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Morning Press: Union membership; Corn donations; Endangered Species Act; GOP recall effort

The forecast calls for highs in the 80s and 90s this week, with Tuesday and Wednesday bearing the brunt of another heat wave. Check out all the details in our local weather coverage.

In case you missed them, here are some of the top stories from the weekend:

Union membership steady in Clark County after ruling

Washington has one of the country’s most unionized workforces. A year after the Janus ruling, the Associated Press, analyzing federal data, found that states that allowed unions to collect fees from nonmembers saw their unionization rates drop only modestly or even rise. Washington, according to the analysis, saw its unionization rate rise by 4 percentage points.

Local governments in Clark County have had few, if any, employees who were assessed representation fees by unions. Data obtained by local governments in Clark County show that the rate of employees represented by unions has largely held steady.

Read the full story: Union membership steady in Clark County after ruling

Changes to Endangered Species Act could affect county wildlife

Eight species living in Clark County are classified as threatened or endangered under the act, including the northern spotted owl, water howellia, and coho and chinook salmon. Two mammals — the North American wolverine and brush prairie pocket gopher — are candidates for the list.

Regionally, lawmakers are split on the changes to the Endangered Species Act.

Read the full story: Changes to Endangered Species Act could affect county wildlife

Local GOP chair faces recall effort

Eight months after being elected chair of the local Republican Party, Earl Bowerman faces a recall effort by a group of precinct committee officers who claim he’s bungled the party’s finances, broken rules and failed to perform required duties.

Although a meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday evening, Bowerman said he hadn’t been presented with the petition seeking his removal until contacted by The Columbian. Bowerman called the claims in the petition false or nonsensical.

Read the full story: Local GOP chair faces recall effort

Farm donates tons of corn annually to the Clark County Food Bank

Every year, Bob Buker donates the bulk of his corn to the Clark County Food Bank. Last year, that amounted to 7 1/2 tons and this season’s yield promises to be even bigger.

But with each harvest, Buker grows older. Health issues have forced him to scale back his role, and the future of his farm is uncertain.

Read the full story: Farm donates tons of corn annually to the Clark County Food Bank

Stolen construction vehicle used to damage ATM in Vancouver

Someone used a stolen construction vehicle to damage an ATM early Friday morning in Vancouver, according to police.

The alarm service for the Bank of America ATM at 5411 E. Mill Plain Boulevard reported to police around 4:20 a.m. that it was watching video of the vehicle ram into the machine, Vancouver Police Department spokeswoman Kim Kapp said in an email.

Read the full story: Stolen construction vehicle used to damage ATM in Vancouver

 


Source: https://www.columbian.com

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