• Target Zero Washington

    Washington to participate in first ever nationwide distracted driving crackdown

    National enforcement campaign taking place during Distracted Driving Awareness Month Law enforcement officers in Washington State will be cracking down on distracted drivers as part of a new national distracted driving enforcement campaign this month. Between April 10 and April 15, the high visibility enforcement efforts will target motorists who are observed driving distracted — […]

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  • Enrollment opens November 1 for Washington’s GET Program

    OLYMPIA – Families wanting a safe and secure way to save for college can open a GET account beginning November 1. Since 1998, parents and grandparents have opened more than 152,000 accounts to secure the state’s guarantee and GET’s flexible, tax-advantaged saving options. The new enrollment year runs November 1, 2013 through May 31, 2014. 

    GET accounts have already helped over 33,000 students attend college in all 50 states and 14 foreign countries. The program can be used at nearly any public or private college, university, or technical school in the country. GET is a 529 plan offering tax-free growth and withdrawals.

    Betty Lochner, director of the GET program, encourages families to save an amount that fits best within their budget. “Start saving when your kids are young,” she said, “then plan to contribute regularly over the years. You’ll be surprised how it adds up over time.” The cost of one GET unit today is $172. The future value of 100 units is equal to one year of resident, undergraduate tuition and required state fees at the highest-priced Washington public university (UW or WSU), no matter how much tuition increases.

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  • Ecology Workshops on Possible Changes to Fish Consumption Rates

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Department of Ecology (Ecology) will hold public workshops on possible changes to the state’s fish consumption rates in May in Ellensburg, Tacoma and Spokane Valley.

    The sessions are part of Ecology’s efforts to share information with the public and to involve all parties interested in the agency’s work to update regulatory standards for in-water environmental cleanup and water pollution discharges. Ecology also proposes to amend existing regulatory tools to help entities work effectively toward meeting permit limits and toward controlling sources of pollutants.

    Part of this effort includes updating the state’s fish consumption rates, which help guide regulatory standards about how clean Washington’s waters and sediments must be.

    Washington’s marine and fresh waters are home to rich stocks of fish and shellfish. Protecting the health of these resources is important for the well-being of the state’s environment, economy and people. Fish and shellfish are important parts of a healthy diet.

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  • Washington Dental Care Program Receives National Acclaim

    SEATTLE – A collaborative program developed in the state of Washington to address “the greatest unmet need for health services among children” has achieved impressive results while delivering “a strong return on taxpayers’ investment,” according to the Pew Center on the States.

    In its June 2010 report, Washington’s ABCD Program:  Improving Dental Care for Medicaid-Insured Children, Pew says, “other states would be smart to consider a similar approach.”  The need for prevention-based programs is apparent because, as the Pew report notes, “The costs of dental disease are severe: impaired nutrition and health, lost school time, worsened job prospects and sometimes even death.”

    “We were very impressed with Washington State’s ABCD program.  It is a good model for others to consider because it is effective and shows that investing in early preventive care results in lower dental treatment costs over time.” said Shelly Gehshan, director of the Pew Children’s Dental Campaign.

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  • November Events at The Museum of Flight

     Museum of Flight

    Wells Fargo Free First Thursday, Bank of America Weekend Family Workshop: Science Fiction and Science Fact-Journey to the Stars, Astrobiology: Is There Life Out There? – An International Year of Astronomy Lecture by UW Professor Dr. Woody Sullivan, Flaming Geyser Flyers Model Aviation Exhibit, Veterans Day Ceremony, Bank of America Weekend Family Workshop: Trailblazers in Aviation–Amelia Earhart, Celebrating Courageous Dreamers, Vietnam Pilots: "Choppers to Bombers", "Quonset Hut Mission Briefing" with Museum Senior Curator Dan Hagedorn: The North American T-6, and "Quonset Hut Mission Briefing" with Museum Senior Curator Dan Hagedorn: The Chance Vought F4U-Corsair.

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  • Pumpout Washington is a project of Washington Sea Grant, in partnership with the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.

    Washington’s Clean Boating Program wins $1.5 Million federal grant for waste pumpouts

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced a $1.5 million grant to the Washington State Parks Department’s Clean Vessel Act (CVA) Program, which works in partnership with Washington Sea Grant to help marinas install and operate septic pumpout stations, educate marina owners and boaters about the importance of clean water and proper onboard sewage disposal, and […]

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    College Transfer Fair at Grays Harbor College

    Grays Harbor College hosts the annual College Transfer Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday (Jan 16) in the HUB on the main campus in Aberdeen. Representatives from 17 regional colleges and universities will be participating, including Oregon Institute of Technology, which has not visit the Harbor in many years. Other participants will […]

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  • Cantwell, FAA Announce Groundbreaking Hub to Launch New Era in Jet Biofuels Development

    SEATTLE – U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced the creation of a national Center of Excellence for jet biofuel research, to be headquartered at Washington State University Tri-Cities.

    The Center of Excellence in Alternative Jet Fuels and Environment will be based at WSU with Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of Washington among 16 university partners. The Center will bring together research universities and industry leaders to focus on developing and testing aviation biofuels. The Center of Excellence will work to develop ‘drop in’ aviation biofuel that meets industry standards and is cost-competitive with current jet fuel.

    America’s aviation economy supports 10 million jobs and $1 trillion in economic activity. But America’s leadership in aviation is threatened by the increasing cost and volatility of jet fuel. Fuel is the top cost to airlines, making up 35 percent of operating costs. Jet fuel costs have risen 267 percent over the last 11 years, causing airlines to shut down routes and increase ticket prices.

    “This landmark investment will help the jet biofuels industry take flight,” Cantwell said. “From farms to airports, green jet fuel means jobs for Americans. This investment impacts every sector of the American economy. It secures and grows our aviation competitiveness by controlling the costs of jet fuel, protects our environment by reducing carbon emissions, and keeps our nation safer by reducing our dependence on foreign oil. And this investment will support aerospace jobs. More than 10 million Americans work in our aviation economy and this is Center will provide the innovation needed to support jobs and keep America ahead in the global aviation economy.”

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  • Enrollment Opens for Washington’s Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) Program

    OLYMPIA – GET enrollment opens today for families looking for a safe and convenient way to save for college. A record number of new accounts have been opened over the past two years as thousands of parents opt for the state’s guarantee and GET’s flexible, tax-advantaged plans to save for their child’s college tuition. The new enrollment year runs through March 31, 2011. 


                Governor Christine Gregoire has proclaimed September as “College Savings Month” in Washington to increase awareness about the importance of saving for higher education.


                According to Betty Lochner, director of the GET program, more than 120,000 accounts have been opened since the program began in 1998. The prepaid tuition program welcomed 13,738 new accounts last year, the second highest year ever for the program. GET is a self-sustaining program and is not dependent upon state general funds for ongoing operations.

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  • UW Tacoma coming to Satsop

    SATSOP – Would you like to learn more about project management or contract management? If so, you can now do so closer to home.

    The University of Washington Tacoma KeyBank Professional Development Center will offer project management and contract management certificate programs at the Regional Education and Training Center’s (RETC) Satsop campus starting in August. The new collaboration between the RETC and the UW Tacoma’s KeyBank Center will bring high-demand professional certifications to the region, targeting Grays Harbor, Centralia, Shelton, Olympia, Tumwater and surrounding areas.

    The RETC and UW Tacoma’s KeyBank Center hosted a fact-finding forum May 5 attended by community members representing local manufacturers, small business, government agencies, healthcare, labor and education.

    “The strong show of support at that forum demonstrated a demand in the area for continuing education opportunities,” said Ryan Davis, executive director of the RETC. “In today’s fast-paced economy, education is an ongoing process. This recession has impacted workers at all levels. Earning these certificates can provide a pathway to employment or advancement in the workplace,” Davis said.

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