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Here are some of the stories that grabbed readers’ attention this week.
Charmaine Crossley and Kate Dunphy talk in hushed voices on the top floor of the Clark County Courthouse, plotting what to say to keep Crossley and her family from being evicted.
Dunphy, the deputy director of the Tenants Union of Washington State, advises Crossley on how best to defend herself if the judge denies her request for more time.
Dove Property Management, which manages the east county home where Crossley lives, sued her for not paying her September rent. Crossley says she tried to pay but Dove wouldn’t take her housing assistance check from Share, because the nonprofit asked the company to fill out a W-9 tax form.
Read more about Crossley’s story and evictions.
It was some parents’ turn to get in trouble at school early Friday morning.
They weren’t called into the principal’s office, though. They were pulled over by Washington State Patrol troopers.
Four troopers and one sergeant were positioned outside of Glenwood Primary School and Laurin Middle School by the department’s License Investigation Unit. They were out on Friday to try and find Washington residents with out-of-state license plates.
“If you see a driver dropping a kid off at school, that usually means they’re a local resident and live here,” Trooper Will Finn said.
Read more about the license plate sting.
Shannon Yates knew something was off the night of Oct. 9 because her daughter was late getting home from class.
Yates used the “Find my iPhone” app to see that her daughter, Chloe Yates, 17, was on Interstate 5 near Northeast 134th Street, still not too close to their Woodland home. Five more minutes passed, so she checked again. Her daughter was in the same spot.
Yates’ husband, Andrew Yates, looked at the Waze app on his phone to see if there was traffic. Instead, he saw there was a car crash. He called Chloe, but she didn’t answer.
Seemingly seconds later, he got a call from a Washington State Patrol trooper.
Learn more about the collision and what is in store for Chloe Yates.
Medicare beneficiaries reviewing their plan options for next year have to contend with a growing trend in Clark County: providers accepting only Medicare Advantage Plans.
The number of providers accepting original Medicare — even those with additional Tricare or Medigap plans — has been going down in Clark County over the last several years. This year, even fewer providers are accepting patients with any Medicare coverage other than Advantage Plans, said Gayle Mitchell, the program coordinator for Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors in Vancouver.
“It’s getting harder to find providers who accept Medicare,” Mitchell said.
Read more about Medicare in Clark County.
Arika White has had her eye on a spot where she could open a drive-thru version of Hello Waffle, a favorite regular at the Camas Farmers Market.
That spot is near the corner of Northeast Third Avenue and Northeast Second Avenue in between Camas and Washougal.
She picked it “because I have been doing the Camas Farmers Market for three years and they are my most loyal customers, the most enthusiastic about what I am doing.”
The drive-thru menu features savory waffles, sweet waffles and waffle sandwiches. Many of the old favorites like pumpkin cheesecake, caramel apple, and caprese (topped with pesto aioli, fresh arugula, tomato, fresh mozzarella, and balsamic drizzle) are still on the seasonally rotated menu; in addition to, vegan and gluten-free options. Vegan/gluten-free waffles are made with Kember’s mix on a dedicated gluten-free waffle maker to avoid contamination.
Read more about Hello Waffle’s new location and read more restaurant news.