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Morning Press: Vancouver man killed; COVID cases fall; Imagination Library; Murdock CEO; Short-term rentals


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In case you missed them, here are some of our top stories of the week.

Police ID Vancouver man killed in Portland shooting

The victim of a fatal shooting Saturday in Portland’s Lloyd District neighborhood was identified Wednesday as 38-year-old Jacob T. Dreyer of Vancouver.

North Precinct officers were dispatched at 7:12 p.m. to a report of a shooting in a parking garage in the 1000 block of Northeast Second Avenue. Arriving officers found Dreyer dead, the police bureau said in a news release. Dreyer’s family was notified of his death.

Clark County COVID-19 case rate continues to fall

Clark County reported another drop in its COVID-19 activity rate this week as the omicron surge nears its end.

The COVID-19 activity rate, which measures new cases per 100,000 population over 14 days, decreased from 527.4 per 100,000 last week to 267.4 as of Thursday. Any rate above 200 is considered high by health officials.

Clark County kids can get free books from Imagination Library

Clark County kids age 5 and under will be able to get free books in the mail each month, thanks to bipartisan legislation recently passed by the state House and Senate.

House Bill 2068, sponsored by state Rep. Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver, and co-sponsored by state Rep. Peter Abbarno, R-Centralia, expands the state’s program to all of Washington’s 39 counties.

M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust announces new CEO

The Vancouver-based M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust announced Wednesday that Romanita Hairston will join the private foundation as its fifth CEO and executive director.

Steve Moore, the foundation’s current CEO who has been in the role for 16 years, announced his planned retirement in June 2021.

Hairston will officially join the organization in July. She will be the first woman and the first person of color to head the long-standing organization, which was founded in 1975 by the estate of Melvin Jack Murdock, a philanthropist, investor and co-founder of Tektronix.

Short-term rentals: Service or scourge?

Jon Day and Vicki Coles have two vastly different experiences with the short-term home rentals that Vancouver homeowners have been offering on sites such as Airbnb.

Day, who rents out an additional dwelling unit attached to his home, uses it to help pay the mortgage on his house, and he only rents it out when friends or family aren’t coming to visit.

His neighbors are interested in doing the same and sometimes ask him for advice. He’s had no complaints, he said.