Washington State’s Life Sciences Industry is Facing a Lack of Skilled Workers

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OLYMPIA, WA - Washington State’s life sciences industry is facing a lack of skilled workers. This threatens to stunt future growth, according to a report released today by the state Department of Commerce.

From the Department of Commerce:
The 2017 study was commissioned by the Governor’s Life Science and Global Health Advisory Council.

The report, Assessing Washington’s Life Science and Global Health Workforce Dynamics: Enhancing Connections and Addressing the Skills Gap to Ensure Future Growth, notes that while Washington has built a sizeable life science industry employing nearly 30,000 in high-quality jobs, future growth and competitiveness face challenging headwinds, with workforce issues the top concern.

Idaho's Unemployment Rate for September Dropped to a Historic Low

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LEWISTON, ID - Idaho's unemployment rate for September dropped to a historic low. The seasonally adjusted rate decreased for the seventh consecutive month to 2.8%.

From the Idaho Department of Labor:
September’s decrease was due to a robust increase in the number of Idahoans working and a continued drop in the number of unemployed. Total employment grew by 4,154 in September — the largest monthly increase since July 1993 — driving the total number of people with jobs to 800,629.

 

Public Meeting With City of Lewiston Officials Regarding East Orchards Sewer Expansion

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LEWISTON, ID - There will be a public meeting with City of Lewiston officials regarding the East Orchards sewer expansion on Thursday, October 26th, at Camelot Elementary School from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

The City has a plan to address the septic systems in the East Orchards area that are contaminating groundwater and adjacent watersheds.

Clarkston Prestige Care Recently Participated in an Alzheimer’s Fundraiser

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CLARKSTON, WA - The Clarkston Prestige Care branch recently participated in a company-wide fundraising campaign which raised more than $80,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association.

During the month of September residents and staff across all Prestige communities and its corporate headquarters were challenged to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association and walk 65 million total steps – the approximate distance around the globe. By the end of the fundraising campaign, participants had walked more than 100 million total steps.

From Prestige:
Prestige Care Inc., a leading provider of senior living and skilled nursing and rehabilitation care, is proud to announce that residents, patients, families and staff raised more than $80,000 and walked more than 100 million steps throughout the month of September as part of a fundraising campaign to support the Alzheimer’s Association.

LCSC Work Scholars Program has Grown This Fall

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LEWISTON, ID - The Lewis-Clark State College Work Scholars program has grown this fall. This program was launched in 2015 after the program received $209,000 in funding from the Idaho Legislature. It pairs high achieving students who have financial need with meaningful jobs both on campus and in the Lewiston area.

From LCSC:
Each student receives a full tuition scholarship for the academic year in turn for working 10 hours a week.

 

Weather Brought to You by Nez Perce Express

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Weather for the Lewis-Clark Valley, Palouse, and Camas Prairie brought to you by Nez Perce Express.

LEWIS-CLARK VALLEY:
Today Showers likely before 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55. Breezy, with a west wind 9 to 14 mph increasing to 16 to 21 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38. Breezy, with a southwest wind 9 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.

More Than 100 CHS Students Will Volunteer With the Twin County United Way Tomorrow

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CLARKSTON, WA - Twin County United Way and Clarkston High School are partnering to support student volunteerism. More than 100 CHS students plan to include volunteer service in their Homecoming activities by volunteering at St. Vincent DePaul, Boys and Girls Clubs of the LC Valley, the remaining students will divide into groups to participate in litter pick-up around the school, along 6th Street, and surrounding areas.

This event will take place tomorrow from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Idaho Board of Education Announces Search Process for LCSC President

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LEWISTON, ID - The Idaho State Board of Education has announced the search process for selecting the next Lewis-Clark State College President.  The national search will begin in November and end with a final selection in April.  The new President will succeed Dr. J. Anthony (Tony) Fernandez, who recently announced that he will retire effective June 17, 2018.

Orofino Police Investigate Alleged Threat at Jr-Sr High School

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OROFINO, ID - Orofino Police are investigating an alleged threat made by a student at Orofino Junior-Senior High School.  According to a press release, officers responded to the school at about 8:42 a.m. this morning.  The initial investigation determined that a student had sent a message via social media indicating there would be violence at the school today.

Weather Brought to You by Nez Perce Express

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Weather for the Lewis-Clark Valley, Palouse, and Camas Prairie brought to you by Nez Perce Express.

LEWIS-CLARK VALLEY:
Today A 20 percent chance of rain after 11am. Increasing clouds, with a high near 66. South wind 7 to 10 mph.

Tonight A 20 percent chance of rain before 8pm. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 49. West wind 7 to 9 mph becoming southeast in the evening.

 

Reverse Mortgage Company Fined, Charged With Misrepresentation

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OLYMPIA, WA - The Consumer Services Division of the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions has charged HighTechLending of California with misrepresenting reverse mortgage loan terms and failing to disclose the risks of default and foreclosure. The Statement of Charges seeks a final order requiring the company to cease and desist from engaging in false advertising practices, pay a $300,000 fine, and pay an investigative fee.

8th Annual "Spike for a Cure" Volleyball Tournament Will Held Tomorrow

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CLARKSTON, WA - The 8th Annual "Spike for a Cure" volleyball tournament will held tomorrow in the Clarkston High School Kramer Gymnasium beginning at 6:30 p.m. This event is an opportunity for the students of CHS to come together to raise funds for the Gina Quesenberry Foundation, a non-profit organization whose goal is to provide financial assistance to local patients with breast cancer.

 
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