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Top Stories: Trader Joe’s in Salmon Creek; police dog Hota; Vancouver special education complaint

By , Columbian Web Editor

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Here are the top stories on columbian.com this week:

Coming soon? Trader Joe’s files for liquor license at new Skyview Station in Salmon Creek

Long-rumored anchor tenant Trader Joe’s has filed for a liquor license at the new Skyview Station in Salmon Creek.

Still, the grocer has yet to confirm the location at Northeast 139th Street and Northeast 10th Avenue is certain.

Washington makes another run at heat pump rules

Controversial requirements aimed at getting electric heat pumps installed in newly constructed houses, apartments and commercial buildings cleared a final regulatory hurdle Tuesday.

The suite of changes, approved by the Washington State Building Code Council, is part of a broader effort by the state to slash carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency in residential and commercial construction.

Vancouver Police K-9 Hota has a nose for detection, sniffs out electronic storage devices

The Vancouver Police Department’s newest K-9 officer sat near the door of a room at the department’s West Precinct. The sweet-faced black Labrador retriever looked to his partner for direction.

“Ready to work? Ready to work?” Vancouver police Detective Jake Carlow asked K-9 Sahota, or Hota for short. “Let’s get to work.”

Vancouver teachers union files complaint about special education policy change, says it violates collective agreement

The Vancouver Education Association filed a complaint Monday with Vancouver Public Schools that alleges a change in the district’s special education policy violates student rights and the union’s collective bargaining agreement.

In a weekly newsletter to staff Nov. 13, the district asked for some middle- and high-school special education students to be moved to general education classrooms for science, social studies and health classes by the start of the second semester Jan. 30. The newsletter states the three subjects are not forms of “specifically designed instruction,” meaning they should not be taught by special education staff.

A pew with a view: Couple plan new cocktail lounge, event space in renovated former Ridgefield church

RIDGEFIELD — When Renee Serface and her husband, Justin, bought the old white church in downtown Ridgefield in May 2021, they thought it would take about six months to renovate the space and reopen it as a cocktail lounge.

Although much has changed in the intervening two and a half years, their goal remains the same. Serface said they want to create a space their patrons will experience, not just visit.