Metro News

Метро призывает лиц, планирующих вывезти мусор, подождать до марта или обратиться в альтернативные организации

С целью обеспечения более высокого уровня обслуживания на пунктах сбора и распределения мусора в Northwest Portland и городе Oregon City, Metro призывает тех, кто планирует очистить от мусора гаражи, подвалы, чердаки или привезти строительный или иной сухой мусор на пункт приёма и распределения Metro, подождать до пятницы 1 марта.

Metro pide a los clientes que traen sus propios desechos que esperen hasta marzo o que usen otras instalaciones

Para prestar mejor servicio a sus clientes en su estación de desechos en Northwest Portland y Oregon City, Metro pide a aquellos que estén pensando en limpiar sus garajes, sótanos, áticos o traer otros desechos secos que llevan ellos mismos a una estación de desechos, que esperen hasta el viernes 1º de marzo.

NYT Politics

White House Memo: Trump Follows Familiar Playbook When Confronted by a Loss: Distract and Digress
“So, I’m going to be signing a national emergency,” the president said, almost as an afterthought at the news conference whose purpose was ostensibly to announce that news.
News Analysis: Presidents Have Declared Dozens of Emergencies, but None Like Trump’s
In invoking emergency powers for an end run around Congress in building his border wall, President Trump violated a norm of presidential self-restraint.
Donald Smith, Who Produced ‘The Silent Scream,’ Dies at 94
His controversial anti-abortion documentary, professing to show a fetus expressing pain, became a formidable weapon for abortion opponents.
Trump’s Whirlwind News Conference: From North Korea to Ann Coulter
The event’s intent was to declare a national emergency to secure funding for a border wall, but President Trump shared his thoughts on a wide array of topics.
Some Republicans Were Against Executive Power on Immigration. Now They Aren’t.
President Trump declared a national emergency to unlock funds for a border wall that he couldn’t get from Congress. Those Republicans supporting the move didn’t approve when President Barack Obama used his executive power to act on immigration in 2014.
Air Force Defector to Iran Severely Damaged U.S. Intelligence Efforts, Ex-Officials Say
Monica Elfriede Witt had access to the names of double agents working for the American government and knew the workings of United States military operations across the Middle East.

Columbian Newspaper

Fire in Ridgefield destroys garage, multiple vehicles
Author: Jerzy Shedlock

Multiple vehicles, including two classic trucks, were destroyed in a garage fire late Friday morning in Ridgefield.

One crew with Clark County Fire & Rescue was dispatched around 11 a.m. to an area west of Interstate 205 and south of Lewis River when a caller reported seeing smoke. While en route, a second caller reported seeing heavy smoke, more than would be typical for a burn pile, Chief John Nohr said.

A third caller reported that their neighbor’s garage was on fire and provided an address on Northwest Pekin Ferry Drive, Nohr said.

The call was upgraded to a full response. Five engines, a ladder truck and three water tenders were deployed to the home.

The first crew to arrive came upon a large, detached garage engulfed in flames. The fire had already burned off the roof of the building and destroyed two trucks, motorcycles and an RV, Nohr said.

Firefighters focused on dousing a nearby house and a motor home parked in the driveway before shifting their attention to the garage. The fire had quickly burned the garage, and it was more important to prevent its spread to other property, the fire chief said.

Nohr estimated the garage was 40 by 60 feet. He said a lot of the homes in the area have detached garages.

Despite the building’s close proximity to the home, the fire went unnoticed by the homeowner for a fair amount of time. They reported hearing pops outside. On the first instance of hearing the noises, they thought it was a neighbor firing a gun, which sometimes happens. On the second instance, they decided to go investigate and found the garage up in flames.

The homeowner called 911, but others had already done so and firefighters were on their way, Nohr said.

Firefighters spent about a half-hour getting the blaze under control and remained at the scene for hours cleaning up the destruction.

The Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating.

Matured Gonzales a building block for Mariners
Author: JACK MAGRUDER, Associated Press

PEORIA, Ariz. — Left-hander Marco Gonzales is considered one of the Seattle Mariners’ building blocks after a breakout 2018 season, but he does not define his role in those terms.

He just wants to do his job and let the results speak for themselves.

“In my mind, it has always been that I have to earn everything that I get,” Gonzales said. “We’ll see where we are at when the season starts, but I am going to do everything I can to help us win games. Whatever you want to call that, that’s what I’ll be doing.”

Gonzales did it well a year ago, when he went 13-9 with a 4.00 ERA in 29 starts in his first full season with the Mariners after being acquired from St. Louis for outfielder Tyler O’Neil at the 2017 trade deadline.

Gonzales was among the best pitchers in the American League during a 10-week midseason stretch, when he was 9-6 with a 2.61 ERA in 12 starts beginning May 23.

After spending three weeks on the injured list with a neck strain in late August, he picked it up again, going 1-0 with a 1.74 ERA in four September starts.

Gonzales and Mike Leake are likely to follow Yusei Kikuchi in the Mariners’ rotation, although the two-game series against Oakland in Japan on March 20-21 could skew the alignment early in the season.

“Marco really matured as the season went along,” manager Scott Servais said. “He really took a step forward as the season progressed in understanding how to use all of his pitches. And then getting great results allowed him to get deeper in games.

“That was kind of the stumbling block when we first got Marco, could we get him through the lineup the third time? We challenged him early on. He wasn’t happy with some of the decisions I made, but he earned the right to go deep in games, and for a stretch there was awesome.”

Gonzales also excels at the finer points. He permitted only four stolen bases in nine attempts a year ago while using four pitches almost interchangeably, leading with a fastball.

He added a cut fastball last season, and he threw all four — four-seam fastball, cutter, changeup, curve — at least 22 percent of the time. That command can make for an uncomfortable at-bat.

“A guy like me who can locate all four, I think I need to be unpredictable and just have that good mix and be able to attack with each one,” Gonzales said. “That’s my goal. Those are the things I’m working on in a nutshell. That’s important to me.”

Gonzales averaged only 1.7 walks per nine innings in 2018, fourth behind Cleveland’s Corey Kluber, Houston’s Justin Verlander and teammate Leake in the league. He averaged 4 1/2 strikeouts for every walk, fifth in the league.

“If I’m going to get beat, if I’m going to get hit around, I’d rather be in the zone than putting guys on base,” Gonzales said. “I’m going to attack guys and see what they have and make them swing the bat.”

Servais believes in that approach.

“I think it is really important he just be Marco,” Servais said. “Be who you are. Don’t lose sight of what you do well.”

Gonzales, who missed the 2016 season after undergoing ligament replacement surgery in his left elbow, said the neck issue he suffered last season helped give him an awareness of what it takes to attack a full season.

“Just trying to make some adjustments at the end of the year and finish strong,” Gonzales said of his September success. “Having a little hiccup last year and having to bounce back will help me to endure another year.”