• QIN: Advising the new White House Council on Native American Affairs

    Washington, D.C. – The Quinault government issued a white paper to the recently formed White House Council on Native American Affairs during its inaugural session in Washington, D.C. Tuesday. The Quinault paper, issued by Quinault President Fawn Sharp, responds to President Barack Obama’s directives to the new Council that it must work to facilitate “efficient delivery of government services” to Indian communities, and engage Indian and Native Alaskan governments for a “true and lasting government-to-government relationship.”

    The document stated that the Quinault government “welcomes this opportunity to offer concrete comments and recommendations … that will strengthen the nation-to-nation relationship” and offered seven specific suggestions for success. It referred to the economic disaster of the last five and-a-half years that has undermined many tribal businesses across the country, and the sequestration of federal funding resulting in an “economic disaster among many tribes creating a profound sense of desperation in Indian Country.”

    Commenting on the “chronic underfunding of Indian Country from federal agencies” starting with the Ronald Reagan Administration the Quinault government urged the new White House Council to send representatives to each tribe and Rancheria in the country to “engage in intergovernmental meetings”

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  • WSDOT Runs Down Stimulus News

    Seven additional WSDOT projects will receive federal stimulus funds due to lower than expected bids and materials costs. The third tier of Recovery Act projects will include $12.3 million for additional preservation improvements. Local governments continue to complete highway projects, with six more projects reported complete this week. In national news, five Washington tribes received over $1.2 million in Recovery Act funds for transit improvements.

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  • WSDOT Works to Preserve 100 Year Old Bridge

    WSDOT continues to aggressively pursue additional federal stimulus dollars that will be distributed nationwide, applying for high speed passenger rail funds, fish passage grants, and discretionary grants for surface transportation improvements. WSDOT and local governments continue to construct American Recovery and Reinvestment Act highway projects, and have completed 38 projects. This week’s project highlight describes how stimulus funds are helping preserve a 100-year-old bridge in Wenatchee.

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  • State & U.S. Announce Hanford Cleanup Breakthrough

    RICHLAND, Wash. – With the ongoing construction of the Waste Treatment Plant (WTP) in the background at the Hanford Site, Energy Secretary Steven Chu joined Washington Governor Chris Gregoire, Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski, Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna, U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, acting U.S. Assistant Attorney General John Cruden and other officials today to announce a proposed legal settlement that will impose a new, enforceable and achievable schedule for tank waste cleanup at the Hanford Site in southeastern Washington State.

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  • Broadcasting pioneer Paul Harvey dies at age of 90

    CHICAGO (AP) — Paul Harvey, the news commentator and talk-radio pioneer whose staccato style made him one of the nation’s most familiar voices, died Saturday in Arizona, according to ABC Radio Networks. He was 90.

    Harvey died surrounded by family at a hospital in Phoenix, where he had a winter home, said Louis Adams, a spokesman for ABC Radio Networks, where Harvey worked for more than 50 years. No cause of death was immediately available.

    Harvey had been forced off the air for several months in 2001 because of a virus that weakened a vocal cord. But he returned to work in Chicago and was still active as he passed his 90th birthday. His death comes less than a year after that of his wife and longtime producer, Lynne.

    “My father and mother created from thin air what one day became radio and television news,” Paul Harvey Jr. said in a statement. “So in the past year, an industry has lost its godparents and today millions have lost a friend.”

    Known for his resonant voice and trademark delivery of “The Rest of the Story,” Harvey had been heard nationally since 1951, when he began his “News and Comment” for ABC Radio Networks.

    He became a heartland icon, delivering news and commentary with a distinctive Midwestern flavor. “Stand by for news!” he told his listeners. He was credited with inventing or popularizing terms such as “skyjacker,” “Reaganomics” and “guesstimate.”

    “Paul Harvey was one of the most gifted and beloved broadcasters in our nation’s history,” ABC Radio Networks President Jim Robinson said in a statement. “We will miss our dear friend tremendously and are grateful for the many years we were so fortunate to have known him.”

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  • Clean Out That Medicine Cabinet, The Right Way

    National Take-Back Initiative - Click here for collection sites

    On September 25, 2010, DEA will coordinate a collaborative effort with state and local law enforcement agencies to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from our nation’s medicine cabinets. Collection activities will take place from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. at sites established throughout the country.  The National Take-Back Day provides an opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications for destruction.  These drugs are a potential source of supply for illegal use and an unacceptable risk to public health and safety.

    This one-day effort is intended to bring national focus to the issue of increasing pharmaceutical controlled substance abuse. 

    • The program is anonymous. 
    • Prescription and over the counter solid dosage medications, i.e. tablets and capsules accepted.
    • Intra-venous solutions, injectables, and needles will not be accepted.
    • Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative.  

    Find collection site(s) near you
    Please check back often as new collection sites will be added daily.

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  • Ocean Policy Task Force Releases Interim Framework for Effective Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning

    WASHINGTON – President Obama’s Ocean Policy Task Force released its Interim Framework for Effective Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning (Interim Framework) today for a 60-day public review and comment period.  With competing interests in the ocean, our coasts and the Great Lakes, the Interim Framework offers a comprehensive, integrated approach to planning and managing uses and activities.  Under the Framework, coastal and marine spatial planning would be regional in scope, developed cooperatively among Federal, State, tribal, local authorities, and regional governance structures, with substantial stakeholder and public input.   
    The Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force, which was established by President Obama on June 12, 2009, is led by White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley, consists of 24 senior-level officials from Administration agencies, departments, and offices. 
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  • WSDOT Awards One of the Largest Recovery Act Projects

    Construction employment hours and payroll doubled for Recovery Act related projects from June to July as work began or continued on more than 100 state and local highway projects. Employees collected an average of nearly $38 per hour for 144,308 hours worked in July. One of the largest state Recovery Act projects was awarded on August 20 to add an auxiliary lane to I-405 northbound in Bothell. WSDOT applied for almost $435 million in high speed passenger rail funds on August 24, the deadline for states to apply for the first portion of $8 billion in Recovery Act funds for high speed passenger rail projects.

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  • Gov. Gregoire announces certification for 138 transportation projects

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire today announced that she certified 138 transportation projects, which makes them ready to receive funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The state is expected to receive $551 million dollars from the federal stimulus package to help pay for the certified projects.

    “We promised that we would expedite the certification process, and now 138 transportation projects are ready to go,” Gregoire said. “By working in partnership with the Obama administration, we are saving and creating jobs by quickly getting the federal stimulus funding moving through our economy.”

    Some local projects include;

    Heron Street Sidewalk Bulb-out Project (TE) Pedestrian / Safety $730,000
    Wynoochee-Wishkah Road 13 Corners Realignment Safety Improvement $750,000
    City Wide Pedestrian Safety and Mobility Improvement Phase II (TE) Pedestrian Improvement $195,000

    Total ARRA funding amount $152,101,154

    To learn more about these transportation projects, visit: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/funding/stimulus.

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