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SEATTLE – The school year is in full swing once again, and some students might dread that their reading skills aren’t up to par.

But a new report from Reading Partners Seattle shows all these students might need is more one-on-one help.

Afi Tengue, the literacy support group’s executive director, says volunteers with her organization are able to provide support to students in under-resourced schools who might not get the attention they need in large classrooms.

“One teacher can only focus on so many kids at a time, and so when a student needs specific help and there isn’t a teacher’s assistant and there isn’t in-class tutoring, programs like Reading Partners with one-on-one time focus explicitly on what the students need,” she explains.

The Reading Partners report showed 83 percent of the students the group helped last year mastered key skills needed to read at grade level.

Two-thirds of fourth graders in Washington aren’t able to read at grade level, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Tengue says there always is a need for more volunteers to help children read. She says it’s an incredibly important task and has ramifications for students down the road.

For instance, children who aren’t able to read at grade level by fourth grade are much less likely to graduate from high school.

“There’s all kinds of statistics that speak to the costs of individuals who aren’t able to climb the academic and career ladder, so it’s incredibly important and incredibly simple at the same time to show up for an hour a week and really solve the problem,” she points out.

You can donate books to Reading Partners Seattle for students to take home by going to Readingpartners.org/volunteer.

A 23-year-old Port Orchard man was arrested on a charge of DUI yesterday morning after he drove off the road, damaging signs, shrubs and parked cars.

Brennen D. Fernie, 23, of Port Orchard, was arrested on a charge of DUI following the incident, according to a Washington State Patrol report.

The WSP’s report gives the following account of what happened:

Fernie was driving a silver 2002

A woman has died and a man is in critical condition after they were hit by a car while waiting at a bus stop in Bremerton.

Bremerton police officers were dispatched to Auto Center Way just north of Werner Road around noon today after receiving a report of a video crash, according to a press release.

The preliminary investigation indicates a Nissan Sentra driven by a 23-year-old Idaho man was traveling southbound when it lost control and drove onto the sidewalk, striking the bus stop where a man, 63,

SEATTLE – Members of a Washington tribe are joining native communities across the country, protesting a pipeline they say threatens tribal lands and the environment in the Midwest.

Twelve members of the Quinault Nation will paddle the tribe’s elder canoe, known as the “Grandfather Canoe,” down the Missouri River today with other Northwest tribes in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation, which has been protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline for the past few months.

Quinault Nation president Fawn Sharp said such projects raise a flag for native communities across the nation.

“When the United States can take unilateral action directly affecting our ancestral areas – our sacred sites, our environment, our quality of life and our water – with no regard for our position, to even give us a voice on those issues,” she said, “it raises concern for all of us.”

The Dakota Access Pipeline would transport more than 570,000 barrels of oil per day from North Dakota to Illinois. The Standing Rock Sioux Nation has sued the Army Corps of Engineers, claiming it violated the National Historic Preservation Act by issuing permits for the pipeline. A decision on the case is expected this week.

Sharp said her tribe faces a threat similar to the Dakota pipeline. The Hoquiam City Council in western Washington is deciding whether to grant a permit for an oil terminal at Grays Harbor. Sharp said it’s proposed in an area where members exercise their tribal fishing rights and more oil-train traffic would be running through the community if the terminal is built.

“It’s also a major center for many of our tribal citizens; schools are there,” she said. “Not only our treaty fishery, but the health and safety of the average citizen is at risk.”

In this election year, Sharp said, native communities have an opportunity to voice their concerns over projects such as the Dakota Access Pipeline to the presidential candidates.

“We believe the next president of the United States needs to undertake a fundamental change of the relationship between tribal nations and the United States,” she said.

Featured Image: Quinault Indian Nation President Fawn Sharp says the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline raises concerns for native communities across the United States. (Jared King/Navajo Nation Washington Office)

The Bremerton Police Department arrested a man and woman on Tuesday stemming from an alleged armed robbery.

Police arrested a 27-year-old man and a 24-year-old women Tuesday evening in the 3500 block of Marion Court in Bremerton, according to a press release from the police department.

On Aug. 19, a man was robbed on the street by a man armed with a handgun, the release states. The gunman took the victim’s credit cards and cell phone. Responding officers ascertained the suspect’s possible identity, and tracked him to a vehicle parked at a west Bremerton address, the release states. Police didn’t locate the suspect there, but a surveillance video showed a matching suspect get out of a car and drop items which matched the items taken from the victim, according to the release.

Officered were notified to be on the lookout for the suspect; after several days, they determined that the suspect had assaulted his wife and sister in Bremerton, the release states, and was being driven around by the 24-year-old woman in a Chevrolet Suburban. After the male suspect allegedly assaulted his wife, the female suspect reportedly fled in the truck, striking another car occupied by a woman and her 2-year-old daughter.

On Sept. 6, Bremerton police officers and detectives reportedly discovered that the suspect and his female companion were staying, uninvited, at a resident in the 3500 block of Marion Court. Officers and detectives surrounded the residence and took both suspects into custody, the release states.

The man was jailed on a charge of felony first-degree robbery; his bail was set at $100,000.

The woman was jailed on a charge of hit-and-run property damage.

Both suspects are expected to be charged by the Kitsap County Prosecutor today.

The city of Bremerton’s Arts Commission is seeking artists to contribute to a gallery on the state’s newest ferry.

 

The commission is seeking both emerging and professional artists working in “all mediums, styles and schools of thought.” The commission is working with Washington State Ferries to create a gallery to be placed on WSF’s new ferry, Chimacum, featuring 16 pieces of contemporary art that “reflects the creativity of local artists.” The images should “provide a positive impression and lasting memory for citizens and visitors.”

Artists are invited to submit digital images of their artwork for display on the Chimacum, which is due to set sail for the first time in spring 2017. The commission will select 16 works.

Entries are due by Nov. 1, 2016. Notices of acceptance will be sent out on Dec. 15, 2016.

Artists will receive a $200 stipend if their artwork is selected.

To be selected, artists must live in Kitsap, Mason, Pierce or Jefferson counties. Proof of residency will be requested if one’s artwork is selected.

If You Want to Submit Work:

Artwork must be sent as native, uncompressed files (gif, jpg, jpeg, pdf), at a minimum of 300 dpi. Pixels must be a minimum of 1600 x 2400 and a maximum of 4800 x 7200.

The name of the file must mirror the following example: LastnameFirstnameTitle.pdf.

Each artists may submit two images.

To submit your work, go to https://liquidfiles.bremertonwa.gov/filedrop/CalltoArtists.

In the subject box, include the artists’ name and the title of the work, e.g., “John Smith, ‘Ferry Art 1’ and ‘Ferry Art 2′”.

In the message box, include the artist’s contact information (address and phone number), e.g., “1234 Main St., Bremerton, WA 98337 P: (360) 123-4567.”

Artists must retain the copyright of the submitted images.

People with questions can email parks@ci.bremerton.wa.us.

Artists are asked to only submit a digital file of their work; the city is responsible for printing, matting and framing the work. Images will be printed to a 16″ x 22″ size, with a 3″ off-white matting. The work will be in a black frame measuring 22″ x 28″.

Artists retain all copyrights to their own images.

People living near Naval Base Kitsap in the Bremerton area will hear loud noises and alarms related to training on the USS Nimitz in the near future.

Flight deck training will be performed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) as early as 5 a.m. on the following dates:

  • August 30
  • September 1
  • September 7
  • September 9

The drills are a standard operation conducted by all aircraft carriers to prepare sailors who work on the flight deck for upcoming Navy certifications.

SEATTLE – Today is Women’s Equality Day, a holiday designated by Congress in 1971 to honor the passage of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote.

Nearly a century later, president of the League of Women Voters of Washington Ann Murphy said there is still progress to be made for women. She said one priority is equal pay for equal work, and she believes the best way to achieve that, and address other issues of equality, is through voting.

“The women who fought for the right to vote understood that voting is the key way to make an impact on the critical issues facing all of our communities,” she said. “And we have an Election Day fast approaching that everyone needs to be ready to participate in, to make their voice heard.”

Women in Washington gained the right to vote in 1910, a decade before the passage of the 19th Amendment.

Murphy said voters in the Evergreen State don’t face some of the same restrictions as in other states do, such as voter ID laws. Washington has conducted elections entirely by mail since 2011. However, Murphy said the vote-by-mail system isn’t without its flaws.

“The challenge there is to keep up the interest to vote when it is an easy process, but it may not be as much in the forefront when you’re not going to a polling place on an Election Day,” she added.

Washington ranks 18th in the nation, both in terms of voter registration and turnout, according to the Election Performance Index, despite being one of only three states to conduct elections solely by mail.

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