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Top Stories: ‘Gaming for Good’; St. Helens earthquakes; homeless emergency declaration

By Amy Libby, Columbian Web Editor
Published: November 11, 2023, 6:00am

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

1. ‘Gaming For Good’: Gamer raises $50,000 for West Columbia Gorge Humane Society

Gaming met giving this Halloween for the team at the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society.

Over the holiday weekend, Vancouver-based professional gamer and foster kitten parent Jake Straus, who goes by the tag GernaderJake, raised $50,000 during two 12-hour Twitch streams Oct. 28-29.

2. Development in Orchards on 117th Avenue to combine houses, apartments, commercial space

For years, Northeast 117th Avenue in Orchards has been a fireworks-stand destination. But fireworks shoppers will have one fewer stand there next summer, as the property south of Northeast 71st Street is under construction.

A mixed-use development is underway at the nearly 13-acre site, expected to bring in hundreds of multifamily units, 11 single-family homes and more than 30,000 square feet of commercial space to an area that is largely known for its single-story commercial and industrial buildings.

3. 400 earthquakes recorded under Mount St. Helens since mid-July

About 400 earthquakes have rumbled under Mount St. Helens since mid-July, the largest chain of shakes since the volcano finished erupting in 2008, the U.S. Geological Survey reported last week.

Small magnitude earthquakes, detected only by sensitive equipment, signal a volcano’s “recharging” as magma flows through chambers and cracks deep under the ground, said Wes Thelen, U.S. Geological Survey Cascades Volcano Observatory geophysicist and seismologist.

4. Vancouver declares civil emergency: ‘Homelessness … continues to threaten the lives of residents of the city of Vancouver’

Vancouver City Manager Eric Holmes has declared a civil emergency in response to growing homelessness in the city; rising criminal activity and drug use in camps; and a general disinterest among the unhoused population in getting help.

The city has not declared a civil emergency since March 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic began.

5. Two Portland residents killed in Highway 500 crash; speed, impairment likely the cause, says WSP

early Sunday morning, according to the Washington State Patrol.

According to a State Patrol crash memo,  a black 2010 Infiniti QX56 driven by Mickleen Daniel, 20, of Portland was eastbound on Highway 500 shortly after midnight when the vehicle went through the guardrail, off the overpass, flipped and landed on its top on Thurston Way, just north of Fourth Plain Boulevard. Both passengers in the vehicle died as a result of the crash.