Morning Press: Vancouver man killed; COVID cases plummet; Fantasy Library; CEO of Murdock; Short term rental

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In case you missed them, here are some of our top stories of the week.

Police identify Vancouver man killed in shooting in Portland

The victim of a fatal shooting Saturday in the Lloyd District neighborhood of Portland was identified Wednesday as Jacob T. Dreyer, 38, of Vancouver.

North Ward officers were dispatched at 7:12 p.m. to report a shooting in a parking lot on the 1000 block of Northeast Second Avenue. Officers who arrived found Dreyer dead, the police office said in a news release. Dreyer’s family has been notified of his death.

Clark County’s COVID-19 case rate continues to decline

Clark County reported a further drop in its COVID-19 activity rate this week as the omicron surge comes to an end.

The COVID-19 activity rate, which measures new cases per 100,000 people over 14 days, fell from 527.4 per 100,000 last week to 267.4 on Thursday. Anything over 200 is considered high by health officials.

Clark County kids can get free books from the Imagination Library

Clark County children ages 5 and under will be able to receive free books in the mail each month, thanks to bipartisan legislation recently passed by the State House and Senate.

House Bill 2068, sponsored by State Representative Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver, and co-sponsored by State Representative Peter Abbarno, R-Centralia, expands the state program to all 39 counties in Washington.

MJ Murdock Charitable Trust announces new CEO

The Vancouver-based MJ Murdock Charitable Trust announced Wednesday that Romanita Hairston will join the private foundation as its fifth CEO and executive director.

Steve Moore, the foundation’s current CEO who has held the position for 16 years, has announced his expected retirement in June 2021.

Hairston will officially join the organization in July. She will be the first woman and first person of color to lead the longtime organization, founded in 1975 by the estate of Melvin Jack Murdock, philanthropist, investor and co-founder of Tektronix.

Short-term rental: Service or scourge?

Jon Day and Vicki Coles have two very different experiences with the short-term home rentals that Vancouver landlords offer on sites like Airbnb.

Day, who rents extra accommodation attached to his house, uses it to help pay the mortgage on his house, and he only rents it out when his friends or family aren’t visiting.

His neighbors are interested in doing the same and sometimes ask him for advice. He has nothing to complain about, he said.

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