Stories for May 25, 2011
KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) -- A health board in Washington state has reversed itself and voted against endorsing a colon cancer awareness campaign that uses billboards saying, "What's up your butt?"
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Two top managers at the Oregon Department of Administrative Services have been removed from their positions after an investigation into a lucrative contract granted to a former employee.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With just hours to spare before a midnight deadline, Congress has passed and sent to President Obama a four-year extension of three critical terrorism-fighting powers, including powers to conduct roving wiretaps and examine business records in pursuit of terrorists.
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) -- Bellingham Mayor Dan Pike issued a formal apology Thursday to the Chinese community for the Chinese expulsion 125 years ago.
EPHRATA, Wash. (AP) -- A judge in Ephrata has ordered a mental exam for a man accused of killing his 88-year-old mother at the home they shared in Moses Lake.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The owners of the New York Mets have agreed to sell a minority share of the team to investor David Einhorn for $200 million.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- FIFA says it broke up a scheme to rig a soccer game in the United Arab Emirates that it believes is part of a wider match-fixing scandal stretching from Finland to the Far East.
Dutch team impresses hosts in friendly at Jeld-Wen
PORTLAND — The gulf between a club with 111 years of history and one of the larger budgets in the sport and a Major League Soccer expansion team was clear from whistle to whistle Wednesday in AFC Ajax’s 2-0 victory over the Portland Timbers at Jeld-Wen Field. The Dutch champions, in their final match before their offseason, moved the ball with ease around the FieldTurf, cashed in on a defensive breakdown, and gave the young Timbers a glimpse of the talent at the top of their sport.
High school results for Wednesday
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- The Court of Arbitration for Sport has postponed its hearing in Alberto Contador's doping case.
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) -- Washington Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth's trial on misdemeanor charges related to an alleged road-rage assault in northern Virginia has been postponed.
KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) -- A Tri-Cities health board reversed itself Wednesday and voted against endorsing a colon cancer awareness campaign that uses billboards saying, "What's up your butt?"
State lawmakers pass slew of bills on last day of special session
OLYMPIA — Washington lawmakers reached toward adjournment Wednesday night, finalizing budgets and a long list of lingering bills before the end of their 30-day overtime session. Less than two days after negotiators unveiled a deal on the state’s spending plan for the next two years, senators gave it final approval and sent it to the governor’s desk. Several bills passed in the final hours of the session, including one moving Washington closer to privatizing liquor, another that puts limits on the state’s debt and a contentious plan allowing outsourcing of some government services.
WOBURN, Mass. (AP) -- Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan has tearfully asked a Massachusetts judge to spare her brother jail time and send him home "to rejoin our family" after he was convicted of assaulting his father.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Lance Armstrong is adding two lawyers to his legal team who previously won a major legal victory against federal investigators in a doping case.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Portland police say they're trying to find medical and social services for a homeless, disabled man known as "One-legged Scottie" who has been arrested 30 times in the past three years for drinking in public and related violations.
GERVAIS, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon State Police say a truck driver was unable to avoid hitting a man walking on Highway 99 south of Gervais.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A man who pleaded no contest to two rape charges was sentenced Wednesday in Portland to 19 years in prison.
PRAGUE (AP) -- The Czech soccer federation has called for tougher punishment for fans who run onto the field after two recent incidents in the Czech Cup.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Police are looking for a man who attacked a woman in her home at Keizer.
KEIZER, Ore. (AP) -- A 29-year-old woman sent her friends some alarming text messages Wednesday night in Keiser.
Democrat voted with GOP on several key issues
Democratic state Rep. Sharon Wylie, a member of the Legislature for just six weeks, crossed the aisle to vote with Republicans at least four times in the session’s waning days — on the state operating budget, on workers’ compensation reform, on a bill making changes in tax law, and on a measure put forth by majority Democrats to show that a voter-approved initiative makes it all but impossible for lawmakers to close tax loopholes, even those favoring big Wall Street banks. Wylie says that as a newcomer, she has been appropriately skeptical of bills that make sweeping changes in state law.
They say it’ll be a few days before real effects can be determined
Local school leaders on Wednesday sifted through details of the final budget deal adopted Tuesday by state legislators in Olympia. What they found brought a mixture of relief, resignation and frustration.
Actual reductions may be far less dire
Acting independent of the two-year state budget plan that was approved in Olympia later in the day, the Battle Ground school board agreed Wednesday to issue notices of a worst-case reduction in force, or RIF, of classified (nonteaching, nonadministrative) employee positions and hours for 2011-12. By contract with the classified employees union, the district must notify workers by May 31 if they might be affected by a RIF. Because Monday is a holiday, the letters will go out this week.
ZURICH (AP) -- FIFA President Sepp Blatter says he takes no joy in seeing election rival Mohamed bin Hammam suffer "public humiliation" in a bribery scandal.
CAMP HILL, Pa. (AP) -- Lots of houses have a two-car garage. Dan Reeves' had a one-airplane basement.
Preliminary designs for CRC facilities fuel worries for downtown
Preliminary design drawings for three park-and-ride garages to accompany light rail in Vancouver are sparking criticism of their looks and have some questioning if they’ll do anything to spark downtown redevelopment. This spring, Vancouver long-range planners and the Vancouver City Center Redevelopment Authority wrote the Columbia River Crossing with concerns over the garages’ architectural style, size and lack of multiuse features, such as incorporating apartments or offices onto the top floors of the buildings.
Vancouver firefighters cut a hole through the wall of a single-family structure overnight Wednesday to quell a garage fire east of Orchards.
BRUSSELS (AP) -- NATO is hailing Serbia's arrest of indicted war criminal Ratko Mladic, saying he played a key role in some of the darkest and bloodiest chapters of European history.
Junior placed fourth at 2A state golf tourney last year
Having placed fourth at state last year, experience helped Ridgefield’s Brett Johnson at the Class 1A state golf tournament Wednesday in Dupont. Johnson knew two things that many of his fellow competitors did not — how to fix your ball marks on the green, and how to make birdies when it counts.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Former Ohio State wide receiver Ray Small told the school's student newspaper that he sold Big Ten championship rings and other memorabilia for cash and got special car deals as an athlete during his playing days.
Spending plan significantly smaller than in years past
The state’s capital budget for 2011-13 delivers $500,000 for design and permitting of Vancouver’s Waterfront Park project and millions of dollars for public works and land conservation projects in Clark County and the Columbia River Gorge. “Great news!” Vancouver City Manager Eric Holmes said in an email announcing the waterfront planning allocation. He credited state Sen. Craig Pridemore and Reps. Jim Moeller, Tim Probst, Paul Harris and Sharon Wylie for scoring the funding in a capital budget that is significantly smaller than in years past.
DEAUVILLE, France (AP) -- President Barack Obama says the U.S. and Russia are committed to finding an approach on America's plans to build a European-based missile defense system that meets their security needs while also dealing with potential threats to both countries.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A U.S. official says all seven of the NATO service members killed in a powerful bomb explosion in southern Afghanistan were Americans.
Vancouver man’s jackpot is community property, judge rules
Scott Dole might have won $51,600 on “Wheel of Fortune,” but the number dwindled to $25,800 on Wednesday, a judge decided. Dole and his wife, Carrie, were embroiled in a highly contentious divorce battle over, in part, Dole’s winnings on the hit game show. The issue was whether the money was community property, and, therefore, should be subject to the state’s community property law mandating equal separation of assets, or whether it was just Scott Dole’s property.
Man believed to be holed up in home later found at park
It was a large police siege that, as sometimes happens, wasn’t what it seemed to be.
District will offer Gordon Washburn different position
A Washougal High School administrator whose job status limbo resulted in wide-scale online support earlier this week will remain employed at the school, albeit in a different capacity, school officials said Wednesday. Washougal School Board members voted Tuesday night to clarify language in the district’s budget blueprint that raised concerns Gordon Washburn, one of the high school’s two associate principals, would be let go or have his position downsized due to district budget cuts. Instead, Washburn, who recently received a reduction-in-force notification, will be offered the title of student services administrator. He previously served as associate principal for 10 years.
SEATTLE (AP) -- The Seattle City Attorney's office will seek court review of a labor arbitrator's order that the Seattle Police Department must stop releasing the names of officers found to have engaged in misconduct.
SEATTLE (AP) -- A labor arbitrator has ordered the Seattle Police Department to stop releasing the names of officers found to have engaged in misconduct.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) -- Joint Base Lewis-McChord is holding a flag ceremony Thursday for the I (First) Corps Headquarters unit that is preparing to deploy to Afghanistan.
CHICAGO (AP) -- Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has taken the stand to testify in his own defense at his corruption retrial.
CHICAGO (AP) -- Attorneys for ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich have asked for a mistrial -- again.
CHICAGO (AP) -- Unlike during his first trial on corruption charges, impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is expected to testify during his retrial in Chicago.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South Africa's Olympic committee president is ruling out a bid for the 2020 Summer Games after the government said it was not the right time.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Two astronauts are making the fourth and final spacewalk of NASA's next-to-last space shuttle mission.
Fircrest — Sunshine greeted 125 Fircrest and Burnt Bridge Creek elementary students during the Fircrest Elementary School bike rodeo. The students took part in an obstacle course, face-painting, minor bike repair provided by Schroder’s Bicycles and a decorated bike parade near the school. The Fircrest Parent-Teacher Association organized the event and invited the neighborhood to participate.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- It's Harmon Killebrew Day in Minnesota, with his longtime team set for a memorial service to honor the late Hall of Fame slugger.
Most of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest is buried this Memorial Day weekend
Deal with baseball team expected to be signed Tuesday
Clark County commissioners on Tuesday are expected to sign an exclusivity contract with the owners of the Yakima Bears. County Administrator Bill Barron said the contract states that the team will negotiate only with the county as it seeks to build a stadium and bring the Class A baseball team to Vancouver.
PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) -- Authorities say a man found fatally shot in the Eastern Oregon town of Irrigon shortly after he called police to say two people were stealing gas from his property actually committed suicide.
Research by - and on - Camas astronaut Mike Barratt is advancing knowledge of the body's response to spaceflight.
TAHUYA, Wash. (AP) -- A Mason County, Wash., sheriff's spokesman says a 35-year-old man was shot and wounded with an arrow and a SWAT team has arrested his teenage daughter.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Scott Cousins scored the winning run in a brutal collision with catcher Buster Posey at home in the 12th inning, and the Florida Marlins beat the San Francisco Giants 7-6 on Wednesday night after blowing a four-run lead in the ninth.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey was knocked out of Wednesday night's game against Florida following a collision at home plate with Scott Cousins in the 12th inning.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Gov. Chris Gregoire says this year's legislative session was the most difficult in recent memory.
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Police say the death toll in a suicide car bombing in northwest Pakistan has risen to 24.
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Police say a car bomb has exploded near a government office in a northwest Pakistani region near the country's militant-riddled tribal areas, killing at least eight people.
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's prime minister says the government will use "all available means" to attack militant sanctuaries inside the country.
KETTLE FALLS, Wash. (AP) -- With daylight Thursday, the search is resuming in the Kettle River in northeast Washington for 14-year-old Laura Enquist who is missing after a canoe capsized.
KETTLE FALLS, Wash. (AP) -- The Stevens County sheriff's office says a young brother and sister were tossed into the fast-moving Kettle River in northeast Washington when their canoe capsized. The boy reached shore but the 14-year-old girl is missing.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Brett Anderson tossed three-hit ball over eight scoreless innings and Andy LaRoche drove in three runs to help the last-place Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 on Thursday.
CARSON, Calif. (AP) -- Landon Donovan converted a penalty kick in the 46th minute and Los Angeles beat the Houston Dynamo 1-0 Wednesday night for the Galaxy's third straight win.
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) -- Chance Myers and C.J. Sapong each scored two goals and Sporting Kansas City routed the Major Soccer League rival New England Revolution 5-0 in rainy conditions Wednesday night to advance to the third round of the U.S. Open Cup.
Feds, states, Humane Society reach pact
The Humane Society of the United States says it has reached an agreement with the states of Oregon and Washington and a federal agency to temporarily halt plans to kill California sea lions at Bonneville Dam this year.
Budgets, debt limit last topics of 30-day special session
Washington state lawmakers are pushing to finish their work in the final hours of a 30-day special session.
Locally based Stairmaster merges with Star Trac
Two fitness equipment companies — Vancouver-based StairMaster and Irvine, Calif.-based Star Trac — have merged and will move into a Vancouver headquarters in June, economic development officials announced Wednesday.
SEATTLE (AP) -- King County prosecutors have charged a 16-year-old boy with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of another teen at a weekend birthday barbecue in Auburn, Wash.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez says the entire team plans to work out together "sometime next month" if the NFL lockout drags on through June.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Brek Shea scored in the 18th minute, and Kevin Hartman made four saves for his fifth straight shutout as FC Dallas beat the Seattle Sounders 1-0 on Wednesday night.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Surging gasoline prices and sharp cutbacks in government spending caused the economy to grow only weakly in the first three months of the year. Consumer spending slowed even more than previously estimated.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- A 91-year-old California woman who sells helium hood kits that people can use to kill themselves says her home has been raided by federal agents.
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) -- A Clark County judge has ruled that although Scott Dole's wife had filed for divorce before he won more than $51,000 on "Wheel of Fortune," they were reconciled when the show was filmed and she's entitled to half.
TORONTO (AP) -- A relentless lightning and rain storm forced officials to wipe out play Wednesday night in the Canadian Championship final between Toronto FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- A woman sought in a Salem, Ore., house fire that killed a 64-year-old man has been arraigned on murder and related charges.
DENVER (AP) -- Authorities say a 27-year-old man has died after he fell while sliding down a stair railing at the Colorado Rockies' stadium in Denver.
DENVER (AP) -- Police say a 27-year-old man critically injured in a fall at a Colorado Rockies game at Coors Field lost control while sliding down a railing.
Waters between Beacon Rock and Bonneville to open for boats; mid-Columbia to open for six days
Another late May, another round of falling dominoes, of sorts, for Vancouver Public Schools principals and other administrators. A long list of changes for 2011-12 was approved by the Vancouver school board on Tuesday, and announced by the district.
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) -- Luke Rodgers scored in the 33rd minute to cap the teams' six-minute scoring flurry and lift the New York Red Bulls to a 2-2 draw with the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday night.
The Vancouver contestant was eliminated on the season premiere of "The Bachelorette."
NEW YORK (AP) -- For the first time, the men's and women's Jimmy V Classics will be played on the same day.
COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. (AP) -- Police in Cottage Grove, Ore., say three children spotted a woman's body in the Willamette River.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The man accused of poisoning the trees at Auburn's Toomer's Corner has pleaded not guilty and waived Thursday's preliminary hearing.
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- San Diego Padres second baseman Orlando Hudson left Wednesday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals with a strained left groin.
FALL CITY, Wash. (AP) -- The King County sheriff's office says a body has been found in the Snoqualmie River near where a 29-year-old Bothell, Wash., man vanished on Sunday while trying to rescue his dog.
They were stopped as part of seat belt campaign
Two Clark County residents were arrested in Oregon on the second day of the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry had surgery on his right ankle but is expected to be ready by training camp in the fall.
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) -- Beijing Olympic rowing pairs gold medalist Duncan Free will miss the world championships in Slovenia after breaking his leg when he was hit by a car while cycling.
The North Salmon Creek Neighborhood Association discussed crime trends, its upcoming carnival for Chinook Neighborhood Park and how to grow vegetables more efficiently at its latest bi-monthly meeting.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The Washington state Legislature has approved a proposal that moves the state closer to privatizing the distribution of liquor.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Federal authorities say three brothers led a scheme to steal $130,000 worth of items from Lowe's home improvement stores in four Western states by smuggling them out in toilet or sink boxes.
DENVER (AP) -- Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Juan Gutierrez was put on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday because of inflammation in his right shoulder and right-hander Zach Kroenke was recalled from Triple-A Reno.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he has struck the first of several agreements needed to pass a four-year Patriot Act extension before three provisions expire at midnight Thursday.
KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) -- A high school in the Seattle suburb of Kirkland has backed away from a plan to test every student at this year's senior prom for alcohol.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The Washington state Legislature has approved changes to the state's health care program for poor kids, allowing a raise in premiums for undocumented children to keep them enrolled.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- State Sen. Phil Rockefeller is retiring from the Senate and moving to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.
BONNEY LAKE, Wash. (AP) -- Firefighters doused a burning pickup in Bonney Lake only to discover a body in the truck bed.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A person with knowledge of the situation says the NCAA has rejected Southern California's appeal to reduce the sanctions imposed last year on its storied football program.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The NCAA has rejected Southern California's bid to reduce some of the penalties imposed last year on its football program, including a two-year bowl ban and the loss of 30 scholarships over three years, according to media reports.
CHICAGO (AP) -- New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson says he expects the team's payroll to be cut next season, just not as drastically as some media reports have projected.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Jurors are about to begin deliberating in the armed robbery trial of a former Seton Hall basketball player.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Kenny Perry figures he's just about due for another emotional uptick at Valhalla Golf Club.
PIEDMONT, Okla. — When three tornadoes marched toward Oklahoma City and its suburbs, thousands of people in the path benefited from good forecasts, luck and live television to avoid the kind of catastrophe that befell Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Joplin, Mo.
Hopefully you soaked up Monday and Tuesday's sunshine. Rain is prominent in the National Weather Service's five-day forecast, especially today, when the chance of precipitation is a tidy 100 percent.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Sports fans have been treated to plenty of bonus action this week in the basketball and hockey playoffs -- and they're taking advantage of the opportunity.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- The Buffalo Sabres have signed rookie forward Marcus Foligno to a three-year entry level contract.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon lawmakers have decided on a plan to cut Medicaid payments to hospitals and health care providers.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Kansas City Chiefs have sent five semitrailers with donated supplies to the tornado-ravaged communities of Reading, Kan., and Joplin, Mo.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Goodwin Liu is telling President Barack Obama he is withdrawing his nomination to an appeals court judgeship after Senate Republicans blocked a vote on his confirmation last week.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Kathy Hochul told her supporters they had picked the right issue to fight a Republican on long-held Republican turf. The Democrat rode a wave of voter discontent over the national GOP's plan to change Medicare and overcame decades of GOP dominance here to capture Tuesday's special election in New York's 26th Congressional District.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- Forward Kyle Okposo has agreed to a five-year contract with the New York Islanders.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Point guard Loree Moore is leaving the Los Angeles Sparks because of medical reasons after never playing a minute for them.
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York court officials say a new, more permanent location has been found for Dominique Strauss-Kahn's house arrest on sexual assault charges.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne will miss a fifth straight week of racing as Roush Fenway Racing holds him out from Charlotte Motor Speedway for precautionary reasons.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Roddickton extended his winning streak to three, beating Capital Market by 114 lengths on Wednesday in the $53,000 allowance feature on the turf at Belmont Park.
When it comes to local economic recovery, boardrooms are just as crucial as bedrooms
Consider this tale of two counties: In 1990, Clark County had 84 jobs per 100 households and Clackamas County in Oregon had 85. In the next two decades, Clark experienced a virtual gold rush for housing, and the number of residential units soared as Clark accentuated its role as a commuter community in the greater Portland Metropolitan Area. By contrast, Clackamas County took advantage of state and local land-use policies that emphasized commercial and industrial. And here’s how the formerly similar counties compared in 2009: Clark County had dropped to 82 jobs for every 100 households while Clackamas had improved to 98.
Skyview reclaims its place as one of best teams in state
For years, it was a lock. You could write it down. Skyview softball was going to state. In 2001, the young school won the Class 3A state championship. The next five seasons, as a 4A program, the Storm went to state again.
What’s the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:
Jewsbury's birthplace recovering from massive tornado
For Jack Jewsbury, Tuesday’s Portland Timbers practice session and today’s exhibition match against Dutch power Ajax provide a little respite from the uncertainty and the worry. Jewsbury was born in Joplin, Mo., which on Sunday was struck by America’s deadliest tornado in six decades.
Some said the Bible guaranteed that the world would end on the 21st and it didn’t happen. Darn! I want my money back.
In recent years there has been an increased focus on the issue of health insurance. Recently Congress has debated single-payer health care and I believe we must act on this bill. Even though we are the richest country in the world, our nation’s health insurance continues to decline. To begin repairing it, we must implement single-payer insurance and ensure regulation of health care.
Poor old Newt Gingrich. He is so out of touch with reality. He is still back in the 20th century, not realizing that this is the 21st century. Back in the 20th century all presidential candidates, even Republicans, were expected to have some original ideas that they could use to separate themselves from the other presidential candidates. That was then. This is now the 21st century, and all Republicans in the national spotlight are required, not expected but required, to follow the marching orders that come down from the Koch brothers sponsored think tanks. No deviation is acceptable. None.
I have not seen this discussed in the media, but no alert was activated during the Clackamas-area chemical incident on May 11 for the All Hazards Radio System operated by NOAA and sometimes referred to as the Weather Alert System. As a spotter, I called the Portland National Weather Service office to let them know I had not heard an alert broadcast. I was told no local official had asked for it to be activated. A May 12 Columbian online story reported “4 injured in Portland-area chemical release.”
I have lost my faith in the human race. I was horrified to witness a mallard duck and her ducklings attempt to cross St. Johns Road during the busy morning commute. The ducklings waited on the sidewalk while their mother walked out on the street attempting to guide her family to the pond on the other side. Cars either raced past or actually drove right over her, straddling her between the tires. She lay crouched on the road, afraid to move.
Here we go again. Now Clark County needs a new baseball stadium and the county wants the taxpayers to foot most of the bill with a proposed admissions tax. Don’t we have enough taxes, fees, and other charges imposed by state, county, city, and other regional authorities? If the stadium is such a great idea, then let private enterprise pay for all of it. I’m broke.
From the perspective of someone who lives on Hazel Dell Avenue, the Parade of Bands is not fun but rather a choice of being prisoner in your home for hours or leaving at the crack of dawn and staying away. Usually I’ll stay holed up inside with a mild amount of irritation. However, this year I had a minor emergency and needed to leave my house.
Washington State Department of Licensing Director Liz Luce, a Vancouver resident, announced her retirement today after more than six years with the state agency. Luce has served with Gov. Chris Gregoire’s administration since March 2005. She will retire effective June 30.
Buckridge, Janice A., 70, Vancouver, died May 21 2011. Evergreen Memorial Gardens Funeral Chapel, 360-892-6060. Carey, Doris M., 89, Camas, died May 18, 2011. Straub’s Funeral Home & Columbia River Cremation, 360-834-4563.
Paving budget: The city of Vancouver’s pavement management program has $5.75 million in funding this year and will have $5 million in 2012. A story on Page C1 of Tuesday’s Columbian gave the wrong funding amounts.
My window ledge overlooks a wooded valley. Mossy green velvet clothes the trunks and branches of deciduous trees, while the lush evergreens always retain their emerald beauty through each season. From my window seat I watch Salmon Creek below turn and trail through the vale. Ferns sprout along the ground to the edge of the stream. The frequent rain has formed a heart-shaped pond just below my vantage. In the evening, croaking frogs celebrate their watery dwelling. In the early morning, I see the mist hugging the forest with arms of soft gray. It is then I meditate on my great fortune to arrive here in my odyssey of life. It wasn’t so long ago I lived in Venezuela during the time often referred to as “the golden years.” It was a time of prosperity and great opportunity. Venezuela was a place people flocked to in order to realize their dreams. People who had lived on the fringe of U.S. society were able to thrive, start businesses and make a lot of money there.
Organizers of the Second Annual 4th Plain International Festival are accepting applications for vendors at the festival.
The La Center Museum Association is seeking applicants interested in completing a term of service on its board of directors.
Cash is a sweet 8-year-old domestic shorthair brown tabby. He came to the shelter when his family moved and was unable to take him with them. Cash will need to be fed Prescription Diet C/D in order to keep him healthy and will need a slow introduction to his new household, just so he has time to acclimate. He will need to be indoors only. Frazier is a 1½-year-old Jack Russell terrier. He is full of energy and would love a family that is around most of the day so he can take walks and play as much as possible. Frazier should meet any dogs or kids he would be living with; he would be happiest in a home without cats. Frazier would also do really well in a home that has had dogs before or experience with Jack Russell terriers. Make an appointment to meet him today by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today Central Park Neighborhood Association, 6:30 p.m. potluck, 7 p.m. meeting, Washington State School for the Blind, 2214 E. 13th St.: Bob Knight, minor league baseball team.
The Fircrest Neighborhood Association has partnered with the Fircrest Elementary School PTA to sponsor the Fircrest Community A-Fair, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 11, at Fircrest Elementary School, 12001 N.E. Ninth St.
Here are two questions about safe driver behaviors. Those highway “talking signs” began saying “See flashing lights? Move over OR slow down.” A week later they said “Move over AND slow down.” A week after that they said “Move over OR slow down.” As I remember, the newspaper article about all this (months ago) said move over a lane OR slow down. Make up my mind!
Commentary: Paul Valencia
In my dream world, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association would stagger the championships of the spring sports over two or three weekends. We newspaper guys love the fall, for example, with volleyball, soccer, and football all concluding on separate dates. In reality, everything in the spring (except golf) takes place this weekend.
Bagley Downs — The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington honored 32 volunteers in April with the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. The award recognizes those who have contributed a minimum of 100 hours of volunteer service in 12 months. The 32 award-wining volunteers contributed a total of 5,500 hours in 2010. The clinic has more than 600 volunteers who dedicate their time and expertise, and it’s because of their efforts that the clinic can offer medical, dental, vision and specialty care for free to children and adults who otherwise couldn’t afford such services. In 2010, the clinic saw nearly 11,000 patients and filled nearly 10,000 prescriptions. The clinic in the Jim Parsley Community Center is entirely funded by the community. For more information, visit http://www.freeclinics.org.
VanMall — The Columbia Mothers of Twins Club hosted the 48th Annual Northwest Association of Mothers of Twins Clubs Convention on April 28-30 at the Heathman Lodge. The Northwest Association has 23 member clubs from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska and Canada. Former Vancouver Mayor Royce Pollard opened the convention on April 28. The weekend also included workshops, boutiques, a Mother of the Year luncheon and the “Wish Upon a Star” installation banquet. During a business meeting, hundreds of stuffed animals were given by association members to firefighter-paramedic identical twin sisters, who will give the toys to children in crisis. Local club member Angela McKee was installed as the association’s president, and Sandy Pagel as recording secretary during the installation banquet. The Columbia Mothers of Twins Club was founded in 1958 in Vancouver. The club meets on the first Thursday of each month at St. John Lutheran Church, 11005 N.E. Highway 99. For more information, call 360-573-3318.
VanMall — Oui, oui! Bonjour, Madame. Students at Skinner Elementary Montessori School might have heard and spoken a few of these phrases during French Week, which celebrates the French culture. No need to fly to France to see the Eiffel Tower; it came to the students. The students also played a soccer game — France against World Cup champion Spain — tried French food in a petit cafe, participated in the Tour de Skinner bicycle race and ended the week with a carnival highlighting French games. Each day, the students had French lessons from Madame Boger, the school’s French teacher.
Battle Ground — If anyone should know a little about the history of Battle Ground, you’d think it would be the Battle Ground Rose Princesses. During a meeting of the Daughters of the Pioneers of Washington, the girls were given a pop quiz on Battle Ground’s history. The important fact? Battle Ground’s first float in the Portland Rose Parade was in 1955. It was to promote the Battle Ground Centennial, which was being held later that summer. Betty Linn Davenport presented the princesses with a reprint of the newspaper article in which Chief Umtuch’s grandson told the story of the events leading up to the naming of Battle Ground and the battle that never was. Davenport also showed them the tiara she wore as the Queen in Calico of the Battle Ground Centennial.
Esther Short — Nearly $80,000 was raised for the Humane Society for Southwest Washington during the 2011 Walk/Run for the Animals on May 7. More than 800 animal enthusiasts and 500 animals — including a ferret and miniature horse — gathered at Esther Short Park to show support for the Humane Society. Owners also entered their pets in talent contests, such as the best jump and best look-alike. Entertainment was provided by local alternative bluegrass band Jawbone Flats. The grand trophy went to the Asset Hounds from Columbia Credit Union, who raised $3,263 collectively. S. Medalina Teran was the top individual fundraiser with $2,882; Ann Bulletset, who raised $1,366, was second; and Sheryl Bateman, who raised $1,267, was third. Humane Society employees and volunteers had their own internal competition and raised $9,000.
Fisher-Mill Plain — The Union High School music department has scored some wins at recent music competitions. In April, it competed against bands from Washington, California, Utah and Canada at the Seattle Heritage Music Festival. The Wind Ensemble was named the best concert band. Union Jazz Ensemble 1 was the top jazz band, and the Percussion Ensemble was named the top group in its category as well. Overall, Union was named the best instrumental program at the festival. Later, the musicians competed in the state Solo and Ensemble music festival in late April in Ellensburg, and the Union Percussion Ensemble won its second consecutive Washington Interscholastic Activities Association State Championship title.
Burnt Bridge Creek — Kathryn B. Hargett celebrated her 100th birthday on May 11 with close friends and family. Her grandparents homesteaded around the town of Starbuck in Columbia County, where she was born. Starbuck is north of Walla Walla.
Mountain View — Mountain View High School’s Math, Engineering and Science Achievement team of Jonathan Wu, Kuei-Jih (Brian) Lu, and Arranan Baleswaran won the 2011 State MESA Day Competition on May 14. Their coach is Emika Allen. The team will participated in the national competition in June in Seattle.
Ogden — Dick Hannah Dealerships is giving $67,000 to the Creative Media and Digital Culture program at Washington State University Vancouver for 10 Mobile Technology Research Fellows summer scholarships. The students will spend the summer in the Mobile Tech Research Initiative, then present a mobile app they create to the dealership to share with its customers. In the fall, the students will intern for Dick Hannah at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, where they will create an interactive installation that explores how technology influences automobile design, function and efficiency.
Columbia Way — The Vancouver Arthritis Walk raised more than $21,000 to further the Arthritis Foundation’s efforts to control and cure arthritis and related diseases, and improve lives affected by the illness. More than 400 walkers participated in the May 15 event that began at Marine Park. Some participants walked in honor of a friend or family member with arthritis, while others, who were designated by blue hats, had some form of arthritis. Aloma Cole, 69, and Faith McIntosh, 9, both of Vancouver, served as grand marshals. Cole has osteoarthritis and has had both knees replaced. McIntosh was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at age 2 and is now in remission.
Cascade Highlands — The Vancouver Whole Foods Market raised more than $2,000 during a fundraiser for Urban Abundance, a local group dedicated to promoting urban agriculture and the local slow-food movement. The money raised from the event will be used to purchase wildflower seeds, fruit trees, and landscaping material that will help Urban Abundance create pollinator pathways and plant community orchards throughout Vancouver.
Esther Short — Graffiti was scrubbed, weeds were pulled, cigarette butts were plucked, other garbage was corralled, moss was washed away, and downtown Vancouver was adorned with 115 beautiful hanging flower baskets. More than 100 volunteers joined a Vancouver’s Downtown Association work party on May 14 to beautify the central business district. Parents with kids, the Hispanic Knights of Columbus, Clark College environmental biology students, the faith community’s Second Saturday community volunteer program, businesspeople and others took part. Committee leaders Lee Coulthard and Stephanie Diaz linked the volunteers to the area’s cleanup needs. Within four hours, a difference could be seen. Learn more about VDA at http://www.vdausa.org or by contacting Lee Rafferty at email@example.com.
Van Mall — Seven local volunteers were thanked by the American Red Cross of Southwest Washington during an annual volunteer recognition dinner on May 10 at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver. Duane Royer won the Emergency Services Volunteer of the Year award because of his tireless work — preparing reports and grants, teaching classes and being ready to respond anytime. (Royer’s award was presented by emergency services director Kelly Anderson via live webcam from Alabama, where she was helping tornado victims.) Also celebrated were Volunteer of the Year Chris Kane; Service to Armed Forces Volunteer Julie Berger; Health and Safety Volunteer Luis Osoria; Youth Volunteer Vickie Su, a senior at Mt. View High School; Blood Services Volunteer Susan Schneiderman; and Board Member of the Year Andrew Young.
Salmon Creek — Three Washington State University Vancouver students have been selected to participate in the competitive Google Summer of Code program. Computer science graduate student Travis Hall and computer science undergraduate students Skylar Hiebert and Helena Scheuble were three of the 1,116 applicants accepted out of 5,651 proposals from around the world. The students receive a $5,000 stipend to write computer code for open-source projects such as Drupal, Wordpress, Mozilla and Moodle.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Yankees setup man Rafael Soriano has an inflamed ligament in his right elbow that could keep the former All-Star out up to two months.
ELMA, N.Y. (AP) -- Rookie first-round pick Marcell Dareus wasn't going to pass up a chance to join his new Buffalo Bills teammates for informal workouts, even if it meant watching mostly from the sideline.
MONACO (AP) -- Red Bull will change its pitstop procedures during the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday amid concerns that rival Ferrari was doing copycat stops during last week's race in Spain.
SEATTLE (AP) -- There's a very good reason Washington's university presidents aren't tearing down the governor's door this week to complain about a proposed half billion dollar cut in state dollars for the state's colleges and universities over the next two years. And it has nothing to do with not wanting the public to see them cry.
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- A golf resort representing some of the best economic development hopes for the southern Oregon Coast has hit a snag that will delay it at least a year.
BEND, Ore. (AP) -- A central Oregon man who lost some documents and cash while traveling in Europe recently got them back in the mail in an anonymous package from France.
KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) -- Police say they have identified a copper wire burglary suspect because a cell phone was left at the Kennewick electrical contracting business.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Mariano Rivera has become the first pitcher in major league history to have appeared in 1,000 games for one team and the 15th to reach the plateau overall when the Yankees closer was called on in the ninth inning against Toronto on Wednesday.
PARIS (AP) -- Former top-ranked player Amelie Mauresmo will not compete in the mixed doubles tournament at the French Open because of the doping rules that apply to players coming out of retirement.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Humane Society of the United States says it has reached an agreement with the states of Oregon and Washington and a federal agency to temporarily halt plans to kill California sea lions at Bonneville Dam this year.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Humane Society of the United States says it has reached an agreement with the states of Oregon and Washington and a federal agency to temporarily halt plans to kill California sea lions at Bonneville Dam this year.
DENVER (AP) -- A week ago, Jason Giambi was mired in a monthlong slump, getting very little playing time with Todd Helton healthy again and not doing very much as an occasional pinch-hitter.
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Former Michigan and NBA player Jalen Rose has pleaded guilty to drunken driving, admitting he got behind the wheel after drinking six martinis.
PARKLAND, Wash. (AP) -- Authorities say it's lucky no one was hurt in a takeover-style robbery of a bank in Parkland.
COQUILLE, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon man has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to murder in the death of a woman who was sharing his camp trailer on the Oregon coast.
WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) -- The North Cascades Highway is now open.
NEW YORK (AP) -- North Carolina basketball player Jessica Breland has won the Honda Inspiration Award after returning to the court following treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- Washington Redskins second-round draft pick Jarvis Jenkins is out for the year with a torn ACL.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- Here's essentially all you need to know about the Washington Redskins first training camp practice: The quarterbacks were John Beck and Ben Chappell. And there was no punter.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- The head of the Argentine Football Association has confirmed that doping controls were done away with during the World Cup qualifying playoff against Australia in 1993.
DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Chicago Bulls backup center Omer Asik will miss the rest of the season because of a broken left fibula.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon Senate has voted to expand the bottle deposit system to cover containers holding energy drinks, tea and most other beverages.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House has unanimously approved the nomination of the Rev. Patrick J. Conroy, a Catholic priest who now teaches at Jesuit High School in Portland, Ore., to be the next House chaplain.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Governor's Office of Film and Television has confirmed the NBC series "Grimm" will film on location in Oregon this summer.
SEATTLE (AP) -- A man celebrating his 21st birthday at a Burien bar ended up in a Seattle hospital.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The sexual assault case against Academy Award-winning songwriter Joseph Brooks is ending with his suicide. But his former assistant is still fighting charges in New York City.
NEW YORK (AP) -- A former assistant to the late songwriter Joseph Brooks has admitted helping the Academy Award winner meet 10 women he was charged with sexually assaulting.
MONTESANO, Wash. (AP) -- The former Hoquiam choir teacher who was charged with sexual misconduct with a minor pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of coercion.
HONOLULU (AP) -- A 46-year-old tourist from Washington state has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a woman at a Big Island resort.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon Senate has approved switching the kicker refund from a check to an income tax credit.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The National Weather says at least two tornadoes it describes as very weak and brief have touched down and lifted near Kansas City, Mo. Warning sirens have been shut off downtown.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A person with knowledge of the discussions says the Los Angeles Lakers are in serious talks with former Cleveland coach Mike Brown about their coaching vacancy.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The Senate has easily approved a new budget plan for Washington state, passing the measure in the final hours of the 30-day special session.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Lawmakers have forged a final policy compromise, setting the stage for a flurry of votes to complete their 30-day special session.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- A policy bill is stalling final passage of Washington state's budget just hours before the end of a 30-day special session.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington state lawmakers are moving through a long agenda of bill as they rush to finish their work in the final hours of a 30-day special session.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington state lawmakers are pushing to finish their work in the final hours of a 30-day special session.
IRVING, Texas (AP) -- Greens were pelted by hail and debris blew around the TPC Four Seasons course, but the site of this week's Byron Nelson Championship escaped significant damage during heavy storms.
LONDON (AP) -- The BMW PGA Championship will have all four current major champions in the field for the first time when the tournament tees off Thursday.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) -- Former NFL kicker Matt Stover will retire after a stellar career in which he scored more than 2,000 points.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Commissioner Roger Goodell says the NFL already is seeing the negative impact the lockout has had on the league.
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- An eighth Somali man has pleaded guilty to piracy for his role in the hijacking of a yacht that left four Americans dead.
DETROIT (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays activated shortstop Reid Brignac from the bereavement list and placed infielder Elliot Johnson on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday.
SEATTLE (AP) -- King County libraries are removing all security cameras to avoid giving any video to police that could invade patron privacy.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The NFL lockout has not prevented the Indianapolis Colts from making some decisions.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The U.S. is sticking with what works, selecting Kevin Mazeika as coach of the men's team for the world gymnastics championships.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota Twins right-hander Kevin Slowey has a muscle strain in his abdomen that requires at least a week of rest and a likely stint on the disabled list.
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- A ninth Somali man has pleaded guilty to piracy for his role in the hijacking of a yacht that left four Americans dead.
BEND, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon State Bar has found enough evidence of possible misconduct by Deschutes County District Attorney Patrick Flaherty to refer the matter to its disciplinary office for further investigation.
ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) -- A suspicious device that shut down part of the Central Washington University campus for four hours Tuesday was determined to be a homemade camera.
DETROIT (AP) -- Brian Rafalski has retired from the NHL.
TIRANO, Italy (AP) -- Alberto Contador maintained his overall lead, while Diego Ulissi won a contentious three-man sprint finish in the 17th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Wednesday.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Boston third baseman Kevin Youkilis was a late scratch for the series finale against Cleveland because of a sore left hand.
BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) -- A Bremerton woman is accused of molesting a young girl while a convicted sex offender watched in Kenmore via webcam.
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- A proposed bill to reintroduce some hunting of cougars with hounds has died in the Oregon Senate after getting an easy nod in the House.
BERLIN (AP) -- A German security official says new evidence links a senior al-Qaida leader to terrorist threats that sowed fear in France, Britain and Germany last fall.
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- After 36 years of teaching chemistry at Washington High School in Parkland, Steve Ufer is hanging up his lab coat.
ELMA, Wash. (AP) -- Eighteen-year-old Laurel Gordon of Elma has been putting on a tiara to promote milk products the past two years as Grays Harbor County's dairy ambassador.
VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) -- Masters champion Charl Schwartzel has become the sixth South African golfer to be given honorary life membership of the European Tour.