No TCI passports are able to be produced

No TCI passports are able to be produced

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNo passports able to be produced and the nation is getting an apology and directives from the Ministry of Border Control and Labour. In a media statement, the office informs that there are technical difficulties, which makes them unable to produce Turks and Caicos Islands passports.Border Control & Labour says it is working to resolve these issues, and in the meantime the Ministry is urging anyone who must travel for emergency medical reasons before the situation is resolved to contact the registrar at 946-2801-9. The Ministry apologized for the inconvenience.last_img read more

Donation by Diabetics Association

Donation by Diabetics Association

first_img Related Items:delores robinson, diabetic association, south caicos, wheel chair Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp South Caicos student new Junior Tourism Minister for TCI Teen dies mysteriously in South Caicos, Police investigate Recommended for youcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Providenciales, 28 Sept 2015 – South Caicos resident, Delores Robinson is an amputee who now has the ability of mobility thanks to the generous gift of an electric wheelchair from the Diabetics Association. A presentation was made to Robinson on Saturday. State of Emergency Declared for South Caicoslast_img read more

New Deputy Commissioner of Police Mr Trevor Botting

New Deputy Commissioner of Police Mr Trevor Botting

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 10, 2017 – Following the resignation of the current Deputy Commissioner Mr. Callaghan effective March 2017, a significant number of persons applied for the position in response to the internationally advertised position. A shortlist of six persons was agreed and interviews held in early February. As a result, the panel unanimously agreed to recommend Mr. Trevor Botting to His Excellency the Governor as the best candidate for the post. Mr. Botting, who is the current Chief of Police in St Helena has accepted the position and is due to arrive in TCI in early May.BiographyTrevor Botting, currently Chief of Police for the British Overseas Territory of St Helena, Ascension, and Tristan Da Cunha has over 34 years of policing experience both in the UK, with Sussex Police, and in his current role overseas. Trevor has significant experience as a Strategic and Tactical Police Commander, his last role in the UK being focused on Crime and Operations, leading 500 staff in dealing with all aspects of crime, operations, and response to calls from the community. Trevor has also worked in Neighbourhood Policing, working as a local District Commander. Trevor has also lead the Force Firearms Operations and Training Teams and the Force Dog Unit, working at a National level in the development of Police Dogs across the UK. Trevor also has experience of airport policing and disaster management when he was the Police Commander for Gatwick Airport, the busiest single runway airport in the world.Trevor also had responsibility for Immigration, HM Prison, Fire and Rescue, Sea Rescue, Disaster Management and Search and Rescue. During his time on St Helena he has developed and reformed policing and his other business areas through introducing Neighbourhood Policing, a Code of Ethics, developing multi-agency working in relation to Disaster Management and developed a brand new Sea Rescue Service for the Island.Trevor Botting said ‘I am delighted to be appointed as the Deputy Commissioner for the Royal Turks and Caicos Police Force and look forward to working with the Commissioner and my Teams to develop and deliver a policing service to the communities, partners, and stakeholders on TCI. ’Press Release: RTCIPF#MagneticMediaNews  #TCInewDeputyCommissioner Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #TCInewDeputyCommissionerlast_img read more

TCI Premier CDB Loan for Sea walls and Housing

TCI Premier CDB Loan for Sea walls and Housing

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, May 25th 2017: Premier Sharlene Robinson is not yet willing to disclose what TCIG will borrow from the Caribbean Development Bank, but she says the plan is to get only what is needed.“At what point do we believe as a country we will determine how much we want to borrow?”“We will determine that by the beginning of next year.  Once we would have finished the vision and the medium-term strategy, we look at implementation and we determine that based on where we are.    What we are doing is a whole lot of ground work, seeing exactly which is more critical and then determining what we will borrow and what we will finance through our regular budget.”The CDB says the Turks and Caicos is qualified to borrow up to $100M and Premier Robinson says the idea and amount for the loan will first have to pass through the House of Assembly for approval; both will be determined next year. The premier says currently government is working on its medium-term goals and based on the level of ground work completed will determine how much will be borrowed and what can be financed through its regular budget.The CDB loan to come in 2018 will be put to use for sea defences and housing.“We’re looking yes at linking the islands, but we’re looking at housing, it’s important if we’re going to be addressing the illegal squatting communities that we provide opportunities for persons to own homes and to actually improve our housing stock.”The Premier explained in a one on one with Magnetic Media that the plan is to create opportunities for residents to own homes.  Other areas she says they intend to tackle, include education and the construction of another Early Childhood Development Centre. #MagneticMediaNews#TCIPremierCDBLoanForSeawallsAndHousing#CDBConference2017TCI Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Bahamas named most vulnerable to Climate Change in new Moodys report

Bahamas named most vulnerable to Climate Change in new Moodys report

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 6, 2017 – Nassau – Moody’s has released some disconcerting information related to Caribbean countries, but it is a gripping reality which many are coming to terms with and are now instituting plans to mitigate the disastrous effects of Climate Change.   Moody’s, in a report on Tuesday said: ‘The Bahamas, Fiji, Jamaica and the Maldives have been identified as among the most vulnerable small island sovereigns in a report on the credit implications of climate change.   The Solomon Islands and St. Vincent and the Grenadines are equally at risk, according to analysts at Moody’s Investors Service.’So what makes The Bahamas so risky, according to the rating agency, the fact that The Bahamas has higher income levels and the loss of those incomes are often and can be catastrophic for the economy are cited as vulnerable.    In St Vincent and the Grenadines, the challenge is because of their very small economy says the analysts and Jamaica is at high economic risk in the face of natural disasters because of its low income levels and JA government’s limited fiscal flexibility.Report analysts also said, “…the slow, unfolding nature of climate trends and uncertainty over the specific effects and mitigating actions imply that climate change could have credit implications in the longer term.”#MagneticMediaNews#BahamasandClimateChange Related Items:#BahamasandClimateChange, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Bellerin is injured says Emery

Bellerin is injured says Emery

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery has confirmed that Hector Bellerin is injured after failing to play in the second half in their 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park on Sunday.Bellerin didn’t play a part in the second half of Arsenal’s 2-2 draw away at Crystal Palace and speaking to the Arsenal FC website after the match, Emery confirmed the injury news saying that the Frenchman had muscular pains.“Yes, he’s injured,” said Unai Emery when asked about an update on the player’s condition.“I hope it’s not a big injury, but he had muscular pains.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.The right-back could was substituted on the 46th minute and Swiss defender Stephan Lichtsteiner came on for him.The 23-year old could miss Arsenal’s next game against Liverpool at the Emirates on Saturday, but the manager is refusing him rule out for the game.“I don’t know [whether he’s a doubt for the Liverpool game next Saturday],” Emery said.last_img read more

I cant say who will play Tuchel

I cant say who will play Tuchel

first_imgThe Paris Saint-Germain coach is keeping quiet especially about Edinson Cavani’s chance of playing on Tuesday against NapoliUruguayan striker Edinson Cavani has been struggling with injury for some time.But Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel won’t confirm if the South American will be able to play tomorrow night against Napoli in the UEFA Champions League.“I can’t say, it’s Monday afternoon so I can’t say who will play,” Tuchel said according to Football Italia.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“Cavani is with us and he’s trained, we’ll see later.”“You always say that we’re favorites, that Napoli are small or outsiders. We know it’s a huge challenge though, the 2-2 in the first game was well deserved. We could have done better but for 30 minutes we were not at our level,” he added.“Napoli are a strong team, they’ve been playing together for a long time. They have an understanding, quality, and defensive discipline.”“It’ll be a big challenge but we want to win, this is the second half after the 2-2 in the first. We’re coming off two beautiful games against Marseille and Lille,” he commented.last_img read more

Update Search suspended until further noticed for man who fell off Crystal

Update Search suspended until further noticed for man who fell off Crystal

first_img Updated: 4:03 PM January 22, 2018 Lauren Phinney, Posted: January 22, 2018 Update: Search suspended until further noticed for man who fell off Crystal Pier in Pacific Beachcenter_img Lauren Phinney SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — 6:00 p.m. — The San Diego Coast Guard announced late Monday they were suspending their search until further developments were receieved.Rescue crews searched more than 204 square miles with no sign of the missing man.3:00 p.m. — A man who fell off Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach and was never seen resurfacing remained missing Monday morning after a nightlong search by U.S. Coast Guard personnel, authorities said.Lifeguards from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department launched the search about 5:30 p.m. Sunday when witnesses reported that a fully clothed 27-year-old man fell off the pier and may have hit his head on the way down, SDFD spokeswoman Monica Munoz said. None of the witnesses saw the man resurface after he hit the water.A lifeguard immediately jumped into the ocean from the pier and was soon joined in the search by a lifeguard boat, a smaller watercraft operated by a lifeguard and a helicopter helping to light the area and search for the man from above, Munoz said. Emergency crews also searched the water from the pier above, and at one point 16 lifeguards were in the water searching for the man under the pier’s pilings and in the open water.Waves were 4 to 6 feet Sunday with strong rip currents in the area.“During a search such as this, accountability is very important,” Munoz said. “The incident commander has to be sure and account for every lifeguard in the water.”Lifeguards eventually called off their search around 7 p.m., around the same time a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter and the Coast Guard Cutter Haddock began searching, officials said.The Coast Guard searched for the victim the entire night without success, Petty Officer Rob Simpson said. The helicopter and the Haddock planned to continue the search “at least through today.”Lifeguards rejoined the search around 6 Monday morning. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

San Diego County Gun Owners discuss the local impact of gun control

San Diego County Gun Owners discuss the local impact of gun control

first_imgSan Diego County Gun Owners discuss the local impact of gun control Posted: February 23, 2018 , Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: San Diego County Gun Owners FacebookTwitter February 23, 2018 Updated: 10:33 AM 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 SettingsGun Owners Are Ready to Have A Conversation, Michael Schwartz of the San Diego County Gun Owners organization was in studio to talk about the local impacts of gun control.A high-profile mass murder and again, the nation is saddened and horrified to hear about the heinous acts of violence committed by a highly troubled young man who showed many clear signs that he needed help. It goes without saying that law-abiding gun owners abhor acts of violence, whether the offender is using a gun or not. It is our passion and our respect of an individual’s life that makes us committed Second Amendment supporters. We feel for the victims, their families, and their loved ones.San Diego County Gun Owners’ job and the job of every Second Amendment organization is to have a conversation about our Second Amendment rights, not just after horrible acts of violence, but 365 days a year. We want to have a conversation about our Second Amendment protected rights throughout the year and not just when the topic makes the headlines.So, what’s standing in our way?In the last few weeks the San Diego City Council has had a conversation about federal gun carrying laws, California Assembly Members have had a conversation about a new piece of state gun legislation, and everyone has had a conversation about the horrible murders at a Florida high school. Here are just a handful of examples of the comments and reporting:My favorite English professor used to say, “We can have a philosophical conversation, but not if you haven’t done the reading first.” This was the professor’s polite way of telling young students that their opinions do not matter if they aren’t based on knowledge and fact. The above news stories are full of false information. Americans cannot have a meaningful conversation if the foundations for the conversation are based on falsehoods. Discourse hasn’t been effective because so much time has been spent educating on realities and the very basics of gun ownership, gun laws, and the Second Amendment. The causes of this misinformation are groups whose opinions come from an irrational bias against firearms and whose agenda is not public safety or a true solution for violence; rather it is simply to ban guns.Despite the frustrations, San Diego County Gun Owners will continue to be available to have the conversations even after reporters, politicians, and anti-gun activists move on to whatever story is next in the news cycle. We will continue to advocate for the sane, trained, law-abiding gun owners who want to be able to defend their lives and protect their families. We will continue to support our candidates financially and with volunteers. We will continue to support groups like Active Valor and BoysToMen.org because they help troubled kids who are in danger of falling through society’s cracks. We will continue to support laws that respect the rights of the law-abiding, punish criminals harshly, and prevent dangerous criminals from getting a gun.For example, in December the House of Representatives passed H.R. 38 (S. 446 in the U.S. Senate) which included language to improve reporting to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). NICS is a system maintained by the FBI and used by firearms sellers to determine if prospective firearms buyers are prohibited by law from owning a firearm. All sides agree that dangerous criminals should not have access to firearms, but the National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics reported in 2013 that at least 25% of felony convictions are not available to the NICS background check system.Currently stalled in the U.S. Senate, H.R. 38 would force accountability by implementing penalties and incentives so that state governments, local governments, and federal departments do what is required by reporting felons and other prohibited people to NICS so they cannot purchase a firearm. Due to the inability to compromise or reach across party lines, anti-gun groups like Moms Demand Action and The Brady Organization oppose the bill. At the direction of these anti-gun groups, on January 31st San Diego City Council members Barbara Bry, Chris Ward, and David Alvarez voted for a resolution opposing H.R. 38. Their resolution passed out of San Diego’s Economic Development Committee and will go in front of the full San Diego City Council on Monday, March 26th. Let’s hope council members leave partisan politics behind and go against the special interest groups who urge them to oppose H.R. 38.Despite receiving no news coverage, over 100 of the over 1,000 San Diego County Gun Owners members meet every month across the county as a way of protesting the disintegration of our liberty. We donate our money and our time to support political candidates who protect our rights. We do this because this is how a democratically elected representative republic system works. Still, small mobs of the marching uniformed who reiterate nonsensical, inaccurate statements are what grabs the headlines. After the emotional fervor subsides, we will still be here waiting for them to have an educated conversation.Founded in 2015, the San Diego County Gun Owners is a registered political action committee (FPPC ID #1379388) and advocacy organization focused on organizing the gun industry and community and protecting the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment right to bear arms. While every U.S. state has a Second Amendment PAC, along with several nationwide gun rights PACs, SDCGO is one of America’s only local, countywide Second Amendment advocacy organization. last_img read more

Retired SDPD officer donates kidney to help fellow officer in need

Retired SDPD officer donates kidney to help fellow officer in need

first_imgRetired SDPD officer donates kidney to help fellow officer in need July 11, 2018 Updated: 10:39 PM Posted: July 11, 2018 Ashlie Rodriguez center_img Ashlie Rodriguez, 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 SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — San Diego Police Officer Art Calvert has found a kidney donor in retired SDPD Officer Pat Vincent. This comes after nearly four years of undergoing dialysis, and being matched for a kidney transplant, only to have it taken away in January.Dispatcher Debra Ballard offered her kidney, but just 12 hours before the surgery, doctors at UCSD Thorton Hospital realized their antibodies no longer matched. Calvert went back to the drawing board.Calvert, who has been on the force for 20 years and was in the New York Yankees farm system, discovered both of his kidney’s failed in 1994. Over time, both his his mother and sister had donated kidneys, but 24 years later, his health began to fall ill again.Related Story: Local Police Officer in need of Kidney Transplant matchHis current condition requires Art perform peritoneal dialysis and has a shunt in his stomach. He requires 3 exchanges a day, two which are performed mid-day and one at night. Calvert is required to be hooked up to his machine for 9 hours at night during this treatment, which begins at 10 PM and commences at 7 AM.But that all changes Thursday, when Calvert will receive a kidney, after Vincent volunteered for the job. Vincent said he heard Calvert’s story, and there was no reason to not help.Vincent will not be donating his kidney directly to Calvert, but because he is donating a kidney, it pushes Calvert up on the list to receive one, saving his life. Calvert expressed gratitude to Vincent for the selfless sacrifice, to Mayor Kevin Falconer and the SDPD for supporting his during the last four years. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Factors fueling the rise of hate crimes

Factors fueling the rise of hate crimes

first_img April 30, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, National & International News, Trending FacebookTwitter Posted: April 30, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Factors fueling the rise of hate crimes 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 SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The suspected gunman in the deadly synagogue shooting in Poway is a 19 year old man who lives in Rancho Penasquitos and attends school at Cal State San Marcos.His parents said they knew nothing of his hate filled beliefs. So, how does a seemingly normal young man become obsessed with dangerous and extreme ideas?Sociologist Thomas Reifer, who teaches at the University of San Diego said individuals who identify with hate groups are often looking for other people to blame for their own lack of inclusion.The shootings at the mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka and the attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh are all recent examples of crimes committed by extremists who used violence to deliver their message of hate.“It’s one of the core aspects of social psychology- a desire to belong. That desire can be leveraged by malevolent groups who are trying to prey on peoples’ legitimate desire to be part of something and have them be part of something by being against other people and by hating other people,” Reifer said.The Internet, especially in corners of the dark web allows many hate groups to recruit disciples who are looking for scapegoats. Reifer said there is a gender aspect to those who are attracted to extreme and violent ideologies. “Well, one of the things that young men are socialized into is standing up for whatever you identify as your community through violence and men are socialized to do that,” Reifer said.The USD sociologist said we need to teach a different model for masculinity, “that shows strength of character in standing up for those who are weak and standing up for those who are scapegoated by others.”He said the message that needs to be conveyed to people who want to hate is that there’s a better way to forge connections. “We need all of you to go away from hate and turn towards each other and help make a better world.” last_img read more

Teen dies after being hit by a vehicle in Lemon Grove

Teen dies after being hit by a vehicle in Lemon Grove

first_imgTeen dies after being hit by a vehicle in Lemon Grove May 3, 2019 Posted: May 3, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, LEMON GROVE (KUSI) – A 14-year-old boy was struck by a vehicle outside an elementary school in Lemon Grove tonight and died at a hospital.Deputies responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian crash around 6:20 p.m. in front of San Miguel Elementary School, located at 7059 San Miguel Ave., and found the victim, who was taken to Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, according to Sgt. Aaron Montan of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.The boy died from his injuries at the hospital.The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation. Alcohol or drugs were not believed to be factors in the accident, Montan said.Anyone with information about this crash was asked to call the sheriff’s Lemon Grove Station at 619-337-2000. Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

ASA Formally Opens Marketing Office in Istanbul Turkey

first_imgAmerican Soybean Association (ASA) President Mike Yost and United Soybean Board (USB) International Marketing Committee Chair Doug Magnus, formally opened ASA’s fourteenth international marketing office yesterday in Istanbul, Turkey to increase demand for U.S. soybeans and products in the Middle East. “We will be servicing Turkey, the Turkish Republics and most of the Middle East out of this office,” said Yost. “There is a significant market here for soybean meal and whole soybeans, and we hope to eventually establish a strong market for soybean oil as well.”Istanbul, formerly known as Constantinople, was declared to be the new nucleus of the Roman Empire in 324 A.D. by Emperor Constantine because of the city’s strategic importance to trade in the region. According to Magnus, “U.S. soybean farmers are opening an office here in Turkey not just because of the 65 million people that live within Turkey itself, but because Turkey is a regional trading area for about 300 million people. That’s the importance of having an office here, and that’s why soybean leaders decided to invest producer checkoff funds to open this new office and make it a regional trading center for our soybean marketing efforts.”There are opportunities for ASA to build customer relations with technical knowledge and management expertise in the poultry and livestock sectors, at both the feedmiller and producer levels, to optimize usage of high quality U.S. soybean meal. Turkey’s poultry industry is growing at a rate of 10 to 15 percent per year, and is expected to continue to grow at that pace through the year 2002. With proper technical education, ASA’s initial goal is to double the use of soy products in poultry feeds, which will increase demand for soybeans in this market by at least 300,000 metric tons or 11 million bushels.”We met with local food manufacturers and end-users of soybeans and everyone is eager to know more about U.S. soybeans and to find out how they can incorporate soy into their products. Our presence here is welcomed and everyone has been very cordial,” Yost added. Support for this office, and marketing activities within Turkey, is made possible by funding received from the soybean checkoff program. The ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by more than 50 people, including U.S. Consul General Carolyn Huggins and Foreign Agriculture Service Ag Counselor for Turkey Susan Schayes, local government officials, representatives of the Turkish oilseed crushers and poultry industry, U.S. soybean producer leaders and Qualified State Soybean Board directors.The new ASA office, managed locally by Chris Andrews, ASA/Turkey Country Director, is the Association’s 14th international marketing office, and is located at 92 Spor Caddesi, 85/86 A Blok – BJK Plaza, Besiktas, Istanbul, Turkey, phone 011-90212-258-2800, e-mail candrew@superonline.com .last_img read more

Cool temps sunshine on tap

first_imgRain, for the moment, is a thing of the past.Freezing fog, welcome. The National Weather Service expects the heavy, dark fog to hang around until about 10 a.m. Commuters are advised to be careful this morning on icy roads.When the fog dissipates, the sun will shine. Clark County is expected to be cold and sunny today through Sunday. Today’s high is forecasted at 40 degrees and complimented by a 5 mph breeze. Overnight lows Friday and Saturday will dip to 21 degrees.last_img

Legislators lay out budget pain

first_imgAdvocates for the mentally ill, disabled people, seniors, abused children and other vulnerable groups heard little good news during a town hall hosted Saturday by Vancouver’s 49th District state legislators.That’s because a new sheriff runs Olympia: voter-approved tax limits and tight rules that restrict lawmakers’ options to solve a nearly $5 billion, two-year budget deficit, sure to imperil countless social programs.Legislators may soften some of the dire social services cutbacks spelled out in Gov. Chris Gregoire’s budget plan. But scarce resources promise widespread pain, the audience was told.“Please stay involved with us,” Rep. Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver, told parents, caretakers and others who voiced fears and concern for nearly two hours in the Clark County Public Service Center hearing room.“Please let us know where you think we can cut” with least damage to affected groups, Moeller said. “Because cuts will happen.”Fellow Democrats Rep. Jim Jacks and Sen. Craig Pridemore said much the same.Pridemore does find a positive development. The clampdown on potential revenue has pushed skittish Democratic Party majority leaders to address serious spending and program reforms after years of stalling, he said.last_img read more

Plan to improve downtown building may displace shops

first_imgProperty developer Ryan Hurley has purchased adjoining buildings at 806 and 808 Main Street in downtown Vancouver with an eye toward a renovation that will include ground-floor commercial space and second-floor offices. Hurley said Tuesday his company, Hurley Development LLC, will submit permit applications within 30 days to renovate the structures, and construction will take another 90 days. He paid $800,000 for the buildings, which contain about 26,000 square feet on above-ground levels, and 5,000 square feet each in basements. He plans to spend another $400,000 on facade improvements and interior renovations. “Main Street is one of the hearts of Vancouver,” he said. The buildings are familiar to long-time residents for their previous tenants: The antiques mall was once Clauson’s Office Supply and, before that, J.C. Penney. The Vintage Connection, in 808, is remembered as Boyd’s 88 Cent Store. The late Boyd Baldwin owned the buildings, which were sold by his son Brent Baldwin.Hurley’s company is developer of The Source Climbing Center, a $1.5 million rock-climbing gym now under construction at 11th and Main streets. Hurley said he’s negotiating to purchase the former Koplan’s Home Furnishings building at 1012 Washington St., a two-floor building containing 25,500 square feet. He wouldn’t comment on his plans for the site.The redevelopment of the Main Street buildings is expected to force a relocation of the Old Town Antique Market, which occupies the southern half of two buildings that appear, visually, to be a single structure. On Tuesday, the antiques market was advertising a close-out sale running through Sept. 14.last_img read more

Blazers hire Terry Stotts as coach

first_imgPORTLAND — The Portland Trail Blazers hired Terry Stotts as head coach on Tuesday, filling the NBA’s last coaching vacancy. Stotts had a 115-168 record as coach of the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks before spending the past four seasons as an assistant with the Dallas Mavericks. He inherits a team that fell drastically short of expectations last season and heads into the new campaign with a roster that includes forwards LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum, and a lot of question marks. Stotts, 54, replaces Kaleb Canales, who went 8-15 in an interim role after Nate McMillan was fired.Stotts and Canales emerged as the finalists for the permanent job, and the men reportedly interviewed with owner Paul Allen over the weekend at the London Olympics. Canales has been in the Trail Blazers organization since 2005. It is unclear if he will remain with the club.“Terry is one of the elite offensive minds in the NBA, has extensive experience with multiple organizations and was instrumental in the Dallas Mavericks winning the 2011 NBA championship,” general manager Neil Olshey said. “He understands the vision for the future of the franchise, appreciates the process involved and will create an environment on the court that will produce championship habits.”While the team may develop championship habits, it appears to be several seasons away from contending for championship banners.The roster as constructed is interesting, yet unproven. Aldridge and Batum are set at forward, but incumbent shooting guard Wesley Matthews is coming off a so-so season in which he shot 41 percent from the field and the Trail Blazers thus far don’t have a true center for the opening tip on Halloween night.Rookie Damian Lillard, the sixth overall pick in the draft, is expected to start at point guard after his good showing in the Las Vegas summer league.last_img read more

Vancouver trucker cited after work zone crash

first_imgA 50-year-old Vancouver man was cited for second-degree negligent driving after crashing a semi-truck in Klickitat County, according to the Washington State Patrol.Marek B. Dolecki was driving north on state Highway 97 through a work zone and failed to obey restrictive signs, according to a WSP bulletin. Dolecki hit a concrete barrier causing two fuel tanks on his truck to spill about 300 gallons of diesel on the roadway.The Department of Ecology responded to clean the spill, according to the WSP.A pickup truck driven by Dustin D. Hays, 37, of Wapato, hit debris from the crash.No one was reported injured in the crash, which was caused by speeding, the patrol said.last_img read more