Oregon agency rejects coal terminal on Columbia River

first_imgMillennium 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.”last_img read more

Statewide pot sales set record on day before Thanksgiving

first_imgForget “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.”last_img read more

Walk Knock keeps volunteers busy

first_imgWant 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.last_img read more

Some boos greet mayor at NYPD graduation

first_imgNEW 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.last_img read more

The Pensions Regulator names autoenrolment noncompliant employers

first_imgThe 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.”last_img read more

Scott touts over 24K new jobs in Miami lower unemployment

first_img 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. last_img read more

Car sparks garage fire at Miramar home crews respond

first_imgMIRAMAR, 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.last_img

Fort Lauderdale Commissioners vote to continue use of electric scooters on sidewalks

first_imgFORT 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.last_img

House Passes Bill To Facilitate More Money For Public Education In Alaska

first_imgThe 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.”last_img read more

2019 Alaska Law Enforcement Torch Run To Support Special Olympics

first_imgThe 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-AKLETRlast_img read more