TCI Deforestation for Charcoal Production

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, February 13, 2018 – Providenciales – The Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR) would like to inform the public that the deforestation of the Islands’ vegetation, for charcoal production is prohibited. The DECR reminds all of the following, as per the Protected Areas Ordinance:The following activities are prohibited within all Protected Areas:The taking of any animal or plant by any method on land or at sea, except to the extent permitted in any fishing zone;The destruction of, or damage or injury to, any animal or plant;The making of fires, other than in a portable stove or grill. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Please note that the following areas are protected, on Providenciales:Chalk Sound National ParkPrincess Alexandra National ParkNorth West Point Pond Nature ReservePigeon Pond and Frenchman’s Creek Nature ReservePrincess Alexandra Nature ReserveCheshire Hall Area of Historical InterestSapodilla Hill Area of Historical InterestThe DECR urges any persons participating in such activities to cease such actions forthwith or you will experience the full extent of the law.  The DECR would also like to urge members of the public to not support such activities through the purchase of this charcoal.Should you notice suspicious smoke in the Bight or outside of the protected areas listed above, please contact the Department of Environmental Health at 338-2142 or the Fire and Rescue Department at 941-8090.Suspicious wood burning within the protected areas outlined above should be directed to the DECR at, 338-4162 or 338-4168.Release: TCIGcenter_img Related Items:last_img read more

Gattuso pleased with AC Milans clean sheet

first_imgAC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso was satisfied by his side’s defensive work in an otherwise “daft” 0-0 Coppa Italia draw at Lazio on Tuesday night.The Rossoneri’s three-match winning run came to an end at the Stadio Olimpico for the first leg of their semi-final tie against Lazio.Star players Krzysztof Piatek and Tiemoue Bakayoko were kept subdued by Lazio throughout the entire game as Milan struggled to create any clear chances on goal.In the end, both sides were forced to settle for a goalless draw with the return leg between Lazio and Milan to take place at the San Siro on April 24.Therefore, should Lazio find an away goal, it will put Milan at a big disadvantage in their bid to reach the Coppa Italia final for a second consecutive season.“It’s a bit of a daft result for us because any goal for Lazio will be worth double in the second leg. We’ll need to pay close attention,” said Gattuso on the club website.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Obviously, we could’ve done better however, it’s still a good result considering that we didn’t concede against a team that has key players up front.”Despite their struggles up front, Milan were effective in defence with only four of Lazio’s 16 shots being on target.“Lazio waited for us before then attacking on the break and putting us in difficulty. We were lacking on a technical level tonight, making mistakes on the few occasions that we broke free from their pressure,” said Gattuso.“Lazio were better than us, although it’s also true that they didn’t create any real killer-ball chances.“Defensively, I really liked how the team played, but it’s a step back technically. Simone (Inzaghi) and I know each other well, perhaps it’s just a coincidence that these matches keep finishing 0-0. We’ll see what happens in the second leg.”Next up for Gattuso’s side will be a home game against 11th-placed Sassuolo in the Serie A on Saturday.ROME, ITALY – FEBRUARY 26: Jesus Pablo Musacchio of AC Milan competes for the ball with Joaquin Correa of SS Lazio during the Coppa Italia semi-final first leg between SS Lazio and AC Milan on February 26, 2019 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Marco Rosi/Getty Images)last_img read more

Chelsea fine Kepa for Wembley bustup

first_imgKepa Arrizabalaga’s Wembley bust-up with Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has resulted in a fine by the club.Sarri and the former Bilbao shot-stopper held talks on Monday over the ‘keeper’s obstinacy in the Carabao Cup final loss to Manchester City on penalties.The Italian manager was frustrated on the sidelines after Kepa failed to be subbed for Willy Caballero ahead of the penalty shootout.Reports claim both men have settled their differences and Kepa has personally apologised to Sarri, his team-mates and the club in full acknowledgment he made “a big mistake”.His wages will go to charity, and he told Sky: “I have thought a lot more about yesterday’s events. Although there was a misunderstanding, on reflection I made a big mistake with how I handled the situation.“I wanted to take the time today to apologise fully and in person to the coach, to Willy, my team-mates and to the club. I have done this and now I want to offer the same apology to the fans.“I will learn from this episode and will accept any punishment or discipline the club decides is appropriate.”Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSarri: “Cristiano Ronaldo is the strongest player in the world” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri has no doubts that Cristiano Ronaldo is the main man at Juventus, and plans to the star give more freedom to exploit his talents to their fullest extent.Sarri said: “Kepa and I have spoken about the incident. It was a good conversation. There was a misunderstanding yesterday but he realises he made a big mistake in the way he reacted. He has apologised to me, his team-mates and the club.Chelsea fine Kepa Arrizabalaga a week’s wages after Maurizio Sarri Wembley bust-up:— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) February 25, 2019“It is up to the club if they want to discipline him according to the club rules, but for me, this matter is now closed.“The team performance as a whole was extremely positive and it is a shame to see how this incident has overshadowed our efforts in what was a very competitive cup final.“Everyone’s focus is now on the next game and we must all now put this behind us.”last_img read more

Imperial Beach considering legal action over Tijuana River sewage spills

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: Serge Dedina FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsMonday night, Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina presented his “State of the City Address.”Tuesday morning, Mayor Dedina was in studio to discuss his speech and potential legal action the city of Imperial Beach may take in response to the multiple Tijuana River sewage spills. KUSI Newsroom Posted: February 27, 2018 Imperial Beach considering legal action over Tijuana River sewage spills February 27, 2018last_img read more

Rebecca Zahau wrongful death case entering its final phase

first_img Sasha Foo April 2, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Closing arguments began Monday in the wrongful death civil suit filed by the family of 32-year-old Rebecca Zahau.She was found hanged, naked, bound and gagged on July 13, 2011 at the historic Speckles Mansion in Coronado, owned by her boyfriend, pharmaceutical CEO Jonah Shacknai.Although her death was ruled a suicide by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and the County Medical Examiner, the Zahau family has disputed that finding and in the wrongful death suit, alleges that 54-year-old Adam Shacknai, the brother of Zahau’s boyfriend, murdered her after a sexual assault and then staged the killing to look like a suicide.In the civil trial which began on Feb. 26, attorneys for the plaintiffs and for the defense have called a wide array of experts to testify.Both sides have used forensic pathologists to discuss the injuries suffered by Zahau. The plaintiffs’ case also involved testimony from a knot and ligature expert, a DNA expert, an expert on fingerprints and an authority on kinesiology.The defense has argued that there is no DNA or fingerprint evidence to implicate Adam Shacknai.In a case that has involved detailed evidence on DNA, fingerprints, handwriting, knots and autopsy reports, what may be the trial’s most dramatic demonstration was a life-size mannequin meant to simulate the way the body of Zahau was found hanging from a balcony of her boyfriend’s mansion in Coronado.The plaintiffs contend Zahau did not take her own life, but was sexually assaulted and murdered by her boyfriend’s brother, Adam Shacknai.As jurors looked at the mannequin, attorney Keith Greer played the recording of the 911 call in which the defendant Adam Shacknai is heard talking to the 911 operator, shortly after he said he has found Zahau hanging.When the dispatcher asks Shacknai if Zahau is still alive, Shacknai responds, “I don’t know.”The plaintiffs’ attorney told the jury, “He doesn’t come there and shake her and check her- see ‘are you alive?” He doesn’t even think about whether she’s alive or dead, until somebody says something to him. He knows she’s dead.”Defense attorney Dan Webb told the jury there is not a single witness or any scientific evidence that points to Adam Shacknai’s involvement. Webb said the plaintiffs have fashioned a theory based only on speculation and tried to pass it off as evidence.“Theories are not evidence,” Webb said.Closing arguments continue Tuesday. Jury deliberations could begin Tuesday afternoon.Related Stories on the case can be found here. Updated: 10:12 PM Posted: April 2, 2018center_img Sasha Foo, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Rebecca Zahau wrongful death case entering its final phaselast_img read more

SDGE Prices Soar With Temperatures

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: July 24, 2018 Sasha Foo July 24, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – During hot days when the demand for electric power soars, San Diego Gas and Electric uses a special rate plan to encourage conservation. To the shock of some business owners, the utility company on Tuesday imposed a temporary 400% rate increase, as a part of that plan. The rate hike, in effect for July 24, between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. is part of a rate plan called TOU or “time of use” which charges utility customers different rates throughout the day. As part of the pricing plan, commercial customers receive a discount on their regular rates during the year, but when the utility declares a “critical event” day, customers on the TOU Plus plan must pay the 400% surcharge for energy used in the period between 2 -6 p.m.The owner of a La Mesa hair salon reached out to KUSI after receiving a notice the night before about the 400% surcharge. Amanda Glass, the owner of Glass Roots, told us she was not aware of that she was on the TOU Plus program or how it worked.SDG&E spokesperson Allison Torres explained that the rate plan provides an incentive for small and mid-sized businesses to conserve energy. During the year, the businesses are charged a discounted rate, but when a “critical event” day is declared, those businesses have a financial interest in reducing their energy use. Glass estimated that her average utility bill ranges from $5-8 a day. Because of the surcharge, she said her bill for this single day could run as high as $35-40. Approximately 111,000 commercial customers are currently on the TOU Plus plan. SDG&E said about 7,000 customers are on the “regular” TOU plan, which doesn’t offer the same year-round discounts, but also does not impose the surcharge for “critical event” days.SDG&E said the surcharge was only applied on five days in 2017 and on a single day in 2016. Spokesperson Allison Torres said customers typically receive a notification of the temporary rate hike, on the day before it takes effect. Torres said the commercial customers on the TOU Plus plan are not required to participate and have the choice to opt out. center_img SDG&E Prices Soar With Temperatures Updated: 2:18 AM Sasha Foo, last_img read more

Arkansas man suspected of triple homicide found in San Diego

first_img KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A suspect in an Arkansas triple homicide from last fall was behind bars in San Diego today following his arrest at a Barrio Logan transit depot, authorities reported.Officers conducting a transit-enforcement operation at Harborside Trolley Station on South 28th Street detained transient Joshua Milik Williams on Wednesday evening for boarding a light-rail tram without paying a fare, according to San Diego police.A records check revealed that Williams, who turned 22 five days ago, was wanted by the Little Rock Police Department in connection with a shooting that killed three young adults and left a teenage boy badly wounded on the night of Nov. 16.Williams was booked into San Diego Central Jail, where he was being held without bail pending extradition to Arkansas.Williams allegedly opened fire on a black Jeep Renegade in a residential neighborhood about a mile northeast of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, fatally wounding Latija Luckey and Carrington Williams, both 19, and 20-year-old Kennelle Anderson. A 17-year-old in the SUV also suffered gunshot wounds but survived.Following the shooting, the vehicle crashed into a ditch, coming to rest on its side, according to a police report.The motive for the deadly gunfire remains unclear, Little Rock police Officer Eric Barnes said.Authorities did not disclose if the shooter or shooters were believed to have fired from a moving car or possibly from the roadside, and have not revealed how investigators identified Williams as a suspect in the case.In addition to Williams, the initial police report on the shooting makes reference to two unidentified suspects, both described as about 6 feet tall and thin but of unknown race and gender. January 10, 2019 Posted: January 10, 2019 Updated: 6:55 PMcenter_img Arkansas man suspected of triple homicide found in San Diego KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Lee Iacocca engineer of Chryslers turnaround dies at 94

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsDETROIT (AP) — Lee Iacocca, the auto executive and master pitchman who put the Mustang in Ford’s lineup in the 1960s and became a corporate folk hero when he resurrected Chrysler 20 years later, has died in Bel Air, California. He was 94.Two former Chrysler executives who worked with him, Bud Liebler, the company’s former spokesman, and Bob Lutz, formerly its head of product development, said they were told of the death Tuesday by a close associate of Iacocca’s family.In his 32-year career at Ford and then Chrysler, Iacocca helped launch some of Detroit’s best-selling and most significant vehicles, including the minivan, the Chrysler K-cars and the Mustang. He also spoke out against what he considered unfair trade practices by Japanese automakers.The son of Italian immigrants, Iacocca reached a level of celebrity matched by few auto moguls. During the peak of his popularity in the ’80s, he was famous for his TV ads and catchy tagline: “If you can find a better car, buy it!” He wrote two best-selling books and was courted as a presidential candidate.But he will be best remembered as the blunt-talking, cigar-chomping Chrysler chief who helped engineer a great corporate turnaround.Liebler, who worked for Iacocca for a decade, said Iacocca had a larger-than-life presence that commanded attention. “He sucked the air out of the room whenever he walked into it,” Liebler said. “He always had something to say. He was a leader.”In recent years Iacocca was battling Parkinson’s Disease, but Liebler was not sure what caused his death.He remembers that Iacocca could condemn employees if they did something he didn’t like, but a few minutes later it would be like nothing had happened.“He used to beat me up, sometimes in public,” Liebler remembered. When people asked how he could put up with that, Liebler would answer: “He’ll get over it.”In 1979, Chrysler was floundering in $5 billion of debt. It had a bloated manufacturing system that was turning out gas-guzzlers that the public didn’t want.When the banks turned him down, Iacocca and the United Auto Workers union helped persuade the government to approve $1.5 billion in loan guarantees that kept the No. 3 domestic automaker afloat.Liebler said Iacocca is the last of an era of brash, charismatic executives who could produce results. “Lee made money. He went to Washington and made all these crazy promises, then he delivered on them,” Liebler said.Iacocca wrung wage concessions from the union, closed or consolidated 20 plants, laid off thousands of workers and introduced new cars. In TV commercials, he admitted Chrysler’s mistakes but insisted the company had changed.The strategy worked. The bland, basic Dodge Aries and Plymouth Reliant were affordable, fuel-efficient and had room for six. In 1981, they captured 20% of the market for compact cars. In 1983, Chrysler paid back its government loans, with interest, seven years early.The following year, Iacocca introduced the minivan and created a new market.The turnaround and Iacocca’s bravado made him a media star. His “Iacocca: An Autobiography,” released in 1984, and his “Talking Straight,” released in 1988, were best-sellers. He even appeared on “Miami Vice.”A January 1987 Gallup Poll of potential Democratic presidential candidates for 1988 showed Iacocca was preferred by 14%, second only to Colorado Sen. Gary Hart. He continually said no to “draft Iacocca” talk.Also during that time, he headed the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, presiding over the renovation of the statue, completed in 1986, and the reopening of nearby Ellis Island as a museum of immigration in 1990.But in the years before his retirement in 1992, Chrysler’s earnings and Iacocca’s reputation faltered. Following the lead of Ford and General Motors, he undertook a risky diversification into the defense and aviation industries, but it failed to help the bottom line.Still, he could take credit for such decisions as the 1987 purchase of American Motors Corp. Although the $1.5 billion acquisition was criticized at the time, AMC’s Jeep brand has become a gold mine for now Fiat Chrysler Automobiles as demand for SUVs surged.Iacocca was born Lido Anthony Iacocca in 1924 in Allentown, Pennsylvania. His father, Nicola, became rich in real estate and other businesses, but the family lost nearly everything in the Depression.After earning a master’s degree in mechanical engineering at Princeton University, Iacocca began his career as an engineering trainee with Ford in 1946. But the extrovert quickly became bored and took the unconventional step of switching to sales.He said a turning point in his career came in 1956, when he was assistant sales manager of the Philadelphia district office ranked last in Ford sales nationwide. Iacocca’s devised a financing plan called “56 for 56,” under which customers could buy a 1956 Ford for 20% down and payments of $56 a month for three years. The district’s sales shot to the top, and Iacocca was quickly promoted to a national marketing job at company headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan.By 1960, at age 36, Iacocca was vice president and general manager of the Ford division.“We were young and cocky,” he recalled in his autobiography. “We saw ourselves as artists, about to produce the finest masterpieces the world had ever seen.”Iacocca’s first burst of fame came with the debut of the Mustang in 1964. He had convinced his superiors that Ford needed the affordable, stylish coupe to take advantage of the growing youth market.He broke from tradition by launching the car in April rather than the fall. Ford invited reporters to a 70-car Mustang rally from New York to Dearborn, which generated huge publicity. The car made the covers of Time and Newsweek the same week.In 1970, Iacocca was named Ford president and immediately undertook a restructuring to cut costs as the company struggled with foreign competition and rising gas prices. Iacocca’s relationship with Chairman Henry Ford II became strained, and in 1978, Ford fired Iacocca. Henry Ford II later described Iacocca as “an extremely intelligent product man, a super salesman” who was “too conceited, too self-centered to be able to see the broad picture,” according to interview transcripts published by The Detroit News.Iacocca got the last laugh. He was strongly courted by Chrysler, and he helped cement its turnaround in the 1980s by introducing the wildly successful Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager minivans.In July 2005, Iacocca returned to the airwaves as Chrysler’s pitchman, including a memorable ad in which he played golf with rapper Snoop Dogg.Chrysler wasn’t faring well. In his 2007 book “Where Have All the Leaders Gone?” Iacocca criticized Chrysler’s 1998 sale to the Germany’s Daimler AG, which gutted much of Chrysler to cut costs.As the recession began, sales worsened, and soon Chrysler was asking for a second government bailout. In April 2009, it filed for bankruptcy protection.“It pains me to see my old company, which has meant so much to America, on the ropes,” Iacocca said.Chrysler emerged from bankruptcy protection under the control of Italian automaker Fiat. In a 2009 interview with The Associated Press, he urged Chrysler executives to “take care of our customers. That’s the only solid thing you have.”Iacocca was also active in later years in raising money to fight diabetes. His first wife, Mary, died of complications of the disease in 1983 after 27 years of marriage. The couple had two daughters, Kathryn and Lia.Iacocca remarried twice, but both marriages ended in divorce AP Categories: Entertainment, Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Lee Iacocca, engineer of Chrysler’s turnaround, dies at 94 July 3, 2019 Posted: July 3, 2019 AP, last_img read more

UPDATE Defense Logistics Agency Rescinds Notice on Soy Products in Military Dining

first_imgThe Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has rescinded its earlier notice that would have required food manufacturers to disclose prohibited ingredients by Sept. 30, so that those products could be removed from meals served in dining facilities or onboard a ship. Included on the list of prohibited ingredients was Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), Isolated Soybean Protein (ISP), Soy Protein Concentrate (SPC), and Vegetable Protein Product (VPP).The American Soybean Association (ASA) has been actively working this issue, by engaging Members of Congress, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Defense (DoD). In a conference call with representatives of all branches of the military, the DLA notified ASA that the notice would be rescinded. That notice was sent to the food companies that supply the military on Thursday afternoon.Joining ASA on that call were three groups that support and promote the soyfoods industry: the Soyfoods Association of North America, the Soy Nutrition Institute, and the Soyfoods Council. The DoD representatives announced that a Request for Information (RFI) would soon be made available to the public, and stakeholder groups will be able to provide nutritional information and feedback through a public process.ASA will continue to work with our soy partners and the rest of the food industry to inform the DoD through this process about both the nutritional value of soy and soy’s functional importance in a wide range of food products.last_img read more

Library turns new page on used books

first_imgWith more than a half century of service, the Friends of Vancouver Community Library keep stepping up their efforts.Their weekend book sale at the downtown branch raised more than $10,000 for the library and news of what will come in 2011 might please hundreds of readers.“We’re in our 51st year,” said volunteer Maureena Cravens. “We’re the oldest Friends group going.” When the new library opens in July in downtown Vancouver, Cravens said the Friends will open a used book kiosk in the sleek building. She said it will be open during many of the library’s hours.On Sunday, many of the 2,500 used books offered had been sold. Prices ranged from $35 for an early Ayn Rand work, to as little as 50 cents. All the volumes were donated by Clark County residents.Cravens said two brothers were ecstatic to find Harry Potter at the sale. The 12-year-old scored all seven of the books for $17.50. The 10-year-old was happy to get five posters for a buck apiece.Carrie Ross and her family were ready to spend.“There really isn’t a limit on our budget on books,” Carrie said. “Mostly I look for mysteries, older ones, Alfred Hitchcock, Perry Mason.” She found a “Friends” 10-year anniversary book for her 28-year-old daughter, Jamie Hurtado. Don’t tell, it’s a Christmas present.last_img read more

Monday A holiday for some

first_imgIf you work for the government, for a bank or financial institution, you probably have the day off work on Monday.The timing of Christmas makes Monday a legal holiday for thousands, which in turn should make commuting light.So far this morning, webcams throughout the area showed that prediction to be holding true.Here’s a list of closures today:MAIL: Post offices closed. No home delivery. The postal unit inside the Shell gas station at Fisher’s Landing, 16320 S.E. Cascade Park Drive, is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.GARBAGE: Trash and recyclables collection is on a regular schedule in Vancouver and most of Clark County today. In Camas, Monday’s trash and recyclables will be picked up Tuesday.GOVERNMENT: City, county and state offices closed.ANIMAL SHELTER: Humane Society for Southwest Washington shelter open.LIBRARIES: Fort Vancouver Regional Library locations open regular Monday hours. The Camas Public Library is closed through Jan. 2; it will reopen at 10 a.m. Jan. 3.BUSES: C-Tran follows reduced schedule Monday. TriMet follows Sunday schedule Monday.PARKING: Meters in downtown Vancouver free Monday.DRIVER’S LICENSING: Offices closed.VEHICLE LICENSING: Offices closed.VEHICLE EMISSIONS: Closed.CLARK PUBLIC UTILITIES: Offices open. For 24-hour customer service, call 360-992-3000. For outages or emergencies, call 360-992-8000.LIQUOR STORES: Most state-operated stores open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.ZOO: Oregon Zoo open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.FINANCIAL MARKETS: New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq and other markets closed.MARSHALL COMMUNITY CENTER: Open regular hours.FIRSTENBURG COMMUNITY CENTER: Open regular hours.WESTFIELD VANCOUVER MALL: Open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nordstrom open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sears open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; J.C. Penney open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.THE COLUMBIAN: Offices open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.last_img read more

Bike race closes downtown streets

first_imgBetween 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday, several streets in downtown Vancouver will be closed to motor vehicles for the Vancouver Courthouse Criterum bike races.Local businesses and residents will have access, but should expect delays. Intersections will be monitored by volunteers.Here are the east-west closures: West 13th Street from 100 yards west of Franklin Street to Daniels Street; West 12th Street between Franklin and Washington streets; West 11th Street between Franklin and Washington streets.The north-south closures are: Franklin Street between West 11th and Mill Plain; Esther Street between Evergreen Boulevard and West 13th Street; Davis Street between Evergreen Boulevard and West 13th Street.; Columbia Street between Evergreen Boulevard and West 13th Street.Also, there will be turn restrictions for cars at these intersections: from Evergreen to Columbia, and from Mill Plain to Franklin.People traveling to Esther Short Park from the north should use Washington Street or Kauffman/Jefferson streets.Spectators are welcome at any point on the course. The bike races follow a figure-eight course of downtown streets and feature a variety of divisions. The start/finish line is at 12th and Daniels streets. The final race, featuring the most experienced men riders, is scheduled to start at 5:20 p.m. and last for an hour. The race for top-level women is set for 3:45 p.m. and runs for 40 minutes.last_img read more

Christmas Tree hunters spirit not dampened

first_imgWhat: The Tree Wisemans.When: Tree sales go on until Christmas Eve.Where: 26500 N.E. 53rd Ave., RidgefieldTelephone: 360-887-4582.Website: By the foot, but most trees are $27 and up.RIDGEFIELD — Sunday was Christmas tree day for the Burrows family of Lake Shore, and they headed to The Tree Wisemans farm.“We’ve been coming here six or seven years,” Doug Burrows said.“We have friends who live up the road from here,” added his wife, Sara. Daughters Sadie, 8, and Kellie, 7, joined in the hunt for the perfect tree.Sounding like many a-father over the years, Doug announced, “Sara, this one has too big a base.”So, making haste in driving rain, Sara found a beauty and told Doug to get at it with a saw.Their nearly 7-foot grand fir was $28.50 and they put all the decorations on Sunday night.“It looks beautiful,” Sara said at 6:10 p.m. She said the girls made some of the ornaments at Lake Shore Elementary School. “And my oldest daughter (Sadie) got to put the angel on the top of the tree.”Elsewhere on the tree farm, William Nahorn and his family picked a big beauty and paid the price to bring her down.Nahorn said it took about 40 minutes to fell the 8-foot tree.“The base that we cut was about nine inches across,” he said. “Teamwork is the only way we got that thing down. Four of us were sawing at it. It was exhausting. We got snacks right after we left.”They paid $55 for the noble fir.Two questions, William. Did it fit in the house, and did it fit in the tree stand?“It does, barely,” he said of fitting it into the home. As for its stability, at 6 p.m., he said, “It’s kind of wobbly.”Bruce and Nicki Wiseman have perhaps 40,000 trees on 25 acres of their 55-acre farm. They started selling trees the day after Thanksgiving and will continue through Christmas Eve. Their property stretches to the East Fork of the Lewis River.last_img read more

Off Beat Clark Countys moon tree still branching out

first_imgIf you haven’t been keeping tabs on our moon tree — “What? We have a moon tree?” — be assured that it’s doing fine.That unexpected update came from Lt. Gov. Brad Owen during the recent Marshall Lecture at Hudson’s Bay High School. During his turn at the microphone, Owens offered a nod to the role Clark County students played in a little-known aspect of NASA’s Apollo 14 mission.Students from Evergreen, Camas and La Center planted Washington’s moon tree in 1976 in Olympia, as part of our celebration of America’s Bicentennial.The tree “still stands at the main entrance to the Capitol campus,” Owen said.The Democrat lieutenant governor also provided some much-needed background.Astronaut Stuart Roosa had been a smoke jumper, so when he was allowed to take some personal keepsakes on his Apollo mission in 1971, he brought a metal cylinder filled with about 400 tree seeds. His bit of whimsy became a joint NASA-Forest Service science experiment.While Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell walked on the moon, Roosa piloted the command module. Roosa and his seed-filled cylinder orbited the moon 34 times.last_img read more

Winterhawks win WHL championship

first_imgThe Winterhawks’ Ty Rattie scored three goals in Sunday’s Western Hockey League championship clinching game Sunday at Edmonton. The Portland Winterhawks can finally celebrate a Western Hockey League championship.Ty Rattie scored two short-handed goals in the first period and finished with three goals as the visiting Winterhawks beat the Edmonton Oil Kings 5-1 on Sunday to win the title.“We’ve got a real special group,” acting Winterhawks coach Travis Green said. “They stay with it, they don’t get away from their game. I’m real proud of them.”By winning the best-of-7 series 4-2, the Winterhawks gained a measure of revenge on an Edmonton team that a season ago beat Portland in a seven-game league championship series. Along with the Ed Chynoweth Trophy, the Winterhawks earn a berth in the Memorial Cup.That four-team tournament for supremacy in North American major junior hockey begins next Friday at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Portland’s first game in the round-robin phase of the tournament is on May 18.Portland’s previous WHL championships were in 1982 and 1998. This was the Winterhawks’ 11th championship series appearance — and third in a row.Fresh off Friday’s overtime win in Portland to extend the series, the Oil Kings scored first on Sunday when a pass by Edmonton’s Travis Ewanyk deflected into the net off of Portland defenseman Derrick Pouliot just 1:04 into the game.last_img read more

Judge bars most motive evidence in Fort Hood trial

first_imgFORT HOOD, Texas — The judge overseeing the Fort Hood shooting trial blocked prosecutors on Monday from using several witnesses and most evidence they had sought to explain the alleged motive behind the 2009 attack.Prosecutors had asked the military judge to approve evidence and several witnesses to explain the mindset of Maj. Nidal Hasan, who is accused of killing 13 people and wounding more than 30 others at the Texas military base in November 2009. But the judge, Col. Tara Osborn, blocked nearly all of it.Osborn told prosecutors that they couldn’t reference Hasan Akbar, a Muslim soldier sentenced to death for attacking fellow soldiers in Kuwait during the 2003 Iraq invasion. Prosecutors wanted to suggest a copycat motive was behind the shooting rampage at Fort Hood.The judge said Akbar wasn’t on trial and introducing such material would “only open the door to a mini trial.” She said it would result in a “confusion of issues, unfair prejudice, waste of time and undo delay.”Prosecutors also were barred from introducing three emails. They hadn’t disclosed details about which emails, but the FBI has said Hasan sent numerous emails starting in December 2008 to Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical U.S.-born Islamic cleric killed by a drone strike in Yemen in 2011.last_img read more

Vancouver garbage rates wont go up in 2014

first_imgResidential rates for garbage, recycling and yard debris collection will not increase for Vancouver city residents in 2014.Instead of asking residents to pay about 30 cents a month more, the city will offset a 1.5 percent rate increase by decreasing the amount of money it makes provider Waste Connections pay in solid waste franchise fees. The city has a sufficient solid waste fund balance to let Waste Connections pay $230,000 less next year, Brian Carlson, director of the city’s public works department, told the city council on Monday.According to a memo from Carlson to City Manager Eric Holmes, the contract with Waste Connections authorizes rate adjustments based “on changing operating conditions including: an inflation adjustment factor tied to the (Consumer Price Index) and fuel costs, disposal tip fees, the number of customers served and fees paid to the city to support solid waste related programs.”The typical residential customer with weekly 32-gallon garbage cart service and every-other-week recycling pays $19.02 a month, Carlson wrote. A rate increase would have meant a monthly bill of $19.30, while monthly yard debris rates would have gone up from $6.90 to $7.Self-haul customers will see an increase, Carlson wrote, from $84.28 to $85.61 per ton, while drop box and compactor customers will pay $75.81 per ton, up from $74.62.While the city council sets rates for garbage, recycling and yard debris collection services, rates for residents in unincorporated areas are set by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, said Anita Largent with the county’s environmental services department. She said the county hasn’t heard yet if there will be an increase.last_img read more

2 killed 1 hospitalized after car hits tree in Plantation

first_imgPLANTATION, FLA. (WSVN) – Two people were killed and another was taken to the hospital after, investigators said, a car crashed into a tree in Plantation, early Sunday morning.Police responded to the scene along West Broward Boulevard, at around 5 a.m.Two of the victims were pronounced dead at the scene, and a third was taken to the hospital. There is no word on their condition.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more