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Protesters targeted the homes of two Vancouver city attorneys over the weekend in response to a criminal charge against a local business owner, who allegedly violated Gov. Jay Inslee’s stay-at-home order by reopening her pet grooming shop in May.
On Sunday, people first gathered in front of the home of city attorney Kevin McClure, who filed the case against Kelly C. Carroll, 61, of Battle Ground, on June 5.
- The protests in support of PetBiz owner Kelly C. Carroll of Battle Ground lasted close to nine hours
Face coverings went from being a recommendation to a requirement last week following Gov. Jay Inslee’s statewide order to wear masks in all indoor, public spaces and outdoors when physical distancing isn’t possible.
The mandate is intended to help curb the spread of COVID-19, but restaurants, retailers, law enforcement and other government agencies have all grappled with a thorny question over the past week: How will it be enforced, and who has the job of enforcing it?
- Businesses, government agencies, police see their roles largely stopping at reminders
- Related: Inslee expands virus mask order, puts two-week pause on changes in phases for counties
A petition that began circulating online over the weekend is calling for Clark County Council Chair Eileen Quiring’s resignation.
The petition had gathered roughly 2,500 signatures by Monday afternoon, two days after its creation. Last week, Quiring said that she doesn’t believe systemic racism exists in Clark County, comments that she has since reaffirmed.
- Council chair reaffirmed that she doesn’t believe there is systemic racism in Clark County
- Earlier: NAACP, LULAC call for Clark County Council Chair Quiring to step down over remarks
- Related: Clark County Council Chair Quiring wants to wait to hold listening session on systemic racism
- Related: Ethics complaint filed against Quiring over systemic racism discussion
Karen Nickell got a phone message on June 2 from a Clark Public Utilities number saying her service would be disconnected because she owed money.
When she called back, the man “had me convinced that I had not paid the bill,” Nickell, 73, said.
The COVID-19 pandemic did not hamper Washington’s growth between April 2019 and April 2020, as the state added 109,800 people, a 1.5 percent increase, the Office of Financial Management announced Monday.
The growth, which occurred mostly before the pandemic began, brings the state’s population to 7,656,200, the office said.