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Morning Press: Evergreen schools cuts; former nonprofit director sentenced; ilani

By , Columbian Web Editor

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

Evergreen Public Schools to cut athletic directors at Evergreen, Heritage, Mountain View and Union next year

Evergreen Public Schools plans to go without athletic directors at all four comprehensive high schools beginning next school year.

Athletic director positions at Evergreen, Heritage, Mountain View and Union high schools are among the job cuts for the 2023-24 school year to address the district’s $19.1 million budget deficit, according to the Recommended Budget Reduction Plan released to staff late Tuesday afternoon.

Former director of Vancouver nonprofit sentenced for theft

The former director of a networking group for women in business was sentenced Wednesday to 10 days on a work crew for stealing money from the Vancouver nonprofit.

Erika Laws, 44, pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to third-degree theft, which is a gross misdemeanor. She was originally charged with first-degree theft.

Clark County Sheriff’s Office searches for shooting suspect; one wounded

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is searching for the suspect in a shooting that left a man wounded early Monday morning in Hazel Dell. The suspect, identified by detectives as Kenneth M. Debruyn, 40, of Vancouver, is considered armed and dangerous.

According to a sheriff’s office statement, deputies responded to Dell Terrace Apartments, 7422 N.E. Hazel Dell Ave., after multiple 911 callers reported hearing a gunshot and screams. Deputies arrived at about 1:35 a.m. to find a man in the parking lot with a single gunshot wound to the torso. The suspect, Debruyn, had already fled the apartment complex in a vehicle.

Vancouver Innovation Center a community by design

The developers at the Vancouver Innovation Center have big dreams for the parcel of land that was once home to Hewlett-Packard’s Vancouver campus.

What was the sprawling industrial campus could soon be home to retail shops, multifamily housing and public spaces mixed in with its existing industrial buildings.

Ridgefield, La Center officials say ilani proves a winning hand

COWLITZ INDIAN RESERVATION — It’s been nearly six years since ilani opened its doors in 2017. Much has changed in the intervening years, perhaps none more so than the relationships the Cowlitz Indian Tribe has with the cities of La Center and Ridgefield.

When the tribe announced its plans to build a casino in far northern Clark County, they were met with opposition from both cities as well as Vancouver, the county and numerous residents. Then came a flurry of lawsuits. Even as construction on the casino was nearly at an end, La Center’s cardrooms took the fight, unsuccessfully, to the U.S. Court of Appeals.