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Morning Press: Supported camp opens; police chase suspects in court; Inslee’s salmon plan

By , Columbian Web Editor

Will the snow arrive as predicted? Check out the local weather forecast before you head outside.

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

Safe Stay Community for homeless to open Dec. 23 in east Vancouver

Every night, Michael Iverson gets up intermittently to knock the rainwater puddles off the top of his tent. If he forgets, his tent floods.

Iverson’s girlfriend of three years, Debbie Maddox, lives with him in the family-sized tent, which is pitched a few blocks from the Share offices in east Vancouver, where Iverson works for the Talkin’ Trash program. Maddox will soon be working for the program, too.

Daughter of triple murderer Luyster 1 of 2 suspects in chase that blocked I-5 Bridge

The people who led police on a chase that blocked traffic on the Interstate 5 Bridge Wednesday afternoon were identified in court records Thursday as Vancouver residents Shane Hirata and Molly Luyster.

Luyster, 20, was in the driver’s seat of the car, according to court records, when police responded around 4 p.m. to Vancouver’s Leverich Park for a report of suspicious circumstances. Hirata, 35, was in the passenger seat, and police said there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest, in addition to probable cause for local charges from a Dec. 6 attempted robbery. Court records show a Cowlitz County arrest warrant was issued for him in July.

Clark County’s low housing inventory is ‘not normal’

It’s kind of more of the same, said Terry Wollam, broker at Wollam and Associates, when asked about the latest market action real estate report.

As of the November report from the Regional Multiple Listing Service, there were 522 active home listings. Not all of those were readily purchasable or move-in ready, however — 13 had purchase contingencies, 93 were under construction and 104 were proposed but not yet being built. The total number of available homes was 312. If you’re looking to buy a house, there’s slightly less than two weeks of inventory.

Multnomah sheriff’s deputy from Battle Ground pleads guilty to taking vaccine cards

A Battle Ground man who worked as a Multnomah County, Ore., sheriff’s deputy pleaded guilty to second-degree official misconduct Tuesday for misusing vaccine cards, according to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office.

Robert James Haney, 50, will serve six months of probation, resign from the sheriff’s office within a week, relinquish his Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training certification, and pay a $500 fine, a news release states.

Groups see opportunity in Inslee’s salmon plan

The lower Columbia River may receive funding to address salmon recovery in a statewide effort to protect and conserve fish populations.

Gov. Jay Inslee unveiled his $187 million budget proposal to address the Pacific Northwest priority on Dec. 14 at the annual Centennial Accord meeting. This proposal is part of a larger $626 million climate action plan.

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