Pedestrian killed on Hwy 14 near Evergreen Boulevard

first_imgA 36-year-old man was killed Friday afternoon when he reportedly jumped or walked in front of a truck and was hit on state Highway 14 westbound, just west of the off-ramp to Evergreen Boulevard.Lemuel Gibson III of Portland was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a bulletin from the Washington State Patrol.Shortly after 4 p.m., the bulletin said, Gibson had been walking east, toward oncoming traffic, on the north shoulder when he moved in front of a westbound 2007 Freightliner box truck driven by Dan R. Pierce, 41, of Portland.Pierce stopped after hitting Gibson, as required by law, and was not reported injured, the bulletin said.A witness, Bill Glaser of Ridgefield, said he saw the man dive onto Highway 14 from the ledge at the foot of Andresen Road.Glaser said he’d been driving his mail-delivery truck on Andresen near Southeast Highland Drive and St. Joseph Catholic Church when he first saw the man walking downhill.“He stepped out in front of my truck, and I almost hit him,” Glaser said. “I yelled, ‘Dude, what are you doing? Are you trying to get run over?’“I looked him in the eye and it was just like he didn’t hear anything I was hollering,” Glaser added. “He wasn’t there.”last_img read more

Weather Eye Quick switch to summer swelter could come about July 5

first_imgI went down to Long Beach for the weekend, and Friday evening there was cool, cloudy and damp. Damp as in raining. I mean, there were mud puddles even.In contrast, Vancouver was warm and humid, but dry.The drizzle began to wane by midmorning Saturday, and the skies had lifted and the rain had stopped at midafternoon. I guess this was about the time the light rain began in the Vancouver area.So nice to share the wealth, isn’t it? With today being the first day of July, it appears a trough of low pressure will dominate our weather scene until after the Fourth. Then when July 5 dawns, a massive ridge of high pressure — currently over the desert southwest — is forecast to slowly move northwestward. This means that summer could really start.If this all pans out, this time next week we could be sweltering, with temperatures in the 80s and 90s. Yes, indeed, our switch to summer mode usually happens quickly.I had email last week from Amboy resident Ken McGoffin about my recent statement that summer usually begins on July 5: “Gotta disagree. … Summer here starts on July 13 and ends on Aug. 21. Like it or not, we have to endure 40 days and 40 nights of reasonably dry, warm weather. Must be something Biblical about the area! I downloaded local archived weather data and used Mathcad to analyze and plot it. That’s the ‘guaranteed’ dry stretch — sort of — summer here is more about dry than warm! Yeah, I’ll grant a week more on each end, maybe. But that’s it around here.”Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://weathersystems.com.last_img read more

Isolation rooms used in Clark County schools

first_imgWhile school officials have removed a controversial isolation booth at an elementary school in Longview, Clark County school representatives say a number of local schools have similar spaces to restrict and calm aggressive behavior in students with special needs who may be a danger to themselves or others.Although Clark County districts have various names for the spaces — resolution rooms, quiet rooms, calming rooms, safety rooms and even seclusion intervention spaces — all districts reported that the rooms are used as a last resort and never are used for discipline.“Sometimes, students have difficulty controlling themselves,” said Denny Waters, director of special education for Battle Ground Public Schools. “Students can lose it. They punch, kick, scream, yell. Using the room is a way to help the student calm down and to get control of their emotions.”Tight regulationsAll special education students must have an Individualized Education Program, or IEP, but only some IEPs include an aversion therapy plan that involves the possible use of a calming room. State regulations require schools to follow strict guidelines in using these spaces. Parents have signed off on the plan in advance, and they must be notified if their child is placed in a room. The staff must be thoroughly trained, and a student in a calming room must be supervised by an adult at all times.Longview School District suspended the use of a padded isolation booth last month at Mint Valley Elementary after a photo of the closet-sized space was posted on Facebook, raising concerns it was being used for punishment.last_img read more

Prince Harry salutes war dead at Arlington

first_img WASHINGTON — Britain’s Prince Harry saluted America’s war dead in somber remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday, pausing, too, to place flowers on the tombstone of John F. Kennedy and visit the grave of a British World War II hero buried far from home.There were none of the shrieking throngs that greeted his arrival Thursday on Capitol Hill at the opening of his weeklong U.S. visit, only solemn reflection at gravesites and time-honored ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns.Harry, a British Army captain who has served twice in Afghanistan, laid a wreath at the grave of another veteran of that war, Army soldier Michael L. Stansbery Jr., 21, of Mount Juliet, Tenn. He left a note reading: “To my comrades-in-arms of the United States of America, who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the cause of freedom. Captain Harry Wales.”Stansbery, a Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient, was killed July 30, 2010, by an improvised explosive device while on foot patrol in Afghanistan. His grave was chosen randomly for the prince’s honor, among thousands marking the resting places of the fallen from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.Elizabeth Jennings of Arlington was in Section 60 tending to the grave of her brother-in-law and unaware that Prince Harry was just a few feet away until she was told. “I think it’s really great that he’s paying his respects,” said Jennings, whose brother-in-law Navy Lt. Cmdr. Jonas Kelsall was killed in Afghanistan in 2011. “They’re all brothers-in-arms.” Wearing his British Army uniform, Britain’s Prince Harry visits Friday with wounded warriors undergoing physical therapy at the Military Advanced Training Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., just outside Washington.last_img read more

UCLA wades through damages from pipe flooding

first_imgLOS ANGELES — The rupture of a nearly century-old water main that ripped a 15-foot hole through Sunset Boulevard and turned a swath of the University of California, Los Angeles into a mucky swamp points to the risks and expense many cities face with miles of water lines installed decades ago.Much of the piping in the country dates to the first half of the previous century, with some installed even before Theodore Roosevelt was in the White House.Age can take a toll. There are 240,000 breaks a year, according to the National Association of Water Companies. a problem compounded by stress from an increasing population and budget crunches that slow the pace of replacement.The group says 45 percent of water pipes in the U.S. are in poor shape, and the average age of a broken water main is 47 years.In Los Angeles, a million feet of piping has been delivering water for at least 100 years, officials say.When taps are running and swimming pools are brimming, no one pays attention to water lines, typically invisible underground.But with the passage of time the country has reached a point where vast amounts of piping is wearing out at about the same time, said Greg Kail of the nonprofit American Water Works Association.last_img read more

Vancouver mulls fee waivers for large firms

first_imgSome of the same incentives that helped convince Banfield Pet Hospital to move its corporate headquarters from Portland to Vancouver may be made available to other businesses.Proposed changes to Vancouver’s city codes target large employers such as Banfield that offer salaries higher than the local median annual wage.Under the proposed city ordinances, business license surcharge fees would be waived and traffic impact fees would be reduced for companies with 200 or more employees that pay higher-than-median salaries.A public hearing will be 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 415 W. Sixth St. The incentives are intended to make the city “more competitive in attracting companies that have a large number of employees and high median wages,” City Manager Eric Holmes wrote in a report to the city council.Chad Eiken, the city’s director of community and economic development, told councilors in May that adding incentives to city ordinances would give his staff more tools when negotiating with prospective business owners.The council has had two workshops on the economic development incentives, and at Monday’s meeting the ordinances were approved to be set for public hearing.last_img read more

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota wins Heisman Trophy

first_imgOregon quarterback Marcus Mariota holds the Heisman Trophy after being named college football’s best player during the Heisman Trophy presentation in New York on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Heisman Trust, Kelly Kline) NEW YORK — Marcus Mariota wrote it all down, every word of his Heisman Trophy acceptance speech. It was a good thing, too, because getting through it might have been tougher than sprinting away from linebacker or tossing a long touchdown pass for the Oregon Ducks.The understated star quarterback became Oregon’s first Heisman winner going away Saturday night, capping a three-year climb to college football’s most prestigious individual award.“I’m humbled to be standing here today,” Mariota said moments after he was announced as the winner.Mariota isn’t a bigger talker, but he steadily worked through his speech, thanking his teammates, teachers, friends and his home state of Hawaii. He finally hit a snag when it came time to thank his mother and father. He needed to take two deep breaths and still he got choked up.“I had to give thanks to so many people because where I am today, it’s all do to all those people,” Mariota said later. “It’s hard not to get emotional. It’s been a long journey. My emotions got the best of me.”A pinpoint passer with wide-receiver speed, Mariota came into his junior season as the favorite to win the 80th Heisman and delivered a performance that turned the presentation ceremony at a theater in Times Square into a foregone conclusion.last_img read more

Employee Benefits Awards 2016 shortlist unveiled

first_imgThe shortlist for the Employee Benefits Awards 2016 has now been revealed. The full shortlist can be viewed here.Congratulations to all of the organisations that have been shortlisted.Thank you to all those who entered this year’s awards and to our expert judging panel.Winners will be announced at the Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party on Friday 3 June. The highly-anticipated event will take place at the Artillery Garden at the HAC, London.The event will celebrate the industry’s achievements and hard work over the last year, and provide the opportunity to network and unwind. In addition to the lunchtime awards ceremony, the event will see the return of fairground games and rides, such as the dodgems, carousel and big wheel.For more information and to reserve your seats.last_img read more

Ryanair recognises pilots trade union for collective pay bargaining

first_imgRyanair has signed a voluntary trade union recognition agreement with the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) to enable collective pay bargaining.The agreement, signed on 30 January 2018, recognises BALPA as the sole trade union representation for all of Ryanair’s 600 employed pilots based in the UK. This means that the union will be able to negotiate matters such as pay, hours, rostering and holidays on behalf of its members.BALPA has opened elections for its members in order to create a council of five Ryanair-employed pilots to act as employee representatives. The elected council representatives will then lead any future negotiations with the airline organisation, for example surrounding pay. In addition, BALPA will also open an election for an advisory group for contractor pilots who are not employed directly by Ryanair.Eddie Wilson, chief people officer at Ryanair, said: “We are pleased to announce this UK recognition agreement with BALPA on behalf of our directly employed pilots in the UK. The UK accounts for 25% of Ryanair’s fleet and pilot numbers. This agreement validates the decision of Ryanair’s board in December to recognise unions, and the fact that we have delivered pay rises of up to 20% and union recognition for our pilots in our largest market, shows how serious Ryanair is about working constructively with unions that are willing to work constructively with us.“This rapid progress in the UK is in marked contrast to some other [European Union] countries where we are still waiting for a response to our recognition proposals and where some unions have failed to put these substantial pay increases to our pilots. We now call on these unions to stop wasting time and act quickly to deliver 20% pay increases to our pilots in February, and conclude formal recognition agreements, which they are presently sitting on.“Ryanair will not allow these unions to delay pay increases to our pilots. In Dublin for example, where just 35% of our pilots have not yet received this pay increase, we have warned [the] FÓRSA/IALPA [trade union] that we will offer it to these pilots individually if they refuse [or] fail to organise a vote among just 35% of our Dublin pilots on this pay increase on [or] before 31 [January].“[This] agreement between Ryanair and BALPA shows that Ryanair can work with unions that wish to work with us to promote the interests of both our pilots and our customers.”Brian Strutton, general secretary at BALPA, added: “Given Ryanair’s previously hostility towards unions, [this] agreement is an historic one. While we were initially skeptical about Ryanair’s sincerity in offering recognition to us and other unions, our conversations and meetings with them have shown that they are genuine in wanting a constructive trade union relationship.“I am hopeful that this is the beginning of a strong and mutually beneficial relationship between BALPA and Ryanair and I urge Ryanair to agree deals with pilot unions in other countries and with cabin crew unions.”last_img read more

BSO Deputy facing sex charges dies in hospital after suicide attempt

first_img“It’s just eerie,” said neighbor Rosanna Ramrattan, “and to know that you’re supposed to trust, you’re supposed to trust the police.”Costa was released on bond Wednesday after he was arrested last week after evidence from a BSO investigation surfaced. During his court appearance on Friday, the judge stipulated that Costa could not access any weapons, along with internet devices. The judge also ordered him to stay away from minors, including his own children, without supervision. It remains unknown how he got access to the weapon.Costa was accused of viewing child porn on his work computer and using social media to target teenagers.“I used to see him when I leave. He’s out with his children,” said neighbor Tracy Robbins. “He was a family man, not knowing those allegations were against him.”The married father of five is said to have shot himself outside of his home, Wednesday evening.Neighbors said they saw paramedics drag Costa’s limp body away from the home after 5 p.m. “It’s really sad. He could have gone and talked to somebody somewhere, instead of doing something like that in his home,” Ramrattan said. “Can you imagine what his wife and kids are gonna go through now?”Investigators are labeling this incident as a suicide attempt. They said he left two notes on the scene. Sunrise Police Department provided an image of the suicide note: SUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) – A veteran Broward Sheriff’s Office sergeant who was facing child pornography and molestation charges has died in the hospital after suffering a self-inflicted gunshot wound, officials said.According to a BSO spokesperson, Sgt. Kreg Costa died at Broward Health Medical Center, Wednesday night, around 11:27 p.m. The 43-year-old was rushed to the hospital Wednesday evening, after an apparent suicide attempt.Costa spent almost a week in jail on 29 charges of child pornography and child molestation. He bonded out of jail Wednesday, and that’s when, police said, he went home and shot himself. Police said Kosta called 911 briefly just before committing suicide. “Come to the side of the house,” Costa told the dispatcher before hanging up. When the dispatcher called back, there was no answer.Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said Costa’s wife had just left their home in Sunrise.“She left to get some food, check on her children,” said Israel. “They were staying in another place.”Sunrise officials were dispatched to Costa’s home along the 9100 block of Sunset Strip in Sunrise.Neighbors were shocked to hear the news. “I don’t know,” said Linda Martin who lives nearby. center_img “Our job is to police not only the community but our own,” said Israel. “Not everyone you work with is ethical and some people slip through the cracks. One person is responsible for this, and that’s Greg Costa.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Swim advisory issued for South Beach Key Biscayne after high bacteria levels

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A swim advisory has been placed in effect Friday night for parts of South Beach and Key Biscayne.The swim advisory was posted for parts of South Pointe Park on South Beach and Crandon North Beach in Key Biscayne.Water samples in those areas have come back with levels of bacteria that were higher than acceptable .The Florida Department of Health is urging people to stay out of the water until further notice.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Women battling cancer receive spa treat at Mount Sinai

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – The Mount Sinai Cancer Center is hosting an annual spa day for some ladies who are battling cancer.Mount Sinai treated the women to massages, yoga, hair treatments, and more for their spa day Tuesday.They also got to spend time with survivors who lifted them up. “I share my experiences, and it makes it a little bit easier for them,” said breast cancer survivor Beverly Anderson. “We laugh, we cry, but in sharing and communicating with others, it makes it just a little bit easier for them.”This is the 15th year the cancer center has hosted the special day.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

3 students hurt in Hialeah school bus crash released from hospital

first_imgHIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – Three middle school students were released from the hospital, Friday, one day after they were involved in a school bus accident in Hialeah.The driver of that bus was also transported and treated at Palmetto General Hospital after, police said, a dark colored sedan struck the bus, Thursday afternoon.The driver of the sedan, 47-year-old Felix Padilla, was cited for careless driving.Police said Padilla did not properly stop at a stop sign, causing the crash near West Third Avenue and 14th Street.The bus, carrying 15 students from Miami Springs Middle School, swerved to try to avoid the collision and crashed into a concrete barrier.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Bicyclist hospitalized after Fort Lauderdale hitandrun

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews took a bicyclist to the hospital after, police said, he was struck in Fort Lauderdale by a driver who fled the scene.Fort Lauderdale Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the hit-and-run near Southeast 17th Street and Eisenhower Boulevard, just after 9 a.m., Saturday.Investigators said the victim, a 52-year-old man, was riding his bike when he was struck by a dark colored vehicle. The driver did not stop and then sped away.Paramedics transported the bicyclist to Broward Health Medical Center, where he was last listed in critical condition.The crash took place hours after another bicyclist was fatally struck by a car in Davie, Friday night. The driver in that crash stayed at the scene.If you have any information on this hit-and-run, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Pilot rescued after small plane crashes off Juno Beach

first_imgJUNO BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) — A Coast Guard crew came to the rescue of a pilot after a small plane crashed off Juno Beach.Officials said the aircraft slammed into the water 18 miles off shore.The Coast Guard snapped a photo showing the pilot alive, floating on a life raft.The 51-year-old was rescued and taken back to shore. He was not hurt.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Salmon In The Classroom Egg Takes Scheduled

first_imgADF&G staff will be conducting hourly presentations at both locations. Bear Creek presentations are scheduled from 9:15a.m. to 1:45 p.m. and Anchor River presentations are scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. Each school will take approximately 300 coho salmon eggs back to their classrooms to incubate. Next spring the coho salmon fry from these incubation projects will be released back into Bear Creek or at a specified landlocked lake. Students will arrive hourly at each location to participate in the egg takes and learn about the salmon life cycle, egg fertilization, external anatomy, salmon identification, and habitat requirements. Classes must preregister to attend the events. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) Aquatic Education Program is kicking off this school year’s “Salmon in the Classroom” program with elementary school students from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.center_img The first egg take is scheduled for Wednesday, October 3, at Bear Creek near Seward and the second egg take is scheduled for Thursday, October 4, at the Anchor River in Anchor Point. Students will have the opportunity to attend two local coho salmon egg take events. Soldotna Fishery Biologist Andrew Waldo: “The Salmon in the Classroom program provides students a unique perspective they wouldn’t normally be able to experience. The incubation project allows students to watch their coho salmon eggs develop into fry and learn about the salmon life cycle in their classroom this year.”last_img read more

Borough Looks At Applying For State Assistance For Seward Flood Damage

first_imgDan Nelson, Borough Office of Emergency Management Senior Manager: “This resolution would authorize the mayor to negotiate, administer and execute on behalf of the borough the disaster assistance application and grant agreement designated as the 2018 Flood/Storm Event by the state.” On October 16, 2018, Mayor Pierce signed a Local Emergency Disaster Declaration requesting assistance from the state for emergency protection services along with temporary and permanent repairs to public facilities and technical assistance. On October 12, 2018 severe damage occurred due to flooding around the City of Seward. Those areas  suffered flooding and related severe damage caused by exceptionally heavy rainstorms. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will look at a resolution at their meeting on Tuesday that would authorize Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce to apply for assistance through the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for the flood damage in Seward.center_img If passed the resolution would allow the borough to fund emergency protection services along with temporary and permanent repairs to public infrastructure and facilities and technical assistance. The borough assembly will introduce the resolution at their meeting on Tuesday, March 5.last_img read more

AGDC Signs Agreement With BP ExxonMobil

first_imgUnder the terms of the agreement signed on March 8, the companies will seek to advance the project by working together to identify ways to improve the project’s competitiveness, and progress the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) authorization to construct the project. FERC extended the schedule for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the project by four months. The agency cited the state’s timeline for answering federal regulators’ questions and fulfilling data requests as the reason for the extension. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Gasline Development Corp. (AGDC) has announced that it has signed an agreement with BP and ExxonMobil to collaborate on ways to advance the Alaska LNG project. In a notice issued by FERC on February 28, they now plan to issue the draft EIS in June. The commission did not specify a date in June. The scheduled release date had been the end of February.center_img Dubler: “BP and ExxonMobil possess world-class LNG expertise which may help AGDC responsibly advance this project with maximum efficiency for the benefit of Alaskans, and I welcome their collaboration.” AGDC Interim President Joe Dubler said in a statement late Friday: “Our respective organizations share an interest in the successful commercialization of Alaska’s stranded North Slope natural gas.”last_img read more

Impacts To Sterling Highway Travel Expected Throughout The Week

first_imgDan Nelson with the Borough Office of Emergency Management presented the new traffic plan for the week ahead at the community meeting in Cooper Landing on Saturday: “We’ve had the road closed as you are coming into the community of Cooper Landing at the Skilak Lake Road, and that has now been changed to MP 71 at the Watson Lake area. The other side at MP 53 will remain the same.”  The Incident Command Teams plan will be to provide enough notice for the short term delays so that residents are made aware of these before attempting to travel the highway. Continued updates will be posted throughout the week as they are made available. By planning ahead for this and informing the public of the possible traffic delay, this will allow motorists to plan and avoid a sudden disruption to travel plans.center_img Nelson: “So, what you’ve seen so far will now be referred to as an ’emergency closure’, that’s where something happens that simply isn’t safe for travel and traffic will simply just stop. This could still happen, but we are going to try and do more short term delays where if possible we will move the cars to the side of the road, make sure we keep that travel way open and blocking residents and home. Our Troopers have committed to providing the man power to do that.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on August 26th, 2019 at 11:17 amOriginal Post 8:30am: Travel on the Sterling Highway between MP 53-71 may be dramatically impacted this upcoming week  (mileposts have been updated for this plan), according to the Great Basin Incident Management Team in charge of the Swan Lake Fire.In a statement: There are unburned areas south of the Sterling Highway in the Skilak Loop area, so fire managers are assessing the best time to proactively burn these areas when conditions are favorable.last_img read more

SourceMedia Folds Investment Dealers Digest

first_imgUsers who click on the IDD website are now automatically redirected to the Mergers & Acquisitions homepage. The last issue of Investment Dealer’s Digest was released on May 27, as the weekly publication has folded. Paid circulation of the magazine was less than 700.SourceMedia chose to shut down Investment Dealer’s Digest, a publication part of Source’s capital markets group. Michael Stanton, senior vice president of the capital markets group with SourceMedia, says it was decided IDD readers would be better served with vertical publications.“The readers have been transitioned to Mergers & Acquisitions, the flagship in the equity capital markets space and to Leveraged Finance News, which is on the fixed income side,” says Stanton.IDD’s staff of two has been reassigned to other Source publications: Alison Bisbey Colter is now with Leveraged Finance News, and Paul Burton is writing for Bond Buyer.last_img read more