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In case you missed them, here are some of the top stories from the week:
Clark County’s mass COVID-19 vaccination site opens at 9 a.m. Tuesday morning, but all available appointments at the site this week were taken by early Monday morning.
The site, at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays.
- Appointments required for vaccine
- Related: Clark County mass vaccination site will likely beat goals this week
- Related: Inslee visits mass vaccination site at Clark County fairgrounds
OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday announced changes to the state’s economic reopening plan that allows seven counties to move next week into Phase 2, which allows limited indoor dining among other loosening of COVID-19 restrictions.
The counties that will ease rules include those that constitute the Seattle metro area.
- Regions now have to meet three of four criteria to advance
- Related: New state guidelines are good news, bad news for higher-risk high school sports
PORTLAND — Investigators have found no evidence that terrorism, politics or any bias motivated a driver who repeatedly drove into people along streets and sidewalks in Portland killing one and injuring nine others, police said Tuesday.
The driver, whose name has not been released, was hospitalized and was expected to be booked into jail afterward, the Portland Police Bureau said in a news release. Police didn’t give the man’s condition or say why he is in a hospital.
- Driver of vehicle with Washington plates in the hospital as of Tuesday morning
- Related: Oregon man accused in Portland car attack has 2019 conviction for voyeurism in Vancouver
The Columbia River froze at Vancouver on Jan. 26, 1847, according to the Farmers’ Almanac. That winter was among the coldest and corralled the HBMS Modeste in ice. Taking advantage of the time to play, the ship’s and Hudson’s Bay officers crafted makeshift curling stones and turned to a friendly game. The ship’s officers won.
Back then, it wasn’t uncommon for the Columbia to freeze over. Indigenous peoples likely saw it frozen over many times before. An unknown clerk at Canemah (now part of Oregon City) reported in January 1854 the Columbia River was frozen for 30 miles from the Willamette’s mouth.
- Six more times before the big freeze of 1909, the river solidified again
- Related: For a stretch in 1930, Columbia River was solid, icy runway
Vancouver-area homebuilders say a new round of energy-efficiency standards could add $15,000 or more to the price of new houses, according to the Building Industry Association of Clark County. The timing appears to be their biggest complaint.
“In a time when home prices are skyrocketing due to increased demand (caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and low interest rates), labor and supply chain disruptions, and historically low inventory of existing and newly built homes, this is the absolute worst time to institute new and costly building codes,” the BIA wrote in a press release.