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Dean withdraws from the 18th district race

Today, candidate Bob Dean withdrew from the 18th District legislative race for the Washington State House of Representatives.

"I am simply acknowledging the political realities at this time and want to ensure that we retain the Republican seat in the 18th District," he said in a written statement Monday.

Dean is endorsing Ann Rivers for the position. ďI have the greatest respect for all of the Republican candidates in this race, but Ann Rivers offers the most life experience and experience in Olympia,Ē he said. Rep. Jaime Herrera, R-Camas, currently serves the 18th District in Position 1. Herrera is running to replace U.S. Rep. Brian Baird in Congress.

Clark College Foundation selects CFO

Daniel J. Rogers

Daniel J. Rogers, CPA, an accounting professional with nonprofit audit experience, is the new chief financial officer at the Clark College Foundation.

Prior to joining the organization, Rogers worked for the Moss Adams firm as an audit manager. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in both Washington and Oregon. The Washougal, Wash., resident is especially familiar with the Clark College Foundation as he has worked on the foundationís audit for the past seven years.

"Itís great to come back and work with my alma mater," said Rogers. "Also, I was familiar with the foundationís financial operations from an independent auditor standpoint, and I knew that their management was sound and highly regarded. I very much wanted to be part of the foundation team."

Established in 1973, the Clark College Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt public charity. It serves as the fundraising arm of Clark College to support student access to educational programs and services.

TC2 summit to focus on substance abuse prevention

The Community Meth Action Team (CMAT), in collaboration with Clark College Addiction Counseling Education Students (ACES) and the PREVENT! coalition, is hosting a county-wide summit for youth interested in substance abuse prevention, called "TC2-Teens Care Too!" The summit, funded in part by the Washington State Department of Commerce-Community Mobilization and the Washington State Meth Initiative, will celebrate the work that youth in Clark County are already doing, build their skills, and provide a venue for youth's voices to be heard.

The summit is from 1 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, March 14, at Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way in Vancouver. For more information, contact Toni Eby at 360-608-3032 or Toni.eby@clark.wa.gov.

Mount St. Helens Institute honored

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The Mount St. Helens Institute was awarded the 2010 Evergreen Award April 29 at the Washington State Nonprofit Conference along with Discover Your Northwest, Swift Community Action Team, and Skamania County Chamber of Commerce. The four organizations were recognized jointly for their collaborative work to reopen the Pine Creek Information Station on the south side of Mount St. Helens.

Concerned about the closure, the Mount St. Helens Institute, Discover Your Northwest, Swift Community Action Team, and Skamania County Chamber of Commerce worked together to reopen the Pine Creek Information Station. Further collaboration with the Forest Service, local county, sheriff, and fire district resulted in a fully operational Pine Creek Information Station through the 2009 recreational season. Over the 2009 summer, 18,000 visitors benefited from the station.

VSAA student donates art project to YWCA Clark County

Chelsea Murphy

Vancouver School of Arts and Academics student Chelsea Murphyís art project will be unveiled at a reception planned at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 19, at the YWCA Clark County, 3609 Main Street. Murphy is donating the piece, a 4-panel painting, to the organization. The project was part of Murphyís senior year core requirements.

Entitled Donít Worry, Be Happy, the piece consists of a progression of color, opposing arrows, and a confluence of color and symbolism.

YWCA Clark County's mission is to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. YWCA Clark County serves more than 10,000 people each year who are victims of domestic violence, homelessness, sexual assault, child abuse and neglect, and oppression, as well as youth in foster care and incarcerated women.

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News Briefs

  • To better prepare for the challenges ahead, the city of Vancouver is asking residents to participate, with a twist, in a "Community Views" meeting, starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 11. Residents will have two options for directly participating:  Come to the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, and be part of the full Community Views event. Watch Community Views live on CVTV Channel 23, or streamed online at www.cvtv.org, and participate using your computer's Internet connection or a "smart" web-enabled cell phone.

  • Gov. Chris Gregoire has directed that flags at all Washington state agency buildings be lowered to half-staff Tuesday, May 11, in memory of U.S. Army Master Sergeant Mark W. Coleman of Yelm. Coleman died earlier this week in Afghanistan when an improvised explosive device detonated near his unit.

  • Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation has released a new publication called the "Discovery Guide." The guide includes maps and offers information about free or low-cost parks and recreation in Clark County. The new guides are available for free at the following locations: Firstenburg Community Center, 700 N.E. 136th Ave.; Marshall Community Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd.; Vancouver Tennis Center, corner of 18th and Stapleton Road; Esther Short Building, 610 Esther St.; Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.

  • The Mount St. Helens Institute hosts its second annual "Itís a Blast: Volcano Science in Your Backyard" on Saturday, May 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Johnston Ridge Observatory in the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. With the volcano as a dramatic backdrop, this day of hands-on learning will include presentations by scientists, guided walks with experts, a kidís science discovery area, aquatics exploration and viewing of the new 2010 documentary Mount St. Helens: Life From Zero.

  • Is traffic too fast in your neighborhood? The City of Vancouver is offering three free "safe streets" clinics to teach the public about calming traffic on its way through their areas. The first is Tuesday, May 18, at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall. Visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/News.asp?submenuID=16578&Id=74049 for details.

  • The Clark County Board of Health is seeking applicants to fill a youth representative vacancy on the Clark County Public Health Advisory Council.  The vacancy is open to representatives of the Clark County Youth Commission and Clark County Youth House as well as students from local high schools and colleges. The panel focuses on public health issues. To be considered, applicants must submit a resume and/or letter of interest to Jennifer Clark, Board of County Commissioners, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA  98666-5000. The Board also will accept applications faxed to 360-397-6058 or emailed to jennifer.clark@clark.wa.gov. Deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, May 14. 

  • Tickets are still available for the Thursday, May 20 Marshall Lecture, featuring Jon Jarvis, director of the National Park Service. The Marshall Lecture is the cornerstone of the Fort Vancouver National Trustís Celebrate Freedom programs. This is a free public event, but tickets are required. The lecture is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Hudsonís Bay High School, 1206 East Reserve Street, Vancouver. Print free tickets on the Trustís website at www.FortVan.org/pages/Marshall_Lecture or call the Trust office at 360-992-1800.


  • Washington State University Vancouver will graduate 768 students at its 2010 commencement ceremony at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 15 at the Sleep Country Amphitheater. Bruce Romanish, vice chancellor of academic affairs will preside over the ceremony.  Scott Carson, alumnus, regent on the Washington State University Board of Regents, and retired Boeing executive, will be the keynote speaker. The Sleep Country Amphitheater is located at 17200 NE Delfel Road, Ridgefield. Parking and gates open at 11 a.m. The seating area opens at 11:30 a.m. Concessions will be available. Commencement is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.

  • The Friends of The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra present a lecture by Dr. Melissa Brotons, entitled "Music for Health and Education," on the different applications of music therapy, in education, medicine, mental health and gerontology. The lecture is at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 27, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Vancouver, 4505 E. 18th Street in Vancouver. A $10 donation per person is suggested. Proceeds from the event go to funding the symphony's concert season and music education programs in Southwest Washington. 

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