Stories for June 24, 2010
GM adds four new players to Blazers on final day on the job
TUALATIN, Ore. — Portland Trail Blazers general manager Kevin Pritchard was fired Thursday. Longtime Blazers guard Martell Webster was traded away.
TORONTO (AP) -- World leaders are having serious differences over the best way to nurture a fragile global economic recovery, so much so that they are agreeing to disagree in a variety of key areas to move on to other subjects.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Manny Ramirez hit a pair of RBI singles and the Los Angeles Dodgers scored five runs in the fourth inning despite another mental mistake on the bases, beating the Los Angeles Angels 10-6 Thursday night to avoid a six-game season sweep by their Southern California rivals.
ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon State Police say a carjacking, a chase that reached speeds of 110 mph and a brief shootout have ended with the arrest of two men in eastern Oregon.
Fired on draft day
Portland Trail Blazers general manager Kevin Pritchard was relieved of his duties Thursday, the team announced.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- A set of lights has gone out at Angel Stadium, delaying a game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels.
The Portland Trail Blazers selected guard Elliott Williams out of Memphis with the 22nd pick of Thursday's NBA Draft.
PHOENIX (AP) -- The Phoenix Suns have exercised the option year of coach Alvin Gentry for the 2011-12 season.
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- Montana wildlife officials say game wardens have killed a black bear that injured a man when it bit through his tent at a primitive campsite in the Lolo National Forest in the western part of the state.
NEW YORK (AP) -- LeBron James already sported Dr. Dre's headphones in an NBA commercial. Now the basketball star can rock his own.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Clippers have acquired the draft rights to guard Eric Bledsoe of Kentucky from Oklahoma City in exchange for a future protected first-round pick.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Indiana Pacers have swapped picks with Oklahoma City to get Louisiana Tech's Magnum Rolle in the second round of the NBA draft.
SEATTLE (AP) -- A Seattle official says a transmission pad failure prevented the first fire engine from being able to pump water onto a June 12 fire that killed five people, including four children.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Villanova's Scottie Reynolds has become the first AP All-American since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976 not to be taken in the NBA draft.
Wave of foreclosures leaves behind a bumper crop of properties choked with grass and weeds.
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. (AP) -- The Defense Department says a 23-year-old Marine from Spokane Valley, Wash., has been killed in Afghanistan.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Bucks have taken forward Keith "Tiny" Gallon of Oklahoma with the 47th overall pick in the second round of the NBA draft.
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- The Pierce County medical examiner's office has identified the 44-year-old woman hit and killed by an Amtrak train in Puyallup.
PUYALLUP, Wash. (AP) -- BNSF Railway says a northbound Amtrak train struck and killed a female pedestrian Thursday evening in Puyallup, Wash.
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The San Diego Chargers have signed safety Darrell Stuckey and tight end Dedrick Epps to four-year contracts.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Portland Trail Blazers have selected Nevada guard Armon Johnson with the 34th pick in the NBA draft.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Galen Rupp and Amy Begley each repeated as national champions at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The Sacramento Kings are focusing on their frontcourt, drafting 7-foot center Hassan Whiteside with the No. 33 pick in the NBA draft.
DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas Mavericks have acquired Dominique Jones from Memphis after the Grizzlies took him with the 25th pick in the NBA draft.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Washington Wizards have taken Lazar Hayward from Marquette with the 30th overall pick in the first round of the NBA draft.
ATLANTA (AP) -- A person familiar with the deal says the Atlanta Hawks and New Jersey Nets have agreed to exchange their first-round picks.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The Orlando Magic have selected Kentucky forward/center Daniel Orton with the 29th pick in the NBA draft.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Memphis Grizzlies have taken Maryland guard Greivis Vazquez with their third pick in the first round of the NBA Draft.
Catch at the coast is far below normal, possibly due to high, cold river
Courtney Shriner spotted in BG at 3 p.m., found an hour later
Police on Thursday afternoon said officers found two Vancouver teens who had been listed missing. Courtney Shriner, 19, was reported missing from her home at 3029 V St. since Saturday by family members. She was considered endangered due to medical conditions.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The New Jersey Nets have selected guard Jordan Crawford with the 27th pick in the NBA draft.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- University of Washington swingman Quincy Pondexter is headed to New Orleans after being taken with the No. 26 pick in the NBA draft.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Portland Trail Blazers have selected Memphis swingman Elliot Williams with the 22nd pick in the NBA draft.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Memphis Grizzlies have taken South Florida guard Dominique Jones with the 25th pick, their second selection in the first round of the NBA Draft.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- NHL owners unanimously agree that blindside hits to the head will now result in a major penalty and ejection for offenders.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Iowa State forward Craig Brackins has been taken with the 21st overall pick in the NBA draft and is headed to the New Orleans Hornets through a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Hawks have selected Texas forward Damion James with the 24th overall pick in the NBA draft.
State troopers on Thursday evening were at the scene of a collision involving a motorcycle and a pickup on state Highway 503 at the intersection of Northeast 216th Avenue and 389th Street, south of Amboy. The collision was reported shortly after 4 p.m., with an initial report that the motorcycle rider was on fire. Minutes later, arriving rescuers said the motorcycle itself was burning, not the rider, who appeared to be able to walk.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves have taken Clemson forward Trevor Booker with the 23rd overall pick in the draft.
TORONTO (AP) -- Vernon Wells homered twice and Brandon Morrow pitched eight sharp innings for his first win in five starts, leading the Toronto Blue Jays to a 5-0 victory over Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- An NCAA committee wants to prohibit scholarship offers to recruits before July 1 of their junior season of high school.
TORONTO (AP) -- Home plate umpire Tony Randazzo has been knocked down after getting hit in the upper chest by a pitch from Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Brandon Morrow.
WESTWEGO, La. (AP) -- The New Orleans Hornets have agreed to trade Cole Aldrich and veteran shooting guard Morris Peterson to Oklahoma City for the Thunders' 21st and 26th picks in the first round.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- The San Antonio Spurs have selected Oklahoma State guard James Anderson with the 20th overall pick in the NBA draft.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma City Thunder have selected Kentucky guard Eric Bledsoe with the 18th overall pick in the NBA draft.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Maryland athletic director Debbie Yow will visit North Carolina State on Friday to meet with a search committee looking for a new athletic director.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Nevada shooter Luke Babbitt with the 16th overall pick and immediately shipped him to Portland for Martell Webster.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Crystal Langhorne scored a career-high 27 points and had 14 rebounds to help the Washington Mystics beat the Los Angeles Sparks 68-53 Thursday night.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Bucks have selected Virginia Commonwealth forward Larry Sanders with the 15th overall pick in the NBA draft.
TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) -- The Seattle Sounders FC have removed forward Nate Jaqua from the disabled list, meaning he is immediately eligible to play.
HOUSTON (AP) -- The Houston Rockets have selected Kentucky forward Patrick Patterson with the 14th pick in the NBA draft.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Memphis Grizzlies have selected Kansas guard/forward Xavier Henry with the 12th pick in the NBA Draft.
WESTWEGO, La. (AP) -- The New Orleans Hornets have selected Kansas center Cole Aldrich with the No. 11 pick in the NBA draft.
Search firm hired by Blazers has contacted replacement candidates
TUALATIN, Ore. — The Portland Trail Blazers are expected to fire general manager Kevin Pritchard either Thursday or Friday, a league source has informed The Columbian.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Indiana Pacers have taken Fresno State forward Paul George with the No. 10 pick in the NBA draft.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Utah Jazz have selected Butler forward Gordon Hayward with the ninth overall pick in the NBA draft.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Officials say a soldier and a Marine based in North Carolina have been killed in Afghanistan.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Clippers have selected Al-Farouq Aminu of Wake Forest with the eighth pick in the NBA draft.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Golden State Warriors have selected Baylor forward Ekpe Udoh with the sixth pick in the NBA draft.
DALLAS (AP) -- Jason Kidd wouldn't be surprised if Dirk Nowitzki opts out of his contract and becomes a free agent.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Portland Trail Blazers have fired general manager Kevin Pritchard after six seasons with the team, ending months of speculation that he had fallen out of favor with billionaire owner Paul Allen.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregonian newspaper reports on its website that the Portland Trail Blazers fired general manager Kevin Pritchard less than an hour before the start of the NBA draft.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves have chosen Syracuse forward Wesley Johnson with the fourth overall pick in the NBA draft.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Philadelphia 76ers have selected Ohio State shooting guard Evan Turner with the No. 2 overall pick of the NBA draft.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Curtis Cup player Cydney Clanton beat qualifying medallist Ariya Jutanugarn 1-up on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals in the Women's Amateur Public Links Championship at Notre Dame's Warren Golf Course.
CHICAGO (AP) -- An Illinois judge has finalized the contentious divorce of Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade, though the messy fight isn't over.
CHICAGO (AP) -- A judge in Chicago has issued an arrest warrant for New York Knicks player Eddy Curry because he's failed to appear in court in connection with a civil lawsuit.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- Fran Crippen and Olympian Chloe Sutton lead the U.S. open water team that will compete in the Pan Pacific Championships in August.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Jay-Z and Eminem will be in a New York state of mind for a second night.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Mets have promoted catcher Josh Thole from Triple-A Buffalo and sent down left-handed reliever Raul Valdes.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Boeing Co. says it has decided to inspect its five flight-test 787 jets before they fly again because of a quality problem in a portion of the tail built by Italian manufacturer Alenia.
SEATTLE (AP) -- The Seattle Times says Boeing Co. has temporarily grounded its 787 jetliner fleet because of a quality problem in a portion of the tail built by Italian manufacturer Alenia.
DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A person familiar with the deal says the Chicago Bulls have agreed to trade veteran guard Kirk Hinrich and the 17th pick in the draft to the Washington Wizards.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles Sparks guard Betty Lennox will have surgery on her left knee next week and is expected to be out four to six weeks.
ISSAQUAH, Wash. (AP) -- A King County sheriff's spokesman says a 23-year-old man pulled from Lake Sammamish on Thursday afternoon is dead.
DENVER (AP) -- Mike Lowell was placed on the 15-day disabled with a right hip injury and the Boston Red Sox filled his roster spot by reinstating right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Typhoon Tycoon beat Morethan Fourhours by 114 lengths in the $28,000 feature on the turf at Belmont Park on Thursday.
EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- The Sun Bowl has a new sponsor.
Road No. 25 opens Friday across Elk Pass
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Natasha Watley's RBI single in the top of the seventh inning helped the United States to a 1-0 victory over China in both teams' opener at the world softball championship on Thursday.
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Orioles right-hander Koji Uehara appears ready to come off the disabled list and rejoin Baltimore's bullpen.
BALTIMORE (AP) -- The first Puerto Rican-born manager in the major leagues is looking forward to bringing the Florida Marlins to his native land.
Two Vancouver men have been jailed on suspicion of residential burglary in West Linn, Ore. The brothers also may be connected to a string of burglaries in West Vancouver, including the West Minnehaha, Rose Village and Lincoln neighborhoods, police said.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Anaheim Ducks have hired longtime junior hockey coach Mike Foligno as an assistant coach.
City Manager wants to save $700,000 a year through operational streamlining.
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) -- A contractor killed during a training accident at a North Carolina Army post is identified as a retired sergeant.
NORTH BEND, Ore. (AP) -- The Union Pacific Railroad has agreed to a donate a 22-mile segment of a rail line to the International Port of Coos Bay.
SEATTLE — The iPhone 4 has arrived, but for some people the wait continues as Apple sprints to keep up with fierce demand for its latest gadget. From Tokyo to San Francisco, some stores started selling out of Apple Inc.’s newest iPhone just hours after it went on sale Thursday. Some would-be buyers walked away disappointed; tensions grew at Apple stores that hadn’t run out.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- The first time the bear charged, Robert Miller had just enough time to get out his gun, squeeze off a shot and play dead before the grizzly attacked.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The San Diego Padres are sending catcher Dusty Ryan back to Triple-A Portland.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Breeders' Cup Challenge has added three more races to its program of automatic qualifiers, bringing the total to 65 races in which the winner earns a berth in the Breeders' Cup championships in November.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Brett Favre is still deciding whether he'll return for a 20th NFL season. He's getting some recognition for his performance last year, with four nominations Thursday for the ESPY Awards.
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) -- Brett Favre says he can still play at a "high level" if he returns to the Vikings for a 20th NFL season.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- A federal bankruptcy judge has ordered the Texas Rangers and their angry creditors into mediation, delaying a hearing on the team's long-delayed sale.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Craig Ramsay is the fifth coach in Atlanta Thrashers' history.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Left-hander Erik Bedard could make his season debut as early as July 6 if he is able to get through the next week without any injury setbacks.
WEST RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) -- Benton County Mosquito Control is turning the tables to do some blood sucking of its own.
SEATTLE (AP) -- The Seattle Fire Department says a woman was hit in the head Thursday by a crane on a construction barge at a dock in Elliott Bay.
BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Bruins have signed a two-year contract extension with defenseman Johnny Boychuk.
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- Serena Williams has reached the third round at Wimbledon, routing Anna Chakvetadze (Chuk-veh-TAHD-zeh) 6-0, 6-1.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- The Eugene Police Department is leaving downtown.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Jockey Julien Leparoux is planning to return to racing July 1, more than six weeks after suffering a back injury at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.
KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) -- A 4-year-old is reportedly doing fine after falling out a third-story apartment window in Kennewick.
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) -- A saddle bronc rider has died from injuries he suffered while competing at the Jackson Hole Rodeo in Wyoming.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A young climber was injured Thursday in a fall at Rocky Butte.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Portland Fire & Rescue is responding to a report of a climber who fell at Rocky Butte Park.
CHICAGO (AP) -- If the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down Chicago's handgun ban, the city will likely do what Washington, D.C., did when its own ban was overturned two years ago.
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- The gravels of the Rogue River held back for decades by the Savage Rapids Dam are drawing recreational gold miners.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A son of Jim Thorpe is suing the Pennsylvania town that bears his father's name over the remains of the Native American often called the 20th century's greatest athlete.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A hail storm in the Columbia Basin that left up to six inches of hail on the ground damaged crops in the region.
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- Top-ranked Rafael Nadal has rallied in the second round at Wimbledon to beat Robin Haase of the Netherlands, 5-7, 6-2, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3.
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- Jamaican gang leader Christopher "Dudus" Coke is en route to the U.S in the culmination of a deadly fight over his extradition.
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- The umpire who presided over the longest match in tennis history says he was so enthralled by the epic struggle that he didn't feel tired.
Company strives to save listing amid SEC probe, other problems
Northwest Pipe Co. expects to defend its place on the Nasdaq stock exchange today. But even if it succeeds, the remaining problems the Vancouver company faces will still stack up like cordwood. The maker of steel pipes has been hit with a class-action lawsuit accusing the company’s leaders of making “false and misleading” statements that artificially inflated its stock.
MUNICH (AP) -- Bradley Dredge of Wales and Peter Whiteford of Scotland lead the BMW International Open after shooting 8-under 64s in the first round.
WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) -- Workers are back at a Wenatchee construction site after walking off the job over dirty toilets.
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- A Mountlake Terrace man accused of giving a woman a lethal dose of heroin was charged Wednesday in Everett with controlled substance homicide.
DURANT, Okla. (AP) -- A July 20 formal arraignment has been set for a woman accused of helping her husband conceal the remains of his daughter.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Police are investigating vandalism at a Jewish center in Olympia.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama called the U.S. World Cup soccer team Thursday to congratulate them on advancing to the next round of the World Cup.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The Minnesota Wild have been stuck in the NHL's middle for a while now, not contending for the Stanley Cup but not playing poorly enough to get the top picks in the draft.
SEATTLE (AP) -- The Seattle Fire Department says a Wednesday night fire at a house in the Windermere neighborhood was accidental.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Tampa Bay All-Star left fielder Carl Crawford has been taken out of the Rays' game against San Diego because of a sore left shoulder.
CENTRALIA, Wash. (AP) -- When a man went to pick up his 3-year-old from his ex's house in Centralia he found the child home alone.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Court of Appeals has rejected the NFL's request to expedite its handling of the case of Minnesota Vikings Kevin Williams and Pat Williams.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota Lynx guard Candice Wiggins will miss the rest of the season after rupturing her left Achilles' tendon.
A hiker who went missing Wednesday night on Mount St. Helens has been found safe, the Skamania County Sheriff's Office reported this morning.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) -- Veteran cornerback Walt Harris has agreed to a one-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans in the Senate have defeated an election-year bill to continue weekly jobless benefits for millions of long-term unemployed workers.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Philadelphia Phillies reliever Chad Durbin has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A $150 million Oregon jury award in 2002 against the Philip Morris tobacco company is going back to a trial court for reconsideration.
OLYMPIA - Privatizing the state's ferry system and selling naming rights to highways or rest stops are among the ideas Gov. Chris Gregoire is considering as she prepares the next state budget.
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court says people who signed a petition to repeal Washington state's gay rights law do not have the right to keep their names secret from the public.
ABERDEEN, Wash. (AP) -- Plans for a wind farm on the Washington coast in Pacific County near Naselle may depend on a special radar that tracks birds.
ENDICOTT, N.Y. (AP) -- Lonnie Nielsen is back to defend his title at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open.
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- Caroline Wozniacki has reached the third round at Wimbledon with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Kai-Chen Chang of Taiwan.
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Stanley Cup, which has been on more adventures than perhaps any other piece of championship hardware, will make its first appearance in a gay-themed event this weekend.
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- Sweden's Robin Soderling has advanced to the third round of Wimbledon by defeating Marcel Granollers 7-5, 6-1, 6-4.
POLOKWANE, South Africa (AP) -- Paraguay was held to an uneventful 0-0 draw by New Zealand on Thursday but still moved into the round of 16 at the World Cup for the fourth time in its history.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Defending champion Italy was eliminated Thursday from the World Cup with a humbling 3-2 loss to Slovakia, which advanced.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- The San Jose Sharks have signed star forwards Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski to four-year contracts a week before they would have been free agents.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The Kootenai County Sheriff's Department has recovered the body of a man who fell out of a canoe in the Spokane River near Post Falls, Idaho.
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks have made another deal, trading center Colin Fraser to the Edmonton Oilers for a sixth-round draft pick.
TRI-CITIES, Wash. (AP) -- A fire chief from Basin City was killed Wednesday at a wildfire.
MIAMI (AP) -- Daequan Cook turned to Twitter for his farewell to the Miami Heat.
PRAGUE (AP) -- The Czech Republic will be without Radek Stepanek for next month's Davis Cup quarterfinal against Chile.
BAKER CITY, Ore. (AP) -- The Anthony Lakes Highway repaving project is getting under way in the northeast corner of Oregon.
NELSPRUIT, South Africa (AP) -- North Korea coach Kim Jong Hun says his team will receive a warm welcome when it returns home after the World Cup.
PRINEVILLE, Ore. (AP) -- The landfill director for Crook County has pleaded not guilty to charges that he tried to steal a hydraulic rock hammer and then told a witness to lie about it or face physical harm.
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- John Isner has won the longest tennis match on record by beating Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the final set at Wimbledon.
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- John Isner of the United States and Nicolas Mahut of France are still deadlocked in the longest tennis match on record.
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- John Isner of the United States and Nicolas Mahut of France have resumed what already is the longest tennis match on record, picking up at 59-59 in the fifth set at Wimbledon.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- IOC president Jacques Rogge says sports federations need to join the fight against match fixing and other betting scams if they want to be part of the Olympics.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Wesley Snipes' attorneys are hoping his former financial adviser's arrest could pave the way for a new trial on tax evasion charges that landed the star of the "Blade" trilogy a three-year prison sentence.
COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) -- A health advisory has been issued for Sunset Bay State Park Beach near Coos Bay after higher than normal bacteria levels were found.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House and Senate negotiators have completed a sweeping overhaul of banking regulations and aim to send it to President Barack Obama by July 4.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House lawmakers sought to break a logjam on financial negotiations by proposing to limit the type of derivatives business banks can transact. The plan reached for a middle ground with a tougher Senate proposal.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A key Senate negotiator on sweeping new Wall Street regulations has proposed limits on the ability of banks to carry out high-risk trades or invest in hedge funds and private equity funds.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A Spokane couple has reached its goal of collecting enough recyclable aluminum cans to pay for their wedding.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Fireworks went on sale Wednesday in Oregon.
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) -- Vancouver, Wash., police say they have located two teens.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Vancouver, Wash., police are asking the public to help locate two teens who were last seen on Monday at Pioneer Square in Portland.
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- Andy Murray has reached the third round of Wimbledon after a comfortable victory over Finland's Jarkko Nieminen in front of Queen Elizabeth II.
HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) -- The Washington County sheriff's office is trying to identify a man who was jailed for trespassing.
Entry fee to revived show will include parade, games, music
Promoters of Fort Vancouver’s resurrected July Fourth fireworks show hope to sell 20,000 tickets for the spectacle, for the first time an admission-only affair. By Wednesday, online sales approached just 600 tickets.
Desert behind him, Jake Rose is now in the central California mountains
Jere Van Dyk spent 45 days in a dirt-floored cell after his capture
Vancouver native Jere Van Dyk set out two years ago to write a book about the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan. His connections — including three months with Afghan mujahedeen fighting Soviet invaders in 1981 — would get him into places where no other reporter could go. He’d get an inside look at what was happening in that region.
Items about a waterfowl hunting clinic on Saturday, tuna fishing seminar on Wednesday, Washington boat registration, and a fishing event for disabled youth
Boy’s aunt feels health department should have alerted the public
The aunt of 4-year-old Ronan Wilson, who died April 8 after contracting E. coli at his Hazel Dell in-home day care, said Wednesday she wants to know why the Clark County Department of Health did not let the public know about the outbreak until the day after Ronan died. Savenia Falquist also questions why the day care children and their siblings continued attending school, possibly putting other children at risk, and why the health department did not at least alert health care providers about the outbreak.
Johansen, Niederreiter expect their names to be called early
Without a doubt, Friday figures to be a big day for a couple of Portland Winterhawks. Ryan Johansen and Nino Niederreiter are both poised to be among the first players selected in the National Hockey League Entry Draft.
Silence is no longer an option The June 19 Columbian story “State budget priorities: $10K on table raises eyebrows,” regarding refinishing the conference table at the state Capitol, is just a small example of the arrogance of our government wasting our tax money. Was the table broken or dry rotting beyond historic repair?
The scent of lavender is unmistakable: clean, fresh and soothing. This aromatic member of the mint family gets its distinct aroma from the oil produced by the plant’s leaves and stems.
JP Morgan Chase & Co. plans to open two new branches in Vancouver by December.
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court says people who signed a petition to repeal Washington state’s gay rights law do not have the right to keep their names secret from the public. The high court on Thursday ruled against Protect Marriage Washington, which organized a petition drive for a public vote to repeal the state’s “everything-but-marriage” gay rights law.
Pitcher contemplates future after being drafted by Mets
Greg Peavey doesn’t yet know if his third time getting drafted will lead him to professional baseball. The Oregon State pitcher from Vancouver said early this week that he has not hired an agent and is contemplating his future after getting drafted by the New York Mets negotiate. (EDITOR'S NOTE — An earlier version of this story included incorrect information).
Loaves and Fishes Centers got helping hands from Portland high school students in the organization’s garden Wednesday at Heritage Farm on 78th Street in Hazel Dell.
Vancouver artist Karen “K.C.” Madsen and Dene Grigar, associate professor and program director of digital technology and culture at Washington State University Vancouver, will lead a free curatorial walk and talk through downtown Vancouver as part of the Windows into Art initiative. The walk will tbegin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at North Bank Artists Gallery, 1005 Main St., Vancouver.
Hockinson grad in tonight’s 10,000
Western Washington University junior distance runner Sarah Porter will compete in the 10,000 meters at the 2010 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
Clark County Recycled Arts Festival: 9 a.m to 4 p.m. June 26-27 at Esther Short Park, West Eighth and Columbia streets. The festival showcases work from more than 80 artists who will display and sell art designed from reused and reclaimed materials. The selection includes metal, glass and porcelain garden art; recycled paper books and cards; and jewelry and clocks made from vinyl records. Free.
How do I recycle shredded paper? Shredded paper from home shredding is recyclable, as long as it’s contained in a paper shopping bag (fold and staple the top). When mixed materials from your recycling cart arrive at the materials recovery facility where they are sorted, shredded paper that isn’t in a paper bag blows around like confetti, making a huge mess, and often is swept up and thrown in the garbage.
Clark County’s budget analyst told commissioners Wednesday that revenues and expenses are on track with projections. “With no big surprises, we should be OK,” Adriana Prata said during a financial update.
County residents can join national town hall in Portland
In this election year, politicians and voters of every stripe are talking about federal spending, the ballooning federal deficit and the need to put the nation’s fiscal house in order. On Saturday, Clark County residents can join in an all-day national discussion about those issues with the expectation that their views actually will be represented in the halls of Congress.
Hey! Are we on a roll or what? Three dry days in a row, which is absolutely amazing considering the weather pattern the past few months. And, a bonus — our second 80-degree day this year; how is that for perseverance? Weather forecasts were on track this week as far as temperatures were concerned, but the lack of moisture was the element of surprise. Today through Friday we will see another trough of low pressure swing through for another round of clouds and a downturn in temperature, but it will still remain quite pleasant. As of this writing Wednesday afternoon, it appeared rainfall would be scanty, except for showers over the Cascades and drizzle along the coast and spotty locations inland. The weekend looks not too bad, with seasonal temperatures and possible morning clouds.
The three elected commissioners of Clark Public Utilities will convene Friday in a special session to sever their long-standing membership with the Washington Public Utility District Association.
Familiar problem is worsening to the north as public employee unions wield their power
Public employee unions have a great gravy train rolling for their members … but not for the taxpayers. The ploy used in contract negotiations goes something like this: “Why, those dog catchers over in Tumbleweed Flats make 30 bucks an hour! We deserve the same pay here in Grizzly Gulch, and if you don’t give it to us, we’ll go catch dogs in Tumbleweed Flats, and you’ll be up the gulch without a paddle!” The greed spreads like wildfire among dog catcher unions. The fire is fueled by rulings the unions secure from sympathetic mediators and arbitrators. This scheme is amazingly more influential than any objective analysis of economic data and a municipality’s ability to pay. So, because Tumbleweed Flats and Grizzly Gulch are mired in the Great Recession, critical services and programs are cut while dog catchers everywhere roll merrily through the financial catastrophe that has engulfed the private sector.
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Feds say spillway gates need repairs; PacifiCorp agrees, says safety not compromised
Federal energy regulators are raising alarm about the potential for “catastrophic failure” of spillway gates on three major PacifiCorp-owned dams on the North Fork of the Lewis River. The concern arises from a 10-year inspection earlier this year by the investor-owned utility that was submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in late January. PacifiCorp and the federal agency declined to release the report itself, citing security concerns.
I save electricity, but have a tough time understanding why we need to conserve water when we just had such a wet spring? Spring rains don’t necessarily mean we’ll have an abundance of water to waste during dry summer months.
I find that there are two distinct methods of working in the garden. The first is to begin a specific project with a plan in mind. The second way is by chance, puttering around until you run across a job that needs to be done. Both methods have their place in the maintenance of our gardens. On the planning level, it helps to have a few basic tasks that are done on a regular basis, specific to the season.
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- The Snohomish County medical examiner's office may undergo an outside review of how it handles bodies.
VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities say two people have been arrested following a parents' brawl that interrupted a Southern California kindergarten graduation ceremony.
VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) -- Brawling parents interrupted a Southern California kindergarten graduation ceremony.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A pistol-packing employee foiled a robbery attempt at pizza delivery business in Spokane.
LONDON (AP) -- British rider Mark Cavendish says he is ready to win the green jersey at next month's Tour de France.
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- More than 400 Illinois National Guard soldiers are conducting exercises at the Yakima Training Center in central Washington.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Police are looking for a car that struck a pedestrian in a crosswalk about 3 a.m. Thursday in Spokane.
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- The Washington State Patrol says a 55-year-old motorcycle rider was killed Wednesday night when he hit a barrier on a I-705 exit in Tacoma.
SHELTON, Wash. (AP) -- The Washington State Patrol says a 4-year-old girl was killed in a crash on Highway 101 Wednesday evening south of Shelton.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Privatizing the state's ferry system and selling naming rights to highways or rest stops are among the ideas Gov. Chris Gregoire is considering as she prepares the next state budget.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Gov. Chris Gregoire has called a news conference at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Olympia to announced a new process for drawing up Washington's next budget.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has called a news conference at 9:30 a.m. Thursday when he's expected to announce his pick for police chief.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has named interim chief John Diaz as the city's new police chief.
BELLEAIR BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- A man who apparently passed out on a pool float at a Tampa area beach ended up drifting about a mile from Florida's shore in the Gulf of Mexico.
MADRID, Spain (AP) -- Seve Ballesteros has canceled plans to attend the British Open at St. Andrews next month.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks have ended lower following disappointing forecasts from retailers and concern about the government's financial overhaul.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks are retreating and interest rates fell to their lowest levels in more than a year after fresh reports showed the economy is struggling to grow.
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- The Palestinian president has denounced Israel's plan to expel four politicians from Jerusalem because they belong to the Islamic militant group Hamas.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. John McCain says he still thinks it's a mistake to publicly announce a July 2011 date for start of a U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.
PARIS (AP) -- France's World Cup team has arrived home.
DURBAN, South Africa (AP) -- Officials at the Greek Football Association have confirmed that coach Otto Rehhagel has resigned after Greece was eliminated from the World Cup.
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) -- All-Star forward Chris Bosh says the buildup to the July 1 start of free agency is "scary, but it's exciting."
NEW YORK (AP) -- Stock futures are falling as investors brace for new economic and jobs reports that are expected to paint a mixed picture for the economy.
SARGODHA, Pakistan (AP) -- A prosecutor says a Pakistani court has convicted five Americans on terror charges and sentenced each to at least 10 years in prison.
BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) -- Students who wished their school librarians a nice summer on the last day of school may be surprised this fall when they're no longer around to recommend a good book or help with homework.