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Fire District 6 stages mock crash

Fire District 6 firefighters on the scene of a mock crash

 At 9 a.m. Thursday morning, Fire District 6 participated in a mock drunk- driving crash at Columbia River High School. The simulated accident was meant to give students a first hand look at the dangers of drinking and driving.

Today's exercise involved Fire District 6, American Medical Response, and the Clark County Sheriff's Office.  Four students from Columbia River High School were victims.  Firefighter- paramedics used the Jaws of Life to pull accident victims, complete with fake blood, out of the vehicles.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 20 percent of teens involved in traffic crashes in 2006 were under the influence of alcohol. Automobile accidents are the top cause of death for teens in the United States.

The school’s prom is in two weeks.

Members of Lacamas Medical Group return from Haiti

Scott Jonason in Haiti

Lacamas Medical Group, with of support of the community and in conjunction with Project Helping Hands, raised enough money to send three people to Haiti.

In March, Scott Jonason, PA-C, Jenn Kauffman, MA, and Justine Mings, RN traveled to Haiti for two weeks. Another provider at the practice, Dr. Tan Pinney, also recently went to the Caribbean country on a service trip.

When the team arrived, they set up their first street clinic in one of the many tents cities that had popped up around the city following the earthquake.

They treated more than 1,000 patients. They also provided food and temporary shelter for families struggling to recover.

"Honestly, from the outside looking in, it looks like we barely scratched the surface. We had to take solace in the fact that we could only help those who were in front of us. And that we did," says Jonason.

On Monday, May 17, the Camas-Washougal Chamber of Commerce recognized Lacamas Medical Group, 2027 NW Sierra Lane in Camas, as its Local Business Feature. The CW Chamber recognizes two members per month for the "Business of the Week" program.

Lacamas Medical Group opened its doors in August of 2003. They offer family medicine, urgent care, occupational medicine, and gynecology

Award-winning coach to lead Clark women's soccer

Stan Rodigues

Stan Rodrigues, named 2009 co-coach of the year in the Pacific Conference of the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL), has been named coach of women’s soccer at Clark College.  He succeeds Troy Sletten, who served as coach for the past eight years. 

Since 2004, he has served as head coach for girls' varsity soccer at Franklin High School in Portland, Ore., and Century High School in Hillsboro, Ore.  He has also served as head coach for the Canby (Ore.) United Soccer Association.

Rodrigues and his wife, Andela, currently reside in Tigard, Ore., with their two sons, Vincent, 16, who plays for the Southridge High School soccer team, and Darian, 5.

During the past eight years, Clark’s women’s soccer teams have gone to the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) playoffs six times and competed in the quarterfinal round four times. 

iQ Credit Union awards scholarships 

iQ Credit Union has announced four recipients of its 2010 scholarship program honoring students pursuing undergraduate degrees or professional training. Each student receives $1,000 from the credit union.

iQ Credit Union’s 2010 scholarship recipients and their  categories include: Graduating High School Senior entering a four-year  college or university—Christine Sonners, College Student Working Towards a Baccalaureate  Degree, Daniel Tonkovich; Education Endorsement for Educators, Heidi Kleser, Wilber White Committee’s Choice, Kevin Curtis.

"These young adults deserve our congratulations for this accomplishment," said Roger Michaelis, chief executive officer, iQ Credit Union this week when the awards were announced. "We applaud their hard work and are pleased to support them as they pursue their scholastic ambitions."

Campaign Events

Rep. Jim Jacks (D-Vancouver) is kicking off his re-election campaign on Wednesday, May 26, at 5:30 p.m. at the Vancouver Firefighters' Local 452 Union Hall at 2807 Fruit Valley Road. A $35 donation is suggested, but all donations are welcome. Jacks is running to retain his position representing the 49th district in the Washington Legislature.

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News Briefs

  • Knowledge Bowl: Two Knowledge Bowl teams from Camas High School are headed for national competition and are collecting donations for the trip. The students will travel to Washington, D.C., the first week of June. The Camas Educational Foundation has set up an online donation page, https://cefcamas.ejoinme.org/MyPages/CopyofDonationPage/tabid/213971/Default.aspx.

  • Nominations: for the 11th annual Hope & Action Recognition Awards are due by Saturday, May 29, 2010, to the Council for the Homeless. 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


  • May 20: Vancouver Pizza, at 2219 Main Street in the Uptown Village neighborhood, is hosting the fourth annual “Tip the Principal” night to benefit Hough Elementary School. Principals Sean McMillan and Eva Unger will be on hand to toss pizza from 5 to 8 p.m. on tonight, Thursday, May 20. The restaurant will donate all of the tips earned by McMillan and Unger as well as 25 percent of food sales to the school. Take out and delivery orders are included as long as Hough is mentioned while ordering.

  • May 20: Acclaimed nature writer Robin Cody will read from his newest collection of essays at 6:30 p.m. tonight, Thursday, May 20. The reading is free at The Water Resources Education Center, located at 4600 SE Columbia Way. The event is sponsored by the Vancouver Watersheds Council. For more information, contact Gary Bock at 360-356-4130.

  • May 22: The opening of Fairgrounds Community Park will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the park, 216 N.W. 164th St., southwest of the Clark County Fairgrounds. Approximately 30 acres of the 88-acre community park were developed late last year. The park now features nearly one mile of trails, a large playground, two basketball half courts, two covered picnic shelters, additional uncovered picnic tables, restrooms and a parking lot.
  •  May 27: 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.

  • June 2: The Clark County Auditor’s Office is sponsoring a campaign workshop, "Winning Ways to Run for Office—A Candidate/Campaign Worker Workshop." The free workshop takes place on Wednesday, June 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Clark County Elections Office, 1408 Franklin, Vancouver, WA.  An informal reception will follow the program.

  • June 3: The First Citizen 2010 award ceremony honoring Royce Pollard is from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 3 at the Hilton Vancouver Washington. For more information, visit www.cfssw.org.

  • June 5: An all-you-can-eat breakfast, scheduled from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 5, at Fire Station 31 in Hockinson, will benefit the family of 9-year-old Luke Jensen. Jensen, the grandson of Chaplain Mike White, died of cancer on May 6. Individual tickets are $5 or $15 for a family.

  • June 14: The Fort Vancouver Library District board of trustees will meet beginning at 4 p.m. on Monday, June 14, at the Goldendale Community Library, 131 West Burgen, Goldendale. The board will hold an executive session at 4 p.m. and then have a regular meeting at 6 p.m.


Thursday on the air

Clark County Planning Commission (live)  6:25 p.m. CVTV 23

City/County Telecommunications Commission (5-5) — 11:30 p.m. CVTV 23

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County poised to toast new winery rules- Stephanie Rice, The Columbian

Vancouver Library set for June 2011 opening- Cami Joner, The Columbian

TriMet bus driver not indicted for hitting pedestrians, killing 2- The Columbian

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Peterson & Associates, P.S., Certified Public Accountants, 574-0644
Tax Advisors, PLLC, CPAs Property Tax/Cost Segregation 750-6884
Duggan Schlotfeldt & Welch PLLC, 699-1201
Miller Nash LLP. Steve Horenstein, 699-4771
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, Lisa Lowe, 694-7551
Bank of America, 696-5651
First Independent Bank, 699-4200
Riverview Community Bank, 834-6561
West Coast Bank, 695-3439
Boyd Coffee Company, Coffee, tea and food service solutions since 1900. (503) 666-4545
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HDJ Design Group, PLLC, Gregory P. Jellison P.E. 695-3488

Charitable Gift Planning

Daniel Lee PHD, CFRE, CFP, ChFC, CAP, Clark College Foundation, (360) 992-2542
Sarah Nevue, The Community Foundation, (360) 694-2550
Jean Rahn, SWMC Foundation, (360) 514-3670
Tom Bashwiner, FAHP, Director of Gift Planning, Fort Vancouver National Trust (360) 992-1815
Clutter Clearance and Downsizing
Simple & Clear, Jeff Williams, 254-5365
Cosmetic and Family Dentistry
Earl C. (Duke) Simpson, DDS, PS, 993-0300
Construction Management and Development
Andersen Construction Co., Inc. Bob Durgan, (503) 720-5234
RSV Construction, Ron Frederiksen, 693-8830
Credit Unions
iQ Credit Union, 992-4242
Killian Pacific LLC, 567-0625
Prestige Development, Elie Kassab, 993-0010
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Mackay & Sposito, Jon M. Yamashita, 695-3411
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O'Neill & Associates, Paula Johnson, 606-2961
Home and Small Business Computer Repair
Ryan Smith, 773-5789
surance Services
Keenan Insurance Services, Brandon M. Keenan, 213-1500
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Martel Wealth Advisors, Mark Martel CFP (360) 694-9940
Land Use, Natural Resources, Public Involvement, Engineering
BergerABAM, Helen Devery, 823.6100
Great Western Malting, Jay Hamecheck, director North American Business Development 

Port of Kalama, 360-673-2325

Port of Ridgefield, 360-887-3873

Public Involvement and Natural Resources
Normandeau Associates, Karen Ciocia and Kent Snyder, 694-2300
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Hunt Communications Tom Hunt, 693-8180
KMac & Associates LLC, Kathy McDonald, 607-8959
Real Estate
Coldwell Banker Commercial Wally Hornberger, 699-4494
NAI Norris Beggs & Simpson, H. Roger Qualman, 360-852-9615
Retirement and Inheritance Planning
Andy Nygard, CFP, (360) 695-6431
Security Signs, Designed to inform and sell! Carol Keljo, 433-2321
Vancouver Sign Group, lighting up Business since 1923! 693-4773
Speaking and Training
Kathy Condon, Career Communications, 695-4313
Window Washing
Quality Window Washing, Dave Beecher, 256-7370

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