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Morning Press: Minimum wage on the rise; CooperCon at the Kiggins; antique coffee roaster in Yacolt

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

Minimum wage rises to $13.50 Jan. 1, creating challenge for businesses

At Mt. Tabor Brewing Company’s pub in Felida, 10 of the 21 workers are getting a raise effective Jan. 1. They’ll see their hourly rate bumped from $12 to $13.50, thanks to Initiative 433, passed by Washington voters in 2016.

Mt. Tabor is just one of more than 260 restaurants or grocery stores in Clark County having to adapt the new wage increases. Although the law applies to all businesses, the food-service industry and retail stores are likely going to be hit harder, according to Scott Bailey, regional economist for the state Employment Security Department.

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Rodriguez’s ranged shot lifts Chieftains to fourth title

HORELINE — Columbia River coach Filly Afenegus consistently reminds his team about legacy, and what individuals can leave behind for future classes and teams. The 2019 Chieftain girls soccer team’s tales will be ones of triumph.

Columbia River went 21-1 this season, the senior class made it four straight state semifinal appearances and despite a district championship loss that put the Chieftains on the road throughout the 2A State Tournament, they persevered. There was one final story of success to be told Saturday.

Yaneisy Rodriguez hammered home a 36-yard free kick in the 57th minute and the Chieftains ousted 2A Greater St. Helens League rival Hockinson 1-0 in the state championship at Shoreline Stadium.

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D.B. Cooper enthusiasts land in Vancouver for CooperCon

Tom Kaye has a saying about the D.B. Cooper mythos.

“In the D.B. Cooper world, if you have 10 investigations, you’ll have 11 theories on what happened,” said Kaye, the principal investigator for the Cooper Research Team, a group of citizen sleuths who have spent years looking at evidence in the case.

So, then, what happens if you pack nearly 100 Cooper fanatics into the Kiggins Theatre for the second CooperCon? Well, you get a lot of opinions, theories and talk about tie clips. Kaye wasn’t there in person, but the festival organizers replayed a presentation he made at last year’s event all about Cooper’s tie and the particles found on it. Other portions of the day included a talk on parachutes, a presentation on conspiracy theories surrounding the case and a trivia contest that quizzed guests on the names of flight attendants on the plane, what Cooper allegedly ordered to drink and the copycat hijackers who followed in the months after.

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Hockinson wins thriller in 2A football quarterfinals

BATTLE GROUND – Down two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, Hockinson’s two-year reign atop Class 2A football faced its biggest threat on Saturday.

Hockinson didn’t blink.

After all, adversity has become a familiar companion to the two-time defending state champions.

In a season that has seen Hockinson lose two of the state’s top receivers to injury, the Hawks can still make a crucial play when they need to.

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Coffee roaster ‘piece of history’ in Yacolt

When a Serbian sunflower farmer named Zoltan Zelenka brought her to the brick shed near his cottage in a small farming town, Marijana Stojanovic saw the rusted, defunct machine with jammed gears, chipped paint and missing belts.

It was September 2017, and Stojanovic had driven about four hours through Eastern Europe on a sunny day to inspect the old coffee roaster. She snapped some pictures and emailed them to the man who hired her to make the trek.

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