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Sept. 21, 2021

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Morning Press: Former pastor arrested, Golden Corral update, surgeon suspended


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Here are some of the stories that grabbed readers’ attention this week.

Former pastor John Bishop arrested in California

John Bishop, the former lead pastor of Vancouver’s Living Hope Church, is facing a federal drug charge in U.S. District Court in Southern California for allegedly trying to smuggle more than 280 pounds of marijuana into the country from Mexico.

The 54-year-old was arrested Dec. 11 after he was stopped about 5:25 a.m. by U.S. Customs and Border Protection while re-entering the country through the port of entry at San Ysidro, Calif. Bishop reportedly told border patrol agents he was driving to Chula Vista, Calif., according to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case.

Golden Corral aims for mid-February opening

Golden Corral’s expected opening day has twice come and gone, but franchise owner Ramsey Zawideh said Wednesday that they are now mere weeks from opening.

But the Tigard, Ore.-based restaurateur knows his last two predictions — October, and then December — have aged like bagged lettuce.

“We’re pushing hard,” he said, laughing. “So, probably sometime in that second week of February is when we’re going to be opening.”

State suspends license of Clark County surgeon

State health officials immediately suspended the license of a Clark County surgeon after he tested positive for controlled and illicit substances.

The state Department of Health’s Medical Quality Assurance Commission announced Wednesday it had suspended the license of Dr. Robert Slater, alleging he is unsafe to practice medicine.

The state’s report does not indicate Slater’s current employer, but PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center spokesman Randy Querin said Slater was employed with PeaceHealth.

Sifton Market ready to rise from ashes

By the time you read this, construction of a new Sifton Market may be underway at 13412 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd.

It’ll be a relief to Thomas Ranck, owner of the property and the business, who said he’s been eager to rebuild — and restore the unique sense of community that surrounded Sifton Market — since early last year. Ranck had hoped to declare his store rebuilt and reopened for business last month, he said, but the pace of the county building permit process hasn’t quite matched his dreams.

Vancouver district plans to build elementary school next to library

An elementary school is the latest announced addition to downtown Vancouver’s growing skyline — and with it could come other significant development near Interstate 5.

Vancouver Public Schools announced its plans Tuesday morning to buy a section of the property immediately south of the Vancouver Community Library for construction of a new elementary school. Vancouver developer Killian Pacific owns the property at C Street and East Eighth Street, according to a district news release.