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Morning Press: Vancouver officer killed; Washougal student protest; Quiring O’Brien resigns

By , Columbian Web Editor

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

Off-duty Vancouver police officer killed during manhunt

Officer Donald Sahota, 52, was killed while off duty at his home Saturday night in a rural area near Battle Ground, according to the Vancouver Police Department.

Authorities have not released details about the circumstances of his death. However, Clark County Sheriff’s deputies chased an armed robber suspect from Orchards to a Battle Ground area home, which lies at the end of a long private drive in a rural area. A news release issued just before 2 a.m. Sunday by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office said a deputy had shot and killed someone at the scene, but the news release omitted details about who was killed.

Viral video shows details of Washougal student protest

Protests at Washougal High School continued on Wednesday, as a few dozen students held a demonstration outside to express opposition to the state’s indoor masking requirement.

video that went viral on Twitter and sparked national attention on Wednesday showed a senior at the school informing fellow students and school officials of their intent to peacefully protest the requirement without causing additional trouble. The original poster on Twitter said the videos were obtained from a local group on Telegram, an online messaging service similar to WhatsApp.

Clark County Council Chair Quiring O’Brien resigns effective March 1

Eileen Quiring O’Brien announced Wednesday she is stepping down as chair of the Clark County Council.

Quiring O’Brien said she will remain on the council as the District 5 representative until March 1. Councilor Karen Bowerman was elected by the board to take the role as chair until the end of Quiring O’Brien’s term in December 2022.

Abandoned RVs challenge Vancouver

The Waterfront Renaissance Trail provides a beautiful view of Oregon’s shore across the Columbia River’s gentle ripples, yet some say an abandoned recreational vehicle obstructs the serenity the scene is meant to provide.

The vehicle parked along the path has broken windows, a missing wheel and is dependent on a jack to stay upright. It shows no indication of moving.

Camas mill cleanup ‘will take time’

Camas-area residents eager to see environmental cleanup work being done at the Georgia-Pacific paper mill site will likely need to settle for “later rather than sooner.”

Alan Hughes, a principal geologist with the Vancouver-based Maul Foster & Alongi consulting group, told a community advisory group that while the timing of cleanups can vary greatly, “I think we all need to get into the mindset that it’s going to take a lot of time for this to happen.”

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