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Washington Federal Celebrates First 100 Years: Relationship-based banking creates trust and financial stability - 04/19/17

SEATTLE -- April 18, 2017 -- Washington Federal will celebrate its first 100 years in business on April 24, 2017. In its first century, the bank has funded the bold visions of small businesses, national corporations and individual homeowners.

Founded in 1917 as a small neighborhood bank in Ballard, Washington, Washington Federal has grown to be one of the strongest banks in the U.S. Backed by 100 years of relationship-based service, the bank now operates 236 offices across eight states and serves retail, small business and commercial clients. With $15 billion in assets, Washington Federal has one of the highest capital ratios among the nation's 100 largest publicly traded banks.

"We are thrilled to celebrate our first 100 years in business and the partnerships we've established with all of our clients as we've grown from our humble start as a single branch in Ballard Washington to become one of the strongest commercial banks in the nation," said president and CEO Brent Beardall.

From the beginning, Washington Federal adopted a disciplined, no-nonsense approach to banking: taking deposits from local residents and making prudent loans that help people achieve their goals. That discipline has held for a century, and Washington Federal continues to evaluate opportunities through a long-term lens to ensure wise stewardship of its clients' funds and its shareholders' investments.

Washington Federal is committed to helping its communities grow and prosper, and that commitment includes seeing all its loans through from origination to repayment. "We are in the business of trust," said Beardall. "As a portfolio lender, when we make a loan our clients trust us to not only fund the loan but manage it for the life of the loan. To put a more human face on it, owning our own loans enabled us to keep 3,000 families in their homes during the Great Recession. We worked with homeowners who had temporarily fallen on hard times, and today 96 percent of those families are current on their mortgage payments."

Washington Federal's relationship-based service, culture of ownership and commitment to integrity have enabled the bank to grow and prosper through both the best and most economically challenging of times. "We're confident that the principles and practices that have made us successful during our first century will enable us to continue to thrive throughout our next 100 years and beyond," said Beardall.

Washington Federal will celebrate its centennial throughout its footprint. Festivities include Beardall ringing the Nasdaq opening bell in New York on April 24, as well as local events in all the bank's branches.

About Washington Federal
Washington Federal specializes in retail, small business and commercial banking. Founded in 1917, Washington Federal currently has approximately $15 billion in assets and operates 236 offices in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Texas, Nevada and New Mexico. For more information, please visit www.washingtonfederal.com.

REACH Air Medical Services Opening Roseburg, OR Base 24/7 Air Ambulance Resource Will Be Available this Summer - 04/19/17

Roseburg, OR / April 14, 2017 -- REACH Air Medical Services (REACH) announced plans to open a new air ambulance base in Roseburg, Oregon with service expected to begin in early summer. The company responds to calls from the 911 emergency response system, flying patients from trauma scenes to the nearest appropriate medical facility. REACH also responds when hospitals call to have their critical care patients transported to another facility for a higher level of care or specialized services.

Located at the Roseburg Regional Airport, the base will be staffed 24/7 with a critical care flight crew consisting of a Flight Pilot with thousands of hours of experience, and a highly skilled team of clinicians to provide an ICU level of care for patients throughout the transport experience.

REACH will transport patients aboard the Agusta A109 Power helicopter, which can fly at airspeeds up to 170 miles per hour.

REACH President Sean Russell, notes, "Having this base in Roseburg is a win for everyone. The community gets a vital air medical resource, hospitals and EMS crews get a dependable partner to help with patient care, and we get to work, live, and be part of the this community."

REACH has bases in Oregon and Northern California that have served this region for years. The new Roseburg base, with its central location, will provide air ambulance services to residents of Roseburg and surrounding areas. It will also be an additional resource to support the company's service in neighboring communities.

"When minutes matter, having an air ambulance located available in the area is a great benefit to the community--it saves lives," shared Anna Blair, REACH Vice President of Strategy, who began working with REACH as a Flight Nurse eleven years ago. "REACH is a great company that provides a tremendous service."

The helicopter chosen to serve this area is an Agusta A109E Power. Known as fast and powerful air medical helicopter, its twin engines allow it to fly at airspeeds up to 170 miles per hour. The aircraft comes equipped with safety features including night vision goggles, an advanced terrain awareness warning system, and Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) capabilities, which allow it to fly safely in less than favorable conditions.

REACH is a provider to AirMedCare Network (AMCN), the nation's largest air medical transport membership program. When transported by REACH, AMCN members pay no out of pocket costs for a medically necessary flight. Membership is just $65 a year for an entire household. In addition to covering flight costs for REACH, membership extends to AMCN's 260 base locations across 32 states.

About REACH Air Medical Services
REACH Air Medical Services, Cal-Ore Life Flight, CALSTAR Air Medical Services, and Sierra Lifeflight are air medical programs operated by REACH Medical Holdings, LLC, headquartered in Santa Rosa, CA. The company provides critical care air and ground transport services to communities throughout California, Oregon, Nevada, Montana, Colorado, Wyoming and Texas. Visit www.REACHair.com.

About AirMedCare Network AirMedCare Network (AMCN) is America's largest air medical transport membership network, providing emergency access to the highest level of care for its more than 2.6 million members. AMCN membership program offers service from more than 260 air base provider locations in 32 states. Visit www.AirMedCareNetwork.com.

Air Medical Group Holdings, Inc. to acquire Air Medical Resource Group (AMRG) of South Jordan, Utah - 04/19/17

LEWISVILLE, Texas, April 18, 2017 - Air Medical Group Holdings, Inc. (AMGH), a leading air medical transport and emergency medical service provider, has agreed to acquire Air Medical Resource Group (AMRG) of South Jordan, Utah. AMRG has operations in 15 states, including Alaska and Hawaii.

Lewisville-based AMGH already has hundreds of critical care aircraft in operation. With the acquisition of AMRG it will add 62 bases and new geographies to its customer service footprint.

"AMGH is delighted to add AMRG's unique and widespread rotor and fixed-wing operations and markets such as Alaska and Hawaii, enabling us to partner to provide medical transport solutions to even more regions of the U.S." said AMGH CEO Fred Buttrell. "AMRG's President Joseph Hunt and his leadership team have built an enviable record of customer engagement at the local level that will work nicely with existing AMGH operations and we look forward to their service contributions in the future."

AMRG President Hunt said, "We are joining one of, if not the finest, medical transport organizations in America, and we very much welcome the opportunity to continue to grow as a significant part of that organization. Our commitment to AMGH is to continue to successfully meet and exceed patient expectations for providing the ultimate in medical care in a safe environment in their emergent time of need."

AMRG companies include Eagle Air Med serving parts of Arizona, New Mexico, South Dakota, Colorado and Utah; Hawaii Life Flight in Hawaii; Guardian Flight in Alaska, Wyoming and Utah; Gallup Med Flight and MedStar in New Mexico; Aeromed in Puerto Rico; Valley Med Flight in North Dakota, Michigan, Montana, Wisconsin and Minnesota; Alaska Regional LifeFlight in Alaska; MountainStar AirCare operating in parts of Idaho, Wyoming and Utah; AeroCare Medical Transport serving the Navajo Nation in Arizona and the Four Corners region; and Wiregrass Life Flight serving Alabama.

About Air Medical Group Holdings
Air Medical Group Holdings Inc., headquartered in Lewisville, Texas, is one of the leading providers of medical transportation in the U.S. Through its subsidiary companies, which include Air Evac Life Team, AirMedCare Network, AirMed International, Lifeguard Ambulance, Med-Trans Corporation, and Reach Air Medical Services; AMGH can deliver the appropriate transport solution to their communities and partners in the U.S. and around the world. For more information, visit www.amgh.com.

Oregon Tech Geomatics Club takes Second Place in National Surveying Competition - 04/17/17

April 14, 2017, Klamath Falls, OR -- The Oregon Tech Geomatics Club, led by senior student Aquila Reed of Bend, OR and sophomore Mosier Locke of Dallas, OR, took second place in the annual National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) Surveying Competition, Baccalaureate Division that concluded March 13 in Washington, D.C.

The NSPS Student Competition is an annual event open to all two- and four-year Geomatics and Surveying degree programs across the country. In the fall, the student teams are given a theme, and then must design and complete a surveying project. The competition this year had three components: a technical paper that discusses the project; a poster session of that project that is displayed during the competition; and a 25-minute oral presentation of the project. A team of four independent judges from various parts of the country review the projects to determine the final rankings of the teams.

The theme for the 2017 was "High-Precision Vertical Control Applications." Working with the Oregon Tech Facilities Department, the Geomatics team prepared a High Precision Vertical Control Network in Boivin Hall. Located at the Southwest corner of Oregon Tech's Klamath Falls campus, Boivin Hall was built in 1974 and the construction required that a portion of the building was installed on fill soil, and the design of the building has a basement that is not as large as the ground level floor. These factors combined to create a "less than stable" ground surface for the building. On September 20, 1993, two earthquakes, measuring 5.9 and 6.0, were experienced in the Klamath Falls area. While the impact to the campus was minimal, there was observed damage to Boivin Hall. The damage was limited to minor cracking in the first floor slabs and surrounding sidewalks, along with misalignment of some interior doorways and walls.

The purpose of the project was to design a control survey to determine any future movement of Boivin Hall. The project resulted in 41 precise control points that can monitor any vertical movement of less than 1 millimeter. This project can also be used by campus Facilities to be a prototype for other buildings on campus.

In addition to Aquila and Moiser, many other students participated in the project including Katie Singleton (Portland, OR), Bryan Mayberry (Lotus, CA), Cindy Irvin (Richland, WA), Josh Peach (Medford, OR), Daniel Undell (Bandon, OR), Riley Edwards (Chehalis, WA), Cole Davis (McKinleyville, CA) and Michael Ness (Klamath Falls, OR). Many faculty provided technical support and consultation including Dr. CJ Riley, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering; Jack Walker, PLS, Professor of Geomatics; and Mason Marker, Associate Professor of Geomatics. Mitch Duryea, PLS, Online Education Adjunct, served as faculty advisor for the team and attended the competition with them.

For more information about Oregon Tech's Geomatics program, visit www.oit.edu/academics/degrees/geomatics.

About Oregon Tech
Founded in Klamath Falls in 1947, Oregon Institute of Technology is the premier public polytechnic university the Pacific Northwest. Oregon Tech provides degree programs in engineering, technology health technologies, management, communication, and applied sciences that prepare students to be effective participants in their professional, public, and international communities through hands-on, applied learning. Oregon Tech has a full-service, residential campus in Klamath Falls, an urban, industry-focused campus in Wilsonville, an Online campus, as well as other degree delivery sites in Salem and at Seattle-Boeing. Visit www.oit.edu to learn more about Oregon Institute of Technology.

National Volunteer Week Recognition - 04/17/17

In the spirit of National Volunteer Week, Citizens For Safe Schools would like to recognize and thank our dedicated volunteers for lending their time, talent, and support in service to the children in our community who need it most. Through their efforts, we are creating opportunities for character development, fostering positive decision making, reducing juvenile delinquency, and investing in the success of our future leaders.

Citizens For Safe Schools pairs youth one-to-one with supportive Mentors who model and encourage trustworthiness, accountability, and healthy communication to improve school achievement and conduct. Given opportunities to develop meaningful relationships with a supportive adult, youth are less likely to engage in high-risk or violent behaviors and see profound improvements in grades, school attendance, social development and mental health.

Thank you Mentors, for inspiring our youth to achieve greater resiliency and wellness. We are indebted to your selfless generosity and commitment to the safety of our schools, students, and community.

Citizens For Safe Schools 2016-2017 Mentors

Brian Woodard
Jerry Enman
Jessie Billings
Ashley Cleland
Roy Robinson
Chuck Cortesi
Nora Avery-Page
Royce Mace
David Menken
Stephanie Sullivan
Skyler Hunt
Erin Banks
Shelly Conley
Oscar Herrera
Christina Hunter
Noemi Perez
Justin Schultz
Vicki Partridge-Hiland
Dave Martinez
Stephanie Machado
Tayler Roux
Marilyn Geaney
Garrick Beat
Brigitte Marker
Marc Hawthorne
Greg Wall
Julee Tappero
Dakota Massey
Lois Trelease
Tod Bankston
Calandra Frederick
Jennifer Aguirre
Amy Holweger
Nicole O'Hair
Tamara Walker
Janine Henry
Lou Levison
Linda Levison
Cynthia King

Local Run Benefits Families of Fallen and Injured Firefighters - 04/10/17

TULELAKE, Calif. --The Wildland Firefighter Foundation will be hosting the Seventh Annual Wildland Firefighter Remembrance Run. The Wildland Firefighter Remembrance Run will be held at the Lava Beds National Monument May 6, 2017.

The Wildland Firefighter Remembrance Run starts at 10 a.m. and offers both 5K walk/run and 10K run races. The races will be followed by a barbecue starting at 11:30 a.m.

The 5k run/walk and 10k run are open to all age groups, and both races will begin at the Lava Beds visitor center. Registration on race day begins at 8 a.m. Participants can register earlier by registering online at http://www.active.com/tulelake-ca/running/distance-running-races/wildland-firefighter-remembrance-run-2017. Registration fees are 30 dollars per person. Race directors ask that anyone attending please carpool whenever possible due to limited parking.

All proceeds go directly to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, a non-profit organization. These proceeds will help families of firefighters killed in the line of duty and assist injured firefighters and their families. They honor and acknowledge past, present, and future members of the wildland firefighting community, and partner with private and interagency organizations to bring recognition to wildland firefighters.

More information about the Wildland Firefighter Remembrance Run can be found by visiting http://wffremembrancerun.wix.com/2017 or https://www.facebook.com/wfremembrancerun/.

Local Committee Set to Advise Governor on Klamath County District Attorney Appointment - 04/06/17

A local committee has been created to provide recommendations to Governor Kate Brown on the appointment of the Klamath County District Attorney. The District Attorney role became vacant in March with the resignation of Rob Patridge. Upon Patridge's resignation, the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce together with the Klamath County Board of County Commissioners asked the Governor to allow the creation of the committee to screen and interview candidates and ultimately, make a recommendation to her.

The committee has been formed and is in the process of screening and interviewing the candidates now. The committee is as follows:

* Joseph Spendolini (appointed Chair of the Committee)
* Derrick DeGroot
* Heather Tramp
* Wes French
* Stan Gilbert
* Don Gentry
* Steve Hedlund
* Dr. Anthony Rosilez

Any questions or comments about the process should be directed to the Committee Chair Joseph Spendolini at (541) 892-5460 or the Chamber's Executive Director Heather Tramp at (541) 884-5193.

April IDEA Talk to feature Food Entrepreneur Chris Hoss - 03/29/17

The Klamath IDEA (Inspire Development, Energize Acceleration) will host April's IDEA Talk on Monday, April 3, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at MC's on Main. This month's presenter is Chris Hoss, founder and operator of Mac n' Cheese Steaks.

Hoss will share his journey as a local entrepreneur and discuss some of the creative techniques he has employed, such as teaching student interns from Oregon State University Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center.

IDEA Talks are gatherings hosted by the Klamath IDEA, designed as a networking opportunity for those with an entrepreneurial mindset and interested in learning, networking, and being inspired. Each gathering features one or more guest speakers discussing an inspirational or educational entrepreneurial related topic. IDEA Talks bring together entrepreneurs (of all ages), founders, business owners, innovators and support organizations under one roof to hear about and discuss opportunities, needs, and great ideas for starting a business, expanding a business, or getting support in the process.

"We believe embracing and supporting the entrepreneurial spirit has the potential to bring the community together to reshape the economic foundation of our region," said Kat Rutledge, director of the Klamath Community College Small Business Development Center, and leader of the Klamath IDEA.

MC's on Main is located at 617 Main St. in downtown Klamath Falls. Limited food, prepared by MC's on Main, will be available by donation, as well as a no-host bar. Networking begins at 5:30 p.m. and the presentation will start at 6:15 p.m.

Klamath IDEA (Inspire Development and Energize Acceleration) is a community initiative dedicated to supporting the development of resources necessary to drive the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the region and encourage their use in the community.

Pictured: Margot Durand, Nicole Mace, Royce Mace, Ted Abrams & Marilyn Geaney
Pictured: Margot Durand, Nicole Mace, Royce Mace, Ted Abrams & Marilyn Geaney
Air Traffic Controller Receives Mentor Award (Photo) - 03/28/17

The Peter R Marsh Foundation of Vancouver, Washington has selected local mentor with Citizens For Safe Schools, Royce Mace, as an award recipient this year. The Marsh Foundation is based on the foundation belief that people who voluntarily and privately serve others in-need are indeed the most valuable citizens of our communities. One initiative of the Peter R Marsh Foundation is to encourage selfless service to others by identifying people who serve, recognizing and awarding them for their service and encouraging them to continue in their important community role -- because they inspire others to experience the fulfillment of living as a Silent Servant.

Royce is an air traffic controller at Kingsley Field. As a member of Citizens for Safe Schools, he not only believes "character counts and mentoring matters", he lives it every day. To date, Royce has mentored two young men, both for over a year. He is still in communication with both of his mentees and continues to meet regularly with one them. As a mentor Royce spends one hour per week taking his mentee to do fun things in the community including playing basketball at the base, rock climbing at The Ledge, going for hikes and much more.

Citizens For Safe Schools staff feel honored to know Royce and can see the difference he is making in his mentees' lives. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a mentor, please email info@citizensforsafeschools.org or call 541-882-3198.