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08/26/14
Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 82 near Enterprise in Wallowa County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/26/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Tuesday morning's single vehicle fatal traffic crash on Highway 82 south of Enterprise that resulted in the death of an adult female from Enterprise.

According to Sergeant Kyle Hove, on August 26, 2014, between the hours of 12 midnight and 3:27 a.m., a 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by KAREN MARIE ROOT, age 50, from Enterprise, was northbound on Highway 82 near milepost 68 when, for unknown reasons, it traveled off the roadway in a section where it is curved with narrow shoulders and rolled before coming to rest. ROOT was ejected and found near where the vehicle came to rest.

OSP troopers from Enterprise and La Grande offices are continuing the investigation. ROOT was not wearing safety restraints.

OSP was assisted by Wallowa County Sheriff Office's, ODOT, Enterprise Fire Department, and Wallowa County Ambulance. Traffic was detoured around the scene onto a nearby secondary road during the duration of the investigation.

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08/22/14
Clarkston Policy for Free and Reduced-Price Meals
Clarkston School Dist. - 08/22/14
CLARKSTON, WA - Clarkston School District announces its policy for free and reduced-price meals for qualifying children. During the 2014-2015 school year, a child may qualify for meals served under the National School Lunch and/or School Breakfast Program according to the attached eligibility standards. Breakfast and Lunch is available daily at each school.

Children from families whose income is at or below the levels shown are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. The attached table lists the family size income criteria for determining eligibility. Each school and the District's central office have a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party.

Application forms, with a letter to parents or guardians, have been sent to all homes. To apply for free or reduced-price meals, households must fill out the application and return it to the school. Additional copies are available at the school office in each school. Applications may be submitted at any time during the school year. Please only return one application per household.

For more information on the free and reduced-price meal program, or other food service questions, please contact Food Service Director Amy Kimberling at 509.769.6346.

The USDA and Clarkston School District are equal opportunity providers and employers.

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Attached Media Files: Free and Reduced Form
08/21/14
Back to School / Open House Nights in Clarkston
Clarkston School Dist. - 08/21/14
CLARKSTON, WA - Tuesday, August 26 is the first day of school for students in Clarkston. As students and teachers gear up for the new school year, back-to-school nights and open houses are scheduled at each school building. This year's schedule is as follows:

* Grantham Elementary: Open House on Monday, August 25, 6:00-7:00 PM
* Heights Elementary: Welcome Back Ice Cream Social on Monday, August 25, 6:00-7:00 PM. A Parent Night will also take place on Tuesday, September 9 at 6:00 PM.
* Highland Elementary: Welcome Back Popsicle Party on Monday, August 25, 6:00-7:00 PM.
* Parkway Elementary: Open House on Monday, August 25, 6:00-7:00 PM
* Lincoln Middle School: Open House on Wednesday, August 27, 6:00-7:00 PM in the LMS gym

Parents and students are encouraged to attend the open house events at their child(ren)'s corresponding school. For more information, please contact your local school, or the Clarkston District Office at 509.758.2531.

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08/19/14
Successful Energy Northwest bond sale benefits BPA ratepayers
Bonneville Power Administration - 08/19/14
Portland, Ore. - Energy Northwest and the Bonneville Power Administration took the first step in an effort that could save BPA ratepayers as much as $1.8 billion in gross interest savings and restore up to $1.2 billion of BPA's U.S. Treasury borrowing authority through 2044.

In particular, Energy Northwest sold BPA-supported bonds on Aug. 5 to refinance approximately $321 million of outstanding regional cooperation debt previously issued by Energy Northwest and associated with the never-completed nuclear Projects 1 and 3. This is the first of several potential bond sales that could lead to the refinancing of Energy Northwest nuclear assets that could yield the savings mentioned above.

"This agreement offers unique opportunities for savings," said Nancy Mitman, BPA acting chief financial officer. "The net effect of refinancing through regional cooperation bonds is that both the weighted average interest rate and maturity of BPA's overall debt portfolio will be reduced over the life of the proposal, thereby lowering interest costs by hundreds of millions of dollars and increasing U.S Treasury borrowing capacity for making much-needed investments in our infrastructure."

Regional cooperation debt refers to existing debt associated with the Columbia Generating Station in Richland, Wash., and Projects 1 and 3 that also serves as a regional financial resource, providing remarkable debt management opportunities to lower costs of power for the benefit of the Pacific Northwest.

Similar efforts in the past helped BPA preserve and restore approximately $2 billion in U.S. Treasury borrowing authority and saved approximately $500 million in interest under BPA's Debt Optimization Program.

The bond proceeds will be used to pay off Energy Northwest debt that is due to mature in 2014. The new bonds will be paid prior to the end of BPA's existing regional power sales agreements in 2028. More particularly, the bond sale allows Energy Northwest to extend regional cooperation debt that was due in 2014 into the period between 2025 and 2028, a period that more closely matches the useful lives of the Energy Northwest facilities expected at the time the related facilities were initially financed.

The Energy Northwest bond sale is set to close Aug. 21, 2014. The bond sale means that amounts recovered in BPA's rates to pay Energy Northwest principal will instead be available to pay off like amounts of more expensive federal debt. The new Energy Northwest regional cooperation bonds have a true interest cost of 3.17 percent. The resulting availability of additional amounts in the BPA fund will help assist in the prepayment of a like principal amount of BPA's federal debt bearing interest rates of 7.15 to 7.19 percent. The present value of the interest savings to the region will therefore be $135 million. The savings also will help BPA hold down rates in fiscal years 2016 and 2017.

"Energy Northwest and BPA worked closely to establish and implement a broad view of the regional debt portfolio as a crucial tool for providing the region with prudent, long-term value," said Brent Ridge, Energy Northwest vice president, Corporate Services/chief financial officer.

BPA is a nonprofit federal agency that markets renewable hydropower from 31 federal hydro projects in the Columbia Basin and power from Energy Northwest's Columbia Generating Station. BPA also operates three-quarters of high-voltage transmission line capacity 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 www.bpa.gov.
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08/14/14
District Alumni Invited to Clarkston's Welcome Back Day
Clarkston School Dist. - 08/14/14
CLARKSTON, WA - Clarkston School District wishes to invite retired and former district staff to join current staff as they kick off the 2014-2015 school year on Monday, August 25. The Welcome Back day begins at 8 AM in the Clarkston High School Auditorium, located at 401 Chestnut Street in Clarkston.

Retired Clarkston teachers and district staff are encouraged to participate in the Welcome Back celebration from 8 to 10 AM on August 25. Clarkston's new Superintendent, Mr. Tim Winter, will lead the morning from 8:00 to 8:30 AM on the DECA level. Light refreshments will be served as current employees are welcomed back to a new year, and former employees are recognized for their many contributions. Following 8:30 AM, both former and current district employees will have an opportunity to connect and network.

The annual Welcome Back day in Clarkston School District begins at 8 AM on August 25. For more information on the day's events, please contact Keri Myklebust at 509.769.6338 or myklebustk@csdk12.org.

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08/04/14
BPA's credit ratings affirmed, bond sale will save BPA rate payers millions of dollars
Bonneville Power Administration - 08/04/14
Portland, Ore. - The three major credit rating agencies affirmed the ratings on BPA-backed debt last week, paving the way for Energy Northwest, with BPA's support and encouragement, to issue refinancing bonds that will result in substantial savings for the benefit of BPA's ratepayers.

Energy Northwest will refinance approximately $321 million of outstanding debt associated with Energy Northwest's never-completed nuclear Projects 1 and 3. That debt would otherwise be repaid in fiscal year 2014, but the repayment date is being extended by means of the new Energy Northwest Projects 1 and 3 bonds to more closely match the original expected useful lives of the projects.

This "regional cooperation debt" transaction will free-up funds that BPA expects to use to prepay equal amounts of higher-interest rate federal debt and thereby obtain approximately $130 million of present value savings. Regional cooperation debt refers to existing debt associated with the Columbia Generating Station and projects 1 and 3 that also serve as a regional financial resource, providing remarkable debt management opportunities to lower costs of power for the benefit of the Pacific Northwest.

This transaction is part of a larger debt restructuring proposal that could allow BPA to lower its Federal Columbia River Power System interest expense and reduce the weighted average maturity of BPA's overall debt portfolio -- which includes Energy Northwest bonds, BPA's appropriations repayment responsibilities and the bonds BPA issues to the United States Treasury, among other items. This transaction is expected to price on Aug. 5 and close on Aug. 21.

"Debt management measures such as this one have saved, and can continue to save, rate payer money," said Javier Fernandez, BPA acting Treasury manager. "They can also provide us capital spending flexibility, which is important as we undertake capital intensive efforts to preserve and enhance the value of our hydro and transmission infrastructure."

Similar efforts in the past helped BPA preserve and restore $2 billion in U.S. Treasury borrowing authority and saved $500 million in interest.

Energy Northwest, also with BPA's support, may in the future refinance approximately $1.4 billion aggregate principal amount of outstanding regional cooperation debt that would otherwise mature in fiscal years 2015-2018. These possible future transactions would be similar to the 2014 regional cooperation debt transaction and could provide similar economic benefits. If the entire proposal is implemented, the projected savings would reduce BPA's aggregate interest cost and restore valuable U.S. Treasury borrowing authority, an essential element in financing necessary capital investments in the Federal Columbia River Power System. Broad regional support led to the 2014 transaction and BPA believes that regional support appears to be building for the future possible regional cooperation debt transactions.

"BPA is extremely appreciative of the leadership of the Energy Northwest executive board and the management and staff of Energy Northwest for grappling with these refinancing efforts for the region," added Fernandez.

The three bond rating agencies affirmed ratings on BPA-backed debt include:
Standard & Poor's (AA-), Moody's (Aa1) and Fitch (AA).

BPA is a nonprofit federal agency that markets renewable hydropower from 31 federal hydro projects in the Columbia Basin and power from Energy Northwest's Columbia Generating Station. BPA also operates three-quarters of high-voltage transmission line capacity 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 www.bpa.gov.

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