The Morning Press: Shower, Skyview-River football, 420 Gate, salmon



One of three private, family shower rooms used by the public at the James Parsley Community Center. Vancouver Public Schools spent $4,000 of district money to have a shower installed in the superintendent's bathroom over the summer.

Battle Ground city councilors Mike Ciraulo, left, and Adrian Cortes

A fall chinook salmon goes airborne for an angler fishing Tuesday in the Columbia River near Portland International Airport. Sportsmen in the lower Columbia made 13,853 trips last week, catching 5,438 chinook and keeping 3,030, according to the Washington and Oregon departments of Fish and Wildlife.

Shoppers look through the aisles and sellers visit the desk at Spanky's consignment shop on Wednesday. More people have turned to cost-saving measures as the Great Recession tamped down household incomes.

A group of adult residents monitor a group of teens who congregate on Southeast 147th Avenue near Mountain View High School.

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Vancouver schools pays $4K to install private shower for superintendent

The superintendent of Vancouver Public Schools had a shower installed in his office restroom over the summer at a cost of about $4,000 for labor and materials.

Steve Webb will use the shower to freshen up after a long day and before he heads to an evening meeting. The shower was paid for by the district’s general fund/facilities construction budget.

With the installation of the shower, Webb is the only head of a public educational entity in Clark County with private shower facilities just outside his private office.

“For me, the installation of a small shower in the restroom adjacent to my office is about increased productivity time. The job of the superintendent often extends well beyond the regular business day,” Webb wrote in an email Monday.

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Column reveals divide on Battle Ground council

A war of words has broken out in Battle Ground, following the publication of an opinion column by two city councilors.

In the column, published last week in the Camas-Washougal Post-Record and in this week’s issue of The Reflector, Councilors Mike Ciraulo and Adrian Cortes accuse their colleagues of sidestepping a public and transparent process when drafting an ordinance in July changing the city’s government structure.

The ordinance changes how councilors choose the mayor. The deputy mayor, elected among councilmembers, would automatically slip into the mayor’s position after two years.

Ciraulo was absent from the July meeting because he was hiking the Oregon portion of the Pacific Crest Trail. Cortes was at the vote and was the lone councilor voice against it.

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Fall chinook salmon make record return to Columbia River

NORTH BONNEVILLE — With every passing adult fall chinook salmon at Bonneville Dam, a monster Columbia River return becomes a new record.

On Friday, the season’s cumulative count topped the old mark of 610,000 tallied in 2003. Through Monday, the count totals 698,592.

The fall chinook run continues into December.

Why is this year’s return a record?

Stuart Ellis of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission said the strong numbers are due in part to several high spring river flows, spilling water over dams, and good ocean conditions.

“This fall chinook run is not only big, but it’s got a lot of natural-origin fish going to a lot of different places,” Ellis said.

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Census survey paints grim picture of Clark County’s recovery

Income and homeownership fell in Clark County between 2008 and 2012, according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau today.

The bureau’s American Community Survey paints a grim picture of Clark County’s recovery from the Great Recession.

“We took a nasty hit,” said Scott Bailey, regional labor economist for the state Employment Security Department.

These economic trends played out among the clothing racks at Spanky’s, a store in east Vancouver where people buy and sell used clothing.

“We’ve seen more new consignors since the downturn,” said Rachel Phillips, Spanky’s owner. “We hear, ‘I’ve never done this before, but I need the money to buy clothes for my family.’ Some people are using the money just to get by.”

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Hangout spot ‘420 Gate’ near Mountain View High School riles neighbors

The fenced-off pathway from Mountain View High School to Southeast 147th Avenue has been known as the 420 Gate for longer than anyone can remember. That number being code for “time to get high.”

But the end of the last school year and the beginning of this one have seen kids’ behavior around the gate sink lower than ever, according to neighbors. Drug dealing and consumption, littering and vandalism, menacing passersby, blocking traffic and even urinating on nearby property have become all too commonplace among the teens who congregate here, they say.

“They have gotten a lot more brazen,” said Sara Idriss, a retired nurse who lives down the block and says she’d been dealing with it for years — and she’s sick of it. “It’s really out of control. They’re like a mob.”

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Columbia River beats rival Skyview on bizarre last-second play

Moments define sports rivalries.

One of Clark County’s biggest high school rivalries may never see another moment like the end of Friday’s game between Columbia River and Skyview.

River won 29-24 on a last-second touchdown, the likes of which Chieftains coach John O’Rourke had not seen in 40-plus years of coaching.

Trailing 24-23, River attempted a 32-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining. Skyview’s rush swarmed the backfield and blocked the kick.

The Storm started celebrating as their fans rushed the field at Columbia River High School.

The football lay on the field for about five seconds. Then the River coaches began screaming.

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