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Art School Studio launches classes for kids

Art School Studio, which is owned and operated by Alexis Jenssen, Heather Jackson, Leif Jenssen, and Ian Jackson, is launching Art School Studio for Kids, which offers a unique and exciting week-long art experimentation camps for kids, ages 8-14.

Art School Studio offers a variety of art instruction classes, courses and workshops for ages 8 to 98, including weekly Paint & Prost classes, where artists are guided through the process of creating a masterpiece of their vary own, while enjoying a glass of wine, beer, cider or refreshing soft drink.

We also offer various art instruction courses and workshops like process painting, self-portraiture, painted journal and more.

They can be reached online at: artsschoolstudio.com

Precision Castparts purchases Aerospace Dynamics

Precision Castparts Corp. (NYSE:PCP) has agreed to acquire Aerospace Dynamics International (ADI) from The Marvin Group for $625 million.

ADI is one of the premier suppliers in the aerospace industry, operating a wide range of high-speed machining centers. ADI has developed articular expertise in large complex components, hard metal machining, and critical assemblies. The company has strong positions across high growth commercial platforms, including a significant presence on the Airbus A350. ADI operates from one site in Valencia, California, and employs approximately 625 people.

The cash acquisition, which will be treated as the acquisition of assets for tax purposes, will be immediately accretive to earnings. Subject to regulatory approvals, the transaction is expected to be completed during the first quarter of fiscal 2015, after which its results will be reported as part of the Airframe Products segment.

Kitzhaber picks new economic development officials

Governor Kitzhaber appointed two people to key economic development positions recently.

Sean Robbins was named as the new director of Business Oregon, the state’s economic development department. And Kitzhaber also named Vince Porter as his senior policy advisor on jobs and the economy.

“Oregon’s economy is moving in the right direction. We need to maintain our focus to ensure our economic recovery reaches every corner of the state,” said Kitzhaber. “Sean and Vince both have proven track records and hands-on experience in economic development. Both are ready to get to work, leveraging Oregon’s natural assets and homegrown talent to generate new opportunities for communities large and small.”

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Sean Robbins Robbins currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Greater Portland Inc., a public-private partnership that has helped attract more than 1,000 new jobs to the region. Under Robbins’ leadership, it has also teamed with the Brookings Institution to launch an initiative aimed at doubling the export economy, and broadened collaboration between

private and public sector leaders.

Robbins holds a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Iowa.

If confirmed by the Senate, Robbins will begin his new job on June 1, following Tim McCabe’s retirement after six years leading Business Oregon. McCabe’s career includes working in the Governor’s Office and at PacifiCorp.

Porter is currently Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Film and TV, where he has served since 2008. In that role, he has helped strengthen Oregon’s film and television industries, recruiting record amounts of production spending in the state over a two-year cycle.

Prior to joining the state, Porter was Vice President of production at Showtime Networks from 1996 to 2008. He received his Bachelor of Science from Ball State University, where he majored in telecommunication. He begins his new position on April 7.

James Oliver joins WHPacific as Vice President, Water and Environment

WHPacific recently named James “Jim” Oliver, RG Vice President of Water and Environment and will lead this new department for the firm.

Oliver will focus on furthering the strong reputation that WHPacific has developed within the municipal and public sectors and broaden capabilities in the energy market, particularly those in the oil and gas and by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - JIM OLIVERmining sectors.

“Jim has a diverse perspective and the necessary passion to drive our growing Water and Environment business line,” said Chief Operating Officer, Hal Keever.

Oliver brings a variety of water and environmental experiences in the mining, and oil and gas industries, which allows him to leverage his understanding of the service needs of these industries and connect them with WHPacific1s service offerings and disciplines

Wild Planet Radio is on the air!

Wild Planet Radio is a start-up nonprofit LGBTQ radio station and podcast studio fiscally sponsored by Q Center in Portland.

Wild Planet Radio’s mission is to be a voice for the LGBTQ community by helping people share their stories, ensure that the stories of LGBTQ people are heard, and offer programming that inspires, uplifts and encourages all people.

The Wild Planet Radio project kicked off in 2013 when an opportunity to acquire a low-power FM

radio license presented itself to WPR Co-Directors Bobby Harsell and Thomas Elisondo.

Harsell has been a radio program director, producer, DJ and voiceover artist for over two decades, working in many markets from Houston to Portland.

“Having a love for the radio business, I keep up with what’s happening in the industry and last year got very excited when I saw the FCC announcement that community groups would have the opportunity to apply for FM broadcast licensing,” said Harsell.

Wild Planet Radio has spent the past few months out and about, spreading the word about Portland1s new LGBTQ Radio Station, and the WPR crew will be making several more stops over the coming weeks and months. All of these events can be found on the Wild Planet Radio website at: http://www.wildplanetradio.com/events

Adventist Medical Center receives national recognition

Adventist Medical Center has been recognized by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 Best hospitals for treating Critical Care and Spine Surgery patients. Healthgrades, a leading online resource that helps consumers search, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals, evaluated nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide and identified the 100 best hospitals.

“We are constantly challenging ourselves to deliver the highest quality care in a safe, timely, effective and efficient patient-centered environment,” says Tom Russell, President and CEO of Adventist Medical Center.

The hospital’s achievement is part of findings released in American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, which demonstrates how clinical performance differs dramatically between hospitals and the impact on health outcomes. For example, from 2010-2012, if all hospitals, performed similarly to hospitals receiving five-stars as a group, on average 234,252 lives could potentially have been saved and 157,418 complications could potentially have been avoided. A five-star rating indicates that Adventist Medical Center’s clinical outcomes are better than expected when treating the condition or conducting the procedure being evaluated.

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare-patient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide, assessing hospital performance relative to each of 31 common conditions and procedures.