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Sat. 06/25/16
Credit Unions Help Teachers Make 40,000 Washington Students Money Smart
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 06/25/16 2:49 PM
SUNDAY STORY OPPORTUNITY
"Teach the Teachers" Event Provides Free Financial Education Toolkit

SEATTLE, WA. -- Even "Straight A" students may finish school not knowing how to manage their money, balance their accounts, pay down debt and spend wisely.

Credit unions are here to help.

Sunday, credit union volunteers from across the country will host a free event in Seattle to empower teachers, counselors and mentors to teach financial basics. As a result, the teachers and mentors from around Washington state who attend, will return to their communities ready to help their estimated 40,000 students to prepare for the "real world."

"When these teachers get back to their classrooms this fall, they will be better prepared to teach something that will change their students' lives in such a positive way," said Jamie Dedmon, Managing Director of the Northwest Credit Union Foundation. "Because credit unions are local, not for profit cooperatives owned by their members, they really take an interest in helping people achieve their financial goals. The first step is solid financial education."

The teacher appreciation celebration kicks off the America's Credit Union Conference, which brings thousands of credit union leaders to Seattle through June 29.

MEDIA INVITATION:

What: Credit Unions Celebrate Teachers of Financial Education
When: Sunday, June 26, 2016 9:00 a.m. -- 11:00 a.m.
Where: Seattle Sheraton Hotel 1400 6th. Ave. Seattle, WA 98101

Note: If your media outlet is interested in this story but cannot attend, please email or call Lynn Heider and we will provide sound and video afterwards for your unrestricted use. lheider@nwcua.org 503.329.7208

The Northwest Credit Union Association is the not-for-profit trade association representing over 157 of Oregon and Washington's credit unions. Northwest Credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives, owned by their 5.2 million members. Credit unions help members achieve their financial goals. All earnings in excess of operating expenses and required reserves are returned to members in the form of lower loan rates, fewer fees and higher interest paid on savings. Because credit unions are local and member driven, they provide financial education and invest in making their communities better. For information on how to join a credit union, please visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org.
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Attached Media Files: 2016-06/4992/95619/Credit_Unions_Help_Teachers_Make_40K_WA_Students_Money_Smart.docx
Fri. 06/24/16
Media Advisory - 25-year anniversary and rededication of the Spokane Tribal Hatchery
Bonneville Power Administration - 06/24/16 12:36 PM
Ford, Wash. - On June 29, 2016, the Spokane Tribe of Indians and the Bonneville Power Administration will celebrate the 25-year anniversary and rededication of the Spokane Tribal Hatchery.

WHAT: Signing ceremony, celebration and hatchery rededication.

WHO: Spokane Tribe of Indian elders, leaders and BPA executives.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: 5629 Hatchery Rd., Ford, Wash.

Contacts: Monica Peone, 509-458-6587, rawhide@spokanetribe.com
David Wilson, 503-572-1209, dbwilson@bpa.gov

Background:

In 1990, BPA began funding the hatchery's design, construction and operation to mitigate in part for the environmental impacts of Grand Coulee Dam. Completed in 1939, Grand Coulee flooded the Spokane Tribe's ancestral homelands and blocked salmon from migrating to the tribe's traditional fishing sites. The operation of Grand Coulee has also negatively affected resident fish populations, such as trout.

The Spokane Tribe of Indians has taken a leadership role in bringing fish back to the river, developing a restoration and enhancement program for Lake Roosevelt that includes a fish hatchery for rainbow trout and kokanee salmon.

"Historically, the Spokane Tribe was known as a river and fishing people, culturally defined, in part, by the bounty of salmon that returned annually to tribal fishery grounds," says Tim Peone, Spokane Tribal member and hatchery manager. "The hatchery program is meant to be more than just a fish production facility, it provides a remembrance and pathway for tribal members to reconnect with the river and its fisheries."

The rededication and signing ceremony will improve and modernize the hatchery facilities and guarantees BPA ratepayer funding for another 25 years.

Today, the Spokane Tribe manages the hatchery in coordination with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Sherman Creek Hatchery and the Lake Roosevelt Rainbow Trout Net Pen Rearing Project.

"We realize the hatchery doesn't bring back what was lost 80 years ago, but BPA is committed to protecting and improving conditions for the area's resident fish populations," says Lorri Bodi, BPA's vice president of Environment, Fish and Wildlife. "We want to help preserve and fortify tribal culture and the indigenous knowledge that enriches our entire region."

Annually, the hatchery produces approximately 100,000 kokanee salmon and 750,000 rainbow trout for release into Lake Roosevelt. Additionally, the hatchery also produces 6,000 rainbow trout yearlings for annual release into inland lakes on the Spokane Indian Reservation. The tribal hatchery consists of 44 indoor/outdoor raceways and employs five full-time and four seasonal employees.

Artifacts, photos and reading panes chronicling historical fisheries, tribal subsistence and the cultural significance of the river are on display at the Spokane Tribal Hatchery -- open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.to 3 p.m.
Credit Unions Commit $1 Million to Seattle Children's Hospital Media opportunity June 29
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 06/24/16 8:09 AM
SeaTac, WA. -- The last thing a family with a sick child needs to worry about is how the bills will be paid. Seattle area credit unions--which contributed over $1 million to Seattle Children's Hospital in the last decade--have a solution to help families.

Wednesday, June 29, they will announce a commitment to raise an additional $1 million over the next five years, and it is being earmarked toward "uncompensated care" expenses that insurance doesn't cover and families can't afford.

How great is the need? Last year, Seattle Children's Hospital provided nearly $112 million in "uncompensated care" in behalf of thousands of children and their families.

"Medical bills are a leading cause of bankruptcy in the U.S.," said Jim Morrell, CEO of Shelton-based Peninsula Credit Union. "Through Credit Unions for Kids, we're positioned to help families prepare for those situations ahead of time and avoid financial catastrophe."

In recognition of the commitment, Seattle Children's Hospital will name its level 6 Skybridge after Credit Unions for Kids on June 29 at 2:00 p.m.. Credit Unions for Kids was founded by Northwest credit unions 30 years ago, and is now a national charity that has contributed over $150 million to the 170 Children's Miracle Network hospitals.

"Seattle Children's is so fortunate to have Credit Unions for Kids as a partner to help us continue to keep our promise to our community that we will provide the best care to all children regardless of their families' ability to pay," said Michele Smith, Seattle Children's Board Trustee. "It's an incredible promise that can only be kept due to the generosity of our corporate sponsors like Credit Unions for Kids."

Smith noted that uncompensated care fundraising is vital, to lift the burden off families and provide solace during a difficult time. A former Seattle Children's patient will attend the Skybridge dedication, to talk about the benefit of focusing on healing rather than costs.

Media Invitation:
What: Credit Unions Commit $1 Million to Seattle Children's Hospital; Skybridge Dedication
When: Wednesday, June 29 at 2:00 p.m.
Where: Level 6 Skybridge, Seattle Children's Hospital, 4800 Sand Point Way, N.E. Seattle, WA 98105

Please RSVP to Lynn Heider by 9 a.m. on Monday, June 27. A member of Seattle Children's public relations team will meet media at the River entrance at 1:45 p.m. Please bring a photo ID for check-in. Parking is available in LOT 1: http://www.seattlechildrens.org/contact/main-hospital/map/




The Northwest Credit Union Association is the not-for-profit trade association representing over 157 of Oregon and Washington's credit unions. Northwest Credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives, owned by their 5.2 million members. Credit unions help members reach their financial goals. All earnings in excess of operating expenses and required reserves are returned to members in the form of lower loan rates, fewer fees and higher interest paid on savings. Because credit unions are local and member driven, they provide financial education and invest in making their communities better. For information on how to join a credit union, please visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org.


Attached Media Files: 2016-06/4992/95566/Credit_Unions_Commit__1M_to_Seattle_Childrens.docx
Wed. 06/22/16
Credit Unions to Provide Financial Lesson Plans for 34,000 Washington Students
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 06/22/16 12:40 PM
SEATTLE, WA. -- Washington's schools, camps and community centers are working hard to get young people ready for college, for careers and for life --but don't have the resources to prepare them for financial reality. Even straight-A students often need help managing their money, making smart spending decisions and disciplining themselves to save.

Credit unions are here to help.

Sunday, credit union volunteers from across the country host a free event in Seattle to empower teachers and mentors. The volunteers will serve up the "secret sauce" that makes financial education effective. The teachers who have registered, are responsible for educating a total of 34,000 youth in Washington state. They will leave with the tools to make their students and mentees money-smart, including curriculums, training tips, visuals and more. All of the resources are tailored to meet Washington state financial education standards.

"When these teachers get back to their classrooms this fall, they will be better prepared to teach something that will change their students' lives in such a positive way," said Jamie Dedmon, Managing Director of the Northwest Credit Union Foundation. "Because credit unions are local, not for profit cooperatives owned by their members, they really take an interest in helping people achieve their financial goals. The first step is solid financial education."

The teacher appreciation celebration kicks off the America's Credit Union Conference, which brings thousands of credit union leaders to Seattle through June 29.

Media Invitation:

What: Credit Unions Celebrate Teachers of Financial Education
When: Sunday, June 26, 2016 9:00 a.m. -- 11:00 a.m.
Where: Seattle Sheraton Hotel 1400 6th. Ave. Seattle, WA 98101

Note: If your media outlet is interested in this story but cannot attend, please email Lynn Heider and we will provide sound and video afterwards for your unrestricted use. lheider@nwcua.org

The Northwest Credit Union Association is the not-for-profit trade association representing over 157 of Oregon and Washington's credit unions. Northwest Credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives, owned by their 5.2 million members. Credit unions help members achieve their financial goals. All earnings in excess of operating expenses and required reserves are returned to members in the form of lower loan rates, fewer fees and higher interest paid on savings. Because credit unions are local and member driven, they provide financial education and invest in making their communities better. For information on how to join a credit union, please visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org.
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Attached Media Files: 2016-06/4992/95500/Credit_Unions_Celebrate_Teachers_by_Providing_Resources.docx
Tue. 06/21/16
Dutch Bros. Coffee & PRAYnksters Team up for a Life-Changing Surprise (Photo)
Dresstravaganza - 06/21/16 4:12 PM
75 complete strangers surprised her with a Giving Mob
75 complete strangers surprised her with a Giving Mob
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BOISE, Idaho -- PRAYnksters, the group that created 'Giving Mobs' (charitable flash mobs) to surprise people in need, just released another video. This time PRAYnksters teamed up with Dutch Bros. to surprise a woman in need. The woman, Sherrie, has several severe health issues, can't work, hasn't been able to get disability benefits, and can't pay her rent.

Sherrie thought she was meeting friends for coffee, but actually over 75 complete strangers surprised her with a Giving Mob, plus Dutch Bros announced they would cover 3 months of her rent, and 2 local churches will be covering 3 months of her utilities. The total value of gifts, rent, and expenses are estimated to equal around $6,000.

PRAYnksters has no employees and is only able to operate off the generous donations of others, business partnerships, and through a small eBay store that sells vintage video games. An easy way to help is to donate your old dusty video games to PRAYnksters. If individuals, businesses, church groups, or anyone else wants to help, donate, or get involved with PRAYnksters, they are encourage to send them a private Facebook message or email.

Video links:
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/praynksters/videos/576833115829289/
YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yv8FfyJ82is


Attached Media Files: 75 complete strangers surprised her with a Giving Mob
Mon. 06/20/16
Fairwood Community United Methodist Youth Group hosting a clothing drive to raise money for a summer mission trip to Northern Montana.
Clothes for the Cause - 06/20/16 10:00 AM
Renton, WA -- Fairwood Community United Methodist Youth group partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for a mission trip this summer.

A team of youth will travel this summer to Northern Montana to do home repair and community service on a local reservation with Youthworks.

Clothes for the Cause makes it easy for everyone in our community to contribute by not asking for money or for someone to buy something. Instead they partner with fundraising groups to collect items that our friends, family and neighbors already have in their houses such as clothes, shoes, purses, belts and household linens.

You can drop off your donations to this clothing drive at: Fairwood Community United Methodist Church, located at 15255 SE Fairwood Blvd. They will be collecting donations between now through June 29th.

For more information, contact your local Event Planner, Cindy Spencer at 425-922-2493, Facebook at Clothes for the Cause, Twitter @Clothes4_Cause, Instagram Clothes4_Cause or online at www.clothesforthecausefundraising.com.
Eastside FC G08A Soccer Club is hosting a clothing drive to raise money for team travel expenses
Clothes for the Cause - 06/20/16 9:00 AM
Preston, WA -- Eastside FC G08A Soccer Club partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for their team to travel and play in San Diego at Thanksgiving.

Our Mission is to develop athletes who are inspired to be champions on the field and also in life. At Eastside FC, we cultivate an environment focused on professional coaching, training and leadership that ensures competitive success at the highest level of premier soccer in the state of Washington, and lays the foundation for success later in life.

Clothes for the Cause makes it easy for everyone in our community to contribute by not asking for money or for someone to buy something. Instead they partner with fundraising groups to collect items that our friends, family and neighbors already have in their houses such as clothes, shoes, purses, belts and household linens.

You can drop off your donations to this clothing drive at: The Preston Soccer Fields, located at 30634 SE 87th Place. They will be collecting donations between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on June 29th.

For more information, contact your local Event Planner, Cindy Spencer at 425-922-2493, Facebook at Clothes for the Cause, Twitter @Clothes4_Cause, Instagram Clothes4_Cause or online at www.clothesforthecausefundraising.com.
Sun. 06/19/16
WHPacific volunteer and team are preparing for 2016, 200+ mph, SeaFair Hydroplane Racing on Lake Washington for SeaFair, Seattle
Woloshin Communications - 06/19/16 8:03 PM
It's a breathtaking spectator sport. Set for Sunday, Aug. 7, Hydroplane racing, a highlight of this years' annual Seattle SeaFair annually draws thousands of spectators. Race day starts at 7:30 a.m. with five heats during the day and the final race at approximately 5:30 p.m. The Hydroplane races are one city's oldest and most cherished traditions, and the 2016 SeaFair will feature the world's fastest powerboats, running a 2.5-mile precision course at speeds that may exceed 200 mph as the U.S. Navy Blue Angels soar their own precision course overhead. Hydroplane boats must race with at least one point of the boat in the water; most of the boat is above the waterline.

Larry Signani, PLS, CFedS, is a senior project manager at the WHPacific office in Seattle, Washington. For decades Signani and a volunteer workforce of professional surveyors, engineers, divers and survey technicians are responsible for the operational and technical success of the races. The team starts months in advance using instruments, including GPS equipment that employ satellite signals, for layout of the buoys that define the race course and the acrobatic box for the simultaneous airshows. During the race, additional instruments determine race course positions by triangulation to make sure that drivers are aware if the buoys that define the course have moved. The strong undercurrents of Lake Washington can move the anchors that hold the raceway buoys. According to Signani, this requires that the race course is checked before, during and after the race is conducted and is necessary for validation and the certification for course records. "It takes months of planning and mapping," says Signani.

Over the years, Signani has worn many hats at his firm, from initiating projects to project supervision, to training of newly-hired employees who need to learn the complex skill set demanded of the multiple WHPacific projects occurring nationwide. The 100 percent Native American owned architectural and engineering firm has created, developed and completed several projects of note that Signani has supervised including: GPS Height Modernization for Washington State and FAA Obstruction Surveys (AGIS) throughout the country. Larry is the GPS committee chairman for the Land Surveyors Association of Washington State.

For years, Signani has been a hydroplane team volunteer. His efforts are a large part of what makes the races safe but spectacular. Responsible for course certification since 1981, Signani's work is critical as no speed record can be set if the length of the course is not certified.

"Few of the spectators are aware that it takes split-second thinking and exquisitely precise team surveying and engineering months in advance to create a safe yet thrilling course for Seattle's 'flying boats' and airshow," says Signani.

"Engineers, surveyors and divers must communicate in split-seconds to keep the race on track. It's not just breathtaking for the spectators, even though we have worked as a team for years, and our pre-race work is carefully planned, we all hold our breath during the race that no flaws occur and that precise communication with all team members works smoothly," he says.

About WHPacific

While primarily an engineering and land development firm, WHPacific offers a suite of services that includes, but is not limited to development services, land planning, transportation engineering, water resources and environmental design, and survey. Projects span the nation.

WHPacific is a certified minority-owned businesses by the National Minority Supplier Development Council and has operations in Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington. The company is wholly owned by NANA Development Corporation, the business arm of NANA Regional Corporation established in 1971 by ANCSA.

About NANA

NANA's mission is to preserve the culture as well as build the future for the Iņupiat, creating training, education and jobs for the Iņupiat people. The corporation, founded in 1974, evolved from the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Acts (ANCSA) of 1971. NANA has distributed more than $199 million to Iņupiat shareholders and shares cannot be sold or traded. They are required to remain with the Iņupiat people. NANA represents the interests of more than 13,500 Iņupiat shareholders, descendants of the first people to populate northwest Alaska over 10,000 years ago.
Wed. 06/15/16
Strollin' to fight SIDS hosting a clothing drive to raise money for SIDS Research.
Clothes for the Cause - 06/15/16 10:00 AM
Bellevue, WA -- Strollin' to Fight SIDS partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for SIDS research.

Strollin' to Fight SIDS is a 5k "stroll" in Bellevue, Washington to raise awareness of SIDS and money for SIDS research. Families who have experienced this nightmare will share their stories and celebrate the life of their child. The community will come together to laugh, stroll, celebrate the lives of these children, learn more about SIDS, and raise funds for research to find the causes of SIDS and develop tests to prevent SIDS from ever touching another family.

Clothes for the Cause makes it easy for everyone in our community to contribute by not asking for money or for someone to buy something. Instead they partner with fundraising groups to collect items that our friends, family and neighbors already have in their houses such as clothes, shoes, purses, belts and household linens.

You can drop off your donations to this clothing drive at: Newport High School, located at 4333 Factoria Blvd SE. They will be collecting donations on June 25th until noon.

For more information, contact your local Event Planner, Cindy Spencer at 425-922-2493, Facebook at Clothes for the Cause, Twitter @Clothes4_Cause, Instagram Clothes4_Cause or online at www.clothesforthecausefundraising.com.
Bethlehem Lutheran Church is hosting a clothing drive to raise money.
Clothes for the Cause - 06/15/16 9:00 AM
Renton, WA -- Bethlehem Lutheran Church partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for their benevolent fund.

Clothes for the Cause makes it easy for everyone in our community to contribute by not asking for money or for someone to buy something. Instead they partner with fundraising groups to collect items that our friends, family and neighbors already have in their houses such as clothes, shoes, purses, belts and household linens.

You can drop off your donations to this clothing drive at:
1024 Monroe Ave NE, Renton, WA 98056. They will be collecting donations through June 22nd.

For more information, contact your local Event Planner, Laura Lamborn at 425-283-3880 Facebook at Clothes for the Cause, Twitter @Clothes4_Cause, Instagram Clothes4_Cause or online at www.clothesforthecausefundraising.com.
Tue. 06/14/16
Hazen High School Dance Team is hosting a clothing drive to raise money for summer camps.
Clothes for the Cause - 06/14/16 9:00 AM
Renton, WA -- Hazen High School Dance Team partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for summer camps.

Summer camps will help the team to learn, grow and compete at a higher level.

Clothes for the Cause makes it easy for everyone in our community to contribute by not asking for money or for someone to buy something. Instead they partner with fundraising groups to collect items that our friends, family and neighbors already have in their houses such as clothes, shoes, purses, belts and household linens.

You can drop off your donations to this clothing drive at: Hazen High School, located at 1101 Hoquiam Ave NE, Renton, WA 98059. They will be collecting donations between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on June 21st.

For more information, contact your local Event Planner, Cindy Spencer at 425-922-2493, Facebook at Clothes for the Cause, Twitter @Clothes4_Cause, Instagram Clothes4_Cause or online at www.clothesforthecausefundraising.com.
Our Savior Lutheran Church is hosting a clothing drive to raise money for youth group travel expenses
Clothes for the Cause - 06/14/16 8:00 AM
Tacoma, WA -- Our Savior Lutheran Church partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for youth group travel expenses.

The OSLC Youth Group will be attending the LCMS National youth gathering in New Orleans July 14-22nd. During the five days of the Gathering, youth spend time together in God's word, worship, service, and fellowship with others from across the synod.

Clothes for the Cause makes it easy for everyone in our community to contribute by not asking for money or for someone to buy something. Instead they partner with fundraising groups to collect items that our friends, family and neighbors already have in their houses such as clothes, shoes, purses, belts and household linens.

You can drop off your donations to this clothing drive at: Our Savior Lutheran Church, located at 4519 112th Street East. They will be collecting donations now through June 19th.

For more information, contact your local Event Planner, Cindy Spencer at 425-922-2493, Facebook at Clothes for the Cause, Twitter @Clothes4_Cause, Instagram Clothes4_Cause or online at www.clothesforthecausefundraising.com.
Mon. 06/13/16
Capital High School Math Teacher Carol McKay Named CR ESD 113's 2016 Teacher of the Year
Capital Region ESD 113 - 06/13/16 2:01 PM
TUMWATER -- June 13, 2016 -- Capital Region Educational Service District 113 (CR ESD 113) this week named Carol McKay as their 2016 Regional Teacher of the Year. Carol teaches math at Capital High School in the Olympia School District.

Carol has been a teacher for 10 years, but she did not start her career in education. After jobs in engineering and marketing, she realized one of her strengths being able to communicate well with technical staff and customers looking for ways to solve problems. Raised by two teachers, Carol saw the impact teachers have on students' lives. She decided teaching would provide her an opportunity to unite her skills and interests.

"Carol exemplifies a teacher willing to try new things," says Michelle Anderson, Capital High School co-principal. "When she does this, she does it with full energy, enthusiasm and the willingness to give 100% to that endeavor."

Carol teaches all levels of high school math. As the head of the school's math department, her day extends well past the final bell. She guides course recommendations and content, facilitates professional development and represents the department at parent nights. She serves on school district committees and tutors struggling students after school.

"I believe all students can be successful," says Carol, "when given opportunities to explore and communicate their ideas about math in a safe and supportive environment."

Carol now serves as one of nine candidates chosen by their respective ESDs, who will be considered for Washington State Teacher of the Year. The state's recipient will be announced by the Office of Superintendent of Public this fall.

For more information
Washington State Teacher of the Year Program (http://www.k12.wa.us/educationawards/TOY)

ABOUT CR ESD 113
The purpose of CR ESD 113 is to ensure excellent and equitable education for all students through service and collaboration. Led by Superintendent Dr. Dana Anderson, CR ESD 113 provides services for 44 school districts and approved private schools in Thurston, Mason, Lewis, Grays Harbor and Pacific counties.

STAY IN TOUCH
Website (http://www.esd113.org)
Twitter (https://twitter.com/ESD113)
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The Hi-Liners Musical Theatre hosting a clothing drive to raise money for their organization.
Clothes for the Cause - 06/13/16 10:00 AM
Burien, WA -- The Hi-Liners partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for their organization.

We are determined to preserve and advance the performing arts in the lives of the students in our community. We do that with the belief that involvement in the performing arts produces higher levels of achievement and life awareness in our young people. The ongoing volunteers that are The Hi-Liners are dedicated to that end.

Clothes for the Cause makes it easy for everyone in our community to contribute by not asking for money or for someone to buy something. Instead they partner with fundraising groups to collect items that our friends, family and neighbors already have in their houses such as clothes, shoes, purses, belts and household linens.

You can drop off your donations to this clothing drive at: The Burien Annex, located at 14501 4th Ave SW. They will be collecting donations between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on June 18th.

For more information, contact your local Event Planner, Cindy Spencer at 425-922-2493, Facebook at Clothes for the Cause, Twitter @Clothes4_Cause, Instagram Clothes4_Cause or online at www.clothesforthecausefundraising.com.

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Relay for Life West Seattle is hosting a clothing drive to raise money for Cancer Research
Clothes for the Cause - 06/13/16 9:00 AM
West Seattle, WA -- Relay for Life partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for cancer research.

With your help, we aren't just fighting one type of cancer, we're fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. Each person who shares the Relay for Life experience can take pride in knowing that they are working to create a world where this disease will no longer threaten our loved ones or rob anyone of another birthday.

Clothes for the Cause makes it easy for everyone in our community to contribute by not asking for money or for someone to buy something. Instead they partner with fundraising groups to collect items that our friends, family and neighbors already have in their houses such as clothes, shoes, purses, belts and household linens.

You can drop off your donations to this clothing drive at: West Seattle Stadium, located at 4432 35th Ave SW. They will be collecting donations between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on June 17th.

For more information, contact your local Event Planner, Cindy Spencer at 425-922-2493, Facebook at Clothes for the Cause, Twitter @Clothes4_Cause, Instagram Clothes4_Cause or online at www.clothesforthecausefundraising.com.

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Fri. 06/10/16
DEA Warning to Police and Public: Fentanyl Exposure Kills
DEA Seattle - 06/10/16 11:56 AM
JUN 10 (WASHINGTON) - DEA has released a Roll Call video to all law enforcement nationwide about the dangers of improperly handling fentanyl and its deadly consequences. Acting Deputy Administrator Jack Riley and two local police detectives from New Jersey appear on the video to urge any law enforcement personnel who come in contact with fentanyl or fentanyl compounds to take the drugs directly to a lab.

"Fentanyl can kill you," Riley said. "Fentanyl is being sold as heroin in virtually every corner of our country. It's produced clandestinely in Mexico, and (also) comes directly from China. It is 40 to 50 times stronger than street-level heroin. A very small amount ingested, or absorbed through your skin, can kill you."

Two Atlantic County, NJ detectives were recently exposed to a very small amount of fentanyl, and appeared on the video. Said one detective: "I thought that was it. I thought I was dying. It felt like my body was shutting down." Riley also admonished police to skip testing on the scene, and encouraged them to also remember potential harm to police canines during the course of duties. "Don't field test it in your car, or on the street, or take if back to the office. Transport it directly to a laboratory, where it can be safely handled and tested."The video can be accessed at: http://go.usa.gov/chBWW

More on Fentanyl: On March 18, 2015, DEA issued a nationwide alert on fentanyl as a threat to health and public safety. Fentanyl is a dangerous, powerful Schedule II narcotic responsible for an epidemic of overdose deaths within the United States. During the last two years, the distribution of clandestinely manufactured fentanyl has been linked to an unprecedented outbreak of thousands of overdoses and deaths. The overdoses are occurring at an alarming rate and are the basis for this officer safety alert. Fentanyl, up to 50 times more potent than heroin, is extremely dangerous to law enforcement and anyone else who may come into contact with it. As a result, it represents an unusual hazard for law enforcement.

Fentanyl, a synthetic opiate painkiller, is being mixed with heroin to increase its potency, but dealers and buyers may not know exactly what they are selling or ingesting. Many users underestimate the potency of fentanyl. The dosage of fentanyl is a microgram, one millionth of a gram -- similar to just a few granules of table salt. Fentanyl can be lethal and is deadly at very low doses. Fentanyl and its analogues come in several forms including powder, blotter paper, tablets, and spray.

Risks to Law Enforcement: Fentanyl is not only dangerous for the drug's users, but for law enforcement, public health workers and first responders who could unknowingly come into contact with it in its different forms. Fentanyl can be absorbed through the skin or accidental inhalation of airborne powder can also occur. DEA is concerned about law enforcement coming in contact with fentanyl on the streets during the course of enforcement, such as a buy-walk, or buy-bust operation.

Just touching fentanyl or accidentally inhaling the substance during enforcement activity or field testing the substance can result in absorption through the skin and that is one of the biggest dangers with fentanyl. The onset of adverse health effects, such as disorientation, coughing, sedation, respiratory distress or cardiac arrest is very rapid and profound, usually occurring within minutes of exposure. Canine units are particularly at risk of immediate death from inhaling fentanyl. In August 2015, law enforcement officers in New Jersey doing a narcotics field test on a substance that later turned out to be a mix of heroin, cocaine and fentanyl, were exposed to the mixture and experienced dizziness, shortness of breath and respiratory problems. If inhaled, move to fresh air, if ingested, wash out mouth with water provided the person is conscious and seek immediate medical attention. Narcan (Naloxone), an overdose-reversing drug, is an antidote for opiate overdose and may be administered intravenously, intramuscularly, or subcutaneously. Immediately administering Narcan can reverse an accidental overdose of fentanyl exposure to officers. Continue to administer multiple doses of Narcan until the exposed person or overdose victim responds favorably.

Field Testing / Safety Precautions: Law enforcement officers should be aware that fentanyl and its compounds resemble powered cocaine or heroin, however, should not be treated as such.

If at all possible do not take samples if fentanyl is suspected. Taking samples or opening a package could stir up the powder. If you must take a sample, use gloves (no bare skin contact) and a dust mask or air purifying respirator (APR) if handling a sample, or a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) for a suspected lab.

If you have reason to believe an exhibit contains fentanyl, it is prudent to not field test it. Submit the material directly to the laboratory for analysis and clearly indicate on the submission paperwork that the item is suspected of containing fentanyl. This will alert laboratory personnel to take the necessary safety precautions during the handling, processing, analysis, and storage of the evidence. Officers should be aware that while unadulterated fentanyl may resemble cocaine or heroin powder, it can be mixed with other substances which can alter its appearance. As such, officers should be aware that fentanyl may be smuggled, transported, and/or used as part of a mixture.

Universal precautions must be applied when conducting field testing on drugs that are not suspected of containing fentanyl. Despite color and appearance, you can never be certain what you are testing. In general, field testing of drugs should be conducted as appropriate, in a well ventilated area according to commercial test kit instructions and training received. Sampling of evidence should be performed very carefully to avoid spillage and release of powder into the air. At a minimum, gloves should be worn and the use of masks is recommended. After conducting the test, hands should be washed with copious amounts of soap and water. Never attempt to identify a substance by taste or odor. Historically, this is not the first time fentanyl has posed such a threat to public health and safety. Between 2005 and 2007, over 1,000 U.S. deaths were attributed to fentanyl -- many of which occurred in Chicago, Detroit, and Philadelphia.

The current outbreak involves not just fentanyl, but also fentanyl compounds. The current outbreak, resulting in thousands of deaths, is wider geographically and involves a wide array of individuals including new and experiences abusers.

In the last three years, DEA has seen a significant resurgence in fentanyl-related seizures. In addition, DEA has identified at least 15 other deadly, fentanyl-related compounds. Some fentanyl cases have been significant, particularly in the northeast and in California, including one 12 kilogram seizure. During May 2016, a traffic stop in the greater Atlanta, GA area resulted in the seizure of 40 kilograms of fentanyl -- initially believed to be bricks of cocaine -- wrapped into blocks hidden in buckets and immersed in a thick fluid. The fentanyl from these seizures originated from Mexican drug trafficking organizations.

Recent seizures of counterfeit or look-a-like hydrocodone or oxycodone tablets have occurred, wherein the tablets actually contain fentanyl. These fentanyl tablets are marked to mimic the authentic narcotic prescription medications and have led to multiple overdoses and deaths. According to DEA's National Forensic Lab Information System, 13,002 forensic exhibits of fentanyl were tested by labs nationwide in 2015, up 65 percent from the 2014 number of 7,864. The 2015 number is also about 8 times as many fentanyl exhibits than in 2006, when a single lab in Mexico caused a temporary spike in U.S. fentanyl availability. This is an unprecedented threat.
Thu. 06/09/16
Improving Safety in the Special Ed Classroom: CR ESD 113 and Mount Vernon School District Receive $175K Grant
Capital Region ESD 113 - 06/09/16 11:31 AM
TUMWATER -- June 9, 2016 -- Special education teachers and para professionals are injured more frequently and more severely than any other group of school district employees. To develop and implement strategies to keep these employees safe, the Washington Department of Labor & Industries Safety and Health Investment Projects Program has awarded Capital Region Educational Service District 113 (CR ESD 113) and the Mount Vernon School District a $175,000 grant.

"By avoiding injuries, special education teachers and para professionals can provide a more consistent learning environment for students," said Paul Chasco, CR ESD 113's Director of Risk Management. "It also helps districts reduce expensive workers' compensation claims."

The grant partners will work with the Teaching & Learning Department at the University of Washington -- Tacoma to develop a safety curriculum for students in special education teacher programs. The comprehensive curriculum will include instruction on behavior, communication and the law.

During the next 18 months, about 150 current special education teachers and para professionals in Mount Vernon School District and CR ESD 113's 44 school districts in Thurston, Mason, Lewis, Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties will receive five days of safety training on student behavior and behavior management.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
CR ESD 113 Workers' Compensation Trust (http://www.esd113.org/domain/343)
Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (http://www.lni.wa.gov)

ABOUT CR ESD 113
The purpose of CR ESD 113 is to ensure excellent and equitable education for all students through service and collaboration. Led by Superintendent Dr. Dana Anderson, CR ESD 113 provides services for 44 school districts and approved private schools in Thurston, Mason, Lewis, Grays Harbor and Pacific counties.

STAY IN TOUCH
Website (http://www.esd113.org)
Twitter (https://twitter.com/esd113)
Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/esd113)
Flickr (https://www.flickr.com/esd113)
Wed. 06/08/16
Children of the Nations is hosting a clothing drive to raise money for mission trips.
Clothes for the Cause - 06/08/16 2:55 PM
Silverdale, WA -- Children of the Nations partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for mission trips.

Clothes for the Cause makes it easy for everyone in our community to contribute by not asking for money or for someone to buy something. Instead they partner with fundraising groups to collect items that our friends, family and neighbors already have in their houses such as clothes, shoes, purses, belts and household linens.

You can arrange pick up or drop off of your donations to this clothing drive Wendy Brown wendybrown@cotni.org. They will be collecting donations between NOW and June 22nd 2016.

For more information, contact your local Event Planner, Susan Hovey
206 455 4573,Facebook at Clothes for the Cause, Twitter @Clothes4_Cause, Instagram Clothes4_Cause or online at www.clothesforthecausefundraising.com.
FME JSC is hosting a clothing drive to raise money for team expenses.
Clothes for the Cause - 06/08/16 2:10 PM
Milton, WA -- Fife Milton Edgewood Junior Soccer Club partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for their team expenses.

This special collection will help us in funding scholarships for players in need as well as keeping our registration fees competitive by funding our other needs such as: new goals and equipment, large shipping containers to store our equipment and supplies, club subsidized training opportunities, training and licensing opportunities for our volunteer coaching staff, and other projects and programs that would benefit the club, the players and our volunteers.

Clothes for the Cause makes it easy for everyone in our community to contribute by not asking for money or for someone to buy something. Instead they partner with fundraising groups to collect items that our friends, family and neighbors already have in their houses such as clothes, shoes, purses, belts and household linens.

You can drop off your donations to this clothing drive at: Surprise Lake Middle School, located at 2001 Milton Way. They will be collecting donations between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on June 17th.

For more information, contact your local Event Planner, Cindy Spencer at 425-922-2493, Facebook at Clothes for the Cause, Twitter @Clothes4_Cause, Instagram Clothes4_Cause or online at www.clothesforthecausefundraising.com.

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Jefferson Elementary hosting a clothing drive to raise money for their elementary school
Clothes for the Cause - 06/08/16 1:55 PM
Tacoma, WA -- Jefferson Elementary partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for their general expense fund.

Clothes for the Cause makes it easy for everyone in our community to contribute by not asking for money or for someone to buy something. Instead they partner with fundraising groups to collect items that our friends, family and neighbors already have in their houses such as clothes, shoes, purses, belts and household linens.

You can drop off your donations to this clothing drive at: Jefferson Elementary School, located at 4302 N 13th Street. They will be collecting donations between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on June 14th.

For more information, contact your local Event Planner, Cindy Spencer at 425-922-2493, Facebook at Clothes for the Cause, Twitter @Clothes4_Cause, Instagram Clothes4_Cause or online at www.clothesforthecausefundraising.com.
Team Challenge is hosting a clothing drive to raise money to raise money for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (Photo)
Clothes for the Cause - 06/08/16 1:54 PM
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Seattle, WA -- Team Challenge partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America

Through Team Challenge, you can run or walk a half marathon (13.1 miles), train for a cycling event, or experience a sprint triathlon while simultaneously helping to find a cure for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis--two chronic and often debilitating digestive diseases that impact over 1.6 million Americans.

Clothes for the Cause makes it easy for everyone in our community to contribute by not asking for money or for someone to buy something. Instead they partner with fundraising groups to collect items that our friends, family and neighbors already have in their houses such as clothes, shoes, purses, belts and household linens.

You can drop off your donations to this clothing drive at: Parking lot of Uvillage near the Jamba Juice, located at 2690 NE 49th St, Seattle, WA 98105
They will be collecting donations between 8:00a.m. and 9:30a.m. on June 11, 2016.

For more information, contact your local Event Planner, Susan Hovey at 206-455-4573 or Liz Gordon at 425-239-6478. Facebook at Clothes for the Cause, Twitter @Clothes4_Cause, Instagram Clothes4_Cause or online at www.clothesforthecausefundraising.com.


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Puyallup HS Boys Soccer is hosting a clothing drive to raise money for scholarships. (Photo)
Clothes for the Cause - 06/08/16 1:52 PM
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Puyallup WA -- Puyallup HS Boys Soccer partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for scholarships.

Clothes for the Cause makes it easy for everyone in our community to contribute by not asking for money or for someone to buy something. Instead they partner with fundraising groups to collect items that our friends, family and neighbors already have in their houses such as clothes, shoes, purses, belts and household linens.

You can make arrangements for drop off or pick up of your items to this clothing drive at: Heather Ebner at whitemb@puyallup.k.12 or the school, located at: 105 7th St SW, Puyallup, WA 98371. They will be collecting donations between NOW and June 9, 2016.

For more information, contact your local Event Planner, Susan Hovey
206 455 4573, Facebook at Clothes for the Cause, Twitter @Clothes4_Cause, Instagram Clothes4_Cause or online at www.clothesforthecausefundraising.com.


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Mosier News Update 9
ODOT: PDX, Mt. Hood - 06/08/16 10:48 AM
Mosier Derailment Unified Command
News Update 9 -- 10:30 a.m. June 8, 2016
For immediate release

Contact:
Suzanne Skadowski, Incident Information Officer, 206-900-3309

All oil transloaded from site -- damaged tanker car removal begins

MOSIER, Ore. -- Crews successfully and safely completed transloading all oil from derailed tank cars off-site overnight Tuesday. A total of 13 cars were offloaded.

The recovered oil was transferred by truck to The Dalles and now staged for transport by rail to Tacoma, Wash., its original destination at a date to be determined.

As of Wednesday morning, crews have cleaned and decontaminated all of the derailed cars. Today through end of the week, the empty tanker cars will be transported by truck to Portland.

Once the rail cars have been removed, crews will begin removing contaminated soil and continue other environmental cleanup and monitoring activities.

Previously Released

A drinking water advisory was lifted Monday, June 6 after water tests confirmed that the water is safe to drink. Tests have not yet confirmed the water is safe to drink for two homes on Rock Creek Road that remain under a boil water advisory.

On June 3, sixteen tanker cars carrying Bakken crude oil derailed, four of those cars caught fire releasing an estimated 42,000 gallons of crude oil into the environment. The cars were part of a 96-car train carrying Bakken crude oil to Tacoma, Wash.

The derailment also damaged and contaminated the Mosier wastewater treatment plant. An estimated 10,000 gallons of oil were removed from the wastewater treatment plant and cleaning of the plant continues. A temporary bypass system is operating while the city works to rebuild the wastewater treatment plant. The city's wastewater is being collected and trucked to the Hood River wastewater treatment plant.

It is estimated that the remaining 32,000 gallons of oil released to the environment were either burned off and vaporized, captured by booms in the Columbia River, or absorbed by soil.

Booms remain in place in the Columbia River and Rock Creek as a precautionary measure but no new signs of oil sheen have been seen on the river or other waterways.

Union Pacific has identified a preliminary cause of the crash, saying a bolt that
fastens the rail to the railroad ties may have been at fault. But the final
determination of the cause has not been made.

Rail traffic resumed through Mosier Sunday, June 5, with trains limited to 10 mph.

Crews continue to carefully monitor air and water quality around the derailment site.

Federal, state, tribal, and local authorities remain at the command center near the scene to coordinate response.

Media and citizen inquiries can be directed to: MosierMP70@gmail.com and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is providing public updates at bit.ly/deqmosier.

Other sources of information:
Oregon DEQ Mosier web site: bit.ly/deqmosier.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MosierDerail/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mosierderail
Union Pacific: www.up.com/mosier
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Tue. 06/07/16
Blast Off to a Summer of Space Exploration at OMSI
OMSI - 06/07/16 4:33 PM
Museum to launch new exhibition on the challenges and future of living and working in space

Portland, Ore. (June 7, 2016) -- Beginning June 18, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is taking guests through an out-of-this-world experience with the exciting new exhibit, Journey to Space: The Exhibition.

The 10,000 square-foot exhibit features hands-on, immersive experiences that will give visitors an up-close look at what it takes to live, work, and survive in the extraordinary environment of space. They'll learn about the vacuum of space, radiation, meteoroids, and temperature extremes, to better understand the extreme conditions faced by astronauts and their equipment.

After exploring the sights, sounds, and smells on board an orbiting space station like the International Space Station (ISS), guests can try their hands at some of the feats of engineering that support astronauts who live in space. Through games, multimedia components, and interactive exhibits, they'll learn how astronauts eat, sleep, and even go to the bathroom in space. They'll learn firsthand the challenges of working in space -- from operating a robotic arm to managing the limited power supply available to keep life support systems running to discovering why working in a space glove is so difficult.

The exhibit finale includes a full scale, climb-aboard mock-up of the Destiny Lab, the primary research facility for U.S. payloads on the ISS. With its rotating mechanism, the Destiny Lab will give museum visitors the realistic sensation that they're floating as they get a virtual tour of the lab from astronauts who have worked there.

To complement Journey to Space, OMSI has organized a series of new programs and demonstrations available to guests throughout the run of the exhibit. On weekends visitors can explore how space ties together difference branches of science through hands-on labs in chemistry, biology, physics and geology. Inside the exhibit OMSI has hands-on demos that explore everything from space suit fabric to Shuttle tiles, rocket launches to gyroscopes. Plus, this summer will feature Star Parties, new Planetarium shows, special space-themed giveaways, and film festivals for audiences of all ages.

Journey to Space: The Exhibition runs June 18, 2016 -- January 8, 2017. To learn more visit omsi.edu.

Press note: All media requests to tour/photograph/film the exhibit must be made in advance.

Journey to Space: The Exhibition was developed by the Science Museum of Minnesota and the California Science Center in cooperation with the Science Museum Exhibit Collaborative with major support from NASA. The exhibit is proudly sponsored locally by Mentor Graphics.

About OMSI
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation's leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in every county in Oregon. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu.

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Mon. 06/06/16
Mosier boil water advisory lifted
ODOT: PDX, Mt. Hood - 06/06/16 7:19 PM
Mosier Derailment Unified Command
News Update 7 - 7:15 p.m. June 6, 2016

For immediate release
Contacts:
Judy Smith, Incident Information Officer, 503-545-2540
Suzanne Skadowski, Incident Information Officer, 206-900-3309

Mosier's boil water advisory lifted

MOSIER, Ore. -- The city of Mosier lifted its boil water advisory Monday as work crews continued to remove oil from the tanker cars that derailed last week.

Water sample tests showed that the water from a back-up well now being used is safe to drink. At 2 p.m. the city lifted the boil water advisory for all residents except for two homes on Rock Creek Road.

Response crews continued to transfer oil off the derailed tanker cars and stage it for transport through The Dalles.

Union Pacific has identified a preliminary cause of the crash, saying a bolt that fastens the rail to the railroad ties may have been at fault. But the final determination of the cause has not been made.

Sixteen tanker cars carrying Bakken crude oil derailed Friday afternoon, June 3. Officials estimate that 42,000 gallons of crude escaped from four rail cars. The cars were part of a 96-car train carrying Bakken crude oil.

Thirteen cars remain at the wreckage site and two have been emptied. The oil will be transferred to The Dalles for transport by rail to Tacoma, Wash., its original destination.

Union Pacific estimated that 10,000 gallons were removed from the wastewater system after the crash with the remaining 32,000 gallons either burned off and vaporized, captured by booms in the Columbia River, or absorbed by soil. An undetermined amount remains in wastewater lines.

Booms remain in place as a precautionary measure but no new signs of oil sheen have been seen on the river or other waterways. Environmental crews have been working to identify and control the source of the sheen.

Traffic resumed on the rail line through Mosier late Sunday but with restrictions on the cargo that can move through the area with trains limited to 10 mph.

Crews continued to carefully monitor air and water quality around the site of the crash.

A temporary fix has allowed the city to restore sewer service to local customers. But until the city's wastewater treatment plant is repaired, Mosier's wastewater will be collected and trucked to Hood River for disposal.

Federal, state, tribal, and local authorities remain at the command center near the scene to coordinate response until the cleanup is complete.

Media and citizen inquiries can be directed to: MosierMP70@gmail.com, an information kiosk is located at the Mosier School, and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is providing public updates at bit.ly/deqmosier.

Other sources of information:
Oregon DEQ Mosier web site: bit.ly/deqmosier.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MosierDerail/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mosierderail
Union Pacific: www.up.com/mosier
Sun. 06/05/16
Evacuation order lifted for Mosier residents following oil train derailment (News Update 5 -- Mosier Derailment Incident Command)
ODOT: PDX, Mt. Hood - 06/05/16 10:07 PM
News Update 5 -- Mosier Derailment Incident Command
For immediate release: June 5, 2016 10:00 pm
Contact: Judy Smith, Incident Information Officer 503-545-2540

Evacuation order lifted for Mosier residents following oil train derailment

Response crews made good progress today on cleaning up the derailment area, restoring essential services to the community of Mosier. The waste water treatment plant is now operating. About 10,000 gallons of oil was removed from the plant.

Wasco County Sheriff's Deputies have lifted the evacuation order and residents can return to Mosier Manor tonight.

Residents may also now flush toilets and other sewer use. Although both water and sewer are usable, the city asks folks to conserve.

A boil water order remains in effect. Bottled drinking water is available to anyone who needs it at the Union Pacific Claims Center across from Mosier Market.

Tonight the incident response team met with an overflow crowd at the Grange to listen to concerns and answer questions.

Mosier residents needing assistance because of their evacuation should contact the Union Pacific Claim Center located across from the Mosier Market or call the claim center at 877-877-2567, option 6.

A health hotline has also been set up by Union Pacific. Residents with health questions can talk to a health expert at 888-623-3120.

A light sheen of oil in the Columbia River is being contained by about 1000 feet of boom. The sheen remains contained to a limited area. Environmental crews are working to identify and control the source of the sheen.

Response crews are:
Continually monitoring water and air
Removing oil from damaged rail cars
Removing damaged rail cars
Transporting recovered oil by truck to The Dalles
Repairing damaged rail
Restoring full operation of the waste water treatment plant
Federal, state, tribal and local authorities will remain at the command center near the scene to coordinate response until the cleanup is complete.

The I-84 Mosier exit is now open in both directions. Rock Creek Road remains restricted. Residents can come and go with an escort.

Media and citizen questions can be emailed to MosierMP70@gmail.com.


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Additional sources of information:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MosierDerail/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mosierderail
www.up.com/mosier
Sat. 06/04/16
On-scene photo from Mosier train Derailment (Photo)
ODOT: PDX, Mt. Hood - 06/04/16 4:12 PM
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Mosier Derailment
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Photo of train derailment taken from Mosier Bridge just before 4p 6/4/2016


Attached Media Files: Mosier Derailment
News Update -- Mosier Derailment
ODOT: PDX, Mt. Hood - 06/04/16 10:21 AM
For immediate release: June 4, 2016 9:30 p.m.
Contact: Judy Smith, Incident Information Officer 503-545-2540

Local, State and Federal Personnel Responding to Train Derailment

A Union Pacific train derailed mid-day on June 3 on tracks paralleling Interstate 84 in the town of Mosier, Oregon. Fourteen oil tankers derailed and four caught fire. There were no injuries and no structures were lost.

The tank car fire was extinguished at 2:05 a.m. this morning.

Water and air monitoring is being conducted. At first light this morning, a light sheen of oil was observed about six feet offshore in the Columbia River at the mouth of Rock Creek. Approximately 1000 feet of containment boom was used to contain the sheen. Environmental crews are working to identify and control the source of the sheen.

The containment boom placed this morning was in addition to three lines of sorbent booms placed across Rock Creek and the mouth of the creek in the Columbia River by the Union Pacific Railroad to protect these waterways during response operations.

Operations today will include removing rail cars from the site. When the rail cars are sufficiently cool, oil will be offloaded from the remaining railcars to tank trucks.

Wasco County Sheriff's Deputies evacuated residents in an area about one quarter mile around the incident. The Red Cross opened an evacuation shelter at the Dry Hollow Grade School in The Dalles (1314 E 19th St.). The evacuation remains in effect. Wasco County deputies are patrolling the evacuated area to protect evacuated properties. The Wasco County Sheriff's office will assess any continuing need for evacuation Saturday evening, and will contact citizens with an update.

A boil water order is currently in place for the Mosier community as a precautionary measure in the event an untested well is used for fire suppression.

Federal, state, tribal and local authorities have established a command center near the scene to coordinate response, cleanup and investigation into what happened.

Interstate 84 reopened for traffic at 11 p.m. on Friday night. The Mosier exit remains closed until further notice to allow movement of emergency response vehicles and operations.

Media and citizen questions can be emailed to MosierMP70@gmail.com.

Additional sources of information: www.up.com/mosier

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Fri. 06/03/16
Mosier train derailment update: 10:30 p.m.
ODOT: PDX, Mt. Hood - 06/03/16 10:39 PM
News Release -- Mosier Derailment Incident Command
For immediate release: June 3, 2016 10:30 p.m.
Local, State and Federal Personnel Responding to Train Derailment

A Union Pacific train derailed just after noon today on tracks paralleling Interstate 84 in the town of Mosier, Oregon. Eleven oil tankers derailed and several caught fire. There were no injuries and no structures have been lost. Water and air monitoring is being conducting and as of 9:30 p.m., no oil or fire suppression water has reached Rock Creek, the Columbia River, or its tributaries.

Union Pacific Railroad crews have placed three lines of sorbent booms across Rock Creek and a containment boom at the mouth of the creek in the Columbia River to protect these waterways during response operations. The plan overnight is to continue to cool off the derailed rail cars. When crews determine the railcars have cooled enough, they'll apply foam to the burning rail cars to suppress the fire. Until then, risk of further fire and possible explosion remains.

Wasco County Sheriff's Deputies evacuated residents in an area about one quarter mile around the incident. The Red Cross opened an evacuation shelter at the Dry Hollow Grade School in The Dalles (1314 E 19th St.). Wasco County deputies are patrolling the evacuated area to protect evacuated properties. The Wasco County Sheriff's office will assess any continuing need for evacuation Saturday morning, and will contact citizens with an update.

Federal, state, tribal and local authorities have established a command center near the scene to coordinate response, cleanup and investigation into what happened.

Interstate 84 remains closed in both directions between Hood River (milepost 64) and The Dalles (milepost 87). As soon as safety allows, Interstate 84 will be reopened. Until then, travelers should use U.S.26, OR 35 and U.S.97 to get around the closed area.

Media and citizen questions can be emailed to MosierMP70@gmail.com.
BLM Presents 'Making a Difference' National Volunteer Awards
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 06/03/16 2:41 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Bureau of Land Management presented its prestigious "Making a Difference" National Volunteer Awards for outstanding volunteer service in 2015 on BLM-managed lands in a national videoconference on Thursday, June 2. Top BLM leaders recognized the award winners via live videoconference. Staff at the BLM's headquarters in Washington, D.C. hosted the conference, which connected to five states around the country. Two winners were in attendance at the BLM's Washington Office.

"We have held this ceremony for 21 years, and each year we find new inspiration in the dedication and hard work of BLM volunteers," said BLM Director Neil Kornze. "Congratulations to all the honorees this year--you and all the exceptional BLM volunteers represent all those willing to stand together as our partners in the stewardship of America's public lands, each and every year."

In 2015, BLM volunteers contributed more than 1 million hours, equating to more than $24 million of service and 577 work years. The annual "Making a Difference" Award recognizes exceptional volunteers who have contributed thousands of hours improving the public lands. These hard-working volunteers have helped BLM to improve fish habitat, keep campers safe, find homes for wild horses and burros, and provide environmental education and other visitor services. A new "Group Excellence" category this year recognizes the contributions of volunteer groups.

The volunteers selected for this year's awards are:
Bill Mackie (Outstanding Achievement), Lake Havasu Field Office, Arizona;
Sharron Evans (Outstanding Achievement), Utah State Office;
Danny and Barbara Frye (Outstanding Achievement), Butte Field Office, Montana;
Asha Lela (Lifetime Achievement), San Juan Islands National Monument, Washington;
Jack and Sandy Gasser (Lifetime Achievement), Yuma Field Office, Arizona;
Horsetown Clear Creek Preserve (Group Excellence), Redding Field Office, California;
Lesly Smith (Employee Winner), Wyoming State Office;
Shanita McLean (Outstanding Youth), Eastern States Office, Virginia.

A national panel of BLM specialists and partner representatives selected the award winners from dozens of nominees submitted by BLM state offices. The winners demonstrated exceptional contributions to the conservation and management of public lands.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.


Attached Media Files: BLM Presents 'Making a Difference' National Volunteer Awards
Thu. 06/02/16
Archaeology Road Show Hits Portland! (Photo)
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 06/02/16 9:16 AM
Artifacts found on BLM-managed land near the Rimrock Draw Rockshelter outside of Riley, Oregon, suggest one of the oldest known human occupations in the western United States. Photo by Katrina Lancaster.
Artifacts found on BLM-managed land near the Rimrock Draw Rockshelter outside of Riley, Oregon, suggest one of the oldest known human occupations in the western United States. Photo by Katrina Lancaster.
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Portland, Ore. -- The archaeological heritage of the Pacific Northwest will be on display at the Portland State University campus this Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the fifth annual Archaeology Road Show.

Presentations, interactive exhibits, and displays will showcase heritage of dwellings in all its forms - drawing on archaeology, knowledge of historic buildings and places, oral traditions, and historic documents.

In addition, a panel of experts in archaeology, paleontology and geology will be on hand to identify the personal artifacts visitors bring. Stone, bone, woven, plant, and historical items are welcome.

At this event, BLM archaeologists - together with community partners including universities, tribes, agencies, companies, historical societies, students and the general public - will help celebrate and explore archaeology and history through the heritage of dwellings and living spaces.

Federal agency co-sponsors include the BLM, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, along with numerous businesses and state, county, and local organizations.

The event will take place at PSU's Hoffman Hall (1833 SW 11th Ave., Portland, Ore.).

Event directions and information: http://www.pdx.edu/anthropology/archaeology-roadshow.

Photos of BLM archaeology, archaeologists, and artifacts: https://flic.kr/s/aHskbWLcJS.

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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.


Attached Media Files: News Release , Artifacts found on BLM-managed land near the Rimrock Draw Rockshelter outside of Riley, Oregon, suggest one of the oldest known human occupations in the western United States. Photo by Katrina Lancaster.