Significant win for Clark College faculty

first_imgVancouver, Wash.On the third day of their strike, 96 percent of the over 400 Clark College faculty voted to accept a new three-year contract that gives full-time faculty raises up to $11,064 a year and awards adjuncts, who are part-time teachers, equal status and similar pay raises as full-time teachers.The contract will prevent Clark College in Vancouver, Wash., from shifting course loads to lower-paid part-time faculty. Instead of being paid a flat rate for each credit hour, adjuncts will be making a salary that is 65 percent of the full-time rate, based on their course load, with raises of 7 percent over three years. The union will push for the 65 percent to continue to rise until it reaches at least 85 percent.This is the third successful strike by college faculty and adjuncts in the region. Portland Community College instructors won a contract in December that will pay adjuncts 70 percent of the full-time rate by Fall 2022. In June 2018, Washington’s Evergreen State College in Olympia won a similar contract for adjuncts.Suzanne Southerland, president of Clark College Association for Higher Education, at strike rally Jan. 13.The strike came after 15 months of negotiations by the union, Clark College Association of Higher Education, an affiliate of the Washington Education Association.“I see this as much bigger than just Clark College,” CCAHE President Suzanne Southerland told Northwest Labor Press. “It will influence other colleges, and ultimately the education that students are going to get.” (nwLaborPress.org, Jan. 17)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

3 injured after handling bobcat kittens they mistook for domestic kittens

first_imgCity of San Antonio Animal Care Services/Facebook(SAN ANTONIO, Texas) — Three people in Texas suffered minor injuries over the weekend after mistaking two bobcat kittens for domestic kittens and bringing them inside the house, according to local authorities. The kittens were found in an alleyway in San Antonio on Saturday, San Antonio Animal Care Services spokeswoman Lisa Norwood told ABC News. After the three acquaintances brought the kittens inside, they were bitten and scratched as they were trying to feed the bobcat kittens milk for domestic kittens, Norwood said.The trio had the bobcat kittens for about a day and a half before they realized they were not house cats, Norwood said. Once they noticed the bobbed tails and how robust the kittens were, they took the baby felines to animal care, Norwood said.The injuries they suffered were minor – bites to the hands – and did not require hospitalization, she said. On Monday, the bobcat kittens — one male and one female — were taken to Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation in Kendalia, Texas, the sanctuary’s founder and president, Lynn Cuny, told ABC News.Cuny warned would-be good Samaritans against tampering with wildlife, instructing them to “assume that everything’s fine,” leave the animals alone and call wildlife experts instead.“These kittens should have never been taken away from their mother,” who was likely hiding from the humans or hunting for food, Cuny said. Part of the problem, Cuny acknowledged, is that the kittens are “so cute” and it grabs the attentions of humans. The kittens are currently “doing fine” but are stressed out due to the drastic change in environment, Cuny said. It took them “several hours” to get used to being fed be humans, she said.Caregivers are hoping to reunite the kittens with their mother, but she has not been spotted around the San Antonio area, Cuny said.“The occurrence of bobcats in the city is decidedly rare,” she said, adding that they typically only get calls for bobcats in rural areas.  Releasing predators back into the wild is a challenge with predatory animals because they typically stay with the mother for up to two years, and she teaches them how to hunt, hide and take care of themselves, Cuny said.“They know they’re supposed to be with their mother,” Cuny said.In hopes of releasing them back to the wild, caregivers are attempting to handle the kittens as little as possible so they do not become “habituated to dealing with humans,” Cuny said. The kittens haven’t been named, and they are only being cared for “as much as they need.” They are also being housed in a protective area, where they can hear the sounds of nature, she said. The brother and sister bobcats are “alert and bonded to each other,” Cuny said.“They don’t separate,” she said. “They’re on top of each other all the time. That’s very comforting for them.”If caregivers cannot release the bobcats back in the wild, the kittens will live on the rescue center’s 212-acre sanctuary, Cuny said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Prep Sports Roundup: 4/22

first_imgApril 22, 2019 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 4/22 Boys Soccer Brad James Written by Non-Region SPANISH FORK, Utah-Tyler Hadley tripled and drove in 2 runs as North Sanpete scored 3 runs in the seventh to come from behind to beat American Leadership Academy 4-3 Monday in non-region baseball action. David Serba doubled in the win and Zane Tibbs earned the win on the mound. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBaseball DRAPER, Utah-Asaki Matsumoto, Avery Wade and Ismael Diarra each scored as the Wasatch Academy Tigers blanked Draper APA 3-0 in Region 17 boys soccer action Monday. Diego Ruiz Osorio earned the shutout for the Tigers in the win. Region 17 Tags: Asaki Matsumoto/Avery Wade/Diego Ruiz Osorio/Ismael Diarra/Wasatch Academy Tigers BEAVER, Utah-Ryker Albrecht homered and Crayton Hollingshead doubled, but it wasn’t enough as Lincoln County, Nevada topped Beaver 12-3 in non-region baseball action Monday. Kamdon Lewis hit 2 home runs and a double while driving in 6 runs for Lincoln County in the win.last_img read more