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Morning Press: Ashy morning; Mask protests banned near VPS sites; supply chain disruptions

By , Columbian Web Editor
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Can we look forward to rain or shine? For details, check our local weather coverage.

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

Ash puzzles Clark County drivers, keeps car washes busy

Clark County residents awoke Wednesday to find their vehicles covered in ash, despite fairly clear skies Tuesday.

The air wasn’t thick with haze at the surface Tuesday, but there was smoke high up in the atmosphere, according to the National Weather Service in Portland.

Hockinson School District probes incident between teacher, parent

The Hockinson School District is investigating an incident from last week’s middle school open house during which a parent allegedly made discriminatory remarks while confronting a school employee.

The incident occurred Sept. 2 at a back-to-school parent night at Hockinson Middle School, according to the district. Superintendent Steve Marshall said the district is still trying to verify through witnesses what occurred during an exchange between a parent and teacher at the school.

Judge bans protests within mile of Vancouver Public Schools sites

A Clark County Superior Court judge granted an injunction Tuesday prohibiting protests, rallies or other demonstrations that “disrupt educational services” within one mile of Vancouver schools.

The decision followed a lockdown at three schools Friday after some anti-mask protesters tried to enter Skyview High School.

Clark County restaurants struggle with supply chain disruptions

The supplies just aren’t there.

That’s what restaurants across Vancouver and the Portland area have been telling their customers in recent weeks as the industry grapples with an unprecedented level of disruption to the food service supply chain.

EPA recommends adding Columbia River’s Bradford Island to Superfund

A nearby stretch of the Columbia River may soon join a list of sites slated for a federal toxic cleanup program, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday.

The area encompasses Bradford Island, which is within the Bonneville Dam complex. The EPA is recommending that the island be added to the federal Superfund National Priorities List: a list of sites across the country prioritized for cleanup due to the existence or potential existence of hazardous pollutants.

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