Family frantic about missing Ridgefield teen father says

first_imgAn 18-year-old Ridgefield woman’s parents are increasingly worried because she left home more than two weeks ago and hasn’t tried to contact them.“We’re absolutely frantic about it,” Rachael Blakely’s father, Dave Blakely, said Thursday afternoon. “We just want to know that our child’s safe.”Rachael, the father said, has been missing since Aug. 4, when she left saying she was going for a walk.Ridgefield police have investigated, and have seen Rachael in a security video made a couple days after she disappeared, at the WalMart in Hazel Dell. But there’s been no indication of any foul play and, because Rachael is an adult, police have no authority to make her return home, a police employee said.Dave Blakely said it’s unlike Rachael to not call home, and said she had no friends that he’s aware of. He said the family moved to Ridgefield only recently, and Rachael was being home-schooled, soon to finish her last year.“We’ve put out fliers by the hundreds” all over the Vancouver area, including at convenience stores and bus stops, he said.Asked where he figures Rachael might be, he said: “I haven’t got a clue, unless she knows someone we’re not aware of.”last_img read more

Clark College faculty pushing for pay bump

first_imgBargaining over Clark College faculty members’ next work contract is off to a rocky start.Union leaders say top administrators have given instructors the cold shoulder; officials say the union must face cold, hard reality.The faculty union, about 300 members strong, has pressed for what it calls a modest Clark contribution to allow the first salary-grid step increase in three years.In that time, Washington hasn’t funded cost-of-living-adjustments for Clark’s teachers.President Bob Knight and his cabinet, wary of new budget cuts as lawmakers wrestle with a soaring, multibillion-dollar state deficit, say there’s no sustainable cash flow to afford the step increase, however. A new labor agreement would cover all the approximate 900 instructors employed by Clark, nearly 700 of whom are part-time, or adjunct, instructors.It’s a familiar skirmish — one that drew more than 40 faculty members to Clark’s most recent board of trustees meeting, with some holding placards to voice frustration. Their complaint: “$0 for faculty” pay sweeteners — the administration’s stance so far — is unjust.But, what makes this squabble different is that, unlike struggling private firms and revenue-starved local or state agencies, business has boomed for Clark College during the recession.Clark’s student head count has surged about 50 percent to more than 16,000 just since 2007.While officials note the state chronically underpays the college’s per-student share, a heap of “excess tuition” dollars has come Clark’s way as tuition rates were raised 14.4 percent since 2008, a change approved by legislators.last_img read more

Mississippi Delta braces for flooding

first_imgTUNICA, Miss. — The bulging Mississippi River rolled into the fertile Mississippi Delta on Tuesday, threatening to swamp antebellum mansions, wash away shotgun shacks, and destroy fields of cotton, rice and corn in a flood of historic proportions.The river took aim at one of the most poverty-stricken parts of the country after cresting before daybreak at Memphis, Tenn., just inches short of the record set in 1937. Some low-lying neighborhoods were inundated, but the city’s high levees protected much of the rest of Memphis.Over the past week or so in the Delta, floodwaters along the rain-swollen river and its backed-up tributaries have already washed away crops, forced many people to flee to higher ground and closed some of the dockside casinos that are vital to the state’s economy. But the worst is yet to come, with the crest expected to roll through the Delta over the next few days. The damage in Memphis was estimated at more than $320 million as the serious flooding began, and an official tally won’t be available until the waters recede. To the south, there were no early figures on the devastation, but with hundreds of homes already damaged, “we’re going to have a lot more when the water gets to where it’s never been before,” said Greg Flynn, a spokesman for the Mississippi emergency management agency.last_img read more

Paul Ryan to fundraise in Portland on Monday

first_imgRepublican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan will be in Portland on Monday for a fundraiser. The event will take place “around noon,” according to information posted on the Clark County Republicans’ website, and anyone donating $25 by Thursday will be entered into a drawing to attend the fundraiser. A handful of people will be selected through that drawing.Otherwise, it costs $1,000 to attend the general event, $2,500 to attend a photo opportunity with Ryan, $10,000 to attend a “technology innovator roundtable,” and $25,000 to attend a private dinner with the candidate. The exact time of the event has yet to be announced. The fundraiser will take place at the Governor Hotel on 11th Avenue. For more information, contact Apollo Fuhriman at read more

Weather Eye Cooler days arrive holiday travelers may see some snow

first_imgIt was a much cooler start to the day on Wednesday, with a see-your-breath kind of thing heading out to work in the early morning. The well-advertised cold front moved through overnight and lowered our afternoon highs into the 50s Wednesday. Further cooling will occur today and Friday with highs struggling to hit 50 degrees.Rainfall amounts were on the light side and any rain today and Friday will be as well, with most of the moisture staying offshore and heading south into California. There will be some snow at pass levels and below. The weekend at this point looks cool and dry with maybe more rain late Sunday. The timing may be a ways off but that is the best I can throw out as of Wednesday afternoon.In Sunday’s column I will give last month’s rainfall from your friends and neighbors. Most are pretty impressive for October. November appears to be cool and drier than average for a while, maybe changing midmonth. The weather next week could go two ways, wet and cool or cold and wet. This translates to snow levels at pass levels or higher or at relatively low levels, maybe down to 1,000 feet at times around Nov. 14 or 15.If you are making travel plans that include driving over the mountain passes for Thanksgiving I would count on some snow to be falling. That is my long-range prediction. Whether there will be enough snow for the ski season to start over Thanksgiving remains up in the air, but of course it only takes a couple of good storms, so stay tuned.Despite the heavy rainfall locally in October, the first seven days in November we have only tallied one-half inch of rain by 5 p.m. Wednesday. That is one half-inch below average. Goodness, maybe we are heading toward another roller-coaster winter. The ups and downs in weather world I guess.last_img read more

17th Dist Republicans host telephone town hall

first_imgState Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver State Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, and Rep. Paul Harris, R-Vancouver, will be available by phone at 6:30 p.m. Monday to talk to their constituents about this year’s Washington state legislative session.To participate, residents of the 17th Legislative District may call the toll-free number 1-877-229-8493 and enter the code 17528. Callers can simply listen to the discussion or ask a question by dialing *3.For more information, contact Harris’ office at 360-786-7976 or by email at The 105-day legislative session ends April 28.last_img read more

Phil Satre takes over as Wynn Resorts Chairman

first_img Wynn Palace expansion to better position property for premium mass recovery: Maddox Wynn Resorts to undergo internal restructure as part of refinancing plan Former Harrah’s boss Phil Satre has officially taken over from D. Boone Wayson as Chairman of Wynn Resorts following a unanimous vote at a board meeting overnight.His appointment comes almost three months to the day since he first joined the board as Vice Chairman as part of an agreement between Wynn Resorts and its largest shareholder Elaine Wynn, who ran a lengthy campaign against a number of former board members following the downfall of her ex-husband and company founder Steve Wynn in February. Under the terms of the agreement, Elaine Wynn will no longer push for any new board changes. RelatedPosts The Wynn Resorts board is now comprised of 10 directors including six new to the board in 2018 and of whom four are women.“I am honored to be named Chairman of the newly refreshed Wynn Resorts Board and look forward to continuing to support the company’s transformation for the benefit of its shareholders and all of its stakeholders,” Satre said.Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox added, “We appreciate Boone’s contributions to our company since its inception and for his leadership, which was crucial in maintaining stability at Wynn Resorts in 2018.  He was instrumental in driving key initiatives and in our recent board refreshment process.“I am pleased to have a director of Phil’s caliber to succeed Boone and help Wynn Resorts solidify its position as the premier luxury resort developer and operator in the world.” Load More Wynn Resorts shares favored over Wynn Macau: analystslast_img read more

Paradigm introduces salary sacrifice car scheme

first_imgParadigm Housing Group has launched a salary sacrifice car scheme for its 440 staff.The scheme, provided by fleet management firm TCH Leasing, offers employees a fully managed car for a monthly fee. The salary sacrifice arrangement includes insurance, service, maintenance and repair costs.Through the TCH Salsa scheme, staff at the housing organisation can acquire a new car every two to three years.The initiative will give employees access to low-emission cars, supporting Paradigm’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint.Gary Robinson, head of people management and communications at Paradigm, said: “The salary sacrifice scheme is a great way to recognise the commitment and hard work of our staff as part of our wider benefits package, but also helps support our core philosophy of sustainability and in reducing Paradigm’s carbon footprint.”last_img read more

Top 10 most read stories this week

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on from 26 November-3 December 2015:The Autumn Statement’s impact on employee benefitsRangers Football Club to pay staff living wageAre employers returning to a paternalistic benefits approach?GHD launches employee engagement platformShould employers wake up and smell the bacon?Consultation opens on income tax and national insurance alignmentRicher Sounds offers unusual benefits to look after employeesEXCLUSIVE: Callcredit uses communication to boost staff engagement with flexEXCLUSIVE RESEARCH: 76% view financial education as essential for all staff60% of housing associations offer defined contribution pensionslast_img read more

EXCLUSIVE 33 do not plan to offer a workplace lifetime Isa

first_imgTune in to EB TV at 11am on 29 November for Employee Benefits Wired, where an expert panel will discuss key themes from the findings of the research. Tweet your questions for the panel using #EBWired. EXCLUSIVE: A third (33%) of employer respondents do not plan to introduce the lifetime individual savings account (Lisa) as a workplace savings tool, according to research by Employee Benefits and Close Brothers.The Employee Benefits/Close Brothers Pensions research 2016, which surveyed 250 employer respondents, found that just 7% plan to offer the Lisa to their employees, while 42% remain undecided.The Lisa, which was unveiled by former Chancellor George Osborne in the March 2016 Budget, will be available to individuals aged 18-40 who will be able to save up to £4,000 a year into the savings vehicle until the age of 50. The government will contribute a 25% bonus when the savings are put towards a first home or are withdrawn as retirement income after the age of 60. When withdrawn for other purposes, the saver will forfeit the government bonus plus interest, and will also incur a charge.The Savings (Government Contributions) Bill 2016-17, which will legislate for the Lisa, was introduced to the House of Commons in September 2016. The Lisa is due to launch in April 2017.Of those respondents that intend to introduce a workplace Lisa, all (100%) think that staff will treat the Lisa as an additional savings vehicle to pension saving. Less than a fifth (18%) of these respondents believe the introduction of the Lisa will cause employees to opt out of their workplace pension scheme, and 85% believe it will increase employee engagement with retirement planning.last_img read more

8 receive pet insurance as an employerpaid employee benefit

first_imgFewer than one in 10 (8%) receive pet insurance as an employer-paid and discounted employee benefit, according to research by online legal services organisation Epoq Legal.Its survey of 1,234 UK employees also revealed that 45% of respondents aged between 18 and 34 years old agree that their employer offers benefits that are relevant to their life stage, compared to 32% of 35- to 54-year-olds and 18% of over 55s.The research also found:17% receive health or medical insurance through their employer, 12% have access to employer-paid dental treatment insurance and 13% can utilise critical illness insurance as an employee benefit provided and paid for by their employer.15% can take up discounted, employer-paid life insurance, compared to 12% who can access income protection.11% receive car insurance net through their employer, which is discounted and employer-paid. Respondents can also access home insurance (9%), travel insurance (11%) and phone or gadget insurance (11%).15% are offered legal advice as an employee benefit and 12% have access to legal documents, such as wills, through their employer.Andrew Walker (pictured), commercial director at Epoq Legal, said: “While medical and life insurance were understandably the most common forms of employer-paid insurance, there may be room to add extra value to the type of employee benefits on offer.“For example, last year’s Epoq research found that just over two-fifths of respondents (41%) have a will, the majority of whom (45%) are in the 65+ age bracket. Oddly, the ages at which most people are most likely to have a mortgage and dependents represent the age brackets least likely to have a will.“This suggests there are lots of people of working age that need to create important legal documents like wills, but aren’t doing so, possibly due to lack of advice, awareness or simply a lack of convenient access to the right services. Clearly there’s a need here and if employers were to provide a wills service as a benefit, it stands to reason that more people would more likely choose to make one and so protect their interests and those of their loved ones.”last_img read more

SWAT team aids police in arresting man for attempted murder in Pembroke

first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (WSVN) — A SWAT team was called in to assist Pembroke Pines police in arresting man wanted for attempted murder, Thursday.Police searched for 28-year-old Ahmad Antwuan Robinson for an attempted murder charge from Wednesday.According to police, when they got to his house, located near Northwest 20th Street and 78th Way, he following day, he barricaded himself in. That’s when a SWAT team was called to aid police, since they were unsure if Robinson was armed.They then arrested Robinson. However, residents Thursday afternoon remained in shock by the incicdent. “A very nice area. Very, very nice,” said resident Shneail Burnet. “I just can’t believe anything like this would happen here.”Robinson was already on active federal probation for previous charges.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

BSO releases video of suspected repeat Walgreens robber

first_imgOAKLAND PARK, FLA. (WSVN) – Broward County Sheriff’s Office has released footage of what, they said, is a man suspected of robbing multiple Walgreens pharmacies.The footage shows the man approaching as if he is going to buy something. He then waits for the clerk to open the register, before he reaches over, takes the money and takes off.The video is from a June 22 robbery that took place at the Walgreens on 3100 block of North Andrews Avenue in Oakland Park. Officials also said the man has targeted four other Walgreens.If you have any information on these robberies, 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

Hunter nets 350 for catching 15foot10inch python in Everglades

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) – Snake hunters have been making colossal captures in the Everglades as part of the Python Challenge.Patrick Campbell made the biggest catch of all, trapping a 15-foot-10-inch Burmese Python this week. The 135-pound kill netted the hunter $350.RELATED: 2 hunters catch 15-foot python during Everglades’ Python ChallengeThe South Florida Water Management District is paying hunters to get rid of the invasive species over a 60-day period.The group has already removed 10 pythons and, according to one hunter, they’re saving the lives of other animals in the process.“Every one pulled out is one less out there, and every time we go out there and pull out another one, it’s one less mammal, one less native mammal, native bird, or native whatever that’s being taken out by one of these guys,” python hunter Omar Gomez said.Nicholas Baños and Leonard Sanchez have made the second biggest catch so far, a 15-foot-2-inch python, weighing 144 pounds. last_img read more

Police search for woman missing out of Miami

first_imgPolice are asking for the community’s help in finding a South Florida woman who has gone missing out of Miami.Authorities are looking for 26-year-old Tanya Oyanadel.Oyanadel stands 5 feet 5 inches tall, is about 120 pounds and has long black hair.She was last seen in Miami on Oct. 26 and was wearing a black and purple shirt with blue jeans.Oyanadel may be in need of services.If you have any information on this missing person, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

4 men arrested accused of dressing up as women to go on

first_imgDEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have arrested four men accused of going on a crime spree while dressed as women.The quartet is now in federal custody. They have been charged with four jewelry store heists that took place between March and April in Florida and Georgia.Police said surveillance video caught two of the thieves wearing wigs and women’s attire while robbing a Deerfield Beach Jewelry store in March.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Man steals 28 boxes of razor blades by shoving them into pants

first_imgWESTON, FLA. (WSVN) – – Police are looking for a man who stole multiple boxes of razor blades from a Weston Publix.The Nov. 26 surveillance video shows the man inside a Publix located off of Glades Parkway and West State Road 84 in Weston. The man could be seen filling his cart with 28 boxes of razor blades.Investigators said the man then shoved the boxes in his pants and walked out without paying.If you have any information on this theft, 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

Police search for driver involved in fatal NW MiamiDade hit and run

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a driver involved in a fatal hit and run collision.A bicyclist was struck, police said, near Northwest 17th Avenue and 125th Street on Tuesday night. Fifty-five-year-old Charles Taylor was then rushed to Aventura Hospital, where he died due to his injuries.Investigators said the driver left the scene in what might have been a 2001 Ford F-150.If you have any information on this hit and run, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-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