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Morning Press: Baseball in Ridgefield, Animal Control staffing, Holland campus approved

By , Columbian News Editor

After a pretty steamy week what kind of weather will the weekend hold? Check our local weather coverage.

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

Baseball team coming to Ridgefield

The West Coast League is expanding to Ridgefield beginning in the spring, the city announced Thursday, which will make it Clark County’s first collegiate wood-bat baseball team since 2007.

Approved unanimously by the Ridgefield City Council last week, the team will play at the forthcoming Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex, a 53-acre sporting facility that is under construction and set to be complete in September.

Learn more about the new team.

Animal control reduces services after staff exodus

Clark County has reduced its animal control services following the sudden departure of multiple employees, including animal control officers, in addition to manager Paul Scarpelli.

A county press release issued Monday afternoon stated that the county is working to restore previous levels of animal control services, and an outside company will help with enforcement and outreach efforts in the meantime. But members of the animal welfare community have expressed concern about the sharp reduction in services and the sudden departure of Scarpelli.

Read more about Scarpelli’s departure.

Camas OKs new Holland campus

The city of Camas unanimously approved this week a new mixed-use plaza centered around Holland Partner Group, despite some protest from neighbors.

Holland proposes building near the Camas-Vancouver border, just south of 38th Street, where it would relocate its headquarters.

But it is not just a single, solitary office building. The Vancouver-based construction firm proposes building a work-live area consisting of three office buildings at least 70,000-square-feet in size, a 20,000-square-foot market and a dozen apartment buildings for 276 units total. City plans refer to the project as the “Grass Valley Master Plan.”

Learn more details on the new campus.

Vancouver businessman fears internet hoax affecting hiring

A Vancouver knife salesman worries that his company’s ability to hire summer help has dried up because of a years-old internet hoax claiming human trafficking rings are using job interviews to lure young people.

Tony Carlston, founder of Cutco Closing Gifts in Vancouver, said he had a class of 10 new hires scheduled to come in for training when he started seeing a well-shared Facebook post claiming Vector, the marketing arm of the Cutco direct-sales cutlery company, was drugging water to tranquilize and then abduct people.

Read more about hoax.

City puts commitment up front on homeless day center

The homeless day center slated to open this fall in central Vancouver raised concerns and questions among residents of surrounding neighborhoods who weren’t sure what to expect.

Will people be allowed to camp? What about trash? How will the city make sure the day center lives up to certain standards?

A new document, called the good neighbor commitment, outlines the city’s commitment to addressing those concerns.

Learn more about the city’s commitments to neighbors.

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