Morning Press: County budget; Evergreen superintendent; ‘Top Chef’ contestant




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In case you missed them, here are some of the top stories of the week:

County budget raises property taxes 1%

The Clark County council on Wednesday approved its $321 million two-year budget, which includes a 1 percent property tax increase that will generate about $8 million in expected revenue for the county.

The 2017-2018 budget passed after more than three acrimonious hours that featured Republican Councilor David Madore exchanging barbs with his colleagues and county staff and unleashing heated diatribes that seemed to rehash years of past conflicts.

Read more about the county’s 2017-18 budget.

Evergreen’s Deeder might face no-confidence vote

Leaders of the Evergreen Public Schools’ teachers union are seeking member support for a resolution declaring no confidence in the district’s superintendent.

At its Nov. 21 meeting, the Evergreen Education Association’s representative council — a board made of representatives from each campus in the district — voted to support a resolution of no confidence in Superintendent John Deeder. Union President Rob Lutz said union representatives will likely begin collecting signatures from teachers to present to the school board with the goal of removing Deeder from his position.

Learn more about the union’s resolution.

City eyes Trump infrastructure plan

President-elect Donald Trump said he plans to invest billions in infrastructure projects, a promise that has spurred some local politicians to wonder if that could help revive an effort to replace the Interstate 5 Bridge.

On Monday night, the Vancouver City Council heard from Joel Rubin, the city’s federal lobbyist who champions their causes in Washington, D.C. The council discussed the current political climate and the issues it wants to advocate for in the future.

When the topic of infrastructure arose, Councilor Jack Burkman noted that it seems Trump wants to make the infrastructure investments swiftly.

Find out more about how Trump’s presidency may effect the city.

BBQ baron B.J. Smith joins “Top Chef”

Season 14 of “Top Chef” debuted Dec. 1 and with it, a slice of Vancouver barbecue.

B.J. Smith, the baron of Portland barbecue joints, is one of 16 contestants vying for the show’s $125,000 grand prize. The tattooed restaurateur has been a fixture of Portland kitchens for two decades, but he’s been a dominant force in local barbecue in the past five years, with a handful of locations peppering the city. Smith just opened his first Vancouver endeavor, Smokehouse Provisions, in October at The Mill shopping center in the North Garrison Heights neighborhood.

Find out more about B.J. Smith and his restaurants.

Chiropractic care can be kids’ stuff

Rhett Earhart lies calmly as chiropractor Cecelia Mikles runs her hands down his spine. When Mikles reaches the bottom of his spine, she notices a little curve to the left. She extends Rhett’s legs so they’re straight and checks their length. The left is a little short, she says.

Rhett rolls over to his belly, clutching a caterpillar stuffed animal and using his mom, Danielle Dearey, as a cushion between him and the chiropractic table. Mikles moves Rhett’s legs up and down, side to side, checking the mobility in his hips.

Read more about chiropractors are helping kids.

Papermakers celebrate state championship in different ways

The Camas Papermakers took their time late Saturday night.

No need to rush getting on the bus. No need to get home too soon.

They wanted that championship feeling to last.

Pizza. Chocolate Milk. Hey, that’s two important ingredients for a football team’s celebration.

The chartered buses did not leave the Tacoma Dome until a little after midnight.

Learn more about Camas winning the state football championship.