State investment boards in Washington and Oregon are "bankrolling" oil, coal and gas infrastructure, a new analysis asserts, despite public calls by those states' governors to shift to renewables to fight global climate change.
Try describing the who, when, where and why of Vancouver's Destination Downtown and run the risk of falling into a pot of bureaucratic alphabet soup: In 2006, state lawmakers passed the Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Efficiency Act, under which local jurisdictions had to develop CTR plans. Cities could designate a Growth and Transportation Efficiency Center (GTEC) and implement policies aimed at reducing drive-alone trips. The money for Destination Downtown, Vancouver's GTEC, comes from a $100,000 annual Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
Northwest Natural Gas Company has filed a proposed rate change with the Washington state Utilities and Transportation Commission. The rate proposal includes a 6 percent residential increase, which means the average homeowner would pay about $3.65 more per month. The average business customer would see an increase of about 6.4 percent, or $16.14 per month.
Clark County's real estate market in August reflected a normal seasonal downturn from July but showed continued strength overall with year-over-year increases in pending sales and median sales price and a 10 percent drop in the time needed to sell a home.
Owners of property at 11909 S.E.. Mill Plain Blvd. have submitted a preliminary application for a 4,700-square-foot, single-story retail building that would have a drive-through facing Mill Plain and 39 parking spaces. One proposed tenant is Costa Vida, a Utah-based Mexican restaurant chain operating in 12 states and Alberta, Canada. It has Washington outlets in Tri-Cities, Spokane and Federal Way. A second tenant has not been identified, but applicants say it probably would not be a restaurant.
Paul Baldwin discovered his passion for teaching after subbing at the Washington State School for the Blind. He has been teaching visually impaired students since 1997 and loves it. "I certainly want the students to get an education, but I really want to see them develop into a complete individual. They can be successful in whatever endeavor they want to pursue," Baldwin said.