Month: September 2019

  • Wind power companies criticize BPA shutdown plan

    first_imgPORTLAND (AP) — Wind power companies facing a springtime shutdown to accommodate a surge of hydropower in the Northwest said Tuesday the region’s main power manager has a conflict of interest, using authority over transmission lines to protect its business interests.The claim by the American Wind Energy Association follows the Bonneville Power Administration’s announcement last week that it plans to curtail use of wind power because of a surplus of energy from hydroelectric dams.Such a shutdown could cost Northwest wind developers millions of dollars in tax credits.BPA spokesman Michael Milstein said the process might not start this week because more water can be stored behind Grand Coulee Dam than had been expected, relieving pressure to use it for power generation.The BPA has long handled about three-quarters of the region’s electrical transmission. At the same time, it sells power from Columbia Basin dams to customers such as public power districts.The wind energy advocacy group said in a statement the BPA is using its transmission authority “to illegally promote its own narrow economic interest,” breaking contracts with wind developers, favoring other energy producers and, in the process, thwarting the green energy policy of the Obama administration.last_img read more

  • Fair holds tribute to Dr Jack

    first_img • What: Clark County Fair.• Hours today: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.• Where: 17402 N.E. Delfel Road.• Admission: Adults, $10; seniors 62 and older, $8; kids 7-12, $7; kids 6 and younger, free. Parking, $6; C-Tran shuttle, $2 per person round trip from area park-and-ride lots; children 6 and younger ride free. $1 discount on admission with a bus fare stub.• Carnival: Opens at noon; unlimited rides today, $30.• 99.5 The Wolf Grandstands: Monster trucks, 2 and 6:30 p.m.• Other highlights: The Black Pearl Friesian Dance Troupe, 1 and 7 p.m.; Toddler Trot Contest, 1 p.m.• Pets: Not permitted, except for personal service animals or those on exhibition or in competition.• More information: or 360-397-6180.• Online: View The Columbian’s mobile website for the Clark County Fair at: dozens of notes dedicated to the memory of Dr. Jack Giesy at the Clark County Fairgrounds on Friday, one summed it up: “The fair is just not going to be the same without you.”More than 150 people gathered at the horse arena named for Giesy, who served as the fair’s veterinarian for 45 years, to celebrate his spirit. Giesy, 80, died July 28.The crowd fell silent as they took a moment to remember him, and the Clark County Fence Riders led a solitary riderless horse into the arena. Flags at the fair flew at half staff all week. Dr. Jack Giesylast_img read more

  • 3day celebration takes closer look at area birds

    first_imgRuby, a turkey vulture, shows off her wingspan Saturday at the Audubon Society of Portland’s BirdFest display. River S Unit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife bus tours of the River S Unit, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; buses leave hourly from Ridgefield High School, 2724 S. Hillhurst Road; Audubon bird walks, 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; Big Sit bird tally, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.Carty Unit: Geology walk, 10:30 a.m.; Native American fishing, 12:30 p.m.; “Keeping Traditions Alive,” 1:30 p.m.; traditional salmon bake, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.; family activities tent and Cathlapotle Plankhouse tours.Davis Park (downtown): Family activities and Birders’ Marketplace, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Audubon live bird display, 1 p.m.; Oregon Zoo display, 2 p.m.Information: — Turkey vultures poop on their feet.As Deanna Sawtelle explains, that is the bird’s version of cleaning up after dinner.A turkey vulture can be up to its ankles in its food; so when it walks away from the table (so to speak), its feet can be covered with sticky bits of rotting road kill.“They poop straight down their legs,” Sawtelle told a gathering Saturday at View Ridge Middle School. “It kills the bacteria on their feet and legs.”last_img read more

  • Clark County YMCA ready to grow

    first_imgConstruction will begin this spring on the Clark County Family YMCA’s remodel, which was partially paid for by a state economic stimulus plan, the organization’s executive director said Monday.A new six-lane swimming pool, an elevated indoor track, children’s locker rooms, a teen center and more space for child supervision services are just some of the new features the facility will boast after construction concludes next year. The remodel is expected to boost employment equal to adding 25 full-time construction jobs; once the remodel is complete, the YMCA can hire the equivalent of 7.5 full-time employees.When the original building was constructed in 2000, facility officials didn’t include all they wanted to because of funding constraints. It had a kidney-shaped pool, but it did not have a pool designed specifically for lap swimming.“When we were originally built, we wanted to have a lap pool,” said Eddie White, executive director of the Clark County Family YMCA. He added that the remodel will “fill in some of the gaps that we have in service right now.”Construction on a new back patio will begin in April, construction on the new pool will follow one to two months later, and the gym remodel and indoor track construction will start in July, White said.last_img read more

  • Attorney Mississippi man denies mailing suspected ricin

    first_imgCORINTH, Miss. — A Mississippi man charged with mailing letters with suspected ricin to national leaders believed he had uncovered a conspiracy to sell human body parts on the black market, and on Thursday his attorney said he was surprised by his arrest and maintains he is innocent.Paul Kevin Curtis, 45, wore shackles and a Johnny Cash T-shirt Thursday in a federal courtroom. His handcuffs were taken off for the brief hearing, and he said little. He faces two charges on accusations of threatening President Barack Obama and others. If convicted, he could face up to 15 years in prison.He did not enter a plea on the two charges. The judge said a preliminary hearing and a detention hearing are scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday. Attorney Christi R. McCoy said Curtis “maintains 100 percent that he did not do this.”“I know Kevin, I know his family,” she said. “This is a huge shock.” McCoy said she has not yet decided whether to seek a hearing to determine whether Curtis is mentally competent to stand trial. Curtis, who was arrested Wednesday at his home in Corinth, near the Tennessee state line, was being held in the Lafayette County jail in Oxford, Miss.An FBI affidavit says Curtis sent three letters with suspected ricin to Obama, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker and a Mississippi judge. The letters read:last_img read more

  • Motorcyclist seriously injured in latenight crash

    first_imgHere is a press release from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office:At 2346 hours Clark County Deputies responded to a vehicle versus motorcycle collision at NE 144th St and NE 152nd Av. Investigation indicates the vehicle was eastbound on NE 144th St, stopped for posted stop sign at NE 152nd AV, proceeded eastbound into the intersection into the path of the northbound NE 152nd Av motorcycle who was not required to stop. Rider of motorcycle transported to local hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Driver of eastbound vehicle remained at scene. Impairment does not appear to be a factor in this collision. Investigation being conducted by Clark County Sheriffs Office Traffic Unit.This report wil be updated,last_img read more

  • Search teams targeted homes in theft case

    first_imgLaw enforcement officials served search warrants at multiple residences in Vancouver Friday morning, as part of an ongoing theft investigation. Stolen property was recovered by members of the Vancouver Police Department’s west Neighborhood Response Team with assistance from the regional SWAT team, according to Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp.Shawn M. Justin, 36, and Kristine K. Nelson, 25, were arrested Friday on suspicion of possessing stolen property.last_img

  • Qualifying seniors can get farmers market food vouchers

    first_imgLow-income senior citizens can sign up for vouchers that will help them buy produce at local farmers markets.Qualifying Washington seniors who sign up through Meals on Wheels People before May 23 will be entered in a lottery-style system to select the winners of a limited number of $40 vouchers. Julie Piper Finley, spokeswoman for Meals on Wheels People, said there will be 1,008 vouchers for Clark County — a 19 percent increase over last year’s 850.Those vouchers can be used to purchase fruits, vegetables and edible herbs at participating farmers markets and farm stands that display the sign “WIC and Senior Farmers’ Market Checks Welcome Here.”Eligible are Washington residents 60 or older (55 or older if Native American or Alaska Native) and have monthly income of $1,799 or less for a household of one, or $2,425 a month or less for a household of two. Photo ID is required.To enter the voucher lottery, eligible seniors must enter information via the Meals on Wheels People website (mealsonwheelspeople.orgSFMNP) or fill out a paper version of the form available at any Meals on Wheels People Clark County location. The deadline is May 23. Local Meals on Wheels People sites are: o Battle Ground Community Center, 912 East Main, Battle Ground.o Peoples Church, 6801 E. Mill Plain Blvd.o Luepke Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd.o Firstenburg Community Center, 700 N.E. 136th Ave.If you’re selected, you’ll be sent a postcard on June 4 with instruction for picking up your voucher at the location you requested in your application. Or, you’ll get a postcard saying you’ve been added to the wait list. Vouchers will be good through Oct. 31.last_img read more

  • Press Talk The MM boys and Benton Oh my

    first_imgGet ready to dig deeper into your pockets. Those doggone liberal Democrats must be … Oh, wait. … What the?Truth is, it’s the M&M boys and their sidekick, Boss Hogg Benton, who are coming for your money. Who would have thunk it?But they’re at it again.By now, you know them well. County Commissioners David Madore and Tom Mielke and — of course — Environmental Services Director (and state senator) Don Benton.What a mess they’ve made of our county. Their latest shenanigan is how to pay for an earlier county government blunder that has to do with stormwater runoff. It’s going to cost the county — read “taxpayers” — $3 million in fines because the county didn’t want to comply with state stormwater runoff regulations. (The county also has to come up with a ton of money to actually begin complying with the regulations.)Now, since the three bad boys mentioned above are all Republicans in good standing, you’d think they’d get behind the conservative tenet: Don’t raise taxes or fees. Cut spending!Well, think again.They went right to the endless money stream called taxpayers. That’s how they’re getting themselves out of the $3 million jam they put themselves into.last_img read more

  • Dry June gives fire season a jump

    first_imgA drier-than-usual June has helped give wildfire season a fast start in Washington, according to regional fire officials.In the Columbia River Gorge alone, the U.S. Forest Service has tallied 13 wildfires so far, said Loretta Duke, assistant fire management officer for the forest service. The first of those was reported May 26 — less than a month ago.“Our numbers are up this time of year,” Duke said.Most of the fires were relatively small, contained within a few days. One of those, the Dog Falls fire, burned slightly more than 5 acres and temporarily closed two popular trails about 50 miles east of Vancouver earlier this month.But there’s potential for more, with the season about a month ahead of normal on the east side of the Gorge, Duke said. In other words, fire conditions there look like they typically would in late July.The west side, however, looks closer to average, Duke said.The month of June plays a big role in setting the tone for any fire season, said Albert Kassel, a resource protection manager for the state Department of Natural Resources. Rainfall early in the season can help stave off extreme conditions in July and August, which typically bring very little precipitation to the Northwest.So far this month, DNR has already responded to a couple of fires in Western Washington that were large for this time of year, Kassel said.last_img read more

  • Police cite threats wont name cop who shot teen

    first_imgFERGUSON, Mo. — The Rev. Al Sharpton pressed police Tuesday to release the name of the officer who fatally shot an unarmed teenager in suburban St. Louis, and he pleaded for calm after two nights of violent protests over the young man’s death.Police said death threats prompted them to withhold the name of the officer, who was placed on administrative leave after fatally shooting 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, where the incident has stoked racial tension, rallies and a night of looting.Investigators have released few details, saying only that a scuffle unfolded after the officer asked Brown and another teen to get out of the street. At some point, the officer’s weapon fired inside a patrol car, police said.“The local authorities have put themselves in a position — hiding names and not being transparent — where people will not trust anything but an objective investigation,” Sharpton said during a news conference in St. Louis where he was joined by Brown’s parents.He also echoed pleas for peaceful protests by the NAACP and Brown’s father, Michael Brown Sr., who told the crowd: “I need all of us to come together and do this right. … No violence.”last_img read more

  • Morning Press Politics paying tribute aid to needy

    first_img Were you away for the weekend? Catch up on some big stories.There are rumors that we’ll see our first frost this week. Local weather coverage is online here.Conservative side dominates county elections resultsIn the wake of Tuesday’s election, Clark County’s political leadership is as conservative as it’s ever been, with Republicans picking up seats formerly held by Democrats.Across the nation and in Southwest Washington, the Republican strategy worked. That was evident in Clark County, where Republicans outnumber Democrats and worked hard to get out the vote.They micro-targeted voters and then made sure to get their message across.“Republicans got better at their ground game this election,” said Carolyn Long, a political scientist at WSU Vancouver. Three examples:o Republican state House candidate Lynda Wilson, the former county GOP chairwoman, beat incumbent Rep. Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver, in what was seen as a “swing” district in east Vancouver.o Clark County commissioner candidate Craig Pridemore, a Democrat, conceded Friday to Jeanne Stewart. He led on election night, but the late votes went Stewart’s way. Jeanne StewartWon County Commissioner seatlast_img read more

  • Senate averts shutdown fears fights over nominees

    first_imgWASHINGTON — Their power ebbing, Senate Democrats launched a last-minute drive Saturday to confirm roughly 20 of President Barack Obama’s nominees, and several Republicans blamed tea party-backed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for creating an opening for the outgoing majority party to exploit.Lawmakers took a break in their intrigue long enough to send Obama legislation that provides funds for the government to remain open until Wednesday at midnight, easing concerns of a shutdown. A separate, $1.1 trillion long-term funding bill remained in limbo.Republicans tried to slow the nomination proceedings, but several voiced unhappiness with Cruz, a potential presidential candidate in 2016. One likened his actions to his role in precipitating a 16-day partial government shutdown more than a year ago.“I’ve seen this movie before, and I wouldn’t pay money to see it again,” Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., said between seemingly endless roll calls.Cruz blamed the Democrats’ leader, Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, saying his “last act as majority leader is to, once again, act as an enabler” for the president by blocking a vote on Obama’s policy that envisions work visas for an estimated 5 million immigrants living in the country illegally.last_img read more

  • Fintech gains its own space at G2E Asia 2019

    first_img JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Financial Technology Asia is the name of a brand new segment at G2E Asia 2019 aimed at showcasing the latest blockchain technologies and its applications for the financial sector in relation to the gaming industry, it was revealed at a press conference on Tuesday.This segment will feature themes including blockchain technologies for gaming and lottery as well as innovations in payments and cybersecurity and is primarily targeted at visitors including casino operators, gaming platform operators, banking and financial institutions, funding and venture capitalists and fintech system integrators. Financial Technology Asia intends to serve as a networking platform linking visitors to exhibitors providing blockchain solutions.The organizers are expecting to gather around 30 exhibitors from this Financial Technology Asia segment, according to Vera Ng, Project Director at G2E Asia co-organizer Reed Exhibitions Ltd.G2E Asia has partnered with Blockchain Labs Co – a company based in Hong Kong offering one-stop solutions and services for the blockchain and digital currency industries – to create the segmentJack Liao, Chief Executive Officer of Blockchain Labs, reviewed the evolution of fintech technology and its application to different sectors during the press conference and remarked on the massive possibilities it offers to a wide range of industries.The gaming sector has been showing interest in the application of blockchain technologies for some time and the presence of a forum centered on this subject reflects its increasing importance, Liao said.“G2E Asia’s new coverage of the financial aspects of cybersecurity directly responds to market needs, while providing financial technology and business solutions for the whole gaming and entertainment industry,” said Josephine Lee, COO of Reed Exhibitions.G2E Asia 2019 will be held at The Venetian Macao between 21 and 23 May. Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August Load More RelatedPosts Galaxy offers first glimpse of new Galaxy Macau convention center ahead of 2021 launchlast_img read more

  • EveriAtrient partnership has Asia in mind

    first_img Load More RelatedPosts JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August Galaxy offers first glimpse of new Galaxy Macau convention center ahead of 2021 launch Casino-focused financial technology firm Everi is hoping its new partnership with Atrient Gaming can help propel the two companies towards a greater share of the Asian market, according to Everi’s EVP Sales and Marketing, Edward A. Peters.Speaking with Inside Asian Gaming from the exhibition floor at ICE London – where Everi and Atrient are sharing a booth for the first time – Peters said that while they were only “just getting started in Asia”, the long-term goal was undoubtedly to increase their Asian footprint as well as pursuing expansion in other major jurisdictions outside of the US. “Right now we’re in Galaxy Macau, we’re in Manila (at Resorts World Manila and City of Dreams Manila), we’re in several different countries in Asia but we want to continue to expand,” he explained.“What we think will help is as we continue with our partnership – and Atrient may be in some locations and us in other locations – we can help break down those barriers together, so that’s the plan.“We haven’t done anything with Atrient in Asia yet – in fact we haven’t done anything with Atrient anywhere – but we’re getting into our partnership and starting to put things in play to go from there.”Practically speaking, the partnership aims to make it easier for customers to enjoy the casino experience by centralizing Everi’s financial and Atrient’s promotional membership transactions into one simple hub.“I think it’s a really good fit because it’s tying a lot of things together,” Peters said.“For us on the payment side, the Fintech side, the credit card cash advance, ATM, debit, withdrawal, then you bring in the Atrient piece, it really brings it altogether because there is so much you can do in terms of trying to make it more convenient for the patron in order to help the operator.“I think it’s a really great fit for a partnership.”last_img read more

  • Children at Fort Lauderdale hospital visted by Navy sailors

    first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Some young patients at a Fort Lauderdale hospital received a group of special visitors.Several U.S. Navy sailors from the U.S.S. New York visited the children at Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital, Tuesday.The sailors went room to room saying hello and even had a chance to talk to the kids.This visit was part of Fleet Week, where hundreds of sailors participate in recreational activities, professional demonstrations, as well as community service projects.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

  • Bal Harbour Police chief laid to rest in Hialeah

    first_imgHIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – A community came together to bid a final farewell to a Bal Harbour police chief who lost his battle with cancer.Bal Harbour Police Chief Miguel De La Rosa was laid to rest Wednesday morning, and a mass was held in his honor at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, in Hialeah.De La Rosa began his three-decade law enforcement career in Hialeah and was appointed Chief of the Bal Harbour Police Department in 2017.He lost his battle with cancer, Sunday. He was 49 years old.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

  • Surveillance captures shirtless man stealing package with gun parts inside

    first_imgDEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A package thief was caught on camera running up to a Deerfield Beach home and swiping a box with gun parts for an AK-47 inside.Surveillance cameras outside of the Deerfield Beach house along South Deerfield Avenue and Southeast 11th Street captured the Sept. 11 burglary.The man, who partly covered his face with his shirt, could be seen getting out of the passenger side of a car and walking up to the porch. Once he got a hold of the package, he took off.The gun parts inside the box were worth about $500.If you recognize the thief, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

  • Student arrested after edibles found in her possession at Miami school

    first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A student faced a judge on Tuesday after she was arrested for having edibles in her backpack at a Miami school.According to officials, 18-year-old Kimberly Mitchell had cereal bars with THC oil in her possession at Miami Edison Senior High School, located at Northwest 62nd Street and Sixth Avenue.The cereal bars tested positive in a reagent kit and Mitchell was taken into custody.A Miami-Dade County Public School official released a statement that said, “According to the principal, the student who was arrested is a good kid who hasn’t been in trouble in the past. As far as we know, transactions didn’t happen on campus, but nevertheless, the student will be disciplined according to the code of student conduct.”She was originally held on a $7,500 bond but was then ordered to house arrest but can still attend school.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

  • Amber Alert issued for missing Wisconsin girl possibly headed to Florida with

    first_imgMiami-Dade Police has since issued a countywide “be on the lookout” alert to officers.If you have any information or spot the man in question, you’re urged to not make contact with him as he’s considered armed and dangerous. Instead, call police immediately.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. #Milwaukee, #Wisconsin #AMBERAlert. For most current information, go to— AMBER Alert (@AMBERAlert) March 12, 2019They believe she could be headed to Florida with Higgins, who goes by the last name Taylor or Lewis.He drives a black 2014 Cadillac SUV with Florida plate number HVCZ95. (WSVN) – An Amber Alert out of Wisconsin has officers in Florida on the lookout.Two-year-old Noelani Robinson is the girl authorities in Milwaukee reported as missing.According to officials, 33-year-old Dariaz Higgins did not return Robinson to her mother as planned on Monday.last_img read more