Just the Facts: The Daily Insider comes to an end

This photo of Tony was part of an article titled “Just the Fax: Newsletter is delivering” published in The Columbian in 1993.


Tony Bacon began faxing the Daily Insider to local decision makers back in 1991. He described it as a “communication device where they could hear more about each other in a less filtered way.” The newsletter’s success was due completely to the heart, spirit, and charisma of its creator. Within a few years, the Insider went from a free, weekly fax, to a subscription-based online enterprise, to a free news service with advertisers.

When he passed in 2009, his wife, Nancy, was encouraged by friends and family to continue his legacy. Knowing that she was not the true community “insider” that Tony was, she attempted to keep the bones of his news service, but also make it something new.

Nancy’s Insider promoted everything that makes Clark County special: International speakers that come to WSU Vancouver, annual galas for the Humane Society, The Port of Vancouver and its evolving Terminal I, concerts from the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and happenings at the Fort, the Water Center and Clark College to name a few.

Closest to her heart are the organizations that help our community. The Insider shared information about the Free Clinic, RockSolid Teen Center, Council for the Homeless, YWCA Clark County, Children’s Center, Innovative Services, Fort Vancouver Regional Library, and countless others.

Today is the last day the Daily Insider will be published. The loss of primary advertisers has led Nancy to the decision to shut it down. We thank everyone for supporting Tony from the beginning, and for staying with the Insider when Nancy took the helm.


2018 State of the County Feb. 21

The Clark County Council invites the community to the 2018 State of the County at the Event Center at the Fairgrounds, 17402 NE Delfel Road, Ridgefield. The program is scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21. The venue was selected to honor this year’s 150th anniversary of the Clark County Fair.
Councilor Marc Boldt, chair of the county council, will present State of the County remarks prior to comments by councilors Jeanne E. Stewart of District 1, Julie Olson of District 2, John Blom of District 3 and Eileen Quiring of District 4. The State of the County event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Council members urge those attending to bring non-perishable food items or a financial donation for the Neighbors Helping Neighbors food bank in Ridgefield. The organization needs: canned meats, vegetables and fruit; peanut and other nut butters; fruit juice; cooking and olive oil; canned and dried beans; canned and boxed meals; pasta, rice cereal and corn meal; shelf-stable milk products; and spices and sauces.

A food drive has been a key part of the State of the County for nearly a decade. Donations at the event have supported the countywide network of 40 agencies that distributed food to more than 112,550 people last year. For those unable to attend, the program can be seen later on CVTV, Clark-Vancouver Television, Channels 21 and 23.


VSO’s Distinguished Speaker Series Feb. 23

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra announces its Second Annual Distinguished Speaker Series fundraising luncheon featuring special guest Maestro Salvador Brotons and internationally acclaimed Principal Trombonist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, David Rejano.

All Classical Portland Radio 89.9 FM’s Matt Rogers will lead the discussion that explores the positive impact music and other arts have in local populations, the relevance, roles and responsibilities of a cultural community and the importance of building arts-based neighborhoods.

“Maestro Brotons is in his 27th year as a Music Director and Conductor of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and we are thrilled to have this unique opportunity to learn from his experience of being a part of this great community for nearly three decades,” says VSO Executive Director, Igor Shakhman.

The event is Friday, Feb. 23, at 11:30 a.m., at Warehouse ’23, 100 Columbia St. Tickets are $75 per person. For more information, visit www.vancouversymphony.org or 360-735-7278.


Nominations sought for 2018 Marshall Leadership Awards












The Fort Vancouver National Trust is seeking nominations for the 2018 Marshall Adult Leadership Award and Marshall Youth Leadership Award. Both accolades honor candidates who emulate the leadership qualities and commitment to public service demonstrated by General George C. Marshall.

Each nominee for the Marshall Adult Leadership Award must be a resident of Clark County, 35 years of age or under and have completed a four-year college degree. Selection is based on demonstrated leadership ability, commitment to public service, academic achievement and potential for an ongoing active role in public service.

Each nominee for the Marshall Youth Leadership Award must be enrolled in high school (or home schooled) at the 12th grade level and a resident of Clark County. Selection is based on the nominee’s activities and projects demonstrating the values of General Marshall represented as one of America’s leaders.

Nominations for both awards are due in Friday, Feb. 16. For more information and nomination forms, visit fortvan.org/marshallawards.


Town Tabloids

Karen Livingston visits Out-A-Bounds.

Marilyn Roseburrough quit cold turkey.

Vancouver Fire Chief Joe Molina says the crew is excited.

News Briefs

Increased DUI enforcement on Super Bowl Sunday

On February 4, the Vancouver, Battle Ground and Washougal Police Departments, and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office will have additional officers enforcing DUI laws in an effort to keep drunk, drugged and high drivers off the road. Officers, who are also drug recognition experts, will be among those conducting these increased DUI patrols. Enforcement officers from the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board will also be participating. These additional DUI enforcements are possible thanks to a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, which covers the overtime costs for the additional officers, as well as high visibility marketing in support of Target Zero, Washington’s strategic roadmap for eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2030. The Vancouver Police Department wishes everyone a safe Super Bowl Sunday.


Port of Camas Commission Strategic and Capital Planning Retreat Feb. 23

The Port of Camas-Washougal has scheduled a special meeting and workshop to facilitate the Commission trategic and Capital Planning Retreat for Friday, Feb. 23. The events will be held at the Heathman Lodge located at 7801 NE Greenwood Dr., beginning at 9 a.m., and ending no later than 5 p.m. Commissioners will discuss immediate goals, potential port finance investment strategies, Steigerwald Commerce Center, Parker’s Landing, waterfront property development, future property development in Camas/Washougal, marina and airport and other discussion topics. This meeting/workshop is open to the public and public input is welcome.


Youth Commission seeks nominations for achievement awards

The 20th annual Youth Achievement Awards celebration is scheduled for Sunday, June 10, and nominations of youth ages 11 to 19 are being accepted. Up to 300 young people will receive awards. Coordinated by the Clark County Youth Commission under the guidance of Community Services, the award program recognizes youth who have demonstrated achievement in any of 13 categories. The categories are: arts, career development, citizenship, courage, education, empathy, environmental stewardship, family life, inspiration, leadership, personal achievement, sportsmanship; and tolerance. Anyone may submit nominations, and youth may nominate themselves. For more information and nomination forms visit https://www.clark.wa.gov/community-services/youth-achievement.


Save the Date: Lemony Snicket headlines 2018 Authors & Illustrators Dinner

The Fort Vancouver Regional Library (FVRL) Foundation has announced that Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket) will be the keynote speaker for its 2018 Authors & Illustrators Dinner & Silent Auction. Handler, who writes books under both Lemony Snicket and his real name, is best known for his wildly popular collection of A Series of Unfortunate Events books for tweens. The event will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Hilton Vancouver Washington. For information about sponsorships or making a donation, contact FVRL Foundation at 360-906-4700. More information about the foundation can be found at fvrlfoundation.org or facebook.com/fvrlfoundation.


Upward Bound invites community to open house Feb. 8

LNESC Upward Bound, a program sponsored by the educational arm of League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), will host an open house on Thursday, Feb. 8, at the Evergreen High School College Prep Center, 14300 NE 18th St. The event is from 9 a.m. to noon. Students, parents, extended family, and interested citizens are encouraged to attend to find out more about the program. The open house will provide prospective, interested students, families, and community members with program details and information on how to stay involved. For more information, contact Program Director Maria Cabrera at 360-604-3720 or mcabrera@lnesc.org.


New fire stations grand opening Feb. 3

The City of Vancouver recently completed construction of two new fire stations and the public is invited to a grand opening event on Saturday, Feb. 3. The celebration will start with an open house at Station 1 (2607 Main St.) between 10 a.m. to noon followed by a grand opening event and formal program at Station 2 (2106 Norris Rd.) from 1 to 3 p.m. The grand opening program, starting at 1 p.m., will feature remarks by Vancouver Fire Chief Joe Molina and Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle, a flag raising ceremony with the Vancouver Honor Guard and an official ribbon cutting. Station tours will be available at both locations. For more information, visit www.cityofvancouver.us.


Downtown Camas First Friday: “A Wedding Affair to Remember” Feb. 2

The Downtown Camas Association (DCA) has announced that for First Friday Feb. 2, they will host a wedding in Downtown Camas as part of  the February First Friday festivities. It will be a “Wedding Affair to Remember”. Nick Calais and Tami Weidert will say “I do” in front of friends and family, and the community is invited to the ceremony as well. The First Friday activities will all be wedding themed and will include a wedding show with local wedding vendors. For all the information and updates, visit http://downtowncamas.com/event/wedding-affair-remember.


Council urges county residents to complete freeway value pricing feasibility survey

The Clark County Council urges county residents to complete an online survey about the possibility of Oregon applying a toll on Interstate 5 and Interstate 205 to ease congestion in the Portland area. The Oregon Department of Transportation is conducting the Portland Area Value Pricing Feasibility Analysis and hosting an online open house through Monday, Feb. 5. Value pricing, also called congestion pricing, is a user fee system in which a higher price is set for driving on a specific road during more congested times of the day. To reach the survey directly, go to http://openhouse.oregondot.org/portland-metro-area-value-pricing-feasibility-analysis.


Lantern Tour at the Fort this Saturday

The “Lantern Tour: An Evening at the Fort” is a wonderful opportunity to experience the reconstructed Hudson’s Bay Company’s Fort Vancouver at night. As in past years, adults attending the program will carry their own candle lantern and tour with a Park Ranger through the reconstructed fort’s Counting House, Fur Store, Chief Factor’s House, Kitchen, and Bake House. The next tour is this Saturday, Feb. 3. Reservations for all lantern tours are required, and payment for the tour must be made at the time of reservation. Tourists meet at 7 p.m., at the entrance gate to the reconstructed Fort Vancouver, 1001 E Fifth St. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children.


Oregon Zoo hedgehog FuFu will give 6-week forecast Feb. 2

Punxsutawney Phil may hog most of the attention this time of year, but Oregon Zoo traditionalists say a young hedgehog known as FuFu is actually the one to watch. The spiny little creature will make her prediction Friday, Feb. 2, at 10 a.m.: Will it be an early spring this year, or should we hunker down for six more weeks of winter? Hedgehog Day festivities this year will take place near the zoo’s Nature Exploration Station, part of its award-winning new education center. According to records from StormFax Weather Almanac, Phil’s predictions have been correct about 39 percent of the time. Oregon Zoo hedgehogs have been slightly more successful with about a 53 percent accuracy rate.


The VSO offers trio of works by musical tour de force February 24 & 25

The VSO continues the 2017-2018 Season with thrilling compositions by “Three B’s: Brahms, Beethoven and Brotons” next month at Skyview Concert Hall.The program begins with Johannes Brahms’s Tragic Overture and concludes with Beethoven’s Eroica symphony. Before the intermission, David Rejano, principal trombonist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, will join the VSO in performing Maestro Brotons’ virtuosic Concerto for Trombone & Orchestra. Performances are Saturday, Feb. 24, at 3 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m., at Skyview Concert Hall, located at 1300 NW 139th St. in Vancouver. Tickets are available for this concert and all events at vancouversymphony.org or 360-735-7278.


Community invited to meet two finalists for county manager position Feb. 12

The Clark County Council invites residents to meet the two finalists for county manager during an open house from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, in the sixth-floor Hearing Room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St. The two finalists are Dan Chandler, assistant county administrator for Clackamas County, OR, and Randall Partington, administrator for Finney County, KS. Click here for the full story.


Clark County Sheriff’s Office hosts recruitment night Feb. 7

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office has immediate openings for the position of Enforcement Deputy Sheriff. The Sheriff’s Office is hosting a free informational workshop for those interested in pursuing a career as a Clark County Deputy Sheriff. Listen to presentations from current Clark County deputies, Sheriff’s Human Resources staff, and the Chief Civil Service Examiner about the application process from the initial testing to the final date of hire. The event is Wednesday, Feb. 7, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Public Safety Complex, 505 NW 179th St. in Ridgefield. For more information, call Sheriff’s Recruitment at 360-397-2176 or email sheriffrecruitment@clark.wa.gov.


Emily Schultz-McNeil’s show opens at Art on the Boulevard on First Friday Feb. 2

Art on the Boulevard will open “Listen to the Color,” the new solo show from Emily Schultz-McNeil, on Friday, Feb. 2. Her garden, her friends, the experiences she’s lived, and the Northwest landscape that she loves have all inspired the artist’s latest collection of oil paintings. The show will run through March 31. The First Friday reception from 5 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 2, is open to the public at no charge and includes complimentary light refreshments and a chance to meet the artist. Art on the Boulevard is located at 210 W Evergreen Blvd., Ste. 300.


Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour returns to Kiggins Feb. 2

The prestigious Banff Mountain Film Festival, held every fall in Alberta, Canada, is traveling the globe with stops in about 450 communities in 40 countries, including two nights in Vancouver. Films will be shown at Kiggins Theatre on Friday, Feb. 2 and Saturday, Feb. 3. Different films will be shown on each of the two nights. Tickets are $20 per night, or $36 for a two-night pass. For more information about the Banff Mountain Film Festival, visit www.banffmountainfestival.ca. Tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3070610.


Free Children’s Dental Health Day Feb. 3 at Clark College

The Clark College Dental Hygiene Program will hold a free children’s dental clinic on Saturday, Feb. 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will take place in the Firstenburg Dental Hygiene Education and Care Center in the Health Sciences Building on Clark’s main campus. Dental hygiene students from Clark College will provide care under the direct supervision of licensed dental hygienist and dentists. Services will include cleanings, sealants, x-rays, doctor’s exams, fluoride, and select emergency treatments for children ages 18 and under. Appointments can be scheduled by calling the Dental Hygiene Business Office at 360-992-2158.


WSU Vancouver to update its Master Plan Feb. 5

The public is invited to a Community Open House to learn about and give input to planned updates to WSU Vancouver’s Master Plan. The open house will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, in the Dengerink Administration Building, Room 129. Parking is available at meters and in the Blue Daily Pay lot for $3; $1.50 after 5 p.m. Proposed updates to WSU Vancouver’s Master Plan call for removing the WSU Extension research facility, and including Vancouver Public Schools’ iTech Preparatory and undergraduate student housing. As of today, the Master Plan only includes graduate student housing. Anyone who is interested in commenting who cannot attend the open house may visit https://events.vancouver.wsu.edu/master-plan-public-comment-form to leave feedback.