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05/20/16
Agencies Release Study of 'West-Wide' Energy Corridors
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 05/20/16
WASHINGTON -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) today released a study that provides a foundation for upcoming regional reviews of energy corridors on western public lands to assess the need for revisions and provide greater public input regarding areas that may be well suited for transmission siting. The regional reviews will begin with priority corridors in southern California, southern Nevada and western Arizona, and provide more opportunities for collaboration with the public and Federal, Tribal, state and local governmental stakeholders.

The study examines whether the energy corridors established under Section 368(a) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 are achieving their purpose to promote environmentally responsible corridor-siting decisions and to reduce the proliferation of dispersed rights-of-way crossing Federal lands. With the aim of encouraging more efficient and effective use of the corridors, the study establishes baseline data and presents opportunities and challenges for further consideration during the periodic regional reviews that BLM and USFS will conduct.

The corridors address a national concern by fostering long-term, systematic planning for energy transport development in the West; providing industry with a coordinated and consistent interagency permitting process; and establishing practicable measures to avoid or minimize environmental harm from future development within the corridors. Section 368(a) directed several federal agencies to designate corridors on federal lands in the 11 contiguous western states to provide linear pathways for siting oil, gas and hydrogen pipelines and high voltage transmission and distribution facilities. The contiguous states are Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

The BLM, USFS, and DOE, among others, undertook an unprecedented landscape scale effort, including a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, starting in 2006 and completed in 2009, that designated nearly 6,000 miles of corridors, issuing two Records of Decisions and associated land use plan amendments

As required by a 2012 Settlement Agreement that resolved litigation about the corridors identified, the BLM, USFS and DOE established an interagency Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explain how the agencies will review the Section 368 (a) corridors on a regional basis. The MOU, signed in June 2013, describes the interagency process for conducting the reviews, the types of information and data to be considered, and the process for incorporating resulting recommendations in BLM and USFS land use plans.

The full-text of the corridor study is available online at:
http://corridoreis.anl.gov

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.


Attached Media Files: Agencies Release Study of ‘West-Wide’ Energy Corridors
05/19/16
MEDIA ALERT - DECA Takes Over Clarkston Businesses Tomorrow
Clarkston School Dist. - 05/19/16
CLARKSTON, WA -- Clarkston DECA Chapter is sponsoring the 36th annual DECA Takeover at Gateway Square on Friday, May 20 from 8:00 AM to 2:15 PM. Nine businesses are involved in this year's DECA Takeover: Albertsons, Starbucks, Pizza Hut, McDonalds, Baskin and Robins, Dave's Golf, Taco Time, Arby's, and Kenzie's Koffee.

This year, 120 DECA students trained for 9 days prior to the takeover day, learning every aspect of the position they are assigned. The DECA Takeover day is a great experience for employees and students alike. Albertson's will run in-store special sales in each of its departments on May 20.

DECA is an association of marketing students and an international organization that allows students to learn about all the different aspects of marketing and business. For more information, contact DECA Advisor, Lynn Carey, at 509.758.9724.

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MEDIA ALERT/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY Hundreds to support people with diabetes by participating in Tour de Cure this Saturday
American Diabetes Association - 05/19/16
WHAT: Nearly 200 people, many with diabetes, will ride and walk in the 25th Annual Tour de Cure event. Their goal is to raise more than $150,000 for the American Diabetes Association. The event includes four cycling routes (100 mile, 50 mile, 25 mile and 10 mile), and a 1.5 mile walking route. Sponsorship support is provided by Rosaurers, Northern Quest Resort & Casino, Kalispel Tribe of Indians, The Hogue Cellars and Constellation Brands.

WHEN: Saturday, May 21. The 100-mile ride begins at 7 a.m., with starts throughout the morning for the other routes. The best time for photos/video is noon to 1 p.m. when most participants return for finish line festivities.

WHERE: Tour de Cure will begin and end at Northern Quest Resort & Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd. in Airway Heights.

WHY: Every year, an estimated 450,000 people in Washington are diagnosed with diabetes. Plus, nearly 1.9 million adults in Washington are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, and most don't even know it. Diabetes is a serious disease that can lead to horrific complications, including heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, stroke and amputation. Diabetes kills more Americans every year than AIDS and breast cancer combined. Funds raised through Tour de Cure support diabetes research and prevention initiatives, and programs to help people living with diabetes.
05/18/16
Conference for Educators Looking to Be Inspired
ESD 123 - 05/18/16
PASCO, WA -- As this school year draws to a close, many teachers are already seeking new sources of inspiration in their preparation and planning for the 2016-2017 year. The Inspire 2016 Conference, presented by Educational Service District (ESD) 123 and featuring Keynote Presenter Jeff Utecht, is set for June 14-15, with the aim of giving educators a healthy dose of inspiration before summer break.

Registration is now open for Inspire, which will be held at the Red Lion in Pasco, WA. Teachers and other certificated professionals looking for clock hour credits are encouraged to take advantage of the early bird discount and register before June 3. The two-day conference offers eight clock hours and more than 18 unique breakout sessions.

ESD 123 Assistant Superintendent JoAnn Henderson states, "While it is true that most teachers look forward to the end of the school year and the opportunity to spend time with their families, most teachers I know are already thinking ahead to the next school year and are making plans to incorporate new strategies, tools and ideas in their classrooms. Inspire is an opportunity for hands-on exploration of new techniques and new products."

Conference participants will learn and share the innovative uses of instructional strategies and technology across a myriad of disciplines. Some breakout session topics include behavior and classroom management, special needs education, creativity, and engaging distracted learners. A full list of breakout sessions and descriptions, as well as registration information, can be found at www.esd123.org/inspire16.

For more information, contact Molly Curtiss at 509.544.5787 or mcurtiss@esd123.org.

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About ESD 123: Educational Service District 123, based in Pasco, WA, is one of nine ESDs in Washington. Dedicated to delivering collaborative solutions that promote learning, ESD 123 serves 23 school districts in seven counties of Southeastern Washington. Under Superintendent Bruce Hawkins and its board of directors, this legislatively mandated, not-for-profit educational organization provides efficiency of educational systems and equity of learning opportunities for over 70,000 Washington students. For more information about ESD 123, please call 509-544-5700 or 888-547-8441 or visit www.esd123.org.


Attached Media Files: Conference flyer
05/16/16
BLM Gathering Public Input on Coal Program at Six Public Meetings Public Participation is Next Step in Comprehensive Coal Program Review
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 05/16/16
Washington, D.C.--As the next step in the Department of the Interior's comprehensive review of the federal coal program, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will solicit public input at six public meetings starting with Casper, Wyo., on May 17.

Meetings in Casper, Wyo., Salt Lake City, Knoxville, Seattle, and Grand Junction, Colo., will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. local time. The Pittsburgh meeting will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. local time. Specifics for all of the upcoming public scoping meetings can be found below:

May 17, 2016 Casper Events Center
1 Events Drive
Casper, WY 82601
Doors open for speaker registration at 8:30 a.m.; meeting 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

May 19, 2016 Salt Palace Convention Center
90 South West Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Doors open for speaker registration at 8:00 a.m., meeting 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

May 26, 2016 Tennessee Theatre
604 S. Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902
Doors open for speaker registration at 8:00 a.m.; meeting 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

June 21, 2016 Sheraton Seattle Downtown
1400 6th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Doors open for speaker registration at 8:00 a.m.; meeting 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

June 23, 2016 Two Rivers Convention Center Avalon Theatre
645 Main Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Doors open for speaker registration at 8:00 a.m.; meeting 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

June 28, 2016* Pittsburgh Convention Center
1000 Fort Duquesne Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Doors open for speaker registration at 11:00 a.m.; meeting 1 to 7 p.m.
*Please note this is a new date; the meeting originally scheduled for June 16, 2016, is now scheduled for June 28, 2016.

The meetings in Casper, Wyo., Seattle and Pittsburgh will be live-streamed at www.blm.gov/live,and; meetings in Salt Lake City, Knoxville, Tenn., and Grand Junction, Colo., will have a toll-free, listen-only audio link available via telephone.

Those who attend the meetings in person and who wish to speak will be asked to sign in. Speakers will be called upon on a first-come, first-served basis determined by sign-in order. Attendees wishing to speak will be accommodated to the fullest extent possible given the time available. The maximum speaking time per speaker is three minutes.

Written comments may be submitted until July 28, 2016*, using one of the following methods:

Email: BLM_WO_Coal_Program_PEIS_Comments@blm.gov

Mail: Coal Programmatic EIS Scoping
Bureau of Land Management
20 M St. SE, Room 2134 LM
Washington, D.C. 20003

*Please note that the deadline for submitting written comments was changed to July 28, 2016, due to the rescheduling of the Pittsburgh public scoping meeting.

Additional information on the PEIS can be found here, and additional information on the federal coal program can be found here. The Notice of Intent to prepare a Programmatic EIS can be found here.

-BLM-


Attached Media Files: BLM Gathering Public Input on Coal Program at Six Public Meetings
State Welcomes New Statewide Licensing Administrator (Photo)
Wash. State Dept. of Early Learning - 05/16/16
Travis Hansen, Statewide Licensing Administrator
Travis Hansen, Statewide Licensing Administrator
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The Washington State Department of Early Learning (DEL) is pleased to announce that Travis Hansen has accepted the Early Learning Statewide Licensing Administrator position. Hansen is currently the Regional Administrator for DEL's North Central region, which includes counties from Okanogan in the north to southern Klickitat.

Travis comes to this position with a wealth of experience and dedication to early learning. He has devoted his passion and energy to Washington State social and early learning services for over 10 years. Travis's professional history and his vision for licensing services as a foundation to a quality early learning system will be a great asset to the DEL administration team.

"I believe quality child care starts with a healthy and safe child," said Hansen. "It is a true honor to be able to work in such a great early learning system in Washington State."

For the last four years Travis has successfully lead licensing services in 13 counties of the North Central region, supporting children, families, early learning providers, and communities from the Canada to Oregon boarders.

Prior to that, Hansen was DEL's Licensing Supervisor for the Yakima Office, Travis also worked as a program manager, therapist, and a supervisor for various agencies, including the Department of Social and Health Services, Crest Counseling Services and EPIC Youth Services.

"Travis brings many skills and talents that are transferrable and highly desirable to this new role," said Luba Bezborodnikova, DEL Assistant Director.

Travis earned his Master's degree in Social Work with a specialization in Counseling as well as Public Administration from Eastern Washington University. Hansen and his wife have five children of their own, Riley, Cooper, Chase, Brady, and Hunter--all boys.

Photo Caption: Travis Hansen, Statewide Licensing Administrator.


Attached Media Files: Word doc with hyperlinks , Travis Hansen, Statewide Licensing Administrator
05/13/16
Federal partners unveil safer, more efficient turbine at Ice Harbor Dam (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 05/13/16
This new advanced turbine is expected to improve fish passage and increase power generation at Ice Harbor Lock and Dam in southeast Washington state.
This new advanced turbine is expected to improve fish passage and increase power generation at Ice Harbor Lock and Dam in southeast Washington state.
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BURBANK, Wash. -- An advanced-technology turbine, designed to improve fish passage at federal dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers is being installed at Ice Harbor Lock and Dam in southeast Washington state.

The $58 million project, funded by BPA, calls for runner replacements on two turbines, one fixed-blade, one adjustable, along with fish passageway improvements at Ice Harbor over the next few years.

The first turbine is set to be operational within 12 to 14 months. The work includes structural modifications to the turbine draft tube exits to improve hydraulic conditions for fish. The contracts also contain options to fabricate and install a third turbine runner.

The turbine design and installation is a collaboration between contractor, Voith Hydro Inc. of York, Pa., the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Bonneville Power Administration and NOAA Fisheries. Small-scale model testing of the new fixed-blade runner design indicates it may also increase power generation by 3 to 4 percent.

"After 50 years of operation and increasing maintenance requirements, the need to replace the existing turbine runners at Ice Harbor presented the opportunity to pursue new turbine runner designs with fish passage improvement as a priority," said Kevin Crum, project manager.

Voith Hydro Inc. used digital and physical models, and multiple design cycles to settle on two styles of high-tech runners, (turbine runners are the parts that rotate in water to generate power). The turbine runners are made of stainless steel to fight water corrosion.

BPA engineer George Brown called the work an "excellent example of collaboration among BPA, the Corps, NOAA and a capable contractor."

"The key ingredient holding us all together is the goal of creating meaningful improvements to the environmental performance of a critical Northwest power resource," Brown says. "The efficiency and reliability benefits to the hydroelectric system are an important bonus, stretching the value of the limited water resource."

Advanced-technology turbines could eventually extend beyond Ice Harbor to replace aging infrastructure at other Columbia and Snake river dams.

The latest monitoring shows that less than 10 percent of all migrating juvenile salmon and steelhead pass through turbines on the Snake river, depending on the dam and the species of fish. At Ice Harbor Dam that number is between 0.5 to 8.6 percent. Most out-migrating fish use surface passage, such as spillway weirs, on their way to the ocean. About 93 to 96 percent of all young salmon and steelhead now survive passage at each dam in the Federal Columbia River Power System.

For more information about the Ice Harbor turbine runner design and other programs to benefit Columbia River salmon and steelhead, visit: www.nww.usace.army.mil/Missions/FishPrograms.aspx and www.salmonrecovery.gov.


Attached Media Files: This new advanced turbine is expected to improve fish passage and increase power generation at Ice Harbor Lock and Dam in southeast Washington state.
Wild Horses and Burros on Public Rangelands Now 2.5 Times Greater than 1971 when Protection Law Was Passed (Photo)
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 05/13/16
Wild Horses
Wild Horses
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BLM seeks to expand initiatives to address problems with new legislative authority

* 46,000 Horses Already Being Cared for Off-Range
* Off-Range Care of Unadopted Horses Would Exceed $1 Billion
* Necessary Horse Gathers Exceed Available Space and Funding

The Bureau of Land Management announced today that as of March 1, 2016, more than 67,000 wild horses and burros are roaming Western public rangelands -- a 15 percent increase over the estimated 2015 population.

The updated numbers show more than twice the number of horses on the range than is recommended under BLM land use plans. It is also two and a half times the number of horses and burros that were estimated to be in existence when the Wild and Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act was passed in 1971. To help address the problem, BLM is seeking legislative authority for additional initiatives.

"Over the past seven years we have doubled the amount of funding used for managing our nation's wild horses and burros," said BLM Director Neil Kornze. "Despite this, major shifts in the adoption market and the absence of a long-term fertility control drug have driven population levels higher. A number of program reforms are underway, but assistance is needed from our local, state, and federal partners."

While herds of wild horses consistently double in size every four years, there has also been a dramatic decrease in adoptions in recent years. In the early 2000s, nearly 8,000 horses were being placed with private adopters each year. Due to a number of economic factors, that number is now down to roughly 2,500 animals each year, compounding an already difficult management situation.

The total lifetime cost of caring for an unadopted animal that is removed from the range is substantial. Costs for lifetime care in a corral approaches $50,000 per horse. With 46,000 horses and burros already in off-range corrals and pastures, this means that without new opportunities for placing these animals with responsible owners, the BLM will spend more than a billion dollars to care for and feed these animals over the remainder of their lives. Given this vast financial commitment, the BLM is now severely limited in how many animals it can afford to remove from the range.

To address these issues the BLM is taking a number of steps, including sponsoring a significant research program focused on fertility control; transitioning horses from off-range corrals to more cost-effective pastures; working to increase adoptions with new programs and partnerships; and requesting two new pieces of legislative authority -- one to allow for the immediate transfer of horses to other agencies that have a need for work animals and one that would create a congressionally-chartered foundation that could help fund and support adoption efforts. Additional tools and resources are needed to bring this program onto a sustainable path.

The table below shows the 2016 West-wide, on-range population on a state-by-state basis as of March 1, 2016. This year's 15 percent increase over the 2015 population compares to an 18 percent increase from 2014 to 2015. The BLM plans to remove 3,500 wild horses and burros from Western public rangelands in 2016.

Wild Horse and Burro On-Range Population as of March 1, 2016
State Horses Burros Total Maximum AML
AZ 318 5,317 5,635 1,676
CA 4,925 3,391 8,316 2,200
CO 1,530 0 1,530 812
ID 468 0 468 617
MT 160 0 160 120
NV 31,979 2,552 34,531 12,811
NM 171 0 171 83
OR 3,785 56 3,841 2,715
UT 5,440 400 5,840 1,956
WY 6,535 0 6,535 3,725
TOTAL 55,311 11,716 67,027 26,715

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.


Attached Media Files: BLM Wild Horse and Burro Population , Wild Horses
05/12/16
Washington Makes Gains in Pre-K Funding and Enrollment
Wash. State Dept. of Early Learning - 05/12/16
Olympia, WA and New York, NY--Many 3- and 4-year olds across the nation still lack access to high-quality preschool education despite modest gains in enrollment, quality, and funding, according to an annual report by the nonpartisan National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at Rutgers University.

In Washington, the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) enrolled 10,091 children, up 1350 in 2014-2015, serving eight percent of the state's 4-year-olds. Washington maintained consistent progress in terms of quality standards-- meeting nine of NIEER's minimum quality standards benchmarks. As of 2014-2015, ECEAP was required to participate in the state's quality rating and improvement system, called Early Achievers. In 2014-2105, the state invested a total of $83 million in ECEAP, with approximately $76 million of these funds coming from state dollars from the state general fund and the "opportunity pathways account," which is derived from lottery revenue.

"NIEER's findings support our need for more high-quality programs and importantly, the inclusion of full-day models into our early learning settings," said Department of Early Learning Director, Ross Hunter. "As we near our state's milestone of making preschool an entitlement for low-income families, we need to ensure expansion of programs that prove success in child outcomes."

More about ECEAP:
* 60% of ECEAP children are ready the spring before entering Kindergarten.
* There are 11,955 children eligible for ECEAP who are not served by ECEAP or Head Start. According to the February 2016 Caseload Forecast Council, 6,260 of these would likely participate if space were available.
* By fall 2020's entitlement milestone*, Washington will need 7,377 more slots for children than Washington currently has, based on the children likely to participate.
o This requires adding 1,844 more slots each year for the next four years, beginning with the 2017-18 school year.
* To add the 7,377 by fall 2020, Washington will need 266 more classrooms, 266 more trained lead teachers, and 266 more assistant teachers.

*The Legislature has made preschool a statutory entitlement for families with incomes at or below 110% of federal poverty level, or FPL, by fall 2020.

The State of Preschool report for the 2014-2015 school year, which includes objective state-by-state profiles and rankings, indicates that urgent action is needed from lawmakers at all levels of government to ensure that every child -- particularly those from low-income families -- have access to high-quality early education. For the first year, NIEER also analyzed states' early education workforce and Dual Language Learner policies, which reveal that Washington is one of 14 states that can report the home language of every pre-K student.

However, Washington does not require pre-K teachers to have a Bachelor's degree, nor does it provide salary parity between pre-K and K-3 teachers.

The report finds that total state spending on pre-K programs for the nation as a whole increased by 10 percent, or $553 million, since the previous year, bringing state spending in 2014-2015 to over $6.2 billion. The number of children served by state-funded pre-K served increased by 37,167 in 2014-2015, bringing the total to almost 1.4 million children -- the largest number of children ever served by state-funded pre-K. With an average rate of $4,489, states also made one of the most significant increases in spending per child in recent history.

For more information on The State of Preschool 2015 yearbook and detailed state-by-state breakdowns on quality benchmarks, enrollment, and funding, please click here.


Attached Media Files: Word document with hyperlinks
05/09/16
Media Advisory: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Installs New Snake River Turbine
Bonneville Power Administration - 05/09/16
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Installs New Snake River Turbine
Safer for Fish -- More Efficient Power Generation


Burbank, Wash. -- A new high-tech turbine, that is safer for salmon and steelhead, will be installed at Ice Harbor Lock and Dam on Washington's lower Snake River.

Over the next year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will install the new turbine, with plans to replace a second turbine in 2018.

Paid for by the Bonneville Power Administration and built in collaboration with the Corps, BPA, NOAA-Fisheries and Voith Hydro Inc. of York, Pa., the turbine is designed for safer fish passage and more-efficient power operations.

To showcase the new turbine and its improvements, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will open Ice Harbor Lock and Dam in Burbank, Wash. to the media on Friday, May 13. The USACE-Walla Walla District Commander and VP of Power Services at the Bonneville Power Administration will provide detailed information about the turbine at the event.

WHAT: Media availability with photo opportunity of new state-of-the-art turbine

WHO: Lt. Col. Timothy Vail, Commander, USACE-Walla Walla District
Mark Gendron, BPA Senior VP Power Services
Bob Gallo, President and CEO, Voith Hydro Inc.
Design team members from federal agencies and Voith Hydro Inc.

WHEN: Friday, May 13, 2016, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Ice Harbor Lock and Dam, 2339 Monument Drive, Burbank, WA 99323

RSVP: Please, RSVP not later than noon on Thursday, May 12, 2016
USACE-Walla Walla District, Public Affairs
509-527-7018 or cenww-pa@usace.army.mil

Notes: Please, arrive no later than 9:45 a.m. for a safety/photo-security briefing. The event will be conducted inside secure areas of Ice Harbor's facilities -- Attendees must be U.S. citizens and have U.S.-issued photo identification available upon arrival at the dam. Non-U.S. citizens and those without identification will not be allowed to enter the secure areas without exception. Participants are required to wear closed-toe, sturdy, but comfortable, walking shoes (no high heels, sandals, etc. are allowed for safety reasons).
MEDIA ALERT - Clarkston Families Invited to Kinder Karnival
Clarkston School Dist. - 05/09/16
CLARKSTON, WA -- Parents and guardians of incoming kindergarten students are invited to the Clarkston Kinder Karnival, taking place tomorrow, May 10 from 5:30-6:30 PM at Grantham Elementary School, located at 1253 Poplar Street in Clarkston.

The Kinder Karnival allows students to enjoy kindergarten readiness games and activities while meeting their future teachers. Those interested in learning more about the kindergarten registration process are encouraged to contact the district's Student Services Department at 509.769.5541.

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05/06/16
The Pacific Northwest Collects 16 Tons At The Latest DEA National Drug Take-Back Day
DEA Seattle - 05/06/16
Residents of the Pacific Northwest (PNW) responded overwhelmingly to the most recent DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. On April 30, 2016, in a four hour period, residents of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska combined, turned in 31,872 pounds (16 tons) of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the 168 take-back sites.

"In a time when opioid abuse has increased so dramatically nationwide, our communities of the Northwest really rose to the challenge by safely removing significant amounts of unused pharmaceutical drugs from unintended circulation," said DEA Special Agent in Charge Keith Weis.

When the results of the 11 DEA Take Back Days for the PNW are combined, the DEA and its state, local, and tribal law-enforcement and community partners have removed over 300,328 pounds (150.2 tons) of medication from circulation.

The following are the results broken down by state:

* Washington -- 13,800 pounds (6.9 tons) removed from circulation.
* Idaho -- 3,068 pounds (1.5 tons) removed from circulation.
* Oregon -- 10,842 pounds (5.4 tons) removed from circulation.
* Alaska -- 4162 pounds (2.1 tons) removed from circulation.

Nationwide, DEA and over 4,200 of its state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners collected 893,498 pounds of unwanted medicines--about 447 tons--at almost 5,400 sites spread through all 50 states, beating its previous high of 390 tons in the spring of 2014 by 57 tons, or more than 114,000 pounds.

The majority of prescription drug abusers report in surveys that they get their drugs from friends and family. Americans understand that cleaning out old prescription drugs from medicine cabinets, kitchen drawers, and bedside tables reduces accidents, thefts, and the misuse and abuse of these medicines, including the opioid painkillers that accounted for 20,808 drug overdoses--78 a day--in 2014 (the most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Eight out of 10 new heroin users began by abusing prescription painkillers and moved to heroin when they could no longer obtain or afford those painkillers.

The public can submit tips anonymously, via a DEA text tip line. Utilizing a mobile device, send a text to "TIP411" and start your message with "TIPDEA."
MEDIA ALERT - Showcase of 21st Century Students' Art Display
ESD 123 - 05/06/16
RICHLAND, WA -- The public is invited to visit the REACH Museum tonight, May 6, for a gallery opening of original artwork created by students from eight area afterschool programs. The gallery opening takes place from 5:00-6:30 PM at the REACH Museum, located at 1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland, WA. Artwork will be on display in the museum's Hoch Gallery for several weeks.

Overseen by the Educational Service District (ESD) 123, the 21st Century afterschool programs are designed to assist students Kindergarten through 12th grade in academic enrichment activities and learning how to become independent leaders in our communities. There are currently eight participating schools, and each site has approximately 50 students at one time from day to day. Students benefit from the 21st Century program by receiving homework assistance, enrichment activities, family engagement, community guest speakers, and health and fitness. The program also aligns enrichment activities to the regular school day to help students reach their highest potential.

The following schools are participating in the REACH Art show:
- Grantham Elementary; Clarkston, Washington
- Amistad Elementary; Kennewick, Washington
- Eastgate Elementary; Kennewick, Washington
- Edison Elementary; Kennewick, Washington
- Vista Elementary; Kennewick, Washington
- The Family Learning Center; Kennewick, Washington
- Highlands Middle School; Kennewick, Washington
- Park Middle School; Kennewick, Washington

Students from each of the schools voted and selected 10 art pieces to be displayed at the REACH Museum. A collective 450 pieces of art were made and chosen from to be shown. The students enjoyed learning about new artists and working on their own original work.

For more information, contact ESD 123 Communication & Graphics Coordinator, Molly Curtiss, at 509.544.5787, or Cathleen Williams at the REACH Museum at 509.948.0705.

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Educational Service District 123, based in Pasco, WA, is one of nine ESDs in Washington. Dedicated to delivering collaborative solutions that promote learning, ESD 123 serves 23 school districts in seven counties of Southeastern Washington. Under Superintendent Bruce Hawkins and its board of directors, this legislatively mandated, not-for-profit educational organization provides efficiency of educational systems and equity of learning opportunities for over 70,000 Washington students. For more information about ESD 123, please call 509-544-5700 or 888-547-8441 or visit www.esd123.org.
OSP Continuing Death Investigation - Sherman County
Oregon State Police - 05/06/16
On May 3rd, 2016 at about 9PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel received reports of a subject laying on the shoulder of Interstate 84 near milepost 107 (east of Biggs Junction).

A trooper arrived on scene shortly after and found a 48 year old male laying on his stomach. The male was in medical distress and his condition rapidly deteriorated prior to medical personnel arriving. The male stopped breathing and the trooper, along with a Sherman County Deputy, began CPR. The trooper and deputy performed CPR for almost thirty minutes and were relieved by medical personnel once they arrived. The male was later pronounced deceased at the scene.

The male was identified as Thomas L KELSEY, age 48, of Deer Park, Washington. The investigation is continuing into the cause of his death and is being referred to the medical examiner. OSP was assisted by the Sherman County Sheriff's Office, South Sherman County Fire Department, and Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue.

More information will be released when it becomes available.
05/05/16
MEDIA ALERT - Potential Child Abduction Attempt
Clarkston School Dist. - 05/05/16
CLARKSTON, WA -- The Clarkston School District has been made aware of a possible child abduction attempt. At approximately 7:50 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4 on the 2400 block of Reservoir Rd, an adult male attempted to lure a child (or children) into his vehicle. The incident was reported to law enforcement.

It was reported that a white male in his thirties, with dark hair and a goatee pulled up to the children at the bus stop in a red colored small sedan (possibly a Honda Civic) with black rims, a red air fin on the back trunk, and asked for directions. Next, the male stated he wasn't from around town and asked the children if one of them would get in and show him where the address was. It is also reported that he offered some candy for their help.

Police will be patrolling the area and are looking for the red vehicle described by the students. As of this time, no one has been arrested. If you have any information regarding this situation, please contact the Clarkston Police Department or Asotin Sheriff's Department immediately.

The District has alerted its staff, increased visibility of our security personnel, and reminded our students of the importance of following safe routes between classes and to and from school. Parents are encouraged to talk with their children about these types of situations and review precautions they should remember to stay safe at all times.

Questions may be directed to Clarkston Assistant Superintendent, Jim Fry, at 509.769.5534.

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05/04/16
Dan James appointed new deputy administrator for BPA (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 05/04/16
Dan James appointed new deputy administrator for BPA.
Dan James appointed new deputy administrator for BPA.
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Portland, Ore. - BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer announced today the appointment of Dan James, formerly of the regional utility cooperative PNGC Power, to the position of deputy administrator for the Northwest power marketing agency.

"Dan is a terrific addition to the leadership team at Bonneville -- his character and experience get right at the heart of what we are about: focusing on safety and staying connected to the region through customers, tribes, constituents and others," said Mainzer. "Dan's positive demeanor is infectious, and he's dedicated to operational excellence and achieving tangible results."

As deputy administrator, James will be responsible for leadership, strategic planning, financial management, and regulatory affairs as well as intergovernmental and public affairs oversight. He will oversee and provide direction and guidance for program execution and administration to executive vice presidents, vice presidents and managers of Corporate Strategy, Finance, Communications, Intergovernmental Affairs, the Ombudsman, and Compliance, Audit and Risk.

"I am delighted to have Dan's long-time expertise in the energy field joining Bonneville," said U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon. "His relationship with the congressional delegation spans decades, and he brings an important knowledge of the Northwest's energy needs."

James comes to BPA from PNGC Power, where he has served as vice president of public affairs and marketing since 2007.

Prior to his PNGC experience, James worked as a federal affairs representative at Pacific Northwest Waterways Association in Vancouver, Wash., and as a senior government relations specialist at Ball Janik LLP in Portland and Washington, D.C.

"Dan is a great choice for the deputy position," said Scott Corwin, executive director of the Public Power Council, which represents the interests of publicly owned utilities in the Northwest. "Having worked in various sectors involving the river system, he is one of the foremost experts on issues impacting BPA and the Columbia Basin. Dan has a sterling reputation for integrity and sincere collaboration and will be a great asset to Bonneville and to the citizens of the region in this role."

"Dan understands the unique role that BPA plays in the lives of the people it serves, and the opportunities and challenges facing the agency," said Beth Looney, president and CEO of PNGC Power. "I look forward to working with him in the years ahead."

James is also a member of the National Preference Customer Committee of the National Electric Cooperative Association and is a senior fellow of the Oregon chapter of the American Leadership Forum.

"The region is very lucky to have Dan named deputy administrator at BPA. His broad knowledge base and vast experience, both in the region and in Washington, D.C., will benefit all customers of BPA," said Mark Johnson, general manager of Flathead Electric Cooperative of Kalispell, Mont., and chairman of the executive committee for the Public Power Council. "As a Montanan, it is always nice to see another Montanan, especially one from the Flathead Valley, achieve such an important and influential position. All of us in public power will miss Dan in his current role, but we know he will represent us well, and I look forward to working with him as the deputy administrator."

James grew up in western Montana near Flathead Lake. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore., in 1987 and remains a faithful follower of the university's football team to this day. He also earned a utility management certificate from Willamette University in Portland in 2015. He has served on boards for such community organizations as United Way of Columbia-Willamette, Pacific University, Oregon Wave Energy Trust and the Pacific Youth Choir. He lives in Northeast Portland with his spouse and two teenage daughters.

"I have been fortunate to live in the Northwest most of my life and work for the people of our rural areas most of my career," said James. "I am excited to join Elliot's team at a time when the agency faces unique opportunities and challenges."

James is scheduled to start in the deputy administrator position within the next several weeks.


Attached Media Files: Dan James appointed new deputy administrator for BPA.
05/02/16
Representing Clarkston at International Conference (Photo)
Clarkston School Dist. - 05/02/16
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CLARKSTON, WA -- Twenty-eight Clarkston High School DECA students just returned from competing at the 70th annual International Career Development Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. The International conference took place April 22--27, where more than 17,500 DECA students participated.

DECA is a nation-wide vocational organization for students enrolled in marketing-related courses. Students competed in a variety of events, including Chapter Team Events, Business Operations Research Events, Chapter Awards Project, and Business Role-Play Events.

Top 16 Finalists:
DECA Store -- School Based Enterprise: Ethan Ulrich, Matt Maiorana, and Shelby Hill

Smart Money Maxed Out -- Financial Literacy Promotional Project: Hunter Hansen, Molly Eggleston, and Riley Denton

Top Ten:
Red Ribbon Week -- Public Relations Project: Molly Myklebust and Bradley Nicholas

4th Grade Conference -- Entrepreneurship Promotion Project: Sami Briney and Sera Babino

Congratulations to Clarkston's DECA students in their fantastic representation of Clarkston High School! For more information, contact CHS DECA Advisor, Lynn Carey.

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Attached Media Files: CHS DECA students
BLM Extends Deadline for Nominations for Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 05/02/16
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has extended to May 31, 2016 the deadline for submitting nominations for the 2016 Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards. The prior deadline was April 12.

These non-monetary awards highlight some of the finest examples of responsible mineral resource development and illustrate the principles of sustainable development without compromising the needs of future generations. The awards program also helps to promote successful ideas and practices that may be implemented at various locations throughout the nation.

"These awards honor achievements in environmental health, social responsibility, and economic security," said Michael Nedd, BLM Assistant Director for Energy, Minerals and Realty Management. "They also highlight mineral development that protects and restores the environment while meeting modern needs for these raw materials."
The awards fall under five categories: the Hardrock Mineral Environmental Award, the Hardrock Mineral Community Outreach and Economic Security Award, the Hardrock Mineral Small Operator Award, the Hardrock Mineral Directors Award, and the "Fix A Shaft Today!" Award.
The Hardrock Mineral Environmental Award recognizes efforts in environmental stewardship. This category recognizes achievements demonstrating continuous or repeated efforts to successfully meet or exceed Federal, State, or local reclamation requirements with minimal oversight.
The Hardrock Mineral Community Outreach and Economic Security Award recognizes projects that show concern for community responsibilities and the economic benefits of mineral development. This award recognizes successful coordination of projects with local and regional stakeholders. Projects that contribute to quality of life or show concern for a community's long-term health are also eligible.

The Hardrock Mineral Small Operator Award recognizes efforts in environmental stewardship of operators with fewer than 15 employees. Similar to the Hardrock Mineral Environmental Award, this award recognizes achievements demonstrating continuous or repeated efforts to successfully meet or exceed Federal, State, or local reclamation requirements with minimal oversight.
The Hardrock Mineral Director's Award recognizes outstanding achievement in a particular area of sustainable development. The award will recognize an operator whose dedication and commitment to excellence has resulted in the use of a new or innovative design or technique that allows or enhances successful operations in technically challenging conditions or in critical environmental settings.
The Fix A Shaft Today!"("FAST!") Award recognizes active participation in the FAST! Campaign, which is a partnership initiative aimed at eradicating unsafe abandoned mine land features, especially open mine shafts.
Nominations are to be submitted to the BLM State Office (Attention: Solid Minerals) that has jurisdiction in the State where the operation is located. It is anticipated that the presentation of the awards will take place in Las Vegas in the fall of 2016 in conjunction with MINExpo.

Mining companies, regulatory authorities, geologists, and members of the public may nominate operators or organizations in the non-coal solid minerals industries for an award. Nominations need not be limited to operations on land managed by the BLM. For detailed information on the nomination and selection processes, including the required format for nominations CLICK HERE: http://www.blm.gov/style/medialib/blm/wo/Communications_Directorate/public_affairs/news_release_attachments.Par.92208.File.dat/2016%20Sustain%20Final.pdf
May 10 Kinder Karnival in Clarkston
Clarkston School Dist. - 05/02/16
CLARKSTON, WA -- Find out what is in store next year for your future kindergartener at the Clarkston Kinder Karnival. Parents and guardians are invited to bring their incoming kindergarten student to the annual Kinder Karnival, taking place Tuesday, May 10 from 5:30-6:30 PM at Grantham Elementary School.

The Kinder Karnival is a follow-up to kindergarten registration for the 2016-2017 school year. All incoming kindergarteners (children who will be age five by August 31, 2016) are invited to enjoy kindergarten readiness games and activities while meeting their future teachers.

Kindergarten registration for Clarkston students took place from April 6 to May 2, followed by the Kindergarten Round-Up from May 3-6, where students are assessed in the areas of hearing/vision, gross and fine motor skills, concepts, and speech/language to determine their readiness for kindergarten.

The 2016 Kinder Karnival begins at 5:30 PM in the Grantham Elementary gym, located at 1253 Poplar Street in Clarkston. Those interested in learning more about the kindergarten registration process are encouraged to contact the district's Student Services Department at 509.769.5541.

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04/28/16
A New Director for Early Learning at ESD 123 (Photo)
ESD 123 - 04/28/16
Matt Bona
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PASCO, WA -- Mr. Matthew Bona has been named as the new Director of Early Learning at Educational Service District (ESD) 123, effective July 1, 2016. The ESD Board of Directors approved Mr. Bona's appointment at their regular meeting on Thursday, April 28.

Over the past five years, the ESD's Early Learning Department has grown exponentially, from small, targeted services, to what is now a comprehensive menu of services impacting hundreds of families across the region. ESD Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, JoAnn Henderson, was part of the selection committee who identified Bona as an outstanding candidate to meet the needs of the department.

"Our vision is to create and support world class services designed to help all children, their families, school districts and the early learning community," Henderson says. "Matt brings the leadership skills, early learning and K-12 experience and, most importantly, the passion to help us achieve that goal."

Bona currently serves as principal of Sharpstein Elementary School in Walla Walla, where he has worked since 2010. Prior to that, his experience included assistant principal, high school teacher, adjunct professor, and lecturer in schools and colleges across the Pacific Northwest.

"High quality learning opportunities are critical in the early stages of a child's educational career," states Bona. "The work that we do as an Early Learning Department at ESD 123 will set children up for success as they continue on in their learning for years to come. I am honored that I will have this opportunity to have a positive influence in moving Early Learning forward in the region that ESD 123 serves."

Bona will begin work in his new director role at the ESD on July 1. For more information, contact Communication & Graphics Coordinator, Molly Curtiss, at 509.544.5787 or mcurtiss@esd123.org.

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About ESD 123: Educational Service District 123, based in Pasco, WA, is one of nine ESDs in Washington. Dedicated to delivering collaborative solutions that promote learning, ESD 123 serves 23 school districts in seven counties of Southeastern Washington. Under Superintendent Bruce Hawkins and its board of directors, this legislatively mandated, not-for-profit educational organization provides efficiency of educational systems and equity of learning opportunities for over 70,000 Washington students. For more information about ESD 123, please call 509-544-5700 or 888-547-8441 or visit www.esd123.org.


Attached Media Files: Matt Bona
State Award Winner Four Years in a Row (Photo)
Clarkston School Dist. - 04/28/16
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CLARKSTON, WA -- Heights Elementary School in Clarkston is the recipient of the Washington Achievement Award for four consecutive years! The award, presented by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), celebrates Washington's top-performing schools as measured by the Achievement Index. As a winner of the 2015 Achievement Award, Heights Elementary is being recognized in the category of Math Growth.

The 2015 Washington Achievement Awards include a total of 258 schools from across the State. Heights Elementary received the 2012 Achievement Award in the science category, and received the 2013, 2014, and 2015 awards for sustained growth in math.

Clarkston Superintendent Tim Winter states, "We are very proud of the work the students and staff are doing at Heights as they continue to be recognized for high student achievement."

The Clarkston School District wishes to congratulate the Heights staff, students, and parents for this outstanding accomplishment. For more information, contact the Superintendent's Office at 509.769.6338.

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The Washington Achievement Award is based on statewide assessment data for the three previous years. This data is analyzed using the Achievement Index. Award winners are selected using an award methodology. Schools must meet the 95% participation rate on state tests to be eligible. Schools are recognized in seven categories: Overall Excellence, High Progress, English Language Arts Growth, Math Growth, Extended Graduation Rate (awarded to high and comprehensive schools only), English Language Acquisition, and Achievement Gap. Learn more at www.k12.wa.us/EducationAwards/WashingtonAchievement.


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04/27/16
DEA's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday
DEA Seattle - 04/27/16
April 27, 2016 - (Seattle, Washington) -- After collecting and destroying 5.5 million pounds--2,762 tons--of unused prescription drugs in the past 5 years, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is continuing its efforts to take back unused, unwanted and expired prescription medications. The DEA invites the public to bring their potentially dangerous, unwanted medicines to one of over 5,000 collection sites around the country that are manned by more than 3,800 of DEA's tribal and local law enforcement partners. This service is free of charge, with no questions asked.

On Saturday, April 30, 2016, there will be 89 collection sites throughout the state of Washington open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time. The public can find a nearby collection site by visiting www.dea.gov, clicking on the "Got Drugs?" icon, and entering their zip code into the search window, or they can call 800-882-9539. Only pills and other solids, like patches, will be accepted--the public should not bring liquids, needles or other sharps to take back sites.

When the results of the ten DEA Take Back Days for the Pacific Northwest are combined, the DEA and its state, local, and tribal law-enforcement and community partners have removed over 268,456 pounds (134.2 tons) of medication from circulation. Combined results for the previous ten Take-Back events in Washington State (2010-2015) resulted in 127,719 pounds (63.8 tons) of drugs removed from circulation.

America is presently experiencing an epidemic of addiction, overdose and death due to abuse of prescription drugs, particularly opioid painkillers. 6.5 million Americans abuse prescription drugs, according to the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than abuse cocaine, heroin, and hallucinogens combined.

"Most prescription drug abusers get their pills from friends and family, including from the household medicine cabinet," said DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg. "Please remove unwanted prescription drugs from your homes and help prevent substance abuse fueled by our medicine cabinets."

Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of injury-related death in the United States, eclipsing deaths from motor vehicle crashes or firearms. The removal from homes of unwanted prescription pills that can be abused, stolen or resold is an easy way to help fight the epidemic of substance abuse and addiction.
DEA's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday
DEA Seattle - 04/27/16
April 27, 2016 - (Seattle, Washington) -- After collecting and destroying 5.5 million pounds--2,762 tons--of unused prescription drugs in the past 5 years, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is continuing its efforts to take back unused, unwanted and expired prescription medications. The DEA invites the public to bring their potentially dangerous, unwanted medicines to one of over 5,000 collection sites around the country that are manned by more than 3,800 of DEA's tribal and local law enforcement partners. This service is free of charge, with no questions asked.

On Saturday, April 30, 2016, there will be 24 collection sites throughout the state of Idaho open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time. The public can find a nearby collection site by visiting www.dea.gov, clicking on the "Got Drugs?" icon, and entering their zip code into the search window, or they can call 800-882-9539. Only pills and other solids, like patches, will be accepted--the public should not bring liquids, needles or other sharps to take back sites.

When the results of the ten DEA Take Back Days for the Pacific Northwest are combined, the DEA and its state, local, and tribal law-enforcement and community partners have removed over 268,456 pounds (134.2 tons) of medication from circulation. Combined results for the previous ten Take-Back events in Idaho State (2010-2015) resulted in 39,263 pounds (19.6 tons) of drugs removed from circulation.

America is presently experiencing an epidemic of addiction, overdose and death due to abuse of prescription drugs, particularly opioid painkillers. 6.5 million Americans abuse prescription drugs, according to the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than abuse cocaine, heroin, and hallucinogens combined.

"Most prescription drug abusers get their pills from friends and family, including from the household medicine cabinet," said DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg. "Please remove unwanted prescription drugs from your homes and help prevent substance abuse fueled by our medicine cabinets."

Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of injury-related death in the United States, eclipsing deaths from motor vehicle crashes or firearms. The removal from homes of unwanted prescription pills that can be abused, stolen or resold is an easy way to help fight the epidemic of substance abuse and addiction.
Board President Turns in His Gavel (Photo)
Clarkston School Dist. - 04/27/16
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CLARKSTON, WA -- At their meeting on Monday, April 25, the Clarkston School District Board of Directors bid farewell to long time board member, Greg Castellaw.

Mr. Castellaw, who served on the board for over 20 years, decided it was time to turn in his gavel. He wrote, "My desire to resign was solely based on a strong desire to spend more time with my family. It has been a pleasure to serve our community and I greatly appreciate the wonderful people I have met along the way."

Superintendent Tim Winter stated, "Greg has served the school district and the community in such a great way. We will miss his leadership on the board but we are excited for him and the time he will have with his family."

Meghan Pierce, former board member, was appointed to fill Director Position No. 1. Ms. Pierce had to step down from the board last year after having moved out of her designated director area. She said she is excited to be back.

Action was taken for the election and appointment of officers. Scott Dolezal will serve as president, Dennis Lenz, vice-president and Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Representative, and Meghan Pierce will serve as Legislative Representative.

For more information, contact the Superintendent's Office at 509.769.6338.

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04/26/16
BPA seeks innovative solutions for peak congestion in southwest Washington and northwest Oregon
Bonneville Power Administration - 04/26/16
PR 12 16 BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, April 26, 2016
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140/5131

BPA seeks innovative solutions for peak congestion in southwest Washington and northwest Oregon

The pilot program would test solutions that may defer the need to build the proposed I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project

Portland, Ore. -- The Bonneville Power Administration is releasing a request for offers on products or measures from third parties that might assist in alleviating transmission congestion in southwestern Washington and northwestern Oregon.

The request for offers, or RFO, would establish a pilot program to address congestion in the near term as well as inform BPA on whether cost-effective options exist that could potentially defer the need to build the proposed I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project by five or more years.

In February of 2016, BPA released a final environmental impact statement on the I-5 project, a major step in the siting of a proposed line that would resolve congestion for BPA's transmission service in southwestern Washington and northwestern Oregon. However, the document does not represent a decision to build the transmission line.

The final EIS explains that BPA has previously explored non-wires solutions but to date has not found any combination that address the issue in the long term and are operationally, commercially, and economically feasible. However, BPA recognizes that technologies are continuously evolving and new advancements or strategies for their use could provide a solution that pushes out the need to build, reducing upward pressure on BPA electric rates.

"We want to make sure that we make the right investment at the right time for BPA and the people of the Northwest," said Jeff Cook, the vice president of Planning and Asset Management for Transmission. "While construction of a physical line would resolve capacity limitations along this corridor for the foreseeable future, it is a costly undertaking. It also would introduce new infrastructure in this vicinity that we recognize is of intense concern to local communities.

"By testing new advances in congestion management on our system, we may be able to uncover a solution that helps us defer the need to build in the immediate future."

In order to maintain system reliability, BPA must operate its bulk electric system to continually balance the supply, or generation, of power with the demand, or use, of that power. That balancing act is subject to both the physical limitations of the lines transmitting the power as well as the geographic location of the power's generation and the path the electricity must travel to reach an end user.

With southwest Washington and northwest Oregon, the generation used to meet the demand for electricity mainly comes from remote locations to the north or east, where the abundant sources of hydroelectric and wind power lie. Much of that power must travel along a transmission corridor known as South of Allston that has not been reinforced with additional capacity since the 1970s. Since then, the population around that corridor has more than doubled. During the most acute periods of high electric demand, the amount of power traveling on those lines can approach or exceed safe operating limits.

Currently, BPA's ability to manage the generation or demand along this path is more limited in the summer. These conditions create a reliability risk. With the increasing population in southwest Washington and northwest Oregon, and the corresponding increase in demand over time, that reliability risk grows as more electricity moves on the existing lines South of Allston.

"The response to this RFO will help us to see if there are adequate resources in the region to sufficiently manage that congestion and shift the electric load elsewhere," Cook said.

About BPA

The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Ore., 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

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Interior Department Takes Next Step in Comprehensive Review of Federal Coal Program
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 04/26/16
WASHINGTON -- As the next step in the Department of the Interior's comprehensive review of the federal coal program, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today announced the dates and locations for a series of public meetings in May and June to solicit public input. These meetings will provide the public with opportunities to help the BLM identify and evaluate potential reforms to the federal coal program. Today's announcement follows last month's publication of a Notice of Intent to conduct a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) that began a formal, comprehensive review of the federal coal program.
"As we begin this review, we are looking forward to hearing from the public about a wide range of issues about the federal coal program," said BLM Director Neil Kornze. "The information we gather will help shape future decisions about this public resource."

The BLM is particularly interested in gathering public input on the issues and policies that should be outlined in the PEIS, including topics such as whether Americans are receiving a fair return for federal coal, how market conditions affect coal, how federal coal affects the environment, and how these and other factors impact coal-dependent communities. Public feedback obtained during these meetings will help inform the size and scope of the review conducted in the PEIS.

In January, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced a comprehensive review that will examine a broad array of concerns about the federal coal program following critical reports issued by the Government Accountability Office and Interior's Office of the Inspector General; concerns raised by members of Congress and other interested stakeholders; and feedback received from a series of public listening sessions last year in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico and Washington, D.C.

Each public scoping meeting is scheduled from 10:00 a.m. -- 4:00 p.m. local time in the following six locations:

May 17, 2016 Casper Events Center
1 Events Center Drive
Casper, WY 82601

May 19, 2016 Salt Palace Convention Center
100 West Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

May 26, 2016 Tennessee Theatre
604 S. Gay St.
Knoxville, TN 37902

June 16, 2016 Pittsburgh Convention Center
1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

June, 2016 Seattle
To be announced

June 23, 2016 Two Rivers Convention Center
159 Main St.
Grand Junction, CO 81501

The meetings in Casper, Seattle and Pittsburgh will be live-streamed at www.blm.gov/live, and all six meetings will have a listen-only audio link via telephone. Those who attend the meetings in person and who wish to speak will be asked to sign-in. Speakers will be called upon on a first-come, first-served basis and will be accommodated to the fullest extent possible given the space and time available. Those interested in attending should check the BLM Coal PEIS website prior to the meeting for additional information.

Written comments may be submitted until July 23, 2016, using one of the following methods:

Email: BLM_WO_Coal_Program_PEIS_Comments@blm.gov

Mail: Coal Programmatic EIS Scoping
Bureau of Land Management
20 M St. SE, Room 2134 LM
Washington, D.C. 20003

The Interior Department will release an interim report on the PEIS by the end of 2016. The interim report will contain a summary of substantive comments received during the public scoping period and conclusions from the scoping process about potential planning alternatives results. The comprehensive review is expected to take approximately three years to complete.

Additional information on the PEIS can be found here, and additional information on the federal coal program can be found here.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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