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Spike for the Cure
Clarkston School Dist. - 10/15/14
CLARKSTON, WA - The Clarkston DECA chapter is proud to sponsor the 5th annual "Spike for the Cure" volleyball tournament on Wednesday, October 22 at 6:30 PM in the Kramer Gym at Clarkston High School.

Spike for the Cure is an opportunity for the students of Clarkston High School to come together to raise funds for the Gina Quesenberry foundation, a non-profit organization whose goal is to provide financial assistance to local patients with breast cancer. Sixteen teams with a total of 96 players (including high school students and faculty members) will be competing against each other in this "Spike for the Cure" event.

For the past five years, Scott and Trevor Arnone of Edward Jones have sponsored the "Spike for the Cure" pink shirts, which will be sold to raise funds for the Quesenberry foundation. The Spike for the Cure tournament is sponsored through donations by business and community members. There will also be an all-girls' breast cancer assembly on October 22 from 10:00-10:30 AM in the CHS auditorium. An all-boys assembly will also take place within the month of October. The community is welcome to attend the volleyball tournament at 6:30 PM on October 22 at CHS. Last year, $3,584.75 was raised for the cause.

To learn more, contact CHS DECA Advisor, Lynn Carey, at 509.552.9074.

Red Ribbon Week: October 19-25
Clarkston School Dist. - 10/13/14
CLARKSTON, WA - Clarkston High School students Sami Briney, Trevon Allen, and Teresa Eggleston are organizing Red Ribbon Week, taking place October 19-25, as a public relations project for DECA.

Red Ribbon week is a national drug prevention campaign in memory of an officer who was killed in a drug trafficking incident in Mexico. The goal of the Clarkston DECA Red Ribbon Week promotion is to keep kids pledging to be drug free. The CHS DECA will show lunchtime displays to demonstrate the effects of using drugs, and students will have an opportunity to pledge to be drug free and then display it for peers to see the promise others have made.

The CHS cafeteria will be decorated for the entire week. Northwest Design has donated 100 t-shirts that will be handed out to students to promote Red Ribbon Week. The activities of the promotion take place at Clarkston High School and Lincoln Middle School. One of DECA's goals is to get as many students involved in this public relations project as possible.

All Clarkston High students will be encouraged to wear red throughout the week and especially Friday. Prizes will be awarded for the best red outfit. There will also be many promotions throughout the week to keep people constantly thinking about their pledge. One main promotion will be a barbeque on Friday, October 24 before the CHS varsity football game. Albertson's is donating food for the barbeque, along with Coke, Pepsi, and other vendors.

To learn more about Clarkston High School's Red Ribbon Week, stop by the school or contact CHS DECA Advisor, Lynn Carey, at 509.552.9074.

BPA makes 31st consecutive annual U.S. Treasury payment on time and in full
Bonneville Power Administration - 10/06/14
Portland, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration today announced that it made its 31st consecutive annual payment, on time and in full, to the U.S. Treasury. The total payment for fiscal year 2014, which ended Sept. 30, was $991 million.

"We are proud to uphold our commitment to U.S. taxpayers by once again making our Treasury payment on time and in full," said Elliot Mainzer, BPA administrator. "This longstanding and consistent record of payments reflects our sound fiscal management and value to the region, while clearly demonstrating an enduring commitment to our financial obligations."

BPA's cumulative payments to the U.S. Treasury during these 31 consecutive years amount to over $24.8 billion.

This year's payment includes: $567 million in principal; $333 million in interest; $53
million in irrigation assistance payments; and $38 million in other payments. Of the $991
million total payment, $147 million was paid by applying Treasury credits for non-power-related fish mitigation efforts and other credits, including interest earnings.

This year, Energy Northwest and BPA began using a collaborative, integrated approach to optimize the unified debt portfolio of all debt obligations borne by BPA ratepayers. Energy Northwest develops, owns and operates a diverse mix of electricity generating resources, including the Northwest's only nuclear generating facility. BPA backs $5.36 billion of Energy Northwest debt. In this year's regional cooperation debt transaction, Energy Northwest issued BPA-supported bonds to refinance approximately $321 million of outstanding regional cooperation debt previously issued by Energy Northwest. This refinancing freed up BPA resources that are now being used instead to make an additional payment to the U.S. Treasury to extinguish $321 million of federal debt with a higher interest rate, thereby obtaining about $130 million of net present value savings.

During fiscal year 2014, BPA repaid $567 million of federal debt principal including the additional early repayment of $321 million associated with the regional cooperation debt transaction, described above. BPA also repaid $214 million of nonfederal debt principal, of which $205 million was related to Energy Northwest projects.

In addition to the U.S. Treasury payment, BPA paid operations and maintenance
expenses for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service projects directly funded by BPA. This direct funding amounted to
$358 million in fiscal year 2014.

BPA is a self-financed federal power marketing administration. BPA primarily recovers its costs through revenues from the sale of electric power and transmission services. BPA receives no annual appropriations from the U.S. Congress. BPA establishes its rates prospectively, looking forward over two years. To assure full and timely payments to the Treasury for the benefit of American taxpayers, BPA requires that its rates be established to provide at least a 95 percent certainty of making annual scheduled Treasury payments over two consecutive years. This equates to a 97.5 percent certainty of making annual scheduled payments in a single year of the rate period. BPA has not missed making a Treasury payment since 1984.

BPA markets more than one-third of the electricity consumed in the Pacific Northwest. The power produced at 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant in the Northwest is sold to more than 140 Northwest utilities, among other entities. BPA operates a high-voltage transmission grid consisting of more than 15,000 miles of lines and associated substations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana serving more than 480 customers.

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MEDIA ALERT - Drive 4 UR School Sunday
Clarkston School Dist. - 09/26/14
LEWISTON, ID - On Sunday, September 28, the Clarkston and Lewiston DECA Chapters will host the 3rd Annual Drive 4 UR School event at Joe Hall Ford in Lewiston from 9 AM to 5 PM. Clarkston and Lewiston high schools compete to see who can bring in the most drivers and receive a larger portion of the $6,000 prize.

Participants must be 18 or older, and only one driver per address is allowed. For every drive a school completes, they will receive $20 toward the school's DECA Chapter. Make sure to show up and support your local high school. For more information, contact CHS DECA Advisor, Lynn Carey, at 509.552.9074 or at careyl@csdk12.org.

DEA's Ninth & Final Prescription Drug Take Back Day
DEA Seattle - 09/25/14
New disposal rules in effect next moth provide for convenient, ongoing disposal
opportunities for patients' unwanted pharmaceuticals

Sept 25 - (Seattle, Washington) - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and its community partners throughout Washington will provide to the public a safe, free and anonymous way to rid their homes of potentially dangerous prescription drugs on Saturday, September 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Last April, Washington residents turned in 8.3 tons of unwanted and expired prescription drugs. Currently, there are 83 registered sites throughout the state. Collection sites can be found by going to www.dea.gov and clicking on the "Got Drugs?" banner at the top of the home page, which connects to a database that the public can search by zip code, city or county. Additionally, the public can call 1-800-882-9539. Only pills and other solids, like patches, can be brought to the collection sites - liquids and needles or other sharps will not be accepted.

Unused medications in homes create a public health and safety concern, because they can be accidentally ingested, stolen, misused, and abused. While the number of Americans who currently abuse prescription drugs dropped in 2013 to 6.5 million from 6.8 million in 2012, that is still more than double the number of those using heroin, cocaine, and hallucinogens like LSD and Ecstasy combined, according to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. In addition, 22,134 Americans died in 2011 from overdoses of prescription medications, including 16,651 from narcotic painkillers, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The survey of users cited above also found that the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

The public's enormous response to DEA's eight prior National Take Back Days demonstrates its recognition of the need for a way to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous prescription drugs. Last April Americans turned in over 780,000 pounds (390 tons) of prescription drugs. Since its first National Take Back Day in September of 2010, DEA has collected more than 4.1 million pounds (over 2,100 tons) of prescription drugs throughout all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and several U.S. territories.

DEA began hosting National Prescription Drug Take-Back events four years ago because at that time the Controlled Substances Act made no legal provision for patients to rid themselves of unwanted controlled substance prescription drugs except to give them to law enforcement; it banned pharmacies and hospitals from accepting them. Most people flushed their unused prescription drugs down the toilet, threw them in the trash, or kept them in the household medicine cabinet, resulting in contamination of the water supply and the theft and abuse of the prescription drugs.

The week after DEA's first Take Back Day, the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010 was enacted. The Act authorized DEA to develop and implement regulations that outline methods the public and long-term care facilities can use to transfer pharmaceutical controlled substances and other prescription drugs to authorized collectors for the purpose of disposal. While those regulations were being developed and approved, the DEA sponsored seven more take-back events.

DEA's new disposal regulations were published in the Federal Register on September 9 and can be viewed at www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov or at www.regulations.gov. DEA's goal in implementing the Act is to expand the options available to safely and securely dispose of potentially dangerous prescription medications on a routine basis. At this time, DEA has no plans to sponsor more nationwide Take-Back Days in order to give authorized collectors the opportunity to provide this valuable service to their communities.

The Final Rule authorizes certain DEA registrants (manufacturers, distributors, reverse distributors, narcotic treatment programs, retail pharmacies, and hospitals/clinics with an on-site pharmacy) to modify their registration with the DEA to become authorized collectors. All collectors may operate a collection receptacle at their registered location, and collectors with an on-site means of destruction may operate a mail-back program. Retail pharmacies and hospitals/clinics with an on-site pharmacy may operate collection receptacles at long-term care facilities. The public may find authorized collectors in their communities by calling the DEA Office of Diversion Control's Registration Call Center at 1-800-882-9539.

Law enforcement continues to have autonomy with respect to how they collect controlled substance prescription drugs from ultimate users, including holding take-back events. Any person or entity--DEA registrant or non-registrant--may partner with law enforcement to conduct take-back events. Patients also may continue to utilize the guidelines for the disposal of pharmaceutical controlled substances listed by the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency. Any method of patient disposal that was valid prior to these new regulations being implemented continues to be valid.
Nancy Mitman named BPA's chief financial officer
Bonneville Power Administration - 09/24/14
PR 18 14
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140/503-230-5131

Nancy Mitman named BPA's chief financial officer

Portland, Ore. - Nancy Mitman has been named executive vice president and chief financial officer for the Bonneville Power Administration in a move that further solidifies the organization's executive leadership. She has served in an acting capacity in that role since July 2013, with oversight of BPA's capital and debt management, accounting, cash management and budgeting.

"Nancy brings a wealth of knowledge from many different aspects of the budgeting and financial apparatus of BPA," said Deputy Administrator Greg Delwiche. "She has very ably and capably been serving as our acting chief financial officer for more than a year, and she has clearly demonstrated that she is the right person for the job."

During her tenure as acting chief financial officer, Mitman guided BPA's finance team through a new agreement with Energy Northwest to restructure debt. That restructuring promises to reshape and lower the costs of BPA's overall debt portfolio in ways that could save more than a billion dollars for regional ratepayers over the long term. Additionally, it provides substantial near-term rate benefits and frees up access to capital.

Also under her leadership, BPA conducted the first Capital in Review public process that involved 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. BPA also completed the Integrated Program Review for cost structure for the upcoming BP-16 rate case. Other highlights of Mitman's tenure include implementation of a new travel system for employees and affirmation of BPA's strong bond rating by the three rating agencies.

"BPA is well positioned to further address financial strategies and initiatives, including prioritization of investments, allocation of financial resources, management of costs, planning for future revenue and management of liquidity and cash," Mitman said. "It's a privilege to serve in this role, and I look forward to working with our customers and other stakeholders to continue BPA's enduring prudent approach to fiscal management."

Mitman began her career at BPA in 1988 as an accountant and steadily rose through the ranks of management and leadership in Finance. In addition to multiple stints as acting chief financial officer, she has served as BPA's treasurer and deputy chief financial officer. Mitman holds an accounting degree from Montana State University. She lives in St. Helens, Ore., with her husband.

BPA is a nonprofit federal agency that markets renewable hydropower from federal Columbia Basin 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 www.bpa.gov.