Stories for February 2, 2011
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Some students at the University of Oregon are concerned that turning the security department into a police force would lead to guns on campus.
AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. (AP) -- A prison bakery at Airway Heights is now using wheat grown in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Eastern Washington wheat growers are closely watching the violence in Egypt.
MONTESANO, Wash. (AP) -- The superintendent of the Monroe Correctional Complex says he has to wait for the criminal investigation of a guard's strangling death before he can change how Washington's largest prison is run.
FIFE, Wash. (AP) -- No one was seriously injured in a stolen car chase that involved a Washington State Patrol trooper shooting at a driver she believes was trying to run her down near Fife.
Mummy on display in Portland unlocks ancient secrets
NEW YORK (AP) -- Aqueduct has canceled the Thursday card, losing a second straight day of racing because of a winter storm.
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- Qatar has fired charismatic soccer coach Bruno Metsu because of the Asian Cup quarterfinal loss to Japan.
MIAMI, Okla. (AP) -- A sheriff says at least three people were killed when the pickup truck they were in ran off of a snow-covered highway and into an icy Oklahoma river.
Illumination on signs gives added warning to confused drivers
Flashing red lights that dot the outer edge of a pair of “Wrong-Way” signs flanking the state Highway 14 offramp at C street were turned on Monday to help steer drivers clear of what has too often been used in recent years as an onramp — with disastrous consequences. Last year, in January, a wrong-way driver traveling east in the westbound lanes of Highway 14 was killed in a wreck that seriously injured a Camas woman. In July, a wrong-way driver caused serious injuries to at least two people in a similar crash.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Democrats in the Oregon Senate are announcing their legislative priorities.
Nene had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups scored 20 points each and the Denver Nuggets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 109-90 on Wednesday night.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Concerns about violent protests in Egypt are pushing the broad stock market lower.
NEW YORK (AP) -- A heap of data on retail sales and the economy will likely sway the stock and bond markets.
BERLIN (AP) -- The European Central Bank's president still thinks longer-term price pressures in the 17-country eurozone remain contained despite "short-term upward pressures" on inflation.
BERLIN (AP) -- The European Central Bank has left its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 1 percent for the 21st consecutive month despite rising inflation levels.
Damage estimated at $15,000, not counting two vehicles
A fire started by unattended cooking in a home’s garage caused about $15,000 damage to a Cascade Park home on Wednesday, not counting extensive damage to two vehicles.
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- South Africa's Retief Goosen shot a 3-under-par 69 to take an early one-shot lead in the first round of the Qatar Masters on Thursday.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Jennifer Song of the United States has shot a 6-under-par 67 to earn a share of the first-round lead at the Women's Australian Open.
Both lived at home in Image neighborhood where bodies were found
Vancouver police have identified two men whose bodies were found in an Image neighborhood home Tuesday as Kenneth W. Koltz, 32, and Christopher M. Haske, 27.
Vancouver police said they were notified late Wednesday afternoon that Sharlene Gervais, 60, of Vancouver, was found in Portland. She was in good condition, police said. Vancouver police thanked residents who helped search for Gervais on Tuesday night as concerns grew that she might be outside in the cold weather.
BG Community Center will hold more people
U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler has moved the location of her Thursday town hall in Battle Ground to accommodate more people. The community meeting, her first in Clark County since her election, will take place at the Battle Ground Community Center, 912 E. Main St., and will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- A promoter says a bout between former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield and Denmark's Brian Nielsen has been postponed.
Trooper uninjured; subject in custody
Here is a press release from the Washington State Patrol:
Outlook for Wind River not as encouraging
HINTERREIT, Austria (AP) -- Lindsey Vonn has escaped major injury in a training accident in which she slammed her head on the slope, just six days before the opening race of the world championships.
Guide offers tips for catching these lunkers of the lower Columbia and lower Willamette rivers
CAIRO (AP) -- President Hosni Mubarak has said in an interview with ABC News that he wants to leave office now, but cannot for fear the country will sink deeper into chaos.
CAIRO (AP) -- Fire and looting have broken out against several buildings around Cairo in new lawlessness following clashes in central Cairo between anti-governement protesters and regime backers.
CAIRO (AP) -- New clashes are heating up again and shots are being fired in the air around Cairo's central Tahrir Square as anti-government protesters push back regime supporters.
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's state news agency reports that the prosecutor-general has banned travel and frozen the bank accounts of three former ministers of the government that was sacked over the weekend, including the interior minister who was responsible for police.
CAIRO (AP) -- The Egyptian military is taking up positions between anti-government demonstrators and supporters of President Hosni Mubarak.
HINTERREIT, Austria (AP) -- Lindsey Vonn has escaped major injury in a training accident in which she slammed her head on the slope, just six days before the opening race of the world championships.
SEATTLE (AP) -- A growing number of U.S. companies have discovered an antidote for post-holiday sales blues: China's huge, gift-laden celebration of its new year.
Flashing red lights that dot the outer edge of a pair of “Wrong-Way” signs flanking the state Highway 14 off-ramp at C street were turned on Monday to help steer drivers clear of what has too often been used in recent years as an onramp — with disastrous consequences. Last year, in January, a wrong-way driver traveling east in the westbound lanes of state Highway 14 was killed in a wreck that seriously injured a Camas woman. In July, a wrong-way driver caused serious injuries to at least two people in a similar crash.
BINGEN, Wash. (AP) -- The chief executive of Insitu plans to retire April 1 after 10 years with the Bingen, Wash.-based company that makes unmanned aircraft.
Vancouver police have stopped searching for Sharlene Gervais
Vancouver police have stopped searching for a 60-year-old woman whose whereabouts are unknown but is no longer believed to be in danger.
PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon Department of Transportation says a fire involving a tractor-trailer rig closed the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 east of Pendleton for more than three hours.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A Portland, Ore., lawyer who won a $19 million jury verdict against the Boy Scouts of America is representing a man who says he was sexually molested as a young boy by a Boy Scouts leader in Anchorage.
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's sports minister says at least three sumo wrestlers have admitted being involved in fixing matches in the latest scandal to hit Japan's ancient sport.
MUKILTEO, Wash. (AP) -- The Washington state Employment Security Department says Penguin Windows has laid off 160 workers in the Puget Sound area and will eliminate about 200 more jobs.
Visiting Taiwanese students, hosts, put on Chinese New Year performance on Friday.
OCEANSIDE, Calif. (AP) -- Police have recovered the Olympic gold medal that was stolen a week ago from the Southern California home of the women's skeleton winner in the 2002 Salt Lake City games.
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) -- Authorities say a judge is allowing police to continue holding a U.S. Embassy employee who faces a murder charge in the shooting deaths of two Pakistanis.
Penguin Windows might lay off 156 workers at its Vancouver office - or it might not.
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) -- Hey, diddle, diddle! The cat and the fiddle ... the thief ran off with the spoon?
CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) -- Ryan Brimley had 14 points and Ramell Taylor scored the go-ahead basket as Southern Utah defeated Cal State Bakersfield 63-59 Wednesday night.
SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) -- Ryan White scored 17 points and Texas State snapped a 10-game losing streak to Stephen F. Austin, defeating the Lumberjacks 66-61 Wednesday night.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Trey Thompkins' free throw with 1.4 seconds remaining lifted Georgia to a 60-59 win over Arkansas on Wednesday night.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Connor Frizzelle hit five 3-pointers and scored a career-high 25 points and Arsalan Kazemi had 11 points and a career-high 19 rebounds as Rice held off Tulane 71-61 on Wednesday night.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Gary Flowers scored 22 points and Southern Mississippi defeated Alabama-Birmingham 75-71 Wednesday night.
NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) -- Will Pratt scored 23 points and Devon Baker added 20 as Northwestern State defeated Central Arkansas 85-78 Wednesday night.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Kyle Singler scored 22 points, Nolan Smith had 21 and No. 5 Duke defeated Maryland 80-62 on Wednesday night to avoid its first losing streak in nearly two years.
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) -- Honduras has hired former Red Bulls coach Juan Carlos Osorio ahead of the 2014 World Cup elimination rounds.
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) -- Rayvonte Rice scored 23 points and Drake made 67 percent of its 3-point shots in easily defeating Southern Illinois 65-44 Wednesday night.
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) -- Troy Taylor scored 12 points, leading five Evansville players in double figures, and the Purple Aces defeated Missouri State 77-65 Wednesday night.
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) -- Police have not identified a suspect or motive in the deaths of two men at a home in Vancouver.
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) -- Vancouver, Wash., police say two men found dead in a home are victims of a double homicide.
DALLAS (AP) -- SMU did not allow a field goal for the final 14 minutes Wednesday against East Carolina, outscoring the Pirates 23-6 during that span to rally for a 46-41 victory.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) -- Anthony James had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Northern Iowa held on to beat Illinois State 53-51 on Wednesday night.
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) -- Fred Hunter snagged a double-double, scoring 26 points and pulling down 13 rebounds, as Nicholls State cruised to a 72-52 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Wednesday night.
ABERDEEN, Wash. (AP) -- A beach parking fee idea has been dropped, but it still could cost to visit some Washington beaches as lawmakers look for ways to help fund state parks.
ABERDEEN, Wash. (AP) -- A proposal to increase Washington state revenue by requiring people to pay to park on state beaches has been dropped.
BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) -- Gary Dixon tipped in a missed shot at the buzzer to give Southeastern Louisiana an 89-87 victory over Lamar on Wednesday night.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Mike McCall had 17 points and six assists Wednesday night to lead Saint Louis to a 69-53 victory over Massachusetts.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Derrio Green scored 17 points and hit eight straight free throws in the final 4 minutes as Charlotte stunned Xavier 66-62 on Wednesday night.
HAMILTON, N.Y. (AP) -- Joe Hoban scored 22 points, dished out 13 assists and led three Colgate players in scoring more than 20 points in a 97-86 win over Longwood on Wednesday night.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- Omar Carter had 26 points, including the game-winning free throws in overtime, and grabbed 12 rebounds in Appalachian State's 80-78 victory over North Carolina-Greensboro on Wednesday night.
One of three men suspected in a robbery and shooting at a Hazel Dell apartment complex made his first appearance Wednesday morning in Clark County Superior Court.
CAIRNS, Australia (AP) -- Authorities say a man who asphyxiated while sheltering inside during the massive cyclone that struck Australia this week has become the storm's first fatality.
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- Jacob Pullen scored 18 points and Curtis Kelly added 16 to lead Kansas State to a 69-53 victory over Nebraska on Wednesday night.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Eric Buckner scored 18 points as Georgia State held off North Carolina-Wilmington 63-58 in overtime on Wednesday night, snapping a seven-game losing streak.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Khalif Wyatt scored 18 points and Temple withstood a late rally by La Salle to earn a 71-67 victory Wednesday night.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Tony Mitchell scored 23 points to lead Alabama to a 75-61 victory over Mississippi State on Wednesday night.
KINGSTON, R.I. (AP) -- Nikola Malesevic scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half as Rhode Island broke open a close game to defeat Fordham 72-52 on Wednesday night.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Dan Geriot scored 15, Justin Harper added 13 and Kevin Anderson 12 to lead Richmond over Saint Joseph's 62-52 on Wednesday night.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Forward Trevor Ariza has left the New Orleans Hornets' game against Oklahoma City with a sprained right ankle.
HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) -- Quinn McDowell scored 23 points to lead William & Mary over James Madison 73-67 on Wednesday night.
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Chile's new soccer association president says Marcelo Bielsa, the national team coach who has been threatening for three months to resign, is staying on the job.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A Portland Fire & Rescue spokesman says a house fire that apparently started because tenants were using a hole in the floor as an ashtray caused $30,000 in damage.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Bill Clark had 23 points, 10 rebounds and four assists as Duquesne cruised past George Washington 84-59 on Wednesday night, the Dukes' 11th consecutive victory.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has sued Washington City Paper over a column he says defamed him and had anti-Semitic references.
YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) -- Brandon Bowdry scored 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Eastern Michigan to a 60-56 victory over Akron Wednesday night.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Steven Idlet scored 17 points, Jordan Clarkson added 15 and Tulsa survived a pair of late shots for a 68-65 victory over Memphis on Wednesday night.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Marshon Brooks scored 24 points and added seven rebounds to lead Providence over South Florida 68-63 on Wednesday night.
A Vancouver man made his first court appearance Wednesday on suspicion of vehicular homicide and felony hit-and-run driving in connection with an October crash that killed his passenger.
DURHAM, N.H. (AP) -- Chandler Rhoads scored 15 points to lead New Hampshire over Albany (N.Y.) 62-59 in overtime on Wednesday night.
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) -- Andre Cornelius scored 22 points to lead George Mason to an 87-68 win over Hofstra on Wednesday night.
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- Kent Bazemore scored 20 points, including the 3-pointer that gave Old Dominion the lead for good with 1:25 left, as the Monarchs defeated Delaware 67-59 Wednesday night.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Jessica Breland scored 16 of her game-high 22 points in the second half and Waltiea Rolle was perfect on 12 free throws and finished with 18 points Wednesday night, leading 15th-ranked North Carolina to an 84-75 win over No. 19 Florida State.
SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash. (AP) -- A missing back-country skier was apparently killed by an avalanche in Washington state's Red Mountain area about 50 miles east of Seattle.
SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash. (AP) -- Warming temperatures will create a high risk of avalanches for searchers in Washington state who are looking for a backcountry skier in the Red Mountain area near Snoqualmie Pass.
SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash. (AP) -- The avalanche danger is a concern for searchers looking for a backcountry skier in the Red Mountain area near Snoqualmie Pass.
SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash. (AP) -- A King County sheriff's spokesman says a search for a backcountry skier believed missing in the Red Mountain area near Snoqualmie Pass will resume Thursday morning.
COEUR D' ALENE, Idaho (AP) -- Charles Sellier (sel-ee-AY'), producer of Christian films and creator of the book and television series "The Life and Time of Grizzly Adams," has died. He was 67.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- NCAA sanctions and whispers about another new scandal didn't prevent Southern California coach Lane Kiffin from landing a standout recruiting class.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- American Bernard Lagat, winner of the 1,500 and 5,000 meters at the 2007 World Championships, has joined the 5,000 field at the Melbourne Track Classic on March 3.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Rick Jackson had 13 points and 13 rebounds to lead No. 17 Syracuse to a 66-58 victory over No. 6 Connecticut on Wednesday night and the Orange avoided the first five-game losing streak in coach Jim Boeheim's 35 seasons.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Malcolm Delaney scored 22 points to help Virginia Tech beat North Carolina State 77-69 on Wednesday night.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Indiana Fever signed veteran center Tangela Smith to a multiyear deal on Wednesday.
Vancouver police Major Crimes detectives are investigating the deaths of two men whose bodies were found Tuesday afternoon in a home in the 12000 block of Northeast 40th Circle as a double homicide.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey coach Avery Johnson has been ejected from the game against the Philadelphia 76ers.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Tom Pritchard and Verdell Jones each scored 12 points to lead Indiana past No. 18 Minnesota 60-57 on Wednesday night.
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- Everett police say a public memorial service for a Washington state prison guard killed last weekend at the Monroe Correctional Center is planned on Tuesday at Comcast Arena in Everett.
DALLAS (AP) -- A person familiar with the plans for the Super Bowl halftime show tells The Associated Press that R&B star Usher and former Guns 'N Roses guitarist Slash are slated to make surprise appearances Sunday.
DALLAS (AP) -- New England coach Bill Belichick has won The Associated Press 2010 NFL Coach of the Year award, the third time Belichick has earned the honor.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers and pitcher Hong-Chih Kuo have agreed to a one-year contract worth $2,725,000.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Rangers forward Ruslan Fedotenko, already out with a separated shoulder, will be sidelined for three more weeks after undergoing an appendectomy.
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- O.J. Simpson won't get a rehearing before the three Nevada Supreme Court justices who denied an appeal of his conviction in a Las Vegas hotel room heist.
HOUSTON (AP) -- The Houston Astros have agreed to one-year contracts with outfielder Brian Bogusevic, right-handed pitchers Enerio Del Rosario and Wilton Lopez and infielder Jimmy Paredes.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Belmont has hired Heather Henson as its new women's soccer coach two months after the former coach was let go with her players saying it happened because she told them she was expecting a child with her same-sex partner.
PORTLAND, Ore (AP) -- Hundreds of Oregon juvenile offenders are scheduled to be released into less-restrictive environments and hundreds more now under supervision could be released back into their communities.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Syracuse's Jim Boeheim and Connecticut's Jim Calhoun have set the record for most total wins between coaches.
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) -- Alex Schlopy won the first men's slopestyle event at the Freestyle World Ski Championships on Thursday, as competitors from seven different countries put on a show they hope will land the sport in the 2014 Winter Olympics.
DEER VALLEY, Utah (AP) -- A mistake on her final jump cost defending Olympic champion Hannah Kearney the ladies' mogul title Wednesday by 0.04 and allowed retiring Jennifer Heil of Canada to win the 2011 Freestyle World Championship.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Sparks have signed forward Ebony Hoffman to a free-agent contract, and guards Ticha Penicheiro and Noelle Quinn have re-signed with the WNBA team.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma City Thunder have recalled rookie center Cole Aldrich from the NBA development league.
DALLAS (AP) -- The NFL has sent a letter to agents to explain what players will need to do to make sure their health insurance coverage continues if there is a lockout.
DALLAS (AP) -- An arbitrator has denied a grievance by the NFL Players Association that sought to make teams pay health insurance premiums for active players after the current labor deal expires March 3.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Infielder Felipe Lopez has agreed to a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Colorado Avalanche at St. Louis Blues game that was postponed due to severe weather has be rescheduled for Feb. 22.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz says he remains puzzled about why 13 players were hospitalized with a muscle disorder following intense workouts last month.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. intelligence officials say there is no specific terrorist threat to Sunday's Super Bowl, but they say al-Qaida and other similar groups remain interested in carrying out attacks during such high profile events.
OLYMPIA. Wash. (AP) -- A report from the state auditor says the system providing health insurance to public school employees should be streamlined and standardized to save money and make it more fair.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Carl Blair hit four free throws in the final 23.6 seconds as Oklahoma held off a late run from Baylor for a 73-66 victory on Wednesday.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- After signing so many top recruiting classes, Texas coach Mack Brown faced a new challenge: holding one together after the first losing season in 13 years and an offseason of turmoil.
The suspect displayed a handgun inside the Chase Bank located at 630 Center Street NE in Salem.
DALLAS (AP) -- An outside labor lawyer for the NFL says the league's owners are as unified right now as NHL owners were when that sport lost an entire season to a lockout.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Play has started in the Phoenix Open after a four-hour delay because of heavy frost at TPC Scottsdale.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The start of play in the Phoenix Open has been delayed because of heavy frost at TPC Scottsdale.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Frozen turf wiped out the pro-am round at the Phoenix Open and frost was expected to lead to long delays before play Thursday and Friday.
SEATTLE (AP) -- The man who wrote the book "Drugstore Cowboy" has pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery for holding up a pharmacy in Redmond last May.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Juan Castillo is the new defensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles, the team announced on Wednesday.
Canceling state’s event would save millions; results largely ignored
The Senate Ways and Means Committee will take up a bill Thursday that would cancel the 2012 presidential primary to save the state $10 million in election costs. Sen. Craig Pridemore, D-Vancouver, who chairs the Senate committee that oversees elections law, introduced Senate Bill 5119 at the request of Gov. Chris Gregoire and Secretary of State Sam Reed. The bill advanced to Ways and Means Jan. 24 with a “do pass” recommendation.
Tuesday's high school scoreboard
Falcons don’t ease up on Mountain View for 82-29 win
The gap between first and second place in the Class 3A Greater St. Helens League’s girls basketball standings has widened. Considerably.
Hawks need two more wins to clinch league title
The Hockinson boys basketball team is in a position no one but Mark Morris has enjoyed since the Monarchs joined the Class 2A Greater St. Helens League. Thanks to a gutty 52-49 win at Mart Morris on Tuesday, the Hawks control their own destiny in the battle for a league title.
Commentary: Paul Valencia
Cody Fields got a letter that pretty much said “thanks but no thanks.” The next day, he was told that letter was a mistake. He would get an interview in hopes of earning a congressional appointment to a service academy.
Signing day will get an early start today in Clark County. And for some athletes who are waiting to sign, it will turn into signing week. Here is a list of all the athletes who we know of who are expected to sign this week.
Football standout Henderson heading to play for Warriors
Ellis Henderson wants to swim with the animals. If he happens to score a bunch of touchdowns while studying marine biology, all the better.
What's the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking: National Signing Day
A daily listing of death notices
Steve Sliwa, Insitu Inc. chief executive officer, has announced plans to retire on April 1, after 10 years with the Bingen-based company, a maker of unmanned aircraft systems.
How can a vessel owner be allowed to abandon the craft on public land for years?
Imagine trying to abandon your vehicle on the side of the road with more than 1,400 gallons of fuel leaking out and polluting the ground and nearby watershed. Then imagine state and federal agencies doing nothing about it for years. Sounds preposterous, doesn’t it? Impossible! Yet the aquatic equivalent of that assault on the environment is unfolding on the shores of the Columbia River near state Highway 14 and Southeast 192nd Avenue. A barge was abandoned on the Washington side of the river an uncertain number of years ago and recently started leaching PCB-tainted oil into the river. An oil sheen was first noticed on Jan. 21 and, as Erik Robinson reported in Tuesday’s Columbian, more than 1,450 gallons have been recovered. There appears to be no immediate threat to public health, and marine navigation seems unaffected, but the sheen stretched 15 miles before containment and recovery work began. Now the Coast Guard is working with agencies from both states to determine what other pollutants might be on the vessel, which has broken in its middle section.
The Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce honored winners of the 2010 Recognition of the Year awards at its banquet last week.
Woodland Primary School is opening its kindergarten registration for the 2011-12 school year on Monday.
A new exhibit on the social, cultural and economic impacts of the Interstate Bridge will kick off the “First Thursday Museum after Hours” series.
School tour: A notice for a Feb. 11 patron tour hosted by Vancouver Public Schools that appeared on Page C2 Tuesday lacked contact information. To register for the free tour, reach Susan Knable at 360-313-4720 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Columbian corrects errors. Call Mary Ricks at 360-735-4550.
Contractors working with the U.S. Coast Guard on Tuesday continued working to stabilize the skeletal remains of the beached and broken barge Davy Crockett.
She took government-subsidized plan while voting for reform’s repeal
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee branded freshman U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler a “health care hypocrite” Tuesday for accepting government-subsidized health coverage after voting to repeal a national health reform bill aimed at extending health coverage to more than 30 million Americans. Health policies took effect Tuesday for new members of Congress.
Officials: Vancouver site was not right fit for auto parts facility
Subaru of America Inc. wanted ground that was ready to be broken and built on. The Port of Portland had it.
AARP volunteers are providing free income-tax filing help at a number of locations around Clark County beginning this week.
Letters to the editor
Meet Soloman, a 3-year-old American Eskimo that came to the shelter as a stray. He is quite the happy boy but can get nervous with new situations and people so he needs a home with kids over the age of 16. If you’re interested in meeting him please e-mail JRylander@southwesthumane.org or FSmith@southwesthumane.org to schedule an appointment. Charlie is a 14-year-old male white domestic short hair. Charlie came to us when his family was no longer able to care for him. Charlie is all white with blue eyes so he may have diminished hearing. He is also polydactyl, which means he has extra toes. Charlie is declawed so he will need to be an indoor-only cat. He is a sweet older boy who would like his home to be a bit calmer and quieter.
But mom, her clothes weren’t so fortunate
My folks came to Vancouver to work in the shipyards. They worked hard, saved their money and were all set to buy a small farm on Sara Road — now called 179th Street — about halfway between the Sara Store and Kozy Kamp. We had a large barn and a pump house. On the west side of the barn was a hay loft and manger for our Guernsey milk cow, our large draft work horse and tack. In the center of the barn there was enough room to park a car and put a work bench in the front. On the outside of the barn was a 6-foot chicken-wire-fenced pen for the chickens.
Recently, some hypodermic needles were found at First Place Park. This is not a rare event — in some places. Does the city have a resource for disposing of used hypodermic needles that haven’t been discarded properly? — From the First Place Neighborhood Association newsletter
Thursday Fruit Valley Neighborhood Association, 7 p.m., Fruit Valley Community Center, 3203 Unander Ave.
WASHOUGAL — Boat launches from the Port of Camas-Washougal have gone a litt le more high tech. On Feb. 9, a new digital launch ramp ticket machine went online. The green obelisk resembles those new parking-sticker dispensers proliferating in downtown Vancouver and Portland. The machine, located at the marina pay station kiosk, dispenses $7, single-day launch ramp and parking permits to display on your dashboard while you’re out on the water. They’re valid until midnight on the day of purchase.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington's state Senate is considering plans to trim the current budget deficit.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi coach Houston Nutt says football recruit Floyd Raven's mother signed his letter of intent and that the highly regarded cornerback will not be attending the university.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Fans of the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers tend to carry their passions for life. Babies in Terrible Towels, pilgrimages to the graves of Lombardi or Lambeau.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A person familiar with the situation says the Titans have received permission to talk with Mike Mularkey, Gregg Williams and Perry Fewell as coaching candidates to replace Jeff Fisher.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- After a vigorous workout with the Colorado Avalanche, Peter Forsberg sounded a little less optimistic about his comeback attempt.
EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- The Central Florida-UTEP men's basketball game scheduled for Wednesday night has been postponed because a winter storm knocked out power in El Paso.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Bucks forward Drew Gooden will be sidelined four to six weeks because of lingering problems with plantar fasciitis in his left foot.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Even though one recruit was arrested and his future is in question, Ohio State coach Jim Tressel was pleased with the 23 players who signed letters of intent Wednesday to be Buckeyes.
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Defending champion Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil rallied to defeat Rui Machado of Portugal 7-5, 1-6, 6-1 on Wednesday and reach the quarterfinals of the Movistar Open.
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Seventh-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy reached the quarterfinals of the Movistar Open on Wednesday by defeating Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Officials from Washington and British Columbia have agreed to work together to prepare for and try to limit climate change.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Blake Griffin was supposed to get this started last season; instead he broke his left kneecap in the final preseason game.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis Blues forward Andy McDonald has been activated from the injured list after missing 24 games with a concussion.
PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) -- A police chief says a 50-year-old elementary school principal has died after being shot by a school janitor at a Northern California school.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Tour of California has strengthened its anti-doping program to start pre-race testing earlier and have the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, not cycling's governing body, oversee in-competition testing.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Bernard Lagat will try to complete his set of American indoor records in a two-mile race in New York on Feb. 12.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah Jazz star guard Deron Williams will miss his fourth straight game Wednesday night against Houston because of a wrist injury.
NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon State Police say the driver in a crash that killed two men near Seal Rock on the Oregon coast has been arrested for investigation of two counts of manslaughter.
NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon State Police have released the name of the driver who survived a crash near Seal Rock on the Oregon coast that killed two passengers.
KLINGENTHAL, Germany (AP) -- Kamil Stoch of Poland won a large hill event Wednesday for his second career World Cup ski jump title.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Yankees have acquired outfielder Justin Maxwell from the Washington Nationals for minor league right-hander Adam Olbrychowski.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A person with knowledge of the negotiations says Lou Piniella is close to finalizing a contract with the San Francisco Giants to work in an advisory role for the World Series champions.
SAO PAULO (AP) -- The American twins Bob and Mike Bryan have withdrawn from the Brasil Open next week because of an injury to Bob's left shoulder.
NEW YORK (AP) -- NBC Sports executives will take the prominent roles in its combined operations with Comcast Corp.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Toronto Raptors finally escaped Indianapolis on Wednesday after being stuck there since Monday night because of the winter storm that has swept the nation.
ANTALYA, Turkey (AP) -- Nana Attakora helped Toronto FC earn a 1-1 draw against Partizan Belgrade on Wednesday in its Major League Soccer preseason opener.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Ohio State football recruit Chris Carter was arrested Tuesday on a sexual imposition allegation after a complaint that he fondled a girl while pretending to measure her for an ROTC uniform.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Ohio State football recruit Chris Carter was arrested Tuesday for sexual imposition after a complaint he fondled a girl while pretending to measure her for an ROTC uniform.
SEATTLE (AP) -- A man accused of a random hatchet attack that killed a man on a Seattle sidewalk pleaded not guilty Wednesday in King County Superior Court.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Manchester United defender Gary Neville has retired after a 20-year career spent entirely with one club.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles police say former Southern California backup quarterback Mitch Mustain has been arrested on suspicion of selling prescription drugs.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio says he has a fix for the problem behind recent federal court rulings declaring the new health care law unconstitutional.
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) -- A Klamath Falls call center serving DirectTV subscribers says it will be hiring more than 300 new people over the coming year.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Kevin Anderson of South Africa reached the quarterfinals of the SA Tennis Open with a 6-2, 6-4 win Thursday over Dudi Sela.
ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) --
CAIRO (AP) -- Bursts of heavy gunfire are ringing out in Cairo's Tahrir Square, and a protest organizer says three anti-government demonstrators have been killed.
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian Health Minister Ahmed Sameh Farid says one person was killed when he fell off a bridge, and 596 have been injured in pitched battles between government supporters and opponents in Cairo's main square.
SEATTLE (AP) -- The prospect of big tuition hikes at state universities has Washington lawmakers looking to scale back a program that lets parents buy tuition credits for their children years before they head off to college.
HOQUIAM, Wash. (AP) -- Police shot a tire and rammed a stolen Hoquiam police car to arrest a suspect who had jumped into the car while it was idling.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Senate lawmakers are putting off a planned vote on unemployment tax breaks for businesses.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington businesses would get a break on this year's unemployment taxes under a bill headed for a floor vote in the state Senate.
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- Blood donors are lining up in Southern Oregon to donate plasma for cash, saying they need the money in a tough economy.
ZWIESEL, Germany (AP) -- Organizers have switched two women's World Cup races, moving the slalom to Friday and delaying the giant slalom until Saturday because of wind conditions.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson is back on the national team, another milestone in her comeback.
NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) -- American forward Robbie Findley has hurt a thigh during training with his new club, Nottingham Forest.
TORONTO (AP) -- The Toronto Maple Leafs signed checking-line winger Mike Brown to a three-year contract extension Wednesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) -- Brazilian midfielder Marcos Paullo has signed with the New York Red Bulls following a trial with the Major League Soccer team last year.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- The commander of the International Space Station says his brother will announce soon whether he'll blast off aboard shuttle Endeavour in April.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Police in Salem have arrested a man on manslaughter charges in a fatal hit-and-run last week.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Portland School Board finance committee voted Tuesday night to ask voters to raise property taxes for the operations levy to help prevent teacher layoffs.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Former Florida coach Urban Meyer has severed financial ties with the Gators to avoid potential NCAA recruiting violations.