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Top Stories: New Seasons Market; Larch closure; Trash in homeless camps

By The Columbian
Published: September 16, 2023, 6:00am

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

1. New Seasons Market in downtown Vancouver stirs excitement

The green and black signs are up. And that means Vancouver’s westside residents won’t have to wait much longer for the much-anticipated Main Street New Seasons Market.

The store, at 1506 Main St., is set to open in late October, but the company hasn’t announced an exact date yet. The store’s manager, Michael Butterfield, expects that announcement to come soon.

2. Union that represents Washington corrections officers seeks to block Larch closure

The union that represents Washington corrections officers filed a complaint Wednesday seeking a court injunction to stop the impending closure of Larch Corrections Center.

The complaint filed in Clark County Superior Court alleges the Washington Department of Corrections, under Secretary Cheryl Strange, has committed several violations leading up to the facility’s planned Oct. 1 closure.

3. Kaiser workers in Clark County, elsewhere vote to authorize strike

As a strike vote comes to a close, the union that represents Kaiser Permanente health care workers announced Thursday that 98 percent of its members have voted to authorize a strike.

“Understaffing in Kaiser Permanente facilities is a crisis, and health care workers will not stand by as Kaiser fails to act and fails to even bargain in good faith with their dedicated frontline staff,” SEIU Local 49 President Meg Niemi said in Thursday’s statement.

4. Clark Asks: What’s being done about trash in Clark County homeless camps?

At the Burnt Bridge Creek Trail camp — one of the largest homeless camps in Vancouver — a single, modest-size trash can spills over with empty food containers and paper towels. The leftover food has attracted wasps.

It’s a trash bin shared not only by dozens of people experiencing homelessness but community members who walk and ride along the trail, as well.

5. Judge denies second motion for mistrial in slaying of sheriff’s Sgt. Jeremy Brown

A judge Wednesday morning denied a second defense motion for a mistrial in the aggravated murder trial of the Salem, Ore., man accused of fatally shooting Clark County sheriff’s Sgt. Jeremy Brown.

Defense attorneys for Guillermo Raya Leon, 28, said they learned in a witness interview Tuesday night there were additional ballistics tests that were not completed in the case. The defense argued testing of a substance on one of the bullets found at the scene could determine whether it was associated with the July 2021 shooting or if it had already been in the parking lot of the east Vancouver apartment complex.