For incoming Camas Fire Chief Nick Swinhart, putting out fires his department will face in the future will require more than hoses, hydrants and adequate water pressure. It will require vision, adaptability and partnerships built on trust, government and fire officials said.With this is mind, one of Swinhart’s first meetings this week included his Washougal counterpart, Ron Schumacher, with whom he must work closely as their two departments undergo a trial merger the next six months. The consolidation potentially could reduce a massive EMS shortfall that affects ambulance service in Camas, Washougal and nearby unincorporated areas.Swinhart formerly served as fire chief in Watertown, S.D., before returning to his home state to take over the Camas Fire Department. He started as a firefighter in 1990 and is a licensed paramedic.Swinhart replaced acting Camas Fire Chief Monte Brachmann on Tuesday. Camas had been without a full-time fire chief since city officials fired longtime chief Leo Leon in January.Camas City Administrator Lloyd Halverson described Swinhart as “high energy” and a “real achiever.” Swinhart, a married father of one daughter, is an avid mountain climber who has been on expeditions to Africa, Europe, South America and Antarctica.
A 75-year-old man reported missing Tuesday was found safe and returned to his family, officials said.Frederick Luepke left his east Vancouver home around 9 p.m. Tuesday in a gray 1988 Ford Ranger pickup, according to a sheriff’s office bulletin.Luepke has a mental illness and the sheriff’s office said he may have been disoriented. Frederick Luepke
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — There was a shootout in Eugene between an intoxicated man firing a paintball gun and police firing rubber bullets and beanbag rounds.Police won. Officers took the 49-year-old man into custody Sunday evening after about 30 minutes.The Register-Guard reports the man fired more than 50 paintball rounds from his porch and front door and hit two officers. They had responded after his yelling and threats had alarmed neighbors.Lt. Bill Solesbee says the man was taken to a hospital for an evaluation. He faces charges of assaulting an officer, disorderly conduct and reckless endangerment.
More than one in three registered voters in Clark County have filled out and returned their ballots, according to numbers kept by the county’s election department.Out of the more than 241,000 ballots sent this fall to registered voters in the county, more than 82,000 have been returned as of Tuesday. That’s a voter turnout of more than 34 percent so far.By Oct. 30 in 2008, about 44 percent of registered voters had returned their ballots. In 2008 and this year, ballots were mailed to registered voters on Oct. 15.The office of the Secretary of the State predicts an 81 percent voter turnout statewide this election. In 2008, general election turnout was 84.6 percent.Ballots in the Nov. 6 vote-by-mail general election must be postmarked by Nov. 6. Ballots also can be returned on Election Day to several drop-off locations throughout the county by no later than 8 p.m.One 24-hour ballot drop-off box is open between now and Nov. 6 on West 14th Street, about one block east of the elections department, 1408 Franklin St. in Vancouver. The county’s elections office will be open on Nov. 3, a Saturday, to accept ballots in person and to issue replacement ballots.
A motorcyclist was injured in a single-vehicle crash near Moulton Falls Regional Park on Monday evening.The crash was reported at 9:22 p.m. at the intersection of Northeast Sunset Falls Road and Northeast Lucia Falls Road after a man riding a motorcycle left the roadway and crashed.The man, whose name was not released, was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. His condition was not immediately available.Deputies with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the crash.
The Benson Bridge at Oregon’s Multnomah Falls is again open after a four-month closure, U.S. Forest Service officials announced Tuesday.The footbridge was closed in January after a large rock fell from the surrounding cliffs and damaged the arched concrete span. Officials closed the bridge, built in 1914, until repairs and other maintenance work was completed this week. Battle Ground-based contractor Catworks Construction led the project.The opening means the popular Wahkeena to Multnomah Falls hiking loop is passable, as is the hike from the Multnomah Falls visitor center to the top of the falls.Officials also plan a reopening ceremony and celebration of the Benson Bridge’s centennial at 10 a.m. May 30.Multnomah Falls is just off Interstate 84, about 30 miles east of Portland.
PORTLAND — Facing the largest boil-water order in the region’s history, Portlanders emptied stores’ supplies of bottled water, chucked potentially contaminated food and braced for a complicated Memorial Day weekend.About 670,000 people in the Portland area were told after lunch Friday to boil water used for drinking, cooking and tooth-brushing. Three routine tests this week showed the water system was contaminated by E. coli bacteria, usually associated with animal or human fecal matter.The samples that tested positive for bacteria were collected this week from two uncovered reservoirs at Mount Tabor. The Water Bureau said it collects about 240 bacterial samples per month throughout the system, and the test to determine the presence of bacteria takes 18 hours.“The chance of any health problems related to this water test result is low,” Tri-County Health Officer Dr. Paul Lewis said. “If any problems occur, we would expect diarrhea.”The Water Bureau is investigating the cause of the contamination. The city said contamination can occur when there is a loss of water pressure, a pipe breaks or when conditions expose drinking water to outside elements, such as animal waste.
ONTARIO, Ore. — Workers at an animal rescue operation in Oregon were caring Thursday for 68 cats found crammed into a van, many in wretched shape.One of the rescue workers said there were only three litter boxes, and the stench was horrifying when the animals were found on Sunday.“It was just a swirling mass of cats around your feet,” Elizabeth Lyon of the Ontario Feral Cats Project said about the discovery on Sunday. “Every step I took down that center aisle, I had to wiggle my foot in so I didn’t step on somebody.”The vehicle also held the bodies of five cats that died, the Ontario Argus Observer reported.Many of the living cats were emaciated, Some had lost an eye to infection, a few were missing both eyes.Officers made the discovery after getting a cat-hoarding complaint and have questioned 55-year-old Cynthia Allen, who has relinquished the van and cooperated with deputies, Malheur County Undersheriff Travis Johnson said.Johnson said deputies haven’t learned much about her background or how she came to have so many cats. He said it appeared she had the cats before she left Eastern Oregon for Texas about three months ago. She had recently returned to the area, he said.
Stigma: the invisible barrier The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is investigating the legality of multiple offshore betting sites using web addresses from the Cocos Islands, an Australian territory located 3,000 kilometers from Perth in the Indian Ocean.As reported by Australia’s ABC, the sites – which offer an array of casino gaming and sports betting options – are actually located in Europe and the Caribbean but use the Cocos Islands’ unique internet country code. Load More RelatedPosts “Only a matter of time before online gambling becomes legal in Australia” Australian Senate inquiry into gambling links from video game “loot boxes” begins today Of primary concern for the ACMA is whether the unlicensed sites are offering their services to Australians, an offence under the government’s recently tightened Interactive Gambling Act (IGA).“When deciding if a site should be investigated, the ACMA considers a number of factors, including whether the service being provided may be a prohibited or unlicensed service … and whether it may have an Australian-customer link,” an ACMA spokesman told the ABC.Monash University gambling law expert Dr Charles Livingstone said there was no doubt the sites were breaking Australian law.“The avowed purpose of the IGA is to protect Australians from less well-regulated gambling sites and to prohibit non-wagering gambling being available online,” he said. “Using a web address of an Australian territory to offer online gambling services is an offence, unless the provider is registered in an Australian jurisdiction.”An online cryptocurrency casino based in Central America but using a Christmas Island domain was investigated and ordered to relocate by the ACMA earlier this year.
Suncity Group looking to develop new resort hotel in Okinawa, Japan after US$10 million land purchase Osaka Governor planning to start operator recruitment process this year Load More RelatedPosts MGM Resorts International has announced it will be the main sponsor of the 2019 Major League Baseball (MLB) Opening Game between the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners at Tokyo Dome on 20 and 21 March.MGM will also be the main sponsor for four pre-season games to be played by the Athletics and Mariners against Japanese professional teams on 17 and 18 March. Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move It is the first time in seven years that an MLB opener will be held in Japan.The Seattle Mariners is the home of “Legend” Ichiro and left-handed pitcher Yusei Kikuchi, who joined the team this year, so the event will certainly attract a lot of attention.MGM Resorts International, the umbrella company of MGM Resorts Japan LLC, is focusing on sports events and has concluded a comprehensive partnership agreement with MLB from this season. This 2019 MGM MLB Opening Series will be the first event held under the partnership.CEO of MGM Resorts, Jim Murren said, “We are extremely honored to be part of the excitement of the Japanese baseball industry as a global entertainment leader through our partnership with MLB.”The Mariners will play two pre-season games against the Yomiuri Giants and the Athletics two games against Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters.