Stories for February 6, 2011
ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality says initial lead testing at the Ashland Gun Club was flawed, and it has recommended additional tests to determine the extent of lead contamination.
GLADSTONE, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon City police officer suffered minor injuries in a collision with an Oregon State Police trooper in Gladstone. The trooper was not injured.
VERNONIA, Ore. (AP) -- Columbia County sheriff's deputies used a stun grenade and a Taser to arrest a domestic violence suspect after a standoff of about four hours early Monday near Vernonia.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A woman was killed when the car she was driving was struck by a sport utility vehicle in Portland.
PARIS (AP) -- French Prime Minister Francois Fillon will travel to Annecy on Tuesday to endorse the Alpine city's bid for the 2018 Winter Games.
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- U.S. officials say Washington may scrap upcoming talks with Pakistan about the war in Afghanistan to further push Islamabad to free an American who shot dead two Pakistanis.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- Police say a roadside bomb targeting a police vehicle has killed an officer and wounded three people in northwestern Pakistan.
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- The U.S. ambassador has pressed Pakistan's president to release an American official Washington says was illegally detained after he fatally shot two men trying to rob him in the eastern city of Lahore.
PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) -- With a pack of cigarettes costing more than $7, a business in Port Orchard is helping smokers roll their own.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Amir Khan will defend his WBA light-welterweight title against European champion Paul McCloskey on April 16.
KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) -- The Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers is holding its annual convention and trade show this week at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A 33-year-old Spokane woman was arrested for investigation of vehicular assault after her car hit two pedestrians near Gonzaga University.
WAPATO, Wash. (AP) -- A 14-year-old girl was killed in a hit-and-run accident at Wapato.
ROME (AP) -- The Italian Olympic Committee has banned an entire family for doping.
LANDOVER-SHARMEL — Linda Andersen helped her father, George Bales, celebrate his 103rd birthday on Jan. 25 in an adult family home in Portland. Her dad lived in Clark County for a short time before settling in Oregon. He photographed the Vanport flood during his career. When he was a youngster, he walked across the Columbia River when it was frozen. Linda’s husband, Scott, and about 30 other family and friends attended the party.
FRUIT VALLEY — Students in the Fruit Valley Community Learning Center raised a staggering $9.93 per student during the 2010 Student Fall Campaign. Each year, students across Vancouver Public Schools raise money to support the Vancouver School District Foundation. The foundation helps make sure basic needs — from immunizations to hygiene items — are being met for Vancouver students. The Fruit Valley students raised $2,494; the 2010 district total was $47,525.
HUDSON’S BAY — Students from Hudson’s Bay High School will have their art work on display at the Biennial High School Show at Oregon College of Art and Craft. Students are: Elizabeth Wiley, Mozelle Golden, Kenzie Dale, Allison Mackey, Elsie Viste, Abby Stutsman, and Marco Chavez. You can see their work at Hudson’s Bay until Feb. 25, when the Oregon College of Art and Craft show begins.
Mountain View — The Mountain View High School band received a $2,500 grant from the Safeway Foundation in January. The band was asked to play at a Safeway remodeling grand opening. Store employees were so impressed that they suggested the band apply for a grant from the foundation; education is one of the focus points of the foundation. The band program has used the money to purchase much needed equipment.
LAKE SHORE— Brooke Bekkedahl and Adrienne Berthot of Vancouver spent January studying abroad through a special study program at Linfield College. Bekkedahl spent the month in Kenya studying health care. She focused on outreach in rural areas under the auspices of Open Arms International. Berthot went to Costa Rica and took a class about plant and animal interactions. Her fieldwork included the La Selva, Monteverde and Palo Verde research stations.
CAMAS — Seventy-seven years ago, Lila Robertson was an outstanding student who received a Citation for Meritorious Service in 1934 from Camas High School. But for reasons left unsaid, she never received her high school diploma. At a recent school board meeting, 94-year-old Lila Robertson Trammell was awarded an honorary diploma from Camas High. She married and had a family after school. After living and working in Idaho and Oregon, Robertson returned to Camas in 1969. She served on the city council from 1971-1979.
HOUGH — Concerned about little kids on bikes? Neighbor Eric Giacchino is trying to organize a bicycle safety program at Hough Elementary School in late spring — emphasizing safety equipment, rules of the road and basic bike care. He hopes to take the program citywide, and he’s chasing a grant to help provide helmets to kids who can’t afford one. If your child attends fourth or fifth grade at Hough and you’re interested in the program, let the principal know. If you’re a cyclist who could volunteer some time as an instructor or ride-a-long aide, call Giacchino at 360-993-1038.
LONDON (AP) -- Russia has a Formula One team again after Marussia Virgin Racing confirmed it would be switching from a British license.
CHICAGO (AP) -- The statue outside Wrigley Field of legendary Chicago Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray has been vandalized.
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- Thousands of law enforcement officers and members of the public are expected to attend the memorial service for Washington State Reformatory Correctional Officer Jayme Biendl who was killed Jan. 29 in the chapel of the prison at Monroe.
SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (AP) -- A federal judge who halted executions in California five years ago says he wants to decide as soon as possible whether to resume lethal injections.
LONDON (AP) -- Wayne Rooney could still have to pay a $6.9 million compensation claim by his agent's former management company after a London court judgment.
I-5 detour plan in Hazel Dell is there in case of emergency.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks appear poised for further gains, after a week in which major indexes reached levels last seen more than two years ago.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks are closing with solid gains after several big acquisitions and a strong earnings report from Loews Corp. pushed financial companies higher.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks are heading higher in early trading, amid a flurry of deals and earnings reports.
SEATTLE (AP) -- A driver lost control and sideswiped seven parked cars in south Seattle, along Rainier Avenue.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Seattle police say a driver hit at least six parked cars in south Seattle, along Rainier Avenue South.
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Jerusalem's City Hall says a key committee is pushing forward with plans to build a new Jewish housing project in an Arab neighborhood in east Jerusalem.
Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdown passes and Nick Collins returned an interception for another score, leading the Packers to a 31-25 victory over the Steelers on Sunday.
Firefighters also give ride to sick cat
A Vancouver Fire Department crew responded to a vehicle accident this evening and ended up taking a cat to an animal hospital.
NORTHWEST — Todd Clark has been elected president of the Northwest Neighborhood Association. Chuck Pierson is vice president and Dave Kammeyer is secretary/treasurer. Outgoing president Leonard Baughs was honored at the Jan. 27 meeting for his service to the neighborhood, including the idea of a regular newsletter ad page to provide revenue for the group. Past-president Tom Knappenberger, who conducted the election, also presented Baughs with a glass trophy.
MEADOW HOMES — Fort Vancouver High School students treated a group of senior citizens to lunch prepared by the school’s culinary students. The sophomore class council, which puts on the annual luncheon, provided entertainment, including bingo and music. Class officers Anna DeLeo, Sydney Ruiz and Mark Rullman organized the event with the help of 20 sophomore class council members.
LONDON (AP) -- FIFA president Sepp Blatter has changed tack once again on the timing of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, telling the BBC "everything is settled for summer."
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- An American army officer serving in Afghanistan has won the chance to play with Tiger Woods in the Dubai Desert Classic pro-am on Wednesday.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Skiing officials say a World Cup snowboarding event due to be held in South Korea on Tuesday has been canceled after competitors complained about the course.
Two Vancouver men were hurt Sunday afternoon in a one-car accident on northbound Interstate 5 near the Gee Creek rest area, the Washington State Patrol said. The patrol said that at 1:29 p.m., a 1995 Buick driven by Timothy A. Ammons, 46, veered off the freeway to the left. Ammons overcorrected, causing the Buick to roll over and come to rest on its wheels just off the right shoulder, the patrol said.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- What's big, green and has a history of being unstoppable? The incredible Hulk and the NBA's Boston Celtics.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Actor Jason Lee is offering a $25,000 reward for the return of a stolen photograph of the late Dennis Hopper.
Pittsburgh (AP) -- Police are out in force in Pittsburgh, trying to present a recurrence of rioting and fire setting after the Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl win two years ago. But it appears Sunday night's loss is taking most of the steam out of the crowd.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- The Steelers had all the momentum. The Terrible Towels were out in full force around Cowboys Stadium. Rashard Mendenhall took the handoff with every intention of moving Pittsburgh a little closer to completing an improbable comeback.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Troy Polamalu whiffed on a tackle. James Harrison was nearly invisible.
TONASKET, Wash. (AP) -- The Washington State Patrol says a car slid on slick roads and crashed into oncoming traffic in Okanogan County, killing three people, including two children.
23-screen multiplex to open later this year
Cinetopia owner Rudyard Coltman says everyone should have memories like the ones he made growing up in the 1970s and ’80s in Winnetka, Ill. The Chicago suburb was just a short bike ride away from side-by-side Edens Theaters. Coltman said he whiled away many an afternoon with his eyes glued to the theaters’ giant movie screens as he munched on Goobers and popcorn.
CAIRO (AP) -- U.S.-based Human Rights Watch says at least 297 people have been killed since Egypt's anti-government uprising began two weeks ago.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee athletic officials say defensive line coach Chuck Smith is stepping down and former NFL linebacker Peter Sirmon has been hired as the linebackers coach.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Economists describe them as "employed part time for economic reasons." For those who can't find a full-time job and work wherever they can, it's a life of worry about whether there will be money for food, housing or their children.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) -- Justin Robinson led all five Rider starters in double figures with 26 points in a 96-87 win over Fairfield Sunday.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Erik Walden has been declared inactive for the Super Bowl.
DELAND, Fla. (AP) -- Freshman guard Corey Walden made a floater off the glass with 5.5 seconds left to give Stetson a 55-54 win over East Tennessee State on Sunday.
BOSTON (AP) -- Rajon Rondo scored 11 of his 26 points in the third quarter when the Boston Celtics capitalized on Orlando's cold shooting to take charge and go on to a 91-80 win over the Magic on Sunday.
ABERDEEN, Wash. (AP) -- The slaying of a female guard at Washington's Monroe Reformatory has some people questioning why women are posted to watch over male prisoners. But women have long proven they can do the job.
ORONO, Maine (AP) -- Chris De La Rosa scored 24 points and had a career-high 13 assists to lead Maryland-Baltimore County over Maine 84-79 on Sunday.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Brittney Thomas scored a career-high 22 points to help No. 11 Michigan State beat Purdue 76-57 on Sunday and match the best start in school history.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Elton Frazier scored 14 points and Canisius' defense held Saint Peter's in check in a 59-45 victory on Sunday.
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) -- Divorces are up in Washington state's Clark County, and that has local court officials and counselors puzzled.
Commentary: Greg Jayne
For Skyview distance runner Priscilla Timmons and other high school athletes, the trend is community service.
Updike, Comeau produce key strikes as team meets goal
Prairie rallied Saturday to become the first Clark County school to capture a state team title in girls bowling.
Titans, Evergreen each produce five district champions
The Union Titans crowned five individual champions Saturday night en route to an easy team victory at the Class 4A District 4 Wrestling Tournament.
Top 4 wrestlers move on to regionals
Kelso won six of the 14 weight classes and finished with 358 points, 105 more than runner-up Hudson’s Bay.
Kelso wins girls team title at tournament
Tiffany Hu of Union remained unbeaten this season, beating Jessica Melone of Kelso 8-4 in the 112-pound finals during the girls wrestling sub-regional tournament.
High school scoreboard results from Saturday, Feb. 5
In Clark County Superior Court, more and more people hear this decree
On a Friday afternoon, there isn’t an empty seat in the corner courtroom on the third floor of the Clark County Courthouse. Packed together on benches, dozens of men and women scan their cell phones anxiously, fidget or glance at the paperwork in their lap until, finally, the court commissioner calls their name.
More than a decade after he left the presidency, some of Bill Clinton’s more famous quotes still have resonance today. “It’s the economy, stupid,” for example. Clinton used that quip in his successful 1992 campaign against George H.W. Bush to highlight a fundamental truth of American politics. When our economy’s a mess, foreign policy and all other issues take second fiddle.
The Clark College women’s basketball team defeated Grays Harbor 83-74 on Saturday at Aberdeen. The Clark men followed with an 80-58 victory.
It is amazing — while the East Coast shivers with one blast of arctic air after another, our Cascade snow pack continues to dwindle. As of Friday, the central Washington Cascades were only at 60% of normal. A cold front moves in Monday and the Cascades will see at least some new snow — maybe upwards of a foot in the highest points, and extending all the way down to pass levels or below as well. Then it will be back to higher pressure, with east winds and very mild conditions away from the gorge. The coast will be very nice. Locally, after some rain tonight and a few showers Monday we will enjoy fair weather the rest of ten week with fog in some areas.
Herrera Beutler has plans to pull off in her new role
She’s still a newbie, but Southwest Washington’s new congresswoman is working to get her footing in the huge freshman class that swept into office last month, allowing the GOP to capture control of the U.S. House and shifting the balance of power in Washington, D.C. U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler is part of that wave. And although the Camas Republican is scrambling to get up to speed, she already has some ideas about where she’ll focus her time and energy.
Exhibitors may not get rich, but will at least be recognized
Come August, a blueberry pie — or tomato or macramé wall hanging — worthy of a blue ribbon will still receive a blue ribbon at the Clark County Fair, as well as a very modest cash prize. Despite the threat of losing state money, which traditionally has been used for prize premiums and ribbons, Clark County Fair Manager John Morrison said last week he will redo his budget if necessary to ensure that winning exhibits are adorned and winning exhibitors are paid.
Preparation can help citizens survive and assist people nearby
Local residents can learn to protect their families and neighbors during disasters by taking Community Emergency Response Team training in the next few months. The classes last 20 or more hours and cost $25 to $30.
A daily list of death notices
Push is on to add social condemnation to legal sanctions
If you were to drive up to your girlfriend’s home with a bottle of whiskey in your hand, it might not go over well with her — and you’d likely get an earful from her parents and have the door slammed in your face. So why do so many folks consider it OK to drive with a cell phone held to their ear, chatting away, which is said to be as dangerous as driving while intoxicated?
The state of Washington is at a crossroads. Last year, the U.S. Senate failed to consider a national climate and energy bill, and there are now congressional attempts to repeal the Clean Air Act and curtail the power of the Environmental Protection Agency to protect our environment and public health. We can hope and pray for positive federal action, but we cannot count on it. Given the lack of leadership in the “other Washington,” it is now more important than ever for Washington state to step up to the plate and develop real solutions to pollution and climate change. We have the opportunity to do just that by transitioning our state beyond dirty coal by 2015.
CRC undergoes course correction; outside panel gives good bridge advice
Although Columbia River Crossing planners were told last week by Govs. Chris Gregoire and John Kitzhaber to abandon pursuit of one particular design for a new Interstate 5 bridge, there are plenty of new positives that keep the message from sounding negative. “We have instructed executives at the Departments of Transportation to discontinue any further design work on the open web box girder bridge type and begin an expedited review of the three bridge types developed by the panel,” the governors announced in a prepared statement.
Last week I dropped into a meeting of Toll Haters United Must Protest! (THUMP) and found the pitchfork pounding even more robust than usual. It seems the local THUMPers had gotten themselves all fizzed up about their group trip to Super Bowl XLV in Arlington, Texas. They had learned from a Dallas Morning News story that — whether they’re fans of the Steelers or the Packers — they’ll all probably get socked with some roadway tolls when they check in their rental cars after today’s big showdown. Uh-oh. The Dallas area has more than 80 miles of toll roads and — despite the THUMPers’ best planning — the visitors likely will drive in front of a tollway camera or two. Of course, nothing good can come from that. Tolls in and around Dallas generally run from 22 cents to about $1.40 for drivers who have TollTags and about 50 percent more for those who do not. The Morning News reported: “Driving a rental vehicle on the toll roads can get costly, both because the North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) charges its highest rates for such customers and because (rental) car companies can tack on ‘convenience’ fees that in some cases far outstrip the cost of the tolls.”
Share, Inc., a leading provider of services and shelter to the homeless and hungry in Clark Count, will host its seventh annual Mardi Gras Gala and Casino Night on Feb. 19. “The Gala, which we implemented to celebrate our 25th year, has become a hallmark event for Share,” said Diane McWithey, the organization’s executive director. “The delicious food, casino games and fabulous auctions items have continued to draw hundreds of attendees year after year. But we know that everyone’s true motive for attending is to help raise funds for hungry and homeless families and individuals in our community — and for that, we are grateful.”
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MONTREAL (AP) -- New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur left Sunday's game against Montreal in the first period because of a bruise to his right leg.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- David Boudia scored six 10s and finished first in the men's platform final Sunday, totaling 578.05 points at the USA Diving winter national championships.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Super Espresso, owned by celebrity chef Bobby Flay, extended her winning streak to three Sunday in the $60,000 Sky Beauty Stakes for fillies and mares at Aqueduct.
BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) -- Vlad Moldoveanu made a free throw with 2 seconds left as American edged Lehigh 62-61 on Sunday.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Freshman reserve guard Khaalidah Miller scored 22 points and No. 24 Georgia beat Alabama 81-54 on Sunday.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Federal wildlife officials are looking for ways to protect spotted owls from larger, more aggressive barred owls.
CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian businessman says a Google manager held in anti-government protests will go free in less than a day.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Three hours before kickoff, Cowboys Stadium still wasn't ready for its possibly record crowd.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Chase Fieler scored 17 points and Florida Gulf Coast held South Carolina-Upstate to just 14 baskets in 70-38 rout on Sunday.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- You could call it the White House Beer Summit, Part II.
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- Brendan Bald scored 19 points and Vermont extended its win streak to seven games by defeating Stony Brook 65-42 Sunday.
ANTALYA, Turkey (AP) -- Matt Stinson scored the game's only goal to lift Toronto FC to a 1-0 exhibition victory over Red Star Belgrade on Sunday.
MIAMI (AP) -- Heat forward Udonis Haslem says the walking boot protecting his surgically repaired left foot should be gone Tuesday, after which he can begin rehabilitation.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A U.S. Geological Survey study has found chronic inflammation in the digestive tracks of juvenile sturgeon that ingested slag from Teck Resources' smelter along the Columbia River just north of the Canadian border.
BOSTON (AP) -- Boston Celtics guard Marquis Daniels has left the game on a stretcher after colliding with Gilbert Arenas of the Orlando Magic.
DALLAS (AP) -- The man who might be Australia's greatest Green Bay Packers fan has returned to the United States to watch his team play in the Super Bowl.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The governor wants to cut it. Democrats want to save it. Republicans want to trim it.
BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) -- The body of a man who had missing for a week has been found in the Alpine Lake area south of Bremerton.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Brooks Laich scored a blue-collar goal, Marcus Johansson got a flashy one, and the Washington Capitals stayed super on Super Sunday, beating the star-starved Pittsburgh Penguins 3-0.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- A former assistant teacher at an Olympia child-care center has been arrested for investigation of raping and molesting a 5-year-old boy.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Ben Hansbrough scored 25 points and Carleton Scott had 12 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 9 Notre Dame to its fifth straight win, 76-69 victory over Rutgers on Sunday.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Lynetta Kizer had 22 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 12 Maryland used a strong second half to defeat North Carolina State 88-59 on Sunday.
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) -- Guess it runs in the family: A descendant of an Arkansas cow famed for giving birth to triplets multiple times has birthed her own set of triplets.
DALLAS (AP) -- A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that the New York Jets are leaning toward using their franchise tag on linebacker David Harris.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- The Pack is back. NFL football? Well, nobody's quite sure when that's going to return.
HINTERSTODER, Austria (AP) -- Austrian skier Marcel Hirscher is out of the world championships after breaking a bone in his left foot in a World Cup giant slalom race.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Family members are looking for answers after a brain surgery patient clad only in a hospital gown was left wandering in an unfamiliar neighborhood after the University of Washington Medical Center sent him home in a taxi.
CESANA, Italy (AP) -- Manuel Machata won the four-man bobsleigh World Cup title on Sunday, beating Olympic champion Steven Holcomb of the U.S. despite finishing the last run of the season in 11th place.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- One of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber's top environmental and economic priorities will be getting its first review in the Legislature.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- The Colorado Avalanche have signed Peter Forsberg for the rest of the season.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- Peter Forsberg says he wants to resume his NHL career with the Colorado Avalanche and just needs to work out contract details.
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) -- Unseeded Ivan Dodig of Croatia won his first ATP Tour title Sunday, beating Michael Berrer of Germany 6-3, 6-4 before home fans at the Zagreb Indoors.
DALLAS (AP) -- Tom Brady has become the first unanimous choice of The Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player Award.
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A high-ranking official in the previous Israeli government says Israel and Syria were close to resuming direct peace talks in late 2008, and that the Syrians signaled readiness to ease past demands for a full Israeli withdrawal from captured lands.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Penguins aren't planning to have Evgeni Malkin back this season.