Fire District 6 will ask to repeat sixyear tax

first_imgOfficials with Fire District 6, which protects Hazel Dell, Salmon Creek, Felida and nearby areas, plan to make sure its residents understand the need for paramedics with advanced life support training.The district’s emergency medical service levy renewal issue will appear on the August primary ballot.Five open house meetings on the topic are scheduled in the next few months, all at 7:30 p.m.:• May 20, July 1, Aug. 12: Hazel Dell station, 8800 N.E. Hazel Dell Ave.• June 10, July 29: Felida station, 11600 N.W. Lakeshore Ave.In addition, Chief Jerry Green and his officers are available to give 25-minute PowerPoint presentations and to answer questions.To schedule a presentation, call district spokeswoman Dawn Johnson at 360-213-2191 or e-mail her at with Clark County Fire District 6 will ask voters in the Aug. 17 election to renew the district’s levy for emergency medical services, which expires at the end of this year.Without a renewal, the district might have to lay off 13 to 23 firefighter-paramedics and administrative employees, which would reduce the level of emergency medical care it can provide and increase response times, officials said in a bulletin.If approved, Proposition 1 will extend the EMS levy for another six years, at the same rate that’s currently charged, 45 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value.last_img read more

Historic Vancouver waterfront project begins

first_imgYears of debating and planning came to an end Wednesday when golden shovels dug into the soil of the biggest development project in Vancouver’s history.? Previously: Federal, state and city representatives agreed to $44.6 million in infrastructure access to connect downtown Vancouver to the former Boise Cascade industrial site, where developers plan to invest more than $1 billion in building across 32 acres on the Columbia River.? What’s new: Elected officials broke ground on the access project Wednesday; Columbia Waterfront LLC has begun leasing and sales.? What’s next: Work on the infrastructure will be substantially complete by the end of 2011. Developers say they hope to build out the site over the next 10 to 20 years.Elected officials including Sen. Patty Murray, Congressman Brian Baird and Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt broke ground on the $44.6 million waterfront access project. The infrastructure work will be the first step in allowing more than $1 billion worth of restaurants, retail, office and living space to be built on the 32-acre former Boise Cascade industrial site.A section of town that was once owned by Esther Short and has housed a lumber yard and a paper mill will now become 22 city blocks dedicated to commerce, said Barry Cain, president of Gramor Development. Gramor has joined with several local investors to form Columbia Waterfront LLC, the company that will develop the site.last_img read more

Bicyclist 15 now listed in satisfactory condition

first_imgA 15-year-old boy injured Thursday after colliding with an SUV while riding his bicycle in Hazel Dell is now listed in satisfactory condition at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.The boy, Kienen Wayrynen, was initially listed in critical condition late Thursday.Wayrynen was riding against traffic on a sidewalk on the north side of Northwest 99th Street when he collided with an SUV that was leaving a parking lot just before 4 p.m. The SUV’s driver braked and may have been stopped before her SUV was hit. Wayrynen tried to avoid the SUV and crashed into the front passenger side of the vehicle near the headlights and bumper, said Randon Walker with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.Wayrynen is the son of The Columbian’s photo editor, Troy Wayrynen.last_img

Forest Service studies new trails campgrounds for Mount St Helens

first_imgThe Forest Service is studying the possibility of adding one or two campgrounds and two trails at Mount St. Helens including a new climbing route on the north side of the volcano.“We think this is a pretty exciting opportunity,” said Lisa Romano, community engagement specialist for the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.Plans call for starting the environmental review this summer on a trail that departs from Loowit trail No. 216 and climbs to the Sugar Bowl, a rim at about 6,800-feet elevation on the northeast side of Mount St. Helens.Although the trail would not go to the summit, “you’d be able to look right into the crater,” said Gary Walker, lead climbing and trails ranger, for the monument.The shortest access to the Loowit-Sugar Bowl trail would be from the parking lot at Windy Ridge on the east of side of the mountain.Romano said Sugar Bowl would be about a 10-mile round trip from Windy Ridge.“Construction would be pretty easy,” she said. “There’s not much vegetation to remove. You’d have to put in posts marking the route and scrape the trail into the ground.”last_img read more

JBLM soldier accused in child pornography case

first_imgJOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD — A soldier just back from Afghanistan was arrested Monday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and jailed in Tacoma, accused of sexual exploitation of a minor and possessing child pornography.Detectives with the Washington State Patrol say 24-year-old David Michael Ford used Facebook to meet teenage girls and then used money, gifts and fear tactics to force them to send him pornographic photos and videos of themselves.KOMO reports Ford threatened to post images of the girls online unless they sent him more images.last_img

Coffee fundraiser to aid Calif assault victim

first_imgVancouver — Vancouver Dutch Bros. stands will be donating 50 percent of their proceeds on Tuesday to the family of Tyler Burton, a 21-year-old Vancouver native who was listed in serious condition Monday at Chico Enloe Medical Center after a man punched him in the face last month in Chico, Calif.Two baristas who are friends of Burton’s asked local owners of the coffee chain to join the cause.“Tyler has always been one of the sweetest, most welcoming, open and uplifting guys that not only I, but many others, have ever met. For something like this to happen to someone so great is tragic,” said barista Sabrina Mendez.“I see how this has affected a couple of our employees who are close to Tyler, and I wanted to help,” says Kenny Stromer, owner of the two locations west of Interstate 205.All three Vancouver locations will participate Tuesday:• 5700 N.E. 4th Plain Blvd., open 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.• 2610 N.E. 138th Ave., open 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.• 10417 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd., open 24 hoursFriends of Burton’s are also selling t-shirts at the Mill Plain coffee stand to help pay his medical bills.“We just want to do what we can to make things a little easier on his family in this hard time,” said Jessica Chudek, owner of the stand on Northeast 138th Avenue.last_img read more

Pro Vitae in downtown Vancouver helps people shake up fitness regimens

first_imgo Pro Vitae Vibration Studio, 522 W. Eighth St. in Vancouver, visit or call 360-524-0980.o Victor Fitness Systems, 5601 E. 18th St. Suite 308 in Vancouver, visit or call 360-750-0815.Some Clark County residents say they’ve found a new way to lose extra pounds, tone muscles and relieve pain: jiggling.Or, to be more precise, vibrating.Since the Pro Vitae Vibration Studio opened in downtown Vancouver in July, hundreds of people have tried the business’ whole-body vibration machines. And many are touting a range of results after vibrating for as little as 10 minutes a day.“It helps with everything for me,” Vancouver resident Kari Muhlhauser said. “I feel better immediately.”The 45-year-old has multiple sclerosis and finds that 20 to 30 minutes of whole-body vibration daily helps with her fatigue, allows her to sleep better and has toned her arms and legs.Most often, whole-body vibration involves standing on a vibrating platform with handles attached to it. People using the machines can perform squats, lunges and other exercises while standing. Some users do push-ups or hold their body in the plank position with their arms on the vibrating plate and their feet on the floor. Others do abdominal exercises while seated on the plate.last_img read more

CRC foes supporters step up lobbying efforts

first_imgAs legislators face a decision on whether to commit $450 million this year toward the Columbia River Crossing project, lobbying and advertising efforts have increased ahead of a special legislative session that begins today.Critics of the embattled CRC project have hired lobbyists from two firms to convince state lawmakers that they can hold off on paying Washington’s share of the project and redesign the bridge to exclude light rail. They are asking lawmakers to support express buses on the bridge instead of light rail, state Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, said.Those lobbyists are Stephen Buckner of Millennia Public Affairs and Denny Eliason and Kim Clauson of Alliances Northwest. Buckner and Eliason are well-known in Olympia and often lobby on behalf of big businesses. The group that hired the lobbyists to address the CRC goes by the name of The I-5 Project Inc. It describes itself as a “coalition supporting transportation solutions for the I-5 corridor in the Greater Vancouver area,” according to documents obtained from the state’s Public Disclosure Commission.Cleveland was one of the legislators lobbied by the I-5 Project group during the two weeks between the 2013 regular legislative session and the special session beginning today. The 30-day special session is necessary because lawmakers have yet to come to an agreement on the state’s operating budget.last_img read more

Weather Eye Cool clouds will briefly depart for weekend before more rain

first_imgWe’ve been enjoying our usual spate of June clouds and sun with a few scattered showers thrown in for good measure. Some folks have received more weather than perhaps they would like. Heavy downpours and thundershowers were hit and miss Tuesday and Wednesday but if you were caught under one of those dark clouds it was a gully washer.A few funnel clouds were observed over the Portland-Vancouver area mid-afternoon Wednesday. These are cold core funnels and usually do not reach the ground but when they do, it is a tornado.Instead of the upper 70s and low 80s of a few days ago, afternoon temperatures were quite cool in the low to mid-60s. At 1 p.m. Wednesday, Spokane was only 52 degrees while Fairbanks Alaska was 85 degrees!A heat wave is setting all-time records in Alaska. Valdez was 89 degrees Wednesday afternoon breaking the all-time high temperature record of 87 degrees set June 25 and 26, 1953.Despite the rain this month and the heavy hit and miss showers, as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, Vancouver was running about a quarter inch of rain below average.last_img read more

Congress returns Syria budget and debt top agenda

first_imgWASHINGTON — Congress returns to work facing a momentous vote on whether the United States should attack Syria, a question that overshadows a crowded and contentious agenda of budget fights, health care, farm policy and possible limits on the government’s surveillance of millions of Americans.Back Monday after a five-week break, many lawmakers stand as a major obstacle to President Barack Obama’s promised strikes against Syria amid fears of U.S. involvement in an extended Mideast war and public fatigue after more than a decade of conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.Obama insists the world must act. He blames Syrian President Bashar Assad for gassing his own people, killing 1,429 civilians, including 426 children. The Syrian government has denied responsibility for the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack outside Damascus, and blames rebels.On Wednesday, the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the first showdown Senate vote is likely over a resolution authorizing the “limited and specified use” of U.S. armed forces against Syria for no more than 90 days and barring American ground troops from combat. A final vote in the 100-member chamber is expected at week’s end.“I think we’re going to get 60 votes. It’s a work in progress,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Friday.Support for the president is stronger in the Senate than in the Republican-controlled House. There, Obama faces a difficult path to victory despite the backing of Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California for military strikes.last_img read more

Longview man who tried to kill his dog sentenced

first_imgLONGVIEW — A 40-year-old Longview man who decided to euthanize his dog after it ate a box of doughnuts was sentenced Tuesday to 14 days in jail.Chad Scott Miller told the Cowlitz County Superior Court judge he felt he had run out of options with his pit bull named Nero after it bit him in October 2012 when he hit it for eating the doughnuts.Miller said he was afraid the pit bull would bite his grandmother or children in the neighborhood. So he beat the dog with a sledge hammer.The Daily News reports that Nero escaped with a fractured skull and recovered in the care of the Humane Society.Miller was convicted last month of animal cruelty.last_img

Macaus November GGR on track for growth but Grand Prix sees visitation

first_img Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts RelatedPosts Load More New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm Macau saw a substantial fall in visitation last week due to the annual running of the Macau Grand Prix but remains on track to record year-on-year growth of between 2% and 4% in November, according to brokerage Bernstein.In a Monday note, analysts Vitaly Umansky, Eunice Lee and Kelsey Zhu estimated an average daily rate of MOP$771 million in gross gaming revenue last week, 2% higher than in November 2017 and taking the monthly total to around MOP$14.6 billion – up 6% on the same period last year. However, that figure represents an 8% decline on October numbers, which were boosted by Golden Week.“Visitation slowed down compared to the first 11 days of the month, likely (or at least partly) because some players delayed their trip to avoid the Macau Grand Prix,” the Bernstein note said.“Average VIP daily volume is estimated to be down mid-single digits % month-on-month, whereas VIP hold rate stayed around 3.1%, slightly higher than normal range. Mass GGR is also estimated to be down high-single digits % month-on-month.”Bernstein has maintained its estimate for November GGR of between MOP$23.5 billion and MOP$24 billion, representing an increase of between 2% and 4%.last_img read more

Broward Humane Society hosts Black Friday pet adoption event

first_imgTODAY IS THE DAY! Avoid the mall crowds on “Black Friday.”The adoption fee will be ½ price for all pets one year of age and older. Plus, we will be offering “Door Busters” all day long which means the adoption fee will be waived for select pets.— H.S. of Broward Co. (@HumaneBroward) November 24, 2017“So there’s a lot of people who don’t want to go to the malls and aren’t really shopping for anything online, and we have some great cuddly felines and some cute canines that are really going to be forever grateful if you give them a home,” said Humane Society of Broward spokesperson Cherie Wachter.The event ended at 6:30 p.m. For more information about the Humane Society of Broward County, click here. FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida animal shelter is hoping to find some pets their forever homes, just in time for the holidays.The Humane Society of Broward County hosted a Black Friday pet adoption event at its Dania Beach shelter near 20th Street and Griffin Road.The organization cut adoption fees in half for all pets 1 year or older and waived adoption fees for some pets as part of the “doorbuster” deals. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Search underway for burglar in Davie Weston cellphone store breakins

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a serial burglar who targeted a Sprint store in Davie and a T-Mobile store in Weston.Surveillance video showed the thief as he broke into two difference cellphone stores on the same night, and police said he was in and out in minutes.Davie Police released video footage taken on Oct. 1 that showed the subject throwing what appears to be a rock through the glass doors of the Sprint store at around 5:36 a.m.About an hour later, surveillance cameras at the T-Mobile in Weston showed the subject kicking in the glass door before entering at 6:22 a.m.The alarm went off at the T-Mobile near Saddle Club Road and Indian Trace, but the burglar kept ripping off cellphone after cellphone.“I was in disbelief, completely,” said Mario Andrade, the assistant manager at the T-Mobile store.At one point, he pulled off the entire display of cellphones, which fell to the floor. “Everything is on the floor, like there’s glass all over everywhere outside. Inside, this entire wall was on the floor,” said Andrade. “Phones were broken, one of the tablets was broken.”Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies said he took off with about $4,000 worth of merchandise from the Weston store.One hour earlier, cameras captured the subject sitting outside the Sprint store before ripping it off.He also threw a rock at the door before entering, rummaging through drawers and the back room.All the phones he was after were locked up in a safe, and that’s when he began to grab stacks of boxes, including a wireless speaker system on the display floor. Before he could get away, he dropped them outside and went back for more.Before he fled, surveillance cameras were able to capture clear video of the subject’s face.“He looks straight up at the cameras to see where they were, and with that and the fingerprints, I think, it’s perfectly obviously that he’s going to get caught,” said Andrade. If you know who this thief is, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Soldotna City Council Accepting Applications For Vacant Seat

first_imgApplicants will be interviewed during the Regular Council Meeting on Wednesday, April 25, at 6:00 p.m. Seat F became vacant when former City Council member Keith Baxter resigned in March. The Council will select the person to fill the vacant Council seat by secret ballot. The chosen applicant will be sworn in and seated for the remainder of the Council Meeting. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna City Council is accepting applications for the vacant Soldotna Council Seat F, until April 17. Applicants have to complete an application signed under oath, the employment eligibility verification form (I-9) and submit a completed Alaska Public Office Commission (APOC) Public Officials Financial Disclosure Statement (POFD) to the City Clerk The chosen applicant will serve until the next regular election, which is October 2. At that time a successor shall be elected to serve the balance of the term, which will expire in 2020.last_img read more

Temporary Repairs On Kenai Spur Highway Not Holding Up

first_imgAccording to McCarthy the permanent fixes will not be completed until later this spring. McCarthy: “Even when it’s cold if drivers could just go slowly in the area it will keep the temporary fix intact longer.”   Shannon McCarthy with the Department of Transportation said temporary repairs were completed back in December. Unfortunately, those temporary repairs are not holding up due to the recent change in weather conditions. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly approved an ordinance to appropriate funds in the amount of $450,000 to enable the borough to continue repairs and assessments associated with the disaster. McCarthy: “When we got all of that snow and then it warmed up it all cobbled out and got rough. We are asking people that even if it seems smooth to just slow down in that area.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Spur Highway right before South Miller Loop, milepost 18-19, and 35, was significantly damaged due to the earthquake that struck Southcentral Alaska on November 30. Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce issued a local emergency declaration for the entire Kenai Peninsula Borough on December 4, 2018, subsequently extended to June 7, 2019 by the assembly.last_img read more

Residents Are Noticing An Extra Charge On Their Amazon Receipts

first_imgAccording to Navarre, it is estimated that the borough will gain an additional $1 ,500,000 in sales tax revenue annually through the collection of remote sellers’ sales tax. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Amazon announced they will be charging a 7 percent city sales taxes on certain products in Alaska following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year that struck down a previous online tax standard. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly approved an ordinance to appropriate a $10,000 contribution. Representatives with Amazon did not respond to a request for comment. Amazon members received a message stating that Amazon will be “collecting local tax on all orders delivered to destinations within Alaska.”center_img Tim Navarre, President of AML: “I hope at some point the public understands that it’s better to buy local, and pay your sales tax locals. But there are times that the need is to go outside of our borough.”  Currently there is a plan is in the works to expand sales tax collection for all online retailers across the state. The Alaska Municipal League (AML) has requested contributions from Alaska boroughs and cities to support the effort to establish a system for municipalities to impose a sales tax on online purchases. The AML is establishing an initial working group intended to plan and hire a contractor to complete necessary steps to implement a statewide, independent, online sales tax administration system for sales by remote sellers.last_img read more

Planet Out Cuts 33 Percent of Workforce

first_imgFollowing its announcement that it would merge with Here Network and Regent Entertainment, financially struggling Planet Out Inc., the former publisher of Out and Advocate magazines, reduced its overall workforce by 33 percent, according to a document the company filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.It was not immediately clear exactly how many employees were affected by the layoffs. A spokesperson declined to comment.However, according to a 10-K document filed last year with the SEC, Planet Out employed 237 full-time and eight part-time staffers as of December 31, 2007. If those numbers were still accurate, as many as 80 were laid off. “These companies [Here and Planet Out] do a lot of the same things and we will rationalize that quickly,” Here founder and CEO Paul Colichman said during a conference call Monday. As part of the agreement, Here Networks and Regent will contribute at least a combined $4.7 million into the newly-formed Here Media Inc. and Planet Out will become a subsidiary. The merger is expected to close before the second quarter.In April, Planet Out sold Out and Advocate to Here for a reported $6 million. The company’s Web portals— and—were not part of the initial deal.Through the first nine months of 2008, Planet Out reported a net loss of $43.1 million, compared to a loss of $14.1 million during the same period in 2007.last_img read more

People on the Move 070909

first_imgBonnier Corp. group publishers Gregg Hano and Eric Zinczenko both added the title of vice president to their roles. Hano will oversee Popular Science, Science Illustrated, Sound + Vision, Popular Photography and American Photography. Zinczenko will manage Field & Stream, Outdoor Life and Shot Business.Newsmax Media appointed Shellie Terry Benson deputy managing editor of Newsmax magazine. Most recently, Benson served as executive editor of Gulfshore Life, which was recently sold by CurtCo Publishing to its former owner, Dan Denton.Larry Platt reportedly is leaving Metrocorp as editorial director and longtime editor of Philadelphia magazine. Philadelphia’s executive editor/online editorial director Tom McGrath will serve as the magazine’s interim editor.The Hollywood Reporter expanded its sales team with two hires: TV Guide Magazine Western regional sales director Elisabeth Deutschman was named national sales director for TV and Victoria Gold, who most recently served as vice president of advertising sales at, was appointed national sales director for Film.Time Inc. appointed Catherine Hong executive editor of InStyle, replacing Leonora Wiener, who recently left the company. Previously, Hong served as online director at W magazine.Penton Media named Andrew Schmolka senior vice present and general counsel. Most recently, Schmolka served as co-founder, COO and general counsel of financial research and analysis firm OCE Interactive.Reader’s Digest Media named Jacqueline Majers-Lachman vice president of marketing and brand development. Majers-Lachman, who served as director of creative services and marketing for Better Homes and Gardens from 2003 to 2006, most recently ran her own marketing, promotions and branding company.The New Republic appointed Rachel Morris to managing editor. Most recently, Morris served as articles editor at Mother Jones.Targeted Media Inc., a division of Time Inc., named Deborah Kurtz as an account manager, representing the New England region. Previously, Kurtz served as senior account manager. Ziff Davis Media—which recently was acquired by former Time Inc. news group digital president Vivek Shah and Great Hill Partners—has appointed a pair of senior vice presidents: Anurag Harsh, who has held business development leadership positions at CNN, CBS and IDG, was named SVP of business development; and Bennett Zucker, who most recently served as an independent consultant but has held management positions at a number of advertising technology companies, was named SVP and general manager of data solutions.Uptown Media Group named Henry Watkins publisher, overseeing sales and marketing functions across the Uptown Magazine brand. Watkins, who formerly served as vice president of sales and partner at Voyages N. America, replaces Jocelyn Taylor, the previous publisher.OK! magazine has added four new members to its sales team: Christine Kauffman was named executive director of beauty and fashion/retail, Matthew Bondlow was appointed executive director of consumer products, Maria Coyne was named Florida/Mexico sales representative and David Sauter was appointed Detroit sales representative.last_img read more