Previously: Attorneys argued Sept. 28 over whether a biomass plant could be sited in downtown Vancouver; the Vancouver City Council on Monday passed an emergency moratorium on development to block the plant.What’s new: A hearing examiner ruled in favor of Schneider Electric, which partnered with Clark County to build the plant.What’s next: City officials will consider their options.Schneider Electric on Thursday won a decision from a hearing examiner over a proposed biomass plant in downtown Vancouver, and proponents say that despite the Vancouver City Council’s best effort to kill the proposal, it’s still on.On Monday, with no warning to the county, the Vancouver City Council passed an emergency six-month moratorium on development in the downtown zone.David Palmer of Schneider Electric, which signed a contract with Clark County to build a biomass electricity generating plant west of the Clark County Jail, said Thursday that the company has been able “to mitigate the financial impact of the moratorium and the project remains financially viable even with the delay.”The city’s move was thought to be a fatal blow because Schneider would miss out on an $8 million federal grant that expires at the end of the year.Palmer said Thursday that additional funding has been identified from the New Market Tax Credit program.Hearing examiner Sharon Rice, an attorney from Shoreline, ruled that the biomass plant is “consistent with the intent and purpose” of a light industrial overlay district.
Clark County will hold an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday on a project to widen and improve 1.7 miles of Northeast 88th Street from Highway 99 to St. Johns Road.The open house will be held at Clark Regional Wastewater District, 8000 N.E. 52nd Court.Construction is slated to begin in June.The project includes rebuilding a travel lane in each direction, adding a continuous left-turn lane, installing bicycle lanes, planter strips, sidewalks, curbs and gutters; replacing utility lines; and building stormwater improvements, including rain gardens to collect and treat polluted storm runoff in some planter strips.The $17.4 million project will interfere with traffic flows, and drivers should expect delays. Only emergency vehicles, school buses and residents who need to leave and return to their private residences will be allowed inside the construction zone.C-Tran Route 25 (Fruit Valley/St. Johns) will not serve Northeast 88th Street between Northeast 25th Avenue and Highway 99 during construction. The change begins May 13.For information, visit N.E. 88th Street improvements.
WASHOUGAL — A 10-unit Washougal apartment complex has been purchased for $950,000, according to a news release issued by Portland-based commercial real estate company Sperry Van Ness Bluestone & Hockley.The transaction adds to a growing number of similar local investments based on the theory that multifamily projects are a stable market segment fueled by the housing slump and accessible financing.Portland investors Ken Wallace and Ed Wallace purchased the two-story Lone Oak Apartments at 657 29th St. in Washougal. It was purchased from the Jean T. Humason Trust.
OLYMPIA — A new poll released Thursday shows an exceptionally close race between Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna in the final stretch of a campaign that’s considered to be one of the most competitive gubernatorial contests in the nation.The KCTS 9 Washington poll showed Inslee with a 47.9 percent to 44.7 percent lead over McKenna among registered voters, with 7.5 percent undecided. Among likely voters, Inslee and McKenna are nearly even, with Inslee holding just a 47.1 percent to 46.3 percent advantage over McKenna, with 6.6 percent undecided. In both camps, the numbers are within the margin of error, showing that the race continues to be very close.“The governor’s race is just an absolute tossup right now,” said Matt Barreto, director of the poll. “This makes it really interesting.”The telephone survey was conducted Oct. 1-16, sampling a total of 782 registered voters across the state, 644 of whom were considered likely voters. The margin of error for all voters is 3.5 percent; for likely voters, 3.9 percent.The poll, conducted by the University of Washington, also found voters supporting four ballot measures dealing with gay marriage, legalizing marijuana, approving charter schools and limiting taxes.Referendum 74 asks voters to either approve or reject a gay marriage law that was passed by the Legislature earlier this year. That law is on hold pending next month’s vote. The poll showed that 56.3 percent of registered voters back gay marriage in the state, compared to 35.6 percent who oppose it, with 6.1 percent undecided. Among likely voters, support decreased to 54.1 percent, with 38.4 percent saying they would vote against the measure, and 5.7 percent undecided.
? What: Informational meeting on east Vancouver quiet zone.? When: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6.? Where: Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way. ? More information: cityofvancouver.us/trainhorns.The city of Vancouver is asking residents of its east end if they support paying to silence train horns in their neighborhood.City officials, working with neighborhood leaders, floated the proposal as a way to pay for the required railroad crossing improvements that come with a “quiet zone.” It would create a Local Improvement District, in which each household would pay based on how close it sits to the railroad crossings between Southeast 139th Avenue and Southeast 164th Avenue.The proposed district includes 467 properties in the East Old Evergreen Highway neighborhood, between the Columbia River and state Highway 14. Households would contribute based on a three-tiered system. Tier 1 homes — those closest to the tracks — would pay $177 per year; Tier 2 homes would pay $124 per year; and Tier 3 homes would chip in $53 annually for 20 years. Residents would also have the option of paying a one-time lump sum. Payment amounts would be flat, and not tied to property values.“The idea is that everybody that benefits pays part of the cost,” said city public works spokeswoman Loretta Callahan.The city has worked with neighbors, the Federal Railroad Administration and BNSF Railway for years looking for a way to silence train horns, and not just in east Vancouver. But bureaucratic hurdles and high costs have slowed progress.Federal rules require trains to blast their horns before any public crossing. To establish a quiet zone, crossings need safety measures beyond the typical flashing lights and gates. The city doesn’t have the money for such upgrades.The east Vancouver Local Improvement District would raise about $818,000 for such safety features as new medians, extra lighting, signs and striping where the rails cross Southeast 139th, 147th and 164th avenues, said city project development director Matt Ransom.
Affleck earns nice consolation prize as ‘Argo’ wins best-picture OscarThey glided across the 25-foot-long red carpet as if in Hollywood: starlets, glamour queens and leading men in tuxedos.Under the Kiggins Theatre marquee, they described their gowns to fashion luminaries who call Clark County home.It was “Vancouver Goes Hollywood” on Sunday night at the 1936-era Kiggins.An estimated 150 attended the soiree sponsored by the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce and the Kiggins. The Hough Foundation was involved, too, raising money by pouring James Bond-style cocktails for guests dressed to the nines.They arrived in a silver limo-bus and were greeted and announced over the sound system by civic/social enthusiasts and bloggers Gary Bock and Jim Mains. Video of those arriving played on the Kiggins big screen before guests watched a live streaming broadcast of the Academy Awards at the iconic theater on Vancouver’s Main Street.While a canopy covered the red carpet, it wasn’t needed as sunshine ruled.“Work it,” photographer Barbara Hill called to Teresa Lawwill, stunning in her black gown.“The earrings and ring are from Erik Runyan Jewelers and worth $13,000,” said Lawwill, a marketer for the chamber. Then she revealed that her two daughters (Erica and Courtney) were wearing another $73,000 in borrowed bling from Runyan’s.Lynzee Lamb, 25, of Vancouver chatted with Seth Aaron Henderson (Season 7 winner of TV’s Project Runway) about her aquamarine full-length gown and plum-colored heels. “It’s by an independent designer, Diane,” she said. “He (Seth Aaron) was really interested in where I got my dress from.”“She’s a fashion diva,” announced Karen Groves, who turned out to be Lynzee’s mom. Groves was in a faux fur stole and a beige gown with a black overlay. “It’s very Fifties,” Groves said.
A box of leaves, stems, and other byproducts of medical marijuana sits in a van belonging to Top Shelf Organics medical marijuana delivery service on Tuesday in Snohomish. The company supplies the pot to a pig farmer who mixes it with the feed he gives to his pigs to produce pork products with a unique savory taste. SNOHOMISH — The white van with tinted windows pulled up to the driveway with its cargo — cardboard boxes full of marijuana. And the customers eagerly awaited it, grunting and snorting.The deal was going down for three hungry Berkshire pigs from a Washington state farm, and a German television crew was there to film it. Part flavor experiment, part green recycling, part promotion and bolstered by the legalization of recreational marijuana in Washington state, pot excess has been fed to the hogs by their owners, pig farmer Jeremy Gross and Seattle butcher William von Schneidau, since earlier this year. Gross and von Schneidau now sell their “pot pig” cuts at von Schneidau’s butcher shop in Seattle’s Pike Place Market at a premium price — bacon is $17 a pound while chops go for $16.90 a pound.“He’s like ‘let’s see what kind of flavor it gives it.’ So we ran it and it gave good flavor,” Gross said. “It’s like anything else, what you feed them is what they’re going to taste like. It’s almost like a savory alfalfa-fed cow or alfalfa-fed pig.”
Clark County Commissioner David Madore will soon introduce a resolution for his fellow commissioners to consider that “apologizes for breaking faith with the citizens of Clark County,” declares the county will “notify the appropriate authorities that we have not acted with integrity,” calls for an investigation into the Columbia River Crossing, and formally requests funding for the project be withdrawn at local, state and federal levels.Madore announced at Tuesday’s regular commission meeting that he will introduce the resolution.“This addresses the situation we find ourselves in as elected officials, and what’s unfolded over the last several weeks and really the last several months regarding the future of our community and the biggest project in our history and how that’s handled,” Madore said.At the heart of the matter is the September decision by the C-Tran Board of Directors — on which all three commissioners sit — to operate light rail on what is now an Oregon-led Columbia River Crossing project.The C-Tran board voted 5-4 in favor of the funding plan. The three county commissioners split their votes, with Democrat Steve Stuart voting yes and Republicans Tom Mielke and Madore voting no.Since then, Madore has been outspoken in his continued fight against the plan in public meetings and on his Facebook wall.The resolution won’t be officially presented to commissioners for at least another two weeks, but Madore chose to read it into the record during Tuesday’s commissioner communications.
Amid prayers, a three-volley salute and the sounds of taps played on a bugle, more than 100 people honored the officers, troopers and deputies who have died while protecting their communities. “We breathe easier knowing there are brave men and women serving us day and night,” Vancouver Police Chief James McElvain told attendees Thursday morning in the courtyard of the Clark County Public Service Center in Vancouver. “In my 28 years of law enforcement, each ceremony brings to the forefront the inherent dangers of police work.”The Clark County Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony was the local celebration of a national day of remembrance. Though a good number die by felonious activity, McElvain pointed to the 2013 statistic of 46 law enforcement officers that were killed nationwide in vehicle crashes.“There’s a tremendous gap to overcome in terms of officers dying accidentally,” he said. Officers have such a passion to get to the call, he said, that they sometimes forget to take simple and safe actions to protect themselves. “As much as we have become better at what we do over time, there are always those unfortunate circumstances,” he said. McElvain said he was proud to speak at the event, his first fallen officers’ memorial as police chief of Vancouver.“I want to represent those that have passed with dignity,” McElvain said. Portland Fire & Rescue Capt. Martin Getch brought his 8-year-old son Chase, who was wearing a small Battle Ground police uniform. Chase was chosen as the unofficial honorary chief of the Battle Ground Police Department. And he knew why he was there. “To honor the police,” he said. “I was trying to explain it on our way down,” Martin Getch said. “He understands what they do is very dangerous and he understands my job, the dangers with that.”
This month marks an important shift in the way local leaders talk about the Columbia River Crossing. They’ll now refer to the defunct Interstate 5 Bridge replacement in past tense.“Is” becomes “was.”“Would” becomes “would have.”Even the CRC website now notes the project’s 2014 demise, saying it “was completely closed in May of that year.”The CRC’s downtown Vancouver offices were all but cleared out earlier this week, save for only a scattering of boxes and loose papers. All of the temporary walls, desks and furniture once inside are gone. The move-out leaves an entire floor of the Vancouvercenter building vacant.Officials are sticking with May 31 as the formal shutdown date. That’s the day the project’s lease ends, too. Even though the office is mostly empty, some cleanup work remains, said Dave Thompson, an Oregon Department of Transportation spokesman.The CRC had been a bistate effort before Washington lawmakers walked away without authorizing any money for it in 2013. The project later emerged as an Oregon-led version, only to be spurned by the Oregon Legislature this year. Without political support in either state, and without funding, the $2.9 billion project began shutting down in March.Unlike last year, when Washington pulled out, the CRC’s unfinished permit applications have been halted. The project had been seeking two key permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, known as Section 404 (for in-water work) and Section 408 (for levee modification). Both of those processes are now closed.
A Vancouver man wanted for violating a court order to have no contact with his ex-girlfriend is accused of assaulting a police K-9 and his handler during a confrontation with police late Tuesday.Michael D. Hayes, 27, appeared Thursday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of first-degree burglary domestic violence, third-degree assault of an officer, harming a police dog and violation of a protection order.He is accused of forcing his way into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment and ignoring her requests for him to leave. When she called police, he allegedly attacked a Vancouver police officer and the officer’s K-9.Judge Suzan Clark held Hayes in Clark County Jail in lieu of $80,000 bail and appointed Vancouver attorney Jeff Barrar to defend him. He’s scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 11 on the charges.Police responded at 11:11 p.m. Tuesday to the ex-girlfriend’s home in the Autumn Park Apartments, 13213 S.E. Seventh St. The 26-year-old woman stated that an intoxicated Hayes was inside her apartment without her permission, according to court documents. A records search showed that a judge had ordered Hayes to have no contact with the woman.
• What: Pearl Harbor Anniversary Memorial Service.• When: 9:30 a.m. Sunday.• Where: Vancouver VA campus, 1601 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., gymnasium building (near the Vietnam Memorial).Two men who jumped into action when the United States was launched into World War II are scheduled to speak at this year’s Pearl Harbor observance.The 73rd annual event will be at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at Vancouver’s Veterans Affairs campus.The ceremony salutes about 2,390 Americans who were killed when the Japanese warplanes and submarines attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941. The Pacific Northwest Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors are organizers of the program.The observance will be in the VA campus gymnasium building; the gym is west of the county’s public health building, near the Vietnam Memorial that includes a helicopter on display.There are still eight or so Pearl Harbor veterans living in the area. Two of them will be part of the event — keynote speaker Ralph Laedtke and Paul Johnson.Laedtke was a pharmacist’s mate/medical records technician on a hospital ship, the USS Solace.Johnson was a crewman on the USS Castor, a transport ship loaded with ammunition. It had just arrived at Pearl Harbor two days earlier and wasn’t on the attackers’ list of targets.Clay Keown, a historian who is a member of the Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors group, will provide a historical framework for the two veterans’ first-person accounts.
RelatedPosts Imperial Pacific International (IPI) is hoping to raise up to HK$300 million via the placement of bonds.In a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on Monday, IPI said that capital raised would be used for “general corporate purposes” but didn’t specify any particular allocation for construction of its troubled Saipan integrated resort. The company was recently granted a two-and-a-half year deadline extension for completion of Imperial Pacific Resort until February 2021. Calls for 10% gaming tax renewed as report reveals Imperial Pacific tax payments of just US$21,000 in 2019 According to IPI, the bonds will be issued in denominations of HK$500,000 each with the company looking for “independent professional, institutional or private investors … whose ultimate beneficial owners are independent third parties.”The bonds will mature in four tranches, with the first coming three years after date of issue and paying interest of 5.25% per annum. The remainder, coming four years and six months, five years and six months and seven years and six months, will pay interest at 6% per annum.IPI’s latest fund raising exercise comes just four months after it placed convertible bonds worth HK$46 million for completion of Phase 1 of Imperial Pacific Resort.The company said at the time that, “The Directors consider raising funds by issuing convertible bonds is justifiable which represent an opportunity for the company to enhance its working capital and strengthen its capital base and financial position. The directors consider that the issue of the convertible bonds is an appropriate means of raising additional capital for the company since it will not have an immediate dilution effect on the shareholding of the existing shareholders.” Imperial Pacific pays remaining US$10.5 million balance on annual license fee Imperial Pacific adds to Board of Directors as regulator looks to impose US$375,000 fine for late license fee payment Load More
RelatedPosts China gives Philippines iGaming reprieve but POGOs not safe yet Philippines rejects China’s call to ban online gambling Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte says he regretted running for the nation’s highest office at the height of numerous corruption scandals – most notably the decision by Nayong Pilipino Foundation to award Hong Kong-listed Landing International Development Ltd a land lease to develop a US$1.5 billion casino resort.During a speech at a swearing-in ceremony for newly elected officials in Cagayan de Oro this week, Duterte said he “lost interest at work” after firing the entire Nayong Pilipino Foundation board on the same day that Landing held a groundbreaking ceremony for the IR in Manila’s Entertainment City. Evan Winkler appointed President as Melco Resorts implements latest management overhaul Load More “Actually, I regretted it. I regretted running for President,” he recalled.“They allowed a casino to be erected there without a public bidding. I got so angry … what’s the essence of a casino inside Nayong Filipino? Why would you put it there? How stupid.”The government described Landing’s 50-year land lease deal at the time as “grossly disadvantageous” and later cancelled the deal altogether. It also cancelled a provisional gaming license granted by PAGCOR just weeks before the groundbreaking ceremony last August – the second time a provisional gaming license was deemed invalid following a similar saga involving Galaxy Entertainment Group’s plans to develop a US$500 million casino resort in Boracay.Duterte also revealed this week that he had told his daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio, also known as Inday Sara, not to run for President in 2022 due to widespread corruption within the government. Duterte-Carpio is currently Mayor of Davao and seemingly following in her father’s political footsteps.“That is why when people speculated Inday to run for President,” he said. “I told her, ‘Don’t do it. You will not be able to control it. They will disrespect you, those sons of bitches’.”
More than a third (35%) of chief financial officer (CFO) respondents cite scheme sustainability as the end goal for their organisation’s defined benefit (DB) pension scheme, according to research by Hymans Robertson.The survey of 100 pension trustees and 51 CFOs at organisations with more than 1,000 employees also found that 25% of CFO respondents would rule out a medically underwritten buy-in over the next year, while 92% of pension trustee respondents would reject this option.The research also found:29% of CFO respondents are targeting an insurance buy-out as the ultimate goal for their organisation’s DB pension scheme. Just 15% of pension trustee respondents have the same goal.63% of CFO respondents would like to start working towards a buy-out this year, compared to 9% of trustee respondents.16% of CFO respondents want to achieve self-sufficiency by investing scheme assets in a similar way to an insurer.78% of trustee respondents rule out a longevity swap in the next year, compared to 25% of CFO respondents.27% of CFO respondents believe having a clear understanding of scheme risks and knowing when to de-risk is a key challenge.31% of CFO respondents feel that pension trustees do not share their objectives.Jon Hatchett, head of corporate consulting at Hymans Robertson, said: “With one in seven CFOs considering their DB scheme to be one of the biggest risks to their business this year, it’s no surprise that solving the DB pensions problem is a key priority for CFOs.“Brexit has only exacerbated the challenges most schemes face. The high profile pensions problems at BHS, Halcrow and Tata Steel are raising this up the agenda and putting pressure on the industry to find solutions.”
The Department for Education has announced today (Monday 2 September 2019) that starting salaries for new teachers will increase to £30,000 a year by the 2022-2023 financial year, and that employer pension contributions will rise to 23.6%.Education secretary Gavin Williamson (pictured) has confirmed that new teacher salaries will increase by £6,000 by 2022-2023 as part of the government’s work to reform teacher pay structures; this includes a £14 billion investment approved by the prime minister, Boris Johnson.The pay increase was submitted in a remit letter to the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB), asking for recommendations around increasing starting salaries and next year’s pay award. In addition, Williamson has requested feedback on further reforms, such as the introduction of progression points in pay.Alongside the pay rise, the government is also planning to fully fund contributions into The Teacher’s Pension Scheme from September 2019. Teachers will therefore receive a 23.6% employer contribution into their pension every year.These measures have been introduced to combat recruitment and retention challenges within the teaching profession. Further initiatives will be presented to the STRB later this year.In support of this aim, the government will also be working with a group of ambassador schools to pilot flexible working arrangements, enabling these institutions to share best practice on how to achieve this successfully for teachers and school leaders.Williamson said: “Teachers truly are the lifeblood of a school and I have been instantly impressed by the dedication, commitment and hard work that I have seen from those at the front of our classrooms.“I want the best talent to be drawn to the teaching profession and for schools to compete with [the] biggest employers in the labour market and recruit the brightest and best into teaching.“Teachers should be in no doubt that this government fully backs them in every stage of their career, starting with rewarding starting salaries, and giving them the powers they need to deal with bad behaviour and bullying and continue to drive up school standards right across the country.”
WEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - Surveillance footage at a West Miami-Dade school’s parking lot caught a man smashing the window of a car and taking a woman’s purse.The man is seen peeking into the backseat and smashing the window of a car parked at Somerset Academy’s West Campus on Southwest 16th Street and 59th Avenue, around 2 p.m., Aug. 15. He then took off in a car with a woman’s purse containing her wallet and glasses.Police said the thief has struck before, and they’re concerned he will strike again.If you have any information on this burglary, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) - Nearly 29,000 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat pork and poultry sausage links are being recalled because they may be contaminated with pieces of metal.According to the USDA, the recall affects 23.4 oz. pouches of Jimmy Dean Heat ‘n Serve original sausage links made with pork and turkey. The products were packaged on Aug. 4, 2018 and have a Use By date of Jan. 31, 2019.The recalled products were shipped to Tennessee before being distributed to retail stores and bear an establishment number “EST. 19085” on the back of the packaging. The USDA has not specified what stores the sausage links were sent out to.The USDA has received five complaints of metal pieces found in the breakfast favorite. However, no illnesses or injuries have been linked to the consumption of the product.If purchased, consumers are advised to either throw away or return the product to the place of purchase.For more information on the recall, click here.
MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - Local leaders held a workshop in Miami Beach to discuss a variety of proposals to solve South Florida’s day-to-day traffic problems.In the Monday meeting, leaders discussed proposals that included six rapid transit routes in the Miami area and a proposed monorail that would connect Miami to Miami Beach.“I think it’s necessary because, obviously, if you look at the streets, the kind of traffic problems that you have means that some kind of a mass transit solution was needed. It’s been needed for a long time,” Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said.“We have to figure out what to do about the terrible congestion that happens in our community, and the only way we’re going to do that is by coming up with solutions that make sense,” Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said.State lawmakers have expressed concerns over the casino company, Genting, which wants the contract for the monorail.However, Gimenez stated that other companies will have the opportunity to bid on the construction of the transportation route.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The current property is too small for further upgrades to meet operational needs going forward, according to a memo to the assembly. The funding for the project, estimated at $1.5 million, would come through a loan from the Land Trust Investment Fund. Station 1 is central to the entire operation of CES . Its initial construction dates back to 1957 with majoradditions in 1971 and 1982. The existing station’s space is maxed out and does not meet code. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A site selection committee comprised of both borough and City of Soldotna officials evaluated potential sites according to design and operational criteria to fit the need of a new Station 1 for Central Emergency Services. The proposed area for a new station involves two different property owners, located across from Petco, in Soldotna. The construction of the building would require a realignment of Homestead Lane, which runs toward the Kenai River from Redoubt Avenue. An ordinance was introduced at the Borough Assembly meeting on August 7, to purchase the property on the corner of East Redoubt Avenue and Homestead Lane. A public hearing will be held on September 4.