Morning Press: Archer Mountain Fire, Herrera Beutler bill, Evergreen lineman




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

Archer Mountain Fire 209 acres, evacuation notices downgraded

A fire burning near Archer Mountain in Skamania County is now an estimated 209 acres, officials announced Friday morning.

About 82 firefighters with the Department of Natural Resources continue to work in the steep, rugged terrain to contain the fire.

While the blaze which has grown in size, the wind is pushing it away from residences. The Skamania County Sheriff’s Office announced this morning further downgrades to its evacuation notifications.

The entirety of Archer mountain Road has been reduced to Level 2 (be ready) evacuation level, along with Franz Road and Dim Rill Dale Road.

Herrera Beutler bill aimed at stopping I-5 Bridge tolls

Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, has successfully sponsored an amendment to a federal spending bill that’s intended to stymie Oregon’s plans to pursue tolls on routes that many Clark County commuters rely on to get to work.

The amendment was approved Wednesday evening by a voice vote and is attached to a House bill that funds multiple federal agencies and departments, including the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The text of Herrera Beutler’s amendment states, “None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to enter into an agreement for the establishment or collection of tolls on Interstate Route 5 or Interstate Route 205 in the State of Oregon or Washington.”

Vancouver man dies in head-on crash

A Vancouver man was killed Saturday evening in a head-on collision in east Vancouver, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

Thomas Back, 25, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 6:31 p.m. crash on the 16800 block of Northeast 39th Street, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.

The statement said Back was driving a Kia Forte sedan west on Northeast 39th Street when his vehicle crossed the center line into the path of a 2006 Ford Mustang driven by Ulises Ramirez of Vancouver.

Evergreen first-year lineman a beast in the trenches

Serge Rusnak is 17, but already is a behemoth at 6-foot-2 and 250 pounds.

He bench presses 405 pounds, deadlifts 605, runs a sub-5-second 40-yard time, and estimates he consumes 5,000 calories in his one meal per day.

Would you believe the Evergreen High senior is an ex-gymnast? It’s true.

Would you believe the Plainsmen’s victory over Columbia River last week was Rusnak’s first football game? That’s true, too.

First as in, first time ever strapping on pads, helmet, cleats, and putting on a football jersey for an official game at an level?

True all the way through.