Gregoire considers new options for state budget process

first_imgOLYMPIA – Privatizing the state’s ferry system and selling naming rights to highways or rest stops are among the ideas Gov. Chris Gregoire is considering as she prepares the next state budget.The state is looking at another budget cycle of major deficits, as tax collections continue to drag following the Great Recession.Gregoire and Democratic legislative leaders cut about $12 billion from the current two-year budget to balance the books. But the next two-year budget is already facing a projected shortfall of about $3 billion.Gregoire says it’s time to rethink the way government operates, because it could be a long time before tax streams rebound to pre-recession levels. She’s also convening a big panel of expert advisers to help work out budget problems.last_img

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Possible ice snow may complicate this evenings commute

first_imgSnowpocalypse coming this evening?Probably not. In fact, there’ll be less snow than was earlier expected, according to the National Weather Service and Steve Pierce, The Columbian’s weather blogger.But folks headed home from work this evening do need to beware of slippery roads.The latest NWS forecast calls for a mix of light snow, up to one inch in Vancouver, and freezing rain, possibly one-tenth of an inch, rolling in at 6 to 7 p.m. this evening, Julia Ruthford, meteorologist/forecaster, said Monday night. That snow-ice pattern likely will continue until around midnight Tuesday in Vancouver. The weather should return to the typical rainy winter pattern on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, she said.Heading east past Camas and Washougal into the Columbia River Gorge, more snow and cold weather are forecast.Monday night was dry with breezy east winds in east Vancouver, Camas and Washougal — gusts of up to 30 mph or so — and conditions even more windy heading into the Columbia River Gorge, which will stay colder longer.But clouds were expected to move in from the south this afternoon, causing an approximately six-hour window of snow and ice until the ground and air warms above freezing, Ruthford said.last_img read more

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Deputies in Skamania seize 300000 of marijuana

first_imgDeputies in Skamania County last month seized marijuana plants from a three-story residential home they say had seven rooms filled with plants and sophisticated growing equipment. Officers took from the home 1,050 plants with a street value of more than $300,000. Some of the plants appeared to be about 5 feet tall. No suspects were at the residence when the warrant was executed May 19. An investigation by the sheriff’s office and the Clark-Skamania Drug Task Force is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Tracy Wyckoff at 509-427-9490. There is also a Marijuana Eradication Program Hotline, 1-800-388-4769, coordinated through the Washington State Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Administration that offers rewards for information leading to seizures of marijuana.last_img read more

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Morning Press Crestline fire mall tenants Mount St Helens

first_img Will the rain return this weekend? Check out the local weather forecast here.Fire investigators: Local boy set Crestline fireAfter a 14-month investigation into the Crestline Elementary School fire, investigators said Tuesday that a 17-year-old boy set the blaze, and a second boy may have been involved.Dylan Mork, 17, was issued a criminal summons to appear in court on allegations of second-degree arson. His court hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. May 21 in Clark County Juvenile Court. No charges have been filed against the second boy, whose name was not released.According to Mork’s Facebook page, he is a junior at Mountain View High School, also in Evergreen Public Schools.The three-alarm fire destroyed the school, at 13003 S.E. Seventh St., on Feb. 3, 2013. It displaced more than 500 students and staff and caused an estimated $8 million in damage, including the building, its contents, the cost of demolition and replacement.“I’m sure a lot of people are wondering why the investigation took so long,” said Deputy Prosecutor Dan Gasperino. “We wanted to be certain with a serious charge like arson. We had the ATF (federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) lab in Maryland conduct a test burn where they built a model. They essentially replicated where they thought the fire started. It’s not something they can do overnight.”Read the full story here.USGS: Mount St. Helens magma re-pressurizingIt’s been six years since Mount St. Helens returned to relative slumber after its last eruptive phase, but the notorious volcano is quietly recharging for the next one, scientists said Wednesday. The burned-out shell of Crestline Elementary School about three weeks after the fire on Feb. 3, 2013.last_img read more

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Police Man runs over estranged wifes boyfriend

first_imgLONGVIEW — A Longview, Washington, man is in jail Friday on investigation of assault after he allegedly ran over his estranged wife’s boyfriend with his car.Longview Police Capt. Robert Huhta says 39-year-old Thomas Nolan was driving with his estranged wife Thursday when he spotted the other man. Huhta says Nolan veered off the roadway and drove his car over the victim.The victim, identified as 34-year-old Nickolas Peterson, was treated and released from a local hospital with a broken foot.Tammy Nolan, who recently separated from her husband, says he was giving her a ride to work Thursday. She tells The Daily News that her husband “just gunned it” when he saw the other man. Thomas Nolan was booked into the Cowlitz County Jail on investigation of first-degree assault.last_img

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Money sought to rebuild Battle Ground Lake boat dock

first_imgState parks officials are seeking a $517,000 grant to replace the aging boat dock and build a new fishing pier at Battle Ground Lake State Park.Julie McQuary, a planner for the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, said the proposal is to replace the approximately 35-year-old dock closer to the boat ramp plus add a pier on the far side of the swimming beach.“The old boat dock has been patched and repaired multiple times,” McQuary said. “It is in need of replacement.”The grant application is by the parks agency to the state’s Recreation and Conservation Office for the 2015-16 budget period. There are 12 other applications in the Water Access Grants category. The state Legislature’s appropriation to the Washington Wildlife Recreation Program will determine available funds.McQuary said the fishing pier will be built to be stable so it is better for fishing and especially for anglers with disabilities.“Separating the boat launching, fishing and swimming will reduce user conflicts,” she said. “A shoreline site near the proposed pier will be improved for accessible bank fishing.”The pier design is one already used by the Department of Fish and Wildlife to improve fishing opportunity for disabled anglers.McQuary said public support is part of the evaluation criteria used by RCO. Letters of support have been sent by the City of Battle Ground and Clark County.Additional support letters can be sent to Karl Jacobs, grant manager, at Recreation and Conservation Office, 1111 Washington St., S.E., Olympia, 98501, or by email to karl.jacobs@rco.wa.gov.last_img read more

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Outage affects more than 3000 in north Clark County

first_imgMore than 3,000 residents in north Clark County experienced a brief power outage Sunday afternoon.A tree fell onto transmission lines for PacifiCorp, which are connected to Clark Public Utilities lines, said the agency’s spokeswoman, Erica Erland.The outage lasted from about 1:40 to 3 p.m. Sunday.Residents in the Orchards area may have also experienced a short outage early Sunday morning.Between 3:30 and 4:30 a.m., 173 customers experienced an outage. The cause of that outage was not confirmed.last_img

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Tonights super moon is last one of 2014

first_imgThe final “super moon” of the year will appear tonight above the eastern horizon as a large orange globe after 7:16 p.m.The orange tint is an actual physical effect. The larger-than-usual size of a moon seen near the horizon, however, is mostly the result of a trick your eyes play on you, said Jim Todd of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.It’s called “the moon illusion,” said Todd, OMSI’s director of space science education, and it has puzzled sky watchers for thousands of years.According to NASA’s website, “when you look at the Moon, rays of moonlight converge and form an image about 0.15 mm wide on the retina in the back of your eye. High moons and low moons make the same-sized spot, yet the brain insists one is bigger than the other. Go figure.”The moon’s orange color has a scientific explanation, Todd said. When looking toward the horizon, we are actually looking through a greater thickness of Earth’s atmosphere than when looking directly overhead. The atmosphere scatters blue light (the reason the sky looks blue). The thickness of the atmosphere in the direction of a horizon scatters blue light most effectively, but it lets red light pass through. So a moon near the horizon takes on a yellow, orange or reddish hue.The moon may actually appear be a darker shade of reddish-orange because of particles in the upper atmosphere from the summer fires around the Pacific Northwest.last_img read more

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Coop launches resilience programme for 300 staff

first_imgRetailer and funeral home operator Co-op has launched a resilience programme for 300 staff employed in its customer service centre, to support employees who converse with bereaved customers of its Co-op Funeralcare business.The Heart programme, provided by Let’s Get Healthy, launched for customer service centre staff in April 2019 after a successful six-week pilot in November 2018. The programme aims to support employees who speak to vulnerable and bereaved customers on a daily basis, which could lead to personal stress and anxiety. Co-op implement the resilience programme in order to attract and retain talent as well as support staff wellbeing.Claire Carroll, head of member and customer services at Co-op, said: “Investing in our people is critical to ensuring we retain and attract great talent and provide the very best service possible to our customers. Heart has helped my team be brave hearted and resilient when coping with the pressure of this critical role.”Heart uses evidence-based techniques to improve employees’ resilience through education on the stages of grief and how to be sensitive when speaking to bereaved customers. The programme includes briefing sessions with senior managers, a one-day face-to-face course and a seven-week activity plan to further embed learnings; this will be led by team leaders and operations managers.Both new and existing employees will be able to participate in the programme, and it will also form part of leadership development moving forwards.Carroll added: “We want to make sure that [employees] are not only skilled at their job, but that they can go home, switch off and have brilliant times with their friends and family.“We know providing a campaign that improves resilience is what both new and existing [employees] demand. We are asked in interviews what provisions we make for health and wellbeing, and Heart demonstrates we can increase skill levels and resilience at the same time.”last_img read more

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The stars of Cars 3 visit Bayside Marketplace

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – They’ll soon be burning rubber on the big screen, but first, Lightning McQueen and some new racers made a South Florida stop.Disney’s “Cars” are revved up for a return to the box office, and South Floridians can join in on the excitement this weekend. The Road to the Races Tour is stopping in Miami, and after kicking off at Walt Disney World, the tour will stop in more 25 cities, gearing up for the release of “Cars 3,” this summer.“Everyone is kind of left on a cliffhanger, and they are wanting more, let me tell you,” said Lisa Cabello, a Disney field marketing specialist. “There’s some serious racing going on in here. It’s going to be amazing.”All the stars of the hit series are at Bayside Marketplace through Sunday.“Lightning McQueen, he’s really our favorite from all the previous films, but then we have two new friends of his,” Cabello said. “Cruise Ramirez — she’s this tech savvy trainer that’s really going to whip him into shape. And then also Jackson Storm, who is not really his friend. I would more say his nemesis in this film.”Family friendly and free, there is something for everyone to get you ready to see Lightning McQueen’s next move on the big screen.“You come on down and you find a host of activities from our five amazing title sponsors,” Cabello said. “Each has an activity for someone to have so much fun. It’s all ‘Cars 3’ themed.” Once you’ve seen all that’s outside, visitors will want to head inside the trailer transformed into a movie theater, where they can watch an extended sneak peak of “Cars 3.” But to see the whole movie, you’ll have to wait until June 16.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Zoo Miami to reopen after closure due to Irma

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Zoo Miami is set to reopen after it was forced to close down due to damage caused by Hurricane Irma.The zoo will repen on Oct. 14 after it was closed for more than a month.Zoo Miami closed its doors Sept. 7 so that crews can repair the damage.As a way to welcome everyone back, the zoo is offering 50 percent off general admission Oct. 14 and 15.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Runners hit the streets for 305 Half Marathon 5K in Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Thousands of people came out for the 305 Half Marathon & 5K in Miami, Sunday.Participants who ran the full distance started at Ocean Drive and 11th Street before making their way to the City of Miami over the Julia Tuttle Causeway — then back to the beach over the MacArthur Causeway.“We’ve got over 2,800 runners who registered for this event today, running out here for a half marathon and a 5K and they’re just out here celebrating Miami,” said Nicole Bosick, the Senior Brand Manager for Lifetime.Runners were treated to plenty of food and drinks at the finish line.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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2 chimpanzees at Zoo Miami receive medical checkups

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Two chimpanzees at Zoo Miami had a special visit from a veterinarian.Doctors checked out 48-year-old Samantha and 51-year-old Bubbles, Thursday.While Samantha was given a clean bill of health, Bubbles had to have a tooth pulled and was treated for an ulcer in her eye.Both chimpanzees are now recovering in their exhibit.The two primates are expected to be reunited with their troop later this weekend.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Water main ruptures in Hollywood

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – Water gushed from a broken pipe after a water main ruptured in Hollywood.The water main broke along A1A near Sheridan Street, Wednesday morning.Crews are now working to repair the ruptured pipe.Meanwhile, officials said residents may experience decreased water pressure while it is being fixed.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Petland donates puppy to woman with sickle cell anemia in Pembroke Pines

first_imgPetland in Pembroke Pines donated a puppy to a woman with sickle cell anemia.Nicolle Mesa was gifted a Mal-Shi, a cross between a Maltese and a Shih Tzu, Wednesday.The puppy is hypoallergenic and won’t affect her during treatment.Mesa said she was overcome with emotion when she met the dog.“I try not to have a lot of friendships because I’m always sick and stuff, so I just feel like having him is going to help me so much,” she said.The franchise said the donation is all part of its efforts to lift the spirits of South Floridians suffering from illnesses.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Car fire spreads to Miami Gardens home no injuries

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – A car explosion set a house ablaze in Miami Gardens.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene of the fire along the 4300 block of Northwest 198th Terrace, Saturday afternoon.Officials said an explosion ignited in the car, and then the flames spread to the house.Area resident Luis Perez said he initially thought the noise was construction work, but his grandmother alerted him about the blaze.“We ran outside, and we were just trying to make sure that the guy, the people that were inside, that they got out,” said Perez, “and they did, which we were really glad about.”Neighbors watched as fire rescue worked to control the blaze.Perez took out his smartphone and began recording the scene as heavy smoke spilled over a wall and onto the street as cars drove by the house. “I just felt like the heat of the fire going on, and it was just really scary,” he said, “’cause that was the first time I ever witnessed that, and it was just really, really crazy that I’m seeing it in person while I was recording it. It was just crazy.”Parts of the home were left charred by the blaze. One side of the roof was destroyed.No one was injured.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Remember, if you see news happening and can do so safely, take a picture or shoot video and send it to: senditto7@wsvn.com.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Charges dropped against boxer involved in fight at Miami Beach parking garage

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Charges against a boxing champion involved in a brawl at a Miami Beach parking garage were dropped after a deal was made in court.Battery charges will be dropped against Shakur Stevenson if he serves one year of probation and performs community service.The 21-year-old has already paid the victims’ medical bills.Surveillance cameras captured the undefeated featherweight boxer — seen in the long-sleeve shirt with the white markings — throwing punches at a man and woman in 2018.Police said Stevenson and another boxer made sexually explicit comments to the victims that instigated the fight.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Troopers Will Be Patrolling Checking Buoys And Pots Through September

first_imgCol. Doug Massie, Director of the Alaska Wildlife Troopers: “In years past, we have had reports of people pulling pots that don’t belong to them and taking the shrimp. This is so frustrating for the owners of the pots. We are doing what we can to mitigate this by being out there and meeting with people recreating on the water. We hope that our visibility will deter this illegal behavior.” Last month, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game released an emergency order limiting the number of allowable pots to three this year for the fishery. AWT would also like to remind fishermen that, if they are shrimping, all people in the boat are required to have a shrimp permit in addition to their regular fishing license. Permits are available online at https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/Store/. This fishery does require fishermen to report their harvest by October 15. Harvest reporting can be done online at https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/sf/PU/.center_img Common violations that Troopers write tickets for during the shrimp pot fishery are failing to have a proper biodegradable escape mechanism and improperly marked buoys. In addition to checking licenses of fishermen, Troopers do pull pots to check that everything meets the requirements. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Wildlife Troopers will be out patrolling and checking buoys and pots in the Prince William Sound through September 15, when the fishery closes.last_img read more

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Kenai On Track To Prohibit Onsite Consumption Of Marijuana

first_imgThe ordinance to prohibit onsite consumption of marijuana and marijuana products at retail stores requiring an onsite consumption endorsement is up for public comment on their meeting on Wednesday. At their meeting on May 1, the council voted down an amended ordinance that would have allowed restricted onsite consumption of marijuana within city limits. If that ordinance had passed, a retail marijuana store could sell marijuana and marijuana products, excluding concentrates, to customers in a consumption area separated from the rest of the store. In a memo from the sponsors of the ordinance council members Glenese Pettey and Jim Glendening: “We feel this ordinance is necessary to protect public safety and welfare. Because this Ordinance requires a change to the City’s zoning code, requires a recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Commission. We request it be pulled from the consent agenda and be referred to the Planning and Zoning Commission for consideration at their May 22, 2019 meeting, and be brought back to Council for a public hearing at the first meeting in June.”center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Kenai will once again look at an ordinance that would prohibit onsite consumption of marijuana and marijuana products at retail stores requiring an onsite consumption endorsement. According to City Attorney Scott Bloom further action will now need to be taken by the city to disallow onsite consumption within city limits entirely: “If this fails it doesn’t prohibit onsite consumption in the City of Kenai. We would need to bring back further legislation and that would either  be adopting code provisions that prohibit it, or doing a moratorium. A no vote does not prohibit it at this time further action will need to be taken if that is the councils wish.”last_img read more

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Freedom House Resident Assists With The Swan Lake Fire

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Freedom House is a local long term recovery residence in Soldotna that is open to individuals in the community working towards a lifestyle of sobriety, and one of those residents is using her sobriety to assist crews out at the Swan Lake Fire. Tammi: “God blessed me with the opportunity to help the swan lake fire team. It means a lot to me to protect the community I grew up in. I spent a long time causing destruction in this area and I’m thankful I get a chance to do something positive for Sterling” Freedom House took to Facebook to show their support for their resident: “One of our residents is out helping with the Swan lake fire. Please pray for her and all the fire fighters keeping our community of Sterling safe!!” Tammi has been pulling 16 hour days running heavy equipment and assisting with the over 467 crew members currently working on the fire in Sterling.center_img Freedom House is a home for women any women coming out of hurts, habits, or hang ups located in Soldotna. Freedom House just recently opened their first location for men that is also located in Soldotna. Tammi, a resident at Freedom House Woman, currently works for a company running heavy equipment that was hired to assist with the ongoing work out at the Swan Lake Fire.last_img read more

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