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Morning Press: Stoker resigns; Clark County in Phase 2; Clark County protests peaceful

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

Stoker resigns from Vancouver school board after comment on protesters

Vancouver Public Schools director Mark Stoker resigned Monday after fallout from his tweet suggesting that fire hoses be used to quell demonstrators protesting police brutality against the black community.

In a letter to Superintendent Steve Webb, Stoker wrote that his continued service on the board would be “too big a distraction from the critical work needed to overcome the challenges created by these unprecedented times.”

Clark County approved for immediate Phase 2 reopening

Clark County was approved for Phase 2 of reopening by the state Department of Health on Friday morning, and the county is allowed to immediately start following Phase 2 protocol.

That means that Clark County businesses such as restaurants, hair salons, nail salons, real estate, barbershops and some retail stores will be able to operate with certain capacity restrictions and safety precautions in place starting today.

Peaceful protest roused by George Floyd’s death draws hundreds in Ridgefield

Susan Yaddof, a mixed-race woman of white and Asian descent, had darker skin than most of her classmates while growing up in Ridgefield. Yaddof, now 56 and still living in the small city, said she wants to remind the vast majority of her neighbors of the privilege that accompanies whiteness.

“I know that Ridgefield itself is a white town,” Yaddof said. “We have black people in Ridgefield, and I feel that we as privileged people, we need to be aware that we have privilege, and we need to understand that there are people around us that don’t have privilege simply because of the color of their skin.”

Vancouver man accused in two drug-related deaths

A 23-year-old Vancouver man accused in two fatal drug overdoses caused by pills laced with a powerful opioid appeared Monday morning via video in Clark County Superior Court.

David A. Urbach is facing an allegation of controlled substance homicide in the deaths of 23-year-old LaJeune Q. Gay and 50-year-old Kristina L. Rosbach, both of Vancouver.

Options for reopening schools in Clark County, Washington come with complex questions of equity

As social distancing restrictions ease across Washington, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction is preparing for how best to reopen schools come fall.

The state education department is expected to announce early next week how schools can reopen for the 2020-2021 school year. Educators across the state have spent weeks discussing options, from reopening schools on a split schedule, to continuing virtual education, to some hybrid of the two.


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