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Loren Endsley named to Eastern Oregon University dean’s list

  • Written by Valley View Staff

LA GRANDE, ORE– Loren Endsley of Duvall was one of more than 460 students at Eastern Oregon University who have been named to the dean’s list for the 2011 spring term.

To qualify students must achieve and maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher while completing a minimum of 12 hours of graded coursework.

On the web: http://readabout.me/achievements/Loren-Endsley-Named-to-Eastern-Oregon-University-Deans-List/2820604.

City of Duvall seeking applicants for open council position (brief opening)

  • Written by Valley View Staff

The City of Duvall is seeking applicants to fill a position on the Duvall City Council.

Interested citizens are encouraged to apply. Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on August 15, 2011.

In order to be eligible for a city council seat, a person must be a registered voter of the city at the time of filing his/her declaration of candidacy and have been a resident of the city for at least one year.

City Council meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month at 7 p.m. preceded by a workshop at 6 p.m. Regular attendance at council and committee meetings is required. There are often additional council committee meetings that require attendance.

Interested parties are required to submit a city application packet. Application packets are available on the city’s web page, www.duvallwa.gov and at City Hall, 15535 Main Street NE.

This is a temporary appointment and the applicant will be appointed at the August 25, 2011 City Council meeting, and will hold the position until approximately the first week of December 2011.

REF awards grants

  • Written by Valley View Staff

Earlier this year, the Riverview Education Foundation presented its newest grant awards to the Riverview School District. 28 grants were awarded for a total of $40,932.34, the most money ever awarded by the Riverview Education Foundation during its grant season.

REF grants provide funding for a wide assortment of programs, materials and equipment that enhance the educational opportunities of students in Riverview schools.

Some of this year’s grants include:

• Funding for all necessary equipment and materials to introduce a dedicated science and art room at Carnation Elementary.

•Sets of "ActivExpressions" systems for use district-wide, allowing student interaction with Promethean whiteboards.

• Partial funding to help build a greenhouse on site at Stillwater Elementary.

• A Gel Electrophoresis lab for DNA studying at Cedarcrest High School.

• Trebuchet kits and materials for Tolt Middle School math students.

• Seven balance bikes of various sizes for use in the self-contained preschool, blended preschool and ECEAP programs.

• Flip video cameras to Tolt Middle School for student projects.

• Kindles full of classic literature, microphones and body packs for use in drama productions, music stands for use in the Riverview Orchestra Club and much, much more.

The Riverview Education Foundation is an all volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the education of Riverview students. REF grants are funded entirely by donations and from money raised at special events, and all proceeds benefit Riverview schools.

REF held its annual 5K/10K Run during Duvall Days again this year, with all proceeds benefiting REF Health and Wellness grants. REF will also hold its annual Golf Classic and 2nd annual Phone-A-Thon in the fall of 2011.

Visit the REFwebsite at REFweb.org for more details as they become available.

REF extends its warmest thanks to all the businesses, community members, teachers, students, parents, school district staff and school board members whose generosity and dedication makes these grants possible.

For a full listing of this year’s grants and to find out how you too can help support Riverview schools, visit www.REFweb.org.

CITY OF DUVALL RECEIVES HIGH GRADE OF ‘AA’

  • Written by Valley View Staff

The City of Duvall is in the process of refinancing water & sewer revenue bonds for interest cost savings.

As part of the process for preparing the bond sale, the city decided to pursue an "underlying bond rating grade" from the national rating agency of Standard & Poor’s.

The city was recently notified that the underlying bond rating grade is "AA" from Standard & Poor’s. "This is better than we expected," said Mayor Will Ibershof. "This bond rating grade reflects that the City of Duvall is very well-managed and has strong financial practices and policies in place for the benefit of our ratepayers."

According to Steve Leniszewski, Public Works director, the city received the bond rating grade of "AA" based on the following factors: 1. Strong financial practices and policies; 2. Strength of the local economy; 3. Strong debt service coverage and reserves; 4. Small amount of outstanding debt; and 5. Experienced management in operating the city in an efficient manner.

"We understand that this is quite an accomplishment for a system of our size to achieve such a high rating grade of AA," said Finance Director Jill Long.

The AA is the third highest rating grade in the Standard & Poor’s multi-tier grading system, which signifies to investors that there is very low risk of default on the bonds. The higher the rating grade then the lower the interest cost. The refinancing bond will achieve a total net savings of $200,000, which is an annual savings of $25,000 per year for the remaining eight years.

The city’s staff of Steve Leniszewski (Public Works director), Jill Long (finance director), Lara Thomas (planning manager), along with Jim Nelson (bond underwriter for Martin Nelson & Company) participated in a conference call with Standard & Poor’s, which dealt with the topics of management, finances, local economy, policies and long-term planning.

The water & sewer revenue refunding bonds will be underwritten by Martin Nelson & Company, a Washington investment banking firm, based in Seattle.

Tyler Skelton completes Navy basic training

  • Written by Valley View Staff

Navy Seaman Tyler A. Skelton, son of Andrea S. and Tom Skelton of Duvall, Wash., recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Skelton completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

The capstone event of boot camp is "Battle Stations."

This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. "Battle Stations" is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Its distinctly "Navy’’ flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a sailor.

Skelton is a 2010 graduate of Cedarcrest High School of Duvall, Wash.