Previously: The county’s chief civil attorney tried to protect the county by telling the owners of the Yakima Bears they had to sign an exclusivity contract.What’s new: County commissioners decided not to sign the contract.What’s next: Commissioners are expected to approve the contract June 7.Rejecting the advice of their own attorney, county commissioners on Tuesday decided not to sign an exclusivity contract with the owners of the Yakima Bears.Clark County Chief Civil Deputy Prosecutor Bronson Potter drafted the agreement so the county would be protected from the owners trying to play them against -Yakima, which has made an effort to try to keep the team, or any other jurisdiction.Commissioners Marc Boldt and Steve Stuart seemed prepared to vote in favor of the contract. Once Commissioner Tom Mielke, who said he didn’t understand the rush to sign any type of contract, said he’s “more committed” to the neighbors who don’t want a stadium at Clark College than he is to the Yakima Bears, Boldt and Stuart backed off. They voted to set the matter over to 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 7. After the meeting, Mike McMurray, co-owner of the Bears, said the commissioners’ delay doesn’t affect his plans.“This really wasn’t our idea,” he said, referring to the exclusivity contract. “Our goal is to make something work here.”County commissioners meet at 10 a.m., except on the first Tuesday of the month, when they meet in the evening. Barbara Ford, an Arnada neighborhood resident, said Tuesday that commissioners should not be discussing baseball business in the morning when most people are at work.
Download AudioDemocratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich has conceded the Alaska Senate race to Republican Dan Sullivan.Begich called Sullivan to congratulate him Monday. He said he urged Sullivan “to adopt a bipartisan resolve in the Senate.”Sullivan led the one-term incumbent Begich by about 8,100 votes on election night Nov. 4, and maintained an edge as ballot counting continued.In a statement, Begich said he was proud of the work he accomplished, in areas including energy development, veterans’ health care and protecting postal service in Alaska.He said the state deserves a bright future with expanded economic opportunity and a strong, prosperous rural Alaska. He also said he supports equality for all Alaskans and the results of an election have never diminished his desire to achieve those goals.
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