Hofmeister responds to attack audit on public education

Posted by erin.corbin on Thu, 09/16/2021 – 2:28pm



OKLAHOMA CITY (Sept. 16, 2021) – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister today made the following remarks after Gov. Kevin Stitt announced his audit request of the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

“The Governor’s call for an audit is yet another attack on Oklahoma’s public education system. 
As the Governor should already know, the State Department of Education has undergone more than 20 financial, compliance and programmatic review audits by the state auditor’s office in the last 6-1/2 years. Additionally, the Governor’s hand-picked Secretary of Education approves every agency expenditure over $25,000 on a weekly basis. Every single spending request has been personally approved by Secretary Ryan Walters. 
At a time during which there are serious audits we have requested which potentially involve criminal activity, and while 541 school districts are struggling to find normalcy during a pandemic, the Governor’s attack on public education couldn’t be worse timing for students, families, teachers and taxpayers.”



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Additional September notices for Farragut Public Shooting Range

Portions of Farragut Public Shooting Range will be closed to general public use on the following dates and times:

  • Sept. 19, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., 50 yd. Handgun Range
  • Sept. 25, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., 50 yd. Handgun Range
  • Sept. 26, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 100 yd. Long gun Range

Reserved Use: The range is available for reserved use to groups of 10 or more limited to 7 hours of shooting activity between the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Clubs, shooting teams, sanctioned and informal competition events, gun safety and marksmanship training events, family reunions, scouting groups, church groups and all others are welcome and encouraged to consider hosting a special event at the Farragut Shooting Range. Contact the range office if your group is interested in reserving space: (208) 683-1499. Additional fees apply.

Check out the video below for more information about Farragut Public Shooting Range.  You can also click here to visit our website to learn about range hours, closures, features and more.



Please contact the Panhandle Regional office at (208) 769-1414 with any question, and follow the Panhandle Region Facebook page for regular news and updates.

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Fire restrictions lifted in most of Southwest Idaho

With cooler temperatures and chances of precipitation increasing over the next few weeks, local land management agencies lifted Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in all zones of the Payette Fire Restrictions Area on Sept. 15, and restrictions will be lifted in all zones of the Boise Fire Restriction Area effective 12:01 a.m. on Sept. 17.

The restrictions were put into effect in mid-July when fire danger and burning conditions were unusually high. Recent storms have brought moisture with much cooler temperatures to the area, and with the days getting shorter, fire conditions have moderated.  

Lifting the restrictions means the public is free to build a campfire, use a charcoal barbecue, or smoke outside of designated campgrounds and recreation sites. However, fire managers would like to remind the public that the accidental start of a wildfire can still be devastating. Be alert and be aware. Follow these tips to help prevent wildfire:

  • NEVER leave a campfire unattended. 
  • Keep water, dirt and a shovel near your fire at all times. 
  • Make sure your fire is dead out and cold to the touch before you leave it. 
  • Never use fireworks, exploding targets or tracer rounds on or near public land.  

The BLM Fire Prevention Order remains in effect for all BLM-managed lands within Idaho. This order prohibits discharging, using or possessing fireworks, discharging a firearm using incendiary, steel core or tracer ammunition, or burning, igniting or causing to burn explosive material, including exploding targets.  

Fire restrictions are being lifted but burn bans may still be in place in some areas. Fire Restrictions and burn bans address different types of activities. Burn bans pertain to controlled burning activities such as debris burning, slash burning, or agricultural burning, for which a fire safety burn permit from IDL is required. Visit http://burnpermits.idaho.gov/ for more information.

For more information on wildfire prevention, up-to-date fire information and resources on becoming Firewise, visit: www.idahofireinfo.com.

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Fish and Game hosting virtual public meeting on Sept. 22 to discuss Priest Lake cold-water bypass

Staff from the Idaho Fish and Game Panhandle Region, along with a private contractor, will share information from a new study that was done to assess the feasibility of a cold-water bypass in Priest Lake aimed at improving trout habitat and fishing in Priest River.  The meeting will be held online on Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. PDT.  Registration is required for the event. Click here to register.

For parts of most summers, Priest River is too warm for native fish species like westslope cutthroat trout and bull trout to thrive. The stream is classified as water quality impaired due to temperature. Historical stocking of rainbow trout proved unsuccessful in improving the fishery, attributed to summer water temperatures that climbed above 70°F.

Fish and Game is examining the potential for a cold-water bypass project to enhance trout habitat and fishing opportunity in Priest River by providing cold water from Priest Lake to the river.  For more on the concept, click here.

Anglers and other members of the community who are interested in learning more about this potential project are encouraged to attend the live event on Sept. 22. 

Fish and Game staff will provide background information about the project being considered, followed by a presentation from a private contractor who will share results from a recently completed limnology and water quality study in Priest Lake and the Priest River. 

The study was done to further examine the feasibility of implementing a cold-water bypass to benefit the Priest River fishery. 

The presentations will be followed by a question-and-answer session where Fish and Game staff and the private contractor will spend time answering questions received from the public during the meeting.

For those who are unable to attend the live event, the meeting will be recorded and posted on the Fish and Game website for later viewing.

For more information and a link to register for the live event, please click here or contact the Panhandle Regional office at (208) 769-1414.

Follow us on the Panhandle Region Facebook page for regular updates and news.

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DHHL News Release: Financial assistance available for lessees on Hawaiian Home Lands

Posted on Sep 16, 2021 in Latest News, Newsroom

(Kapolei, Hawaiʻi) – The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) launched a new Homeowner Assistance Program for lessees who reside on Hawaiian Home Lands. The program will assist homesteaders struggling to pay their mortgage, utilities, property taxes, insurance, or association fees as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The assistance program will deploy $5 Million in federal funds from the Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant in accordance with the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA).

“We recognized early on in the pandemic the need to provide mortgage relief on Hawaiian Home Lands,” said Deputy to the Chair Tyler Iokepa Gomes. “In April 2020, the Department started a mortgage deferral program for beneficiaries with direct loans from DHHL. We thank our congressional delegation for allocating these funds to provide mortgage relief as well as assist those who may have struggled with other housing expenses.”

The Homeowner Assistance Program will be administered by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA). DHHL also recently partnered with CNHA to expand its Emergency Rental Relief Program.

“The pandemic continues to devastate our native Hawaiian community, threatening not only our people’s health but also their financial security,” said CNHA President and CEO Kūhiō Lewis. “These federal funds are critical to keeping our native Hawaiian ʻohana in their homes and help to maintain the stability of our homestead communities during this crisis.”

Eligible applicants may not earn more than 80 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI) and will be asked to provide financial documents as part of the application process.

More information and application forms can be found by visiting hawaiiancouncil.org/kokua.


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DOT News Release: Likelike Highway closed nightly for lighting repairs in the Wilson tunnel beginning Sept. 21

Posted on Sep 16, 2021 in Latest News, Newsroom

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT), Highways Division, notifies Oahu motorists of full closures of the Likelike Highway in the Kaneohe-bound direction and Honolulu-bound direction, for lighting repairs in the Wilson Tunnel. Closures are scheduled in the weeks of Sept. 20, 2021, and Sept. 27, 2021, during overnight hours. Roadwork details are as follows.

Kaneohe-bound direction

Full closure of Likelike Highway in the Kaneohe-bound direction between Nalanieha Street and Kahekili Highway. The H-3 Freeway onramp and the Kahekili Highway onramp to Likelike Highway in the Kaneohe-bound direction will also be closed.

  • Closure will occur on Tuesday night, Sept. 21, through Friday morning, Sept. 24, nightly, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Closure will occur on Tuesday night, Sept. 28, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Honolulu-bound direction

Full closure of Likelike Highway in the Honolulu-bound direction between Kahekili Highway and the Wilson Tunnel. The westbound H-3 Freeway/Pearl Harbor offramp will also be closed.

  • Closure will occur on Wednesday night, Sept. 29, from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.

During working hours, motorists will be detoured to the Pali Highway and H-3 Freeway as alternate routes. Motorists are reminded to follow all signage posted through the work zone area. Police officers will be on site to assist with traffic control and safety procedures. TheBus and First responders have been notified of the closures and will not be allowed through. Roadwork is weather permitting.


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DOH News Release: Free COVID testing available at four new O’ahu sites

Posted on Sep 16, 2021 in Latest News, Newsroom

HONOLULU – The Hawaiʻi Department of Health (DOH) has added four new COVID-19 testing locations on Oʻahu. Testing is available at:

  • ElixRX Pharmacy Kailua on Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Kaiser Permanente Nanaikeola Clinic Parking on Sundays and Mondays from 9 a.m.– 4 p.m.
  • Mililani Recreational Center 6 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Pearl City Shopping Center on Tuesday-Saturday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Testing is offered by DOH, the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii Consortium and independent pharmacies. The four Oʻahu sites join seven neighbor island sites participating in the program.

Pre-registration at PreventCOVIDHI.com is recommended. Testing sites offer PCR mid-turbinate testing. Results are expected to be provided the same day via email.


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William H. Sadlier, Inc. Announces Decision on Revised SEC Rule 15c2-11

William H. Sadlier, Inc. (OTCPNK:SADL)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, September 16, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — William H. Sadlier, Inc. (“Sadlier” or the “Company”) (OTCPNK:SADL), a leading publisher of educational materials, today announced that in accordance with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) revised Rule 15c2-11, after September 28, 2021, the Company’s common stock will no longer be quoted or traded on any market of the OTC Markets Group, Inc. (“OTC”), including the OTC Pink® Open Market.

Late last year, the SEC adopted revised Rule 15c2-11 requiring all OTCQB, OTCQX and Pink Open Market companies to provide publicly available current corporate and financial information in order to continue being quoted on any OTC market. Published stock quotes will be automatically discontinued for any company not providing such information to the OTC on or before September 28, 2021.

Since 1997, when Sadlier chose to cease being a reporting company with the SEC, its stock has been quoted on the OTC Pink Open Market without the need to provide current corporate and financial information about the Company to the OTC, and the Company is deemed to be a Pink No Information company by the OTC. After careful consideration of the revised SEC Rule 15c2-11, the Company has decided to maintain its position and not provide such corporate and financial information to the OTC going forward. As a result, the Company’s stock will no longer be quoted or traded on any OTC market after September 28, 2021, which may make it more difficult to buy or sell shares of the Company’s stock after that date.

As a possible alternative, the OTC has indicated that Pink No Information securities will shift to the OTC’s Expert Market on September 28, 2021. After that, securities of Pink No Information companies, including the Company’s stock, will only be available for unsolicited quotes from brokers representing limit orders of investors not affiliated with the issuer.

OTC Markets has indicated that investors should contact their broker for information concerning restrictions or qualifications for accessing Expert Market securities.

The Company remains actively engaged in the business of providing print and digital educational materials to educational communities.

About Sadlier

William H. Sadlier, Inc. is a recognized and respected publisher of print and digital educational materials for Pre K–12. Since 1832, Sadlier’s pursuit of excellence has been driven by a commitment to meet the needs of the educational community. Sadlier programs offer strong instructional support to help students reach their full potential — in school and throughout life.

Pink® Open Market is a registered trademark of the OTC Markets Group, Inc.

Samuel A. Judd
William H. Sadlier, Inc.
+1 212-312-6110

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September 2021 Monthly Bulletin

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Commercial Bank Activity

New Bank

Genesis Bank
4675 MacArthur Court, Suite 1600, Newport Beach
949-273-1227 (fax)
Officers: Stephen Gordon, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
Jenny Simmons, President / Chief Operating Officer
Brian Fitzmaurice, Executive Vice President / Chief Credit Officer
Andy Gallardo, Executive Vice President / Chief Legal and Risk Officer
Will Han, Executive Vice President / Chief Financial Officer
Capitalization: $57,000,000.00
Website: /www.mygenesisbank.com
Opened: August 2, 2021


American River Bank, Sacramento, to merge with and into Bank of Marin, Novato
Effected: 8/07/21

Valley Republic Bank, Bakersfield, to merge with and into Tri Counties Bank, Chico
Filed: 8/04/21

Purchase of Partial Business Unit

Cathay Bank, to acquire the banking business of ten branch offices of HSBC Bank USA, National Association and additional loans and deposits associated with HSBC’s West Coast mass retail market consumer banking business and retail business banking business
Approved: 8/20/21

Royal Business Bank, to acquire the banking business of the Honolulu branch of Bank of the Orient
Filed: 8/02/21

Sale of Partial Business Unit

Bank of the Orient, to sell the banking business of its Hawaii branch to Royal Business Bank
Filed: 8/05/21

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Game and Fish lifts fire ban on commission-owned lands in Park County

Cody – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has lifted the fire ban on Game and Fish Commission-owned and managed lands within Park County.  At this time, fire bans continue in the other counties within the Big Horn Basin.

Game and Fish implemented the fire ban in August to coincide with a county-wide fire ban in an effort to protect resources and property.

Conditions are still very dry and sports persons are urged to use extreme caution when using campfires and grills. To view statewide fire ban information, visit wgfd.wyo.gov.    

– WGFD –


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