The Bonneville Power Administration will begin a two-year pilot project this summer that may have larger implications for the expensive and controversial I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project, the high-voltage line proposed to pass through Clark County.The problem BPA is trying to address is a point of high congestion in its transmission system near Longview called the South of Alston.On a handful of summer days, the Portland metro area and other West Coast communities to the south of the congestion point demand almost as much power from the energy production in the Pacific Northwest Interior as the antiquated transmission system can handle.That demand threatens to hamper the BPA’s reliability and could damage some power lines.“One of the attractive features of our portfolio is we’re able to acquire the right to dispatch these resources close to the source of the congestion,” Sarah Arison, the BPA’s nonwire projects manager, said.Under the two-year pilot, four energy companies working with BPA will create more than 110 megawatts of relief for the transmission system on 10 summer days for four hours at a time.
Pilot and passenger walked away unharmed after they were forced to land their small plane in a field north of Washougal on Sunday afternoon.Emergency crews were called to a large field in the 30900 block of Northeast 10th Street around 2 p.m., Clark County sheriff’s Deputy Chris Story said, after a plane en route to land at Grove Field made an emergency landing.Story said the pair in the single-engine plane were practicing what to do in a stall when the plane suffered some kind of mechanical failure.It was clear the airfield was too far away, Story said, so they landed the plane in the empty field, which is about 2 miles west of the Grove Field. No one was hurt and no property was damaged, Story said. The plane received minor damage.Story said the plane will remain in the property owner’s field until the plane’s owners can tow it away. The FAA was also investigating, he said.
PORTLAND — A federal appeals court panel has found that firing a Springfield, Ore., police officer who refused to sign an agreement prohibiting her from saying or writing anything negative about the department or the city violated her First Amendment right to free speech.The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Wednesday that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sent the case back to a federal judge in Eugene to determine whether the city of Springfield is liable for the police chief’s decision to restrict Officer Thelma Barone.The chief offered Barone a “last-chance agreement” after a suspension: She could return only if she didn’t criticize police, the city or its staff in writing or in speech.The appellate panel said the restriction was too broad.Lawyers for Springfield argued the speech restriction is necessary to maintain “the effective and efficient operation of the police department” and safeguard the public’s opinion of police.
BATTLE GROUND — Battle Ground Public Schools officials are optimistic that drastic cuts won’t be necessary to balance the district’s 2019-2020 budget. It’s what happens next year that’s more tenuous.The roughly 13,000-student school district is projecting about $188 million in expenses this upcoming school year, with an expected $184.4 million in revenue, according to information presented at a district workshop Monday night. The district is relying on about $3.5 million in surplus funds to make up for that discrepancy. A significant portion of that gap, however, is made up of one-time expenses, such as the $1.1 million the district has set aside in its fund balance for the adoption of new math curriculum.But expenses are going up for the north Clark County district, and enrollment, the primary driver of revenue, is stagnating. The district is expected to spend about $145.9 million, for example, on salaries and benefits in the upcoming school year. That’s up from about $139.5 million in the 2018-2019 school year. About $3 million of that increase is due to changes to the state’s health care plan for teachers.Meanwhile, district enrollment clocked in at 12,954 during the 2018-2019 school year. That’s 610 fewer students than the district had originally projected, and 358 students fewer than in the previous school year. Enrollment is expected to climb somewhat next year to 13,093. But with the district receiving about $8,600 per student from the state, that’s millions of dollars the district is losing from recent years, explained Meagan Hayden, chief financial officer for the district.“Our revenue is decreasing because of enrollment,” Hayden said.The district has eliminated about 60 positions to accommodate enrollment declines — fewer students means less staff needed — including 44 certificated staff such as teachers. That doesn’t mean everyone will lose their jobs, however. As staff retire or leave the district, those certificated employees are being moved into new positions, Deputy Superintendent Denny Waters said. Only three have not been placed, he said.
A body was recovered Monday night from the Washougal River east of the Southeast Vernon Road bridge.Clark County sheriff’s deputies responded about 7 p.m. to the 38700 block of Northeast Washougal River Road, according to a sheriff’s office news release. The body was recovered with the help of the Clark County Fire District 6 technical rescue team.The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office will perform an autopsy and, after the person’s next of kin is notified, identify the individual, according to the news release. A forensic dentist is helping the medical examiner’s office with the identification, sheriff’s Sgt. Brent Waddell said. Additional information will likely be available Wednesday.Malinda Hupy, 31, of Camas was floating the river with her family shortly before 6 p.m. Monday when her son Logan Hupy, 10, fell off his inner tube.As she went to retrieve the inner tube, Malinda Hupy came across three men standing on rocks roughly 7 feet away. They told her they had discovered a body and asked her to get out of the water to help them.“I didn’t believe them,” Hupy said.But after approaching the area where the men were standing, Hupy saw a figure floating near the surface in the middle of the river. A hand was deeper in the water, wedged between two rocks.
Since joining Bayern Munich in May of 2017, Renato Sanches had just made his first appearance and scored a goal that pleased his boss Niko Kovac.Sanches had a good performance in the away win Bayern claimed against his former Benfica side in their opening game of the Champions League. Kovac has said that the 21-year-old’s performance in the game was special.After a long loan to Swansea City throughout last season, Sanches returned to a good start, converting the cross from James Rodriguez into a goal for his side. He had received an applause even from his former side Benfica.“I’m happy,” Kovac said during his post-match news conference, according to FourFourTwo. “Like I said in Munich, Renato wasn’t going to be our travel guide.Nobody wanted Renato Sanches to leave Bayern Manuel R. Medina – September 7, 2019 Renato Sanches’ Bayern Munich teammates loved him, and although he didn’t have a good time with the team, they didn’t want him to leave.“Actually Thiago [Alcantara] should have played, but when we knew he was going to miss the game, I thought it was the right time to let Renato play.“What he did tonight was special. You could see why he is such a good player in his young age. A player with high technical and physical skills. And then he even scored.“I have to make a compliment to him and the Portuguese supporters, that they gave him applause. You don’t see that very often. That speaks for their favour.”
Paul Pogba revealed that he has been banned from speaking to the media as Manchester United’s struggles continued on Tuesday nightThe Red Devils started their Champions League fixture against Valencia brightly with forwards Marcus Rashford and Alexis Sanchez leading the attack.However, the Spanish side gradually grew into the game as United struggled to maintain control at Old Trafford with both sides eventually settling for a 0-0 draw.Pogba, who had a free-kick saved by Valencia goalkeeper Neto, was among the players required by UEFA regulation to walk through the post-match mixed zone interview area.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“I’ve been told I’m not allowed [to talk],” Pogba told the reporters, as he left, on the Daily Mirror.Following United’s 3-1 defeat to West Ham last Saturday, Pogba also evaded questioning by journalists afterwards.“You want me dead?” he asked.United’s stance on Pogba comes after a falling out with manager Jose Mourinho over comments he has made over the Portuguese in the past with the pair seen arguing with each other in a training session last week.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 23 Oct 2014 – Oil prices have dropped 30 cents according to OPEC and Fortis TCI this week announced that the fuel factor rate will decrease from .2447 to .2366. These changes will be seen in power bills for October. The news comes on the heels of a signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between stakeholders and government as ways to reduce the cost of electricity in the territory continue to be explored. It was last week that the Turks and Caicos committed to the ten island challenge of the Carbon War Room; an initiative started by Sir Richard Branson and Rocky Mountain Institute. Commenting on the decision by the Turks and Caicos, Branson said the TCI joining in the pact means the effort is expanding and more transformation for Caribbean economies is on the horizon so they are independent of fossil fuels. The organizations are not only offering support, but expertise. The Caribbean has some of the highest rates in the world on electricity bills and ranks lowest in efforts to counter fossil fuels with renewable energy ideas. FortisTCI reveals Education Week winners Related Items:fortis tci, fuel factor, OPEC, richard branson, rocky mountain institute Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you TCI Police looking for candy & electricity thieves Rave Reviews for National Science Fair ideas
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, April 7 (JIS): The visit of the President of the United States (US), Barack Obama, and the meeting with Heads of State and Government of CARICOM, should deepen bilateral relations between the US and the region.Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications at the White House, Ben Rhodes, said several areas of mutual interest exist between the United States and CARICOM, including regional security and energy stability.Mr. Rhodes further noted that the US is keenly interested in youth development and plans to foster greater partnerships with the youth of the region.“The fact that the President is doing a town hall in Jamaica dedicated to the youth, indicates our understanding that there is a tremendous youth population in these countries, and that carries with it enormous promise. If we’re investing in the youth of the Caribbean, we can expand our ties,” he said. Mr. Rhodes was speaking in a White House press call today (April 7), to preview the President’s visit to Jamaica.Issues of mutual interest between the US and CARICOM will be raised during bilateral discussions between the President and Heads of State and Government of CARICOM, on Thursday (April 9). President Obama is expected to visit Jamaica from April 8 to 9 while on his way to the Sixth Summit of the Americas in Panama.Among the activities planned for the visit include: a bilateral meeting at the Office of the Prime Minister; CARICOM-US Summit at the University of the West Indies, Regional Headquarters; a wreath laying ceremony at National Heroes Park; and a Youth Forum at the University of the West Indies. Recommended for you CARICOM Inter-Sessional Meeting discussions conclude on high note UN SG is Special Guest at Opening Ceremony for CARICOM Heads Meeting Wednesday Bahamas to take 15-member delegation to CARICOM meeting set in Mo’Bay, Jamaica Related Items:barack obama, ben rhodes, CARICOM
New York Dancers share talent in TCI Provo now No. 4 Island; Minister comments Energy Town Meeting for Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:citizenship, provo, town hall meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 24 Aug 2015 – The Provo town hall meeting for the TCI Belonger Status Bill 2015 is on tonight at the Gus Lightbourne Gym and set for a 6pm start. The path to citizenship in the territory should make for an intriguing discussion tonight. Residents are encouraged to attend the session led by the Ministry of Border Control and Employment to weigh in on the bill which is to be tabled in the House of Assembly on September 14. The national public consultation process ends September 7. Recommended for you
Mid-Year Budget Highlights Strides in Cellular Liberalization Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp PUMP plan gets PLP shove, Bridge coming for Fishing Hole Road Related Items:christie perry, sir albert miller Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, 01 Sept 2015 – I begin by renewing my condolences, and the condolences of the Government and people of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, to Lady Miller and the entire family of the great Bahamian whose passing we mourn today, even as we celebrate his life; a life that was blessed with the gift of long years and marked by devoted service to his country, to his family, and to the institutions, both public and private, that he served so ably and so loyally during his long and fruitful life. The word “great” is one that we tend to overuse in speaking of the dead. In the case of Sir Albert Miller, however, we stand on the surest and most certain of foundations when we characterize him, as I unhesitatingly do today, as a truly great man and an authentically great Bahamian.And it would do us all well today to reflect on the personal ingredients that went into making Sir Albert the great man and the great Bahamian that he indubitably was. To begin with, Sir Albert was a man of character; a man of courage and conviction; a man of talent and ability; of dedication and of discipline; of generosity and of kindness; of loyalty and of service. And Sir Albert applied these abundant resources of his being in a way that not only earned for himself great personal success in multiple sphere of endeavours; but they also earned him the appreciation, the admiration, and the gratitude of so many persons from so many different walks of life, particularly those who were helped by him in one way or another over the years. In some instances, the help that Sir Albert provided was direct. Mindful, as he always was, of his own humble beginnings in Long Island and equally mindful of those thoughtful and compassionate persons who had helped him in his own personal development, especially after he had moved to Nassau in his teens, Sir Albert was always keen to extend a helping hand to those who needed it, especially young and promising Bahamians who were without financial resources to further their education or to launch their careers. Sir Albert helped many such persons over the course of his life, especially in the latter part of his life when his own material blessings had grown considerably. He never hogged his wealth. Instead he saw to it that not only was his family generously provided for but that so many others, especially here in Grand Bahama, would be able to share in the fruits of his material blessings as well. More often than not, however, we never heard of such generosity. Seldom did we know when Sir Albert extended a helping hand. Most of it he did anonymously, without fuss or fanfare, seeking neither recognition nor reward for doing the good that he was doing. And so, whether it was extending help through the church or through some other institution or agency, or doing it more directly, Sir Albert never sought anything in return. The personal satisfaction of knowing that he was using his material resources to be of help to those in need was quite enough for him. It was not something he felt any need to crow about. But Sir Albert helped others in less tangible ways as well. He did so not with money but by the power of his personal example. He was a born leader who, throughout his life, inspired so many others simply by exhibiting the same qualities of greatness that I ascribed to him earlier: his enormous courage; his skill and talent; his disciplined approach to work; his absolute dedication; his loyalty and of sense of service, especially patriotic service. These qualities were deeply embedded in Sir Albert’s being. They were an integral part of who he was. And one could not help but be impressed and inspired by the Albert Miller who possessed them. These qualities were as much in evidence during the first part of Albert Miller’s adult life when he was climbing the ranks of the Royal Bahamas Police Force as they were in the second part of his life when he was distinguishing himself as one of the leaders of the Grand Bahama Port Authority and the City of Freeport. He didn’t re-manufacture himself when he moved into these new roles in Grand Bahama. Instead he was able to call upon the same resources of personality, the same reservoir of talent, that had been so central to his outstanding success as a police officer in his earlier years. And so, just as he had risen steadily through the ranks from the lowly position of Constable in his teens to the exalted post of Deputy Commissioner while in late 30’s, Albert Miller was subsequently able to climb the ranks of the Grand Bahama Port Authority to attain one higher post after another, culminating in his appointment as President and later as Co-Chairman. In climbing the ladder of success, first in law enforcement and then later in the boardrooms of commerce and city-planning, Sir Albert demonstrated a consistency of high purpose and dedication, and a level of skill and ability that were truly inspirational to behold. He was a man of action. A man of purpose. A man who never settled for second best. A man who never asked others to make sacrifices or to do things that he himself was not prepared to do. He led by example. And it was because he was that kind of man that Sir Albert Miller is justly remembered today as a true and enduring inspiration to those who worked under him or alongside him as well as those in the wider community who marked the manner of the man and drew inspiration from what they saw. One of the really remarkable things about Sir Albert Miller’s life was how the first part of his life as a policeman was as impressive as the second part when, as fate would have it, he ended up in a vastly different career as a businessman and city leader – a kind of unofficial mayor even for the nation’s second city. Most men who achieve great things in life do it in only one sphere. In the case of Sir Albert, however, he had the uncommon distinction of achieving greatness in two completely different spheres of human endeavour, one after the other. I need not recall today the great contributions that Sir Albert made in these two different spheres of his adult life because I have already had occasion to do so in my official statement following his passing and also because others have spoken so eloquently to it already as well. However, it would be remiss of me as Prime Minister if I did not on this solemn occasion express the gratitude of the government and people of The Bahamas for the uniformly exemplary and profoundly important contributions that Albert Miller made over the course of decades to help keep the people of The Bahamas safe from crime. His courageous and unfailing dedication to policing was as extraordinary as the skills and talents he brought to the job. I have no hesitation whatsoever in saying that it was because of Bahamians like Albert Miller that the foundations of the Royal Bahamas Police Force were as securely established as they were. Indeed the outstanding police officers of today rest upon the shoulders of legendary predecessors like Albert Miller. He was a policeman’s policeman, a mentor and role model of the first order. The generations of police officers that have since followed in his footsteps are therefore deeply indebted to him for the standard that he and others of his own generation set for them to emulate. But it’s not just police officers. It is the nation as a whole that is in debt to Sir Albert for all of the personal risks and sacrifices he undertook in the service of the Bahamian people as a law enforcement leader extraordinaire; and for the fearless, incorruptible and expert manner in which he went about protecting the Bahamian people from lawless elements within our borders. He was one of the best. He really was!For that I extend the sincere thanks of a grateful nation. I also extend the thanks of the nation for Sir Albert’s second major area of achievement as a leading figure in the development of the modern city of Freeport in the post-Groves era. Sir Albert brought a uniquely Bahamian balance to the otherwise expatriate-heavy leadership of the Port. This was of invaluable help to the Port in re-setting the ship on the right course and in charting the way forward, taking due account of national sensibilities and popular expectations.Sir Albert sensed these things almost intuitively, and being the man of superb judgment and intelligent insight that he was, he was able to exert great influence over the owners of the GBPA in crafting new and more relevant policies aimed at promoting economic growth and urban development for the good of all. Sir Albert’s achievements in that regard cannot be underestimated. They represent yet another pillar upon which his legacy stands. Finally, it would also be remiss of me if I did not again acknowledge how personally indebted I am to Sir Albert for all the wise counsel he so unselfishly gave me over the years. Although I should have expected no less from the fellow Valley Boy that he was, I was always very grateful – and I still am – for how unfailingly generous Sir Albert always was in giving me sound and sensible advice, and for sharing with me his profound insights into so many different national challenges we face. I greatly value the moments we shared in that vein just as I greatly value the gift of his friendship. I close with these words:Many years ago, one of the more colourful and controversial public figures in American history, the former Vice-president, Aaron Burr, had occasion to use a phrase that has special relevance, I think, to the great man we pay homage to today. Burr was giving praise to a group of heroic men. In doing so, he described them as “the best blood of the country”. He was moved to describe them so not because of the nobility of their lineage but because of the courageous and patriotic service they had given and the excellent work they had done.That phrase rings true today as well for Sir Albert Miller’s life, in all its fullness, reveals that there also flowed within him “the best blood of the country”.And we are all the better for it.May he rest in peace. Recommended for you
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 25, 2017 – Nassau – Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames said, on September 21, 2017, that among the many important programmes geared towards the proper rehabilitation of prisoners is the aspect of the spiritual development of the prisoner.“This most fundamental aspect cannot go unmentioned,” Minister Dames said, during an official launch of the Archdiocesan Catholic Church Men’s Association (ACCMA) Ministry of H.O.P.E. (Helping Our People Excel), at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services Remand Center Housing Unit.The Catholic Church Men’s Ministry of H.O.P.E. will provide spiritual mentoring to further equip inmates in their rehabilitation and preparedness to re-enter society.Among those present at the launch were Catholic Archbishop of Nassau the Most Rev. Patrick Pinder, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of National Security Carl Smith, Commissioner of Corrections Patrick Wright, Corrections Chaplin Rev. Leonard Clarke, members of the ACCMA and other members of the Clergy, and Correctional Officers.Minister Dames said that because of the hard work of the Prison Chaplaincy, the nation was seeing that “hostile, hopeless inmates” were transformed into “decent productive members of society with the knowledge of religious and spiritual values.”“The religious and spiritual values being instilled in the inmates give them hope and skills necessary to re-enter society as productive and responsible citizens,” he said.Minister Dames noted: “Was it not King David, when he pleaded for forgiveness from God, he asked God ‘to create in me a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within me… and bring me back on to you as in the days of old’. This is the fundamental aspiration of any individual’s spiritual development and growth, to be accepted after repentance.”Minister Dames commended the ACCMA for the innovative initiative that was being launched that day and said that it offered its participants the opportunity to be “mentored by men of God”.“This program will have attached conditions that require each participants to be subject to ongoing monitoring and supervision through faith-based activities,” he pointed out.“The success of the proposed spiritual rehabilitative programs rests heavily not only on the Chaplain and the Archdiocesan men’s ministry but on all inmates who enter the program,” Minister Dames said. “With the execution of this cooperative effort on the part of the Chaplain, the men’s group and inmates at Department of Correctional Services, the members of the public also play an extremely important role and its results will benefit the inmate, his family and the society at large.”Minister Dames said that all of the activities associated with the program promoted change of character and behavior. He said that it was his belief that anyone who was given the right set of circumstances, could and would change.“This is indeed an example of the co-operation of the various stakeholders in the society to assist in producing more tolerant and accepting community in which rehabilitated persons would be afforded the opportunity to co-exist in a non-judgmental environment,” he said.Minister Davis said that the government supported the bold initiative, which was geared to assist young men through developing counseling and religious programs that provide mentoring.“Reverend Clarke and staff, who have provided spiritual counseling and support for inmates, are now joined by this group of men who will play an important role in assisting with the reformation and rehabilitation of these young men for re-entry into society and reduce the levels of inmates’ recidivism, fights, staff assaults, drug consumption, illiteracy and idleness,” he said.“On behalf of us all, let me once again thank the Archdiocesan Catholic Church Men’s Association for their commitment to assist with the rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders.”By: Eric Rose (BIS)Photo Captions:Header Photo: Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames speaks with two inmates, September 21,2017, at the Official Launch Ceremony for the Archdiocesan Catholic Church Men’s Association (ACCMA) Ministry of H.O.P.E. (Helping Our People Excel), at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services Remand Center Housing Unit. (BIS Photo/Eric Rose)1st insert: Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames addresses the Official Launch Ceremony of the Archdiocesan Catholic Church Men’s Association (ACCMA) Ministry of H.O.P.E. (Helping Our People Excel), at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services Remand Center Housing Unit, September 21, 2017. (BIS Photo/Eric Rose)2nd insert: Commissioner of Corrections Patrick Wright speaks at the ceremony. (BIS Photo / Eric Rose)3rd insert: Pictured from left: President of the Archdiocesan Catholic Church Men’s Association (ACCMA) Edwin Thompson, Catholic Archbishop of Nassau the Most Rev. Patrick Pinder, Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of National Security Carl Smith, and Commissioner of Corrections Patrick Wright, on September 21, 2017, at the official launch of ACCMA Ministry of H.O.P.E. (Helping Our People Excel), at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services Remand Center Housing Unit. (BIS Photo/Eric Rose) Related Items:
AP, Posted: August 10, 2018 Former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza pleads guilty to drug charges SAN DIEGO (AP) — Former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza has pleaded guilty to federal drug charges in California.The 46-year-old acknowledged in a San Diego courtroom Friday that he possessed about 20 kilograms (44 pounds) of cocaine with intent to distribute. He faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 2.Loaiza had been under surveillance when he was arrested in February near a house in Imperial Beach, which borders Tijuana, Mexico. His sliver Mercedes SUV had just left the garage when authorities stopped him.Loaiza played for several U.S. teams between 1995 and 2008, including the Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox. He had a 21-9 record with the White Sox in 2003 and started in the All-Star Game that year. AP August 10, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Clark County Superior Court Judge Roger Bennett said Tuesday he has submitted a letter of resignation to Gov. Chris Gregoire.Bennett, 61, has been a judge since 1990. Before taking office, he was the county’s chief criminal deputy prosecutor.“With mixed emotions, I have decided to retire from the bench, leaving a vacancy as of Sept. 1, 2011, in order to embark upon a new career as a practicing attorney,” Bennett wrote in his May 6 letter to Gregoire.Gregoire will appoint a replacement for Bennett, whose term does not expire until 2012. Bennett’s the second-longest serving judge on the 10-member Superior Court bench behind Barbara Johnson, who took office in 1987.Asked what type of law he plans to practice, Bennett was blunt: “I’m going to do whatever I feel like.”He said he’ll stay away from complicated disputes such as the ones that land before him now. He currently has a contract dispute “and the pleadings are three-feet thick.”He said he may do some criminal defense work, along with probate cases and mediation.The last vacancy on the Superior Court bench was created by the retirement of Judge Robert Harris, who left office in December 2009.District Court Judge Rich Melnick was appointed by Gregoire to replace Harris.Superior Court judges have jurisdiction over felony criminal cases, civil cases involving more than $75,000, divorces, probate cases and juvenile court.They earn $148,836 a year.
PORTLAND — The Rose Garden hosted a World Wrestling Entertainment event Monday, but that was hardly the building’s main source of theater. For the second time in less than a year, the Trail Blazers fired their general manager — parting ways with Rich Cho after hiring him 10 months ago. Portland’s director of college basketball scouting Chad Buchanan will serve as acting general manager. “We decided that there was an issue as far as the chemistry and fit were concerned,” Blazers president Larry Miller said. “We decided to move sooner than later in terms of separating with Rich.” Miller said the primary “chemistry” issue lay between Cho and team owner Paul Allen, adding that the concern was rooted more in communication problems than it was a difference in philosophy. He also said that the Blazers were in no rush to hire a permanent general manager, and that he and Allen were still assessing what criteria they’d use to evaluate potential candidates. But perhaps the most pressing question was this: Why, exactly, would a talented executive want to fill this position? Cho, 45, was the fifth full-time general manager to part ways with the Blazers since 2003; Bob Whitsitt, John Nash, Steve Patterson and Kevin Pritchard preceding him. And Pritchard’s surprising ousting was announced on the day of the 2010 draft, and yet he was still charged with running the draft for the team. Additionally, there is a common perception that a Blazers general manager has little if any autonomy, often serving as a puppet for Allen’s desires. So is there really any appeal? “I still think this is a great situation for someone that would move into this general manager role if they’re the right fit,” said Miller, adding that basketball decisions are a collaborative effort that also involve him and Allen. “This is an organization that’s motivated to win, and we have an owner that loves basketball.”
Volunteers will play a big role in picking up debris from last year’s tsunami in Japan when it starts hitting the beach in Oregon.“They do most of it now,” Mike Zollitsch, emergency response director for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, said of volunteers. “I would say the potential is they will be very involved in this cleanup.”The nonprofit group SOLV organizes two massive volunteer beach cleanups a year on the state’s 362 miles of beach — all of it public. Beach visitors pick up a lot, and beach rangers for the Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation constantly pick up big tanks, tires, milk jugs, water bottles, bits of plastic rope and fishing nets.State and federal agencies and nonprofit groups meet Tuesday in Salem to start putting together a plan for dealing with the debris currently forecast to start washing up this winter. Zollitsch expects the plan to be ready this summer.So far, the big questions — how much is coming, what will it be, and when will it get here — remain unanswered, said Chris Havel, spokesman for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
East Coast begins to dig out after super storm stakes its toll. Find Radar updates every two minutes on the progress of Hurricane Sandy.As of late morning today, a dozen flights in or out of Portland International Airport were canceled by the storms approaching the East Coast. Affected airports were New York/Kennedy; Newark, N.J.; Boston, Washington/Dulles and Washington/Reagan National. For up-to-date flight information, check http://flypdx.com.NEW YORK — Superstorm Sandy slammed into the New Jersey coastline with 80 mph winds Monday night and hurled an unprecedented 13-foot surge of seawater at New York City, flooding its tunnels, subway stations and the electrical system that powers Wall Street. At least 14 U.S. deaths were blamed on the storm, which brought the presidential campaign to a halt a week before Election Day.For New York City at least, Sandy was not the dayslong onslaught many had feared, and the wind and rain that sent water sloshing into Manhattan from three sides began dying down within hours.Still, the power was out for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers and an estimated 5.7 million people altogether across the East. The full extent of the storm’s damage across the region was unclear, and unlikely to be known until daybreak. In addition, heavy rain and further flooding remain major threats over the next couple of days as the storm makes its way into Pennsylvania and up into New York State. Near midnight, the center of the storm was just outside Philadelphia, and its winds were down to 75 mph, just barely hurricane strength.
Washington recorded 58 fatal work injuries in 2011, down 46 from the previous year and lowest total since publication of the data began in 1992, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Wednesday. Half of those fatalities resulted from transportation incidents, the federal bureau said. Fifty-two of the fatal injury victims were men.Transportation and material-moving occupations had 22 fatal work injuries, with drivers of heavy trucks and big rigs accounting for 10 of those injuries. The agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting sectors had four fatalities in 2011, 17 fewer than the previous year.Nationwide, a preliminary total of 4,609 fatal work injuries were recorded in 2011, down from a final count of 4,690 fatal work injuries in 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.