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Sat. 02/06/16
Westview High School wins third-straight berth in the National Science Bowl (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 02/06/16 6:18 PM
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PR 06-16 BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140
or 503-230-5131

Students flex brainpower at 25th anniversary of largest regional science bowl in nation
Westview High School wins berth in the National Science Bowl

Portland, Ore. -- Three-time champion Westview High School Team 1 of Beaverton, Ore., proved unstoppable Saturday afternoon in the Bonneville Power Administration Regional Science Bowl at the University of Portland. In the 25th anniversary event, Westview overcame a strong challenge from second-place finisher Lincoln High School of Portland.

Catlin Gabel School Team 1 of Portland finished third, and Sunset High School Team 1 of Beaverton, Ore., was fourth among 59 teams of math and science whizzes from schools across western Oregon and western Washington.

The nation's largest regional science bowl highlighted the intellectual and competitive energy of more than 250 high school students vying for an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Department of Energy's National Science Bowl from April 28 to May 2.

"The final round was definitely nerve-racking, but that's what makes Science Bowl great," said Bryan Lee of Westview's Team 1.

"A lot of it depends on speed," said his teammate, Anthony Zheng. "That makes it more exciting than just sitting at a desk."

Beyond the prestige of winning and the prospect of the national competition, BPA and science bowl volunteers have worked to establish partnerships with universities and colleges in the region to offer scholarships for the top three teams in the high school division. In all, 17 colleges and universities in the Northwest offered members of the top teams a chance at more than $300,000 in scholarships.

Amid the fast-paced scoring, wins and losses, the day also had its entertaining moments.

"It's really fun," said Beaverton High team captain Cole Cavanaugh. "My favorite part might have been sharing looks of despair -- or maybe just acceptance -- when the really random, weird or obscure questions came up. At one point, someone from another team guessed, 'The Beatles?'"

Ming Liu, the captain of Team 1 from Mountain View High School of Vancouver, said, "This is my last year at science bowl. It's been a great journey, and I am honored that I got to compete against so many talented teams this year. It has also been great getting to know the smart people on other teams competing here."

In addition to the competition, demonstrations and hands-on activities took place throughout the day. In the afternoon, a separate engineering competition allowed teams that had not advanced to the double-elimination round to test their engineering and design skills. This year's challenge was to construct a transmission tower with the structural integrity to defy the forces of an earthquake.

"Bonneville has sponsored the Science Bowl each year for a quarter century to support these incredible students in their love of math and science," said BPA Chief Operating Officer Claudia Andrews. "As I watched them compete today, I was amazed and inspired by these kids. They are the energy innovators of the future, and we hope today's experience provides another step toward that important goal."

The hundreds of students in the competition, including last weekend's middle school event, come from public and private schools in Washington and Oregon -- from as far north as the Seattle metro area and as far south as Ashland, Ore. Many practice for months, in groups and individually, for the competition, which is as intense as any sporting event, particularly at the high school level.

BPA sponsors the science bowl to showcase students' talents in science, technology, engineering and math, as well as to encourage them to consider careers in these fields. This helps to build the future labor pool of scientists and innovators so critical to the energy industry. The BPA Regional Science Bowl is sponsored by the University of Portland, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories and Vernier Software & Technology.

"We're just doing this for fun, just to have a great time," said Alison Bowden of Beaverton High School. "We've had a lot of really close rounds, and it's really fun to cheer on our teammates. It's a good bonding experience for us."

BPA REGIONAL SCIENCE BOWL ALL STARS
BPA recognized the following students who answered the most questions correctly in the morning rounds:
Ashwin Sah, Jesuit High School Team 1
Daniel Chiu, Catlin Gabel High School Team 1
Ming Liu, Mountain View High School Team 1
Kevin Shen, Sunset High School Team 1
Chandler Watson, Oregon Episcopal High School Team
Anders Olsen, Lincoln High School Team
Matthew Seeley, Lake Oswego High School Team
Akshay Pulavarty, Westview High School Team 1

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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Fri. 02/05/16
NCA Robotics Teams Compete at WA State FLL Championships and Win Prestigious Innovation Award for Self-Driving Harbor Clean-up Robot (Photo)
Northshore Christian Academy - 02/05/16 5:19 PM
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After months of training and preparation, and making it through three intensive competitions as 2 of 560 initial teams, Northshore Christian Academy's (NCA) middle school robotics teams were triumphant this past weekend as they took both 3rd and 6th place at the Washington State FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Robotics Championships.

According to the FLL: This annual robotic competition is developed for upper elementary and middle school age students, challenging kids to think like scientists and engineers. The 2015-2016 theme is FLL Trash Trek Challenge! 290,000 children ages 9 to 16 from over 80 countries will explore the fascinating world of trash when teams will choose and solve a real-world trash problem. Teams will also build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS(R) technology to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game. The teams will operate under FLL's signature set of Core Values, celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism(R).

Initially this year there were 560 FLL teams competing in Washington State. The Robogators first competed at the FLL North Sound Regional Qualifier in December which reduced these teams from 120 to 30 teams. Next was the Western Washington FLL Semi-Finals in January after which only 8 teams went onto State. NCA Robogators teams were 2 of the 8 Western Washington teams chosen to compete at the FLL Washington State Championship. Culminating the season, the State event just took place this past Saturday, January 30th, at the ShoWare Center in Kent, WA. Here is what happened:

During the morning, both teams went through 3 separate judging sessions, where their research project, core values and robot design were scored. Each time the teams came out of the judged sessions, they were full of smiles and excitement. In the afternoon, they both competed at the robot table, and then finally the winners were announced...

NCA's Robogators Team 2 finished 3rd place in state! They were also nominated for 5 awards and were given the Project-Research Award for their Household Hazmat Bin. Overall, through the course of the whole season, Robogators Team 2 came away with the following awards: Robot Performance (Highest Scorer), and Robot-Strategy/Innovation at both the Regional Qualifier and Western Washington Semi Finals, as well as Project-Research at the State Championships.

Team 1 finished 6th in the State and was awarded the 'Innovative Solution Award'; a prestigious award for their project idea, P.L.O.P. (Pollution Lowers Our Population), a self-driving harbor and waterways clean-up robot. As 1 of 83 teams in the world to receive this nomination, they were chosen as the Washington State team that gets the chance to submit their idea for the FLL World Championships in Washington D.C. this summer and to compete for a $20,000 grant. Team 1 will be working on a provisional patent for the P.L.O.P. and plan to submit this paperwork by March 2016. The team's hope is that, at the planned FLL announcement in April, 2016, they will hear they have been chosen as 1 of 20 teams in the world to be invited to the international competition.

NCA congratulates both Robogators teams on an awesome season, as they continue their effort to clean up our world! Each of the middle school team members and their adult coaches spent countless hours working on their submissions and represented the school at these events with exemplary behavior. One State Championship judge summed up NCA's teams in this way, on a Robogators' score-sheet, "You guys rock!!! You exemplify all aspects of FLL core values in FIRST and inspire others outside. You act as a model team and are willing to get help and give it. You cared to ensure all voices and opinions were heard."

The 6th, 7th & 8th grade student members and coaches for each team are:
NCA Robogators Team 1 (#6430):
Matt C., Cody W., Isabelle F., Christian H., Ralen K., Julia P. Hali N., and Kermit T.P.
Coached by: Kristen Kreutner, Raine Sherwood, Dave Chen, Connee Finch
NCA Robogators Team 2 (#6438):
Gabe D., Zoey C., Zachary A., Connor W., Dylan R., Michelle T., Jakob D., and Tyler Z.
Coached by: Chad & Elise Abramson, Cori Stepan, Jason Reiner

The eight core values which FIRST LEGO League (FLL) students are required to memorize, be examples of, and present on throughout the season are:
1. We are a team.
2. We do the work to find solutions with guidance from our coaches and mentors.
3. We honor the spirit of friendly competition.
4. We know our coaches and mentors don't have all the answers. We learn together.
5. We share our experience with others.
6. What we discover is more important than what we learn.
7. We display gracious professionalism and cooperation in everything we do.
8. WE HAVE FUN!

Northshore Christian Academy's Robotics program is a part of its focus on the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Program. To learn more about NCA's STEM Program or the FIRST LEGO League, go here:
www.northshorechristianschools.org/STEM
firstwa.org/Programs/FIRST-Lego-League
firstwa.org/Programs/FIRST-Lego-League/Competition-Results/2015-16-Washington-FLL-Competition-Results
firstwa.org/Programs/FIRST-Lego-League/State-Championships/Western-Championships
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Northshore Christian Academy is located in Snohomish County, near the Everett Boeing Plant and the City of Mukilteo. Northshore Christian Academy provides a high quality education in a Christ-Centered environment for over 970 students in K-8th Grades and a Licensed Early Learning Center for toddlers, preschool and pre-Kindergarten children. Prospective family tours are given every Wednesday at 9:30am. Applications for 2016/2017 enrollment are currently being accepted. Please visit the NCA Website for more information at www.northshorechristianschools.org


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Washington State Senator Don Benton Receives 2016 Community Impact Award from Northwest Credit Union Association
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 02/05/16 12:50 PM
SeaTac, WA. -- Senator Don Benton, who has represented Washington's 17th District since 1997, received the 2016 Community Impact Award from the Northwest Credit Union Association during a ceremony in Olympia last week.

With a grassroots army of 200 credit union employees and members looking on, Sen. Benton was lauded for decades of leadership benefitting consumers, and helping to pass legislation enabling the state's credit unions to better serve members.

"This honor is given to elected officials who have demonstrated their dedication to the people of Washington, through their support of credit unions. It is clear that Senator Benton has been and continues to be a true credit union champion," said Troy Stang, President and CEO of the Northwest Credit Union Association.

Joining Stang in presenting the honors was Roger Michaelis, President and CEO of Vancouver-based iQ Credit Union, which is in Benton's District.

"He has been a champion for credit unions," said Michaelis. "My first introduction to him was 20 years ago when he first got into the legislature. He's been championing causes for us the last 20 years."

Senator Benton noted that he was "deeply honored" to receive the Community Impact Award.

"You tell me another organization in the community that provides so many services and so many wonderful things outside of the financial services, and you do it all for members -- not for profit, not taking any profit from the community," said Benton. "I don't know of any other organization that does that. It's a unique system and I'm so proud to have helped it along."

Washington's 94 cooperative, not-for-profit credit unions have 3.4 million members, and protect financial assets of over $42 billion.

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 returned $352 million in direct financial benefits to their 5.2 million members last year. The NWCUA is the voice of the Northwest credit union movement, providing legislative, regulatory and public advocacy in addition to education, compliance, networking support and business solutions to credit unions. For information on how to join a credit union, please visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org.


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Thu. 02/04/16
Mount Si Gymnastics Academy is hosting a clothing drive to raise money.
Clothes for the Cause - 02/04/16 11:30 AM
North Bend, WA -- Mount Si Gymnastics Academy partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money.

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: 1546 Boalch Ave NW # 20, North Bend, WA 98045. They will be collecting donations through February 13th.

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.

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Crownhill Elementary hosting a clothing drive to raise money for planning improvements to their outdoor equipment
Clothes for the Cause - 02/04/16 9:00 AM
Bremerton, WA-- Crownhill Elementary partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for planning improvements to their outdoor equipment to enhance and improve recess time for the children!!

You can drop off your donations to this clothing drive at: Crownhill Elementary 1500 Rock Pt Rd Bremerton, WA 98312. They will be collecting donations between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Feb 8-12, 2016.

For more information, contact your local Event Planner, Becci Eismann at [insert (509) 714-3778, Facebook at Clothes for the Cause, Twitter @Clothes4_Cause, Instagram Clothes4_Cause or online at www.clothesforthecausefundraising.com.

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Wed. 02/03/16
BPA reaches major milestone with release of final EIS on I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project
Bonneville Power Administration - 02/03/16 1:21 PM
PR 06 16 BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140
or 503-230-5131

BPA reaches major milestone with release of final EIS on I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project

More work remains before a decision is made on how to address transmission congestion in southwestern Washington, northwestern Oregon

Portland, Ore. -- The Bonneville Power Administration is releasing its final environmental impact statement on the I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project after more than six years of analysis and robust public involvement.

The final EIS is a significant milestone in BPA's National Environmental Policy Act review for the siting of a potential 500-kilovolt transmission line from the Castle Rock, Wash., area to Troutdale, Ore.

The final EIS documents the completed analysis of potential impacts to a wide spectrum of human and natural environments from various potential routes that total more than 300 miles in length. BPA addressed nearly 10,000 comments during the EIS process and worked with landowners and others to obtain input for the analysis.

While the final EIS includes a thorough environmental analysis and identifies a preferred route, the final EIS is not a decision document. It does not include a decision on whether to construct the line.

"Before we make a decision, Bonneville will continue to evaluate the circumstances around the I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project to ensure we're making the right investments at the right time," said BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer, who will ultimately make the decision to build or not.

Mainzer added he does not anticipate reaching a decision before late 2016.

BPA proposed the I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project to address a growing transmission congestion problem in southwestern Washington and northwestern Oregon. While there is enough power generation in the region to meet energy demands, the existing transmission lines that deliver the power from other parts of the Northwest are becoming increasingly constrained in their ability to move that power during periods of high electricity use.

As a result of this congestion, the possibility of brownouts or power outages in this area from transmission constraints is increasing. BPA's studies currently show that if electric demand, or load, continues to grow without any additional physical or operational changes, that scenario might occur as early as 2021.

In addition to considering whether to build the proposed line, for the past several years BPA has been actively exploring possible "non-wire" solutions -- measures that do not involve building a new transmission line -- that may address the congestion issue as part of its mission to deliver power reliably and at low cost to the Northwest.

Some solutions have been found that have allowed the need for the project to be deferred until 2021. However, to date, BPA has been unable to identify any combination of non-wire measures that would address congestion and maintain transmission reliability in this corridor for a longer term and that would be operationally, commercially and economically feasible.

Even so, non-wire technologies are regularly evolving, and BPA is continuing to explore these measures and their ability to meet reliability needs, whether in the short or long term -- or indefinitely, if possible.

BPA has assembled a team of highly skilled engineers and other subject matter experts to continue exploring non-wire solutions. BPA is evaluating whether some combination of these measures would be sufficient to maintain reliable electric service by offsetting projected increases in power flow across southwestern Washington and northwestern Oregon. Some of those options might include:

Generation redispatch: Refers to changing which large generation sources serve the load. This may alleviate congestion by reducing the amount of generation and power being transmitted along a path to more closely match the load or anticipated need.

Demand response: Refers to managing the power consumption at the end user. This may alleviate congestion by reducing power consumption and pairing it with generation reduction in a location to reduce flows along the transmission path.

Distributed standby generation: Refers to using small diesel generators or solar power generators near the source of the load.

Other distributed energy resources: This includes battery storage and solar generation. Large-scale batteries near the load can be used during times of high power demand. Similarly, during times of high generation, the batteries can be used to store surplus generation that can later be returned to the power system during periods of high demand. Solar generation converts sunlight to electricity and can be scalable from residential rooftops to industrial acreage scale.

Energy efficiency: Refers to increasing efficiency of existing buildings or appliances to reduce electricity use.

Jeff Cook, BPA's vice president of Transmission Planning and Asset Management, emphasized that it is unlikely a single solution exists among the non-wire solutions.

"It's important to also remember that any solution we arrive at will have a cost associated with it, and not all solutions are equal in terms of the benefit that they provide to our customers and constituents," Cook said. "Part of the ongoing analysis is whether one of these options, or a combination of them, might help address the congestion problem and what potential trade-offs BPA and the region would face as a result."

In the meantime, Mainzer will continue to review the merits of the I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project along with any emerging information on non-wire solutions.

"This line would provide a long-term transmission solution, and so far, we haven't found any other feasible and cost-effective options," said Mainzer. "We recognize the impact and uncertainty that this potential line has on the affected communities in the I-5 corridor. But I want to be sure every potentially feasible option has been explored before I make a decision of this size and scope."

For more information on the I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project, visit www.bpa.gov/goto/I5.

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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Columbia Choirs is hosting a clothing drive to raise money for their touring trip to Italy.
Clothes for the Cause - 02/03/16 11:15 AM
Redmond WA -- Columbia Choirs Association partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for the choir to tour and sing in Italy the summer of 2016.

COLUMBIA CHOIRS is an international award-winning, community based, non-sectarian family of choirs training singers pre-school through adult. Since 1984 we have been bringing singers together for international award-winning musical training and performance opportunities. We believe everyone can learn how to carry a tune and have a variety of opportunities to help our singers grow personally through singing.

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: Redmond High School, located at 17272 NE 104th Street, Redmond, WA . They will be collecting donations between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Tuesday February 9th

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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Team Blackout hosting a clothing drive to turn old clothes into new uniforms
Clothes for the Cause - 02/03/16 11:12 AM
Tacoma, WA -- Team Blackout partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for traveling tournaments, uniforms & other team expenses

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 5410N 44th St Tacoma, WA. 98407. They will be collecting donations between 3:00p.m.and 4:30 p.m. on February 6, 2016

For more information, contact your local Event Planner, Joyce Showalter at 425-681-3946, Facebook at Clothes for the Cause, Twitter @Clothes4_Cause, Instagram Clothes4_Cause or online at www.clothesforthecausefundraising.com.

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Brier Elementary PTA is hosting a clothing drive to raise money for PTA events throughout the year.
Clothes for the Cause - 02/03/16 11:08 AM
Brier, WA -- Brier Elementary PTA partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for PTA events throughout the year.

Brier Elementary Vision: Making every Brier Elementary Students' potential a reality. Mission: To promote an enriched academic and social environment for all children, staff, and individuals within the Brier Elementary community.

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 pick up of drop off arrangements with Angela Treperinas at
206 313 9870 or brierpta1@gmail.com. They will be collecting donations between NOW and February 6th 2016.

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

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Tue. 02/02/16
Red Cross Teams Doing Disaster Relief in Multnomah, Douglas and Pacific Counties
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/02/16 6:52 PM
Disaster Action Teams from the American Red Cross Cascades Region are providing immediate emergency assistance for disaster clients on local disaster responses in Multnomah and Douglas County, Oregon and in Pacific County, Washington.

A single-family residential fire Feb. 2 in Winston, Douglas County displaced two adults and their pets. The Red Cross provided assistance for temporary lodging, assistance to address immediate basic needs, information about recovery services and disaster health and/or disaster mental health services.

A disaster client in the 200 block of Skees Road in Raymond, Pacific County is receiving Red Cross assistance for temporary lodging, assistance to address immediate basic needs, information about recovery services and disaster health and/or disaster mental health services.

A single-family fire Feb. 2 in the 800 block of SE Alder Street in Portland, Multnomah County displaced one adult. The Red Cross provided assistance for temporary lodging, assistance to address immediate basic needs, information about recovery services and disaster health and/or disaster mental health services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and southwest Washington. Residents may call 503-528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/cascadeshfpc to schedule an appointment.

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Update-Missing Person Investigation- Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/02/16 4:30 PM
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A video of the United State Coast Guard (USCG) rescuing the first responders from North Lincoln Fire and Rescue is being provided by the Oregon State Police. The video is available for viewing at the following link: https://youtu.be/uVw-Y8ItFRs. Please note that the date and time stamp on the video are not correct.

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Previous Release:

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday afternoons report of a missing teenage female that fell into the Pacific Ocean at Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area.
On February 01, 2016 at approximately 2:50 PM four youths were climbing on the cape at Cape Kiwanda when MEGAN OWENS, age 17, from Marysville, Washington, fell off the rocks into an area commonly known as the Punch Bowl. OSP troopers responded along with Tillamook County Sheriff's deputies, local fire/EMS and aircraft from the United States Coast Guard (USCG).

During the search, two members from the North Lincoln Fire and Rescue, who were searching the area on personal watercraft reportedly fell into the water as sea conditions began to worsen and were later rescued by the USCG Jayhawk aircraft crew. One responder was dropped off at the beach and the other was transferred to emergency medical services personnel in Lincoln City.

Aircraft from the USCG continued their search late into the night. OSP troopers and Tillamook County deputies remained on the beach until search crews arrived early this morning. Notification of those involved and their families has been completed by the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office Chaplains. Search of the area will continue and will be conducted by the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office.

OSP was assisted in the search by the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Nestucca Fire, Netarts/Oceanside Fire and Rescue, United States Coast Guard, North Lincoln Fire and Rescue and Tillamook Ambulance.

Family is requesting that those with inquires respect their privacy and direct questions to the Oregon State Police. Questions regarding the two personnel from North Lincoln Fire and Rescue should be directed to their agency. No further information to release.

Photo: Courtesy of the Owens Family.

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Missing Person Investigation- Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/02/16 1:18 PM
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday afternoons report of a missing teenage female that fell into the Pacific Ocean at Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area.

On February 01, 2016 at approximately 2:50 PM four youths were climbing on the cape at Cape Kiwanda when MEGAN OWENS, age 17, from Marysville, Washington, fell off the rocks into an area commonly known as the Punch Bowl. OSP troopers responded along with Tillamook County Sheriff's deputies, local fire/EMS and aircraft from the United States Coast Guard (USCG).

During the search, two members from the North Lincoln Fire and Rescue, who were searching the area on personal watercraft reportedly fell into the water as sea conditions began to worsen and were later rescued by the USCG Jayhawk aircraft crew. One responder was dropped off at the beach and the other was transferred to emergency medical services personnel in Lincoln City.

Aircraft from the USCG continued their search late into the night. OSP troopers and Tillamook County deputies remained on the beach until search crews arrived early this morning. Notification of those involved and their families has been completed by the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office Chaplains. Search of the area will continue and will be conducted by the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office.

OSP was assisted in the search by the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Nestucca Fire, Netarts/Oceanside Fire and Rescue, United States Coast Guard, North Lincoln Fire and Rescue and Tillamook Ambulance.

Family is requesting that those with inquires respect their privacy and direct questions to the Oregon State Police. Questions regarding the two personnel from North Lincoln Fire and Rescue should be directed to their agency. No further information to release.

Photo: Courtesy of the Owens Family.

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Living in the Shadow of High Bank Fees? Join a Not-for-Profit Credit Union
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 02/02/16 10:58 AM
SEATAC, WA. -- Punxsutawney Phil's forecast notwithstanding, consumers can step out of the shadow of high bank fees and interest rates by joining a local, not-for-profit cooperative credit union.

Because of their cooperative structure, credit unions don't pay Wall Street stockholders. Instead, they generate value for their members by charging lower fees and offering better loan rates.

A comparison of bank and credit union fees and rates shows Washingtonians who belonged to credit unions last year, saved a collective $305 million--a minimum of $178 per household. The more financial services a member gets from the credit union, the greater the savings. Credit unions offer you lower interest rates on car loans, credit cards, 15-year mortgages and home equity loans; and pay you higher rates on savings products such as money market accounts, certificates of deposit and retirement accounts. Federally insured credit unions offer a safe place for you to save money, with deposits insured up to at least $250,000 per individual depositor. The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) is the independent agency that administers the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF).

Not a member? Visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org to find a local, not-for-profit credit union near you. Membership makes sense, and saves big $.
Source: Informa Research Service, NCUA, and CUNA, for 12 months ending Sept, 2015.

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 returned $352 million in direct financial benefits to their 5.2 million members last year. The NWCUA is the voice of the Northwest credit union movement, providing legislative, regulatory and public advocacy in addition to education, compliance, networking support and business solutions to credit unions. For information on how to join a credit union, please visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org.


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Early Childhood Education Career Planning Portal Launches (Photo)
Wash. State Dept. of Early Learning - 02/02/16 10:12 AM
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The Department of Early Learning (DEL), the Center for Excellence for Careers in Education and the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) have partnered to release the Early Childhood Education Career Planning Portal.

"Professional development is a key component of enhancing early education in Washington state," said DEL director Ross Hunter. "The launch of this portal is one way that we hope to make higher education and training accessible."

The portal is currently live at ececareers.del.wa.gov. It features early childhood career options with "day-in-the-life" descriptions and position qualifications. Users can easily browse college degrees and certificates, connect directly with college advisors and begin planning careers and education goals. Users are also able to navigate the site independently, with an advisor or an Early Achievers coach.

One of the most innovative features of the Early Childhood Education Career Planning Portal is the advanced search function. It allows for a map-view of all educational programs throughout the state--online programs are also listed and described.

Support services are available on the portal, including, scholarship information, links to early learning partners and the professional development division at DEL.

For more information about professional development or the new portal, please contact: MERIT@del.wa.gov.


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Sat. 01/30/16
Evergreen Junior High of Redmond, Wash., wins middle school level of BPA Regional Science Bowl
Bonneville Power Administration - 01/30/16 6:05 PM
PR 05-16 BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140 or 503-230-5131

Evergreen Junior High of Redmond, Wash., wins middle school level of BPA Regional Science Bowl

56 teams from across western Washington and Oregon competed for a chance to advance to the National Science Bowl

Portland, Ore. -- Evergreen Junior High Team 1 of Redmond, Wash., proved unstoppable in the 25th annual Bonneville Power Administration Regional Science Bowl this Saturday at the University of Portland. Evergreen overcame a strong challenge from second-place finisher Shahala Middle School Team 1 of Vancouver, Wash.

Stoller Middle School Team 1 of Beaverton, Ore., came in third with Meadow Park Middle School Team 1, also of Beaverton, taking fourth.

Some 56 teams of middle school students from western Washington and Oregon competed Saturday at the University of Portland. They were part of more than 700 students participating this weekend and next in the nation's largest regional science bowl. Evergreen Junior High Team 1 earned that honor and will take an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Department of Energy's National Science Bowl from April 28 to May 2.

Earlier in the day, eight students were recognized as All Stars -- those students who had answered the most questions correctly in the morning rounds.

BPA Regional Science Bowl All Stars
Rupert Li, Cedar Park Middle School Team 1
Fahmid Raman, Shahala Middle School Team 1
Alvin Meng, Rosemont Ridge Middle School Team 1
Arpit Ranasaria, Evergreen Junior High Team 1
Justin Yang, Stoller Middle School
Nathaniel Eddleman-Hunley, Access Academy Team 2
Aditi Subramanyam, Inglewood Middle School

"The Bonneville Power Administration is extremely proud to sponsor such a vibrant regional science bowl, and we've been committed to its success every year for a quarter of a century," BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer said. "This exciting event not only celebrates academic skill and endeavor, but it also helps seed the development of the next generation of scientists, engineers, mathematicians and technologists for the Northwest and the nation."

This year's high school competition is set for next Saturday, Feb. 6. Beyond the prestige of winning and the prospect of the national competition, the high school teams are competing for more than $300,000 in scholarship opportunities at 17 regional universities and colleges.

In addition to the competition, demonstrations and hands-on activities take place throughout the day. In the afternoon, a separate engineering competition allows teams that have not advanced to the double-elimination round to test their engineering and design skills.

The students in the competition come from public and private schools in Washington and Oregon -- from as far north as the Seattle metro area and as far south as Ashland, Ore. Many practice for months, in groups and individually, for the competition, which is as intense as any sporting event, particularly at the high school level.

BPA sponsors the science bowl to showcase students' talents in science, technology, engineering and math, as well as to encourage them to consider careers in these fields. This helps to build the future labor pool of scientists and innovators so critical to the energy industry. The BPA Regional Science Bowl is sponsored by the University of Portland, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories and Vernier Software & Technology.

BPA REGIONAL SCIENCE BOWL 2016 -- High School
Where: Franz Hall, University of Portland, Portland, Ore.
When: Feb. 6, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Notes: The event is free and open to the public. Championship rounds begin at approximately 4 p.m. in Buckley Auditorium.
More info: www.bpa.gov/goto/ScienceBowl

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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Fri. 01/29/16
Tillicum Middle School is hosting a clothing drive to raise money.
Clothes for the Cause - 01/29/16 9:36 AM
Bellevue, WA -- Tillicum Middle School partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for the 5th grade camping fees.

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: 16020 SE 16th St, Bellevue, WA 98008. They will be collecting donations from February 2nd -- 5th.

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.

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Mountain Vineyard Youth is hosting a clothing drive to raise money.
Clothes for the Cause - 01/29/16 9:34 AM
Kent, WA -- Mountain Vineyard Youth partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for their youth program.

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:
Mountain Vineyard 19001 SE 272nd Kent, WA 98042. They will be collecting donations through February 1st.

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.

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Dames for Dreams is hosting a clothing drive to raise money for the programs within the organization.
Clothes for the Cause - 01/29/16 9:04 AM
Everett WA, -- Dames for Dreams partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for the programs within the organization to focus on different aspects of life to include: communication skills, life skills, leadership skills, youth development, mentoring, recreational activities, financial assistance, self-improvement and transitional coaching.

Dames for Dreams is a grassroots organization of women dedicated to building positive self-esteem in women and girls of all walks of life, and encourage community networking and community service through inspiration, motivation and education.

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 drop off of your donations to this clothing drive with:
Christi Weiss at Dame.ChristiMichelle@hotmail.com or 425-232-7719They will be collecting donations between NOW and January 31st.

For more information, contact your local Event Planner Susan Hovey at
(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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Tolt United Church of Christ is hosting a clothing drive to raise money for their scholarship fund. (Photo)
Clothes for the Cause - 01/29/16 9:02 AM
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Carnation, WA -- Tolt United Church of Christ partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for the church scholarship fund.

Every year Tolt UCC gives scholarship money to a senior in high school to help with college expenses. This scholarship is a tradition and will help a young adult entering college at a time when costs are very high.

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: Tolt United Church of Christ, located at 4851 Tolt Avenue in Carnation. They will be collecting donations between [1 p.m.] and [2 p.m.] on January 30th or you can drop off donations on any Sunday.

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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The Lady Admirals Hockey Team is hosting a clothing drive to raise money for this seasons expenses.
Clothes for the Cause - 01/29/16 8:59 AM
Lynnwood, WA -- The Lady Admirals partner with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for this season's team expenses.

The Lady Admirals are a Seattle area girls hockey team. Team players are 15-16 years old and are raising funds to help with season expenses which include travel and tournament fees.

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: Lynnwood Ice Center, located at 19803 68th Ave W. They will be collecting donations between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. on January 30th.

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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Thu. 01/28/16
Media Parking on the Roads- Update
Harney Co. Sheriff - 01/28/16 6:21 PM
Update
The road closure sign will be moved to the intersection of Sodhouse Road and Hwy 205. While Hwy 205 remains opens, Sodhouse Road is closed.

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There have been several reports of vehicles parked on the highways near the Malheur Refuge. Vehicles must be moved immediately and cannot block the roads. If vehicles are not removed they are subject to being towed. Please park only on the shoulders of the roadway and do not impede traffic.

The situation has not been resolved,refuge remains closed and the containment was simply moved for the convenience of local residents.

MEDIA: Do not go past the road closed signs.
Oregon State Police policy on the use of deadly physical force
Oregon State Police - 01/28/16 6:12 PM
The following is an excerpt from the Oregon State Police policy, rules, and procedure manual regarding the use of deadly physical force:

"...Notwithstanding ORS 161.239, A sworn employee may use deadly physical force only when the officer reasonably believes the use of such force is necessary to:

Defend the officer or another person from what the officer reasonably believes to be the infliction or threatened infliction of serious physical injury..."
Tue. 01/26/16
BPA and 700 students to celebrate 25th anniversary of largest regional science bowl in nation
Bonneville Power Administration - 01/26/16 9:13 AM
PR 04-16 BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140
or 503-230-5131

BPA and 700 students to celebrate 25th anniversary of largest regional science bowl in nation

Students from Northwest compete for more than $300,000 in scholarships from 17 regional colleges as well as a berth in the National Science Bowl

Portland, Ore. -- The brainpower and competitive energy of more than 700 students will light up the 25th anniversary of the nation's largest regional science bowl over the next two weekends at the University of Portland. This year's silver anniversary event will draw 130 teams from across western Washington and Oregon.

"The Bonneville Power Administration is extremely proud to sponsor such a vibrant regional science bowl, and we've been committed to its success every year for a quarter of a century," BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer said. "This exciting event not only celebrates academic skill and endeavor, but it also helps seed the development of the next generation of scientists, engineers, mathematicians and technologists for the Northwest and the nation."

This year's middle school competition is set for Saturday, Jan. 30, with the high school students taking to the buzzer on Saturday, Feb. 6, at the University of Portland. The top team in each division will take an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Department of Energy's National Science Bowl from April 28 to May 2.

Beyond the prestige of winning and the prospect of the national competition, BPA and science bowl volunteers have worked to establish partnerships with universities and colleges in the region to offer scholarships for the top three teams in the high school division. In all, 17 colleges and universities in the Northwest are offering members of the top teams a chance at more than $300,000 in scholarships.

In addition to the competition, demonstrations and hands-on activities will take place throughout the day. In the afternoon, a separate engineering competition allows teams that have not advanced to the double-elimination round to test their engineering and design skills. This year's challenge will be constructing a transmission tower with the structural integrity to defy the forces of an earthquake.

The more than 700 students in the competition come from public and private schools in Washington and Oregon -- from as far north as the Seattle metro area and as far south as Ashland, Ore. Many practice for months, in groups and individually, for the competition, which is as intense as any sporting event, particularly at the high school level.

BPA sponsors the science bowl to showcase students' talents in science, technology, engineering and math, as well as to encourage them to consider careers in these fields. This helps to build the future labor pool of scientists and innovators so critical to the energy industry. The BPA Regional Science Bowl is sponsored by the University of Portland, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories and Vernier Software & Technology.

BPA REGIONAL SCIENCE BOWL 2016 -- Middle School
Where: Franz Hall, University of Portland, Portland, Ore.
When: Jan. 30, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Notes: The event is free and open to the public. Championship rounds begin at approximately 4 p.m. in Buckley Auditorium.

BPA REGIONAL SCIENCE BOWL 2016 -- High School
Where: Franz Hall, University of Portland, Portland, Ore.
When: Feb. 6, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Notes: The event is free and open to the public. Championship rounds begin at approximately 4 p.m. in Buckley Auditorium.

More info: www.bpa.gov/goto/ScienceBowl
Complete list of teams for middle school and high school events:
www.bpa.gov/goto/ScienceBowlTeams

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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Mon. 01/25/16
Sat. 01/23/16
News Release from Harney County regarding Community Meeting for January 25
Harney Co. Sheriff - 01/23/16 9:20 AM
We are sending this on behalf of Harney County Judge Steve Grasty. Attached is the Harney County community meeting change in venue and format for January 25.


Attached Media Files: NewsRelease
Thu. 01/21/16
BPA puts modernized Celilo Converter Station into service (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 01/21/16 12:11 PM
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PR 03-16 BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140
or 503-230-5131

BPA puts modernized Celilo Converter Station into service

The Dalles, Ore. -- The Northwest transmission grid took a big step into the future today with the $370 million modernization of a one-of-a-kind piece of infrastructure, the Celilo Converter Station.

BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer called Celilo's return to commercial operation "an important moment for infrastructure development in the region." Construction began in the fall of 2014, and the station had been out of service since October for final installation and comprehensive testing of its customized new equipment.

The unique converter station, owned by the Bonneville Power Administration, tames and transforms high volumes of electricity flowing through the northern end of the Pacific Direct Current Intertie. The 846-mile electron super-highway, the longest commercial transmission line of its kind in the nation, connects the Northwest with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power at Sylmar, Calif. The intertie provides affordable energy, reliability and cost benefits to customers at either end, and the electricity that flows from north to south is virtually carbon-free.

BPA, which funded the improvements, is also in the process of upgrading the 265-mile portion of intertie that it owns from the Columbia River to the Nevada-Oregon border.

"I am very proud of the talent and teamwork demonstrated by BPA and our partners that enabled us to hit this milestone so safely and successfully," Mainzer said. "Thanks to their ingenuity and dedication, a unique but aging collection of 20th-century technology has been transformed into a state-of-the-art asset to serve the Northwest and beyond for many years to come."

The modernization of the converter station -- including six massive new transformers, each weighing more than a Boeing 747 airliner -- anchors a $498 million package of BPA-funded grid upgrades to the northern leg of the PDCI. When the final phase of the overall project is completed this fall, the BPA transmission-line upgrades will raise the capacity of the intertie from 3,100 to 3,220 megawatts.

"BPA and its partners completed the work on this complex and challenging project on time and on budget, while achieving an outstanding safety record," said Richard Shaheen, BPA senior vice president of Transmission Services. "These significant steps to improve the backbone of the regional grid will both strengthen reliability and increase our capacity to deliver energy, contributing to the vitality of the Northwest. It's a great example of our strategic focus to ensure the long-term health and operational efficiency of our physical assets."

Deputy Secretary of Energy Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall said, "The Department of Energy commends the effective partnership among Bonneville Power Administration, its contractors and its Southwest utility partners in enhancing a major transmission link in the West. This accomplishment is an example of the types of infrastructure advancement that will help the region and our nation maintain economic vitality in a changing energy market."

The Pacific Direct Current Intertie, a high-voltage direct current system (HVDC), was a marvel and a model when it was energized in 1970. Direct-current systems can move large amounts of electricity over long distances more efficiently than alternating current lines of a similar length because less power is lost to the air as heat along the way.

That electrical feat, and the intricate technology that supports it, attracts utility representatives, government officials and business people from as far away as Africa and Asia to visit Celilo. But after more than four decades of vigorous, dependable service, the vintage equipment at the converter station had far surpassed its operational life span and was due for a transformation of its own.

"The new equipment not only supports the western transmission grid with greater security, reliability, capacity and flexibility, but will be able to work harder," Shaheen added. Keeping the previous equipment in safe operating condition required shutting down the intertie for several weeks of maintenance each year. The next-generation equipment, much of it digital, needs far less routine upkeep, reducing outages and costs while improving performance for customers.

"The Pacific Direct Current Intertie has a great value for the entire West," said Mukhles Bhuiyan, manager of grid planning and development at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. "We appreciate BPA's leadership and investment in modernizing the northern anchor of our mutual resource."

To see a time-lapse video of the massive new transformers being shipped from the manufacturer in Sweden to the United States and up the Columbia River by barge to The Dalles, Ore., visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ_f0BF0pvY.

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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State Seeks New Member of Early Learning Advisory Council
Wash. State Dept. of Early Learning - 01/21/16 11:08 AM
OLYMPIA, WA -- The Department of Early Learning (DEL) is recruiting for a vacant seat on the Washington Early Learning Advisory Council (ELAC) and is accepting applications from qualified and interested individuals. This Council position represents Head Start, Early Head Start, Migrant/Seasonal Head Start or Tribal Head Start Program. The position is effective upon appointment through June 30, 2017.

More about ELAC:
The Early Learning Advisory Council or ELAC was formed in 2007 by the Washington State Legislature. The Council plays a pivotal role in the early learning system as an advisory body to the Department of Early Learning (DEL) and serves as a conduit among the state, local communities and constituencies across Washington. Council representatives from around the state meet regularly to provide input and recommendations to DEL so our strategies and actions are well informed and broadly supported by parents, child care providers, health and safety experts and interested members of the public. Governor Jay Inslee holds final authority for policy decisions.

Council membership is purposefully diverse to represent Washington's regional, racial, and cultural makeup. The Council includes parents, child care providers, health/safety experts and legislators, as well as representatives of Tribal Nations, independent schools, the K-12 and higher education systems, and other individuals invested in improving our statewide early learning system.

Members serve two-year terms that expire on June 30th of the second year. The Council meets at least six times each year. Council members are expected to attend and be prepared to actively participate in the majority of meetings. In addition, Council Members are expected to participants in subcommittees or work groups that meet outside of the full Council meeting dates. Please see ELAC's Charter and guiding documents for more on membership expectations.

To apply:
Interested individuals who can commit to the membership requirements can apply for the open ELAC seat online on the Governor's website by February 15, 2016. Along with your resume, please add a brief statement that addresses the following:

Why would you like to serve as a representative on ELAC?
How did you hear about ELAC and/or who referred you?
What is your perspective on or approach to closing opportunity and gaps advancing racial equity in early learning?
What impact do you hope to see ELAC have on early learning in Washington, and how do you want to contribute to that effort?

Please contact slc@del.wa.gov with any questions. Thank you for your interest in contributing to our state's progress toward building an early learning system that meets the needs of all Washington children and families!


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Wed. 01/20/16
State and Local Leaders Convene for Film and Panel (Photo)
Wash. State Dept. of Early Learning - 01/20/16 3:30 PM
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KBTC Public Television, the Department of Early Learning (DEL) and Visions of Early Learning are happy to announce the screening and discussion panel of "The Raising of America" in Tumwater on Wednesday, January 27 2016 at ESD 113 (6005 Tyee Dr. SW. Thurston Room Tumwater, WA 98512).

"The Raising of America" is an ambitious documentary series and public engagement campaign that seeks to reframe the way we look at early child health and development. It illustrates how a strong start for all our kids leads not only to better individual life course outcomes (learning, earning and physical and mental health) but also to a healthier, safer, better educated, more prosperous and equitable nation.

Following the screening, a panel discussion with state and local leaders in early learning will take place.

Panelists include:
Ross Hunter, Director of Washington State Department of Early Learning
John Wiesman, Secretary of Health, Washington State Department of Health
Jon Tunheim, Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney
Gretchen Thaller, MSN, RN., Coordinator Maternal Child Health/Supervisor Nurse Family Partnership- Thurston County Public Health and Social Services

Panelists will take questions from the public and offer expertise on the state of early learning and family-strengthening initiatives in Washington and in Thurston County.

This event is free and open to the public. Those interested in attending should register here: Thurston Raising of America Screening, or contact DEL communications at communications@del.wa.gov.


Attached Media Files: Word document with hyperlinks , Raising of America logo
Tue. 01/19/16
Message from Sheriff Ward (Tuesday, Jan. 19, 5:30 p.m.)
Harney Co. Sheriff - 01/19/16 5:29 PM
We continue to work with our law-enforcement partners to protect the Harney County community during the armed and unlawful occupation occurring at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Some events have occurred in the community involving criminals heading to or from the refuge. These are listed below:

THURSDAY, JANUARY 14 -- Oregon State Police (OSP) stopped a vehicle for a lighting violation. The driver -- Dwane Kirkland, of Hamilton, Montana -- was arrested on charges of Felon in Possession of a Firearm. He was in possession of a handgun and a rifle. The vehicle he was driving had switched plates and was uninsured.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 15 -- OSP arrested Kenneth Medenbach, of LaPine, at the Safeway in Burns. He was arrested on probable cause for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. OSP recovered two vehicles stolen from the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge during this encounter.

Occupants of the second vehicle fled the scene before police arrival. The Sheriff's Office is working to identify and arrest these suspects. If you have any information, please contact the sheriff's office with tips at 541-573-1362.

Every time a trespasser from the refuge operates a vehicle that belongs to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, they are committing a crime. We will not tolerate it when they come into our community driving stolen vehicles.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 17 -- OSP discovered a traffic crash on Greenhouse Lane near Highway 20. An investigation revealed the driver -- Darrow Burke, of Ukiah, California -- lost control on an icy corner and rolled. He was not injured, but was cited for no operator's license. Mr. Burke told OSP troopers he had been at the refuge for the past week.

Law enforcement has also had multiple contacts with non-Harney County citizens who claim they are in the community to act as intermediaries between the FBI and the trespassers. Many of these people are armed with handguns and assault rifles. These persons -- as well as the trespassers -- are wearing police/military-style body armor when contacting law enforcement. They continue to conduct surveillance on law enforcement and have harassed members of the media.

We will continue to work with our partners to keep Harney County safe while the FBI works toward a peaceful resolution at the refuge. Additional law enforcement resources have been moved towards locations to be poised to react to any situation that may occur. This includes notifying the hospital of more people in town and ensuring they have the capability to handle any medical emergency.

Today's events include:

- Today at noon, a "Rally for Malheur" was held in cities throughout Oregon, hosted by the Audubon society.

- Tonight at 7 p.m., Harney County is hosting its second Community Meeting in the Burns High School gym. We encourage the community to show up to hear the latest updates and make your voices heard.

The Bundy group continues to break its repeated promises to leave the refuge if the community asked them to do so. On Monday, January 4, the community did just that -- and the Bundy group failed to leave.

I then personally met with Ammon Bundy, who has proclaimed to be the leader of the occupation, on Thursday, January 7, 2016 to discuss a peaceful resolution. I asked Ammon and his group to leave, which he stated he would not do. From that point forward, the occupiers at the refuge have been considered by law enforcement (local, state and federal) to be criminals -- and they need to vacate the refuge.

It's clear at this point that the Bundy group does not have the interests of Harney County in mind -- they're in it for their own agenda. We will continue to work to keep you safe while they continue to not keep their word.

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Equity Leaders Action Network Aims to Reduce Racial Disparities (Photo)
Wash. State Dept. of Early Learning - 01/19/16 1:55 PM
Group photo of ELAN
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Four Washingtonians have joined the Equity Leaders Action Network (ELAN) to advance racial equity in early childhood systems.

ELAN is a focused effort across 20 states, the District of Columbia and Guam, composed of thirty-eight fellows who work at the state or county level in the areas of health, early learning and family support. Over the next three years, ELAN fellows will work together to identify, address and take action on inequities based on race, ethnicity, language and culture in our early childhood systems.

Washington's ELAN fellows include Evette Jasper, Dr. Jill Sells, Heather Kawamoto and Bianca Bailey. Their participation will build on existing statewide commitments to advance racial equity.

"Racial equity is deeply embedded into the Department of Early Learning's strategic goals," said the Washington State Department of Early Learning (DEL) Director, Ross Hunter. "We are collaboratively working toward a future where all children have equitable opportunities for quality education and ELAN means progress for this work."

One of DEL's partners, Thrive Washington has been a leader in bringing race to the forefront of statewide conversations and convened partners and community stakeholders to develop a Racial Equity Theory of Change, a vision and pathway for making sure Washington's early learning system ultimately closes the opportunity gap. "We view early learning as a social justice issue in Washington state," said Thrive President & CEO Sam Whiting. "Intentional, focused efforts like ELAN will help us learn from national leaders to ensure we implement the best strategies locally to eliminate the opportunity gap."

"From birth, language-rich 'back and forth' interactions between parent and child are critical for optimal development," said Dr. Jill Sells, a pediatrician and Executive Director of Reach Out and Read Washington State. "By 9 months of age, skill differences are measurable between children, so we must start with parents and babies." To address this, Reach Out and Read works with more than 1,500 medical providers in diverse settings across Washington, including tribal and military clinics, community health centers, and other clinics reaching large numbers of low-income families, children of color, and families with a home language other than English, including immigrant, migrant, and refugee populations. Doctors prescribe new books as they help parents learn how to support their child's early language and literacy development. "Reach Out and Read is designed to level the playing field and reduce inequities, and it is embraced across diverse cultures," said Dr. Sells. "I'm excited to work with my ELAN colleagues to build an early learning system that will help all children be ready for kindergarten."

"The question we're grappling with currently is how to design a birth to three system that provides culturally and linguistically responsive supports and meets each child's needs in the context of their family and community," said Evette Jasper, State/Local Coordination Administrator within the Partnerships and Collaboration Division at DEL. "We can now tap into a network of leaders who can help us identify potential paths forward."

Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) serves about 5,000 children prenatal to 5 years of age in Early Head Start, Head Start, and Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program in King and Pierce Counties. PSESD is striving to become an AntiRacist MultiCultural Organization with the goal of success for each child and elimination of the opportunity gap. "Through ELAN, I will have the opportunity to learn and collaborate with other ELAN fellows across the country to develop and implement a professional learning plan," said Heather Kawamoto, PSESD Equity in Education Program Manager. "This plan aims to increase awareness and knowledge of how race, racism, privilege, and power impact outcomes for children. Our long-term goal is that children receive racially/culturally responsive services and instruction so that race is no longer a predictor of whether a child will or will not be ready to succeed in kindergarten."

"It is not enough to have equality, we must have EQUITY! If we begin to meet others where they are and provide them with what they need to be successful, we all succeed," said Bianca Bailey, Parent Ambassador Coordinator for the Washington State Association of Head Start and ECEAP. "Everyone deserves the chance to be great, so I am starting at the beginning with children and families in the early learning system. ELAN is providing me with a network to make the impact that much wider and to change the status quo in this country."

The ELAN is a strategy of the BUILD Initiative, which for years has promoted early childhood systems work that identifies and addresses the root causes of disparities and supports state remedies to address them.

BUILD's vision is of a comprehensive, racially equitable, high-quality early childhood system that ensures all children have an opportunity to develop and reach their full potential, without experiencing discrimination or bias. ELAN fellows will take action to reduce disparities with the choices and decisions they make and their influence on state and local policy and practices. BUILD will learn from each of these actions and share the learning throughout the early childhood field.


Attached Media Files: Word document format with hyperlinks , Group photo of ELAN
Fri. 01/15/16
Release from Harney County regarding Fairgrounds
Harney Co. Sheriff - 01/15/16 6:37 PM
Attached is a news release from Harney County regarding the Fairgrounds.


Attached Media Files: 2016-01/5384/91181/Harney_Co_Press_Release_-_Fairgrounds_1-15-2016.pdf
Release from the Burns Paiute Tribe
Harney Co. Sheriff - 01/15/16 3:57 PM
The attached is a news release, resolution, and protection of cultural resources on behalf of the Burns Paiute Tribe.


Attached Media Files: 2016-01/5384/91173/Malheur_NWR_press_release_-_cultural_res_(2016-01-15).pdf
Harney County - Individual arrested in connection with stolen refuge vehicles
Harney Co. Sheriff - 01/15/16 2:02 PM
An individual is in custody in connection with stolen Malheur National Wildlife Refuge vehicles.

Shortly after noon on Friday, January 15, 2016, Oregon State Police arrested Kenneth Medenbach, 62, of Crescent, Oregon, at the Safeway in Burns, Oregon. He was arrested on probable cause for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Law enforcement officers recovered two vehicles stolen from the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) had previously reported the vehicles stolen to the Harney County Sheriff's Office.

OSP troopers and deputies from several county Sheriff's offices responded to the scene.
"The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is grateful for the quick actions from law enforcement," said USFWS spokesperson Megan Nagel. "We will continue to work with law enforcement to recover vehicles bought and paid for by the American people to care for their national wildlife refuge."

Contact Info:
Harney County JIC
Phone: 541-573-1362
Email: PIO@co.harney.or.us
Twitter: @HarneyCoSheriff
Facebook: HarneyCoSheriff
Flash Fastpitch is hosting a clothing drive to raise money for new equipment and travel throughout the year.
Clothes for the Cause - 01/15/16 10:17 AM
Chehalis, WA -- Flash Fastpitch partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for new equipment and travel throughout the year.

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 pick up and drop off arrangements with Shawn 360-870-9305 shellman71@comcast.net or flashfastpitch@comcast.net. They will be collecting donations between NOW and January 23rd, 2016.

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

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Charger Cheer Club is hosting a clothing drive to raise money for expenses throughout the year.
Clothes for the Cause - 01/15/16 10:16 AM
Renton, WA - Charger Cheer Club partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for expenses throughout the year.

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 drop off or pick up arrangements with Angie Moncrief
at 425-793-9330 kentridgecheerboosterclub@gmail.com. They will be collecting donations between NOW and January 23rd, 2016.

For more information, contact your local Event Planner, Susan Hovey at
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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Spartan Choral Association -- GU16 PACNW Team is hosting a clothing drive to raise money.
Clothes for the Cause - 01/15/16 10:15 AM
Sumner, WA -- Spartan Choral Association partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money.

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: Sumner High School. They will be collecting donations through January 23rd from 10am to 12pm.

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.

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Our Savior Lutheran Church's Youth Group is hosting a clothing drive to raise money.
Clothes for the Cause - 01/15/16 10:13 AM
Tacoma, WA -- Our Savior Lutheran Church's 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 the Youth Group.

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 St E, Tacoma, WA 98446 They will be collecting donations now through January 23rd.

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.

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Auburn Mountainview High School Boosters are hosting a clothing drive to raise money.
Clothes for the Cause - 01/15/16 10:12 AM
Auburn, WA -- Auburn Mountainview High School Boosters Group partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for the Boosters.

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:
Auburn Mountainview High School located at 28900 124th Ave SE, Auburn, WA 98092 They will be collecting donations now through January 23rd.

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.

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Pioneer Valley Elementary School is hosting a clothing drive to raise money.
Clothes for the Cause - 01/15/16 10:10 AM
Spanaway, WA -- Pioneer Valley Elementary School partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money.

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: Pioneer Valley Elementary School located at 7315 Eustis Hunt Road, Spanaway, WA. They will be collecting donations through January 22.

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.

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Creating Reality and Papeclip2Tesla are hosting a clothing drive to raise money for over 600 million people who don't have clean drinking water!
Clothes for the Cause - 01/15/16 10:08 AM
Seattle, WA -- Creating Reality and Paperclip2Tesla partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for provide clean water to over 600 million people who don't have it.

Paperclip2Tesla is a campaign by "Creating Reality" that's mission is to show we can use the power of intention in our lives to create our reality. This bold idea has inspired many as the founder, Rory Ross, has been trading up items to reach his goal of the new Tesla which is to be donated to Charity Water to help provide clean water to the 663 million people who don't have access to it. Join in on this crazy adventure and unlock your potential to create your reality. You can find more information about the campaign at: Facebook.com/Paperclip2Tesla & see other's stories of the power of intention in their lives on their youtube: http://bit.ly/paperclip2telsa_youtube

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 to: Rory Ross located at 3409 S Hanford St. Seattle, WA 98144. They will be collecting donations 7pm on weekdays and 2pm on weekends. Contact Rory Ross at 253.797.4246 to schedule a pickup if needed.

For more information, contact your local Event Planner, Becci Eismann at 509.714.3778, Facebook at Clothes for the Cause, Twitter @Clothes4_Cause, Instagram Clothes4_Cause or online at www.clothesforthecausefundraising.com.

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Ludus Youth Theatre Group is hosting a clothing drive fundraiser.
Clothes for the Cause - 01/15/16 10:07 AM
Lake Stevens, WA -- Ludus Youth Theatre Group partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for their non-profit organization.

Ludus is committed to providing children and young adults with performing arts opportunities that are available to all cultures, income, and ability levels (including children with special needs), while creating a professional, quality production. We want to promote the development of a lifelong appreciation for live theater and to create an environment of learning, pride and inspiration.
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.

For more information, contact your local Event Planner, 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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Mount Si High School Choir is hosting a clothing drive to raise money.
Clothes for the Cause - 01/15/16 10:05 AM
North Bend, WA -- Mount Si High School Choir partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for the choir.

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:
Mount Si High School located at 8651 Meadowbrook Way SE, Snoqualmie, WA 98065. They will be collecting donations between January 8th and 9th.

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.

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Covington Elementary School is hosting a clothing drive to raise money.
Clothes for the Cause - 01/15/16 10:04 AM
Covington, WA - Covington Elementary School partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for the PTA.

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:
17070 SE Wax Rd, Covington, WA 98042. They will be collecting donations between January 18th and 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.

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Team Challenge Northwest hosting a clothing drive to raise money for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America
Clothes for the Cause - 01/15/16 9:51 AM
Kirkland, Wa -- Team Challenge Northwest partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America as they research to find a cure. Help us save the lives of those suffering from these diseases, help us find a cure by donating any of your old and unwanted textile items!

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: South Kirkland Park & Ride located at 10610 NE 38th Pl Kirlkand, WA 98033 They will be collecting donations between 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.on January 16, 2016.

For more information, contact your local Event Planner, Joyce Showalter at 425-681-3946. Facebook at Clothes for the Cause, Twitter @Clothes4_Cause, Instagram Clothes4_Cause or online at www.clothesforthecausefundraising.com.

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Girl Scout Troop 41002 is hosting a clothing drive to raise money for group adventures throughout our year.
Clothes for the Cause - 01/15/16 9:40 AM
Edmonds, WA -- Girl Scout Troop 41002 partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for group adventures throughout our year.

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 pick up or drop off arrangements with Andrea Hammond at
(206) 229-0810 or andrea.hammond31@gmail.com. They will be collecting donations between NOW and January 16th, 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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Girl Scout Troop 41002 is hosting a clothing drive to raise money for group adventures throughout our year.
Clothes for the Cause - 01/15/16 9:40 AM
Edmonds, WA -- Girl Scout Troop 41002 partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for group adventures throughout our year.

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 pick up or drop off arrangements with Andrea Hammond at
(206) 229-0810 or andrea.hammond31@gmail.com. They will be collecting donations between NOW and January 16th, 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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Everett High School Class of 2016 Parent Boosters is hosting a clothing drive to raise money for a SAFE, FUN, GRAD PARTY!
Clothes for the Cause - 01/15/16 9:38 AM
Everett, WA -- EHS Class of 2016 Parent Boosters partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for a special, fun, SAFE, graduation party celebrate the graduation!

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 Everett Downtown Storage, located at 3615 McDougal Ave. They will be collecting donations between 10 a.m. and noon on Jan 16th, 2015.

For more information, contact your local Event Planner, 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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Northwest Soccer Club -- GU16 PACNW Team is hosting a clothing drive to raise money.
Clothes for the Cause - 01/15/16 9:37 AM
Kent, WA -- NWSC partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money.

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: 13731 SE 275th Pl. Kent, WA 98042. They will be collecting donations January 16th and 17th.

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.

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McKnight Middle School PTSA hosting a clothing drive to raise money for teacher grants, dances and other school supported events.
Clothes for the Cause - 01/15/16 9:16 AM
Renton, WA-- McKnight Middle School PTSA partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for teacher grants, dances and other school supported events.

You can drop off your donations to this clothing drive at: McKnight Middle School, located at 1200 Edmonds Ave NE in the Renton Highlands. They will be collecting donations between 8:30amand 12pm on January 16, 2016

For more information, contact your local Event Planner, Becci Eismann at 509.714.3778, Facebook at Clothes for the Cause, Twitter @Clothes4_Cause, Instagram Clothes4_Cause or online at www.clothesforthecausefundraising.com.

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Thu. 01/14/16
Inflow Communications Inc. Advances to Platinum Level in ShoreTel Champion Partner Program
Woloshin Communications - 01/14/16 2:16 PM
Inflow Communications Inc., headquartered in Portland, Oregon announced today it has advanced to the highest available level in the ShoreTel(R) Champion Partner Program, Platinum. The Platinum level is the highest level a ShoreTel partner can achieve and is awarded to the top partners based on a combination of technical certification, demonstration capability and sales volume criteria. Inflow sells and delivers ShoreTel unified communications solutions and has completed all of the criteria to reach this new level.

ShoreTel, Inc. designed the Champion Partner Program to strengthen the relationship between ShoreTel and its partners. The program's goal is to advance and grow both companies' market share in the unified communications industry, while ensuring every customer continues to be delighted with their ShoreTel experience.

"We are delighted, after winning the Circle of Excellence designation to receive this honor on the heels of last month's award," says Travis Dillard, president of Inflow Communications Inc.

"Inflow Communications has been a hardworking member of the ShoreTel program, and we congratulate them on achieving this premiere level," said David Petts, senior vice president of worldwide sales at ShoreTel. "The advanced, award-winning ShoreTel technology combined with the expertise of Inflow Communications means more customers are enjoying greater flexibility, productivity and cost savings than ever before."

The company's focus is strictly on providing uniquely superior ShoreTel business communication products combined with dedicated and immediate response to our clients' needs. Inflow has more ShoreTel certified engineers than most companies and a customer service program with the highest possible standards. Their webpage, http://www.Inflowcom.com, has a live unfiltered link tied to customer ratings. These reports are real-time from the help desk email support statistics. The company's constant effort to pursue continuous quality improvement is supported by their 8X guarantee, a commitment that their staff will respond to customer needs and requests, eight times faster than the industry average. This incredible response rate claim was documented by the Zendesk National Help Desk statistics which benchmarked Inflow against IT and Telecom industry averages.

"If a customer (or we) feel we've fallen short of an exceptional experience, any Inflow employee is empowered to give the customer a $100 Amazon gift card," says Dillard.

Since ShoreTel's first product shipment in 1998, customer satisfaction has been a top business priority, and ShoreTel partners are required to adhere to it as a primary business value.

Many customers who purchase ShoreTel solutions rank ShoreTel's product above other manufacturers' product for technology, ease of use, management, customer service, solution experience, product features and performance.
About Inflow Communications Inc.

Portland-based, Inflow Communications, opened its doors in the 1990's and has been under the leadership of President Travis Dillard since 2009. InFlow Communications uses ShoreTell's comprehensive technologies paired with a mission of superb customer service. InFlow Communications continuously promotes professional development, pays its employees above industry average, and ensures that all employees have the best engineering certification training offered by ShoreTell. Since 2012, The company has been listed as one of the fastest growing private companies by The Portland Business Journal and The Denver Business Journal. InFlow Communications now has over 60,000 international endpoints and offices offices in Portland, Seattle, Dallas and San Jose .
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Inflow Communications Inc. Receives Elite 2015 ShoreTel(R) Circle of Excellence Award (Photo)
Woloshin Communications - 01/14/16 2:10 PM
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In December, Inflow Communications Inc. received ShoreTel's Circle of Excellence Award in the U.S. Solutions category for the 2015 partner year, covering the October 2014 through September 2015 time period. The award recognizes Inflow communications for exceptional achievement in several areas including:

Net billings and billings growth,
New cloud bookings/monthly recurring revenue,
Customer satisfaction.

"Being named to the Circle of Excellence is the highest accolade given by ShoreTel to its partners, and we're very pleased to welcome Inflow Communications Inc. into this elite group," said David Petts, senior vice president of worldwide sales at ShoreTel. "The Circle of Excellence Award is presented to ShoreTel's top global reseller partners.

"Each year less than one-half of one percent of all partners earn this distinction, say Petts. We're proud that Inflow Communications Inc. surpassed the strict criteria required to earn Circle of Excellence status this year."

Inflow takes customer service seriously. Their webpage, http://www.Inflowcom.com, has a live unfiltered link tied to customer ratings. These reports are real-time from the help desk email support statistics. The company's constant effort to pursue continuous quality improvement is supported by their 8X guarantee.

The company guarantees that their staff will respond to customer needs and requests, eight times faster than the industry average. This incredible response rate claim was documented by the Zendesk National Help Desk statistics which benchmarked Inflow against IT and Telecom industry averages.

"If a customer (or we) feel we've fallen short of an exceptional experience, any Inflow employee is empowered to give the customer a $100 Amazon gift card," says Inflow Communications President Travis Dillard.

"Our competitors try to sell every internet-related product and service under the sun, they are generalists in everything and experts in nothing. Our focus is strictly on providing the uniquely superior ShoreTel business communication products combined with dedicated and immediate response to our clients' needs. We have more ShoreTel certified engineers than most companies and a customer service program with the highest possible standards."

As a Circle of Excellence ShoreTel partner, Inflow specializes in delivering ShoreTel's solutions portfolio as well as training and supporting end customers. They have expertise in disciplines such as LAN, WAN, call center, voice and data application integration. ShoreTel and its partners share the same goals in delivering UC solutions that improve communication and collaboration, with superior levels of customer care and satisfaction at a low total cost of ownership.
Live and Web demonstrations of Inflow Communications' multiple communication capabilities, including security systems are now available http://www.inflowcomm.com or call Portland headquarters office at (503) 575-7530.

About Inflow Communications Inc.

Portland-based, Inflow Communications, opened its doors in the 1990's and has been under the leadership of President Travis Dillard since 2009. InFlow Communications uses ShoreTell's comprehensive technologies paired with a mission of superb customer service. InFlow Communications continuously promotes professional development, pays its employees above industry average, and ensures that all employees have the best engineering certification training offered by ShoreTell. Since 2012, The company has been listed as one of the fastest growing private companies by The Portland Business Journal and The Denver Business Journal. InFlow Communications now has over 60,000 international endpoints and offices offices in Portland, Seattle, Dallas and San Jose .

About ShoreTel

ShoreTel, Inc. is a leading provider of brilliantly simple IP phone systems and unified communications solutions powering today's always-on workforce. Its flexible communications solutions for on-site, cloud and hybrid environments eliminate complexity, reduce costs and improve productivity. Recognized for its industry-leading customer experience and support, ShoreTel's innovative business phones, application integration, collaboration tools, mobility, and contact center applications enable users to communicate and collaborate no matter the time, place or device, with minimal demand on IT resources. ShoreTel is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and has regional offices and partners worldwide.


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Wed. 01/13/16
Notice re: this weekend's Harney County Coyote Classic
Harney Co. Sheriff - 01/13/16 5:19 PM
The 3rd Annual Harney County Coyote Classic will take place near Burns and Crane this weekend. This competition hunt will include at least 150-160 people in one-, two- and three-person teams who will be hunting on mostly private land in areas around Burns and Crane.

They will hunt for 48 hours, from 7 p.m. Friday (Jan. 15) through 6 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 17).

Throughout the weekend, as the competition is taking place, folks may hear gunshots or see spotlights at night. We want to reassure you that are part of the lawful coyote hunt.

The competition organizers have asked participants to stay off Sodhouse Lane.

If you have safety concerns or questions, please call 541-573-3162. This line is not monitored 24 hours a day. If you feel you are in immediate danger, call 911.

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Mon. 01/11/16
Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward Issues Statement For Community
Harney Co. Sheriff - 01/11/16 5:57 PM
Please refer to attached statement from Sheriff Dave Ward.


Attached Media Files: 2016-01/5384/91037/Sheriff_Statement_-_Jan_11_2016.docx
BPA Chief Financial Officer Nancy Mitman announces retirement (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 01/11/16 3:47 PM
BPA Chief Financial Officer Nancy Mitman announces retirement.
BPA Chief Financial Officer Nancy Mitman announces retirement.
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Portland, Ore. -- Chief Financial Officer Nancy Mitman announced today she will retire from the Bonneville Power Administration in July 2016.

Mitman, who was appointed executive vice president and chief financial officer in September of 2014, began her career at BPA in 1988 as an accountant and steadily rose through the ranks of financial management and leadership. As CFO, Mitman oversees capital and debt management, accounting, cash management and budgeting for BPA's $4.3 billion total budget.

"The Northwest has benefited greatly from Nancy's incredible wealth of knowledge of federal budgeting and BPA's financial infrastructure," said BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer. "Throughout her tenure, Nancy has kept a steadfast focus on keeping our costs low, maintaining thorough and transparent financial records, and building business practices that are both modern and efficient. In addition, she has brought a longer-term perspective to the comprehensive financial health of our organization that will bring even more benefits to the region for decades to come."

Before serving as CFO, Mitman acted as BPA's executive vice president and chief financial officer for more than a year. During that period, BPA conducted the first Capital Investment Review, a public process that involves a new, cross-agency capital prioritization and allows interested parties the opportunity to comment on BPA's draft asset strategies and 10-year capital forecasts. In addition to multiple stints as acting chief financial officer, she also served as BPA's treasurer and deputy chief financial officer.

"It's been a privilege to work with the people at BPA, sharing their passion for public service," Mitman said. "BPA's important public responsibilities and the evolution of our industry have offered a multitude of opportunities to contribute to achieving regional benefits and giving back to the community I call home."

Mitman wanted to make this announcement ahead of her retirement date in order to provide an orderly transition to a new CFO. This should allow more than enough time to conduct the federal selection process and provide a brief overlap period before her departure. BPA will soon post a vacancy announcement for the next chief financial officer, a Senior Executive Service position.


Attached Media Files: BPA Chief Financial Officer Nancy Mitman announces retirement.
Progress Report on Early Start Act Released (Photo)
Wash. State Dept. of Early Learning - 01/11/16 1:23 PM
Governor J. Inslee signs the Early Start Act
Governor J. Inslee signs the Early Start Act
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The Department of Early Learning (DEL) has released its first annual progress report following the passage of the Early Start Act in July 2015 (photo caption: Governor Inslee signs the Early Start Act on July 6, 2015).

The report is a comprehensive view of how the Early Start Act will enhance school readiness for Washington's youngest learners. The act, which has garnered bi-partisan support in the state legislature and national recognition by former secretary of education, Arne Duncan, has developed key, achievable targets that will increase access to high quality early learning opportunities for all children.

The report was prepared by the Department of Early Learning in collaboration with Child Care Aware of Washington and the Early Achievers Review Subcommittee of the Early Learning Advisory Council.

"As a signatory of the bill that created the Early Start Act, I'm proud and excited to be able to sign on to this, the first formal report of DEL's progress towards implementing the ESA," said DEL Director Ross Hunter.

Director Hunter included ambitious goals to be implemented by the Department of Early Learning in the coming years. These goals are for:
Ninety percent of the children DEL serves are "Kindergarten ready" by 2020 and
To eliminate race as a predictor of "Kindergarten readiness" by 2020.

The report features data and demographic information about Washington children of various age and race in regard to their development and "Kindergarten readiness."

To view the full report, please visit del.wa.gov/government/EarlyStartAct or search "Early Start Act" on DEL's website.


Attached Media Files: Word document attachment with hyperlinks. , Governor J. Inslee signs the Early Start Act