Stories for November 2, 2010
Here are the early showings in three contested races in Skamania County — and proposals affecting emergency medical services and forming and funding a county central parks and recreation district. In the race for county auditor Tim Todd was leading with about 57.2 percent over Teri Wyckoff. Both favor the Republican Party.
Local incumbent politicians faring better than those caught up in national red wave
If Clark County voters are angry with politicians, that rage appears to be directed over the horizon and not within the confines of the county lines. Not a single incumbent local politician (among nine) trailed in voting results announced by the county elections office Tuesday night. Those results included 47.8 percent of ballots that were mailed to registered voters. That turnout is expected to reach about 60 percent.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon residents with medical marijuana cards will not be able to buy the drug from nonprofit dispensaries.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Repeat drunken drivers will face more time behind bars.
Democrat credits doorbelling efforts for decisive victory
One-term state Rep. Jim Jacks has been re-elected to the 49th Legislative District Position 1 seat. Jacks, a Democrat, defeated Republican challenger Bill Cismar 57.4 percent to 42.4 percent, according to preliminary results released Tuesday night. The win didn’t come easy, though. Jacks said he went door-to-door every day for the last two weeks, knocking on 1,487 doors and walking 93 miles.
Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart appeared within reach of another four-year term Tuesday, as preliminary results showed him with 51.9 percent of the vote. Republican Alan Svehaug received 47.9 percent of the vote.
In polling for two House of Representatives seats in the 15th Legislative District, the incumbents pulled far ahead Tuesday night. The 15th District includes a small portion of Clark County, near Washougal, and Skamania, Klickitat and Yakima counties. About 4,800 registered Clark County voters reside in the 15th District, according to county records.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Voters in Mesa have approved funding for construction of a new spring training facility for the Chicago Cubs.
It looks as if Vancouver City Councilor Bart Hansen will keep his seat for at least one more year: Early returns Tuesday showed Hansen leading his challenger, John Jenkins, for Position 4 on the city council. Results, posted at 8:15 p.m., showed Hansen leading his challenger, John Jenkins, for Position 4 on the city council by 52.87 percent to 46.53 percent. The next results will be available today after 5 p.m.
Down by 5 percentage points, Democrat Denny Heck concedes defeat
Riding a coast-to-coast Republican wave, state Rep. Jaime Herrera won victory Tuesday over Democrat Denny Heck in Washington’s hard-fought 3rd Congressional District race to replace U.S. Rep. Brian Baird, D-Vancouver. Heck conceded the race at about 9:30 p.m. after results from the entire district showed Herrera leading Heck 52.92 percent to 47.08 percent.
Republican Paul Harris appeared to be edging out his Democratic competitor, Monica Stonier, in the 17th Legislative District in early returns Tuesday.
GOP retains Herrera’s former House seat
Republican Ann Rivers easily defeats Democrat Dennis Kampe in 18th Legislative District, retaining GOP control of former Rep. Jamie Herrera's seat.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon Democratic Rep. Peter DeFazio has won re-election to the 4th District House seat he's held since 1986, holding off a challenge from political upstart Art Robinson.
But Mike Lyons nets 48.9 percent
In the race for Clark Public Utilities commissioner, incumbent Nancy Barnes was leading challenger Mike Lyons 50.6 percent to 48.9 percent Tuesday night, after a low-key campaign for a high-stakes position. The utility’s three elected commissioners oversee an entity that provides the sole source of electricity for 183,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers and water for another 30,000 customers.
INVERCARGILL, New Zealand (AP) -- Disgraced American cyclist Floyd Landis remained fourth overall after five of nine stages in the Tour of Southland on Wednesday, just over a minute behind tour leader Jeremy Yates .
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Democrat Suzan DelBene has conceded to Republican incumbent U.S. Rep Dave Reichert in Washington state's 8th Congressional District.
In a race for Clark County Assessor that pitted outsider Peter Van Nortwick versus insider Janet Seekins, voters appeared to favor the outsider. Tuesday’s preliminary results showed Van Nortwick with 51.3 percent of the vote.
Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart appeared to pick up another four-year term Tuesday, as preliminary results showed him with 51.9 percent of the vote. Republican Alan Svehaug received 47.9 percent of the vote.
Republican Ann Rivers has a strong lead over Democrat Dennis Kampe, leading 59.68% to 40.32% districtwide in the race for the 18th Legislative District. In Clark County, Rivers led Kampe 59.57% to 40.24%
State Rep. Tim Probst, a rising political star in the Democratic Party, had an early lead Tuesday over Republican political newcomer Brian Peck. As of 8:15 p.m., Probst led 53.28 percent to Peck’s 46.57 percent, with more than 46 percent of ballots counted.
Democrat beats Craig Riley in 49th District race
State Rep. Jim Moeller has been elected to serve his fifth term in the 49th Legislative District. Moeller defeated Republican challenger Craig Riley 53.7 percent to 46.2 percent for the Position 2 seat, according to preliminary results released Tuesday night.
One-term state Rep. Jim Jacks has been re-elected to the 49th Legislative District Position 1 seat. Jacks, a Democrat, defeated Republican challenger Bill Cismar 57.4 percent to 42.4 percent, according to unofficial results Tuesday night. The 49th District encompasses West Vancouver and Hazel Dell. In the August primary, Jacks outpolled Cismar 55.2 percent to 44.2 percent.
He will succeed his boss, Art Curtis, who’s retiring
As a Clark County deputy prosecuting attorney in the major crimes unit, Tony Golik has put away some of the county’s most violent offenders.
Republican Jaime Herrera outpolled Democrat Denny Heck Tuesday in Clark County, taking 54.63% of the vote to Heck's 45.06%. District-wide results, which do not include all counties, show Herrera leading 53.11% to 46.89%.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon voters have turned back a proposal to build the state's first non-tribal casino in a suburb of Portland.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Federal Reserve is making a bold effort to invigorate the economy by announcing it will buy hundreds of billions more in Treasury bonds.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington state voters have rolled back new taxes on candy, gum, pop, bottled water and some processed foods.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Patty Murray took a slim lead over Republican challenger Dino Rossi in Tuesday’s early vote returns, raising the possibility of an extended vote count in Washington’s vote-by-mail election.
Clark County Elections officials say early results from today's election should be available about 8:15 p.m. Watch Columbian.com for live updates as the returns come in.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep Rick Larsen narrowly trails Republican John Koster in the race for Washington's 2nd Congressional District.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep Rick Larsen has taken the lead in the race for Washington's 2nd Congressional District.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Sergio Batista was appointed as coach of Argentina on Tuesday, just over three months after Diego Maradona departed in the wake of the country's loss to Germany in the World Cup quarterfinals.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Democratic Rep. David Wu has fended off a challenge from Republican business owner Rob Cornilles to win a seventh term in office in Oregon's 1st District in the U.S. House.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Democratic Rep. Earl Blumenauer has handily won an eighth term in office, defeating Republican challenger Delia Lopez in Oregon's 3rd District in the U.S. House.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Democrat Denny Heck has conceded to Republican Jaime Herrera in the race for the open seat in Washington's 3rd Congressional District.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Republican Jaime Herrera is leading in early returns in the race for the open seat in Washington's 3rd Congressional District.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Republican Rep. Greg Walden coasted to an easy victory over Democratic challenger Joyce Segers to win a seventh term in office in Oregon's 2nd District in the U.S. House.
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Jose Aldo will defend the UFC's new featherweight title in a New Year's Day bout against Josh Grispi.
Federal agents say 100s of other girls were also victims
A former human resources manager with the federal Bureau of Land Management in Portland was sentenced to 10 years in prison Tuesday for soliciting a teenage girl for sex online, at times using his government computer. After serving 10 years behind bars, Kyle Donnell Worley, 52, of Vancouver will be on supervised release for another five years and his association with minors and computers will be limited, according to a bulletin from the Department of Justice.
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) -- Jesse Carr scored 16 points and Dorian Green added 13 to lead Colorado State to an 88-48 victory over Regis in an exhibition game Tuesday night.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Preliminary results from a telephone poll of Oregon voters show that Democrat Ron Wyden ran strongly among most groups in Oregon, and particularly among women, in winning re-election to the U.S. Senate.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Preliminary results from a telephone poll of Oregon voters show that men favored the Republican candidate for governor, Chris Dudley, while women tended to support his Democrat rival, John Kitzhaber.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Most Washington voters say President Barack Obama was not a factor as they cast ballots in the heated U.S. Senate race between incumbent Democrat Patty Murray and Republican Dino Rossi.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden has won a third full term in office, easily fending off a challenge from a Republican political newcomer who self-financed most of his own campaign.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- Marcus Morris had 28 points and seven rebounds to lead No. 7 Kansas past Washburn 92-62 in the Jayhawks' first exhibition game Tuesday night.
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- A Yakima fire official says pilot error caused a light plane to make a belly landing Tuesday at the Yakima Air Terminal.
Who approved a home for teen boys in west Hazel Dell?
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A female-to-male transgender member of the George Washington women's basketball team wants to be identified as a man this season.
MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia (AP) -- Money to help tens of thousands of villagers displaced by a deadly volcano will run out soon unless the government declares a natural disaster.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Wes Matthews scored 16 of his 18 points in the first half to help the Portland Trail Blazers end their four-game road trip with a 90-76 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night.
SHANGHAI (AP) -- No longer No. 1 in the world, Tiger Woods says that hasn't changed how he sees himself or what he's trying to do.
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) -- The Washington State Patrol says an SUV driver who veered off Interstate 5 and collided with a parked car told a trooper he might have been taking a sip of coffee.
Republicans will pick up enough seats to take control of the U.S. House of Representatives, according to projections by CNN and Fox News.
Proposal would have gotten members in line with nonunion employees
The Vancouver City Council nixed a proposal Monday to pay for 15 percent of their dependents’ premiums. In a 5 to 2 vote, they denied a proposal by Councilor Jack Burkman that council members pay 15 percent of their dependents’ health care premiums, bringing them into line with what nonunion employees pay, and what city officials asked — unsuccessfully — the city’s unionized workers to do this summer.
Christine O’Donnell trounced in Delaware Senate race
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Tea party candidates have captured Senate seats in Florida and Kentucky, but their hopes were dashed in Delaware. CNN reports that its projections show the GOP will take control of the House.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Center Mike Tisdale scored 21 points to lead No. 13 Illinois to a 76-67 exhibition victory over Southern Indiana on Tuesday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A Ukrainian cyclist and teammate of Lance Armstrong appeared Wednesday before a federal grand jury looking into doping in the sport.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- An attorney for Ukrainian cyclist Yaroslav Popovych, a former teammate of Lance Armstrong, has been subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury that is looking into doping in the sport.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Fresh off their World Series win, the San Francisco Giants will motor through the city's downtown in a ticker-tape parade following the same route that the 1958 team drove when it arrived from New York.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- E'Twaun Moore scored 13 points and JaJuan Johnson added 11 to help No. 14 Purdue beat Indianapolis 82-59 in an exhibition game Tuesday night.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Mathieu Garon stopped 29 shots for his 17th career shutout, continuing his hot play at home in leading the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 3-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Kris Joseph and freshman C.J. Fair both scored 14 points, and No. 10 Syracuse beat Division II Kutztown 96-60 in an exhibition game Tuesday night.
TORONTO (AP) -- Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf is out four to six weeks after surgery to repair a "significant" laceration on his left leg.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Maalik Wayns scored 23 points and Corey Stokes added 20 as No. 6 Villanova cruised to a 95-58 victory over District of Columbia in an exhibition game Tuesday night.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan State freshman Madison Williams will miss the upcoming women's basketball season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A former worker for the Bureau of Land Management in Portland has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of using the Internet to solicit a minor for sex.
These Clark County candidates were unopposed in the Nov. 2 general election: State Senator, 15th Legislative District, Jim Honeyford
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) -- Partial results from an election aimed at reuniting war-divided Ivory Coast show President Laurent Gbagbo with a slight lead Wednesday over the main opposition leader.
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) -- The Coast Guard has closed the Columbia River bar and other entrances to coastal ports in Washington and Oregon because of hazardous weather conditions.
MIAMI (AP) -- Minnesota forward Michael Beasley was helped to the locker room with 8:10 left in the second quarter of the Timberwolves' game against the Miami Heat on Tuesday night after taking a hard fall while driving to the basket.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraska offensive coordinator Shawn Watson says injured quarterback Taylor Martinez practiced "surprisingly well" Tuesday and will be ready to play Saturday at Iowa State.
SEATTLE (AP) -- A 37-year-old Burien woman has pleaded not guilty to charges of malicious harassment in connection with an incident last month at a Tukwila gas station.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say former major league baseball player Elijah Dukes has been jailed in Tampa on charges related to allegedly failing to pay child support.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say former major league baseball player Elijah Dukes has been jailed in Tampa for allegedly failing to pay child support.
HONOLULU (AP) -- Former three-time world surfing champion Andy Irons has died.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Write-in votes for Joe Miller in the Alaska Senate race won't count toward the GOP nominee's tally.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Rookie defensive tackle Brian Price has been placed on injured reserve by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Election results expected after 8 p.m.
Voter turnout in Clark County reached 48 percent today, as election officials received 15,540 more ballots in the mail.
MIAMI (AP) -- A person familiar with the Florida Marlins' managerial search says Edwin Rodriguez will keep the job next season.
MIAMI (AP) -- The Florida Marlins have confirmed that Edwin Rodriguez will return as manager next season.
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- An administrative law judge has ruled that a Yakima teacher who was acquitted of sex crimes with two teenage boys can return to the classroom.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey Devils left wing Zach Parise is going to be sidelined three months with a knee injury.
VALHALLA, N.Y. (AP) -- A lawyer says she'll try to get charges dismissed against four college football players who were arrested in suburban New York after their teammate was fatally shot by police.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) -- Four college football players who were arrested after their teammate was fatally shot by police in New York are seeking an immediate dismissal of the charges against them.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Yankees have completed two days of meetings and are prepared to pursue left-hander Cliff Lee, the top available pitcher on the free-agent market.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) -- The 2010 season is done for Seattle defensive end Red Bryant and guard Ben Hamilton.
PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have declined to exercise a $7.5 million club option on Adam LaRoche, ending the first baseman's stay in the desert after one season.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cleveland Cavaliers guard Mo Williams was set to make his season debut Tuesday night against the Atlanta Hawks.
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) -- The Northwest's only commercial nuclear power plant has been rated one of two in the country in greatest need of some improvements.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Memphis Grizzlies have signed point guard Mike Conley to a contract extension.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The AVP pro beach volleyball tour has filed for bankruptcy protection.
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Braves have exercised their 2011 options on infielders Alex Gonzalez and Omar Infante, and reached a one-year deal with right-hander Scott Proctor.
NEW YORK (AP) -- J.P. Ricciardi has been hired as a special assistant to New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota defensive tackle Brandon Kirksey has been suspended for the game against Michigan State on Saturday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The San Diego Chargers have waived outside linebacker Shawne Merriman, three weeks after he was placed on injured reserve with a "minor injury" designation.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers have declined their $7.5 million mutual option on Trevor Hoffman and will pay the career saves leader a $750,000 buyout.
PARIS (AP) -- Judicial officials familiar with the case say American cyclist Floyd Landis and coach Arnie Baker will stand trial in the hacking case of a French doping lab.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- The man behind Penn State's Nittany Lion mascot has been fired.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi State officials say football player Nick Bell died Tuesday at the University of Alabama-Birmingham Hospital after battling cancer since late September.
BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Baltimore Orioles have declined left-hander Mark Hendrickson's option for next season.
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) -- Joe Mortensen has won the final raceoff to secure a spot on the U.S. men's singles luge team for the World Cup tour.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Washington Nationals have hired Bo Porter as their third-base coach to replace Pat Listach, while keeping the rest of manager Jim Riggleman's staff.
BASEL, Switzerland (AP) -- Novak Djokovic made light work of his opening match at the Swiss Indoors with a 6-4, 6-2 win over big-hitting Ernests Gulbis on Tuesday.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Two U.S. House seats held by incumbent Democrats are up for grabs in what are expected to be close races Tuesday.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon voters are weighing in on seven ballot measures.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon voters are deciding how much power Democrats will have in the Legislature next year. The result will determine whether Democrats will be able to raise taxes without any support from Republicans.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Democrat John Kitzhaber and Republican Chris Dudley are locked in a tight race for governor.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- It may be late Tuesday or later before Oregon voters know who their next governor will be.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Anaheim Ducks plan to keep 18-year-old defenseman Cam Fowler for the season, deciding not to send him back to his junior team.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Longtime San Francisco 49ers center Eric Heitmann has been placed on season-ending injured reserve, clearing roster room for the addition of new linebacker Thaddeus Gibson.
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) -- The BNP Paribas Open will become the first tennis tournament to feature replay technology on all eight match courts in 2011.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Television ratings for this year's World Series equaled the lowest ever.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington voters have rejected an initiative that would have privatized workers' compensation insurance.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington voters are deciding Tuesday if the state should lose its monopoly of providing workers' compensation insurance in a political battle that's pitting the powerful Building Industry Association of Washington against the state.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Democratic incumbent Patty Murray is leading Republican Dino Rossi in Washington state's closely watched U.S. Senate race.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Democratic incumbent Patty Murray has expanded her lead over Republican challenger Dino Rossi in the latest Washington state Senate vote totals.
CHICAGO (AP) -- The way he's been getting battered around, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler could probably use some survival tips.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Early results of Tuesday's election show Republicans holding leads in key state Senate races, giving them a chance to take control of the chamber for the first time since 2004.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington voters were deciding Tuesday whether Republicans here can mimic national trends and make gains in the state Legislature -- currently held by Democrats with commanding majorities.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- Clemson first-year women's basketball coach Itoro Coleman is stepping away from the team for the birth of her third child.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press the Milwaukee Brewers have hired Los Angeles Angels bench coach Ron Roenicke to be their new manager.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Browns president Mike Holmgren says he will not interfere with coach Eric Mangini's decision on picking Cleveland's starting quarterback.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Gonzaga basketball players Steven Gray and Kelly Olynyk are briefly following the game plan of a different coach: William Shakespeare.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Auburn quarterback Cam Newton says he won't think about the NFL until after this season.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Big East conference has unanimously agreed to expand the number of football-playing schools to 10. The Big East made the announcement after Tuesday's board of directors meeting in Philadelphia.
QUINCY, Wash. (AP) -- Computer-maker Dell has reportedly purchased land at Quincy for a data center.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Lt. Gov. Brad Owen leaves Wednesday on a 20-day trade mission to promote Washington business in India and China.
CHICAGO (AP) -- Veteran infielder Omar Vizquel is sticking around for another year with the Chicago White Sox.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington voters overwhelmingly decided Tuesday to give judges more power to deny a suspect bail, after last year's brutal slaying of four Lakewood police officers by a gunman who had recently been released.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington voters are deciding whether to give judges more power to deny a suspect's bail, after last year's brutal slaying of four Lakewood police officers by a gunman who had recently been released.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Orlando Magic-New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden has been postponed because of safety concerns after debris fell into the arena during overnight cleaning of asbestos-related materials.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- With injuries mounting up front, No. 11 Oklahoma is trying out some new combinations on the defensive line.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Authorities say a Delta Air Lines flight from Tokyo to Oregon was searched upon landing after its crew found box cutter blades aboard.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Suspicious items found aboard a Delta Air Lines flight from Tokyo to Oregon that triggered a massive search by federal agents turned out to be some box cutter blades.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The FBI says it is investigating "suspicious items" found on a Delta Air Lines flight from Tokyo to Oregon.
BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox have hired Curt Young to be their pitching coach.
PARIS (AP) -- The International Cycling Union has awarded ProTeam licenses for next year to the Omega Pharma-Lotto, Garmin-Cervelo, Rabobank and Sky ProCycling teams.
IRVING, Texas (AP) -- Jerry Jones is stuck.
CHEMULT, Ore. (AP) -- The Matsutake mushroom season is over in Oregon, and it turned out to be a bumper crop.
PARIS (AP) -- The French Anti-Doping Agency has taken a step toward reconciliation with the International Cycling Union by pledging to work more closely in the fight against doping.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- New England Revolution forward Taylor Twellman is expected to announce that concussion issues are forcing him to end his career.
OCALA, Fla. (AP) -- Actor Wesley Snipes is heading back to court, hoping to convince a central Florida judge he deserves a new trial because he claims the jury was biased.
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The San Diego Padres have exercised their option on All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez for 2011.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Major League Soccer once again has earned mostly high marks for its racial and gender hiring.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Gov. Chris Gregoire is heading to Germany for meetings with executives at BMW and SGL Automotive.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. begins selling the long-awaited Kinect game-control system on Thursday ahead of the lucrative holiday season. To succeed, Kinect will need to exude the kind of iPad-like magic that defies frugality and gets people spending to experience something new, even as they cut back elsewhere in the uncertain economy.
SEATTLE (AP) -- BOC Aviation has ordered eight Boeing 777-300ERs valued at $2.2 billion to be leased to Thai Airways International.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- A rash of injuries and two early losses kept the Indianapolis Colts in chase mode for eight weeks.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco police say at least five people were arrested when celebrations following the Giants' World Series victory turned rowdy.
SEATTLE (AP) -- If predictions hold, Washington may have its strongest turnout for a midterm election in 40 years.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The state of Washington will receive more than $6 million as it share of a settlement with GlaxoSmithKline over poorly made pills, including the popular antidepressant Paxil.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans have seized control of the House for the first time since 2006, riding a wave of voter discontent and economic woes to directly challenge President Barack Obama's agenda.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans have moved within reach of retaking control of House, as they captured three more hotly contestsed seats held by Democrats in Maryland and Pennsylvania.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans have broken House Democrats' stranglehold on New England, winning a seat in New Hampshire.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans have captured their first two Democratic seats as they pressed to regain control of the House on Tuesday.
BASEL, Switzerland (AP) -- Janko Tipsarevic defeated Denis Istomin 6-2, 6-4 Tuesday to advance to a second-round meeting with three-time champion Roger Federer at the Swiss Indoors.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer has won in California, all but dashing any chance for Republicans to take over the Senate.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A third tea party-backed candidate has captured a Senate seat, Republican Mike Lee in Utah.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democrats have captured a key tossup race, winning West Virginia's Senate seat.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans have taken away a third Democratic Senate seat, winning North Dakota.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln has become the first Senate Democratic incumbent to fall in Tuesday's election.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- The Washington Redskins have worked out former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- A pair of brothers are among three men arrested as suspects in a home invasion robbery last week in Oakridge.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Early returns show state Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders in a tight re-election fight with Bainbridge Island attorney Charlie Wiggins.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders and his challenger, Charlie Wiggins, are focusing on their day jobs as their campaign comes to a close.
CHEHALIS, Wash. (AP) -- Investigators in Lewis County say the two fatal fires in the past week both appear to be accidental.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Two-time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins has reported to the New England Patriots.
MIAMI (AP) -- Tomas has weakened to a tropical depression but is expected to regain strength as it heads toward Haiti, where it could hit as a hurricane.
MIAMI (AP) -- A tropical storm warning has been issued in Jamaica as Tropical Storm Tomas approaches.
VALENCIA, Spain (AP) -- Andy Murray began his Valencia Open defense with a 6-3, 7-6 (1) win over Feliciano Lopez on Tuesday.
BAKER CITY, Ore. (AP) -- Vandals who spray painted graffiti on Baker High School may have offered some clues to their identity with repeated references to La Grande High School just before a football game between the prep rivals.
A man driving an SUV slammed into a Volkswagen parked on the shoulder of southbound Interstate 5 this morning when he veered off the road as he sipped coffee.
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- A southern Oregon family has filed a $6 million federal lawsuit claiming the Phoenix-Talent School District hired and kept a teacher unsupervised despite past complaints about inappropriate conduct.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates plan to talk to Texas Rangers' batting coach Clint Hurdle about their vacant manager job.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A Spokane man alarmed neighbors on Halloween by waving a butcher knife outside his home and accusing trick-or-treaters of devil worshipping.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Zenyatta was made the early 8-5 favorite in a field of 12 for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic, where she'll try to end her career with a 20-0 record.
ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon Shakespeare Festival closed its 2010 season in Ashland with record-breaking numbers for tickets and revenue.
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) -- Tidewater Barge Lines is laying off up to 200 employees for three months while three navigation locks on the Columbia and Snake Rivers are being replaced.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Portland Water Bureau is telling customers not to worry about the "fall color" showing up in the drinking water.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A transgender driver who claims a Portland police officer grabbed her breasts and genitalia during a search is suing the city for more than $200,000.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- A Salem man who pleaded guilty to fatally shooting his best friend was sentenced to six years in prison for manslaughter.
CHARLEROI, Pa. (AP) -- The FBI says a southwestern Pennsylvania bank robbery suspect has been caught "red-handed."
Memories flood in after the passing of Blazers legend
Maurice Lucas' passing on Sunday of cancer at the age of 58 was national sports news, even on a day with the NFL and the World Series.
CHICAGO (AP) -- Researchers are reporting disappointing news about omega-3 fatty acid pills and Alzheimer's disease.
Paul Danzer: Community sports column
Most who compete in the Ironman World Championship are everyday athletes such as Vancouver residents Sandi Wiebe and Tim Winestorfer and Ridgefield's Darin Shields.
Boy what a difference a day makes, eh? Most of Sunday was very mild and quite nice. Then November rolled in, feeling more like the lion’s roar of March. I noticed that it was so dark at 9:30 a.m. Monday that the streetlights in my neighborhood were still on. That darkness and stiff winds were the precursor of some very heavy rain that dominated the afternoon, with anywhere from one-half inch to one inch or more falling in just hours around Clark County. A very strong storm developed in the Gulf of Alaska, with a central pressure rivaling that of the Columbus Day windstorm of October 12, 1962. Of course, it was well north of us but brought the strongest winds to Sandspit, on the east side of Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands, B.C.) in more than three years.
Columbia River will play Prairie at 5 p.m. today with the winner facing Camas at 7 p.m. for top seeding and a first-round bye at the 3A bi-district volleyball tournament this weekend.
Mayor upset at agency, says $780K was wasted
The city of Battle Ground is shelving its plans to construct a water reclamation facility after the Department of Ecology recently nixed the idea. The city has spent at least six years and $780,000 pursuing the idea. Even though the project isn’t feasible at this time, City Manager John Williams said it’s still a viable project for the future.
Community sports results for the week of Oct. 26-Nov. 1
Office buys candy from trick-or-treaters, sends it overseas
Some local dentists are turning a holiday that tends to contribute to tooth decay into a payday. The dentists at Adventure Dental, a pediatric dental and orthodontics office in Vancouver, are buying candy from trick-or-treaters and sending the loot to local troops serving overseas. Youngsters can trade in a pound of Kit Kats, Snickers and Hershey bars for $1; whoever brings in the most sweets will win a prize.
If you thought the election year rancor and political mudslinging was just about over, think again. Late last month, Congress slipped out of D.C. without passing a budget, guaranteeing the House and Senate will be back in session after today’s elections. The problem is, despite the election results, newly elected House and Senate members won’t be seated until January. However, legislators turned out of office by the voters Nov. 2 remain in power until then. They are free to raise taxes and vote for unpopular programs such as cap-and-trade and card check — and they have nothing to lose. If a defeated senator or member of Congress wants to take a parting shot, the lame-duck session provides a perfect opportunity.
The slightly early arrival of spawning chum salmon prompted dam managers to boost flows below Bonneville Dam.
Ex-Skamania County auditor charged with official misconduct
Former Skamania County Auditor J. Michael Garvison, who faces a criminal charge of official misconduct related to his alleged unauthorized expenditure of tens of thousands of dollars while he served as the county’s elected auditor, “remains a productive and valued member” of the Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District, where he now serves as chief financial officer, the district’s manager said Friday. For that reason, the district, based in Oregon City, Ore., will not be taking any action against Garvison at this time, said district Manager Tom Salzer in an e-mail sent Friday.
Clark County Public Health issued a reminder Monday for people to get flu shots now, when flu activity locally and nationwide is low.
Today, the ‘experts’ step aside, and the only opinions that count are the voters’
After all the preening and pontificating by the candidates and the self-styled experts, today America listens to the voice that counts most: yours. The stakes of this election have been reported and analyzed in massive detail for many months. Make sure you learn about the issues and candidates and exercise your right to vote. Here are a few last-minute questions and answers:
Experts foresee equally sluggish 4Q in county
Clark County office, retail and industrial buildings continued to jog in place in the three months ending Sept. 30. The stagnant third quarter could usher in an equally sluggish fourth quarter, according to commercial real estate experts who predict leasing activity would continue to experience slow growth due to a down job market, tepid consumer spending and a tightened business-lending environment. Others say it could be even tougher to fill empty space if Washington voters pass a ballot measure to launch a state income tax.
WSUV engineering: The name of Hakan Gurocak, associate professor and director of the School of Engineering and Computer Sciences at Washington State University Vancouver, was misspelled Monday in a Page A1 story.
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The arrival of fall is delicious news for those who love parsnips, beets and turnips
It’s time root vegetables come out of the cellar and into the spotlight, says Andrea Chesman, who recently devoted an entire cookbook to recipes from the root cellar. Milwaukee chef John Raymond — whose mother filled a root cellar with canned parsnips and carrots and pickled beets when he was a kid — agrees.
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High school results from Nov. 1
What’s the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- The Olympic Museum is to undergo a $50 million renovation.
WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) -- A Walla Walla city agency is merging with a county agency to make both more efficient.
ELMA, Wash. (AP) -- A manufacturing plant at the Satsop Development Park in Elma will mix recycled wood and recycled plastic to make boards that can be used to make fruit bins, pallets and crates.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Empty your own trash can.
WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) -- The fine for a Walla Walla toy store with a purple octopus mural now totals about $2,000.
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) -- Officials in Mount Vernon and Burlington are worried that levees may fail when the Skagit River runs full.
BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) -- A two-alarm fire Monday night gutted a metal recycling plant near Bremerton.
ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) -- C.K. Wu has been re-elected president of amateur boxing's governing body.
PARIS (AP) -- The French soccer league has turned down an appeal from Marseille and upheld a ban on Marseille fans from attending Sunday's match at rival Paris Saint-Germain.
MATSUMOTO, Japan (AP) -- The United States overpowered Kazakhstan to remain undefeated at the women's volleyball world championships on Tuesday.
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- The Washington State Patrol says a fleeing stolen car went the wrong way on I-5 with its lights out overnight before it was abandoned south of Everett.
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) -- European marathon champion Zivile Balciunaite of Lithuania has denied allegations by the IAAF that she took performance-enhancing drugs.
MOSCOW (AP) -- A spokesman for Alexander Lebedev says the Russian banking and media tycoon is being held inside the Moscow headquarters of a bank he owns while masked police rifle through company files.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Two competing proposals that would get Washington state out of the business of selling hard alcohol are losing in early returns.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Voters are casting ballots on competing proposals that would get the state out of the business of selling hard alcohol.
SEATTLE (AP) -- A statewide referendum authorizing bonds for school energy retrofits has been defeated.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington voters are deciding whether to continue a sales tax on bottled water to pay for school retrofits, even as a separate statewide measure asks them to repeal that tax.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Voters are deciding who will prevail in a handful of key congressional districts in races that could change the majority of the delegation from Washington state and could help decide who controls the U.S. House.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Stock futures are rising moderately as traders await the results of midterm elections that are expected to give Republicans at least partial control of Congress.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek police say the country's civil aviation authorities are suspending all deliveries of mail and parcels abroad for 48 hours.
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's top security official says the suspicious package personally addressed to the German chancellor was sent from Greece and resembled a series of small mail bombs found in Athens.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek police say they have detonated a suspicious package outside the Bulgarian embassy in Athens after blasts outside Parliament and at the Swiss Embassy.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek police say they have detonated a suspicious package in a mail delivery van outside Parliament in Athens, while an explosion rocked the courtyard of the Swiss Embassy in central Athens.
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's prime minister says he sees no chance of midterm elections or a military coup in the country.