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Morning Press: Clark County districts want remote school; apartment fire; Academy smokestack to be torn down

By , Columbian Web Editor
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Cooler days ahead but we should still see some sun. For details, check our local weather coverage.

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

8 Clark County school districts push for online classes in fall

Eight Clark County school districts have collectively recommended a remote start to the 2020-2021 school year as the novel coronavirus pandemic rages on.

In a news release from Educational Service District 112, district leaders from Evergreen, Vancouver, Battle Ground, Camas, Hockinson, La Center, Ridgefield and Washougal announced they’d be asking their school boards to approve continued distance learning in September.

Four injured as fire engulfs Vancouver apartments

A major fire Wednesday evening engulfed a building at Autumn Chase Apartments, a modern complex at 11301 N.E. Seventh St., east of Interstate 205. Four people were reported injured.

The fire raged through the I Building at the complex. It took firefighters only 35 minutes to control the fire, but by then, 16 units had been affected, said Bryan Fredrickson of the Vancouver Fire Department.

Two-vehicle crash in Vancouver sends 3 to hospital

Police and firefighters responded to a two-vehicle crash with injuries Wednesday in Vancouver’s Ellsworth Springs neighborhood.

Emergency responders were dispatched at 10:32 a.m. to Southeast Ellsworth Road and 10th Street for a report of a traffic crash.

School-closure culture clash, sex-ed repeal part of Washington state schools chief race

Three of the five challengers running against incumbent Chris Reykdal in the race to become Washington state’s next schools chief questioned the decision to shut school down last spring because of the coronavirus — though it was Gov. Jay Inslee, not Reykdal, who ordered the closure.

The candidates’ platforms mirror the culture wars raging in public education here and nationwide as a school year unlike any other is about to begin.

Providence Academy smokestack to be demolished

A century-old smokestack near Providence Academy is unsafe and will have to be torn down, according to The Historic Trust.

Emblazoned with white letters vertically reading “ACADEMY,” the smokestack stands near an equally old, run-down brick boiler building and a matching laundry, both of which are already marked for demolition.

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