Facility strives to treat patients of all sizes

first_imgA Vancouver speciality clinic is equipping itself to better treat larger and heavier patients.PeaceHealth’s Wound Healing Center on Tuesday received a new hyperbaric oxygen chamber designed for bariatric patients. As Americans’ waistlines get bigger, medical facilities — and other types of facilities — are purchasing equipment and modifying structures in order to meet the needs of larger patients.The new hyperbaric chamber at the Wound Healing Center has a diameter of 41 inches and can be used for patients weighing up to 700 pounds. It’s the largest of its type of chamber in the world, and the only one of its size in Oregon and Washington, said Bess Oleksiak, program director at the Wound Healing Center.“It’s pretty special,” she said.The majority of the clinic’s patients can use one of its two standard chambers, which have a diameter of 32 inches and can accommodate patients weighing up to 500 pounds. Some patients, however, can’t fit comfortably in the chamber (even if they weigh less than 500 pounds) or have confinement anxiety, Oleksiak said.Prior to the arrival of the new machine, those patients were referred to Seattle’s Virginia Mason Medical Center, which has a similar piece of equipment that can treat numerous people at once.In the past year, the Wound Healing Center had about 15 patients who couldn’t be treated in Vancouver, Oleksiak said. If patients didn’t want, or couldn’t afford, to drive to Seattle for treatment, they usually went without care. One local woman who was too large for the standard chamber recently had her leg amputated after going without treatment, she said.last_img read more

Project aims to digitalize local news from late 19th century

first_imgNewspapers ArchiveThe family tragedy that killed three Clark County people was summarized in two intriguing sentences:“A dynamite explosion wrecked the home of W.C. Walker at Manor, killing Mrs. Walker and her daughter, Mrs. Bailey, who were preparing breakfast. Walker had put the explosive in the oven to thaw.”The blast, which also killed another family member, was reported by The Vancouver Independent on Jan. 24, 1901.The summary was provided by Carl Landerholm’s chronology, a compilation of a century of local news stories from several local publications, including The Columbian.The chronology is part of an exhibit — “Above and Below the Fold: News Fit to Print” — that closes this week at the Clark County Historical Museum. Saturday will be the final day of the exhibit at the museum, 1511 Main St.Meanwhile, the museum is expanding a program that can provide, digitally speaking, home delivery of 1870s news coverage from the weekly Vancouver Independent.The museum is collaborating with the Washington State University Vancouver Library on the Newspapers Archive.“WSU has software and expertise we could never afford,” said Susan Tissot, the museum’s executive director.The collection is starting with The Vancouver Independent, one of the first newspapers published in Clark County. It includes a function to search for a word or phrase.So far, the online archive has about four years of online images of The Vancouver Independent, from 1876 through 1879. That’s back when the newspaper’s masthead identified the publication’s home as “Vancouver WT” — Washington Territory.last_img read more

Seeking a new fit at Bluer Denim

Jeff Shafer has spent almost two dozen years as a clothing industry entrepreneur, and his Ridgefield-based Agave Denim is a nationally recognized brand for high-end jeans and other denim apparel.Now Shafer is focusing his entrepreneurial skills on a new brand of jeans and denim products, called Bluer Denim. Separate from Agave, the new company being launched this month is built on direct sales to young consumers to appeal to their social awareness.The online retailer hopes to address the challenge of allowing customers to touch and try on clothing with a new concept — free delivery of up to three clothing items, which can be returned with no shipping cost within seven days.Shafer is aiming his product line, which will offer 15 products each for men and women, at 18-to-24 years olds who value quality and appreciate a Made-in-USA label. In addition, he wants to tap into what he sees as a high level of social consciousness by paying $5 to buy back one pair of usable used jeans for each new pair purchased. Those jeans will be cleaned and donated to organizations for reuse by those in need.At $95 to $145 a pair, Bluer’s jeans will be less expensive than Agave’s high-end products that appeal to an older, more affluent demographic, but more costly than many name-brand jeans sold at most department stores. But the online-only sales strategy will keep prices far lower than they’d be if they were sold through conventional retail channels, Shafer said. And, he argues, the quality is far higher than that of mass-produced, imported brands. read more

Vancouver getting MIA memorial

first_imgVeterans Memorial Siteso Vietnam War Memorial Garden on Vancouver’s VA campus.o Korean War Veterans Memorial on Vancouver’s VA campus.o Clark County Veterans Memorial at Vancouver Barracks.o Post Cemetery, Fourth Plain Boulevard east of Interstate 5.o VFW Memorial Plaza and Remembrance Wall, south of City Hall along Phil Arnold Way.o Ridgefield Veterans Memorial, North Third Avenue.You can helpA limited number of custom-engraved bricks are available for $100 as individual tributes; contact Robert Bean at 360-696-2326, 360-903-2340 or robertbean511@msn.com.To contribute or volunteer for the project: contact Smith at vancouvertiger@comcast.net; CMAC co-chairman Dan Tarbell at dantarbell@comcast.net; or go to the committee’s website at www.cmac11.com.More than 83,000 American military personnel remain missing from World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Vietnam War and the 1991 Gulf War.Now a local nonprofit group has announced plans for a memorial honoring MIA service members as well as prisoners of war. The Community Military Appreciation Committee will build the stone monument at the Armed Forces Reserve Center, 15005 N.E. 65th St., in east Vancouver.The project will break ground in March, and the memorial is scheduled to be dedicated Sept. 27, National POW/MIA Recognition Day.There are several other tributes to American service personnel in and around Vancouver. Most of them are within what had been the boundary of a U.S. Army post originally established in 1849. That military presence ended in September 2011 when about 1,000 Army Reserve and Washington Army National Guard soldiers left the historic Vancouver Barracks area and moved into the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Sifton.last_img read more

Police shoot teen after knife scuffle at Honolulu high school

first_imgAt least one young person was hurt after an officer-involved shooting at a high school in Honolulu on Tuesday morning, according to Honolulu police.A spokesman for the Honolulu Police Department told reporters three officers went to Roosevelt High School after a 17-year-old runaway showed up at the school.After police encountered the young man in a school office, he “became combative” and struck two of the officers, the spokesman said.The 17-year-old pulled out a knife and “began slashing” the officers, the spokesman said. An officer fired two shots at the boy before subduing him.Three officers received minor injuries.Emergency Medical Services Division told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser a 17-year-old boy was shot in the wrist and was taken to the local hospital.KHON-TV reported the head of the local police union was at the scene after the incident.Parents and relatives flocked to Roosevelt High School after the school went into lockdown.“I cannot not be here. This is my child,” the parent of a 10th-grader told KHON-TV.Another woman who identified herself as the grandmother of a student told KHON-TV that “my grandson was texting me, telling me he loved me.”The woman added, “I was fearful for him and the other children to have to experience something like that here in Hawaii.”last_img read more

Vancouver eatery On the Border closes

first_imgOn the Border, a Texas-based Mexican restaurant chain, has abruptly closed its single Vancouver location amid a swirl of legal claims against the restaurant’s franchise owners over unpaid rent and taxes.The closure of the restaurant at 1505 S.E. 164th Ave. apparently was sparked by a three-day eviction notice served to restaurant operators Sept. 15 for unpaid rent and taxes. The notice was included in a lawsuit filed Sept. 23 in Clark County Superior Court seeking $12,666 in overdue rent payment and $33,092 in unpaid taxes. The restaurant closed after the eviction notice was served and before the court filing, said Josephine Townsend, a Vancouver attorney representing property owner Vancouver Border LLC, a Washington-based corporation affiliated with Farmers & Merchants Bank. The Long Beach, Calif.-based bank acquired the property through a foreclosure in 2009, according to court documents. The bank had no comment.Court records list the restaurant operator as Washington-based Vanborder Partners LLC. Tax documents from the Washington State Department of Revenue list an address in Irvine, Calif., that appears to be in a shopping mall. An operator’s representative could not be reached. On the Border, based in Irving, Texas, did not respond to a request for comment.The site is being marketed by Kidder Mathews. Ryan O’Leary, a company vice president listed as one of the property brokers, said the 6,300-square-foot building in the Fisher’s Landing Plaza is well-located with high visibility, a traffic signal, and a free-standing building with parking.last_img read more

Fire damages house in Camas

first_imgFire damaged a house in Camas late Thursday night.The fire was reported at 9:30 p.m. at 1531 N.W. Sixth Place, according to emergency dispatch records.Crews from the Camas-Washougal Fire Department arrived on scene to discover a working house fire in a ranch-style home. The fire was reported under control at 9:55 p.m.All the occupants were safe and out of the house according to emergency radio traffic. The house is owned by John and Cindy Armour, according to county property records.last_img

Body found in Columbia River was Battle Ground man

first_imgThe Cowlitz County coroner says a body found floating in the Columbia River at Kalama is that of a Battle Ground man who disappeared last summer.The Daily News of Longview reported the body was identified Wednesday as Jay Michael Jones, 25. He was last seen June 28 when he reportedly fell out of a boat while fishing.The coroner says he drowned. Jones was not wearing a life preserver.last_img

Financial and insurance organisations contribute most to employees pensions

first_imgFinancial and insurance organisations are the employers that contribute the most into employees’ pension pots, paying an average of 9.5% of an individual’s salary into their retirement savings, according to research by Profile Pensions.Its analysis of employees over the age of 22 but under the state pension age, who earn at least £10,000 a year and are employed in the UK, further found that those employed in the financial and insurance sector received an annual salary of £30,403.Teaching was also among the professions found to receive more generous pension contributions, with average employer contributions reaching 9.3%, based on an average staff salary of £22,146; total employer pension contributions for someone on this salary could amount to £2,053.60 annually. Female employees in the education sector are more likely to receive a 9.3% pension contribution from their employer, versus a 7.9% employer contribution for male staff.Organisations within the electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply industries typically contribute 7.1%. Based on an average annual salary of £23,943, this adds up to £1,703 a year in employer pension payments.Men working in this sector are more likely to receive a higher pension contribution, gaining 7.4% compared to 4.2% for women.Across all sectors, the employer pension contribution rate is higher for men (4.6%) than women (4.4%). Within the manufacturing industry, men typically receive a 5.3% employer pension contribution, versus a 4.4% contribution for female staff.The industries that deliver the lowest employer pension contributions include agriculture, forestry and fishing (2%), food services (2.1%) and the arts (2.5%). These statistics were taken prior to the April 2019 minimum contribution increase, which requires organisations to pay at least 3% of an employee’s salary into their pension pot.Michelle Gribbin, chief investment officer at Profile Pension, said: “The difference between industries is remarkable. While some [we] might expect, like financial and insurance industries, the high pensions in education mean teachers are likely to be better off in retirement than those in typically high-earning careers, like real estate or logistics.“As for the gender differences uncovered, this is just another example of the gap between genders in the workplace, this time played out through pension contributions.“Generally, we know women are more likely to have lower incomes and more interrupted careers as a result of their caring responsibilities. Ensuring this doesn’t penalise them is as much of an organisational culture issue as it is a government policy issue.“Firms should really start to get to grips with the fundamentals and fully adopt a policy of ‘equal pay and pension contributions for equal roles’, applied to both full-time and part-time [employees]. As a further step, firms regularly reporting on gender disparities in income and pension contributions really helps ensure good transparency and commitment on this issue.”last_img read more

No charges for Dolphins linebacker involved in fight outside nightclub

first_imgWhen asked why Misi or members of his group were not charged after they allegedly prevented the officer from detaining the 29-year-old linebacker, police said it was up to the officer’s discretion, especially since Cabrera did not want to press any charges.The Miami Dolphins sent 7News a statement on the incident that reads, “We are aware of the reports involving Koa Misi and are continuing to gather information. We have no further comment at this time.”Cyn Nightclub management told 7News they went over surveillance footage, but said the video did not reveal anything about the fight.This is not Misi’s first brush with law enforcement. He served probation community service in Santa Barbara, Calif. in 2013 as a result of an altercation in which he was accused of punching a man in the face.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A Miami Dolphins player will not face any charges after, police said, he was involved in a fight outside a Fort Lauderdale nightclub.According to Fort Lauderdale Police, the incident happened near the entrance of Cyn Nightclub, located at 111 S.W. 2nd Ave., early Sunday. Fort Lauderdale Officer John Giga said he was working a detail when he saw what he called an altercation between two groups.Investigators said Miami Dolphins linebacker Koa Misi was accompanied by a 10-to-15-person entourage when they charged 34-year-old Scott Cabrera as he stood in line in front of the club. In a police report, Giga stated, “I was unable to stop all of them from charging and ran back toward the entrance to where I witnessed Misi strike Cabrera in the head, causing him to fall to the ground.”The officer then confronted Misi, who stands 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs about 255 pounds. He stated in the police report, “I was able to force [Misi] to the ground and have him sit in place against the door … Misi then got to his feet and tried to run northbound.”The officer said he then gave chase on foot. “As I attempted to tackle him, members of his group held him up. I then executed a leg sweep to bring him to the ground and held him in place,” he stated in the police report. “I was circled by several members of his group that were trying to pull him free until assisting FLPD officers arrived and assisted me in handcuffing Misi.”The takedown move Giga said he made to bring down Giga was made popular in the original “The Karate Kid” back in 1984. The famous phrase referring to the tackle is “sweep the leg.”Police said Misi was detained, but he was not arrested because Cabrera did not want to press charges and didn’t want to talk to officers very much after the incident. Misi was allowed to go. last_img read more

Miami Beach amends employee leave to include paid parental leave

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – The City of Miami Beach announced Wednesday that it has amended its employee leave ordinance to include up to six weeks of paid parental leave for both mothers and fathers.In a press release, the city announced the passing of the amendment, saying that for up to six weeks following the birth, adoption or foster placement of a child, “An employee shall be paid 100 percent of his or her base wages for the first two weeks, 75 percent of his or her base wages for the following two weeks, and 50 percent of base wages for the remaining two weeks.”The release also stated that employees could also use accrued leave to receive full compensation during the weeks reimbursed at rates of 75 percent and 50 percent. “This leave shall occur concurrently with, count against, and not be added to periods of unpaid or job protected leave for which the employee may also be eligible, including the federally mandated 12 weeks of Family and Medical Leave Act leave,” the release said.Employees can take an unlimited number of paid parental leave periods during the duration of their employment with the city, according to the release, but only one six-week paid leave per birth, adoption or foster care placement.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

SUV slips off boat ramp at Watson Island Marina

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – An SUV slipped off a boat ramp and nearly sank into Biscayne Bay, Monday.According to police, an SUV ended up in the water at the Watson Island Marina after it slid off a boat ramp.Thankfully, everyone inside of the vehicle was able to exit before it sank.No injuries were reported.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

2 seriously injured in 79th Street Causeway collision

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Two people driving along the 79th Street Causeway bridge were seriously injured, Wednesday morning.According to Miami Fire Rescue, crews arrived just before 6:30 a.m. to find a man and woman trapped inside a red pickup truck. Firefighters used the Jaws of Life and other tools to free both victims.The truck sustained severe front-end damage, trapping the couple inside.Fire rescue transported both victims to Ryder Trauma Center with serious injuries as a result of the collision.Fire rescue also said a second unrelated scene developed nearby involving a motorcycle, car and box truck. Nobody was reportedly injured.The westbound lanes of 79th Street across the bridge were shutdown as crews worked on clearing the scene. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Coast Guard rescues injured boater off Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A U.S. Coast Guard crew came to the rescue of an injured boater off the the coast of Miami, Wednesday.Video of the rescue shows a Coast Guard member being lowered down to the victim’s vessel from a helicopter, roughly 16 miles off the coast of Miami.Officials said the 34-year-old boater had suffered a neck injury. He was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital for treatment.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Monroe County proposes tolls for US 1 in the Florida Keys

first_imgKEY LARGO, FLA. (WSVN) – Tolls on U.S. 1? It might actually happen in the Keys.At a county commission meeting in Monroe County Wednesday, commissioners voted unanimously to determine the impact that tolls may have on the highway. The intention of the proposition is to determine if a toll could generate revenue for infrastructure development and environmental projects.However, according to the Keynoter, the Florida Department of Transportation is not a fan of the proposition.“Under current federal and state law, the existing lanes of U.S. 1 in the Keys cannot be tolled,” FDOT spokeswoman Ivette Ruiz-Paz wrote in an email to the newspaper.The FDOT strongly opposed efforts in 2010 and 2012 to consider a toll for the Florida Keys.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Police Mother kills children herself in apparent murdersuicide

first_img“I actually had to take a moment and cry,” said a neighbor who didn’t want to show her face to cameras. “because I can’t fathom the thought of harming my kids in any way.”The area resident said she had seen the family around the neighborhood and had heard arguing coming from the house, but never imagined anything like this.The bodies were removed from the home late Friday, but the big question remains: Why would a mother murder her own children and then take her own life?“Like, now to hear the ages of the kids, and to even know that it’s actual kids that got harmed, it’s just sad,” said neighbor Mykhale Rivera.Police said they most will likely release the name of the mother sometime on Saturday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police believe a mother shot and killed her two children, then herself, inside their Southwest Miami-Dade home, Friday afternoon.Miami-Dade Police homicide investigators worked well into the evening after the home, located in the area of Southwest 253rd Street and 132nd Avenue, turned into the scene of a gruesome crime.Hours earlier, police said, the children’s father had made the deadly discovery. “The father of the children came home, and he found his two children and his ex-wife deceased from apparent gunshot wounds,” said Miami-Dade Police Detective Argemis Colome.Investigators said the fatal shots were fired some time before 12:30 p.m. The young victims were an 8-year-old girl and her 18-month-old brother.Police say it appears the 29-year-old mother shot the girl and the toddler before turning the gun on herself.“The preliminary investigation is indicating that this is possibly a murder-suicide,” said Colome.The father spent hours with detectives answering questions about his kids and his ex-wife. last_img read more

Dania Beach marina Bass Pro Shops targeted for GPS tech

first_imgBack in December, World Cat of South Florida along State Road 84 also had several similar incidents. The subjects there were captured on surveillance rummaging through the boats.“If they break this wire, it sets the alarm off,” said victim Travis Giordan. “Since that, we’ve had to beef up our security.”Detectives and boat dealers want to warn residents that with the Miami Boat Show around the corner, it is advised to not leave anything expensive in plain sight.“Nowadays, you don’t get away with it,” Giordan said. “Sooner or later, you’re gonna get caught. With the technology they have security-wise, especially with the cameras. It ups the game.”If you recognize the subjects or the car captured on scene, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. DANIA BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Several boats at a South Florida marina were burglarized and deputies said they were searching for GPS devices.Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives said this isn’t the first time the marina was hit, and they’re starting to see a trend.“What appears to be happening is the suspects are going into a marina or boat store, usually under the cover of night, and they’re taking the GPSes,” said BSO spokesperson Joy Oglesby.Three boats were targeted at the SunDance Marine in Dania Beach, Monday morning.According to detectives, the thieves managed to get on the boats and take five GPS units. Each GPS device can cost about $5,000.The next day, a Bass Pro Shops retailer that is located across the street from the marina was hit. Staff at the business discovered that eight GPS devices were stolen from four boats there.However, surveillance video there captured a car leaving the scene, and officials believe that it is suspicious. last_img read more

Man shot after verbal dispute escalates at Fort Lauderdale McDonalds

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – An argument between two men inside a McDonald’s in Fort Lauderdale spiraled into gun violence, sending one of them to the hospital.Fort Lauderdale Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the fast food restaurant along West Broward Boulevard and Southwest First Avenue, just before 10 p.m., Thursday.Officials said there was a verbal altercation that took a dramatic turn when one of them took out a firearm and shot the victim.Rescue crews transported the victim to an area hospital in unknown condition.Police are now on the hunt for the gunman.If you have any information on this shooting, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Car left charred after catching fire in NW MiamiDade

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A car in Northwest Miami-Dade has been left completely charred after it caught fire.7SkyForce HD flew over the scene along the 11800 block of Northwest 36th Avenue just after 10:30 a.m., Wednesday.Crime scene investigators could be seen taking pictures of the vehicle.It remains unclear if there were any victims involved.Please check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Renovations Completed At Soldotna 911 Dispatch Center

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna Public Safety Communications Center recently completed renovations to the 9-1-1 dispatch area thanks to financial support from Marathon Petroleum (formally Tesoro Foundation). The Center remained fully operational during the renovations and services to the public were not disrupted, according to a post from the Kenai Peninsula Borough.  Approximately 28,000 calls annually come through the Center, including all cellular calls. The Center dispatches as far north as McHugh Creek in addition to the entire borough, and serves eight local, state and federal agencies. Also upgraded was the complex cable management and climate control for electronics. New anti-static carpet tiles replaced the deteriorating anti-static tile flooring. Reconfiguration of the AC power, data, radio and other low voltage cabling was also completed to support the new workstations. Marathon Petroleum invested $225,000 towards the project. The project included replacing six obsolete workstations with eight new stations complete with ergonomics, lighting and climate control for the dispatchers. On January 14, the Borough administration, Office of Emergency Management, dispatch personnel and Marathon Petroleum representatives were on hand to celebrate the completed renovations with a ribbon cutting.last_img read more