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News Article | May 2, 2017
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Church of Scientology Seattle Volunteers Help Keep One of the City's Oldest Green Spaces Beautiful celebrated Earth Day in Kinnear Park by removing invasive species from the park entrance. Invasive species are such a problem in the State of Washington that in 2006 the legislature established the Washington Invasive Species Council and tasked it with providing policy-level direction, planning, and coordination for combating these plants and animals throughout the state and preventing the introduction of others that are potentially harmful. Invasive species alter the natural cycle of forestation by hampering the ability of native trees and shrubs to repopulate themselves. The end result of allowing these infestations to continue is a reduction of the natural forests, impacting both wildlife and the environment. Over the past few years, Kinnear Park, one of Seattle's oldest green spaces, has undergone several significant renovations to the landscape to open up visibility within the park and allow for a safer, more user-friendly environment for the neighborhood. Volunteers from The Way to Happiness Foundation and the Scientology Environmental Task Force have spent hundreds of hours improving both upper and lower levels of the park during the latest round of renovations. In celebration of Earth Day, Dave Scattergood, forest steward and coordinator of the Task Force, had the volunteers concentrate on the large bed near the park entrance. He described it as "in severe need of weed control. We undertook a clean-up of this bed to bring it back to its original intended design and look." A yearround activity, Scattergood says "the volunteers work to keep the park free of invasive species which hamper the ability of the forest to reestablish itself and maintain the natural look the park is known for. We hold regular work parties to remove these nuisance plants throughout the greater park area." The Foundation and the Task Force use The Way to Happiness to promote awareness of the need to care for the environment and encourage others to take part in the work of keeping Seattle green. The Way to Happiness is a nonreligious commonsense moral code written by author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard. One of its precepts is "Safeguard and Improve your Environment": "There are many things one can do to help take care of the planet. They begin with the idea that one should. They progress with suggesting to others they should. Man has gotten up to the potential of destroying the planet. He must be pushed on up to the capability and actions of saving it." The Scientology Environmental Task Force of the Church of Scientology Seattle has been part of the Seattle Public Utilities "Adopt-A-Street" program since the initiative's inception in the late 1980s. Adopting Kinnear Park 16 years ago, they have contributed thousands of volunteer hours to its upkeep and beautification. Read the article on the Scientology Newsroom.


News Article | May 1, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

ABERDEEN, Wash., May 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pacific Financial Corporation (OTCQB:PFLC), the holding company for Bank of the Pacific, today announced that Daniel E. Kuenzi will join its executive management team as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer on May 22, 2017. “We are excited to have Dan join our executive team, adding depth to an already excellent credit administration group. With over 28 years of production management and credit oversight responsibilities within the financial services industry, Dan brings many years of proven leadership skills,” said Denise J. Portmann, President and CEO.  “Dan will be responsible for all aspects of credit administration.  We believe his experience in commercial banking and credit administration will provide additional capabilities in moving our franchise to the next level.” Formerly with HomeStreet Bank in Yakima, Washington, Kuenzi served as Senior Vice President/Eastern Washington Regional President, overseeing relationship-based commercial banking.  Kuenzi also was EVP/ Chief Credit Officer with Whidbey Island Bank, and has held other progressively responsible positions with U.S. Bank, Washington Mutual and Wells Fargo throughout the Pacific Northwest. “I am delighted to be joining the leadership team of Pacific Financial,” said Dan Kuenzi.  “Pacific Financial is a growing franchise and has a long tradition of supporting its communities and markets.  I look forward to being part of that tradition.” Kuenzi graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois with a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics and earned his Bachelor of Science from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. ABOUT PACIFIC FINANCIAL CORPORATION Pacific Financial Corporation of Aberdeen, Washington, is the bank holding company for Bank of the Pacific, a state chartered and federally insured commercial bank.  Bank of the Pacific offers banking products and services to small-to-medium sized businesses and professionals in western Washington and Oregon.  As of March 31, 2017, the Company had total assets of $873 million and operated fifteen branches in the communities of Grays Harbor, Pacific, Whatcom, Skagit, Clark and Wahkiakum counties in the State of Washington, and three branches in Clatsop County, Oregon.  The Company also operated loan production offices in the communities of DuPont and Burlington in Washington and Salem, Oregon.  Visit the Company’s website at www.bankofthepacific.com.  Member FDIC.


News Article | May 1, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

ABERDEEN, Wash., May 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pacific Financial Corporation (OTCQB:PFLC), the holding company for Bank of the Pacific, today announced that Daniel E. Kuenzi will join its executive management team as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer on May 22, 2017. “We are excited to have Dan join our executive team, adding depth to an already excellent credit administration group. With over 28 years of production management and credit oversight responsibilities within the financial services industry, Dan brings many years of proven leadership skills,” said Denise J. Portmann, President and CEO.  “Dan will be responsible for all aspects of credit administration.  We believe his experience in commercial banking and credit administration will provide additional capabilities in moving our franchise to the next level.” Formerly with HomeStreet Bank in Yakima, Washington, Kuenzi served as Senior Vice President/Eastern Washington Regional President, overseeing relationship-based commercial banking.  Kuenzi also was EVP/ Chief Credit Officer with Whidbey Island Bank, and has held other progressively responsible positions with U.S. Bank, Washington Mutual and Wells Fargo throughout the Pacific Northwest. “I am delighted to be joining the leadership team of Pacific Financial,” said Dan Kuenzi.  “Pacific Financial is a growing franchise and has a long tradition of supporting its communities and markets.  I look forward to being part of that tradition.” Kuenzi graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois with a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics and earned his Bachelor of Science from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. ABOUT PACIFIC FINANCIAL CORPORATION Pacific Financial Corporation of Aberdeen, Washington, is the bank holding company for Bank of the Pacific, a state chartered and federally insured commercial bank.  Bank of the Pacific offers banking products and services to small-to-medium sized businesses and professionals in western Washington and Oregon.  As of March 31, 2017, the Company had total assets of $873 million and operated fifteen branches in the communities of Grays Harbor, Pacific, Whatcom, Skagit, Clark and Wahkiakum counties in the State of Washington, and three branches in Clatsop County, Oregon.  The Company also operated loan production offices in the communities of DuPont and Burlington in Washington and Salem, Oregon.  Visit the Company’s website at www.bankofthepacific.com.  Member FDIC.


News Article | May 1, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

ABERDEEN, Wash., May 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pacific Financial Corporation (OTCQB:PFLC), the holding company for Bank of the Pacific, today announced that Daniel E. Kuenzi will join its executive management team as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer on May 22, 2017. “We are excited to have Dan join our executive team, adding depth to an already excellent credit administration group. With over 28 years of production management and credit oversight responsibilities within the financial services industry, Dan brings many years of proven leadership skills,” said Denise J. Portmann, President and CEO.  “Dan will be responsible for all aspects of credit administration.  We believe his experience in commercial banking and credit administration will provide additional capabilities in moving our franchise to the next level.” Formerly with HomeStreet Bank in Yakima, Washington, Kuenzi served as Senior Vice President/Eastern Washington Regional President, overseeing relationship-based commercial banking.  Kuenzi also was EVP/ Chief Credit Officer with Whidbey Island Bank, and has held other progressively responsible positions with U.S. Bank, Washington Mutual and Wells Fargo throughout the Pacific Northwest. “I am delighted to be joining the leadership team of Pacific Financial,” said Dan Kuenzi.  “Pacific Financial is a growing franchise and has a long tradition of supporting its communities and markets.  I look forward to being part of that tradition.” Kuenzi graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois with a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics and earned his Bachelor of Science from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. ABOUT PACIFIC FINANCIAL CORPORATION Pacific Financial Corporation of Aberdeen, Washington, is the bank holding company for Bank of the Pacific, a state chartered and federally insured commercial bank.  Bank of the Pacific offers banking products and services to small-to-medium sized businesses and professionals in western Washington and Oregon.  As of March 31, 2017, the Company had total assets of $873 million and operated fifteen branches in the communities of Grays Harbor, Pacific, Whatcom, Skagit, Clark and Wahkiakum counties in the State of Washington, and three branches in Clatsop County, Oregon.  The Company also operated loan production offices in the communities of DuPont and Burlington in Washington and Salem, Oregon.  Visit the Company’s website at www.bankofthepacific.com.  Member FDIC.


PORTERVILLE, CA--(Marketwired - May 05, 2017) - GreenPower Motor Company Inc. (TSX VENTURE: GPV) ( : GPVRF) ("GreenPower") announces that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Colville Gaming, LLC ("Colville") for Colville to acquire five GreenPower all-electric shuttle buses to replace existing legacy buses and an option for Colville to acquire an additional five GreenPower all-electric shuttle buses. GreenPower will also provide the required charging infrastructure and the training for drivers, maintenance and support staff to create a Center of Excellence for Colville. "We are excited to be working with GreenPower to electrify our fleet. Many of our buses are outdated and significant polluters so in addition to modernizing our fleet we are moving to a more cost effective solution which is has a positive impact on our community," said John MacClain the COO of Colville Gaming, LLC. "GreenPower will also help train our drivers and maintenance crew; and, assist our support staff so we will have the expertise to benefit from this emerging industry while helping tribal members get to their places of employment." Colville operates three casinos, a hotel, spa, the Deep Water Amphitheatre and related entertainment facilities in the State of Washington. Colville's employee bussing program has helped disadvantaged employees with transportation struggles find meaningful employment options since gaming was instituted on Lake Chelan in 1995. The tribe decided early on that a shuttle service was necessary to ensure that tribal employment an hour away from the reservation would be possible for all tribal members. As outlined in the MOU, GreenPower and Colville Gaming, LLC will work together to pursue grants, vouchers and incentives including the recently announced VW Mitigation Trust that provides funding to cover up to 100% of the cost of new all-electric transit buses, school buses and shuttle buses. Replacing older model diesel buses is one of the most effective mitigation actions under the VW Mitigation Trust. GreenPower Motor Company Inc. develops electric powered vehicles for commercial markets. GreenPower offers a range of electric powered buses deploying electric drive and battery technologies with a lightweight chassis and low floor or high floor body. GreenPower's bus is based on a flexible clean sheet design and utilizes a custom battery management system and a proprietary Flex Power system for the drive motors. GreenPower integrates global suppliers for key components such as Siemens for the two drive motors, Knorr for the brakes, ZF for the axles and Parker for the dash and control systems. This OEM platform allows GreenPower to meet the specifications of various operators while providing standard parts for ease of maintenance and accessibility for warranty requirements. For further information go to www.greenpowerbus.com This document contains forward-looking statements relating to, among other things, GreenPower's business and operations and the environment in which it operates, which are based on GreenPower's operations, estimates, forecasts and projections. Forward-looking statements are not based on historical facts, but rather on current expectations and projections about future events, and are therefore subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from the future results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. These statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking words such as "may", "should", "will", "could", "intend", "estimate", "plan", "anticipate", "expect", "believe" or "continue", or the negative thereof or similar variations. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict or are beyond GreenPower's control, such as the regulations and requirements in different jurisdictions. A number of important factors including those set forth in other public filings (filed under the Company's profile on www.sedar.com) could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements. Consequently, readers should not place any undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. In addition, these forward-looking statements relate to the date on which they are made. GreenPower disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.


ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Federal Student Aid (FSA), a principal office within the U.S. Department of Education, plays a central role in postsecondary education as the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. FSA ensures that all eligible individuals may benefit from federally funded or federally guaranteed financial assistance for education beyond high school. FSA currently manages over $150 billion per year in grants, loans, and work-study funds. Through this five year, single award IDIQ contract, Fila Group will provide FSA with a broad range of critical services including strategic planning, investment management, capital planning and investment control, enterprise architecture, data management, security architecture, and enterprise governance, among others. “We are thrilled to provide FSA with an integrated suite of strategic services that will not only support more informed decision-making, but will also support the wiser spending of taxpayer dollars over the next five years,” remarked Jonathan Keough, President of Fila Group. Founded in 2004, Fila Group provides expert advice and services in the areas of IT strategy & transformation, enterprise architecture planning & execution, capital planning and investment control, business process reengineering, and more. Fila Group customers include: Department of Education, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of the Interior, Department of Labor, US Forest Service, Federal Student Aid, General Services Administration, Department of Transportation, State of Minnesota, State of Virginia, State of Washington. Fila Group is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. For more information, please visit www.filagroup.com.


News Article | February 15, 2017
Site: www.newscientist.com

MORE than 100 technology firms have signed a legal brief opposing President Trump’s immigration ban, arguing that it will harm the US economy. Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter are among the 127 signatories on the letter, which has been filed to a US appeals court in support of a lawsuit brought by the State of Washington. The lawsuit challenges Trump’s executive order blocking nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US. Last Friday, a federal judge put the order temporarily on hold. The tech firms argue that the executive order violates the US constitution and “is inflicting substantial harm on US companies”. They say that the ban will prevent them from hiring the best talent and that “American workers and the economy will suffer as a result”. Uber has also signed the brief. The taxi firm faced a mass boycott after it was accused of profiting from a taxi driver strike at New York’s JFK airport in protest at the ban. CEO Travis Kalanick stepped down from Trump’s business council following the uproar. SpaceX and Tesla, owned by Elon Musk, were not originally signatories, but signed the brief after it was released. Musk has been criticised for continuing to advise Trump, but has argued that “engaging on critical issues will on balance serve the greater good”. This article appeared in print under the headline “Tech turns on Trump”


News Article | March 3, 2017
Site: www.prweb.com

To meet the 24-credit graduation requirement mandated by Washington State’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for High School graduation, Red Comet has added several new courses to its core curriculum. Many of these new courses are career-oriented and are designed to help students succeed in the workplace. These new courses help students explore various career paths so that they may make the right choices when it comes to college education. “Red Comet’s goal is to help students in Washington State meet all credit requirements so that they are college-ready”, said Ms. Ganeshan who is the President of Red Comet. Red Comet is a Fully Accredited (AdvancED) organization that has been offering online courses for credit since 1999. Students have over 175 courses to choose from. Many of these courses are also approved by the NCAA organization. In the State of Washington, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has approved the Red Comet program as a “Multi-District Online Provider,” “Online Course Provider,” and “Online School Program”. In a statewide survey, Red Comet received high ratings for student satisfaction. Students use the Red Comet online program for original credit, credit retrieval, and credit recovery.


News Article | February 28, 2017
Site: www.prweb.com

Red Comet has fully aligned its curriculum to Common Core standards. Red Comet incorporated several changes in its curriculum to meet the requirements of the Common Core standards. In addition, all of the core science curriculum was updated to fully meet the requirements of the Next Generation Science standards. “After several months of effort by our teams, we are proud to announce that our curriculum is fully aligned to Common Core standards”, said Ms. Ganeshan who is the President of Red Comet. Red Comet (http://www.redcomet.org) is a Fully Accredited (AdvancED) organization that has been offering online courses for credit since 1999. Students have over 175 courses to choose from. Many of these courses are also approved by the NCAA organization. In the State of Washington, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has approved the Red Comet program as a “Multi-District Online Provider,” “Online Course Provider,” and “Online School Program”. In a statewide survey, Red Comet received high ratings for student satisfaction. Students use the Red Comet online program for original credit, credit retrieval, and credit recovery.


News Article | February 15, 2017
Site: www.marketwired.com

BONSALL, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 15, 2017) - MARIJUANA COMPANY OF AMERICA ("MCOA" or the "Company") ( : MCOA), an innovative cannabis and hemp marketing and distribution Company, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a non-binding Letter of Intent ("LOI") while performing due diligence to finalize a joint venture agreement with Bougainville Ventures, Inc. ("BV") for the purpose of housing tenant growers engaging in the cultivation, processing and commercial availability of legal marijuana in the State of Washington. Subject to the execution of a final definitive agreement, the terms of the LOI are that MCOA will invest up to $1 million in cash in a newly formed entity and receive 50% equity ownership and 50% share in net profits produced by the joint venture. Bougainville Ventures, Inc. will contribute its expertise in establishing facilities related to the production, processing and management for tenant growers utilizing an I-502 Tier 3 license, with leased property, established partnerships, licensing agreements and marketing relationships. Donald Steinberg, MCOA President and CEO said, "We are looking forward to getting seed in the ground and ramping up this partnership with Andy Jagpal and Bougainville Ventures. This partnership further strengthens our supply chain and enables MCOA to produce the highest quality products at the lowest possible prices." "We couldn't be happier than to have aligned ourselves with the outstanding team at MCOA," said Jagpal, President of Bougainville Ventures, Inc. "With the management expertise that the highly skilled professionals at MCOA bring, we have insured the certainty of expanding our Washington State Greenhouse Campuses while achieving our revenue and profitability goals." This joint venture project is solely for the purpose of cultivation, processing and commercial availability of legal marijuana within the State of Washington only and not beyond its borders. "As each new partnership is formed, synergistic benefits will develop organically," said Steinberg. "Our human, agricultural and technical resources will expand with the end result being the ability to cultivate superior products for the cannabis consumer in each state in accordance with their respective laws." With more than half of the United States now allowing for some form of legal medicinal or recreational cannabis use, there is an urgent need to establish cutting edge cultivation facilities and programs to service the continually growing demand for cannabis and CBD products. "Knowing how to manage the many individual cannabis markets effectively and simultaneously will be the key to success for MCOA's national rollout," said Steinberg. "By integrating and aggressively harnessing the collective resources of our companies, we are confident that we will be making a significant impact on sales and distribution in Washington State." ABOUT BOUGAINILLE VENTURES, INC. Bougainville Venture Inc. is in the core business of converting irrigated farmland that was traditionally used to grow marginally profitable feed crops, to greenhouse-equipped farmland used to grow luxury crops with a primary focus on marijuana. Bougainville is an agricultural services company that focuses on providing growers with state-of-the-art computer controlled greenhouses and processing facilities. Bougainville offers fully built out turnkey solutions to licensed I-502 tenant-growers and luxury crop growers who will lease the facilities for production and processing. Bougainville does not "touch the plant" and only provides growing infrastructure as a landlord for licensed marijuana growers in the state of Washington. Bougainville has a strong management team with relevant experience and education in place with a focus on build-out and occupancy of its planned greenhouses in Oroville, WA. Strategic plans to expand its land bank, greenhouse campus and I-502 tenant-grower clients are scheduled for expanding operations. SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT This release contains forward-looking statements that are based upon current expectations or beliefs, as well as a number of assumptions about future events. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements and the assumptions upon which they are based are reasonable, we can give no assurance or guarantee that such expectations and assumptions will prove to have been correct. 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