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DNR to host safety conference for professional divers April 7-8 in Seattle

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that online registration is now open for the 2014 Professional Dive Safety Conference taking place April 7-8 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. Registration is free, but required.


The 2014 Professional Dive Safety Conference is designed for divers who earn their living working in underwater professions such as geoduck harvesting, scientific research, salvage removal, and water rescue and recovery. The conference will bring together local, state and national dive experts to present the latest scientific research, technology, and best management practices.


“At DNR, safety is an important part of our culture,” said Blain Reeves, DNR Aquatic Resources Assistant Division Manager and conference organizer. “We want to make this conference the best possible experience for all of the participants.”


Conference attendees can expect to hear presentations and participate in dialogs with national and regional dive safety experts on the following topics:

  • Diving program at DNR: Overview, history, and sustaining a safe diving culture.
  • Panel discussion with dive safety review experts.
  • Standards governing professional diving.
  • History and regulation of scientific diving.
  • Decompression sickness.
  • Using advances in equipment technology to improve dive safety.
  • EPA task hazard analysis for diving in contaminated waters.
  • Diving risk management course.
  • Developing a dive safety network using technology and social media.


Registration will remain open until filled. To view the agenda and to register online go to:  http://bit.ly/dive2014conference.


For more information, contact Blain Reeves, [email protected], or 360-902-1731.


DNR’s Dive Program

The primary responsibility of DNR’s professional dive team is to conduct compliance monitoring of the state’s wild stock geoduck fishery, which is jointly managed by DNR, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Puget Sound Treaty Tribes. These large clams are harvested individually by divers using hand-operated water jets in subtidal areas between minus 18 and minus 70 feet. The dive team also conducts additional in-water and on-water support activities for the agency.

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Kilmer announces STEM competition for local high school students

House App Contest

Representative Derek Kilmer today invited high school students from Washington’s 6th Congressional District to participate in the first annual Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition, “The House STEM App Challenge.” This new nationwide competition is designed to engage students’ creativity and encourage their participation in STEM education fields. Local high school students will compete against other students in the 6th Congressional District by creating and exhibiting a software application or “app” for mobile, table, or computer devices on a platform of their choice.


Students can submit their apps for consideration between Saturday, February 1 at 12 p.m. eastern time and Wednesday April 30 at 12 p.m eastern time. For additional details on how to participate, please see below or visit http://kilmer.house.gov/house-app-contest.


Throughout the completion period, participating students will be provided opportunities to engage with various STEM educational partners located throughout the community to mentor and assist them with their app development.  Students entering the competition must provide a YouTube video demo explaining their app and what they learned through this competition process.


The submitted apps will be judged by an appointed panel of individuals within the academic, software and entrepreneurial fields.  The winning student’s app in each participating congressional district will be featured on the U.S. House of Representatives’ website (www.House.gov), as well as on display in a U.S. Capitol exhibit.


Representative Kilmer said, “As a dad of two little girls who will one day be entering a workforce that needs skilled workers, and as a guy with a background in economic development, I know the increasing role technology is playing in the economy. We should always look for more opportunities to engage young people about the value of a STEM education. I’m looking forward to seeing the innovative apps created by students in our region.”


Hadi Partovi, Co-founder and CEO of Code.org said, “Increased education in STEM and computer science is essential to the future of our country. Every student, not just the ones who want to pursue a career in technology, will benefit from a broad understanding of the science and especially the computer technology that powers the world around us.”


Charles Keating, President of West Sound Technology Association said, “Programming and technology skills are as important as math, reading and writing for brain function lateralization and a 21st century economy. Everything from cake decorating to building houses will increasingly leverage technology, and students will need to be prepared for jobs that are quickly evolving. Code.org’s ‘Hour of Code’ initiative sparked tremendous interest, and events like the app contest will continue to build on momentum while engaging students.”


Karen Burns, a Teacher-Librarian at Gig Harbor High School said, “I am a firm believer in students getting the opportunity to use technology to create products. Technology is a wonderful tool for students in many areas of the school curriculum, but it is the higher order thinking skills that students can apply to projects such as this House App Contest that bring learning through technology to fruition.”




  • The contest is open to high school students who reside in Washington’s 6th Congressional District.


  • Participants may compete individually or in groups of up to 4 students.


o   For groups of 2 students at least 1 must reside in the Washington’s 6th Congressional District.

o   For groups of 3-4 students at least 2 must reside in the Washington’s 6th Congressional District.



  • Students may submit their entries between the dates of February 1, 2014 at 12PM eastern time to April 30, 2014 12PM eastern time.


  • To submit an entry:


o   After February 1, 2014 create an account on http://challengepost.com/ and register for the House Student App Contest.

o   Create an App Demonstration Video of no more than 2 minutes that demonstrates the scope and quality of the app.

o   Create a Developer Video of no more than 1 minute in which the participant describes how they created the app and what they learned.

o   Upload both videos to YouTube or VIMEO and submit the links through http://challengepost.com/.

o   Submit an entry form through http://challengepost.com/.


  • Entries will be judged on:

o   Quality of the idea (including creativity and originality).

o   Implementation of the idea (including user experience and design).

o   Demonstrated excellence of coding and programming skills.


  • The winning app will be featured on the US House of Representatives website www.house.gov and Representative Derek Kilmer’s website http://kilmer.house.gov/ and will also be on display in a US Capitol exhibit.


  • For more information please contact Rohan in Representative Kilmer’s office at (360) 373-9725.

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Grays Harbor Community Hospital acquires state of the art CT scan technology

Aberdeen, Washington – Grays Harbor Community Hospital has worked with Toshiba International in upgrading its CT Scanning equipment with new cutting edge technology and software, making GHCH one of the first hospitals in Western Washington to have this advancement available to its patients.

“This improvement offers physicians the ability to have a clearer quality image to assess their patients,” explained John J Simon III, Director of Diagnostic Imaging, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital. “It’s like going from standard television to high-definition. It’s really an amazing tool.”

Toshiba’s 128 slice CT scanner will enhance imaging and increase examination speed, while reducing radiation exposure to the patient by half.

Simon concluded by stating “This is another example of the Hospital’s investment in technology, ensuring our patients have the best quality care, close to home.”

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