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Seen 'n Heard - Dec, 1999 Issue (page 1).

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(September 24, 1999) Geoffrey Scott, Admissions for Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, headquartered in Rockland, Maine, 207-594-5548, geoff.scott@hurricaneisland.org, announced as of January 1, 2000 they will no longer be offering Outward Bound Ascent youth-at-risk programs due to difficulties both in managing finances for these specific programs, and in finding and keeping appropriate staff. He emphasized this decision will not effect programs being run at Voyageur Outward Bound or Pacific Crest Outward Bound, nor will this decision affect Hurricane Island’s regular Outward Bound programs, which will continue their normal operations. 

(October 18, 1999) Denise Westman is the new Regional Director of Business Development for Provo Canyon School. Provo Canyon is located in Provo, Utah, 800-848-9819. Denise is assigned to Arizona, Oregon, Washington and Idaho, and can be reached at 619-588-7499. Denise comes to Provo Canyon with 17 years experience in the Health Care Industry, spending the last 15 at Vista Hill Foundation, based in San Diego, California. 

(Oct. 28, 1999) A federal jury ordered Richard Armstrong to pay $164,595 to Twila Stevenson in a civil action brought by Stevenson. They both had worked together in “emotional growth” schools and programs as staff, and independently transported self-destructive young people to highly structured schools and programs. This civil legal action was one of several legal actions that started in 1996 when Stevenson and Armstrong terminated a two-year consensual relationship. The specific jury instructions in this action revolved around intentional emotional distress, battery and assault. The jury found for Armstrong that he had not caused emotional distress, and found for Stevenson on the battery and assault accusations, the award being primarily for punitive damages, which was about half of Stevenson’s prior settlement offer. In previous legal decisions, Stevenson’s claims for $50,000 in back pay had been denied, and her accusations of sexual harassment had been dismissed. Previously, Armstrong had voluntarily (and perhaps temporarily) withdrew his counter suit alleging child abuse on Stevenson’s part against Armstrong’s children; his attorney had advised him to handle one thing at a time. Armstrong and his attorney are considering appealing to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal’s this most recent decision based on numerous evidentiary and other substantive issues arising out of this recently completed civil action. 

(November 1, 1999) Woodbury Reports Inc. launched a new information service on the net at www.ruralnorthwest.com. Billed as “Local news on the World Wide Web,” the site consists of weekly updates of local news for each of the five North Idaho counties, lists of community organizations, and local businesses by county. 

(November 5, 1999) Schneider Family Ranch (Mount Carmel Youth Ranch), Powell, Wyoming, 307-645-3131, a Christian oriented working ranch for boys, received the Study Web Award for Academic Excellence for their web page designed by Woodbury Reports Inc. and hosted on Woodbury Report’s Internet domain. The ranch also announced they have two openings on January 3, 2000, and how have an ICUER Nurse on Staff. 

(November 8, 1999) In the Seen n’Heard section of Issue #63, November 1999, Tim Smith’s West Coast Academy, 888-591- 9222, was erroneously referred to as Pacific Coast Academy. Tim Smith has no connection with the controversial Pacific Coast Academy. Woodbury Reports Inc. profusely apologies for the error, and will voluntarily line up for the mandatory 20 lashes with a wet noodle. 

(November 8, 1999) Mary Biewen is the new Admissions Director for Spring Ridge Academy, Spring Valley, Arizona, 520-632-4602, SRAemail@Northlink.com, replacing Charlotte Ervin. Mary has been a Community Supervisor for several months at the Academy. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Adventure Education. The school’s new Community Director, Bill Hickey and his wife have established a ropes course in which all the girls will participate, throughout their stay at the school. 

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