Clark County voters are on track to return 40 percent of ballots mailed by the time polls close at 8 p.m. Tuesday — about the same rate they reached in the 2007 and 2009 elections.As of Tuesday, county elections officials had received 41,326 ballots back out of 226,302 mailed — about 18.3 percent. That rate should more than double by Nov. 8, said elections manager Tim Likness.“If you compare with 2009 and 2007, in both of those years we ended up with a little more than a 43 percent turnout,” Likness said.“By this point in 2009 we had received a tad bit over 40 percent of the ballots back. By this time in 2007 we had received a little more than 38 percent of what we ultimately got back. We are right around 40 percent of the ballots we expect back.”General elections in odd-numbered years generally focus on nonpartisan races to fill city, county, school board and special district positions. The 2011 election is unusual in that it will also decide a legislative seat. Appointed state Rep. Sharon Wylie, a Democrat, is facing Republican Craig Riley in a contest to fill the second year of former Rep. Jim Jacks’ 49th District term.State, schools, C-TranVoters will decide three statewide initiatives, including a measure to privatize liquor sales in Washington, and two proposed constitutional amendments. They’ll fill three Vancouver City Council seats, council positions in the cities of Camas, Battle Ground, Washougal, Ridgefield, La Center and Woodland, and school board seats in the Vancouver, Evergreen, Battle Ground, Camas, Washougal, Ridgefield, Hockinson, La Center, Woodland, Green Mountain and Mount Pleasant school districts.
OK, before we go too far, let’s review rainfall from November from your friends and neighbors: I had 7.63 inches in Salmon Creek; Murphy Dennis, near Clark County Rifles, 11.54 inches; Claudia Chiasson, Carson, 15.79 inches; Tyler Mode, Battle Ground, 7.58 inches; Judy Darke, Felida, 7.60 inches; Irv St. Germain, Prune Hill, 8.81 inches; Bob Starr, Cougar, 23.26 inches; Phil Delany, Dole Valley, 16 inches; Robin Ruzek, Lakeshore, 8.15 inches; Bud Maddux, Home Valley, 14.61 inches; Pete Conrad, near Tukes Mountain, 7.72 inches; Merle Moore, two miles west of Yacolt, 12.93 inches; Dave Campbell, one mile west of Heisson, 7.51 inches; Bud Maddux, Home Valley, 13.34 inches; Tyler Mode, Minnehaha, 6.85 inches; Barry Fitzthum, Amboy, 10.57 inches; Gary Collins, Brush Prairie, 9.47 inches; Chuck Houghten, Hockinson Heights, 10.80 inches; Jim Koll, Five Corners, 8.53 inches; Dan Hein, Camas, 10.32 inches; Larry Lebsack, Hazel Dell, 8.71 inches; and Ellen Smart, Ridgefield 7.90 inches.Bob Star of Cougar reported his year-to-date precipitation was 135.94 inches. His yearly average through November is 108.01 inches.The mountains finally got a good dose of snow, especially the Washington Cascades. Stevens Pass, east of Seattle, being in a convergence zone the past few days, got absolutely dumped on with several feet of nice powder snow. Snow levels will remain below the passes for the next week or so.We will see showers from time to time and dry periods, as well,all week with highs only in the 40s and lows in the 30s.Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://weathersystems.com.
Two additional lanes will open to traffic on state Highway 14 in Camas and Washougal starting Friday, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.The change will expand the highway from two lanes to four. Crews opened a newly raised and widened stretch of Highway 14 last fall, but ongoing construction kept two lanes closed through the winter, according to WSDOT.Drivers can still expect intermittent single-lane closures this spring, according to WSDOT. Crews still plan to put a final layer of asphalt over the entire section of roadway, but that won’t happen until the weather is warm and dry enough for paving.The work is part of a $49 million project designed to expand the highway and improve safety between the West Camas Slough Bridge and Sixth Street in Washougal. The project is expected to wrap up this year.
Three earthquakes rattled an area northwest of Mount St. Helens on Friday, continuing what geologists say is a mini-swarm of earthquakes not related to the nearby volcano.The latest quakes, on Friday, were a 3.7-magnitude quake at 2:38 p.m., followed by a 3.4 at 6:08 p.m. and a 3.1 at 6:12 p.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.A report from the USGS on Friday said the quakes have been centered about 13 miles northwest of Mount St. Helens at a depth of about 8 miles. They were described as tectonic in origin and not directly related to the volcano.The report said such earthquakes are common in areas around Mount St. Helens and Mount Hood. It said another mini-swarm of earthquakes also occurred about 6 miles southwest of Mount Hood.Volcano-related seismic activity at the two volcanoes themselves were at normal background levels, the USGS said.
The man whose body was found hanging from a tree near Interstate 205 last week was identified by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office as Corey Johnson, 31, of Vancouver.Johnson died of asphyxia due to hanging, which was ruled a suicide, according to the medical examiner’s office.Washington State Department of Transportation workers found Johnson’s body on July 22 near the southbound lanes of I-205, about 100 feet north of Northeast 63rd Street in Clark County’s Green Meadows neighborhood.Clark County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Duncan Hoss said it appeared Johnson’s body had been there for quite some time.
Calls for 10% gaming tax renewed as report reveals Imperial Pacific tax payments of just US$21,000 in 2019 RelatedPosts According to the Saipan Tribune, Poon said that around 40 workers from Mongolia will arrive next week on temporary H2-B visas in order to ensure completion of the villas, where landscaping work is underway.There are currently 686 construction workers on site, with more set to arrive in the coming weeks, although Poon added it wasn’t enough to finish all 15 villas in time.He also revealed a range of expected completion dates IPI aimed to meet ahead of its 21 February 2021 deadline for full launch of Imperial Palace‧Saipan.They include a forecast date of 30 June 2020 for the second hotel, 30 September 2020 for the VIP gaming and sky level and 31 December 2020 for the Beach Club.IPI recently requested a further extension to its completion deadline until 31 August 2022 although the CCC has yet to grant its request, having only last year entered into a written amendment to the Casino License Agreement allowing for a change to the deadline from 31 August 2018 to 21 February 2021. Imperial Pacific International says it will open the first six of 15 VIP suites or villas at its Imperial Palace‧Saipan integrated resort by 30 September, with Phase 1 of the project, the hotel, expected to open by the end of the year.A progress update was provided by IPI’s Assistant VP of Construction, Eric Poon, during a hearing with the Commonwealth Casino Commission this week. Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team Imperial Pacific adds to Board of Directors as regulator looks to impose US$375,000 fine for late license fee payment Load More
EXCLUSIVE: More than two-fifths (43%) of employer respondents do not provide regular updates on their employee benefits offering to staff, according to research by Chase de Vere and Lightbulb.The survey of 300 senior HR decision makers also found that 23% of respondents provide employee benefits because they believe a competitive benefits package is important for recruiting and retaining good quality staff.The research also found:17% of respondents offer employee benefits as a way to recognise employees as individuals, and 17% feel that providing a good range of employee benefits helps to support organisational goals and strategy.15% of respondents offer employee benefits because they believe that their staff value the benefits package they have in place, and 14% feel that providing employee benefits helps employees to feel secure about their jobs.38% of respondents cite popularity with staff as the main reason why they offer their current employee benefits package, 26% cite cost, and 24% name an historical benefits package as the main reason why they provide their current benefits offering.57% of respondents give regular updates on employee benefits to staff.75% of respondents use individual personalised letters for pensions and employee benefits communications, 63% provide this information in induction packs, and 62% communicate pension and employee benefits information via noticeboards.56% of respondents use meetings to tell staff about employee benefits and pensions, 52% put the information in a staff handbook, 32% conduct seminars to communicate benefits to staff, and 29% use automated trigger letters.Sean McSweeney (pictured), corporate advice manager at Chase de Vere, said: “Employee benefits packages have become a key way for employers to recruit and retain good quality employees. It is therefore important that they offer the right benefits, which are reviewed regularly and communicated effectively.“However, what we’ve found is that nearly a quarter of employers have their benefits package in place for historical reasons, when it probably isn’t the most appropriate, more than four in ten employers don’t communicate regularly on their employee benefits, and the most common communication methods used are not interactive and so there are no guarantees that the core messages are being received and understood.“The result is likely to be that many employers are spending large sums of money on their benefits packages and are getting very little value in return.”
Something for the weekend: Popular party game Cards Against Humanity is hiring new writers to dream up punchy jokes for its iconic black and white cards.The notoriously risqué group game involves matching a black card, which features a scenario, statement or question, with a white card that details items, people or activities. The white cards are designed to fill in the blanks on the black card to create a joke or witticism, with the winner being the individual who forms the funniest combination with their white card contribution.Being funny clearly pays dividends, as the chosen writers, who will join a pool of remote contributors that produce jokes for the card game, will earn $40 (£31.13) an hour.With an array of subject matter featuring in the game, Cards Against Humanity is also keen to promote diversity in its new hires, as the advert looks to “strongly encourage applicants from historically marginalised communities to apply, particularly people of colour, immigrants and members of the [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer plus] community.”Interested authors have to write 15 white cards and five black cards for their application. The deadline for submissions is 31 August 2018.Here at Employee Benefits, we think this sounds like a cracking opportunity to hone comedic talent while earning a wage. We wonder if a benefits version of Cards Against Humanity would go down well in HR circles…
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – One person was taken to the hospital and several others were injured after a fire broke out at an apartment building in Fort Lauderdale, early Friday morning.Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene of the blaze, near North Ocean Boulevard and Northeast 27th Street. Officials said the fire involved the 15th floor and extended to the 16th floor.Paramedics treated several of the victims at the scene. None of their injuries were life-threatening.Officials are trying to determine the cause of the fire.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIAMI (WSVN) – An armed man robbed a 7-Eleven and held a cashier at gunpoint in Miami, overnight.According to police, a man was caught on surveillance video footage entering a 7-Eleven, located near Northeast 215th Street, Thursday night.The suspect pointed a gun at the cashier before reaching into the cash register for cash.The man then fled the scene and took off with an unknown amount cash in a gray sedan.If you have any information on this crime, 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.
We love a well-dressed fan. 🤘🌹Don’t miss @gunsnroses with #SturgillSimpson on Tuesday at @MarlinsPark! Tickets: https://t.co/o6pXSioogj pic.twitter.com/bsyTX7FoOV— Live Nation Florida (@LiveNationFL) August 5, 2017Tickets for the concert are still available on Ticketmaster. MIAMI (WSVN) – They’re about to bring “Paradise City” to the Magic City.Guns N’ Roses is setting the stage for a rockin’ performance at Marlins Park, Tuesday night.Some major prep work got underway, Monday, at the Downtown Miami venue for the band’s “Not in This Lifetime… Tour.”Production manager Dale “Opie” Skjerseth revealed what fans can expect when Axl Rose, Slash and the rest of the group take the stage. “Music and visuals and lighting and effects throughout. It’s an amazing show,” he said. “It’s three-plus hours of music. The fans will get the bang for their buck.” Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
PINECREST, FLA. (WSVN) – Crews responded to the scene of a fatal industrial incident after a power line fell and sparked a fire in Pinecrest, Thursday.According to police, a tree trimmer was working in a heavily-wooded area, along Southwest 98th Street and 63rd Court, when the power line broke, around 3:15 p.m. The live wire landed on a car, sparking a fire.The male tree trimmer died on the scene.7Skyforce hovered over the scene of the incident, where crews had blocked off the roadway outside the house.Officials have yet to release an exact cause of death.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A Texas man is facing some serious charges after, police said, he robbed a taxi cab driver with a fake gun while dropping him off in Hallandale Beach.According to the victim, she had picked up the subject, later identified as 30-year-old John Cleveland, at the Hilton Miami Airport Blue Lagoon in West Miami-Dade, at around 2 a.m., Thursday.Once they arrived at his destination in Hallandale Beach, the victim said, Cleveland put the fake gun to her head and demanded her cellphone and cash. He ran off with the phone and $70 in cash.Hallandale Beach Police used the Find My Phone app to locate the woman’s phone. Officers found Cleveland taking a nap in a car he had broken into nearby.Officials said Cleveland, a Houston resident, was only wearing a towel. He confessed to using a fake gun to commit the robbery.The suspect appeared in court on Friday. He was charged with armed robbery, burglary of a vehicle, grand theft, and destroying or tampering evidence.As of Saturday night, he remained at the Broward County Main Jail on a $57,000 bond.
MIAMI (WSVN) – City of Miami Police detectives are investigating the pricey burglary of a parked white 4-door Chevy Malibu, which was caught on camera.It happened in Miami, on June 25, at around 6:30 p.m.According to detectives, the victims bought several watches from a local jewelry and watch show earlier that day. They placed their purchases inside the rear compartment of their vehicle, then drove to a local restaurant and parked it in front of 3358 SW 3rd Ave.Once the victims returned to their vehicle, they discovered $100,000 worth of watches and other personal belongings were gone.Surveillance video captured a newer model black Nissan Murano parked at a distance, then one of the suspects entered the vehicle. The suspect removed the watches and other items from the Chevy Malibu and loaded them into the awaiting Nissan Murano. They fled southbound on Southwest Third Avenue.One of the suspects is a white male standing approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black baseball cap, gray long sleeve shirt, black pants and black sneakers.No description was given for the getaway driver. If you have any information on this burglary, call the Miami Police Department’s Burglary Unit at 305-603-6030. If you wish to remain anonymous, 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.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 10.3 percent in February, from 10.1 percent in January. The manufacturing sector and the transportation, warehousing and utilities sector both gained a modest 100 jobs. Health care continued to be the outlier, adding 1,000 jobs since February 2017 for a 2.7 percent increase. As a percentage, oil and gas employment’s decline of 6.8 percent was the largest (-700 jobs). Retail was down 2.3 percent (-800 jobs). Construction fell 0.8 percent (-100 jobs), a smaller loss than in recent months. Employment fell in all three sectors of government: federal by 0.7 percent, state by 1.7 percent and local by 0.7 percent. Local government’s declines were in public education. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享According to a release from the Alaska Department of Labor and workforce Development, Alaska’s total employment was down an estimated 0.7 percent in February from February 2017, a loss of about 2,300 jobs. Alaska’s not-seasonally adjusted rate was 8.2 percent, up one-tenth of a percentage point from January. Unemployment rates rose in 16 of 29 boroughs and census areas and remained the same in three. The lowest rates were in the Aleutians East Borough (1.9 percent) and the Aleutians West Census Area (2.4 percent), which is typical for areas with winter fisheries. Rates were highest in Skagway, which depends on summer tourism and always has higher rates in the off-season (24.8 percent), followed by rural areas with limited job opportunities year-round.
The Soldotna Parks and Recreation Department is taking advantage of the recent frozen temperatures and doing what they can to bring some “winter fun” to community members. Soldotna Parks and Recreation Director Andrew Carmichael: “The skating path at Soldotna Creek will be up and running soon. Getting it ready and as smooth as possible.” The Parks Department staff will continue to check ice conditions to ensure it’s ready for those wanting to get out and partake. They will post an update on their facebook page once the path is ready. The Parks Department has started to flood the skating path at Soldotna Creek Park in order to get it ready for individuals to go out and skate. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享With the frigid temperatures closing in many Kenai residents have been spending as much time indoors as possible, but some local residents will soon have the opportunity to take advantage of outdoor activities, including ice skating at Soldotna Creek Park.
Other newly created positions include social media professionals, audience development experts, digital product managers as well as digital marketing positions. This new staff is set to oversee the companies’ websites, e-newsletters, mobile and tablet apps, virtual events and lead generation products. Manoni says, “To be a successful b-to-b media company in the next decade, we’re going to have to expand our digital capabilities, not just around advertising, but around lead generation and social media as well.”Additional digital moves include the release of apps for American Banker on iPad and Android tablets, which will be available for paid subscribers and customers with trial subscriptions.Manoni says he believes existing print products will not be affected by this digital push, as many SourceMedia users rely on print for information (Source folded Investment Dealer’s Digest in May). SourceMedia chose to outsource assembly and fulfillment operations for many of its newsletters, while the editorial content production remains in-house. As subscriptions represented 30 percent of revenue last year, new tools and reports will be introduced within content to better serve markets, as well as an integrated job-searching tool. SourceMedia also launched 20 conferences last year, which gained $2 million in revenue.The company is also heavily investing in training staff, on both the editorial and sales sides. This includes quarterly dialogues and best practice sessions in-house. SourceMedia is implementing a digital-centric strategy that includes adding 11 new digitally-based positions over the next two years. Doug Manoni, CEO of SourceMedia, says that since he joined the company 18 months ago, he made it a top priority to “seek out dynamic market segments with strong information requirements, and be less reliant on advertising revenues.” SourceMedia’s board consented to a multi-million dollar investment in operating and capital to further the digital push.Part of this investment is the creation of 11 new positions within the company, including executive vice president of digital strategy, which is currently being held by Sal Fuentes, CEO of Decision Counsel, until an official hire is named. SourceMedia worked extensively with Decision Counsel, a digital strategy and marketing firm, in a review of current operations to formulate a new digital strategy. In addition to continue to grow business organically, Manoni says that SourceMedia is looking into business acquisitions as well as partnerships to enrich business; the company bought Insurance Broadcasting in February of this year. “I want SourceMedia to be implementing best practices in areas like ad serving, web analytics, database marketing and virtual events; as we do these things for ourselves, we’ll be able to sell them to our marketing customers as well,” says Manoni.
Casella declined to confirm those details or characterize any other terms, but says, “We were pleased with the valuations, which was very fair. I can say that I hope this transaction leads to a recovery in prices in the overall category.”AI’s top line is 60 percent subscription revenue, Casella adds, which helped drive the valuation. The timing of the deal came as Austin Ventures felt that its investment had matured after backing the company for just over 5 years. Genstar principal Tony Salewski says they’ve committed capital for AI to pursue acquisitions. Casella has set an aggressive plan to double the size of the company in the next 24 months through organic growth and global acquisitions. The deal is expected to close in July and the management team will remain intact. Asset International, a b-to-b media company serving the financial planning and information market, has been acquired by San Francisco-based private equity firm Genstar Capital.Asset International, which publishes flagship brands Plansponsor and Planadvisor, was formed at the end of 2008 by CEO Jim Casella with backing from Austin Ventures. Terms of the deal were not released, but one report pegged the sale price between $125 million and $150 million.
Hanson Perform NPR Tiny Desk Concert hanson-celebrate-25th-anniversary-perform-npr-tiny-desk-concert Twitter Email The trio of brothers celebrated their 25th anniversary together with an intimate three-track performanceRenée FabianGRAMMYs Oct 24, 2017 – 11:20 am “MMMBop” turned 20 this year, and if that doesn’t make you feel old, then perhaps knowing the Hanson brothers behind the song have been in the music business for 25 years already will.Joking aside, Hanson stopped by NPR for an episode of their Tiny Desk concert series to celebrate their anniversary as a band. Taylor played the keys, Isaac guitar and Zac cajón while they gave an intimate performance of three tracks from their recently released hits album, Middle Of Everywhere: “Thinkin’ Bout Somethin’,” “This Time Around” and “I Was Born.”As far as what’s next for Hanson, they always have their eye on the future, which this year includes a holiday album, Finally It’s Christmas, set to be released Oct. 27.”This is our 25-year anniversary, but we can’t do anything without thinking about the future,” said Zac. “People ask us how we stayed together as a band, and that’s really the whole source of it. The future, the next thing, the next song, the next project — that’s our game. That’s what we’re in it for.”Gwen Stefani Scores No. 1 On ‘Billboard’ Holiday Albums Chart Facebook News Hanson Celebrate 25th Anniversary, Perform NPR Tiny Desk Concert
Twitter Maxwell Debuts New Video “The Glass House” watch-maxwell-debuts-new-video-glass-house Email News Watch: Maxwell Debuts New Video “The Glass House” Watch the GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter’s politically forward message in the short film featuring his latest song, “We Never Saw It Coming”Renee FabianGRAMMYs Jun 19, 2018 – 2:51 pm Music, like the rest of the arts, can be one of the most effective ways to convey strong messages, especially in today’s extremely volatile political climate. With his latest short film, titled “The Glass House,” soul singer Maxwell uses his new song, “We Never Saw It Coming,” as a vehicle to do just that.The first music we’ve heard from the GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter since 2016’s blackSUMMERS’night, “We Never Saw It Coming” features language that reflects what’s going on in our world today: “We’ve never been so divided. … We never saw it/Like the bombs that’s blasting/Religious clashing.” Set against a sorrowful tune delivered with Maxwell’s signature velvety voice, the song itself packs a powerful punch.To further drive home Maxwell’s commentary on the state of the world today, “The Glass House” adds visuals to the poignant song. Directed by Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz, and starring Maxwell and activist/actress Yomi Abiola, the film depicts the pair reflectively looking out over the Los Angeles skyline, where we eventually see an explosion. Facebook “A planet on the precipice brings us to this moment; global unrest and uncertainty plagues America with a palpable level of anxiety,” Bush and Renz said in a statement. “As artists and storytellers, we have a responsibility to raise our voices to alert and activate people out of complacency.””As an artist I feel a responsibility to entertain as well as inform,” Maxwell added. “In the words of the great Nina Simone, ‘It is the duty of the artist to reflect the times.’ If we are to leave the world better than we found it, we all have to come together, unified in love, for our fellow man and this beautiful planet that we all call home.”Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more