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Morning Press: Butcher Boys; Clark College and discrimination; Ridgefield wins 2A volleyball state title

The Columbian
Published: November 18, 2019, 6:00am

Check out the weather headed our way this week.

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

Butcher Boys in Vancouver a cut above

For a local butcher shop, it doesn’t get much busier than November.

Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching, ushering in a season where nearly every customer wants turkey, prime rib or ham for holiday dinners. At the same time, hunters are still bringing in fresh carcasses for processing, finishing a busy hunting season that kicked off in September.

“That week is just crazy,” said Peter Kurfurst, manager at Butcher Boys in Vancouver.

Read more: Butcher Boys in Vancouver a cut above

Ridgefield church’s labyrinth open to all who are on a path to peace

RIDGEFIELD — Fae Jackson’s heart was set on walking the world-famous, 800-year-old stone labyrinth at Chartes Cathedral in France, but then life took an unexpected turn. When she arrived on All Saints Day, the labyrinth was closed to prayerful pedestrian traffic. She was welcome to marvel at it, but not to follow its winding path around the medieval cathedral floor.

Jackson is something of an authority on twists and turns. She’s the mastermind of a new outdoor labyrinth that was recently unveiled at the Southridge Community of Christ church, 400 N.E. 179th St., near the Clark County Fairgrounds. The labyrinth is open to all to visit and walk, anytime, she said.

Read more: Ridgefield church’s labyrinth open to all who are on a path to peace

Former Clark College president discriminated against women, investigation finds

Former Clark College President Bob Knight engaged in inappropriate, discriminatory behavior against women, and particularly women of color, during his tenure at the Vancouver community college.

That’s according to an investigatory report provided to The Columbian on Friday in response to a public records request, which highlights details of Knight’s offensive comments, as well as his interference in the hiring process of a permanent vice president of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Read more: Former Clark College president discriminated against women, investigation finds

I-976 puts Vancouver’s street projects in jeopardy

Vancouver’s $40 annual vehicle license fee raised $3.82 million in 2018, which the city leveraged to match state and federal transportation grants, bringing in an additional $8.4 million.

That funding, combined with the $4.23 million that the city brings in through other taxes and surcharges, paid for more than $11 million in pavement management — resurfacing and preserving roads. Around $3 million has been earmarked for upgrading Southeast First Street, where a two-lane rural road needs sidewalks, bike lanes, street lights and sound walls. Another half-million went toward bike and pedestrian safety projects around the city, such as signaled crosswalks.

Read more: I-976 puts Vancouver’s street projects in jeopardy

Ridgefield wins second straight 2A volleyball state title

ELLENSBURG – Back to back.

Backs never to the wall.

Ridgefield won its second consecutive 2A volleyball state championship on Saturday, beating hometown Ellensburg in the title match at Central Washington University.

The Spudders dominated.

Not just in Saturday’s championship match, which Ridgefield won 25-16, 25-9, 22-25, 25-14.

That victory capped an overpowering season for the Spudders. Ridgefield finished 21-0, only five times having matches last longer than three sets.

Read more: Ridgefield wins second straight 2A volleyball state title

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