Stories for March 27, 2010
Portland wins third consecutive game against Spokane
The Portland Winterhawks won their third consecutive road game in Spokane on Saturday as they earned a 4-3 victory to take a 3-2 lead in their first round Western Hockey League playoff series with the Chiefs.
Why Washington's vehicular homicide penalties frustrate victims' families, prosecutors.
Best way to see Mount St. Helens? On foot
Paths lead to caves, views, souvenirs.
New Orleans out of playoff contention
Brandon Roy scored 28 points hitting on 11 of his first 12 shots, only two of them layups. He finished 12 of 14 in 32 minutes. LaMarcus Aldridge added 24 points, and Nicolas Batum had 13 for Portland.
Firefighters from Amboy and Yacolt responded to a report of a double-wide manufactured home burning with somebody trapped inside at 9:15 a.m. Saturday. The report of the trapped person turned out not to be right, but the home, a shed and a vehicle outside were all badly damaged.
ANACORTES, Wash. (AP) -- A small plane is reported down near a refinery at Anacortes, but the Skagit County sheriff's office says the pilot survived.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Jake Peavy snorted, grunted and snarled his way through seven innings in a minor league game Saturday against Cincinnati Reds Triple-A farmhands.
"It was an unforgettable time in our lives."
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon State Police say a 22-year-old hiker has died in an apparent accidental fall at Silver Falls State Park east of Salem.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Hundreds of people have voiced their support for Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna, and his decision to join other states trying to overturn sweeping federal health care legislation.
ALBANY, Ore. (AP) -- When it comes to uprooting tree stumps, the Oregon National Guard doesn't fool around.
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- A human rights group says at least 321 civilians were killed by the Lord's Resistance Army in Congo in a previously unreported massacre in late 2009.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger moved closer to earning the fifth spot in the Los Angeles Dodgers' rotation, throwing 5 1-3 scoreless innings in a 3-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Dallas Mavericks guard Caron Butler has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for directing inappropriate language toward fans.
HOUSTON (AP) -- A double dose of Baylor and Duke for NCAA Final Four berths.
MCMINNVILLE, Ore. (AP) -- Steelworkers at Cascade Steel Rolling Mills in McMinnville will give up a 3.5 percent raise they were due in April.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) -- Atiba Harris scored in the 38th minute and FC Dallas tied Houston 1-1 Saturday in the season opener for both clubs.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Mission Impazible pulled ahead just past the sixteenth pole to win his first race as a 3-year-old in the $750,000 Louisiana Derby on Saturday.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Lawyers for Chicago police officers being sued by an exonerated murder convict have subpeonaed the notes of a Western Washington University journalism professor who 16 years ago wrote stories questioning his guilt.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities say NFL linebacker Joey Porter has been arrested in Bakersfield on suspicion of drunken driving and accused of assaulting an officer and resisting arrest.
FLORENCE, Ky. (AP) -- Dean's Kitten took control at the top of the stretch and pulled away to win the $500,000 Lane's End Stakes on Saturday at Turfway Park.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Michigan State has been deep in the NCAA tournament so many times the Spartans may as well have the regional finals on their schedule.
CAP CANA, Dominican Republic (AP) -- Corey Pavin birdied his last four holes for a course-record 9-under 63 Saturday and a one-shot lead over Nick Price after two rounds of the Champions Tour's $1.6 million Cap Cana Championship.
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- This is uncharted territory for Mississippi State.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- Donnelle Booker scored 13 points, Austin Swift added 12 points and six rebounds, and Cal Poly Pomona won its first NCAA Division II championship with a 65-53 victory over Indiana (Pa.) on Saturday.
PHOENIX (AP) -- The Texas Rangers have acquired second baseman Andres Blanco from the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named or cash.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- James Shields pitched seven solid innings in his final spring tuneup, Carlos Pena had his first multihit game of the spring and the Tampa Bay Rays and Houston Astros tied 4-4 tie after 10 innings Saturday.
HOUSTON (AP) -- Despite the major obstacles he faced, Scott Drew envisioned building an elite program when he arrived at Baylor nearly seven years ago.
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Despite the prevailing consensus, mighty Connecticut and coach Geno Auriemma aren't perfect.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Oklahoma and Notre Dame last squared off in a near-empty gym in St. Thomas in late November. The matchup came one day after the Sooners lost star guard Whitney Hand, to a season-ending knee injury.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Reigning AL MVP Joe Mauer had two hits and two RBIs and the Minnesota Twins roughed up Cole Hamels in a 8-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday.
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) -- Daniel McCutchen was hit hard in his first start since being named the Pirates' No. 5 starter, and Pittsburgh lost to the Toronto Blue Jays 11-2 on Saturday.
MCMINNVILLE, Ore. (AP) -- A federal judge says the Yamhill County juvenile jail has gone over the line in strip searches of young people.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Jair Jurrjens threw five crisp innings, Brian McCann collected two more hits and the Atlanta Braves beat a Washington Nationals split-squad 4-0 on Saturday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Defending men's champion California and Virginia's women have rowed to easy victories in qualifying heats at the 37th annual San Diego Crew Classic.
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- David Hernandez pitched five scoreless innings in a duel with John Lackey, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox 6-1 Saturday.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Multnomah County sheriff's office says a Washington state man was seriously injured when an explosion destroyed a a 32-foot cabin cruiser that had just taken on fuel at a marina.
VESTAL, N.Y. (AP) -- The suspended coach of the Binghamton University men's basketball team has filied a racial discrimination complaint against the school.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon has named the university's former vice president for student affairs as interim athletics director while the search for Mike Bellotti's replacement is conducted.
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) -- Defending champion Andy Murray has lost his opening match at the Sony Ericsson Open to Mardy Fish, 6-4, 6-4.
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) -- Venus Williams has advanced to the fourth round at the Sony Ericsson Open by beating Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-4.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The recent vote on health care legislation in Washington has spotlighted one of Oregon's U.S. representatives, Democrat Kurt Schrader.
MALAGA, Spain (AP) -- Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa has shot a 4-under 66 to take a one-shot lead over Robert Coles of England after the third round of the Andalucia Open.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- French rider Samuel Dumoulin of Cofidis has won the sixth stage of the Volta de Catalunya, and Joaquim Rodriguez maintains the overall lead going into the last stage.
PARACHINAR, Pakistan (AP) -- A government official says Pakistani troops have repulsed a Taliban attack on an army base close to the Afghan border, killing 10 attackers.
LYNNWOOD, Wash. (AP) -- The treasurer of a popular Snohomish County youth soccer club is suspected in the theft of $76,000 that was supposed to be used to pay for referees and other expenses.
BALLERUP, Denmark (AP) -- Leigh Howard and Cameron Meyer have secured Australia's sixth gold medal at the track cycling world championships by winning the men's Madison.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Its star player on the bench, Michigan State has gotten through by getting everyone involved.
VESTAL, N.Y. (AP) -- Suspended Binghamton University basketball coach Kevin Broadus is accusing the college of racial discrimination and wants to return to his job.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Doug Mientkiewicz was told he will not make the Los Angeles Dodgers' opening day roster, leaving the first baseman's major league future in doubt.
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) -- Fernando Gonzalez and Andy Roddick have arranged a charity doubles match on the eve of the men's final at the Sony Ericsson Open to benefit earthquake-stricken Chile.
When crews arrived they noticed a suspicious car pulling away upon arriving to the home. The neighbor who called in the fire also reported seeing suspicious persons near the home at the time of the fire.
SEATTLE (AP) -- The son of a recently deceased "Deadliest Catch" fish boat captain won't be charged with drunken driving or hit-and-run following his arrest in Seattle last month.
BOSTON (AP) -- Bruins center Marc Savard says the hit to the head he took from Pittsburgh's Matt Cooke was dirty and that he's still feeling the effects of the concussion that likely ended his season.
SUNNYSIDE, Wash. (AP) -- Police in Sunnyside are investigating a shooting that left a man dead and two other people wounded.
MATHEWS, Va. (AP) -- Stanford E. Parris, a former Virginia congressman who served six terms and was an Air Force pilot during the Korean War, has died. He was 80.
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- The Detroit Tigers have placed pitchers Zach Miner and Bobby Seay on the 15-day disabled list.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Yankees star Alex Rodriguez had nothing new to report Saturday on his pending interview with federal agents investigating a Canadian doctor at the center of a drug probe.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- X-rays on Carlos Delfino's head and neck are negative and the Bucks forward is day-to-day with neck and jaw soreness a day after being taken from the court on a stretcher.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Gov. Ted Kulongoski is upset with Oregon's Student Assistance Commission for promising college students millions of dollars more in need-based scholarships than its budget allotted.
COHOES, N.Y. (AP) -- Investigators are putting new effort into solving a 1978 arson that killed a man and his seven children north of Albany, N.Y.
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- U.S. District Judge Franklin Burgess of Tacoma has died at age 75 following a battle with cancer.
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- State officials say the FBI is investigating the alleged misspending of nearly $2 million in public money by a Tacoma-based housing nonprofit.
COL DE L'OSPEDALE, Corsica (AP) -- Alberto Contador has easily beaten Lance Armstrong to the finish in the first stage of the two-day Criterium International.
News and events at Clark County churches.
Vancouver among 600 communities seeking ultra-fast network
WASHINGTON — More than 600 communities, including Vancouver, have approached Google Inc. in hopes of landing one of the ultra-fast broadband networks that the company plans to build in a handful of spots around the country. Last month, Google said it will build experimental fiber-optic networks that will deliver Internet connections of 1 gigabit per second to as many as 500,000 Americans. That would be up to 300 times faster than the broadband services reaching most U.S. homes today.
Positive energy missing at games Recently, I have moved from coaching baseball at the high-school level to the college level and, while out recruiting, I was surprised at the culture in the stands.
Today is the last day to see the Jason Phelps exhibit at the Angst Gallery in downtown Vancouver. Phelps uses a metallic color scheme and works with found objects from regional rivers, oceans and deserts. His exhibit studies myth and metaphors. Hours: Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays or by appointment.
Facing $10M shortfall, Vancouver officials brainstorm remedies
It may sound like a contradiction, but the truth of the city’s budget is this: If nothing changes, a lot is going to have to be different. Next year, Vancouver is up against a $10 million shortfall, helped along by the recession and the fact that while revenues climb at 2.8 percent a year, expenses go up 4.4 percent annually.
National Park Service seeks public’s ideas on use of old barracks
The Army is leaving the east and south Vancouver Barracks, and the buildings’ new owner, the National Park Service, wants help from the public on what its marching orders should be. Currently, the more than 25 buildings are occupied by the U.S. Army Reserve for office, administrative and training purposes. Some, like the old auditorium, are available for community gatherings; others are unused.
Bacon-Vickrey, Krista J., 55, Vancouver, died March 27, 2010. Straub’s Funeral Home & Columbia River Cremation, 360-834-4563. Bell, Christine L., 53, Vancouver, died March 25, 2010. Oregon Cremation Company, 503-235-3104.
A free workshop is scheduled April 7 for homeowners interested in maintaining their wells and septic systems. Those who register a week in advance will receive free well testing for bacteria.
Northbound motorists will be funneled into one lane on the Interstate 5 Bridge late tonight through early Sunday.
High school scoreboard for March 27
Starting Monday, state Highway 14 will be closed each weekday between 9 and 11 a.m. at Dog Mountain.
No state money will come for Discovery, Jason Lee changes
Vancouver Public Schools failed to win any state grant money for a proposed overhaul of Discovery and Jason Lee middle schools, the district learned late Friday afternoon.
Chris Boyd, former Army paratrooper, seeks 3rd District seat
Chris Boyd, a 30-year-old husband, father and former Army paratrooper, looked around at the political landscape late last year and didn’t see any candidates he could relate to — so he decided to jump into the race for Congress. Boyd, a resident of Felida, has plenty of experience jumping. As an Army medic with the 82nd Airborne Division, he regularly jumped from airplanes at forward operation bases in Afghanistan. He suffered fractures, a ruptured eardrum, even a broken back.
Court sentencings and marriage dissolutions
Police detectives in Battle Ground are working to identify a burglar who, when the homeowner came home, fled out a window with a gunshot ringing in his ears.
Progress seen in encouraging the arts; more bad news emerges from Washougal
Cheers: To two signs of progress toward nourishing the arts. First comes word of a new nonprofit group dedicated to encouraging and publicizing local architecture, painting, sculpture, dance, music writing, quilting and other art forms. Arts of Clark County is led by Laurel Whitehurst, a Hazel Dell resident who in the 1980s founded a similar group in Kent, near Seattle. The new foundation will be able to accept federal grants for the arts, and direct charitable contributions. The second piece of the puzzle is a new Arts Commission being formed by the county commissioners. It will include representatives from each of the county’s eight cities and towns. Its function will be as a forum and to help the arts foundation apply for and win grants. It won’t cost anything; the county’s contribution is limited to providing free meeting space.
So more than a few of you have noted that my sig has changed. “Sig,” by the way, is a newspaper term: It’s short for “signature.” For columnists, a photo is used for their signature or byline.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- One person has died and two others were injured in a late-night shooting in southeast Portland that police describe as gang-related.