Four years after the Davy Crockett became news in Clark County, the saga of the derelict ship continues to have an impact on the state. This time, however, the impact is a positive one, as Gov. Jay Inslee last week signed legislation designed to help prevent environmental disasters perpetrated by abandoned or crumbling vessels.
When it comes to insurance providers, the bottom line is the bottom line. Insurers aren’t much interested in ideology or political philosophy or conservative vs. liberal or constitutional debates. No, they are interested only in risk assessment and liability and the potential costs if something goes wrong.
Of course they should consider everything. If you’re purchasing a car, you look at gas mileage and price and the interior and the style of headlights and the number of cupholders … Buying a house? Well, then you consider the price and the neighborhood and the square-footage and the local schools and the molding and the light fixtures …
Cheers: There is an old axiom in the newspaper business that you can never publish too many photos of puppies. Puppies and children. Wait, puppies and children and Santa Claus. Readers just love to look at those things. So it is good news for The Columbian that Banfield Pet Hospital has decided to build new corporate offices in Vancouver — but it's even better news for the community. The company, which supports 850 pet hospitals across the United States and Puerto Rico, announced that it will build a 250,000-square-foot office complex in the Columbia Tech Center at Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard and 184th Avenue, moving its headquarters from Portland and employing about 600 people.
The swift resurrection of Crestline Elementary School is a tribute to the school community and to the workers who are making a building rise from the ashes. But it also should raise questions about the process that districts typically must go through when constructing a school building.
As anybody with even a passing interest in sports is aware, big-time college programs are big-time businesses. For example, according to USA Today, publicly available data indicates that the University of Washington athletic department generated $85 million in revenue in 2012. That might sound like an unfathomable amount, yet it ranked only 27th among all colleges — and the University of Texas led the way with $166 million in revenue. In 2010, CBS and Turner Sports agreed to pay $11 billion — that’s with a “B” — for the rights to televise the NCAA men’s basketball tournament for 14 years. And a new college football playoff starting next year has drawn a $7.3 billion TV contract for 36 games over a 12-year period.
Even as Snohomish County continues to dig out from under the tragic Oso mudslide, it is never too early for jurisdictions throughout the state to revisit some of their policies. All governments, from the city to the federal levels, should be examining rules and regulations for areas that could be environmentally unstable, learning from the lessons Oso offers.
The Clark County Board of Commissioners last week managed to address the problem of understaffing in the Clark County Sheriff’s Office without managing to solve anything. Consider it the art of the half-hearted deal.
Even with the Columbia River Crossing in the process of closing up shop, there is no shortage of ideas for funding and building a replacement Interstate 5 bridge. That’s because there is no shortage of need for such a bridge.
Cheers: The latest report suggests that Clark County has enjoyed solid jobs gains over the past 12 months, with the area adding 4,700 jobs for a 3.5 percent increase. Year-over-year analysis shows an increase in all employment sectors other than manufacturing.
As the grim hunt for victims continues near the tiny town of Oso in Snohomish County, state officials have delivered a disconcerting reminder: Some people are so callous they will attempt to profit from the tragic mudslide that hit northern Washington.
Although the state Legislature is on hiatus until — probably — 2015, political posturing and preening is never out of season. At the forefront during this offseason is discussion about transportation and whether lawmakers will come to some sort of agreement on statewide funding.