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Ed Barnes has strongly voiced his opposition to hiring of senator by Clark County
At a time when Clark County commissioners are considering how to put limitations on public comment topics, Clark County Environmental Services Director Don Benton is considering legal action against a person who has been prolific in speaking out against the hiring of Benton to his county role.
Benton, also a Republican state senator, confirmed on Wednesday that he and an attorney had sent a letter to Ed Barnes asking him to cease making claims that Benton is not qualified for his job at the county.
“I gave him the courtesy of putting him on notice that if he continues, then I will move forward with corrective action,” Benton said. “I believe I would win (in court) hands down. I’ve spoken to four attorneys on this and they’ve all (agreed.)”
Barnes said he’s received the letter from Benton’s attorney and he isn’t concerned about it.
“I’m not going to answer the letter,” Barnes said Wednesday night. “Let him sue me.”
Meth found, resident arrested at house in Hough neighborhood
For more than a year, neighbors have been complaining about suspected drug activity at 321 W. Fourth Plain Blvd. They’ve watched people come and go during all hours of the night and seen petty crimes, such as metal theft, increase in the area.
“This house has been pissing everybody off around there, and they think nothing is being done,” said Detective Adam Millard during a morning briefing at the Vancouver Police Department’s West Precinct. After piecing together enough evidence, he authored a search warrant of the residence in the Hough neighborhood.
The home is one of many in Vancouver considered a chronic problem house where neighbors constantly report suspicious activity. The problem first came to the attention of Cpl. Drue Russell, the neighborhood police officer assigned to that area. He approached the residents and the property owners about neighbors’ complaints, but nothing was fixed. His file of complaints and code violations helped build the case for the search warrant.
He said he gets 500 to 1,000 emails each day about problem properties in his district, which covers the far west end of the city.
They qualify for subsidy, but feel burden is on those already struggling
Up until August, Vancouver residents Lindsey and Jesse McChesney had insurance coverage through an employer.
But once Lindsey decided to leave her job as a pharmacy technician and enroll in pharmacy school, the couple joined the ranks of the uninsured. Jesse works for a small business that doesn’t offer medical insurance. But Lindsey’s school requires her to be insured, so the couple purchased an individual plan through Kaiser Permanente.
The plan has a $7,500 deductible and $35 co-pays. Lindsey, 27, said it works well for them because they’re young and healthy and rarely need to see a physician. Plus, it was what they could afford, Lindsey said.
They pay $230 per month for their current insurance plan.
Projects in Seattle; Hillsboro, Ore.; L.A.; Denver worth $600 million
A Vancouver-based development company has teamed up with Japan’s largest homebuilder to develop $600 million worth of apartments in urban centers from Seattle to Los Angeles, all geared for the bike-riding, walking and public-transit-riding “Y” generation.
The developments would add a total of 2,330 apartments in Seattle; Hillsboro, Ore.; Denver; and Los Angeles, said Clyde Holland, chief executive officer and chairman of Vancouver-based Holland Partner Group. The five sites share common location attributes such as being within light-rail commute or walking distance of high-paying office, professional and tech-sector jobs, said Holland.
The developer joined up with investor North America Sekisui House LLC. The Arlington, Va.-based company is the U.S. arm of Osaka, Japan-based Sekisui House, which also operates in Australia and China.
Skyview duo among local athletes set to sign college letter of intent
The plan is for Jocelyn Adams and Aubrey Ward-El to be seated next to each other at the table, 7 a.m. sharp Wednesday at Skyview High School.
It might be real early in the day, but they just do not want to wait any longer.
After all, this plan started taking shape when they were in elementary school.
Now seniors in high school, Adams and Ward-El are a day away Signing Day.
The National Letter of Intent early signing period for basketball players, as well as many other sports, is Wednesday. Adams will be taking her tall frame to Weber State in Ogden, Utah. Ward-El, a guard, is heading to the sun at the University of San Diego.
That is after they play one more season together as teammates at Skyview.
Downtown eatery remains on Main Street
Dulin’s Village Cafe is settling into its new home at 1929 Main St. in Uptown Village, about three blocks north of its former Main Street location.
The downtown eatery known for its breakfast and lunch offerings has added a light dinner menu and a full bar in its new, smaller venue.
The restaurant opened last week for breakfast and lunch. This week, it added the dinner menu, which is available until 8 p.m.