Worn out on rain?Despite 17 consecutive days of measurable rainfall in Vancouver, forecasters say we haven’t seen anything yet. A powerful Pacific storm was poised to arrive overnight with strong winds and as much as 1 1/2 inches of rain over 36 hours.“This is typically more like what we’d see in November or December,” said Tyree Wilde, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Portland.Forecasters say the storm will dump as much as 5 inches of rain in the Coast Range, and heavy precipitation will fall as rain as high as 8,000 feet in the Cascade Range — making life dangerous and difficult during the height of the climbing season.“It’s a very unusual storm system for June,” Wilde said. “There’s a very strong jet stream with it. Also, it has tapped some tropical moisture. When it gets in here, it’s going to wring out some precipitation.”Urban flooding could be an issue, especially if falling leaves and debris clog storm drains. Saturated soils and leafed-out trees could result in falling limbs during the storm, Wilde said.After the first storm peters out, he said, another one will arrive on Friday.
Police determined that a strong-arm robbery that was reported at the Westfield Vancouver mall on Wednesday did not occur.The victim didn’t provide accurate information, Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said. “It didn’t happen.”Reports came in around 12:20 p.m. Wednesday that two males approached an individual, asked for money, physically assaulted the person and took the victim’s credit cards, Kapp said.Patrol units searched the area for the suspects, but reported no arrests.Thursday morning Kapp said police will forward the case to the City Attorney’s Office for consideration of false reporting charges.
Party: Republican.Residence: Hockinson.Age: 58.Campaign website: http://www.marcboldt.com.Major endorsements: Building Industry Association of Clark County, Clark County Association of Realtors, U.S. Rep. Jamie Herrera Beutler, State Sen. Ann Rivers and Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt.Campaign finances: $73,612, none of his own money.Party: Republican.Residence: Vancouver.Age: 61.Campaign website: http://www.davidmadore.com.Major endorsements: Clark County Republican Party, Clark County Republican Women, Vancouver City Councilor Bill Turlay, Washougal City Councilor Connie Jo Freeman.Campaign finances: $268,876, $255,000 of which is his own money.To read the transcript of the recent online chat with Marc Boldt and David Madore, click hereClark County Commissioner Marc Boldt, a Republican seeking his third four-year term, has won endorsements from two of the county’s largest trade organizations, mayors from all of the cities in the county and other elected officials including U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, and State Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center.Challenger David Madore’s biggest endorsement comes from the Clark County Republican Party.The all-Republican matchup to represent District 2 makes for one of the most memorable local races in recent memory for two reasons. Madore, a businessman and outspoken critic of the Columbia River Crossing, has contributed a quarter-million of his own dollars to his campaign. The race has caused friction within the Republican party, with two members of the party’s executive board resigning over the way Boldt was disciplined for voting with Steve Stuart, the Democrat on the three-commissioner board.Stuart was re-elected in 2010. Commissioner Tom Mielke’s challenger is Democrat Joe Tanner.Boldt has acknowledged that he has become more of a moderate since his days as a five-term state representative from the 17th District, and his response to falling out of favor with party leaders was, “I think there’s a difference between being elected by the party and governing for everybody.”
PHOENIX — A group trying to oust the polarizing sheriff of metropolitan Phoenix faces a Thursday deadline for handing in voter signatures in an uphill battle to force a recall election against the lawman.Organizers of the recall effort against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio face long odds in turning in the more than 335,000 valid voter signatures required by the 4 p.m. deadline. They have struggled to raise funds, have had to rely on a mostly volunteer workforce to collect signatures and are mounting a campaign against a politician who has a base of devoted supporters.Arpaio should be booted, they say, because his office has failed to adequately investigate more than 400 sex-crimes cases, has cost the county $25 million in legal settlements over treatment in county jails and his office was found by a federal judge to have systematically racially profiled Latinos in his signature immigration patrols. Critics say the sheriff is more focused on getting publicity for himself than protecting the people.“We can’t allow the sheriff to stay in office four more years,” said recall campaign manager Lilia Alvarez. “Why should taxpayers continue to pay his salary, his benefits?”The recall group said more backers have come forward since the racial profiling decision was handed down on Friday. Supporters have been camped outside a county building since Sunday in their final push. They are gathering signatures, for instance, when motorists are waiting at red lights. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio
PORTLAND — The search continues on Mount Hood for Salem dentist Kinley Adams who failed to return Saturday from a climb.Bad weather and poor visibility forced volunteers to suspend Monday’s search and they’re hoping for skies to clear Tuesday. An Oregon Army National Guard helicopter is standing by.Mount Hood is the tallest mountain in Oregon at 11,239 feet and a popular climbing destination.The 59-year-old Adams is described as an experienced climber.The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office is coordinating a search by Portland Mountain Rescue, volunteers from Mountain Wave Communications, American Medical Response Reach and Treat Team, and Hood River Crag Rats.
SALEM, Ore. — Oregon’s new law approving marijuana dispensaries was deliberately written vaguely, with the idea that the nitty-gritty details would be hashed out later.That time has come, and a 13-person committee that includes police chiefs, botanists and legislators met for the first time Friday in Salem to try to fill in the law’s specifics.One thing clear from deliberations and public comments at the nearly four-hour hearing: The work will be neither quick nor easy.The law is Oregon’s first that allows marijuana dispensaries, which operate now in a kind of legal gray area, and it’s scheduled to go into effect in March. The law gives the committee the power to create the rules for dispensaries, and the committee agreed Friday to try to have them in place by December.Among the concerns of patients and growers is how they’ll afford now-required plant testing for mold, pesticides and fungi — potentially fatal to patients with compromised immune systems.Law enforcement members questioned whether criminal-background checks will really be performed on the actual day-to-day managers of the dispensaries, rather than the person with the cleanest criminal record, and wondered how the law would address dispensaries that refuse to register and operate in violation of the rules.
ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Jacob Quick is a fat and happy 4-month-old with a big and expensive appetite. His mother, like millions of other poor women, relies on the federal Women, Infants and Children program to pay for infant formula — aid that is now jeopardized by the government shutdown.Pennsylvania and other states say they can operate WIC at least through the end of October, easing fears among officials that it would run out of money within days. But advocates and others worry what will happen if the shutdown drags on beyond that.“What’s going to happen to my baby?” asked Jacob’s mother, Cierra Schoeneberger, as she fed him a bottle of formula bought with her WIC voucher. “Am I going to have to feed him regular milk, or am I going to have to scrounge up the little bit of change I do have for formula or even baby food?”WIC serves nearly 9 million mothers and young children, providing what advocates say is vital nutrition that poor families might otherwise be unable to afford.Schoeneberger, for example, said her son goes through about $40 worth of formula a week. “It’s like a car payment,” said the unemployed mother of three. A recipient of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, better known as WIC, rolls a shopping cart with food after leaving a center in Jackson, Miss., on Thursday.
SEATTLE — Washington residents who don’t have health insurance have until 10 p.m. Sunday to sign up before the end of open enrollment.Those who sign up by Sunday night will be covered as of March 1 and avoid a penalty on their taxes when they file in early 2016.Nearly 140,000 have already purchased insurance through Washington Healthplanfinder for this year. That’s slightly more than the number who enrolled last year. The Health Benefit Exchange was hoping to re-enroll most of their customers from last year, plus thousands more. Officials at the exchange say those who have experienced technical problems during the enrollment period will be given more time to sing-up after the open enrollment period ends.
EXCLUSIVE: Delegates at Employee Benefits Connect 2018 will be able to gain insight in to how future recognition and reward strategies will be shaped by a different approach to HR.Jamie King (pictured), director at Xexec, will present a session titled ‘The link between engagement, reward and recognition’ as part of the engagement conference stream on Wednesday 28 February 2018.The session will explore how approaches to recognition are changing, as they are shaped by the development and progression of HR as a function. King will discuss the role of technology in the evolution of recognition strategies, as well as highlighting how to build a business case for recognition and demonstrating how recognition approaches can sit within a wider HR framework and set of objectives rather than in isolation.King will also emphasise how recognition strategies can help employers to achieve HR goals and priorities.King said: “[The session is] talking about recognition for the future. Not just about reward and recognition specifically, but how reward and recognition of the future is being shaped by different approaches to HR generally. So we’re not just talking about how technology will change recognition, but also how approaches to HR, [and] how the progression of thinking about what [the] HR function is supposed to be achieving is changing, [which] has an impact on how recognition needs to be looked at.“Recognition [has] finally found its priority position at the top of the HR agenda. The importance of recognition is changing with broader HR changes. People need to think about how recognition can help them achieve broader HR priorities and not just focus on what recognition itself, in a more isolated sense, might do.”Employee Benefits Connect 2018 will take place on Wednesday 28 February 2018 at Park Plaza, Westminster, London.For more information or to book your place.
More than half (54%) of respondents cite that stress from work negatively affects their home life at least once a week, according to research by project management application service provider Wrike.The stress epidemic: employees are looking for a way out, a report which surveyed 1,613 full-time employees aged between 18 and 64 living in the UK or US, also found that more than half (56%) of respondents have searched for a new job due to stress at work at some point during their careers; this compares to 54% who have been unable to sleep, 39% who have taken unplanned time off, 35% who have lost their temper at work and 18% who have asked for a pay rise. A quarter (25%) of respondents have quit their job due to workplace stress.Almost two-fifths (41%) of UK respondents are moderately stressed at work, similar to 39% of US-based respondents. In total, 94% experience stress at work, while 26% of managers state they have high work stress levels; 6% have unsustainably high stress.A total of 41% of respondents who work at organisations with 1,000 or more employees cite poor communications as their top stressor at work, while 26% feel that unrealistic deadlines cause them the most stress. Around 63% of female respondents and 52% of male respondents feel that the option to work from home could reduce their stress levels.Just under a fifth (18%) of UK-based respondents think that stress causes them to shut down and be unproductive, compared to 8% of employees in the US. Meanwhile, around a third (30%) of UK respondents believe they can handle workplace stress, but that their quality of work suffers; only 21% of US-based respondents agree.Around 69% of respondents with moderate to high stress levels say that receiving assignments with unrealistic deadlines would have a high impact on their workplace stress; 42% find being unable to locate information they have seen in the past as highly stressful and 37% cite spending too much time in meetings and not enough time doing their actual work as being a big influencer on their workplace stress.Andrew Filev, chief executive officer at Wrike, said: “The pace of work has accelerated as a result of a number of converging trends, from digitalisation to the on-demand economy and globalisation. Work is often expected yesterday, and in trying to keep up with the sometimes breakneck speed, workers are stressing themselves to the point of burnout. This report shows that communication and collaboration must be optimised, just like the assembly line during the Industrial Revolution, with digital tools that make work as frictionless as possible, increase productivity, and create a place where teamwork can thrive.“Communication isn’t just about one-to-one conversations, it’s about knowing where work stands and where to find information. Businesses that implement processes that keep information moving should find workers are less stressed and better able to balance work and life.”
Cumbria-based Abbey House Hotel and Gardens has trained three of its senior managers in mental health first aid, to support both the physical and mental wellbeing of its 100-strong workforce.The training, delivered by Dalton-based organisation SOA Safety, was completed in July 2019 for the hotel’s head chef, marketing manager and events manager.The two-day mental health first aid course was designed to equip senior managers to understand and spot the symptoms of mental ill-health, in order to help employees who may be experiencing mental health issues in silence.John Horton, general manager at Abbey House Hotel and Gardens, said: “We’re very keen at the Abbey House Hotel and Gardens to do what we can to look after both the physical and mental health of our team.“People who have mental health challenges can quite often internalise them, when the best thing to do is seek the appropriate help and support.“Our mental health first aiders are not trained counsellors; however, they have been coached in what to look out for and the next steps to take, should they feel that a colleague is in need of support.”The organisation plans to extend its mental health first aid training, rolling it out across the business over the course of the year.Yasmin Platt, marketing manager and mental health first aider at Abbey House Hotel and Gardens, added: “It was a very intense and emotional two days. We learned so much about the different ways in which mental health can affect somebody.“It has certainly changed the way in which I think about mental health, and also my perspective on the issue. I’m finding that I am far more aware of my colleagues’ behaviour and demeanor, and am tuned in to the signs they may be having difficulties.”
MIAMI (WSVN) – Police are looking for a man who, they said, went missing in Miami.According to police, 34-year-old Johandy Torres went missing from the area of Northwest 14th Street and 27th Avenue in Miami, Monday.He stands 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing a red T-shirt with black shorts.If you have any information, call the Miami Police Department at 305-603-6300.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Now the owners are looking for ways to keep this from ever happening again. “We’re just going to spiff up the security here to make sure that he doesn’t come in,” said Machado. “I mean, you don’t want somebody to come in and possibly hurt anybody.”If you have any information on this burglary, 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. MIAMI (WSVN) – Police are searching for a man who, they said, broke into and ransacked a car dealership in Miami, late Friday night.Surveillance cameras captured a man breaking into Machado Auto Sales on Northwest 27th Avenue and Ninth Street.According to Miami Police, the subject used a brick to break through a back door. The footage then shows the perpetrator rummaging through desks and cabinets in an office before heading outside to comb through several cars parked in the lot.“The alarm company called us,” said Eileen Machado, one of the dealership’s owners. “We were sleeping, and we were a little bit startled, so we headed over here to meet up with the police officers.”Machado and fellow business owner Ray Hernandez arrived at the dealership to find the damage left behind. “Luckily, they didn’t get away with much, just some damage to the property and a few items from the drawers and stuff,” said Hernandez. “Other than that, everything else was OK.”Machado said the overnight break-in shattered her sense of security. “It was kind of frightening, and it was a little bit disrespectful,” said Eileen Machado. “You feel a little violated, like, this is a safe space. We come here to work hard.”
PARKLAND, FLA. (WSVN) – A parked vehicle left running in a household’s garage sent two people to the hospital with possible carbon monoxide poisoning, early Wednesday morning.According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, a vehicle was left running by an elderly resident, apparently unintentionally, in the garage of a home, located near 6901 Cypress Head Drive in Parkland.The running car filled the residence with carbon monoxide until one of the residents discovered the vehicle running and called 911.Once deputies and the Fire Marshall arrived, just before 8 a.m., they turned the vehicle off.Two victims were transported to the hospital and were described as conscious.Officials said they believe this to be an accident.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police arrested a man after, they said, he tried to board a Miami Beach school bus while drunk.James Edward Rodriguez, 22, is charged with disorderly intoxication after the incident, Thursday morning.Rodriguez would have boarded the bus, police said, if the driver hadn’t pushed him off.Parents held him until police arrived.It happened near Hawthorne Avenue and 83rd Street.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A group of South Florida Girl Scouts learned some life-saving lessons in Miami Beach over the weekend.A former Marine taught the scouts all about water safety.The lesson took place at the Flamingo Park pool, near 11th Street and Jefferson Avenue.The main technique they learned: how to float. “The technique is so simple if you can just make friends with your breath,” said retired U.S. Marine John Hampton. “If you take a deep one you’ll float like a ball — like a volleyball.”Hampton said he taught the girls the same technique he used to teach Marines and other members of the U.S. Navy.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIAMI (WSVN) – The Miami Children’s Museum has launched their first museum exhibit based on a Disney Junior series.“The Lion Guard” exhibit at the museum will feature the characters from Disney Junior’s hit show.It follows the adventures of Kion, the second-born cub of Simba and Nala, as he and his diverse group of friends unite to protect the circle of life.The exhibit will be open to the public starting Saturday and will run for six months.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIAMI (WSVN) – Some of South Florida’s largest employers are looking to fill full-time and part-time positions at a mega job fair in Miami Wednesday.About 30 companies will be accepting resumes at the Don Shula’s Hotel & Golf Club, located at 6842 Main Street. The job fair will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Cox Media, The Miami Herald and City Furniture are just a few of the participating employers who will be in attendance.Be sure to dress professionally and bring plenty of resumes to hand out.To save some time, you can pre-register for the event at jobnewsusa.com.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. MIAMI (WSVN) – Florida SunPass is shutting down their system Tuesday night for maintenance.The company said they will undergo technology upgrades.Transponders will still work at the tolls. However, it is recommended that customers replenish their accounts ahead of time with enough money to last them through June 11.If you are an Easy Pay customer who relies on automatic payments, SunPass said all payments will be held from Tuesday until the end of the maintenance period. After that, all of the payments will post to your account.Customers who use SunPass Plus Parking at Florida Airports must also find other payment methods during the maintenance period.The shutdown starts at 7 p.m. and ends June 11, at 9 a.m.For more information, click here.
In total, 17 people in the months-long case have been arrested and almost $1 million in stolen property has been recovered.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) – Investigators have arrested a father and son duo accused of running a boat theft ring throughout Miami-Dade County.William Baez-Cartalla and William Baez-Baldes face multiple charges that include racketeering.Officials said the men, along with several others, targeted multiple boat owners throughout Miami-Dade County.The father and son duo allegedly recruited, scouted locations, stole pickup trucks to tow the boats, and then stripped the vessels of their parts and sold them illegally, investigators said.“These crimes must stop, and they will stop, and that’s what you’re looking at, a one-mean machine, right here — one-mean machine that’s going to stop these boat thefts,” Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said.Three other members were also arrested and accused of a number of theft-related charges.Investigators said they are still looking for two suspects connected to the case.