*** Update *** Missing Inmate from Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla Located/Arrested (Photo)Oregon State Police - Statewide - 02/26/15
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At approximately 10:49 a.m. on February 26, Umatilla County Dispatch received a call from a citizen reporting a sighting of Inmate Steven Fox near South 1st Street and East McKinney Ave just south of Hermiston. A Umatilla County Sheriff's Deputy responded and located Inmate Fox at approximately 11:00 a.m., near the reported location.
Inmate Fox was taken into custody without incident. After being taken into custody by UCSO he was transferred to the custody of the Oregon State Police and subsequently lodged at the Umatilla County Jail on an outstanding warrant issued as a result of his escape.
The Oregon State Police wishes to thank the public for remaining observant during the search for Inmate Fox and for the tip that ultimately led to his arrest.
Detectives from the Oregon State Police (OSP) are continuing their investigation and search for Inmate STEVEN LEE FOX, 49, who walked away from an inmate work crew at the Finley Buttes Landfill near Boardman on February 25th. The whereabouts of Inmate FOX are unknown at this time and detectives are working with the Department of Corrections in attempts to locate him.
Members of OSP and the Morrow County Sheriff's Office patrolled the area Inmate Fox was last observed throughout the night but were unsuccessful in locating him and plan to continue patrolling the area throughout the day.
OSP and local law enforcement wish to remind people traveling in Western Umatilla and Eastern Morrow Counties to be observant and report any suspicious persons and are reminded to be cautious of picking up any hitchhikers in the area.
Anyone who sees or has seen Inmate FOX is asked to contact the Oregon State Police by calling 800-452-7888.
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Original DOC Release:
Today at approximately 11:00 a.m., inmate Steven Lee Fox walked away from an Oregon Department of Corrections work crew at Finley Buttes Landfill near Boardman. Oregon State Police and the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office are responding.
Fox is an inmate at Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) in Umatilla. He was working on a ten-man crew when staff discovered he was missing.
Fox is a 49-year-old Caucasian male, 225 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jeans with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled on the knee in orange; and a blue t-shirt similarly stenciled in orange.
Fox entered DOC custody on Dec. 7, 2010, on one count of burglary in the first degree, one count of unlawful use of a vehicle, and one count of robbery in the second degree out of Multnomah County. He also has one count of burglary in the first degree out of Umatilla County. His earliest release date is Aug. 12, 2016.
Anyone with information regarding Fox's whereabouts is asked to call Oregon State Police at
Lori Davis, 541-922-2008, Lori.A.Davis@doc.state.or.us
Betty Bernt, 503-551-1216, Betty.A.Bernt@doc.state.or.usAttached Media Files: 2015-02/1002/82185/Steven_Lee_Fox.jpg
All 77 of BPA's annual reports now on lineBonneville Power Administration - 02/20/15
Portland, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration now has all 77 of its annual reports online at BPA.gov. Since President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Bonneville Project Act in 1937, BPA administrators have used these annual reports to share their thoughts about the year and describe BPA's financial performance in detail.
Each annual report covers BPA's fiscal year, which today runs from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, and provides financial highlights, management discussion and analysis, and financial statements. It also provides a letter from the BPA administrator that summarizes the year's accomplishments.
It's in these letters from the administrator that BPA's rich history unfolds. That history includes bringing electricity to all corners of the Northwest in the 1930s and '40s, supporting the war effort that led to the allies winning World War II and signing the Columbia River Treaty with Canada in the early '60s that has provided over 50 years of flood control, electricity and other benefits to both nations.
In 1970, BPA completed the Pacific Direct Current Intertie that allowed the region to begin sharing power with our neighbors to the south. In 1980, Congress passed the Northwest Power Act that gave rise to BPA's development of the largest energy conservation and salmon recovery programs in the country.
More recent annual reports highlight BPA's effort to sustain and expand the Federal Columbia River Power and Transmission System and connect more than 4,500 megawatts of renewable and carbon-free wind power to our transmission system.
BPA is a nonprofit federal agency that markets renewable hydropower from federal Columbia River dams, operates three-quarters of high-voltage transmission lines in the Northwest and funds one of the largest wildlife protection and restoration programs in the world. BPA and its partners have also saved enough electricity through energy efficiency projects to power four large American cities. For more information, contact us at 503-230-5131 or visit our website at www.bpa.gov.
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Technology Fiber Upgrade Impacts Learning in Clarkston SchoolsClarkston School Dist. - 02/20/15
CLARKSTON, WA - Thanks to collaborative efforts between the Clarkston School District, Pocket iNet, and the Port of Clarkston, students across Clarkston's schools are accessing content and learning at much faster speeds.
The installation of a new fiber optic infrastructure across the city has been a major project of the Port of Clarkston for the past two years. The Port has worked to install fiber cabling throughout Clarkston, offering residents the opportunity to take advantage of this new, high-speed Internet connection that is generally much faster than cable or copper connections. For the Clarkston School District, the fiber optic upgrade translates to an increase in WAN (wide area network) speeds by 20 to 30 times.
District IT Manager, Zach Wilson, is excited to bring this upgrade to Clarkston schools, where implementation of projects such as wireless saturation throughout the schools was previously not feasible under the old structure. He states that this new partnership is beneficial for the district as it works to meet the changing needs of educational technology.
"For teachers to function in today's 21st century classrooms, they need access to stream educational websites, videos, music and more," Wilson says. "We don't have to worry about bandwidth bottlenecks to the network anymore with this new upgrade."
The ever-increasing demands on students and teachers brought on by Common Core, Smarter Balanced, and other mandates places greater demand on technology requirements for schools to meet standards.
"The key to high speed connections using Port fiber," said Wanda Keefer, Port Manager, "is the internet service provider. We are delighted in our partnership with PocketiNet, who provides lit services to CSD."
"It was exciting to see how a great public-private partnership between the Port of Clarkston and PocketiNet could directly benefit the lives of students in the Clarkston School District area with this high-technology tool," states Todd Brandenburg, President of PocketiNet Communications. "It's not just about speed through fiber optics but about unlimited possibilities through applications that haven't even been considered yet. This is the key to creativity by removing barriers for our kids."
The District's fiber upgrade finished up during the early fall of 2014, and Clarkston schools are enjoying smooth sailing on the Internet. For more information, contact CSD Communications Director, Molly Curtiss, at 509.544.5787 or CurtissM@csdk12.org.
February 21: All-Clarkston Archery TournamentClarkston School Dist. - 02/19/15
CLARKSTON, WA - The 4th Annual All-Clarkston Archery Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, February 21 from 8 AM to 4 PM at the Lincoln Middle and Heights Elementary School gymnasiums. Each school's archery program in the district will compete in the tournament. Concessions will be available for purchase at this event.
Thanks to the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP), archery is offered in the Physical Education (PE) curriculum to 4th through 12th grade students in the Clarkston School District. On Saturday, students from elementary schools Grantham, Heights, Highland and Parkway, as well as Lincoln Middle School and Clarkston High School, will compete against one another for a place at the State competition in Ellensburg on March 28.
Lincoln Middle School teacher, Mr. Pat Ogden, says that the PE teachers from Clarkston's schools are excited to provide more than 150 students with an opportunity to be involved in a joint school-community activity that can become a life-long pursuit.
"At state, the students are expected to shoot in fairly small shooting areas and they have to deal with nerves that are hard to simulate in a practice setting," Ogden said. "Sometimes they are even shooting with an archer who is younger or older and maybe even a better archer than themselves. The Clarkston Archery Tournament tries to mimic these conditions, so our archers will be prepared for the real thing on March 28th."
The All-Clarkston Archery Tournament begins at 8 AM at both the Lincoln Middle School and Heights Elementary School gymnasiums on February 21. The tournament is open to the public, and donations by attendees to the Lincoln Archery Club are requested to raise funds for 10 new bows. These bows will be awarded to the top archers in the elementary, middle, and high school divisions. In last year's 2014 tournament, six bows were awarded. The Clarkston Archery Program has high hopes for great shooting and even more bows awarded at the 2015 tournament.
For more information, contact Pat Ogden at 509.758.5506, or Communications Director, Molly Curtiss, at 509.947.7305.
Jump $tart Grant Funds "Kid Cents"Clarkston School Dist. - 02/18/15
CLARKSTON, WA - Thanks to funding recently awarded to the Clarkston High School FCCLA program through a $2,000 Jump $tart grant, CHS Freshman, Katelyn Bittle, is working to teach elementary students about the value of a dollar.
The Washington Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) notified Clarkston FCCLA Advisor, Debbie Romesburg, that her grant proposal for the high school's Financial Fitness Project was selected for funding. Bittle is utilizing these funds for her FCCLA project "Kid Cents," which runs now through the month of March. Through her project, Bittle will present to sixth grade students at each of the four elementary schools in Clarkston, providing information on wants vs. needs, as well as saving for the future.
Bittle states that she plans to use grant money for project supplies, such as piggy banks for all sixth graders, a billboard encouraging parents to teach kids the art of saving, and various project supplies. Funds may also help with travel to the FCCLA State, and possibly National Leadership Conferences.
Congratulations to the Clarkston FCCLA program. For more information on the Kid Cents project or FCCLA, contact Debbie Romesburg at RomesburgD@csdk12.org.
CHS Students Headed to State DECA ConferenceClarkston School Dist. - 02/17/15
CLARKSTON, WA - Congratulations to the 48 Clarkston High School DECA members who qualified to attend the 70th Annual Washington State Career Development DECA Conference in Bellevue, scheduled for March 5-7. These students will compete against 3,550 students from across the state.
At the State Conference, DECA members will compete in a variety of events, which include categories such as food marketing, retail merchandising, sports and entertainment marketing, business law and ethics, travel and tourism, and hospitality. DECA members will present projects, complete role-plays, and test their overall business and marketing knowledge and skills.
DECA, an Association of Marketing Students, has designed these competitive events to "enable students to engage in activities that will extend their interests and skills for careers in marketing and measure, via performance indicators, the degree to which skills have already been acquired. In effect, the competitive events meet the goals of the marketing education curriculum by demonstrating occupational proficiency in specific areas of marketing, merchandising, management and entrepreneurship."
The 70th Annual Washington State Career Development DECA Conference takes place March 5-7 in Bellevue. For more information on the Clarkston DECA program, contact Lynn Carey at CareyL@csdk12.org.
FCCLA Regional Competition Results (Photo)Clarkston School Dist. - 02/13/15
CLARKSTON, WA - Clarkston High School FCCLA students competed in the Regional Leadership Conference on Wednesday, February 11 in Colfax, WA. Students who earned top level Gold award and will continue on in Competition at the State Leadership Conference:
- Jera Graham and Belle Graves - Chapter Service Display SR. - "Pet Protectors"
- Emily Ulrich, Maddie Bunce, and Rachel Lauzon - Chapter Service Display Jr. - "S.N.A.C.K."
- Logan Pitcher and Sabrina Moore - Chapter In Review Portfolio - "SOLAR"
- Ellisa Dilling - Job Interview - "Photography"
- Katelyn Bittle - National Programs in Action Jr. - "Kids Cents"
- Kathleen Hanks - National Programs in Action Sr. - "FCCLA at the Table"
Third Place rating went to Kaylee Rosgen and Brittany Poole - Interpersonal Communication. Qualifying to attend State Conference on State Evaluation Teams were students Kaylee Rosgen, Brittany Poole, Ally Vance, and Breanna Anderson.
Clarkston School District wishes to congratulate its FCCLA students and wish them good luck at the FCCLA State Leadership Conference, taking place March 24-27 in Wenatchee. For more information on the program, contact FCCLA Advisor, Debbie Romesburg, at 509.758.8706 or RomesburgD@csdk12.org.
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Clarkston DECA School-Based EnterprisesClarkston School Dist. - 02/13/15
CLARKSTON, WA - The DECA Deli and the Bantam Bean, two school-based enterprises at Clarkston High School, were among 158 School-Based Enterprises (SBEs) in the United States achieving Gold Level Certification this year. These enterprises will be recognized at DECA's International Career Development Conference in Orlando, FL.
Working on the certification for the DECA Deli were CHS students Shelby Hill, Corey Knapp, Perrin Fenimore, and Ryan Morbeck. Sera Babino and Emma Williams worked on certification for the Bantam Bean, with the assistance of their advisors Lynn Carey and Margie Denton. The school-based enterprise at Clarkston High School has operated for 25 years and is to be commended for this achievement. The DECA Store at CHS was recognized with this award last year as well.
A school-based enterprise (SBE) is an entrepreneurial operation in a school setting that provides goods and services to meet the needs of the market. SBEs are managed and operated by students as hands-on learning laboratories that integrate National Curriculum Standards in Marketing, Finance, Hospitality and Management. Marketing educators and DECA advisors have utilized this effective educational tool for over four decades to provide their students with realistic and practical learning experiences that reinforce classroom instruction, enhance 21st century skill development, and prepare students for college and careers.
Congratulations to the Clarkston DECA program and these students on this achievement. For more information, contact Lynn Carey at CareyL@csdk12.org.
Complete information about DECA's School-based Enterprise Certification Program can be found at www.deca.org/sbe. DECA's School-based Enterprise Certification Program was developed to provide recognition for outstanding achievement by school-based enterprises and to motivate SBEs to strive for excellence and growth. SBEs can be certified at three levels: Bronze, Silver or Gold. In order to apply for the certification, SBEs must submit extensive documentation that demonstrates their adherence to various marketing and retail standards. After the documentation is submitted, a review committee evaluates the documentation to determine which level of certification has been achieved.
*** Update *** Oregon State Police now Hiring Troopers!Oregon State Police - Statewide - 02/13/15
Ever thought you would make a good cop? Ever thought you had what it takes to be one of the best cops? If the answer is yes - you're an OSP Trooper.
A career as an Oregon State Police (OSP) Trooper is challenging and rewarding. OSP Troopers provide Premier Public Safety Services to the citizenry of Oregon and we hire the best people to do it. If you've ever thought about being a Trooper now is the time to apply. OSP is preparing to hire recruit troopers in 2015 using the E-Recruit electronic application system. Lateral and Entry level recruit trooper applications will be accepted at 12:01 p.m., Friday, February 13, 2015, and will be open until 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2015. For more information click here: http://bit.ly/1DOt1mL
Persons interested in applying should start the process now by going to the Oregon State Police recruiting website at www.osptrooper.com. The website helps interested applicants:
* Learn the application process and what it takes to successfully apply
* Clearly understand our qualifications
* Find out what it will take to get a jump on the required Entry Level Testing
To better serve qualified applicants, OSP is scheduling two separate Entry Level Testing sessions:
* Session #1 - Saturday, March 14, 2015
* Session #2 - Monday, March 16, 2015
Both sessions will be held at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, in Salem.
Applicants should prepare beforehand for Entry Level Testing. Candidates can create an account now by building a profile following the instructions detailed on the www.osptrooper.com website. The complete application for employment is comprised of the E-Recruit profile, the supplemental questionnaire, and any required attachments.
The Oregon State Police is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages women and minorities to apply. Information about our agency, the different opportunities that are available, how our hiring process works, and updates to our hiring process can be found at www.osptrooper.com.
Questions about the application process can be directed to the OSP Recruitment Unit at (503) 378-4175. IF you are ready to go we have a place for you in the Oregon State Police.
MEDIA ALERT - School Vaccination Clinics Open TomorrowClarkston School Dist. - 02/03/15
CLARKSTON, WA - Beginning tomorrow, February 4, Clarkston School District will offer an innovative new health services model for the delivery of immunizations to Clarkston students.
Thanks to a collaborative partnership with the Asotin County Health District, Clarkston School District is providing immunization clinics in each of its elementary schools and at the District Office. The first clinic opens at Highland Elementary on Wednesday, February 4 from 3-6 PM. (See the attached Clinic Flyer for other locations and dates, as well as the Question and Answer handout for complete details.)
Both private insurances and Medicaid will be accepted at the clinics, and no child enrolled in the District will be refused, regardless of ability to pay.
More information about these new immunization services is available on the District Health Services webpage at www.csdk12.org/health, or by contacting Donna Franklin, Clarkston Director of Health Services, at 509.758.2531.
###Attached Media Files: Question & Answer sheet , Clinic Flyer