement, as well as how utilities can thrive in a world where customers, technology and energy are intersecting in disruptive ways.

Attendees will also get an insider's look at how energy efficient technologies are tested, refined and applied to a number of local industries. The final day of the conference includes on-site tours of Widmer Brothers' energy-efficient brewery and a lunch-and-learn meeting with the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.

Other sessions will cover energy efficiency technologies and trends such as the Internet of Things, combination water/space heating, and paths to deeper savings in commercial buildings and lighting.

"The Northwest is an established leader in energy efficiency," said NEEA's executive director, Susan E. Stratton. "Efficiency Exchange brings together thought leaders and program experts to share new ideas and insights that benefit the whole region."

Between sessions, attendees can visit the Conduit Lounge and register, post and share information on Conduit (www.conduitnw.org), an online community that facilitates collaboration and coordination among energy efficiency professionals in the Northwest.

View the full agenda of the conference at www.efficiencyexchangenw.com/program/.


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PNWU Announces Commencement Ceremonies
Pacific NW Univ. of Health Sciences - 04/20/15
Contact: Ryan Rodruck
Tel: 509-249-7861
Email: rrodruck@pnwu.edu

April 20, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences Announces Commencement Ceremonies

YAKIMA, WA - Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine has announced their commencement exercises for the Class of 2015. The graduation ceremony will take place at the Capitol Theatre in Yakima, Washington on Saturday, May 9.

"These doctors have put in an extraordinary amount of work leading up to this ceremony," said Dr. Thomas Scandalis, Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine. "There's a huge amount of pride to be able to call yourself Doctor for the first time in front of family and friends and we know this ceremony will showcase that," Dr. Scandalis continued.

72 students admitted to the osteopathic medical program will graduate as the Class of 2015. Many have expressed a desire to return to the Northwest to practice.

"I'm very pleased with the medical education I received at PNWU and I'm looking forward to practicing in the Northwest after completing my residency," said Steve Pinther, Class of 2015 student. Pinther plans on returning to his home state of Idaho to practice as an Ear, Nose, Throat and Facial Plastics surgeon.

The University also announced its commencement speaker. Rear Admiral Joyce Johnson, DO (retired), is a physician with senior leadership experience in the public health, military and civilian sectors.

"We are very grateful to have Rear Admiral Johnson address the commencement exercises for the class of 2015. Her depth of knowledge in public health and understanding of a broad range of health care issues make her an excellent fit to send these new doctors into their residencies," said University President Dr. Keith Watson.

Rear Admiral Johnson earned a bachelor's degree from Luther College, a master's degree in Hospital and Health Administration from the University of Iowa and her osteopathic medical degree from Michigan State University.

For six years, Rear Admiral Johnson served as Chief Medical Officer and Surgeon General for the United States Coast Guard. In this position, she managed the Coast Guard health care system, including 150 sickbays and clinics. She also administered the Coast Guard's safety and work-life programs. She was the first woman to hold this post and the first woman to achieve flag rank while on active duty with the Coast Guard. She also served as Assistant Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service.

Activities will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a Military Commissioning. The Commencement Ceremony will begin at 2:00 p.m. All events will take place at the Capitol Theatre in Yakima and are open to the public. More information is available by calling the University at (509) 452-5100 or visiting pnwu.edu.

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About PNWU: In 2004, physicians and community leaders raised the awareness and resources to build a health sciences university where the next generation of physicians would train. Located in Yakima, Washington, Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences welcomed its first class of 70 medical school students into the College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2008 and graduated them in 2012. Today the University houses 300 medical students who are training under the careful instruction of highly-qualified faculty. In addition to the Yakima campus, PNWU has established 18 core rotation sites in communities around the Pacific Northwest. Hospitals and clinics around the region have welcomed PNWU students, training them in the clinical settings where they will eventually practice.
04/17/15
Rosalind Wiseman to Speak at Annie Wright Schools
Annie Wright Schools - 04/17/15
Tacoma, Wash. -- Rosalind Wiseman, internationally acclaimed author and educator, will speak at Annie Wright Schools on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 7:00-9:00 pm in the Kemper Theater.

Wiseman's talk, Cliques, Bullying and Social Hierarchies, will address what's really going on between adolescent boys and girls today, and how social group dynamics influence their interactions. She offers step-by-step advice on how to teach young people to treat each other with dignity. Tickets are available through ParentMap.

Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World, Wiseman's best-selling book, was the basis for the hit movie Mean Girls. Wiseman's other publications include Masterminds & Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boys World and Queen Bee Moms and Kingpin Dads, amongst others.

Rosalind Wiseman is part of the Annie Wright Schools Speaker Series. Annie Wright offers several opportunities throughout the year for the community to hear from experts in a range of fields. Topics include parenting, education, science, technology, travel and more. Learn more about the Annie Wright Schools Speaker Series at www.aw.org/speaker_series.

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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04/14/15
Suspect Wanted for Aggravated Murder in Portland Double Homicide (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/14/15
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Portland Police Bureau Homicide Detectives have identified 26-year-old Colby Robinson as the suspect in the shooting on Friday evening that killed two people and critically injured a third.

An arrest warrant for two counts of Aggravated Murder has been issued for Robinson's arrest. The warrants are extraditable nationwide. Robinson is from the Dallas, Texas area and evaded capture on Tuesday morning in DeSoto, Texas, a suburb just South of Dallas.

Robinson is described as 6'2" tall, 180 pounds, with multiple tattoos on his neck. Robinson should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone seeing Robinson should immediately call 9-1-1 or their local law enforcement agency.

No additional details on the investigation will be released at this time.

Anyone with non-emegency information about this suspect or investigation is asked to contact Detective Chris Traynor at (503) 823-0449, christopher.traynor@portlandoregon.gov; or Detective Rico Beniga at (503) 823-0457, rico.beniga@portlandoregon.gov.

Interested media should not contact the investigators; rather, they should contact Sergeant Pete Simpson, Public Information Officer (PIO).

The family of shooting victims Andrew Pham, Susie Pham (Sut-Leng Chang), and Gary Pham (Dat Pham) have offered the following statement regarding the shooting deaths of Susie and Gary, and the critical injuries suffered by Andrew:

"We would like to thank everyone for their sympathy and prayers. We ask that you pray for the third victim of this crime who is still fighting for life. While we are deeply grateful for the kind words we have received, we request that the family members' privacy be respected as we grieve for our loved ones and try to deal with this terrible event.

"Words cannot express the grief and shock that we feel at such a senseless crime. We fully support law enforcement's efforts to locate and arrest the perpetrator. We hope that he will be swiftly brought to justice so that he cannot inflict such pain on anyone else."

The photos released, courtesy of the family, feature (L-R), Andrew Pham, Susie Pham (holding infant daughter) and Gary Pham.

The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to solve this crime in Southeast Portland's Montavilla Neighborhood.

On April 10, 2015 at 10:02 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to a residence on Southeast 85th Avenue, just North of Southeast Division Street on the report of a shooting.

Several officers arrived at the location and located three gunshot victims inside a residence. Two adult victims, 33-year-old Gary Dat Pham and 41-year-old Susie Pham (Sut-Leng Chang) were deceased. A third victim, 35-year-old Andrew Toan Pham, was transported to a Portland hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Officers located a 13-week-old baby girl in the residence and were able to take the child to safety. The infant was not harmed in the shooting and was placed in the care of her grandparents (not the Department of Human Services as previously released).

Andrew Pham remains in a Portland hospital in critical condition.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner conducted autopsies on Sunday April 12 and determined that Gary Pham and Susie Pham died of gunshot wounds to the head.

Andrew Pham and Gary Pham, are brothers. The baby girl removed from the home is the child of Andrew and Susie Pham.

At this point in the investigation, the only suspect information is an unknown race male.

Detectives have learned that all three victims were involved in the medical marijuana industry but it has not been determined if this played a role in the shootings.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

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Crime Stoppers Featured Case #15-16 Woodlawn Neighborhood Homicide (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/14/15
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The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to solve a homicide that occurred in the Woodlawn Neighborhood of Northeast Portland.

On Tuesday April 14, 2015, at 12:18 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to multiple reports of gunshots heard in the area of Northeast Dekum Street and Claremont Avenue.

Arriving officers began checking the area, including Woodlawn Park, when a caller reported a person down in a residential parking lot in the 6800 block of Northeast Claremont Avenue.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the victim, 24-year-old D'Andre Dickerson, and determined he was deceased after having been shot by an unknown assailant.

At this point in the investigation, there is no suspect information that has been given to police.

Dickerson's last known address is in Seattle, Washington and it is not known why he was in Portland or where he may have been staying locally.

Detectives would like to hear from anyone with information about the shooting or Dickerson's ties to Portland.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects. Links can be shared directly with investigators or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

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04/10/15
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes and U.S. Paralympics to host 2015 Paralympic Experience in SeaTac, Washington
Northwest Assn. for Blind Athletes - 04/10/15
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Billy Henry, Founder/Executive Director
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes
311 West Evergreen Blvd, Ste. 200
Vancouver, Washington 98660
Local Phone: 1-360-718-2826
Toll Free: 1-800-880-9837
http://www.nwaba.org
bhenry@nwaba.org

Northwest Association for Blind Athletes and U.S. Paralympics to host 2015 Paralympic Experience in SeaTac, Washington

Vancouver, Washington--April 10th, 2015--The Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) announced today that it will be hosting a 2015 Paralympic Experience in SeaTac, Washington in conjunction with U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee. The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 11th at the Tyee Educational Complex in SeaTac, WA. It is open to all K-12 students with visual impairments across the state of Washington.

"We are very excited to announce our Paralympic experience for students who are blind and visually impaired. This event will introduce students to several different sports, and give them the opportunity to learn more about the Paralympic games" said Executive Director Billy Henry.

"The Paralympic Experience program encourages physical fitness and overall well-being for individuals with physical and visual disabilities, and we are thrilled to be working with Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) on this initiative," said Charlie Huebner, USOC Chief of Paralympics. "Research shows that individuals with physical and visual disabilities who participate in physical activity are healthier, more successful in school, have great access to employment opportunities and have an enhanced quality of life."

The event will give K-12 students with visual impairments an opportunity to participate in goalball (a sport specifically designed for individuals who are blind and visually impaired), beep kickball, and tandem cycling. For more information on the Northwest Association for Blind Athletes, please contact Billy Henry at 1-360-448-7254, or visit www.nwaba.org

About NWABA:
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides programming to over 1,000 individuals of all ages and ability levels with visual impairments. The mission of NWABA is to provide life-changing opportunities through sports and physical activity to individuals who are blind and visually impaired. The Association was formed by a group of visually impaired students in 2007 to ensure that people who are blind were participating in sports and physical activity.

About U.S. Paralympics:
U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, is dedicated to becoming the world leader in the Paralympic sports movement and to promoting excellence in the lives of persons with physical disabilities. Visit the U.S. Paralympics Web site at www.usparalympics.org.

For information: http://www.nwaba.org or
Contact: bhenry@nwaba.org
Phone: 1-360-448-7254

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04/06/15
Oregon State Police Troopers in Jackson County Make (2) Large Drug Seizures (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/06/15
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An Oregon State Police (OSP) Trooper on I-5 near milepost 35 stopped a vehicle for a traffic infraction on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, netting approximately 28 pounds of crystal methamphetamine.

According to OSP Sergeant Jim Johnson, an OSP trooper working traffic on I-5 in the Jackson County area stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. After further investigation, a consent search was made and a narcotic canine responded to the scene to assist. The canine alerted on the vehicle and the methamphetamine was located in a cardboard box in the trunk.

The vehicles lone occupant, identified as RAYMUNDO COTA SAUCEDA,, age 40, of Washington, was arrested after the narcotics were located. SAUCEDA was traveling to Seattle, Washington, from the southern California area. SAUCEDA was subsequently lodged at the Jackson County Jail on the charges of possession, delivery and manufacturing of a controlled substance - methamphetamine.

The investigation was conducted by members of the Oregon State Police Highway Interdiction team, Oregon State Police Drug Enforcement Section, and Homeland Security. The investigation is ongoing. See attached photograph.

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On Friday, April 3, 2015, an OSP Trooper stopped a vehicle for a traffic infraction on I-5, northbound near MP 13 which resulted in a consent search and the seizure of approximately 1 pound of crystal methamphetamine located under the front seat of the vehicle.

The vehicles lone occupant, identified as MARTINEZ MIGUEL NAVARRO, age 44 , of Tacoma Washington, was arrested after the methamphetamine was located. Navarro was transporting the methamphetamine from southern California to Tacoma, Washington. Martinez was lodged at the Jackson County jail under charges of possession, distribution and manufacturing of a controlled substance - Methamphetamine.

The investigation was conducted by members from the Oregon State Police Highway Interdiction team, Oregon State Police Drug Enforcement Section, and Homeland Security. The investigation is ongoing.
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Twitter: @ORStatePolice


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BPA offering grants in science and energy education
Bonneville Power Administration - 04/06/15
PR 08 15
BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 6, 2015
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140 or
503-230-5131

BPA offering grants in science and energy education

Portland, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration is offering grants in science and energy education to nonprofit organizations, schools and others in support of work to educate students in grades K through 12 about the energy systems of the Pacific Northwest.

The goal of the program is to advance students' understanding, awareness and interest in the issues and science involved in energy generation and transmission in the region.

Funded projects could focus on hydroelectricity, wind and other sources of electric power, methods of conserving electricity, studies of energy and environment, programs on engineering and technology skills relating to energy, and others. The intent of the grants is to support science, technology, engineering and math education with specific emphasis on electric-utility issues.

BPA anticipates making four to 10 grants ranging from $500 to $5,000.

The Science and Energy Education grants program, now in its fourth year, is one facet of a much larger education outreach program by BPA. It was designed to extend the reach of BPA's education efforts by supporting the teachers and nonprofits working to advance energy education.

Recipients of the 2014-2015 BPA Science and Energy Education Grants included:

Dufur School, Dufur, Ore. - $2,000 to fund the "Dufur Ranger Energy Generation Challenge." Funds enabled students at this small rural school to conduct a four-month study of different sources of renewable energy, as well as construct, test and modify models of hydroelectric, wind turbine and solar fuel cells.

Ukiah School District, Ukiah, Ore. - $1,891 for "Energy and Engineering STEM Program." Funds assisted in the purchase of equipment and supplies for use in a new Energy and Engineering STEM class at this K-12 school of 50 students.

Montana Outdoor Science School, Bozeman, Mont. - $5,000 to fund "Sustainable Energy." Funds were used for a six-week unit for middle school students in western Montana. Students developed their research and science skills as they tested and optimized solar cells, designed and tested hydroelectric turbines and generators, and compared and contrasted current energy sources and usage.

Olympia School District, Olympia, Wash. - $3,500 to support "Pathways to a Clean Energy Future through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math." Funds were used with this program that targets sixth graders in the accelerated math and science program, teaching them about the technological, social and environmental realities of energy demand and generation in the Pacific Northwest.

Sustainable Living Center, Walla Walla, Wash. - $4,362 to support "Energy Explorers Make a Splash!" The funds were used on a project that transformed fifth graders in the Walla Walla Public Schools Highly Capable Learners program into energy instructors. The students received a series of eight weekly lessons outside of regular classroom time on hydroelectricity, wind, solar, gas and nuclear energy, the future of energy generation, and challenges with energy production in our region.

White Salmon Valley (Wash.) Education Foundation - $3,300 to fund "Climate Change and Hydropower in the Pacific Northwest." The funds were leveraged with this program to help students master science education standards by exploring the relationship between climate change and hydropower in the Northwest. The curriculum, designed for high school students, included 10 in-class lessons, three field trips and training for those students to teach core concepts of the curriculum to students in fourth and seventh grade.

Funding can be awarded to school districts, government agencies and nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations. The recipients must be from, and funding used in, BPA service territory in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and parts of Montana, Nevada and Wyoming.

Applications for project funding are due May 8, and funding will be awarded in June for projects taking place over the 2015-2016 school year. For complete terms and instructions on completing a science and energy education grant proposal, please visit: www.bpa.gov/goto/EducationGrants.

BPA's education program provides free presentations and information to K-12 schools in our region to help students achieve energy literacy, and to support science, technology, engineering and math education. For information on BPA education programs, go to www.bpa.gov/goto/Education.

The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a nonprofit federal power marketing agency under the U.S. Department of Energy that sells wholesale renewable hydropower from federal dams in the Columbia Basin and one nuclear plant to more than 140 Northwest utilities. BPA operates a high-voltage transmission grid comprising more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and associated substations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana with more than 480 customers. It funds one of the largest wildlife protection and restoration programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings in all sectors of the economy. BPA also pursues breakthroughs that can increase efficiencies, solve operational challenges and reduce costs -- all of which help maintain affordable, reliable electric power for the Northwest and lessen impacts to the environment. For more information, contact us at 503-230-5131 or visit www.bpa.gov.

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04/03/15
Oregon State Police Now Hiring Recruit Troopers - Oregon
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/03/15
The Oregon State Police is now hiring Recruit Troopers!

A career as an Oregon State Police (OSP) Trooper is challenging and rewarding. OSP Troopers provide Premier Public Safety Services to the citizenry of Oregon and we hire the best people to do it. If you've ever thought about being a Trooper now is the time to apply. OSP is preparing to hire recruit troopers in 2015 using the E-Recruit electronic application system. Lateral and Entry level recruit trooper applications are now being accepted. The process will be until May 17, 2015, at 11:59 p.m.

Persons interested in applying should start the process now by going to the Oregon State Police recruiting website at www.osptrooper.com. The website helps interested applicants:

* Learn the application process and what it takes to successfully apply
* Clearly understand our qualifications
* Find out what it will take to get a jump on the required Entry Level Testing

Entry Level Testing dates and locations will be provided to each applicant via email.

Applicants should prepare beforehand for Entry Level Testing. Candidates can create an account now by building a profile following the instructions detailed on the www.osptrooper.com website. The complete application for employment is comprised of the E-Recruit profile, the supplemental questionnaire, and any required attachments.

The Oregon State Police values the perspective of all of Oregon's citizens and is an equal opportunity employer. OSP strongly encourages women and candidates of color to apply. Information about our agency, the different opportunities that are available, how our hiring process works, and updates to our hiring process can be found at www.osptrooper.com.

Questions about the application process can be directed to the OSP Recruitment Unit at (503) 378-4175. IF you are ready to go we have a place for you in the Oregon State Police.

Contact Info:
Lieutenant Craig Flierl
Training Section Commander
Oregon State Police
Contact info: 503-378-4175
04/02/15
National Foundation Awards Grant to Outstanding Local Music Program: Keithley Middle School Students to Receive Musical Instruments
Franklin Pierce SD - 04/02/15
Tacoma, WASHINGTON (02 April 2015) -- Perry G. Keithley Middle School in Parkland will soon receive several musical instruments, thanks to The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation.

An application for support was submitted by Perry G. Keithley Middle School and the foundation found their program to be a worthwhile investment, allowing more students to be able to play and experience the benefits of music education.

The school will receive the following musical instruments:

1 ?3/4 tuba
15 trumpets
15 flutes
15 clarinets
4 euphoniums
6 trombones
3 tenor saxophones
6 alto saxophones

The total retail value of this donation is $65,150.

The instruments will complement the new Keithley Commons, a building that opened in November 2014 which houses the school's music programs.

"These instruments will reduce the barriers to access for students that may not be able to afford to rent or purchase instruments. I am very excited to see the band program at Perry G. Keithley Middle School reach more kids, introducing them to all the great benefits that music has to offer," said Dr. Frank Hewins, Superintendent of Franklin Pierce Schools.

"Learning music in school is a way to engage kids and give them something that makes them better students and better people," said Felice Mancini, President & CEO of The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation. "They deserve every tool available to help them receive a quality education, and we want to insure that music is in that toolbox."

Perry G. Keithley Middle School is a grade 6-8 public school in the Franklin Pierce School District. Located in Parkland, Perry G. Keithley Middle School's 80 dedicated staff serve over 700 students. The school first opened in 1961, but recently the cafeteria was replaced with a new building called the Keithley Commons, which houses the new cafeteria, central kitchen, band and choir programs, a performing arts stage, and a technology lab. More information about the school and district can be found at www.fpschools.org.

The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation donates new and refurbished musical instruments to under-served schools in an effort to give youngsters the many benefits of music education, help them to be better students and inspire creativity and expression through playing music. The organization was inspired by the 1995 motion picture Mr. Holland's Opus and founded by Michael Kamen, who composed the music for the movie and countless others. In the last 16 years, over 15,000 new and refurbished instruments have been donated to over 1,300 schools across the country. More information can be found at www.mhopus.org.


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

BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, March 30, 2015

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

BPA veteran attorney Mary Jensen named general counsel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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