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Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Barnett suspends campaign, endorses Brandon Vick
Shannon Barnett endorses Brandon Vick as he ends his own bid to win the Republican nomination for the State House of Representatives, 18th Legislative District, Position #1.
"This has been an agonizing decision for me and my family," Barnett said Tuesday. "Together we have decided that for personal reasons I must withdraw from the race. I have looked at all the other candidates running for the Republican nomination and I have decided to endorse Brandon Vick. I believe Mr. Vick has the integrity and core values necessary to represent the 18th District. I have also encouraged all of my staff, volunteers and campaign supporters to assist him with his campaign to be your next representative."
Writer Heidi Durrow to deliver Clark College commencement address
Award-winning writer Heidi W. Durrow will be the keynote speaker at Clark Collegeís 2010 commencement ceremony. The commencement ceremony begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, at the Sleep Country USA Amphitheater (formerly the Amphitheater at Clark County), 17200 NE Delfel Road, Ridgefield. The event is free and open to the public.
During the 2009-2010 academic year, 1,305 men and women have earned degrees and certificates from Clark College. Approximately 390 graduates are expected to take part in the commencement ceremony. Clark is the second largest community-technical college in the state of Washington.
Durrow is a graduate of Stanford, Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism and Yale Law School. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Durrow has worked as a corporate litigator and as a consultant to the National Football League and National Basketball Association.
She is the co-host of the award-winning weekly podcast Mixed Chicks Chat. She received writer Barbara Kingsolver's 2008 Bellwether Prize for Literature of Social Change for The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, her first novel.
Information about Durrow is available at http://heidiwdurrow.com/.
Northwest Author to Read from Newest Book of Essays
Acclaimed nature writer Robin Cody will read from his newest collection of essays Thursday, May 20.
In his book, Another Way the River Has: Taut True Tales from the Northwest, Cody writes about time spent leisurely navigating the areaís changing rivers and streams. The book is Codyís first in 13 years, and features two dozen stories, some of which have previously appeared in The Oregonian and other local publications.
In an April 10 review for The Oregonian, Peter Sleeth called the collection "a homecoming to a place millions of us share."
Guests are invited to the free reading beginning at 6:30 p.m. at The Water Resources Education Center, located at 4600 SE Columbia Way.
The event is sponsored by the Vancouver Watersheds Council, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing together and engaging the community to protect and enhance the natural environment of Vancouver watersheds.
For more information, contact Gary Bock at 360-356-4130.
ESD 112 Partnership starts college prep in sixth grade
Southwest Washington Child Care Consortium (SWCCC) and Northwest
Service Academy, both programs of Educational Service District 112,
in partnership with Vancouver Public Schools, will receive $147,900
over three years to institute an after-school college readiness
program for sixth graders at McLoughlin Middle School.
Another grant partner, Northwest Service Academy, will provide
AmeriCorps service members to work with students through the club,
providing support through tutoring, mentoring, planning field trips,
engaging guest speakers, and coordinating volunteers, among other
project begins in August 2010 and will continue through July 2013.
Lawmaker appointed to transportation group
Rep. Jim Moeller
State Rep. Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver, 49th Legislative District, was recently appointed to the National Governors Association Transportation Academy on Best Practices.
Washington was one of five states last month selected by the Governors Association to participate in the NGA Policy Academy. The group is charged with finding new ways to implement land-use and transportation planning.
A former Vancouver city councilman, Moeller is the Deputy Speaker Pro Tempore of the Washington State House of Representatives. He is a member of the House Transportation Committee and the House Rules Committee, and several other legislative panels.
"The goal isnít to throw together yet another study-on-governance report and stuff it into an attractive binder and have folks proudly display said report in their bookshelves, and then promptly forget all about it," Moeller said when the appointment was announced this week. "We want to identify strategies that unite various levels of the transportation and land-use decision-making process."
Moeller will be working with representatives from the governorís office, the Washington State Departments of Commerce and Transportation, and other regional and state organizations.
Council for the Homeless seeking award nominees
The Council for the Homeless is seeking nominees for its 11th annual Hope & Action Recognition Awards. The awards recognize people who advocate, support, volunteer, or partner to end homelessness. A one-page nomination form is available at www.icfth.com or by calling (360) 993-9561. Nominations are due by Saturday, May 29, 2010. Award winners are notified in July and awards are presented at the Council for the Homeless Hope & Action Recognition Luncheon on Friday, Sept. 24, at the Hilton Vancouver Washington.
The Council for the Homeless is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization created in 1989 by local government and the Vancouver Housing Authority. Its charge is to mobilize our community to end homelessness.
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