Morning Press: Stuart, EFSEC, 2-legged dog, Crestline, Banfield



Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart, bearing his unwashed coffee cup, greets well-wishers at a farewell open house in his honor Thursday. Stuart is stepping down from the board this month to become city manager of Ridgefield.

The state's Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council discusses the extent of environmental review for an oil-by-rail terminal proposed for the Port of Vancouver. The council met in Vancouver on Wednesday.

Duncan Lou Who, a 9-month-old boxer, runs in the backyard of his home in Felida. Amanda Giese and Gary Walters, who operate Panda Paws Rescue out of their home, posted a video of Duncan playing on the beach to YouTube on March 22. The video has had more than 3 million views since.

Ocotlan Neria Corona, with Carpentry Plus, works on framing at Crestline Elementary on Monday in Vancouver.

Here are some of the week’s top stories and news you may have missed:

Well-wishers bid Stuart farewell

As one door closes, another one opens.

So it goes for Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart, who bid farewell to the county Thursday after 10 years in elected office. He’ll leave his position this month to become Ridgefield’s city manager.

But Stuart spoke more of coffee mugs than of doors in his farewell remarks Thursday night. Flanked by his wife, Heather, and in front of dozens of well-wishers, Stuart gripped a severely stained mug — the one he never washes — and spoke of its symbolism.

“Every day, when I don’t wash this mug, it grounds me,” Stuart said. “It reminds me I’m just a guy with a dirty mug.”

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EFSEC plans broad review of oil terminal plan

The Washington state board reviewing what would be the Northwest’s largest oil-by-rail terminal will undertake a sweeping analysis of the facility’s environmental effects — from the extraction of the oil to its ultimate consumption.

The environmental review for the proposed $110 million Tesoro-Savage oil terminal will consider impacts well beyond its location at the Port of Vancouver, the state’s Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council unanimously decided Wednesday.

Opponents of the oil terminal said they were heartened by the decision, while the project’s proponents remained unfazed.

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2-legged dog charms millions

Duncan Lou Who may be missing half of his legs, but he has no shortage of spirit — or fans.

The 9-month-old boxer visited the beach for the first time two weeks ago. His humans, Amanda Giese and Gary Walters of Felida, filmed Duncan as he raced across the sand, chased sticks and explored the waves rolling up on the beach.

That two-minute video of little Duncan Lou Who has garnered 3.2 million views, and counting, since it was posted on YouTube on March 22. The video has made headlines across the U.S. — he was on the CNN website homepage Thursday and is scheduled to appear on the “Today” show this morning — and beyond, including Spain, Australia and the U.K.

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New Crestline Elementary taking shape

The construction site of the new Crestline Elementary School was a hub of activity Monday as heavy equipment and dozens of workers swarmed the property.

An all-terrain forklift moved materials into position. Men wearing safety harnesses stood on the roof and prepped the building before installing metal siding. Inside the 60,656 square-foot building, Richard Bergh with Carpentry Plus welded a handrail on the stairwell.

The school that was destroyed by a Feb. 3, 2013, fire is being rebuilt on an accelerated construction schedule and will be ready for teachers to move in by Aug. 1. Evergreen Public Schools plans a grand opening with Governor Jay Inslee the week before Labor Day.

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Vancouver lands Banfield Pet Hospital HQ

Clark County has landed a new corporate headquarters, a company that plans to bring 600 employees to east Vancouver in late 2015.

Banfield Pet Hospital, which bills itself as the nation’s largest veterinary practice, announced Wednesday it will build a 250,000-square-foot office complex in the Columbia Tech Center development at Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard and 184th Avenue. The 20-acre site just west of Clark College’s satellite building gives the company room to expand, a key factor that influenced its decision to relocate from its Northeast Portland headquarters.

“After an extensive search that included properties on both sides of the river, we found that the Washington location best met our needs for the future,” said Tony Ueber, Banfield Pet Hospital’s president and CEO.

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