A rumor about a Hazel Dell apartment complex evicting all its tenants in a Courtyard Village-esque scenario sounded plausible and spread online — but it turned out to be untrue.What’s more, the rumor involved an unlikely target: A Vancouver-based property management company trying to make a dent in the affordable housing crisis.Westwynd Apartment Homes at 10117 N.E. Ninth Ave. was sold in February 2016 to Christensen Properties LLC for $13.6 million. It was formerly Crown Plaza and had a “pretty tough reputation,” according to an email from Richard Gress, CEO and executive vice president of RealVest Corporation, the company managing Westwynd. Businessman and philanthropist Paul Christensen owns RealVest. Kathy Maynard and Mike Maynard own Westwynd.Gress said the complex was financed through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). To get the loan, a comprehensive inspection was required and certain repairs had to be made, while other repairs could be made within the first 12 months. Those requirements include completely renovating 90 of the 120 units at Westwynd, which are set to be finished by April 30.Rents are being raised about $50 for renovated units. Current rent at Westwynd is below fair-market rent. A one-bedroom apartment is $950 to $995, and a two-bedroom unit is $1,095.
The Woodland Police Department received a report of shots being fired at 11:57 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Gun Club Road and Lewis River Road, and further reports of a man who appeared intoxicated and was almost struck by a passing vehicle.Police arrived to find John Sigmon, 68, of Woodland trying to hide in an adjacent field with a loaded handgun nearby, police said.With assistance from the Cowlitz County Sheriff Office and Kalama Police Department, Sigmon was arrested on weapon-related charges and felony threats.
The investigation into the February beating death of an 83-year-old security guard in Vancouver remains ongoing, and there’s a $2,500 reward for information that will help solve the killing.Benjamin O. Lyons was found dead in the early morning of Feb. 26 in the 2800 block of Southeast Columbia Way. He worked for KnightHawk Protection, a private security firm, for one of the businesses in the area.Staff said Lyons checked in at 11:30 p.m., and his body was found about a half-hour later.The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office determined he died of multiple sharp and blunt force injuries.The Vancouver Police Department, with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is offering the reward. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information, reported through Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime.Crime Stoppers said information gleaned from social media sites is welcome.Tipsters can call 503-823-HELP with useful information. They can also remain anonymous, and use the P3 Tips smartphone application, available at www.p3tips.com, to submit information.
CAMAS — Camas won’t be featured on the fourth season of “Small Business Revolution — Main Street,” an online show that gives a small town a $500,000 grant to give makeovers to local businesses. Searcy, Ark., will be featured in the season airing this fall, the show’s producers announced on Tuesday.The show’s hosts, Amanda Brinkman and former ABC reality show star Ty Pennington, will spend six months getting to know Searcy and building the improvements. The eight episodes will air this fall.Camas was among six finalist cities nominated to appear on the show, and the city’s business owners, residents and city officials packed Liberty Theatre on Tuesday afternoon to hear the winner announced. Downtown Camas Association director Carrie Schulstad welcomed people and talked about the campaign process as the crowd waited for the 4:30 p.m. announcement.Those in the theater watched a pre-recorded video on the web series’ Facebook page to find out which of the finalists would be the winner. More than 1.6 million votes came in, Brinkman said in the video. After she announced Searcy as the winner, a few groans could be heard before a round of applause broke out in the darkened theater.Campaign seasonTuesday’s news comes after a four-month campaign effort in which Camas and other cities vied to be chosen as this season’s featured small city. The Downtown Camas Association took the lead, encouraging residents to post about the city on social media.
You have questions, we have answers.But first, we need your help deciding the next topic The Columbian’s reporters will pursue as part of our Clark Asks feature.The questions for this month’s voting round come from three local readers who reached out through our Clark Asks page to take part in our community-led reporting project.You have the option of choosing one of these three questions:• “I’m curious what the future holds for Waterworks Park? Will the amphitheater ever be utilized again?” from Sara Morse of Vancouver.• “What is the history and story behind the mural and clock courtyard area at the intersection of Fourth Plain and Gher Road?” from a reader in Vancouver who identified herself only as Lauren.• “What happens to campaign money after the elections? Who monitors these funds and how often? Is that information available to the public?” from Kathy Heinemann of Vancouver.The voting round continues until May 26 at www.columbian.com/clark-asks/. We will announce the winner once the voting is done and get to work on the story.If your favorite doesn’t get the most votes, don’t worry: We often pursue second- and third-place stories, as well. They’re all good questions. It’s just that the top vote-getter gets top priority.
Manchester United have more than certainly progressed from where they were last season, but it is still a failure since they did not win the Premier League, thinks Red Devils legend Gary Neville.They finished 19 points behind arch-rivals City in the second place as they lost 13 of the total 38 games they played in this campaign. However, this is four places better than the previous season and were able to qualify for the Champions League only because they won the Europa League.“In the league, which is where everybody wants to be measured, you have to say that second is progression from where Manchester United have been, but it’s not a successful season for Manchester United when you don’t win the league,” Neville said, according to Manchester Evening News.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“That’s the measure of the club and has been for 60, 70, 80 years, it has to be the league title you are measured by.”“To keep winning trophies would show they are still a club that are winning things and keeping that winning mentality. Manchester City have had the most outstanding of seasons and Jose Mourinho measures himself by title wins, not finishing second. Manchester United have had a good season in the league in finishing second but it has been inconsistent and they have dipped at times,” Neville went on to add.
Harry Kane is under pressure to deliver in every game according to his Tottenham team-mate Christian Eriksen.Kane failed to deliver for Spurs in their last two Premier League games, despite breaking his deadlock in August.The striker has faced criticism this season for his poor scoring form and there have been calls from different pundits to rest the player after a hectic World Cup campaign.“Everyone expects him to score three goals every game,” Eriksen told the Independent.“As a team we know we have to feed him, but in a team that is losing it is very difficult to score goals, even one that keeps creating chances.“I know Harry wants to score more, and so do the rest of the team. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter who is scoring and who is not scoring. It’s about winning games.”Pochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.But Eriksen has brushed aside fatigue claims as they resume their Champions League campaign away to Serie A giants Inter on Tuesday.“We are not tired after the World Cup. Everyone has had near enough the same break,” Eriksen added.“Of course we are unfortunate we had so many players going so far in the tournament, which meant they started their pre-season later.“But our performances have had nothing to do with tiredness. And personally, I haven’t felt tired.“There is no better place to put things right than at the San Siro. It’s the perfect stadium to play in.“And there will be no better way to start a Champions League campaign than with a win at the San Siro. It’s going to be an exciting game.”
West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini hopes to still be in management when he is 75.The West Ham boss, 65, will be playing against 71-year-old Roy Hodgson when Crystal Palace visit the London Stadium on Saturday in a Premier League fixture.Pellegrini, Hodgson, 70-year-old Cardiff manager Neil Warnock and new Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri, 67, continue to fly the flag for the Premier League’s senior gaffers – and the former Manchester City boss wants to be at the helm for at least a decade more.“I have been working away from my country for 20 years, and another 10 in my country before that, and I hope I will carry on for many more years,” he told newsmen via Breaking NewsReport: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United move George Patchias – September 4, 2019 Declan Rice is committed to his West Ham contract and not a move to Manchester United.In an interview reported by football.london, Rice opens up…“Of course I hope to be working in my 70s – at 75-plus! If I am in good shape I will do it.”“In this profession the more experience you have the easier it is to analyse the game.”“If you ask me, I would prefer to be 10 years younger, but you can continue working in the same way if you keep yourself in good shape – and remain hungry to continue in work.”Pellegrini, had his first managerial job in his home country with Universidad de Chile in 1988,
The 19-year-old will continue playing for the Hammers, after extending his contract to at least 2024 in the English Premier LeagueThere is much to celebrate today for West Ham United Fans.Ireland national team footballer Declan Rice, has signed to at least 2024 with the Hammers.The 19-year-old has made 51 appearances for his team and signed a new contract with the option to extend it for a further year.“I’m absolutely delighted to have got the contract done, signed and to commit my future to the club until 2024. I’m absolutely ecstatic,” Rice told reporters as quoted by AFP.Rice tips Mount for greater things Taimoor Khan – September 11, 2019 Declan Rice says that Mason Mount is going to match the exploits of Frank Lampard when he was in his prime during his playing…“Without a doubt, the plan was always to stay at West Ham.”“I’ve had the support from the fans, from the players and from the manager (Manuel Pellegrini) and now, to get it done and commit myself to this club is a very special moment,” he added.“I’m still young, so to put more years on my contract and keep developing here is the best thing for me to do now.”“With the support of the manager, the players, everyone, it was the right thing to do,” he concluded.
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