WISHH and USSEC attend USAEDC Annual Meeting

first_imgASA’s WISHH program sent management staff to Baltimore this week to attend the U.S. Agricultural Export Development Council (USAEDC). USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) personnel and U.S. commodity and food groups from around the country gathered in Baltimore for a conference and meetings.USDA’s Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse addressed the crowd of more than 300 attendees to report that U.S. ag exports continue to be a bright spot in our nation’s trade, with close to $150 billion of agricultural products sold into export channels.He mentioned soybeans and soybean products as being a top contributor to that number and the $39 billion trade surplus delivered by Agriculture. USSEC’s Dana Johnson was a speaker on a panel on sustainability, moderated by Christian Foster, Deputy Administrator, Office of Trade Programs.last_img read more

Nautilus Inc will stay on NYSE

first_imgNautilus Inc. on Friday said the New York Stock Exchange has accepted a compliance plan that will allow the company to stay listed on the exchange. The Vancouver-based maker of fitness equipment did not release details of the plan.The company was notified in September that it faced being removed from the stock exchange because it had fallen below the exchange’s listing standards. Those standards require a company to have either an average global market capitalization of at least $50 million over 30 days or total stockholders’ equity of at least $50 million.As of Friday, Nautilus’ market cap was $44.6 million — still below the NYSE’s threshold. Nevertheless, the company’s stock will continue to be listed, subject to quarterly reviews by the exchange to oversee the company’s progress through the first quarter of 2012.Nautilus shares fell 2.7 percent, to $1.45 on Friday.last_img read more

Vancouver has four finalists for assistant city manager job

first_imgThe candidate pool for Vancouver’s next assistant city manager has been narrowed to four.The city of Vancouver will interview those seeking to fill the position on Thursday. The candidates will take part in an all-day interview and selection process, which includes participation by city employees and members of the community. The four finalists are: Elizabeth Gotelli, Vancouver’s Human Resources director; Mark Hoppen, a consultant and former Puyallup Public Works director and former Gig Harbor city manager; David Mercier, a consultant and former Spokane Valley city manager; and Jennifer Phillips, a consultant and former assistant city manager of Santa Monica, Calif.“I am pleased to have a pool of highly experienced candidates,” City Manager Eric Holmes said in a press release late Tuesday afternoon. “Each of them has shown leadership in large and complex public organizations. I look forward to learning more about them during the interview process.”The selected person will fill the position formerly held by Holmes, who was appointed city manager Nov. 1. Holmes’ salary in that position was $122,868.Unlike several other high-profile jobs, Vancouver did not hire an outside consultant to conduct this job search. The interview comes on the heels of the recent hire of former Vancouver Assistant Fire Chief Joe Molina to take the fire chief position. Vancouver is also still in the process of hiring a public information officer and a volunteer coordinator.last_img read more

Camas wins 3A state soccer title

first_imgThe final show wasn’t the best performance from the Camas boys soccer team. The Bainbridge Spartans put the Papermakers under plenty of pressure during Saturday’s Class 3A state championship match.But when it was time for a big finish, Camas delivered.Freshman Nathan Beasley scored two first-half goals and senior Parker Roland finished a second-half corner kick, lifting the Papermakers to a 3-0 triumph in the WIAA Class 3A title match at Harry Lang Stadium.This is the third state title for Camas boys soccer, all in the last six years. Several of the senior leader were on the championship team of 2008.But unlike some years, including 2010, this Camas team wasn’t viewed as championship material at the start of the season.“Certainly not at the beginning of the year,” midfielder Roland said. “It was a new squad. I was more confident last year going into the playoffs.”The defensive four in front of senior goalkeeper Zach Anderson had to be constructed from scratch at the season’s start. And these Papermakers were relying on a couple of freshmen in key roles.last_img read more

Changes mulled for elk permit applications

first_imgWashington wildlife officials are considering allowing elk hunters to apply for special permits on both sides of the state in the 2012-14 regulations package.Washington requires hunters to buy either an east or west elk tag and choose between archery, modern firearms and muzzleloader weapons. Hunters can apply for special permit hunts only on the side of the state corresponding with their tag.The Department of Fish and Wildlife started working on the hunting rules for the next three years in April with a six-month issue-scoping period followed by late summer public-comment period.Washington often deals with dozens of hunting issues in the season-setting process every three years.But Gov. Chris Gregoire has asked state agencies to minimize changes to state regulations this year.One of the specific issues that surfaced in the comment period was no longer requiring elk special permit applications to be consistent with the geographical designation on an elk transport tag.An email survey in November, which got 8,000 responses, found 53 percent favored changing to allow elk hunters to apply for permits on both sides of the state and 43 percent preferred the status quo. Four percent had no preference.last_img read more

Job fair in Vancouver aims to help veterans find work

first_imgMilitary veterans in Washington state may sign up for job training thanks to the federal Veterans Retraining Assistance Program, which launches July 1. In a news release, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., encouraged veterans to sign up for the program.The federal Department of Labor and the Department of Veterans Affairs began taking applications Tuesday. If accepted, qualified veterans age 35 or older will receive $1,473 per month to offset the cost of job training at a community or technical college. They will train in 200 “high-demand” fields, including as a machinist or electrician.The job training program is part of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act, which was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama in November 2011. Veterans who want more information about the program may go to Veterans Retraining Assistance Program.— Aaron CorvinFor many people, the door leading back into the job market won’t budge. For some military veterans, however, that door may seem like it doesn’t exist.Nationally, unemployment among 18- to 24-year-old male veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan was 29.1 percent in 2011, data show. It was 17.6 percent for the same non-veteran group.last_img read more

Tax breaks instrumental in state budget deal

first_imgOLYMPIA — Something interesting happened when lawmakers finally scraped together enough money to plug a large budget shortfall and increase funding for education — they also gave businesses millions in tax breaks.Republican and Democratic lawmakers, as part of the budget deal, approved 16 tax breaks worth roughly $13 million. They would benefit restaurants, mint farms, nonprofit gun clubs, beekeepers, and international investment firms, among others.In the context of a $33.6 billion, two-year operating budget, this is what government number crunchers often call “budget dust,” as in almost too small to notice.But legislators have bogged down over smaller amounts, and Democrats pushed unsuccessfully this session to close many tax breaks to raise more money.House Appropriations Chairman Ross Hunter, D-Medina, said he’s not a fan of creating tax breaks, including the ones in the new budget.“I am a fan of coming to closure on the budget and coming to agreement with Republicans who control the Senate,” Hunter said.Specifically, Hunter said, the tax exemptions were needed for Senate Republicans to agree to end a tax break for residential phone service that’s expected to net about $85 million over the next two years. Closing the exemption was a key hurdle to reach a broader budget agreement.Senate Ways and Means Chairman Andy Hill, R-Redmond, agreed it was part of the broader budget deal, but said there was no direct tie to ending the tax break for phone service.last_img read more

CTrans deal with TriMet stands

first_imgThe C-Tran Board of Directors on Tuesday stood by a controversial contract with TriMet to operate light rail in Vancouver, after a boisterous rally and a parade of speakers mostly against the agreement.Before the meeting, about 150 people gathered in a space in The Academy building to protest C-Tran, the agreement with TriMet, and the Columbia River Crossing project that would bring light rail to Vancouver.In a special meeting two weeks ago, the C-Tran board narrowly approved a plan that spells out the terms under which C-Tran and TriMet would operate the planned light rail extension to Clark College. The contract itself was finalized the day of that meeting; the heads of the two transit agencies signed it the next day.Many people at the rally directed their ire at the C-Tran board members on the winning end of the 5-4 vote approving it.“They may be ignoring us,” said Clark County GOP Chair Lynda Wilson said, “but we’re certainly not ignoring them.”Clark County Commissioner David Madore, among those who have strongly opposed the contract, introduced a resolution Tuesday to repeal it. The motion was defeated by a 5-3 tally, with Madore joining Washougal City Councilor Connie Jo Freeman and Battle Ground City Councilor Bill Ganley in the minority. County Commissioner Steve Stuart, Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt,Vancouver councilors Larry Smith and Jeanne Harris, and La Center Mayor Jim Irish voted against the resolution — the language of which included numerous inaccuracies and legal issues, said Stuart and others. County Commissioner Tom Mielke was absent.last_img read more

Results announced for mock trial tournament

first_imgHere are the results for the annual district mock trial tournament held Thursday at the Clark County Courthouse.• DIVISION ONE: First place, Camas first team, 6-0 (16 ballots); second place, Columbia River, 2-4 (8 ballots); third place (tie), Ridgefield, 2-4 (6 ballots), Skills Center second team, 2-4 (6 ballots).• DIVISION TWO: First place, Camas second team, 5-1 (15 ballots); second place, Columbia (White Salmon), 4-2 (11 ballots); Skills Center first team, 2-4 (7 ballots); fourth place, Hudson’s Bay,1-5 (3 ballots).• BEST WITNESS: Division One (tie), Sarah Kaufman, Ridgefield, and Zane Shariff, Camas first team; Division Two, Savannah Deoschand, Camas second team; Tournament, Savannah Deoschand, Camas second team.• BEST ATTORNEY: Division One, Matt Svilar, Camas first team; Division Two (tie), Baylee Allen, Camas second team, and Cody Hipskind, Columbia (White Salmon); Tournament (tie), Baylee Allen, Camas second team and Cody Hipskind, Columbia (White Salmon).last_img read more

Murder defendants guilty plea falls through

first_imgThe alleged gunman in a fatal shooting of a 43-year-old Hazel Dell man in 2012 is now accused of breaching a cooperation agreement with the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.Kirk Michael Hernandez Sr., 44, of Vancouver is charged in Clark County Superior Court with first-degree murder and first-degree burglary in connection with the death of Matthew Michael Clark.Clark was shot and killed Oct. 1, 2012, reportedly because of a dispute over some stolen firearms, according to court documents.During the investigation into his homicide, Hernandez agreed to cooperate with law enforcement and prosecutors in the case, including giving testimony against his accomplice, Darrell “Chris” Fry, 35, if the case went to trial.In exchange, Hernandez would have received reduced charges of second-degree murder and first-degree burglary and be sentenced to 18 years in prison, said Deputy Prosecutor Michael Vaughn.Hernandez was scheduled to plead guilty Thursday. Instead, the attorneys in the case argued over whether Hernandez had followed the agreement and asked Judge Scott Collier to settle the dispute. A hearing on the matter has not been scheduled.last_img read more

Two Vancouver residents chosen to serve state on boards

first_imgClark County — Two Vancouver residents were appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to serve the state. Eva Luchini was appointed to the Developmental Disabilities Life Opportunities Trust Governing Board, and Kayla Victor was appointed to the State Independent Living Council. Information about each board and commission is available at 1.usa.gov/1CCQ7NP.last_img

Willis Employee Benefits acquires PMI Health Group

first_imgWillis Employee Benefits, provider of global risk advisory, re/insurance broking, and human capital and benefits, has acquired PMI Health Group.The deal aims to increase Willis’ presence in the UK employee benefits and healthcare market, and expand its product offering and skills base.Through the acquisition, Willis Employee Benefits (pictured) will be able to draw in on the client-facing infrastructure and marketing experience of PMI Health Group, while existing clients at both businesses will benefit from access to a wider range of services and products.After the deal’s completion, PMI Heath Group will use the Willis brand and maintain its operations at its current base in Wincham, Cheshire.The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close in the third quarter of 2015. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.Tony Powis, chief executive officer of Willis Employee Benefits, said: “PMI Health Group is a leading healthcare adviser, with great people and a proven track record. This is a pivotal and exciting time for both businesses.“Our combined team will provide the scale, technology and expertise to deliver innovative and compelling value propositions. Organisations of all sizes are struggling to manage their employee risks such as absenteeism and presenteeism, and we are determined to shake this market up through innovative propositions.”Matthew Baldwin, chief executive officer of PMI Health Group, added: “Joining with Willis will bring significant strategic opportunities and enable the PMI Health Group team and proposition to be an integral part of a growing, exciting and international business to service our clients.”last_img read more

Man arrested after having drug sentence commuted by Obama

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida man who previously had his drug sentence commuted by former President Barack Obama has been arrested once again.Henry Claude Agnew, 36, had his 21-year prison sentence end on July 28, 2016, thanks to an order from the former president. But Agnew is once again behind bars after being arrested Friday by U.S. Marshals on a probation violation.According to Miami-Dade court records, Agnew was charged last month on a number of drug offenses, including six felony counts. A hearing on those charges is expected to take place by next week.Agnew is being held without bond.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Remember these Planters Cheez Balls are making a comeback

first_img— Mr Peanut (@MrPeanut) June 26, 2018Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) – People across the country are drooling over the return of Planters Cheez Balls.The popular snack has been off the shelves for 12 years, but Kraft-Heinz said it’s bringing Cheez Balls and Cheez Curls back for a limited time, starting July 1.“You asked; we answered. Cheez Balls are back and just as amazing as you remember them,” the company’s site says. “Get the one-of-a-kind delicious, orange cheezy taste while it lasts, because these will only be around for a limited-time.”The company said they’ve been getting messages and petitions from Cheez Balls fans for over a decade.“We heard many impassioned pleas for us to bring Cheez Balls and Cheez Curls back over the years and we wanted to give our fans a chance to reunite with their most-missed cheesy snack,” said Planters’ head of brand building, Melanie Huet in a statement.The snacks will be sold in the same “retro” canister. You craved, I listened. #CheezBalls are back July 1 at select stores and online! Get ‘em while they’re… cheezy. https://t.co/mk5iY4lr03 – Mr. 🎩🥜 #SayCheezBalls pic.twitter.com/7nw7qhCFdh last_img read more

BSO seeking 2 who spent 35K with fraudulent credit cards

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies are seeking the public’s help in locating two men who spent thousands with a fraudulent credit card at several Broward County supermarkets.Cameras captured the duo in action at a Publix in November 2018.BSO said the two crooks have hit at least five different locations of the supermarket across Broward County, charging more than $3,500.One subject is said to be a male with a medium build and a goatee. The man was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, army fatigue shorts, a brown cap and sunglasses.The other subject is said to be a bald, heavyset male with a faint goatee. The man was last seen wearing a black V-neck shirt with a white undershirt and black pants.If you have any information on the fraud, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

MiamiDade Police search for man who left gun at Doral headquarters before

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. DORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami-Dade Police are searching for a man who left a gun at their headquarters in Doral before fleeing the scene.Officials said the man walked into the public records office at the headquarters, located in the area of Northwest 25th Street and 92nd Avenue, just before 3 p.m., Friday.According to authorities, the man slammed a gun on the counter, said something in Spanish and left the building.Investigators said the man took off in a black SUV in an unknown direction.Police have established a perimeter to locate the man.The man is described as standing 5 feet, 4 inches tall, wearing a black polo shirt with white collar and a white symbol, with black pants and salt-and-pepper colored hair.The building was not evacuated while police investigate. last_img read more

Another Big Prize in KSRM Egg Hunt

first_imgThis is the 50th year that Davis has hidden the Easter Egg somewhere in the greater Kenai/ Soldotna area, and the big cash prize hidden in the egg always generates considerable activity in the annual egg hunt. Now, with $2000.00 Cash hidden in the Egg, again this year, it is expected that many thousands of listeners will be tuned in and searching for the cash. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享This year the cash prize hidden inside the KSRM Easter Egg will be $2000.00. John Davis President of the KSRM Radio Group announced last Friday, that $2000.00 will be the total value of the KSRM Easter Egg this year. The hunt will be begin on Tuesday March, 20th 2018. Eight area sponsors make the annual Egg Hunt possible and the clues that lead to the cash are posted at each sponsors store during the contest. Sponsors are listed daily on KSRM, “The One” and also on K-Kiss at 96.5 FM. You can find the Egg Hunt Sponsors listed at radiokenai.com.last_img read more

ASLC Launches Fundraiser To Continue Steller Sea Lion Research

first_imgTo get a better understanding  of this species decline and identify potential threats to the population,the ASLC began a long term, detailed monitoring study at the Chiswell Island rookery, 35 miles from the SeaLife Center, and surrounding areas, in 1999. The fundraiser is currently set up with GoFundMe at: https://www.gofundme.com/sea-lionGoFundMe will provide tax receipts to all donors. However, the cameras, antennas, and related equipment are now long outdated and nearing complete failure. The remote-control video system is essential because researchers may observe these animals from monitors at ASLC without disturbing the sea lions. Between the 1970s and 2000, Steller sea lions experienced a striking 80 percent collapse in their population throughout much of Alaska. They were listed as an endangered species in 1997. ASLC researchers use remote video cameras for studying the Steller sea lions in the Gulf of Alaska. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska SeaLife Center, in Seward, has launched the Chiswell Steller Sea Lion Fundraiser to raise the necessary funds to purchase updated video equipment, wireless antennas and essential hardware to continue monitoring  this endangered species. The team currently hopes to reach their funding goal of $30,000 by October 2018 to enable testing and installation of the new equipment by April 2019.last_img read more

PenAir Preparing To Sell Off Assets During Bankruptcy

first_imgPenAir had previously shut down routes in both Portland, and Denver. PenAir’s current services are not expected to be disrupted during the sale process, according to officials. PenAir sought an additional $1 million loan from one of its creditors back in January, although it already owes $10 million to $50 million. No comment was returned from PenAir officials on if this move will affect the decision on whether the company can commit to the lease agreement with the City of Homer. The company plans to release a decision this month. In a motion filed by PenAir in court last week, calls for a 363 sale of PenAir, where bidders purchase all of the company’s “assets free and clear of all liens, claims, and encumbrances.” PenAir intends to offer flights on its Saab 340 aircraft between Homer and Anchorage starting in September if a final lease agreement is reached. According to court documents, a judge will approve the bid procedures later this month. The auction date is set for October 3, and the sale date on October 5. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享PenAir, a Southwest Alaska airline, is preparing to be sold in an October auction after declaring bankruptcy in August of 2017.last_img read more