Morning Press: SWAT standoff, Stuart's seat, dream of a new bridge and salad from the street

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Fugitive killed after Ridgefield standoff

photoLaw enforcement surrounds a Ridgefield home Friday afternoon looking for Derral Kenneth "Kenny" Mosby, a wanted fugitive who was shot during the standoff. His parents lived at the home off Northeast 29th Avenue, east of Interstate 5.

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One of “Washington’s Most Wanted” fugitives died Friday afternoon after shots were fired during a police standoff at his parents’ house in Ridgefield, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

The regional SWAT team was called in about 1:40 p.m. Friday after members of the U.S. Marshals Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force discovered someone inside the house at 19306 N.E. 29th Ave. during a search for 36-year-old Derral Kenneth “Kenny” Mosby, of Mossyrock, said Eric Wahlstrom, supervisory deputy U.S. Marshal.

Walstrom said task force members were checking the residence where Mosby’s parents reportedly lived, thinking it was unoccupied, when they noticed an open back door and then saw someone inside shut it. They called in reinforcements.

Mosby was wanted out of Lewis County in late February for robbery and drug possession, according to Washington State Patrol Trooper Will Finn. His death ends a weeklong search for him as he apparently traveled around the region.

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Pridemore, Lentz and Love Parker seek Steve Stuart's seat

photoStuart's seat is still warm.

Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart was tapped to be Ridgefield’s city manager Thursday evening, setting in motion the process of naming his successor on the county board. Two Democrats — Craig Pridemore and Temple Lentz — confirmed Friday they are interested. A third — Kelly Love Parker — announced her interest Saturday.

• Pridemore previously served as a county commissioner from 1999 to 2004, when he resigned to become a state senator. Stuart succeeded him on the board in 2004 by appointment.

• Lentz, a Clark County freeholder and Democratic precinct committee officer, also writes a political blog and works for High Five Media, a marketing firm that specializes in small political campaigns.

• Love Parker, president and chief executive officer of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, worked as Rep. Brian Baird's district director from 2005 to 2010, overseeing district projects and managing staff. Prior to that, Love Parker worked for 22 years as a TV news reporter, including 15 years at KGW in Portland.

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And Editor Lou Brancaccio commented on the search for a new commissioner in his weekly Press Talk column.


Road to an East County Bridge not clear

photoSubmitted photo Architectural illustrations of the proposed East County Bridge. The bridge would extend from Southeast 192 Avenue across the Columbia River to Oregon.

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Clark County Commissioner David Madore has spoken passionately about the need to build a third metro-area bridge across the Columbia River, but when it comes to that proposal, partnerships may be hard to foment.

The cornerstone in Madore's plan to ease interstate congestion, a toll-free "East County Bridge" would take buy-in from a complicated web of landowners and jurisdictions on both sides of the river. While Madore has pushed the project in recent weeks, going so far as to say it's "possible that we could be driving across our new third toll-free bridge in five years," it appears the project faces a slew of regulatory and boundary hurdles.

Bill Ganley, a Battle Ground city councilor who also sits on the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council, said receiving the necessary approval from local and state agencies will take time. A five-year timeline, while not impossible, is unlikely, he said.

"The bigger the (jurisdictional) boundaries, the more you'll have to work through those issues," he said. "Once you cross a state line, the more players you have at the table, and that always takes longer."

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Oil spill preparation may have to ratchet up

photoCrews deploy an absorbent boom on the Willamette River as part of an oil-spill training exercise in Portland last month. The Maritime Fire & Safety Association's worst-case disaster scenario involves a spill of 300,000 barrels of oil into the water. A proposed oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver would use vessels carrying as much 350,000 barrels of crude at a time.

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BNSF Railway uses a familiar refrain to reassure people worried about the safety of transporting oil by rail. Company officials say 99.997 percent of all hazardous material moved by rail reaches its destination without incident.

“It’s not very reassuring,” said Dan Serres, conservation director for environmental advocacy group Columbia Riverkeeper. “In fact, it’s disturbing.”

Here’s why: The proposed facility would be capable of handling up to 380,000 barrels of crude per day. Even if 0.003 percent of that spilled on its way — three out of every 100,000 barrels — it would still add up to more than 4,000 barrels per year on average, either on the ground or in the water.

But that’s only half of the equation.

The millions of barrels of oil that would arrive at the Vancouver terminal by rail each year would leave on vessels floating down the Columbia River.

The Maritime Fire & Safety Association, which helps coordinate spill response on the lower Columbia and Willamette rivers, now prepares for a worst-case scenario of 300,000 barrels of oil released into the water. Under the Tesoro-Savage proposal, vessels leaving the facility would carry as much as 350,000 barrels of crude at a time.

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Foraging a locavore path

photoChef Sebastian Corosi samples clover he found next to a tree in downtown Vancouver.

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Sebastian Corosi likes to brag that he can make a salad from plants he finds just walking around downtown Vancouver. And on a partially rainy morning last week, he proved it.

Just a few blocks south of the park on a weedy, grassy parking lot divider, Corosi plucked a small bounty of early spring greens — and that was just the start.

"There's a huge fennel patch down here," he said, poking around the soft, fuzzy young leaves. "In this little patch, there's also dandelion greens and English plantain."

There's a frugality to foraging, especially when you realize there's a free gourmet salad at your feet. But it's also a healthier way to eat, appreciate the seasons and understand how far most of us have gotten from the source of our food, he said.

"We have such abundance here," Corosi said. "If you think about the river, what was going on in trade down there for centuries, the plants we have here reflect that and the variety of food people ate."

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Road trip with the Winterhawks

photoThe Winterhawks' team bus gets ready to depart Comcast Arena in Everett after a 6-2 win over the Silvertips on Sunday January 26, 2014. (Zachary Kaufman/The Columbian)

With a 72-game regular season, and playoffs that could span an additional two months, Western Hockey League teams have a lot in common with their National Hockey League counterparts. However the 16 to 20-year-olds enjoy fewer perks grinding out over 15,000 miles on a bus each year. The young men spend about 50 nights a year on the road while juggling high school course work or online college courses.

Like most junior and minor league athletes, the dream of one day playing in the big leagues is the motivation behind all those miles. The Winterhawks currently have nine players who have already been drafted by NHL teams. That is far from a guarantee that they will ever play a single game for the teams that drafted them.

Winterhawks veteran Brendan Leipsic, who was drafted by the Nashville Predators in 2012, said it's been a long journey since he started skating at age 3 behind his home in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

"All the hard work is still to come, you know," the 19-year-old said. "It's one thing getting drafted, signing a contract. The real work (starts) when you get to the NHL, if you get to the NHL."

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