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Morning Press: Benton wins lawsuit; Vancouver schools audit; Mount St. Helens memories

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

Benton, Clifford, Rice prevail in lawsuit against Clark County over firing

Don Benton, the former director of the now-defunct Clark County Department of Environmental Services, was awarded $67,798 Thursday in his lawsuit against Clark County. In total, Benton and two of his former employees were awarded $693,998 by the jury.

Christopher Clifford, a program coordinator, and Susan Rice, an administrative assistant who had worked for the county for 19 years, each received six-figure awards.

State auditor: Vancouver Public Schools in violation of bidding, procurement laws

Vancouver Public Schools was the subject of two findings by the Washington State Auditor’s Office for lacking adequate controls to ensure compliance with state procurement laws on public works projects and competitive bidding for contractors during the 2019-20 school year.

The findings from an April 29 report were based on now-completed construction projects at Harney, Hough and Lincoln elementary schools and the Lieser Campus.

Mask rollback at Clark County businesses slowly unwinds

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention took businesses and municipal governments by surprise last week when it announced that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear face masks except in sensitive locations such as hospitals.

The guidance marked a significant turning point in the effort to bring an end to the COVID-19 pandemic, and several states quickly updated their own rules to match. Later that same day, Gov. Jay Inslee announced a partial rollback of Washington’s mask mandate, which has been in effect since June 26.

Ridgefield woman shares photos taken from plane day before Mount St. Helens blew

Jaquie Cole had never flown in an airplane before, so when her best friend called to invite her on a scenic flight to Mount St. Helens, she didn’t hesitate to accept.

The date: Saturday, May 17, 1980. The day before … well, you know.

Motorcyclist dies in Skamania County wreck Friday

An 18-year-old Vancouver man died Friday in a motorcycle wreck on Highway 14 in Skamania County, according to a Washington State Patrol report.

David D. Yanchuk was riding a motorcycle westbound on Highway 14 when he steered onto the right shoulder near milepost 23 to pass a semitruck driven by 54-year-old Jerry A. Dillon of Vancouver. The motorcycle struck the guardrail and Yanchuk fell into the road, where he was hit by the semi.

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