A reminder that emails are still needed to ensure that funding for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Pesticide Programs is funded at the levels required by law. At the American Soybean Association’s (ASA) request, Congressman Ted Yoho (R-FL) and Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) are leading an effort for the House’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget.Please visit the Soy Action Center to email your members of Congress. ISSUE BACKGROUND:OPP is authorized in the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA), which sets timelines for the EPA to review and register pesticides as well as collect fees from registrants for products.Before registrants are required to pay fees, Congress is supposed to meet a minimum appropriation of $128.3 million/year.However, in recent years the Appropriations Committee have waived that provision and funding has been below the levels set in law, around $120 million/year.Because of inadequate funding, staffing at OPP has decreased significantly which can cause delays in the review, registration, and renewal of products.In turn, that means that producers can’t get the crop protection tools they need or may need to wait another planting season for much-needed options to deal with pest and disease problems.ACTION NEEDED:ASA needs all affiliate members to use the Soy Action Center to email their members of Congress today and ask that lawmakers join Rep. Yoho’s appropriations request to fund OPP at the levels mandated by Congress.
Most-read stories on Columbian.com for the week of July 31:No. 1) Beacock Music founder killed in cycling accidentDale Beacock, a longtime musician and founder of Beacock Music, died late Thursday morning after being struck by a log truck’s trailer while riding his bicycle on Highway 101 north of Garibaldi, Ore.No. 2) Increase in silver prices may turn consumers into metal detectorsA surge in silver prices has made the precious metal, in some instances, more valuable than the object it was crafted into. And that has folks digging out — and digging up from backyards — long-forgotten silver caches to sell for cash.No. 3) Man found dead outside burning house A man was found dead early Monday morning in the backyard of a burning house on Lieser Road, fire officials said.No. 4) Hound sniffs out cougar in tree near VA hospitalThe young cougar was lounging and sleeping 12 feet up a Douglas fir tree Monday morning in Vancouver, with the sun dappling her tan fur.No. 5) Several in custody following downtown meth bustSeveral people were taken into custody following a methamphetamine investigation in downtown Vancouver Wednesday.
A crowd of more than 400 were asked Sunday morning to “never forget” during a 9/11 tenth anniversary ceremony at the Vancouver Landing on the Columbia River.Veterans, firefighters, police officers and parents with children filled the amphitheater next to the Red Lion Hotel at the Quay.Presenters included Vancouver Fire Chief Joseph Molina, Vancouver Police Chief Cliff Cook and Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt.“The promise we made that day was to remember … to never forget,” Molina told the crowd.More details to come later Sunday.
Boy, I have to ask myself how we take three 70-degree days in a row? Answer: Anyway we can! Depending on your location, it may have varied a degree or two.It was one of the nicest Easter weekends I can remember in some time; it just doesn’t get any better than that. I even caught myself sitting out on the deck soaking up those rays. It felt so good that it almost reminded me of my Hawaii trip a while back.Tuesday will bring more mild weather in the 70-degree range before things deteriorate slightly. A closed upper low along the coast lingering since Saturday will slowly move south and kick inland. This may send a few scattered showers our way Wednesday and Thursday. it shouldn’t be a big deal, but it will get cloudier and cooler.After that, the weekend looks nice at this point. And, hey, we deserve a break from all that March madness weather, to say the least.It was amazing on Saturday. I went from frost and a chilly 28 degrees overnight to 70 degrees in the afternoon. And Easter Sunday turned out much better than anticipated.
A man involved in a shooting at an Orchards apartment complex in 2010 was sentenced Wednesday to about 30 years in prison. The day after the shooting, Adam S. Berndt, 24, fired at Portland police officers who pursued him.Berndt pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted murder relating to the Aug. 25, 2010, shooting of 29-year-old Steven Mc-Knight. The confrontation occurred in the parking lot of Prairie View Apartments, 12611 N.E. 99th St., during a drug transaction.Berndt admitted to Clark County Superior Court Judge Scott Collier that he shot McKnight “multiple times.” Prosecutors said he fired four shots, which they allege showed he had intent to kill. Mc-Knight, who was shot in the hip, shoulders and both arms, recovered from the shooting.Berndt fled and the day after the shooting, he was found hiding in a northeast Portland home. Federal authorities came to serve warrants, including one for a parole violation, police said following the incident. He fired shots at a deputy U.S. marshal. Multiple shots were fired at Berndt in response and he was seriously injured.No police officers were injured.On Wednesday, he showed no visible signs of injury. His attorney, Tom Phelan, said in court that Berndt had trouble hearing out of one ear.Berndt has already pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated murder charges in Multnomah County relating to the shootout, said Clark County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Alan Harvey. Berndt will be sentenced later this month and is expected to receive a 30-year sentence there, as well, Harvey told the judge.
WHAT: 12-branch Vancouver-based credit union with 71,700 members.ASSETS: $816 million.FOUNDED: 1952.LOOKING AHEAD: Has submitted plans to construct a 20,000-square-foot addition to its operation center at 200 S.E. Park Plaza Drive, Vancouver.ONLINE: Columbia Credit UnionVancouver-based Columbia Credit Union has submitted a request to construct a second office building at its main operation center off Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard.The proposal is for a 20,000-square-foot, two-story structure located just north of the site’s existing 33,000-square-foot building at 200 Park Plaza Drive. The center is located on 2.7 acres about one block north of Mill Plain at Southeast 131st Avenue, next to Columbia Credit Union’s Cascade Park branch.Reasons behind the proposal were unclear on Monday, as credit union officials were not available by phone or email.Columbia Credit Union operates 12 branches in Clark County, including nine Vancouver branches and one each in Ridgefield, Washougal and Battle Ground.In 2003, Columbia Credit Union moved some of its services out of the operation site in east Vancouver, transferring personnel and services to a fifth-floor office space in downtown Vancouver. At the time, the credit union leased 20,000 square feet in the Murdock Building at 703 Broadway. That move transferred about 30 employees, including business banking staff and mortgage and trust services.The move relocated Columbia’s downtown branch to the first floor of the Murdock Building. The relocation was prompted by the credit union’s sale of its former downtown branch property — at 503 W. Sixth St. — to Columbian Publisher Scott Campbell, who bought the site to build a new office building for the newspaper. The building constructed by The Columbian is now Vancouver City Hall.Credit union leaders said in 2003 that it was important the organization maintain a downtown presence. They had also considered adding 20,000 square feet of space to the east Vancouver site.
The city of Vancouver has redesigned its website to make it more user-friendly.A “find it fast” section has links for several options, including paying bills or parking tickets, reporting problems or applying for building permits.The Columbia River was the central theme of Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt’s State of the City address Wednesday, which included praise for many and sharp criticism for few.“As the largest river in the Pacific Northwest, she is our community’s lifeblood, and has been so for thousands of years,” said Leavitt, speaking to a crowd of about 160 people at the Water Resources Education Center. “The river brought us together for trade, for culture, for nature and for community life. And today? Our Vancouver neighborhoods and businesses are connected, from the Port of Vancouver to Vancouver Lake and Burnt Bridge Creek to Wood’s Landing, by inland streams that feed our watershed, nurture our wildlife and green our forests.”“Indeed, the city of Vancouver incorporated on this great river, long before Washington became a state,” Leavitt said. The defining river also represents the city’s future, he said.City officials have a large waterfront park and an extension of the Waterfront Renaissance Trail in their sights. In 2012, crews punched through the BNSF Railway berm south of City Hall, offering a view from the end of Esther Street to the river that had been hidden for more than a century.After showing new drawings of the proposed park, Leavitt listed several projects, finishing with the Columbia River Crossing.Starting his sentence with, “And,” Leavitt paused for laughter as the audience correctly predicted what he was about to say. “Are those seat belts in those chairs? Buckle up, ladies and gentleman,” Leavitt said. “There is no more important opportunity for our city and our region than completion of the Columbia River Crossing. Five miles of highway improvements, bringing aged and decrepit infrastructure into the 21st century.”Leavitt praised Oregon lawmakers for approving that state’s share of the funding, and federal lawmakers for placing the CRC in the top five most important projects nationwide. He thanked U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and then representatives from “south of the river,” notably leaving U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, off his list.
Detectives with the Children’s Justice Center arrested a man in Vancouver Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of raping a 5-year-old relative. The suspect, Christopher R. Warren, 33, was located at a house in the 9200 block of Northeast 14th Way, according to Vancouver Police.No other details were available about when or where the assault occurred, but the Justice Center is investing this case.Regional SWAT team members served a search warrant at the residence around 3:20 p.m. Warren was arrested on suspected first-degree rape of a child. He was booked into the Clark County Jail.KATU reports that Warren is a Beaverton Police Department officer currently on paid administrative leave while he’s being investigated for food stamp fraud.
The Skyview High School Marching Band took top band honors Saturday night at the Portland General Electric/SOLVE Starlight Parade, winning the sweepstakes award.Four other Clark County bands and one individual also won awards.Union High School took first place in the category of out-of-state bands with 100 or more members. Mountain View High took second place and Heritage High took third in that category.Hudson’s Bay High School won the category of out-of-state bands with 99 or fewer members.Kaleb Kallappa, 22, of Vancouver won the wheelchair division of the Legacy Health Starlight Run.The parade and run were in downtown Portland.
One person was seriously injured Saturday morning in a two-vehicle traffic crash involving a Vancouver driver along Oregon’s Highway 26.The accident occurred at about 10:45 a.m., just west of the Warm Springs Reservation boundary, according to the Oregon State Police.A 2001 Volkswagen Jetta four-door driven by Tyler Van Vactor, 19, of Milwaukie, Ore., was stopped westbound on Highway 26 near milepost 70 signaling for a left turn onto a Forest Service road. A 36-foot Itasca motorhome driven by Richard G. Stevens, 67, Vancouver, was westbound coming through a slight downhill curve and didn’t see the stopped Volkswagen in time to safely stop. The motorhome crashed into the back of the Volkswagen, propelling it more than 150 feet west along the highway before it crashed into trees off the eastbound shoulder.Off-duty paramedics from Hoodland Fire Department and Redmond Fire & Rescue stopped at the scene and rendered medical care before they were relieved by Hoodland Fire Department and AMR ambulance medical personnel. Van Vactor, who had been using safety restraints, was transported by air ambulance to OHSU Hospital in Portland. Stevens and his 68-year old wife, Elizabeth Stevens, were not injured. They were also using safety restraints.All lanes were closed for 30 minutes before one lane was opened for traffic. The highway was cleared about two hours after the crash.
Saturday — 2,973 adult spring chinook salmon, 421 jack chinook, 155 steelhead, 121,348 shad, 640 sockeye.
While police investigated a two-vehicle collision Tuesday evening in east Vancouver, a possible pipe bomb was discovered nearby in the road.The crash was reported at 6:05 p.m. at Northeast 78th Street and Northeast 162nd Avenue. One of the vehicles, after colliding with the other, careered into the backyard of a house, patrol Sgt. Todd Barsness said.A bystander pointed out that something resembling a PVC pipe bomb was lying in the street about 100 feet from the collision. Deputies weren’t sure what was in the pipe, which was capped at both ends, Barsness said. They called out the agency’s explosive disposal unit, which exploded the object with a loud bang.Police blocked the roadway while they investigated both incidents. According to the Washington Department of Transportation, the collision was cleared around 7:30 p.m.
Load More RelatedPosts Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move Suncity Group looking to develop new resort hotel in Okinawa, Japan after US$10 million land purchase Osaka Governor planning to start operator recruitment process this year “Incorporating a replica of the stunning Osaka Castle into our Conservatory allows us the unique opportunity to share a piece of Japanese culture with tens of thousands of visitors each day,” said MGM Resorts International Chairman and CEO, Jim Murren. “We aim to spark conversation and curiosity about this remarkable country and this storied castle.”The display is a collaboration between MGM Resorts and Japan’s Dentsu Live Inc, with the aim of accurately conveying the “historical and cultural significance of the iconic Osaka Castle,” MGM said. MGM Resorts has unveiled a new spring display at the Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens in Las Vegas showcasing Japanese nature and culture.The display, which will run until 15 June, boasts a range of plants native to Japan including cherry blossoms, elegant butterflies and thousands of fresh tulips, calla lilies and chrysanthemums as well as an intricate 30-foot replica of Osaka Castle. A total of 65,000 flowers have been used.
Hong Kong’s International Entertainment Corp (IEC) has terminated a hotel management agreement with NWHM (Philippines), the management firm that has run New World Manila Bay Hotel and Casino since 2014, in order to take operations in-house.The termination comes into effect from 31 December 2019 with IEC stating that the hotel staff of its subsidiary NCHI, which owns the property, “had learnt and accumulated relevant knowledge and skills in hotel management and hotel marketing during the period such that the team has built up sufficient experience to undertake the scope of work.” G2E Asia officially announces new Philippines expo Hoiana golf course to welcome first players from 23 September RelatedPosts Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Load More It also pointed to the shareholding interest of Mediastar International Limited – a subsidiary of Chow Tai Fook Enterprises – falling below 10% as a contributing factor. NWHM (Philippines) is a Chow Tai Fook company.New World Manila Bay Hotel and Casino houses the Manila branch of PAGCOR operated Casino Filipino.
Healthcare organisation Partnerships in Care has seen a 10% take-up rate among staff who have registered an interest in its car salary sacrifice scheme, which launched in June 2015.The benefit was introduced after employee focus groups highlighted cars as a benefit that would be of interest to staff.Following consultations with employee benefits firm Capita, Partnerships in Care implemented a car scheme via a salary sacrifice arrangement, provided by Fleet Hire. Partnerships in Care’s 5,000 employees have access to 4,000 new cars through the scheme, which includes a 130g/km carbon cap to encourage green car take up. More than 40 new car orders have been placed since the benefit was launched.Staff can obtain quotes via an online platform, accessible on computers, tablets and smartphones, providing ease of access for employees that work shift patterns and who do not have a dedicated work computer.The organisation communicated the scheme to staff through a number of roadshows run by Fleet Hire. These included formal presentations and drop-in sessions. Leanne Austin, senior HR business partner at Partnerships in Care, said: “We felt the car scheme was an excellent idea that would help us to attract and retain staff within our sector of the health industry, and have set the car lease terms at three years in a bid to try and retain staff for longer.“There has been a very positive reaction to the scheme so far among employees.“Take-up has been around 10% of those people who have registered an interest in the scheme, which is above our initial expectations for the scheme.”
HOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) – A man and two teens are in custody, Thursday, for allegedly robbing a pastor at a church in Homestead.According to police, one of the thieves hit the pastor over the head and used a Taser on him. The thieves then reportedly stole his watch and phone before driving away.The brutal attack was caught on surveillance video.The ambush occurred last week at the Casa de Refugio church, located along Southwest Eighth Street and Eighth Avenue.One of the suspects is expected to appear in bond court, Thursday afternoon.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
WILTON MANORS, Fla. (WSVN) — A car burst into flames in the middle of traffic in Wilton Manors, Monday afternoon.Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the blaze along West Oakland Boulevard, near Andrews Avenue.Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames coming from the small sedan before anyone got hurt.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
FLORIDA CITY, FLA. (WSVN) – – A mechanic has been transported to the hospital after a car fell onto him in Florida City, Friday.According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, the incident took place at Benny’s Truck & Auto Repair.The victim is being transported to Jackson South in unknown condition.Please check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – A car crashed into a fire rescue truck in Hollywood on Friday morning.7SkyForce flew over the scene near Northwest 56th Avenue and 34th Street at around.Police responded to the scene where a white car with heavy front-end damage and a fire truck with a fallen ladder could be seen.It is unclear if there were any injuries as a result of the crash.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIAMI (WSVN) – Jungle Island brought back a Father’s Day tradition for the special holiday.The eco-adventure attraction offered free admission for dads, Sunday.The park treated dads and their kids to a classic car showcase among other amenities but had a change of plans due to the wet weather.“We thought there might be an opportunity to maybe see some things, but it was pouring,” said Giuseppe Hernandez, a guest at the park, “so it was a quick U-turn back outside.”It didn’t stop some dads from enjoying over 350 rare animals, shows and some craft beer.The park now includes new features like escape rooms and a flight simulation experience.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.