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Health worker report, Dec. 19

The Health Professions Quality Assurance office of the state Department of Health recently took disciplinary actions or has withdrawn charges against these Clark County health care providers. In September, the Nursing Assistant Program denied the certification application of certified nursing assistant Kaitlyn B. Smeback. Terms and conditions were set against her registration to practice as a nursing assistant.

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Our Readers' views, Dec. 20

Move BPA line to nonresidential land Bonneville Power Administration’s Interstate 5 corridor reinforcement plan is fatally flawed. Its “cram strategy” closed public comment on the scoping process on Dec. 14. Readers should understand this boondoggle will most likely decrease counties’ tax revenues by reducing property values along a 76-mile scar across Clark and Cowlitz counties. Co-extensive tax districts (e.g., Fort Vancouver Regional Library, Battle Ground school district) will also suffer. Power carried may not even serve our counties.

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Public meetings

Monday Battle Ground school board, 9 a.m., CASEE-A board room, 11104 N.E. 149th St., Brush Prairie: Special meeting to approve contract for Amboy/Yacolt portables electrical service, contract for telephone maintenance and equipment upgrade.

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Our readers' views Dec. 19

Tax hike shifts onus to taxpayer I heartily agree with The Columbian on the Dec. 13 editorial, “Avoiding the pain.” Clark County commissioners talk of the agonizing choices they must make (woe is us) then go ahead and raise taxes anyway to shift the woe to the taxpayers. This is the common chant we hear from politicians on all levels. I plan to keep in mind this 1 percent increase in the general-fund levy, and the commissioners’ refusal to clamp down on their own expense accounts when future elections occur.

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Alleged Juggalo arrested on suspicion of arson, burglary

An alleged Juggalo gang member was in the Clark County Jail on Friday, four days after being arrested for allegedly breaking into a unit of the Sunpointe Apartments in Cascade Park and setting a fire.

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Weaving the Web future

One of the first rules in dealing with customers — whether you’re promoting nails, nuts or newspapers — is to under-promise and over-deliver.

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Flier numbers get some lift at PDX

November shows gains after year’s rough start

Most major airlines showed positive gains in passenger traffic at Portland International Airport in November after a rough start to the year.

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Dem’s gibe at Herrera miffs GOP

‘Palinesque,’ ‘short of substance’ remark called sexist

LONGVIEW — A Republican Party leader blasted a Democratic official Thursday for what she called “sexist” and “degrading” remarks about State Representative and congressional hopeful Jaime Herrera.

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Vital statistics, Dec. 19

Public records for Dec. 19

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Death notices, Dec. 19

Amundson, Dolores M., 96, Vancouver, died Dec. 17, 2009. Sunnyside Little Chapel of the Chimes, 503-659-1184. Nodine, Randall G., 55, Vancouver, died Dec. 15, 2009. Barton Family Funeral Service, 425-823-1900.

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WSU Vancouver kicks off fall semester

Officials expect record student count in Salmon Creek

Cougars are on the prowl again, on a Salmon Creek hilltop. The laptop-toting, textbook-buying, parking-spot-chasing kind — as Washington State University Vancouver students kicked off their 2010 fall semester Monday.

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In Our View Dec. 19: Cheers & Jeers

Walk & Knock breaks the food-drive record; Portland mayor misguided on bridge stance

Cheers: To the thousands of people who gave food to the Dec. 5 Inter-Service Walk & Knock food drive. When the final tally was completed this week, a record 162 tons of food was donated. That’s 7 tons more than the previous record, set in 2002, and 15 percent more than last year. The food drive, which involved 4,500 volunteers, is the largest of its kind in Clark County. It’s especially sweet to break the record of giving this year, when need is also at record levels. “It’s really great that the community stepped forward, knowing the economy was bad,” James Fitzgerald, manager of the Clark County Food Bank’s Stop Hunger warehouse, told Columbian reporter Scott Hewitt.

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Workforce council solicits bids for youth job training

The Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council is requesting proposals from organizations in Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties that wish to receive federal funding to train low-income youth for future jobs.

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State salmon spending reaches East Fork

Three projects in Clark County receive $510,000

The East Fork of the Lewis River will get half a million dollars’ worth of attention in the latest round of state funding for salmon recovery.

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Religion calendar Dec. 19

Clark County WINTER SOLSTICE LABYRINTH WALK, 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Quality Inn conference center, 7001 N.E. Highway 99, Vancouver. Suggested donation is $5. * 360-695-4965, sacredjourneymin@aol.com.

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Oregon crash injures 4 from Vancouver

Wrong-way driver may have had medical condition

A medical problem may have led an Oregon man to black out while driving, which in turn led to an accident that injured four Vancouver residents, one critically.

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In Our View, Dec. 20: Santa Sonntag

State auditor’s office delivers plenty of tips on how legislators can cut spending

udgetary hand-wringing, teeth-gnashing and hair-pulling resumes on Jan. 11 in Olympia when legislators convene their 2010 session. The challenge of closing a projected $2.9 billion deficit will make many of the politicians wonder why they ever signed up for this gig. But at least this session won’t be as excruciating as the session of 2009, which included the task of closing a $9 billion budget shortfall. But consider these two stark realities: Many of the most effective cuts were made in the previous session, and much of the federal stimulus support will dry up soon. This predicament will inspire many Democrats to call for tax increases, which, as we’ve editorialized repeatedly, would be the worst possible solution during a devastating recession and when the full potential of reform has yet to be explored.

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Police report: One dead, four injured in head-on wrongway crash

Police: Diabetic driver may have blacked out

A medical problem may have led an Oregon man to black out while driving, which in turn led to an accident that injured four Vancouver residents, one critically, and killed the Oregon man.

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No one seriously hurt in crash on Highway 500

One driver ticketed for speeding

Three people were taken to a hospital with minor injuries Friday after a two-vehicle rear-end collision on state Highway 500 at Northeast 112th Avenue in Orchards.

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Auto glass owner pleads guilty in fraud case

A Battle Ground business owner who overbilled an insurance company for years pleaded guilty to first-degree theft in Clark County Superior Court earlier this week.