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Hydropower -- answering the cold weather call - Columbia and Snake River dams crank out the power
Bonneville Power Administration - 01/13/17 3:53 PM
Portland, Ore. -- Prolonged subfreezing temperatures across the Pacific Northwest are driving power demand to its highest levels in nearly 10 years--topping out on Friday, Jan. 6 at 10,943 megawatts. That's enough electricity to power nearly eight million homes.

In recent days, power demand has moved above 10,000 MW. Although electricity demands exceeding 10,000 MW are uncommon, Friday's peak is not a record; that honor goes to the year 1990, when BPA's system reached an all-time-high of 11,970 MW.

The January 6 peak was the highest BPA has seen since 2009, when winter demand reached 11,561 MW. For perspective, one MW is enough electricity to power 700 average sized homes.

The bulk of this BPA supplied electricity comes from 10 federal dams, six on the Columbia River and four on the Lower Snake. These dams are part of the Federal Columbia River Power System that encompasses 31 federal dams and one nuclear power plant, the Columbia Generating Station.

About BPA
The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 142 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 261 substations to 475 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
King Co. School Districts
Senior Citizen Technology Help Day in Shoreline on Monday, Jan. 16
Shoreline School District - 01/13/17 7:29 AM
Are you a senior citizen who could use some technology help or know one who does? If so, stop by the Shoreline Center, 18560 1st Ave. NE, Shoreline on Monday, January 16 between 8:30-11:30 a.m. Students from Shorewood and Shorecrest High Schools will be hosting a "Senior Citizen Technology Help Day" to provide one-on-one technology assistance to senior citizens who want to learn more about using technology in their daily lives.

Student technology experts will be available for seniors to learn how to:
Send and receive emails
Create a social media profile
Skype video-conference
Send photos online
Watch online videos
Search for information
Use emojis
...and much more!

Seniors are also encouraged to bring any of their own devices (cell phones, laptops, tablets) that they need help with.

Attached Media Files: 2017-01/4271/100905/Technology_Help_Day.pdf
Einstein Principal Honored as Regional Middle School Principal of the Year (Photo)
Shoreline School District - 01/13/17 7:16 AM
Nyla Fritz
Nyla Fritz
The Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP) has selected Einstein Middle School Principal Nyla Fritz as the Regional Middle Level Principal of the Year for the Kingco North Region. The award recognizes outstanding middle school principals who provide the highest teaching and learning experiences for students and staff, as well as demonstrating exceptional contributions to their profession.

While it's an individual award, Fritz was quick to credit her students, staff and families for the recognition. "It takes a hard working and devoted team coming together for a common purpose to make Einstein the fantastic school it is," said Fritz. "We celebrate the things we do really well, but we're not afraid to hold a mirror up to the areas we still need to improve and grow to ensure that all students reach their full potential."

"We couldn't be prouder of Principal Fritz and Einstein Middle School," said Superintendent Rebecca Miner. "They serve as shining examples of what we know to be true here in Shoreline Schools; we have amazing schools because of the people who work in them to provide each and every student with the best education possible."

The Kingco North region of the AWSP includes the Shoreline, Northshore and Lake Washington School Districts.

Attached Media Files: Nyla Fritz