TUALATIN, Ore. — Nik Raivio’s time with the Portland Trail Blazers was short but sweet.The former Mountain View High School standout was cut from the Blazers’ Summer League team on Saturday, Blazers assistant coach Kaleb Canales said.Raivio acknowledged that he was not surprised by the move. He received a last-minute invitation to the team’s training camp. He then attended with the understanding that it was very unlikely that he would be allowed to travel with the squad to Las Vegas for a five-game exhibition schedule that begins at 3 p.m. today against Houston.“This isn’t the end of anything,” Raivio, 24, said.The former University of Portland star practiced with the Blazers’ 15-player summer squad this week, going against Portland players with regular-season roster spots such as Jeff Pendergraph, Dante Cunningham and Luke Babbitt.“I have no doubt I can play with those guys,” Raivio said.Canales, who will coach the summer team, said Raivio has a bright future in professional basketball.“He’s got great basketball sense when he’s out there on the court,” said Canales, following a morning workout at the team’s practice facility. “I think he’s a very intelligent, smart player. … He can shoot the basketball.”The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Raivio was not drafted after playing three seasons at the UP, where he averaged 14.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists and led the Pilots in scoring each season.Canales said that the one area Raivio needs to improve is his ballhandling. But the main factor in the decision to cut Raivio was that the former UP star is still recovering from a right Achilles tendon injury he suffered in January.
Don’t ever tell anyone. No one will believe you. If you tell, I’ll hurt your family. If you tell, I’ll keep hurting you. It’ll always be our secret.When Erin Merryn was 6 years old, she was sexually abused by a friend’s uncle; when she was 11, she was raped by a cousin — an older boy she loved and trusted. She didn’t understand what was going on, but the messages of warning and secrecy came through loud and clear.On Wednesday Merryn, now a 26-year-old author and activist, came to the Hilton Vancouver Washington to speak out about her survival of childhood sexual abuse and the law that’s been passed in her honor in Illinois: Erin’s Law, mandating that age-appropriate sexual abuse education be developed for Illinois elementary schools.“I’m a very determined woman, and I won’t stop until it’s passed in all 50 states,” she said of Erin’s Law.The information needs to come from school, Merryn said, because it’s often family members who are doing the abusing. That was true in her case, and according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than 80 percent of children who are sexually abused are abused by a parent or relative.
Woodland residents who were already opposed to a proposed explosives storage plant moving to their neighborhood may have to pay for road improvements associated with the project.Cowlitz County does not have a Growth Management Act that would require a company like Northwest Energetic Services to pay for improvements to Butte Hill Road, County Commissioner Mike Karnofski informed residents during a meeting last week at Woodland High School.Northwest Energetics general manager Ed Coulter has indicated that his company does not plan to bankroll improvements, which could cost between $234,000 and $4.3 million. So either the county or local landowners will pay.Residents of Butte Hill, four miles east of Woodland, have repeatedly raised concerns that a truck carrying ammonium nitrate from the proposed plant could crash on the steep, winding road, contaminating water or sparking a wildfire.Northwest Energetic Services, based in Seal Rock, Ore., purchased more than 80 acres of land on Butte Hill from Woodland-based logger Craig Chilton and two other landowners last year. It hopes to consolidate two existing plants into one storage facility there. The company is awaiting the green light from Cowlitz County to apply for a building permit for the plant, with plans for a fall opening.
Referendum 74Preserve Marriage WashingtonWashington United for MarriageOLYMPIA — Supporters of gay marriage in Washington state said Monday that they raised more than $952,000 last month for the campaign to uphold the state’s new law, which is currently on hold pending the outcome of a November ballot measure.The announcement by Washington United for Marriage came a day before a deadline for initiative campaigns to file their monthly campaign finance reports with the state Public Disclosure Commission.“We want to continue this incredible momentum and ride this wave throughout summer to be competitive in the fall,” said Zach Silk, campaign manager for Washington United for Marriage. Silk said that his group expects to see a fundraising spike by opponents in the fall.“We can’t take anything for granted,” he said.Among the donations were $100,000 each from Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer and co-founder Bill Gates.Referendum 74 was certified for the ballot last month after gay marriage opponents turned in more than 240,000 signatures, far more than the minimum of 120,577 valid voter signatures required.The referendum seeks to overturn the law passed earlier this year allowing same-sex marriage in the state. That law was passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Chris Gregoire in February. The law was supposed to take effect June 7 but was put on hold once the signatures were turned in. R-74 asks voters to either vote “yes” to uphold the law, or “no” to overturn it.
Find complete coverage of the Feb. 3 that destroyed Crestline Elementary School, including photos, video and stories at columbian.com/news/crestline-fireDemolition of Crestline Elementary began Friday, signaling a new phase for the school, destroyed February in a three-alarm fire.Clearing the charred site is the next step in what promises to be an arduous process for the Evergreen school district, which wants to clear the site, collect an insurance claim and build a new school in short order.First things first: Thompson Bros. Excavating of Vancouver got started Friday clearing what’s expected to be 1,200 cubic yards — or 800 tons — of debris from the property. Contractors used heavymachinery to move rubble of the burnt-down school — twisted metal, copper wiring and bricks — into piles more than 20 feet high.The rest was sorted into bins to be transported for recycling.Joe Thompson, vice president of Thompson Bros., said the work will allow structural engineers hired by the district’s insurance company to take a closer look at the school’s foundation.“At this point, we’re protecting the floor until the insurance company comes back and does another inspection,” Thompson said.The school’s gymnasium and kitchen are all that remain standing, so they’ll be the focal points of the inspection.That inspection could ultimately play a role in determining how much the district receives from an insurance claim. The district has yet to put a price tag on what it would need to build a new school.
Twelve-year-old Quincy Tuttle was sentenced Thursday to two years in a juvenile detention facility for attempting to assault two boys Oct. 23 when he brought a handgun and ammunition to Vancouver’s Frontier Middle School.In an agreement with prosecutors, Tuttle pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of first-degree attempted assault and one count each of theft of a firearm, second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and possessing a dangerous weapon on school facilities. In exchange, Deputy Prosecutor Abbie Bartlett dismissed a charge of first-degree attempted murder.Superior Court Judge Scott Collier also sentenced Tuttle to serve two years of probation and 40 hours of community service and to pay restitution, which may include the cost of counseling for the two victims.Tuttle apologized Thursday for his actions, saying he wants to believe he wouldn’t have carried out his plan to shoot the two boys, who, along with Tuttle, were students at the school.Tuttle said, in a statement read by his attorney, John Lutgens, that he was in a “very dark and angry place” at the time of the incident and has been working on his anger issues with counselors in the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center.
What: Fitness club that offers resistance and cardiovascular workout machines, showers and locker rooms, tanning beds and hydro-massage beds in a no-frills (no day care and no instructors) atmosphere.Who: Taj Group LLC.When: Soft opening Friday; Grand opening, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday.Where: 9919 N.E. Hazel Dell Ave., Vancouver.Employees: 14.Membership fees: $10 to $20 per month.Web: www.planetfitness.comA new fitness center is opening in Hazel Dell.Planet Fitness will open its second Vancouver location on Friday at 9919 N.E. Hazel Dell Ave. in the Northgate Village Shopping Center, next to Grocery Outlet. The company’s first Clark County gym opened in 2011 in the Garrison Square retail center off East Mill Plain Boulevard and Garrison Road. The Hazel Dell location is the third for husband-and-wife business partners Kalpana and Octavio Lubrano, owners of Taj Group LLC, which bought the franchise rights to bring Planet Fitness to the Portland-Vancouver metro area. The Lubranos also own and operate a Planet Fitness facility in Portland’s Rockwood Plaza shopping complex at Southeast 182nd Avenue and Division Street. The Lubranos said they were approached by regulars at the Garrison Square gym who asked them to add a second Vancouver location. “Our current members wanted Planet Fitness to come north and we saw there was really a need for it,” said Kalpana Lubrano.Planet Fitness centers offer a no-frills workout atmosphere geared more toward general fitness and less on bodybuilding and power lifting. The new 17,000-square-foot gym will be equipped with nearly 100 cardio workout machines, including treadmills, elliptical, stair-climbers, arc trainers and stationary bikes. The gym also will feature the PF360 system, which is used by contestants on “The Biggest Loser,” a reality weight-loss show on NBC. The second runner-up from the show’s recent season, David Brown, who lost 222 pounds, will be at the new Hazel Dell Planet Fitness from noon to 8 p.m. Monday.
A Clark County jury found a Battle Ground man guilty of bashing his then-girlfriend and best friend in the heads with a hammer when he found them in bed together.The jury found Marcus Morrison, 31, guilty of two counts of first-degree attempted murder with egregious lack of remorse. The jury found Morrison not guilty of second-degree attempted murder charges. The finding of egregious lack of remorse allows Superior Court Judge Robert Lewis to sentence Morrison to time in excess of the state’s standard sentencing range.Jurors began deliberations at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday and continued before their verdict was announced about 11 a.m. Friday.“Justice prevailed,” said victim Rena Donnelly, Morrison’s ex-girlfriend. “I was nervous and scared. They were out for a long time.”Morrison’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.During the weeklong trial, prosecutors argued that Morrison intended to kill his best friend, Aaron Warner, and then-girlfriend, Donnelly, while they were sleeping at Warner’s house in Vancouver on Nov. 23.“If you hit someone with multiple blows to the head with a hammer, the intent is murder,” Deputy Prosecutor Luka Vitasovic said.Morrison’s defense attorney, Jeff Sowder, argued that Morrison acted in the heat of passion after seeing “his girl” in bed with his best friend.“If he intended to kill, why didn’t he keep pounding?” Sowder asked. The elements of attempted murder have not been proven, the defense attorney said.
An 88-year-old Salmon Creek man who drove away from his home on Friday was found safe in southern Oregon, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office reported Sunday morning. Don Allen Meisenbach drove to the Sutherlin Police Department, where he asked an officer for help, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. He was “in good spirits and appeared fine,” according to the news release, but as a precaution he was transported to Mercy Medical Hospital in Roseburg, Ore. Police made arrangements for Meisenbach to be reunited with his family and brought home. Meisenbach has “a developing memory condition” and left Friday with his wallet but not his hearing aids or his cell phone, according to the sheriff’s office.
Goa riverboats drive Delta Corp to 64% year-on-year gain Load More The Dragon Pearl Casino Hotel was first announced by Dragon Corp last year with funds to be raised by an initial coin offering (ICO) of its cryptocurrency, Dragon Coin, in November 2017. It was reported earlier this year that the ICO had raised US$407 million.However, any real progress on the casino project remains in limbo with little noise being heard from Dragon Corp executives in the months since.According to Brova Idea Chairman Milo Andric, negotiations between his company and Dragon Corp began in August 2017 but were hindered by constant changes to the contract and ongoing delays over initial payment.He also described an unusual circumstance at the opening ceremony of Dragon Coin on 22 September 2017 in Hong Kong.“They asked me to sign a contract during the event on stage but I refused, saying I could only sign a contract after seeing and reading it, so we signed a pro forma contract on the stage. Afterwards, they said they would provide the final contract but it never materialized,” Andric told Macau News Agency.Dragon Corp CEO Chakrit Ahmad told Reuters in Decmeber that the company had partnered with four junket operators who had committed US$265 million of the money raised in its ICO via private sale.He also explained that the company’s business model revolved around the use of blockchain technology in order to reduce costs associated with standard credit processes associated with Macau’s junkets. According to Dragon Corp’s plan, clients at The Dragon Pearl Casino Hotel would gamble using Dragon Coin.“We provide a better, more convenient and more cost-effective solution for them,” Ahmad said at the time.“If they want to exchange their winnings into flat currency and then carry it themselves, they are free to do so. But the likelihood is they will revert back to digital currencies.” RelatedPosts The company flagged to help develop and build Macau’s first floating hotel and casino – The Dragon Pearl Casino Hotel – has revealed that it never managed to sign a final contract for the ambitious project with operator Dragon Corp.As revealed by Macau News Agency this week, Norway’s Brova Idea AS, a company that specializes in floating structures, says it was contacted by Dragon Coin representatives to help build the proposed US$300 million floating casino but was forced to terminate any involvement in November 2017 after multiple false starts and failure to secure initial payment. VIDEO: Week in Review
Macau’s gaming revenue grew 12.5% year-on-year in June to MOP$22.49 billion, significantly below expectations of near 20% growth on the back of the recent dragon boat holiday and the opening of Morpheus at City of Dreams in mid-June.A number of analysts noted the significant deceleration in growth in recent months as a sign that the market is cooling, while others pointed to the Russia World Cup as having also kept some players away.However, Union Gaming’s Head of Asia Equity Research, Grant Govertsen, remains bullish, stating in a Monday note that “at this point we’re not concerned.“Keep in mind that Macau has bad weeks all the time and one bad week doesn’t make a trend,” he said, pointing to one of the toughest comps of the year as a major cause. “That June still grew 12.5% on top of a nearly +26% comp is impressive in its own right.“Further, we believe bad luck on VIP and premium mass at certain operators also played a part to the downside. We would also attribute some very small fraction of the miss to the World Cup, although we think this has only impacted a small sliver of players.”While some predicted the opening of Morpheus at City of Dreams on 15 June would boost revenue growth, Govertsen said such impact will take more time.“We’re not seeing the market-growing benefit from the most recent supply as it needs to be finished before it can begin ramping properly,” he said.“Put another way: without truly feeling the benefit of the newest supply and against a tough comp, we think the market is demonstrating its resilience with GDP+++ growth and would look for a rebound in growth rates as comps ease and as new supply begins to ramp more closely in line with historical trends later this year.” Macau’s lower-than-expected gross gaming revenue (GGR) in June has been felt around the world with the US share prices of Las Vegas Sands and Wynn Resorts falling to long-time lows on Monday.Las Vegas Sands, which operates five integrated resorts in Macau, saw its shares fall 6.7% to US$71.27 for a three-month low, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported, while Wynn Resorts fell 7.9% to US$154.14 – its lowest closing price in 2018. Load More RelatedPosts Wynn Resorts shares favored over Wynn Macau: analysts Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Wynn Resorts to undergo internal restructure as part of refinancing plan
Almost a third (32%) of workers do not take time off work when ill because of a heavy workload, according to research by group risk provider Canada Life Group Insurance.Its survey of 1,000 workers also found that 21% are concerned about the financial implications of taking time off work due to sickness.The research also found:89% have attended work when ill.13% of respondents do not feel secure enough in their job to have time off when ill, and a further 13% say that colleagues and senior members of staff make them feel guilty when they do stay at home.13% are worried co-workers will perceive them as lazy for taking time off for illness, and 10% feel co-workers would perceive them as weak or inconsiderate.80% would not take time off for stress-related illnesses, compared to 36% who would not take time off for a stomach virus and 49% for the flu.13% of respondents would only call in sick if they were hospitalised.Just 8% of respondents have access to an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) in their place of work, while 9% have a helpline or external organisation they can contact if they become ill for an extended period of time.Almost half (45%) are unaware if their organisation offers any sickness absence support and 16% say their employer does not provide any support.9% of respondents believe their health and wellbeing is their employer’s top priority, while 28% say a rehabilitation programme would provide them with peace of mind.Paul Avis, marketing director at Canada Life Group, said: “Presenteeism shows no sign of letting up in the UK workforce, suggesting employers need to do more to promote health and wellbeing in their organisation. Not only would this be beneficial to employees’ welfare, it would also benefit the business as a whole in the long run by improving productivity and preventing the spread of illness among co-workers.“Particularly concerning is the seemingly low value employees place on mental illnesses, with far too many willing to come into work while suffering from this.“At a time when recruitment and retention is increasingly crucial, ensuring employees feel valued and secure is a vital element to this. Employers should have a clear sickness absence system in place to assure employees they will not be penalised or face any recrimination for taking time off when they are genuinely unwell.”
Logistics organisation Hermes is facing legal action over its couriers’ employment status and entitlement to employment rights, such as holiday pay and the national minimum wage.The legal action started on Monday 30 April 2018, and has been brought by trade union GMB on behalf of eight couriers, currently labelled as ‘lifestyle couriers’ and treated as self-employed.The case will argue that couriers at Hermes should be classified as workers rather than independent, self-employed contractors. The couriers would then be entitled to employment rights that self-employed contractors do not have access to. This includes receiving holiday pay and the national minimum wage.Tim Roache, general secretary at GMB, said: “GMB’s courier members do a tough job, working long hours with unrealistic targets. They make a fortune for [organisations] like Hermes, the least they should be able to expect in return is the minimum wage and their hard fought rights at work.“[Organisations] like Hermes and Uber hide behind terms like ‘flexibility’ to wriggle out of treating the people who make them their money with the respect they deserve.“Guaranteed hours, holiday pay, sick pay, pension contributions are not privileges [organisations] can dish out when they fancy. They are the legal right of all UK workers, and that’s what we’re asking the courts to rule on.”Hermes was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.
Business campus Chiswick Park has launched its Summer on the Park 2019 event programme for the 9,000 people working from its West London-based site; this includes the creation of a sandy beach and outdoor film screenings.Running between Friday 24 May and Friday 13 September 2019, Summer on the Park will provide employees based at Chiswick Park with a variety of activities and events to participate in, to encourage them to take time away from their desks and enjoy the workplace environment. The majority of the events will take place between 12pm and 2pm, during employees’ lunch breaks.Summer on the Park 2019 will centre around Chiswick Park Island; between Monday 1 July and Friday 2 August 2019, the campus will transform into a sandy beach, providing a month of activities such as sports leagues and film screenings.Chiswick Park will operate a free film festival every Thursday evening in July from 6pm, using its outdoor screen. This will be available for both employees and members of the public. Employees can also attend an Urban Food Fest Market, available on Thursday 27 June, Thursday 1 August and Thursday 29 August 2019, which will offer employees a range of sweet and savoury foodstuffs.Summer on the Park also incorporates the site’s annual family fun day on Friday 26 July 2019 between 12pm and 5pm. This community event allows families to attend an afternoon of children’s activities, live entertainers and performers.The Summer on the Park 2019 programme will feature two wellbeing weeks; these will be held in May and August. Other themed events include Drive Time, Art on the Park, Adventure Land and Tech City.Around 67 organisations operate from Chiswick Park, including Danone, Discovery, Disney, QVC and Starbucks.Matt Coulson, chief executive officer at Chiswick Park Enjoy-Work, said: “Our events programme is created to add enjoyment to the working lives of our guests. We believe that the environment on the campus and the activities we offer help our guests refocus on their work and increase their productivity.“This year we are also looking at involving more of the local community into our Chiswick Park community with events such as the Urban Food Fest food markets and the film festival. It is going to be a great summer.”
The Department of Health and Social Care and the Cabinet Office have announced a consultation on potential changes to the National Health Service (NHS) pension scheme, with the aim of enabling senior doctors to work for longer without the fear of tax charges impacting their retirement savings.The new 50:50 pension option has been designed to allow high-earning senior clinicians to build their NHS pension pot gradually over the course of their career through steady contributions; this helps to avoid the significant tax charges that they currently face when saving for their retirement.The new option allows senior doctors to halve their pension contributions in exchange for halving the rate of their pension growth.The government has stated that pension tax charges discourage senior doctors from taking on extra work or additional shifts, cause them to question whether to remain in the NHS pension scheme, and lead to some taking early retirement; in 2018-2019, 57% of general practitioners (GPs) took early retirement, equating to 610 doctors, according to an independent review.Matt Hancock, health and social care secretary, said: “Each and every senior consultant, nurse or GP is crucial to the future of our NHS, yet we are losing too many of our most experienced people early because of frustrations over pensions.“We have listened to the concerns of hardworking staff across the country and are determined to find a solution that better supports our senior clinicians so we can continue to attract and keep the best people.“The reforms we are setting out will give clinicians greater flexibility to manage their pensions, have more control over their future and offer a deal that’s fair to doctors, taxpayers and the patients they care for.”The proposal forms part of NHS’ first People Plan, published on Monday 3 June 2019. The interim plan focuses on recruiting more staff, making the NHS a great place to work and supporting employees to deliver modern care.Steve Cameron, pensions director at Aegon added: “There has been growing disquiet among senior NHS staff about pension arrangements, with significant numbers incurring tax bills due to personal and employer contributions, or increases in pension entitlements, exceeding pensions tax allowances.“The total amount that can be saved in a pension was cut dramatically seven years ago and the experience of the NHS shows the new rules are now affecting the retirement plans not just of the super wealthy. The prospect of tax penalties on pensions contributions has been cited by many NHS staff as a reason for choosing to retire early, a situation which means a great deal of skill and expertise is leaving the healthcare profession earlier than it otherwise would.“We welcome the plans to address this situation by reforming the NHS scheme. Many private sector schemes allow individuals at risk of breaking pension allowances to swap pension contributions for increases in pay, and this should be made available to NHS employees. The alternative of granting special allowances just for NHS employees would have been unfair and would have further complicated the pensions tax system.”
CORAL GABLES, FLA. (WSVN) – Vice President Joe Biden is making a stop in South Florida.Biden will be at a Coral Gables fundraiser, Sunday, for Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.Schultz is up for re-election and is also fighting to remain as chairwoman of the Democaratic National Commitee.Bernie Sanders and his supporters have suggested that she was favoring Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
OVIEDO, Fla. (WSVN) — A Central Florida woman is recovering after, officials said, she was bitten by an alligator, Friday afternoon.The reportedly 10-foot long gator bit the 40-year-old woman’s arm as she waded through waist-high water in the Little Big Econ River in Oviedo. Fortunately, the reptile let go of her pretty quickly.One bicyclist from the area said the victim is lucky the attack wasn’t worse. “This is not a body of water that I would go swimming in. Not with gators like this here,” said Bobby Fishbough. “You’re risking your life. You’re taking a big chance because it’s you versus them.”Doctors said the victim suffered serious injuries to her arm but is expected to be OK.Florida Fish and Wildlife officials believe they’ve captured and euthanized the gator responsible for the attack.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A pedestrian was killed after being hit by a Tri-Rail train in Fort Lauderdale Monday afternoon.The southbound train struck the person, who may have been on a bike on Northwest 19th Street and 21st Avenue, between the Cypress Creek and Fort Lauderdale stations.The victim’s body was removed by police.Rail service between the stations has beenwas shut down as police investigates the scene. Tri-Rail officials said they used buses to transport passengers between the two stations while rail service was suspended in the area.For updates on service, visit Tri-Rail’s website.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
SOUTH MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews rushed a man to the hospital after, officials said, he crashed his motorcycle in South Miami-Dade, Saturday afternoon.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the crash along Card Sound Road.Officials said no other cars were involved.Investigators said the victim suffered significant injuries to his face. An off-duty paramedic and a physician were the first people who arrived at the scene to render aid.Crews transported the motorcyclist to Jackson South Community Hospital in critical condition.Please check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Browning: “The Kenai Fire Department assisted us with mutual aid, and we were able to send one crew from Soldotna over to Sport Lake. For a kitchen fire that started from cooking and was contained to the stove.” The first call came in at 3:29 p.m., for a residential fire off of Scout Lake Loop Rd. towards Sterling, near Forestner Ave.CES Chief Roy Browning: “We had two-story log home that when the fire crews got on scene they found fire throughout the first floor, extended to the second floor, and through to the attic.” As of 6:20 p.m., crews are still on scene. Browning says at this time the cause of the fire is unknown. At 3:57 p.m., CES received a separate fire call for a kitchen fire out near Sport Lake Road. CES crews responded with mutual aid assistance from the KFD. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Central Emergency Services responded to two separate residential fires this afternoon with mutual aid assistance from the Kenai Fire Department. According to Browning no occupants were in the home at the time of the fire. CES responded with 22 firefighters on scene with two engines, two tankers, and a ladder truck. During the time of the two fire calls CES crews received two additional medical calls that KFD assisted with and transported one individual to the hospital.