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Seattle/Western Wash. News Releases for Tue. Jul. 26 - 2:47 pm
Tue. 07/26/16
OSP Seeking Public's Assistance With Identifying Additional Victims Of Sex Abuse (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/26/16 1:49 PM
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The Oregon State Police is continuing it's investigation into sex abuse allegations against a Grants Pass man, Michael "Bo" FRAMPTON. OSP Detectives arrested FRAMPTON, age 39, on July 1, 2016 in the Grants Pass area for the following charges:

Sex Abuse I (5 counts)
Sodomy I (4 counts)
Attempted Rape I

The victim, a nine year old female, was known to FRAMPTON.

Since the original release last week of his arrest, 9 other victims of abuse have been identified. It is believed FRAMPTON has abused multiple victims over the past 20 years. He has lived in Grants Pass, Gold Beach, Port Orchard, Washington and an unknown location in Arizona. FRAMPTON has worked as a used car salesman and odd jobs.

OSP is seeking to identify any additional victims of abuse by FRAMPTON as it is possible there are others that have not yet come forward. The victims known to OSP at this time were females between the ages of 9 and 15.

Any persons with information are asked to call Detective Brendan Quirke at 541-618-7952. No further information will be released at this time.


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Thu. 07/21/16
BPA names Mizumori Cathcart VP of Transmission System Operations (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 07/21/16 11:08 AM
The Bonneville Power Administration has selected Michelle Mizumori Cathcart to be its vice president of Transmission System Operations.
The Bonneville Power Administration has selected Michelle Mizumori Cathcart to be its vice president of Transmission System Operations.
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Portland, Ore. -- The Bonneville Power Administration has selected Michelle Mizumori Cathcart to be its vice president of Transmission System Operations. She will begin her new position Aug. 8.

"Michelle is a results-driven leader with impressive electric power industry experience and academic credentials," said Richard Shaheen, senior vice president for Transmission Services. "She's a great addition to the BPA transmission team, as well as an outstanding talent to oversee the operations of Bonneville's transmission system and tackle all of the complexities of delivering electric power today."

As leader of BPA's Transmission System Operations organization, Mizumori Cathcart will oversee the safe, reliable and open access operation and dispatch of BPA's high-voltage transmission system and interconnected generation. The group also operates and manages BPA's two regional control centers and represents the agency on operations and other coordination issues with the Northwest Power Pool, California Independent System Operator, PacifiCorp and other balancing authorities and system operators. She succeeds Randi Thomas, who has led the organization since 2006 and is retiring this summer.

"I am thrilled to join BPA and lead a team of professionals dedicated to Bonneville's mission of delivering reliable power and services to the customers and communities we serve," Mizumori Cathcart said.

Most recently, Mizumori Cathcart served as the director of strategy and organizational performance at Peak Reliability, a reliability coordinator that provides situational awareness and real-time monitoring of the bulk electric systems of 14 western states, British Columbia, and the northern portion of Baja California, Mexico. Before assuming that role, she oversaw Peak's real-time operations and training as the director of operations.

Prior to arriving at Peak, Mizumori Cathcart served as the managing director of operations and market interface at the Western Electricity Coordinating Council, a regional entity responsible for compliance monitoring of bulk electric system reliability in the Western Interconnection. She spent the early part of her career at Madison Gas and Electric Company where she led the Wisconsin utility's participation in the Midwest Independent System Operator and the Midwest Contingency Reserve Sharing Group, and was responsible for purchased power agreements and operator training.

Mizumori Cathcart has a doctorate of Philosophy in Geography and Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, a master's of Business Administration from Washington State University and a bachelor's of Science in Engineering from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania.


Attached Media Files: The Bonneville Power Administration has selected Michelle Mizumori Cathcart to be its vice president of Transmission System Operations.
Thu. 07/14/16
Washington Programs Receive Community Based Child Abuse Prevention Funding
Wash. State Dept. of Early Learning - 07/14/16 9:15 AM
OLYMPIA, WA -- Eleven programs were awarded funding from the Community Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) federal funding source for the 2016/2017 fiscal year.

"This year's recipients serve hundreds of Washington families," said Greg Williamson, Assistant Director at the Washington State Department of Early Learning. "These community organizations ensure that families have the social and emotional tools they need to keep their children healthy and safe."

Each grantee organization offers services to support some, if not all, of Strengthening Families Protective Factor Framework:
Knowledge of parenting and child development,
Social connections,
Parental resiliency,
Concrete support in times of need and
Social and emotional competence of children/nurturing and attachment.

The programs awarded serve low income families, provide educational support services, match children with special needs to services, aid homeless families, promote prevention of child maltreatment and more.

This year's recipients include:
Parent Trust for Washington Children, King County
Ukrainian Community Center of Washington, King County
Families Together for People with Disabilities, Whitman County
American Indian Community Center, Spokane
First Step Family Support Center, Clallam County
Housing Hope, Snohomish County
South Sound Parent to Parent, Thurston County
Volunteers of America of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho, Spokane County
The NW Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian & Gay Survivors of Abuse, King County
Perinatal Support of Washington, King, Grays Harbor, Pierce and Yakima Counties
San Juan Island Family Resource Center, San Juan County

Denotes first-year program grantee.

For more information on CBCAP and grantees, visit Strengthening Families Washington.

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


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Tue. 07/12/16
New Horizon Church is hosting a clothing drive to raise money for their mission's fund.
Clothes for the Cause - 07/12/16 9:56 AM
Fife, WA -- New Horizon Church partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for their mission's fund.

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

You can drop off your donations to this clothing drive at: New Horizon Church, located at 5600 Valley Ave E. They will be collecting donations between now and July 24th.

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.
Relay For Life Sumner Bonney Lake is hosting a clothing drive to raise money for The American Cancer Society
Clothes for the Cause - 07/12/16 9:54 AM
Sumner/Bonney Lake, WA -- Relay For Life partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for The American Cancer Society.

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

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

You can drop off your donations to this clothing drive at: Sunset Chevrolet Stadium. They will be collecting donations between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. on July 22nd.

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.
Philadelphia Church is hosting a clothing drive to raise money for their mission's fund.
Clothes for the Cause - 07/12/16 9:51 AM
Ballard, WA -- Philadelphia Church partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for their mission trip to Vermont.

Philadelphia Church is all about people connecting. Connecting with God. Connecting with others. Connecting with the world. The church is sending a group to Vermont to help a family in need and your donations can help them raise money for this trip.

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: Philadelphia Church, located at 7704 24th Ave NW, Seattle. They will be collecting donations between now and July 17th.

For more information, contact your local Event Planner, Cindy Spencer at 425-922-2493, Facebook at Clothes for the Cause, Twitter @Clothes4_Cause, Instagram Clothes4_Cause or online at www.clothesforthecausefundraising.com.
Pacific Dance Center is hosting a Shoe drive to raise money for scholarships for dancers.
Clothes for the Cause - 07/12/16 9:50 AM
Bellevue --Pacific Dance Center partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects shoes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for scholarships for dancers.

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.

You can drop off your paired shoes for this shoe drive at: 12611 Northup Way. They will be collecting donations now through July 15th.

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.
Fri. 07/08/16
NW Plus Credit Union Announces Scholarship Winners
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 07/08/16 2:30 PM
NW Plus CU is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2016/2017 Scholarships. Each year the applications grow and the scholarship candidates become more diverse in their attributes and career goals.

$2,000 Post Secondary Winners

1. Dana Arenz. Dana attends University of Washington where she maintains a 3.80 GPA. She is interested in becoming an OB/GYN.
2. Nicole Buell. Nicole attends Everett Community College where she maintains a 3.85 GPA. She plans on pursuing a degree in Animal Science and eventually her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University. She plans to become a Veterinarian.

$1,000 High School Winners

1. Haeley Johnson. Haeley will graduate from Mountlake Terrace High School where she has maintained a 3.95 GPA. Her plans are to study biochemistry at Washington State University in Pulllman, WA.
2. Anais Dawson. Anais will graduate from Nooksack Valley High School with a 3.925 GPA plus her Associates of Arts Degree. She plans to attend Western Washington University and obtain her Bachelor's Degree in Programming.
3. Montana Mattson. Montana will graduate from Stanwood High School with a 3.981 GPA. She plans on attending Montana State University where she will pursue a degree in Physics.

$500 High School Winners

1. Kylie Larson. Kylie will graduate from Lake Stevens High School and will continue studying at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Her dream is to become a nurse,
2. Mitchell Sawyer. Mitchell will graduate from Marysville Pilchuck High School and plans to continue at Everett Community College. He is interested in pursuing a career in Fire Science. His ambition is to become a Fireman and help the community where he lives.

From choir to football to the reserve corps to 4-H, all of our applicants had a broad range of interests and activities that they participate in. NW Plus CU is pleased to take part in these deserving recipients' journeys.



NW Plus Credit Union's scholarship program was established in 1993 and is open to members of the credit union. NW Plus Credit Union is a full service, not-for-profit financial institution. Membership is open to those live, work or worship in Washington State along with over 90 Select Employer Groups. To find out more about the financial benefits of NW Plus Credit Union, call 425.297.1000 or 800.456.6481 Ext. 0 today or visit our website at nwpluscu.com!


Attached Media Files: 2016-07/4992/95982/NW_Plus_scholarship_winners.doc
Thu. 07/07/16
WHPacific volunteer and team are preparing for 2016, 200+ mph, SeaFair Hydroplane Racing on Lake Washington for SeaFair, Seattle
Woloshin Communications - 07/07/16 11:47 AM
It's a breathtaking spectator sport. Set for Sunday, Aug. 7, Hydroplane racing, a highlight of this years' annual Seattle SeaFair annually draws thousands of spectators. Race day starts at 7:30 a.m. with five heats during the day and the final race at approximately 5:30 p.m. The Hydroplane races are one city's oldest and most cherished traditions, and the 2016 SeaFair will feature the world's fastest powerboats, running a 2.5-mile precision course at speeds that may exceed 200 mph as the U.S. Navy Blue Angels soar their own precision course overhead. Hydroplane boats must race with at least one point of the boat in the water; most of the boat is above the waterline.

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

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

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

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

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

About WHPacific

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

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

About NANA

NANA's mission is to preserve the culture as well as build the future for the Iņupiat, creating training, education and jobs for the Iņupiat people. The corporation, founded in 1974, evolved from the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Acts (ANCSA) of 1971. NANA has distributed more than $199 million to Iņupiat shareholders and shares cannot be sold or traded. They are required to remain with the Iņupiat people. NANA represents the interests of more than 13,500 Iņupiat shareholders, descendants of the first people to populate northwest Alaska over 10,000 years ago.
Fri. 07/01/16
Summer Travel Safety Tips for Your Credit, Debit Cards -Video & Infographic Provided
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 07/01/16 1:02 PM
SeaTac, WA -- Fifty-nine percent of Americans will travel this summer, according to American Express. Whether you're staying close to home and summiting Mt. Rainer, or hiking in the Swiss Alps, you can use your credit and debit cards with confidence. Simply follow these security safety tips provided by Northwest credit unions:
First, take advantage of your credit union's account monitoring systems that allow you to track your spending. Check daily, and report any suspicious activity immediately.
EMV chip cards provide an extra layer of security when you use them on site (not online). Not all merchants have caught up with this technology trend. If the merchant's chip system isn't operating yet, you can still use your card, but continue to monitor your transactions daily.
If you enter a pin number, use your other hand to shield the number from anyone who may be watching.
Be sure your card is returned following each purchase and that it is indeed your card.
Wait for the receipt. Never leave it at the checkout counter; and keep receipts with you, not in your shopping bags.
Keep a list of your card account numbers and telephone numbers to call if your cards are lost or stolen. Keep that list in a secure place--not in your wallet.
Know that your PIN can be stolen in other ways. There is a heat signature left on non-metal keypads for several minutes after you use it. Infrared cameras installed on Smartphones can be used to measure this heat signature and obtain your PIN. Stop this fraud by resting your fingers on other keys while typing in your PIN.
Unfortunately, thieves can place "skimming" devices on ATMs to steal your card and PIN numbers, so they can make fake cards and steal your money. Look for anything unusual near the speakers and beside the screen. Pull or twist on the device where you insert your card to make sure it's secure. If you find a skimming device has been attached don't use the ATM, and call police immediately.
Finally, let your credit union know that you will be traveling, and the destination. Credit union employees are looking out for you, and they pay attention to your spending patterns so they freeze your card and alert you if there is unusual spending. Letting the credit union know that you are traveling will allow you to continue to use your cards conveniently.
For use on your online channels, we are offering some additional resources your news audiences may find helpful:
An infographic regarding consumers' limited liability if their cards are stolen:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/tp77f1bb5ri4obq/ID-Theft-Liability-Infographic.pdf?dl=0

An animated video helping consumers take the right steps if their credit or debit cards are compromised:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/pjmny6r12st82xk/IDTheftv2.mov?dl=0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8m-SpuETJ_s



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


Attached Media Files: 2016-07/4992/95797/NWCUA_WA_News_Release_Travel_Card_Tips.docx
Road Map Region Race to the Top Executive Committee Issues Preliminary Award of $250,000 to Federal Way Public Schools for Community-School Partnerships
Puget Sound ESD - 07/01/16 11:16 AM
The Executive Committee for the Road Map Region Race to the Top grant issued a preliminary award of $250,000 in Investment Funds for Community-School Partnerships (Deep Dive 3) as part of the third and final round of awards to community partners and districts participating in the consortium.

This Investment Fund is used to allow additional school and community partnerships to turn around academic performance in high need schools. The projects are expected to produce examples, lessons learned, and models. Race to the Top has invested $4.8 million in ten Community-School Partnerships.

Federal Way School District - $250,000
Partners: Stemtac, Communities in Schools, Good Shepard Youth Outreach, Open Doors for Multicultural Families, Community Cafe Collaborative, Multiservice Center
Schools: Olympic View Elementary, Wildwood Elementary, Sequoyah Middle, Federal Way High

The project supports students who are English Language Learners, Low Income, Special Education, or students of color. It features a Parent Academy of 25 families per site for a total of 100 families. An estimated 296 students will be served in a STEM enrichment program.

"Creating powerful community-school partnerships takes a great deal of trust, effort, creativity, and commitment," said PSESD Community Partnerships Director, Matthew Gulbranson. "This project represents that effort and it is exciting to see how partners think and operate together. This kind of learning and growth was a primary focus of the investment process, and is a win for this work as we bring communities, schools, and districts together to serve our students and families."

An independent panel was assembled to score the proposals and make recommendations to the Executive Committee. Award recommendations were made based on points received as well as other factors that impact the region such as return on investment and scalability. Following preliminary award decisions, PSESD will finalize the terms of each award with districts through a contracting process.

A 2016 Community Partnerships Report was also produced to take a deeper look at partnerships occurring under Race to the Top, building on the last evaluation report, which highlighted general trends and challenges that affect school--Community Based Organization partnerships, and including a focus on district-to-district partnerships.


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About the Road Map Region Race to the Top Grant
The Auburn, Federal Way, Highline, Kent, Renton, Seattle and Tukwila school districts competed together for $40 million in Race to the Top federal funding as the Road Map District Consortium. The districts' grant was among 16 winners picked from nearly 400 applications by the U.S. Department of Education. The Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) is responsible for managing the grant's implementation and functions as the fiscal agent. For more information visit www.roadmapracetothetop.org


Attached Media Files: 2016-07/4161/95795/FWPS_Deep_DIve_3_PR_070116.pdf
Thu. 06/30/16
BPA selects Javier Fernandez as next chief financial officer (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 06/30/16 12:24 PM
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Portland, Ore. -- Javier Fernandez has been appointed executive vice president and chief financial officer for the Bonneville Power Administration. Fernandez, currently BPA's deputy chief financial officer, will assume his new role in the next few weeks, taking over for Nancy Mitman, who announced earlier this year that she would retire in July.

As BPA's chief financial officer, Fernandez will oversee capital and debt management, accounting, cash management and budgeting for BPA's $4.3 billion total budget.

"Javier unquestionably brings to this vital position the kind of financial knowledge and real-world experience that will help us meet the many challenges sweeping today's energy industry," said BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer. "I look forward to working closely with him as we map out our path for lasting success, with an eye toward remaining the Northwest's wholesale energy provider of choice."

Fernandez joined BPA in 2012. In addition to leading the capital portfolio management program, he has served as BPA's treasurer, directing financial planning and investment of funds for BPA and exercising authority for receipt, disbursement, banking, custody of funds and financial instruments.

Before coming to BPA, he served for three years as senior vice president with D.A. Davidson & Co., a financial services firm, and seven years with Seattle-Northwest Securities, performing public finance banking and financial advisory services to municipal jurisdictions primarily in Oregon.

"The energy industry is in a transformative era, and I am very excited to be among those utility professionals who will have a chance to address the challenges and opportunities ahead while continuing our legacy of delivering on our mission to the region," Fernandez said. "At the same time, I look forward to -- and recognize the importance of -- working with our customers and other stakeholders to continue BPA's prudent approach to fiscal management."

Fernandez has a Bachelor of Science in economics from ITAM in Mexico City and a master's in Business Administration from Yale University. He and his wife, Belinda, live in Portland, where earlier this year they welcomed new daughter Emily into their family, joining their 5-year-old daughter, Lucia, and 2-year-old son, Alex.

BPA is a federal agency that markets wholesale electrical power from 31 federal hydroelectric projects in the Northwest and one nonfederal nuclear plant providing about 28 percent of the electric power used in the Northwest. BPA also operates and maintains about three-fourths of the high-voltage transmission in its service territory, which includes Idaho, Oregon, Washington, western Montana and small parts of eastern Montana, California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA also funds regional efforts to protect and rebuild fish and wildlife populations affected by hydropower development in the Northwest.


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Wed. 06/29/16
Credit Unions commit $1M to relieve expense worries for families of Seattle Children's patients
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 06/29/16 6:01 PM
Video link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/zemcckiqcmzk88w/childrens%20hospital%20Seattle.mov?dl=0"
CREDIT UNIONS COMMIT $1M TO RELIEVE EXPENSE WORRIES FOR FAMILIES OF SEATTLE CHILDREN's PATIENTS

Eight-year-old Sienna Braun, a Federal Way 3rd grader, has been through a journey no child should have to endure--a cancer diagnosis two years ago, a relapse, and a bone marrow transplant eight months ago today.
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Seattle Children's Hospital]
Sienna's family and her medical team at Seattle Children's Hospital have been her biggest champions. She had plenty of support and the best of medical care -and now she's bouncing back. One thing her family didn't have to worry about during the journey--the nearly $3 million dollars in medical bills. Those expenses were covered by her family's insurance, and by organizations such as "Credit Unions for Kids" helping pay the costs of unfunded care.
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Janette Braun/Sienna's Mom
"We don't have to worry about any of that. All we get to do is focus on her-her everyday needs."
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Sienna Braun/Cancer Survivor
"Seattle Children's I love this place. This is my favorite my favorite hospital now."
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So today, Seattle Children's 6th level Skybridge was named for Credit Unions for Kids. The Seattle area credit unions have committed $1million over the next five years and earmarked the funding for "uncompensated care"--the expenses insurance doesn't cover and families can't afford.
[Jim Morrell/CEO, Peninsula Credit Union]
"The number one cause of bankruptcy is medical debt. If we can help families avoid that and help them avoid the stress of that then we are really helping with the health and wellbeing of that child and that family."
Credit Unions for Kids is a national charity which has contributed over $150 Million to the 170 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals in America.
You can follow Sienna's story on Facebook- Her page is "Sienna Strong Against Cancer."

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


Attached Media Files: 2016-06/4992/95733/Video_link-Credit_unions_give_back_to_teachers.docx
BPA celebrates 25th anniversary of Spokane Tribal Hatchery (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 06/29/16 4:44 PM
Milton Ray, a 16-month-old tribal member, watches fish at the Spokane Tribal Hatchery, which raises rainbow trout and kokanee salmon for release into Lake Roosevelt, Banks Lake and reservation inland lakes.
Milton Ray, a 16-month-old tribal member, watches fish at the Spokane Tribal Hatchery, which raises rainbow trout and kokanee salmon for release into Lake Roosevelt, Banks Lake and reservation inland lakes.
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New agreement promises ratepayer support of Spokane Tribal Hatchery for another 20 years

Ford, Wash. - Today, the Spokane Tribe of Indians and the Bonneville Power Administration signed a new agreement that promises BPA ratepayer support of the Spokane Tribal Hatchery for another 20 years. The agreement also includes funding for hatchery modernization and improvements.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Artifacts, photos and reading panes chronicling historical fisheries, tribal subsistence and the cultural significance of the river are on display at the Spokane Tribal Hatchery -- open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.to 3 p.m.


Attached Media Files: Milton Ray, a 16-month-old tribal member, watches fish at the Spokane Tribal Hatchery, which raises rainbow trout and kokanee salmon for release into Lake Roosevelt, Banks Lake and reservation inland lakes. , Carol Evans, chair of the Spokane Tribal Council, and BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer commemorate the signing of a new 20-year funding agreement for the Spokane Tribal Hatchery in Ford, Wash.
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Two Adults, Three Children in Washougal, WA
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 06/29/16 1:31 AM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on June 28, 2016, at approximately 9:30 p.m., in the 4500 block of Addy Street in Washougal, WA. The fire affected two adults, three children and five pets.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Tue. 06/28/16
Media Invite: Credit Unions Commit $1 Million to Seattle Children's Hospital Wed. June 29 2:00 p.m.
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 06/28/16 1:45 PM
SeaTac, WA. -- The last thing a family with a sick child needs to worry about is how the bills will be paid. Seattle area credit unions--which contributed over $1 million to Seattle Children's Hospital in the last decade--have a solution to help families.

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

How great is the need? Fill up Safeco Field about three times, to represent the number of patients for whom Seattle Children's Hospital provided nearly $112 million in "uncompensated care" last year.

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

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

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

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

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

As some media reservations are already made, additional teams will be accommodated. Please email lheider@nwcua.org by 1PM Wednesday if you are attending. A member of Seattle Children's public relations team will meet media at the River entrance at 1:45 p.m. Please bring a photo ID for check-in. Parking is available in LOT 1: http://www.seattlechildrens.org/contact/main-hospital/map/




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


Attached Media Files: 2016-06/4992/95689/Credit_Unions_Commit__1M_to_Seattle_Childrens.docx
Mon. 06/27/16
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Two Adults in Vancouver, WA
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 06/27/16 10:26 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on June 27, 2016 at approximately 14:00 in the 900 block of W 16th Street in Vancouver, WA.

This multi-family home fire affected two adults. Red Cross provided assistance in the form of temporary lodging, assistance to meet immediate basic needs, health and mental health services and information about recovery services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The American Red Cross provides hope and comfort to people affected by community disasters, helping victims anywhere and anytime. 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/cascades to schedule an appointment.
BLM Initiates Wild Horse Research in Oregon
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 06/27/16 2:35 PM
Agency Works with Veterinarians to Study Safe, Humane Methods to Spay Mares, Control Unchecked Herd Growth

Portland, Ore. -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Burns (Oregon) District today released its decision to initiate research, in cooperation with Oregon State University, to develop and evaluate safe and humane methods to spay wild horse mares as a method for managing the growth of wild horse herds on public lands. The decision comes on the heels of the BLM's latest annual population estimate that shows approximately 67,000 wild horses and burros roaming public lands in 10 Western states. This most recent estimate is 15 percent -- equivalent to 9,000 additional animals -- more than what was estimated in 2015. The population of wild horses and burros on public lands is now more than double what the agency has determined is healthy for the animals and the rangeland resources on which they and many other species depend. The BLM's goal is to manage healthy horses on healthy rangelands.

Managing the population of wild horse herds is essential to maintain the health of the animals and of public lands. With virtually no natural predators, herds can grow 15-20 percent per year, doubling in just four years if left unchecked. Overpopulation on the range can damage fragile rangeland resources and compromise animal health. In addition to the on-range population, the BLM is responsible for the care of 46,000 unadopted wild horses and burros in its off-range pastures and corral facilities. It costs nearly $50,000 to care for one unadopted horse in a corral over its lifetime. The BLM is tasked with overseeing the protection, management and control of wild horses and burros by the Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971 (Public Law 92-195).

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) found in a June 2013 report there are no highly effective, easily delivered, and affordable fertility-control methods available across the BLM's West-wide Herd Management Areas. As a result of these findings, the BLM aims to develop a variety of new population management tools to reduce the number of animals that must be removed from the range as well as the number of animals that must be cared for in off-range facilities. As part of this effort, the decision announced today will initiate three of 21 research studies and projects with universities and the U.S. Geological Survey to develop new management tools and improve wild horse and burro management. Detailed information about each project has been posted on the agency's website (http://on.doi.gov/1WDtWjt).

The three research studies announced today are focused on investigating the safety and effectiveness of three methods of mare fertility control. The BLM has awarded a research grant to Oregon State University to conduct the studies, and the procedures will follow an animal care protocol approved by the university. Licensed and experienced veterinarians will conduct the procedures and provide post-procedure care. The research will start this summer at Oregon's Wild Horse Off-Range Corral in Hines, OR.

The BLM considered the Proposed Action to conduct the studies and the No Action alternatives in Environmental Assessment DOI-BLM-OR-B000-2015-0055. The BLM has selected the Proposed Action. Copies of the Environmental Assessment, Finding of No Significant Impact, and Decision Record are found on BLM's planning documents website: https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/. To search for a document, you can use the map to locate Burns District or click on the "Text Search" tab and search by state, document type, year (2015), and program. For further information on the Spay Research project, please contact the BLM's Burns District Office at (541) 573-4400.

Additional steps BLM is taking to address wild horse population issues include transitioning horses from off-range corrals to more cost-effective pastures; working to increase adoptions with new programs and partnerships; and requesting two new pieces of legislative authority in the Department's Fiscal Year 2017 budget request--one to allow for the immediate transfer of wild horses to other agencies that have a need for work animals and one that would create a congressionally-chartered foundation that could help fund and support adoption efforts.


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

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Attached Media Files: Press Release
Aberdeen student claims second national automotive title
Aberdeen SD - 06/27/16 11:56 AM
Jonathon Ball of Aberdeen became the first student in the country to win back-to-back gold medals when he claimed the Automotive Service Technology title at the 52nd annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, KY, over the weekend.

Ball earned his second national title in record fashion. His combined score of 861 is the most ever earned at the competition. He is a 2016 graduate of Aberdeen High School and the son of Brian and Susan Ball of Aberdeen.

SkillsUSA officials are expected to confirm this week that Ball will be invited to represent the United States at the World Skills Championships to be held in Abu Dhabi in 2017.

More than 350,000 career and technical education students take part in SkillsUSA programs nationwide. State champions are eligible to compete at the national conference. The automotive students compete over eight hours at 15 different skill and knowledge stations.

As the national champion, Ball was awarded more than $70,000 in scholarships and $10,000 in tools. In addition, he won a 2015 Chevrolet Camaro for use in the Aberdeen High School automotive program.

Aberdeen SkillsUSA sent five state champions to the national conference. Rafael Lopez-Soriano, a 2016 Hoquiam High School graduate, earned a silver medal in Major Appliance and Refrigeration and won $35,000 in scholarships and prizes; Dakota Mullikin and Bailey Harper, both of AHS, placed 18th overall while earning Skill Point Certification in Audio Production and won more than $2,000 in scholarships, and Grant Bowley of AHS finished 29th overall in Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration and won more than $1,000 in prizes and scholarships.

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PeaceHealth selects government affairs expert to serve in new role (Photo)
PeaceHealth - 06/27/16 9:08 AM
Brian Shipley
Brian Shipley
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VANCOUVER, Wash. -- PeaceHealth announced today that Mr. Brian Shipley will join the health system as system vice president for government affairs. In this new role, Shipley will serve as a key liaison between PeaceHealth and the federal government, as well as the state governments of Alaska, Oregon and Washington.

"We are truly excited about having Brian serve our health care ministry and our communities," said Carol Aaron, PeaceHealth executive vice president and chief administrative officer. "By building relationships with political representatives, staff and lobbyists, Brian will strive to influence legislation that serves the people of our communities and aligns with the PeaceHealth Mission."

Shipley has a proven background and expertise in government affairs with more than 20 years of experience. He has a successful advocacy and government relations track record, having served most recently as chief of staff in the office of Oregon Gov. Kate Brown. He's also served as legislative director in the office of Gov. John Kitzhaber, as deputy chief of staff in the office of Gov. Ted Kulongoski, and as director of legislation in the office of Senate President Peter Courtney. Shipley also has experience with federal issues and partnering with leaders in Washington state.

"In addition to his impressive governmental background, Brian offers broad strategic public affairs experience that includes leading, planning and executing multifaceted public policy initiatives," Aaron said.

Brian brings a wealth of health care government knowledge, previously working as the associate vice president of government relations for Oregon Health & Science University.

"I'm excited to be returning to the health care environment and I'm particularly moved by PeaceHealth's Mission," said Shipley. "I'm passionate about healing people, which may seem odd for a 'government affairs guy,' but that's exactly why I'm thrilled about serving in this new role."

Shipley holds a juris doctor degree from Georgetown University. A California native, he moved to Oregon to attend Willamette University where he received a bachelor of arts in politics and environmental science. Shipley's first day at PeaceHealth will be June 27.

About PeaceHealth: PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska.
PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a group practice with about 900 providers, a laboratory system, and 10 medical centers. PeaceHealth was founded in 1890 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace to fill a need for health care services in the Pacific Northwest. The Sisters shared financial and personnel resources to open new hospitals.
They shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for health care in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of collaboration and stewardship in fulfilling its mission. This is The Spirit of Health.

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Attached Media Files: Brian Shipley