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09/02/15
California Judge Stops Proliferation of Child Porn Images
KestenMedia - 09/02/15
Ruling Important In Respecting Rights of Pornography Survivors

Child pornography survivors today won an important court victory to stop the spread of pornographic images of themselves. In Sacramento, Judge Kimberly J. Mueller, of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, ruled against a defense request to produce additional copies of child porn images held in evidence. The ruling is important because the image subjects and their advocates have long held that any proliferation of the child pornography for any reason is one more violation for the survivors to endure.

"Today's ruling makes clear these young people need not worry that additional copies of the images of their sex abuse might be copied and provided to the defendants' legal teams," explained Carol Hepburn, a Seattle attorney who represents child pornography survivors. "We now feel more confident that once law enforcement secures these images as part of a criminal investigation, the images will stay secure. Preventing the spread of these horrific images and videos is essential to prevent further harm to the child pornography survivors."

Ruling in the case of United States of America v. Albert Lee Mitchell, Judge Mueller held the Adam Walsh Child and Protection Safety Act of 2006 permits the government to refuse making a mirror copy of computer media seized from a criminal defendant as part of a child pornography prosecution. Instead of proliferating copies of the materials, Judge Mueller held the government could require a defense attorney and any defense computer expert examine the existing materials in a secure government facility.

Hepburn and Professor Paul Cassell, of the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah, argued on behalf of a child pornography subject, identified only as "Vicky," that it is improper to order duplication of images showing Vicky as a young child being sexually abused. The government had seized the images from defendant Mitchell as a part of a federal child pornography prosecution. The defense asked for the government to make duplicates of the images for its expert to review.

Vicky filed a declaration with the court explaining, "If the defense expert takes the computer media out of the control of law enforcement there will be other people in her office who may likely see my images. There is always the possibility that the media is lost or transmitted further to someone else. I am horrified at the prospect of the justice system somehow facilitating more and more people seeing what is the record of my nightmares. . . The spread of these videos and images is like a cancer that has spread and is uncontrollable."

In her sixteen-page ruling released today, Judge Mueller agreed with Vicky. The judge explained, "The record does not establish that . . . the government has not made the defendant's hard drive 'reasonably available' by providing 'ample opportunity' for inspection." The judge refused the defense request to allow copying and required the defense to examine the hard drive within the Homeland Security Investigations office in Sacramento.

Hepburn, a former King County prosecutor, has represented Vicky and other child pornography survivors in courts around the country seeking restitution for them and asserting their rights within the criminal justice system. Also representing Vicky is Michael J. Garvin of the San Jose law firm of Sheuerman Martini Tabari Zenere and Garvin.


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Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy applauds growing prominence of addiction issues in presidential campaigns
Woloshin Communications - 09/02/15
With a third of U.S. households affected by addiction and thousands dying every year from overdose, the presidential candidates' increasing focus on this issue may be just the catalyst needed to bring solutions to a public health crisis that has long been overlooked.

So says Nick Motu, Vice President of the Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy.

"Over the last several months, we've seen addiction issues claim an increasingly prominent space in the 2016 presidential campaign," said Motu. "Today's announcement by the Clinton campaign is the latest in a series of ideas from various candidates of both parties, and this increased focus is welcome news to recovery advocates and a spark of hope for families everywhere."

While Hillary Clinton's plan to invest $10 billion over 10 years in addiction prevention, treatment and recovery is arguably the first formal proposal among the current field of 20 Republican and Democratic candidates, it is not likely to be the last. Several candidates have been talking about the nation's deadly addiction crisis.

"There's a grassroots movement in this country that is bringing this issue out of the shadows and into the light, and I assume the candidates' polls are starting to show it," Motu added. "We know people can recover from the disease of addiction, so it's good to see politicians paying attention to how we can make that a reality for more people."

People affected by addiction are becoming a constituency of consequence. Never will that be more evident than on Oct. 4, when tens of thousands will gather on the National Mall in Washington, DC to call for action on what organizers call the "most pressing public health issue of our time."

"In New Hampshire, this issue is front and center," said Motu. "Just as New Hampshire is a bellwether for the political race, let's hope this issues' prominence there serves as a catalyst for continued focus among all of our candidates."

It was just a month ago, on Aug. 6, in the first Republican primary debate, that John Kasich talked about his record of shifting funds from prisons to treatment programs for those with substance use and mental health disorders. Carly Fiorina, Jeb Bush and Chris Christie have sounded similar themes. Bernie Sanders and others have called for expanded use of Naloxone, a medication that can reverse heroin and prescription opioid overdoses before they become fatal. And Rand Paul, whose state of Kentucky has been ground zero in the nation's opioid crisis, has helped introduce legislation to expand specialized treatment for prescription drug and heroin addiction.

"It's clear this is a bipartisan issue, and we are pleased this important conversation is getting bigger," he added. "We think America would benefit from an entire televised debate devoted to this issue."

"The Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy has made addressing the heroin and prescription opioid crisis a focus of the advocacy efforts at our organization this year," Motu said. "Congress is considering a number of bills aimed at addressing the opioid epidemic, and we are hopeful the bipartisan presidential campaign spotlight on these issues will spur action soon."

About the Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy
Our mission is to provide a leading national voice on all issues related to addiction prevention, treatment and recovery and to facilitate conversation among those in recovery, those still suffering and society at large. We are committed to smashing stigma, shaping public policy and educating people everywhere about the problems of addiction and the promise of recovery.

The Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy is part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, the nation's largest nonprofit treatment provider. With a legacy that began in 1949 and includes the 1982 founding of the Betty Ford Center, the Foundation has 16 sites in California, Minnesota, Oregon, Illinois, New York, Florida, Massachusetts, Colorado and Texas. Learn more at www.HBFinstitute.org.
Video Conferencing Breaks Down State Barriers to Networking (Photo)
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 09/02/15
Credit Union professionals attending the Northwest Credit Union Association's Networking Council meeting in Tigard, OR, were linked via video conference technology to their counterparts in six other cities in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.
Credit Union professionals attending the Northwest Credit Union Association's Networking Council meeting in Tigard, OR, were linked via video conference technology to their counterparts in six other cities in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.
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SeaTac, WA, Boise, ID. -- Who needs a long drive and a big travel budget? Thanks to video conferencing technology and collaboration between the Northwest Credit Union Association and the Idaho Credit Union League, credit union professionals in three states are connecting for networking and training.

Through video conferencing hosted in seven cities throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho, 65 marketing, business development and community outreach specialists inaugurated the expansion of the NWCUA Networking Council program on August 25. The Compliance Council's Sept. 1 event then drew 85 participants from credit unions in all three states. Video conferencing locations included NWCUA and ICUL offices, and credit union facilities in Eugene, Oregon, Spokane, Washington and Lewiston and Pocatello, Idaho.

"The opportunity to network 'face-to-face' with other credit union staff members in our region is invaluable and would not be possible without the use of this video technology," said Kris Watkins, Compliance/Security Officer at CapEd Credit Union in Meridian, Idaho. In addition to attending the councils, she served as an onsite host for Boise council attendees.

"This successful collaboration with the NWCUA is allowing Idaho credit union professionals to connect with more of their colleagues, share experiences and create added value forums for change and talent development," said Kathy Thomson, President/CEO of the Idaho Credit Union League.

Added Denise Gabel, NWCUA COO, "It is empowering and enlightening to see credit union colleagues sharing ideas directly with each other. It is much more connective than an email or phone call. This innovation will result in a higher level of cooperation among cooperatives--one of our guiding principles in the credit union movement."

About the Idaho Credit Union League and Northwest Credit Union Association
The Idaho Credit Union League is the trade association representing over 30 Idaho affiliated credit unions across the state. The Northwest Credit Union Association is the trade association representing more than 160 credit unions in Washington and Oregon. Both organizations provide legislative and regulatory advocacy, compliance support, professional development opportunities, and public relations resources to help credit unions thrive and better serve the millions of Northwest consumers who are credit union members.


Attached Media Files: Credit Union professionals attending the Northwest Credit Union Association's Networking Council meeting in Tigard, OR, were linked via video conference technology to their counterparts in six other cities in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. , Credit union professionals in seven cities in Washington, Oregon and Idaho were linked via video conferencing.
09/01/15
Moda Health joins roster of plans that cover addiction treatment at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation in Oregon
Woloshin Communications - 09/01/15
The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation continues to expand insurance coverage choices for its comprehensive day and residential treatment facilities in Oregon. "This is in alignment with our nonprofit organization's mission to make our unique Springbrook in Newberg residential and Beaverton outpatient treatment programs as accessible as possible," said Jan Vondrachek, vice president of the Pacific Northwest Region for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.
The professionals at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's Springbrook and Beaverton facilities combine clinical experience with innovative programs and evidence-based practices. A spectrum of specialized services at the residential and outpatient centers offer personalized treatment to address the specific needs of:

Health care and other licensed professionals

Individuals needing pain management

Medication assisted therapy

Trauma therapies

LGBTQ programming

Residential detox, outpatient detox, assessment services, family programs, mental health, recovery management and support.

The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is the largest nonprofit addiction treatment provider in the nation with 16 sites across the country. Staff, counselors and physicians are dedicated to continuous research and innovative treatment models that lead to recovery and support for other complex life issues beyond addiction.

The outpatient treatment facility at Beaverton now accepts Moda Health, Aetna, Avera, Beacon Health Options - Formerly Value Options, Cigna, Com Psych, Gunderson Health Plan, Health Net/MHN, International Longshoreman, Magellan, Pomco, Security Health Plan, UBH and Value Options health insurance.

The Springbrook residential facility in Newberg also accepts Moda Health, Aetna, Avera, Beacon Health Options - Formerly Value Options, Cigna, Com Psych, Gunderson Health Plan, International Longshoreman, Magellan, Pomco, Preferred One, Security Health Plan and Value Options health insurance.
Please check with your insurance provider about Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation services in Oregon, as different plans may have specific coverage requirements for residential and outpatient treatment.
Nationally, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation has always used flexible systems for those who are insured but are out-of-network; since individual plans vary widely, people are encouraged to call 866-866-4662 and speak to a financial case manager. The case managers are dedicated to facilitating in- and out-of-network insurance coverage for patients. They are also able to help answer questions about residential and outpatient insurance coverage and, if appropriate, financial aid programs. For more information, please visit www.hazeldenbettyford.org.
About the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is a force of healing and hope for individuals, families and communities affected by addiction to alcohol and other drugs. It is the nation's largest nonprofit treatment provider, with a legacy that began in 1949 and includes the 1982 founding of the Betty Ford Center. With 16 sites in California, Minnesota, Oregon, Illinois, New York, Florida, Massachusetts, Colorado and Texas, the Foundation offers prevention and recovery solutions nationwide and across the entire continuum of care to help youth and adults reclaim their lives from the disease of addiction. It includes the largest recovery publishing house in the country, a fully accredited graduate school of addiction studies, an addiction research center, an education arm for medical professionals and a unique children's program, and is the nation's leader in advocacy and policy for treatment and recovery. Learn more at www.hazeldenbettyford.org.
08/27/15
Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation to sponsor Free Workshop on "Trauma, Substance Use Disorders and Sexuality"
Woloshin Communications - 08/27/15
The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, the nation's largest nonprofit addiction treatment provider, is coming to Seattle to sponsor a free workshop on "Trauma, Substance Use Disorders, and Sexuality" from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3 at McCormick and Schmicks, 1200 Westlake Ave. N.

The workshop features Buster Ross, a national expert on substance abuse disorders, sexuality and mental health and the national director of LGBTQ-Integrative Programming at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.

"Human sexuality and trauma are complicated," states Ross. "All of our experiences influence our sexuality. For many, substance use has become a way of managing sexual shame, confusion and unresolved abuse. Counselors excel at establishing a safe and trusting environment for patients to disclose nonconsensual and exploitive experiences," Ross says. "But what is healthy? The workshop will help providers increase their skills in helping clients in recovery answer that question."

Designed to help counselors and other helping professionals feel more confident when working with patients with substance use disorders and histories of sexual abuse, the two-hour workshop carries two free continuing education credits from the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists.

RSVP online at www.HazeldenBettyFord.org/Samantha or call Kirsten Cannavino, 503-554-4324.

About Buster Ross
Buster Ross, M.A., CADCII, L.P.C., C.S.C, is the National Director of LGBTQ-Integrative Treatment Programming at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, and is based in Springbrook, Ore. He works at the intersections of substance use disorders, sexuality and mental health; teaches at the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies; and trains helping professionals throughout the U.S. Ross is an AASECT Certified Sexuality Counselor, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor II and Licensed Professional Counselor.

About LGBTQ-Integrative Treatment Programming
LGBTQ-Integrative Treatment Programming is based on the philosophy that providing sexual health training to staff and sexual health education to clients in drug and alcohol treatment creates a supportive and healing environment for LGBTQ people and non-LGBTQ people.

About The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is a force of healing and hope for individuals, families and communities affected by addiction to alcohol and other drugs. It is the nation's largest nonprofit treatment provider with a legacy that began in 1949 and includes the 1982 founding of the Betty Ford Center. With 16 sites in California, Minnesota, Oregon, Illinois, New York, Florida, Massachusetts, Colorado and Texas, the Foundation offers prevention and recovery solutions nationwide and across the entire continuum of care for youth and adults. Learn more at www.hazeldenbettyford.org.
08/26/15
BPA selects new vice president of Transmission Engineering and Technical Services (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 08/26/15
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BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140/503-230-5131

BPA selects new vice president of Transmission Engineering and Technical Services

Portland, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration has selected Mike Miller to be its vice president of Engineering and Technical Services. He will begin his new position Sept. 6.

"Mike possesses a unique blend of great technical and leadership skills along with on-the-ground experience in several Engineering and Technical Services arenas that make him an outstanding selection for this role," said Richard Shaheen, senior vice president for Transmission Services. "I look forward to Mike positioning this vital part of Transmission for even greater success and delivery of excellence to our customers in the months to come."

As leader of BPA's Engineering and Technical Services organization, Miller will have responsibility for implementing Transmission Services' $500 million capital program, providing technical support for the transmission maintenance program and providing real property services to BPA.

Miller also will serve as BPA's principal engineer and key policy formulator in leading the design, material specification, coordination, project management and construction of major transmission infrastructure projects necessary to sustain and improve the reliability of the existing system and incorporate new energy generation facilities.

"I am honored to be selected for this position and excited to lead Engineering and Technical Services," Miller said. "I love this organization and its people and am eager to provide the long-term stability and leadership we need."

Miller came to BPA as a student in 1992 in the substation outdoor design group, assisting in purchasing outdoor design equipment as well as drafting for capital projects. He graduated from Central Washington University, earning a bachelor's degree in electronic engineering technology. In July of 1994, he became a permanent BPA employee, working in the Protection Engineering Design group as an electrical engineer until 2002. At that time, he became the supervisor of the group, a position he held until 2010. Miller was then selected as the manager of System Control Engineering, a group comprised of eight sub-groups, including Protection Engineering Design. In August of 2014, he accepted a nine-month role as the acting vice president of Engineering and Technical Services.

About BPA
The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 142 Northwest 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 259 substations to 490 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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08/25/15
Photo Release: First group of Oregon National Guard Soldiers complete fire training at DPSST, head to fire bases (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 08/25/15
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Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers practice using fire hoses during wild land fires training at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, in Salem, Oregon, Aug. 25. The group is undergoing the training to assist the Oregon Department of Forestry during the 2015 firefighting season. The first group of 125 Soldiers are scheduled to deploy to the fire lines early on Aug. 26, and will be joined by 250 more Oregon Citizen-Airmen and Citizen-Soldiers who began their training at DPSST today, and are expected to deploy to the fire lines Aug. 30. Photo by Sgt. Tianna Waite, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs.

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An Oregon Army National Guard Soldier practices using fire hoses during wild land fires training at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, in Salem, Oregon, Aug. 25. The group is undergoing the training to assist the Oregon Department of Forestry during the 2015 firefighting season. The first group of 125 Soldiers are scheduled to deploy to the fire lines early on Aug. 26, and will be joined by 250 more Oregon Citizen-Airmen and Citizen-Soldiers who began their training at DPSST today, and are expected to deploy to the fire lines Aug. 30. Photo by Sgt. Tianna Waite, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers practice cutting fire lines during wild land fires' training at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, in Salem, Oregon, Aug. 25. The group is undergoing the training to assist the Oregon Department of Forestry during the 2015 firefighting season. The first group of 125 Soldiers are scheduled to deploy to the fire lines early on Aug. 26, and will be joined by 250 more Oregon Citizen-Airmen and Citizen-Soldiers who began their training at DPSST today, and are expected to deploy to the fire lines Aug. 30. Photo by Sgt. Tianna Waite, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers practice smothering fires during wild land fires training at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, in Salem, Oregon, Aug. 25. The group is undergoing the training to assist the Oregon Department of Forestry during the 2015 firefighting season. The first group of 125 Soldiers are scheduled to deploy to the fire lines early on Aug. 26, and will be joined by 250 more Oregon Citizen-Airmen and Citizen-Soldiers who began their training at DPSST today, and are expected to deploy to the fire lines Aug. 30. Photo by Sgt. Tianna Waite, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs.


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08/21/15
Oregon Guard Soldiers scheduled to train for firefighting support following state activation by Governor Brown
Oregon Military Department - 08/21/15
SALEM, Oregon--Following the activation of the Oregon National Guard by Oregon Governor Kate Brown to help fight fires, 125 Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers are scheduled to begin firefighting training at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), in Salem, Oregon.

The Soldiers are scheduled to assist with cleanup operations near Canyonville, Oregon, which will free up firefighters for rest and recuperation, and to continue battling larger fires throughout the state. Ultimately, local fire managers and incident commanders will determine the best utilization of Oregon's Citizen-Soldiers.

The Soldiers are scheduled to report to DPSST sometime Friday evening, and will begin their training on Saturday, Aug. 22. Following fire training, they are scheduled to deploy to the Stouts Creek Fire Base on Wednesday, Aug. 26.

Members of the media are invited to view their field training during a media tour on Tuesday, Aug. 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the DPSST, the Oregon Public Safety Academy, located at 4190 Aumsville Highway, Salem, Oregon 97317.

The Soldiers come from units across the state, including; 224 Engineering Company, 1-186 Infantry Battalion, 1-82 Cavalry, 141 Brigade Support Battalion and 1249 Engineer Company. They join Soldiers from Charlie 7-158 Aviation, and Army and Air National Guard Joint Staff who have been participating in the effort since Aug. 3.

The Oregon National Guard is comprised of more than 8,000 Citizen-Soldiers and Citizen-Airmen.
Northwest Credit Union Foundation Mobilizes Relief Fund to Assist Wildfire Victims
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 08/21/15
Tigard, Or., SeaTac, Wa. -- Many Northwest families have suffered significant loss as a result of the devastating wildfires sweeping across Oregon and Washington. In an effort to help the community, The Northwest Credit Union Foundation (NWCUF) is teaming with the National Credit Union Foundation and local Red Cross organizations to raise relief funds in support of the victims.

The NWCUF has seeded an emergency fund and call for donations to assist victims of the Chelan Wildfire burning in Central Washington, and the Canyon Creek Complex Fire that has destroyed more than 48,000 acres near John Day, Oregon. Donors will have the option of directing their donation to those specific areas if they choose; in addition, there is a general fund established to support all wildfire victims in Oregon and Washington.

"The fires burning in Oregon and Washington have affected thousands of lives. Countless families have lost their homes," said Northwest Credit Union Foundation Executive Director Denise Gabel. "Whether the victims are credit union members or not, we feel it's our duty to help these families rebuild. By pulling together we can truly make a difference for those hurting in our community."

The National Credit Union Foundation typically manages disaster relief fundraising for the credit union system, and in this case, is working with the Northwest Credit Union Foundation to assist in fundraising.

"We encourage the credit union community to donate, to help people affected by these devastating wildfires," said Christopher Morris, Director of Communications at the National Credit Union Foundation. "There is a critical need for funds in the area and contributing to help our brothers and sisters through this difficult time is a great example of the credit union movement's 'people helping people' philosophy."

A web page to receive donations has been established. Those who wish to donate are asked to visit http://nwcuf.org/oregon-washington-wildfire-relief/.



The Northwest Credit Union Foundation (NWCUF) is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to identifying and nurturing partnerships that bring together Northwest credit unions, community organizations and nonprofits to improve and grow the regional economy. We provide credit unions and community partners with support that promotes asset-building, economic empowerment and cooperative development. Learn more at http://www.nwcuf.org.
08/20/15
The Washington Department of Early Learning Restructures Leadership
Wash. State Dept. of Early Learning - 08/20/15
OLYMPIA, WA --The Washington State Department of Early Learning (DEL) has implemented a department-wide organization plan to maximize partnerships and accelerate their work.

"We have many new and important assignments as part of the Early Start Act as well as the Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) reauthorization," said DEL Director, Dr. Bette Hyde. "In order to get this considerable workload moving forward, we are setting up an organizational structure that encourages work across all programs and individuals. By pulling together, we can achieve our goals for early learning in Washington."

Dr. Hyde has assigned three directors to lead early learning programs moving forward:
The Assistant Director for the Early Start Act, Luba Bezborodnikova, is now also the Assistant Director for Licensing. Luba will work closely with Mary Kay Quinlan, the current Statewide Licensing Administrator.

"By combining Early Start Act initiatives and licensing, we mean to emphasize that licensing is paramount in all this exciting and important work. The regional administrators and licensing supervisors will continue to report to the Statewide Licensing Administrator," said Dr. Hyde.

Nicole Rose (former PreK-3/ ECEAP Administrator) is now acting Assistant Director for Quality Practice & Professional Growth (QPPG), and will lead the Early Start Act work on preschool initiatives. This will include closer partnerships with ECEAP (state-funded preschool) and Head Start (federally funded preschool) as well as working to develop pathways with child care providers to become ECEAP providers or Early Head Start providers. This position will work closely with the Seattle Schools and their preschool implementation and will be our primary contact with OSPI for WAKIDS and other P-3 initiatives.
The Assistant Director for Partnerships & Collaboration, Greg Williamson, will continue his leadership in emphasizing the importance of the very crucial infant and toddler years. He will continue to serve as our lead for the Healthiest Next Generation, Essentials for Childhood, ACE's Public Private Initiative (APPI), Developmental Screenings, and Frontiers of Innovation.

"We want to emphasize providing quality professional development for our DEL staff," said Dr. Hyde. "This is something that we need to do better. All of our work is done under the umbrella or 'roof' of the Early Start Act and CCDF reauthorization. The peak of this roof and the peak of all that we are looking for is the highest quality for children and families."

Dr. Hyde is set to retire on August 31, 2015. DEL's new director will be named and announced in the coming weeks.


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


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08/19/15
PHOTO RELEASE: Oregon Army National Guard supports fire suppression efforts (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 08/19/15
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HH-60M Blackhawk helicopter pilot, Warrant Officer One, Matthew Munson with Charlie Company, 7-158th Aviation, Oregon Army National Guard, conducts pre-flight checks before take off in support of fire suppression efforts in Baker County, August 5. The Blackhawk helicopter is equipped with a "bambi bucket" which carries approximately 500 gallons of water and can be dumped on specific locations at the request of fire fighting ground crews. Three Oregon Army National Guard HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters have been working out of the Baker City Helibase since Monday to support ground firefighting crews on four separate fires in the area. Photo by Sgt. Tianna Waite, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs.

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HH-60M Blackhawk helicopter crew chief Sgt. Jerod Clevenger with Charlie Company, 7-158th Aviation, Oregon Army National Guard, keeps an eye on the sky, watching for other aircraft working in their area of the El Dorado Fire, August 18. The Blackhawk helicopter is equipped with a "bambi bucket" which carries approximately 500 gallons of water. Three Oregon Army National Guard HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters have been working out of the Baker City Helibase since Monday to support ground firefighting crews on four separate fires in the area. Photo by Sgt. Tianna Waite, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs.

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HH-60M Blackhawk helicopter crew chief Sgt. Jerod Clevenger with Charlie Company, 7-158th Aviation, Oregon Army National Guard, drops 500 gallons of water on a target at the request of firefighting ground crews, August 18. The Blackhawk helicopter is equipped with a "bambi bucket" which carries approximately 500 gallons of water. Three Oregon Army National Guard HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters have been working out of the Baker City Helibase since Monday to support ground firefighting crews on four separate fires in the area. Photo by Sgt. Tianna Waite, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs.

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HH-60M Blackhawk helicopter crew chief Sgt. Jerod Clevenger with Charlie Company, 7-158th Aviation, Oregon Army National Gaurd, conducts pre-flight checks before take off in support of fire suppression efforts in Baker County, August 18. The Blackhawk helicopter is equipped with a "bambi bucket" which carries approximately 500 gallons of water and can be dumped on specific locations at the request of fire fighting ground crews. Three Oregon Army National Guard HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters have been working out of the Baker City Helibase since Monday to support ground firefighting crews on four separate fires in the area. Photo by Sgt. Tianna Waite, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs.


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08/17/15
BPA selects Thompson as new power marketing vice president (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 08/17/15
Garry Thompson is BPA's new vice president of Northwest Requirements Marketing.
Garry Thompson is BPA's new vice president of Northwest Requirements Marketing.
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Portland, Ore. - Administrator Elliot Mainzer has selected Garry Thompson as the Bonneville Power Administration's vice president of Northwest Requirements Marketing. Thompson is scheduled to begin his new position this fall.

"I am thrilled to have Garry join the Power Services leadership team, where he brings with him years of diverse managerial and leadership experience in power products and services, energy efficiency and strong customer service," said Senior Vice President of Power Services Mark Gendron. "I have known and worked with Garry for over 20 years and know that BPA and the region will be well served with him in this important role of service to our customers."

As vice president of Northwest Requirements Marketing, Thompson will be responsible for marketing power, primarily from 31 federal dams, to more than 140 Bonneville utility customers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of Nevada, Wyoming, Utah and Northern California.

"I am excited to work in my new role as vice president of Northwest Requirements Marketing," Thompson said. "The position will allow me to continue excellent delivery of the value our carbon-free assets provide to our customers. I look forward to leading a dedicated group of individuals working on diverse issues and helping them navigate the changing electricity industry."

Previously, Thompson was BPA's power customer service manager overseeing account executives serving BPA's power customers. These customers represent approximately $2.5 billion dollars in annual energy sales.

Thompson also has served as a senior account executive in BPA's Spokane office, and over the course of several years worked as a power account executive for over 30 customers. After earning a bachelor's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Eastern Washington University, he worked for the City of Coeur d'Alene, City of Lewiston, Spokane County and Kootenai Electric Co-op. He joined BPA in 1986.


Attached Media Files: Garry Thompson is BPA's new vice president of Northwest Requirements Marketing.
08/15/15
PNWU welcomes Class of 2019
Pacific NW Univ. of Health Sciences - 08/15/15
Contact: Ryan Rodruck
Tel: 509.249.7861
Email: rrodruck@pnwu.edu

August 15, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences welcomes Class of 2019

YAKIMA, WA - Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences' (PNWU) College of Osteopathic Medicine welcomed 140 new student doctors in a special ceremony held Saturday. The students comprise the college's eighth class since the university's founding in 2005.

The White Coat Ceremony is a traditional celebration held by medical schools throughout the country. During the ceremony, students receive their white lab coats signifying their role as student medical professionals.

"This is a very special and ceremonial day for students and their families," said Dr. Thomas A. Scandalis, Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine. "The White Coat Ceremony begins an important step in a student's medical career and is an important recognition of the hard work it took to arrive at this point in their education," Dr. Scandalis continued.

More than 4,200 candidates applied for admission to the College of Osteopathic Medicine for the 2015 application cycle.

"Of all the schools I applied to, PNWU felt the most like home. I'm excited to be here and begin my medical education" said Student Doctor Teresa Straub, an incoming first year medical student from Ridgefield, Washington.

During their first year, student learning focuses on the scientific foundations of medicine, clinical skills, community-based medicine and application of osteopathic principals. The ceremony begins four years of intense medical education in the university's osteopathic medical program.

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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 health care professionals 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.
08/14/15
Liz Dunne named new PeaceHealth President and CEO as of Nov. 1 (Photo)
PeaceHealth - 08/14/15
Liz Dunne, PeaceHealth CEO
Liz Dunne, PeaceHealth CEO
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(Vancouver, Wash.) - Elizabeth (Liz) Dunne, RD, MS, has been named president and chief executive officer for PeaceHealth, a not-for-profit health system with 16,000 caregivers serving communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. Dunne, 59, will be responsible for all operations in the $2 billion system, including 10 hospitals, an 800-member multi-specialty group practice and a comprehensive laboratory.

"We are blessed to have found Liz Dunne, who is a strong executive leader with a deep connection to our mission and values," said Sister Andrea Nenzel, chair of the PeaceHealth Board. "Her breadth of experience in strategy, partnerships and engagement will accelerate our progress in this time of change."

Dunne is currently community chief executive officer for Providence Health & Services South Bay, Calif., region, with direct oversight for two hospitals and six care sites in Torrance and San Pedro. She has served with Providence since 2011. Previously, she held executive officer positions with City of Hope in Duarte, Calif., and Memorial Health Services in Fountain Valley, Calif., and has worked in several other healthcare organizations throughout her career. Dunne also served 10 years in the U.S. Air Force on active duty and 10 years in the Air Force Reserve, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. She is a registered dietitian and holds a master's degree in business and computer resource management from Webster University, St. Louis, Mo.

"I am honored to be serve as President and CEO of PeaceHealth," said Dunne. "This is an organization with a strong strategic direction and I look forward to leading the work to build upon our legacy for improving the health of our communities."

Dunne will begin as president and chief executive officer of PeaceHealth on Nov. 1, 2015.

About PeaceHealth
PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a multi-specialty medical group practice with more than 900 physicians and providers, a comprehensive laboratory system, and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of its founding Sisters and continues to serve communities when invited to do so with a spirit of collaboration and stewardship.


Attached Media Files: Liz Dunne, PeaceHealth CEO
08/12/15
Media Roundtable on State Test Scores Today at 10am in Burien
Puget Sound ESD - 08/12/15
On Monday, August 17 the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction will release state and district testing scores from spring 2015. The Ready Washington coalition invites all members of the media to a briefing today, Aug. 12 to preview the state score release, which includes the Smarter Balanced Assessment results. The briefing, at the Puget Sound Skills Center in Burien, will outline what will be contained in the release and how it will differ from previous years.

The coalition has convened a panel of education experts from the state, districts and schools, including North Hill Elementary of Highline Public Schools. North Hill will share its story and release its final testing scores in grades 3-6. Members of the panel will offer a presentation and answer any questions you may have. Please note, however, that final state and district scores will not be provided during the roundtable. That will happen Aug. 17.

Media members can attend in person or via Webinar/conference call.

Please RSVP to Nathan Olson, communications manager at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, at nathan.olson@k12.wa.us.

What:Media Roundtable: A Preview of State Score Release
When:Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, 10-11:30 a.m.
Where: Puget Sound Skills Center 18010 8th Avenue South Burien, WA 98148 Map

Join via Web/phone: You can join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. Just go to: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/314971709. For audio, dial in using your phone at: (872) 240-3311 (Access Code: 314-971-709).

Find Ready Washington on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and at www.ReadyWA.org
08/10/15
Accomplished Educators From Across The Puget Sound Region Will Attend A Convening For Teachers By Teachers
Puget Sound ESD - 08/10/15
King County/Puget Sound - Over 100 Puget Sound area educators have been nominated and selected to attend the second regional Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teachers and Teaching - Puget Sound (ECET2PS) convening tomorrow, August 11th.

The Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers (ECET2) network was born out of the desire to provide a forum for exceptional teachers to learn from one another and celebrate the teaching profession. At their core, ECET2 convenings are by teachers, for teachers. They harness the power of teacher leader networks to deepen learning and to improve teaching practices to better serve students. ECET2 Puget Sound is built on the belief that teachers hold the keys to ensuring that policy is well informed, instructional shifts are made with fidelity, and educators are equipped with the right professional development supports and network to be effective in the classroom. The best way to elevate teachers--and, in fact, the entire teaching profession--is to recognize that teachers are the experts in this field. This event is made possible from a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Puget Sound Educational Service District.

The goals for the ECET2 Puget Sound convening are to:
- Celebrate teachers and teaching
- Elevate and empower diverse networks of teachers
- Prepare teacher leaders to take on leadership roles in support of new standards for teaching and new standards for learning
- Accelerate innovative teaching practices
- Amplify the voices of teachers via social media and blogs

"ECET2PS is an amazing opportunity for teachers to collaborate with other highly effective educators and learn how their unique voice can impact daily lives of teachers and students in a positive and powerful way," said Brooke Perry, Kent School District.

On August 11th, ECET2PS aims to elicit the same reaction from over 100 teachers from the Puget Sound region through focusing on celebrating the hard work and sacrifices that teachers make every day while empowering them to foster their leadership skills and unique voice in the classroom, in education.

The day-long convening will feature breakout sessions delivered by accomplished teacher leaders in the Puget Sound region, inspirational keynote addresses, and will include ample opportunities for teacher collaboration.

WHO: More than 100 teachers from the Puget Sound region
WHEN: Tuesday, August 11th 2015 7:30 AM-3:00 PM
WHERE: UW Center for Urban Horticulture 3501 NE 41st St., Seattle, WA 98105

Educational leaders involved in ECET2PS will be available to media on August 11 at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture 3501 NE 41st St., Seattle, WA 98105 Photo opportunities will be available during keynote addresses.

Tuesday, August 11th Photo Opportunities:
8:15 am: Welcome address, Brooke Perry, Teacher, Kent School District
8:30 am: Ignite Presentation, "Teaching in the Trenches: What Middle School Has Taught Me About Listening, Bravery, and Smooth Jazz," Kristin Leong, Bellevue School District
11:30 am: Lunchtime keynote, "Creating Great People. The Power of a Teacher," Lyon Terry, 2015 Washington State Teacher of the Year, Seattle Public Schools
2:30 pm: Closing Presentation, "Why I Teach," Shannon Papcun, Sumner School District

For more information contact Brooke Perry brooke.perry29@gmail.com or follow the group on Twitter: @ECET2PS or #ecet2ps

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About the Puget Sound Educational Service District
The Puget Sound Educational Service District (ESD) #121 is one of nine regional agencies serving school districts and state-approved private schools in Washington State. Our service area includes 35 school districts and more than 200 private schools in King and Pierce counties plus Bainbridge Island. Approximately 38 percent of the state's K-12 public school students, more than 383,000, are served in the area's school districts, which range from large to small, urban to rural.
08/07/15
Media Roundtable on State Test Scores
Puget Sound ESD - 08/07/15
In less than two weeks, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction will release state and district testing scores from spring 2015. The Ready Washington coalition invites all members of the media to a briefing Aug. 12 to preview the state score release, which includes the Smarter Balanced Assessment results. The briefing, at the Puget Sound Skills Center in Burien, will outline what will be contained in the release and how it will differ from previous years.

The coalition has convened a panel of education experts from the state, districts and schools, including North Hill Elementary of Highline Public Schools. North Hill will share its story and release its final testing scores in grades 3-6. Members of the panel will offer a presentation and answer any questions you may have. Please note, however, that final state and district scores will not be provided during the roundtable. That will happen Aug. 17.

Media members can attend in person or via Webinar/conference call.

Please RSVP to Nathan Olson, communications manager at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, at nathan.olson@k12.wa.us.

What:Media Roundtable: A Preview of State Score Release
When:Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, 10-11:30 a.m.
Where: Puget Sound Skills Center 18010 8th Avenue South Burien, WA 98148 Map

Join via Web/phone: You can join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. Just go to: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/314971709. For audio, dial in using your phone at: (872) 240-3311 (Access Code: 314-971-709).

Find Ready Washington on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and at www.ReadyWA.org
08/06/15
Photo Release: Oregon National Guard concludes two-day multi-agency, multi-state disaster preparedness exercise on Oregon's north coast (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 08/06/15
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Photo Release

The annual Pathfinder-Minutemen 2015 exercise, hosted by the Oregon National Guard, Oregon Disaster Medical Team (ODMT), and the U.S. Air Force Reserve's 304th Rescue Squadron, at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Oregon has concluded. The two-day exercise, held Aug. 4-5, brought together a number of military, civilian and volunteer agencies throughout the country to train and practice medical first response based on an earthquake and tsunami scenario. Officials believe the northwest is overdue for a magnitude 7.0 or greater earthquake as a result of the Cascadia Subduction Zone. Participants included Air National Guard units from Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, U.S. Air Force Reserve units, the Oregon Army National Guard's Medical Command, and civilian first-responder and medical agencies from across the region. Event planners hope to grow the exercise for next year, and include more government and private agencies.

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A U.S. Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter, from Air Station Astoria, drops a rescue diver into Slusher Lake at Camp Rilea, in Warrenton, Oregon, during the Pathfinder-Minutemen Exercise 2015, Aug. 5 at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Oregon. The annual event is a joint multi-agency, multi-state disaster preparedness exercise based on response to a possible Cascadia Subduction Zone event. Officials believe the Northwest is overdue for a magnitude 7.0 or greater earthquake. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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Chaplain Ian Howarth, of the 124th Fighter Wing, Idaho Air National Guard, (left), assists with counseling causalities during post recovery operations during the Pathfinder-Minutemen Exercise 2015, Aug. 5 at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Oregon. The annual event is a joint multi-agency, multi-state disaster preparedness exercise based on response to a possible Cascadia Subduction Zone event. Officials believe the Northwest is overdue for a magnitude 7.0 or greater earthquake. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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Capt. Jonathon Miller, (left), with the 124th Medical Group, Idaho Air National Guard, and Oregon Army National Guard Capt. Amy Kerfoot, lift a simulated casualty during Pathfinder-Minutemen Exercise 2015, Aug. 5 at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Oregon. The event is a joint multi-agency, multi-state disaster preparedness exercise based on response to a possible Cascadia Subduction Zone event. Officials believe the Northwest is overdue for a magnitude 7.0 or greater earthquake. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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Dr. Jon Jui, Oregon Disaster Medical team lead, delivers a morning brief to the participants taking part in the Pathfinder-Minutemen Exercise 2015, Aug. 5 at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Oregon. The event is a joint multi-agency, multi-state disaster preparedness exercise based on response to a possible Cascadia Subduction Zone event. Officials believe the Northwest is overdue for a magnitude 7.0 or greater earthquake. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)


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