One person was injured Friday morning in a three-car crash on Interstate 5.The crash was reported just after 10 a.m. on the southbound exit to Fourth Plain Boulevard.According to a Washington State Patrol release, a 1999 Dodge Dakota driven by Christopher Imre, 43, of Vancouver failed to slow and slammed into a 2010 Audi A4 driven by Sandra Tersteeg, 39, of Vancouver. The Audi was then pushed into the rear of a 1999 Ford Mustang driven by Manuel Ramos Lopez, 24, of Woodland.Imre was the only driver who reported injuries. He was treated at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center and released.The crash caused an estimated $5,000 in damage to the Dakota and Audi, both of which were towed from the scene, and an estimated $500 in damage to the Mustang.The crash was caused by inattention, WSP said.Imre was cited for speeding, according to the release.
One person was sent to the hospital Friday morning after a T-bone crash near state Highway 500 and East 39th Street.The crash was reported just before 7 a.m. at 39th Street and P Street, according to emergency dispatch logs.The crash involved a Volkswagen Jetta and an older Ford Thunderbird, said Capt. Dave James with the Vancouver Fire Department.The driver of one vehicle was taken to jail with an outstanding felony warrant, said Cmdr. Dave King, a Vancouver police spokesman.One person from the other car was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.Additional information was not available.
As construction crews continue to transform state Highway 14 in Camas and Washougal, drivers can soon expect to see the area from a new vantage point.Workers plan to shift traffic back onto the mainline highway by the middle of next month, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. That will put motorists on a new, raised roadway that passes over Union and Second streets. It will also take them off the frontage road that’s carried highway traffic through two roundabouts since early this year.The shift won’t mean work is finished on the new highway surface. Crews under lead contractor Tapani Underground Inc. still have a large amount of asphalt to lay down, WSDOT area engineer Chris Tams said last week. Workers are racing to get as much done as they can this fall — while weather allows — but the process will continue in 2013, he said.“We just ran out of time to get all of that paving done this year,” Tams said.The work is part of a $50 million effort to expand Highway 14 to four lanes from the end of — but not including — the West Camas Slough Bridge to Sixth Street in Washougal. The project aims to improve safety and traffic flow in a typically crowded area.Near the Camas-Washougal boundary, the basic foundation of the elevated highway setup is already in place. Workers last week finished building the support walls made up of some 75,000 individual blocks, Tams said — each weighing about 80 pounds, and each placed manually.
Kneeling beside a row of kohlrabi, Dee Rogers tends to a field that may have once saved her life.Rogers is a veteran of the Marine Corps who was once homeless and bouncing aimlessly about the Northwest. A few years back she ended up in a hospital on the coast.“I was really sick,” she says, matter-of-factly. “Drinking too much.”From that hospital visit she connected with veterans’ services, which eventually brought her to Clark County’s Heritage Farm where she got involved with the Partners in Careers program. The group helps veterans learn job skills in agriculture while giving them a serene place to heal.It worked for Rogers, but she’s no longer in the program. Now she’s the program coordinator. Now she helps others heal.“Some things that happen to you can make you feel dead inside,” she says. “This is the opposite.”This spread was once called the Clark County Poor Farm, where the most vulnerable residents could go to get some work, make some money and earn a meal.“I mean, just look at the history of this place,” Rogers says. “It was for the sick and poor. And it still is. I mean, we’re the sick and the poor. In a way, all of us are sick and poor.”Many faces of the farmThis place is all about potential.Every time someone shows up at the Heritage Farm and learns a lesson, or plants a first seed, or harvests a first ear of sweet corn, it is a triumph. Click map to enlarge
Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview, owned by Ambre Energy and Arch Coal Inc., wants to export up to 44 million metric tons of coal annually to Asia.In a statement emailed Monday to The Columbian, Wendy Hutchinson, vice president of public affairs for Millennium, said the decision by Oregon’s Department of State Lands to deny Ambre’s proposed coal-export operation in that state does not “have any impact on our permitting process here in Washington.” She also said the environmental review of Millennium’s proposal is moving forward and that “we expect a draft environmental impact statement around this time next year.”PORTLAND, — Oregon state regulators rejected a proposal for a coal terminal on the Columbia River that would be a conduit for exporting millions of tons of American coal a year to Asia.The decision is a victory for tribal groups that said the terminal threatened their fishing and environmentalists opposed to sending what they call “dirty coal” abroad.In denying an important permit, the Department of State Lands said Monday that the terminal would interfere with what regulators called “a small but important and long-standing fishery in the state’s waters.”
Forget “Green Friday” — there’s a new record-breaking shopping day for recreational marijuana in Washington.Sales for the much-hyped Green Friday, a pot shop play on the typical Black Friday day after Thanksgiving sales, were a solid $630,744 — nice but no record.The new record since stores opened nearly six months ago was the day before Thanksgiving, with more than $1 million in sales.“Woah, that’s awesome,” said Brian Budz, one of the owners of New Vansterdam in Vancouver. “That means a bunch of people went out and bought weed to go hang out with their families. That blows my mind, actually.”New Vansterdam, 6515 E Mill Plain Blvd., sold about $45,000 worth of product on the day before Thanksgiving, Budz said. His store did a strong Green Friday sales push on social media — and on a day that most stores did only slightly above average, New Vansterdam saw about $70,000 in sales, he said.The store promoted special deals for several weeks — offering prices as low as $3 for joints, $15 for 1 gram packages and $20 for 2-gram packages as doorbusters.“We did very well,” Budz said. “We did well over double what we do on a normal Friday. The rest of the weekend also stayed up, percentage wise. Saturday was about 50 percent higher than normal, Sunday was a bit above but close to normal.”
Want to help?• If you missed the Walk & Knock food collection Saturday morning, don’t despair. Numerous local businesses and nonprofit agencies are serving as drop-off sites through Tuesday. You can find a list of donation sites on the Walk & Knock website, www.walkandknock.org/one/volunteer_barrels.htm• Financial donations can also be mailed to the Clark County Food Bank, 6502 N.E. 47th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98661 or can be made online at www.walkandknock.org/one/donate.htm. All donations will be used to purchase food.An estimated 1 of every 4 children in Clark County goes to bed hungry. Thousands of volunteers who scoured neighborhoods on a rainy Saturday morning hope to change that statistic — at least for a few months.For the 28th year, volunteers fanned out across the county to collect bags of food and cash donations for the community’s largest one-day food drive, Walk & Knock. Volunteers walked house to house to collect the goods. After filling their cars with donations, they delivered the food to one of numerous sorting centers. There, volunteers unloaded vehicles while more volunteers emptied bags and boxed up the items. The boxes were then loaded into trucks and later delivered to the Clark County Food Bank.
NEW YORK — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio received some boos and heckles Monday at a police graduation ceremony, the latest chapter in his tension-filled relationship with the nation’s largest police force.The rift between de Blasio and much of the rank and file has grown considerably in recent weeks, and the leaders of the police union have blamed the mayor for fostering an anti-NYPD atmosphere they believe contributed to the ambush slayings of two officers earlier this month.Twice in a week — including at the funeral for one of the officers — some officers turned their backs to de Blasio, adding an air of acrimony to the normally celebratory graduation ceremonies, which were held Monday morning at Madison Square Garden.The 884 new police officers sat stoically in their seats when de Blasio was introduced to speak and many in the audience tepidly cheered. But boos could be heard from some in the crowd in the seats reserved for cadets’ family and friends.About a dozen or so people in the stands stood with their backs turned to de Blasio, emulating the searing pose of disrespect that hundreds of officers struck at Officer Rafael Ramos’ funeral on Saturday. Some appeared to be in uniform but it was unclear if they were members of the New York Police Department.
The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has published the names of employers that have not complied with pensions auto-enrolment regulations after being issued an escalating penalty notice.This includes organisations that TPR has secured a court order against for failure to pay escalating penalty notices for auto-enrolment non-compliance, as well as those that have paid escalating penalty notices but have not yet fulfilled their auto-enrolment duties.An escalating penalty notice is issued if employers continue to be non-compliant after receiving a fixed penalty notice worth £400. An escalating penalty notice can increase by up to £10,000 a day until the fee is paid.Employers that remain non-compliant after being issued with a penalty notice may have to face additional enforcement action, such as prosecution.Organisations that feature on the list of employers that are subject to a court order include fabricated products organisation EWM and Woodlands Manor Care Home. Both businesses owe £52,500 for unpaid escalating penalty notices.Employers that feature on the list of organisations that have paid an escalating penalty notice but remain non-compliant with auto-enrolment regulations include Mercure George Hotel, which paid an escalating penalty notice of £14,000, and labelling firm Armor UK, which paid £5,000.These lists, which will be updated and published each quarter, have been made public to highlight the importance of meeting auto-enrolment requirements, and to demonstrate the large fines that employers can incur for non-compliance.The lists have been published alongside TPR’s Automatic enrolment: compliance and enforcement quarterly bulletin, 1 January-31 March 2017 report, which showed that TPR issued a total of 4,673 fixed penalty notices of £400 and 1,043 escalating penalty notices in January-March 2017.Charles Counsell, executive director of automatic enrolment at TPR, said: “Employers who wilfully refuse to become compliant should be in no doubt that we will take enforcement action against them, as these lists show.“Automatic enrolment is not an option, it is the law. Allowing some employers to get away with non-compliance is not fair on the employees who are denied the workplace pensions they are entitled to and is not fair on the vast majority of businesses who have taken the time to meet their responsibilities.“To date, we have only had to bring court proceedings against a tiny proportion of employers, but every court case is one too many; and one that employers can easily avoid by becoming compliant.”
Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday that the Miami area added about 24,600 new jobs in the private sector over the past year.“Like the rest of the state, the Miami area continues to experience impressive job growth,” said Scott in a press release.Scott said the unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in June, down 0.7 percent from this time in 2016. Statewide, Florida businesses created nearly 18,000 new jobs in June, and the unemployment rate dropped to 4.1 percent, the lowest it’s been in 10 years.“We will keep fighting to make Florida a national leader for job creation,” said Scott.The press release stated that the industries in Miami with the highest job growth were:education and health services with 8,100 new jobstrade, transportation and utilities with 7,600 new jobsleisure and hospitality with 6,000 new jobsThe Miami area continued to rank third among the state’s metro areas with 28,505 job openings.For 63 consecutive months, Florida’s annual job growth rate of 3.1 percent has exceeded the nation’s rate of 1.7 percent.
MIRAMAR, FLA. (WSVN) – Crews responded to reports of a car fire at a house in Miramar, Wednesday night.Fire crews quickly arrived on the scene and had the fire under control within ten minutes, according to officials.The fire started in a car, which was parked inside of a garage attached to a house, located in the 13700 block of Southwest 54th Court, inside a gated community.A 7News viewer launched his drone over the scene of the fire, where heavy smoke could be seen.There was a dog inside the house that has not been located.No injuries have been reported as a result of this fire.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Fort Lauderdale City Commissioners have voted in favor of electric scooters.The vote, which happened Tuesday, allows riders to continue using the scooters on sidewalks.Officials are working on decreasing the speed limit of the electric vehicles to avoid collisions with pedestrians.They hope to reverse a state law that bans the scooters from bike lanes.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The changes in HB 213 are based on recommendations from the House Education Finance Subcommittee and the work of the Senate Education Committee. The Alaska Department of Revenue estimates that a yearly 4.75 percent draw from the Public School Trust Fund will result in $8.2 million in additional, available education funding in Alaska. The Department of Revenue reports that there would be no additional administrative or investment costs as a result of the passage of HB 213. House Bill 213 passed the Alaska House of Representatives Monday on reconsideration by a vote of 21-18. The bill has been transferred to the Alaska State Senate for consideration. It was referred to the Senate Finance Committee. Rep. Justin Parish: “The Public School Trust Fund would be nearly twice as large today if my bill had been law when it was established. At the same time, it would have paid out more than twice as much for public education. Those are the Department of Revenue’s findings. This sort of management is the industry standard for a reason,” said Rep. Parish. “This is a simple bill with a considerable upside for the state, especially our schools.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Earlier this week, the Alaska House of Representatives passed legislation sponsored by Representative Justin Parish (D-Juneau) to modernize the $675 million Public School Trust Fund to generate millions of dollars a year more for public education in Alaska. House Bill 213 restructures the fund and allows an annual percent of market value (POMV) draw based on the total value of the fund while protecting its inflation-adjusted value. “We still have a multi-billion dollar budget deficit. This is a way that we can be smarter with our money,” said Rep. Parish. “I’m also very glad that the additional millions raised are dedicated to education.”
The event will take place on Saturday, May 18, at 10 a.m., there are three major starting points on the Kenai Peninsula.Soldotna Regional Sports ComplexBase of the Homer SpitExit Glacier- in Seward The purpose of the event is for Alaska Law Enforcement to raise both awareness and funds for our Special Olympics Alaska athletes. It is expected to be the largest simultaneous multi-community running event held in Alaska this year. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Come out and support Special Olympics Alaska athletes by participating in the 2019 Alaska Law Enforcement Torch Run and Pledge Drive. More than 1,000 participants, including hundred’s of Alaska Law Enforcement personnel, will run simultaneously in 16 Alaskan Communities. Register today https://www.firstgiving.com/event/SO-AK/2019-AKLETR
As FOLIO: first reported yesterday, Blender’s sponsored “Rock N’ Roll User’s Guide”—with a sponsor’s logo straddling an editorial section, making it look an awful lot like an advertorial—has drawn the ire of the American Society of Magazine Editors, who call it a “clear violation” of ASME guidelines. Blender declined to elaborate on the deal, only to say it is committed to following ASME guidelines at both Blender and Maxim, both titles owned by the Alpha Media Group.Leaving the relative merits of the violation aside for a minute, the jab by ASME raises a legitimate question about the power—or lack thereof—ASME has in an industry that has been besieged by stuff like advertising dollars going to the Internet, rising paper and postage costs, and the volatile economy in general.As one industry observer told me: “I mean, so Blender violated ASME rules. Who cares? They’re not winning any National Magazine Awards anytime soon, right?” And remember, too, Kent Brownridge, Alpha’s top dog, has famously shunned membership in the Magazine Publishers of America. He’s not looking to impress anyone.So, now the question is this:Does anyone care about ASME rules?NOTE: Drop your opinions in the comments section below …
Magazine printer Worldcolor today reported a net loss of $29 million during the first quarter of 2010, compared to a loss of $126 million during the same period last year. The company generated $692 million in revenue during the first period, down about 8 percent from $752 million last year.Despite the lower profits and revenues, Worldcolor says it more than doubled its adjusted EBITDA during the first quarter to $79 million, versus $36 million during the same period in 2009 (it is the third consecutive quarter of EBITDA growth). The company attributes the value boost to cost containment and reduction initiatives which saw workforce reductions and the closing of six facilities in North America during the first three months of the year. Worldcolor says its cost of sales decreased 16 percent.“It [EBITDA growth] exceeded our own expectations, ” chairman and CEO Mark Angelson said during Worldcolor’s earnings call. “This is not as high as we would like, but it is a move in the right direction.” Worldcolor reported at total of $45 million in Impairment of assets, restructuring and other charges (IAROC), due mainly to severance and the facilities closures. The company reported free cash flow of $98 million.Also on the earnings call was Quad/Graphic s CEO Joel Quadracci and CFO John Fowler. The Sussex, Wisconsin-based printer agreed to acquire Worldcolor earlier this year in a stock exchange that will have Worldcolor shareholders receiving approximately 40 percent of the outstanding shares of Quad/Graphics at closing and Quad/Graphics shareholders holding roughly 60 percent. Quadracci said the main goal is to get the “synergies” between Worldcolor and Quad on schedule while controlling costs and creating a smooth transition for employees. “We’ve received good customer reaction and support for the deal,” he said. “The integration is going well and is consistent with antitrust laws.”“We’re very comfortable with progress,” Angelson said, indicating that the deal is anticipated to close by “early summer.”
Is your website converting visits to revenue efficiently enough? Getting people to fill out a registration form or click through on an offer is difficult, but getting it right is critical in the battle for revenue and market share. The most effective thing you can do is to learn directly from your users how to lay out your site and what to offer. The benefits of this approach are well-documented, but the example that resonates with most of us is the ACA or “Obamacare” website. This site was built the way many publisher sites are, without doing any usability testing up front. We all know how that turned out.Let’s review the typical approaches taken by publishers:Focus Group of OneUse internal staff as “stand-ins” for your users. Editors know their readers, so this should work, right? It’s popular because it’s really easy. The dismal results of this approach are everywhere. Research Best PracticesStudy the latest best practices in user interface design, lean UX, persuasion architectures, and the many sources of insight about how to remove friction from your conversion funnels. This is worthwhile, and applying these lessons to your site will likely generate measureable improvement. However, there are problems. Which expert do you believe? How do the cumulative results of user behavior on many other sites compare to your users, your industry and your content? Best practices give you insights like “send your newsletter on Tuesday morning” or “make action buttons bigger.” They can’t be specific to your users because they represent aggregated, normalized data, not detailed feedback. Researching and applying best practices is a lot better than the focus group of one, but it’s still a scattershot approach.A/B or Multivariate TestingTools like Adobe Target, Google Experiments or Optimizely can allow you to test copy, layout and graphical elements to see which combinations yield the best conversion rate. What this kind of testing can’t reveal is why users like Page A more than Page B. You might get lucky, but this kind of testing is best used to optimize products that have already been designed with direct input from your users. Usability TestingUsability testing involves the user going though a number of tasks while giving constant feedback to the researcher. Everything the user does is captured in a screen recording, and in a video that captures the user’s reactions at every stage. In this way researchers understand in detail how well users are able to use the website or app, what confuses or annoys them, and what they’d really like to see but don’t. Then you go build according to what you learned, and before launch, you test it again to make sure you got it right.Think about the last major brand site that left you frustrated. For me it was trying to add minutes to my kids’ AT&T prepaid phones. An hour of bouncing between website and phone representatives finally finished what should have taken a minute of navigating and clicking. I can guarantee you that AT&T skipped usability testing, with a very frustrating result for millions of customers like me. Do you think a poorly-designed subscribe process is any less frustrating for your users?Usability testing isn’t cheap (figure $20,000 to start) because it involves a lot of time, resources and logistics. That price tag is dwarfed by the amounts publishers regularly spend on designs that confuse and confound users. Publishers who apply usability as part of their regular process would prefer that you continue to view it as something that can be safely ignored. If you want to make more than incremental improvements in your next site redesign, budgeting for usability testing is a smart move.
Until last week, Pitchfork worked out of Logan Square, while Condé Nast’s sales team worked out of the John Hancock Center. Still, Pitchfork’s Midwestern roots shine through its annual summer music festival at Chicago’s Union Park — this year’s headliners include LCD Soundsystem, PJ Harvey, and A Tribe Called Quest. Condé Nast has a new office in downtown Chicago. The move, first reported by Crain’s Chicago Business, relocated 20 Pitchfork staffers and 17 members of the Condé Nast sales team to a consolidated 15,000 sq. ft. office in the Merchandise Mart. As the team moves offices, it also moves on from its short-lived print quarterly, The Pitchfork Review. First launched in November 2013, the long-form music magazine quietly folded this February. Chicago has long been home to Pitchfork, which was acquired by Condé Nast in 2015, and now has a staff of 30 working out of 1 World Trade Center in lower Manhattan. Launched around 1996 out of a garage near Minneapolis, the online magazine was built up in the Windy City by founder/EIC Ryan Schreiber, before he opened an NYC office in 2007.
Nolin Rural Electric Cooperative agreed to pay $7.6 million to the federal government over charges that it billed the Army for energy-saving projects at Fort Knox, Ky., that should never have been authorized, federal prosecutors said Monday.Prosecutors said the Kentucky utility received $8 million for 20 projects that were touted as saving more than $7 million over a decade but actually were estimated to lose more than $15 million over that period, reported the Lexington Herald-Leader.Prosecutors also cited several incidents in which Nolin charged the Army for projects that had not been approved by listing the costs under unrelated, but authorized, projects.The investigation “uncovered criminal acts and millions of dollars in questionable payments,” acting U.S. Attorney John Kuhn Jr. said. The settlement will produce “an important correction” to ensure future compliance with program requirements, Kuhn added.Since 1996, Fort Knox awarded 108 conservation projects valued at about $270 million to the utility. The DOD Inspector General found through an audit that Fort Knox officials did not properly award and manage projects under the installation’s energy program, according to the story.Meanwhile, Fort Knox’s former energy program manager faces charges related to the overbilling scheme. DOD contractor Gary Meredith worked closely with Nolin and later was hired by the utility as its resource energy manager. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
News The singer previews his new studio album, ‘Low In High School,’ which is due out Nov. 17 via his Etienne Records imprintBrian HaackGRAMMYs Nov 14, 2017 – 12:42 pm Fresh off a hero’s welcome in Los Angeles this past weekend, GRAMMY nominated alt-pop songsmith Morrissey is making ready to drop his 11th solo album, Low In High School, this week.”It’s a bit like a dating agency where two people might seem right for each other, and so it is with music and words,” Morrissey told Billboard about his approach to songwriting for his new album. “As long as words behave on the page, then the song works. I don’t ever feel that it’s time to be different or new because I feel that I’ve always had so much to say.”The English singer built his own record label, Etienne, to release and distribute Low In High School, in part to avoid the sort of public meltdown that plagued his previous relationship with Harvest Records, ultimately resulting in his 2014 LP, World Peace Is None Of Your Business, being dropped by the label just three weeks after its release.Speaking on the future plans for his new label, Morrissey explained, “Whatever happens in the world, music is for eternity. It’s a great pleasure and very healthy to produce and create, and I’d love to expand Etienne and sign up music that counts.”Low In High School is slated for release on Friday, Nov. 17. Morrissey’s 2017 U.S. tour will continue through Dec. 10, and tickets are still available from some shows from his website.UK Music Consumers Gravitate Toward Media You Can TouchRead more Twitter Morrissey Sets The Scene For ‘Low In High School’ morrissey-talks-new-album-future-etienne-records Email Facebook Morrissey Talks New Album, Future Of Etienne Records