Hearing examiner recommends approval of Terminal 1 master plan

by DIwpBacon on May 26, 2017

Rendering courtesy of Port of Vancouver USA.

Hearing Examiner Sharon Rice has recommended the Vancouver City Council approve the Port of Vancouver USA’s Terminal 1 Waterfront Development master plan. Port staff and consultants NBBJ and BergerABAM worked for two years to gather input from the port’s commissioners, stakeholders and the public, develop the master plan and move it through the city’s approval and permitting processes.

Port representatives testified on the project at a May 4 public hearing, during which the hearing examiner had the opportunity to ask questions of port and city staff. The hearing examiner then reviewed the master plan to determine compliance with municipal code and city and state shoreline regulations. Rice verified that the project is in compliance and on May 23 issued her recommendation for City Council approval.

The City of Vancouver will hold a public hearing on the master plan at its June 19 City Council meeting. The hearing provides opportunity for public comment and may also include a City Council vote. If approved by City Council, construction on a new AC Hotel by Marriott, developed by Vesta Hospitality, could start in 2018.





Maestro Brotons leads VSO in thrilling season finale June 3 & 4

by DIwpBacon on May 26, 2017


The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra closes out its 2016-2017 season with the spectacular Symphony No. 2 by Aram Khachaturian and also welcomes award-winning pianist Sofya Melikyan to Skyview Concert Hall, performing Strauss’ celebrated Burleske For Piano and Orchestra.

Known as the Bell Symphony, Khachaturian’s masterwork is a powerful and poignant reminder of the horrors of the Nazi Regime during the Second World War and its impact on those throughout the world.

Concerts are Saturday, June 3, at 3 p.m., and Sunday, June 4, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 for reserved seats, and $37 for general admission. Seniors are $32, and students are $10. Skyview Concert Hall is at 1300 NW 139th, Vancouver.


Seven week writers workshop at Boomerang, register by June 2


Boomerang Fine Arts is hosting a seven week writers workshop beginning June 10. At “Imagery: Past & Present,” writers will learn how to create poems incorporating the concept of place by using memory, senses, pictures, and storytelling skills. These poems will demonstrate use of images to give a sense of a real or fictional place.

Writers will study poems that show careful craft by other writers who also write about place through images. Writers will craft poems full of images to take the reader to a new place. At the end of the class, each writer will complete a portfolio of poetry that reflects the skills learned in class. These poems will show improvements through workshops with professor and cohort, course texts, analyzing established authors’ poems, and participating in class discussions of assigned readings.

Workshop will take place over the course of seven Saturday afternoon sessions from 1 to 4 p.m., from June 10 through July 29. The cost is $189 per person. A $100 deposit reserves limited space in the workshop. To learn more and to register, click here. The deadline to register is June 2.


“Hot Summer Fun” at ilani June 1 to September 4


ilani has announced a series of promotions, entertainment, giveaways and more with the all new “Hot Summer Fun” program. Visitors to the new casino this summer will enjoy live music from well known bands, take home a free t-shirt, or maybe win a 2017 Ford Mustang.

To win the car, attendees collect virtual entries into the grand prize drawing each week of Hot Summer Fun, and earn additional entries for every visit, and every “status point” earned through September 2. The drawing takes place at Muze on Monday, September 4, at 8 p.m.

Additionally, ilani is giving away $5,000 of “Promo Play” every Thursday evening. Gamblers play their favorite slots and table games with a Momentum card for chances to win. One winner will be randomly selected every 15 minutes.

Featured musical performers in June include The Andy Stokes Band, Brewer’s Grade, Mantra Santana Tribute Show, and Cassadee Pope. To view the full entertainment calendar, visit


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News Briefs

  • The Daily Insider observes Memorial Day, will not publish May 29

    images-2To honor the men and women who have lost their lives while serving in the military, The Daily Insider will not publish on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29. Those looking for community opportunities to commemorate the day, can find a detailed list in The Columbian, here. The Daily Insider will resume publication on Tuesday, May 30. Have a safe and happy extended weekend.

  • Nonavo Pizza serves up small-batch ice cream


    This week Chef Joey Chmiko and partner Alder Suttles will add ice cream to Nonavo’s current menu of wood-fired pizzas and seasonal salads. Now, with more capacity to handle the flow, you can expect Nonavo’s ice cream, made from local farm eggs and milk, to be as carefully crafted as their pizza. Vanilla, Chocolate, Bay Leaf, Viridian Farms Strawberry, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Relevant Coffee are just a few of the flavors that have kicked off the program. Nonavo Pizza will donate 20% of all ice cream sales to nonprofits. Nonavo Pizza (pronounced: noh-NAH-voh) is located at 110 W Sixth St. in downtown Vancouver. Learn more at

  • PeaceHealth Southwest earns Medicaid bonus for quality

    whitedoveonblue_400x400PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center will receive more than $670,000 as a result of excellent overall scores in 13 key quality measures compiled through the Washington State Safety Net Assessment program. This state assessment collects and tabulates data for numerous patient safety metrics including hospital acquired infections, emergency room care, behavioral health treatment, obstetrics, and caregiver flu vaccination rates. Based on the results, hospitals can earn a Medicaid Quality Incentive. PeaceHealth Southwest earned top honors in four specific areas: Reducing colon surgical site infections, reducing falls with injury, enhancing behavioral health discharge instructions and implementing a more efficient emergency room protocol.

  • Community Foundation’s Annual Luncheon June 6

    logo-giving-out-loudThe Community Foundation for Southwest Washington is hosting its 2017 Annual Luncheon on Tuesday, June 6, at the Hilton Vancouver. A half-hour of networking will precede the formal program, which includes lunch and an awards presentation from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tickets to the non-fundraising event are $50 and are available at This year’s program, themed Giving Out Loud, will feature a few stories from local residents that were collected as part of the Community Foundation’s ongoing community storytelling project with the same name. For the original story, click here.

  • “I am Clark County” exhibit grand opening June 1

    18486361_10155119768896328_4187549481778054548_nJoin the Clark County Historical Museum (CCHM) Thursday, June 1, and Friday, June 2, for its newest exhibit, “I am Clark County,” developed by Public History students from WSU Vancouver. This exhibit features stories of place, community, and identity, including people with long family histories in Clark County, and more recent arrivals, from a variety of ancestral heritages. The First Thursday event, June 1, will begin with a moderated panel discussion comprised of “I am Clark County” exhibit participants. The First Friday event on June 2 will also showcase the exhibit with a facilitated poetry workshop in which visitors can explore their own “I am Clark County” identity. Admission from 5 to 9 p.m. on the First Friday of each month is waived. The facilitated poetry workshop will begin at 6:30 p.m. For more event information and questions, contact the museum at or 360-993-5679.

  • Oregon Historical Society Offers free admission May 27-29 in honor of John F. Kennedy’s 100th birthday

    JFK100cMonday, May 29, 2017, would have marked President John F. Kennedy’s 100th birthday. In honor of this milestone, and in celebration of the Oregon Historical Society’s (OHS) current exhibition “High Hopes: The Journey of John F. Kennedy,” admission is free Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 27 through Monday, May 29. This is the largest centennial exhibit outside of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Boston, and features more than 100 rare artifacts and manuscripts from the Mark Family Collection, the Shapell Manuscript Foundation, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, and the Oregon Historical Society collection. Click here for the original story.

  • County seeking young people to fill 10 volunteer positions on Youth Commission

    yhClark County Youth Commission is recruiting youths from all walks of life to fill 10 positions for the 2017-2018 program year. The commission is a group of 30 people ages 11 to 19 which serves as a voice for Clark County youth. It advises the Clark County Council, county departments and community organizations about how their work can affect young people. It identifies and takes action on youth concerns, educates the community about building strong youth-adult partnerships, and provides leadership opportunities for youth. For the original story, click here.

  • Call for volunteers for Independence Day at Fort Vancouver

    independence-day-logoThe Fort Vancouver National Trust seeks volunteers for Independence Day at Fort Vancouver presented by Bank of America, on Tuesday, July 4. Individuals, service organizations, corporate groups and all others are encouraged to volunteer to help at the gates, work at information booths, help at the first aid station, or be a parking lot attendant. Potential volunteers can fill out an application online at On the application, volunteers may request certain jobs and shifts. For questions, contact Natalie Hantho at 360-992-1804 or email Volunteer shifts are just a few hours long, after a short training session prior to event day. All volunteers receive a parking pass, volunteer T-shirt, and reusable water bottle.

  • Battle Ground Memorial Day Ceremony May 29

    ??????????Memorial Day ceremony to honor the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who lost their lives in service to the country will be held on Monday, May 29, at 11 a.m., at the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial located at Kiwanis Park, 422 SW Second Ave. in Battle Ground. Mayor Philip Johnson, U.S. Army, retired, will lead the ceremony.Thirty-one local sons who died in service, and whose names are engraved on the wall of the memorial, will be remembered and honored with a reading of their names. Click here for the full story.

  • Pearson Field hosts Open Cockpit Day May 27

    18402208_10155247447106777_687609730719789880_oAviation lovers and aspiring pilots of all ages are invited to Open Cockpit Day at Pearson Field on Saturday, May 27, sponsored by Blairco Heating, Inc. View historic planes up close, climb into the cockpit of vintage aircraft, and take a turn “flying” in the flight simulator lab at the Education Center. The event is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All activities are free. The Young Eagles Program of the Experimental Aircraft Association, Chapter 105 will sponsor free airplane rides for youth, ages eight through seventeen, with written permission from parents or guardians. Rides will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis, weather permitting. For the full story, click here.

  • Race to Remember – Memorial Day Race May 29

    BannerMemorialDayRace2017-1024x379The Race to Remember Memorial Day walk/run is this Monday, May 29. The race, which includes a half marathon, 10K, 5K and Honor Mile Walk, is an opportunity for the community to honor military heroes, past and present. Races all start at the Vancouver “Remembrance wall” on Columbia and Phil Arnold Way. Click here for the original story.

  • “History of Higher Education in Southwest Washington” on view at WSU Vancouver Library

    wsu-unit-social-badgeAn exhibition of photographs, ephemera and text, titled “The History of Higher Education in Southwest Washington: Controversies and Contributions,” is on display through June 30 at the Washington State University Vancouver Library. The exhibition highlights the initial promise of a state agricultural college in the 1860s, the struggle for a four-year college in the 1960s and the eventual attainment of a WSU campus in Vancouver. Contributing to “The History of Higher Education in Southwest Washington” are Clark College; Clark County Historical Museum; Evergreen State College Archives and Special Collections; Lower Columbia College Library; and WSU Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections. The exhibition is open to the public during library hours, and admission is free.

  • Vanport Mosaic Festival this weekend

    vanport-mosaic-program_cover.jpgThe second annual Vanport Mosaic Festival, with events scheduled throughout Memorial Day Weekend, offers activities for audiences of all ages. To honor the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the city of Vanport, the 2017 festival aims to engage Portlanders in an exploration of community histories around the themes of home, housing, migration, and displacement. In addition to workshops, guided tours, and engaging activities for families, the festival will present several theater productions and screenings at venues around North Portland. Through an exciting and diverse array of engaging events, the festival will honor the experiences of those who lived in Vanport during its short existence. For a complete list of all events, including workshops, tours, and ticket/RSVP information, go to

  • Memorial Day observance at Fort Vancouver May 29

    DSC_1007_1The Community Military Appreciation Committee will present Vancouver’s Memorial Day Observance Monday, May 29, at 11 a.m., at the Bandstand on the Fort Vancouver Parade Ground. Keynote speaker is Colonel Duke A. Pirak, the commander of the 142nd Fighter Wing, Oregon Air National Guard, Portland. The ceremony includes the dedication of the 80-foot reconstructed garrison flagstaff to honor American servicemen and women from Clark County who have given their lives in service of their country. Retired Army Colonel Larry J. Smith will be the Master of Ceremonies. For the full story, click here.

  • Journey Theater Arts Group presents Music Man Jr. now through May 28

    MM_program17_02_191_Based on Meredith Willson’s six-time-Tony-Award-winning musical comedy, The Music Man Junior features some of musical theatre’s most iconic songs and a story filled with wit, warmth and good old-fashioned romance. The Music Man Jr. is family entertainment at its best – a bold, brassy show that will have the whole town atwitter. Performances run through May 28, at Washburn Performing Arts Center at Washougal High School, 1201 39th St. Pre-sale adult tickets are $14. Youth and senior tickets are $10. Tickets for all performances will be $4 more at the door. For more information and tickets, visit