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Top Stories: Chinook Nation; SkyZone fined; Deputies fatally shoot man; Beaches to close

By The Columbian
Published: February 24, 2024, 6:00am

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

1. Chinook Indian Nation hails decision granting it access to land claim trust funds

Leaders of the Chinook Indian Nation celebrated Thursday what they described as a precedent-setting legal victory granting the tribe access to its land claim trust funds even though it is not federally recognized.

“This … decision is not the formal federal recognition that we’re seeking, but it is unambiguous recognition of our community’s existence and of our rightful title to the lands where we continue to live,” Chinook Indian Nation Chairman Tony Johnson said during a news conference.

2. Vancouver trampoline park SkyZone fined 22K for overworking teen employees

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries cited Vancouver’s popular SkyZone trampoline park after finding about 45 of the company’s teenage employees didn’t receive meal breaks and worked more hours than legally allowed.

The department previously issued the $22,000 citation and gave SkyZone until Feb. 15 to appeal it or pay the fine. The company didn’t do either by the deadline, so the department will now work to collect funds, according to a Thursday news release.

3. Clark County sheriff’s deputies fatally shot a man during a welfare check in Brush Prairie

Clark County sheriff’s deputies fatally shot a man they say appeared to have a gun early Tuesday morning in Brush Prairie. The deputies were there to check on a woman after her daughter called 911 to express concerns about her safety.

The shooting was captured on the deputies’ body-worn cameras, the sheriff’s office said. Five deputies were placed on critical incident leave, which is standard protocol. The Southwest Washington Independent Investigation Team will be responsible for releasing their names.

4. Can collectors’ rummaging rankles Clark County residents

Each week, when residents put out their trash and recycling bins, some people see the discarded aluminum cans inside as an opportunity to make an extra buck.

But officials say taking recyclables from someone’s bin is theft. Once a resident puts the bin at the curb for collection, the recyclables inside are the property of Waste Connections of Washington, which also stands to make money on the cans.

Yet for people experiencing homelessness or those with low incomes, collecting cans offers a vital source of income.

5. Owners of iconic Vancouver waterfront restaurant Beaches plan to retire; restaurant’s last day will be Dec. 31

After 29 years, the owners of Beaches Restaurant and Bar are retiring. The local restaurant is set to serve its last meal Dec. 31.

The restaurant, which opened on the Vancouver waterfront in June 1995, has become a Vancouver icon known for its culture of service and community engagement.