Stories for February 3, 2011
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Wildlife biologists in Oregon and Washington say hungry sea lions at the mouth of the Columbia River are apparently responsible for the rapid decline in numbers of sturgeon in the river.
ZURICH (AP) -- FIFA's appeals committee has upheld the three-year ban of Nigeria's Amos Adamu for seeking bribes during the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding races.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Police say a shooting that resulted in the deaths of a Portland couple appears to be a murder-suicide.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Police have found a man and woman dead in an apparent shooting at an apartment in northeast Portland.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Outgoing Sabres owner B. Thomas Golisano has said his goodbyes to players and staff but says Buffalo may not have seen the last of him.
DALLAS (AP) -- Texas got another blast of winter overnight Friday, with a few inches of snow piling up on icy streets and sidewalks just two days before the Super Bowl.
Tracking dog set on man’s trail east of Pearson Field
Vancouver police converged east of Pearson Field late Thursday night after employees of a Subway shop near Columbia House and Grand boulevards called 911 to report that someone tried to rob them at knifepoint. The would-be robber brandished a steak knife in the shop about 9:30 p.m., but employees refused to open the cash register, officials said.
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) -- A survey of patients at a Port Angeles hospital last year found one of their biggest complaints was noise.
KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) -- An ex-Portland police officer charged with sex crimes in the Tri-Cities had been out on bail until a judge in Kennewick sent him back to jail for violating an anti-harassment order in an unrelated case.
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- A bill in the Washington Legislature to make coffee the official state drink represents the work of two Snohomish High School seniors.
ZURICH (AP) -- FIFA's rules-making panel will study the results from 10 different goal-line technology systems being tested before its meeting next month.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- State Rep. Larry Seaquist of Gig Harbor has introduced a bill to create a three-member board to revamp the Washington state ferry system.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Public officials throughout Spokane County have agreed to create a new regional garbage-disposal system.
ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) -- Australian Open champion Kim Clijsters will play Melanie Oudin on Saturday in the Fed Cup when Belgium faces the United States in the best-of-five series.
New congresswoman recaps first 3 weeks in office at Battle Ground
BATTLE GROUND — U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler found favor with her conservative base Thursday evening at her first Clark County town hall meeting since taking office one month ago. A friendly crowd of nearly 300 filled the Battle Ground Community Center auditorium to hear the 32-year-old Republican congresswoman describe her first three weeks on the job and her determination to “reverse America’s march to bankruptcy.”
DEMINO, Russia (AP) -- Illia Chernousov of Russia and Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland won combined pursuit events at a cross-country World Cup meet Friday.
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic has pulled out of the ABN Amro Tournament, citing a shoulder injury.
CLAIRTON, Pa. (AP) -- It's only natural that Pittsburgh-area steelworkers would want to watch the Pittsburgh Steelers in Sunday's Super Bowl.
PASCO, Wash. (AP) -- KNDU reports Tri-Cities Airport Director Jim Morasch died Thursday night at a Seattle hospital.
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- Norfolk has pulled its new city website after Seattle officials noticed more than a few similarities with their city's website.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks are rising modestly in early trading after a mixed employment report said that the unemployment rate fell last month but that new jobs remain scarce.
LONDON (AP) -- The father of slain British student Meredith Kercher is criticizing a television re-enactment for carrying scenes of his daughter's murder in the Italian city of Perugia.
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Pop star Bruno Mars made an appearance before a Las Vegas judge on a plea deal that could get him dismissal of a felony cocaine possession charge.
Hockinson school, families play host to 23 visiting Chinese students.
LONDON (AP) -- Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp still wants to sign David Beckham and is prepared to wait until the former England captain's contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy expires in November.
LONDON (AP) -- Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir will face criminal charges in Britain over allegations they conspired with bookmakers to fix a match last year against England.
NONTHABURI, Thailand (AP) -- Without injured Li Na, top-seeded China lost to Uzbekistan 3-0 in Fed Cup Asia/Oceania Group I on Friday.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- A Eugene woman has fallen victim to an age-old contest-winner scam with a twist.
SILVERTON, Ore. (AP) -- A heart problem has been blamed for the sudden death of a 17-year-old Oregon high school wrestler just after he won a match.
SILVERTON, Ore. (AP) -- A 17-year-old wrestler has collapsed and died shortly after winning a match in the northwest Oregon town of Silverton.
ZWIESEL, Germany (AP) -- Three-time World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn has pulled out of a World Cup slalom after sustaining a concussion in a crash during practice.
They agree with report by experts; 3 alternatives are being considered
A new report released late Thursday afternoon endorses one of three traditional types of bridges as a replacement for the Columbia River Crossing as opposed to a largely untested design earlier favored by engineers. Thursday’s 147-page report comes from a 16-member bridge review panel appointed by governors of Oregon and Washington. It recommends the following:
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Defending champion Yani Tseng shot a 6-under-par 67 to take a two-stroke lead in Friday's rain-interrupted second round of the Women's Australian Open at Commonwealth Golf Club.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Officials in Russia are closely watching a case involving an Alaska woman who is charged with child abuse after a video that aired on "Dr. Phil" showed her punishing her adopted Russian son by squirting hot sauce in his mouth and forcing him into a cold shower.
Gillnetters got eight salmon on Tuesday night-Wednesday fishery
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As a supporter of presidential candidate Barack Obama, Cynthia Stroum was a superstar whose financial backing of the campaign landed her a plum diplomatic posting in Europe. As America's ambassador to Luxembourg, the wealthy Seattle-based businesswoman was a disaster.
LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (AP) -- Police in the Portland suburb of Lake Oswego have arrested the volunteer treasurer of two youth sports leagues and a school parents club, accusing her of embezzling $86,000.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Defending champion Yani Tseng shot a 6-under-par 67 to maintain a two-stroke lead at the storm-interrupted second round of the Women's Australian Open on Saturday.
SEATTLE (AP) -- The head of Washington state's Department of Financial Institutions says the state's chief banking regulator is resigning to become president and CEO of Islanders Bank, a small San Juan Island County bank owned by Walla Walla-based Banner Corp.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) -- Sam Willard posted his 14th double-double and coach Bob Thomason notched his 400th career victory as Pacific defeated UC Santa Barbara 74-68 on Thursday night.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Robert Sacre had 17 points and 12 rebounds and Steven Gray added 15, including four in the final 11 seconds, as Gonzaga escaped with a 67-64 victory over Portland on Thursday night.
Flooding vessel with water should allow for safer inspection
Thousands of gallons of water are being pumped into the interior of the Davy Crockett today, helping stabilize the beached barge. The former Liberty ship is stranded along the Columbia River, near Camas. The 431-foot-long vessel had buckled in the middle, turning the hull into a V shape.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Antonio McDyess tipped in Tim Duncan's missed jump shot right before the buzzer, and the San Antonio Spurs survived the Los Angeles Lakers' late rally for an 89-88 victory Thursday night.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Allen Crabbe shook off a terrible shooting night to score seven points down the stretch, including a 3-pointer with 13.5 seconds left, and California hung on to beat Arizona State 66-62 on Thursday night.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) -- Phil Martin scored 23 points as UC Riverside held off Cal State Northridge 73-70 on Thursday night.
KHAR, Pakistan (AP) -- A Pakistan government administrator says about 22,000 civilians have fled intense fighting between government troops and militants in a troubled tribal region near the Afghan border.
FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) -- Isiah Umipig scored 19 points, Orane Chin added 15 points and 12 rebounds and Cal State-Fullerton held off UC Irvine 80-74 Thursday night.
MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) -- Keith Shamburger hit a free throw to break a tie, then found Wil Carter for a wide-open dunk with just under 2 seconds remaining to give San Jose State a 92-89 double-overtime victory against Idaho on Thursday night.
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) -- Shawn Lewis scored 23 points to lead Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo to a 65-56 win over UC Davis on Thursday night.
SEATTLE (AP) -- A 16-year-old Bellevue boy accused of shooting his 12-year-old brother in the face has been charged as an adult with second-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm.
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) -- Ireti Amojo and Sage Romberg scored 17 points each and Washington State erased a 10-point first-half deficit to defeat Oregon State 67-64 on Thursday night.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Kevin Olekaibe scored 24 points and Greg Smith added 17 as Fresno State defeated New Mexico State 88-83 in overtime on Thursday night to snap a six-game conference losing streak.
Vancouver police are not releasing details of what killed two men whose bodies were discovered Tuesday in an Image neighborhood home, a spokeswoman said today.
MORAGA, Calif. (AP) -- Mickey McConnell had 26 points and five assists, Rob Jones added 22 points and eight rebounds, and Saint Mary's remained unbeaten at home in McKeon Pavilion with a hard-fought 79-71 victory over Pepperdine on Thursday night.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- John Dickson had 16 points and eight rebounds and Sacramento State defeated Portland State 63-55 on Thursday night.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon Department of Transportation says crews have finished clearing a logjam at the Interstate 84 bridge over the Sandy River. The logjam was caused by heavy flooding last month.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Joevan Catron had 17 points and nine rebounds, and Oregon recorded its most convincing win in Pac-10 Conference play in five years with a 69-43 victory against Washington State on Thursday night.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Kevin Murphy scored 25 points and Alfred Jones had a career-high 14 rebounds to help Tennessee Tech rally for a 63-54 win over Eastern Kentucky on Thursday night.
EDINBURG, Texas (AP) -- Isiah Williams scored 33 points Thursday and Utah Valley beat Texas-Pan American 88-84.
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- Kenneth Faried, the nation's leading rebounder, had 21 points and 20 rebounds to lead Morehead State to a 78-72 victory over Jacksonville State on Thursday night.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- Shane Johannsen was perfect from the field and finished with 16 points as Northern Arizona beat Montana State 61-41 on Thursday night.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Matt Mouzy scored 24 points, making 8 of 10 from 3-point range, and Arkansas-Little Rock beat Denver 75-72 in overtime Thursday night.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Jasmine James scored 14 points, Meredith Mitchell added 12 and No. 24 Georgia stormed back from an 11-0 deficit to beat Arkansas 57-54 in overtime on Thursday night.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Jamarco Warren scored 33 points to lead Charleston Southern over Virginia Military Institute 101-90 on Thursday night.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Kayla Pedersen had 15 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, and No. 4 Stanford pulled away in the second half to beat Arizona State 72-54 Thursday night for its 47th straight Pac-10 win, one short of the all-time record.
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) -- Gary Redus scored 26 points and South Alabama defeated Western Kentucky 80-76 on Thursday night.
SEATTLE (AP) -- The Coast Guard says it has rescued all five people from an 80-foot fishing vessel that called for help when it started taking on water off the northwest Washington coast.
Victim’s ex-girlfriend had pleaded guilty to burglary-related charge
Initially charged as an accomplice in the home-invasion slaying of Charles N. Moore, a Vancouver woman was sentenced Thursday to 15 months in prison for conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary.
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) -- Reggie Hamilton scored 20 points and Keith Benson had a double-double to spark Oakland, Mich., to its 10th straight victory, an 88-65 decision over Western Illinois on Thursday night.
BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. (AP) -- Charles Corbin hit a 3-pointer as time expired, lifting Winthrop to a 60-57 victory over Gardner-Webb on Thursday night.
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- N'Gai Evans scored 22 points, dished out five assists and had three steals to lead Wright State over Loyola (Ill.) 76-63 on Thursday night.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- The governors of Oregon and Washington have thrown out the latest proposed design of a new Interstate 5 bridge across the Columbia River.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Kayla Tetschlag scored 15 of her 25 points in the first half and No. 21 Wisconsin-Green Bay continued its Horizon League dominance with a 87-63 win over Cleveland State on Thursday night.
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) -- Anthony Raffa scored 19 points as Coastal Carolina held on to beat Liberty 77-71 on Thursday night, extending its win streak to 19 games.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Tyler Murray scored 20 points and Wagner scored the final six points of the game to take a 61-57 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson on Thursday night.
DETROIT (AP) -- Ray McCallum snagged a double-double, scoring 12 points and making 10 assists, to boost Detroit to a 77-63 win over Illinois-Chicago on Thursday night.
GRESHAM, Ore. (AP) -- Gresham, Ore., police have identified the two officers involved in the Monday night fatal shooting of a 50-year-old Gresham man.
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) -- Kendrick Perry nailed a 3-pointer with 21 seconds remaining to lead Youngstown State over Butler 62-60 on Thursday night.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Kim Rodgers hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give No. 12 Maryland a 56-53 win over No. 24 Georgia Tech on Thursday night in a game interrupted by a power outage with just over 2 minutes to play.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Kim Rogers hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give No. 12 Maryland a 56-53 win over No. 24 Georgia Tech on Thursday night in a game interrupted by a power outage with just over 2 minutes to play.
Drivers on State Route 14 near Cape Horn should plan ahead to avoid long delays during rock blasting work Wednesday, Feb. 9.
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Sandro Carissimo scored 14 points to lead Vermont to a 61-47 victory over Hartford on Thursday night, the Catamounts' sixth consecutive victory.
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- Sammartino outlasted Mark the Bench in a speed duel to win Thursday's $56,800 King's Canyon Purse by 114 lengths at Santa Anita.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Noah States and Darryl Evans scored 12 points apiece and Furman held off The Citadel 59-55 on Thursday night to sweep the season series.
One NOW team working Friday night will be utilizing the Automatic License Plate Reader (ALPR), which scans license plates for vehicles that are reported stolen.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Julian Boyd and Kyle Johnson each had double-doubles to lead Long Island University over Sacred Heart 81-69 Thursday night.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Andrew Goudelock scored 25 points as College of Charleston swept its season series with Wofford, romping to a 79-54 victory Thursday night in their second meeting.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -- The Miami Hurricanes overcame a season-high 28 turnovers and snapped a four-game losing streak Thursday night by taking advantage of Georgia Tech's poor shooting to win 59-57.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Deontay Twyman scored 20 points and Quinnipiac won its third game in a row by defeating St. Francis (N.Y.) 74-60 on Thursday night.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Omar Wattad and Ricky Taylor each scored 19 points to lead Chattanooga to a 75-66 win over Georgia Southern on Thursday night.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Mikael Backlund scored with about 6 minutes remaining to give Calgary the lead and the streaking Flames finally earned their first win in their former home city, beating the Atlanta Thrashers 4-2 on Thursday night.
GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) -- Mark Sanchez won't need surgery on his injured right shoulder.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Sean Esposito and Alex Young ignited a 12-0 run to start the second half, and IUPUI held on to defeat IPFW 86-77 on Thursday night.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- J.P. Primm scored 15 points to reach 1,000 for his career as North Carolina-Asheville routed Presbyterian 88-55 on Thursday night.
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) -- Lijah Thompson scored 18 points to lead five Robert Morris players in double figures in a 91-38 rout of Bryant on Thursday night.
Here is a press release from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office:
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- The latest monthly economic index from the University of Oregon indicates the state economy showed some encouraging signs in December.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Victoria Dunlap scored 10 points and had 10 rebounds to eclipse 1,000 for her career, and No. 17 Kentucky easily beat Auburn 69-38 on Thursday night.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Who says the Philadelphia Eagles are through with national television until next season?
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Freshman Haley Peters scored 15 points and No. 3 Duke bounced back from its first loss by routing No. 18 Miami 82-58 on Thursday night.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- Rutgers has hired Pittsburgh assistant Brian Angelichio as its tight ends coach.
EMMITSBURG, Md. (AP) -- Julian Norfleet nailed a 3-pointer with 2 seconds left to play, lifting Mount St. Mary's (Md.) to a 56-54 win over Monmouth, N.J. on Thursday night.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- LeBron James has set a Miami Heat record with a 23-point first quarter against the Orlando Magic.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Brittany Rayburn scored 23 points to lead Purdue past No. 20 Iowa 60-41 on Thursday night, the Boilermakers' first win over a ranked team in more than a year.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- The trial of a woman accused in a 2009 double killing in southern Arizona won't resume until resume next week.
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Mark Hendrickson and the Orioles have agreed to terms on a minor league deal, giving the left-hander a chance to rejoin Baltimore's staff after the team declined its option on his contract in November.
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) -- Maloof Skateboarding says Vans will return as presenting sponsor for the 2011 Maloof Money Cup contests.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Lawmakers are moving forward with bills that would impose stricter restrictions on obtaining a driver's license without proof of legal residency.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Right-hander Juan Cruz has agreed to a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays and will join the team at spring training.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The guest list for President Barack Obama's White House Super Bowl party includes entertainers Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony as well as elected leaders from Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Lawyers say a court-appointed trustee wants the owners of the New York Mets to give up $300 million -- money he says is fake profit from Bernard Madoff's epic Ponzi scheme.
NEW YORK (AP) -- A lawyer for the trustee trying to recover money for the victims of the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme says negotiations have ended to settle a lawsuit filed against the New York Mets owners and their affiliated companies.
VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) -- Thursday night's basketball game between Southern Illinois-Edwardsville and South Dakota has been postponed because of severe winter weather.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Carolina Panthers have a new linebackers coach.
IRVING, Texas (AP) -- Green Bay Packers defensive end Cullen Jenkins was worried about this father, whom he hadn't heard from for more than a month. But police have told The Associated Press that his dad is just fine in Hawaii.
DALLAS (AP) -- Go ahead and add franchise tags to the lengthy list of issues the NFL and its players disagree about.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed pitcher Ron Mahay to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- The body of a 78-year-old Salem woman has been recovered from a construction pit after she apparently became disoriented and fell in.
SEATTLE (AP) -- The Northwest Multiple Listing Service says house and condo prices in much of Washington state were down more than 6 percent last month with compared a year ago.
DALLAS (AP) -- With thawing temperatures expected over the weekend, airlines are optimistic that out-of-town fans will get to icy Texas in time to see the Super Bowl.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Zach Filzen matched a career high with 23 points and Byron Mulkey added 20 as Buffalo defeated Toledo 81-58 on Thursday, extending the Bulls' winning streak to six.
DALLAS (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers have the worst grass field in the NFL, according to the latest survey by the players union.
An ever-so-slight impact of the white-out winter storms that stretch from Texas to Maine poked the Vancouver-Portland metro area this morning: Flights into Portland International Airport today from Chicago and Houston have been canceled.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) -- A Washington National Guard battalion is set to deploy to Kuwait this weekend in support of the final year of the U.S. military's work in Iraq
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Brewers completed outfielder Mark Kotsay's $800,000 contract on Friday.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A person familiar with negotiations says the Milwaukee Brewers and outfielder Mark Kotsay have agreed to a $800,000, one-year contract.
ROME (AP) -- Roma has announced it is ready to negotiate a sale to American businessman Thomas Di Benedetto, a part owner of the parent company of the Boston Red Sox and Liverpool.
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has withdrawn a timber sale from the former Bush administration designed to cut big old trees in southwestern Oregon.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled prized defenseman and former first-round pick John Moore from their American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Mass.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Sparks have signed free-agent point guard Loree Moore, reuniting her with former high school teammate Ebony Hoffman.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- James Harrison feels a little better after two days of venting about the NFL and "getting this all off my chest."
DENVER (AP) -- The Colorado Rockies and third baseman Ian Stewart avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2,287,500 deal.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraska coach Bo Pelini says assistant coach Marvin Sanders has resigned.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Democratic lawmakers in the state House are calling for tax increases to save the state's Basic Health Plan.
NEW YORK (AP) -- A minor league catcher in the Washington Nationals' system has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber's proposed budget includes an overhaul of the state programs aimed at giving at-risk children a better start in life.
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) -- Friends of the Earth is calling upon Energy Northwest not to consider using nuclear reactor fuel derived from weapons-grade plutonium at its Columbia Generating Station at Hanford.
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- A former Tacoma high school teacher has been charged with having sex with a teenager she taught at Tacoma's Mount Tahoma High School.
LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) -- Police in Lewiston have released the name of a 69-year-old man who was shot by law enforcement officers after a bank robbery.
Parks, DNR and Fish and Wildlife agencies would share the money
Anglers already are working the lower Columbia for spring chinook
Items about the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen's Show, offerings by the Clark-Skamania Flyfishers and open enrollment for the Washington master hunter program
DALLAS (AP) -- The Black Eyed Peas aren't revealing their set list, but they say they're ready to give an energy-packed performance at Sunday's Super Bowl halftime.
Ford’s January vehicle sales rose 32 percent in Clark County, in line with a 27 percent increase in national sales for the Dearborn, Mich.-based company and setting the tone for a better year for the auto industry.
Oregon Sports Awards honors Evergreen grad
Linfield College softball infielder Staci Doucette was named the female recipient of the Ad Rutschman Small College Athlete of the Year Award as part of the annual Oregon Sports Awards held Sunday at the Stanford Theatre on the campus of Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. The Evergreen High School graduate is the first Linfield female athlete to receive the prestigious award and the sixth overall winner from the McMinnville, Ore., college since the honor was established in 2001.
Coe picks Montana State, while Owen selects Montana
Odin Coe and Addison Owen sat next to each other early Wednesday morning at Camas High School as they signed their National Letters of Intent, still teammates until about 7:30 a.m. Now, they are rivals.
Arman Kalan had 15 points and eight rebounds to lead the Clark College men’s basketball team to a 70-61 win over Centralia on Wednesday. “Kalan was really the guy tonight,” Clark coach Mike Arnold said. “We really made a big difference in the second half.”
Nbafanhouse.com has made a list of the 10 worst players in the NBA and Portland’s backup center Sean Marks earned the No. 1 ranking. Marks topped No. 2 Aaron Gray of New Orleans, No. 3 Gerald Henderson of Charlotte, No. 4 Sasha Pavlovic of Dallas and No. 5. Johan Petro of New Jersey.
Wednesday's high school results
The Rev. Joseph O’Shea was ordained in Ireland 50 years ago
The Rev. Joseph O’Shea, a beloved member of the Catholic community in Southwest Washington, died in his Vancouver home Friday. The 74-year-old died of a heart attack.
I have been gardening in Southwest Washington long enough to recognize a consistent pattern in our variable weather over the years. One phenomenon of our Northwest climate is a distinct interlude of rain-free, sunny weather in mid-February, just like what we’re seeing this week. Since I keep a garden journal, I have it on record that we experience a period of spring-like weather every year before lapsing back into winter conditions.
Compelling statistics about red-light cameras refute complaints from critics
The Washington Post published a story on Tuesday that supports what The Columbian has maintained in several editorials in recent years: Red-light cameras save lives. More than 50 intersections in the District of Columbia are equipped with red-light cameras and, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, those intersections saw a 26 percent drop in traffic fatalities over five years. In 13 other cities with the cameras, according to the study, similar declines in traffic deaths were shown.
Professionals gather monthly to show off their skills, facilities
After one trip too many to Portland, Jon Russell realized the people he wanted to talk tech with were all around him in east Clark County. Trouble was, no one had taken the time to gather the area’s tech-savvy professionals together so they could meet each other.
A friend of mine told me she was planning to “rogue” out a tree in her yard. Does it mean cutting it down? Not exactly. It may involve cutting the tree off near the trunk base, but the word implies to me that someone is going to pull the stump and root-ball out of the ground. In most cases this would involve a professional with the equipment to do the job. I know some folks try to do it themselves, but it is a tough job.
Vancouver — Northwest Pipe Co. plans to expand the production capacity of its Atchison, Kan., plant by 50 percent, the company announced Wednesday.
Vancouver — Papa Murphy’s take-and-bake pizza chain announced this week that it ranked No. 5 on Forbes magazine’s list of the top 20 restaurant franchises.
Formerly homeless, he needs pair of surgeries
Chris Benjamin is far more interested in saving his own life than in saving your tax dollars. But his desperate struggles with the churning realms of health care and disability, poverty and entitlement, have given him a window on the cost of medical care, the contradictions built into the state welfare system — and the way that budget cuts aimed at savings could end up costing the public a whole lot more.
VANCOUVER — Taiwanese exchange students from the King Car Education Foundation will perform Friday, along with their Evergreen school district hosts, at what has become an annual Chinese New Year performance.
VANCOUVER — Whether a global leader, valued trade partner or potential threat, China and its relations with the U.S. and world cannot be ignored.
CLARK COUNTY — Here’s a sweet initiative: Camp Fire children are selling this month boxes of candy to Vancouver residents to send to U.S. troops serving abroad.
Legislation would pay $20,000 for each year incarcerated
Alan Northrop lost 17 years of his life after being wrongfully convicted of a 1993 rape in La Center and imprisoned. After he was cleared of the crime last July, he received no compensation from Washington state and, instead, was saddled with a child support bill of more than $100,000.
Vancouver — Contractors are hoping today to begin pouring ballast water into enclosed compartments within the stern of the beached and broken barge Davy Crockett.
Were you up early enough to see the beautiful sunrise on Wednesday? It was spectacular. Very relaxing and calming, like all is well weatherwise. That certainly is not the case in many parts of our country and around the world, as well. Record-setting snow, ice and cold from the Midwest to the East Coast with the “monster” storm that at one time covered 2,100 miles. As of this writing, the snowstorm in Chicago is the third greatest snowstorm in the city’s history.
2008 Primary Date: A Wednesday front-page story misstated the month Washington’s 2008 presidential primary was held. In fact, it was held in early February, and drew major candidates to the state, including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. The story also misstated the date of a Senate Ways and Means Committee hearing on a bill to cancel the 2012 presidential primary. The hearing is today.
Free tax help: People applying for free income tax filing help may call 888-687-2277. An incorrect phone number was given in a story on Page E1 on Wednesday. It is The Columbian’s policy to correct errors. Call Mary Ricks at 360-735-4550.
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What do I need to know about federal energy-related income tax credits for 2011? I understand they’ve changed since last year. The tax credits available this year have been cut back significantly from what was available last year. The tax bill passed by Congress in December modifies and extends three energy efficiency federal tax credit programs for homeowners, homebuilders and manufacturers.
A weekly list of garden classes and events
Indoor flora clean the air of your home while improving your mood
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Every January, Joan Coulat welcomes an indoor jungle to Capital Nursery. Ferns, orchids, dracaenas — they pack the Sacramento, Calif., greenhouse, ready for new homes. It’s houseplant season.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The state Supreme Court says it was OK for Western Washington University to hold a closed disciplinary hearing for a professor who had a long history of insulting colleagues and students.
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- The family of slain Monroe prison guard Jayme Biendl released a statement through police Thursday saying they are devastated by the loss.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon State University researchers who helped drill one of the longest ice cores ever extracted from Antarctica say it should give them some new clues about past climate changes.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A neighborhood group in Spokane plans to hold a fundraiser to help children pay off overdue book fines so they can resume using their library.
KENT, Wash. (AP) -- A man accused of stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death in December at a Kent apartment has pleaded not guilty.
BATTLE GROUND, Wash. (AP) -- Washington's newest member of Congress, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, has been holding town hall meetings in her southwest Washington district.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Federal regulators say a Portland-based seafood processor and distributor has settled a lawsuit alleging retaliation against a worker who complained about racial discrimination.
SEATTLE (AP) -- The co-founder of a Northwest chain of eye-surgery centers has been convicted of plotting to kill two former colleagues.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Outfielder Laynce Nix and the Washington Nationals have agreed to terms on a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota Twins radio announcer John Gordon has decided to make his 25th season with the team his last.
DENVER (AP) -- Colorado forward Ryan O'Reilly will miss his sixth straight game with a shoulder injury when the Avalanche host Minnesota on Thursday night.
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A Las Vegas judge says he's "heartbroken" his 29-year-old son has been arrested in the brazen gunpoint robbery of $1.5 million in casino chips from the posh Bellagio resort on the Las Vegas Strip.
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) -- Hall of Fame quarterback Bob Griese is retiring from broadcasting.
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Unseeded Horacio Zeballos beat fellow Argentine David Nalbandian 6-2, 7-5 on Thursday to knock the No. 1 seed out of the Movistar Open, the first clay-court tournament of the ATP season.
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Santiago Giraldo of Colombia reached his third quarterfinals this year when he beat Igor Andreev of Russia 7-6 (7), 4-6, 6-2 at the Movistar Open on Thursday.
GRAMBLING, La. (AP) -- Grambling State athletic director Lin Dawson says head football coach Rod Broadway has resigned to take the head coaching job at North Carolina A&T.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The U.S. Forest Service named three new national forest supervisors in Oregon.
CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Cincinnati Bengals have hired Arena Football League veteran Jay Gruden as their offensive coordinator.
GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) -- The NBA has fined the New York Knicks $200,000 for conducting illegal draft workouts.
GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) -- A person with knowledge of the decision says the NBA has fined the New York Knicks $200,000 for conducting illegal draft workouts.
BERLIN (AP) -- The German Bundesliga has rejected a request to approve the planned transfer of Hamburg's Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting to Cologne after a broken fax connection caused the clubs to miss Monday's deadline.
TORONTO (AP) -- Linas Kleiza could miss up to a year after the Toronto Raptors forward had surgery to repair cartilage damage in his right knee.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- While Green Bay and Pittsburgh duke it out over which city should be called Titletown USA, Cleveland's trophy case remains barren.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South African wildcard Izak van der Merwe defeat Simon Greul of Germany 7-6 (5), 6-2 Friday at the SA Tennis Open to reach his first ATP semifinal.
DALLAS (AP) -- Jim McMahon says that when he runs into ex-teammates from the 1986 Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears, the conversation goes like this: "How are you feeling? Are you forgetting stuff like me?"
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Penguins injured center Evgeni Malkin will return Friday, when Pittsburgh meets the Buffalo Sabres. But the Penguins, still without center Sidney Crosby, have lost another center, Mark Letestu, for 4-6 weeks due to arthroscopic knee surgery.
DETROIT (AP) -- Nicklas Lidstrom says he's happy he put retirement on hold. The Detroit Red Wings are, too.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Infielder Pedro Feliz has agreed to a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Penn State leading rebounder Jeff Brooks is day-to-day with a dislocated right shoulder, and his status is unclear for Sunday's game against Michigan.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- A spokesman says the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics will fire three employees and hand two others unpaid five-day suspensions after an investigation confirmed they inappropriately breached the medical records of hospitalized football players.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Prosecutors in five Washington counties want former Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders barred from continuing to rule on cases -- an effort Sanders calls a blatant attempt to manipulate the court.
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania man who worked as the mascot for a New York Yankees minor league team claims his former employer violated worker protection laws.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- President Barack Obama is hinting on Pennsylvania soil that he might root for Pittsburgh's beloved Steelers when they meet Green Bay Sunday in the Super Bowl.
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) -- Three-time finalist Ivan Ljubicic reached the Zagreb Indoors quarterfinals by defeating Daniel Brands of Germany 6-2, 6-3 in the second round on Thursday.
CHICAGO (AP) -- Shortstop Alexei Ramirez and the Chicago White Sox have finalized a new contract that adds $32.5 million over four years through 2015.
CHICAGO (AP) -- Uruguayan forward Gaston Puerari has been signed by Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire from the Montevideo Wanderers.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Sing us a song, Ben Roethlisberger, you're the Piano Man.
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Floyd Mayweather Jr. won't face trial until at least April on a misdemeanor charge in a November scuffle with a security guard outside Mayweather's Las Vegas home.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Kansas City Chiefs have elevated offensive line coach Bill Muir to offensive coordinator, where he takes over for the departed Charlie Weis.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett have struck up a friendly wager on the Super Bowl.
CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) -- Fifteen-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin of Vail., Colo., has won a slalom bronze medal at the Alpine Junior World Championships.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) -- Northern Iowa forward Lucas O'Rear will miss the rest of the season after fracturing his right ankle.
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- Jackson County voters will decide in May if they want the county assessor, surveyor and clerk to be elected positions or hired like other department heads.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp. says it has been awarded another five-year Navy contract for drydock repairs of ships based at Naval Station Everett or visiting the Puget Sound region.
NEW YORK (AP) -- A person familiar with the arrangements says Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte plans to announce his retirement Friday at a news conference at Yankee Stadium.
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- A homeless man acquitted of charges in a grass fire that destroyed 11 homes in Ashland last summer has pleaded not guilty to charges that he tossed a traffic pin off the Ashland Street bridge onto Interstate 5.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina's attorney general has asked a federal judge to dismiss a union's lawsuit against Gov. Nikki Haley after she said she would fight to keep unions out of the Boeing Inc. plant in North Charleston.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The unemployment rate dropped sharply last month to 9 percent, the lowest level in nearly two years. But the economy generated only 36,000 net new jobs, the fewest in four months.
OSLO, Norway (AP) -- Race walker Erik Tysse is appealing a two-year suspension after testing positive for the blood-booster CERA.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The demolition of buildings dating from the 1950s and 60s in Portland has some preservationists worried about losing a style of architecture and some history at the same time.
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) -- Winter weather has claimed another day of racing at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs.
DALLAS (AP) -- The NFL has selected Walt Anderson to referee the Super Bowl, handing the 15-year veteran official his second assignment in the league's championship game.
CHICAGO (AP) -- Boeing Co. says it has lost orders for 32 of its 737s.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- January marked a 12-month low for Portland home sales.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- The Atlanta Falcons have signed coach Mike Smith to a three-year contract extension after he led the team to the NFC South title.
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- The head of Boeing's commercial airplanes division says it could eventually increase the production rate of its new 787 jetliner beyond the previously announced 10 per month it plans to build by the end of 2013.
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Fans from the Brazilian soccer club Corinthians stormed the team's training center and smashed the car windows of several players following the team's elimination from the Copa Libertadores.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Comcast has agreed to pay as much as $23 million to settle a class action lawsuit over late fees charged to some of its cable TV customers in Oregon.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Two people convicted in a drug-deal robbery and shooting death of a buyer were sentenced to prison Wednesday in Portland.