MEDIA ALERT - Clarkston Brings Home Top Female Archer in StateClarkston School Dist. - 03/30/15
CLARKSTON, WA - Clarkston School District's student archers showed a superb performance at the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Championship in Ellensburg on March 27 & 28. For the fourth year, Clarkston brought home the state's top female archer, Grace Duman, from Lincoln Middle School.
Like other winners, Duman brought home a new bow; however, a new prize was added to this year's competition, and Duman also received a $1,000 college scholarship.
This year was the largest state archery tournament to date, with more than 900 students representing 35 schools from across Washington. A complete list of Clarkston's winning students is attached.
For more information, contact Samantha Ogden at OgdenS@csdk12.org, or Molly Curtiss at 509.544.5787.
###Attached Media Files: Clarkston's winning archers
Fish & Wildlife Trooper in Baker City Detects Blaze, Rescues Elderly Woman - Sumpter OR. (Photo)Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/30/15
On March 29, 2015, shortly after noon, Oregon State Police (OSP) Senior Trooper Brad Duncan of the Fish & Wildlife Division in Baker City, was patrolling in the town of Sumpter, southwest of Baker City, when he saw what appeared to be a vehicle on fire with three people standing nearby. One person was attempting to put out the fire with a fire extinguisher but was not having any success. Senior Trooper Duncan told the people to get away from the now fully engulfed vehicle for their own safety. As he did so he noticed a large propane tank between the residence and the vehicle which he feared may explode.
Senior Trooper Duncan learned the residence was owned by an 81-year-old woman who was believed to still be inside the home. As the fire spread to the residence, Sr. Trooper Duncan and Firefighter David Stellman of the Sumpter Valley Fire Department went to the door to inquire and Senior Trooper Duncan went inside to look for the woman.
Shortly after entering the home, Senior Trooper Duncan located the woman and her son still inside the residence. The woman was seated in a chair and her son told Senior Trooper Duncan she was unable to stand or walk on her own. As smoke poured into the residence through the door and the house began to burn, Senior Trooper Duncan carried the woman out of the house and to his patrol vehicle. Later on, Sumpter Valley Fire Department was able to extinguish the fire.
During the investigation it was determined the fire was started while an occupant of the residence was working on the fuel system of a vehicle. Red Cross arrived to assist the occupants.
OSP was assisted by the Sumpter Valley Fire Department and the Red Cross. Firefighter Stellman was contacted and approved the use of his name for this release.
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Twitter: @ORSTatePoliceAttached Media Files: 2015-03/1002/83059/Sumpter_2.jpg , 2015-03/1002/83059/Sumpter_Fire_1.jpg
BPA veteran attorney Mary Jensen named general counsel (Photo) (updated with corrected quote)Bonneville Power Administration - 03/30/15
PR 07 15
BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 30, 2015
CONTACT: Doug Johnson, 503-230-5840/503-230-5131
BPA veteran attorney Mary Jensen named general counsel
Portland, Ore. - Mary Jensen, who has worked in the Bonneville Power Administration General Counsel's office since 2002, has been named its general counsel. She takes over after managing the office for a year as acting general counsel.
"Mary stepped in and helped BPA work through a number of complex legal matters while acting as general counsel for the past year," said BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer. "She is the first BPA general counsel who reports directly to the administrator. I look forward to continuing to work with her to further enhance BPA's legal risk management and compliance."
While serving as acting general counsel, Jensen guided BPA's Office of General Counsel through a major reorganization, instituted a new office policy on legal advice, and collaborated with the Department of Energy general counsel in creating national guidelines for power marketing administrations in states where marijuana sales are lawful under state statutes. She also instituted new processes that enable faster response times to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act.
"The Bonneville Power Administration serves an incredibly important purpose in the Northwest," Jensen said. "I am honored to serve as its general counsel and lead the legal staff that supports our efforts to keep our assets delivering value to the region."
Jensen has specialized in legal issues involving the provision of transmission service at Bonneville and was promoted to manage that legal section in 2008. Before joining BPA in 2002, she worked at the U.S. Office of the Solicitor in Phoenix, Ariz., advising the Bureau of Indian Affairs regarding operations of its federally-owned electric utilities that provide service in Arizona.
Preceding her federal service, she worked as a prosecutor in Tucson, Ariz., handling felony cases including vehicular offenses, elder abuse and homicide. Jensen is a graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law. Her son is a third-generation journeyman lineman, who lives in Missouri with his wife and their five children.
The Office of General Counsel provides legal expertise that supports BPA programs through legal advice and representation, including but not limited to the general areas of transmission, natural resources, power, lands, federal resources and treaties, generation and finance, personnel, and ratemaking.
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.
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Washington industrial companies make exceptional progress toward improved energy efficiency (Photo)Bonneville Power Administration - 03/25/15
Olympia, Wash. - Gov. Jay Inslee today honored nine industrial companies in Washington for their outstanding leadership in improving energy performance at the third annual Washington Industrial Energy Leaders awards ceremony in Olympia.
"Energy efficiency means an improved bottom line for industries, and I am proud of the commitment these industry leaders have demonstrated to apply innovative solutions to achieve energy savings," said Gov. Inslee. "A thriving industrial sector helps create and keep jobs in our state, support a strong economy and provide a cleaner environment for future generations."
This year's program awarded six Governor's Awards and three Sponsor's Awards.
* The Boeing Co. received the Governor's Award for Leadership by Example, with Puget Sound Energy, Seattle City Light, and Snohomish PUD as the serving utilities.
* The City of Tacoma Central Wastewater Treatment Plant received the Governor's Award for Leadership in Energy Performance, with Tacoma Power as the serving utility.
* Quincy Foods LLC received the Governor's Award for Leadership in Energy Performance, with Grant County PUD and Cascade Natural Gas as the serving utilities.
* Lineage Logistics received the Governor's Award honorable mention for Leadership in Energy Performance, with Puget Sound Energy as the serving utility.
* Shields Bag and Printing Co. received the Governor's Award for Leadership in Innovation, with Pacific Power and Cascade Natural Gas as the serving utilities.
* Inland Empire Paper Co. received the Governor's Award honorable mention for Leadership in Innovation, with Avista Utilities as the serving utility.
* North Pacific Paper Corp. received the Sponsor's award for Leadership in Energy Performance, with Cowlitz PUD as the serving utility.
* Inland Empire Paper Co. received the Sponsor's award for Leadership in Innovation, with Avista Utilities as the serving utility.
* King & Prince Seafood Corp. and UniSea, which share a facility, received a joint Sponsor's award for Leadership in Innovation, with Puget Sound Energy as the serving utility.
"Industry leaders face increasing pressure to reduce operating costs and find a more sustainable way to do business," said Jake Fey, director of the Washington State University (WSU) Energy Program. "The most innovative industry leaders realize that they can accomplish both of these goals by enhancing energy efficiency."
The Washington Industrial Energy Leaders program was designed to recognize companies that are making exceptional progress toward improved energy efficiency. The program is sponsored by the WSU Energy Program, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Washington State Department of Commerce, and Bonneville Power Administration, the program's founding sponsor.
"BPA is very proud of the energy achievements of this year's award winners," said Richard Genece, BPA's vice president of Energy Efficiency. "Their commitment to efficiency and innovative approaches are examples of why the Northwest is a national leader in energy efficiency."
A total of 20 award applications were submitted, according to Christine Love, WSU Energy Program industrial services manager. "The selection committee members agreed that each application highlighted impressive accomplishments for the nominating businesses," Love said."Each company that submitted an application can be proud of its efforts. Tonight's award winners represent the companies that ranked highest among this inspiring group."
The Washington Industrial Energy Leaders awards ceremony included Gov. Inslee, executives from industry and their serving utilities, state leaders, and representatives from energy efficiency organizations.Attached Media Files: Gov. Jay Inslee honored nine Washington industrial companies for their outstanding leadership in improving energy performance.
MEDIA ALERT - Clarkston High's 1st Annual Career FairClarkston School Dist. - 03/24/15
CLARKSTON, WA - Local business professionals from across the Lewis-Clark Valley will provide Clarkston High School students with firsthand access and information about numerous careers and educational pathways at the 1st Annual CHS Career Fair. Clarkston High School, Washington State University GEAR UP Program, and Clarkston Education Foundation (CEF), will host the CHS Career Fair tomorrow, March 25 from 8 AM to 2:30 PM in the CHS Kramer Gym.
The goal of the career fair is to provide students the opportunity to speak to real people about specific careers. Many CHS students have completed career planning surveys to assist them in discovering their own interests, talents, and values. At the fair, students will learn about the daily work life, potential salary information, and long-term career opportunities for specific professions.
For more information, contact Patrick Sobotta at SobottaP@csdk12.org or 509.769.6348.
MEDIA ALERT - Student Archers Compete for State ChampionshipClarkston School Dist. - 03/24/15
CLARKSTON, WA - More than 170 student archers will represent Clarkston School District when they compete in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Championship in Ellensburg on March 27 and 28. The tenth annual event will be held at the Central Washington University, Nicholson Pavilion Gym. This year's state championship includes over 900 students representing 35 schools from across the state.
Students will shoot for individual awards for both boys and girls, as well as for school team trophies. Competition categories are at the Elementary, Middle, and High School level. High scoring teams and individuals receive trophies and awards, and also will qualify to participate in the National Championship to be held May 7-9 in Louisville, Kentucky.
Students eligible to compete have been participating in the National Archery in the Schools Program available in Clarkston's schools. Archers use standardized bows and arrows to shoot at bulls-eye targets at distances of 10 meters and 15 meters. Each archer shoots 15 arrows at each distance, with a value of 10 points for a center hit descending to 1 point for a rim shot. The maximum score is 300 points for the round.
"We are the most represented district in the state of Washington," says Lincoln Middle School teacher, Mr. Pat Ogden. "And this is because of our awesome coaches and supportive district."
The State Championship begins on Friday, March 27 at 1:30 PM, and continues all day Saturday, March 28 from 8:30 AM to 5 PM. The awards presentation begins at 6 PM on March 28. Spectators are welcome, and more information can be found at www.nasptournaments.org.
###Attached Media Files: tournament flyer
Local Students to Attend DECA Conference in OrlandoClarkston School Dist. - 03/23/15
CLARKSTON, WA - After competing at the Washington State Career Development Conference in Bellevue earlier this month, 37 of the 47 participating Clarkston High School DECA students have qualified for the International Competition, taking place April 23-28 in Orlando, Florida.
DECA is a nation-wide vocational student organization for students enrolled in marketing-related courses. Over 3,600 DECA students competed at the state competition in Bellevue, competing in a variety of events, including: Chapter Team Events, Business Operations Research Events, Chapter Awards Project, Merit Awards Program, and Business Role-Play Events. The 69th annual International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Orlando will see over 16,500 competitors.
Congratulations to the following CHS students who qualified for ICDC:
Membership Campaign: Riley Denton, Molly Myklebust, and Andrew Thompson
Stock Market: Bradley Nicholas, Jo Jo Swan, Leah Edens, Blake Rimmelspacher, and Josh Lane
Community Service Campaign--Spike for the Cure: Hailey Denton, Jake Oldfield, and Victoria Zeimantz
SBE-DECA Deli/Bantam Bean: Perrin Fenimore, Corey Knapp, Ryan Morbeck, Sera Babino, Emma Williams, and Shelby Hill
LEP-Tux Project - 1st place: Jaclyn Meyers and Kylee Andrews
PRP-Red Ribbon Week - 2nd place: Sami Briney, Teresa Eggleston, and Trevon Allen
PRP-Texting Campaign - 3rd place: Taylor Torissi, Rebekah Latella, and Hilary Hedrick
EPP-4th Grade Conference - 1st place: Lucy Downs, Colby Savage, and Sara Hale
FOR-P1FCU - 5th place: Blake Hansen, Jordan Bolen, and Kyle Jones
CMP-Rockin' on the River - 5th place: Trevor Sperry and Santana Jose
MAP: Halle Berg - 2nd place
CAP - 2nd place: Kayla Snyder and Charlie Dimke
For more information about the Clarkston DECA program or the April 2015 conference, please contact Clarkston DECA Advisor, Lynn Carey, at CareyL@csdk12.org or 509.552.9074.
*** Update - Names/Photos Added *** Fatal Traffic Crash on I-84 MP 277 (Photo)Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/20/15
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation of a single vehicle, fatal, roll-over traffic crash on I-84 near milepost 277 - Ladd Canyon.
Preliminary information indicates that shortly after 7:00 p.m., a Blue, 2000 Ford Excursion pulling a toy-hauler type travel trailer, being operated by TODD M. SCHROEDER, 54, of Milton-Freewater, was traveling eastbound on I-84 and descending Ladd Canyon when the vehicle lost control and rolled over into the center median. The vehicle was occupied by two adult and three juvenile passengers. The front seat adult passenger, JERRY W. SCHROEDER, 73, of Milton-Freewater, was transported via air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland with serious injuries. The center seat passenger, FISHER SCHROEDER, age 14, of Milton-Freewater, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver and two other juvenile passengers suffered minor injuries and were treated at Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande. Information about safety belt use is still being investigated.
OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Union County Sheriff's Office, Island City Rural Fire Department and the La Grande and North Powder ambulance. The cause of the crash is under investigation and any further questions can be referred to Trooper Robert Routt at the Oregon State Police office in La Grande.
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Twitter: @ORStatePoliceAttached Media Files: 2015-03/1002/82784/IMG_0324.JPG , 2015-03/1002/82784/IMG_0316.JPG , 2015-03/1002/82784/IMG_0313.JPG
OSP Troopers in The Dalles Continuing Custodial Interference Investigation - Wasco CountyOregon State Police - Statewide - 03/18/15
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers in The Dalles are continuing the investigation into a reported custodial interference from this afternoon.
Early information from troopers indicates that shortly before 3:00 p.m, a woman came to the Oregon State Police patrol office in The Dalles to report her four (4) children, ranging in ages from 4-9, had failed to show up at school as planned. The mother stated she had allowed the children to stay with her uncle for the past several days. The uncle was to have taken the children to school this morning, but failed to do so. After being unable to reach the uncle, the mother contacted police to report the incident.
Troopers began working with the Northern Command Center (NCC) who was able to locate the suspect, identified as DONALD D. CLARK, age 61, of The Dalles, Oregon, in Goldendale via cell-phone ping. OSP contacted the Goldendale Police Department and requested they attempt to locate CLARK and the children.
At approximately 5:03 p.m., Goldendale PD advised OSP they had located CLARK and the four children unharmed. CLARK was taken into custody on an Oregon warrant for Custodial Interference. He was lodged at the Klickitat county jail. The children were reunited with their mother shortly thereafter.
OSP was assisted in this investigation by the Goldendale Washington Police Department and The Dalles Police Department. No photo's are available for release with this incident.
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OSP Troopers in Springfield Investigating Fatal Pedestrian Crash on I-5 - Lane CountyOregon State Police - Statewide - 03/18/15
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into last nights fatal pedestrian crash on I-5 near milepost 174.5 (southbound) in Lane County near Cottage Grove.
On March 17, at approximately 9:00 p.m., OSP troopers were dispatched to a report of a pedestrian walking on the shoulder and also in the right lane of travel on I-5 southbound near milepost 174.5, nearly being struck by passing vehicles. As troopers responded to the scene additional callers reported what appeared to be a person lying on the shoulder.
Upon arrival troopers discovered ERIC A. BOLDT, 42, of Eugene and with ties to Idaho, deceased on the highway shoulder. BOLDT was wearing a multicolored pullover and carrying a large digital camouflage backpack. One caller reported he may have had a mid-sized dog walking with him as well which has not been confirmed.
Troopers believe BOLDT may have been struck by a large or commercial type vehicle which may not have been aware of the crash. Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or have information pertaining to this crash is asked to contact Oregon State Police Collision Reconstructionist Sr. Trooper Blaine Hlebechuk at 541-726-2536 or by calling the Northern Command Center (NCC) at 800-243-7865.
No photographs are available for release at this time.
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*** Final Update *** OSP assisting Wasco County SO with an Armed/Barricaded Subject - The DallesOregon State Police - Statewide - 03/16/15
*** FINAL UPDATE ***
The Wasco County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police Arson Unit are investigating a fire which has been confirmed to involve a single fatality stemming from this mornings barricaded subject call in The Dalles.
According to OSP Lieutenant Pat Shortt, shortly after 1:00 p.m., as members of the Oregon State Police SWAT team approached the smoldering residence a large fire started spontaneously and members were forced to back away from the approach. Fire crews from Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue battled the fire and were able to extinguish it. As fire crews worked throughout the structure a single fatality was discovered. The name of the deceased person is being withheld pending identification and next of kin notification.
The Wasco County Sheriff's Office is the lead investigative agency on this incident and is being assisted by Arson Detectives from the Oregon State Police Arson Unit. Media questions may be directed to Chief Deputy Lane Magill at the Wasco County Sheriff's Office at 541-506-2580.
No photographs are available for release on this incident at this time.
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*** UPDATE ***
According to OSP Lieutenant Pat Shortt, at approximately 8:25 a.m., Wasco County Sheriff's Deputies arrived at 1100 Mt. Hood St., in The Dalles, to serve civil papers on the resident living there. As deputies knocked on the door gunshots were heard from within and deputies fell back and requested additional police to respond. Officers arriving at the scene created a perimeter and attempted negotiations with the occupant. Shortly thereafter, smoke began to come from inside the residence.
Lieutenant Shortt said deputies/officers do not have any information/evidence to indicate that more than a single person is present in the residence however, officers have not been able to speak with the occupant at any point during this incident.
The Oregon State Police Arson/Explosives Section has arrived on scene to assist with the investigation. The Fire Department is standing by to assist with Fire Suppression when it is safe to do so.
Media updates will be provided as soon as practicable.
### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###
The Oregon State Police (OSP), Wasco County Sheriff's Office and The Dalles Police Department are asking residents in The Dalles to avoid streets in/around the 1100 Block of Mt. Hood Street for police activity there.
OSP troopers responded to assist the Wasco County Sheriff's Office and The Dalles Police Department with a barricaded subject. Officers on-scene have reported gunshots from inside the residence and a fire is reported inside as well. Command personnel are advising streets in the area of 1100 Mt. Hood Street have been blocked, including W. 10th Street, and are asking the public to avoid the area and use alternate routes when traveling nearby.
The Wasco County Sheriff's Department is the lead investigative agency in this incident. No photographs are available for this release.
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3rd Annual "Books for Bikes" at Heights ElementaryClarkston School Dist. - 03/16/15
CLARKSTON, WA - Students at Heights Elementary School in Clarkston, WA are reading feverishly in hopes of winning a brand new bike. The annual Books for Bikes event began February 17 and will run until the end of March. On Monday, March 23, representatives from the local Free and Accepted Masons will select two students to receive a new bike during an assembly at the school.
During the Books for Bikes competition, students in Kindergarten through 6th grade can earn tickets in their classrooms by reading books. Each class determines a fair way for students to earn books. For example, Kindergarten students may earn one ticket for each book they read, while 6th grade students may earn one ticket for every 20 pages they read in a chapter book.
Vicki Frei, Child Services Coordinator, is coordinating the event at Heights.
"The hope is that for approximately six weeks, students can earn a minimum of 2-3 tickets each week, and a lot more if they are really motivated to win a new bike," Frei says. "Each Friday I count tickets and then post our progress outside my door so students can see. I actually have heard students say, 'I need to read a lot more this week so I have a better chance!'"
Heights Elementary is grateful to partner with the Masons in an effort to instill the love of reading in young learners. At the 11:00 AM assembly on March 23, representatives from the Masons will draw a ticket for two students to each receive a brand new bike. For more information, contact Heights Principal, Samantha Ogden, at 509.758.8180.
BPA seeks research partners to advance technology solutions; up to $5 million offered for new R&D (Photo)Bonneville Power Administration - 03/12/15
Portland, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration is looking for partners to explore and advance technologies that could increase efficiencies, avoid costs and improve the operation of the Northwest electric power system. BPA's office of Technology Innovation is accepting proposals for its 2016 research and development portfolio through March 27. BPA expects to fund about $5 million of new research next fiscal year.
BPA collaborates with electric utilities, nonprofits, corporations, national labs, technology developers and universities across North America and even internationally in research that addresses capability gaps identified in its technology roadmaps. For fiscal year 2016, BPA is seeking proposals that advance transmission technologies, data intelligence, generation asset management, and next-generation energy efficiency and demand response technologies. A copy of each roadmap is available on BPA's Technology Innovation homepage.
BPA develops its direction with industry partners, researchers and others as a framework to help plan, coordinate and forecast technology developments.
"Our roadmaps keep us focused on research with the potential to deliver the most value to the agency and its stakeholders," said Terry Oliver, BPA's chief technology officer.
BPA's current portfolio includes 60 research projects in six main topic areas: hydropower, transmission assets, transmission operations, transmission planning, demand response and energy efficiency. Partners include the City of Port Angeles, Wash.; Snohomish County Public Utility District, Deltares, Hitachi, Primus Power, V&R Energy Systems Research, the Lighting Research Center, Oregon State University, Portland State University, Iowa State University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Washington, Washington State University, the U.S. Department of Energy, Sandia National Laboratories, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Pacific Northwest National Laboratories.
BPA uses a two-phase process to select potential research and development opportunities. For consideration, applicants and their partners must be able to provide 50 percent cost share. Concept papers are due by March 27. Applications will only be accepted through the BPA Exchange website. Those who qualify will be invited to develop their proposals for phase two and submit them by May 1. Awardees will be notified in July.
If you have questions about the submission process, see the Q&A section on the website or contact Matt DeLong at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-230-7549. To learn more about the research topic areas, contact Sheila Adel at SAAdel@Bpa.gov or 503-230-3152.
Since 2005, BPA's office of Technology Innovation has implemented a disciplined research management approach that has led to an unprecedented level of success, including the build-out of the largest synchrophasor network in North America; the helical connector shunt innovation, a BPA-engineered technology that can up-rate and extend the life of aging transmission lines; the support of a pilot program that boosted the adoption of ductless heat pumps in the region; and an industry-leading seismic mitigation program.Attached Media Files: BPA is soliciting proposals for its 2016 R&D portfolio until March 27.
Business Professionals Invited to 1st Annual CHS Career FairClarkston School Dist. - 03/11/15
CLARKSTON, WA - Clarkston High School, Washington State University GEAR UP Program, and Clarkston Education Foundation (CEF), are pleased to host the first annual CHS Career Fair on Wednesday, March 25 from 8 AM to 2:30 PM. The event will provide CHS students firsthand access to professionals from the local community to learn about careers and educational pathways.
In the state of Washington, high school students must complete a "high school and beyond plan" as part of their graduation requirement. Prior to the fair, many of the Clarkston students will have completed career planning surveys to assist them in discovering their own interests, talents, and values. The goal of the career fair is to provide students the opportunity to speak to real people about specific careers.
"Students want to hear about the educational paths (whether it was vocational/technical, or college) that allowed someone to become successful in a chosen field," states Eric Anderson, CHS Principal. "We are excited for professionals to share their daily work life, potential salary information, and long-term career opportunities for their specific field of work with our students."
Local businesses and professionals interested in participating in the fair are encouraged to complete the registration form (attached) or contact Patrick Sobotta at 509.769.6348. Tables will be provided for career representatives as they speak with students.
The first annual CHS Career Fair takes place from 8 AM to 2:30 PM on Wednesday, March 25 at Clarkston High School, with lunch from 12-12:35. For more information, contact Patrick Sobotta at SobottaP@csdk12.org or 509.769.6348.
###Attached Media Files: Registration Form
Op-Ed: Washington State Needs Third Medical SchoolPacific NW Univ. of Health Sciences - 03/09/15
Contact: Ryan Rodruck
March 9, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington State Needs Third Medical School
By Dr. Keith Watson
The State of Washington needs another publicly funded medical school. The current law that provides for only one publicly funded medical school should be changed.
There are already two medical schools in the state - Seattle's University of Washington Medicine (publicly funded) and Yakima's Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences - College of Osteopathic Medicine (privately funded). These two institutions alone simply cannot produce enough primary care physicians to both alleviate the existing shortages and replace those physicians retiring from practice in the coming years.
Pacific Northwest University's College of Osteopathic Medicine is routinely overlooked in the discussion about the need for more medical schools in Washington State. The college was established in 2005 and graduated its first class in 2012. It has a present class size of 140 students. Almost fifty percent of these students are from Washington with the remaining predominately from surrounding Northwest states. From the first class, thirty-five graduates are establishing primary care practices in Washington this summer. The College of Osteopathic Medicine will graduate its fourth class on May 9, for a total of 285 alumni. All of this production is from a young, privately funded medical school.
The state should recognize that the UW and WWAMI model cannot supply the numbers of physicians needed to address the shortage. Our present supply of practicing physicians are predominately west of the Cascades and are a mixture of fifteen percent UW graduates and eighty-five percent imported from other medical schools. Only seventeen percent of UW graduates select family medicine for residency training. The WWAMI program has been in existence over forty years, but this training model has been unable to either alleviate the physician shortage or keep sufficient graduates in state to practice.
Funding for medical student education is critical to address this shortfall. Many state funded medical schools have large costs associated with running and maintaining an academic medical center. It is often confusing to separate the actual costs of student education from those required to maintain the trappings of a large research institution and its hospital services. On the other hand, community based education models, like Pacific Northwest University, tend to use existing hospitals and clinic structures to deliver real-world practice experiences for medical students. Most osteopathic (DO degree) and many of the newer allopathic schools (MD degree) are based on this model and consequentially have lower costs of operation.
Washington State University has proposed a medical school with this community-based model. The current statute should be changed to allow that to occur. To simply expand UW and WWAMI with its costly budgets is to add state dollars to a system whose outcomes are good but clearly insufficient. Furthermore, to deny WSU funding based on fears that another medical school will require the large budgets that UW Medicine demands is to act illogically.
About the Author: Dr. Keith Watson is President of Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU) in Yakima, Washington. Prior to his service as President of PNWU, Dr. Watson served at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in the role of Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and was the Chief Academic Officer for the Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education - an entity overseeing 90 Graduate Medical Education programs in 26 training institutions. He has served as residency inspector for the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons and as an inspector for the AOA Council on Osteopathic College of Accreditation. Dr. Watson received his doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1975. From 1981-1982, Dr. Watson completed a fellowship in surgical oncology at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas. He has been member of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons since 1980.
About PNWU: In 2004, physicians and community leaders raised the awareness and resources to build a health sciences university where the next generation of osteopathic physicians would train. Located in Yakima, Washington, Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences welcomed its first class of 70 medical school students into the College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2008 and graduated them in 2012. Today the University houses 300 medical students who are training under the careful instruction of highly-qualified faculty. In addition to the Yakima campus, PNWU has established 18 core rotation sites in communities around the Pacific Northwest. Hospitals and clinics around the region have welcomed PNWU students, training them in the clinical settings where they will eventually practice.
Exchanging Thoughts Online About Clarkston Schools: Step One - Phase OneClarkston School Dist. - 03/05/15
CLARKSTON, WA - Sunday, March 8 is the last day for Clarkston residents to participate in the first step of the new ThoughtExchange process with Clarkston School District. Thousands of Clarkston students, families, staff and residents were sent email invitations to join an online conversation taking place from February 27 until March 8. Three open-ended and simple questions were asked: What are your concerns; what do you appreciate; and what else would you like to say?
What is ThoughtExchange? Not your typical online survey, ThoughtExchange is like an online town hall meeting. It provides open-ended questions where thoughts can be freely expressed through a uniquely-designed, online Group Insight Platform. It opens the door to healthy, two-way communication by providing community feedback that will drive district decisions. Through ThoughtExchange, the District will receive in-depth information regarding its schools through six different interactive surveys, over a three-year period.
Anyone with an email address is invited to the conversation and all participant emails remain confidential. In Step 1, participants share their thoughts regarding the three questions. The thoughts and comments are public, but who said them is not. Responses go directly to ThoughtExchange for the next phase in the process.
In Step 2, participants can see everyone's shared thoughts and add "stars" to them. The process makes it quick and easy for participants to share their thoughts and see or "star" what others have to say. The final "Discover" step shares participants' thoughts and stars publicly.
Clarkston School District Superintendent, Mr. Tim Winter, is committed to utilizing this feedback to answer the needs of his community and inform future district decisions.
"Many people play a role in the success of our district," Superintendent Winter stated. "Engaging these people in a conversation about our district and our schools is essential to help shape the vision for our future. We want as many voices as possible to join the conversation, and we are excited to invest in this unique, virtual approach to communication in order to facilitate the dialogue."
What happens next? It's not too late to participate in Step 1! Anyone with an email address may join the conversation by clicking on the link on the home page of the District website at www.csdk12.org. In a few weeks, participants will receive a second email inviting them back to the second "Star" step. This crucial step helps to provide a sense of the shared values and priorities across Clarkston's schools.
Clarkston School District and its community have entered Phase One of the three-year ThoughtExchange process. Both the superintendent and school board members are eager to learn from such a large collection of public insight in order to identify patterns and gain a fresh perspective on what matters most to the people of Clarkston.
Several other Washington school districts have engaged their communities using Thoughtexchange, including Marysville, Central Valley and Spokane. Want to share your thoughts? Clarkston is listening! For more information, contact Clarkston Communications Director, Molly Curtiss, at CurtissM@csdk12.org, or the Superintendent's Office at 509.769.6338.