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MEDIA ALERT - Clarkston Educators Choose Children First: Schools Will Remain Open
Clarkston School Dist. - 05/20/15
CLARKSTON, WA - While thousands of public school teachers across the state of Washington have been filling the streets in planned one-day walkouts, the teachers and staff of Clarkston schools are choosing to put kids first and keep Clarkston schools open.

Clarkston educators want to send a message to the Legislature regarding the need for action to lower class sizes; however, teachers also understand that staging a walkout right now would be a logistical nightmare for both schools and families. With less than 12 school days remaining in the school year, as well as pivotal state testing still underway, a teacher walkout could be a step backwards for the schools and families of Clarkston.

"I am proud of our staff members who continue to put students first," states Clarkston Superintendent, Tim Winter. "I hope that the choice to keep schools open sends a message to the legislators that we want them to follow our lead to support student learning and meet their obligation to fully fund education in the state of Washington."

School will remain in session as scheduled for all schools in Clarkston School District for the remainder of the 2014-2015 school year. The last day of school for Clarkston students is Friday, June 5. For more information, contact the Superintendent's Office at 509.769.6106.

Clarkston DECA "Takes Over" May 22
Clarkston School Dist. - 05/18/15
CLARKSTON, WA - Clarkston DECA Chapter is sponsoring the 35th annual DECA Takeover at Gateway Square on Friday, May 22 from 8 AM to 2:15 PM. Students train for 6 days prior to the takeover day and learn every aspect of the position they're assigned. Eight businesses are involved in the DECA Takeover this year, with 120 students divided amongst those businesses.
Clarkston DECA "takes over" area businesses, which include Albertsons, Starbucks, ColorTyme, Pizza Hut, McDonalds, Baskin and Robins, Gateway Golf, and Kenzie's Koffee.

DECA is an association of marketing students, an international organization that allows students to learn about all the different aspects of marketing and business. 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 for the takeover.

For more information, contact Lynn Carey at 509.758.9724.

Pursuit In Umatilla County Ends In Arrest of Driver - Pendleton (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/18/15
An early morning pursuit with Oregon State Troopers in Umatilla County leads to the arrest of two individuals on multiple charges.

According to Sergeant Mark Banks, a trooper attempted to stop a vehicle on HWY 11 south of Milton-Freewater for an equipment violation on May 18th at about 12:07AM. The vehicle, a 2007 Pontiac Sedan, fled south on HWY 11 towards Pendleton at speeds up to 100 mph. Assisting troopers deployed spike strips on HWY 11 just outside Pendleton which damaged the vehicle's tires, slowing it. The vehicle continued for several more miles where troopers initiated a tactical vehicle intervention technique, which spun the vehicle out and ended the pursuit.

The driver Trevor KELLY, 27, city of residence still unknown, was arrested and transported to the Umatilla County Jail. He initially refused to provide police or corrections staff with any identifying information. KELLY was lodged on the following charges:

Felony Attempt to Elude Police
Reckless Driving
Recklessly Endangering Another Person
DUII- Controlled Substance
Supplying Contraband (Into Correctional Institute)
Possession of Methamphetamine
Failure to Carry and Present a License

The passenger in the vehicle, Kristi HIGHEAGLE, 28, of Pendleton, was arrested and lodged in the Umatilla County Jail for Possession of Methamphetamine.

No further information at this time, booking photos were unavailable at the time of this release.

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Talent Show and Art Walk
Clarkston School Dist. - 05/14/15
CLARKSTON, WA - Save the date for Tuesday, May 19 when Clarkston FCCLA presents the annual Talent Show and Art Walk, beginning at 5:30 PM in the Clarkston High School Auditorium.

This year's event begins with the Art Walk at 5:30 PM, featuring art from the CHS Metal Shop, Wood Shop, Photography class, and student artwork. The Talent Show takes place from 6-8:30 PM in the CHS Auditorium. Up and coming country singing sensation, Chad Bramlet, will perform, along with our own CHS Carson Kachelmier, and students from the high school. The cost to attend the evening is $5 per person.

Funds raised from the evening will assist FCCLA students with travel to the FCCLA National Leadership Conference, taking place July 3-10 in Washington, D.C. The community is encouraged to attend the May 19 Talent Show and Art Walk at Clarkston High School. For more information, contact FCCLA Advisor, Debbie Romesburg, at 509.758.8706.


FCCLA is a non-profit student-led Career and Technical Organization that teaches Leadership through Community Service. Students complete projects using a rigorous rubric and present their projects at the Regional and State Level. To qualify for Nationals, students must earn first or second place at State Competition in their event. Clarkston High School has 6 students who have qualified to present their projects at the National Level, and 3 who have qualified to work on the National Evaluation Teams at this event.
MEDIA ALERT - Clarkston School District Working With Local Law Enforcement Regarding Alleged Incident
Clarkston School Dist. - 05/13/15
CLARKSTON, WA - In reference to an incident that was reported to Parkway Elementary Administration this morning, Wednesday, May 13, the Clarkston School District would like to update parents of the District's actions in responding.

At the beginning of the school day today, two Parkway Elementary students reported an incident to their Principal, Mr. Eric Price. The students alleged that on the previous day, Tuesday, May 12, a female in her 30's attempted to lure the students into her car after school hours.

Principal Price immediately contacted the Clarkston Police Department following the students' report this morning, and the police promptly notified all surrounding law enforcement agencies to make them aware of the situation. Law enforcement has increased visibility around all Clarkston schools and will continue to do so. The district and local law enforcement will continue to team up to provide the resources necessary to keep the community safe and provide any further preventative steps that need to be taken by parents and the community as information becomes available.

We take all issues of safety seriously and continue to cooperate with law enforcement. All Clarkston parents continue to have full support and are welcome to drop off and pick up their students from the designated zones at each school. For more information or questions, please contact Jim Fry, Executive Director of Teaching & Learning, at 509.758.2531.

MEDIA ALERT - Have An Incoming Kindergartener? Come to the Kinder Karnival!
Clarkston School Dist. - 05/13/15
CLARKSTON, WA - Calling all incoming Clarkston kindergarteners! Children who will be age five by August 31, 2015 are invited to bring their parents/guardians and find out what the next school year has in store at the Clarkston Kinder Karnival.

The Kinder Karnival takes place tomorrow, May 14 from 5:30-6:30 PM at the Parkway Elementary gym, located at 1103 Fourth Street in Clarkston. This free event allows incoming kindergarten students to play games and activities, meet their future kindergarten teachers, and enjoy some ice cream.

For more information about kindergarten registration, contact the district's Student Services Department at 509.769.5541.

Death Investigation Of Inmate From Baker County Jail Continuing
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/10/15
The Oregon State Police in conjunction with the Baker County District Attorney's Office is continuing its investigation into the death of an inmate from the Baker County Jail.

Preliminary information is that on May 9th, 2015 at about 3:30PM, Baker County Jail Staff became aware that inmate JOSHUA G PANTLE, 28, was having medical issues. Jail staff began medical care on PANTLE and he was transported to Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City where he died.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday with the State Medical Examiner's Office. The investigation is continuing and more information will be released at a later time.
***Update*** Second Person Dies From April 26th Traffic Crash on I-84, Milepost 238
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/08/15
The Oregon State Police were notified by the Medical Examiner's Office in Multnomah County that on May 4th,2015 BRYAN YEAGER, a passenger who had been critically injured in the April 26th traffic crash on I 84 near milepost 238 had died. Mr. Yeager was initially flown via air ambulance to Kadlec Medical Center in Washington for treatment and was then transferred to Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). Mr. Yeager died while at OHSU.

The cause of the fatal collision remains under investigation by members of the Pendleton Area Command and an OSP Collision Reconstructionist.
*** END UPDATE ***

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News Release from Oregon State Police - Statewide
Posted on FlashAlert: April 27th, 2015 11:50 AM
Oregon State Police (OSP)troopers from the Pendleton Area Command are continuing the investigation into a fatal traffic crash that occurred early Sunday morning.

On Sunday, April 26, at approximately 2:13 a.m., troopers from the Pendleton and La Grande Offices responded to a reported motor vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 238.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2003, Chevy Tahoe, was traveling eastbound near milepost 238 when the vehicle lost control and traveled through the median where it struck a guardrail then rolled over, coming to rest on its top blocking both westbound lanes of travel. The operator of the Tahoe, identified as STEVEN GARDNER, age 60, from Cove Oregon was pronounced deceased at the scene. The other vehicle occupant, BRYAN YEAGER, 53, of Elgin Oregon, was transported via air ambulance to Kadlec Medical Center in Washington with critical injuries.

Both occupants were wearing seat belts at the time of the collision and icy conditions are being investigates as a contributing factor in the crash.

The highway remained closed for approximately four hours while Oregon State Police Collision Reconstructionists assisted in conducting the investigation. No photographs are available for release at this time.
BPA is well prepared to meet dry year demands
Bonneville Power Administration - 05/08/15
PR 11 15
Friday, May 8, 2015
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140/503-230-5131

BPA is well prepared to meet dry year demands

Planning and preparation throughout the winter and early spring have the marketing agency poised to address power and non-power obligations for the region

Portland, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration is positioned to meet the ongoing power needs of its customers, as well as its non-power obligations, including those aimed at protecting fish.

BPA and its Federal partners have been monitoring the downward trend in water supply forecasts throughout the winter and spring and are prepared to manage the system through the remainder of the spring and summer.

BPA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation are working closely with input from the Technical Management Team to determine the best way to meet the needs of fish migrating in the Columbia River with a limited amount of water. The TMT is a collaborative group of federal, state and tribal representatives who make recommendations to the federal agencies regarding the implementation of the Biological Opinions for the Federal Columbia River Power System.

"We don't have as much water as we would like, but we're well prepared to handle the current situation," said Kieran Connolly, vice president of Generation Asset Management for BPA. "We've been through this before - as recently as 2010. We plan extensively every year, so we don't get caught flat-footed."

Dry year operations are implemented when the May final April-through-August forecast from the Northwest River Forecast Center for total volume runoff at The Dalles Dam is less than 72.2 million acre-feet (maf). One acre-foot is a volume of water equivalent to one acre covered one foot deep with water - it's a little more than 325,000 gallons. The Northwest River Forecast Center's final May forecast released on Thursday is 62.4 maf.

The forecasted low runoff this year is not due to a lack of precipitation but above-normal temperatures that caused much of the precipitation to fall as rain instead of snow, particularly in the U.S. portions of the Columbia Basin.

Federal planners and operators have monitored water supply conditions as the year has progressed and planned accordingly, preparing them to manage the system to meet the multiple purposes of the FCRPS through the remainder of the year.

Typically, when the BiOp dry year operations are triggered, reservoirs are drawn down further than normal to provide more water for fish. One of the significant benefits of reservoirs is the ability to catch water and reduce the chances of flooding, or as is the case this year, release stored water during drier times.

The last time the BiOp's dry year criteria were triggered occurred in 2010, although abundant late spring precipitation improved runoff conditions and resulted in a final runoff volume of 77 maf at The Dalles Dam. There is currently no climatological signal indicating such a recovery is in store for this year.

"We're ready and prepared to respond to conditions as they unfold," Connolly reiterated. "This year also serves as a great reminder that it is always good to use energy wisely, both at home and work."

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.

May 14 Kinder Karnival in Clarkston (Photo)
Clarkston School Dist. - 05/08/15
CLARKSTON, WA - Parents and guardians are invited to bring their future kindergarten student to find out what the next school year has in store at the Kinder Karnival. On Thursday, May 14, all incoming Clarkston kindergarteners (children who will be age five by August 31, 2015) are invited to enjoy kindergarten readiness games and activities, meet their future kindergarten teachers, and enjoy some ice cream at the Kinder Karnival from 5:30-6:30 PM at the Parkway Elementary gym in Clarkston.

The Kinder Karnival is a follow-up to kindergarten registration for the 2015-2016 school year. Jim Fry, Clarkston Executive Director of Teaching and Learning, states that the district is focused on providing a smooth transition for all its incoming students.

"The Clarkston School District believes that a quality beginning to the K-12 school experience in Kindergarten leads to a quality conclusion with graduation," Fry states. "To this end, our district utilizes a 'rolling start' to the school year to allow for as much individual assessment and attention as possible. This also allows teachers to really get to know our new kindergarteners."

The Kinder Karnival begins at 5:30 PM in the Parkway Elementary gym, located at 1103 Fourth 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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WestEdge Credit Union Helps Community Members Safeguard Personal Information Semi-Annual Shred Day Disposes of 6,419 Pounds of Documents (Photo)
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 05/06/15
BELLINGHAM, WA -- WestEdge Credit Union's Spring Community Shred event offered consumers the opportunity to securely shred their unwanted confidential documents, and an estimated 200 people took the credit union up on the offer. By the time the two day event concluded on April 24, more than 6,000 pounds of documents were securely shred and discarded.

For eight years, WestEdge has sponsored semi-annual shred days--one in October and one in April. Community members were invited to bring up to 50 pounds each of documents into the branch, located at the corner of James and Alabama St. in Bellingham. The documents were stored in locked barrels and filled up so quickly, event partner Sound Shredding & Recycling (SSR) had to make six trips to the credit union to pick up documents. SSR transported the locked barrels to its facility where the documents were securely shred.

The opportunity to securely shred no-longer-needed medical bills, insurance statements and other legal documents helps to protect consumers against fraud and identity theft.

"The best part about the event was getting to witness so many people that were using this event as an opportunity for a fresh start," said WestEdge Marketing Assistant Kalynda Boatman.

"They were shredding documents that they had held on to for years from a loved one that had passed away, or a significant life event such as a major medical issue that is finally over or a divorce they are ready to let go of. These people were doing more than just disposing of documents; they were welcoming a fresh start."

The Spring Community Shred not only saved community members from worry about identity theft and provided environmental benefits as well. SSR recycled the 6,419 pounds of shred documents, "saving" the equivalent of 16 50-foot tall trees.

(Boatman is seen in the attached photograph standing next to a 50-foot-tree.)

WestEdge Credit Union serves over 4,000 members in Whatcom County, WA and protects nearly $53 million in assets. For more information please visit www.westedgeCU.org.

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MEDIA ALERT - Clarkston High School Looks to Fill Principal Position
Clarkston School Dist. - 04/27/15
CLARKSTON, WA - At their regular meeting on Monday, April 27, the Clarkston School Board accepted the resignation of high school principal, Mr. Eric Anderson, pending Wenatchee School District board action to approve him for the principal position at Wenatchee High School. His resignation at Clarkston High School is effective June 30, 2015.

Clarkston School District will begin its search for a new high school principal on Wednesday, April 29, following feedback received from CHS staff. The job opening will be posted on the district website at www.csdk12.org.

"We are grateful to Eric for his four years of excellent leadership in the Clarkston School District," says Jim Fry, Executive Director of Teaching & Learning. "He has made a significant impact and laid the groundwork for continued growth at Clarkston High, and we wish him nothing but the best."

Residents are invited to attend a Community Meeting on Tuesday, May 5 from 6-7 PM in the Clarkston High School Library, where the District will seek input regarding the desired character attributes the District should consider in hiring a new high school principal.

For more information, contact Molly Curtiss, Communications Director, at 509.544.5787 or CurtissM@csdk12.org.

BPA and EnerNOC will test demand response for non-wires and peak load shaving
Bonneville Power Administration - 04/23/15
PR 10 15
Thursday, April 23, 2015
CONTACT: Doug Johnson, 503-230-5840/503-230-5131

BPA and EnerNOC will test demand response for non-wires and peak load shaving
Project tied to I-5 Corridor Reinforcement and managing peak load during extreme cold events

Portland, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration is looking to learn more about the potential for demand response to help it manage transmission congestion during summer heat waves and shave peak energy demand during cold snaps. This is the first non-wires measure BPA will test in association with its I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project, which it is considering building.

BPA has selected EnerNOC to serve as its commercial aggregator, which means EnerNOC will be responsible for working through Northwest utilities to find commercial participants that are willing to decrease energy consumption when sent an electronic signal.

"This is another important step in our efforts to find flexible capacity from outside the hydro system to deliver value to our customers," said BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer. "This project is about using innovative technology to help BPA manage infrastructure costs and energy consumption to preserve system reliability."

The demand response activities EnerNOC will implement include a summer initiative to manage transmission congestion and flows in the same area the I-5 Corridor Reinforcement project is focused, and a winter initiative to shave peak energy usage during extreme cold snaps.

Summer non-wires relief

North to south energy flows into the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area during the summer can approach system operation limits and create the potential for blackouts. In January 2011, BPA commissioned a non-wires screening study that listed demand response as one of several non-wires measures that could help manage transmission congestion in advance of constructing the I-5 Corridor Reinforcement project.

BPA currently projects that it will need the I-5 Corridor Reinforcement in 2021. Under the current project schedule, BPA expects to decide whether or not to build the line in 2016. If BPA determines it could not build the line in time to meet the electrical need, non-wires measures such as this one would be necessary until the project could be built.

"We know non-wires measures cannot replace the need for the I-5 Corridor Reinforcement project," said Mark Korsness, BPA Transmission Service project manager. "We also know non-wires measures are a valuable tool we may need to employ until we can complete the project if we decide to build it. It is important to test these measures well in advance of the need, and our team has done a good job pulling this demonstration together."

EnerNOC will enlist the participation of large energy consumers that could lower their energy use within 10 minutes of receiving an electronic signal initiated by BPA. The reduction would be available up to four hours during hours of peak energy use up to five consecutive days.

EnerNOC is aiming to enlist enough participants to reduce up to 20 megawatts of energy use in summer 2015 and up to 25 megawatts in summer 2016.

Winter peak relief

The Federal Columbia River Power System can be stretched to its limit during certain periods. BPA and its federal partners that own and operate the dams need flexibility for the many important purposes the dams serve, which include fish passage and variable energy integration.

"Demand response provides us a great opportunity to help ourselves and our customers," said Mark Gendron, senior vice president of BPA Power Services. "Testing tools that provide potential system flexibility and save our ratepayers money benefits us all."

EnerNOC will enlist the participation of customers that could lower their energy use within 20 minutes of receiving a signal to do so. The reduction would be available for up to two three-hour periods up to three consecutive days. EnerNOC will begin the winter demonstration in December 2015 seeking up to 13 megawatts of relief in the first year and 25 megawatts in the second year.

Going forward

BPA continues to explore various demand response tools to defer the need for transmission projects, balance variable energy resources, relieve transmission congestion and meet other needs. Demand response is one of several areas in which BPA's Technology Innovation office is funding pilot projects.

BPA's current power contracts include a "demand charge" its public utility customers incur when their aggregate energy consumption exceeds a predetermined level. The charge sends a price signal to customers and encourages the use of tools such as demand response to shave peak energy use. These types of initiatives can be useful to our customers as they search for ways to manage their loads and minimize their demand charge.

More information on demand response and other BPA energy efficiency efforts is available on the BPA website.

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.