U.S. Congressional and CSIS staff met with leaders from ASA/WISHH’s AMLIFIES Ghana project on February 26. They saw how ASA/WISHH is improving Ghana’s poultry feed production capacity and increasing efficiency in poultry value chains that will continue to grow following the conclusion of the five-year USDA-funded project. Photo credit: Timothy Adei/Team 1000 WordsThe American Soybean Association (ASA) World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) hosted a U.S. Congressional staff delegation on Feb. 26 for a site visit of the AMPLIFIES Ghana poultry project, where WISHH is connecting trade and development with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funding.The bicameral, bipartisan delegation, hosted by the Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS), a Washington. D.C. nonprofit policy research organization, included three CSIS staff and six Congressional staff. Next month, CSIS will publish a report detailing their observations in the field looking at food security and nutrition programs.Immediately after their trip, CSIS staff shared appreciation that ASA/WISHH’s site visit provided important insight to better understand how USDA fits into the U.S. government’s Feed the Future portfolio, which is led by the U.S. Agency for International Development. The visit also showcased the importance of U.S. university engagement, agricultural research, and the connections back to American commodity groups.ASA/WISHH took the delegation to the University of Ghana where they met with Dr. Thomas Nortey, Ph.D., who collaborates with Kansas State University on the project. The university is opening a new animal nutrition laboratory where the project is helping increase feed quality analysis.The CSIS team leader, Kimberly Flowers, director, Global Food Security Project, wrote, “The delegation members really enjoyed [the AMPLIFIES meeting], especially talking to the local poultry farmers who benefit from your work.”
A nonprofit agency that served people with disabilities since 2002 and was in line to help populate a special housing complex has shut its doors.DisAbility Resources of Southwest Washington went dark at the end of March, according to board president Tim Gensler, because money was tight and participation weak. A newcomer to the agency this year, he said he tried but could never populate its board of directors with sufficient members even to comply with its own bylaws. “We’d try to have a board of directors meeting and we’d have one or two people show up if we were lucky,” he said. “I never got a good response.”Eventually he decided it was better to shut down than gradually disintegrate and perhaps wind up in bankruptcy.“I thought it was better to close down and still be able to pay our bills,” he said. “Without having our entire board, we voted with the people we had to shut down.”A letter posted in the window of the empty office at 2700 N.E. Andresen Road, Suite D-5, and also mailed to clients and community partners, said: “The Board of Directors, supported by the staff, made a decision to close DARSW. This decision was made with much thought and consideration in the challenges of operating the organization. It also reflects our confidence in the local existing community agencies to pick up some of the outstanding services that we have provided since 2002.”
As C-Tran awaits the outcome of a police investigation into this month’s fatal bus accident in downtown Vancouver, this week it heard questions about the incident from a man connected to another recent tragedy.Vancouver resident David Sale addressed the C-Tran board Tuesday with some of his own safety concerns — including the locations of bus stops and crosswalks near the scene of the Dec. 2 accident.Sale’s own daughter, Danielle, was one of two people killed in a 2010 accident involving a TriMet bus and a group of pedestrians in Portland. Three others were injured. Sale has since advocated for improved safety around public transit, and expressed the same wish this week.“I am here to help,” Sale said, “and not hurt.”Just before noon on Dec. 2, a No. 4 C-Tran bus struck and killed Margaret McCluskey, 88, at the intersection of Washington and Eighth streets. The bus was turning left from Eighth onto southbound Washington when it hit McCluskey in the crosswalk, according to police. The driver, Al Purvis, was placed on paid administrative leave — which is standard C-Tran procedure — until the investigation is over.Vancouver police haven’t finished that inquiry yet, said spokeswoman Kim Kapp. C-Tran will conduct its own review when the police report is released.
When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays, March 16-Oct. 27.Where: Sixth and Esther Streets, downtown Vancouver.Next regular board meeting: 7 p.m., May 16, Hilton Vancouver Washington, 301 W. Sixth St.Website: www.vancouverfarmersmarket.comThe Vancouver Farmers Market is weathering a crisis of leadership.Directors of what may be Vancouver’s best-loved nonprofit corporation — a delightful downtown draw on weekends from spring through fall — drew more than a dozen bitter complaints from vendors at an April 25 meeting. Critics said market leadership is manipulative, unresponsive, lacks transparency and stumbles while following its own rules.“The board is extremely imbalanced and unfair because many seats have not been filled for months,” said Judy McManman, who operates Mini Doughnut Shoppe.“There are no officers listed on the website,” said Kelli Crocker of Nutz-R-Us. Crocker said she signed up to help with the market’s Food Committee last year but was never contacted, and “nothing happened.”That’s because the Food Committee was disbanded last summer. “It is a huge step backwards to not use the committees as they were intended,” Crocker said. “The board and the committees need to be whole.”“There is no line of authority,” said Velma Conte, another donut vendor, who said she spent nine years on the board. “This is too big an organization not to have elected officers.” Jordan Boldt, executive director of the Vancouver Farmers Market
SEATTLE — A lawyer for an American soldier set to be sentenced for killing 16 Afghan civilians may cite a new Food and Drug Administration warning about the psychiatric side effects of an antimalarial drug used by U.S. troops.On Monday, the FDA said mefloquine — known as Lariam, its brand name — can cause long-term neurological damage and serious psychiatric side effects.Attorney John Henry Browne has said he has documents indicating his client, Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, took the drug while in Iraq, but medical records for his time in Afghanistan are incomplete. Browne told The Seattle Times the FDA warning was an interesting development.“We’re all over this,” Browne said.Bales pleaded guilty to the 2012 killings last month. A jury will decide in August whether the soldier is sentenced to life with or without the possibility of parole. Army officials have not commented on whether Bales took mefloquine in Afghanistan, citing confidentiality laws that protect a patient’s records.An Army sanity board already has concluded Bales suffered from no serious mental diseases or defects at the time of the killings, and that he could understand the court-martial proceedings that led to a plea agreement earlier this year. Bales, an Ohio native and father of two from Lake Tapps slipped away from his remote southern Afghanistan outpost at Camp Belambay early on March 11, 2012, and attacked compounds in nearby villages. Most of the victims were women and children, and some of the bodies were piled and burned. The slayings drew such angry protests that the U.S. temporarily stopped combat operations in Afghanistan.
OREGON CITY — A man who claimed self-defense for shooting a man in a fight at a Clackamas grocery store was found guilty Wednesday of second-degree assault.Sixty-seven-year-old Jerry Thomas Harryman faces a prison term of nearly six years when he is sentenced next week in Clackamas County Circuit Court.The Oregonian reports Harryman had a license to legally carry a concealed handgun. He says the other man was the aggressor in a fight that broke out in August 2012 in a crowded checkout line. During the struggle, Harryman pulled out his gun and shot him in the leg.Harryman’s lawyer said he was defending himself.Prosecutor Bryan Brock says the use of deadly force was unreasonable and unjustified for the threat Harryman faced.
With a well-practiced flip of his fingers, Shane Wahl plucked baby plants from an array of small black padded circles and tenderly placed them, one by one, into individual planters.This sort of transplanting is work that Wahl has long excelled at as a hydroponic vegetable farmer, but his new gig — as head gardener for CannaMan Farms — has taken his career in an odd new direction, he said.CannaMan, so far Clark County’s only licensed marijuana production facility, is about midway to harvesting its first batch of pot plants. The process, from cutting to budding, takes 10 weeks per plant for the fast-growing varieties.But even the fastest growing plants probably won’t meet the demands of consumers once the first stores start opening this summer.“I won’t be able to meet demand,” Wahl said. “I’m going to do the best I can. I’m the smallest tier gardener. It’s sort of like a brewer brewing in his closet.”Each week, Wahl takes hundreds of clippings from his “mother” plants and places them in hydroponic containers (with those small black padded circles) to help them grow new roots.
Patrick Timm Hey, how do you like our run of 80-degree high temperatures? Impressive, don’t you think? We talked about this a month ago in my column, about how we can still get warm weather in the first half of October. Not uncommon in the least. The current stretch, though, is the warmest since about 1993. And we have managed to get into the mid-80s, with a couple reports Sunday and Monday of near 90 — unofficially, of course. The warm weather has caused the influx of stink bugs to be rather aggressive, making their way into for homes for the winter. They know it is going to get cold.Today may be our last 80-degree day this year as a change in the weather pattern is looking more likely. By the weekend we get a flow of moist air off the ocean with an increasing chance of rain, maybe moderate. The heaviest will be up to our north. We’ll see if high pressure rebuilds next week but right now most computer forecast models are keeping us damp.Weather enthusiast Rob Woodard sent me a message the other day about his search for the woolly bear caterpillars. He saw about 20 of them between Battle Ground Lake and Hockinson. They averaged about four segments of orange with more black bands in the front.By going along with extensive folklore on the subject, I would say this is leaning toward a winter maybe trending toward cooler than normal in the latter half of the season. Studies have shown that if the orange band is toward the rear of the critter that is when the cold or mild spell will occur. So maybe we will turn chilly in January of February? Usually I like to see two or three bands of orange, which calls for a cold winter. Four segments could go either way but I like to lean toward the cooler side of things. Five or more almost always mean a mild winter. I have been doing this for nearly 40 years, mainly for fun. Nothing scientific, of course. Insect experts say the orange bands are a reflection of the previous winter as these little crawlers winter over before transitioning into the Isabella moth.Enjoy the sun and warmth while you can. Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com
Vancouver’s Daniel Seavey, 15, advanced again on “American Idol,” which aired Wednesday on Fox. His challenge on Wednesday’s broadcast was a group performance with three other singers. The group of guys dubbed itself LKYCO, which stands for Ladies Keep Your Clothes On. After LKYCO sang One Direction’s “Story of My Life,” judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. decided against sending any of them home. Seavey jumped up and down after hearing the news.“I really heard some beautiful things,” Lopez told the group. Wednesday’s episode gave a glimpse into previously recorded Hollywood Week, in which 218 hopefuls were narrowed to 48. Those 48 contestants advanced to a new part of the competition, Idol Showcase, taped in December at the House of Blues in Hollywood, Calif. The first episode from Idol Showcase airs next week. From there, about 20 semifinalists will go to Motown Week, to be taped at the Fillmore Theater in Detroit, according to www.on-camera-audiences.com, which is selling the live-audience tickets. Those who survive Motown Week will move on to live shows in March.