Monthly Archives: September 2019

Vancouvers new system offers feedback in a flash

first_imgSipping coffee, nibbling cookies and holding remote controls, the 30 or so folks gathered at the Water Resources Education Center to give their opinions on the city of Vancouver’s direction Tuesday night looked like they could’ve been in their living rooms.They weren’t — but at least 30 other people who chimed in likely were doing so from their sofas, desks and laptops all over the city, while watching the event broadcast live on CVTV Channel 23 or online.Using a new technology for the first time, Vancouver officials polled residents in person and via the Web, providing instant feedback about what priorities the city should have as leaders struggle to cut an estimated $10 million, or 12 percent, of their 2011 operating budget.Standing at the front with a microphone, Assistant City Manager Eric Holmes asked the first question. Some 20 seconds later, people in the audience and at home had let him know, anonymously, that 46 percent lived in Vancouver, 38 percent live and work in Vancouver and the rest were nonresidents.Tuesday’s meeting marked the last formal outreach effort to the public as part of its Horizons process, the budget reprioritizing method the city council and city manager will use as they craft the budget over the coming months. City Manager Pat McDonnell will present the 2011-2012 budget in the fall.last_img read more

Secondhalf property tax payments due Nov 1

first_imgSecond-half property taxes are due Monday, Nov. 1, said Clark County Treasurer Doug Lasher.Lasher said if property owners have not received a 2010 second-half tax statement or lost it, they can visit or call 360-397-2252.Lasher said 155,000 second-half property statements were mailed last month. Property statements include property tax levy amounts, lighting assessments and clean water fees. Taxpayers whose taxes and assessments are not paid through a mortgage company are responsible for paying their second-half property taxes by the Nov. 1 deadline to avoid interest and penalties. Payments may be made online or by phone but are subject to processing fees that are paid to a vendor. Payments may be mailed to Clark County Treasurer, P.O. Box 9808, Vancouver, WA 98666-8808. Payments must be postmarked by Nov. 1.Taxpayers are encouraged to use the return envelopes provided with their statements.last_img read more

Washington gun initiatives square off

first_imgOLYMPIA — Whether you are for or against stricter background checks on gun sales, you’ll have a chance in the coming months to support your position by signing an initiative to next year’s Legislature.If both Initiative 591 and Initiative 594 get the required signatures, they’ll likely be on the 2014 ballot if the Legislature follows its recent pattern of punting such measures to the voters rather than adopting them.I-591, a one-page proposal that bans government confiscation of guns and any background check that isn’t part of a national system, started its signature-gathering campaign about two weeks ago at one of the state’s biggest gun shows, the Washington Arms Collectors’ Show in Puyallup.“We knew what the other side was going to do. We filed before they did,” said Alan Gottlieb, campaign manager for Protect Our Gun Rights.I-594, an 18-page proposal that lays out a process to apply the current federal system of background checks required by dealers to private sales in Washington — with some exceptions for family transfer and antique sales — got its final ballot language approved last week and will start circulating petitions this week.last_img read more

Boy suffers serious back injury after scooter vs car collision

first_imgA 14-year-old boy suffered serious back injuries after he was struck by a vehicle Saturday afternoon, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.The boy was riding a non-motorized scooter when he exited a parking lot in the 200 block of West Fifth Street went into the street without looking, Sgt. Duncan Hoss said. He was struck by an eastbound 2007 Honda Civic driven by Whitney Hunter, 47, of La Center. The boy suffered a leg injury and serious back injuries and was transported to an area hospital, Hoss said. The boy’s name was not released and his condition was not available Monday night. None of the five occupants of the Civic was injured.Hoss said that there were no citations issued.last_img read more

Boeings past decisions weigh on debate over tax breaks

first_imgOLYMPIA — As lawmakers gathered in Olympia on Thursday to consider a massive new package of incentives for Boeing Co., the company’s past decisions to ship work elsewhere weighed on the debate.It was a decade ago when a coalition of lawmakers and the governor ushered through a broad package of tax breaks and other benefits for Boeing — all in an effort to keep the company’s 787 manufacturing in the state. In the years that followed, however, wing production was placed in Japan and a new production line was established in South Carolina.Gov. Jay Inslee told lawmakers that his new proposal — which would extend the tax incentives approved in 2003 — includes protections that require key manufacturing work of the new 777X to remain in Washington.“We believe this will prevent the consequences of what happened with the second line in the Boeing 787,” said Inslee, who called lawmakers back to Olympia this week for a special session dedicated to the Boeing proposals. Inslee also has called for a $10 billion transportation revenue package to pass as part of the overall plan, but Senate leadership has indicated that it wants to take that up at a later time.Boeing has yet to publicly comment on its request, other than to send a letter to Inslee suggesting that the tax breaks and other legislation were needed in order to secure the 777X. The company’s lobbyists watched testimony at a public hearing on the bill Thursday but didn’t even sign up to testify in favor of the measure.last_img read more

Israel Hamas accept Gaza war ceasefire

first_imgGAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel and Hamas agreed Tuesday to an open-ended cease-fire, halting a seven-week war that killed more than 2,200 people, the vast majority Palestinians, left tens of thousands in Gaza homeless and devastated entire neighborhoods in the blockaded territory.Hamas declared victory and bursts of celebratory gunfire erupted across Gaza, but the terms of the deal fell far short of Hamas’ demand that Israel and Egypt open Gaza’s borders.Under the Egyptian-brokered deal, Israel is to ease imports into Gaza, including aid and material for reconstruction. It also allows Palestinians to fish six nautical miles offshore, up from three nautical miles.In a month, the cease-fire calls for talks to begin in Cairo on more complex issues, including building a seaport and airport in Gaza, and Israel’s demand that Hamas disarm.However, the agreement appeared to contain no major Israeli concessions and previous understandings after a round of fighting in 2012 quickly dissipated.Previous cease-fire deals have collapsed since the war began July 8, and it was not clear if this one would hold. The truce took effect at 7 p.m. local time (1600 GMT), but violence persisted until the last minute.last_img read more

Clark College fundraising goal smashed

first_imgFive years ago in the thick of the Great Recession, Clark College launched its first major private fundraising campaign as higher education dollars continued to wither away across the state. Now, the campaign — titled Ensuring a Bright Future: Campaign for Clark College — has come to an end. And Lisa Gibert, the president and CEO of the Clark College Foundation, announced Tuesday afternoon that the fundraiser far surpassed everyone’s expectations. “Despite a campaign that ran right down the middle of the Great Recession, I’m proud to inform you that not only did we meet our $20 million goal but we smashed it,” she told a crowd that gathered at the Andersen Fountain on Clark’s campus. “Raising this level of funding at Clark is unprecedented.”In all, the campaign raised $26,593,789, money that will be broken up among a number of key teaching areas and scholarships for years to come. The mark represents the largest sum of private dollars the college has raised in its 81-year history, said Chato Hazelbaker, a spokesman for Clark College. A happy bunch of teachers, staff, students, politicians and donors gathered Tuesday afternoon in the heart of the college’s main campus to hear the news and celebrate the end of the campaign in a small festival-like atmosphere.last_img read more

Working in Clark County Todd Shade CTran coach operator

first_imgWhen he was a youngster, Todd Shade rode the bus around Portland with his grandmother. He told her someday he would be driving the bus. He kept his promise and this year his peers awarded him the title C-Tran Operator of the Year. “I enjoy what I do,” Shade said. “I like the interaction with the riders and other people at C-Tran.” Name: Todd Shade.Job/employer: C-Tran coach operator. How I got into this job: When I was young I would ride buses all over Portland with my grandmother. It was such a pleasure to travel by bus. I told my grandmother I was going to drive a bus someday.I attended a business college to study for accounting but soon realized that it wasn’t for me. I began working for a General Motors auto dealership. I stayed for about 17 years, and when I saw the business changing, it was an opportunity to move on to something else.I was familiar with C-Tran since I rode the bus often and I knew the routes. I put in an application and was hired in March 2004 as a part-time driver. At that time, it took about four years to become a full-time driver. My routes: We have a bid process every quarter, based on seniority, to pick our route. Monday through Wednesday, 5:30 to 9:15 a.m., I drive the early morning commute to Portland, and in the afternoon, 2:30 to 6:15 p.m., I am on the Mill Plain Boulevard route. Saturdays, I am on the Northeast Highway 99 route and Sundays I drive the St. Johns and Fruit Valley route.last_img read more

City Council schedules planning retreat Friday

first_imgVancouver — The Vancouver City Council will hold a strategic planning and policy-setting retreat Friday morning.The meeting is open to the public, and it’s scheduled to last about five hours. Included on the agenda are plans to discuss a work plan for the year ahead, implementation of the city’s current biennial budget and the council’s policy priorities for this year.The council will meet at 8:30 a.m. in the community room of the Red Cross Building, which is at 605 E. Barnes St. in Vancouver. For more information, visit read more

Suncity launches Japanese website unveils Wakayama IR concept

first_img Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move Leading Asian VIP promotor Suncity Group has launched its Japanese website as it steps up its bid to win an IR license in Wakayama.The website provides an overview of the company’s Japanese IR concept, including a detailed 5-minute video featuring artist’s impressions of the proposed waterfront development. The video can be viewed here. RelatedPosts Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions “We will challenge regional revitalization centering on integrated resort facilities,” the website states.“Nature, culture, history and people’s activities. We will promote the development of international tourism cities that make the most of the assets of Wakayama Prefecture, focusing on integrated resort facilities.”Suncity has remained relatively quiet in Japan since the IR Implementation Bill was passed by the Diet last year, but has accelerated its involvement in recent weeks including presenting at an IR seminar in Wakayama earlier this week.The company’s Japanese entity, Suncity Group Holdings Japan Co Ltd, was established on 1 August 2019.Although best known for its VIP gaming services, Suncity has been actively looking to enter casino operations and will launch its first IR, Hoiana, in Vietnam later this year. It also purchased a 29.68% stake in Summit Ascent, owner and operator of Tigre de Cristal in Vladivostok, in April. Load Morelast_img read more

Miami Dolphins linebacker hosts event for breast cancer research

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A Miami Dolphins linebacker hosted an event in Fort Lauderdale to raise money in the fight against breast cancer.Koa Misi hosted both the Pink Tie Bash and VIP Pink Dinner, which was created in order to raise money in honor of his grandmother, who is battling breast cancer.All proceeds supported programs that advance breast cancer patient care and advocacy at Cleveland Clinic Florida.Some major sponsors included Autonation, Zimmerman Advertising and Tommy Hilfiger.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Applebees offering 1 margaritas throughout October

first_img(WSVN) – Applebees is now offering $1 margaritas for the month of October to celebrate Applebee’s Neighborhood Appreciation Month.Known as the Dollarita, these drinks are available at all participating restaurants from open to close.“We focus on our food a lot, but ‘bar’ is in our name, and it is an integral part of what makes Applebee’s a great neighborhood destination,” said Patrick Kirk, vice president of beverage innovation at Applebee’s. “Our $1 margaritas in October give us a chance to show our guests a little love, giving them a totally unbeatable offer as a gesture of our sincere appreciation for their patronage.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Boy found safe after going missing in Little Havana

first_img8 year-old Jose Bamaca Medina who had been reported missing has been located in good condition and reunited with his family. @MDCrimeStoppers— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) March 11, 2018At around 6:15 p.m., police confirmed the child had been found and reunited with his family.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – A boy who went missing in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood, Sunday afternoon, has been located safely.In a tweet, City of Miami Police said 8-year-old Jose Bamaca Medina had been last seen along Southwest Eighth Street, between 13th and 14th avenues, just before 5 p.m.last_img read more

South Florida rapper Kodak Black released from Broward County Jail

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Rapper Kodak Black has been released from the Broward County Jail in Fort Lauderdale, Saturday morning.The 21-year-old served seven months after being arrested in January on several felony charges, including child neglect and drug possession.During his time behind bars, the South Florida rapper legally changed his name to Bill K. Kapri and even earned his GED.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Baby lamb born from Operation Noahs Ark rescues

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A baby lamb became the newest addition to the Operation Noah’s Arc family.The lamb’s mother was a part of the seizure of over 200 animals from a farm in the Redlands earlier this month.This is the second birth to take place among the rescued animals.According to the official twitter account of the South Florida SPCA, the lamb is healthy, up and nursing well.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Search underway for woman abducted outside Allapattah auto shop

first_imgWe need your assistance identifying the female depicted in the video below, who was abducted on 2/8/19 from 2345 NW 36 St. The vehicle is being described as a newer model white Nissan Altima bearing a paper tag. Anyone with info is asked to contact our Robbery Unit @ 305.603.6370— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) February 10, 2019A few minutes later the video shows a white car pulling up to the business, and a man is seen getting out of the vehicle. He is then seen grabbing the victim. “He was running over here. He takes her from the restroom and hit her like, I don’t know, 20 or 50 times,” said a witness who was not identified, “and then he wanted her to drive the car, so he put her in the driver’s seat. He hit her 20 more times with the door.”“The way that he was fighting or screaming and everything, we knew that he had to get a gun or something,” the witness added.Investigators said the victim is between her mid-20s and early 30s, stands between 5 feet 4 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall. She was last seen wearing a blue or light-colored long-sleeve shirt and dark pants.Police said they are looking for a white Altima, possibly a 2015 model, with a paper tag. Officials believe the tag number is partially either CFJ7 or CJF7.“We’re not sure if he’s armed. However, we did receive some information that he was observed physically abusing this female,” said Miami Police Officer Kiara Delva. “Once again, he may be dangerous, so please do not approach him, and contact the police department.”If you have any information on the woman’s whereabouts, 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. MIAMI (WSVN) – Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a woman who was caught on surveillance video being forced into a car by a man outside of a tire shop in Miami’s Allapattah neighborhood, in what officials are calling an abduction.City of Miami Police tweeted out the security footage showing the subject with his arm around the victim’s upper chest area as he forced her into a white Nissan Altima along the 2300 block of Northwest 36th Street, Friday.Officials said the woman asked employees to call 911, saying she was hiding from a man and that he was “going to kill” her.Witnesses said the woman then went inside a restroom.last_img read more

FBI releases photos of armed Miami Springs bank robber

first_imgMIAMI SPRINGS, FLA. (WSVN) – FBI investigators are releasing pictures of an armed man who allegedly robbed a bank in Miami Springs.Miami Springs Police responded to a Wells Fargo bank in the area of Northwest 36th Street and Kenmore Drive just before 9 a.m., Monday.7SkyForce HD flew over the scene where officers could be seen putting up crime scene tape outside of the building.FBI officials said the man told an employee he had an explosive device on him before he demanded money from the bank teller.It remains unknown how much money the man fled the bank with.There were no injuries reported.If you have any information on this armed bank robbery, 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.last_img read more

Soldotna Marijuana Regulation Recommendations On Consent Agenda

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享There are two ordinances on the consent agenda for the Soldotna City Council meeting that set forth recommendations for regulation of marijuana in city limits. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Soldotna-weed-on-consent-agenda.mp3VmJennifer-on-Soldotna-weed-on-consent-agenda.mp300:00RPd The first ordinance, provides general standards and enforcement procedures for marijuana establishments. The second, includes provisions for taxation and regulations of marijuana. The Soldotna Planning and Zoning Commision has submitted the recommendations  before the moratorium ends on February 15. The Soldotna City Council will introduce the two ordinances at the meeting on Wednesday, January 10, at 6 p.m. The Soldotna City Council voted in favor of extending the moratorium on commercial marijuana establishments within city limits an additional 45 days, to allow the time necessary for the P&Z Commission to establish the regulation recommendations. Public hearings are scheduled on the ordinances for January 24th and February 14th.last_img read more

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