18 September

Experts prediction on Champions League final

first_imgThe clock is ticking for Champions League final tonight. This so-called classic final has definitely drawn our attention, including football experts, especially former players from both finalists. Here they have given their very own predictions on the final results.According to UEFA, there have been several big names from The Reds and Los Merengeues, including the ones who were up against each other in 1981 Champions League final, in which The Reds won, and some who used to play for both teams like Steve McManaman, Michael Owen, Jerzy Dudek and John Toschack. They are all attempting to foresee the future winner. Here are some of them.Steven Gerrard, 2005 UEFA Champions League-winning captain with Liverpool: “I think we’ve got a really good chance. I wouldn’t say on current form we’re going into the game as underdogs. But, I suppose, they will want to go in as underdogs because it takes a little bit of pressure off.”Vicente del Bosque, former Madrid coach and player: “Real Madrid have a great squad and they’re the best club in Europe right now – they have to show that on Saturday. Real Madrid will beat Liverpool 4-1.”Kenny Dalglish, three-time European Cup winner with Liverpool: “When it’s a one-off game, I think it gives the opposition a better chance. Real Madrid are no novices; they are going for 13 [Champions League wins]. They have got an aura about them, but you aren’t playing the aura, you are playing the team.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…Steve McManaman, ex-Madrid and Liverpool winger: “Liverpool just look stronger and quicker – I take them to win a high-scoring match.”Jerzy Dudek UEFA Champions League winner with Liverpool in 2005: “2-2; Liverpool win on penalties.”Michael Owen, former Liverpool and Madrid striker: “I find it really hard to predict. I know people will have Real Madrid down as the favourites, but I think it is a toss of a coin.”John Toshack, former Liverpool striker and Madrid coach: “My heart tells me Liverpool, but my head says Madrid. When you look at the attacking potential of both sides, it seems impossible that we won’t witness anything that’s not spectacular.”Bruce Grobbelaar, 1984 European Cup winner with Liverpool: “I predict that there will be goals, and we will score, no doubt about it. It’s about how much we concede, but I’m going to go with 3-1 to Liverpool.”last_img read more

18 September

For Gerrard todays RangersHearts match is a mustwin

first_imgThe Gers’ manager believes his team has to win against the first place team in the Scottish Premier League if they want to challenge for the titleHearts have been almost perfect this season.The Scottish Premier League club is on first place in the standings with 19 points, thanks to six wins and only one draw.But today they will be challenged by Rangers, who sit on 7th place with 11 points, after three wins, two draws, and two defeats.And for the Gers’ manager Steven Gerrard, today is one of the biggest games of the season for his club.Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“I’m not going to play the importance of it down. It is a huge three points for Rangers,” he was quoted by The National.“Does the world end if we lose it? No, it doesn’t because of the timing of the season but it would be a big blow to us. It has the reverse effect if you win it.”“It sends out a statement, brings them closer in. I’m sure other people around us would welcome us bringing Hearts in as they don’t want the gap to get any bigger,” he added.“It is a fascinating game and we will be ready come kick-off. We are at home and we will be hoping to get close to Thursday night’s performance.”“It’s another challenge, a different challenge. The players won’t do much until kick-off on Sunday. They recovered on Friday and it’s mostly about food, diet and trying to get energy back into the legs for Sunday,” he commented.last_img read more

17 September

The Turks and Caicos Islands Community College Scholarship Fundraiser

first_img TCI: College Month plans are count down to 25 Years of TCICC Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks & Caicos Islands, 17 Oct 2014 – Donate to Educate and Be Great! It’s that time again for the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College Scholarship Fundraiser… and you have got to be there! Enjoy an evening under the stars with live music by V6… dancing… delicious sips and nibbles… great raffle prizes… live and silent auction… and a special video presentation to celebrate 20 years of the TCICC! Wonderful to support … tickets are $125, get yours now at the college. The Turks and Caicos Islands Community College Scholarship Fundraiser, Friday October 24 at the Regent Palms… We can make college dreams come true. Donate to Educate and Be Great! Related Items:tcicc, The Turks and Caicos Islands Community College Scholarship Fundraiser Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

17 September

Maria lingers residents just want her gone

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 22, 2017 – Grand Turk – #HurricaneMaria was stronger this morning, winds in the 9am report at 125 mph making the system an even more powerful Category three hurricane; and she just wont leave it seems.Trevor Basden of The Bahamas Department of Meteorolgy shared: ‘because Maria is wobbling, hurricane force winds should now be experienced over South Caicos, East Caicos and Middle Caicos this morning, and hurricane force winds should cease over all of the mentioned islands by early afternoon.   However, tropical storm force winds will continue over all the Turks & Caicos Islands until late evening.’   The idea of remaining at home, in doors all day is not attractive to residents who are for various reasons venturing outside.The TCI Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) was forced to issue a firm reminder, that no all clear had been given and that the country remained under hurricane warning.  Stores were to remain closed.  Skies remain overcast in Provo, with pockets of sunshine.   Rain remains on and off, cold and stinging.It is still morning.  It is gonna be a long day and a long time before we can say adios Maria!Images shown are of conditions in Grand Turk this morning. #MagneticMediaNews New, stringent posture on illegal construction makes fines, personal demolition and possible deportation legal says PDM Minister, law now passed Related Items:#HurricaneMaria, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Former PNP Election candidate and businessman calls for swifter reconstruction for Capital, Grand Turk Recommended for you FortisTCI announces bid to hike electricity bills, cites record $42m response to hurricanes as destabilizinglast_img read more

17 September

Solskjaer full of praise for Pogba and De Gea

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer has praised Paul Pogba and David de Gea for their impact during United’s 3-1 win against Huddersfield Town on Boxing Day.United beat Huddersfield 3-1 at Old Trafford to hand Solskjaer a second successive victory in his first home game in charge as interim manager.Paul Pogba scored a brace and David de Gea pulled off an impressive save when the game was still 1-0 in United’s favor.“It wasn’t the best of games,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“We were a bit slow for the first 20 minutes but they settled in and we scored some excellent goals.“That (De Gea save) was the defining moment of the game. It was one of the best saves I have ever seen. That was a big big moment for us.“He (Pogba) has got the attributes for scoring and got a few assists last game. I was very pleased for him today. Paul is the same, he loves football and loves to go forward he has a big, big smile, and I have enjoyed working with him.”last_img read more

17 September

Valdano breaks down the talents of Vinicius and Dembele

first_imgIn a column for El Pais, Argentine Jorge Valdano broke down the specific talents that Vinicius Junior and Ousmane Dembele have today.Before the current season started for an observer like Jorge Valdano, perhaps Ousmane Dembele and Vinicius Junior were a complete riddle that he couldn’t wait to uncover.The Argentine former player has been a football poet for the better part of his retired years, he writes an occasional column for El Pais where he breaks down a topic in his famous lyrical manner.One of the things Valdano does best is spotting young talent, we remember the time when he wrote that Cristiano Ronaldo would be one of the best players in football history back when he was still a teenager at Manchester United.We also recall the many times the Argentine spoke about a very young Messi when he was still playing the under-20 World Cup for Argentina and how much he reminded him of Diego Maradona.All those premonitions have come to pass, which is why we get excited every time he talks about young talents in one of his columns.This time around, Jorge broke down the specific talents that Ousmane Dembele and Vinicius Junior have for Barcelona and Real Madrid, respectively.”Vinicius, tres años más joven, es Dembélé sin terminar. Un pura sangre impetuoso todavía sin domar”. Lee la columna de Jorge Valdano. https://t.co/dHCPeUHf9F— EL PAÍS Deportes (@elpais_deportes) January 26, 2019Valdano started with Dembele by calling him a “classic crazy man”, the type of player who loves letting his imagination loose inside the pitch.“Dembele is like a gazelle with a lot of imagination with the ball at his feet,” wrote Valdano.“He owes that elegant sprint to the colossal coordination that allows him to conduct the ball at the exact distance from any of his both feet, showing the ball to the rival without exposing it too much, like a short-stringed yo-yo, that may very well be the laces from his boots.”“With unmatched speed when anybody comes after him and filled with tricks if anybody tries to block his way.”“For example, when he makes a full stop, which in football translated into one of the most eccentric manners that speed has to win any race.”“Or those dribbles, corporeal lies that help him continue his escape from rivals.”“This player can relate perfectly with his rivals’ proximity (as if they weren’t even a threat to him), and his teammates are stations he uses on his way to the opposite goal as he plays the one-two with each of them as a form of dialogue.”“This is another testament that these new stars are, as always, a little crazy without the need of not remaining classic,” he added.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.🤔 ¿Qué jugador ilusiona más a su afición?🔄 Vinicius♥ Dembélé pic.twitter.com/A4dNxOXfbs— Batallas del Fútbol ⚽ (@FutbolWar) January 25, 2019Valdano then talks about Vinicius as the glue that has put Real Madrid back together, the team’s leader in the most recent matches.“And Vinicius, who is three years younger, is an unfinished Dembele. An impetuous pure breed who still hasn’t been tamed,” continued Jorge.“Perhaps due to his youth, and a little bit due to his desire to expose his talents because he just arrived.”“And finally, for a healthy competitive spirit, he still hasn’t found the pause that helps him modulate his spectacular power and helps organize his multiple talents.”“Always in a hurry. You can tell when he chooses to take his shots, that come out twisted because he still hasn’t discovered that one can even be precise at top speed.”“But we are still talking about an 18-year old kid who already found a starring role at Real Madrid, and he just keeps playing these matches with his optimistic style of play that makes the fans dream of better days with his presence alone.”“Vinicius is the most recent proof that great players can become addictive. One simply wishes that they simply get the ball,” he concluded.🍿 En las mejores pantallas…⚡ THE @DEMBOUZ SHOW! ⚡🎟 ¡Apto para todos los públicos! pic.twitter.com/mQjiTs293i— LaLiga (@LaLiga) January 24, 2019Do you agree with Valdano’s analysis of Vinicius Junior and Ousmane Dembele? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

17 September

Man accused of pulling knife on El Cajon school bus driver pleads

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, John Soderman, Man accused of pulling knife on El Cajon school bus driver pleads not guilty May 31, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, John Soderman center_img Updated: 10:20 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsEL CAJON (KUSI) — A man who allegedly waved a knife at the driver of a bus full of schoolchildren in a rural neighborhood in southeastern San Diego County pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges including attempted kidnapping during a carjacking, elder abuse and three counts of child endangerment.Matthew Douglas Barker, 36, was ordered held on $750,000 bail.Related Story: Man forces way onto Campo school bus armed with multiple knivesSheriff’s officials said the school bus was pulling away from a stop in the 900 block of Jeb Stuart Road in Campo when the driver noticed a man running toward it about 8:30 a.m. last Friday.Thinking the approaching pedestrian was a parent trying to stop the bus for a child who had missed it, the driver pulled to a halt and opened the front door of the coach, Sgt. William Uelen said.The man — believed to be under the influence of some sort of drug — then began to board the vehicle, which was full of Campo Elementary School students, prompting the driver to inform him that he was not allowed to do so.When the intruder refused to halt, the driver tried to physically block him from getting into the passenger area, Uelen said.Seeing the two men grappling with each other, a grandmother of one of the students hurried aboard to try to help the driver. As the struggle between the three escalated, the assailant pulled a knife, Uelen said.At that point, a second bystander entered the bus and intervened. Following a scuffle, he was able to pry the weapon away from the intruder and pull him off the bus.An older student, meanwhile, ushered the other children to the back of the vehicle, called out for help to some parents who were still nearby and helped the young pupils get out of the bus via a back door and rear windows.Arriving deputies arrested the suspect — later identified as Barker, a Campo resident — without further incident. No injuries were reported.Preliminary evidence indicated that “drugs were a factor in this incident,” the sergeant said.Barker faces close to 13 years in prison plus 18 months in jail if convicted, said Deputy District Attorney Taren Brast.A readiness conference was scheduled for June 8 and a preliminary hearing for June 13. Posted: May 31, 2018last_img read more

17 September

San Diego FireRescue on scene of two gas leaks

first_img KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Two separate gas leaks in San Diego triggered evacuations Monday morning, authorities said.The first leak was reported just before 8 a.m. Construction crews cut through a two-inch gas line near the intersection of Enrico Fermi Drive and Enrico Fermi Place, San Diego Fire-Rescue spokesman Jose Ysea said.Construction workers evacuated from the area, but no fire and no injuries were reported, according to Ysea, who said San Diego Gas & Electric Co. crews were notified to cap the leak.The second gas leak was reported just before 9 a.m. on San Onofre Terrace near Las Flores Terrace, Ysea said, leading to the evacuation of a dozen residences, Ysea said.SDG&E crews arrived on scene around 9:15 a.m., he said. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: July 30, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, July 30, 2018 San Diego Fire-Rescue on scene of two gas leakslast_img read more

16 September

Survey Offers Chance for Free Trip to 2015 Commodity Classic in Phoenix

first_imgFor Growers and Family Members Who Registered for Commodity Classic 2014 Only:Complete a survey for a chance to win a trip to the 2015 Commodity Classic, taking place next February in Phoenix, Ariz. Prize consists of round-trip coach airfare for two, registrations and hotel accommodations for two for up to four nights over the conference dates.This prize is non-transferable and may not be exchanged for cash.  Winner will be drawn at random from completed survey.  Survey must be received by Wednesday, March 12, to be entered into the drawing.CLICK HERE FOR THE SURVEYCommodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention, and trade show. The event offers a wide range of learning and networking opportunities for growers in the areas of production, policy, marketing, management and stewardship—as well as showcasing the latest in equipment, technology and innovation. For more information, visit www.CommodityClassic.com.last_img read more

16 September

Soy Growers EU OptOut Proposal Would Disrupt Trade Policy Economy

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) and United States Biotech Crops Alliance (USBCA) urge the European Union (EU) to withdraw the biotechnology “Opt Out” before it disrupts trade policy and the economy.ASA and the USBCA provided comments to the World Trade Organization (WTO) last week stating the proposal cannot be supported under international trade rules or on practical grounds.In April, the European Commission proposed amending its approvals process for biotechnology traits. The proposal would allow individual member states to opt out of the import of products containing those traits for food and feed use, including products already being imported, even though such traits have been fully approved by European Union (EU) food safety officials.In the comments, ASA and USBCA supported the views expressed by members of the E.U.  Agriculture and Fisheries Council, members of the Agriculture and Environment Committees of the European Parliament and the Governments of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Paraguay and the United States.“With near-unanimity, these institutions and Governments have indicated the proposal would violate both the E.U.’s international trade obligations and the principles of the single-E.U. market, to the detriment of both the E.U’s trading partners and E.U. agriculture,” they stated. “In addition, they have cited the lack of formal legal opinion and impact assessment of the proposal, and as such recommended that the proposal be rejected and withdrawn. We join in the opinion that it should be withdrawn.”The letter also pointed out that EU adoption of this proposal would violate a number of WTO provisions and have major short and long term effects on both GMO crop exporters and consumers in the EU.Short-term effects include the loss of direct export markets and logistical and management costs. Long-term effects could include major structural changes both for exporters and EU industry and increased shipping costs.The “Opt Out” proposal must be adopted by the 28 EU member states and the EU parliament through the co-decision process. A timeline for that has not been set.ASA is a member of USBCA, a broad-based group of U.S. organizations dedicated to improving the environment for technology innovation and the market for U.S. crops produced through the use of biotechnology.Click here to read the entire letter.last_img read more

16 September

Washingtons wind power windfall

first_imgBICKLETON — At the Bluebird Inn, social center for this unincorporated town of about 90 residents, old-timers still spin stories of eastern Klickitat County’s glory days as a Wild West outpost. Washington’s oldest continuously operating saloon, built in 1882, survived a series of fires that ravaged the downtown area. It still has its original plank floors and vintage pool table. In the old days, the tavern hosted all-day poker games and branding parties and even had a barbershop. Women weren’t allowed inside until the late 1960s. But these days, the chatter at the Bluebird Inn is likely to be about the latest out-of-town energy company looking to lease land from local farmers, the newest wind turbines going up out on East Road, or this week’s road closures to accommodate the tractor-trailer rigs that shuttle the sleek white tower sections and turbine blades from ports in Vancouver, Longview and Everett to this sea of dryland wheat above the Columbia River. Eastern Klickitat County’s wind energy boom has utterly transformed the landscape. In the past four years, 624 wind turbines have risen along the crest of the Columbia Hills and on ridges south and east of this town of 90, each the height of a 41-story building as measured from the ground to the tip of the highest turbine blade. That number is likely to reach 1,000 when and if all the projects that are under construction or working their way through the permitting process come on line.The gusty Gorge winds that set those turbine blades spinning have the capacity to generate more than 1,200 megawatts of power once all the wind farms under construction in Klickitat County are generating electricity — enough to serve about 300,000 homes. That’s more than the generating capacity of Portland General Electric’s Trojan nuclear power plant, which closed in 1993, or about five natural gas-fired plants, such as the River Road plant operated by Clark Public Utilities.last_img read more

16 September

Bank on Clark County taking account

first_imgLONGVIEW — Rodney VanMatre is no bank’s ideal customer. The former furniture mover lives in a homeless shelter, has a history of alcoholism, and until recently had an income of only $197 per month.But VanMatre, 59, is working to put his life back together. He recently was awarded Social Security Disability, which raised his income to $684 per month. He’s off the bottle. He has even opened a bank account and is slowly saving money.A $168 overdraft in 2008 had caused a Longview credit union to initially reject VanMatre’s application to open a savings account. He then took a four-week class in financial management offered by the Lower Columbia Community Action Program. As part of a collaboration between social service agencies and banks called Bank on Cowlitz County, Red Canoe Credit Union then allowed VanMatre to open an account. “This gives me a chance to maybe learn a little responsibility,” says VanMatre, who is now looking for his own apartment. Most people won’t fall as far financially as VanMatre, yet many struggle to manage finances and establish solid credit ratings, essential to meet the necessities of life. Social service leaders and bankers in Clark County are now working behind the scenes on an effort to extend financial services to people who historically have not used banks. These leaders hope to learn from success stories like VanMatre’s as they prepare to launch Bank on Clark County, a local take on a national initiative.last_img read more

16 September

UPDATE Labor and Industries fines Value Motel 7500

first_imgThe Washington State Department of Labor and Industries has levied $7,500 in fines against the Value Motel in Hazel Dell.A health inspector and a safety inspector with the Division of Occupational Safety and Health conducted an inspection of the motel June 1. Both inspectors issued findings in reports released this month.In the safety report, which was issued July 13, the state cited and fined the motel for four “serious” violations and one “general” violation. Fines for the serious violations ranged from $150 to $900. In the health report, which was issued Friday, the state cited and fined the motel for eight serious violations and one general violation. Six of the serious violations carried $900 fines; the two others carried $300 fines. The general violations didn’t include fines.Value Motel owner Milton O. Brown did not respond to The Columbian’s request for comment.Hector Castro, spokesman for Labor and Industries, said the inspection was prompted by multiple media reports on the condition of the motel.The safety report indicated three of the five violations were corrected during the inspection. The motel has until Aug. 15 to correct the remaining violations.Here’s a breakdown of the violations cited by the state in the safety report:o The large industrial dryer in the laundry room had an exposed chain and sprocket. Employees who come in contact with the exposed chain and sprocket are at risk of serious injury. Fine: $300.o A pedestal grinder did not have a tongue guard for the grinding wheel. The grinder was located in the maintenance shed. Fine: $150.o The grinder also didn’t have a properly adjusted work rest for the grinding wheel. Fine: $150.o The motel did not have a formal, written accident prevention program that was developed and tailored to the needs of the workplace. Fine: $900.last_img read more

16 September

Columbia River nearing flood stage

first_imgThe mighty Columbia River was running high and fast Sunday, April1, flirting with its flood stage.The gauge at the Interstate 5 Bridge was at 15.78 feet at 8 p.m. Sunday; 16 feet is considered flood stage. That measurement has nothing to do with the depth of the Columbia or the damage the river could cause. For instance, the river crested at 27 feet during the great flood of 1996.However, runners and walkers found the river lapping onto the Waterfront Renaissance Trail at Columbia Shores Condominiums on Sunday afternoon.The river was flowing at about 350,000 cubic feet per second at Bonneville Dam. The average for this time of year at Bonneville is about 190,000 cubic feet per second, said Chuck Orwig, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Portland.The weather service has a flood advisory through noon today for the Columbia.Meteorologist Liana Ramirez said the high river is “predominately due to the heavy rainfall we’ve been seeing the past several weeks.”She said this was the third-wettest March on record at Vancouver with 7.81 inches. The average is 4.21 inches for the month. The Vancouver record for March, set in 1916, is 8.38 inches.Pearson Field recorded .38 of an inch on Friday and .57 of an inch on Saturday.Enjoy today, as Ramirez said it “is going to be the driest day of the week.”Then, she said, “once again there will be showers through this week. We may see a break this weekend.”No problems were reported on the Washougal River.“It’s a little high, but we haven’t had any calls about it,” said Officer Ryan Castro of the Washougal Police Department.last_img read more

16 September

Superior Court judge to be sworn in May 4

first_imgGreg Gonzales, who was appointed this week to the Clark County Superior Court bench, will be sworn in May 4 at the Clark County Courthouse.Gonzales will take office May 1 and have his official swearing-in ceremony at 4 p.m. in Presiding Judge Barbara Johnson’s courtroom on the fourth floor of the courthouse.Gonzales, Battle Ground’s municipal court judge, will succeed Edwin Poyfair, who is retiring April 30. Gonzales was chosen by Gov. Chris Gregoire from among four other applicants. He will have to run in this year’s election to keep the seat.last_img read more

16 September

WSP patrol car strikes kills pedestrian at Mount Vernon

first_imgMOUNT VERNON — A Washington State Patrol car struck and killed a pedestrian Tuesday night on the Interstate 5 offramp at Mount Vernon.The patrol said the trooper was exiting I-5 at 9:45 p.m. when he hit the 26-year-old man, who died at the scene.Trooper Keith Leary told KOMO that the trooper was shaken but not injured. He’s on leave while the patrol and Mount Vernon police investigation.Leary called the death a tragic accident and said, “Our hearts go out to that family.”last_img

16 September

Clark County budget director latest to depart

first_imgClark County Budget Director Jim Dickman has accepted a job with Pierce County.Dickman, 55, married in February and said he intends to move to Lacey, where his wife lives.The announcement makes him the fourth high-ranking county official in two months to announce plans to leave.Dickman’s resignation follows the announcements of Clark County Administrator Bill Barron and Deputy Administrator Glenn Olson. Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart noted those three individuals make up the top leadership in terms of planning the county budget.“I am worried about our top three budget managers leaving at a crucial time,” Stuart said. “We have a lot of work to do now to shore this up, but we also have a great team in the budget office.”Stuart said commissioners may discuss the matter as soon as Wednesday’s afternoon board time meeting.Bronson Potter, the county’s chief civil deputy prosecutor, announced his departure earlier this month. A fifth top official at the county, Environmental Services Director Kevin Gray, announced his resignation in February. However, it was later determined that Gray was offered a severance package after he dropped a whistle-blower complaint against the county.Barron, whose last day will be Sept. 10, said he decided to retire even though his contract doesn’t expire until December 2014. Potter has accepted a job with the city of Vancouver. Olson, mentioned as a candidate to replace Barron, said his retirement will be effective July 1.Dickman, who earns $118,080 a year, will serve his final day on July 2. As of Tuesday morning, he said he had yet to reach a final salary agreement with Pierce County, but called the pay “comparable.”When asked if his departure was part of a larger exodus within the county, Dickman said his decision was based on his family.“I’m seriously leaving because I want to be with my wife,” Dickman said. “I love this place.”Still, Dickman noted, the financial state of the county will require leadership moving forward.Commissioners recently approved a fee waiver for nonresidential development in an effort to stimulate job growth.And while it is a projection — and Commissioners David Madore and Tom Mielke, the two Republicans voting yes in the 2-1 vote, predict new taxes from the influx of business will bridge the gap — the county estimates the general fund burden will increase by $4.8 million over the coming year and a half because of the change.“Our current financial modeling for the next few years reflects that the county has a challenge ahead of them for balancing the books,” Dickman said.last_img read more

16 September

Outside lab asked to review Hanford vapor problem

first_imgRICHLAND — A South Carolina lab will lead an independent review of chemical fumes reported by workers at waste storage tanks at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear weapons site in Washington.Washington River Protection Solutions, a contractor, asked the Savannah River National Laboratory to provide a broader analysis and recommendations for the Hanford Nuclear Reservation than previous reviews in 2008 and 2010.The U.S. Energy Department supports the review to resolve questions raised this spring after more than two dozen workers received medical attention following apparent exposure to chemical vapors at the nuclear reservation in eastern Washington, the Tri-City Herald reported.The fumes that vent from the underground tanks have been a concern for two decades. A number of safety steps have been taken in recent years, but the latest exposures show more needs to be done, said Dave Olson, president of Washington River Protection Solutions.The independent team will look at the technology used to protection against contact with vapors and additional technology that can test the personal breathing space of individual workers.last_img read more

16 September

Inslee I havent forgotten about Southwest Washington

first_imgGov. Jay Inslee’s proposed transportation budget doesn’t fund any Southwest Washington projects, but on Friday the governor said he hasn’t forgotten the region. “We do have significant improvements that are needed in Southwest Washington,” Inslee said during an interview at The Columbian.The governor’s proposed budget reserves $650 million of unallocated money to fund a host of projects “of local concern” statewide, he said. “We had a choice when we rolled out this budget to either designate those projects, which might have been politically easier, frankly, but we wanted the local communities to help decide what the highest priority to them is,” he said, adding the money would not be reserved for “mega projects.”Local projects Inslee mentioned included widening of Interstate 205 in Vancouver, the widening of state Highway 502/Main Street in Battle Ground, and a rail overpass in Ridgefield.Mark Brown, a lobbyist who represents Southwest Washington in Olympia, blasted the governor’s transportation plan earlier in the week for ignoring the region. On Friday, he said it’s welcome news the governor is aware of the region’s priority projects.“Now we just have to find a pathway forward to get funded,” Brown said. Last legislative session, an unsuccessful transportation revenue package included only $46 million for projects in Clark County. Some officials blamed it on the Columbia River Crossing vacuum, noting that after the Interstate 5 Bridge replacement project’s demise, there was a $450 million hole that had been reserved for Clark County but was quickly designated elsewhere.last_img read more