By VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press
March 12, 2014 12:41 p.m.
NEW YORK — A thunderous explosion apparently caused by a gas leak flattened two East Harlem apartment buildings Wednesday, killing at least two people, injuring more than 20 and leaving more than a dozen others missing. One tenant said residents had complained repeatedly in recent weeks about "unbearable" gas smells.
It wasn't cause for a ticker tape parade, but Washington state economists last week announced the passing of a minor milestone. According to officials, the state now has more jobs than it did prior to the Great Recession.
Cascade Pacific Council of the Boy Scouts of America is awarding three local adult volunteers the Silver Beaver Award. The award is presented for distinguished service to young people within a local Boy Scouts of America Council. It is the highest national award that can be presented by a local council.
RIDGEFIELD — Lori Volkman's reflections on life as a military spouse were midnight messages that bounced around the blogosphere. Now she can target her audiences. She's still sharing her perspectives as a Navy reservist's wife, but now Volkman wants to influence as well as to entertain and empathize.
The remarks by Clark County officials gave me pause. Despite JFK's plea to ask, "why not," instead of "why," I find myself asking: why do officials in Clark County and officials with Metro, the most powerful regional planner in Portland, deny that Vancouver is a suburb of Portland, with a population significantly based on the conflicting tax structures of the adjoining states?
The recent fatal head-on collision on Interstate 5 south of state Route 502 highlights, in the saddest way possible, what everyone who uses that interchange already knows — it is a poorly designed roadway. The nonstandard placement of an onramp only a few feet from an opposite direction offramp is confusing to even those who frequent this area.
Clark County Commissioner David Madore's "ignorance" of the Affordable Care Act is not a surprise for some of us, as reported March 2: "Health care lesson for Madore." In fact, one could assume it is willful ignorance. Clark County Public Health has been working on this strenuously for months (or over a year), but one cannot find the line item in the budget for the ACA, so these poor folks have had to carry this burden within their routine scope and budget.
National Park Service archaeologist Doug Wilson will discuss how the 1800s fur trade affected local waterways in a presentation at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at the Old Liberty Theater, 113 N. Main Ave.
The residents of Ridgefield should be both satisfied with and proud of their city council for such an excellent search for a new city manager. By following the normal best practices for hiring, and going an additional step by utilizing a consulting firm, they have ensured that they had a broad and deep field of candidates from which to choose.