Licensing subagent shut down by auditor 21000 missing

first_imgClark County Auditor Greg Kimsey said Tuesday that he has canceled the contract with a licensing subagent, the Vancouver Market Center Auto License.The office, at 5000 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., was closed Aug. 3, Kimsey said. He said his staff conducted an extensive review and reported to the Vancouver Police Department that $21,000 has been not properly accounted for.No arrests have been made and the case remains under investigation, said Kim Kapp, spokeswoman for the police department.“While this is an unfortunate incident, our procedures and controls proved very effective in detecting the problems,” Kimsey said. “As a result we made a timely report to law enforcement and will continue our effort to protect public funds. If it is determined that a loss of public funds occurred, recovery will be actively pursued.”Vehicle licensing subagents are private enterprises that contract with the county to license vehicles and boats on behalf of the county and the state Department of Licensing. The offices are supported by customer service fees.Kimsey said his staff contacted auto dealers and people who had recently used the office and found nine transactions had not been completed.He said he closed the office last month after determining terms of the contract had not been met, including the fact the office was not properly depositing money.People can ask questions about transactions made at the Vancouver Market Center Auto License at the Clark County Auto Licensing Office, 1408 Franklin St., 360-397-2288.There are nine other licensing subagent offices in Clark County.last_img read more

Local experts address childhood obesity

first_imgIn the past three decades, childhood obesity rates have tripled.Yet only 47 percent of Americans perceive childhood obesity as a serious problem.In 2008, more than one-third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.Yet 78 percent of Americans believe society has gone too far by banning chips and sweets in the classroom.The misconception that the obesity epidemic is exaggerated was one of several misconceptions explained during Washington State University Vancouver’s 2011 Chancellor’s Seminar Series lecture Friday afternoon.Jane Lanigan, an assistant professor in human development at WSUV, and Dr. Ed Guillery, a pediatrician with Legacy Health, offered their insights and advice at the “Barriers to Raising Healthy-Weight Children” lecture.Share family meals as often as possible.Emphasize healthful foods.Do your best to find time to prepare meals.Eat breakfast every day.Stop multitasking.Exercise every day.Limit or eliminate snacks.Give kids control over some lifestyle choices.Do your best to model good behaviors.Give yourself a break.— Provided byDr. Ed Guillery,pediatricianLanigan recently completed a three-year research project that involved 43 child care and early-learning settings. Her research revealed the misconception about the obesity epidemic being exaggerated.When Lanigan spoke about the misconception, and shared Centers for Disease Control and Prevention obesity statistics, many of the several dozen lecture attendees were surprised by the extent of the problem, particularly by the rapid increase in prevalence.last_img read more

Countys biomass plant proposal dead

first_imgA controversial plan to build a biomass plant in downtown Vancouver has been scrapped.Schneider Electric, which had a contract with Clark County to build and operate the plant, notified the county it was terminating the contract, Mark McCauley, the county’s director of general services, said Monday.In a Nov. 18 letter, Schneider Electric program manager David Palmer cited “setbacks, roadblocks and other obstructions,” including the loss of the ability to apply for a U.S. Department of Treasury grant because the city of Vancouver initially ruled that a biomass plant would not be allowed in the city center’s light industrial overlay district. A hearing examiner later overturned the city, but not before the Vancouver City Council passed an emergency six-month moratorium on development to block the power plant.Schneider Electric planned to fight the city in Clark County Superior Court, alleging the emergency moratorium violated planning laws and due process by using a moratorium to stop a single project.Palmer wrote in the termination letter that there were other problems.Bids from contractors indicated that the cost of the plant would be nearly double what a county feasibility study had concluded, Palmer wrote. Initially, Schneider had committed to spend up to $28 million to build the plant.The bigger price tag would require power to be sold for a total of 15 cents per kilowatt hour, and after “extensive specific and dedicated efforts,” the company was unable to find any buyer willing to pay more than 6 cents per kilowatt hour, Palmer wrote.last_img read more

Citizen panel sets hearing on salaries for Leavitt council

first_imgWhat: The Vancouver Salary Review Commission, a citizen group that sets the salary for the mayor and city council, will hold its first meeting.When: 4:30 p.m. Thursday.Where: Aspen Conference Room, first floor, City Hall, 415 W. Sixth St.Will the start of 2013 mean a raise for the Vancouver City Council?It’s not up to the city’s elected officials, but rather a citizen Salary Review Commission, which is set to hold its first meeting and public hearing Thursday.The five-person committee examines the mayor and city council salaries every two years to coincide with Vancouver’s biannual budget schedule.City council members have the opportunity to supply testimony to the council and state their case for any salary increases they believe are necessary, or lobby to keep their salaries static, as they did in 2010. The Salary Review Commission, under state law, cannot lower the mayor or city council’s pay.Mayor Tim Leavitt earns $2,200 a month; Mayor Pro Tempore Larry Smith gets $2,000; and the rest of the council is paid $1,781 for their part-time public service positions.Each also may choose to collect an average of $820 a month worth of health and life insurance and retirement benefits. In early 2011, the council voted to pay for the same percentage of health benefits that management and nonunion workers pay, or nothing for a single member to about $155 per month for family coverage.last_img read more

Seattle developer with Clark County ties indicted

first_imgSeattle real estate magnate Michael Mastro and his wife, Linda, who were arrested this week in France, were indicted Thursday for allegedly transferring millions of dollars to offshore accounts to protect the money from creditors.The 43-count indictment was announced Thursday by a federal grand jury in Seattle. Prosecutors allege the Mastros committed a variety of crimes related to bankruptcy fraud and committed acts of conspiracy from August 2008 to May 2009 as the real estate market plummeted. Mastro is a developer who in 2009 was forced into one of the biggest bankruptcies in state history, with more than $570 million in liabilities. He was involved in at least one Clark County project, the never-built Vancouver shopping-center project called Eastgate Plaza, planned with a Walmart store anchor south of Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard between 137th and 147th avenues.last_img read more

Clark County residents recall their impassioned work at Kaiser Shipyard during WWII

first_imgHal Berven, one of the Navy veterans who was featured in The Columbian’s Aug. 18 story about Vancouver-built aircraft carriers during World War II, died Aug. 22. Berven was 90.The first aircraft carrier launched in Vancouver had two names. First lady Eleanor Roosevelt christened it the USS Alazon Bay on April 5, 1943, but the name was changed to the USS CasablancaAbout 70,000 people were in the crowd on April 5, 1943, when Eleanor Roosevelt christened the first aircraft carrier built in Vancouver.Seventy years later, a few Clark County residents can still pick themselves out of photographs that were taken that day … although it’s a little easier for Mel Jackson than for most.Jackson’s photo shows two boys standing just a few feet from Mrs. Roosevelt, greeting her after a visit to the Kaiser Shipyard hospital; the 8-year-old boy on the left is Mel.Eleanor Pearson has a photograph of the crowd that gathered to watch the first lady christen the carrier, and she can put her fingertip on the bandana-wrapped head of a welder among the first few rows: That’s her, Pearson said.last_img read more

Battle Ground council honors retired fourlegged officer

first_imgBattle Ground’s K-9 officer Haulf, a German shepherd, was honored for his outstanding service at a Monday city council meeting.Following a six-year career, Haulf retired from the Battle Ground Police Department in August. During his tenure with the Battle Ground Police Department, Haulf logged big numbers: 116 captures, 270 assists, 108 SWAT deployments, and 33 narcotic finds.Battle Ground’s K-9 program has become a significant part of the city’s law enforcement efforts. During searches, a K-9 has the ability to locate suspects without unnecessarily exposing officers to danger. On top of that, K-9s certified in narcotics provide what officers consider to be an effective form of illicit drug detection.The Battle Ground Police Department has replaced Haulf with Luca, a 1-year-old German shepherd. She and Officer Chris Crouch are currently working toward certifications in narcotics and patrol.Haulf has retired to Crouch’s home.last_img read more

WSP identifies motorcyclist who died Saturday

first_imgA La Center man died in a traffic collision on Interstate 5 on Saturday night after he lost control of the motorcycle he was driving, was flung from the motorcycle and struck by a nearby car, according to the Washington State Patrol.The crash occurred at 8:47 p.m. just south of the Gee Creek Rest Area and two miles south of Ridgefield. State Patrol say that’s when John T. Harlan, 53, was driving a green 2001 Kawasaki KL650 northbound in the interstate’s center lane and “lost control and laid down his motorcycle.”Harlan was thrown onto the roadway and hit by a northbound Honda Civic driven by an unnamed 16-year-old boy from Battle Ground, according to State Patrol. The teen driving the Civic swerved to avoid the motorcycle in the road, and his car struck Harlan.An off-duty paramedic who arrived on scene began administering CPR before rescue crews arrived, according to emergency radio traffic monitored Saturday night by The Columbian. Harlan, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, died at the scene. The teen was wearing his seat belt and was not injured.last_img read more

US economy set for rebound after Q1 contraction

first_imgWASHINGTON — The U.S. economy took a beating from an especially harsh winter during the January-March quarter, skidding into reverse for the first time in three years. But spring has arrived and along with it, signs that the chill was just a temporary setback in the long road to recovery.Gross domestic product contracted at an annual rate of 1 percent in the first quarter, the Commerce Department said Thursday. That was worse than the government’s initial estimate that GDP grew by a slight 0.1 percent. The economy last posted a decline in the first three months of 2011 when it dropped 1.3 percent.Since then, the labor market has continued to improve, consumer spending is solid and manufacturers are benefiting from increased spending. Economists expect a robust GDP rebound in the April-June quarter as a result.“We knew that weather dramatically impacted growth in the first quarter, and we fully expect a bounce back in the second quarter,” said Dan Greenhaus, chief strategist at BTIG, in a note to clients.The government released a separate report Thursday reflecting progress. Applications for unemployment benefits, a proxy for layoffs, fell by 27,000 last week to 300,000. The result is nearly a seven-year low.last_img read more

Extended heat wave moves in today

first_imgAn extended heat wave starting today is expected bring a string of several consecutive 90-degree days to the region, according to the National Weather Service in Portland.In Vancouver, temperatures should peak in the lower 90s through this weekend, but cloud cover and possible thunderstorms will keep things slightly cooler than next week, according to the weather service. The heat really cranks up Monday and Tuesday, forecasters said.Temperatures should reach the mid- to upper 90s in Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon, according to the weather service. Humid conditions will also make for some mild nights, keeping overnight lows well into the 60s. At least one Clark County facility is offering respite from the heat next week. The Battle Ground Community Center is inviting residents to hang out in the air-conditioned space from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday next week. Other local facilities are likely to follow.There’s no relief in sight just yet. High temperatures should remain at or above 90 every day at least through next Thursday — the end of the weather service’s seven-day forecast.last_img read more

Museum presents Food for Thought

first_imgThe Clark County Historical Museum will open its latest exhibit — “Food for Thought: Clark County’s Food History” — at this month’s First Thursday presentation.It will offer a look at Clark County’s shifting landscape of food as researched by students from Washington State University Vancouver and illustrated using artifacts, documents and images from the museum’s collection.Thursday’s opening reception from 5 to 9 p.m. will be held in conjunction with the First Thursday Museum After Hours event. At 7 p.m., guest curator and WSU Vancouver professor Candice Goucher will discuss local food history. Refreshments will be provided by the Grant House. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for children under 18 and free with membership. The exhibit runs until April 30, 2015.last_img read more

Judge rejects Ebola quarantine for nurse

first_imgFORT KENT, Maine — A Maine judge has rejected a bid by state health officials to restrict the movement of nurse Kaci Hickox, who defied a quarantine for medical workers who have treated Ebola patients. Judge Charles C. LaVerdiere ruled Friday that she should continue daily monitoring and coordinate travel with state officials so monitoring can continue. But, because she’s not showing symptoms, the judge says she’s not infectious.The state went to court Thursday to impose restrictions until the 21-day incubation period for Ebola ends on Nov. 10.Hickox, who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, contended confinement at her home in northern Maine violated her rights. She also contended it’s not necessary because she poses no risk. She defied the state’s voluntary quarantine by holding a news conference and going for a bike ride. Maine health officials had obtained a 24-hour court order restricting Hickox’s movement after the nurse repeatedly defied the state’s quarantine for medical workers who have treated Ebola patients.last_img read more

UK wage growth predicted to fall in 2018

first_imgUK employees will be set for a financial blow with real wages set to fall again in 2018, according to a Trades Union Congress (TUC) report published 29th December 2017.The TUC’s analysis of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) forecast reveals that pay growth in the UK is at its lowest compared to the other 31 countries that are members of the intergovernmental economic organisation.The OECD has ranked the UK as number 32 in its list with an estimated -0.7% pay growth, way below the European pay growth average of 0.6%. This is thought to be due to the recent rise in inflation and the weakness of the British pound since Brexit.Both Italy and Spain are also thought to see negative growth in salaries, whereas Hungary has a projected growth of 4.9% and Latvia 4.1%.Frances O’Grady, general secretary TUC, said: “Real wages are still lower than they were when the financial crisis hit in 2008. And 2018 is set to be bleaker still.“It looks like UK wages will fall the furthest of all advanced economies.“On current projections, average pay won’t recover until 2025: a full 17 years after the pay squeeze began.“So in 2018, we’ll keep campaigning for an economy that can deliver a pay rise for everyone. We’ll push to stop the worst exploitation, like zero-hours contracts and the pay penalty for agency workers. We’ll argue for more and better jobs, in every region and nation of the UK. And on 12 May we’ll march together to demand a new deal for working people.”last_img read more

Sainsburys amends pay proposal for 130000 store employees

first_imgRetail organisation Sainsbury’s has amended its pay proposal to increase base rates of pay for 130,000 store employees as a result of feedback from its staff consultation process.Alongside the organisation’s internal staff consultation, Sainsbury’s is also receiving employee feedback via an ongoing online petition. The petition, organised by an affected Sainsbury’s employee and supported by member of Parliament Siobhain McDonagh, has received 104,593 signatures as of 10.00am on 22 May 2018. The petition asks Sainsbury’s to reconsider its original pay proposal, because the suggested contractual changes are estimated to adversely impact employee pay, despite the proposed pay increases.In March 2018, Sainsbury’s originally announced plans to offer store employees pay increases totalling £100 million. This included increasing base pay from £8.00 an hour to £9.20 an hour for UK employees, or £9.80 an hour for staff based in zones one and two in London.To fund the proposed pay increases, Sainsbury’s plans to implement numerous cost-saving measures to simplify business practices. This includes offering new contracts to all store employees that will remove employee bonuses, which are currently awarded on a non-contractual, performance-related basis, as well as remove paid breaks.The proposed contractual changes will also change premium payments, amend productivity, flexibility and attendance standards, and streamline job roles to reduce 22 specific roles down to five.Sainsbury’s intends to provide top-up payments over an 18-month period once the proposals are implemented, to protect employees from being adversely impacted by the pay changes.If the proposed changes are accepted on the completion of a consultative ballot with employees, they will come into effect from September 2018.The staff consultation process has led to Sainsbury’s introducing changes to the original pay proposal. This includes providing employees working across all London boroughs a location pay premium, increasing the proposed pay for online drivers and increasing the proposed pay for employees working between 12.00am and 5.00am.Sainsbury’s will review its hourly pay rate again in March 2020.Mike Coupe, chief executive officer at Sainsbury’s, said: “The aim of these changes is to make pay fair and consistent for everyone. At the moment, we have [employees] working side-by-side in store, doing exactly the same job, but being paid different amounts, depending on when they started working for us. That doesn’t seem fair. So we are proposing to move everyone onto the same contract, with the same terms and conditions and an increased hourly rate, which means that the vast majority of [employees] get a pay rise.“So why the backlash? I do appreciate that, while most [employees] will get a pay rise, there are some who won’t. Let me reassure [employees] that we have thought very carefully about that. We have proposed top-up payments for an 18-month period to make sure that no [employee] earns less than they do today. And at the end of that 18 months, in March 2020, we will review the hourly rate again.“These are meaningful changes that will have a real impact on our [employees’] pay and that will cost Sainsbury’s millions of pounds a year. But it’s been important to us that we listen throughout this process and respond to concerns along the way.”last_img read more

Man arrested for disposing mans body near Hialeah train tracks

first_imgHIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – Surveillance cameras caught a man near the train tracks in Hialeah as he allegedly spread human remains in the area.Police believe the man on camera was spreading the remains of a person he killed in an attempt to hide the evidence.That man, William Martinez, was arrested Thursday morning on murder charges.The dismembered body was found in bags near the intersection of Palm Avenue and 21st Street, Wednesday afternoon, according to the arrest report.Officials said they believe Martinez knew the victim and killed him after they had an argument. They are investigating this case to determine when the victim was killed.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Coast Guard Raft spotted off Fort Lauderdale belonged to interdicted migrants

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Officials said a makeshift raft that washed ashore in Fort Lauderdale, Friday afternoon, belonged to migrants that were interdicted before they reached dry land.7Skyforce HD hovered above the scene in the area of A1A and Northeast 23rd Street in Fort Lauderdale. Police said they first spotted the raft about a mile off shore and allowed it to drift to shore.According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the vessel is marked with orange spray paint, meaning they took the migrants on board and let it go.The Coast Guard did not specify when or where the interdiction took place.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Medical marijuana amendment takes effect in Florida

first_img(WSVN) – More people in Florida now have access to medical marijuana after Amendment 2 went into effect, Tuesday.Hundreds of doctors have already completed the training required to see patients regarding medical marijuana.Under the new law, doctors and state health officials have up to six months to create a plan for distributing the drug.Some conditions that may qualify a patient for the drug include cancer, seizures, muscle spasms, AIDS, glaucoma and Parkinson’s disease.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Thief spooked during burglary flees scene without car

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A crook stealing from a Southwest Miami-Dade home left behind a big clue after getting spooked off.According to police, the thief was in the process of stealing items from a house near Southwest 48th Street and 65th Avenue when he was confronted by a neighbor, Wednesday.The neighbor scared the man off, and he fled the scene on foot. He happened to leave behind his car on the scene.Officials were able to figure out the owner of the vehicle before towing it away.Police are now searching for the subject.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Seward PD Seek Public Assistance In Locating Shoplifter

first_imgAnyone with information is asked to contact the Seward Police Department at (907) 224-3338 with any information. Reference case #19-2042. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Seward Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identify a shoplifter from a case that occured in Seward on July 9.According to SPD, the suspect may be driving a green 1993 Oldsmobile Bravada with a spider-webbed windshield and a storage rack on the back (Alaska License JMM914).last_img

Mayor Of Soldotna Nels Anderson Passed Away Early Tuesday Morning

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on September 11th, 2019 at 11:59 amMayor of Soldotna, Dr. John Nels Anderson, passed away early Tuesday morning in Anchorage. Dr. Anderson’s family confirmed his passing on social media. Dr. Anderson was currently serving as the mayor for the city of Soldotna. He also served one term as mayor after a term on the city council from 2009 to 2012, and he was on the borough school board for 15 years. According to his family, Dr. Anderson has been fighting an ongoing illness for some time. Soldotna City Manager Stephanie Queen: “Our hearts go out to Dr. Anderson’s family, and I would like to extend my deepest condolences. Mayor Anderson was beloved in this community, and a true public servant. He worked tirelessly to improve the lives of his friends and neighbors, and we are forever grateful. ” In addition to his duties as mayor, Dr. Anderson has been a long time practicing family physician in the city.Funeral Service for John Nels Anderson MD, Soldotna City Mayor will be at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints chapel (159 W Marydale next to the hospital)Monday September 16Viewing from 2:30 – 3:45 pmService beginning at 4:00 pmInterment to follow at Soldotna Memorial ParkAll who would like to pay respects are encouraged to attend.There will be an additional viewing Sunday night from 6:30-8:00 pm in Soldotna. Location pending. All are welcome to this as well.last_img read more