Bishop Center for Performing Arts receives ArtsWA Innovation grant

The Bishop Center for Performing Arts at Grays Harbor College is among several Washington State arts organizations who have been awarded grants as part of ArtsWA’s inaugural Innovations

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State Offices to Close February 22nd

OLYMPIA, Wash. - All Washington State Department of Health offices will be closed to the public on Tuesday, February 22, due to state budget reductions. State offices are also closed February 21 in observance of President’s Day.

The law, ESSB 6503, calls for reductions in agencies that are part of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. Ten temporary layoff days are part of the package that will reduce spending by an estimated $70 million. February 22 is the seventh of those days, which extend from July 2010 through June of 2011.

A few agency employees in patient safety and laboratory testing are exempt from the temporary layoffs and will work regular schedules. The Department of Health is headquartered in Tumwater. It also has offices at Spokane, Yakima, Richland, Kent, and Shoreline.

Regular office hours will resume Wednesday, February 23. A complete list of state agency temporary layoff days (www.doh.wa.gov/OS/temporary-layoff.htm) is available online.

State Offices to Close Friday

OLYMPIA, Wash. - All Washington State Department of Health offices will be closed to the public on Friday, January 28 due to state budget reductions.

The law, ESSB 6503, calls for reductions in agencies that are part of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. Ten temporary layoff days are part of the package that will reduce spending by an estimated $70 million. January 28 is the sixth of those days, which extend from July 2010 through June of 2011.

A few agency employees in patient safety and laboratory testing are exempt from the temporary layoffs and will work regular schedules. The Department of Health is headquartered in Tumwater. It also has offices at Spokane, Yakima, Richland, Kent, and Shoreline.

Regular office hours will resume Monday, January 31. A complete list of state agency temporary layoff days (www.doh.wa.gov/OS/temporary-layoff.htm) is available online.

Volunteers needed to count bicyclists and pedestrians for annual statewide survey

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Volunteers are needed in communities across the state to help count the number of people who walk or bike to their destinations. The information gathered this fall will be used to track progress toward the state’s goal of increasing bicycling and walking in Washington and reducing the number of vehicle miles driven.

 

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and the Cascade Bicycle Club are enlisting volunteers and organizations like FeetFirst and the Bicycle Alliance of Washington to count the numbers of people bicycling and walking on paths, bike lanes, sidewalks, and other facilities on Oct. 5, 6 and 7.

 

“We are working on ways to reduce the number of miles we drive each year, and counting bicyclists and pedestrians at specific locations can help us more accurately measure demand and the benefits of existing paths and trails,” said Washington Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond. “The counts also help us identify where future bicycle and pedestrian facilities are needed.”

Bonneville Power Administration Shares New Wind, Weather Display

BPA has applied for a patent on a new wind display to help power managers track wind energy generation. The display is now publicly available online. Portland, Ore. - Reporters and the public can now view a new online display of wind and other data the Bonneville Power Administration uses to monitor weather conditions that drive the growing amount of wind energy generated in the Northwest.

BPA has applied for a patent on the unusual display, which illustrates the last three hours of data from 14 new BPA weather stations as animated “windsocks” moving and changing shape to reflect wind conditions. The display is designed to give power managers an instant picture of regional wind and weather conditions at a glance.

The display is available at bpa.gov/go/windsocks and requires Java Runtime 5.0.

Timberland Bancorp Earns $0.08 per Share in Fiscal Third Quarter

HOQUIAM, Wash. -  Timberland Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: TSBK) ("Timberland" or "the Company") today reported net income of $804,000 for its fiscal third quarter ended June 30, 2010. Net income available to common shareholders after adjusting for the preferred stock dividend and the preferred stock discount accretion was $543,000, or $0.08 per diluted common share. This compares to a net loss to common shareholders of $(3.44 million), or $(0.51) per diluted common share for the quarter ended March 31, 2010 and net income available to common shareholders of $769,000, or $0.12 per diluted common share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2009.

Fiscal Third Quarter 2010 Highlights:

* Capital levels remain very strong: Total Risk Based Capital of 15.96%; Tier 1 Leverage Capital Ratio of 11.15%; Tangible Capital to Tangible Assets Ratio of 10.94%, all solidly above well capitalized levels
* Non-performing loans ("NPLs") decreased 20% and represented 3.74% of total loans at June 30, 2010
* Non-performing assets ("NPAs") decreased by $5.6 million during the quarter
* NPAs decreased to 5.12% of assets at June 30, 2010 from 5.95% three months earlier
* Construction and land development loans decreased 53% year over year and 34% during the quarter, and now account for 12% of total loans
* Net interest margin for the current quarter remained strong at 3.85%
* Deposits increased 17% year over year with no brokered funds
* N.O.W. checking account balances increased to 27% of deposits compared to 21% of deposits one year prior

Real Time Look at Summer Power Consumption

As a hot spell puts extra pressure on power supplies, reporters and the public can check Bonneville Power Administration’s website for an instantaneous online glimpse of electric generation and demand in BPA’s section of the Northwest grid.

Power generation and use display
BPA's online display now includes the real-time output of Columbia and Snake River hydroelectric dams and thermal power plants. Click for link to current readout.
BPA

BPA just expanded its real-time display to show the current energy output of hydroelectric dams, including the Federal Columbia River Power System, and thermal power plants such as nuclear and gas plants. The display also shows minute-by-minute wind energy output and current power consumption, called load. It’s available around the clock at http://go.usa.gov/ODD

L&I encourages attendance at public hearings on proposed workers’ compensation rate increase

TUMWATER, Wash. - The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) said today it hopes for good attendance at public hearings next week on proposed workers’ compensation insurance rates for 2010.

The agency noted that heightened interest by workers’ compensation stakeholders, including a pre-hearing rally planned by the Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW) October 28 in Tumwater, are good reminders of the importance of all voices being heard in the public hearing process.

“I look forward to hearing what members of the BIAW and other employers and workers have to say,” said Bob Malooly, assistant director for L&I’s Insurance Services Division. “It is a reminder that we need to hear from all stakeholders with an interest in workers’ compensation. Employers and workers all need a sound workers’ comp system when unfortunate injuries and illnesses occur in the workplace.”

WSDOT Survey Seeks WA Volunteers to Count Non-Motorized Traffic

OLYMPIA –Volunteers are needed in communities across the state to help count the number of people who walk or bike to their destinations. The information being gathered this fall will be used to track progress toward the state’s goal of increasing bicycling and walking in Washington and reducing the number of vehicle miles driven.
 
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and the Cascade Bicycle Club are enlisting volunteers and organizations like FeetFirst and the Bicycle Alliance of Washington to count the numbers of people bicycling and walking on paths, bike lanes, sidewalks, and other facilities on Sept. 29 and 30 and Oct. 1.