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Morning Press: Clark County reserve deputies; Hate-motivated vandalism; Methanol plant; Sen. Rivers rally; Jacques and Raptors


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

Clark County reserve deputies to turn in badges

After more than eight years as a commissioned reserve deputy with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, reserve unit commander Bob Christian is preparing to turn in his department-issued uniform. But not because he’s quitting the unit.

Clark County Sheriff Chuck Atkins sent a memo on May 3 to his corps of 14 volunteer reserve deputies informing them that he was ending the program that has supplemented the department since 1952.

Vandals deface Felida park with swastikas, tear down Pride banners at Vancouver taproom

Two separate incidents involving hate were reported this week in Vancouver’s Uptown Village and in Felida.

When Brandon Rush arrived at his Thirsty Sasquatch taproom at 2110 Main St. on Wednesday morning, he found his LGBTQ Pride flags torn down and his Pride rainbow stickers defaced, he said. One of the window stickers had feces smeared on it.

Rush didn’t hesitate to label the vandalism a hate crime, especially because June is Pride Month.

Company cancels plans for $2.3 billion Kalama methanol plant

Northwest Innovation Works on Friday notified the Port of Kalama it will terminate its lease, ending its seven-year effort to build a $2.3 billion methanol plant at the port.

The state Department of Ecology denied a key permit for the project in January, the latest in a long line of setbacks for the project.

Sen. Ann Rivers Q&A turns into anti-mask rally at Felida Park

A plan to hold a low-key Q&A session with state Sen. Ann Rivers at Felida Park escalated into a rally Thursday afternoon, with around 200 people gathering to protest against mask mandates and vaccine guidelines in Washington’s schools.

Rivers, R-La Center, seemed surprised at the turnout when she took the mic.

“I thought we were just going to have a handful of people and some coffee, and look what happened,” Rivers said to applause.

Skyview grad Jacques making it known he wants to stay with Raptors

For Tanner Jacques, every day with the Ridgefield Raptors feels like a tryout.

The Skyview grad, who just finished his junior season at Linfield, started this season with Ridgefield on a 10-day deal.

Now, Jacques is trying to turn that 10-day stint into a full summer with the Raptors.

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