Month: September 2019

California Highway Patrol warns those headed to the mountains

California Highway Patrol warns those headed to the mountains

first_imgCalifornia Highway Patrol warns those headed to the mountains KUSI Newsroom MOUNT LAGUNA (KUSI) – The California Highway Patrol is warning those headed to the mountains for a romp in the freshly fallen snow today that the roads are icy and chains, or four-wheel drive vehicles, are recommended.“Chains are needed from Interstate 8 if you’re exiting from the freeway onto Sunrise Highway,” said Tammy McGuire, CHP dispatch supervisor.“We do have snow plows responding, but they are not here yet.”The CHP said several accidents have been reported, while cautioning travelers to expect delays as crowds work their way up the mountains to play in the snow. December 25, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwittercenter_img Posted: December 25, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 8:20 PMlast_img read more

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Carlsbad flower fields now open through May 12

Carlsbad flower fields now open through May 12

first_img Michael Smith, KUSI Newsroom, 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 SettingsCARLSBAD (KUSI) – The Carlsbad flower fields are now open to the public until May 12th.KUSI Chief Photograph Mike Smith stopped by the fields today to catch some people taking advantage of the spring flowers. Carlsbad flower fields now open through May 12 Michael Smith, KUSI Newsroom Posted: March 13, 2019 March 13, 2019 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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17th Annual Beer and Sake Festival on the USS Midway

17th Annual Beer and Sake Festival on the USS Midway

first_img17th Annual Beer and Sake Festival on the USS Midway KUSI Newsroom June 13, 2019 Posted: June 13, 2019 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 the Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana will host 17th Annual Beer & Sake Festival is happening Thursday, June 13 on the USS Midway.This event is said to be the largest sake tasting event open to the public in Southern California, and includes tasting from more than 40 beer, sake and restaurant vendors.The festival hosts 1,000 San Diegans and visitors each year to enjoy tuna cutting demonstrations (and fresh sashimi), samplings of beer, sake and local Japanese cuisine, dynamic Japanese drumming performances and musical entertainment from DJ Oggy.Festival proceeds benefit the Japan Society‘s educational programs including language competitions, internships and educational and sports exchanges that connect the people of Japan and the San Diego/Tijuana region. KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Good Morning San Diego, KUSI, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Bank of Clark County exec sentenced to four months in prison

first_imgFormer Bank of Clark County executive David Kennelly on Friday was sentenced to four months in prison for hiding loan appraisals from Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. examiners in the months before the bank’s failure. The sentence, issued by U.S. District Court Judge Robert J. Bryan in Tacoma also included three years of supervised release and a $5,000 fine for the Vancouver resident. “It is appropriate that there be a sentence that allows others to look and say, ‘This is serious’ … and encourages other bankers to be honest with the FDIC,” Bryan said in a statement.Kennelly, 49, pleaded guilty in February to a “scheme to conceal material facts,” a felony charge that carried a maximum potential sentence of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000. He admitted to hiding appraisals in November 2008 on 17 properties that had lost significant value and represented a large loan loss to the bank. As a result, FDIC inspectors told the bank to set aside $3.5 million in loan-loss reserves, instead of the $16.7 million the regulators would have required with the correct information. The bank’s rating was subsequently downgraded, and regulators seized the bank about two months later, on Jan. 16, 2009.last_img read more

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Senior housing set to surge in county

first_imgReservations are being accepted for a workshop on housing needs for the elderly.The workshop is being held by Clark County’s Aging Readiness task force, which is seeking ideas and professional expertise about the community’s future needs regarding housing.The workshop is the first of five the task force will host as the members develop an Aging Readiness Plan, which will eventually be submitted to Clark County commissioners.The workshop is 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, at Clark College at Columbia Tech Center, 18700 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd.Reservations are required, due to space limitations. Call 360-397-2280, ext. 4958, or send an e-mail to rsvp@clark.wa.gov.A schedule of the remaining four workshops and the topics can be found here.— The ColumbianClark County’s older set — baby boomers and their parents — are the targeted market for a slate of new senior communities proposed from east Vancouver northward to the Salmon Creek area.last_img read more

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Accidental fire causes 100000 in damage to Vancouver house

first_imgA fire lit in a defective fireplace caused $100,000 in damage to a Vancouver house Saturday morning.Vancouver Fire Department responded to the fire at 7600 N.E. 128th Ave. at 6:11 a.m. When firefighters arrived five minutes later, the fire had reached the roof, with flames surrounding the chimney, Capt. Chris Moen said.Three adults were living in a travel trailer on the property. None of them claimed to be living in the house, Moen said. However, one of the adults went inside the house to warm up and started a fire in the fireplace.Heat from the fire ignited framing around the fireplace. From there, the flames climbed the walls to the roof, Moen said.The fire was deemed an accident. No one was injured.The parents of one of the adults own the house, Moen said. The homeowner is Randy Mason, according to county property records.The house was fully furnished but had no water or electricity, Moen said. It’s unclear if anybody had been living in it, he said. The fire caused about $40,000 in damage to possessions inside.Firefighters had the blaze under control by 6:29 a.m.last_img read more

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Drunken driving victims share ordeals to protect others

first_imgA cane in his hand, the man approached the front of the conference room. Behind him, a picture of a demolished truck appeared on an overhead screen.A dark-haired woman handed him a microphone as he faced the audience of 100 people.“My name is Doug Miner,” he said. “And I’m an alcoholic.”Miner explained how the photo of his truck was taken after he drove drunk in 1997 and crashed into a wall in Portland. He wasn’t supposed to live. Today, the victim of a traumatic brain injury has short-term memory problems and has had to teach himself basic motor skills.“Everything I do, the doctors said I couldn’t do,” the 43-year-old Vancouver man said. “I had to grow up all over again.”Miner shared his story to show the terrible potential effects of drinking and driving. His audience mostly consisted of DUI defendants who had been court-ordered to attend Clark County’s victim impact panel class.The DUI victim impact panel program, which reaches approximately 2,400 people a year, isn’t new; it’s been offered in Clark County for 20 years. Still, it comes with added importance now, proponents say, because of stiffer penalties for DUI drivers who kill.Last month, Gov. Chris Gregoire signed into law a bill that raises the stakes for those convicted of DUI vehicular homicide to the same punishment as first-degree manslaughter. The sentence for a first-time offender used to be 31 to 41 months in prison. Now, offenders face 6- to 8-year terms.last_img read more

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County firefighters boat ready for river rescues

first_imgAbout 10 firefighters are trained to pilot Clark County Fire & Rescue’s 19-foot rescue boat and respond to calls along the Columbia, Lewis and Lake rivers. The 19-foot rescue boat took a few minutes to get going. The engine whined like a car not wanting to start. Once it roared to life, Fire Capt. Abe Rommel slowly pulled out from the 5 Mill St. dock, next door to Ridgefield Kayak Rentals.Rommel pilots Clark County Fire & Rescue’s jet-powered boat at 5 mph near the marina; anything damaged by the boat’s wake will be CCFR’s responsibility. The wake-free areas where boats have to slow down can sometimes slow down rescue response times, he said.The crew is waiting for FEMA’s final approval to get two new boats, called Quick Response Vehicles, equipped to respond to medical emergencies on the water and fight fires along the waterfront.Rommel said the current boat was bought on surplus from the sheriff’s office. And before that, CCFR had a 17-foot Boston Whaler, which couldn’t protect the crew from the elements when they went out on calls.“I miss it,” Rommel said. “It’s like your first car.”For now, firefighters trained to be boat pilots navigate the rescue boat along the Columbia River — anywhere from Martin Island to Frenchman’s Bar.last_img read more

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Driver accused of DUI after Sunday crash spurs outage

first_imgA 34-year-old Vancouver man was accused of DUI and given a Clark County District Court date after crashing into transformer boxes near 192nd Avenue and Brady Road on Sunday evening.The crash was reported around 8:40 p.m. The crash caused about 1,900 people to lose power, said Erica Erland with Clark Public Utilities. Power was restored for many, she said.The driver did not appear to have serious injuries, said Capt. Dave James, Vancouver Fire Department spokesman.“He sheared off a 5-inch diameter tree and three transformer boxes,” James said.Firefighters and police said 192nd was blocked for about an hour.The man was not arrested but given a court date, said Kim Kapp, Vancouver Police Department spokeswoman. His name was not released.last_img

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Kidnapped Calif teen says captor deserved to die

first_imgThis screen shot taken from the ask.fm website shows a social media page of Hanna Anderson. SAN DIEGO — A family friend tortured and killed a mother and 8-year-old son before setting his home on fire and escaping with the mother’s 16-year-old daughter, according to search warrants unsealed Wednesday.The warrants do not describe the torture but say firefighters found the mother’s body in James Lee DiMaggio’s garage near a crowbar and what appeared to be blood next to her head. A dead dog was found under a sleeping bag in the garage with blood near its head.Investigators found the child’s body as they sifted through rubble.DiMaggio and 16-year-old Hannah Anderson exchanged about 13 calls before Hannah was picked up from cheerleading practice on Aug. 4. Both phones were turned off, and the home burned several hours later.DiMaggio, 40, was like an uncle to the children and close to the parents for nearly two decades. The warrants describe how DiMaggio took Hannah on multiday trips, most recently to Malibu and Hollywood.Hannah Anderson was rescued when FBI agents killed DiMaggio in the Idaho wilderness on Saturday, ending a six-day search that spanned much of the western United States and parts of Canada and Mexico. Hannah Anderson described on a social media site how she survived captivity and how she is coping with the deaths of her mother and brother.last_img read more

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Obama awards Medal of Honor to Afghan war veteran from Spokane

first_imgWASHINGTON — President Barack Obama bestowed nation’s highest military honor, the Medal of Honor, on Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter on Monday, saluting the veteran of the war in Afghanistan as “the essence of true heroism,” one still engaged in a battle against the lingering emotional fallout of war.Carter risked his life to save an injured soldier, resupply ammunition to his comrades and render first aid during intense fighting in a remote mountain outpost four years ago.Then as an Army specialist, Carter sprinted from his barracks into a ferocious firefight, a day-long battle on Oct. 3, 2009, that killed eight of his fellow soldiers as they tried to defend their outpost — at the bottom of a valley and surrounded by high mountains — from the onslaught of a much larger force of Taliban and local fighters.Carter, 33, is a former Marine who later enlisted in the Army and is currently assigned to the 7th Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington.He grew up in Spokane, and also has received a Purple Heart and many other military medals.”As these soldiers and families will tell you, they’re a family forged in battle, and loss, and love,” Obama said as Carter stood at his side and members of his unit watched in the White House East Room.last_img read more

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The Morning Press Mayoral race I5 Bridge votes CRC suit BG Walmart

first_img This weekend’s top stories and news you may have missed: Mayoral candidates vary on visionIn the past four years, the city of Vancouver has cut operational costs, improved its credit rating, landed major employers such as PeaceHealth, Integra and Farwest Steel Corp. and started a $40 million waterfront access project to transform the city’s west end.But no matter how many first-term accomplishments Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt cites, to some people he will forever be defined by his flip-flop on bridge tolls.Those people include his challenger, City Councilor Bill Turlay, who called the Columbia River Crossing the defining issue of the mayoral race.“This is going to be a referendum (on the CRC),” Turlay said of the Nov. 5 election.Read the full story here.Advisory votes get mixed reviewsA set of advisory votes next month will allow Clark County residents to weigh in directly on light rail, bus rapid transit and three proposed bridges across the Columbia River.The nonbinding measures will give voters up-or-down decisions on three bridge alignments: a replacement Interstate 5 bridge, a new bridge to the west of the freeway, and a new bridge to the east at Southeast 192nd Avenue. All three are described as “toll-free” proposals in the voters’ pamphlet.The measures don’t ask voters to favor one idea over another. Each is a separate measure, so a resident could vote in favor of all three, against all three, or any combination he or she chooses. An artist’s rendering of the proposed Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River.last_img read more

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Air Force cites bird strikes in crash that killed Capt Stover

first_imgSeveral waterfowl that smashed through a helicopter windscreen caused the crash that killed Capt. Christopher Stover of Vancouver and three other Air Force personnel on Jan. 7.Stover, a 2004 graduate of Evergreen High School, was piloting the HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter on a search-and-rescue training flight along the English coast when it crashed.In a report issued last week, Air Force investigators determined that multiple bird strikes caused the crash of what they called the “mishap aircraft” or MA.“At least three geese penetrated the windscreen of the MA, struck the mishap pilot and mishap co-pilot, rendering them unconscious and thus unable to control the MA. Additionally, at least one goose impacted the front” of the helicopter, disabling its trim and flight path stabilization systems.Three seconds after being struck by the birds, the helicopter hit the ground, killing all four members of the crew, which also included co-pilot Capt. Sean Ruane, Tech. Sgt. Dale Mathews and Staff Sgt. Afton Ponce. The airmen were with the U.S. Air Force’s 56th Rescue Squadron, based at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, England.last_img read more

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Nearly an inch of rain expected in first week of fall

first_imgThe first full day of fall is expected to bring with it rain to Southwest Washington. Widespread moderate to heavy rain is expected to begin along the coast late this afternoon and then slowly spread inland Tuesday night and Wednesday, according to a National Weather Service special weather statement.Rainfall totals from today through the end of the week are expected to reach nearly an inch in the inland and one to two inches on the coast and in the mountains, the weather service reports.The predicted rainfall would be the most rain the area has seen in months and so authorities warn that residual oil and grease on the roadway will likely create slick driving conditions. The weather agency warned of localized flooding, especially in areas affected by wildfires. Coastal regions may see wind gusts of up to 55 mph.last_img read more

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Jayne Tim Eyman hopes that this year his initiatives pay off

first_imgOn a certain level, Tim Eyman is quite likable.Sure, critics might alternatingly refer to him as a gold digger or a charlatan or a gadfly, but Washington’s most prominent anti-tax activist also is personable and engaging and quotable. You know, the things that newspaper people like to find in a subject.So, when the Associated Press noted last week that Eyman already has filed 17 proposed ballot initiatives this year, it seemed like a good time to give him a call and provide the preacher with a pulpit.“All we do is put ideas out there, and it’s the people who make the decision,” Eyman said. “You’ve got to start with the idea; you file ideas that you believe in and see how it comes out on the other end.”Eyman, in his mind, plays the role of crusader. That’s another monicker frequently attached to him, and it can be either a compliment or a pejorative — depending upon who is delivering it. He has played this role for some 15 years, making it his mission to come up with an idea and gather signatures and alter Washington politics in his own small way.Of course, there is little variety to Eyman’s proposals. This year’s batch includes working titles such as the “Taxpayer Protection Act,” “Tougher on Tolls,” and “Bring Back $30 Car Tabs.” Previous ideas have been a two-thirds majority requirement for tax increases, which voters have embraced several times, and a 1 percent limit on property-tax increases. And if more than a handful of his measures that have been approved by voters have been overturned by the courts or by the Legislature, well, that’s politics.last_img read more

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Top 10 most read stories this week

Top 10 most read stories this week

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 24 February and 3 March 2016:Puppies help de-stress Australian workplacesEY, Iceland and Nationwide are among the 25 Best Big Companies to Work For 2016Rolls-Royce introduces financial education and engagement strategyHow will the national living wage impact reward strategies?EXCLUSIVE: Countrywide introduces discount scheme for staffEXCLUSIVE: Royal Bank of Scotland engages staff with its sustainability goalsWhat is included in a global wellbeing strategy?KP Snacks to re-launch bikes-for-work schemeEXCLUSIVE: IPG Mediabrands to launch financial wellbeing programmeWilliam Hill to pay all employees the national living wagelast_img

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CIPHR appoints Williams

CIPHR appoints Williams

first_imgUK HR software provider CIPHR has appointed Claire Williams as head of people.In her new role, Williams will oversee the development of the organisation’s HR function, with a specific focus on organisational culture, talent management and learning and development.Williams joined CIPHR in March 2018 as a senior HR systems consultant, leading a review into the organisation’s consultancy offering to clients. She will head up CIPHR’s strategic HR consultancy function alongside her role as head of people.Williams has more than 12 years’ experience in HR, both in-house and in consultancy roles, including at publisher Parragon Books and fine wine storage organisation Octavian. She also ran her own HR firm, Ten to Five Consultancy, for three years, and worked as a consultant at CitrusHR.last_img read more

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Miami dancer to take center stage on 13th season of SYTYCD

Miami dancer to take center stage on 13th season of SYTYCD

first_imgWhen it comes to criticizing these young dancers, Lythgoe said they can handle it. “These kids are so accustomed to competitions, it’s almost easier to judge them and give them quite harsh criticisms, too,” he said. “They take it really well.”Miami native Gaby Diaz, 19, won last year’s season. Camila said she watched every step of her journey and hopes she will also make South Florida proud this year. “I want to get far,” she said.The season premiere of “So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation” airs Monday at 8 p.m. on WSVN.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. DORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – A 12-year-old ballroom dancer from Miami will be showing off her SoFlo moves when “So You Think You Can Dance” returns to FOX-TV, Monday night.There’s a twist on the hit show’s 13th season. A new generation of dancers will hit the stage, giving contestants ages 8 to 13 a chance to display their talents.Among them is South Florida resident Camila Schwarz, who flew to Los Angeles for the first audition and made it through. “I got a golden ticket, and I was so happy,” she said.Camila told 7News she knew she had to audition the second she heard she could qualify to appear on the televised dancing competition. “When I got the news that kids can try out now, I was like, ‘I have to do this. This can be a big dream,’” she said.Camila said the process was nerve-wracking, but she shook off the nerves. She was excited to impress returning judges Nigel Lythgoe, Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo.The judges said the first audition already proves the competition will be tough. “Well, I can tell you right now, we’ve never put so many contestants through as we are today here in L.A.,” said Abdul. “It’s one after another, and it’s astonishing to see how well they’re being trained and disciplined in their dance styles. It’s incredible; we’re seeing amazing talent.”Derulo praised the dancers for their willingness to take criticism. “[I was impressed by] how well they take the notes,” he said. last_img read more

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