State Update: Fires hold steady as victims get help

The state’s lead fire fighting agencies—the Department of Natural Resources (DNR)andthe State Fire Marshal’s Office of the Washington State Patrol (WSP)—continued to lead state government’s response today to multiple wildfires  in central and eastern Washington today.

 

Okanogan County: Fires were cooler this morning on the Carlton Complex, but were bad yesterday as 41 homes were destroyed near Alta Lake. County emergency management estimates a total of 150-200 homes have now been destroyed in Okanogan County. The Carlton Complex has burned 299,897 acres. Brewster, Pateros, Twisp, Winthrop and other communities in the county are temporarily powering water systems and sewer services on generator. Two of the four gas stations in Winthrop have power now, making it less of a problem to gasoline and diesel fuel.

 

While Okanogan County has been the hardest hit due to the sprawling Carlton Complex, wildfires are also burning in Chelan, Grant, Kittitas, Lincoln, Spokane and Yakima counties.

  • The Chiwaukum Complex has burned 11,051 acres and continues to grow.

o   The Mills Canyon Fire, branch of the Chiwaukum, has burned 22,571 acres

  • The Saddle Mountain Fire in Kittitas County has burned 20,200 acres but will demobilize at midnight.
  • The Watermelon Hill Fire in Spokane County has burned 8,000 acres.

 

Other state activities

 

The Washington State Department of Transportation is working to keep roads open. The latest on road closures and openings is at http://www.wsdot.com/traffic/trafficalerts/default.aspx.

The Department of Commerce’s Energy Office says approximately 7,000 customers of the Okanogan PUD and Okanogan Electric Cooperative are without power. Power for feeders along Interstate and state highways and from there into Pateros and Winthrop is estimated to be restored by the end of week. It is estimated that full restoration along county roads and to individual homes and businesses in Okanogan will take several weeks.

 

The Washington National Guard has four Blackhawk helicopters, two fuel trucks and 21 personnel deployed to Carlton Complex. There are two Chinook helicopters, two fuel trucks and 17 personnel on the Mills Canyon Complex. An incident communications package staffed by five personnel is setting up at Omak. Having completed pre-mobilization preparations, 100 National Guard soldiers are standing by in Yakima to support Department of Natural Resources fire fighters. Through July 19, Guard helicopters dropped 400,440 gallons of water on fires.

 

Personnel from the Department of Health’s (DOH) Environment Public Health Division are consulting with wildfire-impacted counties about air quality and water quality issues. DOH and the Department of Ecology are partnering to analyze and monitor how smoke and ash are affecting air quality.

 

The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) deployed two trained crews with a total of 20 youths to support DNR firefighting efforts.DSHS and the American Red Cross are co-leading state-level mass care and emergency assistance efforts with support from FEMA Region 10.

 

The Department of Enterprise Services is assisting Okanogan County with a liaison to manage donations, and another liaison to support operations in the county’s emergency operations center in Omak.

 

Gov. Jay Inslee and Maj. Gen, Bret Daugherty from the Washington Military Department toured the Paschal-Sherman Indian Boarding School, a Bureau of Indian Affairs facility on the Colville Indian Reservation. The school is being considered for housing displaced individuals from the Carlton Complex fire, or National Guard and emergency services personnel supporting fire-fighting efforts.

                                                                                                                    

Non-government agencies—The American Red Cross is operating shelters in Chelan, Omak and Winthrop and opening a shelter in Brewster tonight. The Red Cross and Southern Baptist Disaster Services began providing meals in Okanogan County today. The Red Cross is establishing a shelter in Brewster so residents from there will be closer to home. Many Brewster residents are currently using the shelter in the town of Chelan. The Chelan shelter will not close until people are no longer staying there. In coordination with the Red Cross, Okanogan County Health is contacting medical suppliers to ensure that Winthrop residents are able to get replacement oxygen bottles.

 

State agencies coordinate their support to the wildfire response through the State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Camp Murray. The Logistics Section of the State EOC is processing requests for generators from Pateros, Twisp and Winthrop. The three communities are already using back-up generators to power utility services and need more. A liaison from the State EOC’s Operations Section worked with utility officials in Okanogan County today as they assessed power requirements in Twisp and Winthrop.

State disciplines health care providers

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against health care providers in our state.

The department’s Health Systems Quality Assurance Division works with boards, commissions, and advisory committees to set licensing standards for more than 80 health care professions (e.g., medical doctors, nurses, counselors).

Information about health care providers is on the agency website. Click on “Look up a healthcare provider license” in the “How Do I?” section of the Department of Health website (doh.wa.gov). The site includes information about a health care provider’s license status, the expiration and renewal date of their credential, disciplinary actions and copies of legal documents issued after July 1998. This information is also available by calling 360-236-4700. Consumers who think a health care provider acted unprofessionally are encouraged to call and report their complaint.

Benton County

In February 2014 the Nursing Assistant Program charged registered nursing assistant Elizabeth Nahleen Messinger (NA60020561) with unprofessional conduct. Charges say a resident at the adult family home where Messinger worked loaned or gave her $500. Messinger allegedly admitted accepting the money but hasn’t repaid it.

Clark County

 

In February 2014 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program ended probation for chemical dependency professional trainee Christina Ann Gjesvold, also known as Christina Ann Stroup (CO60224108).

 

In February 2014 the Nursing Commission entered an agreement with registered nurse Brenda Lee Hanson (RN00129197) that reinstates her license and requires her to participate in a substance abuse monitoring program. Hanson admitted diverting controlled substances while working at two Oregon hospitals. Her Oregon license was suspended and then placed on probation for three years before she voluntarily surrendered it, saying she doesn’t plan on working in Oregon.

 

In February 2014 the Nursing Assistant Program conditionally granted a certified nursing assistant credential to Michelle Shree Gray (NC60356138) and placed her credential on probation for at least five years. She was convicted in Washington of one felony and in Oregon of crimes equivalent to six felonies and five gross misdemeanors between 2000 and 2009.

 

Cowlitz County

 

In February 2014 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program ended probation for chemical dependency professional trainee Brandi Michelle Olney (CO60211959).

 

Grant County

 

In February 2014 the Respiratory Care Practitioner Program entered an agreement with respiratory care practitioner Colette K. Lancaster (LR00003822) that places her credential on probation for at least two years. Lancaster practiced outside her scope when she discontinued a patient’s oxygen flow without a physician’s order.

 

King County

 

In February 2014 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Shaun J. Richardson (RN00131344) with unprofessional conduct. Richardson allegedly didn’t comply with a substance abuse monitoring contract.

 

In February 2014 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program conditionally granted a chemical dependency professional credential to Kimberly Marie Rohwer (CP60229246) and placed it on probation for at least three years. Rohwer, who must enroll in a substance abuse monitoring program, received a chemical dependency professional trainee credential in 2012 that was placed on probation.

 

In February 2014 the Nursing Assistant Program entered an agreement with certified nursing assistant Alexander Gachie Mbugua (NC60029168) requiring him to enroll in a substance abuse monitoring program. Mbugua was convicted of driving while intoxicated twice in 2010 and once in 2011.

 

In February 2014 the Medical Assistant Program conditionally granted an interim medical assistant credential to Edrie Roy Caminong (IC60439546) requiring him to continue complying with a substance abuse monitoring contract that he signed when he was granted a health care assistant credential in 2010.

 

In February 2014 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Paulus R. Kutrich (RN00169953) with unprofessional conduct. Allegations are that Kutrich didn’t comply with a substance abuse monitoring contract.

 

In February 2014 the Unlicensed Practice Program notified Lianhua Li of its intent to issue a cease-and-desist order. Li, who has no massage practitioner credential, allegedly provided massage to a client.

 

In February 2014 the Nursing Assistant Program ended probation for certified nursing assistant Biniam Beraki Belay (NC60223264).

 

Kitsap County

 

In February 2014 the Occupational Therapy Board ended conditions on the credential of occupational therapist Linda S. Baker (OT00000498).

 

In February 2014 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program ended conditions on the credential of chemical dependency professional trainee Carolyn Rae Bjorkheim (CO60197879).

 

Pierce County

 

In February 2014 the Nursing Commission amended a statement of charges against licensed practical nurse Bilinda Hunter (LP00049336) to delete two allegations of inadequate documentation or diversion of narcotic medication.

 

Snohomish County

 

In February 2014 the Nursing Commission entered an agreement with registered nurse Cassandra L. Abbott (RN00097911) that places her credential on probation for at least two years, fines her $1,000, and requires her to complete continuing education in ethics, legal issues and professional boundaries. Abbott sent hydrocodone prescriptions to a pharmacy for a patient at least 37 times. The patient was another clinic employee’s husband. Abbott listed a prescribing physician on the prescriptions who wasn’t the patient’s primary care provider. The physician listed didn’t know of or approve the prescriptions.

 

Spokane County

 

In February 2014 the Nursing Assistant Program reinstated the certified nursing assistant credential of Denia Caridad Correa (NC10046540). Her credential was suspended in 2011 after she didn’t respond to a Department of Health inquiry about apparent irregularities involving patient medication.

 

In February 2014 the Nursing Commission reinstated the registered nursing credential of Robin Marie Pena (RN60219122) and ordered her to enroll in a substance abuse monitoring program. Pena’s license was indefinitely suspended in 2013 after she surrendered her Alaska license in connection with allegations of a falsified application, and that she had a chemical dependency.

 

In February 2014 the Nursing Commission ended probation for registered nurse Linda C. Weinzimmer-Kirk (RN00084119).

 

In March 2014 the Unlicensed Practice Program notified Melissa R. Hubbard of its intent to issue a cease-and-desist order after she allegedly engaged in massage practice in 2013 even though her massage practitioner credential expired in 2008.

 

 

Stevens County

 

In February 2014 the Nursing Assistant Program charged certified nursing assistant Jennifer L. McKinney (NC10075495) with unprofessional conduct. McKinney allegedly didn’t comply with a substance abuse monitoring contract.

 

Yakima County

 

In February 2014 the Nursing Assistant Program charged certified nursing assistant Elizabeth Hernandez Aldana (NC60299567) with unprofessional conduct. In 2013 Aldana was convicted of third-degree assault — domestic violence.

 

Out of State

 

Oregon: In February 2014 the Nursing Assistant Program entered an agreement with certified nursing assistant Guadalupe Gutierrez (NC60151060) requiring her to enroll in a substance abuse monitoring program. In 2012 Gutierrez was convicted in Oregon of driving while intoxicated.

 

Oregon: In March 2014 the Dental Commission charged dentist Delon Karsten Gilbert (DE60361877) with unprofessional conduct. In 2013 Gilbert pleaded no-contest in Oregon to unlawful possession of cocaine.

 

Pennsylvania: In February 2014 the Osteopathic Board charged osteopathic physician David Thomas Steves (OP60243088) with unprofessional conduct. Steves allegedly visited an elderly female patient’s home several times without an invitation, and discussed his sexual problems in his marriage with the patient. Charges say Steves acknowledged the allegations and admitted having gone too far in discussing his personal problems with her. The patient allegedly interpreted the comments as a proposition for sex with her.

 

Note to Editors: Health care providers charged with unprofessional conduct have 20 days to respond to the Department of Health in writing. The case then enters the settlement process. If no disciplinary agreement can be reached, the case will go to a hearing.

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State revokes, suspends licenses, certifications, registrations of health care providers

OLYMPIA ¾ The Washington State Department of Health has revoked or suspended the licenses, certifications, or registrations of health care providers in our state. The department has also immediately suspended the credentials of people who have been prohibited from practicing in other states.

The department’s Health Systems Quality Assurance Division works with boards, commissions and advisory committees to set licensing standards for more than 80 health care professions (e.g., medical doctors, nurses, counselors).

Information about health care providers is on the agency’s website. Click on “Look up a healthcare provider license” in the “How Do I?” section of the Department of Health home page (doh.wa.gov). The site includes information about a health care provider’s license status, the expiration and renewal date of their credential, disciplinary actions and copies of legal documents issued after July 1998. This information is also available by calling 360-236-4700. Consumers who think a health care provider acted unprofessionally are also encouraged to call and report their complaint.

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State disciplines health care providers

Cowlitz County

 

In August 2013 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program ended probation for chemical dependency professional trainee and chemical dependency professional Amber D. Myers, also known as Amber Dawn Flowers (CO60156633, CP60264413).

 

Grant County

 

In August 2013 the Nursing Commission amended a statement of charges against the credential of registered nurse Gina L. Goodwin (RN00097130) to remove the name of her son, whom she allegedly involved in a scheme to get fraudulently prescribed drugs.

 

Grays Harbor County

 

In August 2013 the Osteopathic Board ended probation for osteopathic physician John Evan Eiland (OP00001933).

 

King County

 

In July 2013 the Nursing Assistant Program denied a certified nursing assistant credential to Somsanith Rattanavong (NC60298772). On his application, Rattanavong gave false answers about his criminal history and about restrictions on his health care privileges.

 

In August 2013 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program entered an agreement with Derek Shea Utrup (CO60338644) that granted him a chemical dependency professional trainee credential and placed him on probation for at least three years. In 2000 Utrup was convicted of third-degree child molestation. Twice in 2010 he was convicted of driving while intoxicated.

 

In August 2013 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program conditionally granted a chemical dependency professional credential to Seth Patrick Welch (CP60344745). In 2011 Welch entered an agreement placing terms and conditions on his chemical dependency professional trainee credential.

 

In August 2013 the Nursing Assistant Program conditionally granted registered nursing assistant and certified nursing assistant credentials to Janelle Alene Wallace (NA60393202, NC60393687), who must abide by a 2012 agreement that placed her chemical dependency professional trainee credential on probation for three years.

 

In August 2013 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Forson Addae-Boateng (RN00162766) with unprofessional conduct. Addae-Boateng operated a school that trained nursing assistants. He allegedly provided fewer hours of instruction than were required and issued certificates of completion to students who didn’t meet minimum requirements.

 

In August 2013 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Patricia Marie Bursch (RN00058788) with unprofessional conduct. Bursch’s 84-year-old mother, who had dementia, went to live with Bursch after having surgery. Bursch allegedly wrote checks to herself from her mother’s trust and retirement accounts without the knowledge of her mother’s power of attorney. The Department of Social and Health Services found Bursch exploited and financially exploited a vulnerable adult. In 2013 she was convicted of second-degree theft.

 

In August 2013 the Dental Commission charged dental assistant Melanie Ann D’Arielli-Webb (D160314769) with unprofessional conduct. She allegedly forged eight prescriptions for controlled substances using prescription pads stolen from her employer.

 

In August 2013 the Medical Commission entered an agreement granting an early end to probation for physician Marco A. Sobrino (MD00039788).

 

In August 2013 the Medical Commission entered an agreement with physician Michael A. Leff (MD00014429) that placed his credential on probation for at least two years. Leff may not treat family members except in emergencies, may not have opiods at his medical office, must complete ethics and record-keeping courses, and must pay a $2,000 fine. Leff, a board-certified plastic surgeon, treated his wife for frequent and severe headaches, violating appropriate physician-patient boundaries. His care didn’t meet the standard in the use of controlled substances and in record-keeping.

 

In August 2013 the Dental Commission conditionally granted a dental assistant credential to Fatima Lanette Mitchell (D160329390). In 2007 Mitchell was convicted of attempting to obtain Vicodin by means of false or forged prescription. In 2008 she was convicted of attempted possession of a controlled substance. In 2011 she was convicted of residential burglary.

 

Kitsap County

 

In August 2013 the Medical Commission ended conditions in an agreement with physician Lois S. Bresaw (MD00024914).

 

Lewis County

 

In August 2013 the Nursing Assistant Program ended probation for registered nursing assistant and certified nursing assistant Jeremy James Veigel (NA60256354, NC60266659).

 

Pierce County

 

In August 2013 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program conditionally granted a chemical dependency professional trainee credential to Michael Dean Bateman (CO60344761). Bateman must complete the five-year probation and other conditions imposed in an October 2011 order.

In August 2013 the Medical Commission filed an amended statement of charges against physician Gregory Brammer (MD00037500) to correct a file number in the charging papers.

 

Skagit County

 

In August 2013 the Medical Commission ended conditions on the credential of physician Charles G. Blackadar (MD00037686), who may now practice without restrictions.

 

Snohomish County

 

In August 2013 the Podiatric Board charged podiatric physician Michael B. Riojas (PO00000735) with unprofessional conduct. Riojas allegedly provided inadequate treatment and follow-up care to a patient on whom he performed surgery.

 

Spokane County

 

In August 2013 the Nursing Assistant Program charged registered nursing assistant Mary Jeanette Potts (NA00164482) with unprofessional conduct. Potts allegedly yelled at a patient who had Parkinson’s disease and refused to care for her when she was shaking. Potts allegedly yelled at a second patient and allowed her son to mistreat the patient. The Department of Social and Health Services will not allow her to be employed in caring for and having unsupervised access to vulnerable adults.

In August 2013 the Nursing Assistant Program charged registered nursing assistant Nicole Annmarie Thompson (NA60247800) with unprofessional conduct. In 2013 Thompson was convicted of second-degree assault. She hasn’t responded to a Department of Health inquiry about the conviction.

 

Thurston County

 

In August 2013 the Unlicensed Practice Program notified Sun Qiang of its intent to issue a cease-and-desist order. Qiang, who has no massage credential, allegedly admitted to a Department of Health investigator that he and his spouse performed massage and reflexology at businesses they own.

 

In August 2013 the Unlicensed Practice Program notified Hui Ying Yan of its intent to issue a cease-and-desist order. Yan, who has no massage credential, allegedly admitted to a Department of Health investigator that she and her spouse performed massage and reflexology at businesses they own.

 

Whatcom County

 

In August 2013 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Thadeus Leah Snider (RN60025385) with unprofessional conduct. In 2013 Snider pleaded guilty to third-degree assault. He allegedly didn’t report the conviction to the Nursing Commission.

 

Out of State

 

Alaska: In August 2013 the Physical Therapy Board charged physical therapy assistant Seanna Elizabeth Bryson (P160040949) with unprofessional conduct. Bryson allegedly didn’t comply with a previous agreement.

 

Maryland: In August 2013 the Medical Commission entered an agreement with physician John L. Young (MD60187941) in which he agrees not to renew his license or to apply for one in the future. The Maryland Board of Physicians suspended Young’s credential to practice in that state.

 

Oregon: In August 2013 the Nursing Assistant Program ended probation for certified nursing assistant Tori Kiah Wogar Summers (NC60200547).

 

Note to Editors: Health care providers charged with unprofessional conduct have 20 days to respond to the Department of Health in writing. The case then enters the settlement process. If no disciplinary agreement can be reached, the case will go to a hearing.

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Washington Dept. of Ecology grant to fund Shellfish Protection District

With the final 2013-15 state biennial budget in hand, the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) has selected 72 clean water projects to receive a share of $152 million in loans and grants during the state’s next fiscal year, which began on July 1.

 

State financial managers calculate that the funding will create more than 700 local construction and design jobs. In turn, those jobs will contribute to economic activity in Washington that supports more than 1,600 jobs across the state.

 

“Our main goal with this funding is to protect and restore Washington’s waters – but job creation is a very welcome bonus,” said Kelly Susewind, who manages Ecology’s Water Quality Program.

 

Projects qualifying for Ecology’s clean water funding include upgrades and expansions of sewer plants and collection systems; septic system improvements; water re-use facilities; water cleanup projects; stormwater and groundwater projects; stream-side protection and restoration projects; and public clean water education projects.

 

The top five, highest-priority projects to receive funding are:

 

LaCrosse in Whitman County receives a nearly $900,000 loan to repair its sewer system. Of this, $23,000 is forgivable principal loan, which is money that does not have to be paid back.

 

Bellingham in Whatcom County gets more than $2 million in grant, loan and forgivable loan funds to re-route and restore a degraded stream channel of Squalicum Creek. The work will improve the stream’s problems with temperature and fish habitat. Some of the funding will help pay for education and monitoring programs.

 

Toledo in Lewis County gets $8.6 million in grant and low-interest loan funding to upgrade the city’s wastewater treatment system.

 

Spokane gets a $20.7 million low-interest loan to build two combined sewer overflow projects. The projects will reduce and control stormwater discharges from the city’s combined sewer/stormwater system.

 

Pend Oreille County receives more than $600,000 in grant funds and a low-interest loan to replace its 47-year-old wastewater treatment system. If the system were to fail, it would pollute the Pend Oreille River and close a school that serves three communities.

 

In addition, a Legislative proviso sends $10 million to the city of Spokane and Spokane County to reduce the number of residential septic systems that threaten underground water in the Spokane-Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer Sensitive Area.

 

Funding for Ecology’s integrated loan and grant program comes from a combination of dedicated state and federal monies. Of the current $152 million shared with local communities, $25 million comes from the Centennial Clean Water Program, which is funded through state bonds. The federally funded Clean Water Section 319 Nonpoint Source Fund provides $1.6 million. The Washington State Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund, a combination federal grant, state match and interest and loan repayments, provides $125 million.

 

Project descriptions and funding offered can be found online in the “State Fiscal Year 2014 Final Water Quality Funding Offer List and Intended Use Plan.” Appendix 1 shows the combined list of projects and funding offered. Appendix 2 shows maps that pinpoint funded projects in Western and Eastern Washington.  

 

The next application cycle for Ecology’s water quality grants and loans begins Oct. 1 and ends Dec. 4.  Ecology will hold funding application workshops throughout the state in early October. The schedule is one month later than normal, as Ecology expects to launch a new web-based system to manage grants and loans called EAGL, or Ecology Administration of Grants and Loans.

 

For more details about water quality financial assistance, visit Ecology’s website.  

DNR sets open house meetings to discuss program that compensates small forest landowners for costs of regulation

Two of the meetings will discuss eligibility and prioritization requirements of the Forestry Riparian Easement Program (FREP).

The date, time and location of the initial input meetings are:

Open House Meetings

August 4, 2010 – Spokane
When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: WSU Extension – Spokane County Extension building
222 North Havana Street
Spokane, Washington 
August 9, 2010 – Centralia
When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Centralia Community College Science Center, Room NSC 121
600 Centralia College Blvd.
Centralia, Washington

DNR will take input from these meetings to draft a set of recommendations that will be reviewed at a third open house meeting, scheduled for late August.

Open House meeting to review recommendations

A third meeting will provide an opportunity to review and supply comment on the draft recommendations that were generated from the input meetings. DNR will deliver a final set of recommendations to the legislature by October 1, 2010.

The date, time and location of the review meeting is:

August 30, 2010, Olympia
When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Natural Resources Building, Room 172
1111 Washington Street, Olympia, WA
(Follow sign from visitors parking level P-1 to the meeting room).

Send comments to FREP@dnr.wa.gov or by phone at 360-902-1400.

Governor Announces 2010 Commute Smart Awards

“Our state’s commute trip reduction program is a great example of what can happen when public and private organizations work together to promote transportation choices other than just driving alone,” said Gregoire.  “The award winners this year have achieved meaningful and measurable results in reducing drive-alone commutes on our busiest roads.”

The Governor’s Commute Smart Awards recognize communities, businesses, agencies and employee transportation coordinators. The awards recognize the benefits – like better traffic flow and cleaner air – that are shared by all. For every $1 the state invests in these programs, businesses invest an additional $18, maximizing commute trip reduction programs for everyone in the state. 

“When more people reduce drive alone trips, everyone benefits with cleaner air, less fuel consumption and decreased wear and tear on our state’s roadways,” said Secretary of Transportation Paula Hammond. “The efforts by award winners and nominees make a difference. It’s important to take time to acknowledge and appreciate their innovation and dedication.”

By delivering innovative, comprehensive programs that address their employees’ transportation needs, these award winners serve as examples for the more than 1,000 worksites in the state who implement commute trip reduction programs.

This year’s awards recognize 46 recipients in eleven categories. For a complete list of nominees and winners please see below.

Established in 1998, the Governor’s Commute Smart Awards were developed to recognize extraordinary efforts by commute trip reduction worksites in Washington state.  Today, the Commute Trip Reduction Program continues to expand and evolve, engaging more commuters, employers, and communities. This recognition event honors employers who are the foundation of the program, innovative communities who are driving the future of the program, and the ongoing contributions of employee transportation coordinators who help employees make better transportation choices every day that help them save money and benefit their communities and Washington state. 

 

Governor Gregoire signed the Commute Trip Reduction Efficiency Act in 2006 to focus the program on congested highway corridors and increase planning coordination among local, regional and state levels, The Act also provides flexibility to local jurisdictions, including the ability to develop customized trip reduction programs in key employments and residential centers.

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Commute Smart Employee Transportation Coordinator Champion Award, Voluntary Site

Corkey Christensen, LUMEDX, Bellevue

Amber Henderson, Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, Toppenish

Leslie Hopkins, Kitsap County Health District, Bremerton

 

Commute Smart Voluntary Recognition

Employee Transportation Coordinators

Shelly Holland, General Plastics, Tacoma
Amy Jones, Boundary Bay Brewery, Bellingham
KC McNeil, Romac Industries, Bothell
Selina Shehan, Rings & Things, Spokane

Kerry Tarullo, City of Olympia

 

Employers

Kitsap County Health District
Metro Parks Tacoma
People for People
Sightline Institute
Western Institutional Review Board

 

Commute Smart Employee Transportation Coordinator Champion, Affected Sites

Sabrina Combs, City of Bothell

Michelle Cvitkovic, Recreational Equipment Inc., Kent

Charlotte Sampson, Kitsap Transit, Bremerton

 

Commute Smart Employee Transportation Coordinator Champion, Affected Sites

Julie Ward, Whatcom Educational Credit Union, Bellingham

Starr Winborne, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
Division of Child Support (DCS), Vancouver

Becky Zahler, Washington State Department of Ecology, Yakima

 

Commute Smart Employee Transportation Coordinator Leadership

Ed McIntire, Eastern Washington University, Cheney

Al Papas, Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner, Tumwater

Patti Sutton and Jennifer Reyes, Propel Insurance, Tacoma

 

Commute Smart Employer Champion, Voluntary Site

The Fernwell Building, Spokane

Tetra Tech EC, Inc., Bothell

Village Books, Bellingham

 

Commute Smart Employer Champion, Affected Site

The Everett Clinic, Everett

PeaceHealth, Bellingham

City of Spokane—City Hall, Spokane

Washington State Department of Commerce, Olympia

Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac Center, Yakima

 

Commute Smart Employer Leadership

City of Puyallup

Clark Public Utilities, Vancouver

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton

 

Commute Smart State Agency Leadership

Washington State Department of Commerce

 

Commute Smart Community Award

City of Bellevue – Downtown’s “Choose Your Way Bellevue”

City of Olympia – Downtown Commuter program

Snohomish County – Curb the Congestion

Spokane County – Travel Green

City of Tacoma – Downtown: On the Go!

City of Vancouver – Destination Downtown

Whatcom Council of Governments – Smart Trips

 

Commute Smart Commute Trip Reduction Board Champion

Fred Jarrett

Spokane County Commission and Mayor of Spokane

 

Commute Smart Legacy Award

Microsoft Corporation

City of Redmond

Washington State disciplines health care providers

Benton County

In July 2009 the Medical Commission amended the statement of charges against physician assistant Patricia Hernandez (PA10003590). Allegations include crossing professional boundaries with patients, asking patients for a loan, treating immediate family members, and prescribing narcotics and issuing refills of the narcotics without examining the patients or noting justification in the medical record.

Chelan County

 
In July 2009 the Medical Commission amended the statement of charges against physician Kenneth M. Jones (MD00028268). He allegedly aided or abetted unlicensed practice of medicine by allowing unlicensed people to evaluate clients, provide injections, use his name to obtain and use equipment, and use his Drug Enforcement Agency number to obtain medications. Jones also allegedly misprescribed human growth hormone to two patients.
 
Clark County
 
In July 2009 the Nursing Commission charged licensed practical nurse Sean A. Campbell (LP00044162) with unprofessional conduct. He allegedly used restraints on a patient when the patient was supposed to be continuously mobile.
 
 
Clallam County
 
In July 2009 the Registered Counselor Program released Mark P. Hynes (RC00051298) from terms and conditions set against his registration.
 
In July 2009 the Nursing Assistant Program granted the application of Deborah Ann Marshall (NA60060967) and placed her registration on probation for two years. She was convicted of social security fraud. She must comply with terms and conditions set against her registration.
 
Cowlitz County
 
In May 2009 the Nursing Commission charged licensed practical nurse Ralph G. Snyder (LP00055296) with unprofessional conduct. He allegedly failed to comply with previous terms and conditions set against his license.
 
Grant County
 
In July 2009 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Connie Jo Raphael (RN00114309) with unprofessional conduct. She was convicted of driving under the influence on more than one occasion, reckless driving, assault on more than one occasion, and violation of pre-trial protection order.
 
In July 2009 the Medical Commission entered into an agreed order with physician Michael L. Thorpe (MD00042843). He entered into a romantic and sexual relationship with a patient. He must comply with terms and conditions set against his license.
 
Grays Harbor County
 
In July 2009 the Emergency Medical Technician Program granted the application of Tina Marie Morgan-Schmidt (ES60093336) and placed her license on probation for one year. She was convicted of possession of controlled substance, and escape. She must comply with terms and conditions set against her license.
 
King County
 
In July 2009 the Chiropractic Commission charged chiropractor Theodore Clark (CH00002219) with unprofessional conduct. He allegedly billed patients for massages performed by him when the massages were actually provided by other practitioners.
 
In June 2009 the Registered Counselor Program denied the application of Stephen W. Clegg (RC00059874). He was convicted of violation of a no contact order and violation of a restraining order.
 
In July 2009 the Medical Commission charged physician Frederick B. Davis (MD00010139) with unprofessional conduct. He allegedly engaged in sexual misconduct with a patient, and failed to keep adequate treatment notes on the patient.
 
In July 2009 the Health Care Assistant Program granted the application of Courtney Renee Kinzer (HC60071850) and placed her license on probation for two years. She was charged with domestic battery, placed on probation for the charge, and failed to comply with conditions of her probation, resulting in a warrant for her arrest. She must comply with terms and conditions set against her license.
 
In May 2009 the Massage Therapy Program charged Enrico Modiano (MA00001135) with unprofessional conduct. He allegedly engaged in sexual misconduct with a patient.
 
In July 2009 the Dental Commission charged dentist Vance Reed (DE00006387) with unprofessional conduct. Allegations include failing to correctly fit a patient’s bridge, failing to notify a patient of a possible need for a root canal, and failing to keep adequate charts and records for patients’ treatment.
 
In June 2009 the Nursing Commission terminated the order of probation against registered nurse Marcia Sederstrom (RN00087727).
 
Kitsap County
 
In July 2009 the Nursing Assistant Program charged Jordan T. Henzel (NA60027093) with unprofessional conduct. He was convicted of delivery of marijuana.
 
Pierce County
 
In July 2009 the Medical Commission charged physician Dennis J. Geyer (MD00048961) with unprofessional conduct. He allegedly entered into an altercation with another motorist on his way home from work, resulting in an accusation of the felony crime of assault.
 
In July 2009 the Medical Commission entered into an agreed order with physician Jerome P. Rao (MD00018925). He became upset during a surgical procedure, raised his voice, shouted expletives, and flung bloody irrigation at the surgical technician. He must comply with terms and conditions set against his license.
 
In July 2009 the Nursing Assistant Program reinstated the certification of certified nursing assistant Thomas Willett (NC10011353) and placed it on probation for four years. He must comply with terms and conditions set against his certification.

 

Snohomish County
 
In July 2009 the Medical Commission entered into an agreed order with physician Kisoon Cho (MD00029288) and placed her license on probation for three years. She failed to meet the standard of care while treating a patient; placing the patient at an unreasonable risk of harm, resulting in the patient’s death. She must comply with terms and conditions set against her license.
 
In June 2009 the Registered Counselor Program denied the application of Denise Michele Huff (RC60036390). Her certification to practice as a nursing assistant was indefinitely suspended.
 
Spokane County
 
In July 2009 the Board of Pharmacy charged pharmacy technician Lisa Roth (VA00066652) with unprofessional conduct. She allegedly diverted controlled substances from her place of employment and sold them for her own gain.
 
Thurston County
 
In July 2009 the Emergency Medical Technician Program granted the application of Jerry D. Kessler (ES60089093) and placed conditions against his license. He was convicted of vehicular homicide. He must comply with terms and conditions set against his license.
 
Out of State
 
California: In June 2009 the Medical Commission denied the application of physician Charles D. Nordlinger (MD60062972). His license to practice as a physician in California was placed on probation, and he failed to disclose the probation on his application.
 
Minnesota: In June 2009 the Nursing Commission denied the application of registered nurse Therese Morgan (RN60073941). The Arizona State Board of Nursing revoked her license to practice as a registered nurse in Arizona and she failed to disclose the revocation on her application.

Texas: In July 2009 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Sara A. Warren (RN00153305) with unprofessional conduct. She allegedly failed to comply with terms and conditions set against her license.

Health care providers charged with unprofessional conduct have 20 days to respond to the Department of Health in writing. The case then enters the settlement process. If no disciplinary agreement can be reached, the case will go to a hearing.

High school students have an opportunity to “try on” careers in construction

Construction Career Day introduces high school students to education and skills training that are not in keeping with the traditional four-year college degree, and that can lead to very successful and rewarding careers. Students are provided with information about construction careers where they can earn quality wages over their lifetime. They also learn the importance of doing well in school, and that courses such as math can be just as important in non-traditional career choices as they are in the traditional advanced education paths. Students who are interested in attending should contact their school administration office for registration details.
 
The dates and locations for the 2009 Construction Career Day events are:

 

September 29 and 30
Spokane County Fair & Expo Center
404 N. Havana Street
Spokane
 
September 30 and October 1
Seattle Magnuson Park
7400 Sand Point Way
Seattle
 
October 6
Benton County Fairground
1500 South Oak
Kennewick

WSDOT Awards One of the Largest Recovery Act Projects

This week by the numbers (project dollars in millions)

Individual highway projects

State

Local

Total

Notes

Total funds

$340

$152

$492

 

Obligated funds

$242

$130

$372

All funds must be obligated by March 1, 2010

Projects certified

36 (100%)

149 (100%)

185 (100%)

 

Projects obligated

35 (97%)

136 (91%)

171 (92%)

FHWA has obligated some or all funds for the projects

Project delivery to date

Operationally complete

6 (17%)

2 (1%)

8 (4%)

Five state projects were completed this month

Awarded

28 (78%)

118 (79%)

146 (79%)

Eleven projects were awarded this week

Advertised

30 (83%)

136 (91%)

166 (90%)

 

Certified, awaiting advertisment

6 (17%)

13 (7%)

19 (10%)

 

Safety funding buckets ($12)
Note: state only

Rumble
Strips

Cable
median
barrier

Total

Notes

Awarded

6

17

23

 

Advertised 

6

27

33

 

Transit projects

Large
urban

Small
urban

Nonurban/
rural

State total

Percent of total $179 awarded

96%

97%

100%

96%

June
employment

State

Local

Total

Notes

Payroll

$3.1

$2.3

$5.4

Average wage is $38/hour

Hours

82,962

61,346

144,308

More than double the June total of 57,698

FTEs

480

355

834

FTE = 173 hours per month

Employees

1,608

1,805

3,413

Note: Not a count of unique employees

 

Key issues: State

New employment data reported for July – WSDOT and local government reported payroll and hours worked associated with Recovery Act projects more than doubled from June to July as stimulus-funded construction efforts continued to grow. Contractors, subcontractors and governments paid out $5,434,708 for 144,308 hours of work on more than 100 Recovery Act projects in July. The average employee received $38 per hour for work related to the projects.

  • The payroll rose by 148% and hours worked climbed 150% from June to July.
  • The payroll and hours worked had also doubled from May to June.
  • WSDOT reported employment data to Congress and the Federal Highway Administration on August 20. The reports are available at WSDOT’s federal reporting web page. Visit the measured employment web page for more information.

I-405 Recovery Act project awarded under budget – WSDOT awarded a $19.3 million contract to build an auxiliary lane on I-405 in Bothell. The project was awarded 36% below the anticipated amount of $30 million. Crews will build the northbound lane between NE 195th Street and SR 527, where afternoon commuters face severe backups daily.

WSDOT submitted an application for nearly $435 million in high speed passenger rail funds – On August 24, Washington submitted an application requesting $435 million of the $8 billion in Recovery Act funds available for high speed passenger rail projects nationwide. This is the first of two application tracks for Recovery Act grants. The second grant application is due on October 2. Track 1 applications are for projects that can be completed within two years of federal funding obligation. Track 2 applications are for corridor projects that can be completed by 2017.

  • WSDOT is proposing 20 projects totaling $435 million in Track 1. The projects identified will reduce congestion and travel times, increase rail capacity and travel speeds, eliminate bottlenecks, and improve stations.
  • The Federal Rail Administration is expected to select projects in September.
  • WSDOT will apply in October for Track 2 funding for additional projects that will provide substantial upgrades to existing services.
  • States had registered to request $103 billion nationwide under a pre-application process, nearly 13 times the $8 billion available.
  • A map of proposed Washington projects is available at the high speed passenger rail webpage.

Eleven more highway projects awarded
State project

  • I-405/NE 195th St and SR 527 – Auxiliary lane

Local projects

  • Arlington – 188th Street Pedestrian Trail
  • Oroville – 5th Ave/SR 97 to 23rd Ave 
  • Wenatchee – Historic Pipeline/Pedestrian Bridge
  • Ridgefield – Hillhurst Rd Overlay Project
  • Benton City – 7th Street: Ellen Ave to North City Limits
  • Benton County – Kiona to I-82 and Kiona Roads 
  • Richland – First Street Improvements 
  • Wapato – Camas Ave Grind and Overlay Project 
  • Port Townsend – Upper Sims Way Improvement Project – B 
  • Spokane County – 5 mile + Strong Rd. Project 2

Key issues: National

Congress tracking state transportation spending – Chairman James Oberstar and the U.S. House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure continues to collect and publish reports on transportation Recovery Act spending on August 20.

  • Washington submitted its fifth monthly report on project status and employment data to the committee on August 20. WSDOT registered on federal stimulus reporting web site – WSDOT registered to submit federal stimulus accountability reports to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) using a new federal webpage: www.federalreporting.gov. Starting in October, the site will publish reports on the main stimulus website www.recovery.gov.

 

  • States will submit the first quarterly accountability report through the website on October 10.

Recovery Act highway projects under construction nationwide –3,248 stimulus projects costing $9.5 billion are under construction in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and on federal lands, the FHWA reported on its website. The FHWA has obligated  $17.5 billion of $26.8 billion (65%) to 6,626 projects.

Stimulus project of the week

SR 4 improvements enhance driver safety and put people back to work

Drivers traveling SR 4 may be looking down at fresh pavement and sideways at new guardrails, but for local contractor crews in Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties, the highway improvements have led to things looking up – economically, that is.

For several weeks, crews from Lakeside Industries, Inc. of Longview and Pacific Rim Service & Construction Company, Inc. of Portland, Ore. have been hard at work enhancing motorist safety along SR 4 by paving, upgrading guardrails and cable barriers, and retrofitting bridges with improved railings. These safety improvements are part of WSDOT’s SR 4 – Skamokawa to Coal Creek Road – Paving and Guardrail project, which improves nearly 28 miles of roadway on SR 4. Funds from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided by Wahkiakum County have increased the scope of this project and helped contractor crews get working.

For many of the crew members, this project has put them back to work, and they could not be more thankful. Terry Norton with Pacific Rim has been out of work since last October, and says he is “so happy and thankful” to be called back to work. Ben Hwee, the owner of Pacific Rim, echoes Norton’s appreciation. “I’ve been able to call employees back to work that otherwise wouldn’t have had a job to go to,” says Hwee. Matt Smeall is another one of Hwee’s crew members dependent on income from the project, and says that he was “on the verge of bankruptcy this year, and so lucky to be hired on” for the SR 4 project.

Though the construction has caused some delays along the highway, local residents and businesses have expressed enthusiasm about the overall project. Businesses in the area have seen an influx in customers, as the project crews dine in local restaurants and lodge at local motels. Lorraine Shroeder, a waitress at Duffy’s Irish Pub in the town of Grays River, gushed that the work is “simply gorgeous” and predicts that once the work is complete, “people will be much happier than before, because it’s a smoother ride and much more enjoyable to drive.”

Important dates

August 31:
Next status report to the Legislature is due
September 15: Deadline for $1.5 billion TIGER discretionary grant applications
September 20: Next congressional accountability report is due
September 30: National Fish Passage Program habitat restoration grant applications are due
October 2: Applications for Track 2 FRA High-Speed Passenger Rail grants are due
October 10: WSDOT submits first new federal OMB quarterly performance report

Websites of interest
WSDOT ARRA website: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/funding/stimulus
Washington recovery website: http://www.recovery.wa.gov/
Federal recovery website: http://www.recovery.gov/
FHWA recovery website: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/economicrecovery/index.htm
Federal Transit Administration recovery website: www.fta.dot.gov/recovery
Federal Rail Administration recovery website: www.fra.dot.gov/us/content/2153
Federal Aviation Administration recovery website: http://www.faa.gov/recovery
OMB recovery website: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/recovery_default/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Highway projects advertised or planned for advertisement soon
   

Lead agency

Project
description

OFM jobs estimate 1

Funding – stimulus dollars

Total
project
budget

Advertisement date

WSDOT2

I-5/Martin Way to 48th St – NB and SB Concrete Pavement

N/A

$10,780,000

$11,335,000

Planned for
advertisement
on August 31

Bothell

North Creek Trail – Section 1, Stage 2 (Schnitzer)

11

$500,000

$1,139,000

Advertised
on August 19

Bothell

North Creek Trail – Section 2, Stage 2 (Canyon Park)

14

$600,000

$1,457,000

Advertised on  August 19

Ilwaco

Beards Hollow Overlook

4

$100,000

$442,040

Advertised on 
August 5

Spokane County2

5 Mile + Strong Rd. Project 2

3

$331,000

$351,000

Advertised on July 31

1 The OFM job estimate is calculated using the Office of Financial Management’s multiplier, which includes direct, indirect, and induced jobs.

These projects are funded with surplus stimulus funds. See www.wsdot.wa.gov/funding/stimulus/projectlist#tier2 for more information.

Data Source: WSDOT Project Control and Reporting and WSDOT Highways and Local Programs.

 

See full project list at – http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Funding/stimulus/ProjectList.htm