first_imgSEATTLE — Helping Democrat Jay Inslee defeat Republican Rob McKenna in the gubernatorial race is a higher priority for the statewide teachers’ union this year than whether voters approve public charter schools.“I think it’s pretty clear that we have a real priority in making sure that we get someone elected as governor who will put kids first,” said Mary Lindquist, president of the Washington Education Association.The political action committee for the Washington Education Association is one of the top contributors to a group called OUR Washington, which is behind the pro-Inslee TV ad series purporting to show “The Real Rob McKenna.”The WEA PAC has contributed $500,000 of the $5 million raised as of this week for that effort, while the National Education Association has put in another $500,000, according to reports filed with the state Public Disclosure Commission. The political action committee gets its cash from donations by teachers, about a third of whom support the political activities of their union.That makes the state and national teachers’ unions the biggest supporters of those ads after the Democratic Governors Association.Lindquist said the WEA focused its money on the governor’s race — as well as keeping lawmakers in office who understand the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on school spending — because it believes the main problem facing Washington schools is a lack of a reliable funding source.last_img read more

first_img“Rose Petal” by second-grader Elizabeth Z. is in the third annual “Focus on the Future” student art show at Alcove Art Gallery. See more images of students’ art at columbian.com/photos/galleries. Alcove Art Gallery“Focus on the Future” student art show10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday through Jan. 26.328 Pioneer St., Ridgefield360-727-3088alcoveartgallery.comNorth Bank Artists Gallery“Clark County and Beyond” art teacher and student show11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through Jan. 26.1005 Main St.360-693-1840northbankartistsgallery.comSWIFT Gallery“Candid Creatures: A Closer Look at Animals” Battle Ground High School student digital photography exhibitArtists’ Reception 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 11Exhibit dates: Call library for available hours, through Feb. 28; closed Sundays.Battle Ground Community Library, 1207 S.E. Eighth Way, Battle Ground360-687-2322fvrl.org/aboutus/battleground_main.htm.Vancouver Food Co-op“Fort Vancouver High School Graphic Design Show”11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat. through Jan. 31.1002 Main St.360-694-8094A menagerie including a tiger, a horse and a nervous dog appears in a digital photography exhibit by Battle Ground High School students at Battle Ground Community Library’s SWIFT Gallery. It’s one of four student art shows that opened Friday, from Battle Ground to Ridgefield to Vancouver.County and beyondAt North Bank Artists Gallery in downtown Vancouver, the “Clark County and Beyond” art teacher and student show features more than 50 pieces from artists grades 6 to 12.In its second year, the show added work by art teachers from Clark County schools. Participating high schools are Camas, Columbia River, Evergreen, Heritage, Hockinson, Hudson’s Bay, Mountain View, Vancouver School of Arts and Academics and Woodland. Middle schools participating are Alki, Discovery and the Gardner School. The teachers served as curators and winnowed the entries for the exhibit.“We want to provide a professional outlet for student artists,” said Rachel Aponte, North Bank member artist and part of the gallery’s education committee. “Their art must be titled, priced and ready to hang.”The exhibit, with media including painting, pencil, photography and sculpture, runs through Jan. 26.Graphic design showJust across the street, the Vancouver Food Co-op is hosting the “Fort Vancouver High School Graphic Design Show” through Jan. 31. First-year students in Emily McGowan’s graphic design course at Fort Vancouver studied the work of modern artist and graphic designer Rex Ray, then created multi-layered, original works featuring repeated patterns and custom textures using computer software programs Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.last_img read more

first_imgWhere: 1554 N.E. Third Ave., Camas.Telephone: 360-833-8835, ext. 201On the Web:CID Bio-ScienceWhen a derelict building on the eastern edge of Camas showed fresh signs of life, neighbors stopped by to thank the new owners for restoring it.Over its lifetime, the historic structure on Third Avenue served many purposes. In its original incarnation, as American Legion Hall Post No. 27, it was a gathering place for those returned from war and service. Later, it was a roller rink and then a neon sign company. But more recently, it sat vacant and forlorn.CID Bio-Science bought the building in 2011, renovated it and moved in December 2012.“For years, neighbors saw the building in its rundown state,” said Suzy Truitt of CID Bio-Science. “We’ve brought it back to its original glory.”Leonard Felix, owner and president of CID Bio-Science, envisioned moving his business to its own building in Camas.“When Leonard walked into this building, he fell in love with the bones,” Truitt said. “Even though from the outside, the building was in bad shape, the bones were in fabulous shape.”Now restored, the building recently was listed on the Clark County Heritage Register. The nomination form describes it as a rustic Arts and Crafts structure designed in 1933 by notable architect Day Walter Hilborn. Construction of the 10,630-square-foot building was completed in 1935. Characteristic of Depression-era buildings, it’s utilitarian and lacks ornamentation.last_img read more

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon State Police say a trooper has been wounded during a traffic stop on Interstate 84 east of The Dalles.The agency has not described the extent of the injury. A spokesman says the suspect involved in the shooting died Thursday afternoon.More officers were headed to the scene.The state Department of Transportation says the freeway is closed in both directions between Biggs Junction and Rufus and is expected to remain that way all afternoon.The stretch of I-84 between milepost 105 and 109 is expected to remain closed for 5 or 6 hours, said Trooper Will Finn, spokesman for the Washington State Patrol. Motorists will be diverted to Highway 14 via Highway 97 and 197, which may result in heavy traffic on the Washington side of the river until 10 p.m. this evening, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.last_img read more

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Federal wildlife officials on Friday proposed to list as threatened populations of greater sage grouse in Nevada and California in an effort to save the struggling species, a decision that promises to pose new challenges for ranching and energy development in the West.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service found that invasive species and energy development in the desert have had a devastating effect on the large, ground-dwelling bird’s populations, said Ted Koch, Nevada state supervisor for the service.“It’s not the 11th hour for sage grouse here, but it is maybe the 10th hour,” Koch said. “And that’s good news. It means we have some time and space to turn things around.”The service found multiple threats facing this specific sub-population of the sage grouse, a chicken-size bird whose males have a large white tuft of feathers around their necks.The service estimates there are only about 5,000 of the birds left.Non-native pinyon pine and juniper trees introduced to the habitat and power lines have given low-to-the-ground perches for raptors, which eat the grouse, Koch said.last_img read more

first_imgCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA has ordered up a series of urgent spacewalks to fix a broken cooling line at the International Space Station.Station managers decided Tuesday to send two American astronauts out as soon as possible to replace a pump with a bad valve. It’s a major job that will require three spacewalks — Saturday, Monday and next Wednesday on Christmas Day.“The next week will be busy with space walks so not much tweeting from here,” NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio tweeted from space soon after the decision was announced.The spacewalks are taking priority over the launch of a supply ship from Virginia. The commercial delivery had been scheduled for this week, but is now delayed until at least mid-January.Half of the station’s cooling system shut down last Wednesday, forcing the six-man crew to turn off all nonessential equipment, including some science experiments. Because of the valve failure, one of the two cooling lines became too cold.The space station cooling system, which runs ammonia through the lines, is critical for dispelling heat generated by on-board equipment.While the astronauts are safe and comfortable, NASA wants the system back up to full strength, in case of another failure that could leave the orbiting outpost even more vulnerable than it is right now.last_img read more

first_imgA huge wildfire in a forest region east of Sacramento expanded by 3,000 acres, fire officials reported Saturday.State fire agency Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service, which are jointly managing firefighting efforts in the area, said that nearly 5,000 firefighters continued battling the 80,000-acre King fire, which is believed to have been set intentionally.Nearly 3,000 people had been evacuated from the area, and 21,000 structures remain threatened by the week-old blaze, which was 10 percent contained as of Saturday afternoon.“This fire is a monster,” Cal Fire spokeswoman Lynne Tolmachoff said Saturday.The King fire started Sept. 13, grew for several days, and then exploded in a matter of hours Wednesday night from 27,930 acres to 71,000 acres.Warm temperatures, low humidity and forests full of extremely dry trees — the result of serious drought conditions — all contributed to the fire’s severity, Tolmachoff said.On Saturday, ground crews worked to strengthen containment lines to limit further spread of the flames. Teams fanned out to assess damage to structures.Cal Fire and U.S. Forest Service crews also split the fire into two management zones, in an effort to improve logistics and reduce travel time for fire crews to reach their assignments.last_img read more

first_img RelatedPosts Amax reports significant 2019 losses after Greek Mythology write-off Hong Kong airport shut down as analysts warn protests having negative impact on Macau GGR In an emailed statement issued on Friday, Aruze Gaming representatives said that Okada was “pleased to announce that Hong Kong’s ICAC has released him from bail unconditionally this afternoon,” adding “he no longer needs to report to the ICAC and his bail money was returned to him unconditionally.”His Hong Kong arrest last year followed an original complaint by Universal subsidiary Tiger Resort Asia Ltd (TRA) accusing its founder of conspiracy to defraud Okada Holdings – the majority shareholder in Universal – of HK$135 million in 2015. Okada is alleged to have arranged a loan of HK$135 million from TRA to Goldluck Tech Limited to pay for artworks without requesting any collateral and without imposing any interest.TRA also filed a damages suit against Okada with Hong Kong’s high court in late 2017 relating to the loan as well as a second case in May 2015 in which Okada is alleged to have issued a bearer check in the amount of HK$16 million from a bank account under the name of TRA before withdrawing the HK$16 million from TRA’s account three days later based on the check.Okada was kicked off the Universal and TRA boards in June 2017.Okada’s release from bail follows the recent backing by the Philippine Department of Justice (DOJ) of a decision by the City Prosecutor’s Office of Parañaque to dismiss estafa charges against him in relation to the supply of LED strips for the exterior façade of Okada Manila in 2016.However, the DOJ has also recommended charges be filed against Okada for allegations of fraud during his tenure as Chairman of Okada Manila operator Tiger Resort Leisure and Entertainment, Inc, which is a subsidiary of TRA. Controversial gaming mogul Kazuo Okada has been granted an unconditional release from bail conditions previously imposed on him by Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), according to a statement from Aruze Gaming.Okada was arrested in Hong Kong in August 2018 in relation to fraud and corruption charges leveled by his former company, Universal Entertainment Corp, before being released on bail. Load More Greek Mythology write-off sees Amax International issue FY19 profit warning on widened losseslast_img read more

first_imgAutumn Statement 2016: Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced in his Autumn Statement speech that fuel duty will be frozen at 57.95p litre for the seventh consecutive year from April 2017.The continued freeze is estimated to save the average car driver £130 a year and van drivers £350 a year. This is the longest fuel duty freeze in 40 years.Rupert Pontin, director of valuations at Glass, said: “For the motorist using their car today, the fuel duty freeze is good news. For people whose personal budgets are under some pressure, these measures are worthwhile if unspectacular.”Charlie Elphicke, member of Parliament for Dover and chair of APPG for Fair Fuel, added: “I’m delighted the Chancellor listened to the concerns of drivers and FairFuelUK supporters up and down the land. He is absolutely right to put more money in the pockets of hard-pressed families and small businesses.”last_img read more

first_imgMedia strategy organisation Total Media has been accredited as a living wage employer by the Living Wage Foundation.The organisation has committed to paying its 129 permanent employees, as well as any third-party contractors, at least the voluntary living wage rate of £8.75 an hour for staff working in the UK and £10.20 an hour for employees based in London.Total Media will implement the living wage rates from 17 February 2018.The living wage is an independently set hourly rate of pay that is calculated according to the basic costs of living. Employers pay the living wage rate, which is updated annually, on a voluntary basis. The living wage is currently set at £8.75 an hour for employees working across the UK and at £10.20 an hour for staff based in London. The higher London living wage reflects the increased living costs associated with residing in the capital.The voluntary living wage is distinct from the statutory national living wage, which is paid to employees aged 25 and over. The national living wage rate is currently set at £7.50 an hour.Vicky Cooper (pictured), head of people and culture at Total Media, said: “A business is only as good as its talent, and we strive to ensure our employees are valued and their wellbeing is a key priority of our business. In a competitive market, we know we can offer employees a fantastic experience and our voluntary commitment to the living wage reflects this.”last_img read more

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – New surveillance video has been released that captures a burglar targeting a Southwest Miami-Dade restaurant.According to officials, the back door of Chuck Wagon was found open and the cash register was missing on April 20 at around 3:30 a.m.Miami-Dade Police said the burglar took off with the cash near Southwest 112th Street and 137th Avenue.If you have any information on this burglary or recognize the man in the video, 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

first_imgNORTHEAST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police said an endangered adult who had gone missing in Northwest Miami-Dade, Sunday night, has been safely recovered.According to Miami-Dade Police, 57-year-old Hugo Valencia had been last seen on Sunday, near the 700 Block of Northwest 102nd Street. He was seen wearing a blue shirt and beige pants.Police said Valencia, who stands 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighs 170 pounds and has brown eyes and black hair, had left his residence on foot and did not contact any family members while he was gone.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgHAULOVER BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A passing boater came to the aid of a person after, officials said, their boat capsized and went underwater near Haulover Beach, Sunday.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue shared video of the vessel, which overturned off Collins Avenue and 108th Street, just after 3:30 p.m.Officials said TowBoatU.S. requested an MDFR fire boat to search for a possible person in the water. Divers searched the waters for the submerged boat and any potential passengers.By that time, however, the good Samaritan had already picked up the one person on board and brought them back to shore.There is no word as to what caused the boat to sink.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgPEMBROKE PARK, Fla. (WSVN) – A gas line ruptured, Thursday morning, in Pembroke Park.Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue units, including hazmat, were on the scene near the 3100 block of West Hallandale Beach Boulevard.The gas line ruptured shortly after 10:20 a.m. and, according to BSO Fire Rescue, it was capped. about 30 minutes from when the units arrived.An eastbound lane in the area was shut down while crews were on the scene, but it has since reopened.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgOPA-LOCKA, FLA. (WSVN) – Fire rescue crews extinguished a large junkyard fire, Thursday, in Opa-locka.7SkyForce HD was first over the scene at Mega Used Auto Parts, where the fire began burning. An explosion also occurred as crews were working to try and extinguish the fire.Miami-Dade and Hialeah Fire crews worked for hours to put out the blaze.No injuries were reported.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgDORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – Several South Florida fire departments kicked off the Fill the Boot drive in Doral, Thursday.The drive is a Muscular Dystrophy Association event that helps kids and adults suffering from muscle-debilitating diseases.Firefighters will be at intersections across South Florida all weekend to collect money for the drive.To date, more than $630 million has been raised for local families.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgNORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a gunman after a shooting sent a man to the hospital.North Miami Police were called to the scene near Northwest 129th Street and 12th Avenue, just after 9 p.m., Tuesday.Police are calling this incident a drive-by shooting.The victim, who is described as a man in his mid 20s, was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital.If you have any information on this shooting, 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

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Florida Power and Light crews are currently working to fix downed power lines in Fort Lauderdale.The outage was reported at around 8:45 p.m. on Sunday night, in the area of Sunrise Boulevard and Northeast 20th Avenue.Police and fire rescue responded to the scene, securing the intersection as FPL crews worked to restore power to those affected.Early Monday morning, FPL crews could be seen continuing to work on the lines.Drivers and pedestrians are advised to avoid the area.The cause of the damaged power lines was not released.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgThe investigation found that the agency is swamped with applications and has failed to meet state and federal mandates for processing them in a timely manner. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Ombudsman led an investigation into the Alaska Division of Public Assistance following a steady flow of complaints regarding delays in processed applications and payments of assistance benefits. Currently the legislature is faced with two different versions of the state operating budget from the House and Senate. The House’s version would fund 41 temporary workers at the Division of Public Assistance, while the Senate’s budget does not include any funding for the positions. Governor Bill Walker has requested the Legislature approve the funding for the additional positions.center_img One of the most crucial recommendations in state Ombudsman Kate Burkhart’s report of the investigation is to add personnel to deal with the communication problems and a backlog of roughly 20,000 applications. Since January 2016, the Alaska State Ombudsman has received a steady flow of complaints about delays in processing applications for and payment of public assistance benefits, as well as complaints about the lack of a meaningful way to contact or receive a response from the Division of Public Assistance (DPA) about the status of applications.last_img read more

first_imgThe cause of the Halibut Cove outage was due to a tree on the power line which dislodged the pole due to the continued flooding in the area. HEA crews were not able to access this area via helicopter on Sunday due to the complicated terrain. Restoration updates will be posted on HEA’s Facebook page as current information becomes available. Operation crews are in the process of gathering equipment, and began working to restore power in small sections at a time.center_img At 3:48pm, last night, HEA updated the status on the outage saying it will continue through tonight (Monday) and possibly into tomorrow, Tuesday, July 10. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享135 members in the Halibut Cove area have been without power since Sunday, July 8, according to Homer Electric Association.last_img read more