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Mon. 04/24/17
BLM Seeks Nominations to Eastern Washington Resource Advisory Council
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 04/24/17 5:32 PM
Spokane, Wash. -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public nominations for two open positions on the Eastern Washington Resource Advisory Council (RAC). The nomination period is open until May 30, 2017.

The BLM's RACs, composed of citizens chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues, help the Bureau carry out its multiple-use mission and stewardship of 245 million acres of public lands. The Bureau, which manages more land than any other Federal agency, has 36 RACs across the West, where most BLM-managed land is located. Each RAC consists of 10 to 15 members with an interest or expertise in energy and mineral development, ranching, outdoor recreation, conservation, state and local government, tribal and cultural resources, and academia. The diverse membership of each RAC helps ensure that BLM land managers receive the varying perspectives they need to achieve their mission of managing the public lands for multiple uses.

"The BLM Resource Advisory Councils are an important forum for the community conversation that is a key component of public land management," said Jamie Connell, BLM Oregon-Washington State Director. "By ensuring that RAC representation reflects a variety of perspectives, RAC members provide a valuable service to the Bureau by delving into issues and proposing solutions on a wide variety of land and resource uses issues."

Individuals may nominate themselves or others to serve on an Advisory Council. Nominees, who must be residents of Washington, will be reviewed on the basis of their training, education, and knowledge of the council's geographic area. Nominees should also demonstrate a commitment to consensus building and collaborative decision-making. All nominations must be accompanied by letters of reference from any represented interests or organizations, a completed RAC application, and any other information that speaks to the nominee's qualifications.

The Eastern Washington RAC has one position open in each of the following categories:

Category Two -- Representatives of nationally or regionally recognized environmental
organizations, archaeological and historical organizations, dispersed recreation activities, and wild horse and burro organizations.

Category Three -- Representatives of State, county, or local elected office; representatives and employees of a state agency responsible for the management of natural resources;
representatives of Indian tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the RAC is organized; representatives and employees of academic institutions who are involved in natural sciences; and the public-at-large.

For more information, please contact Jeff Clark at (509) 536-1297 or jeffclark@blm.gov or visit
https://www.blm.gov/get-involved/resource-advisory-council/apply.

-BLM-

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.
Fri. 04/21/17
BLM Extends Deadline for Nominations for 2017 Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 04/21/17 11:08 AM
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has extended to June 12, 2017 the deadline for submitting nominations for the 2017 Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards. The prior deadline was April 28.

These non-monetary awards recognize those programs created to foster sustainable development, which encourages environmental health, social responsibility, and economic security.

Awards are presented through one of five categories. These include the Hardrock Mineral Environmental Award, the Hardrock Mineral Community Outreach and Economic Security Award, the Hardrock Mineral Small Operator Award, the Hardrock Mineral Director's Award, and the "Fix a Shaft Today!" Award.

The Hardrock Mineral Environmental 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 Community Outreach and Economic Security Award recognizes the successful coordination of projects with local and regional stakeholders, including those projects that contribute to the quality of life or demonstrate concern for the long-term health of the local community.

The Hardrock Mineral Small Operator Award recognizes operators or organizations, with 15 employees or fewer, who have demonstrated continuous or repeated efforts to successfully meet or exceed federal, state, or local reclamation requirements with minimal oversight.

The Hardrock Mineral Director's Award is presented to a single operator, one whose dedication has resulted in the use of a new or innovative design or technique that allows or enhances successful operations in technically challenging conditions.

The "Fix a Shaft Today!" Award recognizes active participation in the FAST! Campaign, a partnership initiative aimed at eliminating unsafe abandoned mine land features including open mine shafts. Individuals, as well as organizations, are eligible for this award.
Nominations should be submitted to the BLM state office where the individual or organization is located (Attention: Solid Minerals). A brochure offering detailed information on the nomination and selecting process, as well as state contact information, is available online, at:

https://edit.blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files/documents/files/2017_Sustainable_Awards_Brochure_0.pdf.


Attached Media Files: BLM Extends Deadline for Nominations for 2017 Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards
Thu. 04/20/17
Camas (WA) Police Still Searching for Missing Teen (Photo)
Camas Police Dept. - 04/20/17 6:14 PM
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16 year old Cole Burbank was reported missing by his parents on 4/13/17. The last confirmed sighting of Cole was at Camas High School on 4/13/17 at about 7:45 am. He left driving a 2010 Honda Accord 4-door with Washington License AKW3441. It is likely Cole was in the vicinity of Clark College (where he attended Running Start classes) after left Camas High. Cole has not been seen or heard from since. This type of behavior is not common for Cole and his family is very concerned for his welfare.

Immediately after taking the report, Camas Police began an intense investigation in the attempts to locate Cole as quickly as possible. Multiple law enforcement agencies across the region have aided in the search for Cole. Unfortunately, at this point, none of the tips have given authorities any information as to Cole's current whereabouts.

The Camas Police are encouraging the public to continue to stay vigilant and report all tips to (360)693-3111 as soon as possible. The search for Cole remains a high priority.

A flyer is attached. In, addition there is a photo of Cole in the clothing he was last seen in (blue jeans, red/black checkered shirt) as well as the Honda Accord.


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Washington Modernizes Regulation, Allowing Credit Unions to Better Serve Member-Owners (Photo)
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 04/20/17 7:53 AM
Gov. Inslee signs Senate Bill No. 5144, April 19, 2017. Relating to the Washington state credit union act. Primary Sponsor: Jan Angel. Photo courtesy of Washington State Legislative Support Services.
Gov. Inslee signs Senate Bill No. 5144, April 19, 2017. Relating to the Washington state credit union act. Primary Sponsor: Jan Angel. Photo courtesy of Washington State Legislative Support Services.
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Legislature Amends Credit Union Act
SEATAC, WA --Washington's 91 credit unions are the state's only cooperative, not-for-profit financial institutions owned and driven by their 3.58 million members. Fifty-five of those credit unions are chartered by the State of Washington, and just-approved legislation updating the Credit Union Act will help them to better serve their members.

"Washingtonians have entrusted credit unions to protect $47.6 billion in assets," said Troy Stang, president and CEO of the Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA). "Credit unions reinvest those assets into the members, and into the communities they serve. A modern Credit Union Act removes unnecessary red tape and that ultimately benefits members."

A key improvement enabled by this legislation provides state-chartered credit unions a more efficient pathway to so-called, "Low-Income Credit Union (LICU)" designation. That grants some financially challenged credit union members access to mainstream financial products and services, which they may not otherwise be able to get.

The other amendments, which are technical in nature, streamline the duties of the member-driven boards of directors and Supervisory Committees.
Bert Fisher, president and CEO of Shelton-based Our Community Credit Union, believes the updates to Washington's Credit Union Act will help member-owned, not-for-profit credit unions to continue to "do some extraordinary things in our communities."

"We recognize that we need to be proactive in making sure the Washington Credit Union act is reflective of the current financial environment and consumer behaviors," Fisher said. "As our members are confronted with a changing financial landscape, it's critical that we have laws that are responsive to those changes."

Governor Jay Inslee signed the legislation April 19.

Nearly all Washingtonians are eligible for credit union membership. Own your money. To find a credit union that's convenient for you, please visit www.asmarterchoice.org.

The Northwest Credit Union Association is the not-for-profit trade association representing over 180 credit unions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, and their 6 million consumer members. Northwest Credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives, owned by their members. Credit unions help members achieve their financial goals. All earnings in excess of operating expenses and required reserves are returned to members in the form of better loan rates, lower fees, and higher interest paid on savings.


Attached Media Files: News Release , Gov. Inslee signs Senate Bill No. 5144, April 19, 2017. Relating to the Washington state credit union act. Primary Sponsor: Jan Angel. Photo courtesy of Washington State Legislative Support Services.
Wed. 04/19/17
Forest Ridge high school student athletes taking sports to college level (Photo)
Forest Ridge School - 04/19/17 10:55 AM
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Bellevue, WA. -- Three Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart Seniors formally signed letters of intent to play sports in college in front of their classmates, coaches and family.

Athletic Director, Kim Eng praised the student-athletes for their commitment both in the classroom and on the field. "These young women will represent their colleges well and go on to have great careers in their chosen fields," said Eng.

Sasha Cayward will compete in tennis for Williams College. Cayward, team captain and singles state champion in 2015, has led her Raven's team to three consecutive League, District and State Championships. She was also named to the Emerald City All League 1st Team all 4 years of her high school career. Hometown: Mercer Island, WA.

Colleen Campbell will compete in softball for MIT. Campbell, 4-year starting pitcher and team captain, led her team to the State championship in 2016. She has been named to the Emerald City League 1st Team all 4 years of her high school career. Hometown: Snoqualmie, WA.

McKaela Simons will compete in volleyball at Connecticut College. Simons was a 4-year team captain, leading her Raven's team to League, District and State Championships. She was named to the Emerald City League 1st Team all four years of her high school career. Hometown: Redmond, WA.
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About Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart:
Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart is a private, Catholic, all-girls middle school and high school in Bellevue, Washington. The school is a member of the Society of the Sacred Heart schools and is part of the global Network of Sacred Heart Schools. Forest Ridge educates girls in grades 5 through 12. For more information, visit the school website, www.forestridge.org


Attached Media Files: McKaela Simons, Parents & Coaches , Colleen Campbell, Mother & Coaches , Sasha Cayward, Parents & Coaches , Forest Ridge college-bound athletes: Colleen Campbell (MIT), McKaela Simons (Conneticut College), Sasha Cayward (Williams College), Kim Eng, Athletic Director
Forest Ridge high school student athletes taking sports to college level (Photo)
Forest Ridge School - 04/19/17 10:54 AM
McKaela Simons, Parents & Coaches
McKaela Simons, Parents & Coaches
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Bellevue, WA. -- Three Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart Seniors formally signed letters of intent to play sports in college in front of their classmates, coaches and family.

Athletic Director, Kim Eng praised the student-athletes for their commitment both in the classroom and on the field. "These young women will represent their colleges well and go on to have great careers in their chosen fields," said Eng.

Sasha Cayward will compete in tennis for Williams College. Cayward, team captain and singles state champion in 2015, has led her Raven's team to three consecutive League, District and State Championships. She was also named to the Emerald City All League 1st Team all 4 years of her high school career. Hometown: Mercer Island, WA.

Colleen Campbell will compete in softball for MIT. Campbell, 4-year starting pitcher and team captain, led her team to the State championship in 2016. She has been named to the Emerald City League 1st Team all 4 years of her high school career. Hometown: Snoqualmie, WA.

McKaela Simons will compete in volleyball at Connecticut College. Simons was a 4-year team captain, leading her Raven's team to League, District and State Championships. She was named to the Emerald City League 1st Team all four years of her high school career. Hometown: Redmond, WA.
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About Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart:
Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart is a private, Catholic, all-girls middle school and high school in Bellevue, Washington. The school is a member of the Society of the Sacred Heart schools and is part of the global Network of Sacred Heart Schools. Forest Ridge educates girls in grades 5 through 12. For more information, visit the school website, www.forestridge.org


Attached Media Files: McKaela Simons, Parents & Coaches , Colleen Campbell, Mother & Coaches , Sasha Cayward, Parents & Coaches , Forest Ridge college-bound athletes: Colleen Campbell (MIT), McKaela Simons (Conneticut College), Sasha Cayward (Williams College), Kim Eng, Athletic Director