ASA is excited to announce a new contest for all ASA members. ASA is conducting a New Member Recruiter Engagement Contest. Beginning October, 2014 and concluding on Sept. 29, 2015, any ASA member who recruits 20 or more NEW members will be eligible for a drawing to wind a grand prize. The winner will select a prize of their choice from five prize options.Grand Prize Options:Apple Technology Package (Including iPhone 6, iPad Mini 32GB and Mac Book Pro 15”)Las Vegas Showstopper VIP (3-nights in Las Vegas with VIP tickets for choice of select shows, includes airfare)Hawaiian Fairmont Getaway (4-nights at Fairmont Orchid Hawaii-Big Island, includes airfare)Girlfriends Ultimate Shopping Getaway ($1,000 shopping spree to Bloomingdale’s in Beverly Hills, CA)Rifle or Shotgun Package (Choice of Savage 10 PRED 243 Win 22” or Remington Versa Max 12/26 3.5”) How do you become eligible for this reward?All you have to do to be eligible for the drawing is recruit 20 or more new members. What is a new member? A new member is anyone who has never been a member of ASA or has been lapsed for more than two consecutive years.For rules and for more information about the ASA New Member Recruiter Engagement Contest, click here.
The American Soybean Association (ASA) has signaled its support for an anti-dumping and countervailing duty petition filed yesterday by the National Biodiesel Board (NBB). The petition alleges that Argentine and Indonesian companies are flooding the U.S. market with dumped biodiesel—biodiesel sold at less than the cost of production—and subsidized biodiesel in violation of America’s trade laws. Soybean oil remains the primary biodiesel feedstock in the U.S., and the biodiesel industry provides a significant market for surplus soybean oil that is a co-product of protein meal production. ASA President Ron Moore, a soybean farmer from Roseville, Ill., confirmed ASA’s support for the NBB petition in a statement:”Biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia have flooded the U.S. market in recent years and these imports receive trade and market distorting subsidies in their home countries that provide an unfair advantage over U.S. biodiesel. Soybean farmers have a vested interest in the biodiesel industry, having made substantial investments over the past several decades to established and build a domestic biodiesel industry and market. We believe an investigation by the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission will show that unfair subsidies provided by Argentina and Indonesia are resulting in imports being unlawfully dumped on the U.S. market. We look forward to the appropriate anti-dumping and countervailing duties being imposed to remedy these unfair and unlawful practices.”
The Office of Pesticide Products (OPP) is authorized in the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act, which sets timelines for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to review and register pesticides, as well as collect fees from registrants for products. Before registrants are required to pay these fees, Congress is supposed to meet a minimum appropriation of $128.3 million per year.In recent years however, the Appropriations Committee has waived funding provisions, providing only $120 million per year, thus leading to inadequate funding, a decrease in staffing and delays in the review, registration and renewal of pesticide products.This lack of funding means that producers don’t have access to crop protection tools they need or may be required to wait another planting season before these options become available.Please contact your Senators through the Soy Action Center and ask them to contact leadership of the Senate Appropriations Committee to express support for funding OPP at the statutory level of $128.3 million before the May 24 deadline for the Senate Interior and Environment Subcommittee appropriations request.If you have any questions or get any feedback from your Senate offices, please contact Renee Munasifi in the ASA Washington office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-969-7040.
Morning traffic was snarled on Interstate 5 southbound and Highway 14 westbound near the Interstate 5 Bridge Thursday morning.It recovered by 9:30 a.m.The traffic jam resulted after a drawbridge lift at 6:15 a.m., according to Oregon Department of Transportation spokesman Brad Wurfel.The lift request came from a tugboat pushing a barge. Fog may have been a safety factor, Wurfel said.The bridge was back down at 6:29 a.m., one minute before the no-lift agreement with the Coast Guard for weekdays.“We don’t usually like to come that close (to the deadline),” Wurfel said. “We are trumped by maritime law.”Although ODOT operates the bridge machinery, a local agreement with the Coast Guard dictates when and why the bridge can be opened. Agreements bar the bridge from being opened between 6:30 and 9 a.m. and 2:30 and 6 p.m. on weekdays, Wurfel said.Lifts at the other times of day are made upon request of river traffic, or for maintenance work.The ODOT bridge tender who informed Wurfel of the lift was also caught in gridlock caused by the bridge lift.For more information on bridge lifts, check out a “What’s Up with That?” from Sept. 8.
A Tigard, Ore., man was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in federal prison for sexually soliciting a 9-year-old Vancouver girl.Darrick Shane Haaby, 35, also faces 10 years of supervised release at the end of his prison term and must register as a sex offender and undergo sex offender treatment as part of U.S. District Court Judge Robert Jones’ sentence.According to federal prosecutors in Portland, Haaby became the subject of investigation after the father of the girl found sexually explicit e-mails and instant messaging chats from Haaby on his daughter’s computer. The girl’s father and Haaby were longtime family friends and Haaby had baby-sat the girl, prosecutors said.An undercover agent from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement started chatting with Haaby online while pretending to be the girl.Haaby was arrested Oct. 31, 2009, in Vancouver after he drove to the girl’s house to have sex with her, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice in Portland. He had condoms and a digital camera in his car.Federal prosecutors said they learned Haaby had sexually abused the girl while baby-sitting her at his Tigard apartment. He was convicted separately on that incident in Oregon and sentenced to 12 years and six months in prison. That sentence will run concurrently with his federal sentence, according to the press release.The Vancouver Police Department assisted federal authorities with the investigation.
Wade Minor became a prisoner of war 66 years ago because of a damaged engine and a faulty map. The engine had been shot up by a German fighter; according to the map, their B-17 was over Allied-controlled territory — but the bean field where they crash-landed turned out to be behind enemy lines.Dale Bowlin, Gene Liggett and Minor are among 130,000 American military personnel who were captured during World War II. Now they’re the last three members of the local group of American Ex-Prisoners of War.The Fort Vancouver chapter held its final meeting last month.“I’m just thankful for the years we had together,” said Bowlin, the commander of the chapter.The Fort Vancouver chapter once numbered 30 or so former POWs, all from WWII or the Korean War, and t heir spouses.The meetings gave the veterans a chance to share some things that other people couldn’t comprehend.“A bond was formed more than 60 years ago that was very special,” Bowlin said a few days ago, when the trio got together at his home in the Vancouver Heights.“You’ve given up your liberty. That’s a terrible thing, not to control where you are and who you’re with,” Bowlin said.When you wind up in enemy hands, “There was a feeling you failed,” Minor said.“We’ve all been through life-and-death situations,” Bowlin, 86, said.For Liggett, the difference between life and death was maybe an eighth of an inch. The former Army lieutenant was part of the Allied landing force at Anzio, Italy, when an 88 mm artillery round exploded near him. A fragment hit the right side of his helmet, penetrating the steel as well as the inner liner before hitting a metal clip that held the headband and webbing.
A Vancouver 18-year-old made his first appearance Wednesday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of robbing a Heights area bank with a handgun.Judge Roger Bennett set bail for Trusty C. Anastacio at $400,000 and appointed attorney Art Bennett to represent him. He remains in the Clark County Jail on suspicion of first-degree robbery, a Class A felony.A student at Lewis and Clark High School and an alleged member of the “Hoover Criminals” gang, Anastacio will be arraigned Jan. 14.The robbery was reported at 9:52 a.m. Tuesday as the robber fled with a red-and-green Christmas bag from the First Independent Bank at 6501 E. Mill Plain Blvd., just west of Andresen Road. The robber, dressed in a black hooded sweatshirt and jeans, left the bank on foot, but a witness reported seeing him get into an older Cadillac sedan.As police converged on the bank, one officer spotted such a Cadillac southbound on Andresen, turned, and gave chase.The Cadillac’s driver got onto state Highway 14 eastbound at Riverside Drive as police converged on the area. Just east of Lieser Road, the driver stopped the car, police said.
Two local fire departments are expected to see dramatic boosts in their firefighter ranks in the next few years, thanks to a federal grant that awarded them each around $1 million, officials said.Clark County Fire & Rescue, which covers Ridgefield, Battle Ground and La Center, received a $979,519 award to recruit and retain volunteers and hire a volunteer coordinator. Meanwhile, East County Fire & Rescue, which serves unincorporated Clark County near Camas and Washougal, received $724,659 to hire five full-time firefighters and $299,500 to beef up their volunteer ranks.The Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded the grants earlier this month to departments that traditionally struggle with high turnover rates or low staffing. Fire departments do not have to provide matching dollars for the grant. The departments will be reimbursed for all authorized expenses. If they do not spend portions of the grant, they will lose out on the leftover money.Fire officials with the two districts lauded the grant for its ability to make problem areas, such as volunteer retention, into areas of strength. In making departments larger, the grant will allow departments to respond quicker and more efficiently to emergencies, officials said.
A new report shows Washington state has the highest vaccine exemption rate in the country, with 6.2 percent of kindergartners entering school without required vaccines. The number of exemptions has more than doubled in the last 10 years. But health officials hope a new law that goes into effect July 22 will bring the rates back down.In Washington, parents can obtain immunization exemptions for medical, philosophical and religious reasons.The new law still allows those exemptions but requires parents speak with their child’s health care provider about the benefits and risks of immunizations. Parents must then submit a form, signed by the provider, indicating they received the information.“(The law) toughened up the exemptions,” said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County health officer. “I’m hoping that will help the exemption rates go down.”Health officials hope the new law will cut down on the number of parents who opt for a philosophical exemption out of convenience rather than personal conviction.
President’s AwardInva Begolli, 20, of Woodland, was named winner of the Community College President’s Award, a two-year, full-tuition-and-fees scholarship to complete bachelor’s degree studies at Washington State University Vancouver.An honors graduate who earned an Associate of Arts degree, Begolli was a Phi Theta Kappa honor society member and plans to become a pharmacist. She served as a Clark student ambassador and on Clark’s International Week and Environmental Health committees. The daughter of Albanian parents, she has been a Red Cross youth leader and a youth ministry leader for the Word of Life Church.Finalists, President’s AwardShaynne Goodwin, business administration major, a peer mentor who was a Phi Theta Kappa honor society member and participated on Clark’s speech and debate team.Tabitha Michelle-Marie Stokes, who earned a transfer degree in Addiction Counselor Education, has been active in that group’s student club and has volunteered with Alcoholics Anonymous, Oxford Houses and Faces of Hope, sharing her personal experiences to help others.Exceptional Faculty Award winners for 2010-11Laura Demeri, part-time health and physical education instructor.Kimberly Karaman, part-time math instructor.Julian Nelson, professor of German (language).Marcia Roi, professor of Addiction Counselor Education.Ann Snyder, recently retired professor of Women’s Studies.The bagpipes sounded, and the ranks of blue-gowned scholars filed in.And filed in. And filed in.Clark College’s 75th commencement ceremony was easily its largest. About 600 of some 1,500 students who earned associate degrees and professional certification in the 2010-11 academic year — both record numbers — walked on Thursday evening.
Jeff Wittler crouched over Mill Creek, dipping his hand into the water.He rubbed the rocks of the creek bed, kicking up loose sediment that had settled on top of them. A brown cloud formed around his hand. Wittler looked up.“In a healthy system, you don’t see a lot of that,” said Wittler, environmental resources manager for Clark Public Utilities.And this part of Mill Creek, just above its confluence with Salmon Creek?“It’s pretty unhealthy.”To Wittler’s right was one of the culprits: a vertical bank several feet high, undercut by years of erosion. That’s a trend the utility and Washington State University’s Vancouver staff hope to change with a renewed focus on habitat restoration on Mill Creek, which flows through campus. The two partners are in the midst of prep work on the site — with the help of an army of volunteers and community events — before restoration and bank stabilization is set to begin in earnest this fall.Compared to what university staff first envisioned, “what we ended up doing was a much larger thing,” said James Martin, facilities operations director at WSU-Vancouver.Mill Creek has long been a focus of university crews, but their efforts ramped up when Clark Public Utilities joined this year. Behind the strength of a $250,000 state grant, the utility’s StreamTeam program will help the campus control invasive species, replant native vegetation and stabilize stream banks to prevent erosion.All of that follows the campus’ earning “Salmon-Safe” certification last year for its environmental work.“It’s just gained so much momentum in the past few years,” Martin said.The team’s main focus this year is a section of Mill Creek just north of Northeast Salmon Creek Avenue, where it flows near a university-owned storage barn on what used to be farmland. Crews started this spring by removing invasive Himalayan blackberry plants along the creek, then planting native trees such as maple, Oregon ash and cedar. Workers will have to keep those blackberry plants at bay to prevent them from choking the young trees.
To contribute toward 3D mammography equipment for the Kearney Breast Care Center at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, visit Southwest Washington Medical Center Foundation or call 360-514-3106.Learn more about the Kearney Breast Care Center.Pink ruled Sunday evening at a fundraiser for the Kearney Breast Care Center at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. The fourth annual Pink Power event included an evening of private shopping, food and drink, and prizes. And by the end of the evening, almost enough money had been raised to purchase an important new piece of mammography equipment.The new 3D equipment costs $175,000, and the best guess was that Sunday’s fundraiser pushed the total effort so far within $4,000 of meeting that cost, said Tori Darnell of the sponsoring PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center Foundation. Approximately $140,000 was raised Sunday, well above the organizing committee’s goal of $100,000, Darnell said. If the rest of the money can be raised quickly, the equipment can be purchased earlier than planned.“We want to bring 3D mammography here now and not wait,” Darnell said. “We are so close.” The equipment will give doctors a better view of a woman’s breast tissue, helping both to diagnose cancer and reduce the instances of “false positives.” With current technology, some women who do not have cancer are told that they might have the disease, and are subjected to a period of worry and expensive tests before they are cleared.
One person was injured in a single-vehicle crash on state Highway 141 north of White Salmon Tuesday evening.Cesar Hernandez-Arevalo, 29, was driving a 1998 Chevorlet Blazer south on state Highway 141 near milepost 5 around 7:30 p.m.According to a Washington State Patrol bulletin, his SUV left the road to the west, entered a drainage ditch, struck a culvert, rotated and came to a rest blocking the southbound lane of SR141.A passenger in the car fled on foot after the crash, state patrol said.Hernandez-Arevalo was flown by Life Flight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. He was listed in fair condition on Wednesday morning, a hospital spokeswoman said.He was cited for DUI, the release said.State patrol is investigating.
The Portland Winterhawks didn’t have their top scorer for Game 2 of the Western Hockey League finals. One of the smallest players on the ice made sure they didn’t miss Ty Rattie on Friday.Brendan Leipsic — the 5-9, 175-pound bundle of energy — scored two goals and the Winterhawks evened the best-of-7 series at 1-1 with a 5-1 win over the Edmonton Oil Kings at Rexall Place.Game 3 is 6 p.m. on Sunday in the Rose Garden.Sven Bartschi also scored twice and Mac Carruth played a strong game in goal for the Winterhawks.Leipsic scored the first two goals, including one in a three-goal second period that keyed the Portland win in Edmonton. Taylor Peters also scored for Portland, which led 4-0 after two periods.Rattie, the leading scorer in the WHL playoffs, sat out Game 2. He crashed to the boards in the third period of Game 1 and did not return to that contest.“Guys had to step up,” Leipsic said. “It was nice to get a couple of goals. But the nice thing is we got a win.”
Vancouver police at 10:58 p.m. Sunday were at Main and 29th streets, near a Dairy Queen, where a C-Tran minivan was involved in a collision. The minivan was being driven by a contract security personnel, said Scott Patterson, C-Tran spokesman.No other details are available.
A month after starting a wider search for ways to pay for operating light rail in Vancouver, the C-Tran Board of Directors indicated Tuesday that process isn’t finished yet.The board did take a closer look at several possible options as C-Tran explores revenue sources that don’t require a sales tax increase — the path C-Tran had long assumed until this year. Among the alternatives presented Tuesday: an employer tax, a car rental tax, a vehicle license fee, or a more direct contribution from the existing C-Tran or city of Vancouver budgets.C-Tran Executive Director Jeff Hamm noted that most of those options individually won’t pick up the annual $2.57 million tab to operate light rail in Vancouver, as a sales tax would; a combination of options would be required, he said.The light-rail extension to Clark College is planned as part of the $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing project.Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart, one of nine voting C-Tran board members, suggested another possibility: using light rail fares to make the system pay for itself. That’s an option Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt — one of the most prominent voices pushing for the extra study — has also shown interest in.C-Tran officials have said fares alone may not work, and that other high-capacity transit systems don’t operate that way.But Stuart said he believes it could pencil out if light-rail fares are close to those of C-Tran’s express bus service — even if ridership doesn’t totally meet expectations. He urged C-Tran staff to at least look closer at the idea and bring back some numbers. Other board members seemed to agree.
PORTLAND — Although it’s still illegal for same-sex couples to marry in Oregon, the state is now recognizing the marriages of those who tie the knot in another state or country.In a memo sent to state agencies Wednesday, state Chief Operating Officer Michael Jordan said any same-sex couple who gets married in a place where it is legal will now be eligible for the same benefits as any other married couple.Jordan’s decision, first reported by the Willamette Week newspaper, was based on a legal opinion from the Oregon Department of Justice.An initiative to overturn the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage will be on the 2014 ballot.
The reigning Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks will begin working toward another NFL title in 55 days. That’s when Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Beast Mode and all of the other players will run onto the field for the first game of the 2014 season.For the Seahawks’ loyal 12s, that’s the equivalent of Christmas morning as a kid.But for hundreds of Southwest Washington 12s — myself included — an early Christmas present arrived Friday when the Seahawks brought to the Couv the Vince Lombardi Trophy they earned in February with a 43-8 thrashing of the Denver Broncos.The trophy and the Sea Gals cheerleaders, Blue Thunder drumline and Blitz the mascot appeared at Big Al’s in east Vancouver for several hours Friday. Wide receivers Doug Baldwin and Phillip Bates made appearances as well, signing autographs and playing arcade games with young Hawks fans.The event began at noon, but fans started lining up outside Big Al’s at 7 a.m. Delores and Charles Parsons of Vancouver were first in line. They ate their breakfast as they waited for other fans to show up. None did until about 9 a.m.Delores had been waiting since 1976 — the team’s inaugural year — to see the Seahawks win a Super Bowl. Now that they had, she wanted to be the first person in line to see it.
Washington State University Vancouver’s Business Growth Mentor & Analysis Program is launching a series of information-sharing monthly forums, called the Business Growth Map Alliance, to bring together small businesses and entrepreneurs.The first of those free public forums is called “Building and Optimizing Online Marketing Campaigns.” It will be held Oct. 22 at the Bank of America Financial Center, 805 Broadway, Vancouver, in the second-floor conference room. Michael Curry, assistant clinical professor at WSUV, and Vancouver marketing consultant Robert Leary will make presentations. Registration is required and is offered online at business.vancouver.wsu.edu/bgmap/ under the “Upcoming events” tab.Subsequent meetings will be held in downtown Vancouver and are open to the public. Each program will feature presenters from the business community and WSUV faculty. The next forum, on Nov. 19, will explore “Secrets of Business Success.”
PORTLAND– A railroad says it has increased the number of oil trains per week moving through Central Oregon.The records, released by the state, show BNSF Railway ran up to three oil trains weekly through Deschutes, Jefferson, Klamath, and Wasco counties. The company previously reported moving only one oil train a week through Central Oregon. The increase comes as the West Coast receives unprecedented amounts of crude oil from the Bakken formation in North Dakota and Montana. In May, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued an emergency order requiring railroads to notify states about the volume, frequency and routes of trains carrying 1 million or more gallons of Bakken crude. BNSF already moves up to three trains a week through Multnomah County. Pacific Western takes those BNSF trains through Columbia County.