Morning Press: Double homicide; Cruise the Couve; County fee waiver winds down




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Here are some of the stories that grabbed our readers’ attention this week.

Man in custody after double homicide in Vancouver

Two people are dead and a suspect is in custody pending charges of first-degree murder following an early morning stabbing and manhunt in Vancouver.

Dustin L. Zapel, 35, was arrested on suspicion of two counts first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder, according to the Vancouver Police Department.

Officers responded to 1900 Fort Vancouver Way, the Central Park Place Apartments, for a reported assault, police said. The call came in just after 1:30 a.m., according to dispatch records.

Learn more about the Sunday morning incident.

Coming together for a cruise

The first-ever Cruise the Couve took over Vancouver’s Main Street on Saturday, and the new event with a new name had a familiar feel.

Brightly-colored cars, some more than a half-century old, drove back and forth on Main Street, while plenty of others lined the side of the road and nearby parking lots and side streets.

While all seemed as expected on Main Street, the lead-up to the event was hectic for a group of local business owners who found themselves with less than a month to organize an event that brings as many as 20,000 to downtown Vancouver.

Read more about the first Cruise the Couve.

County winding down fee-waiver program

Some Clark County developers may have to speed up progress on their projects if they want to remain eligible for fee waivers worth tens of millions of dollars.

About a year after the Clark County council signaled its intention to end a controversial fee-waiver program, county staff have drafted a resolution setting deadlines for how much progress developers need to make on their projects to stay eligible for it.

The program was created in 2013, championed by then-county Commissioners David Madore and Tom Mielke. It waived traffic impact and application fees for nonresidential development in unincorporated areas of Clark County.

Learn more about the end of the program.

Portland Timbers, city officials mull futsal in Vancouver

The Portland Timbers met last week with Vancouver city officials to bring futsal, a scaled-down version of soccer, north across the Columbia River.

The Timbers are looking to spend around $100,000 to build the outdoor futsal court, then hand it over to the city for managing, according to Kristel Wissel, VP of community relations.

Bart Hansen, city councilor, said he was excited about the opportunity.

“We want to bring in something new and innovative,” Hansen said.

Learn more about futsal and plans to bring it to Vancouver.

Gorge provides a beautiful backdrop for UnCruise Adventures

“Adventure is out there!”

That’s what Charles Muntz declares in the 2009 animated movie “Up” — though sometimes adventure isn’t awaiting in far away South America, but in your own backyard.

The Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area is an awe-inspiring region that covers over 80 miles of ever-changing geological scenery. Lush forested landscape surrounding Multnomah Falls gives way to dramatic layers of volcanic rock and one inch of annual rainfall is lost for every mile traversed along the route.

Read more about cruises on the Columbia River.

Vancouver brick-and-mortar clothes retailer weathering latest online storm

One of the biggest shopping days in recent years took place Tuesday: Amazon’s Prime Day sale.

In its three years, millions of online deal-hunters have imbued the day with a holiday shopping spirit not unlike Black Friday or Cyber Monday. The 30-hour spree kicked off Monday night.

Coupled with Prime Day is the arrival last month of Amazon Prime Now to select ZIP codes in Clark County. The service promises two-hour delivery of many kinds of online goods.

Learn more about what retailers are doing to compete.