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Morning Press: Economic Forecast Breakfast, safe cities, new I-5 Bridge talks


Heading outdoors this weekend? Will you need an umbrella? Check our local weather coverage.

In case you missed it, here are some of the top stories of the week:

Economic forecast: More uncertainty ahead

Get used to feeling unsteady amid rapid change, three Clark County CEOs said Thursday morning at The Columbian’s Economic Forecast Breakfast.

“Don’t underestimate the speed and magnitude of change that’s coming,” said panelist Bruce Cazenave, CEO of Nautilus Inc., the fitness equipment maker. “Step into the change instead of resisting. … Embrace the feeling of discomfort.”

The 29th annual event focused on change, and speakers discussed how their companies are facing new competitive challenges due to technology or disruptive industries. The topic must have hit a nerve, because 640 people turned out for the event at the Hilton Vancouver Washington.

Read more about the breakfast and more from the panelists.

House lawmakers revive effort to rekindle I-5 Bridge replacement talks

Southwest Washington lawmakers are hoping to send a message to their counterparts in Oregon that they’re ready to talk about replacing the Interstate 5 Bridge.

“We’re hearing the state of Oregon won’t step up until they get a signal from us,” Rep. Sharon Wylie, D-Vancouver, told members of the House Transportation Committee on Thursday.

Lawmakers are hoping the signal is House Bill 2414, which would carve out $100,000 to form a bipartisan, bicameral coalition of legislators from both sides of the river to revive discussions of a crossing over the Columbia River.

Learn more about the new conversation.

Ridgefield rated state’s fourth-safest city

Though you may not suspect it, Clark County is home to one of the safest cities in Washington.

Ridgefield is the fourth-safest city in the state, according to Value Penguin, a New York-based number-crunching firm whose research is geared toward helping consumers make sound financial decisions. The ranking comes from an analysis of FBI crime data for 2013, the most recent figures available.

The findings were published in a study called “2015 Safest Places in Washington,” which came to The Columbian this week. The author, Brian Quinn, looked at cities with populations greater than 5,000, which amounted to 113 municipalities in all.

See where else made the list.

New dietary guidelines take bite out of sugar, salt

The federal government has some new, but familiar, advice for Americans when it comes to their diets: Eat a greater variety of food and nutrient-dense foods, cut back on added sugars and rein in sodium consumption.

This month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services unveiled their 2015-20 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, an updated collection of science-based nutrition recommendations. The guidelines are updated every five years with the goal of improving how people eat to reduce obesity and prevent chronic diseases.

Read more about the dietary guidelines.

Potholes eat up Clark County roadways

Potholes, those familiar winter annoyances, are back.

To anyone who has swerved down a pockmarked street in recent weeks, it should come as no surprise that road crews have been responding to hundreds of complaints of potholes across the city and county.

Several jurisdictions report they’re seeing more roads damaged by potholes so far this year than during last year’s relatively mild early winter months.

Learn what to do to report a pothole.

Blazers find place at ‘The Table’

While on the road this weekend, a group of executives within the Trail Blazers will solve the world’s problems before breakfast.

“The Table” is an otherwise normal breakfast table but is transformed into a board room by its “CEO’s” and specific rules.

The ground rules are made up by the CEO’s: Chris Kaman, Ed Davis and Meyers Leonard.

Keep up with the Blazers’ season and read Erik Gundersen’s blog post on Ex-Blazer Cliff Robinson’s new brand of marijuana “Uncle Spliffy”