Port of Vancouver USA commissioners open national search for CEO
The Port of Vancouver USA Board of Commissioners voted 2-1 to direct staff to begin a national CEO search on October 1
. Todd Coleman
, stepped down in May after 15 years with the organization. The Board of Commissioners appointed Chief Financial and Administrative Officer Julianna Marler
as interim CEO while the port moves through the recruitment process. The decision was made after considering recommendations from Jones Strategic Consulting, and from port Director of Human Resources Jonathan Elder
. Factors in the decision-making process included internal talent, public sentiment, impacts to staff and uncertainty surrounding the process for Vancouver Energy. The Oct. 1 timeline will likely bring a new CEO on board in early 2017
. To learn more about the port, visit www.portvanusa.com.
CVTV to cover Seattle Seafair events July 30 and Aug. 7
Clark/Vancouver Television (CVTV) will air KIRO television coverage of Seattle Seafair events locally on CVTV Cable Channel 21 and online at www.cvtv.org. KIRO television, the CBS affiliate in Seattle, will provide live coverage of the Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 30, and the Albert Lee Cup Unlimited Hydroplane Race from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7. Clark/Vancouver Television is the local government, non-commercial cable access channel operated and funded by the City of Vancouver and Clark County.
City of Washougal gets clean audit for 2015
The Washington State Auditor’s Office issued Washougal a “clean” audit report – with no findings or management letters – after reviewing financial statements and compliance with state laws and internal policies and procedures for fiscal year 2015. The auditor reviewed payroll, procurement, disbursements, building permits, open public meeting minutes and the police department and found no reportable conditions. This is the fifth year in a row the city has not received any audit findings. This positive result is a huge compliment to the countless hours spent by staff to ensure that all funds were properly accounted for. To learn more about the City of Washougal, visit www.cityofwashougal.us.
2016 Keys to the City Aug. 5 through 14
The School of Piano Technology for the Blind’s 2016 Keys to the City program kicks off Friday, Aug. 5, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 14. Pianos will be placed in popular public gathering spots for a ten-day celebration of music and art. The pianos are available and accessible to all, from very beginning players to virtuosos. Keys to the City plays an important role in raising funding and awareness for the School of Piano Technology for the Blind. Dollars raised through the program assist the school in fulfilling its mission of providing life-changing training to blind and visually impaired students. Click here for the story.
Battle Ground Rotary’s Taste & Tunes July 30
The Battle Ground Rotary Club’s annual Tastes & Tunes fundraiser is this Saturday, July 30, at Alderbrook Park. The event features several local food trucks, wineries, breweries, artists of all kinds, and more. Musical guests include Meltdown, Echoes of Yasgurs, Drop Dead Red, and Amber Sweeney. Taste & Tunes runs from noon to 8 p.m. Admission is $15 in advance or $20 at the door and include five drink tickets. Additional tickets can be purchased for $1 each. Alderbrook Park is located at 24414 NE Westerholm Dr. in Brush Prairie. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit http://battlegroundrotary.org/. The event is also on Facebook here.
Career Fair at The Management Group Aug. 9
The Management Group (TMG) is hosting a career fair on Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 10 a.m to 2 p.m., at 7710 NE Vancouver Mall Dr. Anyone interested in an opportunity to have an on-the-spot interview with a member of TMG’s executive leadership team, or other management within the company, is welcome to attend. TMG is a full service property management company. Headquartered in Vancouver, TMG has a staff of 110, and manages over 14,000 residential units in Washington and Oregon. Candidates should be professional, enthusiastic, and enjoy challenges. Dress for an interview and bring resumes. For more information, click on the ad in the right column.
Empower Up announces closure, liquidation sale on now
Non-profit electronics reseller and recycler Empower Up will permanently close at the end of August 2016. Donations will be accepted through Saturday, July 30. After July 30, electronics donations may be dropped off at ReTails Thrift Store, the SW Washington Humane Society charity, in the same shopping center at 5000 E Fourth Plain Blvd. The organization decided to close in the face of a diminished market for recycled electronics components, and increased competition for refurbished computers. A liquidation sale runs now through Saturday, Aug. 27. Stock, furniture, and fixtures will be sold at greatly reduced prices. Learn more about the organization at www.empowerup.org.
Second annual Boat Show and Open House at Tidewater Cove Marina on now
Tidewater Cove Marina is inviting boat enthusiasts to its second annual Boat Show and Open House this weekend, beginning today, Thursday, July 28 and running through Sunday, July 31. The free, public event will be held at the marina, 5811 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. Visitors will find a large range of boats and cruisers. Tidewater Cove Marina is protected by a rock jetty up river and a 14′ concrete breakwater to the south. It is a secured facility with gated, key card security access, and 24-hour video security. Boat Show hours are Thursday and Friday from noon to 8 p.m., Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on the marina and the boat show, visit www.tidewatercovemarina.com.
RTC meeting Aug. 2
The next Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council (RTC) Board of Directors meeting will be held at 4 p.m. this afternoon, Tuesday, Aug. 2, in the Sixth Floor Training Room of the Clark County Public Service Center, 1200 Franklin St. in Vancouver. Copies of the agenda are available here. Materials will also be available at the meeting. For more information, contact the RTC at email@example.com or visit www.rtc.wa.gov and click on “Board of Directors” under the “Information” tab.
Put emergency kits to the test with the AMC’s Camp Prepare! Aug. 6
The community is invited to camp out on the night of Saturday, Aug. 6, using only the contents of their disaster preparedness kits to test readiness for a disaster. Camp Prepare! is a region-wide, coordinated camping event presented by the American Red Cross. Participants can spend the nigth at a campground or in their own back yard. Common items used for camping such as water, canned food, flashlights, extra batteries and first aid supplies are just a few of the items that should be in a disaster preparedness kit. While the Red Cross recommends at least a three-day supply of food and water, larger disasters, like a Cascadia earthquake may require supplies for several weeks.
VPS educator takes national leadership position for digital transformation
Current Chief Digital Officer Mark Ray recently earned a position as future ready librarians lead with the Alliance for Excellent Education in Washington, DC. The position supports the national Future Ready initiative to connect school libraries and librarians to innovative instructional practices. Ray will work half-time in this position. Ray will continue with VPS half-time as chief digital officer until Jan. 30, 2017. Click here for the full story.
Discover the history of your building, home, or property Aug. 13
The Clark County Historical Museum (CCHM) is hosting a workshop on how to uncover the history behind your building, home, or property on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the museum, 1511 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. Curator Brad Richardson will provide resources while leading the workshop. Clark County residents will learn how to trace their history and find information such as who lived in their house or who worked on their property. Tickets are $15; $10 for CCHM members. Space is limited. Contact CCHM at 360-993-5679 or email firstname.lastname@example.org email to hold your spot. Tickets may also be purchased online at http://www.cchmuseum.org/property-workshop/.
National Night Out at Kiwanis Park Aug. 2
On Tuesday, Aug. 2, Prevent Together: Battle Ground Prevention Alliance, in partnership with the City of Battle Ground, Battle Ground Police Department and Fire District #3, is again hosting National Night Out. From 6 to 8 p.m. families are invited to Kiwanis Park, 422 SW Second Ave. National Night Out is a community-building event to bring families, neighborhoods and community partners together to make neighborhoods better, safer places to live. This free event is focused on fun learning and prevention activities like CPR training, tobacco prevention, personal preparedness for emergencies and home fires, live music by the NW Rock Academy Youth Band, Zumba classes, fingerprinting kits, face painting, popcorn, and prizes.
Three Days of Aloha returns to Esther Short Park kicks off today
The Ke Kukui Foundation presents 3 Days of Aloha, July 28 to 30. Festivities fill all three days and culminate on Saturday, July 30, at Ester Short Park from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Ho`ike and Hawaiian Festival. Events on Thursday, July 28, and Friday, July 29, take place on the campus of Clark College. Highlights include an Aloha 5K Fun Run, a Hapa Haole Hula Competion, keiki (kids) activities, arts and crafts, cultural demonstrations, delicious food, and more. For a full list of activities, go to http://hawaiianfestivalpnw.com/#HHHC.
Clark County Fire District 6 holds meetings to share information on EMS levy renewal
Clark County Fire District 6 is holding a second public meeting to share information about its levy renewal for Emergency Medical Service that is on the August 2 Primary Election ballot. As of the end of June, EMS accounted for almost 79 percent of all emergencies for the fire district. Fire District 6 is asking voters to renew the EMS levy at the same amount of 45 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. That means the average homeowner would continue to pay $9.38 per month ($112.50 per year) for a 24-hour paramedic response. The meetings is at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 30
, at Fire District Headquarters, 8800 NE Hazel Dell Ave. For more information, visit www.ccfd6.org
Satisfy Your Senses fundraiser for FVRL Foundation July 29 – 31
Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar will host the fourth annual Satisfy Your Senses art show and sale July 29 through 31. The beneficiary of this year’s event is the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation. Featured artists are Phyllis Flury, Jeanette French, Kathleen Hovis, Bonnie Junell, Edi Olson, and Kathii Wiebe. The event opens Friday night with a spotlight reception where attendees can meet the artists and enjoy wine flights for sale from Confluence Vineyard and Winery, appetizers provided by Latte Da, and music by Justin Little. Click here for original story.