Vancouver Wellness Studio spa coming to waterfront hotel
A new Vancouver Wellness Studio spa is coming to the AC Hotel Vancouver Waterfront, offering massage therapy, acupuncture, facials, platelet-rich plasma injections, infrared saunas and IV therapy.
While the hotel is set to open in June at 333 W. Columbia Way, the spa plans to open in October, according to Vancouver Wellness Studio founder and owner Kendall Hagensen.
“The spa location is about natural forms of restoration and rejuvenation,” she said.
The new spa will be Hagensen’s second location; her first, at 800 Franklin St., has seen a rise in business during the pandemic. She was considering moving the entire business into the new hotel location, but with the growing customer volume, it made more sense to open it as a second location, she said.
The original location offers a greater variety of services, including mental health, nutrition, naturopathic medicine, corporate wellness, health coaching, fitness and yoga.
Vancouver Wellness Studio has 13 employees and seeks to hire an additional five with the expansion into the new 1,500-square-foot spa, which will be accessible from both the hotel lobby and the exterior.
“The hotel will be a vibrant gathering place for our community and a premier destination for those visiting the Pacific Northwest, and we believe this new partnership speaks directly to the types of offerings that consumers are seeking,” said Rick Takach, chairman and CEO of Vesta Hospitality, the hotel’s developer.
The spa will be the only retail tenant in the hotel, which also offers a large bar called the AC Lounge, featuring a tapas menu.
Platelet-rich plasma injections use patients’ own blood platelets to faster heal injured tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints. IV therapy involves injecting fluid into the bloodstream to help with dehydration, a treatment growing in popularity for hangovers.
Fishing report for Washington Columbia River mainstem and tributaries, May 9-15
MAINSTEM COLUMBIA RIVER
Sec 1 (Bonneville) — 466 bank anglers kept 146 Chinook, 40 jacks and released 26 Chinook and four jacks; three boats/eight rods kept two Chinook, one jack and released two Chinook.
Sec 2 (Camas/Washougal) — 23 boats/43 rods kept two Chinook.
Sec 3 (Interstate 5 area) — Eight bank anglers had no catch; three boats/six rods kept one jack.
Sec 4 (Vancouver) — 70 bank anglers kept 13 Chinook, four jacks and released four Chinook and two steelhead; 84 boats/199 rods kept 24 Chinook, 10 jacks and released eight Chinook and four jacks.
Sec 5 (Woodland) — 25 bank anglers released one Chinook; 14 boats/38 rods kept five Chinook.
Sec 6 (Kalama) — 55 bank anglers kept three Chinook, two jacks and released one jack; 29 boats/76 rods kept 10 Chinook, four jacks and released two Chinook.
Sec 7 (Cowlitz) — Three boats/10 rods kept four Chinook and two jacks.
Sec 8 (Longview) — 30 bank anglers released one jack and one steelhead; 58 boats/137 rods kept 16 Chinook, seven jacks, one steelhead and released six Chinook and one jack.
Sec 9 (Cathlamet) — 10 bank anglers kept one jack; 10 boats/25 rods kept three Chinook.
Sec 10 (Cathlamet) — Three bank anglers had no catch; two boats/three rods had no catch.
Sec 9 (Cathlamet) — 28 boats/74 rods kept three legal and released three oversize sturgeon.
Sec 10 (Chinook/Deep River/Cathlamet) — 29 bank anglers had no catch; 121 boats/349 rods kept one legal and released seven sublegal and 10 oversize sturgeon.
COLUMBIA RIVER TRIBUTARIES
Cowlitz River from Interstate 5 Bridge downstream — Nine bank rods released one Chinook.
Cowlitz River above I-5 Bridge — Nine bank rods kept one steelhead and released one Chinook; one boat/one rod had no catch.
Kalama River — 45 bank rods kept three Chinook; 13 boats/32 rods kept 13 Chinook, one jack and released two Chinook.
Lewis River — Two bank rods had no catch; one boat/one rod released one Chinook and one steelhead.
Wind River — 12 bank rods had no catch; 168 boats/581 rods kept 229 Chinook, 20 jacks and released 13 Chinook.
Drano Lake — 72 bank rods kept three Chinook and one jack; 163 boats/492 rods kept 154 Chinook, six jacks and released 10 Chinook.
Klickitat River below Fisher Hill Bridge — 22 bank rods kept nine Chinook and one jack.Recent trout plants
South Lewis County Park Pond, May 12 — 4,800 rainbow, 2.40 fish per pound from Mossyrock Hatchery.
Pac-12 scraps football divisions moments after NCAA paves way
The Pac-12 announced Wednesday it was scrapping its divisional format for the upcoming football season moments after the NCAA Division I Council tossed out requirements that dictate how conferences can determine a champion.
The Pac-12 will now pair the teams with the highest conference winning percentages in its title game after 11 seasons of matching winners of the North and South divisions.
Other conferences are expected to follow, most notably the 14-team Atlantic Coast Conference. The ACC is looking to implement a new scheduling model as soon as 2023.
To have a conference title game, NCAA rules previously required leagues to split into divisions if they could not play a full round-robin schedule. The 10-member Big 12 wound up deciding to resume its title game even without divisions in part to raise the profile of the winner for playoff consideration.
That was clearly on the minds of Pac-12 executives, too.
“Our goal is to place our two best teams in our Pac-12 football championship game, which we believe will provide our conference with the best opportunity to optimize CFP invitations and ultimately win national championships,” Pac-12 Commissioner George Kliavkoff said. “Today’s decision is an important step towards that goal and immediately increases both fan interest in, and the media value of, our football championship game.”
The D-I Council also approved a Football Oversight Committee recommendation meant to aid with roster management, lifting the yearly scholarship cap of 25.
While the maximum of 25 so-called initial counters will be waived for the next two years, the overall scholarship limit of 85 per team in the Bowl Subdivision and 63 in the Championship Subdivision will remain in place. The change, backed by the American Football Coaches’ Association, is aimed at helping teams replenish rosters that have been thinned by transfers.
Still pending is a proposal to set designated periods when players can enter the transfer portal and be immediately eligible at a new school. Football coaches proposed two, multiweek dates, starting after the regular season in late fall and again after spring practices typically end in late April.
Because similar windows would likely be needed for other sports that proposal is being handled by the NCAA’s Division I transformation committee, which is expected to hand down recommendations this summer.
The Pac-12 said its the nine-game conference schedule based on divisions in place for this season will be unchanged, but models for future seasons will be reviewed.
The ACC is considering a 3-5-5 model for football scheduling that would have teams playing three opponents as permanent scheduling partners annually then rotating the other 10 teams over two seasons in the eight-game schedule (five one year, five the next).
The change addresses two issues with the current seven-team divisions and one permanent cross-over rival set-up: Conference members going years without playing each other and imbalanced divisions that have at times created lopsided matchups in the league title game.
Without divisions, a conference would be more likely to have its two most accomplished teams in its championship game and improve its chances of having a team or two selected to the College Football Playoff.
The Pac-12 noted that five of its 11 championship game matchups would have been different if the conference had matched its two best teams instead of division winners.
The Big Ten and Southeastern Conference are also considering future scheduling models and whether to stick with divisions.
The Big 12 is pondering a return to a divisional setup as it prepares to welcome four new members in 2023, which could increase the number of teams in the conference to 14, at least temporarily.
Texas and Oklahoma are set to leave the Big 12 after the 2024 season and join the Southeastern Conference. Incoming Big 12 members BYU, Cincinnati, Houston and UCF are expected to join the conference by 2023.
With Roe in doubt, some fear tech surveillance of pregnancy
PHILADELPHIA — When Chandler Jones realized she was pregnant during her junior year of college, she turned to a trusted source for information and advice.
“I couldn’t imagine before the internet, trying to navigate this,” said Jones, 26, who graduated Tuesday from the University of Baltimore School of Law. “I didn’t know if hospitals did abortions. I knew Planned Parenthood did abortions, but there were none near me. So I kind of just Googled.”
But with each search, Jones was being surreptitiously followed — by the phone apps and browsers that track us as we click away, capturing even our most sensitive health data.
Online searches. Period apps. Fitness trackers. Advice helplines. GPS. The often obscure companies collecting our health history and geolocation data may know more about us than we know ourselves.
For now, the information is mostly used to sell us things, like baby products targeted to pregnant women. But in a post-Roe world — if the Supreme Court upends the 1973 decision that legalized abortion, as a draft opinion suggests it may in the coming weeks — the data would become more valuable, and women more vulnerable.
Privacy experts fear that pregnancies could be surveilled and the data shared with police or sold to vigilantes.
“The value of these tools for law enforcement is for how they really get to peek into the soul,” said Cynthia Conti-Cook, a lawyer and technology fellow at the Ford Foundation. “It gives (them) the mental chatter inside our heads.”
HIPAA, HOTLINES, HEALTH HISTORIES
The digital trail only becomes clearer when we leave home, as location apps, security cameras, license plate readers and facial recognition software track our movements. The development of these tech tools has raced far ahead of the laws and regulations that might govern them.
And it’s not just women who should be concerned. The same tactics used to surveil pregnancies can be used by life insurance companies to set premiums, banks to approve loans and employers to weigh hiring decisions, experts said.
Or it could — and sometimes does — send women who experience miscarriages cheery ads on their would-be child’s birthday.
It’s all possible because HIPAA, the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, protects medical files at your doctor’s office but not the information that third-party apps and tech companies collect about you. Nor does HIPAA cover the health histories collected by non-medical “crisis pregnancy centers, ” which are run by anti-abortion groups. That means the information can be shared with, or sold to, almost anyone.
Jones contacted one such facility early in her Google search, before figuring out they did not offer abortions.
“The dangers of unfettered access to Americans’ personal data have never been more clear. Researching birth control online, updating a period-tracking app or bringing a phone to the doctor’s office could be used to track and prosecute women across the U.S.,” Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said last week.
For myriad reasons, both political and philosophical, data privacy laws in the U.S. have lagged far behind those adopted in Europe in 2018.
Until this month, anyone could buy a weekly trove of data on clients at more than 600 Planned Parenthood sites around the country for as little as $160, according to a recent Vice investigation that led one data broker to remove family planning centers from the customer “pattern” data it sells. The files included approximate patient addresses (down to the census block, derived from where their cellphones “sleep” at night), income brackets, time spent at the clinic, and the top places people stopped before and after their visits.
While the data did not identify patients by name, experts say that can often be pieced together, or de-anonymized, with a little sleuthing.
In Arkansas, a new law will require women seeking an abortion to first call a state hotline and hear about abortion alternatives. The hotline, set to debut next year, will cost the state nearly $5 million a year to operate. Critics fear it will be another way to track pregnant women, either by name or through an identifier number. Other states are considering similar legislation.
The widespread surveillance capabilities alarm privacy experts who fear what’s to come if Roe v. Wade is overturned. The Supreme Court is expected to issue its opinion by early July.
“A lot of people, where abortion is criminalized — because they have nowhere to go — are going to go online, and every step that they take (could) … be surveilled,” Conti-Cook said.
PUNISH WOMEN, DOCTORS OR FRIENDS?
Women of color like Jones, along with poor women and immigrants, could face the most dire consequences if Roe falls since they typically have less power and money to cover their tracks. They also tend to have more abortions, proportionally, perhaps because they have less access to health care, birth control and, in conservative states, schools with good sex education programs.
The leaked draft suggests the Supreme Court could be ready to let states ban or severely restrict abortion through civil or criminal penalties. More than half are poised to do so. Abortion foes have largely promised not to punish women themselves, but instead target their providers or people who help them access services.
“The penalties are for the doctor, not for the woman,” Republican state Rep. Jim Olsen of Oklahoma said last month of a new law that makes performing an abortion a felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
But abortion advocates say that remains to be seen.
“When abortion is criminalized, pregnancy outcomes are investigated,” said Tara Murtha, the communications director at the Women’s Law Project in Philadelphia, who recently co-authored a report on digital surveillance in the abortion sphere.
She wonders where the scrutiny would end. Prosecutors have already taken aim at women who use drugs during pregnancy, an issue Justice Clarence Thomas raised during the Supreme Court arguments in the case in December.
“Any adverse pregnancy outcome can turn the person who was pregnant into a suspect,” Murtha said.
STATE LIMITS, TECH STEPS, PERSONAL TIPS
A few states are starting to push back, setting limits on tech tools as the fight over consumer privacy intensifies.
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, through a legal settlement, stopped a Boston-based ad company from steering anti-abortion smartphone ads to women inside clinics there that offer abortion services, deeming it harassment. The firm had even proposed using the same “geofencing” tactics to send anti-abortion messages to high school students.
In Michigan, voters amended the state Constitution to prohibit police from searching someone’s data without a warrant. And in California, home to Silicon Valley, voters passed a sweeping digital privacy law that lets people see their data profiles and ask to have them deleted. The law took effect in 2020.
The concerns are mounting, and have forced Apple, Google and other tech giants to begin taking steps to rein in the sale of consumer data. That includes Apple’s launch last year of its App Tracking Transparency feature, which lets iPhone and iPad users block apps from tracking them.
Abortion rights activists, meanwhile, suggest women in conservative states leave their cellphones, smartwatches and other wearable devices at home when they seek reproductive health care, or at least turn off the location services. They should also closely examine the privacy policies of menstrual trackers and other health apps they use.
“There are things that people can do that can help mitigate their risk. Most people will not do them because they don’t know about it or it’s inconvenient,” said Nathan Freed Wessler, a deputy director with the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project. “There are very, very few people who have the savvy to do everything.”
Digital privacy was the last thing on Jones’s mind when she found herself pregnant. She was in crisis. She and her partner had ambitious career goals. After several days of searching, she found an appointment for an abortion in nearby Delaware. Fortunately, he had a car.
“When I was going through this, it was just survival mode,” said Jones, who took part in a march Saturday in downtown Baltimore to support abortion rights.
Besides, she said, she’s grown up in the Internet age, a world in which “all of my information is being sold constantly.”
But news of the leaked Supreme Court draft sparked discussions at her law school this month about privacy, including digital privacy in the era of Big Data.
“Literally, because I have my cell phone in my pocket, if I go to a CVS, they know I went to a CVS,” the soon-to-be lawyer said. “I think the privacy right is such a deeper issue in America (and one) that is being violated all the time.”
County that’s home to Portland elects first female sheriff
PORTLAND (AP) — Voters in Multnomah County, home to Portland have elected a female sheriff for the first time in history.
Current Undersheriff Nicole Morrisey O’Donnell, a 26-year veteran of the agency, handily won the top job with two-thirds of the vote and will replace Sheriff Mike Reese on Jan. 1. Reese could not run for reelection due to term limits.
Morrisey O’Donnell received key endorsements from Reese, former Oregon governors Barbara Roberts and Ted Kulongoski and the mayors of three cities that contract with the county for law enforcement services, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Wednesday.
Morrisey O’Donnell called the day a win for the community and “trailblazers everywhere.”
“I promise to work every day to reduce gun violence, bring compassionate solutions to the homelessness crisis, and collaborate with partners to make our community safer,” she said in a statement. “I know it’s a big task, and I’m honored and encouraged by your trust in me.”
Morrisey O’Donnell was hired by the sheriff’s office in 1996 as a corrections deputy and was appointed undersheriff in August, making her the first woman in Multnomah County to serve as second-in-command in the sheriff’s office. She previously led both the agency’s corrections and law enforcement divisions, overseeing public safety, river patrol and search and rescue operations, the newspaper reported.
She is certified as both a corrections and law enforcement officer.
Vancouver woman uninjured in crash that killed one
A Vancouver woman was uninjured in a fatal two-vehicle crash Tuesday morning in Tillamook County, Ore.
Oregon State Police troopers and emergency personnel responded at about 11 a.m. to a report of a crash on Miami Foley Road near New Miami River Road, according to an agency news release.
The preliminary investigation found that a southbound Honda 500 motorcycle, operated by Adam Taylor, 26, of Warrenton, Ore., crossed into the northbound lane and collided with a Ford pickup, driven by Jose Hernandez, 32, of Portland, troopers said.
Taylor was pronounced dead at the scene. Hernandez suffered minor injuries. His passenger, Rosalio Herrera Morelos, 54, of Vancouver, was not injured, according to the news release.
Speed and motorcycle inexperience are being investigated as contributing factors to the collision, troopers said.
Miami Foley Road was closed for several hours following the crash.
Oregon State Police was assisted by the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Garibaldi Fire, Tillamook Ambulance and Tillamook County Public Works.
Biden Invokes Defense Powers in a Bid to Ease Formula Shortage
The president invoked the Defense Production Act to boost supply and directed federal agencies to use Defense Department planes to speed shipments of formula from overseas.
Mayor Bruce Harrell announces search committee for Seattle’s next police chief
Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell has assembled a committee to search for a permanent police chief. Interim Chief Adrian Diaz is among the applicants.
Inslee Taps Former Judge to Lead New Agency Investigating Police Use of Deadly Force
Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed a former federal prosecutor and King County Superior Court judge to lead the new Office of Independent Investigations, which was formed by the Legislature to probe shootings by police statewide.
Roger Rogoff was recommended for the post after a national search by an advisory board of 11 people, chosen by Inslee last year, that included county prosecutors, police trainers, defense attorneys, police reformers, experienced investigators and the father of a victim of police violence.
Intent language passed with the measure said the office was needed to address "an outpouring of frustration, anger, and demand for change from many members of the public over the deaths of people of color resulting from encounters with police."
"The most recent deaths in the United States and within Washington are a call to lead our state to a new system for investigating deaths and other serious incidents involving law enforcement officers," the measure says.
The formation of the office is in its nascent stages, and Rogoff will be responsible for setting up and managing a series of regional teams — similar to the multiagency task forces that currently investigate incidents in which police use deadly force — that are composed of independent investigators who will present their findings to local prosecutors.
The current system involves teams of detectives from surrounding law enforcement agencies, often with ties to the involved officers' department, raising concerns about conflicts of interest.
It's rare for police officers to face charges for killing people. In addition to creating the Office of Independent Investigations, the Legislature has implemented significant reforms, including mandating de-escalation, requiring officers to intervene when a colleague acts inappropriately, and changing deadly force laws to make it easier to charge officers who act recklessly or negligently.
Four officers currently are facing homicide charges in Washington from incidents that occurred after the passage of I-940, a citizens' initiative that changed police deadly-force laws. Auburn officer Jeffrey Nelson is facing charges of second-degree murder and assault in the death of Jesse Sarey in May 2019, and Tacoma officers Christopher Burbank, Matthew Collins and Timothy Rankine are charged in the death of Manuel Ellis in March 2020. Burbank and Collins are facing second-degree murder charges; Rankine is charged with first-degree manslaughter.
Aside from a single Snohomish County deputy charged with manslaughter in 2009 — he was acquitted at trial — no officer in the state has been charged in connection with a police killing in 40 years.
The new office will be overseen by the governor's office, not the state attorney general, and will consist of regional teams of trained investigators who can respond to a deadly use of force within one hour to secure the scene and process evidence.
According to a release last year from Rep. Debra Entenman, the measure's sponsor, the office's staff "will be trained in the history of racism in policing, tribal sovereignty, implicit and explicit bias, intercultural competency, a racial equity lens, anti-racism, and undoing institutional racism."
According to Hector Castro, a spokesperson for the agency, no staff has yet been hired and some of Rogoff's first duties will include organizing the office and undertaking the hiring process.
The law establishing the office states that it will have jurisdiction to investigate any law enforcement use of deadly force that occurs after July 1, 2022, although Inslee has identified a number of deaths that occurred since the passage of I-940 that may be reviewed by the agency.
The agency will also focus on communicating with the families and communities of people who are killed.
Rogoff worked as a senior deputy prosecuting attorney for King County from 1993 to 2007, when he joined the U.S. Attorney's Office in Seattle, prosecuting both white collar and violent crimes. He was appointed to the King County Superior Court bench in 2014 and spent six years as a judge.
Inslee announced Rogoff's appointment at a news conference Wednesday.
Detainees at Northwest Immigration Detention Center on Hunger Strike Over COVID Concerns
Nine people detained at the Northwest ICE Processing Center in Tacoma have joined in a hunger strike to protest what they say are unclean conditions in the detention center amid worries about COVID spread, according to an advocacy organization that's been in touch with the protesters.
The strike began Friday, according to the group La Resistencia, at the fenced facility that is among the largest immigration detention centers in the U.S. The center has capacity for about 1,500 people held as they go through immigration-status proceedings.
The detention center is operated by the for-profit GEO Group in partnership with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The hunger strikers have asked for better cleaning of the facility and units, more nutritious food, better access to medical services and jobs that pay a minimum wage.
"Their demands show bad the environment is," said Maru Mora Villalpando of La Resistencia, a Washington organization led by undocumented people that advocates for the closing of the Northwest detention center. "They can't sleep, they aren't getting medical care, and combined with that, they are in the place 24-7. It's filthy."
In a statement, GEO said the company has taken steps to mitigate COVID risks through cleaning, social distancing and testing. In total, 396 COVID cases have been reported at the detention center among detainees throughout the pandemic, according to an ICE data dashboard that provides case numbers for its facilities.
GEO said its centers, including the Northwest detention center, have continual access to physicians, dentists and mental-health professionals.
"Ensuring the health and safety of all those entrusted to our care and our employees has always been our No. 1 priority," Christopher V. Ferreira, manager of corporate relations, said in an email.
Mora Villalpando said protesters reported being threatened by officers, though ICE disputes this, saying in a statement it "fully respects the rights of all people to voice their opinion without interference."
Per ICE's detention standards, any detainee who refuses food for 72 hours may be referred for medical evaluation, and may be isolated "when medical advisable" for monitoring. One protester, Mora Villalpando said, hasn't had contact with the outside group since he was taken into the medical unit for treatment. He had broken a molar while eating before the hunger strike began and has a toe infection, she said.
There have been several hunger strikes from immigrants detained at the center in recent years.
In 2017, as many as 750 people refused meals for multiple days. A 2020 watchdog report by the University of Washington's Center for Human Rights found the facility held people in solitary confinement on average more than any other ICE facility, and contended that it held people on hunger strikes in solitary confinement. A GEO group spokesperson said at the time that it strongly rejected the allegations.