Morning Press: Race to fill Benton’s seat; Pregnant breast cancer patient; Fishing on the Columbia




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

Wilson, Probst campaign to fill Benton’s Senate seat

Shortly after Lynda Wilson announced she was running for longtime Republican Sen. Don Benton’s seat in the state Senate, her challenger sent her an email.

Democratic candidate Tim Probst told Wilson, a Republican, he wanted to run a positive campaign. He wanted to throw out the rule book and sit down for a series of meetings to define what the two candidates agree on.

“The paid campaign consultants will hate this idea — and that only makes it more fun!” Probst wrote Wilson.

Wilson responded she was looking forward to a “vigorous and clean campaign.”

That was nine months ago.

Today, with less than a month to go before the election, Wilson said her morning routine includes bracing herself, “I get up and say, ‘What’s going to come out today?’ ”

Read more about the candidates.

McCauley: Madore court filing ‘nuisance’

Clark County Councilor David Madore has filed a petition in Superior Court seeking access to communications between Clark County Manager Mark McCauley and the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office as well as his own publicly funded legal counsel.

“I don’t think a court will grant what he’s asking,” said McCauley, who called the petition a “nuisance.”

On Monday, Nicholas Power, an attorney for the Republican councilor, filed a petition for a writ of mandamus, a court order instructing a government body to fulfill an obligation or correct a discretion. The petition concerns a contract McCauley entered into with Rebecca Dean in spring of this year.

Read more about the filing.

Camas mill workers still without contract

CAMAS — Workers at the paper mill in downtown Camas have been in labor negotiations with owner Georgia-Pacific Corp. for nearly two-and-a-half years, but there’s no contract in sight, according to the workers’ union.

The Association of Western Pulp & Paper Workers Local 5 represent some 350 employees at the company’s pulp and paper mill, where workers have been on the job without a contract since the last deal expired in May 2014. The latest offer from Georgia-Pacific, union representatives contend, cuts wages for new hires, drops a handful of paid holidays and offers “substandard” health insurance.

Learn more about the negotiations.

A village will help feed breast cancer patient’s baby

Erin Maher went to her obstetrician for a routine appointment when she was 14 weeks pregnant. She left with a breast cancer diagnosis.

“I just stared at her,” Maher, 32, said. “I couldn’t even react.”

Maher and her husband, Brandon, left the doctor’s office believing they would lose the baby they didn’t even think they could conceive. The couple had tried for three years to get pregnant with their son, only to be told by doctors they were infertile. After they stopped trying, they were surprised by a positive pregnancy test. Their son, Liam, is now 2 1/2 years old.

They had assumed they wouldn’t be able to conceive again but were thinking about trying anyway. Two weeks later, in late May, they learned Erin Maher was pregnant.

Learn more about how strangers are helping out. Check out all of our coverage for breast cancer awareness month.

Salmon, steelhead fishing to close in Columbia

Salmon and steelhead fishing in the lower Columbia River and Columbia Gorge will close for 2016 beginning Saturday as the sport and commercial non-Indian fall chinook catch has exceeded harvest guidelines.

Washington and Oregon fisheries officials today voted to prohibit salmon and steelhead angling from Buoy 10 at the mouth of the Columbia River upstream to the Highway 395 Bridge at Pasco from Saturday through Dec. 31.

Robin Ehlke, assistant Columbia River policy coordinator for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, told a joint state hearing that non-Indians are allowed a 15 percent harvest rate on upriver bright fall chinook and that the rate will be at 15.46 percent at the end of angling on Friday.

Find out more about why the season is ending.